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VOL. XXI. MANNING, S. C., WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 1907. NO. 44.
DEEP LAID PLOT
Of Blackmailers to Extort Money
or Murder Victims.
DEATH WAS RESULT
Of Refusal to Pay Sum Demanded
By the Blackmailers--One Rich
Merchant Was Killed for Refusing
to Pay-He Was One of the Ten
Men to Be Killed If They Did Not
Pay Up Promptly.
Seeking a motive for the murder of
H. S. Travshanjian, the A-nenian
rug merchant, of New York, the dis
trict attorney's office was led to an
investigation of a report that Trav
shanjian was one of ten wealthr Ar
menians who had been marked for
slaughter if they failed to giVeVC up
$10,000 each to a blackmailing band
of their countrymen. No color was
given to this theory by Pedros Ham
pertzoomian, who killed the rug man.
when the prisoner wa3 arrained
last week. In court he maintained a
stolid indifference, waived examina
tion, and was remanded to the coron
er. Later he made a statement to a
representative of the district attorney
In this he declared that he had come
from Chicago for the express purpose
of killing Tavshanjian, but the crime
was justified by no one and no other
person or socitey was involved.
From other sources carefully pro
tected by the authorities, came infor
mation 'of a startling character and
said to be accurate. This is to the
effect that a secret society of Armen
ians, originally organized for what
the members held to be patriotic.
though revolutionary purposes, had
degenerated into an instrument for
blackmail. The organization had dis
banded, while the better elements
witadrew from all connection with
The killing of Tavshanjian and the
others, it is stated, was planned more
that a year ago. They received let
ters which they interpreted as mean
ing that they must pay or take the
consequences. The threatened men
discussed the matter at a meeting ar
ranged to decide what they should
do. Tavshanjian was present. A
number of the merchants were in
favor of acceding to the demand.
"Better give them money and
live," they said.
"No," said Tavshanjian. As a mat
ter of principle we should not pay.
You can do as you will. They will
get nothing from me."
Mr. Cambere, Tavshanjian's secre
tary, visited the attorney's office, and
there declared that the death of his
employer grew out of attempted
"There is no government here,"
cried Cambere excitedly. I cannot
understand why you have such Taws.
In Turkey they would have rounded
them all up. This man who commit
ted the murder is only the dupe in
the hands of a band of blackmailers."
Cambere gave Assistant District
Attorney Smythe a list of wealthy Ar
menians who he said had been forced
to pay blackmail to this band.
"This is the work of an Armenian
in this city who is the worst man in
the world," said a prominent Armen
ian . "He has been responsible for
many murders and lesser crimes~ and
too cowardly to commit them him
self.- He gets men of small intellect
to do the work for him by making~
them believe that they are working
for their country."
Another well-toldo Armenian said:
"A priest who tried to fight the band
was murdered in Odessa. Father
Kasper 'Vartarian, killed in New York
was another victim."
KILLED IN SELF DEFENCE. 1
Young White Man Forced to Kill a
A special dispatch from Spring
field to The State says Monroe Gantt,
a young white man of this commun
ity. shot to death John Jackson, col
ored Wednesday afternoon at the saw
mill of his brothers. Gantt surrender
ed to Judge Corbett.
According to reports Gnatt states
that some days ago his brothers em
ployed a negro by the name of Sterl
ing Matthews. It seems that Mat
thews was under contract to work
for Jackson and left him. Wednesday
evening Jackson took his repeating
rife and went down to the mill and
got into a difficulty with Matthews.
during which he attempted to shoot
himantt, it is claimed, interfered orI
attempted to prevent Jackson from
shooting when he turned the gun on
Gantt, who grasped the barrel and
barely escaped a shot fired by Jack
son. Gantt then drew his pistol and
shot Jackson as above stated.
Gant' has a large family who. with
his frienlds, regret the occurrence.
Wife Of One of Pittsburg's Wealthy
Men Tire of Life.
After charming her nurse with the
beauties of one of Chopin's nocturnes
and then asking her to go out on the
porch so as to enjoy the music more.
Mrs. Margaret J. King, a prominent
society woman. of Pittsburg, took ad
vantage of her absence by commit
tigsiide. When the nurse from
te porch heard that the niusic had
topd she feared trouble and has
tone insde. She could not find Mrs.
tnd msy er- until at last she dis
covere ayhere ithe cellar with her
erenearly hacked off wth a razor.
Mrsne . -ing secretary of the J.
.Eusen Ho l ay which was
tC e Rgst Sof its pani the world,
had rest returned from a hospi
a wreny shethad been suffering
from whervoush p-ostration. As she
from gvnrvospells of despondency.
a trained nursehabenngedt
keep close watch over her. .
GOT FIVE YEARS.
Womanl Defrauded Members of W~ell
At London rs JosephareLsi
was found guilt on th che owne
frauding members o ell nowsn
tencede to fiv year epenal servitude.
tnser o son to represent her
sel was ahend ofst3. Pierpont Morgan
an declared that he guided her in
SAYS HE IS INSANE.
