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VOL. XVIII. MANNING, S. C.. WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 17,1904. NO.22
VICTORY FOR JAPS.
Panic Seized the Russians as they
Saw Torpedo Boats
ATTACK THEIR SHIPa OF WAR.
As Russian War Ships 'Dashed
from Harbor They Were Shot
to Pieces by the
A copyrighted special dispatch to
the Atlanta Journal from London
says Japan has won her irst great
naval vict'ry. A dispatch from St.
Petersburg says that an attack has
been made by a Japanese torpedo fleet
on the Russian battleships and cruis
ers lying at anchor at the entrance of
the harbor of Port Arthur, and that
the battleships Czarwitch and Retvi
zan and the cruiser Pallaca were tor
pedoed and wrecked.
Shortly before midnight on Monday
a large Japanese fleet, presumably that
which left Sacuo early Saturday, was
reported off Port Arthur. The Rus
sian fleet, which h id been anchored
outside the harbor, had been warned
and nad returned within the harbor
entrance. The Russians felt that
their torpedo system would protect
them, but even then took no chances,
but kept their sea! chligh:s working
both from ships and shore batteries,
particularly from that pot. -ion of the
land called Tiger's Tail.
The Japanese fleet outside did some
maneuvering and then apparently
went off to the southward, so many
thought. to join the remainder of the
Japanese fleet known to be in the
neighborhood of Wei Hai Wei.
At 1:40 a. in., Sunday, as watchers
and searchlights were becoming lag
gard and the alarm at the first felt, was
about dying out, a black streak was
observed crossing the harbor muth
by one of the lookouts on the Czare
witch. He gave the alarm, a dozen
searchlights flashed out and the sight
paralyzed the Russians.
THE RUSSIANS ATTACKED.
According to dispatches sent to St.
Peterburg, a half dozen torpedo boats
were making their way toward the
fleet. Before any move could be made,
a torpedo was launched from one of
the Japanese boats at the Czarewitch
and striking her, exploded, tearing
her apart, at almost the same mo
ment another torpedo was fired at
her and hit the Retvizan, the most
modern ship in the Russian navy and
made a wreck of her.
The deadly missile struck the Ret
vizan just forward of her forward tur
ret on the port side and tore a gaping
hole in her side. Consternation among
the Russians had now increased to a
panic and hardly any attempt was
made to repel the attack being made.
The Pallada, a fine cruiser, was lying
inside of both battleships, and to her
the torpedo boats next turned their
attention. The Pallada's crew had
got her- rapid fire guns to work and
were trying to hit the Japanese.
The latter then launched half a
dozen torpedoes at the Russan cruiser
before one took effect. It left the
Russian cruiser a hopeless wreck. By
this time several Russig.n torpedo
boats had got into the ig ht and the
Japanese, finding affairs becoming
complicated and more cx itical than
they cared to meet, withdrew as they
Att--iapts were made fro n the shore
to fire the mines in the ( ntrance to
the harbor. Some did crplode, but
not while any torpedo -oats were
near, while others failed utterly to
answer to the electric spark. By
the time the Russians liad gotten
over their consternation anid got into
condition to fight, the Ja.panese had
disappeared. Bsy daylight there were
no Japnese in sight.
ANOTEERS JAP VICTORY.
A copyrighted special lispatch to
the Atlanta Journa.l from London
says an official Jaoins. telegram to
Baron Hayashi, the Jdpanese minis
ter there, gives details of the sea bat
tie between the Japanese a ad Russian
squadron in which the c: .iser Variag
and the torpedo gunboat Koreitz were
destroyed. The batt le took: place near
the Polynesian Islands in the Yellow
Sea. It began on February 8th in
the afternoon. The Bussian warships,
after som~e hours of flghting, taking
refuge among the island Tuesday
mor 'g, the battle was resumed and
en'sinued until thc Variazr was sunk
aod Koreitz blown up. According to
the official Japanese repo. t the Rus
sian losses are said to reaca hundreds.
The survivors from tl e Russian
warships took refuge on .he French
cruiser Paschal. As the Ja: anese squa
dron was escorting -he pri ;oners from
Nagasaki to the Korean harbor of
Chemuipo,near the Polynesian islands,
the squadron encounitered the Variag,
one of Russia's most effective fighting
ships, and the Koreitz, a particularly
dangerous adversary because of two
torpedo tubes in addition to her aisual
ly heavy armament.
RtssIANs TRY TORPEDOES.
The Koreitz was in adysnce of the
Variag: both warships had been ':ying
off Chemulpo. As soon as the Kcreitz
sight was wIthin effective range of
the Japanese squadron she launched
two torpedo tubes. The Japanese
immediately opened heavy lire on the
Koreitz. The Variag hurried up to
the aid of the torpedo lgunboat and
both warships returned ;-the Jauanese
fire. The battle lasted for some time
with slight damage to either side,
when Ithe Russian warships retired,
perceptibly taking refuge in the har
Early Tuesday morning the two
Russian sea tighters, which had repair
ed their damages during the night,
made a dash out of the harbor. It
was a desperate effort to escape from
the watchful Japanese fleet, resembl
ing in its hopelessness and dash Cer
vera's memorable rush from the har
bor of Santiago. The guns of the
Japanese squadron covered the en
trance to the harbor where the Rus
sians had taken refuge, as the czar's
battleships emerged, belching shot
SHOT INTO PIECEs.
