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-OLUME XIIXI NUMBER S7. NEWBERRY, SOUTH CAROLINA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1911. TWICE A WEEK, S1.50 A YEAR.
DICKENS IN SPARTANBURG.
k Soenof Great Author Chats Wit Re
porter Asked About Southern
Spartanbarg, Oct. 23.-The News and
Courier representative called at the
home of Mrs. J. 0. Erwin, on East Main
street, Sunday evening, and there in
tervi6wed Alfred Tennyson Dickens,
one of the three surviving children of
Charles Dickens, the author; son of
the man who occupies one of the most
conspicuous places in the literature of
the nineteenth century and whose.nov
els are known throughout the civilized
r Alfred Tennyson Dickens, who was
named for his godfather, Alfred Ten
nyson, the English poet, delivered a
lecture at Converse college auditorium
last evening on the life and works of
Mr. Dickens has made his home in
Australia since 1865. Melbourne is
his home city.
Lived in Australia.
"I moved to Australia in 1865," said
Mr. Dickens, "and at that time it was
' 'Ian uncivilized cou.try. I lived the
ibush life at first, but gradually the
country has been fenced in and it has
grown from its former place to what
it is today, one of the leading coun
tries of the far East.
"Iihave one brother living," continu
ed the son. of the novelist. "He is
HEI-enry Fielding Dickens, M. C., a lead
ing barrister of London. I don't think
you Americans call -them barristers,
but that is the English term. - The dif
ference between your American law
yer or attorney and the English bar
rister is that the Englishman never
comes in personal contact with hiq
client, but does all of the work through
the solicitor and represents the de
fendant or plaintiff, as the case may'
,be, only at the bar. A barrister is
somewhat higher than the average
lawyer or attorney.
"My only sister is Mrs. Carter Pen
gini, also of London, a sister-in-law
of Charles Austin Colins, the artist,
who is well known. in America as well
When asked about the last time he
asaw his godfather, Alfred Tennyson,
Mr. Dickens said: '"It was at the Isle
of Wight and I -was about 11 years old.
r hi ave no very vivid recollections of
F ow -he appeared to me at the time,
and it was .the last time that I saw
bhim. His son stiHi lives at the old
Tennyson home at the Isle of Wight.
- Lam sorry that I have no special im
pressions or reminiscences of Mr.
-In answers to a query: "I do not
know -personally, but judging from the
reports of the publishers, the sale of
any fathers novels in this .country is
greater than in England or on the
continent. In regard to their popular
ity I will say that while they may be
no more -popular in this country, they
. are equa'lly as popular, and I think
%mericans appreciate my father's
a .ooks. They have suisely given me a
most cordial welcome since coming to
America, two weeks ago."
The Poem "The Children."
Mr. Dickens was told that there was
se dispute in America over the au
horship of the poem "The Children."
liam .Cullum Bryant's collection
poE.ms- contains these verses and
cribes the authorship to Charles
knson, a minister. Mr. Dickens
is interview refused to discuss the
orship of this poem, but stated
tin his lecture he would recite it,
lain its meaning and tell something
ut its composition.
He did not express his views about
aericans and American life, saying
at he was not in a position to judge,
she only arrived in Boston two weeks
ago. "After staying in that lovely city
for ten days," said Mr. Dickens, "I
~pent two days in New York and then
went to Philadelphia. I then started
on my present lecture -tour and have
spoken in ILock Haven, Roanoke,
Greensboro, Rock Hill, and speak
are tonight and at Columebia tomor
row night. I then go throug> the Mid
* cWst to Chicago and will -each as
ar\:est as Texas. I will condnue to
Teeture2 in America and Canada until
"I ha hra a lnt about the An er
ican newspaper men before leaving my
home, and expected on reaching this
country to be picked to pieces by the
reporters. But the impressions gained
thus far have been very different. I
have found your newspaper men very
courteous, considerate, obliging and
liberal with me. They have given me
good notices of my lectures since being
in this country and have had many
charming things to say about the
works of my father."
To Mrs. Erwin, who had joined the
conversation, the .reporter stated: "I
have hesitated in asking Mr. Dickens
what he thought of the ankles of the
Southern girls, and how they compar
ed -to the "beefy ankles" of the Boston
Southern Girl's Ankles.
