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_ NEWBERRY, SOUTH CAROLINA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1912. TWIC1 A TTMK, 91M A TMAM,
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TERRIBLE TRAGEDY IN
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KILLED, THREE INJURED.
Car Skids and Plungs Into Ditch. Pin.
nine: Occupants Underneath?Aid
Given- by Passers.
Columbia, December 5.?Hugh T.
Meighan, cashier of the Carolina National
Bank, and W. S. Stewart, hardware
merchant, were instantly killed;
-r,i?j?- * t>aii ?prionslv injured; |
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W. C. Swaffield and William Watson,
injured, when the automobile in which
they were returning from Ridgewood
Club skidded and went over into a
ditch just after the car had crossed
Smith's Branch, the car turning completely
over pinioning the occupants
-.? ? Ae^fn oath
When assistances arrived and the
men were pulled from beneath the
automobile, the first two were dead,
. . and the other three injured. The injured
men were rushed to the city |
and given medical attention and the
"bodies of the other two removed to a
local undertaking establishment.
Returning to City.
The accident, one of the most deplorable,in
the history <?f the city, hap
pened -faraight'.just abotot 8 o'clock. J
The five, m-eo, Hugh T. Ateighan, cash?
ier of the Carolina National Bank; W.
S. Stewart, hardware merchant; Theodore
A. 'Bell, clerk of the South Carolina'
C&tjon Oil ;Compfi.ny; W. C. &wafT
field, i%al* estate and"' insurance ^i&ajfi,
and William Watson, ^representative of
Watson's shoe store, .had been ouf to
the Country Club, Ridge wood, and
Tw-pre returning: to the city in an auto
mobile, Mi\ Meighan driving, when
just after the automobile crossed
jQr Smith's Branch, about two miles- from
the city, the car skidded. It is just
at this point that the Seaboard Air
Line trestle crosses the road and the
ditches on both sides are very deep.
When the car skidded the reverse
lever was applied and suddenly the
x;ar toppled over into the ditch, turning
turtle and pinning the occupants
Both Instantly Killed.
People running to the assistance
pulled the men from, underneath, finding
that two had been instantly killed.
-It is said the first to reach the scene
of the accident were Waites Thomas
and Hugh rlammond, and the rear
light of the car, burning faintly, guided
them, and as they looked over the
precipice they saw the car completely
turned over and the groans of the living
fell on their ears'.
They immediately rushed to get the
occupants from 'beneath and, assisted
by others who were drawn to the
scene, pulled them out. The three living
were taken to a nearby house, and
from there brought to the city. The
bodies of Messrs. Meighan and Stewart
were taken to a local undertaking
establishment, and Coroner VVal
ker was sent for. Mr. Theodore A.
Bell, w^ho was seriously injured, was
"brought to the city in an ambulance
and immediate medical attention given
him. Mr. Wm. Watson was taken to
the home of his brother, in N'orth Columbia,
and it was said tonight that
/beyond suffering a few broken ribs and
"being bruised up. he escaped with
slight injuries. Mr. \V. 0. Swalficld
suffered a broken arm and sprained
ankle. He was brought into the city
ap a sfrppf car take i tc the h?>su:tai
and his injuries dre=s?d.
Mr. Hugh T.'Meighar, who was killed
instantly, was the c;?s?V.or of the
Carolina National Bau'v, and a mim of
about 45 years of age. Fe was born in
Columbia, being a son of Major
Meighan, and was practically reared
in the Carolina National lJank, to
which he attained the position of cashier.
One year ago last June h.? nuir-i
ried Miss Grace Kinard, who survives)
him. Two sisters also survive. Vr.!
vvac. r>rip r?f thp most nomiJ&r
young men in the city.
Mr. W. S. Stewart, the other victim
of the automombile accident, was
about o<) years old. He came to Columbia
a fe v years ago from Orangeburg.
He open 3d a hardware store here, and j
by his devotion to duty prospered. :
He was a most estimable man and
well thought of by the whole community.
He was unmarried and leaves
no relatives here.
All of the men who composed the
fatal automobile party were among the
most prominent people of Columbia,
and the news of the deplorable accident
spread tonight like wildfire.
Many expressions of sympathy were
Heard ana universal r-cgrcu uiai<?ti.uies
i KA6EDY SHOCKED COLUMBIA.
