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t VOLOIE LI1U >T 24 ? ?at ^R,? ?, ?..?. =^E A TOEK) ?u# A YEAli
if Flames Sweep
lH Destroys Many Blocks <
by Winds of Great
Jf Gale Drives Devou
J Along Th(
Augusta, Ga., March 23.?Fire, fanned
by a 65-mile gale, last night swept
down Broad .street, destroying 21
blocks of 'buildings on that main
thoroughfare of (Augusta and about 14
on other streets. At 1 o'clock this
morning the flames were still burning
fiercely, with the prospects that it
would 'be probably several hours before
they can be controlled.
miH+io ^nmnanies have bee.l
1 lii laXHWia VVAA-Jr?
ordered out and now are guarding the
. Thus <ar there have been no fatal
accidents, but there were many narrow
escapes, notable in the Dyer
building, where the conflagation flaci
The loss will run well into the millions,
some estimates now putting K
k -as high as $10,000,000.
The flames swept a straight swat'i
down Broad street, skipping only, two
| 'clocks, the 600 and 700 blocks, and taking
in their career many well known
Among the structures completely
destroyed were the Dyer building, a
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aid building, the Commercial club, the
Tubman high school for girls, the
Horton grammar school, the cotton
exchange, with about 10,000 bales of
cotton; the Southern railway freight
/lormt and historic St. Paul's church.
Both the Western Union and the
Poetal telegraph offices were destroyed
as was the composing room of ttie
Augusta Chronicle, an annex of the
paper's ten story home. The mam
building itself, though badly damaged,
Telephone connection with the outside
world was lost for a time, bat
was restored late in the night.
? Fire fighters and apparatus^from Sa.annah,
Waynesboro and Columbia are
on the scene, the Columbia contin
gent havirig arrived about 12:30. Ask
sistace from 3iaconr .Atlanta and
, Charleston also is on the way. |
Some of the handsomest mansions
R in Augusta were among the dwellings |
destroyed in lower Broad street,^1
^ * Among these were the residences of J
Fedinand Phinizy, Leonard Phinizy, j
Thomas Barrett, Sr., Thomas Barrett, j
-Jr., and the Gould home.
St. Paul's one o; the oldest Bpisco- j
pal churches in the South, is a com^
plete loss. On its walls and in its
iL aisles were memorials to many men
of more than local fame who lay buried
within its precincts. J, S. !
AID FKOM GREENVILLE J
Firemen iand Apparatus Sent by Special
Train to Augusta.
Greenville. March 23.?A special
Y train left here this morning at:
2 o'clock carrying 20 firemen, a fire j
engine, hose wagon and 3,800 feet of I
Vinee trv Augusta The train Is due
in Augusta at 5 o'clock.
W \ OLI MBIA SENDS AID
? TO GEORGIA CITY j
Two Engines With Elee?n Firemen and
. Large Supply of Hose
1 Two hours after Augusta's call to j
Columbia * for help reached Mayor
Griffith last evening, a special train
was under wa5% carrying firemen and
apparatus and a number o: -volunteers,1
Alayor Griffith hintsefi! was of the party,
as was also J. W. Wassum, superintendent
of the Columbia division of
* The Southern railway, i/ispvsiuuus
the expeditions handlinging of the special
Equipment sent included a heavy
TM-r\^ck1J<xrl nnmniner PT1 o'inP
WUfc* UlUlUi J/H/|?VllVU ^UlU^'lUQ v?0 ? .,
a horse drawn steamer of large eapacity,
3,000 feet of hose and an assortment
of attachments. The machinery
was in charge of a detail of 10
men from the Columbia fire departV.
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ment, heatietf 'by the Assistant chief,
& Millions Loss
>n Broad Street--Fanned
\V. H. Sloan. Conditions in Columbia
with a nigh wind blowing were euci.
that Fire Chief W. J. May did not feel
warranted in leaving the city or in detaching
a large complement from his
Engine 649 hauled the special train,
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with'-Pat RiOn ill the drivers seat anu
J. W. Edwards, conductor, in charge,
i The train consisted of a passenger
coach and two flat cars. The apparatus
was taken aboard at the west
Gervias street cossing, after difficulty
had been encountered in loading
it at Blanding street, and the coach
was picked up at the union station.
