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VICTIM IN TRUNK
Turns Out to Be an Agent of the
THE SLAIN PRIEST
Was Known to Be a Politician and
Bitter I)islike of Him Was Openly
Expressed by Greeks and Others.
He Crossed American Society in
America Which Seeks to Free Ar
menia From Turk's Control.
Dilligent effort on the part of a
score of detectives from headquar
ters did not make much headway in
the solution of the problem of how
the body of the Greek priest, Father
Casper Haran. or Vatiarian, as the
police records have it, came to be
found doubled up in a trunk in a va
cant room at 333 West Thirty-seven
th street, New York, Sunday May
26. Two men, and possibly four,
whom the police believe to be impli
cated in the murder have not yet
The developments have brought
forth two facts which may uncover
the motive of the murder and clear
away to some extent the doubt con
cerning how and when the priest met
his death. Most important of these
discoveries is the fact that Father
Casper was a politician as well as a
cleric, and that he had close alliance
with one of the American secret rev
olutionary societies in this city.
It was learned that very recently
there had been a split in the ranks
of the revolutionary workers of the
local Armenian colony, and that
much bad blood had been engender
ed between the two factions.
Vahram Sopossion, an Armenian,
who has a restaurant at 137 East
Twenty-sixth street, and a number
of Armenians gathered there ex
plained to a reporter just what re
lation the affairs of the Honchekis
or Henchagain society may be found
to bear with the murder of Father
Casper when the hidden facts in the
case are brought to light.
Throughout all Europe and in
America wherever there is a suffi
ciently large colony of loyal Armen
ians branches of the Honchekis have
been established. The order is pure
ly a revolutionary one, and the avow
ed object is to free Armenia and
neighboring Christian countries from
the rule of the Turks. The New York
branch -of the society had been es
tablished some time ago, said the
Armenian restaurant keeper, and had
worked many years in harmony until
two months ago.
Serpossian said that as a member
of the new branch of the society he
could not enter into details of the
split, but feeling was high and there
was still bitter recrimination and ac
cusation of unfaithful passing be
tween the two branches of the revo
- lutionary order.
SPIES HAVE BEEN SLAIN.
In- Europe and in a few instances
in this country spies have been dis
covered .in the ranks of the Armen
ian society whose duty it has been to
nip incipient revolutions in Armenia
by passing up to the Turkish author
ities at home information of the Hon
"There have been spies in our own
number," and Terpossian. "The ac
cusation of spy has been made mem
bers of our society."
"Was the priest a spy?"
"If he was a spy he died like oth
ers have died before him who have
been spies," was the answer the Ar
The restaurant keeper and his com
panions were asked if Father Casper
had been a member of the Honche
kis. They said that he had, but they
would not specify which branch of
the recently divided society he be
BITTER TOWARD PRIEST.
"Father Casper had a bad reputa
tion," continned the speaker for the
group. "He was known to be mis
erly and to prefer to beg his bread
and bed than work for it. We have
always known him as a man who loit
ered around and did as little as pos
sible for a living. He had the repu
tation of being no good."
The second fact brought out in the
investigations which forced the de
tectives to revise their theories of
the time and place where Father
Caspar was murdered is that he was
seen alive at 12 o'clock noon on Wed
nesday and in the restaurant of the
man Serpossian, who is strong in his
condemnation of the dead priest's
According to this man's story, the
priest came to his place of business
alone and carrying with him the
black hand bag which he always took
with him on his wandering through
the city. When he left the restaurant
about noon he said he was going up
town to meet some friends.
Up to the present the detectives
have not been able to trace Father
Caspar's mnovements after he was
seen by Mrs. Scherer, the German
woman who rented a room to the two
Armenians who disappeared on Wed
MYSTERY BECOMES DEEPER.
Mrs. Scherer say the priest in the
company of the two at 8 o'clock in
the morning, in the hallway of the
Scherer flat, on the third floor of the
tenement at 333 West Thirty-seven
th street. The German woman- told
the detectives she was sure that she
sawv Sarkis, one of her lodgers, and
a strange man coming upstairs, to
the fiat with a heavy trunk in the
aftern' ,n of the same day. The de
teetive - aem to accept as positive
the assus''~tion that the priest's
body was i:- we trunk that Mrs. Sch
erer saw being carried upstairs.
Now that it has been developed
that the priest was seen alive at 12
o'clock at 137 East Twenty-sixth
street, the puzzle of how and where
Father Caspar's murders did him to
death is deepened. Within three
hours, at most. after Serpossian, the
restaurant keeper, saw the prest. his
~body was coiled up in a trunk at a
Igoefu~iy three miles away.
An examination of the records in
the Adams Express office shows that
the trunk weighed 145 pounds, just
heavy enough, the detectives say, to
indicate that it contained the body of
a medium-sized person. The weight
they declare, is far above the aver
age of that of the contentsthat could
be plae int a truk by a nomadice
GROWS WITH TIME.
Some Interesting Data About the
Oider of Masonry,
Is Has Expanded Until It Is Now
Found in Every Civilized Country
of the World.
