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THE BRUTAL 3WRDER OF W. C. ABER
NATIlY AVEMED BY THE LAW
John Feaster an? Charles Colston
Hanged at Yorkville-Both Men Die
Protesting Their Innocence of the
Crime for Which They Forfeited Their
YrvILLE, Jtne 7.-epe cial to The
Register.;-John Feaster and Charles
coistun were hanged here to-day for the
muner of W. C. Abernathy. a mer
chant At a cuarter to twelve o'clock the
condemned ien ascended the scaffold,
after which the death warrant was read.
A hymn was then sung in which the
coiemfnlCfed joined. The' Rev. C. C.
Piuekney (colored) offered prayer, at
the conclusion of which Feaster agd
Colston were asked if they had any
thing to say Both protested their in
tiocelee, ('olStonl ciauiig that the coa
fessioi lie made was brought about by
one Jack Knox. The black caps were
then dr awn over their faces and their
- feet and hands pinioned. At three nun
utes to twelve the drop fell, and in
twenty three minutes they were pro
Colston was 'very nervous, and for a
while supported himself by holding to
the rope. Feaster was remarkably cool,
awl (iue with a smile on his face.
A. large crowd, white and colored, was
in town, but very. few outside of the
military guard and the reporters wit
nessed the execution.
Feaster's body was taken in charge by
his father and conveyed to Fairtield for
interment. Colston's remains were iml
terred in Potters Field.
Sisroitx' OF THE cRDIE.
On the night of the 25th of January
last, W. C. Abernathy, a merehant do
ing business at Catawba Junction, in
this County. was sitting in his store
after sup'er, as was his custom, his
residence being only a short distance
awa v. The evidence given at the trial
estad.ished the facts and circumstances
of the crine as follows: John Feaster
:and Charles Colston went into the store
to make some purchases, and
found their victim sitting by the stove
reading a newspaper. sotne heavy
swingletrees were lying upon a box near
and just behind Mr. Abernathy. This
was the instrument used in the fatal
blow. It did its work well, as he was
knocked senseless at the first blow.
The murderers then proceeded to
get what they could from the
money-drawer, exut their victim was
beginning to show signs of regaining
consciousness. when he was again struck.
They then became frightened and ran
off. This occurred between eight and
nine o'clock. About eleven o'clock, two
hours after the brutal work, Mrs. Aber
nathy heard some one groaning near the
front door, whereupon she got up, and
went out to find her husband lying
there in a dying condition, whither he
bad wandered and fallen in his deliri
ous state. lie lingered for some days
o sand died without ever regaining con
sciousness. The crime for some time
remained a mystery. At last suspicion
pointed to one Charles McManus as
the last party who had been seen around
the store. He was arrested and lodged
in jail. Some ten days or two weeks
later John Feaster and Charles Colston
were arrested and put in the gu'rd
house at Rock Hill, the latter confessed
the crime, implicating Feaster and
five others. The citizens were so en
raged that these murderers came near
being lync-hed then and there, bmt
wise counsel prevailed, and they were
brought to Yorkville and lodged in jail.
Some weeks after their commitment the
Sheriff was informed that an attempt
would be made to lynch them here,
whereupon they were taken to Columbia
for afe-e~p~g. Wi the Columbia
low prisonn. - pril term of t!.e
court they were brought back to York
yille for trial under an escort of the
Jenkins Rifles of this place. The party
to whom the confession was made in
Columbia was the principal witness
against them. The testimony adduced
proved conclusively the innocence of
Charles McManus, and no verdict was
asked for against him. The jury, after
remaining out five minutes. brought in
a verdict of guilty, and Judge Frazer
passed upon themt the sentence of death.
John Feaster, alias Henry Wil
liams. was born in Fairfield County
a little more than thirty-six years
ago. He had to leave his home in that
County on account of the commission of
several crimes. He next turned up in
Lancaster County, and two years ago
. found employment with one of the con
tractors of the Three C's Railroad. He
was a notorious character, and was old
Charles Colston was born in Stanly
County, N. C.. and was about 2S years
ofage'. ecame to this County about
one year before~ 'the commission of his
crime, and also found work on the sama
railroad. It is reported that he bore a
good character at his former home.
The crime for which they paid the
highest penalty of the law was a most
brutal one. and it deprived a widow antd
five small children of their support and
BROTHER JASPER AS A PROPHET.
NHe Predicted Storms, Floods and Loss of
S Life on the 31st of May.
