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VOL. XXIII MAKNJNG9 S. C. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUAR
Passes the House by a Good
WILL BE STATE WIDE
In Its Provisions Should It Pass
the Senate, But the Probability
Is That It Will Hang Fire in That
Body Until Next Session Comes
Columbia, Feb. 17.-By a vote
of 58 to 40, the House of Represen
tatives of the State Legislature to
night passed the State-wide prohi
bition bill, which thus marks the
close of a filibuster that had lasted
for sevdral days. This was accom
plished after the adoption at the
morning session of a compromise
agreement between the leaders of
the opposing forces.
Under the terms of the agreement,
the general supply bill was rushed
through in half an hour. It was
simple and easy to rush through the
bill. Then the remaining third read
ing. bills were rushed. through, oh,
The agreement to take up the
"State-wide" prohibition bill was ad
hered to in every detail, and as soon
as it was taken up Mr. K. P. Smith
moved to table the bill. This brought
forth the first test vote. It was
taken without delay. There was no
delay. The vote stood 45 to 62.
At one o'clock the State-wide pro
hibition bill was taken up, and
pushed on to a vote. An effort was
made to have Charleston, Richland
and Georgetown counties exempted
from the provisions of the bill, but
It failed. The following is the vote
by which the'bill was passed:
Yea-To pass the bill: J . W.
Ashley, Bodie, Bowers, Brice, W.
D. Bryan, Bunch, Cantrell, Carey,
Carrigan, Coley, Clary, Daniel, Din
gle, Edwards, Gasque, J. P. Gibson,
W. P. Gibson, Graham, Green, Greer.
Hall, Hamer, Harmon, W. C. Har
rison, Horger, Kibler, -League, Lee,
McEachern, McKeown, Mann, Mauld
In, Mobley, Moseley, Nesbitt, Niver,
Richards, Ridgell, G. M. Riley, Rob
ertson, Roessler, Sanders, 0. L.
Sanders, Scarborough, B. A. Shuler,
C..T. Shuler, C. A. Smith, Spears,
Stanley, J. D. Sullivan, P. P. Sulli
van;, Utsey, Vaughan, Way, Whatley,
Wingo, Wyce-Total 58.
Nay-To kill the bill: Whaley. -
Amick, M. J. Ashley, Ayer, Bowman,.
Boyd, Browning, F. M. Bryan, Bush, I
Carwile, Coker, Cothran, Dick, Dix- 1
on, Doar, Duvall, I. Edwards, Foster,
Faultz, Gais, Glasscock,- Griffin,
Harris, 3. R. Harrison, Hydrick,
Irby, Jackson, McMahan, Nunnery,
Patterson, Paunling, Sawyer, Sink
ins, Singleton, Vander, Borst, Wade.
Wells,' Wiggins, Williams, W. B.
Pairs-Suydamn and Leland,
Brown and K. P. Smitn, Nicholson
and Wright, McColl and Fraser, Law
son and Mars, W. L. Riley and
Hughes, 'Mines and Tobias, M. L.
Smith and Rucker, Carter and Sel
Absent and Not Voting-Berg,
Cosgrove, Lan, Lengnick, Todd.
In this vote the pairs are given
with the first name stated being in
favor of the bill and the last opposed
The companion bill providing for
State prohibition was then adopted
without a vote of discussion. One of
the bills provides for closing the
county dispensaries and the second
provides for State-wide prohibition.
*There was absolutely no friction,
debate or discussion, and the two
prohibition bills went merrily on to
their third reading.
-TAKEN FROM LIVING TOM[BS.
Several More Miners Rescued Out of
Newcastle, England, Feb. 17.
After the rescue work had progress
ed all night in the shaft of the Col
liery at West Stanley, where' a dis
astrous explosion occurred yesterday,
entombing nearly 300 men, the mine
was cleared as far as the second
level, where thirty-two men were
found alive this morning, most of
them, however, severely injured.
The force of the explosion was so
terrific that, although the upper level
where It occurred is 840 feet deep,
the flames leaped firty feet above the
pit mouth on the surface.
WRECK ON COAST LINE.
Two Men Killed and Several Others
Waycross, Ga.. Feb. 17.-Flagman
0 D. Francis, of Luverene, Ala., and
Marshall Gate.s, a colored fireman,
were instantly killed and Engineer
S. B. Henderson u 's seriously In
jured while several otner trainment
were slightly hurt in a head-on col
lission between Atlantic Coast Line
freight trains 212 and 309. between
Ty Ty and Tifton last night.
