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TILMAN SPANKS HIS BABY.
Senator Tiliman, by invitation,
dehvered a speech at Gaffney
last Saturday, which we have no
doubt will result in "a rattling
of the dry bones" sure enough.
The people of Cherokee county,
under the "Brice Bill," as it
-passed the legislature, applied
to have the question "Dispen
sary" or "No Dispensary" sub
mitted to the voters of that coun
ty, and from all indications the
dispensary advocates have rea
son to fear the result. They
invited, by a large petition, the
Senator to lend his presence and
voice, as politicians in this State
have a habit of doing when hard
pressed. "Help me Cassius or
'ill sink," is the appeal that went
to the distinguished Senator. If
the speech is correctly reported,
in our opinion it will not have
effect the dispensary advocates
:hope for, and they will have
good cause to pray to be saved
from their friend.
Senator Tillman claimed the
law was being violated by its
management, the institution was
permitted to run loosely, and
that the State Board should be
legislated out, and, the manage
ment returned to the State offi
cers, even suggesting the addi
tion of members of the judiciary
on the board, as if that branch
of the govdrnment is falling into
disrepute fast enough. In re
ferring to the rumors of dishon
esty among dispensary officials
he said: "There have been men
who were so little and contemp
tible, so lost to all sense and de
cency, without a scintilla of evi
dence. that they have charged
me with lining my pockets."
This was a hard jab at his poli
tical off-spring, Ex-Governor
John Gary Evans, who is alleged
to be the author of that state
*ment, and the books of the State
Sdispensary under Tillman's con
trol do not show one "scintilla of
evidence" what. become of the
thousands of dollars in rebates
the State was entitled to, nor
did the people ever know what
become of this enormous amount
9of money until after the death of
the king of the whiskey trust;
then Tillman explained that be
causeMr.Hubbell had extended to
him a credit, "without a scratch
ofa pen or other evidence of
debt," he presented Mr. Hubbell
with the rebates. It was not
until after the death of this man,
notwithstanding the charge was
frequently made in the newspa
pers during Hubbell's lifetime
such an explanation was made.
To say the least, of it, the cir
cumstantial "evidence" was suf
i ciently . strong to arouse as
much suspicion against Senator
Tilman, as is the accumulation
of jewels and properity by mem
bers of the State Board of Con
trol. The Senator, in further al
luding to the rumors of corrup
-tion, men being elected on the
Board poor and retiring rich,
*said: "Mind you, claiming for
myself, that- I was honest in
every particular; that I bought
whiskey as best as I could
and never touched any of
the State's money. I give these
men who are in charge the credit
of being just as honest as I
was." We do not doubt it.
'"And those men who charge me
with be,ing dishonest are charg
ing the men now in, with being
dishonest, and that because these
men can get rebates, that they
have gotten them." Poor plead
ing for one of Senator Tillman's
ability. When public officials are
accused of wrong -doing, inno
cence will cause them to make
a complete showing. They de
mand a full investigation that
their stewardship may be en
dorsed by the people, to say.
"You accnse me of stealing be
cause I had the chance, and if
you had it, you would steal your
self," is a plea of children, not1
men. An honest public official
when charged with wrong does
not say, "prove it," that is the
defi of a culprit when placed in
a criminal dock before a jury.
The people should not be cen
sured for suspecting graft in the
dispensary. when the Senator
himself sa'ys the plan of buying
liquor will not do, is corrup
ting, and that the dispensary
management is operating beer
dispensaries in violation of
law. He should not be sur
prised that suspicions are'
aroused when men give up a,
twelve hundred dollar jobs and1
seek a position on the Board for
$400. Nor should he think
strange that the people are not
at all pleased with the way things
"work, when the corruption was
so rife that a legislature legisla
ted a Board out of existance.