RicHMOND. Va.. June 3.-Everybody is
talking of Rev. .John Jasper's prophecy
about the storms, floods and loss of life.
The famous colored preacher made the
. - uentfromhis pulpit two wvac's
ago, and thengavcf 31 asThe day
on wvhich the most frightil of all the
catastrophes would occur. andl hjis dream
camne true with startling results. Not
only (did the fresghet come upon the
Jam'es River Valley on that day, but the
Johnstown horror happend on that fatal
Fridav. A well-knmwn colored minister
said vesterday: "Yes. Brother Jasper
certainly gave true outlines of evenuts to
happen. Never was a p.rophecy more
fully realize.d." Police Justice Crutch
fiel said he heard two colored men con
versing Saturday evening about " the
dram," and they agreed that Jasp~er
was the one true p)rophet of the day.
Scores of prominent citizens heard
their servants relate Jasper'a dream, and
the negroes were looking anxiously for
the coming of the 31lst of the month.
Jasper did not preach in Richmond yes
terdlav. ie conducted services in the
coulory and has nct vet returned. A
coal-black representative of the colored
race said yesterday: -"I started up to
hear Brother Jasper. but met the sexton.
and he told mec about Jasper being out
in the country. 1 wanted to hear what
ap;licatio)n he wvould make of his dream.
His dreams never fail to come true.
This one about the freshet and the loss
of life makes the third dream to my
knowledge that has come true. Jasper
. hs atr-gift from God to foretell what
is to happen. so he may warn his p~eople
of the evils and destruction nigh unto
"Jack the Ripper" at Work Again.
Loxpox. June 4.-A parcel containing
the lower tportion of a woman'.s body' cut
in halves ~was foun~d in the Thames at
lorsth'v D~own ti s morning. Another
narcel i'n which w"ere a woman's thighs
was picked up at Battersea. Both were
w- m ~* i pitesof a woman's drawer's
on wvlch the name Fisher was marked.
The trunk andl thighs evidently belonged
to the same body. which wvas of a wvell
jeveloped person. The remains had
prehable been in the water for two (lays.
t is found that "Jack the Ripper" has
agai been at work.
HEALED BY FAITH.
An Old Lady of Greenville Claimsto Have
Been Cured of Rheumatism of Twenty
Years' Standing by Two Females Evan
i"s there any truth in it?" "I -don't
believe a word of it," and such ejacula
ions were heard on the streets when the
-lieged healing of an old woman at the
meetings of the lady evangelists Monday
afternoon was mentioned. No one be
lieved such a thing could happen, and
most people expressed themselves as op
posed to such meetings, and believed
all reports of healing bosh," as they
To determine the truth or falsity of
the alleged healing, a Greenville News
reporter devoted some time yesterday to
an investigation and gives the readers of
the Yewes just what he has seen and
heard. and leaves it to them to judge of
the matter as best they can.
lie first saw the evangelists themselves
and endeavored to "pump" them, but
they answered that the best plan to find
oat would be to be present at the after
noon meeting when the old woman would
be there and get from her own lips a
statetient of what happened. He at
tended the meeting, at which were pres
ent about eight or ten people, including
the reporter and evangelists. Prayer,
singilig, reading of chapters from the
Bible aid exhortations from the two
ladies constituted the programme of the
services. The exhortations were delivered
in a calm manner and all the words were
directed in the same way-to a belief in
the power of healing by faith in the
Lord. Instances were cited and names
and places given of people who had been
healed by a firm belief in the power of
God to accomplish those things. There
was no one present who appeared anx
ious to test the assertions of the evan
gelists, and as the old woman was not at
the meeting, the reporter left. He dis
covered by inquiring that her name was
Mary Ann Hall, and that she lived near
the fair grounds.
To that part of the city he directed
his steps, and by more questioning found
the place. in a little alley running
North from Echols street, in the forks
of Buncombe and Rutherford streets,
was a cottage with four rooms. In one
of the rooms was an old-fashioned spin
ning wheel and a small amount of fur
niture. A oung woman standing in
the front door said that "mother is in
the back vard." The reporter walked
around the house and saw sitting on
the curbing of a well the object of his
search. She is short and stout, about
sixty years of age and wore a pair
of spectacles that had slipped down
nearly to the end of her nose. Taking
a seat beside her, the reporter
proceeded to ask a series of ques
tions which the old lady answered in
a matter-of-fact way. displaying not
a great deal of earnestness, but
telling in detail what occurred.
