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VO.X1,MANNING, S. C., WEDNESDAY. APRIL .10.'o 6
VOL.~~~~mmm. XVa_ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _
TWO MEN SHOT DOWN
In Broad Daylight on the Highway
by Negro Highwaymen.
ONE XILLED AND ONE WOUNDED.
They Were on Their Way Home
From Augusta in a Bug.y
When the Assassination
Mr. W. L. Cvllins, farmer, of Edge
'field county, S. C.. was assassinated
Wednesday aZ : p. m., at Fox's Creek,
Martinrsurg riad. Aiken county, tive
2iles from Augusta, by negro high
wayien. Mr. George Wood, a farmer
also of Edgetield county, S. C., a
r.eighbor and a friend of Mr. Collins.
was shot slightly in the right hip and
left shoulder. The negroes names are
not known. They are at large. escap
ing after the assassination. They at
tempted to "hold up" the farmers,
who were. returning to their homes
from Augusta, where they had been
transacting business, and the "hold
up" was resisted.
The Augusta Chronicle says the
farmers were riding in a buggy. One
negro appeared by the roadside, with
a pistol in each hand, and commanded
the men to throw up their hands.
Mr. Collins was unarmed. Mr. Wood
quickly drew his pistol. The negro
fired, the ball from one pistol striking
Mr. Collins in the region of the heart,
the ball from the other .pistol striking
Mr. Wood slightly in the right hip.
Mr. Wood tired on the highwayman,
but does not know that he struck him.
Another highwayman,' from the
bushes, fired with a rifle, the ball
striking Mr. Wood very slightly on the
left shoulder. Five shots were fired.
The negroes escaped into the woods.
Searching parties and the law author
ities are seeking them.
TRIED TO GAMBLE WITH THEY.
Having concluded their business in
the city, Mr. Collins and Mr. Wood,
riding in a buggy, started to drive to
their homes, which are some distance
over the Aiken line, striking the river
in the vicinity of Plum Branch. Af
ter crossing the North Augusta bridge
and having proceeded a short distance
they were accosted by two negroes,
one a mulatto and the other black and
shiny. They had some sort of a match
box gambling device, and. accosting
the travellers, sought to engage their
. attention to the game of chance. As
certaining what was desired of them
the travelers declined to participate in
-the alleged game of chance and pro
,ceedi, on their way, going ahead
When they had arrived in the neigh
iborhood of Fox's Creek, their atten
tion was suddenly arrested by a man
.the mulatto-springing from the bush,
:a pistol in either hand, and command
ing, "Throw up your hands! Your
money or your life:" As stated Mr.
Collins was unarmed. Immediately
Mr. Wood sought his pistol. As he
drew it, the negro fired from both pis
tols. Mr. Wood r'eturned the fire
twice. The black negro was hiden in
the bushes. He fired one shot from,
apparently, a rifle.
STRUCK A VITAL PART.
The mulatto was quickly .back in
the bushes. Mr. Wood was in the act
of springing from the vehicle to give
pursuit, when Mr. Collins said, "Keep
on driving." His voice was weird and
full of distress.
"But, he has shot me: complained
Mr. Wood. (Mr. Wood at the time
did not know how badly or slightly he.
"He has shot me, too," replied Mr.
Collins. Mr. Wood .dctected then
that Mr. Coilins was badly hurt. He
'was turning pale and evidence of great
pain was portrayed on his features.
"Are you badly shot, do you think!"
said Mr. Wood.
"He has killed me," replied the un
fortunate gentleman, and he was then
in the throes of Peath.
"We will drive fast to Dr. Rounds,"
said Mr. Wood, forgetting all else then
except the distressed condition of his
friend and neighbor.
All this occurred very quickly. A
very short distance had been traversed
before Mr. Collins dropped over in the
buggy and life was extinct.
There was no one near at hand.
Leaving his dead friend. Mr. Wood
went as quickly as possible for assis
tance, first reaching the home of Mr.
William Burnett. Immediatel that
attention could be given the lifeless
body and the neighbors around could
be 'notified, Mr.. Wood took the pro
per steps to send word to the family
of the deceased and to notify the
authorities. Mr. Wood quickly reach
. ed Marshal Getzen and with that of
ficer and Mr. Herbert Bunch and
- other gentlemen, rode into the city
.to confer with the authorities here
:and to as their assistance to aid in
securing the highwaymen in case they
;should come this way. The party
:met Chief of Police Norris and Mr.
Wood gave to him what description
'of thd negroes that he could. He had
paid very lettle attention to them
when they had first accosted them and
had not charged his- memory as to
their appearance. He described the
men as best he could and the police
and county authorities will, of course,
exert every possible diligence to the
end that the men be taken.
It is the belief, however, that the
bandits are still on the Carolina side.
The search for thenm began in twenty
minutes after the assassination. By
'ight fall passers from both Aiken
county and Edgetield county were
beatinig the woods for them. It is
stated that men from the Georgia side
had also joined in the search and the
opinion was expossed that it would he
utterly impossible for the men to es
All sorts of reports have been reach
ing town, but nothing of a definite
nature is secured.
