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PKKSTON S. BROOKS.
Captain of ti.e S.iluda 31 en in tlie Palmetto
Keiriment?Fought a Duel
With U T. Wiiriaill.
Anions t.n- di>ti 2:11.-lied South
i ai oliuhi 11s in he war will. Mexico
\ .< P e-!ou S. llrooks. ol' Ninety Six.
K.Igefieid bistru . wu lai'-r becaim
; national figure because lie caned
r ; > S r".)\ th; bu!'y of til" I Hi ed
S atf- s? nat; . The : ol low in a sketch
oi Mr. Pro ks may at this time b tf
Preston S. Brooks is said o have
been a man of great physical beauty
?iid c niagne ie personality. He (lied
in lr> MTtii year, otherwise i.is name
liiiiiii: have be n writ en hiiih among
tuose wh > attained renown for
strategy and gallan'ry in ihe War between
tile Sta es. Into his sho'-t life
Were crowded three of t ie most dra-1
matic incid nts in State his- ory?his
duel with Wigfall. his caning of
Charles Sumner. and his proposed expulsion
Preston Smith Brooks was born at
Kdgetield cour house August >, 1S19,
and died January 27, His pa-;
ternal grandfather. Zachariah Smith
Brooks served as lieutenant in "he
American Revolution under General
William Butler, and afterwards married
General Butler's sister. To them
cue so.i was born?Whitfield Brooks,
the first mas er in equity of Edgefield
county and a lawyer of some prominence,
who after 18 years of public
service re ired to his home at Roselands,
near Cambridge, (Ninety Six)
new the home of the family cf his
youngest, son. Capt. J. Hampden
-L>i uurv>, u 11 u.ru iact ;vwi.
Wnitfield Brooks married Mary Parsons
Carroll!, eldest ^is er of Chancellor
Carroll, a distinguished chancery
judge. To them were born Preston
S., James Carroll. Whitfield Butler,
J. Hampden and Miss Ellen
Brooks, wife of R. 0. M. Dunovant, a
C n.edera e general of distinction.
Preston S. Brooks after graduating
at h1 South Carolina college paid devoted
attention to a young, lady in
Fairfield county. It was while his
younger brother. James Carroll, was
in r-nilpprp ?TiH hp himself was visi: ins:
his "ladye faire" that the tragic inciden
occurred which led up to the
meeting between himself and Wigfall.
-The latter was a lawyer of some
promise. He engaged in a spirited
newspaper controversy with Whi field
Braoks, under now de guerre.
"VVigiall became offended, learned the
identity oi his opponent in the discussion
and sent a challenge o Brocks.
The challenge was presented by a
young lawyer named Coleman. Wiiitfield
Brooks was then a:i elderly mad,
and he scoff-d at the challenge, bea ing
Coleman severly with his cane,
driving 1111 irom me premises.
Coleman was so overcome with this
reception that he lef. the country
after leporting o Wigfail.
The later then posted' Whitfield
Brocks as a coward. In other words
he wrote a placard to tha' effect and
stuck it on a pos or tree on the public
square c? Edgefield. He stood by
witii a aeum.ig pistol in nis nana uefying
any one to tear down the placard.
Whi field Brooks not having 1-arned
or this denouncement, ai d two elder
sons being away, Tom Bird, a nephew,
stepped up and pulled i .ie placard
down, at the same time firing at,
"Wigfall. The slioi went wide. Bird
the.: :oldr-d his arms and took his
2iv?dicine. Wigfall shot rim dead.
Chancellor Carroll seeing he trag
edy ran up and shouted "arrest' he assassin."
This resulted in a challenge
being exchanged between Carroll and
They met on an island in the Savannah
river. Governor John L. Manning
was WigiaH's second and Gen.,
James Jones was Carroll's. One
shot was fired by each, and a reconciliation
was then effected by the
Communication was slow in those
days, bu: by ?:his*time Preston Brooks
had returned from Fairfield. He
immediately challenged Wigfall, and
the latter accepted and rifles were
used. Preston Brooks was just 20
years -Id. Wigfall was a little older.
They m-t on Goat Island, Cap-- Bauskett's
plantation, in the Savannah
tivpr Fphrunrv 10 1S40. Ar thf> firs::
iire both missed. Wigfall took a
drink, of brandy. Brooks refused and
Carroll exclaimed. "By gad. our cock
needs no water."
An the second fire both were badly
Vv ounded. Brooks' ball passed through
"both of Wigfall's thighs near the
ttrunk. Wigfall's ball passed through
Brook's side and near the spinal;
column, piercing and breaking the
left arm which was resting behind
Viio "A'mmnpn TIIPV
were taken ashore in i:he same flat
boat, their feet nearly touching'. They
recovered and :he families became reconciled.