On the snecia! were a staff corr-e
spondent of The State and an extra
operator of The Associated Press.
Samuel rM. Rice, a conductor of the
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Soutnern Kanway, saici i<i?i mguc i^ai
when his train left Augusta at 6:45
oc'lock in the evening the flames in
the Dyer building were high and were
being spread by a high west wind,
i "It looked bad," said Mr. Rice.
"Sparks were flying over the river and
it seemed as if the cotton on Reynolds
street must surely cattch. I heard
that there were sevral narrow escapes.
The fire is said toxhave started irr the
bottom o'. the Dyer building."'
1 CHARLESTON SENDS
HELP TO AUGUSTA
Pnmper. Twelve Hundred Teet of Hose
and Firemen o On
. Special Train. " .
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Charleston, March 22.?A pumper,
1,200 feet of hose and seven firemen
under Foreman Wohjters lift at 15:50
o'clock tonight on special train, about
minutes after reeciving a can irom
Augusta to aid in fighting the fire
raging in that city. .
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i.i, si NESS DISTBICT FEELS
FlTLJ, FORCE OF DISASTER!
Fire Sweeps Down Broad Street and
Leaps Into Reynold? and Ellis.
Burning' Fierce K
Augusta, Ga., March 23.?A confla- j
gation which has already resulted in j
an estimated loss of $8,000,000 to $10,-!
000,000 is sweeping LAugusta and at 1 j
o'clock in the morning is still burning!
fiercely. Fanned by a wind blowing in J
a southeasterly direction the names j
swept through between 20 and *25 city ,
blocks destroying dozens of business j
buildings and rendering thousands
homeless. The fire started about 6:11 j
p. m., in the rear of a store on the flrst
ioor of * "" Lyer bu hl.: f. one of the!
I -itys' princ pal oiTiefc bui'd'ngs Ten
I ints .">1' the build^'n^ hare v escaped
with their lives and a dozen young wo- \
m?n who attended a business college!
n tho fi floor a' - 'j forcod to conn* j
lowu +he f:re escape at peril of their
lives. \ i
i The Augusta tire department, with i
| every available engine, was on the j
| scene within less than three minutes j
| after the alarm was turned in and I
j seeiug that the Dyei ?mildii\g was j
| doomed, directed its efforts toward I
j saving the Union Savings -Bank building
acros the street. The fire, in the
i meantime, bau swept across Eighth
| treet from tne rear of t.i? I)\cr build!
^H Hqctoti J-nirninor fYvtt/vn rnw
I ill auu V-"- - -* W?VVM - ^ '
j where thousands of bales were stored.
| The flames began to eat their way
i through the warehouses, attacked the
| Tubman high school and then swept
i toward Broad steet. The firemen had
kept the flames from the Union Sav!
Ji2s hank building from Eighth street
! side but when the building was attacked
from the rear they rouM not
fight the flames from that angle also.
Big Buildings Lost.
On the 700 'block of Broad street the
' Union Savings ibank building, the Postal
telegraph building, the Augusta
Herald building, the Commercial chit*building
and The Chronicle and Em4
pire buildings, the latter two modern ci
hiiilriinprn were 2Utted. D.1
As the flames were uncontolahle
at 7 o'clock, an appeal was sent to r?
other cities for aid. Atlanta, Macon, o)
Savannah, Columbia and Waynesboro d<
were cafled on. Waynesboro arrived h<
at 10 o'clock and Columbia one hour
later. Nothing seemed to be able to
check the flames in the patch which a
the wind directed them and they de- P'
stroyed approimaxtely 15,000 bales of
cotton valued at $1,000,000. The tl
Tubman high school building was de- b<
stroved, as was the Southern railway
freight depot. The fire burning the #5
the north side of Broad on the 700 ir
block down to the Citizens & 'South- J
ern bank building. This granite. s*
structure acted as a barrier to the j
further progress of the flames and J
they swept behind it. The (Citizens j t*
& Southern, Planters Loan & Savings 0
and Oeorsria Railroad banks were j
saved on the 700 block. j ^
The entire section of the city north j p
of Broad and east of Eighth streets
seemed to be doomed though the fire- u
men fought valiantly to save many
of the buildings and succeeded in savc]
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On the 400 and 300 'blocks of Broad, ij
Reynolds and Bay streets, practically
all the residences were destroyed.
