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~I ANNING, S. C., WEDNESDAY, MIARCH 2719.
VERY SAD CASE.
Visitor to Charleston Attempts
to Kill Self and Wife.
SAID TO BE INSANE.
R. L. Bonnoitt, of Darlington, Be.
coming, It Is Supposed, Suddenly
Insane, Attempts to Kill Hims4eif
and When Prevented Shoots His
Wife, a Bride of a Few Months.
To Be Sent To The Asylum.
Becoming is it believed, suddenly
insane Thursday afternoon, R. L.
Bonnitt, of Darlington, who was vis
iting at the residence Mrs. Laura E.
Hertz, No. 34 Rutledge avenue, Char
leston, attempted to kill himself and
when his wife, a bride of a few
months, endeavored to prevent him
from committing the crime, he turn
ed savagely upon her and fired'his
pistol, inflicting a wound which will
in all probobility, prove fatal.
A few moments later Bonnitt at
tempted again to committ suicide
with a knife, but was prevented and
only inflicted upon himself a slight
wound. Mrs. Bonnitt was imme
diately removed to the Riverside In
:firmary and at a late hour Thursday
night it was said that there was lit
tle hopes of her recovery. Bonnitt
was arrested and taken to the police
station, but was later removed to the
Roper Hospital, where he was held
The man was examined by physi
elans and was pronounced insane.
and papers committing Bonnitt to
the Insane -Asylum were obtained
from Judge of Probate Judge Geo.
D. Bryan, Solicitor Jervey consenting
and Bonnitt was taken to Columbia
on the early train Friday morning.
The solicitor has waived the right
to prosecute Bonnitt and the whole
matter is settled.
The News and Courier says the
only assignable reason for the at
tack of Bonnitt on his wife is that
he became temporarily insane.. Some
years ago he was an inmate of the
Insane Asylum at Columbia, his con
dition being caused, it is said. by a
blow on the head, resulting in a
blood clot on the brain.' Abrut 12
years ago. he was discharged from
the asylum, apparently cured, and
since that time haas been in good
Mr. and Mrs. Bonnitt have been
living in Darlington and came to
Charleston Thrrsda:' to pay a visit
to Mrs. Hertz, who is a sister-in-law
of Mr. Bonnit.. About three o'clock
Mrs. Bonnitt was heard to scream
and Mr. Matthew Hertz, whao fortu
nately was in the house at the time,
rushed to the room in which were
Mr. and Mrs. Bonnitt, and there -he
found that Mr. Bonnitt was holding
a pistol to his wife's head. Mr. Hertz
immediately grappled with B'onnitt,
who, however, fired the pistol. the
bullet taking efEect in his wifes side.
A tussle then ensued between the
men for the possession of the nistol,
which was finally taken away from
Bonnitt by main force,
In the meantime help was sum
moned from the Police Station and
the ambulance was telephoned for.
While waiting for the patrol wagon
Bonnitt plunged a knife in his
breast, but only inflicted a slight
wound. . He was taken to the police
station in the patrol wagon, of'ering
no resistance, and was locked on the
charge of aggravated assault and bat
tery, but later he was removed to
the Roper Hospital and confined to
the insane ward.
Mrs. Bonnitt was taken to the Riv
erside Infinmary, where an opera
tion was performed in the afternoon
in the hope that her life would be
saved. The bullet was recovered, but
it was ascrtained that an Intestine
was perforated- and little hope is
held for her recoyery .
After the shooting Bonnitt became
-very quiet and offered no resistance
to the officers. He refused to say
anything about the shooting. It was
*stated, however, that in the room
with his wife he attempted to comn
mitt suicide and his wife had pre.
-vented him, which seemed to anger
him, causing him to place a pistol
to her head.
The whole affair is sincerely re
gretted, as the family is a. promineil
and the members have many friends
Mrs. Bonnitt is the daughter o1
Mr. Caleb Bass, of Darlington, and
Is the second wife of Mr. Bonnitt
They were married about 4 months
CAME TOO HIGH.
The Church Committee Had To Ge0
Believng that William Jenningi
Bryan would be a first-class drawini
card, the committee of arrangementi
of the Central Pennsylvania confer
ence of the Methodist church wroti
him for his terms to deliv.er the prin
cipal lecture at the annual session
to be held this week in Tyrone. H:
price was so high it took the zlergy
man's breath away. His fee wai
larger than a whole year's salary o
some of the ministers. The co-nmit
tee concluded to get a less-expensiv
SQUANDERED A FORTUNE
Touching Story of .a Life Wrecke
A terrible story of a life wrecke
and a fortune squandered throug
drink has been unfolded at Stepne:
England, on the death of a ma
known as Joseph Gibson, who ha
run through a fortine of $175,0C
in four years. The widow, Dora Gi
sostated that she and her hu
bad were captured by the Boe
during the war, that she had a pe
sonal interview with Mr. Kruger ai
even prevented the deceased fro
pOISON CAN FRUIT
Kills Two Boys and Makes the Mot
As a result of ptomaine poisoni
caused by eating canned peach
Mlvin Ives, aged thirteen, andLe
ard Lee Ives, aged seven years ,H
of Mr. and Mrs. W. W- Ives, ofH
to.Va., are dead and their motl
blieved to be dying. The moti
dboys were stricken on 1
wednesday. Leonard died saturd
and Melvin Snnday afternoon.
