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~'t)I~, XIV. MANNING, S. C., WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14. 1898. NO.21
UIAT 1 E 1 AS TR S AY
President McKinley's Message in
A VERY MiLD DOCUMENT.
It is More Remarkable for What
It Does Not Contain Than
For What it Does.
PresidUc- 31eiley'sC second annual
nessa_-e. wiei was submitted to Con
gress on uday of last week, contain
ed something l~ie twenty thousand
words. The %nessage may be summed
Up as '.w:
It is a istory LS the war: it is a fer
vent exnression ci thanks to a Pivine
power for the ss of American
arms: it is an expresion of a nation s
appreciatiou for th- lieroism and patri
otism di-plaxed ji battle: it urges an
increase of the re-uaam to 100.000
men: it revew i our n ltion with the
nations of the world: it reiterates Re
pubilean policy a!. to ie financial ques
tion: it does not diu ct the Philippine
problem:-it-docs not discuss legislation
for the new Pcsscssions; it does not dis
cuss the race troubles; it does not dis
cuss the tariff.
Following is a brief synopsis. includ
ing some direct excerpts of the more
important features of the message:
-Notwithstanding the added burdens
rendered necessary by the war, our peo
plC rejoice in a very satisfactory and
steadily increasing degree of prosperity
evidenced by the largest volume of bus
iness ever recorded. Manufacture has
been productive, agricultural pursuits
have yielded abundant returns, labor in
all fields of industry is better reward
CONTROVERsY WHICH LED TO THE WAR.
In reviewing the controversy which
led up to the war with Spain. the presi
dent takes up the thread of narrative
where terminated in his last annual
message. le concluded: "It was hon
estly due to our friendly relations with
Spain that she should be given a rea
sonable chance to realize her expecta
tions of reform to which she had be
ceme irrevocably committed." It be
cameevident, however, that the pro
posed plans were barren of good re
sults. No tangible relief was afforded
the reconcentrados, among whom the
rate of mortAity frightfully increased;
the proffered expedient of zones of cul
tivation proved illusory, and it was ap
parent that nothing save the physical
exhaustien of Spain or the Cubans and
the practical ruin of the island of Cuba
could result from the struggle then in
At this critical juncture the destruc
tion of the battleship Maine occurred.
Concerning it the president says:
"It is a striking evidence of the poise
and sturdy good sense distinguishing
our national character that shocking
blow, falling upon a generous people,
already deeply touched by preceding
events in Cuba, did not move them to
an instant, desperate resolve to tolerate
no longer the existence of a condition
of danger and disorder at our doors that
niade possible such a deed, by whomso
CStill animated, however, by the hope
of a peaceful solution of the diffi
culty and obeying the dictates of
duty, the president relaxed no effort to
bring about a speedy ending of the Cu
ban struggle. Negotiatioris with the
Madrid government proved futnie, so
far as practical results were concerned,
and then it was the president presented
the question to congress.
The result of this statement of the
case was the adoption of the memora
ble joint resolution by congress, declar
ing the purpose of the United States to
intervene between the Spaniards and
Cubans. Following swiftly upon the
enactment of the resolution came the
severance of diplomatic relations be
tween the two countries, the proclama
tion of a blockade of Cuban ports, the
call for volunteers and the formal dec
laration of the existence cf a state of
war. All other governments were im
mediately notified of the existence of
war and each proclaimed neutrdly. "It
is not among the least gratifying inci
-dents of the struggle that the obliga
tions of neutrality were impartially
discharged by all, often under delicate
and difficult circumstances."
Referring to the "difficult and im
portant character" of the work perform
ed by the signal corps, the president
says: "This service was invaluable to
the executive in directing the operation
of the army and with a total force of
1,300 the loss was by disease, in camp
and field. officers and men included,
L As to the authorized loan of $200. -
000,000 which was takeni entirely 1-y
small bidders the president says:
" This was a most encouraging and
significant result, showing the vast re
sources of the nation and the determi
nation of the people to uphold their
-THE sTIiRIxN EVENTS OF THE WAR.
Taking up chronologically the events
of the war, the president reviews them
carefully. The first encounter was the
shelling of 31atanzas on April 27th.
SThis wtas followed by an engagement
which was -destined to mark a memor
able epoch in mariiimewarfare. This
was Commodiore Iey'sc wonderful vic
tory at 31anilla on my 1. "The eifect
of this remarkable \ictory, says the
president. --uponn the spirit of our peo
ple and upon the fortunes of the war
was instant. A pwt-'ige of invincibili
ty thereby attached to our arms. which
continued throughout the struggle."
The president says that - only reluct
ance to cause needless loss of life and
prooerty prevented the early storming
and capture of the city (Manilt,) and
therewith the abalute military occu
pancy of the whole group." Following
the memorable trip of the battleshiD
Oregon from San Francisco to Key
West and the bombardment of San Juan
and forts of Santiago, to which special
reference is made. the president says:
"The next act in the war thrilled
not alone the hearts of our countrymen
but the world by its exceptional hero
isa. On the night of June 3d. Lieut
enant Hiobson. aided by seven cevoted
volunteers blocked the narrowv outlet
from Santiago iarbor by sinking the
collier Mlerriimac in the channel, under
a fierce fire from the shore batteries,
escaping with their lives as by a mira
Spaniards. It is a most gratifying in
eidenit of the war that the bravery of
this little band of heroes was cordially
app~reciated by the Spanish admiral."
