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'VOLUME L~ NUMIB 10. NEWBERRY, SOUTH CAROLINA, FRIDAY, FEB1RUARY 2, 19124 WC EK U Eh
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rWILSON AND HARVEY.
Correspondence Between Them Pub.
lished by New York Paper With
Consent of Both.
New York, Jan. 30.-The New York
Evening Post has sought, for the sake
of justice to all concerned, to secure
the publication of the correspondence
between Gov. Wilson and Col. Harvey.
In that sense it applied to them both.
Neither wished to be put in the po
sition of giving out private letters, but
both assented to the publication with
the distinct undersanding that the ini
tiative came from the Evening Post.
The first letter, dated December 21,
addressed to Col. Harvey by Gov. Wil
:son, is as follows:
Matter of Fact.
"My Dear Colonel: Every day I am
confirmed in the judgment that my
mind is a one-track road, and can run
only one train of thought at a time.
A. long time after that interview with
you and Marse Henry at the Manhat
tan club it came over me that when,
at the close of the interview you ask
ed me that question about the Week
ly, I answered it stmply as a matter
of fact and of business, and said never
a word of my sincere gratitude to you
f0' all your generous support, or of
my hope that it might be continued.
Foigive me and forget my manners.
.In reply Col. Harvey wrote to Gov.
Wilson as follows:
No Persondl Issue.
"My Dear Governor Wilson: Reply
ing to your note, I think it should go
without saying that no purely person
al issue could arise between you and
me. Wha'ever anyo'dy else may 'r
mise, you surely must know thai,
in trying to arouse and further your
political aspirations during the past
few years, I have been, actuated sole
ly by the belief that I was rendering
a distinct public service.
"The real-point at the time of our
interview was, as you aptly put - it,
one simply 'of fact and of business,'
and when you stated the fact to be
that my support was hurting your
candidacy and that you were experi
encing difficulty in finding a way to
counteract its harmful effect, the only
thing possible for me to do, in simple
fairness 'to you no less than in con
sideration of my own self-respect, was
to relieve you of your embarrassment
so far as it lay within my power to do
so, by ceasing to advocate your nomi
9' . Nothing More.
, "That, I think, was fully understood
between us at the time, and acting
accordingly I took down your name
from the head of the Weekly's editor
ial page some days before your letter
was written. That seems to be all
there is of it.
"Whatever little hurt I may have
felt as a consequence of the unexpect
ed peremptoriousness of your attitude
toward me is of course wholly eli
minated by your gracious words.
"Very truly yours,
Gov. Wilson replied under date of
January 11 as follows:
Hurt Was UnintentionaL.
"My Dear Col. Harvey: Generous
and cordial as was your letter written
in reply to my note, it has left me
uneasy, beca'ise, in its perfect frank
miess, it shows that I did hurt you by
what I so tactlessly said. I am very
much ashamed of myself, for there is
nothing I am more ashamed of than
hurting a true friend, however unin
tentional the hurt may have been. I
wanted very much to see you in Wash
ington, but was absolutely captured
by callers every minute I was in my
rooms, and when I was not there was
fulfilling public engagements. I saw
you at the dinner, but could not get at
you, and after the dinner was sur
rounded and prevented from getting
at you. I am in town today, to speak
this evening, and came in early in the
hope of catching you at your office.
Grateful for Support.
"For I owe it to you and to my own
thought and feeling to tell you how
grateful I am for all your generous
praise and support of me (no one has
described me more nearly as I would
like to believe myself to be, than you
have), how I have admired you for
the inpndencraa nd unhesittngn
courage and individuality of your
course, and how far I was from desir
ing that you should cease your support
Df me in the Weekly. You will think
me very stupid, but I did not think of
that as the result of my blunt answer
to your question. I thought only of
the means of conVincing people of the
real independence of the Weekly's
position. You will remember that
I have- unintentionally put you in a
false and embarrassing position, you
heap coals of fire on my head by con
tinuing to give out interviews favor
able to my candidacy. All that I cam
say is, that you have proved yourself
very big, and that I wish I might
have an early opportunity to tell you
face to face how I really felt about it
With warm regards, cordially and
No Rancor Left.