FOUND IN WOODS.
George McCormick May Have
Been Dead Since Feb. 17.
Man Who Killed His Wife and Shot
His Mother-in-law Has Been Dis
A letter from Aiken to The State
says a very tragic climax to a bru
tal murder case developed Wednes
day morning when the decomposed
body of Geo. McCormick was found
near the scene where he committed
a heinous crime on the 17th of Feb
ruary. The body was found on Mr.
Jim Green's place near Toatha. It
is is supposed to have lain there
since the day after he murdered his
wife and seriously wounded his
Coroner Owens went down to the
scene Wednesday, accompanied by
Dr. H .H .Wyman, Jr., and held an
inquest. The evidence adduced was
all circumstancial, but a chain of in
cidents was linked together which
pointed strongly to suicide. A re
hearsal of the murder and the inci
dents leading up to the finding of
the body will be given below:
On Cunday night, Feb. 17th, Geo.
McCormick went to the home of his
mother-in-law, where his wife had
flown from him, and after trying in
vain to induce her to return to him,
he flew into a frenzy of anger and
began beating her. Her mother in
terfered and McCormick pulled his
pistol and shot her.
He then turned his weapon upon
his wife and shot and instantly kill
ed her. He then went, so the theory
goes, to his own house and there
drank two bottles of laudanum, and
immediately went to the home of Ed.
Hicks, a short distance away, and
begged to be allowed to remain that
night. Hicks stated that he was pe
culiarly affected and was in some
kind of a stupor. He stayed over
night there and next morning Hicks
ran him off upon learning of his
crime of the preceeding night. Mc
Cormick complained of feeling queer
and said he thought he was going
He staggered off and has not been
seen since and It is supposed that he
went to where he was found, which
is only a short distance from the
house, and laid down and died in a
stupor. He was heard to say prev
iously that if he could kill his wife's
mother he would be willing to die
He was supposed all along to be a
fugitive from- justice in Georgia and
some parties followed what they mis
took for his tracks to Katwood. The
governor offered a reward for his
arrest a few days ago.
The verdict of the coroner's jury
was that he came to his death at his
This ends one of the most aggra
vated murder case that has ever oc
curred in Aiken County and It is
supposed that remorse possessed
him and he died at his own hands
rather than face punishment for the
brutal crime he had committed.
After Stealing Sixty Eight Thousand
Dollars From Bank
Frank Jones, teller of the Char
lotte National Bank, it is charged,
has defaulted to the extent of $68,
000. News was just learned Wed
The -alleged defalcatIon will not
inconvenience the bank to any ser
ious extent as it has assets of $1,
000,000. There was nothing crook
ed suspected until Jones left Satur
day night, saying he was summoned
to Richmond. This, it is ascertain
ed, was a blind, and his whereabouts
are now unknown.
Mr. Jones has a wife and several
children. He was a member of the
First Presbyterian church and to a
degree was very active in church
He was chairman of the religious
work committee of the Y. M. C. A.
here seven or eight years ago.
The other banks of the city readi
ly offered to lend aid to the Char
lotte National Bank, but this was
not - especially needed.
The Charlotte Bank has offered a
reward of $1,000 for the arrest and
delivery to the proper authorities of
Frank Jones, the teiler.
WOMEN SHOT TO DEATH.
Assaulted a White Lady, Her Sois
Charged with having used a rasot
with probable fatal effects on Mrs
Ella Rheton, a whit woman, and he2
daughter, and kicking her son, a
small child, about the road, two col
ord women were shot to death neal
McKamie, Tenn., Thursday night bI
.According to a statement of Mrs
Rheton, she and her two childrex
were attacked by the negro women
while walking along the public road
She and her daughter received knift
wounds, which it is feared will prov4
The women were arrested ans
placed under guard at the schoo
house at the town of McKamle, tha
place being without a jail and from
which they were removed by th<
mob at a late hour that night an<
shot to death.
MUST BE SIGNED.
~Request Blank Feature of Dispel
d sary Must Be Observed.
0The request blank feature of tib
- new dispensary law is to be strictl
s observed by the new administratiol
-if an opinion rendered by Attorne
General Lyon is heeded
It is rendered directly to Stai
Dispensary Auditor. West, and I
will see to the enforcement of ti
hThe opinion is clear cut and po
itive. It quotes the law to show th;
any dispenser or other dispensal
officer who fails to carry out tb
g part of the law is to be removed.