The campain of Santiago, resulting
iu the investment and capture of that
city is referred to as z brilliant achieve
ment. A brief review is then present
ed of the decisive naval combat of the
war on July 3d. resulting in the con
plete destruction of Admiral Cervera's
tleet. Concerning it the president
-Where all so conspicuously distin
guished themselves from the comman
ders to the gunners and the unnamed
heroes in the boiler rooms, each and all
contributing toward the achievement of
this astounding victory, for which
neither ancient nor modern history af
fords a parallel in the completeness of
the event and the marvelous dispropor
tion of casualties. it would be invidi
ous to single out any for a special
As to the success gained by the arms
of the United States in Cuba, the pres
ident says that the earnest, lasting
gratitude of the nation is unsparingly
due. --Nor should we alone remember
the gallantry of the living. The dead
claim our tears, and our losses by bat
tle and by disease must cloud any ex
ultation as the result and teach us the
awful cost of war, however rightful the
cause or signal the victory."
TOTAL CASUALTIES DURING THE WAR.
"The total casualties in the army
during the war with Spain were:
"Officers killed 23, enlisted men
killed 257. total 280. Officers wounded
113. enlisted men wounded 1.464, total
Of the navy: Killed 17, wounded 67,
died as result of wounds 1. Invalided
from service 6. Total 91.
"In the entire campaign by land and
sea we did not lose a gun or a flag or a
transport or a ship, and with the excep
tion of the crew of the Merrimac, not a
soldier or sailor was taken prisoner."
I he president bears testimony and
pays fitting tribute "to the patriotism
and devotion of that large portion of
our army which, although eager to be
ordered to the post of greatest expos
ure, fortunately was not required out
side of the United States." The Presi
dent says: "In tracing these events we
are constantly reminded of our obliga
tions to the Divine Master for His
watchful care over us, and His safe
guidance, for which the nation makes
reverent acknowledgement and iffers
humble prayer for the continuance of
Referring to the work of the peace
commission in Paris, the president
"Their negotiations have made hope
ful progress, so that I trust soon to be
able to lay a definite treaty of peace be
fore the senate with a review of the
steps leading to its signature.
"I do not discuss at this time the
government nor the future of the new
possessions which will come to us as
the result of the war with Spain. Such
discussion will be appropriate after the
treaty of peace shall be ratified. In the
meantime and until the congress has
legislated ->therwise, it will be my duty
to continue the military governments
which have existed since our occupa
tion and give to the people security in
life and property and encouragement
under a just and beneficent rule."
As to the future of Cuba he says:
'"As soon as we are in possession of
Cuba and have pacified the island it will
be necessary to give aid and direction
to its people to form a government for
themselves. This should be under
taken at the earliest possible moment
consistent with safety and assured suc
The president says that with the one
exception of the rupture with Spain,
the intercourse 'of the United States
with the great family of nations during
the past year has been marked with cor
NICARAGUAN CANAL REPORT IS BEADY.
The president expects that the Nica
raguan canal commission will shortly
be able to report finally. "1 have not
hesitated to express my convictions,"
says the president, "that considerations
of expediency and international policy
as between the several governments in
terested in the construction and
control of an inter-oceanic canal
by this route require the mainten
ance of the status quo until the canal
commission shall have reported and the
United States congress shall have had
the opportunity to pass finally upon the
whole matter." He regarded, in
view of our newly acquired int.rests in
the Pacific ocean, the construction of
such a maritime highway as now more
than ever indispensable.
Concerning the extraordinary events
transpiring in the Chinese empire, the
and its expenditures $689,S74,647,
pret ident says that our position among
nations gives the equitable claim to
consideration and friendly treatment in
this regard, and that it will be his aim
to subserve our large interests in the~
Orient by all means appropriate to the
constant policy of our government.
The president reports that the Ha
waiian commission has fulfilled its mis
sion, and that its report will be laid be-'
fore congress at an early day.
Referring to the proposal of the czar
of Russia for a general reduction of the
g reat military establishments, the presi
dent says: "His majesty was at once
informed of the cordial sympathy of
this government with the principle in
volved in his exalted proposal and of
the readiness of the United States to
take part in the conference."
Alluding to the financial affairs of
the country, the president says in part:
The secretary of the treasury reports
that the receipts of the government
from all sources during the fiscal year
ended June 30, 1898, including $64.
751,223 received from sale of Pacific
railroad, amounted to $405,321,335. and
its expenditures to $443,368,582.
It is estimated upon the basis of pres
ent revenue laws that the receipts of
the government for the year ending
June 30th, 1899, will be $557,874,647,
resulting in a deficiency of $112,000,
GOLD FOR REDEEMING GREENBACKS.
'In my judgment the present condi
tions of the treasury amply justify the
immediate enactment of the legislation
r.commended one year ago, under
which a portion of the gold holdings
should be placed in a trust fund from
which greenbacks shouk be redeemed
upon presentation, but when once re
deemed should not thereafter be paid
out except for gold. It is not to be in
ferred that other legislation relating to
contrary there is an obvious demand for
The recommendation made by the
secretary of war for the increase of the
regular military establishment has the
president's unqualified approval. le
says he will muster out the entire vol
unteer army as soon as congres< shall
provide for the increase of the regular
No mention is made in the message
of legislation for the new possessions.