We agree with the Senator,
that things have become loose
and the screws should be tighten
ed up, but we do not think his'
plan of putting it back into the
hands of State officers will mend
*matters. When it was in the
hands of the State officers those
suspicion, as the statement cure
ited to Ex-Governor John Gary
Evans, with regard to Tillman
lining his pockets with rebates,
will attest. In our judgment, the
State Board should be screwd
down in a box, and it with all of
its corruption. buried beyond
resurrection, and it will not be
until then. that "the fog of sus
picion which hangs over it" will
The "Brice Bill" which the
Senator went to Gaffney to op
pose, seeks to give the people
an opportunity to have a voice
in directing this liquor control,
and it is right they should have
it-one of the fundamental prin
ciple advocated by Tillman in
1890. The distinguished parent
of the dispensary has, according
to his own pleadings, become
disgusted with the way his off
spring has been reared since he
left it in the nursery, the twig
was bent by Tillman and it con
tinued to grow crooked. To take
the dispensary management away
from the legislature, and put it
back into the State officer's
hands, will not stop corruption,
a bribe-taker's palms itch as well
in the governor's chair as it does
anywhere else -it is opportunity
which creates the itching, and
not the official position.
The only way we see out of this
mess, is to adopt the "Brice Bill"
as originally introduced, and per
mit the people to have a voice in
installing or the driving away of
a dispensary is their conditions
warrant, and if Senator Tillman
is correct, and we believe he is,
prosecute those who are runing
beer dispensaries as violators of
law. If beer dispensaries are a
violation of law, why is it Gover
nor Heyward does not cause
these violators to be arrested and
punished the same as a corner
groceryman in Charleston, or a
"nigger" in the backwoods? If
Senator Tillman is right, the
State constables should pull
every beer dispensary in the
State---they are being paid to en
force the dispensary law.
ARE BIENNIAL SESSIONS WISEI
Elsewhere we publish a very
interesting and instructive arti
cle from the pen of Hon. J. H.
Lesesne, on a subject which
should receive the intelligent
consideration of every man be
fore casting his ballot on the
8th, of -November. The pro
posed amendment to the consti
tution relative to biennial ses
sions of the General Assembly
is c'atchy to the unthinking, and
gave the politician a popular
argument to go before the
masses with; popular argument,
because the people are not al
ways satisfied with the work of
the General Assembly; restive
nder its unequaled laws, mis
tkes, blunders and discrimina
ions,they are easily to be caught
with the dedclarations of -politi
ians seeking office, and who
old out the money saving idea
when in fact, the money saving
s only- apparent upon the sur
face, which disappears as soon
s the politician accomplishes
is purpose. We agree with
Wr. Lesesne that biennial ses
sions are not in the interest of
conomy but'on the contrary, it
is our opinion it will, after a few
years prove an additional ex
The. first few years, even after
the defects in the constitution
ave been changed, there will be
sessions of the legislature every
to years, then so~me emergency
will arise and the Governor will
e called upon to order the as
sembling of the General Assem
ly in extra session; once the
recedent -is established away
goes our biennial sessions, and
very alternate year the legisla
tre will be assembled in extra
session. This is the experience
f States that have tried the
>iennial plan. The State of
eorgia is supposed to have
:iennial sessions, but in fact its
egislature meets every year.
Mr. Lesesne calls attention to'
vital ~defect in the proposed
mendment, the calling for "bi
nnial" sessions in lieu of "an
nal" sessions without making
ay provisions for the tenure of
office and the revenue functions
f the government, and in our
pinion should the voters de
cide to approve of the amend
ent in its present shape 'and it
is ratified by the General As
sembly, it will take several ses
sions of the legislature to put
>ur State government in work
The dickering with our con
stitution so recently made will
afford a fine field of employment
for lawyers who are given to
carrying cases to the supreme
court whenever they can find
clients with the fees to back up
their efforts. We regard the
proposed amendment altogether
ineffectual, that it does not pro
'ide for what its advocates are
representing, and in its present
shape dangerous, annoying and
When a member of the Gen
eral Assembly, not having given
the matter much study, we were
attracted by the economy argu
ments by the biennial sessions
advocates, and voted twice in its
favor, but since that time, we
have given the matter more
thought, examined into its work
ings, and watched its effect upon
other States, and have reached
the conclusion that there is no
money saved by having the ses
sions every two years instead of
one, and the evils which the peo
ple complain of cannot be reme
died by changing the constitu
tion. The remedy lies solely
and wholely with the voters in
selecting better material for
their Representatives. The con
stitutio'n does not need tamper
ing with, at this time.