H1(LD-UP' OF TU'ESDAY.
Near Clearwater Tuesday morning a
well known colored man, Bob Merri
wether, was held up by a mulatto
and black man robbed of a pistol
and money. Meriwether reported the
hold-up-to Marshal Getzen and gave
a verv excileit. description of the
men The authorities are satistied that
the assassins of Mr. Collins are the
same men who held up Merriv.ether
and theMerriwethr description will be
of much service to them in identify
ing the bandits. MIr. Wood is posi
tive that he will be able to identify
the men or either of them. if they are
brought before him.
The excitement and indignation
caused by the assassination are in
tense, particularly in the neighbor
hood where Mr. Collins lived an'l
among the people in the vicinity ad
joining the scene of the crinie.
THE CHARTESTON EXPOSITION.
Great Crowds Are Now Going to
The Charlestoncorrespondent of the
State says Wednesday was the great
est day in the expositiois history so
far as crowds are concerned. The
same correspondent, writing on Wed
nesday say fur the last :6 hours the
railroads have been pouring people
into Charleston by the thousands.
Every train entering the city has been
loaded to overflowing and the trains
have been divided into sections of
eight and ten coaches each. At this
time it is impossible to estimate how
many have come within that time but
it is certain that Charlestcn now has
within her gates the largest crowd of
the exposition. Today the grounds
were for once animated. The people
were so numerousas to delight and in
spire the folks who have been for
months explaining and describing
their exhibits to the casual inspector
or to each other. Today there were
plenty of visitors to talk to and the
concessionaires were joyous. The
crowds have come chietty from South
Carolina. Educational Week and the
rock bottom Tuesday rates have
brought them. A number of colleges
and schools are here and many pupils
are accompanied by their parents.
Teachers and fathers and mothers
were today escorting the children
around the grounds and an occasional
weeping spell was indulged in by the
youngsters too tried to do more sight
seeing. The difference in the charac
ter of the crowds now here and the
visitors on earlier occasions is most
noticeable. The Yankee, the silk hat
man and the silk lined woman, have
given way to the wool hat Carolinian
and his wife and family. The gold
headed cane and the silk umbrella are
replaced by the lunch box and the ba
by's bottle. The virot hats have been
supplanted by the product of the
small town millinery shop, with a
bunch of not inconspicuous ribbon and
a red or yellow flower. The rural
bride and her rustic groom-a green
waist, red shirt and a fur collar be
traying the bride's happiness: striped
trousers, a red tie and new wool hat
giving away the groom's precious se
cret-the are here, imagining them
selves the admired of all admirer'.
The manager of the Northwestern
railroad-the miniature concern that
traverses the grounds-never fails to
spot this happy couple and immediate
ly he announces that the "Honey
moon Special" is about to start.
Shot Roers Like Rabbits.
The London Morning Leader pub
lishes the alleged story :of the crimes
which led to the courtmartial and ex
ecution of two Australian officers in
SoUth~ Africa which is-just now excit
ing keen. indignation: in Australia.
The. newspaper asserts that several
officers of this particular irregular
corps shot Boers like rabbits and that
they are even suspected' of murdering
men of their own command. The int
cident which led to their courtmartia.
was the cold-blooded ."execution'' by
these officers of ten Boers supposedly
having 20.000 pounds, ~who were jour
neying to Petersburg to surrender.
The Anstralians stopped the Boers,
tried them by mock courtmartial and
ordered all to be shot. 'This was done
by a squadron. of the soldiers after
some of the non-commissioned officers
had refused to carry out the death
sentence. The otticers then ransacked
the Boer wagons but found the 20,000
pounds was in Transvaal money. Lieu
tenant Hancock. one of the Austra
lans concerned, fearing a German
missionary would divulge his informa
tion, shot the missionary dead.
A Wierd Story.
A strang case is being tried in a
Montana Court. It was reported that
a man named J. C. Paulsan had com
mitted suicide in March. 1897. The
body was at once placed in a receiving
vault by his wife, who had refused to
admit anyone to the house to see the
body. An insurance company which
carried 86,000 on Paulson's life became
suspicious. had a local agent investi
gate the death, and he saw the body
'in the vault, but said the face of Paul
son was veay lifelike. The insurance,
however, was paid. Mrs Paulson start
ed for Germany with what was sun
posed to be the body of her- husband,
and is now living in somne island prov
ince of that country. The insurance
agent and his attorneys and witnesses
at the trial declared their belief that
Paulson is not dead, but that he feign
ed death afterwards made his escape
and is ali'.e today.
Fired the Last Shot.
Capt. S. H. Barton, C. S. A. whbo
is said to have fired the last hostile
shot in the rebellion on the plains of
Brazos, Santiago, Texas, May 13, 1805,
is now living in Del Rio. in that State.
It is said that among his neighbors Is
one Ney, a comrade on that occasion.
who claims to be a descendant of
Napoleon's marshal of the same name.
who tired the last shot in Napoleon's
retreat from Russia. Capt. Barton
siys that a young man who fell by his
sde was undoubtly the last man kil
ed in the elvil war.
