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~T. XVTTT MANNING, S. C. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 1909 NO.52
By Ughtning and Managp
The Wireem Telegraph Station at
Charlsson Torn Up by a Flash
of .Lightning-Manager .Ferrick
Had Taken Off Head HarUMess
When Bolt Struck.
The Charleston Post says William
j. FerrieLk manager of the wireless
telegraph plant at Hampton park.
was knocked senseless and his In
strument ruined Wednesday after
noon by a lightning bolt which
struck his office at about 4:30. The
operator barely escaped being killed.
the fact that he had removed his
ear pAeces just a moment before
the bolt hit. saving him from be
ing electrocuted. It will be neces
sary to rush new Instruments from
New York to put the wireless sta
tion here into working order again.
Mr. Ferrick was sitting at his
key during the storm of Wednesday
afternoon, as usual, ready to receive
or send messages to and from the
sea. and through some intuitive
feeling, most probably. with the
lightning flashing in a lively manner
about him. he took off his head har
ness for the time being. Hardly had
he done so. when a blinding flask'
accompanied by a terrific crash of
thunder. swept through his offce.
and he knew no more until about
twenty minutes later, when he found
htmslf lying on his back half way
Into his sleeping room, Afteen feet
away. The large glass of the win
dow In front of his key was smash
ed., and investigation showed that
his ear-pieces, which he had remov
ed from his head just before the
stroke, were burned and useless.
while his tuner, and his magnets I
were burned out and the city tele
phone receiver fused. Fortunately
the once did not catch on Are with
the operator senseless on the floor. I
Mr. Ferrick thinr that the bolt
crashed through the glass in front
of him and struck his Instrument.
putting them out of business. He
was somewhat brulsed from the
shock and the violence with wheih
he was hurled from his chair upon
the floor. but beyond a ringing In
one of his ears today he is unhurt.
4 rush order has been sent by
th wireless manager to New York
for new equipment his plant here.
and he thinks that by early next
week he will be able to receive and
sand messages again, with his usualI
Further examination of the plant
failed to show any damage to the
tali mast or to the superstructure <
of the wireless equipmen*. The 4
whole damage was confined to the
offce and Instrument. It was a
provideatial escape from instant
death that the manager had, and if
he had not removed his ear pieces..
he would have been fatally shocked
by the bolt.
The operator at Hampton park 1
has been on duty here about two
years. coming to Charleston from
New York, and has been in the wire
less service for a longer time, but
he has never before had such a close
escape from being killed by light
ning. He declared that it was not
the custom or lightning to strike
the plants of the company. Because
of the accident to the plant, at aboutI
the time the Arapahoe sustained her i
accident off the coast of North Car
olina, no messages were caught from1
the wireless Instrument on the
steamship, and consequently Infor
mation of the trouble she was in
came through other stations of the
United Wireless Company.
CRVSADE ON COCAINE SELLES-'
Two White Doctors and Fifteen No.
Savannah has begun a crusade
against cocaine sellers and uses
which ought to be followed all over
the South. Former Coroner Dr.
H. B. Stanley and Dr. W. W. LIM.
white. and Dr. E. M. Pickney. col
ored, were arrested a few days ago
as a result of statements made in
the police court by fourteen men and
women, mostly negroes. who were
rounded up as the beginning of a
crusade on cocain sellers. Dr Lee
has not yet made bond, but Drs.
Stanley and Plnckney gave bond of
$1.000 each. The fourteen other
defendants were all bound over to
the city court. The physicians de
elar'd they wrote cocaine prescrip
tions only to alleviate suffering. de
claring the "flends" had to have
the drug. A score or more of the
"Sends" were used as witnesses.
Slayer Telephones Sheriff.
Charles Pons. one of the best
known residents of Duval county.
Fla.. Wednesday night telephoned to
Sheriff Bowden's residence and in
formed him that he had just killed
his brother-in-law. Charles Wiggins.
at his home near Gravely Hill. iseven
miles from Jacksonville. and re
quested the sheriff to place him un
der arrest. Pons alleges that Mrs.
Pons was slapped by Wiggyins.
Killed by Accident.