"It has rained at a most fortunate
time," said Mr. Dickens, "and I expect
to refer to the Southern girl's ankles
in my lecture." Mr. Dickens appeared
It is remembered that in' Boston he
gave out an interview where he de
scribed the American man as being a
tall, handsome personage, who darried
himself well and who was good look
ing. But in referring to the ladies he
said they were pretty but had such
Mr. Dickens looks to be about 60
years old. He has a very charming
personality and greets the stranger
with a cordial handshake, which is
warm and sincere. He speaks dis
tinctly, slowly and precisely, and in a
most matter of fact manner. He Is
full of -humor and is an entertaining
talker. As a -man he is about fiv'e feet,
seven inches -high and weighs about
PASSXS AWAY AT BARNWELL.
Former Congressman Patterson Had
Not Recovered Health Since
Augusta, Ga., Oct. 25.-A special to
the Herald this morning from Aiken
"Ex-Congressman Jas. O'Hara Pat
terson died at his home in Barnwell
early this morning. Mr. Patters-n has
been sick for some months. His health
was broken last year, before the cam
aign in wh.ic.h he was defeated, and
he never recovered it. Mr. -Patterson
served this district in congress three
terms, being e!lected to succeed Hon.
T. G. Croft of this city. Last year he
was defeated by James F. Byrnes, of
Mr. Patterson's Career.
Mr. Patterson was 'born in Barnwell
in 1858, his father being the late Ed
wird L. Patterson, a planter, whose
father, Angus Patterson, was president
of the State senate for 27 years. James
0. Patterson was 8 years old at the
close of the War Between the Sec
tions, in which much of his father's
large property had been lost. He was
educated at the Richmond County
Military academy in Augusta, and af
ter farming for a time studied law and
was admitted to the bar at Barnwell.
He was for six years probate judge of
Barnwell county and then served three
terms in the lower house of the gener
al assembly. In November, 1904, he
was elected a representative in con
gress of th.e; Second South Carol-ina
district and by reelection was continu
ed in that office until his defeat in the
last election by former Solicitor Jas.
F. Byrnes, of Aiken. Mr. Patterson
was a Mason and a Knight. of Pythias.
He was a mremnber of the Methodist
church. He was married in 1876 to
Miss Hattie A. Holman and she, with
all of their eight children, survives
ACCIDENTALLY KILLS WIFE.
Pistol in Durant Cole's Hands Dis
charged With Patal Results.
Released on Bail..
Beninettsville, Oct. 23.-Yesterday
morning Durant Cole accidentally shot
nd killed his wife, Sarah Cole.
Tta -i that Durant was accus
towed to loading his pistol at night
Mfore going to bed and then in the
morninz removing the eartridges from
hechambers. He~ started to break
he pisto! for the purpose of unload
irg it when it was dlicharged, the ball
t"Jine effect in the body of his wife.'
WAS MAJ. RICHARDS IILLING?
Story Afloat as to a Man to Defeat
Cole L. Blease.
Spartanburg, Oct. 23.-The Spartan
burg Herald publishes the following
story in reference to political activi
ties in the State:
"From an authoritative source it
was learned that the announcement
last month of the candidacy of Chief
Justice Ira B. Jones, of the supreme
court, for the governorship suddenly
called a halt on elaborately formed
plans for a conference of leading men
from all counties of the State, at
which a candidate was to be chosen
to oppose Governor Blease, who would
be acceptable to all elements of the
"There had been much correspond
ence in regard to the matter, and ar
rangements had been made for a meet
ing of delegates from nearly every
county in Columbia . during the Red
Shirt reunion. At this meeting it was
proposed to discuss the situation and
make an attempt to concentrate on
one man. It was then proposed to
build up an Anti-Blease~ organization
in order to- be ready for an effectual
campaign next summer.
. "The Herald's informant was averse
to the publication of this matter, say
ing it would do no good and might in
jure Justice Jones.
"He declared, however, that a num
ber of prominent men who had pre
viously been on opp.osite sides of the,
political fence became disgusted with
the administration of Governor Blease
and agreed to forget their differences
and work in harmony to accomplish
his defeat. The HeIrald's informant
mentioned the names of a number of
thoss who were in the agreement.
There were in the number Tillmanites
and anti-Tillmanites, prqhibitionists
and local optionists.
"The leader of the movement, a maD
prominent in State politics in former
years, found that it was looked upon
with favor in all parts of the State. It
was thought to -be the only way pos
sible to defeat Blease.
"Just as the plans were maturing,
the Herald was informed, a certaix
element became suspicious that it was
a plot to put forward former Governor
John Gary Evans, of this city, as the1
champion of the opponients of Blease.
