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JOHN M. CANNON KILLED
BY J. C. SULLIVAN
PROM IN K NT L A W V K !i OF LAIRENS
SLAIN AT MKEY COTRT.
Shootiinr Follows Depute Over Trial
of Case A train*! Sullivan's
The Slate. i
Laurens. May 12.?Just after lie
had concluded a speech in Mhgistrate
Hellams' cou-t at Grey Cour;
sh.rtly af.er '1 : ">'clock this afernoon
J hn M. Cannon, a prominent,
attorney of the Laurens bar and one
of the best known citizens of ihe
county and State, was shot and alliios'
instantly killed by Joseph G.
Sullivan, son of Thomas J. Sullivan,
and a prominent ycung farmer cf the
Tumbling Shoals section. Mr. Cannon j
was shot five times, four of :he bullets
penetrating his body and the,fi^th
piercing his arm i:ear the el-;
bow. One of the bullets struck a
bystander, Archie Willis, passing
through his leg near the ankle. Sul-i
r.van was brought ;o jail soon after (
fhe shooting. When see.) by newspaper
representatives he declined to
make any statement, saying that he 1
might give out something tomorrow.
The body of Mr. Cannon was trough"
here this afternoon on the . :
late train and the burial will take
The tragedy grew out of a case'
brought in the magistrate's court by .
Miss Maude Sharp, teacner of :he Mt. i
Bethel school in Sullivan township,
against Humbert Sullivan, aged 18,:'
9. pupil of Miss Sharp and a brother
of Joseph G. Sullivan, the slayer of
Humbert Sullivan was charged with,
common assault, using profane language
in a public place and commit-:
i:ing depredations on the property of
the school building several weeks ago.
Cel. Cann:n was employed by Miss
Sharp to prosecute the case. A change
of venue in the case was obtained
and the trial came up for hearing,
t:day before Magistra.e Hellams of,
Dials township. W. R. Richey, Sr.,
o* the Laurens bar represented the
A number of wi nesses for both
s'des testified, including a sister of the
defendant. After ascertaining that Miss
Sullivan was a sister to the defendant.
Mr. Cannon is said 10 have asked
her to "come d;wn." Excrp.ion was
taken to this by opposing counsel and
Mr. Cannon disclaimed any intention
of reflecting on whatever she might
have testified to. Thus the ineiden'' "
I Mr. Cannon made the op ning and
closi. g argumen s and is said to have
excoriated the conduct of the y:ung
defendant in n : uncertain te' ms.
\\ nen tne jury nied cui or tne depot
office, where the trial was held,
Mr. Cannon stepped out in o the depot
yard. He was approached by a
patron oi' the scnool who complained
tbat t.:e at! orney had in his speeches
reflected on the character of his son, (
one cf the principal witnesses for he :
defense. Cannon is said to have re- 1
plied that he sought only to bring
ou! the truth and had no apologies
to make, whereupon Mr. AVood, the
patron, turned away, saying he wanted
no apology or trouble.
At this instant, it appears, Josepn
G. Sul-ivan t.ok up the matter and
uold Mr. Cannon that he had disgraced :
his bro her and the Sullivan family
and that Air. Cannon made certain
derogotory statements knowing they
were lies. Mr. Cannon resented this
and struck Sullivan on the head with
a cane which he had used since his
leg was broken several morifns ago in
a railway accident. The instant he
struck Sullivan the latter drew his
pistol and fired five times in rapid'
succession and at very clos e rang, it
is alleged. ' j!
Mr. Cannon was standing near the '
steps to the dend: and sank as he 1
attempted to ascend them. Friends
rushed up and caught him before he
fell. I '
'He said he knew he was mortally j
wounded and was going to die, but '
he was conscious of having performed
his duty and that: in defense of
a woman. Then he asked that |'
he be sent home to his wife and
baby, and expired before uttering ano.her
T~e inquest was held this afternoon
by the same officer who had conducted
!:he trial and the verdict rendered
was that Mr. Cannon came to his
death by gun shot wound a: the hands
of J. G. Sullivan.