3, The patron must sign or make I
1.mark in the presence of the dispe
a ser or clerk, who must attest thout
1the dispens:ry official may used
r rubber stamp to attest.
er I According to the opinion it Is t
Lst duty of the audItor to report to t
y Governor any failure to strictly E
fore this and other features.
ENDS HIS LIFE
Because He Could Not Replace
Two Thousand Dollars
WHICH HE HAD USED.
And Lost in Speculating in the Stock
Markets. Charles Abbott, a Young
Man, Manager of Branch Office of
a Stock Brooker in Washington,
Kills Himself in the Office, Left
At Washington, D. C., with the
probability of an embezzlement
charge involving $2,000 or more of
his employers' money facing him,
Charles Abbott, twenty-three years
old, the manager of the branch office
of Wade & Hedges, brokers, ended
his life in the office, at 406 Fifth
street northwest, by blowing out his
brains with a revolver.
When discovered, the body lay in
the rear office of the suite of two
blood and the revolver clutched in
and the revolver clitched tightly in
his right hand. The bullet which
had ended the life of yound Abbott
entered immediateiy above the right
temple and lodgc-d inside the skull.
Abbott for th- last three months
had been employed as manager for
the Fifth avenue branch of the brok
erage firm, which had its main office
at 809 G. street northwest, and was
regarded as a young man of exem
plary habits. The firs intimation
that anything was wrong with their
manager's accounts was Friday af
ternoon, when Abbott was due at
the G street office to settle his week
ly accounts, but failed to put in an
appearance. Repeated efforts on the
part of Wade & Hedges to commun
cate with their employe, noy only at
branch office, but at the home of his
father, Julius Abbott, 234 Four-and
a-half street souhwest, where he al
so resided, p:roved fruitless.
Convinced that matters were irre
jular, the members of the firm, ac
companied by their attorney, went
to the branch office with the inten
tion of going over the account, or
ascertain the' cause of Abbott's fail
ure to sett As they entered, Mr.
Wade, the senior member of the firm
stumbled against the body of their
manager. The police were immedi
ately notified and Detectives Harti
gan and Evans with a number of
patrolmen from the Sixth precint,
went to the scene of the shooting.
Two notes were taken from the
inside coat pocket of the dead man.
one addressed to his father, and the
second to his employers, which were
taken charge of temporarily by the
police. The note to Wade & Hedges
in a heavily sealed envelope-written
evidently in a nervous haste, read
"March 15, 1907."
"Messrs. Wade & Hedges, City:
"You will be surprised to learn
that I am short $2,000 in my ac
counts with you. The C-notes,
which you will find in my pockets,
are all bogus. H. Owes me noting,
and C. owes $25. I would -like to
make good, but I cannot.
The note addressed to his -father,
Julius Abbott, was:
"March 15, 1907."
"My Dear Father: I have been an
awful liar. I have not only lost $2,
000 belonging to Wade & Hedges,
but all of my own money and not a
small sumi of yours. To tell the
truth, I have not a cent I could call
my own. "The Liar'Charlie."
The downfall of Abbott is attri
buted to the sudden fluctuation in
various stocks of the New York ex
change. One of the members of the
firm of Wade & Hedges said Thurs
day night when contents of the note
left by Abbott were made known.
that Abbott's shortages were prob
ably the result cf several week's
speculations, the differences on the
books being made up by the bogus
notes found in his pockets.
Abbott's parents were notified by
Percy Wade, a member of the brok
erage firm. They are prostrated over
their son's tragie end. In addition
to his parents, two brothers survive
him. Coroner Nevitt issued a cer
tificate of death by suicide, and the
body was removed to an undertak
er's establishment, wnere it will be
prepared for burial and latter remov
ed to the Abbott home.
LADY ATTACKED) BY NEGRO
She Escapes But The Fiend Kills
Mrs. James Tolbert, wife of for
mer Mayor Tolbert of Fairmont, Ga.
was brutally assaulted and her tw4
months old child was murdered b:
a negro at their home Thursday eve
ning. The negro, who approache<
the house when Mrs. Tolbert wa:
alone with her child, demanded $50
Being refused he said he must havy
the nioney or her life.
Then began a struggle durini
which he followed her from room tV
room, until she escaped and ran tV
her husband's store, some distanc
away. When she returned with;
party the baby was found with it
head nearly severed from its hod:
and the negro was missing.
,A posse was soon formed and th
pursuit was kept up during th
night the crowd increasing as th
search continued. The whole countr
has been scoured for the negro brut
but his capture has not yet been re
ported. Excitement is running hig
and there is no doubt. if caught, thn
negro will be lynched.
