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A F I NO'8 WRK
Miss Elsie Morgan, Who Alone oi
Twelve Escapcd Death.
TELL AWFUL STORY
Of Her Own Experience on the Trading
Schooner Olympia. Her Narrative
oi Horrors Discount the Bloody
Deeds of the Seventeenth
Miss Esie Morgan, sole survivor
among the twelv3 passengers and
crew of the British Bonduras trading
schooner Olympia. who saw every
other soul on board butchered by one
gigantic negro buccaneer, has so far
recovered from the shock produced by
those scenes as to be able to give a de
tailed statement of this outrage,
which transceuds in horror the cruel
est deeds of the old West Indian pi
Miss Morgan still lies physically
suffering at El Proverno, in British
Honduras, whither she was taken by
rescuers, who found her, half dement
ed, wandering on the beach to which
she had swum after the black bucca
neer had left her for dead in the wa
ter half a mile from shotre. Her story
-the iirst and only one she has told
which is sent herewith, invests the
facts already -ublihted throughout.
the world with tngia picturci quenes
possible only in the statement of an
eye-witness-and, in this case, of a
girl who, thrCugnL all that awful
night of July 1, knew that she herself
was designed for a fate worse than
The facts leadirg up to the begin
ning of Miss Morgan's narraLive are
these: The little treng schconer
Olympia, plyirg between the island
of Utilla and Trux"le, twenty-five
miles away on the Hunduras main
land, had brcn lyi g At its iiland pier
for several daysloac:ng wita merchan
dise for coast p izts. It was gaite
generally know: teat the captain had
on board a cousi rable sum uf money
in gold, with which he was to buy
cattle on the za-and. This amount
was only the .qu'vah:nt c-f about $700
in United Stne-s cur:et-cy, but in the
minds of negro laborers about the
pier it assum-ed fa.bulous pro.portions.
One of thest was a giganric speci
men named Robert McField, well
known to all the island inbabitants.
He was more than u:uslly well edu
cated for one of his race and Lore a
fair repu, ation. At dusk on June 30,
after the captsin, eccompanied by
the mate, had thcrcughly inspected
the schooner and crew to be sure that
no suspicious character was aboard,
the little vess;A, with twelve souls
aboard, threw off its linzs and dropped
quietly out of the har bor, for Truxille.
In his confessiton, made as he was
about to be hanged, MIcField tells
how. before the socorer was out of
the harbor, he rowed cut to her in the
darkness, climbed ab ardl unnoticed
and corcealed hims.elf in the hold,
armed wirth a winchostes rifle and a
rEVolver. While the burly negro
skulkt d below waiting for a propitious
moment to put his murderous plot in
to execution, these passengers and
members of the crew were on deck
under the brilliar-t tropical sky, un
conscicus of danger:
Miss Elsie Morgzaz, Ut-illa.
Walter Rose, aged 23 years, Utilla.
Ind:ara Rose, his wife, aged 20
Six-weeks c-ld baby of Mrs. Rose,
Adela Bodden, twelve years old,
Captain White Bush, aged forty,
master of the O:ympia, Lynn, Mass.
Van Wick Hydes, aged thirty-eight
years, mate of Olympia, Bay Island.
INelson Bodden, sailor, Utilla.
Deton Nickerson, sailor, aged thir
ty-two years, Connecticut.
William Godfrey, sailor, aged twen
ty-five years, Bay Island.
Amos -, negro cook.
At 10 o'clock in the evening, when
about four miles out from the island,
all went below Except Hydes, the
mate, and Bodden, who was at the
wheel. Miss Morgan's narrative fol-I
MIlSS MORGANs5 ACCOUNT.
The followin~g article was prepared
for the N~ew York American by Miss
That awful night comes back In all
my dreams. I shall never fcrget It.
That black beast's murderous fury,
the groans of his victims, the leering
smile on his lips as he threw my sis
ter's baby into the sea, the fate he
promised me, sill be with me always.
It was a most beautiful night, 'with
a soft breeze biowingr and the heavens
ablaze with stars. We were on deck
till after 10 o'cock, my sister and I,
her husband and_ the other passen
gers, and it seemedl a pity to go below
with such lovaine-s a1. sboot: I am
sure that no one suspected the slight
I went to my cabin with Mrs. Rose,
my sister, and the baby, and soon we
were asleep. In did not seem that I
had slept mocre th'.n a minute when a
sound of sc..ing on deck awakened
me. Then several shots were fired.
We were so alarmed al this tnat my
sister and I ran to the hevchway.
Captain Bush was ascending the lad
der. We heiled him and he turned.
"Go back to your canin," said the
captain. And then he bounded on
We remained at the fcoot of the lad
der won-dering. Sufidenly there was
another successica of srots in quick
succession, minged with sounds of
falling bodies and the screams of men
It was horrable. We could not re
main where we were in uncertainty.
We mounted rbe ladder and peered
out on deck. The sight was awful.
The sailor, Bo.:den, whom we had
seen at the wheel, lay face down on
the deck quite s1111l. Between the
mainmast and th e wheel, lcoking big
ger than ever in the flood of starlight,
almost bare to his waist, with a rifle
in his han. stood the big negro,
Robert MIcFi- Id. I had seen him
many times and koew him instantly.
,SHE SAW THE FIGHT ON DECK.
In his belt was a revoliver. Smoke
was pouring from the muzzle of his
rifle- A few feet in front cf him lay
the body of the mate, roiling with the
motion of the vessel.
All at once the negro raised his rifle
and began firing over my head toward
the bow of the ship. I saw Captain
Bush run from behind the foremast.
MciField started for him, firing as he
ran. The captain was unarmed, but
he had seized several belaying pins
md was hurting them at the negro as
ie continued to fire.