A~ Fatal Accident.
A sad andl fatal accident occurred
in Charleston on Friday. Gus Rtooney
o the crew of the United States
c user Cincinnati which is now in
ICharleston harbor, was run over and
killed by a trolley car on -he Meeting
street extension Friday night. Hie
was horribly mangled. lie endeavored
to jump on the front of the car while
it was in motion and was knocked
own anr1 run over.
Meeting of the State Executive Com
mittee in Columbia.
SENATOR TILLMAN ATTENDED.
Some Wanted the Convention Held in
Charleston, but the Committee
Decided to Meet in
The State Democratic Executive
Committee met in Columbia Thursday
night and fixed the date for the State
convention. Twenty-six out of forty
counties were represented. S:nator
Tillman was present by virtue of his
position as member of the National
Committee. Col. Wilie Jones, chair
man of the committee, presided, and
Mr. U. X. Gunter, Jr., the secretary.
was also present.
The members present were: A. W.
Jones, Abbeville; W. W. Williams,
Aiken: J. Perry Glenn, Anderson; S. G.
Maylield. Bamberg: G. Duncan Bel
linger, Barnwell: S. G. McCoy, Ber
keley: W. F. Stevenson, Chesterfield:
Louis Appelt, Clarendon; L. J. Will
iams, Edgetield; T. H. Kitchens. Fair
field; D. H. Trailer, Florence; M L.
Donaldson, Greerville: D. H1. Magill,
Greenwood: M. Ii. McSweeney, Hamp
ton: J. A. McDermott, Horry; 1). G.
Richards, Kershaw; J. H. Wharton,
Laurens; D. J. Griflith. Lexington; W.
D. Evans. Marlboro: Cole L. Blease,
Newberry: W. J. Stribling, Oconee; W.
0. Tatum, Orangeburg; Wilie Jones,
Richland: R. B. Watson, Saluda; Alta
mont Moses Sumter: J. C. Wilborn,
York: U. X. Gunter, Jr., secretary: B.
R. Tillman, member of the national
Democrat'c executive committee.
There was considerable discussion
caused by the introduction of a resolu
tion by Mr. Magill that no member be
allowed to vote unless that member
had been regularly elected. This was
supported by Mr. W. D. Evans, and
Mr. Blease. Col. Wharton and Mr.
Altamont Mosses opposed the motion.
Senator Tillman said in reply to Mr.
Moses tnat it is sometimes the case
that members of the national Demo
cratic committee are represented by
proxy. It was decided to let members
present, by proxy or otherwise, par
ticipate in the proceedings and in the
INVITATION FROMI CHARLESTON.
When this matter was settled, Col.
Jones announced that the cormittee
had received a request that the meet
ing of the State convention be held in
Charleston. le read a telegram from
Maj. J. C. Hemphill, manager of the
department of promotion and pub
licity, offering the convention the use
of an auditorium and assuring the
members of a warm welcome. There
was also a telegram from Capt. F. W.
Wagener, president of the exposition,
in which he asked Senator Appelt and
Mr. j. C. Wilborn to use the r influ
ence to have the convention :neet in
In accordance with these invita
tions, Col. Wharton offered a resolu
tion that the May convention of the
State Democratic convention be held
in Charleston. In supporting his reso
lutions, Col. Wharton spoke in glow
ing terms of the exposition and stated
that the railroad fare from most of the
towns in the State would be lower to
Charlestou than to Columbia on ac
coant of the exposition rates.
The matter had been discussed
among the members of the committee
(uring the afternoon and it was pretty
well understood that there was no se
rious objections to calling the conven
tion? to meet in Charleston. But the
proposal was fought by a number of
members of tbe committee.
Mr. Blease offered a substitute for
Col. Wharton's resolution. The reso
lut'm fixed Columbia as the place for
meeting and the 21st of MIay as the
date. I supporting his resolution,
Mr. Belasa spoke in highest -erms of
Charleston and the expositioni, but it
would be contrary to the spirit of the
constitution of the D~emocratic party
for the meeting to be held outside of
Mr. L. J. Williams said this would
be a very radical step-for the conven
tion to meet in Charleston. The rail
road fare might be cheap, but there
were other expenses to consider.
Mr. Bellinger contended that the
first thing to consider is whether or
not it would benefit the Democratic
party for convention to meet in
Mr. Wharton again spoke in favor
of Charleston. The constitution of the
party is silent on the place of meet
ing, and this very silehce shows that
the wisdom cf the members of the
committee is relied upon. Mr. Apuelt
also favored Charleston.
Mr. Wilborn explained how. he had
received a telegram from Capt. Wage
ner. Senato:.- Tillman aske:d if Mr.
W~ilburn had been ishing for an invi
tation. Mr. Wilborn then prodded
Senator Tillman. He spoke in warm
Iest terms.of praise of the exposition
and said that he felt his State pride
drop a lhttle when he looke& upon this
mgniicent exposition and saw how
poorly it is being patronized. By hold
ing the convention there, the State
Democracy would endorse the exposi
tion. Hie referred to the fight which
Senator Tillmnan and the >ther con
gressmen had made for an appropri
ation for the exposition.
