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V(L. XVII. 3ANNING, S. C., WEI)NESDAY. AUGUST 27, 1902. NO.4.
RIOT IN PRISON.
Exciting Times in Kentucky Peniten
RIOT LASTED FOUR HOURS.
The Mtitineers Einally Sarr: n de;
One Prisoner Mortally Wound
ed and Two Ohers Seri
A special from Franklfort Ky.. says
The otticials of the State penitentiar
and the citizens of Frankfurt wer
thrown into a state of wild excitemen
Wednesday by a riot in the priso
started by an attempt to gain thei
liberty of three desperate murderers
Lafayette Brooks of Morgan county
and Wallace Bishop and T. Mulligai
of Kenton county.
Before the riot, which began at
o'clock and lasted until after 10. wa
quelled the mutinous convicts wer
captured, Bishop being fatally wound
ed, Mulligan shot in the shoulder an'
a negro convict. Albert Ransome o
Louisville. whom the desperadoes ha'
pressed into service, was hit by a ril
The rioting started while lirouk
Mulligan and Bishop. one of whto
had a pistol concealed about his per
son. were coming out of the dinin
room to answer a hospital call. Sud
denly one of the convicts drew
weapon and compelled Guard A. IL
Hill to give up his arms. Guard F. F
Hurst who rushed to Gill's assistance
was also captured by the convicts
Capt. Mat Madigan. acting warden
then rushed forward with six guard
and fired on the bunch, but no on
was wounded. The convicts then ra
across the road and at the entrance t
the reed department of the chair fac
tory captured Willis, of Clark county
a foreman. They covered him wit]
their pistols and placing him betwee:
them and the guards retreated to th
rocker department in the chair fac
tory, whence they could command
good view of the entire yard. At
window they stationed Willis. an'
Brooks with a revolver in his hands
took a position just behind the cap
tive. resting the muzzle of the weapoi
on the foreman's side. The convict
then defied Warden Lillard to attemp
to capture them, shouting that the
woula kill the foreman at the firs
move made against them.
By this time several hundred per
sons, many of them heavily armed
gathered at the prison gates, but th
wvarden denied admission to all. H1
issued orders for all the shops to clos
and for all the prisoners to be returt
ed at once to their cells. He thel
placed a guard of 60 men around thi
building in which the desperadoe
had barricaded themselves and calle'
on them to surrender. The convict
only reply was a taunt. For the pro
tection of Foreman Willis, the warder
then determined to starve the des
peradoes into submission.
James Buckley, former city work~
house keeper, and Morgan Brewer,
former guard at the penitentiary
climbed to the roof of a residenc
overlooking the building in which th
convicts had taken refuge and firei
several shots into the room where th
Sdesperadoes were entrenched. The;
were compelled to desist, however. a
Foreman Willis was forced to the wir
dow in the line of fire.
Finally a letter was dropped fron
Swindow saying that if the warde:
would come to the head of the step
leading to the reed department th<
convicts would surrender, first send
ing their weapons down by Fran:
Warden Lillard prepared to accep
the terms of this note, and as a mat
ter of precaution a half dozen convict
were placed in the hospital overlooli
ing the reed department. Warde:
Lillard accompanied by eight me
then proceeded to the foot of the stail
The prisoners emerged from th
reed room as they had promised witl
hands up. but as they preceeded dow
the stairway. Bishop dropped hi!
hands to his side as if to daaw a weal
on. lie had hardly made motic
when one of the ward~en's party tired
the bullet striking Bishop in th
breast indlicting a fatal wound.
When Bishop fell Mulligan an
Brooks sank to their knees beggin
the warden to save their lives anda
10.30 o'clock the -two desperadoe!
heavily shackled and accompanied I
ten men with drawn pistols. we.
placed in their cells and quiet ha
A Bad Wreck.
A regular Pennsylvania train on tt
New York and Long Branch railroat
bound north, was run into from tl:
rear at the Belmar station Tuesda
night by a special Central railroad 4
New Jersey train. The Pennsylvam
train had stopped at Belmar static
to pick up passengers. The Centr;
train was running north also and w:
empty. The engine of the Centr;
train telescoped the rear of tU
Pennsylvania train. Six cars wei
wrecked, several persons were kilk
and a number injured. At midnigi
two bodies had been taken from tU
wreck. A little girl was killed
she was being put aboard the waitir
train. The engineer and liremnan
the Central train have not been see
since the collision. It is believed th(
are under the wreckage. The litt
girl killed was Alice Biggert, thirtes
years old, who lived at Itahway. T~
first body taken out was that ofa
unknown man about thirty-five yea
of age. The man was poorly dress<
and looked to be a laborer.
Drowned His Four Children.
Joseph Anderson. a farmer livit
near Salina, Kansas. in a it of de
pondency drowned his fou:- childre
three girls and a boy, in a cister
and then shot himself with a revt.vt
Anderson is probably fatally injure
Financial matters had atfected 1
mind. The crime was commnitt
during the absence of the mothe
The oldest child was six years of a
and the youngest a baby of fo
months. Anduerson left a note on
table, notifying the mother that t:
children could be tonnd in the cister
WHERE THE MONEY GOES.
