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VOL. VI. MANNING, S. C., WEI)NESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1890. NO. 41.
PLAYING AT POilTIcs.
THE FARCE OF A REPUBLICAN STATE
Federal Offee-holders in South Carolina
Try to Keep the Nexroes Quiet by Iun
ning the Party Machinery, Although it'
has Nothing to Grind.
COLUMBIA. S. C., September 17.-For
twelve hours to-dwy, from 9 A. M. to
9 P. M. the Republican State Executive
Committeo cooped up in the Colored
Odd Fellows' Hall, struggled and pers
pired over the numerous contests upon
the determination of which depended
the political fate of Chairman Brayton.
Very little leaked out of the sealed
doors as to the result, but it was report
edthatBrayton,havinga majority of the
committee, would have enough of his
contesting delegations seated to ensure
him the preliminary organization, and
therefore the victory.
At 6 P. M. it was announced that the
committee would agree at about 8. 1.
M. and the Convention would meet in
the House of Representatives at that
hour, but when the city clock struck
only a few delegates of the total of 125
were in their seats. The door of the
hall was closely sentineled and only
members of the Convention were ad
mitted. They straggled in very slow
ly, for the committee had not conclud
The audience assembled faster. The
gallaries were soon filled with spec
tators, ranging in color from buff to
ebony,and in quality from the fash
ionably dressed representatives of the
highest colored society of the city to the
patched and ragged plough hand of the
A novel feature of the Conyention
was the presence of about seven color
ed newspaper men, apparently all
preachers and members of the staff of
the Palmetto Gleaner, a small colored
weekly published in this city. It was
a revelation of enterprise, and they
seemed fully conscious of it as they
leaned over 't heir desk with sharpened
pencils and b teamng smiles.
A dash of sunset color was given the
sombre mass of delegates by the car
mine tints of W. W. Russell's luxuri
ant whiskers. Their owner moved
about the hall, confabulating earnestly
with his fellows of all shades.
Shortly after 9 o'clock Bratton, Mil
ler and the others who had been fight
ing in committee entered the hall and
were immediately surrotinded by their
friends. For half an hour afterwards
the delegates and workers were divided
into groups or rushing around with or
for news. All was confusion.
At last, when the gallaries and the
floor were crowded, State Chairman
Brayton rapped to order the Conven
tion. which had less than half a dozen
whites in it. and about a score of mul
latoes. The hour was 9.45. Mr. Bray
ton requested the gentlemen not dele
gates to retire to the.rear of the hall,
so that the delegates could be seated
sadrequested Secretary John A. Barre
to read the call. The call was read.
Mr. Bra3 ton: "Gentlemen of the
Convention, in obedience to the call
you have heard we have assembled and
the Convention is now ready to pro
ceed to business. The secretary will
now call the tempoary roll."
Secretary Barre called the roll as fo]
Abbevlle-L C Waller, J R Tolbert,
A J Jamison, J W Tolbert, John J Rey
Aiken-E J Dickerson, C F Holland,
Geo ,J Washington, S E Smith.
Andersen-W A Clark, L Jones, M1 H
Gassoway, Henry Kennedy.
Barnwell-Fred Nix, Jr., W S Nixon,
M1 A. Mixon, S P Williams, C C Robinson.
Berkeley-R H Jenkins, A ?' Prioleau,
J H Wallace, Frank Ladson, James Col
lins, James Singleton.
Beaufort-T E Miller, T J Reynolds, G
A Reed, Robt Smalls.
Charleston-John A Godfrey, J 31 Free
man. H W Purvis, W D Crumt, M1 E
Brown, T HJones, F P Crum.
Chester-D C Baum, Carter Ross, J C
Chesterfield-Il L Shrewsbury, E H1
Clarendon-Syfax Milton, Gibert Henry,
Colleton-W F Myers, .W A Paul, E G
Bennett. Joseph Brown, H Winn.
Darlington-E HI Deas, G W Wines,
W H Waddill.
Edgefield-? Simpkins, A Nicholson, J
A Simpkins, Wesley Logan, C. W Holmes.
Fairfield-J S Bird, 0 S Nelson, A C
Florence-J E Wilson, A Williams.
Georgetown-G E Heriot, Frank Low
Greenville-John P Scruags, WV A Richie,
Thomas Brier. Newton Jones. Henry Sims.
Hampton-P H Riley, W W Blake.
Horry-J C Singleton, E P Cochran.
Kershaw-C g~ lvy, Frank Carter. WV
Lancaster-Joseph .Clark, Thomas A
Laurens-C G Garrett, P S Suber, T A
Saxon, J H Moore.
Lexington-A W Johnson. M1 E Boozar.
Marion-M Holloway, W H Collier, P B3
Marlboro-H A Biown, G W Sanders,
E D Long.
Newbeny-R E Williams. B B Boozer,
Oconee-M1 1H Bryce, Ed Evans.
Orangeburg-E. A Webster, J H Ford
ham, H A Bostick, Robert Baxter, W. E
Pickens-H B3 Hendricks, W M1 Bird.
Richland-E M1 Brayton, A WV Cuitis,|
E W Weston, H W Woodward.I
Spartanburg-B F Means, J L Young,
J F Ensor, J V Brown, H DA Smith.
Sumter-G W Murray, W J Audrews,
R H Roach, A J Andrews, R H Richardson,
Union-George E Tucker, F C Clark, E
Williamsburg-Louis,Jacobs, J E Single
tary, W J Gamble.
York-J M1 Clinton. J B Smith, T S Simp
sons G A Watts.
The temporary roll included the:
Brayton contestants from Berkeley,
Colleton. Kershaw and Oconiee,and the
Anti-Braytonl delegations from Ch :tr
leston, Greenville and Marlboro.
These last namned delegates were
citizens of D~arlington and seemed to
ha.ve been self-appointed.
When Urnion County was reached the
name of W~ade Hampton was read as
one of the delegates. A hearty laugh
testified to the sense of humor of the
Convention and a cry of "Put himn out:"
'As if conceding the incongruity, the
Union delegate withdrew Hlampton's
name and sub:,tituted that of E. B.
