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TCHARGED WITH WONAYS DEATH.
Mrs. Ben Spradley Dies From Shock
Occasioned by Beali.t of luw
band and Xefhew.
Aiken, A.ig. 4.--Rora! Policemen
_Busbee and Samuels r, an in 1ate
tonight A. L. Holstein, K i1olst'in.
Sidney Holstein, G. C. Holstein and
Dock Cockrell, charged with the
death of Mrs. Ben Sp 'ad1ey, and the
sever? beating of Ren Spradley and
his nephew. Plii Spradle-y. The
cause of this unfortunate affair was
the planned marriage of Plum Sprad
Isy to a daughter of A. L. Holstein,
-which the parents of the girl could
-not prevent, and the Holsteins'visited
the home of Ben Spradley with the
Intention of whipping Plum Spradley.
They had taken him out and were
mercilessly beating him \vhen Ben
'Spradley interfered, and he also suf
fered a severe beating. The excite
ment was so intense that Mrs. Sprad
ley died from the shock. She leaves a
-baby of five weeks. Ben Spradley is;
now 'in an unconscious condition and
little hope is held for his recovery.
This affair happened on Wednesday
night, and the community is greatly
wrDught up over it. Mr. Ben Spradley
lives within about two Wiles of Mo-i
netta in the Beth church section.
Probable Cause of Trouble.
-The cause of the unfortunate occur
rence dates back to a harness cutting
scrape, which took place at a church
n 'Wards township, about a month'
ago,.in which young Spradley was ac
-cused of having participated. A num.
ber of young men went to the church
-at the time, and ~during the services
went out among the vehicles, and cut
up several sets of harness.
Mr. Spradley and two others were
accused of the offence, and were -tried
for it. The first trial resulted in- a
mistrial, but at the second trial all
three parties were acquitted.
But some of the people of the com
munity seem to think that he was
guilty, even though the evidence
brought out at the trial was insuffi
cient o prove his guilt, and dissatis
fation prevailed over the outcome of
the final trial, and, for this reason, it
is thought that the affair of last night
sprang from this.
The report, which reached the city
this morning, has crealied quite a
sensation, and other details of the af-f
fair are awaited with intense interest.
The Story From'Augusta.
Augusta, Qa., Aug. 4.--Because her
~parents could not break up an 'en
gagement between, and prevent the
marriage, of .a daughter, of A. L.
Holstein and /Columbus Spradley, A.
1L. R., R. H., Sid.ney and T. Q. Holstein
a.nd R.obert Cockrell are now in the
-Aiken'county jail, Mrs. B. Spradley is
.dead from nervous fright, Ben Sprad
:ley is not expected to recover from
h?e effects -of a merciless flogging,
Columbus Spradley is missing. -.
Both families are fairly well-to-do
and are prominent in that section of
Aiken county, where the flogging oc~
When the parents of the young lady
lound that they could -not break up
the love match,, members of the Hol
stein family went to the Spradley
borne Wednesday night, and calling
- Columbus Spradley from the house,
took him to a nearby field and began
fiogging him in a merciless manner,
telling him, meanwhile, that he would
have to leave the communit'y. Ben
Spradley followed the Holsteins and
Cockrell to .the field and when he at
Aempted to interfere, was treated sim
1erTly and is now in an unconscious
Mrs. Spradley, formely Miss Etta
Sawyer, of Aiken county, was the
.mother of a five-weeks-old baby, and.
in her weakened condition, hearing1
the screams of the flogged man, and
prohibly seeing the flogging, suc
ibed to a nervous disease.
jp Spradley's Story of Flogging..
Augusta Aug. 5.-C6ldumbus Sprad
'y, one of the victims of the Holstein
'night cap" affair in Wards township,
.iken county, is in Augusta, and to
night went into details, telling of his
own flogging, but was mystified when
told that Ben Spradley had been flog
-ged and Mrs. Spradley frightened to
HEe was seated on the porch of Ben
Spridley's home, he said waiting un
t:il" 9.30, the hour fixed for his elope
ment with Gussie Mae Holstein, when
they were goinzg to Saluda to be mar
ried. He was called to the gate by an
unknown man, whom he recognized
later as a cousin of the girl. Covered.
'-with a shotgun, he was ordered to~
get into a buggy and driven 100 yards
from the house where a party of six
other members of the Holstein family
Says Lynching Threatened..
He says they held a conference to
deeide what to do with him, and A.1
'o lynch nim to a near-by tree. Fin
ally he suggested that he be allowed
to leave the community, but they in
sisted that he be punished, whereupon
he was stripped, thrown to the ground
and held by some members of the
Holstein mob, while L. Holstein be
labored him with a buggy trace.
He was left in a dazed condition and
told to get out of the community, the
mob going back in' the direction o
Ben Spradley's home. He walked 15
miles to Johnston, arriving thrare
about jaylight, and came to Augusta.
Determined to Get Narried.
According to Columbus Spradley,
Ben Spradley was evidently flogged
inside of or in front of his own home,
and not on the same spot where the
young man was flogged. Young Sprad
ley still has the marriage license, pro
cure the day before the flogging, and
declares he is going back to Monetta
and carry out the plan he and Miss
Holstein had made to run away and
Husband, Also, May Die.