Eight Hundred Million DollarsSpen
by Present Congress.
The volume containing statement
if appropriations, new offices. etc.
required by law to be prepared anc
published at the end of Pa:ch "essioi
of congress. under the direction of the
. committees on appropriations of the
senate and the house. has been com
pleted for the first session of the 57th
congress by Thomas P. Cleaves anc
.ames S. Courts. chief clerks respec
tivelv of these committees.
A summary on the appropriation:
shows the grand total of $8.o0o.;24.
The details by bills are as folloiws:
A \ iricultural, S5. 205. 1(0: arm., +I.
t i730,1 36: diplomatic. $1.:57.i125: Dis
1 trict of Columbia. 58.54 .4i : f rtitica
tion 7.29,,.55: Indian. ',.966,026:
legislative. $25.39n.6S1: military aca
demy, $2.627,324: navals. $78,856,363:
pension, 139.42.230: postottice, 8138,
416,59S: river and harbor, $26.771.442:
sundry civil, 8S0,i3.35: deticiencies.
s $28.050.007:miscellaneous. $2.722,795:
e isthmian canal. 350.139,000: perman
ent appropriations. $123.921,220.
in addition to the specific appropria
f tions made. contracts are authorized
to be entered into for certain works
requiring future appropriations by
coUngress in the aggregate sum of
$262.71.405. These contracts in
ctude 521,069.500 for additional ships
for the navy and for permanent iu
provements of increased facilities a'
- certain navy yards: 815,943.650 for
a additions to old buildings and the con
struction of new public buildings in
various cities of the country: $38,336,
160 for improvement of rivers and
harbors: 83,500,000 for reconstruction
of old and erection of new buildings
s at the military aca demy at West
e Point. and 8IS0.000,000 for the con
2 struction of an isthmian canal.
0 The new otices and employment of
a civilian character, specifically au
thorized. number 6.386 with compen
1 sation for the year of 86,343,595, and
I those abolished or omitted aggregate
e 1,163. at an annual pay of $1,289,080.
- a Let increase of 5,221 at a yearly cost
a of 85,054,514.
In addition to the new civilian em
i ployments shown the volume also
" shows an increase of 65 in the mili
- tary establishments, at an annual cost
n of $42,308, and 300 officers (including
S 2S5 additional midshipmen) together
t with 3.000 seamen in the naval estab
Y lishment, and 1,550 additional men in
t the marine corps, with total annual
pay of S1,343,777.
- A comparison of the total appropria
tions made at the last session of con
e gress for 1903-$800,624,496--with
those of the preceding or short session
e the 56th congress for 1902-$730.338,
- 576-shows and increase of 870.285.
s TRAGEDY IN HIGH LIFE.
Newport Shocked By the Suicide o1
a Disappointed Lover.
-Disappointment over a broken matri
m nonial engagement is believed to have
been the cause of the suicide at New
eport. R. I.. of Robert Reading Rem
ington, of New York. Mr. Remingtr
went over to the club house from his
erooms at the La Forge cottage about
S1 o'clock Monday afternoon, and, afte:
reading the papers for some time,
went to the committee rooms on the
second flodr. An hour and a half late:
atwo muffled reports were heard, but
athose in the building paid no attentior
Sto them. Later Mr. Remington':
body was found by a member who wen1
to the committee room. Remingtor
kevidently had been dead for some time.
A local undertaker took charge of the
Mr. Remington was well knowr
among the summer residents of New
port and had been closely identifiet
Swith the social world of that resor1
nfor the last seven or eiglit years. Hi,
engagement to Miss May Van Alen
daughter of James Van Alent anc
egranddaughter of Mrs. William Astor
t irst it was denied and then attirmed
-but it is generally believed there wa
a definite engagement, which, hov:
never, was broken some three week
ago. It is said that Mr. Van Aler
was greatly opposed to the engage
ment fromn the beginning.
d Since then Mr. Remington has beer
gdespondent. although when aske<
t about the engagement he steadily af
firmed that he was to be married ir
the fall. He left the city about ter
edays ago. breaking up his domesti
d arrangements and sending away al
his effects. On Thursday of last week
however, he suddenly returned t<
Newport. lie had frequented thi
e ileading clubs of Newport. but seemer
, to desire to be left alone.
e When the body was discovered blvoo
y was coming from the mouth and a re
f volver was found by the dead man;
a side. A physician found that threi
n shots had been tired from the re
. volver. and an examination of thi
s head showed that all three had take:
t etfect. The first bullet apparentl,
e ploughed across the forehead, cuttin:
ea deep gash, and the second glance
dup over the head, making a furrow oi
it the top of the cranium, but still no
e entering the skull. The thizd sho
s was fired through the mouth and thi
bullet entered the brain, death prob
>fably resulting instantly. The revolve
nwas a 38-calibre.
yMr. Remington was about 35s year
e of age and a member of the firm (
n Remington Brothers, of New York
en Ie always had been known as a mal
nof very quiet taste. Ihis death ha
s caused a tremenous sensation i
Girl Murdered in Kentucky.