Col. Harvey's reply was as follows:
"January 16, 1912.
"My Dear Gov. Wilson: Thank you
sincerely for your most handsome let
ter. I can only repeat what I said
before: That there is no particle of
personal rancor or resentment left it
me. I beg you to believe that I havE
not said one word to anybody of crit
icism of you.
"I have to print a word of explana
tion to the Weekly's readers, but ii
will b,' the briefest possible.
"Very truly yours,
NEWS OF EXCELSIOR.
Messrs. Cook and Singley Use Roai
Drag to Fine Effect-Personal
Excelsior, Feb. 1.-The grain in thii
section is all right so far.
There will be less fertilizers usec
in this section this year by all of ou]
Miss Annie Lou Dominick, of Hel
ena, is visiting Mr. Cornelius Counts
Mr. Arthur Lee Wheeler, of Colum
bia, spent Sunday at this home here.
Miss Helen Nichols has been on
visit to Misses, Alder Ray and Nanni(
Mrs. J. W. Hartman and Mrs. H. J1
Kinard have been on a visit to rela
tives at Little Mountain.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Addy, of Salude
county, spent Sunday in this section
Mrs. Addy will spend a week witi
relaives here befor'e her return t<
Messrs. Enos Counts and Berr:
Hartman are making quite an im.
provement on their homes by the us<
of the paint brush.'
Rev. Jas. D. Kinard, of Newberry
paid a short visit to his brother herm
Mr. and Mrs. John Smith, of neal
Leesville, are spending several day:
with relatives in Mt. Pilgrim section.
Messrs. E. M. Cook and A. A. Sing
ley used the road drag on a few milee
of road here last week leading fron
Prsperity down the Columbia road
The drag puts the roads in fine con
dition and ought to be used more fre
quently after the ra,ins. The abovE
named gentlemen are to be praised fo:
their good work on the roads.
THE SPLIT-LOG DRAG.
Fine Results Being Accomplished Witji
It on the Roads Throughout
From all over the county reporti
are being received of the fine effects
on the roads from the use of the split
log drag. .The rural mail carriers
have been enthusiastic advocat-es o:
this means of keeping the roads it
condition, and they have been urging
the people along their routes to use
the drag, and their work has beet
Judge Peterson said this week thal
he 'had promises from people alona
several miles of his route from New
berry to use the drag on the roads
each agreeing to use for a certain dis
tance, and that he was hoping to gel
the patrons along the whole route in
terested. For sey.eral issues The Her
ald and News has been carrying re
ports brought in fromn other carriers
as to the good work done by tI' ,
NEWS 01 BACHMAN CHAPEL.
Road Drag Got in Good Work-Colony
Church and Grave Yard-Other
Slighs, Jan. 30.-After a week of
regular "spring-like" weather, such
as we haden't seen for a good long
while, we are having some rain again.
We now ought to know how to appre
ciate such weather as that of last
I never saw a greater improvement
on roads in the same length of time..
Their condition had been such that it
was real burdensome to travel over
them in any way and you can imagine
how it was to get through with a
loaded wagon. Though with such
nice weather as last week was and by
the use of the "road drag" the roads
had gotten in fine shape and the auto
mobiles, motorcycles, etc., had begun
to venture out again. We suppose
though that they will have to do as
the "ground hog" for a while longer
now, return to their den.
If you will allow me the privilege,
I will copy a few lines of "poortry,"
as it seems to be fashionable. Any
thing, you know, to "keep up with the
fashions and styles." So here goes
It is very easy to be pleasant
When life goes on like a song;
But the man worth 'while is the man
with a smile,
When every thing goes dead wrong.
So what's the use of wearing such
long faces about the bad weather and
roads? Cheer up and make a "road
drag" and when the roads get in the
right condition, use them. There ought
to be a good one on every section of
public roads in the county. They
save so much time and labor and do
such good work.
Oats have been injured some by the
recent freeze, but they will be O. K.,
I think, if no more of them are killed.