After prrayer J. HI. Fordhamn, of Or
angebur, presented the name of
Robert Smalls, of Beaufort, who had
been chosen~ by his old enemy, NineWr,
and other of Brayton's opponents to
defeat the present State chairman for
Fordhian: made a tiorid speech of fif
teen minutes in praise of the "Gullah"
statesn:an:, during which he declared
that the negro race was in South Caro
lina to btay and was becoming intelli
gent, cultured and refined. 'The time
was coming when the negro shallstanid
in Sonnth Carolina not as a negro, but
isa free edticated citizen. Ifaving
alludedi to Stalls as a great and good
man, and a titter running among the
braytonites, he declared that he meant
what he said when he called Sinalls a
great and good man. [A horse laugh
from the Brayton Berkeley delegation.]
Ilis concluding remark, that the Con
vention did not want to be called bull
dozers or bamboozlers either, was
greeted with general laughter.
I. L. Shrewsbury, of Chester, nomi
nated for temporary chairman State
Chairman E. M. Brayton. IHe made a
very good speech. His references to
Bravton were endorsed by an extraor
dinoy demonstration in the Conven
tion and the galleries. The Brayton
men rose to their feet and cheered and
waved hats and handkerchiefs and the
galleries sent out a roar of applause.
There was extraordinary enthusiasm,
real or assumed.
E. J. Dickerson, of Aiken, seconded
Brayton's nomination. He was glad of
the opportunity of supporting so gal
lant, patriotic, true and noble a Repub
lican as Ellery M. Brayton. He made
reference to the efforts of Mrs. Brayton
in behalf of the families of the prison
ers lynched at Barnwell. She had, he
said, cherished by her efforts the wid
ows of victims of a most diabolical
crime. [Great applause and cries of
H1. W. Purvis, of Charleston, seconded
Smalls's nomination. He made a very
"highfalutin" speech, in which he de
clared he rose in defence of the gentle
man who, as a soldier, had made it
possible for the. present incumbent
(Brayton) to be chairman of a South
Carolina Republican Convention.
George W. Murray, of Sumter, a big
black delegate, spoke for Smalls and
brought up the records of the two can
T. A. Saxon, dean of the law school
of Allen University. Columbia, advo
cated Brayton. and asserted that if the
gentleman on the other side wanted
records shown up, Brayton's friends
were ready to compare records from
the Court House all the way down the
line. rhis palpable hit at Smalls was
greeted with Braytonite laughter and
At last nominations were closed and
Brayton relinquished the chair to T. A.
Saxon. Two tellers were appointed
and the roll of delegates was called.
The candidates held well together
until the last few counties were
reached, then Smalls forged ahead.
Tom Miller, who had forgotten his
hatred for Smalls in his newer and bit
terer animosity to and rivalry with
Brayton, shouted out: "God bless you!"
and "Come inl" as the final votes were
cast for Smalls.
The consolidated office holders in op
position to Brayton had a great jubilee
as soon as that chieftain's defeat was
assured. They danced, swung their
hats, embraced each other and yelled
strenuously. The vote was: Smalls
74, Brayton 51. Deas and Crum were
appointed to escort Gen. Smalls to the
Smalls spoke as follows:
Fellow-Republicans: It is with great
pleasure that I accept the distinguished
honor that you have conferred upon
me to-night. I do not ask or need your
sympathy, and I will not weary you
with a speech at thislate hour. Enough,
and perhaps too much, has been said
in the nominating of men for this
position. Speeches don't elect men, as
has been demonstrated to night, but
quiet, persistent work. [A voice:
So ended the General's speech.
B. F. Means, of Spartanburg, was
unanimously elected temporary secre
tary, and Barre, of Richland, and Sper
ry, of Georgetown, assistants.
Andrews, o f S u inter, protested
against the smoking of cigars and eat
ing o; pinders in the hall. -Let us have
The Chair: "The gentleman must
bear in mind that cigars have been free
The Anti-Braytonites moved the ap
pointment of a committee on creden
tials, consisting of one delegate from
each Congressional district and two at
The Braytonites urged that the com
mittee should be composed of one dele
gate from each uncontested county
A fter a good deal of speechifying and
confusion, the call of the roll was be
gun at midnight to determine the
The Brayton substitute was lost.-52
On the question of appointing a comn
iittee of nine members the yeas and
nays were demanded.
'ihe Anti-Bravtonites succeeded.
The motion providing for a committee
of nine was adopted by a vote of 73
Much confusion attended the voting
and the announcement. A Braytonite
moved to adjourn. 'The Chair ruled
that under the oneration of the pre
vious question a' motion to adjourn
cona not be cnt ertained. This was an
ex1 raordnwarv ruling, especially as the
botly had adopt ed no rules .providing
for any such timg as a previous ques
W. F. Myers, of C'olleton, appealed
from the dleision of the Chair, as the~
adoption of the resolution had disposed
of the previous question
A motion to table the ar peal was
The call of the roll on the motion to
ta ble w as constantly interrupted,
various voters claiming that their
:iames had n~ot been called. Saxon and
tIhers of the Braytonites devilled
'ih:urman S!Hadis considerably, and
:re were sonieC very am using scenes.
Charges of iiiegal voting were made.
The Bravton (delegates protested th at
the Anti-Brayton men had been al
lowed to vote "three times, while they
could not get their votes recorded.
R. II. Jenkins, of Berkeley, slung de
iance at the chairman for quite a
At last the patience of Fred Nix was
exhausted. Rushing tup to the repor
ter's desk he shook his list at Chairman
Smalls and shouted:
"You come here with your Tom Reed's
rulings, but we won't stand them. We
know you were a Penitentiary convict, but
here yjou come with your d- fooling. I
know what we have to expect. You and
E. A. Webster have got your slate fixed,
but you can't get our votes for your ticket.
i'm as good a Republican as any man mi
South Carolina, but I'11 go home and vote
for Ben Tillmian before I'll support your
Smalls writhed in spirit, but he
couldn't stop the torrent. Nix was
thoroughly aroused and thoroughly en
In the supremie confusion which fol
lowed, the announcement of the vote
could not ice heard. Trwenty Brayton
delegates thronged the aisle and sim
ul ta neously yelled for recognition.
They swore at the Chair, taunted him,
and'threatened him, but he wouldn't
recognize any of them.