Some few weeks ago there was a
great gathering of masons in Atlan
ta to lay the corner stone of a grand
temple in that city. The Atlanta
Journal says this great gathering of
Masons directs special attention to
the oldest and most noble fraternal
organization in the world. which now
numbers its membership by the mil
lion in all the civilized countries of
the world. The Journal goes on to
Secret societies, having the fath
erhood of God and the brotherhood
of man as their basic principles,
have arisen from time to time, have
lived their life and followed one ano
ther into the shadows of the past.
The oldest of those that still survive
are but as creatures of yesterday
compared with the brotherhood of
Free and Accepted Masons. It is a
guild which can afford to look down
with indulgent patronage on all the
other guilds and crafts, howeuer an
cient may be their charters.
The origin of Masonry is lost in
the remotest period of the past. Tra
dition has ascribed it to the building
of Solomon's temple, and it is alleg
ed to have had a leading part in
the construction of the pyramids.
That there is more than a mere ba
sis of truth for the former claim is
practically undenied, though it is
not denied that the order has been
materially modified since that era of
As soon as mankind evolved from
his nomadic habits of life and began
to erect fixed bodies. the mason, as
an artisan, began to come into re
quest. He was necessarily a man of
skill and combined something of the
architect with his craftsmanship.
As the Christian civilization spread
over the earth, particularly in Eu
rope and in England, magnificent
cathedrals arose as the expression
of the pious devotion of the people.
An adequate idea of their size and
magnificence may be easily gathered
from such of them 'as still remain,
and one may readily understand that
in the building of them men of the
highest skill were required.
Some of the oriental forms and
ceremonies which had been their
birth in the days of Solomon, un
doubtedly came down through the
ages, but it was at the period when
artisans of every craft were organiz
ing their respective guilds that ac
tive masonry acquired its regular or
ganization in something like the form
in which we find it today.
But there were necessary condi
tions which differentiated the masons
from all other crafts. The weavers,
the drapers, the goldsmiths could
each attach themselves to a given lo
cality like London. They had their
guildhalls where they met and inter
mingled and it was an easy matter
for them to know and remember
Not so with the masons. From the
very nature of their service they were
called upon to travel from one city
to another, to build a cathedral at
York or an abbey at Kilwinning.
Signs and pass words were devised
that the liveried members of the
craft might make themselves known
to one another and claim hospitality
from their fellow-craftsmen as they
It was perhaps from this circum
stance that the arcana of Masonry
was first devised. These were per
fected and elaborated by Elias Ash
mole and his literary associates in the
early part of the seventeenth cen
tury, and from that time may be da
ted the masonry of today.
Charles II and William III were ma
sons, and the visible connection with
operative masonry was kept up by
the selection of Sir Christopher
Wren, architect of St. Paul's cath
edral as grand master.
While it is'not necessary to go in
detail, it may be said incidentally
that the lodges of Scotland trace
their origin to foreign masons who
came to North Britian in 1150 to
build Kilwinning Abbey, while the
English lodges go still further back
and assign their. origin to the assem
blage of masons held by St. Alban
York in 926. Such differences as ex
isted were arranged in 1813, and the
fraternity has since been managed by
the United Grand Lodge of Ancient
Free and Accepted Masons of Eng
A century before that time, how
ever, when the cathedral of St.
Paul's was finished, the way was
oened for others than operative ma
sns and builders to become mem
bers of the organization, and that
practice has grown and expanded
until the present day, when it is in a
benevolent band of brothers, with
out regard to craftsmanship, who
"meet upon the level and part upon
It has not escaped the fate of oth
er noble institutions. Superstition
and ignorance have attributed to it
designs and purposes for which' there
was no foundations. It has been ac
cused of entertaining sinister pro
jects against religion and govern
ment, and has been assailed with
fiery zeal in many countries and at
various periods of history. The oath
of secrecy stirred the suspicion and
resentment of the uninitiated and
factionalism has waged fierce war
around it. But as it has lived through
so many ages, unimpaired, so it will
no doubt continue to exist, to para
phrase Macaulay, "until some trav
eller from New Zealand shall take
his stand upon a broken arch of Lon
don bridge to sketch the ruins of St.j
The alleged "exposures" by Mor
REPORtT OF INHERITANCE.
It is asserted that Father Caspar
Vartianan had recently inherited a
snug fortune from a brother, who;
died in Chicago, and that he also pos
sessed a .iewel of great value in the
form of a crescent or a cross, which
had been handed down generation to
generation of priests. Those work
ing on the case who subscribed to the
robbery theory, believe these report
ed possessions furnish the motive for
The criminal examination of the
organs of the dead priest is progress
ing, and until the result of this is'
known, the police wvill not say posi
tively whether Father Vartianan was
killed by drugs before he was placed
A So-Called Gem Broker Swindled
Women and Jewellers.
HEIRESS A VICTIM.
ngaged to Her, Though Married, He
Borrows Ten Thousand Dollars
From Her. J. Edward Boek,
iloon Companion of New York Mil.
iioniares Indicted Following His
At New York the grand jury ha,
brought an indictment for obtaining
money under false pretenses against
J. Edward Boeck, of the Republican
club, a bench warrant has been issu
ed for him, and detectives the world
over have been instructed to find him
and bring him back to New York as
soon as they can.
