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ON DIVIDING LINE
Bishop's Ruling K/lls Hope of Those
Oppomg D/Yis;on of Present
Sumter, Nov. 26.?When the Methodist
conference met this morning the
absorbing question was t':e ruling of
Bishop Denny on t'he questions of law
propounded at yesterday's session.
The Rev. P. B. Wells had asked for
Bishop Denny's ruling as to the right
of the general conference to delegate
y its prerogative to the annual conference
in the matter of fixing a dividing
line bet wen the two new conferences
to he made of the South Carolina conference.
It was hoped by the element
t opposing division that the bishop
would rule that the general confer
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cision defeat the division.
Interest was intense as the bishop
proceded with his ruling. He ruled
on a question touching the constitutionality
of an act of the general conference;
that only the college of bishops
might rule on such questions.
l As to whether the conference might
this line his ruling was that it'
might or might not, as it chose.
T?r \V T rimv a lavman of Lau
rens, introduced a resolution referring
f the division question back to the general
conference, and made a speech
vigorously advocating his resolution.
Ke was answered by the Rev. D. M.
McLeod, the author of the division
idea, in an earnest address in defence
of Lis idea.
(Several speeches pro and con were
made and toe vote on Mr. Gray's reso'
lution was taKen viva voce. mi. uia?
lost by eight votes, the count being
122 for the Gray resolution and 130
against. This really settled the quesi
tion of division, or had the Gray resolution
carried the conference would
not have been divided.
i Upon the settlement of this phase of
P the question the fixing of the line was
entered into. Mr. IMcLeod advocated
|l his line as proposed yesterday?a line
giving t":e eastern and southern por
tions of t:e State to one conference,
and the Piedmont section to the other
^ Mr. Turnipseed argued the advantages
otf another line dividing the State
north and south.
The arrival of the special order for I
T2 o'clock, the Thanksgiving sermon
by Bishop Wilson, put an end, for the
\ day, to the division question and this
w'll be taken up tomorrow morning I
and finally disposed of.
Tonight tie mission board bad its;
anniversary and was addressed -by Dr.!
t Pinson, missionary secretary.
The following is the text of the tvo
I propositions introduced for the division
of the conference:
L D/Wsz'on Proposition.
Whereas, The general conference of
the Methodist Episcopal church. South
L at its session in Oklahoma City in 1914
divided the South Carolina conference
and made it the duty of the said conference
to fix tee line of division at
tois, its coming session: Therefore be
That Thursday, 10 a. m., November
26, be made a special order for fixing
l the line of division and agreeing upon
all details made necessary by such dihvision.
Resolved, further, that the following
resolutions be taken up under
tha? special order as a plan of pro
Resolved, first, That the line of di.
vision >Nf the South Carolina confer[
ence be,^ind is hereby, fixed as follows:
Beginning at the North Carolina
line follow the line between Csester\
field and Lancaster counties, between
Kershaw and Fairfield counties, t'hence
across Richland county in a direct line
from the junction of Kershaw and
Fairfield counties at the Richland line
Bfo the junction of the S^aT>oard Air .
Pud the Southern railways,
in a direct line !o Ridgewood,
following the troll-v lines to
Park, thence in :t <r :'0ct line to
Station on t\e A?i- atic Coast
ilwav, thence in a direct line to
tion of Calhoun and Lexington
at the southern Richland
line, from thence the line be
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Look for the
tween Calhoun and Lexington counties,
between Orangeburg and Lexington
counties, between Orangeburg and
Aiken counties, between Barnwell and
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except that Smyrna and E-benezer
churches in Kershaw county shall remain
in the upper conference and Kershaw
and 'Salley cihurches shall remain
in the lower conference.
Resolved, second, That the name of
t\:e lower conference shall be "The
South Carolina conference" and that
said conference shall retain the historical
records, the session number
and the chronological roll; that the
name of the upper conference shall
be "T^e Uprver South Carolina conference."
Resolved, tcira, mat wonora college,
Wofford Fitting school, Carlisle
school, Cokesbury conference school.
Columbia college, lender college and
fee Epworth orphanage shall be the
property of the two conferences
jointly. The upper South Caro- j
lina conference shall elect seven of 15 |
thirteen trustees of Wofford college, i
Wofford Fitting school, Carlisle school
and Lander college.
'The South Carolina conference shull
elect seven and t*:e upper South Carolina
conference shall elect six of the
thirteen trustees of Columbia college,
The South Carolina conference shall
elect eigO.t and the upper South caro- j
lina Conference shall ecelt seven of 1T> ;
trustees of Bpworth orphanage, j
The upper South Carolina conference
shall elect four and the South j
Carolina conference shall elect three 1
of t" e seven trustees of the Cokesbury !
conference* school. That the quota of
trustees elective for each conference
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present board of education and elected
?or two years: thereafter the trustees
for each conference shall be nominated
by the hoard of education of the
j conference they are to represent and
| elected by the conference.
