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Resigns~CollectorshiP of Port to
Take Effect Today
THUS RESCUES TAFT
From His Dilemma-He Says His
Act Was Voluntary, and Declares
That His action Was Due to a
Desire to Save the president-Elect
Charleston, S. C.. March 1.
With the resignation of William D.
Crum as collector of customs at this
port, the resignation to take effect
March , a situation which threaten
ed to cause President-elect Taft con
siderable embarrassment is avoided.
No appointment made by President
Roosevelt during either of his ad
ministrations has given rise to as
much discussion as that of Crum,
whose appointment as collector at
Charleston was vigorously opposed
because of the fact that he is a ne
A long and hard fight against his
confirmation was m -.de by Senator
Tillman and others when he was first
named for the position by President
Roosevelt in 1903 and within the last
few weeks, following his reappoint
ment, Senator Tillman conducted a
successful filibuster against his con
firmation by the senate.
Crum says that no pressure has
been brought to bear upon him now
to cause him to resign, but that he
does so in part because he wishes to
save Mr. Taft, for whom he enter
tains great respect, from any pos
sible embarrassment as to his reap
pointment, and chiefly because he
feels that he has been especially iden
tified with President Roosevelt's ad
ministration and he wishes to retire
with his chief. In his letter to Pres
ident Roosevelt, after thanking the
president for appointing him six
years ago and for renominating him
recently for a second term, he says:
"Since assuming the duties of this
position I have striven diligently to
justify the confidence imposed in me.
During all these years, so far as I
know, not a single charge has been
brought against my moral character
or a sintgle adverse criticism made
in regard to the performance of my
official duties. I wish further to add
that those employed in this office
under -ne, composed of both races,
have been at all times courteous,
kind and interested, and we have all
worked together to make the office
work successful and satisfactory.
"When I became collector of the
port the annual receipts of the of
fice were scarcely $20,000. I am
glad to say that they. have shown a
flattering increase each year. the
total for the fiscal year 1908S being
almost $71,000, and for the first
eight months of the present fiscal
year are more than $80,000. I dc
not claim credit for this increase ii
business; much of It would have
been brought about through the nat
ural growth of the port, but citE
these facts to show that I have striv
en in every way possible to increase
the usefulness of the office and the
position which I hold.
- "Before closing I feel that
should add that during all thesi
years I have been treated with kind
ness and courtesy by all those whc
have had official business with thi
office, and have not had unpleasan1
contacts with any one in the city.
"In conclusion permit me to thani
you again for the trust imposed, and
to wish you, as you end your official
career, a hearty godspeed and lona
-SOUTH CAROLINA ON DECK.
Man Appointed From This Statt
Washington, March 2.-Whel
Rear Admiral Seaton Schroeder suc
ceeds Rear Admiral Charles S. Sper
ry as commander-in-chief of the At
lantic fleet as announced at the navy
department today, South Carolina
will have received her first appoint
ment of a naval officer of this rank.
Rear Admiral Schroeder, thougl
born in the District of Columbia
was appointed from South Carolina
and has always been carreid on the
navy rolls from that State. Whet
the fleet sailed from Norfolk on its
voyage around the world, he was thE
captain of the Virginia. was promot
ed to Rear Admiral before the fleet's
return, and, as now announced, will
succeed Admiral Sperry as command
Admiral Schroeder's record is one
of which any naval officer should
- feel proud. He is a deep student of
naval tactics and a strict disciplin
It has been many years since
South Carolina has ever had a rear
admiral in the naval service, if ever.
and she should feel proud of her
HAD) TOLD THE TRUTH
On the Stand and He Was Not
Afraid to Die.
.Bayside, L. I., March 1.--Declar
ing that he was not afraid to die,
because he had told the truth at the
recent trial of Thornton Hains.
Thomas J. Tierney, who had been an
important witness for the defense,
died of pneumonia Sunday at Bay
Tierney testified that he went to
the Bayside Yacht club to collect
some money due him; that he was on
the club house float when William
E. Annies was shot and Thornton
Hains did not draw his pistol until
the shooting was over. He flatly
contradicted Mrs. William E. Annis.
Victims of Head Hunters.
Manila, March 6.-There is a ru
mor that Lieut.- Harry L. King. of
the First cavelry, and a detachment
of that regiment. who have been
mapping the interior of Northern
Luzon have become the victims of
STORY OF A HATCHETI
THAT WAS BROUGHT TO THIS
COUNTRY FROM GERMANY
By the Ancestors of Mr. G. M. B.
Epting Over One Hundred and
Fifty Years Ago.