This-suspicion was unfounded, accord
ing to the Herald's infor.mant, who
said that sentiment had1 favored Major
John G. Richards, Jr., as the candidate
above anybody else.
"The suspicious element u-iged
Chief Justice Jones to take the field at.
once, and thus gain the advantage and
ward off oposition, There was a con
ferience with Senator B. R. Tillmar.
Justice Jones forwarded.. his resigna
tion to Governor Blease. An 'emissary
was hurriedly sent to him begging
him to do nothing further runtil the
meeting during the Red Shirt reunion
"But the next day Justice Jones an
nounced his candidacy and the well
laid plans went agley."
lie Wants His Rights, as a Country
man, in Columbia, as Well as in
Editor The Herald and News:
The suggestion as to the sale of the
old court house to be used for pri
viate purposes--or the sale of the
property to private partits for what
ever use they might wan.t to put it 9
-I suggested a livery stable and sev
eral other enterpris'es in my last com
munication--leads me to another
I have heard, and my understanding
is-if I am incorrect I hope "Uncle
Briggs" and Commissioner Livingston
and tae Prospe,rity correspondent of
the- C'bserver will correct me--that
the streets in the city of Columbia be
long to the State. Now, Columbia isn't
much a part of the State. Of course,
we all go there when we are members
of the legislature, or when we want to
go to th:e capital, or when we want to
go down for a quart of mineral water,
or something like that-but if these
streets belong to the state, I think we
mught to cell them and build that ne
vinlm. Thie editor of The Herald and
News is a member of that new asylum
commission, and he knows it is costing
the State a good many thousands of
dollars to 'build the new asylum. Now,
we haven't got any interest in Colum
bia-we tax-payers of thle country part
of -the county of Newberry. I demand
that we sell those streets in Colum
'bia and build that 'asylum. And that
supreme court building, and these new
buildings for Winthrop and Clemson
and the Citadel and the Univer?ity
could all b located in these streets
or if not, thie purchase price of the
streets could be used to purchase aris
tocratic locations in Columbia, or
And what's the use of all those
grounds around the State house? Let's
put beef markets on them, and get a
revenue, or sell them for livery stables
and canning factories-I am some
what prejudiced in, favor of livery
stables and canning- factories. What
we want is 'the money. We country
people simply wont stand for these
people who live in the capital of our
county or the capital of our State to
have thipgs for which we can't see any
earthly use. It ain't. right; it ain't
just. We pay all the taxes, and these
people .are getting all the benefit, and
we countrymen ain't a part of the
town -which is the county seat of our
county or the city which is the capital
of our State. What do I, living in
the country, get out of it? I have been
reading the argumlent if "Uncle
Briggs " and Commissioner Living
ston and the Prosperity correspond
ent of the Observer, and I am convinc
ed I am no part of the government,
anyhow." We country people want our
money-4-tha't what we want. We
have got to 'build jails and asylums.
If this ain't logic, there ain't any
logic. And I know, from their argu
ments, that "Uncle Briggs" and Com
missioner Livingston and the Prosper
ity correspon'ent of the Observer will
uphold my hants. And I am safe.
So I subscribe myself,
- , Eimi.
P. S.-By the way, I have just
thought of a scheme that I know will
meet the approval of "Uncle Briggs"
and Commissioner Livingston and the
Prosperity correspondent of the Ob
server-th'e streets of Columbia, tak
en all together, cover enough area
just to string the asylum buildings
along either side of them. Nobody
could object, because the city of Co
lunmbia doesn't count, and it would be
a business matter, and we people of
the country, who arie the tax-payers,
want 'the worth of our money, and we
must have it. The four of us together
--me and "Uncle Briggs" and Com
missioner Livingston and the Prosper
ity corresponden,t of the Observer,
can't be beat on suggestions. Stick to
me, boys, and we will be like me and
pa and Ben Tillman in the days of the
MOTHER'S FEAEFUL DEED.
Sets Fire t.o House, Causing Death of
Six Children and Self.
Braddock, N. D., Oct. 23.-Apparent
ly laboring under a mental strain, Mrs.
Axel Johnson, wife of a farmer living
near here, locked herself and her six
little children in 'their home and set
the house on fire. All were b'urned.
Mr. Johnson was working in as field
some d,istance from the house when
the tragedy occured.
Neighbors believe Mrs. Johnson
locked and barricaded the doors and
nailed down the windows of the house.
Then saturating the room with oil, she
applied a match. Neighbors rushed to
the house, bu't rescue was impossible.
