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WAS A WOMAN.
A Remarkable Story that Comes
from a Monastery,
Father Basile Popovice, Dying at Ninety
Years of Age, Turned Out to Be a
Woman. Discovery Connects
tier Life With a Very
A dispatch from Budapest, Austria,
to the New York American tells a
strange story. The letter says the
sudden blaze of excitement within
and without the walls of the famous
monastery of Tziducani, then frown
ing silence on the part of the agitated
monks, and now the most tantalizing
- mystery concerning the details of a
discovery the most marvellous and un
expected ever made within the do.
main of a holy order.
What! Father Basile Pupovice, ho
liest of the aged brethren, really no
monk at all? Good Father Basile,
loved by the peasantry, for thirty
years famous for his piety the world
over, dying at ninety. to reveal the
fact that he is a woman:
All abcut the ccuntryside the amaz
ing news spread itself before the fa
thers could gather their wits together
and resolve to give no authority to
the report, to discountenance any fur
ther discussion of it. But their ef
forts in the latter direction have been
unavailing. The bare suspicion that
Father Popovice lived more than a
third of his life as a monk and was
buried as a woman is enough to set
the memories of old men and women
to work to fit into his history a page
so dark that it cannot be read with
out a shudder.
Did Father Popovice become a
monk thirty years ago to protecm him
self from the consequences of and to
expiate a terrible crime?
This is what the old men and wo
men of the district remember-old
men and women who for forty years
have bad dealings with the Tziducani
Monastery and whose trials have been
lightened by the ministrations of Fa
ther Popovice and his brethren.
RECALLS A TERRIBLE XURDER.
It is not difficuit for them to r call
the exact year when Father Popovice
first appeared among them. It was
the same year, the same month and
the same week that the countryside
was shocked by a horrible murder. In
the outskirts of the district lived an
honest workingman with his beauti
ful wife and two charming children.
One day the husband discovered that
his wife knew and occ:isionally met a
man who appeared to be considerably
above his own station in life.
Although the husband did not
charge his wife with impropriety, he
is said to have reminded her that no
good could come of such a friendship
The very next day the husband arnd
both children were found dead in ehe
The wife and mother had disap
peared as absolutely as though the
ground had opened and swallowed her.
There was strong circumstantial evi
dence that she was the murdress. She
was believed to have committed sui
cidie in such a manner as to place her
body beyond possible discovery. How
she could have accomplished this was
a mystery that has never ceased being
ABSoTT'S STRANGE VIsITOR.
Now at least these old men and wo
men who, for three decades, have
passed in and out through the gates
of the monastery of Tziducani believe
that the death of Father Popovice
has solved the mystery.
It was on the second night follow
ing the triple murder that a man who
appeared to oe between fifty and sixty
years old, but with no hair on his fact
--save some short scattering hairs on
his chin-and dressed like a getle
man, appeared before the abbot of
the monastery and begged to be ad
mitted as a member of the order.
The man appeared much agitated.
He fell upon his knees to the abbot.
He shed tears and said that the salva
tion of his soul depended upon a fu
ture life of the most rigid self denial
in the service of God and humanity.
SNothing but a vow of obedience:
charity and humility could save him.
The abbot bent his gaze severely up
on the suppliant and a-sked:
"What crime have you committe d
that you thus seek to make expia
At these words the man trembled
and was silent for several moments.
FEnally he offered to confess, provided
the abbot would grant his prayer.
Again the father superior of the mo
nastry looked inquiringly at the kneel
"But," he said, at length, "you ap
pear never to have grown a beard. It
is a rule of the order that the breth
ren must wear beards."
MADE A CONFEsSION.
Then the man rose eagerly and
showed the abbot the scattering hairs
on his chin, and protes-ted that in
time their growth, if not luxuriant,
would at least serve to prove his spirit
"Very well," said the abbot; "now
what is it that you have to confess?"
The man put his lips to the ab-cot's
ear and whispered half a dezan sen
tences. The abbot drew back as
though shocked. But the crime that
the man confessed could not have been
very great, for that night he began
One cf the monks who witnessed
this scene spoke of it to his fellows.
and gradually every one in and about
the monastery learned that the new
monk whose face was so nearly smooth
had something on his conscience, and
was engaged in a service of expiation.
He had called himself Popovice, but
when he had subscribed to the vows
he was christened again, and "Brother
Basile" began his career in the mon
astery of Tziducani as the meekest
and most obedient of all the voices,
whose duties are menial and their garb
and food of the scantiest,
Brother Basile never faltered. He
served as scullion in the monastery
kitchens, waited upon the elder monks
at table, scrubbed the dloors and toiled
tirelessly in the garden and vineyard.
Sometimes at dusk in the garden lhe
would be seen leaning on his spade for'
minutes together, motionless, evident
ly in a reverie, and at such times his
eyes shone out of their dark caverns
with a light which seemed like thsat
The scattering hairs on his chin
grew longer, but were hardly more
numerous. But because Brother Basile
was so often heard praying all night
in his cell, and because of his humility
and his unflagging industry. this
shortcoming in a brother whose fel
lows were all full-beared, was readily
A PASSION FOR KNOWLEDGE.
Not only did he pray in his cel!;
he studied-studied passionately.
And before five years had c-me and
gone "Brother Basile" had become a
regularly initiated monk and was
loved in and out of the monastery as
"Good Father Basile."
No one was so ready as he to go
among the poor of the villages, to
watch beside sick peasants, to bring
food to the starving, to comfort the
d3 ing and support the spirits of the
bereavd. Fur this the people came
to love him with a devotion which no
other monk enrjyed. All through the
district the name of Father Basile was
known and revered.