No specific mention is made of the
Tariff is not mentioned. The recent
race troubles in South and North Caro
lina are not mentioned
CUBANS DISREGARD ORDERS.
They Go Through a Street in Santia
go Bearing Arms.
Last Wednesday wasL the anniversary
of the death of Gen. Antanio Maceo
and it was celebrated among the Cu
bans in Santiago. A nieniorial service
was held in the morning in the cathed
ral, which was crowded.
Considerable annoyance was occasion
ed to the United States authorities by
the fact that some 75 men. Cubans
marched the entire length of St Thomas
street, armed with rifles and machetes.
although all Cubans are well aware that
such conduct is strictly against the
regulations, armed bodies other than
United States troops not being allow
The offenders in question did not ask
permission to march armed, and their
intention was not made known to the
American authorities. Indeed, the ca
thedral had been reached by the parad
ers before the fact was reported to head
Col. Beacon, who is chief in coin
mand here during the absence of Gen.
Wood, immediately called upon the
mayor regarding the affair, and was by
him referred to Col. Garcia. who sent
an orderly di eating the appearan.e
of the offenders at headquarters. 31ean
while the armed squad had fired three
volleys, many using ball cartridges.
which bullets striking the upper por
tions of the cathedral. caused the bell
ringers to flee from their post.
In less than a quarter of an hour an
officer from the Fifth immune regiment
arrived at headquarters with a message
from Col. Sergeant, stating that several
bullets has struck his tent at different
points, and asking information as to
Col. Beacon ordered Col. Garcia not
to allow his men to attend the evening
procession armed. The sole reason why
the offenders were not arrested was that
they were within the cathedral limits
at the time.
A band of Cubans on horseback en
tered the premises of the Spanish club
house this evening and broke several
lamps with their machetes.
The United States authorites acted
promptly. As a result of the outrage
at least half the police force will be
ACTUALLY BLOWN TO ATOMS.
Men Who Were Hauling a Govern
ment Mine. Cause Unknown.
Foer men were killed and seven seri
only injured at Fort Independence, on
Castle island, in Boston harbor Wed
nesday afterndon by explosion of a
mine which had been removed from the
channel by a diver. The dead:
Sergt. Morris 3McGrath.
Private Brennan (a diver).
-- Ryan (a citizen).
Vaughn, Brennan and Ryan had
placed the mine on a team and started
to take it to the place where the other
ammunition was stored. The road
along which they passed was unusually,
smooth, havir~g been constructed with a
view to the necessity of care in tranis
porting explosive material. Without
warning the mine burst. The horse and
art and the three men were blown to
fragments. Sergt. 31eGrath was stand
ing fully 20 feet away. Hie was instant
ly killed by the concussion. His body
does not bear a mark of any sort. As
soon as possible after the explosion~ a
careful search was begun by Lieut.
Raymond, who had charge of' removing
the mines, but not a fragmeut of men
or clothing could be found. -Licut.
Raymond states that he cannot explain
how the explosion. occurred. Hie say
that since the order was issued from
Washington hundred of mines have
been handled in precisely the same way
as was this one and transported oser
the same road.
Ryan was a civilian assisting in the
work, Vaughn was a member of the en
gineer corps. He had only two weeks
more to serve when he expected to be
transfered to a naval college to take a
course in naval construction.
Sergt. 31eGrath was the keeper of the
The. Very Best Plan.
Gen. 31iles's plan of reorganization
for the United States army is founded
on very excellent precedent. The plan
is similar, says Gen. 3Miles in his re
port, to that which was found so effec
tive' in the Confederate army. This
recognition of the excellence of the Con
federate army is quite remarkable. comn
ing from Gen. 3Miles, andi it will be a
very bitter dose to the G. A. RI. and the
old bloody shirt howlers to have the
" rebcl" armies thus officially glorified.
But the tribute could *not be withheld.
It was necessary to organize the United
States army on a proper basis, and the
best model obtainable was necessarily
that made by Robert E. Lee, the great
est captain that America has produced.
The State Department at Washing
ton has received a special report from
the United States Consul General at
Cape Town showing that a heavy and
increasing demand exists in South
Africa for corn and American corn
meal. In Cape Town corn is quotea at
$3.52 per 1(0 pounds. or $1.97 per
bushel of 56 pounds, and the supply is
not equal to the demand. In that miar
ket wheat brings $4.44 per 100 pounds
or $2.66 per bushel of 60 pouns.
The French steamer Algerois has
foundered near Bona, a fortified seaport
town of Algeria. near the mouth of the
River Seibous. Eleven persons were
Proceedings of the Annual Con
vention of this Year.
MEETING AT DARLINGTON.
An Interesting Yearly Review of
the Work by the Largest
The annual convention of Baptists in
Siuth Carolina was held in Darlington
Nov. 30ith to Dec. 4th, inclusive. It
was preceded by a ministers' conference,
which met on the 29th of November.
On Wednesd y night the convention
sermon was preached by Rev. . E.
Bomar. of Aiken.