Batesburg, Aug. 5.-On yesterday
afternoon the coroner of Aiken coun
ty held an inquest over 'the body of
Mrs. B. F. Spradley, who died Thurs
day night. Austin Asbill was fore
man of the jury, the verdict of which
was: "We find that the deceased came
to death by fright, brought on by a
difficulty raised by Augustus L. Hol
stein, Grover Holstein and other par
ties unknown to the jury." The ver
dict was the cause of the arrest of A.
t. Holstein Idnd Grover Holstein, Sid
'ney Holstein and Richard Holstein,
nephews of A. L. Holstein. - Dock
Cockerell was "also arrested. It is
said these parties were carried to
Aiken and lodged in ,jail. Boyd Hol
stein, a son of A. L. Holstein, made
his escape, but it is said he will be
It is said that young Columbus
Spradley was arranging to marry- a
daughter of -Mr. A. L. Holstein, and
to prevent such a slip they went to
the home of B. L. Spradley and car
ried him off and gave him a severe
whipping and ordered him to go to
Augusta, the home of his father. After
administering the whipping, they
came back to interview a negro, who
lives on~ B. F. Spradley's place, .and
when B. F. Spradley went out to in
terfere, it was then that they fell upon
him and cuffed him, about severely.
One of the men hit him over the head
with some kind of a blunt instrument,
which rendered him unconscious for
some time. The whole affair is much
deplored -by the wholre community.
The sad part of the whole affair is
the fact that Mrs. Spradley leaves an
infant only five weeks old.
The physician who is attending B.
F. Spradley reportg, his condition un
changed, arnd he expresses the opinion
that the chanc.es are against him.
BEYAN REPLIES 70 UNDERWOOD.
Promises Soon Other Thiings for Floor
Leader to Discuss.
Chicago, Aug. 3.-Whm. J. Bryan to
day replied to the criticism of Repre
sentative Underwood made in the
house yesterday, 1*y declaring that
the statements which Mr. Underwood
criticised were based on a Washing
ton dispatch which appeared in an
Omaha paper. "If that report is in
correct," said Mr.' Bryan, "I take it
foi granted that Mr. Underwood will
read the report before the house and
"If the report is correct, I have
nothing to withdraw. If it is erron
eous, I shall withdraw my criticism
of Mr. Underwood so far as it is bas
ed on 'his action in that particular
case. Whatever -the outcome in this
instance, I do not withdraw my crit
icism of Mr. Underwood on other oc
casions and I intend to take early op
portunity to give him some other
things to discuss.
Assumes All Responsibility.
"Yes, I read the report of Mr. Un
derwood's speech in the morning pa
pers," said Mr. Bryan. "The criticism
to which he refers is contained in an
editorial which I wrote myself."
"The report on which the editorial
was based," continued Mr. Bryan, "ap
peared last week, after the house cau
cus of July 15.
"I am not sure of the 'exact date,
but it was not earlier than Wednes
day of last week and not later than
Saturday. The dispatch from Wash
ington said that Speaker, Clark offer
ed a resolution-a modification or a
subStitute for a resolution-instruct
ing the ways and means committee to
proceed with the preparation of other
bills. The dispatch stated that Mr.
Clark was supported by a number of
members, but tMr. Underwood and
Mr. Fitzgerald led a fight against the
resolution and defeated it.
Kitchin's Remarks, as Reported.
"The report also quoted Congress
man Kitchin as insisting upon intro
iron and steel, and quotes Mr. Kitchin
as calling attention to Mr. Under
wood's holdings in the steel company,
and as expressing the fear that, in
case of failure to proceed with the
reduction of the tariff on iron and
steel, such failure might be attributed
to Mr. Underwood's interests in the
business. My editorial was based up
on this published report."
Mr. Bryan was in the'city between
trains and is now'on his way to Iowa..
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA,
COUNTY OF NEWBERRY.
By Frank M. Schumpert, Esquire,
WHEREAS, E. H. Aull and John K.
Aull made suit to me to grant them
letters of administration of the estate
of and effects of Mrs. Alice Kinard
THESE ARE THEREFORE to cite
and admonish all and singular the
kindred and creditors of the said
Mrs. Alice Kinard Aull, deceased, that
they be and appear before me, in the
court of probate, to be held at Newber
ry, S. C., on Augusta 14, 1911, -next
after publication thereof, at 11 o'clock
in the forenoon, to show cause, if any
they have, why the said administra
tioit should not be granted.
GIVEN under my hand, this 27th
day of July, Anno Domini 1/11.
Frank M. Schumpert,
J. P. N. C.
NOTICE OF FDAL SETTLEXENT.
Notice is hereby given that the un
dersigned, as executor of the last will
and testament of Epsy Stewart, de
ceased, will make a finkl settlement of
the estate of said deceased in the PrQ.
bate Court of Newberry County, South
Carolina, on the 28th, day. of August,
1911, at 11 o'clock, forenoon, and will
immediately thereafter apply for let
All persons indebted to said estate
will make settlement forthwith, and
all persons holding claims against
said estate will file the same with the
undersigned, eor his attorney, Eugene
S. Blease, Newberry, S. C.
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