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voL. xII. MANNING, S. C.. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1897. NO. 28.
IN THE SENATE.
WHA'I HAS BEEN CONE DUSMNG THE
A Svnopsis of te B1s ot Gtceral Intere-t
Intrcduced into and Pessed by the 1 p
CoLwsmx, S. C., Jan. 29.-Tbe vis
it by the legislature to Winthrop col
lege came up in the senate Siturday.
As the matter iov stood bith houses
would probably adjourn today until
the following Tuesoay in order to en
able the representatives to be at nome
Monday, which was salesday. A free
excursion would be run Saturday and
all the members could go to Winthrop
without any time being lost and at no
expense to the State. Mr. Sloan sooke
in favor of the resolution and Mr.
Archer agairst it. By a vote of 20 to
5 the resolution was adopted.
Mr. Mayfield was seized with a de
sire yesterday to know who got the
dispensary rebates. He introduced a
concurrent resolution that a commit
tee on investigati-n, compcsed of
members of both houses, be appointed
to investigate the dispensary charges
of corruption. It passed without com
ment or objection.
A joint resolutin authorizing the
State treasurer to issue to Samuel
Lord, as receiver of the president and
directors of the State bank, consolida
tion bonds or stock equal in amount
to 50 per cent. of the par value of cer
tain 6 per cent. State bonds and inter
est thereon (which bonds were taken
and lost or destroyed by Federal sol
diers during the late civil war, and to
which the said receiver, by decrees of
the court, has been adjudged entitled,
and to permit the~ refunding of the
same under the acts for the redemp
tion of the State debt.
Mr. Mower introduced a bill to pro
'ide for the appointment of magis
trates and to define their jurisdiction,
powers and duties.
This bill is the same one vetoed by
Governor Evans in every particular,
save that the words "should the senate
refuse to* confirm any appointee, it
aball not be lawful for the governor
to reappoint the party so rejected for
that term," are stricken out.
Inthe absence of the president and
the president pro tem, Mr. Moses was
called to the chair. It was his for
tune to preside over the warmest ses
sion which t.e senate has yet held.
Two fiery debates over second reading
bills was the day's recoi d.
The first was brought about when a
concurrent resolution to allow to be
introduced a bill to incorporate the
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad company
of South Carolina and toauthoriza the
consohdation of certain railroads un
der that name, _came up for a second
Messrs. Ma-vfield and McCalla of the
committee on railroads submitted an
unfavorable minority report and Mr.
Mayfield moved an indefinite post
ponement ofthe resolution.
After much talk the resolution was
voted on as follows:
Yea-Brown. Buist, Dean, Dennis,
Douglass, Griffith, Henderson, Moses,
Mower, O'Dell, Ragin, Scarborough,
Sloan, Stackhouse, Talbird, Walker,
Nay-Alexander, Archer, Connor,
GiinesEay, Love, Mayfield, McCal
1a, McDaniel, Miller, Pettigrew, Rags
dale, Sanders, Turner, Wallace-15.
As a two-thirds vote was necessary
the resolution failed to pass.
The second debate was on a bill to
amend the free school law so as to re
quire school trustees of each school
amstrict to be elected by the qualified
electors. After considerable discus
cion the ay e and nay vote was taken
as to'- whether the enacting words
) should be stricken out with the fol
Aye-Alexander, Archer, Brown,
Buist, Connor, Gaines, Griffith, May
field, McCalla, McDaniel, Miller, Mo
sesYODell, Pettigrew, Ragin, Sand
ers, Scarborough, Stackhouse, Tal
bird, Turner, Wallace. Williams- -22
Nay-Dean, Dennis, Douglass, Hay,
Henderson, L-ve, Mower, Ragsdale,
- .The bill, was killed by thi's over
in the Senate Tuesday when the
hour arrived for the election of Unit
ed States Senator, Mr. Dean as senator
from Greenville arose to put in nom
ination Judge Earle. He said:
"We are here to execute the will of
the people; I, therefore, rise to place
in nomination the name of the gentle
man who was chosen by the people to
reDmesent them in the United States
senate. A gentleman whose purity
in public and private life has never
- bEen questioned ; a gentleman who
will reflect honor on this State in the
halls of the national legislature. It is
my privilege to present the name of
the Hon. Joseph H. Earle c f Green
Mr.Moses-I second tL e Domination
of the Hon. Joseph H. Earle with
Mr. Henderson-If ability and puri
ly of character in public and private
life counts for aught, th en the Hon.
Joseph H. Earle will ably represent
*this State. I second the1: omination.
Mr. May field-The gentleman whose
name has been put in nomination was
chosen by the people after a heated
campaign. I opposed hir election then,
but since the will of the people has
been expressed, it gives me pleasure to
second the nomination of the Hon.
Joseph H. Earle.
-Mr. Buist-The metropolis cf the
State unanimously endorses the elec
lion of the Hon. Joseph H. Earle. and
as their representative. I second the
Mr. Sloan-Representing the Capi
tal city of the State. on its behalf it is
with pleasure that I second the nomi
nation of the Hon. Joseph H. Earle.
Mr. Archer-As I understand it, if
the roll :s called we will all second the
rnomination of the Hon. Joseph H.
The roll was then elled, all the sen
ators present voting for Judge Earle.
r I all 31 votes were cast.
A concurrent resolution from the
Louse providing for the appointment
of a commission composed of lijiee
members of that body and two of the
: enate to consider all matters relating
to county government to sit in extra
~ession and to have its report printed
i.nd mailed to each representattve, was
substituted for a similar senate resot-a
.tion.- After considerable discassion
ite resolution was indefinitely post
The senate bill extending the time
for the collection of the commutation
r oad tax to the 15th of Marcn was re
ceived from the house amenaed by ex
tending the time to the 1st of April
This amendment was accepted.
Some time ago in the Senate Mr.