To loosen a glass stopper soak a
corner of a glass cloth in boiling
water and then wrap it around the
neck of the bottle. The heat will
cause the glass of the neck to ex
pand and the stopper may then be
New Haven, Conn., Feb. 17.
Frederick R. Haight, city editor of
the Register, committed suicide this
morning by cutting his throat on the
Yale campus. He was graduated
TEXT OF THE BILL
CLOSLNG UP OF THE DIFFERENT
And Putting South Carolina in the
Column of Prohibition States of
Below r-e print the first of the
series of State-wide prohibition bills,
which was passed under the truce
agreement upon, Wednesday.
Section 1. That immediately upon
the approval of this Act the several
county dispensary boards are hereby
prohibited from the purchasing of
any more liquors, beverages or sup
plies for their respective dispensa
ries, and they are hereby directed to
close out the stocks of- liquors and
beverages that may be then in stock
in due course of business, under the
regulations and laws now in force,
until the first day of July, 1909,
unless such stock of the respective
dispensaries shall be disposed of be
fore that date, as above provided,
ihi which event all dispensaries hav
ing disposed of the stocks of liquors,
beverages and fixtures shall be clos
ed; and in ,case any dispensary shall
not dispose of its stocks on or before
the first day of July, 1909, such dis
pensary or dispensaries shall be clos
ed on said first day of July, and the
atocks disposed of 'as hereinafter
Section 2. That all liquors, bev
?rages and fixtures not disposed of
as provided in Section 1 of this Act
shal be inventoried by the county
dispensary board, and sold for cash
by the county dispensary board of
the respective counties to the high
est bidder for cash: Provided, fur
ther, that all payments shall be made
In gold and silver coin of the United
States, in United States currency,
r In national bank notes, after due
advertisement in two daily news
papers of this State, and two trade
papers published outside of this
State: Provided, that any county
dispensary board advertising for b!ds
shall have the right of refusing any
and all bids, and to advertise for
new bids: Provided, that all such
bids shall be filed in triplicate-one
bid with the county dispensary board,
ne bid with the county auditor, and
ne bid with the clerk of court,
which bids shall be- open to inspec
tion, after the acceptance or refusal
>f the bids; out of the proceeds of
such sales the county dispensary
boards shall pay all just and proper
laims, after such claims shall have
been audited and approved by the
1ispensary auditor; any and all ap
>eals from, the decisions or rulings
)f the dispensary auditor shall be
'o the -Court of Common Pleas for
he county where such claims are
made, and the trial shall be de
Section 3. The dispensary auditor
s hereby authorized to employ such
ompetent expert bookkeepers as he
nay deem necessary to aid him in
nestigating the affairs, accounts of,
ad the claims against the seevral
lispensaries, and the conduct of the
everal dispensaries, and said county
ispensary boards, at a salary not
xceeding ten dollars per day for
~he time actually employed in such
eork; and all expenses incident to
he closing up of said dispensaries
hall be paid out of the moneys of
uch dispensaries; and the profits of
aid dispensaries shall be paid over
o county treasury of the county
here such dispensary is located,
and distributed as now provided by,
Section 4. The dispensary auditor
shall submit a report of his work,
and the work of his deputies, to
he Governor, and a separate report
o the grand jury of the county in
which such dispensary was located.
Section 5. The dispensary auditor
and his deputies. shall have the po
er to send for all books and papers,
and to subpoena wiftnesses, as may
be deemed necessary; and any per
son refusing to furnish such books
r papers, or who may obstruct the
work of said dispensary auditor, or
ether of the deputies herein provid
ed. shall be guilty of a misdemea
nor, and, upon conviction for such
ffence, shall be fined not more than
one hundred .'d'ollars or imprison
ment not more than thirty days in
the county chain gang, one or both,
at the discretion of the Court.
Section 6. That nothing herein
contained shall repeal any part of an
Act entitled"'An Act to declare the
law in reference to and to regulate
the manufacture, sale, use. consump
tion. possession, transportation and
disposition of alcohol liquors and
beverages within the State, and to
police the same," approved the 18th
day of February, A. D. 1907, not
inconsistent with the provisions of
Washington. Feb. 1 8.--The im
migration 'commission was the sub
ject of sharp criticIsm in a speech by
Senator Gray of South Carolina,
bassed upon the resolution intro
duced by himselr directing the com
mission to report to the senate a
summary of its acts and its present
$8,000 Alimony a Year.