At Spartanburg Henry Wyatt. ag
ed twenty-seven years. car inspec
tor of the Southern at Spartanburng
Junction. was killed Wednesday
morning by being run over by a
freight car. The body was shipped
to Belton. in Anderson county, his
former home, for Interment. He 1
A FIEND HUNG
PAYS THE DEATH PENALTY FOR!
HIS ATTEMPTED CRIME.
The Negro Who Attempted to As
mit a Young Lady Near George..
town Confeesed Before Execution.
At Georgetown on FrIday Alfred y
ackson. alias "Slippery Joint. who
was convicted of an assault and an
attempt to commit criminal assault
on a young white school teacher at
the special term of court which was
held on July 27. paid the death
penalty for his crime on the gal
lows. In accordance with the senten- VC
ce which was passed upon him by S
Judge John S. Wilson to hang on if
August 13. tk
Jenkins. just before leaving his
cell for the gallows. confessed his I
crime. saying that he had had a
dream In which the Lord told him
to tell the truth before he died. T!
Jenkins up to this time had denied
that he was the guilty party and at. 1o
his trial he put up the plea of an to
While on the gallows he made no re
statement regarding his crime. the N<
>nly thing he said oeing. "Lord have th
mercy on my soul. The Lord is my tb
hepherd. I shall not want." H
ilis spiritual advisor. Rev. A. B. ca
Jackson. colored, made a prayer In oc
yehalf of the condemned man on the
gallows. After the prayer Sherlid fo
curry asked Jenkins if he had any- C
bng else to say, to which he re- m
>lied. "No." wj
The sheriff sprung the trap at C
:3 lo'clock and Jenkins hung for th
;ixteen and a half minutes before be
fe was pronounced extinct by Drs. Si
)Hn Sawyer. Gaillard and Meorer. co
Jenkins did not show any signs wc
)f nervousness when he walked up po
he steps on the gallows except that
>erspiration was streamin from his ed
The execution passed off quietly be
.nd his family took charge of the co:
One of the witnesses of the ere- ed
ution fainted when the trap was lic
prung and was taken to the jail St
ouse by the doctors, who were pres- de
tut for attention. *Th
SWEPT BY FLOOD. pr
fany Lives Lost and Many Houses MA
Are Destroyed. Sp
A dispatch from Monterey. Mexico. Ca
ays the Santa Catarina River has r
eturned to its banks. leaving a W
core of desolation and destruction do
n the southern part of the city. thi
rourteen lives are known to have kn
een lost, and estimates place the
umber as high as fifty. The exact us
gres will never se known, as theth
~arro of San Luisito, where most H
f the damage occurred. is inhabit- it
d by the poorer classes mostly, and ,
mny occupied houses were washed de
way Over 600 houses have been ,2
rashed away in this one district, and
~ractically all those left standing are lic
nore or less damaged. ' en
The people returned to the strick- ha
n district a few days ago and spent ap
he time in cleaning the deposits of' tel
nd from the housas. Many fami- lit
le have lost all their possessions Mi
.d there is great suffering among Re
:hem. In the city proper 'averal ?h
louses caved in as a result of the ,
torm and the damage all over the lie
dty has been great.
The Monterey bath house wasca
loded by rain. One man lost his th
fe in the swimming pool. Houses og
hroughout the lower sections of the g
ity were inundated and the fami- g
e forced to move out. The elec- d
ri light plant was damaged, as a
was the power plant of the street thi
allway system. The rains continue si
d another flood is expeted In the th
anta Catarine. e
PARCHED BY DROUGHT.
(orn Crop in Northern Virginia R
Almost a Failure. s
Dispatches from Winchester. Va., i
says the great corn field of North- si
rn Virginia are burning up. The c
~everst drought of years is prevail
ng and for more than six weeks lit- d
:Ie if any rain has fallen in the P
shenandoah and Page valleys. t
3treams are tower than for years
td many are dry. The corn crop t
will be almost a total failure, while
ill rowing crops are cut short.
Should the drought prevail much be
longer the apple crop, which gave j
ne promise. will be seriously af- e
etetd. Thousands of dollars have p
mlready been lost to the farmers and )
ach day the loss increases. t
The railroads are reriously troub
led, hay fields being set on fire byD
passing locomotives and valuable,
Strike Breaker Killed.