The Japanese concentrated a ter
rific fire on the two Russian ships and
in a very short time it was apparent
that their destruction was a certain
ty. The Variag was disabled, he
stering gear being knocked out of
commission and the gun turrets bat
tered, and within a half hour afte
the morning's engagement began shy
sank. The Koreiltz fought until
shell exploded in her magazine, whicl
rent her asunder. The crews of thi
two ships stuggled in the water an(
the survivors were picked up by the
French cruiser Paschal, which wit
nessed the terrific battle. The Japa
nese squadron proceedh d on its wa:
to Chemulpo, where the troops or
board the transports were landed.
A dispatch from St. Petersburg say:
a second telegram has been receives
from Viceroy Alexieff. It is dates
February 9 and says:
A Japanese squadron of fifteer
battleships and cruisers Tuesday be
gan to bombard Port Arthur. ThE
fortress replied and the squadrot
weighed anchor in order to partici
pate in the battle."
A third telegram from the viceroy
says that after a bombardment last"
ing one hour the Japanese squadron
ceased its fire and steamed south
Our losses," the viceroy continues,
"are two naval officers and fifty-one
men wounded, and nine rr.en killed,
and on the coast batteries, one man
killed and three wounded.
"During the engagement the bat
tleship Poltava and the cruisers
Diana, Askold and Novic were each
ianaged on the water line. The
damage to the fortress was not impor
A RUSSIAN VICTORY.
A dispatch from St. Petersburg
says Russia claims to have gained a
victory at Port Arthur according to
newspaper extras printed here in
which it is d.:clared that three Japan
de warships and four torpedo boats
were crippled. One report says that
the Japanese battleship Skilkishima
was sunk. The same newspapers an
nounce printed dispatches from
Vladivostock reporting the complete
route of the Japanses by the Russians
along the Yalu river, Russian soldiers
and marines, these dispatches claim,
nave occupied Chemulpo, Corea. There
is no official confirmation of any of
the reports and they are discredited,
as they are utterly at variance with
the official dispatches which have
been made public.
Private telegrams report the com
plete route of the Japanese by the
Russians on the Yalu river. These
advices also claim that Chemulpo,
Korea. has been occapied by Russian
soldiers and marines.
A summary of the losses sustained
by Russia in the first twenty-four
hours of the war with Japan show that
ten Russian warships were placed out
of action in one way or another and
that the Japanese did not lose a ship.
The losses were as follows
Battleship Retvizan, torpedoed and
beached at Port Arthur.
Battleship Czarwitch, torpedoed and
beached at Port Arthur:
Battleship Poltava, hole below wa
ter line at Port Arthur.
Armoured cruiser Bayarin, disabled
by Japanese at Port Arthur.
Cruiser Pallada, torpedeed at Port
Arthur and beached.
Cruiser Novik, hole below water line,
at Port Arthur.
Cruiser Askold, hole below water
line, at Port Arthur.
Cruiser Diana, hole below water
line, at Port Arthur.
First class armored cruiser Variag,
destroyed at Chemulpho, Corea.
Torpedo gun vessel Korletz, destroy
Russian Troops in Far East.
First Siberian Army Corps.-South
en Manchuria--21 battlions, 9 squad
rons, 34 guns.
Viadivostock and Port Arthur-2
Frontier guards -26 battalions, 25
squadrons, 28 guns.
Pe-chi-li-l 2 battalions, 5 squad
rons, 4 guns.
Semlrechensk -8 battalions, 22
squadrons, 28 guns.
Uza-4 squadrons, 4 guns.
Second Siberian Army Corps.
Tsitsikar-12 battalions, 24 squad
rons, 22 guns.
Kirin-26 battalIons, 29 squadrons,
Detached posts-21 battalions, 46
'Iotal for both corps--525 officers,
22.930 men, 19.300 horses.
ITotal available men in the Far
E ast, 300,000.
To Buy Worship.
A dispatch from Atlanta says
Collonel Harry Silverman, member of
the governor's staff, has started a
moement whereby it is proposed that
the citizens of the U~nited States
subcrbe $3,000,000 with which to
pur*hase a modern battleship and
preent it to plucky Japan. Mr.
Silverman is very much enthused over
hepoetand is of the opinion that
there will be no trouble to raise the
amount. Other cities will be notified
Iand an organized move will be under
taken. A number of prominent citi
zens after l'arning of the scheme
bae assured Mr. Silverman their co
operation In making the undertaing a
Murder in West Virginia.
A special from Bluefield, W. Va..
says: "With a bullet hole througi
his brain and his body badly cut thE
remains of an unknowrn man were
found Wednesday, under the floor of
deserted house near Athens, Merce:
1County. Harry Taylor, formerly 0:
North Carolina, told his sister severa
days ago that he committed the mur
der, and robbed the dead man of mone:
and valuables, Hie threatened t<
murder his sister if she divulged thi
Isecret, but she notified the sheriff
Taylor fled, but it is feared he will re
turn and carry out his threat. Th4
house is being watched by the officers.'
The maintenance of -way employee!
of the entire system of the Atlanti<
Coast LI ne, which includes all mer
engaged in track work, bridge build
ing and departments of water supply
numbering something like tive thou
sand men, went on a strike Thursda'
at noon because of the refusal of thi
officials of the road to grant highe:
wages, give shorter hours and concedi
other demands. The strike Is beini
directed from Wilmington, where or
ders were Issued Wednesday for thi
Imen to strike at noon Thursday.
