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TO" EMX9'N'MER6.NWERRY9 SOUTH CRLN.TUESDAY, AGS11.WEK 15
MARK L. -GANTT WAS
KILLED IN HIS BED
A. JENKINS GANTT IS CHARGED
WITH THE KILLING.
A Fearful Tragedy on Southern Out
skirts of the City on Last Thurs
Mark L. Gantt, a white farmer
bout fifty years of age, was killed
his bed at his home just beyond the
on mill village, on the southern
utskirts of the city, at about 6.30
'clock on Thursday afternoon, and
A. Jenkins Gantt, better known as
"Dink" Gantt, aged about 27 years,
ar kinsman of the deceased, is in
ewberry jail, charged by the co
jury with the killing.
inquest two witnesses testi
"Dink" Gantt did the killing.
was Annett James, who
the Geantt home and did the
g. Another was Ray Williams,
a negro boy, According to the testi
.,nouY of the latter "Dink" Gantt got
up from the kitchen table where he
wa's eating supper, passed through
Mark L. Gantt's room, looki baci at
Mark Gantt in bed, went across the
hail into another room, secured a
single-barreled -shot gun, unbreeched
it to see that it was loaded, and went
back to Mark Gahtt's room and did
the shooting. It was testified that the
deceased was lying in bed with his
face to the wall, and Annett James
said she thoug'ht he was asleen. The
load from the gun entered the back
of the head, scattering the brains over
Sheriff Buford was notified of the
killing and went immediately to the
scene. Acting upon the. information
-which he secured, he arrested "Dink"
Gantt and lodged bIm in jail. He found
young Gantt sitting on , the front
piazza of Mr. J. J. Porter's house,
across the street from the Gantt resi
dence. Young Gar.tt claimed to know
-nothing of the shooting, and' said he
was on the piazza of the Porter resi
dence at the time it happened. One
-of the witnesses at the inquest said
that immediately after "Dink" Gantt
shot Mark Ganmtt, "Dink" put the gun
down and went over to Mir. Porter's.
* It appears from the testimony at
the inquest that on Wednesday Mark
Gantt had ordered "Dink" to leave the
h ou~se, and never come back any
-moe, the elder Ga.ntt having become
offended with the younger on account
of -the latter having driven his horse
-without his permission. It is stated
that young Gantt had driven the
horse to Columbia on Saturday night.
though this was not testified to at
-tle inquest. In his testimony at the
inhluest on Thursday night Mr. J. J.
Porter said Mr. Gantt had come home
on Wednesday afternoon from Colum
bia, where he had been to look for his
horse, and that shortly after that
"Dink" Gantt came home with the
homse and buggy, when the words
passed which are related by .Mr. Por
ter in his testimony below.
It is said that both the deceased
and young Gantt had been drinking.
Mark L. Gant, the deceastd, lived in
bis home with his -mother and an
other old lady, a near kinswoman.
"Dink" G-antt was living with him and
work.ng on his farm. Lewie Gantt,
"Dink's" brother, had been living with
hem up until recently, when he went
o Florida. It seems that neither of
heold ladies in the house saw the
Mark L. Gantt owned a good deal
of property near Newberry, and was
in excellent financial circumstances.
*He wa a member of Bergell Tribe,
No. 24, Improved Order of Re.d Men,
of Newberry, and at his funeral at
Rosemont cemetery on Sunday morn
ing the Red Men conducted the cere
monies, Past Great Sachem of Southt
Carolina Otto Klettner officiating.
"Din'k" Gantt, who is in jail charg
ed with the killing, is a son of Wilbur,
Gantt, who some time ago moved to
*the place near Maxwe,11, Fla., where
New'berrians are interested in land
development. Mr. Wilbur Gantt was
'wired for, and came to Newberry.
"Dink" Gantt, when seen in jail fol
'ng the killing, denied to the
paper men all knowledge of an
connected vrith it, saying he ,
o+ do the killimr and knew noth- J
ing of it-that he had been on: Mr.