Resolved, fourth, Thai all property
he'd by the original South Carolina 1
conference other than herein other-1
wise provided for be held intact by the !
present board of managers of the le- j
gal conference and administered for
the benefit equally and jointly of t'.ie '
two conferences until such time as the
two conferences shall be duly incorporated.
When t'.ie two conferences j
have been duly incorporated said |
property shall then he equally divid- j
pH oc pnnitv nnrl rpnnirpmpnf s !
appear between t:.e two conferences.
Resolved, fifth, That a commission
of three Methodist laymen from within j
the bounds of each conference be ap- J
pointed upon nomination of the board j
of managers of the present legal con- i
ference to determine all legal ques-1
tions involved in making legal and j
proper transfers of property as re- j
quired by division of t'he conference,!
said commission to take such steps as 1
may be necessary to amend the char- (
ters of the several institutions involv- !
ed so as to conform to the requirements
of the division.
Resolved, sixth, That the presiding
elders of this session of conference as j
a board of nomination of boards after
the appointments for 1915 have been
fixed and immediately before the announcement
thereof bring in nominations
for the several boards required
by each conference under the division.
Resolved, seventh, That the Southern
Christian Advocate shall be the organ j
of the two conferences, equally and
jointly. The Southern Christian Advocate
shall be controlled and directed
by a board of eight managers, tour to
be elected by each conference. This
board shall be elected quardrennially!
upon nomination of the board of education
of each conference, and shall
have power to cntract for the publicatin
of the paper, elect the editor and,
as trustees of t(';ie conference, direct
and control the affairs of the paper.
Resolved, eighth. T^at the division
or' the South Carolina conference and I
nil provisions as to division herein
made shall not so into effect until the
announcement of the appointments for
the respective conferences and the adjournment
sine die of this session of
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the South Carolina conference.
D. M. McLecd
E. 0. Watson.
The motion of the Rev. Turnipseed 1
was practically t..e same as t'.'.at of
the Rev. McLeod, with tie exception;
of the names of the two conferences j
and the di.ision lines. Mr. Turnip-j
seed's resolution provided that the j
western conterence snouia oe Known ;
as the "South Carolina conference," j
and the Eastern conference as the
"Pee Dee conference," or other such j
name as the conference chose. The :
division line was fixed as follows: j
From t'.ie Xort'J Carolina line to fol- .
low tie line of division between I
Greenville and Spartanburg counties
to its meeting with the Enoree River
thence down the Enoree River to the
Broad river, thence down the Broad :
river to the Congaree river, thence !
down the Congaree river to the Santee
river and thence to the Atlantic ocean.
There was also some slight change,
as to the folding of the property of
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i:.e cumerence aim uie vaii cramp auu j
control of the Methodist schools and
colleges in the State.
METHODIST AT SUMTER
AGREE ON DIVIDING LINE
Upper Soutli farol/na Conference to
Meet in Spartanburg Next
Sumter, Nov. 2S.?T:ere are now
two Methodist conferences in South
Carolina?the South Carolina and the
tipper South Carolina. This question
was settled this morning after a vigorous
fig'.it which has gone on for a
The 191") session of the Methodist
conference will be held in Trinity
church. Charleston, w';ile the upper
South Carolina conference will meet
next year in Bet':el church, Spartanburg.
The Rev. W. C. Kirkland has been
named as editor of the Southern Christian
Advocate by the board cef managers
of t'^at publication.
T:is afternoon's session of the conference
practically wound up the business
o:' the session of 1914, and the
appointments will probably be announced
Fixing D/v/d/ng Line.
T~e question of dividing the conference
was a special order for 1 o'clock
this afternoon. It had been determined
by yesterday's vote that there would
be a division, but the line of division
was the matter for adjustment.
The Rev. P. B. TVells, for the antidivisionists,
made one final effort to
prevent division by the introduction of
a resolution proposing postponement
of division until a committee might
consider certain legal questions and
report its findings a year hence. This
resolution was laid on the ta'ble by a
large vote. Mr. Turnipseed then made 1
an argument for the line which he
}iad proposed. He was followed by
Mr. McLeod, for his line. The two lines
were voted on separately in an aye
and nay vote. The vote on the Turnipseed
line stood 52 :or and 211 against.