The following remarkable history
of a hatchet we take from the New
berry Observer. It is well worth
Mr. G. M. B. Epting has a hatchet
with a history. It was brought to
this country form Germany one
hundred and fifty years ago by his
ancestors. Of course he prizes it
very highly. It is of the general
shape and appearance of the hatchet
with which George Washington cut
father's cherry tree and somewhat
like the hatchets sold today in New
berry hardware stores. One old fea
ture about it. though, is the nail
puller. The hatchets made now have
- slot on the inner edge of the blade
for pulling nails. Thosee of a form
er generation had a claw-hammer
arrangement on the farther end of
the helve. This hatchet has the
njail-puller of the claw-hammer style.
but it is on the nearer end of the
helve. next to the handle of the
person using it.
About 1650-or somewhere near
'he middle of the 17th century. any
how-four men. named Dicket, Ep
:ing. Shealy and Summer. came over
to this country from near Heidel
berg. Germany. to the borders of
Maryland and Pennsylvania. They
were so pleased with the country
that they returned to Germany and
brought a colony over with them and
effected a settlement.
About the middle of the 18th cen
tury Dickets, Etpings. Shealys. Sum
mers and other German families
from Heldelberg, came to South Car
olina and settled the country known
as the Dutch Fork, lying between the
Broad and the Saluda river, partly
within Newberry county and partly
in Lexington. The Summers brought
this hatchet with them to this State;
it had been brought from Heidel
berg. It became the property. of
Mr. George Summer, the father of
\frs. Epting, mother of Mrs. G. M.
B. Epting, who is still living In this
city at the age of 92.
There were four sons of Mr. Geo.
Andrew Summer, one of whom James
Andrew Summer, is still living at
the age of 90. These sons were car
nenters. More than sixty years aw)
they built the house in Caldwell
township now occupied by and be
longing to Mr. Jno. S. Ruff. While
building this house the hatchet.
which was being used by James
Andrew Summer, was lost, greatly
to the sorrow of the young worker,
because It belonged to his mother,
his father having died. and she
thought a. great deal of It on acount
of its associations with the father
Some years ago Mr. Burden Booz
er , who was then living in New
berry at the corner of McKibben and
O'Neal streets, was nailing on some
Dailings to his yard next to Epting's
cotton yard. Mr. G. M. B3. Epting
was struck with the appearance of
the hatchet that Mr. Boozer was us
ing-he had often heard his mother
speak of the lost hatchet and this
reminded him of it. He asked Mr.
Boozer to sell it to him. Mr. Boozer
qaid he did not care to sell it; but
Mir. Eping Insisted, offering him a
dollar, then two, then five. Mr.
Boozer still declining, saying that the
hat'chet was not worth -that, but
'e would sell It. "Why." asked Mr.
Roozer. "are you so anxious to have
Then Mr. Epting told him the sto
ry of his grandfather's hatchet.
"Here it is," said Mr. Boozer
handing him the hatchet: "it is
yours, and you shall not pay me a
cent for it."
Mr. Boozer then explained how
it came Into 'is possession. He was
owner of the house that was being
built when the hatchet was lost.
Forty years after the house
was completed, Mr. Boozer was hay
ing a new roof put on and some alter
ations made, and the hatchet was
found lying on the ceiling of one of
the rooms, near the wall, evidently
having be'en laid there by the work
man who was using it when he was
building the house, and, forgetting
where he put it, the last board of
the ceiling was nailed on. Mr. Booz
er never supposing the hatchet had
t history, brought it with him when
he moved to town, and used it for
driving nails and splitting kindling.
Mr. Epting carried the hatchet
home and showed it to his mother.
who recognized it at once as her
mother's hatchet. Two years ago
Mr. James Andrew Summer, Mrs.I
Epting's brother, was in -'Newberry,
and Mr. Epting showed it to him
and asked him if he had ever seen
it before. He took it in his hands
and looked closely at it. For a time
it seemed to awake no recollection;
but all at once his face lightened
up with interest and he cried out:
"This is Mother's hatchet-Mother's
hatchet that I lost"-and as the
recollection of all the circumstances
came flooding back upon his memory
he burst into tears and for a mo
ment could not control himself.
DASHED TO DEATH
In a Desperate Leap From a Hospital
Pittsburg. Pa., March 1.--Captain
William D. Gearhart, who yesterday
afternoon murderously assaulted
Mrs. Anna Baxter. at her home, No.
7125 Bennett street, jumped from a
third story window at the Pittsburg
hospital shortly before 10 o'clock
this morning. Gearhart eluded the
vigilance of Policeman Edward aBr
ry, who was guarding him.
Mrs. Baxter is in a serious con
dition at the same hospital. She
spent a restless night, and the phy
sicians attending her have little hope'
for her recovery. Captain Gearhart
was in good condition just before his
fatal leap and the physicians ex
pected his speedy recovery.
Captain Gearhart, of Engine com
pany No. 27, and Mrs. Baxter had
been friends more than ten years.