Yet at times he was a strange being
whom no one could fathom. There
were times when his prayers were
mingled with heart-rending groans.
With face ghastly pale and his fea
tures writhing as though in manifes
tation of some almust insupportable
mental agony, he would stop beside
the road at dusk, his eyes apparently
fixed upon some object miles away.
At ,u'h times no one-accosted him.
It was something no one tried to un
derstand, but all respected the cause,
whatever it was, for all knew that
night good Father Basile would re
main the whole night on his knees in
his bare cell.
WENT HUNGRY TO FEED OTHERS.
Nowhere in the world is there a
monastery whose reguiations are more%
severe than are tbese of Tziducani.
Ualess he were ill Father Basile didn'.
know the taste of tea, coffee or cocoa.
Like the other monks he slept in a
cold, bare cell. At 6 a. m. he rose from
his narrow, hard bed and said prayerb
f r half an h.ur, until the ringing of
the Angclus. After that until 9
o'clock, without a morsel of food, he
awtended various services. Tnen med
itation for half an hour, another half
hc ur at work in the garden, or at some
other kind of manual labor. Now there
is a meal of the most frugal descrip
tion-never a morsel of flesh meat,
at d during Lent not even eggs, cheese,
milk or butter.
Coarse bread, a little fish, some
times two eggs and a salad, with the
choice c f wine or beer-that was the
fare of Father Basile. And because
almost daily he would lay aside some
portion of it to relieve the 1 u iger (f
some poor villager he was more often
hungry himself than any other monk.
Such self-denial, and such deeds of
kindness to all in the district who
ever appealed to him caused Fath r
Basile's fame to spread all over Europe.
When he grew tco old to leave th-e
monastery groun is peasants ar.d even
rich and powerful persons made pil
grimages, even from great distances to,
obtain the blessing of the holiest of
A little more than two months ago
Father B.sile was ninety years old.
The visitors who did him honor on
that dy were so numerous that the
monastery inclosure ec:ud hardly hL:d
the m. Hs place in the monastery,
uncicially, was higher than that of
the abbot, for it was the fame of
Father B ,sile's piety and long ascetic
life that had caused Tziducani to rise
from obscurity and take its place
amot-g the most celebrated homes ol
Father Basile, on his ninetieth
birthday, was still active, but d af and
partly blind. The outlines of his
wrinkled face were softened by long
straggling hairs-barely enough of
them to be called by courtesy a beard.
For the last half dczen years he had
remained mostly in his cell, praying
more hours than ever. But he was
more cheerful than formerly. What
ever bad been the crime which he had
confessed to the old abbot, now dead,
he seemed to feel that it had been
DEAD AND A woxAN.
Less than a month later good Father
Basile was found dead in his cell.
Hardly had the sad news reached the
neighboring villages where it was fol
Icwed by the startling report that in
preparing the monk's body for burial
the fathers had made the dis c.,very
that had thrown the monastery into
uncontrollable excitement-that Fa
ther Basile was a woman!
There had never been any suspic
ions of this to give rise to a false re
port, and the very reticence of the ab
bot and all the fathers when details
were sought tended to give the first
report stronger credence. Naturally
the aobob would shield the monastery
from gossip so damaging to its fame,
and naturally the life-long companions
of Father Basile would strive to have
his fame continue unimpaired. And
thus there is only the first signiticant
fame of excitement, and the first in
cautious admission of the fact to sup
port what everybodly believes to be
the truth-that Father Basile was re
ally a woman.
Why should it occur to a woman to
tke such a step, considering the risk
of discovery? She was a fugitive from
justice. Where else could she better
bury herself? What other disguise
w ould be more secure? Did she not
confess to the abbot her commission or
sOLVES AN OLD NYsTERY.
And so, piece by piece, the old men
and women of the district have built
up the theory that this woman call
ing herself a man was the wife whose
husband and children were found
murdered thirty years ago.
But they do not say that she her
self committed that terrible deed, or
even that she hadi guilty knowledge
of it. Perhaps, knowing that her
fault led logically to the murder by
another, and knowing that she was
suspected, she sought in the monas
tery both refuge and the expiation of
a co tributory orror.
A Georgia Tragedy.
GEarge Wright, city passenger and
ticket agent at Rome, Ga., for the
Southern railway, was shot and killed
Wenesday by Vince T. Sanford. San
ford refuses to talk ac d the cause of
the tragedy 1s not known. Mrs.
Wright is pre-strated. She was ill,
atd the killing cf her husband, it is
feared, will cause her death. The
grand g~ry returned a true bill charg
ing murder to Sanford. Acting uu
der advice of his attorneys SanfordI
continues silent. The only state ment
e made is: "He has ruined my home
and I have killed him. I wou'-d do
the same thing again."
Equial to the Emergency.
An old admiral well known for his
power of exaggeration was describing
voyge at supper one night. "While
:ruising in the Pacific," he said, "we
assed an island which was positively
ced with lobsters." "But," said one
>f the guests, a miling incredulously.
"lobsters are not red until boiled."
"Of course not,"replied the undaunted
admiral, "but this was a volcanic
FR.EMIUMIS FOR BEST CROPS
Are Oft r.A by the Agricultural So
ciety o1 South Carolina.
In order to encourage the plant
ing of alfalfa hay amoog the farmers
of South Carclina the agricultural so
ciety of South ''arolina has offered a
premium for the best crop raised dur
ing the year 1906.