Boeck was a broker in gems. He
lived in splendid style at the Repub
lican club. He knew Senator Clark,
of Montana, and he was a boon com
panion of other men in New York.
He could bring to a dealer in preciouE
stones during the course of a week
more wealthy customers than any
other diamond salesman in New York
might hope to bring in the course o
a year. He sold J. Pierpont Morgan
a diamond and pearl.,collar that cost
There is another charge against
Boeck, made by a waalthy Pittsburg
girl. who declares that he promised
to marry her and got $10,000 fror
her. Those to whom.she has told her
story will not divulge her name. She
is the only child of a widowed moth:
er. Her father was among the stee
kings before the United States Stee
corporation was formed. She ha
Soon after it became known thai
Boeck had disappeared she came herE
and sought the offices of Marsellus
Pitt & Co., asking foi' him there. Or
a finger she showed a diamond and
emerald ring. It was recognized by
the clerk who responded to her call.
Inadvertently he mentioned thai
Boeck had not paid for the ring. The
Pittsburg girl tore the ring from hei
finger and threw it upon the tablh
before her, bursting into tears.
She was to have been married tc
Boeck last February, but the wedding
had been delayed. She had loanec
him $10,000 in cash and he had giver
as security for the notes the samf
porcelains he had used with others
The young Pittsburg woman appear
ed terribly distressed when she learn
ed that Boeck had decampea. She
cried that the money she had giver
to the diamond broker was nothing
She wanted to find him. She was no1
told that Boeck had a wife.
Boeck's wife often was seen ix
Maiden Lane. She was described to
day as awoman with a face of youtl
and with black hair streaked witl
gray. Boeck never let her leave
Maiden Lane office for the Courtlant
street ferry, three blocks away, with
out ordering a cab for her.
Boeck was a member of the Bel
mont Cricket club of Philadelphia
and has many friends here, it is said
Some of the alleged victims o:
Boek in New York believe that h<
has cleaned up a sum that may reaci
$750,000 in various ways in this an<
One sufferer is Edwin W. Dayton
who deals In jewels and antiques 0:
all kinds at 4 West Thirty-nint1
street. Boeck took $32,500 worth 0:
pearls and diamonds belonging t<
him, but returned to Mr. Daytor
since he dissanpeared pawn ticket:
for $15,000, representing jewelry h<
got from Dayton and pawned. The
face value of that jewelry is said t<
be about $50,000.
According to Mr. Dayton, Boeci
numbered among his friends th4
Guygemheims. He, is also said t<
have acted for society women wh<
wanted to exchange or sell their jew
elry, and there is said to be a numt
ber of theni who would like him t<
come back with.jewelry they trust
ed to him.
From what could be learned Boeeli
has an interesting history. His fath
Ier was an exiled Polish nobleman
who went to China, where he married
an American girl. Boeck was born ir
China and his features and mannel
Boeck came to this country froir
China with Prince Pu Lun, who hac
charge of the Chinese exhibit at the
St. Louis exposition.
After the exposition, it is said. hE
disposed of a good part of the Chi
nese exhibit to Senator Clark. What
he did immediately after that is noi
known, but he soon appeared as s
Mr. Dayton, who was a captain ir
the Twenty-second regiment, mel
him in February for the first time.
Mr. Dayton said that Boeck came tc
him with a letter of introduction fronm
a well known downtown jewelry
firm, for business reason he did not
care to name. The first thing he did
was to take Mr. Dayton to the offices
of the American Smelting company
and introduce him to the members of
the Guggenheim firm. Among oth
ers who Boeck presented Mr. Dayton
to was P. A. B. Widener, of Phila
Boeck had only known Mr. Dayton
for a day or two when he said that
Senator Clark went to buy two valu
able pictures which Mr. Dayton
had in his store. Senator Clark was
to have called one afternoon, but he
did not, and Boeck explained that
Senator Clark's secretary had tele
phoned that the senator would be
there that evening. Sure enough
that evening "Senator Clark" walked
into Mr. Dayton's place. "Senator
Clark," looked over the two pidtures
but decided that he did not want
gan his alleged capture and death.
together with the anti-Masonic par
ty in America constitute one of the
most thrilling chapters in the life of
the republic but these agitations only
served to confirm the order in its
growth and prosperity until we find
it today, as we saw it represented
last week, composed of men high in
the councils of state, distinguished
in their private life and ornaments
to society in general.
It has expanded until it is repre
sented in every civilized country of
the world, with a membership of
millions. The widow and the father
less are their especial cha.rge; visibly
or in imagination the eye of God
looks down upon them in all their
walks of life, and their ministrations
make+he world brig-hter and better.
THE UNSEEN WORLD.
Remarkable Utterances of Paul
Says Science Has Proved the Exist
ence of Spirits.-They Should Be
George M. Searie, rector of the
Paulist Fathers' Catholic church New
York, caused a sensation by his ser
mon last Sunday morning in which
he declared his belief in spiritism.
Thursday he consented to elaborate
his views, as-follows:
"What I wished my audience to
understand is, in the first place, that
though there will, of course, be
found here and there in spiritistic
seances sonie attempts at fraud or
trickery, particularly where there is
money to be made by it, phenomena
often occur in them which cannot be
accounted for in this way.