According to a statement issued by
Mrs. Baxter at the hospital, the ac
tion of Gearhart was without provo
LLLOWING FEES IN CONGRESS- 1
Ffe Shows the Rediculous Position .1
of Negroes Who Bring Cases Mere
ly for the Money.
Zack McGee, in his Washington
etter to The State, says Representa
:ive Lever in the House Monday filled
a. "long felt want" by entering a
protest against the sham contests
)f congressmen's seats by the enter
prising negroes of South Carolina
who have been repeatedly contesting a
certain seats in order to get the
ontest fee. The House committee
cut down the expense accounts this c
year. not allowing all of the usual
$2,000. But the three negro con
testants still were given $2,500, be
ing a little over one-third of the us
ual amount, $2,000 each.
Mr. Lever said:
"Mr. Speaker: Operating, as we
are, under a rule forced upon the
minority which does not permit any
debate to amount to anything and
prohibits amendments to any of
these appropriation bills. I am de
nied the privilege of offering several
amendments to this bill which, I am
sure, would make it a much better
till. If the rule would permit it.
I would offer an amendment striking
out the appropriation allowed Dantz
ter and Myers. who contest the seats
of myself and my colleague. Judge
Patterson. The appropriation
amounts to $2,500 and is a pure
gift to these negroes, who bad no
idea of winning a seat and no other
purpose than getting the fee s al
lowed in this bill. I want the coun
try to know the ridiculousness of
these contesis, and, with unanimous
consent, I desire to submit a state
ment of the contested election cases
in South Carolina for the past 20
years. This farcial piocedure, this
unnecessary drain upon the treasury.
will never cease until this congress
has the courage to say to these ne
groes that 'Your case must be more
than a farce, more than a ridiculous
pretense, before any fees will be al
lowed.' Three contests have been
filed again for the Sixty-first con
gress. and they will never stop until
the Republican majority joins with
us on this side in refusing fees where
the only purpose of the contest is
to obtain the fees. I wish I had
the chance to test the sense of the
house on this matter, but your rule
does not permit it, and I can only
voice my protest.
"The list shows IS cases, only two
,)f which were successful. The list
will also show that the votes receiv
ed by the Republican contestants
have grown less and less, until they
now practically amount to nothing.
"List of contested election cases
from South Carolina from the Fifiti
eth to the Sixtieth congresses,- both
"Fiftieth Congress-Seventh dis
trict, Robert Smalls (vote 5.961),
vs. William Elliott (vote 6,493).
"Fifty-first Congress-Seventh dis
trict. Thomas E. Miller (vote 7,003).
vs. William Elliott (vote 8.358).
-listrict, Thomas E. Miller (vote 1,
410). vs. William Elliott (vote 3.
"Fift-y-fourth Congress-First dis
trict. George W. Murray (vote (3,
913), vs. William Elliott (vote 5,
650). Murray seated.
"Fifty-fifth Congress-First dis
trict, George W. Murray (vote 173),
vs. William Elliott (vote 2,478);
second district. B. P. Chatfield (vote
635), vs. WV. Jasper Talbert (votE
7999); Seventh district. Thomas B.
Johnston (vote 1.342). vs. J. Wil
liam Stokes (vote 8.065).
"Fifty-sixth Congress-Third dis
trict, R. R. Tolbert (vote 332). vs.
Asbury C. Latimer (vote 4,029).
district, A. D. Dantzler, vs. A. F.
"Fifty-eighth Congress-First dis
trict, Aaron P. Prioleau (vote 175),
vs. George S. Legare (vote 3,749);
Seventh district, A. D. Dantzler
(vote 167), vs. A. F. Lever vote
"Fifty-ninth Congress-First dis
trict, Aaron P. Prioleau (vote 234),
vs. George S. Legare (vote 6,06S):
First district. James A. Noland (vote
346), vs. Grorge S. Legare (vote
6,068); Second district, Isaac My
ers (vote 41 9). vs. James 0. Patter
son (vote 7.426); Seventh district.
Charles C. Jacobs (vote 563), vs.
Asbury F. Lever (vote 8,726).
"Sixtieth Congress-First district.
Aaron P. Prioleau (vote 28). vs.
George S. Legare (vote 3,963); Sec
ond district. Isaac Myers (vote 226).
vs. J. 0. Patterson (vote 4,5S8);
Seventh district. A. D. Dantzler (vote
133), vs. A. F. Lever (vote 5,391)."
SAWMILL BOiLER ENPLODES.