The following circu'ar has been
sent out, which gives the conditions
of the contest and all information
connected with it:
Premiums for the best- crops of al
falfa hay made in South Carolina dur
1906, offered by the agricultural so
ciety of South Carolina:
1. Those who desire to compete
for these prizes must send their
names to J. Bachman Chisolm, stc
retary of the agricultural s-ciety of
South Carolina, .No. 26 Broad street.
Cearleston, S. C., giving the location
and post jfice address, and stating
whether they have entered for thb
five-acre prize on or before the 1st oJ
2. The same party cannot entel
for both the five-acre and one acre
3. The hay must be cut, cured anr
baled from the five-acre plot in on(
tract, all in one five-acre boiy. Tae
results are not to be m3.de by takir4
any portions of one or more acres frol
various sections of any trac5.
4. This hay should be cut as soor
as the b'oom appears, after the 1st oi
I May, 1906, and as frequently as th(
crops will warrant until the 1st o:
5. An examination of quality o:
the hay and the weighing of same wil
be made by a committee of jadge.
composed of three responsible resi
dents of the neighborhood, who shal
give certifizates of same.
6. Oa receipt of the certificates giv
tng the aggregate of the to)tal cut
tings between May 1st and Novembe:
15t of thjse who ha.ve entered ta.
campatition the agricaltrual enmmit
tee of the society will at once pay ove:
to the sucesaful contestant the awarc
of $100 for the best results of alfalf,
from the five acres, and $53 for thi
oest results frum one Lcre. The:.
certificates must be sent to the sec-e
tary of the society befire the 31st o
The secretary of the society will bi
pleased to furni:,h those who desire t<
enter the contest with imformatiot
as to where they can precire the al
faLfi sei d and ueh information as t<
the preparation of land, fertilizition
planting and cutting of the crop, a
eilvea in the United States agricultu
ral bIletins, Nos. 31 and 215, on "Al
William G. Hi son, John S. Horl
beck, James S. Murdock, Theo. G
Barker, Taos. Pinckney, Simael G
Stoney, agricultural committee.
People Who Charge Corruption Havi
Submitted No Testimony.
The state dispensary investigativi
committee will get down to work o
Tuesday, August 8. The first sessioi
will be at Spartanburg. Spartanburi
is chosen because it is thought it wil
save Expenses and the committe'
finds that it has a tight hold there oi
witnesses and has already materia
enough to begin work.
Tne purpose is to do what work il
necessary at St-artanburg and thei
move to Columbia, where the publii
investigations are to be continued a;
long as there are witnesses availabli
who know anything. The Idea of the
committee is to meet wherever it wil
be cheapest to handle the inquiry.
Some of the members of the com
mittee, and particularly Chairmai
Hay, said Wednesday that it was vera
disappointing to see people on the
stump and in the pulpit denouncial
the dispensary and charge corruptiol
and fraud and not c ff aring the corn
mittee evidence or suggesting4t t<
the state. For himself, and for thu
committee, he said tbat evidence o:
information that Is offered the corn
mittee will be fairly dealt with, an:
the committee is anxious to get an3
tips it can. Any member of the com
-mittee may be addressed or he maj
be advised at Camden S. C., and thu
information will be given to the com
mlttee. He thinks it unfair to thu
committee for people to be chargios
things and not offering to help provi
The chief work of the committee
today, in fact about the only thins
that was done other than canvass the
situation and the work done, was t<
arrange to borrow addiional money.
Tne committee was voted $3,00(
out of the dispensary funds when il
began work. It has spent nearly all
of this money, but the committee
thinks that it has now gone so fal
that it must either throw up the
sponge or borrow money with which
to push the work and pay the expen.
ses of the witnesses it is expected to
summon, and the other expenses that
have been provided for.
The committee feels that it is war
ranted in arranging for additional
money on the ground that it is nec
essry and that what money has thus
far been spent has been conservately
expendrd, and that whatever may be
the result of the investigation the
people of the state want it thorough
A reply which was at once wise and
witty is said to have been by a gentle
man to whose decision in regard to a
cert3in matter two pretty young girls
appealed. They were discussing the
question as to what constitutes beau
ty in a hand and differed gresatly in
opinion- At last they referred the
matter to the old man, of whom tbey
were both very fouud. "My dears"
said the old man with a kindly smile,
"the question is too hard a one for me
to decide. But ask the poor, and
they will tell ycu that the m )st beu
tiful hand in the world is the hand
that gives the ms, freely."
Met His Funeral.
Thomnas McNelus, of Hazelton, Pa.,
Wednesday, met what purported to
be his own funeral. It was only a
hearse driven from the morgue by an
udertaker, who, when he saw Mc
Nelus, nearly fell from his se, c
When he recovered he turned his
horses around and drove back to the
morgue. The body had been sent
from the Retreat hospital labled, by
some mistake. Thomas Mc~elus,
who had recently been discharged as
cured. It looked like him, and his
friends mourned him as dead. The
authorities are now trying to discover
whose body they have.
Why Indians Smoke.
An Indian chIef, In an unimpas
sioned effort to tell something of
Indian peculiarities, said: "Indian
great smoker. Smokin' great help to
Offered for Fiends Who Assass
inated a Man and Daughter.
GIRL FOUGHT HARD
People Are Greatly Incensed Over the
Horrible Crime. It is Believed that
the Young Lady Was Criminal
ly Assaulted Before She
Citizens of Miami, Florida, and sur
rounding country, are greatly incensed
over the brutal murder of C. E. Davis
and his daughtcr, Miss Elsie Davis,
which occurred recently. Rewards
have been offered by private parties,
i organizations and the citizenq general
ly ranging from $100 to $1,000 for the
fends and evidence to convict. Mr.