Operator on Ship Asks Police To
Meet Him at Pier.
Looses Mind While on Voyage and
Twice Attempts Suicide, Second
Time Jumping Overboard.
After sending a wireless message
telling of his own insanity, John H.
Quinn, De Forest wireless operator
on the New York and Porto Rican
'liner Coamo, was met at the pier
when the ship arrived at New York
by the police and sent to his home at
Bayonne, where he is recovering his
Quinn made two attempts to com
mit suicide by jumping in the sea.
one at Aguadilla, where man eating
sharks abounded.. His condition was
noticed as the ship was leaving San
Juan, when he paced the deck and
talked to himself, at the same time
making the wildest motions with his
arms. Suddenly he rushed to the
rails and laped over. First Officer
Bernard Olsen jumped in and, after
a fight rescued the crazed man.
Quinn made no effort to sink, but
swam about still talking to himself.
He was put in irons, and a passenger
who knew a little about wireless tele
graphy, sat at his post.
Quinn recovered so fr seemingly.
that at Aguadilly Capt. L. J. Dalton
took the irons off and confined him in
a room. It was only a little while
till he crawled through a small hole
and once more leaped overboard
right among the hungry sharks.
Seconc Oticer Coughlin went af
ter him this time and dragged him
back. He rzs 'again ironed.
When the Coamo reached Quaran
tine Quinn was wild-eyed. but ration
al in a way. Capt. Dalton went to
him with a singular request.
"Quinn," he said, "we're your
friends, but you can't take care of
yourself. The man at your job can't
send a mesage, and I want you to
send it. It's about you, too, and you
mustn't be angry. I want you to
have a policeman meet you. That's
, good boy."
Quinn never moved a muscle. In a
moment.; however, he got up and
tarted for the telegraph tower.
rhere, while half a dozen men guard
d him, he flashed these words:
"Quinn, wireless operator aboard
oamo, off Quarantine, insane. Con
ne in room; not responsible for ac
ions. Need police help at Pier No.
5. Brooklyn. on arrival."
The crazed operator then faced his
uards and said: "I've done my duty,
The operator at the De Forest sta
ion at No. 42 Broadway. was startl
d. He flashed back this message.
"Who's sending this?"
And Quinn, with a queer grin on
is face, replied: "Quinn, himself."
The man was then again locked in
is room and guarded. When the
)oat tied up at her pier, Quinn's
)rother James, was there with police
en from the Hamilton avenue sta
The operator made no resistance
Lnd seemed rational. James took him
iome. He Is twentw-two years old,
Lnd one of the best wireless men in
SERIES OF QUEER FIRES.
seven Occurred in Two Hours in a
Home of U'nion.
According to the Union Progress
'emarkable series of seven unusual
nysterious, even uncanny fires oc
,urred Wednesday night in the short
;pace of an hour and a half at the
uome of Mr. John Wix of Buffalo.
It seems that about 7:30 it was
iscovered that there was a fire in
.ne of the up-stairs rooms. The fire
'as in a bed and by the time all the
nattresses and bed clothing were
;otten to and thrown out, they were
After everything had apparently
Ieen extinguished much to the sur
,rise of everyone, in about fifteen
'ninutes the odor of something burn
ng was again noticed. Investigation
~howed that a bed in the same room.
)ut entirely apart from the one burn
d, was ablaze. This was thrown
ut and a through search of ev'ery
thing was then made. No traces of
autches or burning material seemed
Hardly had everything .settled
own easy when again attention was
ittracted by smoke. and it was found
hat the inside of a dresser in the
ame room was ablaze, and almost
Following this mysterious fire in
few minutes attention was drawn
o another room. in a closet which
ad been shut up for some time. and
vhich was apparenltly closed, and in
his the bedclothing and clothes were
'ound to be burning.
While this was being puit out the
ed down stairs was found to be
blaze. Following this in a few min
utes the fire was discovered in one
-loset and after it was distinguished
pparently altogether, another place
~as discovered in the closet to be
Th is morning at 11 :30 when Mr.
Wix was telephoned to to confirm the
lcations, time and occurrence of this
fire, it was found that he was having
till another and his eighth fire in a
down stairs room, and that he was
at that moment at home attempting
to put it out.
For a while it was not known
whether the fire was caused by in
stantaneous comnbustion on account
of the continued intense heat, but at
noon Thursday Mr. Wix saye that he
has just discovered a few stumps 0f
matches. so it seems that these eight
ires were caused by little rodents
who seemed determined to burn his
aome andl all its c'ontents. As it is.
his loss amounts to over $100, par
tially covered by insurance.
VERY SAD CASE.
1ADemented Woman Hang Six Chil
dr'en and Herself.
