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vai.itwf i.. \CMBEB 98. NEWBEBBY, SOUTH CAROLINA, FRIDAY, XOYEHTBER 22, 1912. TBiri . ? r
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MASKED MUb xuui mm
FROM THE CONSTABLE
LYNCHING WAS 14 MILES ABOVE
Will Thomas, the Negro, Was Charged
With Murder of Mr. Spurgeon
Will Thomas, a negro, was taken
+>nm a magistrate's constable by a j
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party of masked men at a point about |
fourteen miles above Newberry at
about 10 o'clock on Friday night, and
was chained to a tree and his body
riddled with bullets. The negro was
being brought to the Newberry jail by
Constable Cary G. Johnson, on a warrant
charging Thomas with the mur~
der of Spurgeon Jonnson, a W UllC rnuu, I
who was assassinated in the upper section
of the county, near the Laurens
line, during the first of October. The
warrant had been issued by Magistrate
William Dorroh," and the negro j
* was arrested in the community in j
which Johnson was killed.
Constable Johnson was halted by
x "Amo thiot woods
the inob at a pomi m xu.vu ..
just beyond Little River bridge. He
says when the mob approached hin
they demanded the prisoner, and that
he refused to deliver him over and shot
off his pistol, thinking to "bluff" the
mob. He ?ays he was told that if he
did that again he would be killed, and
that he was then eaitirely surrounded
by the masked men and had to surrenhim
der. He said tne mou mcu wlu ~ ?
.get down the road quickly, and ihat
he obeyed. They struck his mule, he
says, and before he had got very far
he heard tht firing of guns and pistols.
He says he thinks he heard over a
He and Magistrate Dorroh went lo
the scene on Saturday aiorning and
i'ound the dead body of the negro still
chained to the tree, the same chain
being used with which Constable Johnson
had the negro secured on the
journey to Newberry. Magistrate Dor?
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roh tiien lmmeuitiLCi* UWlAAVV* _
Buford. The sheriff had just returned
; from a trip in the lower part of the
couoty, and in and around Peak,
where there was considerable disturb
ance Friday night, and in company
with Constable Cannon G. Blease, Mr.
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R. C. Eoyleston ana jar. n.. .
marsh, he left immediately for the |
scene. It was impossible to elicit any
v further facts than those given by the
magistrate's constable. Coroner John
Henry Chappell held an inquest, the
verdict being that the negro came to
his death at the hands of unknown
Following is the testimony of Constable
Johnson at the inquest:
"C. G. Johnson, sworn, says: I am
constable for William Dorroh, aud had
a warrant given to get Billy Thomas
to convey him to jail for the murder
Onnro-onn Tnhnson. and when I got
y <-?? ~ ,
to th.ts spot a party of masked men
? -halted me and demanded the prisoner
who I had arrested. I refused and j
? shot off my pistol, thinking that I could
bluff them off. They told me that if
I did that again they would .shoot me.
I was then entirely surrounded by
masked men and had to surrender.
They then told me to get down the road
quick and I obeyed. They struck my
mule and I heard the shot of guns aac
pistols before I had got very far aii<]
Magistrate Dorroh and myself ccme
* over here this morning and found Billy
Thomas dead. I did not know any
of the masked men. This was about
10 o'clock last night. It was 111 N wberry
county, S. C."
It will be recalled that Spurgeon j
Johnson, the white maa with hose
murder Thomas was cnar^e:!, was
shot through a window of his home,
after nightfall, as he was sitting in a
room with his family. On the day following
the shooting, while Sheriff Buford
was investigating it, he examined
Thomas, the negro who was lynched
on Friday night, bat released him when
it appeared that Thomas had been out
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I in This
n Friday Night
The Presidential Election.
The last election was remarkable in
several respects. It was a landslide
in favor of Democracy rarely or never
known before. And contrary in ejections
of recent years, the successful
candidate was not aided by large
amounts of money, either from wealthy
individuals or corporations. Then, too,
the president-elect is a Southerner by
birth, and most of his life spent in j
Dixie. During the earlier years of the j
republic the South furnished occupants j
for the White House, but it has been j
sixtv years since our section furnished i
a president? * counting Andy Johnson.