At Bisbee. Ariz., William Pfan-, t
kuch a striking printer, shot and In- Sc
stantly killed Asa A. Hoy, former be
business manager of the Review, the
morning paper of that city, and wil- at
11am Bockholz, of Covington. Ky--.
early Friday. The union printers T:
on The Review struck several days is
ago and Hoy and Bockholz were op- al
erating linotype machines in their:g
Brothers Marry Siters.
More than 50 immediate reia-i
tives of the brides and bride-grooms
were in attendance at the marriage;
eremony in Kent county. Ky., re- c
ently which united five sisters to si
ive brothers. Misses Maud. Nellie,.t
Kate Anna and Susle Martin were tV
married to John, Dan Hagh, Jack s
r WAR TO THE LIMIT
ITH NO QUARTER ASKED OR
0 GIVEN WITH CONTROL
Of the Republican National Organi
zation as the Stake Is Declared by
the Progresiive Republicans.
War to the limit with no quarter
asked or given and with the control
e of the Republican national organ!
zation the one great prize at stake
is officially declared b ythe Progres
e sive Republicans.
The Republican National Conven
tion of 1912 Is the promised field of
* the spectacular battle of the cam
e paign already initiated. The tariff
and how to revise it furnishes the
line of demarcation between the op
posing forces. A dispatch from Ch!
Senator Albert B. Cummins of
f Iowa homeward bound from Wash
ington, flung down the gauntlet and
t for all practical purposes officially
and formally delivered the political
ultimatum which opens hostilities
between the Progressive and the old
order, which has aligned in Wash
ington by Senator Aldrich.
The big items emphasized by Sen
ator Cummins as critical points to
be pushed to the fore by the Pro
gressives are these:
1. Placing in control at the head
of organized Republicanism men
who will stand absolutely by plat
2. Struggle for this policy at
every convention, local. Congress
ional or State between now and 1912
where there are enough Progressive
Republicans to make it worth while.
3. No general revision of the tar
Iff for perhaps a decade, but re
visloa from time to time In partie
ular schedules as expert investiga
tion demonstrates to be necessary
and at the same time conforming
with the broad principle of protec
4. Appointment of an expert tar
iff commissioner at the earliest prao
ticable moment to furnish this In- I
formation to Congress.
5. And, particularly, no oppo
sition to President Taft-whom the
Progressives believe to have a thor
oughly progressive program in hand
for his administration-at least un- c
til the Presidential policy demon- t
strates the contrary.
"What immediate step will be
taken by the Progressives?" Sena- I
tor Cummins was asked.
"We shall present the issue flatly t
to every Republican convention be
tween the present and the National
Convention of 1912 where it is pos
sible for the issue to be presented.
That Issue is: Shall the men now
in control of the party's destinies I
be permitted further to disregard
plain party declarations?"
DOCTOR RUNS AWAY.
Gave Patient Chloroform and He
Dies at Once
The sudden and excited departu-e I
of Dr.. Philip Sussman from thee
apartment of \Mrs. Abran-un Lazerc
witz, in the East Side tenement, New
York, before daylight Wednesday.
was explained later by the doctor tot
Coroner Harburger as being occa
soned by his fear that the woman
and her family would attack him
when they learned of the death of
their sixteen-year-old son, whom the
doctor was attending. 1
Dr. Sussman was called to per
form an operation on the boy's knee
and to do so he said that he had
administered chloroform. Before he
was ready to operate, however, he
discovered that the boy had died
while under the influence of the
"I know how excited those fami
lies become on such an occasion.''
the doctor is reported to have told
the coroner. "and I left the house.a
telling the mother that I was going
for my instruments. Had I remain-f
ed there until they discovered that
he was dead they and the neighbors
would have mobbed me."
When the doctor did not return to
the house in halt an hour the mother
discovered that her son was dead
and called the police. The coroner
will hold an inquest.
A STRANGE VISITOR.
'Psu Calls at the Sumter Post
office for Mall.
