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XANN ING, S. C., WEDNESD)AY, DECEMER 10.1902. NO. 19.
THE MESSAGE R.A.
The President Gives Congress His
Views on Public Matters.
CONGPESS IS NOW IN SESSON.
There Is Nothing Stariling in W:ant
the President Says. And
Even Wall Street Will
Both flouses .f Congress reasse tn
bled last Tuesday for ivhat is known
as the short session. A fter the dis
patch of routine business. in the Sen
ate, Messrs. Platt and Jones the
committee appointed by the senate to
join a similar committee froml 11l;
house to notify president that eo
gress had assembled. repo rted that
they had performed this duty, where
upon Mr. Barnes. assistant secretary
to the president. delivered the presi
dent's message to congress. Printed
copies had been furnished each sena
tor and they closely followed the read
ing of the document. But few Demo
crats -were in their seats when the
reading of the message begun. Upon
the conclusion of the readin-z of the
message. which oceupied an hour and
fifteen minutes. it was ordered to lie
on the table and be printed.
IN THE HOUSE.
After the House had transaeted
routine business. Mr. Barnes. assis
tant secretary to the president. an
nounced the 'president's message
which, by the direction of the speaker,
was immediately read by the clerk.
The members displayed great inter
est in its coutents, many of them fol
lowing the reading in the printed
copies which were distributed by the
pages. The reading of the message
was listened to attentively, especially
those portions relating to the regula
tion of trusts, the tariff and the isth
mian canal bill. There were no de
monstrations until the reading was
concluded, when there was a general
outburst of approval on the Rlepubli
can side. The reading consumed ex
actly an hour and at its conclusion it
was referred to the committee of the
whole house on the state ol the union
The message consists of about 10.
00. words. and is shorter than the
average president's message in recent
years. It is not startling in any of
its recommendations and if Wall
Street shies at it they will do the un
expected. The principal points
touched on are these:
The trusts. which the president
urges should be regulated by con
gress under power to regulate inter
state commerce with a view to de
stroying only the evil in them. If
this power does not exist then he
wants a constitutional amendment.
The tariff, which he thinks has a
bearing -n the evils of the trusts
and which should be modified in the
main by reciprocity treaties, the prin
ciples of protection being ainays kept
The currency system. which he
thinks should be changed, he does not
say how, to give the country an ade
quate supply of currency.
Labor and its right to organize.
which he recognizes but which he
says must be kept from doing evil
just as capital organized into socalled
trusts should be prevented from doing
The army, which he compliments
highly for its work in the Philippines.
He recommends the passage oft the
general staff and re-organization of
militia bills by congress.
The navy, which he says must be
increased as to ships and personnel as
a guarantee of peace and as a weapon
;to enforce the principles which we
:have already laid down.
-Reciprocity with Cuba as the duty
of the strong to the weak and as an
implied obligation assumed by us by
reason of the Platt amend ment.
The creation of a secretary of com
merce to sit in the cabinet.
The passage of an immigration law
similar to that which passed the house
at its last session.
31inor recommendations are brief.
Hie wants no halting in building the
navy. He says rural free delivery is
now a success. Arid lands should
be reclaimed by irrigation. Alaska
laws are a discredit to the nation.
Indians are to be absorbed ultimate
ly. Scientific aid should be given the
Brave Captain Bohn.
Capt. Bohn, master of the German
steamer Barcelona. was granted an
audience at the White Ihouse with
President Rloosevelt oin Wednesday.
Early last spring during a gale Capt.
Bohn caved the lives of H men near
the entrance to New York harbor.
Two small tugs each with a crew of
seven men were ttoundering about on
the ocean av the mercy of the waves
- svhen the Barcelona have in sight. At
the risk of his own vessel and the lives
. of his own crew he took oif the crews
-within a scant hundred yards of the
. breakers on Long Island shore. F'or
.this act of bravery Capt. lHohn was
promised a memorial. and he will be
presented with this by the president.
F-romi the Guatemnalan coast the
'Pacitic steamer City of Sydney. brinus
news of deaths resulting from recent
eruptions of Santo MAaria volcano to
the number oif about 1.000. This esti
mate is based upon the latest informa
tion received at San Jlose. Gunatemala,
previous to the Sydneuy's departure for
this port. but it is acconspanied byia
statement of (;uatemalans that re
liable information is sti!! diticult to
obtain. This death list is coinsder
ably smaller than that previousl re
sized H im Up.
The Dayton Ohio .Journal say any
white man would be honrwd by si..
ting at dinner with sonse ne ir' es.
Atlanta .Journal sizes up tneom
editor when it says "it is moreof
truth to say that some white mci
would ibe honordivb sitting at (mel
with any negro - and the D aytoni wri
ter s eviriently one of ith;ind
SIZI OF COTTON CROP.
Lares~t Fiures Ever Given Out By
Agrxicultrural D~epart ment.
The statistican (f the department
of agriculture estimates the actual
growth of cut ton in the nited States
in b year 1902 03 as 10,417.000
Ie , tl an average net weight f
Thev area picked or .1 be picked is
es im dt 2. 114.10: acres. a reclue
In oft 64.22, acres. or 2.:4 per cent.
flr m the acreage plantedl. 1.1w total
product ion of lint cttln is estimated
it .111.8 0,028 pounds. an avera.rL
of 1. pounds p r acre.