Zoda, the tifteen-year-old daughtec
of C. M. Vick, a prominent farmer
I- lussellville, Ky., was killed Wednes
i'y in slight of her father's house
S h'e haid gone to a spring for wate:
r- and faiing to return, a search was ir
d stituted. Later the body, with th
Sh."ad crushed, was found in a fen.
corner. partly covered with leave:
r One hundred men with bloodhound
e have gone to the scene of the crim<
r aind if the gzuilty person shall I.
a caught a lynching wilt follow. Tih
e Vick home is about five miles fror
FOR THE TRUSTS.
A Pair of Labor Union Haters on
WOULD STARVE ALL STRIKERS.
They Think that Working Men
Have No Rights W h i c h
Trusts Are Bound to
The "vampire" speech made by
Judge Jackson of West Virginia when
he fixed extreme penalties on the
labor representatives who were work
ing for their order is one of those ut
terances that have in them the ele
iments of all sorts of dissatisfaction
Periodically there comes to the
bench a man who is absolutely out of
sympathy with the spirit of his time.
and such a one is very likely to regard
his elevation to the position as a war
rant for assuming that he is privileged
to hector and scold as well as to tix
penalties and decide disputes.
These are the judges who are most
given to usiug their power of commit
ment for contempt of court.
The men Judge Jockson has sent to
jail for periods of two and three
months disregarded the injunction
that forbade them to persuade men to
join a labor union. It will be a long
time before America is ready to ac
cept the ruling of this court that talk
ing to the employees of a particular
concern is an offense so grave that a
sweeping injunction can make it con
tempt of court.
That such a ruling is of use to the
Clarksburg Fuel company is obvious,
and there have been judges who have
found warrant of law for prohibiting
anything that rich corporations found
to their disadvantage.
Does anybody believe that if the
Miners' union applied to this or any
other judge for an injunction prohibit
ing the Clarksburg Fuel company
from inducing its employees to remain
outside the union they would ge; even
The description of the union organ
izers as "vampires that live and fatten
on the honest labor of the coal miners
of the country * * * and have noth
ing in common with the people who
are employed in the mines of the Clarks
burg Fuel company" Is part of Judge
Certainly the dignity of the courts
is more jeopardized by such a revela
tion of temper and bias on the part of
a judge than it ever could be by the
disregard of his injunctions.
The lawyers who practice before
Judge Jackson "have nothing in com
men" with the litigants they repre
sent. but he would hardly describe
them as vampires.
The walking delegates are a part of
the sceme of unionizing labor-a
scheme that has done more for the
betterment of conditions among those
who toil than any other element of
our civilization. Without their un
ions the employees of any cor poration
are utterly at its mercy. By concerted
action they can make a stand against
injustice that they never could do as
individuals. Without the organizers
there would be no unions, a situation
that would doubtless satisfy the own
ers of coal mines and possibly Judge
Jackson, but one that would be mel
ancholy for the men who have to work
with their hands.
The last word as to government by
injunction has not been spoken in this
country by any means.
The power to punish for contempt
of court was given judges as a pro
tection to tnemselves at their ses
sions. It was n-ever meant to create
new crimes or to furnish a weapon
for employers as against their men.
Th 3re is another aspect of this case.
Every person before a court is required
to treat that court with respect and
courtesy. The obligation of the par
ticular citizen who happens to be
chosen to sit in judgment on his fel
lows to treat others with respect and
courtesy is equally binding. The judge
who is there to decide the rights and
wrongs of disputes and administer the
law generally, is neither a preacher
nor a professor of morals. Sermons
and lessons are as far from his luties
as abuse and tyranny.
Calling men vampires because they
are intrusted by their fellows with a
function of which Judge Jackson dis
approves is neitheir law nor manners.
** * * * * * * * * * *
One more crime has been added to
Judge Jackson by his Injunctions
made it a pumishabhle offense to ask a
coal miner to join a labor union, and
now Judge Keller, another WVest Vir
ginila jurist haz issued injunctions for
bidding ibhe establishment of strike
camps, which are established in con
netion with she purchase and distri
buton of food for the striking miners.
SThe lawbreaking .railroads, which
mine coal illegally and In detiance of
rtheir charters, are to be congratulated
on the presence on the bench of two
a such convenient justices as these.
t If they do not win the strike, it will
not he the fault of~ Judge Jackson and
- The splendid response of the union
r conference in the matter of strike ben
eits made it impossible for the coal
s operators to carry out their beneticent
f scheme of starving the strikers into
.abandoning their union, so this in
ajunction. directed at the leaders of the
s national executive committee and oth
i e-s charged with the duty of providing
supplies for the men who art: out on
s~trike. comes along in the v'ery nick
r The encroachment on the liberty of
f the miners is greater with every cx
- ample of this misuse of the power of
.the federal injunction.
-There was a time in the history of
the struggle between capital and its
e employees that it was a serious penal
e olense for a man to accept or demand
.more than a rate of wages so low that
s t seems incredible that workmen were
. able to live at all. It was no mere
e make believe law either and was but
e tressed hy another that made it pun
ishable by imprisonment to refuse to
work: at the prevailing rate.
It was from this condition of slav
ery that labor unions rescued the men
who do the world's work.