President Hudson called the conven
tion t'i order and intraduced the preach
er, who read the hymn, "All Hail the
P'ower of -Jesus name, which was sung.
lie read election of Scripture from the
first chapter of First Epistle of Peter
and the first chapter of Second Peter.
Then followed the sermon.
The roll of delegates was called by
Secretary C. P. Ervin. D. D., and
showcd present 155.
Judge J. II. Hudson resingned the
presidency and W. D. Rice, D. D., of
Denmark, was elected president of the
convention. Rev. C. P. Ervin, D. D.,
was elected secretary and Rev. A. T.
Jainison assistant secretary. Col.
Zimmerman Davis was elected treasur
er of the convention, Dr. T. M. Bailey
casting the vote.
Rev. '. I. Masers cast the vote of
the convention for the Revs. E. J. For-.
ester and C. T. Scaife, for vice-presi
The following committee was ap
pointed on order of business: J. D.
Rob. rtson, J. D. Pitts, W. E. Thayer,
R. N. Pratt.
Dr. Frost of Nashville and Dr. Dar
gan of Louisville were recognized as
Members of the convention who have
recently come into the State were also
recognized: Rev. W. A. Pearson, Rev.
A. E. C. Pittman and Rev. W. S. B.
Ford. The last named has not just
come into State, but into the denomi
The convention engaged in special
prayer for Rev. D. H. Crossland and G.
G. Wells, who are now quite ill. This
ended the first days proceedings and
the convention adjourned.
Thursday morning promptly at 10
o'clock the new president, Dr. Rice,
called the convention to order. Devo
tional exerci;4s enere conducted by Rev.
W. S. B. Ford. The minutes of Wed
nesday's meeting were read and
By unaiiimous consent Dr. Montague
made a short talk on the work of elec
tion of trustees of Furman University,
and offered the following resolution:
''That the president appoint a com
mittee consisting of one from each as
sociation here present to nominate 25
names for trustees of Furman Univer
The following were appointed: Dr.
T. 31. Bailey, chairman; A. E. C. Pitt
man, W. M1. Waters, J. B. Boseman,
J. W. Perry, E. A. McDowell, F. E.
Bomar, Win, Haynesworth, F. C. Hick
son, E. J. Kennedy, H. C. Buckholtz,
A. H. Martin, J. ID. Winchester, J. H.
Cuesby, G. W. Gardner, J. F. Single,
ton, B. J. Woodward, J. C. Bundie, J.
L. Ouzts, J. S. Croxton, A. C. Wilkins,
A. C. West, H. P. (.ranger, H. S.
Baggott. E. P. .Easterling, R. .f. Marsh
and Simeon Hyde.
Dr. T. M. Bailey made hii annual re
port as corresponding secretary of
State missions There have been 86
missionaries employed during the year
in 25 out of the 34 associations. The
labors have been unusally blessed and
uotwithbtanding the depressed finan
eial conuitions the receipts are only
$100U behind last year. A debt for $4,
o500 reported. Total receipts, $11,377,
The next report was that of Dr. C. C.
Brown on age.d ministers' relief fund.
fuirty beneficiaries have been added
i his 'year. Six have died this year. leav
ing now 24. Seven of these are now
laniguishing on beds of sickness. The
board paid out to beneficiaries, and
printing and postage expenses $2,315.
Superintendent J. L. Yass read the
report of the Connie Maxwell orphan
age. This is the seventh annual report.
The fifth home has just been completed.
IReceipts this year amount to $11,149.
t;5- T1his is more than has been raised
in any one year. There are in the or
phanage this year 114 chilnren.
The Rev. ID. WV. Key read the re
port of the board of ministers educa
tion' This board is now aiding 16 min
An admirable report on education
was read by Prof. F. N. K. Bailey, pre
sident of the South Carolina Co-educa
Pressdent Montague began by read
ing a report of the workings of Furman
University, stating that he would not
make an address His report began by
calling attention to the fact that some
changes have been made in the manage
ment. These changes were not made
by the president alone, but with him
were the other members of the faculty.
Th'le institution has two departments,
the preparatory and collegiate. There
are four instructors in the preparatory
department. In the collegiate, there
are nine schools. In all there are 13
professors and lecturers. In the low
est undergraduate degree there are re
quired some studies that are found in
the highest undergraduate degrees in
colleges in the South. The A. M1. de
gree is. a graduate school. Some young
men are taking some studies in this
course who are reading law. This is
the beginanit g of the law course, which
the university is now looking forward
to. The student body is a noble,
high-minded set, and the friend-ship
between them and the president is
most cordial and genial. The number
is 170. which is above the average for
the last ten years. The financial in
come annually is $11,060. The need
of the University is more money, more
endowment Lo meet all expenses with
the income without having to draw on
invested funds. At present there is a
deficit of from $900 to $1 000 annually.
The main building needs to be repair
ed, a gymnasium and a library are
needed. The beginning and the com
pletion soon of the contemplated al
umni hall. Here he made a strong ap
peal for the $5,000 still needed to com
plete the sum necessary to build the
hall. His words were masterly and
their effect was wonderful. Before go
ing further it was resolved to take up a
collection for Furman University, and
the force and power of Dr. Montague's
words were shown by immediate re
sults. From associations, individuals
and churches four thousand dollars
were pledged and contributed to the
needs of Furman. This-will be used
towards building an alumni hall.