The est i nated prod nct ion by St ate S
in pounrds. of lint cttt..n per acre is r
as follows: r
Virginia 21l : North Carolina 26:
South Car 1 lina 19!: Georgia 1 )
rida120: Alabama 14-k: Ml;ssissippi
220: Louisana 262: Texas 14S: Ar-.an
.sas 268: Tennessee 252: Missouri 252:
Oklahoma 282: Indian Territory 244.
The phenomenally favorable weather
that has prevailed almost co ntinu iusly
for some weeks past throughout a large:,
portion of the cotton belt has inade a:
substantial addition to the cotton cro p C
as indicated on Oct. 3. All the eight
States which at that date reported
higher than at the corresponding date t
last. year have still further improAd v
thei r positions, while two (Louisiana
and Nli:sissippi) of the live States tlhiat
compared unfavorably with the year,
1901. now ieport slightly higher aver
age yields per acre than a year a"
leaving only Texas. Georgia and Ala
hama with an unfavOrable showing. s
The commercial crop will consist of 1
the above nent ii tned 10.41 7.010 bales.
tgether with 15.592 bales brought I
forward froni last year. about. 250,000
hales of linters and sample cottin. a id
so much of the crop of 1903-04 as may
be marketed before Sept. 1. 190:3. less
198,190 bales of the present crop
marketed before Sept. 1. 1902 and so
much of this same crop as may be car
ried forward to the year 1903-04.
A Fiend's Work. P
A lynching was avoided only by the
exercise of abundant precautionary I
measures by city and county authori
ties. Monday morning a negro boy,
IS years old. was: caught attemptinr
to assault the 6 year-old daughter of
a prominent Broad street merchant.
but a cloak of darkness was so closely v
about the crime that not the
faintest suspicion of it lebked v
out until the negro, Miles a
Johnson. had been spirited out of a
the city. City Detective Williams d
was near the scene at the time and
took the negro to the barracks in a
hack. Fearing that the story might
possibly leak out Chief Norris im
mediately turned the prisoner over to
Judge Eve, to be sent to Savannah
for safe keeping. Four hours the b
negro was contined in jail but the
secret was so closelv guarded that not
even the members of the police force
knew of the crime until the criminal
was well out of the city.
Terrific Storm, U
.During the heavy wind that blew V
over New Orleans just before daylight r
Wedesday the home of Prof. John a
Denier. ou 31etarie Ridge. was blown
down. Prof. D~enier was fatally hurt
and his wife dangerously, Ihis 16-year-i
old daughter and his aged mother had v
miraculous escapes. The house was a
built on stilts and all the inmates i
were in bed when the clash came. e
Prof. Denier is well known in athletic 3
circles and was at one time one of the
best known clowns in Am~erica. The
wind prostrated trees and fences ini
various parts of the city. Telegraph c
and telephone wires are down on the
outskirts of the city.
The secretary of state has come s
across a paper indicating that certain a
Icolored men have perpetrated or aret
about to perpetrate a gross fraud on
the colored race. It is a scheme sign
ed by Rt. Rev. Jas. Polite and one or
two other negroes claiming to repre- t
sent the Second Advent church in a
this state. The paper is in the shape
of a subscription list and hleaded by a
Biblical quotation and winds up witht
a promise that 5 1.50 is subscribed by
twenty people in any community a
school to run six months would be es-E
tablished. It is not known whether J
the swindle has yet worked.t
The Atlanta Journal says " any
man who has sense enough to tindl
his way to the legislature after being
elected to it ought to be able to un
derstand that he cant solve the
stat's tinancial problem and relieve
its pressing burdens by cutting ott the
appropriation for a few~ clerks or port-y
es at the capital. What's neederi is
Imoe revenue. ,And there is an e asy
way. a lust way and a right wvay to
gt it-by taxing franchises. Gen
tleen, you must stop this tool
isnss o. saving at the spigot and
looig at the bung."
The Best Solution.
The A tanta Jaural says - probably
fter all the best solution of thec
negro problem would not be. as Bishop
Turner lds, to ship them t.o A frica
but to 'ship them north of the Masoni
and Dixonl line. Then. probal. after
a ew years we wouiln't hear (f the
nero prolem at all: or if we~ did. then
peope wh lo make a specialty ef agitat
ing it would sing an entirely diifernt
( remated in a Cabinz.
A dis.pateh from Albuquerque. N.
31.. ss of the cremation of Mirs.
Charli-es Lucii anci her- child reni in
the )r ghom in the reCes5ss of the
Joe mou-~ntains lhas reached t hat
ci t. The i cabin too1k lire fromi a stove
an the fran' i mther ii atte mpted to
fire the chi 9ren, the eldest 15 years
of ace. throgh a window, but the
roo fell in.
The J1apaneese minister called at
the -tat dIpar t ment at Washington
in haste Thuir~sday to comniicate
toI Secretry !!ay ai ablegram lie had
re. ti fro th iister o forein
ing. tat whl Mr.'liuk. the I 'nited
-*ae alstr to . Japan wa:s ona
huniting tr1ip Thursday morning he
'TEA JkR BIU WN t P.
twelve Men are Killed and a Score
Are Seriously Hurt.