Ncrris intrre::ced a bli requirir all'
students at C tem on p pay a tuition
fee of -I each per aImnnumf except such
indiaeat studens as the boaRrd niaht
see fit to exempt. This bi. whic-h
bas been en the calendar several days
in the absence of its a-uthor, came up
for a second reading Vedne.dav.
Mr. McCala ctfered an amendment
to charge the tuition from -o to $3u.
He said it was not ria at and just f(or
Clemson to be put on the same footing
with the other institions in this mat
ter of tuition, for the ta:txpayers wemt,
not rcquired to c trxbute to its sap
oort. ft was a farmers' colieze. su o
ported by farmers. aud should be ruia
in the interest of the f armivrs.
Mr. Archer took the position that it
was rediuulous for the farmers to pay
taxes for the s:pport of all the State
institutions and then directly keep up
Clemson by the special taz tax on fer
til:zzrs. He thought this special tax
should go into the general fund so that
all would bear equally their part of
Mr. Pettigrew moved to table the
amendment of Mr. McCalla. He did
so, he said, because in every college
everyone who was able to pay ought
to be required to pay ti* full amount.
The motiou prevailed by a large ma
jority. The bil then passed its sec
Mr. Ra:sdale's bill providing that
the verdict o' the ju2ry shall not oe set
aside or mcdiiei by the presiding
judge, upon the ground that such ver
dict is contrary to the evidence, or
against the preponderance of the evi
dence, or that the damsges assessed by
the jury are exo'ssive. or insutlicient,
'but the verdic. of *he jury in all civil
causes triable by jury shall be as to all
issues of fact ;irdl and conclusive, was
taken up aL.d killed.
Mr. Baist intrecated the following:
Be it resolved by the senate, the
house of representatives concurring,
that this general assembly does re
spectfuily urge upon the senators of
United States the imoortance of taking
prompt action in favor of the ratifiza
tion of the treaty of arbitration be
tweEen the United States and Great
Britain, whereby the sense of the
American people mnay be manifested
that a resort to war as a weans of de
termining international disputes is un
suitable to the spirit of the age.
Resolved, That a copy of these reso
lutions be sent to the senators from
this State with a request that they be
presented to the senate. Tais passed
An unfavorable report being pre
sented on Mr. Ragsdale's bill to regu
late the running of trains, so as to re
quire fast mail trains to stop at all
stations, Mr. Ragsdale asked to hive
the bill put on the calendar, as he
wanted to see whether fhe railroads
belonged to the State or the State be
longed to the railroads. The commit
tee seemed to think the State belonged
to the railroads.
Mr. Sloan quickly replied that the
committee did its own thinking
Mr. Ragsdale aus xered that he
meant no offense, and the bill went
on the calendar.
In the Senate on Thursday a present
ment was read from the Spartanburg
grand jury calling attention to the lax
administration of the law against car
rying concealed weapons and report
ing that the law was fast becoming a
dead letter. It was recommended that
the Magistrates of the county rigidt y
enforce the law by punishing every
The grand jury also recommended
that the General Assembly put Magis
trates and constables on salaries, in
both civil and criminal cases: reduce
the cost in such courts and require all
eosts to be collected and reported to
the County Treasurer monthly.
The rebate investigation matter be
ing taken up, Mr. May field, the author,
stated that he had drafted and pre
sented the bill at the request of the of
ficers who were connected with
the institution. If it was found*
that any persoa had dipped
ped his hand into the public coffers
let him wear the stripes, and by all
means let the people of South Carolina
know the truth, and relieve those
-ho were suffering under insinuations.
Mr. Brown moved to strike out the en
acting clause of the resolution, stating
that he did not believe the investiga
tion would amount to anything but
smoke. This the Senate refused to do,
and the bill was passed.
When Mr. Ragsdaie's telegraph bill,
which was reported unfavorably, was
reachel, Mr. Mayfield, of the commit
tee, rose and moved the adoption of
the report and rejection of the bill,
which was carried by a vote of 24 to 7.
A concurrent resolution (House) to
allow a bil to incorporate the Atlantic
Coast Line Railroad Company of
South Carolina and to authorize the
consolidation of certain railroads un
der that name to be introduced was
A bill to amend the law relating to
hawkers~ and peddlers, placing the
iratter of license within the authority
o f County boards of commission, and
exempting Con f ederate veterans from
any license charge was also passed.
Mr. Buist introduced a bill prescrib
ing heavy penalties by both fine and
imprisonment for all sorts of irregu
larities in primary election.
If this session of the legislatale it
not brought to a speedy close, then it
will not be the fault of the upper
house. The senate several days guo
manifested a desire to terminate see:n
ingly interminablelegislation by pass
ing a resolution prohibiting the intro
duction of any new bliis after Feb. 1.
Yesterday, under this resolution, was
tsne closing day of grace, for when the
senators meet again next Tuesday,
the first will ha're passed.
Then again there was another reso
lution Fridav. Senator Brown was
its author. 'He initroduced a resolu
tion that the present session do stand
adjourned sine die on Feb, 12. Sana
tor Moses said that to do so would be
both imnpra:icable and impossible. All
the outstanding work could not be dis
posed of in that time. Hie requested
that the resclution be withdrawn. Mr.
Brown did so. The session of Friday
was featureless. For just one hour
3the senate considered second reading
bills, passed third reading bills and re
Iceleed several new bills which the sen
1ators wished to get in before the op
pot tunity clcsed. At 12 o'clock the
senate went to the house to elect a
judge, and on its return adjourned
uti: Tuesday at S p. m.
1'.; Crr y, Jan 28.-The senatori
al e->ntest in thie idaho State legisla
ture teraminated today by the election
of Henry itiettlt, a populist, to suc
cec'. Senator Daubois. The ballot was
-as folloas: Lieitfelt 33; Dubois, sil
ver Republicau, -3i: T. F. Nelson.