On Friday morning Dr. E. C. Dar
gan addressed the convention in the in
terest of the Student's fund at the semi
nary in Louisville, and asked for a
pledge of $800, getting $810. Some
of these pledges were paid immediately.
A hat collection amounted to $47.
The chair appointed J. I. Ayres, C.
C. Brown, R. E. Peele a committce on
Sunday School Chatauquaj. and C. L.
Dowell to report on Woman's Mission
The special order for the hour of
11:30 was foreign missious. The report
was read by 0. L. 3artin. Southern
Baptists have 76 missionaries in for
eign fields-Japan, China, Mexico,
South America, Italy and Africe.
They have, had, this year, 701 conver
sions. The expense of the b ,ard has
been $124,240 the past year. The ser
vice for the hour was put into the care
of Rev. Dr. E. E. Bomar, vice presilent
for foreign mission board in South
Carolina, who conducted devotional.
exercises for a few - moments. consist
ing of prayer and songs.
Dr. T. M. Bailey for his committee
reported the following nominations for
trustees of Fu-man University and of
Greenville Female College, which re
port was unanimously adopted
Trustees for one year: J. H. Morgan,
J. W. Shelor, W. H. Lyles, E. J. Ken
nedy, J. L. Tribble. For two year.:
H. P. McGee, J. A. Carroll, S. G. May
field, J. E Brunson, J. H. Hudson. To
serve three years; J. B. Earle, J. K.
Durst, J. A. Fpnt, A. T. Jamison,
Janes Mclutosh. To be feur years;
C. K. Hendernau, D. W. Key, L. F.
Dorn, H. R. Moseley. J. J. Lawton..
To serve five year; D. M. Ramsey, C.
S. Gardner, H. C. Bucholtz, J. H.
Montgomery, A. C. Wilkins.
The committee to whom had been re
ferred the report of the trustees of the
Connie Maxwell Orphanage now made
their report 'which was, on motion,
adopted. This report commended the
entire practical and financial manage
ment of the orphange, of which depart
ment it made specific mention.
A letter from Dr. J. C. Maxwell, re
signing his membership as a trustee of
this institution and reiterating his for
mer charges, personal and otherwise,
against the management of the orphan
age, was read by Secretary Ervin. On
motion this resignation was accepted.
Dr. A. J. S. Thomas offered a resolu
tion, which was adopted by unanimous
vote, extending the sympathy of this
convention to Dr. Maxwell in his ill
Then the. Orphange question came
up, Secretary Ervin read resolutions
offered by A. McA. Pittman and by C.
T. Scalfe, relative to past and future
management of the orphanage. Rev.
R. W. Lide offered other resolutions as
a substitute. Mr. Lide's resolutions
provided that the convention should
appoint a committee of nine, whose
duty it should be to go to Greenwood,
thoroughly investigate all charges and
affairs relating to the orphange, and
to make a report which should be a
positive settlement of all orphanage
troubles. Revs. R. W. Sanders and R.
W. Lide and Mr. J. W. Shelorspoke to
the resolutions, and Revs. 0. L. Martin
and C. T. Scalfe spoke against their
The speeches were earnest and im
pressive. Christian spirit was clearly
manifest and there was no exception
to this, though the interest was atb
sorbing. The recent newspaper c' -
troversies on this subjiect were abso
ltely condemned. and no one spoke in
their defence. The question was finally
called and a division was necessary.
When the vote was at last counted the
resolutions were tabled by a vote of 74
to 79, many members not voting.
The special orders was taken, and the
report an the corresponding secretary's
report on State missions was read by
Col. Zimmerman Davis. This report
recommended that the work of State
missions be prosecutt.d the coming year
on a basis of $15,000. The work needs
it and the churches out to willingly
contribute that amount. After some
discussion a cash collection of $73.70
was taken up and the report adopted.
The chair announced the following
committee ro report next year.
On Eduoat n-A. P. Montague, C.
P. Ervin, J. '.G Gaines, A. J1. S. Thom
as and W. C. Coker.
On Sunday Schools-C. S. Gardner.
A. D. Woodle, F. 0. S. Curtis, W. E.
Johnson, A. C. Wilkins.
On Home Missions-W. A. Pearson.
R. W. Sanders. T. V. Walsh, J. E.
Covington. R. J. Blackman.
On Foreign Missions-J. D. Win
ches-r, A. C. Osborne, W. J. Langs
ton, W. E. Thayer and B. T. Marsh.
The Connie Maxwell orphanage mat
ter was again taken up by the conven
tion. Resolutions were read, one by
the Rev. A. McA. Pittman recommend
ing that the question be solved by the
trustees who shall investigate the trou
ble: another by the Rey. C. T. Scaife
to the effert that the iarestigation be
done by the convention in session. Still
another set of resolutions were offered
by the Rev. W. T. Derieux. commit
ting the work of investigation to the
trustees, notwithstanding that the
whole matter has been investigated and
that we believe Bro. Vass to have been
exonerated. and that the convention
bind itself to abide by the finding of the
board of trustoss.