cal changes in our methods of
nominating men for office, and
unless we correct the rotten
methods our primary system has
fallen into through the manipu
lations of unscrupulous poli-ti
cians, thing will get no better
with us, were we to change our
constitution every six months.
- The methods being employed
in this State has brought about
a fearful condition, they are
largely responsible for the law
lessness, and disregard of each
It is a fact beyond dispute that
our primary system has placed
men in control who do not hesi
tate to stoop to any device tc
accomplish a political end. even
if they have to invade the jury
box. Under this system our
courts are derided from one end
of the country to the other, and
it is getting common to hear men
say if you have a case in court
employ such and such a lawyer,
he has a pull with the officials,
and they will manipulate the
juries; such a condition is fear
ful, and the responsibility lies
with the voters, because they do
not exercise their rights as free
American citizens should. They
go to the primary and often vote
in a conformity to the dictates
of a ring, and always vote
against a man who has the can
dor and honesty to express views
contrary to those entertained by
some leader. The system has
had the effect of stifling inde
pendence of thought and action,
and has breeded a litter of syco
phants who become our rulers.
Mr. Lesesne believes the pro
posed amendment to change the
constitution relating to the leg
islature will be adopted, and
so do We, but it is because
the politicians have made it
a hobby horse to ride into
office upon, and not because
the people have given - it that
consideraton such an important
measure deserves. We ask our
readers to read Mr. Lesesne's
article carefully. It is a valuable
paper and we are glad that he
has given his views to the peo
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DL VAN TE.BURG-HOFMAN DIES -BY HIS
Ee Would Not Face Disgrace Following Ex
posure of Brutal Treatment of His Wife
-Sad and Tragic Ending of a Tal
This city was shocked and horrified
about 9 o'clock this morning by the
most horrible grewsome tragedy that
as occurred here insmany years. Dr.
Van Telberg-Hofman, the division sur
leon of the Atlantic Coast Line relief
lepartment committed suicide in the
sitting room of his home on South Main
treet, a double barrel shot gun being
the wesapon with which he took his life.
ae p laced the muzzle of the gun against
ihe left side of his head just above the
:orner of the eye and when the gun
was discharged the whole side and top
af his head was blown off., The brains
and blood were spattered over the
walls and ceiling of the room and pieces
af the,.skull were scattered over the
cor. Death was instantaneous and
when the first person reached him a
few moments after the discharge of the
un he was lying stretched on his back
yn the floor of the parlor just within
:he door connecting that room with the
all, with his head near the wall in a
great pool of blood and the gun was ly
ing across his body.
An inquest was held at 10.30 o'clock
by Coroner Flowers:
The following testimony was taken:
Dr. J. A. Moood: Abut half past
tine o'clock this morning I was hur
idly called to see Mrs. Van Telburg
Eofman and was told that Dr. Hofman,
who was at his home d'ext door was
robably hurt. On going into the room
[ found the Doctor lying on his back
with a double barrel shot gun lying
tcross his body. The entire upper part
)f the skull was torn away by the dis
yharge of the gun which had evidently
been held close to his head. From the
tatement made by his wife to me I am
~atisfied that his death was an act of
H. J. Seymour, policeman: Just as
~he bell struck 9 o'clock I was going to
~he depot and as Iwas passing the house
[ was called into Mrs. Duckers. When
[ got in I found Mrs. Hofman there.
he was very bloody. She seemed to
aave a wound over her right eye. I
telephoned for Chief of Police Brad
ord to come there at once. At the
same time Dr. Mood was telephoned for
and he got there before Chief Brad
ford did. He went in to see Mrs. Hof
man. Then Dr. Mood and I went over
to Dr. Hofman's house and found the
body lying just as it is now. I heard no
words or anything did not hear the gun
shoot. There was no one in the house
when I went in.