Death of I'rominent Citizens Widely
Deplored?Trio Injured Will Recover.
Columbia, Dec. 6.?Columbia is still
talking of the deplorable tragedy that
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Meighan and W. S. Stewart were killed,
and William Watson, W. C. Swaffield,
and Theodore A. Bell, injured, when
the automobile in which they were returning
from Ridgewood club skjdded,
turned clean around and toppled over
into a ditch, just this side of Smith
branch, on Hyatt Park- road. The
whole city was horrified at the terrible
occurrence ana little else has freen
talked about todaj.
The three injured men are reported j
as doing very well today and noae;T>?
them werA seriously iijjur^d, Medical
examination discovered tha't/^WiJljjfjjkWatson
suffered several broketf???b&!
and is considerably bruised:
Bell had his collar-bbne \roketf*3$$j
several ribs fracture^. W. * ., Sw<$jj^
field was' found to ftkve sustaiL^.J'^t
broken w^st, a sprained ank^tu d
several "broken ribs. All were giy&rprfstant
medical attention last rug-tft and
they are expected to ;)j>e out and about
their regular business^after a few days'
confinement in their rooms. .
Haw thp; Accident Hajn>ened?
Accounts of liow the accident happened
vary in detail, but all coincide in
the main. The five gentlemen had been
out to Ridgewood club and had a bird
supper. The constant rain and foc; of
the past few days had made the streete
slippery and the macadam was covered
with a soft, velvety, muddy subi
stance. Leaving Ridgewood club a
little before 9 o'clock, with Mr. Meighan,
driving, and Mr. Swaffield on the
front seat with him, and the other
three on the rear seat, the party cross
ed Smith's branch and had started tne
climb of the hill when the accident occurred.
Some say that the car skidded,
turning completely around, and that
when the .brakes were applied it went
over the ditch, bottom up. Others hold
to the theory that the car did not skid,
but that Mr. Meighan must have turned
to speak to a friend in the rear when
the car swerved around and toppled
over, pinning all of the occupants un
Passers-by Gave Aid.
A street car with a solitary passenger
aboard was outward bound, and
just opposite the scene of the accident,
and it is said that ttie car, when it
swerved around, was observed by the
carmen and passenger and they at
once alighted and hurried to the rescue.
By the time they reached the
scene the c? was overturned in the
ditch and the passengers beneath.
They attempted to lift the car and extho
nnAc ninned under it. but it
was impossible. However, Waites
Thomas and Hugh Hammond, who
happened to be passing in a machine,
came to their assistance and others
arrjved. The gas lights were still
burning on the wrecked machine and
gasoline was pouring out in every direction.
Someone had presence .of
mind enough to turn off the gas lights,
thus averting danger of a conflagra- !
tion. And then the car was lifted and |
the passengers pulled out. two being j
dead and the others injured.
Mr. T. Hugh Meighan, who was driving
the car, had been caught between
the streeing wheel and the seat ami liia
neck was broken in the fall. His face
was badly mashed. He died instantly
Mr. W. S. Stewart, who c ipieu tho
rear seat, wJ5 dying when pulled out.
It is said that his neck was broken by
The quickness with which the news
spread over the city was marvellous.
The people at the theatre were informed
and a pall of gloom was cast over
everything. Both of the dead men were
among the most promine.it of the city's
business men. Mr. Meighan, who was
45 years of age, was cashier of the
Carolina National bank, president of
the Equitable Building and Loan company,
president and treasurer of the
Richland Real Estate company, treasurer
of the South Carolina Development
company and held important of????
.n r>rmrprns. He was a
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member of Trinity Episcopal church, j
of Richland lodge, No. 39, A. F. M., j
Royal Arch Chapter, No. 5, Columbia
Commandery, Knights Templar, No. 2,
and Omar Temple, Mystic Shrine. He ]
Is survived by his wife, who was Miss
Grace Kinard his mother, Mrs. T. H.
Meighan, and two sisters, Miss Annie ;
D. and Miss Mary H. Meighan.
William S. Stewart, the other victim
of the accident, was about 50 years ot '
aere He came from Orangeburg, |
where he was in business for several
years, and for the past several years^
here has operated a hardware store, growing
prosperous by his attention to ;
business. He was quiet and unassuihing
and held the esteem of the whole 5
community. He was unmarried and
leaves two brothers at his old home,
John Stewart and Robert Stewart. !