At the fourth or fifth shot the cap
ain fell with a scream. Tbe negro
an up and gave the body a kick; it
lid not move.
I was so horror-stricken I could not
;tir hand or foot.
Apparently the negro's rifle was
mpty. He laid it down at his feet
md drew his revulver, looking sharp
.y forward. In a moment the other
.wo sailors and the cook appeared out
)f the forecastle hatchway. The first
Af the sailors, seeing the negro with
revolver raised, leaped for the bul
warks as if to jump overboard. The
negro fired and he fell. The second
sailor dodged behind the gallev, but
the cook was shot dead at the hatch
Then the negro ran around the gal
ley and shot the sailor hiding there.
No one capable of resistence was left
above deck. I heard the negro chuckle
as he reloaded his rifle.
One of the prostrate sailors was
moving slightly and another was
groaning. McField walked over to
where they lay, cursed them horribly,
spat in their faces and fired two or
three shots into the head of each.
When he walked off he stopped
where the captain lay, kicked the mo
tionless body, spat in the dead face,
and then did a horrible and unneces
sary thing. The negro, laughing as
he did it, thrust the muzzle of his re
valver between the teeth of the dead
captain and fired, bursting open the
PASSENGERS LINED UP AND SHOT.
At this awful sight I nearly fell
from the ladder. 1 was caught by
Mr. Rose, my sister's husband. Both
of them had come up behind me. Mr.
Rose got ibis head above the hatch
way. He said:
"He's coming. Q2ck! Help me
cover the hatchway."
My sister and I tried to help him
drag the heavy batch over the open
in.g. There were bolts to fasten it
down. But the negro was too quick
for us. Rushing up with rifle and re
volver in his hands he kicked the
hatch far away. Then, as he covered
us with rifle, while his eyes gleamed
savagely, he shouted:
"Get down there, and be quick
We tumbled down the ladder, fol
lowed by the most horrible curses.
He came after us, drove us into an
empty cabin and locked the door.
We heard him ordering the Bodden
girl and little Annie Connors to stay
where they were, and a little later we
heard him in the captain's quarters
ammering--evidently at the leck -f
the strong box containing the gold iii
This kept up for at least an hour.
We were frantic with fear. And my
sister, who had left her baby in her
cabin, didn't know whether it was
dead or alive.
At last the negro opened our d-or,
pointed his revolver at us and ordered:
Mr. Rose sprang at his throat, but
was'knocked censeless by a single blow
of the black man's fist. When he
came to .the negro compelled us all to
stand with our backs to the wall. I
had rushed to our cabin and had my
sisters' baby in my arms. Adela
Bodden and Annie Connors stood there
Suddenly, without a word, the ne
gro raised his revolver and fired twice.
My sister and Adela Bodden dropped
to the floor. They were dead.
Screaming, I stooped over them
with the baby in my arms. The ne
gro seized me roughly by the shoulder
and hissed in my ear:
SHE BEGGED TO BE SHOT.
"Just keep quiet and you will be all
right-I want you."
I cannot repeat the few other words
he said. I begged him to shoot me.
But he would not.
Be ordered us on deck-Mr. Rose,
Miss Connors and I. We went, I still
carrying the child, which was only six
Then Mr. Rose, at the negro's com
mand, lowered the dory, in which the
murderer had placed a bag of the gold
he had stolen from the captain's
chest. Keeping his rifle pointed at us
he ordered us into the boat. At his
command Mr. Rose chopped a hole in
the side of the ship at the water line,
so that she began to fill and was sure
While Mr. Rose still held the axe
the negro shot him through the head
and threw his body overboard.
There were laft now only Annie
Connors, the baby and I. We crouch
ed n the bottom of the boat. The
negro rowed for a while toward the
shore. Suddenly he threw down the
oars, snatched the baby from my
arms, tore at its throat like a savage
animal, and then with a grinning
chuckle, threw the little creature far
out into the sea. The next minute he
had pressed the muzzle of his gun
against Annie Connor's head and
ired. She died at once.
Then the negro rowed again for
guite awhile toward the mainland. I
culd see the shore growing nearer. I
am a good swimmer, and made up my
mind to jump overboard and try to
scape. The first time I tried to dive
ver the thwart I fell into the ne
ro's arms, I was so weak with fear.
Ele thrust me back. After awhile I
ried again and found myself in the
water, out of his reach.
"Come back!" h.e shouted. "Sharks!"
Without stopping to think, Istarted
ack toward the boat. Suddenly the
2egro, who had one of the heavy oars
n his hands, brought it down on my
ead. If It had not glanced on a heavy
:oil of hair I would have been killed
nstantly. That fact proved my salva
ion. I sank, and when I( came up
mder the boat's stern I seized hold of
t and I was able to cling there un
2oticed while the negro pulled for the
~bore. At length I let go to give
2im time to disappear In the wods
efore I could swim to the beach.
LEFT IN THE SEA FOR DEAD.
It was a longer swim than I anticL
ated. I was exhausted at the ernd.
But the negro was out of sight, and I
Then came those six terrible days of
aanderng, some of the time lost in
hickets; sleeping on the ground, sub
sting on the milk of cocoanuts;
radually losing my mind because of
hose awful sicenes always with me,
waking or sleepin~g. A party of cocoa
aut gatherers found me, twenty miles
~rom where I had landed, and took
ne to El Proverno. Until I told my
~tory it was thought that the Olympia
with all aboard had gone down in a
They went out and found McFleld.