Just as the 6hooting occurred the
jury returned a verdict of guilty,
againsl: Humbert Sullivan.
Mr. Cannon was 24 years tf age,1
a son of L. 1?. Cannon of Lanford, and.
a nephew of John W. Lanford. He'
was graduated from Wofford college,1
studied law in this ci y and entered
up-ii the practice of his profession /
hee about nine years ago. He reprv
sen led t /. e county in the legislature
one term i'roin 15*06 ! o 19<)S. He has
been very active in politics. H was ,
appoin ed a member of Gov. Blease's ^
staff as judge advocate and was re-j
centlv named by the governor as a'
member of the board of reg -n^ for; '
the State asylum. He was a i'e-,c
oently reelec' od county chariman and :
a delegate to :he State convention, j
He married Miss Jessie Huev of;
Rock Hill, who survives him. together
with one little son. He was a Mason
and a member of the Methodis I
J. G. Sullivan, the slayer, also is ;
prominent i.i this section. He has 1
played a par. in politics, being de-'
ieat d for the legislature at the last
NOW WORKING ON SCHEME
FOK BROAD SETTLEMENT
Mediators Take up Plan to Bring- Peace
l>y Elimination of Huer&t?Hope j
lor .Success. >
Washington, May 12?Elimination I
of Gen. Huerta and the establishment 's
of a provisional government in Mex-(]
ico in which bo h ifce Huerta and < c
tlie constitutionalists factions will be ; c
represented, is contemplated In a 1 n
plan which tli3 three South (American i ^
mediators now are working out .'^o be i e
proposed tor ne solirJoa of the entire f
This, the first intimation as to the details
cf the mediation plans., be- j1
came known l;onight, though neither ;-r
the mediators nor State department ~
officials would make any staiemen: as!c
to how nearly complete is the pla.:' *
to be submitted to the American and =
the Mexican delegates when they meet ; *
the Sou*h American envoys at Mag-/1
ara Falls, next Monday. | *
It was learned that the proposal jJ
migh). be that the setting up of a1
temporary government be under aken i 1
by a commission of five persons, two '(
of them to be named by Huerta, two r.v
rhf> fnnstitntionalists and the fifth ! ]
by he mediators. ! 1
iW-ile the mediators have withdrawn
their invitation l.o the consti- I '
tutionalists ! o s:-nd delegates to their j
conference, it generally is believed !'
hat information is being sought as j 1
to whether the constitutionalisms!'
would consent, in case of the elimina- j '
tion o:' Huerta, to some form of tem- j
porary government in which he will '
be represen ed. Those close < o the '
mediators say, it is believed, that J |
some such arrangement as this is the
only possible one under which peace j
may be restored in Mexico under con- j
ditions sa isractory n an Mexican
fatf ions and to the United States.
Expressions of confidence that the j
mediators would avert war between !
t'ae I'nited States and Mexico came
from several members of the cabinet today,
after Presiden: Wilson had discussed
I he whole situation with his
The president is decidely hopeful. <
He is a.;xi:us that no untoward inci- <
ients or indiscreet acts on the part of
any of the forces of Mexico should
ievelop to cloud the; situation. (
Secretary Bryan in a conference c
icJ e in the day explained at length to .
tie three South American mediators
hat the lig'nt house on Lobes island i
h o A /%.* Kod ? in unv millfarv i
sense; that the keepers were free to 1
come and go, buUhat the American \
oavy had undertaken to keep the ^
lights burning as a pro ection to the! t
world's navigation. Mr. Bryan told t
the mediators also that they navy and 1
war department were seeking to in- g
vestiga.e the arrest of -five South \
Americans accused of sniping by t
Americans during the landing at Vera y
Cruz, and that a report would be i
r.iLde probably tomorrow. y
une tense pnase or tae situation l
was relieved by the news that J. R. 1
Silliman, American vice consul a; I
Saltillo, has been ordeied released by *
the Huerta government. r
Reports from the Mexican govc-rnmen',
to the French embassy did not 1
specifically mention Consul Silliman,
but said that "All members of :he *
American consulate in Saltillo are!
safe." I e
The last dispatches from :te French j1
charge in Mexico said that all was f
quiet in Mexico City.