Hundreds of people visited the
scene of the accident, mis morning,
fatal automobile^ was owned by
Bff^'Jtfeighan, who was driving it when
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the accident'happened- resulting in his
.death. The tofj-VWas' up at the time
^ the accident and it is said that this
$jroke the faVl and probably saved the
of tl^e three others. The top of
?Hie car .was mashed, but otherwise it
was. not badly damaged. It was taken
,4XUt' of the ditch thie morning and
brought to the city.
SAYS WORSfe THAN REPORTED.
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Newspaper Mini's Opiuion of B lease's
Remarks in Richmond.
Washington.,-Dec. 7.?Qne of the star
men of the United Press in Washington,
seen today on his return from
Richmond, where he attended the governors'
conference, declared that the
published reports of-Governor Blease's
utterances did the governor no injustice
whatever, and that they were not
really as bad as what he did say.
i XI IV
The first two basketball games of
the season were staged in the gymnasium
of the college last Friday
night, when the Seniors bested the
Juniors in a good game, and the
Sophs, were returned victors over the
The first game was well played, in
which the Seniors had decidedly the
better part of the argument in the first
half, but the Juniors came back strong
in the second half; however, they
were unable to overcome tne large
lead of the "near graduates," and the
game ended with the Seniors on the
large end of a 22-14 score. Longshore
and Reiser played* well for t*?e
Seniors as also did the*other three
men. There were no individual stars
on the Junior, team, but all played
Caldwell G Mayes
Setzler G Efird,
Longshore C Counts,
Reiser F Biser
Smith F S&eaiy
In the last game, ol' the double bill,
was very interesting. The Sophs coming
out victors over the Fresh. 21 to
12. The game was featured by the
accurate passing of the second year
men, and the good game put dp by
the Freshmen, who were for the m >s;
part, new to the game. Ferritt anu
Sox played best for the Sophomores
while La Motte and Epting played a
steady game for the Freshmen.
Perritt . .G Ep:in;?
C rot we 11 G La Motte
Derrick, L. F C. ..Carter. Baker |
Derrick, .1. P F Boland j
Sox F Brooks
Referee, Prof. Pye; umpire. Prof.
Thomas; timekeeper. Prof. Setzler;
Next Friday two ^ames will i.o
played. The games wMl begin at S
o'clock promptly, and the public is
cordial!^ invited to attend. Admission
GOV. BLEASE SAYS
HE WAS MISQUOTED
Tillman and Smith Comment on Governor's
White House Reception.
Washington. Dec. 7.?Gov. Cole. L.
B lease, when seen at the Willard note!
this afternoon as he was returning
from lunch at the White House, said
that he was rushed to catch his train
back to South Carolina*and had no
time to discuss in detail his reported
remarks at the governors' conference
at Richmond. He said that he had
been misquoted, as was nearly always
the case, but that the record would be
made correctly in the course of time
and that on it he was prepared to go
before his people for their approval.
He declared that he had made cer- j
tain statements on which he would j
stand. He said that he had not read |
the interviews with him since his ar-}
rival in Washington and could not
say whether they were correct or not.
Substance of Interviews.
These .interviews represent him as
saying that he would never call out
troops to prevent the lynching of
negro brutes for attacking white wompn
and that, he would be a candi-1
date for the next senatorial vacancy,
whenever it should occur, and expected
to be successful.
The remarks of Governor Blease, as
reported from Richmond and repeated
in Washington in somewhat altered
form, have been a leading subject of
conversation here today, and have
been generally condemned. A rumor
has been in circulation that the governors'
congress- would not invite Governor
Blease to participate in its deot
tho nPYt mpptinp- hut
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would invite the lieutenant governor
instead. "Governor Hadley, of Mi#'
souri, and other governors who were
seen and asked about that, said that
they had heard nothing of it, and Governor
Hadley said with emphasis that
he was not interested in the subject.
Senator Smith's Comment
Senator E. D. Smith, of South Caro- 1
lina, when asked for art expression of
opinion on the governor's reported remarks
as to lynching, sajcT, with emphasis
on the word "legitimate:"
"In view of the fact that a majority
of the people of South Carolina have
chosen Governor Blease as chief executive
of the State, his views on public
questions must necesarily be taken
by the public as the views of those
who elected him until repudiated by
them. Further than this I do not care
to mak any statement."