P lopulist 1. Twenty- i-ge T'opulists, 13
IDemocrats and one Repuuelem voted
for thensccesful candidate
1N THE HOUSE.
WHAT HAS BEEN CONE DURING THE
A S no f o the MilN of General Interest
Introduced into and Passed by the Low
COLUMBIA, S. C., Jan. 29.-The
Hcuse of Representatives is now get
tinit<own to work in dead earnest
and from nowv on will make things
mote. Among the new bills intro
duced since cur last report was one
by Mr. Perritt to require SO per cent.
of the ccmmutation road tax to be ex
pended on the roads and bridges of
the townships froma which it is collect
Mr. Burns introduced a bill to regu
late the manufacture, insnection,
shipment and sale of commercial fer
tilizers and manures, the privilege tai
on same and oroviding a penalty for
violating the provisions of this act.
Provision is made in the bill for the
trustees of Clemson college, upon the
receipt by the State treasur-r of 15
cents per ton on fertilizers sold, to is
sue privilege tax tazs. That when so
issued.these tags shall be cancelled by
the company, selling the fertilizers,
stam ping its name across the face of
them, and provides for the punish
ment of persons issuing fraudulent
tags orin any way attempting to evade
the tax. The principal intention of
the bill is to abolish all of the privi
lege tax on fertilizers, escent so much
as shall be necessary to pay for the
analyses of fertilizers, and thus pro
tect the farmers against adulterated
goods. This tax being a discriminat
ing class tax paid by one class and en
joyed by all others. no revenue fea
ture is permitted, Mr. Burns holding
it an incorrect theory of taxation.
The support of all our educational
institutions he says, should be
be placed upon the same footing and
supported by a direct appropriation
from the State treasury, according to
their several wants and necessities as
the legislature in its wisdom may de
Mr. Layton introduced a bill to
amend the general pension law. The
bill provides that applications shall be
submitted to a board of three ex Con
federates and physician. The chair
man of the several camp boards shall
be known as examining boards of pen
sions, which shall meet on the third
Monday in January, 1898, and on the
third Monday of January in each suc
ceeding year. It shall be their duty
to examine all applications under reg
ulations prescribed by the secretary of
state, attorney general and comptrol
ler general, who shall constitute "State
bo.ards of pensions," and they shall
certify to the State board their ap
proval of applications giving in detail
the reason which influence them to
grant or opnose each application, ac
companied by all the evidence upon
which they made their decision. In
selecting pensioners from aunong the
applicants the board shall have regard
to their present condition and finan
ancial means and also the financial
condition of their near relatives, al
lowing to each applicant so selected
the sun of $S, $6 or $1 as they may be
entitled under the provisionof aleict.
The sum of $700 is appropriated otit of
funds in the treasury to defray the ex
penses of the examining boards, which
shall be five cents per mile for travel
each way in attending the mee'.ing.
The several camps shall meet onth
third Monday of December, 1897, and
the same day in each subsequent year
and shall elect three of their members,
who shall not be an applicant for
pensions, as camp examining board,
the chairmen of these several camp
boards to be the county examing board
When there are no camps, or when
they fail to carry out the provisions of
the act the State board shall apooint
tnree ex Con federatee, non-applicants
for penesions, who shall constitute the
. Unfavorable reports were presented
on the bill to amend the law relating
to cotton weighers, the bill to change
the boundary line of Broad River
township in York county (with min
ority'report), the bill to amend the
privileged tax act, reducing the tax to
15 cents; tne bill to provide for the
election of masters and the bill to re
quire the State sinking fnnd commis
sion to lend the funds to the counties
of the State.
When Mr. Harvey's bill to require
the killing of dogs bitten by any ani
mal suffering with rabies was called
up for a final reading, Mr. Pollock
moved toindefinitely postpone it. The
house refused to do so. however, and
the bill was ordered to be sent to the
When Mr. Stevenson's bill te render
uniform the mcdeof taxation in towns
and cities in accordance with section
6, article VIII of the new Constitu
tion, was taken up and passed to a
Mr. Timmerman's bill to forbid the
couty supervisor, the board of town
ship commissioners and the county
board of commissioners from entering
into or making any contract or audit'
ing any claim against their respective
counties for any fiscal year beyond or
in excess of the appropriation made by
the general assembly for such year,
and making a violation of such forbid'
den acts a misdemeanor was then taken
up, and Mr. Timmerman defended his
bili at some length, Mr. Graham hay
ing moved to strike out the enactin2
words. Mr. Graham thought the bil.
would do the county government sys
temn more harm than good. He thought
it would work a great hardship onth
Mr. Cushman of Aiken said his
county was between $t0,000) and 912,
000 in debt and they felt that some
thing shouli. be done. Mr. Cush man
moved to add at the cnd of section 1
the words "out nothing in this section
shall be construtd to include cases
where ex penditures are renderea ne ces
sary by the act of Gocd or the public
Mr. Crum favored the bill. He said
if there were not .restrictions along
this line they would soon have al.
counties badly in debt.
Mr Rogers asked what coulnty oVici.
als would do in taking care of prison
ers if the fundsgave out two cr three
months before tihe year was up; would
they starve them or turn threa loose
Mr. 'rice said, his county had got
ten into trouble and he wanted some
thing done along this line. All over
the house memoirs rose to speak or
the same line.
Mr. Pllock sugested the bi!! cn
inued for a fev days. lf this bill be
came law the county oflicials must let
t~he county stand still, or else mnake
themselves liable to imprisonment.
D)r. hiderton said there should be
som restriction and some limitthou id
be placed around the cflicials. He
favored the amendment.
Mr. Edrd was opposed to the bill.