. BIG TANK OF OIL EXPLODED.
Ireaki the Ship in Two and:
spe:.gthe Flaintes All
Over the suroiund
A dispatch from California says
hile the steamer Progresso was lying
t the wharf of the Fulton Iron
Vorks at Harbor View Wednesday
ioruing. an explosion occurred. As a
esult 12 men are missing. A score
ere more or less seriously injured
id property valued at $)010.000 was
The disaster occurred at 94:4 5 o'clock
hile 40 inech:nics of the iron works
nd 20 enpioyes of the ship were on
oard. The machinists were busy com
leting the work of changing the ves
cl from a coal burning career to an
il burning carrier, when suddenly one
I tile tanks blew up. 3en were
urled against the steel wall and a
iet of flame came sweeping intoi
heir faces. On the upper deck men
:ere hurled into the air or thrown
Ito the water. Three sailors engage(
i nashing paint outside the pilot
oIuse. disa ppeared as the cloud of
la-k sinoke came up from the ship
ni were scen no more.
Following tile explosion the ship
igged in the centre. showinr that she
ad broken in two. In the oGtice of
he iron works. 20 feet away, every
indow was shattered and in ing glass
at the faces and hands of many of
ie otticials and clerks.
WAVES OF FIRE.
As hey rushed out into the open.
irvivors.who were able to help them
lves. were leaping from the ship. A
reat crowd of mechanics came run
in, out of the works. As soon as the
anic had subsided these men set to
-rk to rescue men from the burning
essel. A stream of burning oil. run
ing from the tanks. spread out until
be ship lay on waves of tire. The
ames crept under the wharf and soon
he timbers were blazing. adding to.
e difliculty of the work or rescue.
.s the ship was built of steel the fire
-as nearly all below the deck. There I
ere fourteen oil tanks containing
bout four hundred barrels of oil in
1. and despite the efforts of the fire
epartment, this continued to burn
ercely for hours after the explosion.
everal minor explosions. due to the
ames going from tank to tank.occur
d at short intervals, but all the in
iry and loss of life was caused by the
rst one. One peculiarity of the ex
losion was that several men whio were
the other side of the bulkhead from
Ihere it occurred. were uninjured
bile others farther away were badly
urt. Several men in the yards were
jured by flying debris. The loss to;
e Fulton company by the wrecking
f the building and the burning of the
harf will exceed $20.000. It is esti
.ated that the Progresso wa:: worth
FELT A NILE AWAY.
gs at H-arbor View and the shoek
as felt a mile away. In a few in
tances windows were broken several
locks away. James Spiers, Jr.. gen
ral manager of the Fulton Iron
Vorks, is positive that the explosion
las due to the oil and not to the
ursting of the boiler. Ilis theory is
that gas was generated in one of the
il tanks. *It was certainly the ex
'losion of a tank," he said. "if it
ad been a boiler explosion, a cloud of
team would have arisen, but there
as no steam. Instead, it was black
moke from the oil. There was only
small pressure of steam at the
A Traina For Millionaires.
Chicago is to have a millionaire's
rain between that city, Jacksonville
nd other Florida resorts, which will
'e as tine in equipment and as fast in
ime as the famous train running over
he Atlantic Coast Line from New
Cork to Florida point. The new train
il be placed in service by the East
rn llinois soon after the first of the
ear and will make the trip from
here to Jacksonville in thirty hours
nstead of thirty-one as heretofore.
kll the equipment to be used is to be
rew, and, and is now in course of con
truction by the Pullman Company.
[he cost of the necessary equipment
vi be between $700,000 and $1,000,
'00. This elegant ne w train f rom the
,est will be operated via Evansville,
Kashvile. Atlanta, Albany, and the
tlantic Coast Line to Jacksonville,
hence to Augustine. Fla. it will be
een that tie Atlantic Coast Line will
naintain its reputation for the perfect
assener service from the West as
vell as fromn the East.
A Fatal Accident.
An unusual and fatal accident oc
u rred at WVoid rufif Wednesday. Three
hildren of J1. T. Roach were playing
vith a railroad torpedo arnd one of
,hem suggested that the object be
pened. Acting oni this idea. a ham
nr was secured and the dangerous
>bject struck a blow. which exploded
t. The !.ing parts of metal struck
e ildiren, inju ring all thliree, the
ldest fatally. Tis child died Wed
lesday night at 8 ('clock of its injur
es. The others wvill recover. The
'athe r founad the torpedlo several weeks
(go an not knowing its dlangerous
uture took it home with him, where
t was carelessly left within the chil
A StraLnge CaseC.
.1 (n L. Sta rus. a North Carolina
'armer. saxvs lhe found a four-ounce
ogget of LOidl and other lumps byV
iggig inst Tuesday at a place on
is farm. in consequence of instrue
ions given by the spirit of his dlead
xie, who came and stoodl by his hed
An An~iul D~eath.
lbokon M l;aI 'ws .ank i in a cuageire
: mud. and in spite f all ellforts at
- ked to death. ie showed heroic
:ourage as he sank beneath the slime.
mai died with a song on his lips.
