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A LIVE DEBAT.
Senator Tillman and Col. Towill
Have a Hot Time.
CHARGCES ARE FALSE
Says Towill, and He Demands a Full Is
vestigation of His Acts by the Leg
islative Committee. Senator
Tillman Says the Brice
Bill is Unfair.
According to the reports in the dai
ly papers the most exciting p-litical
meeting held in South Carolina for
the past twelve or fourteen yettrs w _s
held at Batesburg on last S.turdly.
The meeting was called to crder by
Dr. W. H. Tinmmerman, whio i. tro
duced as the first speaker H n C. H.
Efird, of Lexington. Mr. Eird madt
a good speech in favcr of t dispen
sary. Dr. Tim Merman then prs ne
Senator Tillman, who was reav~d
"I made up my mini betcre s-eak
ing at Marion ttat tu'se spe.Cts art.
useless," said the selratr in er tnn
his remarks, "but it w'h b c- ff rrit
next summer." H i-a.d he wa-s nerz
today on the inviat:Cn of mhe mayor
and 60 or 70 other cih z as to discas
the liquor qustti '. Tre invi at.iow
also stated tu4 McL utm jad bitn
invited. H.. not?a-o 'nat the invia
tion containta -One name w- ica was
undersorec; it %as that cr J.rn Be;
Towil, whom al. p7s'.nt ieW- I.
seemed to 'Aa then, sa d ne, that this
was a challzerge to C ;-e to his hume
and Eay what' L hLd alci e4sa wz.ere.
"It appeared si.-o Liat i" the invi!a
tion to addresi ,ou to a min *At;
whom I haa n-..d -n npi.i-autneh
there was an ImpaL d c abnce 5-,t I
would nu.t be ere and v-ru d oe ac
cuseu Cf being a:raid to m L. im.
"I m~ver sa, angnl1' La3. I woulc
not iiay to,, a nmmin7 ;ee: h. It is a ci
z'iu' right tu ask az b dy to se.-ak.
1 IzVe LO r.e0 t L i IOUn t4t A i
aa-e resp-ct. aL-O g - d :clinet for me
but I o--j cL to za1 -- PCed 'a :x e
sau- p-ane nun a man wi*o nas be
traVec Lie s as a DS% ocrat a M-L
who irz Wa;cr-g(on is no ioager re
ga.rced as a D;.x-crat I ;e w a hL
tie s-r anld ia-2n:lno ." H; said Le
had ceyed orders as a publc sovr~t1
and haa m&:ai n-d the zruL im
posed in him aL d resented tb imphea
tion by which he bad bhen placed on a
level with a man who had betrayed
his trust. He had said to his teeth
what he thought ab:.ut his (McLiur
ThU is a Democratic questio we
are to settle," he said with some
warmth, declarirg that ne would not
debate the dispensary with Republi
cans. I am a Democrat ar d it- is a
part of my business as national co
mnitteemani to keep the party in line
In South Carolina. I resented the in
vitation because McLaurin is not my
equal He is not my equal as a Demo
crat, whatever else he may be. (Ap
plause.) Here the Senator took up
the dispensary. He said but for the
good women the men would have lost
the seed earn of genuine religion.
Don't believe in votin.g out the dis
pensary, said he, that ycu will get rnd
He then made a jocular reference
as to what Mr. Edird hed said about
being a straddler, declaring that he
had never been cn the fence in poh-.
tics. The only fences he had ever
been on were those in crossing fields
when he was a boy. He said he woulu
rather fall off and break his neck than
to straddle any proposition. The of
fice of United States senator, said he,
returns to the people when his t-ernm
expires and they could then do as they
"A man on the fence in 1892 had
the dcgs after him on both sides," bc.
remarked. A majority of the people
had never asked for prohibition. Peo
ple and newspapers had lied abcut it
In 1892 40,000 people had voted for
prohibition and 48,000 voted agim
It or did not vote att ah. He arguC
with Childs and Nettles to scct pt the~
dispensary bill, which was passe.d. 11
any responsibility was neeseo fur this
he would take It.
"Well, close it up," said a voice in
"'I dont know what part you had
to do with it, but 1 was dan vocnder
in charge." He said he was chargec
with making the dispensary a politi
cal machine during his sacond ttrm a'
governer but he ncede~d no political
machine, as he was then going out or
cfce. He had receiv-o a g:.eater ma
jority for grieri?or tian any othe;
man except H..mptcn.
"Boys, we'il see 'im next yev; cnd
we'll settle this q-wstion," shaue
the Senator. He snows woere his
dependence is-upon the p ain, com
mon peope. "P iitical macsr.:! th'
Democratic prima.ry is the oiy ma
chine I necd," sa d e. He ,aid tta
only one-tir of the D-mocratic vte
had been polled in the iv connahs
which had voted out :h -dispet-sary.
Taki g up LOe naier ofpeio.
he saia arny:-ody coucdi- ga a ietition.
even a free "nw-er,'' ot a-XG~oc
cudn't v-xe. T. e qu s 'tn witht
st tk d nexn ?tu n er wiez all wai.
men wii: be a:-am :o vtote. Ther I av
trietd s x t:m-s ti. kill the disgenaan
an'i hA d aia d.
*One of the bus' mn-n in Sout
CerAlina who t-us .f fred for ie-c.:
good tJarf fera-te s.ir1er, would rav.
ben ele-: d stx y ears ago bu: for t
fact that te wa on the prohltli
tikt That man was C-.-. James A.
He said the opponents of the die
pensary had been preparing for this
fght for 12 months while its friends
were pickirg cotton and let it go.
"So help me God I will see these fel
lows on every stump in South Carolina
next summer," he cried.
This investigating committee has
been going asbout tue State rcuting
up a few thieves and Lyon and Chris
tensen made- into ilmigods. "DId
they try to get the 'cotrd of diree
tor?" he asked. "They have railed
to call them but may do s~o later.