'he police took him, but British and
Ameican men took him away from
Ghe police. When they brought him
ao me, and knew that he was thef
man they would have burned him at
the stake. When I begged them not
to do that, because his screams
bringing to me more vividly yet the
mrder of my siser and her child-.
would drive me mad they tcok his
corfession, hanged him, and riddled
his writhing body with rifle shots.
He died saying be had made his
peace with God. If that is true that
is indeed merciful to sinners.
COTTON IN SOUTH AFRICA.
.Efforts of the British to Raise the
Staple Over There.
Great efforts are being made, it
would appear, from reports recently
received in this country, by the Brit
ish Cotton Growers association to pro
mote the growth of cotton in South
Africa and other colonies in the Unit
ed Kingdom. The greatest obstacle
which threatens the plan of the asso
ciation at this time is said to be the
system of slavery which exists there
in its worst form, it is said, than ever
existed in the United States or any
The British Nigeria company is a
huge monopolistic labor cancern, and
the British Cotton Growing associa
tion has the sole right to cultivate
cotton in any part of the 400,000
Equare miles over which the Nigeria
company is overlord. The population
of that area is about 25,000,000. On
the cotton plantations operated near
Lages, the cost of labor for sixteen
hours per day and seven days in the
week is twelve cents. This includes
rations, clothing, medicine, quarters
It is said that with this slave labor,
that within five years the cotton pro
duced will be ample to the require
ments of Great Britain. While there
was, not many years ago, a large
American trade done on the territory
of the Nigeria company, that concern
has of recent years entirely shut out
American goods in any shape from
competition. American fabric;, spirits
an:1 other kin ds of goods are debarred
into Lny of the territory now owned
or operated by the Nigeria company.
The trade of the New England mills
was ecpeclally good in the country
now closed to them until a few years
back, as British free trade so called
does not apply to any territory com
mitted to the custody of a cbartered
campany. On this account American
manuft cturers must necessarily lose
quite a large sum of money each yar
on zec ount of the fact, as stated, that
tne t tflzes of the Nigeria company ab
solutely ref use to patronize them or
allow any of the slaves in their em
ploy to patronize American manufact
ures in any way whatever.
Charleston Will Place Inspectors at
All Jhnctional Points.
The yellow fiver scare has at last
struck Charleston, and the board of
health of that city has decided to put
into effect a more rigid quarantine
and authorized, the employment of in
spectors for trains at all junctional
points and for the river steamboats as
well, passing a resolution requiring
that passengers coming to Charlestan
shall produce proof that they have not
been within the fever district for a
period of ten days. They will be sta
tioned at Branchville, Lanes, Preg
nals, and Yemassee. The action of
the board is largely predicated on the
recommendation of Health Officer
Brunner of Savannah, who advised a
stricter quarantine for that city, after
a personal investigation of the exist
inzg conditions in the fever district.
Savannah determined accordingly tol
put out inspectors and Charleston will
act in accordance with the reco'umen
dations of the Savannah health officer,
whose opinion Is held In high regard
in Charleston. People visiting Char
leston from the Interior of the State
must provide thbemselves with health
certificates, to show that they have
not been in the Infected district since
the fever began.
Found in Africa.
The Boston police department is
expecting to hear at any moment of
the arrest of Frank C. Miles, former
treasurer of the Boston Safe Deposit
and Trust company, who disappeared
from there nine years ago, and was af
terward accused of embezzling the in
stitution of $150;000. Miles, the po
lice have learned, has been located at
Cape Town, South Africa. Tne au
thorities of the city have been in
communication with .those of that
city, and have instructed them to
put him under arrest. Besides the
alleged embezzlement of the compa
ny's funds, it was charged that Miles
looted the treasury of the Union club
of about $17,000. It Is said that
Miles wrote a letter acknowledging
that he had pledged securities of the
company for losses that he had suts
taned in the stock market. After
Miles disappeared the police kept
watch on his residence on Beacon
street, as well as at his cuntry place
at Londonderry, Vt., but nothing
came of it. S..me of his friends got
the idea that he had killed himself,
but the company in New York that
bonded him never believed so. Miles
is now about 62 years old.
Held Ca prive.
At Chicago Mrs. Mary Mulholland,
the wealthy Vicksburg, Miss,, widow,
alleged to be held a captive in the
Gerald building, 26th and State
streets, by her two daughters, Daisy
E., and Hattie Mulbolland, has been
found by a deputy sheriff at the resi
dence of her brother, Fred Sloat,
5422 Shields avenue. Mrs. Mary Fo
vel, also a daughter of Mrs. Mulhol
land had begun habeas corpus pro
ceedings. Discovery of the missing
woman brought with it a threatened
arrest of Miss Daisy Mulholland on
the charge of contempt of court. She.
was taken into custody and then re- I
leased on promising to produce her
mother before Judge Dupuy, where
the battle for the aged woman's cus
tody will be fought. Patrick Henry,
administrator of the estate of Charles
Muholland, who became wealthy
operating Mississippi river steamboats
many years ago, is In Chicago ready
to take part in the controversy over
the custody of the widow.
A Fight With The Freman
Engineer Lucas, of the Scuthern
Railway, whose heacquarters are in
Greenville., had a .hand-to-hand en
counter with his negro fireman at
Blacksburg, which resulted in the
former's arm being crushed with a
wrench and the latter being captured
by blood hounds and lodged in jail
at Gaffney, where he will be tried
for assault and battery with intent to
Secretary Wilson is a harmless, dull
old bureaucrat, who has held the ag
ricultural portfolio since 1897, simply
because nobody else wanted It. It is
a shame, like robbing the children's1
banks, to take advantage of him and
Wer the Dicpensary Problem in
the P"lopit of a Church
AT A UNION MEETING.
