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LOST BY FIRE
BLAZE SWEEPS COLUMBIA WHOLE
Plant of Cibbes Machinery Company,
Where Fire Originated, De
Columbia, Jan. 5.-The worst fire
since Sherman burned Columbia was
experienced here this morning, when
fames destroyed practically an entire
block in the wholesale district and in
flicted a loss estimated at not ever
$250,000. For a time the whole sec
tion was threatened. For over three
hours the firemen made desperate ef
forts to check the raging flames, but
this was not accomplished until the
greater part of the buildings in the
block had been consumed. .
A steady wind from the west, blow
ing low on the ground, sent the flames
and sparks in every direction and for
a time overcame the desperate at
tempts the fire fighters were making
to confine the conflagration. The
steady gale from the west carried the
sparks in every direction and many
tenant houses and stables, as well as
warehouses and lesser buildings, in
the rear of the wholesale district,
were ignited and some of them were
Started in Basement.
The fire originated in the basement
of the Gibbes Machinery company, just
nnder the office room, and had gained
considerable headway when discover
+ed, in the main building of the Gibbes
Machinery company, which was two
stories in height and faced on West
Gervais street. Just in the rear was
located a large warehouse, where the
automobiles were housed. This was
soon consumed and nineteen automo
biles were lost in the fire, four only
being saved. The helpers and mechan
icians worked hard to save the ma
chines, but the rapidity with which the
blaze spread prevc.nted them from
getting but four of them to safety.
Armour Ruilding Destroyed.
Adjoning the Gibbes Machinery
company was a small brick structure
of the Armour Packing company, and
for a time it was thought this would1
be saved. The flames leaped over it
and caught the two-story building of
the Southern States Su,pply company
and soon it fell with a crash along-1
side. But surrounded as it was by
fire, the Armour building could not
survive and the flames pr*esently en
veoped it, leaving only some gaunt'
brick walls and a heap of smoking
ruins. The roof of the Dupre building
e was- considerably damaged, the win
dows and doors burned, and the
building flooded with water, it stand-i
ing eight inches -deep in the cellar.
But here the ferocity of the flames
was checked and the building was sav
ed, although considerably damaged by
thbe combined attacks of fire and wat
er. This building is owned by Mr. J.
E.. Young, who runs a wholesale busi
ness just across the street.
Damaged by Water.
It was impossible to estimate the,
damage to the stock of goods of Mr.'
DuPre, and he himself was absent in
Chicago. In this same building was
the wholesal'e firm of T. B. Roach Pro
vision company, and their stock. was
considerably damaged by water. Both
of these concerns are capitalized at
$10,000 and carry a big lirne of goods.
A stable in the rear of the building
The next building was occupied by
the E. A. Beall & Co., but the flames
did not damage them to any extent. A
1stable in the rear of the store was1
burned, and Mr. Beall estimated that
$1,000 would cover his loss. The drug
store of Dr. F. S. Earle is on the
corner ini this same building, but the
flamnes did not reach him. However,
he suffered damage from water and
from movling his goods. Just in the.
rear of the drug store is the place of
Swift & Co., but they escaped with
slight damage, resulting from water.'
In the rear of these burned and1
damaged buildings are the Columbia
Stock Yards, but they were not dam
aged to any great extent. Several
smaller tenant houses and outbuild
ings in this immediate vicinity caught
from vagrant sparks and burned.
Sesboard Depot in Danger.
It was feared for a time that the
S1. A. L. depot, which stands just this
side of the burned district, would be
lost, and negroes with buckets of wat
er were kept on the platform apd
promptly extinguished any sparks
which feli trere. The wind was blow
- ing directly that way, carrying a cloud
of smoke and sparks. Barrels of oil
and other combustibles housed in the
stores in the burning and threatened
area were hurried out and rolled to
places of safety, in the rear of the de
The fire, as stated, was checked
when it reached the DuPre building,
and although it was some hours later
before all danger was passed, no fur
ther trouble was experienced. The
walls which were left standing of the
burned buildings, and which were
thought to be unsafe, were pulled
down by the firemen. Telegraph and
telephone wires running into the
1 buildings which were burned were
cut to avoid danger from live wires,
and considerable damage to these
companies will result. The street cars
on this end of the Gervais line were
blocked while the fire was raging.
While this fire was at its height
the residence of Dr. W. C. McMillan,
behind the State House on Main street,
caught on fire, but the flames were
extinguished with little difficulty.
While the people were all hurrying
to the scene of the conflagration, and
it is estimated that over 5,000 people
viewed the scene, a small boy on Main
street was run over and seriously
damaged by an automobile hurrying to
the fire. He was taken to a local hos
pital and given attention. His name
was not learned.
Many scenes, some ludicrous and
otherwise, were witnessed while the
fire was at its height. A man's clothes
caught and the hose was turned on
him at once, promptly extinguishing
the clothing, but drenching the man.
Several times the hose would burst
and .people standing nearby would
literally be "soaked." A cold wind,
blowing while the fire raged, added
to the discomfort of the people who
flocked from all sides to view the un
A- revised and careful estimate of the
loss from the fire places the loss at
about $225,000, with about $189,000 in
Losses and Insurance.