Asked about the reported assertion j
of the governor that he would be a
candidate for the senate at the first
opportunity, and expected to get there,
Senator Smith said:
"I shall use every legitimate means
to retain my seat on my record as a
Democrat, as evidenced by my
speeches and votes in the senate and j
the work that I have done in carrying
out the main issue upon which I came
to the senate, the right of the producers
of this country, particularly the j
cotton growers, to have every legiti-1
mate share of the wealth that they I
From Senator Tillman.
Senator Tillman, when Governor
Blease's reported statements were
called to his attention, said:
"I i?m sorry to see that the governor |
of South Carolina has come into the I
limelight again, for it will do the State '
Thorn well Messenger. 6th.
Rev. J. B. Kilgore. the brother of j
the foreman of our carpentry depart-1
ment, Mr. Johnson Kilgore, was here j
to see us the first of the week. He
has bten transferred from the Texas I
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comerence 10 me ouum ^ctiuium conference,
and will /do pastoral work;
the coming year at Belmont. His sis-1
ter, Miss Carrie Kiigore, is an earnest ;
missionary in South America under \
the control of the Southern Presby- i
A Larue Yield.
Mr. John Kinard, of Xo. 11 town-,
ship, gathered 180 bushels of corn !
this year from one and a quarter
acres of land. This is a fine yield
for a good year and when it is remembered
this was not a good corn i
year it only shows wha: can be done
in Newberry on Netf berry soil.
WILL LEAVE TARIFF
TO THE DEMOCRATS
Taft Indicates Intention to Let >'ew
Administration Have Full
Washington, Dec. 6.?President Taft
will make no further effort to have
congress reduce the tariff. In a "general"
message to congress submitted
today, the president clearly indicated
his intention of leaving further tariff
revision to President-elect Wilson and
the congress just elected.
"Now that a'new congress has been
elected on a platform of tariff for
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revenue uui) ICHLIGI wau a ?v
tariff and is to revise the tariff on
that basis," said the president, "it is
needless for us to occupy the time of
congress with arguments or recommendations
in favor of a protective
This message, the second submitted
by the president since the present session
began, will be his last of a general
character. It dealt with every department
of the government except
Jnno r-1 m o-it rpfrtm nipn (i p/i
LUC OLaiC ucpai uukui., *
much of the legislation which Mr. Taft
previously had urged upon the attention
of congress, and took up and discussed
at length several subjects comparatively
Mr. Taft came out strongly against
independence for the Philippines proposed.
he said, in a bill now before
congress. He deprecated the new policy
of one battleship a^year instead of
two, and indorsed again the scheme of
currency reform proposed byM:b? national
Conservation was lightly touched, j
the president recommending the
amendment of foil's now before conI
grrss so tkajt^ater .power companies1
j/jtfhich dam nayigablfivers will contribute
to tjhe implement- of these,
! streams. j f- i .
Sherman Law Good Enough. j
He declared that no radical change
in the Sherman anti-trust law was !
needed, and praised the supreme court
tor its recently announced changes in
rules of equity procedure. In this connection
the president asked congress
to pass legislation which would allow
the supreme court to formulate rules
| of procedure under the common law
| in federal courts and predicted that
! such action would facilitate justice in
| those courts and reduce the cost of
litigation to the public.
LANCASTER MAN KILLS HIMSELF.
A. J. Clark's Bodv Discovered Beside
; Wife's Graye?No Cause Known
Lancaster, December 5.?A. J. Clark,
one of Lancaster's most prominent
and influential citienzs, who recently
resigned the position of meager of
the Lancaster News, committea ???.icide
early this morning, between 6
and 7 o'clock, in the Presbyterian cemetery,
at this place, using as an instrument
of death, a 32-calibre pistol,
with which he shot himself through
the neck, the ball entering from the
left side and lodging in the base of the
| brain. From the nature of the wound
j inflicted, the physicians, who examin
; ed the body, say that death must nec|
essarily have been instantaneous,
j Motive Unknown.
No probable motive is yet assigned
for Mr. Clark's rash act, which has
caused universal sorrow and regret in
this community, where the deceased
has lived and worked the best of his
life, enjoying the confidence and es!
teem of all with whom he came in 0011i
The body was found at 2 o'clock to
day, by parties walking through the
j cemetery, under a large oak tree, near
th? grave of his wife, who died here
some eighten years ago. The discovery
was at once reported to the members
of the family and the searching
party, which, on account of his continued
absence from home since dawn
tnis mormns, naa uccn munuig c?ci? - i
where for him. His body was found 1
in a reclining posture. He was par-)
tially dressed, and held in his right j
hand the pistol with which he put an I
end to his life.