The bodies were found in a corner of
the living room under the sniouldering
mass, where they had huddled toge'th
er when the flames surrounded' them.
Death of Mrs. G. W. Davenport.
Mrs. George WV. D)avenport died at
their home on Mr. H. H. Evans' place:
n Monday after a very brief illness
with a congestive chill. Mrs. Daven
port was 50 years omc and before her
arriage was Miss Jennie Reed. She
isurvived iby her husband and sev
al children. Burial was had at~
Trinity church in No. 6 township, on
COTTON BROKER BANKRUPT.
0. P. Heath, of Charlotte, Files Vol.
untary Pc-u-tion-Liabilities One
Charlotte, N. C., Oct. 23.-O. P.
Heath, of Charlotte, one of the wealth
iest and -best-known cotton brokers in
the Southern Statses, twith branch of
5ces in a number oi southern cities,
filed a petition in bankruptcy late this
afternoon in the federal court at Salis
bury, through Maxwell'& Kierans, his
attorneys. Judge Boyd promptly ad
judged the petitioner a bankrupt and
referred the matter to W. S. O'B. Rob
erson, of Charlotte, referee in bank
ruptcy. The liabilities, it is said, are
more than $1,000,000, while the assets
will not reach one-quarter of. thAt
Practically all of the creditors are
North Carolina banks, though several
New York firms are represented in the
list. No cause is known foi the fail
ure. Mr. Heath is ill at his home in
this city, and efforts to secure a state
ment from -him tonight were unsuc
THE COU"ITY'S RQADS.
"Citizen" Discusses the Road Law and
Its Enforcement -as He Has
Editor The Herald and News: I see
a great deal is being said about the
public roads. In my opinion, the ad
ministration of the.law is the trouble.
Every male citizen ;e-ween the ages
of 18 and 55 years is liable to road
duty for six days in each year, or to
pay a commutation tax of two dollars.
For the year 1910 there was collected
$1,243.25 commutation tax, $836.89 was
paid out on the roads, and $406.06 was
carried -forward to the general fund
of the county on January 1,1911. One
thousand five hundred and eighty-six
dollars -was collected as c9=1mutatig
tax for the year 1911; and the greater
portion of the same has not been paid
out this year, but will be carri'ed for
ward to the general fund' of the7 county
on January 1, 1912.
Every dollar of this fund should
have been expended on the sections of
roads on which it has been paid.
Then, there is a -tax of one mill for
roads and bridges. This tax will bring
in this year seven thousand dollars.
This should be kept separate from the
general fund of thie county and placed
where it belongs-on the roads. Then,
the people who do not -pay the comn
mutation tax should be made to work
the roads. -Do they do it? The super
visor ordered -the roads worked in the
spring. .So far- as I know, only two
overseers did any work then.
In the summer the supervisor order
ed that the overseers should put their
full six days on the roads. Have 'any
of the overseers put in this time? A
few havie done their duty, but a great
maority of the overseers 'have not put
on but a day or two on.their sections.
On one section of 24 mi-les only the
overseer on one small section 'has
woked his section from end0 to end.
The othier overseers have worked one
or two days. This is on a road travel
ed iby one of the county cominissioners
to the county seat. On another sec
tion of 25 miles, ffve overseers have
put in thei,r time, -and six or seven
have put in t'rom one to four days,
several have used the scrape enough
to take up the commutation tax, but
have .not ordered out the hands at all.
There are three miles in this road
that has not been touched this year.
I spoke to one of the overseers and
asked him to work his road. He was
indignant, and told me it looked to
him as if peoPle were :taking more in
terest in his road than he was. I told
him he was telling the truth.
Now, this state of affairs is preval-ent
all over the county. Who is responsi
ble? The law says the supervisor
shall order the time to work and the
number of days at each working. If
a hand fail-ed or refused to work, he
was guilty of a misdemeanor and lia
ble to a fine or' to work on the chain
gang. If an overseer failed or refused
to have his road worked, he was also
guilty of a misdemneanor, and subject
to fine or to go to the gang. Now, who
m tonforcQ the law?'- The supe?rvis
r- cr..'unv commissioner's duty is to
enforce the law. Have they done their
duty? Has any overseer been indicted
for not doing his duty?- .