Rebecca Spanu, cook for Dr. Hof.
man: (They Dr. and Mrs., Hofman)
were quarrelling at the breakfast table,
but what they were quarrelling about I
don't know. I did not hear any threats
made. I did not find out that the Doc
tor was shot until after the Chief of
Police came in.
Mrs. Ella Hewson, who boarded with
Dr. and Mrs. Hofman: "All that I
know about it is that when I went to
eat my breakfast I heard some scream
ing and thought it was some children.
I did not know that they (Dr. and Mrs.
Hofman) had quarrelled, never heard
any threats made any way. I knew
that they were not on good terms yes
James Felder, a driver and house boy
for Dr. Hofman: I was in the kitchen
by the stove during breakfast. I heard
Dr. Hofman say that she (Mrs. Hofman)
would have to leave or he would. I
went out to catch the horse. When I
came back Mrs. Hewson told me that
she thought Dr. Hofman had killed
himself. Mrs. Hofman left the dinin-g
room first. They have been quarrel
ing ever since they came back from
Charleston on Wednesday or Thurs
day of last week. I did not. know the
cause of the quarrel.
The jury of which Mr. R. F. Hayns
worth was foreman rendered a verdict
that the deceased Dr. Van Telberg-Hof
man came to his death from a gun shot
wound inflicted by his own hand.
That is the official side of this shock
ing tragedy, but it is not all of it nor
the saddest part. The collateral facts
as they have been gathered from trust
worthy sources of information are about
beat her severely. On one occasion at
least she was so brutally beaten that
she called in another physician to see
her a day or two later during Dr. Hof
wan's absence from the city. This phy
sician saw Dr. Hofman personally as
soon as he returned and told him plain
ly that if he ever abused his wife again
that be would expose him and see that
he was severely punished. That such
conduct might pass in Holland but the
people of this community would not
stand it and he would be made to feel
the weight of their displeasure if they
found out that he abused his wife. Dr.
Hofman promised that it should never
occur again. Still he and his wife did
not live pleasantly together, 1--t so far
as is known he has not beaten her until
this morning. As stated by the serv
ants and Mrs. Hewson they have been
on unusually bad terms for several days
Last night Mrs. Hofman went to church
with a lady friend and this made Dr.
Hofman furiously angry. At the break
fast table he renewed the quarrel and
Mrs. Hofman left the table and went
into the parlor. Dr. Hofman followed
her and continued the quarrel. Mrs.
Hofman finally told him that she would
leave him and would go on the next
train and he would not have to be both
ered with her any more. He thereupon
grabbed her by the shoulders *and be
gan beating her head against the door
facing with savage violence. Her face
and bead, were bruised and cut before
she could escape from his clutches. She
then ran screaming from the house out
into the street and took refuge with
Mrs. Ducker, the nekt door neighbor.
Mr. Hofman evidently then realized
that his game was up, that exposure
had come, that he was disgraced and
ruined professionally and socially in
this community. So he took the shortest
way out of the dilemma. He got his
shot gun, put the muzzle against his
head,pressedthe trigger,and was a dead
man instantly. Dr. Van Telberg-Hof
man, who has been a resident of Sum
ter for only a few years came here from
Norfolk, Va., to take charge of th'e re
lief department of this division of the
Atlantic Coast Line. He was a native
of Holland and a man of superior edu
cation. He was a graduate of a uni
versity of his native country, of the
Bellevieu Medical College New York
and of the Medical College of Rich
mond, Va. In addition to taking the
.regular courses in these medical schools
he had had extended hospital practice
and experience. He was a man of about
36 to 38 years of age.