Davis and his daughter lived about
four miles west of Miami and were in
the habit of coming to Miami quite
frequently, in fact alost daily.
Mr. Davis was a nurseryman, having
a fine grove of orange and grape fruit
trees, which yielded a good return for
his labors in the past years and did
quite an extensive business in budding
and selling both nursery stock budded
and in the seeding state. He was a
man of about 57 years of age. He was
born in Delaware county, Oiio, and
bad lived in the vicinity of Miama fir
the past fourteen years. He was well
liked by the pub'ic generally, but it is
thought that he must have had some
enemies, as his fine patch of water
melon vines was totally destroyed some
weeks ago by being pulled out of the
ground. N o trace of the perpetrators
has ever bean discovered.
Miss Elsie Davis was an exceedingly
attractive young lady; was about
eighteen years of age, rather small,
with a lithesome, graceful figure, quite
pretty, with blue eyes and light brown
hair. She was very bright and lively
with a fondness for scciety and a de
cided talent for the amateur stage.
She frequently appeared before the
Miami public in amateur performanc
es for the benefit of some local organi
zation and always made a success of
her part. On Sunday Mr. M. S. Bur
bank, a friend called at the Davis
home and knocked, but securing no
reply and seeing no one, concluded
that the father and daughter were
not at home, while at that time their
murdered bodies were weltering in
their blood in their respective bedrooms
on the second floor.
YOUNG MAN SUM11ONS HELP.
He went again on Sunday after
noon, as he had to go on a trip with
Mr. Davis, and to tell him that he
could not go. He calkd a third time
on Monday morning ant still not see
ing any one went to the home of one
of Mr. Davis' sons, who lived near,
and told him of the circumstances of
tiis having called three times and
could find no one-at hime. Mr. Ed
Dayls went with Mr. Burbank, and
not b3ing welcomed as usual, he en
tered the house, and to his horror he
discovered the dead bodies of his loved
ones. He rushed back to Miami, told
the terrible news and sought sympa
thetic friends, who hastened to the
scene and found his surmise only too
true, that his father and sister had
been cruelly assassinated by an un
Tne sheriff, corner and other officials
were at once notified and the news
spread like wild fire throughout the
city. Crowds visited the spot of the
foulest murders that, have ever been
committed In Dade county. Mr. Davis
was lying in bed with a bullet hole
through his neck. From his peaceful
position it is thought that he was shot
while asleep and did not know what
ended his earthly existence, though
there are indications that he was
strangled, too; also that he was the
first one murdered, as his daughter's
rootu, which was quite near his, was
in disorder, showing that there was a
struggle. A large rug on the floor was
disturbed and the bed clothing In a
Miss Davis seemed to have been
thrown on the bed with her head to
ward the foot and her hair over her
face. She had been shot in both
breasts, one ball passing through her
body and the mattress and lodging
In the floor under the bed. It is the
san'e number as that used by her
father and his pistol whic a u-u ally
was kept on the first floor .sannot be
fcu-id, ther-efore it is generally believ
ed that the murderer or murderers
used Mr. Davis' pistol to kill both
himself and his beloved daughter.
Nothing in the way of money, jewel
ry or silver seems to have been remov
ed from house and the supposition is
that the object was criminal assault.
Fonnd Negro in Room.
A special from Athens, Ga , to the
Augusta Chronicle says Will Howard,
colored, is in jail on the charge of
having entered the house of Mr. John
Basner. He was discovered past mid
night by Mrs Basner, who felt soile
tihing touch her heels, and on waking
found that this negro had just enter
ed the room through a window at the
foot of the bed. The negro jumped
out of the window and made off, but
was captured and placed in jail. He
said he had gone there to get some
medicine for his wife but the story Is
not believed at all. Wbat his motive
was no one can tell, but It is thought
he was bent on burglary.
Mourned as Dead.
Goaded to desperation by the harsh
treatment of her parents, wealthy
Jews of Memphis' Tenn.. who, she
says, have used her as a slave for
years, Miss Lena Plesofsky eloped
with her Gentile sweetheart. The
parents were in close pursuit, and, as
they could get no one else in time,
the couple were forced to obtain tbe
services of a negro preacher. After
cursing the bride, the family hold
funeral servic ts over her name, which
will never be spoken again.
The Florence Times says brace up
and look bright and do something for
your community. The world Is not
ging to the bow wows, cotton is still
ten cents atd tobacco is making a
new record. Young corn looks bright
and fruit is ripening. There will be
good business and plenty of money In
the South this fall.
Fight at Je-:becne.
Four negroes were wounded at a
barbecue in Cherokee county on Satur
day-none seriously. Three negroes
were wcunded, one fatally, at the
IS IT THUS WITH YOU?
The Worker's Dream that Came to
Change His Way.
"According to the grace of God
which is given unto me, as a wise mas
ter-builder, I have laid the founds
tion, and another buildeth thereon.
But let every man take heed how he
"For other foundation can no man
lay than that is laid, which is Jesus
"Now if any man build upon this
foundation gold, silver, precious
stones, wood, hay stubble; every man's
work shall be made manifest: for the
day shall declare it, because it shall
be revealed by fire; and the fire shall
try every man's work of what sort it is.
If any man's work abide, which be
hath built thereupon, he shall receive
"It any man's work shall be burned,
he shall suffer loss; but he himself
shall be saved; yet so as by fire."-1
Cor. III 10 15."
I sat down in an arm chair, wearied
with my work. My toil had been
severe and protracted. Many were
seeking Christ, and many had found
him. As for mjsAf I was joyous in
my work. My brethren were united.