At last a motion to adjourn was
made, and a motion to take a recess for
two hours was offered by an Anti
Bravtonite as a substitute.
The Chair decided the substitute In
Meyers appelead. The Chair was over
ruled and at 1.30 A. 31. the Convention
adjourned until 9 A. M1. to-morrow.
it was long before the angry and
exited crowd left the hall. Nix prom
ised to give Smalls a worse 'dose to
morrow. and Sialls danmed Nix and
said that he was equal to him.
The Chair made the following ap
pointments for the committee on cre
dentials: At Large, E. 11. Deas and II.
B. Hendrix; Ist district, E. M. Boozer;
2d, W. S. Dixon; 3d, W. A. Clark; 4th,
J. L. Young; 5th, J. D. Smith; 6th.
Louis Jacobs; 7th, R. II. Richardson.
Dixon is said to be the only Brayton
ite on the committee, and the result of
its work is therefore a foregone conclu
sion. It met immediately after the
adjournment of the Convention.
Brayton's supporters are staggered
by their defeat. They attribute iL to
the free use of money by the Adminis
George I. Cunningham, they assert,
corrupted the Convention and bought
up enough delegates to defeat Brayton.
They have not abandoned hope, how
ever, and say that Brayton will have a
much larger vote for State chairman
than he received to-night.
The delegates have plenty of money
and are spending it freely. The busi
ness of the saloons nearby the State
House indicates that there is boodie
The committee on credentials sat up
all Thursday night hearing the con
tents, and at 9 A. M.. when the Conven
tion reassembled, had not reached its
conclusions. A committee was sent
after it to ascertain when a report could
Fred Nix, and others of the minority,
paid their respects to Chairman Smalls,
and managed to get a good deal of
amusement out of speeches during the
period of waiting. By these means the
delay was purged of its weariness.
There was entertainment for all.
When Saxon came in he bowed iron
ically to Chairman Smalls, saying: "I
doff my chapeau to your distinguished
Andrews, of Sumter, moved for a five
minutes' rule, no member to speak
more than twice on the same subject.
Jenkins, of Berkeley, was not ready
for the question. "The reason, Mr.
Chairman, for my non-readiness is
this:" le then opposed gag law.
Andrews declared that nothing but
gag law was known in Berkeley Coun
ty. It was a poor rule that didn't
work both ways.
Prioleaa, of Berkeley, jumped up and
shouted excitedly: "Stop that! Don't
insinuate on Berkeley. We had to do
that to keep down the money power."
The irrepressible Jenkins rose to a
question of personal privilege. le had
been particularly "attacked" by the
gentleman from Sumter, who belonged
to the ungodly ring which was trying
to rule politics in South Carolina. It
was true that gag law had been prae
ticed on Berkeley, but she has a force
of ambition that don't submit to it."
Dickinson suggested that too much
food was being given to the newspa
pers, and proposed a suspension of the
Jenkins kept up his humorous re
marks for some time. to the great
amusement of his faction, who whoop
ed him up liberally. Atlast an amend
ment by Jenkins, extending the limit
to ten minutes, adopted.
Fred Nix rose to do something he
had never done before-make an apol
ogy tor good behavior. He admitted
that he had got somewhat excited last
night from the manner things were
proceeding here and the rulings of the
Chair. He might make an apology to
the Convention, but not to the presid
ing officer-for he was responsible for
it. He recounted his efforts to obtain
recognition from the Chair and their
failure. The Chair saw and heard him,
but deliberately ignored him.
Nix made a rambling speech, touch
ing fragmentarily upon a dozen sub
jects, but rather obscurely. lHe had
said last night he was afraid he might
be forced to support Tillman. It was.
very hard, for he was something of an:
aristocrat himself. .[Cheers and laugh
ter.] He believed in educated white
men. When we got such in office there
would not be so much oppression of ne
groes. He might be excluded from the
Republican party, but he would'nt vote
for Alonzo Webster.
Miller tried to interrupt him, and
Nix appealed to the Chair. If the
Chair had not the manhood to protect
him in his rights he (Nix) had the man
hood to protect himself. [Cheers.) IHe
alluded to his course at the Chicago
Convention, which seems to have been
privately criticised, lie had voted for
Alger because he thought best. lie
had not, like the Chair, gone to Bayne,
of Pennsylvania, to ask how to vote, or,
like Alonzo Webster, to Chaencey
Depew for the same purpose. He
touched up Matt Quay rather causti
Ife taunted Miller with his failure to
get to Congress. It was the very devil,
he said, when a man had both the ad
ministration and his constituents
against him. Yet the gentleman-this
would-be Congressman, who, thank
God, wouldn't get to Congress-came
here saying that the Administration
was against Brayton. He wound up by
saying that the Republicans of the
North and West didn't want to have
negroes in office, and the Convention
Miller (dramatically :) "The very vile
attack of the gentleman from Barn
well, incited by Mr. Brayton, against
Senator Quay falls harnmless, for it is
not in the power of the gentleman from
Barnwell to touch the hem of the gar
ments of the Senator from Pennrsyl
vania ! As to his attack on me I say
(addressing Nix) if you can enjoy any
thingout of the buzzing you are mnak
ing buzz on ! but, shoo fly !" [Applause
Jenkins made another attack on the
Chair. lie had met such parlimnentar
ians as the Chair before now, an.d they
all had come from that little town on
the Gulf Stream. [Laughter.]
T. H. Jones, of Charleston, said that
he belonged to that class of men who
was not ambitious for the fame of
newspaper notoriety and did not care
for his name to appear as a speaker on
this floor. He wished to tell Frederick
Nix, of Barnwell, that he had stabbed
the Republican party in the back. Mr.