What have they tried to find out
about the Richland Distilling com
pany, which has been selling eielet
year old liquor made only six months
ago? They have been looking for min
nows, allowing the big fish to swim
about and escape. The legislature has
left the conduct of the dispensary in
the hands of three men who do as they
He called the editors who have been
criticising dispeary two-by-four and
theefor.q.'uarter editors. He had
said to the governor to- remove the
ta board becanse they have tram
pled the law uder foot and ignored
many points in the law. Thy dcn't
buy under the com.titive systelm ar:y
lotger. It was not his business but
The borrd says in its advertise
ments that no bid for X i:quer fcr
less than 81 50 will b receiv. d.
Towill-"Senzator Timn, that is
false; you know that is not se."
Tiilma:1-- Y' get the advertise
mernt then ard pc.v, it."
Towill-"Gcd knows what you di
when ycu went to Cncinnati!"
Tilmrn-"l didn't g) to Cincin
nati, belides I had orly $25,000 to buy
;iqor for the whole State; I bad to
buy liquc'r on cr-d.t e. dsr I didu'e
have the mory to pa, for it.."
"What abouu the requ--st bonks:
Mr. Towilb? -the reply was lost in
the nois3 w-.ich follot. ed.
Senator Tiliman then said be had
met Mr. Tawil en the train shod:Jy
aftcr his clection on the b.ard and
had congratulated h:m, telling him
that it he woulj get Ih thu midd'e cf
the road he bru b. rl right, and
Towill said that w'as wha. h. intena
en to do, but that he had played the
devil d, Ing it.
Mr. Tow:l' arose and s.id someth
g wh-ch was not hearl by the cor
respondent, to which Tillzzman rplied:
'I haven't charged )cu with sttal
"I am not here f )r any man, but
'or a grezt iss-ue which c .rcert.s evor
a me in Sauth Carolina. The bars
ave b:eniet dovn one b7 one uotil
tne cows have got in and ruined the
wacl busins,1" said Tiilman.
Rtfe:ring to the famcus labls, t',e
Sansor said br y contained the names.
of the b-ard and nelxt JanuLr' if ont
f the ei.ect-rs fPile1 to be resltzd
de L b .1- :ol .e wcrhlts.
Mr. Towill iterru:;ted the speaker
atLd bair-: "Y..u ree.l :n that savr
couv. rsaion we hil o1 ;Le train,
you as.ked wh7 we cli'n' t cut cut tboec
cobap cz.se goocs, t:-t t.cy werL
u-tiog the oeLstr. ?"
alWnan-" Ii, why did"t: you d.
To-x1l-"Yu have m;e state
m:nt b.-it th.s' i.bel6 a:d I wan;
t?0 xlaen m.isdf. I statra what y u
' ad4 zaic( o the board atd a-ked tebm
to c t u c eap csSe g ods and n
-ro~e W.,u 11-.1 t ,r thlat.'O
Gr '0 -: J -'-Rully PVy"an
'-uc bra 's were d ,c:.:dcd. W; cv
ho- "b.is w r.-n.: it was es
m d at to;, Y 1111 las t a bn 15
Tt -17.J ,Ir-ii y u tuv S50,
6i a ore btha th- law alo.- '? W. -
di.*n't nu su:; 'em up (-.eail: g
e Ma'.) <c~' 'ey culdn'z ma
y..u do y: ur duty."
Can in g, TiLmsn' s-i that if a'l
,be veople who dr;k rnte for in no
wo.uld n r want f:r o..e.
At this juncture R-v. D. M. Fad
gett, tce aged minister, with long
white beard and weak of vcce, inter
rupted the speaker, asking him to let
up on the preachers, to whicul Tillm=n
replied, "Then let up on -e." A sharp
The remaincer of Tillman's speech
was along lines which have heretofore
At the conclusZion of Senator Till
man's speech Mr. Eur~d arcse and in a
few conciliatory remarks declared that
he believed Mr. To will's actions had
been straight and entiraly honest and
requssted the audience to remain
seated and give Mr. Towill a bearing.
after which he urged thaem to go home
and prepare for the fight.
XE. TOWILL'S EEM A Es.
Stepping upon the plav~orm, labtr
ing under mue -vca tement, Mr. Tow
il dc~.cared ti - .' had no pers::nal
feeIbg agai:n - -:tor Tilmac; was
sorry th'a; he ha . 10st is head anel
wculd no; do it again. He believed
Tiiilnan had the interest ot the dis
pnsary and South Carolina at heart.
His people k'-'ew him and hec was sat
sfied to abid their verdict. TUilnsn's
statmi-nts had rarought ed um 1.pomn
im at d the board. He wnn:ed tb:'
invest'gating c-:mmittee to bring the
t'.ard bcfore it anid make a thorough
invs:iga:1 n. When the present bi.rd~
wD' into em -.e there was 8250,000 old
sock ;n haid and the dispeesary owe:
500.000. The bo'ard had not bought
g. "r ia m-rths by reas:n of the
enorm-.u- purchases cf the old board.
Mr B--;kin a:-d himnself bar thcue
sericusly of resening but Mr. Tatrm
be ged him in God's name not to do
Tillan-"It would have been bet
tr for your reputation."
R .. umirg Mr. Towill said he had
~:ever askt d a member of the legisla
turei to vote for him and had not sp-nt
a dollar to be elected. Memubers had
asked him If he didn't intend to so
eLt votes and he had toid them no.
"With $250,000 old stock on hand we
had to mane some r~ew purchases to
keen up with the trade," he said.
Tillman-"If the old board uniotd
ed a bot po'ker cn your hands make
M r. To m-ill baid he was ready and
the board was rendy to go before the
-nsga lng committee but they had
aco be: n asked.
"I bold dlear my g'ed nams," E&'d
Mr Towid, "..nd I wtulh ram.er be
wemdby Ba'e'4u-g pe pIe than~ t:
%V: any tmc3 in thl. gifs ' I tie pec
o e. I have act been d, anched neith
er hav I been b ibed. I a.m rnot one
do;or rice:er a d the p. ople of B:.to~s
ure tkn 'a j ."
D Timm-mai then anncuncd the
mec i bZ'- j ur'e'.
Er Ser ntor M Laurin had been in
vijt , a a -. b-: he hadi de!ice-.