> TERRIFIC EXPLOSION
- Heard Five Miles and Kills Two Pe
y pie Instantly.
e A dispatch from Prosperity to ti
e News and Courier says a terrific e
eplosion startled that place on Tue
day of last week. Many ran out
- the stores and offices to find out tl
Lt cause of the noise, but nothing u
-y asual could be seen. In about f
is teen minutes a 'phone message cat
to Mr. A. M. Leslie to the effect th
is a boiler belonging to Mr. N. R. Lt
i ter. his brother, who lives near l
h Luke's Church. about five miles frc
a prosperity, had exploded, and thn
Mr. Lester and a negro had been
ae stantly killed and another negro si
ie oushy hurt. Mr. Lester was a we
n- to-do planter and a prominent m
in hi mommunity and the church.
PIG SAVES SIX LIVES.
Swims With Line From Wrecked
Ship to Shore.
Lifeboat Smashed and Vessel Going
to Pieces-Tied Rope to Porker
and Tossed Him Overboard.
Bringing members of the crew of
the wrecked Welsh bark Annie
Lloyd, the Hamburg-American line
steamer Prinz Ethel Friedrich reach
ed New York from Inauga.
The men owe their preservation
from the deep to a pig, and their ex
perience explodes the time-honored
saying that a pig can't swim. A pig
that was on the vessel was used in
a rough sea for getting a line to the
The Lloyd was bound for Ham
burg when she was wrecked. On
February 22, at night, In a half-gale.
the bark was tumbled on a coral reef
about twenty miles from Fortune is
land. She began leaking almost im
Captain Wilham tried to get a life
boat away from the lee side, but it
was smashed into kindling.
The sea threw the bark down on
her pirt side until she had a slant
if fifteen degrees.
The waves broke over the ship so
heavily that the crew had to batten
themselves below. The mate, boat
swain, and carpenter finally lashed
life lines about their waists and
made their way forward to where a
water cast was secured.
They emptied the cast, and mak
ing a line fast to it, threw the cast
overboard. It was hoped to get the
line ashore in that way, but the pro
The lines and the cast were hauled
back on board and the mate suggest
ed that the pig be tried as a life
saver. The pig was big, noisy and
strong as an ox. The end of the
heaving line was placed about the
pig's midship section, and with an
gry protests the animal was cast
"That porker was like a swan,"
said the boatswain, "He grunted like
thunder when he struck the water,
but he got his compass bearings at
last and headed for the shore.
"We thought he was a goner sev
eral times, but he landed at last, and
the natives grabbed the line. They
gobbled up the pig first of all, an'd
severai of them disappeared up the
beach with the animal.
"Other natives hauled ashore the
hawser, which we bent to the heav
ing line, and we got ashore in
"Captain Hughes was the last to
get ashore. We didn't save a stitch
of our stuff. The bark went to
pieces the day we got ashore."
It was a mere coincidence of the
pig rescue that the reef on which
the Lloyd struck is known as Hogsty
BRYAN IS POPULAR
With The Masses But the Leaders
"In all probability Mr. Bryan will
again carry the standard of the
Democrat party next year. He is
unquestionably one of the most pow
erful political factors in the country
today. He has grown. Conditions
have favored his growth.
"He is underated in no well-in
formed quarter. His views are not
shared by Democratic leaders, but
th'e great mass of party believe in
him-idolizes him--and will follow
him. His extreme views have not
handicapped him with the rank and
"He occupies the same position
with the Democratic party that
Roosevelt holds with the Republican
party. His honesty and his sincerity
go unchallenged, and therein is to
be found the secret of his great and
Such is the opinion of the Washing
ton Herald regarding the probable
candidacy of Mr. Bryan in the next
RAINS IN THE NORTHWEST .
Complete Tie Up of Telegraphic and
Continuous heavy rains, resulting
in serious washouts, violent wind
storms and a wet, clinging snow,
have combined to produce a com
plete telegraphic tie up in the Paci
fic Northwest. The States of Mon
tana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon
have been isolated since early In the
day, and there seems to be no imme
diate prospects of an improvement
in the situation.
Thursday night a heavy wind
storm passed over. Great Salt Lake,
from the Southwest to the Northeast
and by driving the water with ter
Ific force against the Southern Pac
Ific cut-off across the western parn
of the lake, washed dut an entensiv4
section of the tract, compelling a dis
contin-iance of the train service.
Sacramento is cut off from th(
railroad communication with th(
outside world, except from the east
No eastern train were able to leave
over the Odgen route Friday.
The President Invited to the Unvail
Sig Ceremonies at Raliegh
Senator Overman called on Presi
dent Roosevelt Thursday to invit
him to attend the ceremonies of th
unveiling of a monument in th
State, House grounds at Raliegh, 1~
eC., to Ensign Worth Bagley, th
first American killed in the Spanish
iAmerican war and the only nava
ocer who lost his life i that strug
gle. The ceremony will take plac
May 28. Ensign Bagley was kille
on the torpedo boat Winslow earl
in the war, while directing some c
the movements of the .vessel. Tb
President said he would like ver
much to accept the invitation, hi
it would not be possible for him t
STRAINING SHIP OVERTURNS
e rom Teriffic "~' and Fifty Me
- Are Missing.
t At Copenhagen , Denmark, whi
s- 400 workmen were overhaulink ti
t Danish training ship, Viking, in ti
ship yard, the vessel overturned du
at ing a severe storm. Between for
-and fifty men are missing and belie
r-- ed to be drowned. A number
1- bodies have been washed ashore ai
a scores of thrilling resc'ues have bei
A Lady Came Home and Laid Out
Shoots One and Beats Another Fea
male Visitor of Her Husband in
Returning home suddenly and not
finding the door open, Mrs. C. M.