However, Wigfall moved t >
Texas. He represented tiat State ia
tae .sena' e o:' r^e Confederate States;!
and later in he I'nited States senate.
He- was one of the South's most bril- ,
Preston S. Brooks a? er this affair
practiced law in Kdg field and com- ;
manded the company fr ?m Xinety
Six in tin- war v i !i Mexico. In :
ii? ran for coimr-'s^. His opponents *
WCTC lilt il WllO U. 1 i<:i"'??ui U.-< iu'iu tiic (
]>jsi ion indicated by heir titles; F. !
\V. I'ickens oi' Edgeti Id, I'nited States
minister o Russia and war governor
(i South Ca' ?Iina: (le... (Jarlington oi't
Laurens: Col. Sullivan o; Laurens;
C* 1. .1. Foster -Marshall oi Abbeville; '
Col. Fort of Lexington. All of these
were stiong men, but EJrooks won "in
a walk." and although he would not
u,ir. a.-s '.lis own county- Mdgefielu ,
also t.;e nome of (lav. Pickens, ii
carried this county among others.
ILe was reelected in 1854. it was in
1N~>6 tiiat his name became known
over the entire union. Charles Sum-j
ner. senator from New York and afterwards
secret. :" f war under
! Pr sick 11,. Lincoln, a bil cr
speech 011 the question of slavery
in Kansas and in ihe absence of Sen-j
! ators Stephen A. Douglas and A. P. i
j Bu ler pronounced bitter strictures T
! against those gentlemen. Senator , 1
Butler, a verv aged man, was a kins- j *
I men o':' Brooks. ?The latter wai.ed until j
; Sumner's speech was published in full j,
: before taking any step. He tried to j j
; ca'.ch Sumner outside of the capitol j
i building but could not. ?Brooks^'
1 approached Sumner from in fronr, noc j
I from behind as malicious persons '<
i have charged, a id said: ".Mr. Sumner j
1 I have r ad your last speech with care ;
| and with as much impartiality as is 1 possible
under the circumstances, and
1 I feel it my du y to say that you have j <
libelled my S ate and have slandered
| my kinsman, who is aged and absent
and I have come to punish you for it." j1
I Sumner off red to rise at the worui
j punish. He was physically a much
, more powerful man than Mr. Brooks. :
; The latter struck Sumner with a iul- .
low, gut';a percha cane, such as was
1 much affected in those days. He i
I rained several blows on Sumner until
j the latter in escaping fell. This light j
j cane was more of a toy <.han of a wea-:
pon, and could not have caused ser- i
ious bodilv hurt.
I Tnis was characterized by an Eng- i
lish writer as "the first blow of the j
Civil War." The CDuntry was wild
with excitement. Resolutions pro- j
posing the expulsion of Brooks from '
congress were proposed and reported |
! favorably by f.ie commi tee. ii rc.-j
quires a two-thirds vote o become of j
| effect. The vote was 117 :'or expulsion :
l . '
j to 85 against. The feeline was intense. |
I Ainong 'hose who defeated Brooks was
Thomas L. Clingman of North Caro- j
j lina, whose speech on this occasion;
i was a masterpiece of bit er sarcasm
and of eloquence. It was known that;
: when one member-of tae house had:
assaulted another member, 1:0 action
had been taken. When one senator, 1
i < , - ^ -X. J 1 I
i attacKeu anoiner, nj action nau i
aken. And it was a mere excuse to ;
t'v o expel Brooks because be 'had;
attacked a member of the other con-'
> Brocks resigned and was immediate- j'
ly unanimously reelected by liis con- <
stituents. His reception when he came! 1
home was well nigh an ovation. He
was presented with loving cups, and '
received over .",0 handsome canes and ; (
riding whips. One of ihe la::ter is i?i <
possession of Miss Maggie Rion, Ii- <
brarian of the University of South Car- <
o'ina and has ever $~>0 worth jf gold (
inlaid worK. . . i
The last dramatic incident of ;
Crook's life was the proposed duel;
wita Congressman Burlingame of. \
.Main-3. This was tv.e outcome of tiiej
Sumner affair. A challenge was pass- r
ed a d accepted. Rifles were chosen .
as the weapons but Burlingame insis- j (
ed 011 fighting in Canada. ] Broo'sk , ]
^^ j ^n :? rp k;,., I, . .'
I tixius uissciitucu mm, icnuig mm uc i ;
v. oinu iiuvo to g through tlie North, j j
which was hostile and he would be,
assassinated. The meeting never took (
place and 'Northern papers character- (
izeL Brooks as a bully backed down.
Brooks lamented ;:he fact tha: he .
had a reputation as a '"fire eater." He ,
declared that he detested a brawl (
and opposed the code duello.