.. his -9 .c S osor TUim:n bW~:er
a' a-.'.wa i~ the n-wspa cers. na:ming
Ch:Nw and Co-r1h r but Tae S as
Sp'.rt cular, I r their attacks u on
in. "T st nell hound in Co'umnia.
no is e. itr of r-he Stete, has told
eough iies on me to blid a ratiroad
- crs i-s to bel ." declared Taiim x
a one o f-: ia a ed moments. TIW
-a pis .h resws to Forier Sen.
itr JLun'L. M:La~urin, saying that
':s conidend 10 an Ii1ut to be invit
ted to speak with him.
The Senator stated that he would be
a candidate next year for the United
States Senate, and he would then dis
css the dispensary question from
every stump in the State. He also
st~atrd that he was ready and eager to
go before the dlpensary in'eningatio~n
comuttee as a witness. He had told,
two of that committee personally and
had written the chairman of the com-.
mittee his willingness to appear before
them in the capacity of a witness.
At the close or Senator Tillmnan's
speech the Hon. C. M. Eflrd arose and
paid a high tribute to the honesty,
haracter and integrity of John Bell
Towill, and by that means endeavor.
ad to pour oil on the troubled waters.
John Bell Towill declared most em
phatically that he had never taken a
rebate and ::s tco bis character he would
eave that to the people who knew
bim. He was wiirna to undergo the
c~st searching investigation.
In a private con~.versar.icn Tifllmn
said1 this was the warmest mne tiog he
hhad bhen in d~nce 182.9 He aso sad
he b*ived John Bell Towill to be an
honorable genttlcman, and he did not
In his remarks intend to cast any re-:,
fiection on bis character.
Occurs in One Indiana Family in A
The death of Samuel Horn, who
was; accidentally killed last week while
bauid g logs near Rochester, Fulton
county, 1dana, is the thirteenth
tragic d ah In one family. Four
m' m-;rs were murdered, three com
mit'.ed uicd; turee died in insane
i-. s aud t.ree died by accident.
Tis s-ries of tragedies, which has
occrred within the memory of many
pe:sons who heave lived near the fami
iy, hrs awakent d a feeling that a
s-rauge fatality attends in some way
t. the pi7ce and the house is now un
occu; i-d ibecause of the fear that it
Thea tirst of the family were Abra
am Cripe and his wife, industrious
people, and grandparents of Samuel
H --m, who has just met death. Mrs.
Cripe became discontented and wished
to return to Germany. AIter repeat
ed refusals by her husband she be
cane Ceranged, set fire to the barn
and died in the building.
I T .vo weeks after Mrs. Cripe's death
Mr. Crie's sister fell dead while
raaiRg leaves in the yard. Ia an in
v: stazion that followed it was shown
taat Mrs. Ctpe the day 1before her
suicbe, had struck her sister-in-law
ca t.e head with a whetstone, and it
was from this blow that she died.
In a few montbs Lucan Cripe show
ed signs of iasanity, and 'soon after
wa-d w:as found dead in the woods,
w'-ere he had been struck by a falling
limb. Ees Cripe, a brother of Lucan
up-n re.civing a large amount cf
mvey for hi; part of the estate, was
iconor murderei in his barn one morn
wg. The idenrity of his assailant
w not discovered.
W in E-wo years George Crips was
killed by a turce falling on him, and
s en -frsrrard Jay and Clark, sons of
.,i Elias, ecre taken to an insare asy
lu, -h re Y'thq died In a shcrt time
i sedia of travedias culminated in
D. c:-mber kst in a triple murder and
sui c..'t. WiiP.c-n Burns, who had
-ra-r'ed a d.u tr of Abraham Cripe
t id ?s -V with a shotgun and
Ir.n Ir d r d J seph Cripe and Mar
.g.aret B 1iuai-a. an aunt. He then
Iturn.eI -he g::n on h!mse*f and killed
hims* f Sexuel Irn was the last
A as ia:.=1y. s.ve two.
I A BIG SY ICAT3.
President Jordan and Secretary
Cbcatham Now in Now York.
Hsrvfe Jo;rdr, and Richard Cheat
ham, secre tary of the Southern Cotton
I Association, arrived in New York cn
'Saturday and have since that time
been in close consultation with the ca
pitalists who are interested in the 1,
000,000 b'.le parchasing syndicate pro
jct. John Martin, agent of the Farm
ers' Union, is also in New York, and
is interested in the same matter.
Although the plan was not formally
presented at the Asheville meetirng.
Mr. Jordan has baen in constant comn
munication with those interested since
that time. He would have been in New
York before had it not been that his
many duties detained him in the
The project seems to meet with the
hear'.y approval of all those who are
interested in a higher price to the cot
toni producers for his staple, and it is
said that the New York capitalists
wcho are mnterested In the matter have
their money ready and are willing t o
at once put up $1,000,000 if it Is de
aired to bind themselves to carry out
their part of the project.
Mr. Jordan is very confident that
the farmers will hold for 11 cents any
-ay, but thinks that tis purchase
synd-cate would Insure an 11-cent
The planu, as has been explained be
fore, L an agreement between a syn
dicate and the Southern Cotton Asso
ciation end the Farmers' Union, by
which the syndIcate agrees to buy 1,
000,000 bales of cotton at mini'rum
price of 11 cents a pound. The associa
Lion will obtain the cotton from Its
mem'Jers, each man selling only a part
of his crop to the syndicate, and hold
ing the rest for the minimum price.
The project, which is a most elabo
rate one In its details, and which
-ould make the syndieste the biggest
and most powerful spot cotton factor
in the world, has been submnited to
some of the leading financiers and
a.kers or New York and approved
by them. It is expected that an im
ortant announcement will be made
in the matter in a few days.
Fought In a Car.
John E. Ryan, of Chicago, a Pacific
xpress messenger on passenger tram
No. 13, and Ed ward Greene, also of
Cicago,. a former express messenger,
Icght with pistols in Ryan's car
r:.ursday. Both were seriously
wouuded and may die. Conflicting
tories -are told by the combatants,
Green.e says that he got on the ex
press car, intending to go to Pitts
dild, to visis relatives. He was an
old fMend to Ryan, Greerce claims,
pemtted himn to ride. Grzene says
ne asstse Ryan with the express
.a t: r arnd that they began drinking.