TROUBLE AT FURXAN.
The StudentsThreateu to Resign Un
less Trustees ltescind Action.
A dispatch from Greenville to The
State says the trustees of Furman
unIiversity Thursday evening passed a
resolution. by a majority vote. ask
ing the r(.tigIation of Dr. Gordon B.
Moorv. professor of p.hilosophy and
The board pre!sented this request
upon the ground that there was dis
satisfaction in the State on account
of Dr. Moore. but they did not call
into question his orthorloxy or his
teaching: simply as a matter of pnlicy
it was deemed best to ask for his res
igliation. The action of the trustees
has aroused Dr. Moore's friends,. and
it js said that lie will be urged not to
c)m11ply with the request.
A later dispatch to The State says
the situation at Furman university is
growing critical. The student body
held a meeting Thursday evening in
Montague hall and passed resolutions,
unaninously, that unless the trustees
rescinded their action with reference
to Dr. Moore they would leave the in
stitution at once. The students ap
pear to be united in this action and
Thursday sent, resolutotis to tl)e trus
tees endorsing Dr. Moore and plead
ing for iis retention.
A con ference of Dr. Moore's friends
in the convention will be held to de
cide upon the course to pursqre when
the convention considers the report
from the trustees Saturday at noon.
There is no excitement among the
students or members of the conference,
but it is aareed on all sideg that the
situation is exceedingly grave, which
may lead to a protracted and unpleas
ant debate in the convention. The
prpositiOn1 wis been made to renuest
the resignation of the trustees who
constitute the majority present. nine
out of fifteen.
The trustees of Furman University
Friday morning agreed to accord a
hearing to Col. J. A. Hoyt on behalf
of 50 members of the convention ask
ing the board to reconsider their ac
tion itn requesting the rersignation of
Dr. G. M. oore as a professor in the
university. Col. Hoyt made a 'br'ef
and succinct statement to the trus
tees, saying lie was actin? not for
himself but at the request of other
bretnren in making an appeal for re
consideration and, if possible, a revo
cation of Thvrsday's action as it was
believed by those he represented that
a majority of the convention was not
in accord with the majority of the
trustees, Ile also urged this course
becau.se of the apparent crisis at hand
with the students proposing to leave
the institution unless the request for
r)r. Moore's resignation is withdrawn.
Subsequently Dr. 1). M. Ramsey.
chairman of the board, reported to
the convention that the trustees had
agreed to a reconsideration, but would
not go any further at this time.
1t. MOORE SPEZAKs.
Just bcfore the close of the services
Dr. Moore appeared upon the platform
and asked for the privilege of address
ing the convention, which was readi
ly granted. He desIred to express
his appreciation of the brethren in de
claring their contioence in him as a
Christian and a minister. He..has
spent 20 years of his life in South
Carolina and thie brethren have a
right to know somett ing about him.
He appreciates their kindness, gene
rosity and brotherly affection. For
some unaccountable reason lhe has
assailed, but he has no disposition to
complain of it. The Gospel has taught
him the spirit of forgiveness and lie
has no feelng of revenge, bitterness or
retaliation, This is the last time he
expects to appear before the convyen
tion of South Carolina Baptists and
his resignation will be tendered at a
proper time. In conformity with
the wishes of the trustees it will
take effect at the end of the ses
sion. The board deemed it best
to ask his resignation and he has
no criticism to make upon their
action or utter harsh words againt the
brethren who voted for the resolution.
He thanked thenm for a reconsidera
tion which made the way open for
him to speak in his own~ behalf and to
appear before brethren of the conven
tion in all love and forbearance. He
wvas deeply concerned for prosperity of
Furman university, for which lie had
labored to the best of his ability, Hie
was a servant of his brethrea for
Christ Jesus, but he was not the slave
of any man. lie closed with an ear
nest appeal for the endowment of the
university as proposed, and his voice
rang in stroig endorsement of the
plan adopted. D~r. Moorer made a
profound impression upon his hearers
and his clear, vigorous enunciation of
his position met with hearty endorse
ment from hundreds in the audience.
lls statement ends the controversy
and no more will be heard of the
danger that threatened the university.
The State says Solomon Carlisle. a
negro laborer at the plant of the Ca
tawber Powver company, at Rock l ill,
was shot and instantly killed Wednes
clay afternoon by a negro named Mary
Eeson. The woman claimed acci
dent. Hier story is that they were
fooling with the gun and that she had
already shot it out of the w~ndow and
that. Carlisle took hold of the barrel
placed it against his head and told
her to pull the triggrer: that there was
no load ini it. She did as directed andl
the result was the blowing nif of the
A Rich Baby.
A son was born to the wife of W.
A. Clark. .Jr.. Wednesday night, win
nin the $1,.000Oii gift which Sena
tor W. A. Clark ofiered to his sons
and daughters a year ago for the first
grandson presented to him. says a
special to the Chicago Rtecord-Hlerald
from Butts. Mont. is youngest
daughter, Mrs. Morris. in New York.
rcently gave birth to a daughter.
Senator Clark. who is in Paris. has
een not i lied by cable of the arrival of
the prize winner.
By order of t he .Japanese empress
wOrlen legZs have just been distributed
to the seven maimed survivors of the
Amori disaster, when 200 Japanese
A SCORE PERISH.