The Sumter Watchman-Southron
says of all the extraordinary inci
dents that occur around this city.
the most extraordinary and unusual
happened In the postoffice Thursday
night about 9 o'clock. Mr. Furman
Tisdale. night clerk at the postoffice.
opened the back door of the office,
and a nice fat 'possum walked in.
r He was so well pleased with his new
, quarters that he utterly refused to
-depart. an:! consequently the door
was closed upon him and he spent
- a pleasant night's rest behind a box.
SHe is now under arrest for forcing
-.his way into government premises.
. and will v'ery probably be held. pend
y ing the arrival of President Taft in
-this State in November.
8 Towboat CapsizCs.
The naval tug Zeninscot, from,
Portsmouth to Boston. capsized off;
Cape Ann early Wednesday. Several
of her crew were drowned. The sec
nond offieer, the captain's wife, her
d little boy and four of the crew were
a landed on the tug's boat. The cap
- tan. surgeon. engineer and three.
a other members of the crew, who took:
n a raft, were blown off shore. They,
were. resced later.
1OOR BILL TAF
be Wicked Hitchcock Said t
be Plotting to
INDO ALL HIS PLANI
'o Break Solid South by Givin
Weak Kneed Democrats a Chant
at the Republican Pie Cou- r I
Exchange for Their Support of th
President Taft's well-directed el
rts in 1xing his policy towards th
)uth are threatened with ruptur
not destruction as the result o
to political games being played I:
nnectk-a with the appointment o
insus supervisors, says P. H. MeG
ie Washington correspondent o
he News and Courier.
He says up to a few days ago I
oked as though the appointment
these places would be made b:
[rector Durand. of the census bu
an. with the President's approval
)w, however. It has been learne<
at the real power behind th,
rone is none other than Fraul
. Hitchcock. aided by the Republi
n referees from the various Dom
It has be) known in Washingtc.
r several days that so far as Soutl
Lrolha was oorvcerned no appoint
Dnt as supervisors would be mad(
thcut the approval of John G
Lpers and Leumas Blalock, and
at In Virginia. another rock-rib
d Democratic State. Congressmaz
Dmp and Alvah Martin would bN
naulted before anything defnite
>uld be announced as to the ap
In addition to this it was learn
that Cecil Lyon, the head of the
publican machine in Texas. has
en here for several days holdinj
ferences with Mr. Hitchcock and
at everything , now cut and dr1
for naming at least ten Repub
an supervisors in the Lone Star
te, which sends to Congress a
legation of sixteen Democrats,
at at least ten of the sixteen sn
rvisors will be Republicans is
ctically settled, and it !s possible
it even a greater division may be
It is learned, too that Judge
sneer Adams. the recognized
oss" of North Carolina Republ!
a politics, has also been talking
er matters with Mr. Hitchcock.
ben seen and asked what would be
ne In a general way regarding
se appointments. Judge Adams
ew nothing about them except
tat he had heard or read in the
wspapers, and hardly knew that
are was such a man as Franki
tchceck. But, being on to him.
did not take Washington corre
andents who haunt the postofice
partment long to figure out just
Lat his business might be here.
North Carolina has three Repub
an members of Congress and sen
Democrats, and as President Taft
s already indicate^- that he would
point more muprvisors of the lat
Sparty in States like North Caro
a, Virginia. West Virginia and
ssourl. where there is a maraked
publican tendency, it Is probablE
t in the division North Carolina
11 get about six or seven Repub
ans and three or four Democrats.
Though Georgia has no Republi
ns In Congress, It is understood
at six Republicans will be appoint
there, leaving room for Ave Dem
rats. In Florida, Alaama and
her Southern States, where the
legatons are solidly Democratic,
d there is to be a supervisor for
a Congressional district, the dlvi
>n will be made equally between
s Democrats and Republicans ex
pt that where there is an odd num
r of Representatives the odd mar
i be from the Republican ranks.