Merits and Demerits of the Question Dis
cussed in the Historic Red Hill
Baptist Church. One Speaker
Predicts that Prohibition
A dispatch to The State says Hon.
W. Jasper Talbert and Fortaer Solici
tor J. W. Tourmond looked horns In
a dispensary discussion Saturday at a
Baptist Union Meeting at the his
torical Red Hill Baptist Church near
Parksville in Edgefield County.
The assembly was large and the
speakers stood In the pulpit. At the
close of an address by Dr. Bell, Mr.
Thurmond advanced ard delivered a
very earnest speech, advocating the
dispensary. He declared that if it
was rightly conducted it is the best
solution of the liquor evil and that
there would be open barrooms in South
Carolina within two years if the pro
hibitionists should win their fight.
In his speech Col. Talbert declared
that the welfare of the nation de
pends more upon the character of its
citizens than the strength of its army
and navy; that total abstinence is the
only logical and safe practice for a
religious man. Some men remain
moderate drinkers without ruin, but
their example Is deleterious to others
who are not strong enough to keep
"There is no impropriety in speak
ing of the dispensary in the church.
I believe in fighting the devil any
where. I shall attack the dispensary
anywhere and everywhere. I am
against it in any form. If a man
thinks he can reform an ancient egg,
let him reform the dispensary. I
never saw a rotten egg made fresh.
"To say prohibition does not pro
hibit ii silly. The law against steal.
ing, murder, arson and rape do not
prohibit, but they restrain. So will
prohibition restrain. I do not think
there can be more blind tigers undei
prohibition than under the dispen
sary as now conducted."
"The prohibition movement is not
a failure; to it is due the credit for
the present activity. I love ever
inch of my State and I am honest ir
my readiness to fight whiskey. When.
ever the church membership of this
country quit drinking liquor, deter
mine to wash their hands of corn.
plaisance with those who deal in it
for selfish gain and go to work againsi
whiskey, we will have the prohibitiot
which we need in South Carolina."
Hon. 3. W. Thburmond came to the
platform and made an address. Hi
said that he recognized the great evil
In whiskey, but that men might hon
estly differ as to the best means of re
ducing the evil. Does the presen1
mode of selling liquor produce morn
evil than other ways? Some evil!
must be prohibited outright; othern
are best prohibited by controlling
them. This is the case with whis
Prohibition in Edgefield county
formerly was a complete failure. Oai
of the worst things a State can do if
to put a law upon the statute boosr
which cannot be enforced; and the
prohibition of liquor cannot be en.
forced. You teach people perjury hy
bringing them up before grand juries
under circumstances which experi
ence has shown will make them lie.
If you will take your present law
and enforce it, i will be a good solu
tion of the question. If you.vote pro
ibition you will not have it but a
year or two. The leaders of this anti
dispensary movement in Columbia are
working toward high license and pro
hibiton is but a step on their way tc
Today this county gets from the
dipensary about $6,000 for education.
The county also gets $3,300 for roads
and the towns $3,300. The speaker
advocated educating the rising gen
eration on money secured from whis
key axation. He said to kill the dis
pensary is to take one third from the
schools of the cenaiy, and practically
pull down the school houses.
Nr. Tihur mund went on to show the
union meeting attendants how it
would touch their pocketbooks, if
they voted out whiskey. His views
are unique in deli verances before
South Carolina religious assemblies.
But in Mr. Thurmund's address there
was the ring of conviction.
Col. Talbert asked the speaker If it
was possible for the legislature to vote
open barrooms, and he unqualifiedly
firmed that It conld do so.
Col. Talbert-'"Do you believe that
It will do it?"
Mr. Thurmund-"I believe they
will do it within two years' time."
Col. Talbertr-" Then, God have
mercy upon their souls."
A Rich Farmer.
The dispatch from Pickens to The
tate says the largest lot of cotton
ver sold by a planter in Pickens coun
y was sold a few days ago by M4r. J.
3amuel Wilson to Heath-Bruce-Mor
ow company of Pickens. Mr. Wilson
told 720 bales, a portion of two crops.
lhe lot brought 30i cents round, ag
regatng nearly 840,000. In many
-espects Mr. Wilson is a remarkable
nan. He was a valiant Confederate
oldier in the Civil War and at the
lose of that conflict came home with
Lbsolutely nothing.. He began as a
lay laborer and saved everything he
nade, finally purchaling all the lands
wued by his former employers. Mr.
Wilson today Is the largest planter in
ipper South Carolinr and owns acme
>f the finest cotton lands to be found
n Pickens and Anderson counties.
To Bridge the Saluda.
The Boards of County Commission
rs of Greenville and Pickens coun
,ies have let the contract for the
uilding of a bridge across Saluda
-iver just below the new dam. The
uccessful bidders were King Bros.
[he bridge Is to be entirely of steel,
rith 140 foot span with a fifty foot
pproach on the Pickens side, and Is
so be inished and turned over to tra
rel by the first of December next.
Will Get Well.
The Columbia State says that Ed.
teese, the man who was shot at Gas
son on the Fourth of July, has recov
ired and gone to his homre. It was
amMgh impossible for him to live.
HIS ONE TEMPTATION.
Charles J. Cooper Cannot Help Steal
ing Woman's Shoes.
The Baltimore Sun says that Chas.
J. Cooper, of that city, who is abso
lately sane on other subjects, claims
that he cannot resist the temptation
to steal women's shoes; that he does
not steal them for the purpose of sell
ing them; once he has stolen them,
they might lie forgotten in his house
for months. The mania is limited to
women's shoes. Men's shoes do not
tempt him. Neither does money not
Cooper has been employed by the
Adams Express Company about two
months. All sorts of valuables have
passed through his hands untouched
-rich clothing, jewelry, and money.