TILE ME PASSED.
6 Exciting Passages Between Members
in the Legislature Halls.
THE STATE HOUSE MATTER.
Tension of the Last Few Days
Gave Way and Members In
dulged in Sensational
The State says there were exiciting
scenes in the hall of the house of re
presentatives Thursday night, and
members indulged in language un
parlimentary but quite expressive of
their overwrought feelings. It is all
the outcome of the investigation into
the manner in which the State house
was completed. The report of the
commission which examined that
work created quite a sensation
throughout the State, and the mem
bers of the commission which had
in charge the work of completing the
capitol held an informal meeting
Thursday. It was decided to memoria
lize the general assembly for the mem
bers of the building commission to be
given a hearing in their own defense.
When the memorial was presented
in the house thereupon ensued the I
colloquy which very nearly approach
ed a clash upon the floor of the house.
for Mr. T. Y. Williams of Lancaster
in words which bear but one construc
tion attacked the varacity of Mr. W.
J. Johnson of Fairfield who in turn
had stigmatized the report of the in
vestigation commision as an infamous
falsehood. Furthermore Mr. Johnson1
had a sharp passage at arms with Mr.
J. M. Rawlinson of Richland who has
been one of the unobtrusive members
of the house, but who was very much
angered by a statement from Mr.
Johnson that the latter had made a
demand to be heard by the joint com
mittee. This Mr. Rawlinson denied,
and the charge was reaffirmed by Mr.
Johnson, who cited incidents to show
the reasons for his remarks. Mr.
Rawlinson declared that there had
been no demand, and that the re
marks to which Mr. Johnson attached
importance were but parts of a casual
The floor and galleries of the house
were packed with visitors, who took
a very keen interest in the heated de
bate, and at times the sergeant-at
arms was close by the gentlemen
speaking to prevent personal hostili
ties. It is generally believed that the
contention between the members of
the joint investigating committee and
the members of the building commis
sion will become more acrimonous, for
evidently the investigating committee
has not shown its hand. and the build
ing commission also has some warm
matter in reserve.
The memorial was presented in the
house by Mr. Aull, and in the senate
by Mr. Talbird. The gentlemen also
presented resolutions asking for an
other committee to be appointed to
hear the testimony of members of the
building commission. Mr. Williams in
the house and Mr. Aldrich in the sen
ate presented resolutions providing for
the same investigating committee to
continue its work. The whole matter
after acrimonious discussiou was re
ferred to the committee on railroads,
none of whose members are members
of either of the warring commissions.
TEXT OF THE REsOLUTION.
Following is the memorial present
d by former~ Gov. McSweeney, Mr.
G. Duncan Bellinger, Mr. J. Harvey
Wilson, Capt. R. H. Jennings, Mr.
R. J. Gantt and Mr. W. J. Jonhson.
"Gentlemen of the General Assembly:
"From an examination of the re
port of the joint committee 'to con
sider the several reports of the com-.
mission on the completion of the State
house and facts~ relating thereto,' we,
the undersigned members of the com
mission, authorized and directed 'to1
complete the State house' feel that
the report of the committee does us a
manifest injustice, as it wittingly or
unwittingly, unfairely condemns our
acts and the work approved by us
without giving us an opport unity to
be heard and even refusing to allow
us a hearing. Many of the allegations
of error and incompetency are easily
explained. Certain conclusions could
and would not have been drawn had
available evidence been heard. Above
all we feel that an impression that
must necessarily result from the tenor
and terms of the report would not
exist if we were allowed the opportu-,
nity to be heard.
Therefore, believing that the gener-I
al assembly can have no intention of
condemning us without a hearing, as
members of a commisssion upon whom
you imposed an involuntary public duty
should be allowed to account for that
trust and to give their answer and
explanation to any allegation or iu
sinuation, do most respectfully memor
ilize your honorable body to make
provision for giving us a hearing h'
order that further and all evidence
may be produced that may give light
upon the question before the com
mittee and that our evidence and re
ply to the report of the committee
should become a public record of your
honorable body of the same perman
ency and dignity as the report itself."
MR. AULL's REsoLUTION.
Following is the text of the "con
current resolution providing for a
joint committee as to the work on
the State house."
Whereas, it appers from the report
of the joint committee appointed un
der concurrent resolution to consider
the several reports of the commission
on the completion of the State house
and facts relating thereto, that all of
the available testimony bearing on the
subject was not adduced, that Gov.
M. B3. McSweeney, chairman of the
committee for the completion of the
State house, Attorney General C.
Duncan Bellinger, Secretary of Ste~t3
M. R. Cooper, State Treasurer W. H.
Timmerman and R. H. Jennings,
'Comptroller General J. P. Derham,
chairman of the finance committee,
George S. Mower; chairman of the
ways and means committee of the
house, J. Harvey Wilson; members of
the house, R. J. Gantt and W. J.
Johnson, members of the said com
mission were not permitted to testify
before said committee, and that other
parties whose actions were considered
by sai co-me wer not allowed
to appear before said committee or ir
any manner given a hearing.