Nix should have apologized for the
blasphemous and unseemly language
used on the floor of the Convention last
night. Ignorance was the barnacle on
the bottom of the ship of State, and un
til it should be removed and enlighten
ed speech and decorous conduct take
its place we would never take the place
we ought to take in this grand Ameri
At 12.50 Deas, of Darlington, chair
man of the committee on credentials,
reported. lie said that the committee
had been up all night, and had given
careful consideration to the cases. They
handed in a -oi1 of the uncontested
delegations. As to the contests they
recommended that the delegations
headed by the following persons be
Colleton-J. F. Brown, Anti-Bray
Charleston-W. D. Crum, Anti-Bray
Kershaw-W. E. Boykin, Anti-Bray
Oconee-W. J. Thomas, Anti-Bray
Greenville-John B. Scruggs, Anti
B'erkeley-R. H. Jenkins. Brayton,
W. S. Dixon and M. E. Boozer.
A minnot of the committee made a
report against the action of the ma
jority in recommending the unseating
of the present delegations fl-om Ch:
leston. Colleton and Oconec and the dis
missal of the protest against the Marl
boro delegation. They declared that
they had found it impossible to receive
for their side an impartial hearing.
In the course of debate a charge was
made that S. P. Butler, of Colleton, had
wore a red shirt in 1876. and voted for
IHampton. Butler took the iloor and
said : "The charge has been made dat
S. P. Butler have not only wear red
shut but red britches in '76. Ef de cose
was pussue in '76 dat was adwocate bv
Mr. Myers, de Republican party would
have gone into de sea. I supported de
Democratic ticket in '76 not because I
was a Democrat, but out of revenge
against Myers. Just as no white iiian
could be a true Republican, no colored
man could be a true Democrat."
The contests over the delegations of
Berkeley. Colleton :ind Oconee Coui
ties were very bitter, there being char
ges and counter-charges of bribery and
all manner of rascality. Murray, of
Sumter attacked Jenkins, of Berkeley,
who rose to a question of privilege. "I
am surprised," said-he, "that the intelli
gent gentleman from Sumter (G. W.
Murray) should have personally attack
ed me and have come before this intelli
gent body with a God - lie, which
is a nefarious untruth and a uproarious
insult to this intellect Convention."
Sam Green rose to inquire if the pro
ceedings in this hall could not be kept
secret. Could not the delegates and all
honorable visitors be pledgod to sec
The Chair said. that he couldn't tell.
It seemed to him, from the speeches
made to-day, that the delegates were
Sammy sat down.
The committee on credentials had re
ported in favor of seating the Jenkins,
or Brayton,delegation. The Anti-Bray
tonites uevertheless interposed an am
endment seating the Middleton, or Mil
The roll was called, an( the substi
tute was adopted by a vote of 72 to 25.
The ousted Berkeley delegates were
supremely disgusted. They crowded
in front of the reporters' desk and
shook their fists at the Chair. One of
them ejaculated : "D- n their souls
to h-1-. Let's go."
Zack Walker, a colored merchant
from Sumter, declared loudly, and re
quested the reporters to put it down, I
that Miller should never be Congress
min and that he would spend a thous
and dollars for Elliott to beat him.
Turning to Miller he told him he had
supported him his last time, but would
now spend five times as much to beat
him, and he shook hands with the Can
ary to clinch the promise,
After the transaction of some other
minior business the Convention went
into the election of a State Chairman.
Dr. Crum, of Charleston, was proud
of having been born in South Carolina.
He took pride in the position which
her distinguished sons had won In art
and science and literature, in war and
peace. While realizing the character
and ability of the retiring chairman, E.
M. Brayton, he wished to name for the
important position of State chairman a
worthy scion of illustrious parents, a
man who, within the next two years,
could lead theRepublican party to vic
tory. The Democracy of South Caro
lina was apparently reunited and
the differences of the two factions
had apparently been adjusted, but be
neath the crust the fires of a volcano
slumbered-the fires of dissension,
which would soon burst forth and open
the way for Republican success. The
gentleman whom he named for chair
man of the State Republican executive
ommittee was E. A. Webster, of Or
Prof. Morris: "V~erily, Appolo flees
and Daphne holds the chase. Last
ight we heard that the negro had
ade such progress he was now able to
ule the destinies of the Republican
arty. Last night the black flag waved,
ut to-night the white flag floats tri
mphant over the Capitol of the Pal
ettto State. Ah, what a change!
Why should we sacrifice one good man
simply to make way for another, and
hat other a man who has been as si
ent as the tomb when we needed his
work and his wealth ? As was said by
a distinguished candi:late once: 'I
would ratber be right than President.'
[ichand County, although Straight
ut, always seems destinedt to be in a
minority, not only in Democratic but
Republican conventions, and yet 'an
onest man is the noblest work of
T. A. Saxon: "Byron said get mnoiey,
oys, still get money, no matter ov
what means. Gentlemen, we don't
want a man who comes here on the re
:ord of the ability of his father or any
ther man dead and gone. We want
a man who i-ll stand lon his merits.
Why push the Indo European brother
into such prominence? Let us come
together to-night and support a negro,
ne who is indeed a true representatiye
f his race in color, in morality,in intel
lect and everything else. If we must
bring color into this contest make it
square. I notice that all of the fat
Government places in the State are
filled by white men, and they in turn
rake the country ove: with a fine-tooth
:omb to find 'white Republicans, or
Democrats even, to fill the subordinate
places in their gift. I beg to nominate
for State chairman Prof. Morris, of
S. E. Smith, of Alken: "I do not de
sire to Inthict a long speech on this
body which has, through the literary
ability and ambitions of its members.
already contracted its proceedings too
far. It is fashionable to speak at
length in order to impress cur friends
and acquaintances with our impor
tance. I am not here to measure an
athemas with my friends, but have
arisen to hold some people responsible
for very palpable inconsistencies. If
one-half of what the members of this
Convention said about each other is
true, the State has been derelict in her
duty in not punishing all of you. My
friend has hatched out plans in a nest
of infamy in order to gratify his dis
appointed ambition. Certain persons
have, through the columns of The
News an:l Courier, made charges re
ilecting on me. I wish to brand the
authors and all who approve the char
gs as Infernal scoundrels, villains,i
blacklegs and men who are willing to
"1 desire now to second the nomina
tion of E. A. Webster."
The roll was called and Webster was
elected chairman of the executive comn
mittee over Morris by a vote of 96 to 24.
Brayton's chances having evaporat -
ed, Prof. Morris was given a compli-I
ment by the ragged remnant of the lateI
chieftain's force. Brayton had long
since left the hall.
of nominating a ticket was left opeu
and the Convention adjourned sine die
Put Out Her Husband's Eyes.