Caught in a Death Trap With Little
Chance of Escape.
FIRE HORROR IN CHICAGO.
Some Desperate Attempts at Escape
and Many Fall From Fire
Escapes to Death in
Twenty-three persons met death in
a fire at the Lincoln Ilotel at 176')
Madison Street. Chicago, at 6 o'clock
Thursday morning. Nineteen bodies
have been recovered. Little damage
was done to the hotel, but the smoke
was so dense that the persons were
overcome and died. 'Many jumped
from the fourth story windows, or
tried to save themselves by climbing
to the fire escapes in the front of tlie
builiing. ooly to lose their gr4sps of
the cold i'rj bus ard fgil to the
Persons in the rear of the building
on the top floors had no chance. The
narrow stairway was afire and the es
cape of the lodger4 in tile rol: of the
building was cut off. Firomen and po
licemen, in speaking of what they
witnessed, condemned the building as
a lire trap. Ambulances and patrol
wagons were called and the de4d .1nd
injured were qlckiy attended. All
but fourteen at the hotel were out of
town persons. Most of them eme to
Chicago to attend the international
live stock show, The hotel was filled.
A large number of stock men and
their faimilies were ttined away.
Sihortly arter the tire broke out, the
firemen rushed up the stairway and
began the rescue. Men, women and
chillren were carrlod down the lad
ders, the fire escapes, and smoke filled
t.e halls. In one instance a tireman
of- an engine company saved a woman
running from the rear end of the
building to certain death, only to be
forced to drop her from the third floor
roof of a building adjoining. The
woman held her seven-year old son in
her arms. She was a Mrs. Sheppard.
She was carried from the roof of the
building to the Brevoort House, where
a physician found that their injuries
The building was constructed of
brick, but there was only one stair
way to the floors and the fire escape
was in the front. E. C. Weber, the
night clerk. first discovered smoke on
the second flor. le believes th~e fire
began in this section. Weber refused
to make a statement, and after he se
cured the register was taken to the
centsal police station. where he is be
ing detained. Mrs. Sheppard's son
was first awakened by the presence of
smoke. He awakened his mother and
both began screaming. Many people
were thus warned of the danger.
It appears that the lire was acci
dentally started, probably by the drop
ping of a lighted cigar on the carpet
in the hallway on the second floor.
The smouldering fire tilled the build
ing with heavy smoke, and several
were suffocated. Many bodies were
found in the beds in positions oi' slum
ber. Some were found in the hallway
face downwards. The positions mute
ly portrayed how vainly they endeav
ored to save their lives. Some were
half clad and others wore night cloth
ing. ________ _
John Dent and Cohen Law, two
negroes, who went into a store at
Spartanbumg bent upon theiving Wed
nesday evening, While one of them
engaged the attention of the clerk the
other proceeded to stack up on his
arm five or six pairs of pants, the very
best in the stock. The thier endeav
ored to escape, followed by his com
panion. The negroes were hotly pur
sued, however, and dropped the stolen
goods, but made their escape. Later
on in the night both were arrested.
Thursday morning they were carried
before Magistrate Kirby, and bound
over to the present term of sessions
court for grand larceny. Later on in
the day they were tried in sessions
court, plead guilty, and were given
the following sentences: John Dent
two years and three months at hard
labor in the State Penitentiary; Coh-.
en Law, two years at hard labor in
the State penitentiary.
Nearer Jail than Congress.
A. P. Prioleau. thecolored Republi
can candidate for Congress, who re
cently filed with the State board of
canvassers a protest against the decla
ration of the returns, showing the
Hon. George S. Legare to have been
elected to Congress from the First
district, was indicted Wednesday in
the United States District Court at
Charleston on the charge of detaining,
delaying and opening mail matter.
when he was running on the Atlantic
Coast Line as a railway mail clerk.
The case is made out against Prio
leau of his intercepting a letter, ad
dressed to Peter Gailard, of Elutaw
yille, S. C., who is, by the way, a
magistratLe. showing that Prioleau
was no respecter of persons, when it
camne to swiping mail matter. The
act. it is alleged, was committed on
the Fourth of Ju ly last.
Tit for Trat.
Secretary Moody tried to have inn
with President Roosevelt over his
failure to kill a bear during his recent
hunt in Mississippi. "I may not have
killed a bear. but I did no mistake a
coloreu woman for a wild turkey," re
torted the president. "I can have just
as much fun with you as you can
have with me," Mr. Roosevelt con
Itinued. and he spoke vei'y loud as he
told how the secretary while on his
recent hunting trip in South Carolina
illed a colored wvoman full of shot.
mistaking her for a turkey. The
president put a few fine touches on
the story and before he had tinished
it he had the secretary buying a tiock
of chickens at a fancy price in order
to pacify the angry negroes.
.ruhn Grey Boyd, a well known law
yer' and one of the best known citizens
Iof F"ordham. N. Y.. having fallen
fronm a step ladder' to tihe cellar at his
home, fractured his skull from the ef
fects of which he died.
THE PAYMENT OF DEBTS.
Whant a Country Editor Thin!:s Aboutt
Among the subjects treated by Rev.