Be it Resolved, that a special join1
committee consisting of five member
of the house and two members of the
senate be appointed by the speaker
and lieutenant governor, respectively,
with authority to appoint a ste
nographer, take testimony, com
mand the production of records and
papers and report the same to this
general assembly before its adjourn
Mr. Williams offered the following:
Whereas, certain members of the for
mer commission to complete the State
house have memoralized the general
assembly to make provision for giving
them a hearing in reply to the report
of the joint committee to consider the
several reports of the commission of
the completion of the State house and
facts relating thereto.
Be it Resolved, by the general as
sembly of the State of South Carolina
that any evidence explanation or
other statements in writing that the
said memoralists may have to submit
will be received and considered by the
general assembly whenever presented.
MR. PATTERSON'S STATEMENT.
When the memorial had been read,
Mr. J. 0. Patterson of'Barnwell, a
member of the investigating commit
tee, declared that it is a duty to him
self and to South Carolina for him to
make a statement. The general as
sem)ly is conversant with the mat
ters which led up to the appointment
of the investigating commission-the
members of which realized the gravity
of the trust placed upon them. They
had done their duty honestly, fear
lessly and conscientiously. The mem
bers of the State house building com
mission had all been friends of his
and it had been an unpleasant duty.
The investigating commission had not
been charged with the duty of extoll
ing or blaming the members of the
building commission. He referred to
the cards in The State of Wednesday
in which Mr. Bellinger and Mr. Gantt
complained that they had not been
treated with proper consideration.
The complaint is that the State house
commission had not been invited be
fore the building commission. Why
should the members of the latter
commission be summoned when they
themselves could not agree?
In reference to the statement of
Mr. Bellinger that he had been denied
the privilege of coming before the
commission, Mr. Patterson declared
that it was a case of a misunderstand
ing, which he regretted, as he and Mr.
Bellinger had been political personal
friends for many years. On the night
of January 7th Mr. Bellinger, while
Mr. Patterson's guest at the Colum
bia hotel, had threatened that in case
the joint commission should attack
the building commission he would
take the matter to the legislature.
Mr. Patterson declared that he regrets.
very much that a casual conversation
should have been misunderstood. He
bad told Mr. Bellinger that should
the report be in the nature of an at
tack he (Mr. Patterson) would insist
upon the members of the biulding com
misison being given a hearing. There
was no formal demand and the state
ment he made to Mr. Bellinger was
onditional. The joint committee had
thought it a waste of timeand money
o bring here the members of the build
ing commission. The investigating
ommission had employed a govern
ment architect and in person had in
spected the building carefully. He
regretted that the building commis
ion had felt aggrieved. They are
onorable men and If their confidence
n those whom they employed is mis
placed it is a misfortune to the State
f South Carolina.
MRt. WILLIAM'S DIsCLAIMER.
Mr. Williams made a straight for
ward statement that the terms of the
:emorial do not contain a true state
ment of facts. The joint committee
ad never refused to give audience to
ny member of the building commis
ion. The architect brought here to
nspect the wo-k had been given no
suggestions. T~he investigating com
mission had not reflected upon the
:uliding commission. It had simply
stated the facts as they had been
"No member of that committee has
ver intimated to me In any way
whatever that they dersired to be
eard before that committee," said
Mir. Williams, "and I challenge each
and every one of them to show that
they have ever at any time mentioned
he matter to me. Yet it is stated in
this memorial that we refused to hear
therm. I go further, gentlemen, and
say that no member of the state
house commission has ever asked the
joini com-nission, as a committee, to
llowt them, or any one >f them, to be
eard, and yet they come here and
stata in this memorial that we have
refused to hear them. I make this
statement because that is a reflection
upon the committee and I could not
sit here and allow the state house comn
mission, or any other set of men, to
reflect upon me or the gentlemen
with whom I have been associated
upon this committee.'
Mr. Robinson declared that It had
not been the purpose of the commis
sion to) reflect upon the building comn
mission. The members of the latter
ad not asked to come before the joint
committee. The architezt and con
tractor had been asked to appear and
had not done so.
Mr. Aull declared that the building
committee had been very severely
criticised and as an act of justice they
should be heard. He introduced a
cncurrent resolution to that effect.
Mr. D. D.McCall, Jr., of Marlboro,
declared that never In his life had he
been given more pleasure tban he has
in endorsing the action of the investi
gating committee. He thought its
work should stand. Its members are
MATTERS APFROACH A CRISIs
Mr. W. J. Johnson, a member of
the state house building committed,
made an impassioned speech, in which
he declared it had not been his inten
tion to speak upon tils question, for
the language which he would like to
apply to the report would not be par
Mr. WIlliams and Mr. Rawlinson
plied Mr. Johnson with questions to
find out if the latter had been denied
the privilege of coming before the
commission. The moment was excit
lng when Mr. Rawlinsnn began to ap
i proach toward Mr. Jobnson, but the
speaker rapped the members to order.
Mr. Johnson declared this report of
a commission which sat behind closed
doors to have been a damnable insult
to the State of South Carolina. In
reply to Mr. Patterson he said that
- there had been no division in the I
building commission except for one
i dissenting member, who had been per
mitted to be with the investigating
commission. Why not the other eight?
They are honorable gentlemen, all of
them, and any statement t) the con
trary is an infamous lie.
Mr. Williams-Do you mean to ap
ply that to the members of the com
Mr. Johnson-You have heaid what t
I have said.
Mr. Williams-Do you mean to ap
ply that to me; it is very easy for you
Mr. .ohnson-if the cap fits wear
It; just wear it.