P11TsBRa, Pa., Sept. 19.-At Mingo
Junction this afternoon Mrs. William
Frazier burned out her husband's eyes
with hot mortar. Frazier got drunk and
when he returned home his wife was en
gaged in hauling dirt from the cellar.
Frazier began abusing her. Mrs. Frazier
threw a shovelful of hot mortar into his
face. Frazier suffered intense pain and
ost his eyesight in a short time.
MUBI)EB. OF BAR I1NDIA.
THE STORY OF THE KILLING AS!
TOLD BY AN EYE-WITNESS.
An Account that is not Calculated to Add
to the Luitre of Old Glory or Make the
American Eaale Flap his Wings with I
NEW Yo'tK, September I.-The
Pacific mail steamer Colon, which
reached this port Friday brought from
the Isthmus some of the passengers
who were on board the steamer Aca
pulco at the time of the killing of Gen.
Barrandia by Guatemalan oflicers while
the Acapulco lay in the harbor of San I
Jose. The Associated Press is indebted
to an eye-witness of the tragedy for the
The steamer Acapulco left San Fran- I
cisco August 13. On her arrival at I
Acapulco, Mexico, Gen. Barrundia, ex
minister of war of Guatemala, came on
board from the Starbuck, a sister ship.
lie was known to be hostile to the pre
sent Government of Guatemala, and it
was understood that he was on his way
to Salvador. Ile was attended by two
men as a body guard. When the ship
arrived at Champerico, Guatemala, the
authorities, who had been warned that 1
Barrundia was on board, at once sent
off two boat loads of- soldiers and de- t
manded that the (eneral be surrender- I
ed to them.
Capt Pitts pernptorly refused to ac- 1
ceed to this demand. An attempt was
made to coerce him by withholding the
clearance papers; but after a detention
of twenty-four hours, Capt Pitts per
sisting in his refusal to deliver Bar
rundia without an order from his Gov
ernorment, the vessel was permitted
to resune her course. Thi-s was on Au
gust 27, and on the evening of the same
day the steamer arrived at San Jose.
No sooner had the Acapulco cast an
hor than two boat loads of soldiers
were sent off fiom shore to keep close
watch that no one without proper cre
dentials should leave the vessel for the
Within pistol shot of where the Aca
pulco lay were two United States gun
hoats, Capt Pitts had telegraphed to
their commanding officers from Cham
perico requesting assistance, but his i
dispatch was not delivered. Now he
made a personal app.eal to them for
help. The response was that the men
of-war could do nothing without an or- 1
der from the port captain. Next day a
the ship was again invaded by the com- e
mandant of a special force of men, ac- P
companied by another boat load of sol
diers, This time Guatemalan oflicers s
came furnished with an order of arrest V
signed by American Minister Nizner. s
Ater being poltely introduced to Capt 1
Pitts the commandant produced his pa
pers and made formal demand for the r
delivery of Barrundia. Then the com- v
mandant directed that all cabin passen- h
gers be ordered below. When this or- e
der llad been executed the entire force a
of Guatemalan officers proceeded to
Barrundia's room, Capt Pitts going '
with them. b
As soon as the room was reached s
Capt Pitts, after deprecating thenecessi- d
y of surrendering his passenger to the
authorities, began to read the order for
the General's arrest. Barrundia had a
quietly met them at the door, but, at
>nce divining that all was over, he
reached into his room for his revolver, d
md, making the remark, "Very good," t
fired. The ball ijust missed Capt Pitts
vho, together witn the commandant, C
ran leaving the man hunting the spec- I
al officer. Barrundia was a short- a
sighted man, and, being very nervous, 1
was unable to do any darnage, though C
e chased them all out of the saoon,
firing wildly. At last the oflicers drop- t
ped him from different points, riddled
with shot, on the hurricane dleek. t
The brave commandant there upon
ame from his hiding place, walked up g
o the dead man and fired into his skull, a
he dead body was rolled up in a piece s]
f canvass. Aid being summoned, the
other boats conveyed the gallant per- I
etrators of the deed, their revolvers sj
penly displayed in their hands. They
nade a.detour by tile United States M
ar ships on their way to shlore. As t]
they left the ship some smillingly
aved their hands and one placed his I
humb to his nose and extended the I
other fingers in a familiar and well-d
Still the incident was not over. The
uatemalans had to wipe their feet a
ittle more on the suffering ship, and
she was not allowed to proceed until
the baggage belonging to Burrundia
had been searched, presumably for evi
dence incriminating others. This was
ubmitted to, the gunlboats still silent
ndsleepy not one hundred yards away. ~
ndeed at the time of ihe tragedy an
ficer from one of them wais aboard thet
When Gen. Barrundia had first come
aboard his baggage had been searchled,
nd his arms, consisted of two revol
vers, sword and (lagger, had been taken
charge of by the captain. But some
how after the affray six other revolvers
man about forty rounds of cartridges
were found. Ihis body guard at the
ommencement of the fighting had run
below and been locked up for safety.
About forty shots wvere fired in all.
Finally the disagreeable affair was at
n end, at least for the time beings and
the steamer wvas allowed to procecd.
Tle Americans on board were full of
indigation and shanie at the whole ir
fair. Ugly rumlors were alloat about ~
blood money, as though money had hadr
inluence somewhere in securing the
surrender of the mlan. Many passen
gers openly expressed regret that the
American ilag was theirs. Capt. Pitth
It was genlerally held, was partly excus- c
able for his action, seeing that heads, d
applied in vain to the war ships for as- t
sistance and that he was confronted s
with an order from the minister. At t
th same time a feelling prevailed that
had the captain shown the same firm-a
ness at San Jose as he did at Chiamper
ico -,he man wvould not have been
The passengers condemned thet
action of the men-of-war, which had
been appealed to for help and had re-r
fused it, for they maintain that in any
event they mnighlt have taken chargei
of Brrundia until some proper and de
finate expression of wvill had come
from Washington. They also condemn
the action of Mimister Mizner, who,
they thought, had no right to sign thei
man's deathl warrant by tile scratch of
his name, (for, they submit, at the
time lie did it he knew it amouinted to<
that,) no matter what the character1
of i was.