Regular services were held at Col
ony on last Sunday morning. On ac
count of the weather we failed to have
any service on the second Sunday in
this month. Rev. Mr. Kinard announc
ed that communion services would be
held at Colony on the second Sunday
in February, unless providentially
hindered. Preparatory ser.vices on
Saturday morning at 11 o'clock.
The graveyard, under the super
vision of Mr. L. M. Fel>lers, has been
put in excellent condition. It is a
pleasure to see the graves of your
dear ones kept in good shape. All
who hav~e relatives buried in Colony
graveyard should go up and inspect
it occasionally and see how nicely it
is kept up.
I have been informed that there will
be a box party at Union scho'ol house
on next Friday night, provided the
weather is favorable. The proceeds
are to go towards helping to purchase
a l.ibrary for the school.
Gary Epps, who has been confined
to his roonm for the past week, is im
The oldest child of Mr. and Mrs.
Levi Schumpert has had a severe at
tack of catarrh, but is greatly improv
Among those wearing a broad smile
these days is Mr. C. B. Halfacre of
near Colony. "It's a son."
There are two new* telephone lines
to go up a.t an early date that I know
of. One is to begin in this section and
connect with the exchange at Pros
perity. The other is to begin in the
Colony section and connect with the
0Xarse Henry" in Columbia.
Columbia, Jan. 31.-Col. Henry Wat
terson, the great editor, spoke tonight
*in the hall of the house of representa
tives on arbitration. Mr. Watterson
did .not show hIs years, except in his
white hair, nor that he has been a suif
ferer and had been operated upon.
There was a 'band of court plaster on'
his head, the "token of a carbuncle."
The subject of his speech was not one
that could well touch on current top
ics, but all he had to say was well done
and with unexpected vigor and force.
Recently bids for the building of
1federal postoffices at ditferent points
n South Carbli.aa havy b'een i.;)ened
WHO KILLED IRYTLE HAWKINS
Judge Ewart Startles Hendersonville
With Theory-Responsible Party
a Free Man.
Hendersonville, N. C., Jan. 30.-Like
the famous ghost, the Myrtle Hawkins
murder case will not down. Never,
since the horrible crime was commit
ted, has the public felt that sufficient
effort has been made to bring the
guilty fiends to justice. There has been
an undercurrent of feeling all these
months that the light had not been
turned on either long enough or
searchingly enough. Probably a few
gullible souls have been satisfied
with the official declaration of the
authorities that "Myrtle Hawkins
came to her death at the hands of
parties unknown to the jury." But
and here comes the rub-the vast ma
jority of people never felt that the
"party" or "parties" should remain
"unknown" to the jury and authori
ties. Of course, due allowance is made
for the wiseacres, amateur sleuths and
others who shake their heads and look
knowingly whenever a murder is de
clared a "mystery." But the feeling
that "the lid had been put on" in this
case, for various and sundry specula
tive reasons, was and. is shared by a
large percentage of the intelligent citt
zens of this place. In fact all Western
North Carolina is deeply interested in
the case, and will not drop the demand
that the guilty parties be brought to
A Confirmed Sceptic.
Perhaps the most confirmed sceptic
regarding the efforts of the authorities
to go to the bottom of the mystery is
the editor of the Asheville Citizen.
That gentleman through the columns
of his paper has kept the story of the
crime before the public almost daily,
under the caption, "Who Killed Myr
tle Hawkins?" In season and out of
season the editor has hammered out
that question. As was to be expected
a perfect torrent of answers have
steadily poured into the editorial sanc
tum, and some reproduced in the
newspaper. Eviry conceivable theory
has been advanced, from suicide to
the statement that Myrtle Hawkins is
still alive. This last was based on
the correspondent's opinion that the
coroner's jury could not possibly have
identified 'the body, because of the ad
vanced putrifaction of the body when.
found. Other theories, including cold
blooded murder, accidental manslaugh
ter and what not, have been advanced.
Some writers abused the officials, some
defended them. The local newspapers
have fairly rung with the clash be
tween those holding divergent opin
r..Ti : :hy 7:th the truth to say
that no crime in the history of a long
lie d~ blac': cri:1e: he. s* sti:':e-t the
people of Western North Cai:oliia as
has the kiling of Myt:e hawkius.