From a military pout of view 'the jt
outstanding feature of the day was a 1 1
f 1 c
rpnnrt form fJprs Functnn of thp sit- ! * -
nation at Vera Cruz. Xo trouble was j 1
apprehended, the gen?ra! said. *he 1
federal forces having given no sign c
of intention to attack th? outlaying po-,
sition at the waterworks.
Movements of troops in this direc-;
tion have not been noticed and even' \
in case of attack the American posi- j
"ion could not be taken by force.
To Guard Aqnedict
Gen. Funston has arranged his j
lines and pos'ed sentries along the
aqueduct to prevent raiders from cut-,
ting it. It became known that Presi-^
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"GETS-IT" is sold by all druggists,
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GETS-IT" is sold in Newberry by
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lent Wilson's sanction ifor the war!
jreparations ex'ends only to emer-,
jencies. Secetary Garrison has been j *"
?iven permission to charter severalj m
ransports and have forces cf troops j
n readiness to reinforce Gen. Fun>ton.
iTampico was under bombardment
by th? con^ti.utionalists 'the entire
lay. Admiral Mayo, commanding the
American ships lying off tha'! port re-,
ported that artillery fire had been in
progress since 9 o clock this morning.:
Whether :he federals -or constitution-,
alists were gaining was not sated.:
The British consul, whose nationals
are heavily interested at Tampico,
iurii'.g the day ordered another warship
to reini'orce -he British squadron
[.1 Mexican waters, the cruiser Bristol
receiving sailing orders for Tampico. j
Ihe ship carries a crew of nearly 400
men and her light draft would permit
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Tampico and if necessary land men
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Koek Hill Adopts Jlodiheation oi tlie
Sumter Plan?Will Have a
Rock Hill, May 12?Wih 220 our
3f about 425 registered voi ers voting,:
Rock Hill tDdav adopted the commis- |
sion-manager plan of municipa1 government.
The vote was as follows: For com- ;
mission government, 163. Aagainst'
jommission government, 53. For the '
lommission with manager, 153. i
\gainst commission with manager, 59. j
(The commission-manager plan of j
nunicipal government: adopted nere j
s practically the Sumter plar under I
which plan the city of Sumter is now |
>eing governed. The plan as adopt- "*
;d here provides for the election at
he time of the next regular ci.v elecion
in January, 1915, of three commissioners.
The commissioners shall
.elect by lot one of their number who (
vill be officially known as mayor cf ,i
he city. The mayor wil serve three
ears. The remaining commissioners J H
ivill draw lots for the one and icwoj
-ear terms; and thereafter one com-, ^
aissioner will be elected every year.
rhe commissioners will exercise the
inwprs of a council- but will emnlov !
i manager, at such salary as they j
nay deem proper, to give all his time '
o the management of the city's busi-l j
i>ess. i *
The mayor will be pai? $300 per j >
ear, and the commissioners $200 !
?ach. They will no: be required to!
jive all their time to the city's serv- j
ce, but the manager will be employed
or his entire time.
ft is believed here that the adop-' kr
ion of *he commission-manager plan ir
narks a long step forward f:r pro-1
jressive Rock Hill. While the city ^
ias certainly been as well governed as r
he average municipality under the' a*
>lu plan, it is believed t.he adoption;
)f a thoroughly business-like system
will secure far be> :er results than r
mve been obtained under the plan to
. j 'it
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