L. M. Roper during a recent meeting
lie conducted in Newberry was that
of debt paying. le laid great stress ir
on the importance of the restitution
of mone.v or other property secured
wrongfully and up in the paying of
debts. le insisted that. .ne can ex- ri
pect to have his sins forgiven and si
thus get to heaven ' io does not pay m
his honest debts.
In commenting on the sermon the,
Newberry Observer says it seems that ir
this is plain enougl: and that tie very
commonest of common sense woui as- A
sent to it. It can hardly. be expected i
that religion is less exacting than SC
common honesty. And yet there are
people, it must be confessed, who re
fuse to pay their debts and yet make
very strong pretensions to piety. Mr. ca
Roper qualified his statement on this bc
subject by saying that there are per- ti
sons who have been unfortunate and Y
are not able to pay their debts, and V
that he did not wish to lay a burden te
upon the consciengies (if such.
Ah, thre's the rub. There is where a
so many escape the condemnation-or ea
try to escape it-that is launched h
against people who do not pay their
Just debts-tiley hug thTe delusion to dc
their Ureasts that they cannot pay su
them. What they mean in theiX o.vu
minds by not being able to pay tihir
debts varies with diferent p'ersons as so
much is on. 3haracter differ from an- kr
other. One man means that he can- a
not pay his debts and have all the gr
luxuries and cOriveniences that he has th
been accustomed to. Another mea sh
that he cannot pay his debts and con- re
tinue to moe in. the socIal circle in ci,
which he now moves, as
There are men worth tloisands hc
who live in tino hoises, who clothe be
thems!lves and their families in the lie
in-st fabrics and who fare sumptu- re
ously, but who will not pay their ru
debts, and their miserable subterfuge ne
of an excuse is that they cannot. By ea
which they mean that they cannot
and continue to live as they now live- pa
They need the money to keep up style Ti
and to maintain what th'y consider a re
necessary "respectabilit-y." Some of ri
them owe mouiey to poor men who ,
need it to live on; and yet they flatter TI
themselves that they are honest and a
would pay their debts if they could. th
There are persons who cannot pay ce;
their debts, and no doubt the preach- f
er was right in not laying upon their Fi
consciences a burden that might lead al
them to despair of forgiveness; but fo
where there is one such person there dL
are scores trying to hide behind this ba
excuse of not being able, who make
no real sacrifice to rpeet their just ob- av
ligations, and yet claim to be honest ,
and even religious. IBeal downright th
honesty is the rearest of all virtues, hi
geavy Damages. r
4 verdict for $100,000 given against
the New York Central railway is said
to be the largest on record in a suit r
for damages because of death. The at
plantiff is Mrs. Jennie Leys who sued to
the road on account of the death of to
her husband in the celebrated Park y
avenue tunnel wreck nearly a year ago.
The $100,000 carries interest from the nc
date of the accident, and to that is to a
be added 82.000 for counsel fees, h
amounting in all to about $t09,000 hi
One of the attorneys for Mrs. Leys1
stated that "the only other verdict
that compared with this one was that
rendered by an FEanglish jury in favor
of the heirs of a Dr, Philips, who was a
skilled in an accident and whose fami
ly got ?14,000. Not long ago a west
ern jury in this -country gate tbe vic
tim of severe injuries $73,000 and
often victims appearing in the British fri
courts have received large damages er
for their own hurts, but it is unpre- di
cedeted for the heirs of a dead man tL
to get so much," in this case the te
railroad company ad mitted its liability re
and the only question was as to the bI
amount. The New York Times says re
that "up to the present time the
Park avenue tunnel disaster has re- se
suted in verdicts aggregating more IR
than $400,000 against the New York RI
Central railroad. Among the amounts J.
awarded were $60,000 to Henry G3. vi
Dimon, $40,000 to E. C. ilinsaale, be
$28, 500 to Winifred Stutz, $20,000 to re
Oscar Meyrowitz, $18,500 to Peter st
Murpy, and lesser sums to Minnie ir
Rice, William E. Howard, Mabel as
Newman, Sadie Scott, Arthur White! st
cy, A. E. Mills, Frank Crosby, and fc
Dr. Arthur Dudley. in addition to m
the above, there have been several tl
settlements out of court.'' fc
Who Will Go?
Secretary Martin of the National e
Live Stock association has sent the
governor a copy of the call for the 0!
sixth annual convention of the associ-t
ation, which wvill convene in Kansas b
City on Jan. 13 next, and has written
the governor requesting the appoint- cc
ment of delegates to represent this T~
State. This convention it is said will g
be of great importance to the live sy
stock industry of all the States. and bi
as large a representation as can be u
secured Is desired. The governor Ic
would like to hear from those who tE
will undertake to be present before C,
appointing the delegates.w
Sout h Georgia Flooded.
Heavy rains fell throughouit South
Georgia for four days. last week. Re-m
ports from Bainbridge, Brunsiel''IT
Vadosta and Waycross say water
courses are out of they banks, and
houses in towns are flooded and A
bridges washed away. Bainbridge re
ports a rainfall of ab le thirteen
inces in the four days. At Valdosta
Thursday a small boy was struck and
killed by lightning. Railroan schedulest
are being interrupted by high water.
shermnan's Grave. i
An exchange says: "'John Sherman'
grave, In the Mansfield. 0.. cemetery.
has just been marked by a handsome
granite block. The name "John Sher-j
man" is the only legend that relieves c
the plainness of the huge monolith. hl
We move to add under the name ''the h
Took Too aluch.