Mr. Williams-A'. right, sir.
Mr. Gaston made the point of order
that the discussion is all out of order.
Mr. Mauldin, in the chair, ruled
that the memorial is a matter for dis
Mr. J )hnson, continuing, said that
the joinit committee was no more fit
to pass upon the government archi
tect's work than the buil-iinz commis
sion was to pass upon the work on the !
State house. Mr. Johnson continued
that th ! damnable suggestions in th e
report vere absolute fals hoods.
Mr. Williams, very ca.lmly raising t
in his seat as Mr. Johnson concluded,
and pointing his finger at Mr. John
son, said with deliberation:
"There is absolutely nothing in the s
report which even intimr tes that any
member of the State houa e commission t
has been in collusion wit 1 anybody to
rob the State, and anybt dy who says
s) is a liar." Ia
Mr. Johnson-Do you
At this point several members b
sprang up, expecting to see trouble,
and the sergeant-at-arrrs took up a
place between the two members of the a
house, who stood glaring at each o
Mr. Aull at this poin, passed his 11
concurrent resolution to have a com
mittee appointed to take the testi- b
mony of the members of the building t
commission. Mr. Williams called at- e
tention to his resolution to have testi
mony taken by the same committee.
Mr. Gaston thought it unwise to act e
upon these resolutions Thursday
night, when the house was in excite- u
ment: He wanted the memorial and t
resolutions referred to one of the 1
standing committees of the house.
This motion was adopted by the house e
and the matter was disposed of.
After careful deliberation, Speaker 0
Smith selected the railroad committee
as the one before whom this bill should t
go, as none of the memb ;of that c
committee are members o either of
Subsequently Mr. Williams apologi
zed to the house. "but not to an indi- c
vidual" for the language he had used,
and later Mr. Johnson did the same
thing. The house then proceded with
the consideraticn of the appropriation d
Hearst's Southern Kin. a
A dispatch from Greenville to Tbe 'a
State says: "Mr. Win. H. Whitmixe
of this city has received information a
of the death of his cousin. Mrs. 'j
Drusilla Whitmire Apperson, the a
grandmother of Congressman William b
Randolph Hearst of N~ew York, who h
died recently at her home in Berkley, j
Cal. Mrs. Appearson was the daugh- vi
ter of Henry and Ruth Hill Whitmire, a
and was born in Newberry county, S. t1
C., Sept. 24th, 1816. Mr. W. H. a
Whitmire's father was William a:
Whitmire, a twin brother of Henry, i
and they married sisters,. so that s<
there is a double relation between the oa
Whitmires and Mrs. Apperson, who o:
was taken when a child to Missouri. is
On June 28, 1840, Mrs. A pperson was it
married to Randolph Walker Apper- d
son of Virginia, and they moved, to d
California in Lhe early '60s, making a
their home niear San Jose. Mrs- a
Phoebe A. Hearst, the mother of the tl
congressman and prospective candi- d
date for president, and Elbert C.
Appersen are the surviving children tl
of the deceased."o
Fate ofra Thief.t
The S partanburg Herald says a few t
rights ago Bill Hunter, clored, decid
ed he w~shed a morsel of chicken andS
taving observed that Berry Epps of
Union h ad a fat chanticleer, he sought ~
t im on 21s roost. Just ias he grasped ~
his coveted bird, he wr~s discovered
and the -e began a race for life. For
getfui of the lay of the land Bill ran
cn, when suddenly he plunged down
an embankment into a ceep railroad
cut. T ae fall broke Bill s thigh, and
also the unoffending roster's neck.t
The msn's wild cries fcr help weren
h eard far and near, and he was soonn
fmund and given medical attention.
His condition is still seriopus
Insuran ce Estin ates. 11
Reports coming in fron2 all sides in- ti
dicate tnat rebuilding of the destroy-- n
ed part of the city of Br.ltimore will o:
smon begin. Insurance men have tl
gone over the ground ar d held con- n
f trences and now estima ;e the loss at a
$125,000,000. The insurance is placed fi
at $90,000,000. It is considered very
fortunate that valuable r a.)ers, stocks b
and bonds in vaults in banks were al
not injured. This reduces the loss a
great deal. It Is feared that after G
ten days' grace the banks will be un- y
able to satisfy the demands for money
Principal ships in Far East.
Battleships, 12-inch guns. ..24h
Battleships, 6-inch guns.....-.-.68 2
Cruisers, 8-inch guns.-...-.-.-...-24
Cruiser, 6-inch guns...-.-.-..-.-.80,
BattleshIps, 12-inch guns....20 1
Battleships, 6-inch guns.. ......84 J
Cruisers, 8-inch guns..........14
Cruisers, 6-inch guns.. .. ......56 t
Don't Forget the Corn.
The Southern Cultivator says in
planting your crop for 1904 be sure to f
plant the largest corn crop you ever f
raised. You will need it before the
year is past. Wars and rumors of I
wars may come and go; and the price I
of cotton no man can foreknow. But c
corn and meat and flour and lard and a
beanother things eatable will be t
watninrasedn quantities t
LOCAL OPTION BILl
Passed by the Senate and Se t
AFTER ALONG AND HOT DEBAT
finder Its Provisions Any Coup
Can Vote Out the !05pensary
but Such Count;- Must
Senator Brice's bill to am. id t
lispensary law by granting coi.;ti
he right to vote out an establish
lispensary was brougt up as a specs
order on Monday night of last wee
senator Brice made a vigorous attar
in the dispensary law, alluding
nany of its best known and, to son
ts most obnoxious features. Senat
;barpe, an advocate of the law, d
ended it, and opposed the bi
le.iator M Iver made a clear, though
u speech for the bill and Senato
1; rdin and Peurifoy suggest
, endments. Debate was adjourns
.t 10 o'clozk, until Tuesday mornir
,t 11. The suggested amendmen
riad be printed in the journal.