The Scu. therefore, has good
reason to be jubilant. Wilson carried)
his own adopted State, antl Taft's,
Roosevelt's and Johnson's. But about
half of Wilson's vote came from Northern
and Western States. This is the
best evidence of the passing of section
?1,,^ ^ nnnntrv Vioo ovnpripnfpd
ansin iahxi mc wuuwj ?
since the war. During the campaign
little Governor Johnson tried to revive
sectionalism, but failed signally.
I hope third-terrnism has been bv
ried never to be resurrected; and that
no future president will be charged
with trying to Africanize the South
Atlantic States as was Mr. Roosevelt.
Is the colonel permanently retired
to private life? I fear not. If he can
mount a popular wave, xuun. iui juita
hat to be in the ring four years hence,
fie was born for his race, but he narrowed
his mind and gave up to Tedy
what was meant for mankind. He is no
quitter. He is able, ambitious, magnetic
and unscrupulous, and the most
dangerous man in the United States.
I repeat, therefore, that we ought to
rejoice that he has been snowed under.
Wilson was nominated and elected by
white men. but his election means no
hurt or injury to any class, race or
I am only sorry that Mr. Taft did
not out-strip the colonel in Tuesday's
race. Mr. Taft is a good man, and has
treated the South with more consideration
than any other Republican
president. In the language of Mr. Wilson,
ana a greater of Woodrow Wilson,
we thank God and take courage.
" "" T T-> O II'.ll I
But What aDOUl W. J. nryau: wen,
he is one of the greatest men alive.
But for him Wilson would not have
been elected. If Mr. Clay would rather
have been right than president, Bryan
more so if possible.
The men who followed strange idols
in the last election I hope will return
to the Democratic fold, which sheltered
their fathers, before another elec
tion. South Carolina's political salvation
depends upon the whites standing
The Firemen Were Dry.
"In the days of the old volunteer
fire department there was more
quenching of thirst than quenching j
of conflagrations," said Fire Chief
Kenion. of New \~ 'k.
"The volunteer firemen, I'm afraid,
were a sad lot of roysters. There's a
story they tell about a fire back in
"It was a fire at an outlying farm,
and when the firemen arrived with*
engine and hose, the buildings were
pretty well destroyed.
" 'No use yer eomin' in, boys. There
hain't a drop o 'water within two mile
"But the firemen, mindful of the usual
merrymaking that accompanied every
fire, pushed right on with their apparatus.
" 4Oh. that's all right,' they said
heartily. 'We don't mind drinking it j
Old Hand (to new ticket Seller at
State fair)?Ever been on th wicket
before1 in a crush?
You give change first and tickets
What isthe difference?
Hundreds of dollars, my boy. No
one ever passes in and forgets his'
<$> riomcAii Fvt^nsinn Work.?Ar- <$
v V*V?i?..v.? A. ? .
<4> tide 93. $ i
At about this time of year when the
chilly nights begin to give hints of
colder weather to follow, the barns and
the house as well often Decome infested
with rats and mice seking warmer
quarters for the winter and the
problem of how to get rid of these pests
is soon under consideration.
Many means of killing these vermin
are open to the householders, but also
many of these while effective are impractical
from one cause or another.
The two means to be considered are
primarily the use of trap and the use
of poison. Traps are useful, but in
preparing these they should be handled
with gloves rather than bare hands to
avoid the warning human odor. They
may be baited with bread or better
with a piece of toasted cheese and
placed near the openings where the
rats or mice enter rooms. The wire
spring traps are very effective form
as they are flat and inconspicuous and
have nothing particularly suspicious
in their general appearance. For mice,
the above traps also answer very well
WHere ootamaoie, me new type ui j
glass jar traps which have recently
been put on the market appear very
In poisoning, especially about the
house, there are certain considerations
which should be taken into account.