My sermons and exhortations were
evidently telling on my hearers. My
caureb was crowded.
Tired with my work, I soon lost
myself in a sort of half-forgotten
state. Suddenly a stranger entered
the room, without any preliminary
"tap" or "come in." He carried about
his person measures, chemical imple
ments, which gave him a very strange
The stranger came toward me, and
ExtendiDg his hand, said: "How Is
your zeal?" I supposed that the
qu ry was to be for my health, but
was pleased to hear his final wo-rds;
for I was q iite well pleased with my
zeal, and doubted not the stranger
whiul I smile when he should know its
Instantly, I conceived of it as phys
ical quantity and putting my hand to
my bosom, brought it forth and pre
sented it to him for inspection.
He took it, and placing it in his
scale, weighed it carefully. And I
heard him say, "One hundred pounds.'
1 could scarce express an audible
note of satisfaction; but I caught his
earnest look as he noted down the
weight; and I saw at once that he had
drawn no final conclusion, but was in
tent on pushing his investigation.
He broke the mass to atoms, put it
into his crucible, ard put the crucible
into the fire. When the mass was
fused, he took it out and set it to
cool. It congealed in cooling, and
when turnE d out on the hearth ex
hibited a series of layers of strata;
which all, at the touch of the ham
mer, fell apart, and were severally
tested and weighed, the stranger
making minute notes as the process
went on. When he b2d finished he
presented the notes to me, and he
gave me a look of minglc d sorrow at d
compassion, as without a word, except,
'May Gcd save you!' he left the room.
Te "notes" read as follows:
"Ana.1: is of the zeal of Junius, a
cand.d"-. for a crown of glory.
Weignt en masse, or total weight 100
pounds. On this, on Analysis, there
p-oves to be -
Bigotry..................11 parts Wood,
Personal A mition.;...2 " Ha
Love of Praise.....19 " - ,-nd
Pride of Denonination..15 " i Stubble,
Pride of Talent-......14 " | 1st Cor.
Love of Authorit y-....12 " J III: 10-16
Love of God..............4 " ue el
Love of Man.............3 "
I had become troubled at the pecu
liar mmLner of the stranger, at d es
pecially at his parting look and man
ner; but when I looked on the figures,
my heart sunk like lead within me.
I made a mental effort to dispute
the correctness of the recor d But I
was startled into a more honest mood
by an audible sigh from the stranger.
I cried cut, "Lord, save me! ' and
knelt down at my chair, with the pa.
per in my band, and my eyes fixed
upon it At once it became a mirror,
and I saw my heart reflected in it
The record was true! 1 saw it! I
felt it! I confessed it! I deplore:1it!
and I besought God to save me from
myself, with many tears. With a
cry of 'mnguish I awoke. I had once
prayed to be saved from hell, but
prayer to be sated from myself now
was immeasurably more fervent.
When the toils of my pilgrimage
shall be at an end, I shall kneel in
heaven, at the feet of the Great
Alchemist and bless him for the reve
lation of that day-Selected.
A Sad Case.
Five hundred dollars, which Mrs.
Knapp had raised through hard effort
for the defense of her son, John
Knapp, who is awaiting trial at Rich
mood, Ind., for murder, has been lost
in the wreck of the Commercial bank
at Hagerstown, Ind. Knapp stands
accused of murdering Lennie Geisler,
marshal of Hagerstown. Knapp is
now in j sil the-:e, and his mother had
directed her energies toward procur
ing enough money to employ attor
neys. She finally collected $500 among
relatives and placed the money in the
Commercial bank with John Bowman,
the cashier, who killed himself after
looting the bank. The money is gone
and Mrs. Kaapp is perhaps the most
wretched and despairing of the 800
depositir ors who lost their savings in
Mod Kills Negro
At Newbramfels, Texas, a mob
Thursday nig ht battered down the
doors of the county jail and lynched
Sam Green, a 16-year-old negro boy
who attempted criminal assault at
this place Tuesday night on the 6
year-old daughter of William Karbach.
a German farmer who lives on the
outskirts of the town. The mob
could not break into the cell where
the prisoner was kept, so the leaders
thrust their guns through the opening
of the steel walls and fired three shots.
The negro sank to the floor dead and
the mob quickly dispersed. The negro
protested his innocence to the mob,
but during the day had cornfessed his
guilt to the sheriff. -
Ple~nty of Cheek.
E. S. Holmes, former assistant sta
istican in~ the department of agricul
ure, who was dismissed for selling
otton facts, Wednesday consulted
:cunsel relative to the investigation
f the cotton leaks. It is understood
hat he will take his dismissal from
he department to the courts.
olmes declined to make any state
ent about his case. He returned to
Washington late Wednesday.
Killed for Nothina.
George Brown, a well known farmer
f Wetzel county, living near New
~artinsville,W. Va., shot and killed
William Williams, a fifteen-year-old
oy, Wednesday morning because he
ound him picking blackberries on his
proprty. ronwn was arrested.
A FATAL HEAT WAV2.
Many Prostrations and Deaths in the
A dispatch from New York says an
area of Oppressive heat, that brings to
mind with unpleasant vividness the
record-breaging summer of 1901, has
settled down over the eastern and
New Englard States, already num
bering hundreds among its vi-tims
and causing indescribable suff ering
for thousands in this and other cities.
From all points Wednesday night
came the story of the hottest day o!
the summe,, attended with frequent
prostrations and not a few deaths.