History of the Crisne.
One Sunday morning in earlyv Sep
temb'er of last year, long bef->r the~
summer visitors .hal begun to turn
their faces toward huma tis quiet
resort among the mo)unta!is was
shocked and thrilled b,y the anno:nee
ment that a terrible mardar had been
committed in Hen'dersonville. Coming.
as it did on top of seqeral tragie deaths
from automobile accM'ents hereabouts,
the whole populat3n wAs keyed lip to
the highest tension. The demand for
details 'was insatiable. Every news
paper that contained a line in refer
once to the singular case was immed
ately bought up. For several aays
the entire people were so astounded by
the little scattered bits, of news con
cerning the case that it was impossi
ble to get the straight of the matter.
Hysteria seemed to have suddenly
seized upon every one officially con
nected with the case. But as was in
evitable, the story in some of its re
volting details began to get to the
iublic. After -numerous witnesses had
been interrogatedl and more than one
inquest held, the cfficials declared that
Myrtle Hawkins' murdered or murder
ers were unknown to them. This only
added fat to the fire. Detectives, at
fancy figures, were imported; city and
county officials pursued every possi
ble clue-; rewards were offered by the
town, county and State. But no one
was fastened with the uncanny crime.
Who. having heard them. wiP #-e'
young girl's death? On that Septem
ber day some stroller on the beautiful
drive around Lake Osceola was start
led on beholding the body of a woman
floating face upward, fully clother, on
the calm waters of the lake. Like
electricity the news flew from mouth
to mouth. "An unknown woman had
committed suicide out at Lake Os
eeola," ran the first report. But when
it all had been sifted down and some
of the truth became known, it was
changed to say "Myrtle Hawkins, one
of Hendersonville's most widely known
young women, has been murdered and
her body thrown into the lake." And
there is where matters have officially
stopped. But the question, "Who kill
ed Myrtle Hawkins?" did not stop. It
has been asked every day since the
Light Begins to Break.
Like a bombshell- of high explosives,
therefore, came the lengthy statement
from Judge H. G. Ewart, of Hender
sonville, published in the Asheville
Citizen of Sunday, 28th instant.
Light begins to break with the -state
nient issued by this .able juTist. Judge
Ewart was the. conudential attorney,
of one of the parties suspected of the
crime, and he is,- therefore, in a posi
tion to speak With some degree of. au
thority. By a process of elimination
the- judge puts aside, several theories
as to how the girl met her death, to
fasten on the one that Myrtle came
to her death as the result of a crim
inal operation. To quote his. words.:
"- but in this instance, whether
from loss of nerve or from the power
ful anaesthetic administered, the
operation was bungingly done. The
girl died of shock."
A Stariting Statement,
In the body of the article, in italic
ised letters, are these startling words:
"The man who did this is in Hender
sonville today!" Truly a most remark
able assertion. "Why, then," one asks,
"is he not arrested?" Because, as
Judge Ewart points out, the man has
so closely covered his tracks that the
law can not touch him. To quote the
correspondent: "The evidence against
him is such that no grand jury would
consider it for a moment and no judge
would allow it to go to a trial jury."
For that reason the murderer or the
accomplice is walking the streets of
this town daily, immune thus far from
How Solve the Casel /
"Cherchey la femmes," says the
judge. Find her and the murder mnys
tery will be solved. It was the bung
ling hand of a woman, attempting to
perform a criminal operation, that
caused the death of the girl. Either
shock or chloroform poisoning was
the direct means of her end. If the
woman is found the key to the mys
tery will be found. It was a woman
who undertook to help the girl's se
ducer rid the girl of her impending
motherhood. The woman disappeared
'the day following the last ..n which
Myrtle Hawkins was seen alive, and
her whereabouts has since remained
Urp to the Authorities.
"What will the authorities do now?"
is the question upon everyone's lips.