Clark, living down in the southwest
ern part of Joplin, Mo., forced an
entrance and with a revolver opened
fire on a woman she found in the
house with Mr. Clark.
Three shots were fired, one graz
.ng the shoulder of Victoria Wilde.
.mfterward she struck her butt of the
weapon and turning on Julia Messin
ger, beat her so badly she is confin
ed to bed.
Mrs. Clark was informed by neigh
bors of visits of women to her home
during her absence and watched for
an opportunity to catch them there.
Her husband is a semi-invalid, and
sent his wife. down town after medi
While away the women went to
the Clark home. Mrs. Clark watched
and saw them enter, and hurried
home. The shooting and beating fol
lowed. . No arrests have been made
RURAL CARRIERS BENEFIT
Recent Act of Congress Greatly In
N creases Their Pay.
Under the recent act of Congress
mrking appropriations for the pos
tal service for the ensuing fiscal
year, the Postmaster' General may
fix the salaries of carriers in the
rural service at a rate not exceeding
$900 per annum after July 1, 1907.
The highest rate now paid is $720
per annum. The readjustment of
salaries under the new law has not
been fully determined, but it is pr'o
posed to allow the maximum rate,
$900. to all carriers on routes twenty
four or more miles in length, as
shown by the records of the depart
ment. This will give approximately
22,900 or about 60 per cent of the
carriers an advance in salary of $180
A substantial increase in pay for
other carriers in contemplated. Car
riers on the shorter routes, ranging
from 12 to 14 and form '44 to 16
miles in. length, now receive $504
and $540 per annum, respectively,
being ,proportionately better paid
than carriers on routes of twenty or
This advance in pay for carriers
and substitutes, it is estimated, will
result An an approximate increase of
$5,900,000 in the cost of rural de
REFUSED TO BE BLUFFED
Some Republicans Wanted to Jump
on Senator Tillman.
According to a story vouched for
by several prominent men of Win
chester and Martinsburg, W. Va., a
personal encounter was imminent
early Sunday. morning in the Berke
ley Club, at Martinsburg, between
a number of its members and Sena
tor B. R. Tllman, of South Carolina.
After lecturing there on the race
question Saturday Senator Tillman
was taken to Martinsburg by How
ard Emmnart in an automobile. While
waiting' for a train to go to Colum
bus, Ohio, the Senator was enter
tained by Mr. Emmart and others
at the Berkeley Club, 'which is com
posed principally of Republican bus
iness men. During a discussion of
National affairs Senator Tillman is
said to have made a remark reflect
ing upon President Roosevelt, which
many club men took as an insult.
they being staunch admirers cf the
It is stated the men jumped to
their feet and angrily demandedt that
the Senator's remarks and har~h cr it
icism of the President be withdlrawn,
but Mr. Tillman refused to take
back a word of what he had said.
The difficulty was finally smoothed
WANTED FROG ARRESTED
Negro Woman Who Thought She
Had Been Conjured
The Greenville News say the po
lice of that place had a call from
"The Gower Line" of the hurry up
description and two of the coolest
and best officers of the reserves were
immediately dispatched to the neigh*
hood from which the call came. Tihey
arrived fully expecting to find in
progress a family row or rough
house but to their great surprise thEi
request was from a - negro woman
that they arrest another woman foi
attempting to conjure her. She al
leged that the woman had placed.
frog under her door-step and thiu
had prevented her from sleeping
moment during the whole night. Sh4
began to dig about the step to prove
to the officers that this was a fac
but was unable to produce the ani
mal. She was very much in earnes
about the affair and stated that he:
intentioti was to bring out an indict
ment against the alleged conjurer.
WRECK OF A FURNACE.
Hundred Tons of Brick and Morts~
SA message from Bessemer say
that the lining of the new furnac
aof the Woodward Iron Works, a
Woodward, Ala., fell in and a hun
1dred tons of brick and mortar bux
-ied a number of workmen. Fiv
adead bodies have been taken ou
Ifrom the debris. Dempsey Hayes,
white man and four negroes are th
YWill Raise More Cotton.
A dispatch from Cario, Egypt, sa)
0the council of ministers has adop
led the proposition to increase tI
height of the Assuan Dam. It is ca
culated that this will give sufficiel
new water to irrigate another ml
nlion acres, which, it is estimate<
should yield an increased cotton crc
to the value of $17,500,000 to $20
000,000 annually. It will take s:
eyears to complete.