--Monday evening." she said "I went
down street. I had heard of these wo
man folks, and as I had been ailing for
more than twenty years with rheu
Inatism I wanted to see if I could be
healed. I hobbled down with my stick
and found the place and went in. The
wonmen prayed for me and rubbed my
arms with their hands and before I
new it 1 too knelt down, a trick that I
had not done in fifteen years. When I
finished praying I got up and could
mow my arms above my head. My left
ear had been deaf for many years. I
heard out of it as good as out of the
"-How did you fe el when this change
took place ?'
"I felt like something had popped and
broke loose. It was so queer, and I
shquted for jov. When I went home I
did not need nmy stick, and the pain in
my hack had gone. 1 suffered with it
every day, but to-day it is well. I am
well all over except a little remaining
~amns and Iimbs. -But I
don t mind tht" she~ said, as she
straightened her arms above her head as
an evidence of what she h'ad said.
"There is a little pain in my left leg yet,
and I wanted to go down this evening
and get the ladies to rub it and cure it,
too, but it looked so much like rain I
"Do you feel as if you had been per
-Yes I know I have; when I could
not raise my a: ms to wash my face, and
now I can do it easy. The Bible says:
'Ask and you shall receive,' and I know
the Lord was good to me."
Nois bers of people have stated posi
ivelv that the old woman was a de
crepit invalid and never walked without
the assistance of a staff until the day
before yesterday. If the story is cor
ret, and if she 'was in the feeble condi
Ition previous to her alleged healing, and
her story carries the evidence of truth
with it,'there is every indication that a
change has taken place. Whether it
was wrought by Divine power or mag
netism or imagination is a matter to be
decided as the reader is inclined to be
C.HASED AT SEA.
A Merchantman Outruns a Vessel of the
NEW YORK, June 3.-As reported yes
terday. the steamer Caroline Miller ar
rived'at quarantine late on Saturday
night from Hayti and1 anchored off Red
Hook Point, in the upper bay. She is
commanded by Captain Miller, and left
Cape Havtien, bound for Sr. Marc, with
a cargo and passengers, April 18. When
she had been some hours at sea.the man
on the bridge discovered a vessel which
apparently was bearing down on the
se'r iis,Elver, as there seemed to
e nothing to fear. The stranger proved
to be the Totussaint L'Ouverture, and
when within a distance of tive miles she
suddenly opened fire. The balls and
missiles fell within a shcrt distance of
the merchant vessel. The firing did not
cease even when the stars and stripes
were unfurled from the Miller's staff.
The guaboat approached nearer and
nearer, and Captain Miller saw that un
less he could~ outrun her serious damage
wold be done. Extra steam was p~ut
on, the tires were well coate~d and the
race began. For a time it was uncertain
who the winner 'would be. The
balls continued to fall close to the Mil
ler, ahthough not close etnough to do any
lamage. After an exciting chase of
several hours the merchant man outran
the man-of-war. anid arrived safely in
St. Mare. That was probably the last
shot fired in the Haytian war, for soon
after Carptain Miller had stepped upon
the pier at St. Mare a messenger roae
into tbe port announcing the change in
a ffa irs.
Few particulars were given save that
all was quiet at Port-au-Prince, and no
di strbance was anticipated. The news
was carried to Port De Paix by Captain
Miller, whence it was telegraphed to
Regarding the Hlaytian guns which the
C'aroline Miller carried, and about which
there hi: '-c1 so much noise, the 'cap
tain said vcsterdlay that they were in
teided fo'r repairs in Hartford. They
were lying in St. Mare, where they had
ieen e'aptured some time ago, and being
disabled, ther needed to be repaired,
and were consequently sent to the Con
necticut factory for that ptirpose. The
Caroline Miller left New York yesterday
Closed Down Indefinitely.
BRAIDwooD, Ill., June 4.-Notice was
posted at the office of the Chicago and
Wilmington Coal Comparny yesterday
announing that the mines would be
closed for an indetinite period, and
notifying all men having tools in the
shaft to tae them out.
FACTS ABOUT AMBER.
Sow the Substance Is Gathered by the
Fishermen of the Baltic.
In the window of one of the largest
tobacco stores in Brooklyn there is
displayed a remarkably-fine collection
of amber. Some of it, as translucent
as honey, fairly glows with color, as
though it had caught the sunshine of
a thousand summers. This has been
polished, and differs as greatly from
the rough, dirty-looking lumps beside
it as does a cut from an uncut diamond,
and yet the latter is just as full of
color, only it is imprisoned.