- At the court of sessions'last fall the
supervisor was orderec by the court
to bring indictment against - evIery
overseer indicted? Now, Mr. Editor,
who is responsible for the condition of
The supervisor is responsible for
the condition of our roads, and I re
spectfully .ask the members of the
grand jury to investigate the malter
and have the road law of the county,
* HONOR ROLL .CITY SCHOOLS. *
Grade 10-Clara Bowers, Estelle
Caldwell, Alice Cannon, Moriett Hayes,
Rose Herbert, Lois . Hip), Marion
Jones, Annie Kibler, JameF Kinard,
Bessie Lake, Florence "o Kate
Neel, MamiePaysinger, Sara Simmons,
Lanct Swindler, Nkncy Werts.
Grade 9-Minnie Amick, Mary Dunn,
Margaret Davis, Amelia Klettner,
Trent Keitt, Annie Lominic, Jennie
Morris, Cornelia Mayer, Margaret Neel,
Margaret Renwick, Faye Rikard, Wil
lie Wicker; Sara Williamson, Frank
Wright, Annie Werts.
Grade 8-Maude Abrams, Osehr
Blackwelder, Saluda Blese, - Marion
Earhardt, Dora Eddy, Sara Halfacre,
John Kinard, Julia Take, Henma
Langfor, Cora LamtnIck, Mattle Mann
An'nie. Mann, Teressa Maybi, -Ne4i
McCrery, Myrtis Miller, .RoW-lee Sum
mer, Rebecca Sligh.
Boundary Street SchooL
Grade 2-Henry Lominack, John
Chappell; Colie Blease, . Ella Dunn,
Janet Banks, Elizabeth Whight, Le
gare Tarrant, Everett Hipp, Harold
Hipp, Marie Schumpert, Hubert
Schumpert, Paul jfulenwider, Lily Map
43Ith, CIlra eal
Grade 8-AubreX Tilley, blark Floyd,
Carroll Summer, Herman Dickert, Ir
win Leavell, Henry Eddy, WHliam
Sample, Olivia Stewart, Frances Jones,
Claudia Wheler, Fedna Schumpert,
Aillene Dunn, Annie Ward, Janie Dell
Paysinger. -- v
Grade 4-Bowman Adams, Harr'y
Epting, Robert Schumnpert, Ellis WIl
liamuson, Hattie Mary Buford, Coa
Ewart, Mary Klet3tner, May Tarrant.
'Grade 5-Azile Parr, Ruth Black- -
Grade 6-Bertha Gallman, Blanche
Dickert, Ruth Porter, Grace Summer,. . -
George mRodelsperger, John Floyd,
Clyde Ward, J.unius Kina.rf, Natt~ Gist.
Speers Street SchooL'
Grade 1-Caroline Weeks, Marie
Long, Elizabeth Harans, Delmar Bailes,
C. P. Koon, John L. Epps...
Grade 2-Edith Wilson, Louise
Thomas, Jessie Earhardt, Blanche
Sale, Willie Lake, Blanelle Counts, Ed
ward Walton, Preston Lambright.
Grade 4-Susie Maude Wilson, Ed
win Setzler, Marguerite Werts, Abbie
Gaillard, Marguerite Jacobs, Sue Ella
Peterson, Joe Norwood, Sarah Thomp
son, Grace Wilbur, Edward Davis,
Grade 3-Mary Alice Suber,. Mary
Digby, Fred Weir, Horace Gruber.
Grade 5-Bessie Bedenbaugh, Sophie
Nell Cro-twell, Annie Dunston, Nancy
Foi, Emily Hoof, Joeif Wertz.
Grade 6-Joe Norwood, Sara -
Thompson, Grace Wilbur, Edward
Davis, and Jack Dunston.
Gra de 7-Henry Rikard, Kathryn
Harms, Ruth Digby, Mary Eliza Ma
hon, Mildred Evans, Elise Peterson,
Ruby Foster, Eldridge McSwain, Vera
Walton, Robert West, Mattie Lou
Wicker, Irwin Satterwhite.
West End SchooL
Grade 1-Christina Danielson, Wil
lie May Curbertson, Ruby Taylor,
Pearl Fulmer, Mamie Clary, Helen
Jones, NZovice Bouknight, Julia Melton,
J. B. Taylor, Alfonso Campsen, Leigh
ton Jones, Lee Crocker, Clarence
Franklin, W. C. S,ith.
Grade 2-Rose Copeland, Emma
Franklin, Ev'a Rob:nson, Clen Jones.
Grade 3-Mabel Jones, B. F. Tomp
kins, William Ramsay, Ruth Koon.
Grade 4-Harvey Thomas, Horace
Grade 5-Bernice CaTdwell.
Grae 6-Annie Kinard, .Tanie Vines-.