Porter's piazza and must have been
there 'at the time the shooting hap
pened. He said he had driven Mark
Gantt's horse off, but that Mark Gantt
was always willing to trust his hors
es with him, and that there had been
no unpleasantness in connection with
Coroner Felker went immediately
to the scene after learning of the kill
ing on Thursday night, and empanel
led .a jury and held the inquest. The
jury had concluded its work and
reached a verdict by about 10 o'clock.
Following is the testimony taken at
Testimony at Coroner's Inquest.
J. J. Porter, sworn, says: Mr. M. L.
Gantt came home yesterday afternoon
from Columbia. He had been in Co
lumbia to look for" his horse and a
while after that Dink Gantt come home
I with his horse and buggy and,I star
ed home. M. L. Gantt, says, "Hold on,
I want you to hear what I have got
to say to Dink Gantt." He wanted his
mother and Aunt Dolly to come in the
room aud sit down. "I want you all
to -hear what I have got to say to Dink
Gantt." He come in and Mark,says,
"Dink, I want you to get all your
things and leave here and never come
back here any more to my house."
Dink, alias Arthur, says, 'I will,' but
I want you to pay me for my crop,"
and Mark says, "I don't want your
crop. You can s-ell it to who you
please." Dink says, "Do you aim for
me to leave tonight," and Mark says,
"No, you can stay here tonight and
get your breakfast in the morning,
but I want you to leave." Dink says
"Well I will leave but I want you to
pay me for my crop." Mark says, "I
will pay you everything I owe you."
Mr. Gantt was talking like he was
driuking, and Dink *was drinking, too.
I heard no threats. Dink told him he
knew he had done wrong and was
scrry. Dink also told Mark Gantt to
whip him and Mark says, "No, I don't
want to' whip you." Dink Gantt came
over to my house and said he did not
shoot Mr. Gantt. Aunt Zylphia Gantt
called me over to her house and she
said she did not know who shot her
son. told me Dink shot Mr.
Gantt. I could tell Dilnk had a drink.
They seemed to be on friendly terms
today. J- J. Porter.
Annett James, swarm, says.: I li,w
wth Mr. M. L. Ga,ntt. I cook for them.
I saw Mr. Dink come out of the kitch
en from the table and come on in an
other room and get his gun and come
on out in the hall 'with his gun. I told
Miss Zylphia to -look, and by thiat
time he was fixing to shoot, and then
'he shot right away in the room wfiere
Mr. Gantt was.' I think Mr. Gantt was
asleep. When I went in 'the room
Miss Zylphia Gantt went and looked
and she said, "Dink is done shot
Mark." The gun was a single-barrel
gun. Dink and Mr. Mark Gantt got
Mr. Lewie Gantt's. gun some time ago
to kill some rabbits. I didn't hear
Mr. Dink make any ,threats. I heard
Mr. 1Mark yesterday tell Dink to leave,
and Mr. Dink told Mr. Mark to whip
him and Mr. Mark said, "No, I don't
want to whip you." ..I L On't know
whether they were mad today or ngt.
I know of my own knowledge -Dink
shot Mr. Mark Gantt. Dink came
through Mr. Mark Gantt's room and
looked back at him and pushed the
Annett X James.
Ray Williams, colored, sworn, says:
Mr. Dink Gantt came in and ate sup
per. Then he passed on through Mr.
Mark Gantt's room, and 'looked back
at him, and then came on across the
hal in another room and got the
singlebarrel gun ansd unbreeched it
and looked to see if a shell was in it.
Then he picked it up and went on to
the door and pointed the gun and he
shot. He run and put the gun down
in the hall close to the front door. I
heard one shot. I went in the room
where Mr. Gantt was shot soon as the
gun fired and I found him shot with
his face toward the wall. Mrs. Dolly
Gantt asked Dink had he shot his pis
tol and he says, "Yes," and went on
over to Mr. Porter's before Mr. Por
ter come over to Mr. Mark Gann's.