Prices to Advance.
-A dispatch from Birmingham, Al
y says at a meeting of southern sto
- manufactures it was practical
f agreed to advance prices five p
Ld cent. because of the high price
a iron and steel and the increased Co
One Thousand Reported Killed in
the Salvadorean Army.
THREE DAY'S FIGHT.
The Nicaraguan Army Completely
Triumphed Over the Salvadorian
Army, Which Was Routed, And
Left the Field in Great Disorder.
This Battle Will Likely End the
A dispatch from Washington says
the State department received the
following dispatch Friday from Jose
D'Oliverez, the American cunsul at
,,"This government reports that on
March 18 an army of 5,000 Salvado
reans and 1,000 Mondurans, com
manded by Gen. Presa, a Salvador
ean, attacked the Nicaraguan van
guard near Namisque, Honduras.
'" J'he battle lasted three days re
sulting in the complete rout of the
Salvadoreans, who lost 1'000 killed.
."Nicarauga has 20,000 troops at
the front and will commence an im
mediate attack on Chatluteca and
Senor Corea, the Nicaraguan min
ister, has received a cablegram from
his Government confirming the press
report to the effect that the Nicara
guan navy has captured the impor
tant Honduran Carribbean port of
The naval vessels are now on their
way to Puerto Cortez, where they
probably will repeat their success,
and as JTrujilli already has fallen in
the hands of the Nicaraguans, 1rac
tically the whole north coast of Hon
duras is in their possession.
The cruiser Chicago, which has
been patroling the Pacific side of the
isthmus and Central America, has
gone from Acajuta, Salvator, to Aca
pulco, in Mexico, a thousand miles
northward. This voyage is made nec
essary from the fact that coal is
scarce in Central America.
The movement for intervention is
gaining strength and Assistant Sec
retary of State Bacon strongly im
pressed upon the minister from Cos
ta Rica and Nicaragua the wisdom
of speedily terminating the warfare
in Central America, as it promises
to in volve all the other Republics,
and it is almost certain, if prolonged,
to lead to the presence in their wa
ters of European naval vessels, with
possible Intervention in behalf of
their own citizens.
SCHOOL HOUSE BURNS.
One Teacher and Eight Children
Crushed to Death. .
Nine persons, eight of them school
children, were instantly killed and
many others injured at Durango,
Mexico, by the collapse of the roof
of the public school building, while
the rooms were crowded with pupils
The dead include one of the teachers
and eight members of her class.
Scores were buried under the
wreckage and debris, and there may
be additional deaths, as many of
the victims are seriously hurt. The
teacher's body was pinioned beneath
a heavy rafter and it was evident
that death had been instantaneous.
The injured children were hur
ried to the hospital and some of
them to their homes, while the dead
were taken to the morgue, where
heart-rending scenes were enacted as
grief-stricken parents searched for
their loved ones.
WIPED OUT IN BLOOD.
Shot Betrayer of His Sister, but Was
At Hillear, Ky., on Wednesday of
last week Frank Dutton was shot
and killed by Sam Rose, who was
soon afterward shot to death by El*
ias Dutton, brother of Frank Dutton.
Elias escaped to the mountains and
a posse is now in pursuit.
Sometime -ago the Dutton .and
Rose families lived in a village ii
South-western Virginia. Alcene Rose
was the belle of the town, and fell
in love with and was betrayed bI
Frank Dutton, with whom she fled
Sam Rose, her brother, determin
ed upon revenge, hunted for his sis
ter's betrayer, and finally discuvere<
im. They met on the street an<
After killing Frank Dutton, Rose
then near his sister's house, en
duntered Elias, who shot him down
R.ose dragged himself to his sister'
door and died in her arms.
MADE MONKEY MAD.
And He Scratched a Little Girl Ver;
John William's two children an!
a small friend of theirs thougb
they would have some "fun" wit:
San organ grinder's monkey. The:
handed a hot penny on the end of
stick to the monkey, when it climt
ed to the second story window o
Mr. William's home, in Richfield, 9
J 3,The monkey politely doffed hi
hat and took the penny ,then screecb
ing loudly, dropped it instantly.
Chattering with rage, the anim2
tsprang at the biggest child, a girl c
aten years. It bit and scratched he
hands and although she fought i
eretreated only when its master yanl
ed with all his strength on the cor
hat bound it. Returning liome M:
and Mrs Williams found their daugl
5ter suffering from shock and nur:
-iug her hurts.
"Mail Bag stolen.
tIt has developed that the stole
Smail bag said to contain about$400
000,oo was not on La Provence but c
> La Sayoie, and it is virtually esta
-lished that the registered mail we
C abstracted after the bags reacht
the railroad stations at Paris, Fran
. An east bound Denver and R
e Grande passenger train left the traE
y 30 miles west of Antinlo, Cal., F2
r day night and 35 passengers had
f miraculous escape from death. A
st the passengers were hurt, but nol
A WHITE FIEND.