The injunction principle would again
bind the hands of labor and make it
absolutely dependent on the generosity
It is not for the law to say that men
shall not join unions for their mutual
benefit or that they shall not endeavor
to get others to join them or that they
k shall not form camps or do anything
else that is not in itself unlawful, and
when the law is turned and bent to
make there things criminal, to the end
that some man or set of men may hire
workers cheaply, there is engendered
a contempt for laws that may not al
ways be confined to the judge-made
The progress of labor has been over
the wrecks of just such obstacles as
these, and it is absurd to suppose that
this progress can be halted row. The
injunctions of Judge Jac son and
.Judge Keller will never become prece
dents. Whether they are sustained
for the present or not, they will soon
be overruled by the court of public
opinion. against the decision; of which
no injustice can stand .n a free coun
Within a generation these injunc
tions will he as great curiosities in the
history of the struggle for better con
diti, s for laboring men as the old law
refe. red to above that made it a crime
to refuse work for a small and arbi
trarily set rate of wages.
The law is what the people make it.
and the people of the United States
will never be a party to the erection of
such tyrannical and one-sided rulings
as these into part of the legal system.
-New York American and Journal.
A Sad Tragedy.
A special from Yorkville says: Early
Wednesday morning, at Pleasant
Ridge, about eighteen miles above
here, in Gastonia County, N. C., Jesse
Farris shot and wounded Harvey Dick
son and a short time afterwards shot
and killed himself. Both parties are
well known white citizens of that
section. The facts surrounding the
tragedy are as follows; Farris had had
trouble with his family and as a re
sult had not been living at home for
more than a year. Yesterday he re
turned in a bad humor, being intoxi
cated. His wife and daughter were
afraid to stay in the house with him
without protection, and asked Dick
son. a neighbor, to come and stay in
their home during the night and un
til the husband and father became
sober. Dickson came to the house
after dark, and he and Farris sat on
the front piazza and talked in a friend
ly manner for an hour or more, at the
end of which time Dickson retired to
the room that had been assigned him.
Subsequently Farris went to Dickson
and said that he was going to shoot
him, and said to his family that "the
lights will burn all night tonight."
Dickson was not alarmed at the threat
and only realized that it was not an
idle one when some time later a load
of shot was emptied into his thigh
from a gun fired through an open win
dow by Jesse Farris. Immediately
after tiring the shot Farris went to
the rear of the house and shot him
self through the head, dying in a
short time from the wound. It is
said that Dickson will recover, his
wound not being serious.
A noadmaster Killed.
Roadmaster Fred Stevers of Stev
ers, Va., was shot and killed and Jim
Mithell, a negro porter, was danger
ously wounded in a fight with disor
derly negroes on a southbound Sea
board Air Line train near Middleburg,
Va. The negroes had taken seats in
the coach reserved for whites. Con
ductor Clements ordered them to the
coach for negroes. The negroes pro
tested but obyed the order. When in
the "jim crow" coach one of the ne
groes, named Joe Cole, struck at the
conductor Roadmaster Stevers came
to the conductor's rescue. The negro
pulled a pistol and Stevers clasped him
around the body, but the negro twist
ed his arm around, and getting his
pistol against Stevers' head, shot him,
Stevers falling dead on the coach floor.
Mitchell the porter rushed towards
Cole as he pointed the pistol at Con
ductor Clements and was shot in the
abdomen. Passengers captured three
of the participants and two jumped
from the train, escaping to the woods.
Blood hounds have been sent from
Weldon to chase them down. The
dead body of Stevers was put off at
Henderson and Jim Mitchell, the
colored porter, was brought to Raleigh
where an operation was performed on
him. Thue physicians fear he will die.
Murdered llis Landlord.
The coroner's jury investigating the
robbery and murder of Watkins New
man and the partial cremation of his
body in his home near Jefferson City,
Tenn., reported Wednesday, recom
mending the arrest of William Wat
kins. The accused was a witness be
fore the jury and was at once taken
into custody anid jailed at Morristown,
Tenn. The testimony brought out
showed that Newman had been mur
dered, tied to his bed and the house
set on ire. ils arms and legs were
burned oti, and an examination showed
that robbery had also been committed.
All the testimony was damaging to
Watkins. but that of C. T. Rankin, a
lawyer, was especially so. Watkins
had been ejected from one of New
man's houses and went to Rankin to
consult him concerning a suit for dam
ages. lie asked the attorney what
would be the etfect on the suit if
Newman was out of the way and could
not testify. lie made the assertion
three times in his attorney's presence
that he would get even with Newman.
Other arrests are expected.
Sunk In the Sea.
A dispatch from Yokohoma, Japan
says the little island of Orishima was
overwhelmed by a volcanic eruption
between August 13 and August 15.
and all the inhabitants, numbering
150 persons, were undoubtedly killed.
The island is covered with volcanic
debris and all the houses on it have
disappeared. The eruption is still
proceeding and is accompanied oy sub
marine eruptions in the vicinity which
make it dangerous for vessels to ap
proach the island. The Orishima is
one of a chain of islands extending
between the Bonin Islands and liondo,
the iggest island of .Tapan.