Philadelphia reported a max'mm
temperature of 98 3, the highest fig
ure oficially noted. In this city the
weather bureau's high mark was 96,
while in Boston, where the sun's ray
are wont to be tempered by an Easl
wind, a temperature of 94 was re
Following are the maximum term
peratures fflicially reported in the
larger cities, with the known cases 01
prostration and death:
Tem. tions. Death
New York 96 187 23
PAladelphia 98 3 50 5
Baltimo:e 87 3 6 1
Washington 95 6 -
Boston 94 4 1
Pittsburg 93 26 13
Buffalo 78 2 1
(Ln the above table the total o:
prostrations includes the fatalities )
"Jke" Cook, keaper of the monke
house at Central park, famous as ax
elephant trainer and the idol of ,b
children who frequent the zoo, wa
am'Jng Wednesd-ys victims. Tho
other keepe s had complained <f thi
heat and Cook, volunteering to hel
them with their duties, overexerte
himself, was stricken and died.
Early in the day the hot wave In
vaded the stock exchange, and its ef
feet was quickly apparent upon thi
traders. Many of the leadirg. opera
tors deserted the floor and the mar
ket became listleis and dull.
To add to the unavoidable physica
suff.rings, Brooklyn was toreatenet
with a water famine, while the wholi
city was startled by a prospaet of ,
strike of the ice men. An expecte<
strike in Manhattan did not material
ize. ~ A few ice wagon drivers stoppei
work, but deliveries continued.
Prompt measures were t'.en b:
the police and park commissioners t
alleviate in some degree the suiferini
of the public. Orders were issuu
keeping open throughout the nigh
the park gates and thousands of men
women and children deserted'crowdei
and stifling apartments for a bed upo
the cool grass.
A SENSATIONAL REPORT
That R K. Dargan Did Not Commi
Suicide as heported. -
A story was in circulation last wee,
that former President Rbert Keitl
Dargan, of the Independent Cotttol
Mill Company of Darlington, did no
commit snicide, and in fact is no
dead. Tne rumor states that th
body has never been viewed by th
jury, and the only time that it wa
seen by the coroner was when th
ciunty official was called to the las
office and found the rormer (ffB~e
seated In a chair at a desk, with thn
whiskey, and cartolic acid on tin
desk. According to the story, Mn
Dargan was carried to his home In
closed carriage. It is said that thn
stricken home was dosed to callers
and nobody saw Mr. Dargan in tin
ca- ket, which was later interred, afte
services performed by two ministeri
The story question whether thi
casket contained Mr. Dargan's body
and it is said that the insurance com
pany, the state agent of which is lo
cited at Columbia, is investigatini
the matter, with a view of ascertain
ing whether Mr. Dargan really diet
and was buied. It is argued tha
whiskey is an antidote for carbolia
acid poison, with which Mr. Dargai
is said to have killed himself, and tha
as long as whiskey Is drunk the aci<
can be safely taken into the system
The presence of the whiskey on thi
desk near the suicide, is cited to shoi
a possible knowledge of this fact, and
to sustain the theory that the mat
never killed himself. Additlonal co]
or is given to the theory from the
part that Mr. Pegram bad in the af
It struck many people as a most as
tounding proposition that a mar
could idly and calmly sit in'the roon
and allow his brother to take the pol
son, and after his death then give the
alarm. The theory that no suicidt
was cmmitted offers an explanatioi
of this feature of the case, and thi
failure of Mr. Pegram Dargan to make
any statement at the Inquest, wher
put on the stand, simply saying that
the statement of his brother spoke fo.
itself, is construed to mean that h4
did not wish to involve himself by as
serting that his brother was dead,
when he had not killed himself, ac
cording to the story. Tao story isa
most remarkable one and is thought tC
be a fake, but it is being very persist
ently circulated here and is published
for what t s worth.
Served aim Rignt.
James Beard, a prominent citizer
of Od n, Ind., was horsewhipped in
the streets of that town by Mrs
James Churchman while her husband
stood guard over Beard wit'h a revol
ver. Churchman, so it is alleged, had
heard that Beard had maede state
ments that were derogatory to the
character of his wife. With his wife
he went to a bardware store, pur
chased a buggy whip and waited for
Beard to appear. When Beard came
up town Mr. Churchman covered him
with his revolver and told his wife to
do the whipping. While Beard stood
looking into the muzzle of the revol
ver in Churchman's hands, eight
lashes were laid on his coatless back.
After the whipping was over Church
man ad conished Beard not to talk
about his wife again.
What Hie Deserved.
"The man who rocked the boat"
got what he deserves a sound drubbing
Monday when a crowd of New York
women set upon him and almost
pounded him to death. He hai al
most caused the droavning of two
young ladies by capsizing the boat
which he "rocked." It's the only
way to handle such idiots and if it
were done every time, there would be
fewer cases of his idiotic display.
A Mad Woman.
At N~ew York Mrs. Annie Cahes, a
young mother, Wednesday morning
left her bed and seized a carving
mnife and stabbed her nineteen-year
ld son to death. The woman sought
o murder her husband, but was pre
vented. She then stabbed herself in
the breast. Jealously over her sister,
who is living with her, is thought ~to
e prompted theact
WEATHER AND CROPS.
Corn Danag;d, but Cotton Getting
Along Fairly Weli.