ISt. Louis, Mo., Feb. 18.-A decree
of divorce with alimony of $6,000 a
year and the custody of her son was
awarded Mrs. William J. Lemp, Jr.,
by Judge Hitchcock in the circuil
court. The decision followed a sen
Constantinople, Feb. 17.-Th4
rumor In the United States that tel
thousand people lost their lives ix
the earthquake in Asiatic Turkey il
clearly a gross exageration. The
actual loss of life as far as the pres
ent information goes is thirty per
KILLED IN TAXICAB
BY A YOUNG MAN ON THE
The Crime Committed by a Lover
of the Murdered Girl, Who Also
Reading, Pa., Feb. 17.-A case
that has all the ear marks of a mur
der, followed by suicide, took place
in a taxicab on North Front street
at 1:30 o'clock this morning. The
woman who was murdered by her
companion, is Stella Boukstashed, of
647 North Front street, and the man
'is George E. Knaut, '219 North
At one o'clock this morning a
young man came to the Arcade ho
tel, 12 North Front street, and ask
ed Raymond W. Christensen, son of
the proprietor, to telephone for a
taxicab. He said he had a woman
outside and asking permission to
bring her inside to wait until the
taxicab arrived. Christensen recog
nized the young man but had never
seen the woman before. He called
tne taxicab of Lewis Becker a
chauffeur who boarded at the hotel.
The couple, who were greatly ex
cited, entered the cab and ordered
the chauffeur to proceed to 647
North Front stret, the home of the
girl. During the trip the report of
a pistol was heard, and Knaut order
ed the cab to be driven to a hospital,
but a few minutes later, a second
shot was heard. W.hen the cab
reached the Reading hospital both
were found inside dead.
Knaut was a telephone inspector.
The couple were young people, who
had been quite intimate. Miss
Boukstashed's parents state that they
did not approve of Knaut and that
it was their daughter's intention to
break up with him. This, the -po
lice believe, precipitated the quarrel
leading to the tragedy.
NERVE MADDENED RUSSIANS.
Tired of Living, Seek Death in
London, Feb. 17.-The Daily
Mail's St. Petersburg correspondent
declares that neurasthenia is claim
ng an ever-dncreasing number of
victims in all sections of St. Peters
burg society. A surprising number
of people, tired of. life, seek death
by various methods. Persons of
fashionable society journey to Fin
land and fling themselves into the
romantic Imatra rapids.
Strange clubs and societies are in
existance. one of these Is styled
'tiger and hunter." Two members
draw lots to decide who will be the
tiger and who will be hunter. A
silver bell is hung around the tiger's
eck and the hunter is given a load
d revolver. Both enter large dark
ned rooms, and the spectators take
efuge in safe corners.
The hunter begins, the hunter's
yes are bound, he is allowed six
hots, guided by the sound of the
ell. If he fails to hit the tiger,
he roles are reversed and the hunter
ecomes the tiger. This continues
util blood flows.
Another sodiety has "champagne
evenings" where one among twenty
ottles is drugged with morphine.
Some time dln a single night there
re numerouis secret suicides, for
which there. Is no plausible explana
tion, giving rise, says the ,Mal's
orrespondent, to the suspicion that
he, victims belong to the same
eague of self destruction.
IMMENSE DAMAGE WROUGHT.
Many People and Thousands of Cat
tie Are Killed.
Hieheran, Persia, Feb. 17.-News
was received here showing that the
iolent earthquake recorded on Jan
aary 23, at almost every scientific
bservatory In the world, has Its
ocation In the province of Lauristan
in Western Persia.
Sixty villages in this district were
wholly or 'partly destroyed and the
resultant loss of life is placed be
tween 5,000 and 6,000.
The district of Jurnjurd and Sela
hor in Luristan province were the
center of the greatest violence and
here the heaviest casualties occurred.
Several villages are reported com
pletely engulfed. The peasantry lost
practically all their herds and It is
estimated that from 10.000 to 12,
000 head of cattle perished.
FARMAER COM.MITS SUICIDE.
Edward Harrison Ends His Life
With Shot Gun.
Greenville, Feb. 1 7.-Edward
Harrison. a well known farmer of
this county, committed sicide at
his home, about ten miles from the
city, last night by blowing out his
brains. Ill health is assilgned as
the cause. Mr. Harrison was a very
wealthy citizen and lived with his
brother, Rich Harrison. He was 50
years of age and was unmarried.
He had a large family connection.
.e was one of the county's best cit
Killed by Tight Shoes.