He thought expenditures on roads.
etc., were in the line of "money well
spent " He asked howv may county
otlicials in Mr. Timmerman's county.
besides the county supervisor bad de
faulted. He also asked Mi. Goodwin
if the extra amount expended in Green
ville hadn't been of great permanent
benefit to the county. Mr. Goodwin
replied at sorr.e length. He detailed
the affairs of Greenvilie ccunty very
fu'ly. Mr. Price disclained any in
:ention of rE iltcting on the otiicials in
his county; the county was t:t7,000 be
bind: he thought perhaps they had
oeen a little extravagant.
Mr. Ea'rd said that such expenses
were expected to arise during the first
two vears under the new county gov
erinent system. He thought this
bill would so bamper the officials that
they inight as wed go back- to the oid
Finally. Mr. Rgersrnoved toindefi
nitely postpoue the bill. The house
declined to do so. Mr. White moved to
recommit the bill, which was done by
a vote of d6 to 29. The ouroose Is to
I perfect the bill.
Mr. Westmoreland's bill to require
certain officers t- keep an itimized ac
count of their income by virtue of
their office, and to req-ire thnem to
make a quarterly report of the sate
was taken up.
After some slight amendments had
teen made Mr. Stevenson moved to
strike out the whole cf section 4 of the
bili, saving it was impracticable.
Mr. Prict of Orangebarg was heart
i1y in favor of the provision. He said
he had had personal exoerierc! i
trying to tiad out the receipts of the
various ollices. The people wanted to
know the income of tLe various offi
ces. There was no hardhip about the
Mr. Sterenson said all the people
wanted to know was the income of
the offices and not what was on the
The house refused to accept Mr.
Mr. deL->ach thought annual re
ports sufficie, t and so amended the
bill, and it finally passed in this form:
Section 1. That on and after the passage
of this act. each county officer shall be re
quired to purchase and keep in his office,
open to public inspection during of;ice hours,
a book in which shall be kept an itimized
account of all money received by him,whether
as salary, costs, fees or in any other manner.
as pay to him for his services bv virtue of his
Sec. 2. That at the close of every fiscal
year each county officer shall transmit a
copy of said account, under oath. to the
office of county scpervisor.
Sec. ". That the county supervisor, in ad
dition to other books kept in his office, shall
keep a separate book ih which he shall enter
upon his books the total amount of each zc
count so furnished opposite the name of the
officer furnishing the said account, and file
the 'i.;count in his office as other county
records are kept.
Sec. 4. That at the end of evory fiscal
year each county officer shall also furnish,
under oath. an itimizel statement showing
all moneys due to said officer and at the time
unpaid, to which shall be entered and kept
as other county records are kept.
Sec. 5. That any county officer neglecting
or refusing to comply with any of the pro
visions of the foregoiug act shall be deemed
tion shall be fined not less than $50 nor
more than $200, or imprisoned in the coun
ty jail not less than two nor more than six
months, either or both, at the discretion of
See. U. That this act shall be deemed a
public act, and shall take effect immediately
upon its approval by the governor.
When the atbove bill was taken up
for a final reading Mr. Perritt moved
to reconsider the vote, whereby it had
been ordered to a third reading. Then
thae counties of Marlboro. Darlingtcn,
Richiand, Chesterfield, Hlorry, Abbe
ville, Charleston, Lancaster, Barn
well, Edgefield ar d Lexington asked
to be exempted from the provisions o f
Mr. Wy che asked that if this was a
good bill for one county it was good
for all He movedl to recommit the
bill. This motion prevailed by a
vote of SS to 32.
Mr. Patton's much talk of redis
tricting bill was introduced Monday.
It will be noticed that the territorial
designations long in use have been
selected for the districts. This is to
prevent persons from confusingr the
districts with the numbered judicial
circuits, there being no requirement
preventing such nomenclature. Here
are the districts proposed:
Pee Dee District-Chester field. Mar)
boro, Darli ngton, .Florence. Marion
Santee District-Georgetown, Will
iamsburg, Charleston, Berkeley and
Edisto Dirtrict-Orangeburg, 1Barn
well, Colleton, Hampton and Beau
Wa teree District-Fair feld,1Kersh aw,
Richland, Sumter and Clarendon.
Saluda District-Larens, Green
wood. New berry, Saiuda, Loxiunon
Northern District -- Spartanburg,
Cherokee, Union, York, Chester and
Piedmont District -- Greenville,
Pickens, Oconee, Anderson and Abbe
Mr. Rainsford's anti-trust bill was
taken up and passed in the following
Se'etin 1. That from and after the pa
ag f hs al arrangemet, contrac,
atreeet.t trust orcotai:: ni' onetween
p'erso'ns or corpor:siuns maLde with a ieto
lessen or which tends to lean flliI
free comnpetition in the imra.ti r d
0f artiles import ed into this State, oi inth
manufacitre or sale of articles ot domesti
growth or of domne::,ic raw m atrial and all
arragernnts, contracts. agreemet.i trusts
or c-ti-ations het ween peonorcrr
tron deaine-d, or whichi tend to ad vance.
icduce or :otntrol the piee or the cos to -h
iroducer, or to the co~nmer of ainy -uch
prodct or article, are hecreby deLa red to
be agins~'t pubic policy, unlawfui and void.
See '' henever complan -s made- upo
-utlictent aL idavit or aitidav it , hwina p ri
m-ia facie ca-c of violiati-n o. th provision t
th-le -ecton of this act. by an cotrpra
to-, dotee-itc or foreign, i t hal be the duty
of the attorney gener-al to bein an actiion
.eintsch domesc-tie crportioto ffi .
ic -harer, and in case suchd vioilationl hall
be etblied the court sall-i adudge theL
charer of -uch corpora'tiont to e forfie -I
an uh corpo-iat.in shl -- dive and
coprto1 h eontf -o its c cr.
ex-tnc in nycot c: 0aw inea
eXtate. Butt ccothing in hi:-ci :a
aontrueo to ift any right ' of action theni
-xi--ting' aginstr-~ -uh corpoa-on
clared to be destructive of full and free coin
petition and a conspiracy against trade, and
any person or persons who may engage in
such conspiracy, or who shall, as principal,
manager, director or agent, or in any other
capacity. knowingly carry out any of the
stipulations. purposes. prices, rates or orders
made in furtherance of such conspiracy.
shall. on conviction. be punished by a fine
of not Less than $!O0 or more than $5,000.
and by imprisonment in the penitentiary not
less than six months nor more than 1 years.
or. in the judgment of the court, by either
such fine or such imnprisonment.