A RACE RIOT.
Six Persons Seriously Wounded in a
Fight In Mississippi.
TROUBLE CAUSED BY NEGROES.
Incited by a Mouthy Preacher. They
Have Secretly Organized and
Armed Themselves for
Six persons seriously shot and a
number injured is the reported result
of a race riot in the south end of Lee
County, near Shannon, Miss., which
was reported to be still in progress on
the 20th inst. Three negroes and
three white men are badly injured and
others probably more or less so.
This is the result of a race riot par
ticipated In by a secret organization of
negroes firing upon and wounding the
Eubank brothers while on their own
premises. The shooting occurred on
Tuesday, soon after dark. Passes In
pursuit had a lively encounter with
the negroes six miles south of Shannon
Wednesday evening, when more or less
shooting was done. One white man
and three negroes were badly wounded
and several more negroes were slightly
hurt. Other posses were in pursuit at
last accounts and the affair was not
A dispatch from Tupelo, Miss.,
dated the 21st inst., says: Deputy
Sheriff Temple has just reached the
city, with eight desperadoes bound
with chains and under a heavy guard.
He reports 500 men under arms and
says great excitement prevails.
For some months negroes at Shan
don and Nettleton have been giving
considerable trouble, secret societies
being formed under the guidance of a
former school teacher or preacher.
These organizations are said to be for
the purpose of resisting white men
and protecting negroes in deeds of
The alleged instigator of the serious
outbreak is a negro preacher named
Jeff. Rogers. He has been held under
suspicion by the whites for some time
as a bad character. He is a negro of
some education and has considerable
influence in his church.
The first serious trouble broke out
some time ago, when a negro named
Giles Jackson assaulted the Lauder
dales in a corn field, seriously wound
ing them. About a month ago this
negro died in the county jail from
wounds inflicted while resisting arrest.
A few days ago a negro was seen tak
ing corn from a field belonging to Mr.
Eubanks, who lives close to Shannon,
and when spoken to about it he be
came insolent and defiant and a war
rant was sworn out for his arrest.
On Tuesday evening a son of Eu
banks, living just across the road, no
ticed a number of negroes congregat
ing around his house. ie supposed
they meant to attack his home, and
he crossed the road and joined his
father and younger brother. Shortly
after Eubanks went to his father's
house a command to tire was given,
and a blinding volley rang out from
the guns carried by the negroes. Both
of the younger Eubanks were hit and
After the shooting of the Eubanks
orothers the whites immediately or
ganized themselves into an armed
posse to bring to justice the guilty
negroes. Wednesday evening, headed
by Marshal Randolph, of Nettleton,
and Marshal Irby, of Shannon, this
posse went after two members of the
negro mob, who were supposed to be
hiding in a cabin about six miles from
Shannon. The posse reached the cab
in and ordered the door opened, but
the command was unheeded. After
waiting a moment Randolph pushed
the door open. He was met by a vol
ley of birdshot and fell across the
threshhold, with blood gushing from
his face and shoulders. The negroes
ran out of the house, over the pros
trate officer. They were met by a
volley from the posse, and three ne
groes were injured so badly that they
were left lying on tne ground. The
others escaped in the darkness, some
leaving behind traces of their wounds.
A deputy has returned from Shan
non and reports everything quiet there
A Murdered Girl.
The Spartanburg Journal says: Miss
Minnie Mitchell, who was cruelly mur
dered in Chicago. a few days ago, was
a sister of Robert H. Mitchell, who
married Miss Minnie Trimmier. of
Spartanburg, and who is well known
here. The Chicago papers recently
have contained long stories of this
brutal and sensational murder. The
body of the young lady was found
bured under some rubbish in the very
heart of the city, where it was discov
ered several days after the murder had
been committed. A bullet hole was
found in her head and her clothes
were badly torn, which showed there
had been a struggle. The American,
one of Chicago's leading newspapers.
has taken great interest in the affair,
having offered a reward of $1,000 for
the capture of the murderer. whose
identity has been ferretted out by the
reporters of that newspaper. His na me
is Wnm. Bartholin and he was a suitor
for Miss Mitchell's hand. Every effort
'is being made for his capture.
Nearly a MillIon Pensioners.
Congress has been running a race
with death, and congress has won, says
the Baltimore Sun. The civil war
pensioners are now dying at a rapid
rate, and yet the pension list is in
creasing. Thirty-seven years after
the close of tbhe war there are more
pensioners than ever before. The
number lacks only 67~4 of being a
round million. This was an increase
of 7,927 since 1899. The experts say
it is the high-water mark, and that
from now on the increasing death rate
will decrease the pension list. This
has been predicted each year for the
past twenty years, but each time con
gress has rallied to the rescue of the
list and added more names than aceath
TRAIN WRECKER ARRESTED.
Two Unsuccessful Attempts Mad
The crime of train wrecking is gen
erally supposed to have been contem
poraneous with that of train robbing
But while trains are not wrecked fre
quently nowadays, it is because th
railroads, through their "sectioi
bosses" keep a superb patrol of th
great highway of commerce, and frus
trate whatever attempts are made.