But when a dainty pair of No. 4s
come within his range of vision a force
which is stronger than himself seizes
Detectives Thomas and Mason ar
rested him. The company has been
missing shoes for fome time, and a
decoy box of marked footwear was
placed in its rooms Tuesday night and
a watch put upon them. In the mid
dle of the.night Cooper was seen to
approach the box. He took it in his
hands, shaking like a leaf, according
to the detectives, opened and graspe
the shoes, evidently unber the infim
euce of strong excitement.
When arrested he confessed without
hesitation, giving gratuitously the in
formation that he had six more pairs
at his home, andsaying that he would
have had more if he had not been
caught-not because he wanted to,
but because he could not avoid taking
Capt. Pumphrey talked to him for
more than an hour, Cooper being ner.
vous in the extreme througuout the
interview. Nearly six feet tall, broad
shoulders, and deep of chest, one would
say upon first glancing at him that he,
least of all men, would be one to be
thought a victim of a nervous dis
'Often," he told Capt. Pamphrey,
"I have stood in front of a shoe store
window, held there as by chains and
fighting with myself to avo'd break
ing the glass, gathering all of the wo
men,s footwear there and rnnning. I
have never yielded to the temptation
under such conditions. I have kept
as far from this horror of my life as 1
can. Yet it finds me out. I thought
when I got this position I would be
free from it. Wnen the first pair of
shoes came In my way I fell. Try as
I might, I could not help taking them.
I was trying to get a position as a
railroad fireman, thinking that there
at least, I would be safe."
"What would you do if you were
employed in a shoe factory?" the cap
tain asked him. Cooper moved his
long hands in a spasmodic gesture. "I
couldn't do it," he answered sharpli I
It would drive me mad." Cooper
says he has suffered in this manner
for several years. He is married and
has two children. His story convinc
ed Capt. Pumphrey and Detectives
Thomas and Mason, all of whom iay
they feel sorry for him.
EATEN BY A SHARK
In the Presence of a Large Crowd at
Beaufort, N. 0.
A special dispatch from Beaufort,
N. C , to The News and Courier says
most horrible and shocking accident
occurred at Davis Shore, about ten
miles east of Beaufort Friday after
noon, when Sutton Davis, a 16-year
old lad, while wading and playing In
the water, was suddenly attacked and
eaten by a very large shark.
Sutton 'was in the water about waist
deep, when suddenly a shark appeared,
threw him in the air and caught him
as he struok the water, pulled him
under and disappeared in deep water
with the boy. Thorough search has
been made, but no part of his body
has been found. Those that were
with him were terribly frightened,
but could not help the poor boy.
The accident has thrown a feeling
of horror over the town people and
the guests si the community. Tne
people, and particularly the children,
have enjoyed the fine dives and Invig
orating swimming matches which they
daily participate in. A large number
of sharks have been noticed in the
waters for two weeks, but no one felt
much anxiety concernmng the terrible
A large gaiantity of fat backs have
been caught this month, and a quan
tity of refuse matter has been thrown
back into the wiater from the facto
ries and sharks have come In to feast.
It is the first time a person has been
molested by a shark in these waters
in nearly fifty years.
Hugged Her Too Hard.
A too strenuous hug, it Is declared,
was the cause of breaking one of Miss
Bessie Hayes's ribs. The young wo
man is at Ocean House at Swamp
scott, Mas. The young man who was
the cause of her mishap is Alfred
Tirrell, the superintendent of the
bathhouses at Swampscott. He ad
mits that he squeezed the young wo
man, but says he did not mean It.
One evening while strolling on the
beach Tirrell caught the young wo
man about the waist and gave her a
hug that was actually bearish In its
oharacteristics. Other couples were
near and the action of the young man
caused considerable laughter upon
their part, but much indignation on
the part cf Miss Hayes. Tirrell apol
ogized. Miss Hayes was troubled by1
a pain in her side after the hug and a
physician found that a rib had been1
Bolts Were RotteD.
From an official source, the relia
bility of which can not be questioned
'ecause of its connection with the
court itself, it has just become known
what in substance will be the report
of the court of inquiry now investi
gating the Bennington disaster. It
may be stated authoritatively that the
court will find that boiler B of the
Bennington exploded not because of
unusually high pressure, but because
the metal of the crownnsheet in place(
had become dead, had lost all life and
nearly all tensile strength by reason of
constant use and the failure to renew
the weakened place. The courl willa
not censure the officers of the Ben- I
nington, but will pass up the matter a
and the responsibilly to higher au- 1
Fell Sixty Feet.
A dispatch from Greenville to The e
State says P. 5. Seay, a native of Vir- 1
gina, was killed Tnursday by falling r
from the top of the Southern railway's I
new steel bridge over Saluda river. e
The unfortunate man lost his balance, t
falling upon a bed of rock 60 feet be
low. The body was horrible mangled.
The remains were carried to Green
ville, where they were prepared for
burial and thence shipped to Virginia.
Say was employed by the American a
WEATHER AND CROPS.
Pavorable Progress in Farm Work
Reported Over the State. F
The following is the weather-crop
,eport for the past week as compiled
>y Section Director Bauer. The mean A
;emperature for the week ending July
1st, was slightly below normal, al- B
,bough the departures averaged only
Lbout one degree per day. The ex
5remes were a maximum of 86 degrees
it Yamassee on the 25th and a mini- C
mum of 61 degrees at Greenville on
the 26 h. There were several days
with high winds in the northwestern A
and southcentral counties, which were
damaging to certain crops, particul .r- S
y cotton. Hail fell in a number of
localities, but It did no material dam
The precipition was exoessive local- I
ly in the central and eastern portions,
and was fairly copious over the east
ern half of the state, but with numer
ous localities that had little or no rain;
and in places the soil Is exceedingly I
dry to the icjury cf all vegetation; as
a rule the moisture conditions were
generally fsvorable. T~ieie Is an un- I
usual diverslty, however in the
amount of prec.pitation for dfferent
localities, whicu in turn has caused a
oorrespondirg diversity in the condi (
tion of all crops, ranging from very
good to very poor.