Lake Charles, La., Feb. 19.-May
Buller, aged 10, died at Hacker,
La., a few days ago from blood poi.
soning, which originated from a blis
ter caused by a tight shoe.
Man's Body Fourd.
Norfolk, Va., Feb. 15.-The bod3
of George A. Stockley, a promineni
Icitizen of Norfolk, who had beet
missing since the night of Decembe:
19. was last evening found floatini
-in the eastern branch of the ESliza
LI LAW DtAD.
Senate Kills It by a Large Ma
AGREES WITH HOUSE
That the Law Has Outlived Its Use
fulness and Should Be Repealed.
Twenty-Four Senators Vote to
Repeal the Old Law and - Only
Twelve Voted Against Its Repeal.
Columbia, Feb. 17.-The Senate
tonight by a vote of 24 to 12 pass
ed the lien law repeal bill, which
has been under consdieration for the
past two days. Nearly every Senat
or has had a say on i-his measure.
It was thought that a vote would
be reached immediately on this bill
on which all Senators naturally had
their minds made up. Senator Kel
ley was willing' for a vote to be taken
at once, but discussion arose and
continued for the past two. days and
nights. The House passed the bill
by a vote of 85 to 35.
The vote in the Senate stood as
follows upon Senator Kelley's mo
tion to table Senator Montgomery's
motion to strike out the enacting
words of the bill:
Yeas-Appelt, Carlisle, Carpenter,
Christensen, Crosson, Earle, Gray
don, Hardin, Harvey; Hough, John
son, Johnston,- Kelley, Lide, Mauld
In, McCown, Muckenfuss, Rainsford,
Stewart, Sullivan, Summers, Walter,
Weston, Wharton-Total 24.
Nays-Bass, Black, Croft, Griffin,
Laney, Montgomery,! -Otts, Rogers,
Sinkler, Spivey, Walker, Williams
So the enacting words of the bill
were not stricken out. When the
vote was announced there was a
storm of exceptions :ot counties to
be exempt coming under Senator
Montgomery's amendment to exempt
the county of Marion.
The exemptions came thick and
and fast; including Lancaster, Char
leston, etc., etc. The amendment
was tabled on a ye and nay vote
by 19 to 17, thus bringing all coun
ties under the provislons of the bill.
The vote stood on Senator Kelley's
motion to table the amendment ex
cepting certain counties.
Yeas-Carlisle, Carpenter, Chris
tensen, Crosson, Earle, Harvey,
Hough, Johnstone Keltey, Lide,
Mauldin, McCown, Muckenfuss,
Stewart, Sullivan, Summer . Walter,
Weston, Wharton-Total 19.
Nays-Appelt, Bass, Bates, Black,
Croft, Graydon, Griffin Johnson,
Laney, Montgomery, Otts, Rainsford,
Rogers, Sinkler, Spivey, Walker,
The tabling of this amendment
left the bill applicable to all coun
WHOLE VILLAGE MISSING.
Earthquake in Persia Destroyed at
Least Fifty Hamlets.
Teheran, Feb. 18.-The Governor
of Burujurd, a town in Southwest
rn Persia, has sent out agents to
ivestigate the damage wrought by
the earthquake of January 23. The
center of Intensity apparently was
two days' journey fi'om Burujurd.
Up to the present time only mea
ger reports have come into Teheran.
The devastation was particularly
severe in the niountainous region
between Burujurd and Luristan
province. It has been already estab
lished that fifteen villages 'Were whol
ly or partially destroyed, and it is
estimated that the total number will
undoubtedly be more than fifty.
Only a small proportion of the in
habitants of area, where the shocks
were most severe escaped. Some vil
lages disappeared completely, and
no trace can be found of the hamlets
of Bahren and Leben. It appears
that not a single soul belonging to
these communities was. left alive.
A severe quake was felt at Ishpa
han, one hundred miles away, the
morning of January 23.
THROWN FROM HORSE.
Young Boy Supposed to be Fatally
Greenwood, Feb. 18.-Little Wil
liam Henry Moore, while out riding
horseback this afterngon, was thrown
from his horse and sustained injuries
that in all probability will prove
The accident occurred this after
noon at 5 o'clock on lower Main
street, near the little fellow's home,
and it seems that he and one of his
boy companions were racing, when
little William's horse became fright
ened at a passing freight train and
hurled him against a tree, fractur
ing his skull and breaking his lefi
leg. The little fellow was immedi
ately carried to the office of Dr
Epting, where he, with Drs. Nee)
and Swygert, dressed the wounds
The fracture is a bad one, and there
is not much hope of recovery.