Grief-stricken bythe receipt of a
notification that her services would
not be required after the end of the
month, Mrs. Neilson, a hoousekeeper
for a land-owner named Ullkjaer, of
Jutland, Holland, Wednesday hanged
three of her employers' children as
well as three of her own, and then
kille hersef by hanging.
LOST AT SEA.
An Appalling Marine Disaster
North of San Francisco.
ONE HUNDRED LOST.
A Large Passenger Steamer Rammed
by a Large Lumber Vessel-Peo
pie on Both Vessels Were Asleep
When the Crash Came-Many Wo
men Perish, But Many of the Men
A dispatch from San Francisco
says in one of the worst marine dis
asters in the history of California be
tween one hundred and fifty lives
were lost as far as has been learned
by a midnight collision between the
steamer Columbia and the steam
lumber schooner San Pedro in Shel
ter Cove, twelve miles south of the
Medocino-Humboldt County line, be
tween 12 and 1 o'clock Monday. The
few details known here brought by
the steamer Roanoke and the steam
schooner Daisy Mitchell, which ar
rived in San Francisco Monday fore
The Columbia, a 300-foot steel ves
sel of the San Francisco and Portland
Steamship company, while bound
from San Francisco for Portland,
Ore., with 189 passengers and a crew
of sixty, collided with and was ram
med by the San Pedro, a 170-foot
wooden steamer, south-bound,' for
San Francisco. The sea was smooth,
but the weather was foggy. The
San Pedro looming out of a mist a
few lengths away, bore down on
the Columbia at high-speed, despite
frantic efforts to clear. With a grind
ing crash, the San Pedro sank her
stem fully ten feet into the Colum
bia's port bow.
Nearly all of the Columbia's pas
sengers and many of her crew were
asleep in their cabins and bunks
when the crash came. As the San
Pedro backed away the sea poured
in through the ragged hole in the
Columbia's bow above and below the
water line, and in five minutes the
Columbia sank to the bottom, the
deep waters of the shelter Cove cov
ring over the tops of the Columbia's
masts. The story of that five minu
es is yet to be told and as it is told
by some survivors the facts of the
:ragedy can be but guessed at.
According to J. S. Flynn, a pas
enger on the Roanoke, Capt. Doran,
f the Columbia, succeeded in launch
ng four life boats and two rafts be
tore the Columbia sank. Flynn is
luoted as saying that eighty-eight
jassengers, all men, got away in that
anner, and were saved; that Capt.
)oran acted with great coolness in
he face of death and went down with
lis ship. Flynn is further quoted as
aing that none of the hundred odd
Vomen passengers were caved.
Shortly after the collision the
teamers Roanoke and George W.
der and the steam schooner Daisy
l1itchell, all south-bound, came on
he scene and stood by. The Elder
ook the San Pedro in tow and the
atest reports announce their arrival
.n Eureka. The stem of the San 1
'edro was smashed to splinters, one
)f her masts was snapped off at the
eek and she was settling and had
theavy list when taken in tow. Capt.
iansen remained on board. .
The Daisy Mitchell offered assist
tnce to the Elder, but this was de
lined. She picked up a life boat
pd a raft of the Columbia and
rought them to San Francisco.
Near the scene of the wreck the
Roanoke picked up a life raft and
ound underneath it the dead body
f a passenger, supposed to be Ed
ard Butler, of Portsmouth, N. H.
The officers of the Mercantile Ex
hange in San Francisco and of the
arious newspapers have been be
eiged since early morning by rela
ives and friends of the Columbia's
>ss.,ngers, but the insistent and
earful requests for information of
he victims and the rescued remain
Linsatisfied. Beyond the reported
acts that .Butler was drowned and
hat Capt. Doran went down with his
hip no details of casualities have
Assistant President Frye, of the
teamship company, said that the Col
tub ia lies in deep water and fifteen
mles off shore, and that for the pre
ent at least no attempt will be made
to raise her.
Capt Doran was regarded by the
officers of the San Franciso and Port
land Steamship company as one of
h ablest seamen who ever operated
aessel on the coast. His career had
een free from accident, and this is
hee first disaster that has befallen
ny vessel over which he held com
WOMAN FOUNI) DEAD).
Ad Her Husbantd Found Uncon
scious in Rear of Flat.
At Chicago on Thursday Mrs.
Eanuel Bloom was mysteriously
stabbed and killed in her apartnments.
er husband was found unsconscious
on the ground in the rear of the flat,
evidently having jumped from their
flat on the third floor. Bloom called a
dotor about 1 o'clock and told him
his wife was ap~parently dying from
a stab wound in the abdomen. The
dotor found her dead and notified
the police, who found Bloonm on the
ground in the rear' of the fiat.
A ;ENERAL SLAUGHTER.
Danish People Expect to Kill Eight
Because the rats which infest the
fields and houses are doing .great
daamge to crops and seriously injur
in na- thing in other ways.
te Danih governmenlt has offered
aar:of two cents for every dead
adrewar 'rought to the specially ap
l~itd office. Already the populace
point ki1ad at a rate of more than
has ki aaand it is thought that
beore ae da is out over 8,000.000
will have takenthsaejuny
NINE MEN KILLED.