Lad Killed and Two Men Probably
Charlotte. N. C.. March 1.-The
boiler of the Beck sawmill, five miles
from Thomasvillo, exploded this
morning, instantly killing Bertie
Beck, son of one of the owners of
the plant, and probably fatally in
juring Hillay and Andrew Beck.
brothers, owners of the mill. The
dead lad was blown 1 00 feet by the
force of the explosion and horribly <
mangled.. Three operatives of the
plant were knocked down and se-i
riously injured. The explosion was I
caused by turning cold water into
BEATS TEDDY RIDING
And Sends Hlim Telegram Telling
Him About It.t
F qua, Ohio, March 2.-Dr. (O. C
Throckmorton, 65 years old, yester
laay beat the military ride of Premi
clent Roosevelt of 98 miles, military "I
irate, riding through Piqua to Troy,
20 miles and return, three times.
120 miles in all, in 13 hours an-l
15 minutes. Although the dsay en'd- d
d rainy and muddy the dom'or was
;reeted by large crowds along the ~
'oute. On his return to Sidiney or .L
he last trip he was welcomerd by a
rass band. The result was tele- i
~raphed to President Roosevelt. c
The fellow who trusts to luck in o
;etting there usually has to walk d
THREE WERE KILLED
Y AN AVALANCHE DOWN THE
m Officer Who Escaped Tells His
Experience While Riding on An
Geneva, Switzerland, March 3.- F
.n Alpine tragedy, resulting in the
eath of two army officers and a
vorite guide, occurred recently in
he Furka pass.
Lif ut. Berkeley-Hill of the British
rmy aid Maj. Merian of the Swiss
rmy, with Bleuer, their guide, were
uried in an avalanche and suffo
ated. Maj. Bailey, another English
flicer, had a miraculous escape, rid
ag on the top of the avalanche to
place of safety.
The three officers, who have been
taying at the Hotel Danioth at An- i4
.ermatt for a month, left there early s
ne morning, accompanied by Bleu- 0
.. All four were expert skiers, and b
r. All four were expert skiers, and %
he hut n tlie Furka pass, climb the o
ammastock, which is 11,920 feet F
igh, on Friday, and spend Friday
ight on the summit. e
While in the pass the roar of an b
Lvalanche was heard. The guide
houted a warning to his compan- o
ons, and the next moment %ll four
ere swept down a precipitors slope t
vhich was coverei with houlders. e
Lieut. Berkeley-Hill. Maj. Merian t
tnd Bleuer were buried immediately
nder tons of snow.
Maj. Bailey found himself carried
ong at terrific speed on top of the
Lvalanche, being at last :u'1g vi- r
ently against a rock. He spent the
ight under this rock, after vainly
ihuting for his friends.
Next moraing, when news of the
ragedy reached Andermatt, two
;earch parties, consisting of 14 of- r
icers and men from Fort Anciermatt
d nine guides. set out.
The soldiers found the boiles of
:ha victims after much trouble and
!anger. and brought them to Ander
iatt, where a number of English vis
tors, including Lieut. Berkeley
[-1ll's brother, awaited them.
ORGANIZED LABOR OFFENDED
Because Senator Smith Appointed
Columbia. March 3.-The follow
ing letter has been sent Senator
Columbia, S. C., Feb. 13. 1909. 1
Hon. E. D. Smith. Florence. S. C.'
Dear *Sir: At the last meeting of
the City Federation of Trades of this
city the following resolutions were
unanimously adopted, and we were
instructed to forward a copy of them
to you under seal of the federatiorn:
Whereas, The Hon. E. D. Smith,
Senator-elect from this State. has ap
pointedl as his private secretary one
C. M. Galloway. and
Whereas, The aforesaid C. M. Gal
loway had given ap the telegraphic
key for a more lucrative and advan
tageous position. did, during the
telegraphers' strike in 190'7, resume
the key, taking the place of one of
the striking telegraphers, also as
sisted in making this city a distribut
ing center, thereby aiding very large
ly in breaking the strike; and.
Whereas, The Hon. E. D. Smith,
Senator-elect from this State. has al
ways on the stump, the rostum and
in private, proclaimed himself the
staunch friend of the organized
working man and woman, and is
himself a member of the Farmers'
Union of this State; therefore be it
Resolved. That the City Federa
tion of Trades of Columbia, S. C..
in regular meeting assembled, repre
senting by delegates, all the organiz
ed working men and women of this
city, most vigorously protest against
the appointment of C. M. Galloway
as private secretary on acco'unt of
his having proven himself an enemty
to the principles which are held dear
and sacred to over 2,000,000 trade
unionists in this country and urge
t's,. Lne appointment be rescinded.
Yours very truly,
FORCED HIM TO ATTEND
And as a Result Hie Died of Ex
New York, March 1.-Investiga
tion is being made into the circum
stances surrodunding the death of
Private Frederick P. Knopp, of Comn-1
lpany G, Forty-scventh regiment, New
York National guard, who was taken
from his sick bed to attend the an
nual inspection February 10, by a
guard in charge of Sergeant Mask.