TOOK 1HER OWN LIFE.
Body of Young Woman Found Float
.ing in Pond.
Spartanburg, Feb. 1 6.-Mrs. Ber
Wright was drowned in Wingo's mil
pond near Inman, some time betweel
midnight last night and 3 o'cloc1
this morning. She was missed fron
her room shortly after midnight an!
search was 9nstituted at once. Abou
7 ,o'clock this miorning her deal
body was found floating in the pond
Shi had been in bad health for som
time, nand it is believed that she too:
hr own life.
Partizan Political Eisctions Bring
About Municipal Corruption
MUCH MONEY STOLEN
Kansas City Clerks' Stole $13,000
During 1908 Investigation of
Councilmanic Deals in Pittsburg.
High Priced Election In Wisconsin.
What Is the Remedy?
The American people are yearly
paying the price for making elections
political, rather than business propo
sitions. Scarcely a month passes but
some councilman, somle count of
ficial or other individual prominent
in the affairs of a community fails
to remember that a "public office is
a public trust" and allows his po
sition to become a means for crimi
nal procedure. City councilmen, who
direct the affairs of municipal cor
porations, invest their funds, handle
their bonds, grant or refuse their
franchises, and do hundreds and one
other things which make their favor
worth having, are made the targets
of all sorts of propositions, blandish
ments, favors and bribes. If they
have been placed in office as a polit
cal reward, they naturally take ad
vantage of the prestige the job of
fers and make the most of it. Again
politicians do not buy elections for
fun nor to serve the people from a
pure sense of duty. They spend
thousands in the hope of gainingmil
lions. Grit has comiled a few of
the more important cases of crook
edness that have come to light since
Indictments have been found
against Councilmen Klein, Wasson,
and Brand, of Pittsburg, and Bank
ers Ramey and Vilsack for bribery
in connection with the German Nat
ional bank of Pittsburg. It is de
clared that further investigation may
reveal additional crookedaess on the
part of Pittsburg-. council. Thiev
ing clerks are accused of looting the
treasury of Kansas City, Mo., of
$13,000 in the past year. No de
finite action has been taken as it
is only a short time since the audi
tor's office made report for 1908.
W. W. Wallace, former county
clerk, in Wallace county, Tenn., is
under arrest on charge of embez
zlement and breach of trust. He ad
mits a shortage but will not plead
guilty to the charges. Councilman
George Aunger, of Astabula, 0., is
under indictment on charge of al
leged solicitation of a bribe of $1,
200 in connection with a gas com
Even school teachers in Oklahoma
have allowed their names to become
associated with criminal proceedings.
D. H. Hallock, of Goodward county,
is now serving six months in prison
and will have to pay a fine of $1,000
on conviction of isubornation and
perjury, in having school teachers
make fraudulent land entries.
Poor Farm Commissioner H., H.
Baumgartner, of Franklin county,
Pa., and Steward Henry Sutton, and
their wives, are under indictment on
charge of assault, larceny and re
ceiving stolen goods. They forced
their charges to steal and beat them
when they cailed to appear with
plunder, and other charges of an
almost unbelievable nature are lodg
ed against them. A. N. Armstrong.
of Jackson, Mich., a warden in a
State penitnelary, is under arrest on
charge of bribery in connection with
a chair factory in the institution in
which convicts are compelled to
ork. He is likely to go baca t.
the chair factory and work as a con
The legislature in Wisconsin has
just closed the series of incidents
leading up to the election of a United
States senator, by defeating Senator
Stevenson for re-election by one vote.
The contest was bitter and included
resolutions to investigate the primary
election, .'charges of bribery and
fraud made against Stevenson by
John T. Bahne and a vote by the
senate for an investigation of the
same. The senator-elect reported an
expenditure of over $100,000 in se
curing his election and his expense
account is now ,in the hands of the
commttee on elections in Congress.
*No't the least of criminal proceed
ings brought in recent date is the
accusation made against Gov. Charles
N. Haskell, of Oklahoma, and seven
other prominent person of the State,
for alleged fraudulent entries. The
populace of Muskogee back Haskell
to a man and feel he is being prose
cuted by Roosevelt and Hearst. *
TORNADO DEVASTS TOWN.
Cedar Bluff Practically Destroyed by
Greenville, M-, "eb. 15.--Re
ports received he' ..ay from Cedar
Bluff, Miss., state tLzt that town was
practically destroyed by a tornado
late yesterday afternoon. Five hous
es were completely blown away and
timber fell in all directions. The
storm came from the Northeast, was
accompanied by very heavy hail and
mowed a path about 200 yards wide.