-Where is amber obtained?" asked
a reporter, who had been attracted by
the display. of the proprietor of the
"The bulk of the amber supply of
the world," was the reply, "comes now
from the region known as Samland,
on the east Prussian coast of the Baltic.
I happen to know something about it,
because I came from that part of the
world myself, although not from that
precise vicinity. From the Brusterot
light-house on the Baltic coast one can
see with the naked eye the entire.
stretch of shore on which this precious
petrifaction is and has been found for
the past three thousand years. The
stratum of blue earth on which the de
tached fragments of amber are found
lies from twenty to thirty feet below
the surface of the beach. To some
extent the amber may be and is ob
tained by mining, but frequently the
vein is exposed by the action of the
water, so that fishing for amber is
much easier than digging, and most of
it is obtained in that way.
"Amber fishermen are a vigorous
and hardy people, and they need to be
to carry on their businesss. They
work in stormy weather, when the
huge waves have detached masses of
amber from the ocean bed and are roll
ing it, mixed up with bunches of sea
weed, in the surf. The fishermen, half
naked,wade into the sea, shoulder deep,
armed with long hook forks and hand
nets. The women stand along the
shore as near as they can to the
waves. The men poke up the masses
of seaweed with their forks and
drag them in toward the shore
as far as possible. With their
nets they endeavor to secure the
pieces of amber that may be floating
in the water. As fast as the sea
weed is got to the shore the women
take it and pick out the bits of amber
that may be clinging to it and place
them in bags ready for the dealer.
Some dealers stay on the beach while
the fishing is going on, thus hoping to
secure particularly fine specimens."
"It must be a pretty interesting
"Not only interesting but exciting.
The whole scene is wild in the ex
treme. The thundering roar of the
surf, the shouts of the men and the
shrill screams of the women mingle
weirdly with the soughing of the wind.
The most profitable part of the harvest,
however, is gathered after the
storm is over. The amber which
can be gathered while it is in
prorgess is mostly in small pieces,
but large masses of it too heavy to be
moved within reach of the fishermen
by the waves, have been uncovered.
When the sea is smooth enough for the
bottom to be seen through from five to
fifteen feet of water, the fishermen row
out and look for these blocks, recoveg
ing them with their hooks and nets.
A more systematic way of obtaining
the amber is to get it from the reefs
which..lipe some thgarters.f amnile.
off shore. Here, when the different
currents have met, it is heaped up with
immense quantities of seaweed and
rubbish. For fully - ten months in the
year a little fleet of black boats is
anchored oyer these reefs, the largest
and most valuable of which is
600 feet long and 400 feet wide.
Each boat has a diver who is sent downa
to poke over the seaweed, discover the
blocks of amber and raise it to the sur
face. Each diver remains under water
for five hours at a stretch and the la
bor is said to be very trying. Some
times such large blocks are found that
it takes the united strength of two or
even three men to bring them to the
surface. Masses of such size bring
from $75 to $150 apiece, the price for
ordinary amber being but about $4.50
a pound. During the fishing season
the water is icy cold and the work is
prosecuted under great hardships."
"What is amber used for mostly
"For mouth-pieces for pipes. Some
years ago, you know, jewelry was
quite extensively made of it, but, with
the exception of children's beads, it
is not used for that purpose to apy
extent now. The greatest rival amber
has nowadays is celluloid, out of which
an excelent imitation can be made."
Age of Laying Hens.
It is wrong to thin out the old hens
and depend on young pullets every
year, as there is a temptation to breed
from the pullets before they are fully
matured. thereby weakening the stock
f persisted in. When a hen is laying
necessity for disposing of her only to fill
her place with a younger bird. It is a
mistake to suppose that a hen is iii
feior after she is two or three years of
age. She will lay until seven or eight
years old, and it will be time to seli her
only when she shows signs of failing.
Thre is a loss of time raising thie
pulets to fill the places of the hens.
it requires about ten months before the
pullets ci the large breeds will come in,
from the time they arc gatched, but the
hen only loses three months, which is
at the period of moulting, and if a cer
tain date is used for a starting point,
with a record kept of all the eggs layed,
for two years, it will be found that the
hen will lay more than the pullet. The
hen produces stronger chicks than the
pullet, which Is a very important point
when broilers for market are an object.
and her eggs are heavier and more uni
form in size. A hen is not old at four
years of age.-Farm and Fireside.