The test vote finally was upon the
resolutions offered by C. T. Scaife.
which were .idopted os follows:
Whereas, the election of a superin
tendent of the Connie Maxwell Or
phanage has for two years caused
friction in the board meetings: There
Resolved, That the election of a sup
erintendent be taken away from the
beard of trustees and be restored to the
Second. That we proceed at once, by
nomination and ballot, in open Con
ention, to elect a superintendent,
whose term of office shall begin with
the annual meeting of this board in
1899 and expire with the annual meet
ing in 1900.
Third. That his successor shall be
elected in like manner at each succeed
ing meeting of the convention.
Fourth. That in case of resignation
or death the board shall have power to
fill the vacancy until the succeeding
At half-past II o'clock, after two and
a half hours of uninterrupted and eara
est discussion. the resolutions of C. T.
Scaife were adopted. Immediately the
Rev. J. L. Vass was placed in nomina
tion as superintendent of Connie Max
well Orphanage, under the provisions
of this resolution. Several seconds to
this nomination were at once heard.
Equally prompt was a protest from the
minority, who had no candidate ready.
A peace and unity brother was willing
to proceed and the majority were also
of generous spirit. The resolution pro
vided for an election, however, and this
after some -confused and obscure discus
sion was entered upon. Mr. Vass being
the only candidate. it was ordered that
"yes" or "no" should be written on the
ballots. This was done. voting was
proceeded with and the teilers an
nounced that of 136 vtes cast S9 were
for and 47 against the election of the
Rev. J. L. Vass as superintendent of
Connie Maxwell Orphanage. After the
announcement of the vote the resigna
tions of W. L. Durst, F. 0. S. Curtis
and John R. Leavell, Jr., as trustees
of. Connie Maxwell Orphanage were
read and accepted
The commit ce on time and place
now made a report. Gaffney city was
selected as the place. and Wednesday
before the 1st day of December next.
at 8 o'clock, was the time.
The report on obituaries was read by
Rev. J. W. Perry. This report noted
specially at some length the lives and
characters of two distingiished de
ceased ministers, Rev. B. W. Whilden
and Rev. John G. Williams, D. 1).
Respectful mention in the report was
made of other deceased ministers. Wil
liam J. Snider, M. J. Willoughby,
Baxter Hays, S. A. Cook, W. B. Sin
gleton, A. W. Moseley, P. G. Hopper,
R. B. Porter, J. T. Brasington, J. V.
Kreps, P. S. Greene and Kraps, as well
as three distinguished laymen, C. J.
Woodruff, James E. Childress, J. F.
TO BE LOOKED INTO.
Congress to Investigate the War De
On the very first day of the meeting
of Congress last week Representative
Sulzer of New YorK, ranking Dcmocrat
ic member of the house committee on
military affairs, has introduced a reso
lution "authorizing and directing the
committee on military affairs to investi
gate the war department and the con
duct of the Spanish-American war."
The resolution is as follows:
Resolved, That the committee on
military affairs be, and the same are
hereby, authorized and directed to in
vestigate the war department and the
conduct of the recent war between
Spain and the United States, and re
port all of said proceedings with their
findings, conclusions and recommenda
tions to the house of representatives
with all convenient speeds that said
committee is hereby authorized and em
powered to send for books, documents,
papers and persons, examine persons
uncier oath, sit any part of the United
States, employ a stenographer, and
that the sergeant-at-arms is here
by directed to attend said committee
and carry our its directions; that the
necessary expenses of the investigation
be paid out of the contingent fund of
The resolution was referred to the
committee on military atfairs.
Jealousy led~ to Murder.
A double murder was committed
\,ednesday in a country church two
miles out from M1issouri City, Mo. 31iss
Della Cleveng L was shot down mortal
ly wounded and her escort to the meet
ing house, George Allen, was instantly
killed. The murderer was Ernest Cle
venger, couis to the young woman who
was one of his victims. The tragedy
occurred immediately after the congre
gation had been dismissed, as the wor
shippers were leaving the church.
Young Allen and Miss Clevenger were
walking out together. Ernest Cleven
ger slipped up oehind them, placed a
revolver close to Allen's head and fired.
His vi'ctimi fell dead at his feet. The
assassin turned the weapon upon his
fair young cousin, shooting her in the
back. She fell across the body of her
murdered escort. The murderer es
caped. Jealousy was the cause.
A Plucky Captain.
With a majority of his crewv in irons
having muntined, the British ship Jack
Burrill, Capt. Robertson. hence for
Santos with 3.006 tons of coal passed
seaward irom Philadelphia Thursday.
While outward bound the Burrill an
chon'l at~ Ba-:ndy wine shoals and while
there bce:ii to leak but only slightly.
All hands were se-t to work to pump her
out and while thus engged decided to
protest against guin~g i:: the ship, on the
ground thiat she was u isea worthy. Af
ter a most thorouzh sursey the ship
wasi pronounced soaworthv. This was
told the crew, but still they protested.
Capt. Robertsen faced the issue square
ly-. He sent to Philadelphia for a suffi
cient number of men to work the ship
clear of the capes and went out Thiurs
day. The crew to a man were in muati
ny, and will be kept locked up until
they agree to turn to without further
Remembering Our Heroes.
The four statues on the Confederate
soldiers' monument on Capitol hill in
Montgomery, Ala., were unveiled Wed
nesday. They represent infantry. cav
alry, artillery and navy. Imposing
ceremonies were held. Addresses were
miade by ex Governor Thomas G. Jones,
as orator of the day; ex-Secretary of the
Navy Herbert, for the navy; J. M.