I was the first one who went into Mr.
Gantt's room after was shot, and his
mother was second. Dink shot Mr.
Mark with TLewie's grn. HeT w.ent oTer~
to Lewie's last night and got the gun.
He had Lewie's keys. Mrs. Zylphia
Gantt cried and asked Dink what he
shot Mr. Mark for, and Dink says,
"What's the -matLer? Why don't you
send for the doctor for him?" Tlfe
sheriff and one of the police came
down and got Mr. Dink over at Mr.
Ray X Williams.
PELLAGRA IN ASYLUM.
Seven Cases Disclosed in Kentucky
Lexington, Ky., Aug. 2.-Superin
tendent R. L. ;Willis, of the Eastern
Kentucky. Asylum for the Insane -to
day ordered use of all corn products
foodi discontinued, pending investiga
tion of seven cases of pellagra dis
closed last night. Superintendent
Willis says that several other patients
show symptoms of the- disease.
Patients are Isolated.
Hopkin-sville, Ky., Aug. 2.-Follow
ing rumors that there was an epidemic
of pellagra in the Western Kentucky
Asylum for the Insane, located here,
Dr. H. P. Sights, superintendent of
the asylum, today declared there are
seven inmates afflicted with the dis
ease, six of whom are white. The first
appea,rance of 'the disease was two
months ago, when the cases devel
oped., The patients have been isolat
COTTON BILL PASSES UNCHANGED
Third of Big Tariff Revision Measures
Now Goes to Senate.
Washington, Aug. 3.-Supported-by
all the Democrats and by thirty insur.
gent- Republicans, the Democratic cot
ton tariff bill, the third of the big
tariff revision measures brought for
ward by the Democratic house, passed
the house this evening, 202 to 91. The
bill reduces the tariff on cotton manu
factured goods from 48 to 27 per cent.
ad valorem, a 21 per cent. reduction'
in duty that the Democatic leaders es
timate to reduce revenues by about
Not an iamendment -wass offered .to
the bill,, although the Republicans ate
tacked k on account of the 'alleged in'
crease .in certain ltemls over the rates
of the Payne-Aldrich taifif law.
NEW BALE BARNWELL.
Grown by B. H. Lutz, Weighed 360
Pounds.-Sold at 15 Cents
Barnwell, Aug. 4.-The first bale ofl
new cotton grown in Barnwell coun
ty and what is probably the first, in
the State, was sold on the local mar
ket today by R. H. Lutz, who lives
three miles from town. The bale
weighed 360 pounds. The price paid
was 1-5 cents a pound, and it was
bought by J. -A. Porter. The cotton
was classed as fairly good middling
and Mr. Porter stated that -he has nev
er seen a prettier first cotton sample.
This cotton was not grown on a
prize patch nor was its matuirity -has
tened by the drought. The bale was
shipped by express to F. W. Wagenr
& Co., Oharleston. ..
.-This is the earliest date that a new
bale' has been sold in this county by
~eeral days for years. Mr. Lutz will
probably get out another bale next
NO BOND ISSUE FOR SUJXTEB.
Adocates of Good Roads Plan Admit
Defeat of Scheme at the Polls.
Su'mter, Aug. 4.-Sumter will not
have a county-Wide system of good
roads for some time to comie. This is
the statement made today by several
of the -most influential supporters of
the proposition to issue bonds to the
amount of $150,000 for the improve
ment of Sumter county reads, and it
is generally conceded to be the correct
one by the majority of the others
who voted for the bond issue.
As was stated in the State in a brief
news special from this city, the un
6fficial result of the election to decide
whether or not the bonds should be
issued was 403 for and 403 against
the proposition. This would be a de
featn for.he bnd isse.
BLEASE A"N EXTRA CONSTABLES.