-A gentleman in Brussels has shown
unusual enthusiasm for the game of
whist. In the course of a game his
partner trumped the trick which he
had already won by deep) calculation
and skill. Instead of swearing, as a
gentleman would ordinarily have done
in such circumstances a few times, ho
gave his unlucky partner twenty
stabs in the ribs with a long knife and
left him dead.
-A canary belonging to a family of
Midland Park, N. J., becomes greatly
excited when the ei-year-old son comes
into the room, and beats itself against
the cage until released, when it flies on
top of his head, jumps upon his finger,
singing lustily, and then, for a rest,
settles upon his shoulder. After its
frolic, and a piece of apple or celery
leaf from its little benefactor, it goes
HISTORY OF FLOODS.
THE JOHNSTOWN CALAMTY COMPARED
WITH OTHER D1SM:TERS.
The Great Floods of Other Years in Bu
rope, Africa and India-Four Hundrjd
Thousand Lives Lost in Holland-Half
a Million in China.
It may not be generally known, but it
is true, that the great flood at Johnstown
in Pennsylvania is the most disastrous,
so far as loss of life is concerned, that
has occurred in either Europe or Amer
ica for nearly three centuries.
There have been floods and floods since
the deluge. It has been no uncommon
thing to look for reports of overflows in
the Valley of the Nile, with great loss
of life. Nor do floods in India cause
any great surprise, for the frequency
with which the Ganges and other rivers
of India break their bounds is well
known. The same is true of the rivers
of China, and was once true of those of
Spain. In the olden times the breaking
of dikes in Holland carried desolation
into many thousand families.
But since James I sat on the throne
of England there has been no such hor
ror known as that caused by the floods
in Southwestern Pennsylvania, with the
exception of one in Africa and one in
China, although even in our own coun
try the Mississippi and many smaller
streams have played very serious pranks
with the people who happened to live
near their banks.
Probably the most disast-ous Euro
pean flood on record within the last five
hundred years was caused by the failure
of the dike in Holland in 1530. A gene
ral inundation followed and 400,000 per
sons are said to have been drowned.
The greatest following this was the
floods in Catalonia in 1617, when 50,000
persons lost their lives. By such records
as can be got at it would seem that the
Johnstown tragedy is second only to
that in Catalonia 272 years ago.
There have, however, been some big
floods during the present century, both
in this and in other countries, that were
damaging enough in their way. It was
but shortly after the opening of the cen
tury, in December, 1802, that the River
Liffey broke its boun. and did a vast
amount of damage in the city of Dublin.
It was even earlier in the same year that
Lorea, a city in Spain, was destroyed by
the bursting of a reservoir, which inun
dated twenty leagues and drowned more
than 1.000 persons.
In 1811 the Danube overflowed at a
point near Pesth, and swept away
twenty-four villages and their inhab
itants, and these floods were followed by
others almost as disastrous in the sum
mer of 1813, when whole villages in
Austria-Hungary and Poland were
swept away. In September of 1813 the
Danube rose and swept away a corps of
Turkish troops, 2,000 strong, who were
encamped on an island in the river, near
Winder. During the same year 6,000
men and women were drowned in Si
lesia, and 4,000 in Poland.
From here the record is easily fol
In 1816, in January, there were several
floods at Strabane, Ireland, caused by
the melting of the snow on the moun
tains. In the same year the river Vis
tula overflowed and destroyed 1(,000
head of cattle and 4,000 houses, besides
numerous lives. During 1819 there was
a flood in the fen Counties in England,
when 5,000 acres of land were inun
dated. In 1830 there were great floods
in Wein, and in 183 me the great
overflows iu1 China, Mn 1,000 persons
were drowned in Cinnalone. In 1840
Lyons, Marseilles mother towns in
France were pau bmerged by a
break in the ba eriver Rhonie.
And so the list ore is something
S1a te .chron order in which
various floods occurre:
1846. Overflow of the river Loire it
the West and Southwest of France.
Damage, $20,000,000. The Loire rose
20 feet in one night.
1849. May-New Orleans flooded by
the inundation of the Mississippi.
1852. Floods at Hlmfirth in Febru
ary. Overflow of the Rhine and Rhone
in September. City of Hamburg flooded
by the Elbe.
1856. Floods in the South of France.
1862. Forty thousand acres in Holland
submerged. Inundations in France
1864. Bradfield reservoir, England,
burst, March 11; 250 persons drowned.