It is known that nothing can be
ied by the appointment or a few
publcan supervisors In any of
Southern States, and in those
tions overwhelmingly Democratic
would probably be Mr. Taft's de
-e to give the places to the Demo
its, but for the pressure comini
m the Hitchcock machine fora
rision to be made strictly along
rty lines with most or the pie or
e Republican side and what may
split to go to hungry Democrats
These appointments are small
ings within themselves, and it i
iown that Mr. Taft would gladl:
the Southern people have them
it for the reasons just given. and
st here the iniquitous work of th<
er-ready machine begins to be ap.
rent. The appointment of Repub
an supervisors naturally mean:
e appointment of at least a limit
Snumber of negroes, according t<
rector Durand, as enumerators
id that is just where many South
people may part company witi
r. Taft. The appointment of ne
oes to office anywhere and unde
e conditions-specially in th
>uth-eaVOrs strongly of carpet
It seems-all things considered
id especially with reference to th'
ltchcock manipulations, that Mr
aft's much-cherished hopes of unil
*g the Southern people to him b:
pointing only the best men to of
:e. Irrespective of politics, are to b
3.shed to destruction through th
ork of the all-powerful machine.
P. H. McG.
Henry P. Plunkett, a Frankli
yunty, Virginia, farmer. committe
2icide by hanging himself from
ee in his orchard Wednesday al
rnoon. He body was found by
>n. He icaves a widow and te
SOME FOOLISH TALK
PUTS A MOUTHEY BA3BERG NE
GRO ON CHAIN GANG.
Said the Negroes Ought to Kil the
Police and Then Burn the Town
The Bamberg Herald says last Fri
day night Ben Black, a negro who
keeps a little shop on Main street,
was arrested by Policeman C. C.
Rowell. Black was standing in a
crowd of negroes behInd the depot
at train time when the eight o'clock
train arrived. and Mr. Rowell heard
him say that a negro had no rights
in Bamberg. and the only thing to
do was to kill some of these smart
oMfcers or burn out the town, using
His talk was occasioned by the
fact that. acting under orders from
the mayor. Policeman Rowell has
been keeping negroes and others who
had no business there, away from
the trains, in order that passengers
could get on and of. conditions on
the arrival of trains having become
ntolerable, as the negroes would
rowd the narrow space between the
epot and the track.
As soon as the train left Mr. Row
ell went down to Black's shop and
rirrested him. He attempted to re
ist. and Mr. Rowell gave him two
taps with his club which quieted
dm. Then J. A. Nimmons. the col
)red barber, went on hIs bond, but
s soon as he found out the charge
tgainst Black, he came off the bond.
;o Black was rearrested and placed
n the guard house.
He was tried Saturday afternoon
before Mayor J. A. Wyman and
'ound guilty on three counts: Curs
ng at the depot Friday night, re
sting an officer and cursing at the
lepot one night last fall, this fact
iaving come out after his arrest.
ast fall he stated with an oath that
iter Taft's election negroes would
;et on juries, and he wanted to get
n and hang some white man, as
rhite men had been convicting ne
yroes. This was heard by a white
nan and testified to Saturday after
The maximum fine and imprison
neat was put on in each case:
100 or thirty days, making a total
f $300 or ninety days. Black took
he days, and was sent to the chain
rang late Saturday afternoon. This
egro has long been regarded as an
mpudent fellow by the white peo
le of Bamberg. and he bears any
hing but a good reputation. He
rill no doubt learn some sense
rhile serving his sentence.
HAVE NO FUNDS. I
Yan to Send Cotton Erpert Abroad
According to a letter received at
ommissoner Watson's offce in Co
mbia from the chief of the bureau
f manufactures of the department
f comnmerce and labor, it will be
:possible to send an expert to
rigni countries to gather data and
oforation for the benefit of the
otton producers of the South. The
eason given is that there is no ap
~ropriation for the sending of an
,gent at this time for the special
ervice. The request was made on
e National Government as a result
if a resolution adopted at a recent
neeting of the State Farmers' Union
eld in Columbia. A similar resoln-|
ion was also passed at a meeting
if the National Union held at Atlan-|
a, some time ago. *|
WOMAN TAKES A.RSNIO
i ter a Very Heated Argument With
At Atlanta. angered with her hus
iand over some trival family dis
iut, Mrs. A. Gilbert. Friday swal-1
owed a quantity of arsnic in the
Iresence of her husband. Gilbert
Lt once hurried to a nearby drug
tore and secure an emetic, which he
'orced his wife to swallow, after
hich he summoned an ambulance
Lnd had the woman rushed to the
;rady HospitaL It is thought she
Gilbert declared he had no doubt
s wife took the poison with suici
[al intent, but declined to discuss
ls family troubles. He said his
wife became enraged during an ar
;ument shortly after breakfast, and
unnounced her intention of ending
tall ',y taking poison.