Johin W. Norris died at Newberry
on Wednesday from an overdose of t
laudanum which he took. Hie was ai
clrk in a store and had beeni sick for d
several days. No cause is known for t
the tragedy. lie is survived by his g
SCALDED ER HUSBAND.
hile Asef p a Man is Ducked With
With a stream of boiling water flow
g into his right ear and a flood -)f it
>uring over his face, around bis neck
id down his chest, Albert Fitzpat
k of Macon, Ga., sprang from his
ep at an early hour Wednesday
orning. and screaming and dancing
ith pain. Beside his bed stood
s wife. smiling like a demob, holding
her hands a. halt gallon vessel from
bich the steam was still rising hgh.
11 the water had been poured on
r sleeping husband. Fitzpatrick's
reams only broadened the smile up
the woman's face, until it gave
iy to a hearty laugh.
"Now," she said, as Fitzpatrick
lied louder for help, "I guess you'll
have yourself. I guess you'll leave
at woman alone. I have spoiled
ur beauty and I guess that'll hold
u for a while." The pain was in
nse. Bolding his hand to his head
tzpatrick made a break for the door,
d into the rain and dark plunged,
Ch step calling louder and harder for
lp. His cries aroused the neighbor
od, and in a few minutes a half
zen neighobors gathered about the
flering man. At first he could do
thing but scream for help.
He was led back into his house by
.ne of hiq friends, none of them
owing the cause of his outbreak.
it as they entered the house his wife
eeted them at the door, forbidding
eir entranoe: Then, in a few words,
e told what she had done, and, in
ating it, showed herself, in the re
tal of her wrongs. Pushing her
de, the men led Fitzpatrick into the
use. and, p'acing him upon the bed,
an doing what they could -t re
ve his agony. Lard, oil and other
:nedies, laudanum incleued. were
bbed over the scalded. portion of his
k and chest and poured down his
But there was no relief. One of the
rty hurried for a physician, and Dr.
nkle responded. When the doctor
iched the home he found Fitzpat
k almost in convulsions, so great
ts the torture be was undergoing.
ie ear had begun to-swell, and was
nost closed.. It was with difficulty
at Dr. Hinkle was able to find ac
is to the wounded portion, but he
ally succeeded, and in a short time
tzpatrick was easy, His burns were
bad, and it will be several days be
-e he can get out to resume his
ties as janitor at the Commercial
Fitzpatrick's home is on Third
enue, at Pleasant Hill. Today he
Ls unable to do any talking, and
ere is more than a possibility that
s burns may prove fatal. His wife
mained sullen until it was found
at his condition was desperate.
1en, apparently forgetting her an
r, she became the most attentive
d devoted of nurse. The skin' on
tzpatrick's face was cooked almost
a turn, and is peeling off. Both
es are injured by the boiling water,
d it may be that his sight will
ver be good again.
The woman has not been arrested,
d will be allowed to remain with
r husband as long as she cares for
COL UEBIA FEMALTE COLLEGE.
Eter Discussion the Conference Re
tuses to Move It.
The removal of the female college
>m Columbia wa's up in the confer
ce at Newberry on Friday and after
scussion it was decided not to move
e college from Columbia. The mat
r was placed before conference by a
solution offered by Revs. A. 0. Dar
and H. W. Boys that the college
main in Columbia.
After speeches by Rev. E. 0. Wat
n, C. C. Featherstone, Esq., and
av. R.. A. Childs, for removal and
vs. J. W. Daniel, M. L. Carlisle and
A. Clifton against removal the pre
ous question was called for, and a
llot was ordered. The resolution
ad, the effect of the vote was clearly
ated and the roll call began, result
g: Yeas 120; Nays 94. Mr. Hyatt
ked the privilege of saying a word,
ating that Columbia would do well
r the college. Rev. E. 0. Watson
ade a final statement to the effect
tat Columbia's lead would be gladly
lowed. Rev. R. A. Childs moved
at the vote be made unanimous. C.
. eatherstone seconded, and it was
Greenwood and Laurens were the
ily two places considered in connec
on with the removal of the college
Sthe trustees. and they unanimous
recomnmended the removal of the
llege from Columbia to Greenwood.
hat little city had offered $42,000 in
sh and a good site if the conference
uld move the college to that place,
it the conference as stated above
iought it advisable to leave the col
ge at Columbia. This ends the mat
r. and the college will remain at
)umbia, where it has done excellent
ork for many years.
A Fatal Joke.
Har ry Rult. an employe of a loco
otive works in Paterson, N. J., died
hursday as a result of a practical
ke played on him by tive of his fel
w workmen. They were arrested
arged with causing his death. It
alleged, that they "blew up'' Ruit
ith a pneumatic air pump having a
ressure of 110 pounds to the inch.
he boy's stomach became greatly ex
nded and after several hours of
reat suffering he died. When the
en accused of having caused Ruit's
fath wEre arraigned in court in
aterson, the dead boy's father rushed
one of them, named Dorn, knocked
im down and started to kick him.
he father was restrained by the
>urt officers. The accused men were
ld without bail on a charge of man
Killed by a Train.