Sec. 4. That any person or persons. or
corporation. that may be injured or damaged
by any such arrangement, contract, agree
ient, truct or combination, described in aec
tion 1 of this act, may sue for and recover.
in any court ofeompetent jurisdiction in this
state, of any person, persons or corporation
operating such trust or combination the full
consideration of sum paid by him or them
for any goods, wares, :merchandise or arti
cles the sale of which is controlled by such
combination or trust.
Sec 5. kThat any and all persons may he
coinpqlable to testify in any action or pros
ecutiouiunder this act: provided, that such
testimbay ahall not be used in any other ac
non dorprosecution against each witness or
witneses and forever be exempt from any
prosedution for the act or acts which he or
Mri Livingston's concurrent re solu
tion gelating to apoointment of joint
comtrittee to consider all acts and
parts'of acts relating to county and
township government. icelusive of
fees (nd salaries of county officers was
adope.d without debate.
A tncurrent resolution offered by
Mr. Rainsford was adopted requiring
the directors of the State penitentiary
to exanmine into the cost and feasibili
ty of'erecting a plant at the peniten
tiaryI for the purpose of converting
phcsphnte rock into acid phcspbate,
reporting at the next session.
The house-adopted the senate resolu
tion to extend the time for tee collec
tion. of the commutation roaa tax in
tne everal cotnties after changing
the date from March 15 to April 1, by
an amendment offered by Mr. Cush
Without debate the senate bill to
amerad the act to authorize and em
power cities, towns, townships and
other-municipal corporations to issue
negotiable coupon bonds for the re
funding of paymeat in whole or in
part of bonded indebtedness and any
unpaid past due interest thereon ex
istin at the time of the adoption of
the present Constitution was ordered
to a third reading.
Among 'he new bills introduced in
the House Tuesday was a measure
to protect the ctildren of the State
from the baneful influence of false and
partizan instruction. The bill should
Another important measure intro
duced Tuesday was a bill to allow
county boards of control to purchase
cere.in-tiquors for the county dispen
sers under certain restrictions.
A 'ill was introduced providing for
the payment of tuition fees by all per
sons atLendinr the State educational
collezes and ~universities. except the
instiution for the deaf and blind.
M:-. John P. Thornas, Jr., presented
a bill to further provide for the return
and eassessment of property for taxa
tion. This bill provides for the fur
ther return of property for the pur
pose of taxation and defining the.du
Lis ofoUr.rds of assessors. The niar
object of the bill is t3 require the re
turn and reassssment of real estate
during the year 1898 and in every
further year thereafter. As the law
now stands there is no provision at all
under the new Constitution for the re
turn of real estate. The bill also de
fines the duties of to wnship commis
sioners while acting as boards of as
sessors. It requires these boards to
overlook all returns made to the audi
tor and to add to those r urns all real
and personal property that has not
been returned or has escaped taxa
tion. The bill seeks particularly to
secure fuller returns of personal prop
etto the end that the burden of
taxation may not bear so heavily up
on the real estate owner.
A bill was introduced to repeal the
act to prevent the use of a free pass,
express or telegraph frank on any
railroad by any United States senator
or member of congress from this State
or by members of the general assem
'bly of this State or by any State or
county official or by any judge of a
court of record in this State.
There were a number of other new
bills introduced on Tuesday, but the
above are the most important.
Mr. Sinkler's bill to regulate and
limit the hours of work of certain em
plovees of electric and other street
car companies was then taken up and
passed to a third reading.
Mr. Livingston's resolution to limit
the time for introducing bills and
joint resolutions was taken up,
amended so as to fix Feb. 5, as the
date beyond which they could not be
introduced save by committee chair
men, and then adopted:
The hour having arrived, Mr. Pol
lock suspended and the election of a
United States senator to succeed Sena
tor Irby was prcceeded with. The
election consumed only 10 minutes of
the time of the house, and it was mere
ly a mnatter of form.
Mr. Blvthe of Greenville rose and
addressed the speaker thus:
IMr. Speaker: I nominate Hon.
Joseph H. Earle of Greenville. A sis
well known to the aeneral assembly,
Judge Earle was nominated for this
position at the late Demcoratic prima
ry election held for that purpose, I
take it. therefore, that the duty of the
members of this general assembly in
custing their baliots will be largely
perfunctory and that they will con
firm the action of the Democrats at
the primary by the unanimous ehe
tiun of Judge Earle.
Mr. E D. Smith seconded the nomi
natioua on behalf of the Sumter dele
Dr. W::che moved that nomina
tions n~osv close. This was agreed to
and Messrs. Wyche, E. D. Smith and
Policek a ppointed tellers.
Tihe colored member, Mr. Ander
son, voted for G. WV. Murray. The
rest of the vote was cast for Judge
Earle, as follows: E arle, 97: Murray.
ITLCe session of the Ihouse Wed nes
day was devcted to diseassion. There
was talk and no end to it. Among
the new biils introduced of general
interest may he merntioned the follow
.A bill to provide for the ciii -o~f
bac~king and insurance ~assion
and to deline the du of the same.
IMr. Ktnard bas- imtroduced a bill to
require all comafohn carriers to pay all
los: or damg's for loss or breakageo
uny article shipped Over their lines.
Mr. Mc White introduced a bill to
authorizs and require the county
treasurer- of the sen ral counties of
this State to pay out the prohts of the
dispen ary hc a paid over to him
for certain claims, and the county
sunervisors to draw their warrants
first for said claims.