The vote on the McLeod line stood:
Aye, 174; nay, SO. The bishop declar-i
ed that Mr. MoLeod's line was the line I
Mr. W. 3. Gray, of Laurens, who had
been an ardent supporter of the fight
against division, moved to make the
vote for the McLeou line unanimous,
and this was done. The fight has been
spirited, but the defeated take their
defeat in good spirit and a good feeling
Governor-elect Richard I. Manning
was on the conference floor this morning
and was invited to address the
body. Mr. Manning was enthusiastically
received and made a happy speech
of ten minutes. He expressed his ap- I
preciation of the support whic'h had
been given him by the Methodist ministers
o:' t":e State and begged for their
continued support as he took up tve
responsibil.ties of tli^ governorship,;
"T" declared that Vethodi?m was one i
of the sr-i-ater factors in South Carolina's
lif \ He especially commended
the chiirch's educational work and assured
the con erence t'at during his
: must be turr
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administration it might count on vis
support in everything that looked to J
human uplift. Mr. Manning declared j
his behalf in answer to prayer and
asked the prayers of the conference in
behalf of his administration.
Dr. John 0. Wilson introduced resolutions
expressing appreciation of Mr.
Manning's presence; and assuring him
of the prayers of the body.
The committee appointed to consider
ways and means for handling the
Southern Christian Advocate made a
report through Dr. J. S. Stokes. It
nominated the following as a manag*
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ing Doarct to nave sun ciiarge oi ums
F. H. iSuber, W. C. Kirkland, T. D.
Gillespie, J. C. O'Dell and Messrs Lelanc
Moore, J. B. Humbert and G. T*
This board, through Mr. Shuler,
chairman, recommended the election
of the Rev. R. E. Stackhous-e, D. D.,
as editor of the Advocate. Dr. 'Stackhouse
asked for time to consider.
Dr. T. F. Beatty submitted a report
:or the Sunday school board, in which
! the bishop was requested to appoint
t' e Rev. IW, C. Owen as field secretary
of Sunday schools to succeed Mr. J.M.
, Way, who ihas resigned to accept work
| with the general board. Mr. Way will
i have charge of the Sunday school
work in several States.
At last night's session Bishop Dennv
and Dr. H. X. Snyder made eauca- I
tional addresses which were of a very
The Rev. W. I. Herbert s Work.
The board of education made a report
requesting the Bishop to reappoint
the Rev. W. I. Herbert as educational
secretary. Mr. Herbert made a
report of this work, which showed collections
amounting to $21,000 during
At an afternoon session the board or
Advocate managers reported, naming
the Rev. W. C. Kirkland as editor of
the Advocate. Dr. Stackhouse, who
was named earlier in the day, refused
to accept this work. Mr. Kirkland is
now stationed at Mull ins. He is a
will-equipped man and has the confidence
and respect of all Method*sts.
BIG WARSHIP BLOW* UP
England Loses Vessel and E/ght Hundred
Men? Fourteen Rescued.
S'heerness, England, via Ixmdon,
Nov. 26.?(The British battleship Bulwark
was destroyed by an explosion
as she lay off tore early today. There
are only fourteen survivors from the
crew of 700 or 800 men who were
T:e explosion is believed to have occurred
in her :orward magazine.
Whether it was caused by accident or
I design is a question to be determined
by a commission appointed to investi- j
In the opinion of naval men it was |
an internal explosion that put an end
to the battleship which for twelve
years has done service at home and
abroad, and lately had been guarding
Fntriand'c shores. There was no great
upheaval of water such as would have
occurred if she had been torpedoed or
struck by a mine. Instead the ship
was enveloped in smoke and flame,
and when this had cleared nothing
could be seen but wreckage floating on :
Houses in towns seven and eight
miles away were shaken by the explosion,
and even before men on ships
anchored near by could reach their
own decks the Bulwark had disappeared.
The sea was strewn with
wreckage, while pieces of the s'hip
were thrown six or seven miles on to f
the Essex shore.
Considering the size of her navy
Great Britain has been singularly free
from disasters of this character. Nevertheless,
when the French warship
Jena was destroyed by an internal explosion
in 1007, all cordite ammunition
was taken from all the British
s-'.ips and carefully examined. Refrigerators
"were installed in the ships
to keep the powder cool.
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The vessal disappeared beneath the
waves in three minutes. So terribly,
was the Bulwark rent that it was im-1
possible to render her any assistance.
Immediately a:ter the explosion tee
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Bulwark was playing when the explosion
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wark was lying at ancnor on tne naval
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feet of water. He:* armament consisted
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sixteen 12-pounders, six 13-pounders
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County Officials Exchange Offices.
Columbia Record, 27th.
J. H. Chappell, of Newberry, was
appointed Friday by Governor Blease
a magistrate fbr Newberry county, to
fill the vacancy made by the election
of the incumbent, J. C. Sample, as
county supervisor. Mr. Sample was
appointed to fill tlfle office of magistral
and Mr. C' appell was named
several months a?o to fill the unexpired
term of county supervisor. It
was regarded as a unique incident at
the capitol that these two officials
should exchange office in this manner.