Wires are down and tracks blocked
with debris. Miss Mary Ellis was*
killed outright; Alfred and Frank
Ellis were injured and Miss Jane
Stevens 'was injured internally. Will
Aaron had a leg broken.
'Makes a Haul.
IMilwaukee, Wis., Feb. 15.-Grab
tbing a hand satchel containing $3,
1800) belonging to a big department
store, a thief today made his way
Sout of the First National bank, east
Water and Wisconsin streets, with
the loot anr1 eaped.
THE LIEN LAW
HOW IT WORKED IN ONE
Here Is An Incident Related by
Mr. Harris, President of the Farm
It has been asserted that if the
lien law is -repealed there will be
some good but poor people who will
be unable to get credit and who will
have an awful, awful hard time
because thereof, says the ~Anderson
Mail. Here is an incident, related
to us by Mr. B. Harris, president of
the State Farmers' Union, which may
throw some light on the matter. Mr.
Harrris says the incident came under
his personal observation.
There was a man-a middle aged
white man-in a county not far
from Anderson who got so poor that
he could not give a lien. He had
been giving liens for eight or ten
years, and had never been able to
get anything ahead. Finally he be
gan to fall behind. He found it im
possible, with a growing family of
small children, to get along, although
his wife and the children who were
old enough worked in the fields with
him. Two years ago the merchant
who had been furnishing him for so
long declined to run him any longer.
"No," said the merchant," you have
fallen behind now for two years,
and I do not care to handle your
account again. You do not owe me
a great deal, but I am willing to
square off. But you must get some
other merchant to run you this
The man tried other merchants
for -a lien, but failed. The other
merhants it seemed, knew that the
man had not been able for two
years to fulfil his obligations, and
knew that this was why the other
merchants had dropped him.
The man went home to his wife
and children in the deepest dejec
tion. He told of his troubles and
then his wife counseled him. "You
must hire out as a day laborer,"
she said, "and I will stay home with
the children and we witi try to
make a little crop. You can send
us or bring us your wages for us
to live on. It is a bad arrangement,
but it Is tha best we can do."
The man got a job in a sawmill,
and his wife and children stayed on
the farm. The man sent his wages
home, and the children worked a
small crop. This was no great hard
ship on them, for they had been
working in the fields before.
At the end of the year the man
did not owe a idollar. His wife
and children had made five bales
>f cotton and over a hundred bush
els of corn, about seventy-five bush
els of peas, besides potatoes, etc.,
and they had two large hogs to kill.
They were in better circumstances
han ever before.
The man is an illiterate-he car.
ot read and write, and he had never
had much ambition. But the ac
umulation of so much wealth in one
ear has changed his views of things.
He is going to do better from now on.
He has commenced sending his
hildren to school; he had never
felt able to do so before. He has
enough supplies to run him this
ear, with money ahead, and he con
siders that his fortune is as good
The man says that the best
hing that ever happened to him in
his life was when he got too poor
to be able to give a lien. He got
his nose away from the grindstone,
and he began to see the world. If
e had been able to give a lien last
ear he would still be in a net, and
his children would still be grcwing
p in Ignorance.
A NOBLE CHARITY.
America Gives Big Sum for Earth
quake Orphans Home.
Rome, Feb. 17.-Ambassador
Griscom was received in audience by
Queen Helena, to whom he formally
presented the gift of the Red Cross
Agricultural colony for earthquake
orphans to be established In Cala
bria with $250,000 of the money
sent from America for the relief of
the earthquake sufferers. 'The queen
said she was unable to find words
to express sufficient thanks for the
gift and the spirit in which it was
given. She added: "The Americans
acted like brothers toward the Ital
TOO FAT FOR ALTJEY.
Attorney Makes Novel Plea for a
Lawyers in the case of William
Green, convicted on a charge of
highway robbery in Ossining, N. Y.,
have entered a plea for a* new trial.
They produced drawings and maps
showing that the alley in which the
robbery is alleged to have occurred
is only a few inches wide. As Green
is a man of 200 pounds, or better,
it is declared witnessed testified to a
physical impossibility and on this
evidence is based the argument for
a new trial. .
Under Snow Drifts.
Seven persons in the hotel kept
by Mr. and Mrs. L. Waters at the
crest of the Continental divide at
the Alpine tunner, near Beuna Vista,
Cal., are on the point of starvation,
owing to deep snows.