Ivower Broad is one of the most exclusive
residence sections of the city.
The flames crossed Broad on the 400
block and swept down Ellis and then
to Green, burning both eides of lower
Green. Thousands of people , were
i made homeless and many other thousands
are sleeping with their household
furniture piled in the street ^
keeping vigil over their, property. > . v
So far as is known the fire has
i | , i.MMMMi
m bPS0H' manJ woman an
nity should be i
j|| V .\lsSj for Co-operatia
IV |g community" Spir
/ llSI 1 show in cartoon
I needs of our
SSjPj|l holding it backovercome
can be accompl
1 We will "Knc
% "Boost the Bo:
/' ;H'J some of you pr
/w . always hurts?I
Hj erful ally for ad
Jml i interested in th<
\)///wwk our home
; reaumg mcoc
I and co-opferatinj
I this a bigger?b
I prosperous com
lused the loss of no lives though
jmerous firemen have be^n burned
u i) id to go to the hospital. It is
?poted, however, that the little child
I Firemen Meredith was burned to
jath just as her father rushed in the
Duse to save her.
About Bnrned Ont
The fire is practically under control
t 1:30 so ar as the business and
rincipal residential sections are con
irned, though it is now raging near
ie city limits, ft is being controlled
ecause it has burned out.
It was estimated at 2 o'clock that
00 homes have been destroyed, leav
ig over 3,000 persons homeless. The
re crossed Broarl street at Elbert
reet and is gradually eating its way
ito the residence section of the city.
One of the larger werehouses conlininc:
100.000 bales of cotton is out
f the fire zone.
Three companies of the National
uard have been ordered out and are
atrolling the streets.
At 2:*-if? o'clock this morning the flro
as grarh> illy burning its way through
ie reside it.ial section and had touched
reen street. The flames have been
becked at sevral points by the Au
usta augumented fire department.
Augusta, Ga., March 23.?At
3:15, the wind having died down.
'V ^ ? At?f ,
ir}( ^reai nre was ^juiupivicijr under
control. At 2:30. a second fire
l-vcHe out in the southern asction
of the city. It was extinguished
after having caused about $12,000
Prof. D. R. Riser, superintendent of
ie city schools of Manning, S. C.f is
feitm^ his father, Mr. J. H. Riser, in
'ewberry for the week end.
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Lacti weeK we win r
i and tell in story the I
community?what is I *
?the things we must I
ogress and how this | j g
ished by co-cpsration. ; j i j>ck
the Knocker" and | | P
^cfor " Wft ma.v hit I , * '
etty hard?the truth . 2^
>ut it's our most pow- ! . t
vancement. If you are.
e progress and future .
wn you can help by h
ditorials each weekly
with u& in making e
THE COURT CLOSES.
Prese tment of- Grand Jury ? Com- 1
ment by /udge Wilson?I. 0. Bur- ! (
ten Granted Bail. I
The court of general sessions, Judge i
Wilson presiding, adjourned Wednes- ]
I day afternoon at 1 o'clock. While ;
'' several important cases were disposed i
of there were several that wee con- j 1
tinued for one reason or another. The
i grand jury made som? very important1;
i recommendations as will be seen
: from reading its presentment,
' j The cases disposed of at this term
are as follows: >
' The State against John Glasgow,
j charged with larceny c'rom the person
' j (pickpocket), fouud guilty ana sen-1
| tenced to 18 months on the chain,
' j gang or th* penitentiary.
! Jim Caughman, housebreaking and j
I laiWCUJ , g un L y , i, \nr i_? j cai o.
Bluff Cannon, housebreaking and i'
, larceny; not guilty.