Governor Forcibly Comments on Re
fusal of Officials in "Dry" Coun
ties to Stand Expense.
Columbia, Aug. 5.-Governor Blease
mao-e today a statement as. to. his at
titude in regard to the action of the
boards of county commissiontrs in
Greenville, Darlington, Edgefield,
Barnwell and Union counties, in re-:
fusing to pay the salaries of speical
constables or detectives, detailed by
the governor for service on those
"dry" counties, to aid local peace au
thorities in enforcing the liquor laws.
Gov. Blease said: "The county com
missioners in Greenville, Dalington,
Edgefield, Barnwell and Unidn coun
ties have refused to pay the constables
or detectives detailed by me to help
enforce the liquor laws. Detective
Kitchins, of Union, wrote me about
the first of the inonth that the,county
attorney, Mr.' P. D. Barron, hadibeen
retained to 'defend the persons ar
rested there for selling "near-beer"
and had also advised the county com
missioners to refuse to pay Detective
Kitchins an-y salary. The detectiv-e
asked me what he shoula do. I -told
him he had been doing good work and
I would be glad to see him continue,
but if, the commissioners would not
pay his salary, I saw not6ing for him
to do but quit.
Barnwell and Edgefield..
"Sherit Creech, of Barnwtll, asked
me to appoint a detective to help him
enfqrde the liquor laws, but the coun
ty commissioners, whom I directed
him to consult, in regard to his. com
pensation, refused t6 pay' the- offieer's
salary, so Detective Nunnamaker,
who had started' to work there, had
to quit. In Edgefield counti, JuJgE
DeVore, who is- a resident of that
county, ruled that the county board
did net jave to pay -.the detective I
Iad sent there, so I !W iIforiAed; and
if he decided so in his home cotnty
would be likely to decide likewise in
"J regret that this condition exibts
'n tho State, and- that the county sx
~supervsors and county commissiders
ae taking 'the- position that they are,
in reference.ato the pay of these off
cers, f4r It ties my hands and I can
"go no further, except' to appeal to the'
regular offiers and beg them to do
Thinks Rurtdng Prohibid*oD
"Their -position' is forever ruining
proibition and damning the -political
prohibitionists, yet it seems,' and they
think, their fight is to injure me. How
ever, I am, not 'a prohibitionist; I
have fought prohibition all my life
and my predictions for the past twen
ty years, On the stump, in N'ewberry
county and throughout the State, that
it would 'prove a farce, ~are being
stongly veri-fied every day, and I be
lieve the position tihese county of
ficers are taking-, namely, that of try
ing to keep me from enforcing the
law, will give the people .just whatI
want and have wan-ted and what I
have been fighting for 'and am now
fighting for, to wit, dispensaries in
every county 'in South Carolina. And
if the people i911 look at the deplor
able financial c'ondition of many of the
so-caled prohibition counties and then
look at the financial balance sheets
of tige counties which 'have dispen
saries, they will see that those coun
ti-es which have dispensaries are out
of debt, prosperous, with money in
their treasuries and having less crime
committed within their borders than
the socalled prchibition counties,
which are poor, in de'bt, tax-burdened,
with b>lind tigers all over themn and
crime on the increase. And when I,
s governor, receive these pom
plaints and try to enforce the law, oth
er officials refuse to obey the Carey
Cothran act and leave thie tiger to
roam at will. How'ever, I have spok~en
o more people this summer than I
spoke to during the entire campaign
last summer, and they understand the
situation and I am satisfied 'my ad
ministration is pleasing, not only to
those who put me into office, but also
many of those who opposed me. I
shall continue to enforce all the laws
to the best of my ability, notwzth
standing the organized fight that is
bein mae ainbt me by other office
holders, who are my political ene
Governor Blease said Saturday that
between now and October 1'he would
consider no further applications for
executive clemency, except two or
three. regarding which he has already
NEWS OF POIARIA.
