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E. H. AULL, EDITOR.
Tuesday, December 7, 1915.
We print this issue of "The Herald
and News on Tuesday. We were late
last week in getting out the issue of
Friday and we decided to let this one
come out on Tuesday instead of Monday
night, as is the custom. Then we
wanted to carry the message of the
president to congress which convenes
today in probably the most important
session, in its history. It delays the
paper on the rural routes one day,
but carries news that we could not
otherwise carry until the Friday issue.
We appreciate more th.an we can
say the many kind things we have
heard about our anniversary edition.
There are a few things we would xath-A?>
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we feel that it is rather remarkable
that there are no more errors than
what are there. None of any special
consequence except the one that says
that Judge F. M. Schumpert is dead.
We are pleased to say thai he is not
and we hope he may be spared many
KEEP COOL, MR. SWEARINGEX.
Of course we will print the letter or
our state superintendent of education,
not as a patriotic duty but as a matter
of justice. We have no desire to misrepresent
him or the facts in any matter,
even his statement to the contrary.
We published the facts in regard to
his decision about the Zion school just
as they were given to us by Mr. Hayne
Folk, who is a trustee and who has alVways
taken a great interest in the
As those facts were told it was a
unique decision, and that was all that
we said. If you didn't make the de
cision, Mr. Swearingen, it would have
been so much nicer, and more gentlemanly
and becoming to your high position
to have said we were mistaken,
instead of saying it was a "willful misrepresentation."
Now, honest, 'twixt
me and you, wouldn't it? But you got
mad. And you exploded. You shouldn't
do that. And then to intimate that we
woman t nave tne mannooa to print
your letter; now, twixt me and you,
not to go any further, that wasn't nice
either; do you think so?
Mr. Folk stated that there was the
necessary enrollment this year.
Whether there is or not we do not
know. Certainly it would seem a little
early to tell what the average attendance
will be for the year, and then
a little later there may be more enrollment.
We do not care to discuss
tiie matter, however, because there is
nothing to discuss.
<TIie four mill tax was voted during
the term of 1912 and 1913, and before
June 30,191i3'. And not during tlie next
term of 1913 and 1914, as stated by the
As to the personal references of the
state superintendent, we have only to
say, that the head of the school system
of a great state should not lose his
temper so easily and explode with ugly
epithets. It is not nice, Mr. Swearin-.
een. and vou should not do it. Aq to
your being autocratic; why, bless your!
dear soul, you can't help it, you got it
' honest, and you should be proud of it.,
Even. jyour best friends will tell you
chat?we mean those who are really
your best friends. And you should not
get sarcastic. No, no, it is not in keeping
with the great trust which you
hold from the people, especially wh&n
you are dealing with one of the humble
citizens. You just go along and do
your duty and don't you ask Col. Aull
anything about what you are going
And, no. no, again, bless your heart,
it does not take a great deal of manhood
to print your article. It takes
more space than it does manhood. But
Col. Aull will criticise your official acts
whenever he feels like doing so in his
paper so long as he runs one, and he
will always send you a copy, as he
did this time, and you will not have
to depend on amy other friend to get
one. We mailed you a copy of the
issue which contained the article on the
unique decision. We frequently mail
you a copy whenever we have anything
on the schools, because you have always
pretended to be interested
in anything we might say, but we see
that when we happen not to agree with
you we may expect a flood of indigna
tion from you but it does not h\irt.
"Take it from me," Mr. Sweariugen,
you will feel betfer just to console your
heart in patience and not write ugly
things, and permit the "cat to look at
the moon," and keep cool, Mr. Swearingen
TWO NEWBERRY BOYS MEET
TRAGIC DEATH IN CAPITAL.
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j have oil in it. Mr. Schumperi said
that he picked up the lamp after the
1 accident. He was questioned as to
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sometimes went out and he said that
a wind would sometimes extinguish
them, but he was sure the lights were
burning when the accident occurred.
The train was going at about eight
miles an hour when the engine crossed,
but was probably making 15 miles an
hnnr when ta.il end nassed. ac
cording to IMr. Schumpert. He testified
that no oil had been placed in the
lamp since the tragedy.