.ok." 1d t quarrel and Greene says
ne and Rnin orew pistols at the same
-ime E a,sory is that he did not
e- G-eece in the car until the train
r acnd Ci-:r. Gordo. Balieving that
Gre ne j m e i in for t:--e purpose of
rcbb-ry, i -an flren at him. Accord
::g 10 R as the" clinched and both of
:t.en wtth rs vJlrs drawn, rolled
don on the- car fl.~r. Finally sepa
ating. each s~~u shelter in the car1
andi nie for tins other to exp'ss
himsf. .Tu'e at the train was near
Daur, Ryan says, he and Greene
fired and bitha went down, but werei
on their feet In a short time and the
duel continued until the train reached
the outskirts of Decatur, Ill., when1
Geene opened a door and jumped from3
the car. Greene was unable to run 1
and was found an hour later by the
A Geogia lMurder.
Mr. Dsi'iri H. Murray, a well known
stzan of Ware county, Ga., was as
sassnted about 7 o'clock Wednesday
evening at his home at Mlllwood, ina
this county. Murray was shot in the
back of the head with a double bar- a
reled shotgun which nearly tore the ~
head frcm thle body. The assassin
fire d at Murray while he was seated j
at his table eating supper, through a
hoe in t'e door, and made his escape.
Murray was about 38 years old and
eesa wifo and one child. He was I
under b'nd in connection with the a
muder of a young man named Horace 8
Robr::, i this county, some two I
yea:s ago A true bill. was found 9
agnst Murray chargIng him with c
an accessory to the murder of young S
n erts 11
TO PROTECT THE BIRDS.
;uperintendant of Education Mar.
tin Engaged in a Good Canso.
Superintendent of Elucatian Mar
in, as secretary of the South Caro
ina branch of the Audubon society,
,esterday sent out about '4,000 leaf
ets to the members of the education
1 department of that society. These
eaf lets are printed by the National
Audubon society at its headquarters,
)ut many of them are written and
edited by Southern writers.
Mr. T. Gilbert Pearson, who was
ne of the instructors at the State
mmmer school, and who Is secretary
f the National Audubon society,
wrote quite a number of them. Prof.
Pearson has been a student of South
er birds for a great many years, and
the information prepared by him, as
well as by other writers, vill certain
be of interest to the teachers and
otudents. Each leaflet contains a
picture of some wcil known bird, and
also a description of it, giving its hab
its, its food and its value to the farms
In the list sent out yesterday were
leaflets on the robin, the blue tird,
the meadow lark, the flicker or yel
low hammer, the sparrow hawk, the
owl and mang of the most common
and mo.et useful birds. These leaflets
were sent to the teachers who joined
the society during the state summer
school at Clemson college. Other
leaflets will be prepared and Bent to
them from time to time. The plan
is, for the teachers to get the chil
dren interested in the preservation
and study of birds. The teachers
pay a Emall membership fee, which
covers the postage on the bulletins,
and these bulletins are put in the
school library and furnished to the
children, and thus the whole school
may get information contained in
each one. Miss Minnie Macteat, of
Winthrop Cllege, is chairman of the
committee on membersaip. This
membership is not confined to teach
ers. Any one else who joins the so
ciety will receive the bulletins as
they are sent cus from time to time.
A new bulletin is prepared every
it is thought that a careful study
of the birds of the state will lead to a
better preservation and protection of
them. The legislature, at its last
sessien, passed an act which is gener
ally known as the Budubon act, for
the protection of birds. This same
law has been enacted in thirty-twc
other states. The object cf the Au
dubon scciety is to promote this pro
tection and preservation by intelli
gent study. T-rey thick that thE
study in the schools will lead to more
general study and obaervation in the
holmes, on the farms and elsewhere.
A permanent organization of the Au
dubun society was effected at Clemsor
and the educational department ii
only a branch of it.
AN ERA OF CTM&
Thugs and Highwaymen Busy it
All Parts of the State.
The Spartanburg Journal say:
South Carolina seems to be inf ested
with a gang of bold and daring foot
pads and highwaymen, whose recent
operations In Spartanburg and Colum
ba compare with the capers cut by
the notorious outlaws that infested
the West, just after the settlers
crossed the Missisppi river.
Tne work of the thugs at the Spar
tanburg j auction last Friday night
when they attacked Eogineer Wil]
Clarke and his firemsn, Vans Hart,
both of whom were knocked in the
head, for boldnesis and'daring is un
paralleled in history of Spartanburg.
On the same night another caper of
wild and wooly west proceedings was
indulged in, according to reports,
when a man armed with a brace of
pistols boarded a through freight
from Spartanburg to Asheville and at
the point of the pistols forced Engi
neer Belue to run his train at a reck
les rate of speed to Melrose, N. C.,
edangering lives of the crew and crei
of other trains.
On Saturday night highwaymen in
Columbia, on one of the principal resi
dent streets held up Judge Earnest
Gary at the point of a piston and rob
bed h:m of a $100 gold watch and $28
in cash. It was a nervy piece of work
on the part of the night vulture. In
other parts of the state bold and dar
ing work has been practiced by thugs.
Here in Spartanburg several month
ago, it will be remembered, thata
business man was knccked down and
robbed while on his way home fran
his place of business. On another oc
casion burglars entered a green grno
cery establishment, rolled the iroz
safe out of the Dack door and after
smashing it to filnders with a cold
chisel and sledge hammer made off
with the cash.
The cities of South Carolina are
teeming with vagrants and In mnany
of the towns a vigorous effot is be
g made to chase the Idlers and loafer
out of town or put them on the rmcc
rhe Mother and Drughter Assaulted
Before Being Butchered.
Mrs. A. J. Conditt and four child~
ren, a daughter of 13 and three boys
aged from 6 to 10 years, were murder.
d in cold blood at their home near
Edus, Tex., Thursday, The mother
and daughter were assaulted and their
odies brutally disfigured.