Jim Robertson, housebreaking and
i . (
larceny; pleaded guilty, 18 months. |
I. 0. Burton, murder and carrying
J concealed weapons; continued to next ^
j term of court. J
| Joe Jackson, assault and battery and ^
carrying concealed weapons; pleaded
guilty, three months or $100. j
Ed Johnson, burglary and larceny; ;
court directed a verdict of guilty with
trv TTIPrfV The DTIS- '
i oner was given a sentence of five 1
v Robt. Childs, larceny of bicycle; 1
I guilty, two years and a fine of $5. '
j Jim. Todd, assault and battery with
fl itent to kill; tried in prisoner's ab- i
i sence, new trial granted and case con- !
tloued.J: "3"lt X!^
D. A. War ley, assault and battery;
>leaded guilty, $200 or one year, sen- ^
ence suspended during good behavior. /
J. H. Brown, disposing of property
mder lien; guilty, nine months or
Thomas Byrd, Jr., murder; pleaded
uilty to manslaughter, 30 years.
John Brown, rape; continued.
Tom i.VIcMorris, charged with faflure
) support wife and children, settled
n terms that he pay $11 per month t
3r support of wi- e and children.
Mack Dawkins, larceny; continued.
Jim Todd, violation dispensary law;
fl T nallmnn nhtainiricr w/vi/le nn. . .
er false pretense; continued.
Thomas Motes, assault and battery,
itent to kill and carrying concealed
weapons; nol grossed.
T. . J. Davenport, a?aault and -bat
=ry, intent to kiii ; noi prossea.
Presentment of Grand Jury. )
State of ?outh Carolina-Bounty of
'o His Honor, Judge John S. Wilson,
W7 a tl-io orronrf inrr fnp \" O r T* V
ounty- at.the sitting of this term of
curt wish to make the following preentations
of such matters as have
een 'brought before us. or our coniderations.
First. We wish, tp express to the
idge presiding.our appreciations an< y
lanks for his charge and instructions .
3 us. ?
We have appointed .coiLm-tiees to
xamine and audit the books of the
arious county officers and. to inspect
iie conditions existing at the County
r 3 ---1 ci? ~ ill in/ill^
Louie &nu ja,u. oaiuc win uc mnuu"
d in our presentment at the next
erm of court. v .
It lias been reported to tlie Grand5ury
that numerous acts of vandaliscf "
ave been committed at the two "
chock located at Johnstone in No. 12
Ichoo' district. These alleged acts
leing the result of friction between
atrons of the two schools, according
o information i.'urnisTied us. We recommend
that some action be taken in
his matter by the proper authoriies.
We have received committees maktig
complaints as to county roads a*d
ave same under consideration.
me udve passcu uu a 11 uiiis jjicocuid
to '.:s and have returned same to
We wish to commend the sheriff and
tis deputies for their diligence and ?U
>fficers of the county for their '.aitliul
and efficient worfc.
We recommend that the clerk he
>aid the usual fee.
W. F. EWART, * .
Foreman Grand Jury.
Comment by Jndge Wilson.
At the conclusion of the reading of
:he Dresentment by Clerk of Court
joggans, tfudge Wilson commended th9
?rand jury i.'or its promptness and attention
to duty. He then commented ^
upon that portion of the presetment
relating to the state of affairs existing
it Johnstone Academy, laying great
stress upon the gravity of the situation.
He suggested that tbe services .
of a good preacher, who was not
-e? -1 Ka eannroH tft VC\
diicwu tu d'pcdA. vui, uc w QW
to that community and do sc.ne
"missionary work" among the schcoi
patrons who are at outs. The judge
paid a tribute to home and foreign
; ? ? ? rfimorVod that h P h)P_
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lieved that a missionary could accomplish,
more than anything else in
thie case. v
.luQ^e Wilson then suggested to Solicitor
Cooper that he have copies of
certain portions of the preesntment
made and forwarded to the trustees
of the two schools, together with a
request that the patrons of Johnston?
iistrict set* together and put a stop to
the existing. friction. If there is a
repetition of the "acts of ?vandali6m/
mentioned in the grand jury's presentment,
the judge directed that the guiK
ty parties be indiced and brought before
Judge Wilson was very torccful in
lis remarks along this line. He stated
that he greatly deplored such a
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Jiate or anairs m we grauu uiu wauiy
of Newberry, and hoped that the
remedy suggested by him would have
he desired effect
Solicitor Cooper stated to the judge
:nat he would have copies of the pre
sentment' sent to the trustees of the
of the court. .