The week ending Motday, July 17,
was slightly ccoler than normal. Tne
temperature extremes were a maxi
mum of 94 degrees at Allendale on the
10th, ai d a minimum of 65 degrees at
Greenville on the 11th aud 14 h. Tae
temperatura conditions were favor.
able. There were a number of damag
ing bgh winds, espec-aily in Green
ville and neighboring counti- s accom
panying thunderbtorms. Tnhre was
an excess of kuhinesS over the entire
With the excep'ion of a deficiency
in the central cjuntles where there
were numerous sho wers but little rain,
the prEc:pitation for the week was
copiuus aid in many places excessive,
ranging f;om one to over fiva inches.
In the exzreme western, and in placM
in the northeastern counties, land6
were washed and bottom lands floodec.
Toe rainfall was heavy along the
coast aLd cxceslive in BeauforE coun
Over the greater part of the state,
tMe numeruns snowers and the cloudy
weather kept the ground too wet tc
work, and de ayed the laying by of
field crops. Sote fitlds of corn and
cotton ,Lav: again becme gratsy and
are in urgent need of cultivation.
CUtton grew very fast in all see.
tions, but aid not fruit in proportion.
Tae plants have generally attained
normal growth, ana in many placei
have grown too large, but, with the
exception of Hampton county, wher
the rains caused toe plants to turr
yellow, they have a good, health, color
but are soft and sappy. Taere an
some complaint of shedding square
and of Icck root, and of rust on sand]
lands, and of aamage from insects
but on the whole a general improve
meut is noted. The crop needs fai
Some bottom land corn was dam
aged ar.d s;.me destroyed, oth-rwis4
there was a general improvement it
the c.ddition of corn, especia*iy of lat
plantings. Tobacco curing is general
late toc)acco made rapid growth, bul
the crop promises to be short. Jun
rice receiving its first cultivation,
Gardens improved. Peas doing well
Peaches rotting. Pastures have im
proved. Cane growing well. Water
melons generally plentiful and ship
Of Fif ceen-Year-Old a Boy from th
Bite of a Stranage Cat.
A dispatch from Macon, G8., t
the Atlanta C ,nstitution, says Samue
Cook, the 15-year-old son of S. E
Cook, a farmer living near Cross Keys
just outside the c ity limits, on th
east side of the river, died a most hoz
rible death Wednesday after sufferinj
k about eight hours from rabbies, sup
I posed to have been caused by a ca
2 bite. Early Wednesday morning tb
t boy complained and asked that a phy
t sician be summoned to relieve him c
e a peculiar suffering which he was un
, able to ( xplain.
ofHe soon at terwards asked for a drn]n
of e water, and as soon as he had touch
edhis lips, he became wild and wa
r beyond the control of his parents dur
inlg the remainder of the time. Nearl:
ea dczen physicians were called In, an<
the general opinion was that the younj
man was suffering from hydrophobia
Sand every effort was made to relievi
him, but with no avail. He died Wed
Snesday afternoon after a day's suffer
ing, the horrors of which are indes
cribable. About three months ago ha
spent the night with an uncle on hi;
Sfarm, near the home of his parents
arad there he was bitten by a cat.
He had assisted in milking the cows
and had gone cut into the road to re
turn to the house when he fru id
stray cat. He picked it up and strok
Sed it, and its seeming hunger cause<
the cat to lick his hand fresh from thi
milk. The boy allowed the cat to gel
Shold of his thumb, and in getting awa:
a scratch from the cat's teeth cause<
the blood to flw. This is supposed
to hav i caused the hydrophobia to se:
Sin. No attention was given the bite
and it soon healed. There was no evi
Sdence of rabies until Wednesday.
POISONED TH.E WELL.
& Diabolical Attempt to Kill a Fami':
News of a most diabolical attempi
1at poisoning the members of a promi
nent family, consisting of Mrs. Mag
gie Ferguson, her sem. Mr, E. W
Ferguson, and wife, is reported to thi
Columbia State from the vicinity o:
Clinton In L-aurens County. The re
port says at about tue same time Tues
day morning Mr. Ferguson, his moth
er and a negro servant became ver3
ill, the symptoms indicating poison
ing. In a few hours, however, thei
had almost entirely recovered.
Meantime an investigation led tc
the discovery of a big in the well con.
taining a horrible mixture of portions
of a snake, frogs. lizzards and a glan
tity of stuff resembling pounded matcb
heads. However, a physician who has
examined the contents of the bag
states that there was not present any
Jake Carwile, ex-convict and all
round bad negro, who until last Sat
urday week was in the employ of Mr.
Ferguson, his time having expired, is
suspected of the deed, as he had given
Mr. Ferguson a deal of trouble and is
understood to have made threats
against his employer repeatedly to the
other hands on the place.
A yigorous search was soon institu
ted and a posse of determined men
have been scouring the country for
the negro since some time Wednesday
morning, but he seems to have made
good his escaps. Carwile is about 40,
black, mediu n size, partially bald and
wears a mustache.
A Georgia Freak.
We may always look for a freak
from Georgia when times are dull.
Toe latest is a nman with a conscience
strong enough to make him send the
railroad company a check for a ride
he took without paying for it. We
wish all people who owe us for their
paper could have just such an awak
ening of conscience.
Range~d for Assault.
Austin Johnson, colored, who was
convicted for criminial assault upon
Ruth Rebecca Pinchbeck, the eleven
year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 0.
L. Pinchbeck, of Richmond, Va., was
hanged there on Tnursday. Johnson's
was the third execution in that coun
ty this year and the second for the
crime of assault.
Root Fell In.
The roof of the chapel of the Wo
man's hospital at Fermo, Italy, fell
in during morning service on Sunday
killng 16A women amd ininring 2.
A ST. LOUIS SENSATION
In Which a Sou:h Carolinalans and
His Wife Figure.