He died three days later. Dr.I
Charles Trost. of Brooklyn. who had
been attendiing Knopp, said the lat-IC
er's death was unquestionably duie11
:o this exposure and the excitementr
oollowing the trip.
WANT SPEEDY TRIAL.
Citizens of Clarendon Want a Mur
derer Tried at Once.
Manning. March 1.-A petition to
he Hon. P. H. Stoll, solicitor of this
ircuit, signed by a majority of the
unty officials and many other prom- ~
nent citizens, is being circulated
boughout the county praying that
tsecial and speedy trial- be given
V~iliam Bethune for the killing ofI
drr. 0. Benjamin Mims on Sunday
vening, February 21. The petition
ttes that feeling is running high.
.nd it will be for the best interests d
if law and justice that a special
rial be ordered. ..
REPUBLCAN PROSPERITY. I
'he Big Lackawanna Steel Company
Cuts Wages. tI
Buffalo. N. Y., March 2.-A re- t
f prcticllyever emloye oft
uction of 10 per cent in the wages
ackawanna Steel Company went in
> effect today. The Lackawanna
o ne of the largest independent er
nncerns outside of the Gary plant. tr
tid this is the first announcement al
Ea cut in wages from the indepen- m
ents since the war of prices with ki
,ce Again the Ship Subsidy
Bill is Voted Down
Y VERY CLOSE VOTE
our Democrats Voted for the Meas
ure and Thirty Republicans-Mr.
Moon Said the Bill Would Give
the Public Money to a Few Rich
Washington, March 2.-The ship
ibsidy bill was rejected by the
oues of representatives today by a
:>te of 172 to 175.
The principal feature of the bill
th-e provision that American mail
:eamships of 16 knots or over and
I not less than 5,000 gross tons shall
e paid $4.60 per nautical mile out
'ard bound on routes of 4,000 miles
r upward to South America, the
'hilippines, Asia and Australia.
Mr. Landis, of Indiana, made an
arnest plea for the passage of the
Mr. Moon, of Tennessee, led the
pposition to the measure.
"It is an infernal fraud designed
D plunder the treasury," he declar
d. Speaking of the provision for
raining of American boys and an
wering the plea of patriotism ad
anced by Mr. Landis, he said that
t was but a blind to hide the giv
ag of the people's money to corpo
ations of ship-owners.
The climax came when Minority
.eader Clark declared that a lobby
ad been carried on *right on the
oor of the house" in favor of the
iassage of the bill. "It is an out
age to a civilized country," he de
lared. "This thing of coaxing men,
utton-holing men, and I undertake
o say that when Mr. Moon, of Ten
isse, denounced this bill, as an in
ernal fraud, he used la.nguage he
ras justified in using."
The debate against the bill was
:losed by Mr. Cockran, of New York.
-e denounced the sending of the
kmerican fEag abroad by a subsidy
'as an outragrous concession of the
mslaving of a people through the
gency of a government."
Among those to speak for the bill
vere Gobel, of Ohio; Landis, of In
liana; Huraphrey, of Washington,
Lnd Hobson, of Alabama; against it
vere Small, of North Carolina; Kus
.ermann, of Wisconsin; Stafford, of
Nisconsin; Lloyd, of Missouri; Saun
lers, of Virginia; Wilson. of Pensyl
ran'. Clark, of Missouri; Steven
;o1, ,f Minnesota; Finley. of South
3arolina, and Norris, of Nebraska.
The feel:ing in the house was
trained as the hour of voting ap
roached. The attendance was prob
biy the largest of the season. Ev
ary one recognized that the vote
would be close. Representative
soldfogle, of New York, who was op~
erated on yesterday in a hospital,
w'as carried on the dloor in a chair,
to vote against the bill.
At scene of wild confusion follow
ed the roil-call. With the announce
m~ent of the vote 172 ir. the affirma
tive, the Speaker hesitated to get a
good breath, and then said "175 in
The Democratic side of the house
broke forth in cheers.
Mr. Overstreet, in charge of the
bill, was recognized, and he asked to
be permitted to change his vot-e.
This would have allowed him to
move to reconsider and have another
vote on the bill. The Speaker in
from him that the vote had been an
nounced and his request came too
late.. Thirty Republicans voted
against the measure and four Dem
ocrats for it:
Democrats for: .Bartlett,. of Ne
rada; Estopinal, of Louisiana; Hob
son, of Alabama; Jones, of Virginia.
KILLED WHOLE FAMILY.
For Which Murderer Only Gets Life
Decatur, Ala., March 1.--The
jury in the case of Bob Clements,
or the murder of the Edmondson
amily of five members , tonight
ound the prisoner gaiiiy of murder
n the first degree and fixed his sen
ence at life imprisonment.