Mr. Blease-And Senator Tillman
got it, too.
Mlr. Wilborn-Got it in the neck.
Mr. Wilborn then went on to say
that it had never been explained why
St. Louis got S5,0O0,00 and Charles
ton could not get a few thousands.
The reason of it is that we are Demo
crats down here and they are FRepub
licans there and that is why he would
like to see the [Democrats of the State
endorse the exposition.
Mr. W. J. Stribling of Walhalla
said that the fare from that place
wold really be $2.50- cheaper to
Charleston than' to Columbia, but the
other expenses would offset tl'is dif
ference. Furthermore the members
of the onvention might fall into the
hands of the Philistines-the bnd
Mr. Ketchins of Fairfield remarked
banteringly that as this invitation had
not come unsolicited, it had better not
The motion was put and Mr. Bleas'es
substitnte to hold the convention in
Columbia was carried by a vote of 21
to 7. The seven were: Cunningham.
Appelt. Traxler, Magill. Wharton,
Watson and Wilborn. As there are
400 members of the convention, they
would have "ad a lively time together
in Charles' n, and Columbia could
spare the convention for once. There
seemed to be a hidden reason for ob
jecting to the propesed change in the
place of meeting, probably some ex
pect matters affecting the organiza
tion of the party to come up, and
think it best for such matters to be
disposed of away from the enchanting
music of the midway spielers.
One of these matters of party policy
is the attitude of organized Democ
racy toward the socalled 'Commercial
Democrats." 'Mr. Blease last night
introduced a resolution to the effect
that the committee advise the conven
tion to add a new section to tie oath
to ne taken by candidates in the State
primary, so that they would be bound
to support the platform of the national
Democratic party. But he withdrew
the resolution at the suggestion of
Col. W. D. Evans, who declared that
it would be somewhat like arrogance
for this committee, which now goes
out of existence, to make any such
suggestion to the convention.--The
4 DASTARDLY OUTRAGE.
Four Negrocs Gqes to a Qentlenan's
House to Assassinate Him.
On last Sunday night week there
was committed near Cameron an out
rage by several negroes that merits
the severest punishment, and we hope
the rascals who committed it, and who
are now in jail, will be made to feel
the heavy hand of the law. About
eleven o'clock of the night above
named four negroes went to the home
of Mr. J. M. Stallings, who lives a few
miles from Cameron, and called to
him to come out. Mr. Stallings, know
ing that there were several persons in
the yard, declined to go out, and asked
what was* wanted. The negroes made
some insolent answer and began
throwing bricks and other missles into
the house through the window. In the
meantime Mr. Stallings had his pis
tol and was endeavoring to get a
chance to shoot some of the scoun
drels. The black brutes remained
soet.ime in the yard, cursing and
yelling, but finding that Mr. Stall
ings was ready for them, they finally
By some means it was ascertained
that a negro by the name of Russell
was in the gang that committed the
outrage. He was taken in custody,
when he give the whole thing away.
He confessed that he and three other
negroes had gone to Mr. Stallings for
the purpose of assassinating him and
then robbing the place. Had Mr.
Stallings came out when called he
would have been shot down, and then
the ladies and children of the family
would have been at the mercy of these
fiendish, black brutes. We shudder
when we think of what might have
appened had it not been for the fore
thought of Mr. Stailings. No doubt
every one in the house would have been
murdered and the house set on fire
and burned to the grou~nd had Mr.
Stallings came out and been assassi
nated as the plotters intended.
The names of the three negroes im
plicated by Russell, is Caleb Hlamp
ton, Peter Dantzler and Isiah Hanes.
All of th-em lived in the neighborhood
of Cameron, and are well-known to
the people of that section. All of
them have been arrested and are now
in jail. It is reported that others are
concerned in the plot, and we have no
doubt but that is true. If so, we hope
they too will be apprehended and
punished to the full extent of the~ law.
The people in the section where the
outrage was committed are deter
mined that an example will he made
of these rascals, who, really, deserve
anging, as they fully intended, by
their own confession, to commit mur
der, and possibly a blacker crime had
opportunity offered. This outrage
should be a warning to those people
who live in issolated sections. Let
them all prepare for such emergencies
as confronted Mr. Stallings. It is a
pity he did not have in his house a
good Winchester rifle. Then he might
have given these scoundrels what they
richly deserved.-Orangeburg Times
Major Mcah Jenkins.
A dispatch says Major Micah Jen
kins, of South Carolina, famous as the
principal figure in the South Carolina
sword episode, is likely to be appoint
ed a retired captain, with pay, in the
regular army by a special act of con
gress, the favor to be bestowed at the
request of his friend, President Roose
velt. Major Jenkins appeared before
the house committee on military af
fairs to ask the appointment and the
committee will report in his favor.