"D.,Lorme--Hattie Weber De
Lorme, died; mother of Mrmie, Helen
and H mer and John F X. DeLorme,
and wife of Homer DeLorme, July 1-,
1905, at 3960 north Eleventh street.
Funeral services In South Carolina
among relativas. News and Courier
and S:ate please copy."
The abova notice was published in
the St. Luis papers last week, but a
special cispatch from St. L uis to
The State says Mrs. DeLorme is not
dead. Dr. DzLorme was simply mis.
taken. He explained his mistake to
some sorrowing friendi who called af
ter reading the death notice in the
morning piper. 0 -aers he wavel
away with a revolver. His explana
tion was that a relative in South Car
olina had died, n.t his wife. Never
theless the dccor did not take down
the purple cloth doing duty as crepe
on his door. -
Two or three large nails held it se
curely, nor did he open the windows
or shutters, despite the intense heat.
To all outside appearances the De
L->rme home Taesiay of last week was
a house of mortel grief. Neighbors of
the family stood in the stzeet In little
groups and talked in low tones of the
coctor's actions. "D11n't go near
there, he'll shoot you," they told per
wons who started toward the house.
Mrs. A. E K iltmeyer, sister of Mrs.
D Leorme, was met at the door, she
says, by the dcctor v ith two revolvers.
HIe told her, she says, that his wife
was not dead and not Ill. There are
four children as named in the death
Wednesday at the r q'iest of Mrs.
DLorme's brother, Chaa. Weber, po
lice acccmranied by Weber descended
un :n the Di L >rme residenci an' took
Dr. DeLorne and Mis.- DeL rme,
whom they found within, to the sixth
district police station. Dr. D.L~rme
had refused to permit Weber to see
his sister and had telephoned the
chief of police for assistance in eject
Dr. DeLorme explained at the sta
tion that he had annour ced his wife's
death hoping to stop his persecution
by his wife's relatives. "I want to
be alone," he said. Mrs. DeLorme
said she had no complaint to make.
So after a short detention all were
p armitted to have. Dr. DeLrme re
moved from the door the crepe that
had hung there all Tuesday and also
the notice warning his wife's relatives
against visiting her. Dr. H. A. De
3 Lorme, a native of Sumter and grad
I uate of the South Carolina Military
academy in the class of 1890, is a
physician in St. Louis.
A Florida Tragedy.
A double tragedy occurred at EvIns
ton, Fla., Thursday, in which John
P. Hester, a prominent merchant,
I shot Postmaster W. 0. Barron and
shot and killed his son, Watt Barron.
For several months, it is understood,
- Barron and Hest-r have been on bad
terms and recently, it is said, Hester'
| roported Barron to the postoffice de
partment in Washington, charging
SmismanagEment of the affairs of the
iinston cfle. Wednesday afternoon
| Rester sent a messenger for his mal.
| Pcstmaster Barron refused to deliver~
the mall without a written order and
so informed the messenger, requesting
Shim to return to Hester and secui'e
a written order. Instead of complying
with the ri q iest, It is said that Hes
ter picked up a shotgun from his store
Sand proceeded to the postoffice, when
Sthe shooting occurred, the postmaster
being severely wounded. Watt Bar
ran, son of tie postmaster, was load
lng a car with watermelons a few rods
from the scene. Hearing the report
of the gun he left the car and proceed
ed toward the store to ascertain the
I trouble when he was met by Hester
and Instantly killed. Hester mounted
1a horse and made his escape after the
Some PlIain Talk.
|The St. Petersburg Novoe Vremya
prints the foll wing statement of Eas
sia's position, which is evidently in
soired: "Russia can consent to such
a peace only as will not affect the dig
nity or the vital interests of the Em
pire. To act otherwise would be fa
tal to Russia and would threaten all
Europe. Earrope no longer believes
Japan's assurances that she will not
restrict Europe in Interests In the Far
East. Even in England and America
voices can be heard favoring an indi
rect interference of the powers to
moderate Japan's demands. Oar plen
ipotentlaries must remember that
they are to defend the interests not
only .of Russia. but of the other caa.
cassian powers and they will find mor
al support in Berlin, Paris, Washing
ton, and perhaps In London. Our
army in the field is much stronger
than it was fifteen months ago."
Refi'ctions of a Bachelor.
You could never get a woman to
take any interest in a business panic
if the baby was cutting a new tooth.
0 aie of the hardest b!ows to a wo
man is that after scie marries a man
she can't have him propose to her
The man who peers at other people
through the wrong end of a spy-glass
never makes that mistake when look
ing at himself.
A man gets off so many smart say
ings when ncbody is around that he
can't do any when he is with people
for trying to think them up.
There is hardly enouigh flattery in
the whole world to satisfy one man
who believes he has a fine figure that
must be dressed in the perfection of
The Pocket Nerve.
The president informs us that the
Chinese boycott has touched the con
science of Americans. Tae Spartan
burg Journal says it has always sus
pected that the American carried his
conscience in his pocket, and here is
a proof of it.
Pittman & Son have sold the Car
olina Baptist, published at Green
wood, to Revs. V. L. Masters of Green
ville ana Louis J. Bristow of Marion,
who will continue the publication in
the same place.
Shioc From Ambneh.
Charles Pool, a young white man,
was shot from the roadside in Green
ville county on Saturday afternoon.
He secuses Bob K flly of shooting him.
The shooter used both barrels of a
shotgun, b at only a few shots hit.
Served ami R gr.
.A New York city magistrate on
Saturday sentenced Ben. F. Smith to
4xz months imprisonment for annoying
Mr ,. Sarah (M. Gamble by trying to