New Lutheran Church Handsomely
Pomaria, Aug. 7.-The long drought
has at last been broken, which makes
the farmers and every one else feel
more cheerful. Considering the long
drought, cotton is looking well, but
early corn is cut, consider.
Our hustling mayor, E. B. Feagle,
has had our streets put in nice shape.
He hired the chain gang about seven
days to do the work and under the
supervision of Capt.-Tom' Richardson
the work was done well.
The infant baby a few days of age
of Mr. 'and Mrs. V. L. Smith died on
last Thursday and was buried at Beth
lehem church on Friday.
The new Lutheran church of this
plaqe has,been completed, and beauti
fully equipped with piano and altar.
Thie first se'rvice was held In the
church on the fourth Sunday in July.
The regular appointments for preach
ing are the' second and fourth Sunday
afternoons at 4 o'clock; Sunday school
at 3 o'clock. The members of the
church deserve a great deal of credit
for'the effort they have made'in build
ing and furnishoig the church. Every
one is cordially invited to attend the
The Woodmen of the World at this
place will lave their annual picfic at
the school house on August 16. Every
body is invited to com' with well
filled baskets. Come, one and all, and
enjoy the day with us and- hear s.ome
most excellent speaking and good
music. There will be refreshments
sold on the grounds for the benefit of
the baseball team.
Wo were very sorry to hear of.the
death of one our 'brother Woodmen,
Mr. Sam Beam, of the Mt. Pleasant
community. He was buried on last
Sunday. There were a greaf many
Woodmen present to pay thleir last
trbute to one of their most worthy
members. It can be said truthfuily
that he was a worthy member of the.
order,' and he was a most excellent
citizen, hoi. ast and 1ipright.
On last Sund4ay ati 7 o'clock_ our
hearts were again made sad wheni we
heard of the death of another one or
our brother Woodmen, Mr. G. A. Hope,
"Mike," as he was better known. He,
too, was a kind, generous-hearted man
of pleasant disposition and with a
kind word for every one. The comm
nity extends its sympathy to' the be
reaved ones, and most especially to
his wife, who has been a bride of only
six or seven' months.
Mrs. Z. T. Pinner is on an extended
visit to relatives and friends at Horse
Mr. C. E. Seybt, 6f Fort Dad, Fla.,
son of W. S. Seybt, paid the aema
folks a fiying visit last week. *He
went to Washington on Monday, and
from there he will visit' Atlantic City.
He ranks as first lieutenant in the
There will be* a baseball gamer? on
the Pomaria diamond on the day of
the picnic, August 16.
Messrs Aull & Hipp, the Setzler Co.,
and J. L. Graham are having their
store, houses re-covered. Mr. O'Neall
Setzer is doing the work.
Mr. J. J. Kibler has moved his stock
of goods from the Fellers building in
to the vacant store known as Hentz
Miss Ethel Seybt is on a'visit to her
friend and school mate, Miss Essie
Black,. of 'below Prosperity.
Mrs. Ben M. Setzler, her mother
and her sister, Miss Lucy Ligon, spent
a month with relatives in the up-'
ountry. Mrs. *Setzler spent some
time at West Springs on her way.
Miss Ruby Hollcway spent a -few
days with WV. W. Berley's family last.
Miss Koon and' Miss Werts, of New-I
berry, visited the families of Mr. E.1
Glymph and Mr. E. A. Hentz last
ek. They returned home, n. San-'
day.S. S. W.
NEWS OF PROSPERITY.
Red Men's Gathering at 'foung's
GroTe on Friday-Personal Men
tion and Other Matters.
Prosperity, August 7.-Mr. L. S.
Bowers has gone to Glenn Springs to
attend the Postmasters' association.
Mrs. J. B.. T. Scott has returned,
from a visit to Peak and Pomarla.
Mrs. W. G. Dudley and daughter
are visiting in Georgia.
Miss Laura Koon, of Pomaria is
the guest of Miss Julia Schumpert.