1886. September-Great inundations
in the South ot France. November -
Great floods in Lancashire, Yorkshire
and Derbyshire, England. Mills were
darried away, mines were flooded, rail~
roads were torn up and many lives were
1869. JanuaryL-Cork, Dublin and
other Irish cities were flooded and
much suffering was caused.
1870. Rome was inundated and many
lives were lost. The King was obliged
to relieve the sufferers with money.
1872. In October there were great
floods in Northern Italy and thousand
of persons at Mantan, Ferrara and
other towns were left homeless.
1874. The banks of the Thames Rivet
were swept and many lives were lost.
May 16, the reservoir near Northampton,
Mass., burst much in the same manner
as did that above Johnstown. Mill
River Valley was swept by the flood,
and 144 persons lost their lives. July
24 a waterspout boursted at Eureka.
Nevada, and many lives were lost. July
26, 220 persons were drowned in Pitts
burg and Allegheny by the rising of the
rivers in Western Pennsylvania.
1875. By the rising of the river Ga
ronne in France a portion of Toulouse was
..eQstroed in June and 1,000 lives were
from heavy floois- During the same
period some 20,000 persons were left
homeless in India by the same causes.
1876. March-Severe floods in France
and Holland.~ December-Floods in
. 1877. New Year's Day the water
overflowed the piers at Dover, Folke
stone- and Hastings, England, causing
1878. April-London suffered from
inundations for several days.
1879. A flood in Szegendin, Hungary,
swept away the entire town. Over one
hundred persons were drowned, and
more than six thousand dwellings were
destroyed. June-The Rivers Po ar~d
Mincio overflowed, causing much dam
age in the North of Italy. October
16-17-Floods in Ahcante and other
Spanish provinces destroyed 1,000
lives and swept away several thousands
of houses. December-Hungary was
again visited by floods.
1880. The midland Counties of Eng
land suffered severely from overflows.
1882. [n January there were heavy
loods all through the Ohio and Missis
sippi Valleys, and there was much loss
of life and property.
And so the record goes. It might be
extended were it necessary, but it will
be seen that of all the disasters thathave
taken place since the Catalonian floods
of 1617 there have been none so terrible
as that which has just cast a pall over
Western Pennsylvania and has moved
the whole nation to mourn with the
The memories of these former floods
will certainly be recalled now. Many of
us who have not read "Put Yourself in
His Place" for many years will remem
ber Charles Reade's vivid description of
Ransome's mad ride, as described in
chapter 43 of that great novel. The
flood in the Mill River Valley on May
16, 1874, has been eommemorated in a
somewhat similar manner. But the
when compared with that which has just
struck the country. He will be a master
mind who can fitly describe the latter
disaster, either in prose or verse, with
the scenes attending it.
Circumstances Under Which Some FamoS
Hymns Were Composed.
Among modern hymns there is prob
ably no greater favorite in Christian
households than Phebe Cary's beauti
tiful poem entitled "Nearer Home."
The circumstances of its composition
are simple, and are told by its author
in a few words in a letter written to
the friend in whose dwelling the verses
had their birth. "It was written,"
says Miss Cary, "in 1842. I composed
it in the little back third-story bed
room, on Sunday morning, after com
ing from church, and it makes me very
happy to think that any word I could
say has done a little good in the
Among the many sweet and helpful
hymns sung at devotional meetings in
this country few have taken stronger
hold than that beginning "He Leadeth
Me." It was wedded by Bradbury to one
of his tenderest and purest melodies,and
the words and music appear in almost
every church collection of hymns and
tunes. The author of "He Leadeth
Me" was the reverend J. H. Gilmore,
who wrote it in Philadelphia many
years ago. It was after the author had
delivered a lecture on the Twenty-third
psalm at an evening service, and while
a few of the leading members of his
society were developing the subject
still further in the parlor of one of
their number, that Mr. Gilmore jotted
the hymn down in pencil precisely as
it now stands, save that the refrain has
since been added by another hand.
The poem was handed by him to his
wife, who sent it, without his knowl
edge, to the Watchman and Refcedor,
in which paper it was soon after
The history of the beautiful hymn,
"I Would Not Live Alway," affords one
of the most remarkable instances of a
double claim to authorship on record.
It is almost universally accredited to
Doctor Muhlenberg, and it may be a
surprise to many to learn that strong
evidence has been adduced to prove it
to have been written by Henry Ward,
a printer and poet. who died in Litch
field, Conn., in 1871.
Among the older rhymes which still
retain their place as masterpieces in
modern collections, one of the most
sublime is Cowper's:
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform.