John Mitchell of 616 Elmwood avenue,
who is a section hand in the em,
ploy of the Seaboard Air Line, said he
i was standing at his front gate when
the accident happened. He was going
away on an early morning train to at!
tend his grandmother's funeral and
! wras bound for his sister's house, across
the railroad, to find out the time, when
I the tragedy occurred. Mitchell deI
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i the scene. He saw the automobile
| coming down the hill and saw the
j lights burning on the crossing but
! thought the occupants would see the
| warning. He said the automobile was
| running "pretty fast." He didn't know
j how fast the train was going. He said
the gate was down and that the automobile
did not seem to slow up before
the collision. .When asked if he saw
an automobile go west a few minutes
before the accident, he said he did not,
but that he was in his house at the
time. Mitchell declared that the headlights
on the wrecked automobile were
burning when he saw the machine.
Train Was Extra Freight,
S. E. Burns of Cayce, yardmaster
ror the seaDoara Air juine, saia inai
he was called to the wreck. He dressed
hurriedly and came to the Elm wood
crossing on a motor car owned by the
railway. Mr. Davenport's body had
been removed and Mr. Swittenberg's
body was being taken away when he
reached the scene. He said that the
freight train was extra Xo. 303, with 42
cars and a caboose and was substituting
for regular freight Xo. 80. He tes
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: uled right-of-way, but. that this extra,
| No. 303, would have only a right-of|
way by orders. The train, he -said, was
scheduled to make 35 miles an hour.
E. M. Lancaster, a patrolman, testi:
fied that on the night of November
1 29 he docketed a charge against the
late Mr. Davenport for reckless driv|
ing, and that Mr. Davenport put up c
j cash bond, which he forfeited when the i
; case was called for trial. He said (
that he did not have his stop-watch [
j on Mr. Davenport that night, but that j
j in his judgment Mr. Davenport "was I
! running about 40 or 45 miles an hour, j
I therefore he placed the charge against
! him. This occurred on Hampton street.
David Campbell of 1010 Bryan street,
locomotive engineer on extra No. i303,
said that the first he knew of the
accident was when he reached Camden :
and was notified. At Camden he ex- j
amined his train carefully and found
that there was a hole in the bottom of
the twenty-eighth, box car (counting
from the engine) and that the trucks
were scarred. He testified that the
gates were down at the Elmwood
crossing when his train passed and
that the lights were burning. The
speed at this point he said was about
six or eight miles an hour. He said
he had 42 cars and a caboose, some 30
of which were fruit express cars.
C. G. McCreight of Hamlet, N. C.,
conductor of extra train No. 303, testified
that hp wk /ridine In the caboose
on the right hand side when the train
passed Elmwood crossing. He said
that the lights were burning on the
right hand side, which is the east side, j
but he could not say about the lights j
on the left side, that on which the ac- j
cident occurred. He said that his train
left Cayce at 1:35 o'clock and it was
about 2 o'clock when he passed Elmwood.
The speed he estimated at 10
miles an hour. The train consisted of
42 cars and a caboose, 29 of which
were fruit express care.
J. A. Scott, coroner for Richland
county, conducted the investigation,
with an occasional question by a
juror. The jurors were R. A. IMazyck,
R. C. King, I. W. Mayfield, F. M. Bultman,
A. T. McCaw, A>. G. Taylor, G. E.
Epting, J. P. Moon, J. K. Tarrer, W. j
H. Roberts, Max Speers, . T. Langley
and T. A. Berley. j
Funerals in Newberry.
The bodies of Ashby Wilson Davenport
and William Calhoun Swittenberg,
the two young men who were killed
when their automobile collided with a
Seaboard Air Line freight train, were
taken-fo Newberry this morning on the
7:15 o'clock train. 'The families of
j both the young men have lived in Newberry
many years, and the double interment
took place there this afterirv
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serveices of Mr. Davenport were held
at 3 o'clock. Those for Mr. Swittenberg
being held one hour later.
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Ashby Davenport was about 21 years
old. He came to Columbia within the
last two years as a representative of
the Atlantic Life Insurance company.
His father, J. D. Davenport, was once i
a member of the wholesale grocery j
firm of Blackwelder & Davenport. Lat- J
er he organized the Exchange bank of
Newberry, of which he was president
during the first years of its existence.
The family for the last few years has
resided on. the Davenport plantation in
William Swittenberg was 22 years j
old and had been living in IColumbia!
three years. Upon the completion of i
a business course in Columbia, he as- I
sumed the duties of bookkeeper with j
J. M. Van Metre, furniture dealer. Two
brothers, George and Richard Swittenberg,
accompanied the body to Newberry.