Oqer the greater portion of the
state farm work made favorable pro.
gress and nearly all crops have been
laid by, although late corn and cotton 6
continue to recive cultivation. Cat
terpillars have appeared in some of the
coast counsies, and a red spider in- 2
fests cot:on in blaces while lice on
cotron have not entirely disappeared.
There are m-re numerous reports,
than heretofore, of serious sheddlng
of cotton squares, young bolls, and
leaves, caused by b:,th excessive rains
and drought, and in places, by lice.
Rust seems t) be spreading and in the
north central counties aff.:cts whole
fields. Cotton is deterioratirg most on
sandy lands, and is doing well on clay
lands,where it has a large weed, but
in places Is not well fruited. A few
lccalities report a marked improve
ment In cotton.
Early corn is nearly rlpe, and is not
affected by the prevailing weather,
while young corn made a marked in
provement in all sections and has be
come promising. Tobacco curing is
well under way, with the early crop
poor, hik !ate tobacco is much bet- 2
ter. Ri,_ is doing well. Sugar :ane, i
sweet-potatoes and gardens are doing I
well generally. Weather unfavorable i
for baying and fodder pulling in tne i
coast counties, and considerable hay t
was damaged after cutting, by the 1
heavy rains. Peas for forage are do- i
ing well. Some turnips have been<
GINNERS ASSOCIATION EEPORT.
Twenty-Five Million Acres is Esti
mated for Cotton Crop.
The following is the report of the
National Ginners' Association on the
crop condition and the reduction of
acreage as gathered from replies to
more than 7,000 letters of inq-ilry
sent out by the association, and re-.
celved at the cfice of Secretary N. T.J
Blackwell from July 25 to August 1 1
at Dallas, Texas.
Alabama-Condition, 70; reduction,
Arkansas-CondItion, 50; reductIon,c
Florida-ConditIon, 85; reduction.
Georgia-Condition, 80; reduction,
Indian Territory-Condition, 85:;
LouisIana-ConditIon, 60; reduc. 1
Misissipp-Condition, 65; redue. I
MissourI--Condition, 90; reduction,t
North Carolina-Condition, 80; re- a
Oklahoma-Condition, 90; reduc- S
South CarolIna-Condition, 75; ze
Texas-Condition, 65; reduction, 18. ]
Tennessee-Condition, 60; reduc- t
VirginIa-Condition, 80; reduction, C
Average condition, n; average re- 1
duction, 17.6. --
Estimated abandonment, 5 per cent.
Secretary Blackwell said:
"Only about 25,000.000 acres are in
cultvation that will reach the pick
ing stage of maturity. This assccia
tion is organized purely for gathering ~
statistics to protect the ginner and ~
planter, and Is working In harmony
witu the Southern Cotton Associa-c
"It does not conflict with the cen
us bureau, bat encourages prompt
ind accuirate reports to that depart.
Advice should be well shaken beforeb
yeing taken. b
Beware of the red dlag. It's anarchy
>r an auction.
If a man runs Into debt he must
dther crawl cut or stay in.
A man's Ideal woman Is always
narried to some other fellow.
When a fish takes In the early worm A
is apt to get in a mess.n
This would b~e a dry old world if n,
here were nothing but wisdom on tap- d;
After all there Is a lot of satisfac- f
ion in not monkeying with a buzz- A
Time may be money, but doing b.
ime in jail isn't a remunerative n
Some men drink too much because a
hey are afraid they may too little.
When it comes to having good
~pinions of themselves most people
verdo the thing. A
Rather than wear one or both of ir
us eyes in mouring the wise man pro- b:
meds to forgive an enemy. cI
It is said that a few gallons of oil A
vill calm a storm at sea-and a small in
trop will start one in Wall s breet. la
Kulled the Marshal.
Mike Aspinwail, city marshal, was hi
ssassinated Thursday by A. J. Chest
ut. Chestnut was pursued by 25
,rmed citizens who left their places of
usiness to prevent his excape. He 11
red twice on his pursuers and was tU
hot through the left side with a rifle pe
all1. He was brought back and lodg- T]
d in jail. He said: "Blind tiger tt
[quor has brought me to this." chest- ps
ut had a street fight Thusday after- tU
oon with Luke White,.who had best
d him. City Marshall Aspinwall Iin
erfered and the shooting followed.
Boat Blown Up.u
The Swedish naval boat while en- fr
aged in maneuvers near Helsingous' di
air land, struck a submarine mine de
,nd was blown to pieces. Seven men hi
ere krilled and eight were womaed. G
A Song Of Motherhood.
w, sew, sew! For there's many a
rent to mend;
Thfere's a stitch to take and a dress E
)r where do her labors end?
'w, sew, sew! For a rent in a dress
Then it's needle and thread and an d
nd see how the needle flies!
rush, brush, brush! For there's many a
a boy to clean,
An start to school with a slate and S
rith a breakfast to get between.
Dmb, comb, comb! In the minute she 1
has to spare,
For what is so wild-unreconciled
s the wastes of a youngster's hair?
weep, sweep. sweep! Oh, follow the
As with towel bound her forehead
he goes from room to room.