A baby about two years old was the
nly one left alive. All of them seemed
o have been killed with some blunt
nstrument, their heads were crushed
md their throats gut with a knife or
vzor. The girl and mother were killed
a the house, the boys were killed
Lbout 100 yards away.
Mr. Ccnditt wa~s away working in
he rice fields. A negro boy about 12
rears old was plowing in a field near
ie house' at the time of the killing
Ld heard the children screaming; he
aw a man runnirg after a woman,
vho was running around the house.
eing afraid to go to the house he ran
o a neighbor's and told what he had
The person informed ran to the place
.d found the five members of the
mily killed. Offi::ers were informed
,t once and the entire county is out in
losses in search of the murderer. It
Ssupposed there were two of them.
)ogs have been Bent for.
The dead body of Mrs. Nellie West
sng was found Thursday in a room
t the Burlington Hotel in St. Louis,
be had committed suicide with mor
hine. "Bert" Grimm, her fiancee,
rho was with her, is under arrest
harged with having entered into a
nicide compact with the woman, fall-1
-g to keep his aement.
RURAL MAIL D3LIVERY.
Wonderrul Growth of the System in
a Few Years.
Some figures recently given out as
to the cost of rural mail delivery bring
out in striking fashion the growth of
this important branch of our postal
service. "The net lo3s of the system
up to June 30 of this year is estimated
at nine millions of dollars," says one
exchange. "This seems rather a high
price to pay, but the Congressman
from the rural districts can be de
pended upon to fight any proposition
to discontinue free delivery."
And well may "the Congressmen
from the rural districts" fight any
proposition to discontinue the service.
It is the greatest boon our farmers
have ever had from the National
Government-and the rural half of
our population certainly deserves sLme
consideration. But it Is not real
ly In the interest of farmers alone.
By the promotion of intelligence and
quicker communication between all
sections, every class of people is bene
We have no doubt in the world but
thit the real prestige and power of
America Is far more strengthened and
uetter safeguarded by the $9,000,000
spent for rural mail delivery than it
would be by twic3 that sum spent for
battleships and fortifications. The
interests of the entire country de
mand the extension of the rural mail
service, and it should be extended,
even if it does involve the painful and
unusual proposition that the farmer
himself is to get back some of the
heavy tarIff and revenue taxes he is
called upon to pay.
To the above, from the Progressive
Farmer and Cotton Plant, we say
most heartily amen. It would be bet
ter for the country an- the whole
world if some of the millions now
spent on the navy and army was spent
on building up good roads and re
claiming the waste lands. Every dol
lar spent on the rural mail delivery is
money well invested. Instead of cur
tailing the system it should be ex
tended until every farm in the United
States is reached. Reduce the ex
penses of the ar'y and navy, but let
the rural mail delivery alone.
A YAR OF BIG CROPS.
Let Us Be Thankful to God for 2i
But not only is this a season whet
the heart is made glad by the beauti
ful in Nature, but again too, we shar
the joy of the Psalmist as he looked
out on some September scene In old
Palestine centuries and centuries ago
"The pastures are clothed with flocks
and the valleys are covered with ccrn,
Thou crownest the year with th3
goodness, and thy paths drop fatness.'
For indeed this is a year of plenty
All the great staple crops have yield.
ed bcunteously, except cotton-and
the price for that is too good for then
to be much disentent as to the short.
age. Our American corn crop this year
it is said, will be 2,717,000,000 bushels
The wheat crop Is estimated at 704,
000,000 bushels; oats 930,000,000 bush
els; rye 30,000,000 bushels; potatcei
283.000,000J bushels; barley 135,000,
1000 bushels. "Of these crops," says
Ithe Charlotte Chronicle, R. comment
ing on the estimates, "it is said that
it is the largest production of corn
ever known." And it continues:
"The highest previous corn yield
was 2,523.000,000 hushels. Onaly it
1901, when it was 748,000,000 bushels,
did the wheat crop go above the 1902
yield. Osts never beat th!s year's fig.
ures except in 1902, when the output
was 988,000,000 bushels. In 1901 and
1902 rye went a little above the year's
level. In 1904 barley beat the 190i
output by aboat 4.000,000 bushels.
Potatoes have several times scored
higher totals than they did this year,
but averages of the cereal crops fol
1905 are much above that of an pie
vious year. And while cotton may be
short, the pric -s the farmers get will
Iaverage as good as that of the previous
year. Taking all things into consider
ation, It is reasonable to say that the
present year is a year of plenty, and
let it go at that."
Broke Up His. Fanrai.
At Patterson, N. J., all arrange
ments had been made for the funeral
of Frank Henuessey, a son of Mrs.
Mary Lyons, of 68 Marshall street,
this city. Insurance papers had beer
signed, mourners had gathered, and
everything was In readiness for the
rites, when Hennessey turned up, ac
companied by his two brothers,
thoroughly alive. He pleaded ignor
ance of a telegram ivhich his mothe1
had received from Saratoga last Wed
nesday and which read: "Your sot
Frank has died here Wednesday. Send
for the body." He said he did not
know who sent the telegram. On re
ceipt of the telegram the t wo brothers
of the supposed dead man went t0
Stratoga to get the body. They found
Hennessey sitting on the veranda of a
hotel. He had been there since the
racing season. Undertaker Nicholi
had been engaged to receive the body
at the railroad station and the house
was in mourning. When the young
man appeared in the flesh the trap
pings of woe were remcved and the
relatives and friends united in celebra
ting his return.
A special from Darlington to the
State says: The Darlington grand jury
made the following presentment:
"We, the grand jury, present Pegram
Dargan for abiding and abetting Bob
ert Keith Dargan in taking his own
life, by procriring and giving to his
brother, Rabert Keith Dargan, carool
Ic acid and other drugs, with which
he took his life on the 11th day of
July, 1905, in Darlington, S. C. We
offer as witnesses, 3. N. Clanton, G.
B. Edwards, J. S. Floyd and J. K.
Doyle." R. K. Dargan was president
of the Independent Cotton 0.1 Comp
any, and of the Darllngton Trust Co.,
!stitutions which have recently fail
ed. Dargan committed suicide In July
by taking poison.