Firstr such strong poisons as strychnine,
while it will kill the pests, is a
source of danger to mankind?especially
to young children who might be
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pOiSSOUCU uy duuiucuu i iicic clu\j
another fault with many of the strong
poisons due to the fact that the animal
is killed too quickly, thus dying inside
the house, frequently dying between
the walls or in other inaccessible
places and causing a stench which will
be a source of great discomfort or
possibly of disease. A poison which
acts slowly, allowing the animal time
to get outside the buildings in its frant-in
c.Qor?/'.V? Tiro for* tr? voliovp itfi afyOTlV
HV Otaiv-U WI TTC4.VW W A V* ~
is thus much better than those quickly
acting poisons so often used. Many
patented compounds are upon the market
which are said to be prepared with
this idea in view, but every householder
may rapidly prepare his own and at
less expense. The poison mo?t generally
recommended for this purpose is
^ if ie wnrn
I ua.ruuna.ie ui uanuui vi as u. nvi ^
j commonly called "barytes." This may
be bought in powdered form at most
drug stores and is relatively cheap in
price. For preparing, the most common
method is to mix up one part of
the barytes and six parts of corn meal
! or oat meal with enough water to form
a thick dough* This dough is placed
where the pests can readily get at it
; and left to do its work. The barytes
has no taste or odor and kills very
siowiy, orien requiring several nours,
i during which time the animal will
i leave the house to seek water. Another
! point in regard to this poison is that
in the proportions used it is compara!
tively harmless to higher animals. The
method of use may be varied by mixing
the barvtes with grated particles
of toasted cheese, etc., or some other
M. P. Somes.
A Poor Confession.
"George has told me all the secrete
of his past."
"Mercy! What did you think of
"I am awfully disappointed."?
Cleveland Plain DeaLer.
.Measurements of Resources.
"Why didn't you call fcf a police
1 Z.S i? L J ?>!'
man wnen uie iuovyau iuuucu juu:
"What would have been the use?"
asktd the man who has an exaggerated
idea of metropolitan iniquity. "After
the footpad got through with me
ther wasn't anything left for the polirnmnn
"I presume you never quarrel with
Certainly not! repliedskinny little
Mr. Hennypeck. I am merely a husband.
not a lion tamer.
The summer szirl has resigned in
f-.'.v jr of the cuddlesnrae girl.
SEA WATEH LIKE BLOOD. !
injections of Undiluted Saline Solution
Kelieve Anemic Conditions.
A remarkable cure for anemia, cases
of lowered vitality, insomnia and other
diseases where the blood needs a
decided tonic, has been found in the i
injection into the veins or pure sea j
water from the depths of the Pacific j
Dr. F. C. Keck, the pioneer in the
use of sea water, has made an announcement
of his experiments before
the members of the San Francisco
Medical society. It caused much discussion
among the physicians, for
while saline solutions have been used !
in many ways, Dr. Keck is the nrst
physician to advocate the full strength
"My experiments have, been carried
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on during the last eignt years, a.
said: "1 have used it on dogs and
rabbits, and recently very freely ou
patients at the city and county ho pital.
1 may say that its effect is re-!
markable. In cases of rundown constitutions
we can notice an improvement
in twenty-four hours. Twenty
five to thirty treatments constitute a
"I obtained my water 1,000 miles
out in the ocean, at a depth of fifty
feet. I have analvzed the water from
other oceans and from the North and
Mediterranean seas and I find the Pacific
water is the strongest in mineral
character and best adapted for this
"It builds up the system the same as
the' human blood. In fact ,it is found
that water obtained at this depth and
distance from land is almost the same
as human blood. Thus where there is
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insufficient oiouu ui \> uiwu i
fills the want immediately. An injection
is from fifty to 150 centimeters, depending
upon the size of the body.
"One remarkable use for the injection
has been found in the cases of
infants who are unable to nurse or to
retain food. Four or five injections of
pure sea water improves the baby's
condition so much that it is able at
once to take milk.
"They have used diluted sea waters
in Paris for ten or twelve years, but j
I am the first to use it in its full
strength. It will do a good deal toward
correcting human ills."
*>Yhen I Am Laid Below the Hill."
When I am laid below the hill
I pray you, friend, that you shall not
Increase my virtues, if you will,
hTe Nor let my faults be all forgot.
But think of me as with you yet
The good and bad ther is of me?