When tie bill was brought up Se
tar Shar ae moved to strike out ti
nacting words. Senator Brice
es ponse said that though he had on
oted for the dispensary he ne
hcught it iniquitous. Instead of b
ag the "best solution of the liqu
uestion" t is the "worst ever co]
eived by man." Under the barroo
ystem a lower element sold liqu
ut under the dispensary system it
he Palmetto State.
He did not thing that communiti
rho would vote out the dispense
rould sanftion blind tigers. Yor
ille has g:iven the dispensary a fa
rial and has enforced the law. I
elieved t iat all the senators wou
ote conscientiously on the bill at
sked then to point to him a pa
f the bill doing wrong to anyone.
he bill passes Yorkiville will abs
itely do away with the dispensar;
[e would be willing for a purely loci
ill but he knew that other commun
es wanted their dispensaries remo
Senator Sharpe, who spoke nex
as one of the committee who repor
: the bill unfavorably. He announ
: at the outset that he was in fav<
f dispensary law. The reason wt
he dispensary law has apparent:
ever reduced the taxes is the
rge expenses have been incurr(
ch year. He alluded to the expend
re for Winthrop in Senator Brice
wn county. He had always been
emocrat but this is a State propos
on. Senator Sharpe denied that tb
)urts in his section of the State ha
een corrupted by the dispensary <
y other influence. He said that I
ad been asked by some onein Yor
>unty to light against Senator Brice
ill. He knew from personal observ,
ion that the dispensary was run wel
[e did not believe that the - newi
apers had been bought up by tI
ispensary. There were some in 04
imbia which still preserve the irE
nd untramelled right to fight it. B
anted the bill defeated.
Senator Mclver said the bill we
i attack on the dispensary systen
bat is too fixed for anyone to expet
n attack upon it. The bill offere
y Senator Brice is a good one, an
e hoped that it would be adoptet
'he people should have the right 1
te out a dispensary should the
ish. If a community that-voted ft
2e system, thinking it a good on'
ished to rid itself it should be
lowed. The bill Is essential]
emocratic. The agrument the
me of the larger towns, by votin
at the dispensary, deprive the Stal
Srevenue, should. Dot be used as
not Democratic. Practically speal
ig, few cf the larger towns whic
erive considerable revenue from t
ispensary, would vote it out. Sti
l should have the privilege. TI
:vocates of the system seem to fe2
at any bill upon the dispensary is
rect attack at the whole system.
enator Peurifoy wished to amen
s bill by allowing a town to vol
e the dispensary without submittin
be. queston to the entire Count:
[ thoughit the bill admirable bt
dt this amendment should be i
n ned. Often town and county pri
t ice is divided. He also thougt
a: dispensary law is here to stal
u: the pr ivilege should be grantet
is not right that this Democrat
easure should be refused in th!
oasted seat of principle.
Senator Hardin asked Senat(
h.rpe to withdraw his motion to ki
e bill so that an amendment migh
read. This was assented to ft
2e time being. Senator Hardin
otion was that in counties or con:
unities where there are no dispei
ries and where the oficials will n'.
aforce th~e laws as to illicit sale<
quors, the government shall enfort
e law at the expenses of that con
tunity or county. Senator Hardi
ering this amendment said the~
ough he had been one of the con
ittee who reported the bill unfavo:
bly, he would feel that he must vol
r it if it was not so amended.
Senator Sharpe's motion to kill tI
ill was then put to a vote, resultin
Aye, Senator Aldrich, Blake, Deai
-aines, Herudon, Hydrick, Shari
Nay, Senators Brice, Brown, Bu
er, Carpenter, Douglass, Hardii
olliday, Johnson, Marshall, McCal
[cder, McLeod, Peurifoy, G. E
~agsdale, Raysor, Sheppard, Staci
ouse, Standard, Talbird, vonKolnit:
Those not present when the vol
ras taken were: Senators Davi.
)ennis, Forrest, Goodwin, Hay, Hoot
Lough, Manning, Mayfield, Mowe
.W. Ragsdale, Walker, Warren, 1
On motion of Senator Raysor fu
ber debate on the bill was postponei
nd the bill was taken up Wednesda
Ight and passed to a third readinh
When the bill came up on Thursd2
or a third reading Senator Raysor o
red an amendment as follows:
'Provided, a tax of one-half mill
cereby levied upon every dollar of ti
alue of all taxable property in a
ounties having no dispensary, and :
11 counties voting to remove or clo:
he dispensaries as above provided; i
he urpoe of defraying- the expens
j of the enforcement of the dispensary I
law in said county under and by direc
tion of the governor, said tax to be!
to ' collected as other county taxes and
forwarded to the State treasurer to
be erpended, or so much thereof as
may be necessary, as now provided by
B. law for such purposes. Any balance
remaining unexpended at the end of
the year to be returned by the State I
treasurer to the county treasurer of
such county for general county pur
poses, and that the value of all confis
cations of contraband goods seized in
such county, as determined by the
ae State board of directors, shall be paid
to the State treasurer to be credited
es .o the fund raised by said levy for the
,d enforcement of the law as above pro- t
al vded. And any amonnt expended in a
k said county for the enforcement of a
k the dispensary law shall be refunded
to the State treasury upon the collec- 1
t t!oio of the tax above levied."