His wife was Miss Nora Russell, of
Newberrv and a niece of State Treas
urer Jennings. She met Dr. Hofman
in this city and married him after an
acquaintance ,of only a few weeks.
A Thoaghtful Man.
M. M. Austin of Winchester, Ind.
knew what to do in the hour of need.
His wife had such an unusual case of
stomarch and liver trouble' physicians
could not help her. He thought of and
tried Dr. King's New Life Pills and
she got relief at once and was fin'ally
cured. Only 25c, at The R. B. Loryea
Death of W. W. Coulliette, at Clemson College.
Cadet W. W. Coulliette, Clemson col
lege, died Saturday night in' the hos
pital at that place, according to a tele
gram received here yesterday after
noon. Mr. Couliette was a native of
Clarendon -ounty, .but bad for some
time -been a resident of Columbia,
where his relatives reside. He was
taken ill with typhoid fever for some
days, but his death was quite sudden
and a shock to his acquaintances here.
The body was brought to Columbia last
night on the spartanburg train, Cadets
W. R. Sammons and F. F. Wyse acting
as escorts, and the funeral will be held
tomorrow morning. A mother, Mrs. M.
E. Coulliette, and' a brother survive
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ly Risers for billiousness or constipa
tion you know what pill pleasure is.
These famous little pills cleanse the
liver and rid the system of all bile
without producing unpleasant effects.
They do not gripe, sicken or wegk-en,
but pleasantly give tone and strength
to the tissues and organs of the stamach,
liver and bowels. Sold by The R. B.
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The 29th of October.
All of our Institutions for orphans
have agreed to ask the good people of
the State to devote one day in October
to the orphans. Young and old, rich
and poor alike are asked to give the
proceeds of one day's work to their lit
tle fatherless brothers and sisters. The
day for the Thornwell Orphanage,
Clinton, is the 29th of October. There
are 200 orphans in the Institution.
Send your gift for these orphans to
Rev. Win. P. Jacobs, Clinton, S. C.
Can You Eatt
J. B. Taylor, a prominent merchant
of Chriesman, Tex., says: "I could not
eat because of of a weak stomach. I
lost all strength and ran down in
weight. All that money could do was
done, but all hope of recovery vanished.
Hearing of some wonderful cures effect
ed by use of Kodol Dyspepsia Cure, I.
concluded to try it. The first bottle
benefitted me, and after taking four
bottles, I am fully restored to my usual
strength, weight and health." Kodol
Dyspepsia Cure: digests what you eat
and cures. Sold by The R. B. Loryea
In the political race, almost any poli
tician is satisfied if he only succeeds in
getting a pie.
When a man has greatiness thrust
upon him, it doesn't usually take him
very long to got rid of it.
Many Mothers of a Like Opinion.
Mrs. Pilmer, of Cordova, Iowa, says:
"One of my children was subject to
croup of a severe type, and the giving
of Chamberlain's Cough R e me dy
promptly, always brought relief. Many
mothers in this neighborhood think the
same as I do about this remedy and
want no other kind for their children."
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Some politicians who claim to be self
made, were evidently interrupted be
fore the job was completed.
Many a candidate thinks himself a
Clay, only to discoo-r after the elec
tion that his nam'; is Mad.
A Great Sensatlon.
There was a big sensation in Lees
ville, Ind. when W. H. Bron of that
place, who was expected to die, had
his life saved by Dr. Kink's New Dis
coyery for Consumption. He writes:
"I endured insufferable agonies from
Asthma hut your New Dissovery gave
me immediate relief and soon thereaf
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the peerless remedy for all throat and
lungs troubles,. Price 50c, and 81.00.
Guaranteed by The R. B. Loryea Drug
Store. Trial bottles free.
Life is full of trials-and the lawyers
are glad of it.