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For tiuly I snan noi luiget
In whatsoever place I be.
Nor tears, nor sighs, that I am dead;
But rather that you sing and smile
And tell some favored jest, instead,
As though I heard you all the while.
For I shall hear you, and shall see
And know if you be blithe or sad,
" * 11 ' J u/ifti rr> o
For l snan Keep, ?*uu uuiu ,
The golden moments we have had.
But you will miss? Aye, forsooth,
The very thing I'd have you do,
For in that stranger land, in truth, ;
I also shall be. missing you.
Yet life is such a goodly thing,
Blent of the bitter ana the sweet, j
That I would rathr we should cling J
Tr> oil thp sladness we may meet.
When I am laid below the hill ]
Bo back as though I walk with you,
And sing our brave old ballads still.
And laugh as we are wont to do,
Across the little gap that bars
I shall take this fair memory?
A^^ tVio atare
And. you UltJ uliici aiuc cuvWill
then still be the friend of me.
Th? Crooked Way.
iDistrict Attorney Whitman, of New j
York, was talking about the sad case
of a Western banker who had stolen
a great sum from the depositors.
"rT,L " irl WTiitnian "lived i
1 IIS IHUII, SdlU LIU. T! utviuiw.,
beyond his means?motor cars, a house
with 11 baths, son at college, daughter
coining out, wife hungry for diamonds.
The inevitable result followed."
Mr. Whitmar smiled and ended:
"The unfortunate fellow got stra;r :
ened, so be became crooked/*?Wast- r
Blooay Battle 1
New* of Prosperity.
Prosperity, Nov. 2o.?Mr. Hart Kohn,
of Columbia, spent several days last
week with relatives.
Mr. rt. J. Kawl nas returned from
Charleston, where he has been on a J
visit to his brother.
Miss Mary Lizzie Wise, of the Columbia
college/ spent the week-end at
Miss Edith Wiflis, of Saluda, will;
spend the winter here with her aunt,!
a. FT D *\7inh-a-r
i>li n. it. ** iv/ivvi.
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Schumpert have
returned from several days' stay in
Messrs. S. Birge and A. G. Wise
were business visitors in Newberry
Mr. Olin Bobb, of Columbia, spent the
week-end at the home of his father, |
Mr. F. Bobb.
Dr. C. K. Wheeler has returned from
Chester, where he successiuny passea
the South Carolina Pharmaceutical
State board, and has accepted a position
with the Prosperity Drug company
to the delight of his many friends.
Mr. Geo. Bobb, of Columbia, spent
Sunday with Mrs. Jno. Crosson.
A?rs. A. G. Wise has been called to
Columbia on account of the serious illness
of Mr. A. Stork.
Mr. Ira Nates has returned to Columbia,
after a "^sit to his father, Mr. A.
The Prosperity Drug company has
purchased a National cash register
which shows what a progressive town
(St. John XIV. 15.
"Not if ye fear me," the Master plead,
Writes the one of His special love,
Not if ye fear the wrath to come;
Not to gain a Heaven above.
"Oh, not because of duty alone
By itself but a cold, harsh thing?
Or from gratitude?as it were to pay?
Do I ask thee thy tribute to bring.
"Oh, not because of anything
That mere reason can comprehend
But because of a sweet, deep mystery
Do I beg thee thy lives to amend.'
"Keep my commandments"?why
Ah, Just because ye love me?
Oh, 'give me thy hearts, my children,
Naught else need I ask then of
"For love that is fervent and faithful
Is the motive alone that can give
Life to dead works, obedience dead,
rioad faith?and make them to live."
As some foul pool the moon reflects
As truly as the moon the. sun,
So ma/ we Thy love give Thee back;
To the Lord holiness; and hear
Then give us, Lord the grace to love?
To love Thee for Thyself alone;
To love The, just because twas love,
that mnvpri Thee to atone.
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For our deep guilt by suffering such
As we can never comprehend?
Oh, fill our hearts with love to Thee
Our Savior?our Eternal Friend.
Jno. B. Adger Mullally.
Pendleton, S. C., Nov. 3, 1912.
Equal to tne occasion.