A bold attempt to wreck the South
ern's fact train between Columbia an
Charlotte a few nights ago failed mi
raculously, and a subsequnt attemp1
the night following also failed. Ther
will be no more attempts for tr
negro tiend is in jail. The arrest wa:
made by Mr. Geo. W. Bishop, specia
agent of the Southern railroad.
The fast train which left Columbir
at 6.25 last Thursday evening ran int<
an obstruction at the Shannon plac
just beyond Cornwell's. The engine
was going at a mighty clip, something
like G miles an hour, and the obstruc
tion was on a curve. It is marvelous
that the train was not derailed
especially when the nature of th<
obstruction is known.
Flat on the outer rail on the curvy
was placed a piece of flat iron aboul
an inch thick and four feet long. Thi:
itself was almost enough to throw the
wheels of the engine from the track
Back of this was placed a "fish-plate
or piece of iron which is used to ti(
the ends of rails. This was almost
sure agent of destruction. But t<
make the thing doubly sure, the would
be wrecker placed on each rail a flin1
rock weighing 125 pounds.
When the great engine struck thin
co.abination of obstructions it hurler
the iron bar far into a field nearby
tossed the "fish-plate" to one side an(
pushed the rocks from the track.
Friday night the attempt was re
peated; this time a smaller rock was
used. There was some delay in re
porting the matter, but in less that
two days after he got the informatior
Mr. Bishop had secured a confessior
from John Wallace, a negro boy 11
years old, who lives near thescene :
the attempted wreck.
The section master suspected a cer
tain negro, but the latter, in proving
his innocence, threw some light or
the crime and stated that two or threw
negroes whom he named had beer
seen in the neighborhood about thai
hour. An old plantation darkey cor
roborated this statement. John Wal
lace was among the boys named. Mr
Bishop found the boy and charges
him with the crime. Wallace wilte<
and his suspicious actions led to hip
arrest. On the way to the jail he ad
mitted having made the second at
tempt but denied responsibility fol
the first. He had no motive excep
that he wanted to do something devil
When visited by his parents at jai
John Wallace was asked what he dit
with his younger brother with whoa
he had started to church. It developer
that Wallace had protested againsi
the younger boy going with him, an<
when they arrived near the scene o
his intended crime he left his brothe:
on some pretext and slipped down the
railroad track. After some evasiot
he finally confessed his guilt in the
first attempt. He wou'd have used
more elaborate methods the secon<
night but was frightened by the ap
proach of the train.
It is ditficult to appreciate the enor
mity of this attempted crime. Johb
Wallace waited for the short train, c
local, to go by, and his efforts were di
rected against the vestibule which fo:
lows shortly afterwards. This trait
carries upwards of 150 persons ever;
day. From the topography of the lo
cality, the speed of the train, etc.
it is easy to believe that the loss c
life would have been appalling.
The law, it is said, is not severi
enough. Last year over in Lexingtoi
county an attempt was made to wrecl
a passenger train coming down the
hill at Leesville. A spike was driver
securely between the ends of rails an<
a link used in coupling was throwr
over the spike, making a formidabli
A white man passing the spot say
the obstruction and with a lightwoo<
knot drove the spike from its securi
position. It required frantic effort:
to remove the spike before the trair
came rushing by with 143 person:
aboard. The guilty party, a negro
was caught and was given 18 month:
in jail, but little more than an ordin
ary thief would be given. A railroa<
man said Wednesday that the authol
of an unsuccessful attempt at trai:
wrecking should be sentenced for lif
with the stipulation that a pardor
by a governor would not be recognize
in such a case.
Big Fire in Georgetown.
A special from Georgetown says A
about 5 o'clock Wednesday afternoor
tire was discovered up-stairs In the
large store of the Atlantic Coast Lum
er Company, and in a few minute:
the flames burst through the roof an<
the store room became a mass of seeth
ing flames. The alarm was soundet
promptly and the entire departmen
responded. and soon eight streams o:
water were pouring into the immenst
wooden two-story structure, abou
two hundred feet front and about one
hundred feet deep. The whole build
ing was practically destroyed, only
shell remaining, and the foundation!
and lower floor: the amount of loss be
ing estimated at between $30.000 an'
$40,000. The store and stock, it i
reported, were valued at $75,000, witl
about $70.000 insurance. But for the
fact that this company has a completa
system of waterworks for its own prc
tection it is most likely that the
flames would have spread to the ad
joining, buildings the nearest beini
the Atlantic Hotel, and resulted in
far more disastrous conflagration.
T wo Boys Drowned.
A dispatch to The State says Leo:
Phinizy, 13 years, and Van Veronee
12 years, inmatcs of the Charlesto:
Orphan House, were drowned Frida
at the annual outing at the Isle c
Palms. Benjamin Hlarrington, 1
years, narrowly missed the same fate
being rescued by Rudolph Claus, wh<
happened to be in the surf at the
same time. There were about 301
people In the water, Including th
matrons and caretakers. The thre<
boys were particularly venturesome.