He will draw eighteen hundred per an
num for the balance of his life, if he
lands. Major Jenkins was in Roose
velt's rough riders and made a distin
guished record. Roosevelt asked Mc
Kinley to put him in the regular army,
as captain, but the request was not
gra~ted for some reason. Theodore
Roosevelt, when he became president,
gave his approval to a plan to have
congress pass a special bill to put the
major on the retired list, disabilities
sustained in the Cuban campaign
rendering him unfit for active service.
To Abolish Slavery.
Representative Patterson of Ten
nessee Wednesday introduced in the
house a bill to abolish slavery in the
Philippine islands and to invalidate
the treaty between Gen. Bates and
the sultan of the Sulu islands. This
will embarrass the Republicans, as
they sanctioned the trade made by
Gen. Bates with the Sultan of Sulu.
A Fatal Explosion.
It is now certain that not less than
thirty miners lost their lives by the
explosion in the coal mine near Day
ton, Tenn. Fifteen bodies have been
recovered and buried, and the others
are to be taken out as soon as they
an be reached.
What Capt. B. H. Teague Says of
OF THE FUND BEING RAISED
To Build the Battle Abbey at
Richmond, Va., in Which to
Preserve Relices of Con
To the Editor of The News and
Courier: As the South Carolina Divi
sion of the U. C. V. will not meet in
Reunion until after the Iallas Re
union, and as it is proper that the
Veterans of the State should be in
formed as to the status of the Con
federate Memorial Association, (the
so-called "Rouss Battle Abbey Asso
ciation,") allow me through this cor
respondence to give them silch infor
maticn as I posess. .
At the Louisville Reunion it was
shown that subscriptions had been
obtained in amount to cover the $100,
000,offered by Mr. Rouss.
At the Memphis Reunion it was
shown that a sufficient amount from
these subscriptions, and what was
deposited in different banks and held
in the hands of camps, etc, would
warrant the belief that the $100,000
to be raised by the Association was at
hand and needed only to be collected
and put iq the hands of the treasurer,
Mr. Geo Christian, at Richmond, Va,
this city having been chosen as the
location of the Memorial Hall.
The soliciting agent, Gen Under
wood, was therefore instructed to get
these sums together and deposit them
with the treasurer. At the same time,
according to agreement and contract,
Gen Underwood was Instructed to
draw the amount due and now payable
to him since the $100,000 was practic
ally In view. Gen Underwood had
not up to the time drawn or had been
paid anything from the amounts col
lected. The amount drawn by Under
wood was $25,023, and was paid to
him from a deposit of $59,448 in bank
at Covington, Ky, leaving on deposit
$34,425, subject to the order of the
treasurer whenever the full amount of
W10,000 would be collected. The
sundry amounts were as follows:
On deposit with treasurer at
Richmond, Va.. .. ..$ 8,634 69
Exposition fund on deposit
at Nashville. Tenn.. . . .. 6,026 96
Collections by Underwood on
deposit at Covington, Ky, 59,448 89
Sums in the hands of camps,
etc .................5,746 06
Total............ ..$79,906 60
These sundry amounts were con
sidered sufficiently good by Mr. Rouss
as to prompt him to place an approxi
mate amount of $60,000 in the hands
of the treasurer.
Now of the subsc:.-iptions-one of
Mr. Marcus Daly was for $45,000-five
thousand of which was paid by him.
The balance was considered as good as
cash, but unfortunately the donor died
before it was paid over to the collec
tor, and since then the widow refusing
to pay it, suit was entered into to
obtain the balance, and by legal ad
vice a compromise is about to be effect
ed, by which this balance is reduced
There are other subscriptions
amounting to.. .. .. . $ 1,550 00
Add Marcus Daly subscrip
tion........ .. ....... 40,000 00
And amounts on deposit.. 79,906 60
The total is shown of. ...$121,456 60
The actual "ash though, was $79,
Now, after the payment of Gen Un
derwood and the unfortunate hold-up
of the Daly subscription, the cash of
the Association shrinks to $54,883 60.
If the Daly compromise is effected
there will then have to be raised still
some thirty thousand dollars to meet
the balance of Mr. Rouss's fund.
The heirs of Mr. Rouss assure the
Association that the last payment of
his fund wiE be made whenever the
full amount of the one hundred thous
and dollars required by the Associa
tion is on deposit.
It will be seen that the full amount
in cash realized by the Association,
after more than a year of effort
through individuals, camps, chapters,
etc, in the length and breadth of the
South previous to the employment of
Gen Underwood, was $20,437 71. It
will also be seen that had the money
been realized from the Daly subscrip
tion the board of trustees would have
been in condition to have gotten the
whole of the Rouss fund and work
would have been going on now on the
Memorial Hall. rThe board of trustees
of the Association has recently in a
full and hlarmonious meeting, in At.
lanta, Ga, at much expenditure of
time and money to themselves, gone
thoroughly over the situation and will
at the Dallas Reunion present a full
report. The members of the board
are enthusiastic in their faith in the
ultimate erection of the Memorial
B. HI. Teague.
Member for South Carolina of the
Board of Trustees C. M. A.
Aiken, March :31.
Money Making Scheme.