Frederick C. Pope, ror nearly a score
of years a letter carrier In Utica, N.
Y, who was arrested last week, charg
e5i with robbing mails, committed sui
cide on a street corner Thursday morn
ing by taking carbolic acid. His body
was found directly under a police box
where a patrolman could not fail to
ind him. He left a letter addressed
o the coroner stating that whiskey
had been the cause of his downfall.
THERE is but one editor in the Ohio
pnitentiary, and he was sent up un
en mitigating circumstances. He shot
A Short L-cture to Girls From Tw
Ladies How a Journal.
A father, talking to his careless C
daughter, said: "I want to speak to las
you about your mother. It may be de
that you bave noticed a care-worn tal
look upo- her face lately. 0: course ad
it has not been brought there by any bee
act or yours, still it is your duty to bui
chase it away. I want you to g't up ag4
to-morrow morning and g-t breakfast;
and when your mother comes in and wb
begins to express her surprise, g thg
right up to her and kiss her on the his
mouth, and you can,t im-gine how it lie
will brighten her dear face.
"Besides, you owe he a kiss or two.
Away back, when you were a little
girl, she kissed ycu when no one else fhe
was tempted by your fever-tainted wa
breath and swollen face. You were wa
not as attractive then as you are roI
now. And though those years of SI
childish sunshine and shadows she an
was always ready to care by the mag- bi
Ic touch of a mother's kiss, the little tit
dirty, chubby hands whenever they he
were injured in those skirmishes with wi
the rough old world. And then the tu
mid-night kisses with which she de
routed so many bad dreams as she ba
leane-i above your pillow, bave all OD
been on interest these long long years, gr
'0, course, she is not so pretty th,
and kissable as you are; but if you en
had done your share of the work dur- an
ing the past ten years, the contrast
would not be so marked. Her face
has more wrinkles than yours, and
yet if you were sick that face would it
appear more beautiful than an angels rie.
as it hovered to minister to your com- an
fort, and every one of those wrinkles ,
would seem to be bright wavelets of
sunshine chasing each other over the
dear old face.
"She will leave you one of these to:
days. These burdens, if not lifted of
from her shoulders, will break her th
down. Those rough, bard hands, tu
that have done so many necessary ta
things for you, will be crossed upon
her lifeless breast. Taese neglected in
lips, that gave you your first baby da
kiss, will be forever closed, and those
sad, tired eyes will have opened in I
eternity, and then you will appreciate du
your mother: but ir will be too late!" ca
Brutal Murder Mystery.
London has another murder mys
tery. In the present case the victim
is a young woman, Mary Money, th
whose body was horribly mutilated. he
A long veil was tightly wedged In her dr
mouth and the police are confident
the womau was murdered in a com
partment of a train on which she was Ja
traveling and her body thrown from at
the car. The fact that none of the '
doors of the train on arrival at Red k,
Hill, were open is considered to prove 'a
conclusiVely, that it was not a cse of M
suicide. Miss Money left home Sun
day evening saying she would not be n(
gone long. The affair thereafter is a ,
complete mystery. No ticket was E
found on the body and no one has been hi
able to explain under what circum- T
stances the young woman entered the
train or where she was going. If she tt
was murdered, as is supposed to be
the case, the murderer disappeared
without leaving any trace. The cars st
Ifurnish no clue to the crime which
could not have occured anywhere bus t
In a railroad car dividzd into isolated
compartments such as is used on Brit
ish raIlways. la
To Sr.tisty His Wile.
"John," exclaimed the nervous wo- b
man according to an exchange, "there's ,
a burglar In the house. I'm sure of b
John rubbed his eyes and protested i
mildly that It was immagination. p3
"N&o it isn't. I heard a man down- t;
So John took a box of n-.atches and te
went down. To his surprdse his wile's di
suspicions were correct Seeing that tI
he was narmed, the burglar covered p)1
him with a revolver and became quite ti
"Isn't it rather late to be out of st
bed ?" he remarked. T
"A-er-a-little .bit," replied w
John. . T
"You're too late, anyhow, because se
P've dropped everything out of the or
window, and my pals have carried themn
"0, that's all right. I'd like to ask
one favor of you, though." 0
"What Is it?' al
"Stay here until my wife can come m
down arnd see you. She~ has been look- Si
ing for you every night for the last 0o
twelve years, and I don't want her to hi
be disappointed any longer." w
Revolting Zruelties. - ,
A dispatch from P.aris says the re- m
port of the late Count de Brazza upon di
his investigation of charges against m
cmcials of the French Congo, Is said su
by the Matin to contain grave charges su
against the governor, Emiule Centil- N
The cruelties alleged against him are se
hanging up women by their feet till tr
they died and orderug negroes clubed or
to death. It Is stated that he is re- to
sponsible for the sacrifice of an enor
mous number of natives. Count de
Brazzi was ordered last February by
the French governtzent to. proceed to t1
the Congo district and investigate El
charges of irregularitics and brutality da
against the offcials. He performed of
his mission, but arrived at Dakar; pC
Senegamdla, September 13, in a criti- he
cal condition of health, and died Sep. "
tember 15, thus ending a glorious gr
and useful serias of Ainecan explora- ga
Died Playing Cards. c
"i've won the game, boys," said
Robert Millious, an old railroad man, G
Tuesday night to three friends with ca:
whom he was plaving pinochle at G
Bridgeport, Conn. He had just melded
four aces, when he fell on the table, wc
uttered a moan, threw .back his head
and died. The-game had been close,
and Millious' score stood 960, needing
only 40 points to win. When he .
played the four aces the excitement of of
winning the contest proved too much rej
for his heart. It is a strange fact prc
that he had often playfully remarked arn
that he would like to die in just this of
manner, for he was an lnverate pino- an.
chle player. He was playing cards In Mi
the back room of an undertaking me
esalshetwhen he died. beE
At Cincinnati, Ohio, William Bell,wi
to pieces by the explosion of a box of
dynanite, which he tried t.o open with
a hatchet. Bell was In charge of a A
gang of prisoners in the stone quarry. a f
When dynamite for blasting was re. the
quired Bell took a hatchet and struck opE
a blow with It before the prisoners mi
could warn him. When picked up the hin
man's eyes were blown out, his left me
arm was blown off and the left side of cid
his face was torn away. Flesh was Ing
banging from the limbs of a tree under anc
which he had been sitting. Still the Mr.
nfortunate man was alive. A hurry ma
run of the patrol wagon failed to get bil,
bim to the city hospital before death yea
KILLED WITH ULU 3S.