Broke the Record.
HILLSBono, Ill., Sept. 18.-Burnap of
Butler took the special premium otter
ed at the County fair for the man ex
hibiting the largest family. Mr. Bur
nap. who is a young farmer, has been
married ten years and drove out on the1
fair grounds yesterday with nine chil
dren, aged respectively 9, S, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3,
2 ad 1 years. Mr. Burnap claims to
have a record of singles that cannot be
eqal by any man in the State.
ite v'teran Figiter Attacks Alliance
ATI.NTA. GA.., Sept. 18.- "Fight the
levil with fire" seems to be the plan of
ampaign of General Gordon in his run
for the Senate, and now that he has
>pened up on the Alliance leaders he is
making it red hot for them. His last
.wo speeches have been especially bitter.
At Conyers he devoted his time to Pres
dent Livingston, of the Georgia State
Alliance, denouncing him as a mass of
)utrifaction. whose record was as black
is hell could paint it. When his record
;hall be published, every hor.est man
.vill blush for having associated with
Yesterday Gov. Gordon spoke in De
Kalb, his home county. Almost i., en
ire.speech was devoted to Dr. Macane,
he Notional Alliance leader and to ex
4enator Norwood, who is looked upon as
lov. Gordon's most probable opponent.
4peaking of 'Macune, he said: "Macune,
:hat piebald politician of Illinois, the
man who, under the guise of friendship
:or the Alliance men of Georgia, turns
lis back upon them when there is any
noney to be made."
Gordon explained this charge by re
erring to Macune's advocacy of the hog
ard bill. "Dr. Macune," he continued,
'the zebra-headed politician of Illinois,
:omes bearing cheap gifts of compli
nent in one hand, while he seeks to stab
no with the other. le referred at
ength to Macune's charges against him,
is printed in the National Economist,
tmong others that he was in the trade of
Yall Street. The Governor declares
hat he is the oldest advocate of Alliance
)rinciples, and that he has done all- he
an to have the farmers organized for
he battle upon the concentrated capital
>f Wall Street. le defendshis position
n opposing the sub treasury by declaring
hat Polk, Livingston and all the other
eaders do not deem it feasible, and that
1issouri, Virginia, and Texas Alliances
tave repudiated it. Then he lets out on
orwood calling him Thomas Macune
orwood. and speaks of him as coming
resh from laying on of hands by High
Norwood's reference in his recent in
erview to changing the constitution, lie
haracterizes as "the twaddle of an aspir
ng demagogue." Gordon is very bitter
n all of his references. The Alliance
eaders are fighting back in the same
ashion, and the campaign is one "for
)rimatic and Startling Fate of an Ac
tress and her Lover In New York.
NE~w YORK, Sept. 18.-About day
reak a fair-haired German, a stalwart
nd handsome looking man, entered an
levated railroad station. The man
aced up and down the platform. After
while a woman's voice was heard to
peak a word or two of German from a
indow overlooking where the man
tood. The man nodded and replied,
)ud enough for the gateman to hear
im, "Yes, I have come, Emilie; are you
eady ?" The answer from the window
as not heard. The man turned on his
eel and took something from his pock
t. The next moment a shot rang out
nd the man fell heavily on his face.
Before the report had died away the
ation man, who had rushed forward,
eard what seemed to be the echo of the
ot coming apparently from the win
ow of the house overlooking the end of
e platform where the dead man lay.
o attention was paid to it, as they were
ttending to the dead man, and police
ien and physicians were hurriedly call
d, but when they arrived the man was
ead. Ile had shot himself through the
While the officers were examining the
othing and effects of the suicide a
essenger rushed into the station house
nd cried out that a woman had shot
erself at 140 Canal street. The keeper
f the Germania Cafe here had found
milie Rlossi, an actress, who boarded in
e house, dead, shot through the heart.
One window of her room overlooked
se south end of the up-town platform.
'hat window was the one which the
ateman had 'seen opened previously,
nd from which the sound of the second
iot was heard.
Behind the lace curtains the woman
ad sat waiting for the trystring death
igal. It had come and at the signal
ready," the man fell dead under the
ndlow, and she, within, shot ierself to
There lay three visiting cards with
trewell messages over the name of
:milie Rlossi. It seemed as plain as
aylight that they had prearranged
Are You Going to be Married?
ArL~ATA, Sept. 18.-There will be
or cotton bagging weddings at Pied
iont exposition. Two will take place
n Wednesday of Alliance week. Octo
er 29th, and two on Thursday, October
MIaj. Fitten says the weddings cele
rated with cotton bagging ornaments
isomething that the people wvill want
>see, and it wovld be a happy little
ature of Alliance wveek to give the far
ers such an entertainment.
ie suggested that a prize cf $100 be
Iered the first couple to accept the of
r to marry on the grounds in cotton
agging attire, and a prize of $50 be of
red the second couple to accept.
The board of directors adrmtedl the
rggestion. No sp~ecial prizes will be
lered for the third anmd fourth couples,
ut there will be wedding presents
nough to make it to their advantage.
There will be many other attractions
uring Alliance week on the grounds of
The presidents of all the State Alli
nces have been invited , and many other
rominent leaders of the National Alli
ne will be on hand.
A Prolilic Family.
MITCHIEVILLE. N. Y.. Sept. 19.-The
ife of John Bearn of this place, aged
5 years, gave birth to twins on Mon
ay evening. I1er (laughter, M1rs. Strat
on, who lives in a neighboring town
hip, presented her husband with twins
he same evening. Mrs. Stratton's
aughter Eve was married a year ago.
nd lives in Bradford. The friends of
Irs. Stratton and her mother were not
et through congratulating them over
he interesting natal coincidence in
heir families, when Mrs. Stratton re
eived a letter from her son-ln-law an-:
ouning that her daughter had given~
irth to twins herself on Monday even
g. _ _ _
The Lion Bit the "Hastler's Leg.
D)ENvER, COL., Sept. 17.-A"huStier,
itting On the top of one of the cages of
allace & Co.'s circus, wvith his legs
angling downt the side, attracted the
tttention of a lion. The beas~t reached
ut with one of his claws and fixed its
ails in the man's leg near the knee andl
itripped the tiesh from the bone to the
1el, and before the poor fellow could
>e ieleased it was necessary to pry the
>east's jaws open with iron bars.