)ust, dust, dust! As down on the
knees she kneels,
For there's much to do in the hour
r intervals 'twixt meals.
ake, bake, bake! For the cookies jar 1
piled high 1
But yesterday, in some curious way
s empty again, oh, my!
tir, stir, stir! In a froth of yellow
For well she knows how the story
f a small boy's appetite.
crub, scrub, scrub! For the floor that
was tpick and span,
Alas, alack! has a muddy track
Vhere some thoughtless yonngster
,plash, splash! splash! For the dishes
of thrice a day
Are piled up high to wash and dry
Lud put on their shelves away.
latch, patch, patch! And oh for a
That would not tear, or rip or wear
n the course of an afternoon!
latch, patch, patch! And see how the
For a mother knows how the fabric
here the seat of trouble lies.
'oil, toil, toil! For when do her labors
With a dress to make and a cake to
Lnd dresses and hose to mend?
tew, stew, stew! Fret and worry and
And who of us knows of the frets
n the days when she mothered us?
"Thou Shall Not Steal."
Discussing the epidemic of graft
nd'the financial disclosures in con
iction with great corporations, the
jewiston Journal insists that "what
we want, therefore, in this land Is a
evival of oldfashioned common hon
sty. We want a cyde of pratice
which makes it disreputable for a
nan to be a thief. We want a class
if educators who would Ecorn to be
een in company with an unrepentant
ascal. We want a body of voters
who will decline to support any
an whose garments are stained
qv graft or spoils or commis3ion
in contracts for public works. We
ant a church which isn't afraid
o preach this and a press which isn't
fraid to stand out against, it. We
want leaders who are not pharisees
,nd followers who are not envious of
lgotten gain. All over America a
rave of moral enthu ;iasm Is moving.
?ople have at last begun to think.
t is a hopeful sign, and the sign will
e further given to this wicked gener
ton when we common voters, all to
~ether, stand out firmly for unblem
shed records in cur political cani
ates and demand of .every inan in
*ce a reputation above suspicion
ad a character to back it."
Bols Found Bee Tree.
At Nutley, N. 3., lightning stiiking
tree near the home of John A. Fro
ose, in Chestr.ui street, ripped open
he trunk, spilling several buckets of
ney upon the ground. The tree did*
ot branch off until about 20 feet
rom the ground, and the hollow
runk, over three feet in diameter,
ras filled with honey, which had been
.cumulating for years. As soon as
he store of honey was discovered,
veral persons made eff'orts to get
ome, but were kept away -by the an
ry bees. A few minutes later a
ghting bolt struck the home of Mr.
~obose, slightly shocking him and
Is family, who were eating luncheon.
~ext to the house is the livery stable
Joseph Stinak. He was standing
a front of the stable when it was hit
Iy ightning. He received such a
evere shock that he did not recover
or more thani an hour. Several of
.s stablemen were less seriously
Wisdom ofa Littie Girl.
One blustery day March last a pri
iary school teacher in Brooklyn, in
signing topics for an exerctse in
glish composition suggested that
rtain of the pupils might give their
npressions of the weather, says the
rew York Times. One of the little
tholars was dbserved the gaze pensive
ou3 of the window for a long time
efore putting her pencil to piper.
.t last she undartook the irksome
ask. and in a jyffy had cnnpleted
er' composition.." When she handed
in the teacher was much surprised1
the lacenic but unconscious humor
it. The effort read as follows. "The
'orld is full of wind."I
Strun'g Rim Up.
An unknown negro, who attempted f
>assault two white women near i
very was lynched Wednesday by a f
ob of several hundred men. The j
gro attacked two women last Thurs- t
ry, but was frightened away In the a
at attempt and later attacked Mrs. t
ydelotte. Her screams attracted s
ir husband, who was knocked down I:
Sthe negro with an Iron bar. The t
gro fied but was captured and post
vely identified by both women. He
as taken into the woods and hanged.
Killed by Natives,.
Advices have been received from p
ustralia of the murder, by natives 3
New Hebrides, of Henry Tumnble, n
'other of the well known Australian c
lcket~er now in E agland with the C
ustralian eleven. He was involved d
a quarrel with natives on Epi Is- t
nd while trading and was cbliged to a
.oot one In self-defense. Others
shed upon him with clubs and killed
There are now 32,058 rural free de- n
rery mall routes in the country and f~
e governmentreceived nearly 49 000 ix
titions for more routes last year. r:
1ere could be no better evidence of a
e possible value and usefulness of a ia
xcel post system to everybody but si
e big express companies. si
A Live Wire.
At Memphis, Tenn., Thomas Brooks,
lineman employed by the Western y~
ion Telegraph company fell 30 feet sa
>m a telegraph pole Tnursday and ti
Bd a few hours later. Brooks acci- S
ntally touched a live wire and lost rfa
a balance. His relatives live at h I
.enwana S. 0. t1
WILD LCVZ ROXJANCE.
,!ch and Eccentrfc Russian Woman
Who Has Juet D:ed.
The Kale;a -cwspa.pers report the
eath and amazing burial of Me.
.gafva -Simbirski, one of the richest
ad most eccentric women in Russia.
Vhen only twenty years of age Mile.
imbirski, by the denth of her father,
ecame possessed of a fortune of near
7 three millions rcuples. Suitors
anumerable s.ught her hand, but
he enormously wealthy girl set her
ffections on an ugly, red haired
ardener, Andrei Vanukhin by name.
rurious at her choice, Mile. Simbir
ki's brotner ordered Vanukhin to
Dave the neighborhood. The garden
r refused. Within a week he was
ound lying dead in a paddock reserv
d for the use of a half tame wild
Although an evident case of murder
he family hushed things up, alleging
hat Vanukhin had been killed by the
>Ig, which he well knew to be dan
erous. Contrary to expectation
le. Simbirski appeared to accept
his explanation. But the joy of her,
amily was turned to despair when
be young lady proclaimed her belief
hat the spirit of her dead lover had
mtered in-to the body of his slayer.