"These have been carefully exam
ined by scientific men, and those who
have done so agree 1' .at those phe
nomena indicate forces entirely be
yond our normal powers and it is
practically certain that these forces
are directed by intelligence which
are not of this world. The only ques
tion is, what are these intelligences?
"They pretend to be deceased hu
man souls, and support their preten
sions by what are called "proofs of
identity.' That is they know many
events in the earthly life of those
whom they represent which could not
naturally be known to the medium
or others who had not been acquaint
ed with them personally. But they
fail in other points which ought to
be as well known, if they really were
what they pretend.
"Furthermore, they fail to agree
in their description of their present
state, in their teachings about God,
about Christ, and religious matters
generally. Truth should agree with
itself; falsehood, whether coming
from ignorance or malice, will dis
agree. It, therefore, appears that
these intelligences are not what they
claim to be; and it seems more prob
able that they are deceitful than that
they are ignorant.
"Besides, their control of a medi
um, when habitual, has been known
t- culminate in what is called diabol
ic possession; and in no case does it
seem to have had a good moral ef
"Also, the spirits communicating
seem to have a dread of spirits and
of the rites of the Catholic church. I
know specially of one case in which
a priest, going incognito to a seance
for investigation, was requested by
them not use holy water.
"On account of all these reasons,
as well as of the distinct prohibition
in Scripture (Deut. xviii: 2) of such
performances, which are by no means
merely modern, the church is abso
lutely opposed to them, and considers
them as extremely dangerous to our
Dr. Searle is a man of high scien
tific attainments, and his name is as
sociated with astronomical research
and discovery among savants all over
the world He was formerly a Con
gregational minister in Boston and
has been connected with Harva.rd
tobservatory and with the observa
tory at Georgetown college. He as
serts positively that spirits can be
communicated with through medi
ums, and believes that these spirits
are evil .ones-fallen angels-who
have never inhabited a human body.
Dr. Searle said that in his sermon
that only ignorant persons now deny
the existence of spirits and the pos
sibility of human communication
with them. He is a member of the
Society for Physical Research and a
friend of Father Paupert, who show
ed the "spirit pictures" in his lec
ture before the Catholic club last
"The overwhelming probability,"
said the preacher, "is that the spirits
communication are either devils or
lost human souls subject to devils in
hell. These devils are not confined
in their operation to a local hell. Such
may be the case after general judg
ment, but not now.
Warning his hearers against exper
imenting in this field, Dr. Searle
said in his sermon that endeavor to
ascertain the truth about the depart
ed by means of seances is not only a
waste of time, but extremely dan
gerous. It is prohibited by Divine
command, he said.
HOMAGE TO SNAKES.
Indians Who Feed Babies to and
In spite of tbe fact that a similar
charge was investigated and dismiss
ed by a grand qury some time ago,
another complaint has been filed
with United States District Attorney
Llewellyn, of New Mexico, taat a
tribe of Indians in that territory are
given to the worship of an enormous
serpent, to which is fed the new-born
babes of a puebla in which it is
housed and carefully tended and
The complaint was filed by a Cath
olic priest, who alleges that a dozen
families were segregated from sev
eral pueblas two years ago, and form
ed into a puebla by themselves. Al
though it is known that many chil
dren have been born to these fami
lies, not a child is to found in the
This led the priest to press his in
vestigation. with the result, as al
leged, that he discovered that in-an
adobe house, isolated and closely
guarded, there is an enormous ser
pent, which is worshiped by the In
dians of all the pueblas around, and
that every habe born in the small pu
ehla, and. it is suspected, in many
others, is fed to the serpent.
them for his collection.
About this time Boeck remarked
that he was on very friendly terms
with members of the Newport colo
ny, and he could easily dispose of
$125,000 worth of jewelry and anti
ques if he could get it. Mr. Dayton
took him to Alfred Smith, who has a
jewelry store on Fifth avenue and
Thirty-sixth street, and there, ac
cording to Mr. Dayton, Boeck made
a deal whereby he disposed of a lot
of jewelry. There was some dispute
with Smith over Boeck's commission,
and the latter sued. Only a short
time before he disappeared he got a
judgment for $4,000 against Smith
for his commission.
Afterward Boeck, through his ac
quaintance with Mr. Dayton, secur
ed diamonds and pearls from other
firms, some of which were pawned|
in various loan offices
And Wounded by a Tornado That
IS Quite Heavy as the Tornado
Covered a Big Scope of the Coun
try, Blowing Down Houses, and
Scattering Horses, Cattle and
Fowls Along Its Path. All Crops
Are Seriously Hurt.
A tornado struck the eastern por
tion of Wills Point, Texas, on Mon
day, cutting a swath 200 yards wide
through the town, killing three per
sons and injuring many others. The
Mrs. T. C. Douglass.
Jesse Douglass, 8 years old.
Mrs. McClellan's child.
The tornado came from the south
west and traveled to the northeast.
carying with it portioi of buildings
and other debris like whirling leaves.
Dead horses, cattle and fowls are
scattered along the path of the storm.
A severe rain and electrical storm
swept over northern Texas Monday
night, causing much damage to prop
erty and some loss of life. The.