Miss Kate Thobipson spent the
week-enA in Columbia.
The Red 3fen will give their annual'
picnic and barbecue at Young's Grove
Friday, August '11. The address
will be by 'Gov. Blease, Hon. Qtto -
Klettner, Dr. C. T. Wyche, Judg.a
H. Chappell, and other'..,
The cott6g weighers election W
be next Saturday, August 12. TheO
plicants are: 'Mesrs. J. P. Ihei-de17
E. W. Couxts and. Walter Richard7a
There will bejLo preachin in
Baptist 6hurch next unday es' -
pastor Rev. Mr. Dudley, will e0EK
ducting-a series of meetings t
Mt. Pilgrim Sunday scho
-will be held August 18;
TARDANAWS MUORITY 1.I6M
Percy and Alexander Decisively B6614-1
nlXk"Psw '-, ~
New Orleans, AugA4.-Complete
turns frei every county: in
stppi, as- Compiled bhy ih Pia
give J. K. Vardms a a rty
both Percy and Alexandein l
cent 4enatorial race of 24,185 v*
According to thes Wiaes
man polled 76,083, against AaexanI&-,
80,681 and Percy's 21,217.
In the race, fo r torney gene
Ross Collins is given': a majfrity.f
5,059 over Hudson the iacimbent
Senat6r Perey to Besign.
Jackson, Mit.,., Aug. 4.-The
nouncemient of Senator Leroy dr
following>his defeat in Tuesday'prl1.
mary that he woup teder Yis
nation to. the govenor when rthe
Islature meets in Ja"uary has
fed yery little sugp1ise inpotca
eles at the clpital.
-A fer months after ~Iselection -
the United States.senate to mli the si3;7
expired term of Senato A d3 MLi*z
yIn, the .sta1tsmontai we uw by
Pei-cy that if the people ofMisii
did not deste:-hdm: too serves es l
senator lie d1d Rot 'want .a 1eNIi
that .caxacity - ad hi5 resgntion 6
regarded- as a fuflnliment.:~of the Ii
plied promise given at that time, th;t:
if not reelected he 'would resign.- ~
The legislative body elected o
Tuesday is overwhe mningly Var4is
man in sentiment, very few candidat
es running on the ,atiVardaman l
et having been elected, When the d
resignation is tendered, Mr. sVarda-. .
man 'will und.oubtedly be. nominated
on the first ballot and without opposi
THE -3EWS' OF EXCELSIOJR
Annual Sunday Sebool Piente, ort A i
Pilgrim Chureb-Personal e~"'n
tion-Other Matters. -
Excelsior, Aug. 7.-We have had+
good .rains the past fw das144
Mrs. Joe Loveracels visiting her
daughter, Mrs. Enos Counts. -YW~
Excelsior Suf'day schoolNwIl iieet
Sunday afterndon' at 3. ~9cloink:a
is moig nt W o'mletid waif i~
finished ip iril be:a yrdtt-fe. r
Little Mis'Lillie Belre Geiger, df
Coambia, has been- sfending 1some Y
time with Miss Jessie Lorick.
Mr. and Mrs. . H. J. Minarduepet ~
Wednesday with hise brother; the -Rez:
as D. Kinard, of Newberry, - -
Mr; Marjon~ Wheelet, fGeewo
as been on a visit (6: hiss brothier~2.
r.' John . Wheeler, here. - - - .
Mrs. Jacob Geiger, of - Columbia,
pent Sunday with- her-brother, -Mr.
. D. Lorick.- .
The annual Sunday school:-pienld
f Mt. Pilgrim church will be heldat
he church on Friday, August 18. -Tlie '
public is coMlfaliy invited to come anL
ring well 'filled baskcets'. (Mr. .3J- W.
arhman, t-h'e superintendent, will do'
al2 he can to make the day .pleae'dV
nd enjoyable. ~ Sigma.