* Negro Is Hanged.
Washington, Feb. 16.-Richard
Gregory, the negro convicted of the
murder of William Gardner, colored,
at Rock Creek, in August, 1907,
today paid the penalty for his crime,
when he was hanged at the United
Sttes jail southeast Washington.
DESTROYED COLUMBIA FORTY
FOUR YEARS AGO.
The Act of Vandalism Recalled by
The Columbia Record on Last
Columbia, Feb. 16.-The Rec'rd
says on the 16th day of February,
1867, Gen. Wim. T. Sherman planted
his batteries just across the river
where the beautiful little town of
New Brookland now stands, and
shelled the women and children of
the city of Columbia. During that
whole day shells were falling all
over this city and prints of the shells
are now to be seen on the west end
of the State House.
On the morning of the 17th, the
city was surrendered to General
Sherman by Mayor Goodwin, when
Sherman promised him that nothing
would be molested, provided he was
not interfered with by Hampton's
Sherman's headCuarters on the.,
night of the 17th was in the home
now occupied by Mr. Jno. L. Mim
naugh on Gervais street.
General Logan's 'bleadquarters
were at the Preston mansion, now
the College for Women.
The northern soldiers took great
delight in bqrrgng the city, car
rying torches from house to house
and had Instructions to burn the
Preston mansion, but the order was
countermanded early the next morn
ing by a Colonel Ewing.
Colonel Ewing was instructed to
countermand the mansion order be
cause General Sherman had given
property to the nuns who had taught
his daughter, Miss. Minnie Sherman,
several years before at Brownsville,
Ohio. Their property, where Tapp's
store now stands, had been burned
and the nuns were compelled to
spend the night in the Catholic cem
etery on the -night of the 17th dur
ing the burning of Columbia.
Butler's cavalry was encamped at
Killian's mill, eleven miles away and
the light was so bright from the
onflagration of this city that a pin
could almost be picked up from the
Butler's cavalry was engaged In
battle every day after the burning
of Columbia until the close of the
Robbers Take Many Precious Stones
and Other Booty.
Richmond, Va., Feb. 17.-From
one end of the country to the other
police, detectives and agents are to
day searching for jewelry taken from
the Southern Express office in Pine
hurst, N. C., the value of which can
not be computed.
The robbery occurred on the night
f Tuesday, February 9, and this
s the first word of it given the
public, though a large reward has
been offered for the capture of the
burglar or burglars, an d notices have
been sent to the r athorities of all
the cities in the -i .States and
practically all paw. a brokers and
thers, under wh~ose eyes the valu
ables might come.
The jewels were not the only
things taken, but their value alone
amounts to $20,000. The last of the
articles stolen is estimated at a
greater amount, although the letter
sent out by the express company says
that It may not be complete.
MARDI GRAS IN NEW ORLEANS.
The Annual Carnival Was Ushered
New Orleans, La., Feb. 18.--The
annual Mardi Gras carnival was ush
ered in today with the gorgeous
street parade, tableaux and ball of
the Knights of Momus. The festivi
ties will extend over a period of six
days, reaching their climax next
Tuesday with the arrival of Rex,
followed by grand tableaux In the
evening and the spectacular parade
of the Mystic Krewe of Comus.
The automobile races and numer
ous other sporting events on the cal
endar for the week are expected to
result in' a record-breaking attend
ance at the carnival this year. Al
ready the leading hotels are filled to
their capacity, while each arriving
train is adding hundreds to the num
ber of visitors in the city. Streets
and buildings are lavishly decorated
and the entire city presents a festal
WILL GIVE IT TRIALL.
The Government Will Experiment
With Rural Parcels rest.
Washington, Feb. 17.-The estab
lishment of an experiment rural par
cels post system is authorized by a
provision in the postoffice appropria
tion bill, reported today in the Sen
ate. The provision authorizes the
postmaster -general to establish the
system for experimental purposes in
two counties to be selected by him
and to operate it under rules and
regulations, including the fixing of
rates, to be prescribed by that of
Newcastle, Eng., Feb. 19.-A tel
rible disaster has occurred at West
Stanley, a small mining town 12
miles distant, in which, it is feared,
180 lives have been lost.
Body Found in Stream.
Norfolk, Va., Feb. 15.-The body
of George A. Stocket, a prominent
citizen of Norfolk, who has been
missing since the night of December
19, was last evening fouid floating
'in the eastern branch of the Eliza
The First Witness Took the Stand
TELLS OF SHOOTING
Mrs. Eastman, the Woman Eye-WitV
ness of the Shooting, Describes It
Vividly, and the Prosecution Then
Showed How Coopers Threatened.