W. P. Lyon, Ellis county, farmer,
struct by lightning.
Harry Sneed, Rosebud, struct by
A. R. Sanderson, Park Spring,
struct by lightning.
Near Denton eight members of
Wardlow family were injured, one
fatally, when the home was over
turned by wind. Scores of barns and
other small buildings were destroyed.
Many animals were killed.
Six Killed at Emory.
A tornado bore down on Emory,
Texas Monday evening from the
southwest, but suddenly veering to
the west circled the town, killing six
persons and injuring 40 or 50. The
Walter Martin, Mrs. Byrhalter,,
Harvey, three negroes.
Seriously injured: Miss Simmonds,
Miss Cora York, Miss Belle York,
six other white persons and between
30 and 40 negroes were hurt. Emory
is well provided with storm cellars
and to this fact is due the small num
ber of dead.
Every building on the county poor
farm was demolished as well as sev
eral costly residences. The greatest
destruction, however, occurred in the
egro settlement. Many of the in
jured may die.
Death and Destruction.
A tornado struct Gribble Springs
Monday, wrecking 25 houses, killing
two persons and injuring a score.
Dead: Harlos McCloskey, James Mc
Closkey, both children.
Injured severely: James McClos
key, Sr.. father of dead children, may
die; Josie Turpin, may die; Una Jack
son, may die.
The tornado devastated growing
land about two miles wide and sever
al miles long.
WOULD KILL ROOSEVELT.
Rumored That Brother of McKinley
Assassin Was in Canton.
Despite a rumor of doubtful orgin
that Michael Czolgoscz, a brother of
the assasin of President McKinley,
would be in Canton, Ohio, Wednes
day, the funeral of Mrs. McKinley
and the contingent visiting of Presi
dent Roosevelt passed off without in
cident of sinister note.
Taking precautions against the
one chance in a thousand that the
rumor of Czoigoscz's presence was
true, the local police, assisted by se
cret service men from Washington
and Cleveland, exercised the most
alert vigilance during the president's
stay in the city.
No trace whatever was found of
Czolgoscz nor any anarchisj:, although
three strangers to the city were held
in the jail during the president's stay.
There was nothing against them,
however, and they were released.
That the police were taking no
chances was evident by the precan
tions taken at the McKinley home.
All friends and relatives of the Mc
kinley family had to go to their car
riages through the front door.
Crowds had gathered in front of
the place, including a number of men
with cameras, who wished to catch
snap shots of the president. The
original plan had been changed, how
ever, and while the crowd waited on
north Market street the presidential
party was led out of the side door to
carriages waiting on Louis street.
The trip to the cemetary was made
quietly and without incident and 15
minuted ahead of the appointed time
the presidenit reached his car. A
large crowd gathered for a speech,
but the president merely lifted his
hat and wished them "good luck."
Wise and Otherwise.
The good either die young or poor.
A misfit bargain isn't fit for any
Unkind words are always the
Ignorance that pays looks like wis
dom to some peole.
All men are brave until there is a
demand for bravery.
Some men imagine that a moral
wrong is a commercial right.
If you would learn of a man's
good deeds attend his .uneral.
When some people tell the truth
others are able to recognize it.
It takes a lot of good luck to en
able some men to reach the top.
When one man tries to flatter
another he has something to sell.
Most men think they know a lot
more than they know- they know.
People would have but few real
troubles if they didn't try to act
When a man's moral rights go
wrong he begins to talk about his
A man's fool friends cause him al
most as much trouble hs his .wise
It doesn't necessarily follow that a
man is any good just because he's as
ood as his word.
A broad-minded man never looses
any sleep because another man's opin
ions fail to agree with his own.
It is seldom difficult for a man to
get rich after he has acquired the
art of hypnotizing his conscience.
Most people waste a lot of valuable
time telling their troubles to other
people who are not even interested.
DEATH BY FIRE.
Burning of a Villa Causes the Death
Three bodies were extricated at
Long Branch from the ruins of Jacob
Rothchild's villa and one person died
from injuries sustained in the fire
Friday. Eight others were injur
BRYAN WILL WIN.
Champ Clark Says the Common
er is Going to be
Nominated for the Presidency and
That He is Going to Be Elected By
a United Democracy.
A dispatch from Savannah to the
Augusta Chronicle says that Champ
Clark, member of Congress from Mis
souri, can see nothing but Bryan on t
the Democratic horizon. He also be
lieves the Bryan sun is rising, not
setting. He does'nt take much stock
in the "favorite son" idea. He thinks
Bryan is going to be nominated for
president and that he Is going to be
elected by a united Democracy.
Mr. Clark believes the Republicans
are hoplessly dividetd. He thinks
there Is going to be much of a row in
G. 0. P. circles before their candi
date for president Is named and he
would not be surprised to see Roose
velt run again if Taft is turned down
in Ohio. ,
Mr. Clark said: "I don't think the
time has arrived when a Southern
man can be nominated, because the
plain Democrats are for William J.
Bryan. For years I have advocated
the nomination of a Southern man. I
may not have been the pioneer in
that matter, scores of men in the
South who would make tiptop presi
dents, but it seems to me from read
ing and from conversing with the
people of eight or ten states in which
I have lectured since congress ad
journed, that the ranK and file are
for Prya:1, and that he can have the
nomination if he wants it.