Harbor Strikers and Police Have
Fight in Buenos Ayres.
Nine men have been killed and
maay injured in a fight at Bahia
Blnaca Buenos Ayres, between the
---o strikers and the police.
Loss of Life Much Greater Than
Animals Rush Under Trees and Are
Caught-Men Also Forget It Is
Unsafe Under Field Shelter.
Lighning has done a great deal of
damage in different parts of the State
this summer. Many people have been
killed by It and many animals have
been killed. People ought to use the
ordinary precaution to protect them
selves from the deadly bolit. It is
very foolish to expose yourself to
lightning, when it is so easy to go in
a house and out of danger. Some
eople think it cowardly to try and
protect yourself from lightning. but
it is not. It is just as sensible to
avoid the lightning bolt as it is to
get out of the way of an oncoming
train or anything else that might
In America there is no raeans for
ascertaining precisely what is the
amount of damage done by lightning.
This much also is certain, that
scarcely a day passes but the news
papers contain accounts of strokes of
ightning which have prove: fatal to
man or beast. In France, Germany
and England complete statictics are
kept of all fatalities with the view
to reducing the number if possible.
To accomplish this end it has been
recommended to attach iron rods to
the trunk of trees with one end near
the top and the other running into
the ground. Lightning rods are also
recommended for all buildings. The
object is to have the electricity from
the clouds conducted to the earth
without the terrific force of the bolt
jumping from the sky to the earth
brough the air without a conductor.
Cattle and sheep are killed in the
reatest numbers by lightning. The
reason assigned for this is that they
un for trees as soon as they see a
storm coming. Trees are conductors
f electricity, but are not so good as
,be body of an animal or a man. The
result is that when the current com
ng down the tree and finds a better
onductpr it leaves the trunk and
jumps into the body of the living
reatures under the tree. Men as
%ell as animals have failed to learn
,hat it is dangerous to be under a
:ree in electrical storms, as it is
videnced by the number of fatali
According to the lightning rod con
erence held a few years ago in Lon- i
Ion, the solid rod is the best sort of I
>onductor. Such a rod should be in
)ne piece and run from the top of
he tree to the ground. - The same
hould be used on houses: The re
ult would be that whea animals
un under a tree in a thunderstorm
hey would not be rushing into great
danger. The rod would. also be a
rotection to men who forget and go
inder trees in similar storms. The
ron rod should 'e pointed. The t
ightning rod is :ntended to carry I
.ectricity from the earth to the C
ouds or from the clouds to the
arth, as the case may be. without E
ny disturbances in the surroundings
[f the rod.
ighitnig Flash Revealed Big Ele
phant Before Her.
Mrs. Fanny Mercier died early
h'ursday morning from aa attack of t
Leart disease brought onl by sudden
right when the huge head of an ele
hant loomed up during a fiash of1
ightning under a covered bridge at t
ethel, Maine.. C
A circus was in town, and just be
ore the show ended a thunderstorm t
ipped some of the canvas and knock-1
d a few of the tent poles down. A
reat many of thle spectators soughtC
efuge from the downpourr under the
overed bridge, and among them wasC
rs. Mercier, who was in an auto-a
nobile with some friends.
The circus men started thme ele
ants and camels for tihe train as
oon as the spectators left the ground
Lnd the line of animals filed into the
ridge unseen by many of the people
ho sought refuge there. The big
lephat of the lot found the automo
ile in front of him and putting his
ead against it, pushed it to one side
> o make a p)assage for himself. 1
The occupants of the machine did
ot know what was happening until a
;lare of lightning dispelled the gloom
nd when Mrs. Mercier saw the head
ff the elephant she gave a scream
nd fainted. Two physicians attend
dd her during the night, but she did
ot recover consciousnkess
les Considerable Damage in City
of Augusta, Ga.
A terrific wind, rain and lightning
torm passed over Augusta at 7:30
'lock Thursday night doing such
aamge to electric wires that the
itty was in darkness and all electric
urrent turned off. Trees through
ututthe western section of the city
overed the streets with debris.
Damage to the electric company is
roughly estimated by an offcial at
$13,000. Five hundred telephones
were burned out. Roofs of several
biding were rep)orted torn off.
ightning set fire to the residence
of . ODowd and it was impossible
oourn in an alarm. the wires being
down. From the companies which re
sponded four firemen were injured by
TRIED) TO WRECK TRAIN.
wo Young Negro Boys Charged
With Serious Crime.
Two little negro hoys, aged ten
and eleven, were placed in the ceumty
jail at Fayetteville. N. C.. Thursda~y
charged with attempting to wreck a
passenger train. Sunday afa'rnoonl
on the Atlantic Coast Line, fourteen.
miles south of that city. Crosties
placed on the track were discovered
by the engineer in time to prevent a
Two Men Killed and Several Wound
edl in Ohio.