The girl who poses for artists al
ways leads a model life.
If troubled with a weak digestion try
Chamberlain's Stomach anr1 TLivr Tab
FALL AND WINTER.
Our Fall and Winter Garments are now ready, and
whateyer your needs may be in Men's, Boys' or Children's
Clothing, Hats and Furnishing Goods, we would like the
pleasure of supplying.
We would certainly like to number you among our
regular patrons, and we hope to win you by the excel
l ence of our Clothing and the reu~obableness of ourE
In New Quarters.
We now occupy the Ryttenberg Building, Main and'
I. J. CHANDLER
Sumter, S. C.
The public to come and inspect our stock of
Fancy & Staple Grocerie8s,
We cafry this line and will cheerfully give you prices, as
it is to your interest to keep in touch with them.
Yes, we have the best Full Patent and if you are
somewhat dissatisfied with your flour, try our 100 per
cent. and we feel reasonably sure you will be pleased,
that is if you are looking for a high class article.
We carry both parched and green, and if you want a
first class article, something nicely flavored and contain
ing good strength try some of our Coffee.
We beg that you do not confuse these goods with pos- ' y
sibly others you have been using.
Can we quote you prices in bulk? Certainly with" -
pleasure. Call and see.
Anliigai E rthing2 -t'
PAITTS, OILS, GLASS, Eto
GET OUR PRICES. -
LELAND MOORE PAIKT&
Manufacturers of "Pare Mixed Faints,"
211 East Bay Street, Charleston, S C
No. 203. .
This is a f.ne farm of 122 acres, about.four miles from railroad sta
0 acres under plow, about 20 in wire pastrire, 52 in -oakand pine timbeu
enant house of two rooms in fairly good condition,:double stable and
ral spring and two creeks. This fine property is inthe Piedmonts
Southern Field Ral E s Ex j
J. H. CARLISLE, Jr., Secretary and
TQ THE TIMES OFFICE
gIn Faultless 'Stye e
eFrom Ankle to Crown~
We are prepared to fit you out in faultless style from anlel
found here in precisely the styles thati are latest andlbest. No
words could do justice to our showings, and wre must rely on you
to personally inspect them if you are to fully realize their merits.
Te following items give only'fleeting glimpses of the stock's
Fall Dress Fabrics.
Colored Mixed,.Tricots, in a variety of new color combina
tions, at 30e and 50e yard.
Noyelty Dress Goods, stylish Mixed Suitings. Cheviots. Hen
i-iettas, Mohairs, at 50c, 75c and $3.per yard.
Handsome Fall Outings in new designs and rich colors, at10ec
Sand 129,c yard.
Whaean especially fine stock of Walking Skirts this fall,
from which you can almost surely find just the kind and style
that will precisely meet your fancy. They are of the .most styl
ish fabrics of the season-Serges, Venetians, Novety Suitings,*.
Setc., and their cut, fit and tailoring is -of the-best. The prices.
Sfrom $1.55 to $8.50 are in eachr instance, the lowest at which
skirts of equal value could possibly be sold.
SA Sniff of Autumn is in the Air.e
An'ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of acure, and*
if you are a man of prudent
j udgment you will provide
yourself with clothing of*
; heavier'weight and take no _
chance of catching fall coli
trying to get a little .longer*
wear out of your thin and
P - seedy summer suit.
T We are now displaying
some particularly snappy
Fall Styles for men. selected
~ ' from the best productions-of*
~ v~SCELoSS BROS.
4 thefine elothes makers
sus. -. whose celebrated Ready-to
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the standard' in Men's ap-0
Proclamtheir owner a person of TASTE, NEATNESS and0
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Sof material is used in their make-up, and they are made to fit the
y feet and do not require any breaking in. Try a pair and we are0
sure of your continued patronage. Prices ranging from $t.25 to
- THE OLD RELIABLE,
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SJ H. RIGBY, Ilanager.