His death was as dramatic as his
sb-^r life. He died suddenly in 'vVash- ,
ington from some throat trouble. He
died in the arms of Senator Quitman i
of Mississippi. Funeral services were
held in he canitcl building, and men
fr 111 nor h and South paid fine tribute
to his memory.
THIRTEEN SAVED s
ricked I'i> After Leaving Bumimr Co-;
0.! Board Steamer Franconia, via!
Sable Island. X 3., May 5.?'Thirteen ,
surivors of the British s'.eamer Co-. I
1 mbian bound from Antwerp f~r,
Xow York, which caught fire --Sunday
right, were picked up today by the _
( '::rder Frai.ccnia, bound from Liri
Corns Go, Sure Pop, >
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If you have corns now. ih.? e ; inces
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he highest seller anions corn i-ures
ver known. It is the new way, <1 es
Set the Corns Off Your Feet, and the Corn
Wrinkles Off Your Face. Nothing Can
Do It Like " GETS-IT."
iway with all trouble, pain and fits- |
sing in treating cori:S. Thousands I
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rears, have gotten rid of thorn : ight
'? -Li- _ r ,1 ^ (- fr ,y I
)ii. wita a iew uiui?s ui uxjic-i i, >
applied as quick as you can .spell
/our name. Corns just love to be cut.
licked, filed, gbuged and pulled. Quit
t. You've tried .cotton rings that
;ause shooting corn pains, greasy
salves that spread over the toe and
liake it raw and tape that sticks to
he stocking?now try "GETS-IT.'' It
las none of the drawbacks of the old- i
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ails on any corn or callus.
"G-ETS-1'T" is sold bv all druggists,
>Sc a bottle or sent direct by E. Law-.
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GETS-IT" is sold in Newberry by '
W. G. Mayes and P. E. Way. !
Mrs. J. P. Gruber vs. J. J. Dean.
By virtue of an execution to me di-:
rectcd, in :he above stated case, I will
sell to the highest bidder, a: public
auction, at 11 o'clock on Tuesday,.
May o, A. D., 1914, the following dc-:'
scribed property, to wit: The stock i
of goods, consisting of furniture, and ' i
T T tl'll A Kftrtn
11A i u - Ul ?J. J. utan, w uu nas uccii ,
doing business at Xewberrv, S. C-, under
the name and style of Dean FurJi-,
ture company, levied on and to be |
sold as the property of J. J. Dean to j
satisfy the aforesaid execution and
cost. Terms of sale: Cash.
Cannon G. Blease, j
Sheriff of Xewberrv County '
Sheriff's Office, Xewberrv C. H., !
April 20, 1914.
erpo:l for Boston. In the boat with j
the survivors was the body of the ;
chief steward, Ma thews.
Aonther boat, containing the chief!
and second officers and 17 men, was |
still adrift. The Franconia cruised in
search of it. Those aboard the Franonia
.James Drohan, wireless opera.or;
Antone Xellis, carpenter; Ivar Iverson,
boas wain's :::... : I' ..".use Prinze,
.lens .Jefsen; Aabnick, qtmr ermas er:
Gustave Schriebsrm, donkey man;
Thomas Connor, .Juri Lei and Arthur
Brantik, able seaman; Antony Cor
aeneze ana Jbenneti ttotner. nremen;
and Frank Wedekind, messrcom steward.
The survivors suffe'ed terribly during
40 hours' exposure in an open boat.
Their condition was so grave that it j
was impossible :o ge: their story until j
-^veral hours after they were picked
Columbian caught fire Sunday
when 30 miles south of Cape Race, j
(.'apt McDonald ordered the wireless I
operator, James Drohan, to send out ;"
: all for assis a:)ce, but a series oi j
explosions put the wireless out o:' i
commission. I so n became eviden: |
;hat the crew could not control the i
fire and the order to aba-don ship
was given. The men left the Colum- |
jian in two boats. Chief Steward Mat- :
hews was in charge of the first boat.!
Ihis boat put away from the steamer j
ind lay to for a time, but in the ;
iense smoke that surrounded the
burning vessel the other boat was
no: visible, and 'he steward's boat j
inally drifted far from the scene.
Of their sufferings and of the fate
)f Chief Steward Matthews the men
iould say little.
FV:od and sleep were matters of
firs* consideration and although sympathetic
passengers were ready with
>ffors of assistance to the shipwrecked
}:fes. Oapt. Miller o-f the Franconia'
saw to it that they were firs" given
he required rest. I
Having learned that another boat
.vith 19 men, probably including
Capt. McDonald, s'il! was missing, and
supposedly adrift, Capt. Miller ordered
[he Franconia turned about %n a
earching cruise. No trar>e of 'he
:econd boat had been obtained late
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