An interesting and pathetic story of
the origin of this composition is re
lated by John Banvard, who was well
acquainted with the circumstances:
As is well known, Cowper was sub
ject to deep melancholy, which at times
even amounted to insanity. During
one of these fits of depression, while in
London, the poet was seized with the
sudden impulse to drown himself. He
immediately ordered a hackney coach
to be brought to his door, and upon its
arrival he rushed down-stairs and into
it without giving orders where it was
to be driven. On the driver asking
d:. where he wished to be taken, he
replied, excitedly: "To the Thamesl"
The manner and look in which these
words were uttered convinced the man
that all wa not right. He drove off,
but not to Ahe river, as Cowper had
ordered him. lie drove up one street
and down another for a long time.
while Cowper sat back in his seat in
.~stal abstraction. which convinced
the dri& 1 isoccupant was in
After a long, round-about journey
he at length drove up to the poet's
lodgings and told him he had arrived
"where he was ordered." Cowper de
scended from the vehicle, entered the
house and went to his room. Then, in
his returning consciousness, the truth
of the entire transaction entered his
mind, and he found that he had not
seen the river at all, nor had he
drowned himself, as he intended when
he left the chamber two hours before.
In this occurrence Cowper plainly dis
cerned the hand of Providence, and
immediately composed the famous
hymn, which will be sung as long as
hymtis are sung in religious worship.
--Detroit Free Press.
."" A Ghoulish Act.
Jonas Nelson, a colored man, had a
preliminary hearing last Monday before
Trial Justice Benbow, on a charge of
disturbing religious worship.
It seems that last Sunday, while a
grandchild of this negro was being bu
ried on Mr. W. M. Plowden's plantation,
Jonas, who was present and had been
a silent spectator during the burial ser
vice up to the time the coffin had been
lowerei into the grave, stepped forward
and jumped into the grave, snatched the
coffin from its place, threw it out, and
then jumped out of the grave himself,
picked up the coffin, put it on his shoul
der and walked off. The bystanders
were so greatly horrified that no one at
tempted to stop him. The child had
been dead about thirty-six hours and de
composition had set in, and as Jonas
walked off the water trickled out of the
coffin down his clothing. It is not
known where he carried the child, as 1no
one followed him. He claims that after
remonstrated with by some of his friends,
he retu-ned alone to the grave and buried
tbe child. fHe also claims as his reason
for thus acting. that he had not been
treated with proper respect by the mother
of the child, in being promptly notified
of the death and time and place of
Jonas is represented as being a very
dangerous negro, and all at the burial
were afraid to interfere or make any re
sistance. At the preliminary he ac
knowledged his guilt, said he was not
drunk, but was overpowered with pas
sion. The Trial Justice committed him
to jail in default of $300 bail, to await
his trial at the next term of-court.
- A Chicago Woman's Experiment.
Miss Jane Adams, a wealthy young
lady of Chicago, has her own ideas of
philanthropy, and is of the opinion that
the true way to be philanthropic is to
assist in raising the social status of the
poorer classes. In order to carry out
hier idea she has rented the handsome
residence of the late millionaire J. C.
ull, and proposes to entertain largely.
She will not only invite her swell
friends of Chicago's good society, but
she will have the Poles, Bohemians,
Germans and 'eLber nationalities who
reside in the r" .iborhood. Miss Adams
doesn't pro to play the part of the
Lady Bountiful, but means to do what
she can toward the elevation socially of
the people among whom she is shortly
to take up her residence. Her friends
are awaiting the outco~me of her exper
iment with interest, but confidently
predict she will soon weary of her new
PAIs, June6.-Ttie Cabinet has con
sidered favoraibly the request of Ameri
can residents frr permission to hold a
public celebration in Paris on July 4.
President Carnot has consented to un
AN UNUSUAL HOMICIDE.
ONE NEGRO KILLS ANOTHER TO AVENGE
A PRIVATE WRONG.
Cornelius Means Lies in Wait for Alfred
Prioleau, and Shoots Him to Death
for Ruining His Daughter. The First
Case of the Kind in South Carolina.