TWO FIGHTS AT A MEETkNG.
e Sloan and Verner l ix Up in Rich
- Richland County took the cake
At one of her political meetings las1
week two personal encounters tool
place-one between W. McB. Sloan
e and Gen. J. S. Verner, candidates fo
i master, and the other between Georg
e W. Taylor and S. H. Owens and Dr
L. B. Owens.
W. McB. Sloan, candidate for mas
- ter, spoke first, and was followed by
I Gen. Verner. Near the close of hi
- speech Mr. Verner stated that Mr.
L Sloan had run for five offices sincg
Mr. Sloan asked that the offices bE
I Mr. Verner started his enumeration
with the office of liquor commissioner,
L Mr. Sloan-Yes, and you promised
> to support me, but you did not do it.
3 One or two sharp words passed while
the two candidates stood face to face,
i almost touching each other. The lie
- was given and blows passed, the can
s didates being sepdrated with difficulty,
though the stand quickly filled with
After the meeting a reconciliation
3 was effected between the two candi
t dates for master.
s The two candidates for probate
3 judge then spoke, and Fred Harmon,
the first candidate for county super
visor, was heard attentively.
He was followed by S. H. Owens,
L who said that the eounty did owe a
note for $19,000 as the result of last
- year's indebtenness, but that the note
t would have been liquidated but for
Mr. Campbell's death. Neither he
a nor any commissioner had ever ap
I pointed a negro. The records show
, that during Mr. Romanstine's admin
I istration a negro overseer had served.
G. C. Romanstine's platform was
- good roads and the financial status of
the county open to all. He reviewed
- his former charges of extravagance
i under the Owens administration.
i There was a great deal of disturb
i ance during Mr. Romanstine's speech.
) S. H. Owens and W. P. Bookter, the
f chairman, became engaged in an alter
cation, and it seemed as if a difficulty
- wouid occur in the spectators' ranks.
Captain Sligh urged the turbulent
1 crowd in an eloquent speech to keep
a cool in respect to their rights-as citi
i zens and also the ladies present.
b When order was restored Mr. Ho.
manstine continued and said that
- there were $30,000 more than he had
. previously stated now past due. Mr.
I Owens had said that this was saddled
I upon him when he went into the office.
s Andrew J. Roberts then spoke.
- During Mr. Roberts' speech be was
- at a great disadvantage because of
r a personal encounter which occurred
t on the outskirts of the audience be
- tween Dr. L. B. Owens and S. H
Owens with Geo. W. Taylor. The
l audience adjourned in a body to the
I scene of action where the combatants
i lay struggling upon a wood pile,
I peacemakers vainly attempting to
t separate .them. They were finally
I gotten apart and Capt..W. H. Sligo
f again addressed the audienc e urging
r them to preserve order.
Wedded Her Uncle.
SA special'dispatch from Augusta tc
Sthe State says Miller Walker hall, the
Spublic auditorium used for all the big
society dances and concerts, was thi
scene Thursday night of a most un
usual occurrence. Before an audience
2of nearly 200 Jews Miss Rachel
r Lichenstein was married to Mr. Solo.
.mon Lichenstein. The marriage It
- itself was nothing unusual, but the
1feature of the occasion was the fact
that the bride had married her fa
ther's brother, a watch tinker. The
marriage took place on the stage of
g the hail and after the ceremony the
bride occuppied the prominent positior
Sas star actor for quite thirty minute:
2 while she was viewed by the audience
SFollowing the marriage ceremony the
couple and their friends had a mos1
elaborate supper on the third floor o:
S the same building. There was con
siderable discussion throughout thi
e city Wednesday over the fact that thi
woman was marrying her own uncle,
v The wedding was to have occurred
some months ago, but was postponed
on account of the death of the bride's
Sgrandfather, the father of the groom
Killed at a Meeting.
s At a county campaign meetini
Sheld Tuesday, August 19, at ilson's
s Store, in the upper section of Green
- ville county, 'Carey Styles shot and
Skilled Walter McCarrell and seriousl.l
Swounded his younger brother. Emme1
SStyles, and Earnest McCarrell. Style
Shas been arrested. The shooting tooli
Splace about 200 yards from where thi
candidates were speaking. Eye wit
nesses say that Earnest McCarrell and
Emmet Styles were engaged in a fight,
t when Carey Styles appeared and begat
a shooting-his first bullet striking hih
own brother in the 1eg. Styles ther
- shot Earnest McCarrell in the right
s arm, and upon the appearance of Wial
i ter McCarrell Styles fired at him, pro.
- ducing instant death.
Used The "Water Cure."
The papers in the case of Capt.
James A. Ryan, Fifteenth cavalry,
who was tried by general court mar
tial by order of the president on
charges of administering the "water
.cure" to natives in Philippines, have
been received at the war department,
and when considered by Judge Advo
tate General Davis, will be forwarded
to the president. Capt. Ryan did not
deny administering the water cure,
but insisted that it was necessary in
order to accomplish results. On ac
count of the preponderance of the
testimony in favor of Capt. Ryan, it
is understood that the court acquitted
3. A Chapter on Boys.
Many bad boys would be good boys
if given as much attention as the
1 average hunting dog or trotting horse.
Boys will be boys; and they will be
gentlemen, too, If properly taught.