Mr. G. Hugh Salesbee. an old gen
eman of Spatrtanburg county, drove
i front of a passenger train Wednes
y and was killed instantly, as the
rain was making fast time. His
randson. a small boy. jumped and es
A NARROW ESCAPE.
Was Shot at Three Times-by Burglars
in a Store.
MANAGER WINGO THE TARGET.
He Went In the Saxon Miles Stoe
and Was Fired ~on by-'
Burglars, But Wa
The Spartanbu g Evening Journal
says J. S.' Wingo who is manager of I
the company store at the Saxon Mills
is congratulating himself that he is
alive. He had a narrow escape Tues
day night about midnight when two
burglars opened fire upon him at a
distanec ol about five feet firing three
About 12 o'clock Tuesday night Mr.
Wingo went to the company store at
the Saxon Mills. The dstance from
Mr. Wirigo's home to the nill was
not great and he arrived at the store
in a few moments time. As he ap
proached the door he took out his
keys to unlock the store door, desiring
to use the telephone in the store to
call t physician. Mr. Wingo noticed
nothing wrong and entered as usual,
starting over to a show case on the
side of the store to procure.- some
matches and strike a light before us
ing the telephone.
"I was in front of the show, cases"
says Mr. Wingo in telling 6f t .
urrence, "and was just starting be
hind the case to get a match, when
two men standing, 1 suppose, behind
the show case, opened fire on me, fir
ing twice, I then -retreated to the -
door and went outside. As r reached
the outside I saw two men come out of
store door close together and as they: -
reached the outside one of them drew .
his pistol and fired at me again., The
two men - then disappeared In..tie
darkness over in the direction of.Fair
mont where all trace of them, wa
Mr. Wingo fortunately was not
struck by any of the balls fired by-Dbe s
burglars. It was so dark in the store,
that he could not identify his assail
ants and it is perhaps due to the great 5
darkness that the burglars ware un
able to take deadly aim when they.
fired upon Mr. Wingo.
The men had been in the store pre
sumably for some time as they had
succeeded in opening the cash drawer,
which was examined later, wheni it
was ascertained that twenty dollars
in cash had been taken. Further in
vestigation also developed the fact
that a pistol lying in the store and
three or four pocket knives had also
Mr. Wingo is -unable to describe the
men and cannot say whether they
were white or black. They made good
their escape. The police have the
matter in hand and will use every
means at command to bring the
Wants Kissing Stopped.
Kissing'fill be roade a misdemeanor .
in Virginia punishable -with a fine, if
a bill offered in the house of delegates
Thursday, becomes a law. The uni
que measure of which Dr. R. B. Ware,
the member from Amherst, who is a
physician of splendid reputation, .is
the patron, is designed to prevent
promiscuous kissing, but it might
easily be constructed to stand as a
barrier between husband and wife, or
even lover and sweetheart. In order
to enjoy the right to kiss one must
prove by his family physician that he
has no contagious or infectious disease.
The interesting inquiry is, who will
inform (in the kisser. It is not thought
for a moment that any chivalrous
Virgin ian will take the liberty of be
stowing a kiss where there-is real ob
jection, or in the presence of one who..
would give away the sect enc
the law would be inoperative, if en
Lights His Nose.
A letter from Paris says a man with
a celluloid nose has created intense
excitement on the Boulevard Saint
Michel. Hie was lighting a cigarette
when his nose became suddenly ignit
ed, and it and his beard were soon on
fire. The man jumped about the bou
evard in pain, and was carried
through a horrified crowd to a chemi
ist's shop, where the extraordinary
confagration was extinguished. It
was then found that the man had a
celluloid nose. His real nasal organ
had gone under- in a street row, and
he went to a flesh-patcher for an arti
ficial nose. He had been supplied with
a celluloid instead of a horn proboscis,
and hence his mishap.
Shocked Him to Death.
John McLaughlin was Instantly
killed b:: an express train on the
Ninth Elevated road in New Yorkc
Saturday night. About 31. persons
were standing on the platform of the
Seventy-second street station when
the accident occurred and among them
was Emanuel Dreyfus, a clerk at po
lice headquarters. The sight of the
sudden death affected him violently
and he fell, dying almost instantly.
McLaughlin was a laborer and lived
A dispatch from Ironton, Ohio, says
William Glasson, the negro assailant
of Miss Maloney, who narrowly escap
ed lynching Saturday morning, was
brought there from Gallipolis Wednes
day and entered a plea of guilty be
fore Mayor Mountain to a charge of
assault with intent to kill and was
jailed before the public knew of his
presence. The authorities anticipate
no trouble. but the muttering of the
past few days make Glassco's position
Killed by a Train.
A. G. Waite, a merchant at Seneca
was killed Sunday night by train No.
38 at West minster. Hie attempted to
cross the track in front of the train.
His heaid was crushed and he died in
stantly. His remains were buried from
Westminster at South Union. in the
lower part of the county. The coro
ner's jury exonerates the railroad. He
lavre a wife nnd ne child.