, BoVa Fight for Their Lives
With Huga Eagl .
burageous and f erocicus to the
i gasp, an American eagle Tues
- fought two boys and a dcg, his
mns tearirg the clothing of the boys
i ripping the flesh of the dog. The
ne of the encouter was neai Valls.
g, N. J. Felix and Elwin Bitters.
d twelve and thirteen years, were
their way home from a ball game
en the huge bird swooped down on
m from the sky, his ueak open.
talons set and neck feathers rut
i for attack. So swift was the
les decent that the boys did nol
it until their dog, yelping with
r, scrambled out of the clutches of
cruel claws. The animal's fiesh
s torn, but he go. away.
Lngered at his failure, the bird
e a few yards In the air and again
ooped-this time at the bo. s. Time
I time again taey struck the great.
d with their baseball bats, each
ae knocking It back, but never
ivily enough to main or kill it, and
bh every repulse the creature re
:ned to the assault with redoubled
:ermination. For ten minutes the
tle raged. Taen, by a lucky stroke
: of the lads felled the eagle to the
und. Even then it still fought
m, but the dcg seeing his rec2nt
my laid low, regained his courage
i attacked it, getting for his pain.;
reral more gashes from the u.ly
ons. Finally, the eagle being al
st exhaustod. one of the boys -hit
i blow that killed it and tiley car
d it home, where it was measured
3 showed sixty-six incies from tip
tip of its wings,
The Truth Harts.
rbe Burlington News says the edi
of an Indiana paper became tired
being called a liar so he announced
.t he would tell the truth in the f t.
re. The firit issue thereafter con
.ned the following:
"John Bonin, the Ltzle t merchant
town, made a trip to Belville Tues.
'John Coyle, our groceryman, is do
y a poor business. His store Is dirty,
sty and noxiously odoriferous. Hoi
a he expect to do much?"
"Rev. Styx preached last Saturday
ht on charity.' The sermon wai
"Dave Sonkey died at his home it
is place. The dcctor gave it out ai
art failure. The fact is, he . wa
nk, and whiskey is what killei
"Married.-Miss Sylvia Rhodes ani
mes Conban, last Saturday evenini
the Baptist parsonage. The bridi
a very ordinary town girl wht. does
tow any more than a jack-rabbll
iout cooking, and never helped he:
other three d3ys in her life. She i
>t a beauty by any means, and has
it like a fat duck. The groom i
,lR known as an up-to date loafei
e's been living off the old folks a]
s life and don't amount to shucki
ey will have a hard life.
The paper had no sooner reachei
e public than a committee was sen
l;in bearing a petition asking him
continue in the good old way, an
ated that they believed him to be
uthful and hcnest man.
Fight With Burglaru.
In an attempt to capture two burg
r on Hartford bridge In Hartford
ann., early Friday morning. Police
an Hayes was shot through th
east and hand and Officer Coal,
as grazed by a bullet. Tne burglar
Ld dynamited a safe in the store o
owe & Son, Glastonbury, eight mile
om Hartsord. The noise of the es
Cson awakened persons, who sal
e burglars drive away in a wagon
ce Hartford police were notified b;
lephone, and Hayesand Cowley werl
~taled at the bridge to appreheni
e burglars. When the latter ani
iice met, the burglars abandonei
L wagon and ran away. The polic
bye chase and a running fight re
lted in a dCozen shots being fired
be burglars escaped through th
ods. A posse Is hunting them~
de deserted wagon contained a fu]
t of burglars' tools and a quantit;
Alimony for Rusband.
For the first timne on record 11
s~o a husband who said he wa
used obtaiced an alimnony judge
ent at Cincinnati Friday. Judg<
nith, sitting In common pleas court
dered Mrs. Anna P. Newton to pa3
r husband, Robert A. Newton
som she sued for divorce last July
000 and 810 a week as long as hi
res, or until such a time as he shal
arry again. The judge did not In
oaate 1hat he believed If Newtoz
arried again his second wife wouk
pport him, but as much was pre
med from his decision In the case.
wton is well known. In his coun
r suit he alleged that his wife 11
ated him, and asked that she bi
dered to pay alimony. Mrs. New
ni is wealthy.
Winl Take Any Kind.
The Rev. Dr. William Leach, of
e Chicago Fulton Street Methodist
>scopal church, in his sermon Sun
y made a spirited defense of the use
tainted money for religious pur
ses. Calling down the blessings of
aven oni rich men who distribute
oiled wealth," he expressed his rc
t at not being possessed of money
thering talent, and declan d that it
es a wise man to acquire wealth.
'e cry of 'tainted money' is almost
minal," he declared. ' I will use
devilish means to make money for
d, but I will take all the money I
get from the devil and put It into
dy work. It is no longer tainted
ten touched by heavenly hands.
uld like to turn the devil's barrace~
io Christian bulwarks."
. successsion of individual murder
settlers in German East Africa are
iorted, and in many quarters the
ispect of a long and costly campaign
being reckone d. The character
the situation is Indicated by the
souncement that the resignation or
j. Gen. Leutwain of his appoint
nt as governor of the colony has
n accepted and that the governor
ignate, Herr von Lindequist, late
man consul general at Cape Town,
1 assume office during the month
Ende His Own Life.
Et New York, Wiliam R. Travers,
dlionaire man of leisure, son of
celebrated wit and Wall street
rator, William R. Travers, com
.ted suicide Friday by shooting
iself through the head in his apartr
ats in Madison avenue. The sul
Is inexplicable, Mr. Travers be.
in the prime of life, In fair health
the possessor of a large fortune.