Pellagra e Durham.
A report from Durham. N. C..
tays an epidemic of pellagra result
'd in the fifth death there a few1
a:.' ago, that of Mrs. D. C. Mitch
1 a native Georgian, and the wife
f an extensive lumber dealer.
hysicians are not able to assign
ny cause for the disease. There
av been eight deaths from pellagra|
.n Durham and adjacent territory.*
Feil From Third Story.
Arthur Bleakley, one of the lead
ng dry goods merchants of Augusta.
Ga.. fell from a window of his fiat,
third story, over his store, to the
sidewallr Friday morning about 1
'clock. suffering a broken leg and
other injuries. He died Friday
nght at a local hospital. Death
esulted from shock.*
Has Fatal Fall.
While directing work on the roof
of a new building at Buena Vista.
Va. Wednesday, C. H. Ridings.
nmhr of the firm of Ridings
Brothers. contractors and building
material dealers,. fell to the ground.
eceivng injuries that caused him
A FATAL FIGHT
A Gilted Lover and Brother
OF THE YOUNG LADY
The Dead Men's Father in Attempt
ing to Avenge Their Death by
Shooting Their Murderers Kills a
Man Pasing That Way by His
The Latin temperament is ever
ready to fly to extremes, and, par
ticularly when jealously supplies the
motive. Thus it was that the little
village of Genzano, near Rome,
Italy, was a few days ago provided
with all the elements of a lurid mel
odrama. Evaristo Apenni was mad
ly enamored of a certain Esmeralda
Bernono, who. however, had given
her heart to Arturo Caroggi.
Between the Apenni and Eernoni
families a good deal of rancor had
arisen on this account, which had
hitherto only found expresson in
scowling looks and muttered threats.
Evaristo Apenni, boiling with
rage, under the effects of a new
repulse by the enchanting Emeralda.
was walking through the streets of
Gengano, In company with his
brother, Saverio. when they met
Achille and Cesare Bernoni, broth
ers of the fair enslaver, and the lat
ler's father. A few brief but ex
asperating words were exchanged.
and soon. long-bladed knives were
basing through the air. The two
Bernonis, on the one side, and the
two Apennis on the other separated
for a brief moment to get breath,
ind then fell to again with redoubled
The second round was brief but
decisive. Hardly had the prelimi
aary f-3ints for advantage been ex
:hanged before the Apennis' knives
struck home and the Bernonis fell
o the ground mortally wounded.
But the battle was not yet over, for
t new combatant appeared on the
This was the Bernons' father,
who, maddened by the sight of his
wo sons lying on the ground with
heir life-blood ebbing away, pulled
)ut his revolver and fired two shots
at the Apennis.
Neither bullet took offect. Achil
e Bernoni. however, although lying
wounded on the ground, had yet
ufficient strength left to enable him
:o draw his revolver also. Four
imes he pulled the trigger, and al
hough he missed his antagonist, one
>f the shots struck a passer by.
'rancesso Valente, who was killed.
Meanwhile. on hearing the firing,
~arabineers hurried to the spot, and
n their appearance the Apennis
ook to flight. The father of the
3rnonis was arrested with the re
olver in his hand and his two sons
ere taken to the hospital, where
hey expired. After a brief chase
averio Apenni was caught by the
clice, but so far Evaristo has elud
d the vigilance of his pursuers.*
RUN DOWN BY SURREY.
te. W. P. Jacobs Seriously Hurt in
Refusing to be taken to the hos
ital, although perhaps fatally in
ured, until the promise was made to
dm that the person who injured
tim would not be arrested, Rev. Wil
am P. Jacobs, a Presbyterian cler
yman, aged sixty, of Clinton, S. C..
,ut the golden rule of life, which
eo has preached for many years. in
Mr. Jacobs, in Washington on a
ight-seeing trip, was run over on
ensylvania avenue Tuesday night
y a two-seated surrey.
"I do not want the driver prose
:uted," said the minister, "as I know
t was not his fault."