Senator Brice opposed this and later s
asked Senator Raysor where it origi
nated. The Senator from York said
he had information that it came from s
the State board of control. Senator n
Raysor said that the amendment origi- t
nated in the house dispensary commit
tee. Mr. W. 0. Tatum had informed b
him that the board of control had ab- n
solutely nothing to do with it. - i
In replying to an inquiry from Sen- b
ator Brice as to why a tax was neces
l sary to enforce the dispensary law g
rather than any other law, Senator b
w Raysor gave his views. His presenta
tion was clear and vigorous and was
) along the line that the amendment
was absolutely neccessary to enforce
Senators Brice, Hardin and Mclver i
is considered that the amendment would
be a punishment to a community
which wanted no dispensary. Marlboro
has no dispensary but the laws are c
most rigidly enforced in that county,
i as Senator McCall stated later.
Senator Blake spoke, saying if the C
d bill passed it would be a political fac
d tor in every campaign. Every county a
t would be of a different mind.
Senator McIver said that if the
amendment was passed the bill would'
be killed. Senator Mayfield recalled S
1 a time when the senate was investi
gating the alleged corruption in the sE
dispensary and said that at that time
Senator Brice was willing that coun- b
ties, wet or dry, should share alike in
the dispensary profits. York received t:
$8,870 for its schools.
r Senator Mayfield made a speech of a
some length and much strength.
y Though a prohibitionist by principle
and opposed to liquor, he was against
d the bill because it was an attack on
i the dispensary, the institution that
, had come to stay and which was the
a best solution of the problem. n
. Senator Herndon and Gaines spoke e
e practically with Senator Mayfield and a
d Senator Brice in reply. A vote was t
,r taken on Senaaor Sharpe's motion to n
e indefinitely postpone the bill, result- w
k ing as follows: w
's Yeas-Senators Aldrich, Blake, Da- N
. vis, Dean, Gaines, Goodwin, Hay, ti
Herndon, Hydrick, Mayfield, Sharpe, o
Warren, Williams-13. g
e Nays-Senators Brice, Brown, But- tc
. ler, Carpenter, Douglass, Hardin, Hol- f<
e linay, Johnson, Manning, Marshall, E
e McCall, McIver, McLeod, Peurifoy, w
G. W. Rogsdale, 3. W. Ragsdale, Ray
Ssor, Sheppard, Stanland, Talbird, Von
'tA parlimentary combat began in
d which motions flew about the senate
d chamber like grapeshot on a battle
field. Senator Hardin moved to sub
' stitute for Senator Raysor's amend
ment another to the effect that in as
r county where there was no dispensary
~and the illicit liquor laws were not en
o forced, that the governor should be
y, provided with a innd for that purpose, t
,t to be raised by taxation on said coun
ty. Senator Brice spoke for this ~
e amendment, Senator J. W. Ragsdale
Sagainst it. It was tabled.
. Senator Brice moved to table Sena-d
h tor Raysor's amendment but the ma-d
e tion was defeated. h
LI The amendment was adopted by a
e viva voce vote. Senator Raysor had
,r the words "in all counties having no.
a dispensary" stricken out, as this would i
hurt Marlboro and Greenwood coun- '
f ties where .there are today no ~
.e dispensaries and which have always t
g been law abiding in respect to the ~
.* sale of illicit liquor.
t Another amendment adopted was
L- that of Senator Dean which tized .the s~
y voting so that there would be no re- a
t newal of the ola conflict between town ~
r, and county prejudice. It wa's just as
I. the senate was prepariug to adjourn b
c that the Blake amendment was passed. a
s The bill was then sent to the house.
Just before the bill was brought up
r the senate received a petition from t
l lhorchester county asking that it be e
t made a law. Senator Stanland spoke
r for the bill when it was brought up
s some days ag..
Sails for Japan.
t A dispatch from Oxford, Ga., says
if after a stay of seven years in Ameri
e ca, during which time he graduated 9
L- from Emory college, Bun Kishi, of
n Tokio, Japan, has sailed for his native
,t land. He left San Francisco this week.
L- He is a zealous patriot, and is hasten- d
-ing his return to Japan in order to
e serve his people in the war with Rus
sia. Bun Kishi had been a student at
e Emory for six years and was graduat- s
g ed last commencement with the de-~
geofbachelor of arts. He was pe
, paring himself to teach and preach. ~
, Just before leaving San Francisco, he
wrote a letter to Professor Frederick
-Duncan, of Emory College, bidding ,
,. him farewell and expressing his good ,
, will toward all Americans, andi c
.the letter stated that his seven years
-spent in this country had been most g
s, happy, but that he would not return, i
to America again, but would meet his I
e friends in the world to come. Mr. 8
, Kishi took great interest here in the e
I, Young Men's Christian Association,r
r, and League work, and also took an
I. especial interest in literary work. be:
e- ing a member of Phi Gamma Literary
I, Society. He took a good stand in his
y class and had many friends among the
.. student body and faculty.