Faulkreer, for the cavalry; G. W. A.
Sanford, for the infantry, and Benj. S.
Crews for the artillery. The 13 Con
federate States were represented by 13
young ladies and the four branches of
the service by four young ladies. The
statues are impersonal and represent
privates in the various arms of the ser
vice. There was an immense attend
ance, as excursion trains came in from
all pat of the State
A NOVEL ZLECTION BET
One Thousand Kisses Against Thirty
Kansas, with her usual reputation
of producing many strange and wondcr
ful things, is again at the front with
one of the most peculiar election bets
that has so far come to light. Out in
Grant county, which is one of the thir
ty-six counties that go to make up the
big Seventh congress district, over
which Jerry Simpson and Chester I.
Long have so bitterly centested for the
past few years, there is situated at the
junction of the north fork of the Cim
maron river and Prairie Dog creek the
little town of Golden, a "short-grass"
hamlet, inasmuch as it is situated in
that part of Kansas known as the short
grass region. Golden is not what could
be rightfully called a prosperous vil
lage, nor was it expected it would be
when first settled: it consists of one
general merchandise store, postoffice,
and a few dwellings. The inhabitants
of the surrounding country are mostly
ranchmen and cowboys who center at
Golden for the purchase of supplies.
It was Miss Lucy Withers, a resi.
dent of Golden, who brought this isolat
ed prairie town to the attention of the
public. Miss Withers is a comely wo
man of some twenty Kansas summers,
a school teacher, and lives with her
widowed mother. She has always been
a great admirer of Jerry Simpson from
Medicine Lodge and never looses an
opportunity to champion his cause.
A few evenings before election there
was a social gathering in the neighbor
hood, and it was during this time that
Miss Withers and a young and well-to
do ranchman, by the name of Harold
Owens, took opposing yiews on the po
litical situation. The young teacher
questioned Mr. Owens as to the depth
of his faith in his candidate's electiop,
and whetheror not he was willing to.
wager some of his possessions to show
his contidence. This was somewhas of
a set back for the young ranchmau. but
he informed her that he had thirty of
the finest steers that ever grazed in
Grant county, all of which he valu
ed at $1:000, and which he would bet
that Mr. Long would be elected to Con
*What have you, Miss Withers, to
show your faith in the return of Simp
son to Cong. is? asked the young ranch
Now, the teacher owned no steers,
neither had she anything equivalent to
thirty head of cattle, but she determin
ed not to be outdone. She hesitated a
moment and said:
"I will wager you 1.000 kisses at $1
each against your steers that Jerry
The young ranchman had civilized
bucking broncoes, mastered the lariat
and many oth -r difficult feats in a ranch .
man's life. but, but this offer was the
most.perplexing proposition that had
ever been handed him. There was
something fascinating about the collat
eral offered and he replied;
"I will accept with the understand
ing that in case I win you allow me to
collect my winnings on the installment
i'You may suit your pleasure about
"Then it is an agreement and our lis
teners are the witnesses."
The election resulted in a bad defeat
of Simpson. Harold Owens says he
will collect twenty kisses, a week until
the obligation is cancelled.
A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT.
Happened in a Tall Buildingl ia New
An accident to the elevator in the 11
story building at Pine and Williams
street, New York, occupied by the Uni
ted States Fire Insurane company Wed
nesday resulted in the death of one of
the company's directors, the probable
fatal injury of another di-ector and the
serious injury of a third insurance man.
Several other members of the directo
rate of the United States Fire Insur
ance company who were in the elevator
at the time of the crash, together with
others. miraculously escaped.
Walter H. Griffin, secretary and di
rector of the company, was instantly
Thomas W. Caldwell of Morristown,
N. J., also a director of the company,
received a compound fracture of the
skull and is not expected to live. He is
now in the Hudson street hospital.
George HI. Smith, head of the frm of
Smith & Hicks. fire underwriters, was
injured about the head and body.
It is not definitely known whether the
elevator fell first from one of the upper
floors or whether the superstructure sup
porting the elevator fell on top of it
from the roof of the building. There
was a jarring sound and then a crash.
The cables snapped and the counter
weigzhts, half a dozen in number and
weighing from 60 to 70 pounds each, de
scendcd. bounding from side to side of
the shaft. They crashed through the
roof of the car. One of them struck
Secretary Griffin on the head, crushing
it in. Another struck Director Cald
wela glancing blow on the back of the
he'ad, fracturing the skull and exposing
the brain. Underwriter Smith was
struck by the torn cables and debris.
The elevator man, Dennis Sullivan,
lh-d prcsencc of mind enough to throw
open the lower gate just as the first
crash came, and the other passengers
in the car were able to get out of the
cagein time to save them.
After the accident Sullivan was ar
rested and is held awaiting the action
of the coroner. It appears from state
ments made by Manager Belknap of the
Otis Elevator company and from others
in the building that this elevator had
been inspiected ten minutes before the
accidens occurred and pronounced abso-,
lutely safe. Manager Balknap could
not advance any theory as to the cause
of the accident.
Killed by a Boy.