Native of North Carolin.
Mr. Clark was a native of^Xorth Carolina,
from which place he came here
fears ago to engage in the newspaper
bnsines^^ ^r seventeen years was
manager of Llie Lancaster
Enterprise, which paper was finally
taken over, with the Ledger and Review,
to join the Lancaster Publishing.
Company. He was elected manager of
this company, which position he held
continuously ever since until about
two weeks ago, when, on account of
failing health and close confinement
in his office, he was compelled reluctantly
SEEKING A BIG JOB
Washington, D. C., Dec. 6.?A. D.
Hudson, a well known farmer of Newberry
county, S. C., is in Washington
ifi the interest of his candidacy for the .
position of assistant secretary or agriculture
in Woodrow Wilson's cabinet.
He sayi?;"he has the endorsement of
the congressional delegations of several
Southern States and seems to
think he stands a good chance of landing
the job. ,
TAFT EXTE>DS CIVIL SERVICE.
Will Eliminate Politics in Appointment 1
and Management of. Employees. '
Washington, Dec. ,7.?More than 20,- J
000 skilled wcfrkers.vfn the navy yards '
throughtiiit the United States were.X(Kday
placed "under thVprotection of civ- :] ,
i! service by executive order of President
Taft. The president's order was
issued with the ^pfcroval of the. civil
service commission and in accordance
with an opinion by Attorney General
No navy yard employees below the
grade of skilled mschanics will be af|
fected by President Taft's order. A
| recent conference of navy yard comj
mandants recommended that the men
be placed in.xJi.e,.clas^ified service, and
thai was ap|p0?ed by.?.ecretanJ^ey~ '
Too 1 niaker^ -storre cutters,
machinists, masons, moulders,
ordinance' m?ii, plumbers and otherswill
be affected by the order. Until
eligible lists for the new classification^
non nmnt v.iW nam onnrtintmbnto tft
v^au U C pitpui v^u, U^n. u^^?viiivn*vuvw
such positions wjll be made in the
regular way. * ' ,
Anderson Family of Laurens Connty. '
Laurens, Dec. 7.?There resides at
Waterloo two brothers, Patrick H.
Anderson and Benjamin A. Anderson,
aged 68 and 66 years, respectively, '
who are members of a prominent and
historic I^aurens county family. Joel
S." Anderson, an older brother, lives
at Coronaca, Greenwood county. Together
with two sistens, Mrs. Henry
D. Boozer, of Newberry, and Mrs.
Frank Fuller, of Greenwood, they are
the surviving members of a family
of 16 children, 12 boys and four girls.
Nine of the boys, including the three
above named, enlisted and served in ,
the Confederate army.
>"ews of Excelsior.
Excelsior, Dec. 9.?Excelsior school
is preparing to have a Christmas tree
some time during the holidays.
Mr. Thomas Epting and family, of
St. Paul's, spent Sunday with Mr.
John F. Wheeler's family.
Mr. Luther Werts, of Saluda county,
spent Sunday in this section.
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Wheeler, of Columbia,
spent Sunday and Sunday
night with her father's family, Mr. A.
This is fine weather to use the split
log drag on the roads, and they all
need jt, too.
Mr. L. C. Singley and daughter, Miss
I Finish of Garv's Lane, came down
Saturday to see his sister, Mrs. J. A.
Boland. who has been in bad health for
Misses Julia and Louise Shealy, of
Little Mountain, spent from Saturday
till Monday with Mrs. J. W. Hartman.
Mr. G&orge Ellesor has moved in the
Colony section. Mr. Willie Dominick
has moved in the house vacated by
Mr. Ellesor, and Mrs. Ira Dominick
I will move in the house vacated by
Mr. Dominick. Messrs. J. H. Alewin?
and Cornelius Counts will move in the
Macedonia section for another year,
at an early day.
Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Rjkard spent Sun"
! day with her brotner, Mr. Lumcmio
Mr. Mangus Kibler is working ia
Newberry this week.
Sunday was a lovely dax for all
church going peoplg/^