Sunk Their Own Ship.
A dispatch from St. Petersburg says (;
is a report has been received from Vice- i
Le roy Alexieff saying that the Russians a
11 torpedo transport Yenisei has been J
n blown up as the result of accidentally I
se striking a mine at Port Arthur. The j
>r Yenisel sank and Capt. Stepanoff, s
ithree officers and 91 men were lost. e
RUSSIA IS WILD
end the War Spirit Runs High All
Over the Country.
HEE JAPS MUST BE PERISHED.
bouts for Success of Russian Arms
Mingle With Curses Hurled
at the Japs for JTheir
A dispatch from St. Petersburg
ays the whole city anxiously waited
['uesday night for official news. Ex
raordinary scenes were witnessed in
nd around the newspaper offices and
crowd, of people literally beseiged
be ministry of the interior, where
he Official Messenger is published,
mart carriages driving up in quick
uccession and the highest and lowest
if the inhabitants waiting in the ante
oom or camping in snow covered
treets waiting patiently far intc the
horning for the numbers containing
he official bulletins.
The text of these communicaions
ad leaked out among the newspaper
3en, but as the law forbids the pub
cation of such documents until they
ave appeared in the Official Messen- -
er, the editors bad to wait until the
overnment organ printed the news
efore starting their own presses.
THE NEWS EAGERLY SOUGHT.
The Associated Press represents
ive, calling on a well known editor,
Fund him surrounded by a throng of
fficers and prominent citizens implor
2g him to read to them the telegrams ;
e had just received. >
The editor, pale with emotion, re
ited the narrative of the bombard
lent of Port Arthur. More people
ept coming in and the editor was
ompelled to read it over and over.:
gain. the crowds expressed fuijous
npatience at the fact that not'iing
,as said about injuries inflicted upon
The intense indignation with which
2e news of "the stab in the back in
icted by Japan" was received here
;ems to be general throughout the
,ussias. The whole empire is fired
f the war fever.
The state of feeling here was illus
ated at the theatres last night,
hen people demanded the national
More remarkable was the refusal of
ie drosky drivers yesterday to accept
toney from officers when they drove
JAPS BRANDED TRAITORS.
The newspapers in general de
ounce the action of Japan as treach
cy, declaring that it is "truly Asi
tic," but insisting that the issue of
ie conflict will not be decided by the
aval engagements, as the Japanese
ill have to meet Russia on land,
hen the score will be wiped out. The
ovoe Vremye says it is quite possible
lat the whole of Korea has been
rer-run by Japanese soldiers in dis
aise and that Russia may first have
assume the defensive, but when her
rces in Southern Manchuria and
orea are increased, the Japanese
ill realize what they have to meet.
"GOD ON RUSSIA'S SIDE."
"God, right and international law
*e on our side," the Russ says, and
"One hundred and thirty million
ussian hearts are beating with the de
re to expunge the traitorous slight
i Russian honor. Enough of defen
ye tactics! Let us drive out the
The Bourse Gazette says: "Yes -
irday we longed for peace. N~ow we
link only of war. The world soon
ill be startled by Russia's heroic
ork. Japan has placed herself be
>nd the pale of civilization. The
pstart, pigmy Japan, would not have
ared to attack the giant Russia
ithout the encouragement of Eag
.nd and America."
DID BRITISH sAVE JAYS?
The Russians claim to have author
y for saying that the new Japanese
am ships (the Nisshin and Kasuga)
ere saved from certain capture by
le Russian squadron bound for the
er east under* Admiral Wirenius by
ie action of the commander of a
ritish battleship in placing his yes
ils across the Suez canal and hoisting
signal of distress, thus delaying the
,ussians two days.
The anti-British feeling here is
itter, it being asserted that the Jap
2ese attack on Port Arthur was
,unched from Wei-Hai-Wei.
Ambassador McCormick is busy
lking over the affairs of the Japan
ie legation. .
KURINO GUARDED BY POLICE.
In spite of the state of public feel
ig, there has been no attempt to mo
st M. Kurino, the retiring Japanese
tinister, or his staff. The authori
es are according M. Kurino special
alice protection. He has had no
immunication with the foreign cifie
nce the delivery of the last Japanese
ate and has made his farewell calls.
~e left St. Petersburg quietly 'Iues
General Dragomirov arrived ir. St.
etersburg today. He is one of Rus
a's greatest fighters and may be ap
Dirted commander in chief, as Gen
.al Kuripatkin, the war minister,
robably cannot be spared.
Shot Fifteen Miles.
A dispatch from Hampton Roads
Lys the battleship Missouri, on her
rial trip Thursday off the Virginia
spes, lost two torpedoes and a six-Inch
un was damaged. In other respects
le trial was a success. One of the
2-inch guns, being elevated seven de
rees, let fly a shell which the strong
~t glass could not follow to the end
its flight. Later a passing steamer
~ported tbat the shot had struck the
~a within 300 yards of her. The
;eamer was distant from the Missouri
1st fifteen miles.
A Jap Ship Sunk.
Two small Japanese merchant
aips, Zen-Sho-Maru and Nakonoura
[aru, while on their way to Octaru
1port on the western coast of Yezo
land) from Sakate (a port on the
orthern coast of' the main island of
apan) were fired on Feb. 11 by four
aussian men of war off the coast of
Lomori prefecture and the latter was
uns while the former had a narrow