RIDGEWAY, S. C., June G.-[Special to
The Register.]-This little village was
thrown into some excitement this morn
ing by the killing of Alfred Prioleau by
Cornelius Means, both colored, a little
before 5 o'clock, as Prioleau walked
from his house, on the sidewalk near
the railroad track, to the street crossing
the track. As he came on a line with a
vacant store building about 15 feet*
from the track, he was fired upon by
Means, who was standing just in front
of the store. The weapon was a double
barrel shotgun. The charge struck
Prioleau on the right arm near the
shoulder, breaking the arm in three
places, seven shot entering thadt mem
ber. Five shot were found in the
body, having entered near the right
arm-pit. Death was almost in
stantaneous. Means, immediately after
his shot, stepped rapidly foryard and
struck the head of the dead man three
times with the gun, breaking the weapon
at the point where the end of the barrel
joins the stock. Returning to the store,
Means put up the gun and again ap
proached the body with a pistol in his
right hand. Standing over the body,
he fired, but the bullet struck the wooden
bridge upon which the corpse lay. The
physician who made the examination
preliminary to the inquest, is of the
opinion that but for the blows with the
gun Prioleou might have survi' ed the
shot about a half hour.
After discharging his pistol, Means
repaired to the residence of Mr. R D.
Bolick, the constable of Trial Justice
Meares, surrendered himself and asked
for protectiou-saying that he had killed
Prioleau in defense of his family's
An inquest was promptly held by
Trial Justice Meares. The jury rendered
a verdict in the form prescribed by the
statute, of felonious homicide. Means
was at once taken to Winnsboro and
committed to jail.
The cause of the killing is stated to be
the criminal conduct of Prioleau to
wards a daughter of Means. No doubt
is entertained of Prioleau's guilt in this
Means is a mulatto, about 40 years
old. He is among the most respectable
colored men in this County. He bears
a high character for honesty, and has
long been a devout member of the Pres
byterian Church and a teacher in the
Sunday school. He has been for years
a consistent and outspoken Democrat.
In 1876 he was active in his efforts for
the Hampton ticket, and thus incurred
the hostility of the Radical negroes of
this section to such an extent that it was
made known to the Radical bullies that
any assault upon Means would be
very promptly punished. In 1877 Means
received the Democratic nomination for
County Commissioner, and served his
two years' term. He was then appointed
for the fractional term expiring at the
end of 1880. He made an excellent
officer and did not offer for re-election.
The sympathy of this section is very
strongly with him, though the killing it
self is much regretted. The act was a
general surprise, though it was ob
served for a day or two past that Means
was in grcat mental trouble.
Pf-ioleau was a black man about 25
years old, active, well-built and power
ful. He was a "fussy" fellow, and had
been engaged in several quarrels. He
was frequently troublesome at negro
frolics. But he was
garded as a dangero
recently married. W
in his -
were fos ~ ttle
about lynching. But there never was
atny danger of that. The negroes ap
pear content to let the law take its course
-seeming to assume, however, that
Means will be severely dealt with. Much
of the bitter talk has proceeded from tihe
women, whose hostility to Means pro
ceeds chiefly from his politcal course
and from the friendship he enjoys from
FED ON "ROUGE ON RATS."
An Unfaithful Wife, Aided by Her Par
amour, Poisons Her Husband.
STAUNTON, Va., JTune 4.--Monday last
a Coroner's inquest was held on the body
of Wmn. Bush, who died near Waynes
boro, Saturday, in violent convulsions.
The evidence resulted in the arrest of
Ida Bush, deceased's wife, and Peachy
Atkinson, charged with causing Bush's
death by administering "Rough on Rats"
and arsenic in his food. This had been
going on'since May 23, when Bush no
ticed his first queer feeling. Saturclay
arsenic was added to the "Rough on
Rats," with fatal i-esult. An intimacy
between Mrs. Bush and Atkinson was
suspected, and the motive was to get
Bush out of the way. Atkinson is 18
years old and Mrs. Bush 23, with three
A WISCONSIN HOTEL BURNED.
The Night Clerk and Two Girls Perish
in the Flames.
STnvENs PoINT', Wis., .jJune 6.-The
St James Hotel, with all its contents,
was totally destoyed by fire last night
and the night clerk, Charles Oetball,
and two of the girls, Maggie Reiley and
one known as Netties arei * and
there is little doubt h l three IaS
ner ves T etwo first named wek
on the second floor when the fire brok\
out, and came down, but went back to~
secure their wearing apparel. All
who escaped saved nothing but what,
they had on their persons. The station
and adjacent buildings to the holel were
saved with hard work. A number of
traveling men lost their baggage and
samples. The loss is $50,000, with an
insurance of 210,0.00.
OSEPH F. RHAME,
ATTORNEY AT L AW.
MANNINhG, S. C.
OHN S. WILSON,
Attorney and Counselor at Law,
MANNING, S. C.
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