Clemonts was charged with the
nurder of Tom Edmondson and Ed
nondson's wife, mother and two chil
lrn, last November, near Woodland
nills, in this county. After the fam
ly had been murdered, their bodies
were placed in the -barn and the fol
owing night the barn was set on fire,
mly a few bones remaining to tell of
he gruesome tragedy.
Clements had been In the employ
>f Edmondson and it was brought
mut that Edmondson came hom-e, and
ouind Clements talking to Mrs. Ed
nondson, and the supposition is thiat
M-mondson threatened his life, and
hat Clements killed him and then
:illed other members of the family
o hide the crime.
THREE FATALLY INJURED
Lnd Scores Hurt in Washington on
Wanshington, March 5.--Casualties
t the inaugural were three deaths,
bree probably fatally injured and
ire than seventy-five other injured.
he dead are Norman A. Stall, of
~ichmond; Andrew B. Doran, of
ittsburg. and Samuel Young, of this
ity. Epilepsy, heart disease and|
lectrocution were the causes ofI
Creaping at a snail's pace, heavilyi
iden trains today bore away the
iugural crowds. Crippled telle
raph facilities last night made it
npossible to operate the trains.
Seemaingly the thousands who
>cked to the city attempted to leave
e city simultaneously, and the mili
ry organizations with crowded
e stations vied with one another
displays andl music.
Findlay, Ohio, March 1.-An
ine pulling westbound passenger
an on the Cincinnati, Hamilton
id Dayton railroad blew up this
orning, ten miles west of this city,
llng the engineer and injuring five
WHY HE SPARED HIM.
WHEN HE COULD HAVE SCORED
Senator Tillman Let Roosevelt Off
In Order to Get Crum Out of the
Washington, March 1.-Paradoxi
cal as it may seem, says the corre
spondent of the Charleston Evening
Post, there is keen disappointment
and general rejoicing that Senator
Tillman will not "tear the hide from
Teddy," as he intended when he
made his personal explanation speech
in the senate early in January. There
is no more interesting talker In the
senate than Benjamin Ryan Tillman.
He can fill the galleries and bring
over from the house almost its en
tire membership when it is known
that he is going to speak. For there
is one thing about the senior senator
from South aCrolina that can not be
said of many of his colleagues, he Is
never dull nor tiresome.
Just what has caused the Senator
to change his program can not at
this time he stated, for it is of com
mon knowledge that he had ample
material for a review of Roosevelt's
administration that would, if made
public in the senate, cause many of
the president's partisans to wince
and fret under the collar because
they could not give any excuse to
justify Roosevelt's acts. And espec
ially the part played by the presi
dent in the "merger" of the Tennes
see Iron and Coal Company by the
As asserted by the best lawyers
in the senate, there was never a more
wanton disregard of law than the
sanction of this violation of the anti
trust law. But then this is only one
of the many high-handed acts of
the president that Senator Tillman
could hold up and describe in pictur
esque language that would cut to
It has been whispered that the
real explanation for the change of
program is that Senator Tillman was
given to understand that if he
"would not bring President Roose
velt face to face with himself,"
the nomination of Dr. Crum would
be allowed to die a peaceful death,
and this, in itself, would. be a re
buke to the president who had sat
his heart on having the negro ,con
firmed in the face of the Senator's
It is also intimated rather strong
ly that President-elect Taft will see
to it that Dr. Crum will not be of
fensive to the people of South Caro
lina. This is taken to mean that Dr.
Crum will be let alone. In other
words, there is no reason why Crum
should be given a Federal office.
No one is pressing his appointment,
that Is no one of influence so far as it
can be ascertained at this end of the
A friend of Senator 'Tillman's
says the Crum appointment had noth
ing to do with the Senator's change
of program, for the reason that at no
time could Crum have been confirm
ed at this short session.
BLIND TIGERS PAY WELL.
Over Three Thousand Dollars Taken
Augusta, March 3.-The Chronicle
of last Sunday says a total of $3,
6350.00 was assessed in fines in the
city court yesterday morning by
Judge W. F. Eve. The bulk of the
fines was imposed upon the blind
tiger keepers, there being $3,350 im
posed upon them. Judge Eve was
severe on the blind tiger ke'epers
and in each sentence It was a. fine
of so much or six months on the
county chain gang. They were not
given a jail alternative.
The fines Imposed were as fol
lows: Henry G. Kale, $400; George
Hanvey, $400; T. P. Fagan, $400;
J. E. Allen, $600; J. W. Fitzgerald,
$400; J. J. Dunne, $750; F. W.
Sherlock, $400. The above men
were charged with running blind
In passing sentence upon J. E. Al
len. the court remarked that Allen
had been before the court two or
three times before on the same
cnarge, and for that reason he would
make the fine. heavier than in the
When passing sentence upon
Dunne, the court remarked that he
thought the jury had brought in
the only verdict that they could, un
der the evidence, and for that reason
he was going to impose a heavy fine
KILLED BY THE CU"RRENT.