To men were kille e se:
ioly injured by the ... scaf
folding upon some wor ;. tts
burg and Conneaut d. .. sday.
The dead are:
A. Matson and B. Hu.ax, of Cleve
and, srtural iron workers.
Commander Hansen Is Charged
With Gross Inhumanity.
Many More Lives Could Have Been
Saved if He Had Taken on More
A dispatch from San Francisco
says after the tales of heroism sur
rounding the Columbia wreck-the
glorious death of Captain Doran, and
the self-abnegation of the girl May
belle Watson- comes the other side
of the disaster.
A charge of gross inhumanity and
the sacrifice of many lives has for
mally been made against' Captain
Hansen of the San Pedro. by the
third officer, Robert Hawes of the
Columbia. It has been made to LocAl
It is part of the record of the Uni
ted States. If that charge be true,
the women of San Francisco would
be justified in meting out to Captain
Hansen the fate of Captain Ireson,
of Marblehead, celebrated in song:
Old Flud Ireson, for his hard beart,
Tarred and feathered, and carried
in a cart,
By the women of Marblehead.
Ireson sailed away from a sinking
Now comes the accusation in so
many words that Captain Hansen
was the cause of many men and wo
men, struggling in the water by re
fusing to take any more of-the res
cued on the San Pedro--a steamer
that could not sink because she car
ried a cargo of lumber.
The fearful charge is calmly made
under oath by Third Mate Hawse.
Ie solemnly says to Captain Bolles
that he brought a boat load of rescu
d passengers up to the San Pedro
nd requested that they be taken
are of. He declares that he was
net wth a refusal- to receive any
ore of the Columbia's passengers.
"I repeatedly asked them to take
:he women-one of whom was half
taked and delirious," says Hawsc in
tis sworn statement.
Such an appeal would ordinarily
nelt the heart of bronze, but Hawse
eclares that the man in command
Af the San Pedro refused to shelter
.ny more passengers of the sinking
,olumbia. Then comes the fearful
"If the San Pedro had taken these
)assengers, I could have saved many
Hawse says his boat was so full he
eared to take any more in It, lest it
,e swamped. He saw many more
nen and women struggling in the
ater and all he needed was his
mpty boat to go to their assistance.
That is a dreadful accusation for
aptain Hansen to face, particularly
hen his steamer is safe in the harbor
f Eureka and the photographs show
hat she could have taken away many
nore men and women aboard with
ut endangering the lives of any.
But Third Officer Hawse does not
top with his charge against Captain
ansen. He has a sea dog's con
empt for the men whom he rescue.d
. is boat and did not show any evi
Lnce of chivalry in the hour of hero
sn. One of the four women he had
icked up was out of her head. All
he women were scantily attired but
bree of them were heroines, and
awse in his sworn statement, says:
"I desire to speak in the highest
erms of praise in regard to the three
Loble women and in lowest terms of
ontemat for the men passengers who
ould ~not inconvenience themselves
make the lot of the women more
And then come a tribute all around
o the man who was on his bridge
hen through a fog and not in bed,
s5 was Captain Hansen. This tribute
omes from all sides to Captain Peter
)oran who did everything that a man
ould do to save the people, and then
vent down with his ship to his death
ather than crowd some of his pas
engers from a life boat or a raft.
)ne Man Killed and Two Others
Hurt in Auto.
Dr. J. T. Killebbrew, one of the
uiost prominent of the younger phy
;icians of Mobile Ala., was ground to
)ieces under the wheels of a moving
reight train, Perrin Bestora, a prom
nent young attorney was seriously,
d W. P. Horn, a well known. bus
ness man, was slightly Injured in an
mtolobile accident Thursday after
They w' a driving in an automo
le and when crossing a railroad
rack the approaching train was
een. Although the automobile
rossed the track, Dr. Killebrew
jumped and was caught beneath the
heels of the train.
Dr. Killebrew was president of the
bob~ile County Medical society, a lec
urer on the diseases of women in the
Jniversity of Alabama and an assist
tt in the Ingo--Bondurant infirmary
t Mobile. He was born and reared
tt Nashville, Tenn.
'o Prevent Coliission With a Pas
Engine No. 74 con the Richmond.
rredericksb urg and Potomac railroad
was erailed at Fredericksburg, Va.,
Thursday, pinning Engineer Reuben
O~rien beneath it. The locomotive
was purposely ditched in order to
prevent it from crashing into a pas
enger train on th~e bridge crossing
the Rappahannock river at that place.
Had a collission occurred, the pas
senger train on a portion of it, prob
ly would have gone into the river
and the death and injiury of many of
the passengers would have resulted.
OBrien was seriously but not fatally
Cusing the Death of Three Men by
Three men were burned to death
Fiday by an explosion in a powder
house at Two Lick coal mine near
Clarksbrg. W. Va.
D~eshla Barnets, age 23, single,.f If
Nicolina Plenorites, 21, single, of
Benwood, W. Va.