Go vernor Ansel Offers a Reward
for one Goldberg.
Who Is Charged With Criminally As
saulting a Mere Child in Colum.
The State of South Carolina is
very anxious to catch one Leon Gold
berg, who is charged with criminal
ly assaulting a ten year old Belgian
girl who came over in the Whitte
kind a few weeks ago. The outrage
took place in a boarding house in
Columbia kept for immigrants by
The girls parents are working on
a farm near Columbia. She is not
badly hurt physically, it is said, and
has been taken by interpreter Fam
aey of the department, of immigra
tion to her parents' new home in the
There Is deep feeling among the
immigrants over the matter, and
while there was no talk of violence,
particularily after it.was ascertained
that the girl was not badly hurt phy
sically, there was and is a genuine
and general contempt for the man
and he will be severely dealt with
Goldberg -Is an Austrian. He came
to Columbia about one year ago
from Canada, and had been from
time to time employed by Commis
sioner Watson as an interpreter but
had been discharged scmetime ago
and had no connection-with the im
migration department when he com
mitted, his dastardly crime.
Insomuch as the crime was com
mitted upon the child of one of the
immigrants brought over on the
Whittekind, the immigration depart
ment is doing everything possible
to apprehend this man and will as
sist the legal authorities if he is cap
tured and brought back to Columbia.
Gov. Ansel has offered a reward
for the scoundrel, and every effort
is being made to catch him. The
Columbia authorities are doing every
thing they can in the matter and will
not let up In their efforts until Gold
berg is found and brought back for
trial. Should he be caught he will
be severeiy punished. In fact, he
CABLES HEYWARD TO COME.
Col. Watson Sends Him Word That
He Is Badly Needed.
Ex-Governor Heyward Thursday
received a cablegram from Commis
sioner Watson in which he urged
Mr. Heyward to sail for Bremen on
the 26th. The cablegram reads:
"Sail 26th all hazards. Need you
badly." It is doubtful, however, if
Mr. Heyward will be able to get
away at .that time, as he has some
matters of great importance to the
immigration movement which he has
not yet been able to get in shape for
presentation to the North German
Lloyd Company in reference to the
permanency of the immigration line
to Charleston. There are also per
sonal matters which might prevent
Mr. Heyward leaving next week but
he would endeavor to put these out
of the way if the other affairs were
in shape for presentation. It Is like
ly, therefore, that he will not sail
until the boat leaving New York on
the 2nd of April, and when he goes
he will be prepared to make a strong
pull for the interests of the whole
South in general and Charleston and
South Carolina in particular.
Governor Heyward has just- re
turned from Atlanta, where he went
on business, and while there he had
the pleasure of renewing his ac
quaintance with Governor Terre11,
whose interests he has enlisted in
the immigration movement. He also
had a talk with President Finley, of
'he Sopthern Railway, and put in a
good word for Charleston, of course.
Mr. Heyward found Mr. Finley very
friendly to the port of Charleston
as well as to the whole immigration
movement for the--South.
mKnE TWO WOMEN
Mother and .Daughter .Beaten and
Choceked to Death.
Last Friday week ago about 12
miles from Newberry a double mur
der was committed by Will Sanders.
All the parties connected with the
affair are colored. It seems that
Will Sanders has for some time been
living with a woman, Aurelia Mat
thews and had been jealous of .her.
Friday afternoon late he went to hii
house and told the woman to go witlI
him and see a garden patch he had
They went off together, and ii
about an hour he returned and tolc
the woman's daughter, aged 15
that her mother wanted her and
to go with him to her. -He short3
returned without her. The body o'
the mother was found Saturdas
morning with the skull crushed ii
with some blunt instrumnen and sign:
The body of the, daughter wa:
found Sunday morning and, it was
shown that the girl had been chokes
1to death. After killing the girl San
Sders returned to the house and re
Stired. Getting up about daylight, h<
commanded another young negr<
woman and girl in the house to g<
with him; they refusing he locket
sthem in the house and left and ha
-not been seen since.
IBOOZE AT ALL HOURS.
The Willimston Authorities Repor
- The Express Agent.
The chief of police of Willilamstor
makes complaint to the governo
that the express companies at tha
place are delivering liquor after ol
fice hours and on Sunday. This b4
ing interstate business It is nc
nthought that the state authoritiE
'can Interfere but it is believed the
nif the matter is called to the attet
Stion of the express people they wi
LSbe disposed to conform to the las
of the state.
0A Texas farmer declares that
claborer who does not smoak ciga
- ettes is worth at least $2.50 p<
month more . than one who doE
1 Farm labores who desire to ama
e wealth should therefore cut out ei
SAVED BY A 'DOG.
Negro Attempted a Criminal As
sault on a lady.