The Columbia State says Thursday
morning there wa~s an interesting
scene at the old union depot, recently
abandoned. The work of tearing up
the floor was commenced. There was
no trouble in finding laborers who
wished to take the work offered, with
the chance of what they could get.
And they were wise men. Many
have often remarked that when the
old floor came up there would be rich
finds. So it proved yesterday. All
kinds or money, ranging in size from
dollars to one cent pieces were found
by the workmen. A large number of
pocket knives were also found, and
other articles of more or less value.
The workmen needed no urging to
make them tear up the floor in a
hurry, but once a board had been re
moved it was difficult to get him to
tear up the next. There was an
interesting scramble all the way
A LABOR PAPER WARNED.
Orders from Washington About its
Use of the Mails.
The Augusta Herald says Postmater
Smythe. of that city. has received in
structions from the postoffice depart
ment at Washington to exclude the
"Voice of Labor," a local weekly pub
lished in Augusta from the United
States mails if it continues to publish
in its columns inflammatory articles,
as have appeared in several recent
The paper has not yet been shut out
from the mails, but the editor. Mr.
John Allen Mette, has been cautioned
by Postmaster Smythe that the pos
tal laws would be strictly adhered to,
and these laws cover the sending
through the mails of such literature
as the "Voice of Labor."
Editor Mette went to Mr. Smythe's
oflice, and asked by "what authority
did the department want to keep his
paper out of the mails?" Mr. Smythe
replied that he was only carrying out
the laws of tIp postal department,
and cited these laws to Mr. Mette.
The latter then wanted to know who
were the parties who had notified the
department at Washington of the pa
per being in the mails. The postmas
ter told Mr. Mette that he knew, but
did not consider it necessary to inform
Mr. Mette. Mr. Mette was anxious to
know, but was not informed.
"The Voice of Labor" published
several articles in late issues that were
rather "warm stuff." to use a slapg
phrase. The headlines glowed with
strong statements sqch as; "Consti
tution of United States a Danmable
Document," "Civil War," etc; The,,
last issuo, that of last Saturday. con
tained an article, denouncing the
A Columbia Mystery.
The Columbia State says Wednes
day morning while some worknien
were excavating for the found'ations
of Mr. Allworden's new building op
posite the Independent engine house a
gruesome find was made. Portions
of a skull and some bones were uncov
ered, all very old and in a very dry
and decomposed condition, almost
crumbling to pieces at the touch of
the human hand. The skull when
carefully examined seemed to be that
of a negro, the receding forehead be
ing easily recognized when the por
tions were fitted together. How old
the bones were no one could venture
to say. The skull may have belonged
to a pre-historic man who was wont
to roam about the forests attired only
in a goat skin petticoat and a smile,
or mayhap upon it once rested a Fed
eral soldier's cap. The bones may
have been carefully laid away by lov
ing hands or they may have had buried
with them the black secret of foul
murder. An old house stood over the
spot where the skull was found until
torn down for the present work.
Columbia's Skcy Scraper.
The Columbia State says the bids
for the big twelve-story Robertson of
fice building had been opened and the
contract awarded, and that the work
of tearing down the Kendall building,
on the site of which it will stand,
will begin on the morning of June 1.
As soon as this building has been
taken down work on the new struc
ture will begin. The contract was
awarded by Mr. Robertson to M. T.
Lewman & Co., of Louisville, Ky., a
well known building firm. The big
building, is to be twelve stories as orig
inally designed, and will be 50 feet
deep on the Washington street side,
running on the front, however, the
width of the present Kendall build
ing and the two one-story struc
tures adjoining, extending to the wall
of the Parlor restaurant.
Will Visit Charleston.
Admiral Dewey has announced in
letters which he has written to
Washington friends that the condi
tion of Mrs. Dewey, who has been
sojourning in Florida for his health,
has much improved, and is in every
way much benefitted by her trip. The
letters state that she has almost com
pletely recovered from the throat diffi
culty from which she has been a suf
ferer for several years. The admiral
and Mrs. Dewey have left Palm Beach,
and will return to Washington leisure
ly and by slow stages, visiting many
Southern cities en route home. includ
ing Jacksonville, Thomasville and
Georgia point, the Charleston Exposi
tion, and a few points in North Caro
Breaks Out Afresh.
The fire that has been smouldering
for 20 years in the old No. 2 coal mine
of the Union Pacifie at Carbow, Wyo.,
has broken out afresh, and a force of
men is now engaged in walling up the
mouth of the fan ehaft through which
the smoke and flame are issuing.
Twenty years ago, wnen the fire start
ed, the company, being unable to con
trol it, walled up the shaff. At in
tervals of two or three years the fire
has broken out in new places and for
five consecutive years it has burned
steadily. The fire has undermined the
country for a radius of half a mile and
miners say it will probably burn for
an indefinite period.
Bitten by a Mad Dog.
Mr. L M. Hlarrellson, a prominent
farmer of the Walnut Grove section of
Spartanbu rg county, has encountered
a series of misfortunes recently attrib
utable to a shepherd dog lie owned,
which went mad several weeks ago.