One'Anti Gets There.
CHARLEsTON, S. C., Sept. 16.-The
[ampton County Democratic primaries
to-day resulted in the election of J. W.
Moore "straightout" to the State Sen
ate against B. S. Williams, Tillmanite.
The vote stood. Moore 747, Williams 657.
The rest of the country ticket is made
p of Tollmonites-ireefnville News.
REED, THE TYRANT.
ie Attempts to Imprison the Members to
Secure a Quorum.
W sJiiN;TON, Sept. 18.-After pray
er by the Chaplain in the House this
morning, O'Ferrall suggested no quo
rum was present. The Speaker being
unable to count a quorum, directed the
door-keepers to notify the members in
the lobby that their attendance was de
sirable. There were only fifteen Demo
crat presents. In the course of a half
hour the Speaker announced that 168
members, more than a quorum, were
O'Ferrall said he did not question
the statement of the Speaker. but he
was mire that there were fifty members
who would swear that there were not
168 members in the hall. The Speaker
remarked that the gentlemen would
not swear because there was no oppor
tunity to do so under the rules of the
House. [Laugheer.] The journal was
read and the question arose upon its ap
proval-134 yeas. nays none, on a vote.
No quorum and a call of the House
was ordored. The call showed the
presence of 178 members and the
Speaker directed the Clerk to call the
roll on the approval of thei ~urnal.
Crisp, rising to a quest' of order,
said that during the call of the House
but two motions were in order; to dis
pense with further proceedings under
the call and to adjourn.
The Speakcr-"It is time that such a
suggestion should he made." [Laugh
Crisp-"The Speaker is not master of
the House; he is the servant of the
The Speaker-"The gentleman from
Georgia need not recommence."
Crisp-'The gentlemen from Georgia
will always insist upon his rights and
see that no tyrant takes them away
Rowell-"The remarks of the gentle
man from Georgmia are out of order."
Crisp-"Not more so than the re
marks of the Chair."
"The Speaker-"The gentleman from
Georgia will take his seat."
Crisp-"Of course he will; but he will
always resent such remarks."
HIIaugen moved to dispense with fur
ther proceedings tnder the call.
During the call of the roll, the one
door which has always been kept open
to allow ingress and egress was latched
and two doorkeepers were stationed at
it to prevent members from leaving the
chamber. The first gentleman to re
sent this enforced imprisonment was
Kilgore, who forced back the slight
fastenings and stalked into the lobby.
He was soon followed by Crain, who
followed the same method of proceed-I
ing. Cummings and Coleman ap
proached the door together and upon
being informed that there was "no
thoroughfare," manifested such a dis
position to break the door from its
hinges that one of the doorkeepers pru
dently removed the latch and permit
ted them to pass. After this the rule
was somewhat relaxed.
Further proceedings under the call
were dispensed with yeas 135; nays 38.
The journal was then approved-yeas
153; nays 5-the Clerk noting a quo
HIaugen demanded the previous ques
tion on the Langston-Venable contest
ed election case. Ca ordering the pre
vious question, the vote stood yeas 135,
nays 10; Hill, a Republican, voting in
the negative. There being no quorum,
a call of the House was ordered. There
were but 151 members present, and the
House at 3:05 adjourned.
A MIRACULOUS ESCAPE.
Awiul Experience of a Railroad Builder
AUGUSTA. GA., Sept. 17.-He held in
his hands an explosive keg of powder.
Such was the experience of a gentleman
who arrived in the city last night. He
is Mr. R. Copeland, and comes from
Athens, accompanied by Messrs. Hals
houser and Schultz. As will be remem
bered Mr. Copeland was one of the
three men who was blown up by an ex
plosion about a week ago on the Geor
gia. Carolina and Northern railroad,
now in course of construction. All of
the men miraculously escaped with
ther lives, although receiving very
They were boring a hole about 10
o'clock at night in some rock in which
they were to make a blast. After com
pleting the drill, the men began to put
in the powder. They had emptied one
keg int> it, intending to use three, and
while emptying the second, it was
found that the explosive was damp
and would not pour out as they wished.
One of them, therefore, got a spade and
began to "jag" it into the powder.
Suddenly there was a terrilic explo
sion. ':he keg in which the spade~ was
being used had exploded, igniting that
powder into the hole and the third one
which was being held by Mr. Copeland.
The men, strange to say, escaped im
stant death, although they were stand
ing alecngside the exploding powder.
Mr. Copeland was thrown into a hail,
distant some ten feet, in which some
mlen w are working. IHis clothes were
on iire and his face, hands, arms, chest,
back and lef I leg and foot were terribly
burned and bruised.
Ihis comirades put out the lire. while
some went for the doctor and others
to the injured men above. All of them
were painfully hurt and were carried,
as soon as possible, to Athens. Mr.
Copeland, while able to walk, is still
sufferirig much pain from his wounds.
ie is enroute to his homec in South
Ikelectina on an Alabamna Jury.
ilumnsor~A, AL.A, Sept. 17.-Yes
terday the jury in the Criminal Court
returnied a verdict of not guilty in the
case of Charles Sample a negro charged
with murder. The evitlence of his guilt,
it is asserted, was clear and positive,
seven witnesses swearing that Sample
shot his victim while the latter was
a'eep in a restaurant. Sample alone
swore that he saw the man make a mo
tion with his hand as if to draw a pistol,
and that then he shot him. This morn
ing, Solictor Ihawkins moved that the
jury be discharged and a new veuire
summoned, as he had several more mur
der cases on the docket and could not
afford to prosecute them before that
jury. Judge Green granted the motion
and discharged the jury, which has is
sued a statement justifying their ver
dict. The affair has created a great
deal of talk.
'An Old MIan's Darling."'
AuarsT A, Sept. 10.-Mr. Eli Walton
and Miss Ella Martin of Blythe were
married to-day at Miller's boarding
house in this city. They had not preme
ditated taking this step, so far as rumor
goes, but, being here together, the groom
proposed it and his youthful bride con
sented. Miss Martin is 14 years old and
Mr. Walton is 40 years her senior.
iled Each Other.