The committee reported unfavora
bly upon the joint resolutions to au
thorize the general assembly to estab
lish new counties pending the further
election for the location and name of
the county seats. The unfavorable
report was adopted and the resolution
Among the many matters unfavora
bly report d by the committees were
Mr. Witherspoon's bill rilating to
the free school law.
The bill fixing the fees of witnesses
attending the courts of general ses
The bill to authorize the purchase of
The bill to require 80 per cent. of
the road tax to be applied to the im
provement of bridges and roads in
several townships of the State.
As members of the special commi.
tees to whom all bills and matters re
lating to the dispensary law and pen
sions are to be referred the speaker an
nounced the appointment of the fol
lowing: Aiken. A. W. Cushman;
Laurens, 0. P. Goodwin; Fairfield. J.
G. Wallins; York, S. H. Epps, Ches
ter. P. T. Hollis, Pickens, Jcel H.
Miller; Greenville. H. P. Goodwin;
Horry, Jeremia.h Mishoe: Darlington,
A. J. A. Perritt: Fiorence, B. B. Mc
White; Richiand, L. D. Childs; Barn
well, J. M. Skinner; Kershaw, D. M.
Bethune; Abbeville, 1. J. Speer; New
berry, John F. Banks; Marlbora, J.
F. McLaurin; Berkeley, B. H. Hen
derson; Charleston. W. H. Sinkler;
Anderroi, R B. A. Robinson: Claren
don, C. M. Davis; Spartanburg, R. A.
Lancaster; Saluda, B. L. Caughman;
Lexington, D. F. Efdrd; Williamsbarg,
J. L. Graham; Oconee, C. R. D.
Barns; Georgetown. M. W. Pyatt;
Chesterfield, W. P. Pollock; Lancas
ter, C. H. Plyer; Uzion, C. W. Whi
sonant; Marion, J. D. Uaselden;Sam
ter, W. A. Nettles; Edgedeld. W. H.
Yeldell; Beaufort. W. C. Vincent;
Oraneeburg, A. F. H. Dukes: Colle
ton, E. J. Limehouse; Hampton, T. A.
When the house got ready for busi
ness on the calendar it tackled the
third reading bills and Mr. Sinkler's
bill relating to the hours of labor of
the street car employees was pass-,d
without a word.
On its final reading the senate bill
relating to the aboliton of the office of
referee in certain counties was amend
ed by Mr. McWhite so as to strike out
Florence and was then passed.
It was 11:30 o'clock before the house
got to "unfinished business," taking
up Mr. Bedon's bill to amend the act
relating to fishing at certain times in
Aiken, Barnwell, Darlington, Colle
to 'tid Orange burg counties. It was
prompbiy ordered to a third reading
M:. Timmerman's bill to forbid the
county supervisors, the boards of
township commissioners and the coun
ty board of commissioners from enter
ing into or making any contract or
auditing any claim against their re
spective counties for any fiscal year
beyond or-in excess of the appropria
tion made by the general assembly for
such year, and making a violation of
such forbidden acts a felony was taken
In the House Thursday Mr. Kibler's
bill to piovide for an insurance and
banking commissioner was unfavora
bly reported, as was also Mr. Robin
son's bill to repeal the anti fr ee pass
Mr. W. S. Smith introduced a bill
to provide for a new judicial circuit
to be known as the niuth judicial cir
cuit and to define the ]imits of the
first, second and third judicial cir
Mr. Verner'introduced a bill to pre
vent the charging of usurious rates of
interest under certain penalties. The
bill provides that those charging and
collecting usurious rates shall be guil
ty of a misdemeanor and upon con
viction before a magistrate shall be
fined $100, to be collected by the mag
istrate and paid into the county treas
ury for school purposes. The second
section provides that - it shall be un
lawful for any person or.corporation
after said conviction, either to loan
money or to do any other banking
business within this State."
Mr. Verner introduced another bill
to require railroad companies to pay
for crossties within a certain time
The bill provides: "That whenever
any person or persons or corporation
under a contract with any railroad
company owning or operating a rail
road within trjis State shall deliver
crossties, bridge timbers, or other con
structing an d operating materials upon
the line of any railroad co
pany, it shall be the duty of said rail
road company to receive and pay for
such material within 60 days af ter the
same shailhave been delivered, either
to the party oaniug or delivering the
same, or his or ner assignee.
Mr. Thomas introduced a bill to prc
vide for the sale of native wines in the
county dispensaries, the producers to
receive a percentage of the profits,
such percentage to be fixed by the
State board of cntrol.
Mr. Crum introduced a bill to esta b
lish Bamberg County.
Mr. McCailough presented a prctest
from 1,200 operatives of the Piedmont
cotton mills 'against any kind of labor
legislation in this State. Mr. Miles
presented a similar petition from oper
atives in Spartanburg; Mr. Ashley
presented a like petition from opera
tives in Anderson and Mr. Towns-nd
one from mill empioyes in Union.
Mr. Toole's bill, unfavorably r
ported ,to provide for the election of
masters was taken up and Mr. Magill
moved to strike out the enacting
words, which was carried by a vote
of 58 to 47.
Mr. Skinner's bill requiring tbe
sinking fund commission to lend fun ds
to the several county tr-easure-rs of the
State for the use of their counties in
preference to lending some to other
applicants for such funds, which had
been unfavorably reported, was called
up and the fight of the day begun.
After considerable discussion the
bill was passed to a third reading in
Secin 1. Thiat ti:e si-akin.r f: d o ai
Mion are hereby authorized nu re .urd.
when unable to purcha-e vaiibnd f:i
s uc an -e aproe byr. :-r
The frm of thi C'edze Thimi l pre
thei attorney, general of thi-s '- ,3si a
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VERY DAMAGIN3 EVIDENCE
A gainst the Murderer of Treasurer Robert
CoLUMA. S. C , Jan. 28 -Some
lime ago, Capt. J. H. Fanning of
Orangeburg. in connection with a re
porter of tae Register, called upcn D.C.