This dog bit a cow, several hogs and a
valuable horse all belonging to Mr.
Harrellson, before being killed. As a
result, the cow and the hogs died
shortly after the dog bit them, and
Wednesday the horse died.
Frosts in the South.
Frosts were general last week in
Tennessee, portions of Mississippi,
Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas.
The frost was heavy at Nashville,
Charlotte and Wilmington. and se
vere at Knoxville. Reports from
Macon, Savannah. Augusta, Charles
ton Memphis and Meridian are to
the effect that the frost was light.
The damage to the fruit crop in
Georgia if any was slight, a strong
wi;nd preailing throughout the nigrht.
AN OFFICIAL STATEMET.
Why State Pensioners Have to Be
The following offleial statement for
the benefit of the pensioners of the
State was issued Wednesday from the
State pension department:
"Eyery year almost as soon as the
legislature adjourns and the appropria
tion for pensions becomes available,
such questions are constantly asked, as
"When will the money be paid out?"
"Why should the poor old soldiers and
widows be kept waiting so long for
their money, when they need it so
badly?" etc., etc.
"These and various other questions
can best he answered by a simple state
ment of the amount of work uecessary
before this fund can be disbursed.
"The various county pension-boards
are supposed to meet on the third
Monday in January of each year, to
pass on all new applications and revise
the old list of pe:sioners. It is neces
sary in every county to have several
meetings before they can get their
reports in proper shape to send in to
the State pension board, and even,
after they are received here, every
mail brings in belated applications
from the chairmen requesting that
they be added to their rolls. This is
not the fault of the boards, but is due
to the fact that the applicants for
pensions often are unacquainted with
the time the board meets, or have had
diticulties in getting witnesses, etc.;
in many Qasea the boards held theirTe
ports back purposely hoping to get all
the applications in at once. .The State
board requested that all the re
ports should be In by March 1, but
the last one has just come in, and
therefere it was impossible to call a
meeting of the State pension board be
"The State pension board when it
meets has to consider each new appli
cation, which is necessarily a slow
arid tedious process, and also hear ap
peals, etc. It is quite likely they will
be in session several days this year as
the number of new applications is very
large. After their work is over, the
pension clerk then has to prepare the
pay rolls for the clerks of court of
each county, and as there are over
6,000 names, this of itself takes some
"It is the desire of the State pen
sion board to pay the pensioners just
as soon as possible as they who are in
constant touch with them, know just
how great is their need of this help,
and every expedition possible is used."
The United States department of
agriculture for the South Carolina
section in the crc; service of the
weather bureau has is sued its weekly
crop bulletin. In writing of South
Carolina conditions the reports says:
Preparations of lands, and spring
planting are about as late as they
were last year, which is to say about
ten days later than the average sea
son. Slow progress was made over
the western counties where the farm
work is backward and the season.very
late. Here some corn lands have been
prepared and a little corn has been
planted but planting has not become
general. Over the eastern and cen
tral counties the upland corn planting
is well under way and some early
planted is up. Ground is too cold,
however, for favorable germination.
Usually cotton planting is well under
way over the southeastern counties
by the first of April, but this year cot
ton planting during March has been
confined to southeastern portion prin
cipally to Beaufort county, where
about one fourth of the contemplated
acreage has been planted, mostly of
the Sea Island variety.
Lands have been largely prepared
and are awaiting suitable planting
weather over the eastern and central
counties, where by April 10th it is ex
pected, work will become general. In
western counties preparation of cot
ton lands is backward and planting
will be late although during the latter
portion of March work of preparation
advanced rapidly but planting will be
delayed until ground becomes warm
enough for favorable germination of
Bryan Is Right.
lion. F. A. Hood of Chattanooga,
Tenn., president of the Bryan club,
Wednesday received a letter from
Hon. W. J. Bryan in response to arr
inquiry for an opinion on the proposed
campaign issue. In his letter Mr.
Bryan said: "I am afraid that so
long as I live I will be accused of hav
ing ambition; however, the fact that
I am editing a paper and exposing the
recoganizers ought to convince the
people that I am not planning for per
sonal preferment. While I believe
that the Democratic party would
quite generally be in favor of the
taking care of the Confederate graves
along with the graves of Union soldi
ers. I am satisfied that if it was put
forth as a campaign issue It would
aosuse a bitterness which might de
lay reforms far more. With -the
southern people the taking care of the
Confederate graves is a partriotic duty
and one that the southern people
would not be willing to have entirely
turned over to the Federal authori
ties and there are certain great re
forms which are of great value to the
people of the south and which might
be lost sight of in a condition that
long ago ought to have been forgot
Married in the Tombs.
Lawyer Patrick. who was convicted
a week ago of murdering millonaire
Rice in New York, and sentenced to
be electrocuted, was married in the
Tombs on Sunday to Mrs. Addie M.
Francis. with whom he boarded up to
the time of his arrest.
Eleven men were drowned in the
English channel on Tuesday night
as the result of a collision between
the steamer Alba and the British
ship Cambrian Princess, in which the
latter was sunk.
Hanged for Murder.