Travers married Miss Lily HBarri
, a sister of Mrs. W. K. Vander
Jr. The couple separated three
rs ago, Mrs. Travers going to Paris
0 are Se le Stopped.
ELLORE. Sept 25-Specie': We are
accosi-cmr d to reading in the pa pers of
atrocicus crimes ccmmitted in d'ffr
ent sectior s of the country, but last
night this sectiOn of O:angeburg Coun
ty was the scene of the most horrible
outbursts of crime ever committed
here. All the parties are negroes, John
Bauldric'r, s mdst desperate character,
thought it was butchering time, and
went tut Iast night about seven o'clock
and before he was stopped, shot and
wounded no less than fiv.e persons,
three women and two children.
He went first to Jalia P.lmer's
house, on Mrs. Hattie Bairs place,
and began cursing In a loud tone of
voice. She became -frightened and
went into her house. He followed with
his gun, and as she tried to jump out
of the window be fired, hitting in the
shoulder blade, almost severing it from
her body, and shattering the arm of
ner little child, who. was clinging
around its mother's neck. They are
both wounded seriously, perhaps fatal
Bauldrick then went to Prince
Koc:e's hcu e, ab.ut a ta'f mile away
from where he shot the Palmer wo
man and ber child. Here e shot Anna
R binson and one of Moore's boys,
who was lojking o'ut the window. He
hit the woman in the arm and the
boy in the head. Tie woman was ser
lously hurt and the boy slightly. Next
the desperado went to tbe h-use of
E 1. Felder, who lives on J. E. Hun.
gerpiller's place. Finding Felder's,
wife on the piazza and she remon
strated with him for cursing. He im
mediately fired into her, a few shot
striking her in the back She was not
Not yet satisfied with his bloody 7
work, he went to the bomse of Mose
Adams, and here he met his match.
He asked to see Adams' wife. Adams,
not knowing what had just hasppaned,
invited him in, but he declined to go
in. Bauldrick then said that if A dams
wife would not come out to see him
he wcu'd go in. He burst threugh the
door with his gun, and as he entered
Adams grabbed the gun, and reached
back, got his axe and struck Bsuldrick
Then Adams got his razor out of his
pocket and cut Bauldrick's throat on'
both sides, bat neither wound reach
ed the jugular vein. The fuss created
by the scuffe between Adams and
Bauldrick and the accidental discharge
of the gun, caused some men to gather,
who caught Baldrick and tied him-He
was in bad shape by this time, having
been shot in the head when leaving
Prince Moore's house. The men ho
had him took Bauldrick to his mother's
house, where he was kept until MO
i day morning, when he was takeato
L the guard bou-e at EL'oree. He was
a then brrught to. Orangeburg and lodg-,
ed in jail.-Tmes and Democra,
Famjy Burned to Dvah.
Early Friday morning the charred
remains of Lula Wise, a colored wo
man, and her four children were found
in the smoking ruins of her home near
oJacksonville, Fla., which was burned
Friday morning tefore day. The skulls
of 'the woman ard all her children
. were crushed in, indicating that they
,had been murdered and the house had
- been burned to conceal the crime. The
a woman had not lhved with herhusbbnd
Sfor two years. T no years ago It is
a stated that he beat her and threaten
f ed tokllher. She had him arrested
z nd he was sentenced to jail for a
- short term. Alter the expiration of
r his sentence he disappeared and it
. ould not be ascertained that anyone
Shad heard from him. The womanesup
Sposed he was dead.
A Bia Suit.
At Chicago suit was begun in the
superior court last week for 8250,000
damsges against the Curtis Publish- -
lng company, publishers of the Lad
Sles Home Journal, Samuel M. Hart
man of Columbus, Ohio, Proprietor oft
Sthe Peruna Medicine company, Is the
i plaintiff in the suit. In the Augusti
issue of The Journal, the declaratlon
-says that ani advertisement of the
Peruna company contained a testi
i monial from Congressman Geo. H.
s White of North Carolina. In the
-next issue of the magazine, the doola- a
Sration alleges that the testimonial
,was reprinted, but with it was a sign
ed denial from Congressman White
,that he had given the testimonial to
, the medicine company. This denial
SHartma.n alleges, was secured through
ta misunderstanding, as Congressman
-White, It Is said In the declaration,'
signed the original testimonial.
Burned to Death.
At Fort Dodge, Iowa, nve childrea
were cremated In a fire caused by the
explosion of gasoline whIch destroyed (
the Adamson borne Wednesday morn
lng, while the Inmates were asleep.
The eldest child was ten and the
youngest three. The father had gone
to work and the mother was visiting
a neighbor. Neighbors discovered the
lire but could do nothing. It was
with great diffieult that the mother
was restrained from throwing herself
Into the ilsmes. Ediward Adamson,
the father, is a railway switchman,
and was performing his duties.
Explodedl a Bomb.
A bomb fihld with dynamite and a
quantity of infiammable oli, was
Lhrown at the rear of a crowded tene
ment house at Eighth avenue and
One Hundred and Forty- third street,
New York, Friday. More than a
score of sleeping persons were hurled
from their be ds by the explosion~nd -
two were carried from the house un
conscious. Within a minute after
the explosion the flames had nearly
enveloped the rear walls of ten tene
ment house. The police believe that
"black hand" Italian assassins threw
the bomb. Tne object of the attack
was the rear door of an Italian baraer
shop on the ground floor.
Voted it Out.
Anl election was held in York coun
ty Tuesday on the question of remov
ing the dispenary at Yorkville, the
only one in the county. Eight hun
dred and thirty seven votes were poll
ed, 706 being against the dispensary,
and 131 in favor of its retention.
Yorkville is the home of Senator
Brice, author of the law under which
dispensaries are being voted out of
the various counties in the state.
At Philadelphia William H. Kil
patrick, the Philadelphia agent of
the Northwestern Mutual Life In
surance company, of Milwaukee, was
found dead Tuesday morning In the
bathrocm of his apartments with a
bullet wound in his head. He had
shot himself sometime during the
night. Mr. Kilpatrick had been i
Ill health for some time, and that i
supposed to have been the cause o