Wednesday morning City Marshal
A. 1). Bryant of McKenzie, Ky., was
shot in the back of the head three times
an d almost instantly killed while seated|
in the telegraph office there. The mur
dJerar was a boy of McKenzie, named
Huerhley McCall. McCall fled to his
homie committed suicide by taking mor
phine. The cause alleged for the mur
der was that Bryant arrested MoCall
last Saturday for drunkenness and city
NEW COUNTY LAW.
There Will be a Change of Sys
tem by February 1.
A SYNOPSIS OF THE ACT.
Why The Law For the Change
of System Is Not Yet
on the Statute
It may not be generally remembered
that the State will have practically a
new county government system nelt
year. The law providing for the change
Df system ib not in the statute books.
It will not be printed in the statutes
antil the acts for next year are publish
3d. This happened in this way: The
3eneral Assembly at its last session
passed the new county government bill
ind provided that it should go into ef
rect in several counties shortly after its
adoption. Representations were made
to Governor Ellerbe that it would not
be well for the new system to go into
effect during last spring and last sum
mer in the counties indicated, because
>f certain work then in progress, which
night be jeopardized by a change of
>fficers. The Act was "held-up" and it
loes not go into effeet until after the
issembling of the Gene:al Assembly.
[t has neither been approved nor dis
tpproved by Governor Ellerbe, but
simply goes into effect by the operations
)f the Constitution, three days after
,he session of the General Assembly
begins. The Act will no doubt go into
iffect on the 1st of February, when the
riw commissioners are to begin their
;erm of office, under the provisions of
,he bill. It may be that the machinery
an be started before that time. The
Section 1 provides "That the office of
-ounty supervisor, as new provided by
aw, shall continue, and the successors
)f the piesent supervisors shall be elect
sd by the people at the next general
.lection, with a term of office for two
vears, and until their successors shall
be elected and qualified."
Section 2 provides "That the Gover
mor shall before the first day of Februa
y, 1899, by and with the advice and
3onsent of the Senate, and before the
irst day of February of each succeed
ng two years, appoint upon the recom
nendation of the members of General
Assembly from the several counties or
t majority of them, two persons from
mach county who shall be- known as the
:ommissioners of the county, and who
shall act with the supervisor in the
governmental matters of the county,
he said supervisors and commissioners
together to constitute a board to be
known as 'the board of county conmis
sioners' The supervisor shall be the
:hairman of the board of county com
nissioners so to be constituted."
Section 3 provides "That on the first
lay of February, A. D. 1899, the office
>f county commissioners and township
:ommissioners, as now provided to be
Lppointed by the Governor, shall be
Lbolished, and the jurisdiction, duties
Id powers now devolved by law upon
.he appointive boards of county and
~ownship commissioners are hereby de
rolved upon the board of county comn
nissioners herein provided for, to con
sist of a county supervisot and two comn
Section 4. "The, board of county
rommissioners and township commis
sioners now appointed by the Governor
mfter the appointment and qualification
f the commissioners provided for in
this Act, shall continue in office as
sounty boards of equalization and town
ship boards of assessors until their sue
eessors shall be appointed, and the
Provernor of this State is hereby au
thorized and empowered, on the recomn
mendation of a majority of the mem
bers of the General Assembly of the
respective counties, every two years to
appoint such county boards of equaiza
tion and township boards of assessors
as are now provided by law for the ap
pointment of county commissioners and
Section 5. "That Sections 1 and 2 of
an. Aca approved March 9, 1896, enti
tied 'An Act to amend Sections 2,375,
2376 and 2402, Revised Statutes of 1892
be, and the same are hereby, repealed."
Section 6. "The county boards of
commissioners shall have the same
rights and duties with reference to the
preparation of jury lists as are now de
volved by law upon the present, county
board of commissioners."
Section 7. That all Actsand parts of
Acts inconsistent with this Act be, end
the same are hereby, repealed."
Section 8. 'The provisions of this
Act suall not apply to Bamberg, Barn
well, Chester, Fairfield, Hampton,
Spartanburg, Kershaw, Charleston and
A Medal For Miss Gould.
Gen. Wheeler, of Alabama, intro
duced in the house through Represen
tative Stallings, a resolution providing
t?.at "in recognition of the patziotiL de
votion and bounteous benevolence of
Miss Helen Miller Gould to the sol
diers of the army of the Unsted States
during the war with Spain, the thanks
of congress are hereby tendered her and
congress thereby authorizes and directs
that a gold medal with appropriate de
signs be prepared by the director of the
mint. and that said medal be presented
to her by the president of the United
States at such time and in such manner
as he may determine."
The Rae3 Troubles.
The North and South Carolina mem
bers of congress say no plan has been
formulated yet as to congressional ac
tion on the recent race troubles in the
Carolinas. There had been some talk
af a congressional investigation, but no
move in that direction has been made
by the house members and ene of them
said today that it was probable the mat
ter would be left to Senator Pritchard
af North Carolina, who is said to have
in contemplation some kind of iuquiry.
Slow But Sure.
A farmer sent one dollar fora alightning
potatobug killdr, which he saw adver
ised in a paper, and received by re
urn -mail two blocksaof wood, with di
*ections printed on it as follows: "Take
his block, which is No. 1, in right
sand, place bug on No. 2 and press
hem together. Jtemove bug and pro