Murphy, the convicted murderer of
Treasurer Copes, of Orangeburg, and
asked him for a siatement, in view of
the fact that the Supreme Court had
determind that he was not entitled to
a new trialand that he had ben re sen
senced to be hanged in March. Mur
phy, wbo is in the Penitentiary, led
them to believe that if they got certain
dcuments from certain parties his
innocence would be proven. Capt.
Fanning went to the trouble to write
to the parties mentioned and even
came to Columbia to show the answer
to Murphy, but he resolutely refuses
to make any statement, and unless he
doez. he must hang in March.
Murphy stated that the Sheriff of
Putran County, Florida, could prove
an alibi for him. Capt. Fanning
wrote to this sheriff and received the
Palatka, Fia., Jan. 22. 1897.
Mr. J. II. Fanning. Orangeburg. S. C.
Dear Sir: Yours of the 20th inst. to hand
and ontents carefully noted and in reply
will say that I did have ). C. Murphy, of
whom you refer to, in custody, September
25th to Sentember 27th. 1891. After we-re
leased him he skipped out. and I am satisfiud
went straight to South Carolina, and I at,
also, satisfied he is guil:y of the murder. .1
am the one who located him under the-prom
ise of getting half of the reward, which was
to be -750. But I never have received a
penny tor my services, which I am satisfied
has been long paid to other parties. Detec
tive Lam)ert th:it was sent here, had given
np all hope of ever getting him when I taken
the matter up and located Murphy in 24
hours and put him dead on to him with the
promise of h-ilf of the reward. I would like
to have you tell me who did get the reward,
and how much "as received. etc.
Yours vy truly,
Jo.- V. Iloo.N, Sheriff.
Murphy also stated that he had been
employed by F. W Wagener of
Charleston and that they could give
some information as to his where
abouts on the night cf the murder.
The following reply was received
Charleston, S. C., Jan. 2, 1897.
Mr. Jas. HA. Fanning, Orangetvrg, S. C.
Dear Sir: Your esteemed favor of the 20th
inst. 's just to hand, and we have read the
marked article in the Times and Democrat
sent us, but cannot account for Mr. Murphy's
statement. We presume he has had an at
torney for his case, and if there is any infor
mation we can give him, we will do so with
pleasure. In fact, we think it a part of our
duty to do this. We will say frankly, how
ever, that we have no idea what he is refrr
ing to, but if you can give us the name of his
attorney, we will correspond with him.
F. W. VAGENER & Co.
Murphy was called on at the Peni
tentiary yesterday and Was shown the
above letters. He was found in a cell
on the second tier, and would say noth
ing after seeing the reporter for The
Register, whom he did not know,.but
who be thought was a detective.
Capt. Fanning showed him the letters
and in the presence of Capt. Westfield
read them to him. Murphy took them
in his cell, and after perusing them
still had nothing to say. Capt. Fan
ning, after expressing his personal
hope that Murphy would make some
statement and getting nosatisfaction,
had to leave. Murphy appears to be
in the best of health, and seemingly
does not realize what a serious Dosition
he is in. But as he will say nothing,
and as all the evidence is against him,
the probabilities are that he will be ex
ecuted next month. Murphy is in the
Penitentiary for safe keeping, and
has been for t wo years. He has made
one attempt to 'cut his way out and
since that he has been closely watched.
Under ordinary circumstances, it will
now be impossible for him to get out.
Goes for Morton.
WASarsGTois, Jan. 28.-In the
Honse today Mr. Dearmond, Demo-I
crat of Missouri, made an attack, in thel
course of a speech, on Secretary of
Agriculture Morton. With biting
sarcasm and rasping irony, he scored
the Secretary of Agriculture,. taking
as his text a recent publication issued
by the Secretary and sent out over the
country under a frank, entitled "The
Farmers' Interest in Finance." The
pamphlet reviewed the silver agitation
to show that "poverty and illiteracy"
characterized the States which had
been foremost in the demand for the
restoration of silver. Mr. Dearmond
asserted that the demand for silver
came chiefly from the farmers whose
interest the Secretary of Agriculture
was supposed to look after, and asked
contemptuously what excuse there
was for issuing to them "this slander,
this travesty on facts." No one took
Secretary Morion seriously nowadays.
The world was no longer interested in
his views on finance, although it
might look with exnectation for any
obser cation he mniiht make on the
Iwoodchuck, the hedge hod' or the eye
o.f the potato. Addressing~ the Repub
lican side, he appeale' to them to re
cogzn iz Secretary Morton's services,
even though they refused to accept the
responsibility for him. "Of course."
said he, "y ou will not keep him in his
present position, but you might put
h'm in the national museum." In
conclusion, Mr. L'earmond commend
ed to the prayerful consideration of the
Republicans "this curiosity of modern
political life, whose peculiarity was
that he talked when he was not writ
ing and wrote when he was not talk
ing, and did both wheL: he was -not
Full many a whim cf purest ray serene,
Th 'iark,' untuahomed dreamus of MIorton
Ful :nny a. wvheel is formed to whir unseen.
yn wat u:Retczess neath .J. Stereng
Great laughter and applause.)
A Rtailroautisaughter. -
NEw HAvEN, Conn., Jan, 27.-The
Coonial express,on the Consohidated
Road, east bound, struck and killed
ive men at East Nortwalk, about 2
o'clock this af ternoon. The men had
been working on :he trackc and step
pedi out of the way. of one train trect
ly ine front of anaber.u At this point
there are four' :.rck, and the tramn
theb" men d esired 'o 'void and the one
which killei 'hr were both moving
a tu''e same direcon.__
I o: -hi 'estie Thnomas Woods
to evals o his housekeeper, Miss
Aic se at, a distant relative, svas
a geati~prie.Judge Woods has
orewi;h gipand was quite siek
iaath ad to be propped on pil-.
ows ad rem in bed while the cer
emony was being performed. This is
THE RAPID GROWTH OF CRIME IN
THE UN!TED STATES.