There are as many ways of training
f boys properly as there are boys. Boys
3 who are led thrive better than boyt
who are driven. It is useless to ex
pect manly boys if we have no manly
fathers. Tbe man who cannot re
) member that he was once a boy is ~
a very poor hand at interesting boys.
3 Boys follow example better than they
do pnent.-The Commooner.
Terriffic Explosion of Two Steel
VICTIMS MANGLED AND BURNED
Details of a Blood-Curdling Occur
rence in Delaware Pulp Mills.
The Worst Is Yet to Be Told.
Many Persons Are Missing.
A special from Wilmington, Del.,
says sixteen workmen are known to
have been killed, six are missing and
three others are badly injured by the
explosion of two steel digesters in the
Delaware Pulp mills, in the Jessup &
Moore Paper company's works, on the
Christiana, Wednesday afternoon.
The dead are; Frank-Harris, Wm.
Burke, James Nagle, John McCormick,
Zacharius Collins, colored, Jas. Stokes,
Joseph Lumbacher and Granville Wa
The missing: William Scott, Joseph
Henry, Joel Hutton and Wm. Ruth,
firemen; E. H. Mousley and James
The injured: James Jeter, badly
burned, recovery doubtful; Jobn Col
lins, burned and inhaled flames; Geo.
Durham, burned and scalded, recovery
The digesters were located in a two
story building. There were ten of them
in the building, each one resembling a
vat and about six feet in diamete
They were used for reducing wood
pulp. Eighteen men were at work
in the building. There were two ter
rific reports, and the next instant the
building and other mills about the
structure were completely wrecked,
One digester was blown into the air
and fell to the ground 250 feet away.
A dense volume -of smoke for a time
prevented the outside workmen from
going to the immediate rescue of those
who were caught in the ruins Of the
falling building. Several men made
their escape without any injury.
An alarm of fire was sounded and
the entire department of the city and
a large force of policemen were soon
on the ground and the work of rescue
was immediately begun. Several of
the workmen were taken out uncon
scious, only to die after being removed
to hospitals. The wreckage was piled
up for more than thirty feet and the
escaping-team made the work of res
cue rather difficult.
Those who were killed outright were.
mangled and burned by escaping acid
that flowed over their bodies from the
broken digesters. Up to this-writing
eight persons are dead, and according
to the officials of the company at least r
six others are in the ruins.
To add -- the horror of the situa
tion, the wreckage took fire, but after
some difficulty the fire department
managed to subdue the flames and the
work of rescue was continued.
Steam was used in the digesters.
The officers of -the company think that
too much steam was generated in
them and that this was the cause of
the explosion. The monetary loss is
estimated at $35,000.
Four Lost Their Lives.
The bodies of two Londoners and
-two guides who started August 19 to
ascend the Wetterhorn, one of the
highest mountains of Switzerland, and
who did not return, have been found
by a search party near the summitof
the mountain. Two of the party were --
apparently killed by lightning and two
met their deaths by falls. Two bodies
only were recovered by the rescue
party. They were those of E. B.
Frearon and a guide named Bravand.
Both bodies were blackened by light
ning and still roped together. The
handle of the guide's Ice axe, which
was found in the snow on the summit
of the Wetterborn, had been split by
the lightning. The guide's body was
partly consumed and his skull was
crushed. NTo traces of the bodies of
the other two of the party were found.
It Is believed, however, that after
having been overtaken by a storm on
August 20, they were blown over a
precipice into the Wetterkessel gorge,
where they were hidden by the snow.
It Can't Be Done.
It is reported that one of .the great
eastern railroads is to abolish the cus
tom of kissing goodby at its depots.
The musty, fussy officials claim that
the time table is deranged, trains are
delayed and train service demoralized
by the awful practice. Well, what of
it? Let it be known once for all that
kissing is beyond and above train
schedules and such unimportant mat
ters, and 'not an order of a rail
road company or a municipal ordinance
or an avt of congress can have any et
feet whatever upon it. Nothing
short of direct intervention of Provi
dence can or will affect the ancient
and honorable custom of kissing one's
relatives, friendsor sweetheartsgoodby
at a railroad depot.
After the Brute.
Search for the unknown assailant
of Miss Coda Vick, daughter of
Charles Vick, a prosperous farmer
near Russellville, Ky., who was as
saulted and murdered as her home
Friday night, is being pushed with
renewed vigor. A reward of $500 has
been raised by the citizens to supple
ment the $300 reward offered by Gov
ernor Beckham for his capture. All
business houses are closed in the city
to allow the merchants to participate
in the search. In response to a re
quest from the sheriff of Logan coun
ty, Governor Beckham has ordered'
out the Russellville military company
to preserve order and prevent a lynch
ing in the event of .the murderer of
Miss Vick being captured.
A Bad Spirit.
Gov. Candler, of Georgia, announced
Friday that he had not and would not
quit politics. He says he will never
again run for another office, as he has
held everything in the gift of the
people except United States senator,
and does not want that job. because
his friends are the senators. "I ex
pect to remain in politics, though,
because I have got friends I want to
help and enemises I want to punish.
I never forget my friends or my ene