A dispatch from Manila says Priv
ate Healy, of the Twenty-seventh in
fantrv. was hanged Friday for the
murder of Sergt. Moreland, in April,
101. The murder occurred at Manila.
A Negro Murders His Employer and
AND WOUNDS ANOTHER CHIL.
The Negro Thinking All Were Dead,
He Robs the House and
Flees, but is Captured
Fearing that he would be arrested
for theft, William H. Lane, a colored
butler, shot and killed his employer,
Mrs. Ella J. Furbush, her 1 years old
daughter Madeline, and probably mor
tally wounded another daughter,
Eloise, aged seven years, at their home,
652 north Fifteenth street. Philadel
phia shortly before noon Wednesday.
Lane, who is 25 years of age, escaped
from the house and four hours later
was captured by Philadelphia detec
tives while waiting in Camden, N. J.,
to board a train for Bridgeton, N. J.
He was immediately carried to Phila
delphia was identified by little Eloise,
and conicssed his crime.
The murder was one of the most
cold blooded that has been committed
in this city for some time. Mrs. Fur
bush lived with her two daughters in
a fine four-story house. Lane had
been butler since Christmas, and be
sides him she had another colored ser
vant, a woman named Agnes. Re
ently Mrs. Furbush had been missing
small amount of money and finally
she informed the police, who began
an investigation which was still in
progress when Wednesday's tragedy
was enacted. Suspicion fell on Lane
and a warrant was sworn out for his
According to Lane's confession, he
saw Mrs. Furbush on Monday night
ounting a large roll of bills. Knowing
where she kept the money, he bided
his time and at an opportune moment
late in the evening he stole $70. Tues
day morning Mrs. Furbush missed the
money and questioned the colored
man, but he denied all knowledge of
having seen it. Expecting that the
theft would be placed on him and that
Mrs. Furbush would have him arrest
ed, Lane planned to murder the
mother and her children, rob the
house and disappear. At 11 o'clock
he went to the third floor and found
Mrs. Furbush in one of the middle
rooms. He instantly shot her twice,
once in the breast and then through
the heart. She died instantly, Eloise,
who was in another room, hearing
the noise, entered, and Lane shot her
in the abdomen. She fell and he
thought he had also killed her. With
out even attracting the attention of
the other servant, who was ironing in
the out-kitchen, Lane went to the
front door and called Madeline, who
was skating on roller skates on the
sidewalk. He told her that her mother
wanted her on the the third floor, and
-without the slightest suspicion of the
tragedy that was being enacted, and
that she was going to her death, Made
line climbed the stairs without remov
ing her skates. She went into a room
adjoining that in which her mother
lay dead. Lane followed her and as
she cheerily called her mother, the
negro shot her through the heart,
killing her instantly.
Lane, in his confusion, says he then
proceeded to rob the house. He quick
ly found $130, two watches and a
pocketbook, and while he was search
ing for the jewelry he was interrupted
by the arrival of two special police
men who had a warrant for his arrest
on the charge of lareeny. They asked
to see Mrs. Furbush and Lane showed
them to the dining room on the sec
ond floor and said he would call his
mistress. Recognizing one of the
men as an officer, Lane hastily put
his overcoat on and escaped by the
rear of the house. All was quiet in
the house and the policemen hearing
a moan, statrted an investigation and
on the third floor hallway found little
Eloise. To the policemen she said:
"William shot my mother and my
sister, and tried to kill me."
She was immediately sent to a hos
pital. Lane was traced to the Penn
sylvania railroad station at Camden,
where he was recognized by one of
the policemen he had admitted to the
house. The officers hustled him on a
ferryboat and out of the jurisdiction
of the State of New Jersey and took
him to city hall. He wore newclothes,
and his old suit of clothes he sent to his
sister's home in Burlington, N. J. At
the Camden station he telegraphed
another sister at Bridegton. that he
was coming to see her.
At the police station Lane said he
was sorry for what he had done. He
was surprised to hear that Eloise was
alive and said he always liked her and
hesitated to kill her, "but it was
necessary to do so."
"Now that I have been caught," he
added, "I hope she will live. I am also
sorry for Mrs. Furbush and Madeline,
but poverty tempted me to do it."
Later Lane was taken to the hos
pital, where Eloise identified him.
Lane corroborated evertything the
Lane is the son of a preacher who
lives in Bridgeton, and has served a
term in the Mount Holly, N. J., jail
for larceny and has been confined in
the Huntingdon, Pa., reformatory.
Whiat Early Will Say.
General Fitzhugh Lee, who distin
guished himself in the Confederate
service and is now on the regular army
retired list as a brigadier general, re
cently went on a visit to West Vir
ginia. While there he met an old com
rade in arms whose reception was
"WAell, what's the matter?" said
"Oh, nothing much," was the non
"There is something wrong," per
sisted the general. "Out with it!
What do you want?"
After being strenuously urged the
old comrade said:
"Well, I want to die at least half
an hour before you do. I want to be
in the other world when you arrive
there, just to hear what General Jubal
Early says when he sees you in a blue