"As to platform declarations they
should be thoroughly Democratic and
only Democratic. New fads in the
platform are more likely to weaken
than to strenghten us. The surest
way to win Is to nominate candidates
who are not only Democrats from
skin to core, but whose opinions are
known to place them upon a platform
thoroughly democratic in every plank
We do not propose to buy any more
presidential pigs in pokes."
FOUR NEGROES DROWNED.
Team and Fourteen Occupants Go In
to Swollen Stream.
Four negroes, Mamie Robinson,
Geneva Sellers, Essie Montgomery
and a baby of William Strobles, were
drowned near Moores, Spartanburg
county, Saturday afternoon when a
span of the bridge over the Tyger
river gave away with a mule team
and wagon occupied by 14 negroes,
who were following the remains of a
colored friend to a neighboring ceme
tary for burial.
The wagon containing the corpse
of Mose Lanford, colored, had just
crossed the bridge en: route to the
graveyard some distance beyond. The
corpse was followed by a double mule
Fourteen colored people were in
the wagon and just as the team
reached the middle span of tne bridge
the span gave way and the mules and
its occupants were thrown into the
stream, about 15 feet below. The
river was much swollen by the heavy
rains of Friday and Saturday morn
ing and the wagon floated down
stream. One mule was drowned, the
other being rescued some -distance
down the stream.
KILLED A ROBBER.
Shot to Death in the Home of Mr.
A negro named John McMorris was
shot and instantly killed early Su
day morning in the house of Mr.
Rhett Crawford, who lives about six
miles south of Clinton, near Hope
Mill church, by Mr. John Boyd. Mr.
and Mrs. Crawford heard that some
body had been entering their house.
but had no clue as to who it was.
Sunday morning after they both
went to church and left Mr. John
Boyd and Mr. John Dickert conceal
ed in the house. A short while after
wards a negro came up and unlocked
the front door. Upon entering he
saw Mr. Boyd and Dickert and fired
at them twice, neither shot taking
effect. Mr. Boyd returned the fire,
using a 38 calibre Winchester rifle.
shooting the negro only once, but
killing him instantly. Upon investi
gation a bunch containing fourteen
keys were found on the negro; also
two pistols besides the one he used
in shooting at Boyd.
BOY MANGLED BY TRAIN.
Stanley Farris, 15 Years Old, Struck
By Freight Cars.
A 15-year-old boy named Stanley
Farris, whose home is in Bridgewat
er, N. C., was struck by a train and
almost instantly killed Friday after
noon in the Southern railway yards
at Asheville, N. C.
Farris, who was employed as a
helper to the railroad carpenters in
the yard was crossing the tracks on
his way t dinner, when his hat blew
off. He stooped over the middle of
a track to pick it up, not noticing an
approaching string of freight cars
that were being shoved down the
track toward him. Farris was struck
by the step on the first car and
knocked undler the wheels. The body
was crushed and mangled in a horri
THE ACT OF A DEMON.
Aged Woman Blinded Her Son-i
Law With Acid and Lye.
For apparently no reason at all,
Mrs. Margaret Dorriss, aged 75, of
Chicago. blnded her son-in-law. R. F.
Wilson, by throwing carbolic acid
and a mixture of chloride of lime in
to his face.
He staggered in to a police station
and when officers went immediate
ly to apprehend the woman she was
found dead in a corner of her room
in a flat. Her death s a mystery. She
is thought to have died of the passion
which inspired her dibolical act or
else committed suicide of remorse.
Her daughter. Mrs. Wison, said her
mother must have been insane. She
said there had been no hard feelings1
in the family. Wilson:, sight has
~een destroyed forever.
Went Up and D~own- 1
lie sallied out one pleasant eve i
To call on the fair young miss I
And when he reached her residence
steps . t
Her papa met him at the door, a
He did not see the miss;p
geIl not go back there any more, a
When a woman has no one to talk il
L sh writes a letter.in
HANDLLNG A HUSBAND.
[ere Is a Woman Who Certainly
Bosses the Ranch.
Joseph Bielik, 48 years old, small
.nd meek, was before Magistrate
,inn in Yorkville court on a warrant
btained by his wife. Katherine. who
harged him with abandoning her.
.nd their two children, says the New
ork Herald. The home of the fam
ly is No. 340 East Forty-eighth st.,
When the-magistrate asked Bjelik
-hat he had to say for himself Joseph
ield up a crooked little finger and
ointed to an eye that was out of or
"She did that," he exclaimed
hrough an interpreter, "and she
nakes me sleep under the bed and
eds me on cold vituals. Besides she
s jealous, ar.d when she sees me as
nuch as speak to another woman
he beats me."
"How is this?" demanded Magis
:rate Finn of Katherine. "Do you
jeat your husband?"
"Yes, sometimes," replied the wo
"How often?" persisted the mag
"Whenever he needs it; sometimes
-nly two or three a month, some
ti mes every day. When he is good I
on't beat hm."
"Why do you make him sleep un
der the bed?"
The woman was unable to answer
this question for the fit of laughter
into which It threw her.