Frank Goff, 21, single. Clarksburg.
The powder ignited from a pipe
one of the men were smoking. The
buidin was demolished.
As Described by Two People Who
Were on the Columbia.
DROWNED LIKE RATS.
Mrs. Leidell Who Was On IIl Fated
Columbia Relates of Drownings
and Perils of the Night on Raft
Graphic Description of the Sinking
Told by Chief Engineer Jackson
Screams of Doomed Were Awful.
The Pacific Coast Steamship com
pany's passenger steamer Pomona ar
rived in San Francisco from Eureka
at 10:30 Thursday, bringing from the
latter place one of the surviving pas
sengers of the wrecked steamer Col
umbia and the thirty two members of
the Columbia's crew, who were saved
out of her total complement of 59
The passenger is Mrs. 0. Leidell, of
The crowd was made to stand back
and keep a lane open while the Pom
on'a passengers came ashore. Each
was stopped at the foot of the gang
plank and asked excitedly "were you
a passenger upon the Columbia?"
With one exception the answer was
The exception was Mrs. Leidell.
Clothed from head to foot in a dark
brown ulster and her features hidden
by a brown veil tied over her hat and
under her chin, she came falteringly
down the gang plank and made her
way uncertain through the crowd.
She held her hankerchief to her face
as she walked and when asked by
newspaper men for a recital of her
experience, she broke into tears and
turned, shaking her head.
"I don't want to say anything, I
on't want to talk," she murmured.
Later Mrs. Leidell consented to
talk and in describing her experience
"When the crash came I got out
>f my stateroom. Every one was ex
cited--every one except the captain.
He stood on the bridge, his arms ex
tended, begging the passengers to be
ool. The crew stood at the boat..
cutting away at the lines that held
them. There was no chance to lower
them. All who could piled into the
boats. Lots of people jumped over
he side, trying to climb onto bits of
wood which were floating in the wa
er. I did not have time to think,
ran to the side. There under the
ide was a raft. There was nobody
n it. I jumped and struck on the
'aft. Other women got on it also.
)ne crawled from the water, others
jumped from the boat.
"Then the Columbia went down,
bow first. The raft drifted around
tnd water washed over us. Two wo
nenaand a little child were washed
)ff and I never saw them again. One
woman was left. Her hold was weak.
3he begged me to help her. I tried
o hold her on, but I was too weak.
5he died before my eyes. Oh! I can't
orget that. I'll never forget that.
he drowned and I~ could not help
er. Who she was I don't know.
>ow and then I got a glimpse of an
)ther raft or boat. We got some
ieces of wood after awhile and used
:hem for oars, and finally-it must
save been hours afterward-we
limbed on the San Pedro. It was a
;errible climb up her side.
"Men helped, but I felt so odd and
weak I never thought I would get
3ver it. T'he waves kept striking 'w
r us. Wu were dripping wet, and it
was so cold. On the San Pedro we
were sitting on two little narrow
ieces of lumber. Suddenly a wave
:arried away the lumber we were sit
"We managed to stay on the ship.
iowever, but there were some who
;ot that far, who got no further, for
without any warning, the rear mast
)f the San Pedro gave away and
swept several into the sea. One or
two were brought back alive, but of
:he others we saw nothing. And the
larkness hanging over everythin~g
nade it terrible. We did not know if
the San Pedro would hold together.
although the officers and crew did
heir best to cheer us up. The day
broke. The fog still hung low, and
the light only appeared gradually,
ut then we could see who was saved,
and who was not. That sight I
an't tell you about it. Everything
about it was so desolate and dismal.
nd then the Elder came up. They
ot us aboad, cared for us. and at
Sureka I secured the only remaining
berth on the Pomona to come back
Chief Engineer J. V. Jackson gave
the following account of the wrecked
steamer Columbia in an interview to
the Evening Post.
"I was in my stateroom when the
crash occurred, and I scrambled into
some clothes and came up on deck.
ll was confusion and turmoil. The
roar of the water as it pour'ed into the
hole in the Columbia's side was deaf
ening. Then desperately swimming
away I caught a rope thrown from
the San Pedro. From there I looked
back at the Columbia just in time
to see her plunge beneath the waves.
As she sunk I could dimly see many
men dash across the deck toward the
San Pedro; the next moment the fog
had hidden the dreadful secnes.
"I am sure that many steerage
passengers did not leave their state
rooms as the interval was so short
between the ti-ne she was struck and
the time she sank that the men had
not time to get to the deck, and those
that did jumped overboard and were,
sucked down by the vortex created
by the sinking vessel.
"When I rushed across the deck
it seemed to be deserted, but I knew
that many were about me, for the
screams and cries were awful. I
thank God that I am safe, but I
would have willingly have given my
life as Captain Doran did, to save
those that perished. I did not real
ize that the end would comie so soon
as it did, and I believe ,Capt. Doran
was of the same opinion."