MONTGOMERY, A LA, September 15.
On Saturday evening Robert Turpin
and Glen Duskin, of Newberne, Hal
County, had some words, and on Sun
day evening they met on the streets of
Newberne and a street fight began.
Each fired five times. Turpin is dead
anrd Duskin cannot live.
A R1EMARKABLE TRIAL.
A MISTRIA'. IN THE FAMOUS CHES
TERFiELD POISONING CASE.
Mary Johnson and Her Friend DaTid J.
Jacobs on Trial for Administering
Strychnine to Her Husband--The Details
of the Case.
CH ESTERFIELD, Sept. 17.-A most re
markable poisoning case has just been
brought to trial in this county. It was
the case of the State against Mary A.
Johnson and David J. Jacobs, who are
charged with wilfully, feloniously and
maliciously administering poison to
William H. Johnson, the husband of
Mary, on the 22d of August. The case
consumed two whole days and was full
of the most revolting developments,
and, contrary to general expectation,
resulted in a mistrial, the jury standing
two for acquittal and ten for convic
tion. Jacobs's wife and daughter and
the sons of the dead man were the
principal witnesses. Jacobs is any
thing but a handsome man. is tall, thin
and apparently about fifty years old.
Mary Johnson has seen some thirty-.
summers, and is not prepossessing by a
large majority. It was shown during
the trial that a criminal intimacy ex
isted between the pair, notwithstand
ing they went from house to house
holding prayer meetings.
Johnson and Jacobs were neighbors,
and it seems that Jacobs's wife was
jealous of her husband and Mary John
son, and Johnson was jealous of his
wife and Jacobs. Jacobs visited the
Johnsons daily, and frequently carried
Johnson's wife to and from Sunday
School in his buggy, allowing his own
wife and children to walk. Johnson
was heard to remark that if Jacobs did
not stop visiting his house there would
be trouble, and it is said that Jacobs
cursed and abused the deceased.
On the 22d of August Jacobs carried
a box of snuff to Mary and "had some
secret talk." Johnson, who was a man
about 60 years of age, ate a hearty sup
per that night and retired about -8
o'clock in his usual good health, with
the exception of a bad cold. His wife
testified that she reminded him that he
had not taken some quinine which he
had promised her that morning to take,
and that she then brought the pill, or
capsule; and he swallowed it. Shortly
after retiring the household were
aroused by Johnson, who had oecome
suddenly and violently ill. The alarm
was given and one of his sons was dis
patched for Jacobs, who was met com
ing and told by the boy that his "father
was mighty bad off." Jacobs never
stopped to ask one of the most natural
questions in the world: "What was the
Johnson complained of the bitter
quinine and said that his throat was
parched. He called for water all the
time and asked for something to make.
him vomit, but nothing was given. His
littlc :'n wanted to go for a doctor.but
was tOid by those attending his father
thac a "doctor could do no good" and
none was sent for. The sick man grew
worse and convulsion after convulsion
followed; his limbs were drawn, the
paroxysms became longer and more vio
lent, his teeth clenched in a sardonic
grin, and at 3 a. m. the end came.
Jacobs was the first person to arrive
on the scene, and he and Mary took
their places at the bedside of the sick
man and watched, whispered and gave
their patient water. At first Mary, the
wife, seemed to be much distressed, but
soon became calm. After Johnson's
death, Jacobs took charge of the body
and made all the arrangements for the
Seone of the neighbors were not sat
isfied at the suddenness of Johnson's
death, and demanded that an inquest
should be held. An investigation was
held and Jacobs's daughter testified
that she found a bottle of white pow
der in her father's trunk, who, when
cailed upon the second time, admitted
that he had kept strychnine for twenty
years to kill crows. Dr. Rutledge ex
amined the body and declared that
death had been caused by strychnine
Before and after the Inquest Jacobs
and Mary met and held several "secret
talks." Mary-Mrs. Johnson was heard
to say that it must have been the pill
that killed her husband, and that if she
was sent to the penitentiary she would
burn everything before her husband's
folks should have them.
Jacobs and Mary were arrested, and
while being conveyed to jail asked that
they be allowed to ride in the same
buggy, but the request was refused.
Jacobs takes the matter very lightly
and is inclined to joka over the affair.
lie believes in charma ed exhibits a
black cat's foot, the picture C.Y a woman
and a wreath of black hair. When ask
ed by the Solicitor who gave him the
wreath and picture, he said he could
not remember the name. It was ob
ser ved that MIary's hair had been shin
gled, and was of the same color as that
shown by Jacobs.
The defendants denied all improper
relations and said that no poison had
been given, add that nothing but qui
ine had been administered and that
with no criminal intent.
Some of the powder found in Jacobs
trunk by his wife and daughter was
tested a'nd proved to be strychnine and
the quinine capsules found at John
son's were also tested and found to be
The theory of the State was that
Jacobs furnished the strychnine and
that ,Johnson's wife, Mary. put some of
it in one of the quinine capsules and
administered it as medicine.
The jury was out about two hours,
but failing to agree, the Judge ordered
a mistrial and the prisoners were com
mitted to jaiL.
Boys Fight a DueL
BER LIN, Sept. 16.-A desperate duel
with rapiers between two schoolboys oc
curred here yesterday. The principals,
Oscar Lesch, fourteen, and Hans .Dont
nr, sixteen, are members of the Latin
school. One of them. Donner wa.
wounded in the face and nose, and lost
half his left ear, but was able to walk
to the police station, where his wounds
were dressed. The police captain sent
for the boys' fathers,- who are well
known in Berlin. It is thought that no
attempt will be made to arrest Lesch.
The cause of the enconnter was the at
tempt of young Donner to supplant
Lesch in the affections of their common
sweetheart, Bertha Rath.
Tragedy After the Play.
NEW YORK, September 15.--An elec
tric light lineman named Koff was kill
ed to-niight by the electric finid on the
wires he was handling. As he hung
suspended in the air in front of the Park
Theatre in full view of the audience.
which was passing out of the theater,
the case w as attended with all the trag
ic features which have characterized
similar occurrences heretofore, with
the additon that the accident occured
in plain view of the mulitude that
crowds Broad way as the theatres empty