As near as can be estimated, the
losses are as follows:
Gibbes Machinery company, with
branches in Charleston, Wilmington,
Spartanburg and Augusta, is the heav
iest loser, the estimate on their loss
being about $125,000, with $80,000 in
The Southern States Supply com
pany, loss about $56,000, with about
H. C. Werts & Co., loss about $15,
000, with about $10,000 insurance.
Armour & Co., loss about, $11,000,
said to be fully insured.
The Gayola company, loss about $3,
000, insurance about $500..
Moffatt B. DuPre, company, loss
about $2,000, covered by insurance.
T. B. Roach Provision company, loss
about $2,000, covered by insurance.
Dr. F. S. Earle, drug store, loss
about $1,000, not insured.
Swift, & Co.,. loss about $1,00Q
thought to be fully insured.
An engine in the Seaboard yards is
said to have,'been badly damaged.
The telephone and telegraph com
panies also sustained some loss, their
wires having been burnt out in this
section by the fire. Other minor
losses, such as 'tenant houses, -were
sustained, -but is thought that $250,-I
000 is an outside estimate of the loss
from the fire. The fire was gotten
completely under control this after
noon and only smouldering embers
mark the spot where th-e conflagra
tion raged this morning.
H. H. EVANS INDICTED..
Indictment Handed Out on Friday by
Richland County Grand
Columbia, Jan. 5.-A bill of indict
ment, charging for acceptance of re
bates and conspiracy to receive re
bates, was handed out by the Rich
land county court today by Solicitor
Cobb, against H. H. (Hub) Evans, of
Newberry, on which a true bill was
returned by the grand jury. The in
dictment charges that H. H. Evans,
while a member of the board of direc
tors of the State dispensaiy on De
cember 10. 1900, accepted a rebate
from M. A. Goodman, a whiskey drum
mer, in the sum of $50, the alleged
offence having been committed in Co
lumbia. At the time mentioned in the
indictment, Evans was chairman of
the board of directors of the State
The only witness examined in this
case before the grand jury was S. T.
Carter, chief clerk in the State treas
arer's office. Evans is a native of
Newberry. Whether the case will be
tried at this term of court is not
known, but it is expected -that'he will
appear and demand immediate trial.
The indictment alleges, in part, the
following: "That H. H. Evans, on the
10th day of December, in the year of
1900, at Columbia, being a *member
of the board of directors of. the State
dispensary and holding office and pos
ition of trust and profit in said State,
and in a public institution thereof, did
accept fr his individual use a bene
fit, and not for the benefit and on be
thalf of the said State, rebates and
!extra compensations in addition to
that provided by law, io wit, the sum
of $50, paid by and received from one
M. A. Goodman. That H. H. Evans, on
the 10th day of December, in the year
of 1900, at Columbia, being a member
of the board if directors of the State
dispensary did confederate, conspire,
combine and agree, together with one
M. A. Goodman, a liquor drummer, and
divers other persons, unlawfully to
receive rebates from the said Good
man and other persons, to the jurors
aforesaid unknown, as extra compen
sation for his own benefit, and not for
the benefit of the said State, the said
rebate and extra compe 'sation paid
by the said M. A. Goodman and divers
other persons for the benefit of and
for the individual use of the said H.
H. Evans, in addition to his compen
sation 'by law, and not for the bene
fit and behalf of the State, the con
spiracy being. entered into and exe
cuted for the purpose of violating the
laws of the State of South Carolina,
prohibiting any officer from accepting
rebates for his individual use, and the
said conspiracy being carried forward!
by the payment to the said H. H.
Evans, of various sums of money in
pursuance thereof for his own bene
fit, and not for the benefit of the State
aforesaid, by the said M. A. Goodman
and other persons."
W. F. Caldwell.
Funeral of Admiral Evans.
Washington, Jan. 5.-President Taft,
members of his Cabinet, Admiral Dew
ey, practically every naval officer on
I duty in Washington and many promi
nent officials attended the military
funeral of Rear Admiral Robley D.
An unusual tribute was paid to the
memory of Admiral Evans by Empor-'
er William, of Germany. As the spe
cial representative of the' emperor,
Commander Retzmann, the German
naval attache, atteinded the funeral
and placed a wreath on the bier of
the admiral, who had been intimately
known by the emperor.
Early An the day the body was
transferred from the family home to
All Souls Unitarian church. The ser
'vices 'were conducted by President -
Taft's pastor, the Rev. U. G. B. Pierce.
During the services the famous "Paul
Revere" bell, which rang out a warn
ing to the minute men for the first
battle of the Revolution, was tolled.
After the ceremonies at the church,
eight petty officers from the U. S. S.
Dolphin, preceded by prominent naval p
and military pall-bearers, bore .the'
flower-laden casket to gun caisson. A
military escort commanded by Rear1
Admiral Sidney A. Staunton and corn
posed of' the full brigade of midship--I
inen from the Naval academy, two
companies of blue jackets, four com
panies of marines and a battery of
artillery made up the funeral proces
sion 'to Arlington National cemetery.