Young Man Took Hold of Wire and
and Was Electrocuted.
Marion March 6.-A fatal accident
occurred last night at the power
house of the light and water com
pany. when Cady Young. a young
white fireman, was electrocuted and
instantly killed. Mr. Young wasethe
day fireman at the plant and was pre
paring to leave the plant when he
passed by the switchboard and plac
ed both hands on one of the wires.
Instantly 2,.300 volts of electrici
ty passed through his* body. So
strong was the current that it held
him standing at the switchboard!
after he was dead, and the first per
son to get to him was severely shock
ed in trying to pull him loose from,
the wires. Every means was ex
hausted to try to revive him, but he
was undoubtedly killed almost in
Mr. Young's duties did not carryi
him about this part of the plant ~
and he was not familiar with the a
mechanism of the switchboard, and
it was probably through ignorance
f the danger that he caught hold r
of th.- wire.n
Mr. Young wvas quite a young c
man. and only came to Marion last
September. His former home was
in Avoca,. Iowa. Since coming to
Marion Mr. Young has been a good p
citizen and was very highly thoughi h
of by his employers and associates si
Only throe months ago he married el
a miss Cook.-The State. *be
The proportion of gold and silver
The only bak
made from Royal Gra
runken Man Runnirg Amuck
Stopped by a Shotgun
JSED BY A MINISTER
ervant of Gen. Miller, Crazed With
Drink, Shoots at Several Villag
ers at Temple, New Hampshire, but
Is Killed by a Clergyman Before
Anyone is Injured.
Temple, N. H., March 2.-While
:razed with drink, George L. Mar
:otte, a valet in the employ of Brig.
gen. James Miller, United States
rmy (retired), ran amuck late to
lay and, after shooting at several
zillagers, who attempted to disarm
im, was sho.t and instantly killed by
Rev. Harvey Eastman, pastor of the
ocal Congregational Church. The
tragedy occurred at Gen. Miller's
residence, on the Wilton road one
nd one-half miles 'from Temple.
Marcotte had been drinking freely
for some time. This afternoon hr
becase uncontrollable and, seizing
one of Gen. Miller's army pistols.
discharged it at random and drove
the General and his housekeeper
from the house. Gen. Miller tele
phoned to Temple for assistance, and
in response eight men, armed with
shotguns and revolvers, hastened to
They surrounded the house, hoping
to induce Marcotte to surrender, but
the valet refused to do and main
tained his threatening attitude. Fin
ally Marcotte left the house by the
back door. The Rev. Eastman and
Davidson were nearer to Marcotte
than the others and endeavored to
persuade the insane man to lay down
the pistol. A shot was the invariable
reply. As a last resort Davidson,
who was armed with a revolver, fired
at Marcotte, but missed him.
The valet continued to shoot, but
his aim was so wild that he did not
hit any one. Finally tne Rev. Mr.
Eastman pointed a .shotgun at the
valet and demanded that he surrend
er. .To save his life the minister
discharged the .gun, the contents
striking Marcotte in the forehead and
THE CONFEDERATE HOME
For Old Soldiers to Be Opened Very
Columbia, March 6.-Tbp Record
says at 4 o'clock Monday afternoon
the board of directors of the Confed
erate home will meet at the Pal
metto bank to formulate plans* for
the openin~g of the home. An ap
propriation of $12,000 was made by
the legislatur'e for the home, but
$16,000 was asked for. The $4,000
difference was for the purpose 01
buying suitable furniture and since
this amount was not given, the boaro
lt its meeting Monday will be com
pelled to outline some plans for the
raising of this amount. It may be
possible that the Daughters of the
Confederacy will lend aid by giving
entertainments from time to time.
Anothear matter the board will con
sider, is what they will require of
the county pension board before the
veterans may be admitted, as those
who have comortable homes may pre
fer to remain at their own firesides.
The home is a beautiful building.
situzaed k n ethe 'northern end of
the grounds of the State hospital for
the insane. It contains thirty rooms
and is surrounde.d by ten acres of
land. The home will grow its own
vegetables and raise forage crops,
the inmates 'doing such work as
they may desire, or if they prefer,
they may devote their time to read
mug and writing, or in such manner
as they wish. *
Sets Herself Afire.
Tarmpa. March 5.-Maria Jamenez,
a beautiful eighteen-year-old Cuban
girl who had quarreled with her
weetheart. today poured kerosine
~ver her clothing and lighted thE
oaking ga: ments with a match. *
Value of Irrigation.
If it is true that the growing of
wo blades of grass where but one
~rew formerly is a benefit to man
rind, it is an equal benefit to have
ne blade grown where none before
~rew. It is this which irrigatiob
loes in large sections of our land.