Clearly they must either renew the!
efforts to locate the woman in the case
or they mtich tell Judge Ewart, "you
don't knogy what you are ' talking
about" It is the fixed belief of many
here that the question, "Who killed
Myrtle Hawkins?" will never be set
tied dntil it results in the conviction
of ~murder .in the flrst degree -of a
certain man who today walks the
streets of Hendersonville.
Death of Mr. W. H. Eddy, Sr.
Just as The Herald and News is go
ing to press the sad intelligence of
the death of Mr. W. H. Eddy, Sr.,
reaches the city. He died at his home
at Jalapa on Thursday afternoon at
1.30 o'clock, in the 80the year of hik
age, and will be buried at Tranquil on
Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
Murray Dispensary Commission.
If current reports be true this com
mission will be criticised for spend
ing $145,500 to $200,000 in payments
to T. B. Felder for work worth 1ers
'e.:z--wh? if this amount. Altogether
it wil he a. hot campaign.
SYMPUI UW WUU Ur
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
SENATE PASSES CROSSON HIGH
Will Place Engineer In' Charge of
Road Work-Civil Engineer
The Crosson bill to create a State
highway commission, passed the sen
ate Tuesday by a vote of 20 to 12.
The bill has attracted Statewide at
tention and was generally discussed
in the senate. Dr. W. L. Page, di
rector of United States office of public
roads, praised the measure in unstint
ed terms as being the best bill for the
promotion and betterment of public
highways that he had yet seen in. the
United States. He, some time, ago,
lectured before the senate and to the
house on the subject of "Good Boads
and there discussed the merits o the
.This bill was introduced in the-ses
ate January 17, 1911, and has-:ben
on the senate calendar since. It hat
been debated, discussed and amendedv
but it goes to the house -la almost 4ts
original form. There was an a nd
ment adopted providing < that two-i
thirds of the money derived from the
licensing of automobiles will .remaat
in the county treasury - of. the re
spective counties in which such- li
eensee are .collected. The other one
third will go to the highway commis
sion for its maintenance.
Vote on Measure.
The vote on the passage of the bill
was as follows:
Yeas-Ackerman, Appelt, Bates,
Christensen, Clifton, Crosson, Earle,:
Hough, Alan -Johnstone, T. J. Maul
din, McCown, Rainsford, Sinkler, Spi
vey, Stewart, Summers, Waller, Wes
ton, Wharton, Young-20.
Nays-Black, Carlisle, Epps, Green,
Hall, Laney, Lawson, Manning, Mars,
Montgomery, Strait, Stuckey-12.
Senator Hardin and Senator W. L.
The bill provides that the State
highway commission shall have charge
of all the laws now in existence and
those hereafter promulgated relating
to highways, ferries, etc.
The chief officer of the departmet
will be a competent civil' engineer,
who shall be thoroughly skilled in
road construction and all its allied
branches. He shall hold office for
two years and his annual salary will
be $2,506), to be paid In monthly in
stallments. The commissioner will
be appointed by the governor on the
recommendation of the heads of the
departments of civil engineering of
the Unii'ersity of South Carolina,
Clemson and the Citadel, who shall act
in an advisory capacity to the State
engineer when in their judgment it
is necessary or' when he requires it.
The members will serve without re
muneration, except trav'eling or oth
er necessary expenses. The -State
highway commissioner will be requir
ed to take the oath required of other
State officers, and will also be requir
ed to furnish bond in the sum of $10,
000, the sureties of which shall have
been approved by the State treasurer.
All expenses of the department will
be paid out of one-third of moneys
collected from the licenses of automo
biles in the difterent counties. The
State highway commissioner is au
thorized to hire such help as is neces
sary, for the proper conduct of the
department, but at an sannual stipend
not to exceed $5,000 a year. Hie Is to
keep on file in his office all reports
made and statistics- collected during
the year, and is also to make an an-.
nual report to the general assembly
through the governor.
On the request of the properly con
stituted authorities of the county, it
will be the duty of the highway com
missioner to make and give such spe
cifications and estimates as are neces
sary. Also he is to give expert ad
vice and assistance on all questions
pertaining to highways and bridges.
"He shall make such investigation as
shall be deemed expedient in order
to connect under one general system
the roads of the various counties of
the State by means of ferries, brides
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