At the grave "taps" was sounded
and a salute of thirteen guns fired.
EXECUTOR'S NOTICE OF FINAL a
Notice is 'hereby given that on Mon
day, January 15, 1912, a+ 11 o'clock a.!
in., we will make a settlement of the
estate of the late Mrs. M. A. E. Werts,
in office of'Probate Judge at Newberry,,
S. C. All and singular the creditors
are hereby notified to present their;c
claims duly attested to Clarence F. I
Werts, executo.r, and all parties in- tb
debted are required t>' make payment
to the undersigned on or before said It
Susan M. Werts, Executrix. c
Clarence F. Werts, Executor.
Of Mrs. M. A. E. Werts, Deceased.
I will be in the auditor's office each
Saturday in January to prepare pen
VW. G. Peterson,
Pension Commissioner. o
Has Millions -of Friends.
How would you like to number your
friends by milions as Bucklen's Arnica
Salve does? Its astounding cures in the b
past forty years made them, Tts the
best salve in the world for 'sores. ul
TEACHERS' EXAMTNATION. n
An extra teachers' examination will i
be held at the court house, Friday,
January 12, 1912, beginning at 9 a. m.
and closing at 4 p. m. The examina- I
tion questions will be based on thes
recently adoptied text books. Those C
who are now teaching without a cer
tificate are requested to stand this ex- e
J. S. Wheeler,t
County Superintendent of Education.
ASSESSMENT OF PERSONAL PROP-!
ERTY FOR FISCAL YEAR 1912.
I, or an authorized agent, will be
at the following places r.amed below
fr the purpose of taking returns of
And throughout the remainder of the
the entire property is sold. This prol
Swygert Tract, seven miles north-west of
P B E B
Freed January 1, 1912. Charactor i
adapted to Truck, Cotton, Wheat an
than Columbia. Terms: One-fourth ca.
6 per cent. Special inducements will be m
to develop immediately. Teams free to I
Main Street and Hampton Avenue, over
meeting all trains on date of sale. Rail
Carolina Land &
W. H. Ingram, President. Howa
Corner Main and Hampto
rnal property for fiscal. year 1912:
Neberry, January 1 to 9, inclusive.
Kiard, Wednesday, January .10.
Witnire, Thursday and Friday,
Lnry 11 and 12.
Jly Street, Monday, January 15. ON TIPW
Poaria, Tuesday, January 16. FR
Wton, Wednesday, January 17.
Glmphville, Thursday, January 18.
ybinton, Friday, January 19.
Psperity, Monday and Tuesday,
tnry 22 and 23.SOTEN RIV
itle Mountain, Wednesday, Janu- CA IE OFT
O'eall, Thursday, January 25. Tceso aedi
.Lukes, Friday, January 26. 3,11,wt ia i
Ligshores, Monday, January 29. 31192Focmpe
iverstreet, Tuesday, January 30.toshdl,lepn
Cppells, Wednesday, January 31.caloners So
An at Newberry until February 20, tce gn,o
rwhich date a penalty of 50 per
.will be added against all persons,
sor corporations failing to make
Th law requires a tax to be charg- Alna a
n all moneys, notes and mort
e, also an income tax on gross in
ms in excess of $2,500.
ere shall be a capitation tax of I_________
ycents on all dogs, the proceeds __________
be expended for school purposes.
snot returned for taxation shallAtatcCstLn
e considered as property -in any HldyEcr
he courts of this State Acuto h o
. male persons between the agestiCosLneair
1 and 60 years are liable to pay rudti xuso
ltax, except Confederate soldiers,ponsgodnaltr
hose persons incapable of earningstpareeciep
pport from beizig maimed or TiktonslDe
many other cause.17h20,21t2nd
thing but personal property Is to30h31tanJnu
ssessed this year, but all persons Fiareunlm
ohave bought or sold* any real es-192
tesince last return are required to Foraeanohe
esuch transfers on their returnis lclaet rad
l property must be assessed "at G
s rue value," which Is construed to
ea "the sum of money for 'which W .Cag
hproperty, under ordinary cir- Ps.TafcAe
mtances, would sell for cash." Wligo,N
Plase do not ask that your prop -________
tybe taken from the auditor's du-NOIEFAPLC
lcte the same as last return, for
elaw requires that all property A E L
utbe listed on regular tax return Thunesgd
ka and signed and sworn to by Jdeo rbt o
ero listing same. o ody aur
Nme of township and school is-. fr etr dsis
tmust be givien on every return. fteprsnlett
EUG. S. WERTS, Hoe,dcas.
AudtorNewerr Conty RortM cCaug....
Newbery, S C.OUND2-T- I W Di
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week in case of bad weather until
perty is known as the Wagener or
Columbia on the Broad River Road.
)f Soil: Red Pebble Clay, especially
d Oats. Altitude 75. feet higher
h, balance 1, 2, 3 and 4 years at
iade to those who buy and propose
he grounds from our office, Corner
;ylvan's Store, also free from Irno,
road tare will berefunded tothose
rd Cadwell, Sec'y. & Trea .
n1 Ave., Columbia, S. C.
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