State Has a Strong Case.
Nashville, Feb. ~ 19.-After a
month of haggling over a -ury, the
trial of Col. Duncan B. Cooper, his
son, Robin, and John iu. Sharp, for
the murder of ex-Senator Edward
W. Carmack, on Nov. 9, last, has
finally been started. The jury was
completed last Saturday, after 3,000
talesmen had ben examined, and all
but the 12 chosen ones had been
rejected. The court took a rest
on Sunday and Monday, but on Tues
day the trial proper begah. It will
probably be completed in about three
weeks, unless the lawyers for the de
talesmen had been examined, and all
the witness box with "brainstorm"
The opening address of the State's
lawyers were very brief, and by 10
o'clock Tuesday morning the frst
witness, Mrs. Carmack, the widow of
the slain man, was on the stand.
She answered but a few questions
and was succeeded by her ten-year
old son. The child, fiercely grip
ping. his mother's hand, was .on .the
stand for about ten minutes, and,
while his testimony was unimpor
tant, the dramatic effect was .great,
the little boy,. between answers,
growering at. the defenda'nts - with
hate written on every line of his
The rest of the day moved swift
ly, each minute bearing a sensation,
each 'aour standing forth with a sur
prise in the form of evidence which
the State had concealed from every
eye except its own. There was a
stenographer undreamed of as a wit
ness, who told of seeing Col. Cooper
and Robin Cooper start forth from
the law office of S. C. Brawford, hus
band of a sister of the colonel,~ on
the afternoon of November .9, to
go to the corner where blood was to
run half an hour later. There.'*As
a newsboy who swore to the" fact
that he heard Col. Cooper say to
Robin half a block away froz Brad
ford's office, "We'll get him," or
"We'll catch him."
There was an optician, who. testi
fled that he saw the two Coopers
with John Sharp between them going
in a direction which would, ha-. . tak
en them to the scene of the trage'dy
and by this testimony Sharp was
connected for the first time publicly
with the action of his co-defepdl
ants fellow-conspirators. There was
a brother of former . Gov. Joseph
Folk, of Missouri, who told the story
of meeting Col. 'Cooper within a few
steps of where Carmack was killed~
a few minutes afterward, and of see
ing Robin Cooper -and John Sharp
talking together at Seventh avenue
and Union street. And it was Folk
who swore that he heard -Robin.
Cooper say to his father, "Are you
going up this way?" and the colonel
answered, "No, I'll wait a'while
There was Edward B. Craig, a for
mer State treasurer of Tennessee,
who told how Col. Cooper, on Nov
ember 7, declared to him in. the
Tulane hotel in this city that if Sen
ator Carmack. did not refrain from
using the name of Duncan B.' Coper
in his writings in the Tennessean,
that either he, Cooper or Carmack
would have to die.
Behind all this evidence loomed ;
the background'~ furnished by the
testimony of Mrs. Charles H. East
man, to which Senator Carmack,
with hat lifted, was about to open
a conversationi when the Coopers
came upon them. She swore that
she did not believe that. Senator Car
ma'ck fired the sflot.
She said she saw his pistol catch
as he sought to draw it from his
hip pocket; that the voice of an old
man-a voice she believed was Col
Cooper's-was an asault in itself,
when it approached her from behind
and said substantially, "Well, here
you are now," or "I have the drop.
on you." Then she told how Col.
Cooper fired one shot and Robin
two, and of the accusation she made
against them as the slain . man lay
in the gutter in his own blood.
WANTED SEVEN TfOUSAND.
Entered a Man's Office With Pistol
Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 19.-Arm
ed with a revolver in one hand and
a dynamite bomb in the other, a
man apparently about 40 years old,
a few days ago entered the home
of Lawrence M. Jones, president of
the Jones Brothers Dry Goods Com
pany, of this city, and demanded.
By a ruse, Mr. Jones overpowered
the man, who was arrested.
Richmond, Va., Feb. 18.-Charles
Gillespie, the negro who a month ago
attempted an assault upon a young
lady of this city, was put to death in
the eleetric chair in the .penitentiary
Took His Life.
M'obile, Ala., Feb. 16.-News of
the sensational suicide of William
Bowling a prominent resident of Le
Roy, Ala., has just reached here.
Bowling blew his brains out yester
ay aternn with a shot gun.