Thsn the magistrate asked Joseph
if he was willing to go home with
Katherine. Joseph didn't think he
was, but a truce was finally arranged,
and Joseph will try home life again.
GOOD NEWS TO POSTMASTERS.
Large Number to Have Their Salaries
There ought to be many happy
postmasters throughout South Caro
lina on account of an announcement
made by the postoffice department
the other day. That is that after the
first of July postmasters in the places
that are named below will receive
the amounts apportioned to their re
spective offices as follows, this in
crease being due to the annual ad
justments of salaries now going on:
Office From to
Aiken.. ........$2,100 $2,200
Allendale . . 1,100 1,200
Anderson........ 2,500 2,600
Barnwell .....,. 1,400 1,500
Batesburg .. .. .... 1,300 1,400
Belton .. .. .. .. 1,200 1,400
Bennettsville . 1,800 1,900
Bishopville. ..... 1,300 1,400
Blackburg.. .......1,000 1,100
Blackville...... 1,400 1,300
Chester........ 2,100 2,200
Clemson College.... 1,400 1,500
Columbia...... 3,200 3,300
Conway........ 1,300 1,500
Denmark. . ......1,200 1,300
Dillon.. 1....-...1,600 1.700
Edgefield.. .....-1,400 1,500
Florence......... 2,100 2,300
Gaffney.. ..1......1,800 2,000
Greenvillle ...... 2,800 3,000
Greenwood .. .. .. 2,300 2,400
Kingstree. ....--..1,200 1,300
Lancaster.. .......1,600 1,700
Leesville........ 1,000 1,100
Lexington .. .. .... 1,000 1,100
Manning.. ..1.....1,400 1,500
Marion......-.- -1,700 1,800
Mullins. .....-...1,300 1,400
Newberry. ........2,100 2,200
Spartanburg. ......2,800 2,900
Timmonsville. .. .. ..1,400 1,500
Union.... .. . . .-.2,000 2,100
Westminster. .. .. ..1.,200 1,300
Married a Woman One-Fifth His
Cupid has been hunting for big
game in Georgia. The god's unerr
ing shaft has transfixed the heart of
the champion mastodonic Elk of the
W. T. -Brinson, of. Waycross, who
weighs 570 pounds, is six feet four
inches tall, and as strong as an ox,
was married last week to 'a young
lady from Seperton, who weighs 105
pounds, is four feet six inches tall
and 22 years of age, one half the age
of her husband. She measures half
as much around her waist' as he does
about the Knee.
Mr. Brinson, who is a wealthy tur
entine dealer, had to do his courting
~y mail. The trains that might have
carried him to the home of his fi
.nance were too small for him. At
any rate he could not have enjoyed
his visit, as he would have had to
sit on the floor or stand all the time.
A team of mules cannot move
Brinson on a steady pull if he hauls
on the reins. The only power found
o far that can handle him is his 105
F'atally W1ounds Two W~hite Cinvicts
Babb Brown and William Hyde,
two white convicts of Pickens county,
were fatally injured in a dynamite
explosion, a few miles from Easley,
Thursday afternoon and are lying at
.ie point of death.
Six dynamite sticks had been plac
ed under a stump in a roadway for
the purpose of blowing it out and the
fuses were lighted, but after several
minutes' wait, the men, thinking that
the fuses had failed to burn, went to
the stump to relight them when the
explosion occurred, blowing Brown
20 or 30 feet away.
Hyde was also hurt to about the
same extent as Brown, and physi
eians who are in attendance express
no hope of ether's recovery. The ac
cident was due to carelessness on the
part of the men who were injured.
SUMMER STILL FAR AWAY.
Weather Bureau Offers No Prospects
of Warmer Weather.
Weather bureau offcials at Wash
ington, D. C., say there is no imme
diate prospect of summer weather
anywhere. Remarkably unreasonab
ble weather characterizes all reports
hroughot the country east of the
Frost warnings are being issued
aily to points east, west and north.
~eavy frosts ai-e reported from Mich
igan and states along the Great
Lakes. The cold wave continues in
Not since 1862 has the atnormal
eather been approached in this part
>f the globe. IL s five degrees below
e normal for the month and this
ncludes the temperature for the ear
y part of the month, when a warm
rave swept the country.
A subscriber onde received a dun
hrough the postoffice, and it made
im mad. He went to see the editor
bout it, and the editor showed him
few duns of his own-one for pa
er, one for tppe, onie for fuel and
everal others. "Now," said the edi
or, "I didn't get mad when these
ame because I knew that all I had:
a do was to ask sevei-al reliable gen-1
tmen like you to come and help
ee out, and then I could settle all of i
riem." When the subecribersaw how i
;was he relented, paid up and re-1
KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS,
['he Grand Lodge Had -a Pleasnt
Meeting at Anderson.
The twenty-first anaai conven
ion of the Grand Lodge, Knights of
?ythias, was held in Anderson last
reek. The meeting was- one of the
argest ever held in this State. Much
>usiness of importance to .Pythianlnsm
n South Carolina has been disposed
)f, possibly the most important thing
3eing the decision to establish a
nonthly Pythian Journal.
The following officers were elected
'or the ensuing year:
Mendel L. Smith, of Camden,
L. S. Mattison; of Columbia, vice
grand ch:1 ncellor.