J. D. Davenport, ihe father,'
and lieorge j^avexiywi v, a. m ?
arrived in Columbia Sunday afternoon. |
SOLE SURVIVOR TELL HIS STORY
! Frank Falls Says He Shw No Train
Until Automobile Crashed
"That the said Ashby Davenport and
William Swittenberg met their death
by running their automobile into a
freight train-, No. 303, e^tra train taking
the place of No. 80, on the morning
of December 5, 1915," was the verdict
of the coroner's jury inquiring into
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the collision early Sunday at Elmwood t
avenue crossing between a motor car l
and a Seaboard Air Line freight train. ?
A number of witnesses had been examined
Sunday afternoon, but in order t
to get the testimony of J. Frank Falls,
one of the occupants of the ill-fated j
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until last night. Mr. Falls was suffering
from shock Sunday afternoon .
and could not be present. He went to .
Newberry to attend the funerals yesterday.
His train returning to Colum- .
bia was late last night, therefore the ,
inquest was not resumed until 10 f
3'clock. Mr. Falls and two other witnesse
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wood avenue and works for a music
house on Oervais street. After com- 4
pleting his work on Saturday night j
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he met Mr. Davenport and Mr. Swit- z
tenberg, who also boarded at 1126 ?
Elmwood avenue. He said he was with I
Mr. Davenport and Mr. Swittenberg t
from then until the time of the acci- 1
The coroner asked Mr. Falls whether 1
I they went out Elmwood westward a
! few minutes before the accident. Mr. s
Falls answered that they drove out as t
far as the street is paved, which is i
j near the cemetery gate, and then J t
turned around. Mr. Davenport, he said, j i
was driving the car. Mr. Falls de- j \
: clared the speed of the automobile 11
to have been about 15* or 20 miles an' t
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tour while going westward &nd about <
5 miles an hour when going eastward
when tie accident happened.
"What was your first knowledge of
he train ?" asked the coroner.
"Nothing until we hit it," said Mr.
IMr. Falls said that he didn't see the
rain before the accident. He declared
hat the exhaust pipe of the automo>ile
was cut off. He said that he was
hrown from the car and landed on
he ground between Mr. Davenport and
dr. SWittenberg. He is of the opinion
hat his- elbow grazed a box car. He
emembers only one crash and that
vas when the automobile collided with
Safpfv Rates Down.
"After I was thrown out I noticed
.he crossing gates were down," said
Mr. Falls. "I didn't look for lights,
,nd I didn't notice whether there was
l torn up lantern." Mr. Falls said that
is they went westward on Elmwood
ie noticed lights burning on the right
land side of the gates. He said that
ie was conscious when he got up after
.he accident. Mr. Davenport, he said,
R. F. Van. who lives at 2023 Wayne
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hat he was called to the scene a few
nJnutes after the tragedy. Mr. Van
estified especially regarding the lightng
at the crossing, saying that there
ras a street light 133 feet from where
he machine struck the train, but that
he train was between the occupants
in the family may
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of tiL-e car and the street light; Mr* g
Van said'that when he reached the
scene three of the gates were- up, and fl
the other was down, broken, 'With a g
suauerea laniern aanguug ou its t?ro. ?
The other three lights were bunmag, J|
Mr. Van explained that it was the rule I ,
to raise the gates as soon as the trail BH
passed, hence the hoisting of the othe B
three gates. " V
R. W. Rabon of 2021 Wayne street, a^H
section foreman for the Seaboard Air?
Line, who is foreman for that part oifl
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me iracx on which ui.tr a-cuiutrut, uc-n
-curred, said he was called to
scene, and reached there about 13 <miT]J
utes after it happened. He found Mr*B
Falls in the middle of the track. The I
automobile was standing headed north,
parallel with the railroad track. Two I
men, he said, were lying on the ground, 1
one dead and one still breathing. He H
told the flagman at the crossing to
stop any train that came that way, and |
then notified officials of the railway, I
who in turn called the ambulance and I
physicians. Mr. Rabon said that he^ I
questioned IMr. Falls and found out H
who the injured young men were and ]
where they worked. When Dr. Har- H
mon arrived Mr. Davenport was rushed?
to the Baptist hospital and Mr. FallsH
left the scene in the doctor's automo-TB
Questioned regarding the lights
the crossing gates, Mr. Rabon tested
that the light on three of the ^gafcST I
were burning and that the one on the H
fourth was broken and was hanging m
on the smashed gate. VJij
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