Following the Stings of Black Flies
A startling tale of fatalities has
reached Aurora, N. Y., through John
Grijn, who has just returned from
the Algonquin Park locality of Cau
ada. Griffin expected to be gone for
several weeks on a hunting tr'ip, but
the fact that six deaths resultcdi from
blood poisoning, following the stings
of black flies, near his camp. d'V
DIES TRYING TO FLY.
Christian Scientist Plunges Four
Stories to Street
Wife Clings to His Ankle As He
Hangs From the Window Until She
Eugene Hawe, of New York, was
a planter and polisher of hardwood
parquet floors, and did well at his
trade up to last May. At this time
Howe and his wife, Bertha, moved
their belongings into the top floor of
the four-story and basement brown
stone residence of Dr. Gregory Costi
gan, at 63 West Sixty-eight street.
At the Central Park, west of the
block on which the Costigan house is
situated is the Second church of
Christ Scientist. Howe dropped in
there to see and hear. The husky
floor planer became deeply interested
in the teaching of Christian Science.
He tried to interest his wife in the
tracks and books he obtained at the
library of the church.
Mrs. Howe would have none of the
teachings. She says that since her
husband began to read Mary G. Ed
dy's "Science and Health," he has
had little time to attend to his trade.
He gave up smoking, changed most
of his habits of life, and not long
ago decided that eating breakfast
was all a mistake. At 10 o'clock Sat
urday night Howe came home and
chatted for ashort time with Dr. Cos
tigan. The physician says the floor
polisher was perfectly rational.
After talking with Dr. Costigan but
a short time. Howe went up to his
apartments on the top floor. He un
dresse~d and got into bed, taking with
him a book he had bought. It was
"Science and Health."
Along after'midnight Howe, so his
wife says, began to act in a manner
queer even for him. He finally made
for a front window, climbed out on
the sill and announced that he was
going to fly out on the night air.
Mrs. Howe ran to the window and
managed to grasp him by the ankle
just as he leaped. She held his weight
with all the strength that was in her
arms. Her arms were badly cui and
bruised by coming in contact with the
sharp edge of the stone witdow sill.
Finalty-the woman's-sZrength gave
way, and, with-a shriek that arroused
the neighborhood, she fell back into
thle room in a faint.
Howe's skull was fractured and
his body and legs were torn and
crushed. He died in the hospital.
without regaining consciousness.
When he leaped from the window
Howe had carried with him Mrs Ed
Dr. Costigan is of the opinion that
Howe was suddenly seized with an
insane notion that he could leap from
the window, land on the sidewalk be
low without injury, and then enter
the house and display himself to the
physician as a converting argument
in favor of Christian Science.
Mrs. Howe says that shortly before
her husband made for the window he
had told her that Dr. Costigan had
been practically converted to Chris
,ian Science and cotemplated giv
ng up his practice.
two Proposed Counties Want to Use
A dispatch from Columbia to the
ugusta Chronicle says the commis
sion which is seeking to form a new
ounty with St. Matthews as the
ounty seat with Calhoun as the
name of the new county met here
ednesday and organized by electing
I D. Keller and J. S. Salley perma
nent-chairman and secretary, respec
The commission secured. the maps,
plats and petition from the governor's
office and will at once get to work on
the business of the commission.
There is another scheme looking to
the formation of a new county to
e called Calhoun. This hopes to
make Dillon, in Marion county, a
The commission which finishes its
work first in such a way as to war
Lant an order from the governor for
an election will win out on the name
if the election carries.
SEAL WAR IS ON.
Between the Russians and Japs in
News was brought by the steamer
Empress of China to Victoria. B. C..
last week, of a fatal attempt by the
Japanese sealers to rail eopper island
where the Russian seal rookeries are
located, beyond the end of the Aleu
tion chain in the North Pacific. A
Tapanese Sealing cshooner fro Tok
io reached Copper islad on the night
of June 27 and dropping anchor a
short distance from the seal rocker
es. sent a number of .boats ashore
with their crews armed with rifles.
The landing was made and while part
of the sealing company was engaged
in skinning seals on the rockeries the
ussian guards opened fire on them
and drove thenm off after killing one.
A JAPANESE SPY.
Arrested Taking Photographs5 of Bat
teries in Action.
A Japanese was taken into custody
iiday at the Texas state military en
amment at Austin. It is charged
ie was taking photographs of bat
teries in action and other features of
the camp. He is being held pending
n investigation on the part of the
state and f'ederal authorities.
Only Two of the Ten on IBoard Arec
A gasoline launch (.l)ie i
storm at Sunny Side.e hono were
tario. and ofrthe tel nown t'o ere.
in her only two are been wshedsfe
Three bodies hv enwse
DEATH IN A MINE.
Over Four' Hundred Japs Meet Death
There was a fatal explosion Sat
urday in the colliery at Toyooka, in
ungo province, Japan. It is report
ed that nearly all of the four hun
dred and seventy miners in d.e pit at
heime were killed.