Prof. A. G. Rembert, of Wofford
oollege, Spartanburg, grand prelate.
Dr. J. 11. ThornWell, of Fort Mill,
grand keeper of records and seal.
Wilson G. Harvey, of Charleston,
grand master of exchequer.
J. L. Reeves, of Branchville, grand
The representatives to the su
preme lodge, which meets in Boston
in 1908, are Gen. M. L. Bonham of
Anderson, Col. B. A. Morgan of
Greenville and Col. Edmund Bacon
Memorials were adopted on Knights
A. C. Mustard of Charleston, J. M.
Knight of Sumter and James Thayer
of Charleston, who died the past
DON'T- EAT QUAIL.
Pathologist Says They Con~n Dead
ly Disease Bacilli.
That bacilli of the most dangerous
variety lurk in the organs of the6
quail has been announced by Dr.. Geo -
Byron Morse, of the division of path-J'
ology, Bireau of Animal Industry; at
A morsel of the flesh of, a bird in
fected v. ith the. disease, called ,epi
zootic, will kill the strongest.man
No antidote has been found and until
more is leailed of the malady, it is
considered dangerous to eat quail.
Experiments with guinea pigs'and'
mice fed on the infected birds invar
iably caused death. It is said: that it
is difficult to tell when a bird lain
fected, for the- flesh 'looks .natural
and healthy. The disease is~ saidAO.
be .similar to that w.hi'h breaks out
among grouse in England.
It is very hard to get the farmrasi
to stand together, but-- we are glad
to know that some of them have
made up their milids to put an endto
this and have gone to work intelli
gently to protect their .interests.
There are two great orgnimtiaof
firmers in the country, both based
upon a determination to give to the7.
man who takes life'snecessities from -
the soil a fair return for his wo.
Hitherto the farmer alone has had
nothing whatever to say about the
price to be paid forhat he actualley
Some man in Liverpool, some mill.
owner in the North, might settle the
price that the Southern cotton'grow
er must take per bale of cotton.
Some other man, thousands of fifles
away, could'settle the price that the
Western farier should baye for his
grain. The farmer alone had nothinig.
to say about it. Therdiroadsdecid
ed what they should harge him.
Trusts decided on their extortions.
Tariff builders decided what tax the
farmer's wife arid daghe should.
pay on their dresses. But the farmer
was forbidden to havgeny say inix
ing the price of-histkoods.
This is td'end, and wecongratulate'
the country on it. Thefarmersof the
country are the backbone of 'the.
country. They develop the-nation's
real wealth, whichi is the wealthi of
the soil. .They are entitled to afull
share of that wealthiand of'the na
tional prosperity. By combination"
by insi ting on fair prices for their
cotton, their wheat and their other
crops. And by refusing to sell the
non-perishable products except for
a fair price, they have alreadyadded
tens of millions to the annual return
from the farms. They will add tens
and hundreds of millions niore an
nually as their unions increase in
The isolated human being, wheth
er he be farmer or mechanic, is at
the mercy of every form of greed
and cunning. -The farmer has too'
long plowed, harrowed, sown, reap
ed, swae and. fretted to build
up bank accounts for others, and pay
interest on mortgages. We are glad'
that he has decided, By Union, to
keep for himself and Ihis family,
which means for the people of Amer
ica that to which they are entitled.
What are our farmers doing to help
along this grand work? Every man
should do his duty by helping ~along
the good work.
Gambling at Ball Games.
Chief among the "knockers" of a
baseball team are a few tin-horn
sports who have lost about $2 on. a
game. This sort of' a'calamity is so
acute to this class of individuals that
they at once get out their hammers
anbegin to pound. The loss of $2
is in their eyes decidedly the worst
feature of a game dropped by the
home team. In other words, theii in
terest is promoted by a very low or
der of selfishness.
.We agree with the Spartanburg
Journal that those guilty of this
would do well to quit gambling on
baseball games. Baseball is not a
gambling sport anyhow, and only- in
the small cities and towns is any bet
ting done on it. In the big leakues
baseball is as clean of gambling as
tennis or golf, and it should be so
here. It would help the attendlance
at the games.
There is a state law, besides a city
ordinance, against betting and any
body who indulges in it on the ball
field is committing a dime.- Let the
sheriff or his deputy or the police
give attention to the open proposals
to bet and the open declarations of
having bet that can be heard on the
stands and make cases against a few
of the sports whose grief is so poig
nant when they lose a couple of dol
A little vigilance will rid the ball
field of any open betting and most of
the cheap skate gamblers will not bet
at all unless they can do it with a
flourish and a show. We are satisfi
ed that very little betting is done
here, but even that little should be
stopped by the authorities and the
base ball management. It will tend
o popularize the game and gain the
support of many who do not believe
Baseball is intended for wholesome
uuseent and recreation, not for
rambling. If you 'mt tn gamble,
;hrow heiads and taiW and. k.:ee quiet
bout it. If you have any money
rou tink you can afford to lose, go
>ay you1r debts before risking it.
nyway, keep your disgusting mix
ure of sordid greed and cheap note
jety ottof the clean sport that is
rovided for the people of rge~