THE FIEND LYNCHED.
The Husband of The Lady Fjred the
First Shot. Beyound Confessing
His Guilt the Scoundrel Would
Have Nothing to Say. He Ws
Summarily Executed by a Mob of
Cleveland Harding, the negro who
attempted to assault Mrs. Ben
Rice near Florence, Ala., Friday and
who was driven off by Mrs. Rice's
shepherd dog, was summarily exe
cuted Sunday by a mob of 200 or
.'ied t a tree with his arms up,
the negro was riddled with bullets,
the first shot, it is said, being fired
by .Mr.. Rice, following which every
man in the crowd emptied his revol
ver at the prisoner.
Over 1,000 shots were fired. The
negro was captured Sunday about a
half mile below town and was taken
before Mrs. Rice who - fainted at
sight of him. Upon recovering she%,
fully identified her assaiiant and on
being asked what should be dune
with him, told the negro's capra to'
do as they thought best.
Harding was taken a short dis
tance from the Rice home where a
conference of the mob leadrs was
held. - Some said burn ~him, but
shooting was decided on.
Beyond confessing his guilt, the
negro. had nothing to say and was
stolidily indifferent, it seemed, to his -
fate. The body was left tied to the
tree by the mob, members 9f which
made no attempt to shield their
Negro Entered the Room of a Young
A special dispatch to the Charles-,
ton Post says Columbia was excited
Saturday over an attempted criminal
assault early that morning on Miss
Lula Norton, the nineteen year old
daughter of Mr. Albert Norton, a
well known gentleman holding a
clerical position in the city, at his
home No. 608 Taylor street.
The criminal is a negro house boy
named John Richardson, who came
from Sumter. He gained admission
to the room of Miss Norton, who was
sleeping with her sister, Miss Lella
Norton, near the same age, bylplac
ing a ladder against the .window, the
sash of which was .up on account of
the warm weather.
Miss Norton was awakened by a
hand passing over her bare arm. .
When she screamed the negro had
gotten out of the window. This was
at 2 o'clock a. m. The police were
at once notified, and an hour later
caught Richardson pretending to be
asleep on-his pallet In the.kitchen.
At first he denied knowing, any
thing about the. matter, but when
confronted by the young ladies at a
private hearing before the recorder
this morning he admitted entering
the room with criminal Intent. He
was sent toji and held for tralat
the coming term of court, for at
tempted criminal assault.. He says
he is sixteen years old, but looks to
be about twenty-three. So far there
seems no danger of a lynching.
RODE A CROCODILE AT SEA
A Queer Exhibition Given at Palm
Warren Frazier, better known as
"Alligator Joe," treated society -folk.
at Palm Beach, Fla., lately to a new
sporting sensation. He towed a croco- r -~
dile ~weighing 200 pounds well out -
into the Atlantic Ocean, had a-.wrest
ling match with it, zgounted it bare
back, and brought it back to shore.
The crowd, mostly women, gasped
until it was over, and then applaud
The crocodile was about sixty to
seventy years old and perhaps twelve
feet long. "He's a young one," said
Fraier, and he spoke truly, for the
patriorch of -his tribe is declared to
be more than 400 year old. After
towing it out Frazier released it,
then made a quick jumpr and land-.
ed stomach down on the creature's
back. Over and over they went,-llke
boys wrestling. The tall of the ani
mal lashing about could be seen, an~d
at times its. forefeet were exposed
as Frazier tilted It- up.
Gradually Frazier worked the rep
tile to a steep bank. A rope was
thrown to- him. Keeping--the croco
dile under -water he tied the cord
around its long snout In two places.
It was then dragged ashore and Its
tail was tied to its head so that It
could be lifted to a cart. The rep
tile toward the end- appeared to be
completely faggedy blit Frazier show
ed no exhaustion.
RIVAL BROTHERS F[GHT
Both Loved the Same Woman and
May Die From Wounds.
At New York two brothers -who
loved the same woman fought with
kieanclubs In an East Side sa
kne and Thursday, until both were
ondesperately wounded that tliey -
probably will die. The men are
George and Givannfi Franceco.g ho .
me to New York from Palermo
about two years ago. . There they
had both been rivals for .the hand
of the same .girl, who eventually ac
cepted George, the elder.
A man at New London, Conn.,
Swallowed a piece of glass thirty
Syears agQ, and it has dust been re
Scovered by a surgeon to whom he
*tcomplained of .a pain in the shoulder
-Gets Twenty Years.
.Joshpa Hartison, at Elizabeth City
N.C., was sentenced to twenty years'
Imprisonment for the kidnapping
and murder of Kenneth Beasley, a
Dios From Hiccoughs.
r Deni Simon Briggs, a prominent
5.lumbr merchant of- Wilmington, N.
s5 C. died. suddenly Thursday from. bic-_
I-coughs while on- a bus-mess trip
Washington, N. C.