"VVre insist." said the suffragist
speaker, her eyes flashing fire, "that
we women have a natural and inalienable
right to say who shall govern us,
as iuen have!"
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"Poh! Poh!" exciaimea a ruuga
looking man in the audience.
"Which only shows," rejoined the
suffragist, her stern features softening
into a smile, "how treu the scriptures
are in saying that the pooher we have
oitx-Qvc with us."?Cincinnati Enquirer.
Gabe?What was the original payas-you
Steve?The Roosevelt band wagon.
As a girl grows older she becomes
and quits wearing so many pins
i:i the vivi::iry cf her waist line.
y of Magistrate
Mcron ufac mien.
ilLUllU I! A J MLLLIS,
WHITE MEN INJURED
MAGISTRATE ELLESOR BOBBED
Battle Between Negro Suspects aid
Posse Occurred Little later at
A pitched battle in which there waa
at least one fatality, and in which two
others were injured, took place at
Peak on Friday night between a posse
of whitp mpn and two neernes whom.
the posse was seeking to arrest for the
hold-up and robbery of Magistrate P.
B. Ellesor, which occurred just below
j Prosperity, as Magistrate Ellesor was
returning home on Friday afternoon.
Richard Sparks, one of the negroes,
received a wound from which he died
: on Saturday. The other negro either
escaped or was drowned in Broad riv- *
er. He was tracked to the riv&* bank,
and it is not known whether he got
across the river or not Some of those
who were on the scene say that tracks
on the other side of the river showed
that he had got across. Others seem
to think he was drowned.
Two white men, J. E. Epting, pro
i prietor of the Peak hotel, and J. T. Gai?
lagher, foreman of a construction gang
on the Southern railway, wer^ injured..
It is not thought their wounds are vary
Magistrate Elisor *as retaralLg
home from Prosperity, alone in hia
! buggy, when he was met by two negroes,
who covered him with piat )la and
demanded his money, forci?i? hiui to
give up twenty dollars The neyrjes
jthen made Mr. Ellesor ger. oi.t of t!ie
buggy, and they drove down the road
; about a half mile, where they started
the mule back towards Prosperity with,
the empty buggy. They caught a
freight at^Prosperity and went od to .
Pomaria. The people at Pomaria had
; been notified and were on the lookout,
: but the negroes managed to get off the
freight and rode on a switch engine to
Peak, just across the Newberry line, in.
i Lexington county. Word had also
tyeen sent to Peak to be on the lookout
for the negroes, and when the posse
of white men attempted to arrest them.
here, they fired upon the posse. The
flre was returned, and in the melee the
negro received a bullet wound through
his body, Mr. Gallagher was shot in
the left shoulder and Mr. Epting was
shot in the left arm.
Buford left for the scene as
| scon as he/ was notified, accompanied
| by Constable Cannon G. Blease and
! Policeman Tom Berley. in Mr. Blease's
automobile. On the way they were
joined by the chief of police of Prosperity.
The shooting havi.ig occurred
i in Lexington county, Sheriff Buford
j notified the sheriff of Lexington that
the wounded negro would be held at
Peak for him. The negro, however,
died at 10 o'clock on Saturday morning.
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i ue lunuwiiig dcuuuui ui cue a^air,
; which differs in some details from the
account given above, is from the Lex- ,
ingtoi: correspondent of the daily
Lexington, Nov. 23.?The little town.
; of Peak in the Dutch Fork was the
' scene of a bloody battle last night
i ahnnt 7 Qfi U'hon on CifFrirt nroa
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j made by a number of citizens to arrest
two negroes, who, it was thought,
held up P. B. Ellesor, an aged and
highly respected farmer on the public
; highway a few miks from Prosperity,
jin Newberry county, yesterday afternoon.
As a result of the battle one negro
is dead and two white men are suffering
from pistol shot wounds re*
ceived when the negroes opened fire
on their would-be captors. The second
iit'gro is probably floating in the wat1
ers of Broad river, as he was traced
i along a ditch after the firing to the
; river's bank, where all signs of the
trail was lost by the hounds that werei
placed on his track soon after the
shooting. That he was wounded is evi(CONTINUED
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