There the soil, naturally fertile, has
emained a barren waste because o!
he absence of moisture. The ir
iation ditchgs carrying a well nigh
nlimited supply of water from the
2ountains are reclaiming and mak
g fruitful vast areas of land that
re surely becoming the abode 01
1any thousands of industrious and
rosperous pecople. When irrigation
-as first proposed it was opposed b3
any as a useless expenditure of
ioney, but these croakers are now
,nvinced that they were wrong.
lilled His Mother.
Hollanl. Mich.. March 5.-Eron
aldwin tof'ay confessed t~o killing
s aged mother with a hatnhet wbi 1
ie was asleep, fearing she would i
iarge him with burning their
China uses a eat deal of lMadt
,) Cream of Tartar.
RATHER THAN PROSECUTE PUL
.ITZER 'AND SMITH.
Federal District Attorney Quits Serv
ice, Being Conscientiously Opposed
to Government's Prosecution.
Washington, March 5.--United
State' District Attorney Keating at
Indianapolis has resigned rather than
participate in the efforts of -the de
partment of justice to brjng Delavan
Smith and Jos. Pulitzer to Washing
ton to stand trial for criminal libel
in connection with publications con
cerning the Panama canal and- rail
Mr. Keating in a letter to the at-.
torney general says:
"For almost eight years I 'have
had the honor of. representing the
government of the United States as
attorney. During that time I have,
prosecuted all alike without fear
or favor, where I had an honest be
lief in their guilt.
"I have been compelled on several
occasions to prosecute personal
friends but in each case I only did
so after a thorough investigation had
convinced me of their guilt.
"In this case, as to the guilt or
innocene of the defendants on'the
question of libel I do not attempt
to say. If guilty, they should be
nrosecuted, but properly indicted and
prosecuted in the- right place,'viz, at
"I am not in accord with the gov- -
ernment interests' attempt to-put a
-strained construction on -the law, to
drag the defendants - from their
homes to the seat of government to
be tried and punished while- there
is a good and sufficient law in-this
jurisdiction in the State., court..
"I believe the principle involved
is a dangerous~ one, striking at the
very foundation of our form of gov- --
emrnment. I can not,- therefore. -hon
estly-- and conscientiously insist to.
the court that such is the >law.' I
-lo not feel that I can, in justice
to my office, continue' to hold It and
lecline to assist."
In connection with- the Elkhart
bank case, Mr. -Keating prosecuted
and convicted all the offiders of thiat --
institution, including Walter .Brown,
who was his close pel'sonal friend
and a member of the' Republican
C. W. Miller, who has twice been
attorney general of Indiana will be
recommended by Senator Beveridge
for United States attorney to sue
THE PREACHER'S MISTAK.
His Plan Worked Well Until He
It .is stated that' a preacher In' a,
neighboring town had been much
annoyed by the way memnbers of
the congregation hade of looking.
around to take- stock of late comers.
After enduring it 'for .some time he
said on -entering the reading desk
one Suzwday: -
"Brethren, I regret -to see that
your attention is called away from
your religious duties by your-.natural
desire to see who comes, in: behind
you. I propose henceforth . to save
you the trouble: by naming each per
son who may enter, and hope - that
the services will then be allowed
to porceed without interruption."
He then began: ."Dearly belov
ed," but paused half way, to inter- -
lopate "Mr. Stubbins with his wife
and daughter." Mr. Stubbinis looked
rather surprised, but the ministei*
with perfect gravity, resumed his ex
hortation. .Presently he again paus
ed: "Mr. Curtis and William Dig
'1e." The abashed congregation
kept their eyes studiously bent on
The service continued in the most
orderly manner,- the parson inter
rupting himself every now and then
to name some newcomer. At last
he said still with the most perfect
gravity: "Mrs. Symons in a new
'onnet." In a moment he felt his
mistake, but it was too late. Every
feminine head in the congregation
had turned around.
Women of the Confederacy.
There is nothing which appeals
to the average South Carolinian
nore than patriotism. The legisla
ture provided for the erection of a
-nonument to the "Women of the
Confederacy," and the work of so
!iciting subscriptions to augment the
appropriation has already begun.
We want to see Orangeburg have a
prominent place in this picture, and
b)efore this year goes'out let there
be surficient money raised to begin
the work on this noble and worthy.
cause. Any contribution sent to this
-lewspaper will be acknowledged in
ts columns, and forwarded- to the
The investigation as to the cause
>'f the recent crib disaster in the
ake at Chicago. by which sixty peo
ie lost their lives, is ended and, as
vss freely predicted, no one is blam
'd for the disaster. The jury, hovi
'ver. made a number of criticisms,
mnd also some recommendations,
vhich, if carried out, will probably
nsure grtater protection 'for the
vorkmen. To an 'outsider the
erdict of the coroner's jury seems
o be "not guilty, but don't do It.