A PAUPER'S SON.
Gov. Johnson, of Minnesota, Came
From Low Rank.
FATHER A DRUNKARD.
He Is Now a Prominent Democrat
and May Be His Party's Nominee
for the Presidency Next Year-He
Is Very Popular With All Classes
And Was Elected Governor of His
Gov. John A. Johnson, of Minne
sota, is the son of a pauper father.
He is now serving his second term as
chief executive of the state and Is
one of the most popular officers that
innesota has known. He is a Dem
ocrat in a state that is overwhelming
ly Republican. In his election-Roose
elt carried the state as a candidate
for the presidency by a majority of
161,464. Johnson ran 92,453 ahead
of his ticket and was elected by a
majority of 7,826. In the election
last fall his opponent svas not "in the
running," though all other Republi
cans on the state ticket were elected.
Gov. Johnson is 44 years of age.
He started life handicapped by.odds
that would have proved insurmount
able obstacles for a man or boy with
less stamina and direct ambition. His
father was a blacksmith, a descend
ant of the peasantry of Sweden. In
1853 he emigrated to this country in
an effort to get away from his old"
habits. .For several' years he'l ived
without' touching whiskey and r
ied,. but -it was not long befofe he
began to drink worse than ,e'r and
his family became a bu en on the
ommunity. FinallJ nson was de
clared a pauper "and taken to the
poorhouse, wbfre he died from al
oholism. fnen the mother began to
struggle for the life of the family.
It is a matter of record that in Gov.
Johmijon's first campaign for the gov
ernorship his opponents carried signs
which read. "His Father was a Pau
per," and "His Mother took in
While a boy Johnson aided his
mother before and after school hours,
until he reached the High school, at
13 years of age. Then he declared
he would learn a trade and prepared
to become a~druggist. From that
time he was the chief support of the
family. in all-those years the un
dertaker was the only creditor of the
amily.. Three deaths served to take
all the spare money from the family
and ruined Johnson's opportunity of
taking a course in pharmacy. Later
he sought employment in a depart
ment store, a position which yielded
better pay, but less opportunity for
study. At one time he sought em
ployment outside of his home town,
the village of St. Peter, but he de
clared he would live down the repu
ation of his father and remained at
home with his mother. The day
ame whqn he was enabled to pay off
the mortgage on his father's old cot
tage and pay for the education of his
brother and sister.
After several years a friend inter
ested Johnson in the St. Peter Her
ald, a Democi'atic newspaper in a
epublican community. Johnson took
p with the proposition and became
editor of a country. .newspaper. He
became an officer in the State Press
association. Here began his political
aspirations. Twice he was defeated
s candidate for state senatorship.
n his third trial he was elected. His
record as a minority member brought
him into prominence, and later Into
the chair of the ceief executive. He
is the idol of the people of the state
he is serving, simply, because as he
juts it-"I just tried to make good."
JILTS MOTHER; WEDS GIRL
Nebraska Man Now In Jail on Comne
plaint of Elder Woman.
Because he eloped to Columbus
with 15-year-old Birdie Buchanan
and made her his bride there on the
ay set for his marriage to the girl's
mother, Mrs. Ida Buchanan, Herbert
C. Stapleman, a wellknowni business
man of Central City, has been arrest
ed and lodged in jail at Central City,
eb. Mrs. Buchanan swore. out a
warrant on which Stapleton was ar
rested, alleging that in order to wed
e'r daughter he represented that she
was 18 years of age, whereas she is
Mrs. Buchanan, a handsome mid
dle aged widow of high social stand
ing and dignified family connections,
says she bacame engaged to marry
Stapleman, who is about her own
age several months ago. Stapleman
paid assiduous court to her and the
wedding was set for Thursady. Sev
eral weeks ago, however, Stapleman
became enamored of his financee's
~retty, attractive young daughter and
began to pay more attention to her
than he did to the mother, finally de
claring his love for her, and, on the
day he was to have wedded Mrs.
Buchanan, persuaded her to elope
WOMAN HAS LEPROSY.
'he Sixth Case Discovered in Boston
The State board of health of Mas
sachusetts has confirmed the report
that the young woma whassase
enerl heospital after being employ
enerasl domestic for several months
n aso aof the wealthiest families in
oso is a victim of leprosy.
She will be removed to the leprosy
olony at Fenikese Island off the
oast near New Bedford. The pa
tient, whose name is concealed, had
been under treatment during the past
ear for skin disease before the real
nature of the affliction was discover
ed. This is the sixth case of-leprosy
discovered in Boston and vicinity
during the past twelve months.
BUYS A TOWN
To Knock to Pieces With Big Guns
In order to experiment with vari
ous new guns and projectiles, the
outright the Bohemian village of
Miada. All the inhabitants have left,
and soon all the latest acquisitions in
th ieo uswill be trained on the
densel hofmus, and the effect of
seiu td ythe Austrian ofcers.