A Methodist Conference Calls for Thous
anda of Sormons on the Text 'Thou Shalt
ATLATA, Ga., Jan. 27.-The Meth
odist Episcopal conference, which has
been in session at the Loyd street col
ored church. before adjourning took
action on a very interesting subject.
The delegates discussed the great ques
tion or the increase of the crime of
murder in this country, and, while
the causes for the increase were not
develoned in their action, the resolu
tion adopted makes good reaaing, and
will attract the attention of the pen of
the country. During the final session
of the conference Rev. Dr. Mason in
trcduced a resolution which was
unanimously adopted, upon waking
up the country to the importance of
the murder questic.n.
It rEquired the Episcopacy, as a
body, to instruct Methodist Episcopal
ministers throughout this country
there are 20,000 pulpits-to prerch one
sermon a year on the 6th command
ment, "Thou shalt not kill," as a
means of producing a correct public
opinion as to the value of human life
and as a warning of the great danger
of national judgg.nt for unrequired
;Aood. But here aire e resolutions
"Whereas, the crime of murder ~i*---z
increasing in the land and becoming
the most popular of crimes because of
the venial character of our criminal
courts, by whom many murderers are
allowed to escape, while many suffer
no penalty at all-ahowing a greater
number of murders and homicides-to
the million of inhabitants than any
European nation which keeps a record
of the matter, when measured by this
rule the United States leads the list,
being the most bloodthirsty nation in
matters of private war.
"The following figures show the
growth of the crime. In 1886 the
numbers for the first time exceeded
"In ISS7 it was about 2,335.
"In 1888 it was about 2,884.
"In 1889 it was about 2,569.
"In 1890 it was about 4,290.
"In 1891 it was about 5,906.
"In 1892 it was about 6,791.
'In 1893 it was about 6,615.
"In 1894 it was about 9,800.
"In 1895 it was about 10,212.
"The report for last year has not
been made up, but we have abundant
evidence that the bl6od stained record
grows and will no.doubt exceed the
previous years of crime.
"And whereas, we know from the
Word of God, that a blood-stained
land, which in its courts and by its
practice boldly tramples under foot
the sixth commandment, 'Thou shalt
not kill,' must thereby attract to it
self the judgments of AlmightyGa!q
impending events which should be
.voided by repentance and reforma
"And whereas, the Gospel and Di.
vine Law are the only instruments'
which will create a just public opin
ion on this subject, a thing much
needed north and south; therefore,
"1. Resolved. That we earnestly
and respectfully request our Episcopal
board at its meeting in the fall, to in
struct all Mehodist pastors nder its
supervision, to preach one sermon in
the year on the sixth commandment,
'Thou shalt not kill,' so as to strength
en the hands of just magistrates and
courts, and to recover this root law,
of the amenities and peaceful meas
ures of life, whether domestic or in
ternational from disrespect, neglect
"2. Resolved, That whilst anxious
to correct a great evil at home we are
not insensible of the evils and demor
alizing influences of foreign war-and
as ministers of the Prince of Peace we
tender our support to all measures
looking to the arbitration of interna
tional strife-and thus from our hum
ble place amongst men we freely con
gratulate the government at Washing
ton on the happy issue of threatened
trouble with England, and as citizens
we recommend the adoption of the
pending treaty of arbitration.
"3. Resolved, Tnat we respectfully
ask our sister conferences to unite
with us in this petition, and to that
end that a copy of this action be sent
by our secretary to each conference
in our American work-conscious as
we are that the deliverances of fifteen
thousand or more pulpits in one year
on this momentous subject, will be a
volume and measure of moral power
of such magnitude as will cause be
ligerants, courts and juries to reflect
and reform-whilst tflis practice if
continued annually will in time intro
trod uce the golded nwe of peace."
A Family Poiso.. -.
JEFFEfisoNVlLLE, Ind., Jan. 26.-A
terrible tratgedy took place last night
at the home of George Madison, near
thiis city. Yesterday Mrs. Madison
had been out workting. When she
returned she brought apples for the
children' The family ate supper, the
children eating the fruit with the peel
ings on, while the parents peeled those
they ate. Immediately after Artie,
19 months old; James, 4 years old;
Lulu, 8 years old, and a boy -of five
were taken severely ill with signs of
strychnine poisoning. Before a phy
sician could arrive the fii-st two named
children were dead. Lulu died dur
ing the night and the boy is very ill.
Mrs. Madison is also ill.
W. .J. Br.yan in Austin.
ArsTL, Texas, Jan. 27.-The Hon.
W. J. Ervan visited the Texas Legisla
ture this morninr, and all business
was suspended wile he made the two
houses a ringiog speech similar t~o
those delivere.t d uring thle late Presi
dential camossazi. Hie took occasion
to say -iat he nted with pride that
~Texas wais in the lead in the mat.
trkf la'vs to regulate the corporations
that were doing the country the most
harm. lie stated that in his State and
other's during the last twelve months
crortos had stepped out of their
charteedrigtsand i'nto politics, and
that he favored the enactment of a law
to prohibit any corporation from con
trbutig mosey to a cam paign fund.
N-w A Jan. 27. -The general
c u itee of ~Tmmay Hall for 1897,
met tonight and organized. The fol
lowi.tg me1sage f-r 'dr. Bryan was
would express to Tamnmany my appre
caion cf the service rendered by the
oanization during the campaign just
closed. They did their duty and did
t well. andi are not to blame for our
defeat.'To you I am' speciahlly in
das OAm- caue wiu ye' triumph."