F'om that day forth Mile. Simbirski
onsecrated her life to the evil-smell
ng hog. To her order a firm of St.
etersburg contractors built a palatial
ity of granite and snow white mar
The demented lady retained the
iervice of an expert cook, who thrice
lailv prepstzed a sumptuous repast for
tbe beni.dt of the gruning porker.
Elle. Simbirisk was accustomed to
eed the hog with her own fair hands,"'
mui cnly recently crder. d %.gorgeous
silver trougn from a well known Mos
:ow manufacturer. A few weeks ago
he unfortunate girl became extreme
Ly religious, and insisted that Andrel
-for so she called the pig-should
rast when she fasted. One night she
visited the marble sty. From that
risit she never returned.
Early next morning the steward
liscovered his mistress's body terribly
mutilated in a corner of the pig's
"bedroom". Again there were ru
mois of foul play, but again the fam
ily alleged that the pig was the
murderer. Color was added to this
itory by the circumstances that the
"fasting" and half famished boar had
mangled one of the arms of his mis
Vress. In the presence of "a vast con
Xourse, Mile, Simbirski's eldest broth
r shot Andrei through the heart.
Lfterwards the body of the bar was
auried in a grave beside that of. his
Rock Me to Sleep.
This is one of the songs which,
s Longfellow said, "gush from the
aeart of "some humbler poet." In
his country, at least, it has been ex
remely popular, having been set to
music and sung in innumerable house
aolds. Elizabeth Akers Allen was born
in 1832, and still lives at Tuckahoe,
LT. Y. She wrote poems from the age
)f 15,and has published many volumes.
The poem here published first appeared
in 1859. A new volume of her verse is
just announced in Boston.
Bakrdtracward, O time,inyourflight,
NI::ke me a child again just for tonight;~
iother, come back from the echoless shore,
rake me again to your heart as of yore,
Eiss from my foreha the furrows of care,
3mooth the few silver threads out of my hair;
3ver my slumbers your loving watch keep;
Rock me to sleep, mother-rock me to sleep.
Backward, flow backward, 0 tide of the years
[ am so weary of toil and of tears
roil without recompense, tears all in vain
rake them, ad give me my childhocd again!
[ have grown weary of dust and decay
eary of flinging my soul wealth away;
eary of sowing for others to reap
Rock me to sleep, mother-rock me to sleep.
ired of the holler, the base, the untrue,
M.oti er, 0 mothe:-, my heart calls for you!
!any a summer the grass has grown green, '
Blossonied, and faded our faces between!
ret, wita strong yearning and passion'ate pain
Long I toaigsht for your'presence again.
Dome fron. the sile.,o so long andso der-p
Rock me to sleep, mAher--rosk me to sleep.
)ver my heart in the days that are flown,
o love like mother love ever has shone;
o other worshi p abides and endures
~athful, unselfish, and patient like yours;
ome like a mother can charm away pamn
~rom the si::kisoul and world weary brain.
lumber's soft calm o'er the heavy lids creep
ock me to sleep,mother-rock me.to sleep
ome, let your brownhair,just lighted with gol
all on your shoulders againas of old;
eL it drop over my foreh!ead tonight,
hading my faint eyes away from the light;~
~or with its sunny eged shadows once more
fappy will throng hesweet visions of yore;
~ovingly, softly, its bright billows'sweep;
ockme to sleep, mother-rockme to sleep.
dother, dear mother, the years have been long
since last I listned t" your lullaby song;
ing, then, and unto my soul it shall seem
Vomanhoods years have been-only a dream.
lhisp :d to your heart in one long embrace, -
Vith your- light lashes just sweeping my face.
ever hereafter to wake or to weep
hock me to s eep, mother--rock me to sleep.
The Innocent Sufferer.
Three reputations damned forever,
in innocent woman and.several child
'n blighted for life, and no punish.
ent mated out, except to George
VrIght. will be the pathetic ending of
he Sandford trial at Bome, Ga.,
rhere V. T. Sandford is being~ tried
or killing George Wright for being
utimate with Mrs. Sandford, Sand
ord tells some very hard things about
iswife. If every thing that Sand
rd alleges as the cause of the shoot
ag is true, his life has been as blame
ni as those he accuses. It seems that
stice is a mistit that the guilty par
les should go scott free, as they prob
b; will, and that the sufferings and
urdens of the disgraceful episode
could descend on parties who have
ved Dalmeless lives, Mrs. Wright and
de Sandford children..
Two Deaths at Sea.
Two deaths and one burial at sea
mong passengers of the North Ger.
an Lloyd steamship Bremen were re
rted when the liner arrived at New
ork Wednesday. Mrs. Dollie Ed
ionson Vedder, aged 61 years, a first
ibin passenger and widow of Captain
'.O. Vedder, United States army,
led July 27. Her body was brought
>port. A child died in the steerage
ad was buried at sea.
At Columbus, Ga.., Blanchard F.
[cGehee, president and manager of
1 Columbus paper company and _a
tember of a prominent Columbus
smly, committed suicide Thursday
Lorning by shooting himself through
ie temple with a revolver. He was
Shome alone when the fatal shot
'as fired. His wife and three children
tryive him. No cause has been as
gned for his rash act.
He Earned 1s.
The Jackson, Ga , Herald, says: "A
ng man by the name of Denton
yam five miles in the lake at Chat
shoochee Park, 11ss~~ on last
mday, to win a wager ofa
om two young ladies, who had bet -
i that he could not swim that dis-,