Despite the promise of the police
: the injured man, however, the
iriver was arrested. Mr. Jacobs
ounded the Thornwell orphanage. of
rhich he is president. In charitable
ork he is known widely.
BLOWS OUT HIS BRAINS.
oung Man in Lancaster Takes His
Ernest Clyburn, a young man
bout 19 years old, son of Capt. W.
7Clyburn, of the Haile Gold Mines
~ection. Lancaster county, commit
:ed suicide Friday afternoon by
ocking himself in his father's room
ad blowing out his brains with a
5hotgun. No cause is known for
:he rash act. He was a young man
f quiet. steady habits and deserved
y popular. He was a brother of
oung Thomas Clyburn, who lost his
ife in the double tragedy at Ker
5haw about two years ago. The
rather of young Clyburn was on his
way to Hot Springs, N. C.. Friday
afternoon when his son took his
wn life. Capt. Clyurn was notified
at Monroe of his son's tragic death. *
HOOTS HDISELF WITH RIFLE.
segatof Coast Artillery Flees
From Financial Troubles.
Discovery was made a few days
ago that Sergt. Max Block of the
oast artillery, station at Fort Du
ont. had " smitted suicide a few
ghts bi., a. by shooting himself
with his rifle. He had propped the
rifle againist a wall and tied a string
to the trigger which he pulled after
placing his body against the muzzle.
Money losses are believed to have
caused Block to kill himself. His
ome wa in Morgan, Ala.
MAN UNDER THE BED
HE REACBED OUT AND GRAB
BED A LADY'S ANKLE.
The Bold and Daring Act of a Ne.
gro, For Which He Wl Pay Very
Mrs. Iverna Hicks. who lives in
Marietta. Ga.. returned home at 4:30
o'clock Tuesday evening with her
two children and her brother-in-law,
Charley Hicks, a 12-year-old boy.
Her father and mother. Mr. and Mrs.
M. J. Horn, with whom she and her
husband live, were away and the
house was empty.
The Atlanta Journal says Mrs.
Hicks entered and went into one of
the downstairs bedrooms. She de
posited some bundles on a chair she
carried and vthen walked over to
the bed in one corner and began to
take off her hat. As she was doing
* a negro reached out from under
the bed and caught her by the an
She tried to jerk loose, but the
negro held her tightly. She scream
ed and the little boy screamed al
so. Their cries frightened the ne
gro, who loosed his hold on Mrs.
Hicks and began to scramble from
under the bed.
She herself picked up her two
children and ran toward the front
of the house. The little boy, how
ever, ran toward the back of the
house, but found the back door lock
ed. He tried to climb through a
window, but he could only get part
ly across the sll.
The negro, too, ran toward the
back of the house and being un
able to get through the door, turn
ed to the window. He brushed the
boy out of the way and crawled
through the window and to the
Possles were quickly formed and
search for the negro begun. Every
negro who in any way ansewered
the description fmnshed was ar
rested. About 2:30 o'clock Wednes
day morning a negro 19 or 20 years
old, named Alvin Gibson, was arrest
9d at a negro suburb of Marietta
known as Louisville.
The boy Identified this negro and
the officers are sure that he Is the
one by whom Mrs. Hicks was at
tacked. She herself saw only the
back of the head of the negro who
seized her and Is unable to say what
was his appearance. The little boy.
however, got a good look at the ne
gro when the latter pushed him from
He says that the one now under
rrest is exactly like the assailant of
rs. Hicks. even to a peculiar tear
In his overalls. It has been found.
too, that the shoes of this negro fit
exactly into the Impressions made
y Mrs. Hicks' assailant in a plot of
,ft earth when he jumped from the
ear window. He is being held for
Mrs. Hicks is unhiurt, save for a
ervous shock from fright. She is
he wife of Will Hicks, a fireman
n the W. & A. road. Mr. Hicks
was on his run at the time his wife
was attacked by the negro.*
OOMPANY TO MA~KE PICER.
reparing to Equip Two of Fourch
The Augusta Chronicle says a
ompany has been formed to perfect
wo of the Fourcher cotton pickers
td put them in the field for the
nal and thorough test. Organiza
ion was had a few days ago.
The stock subscriptions foot up
etween $6,000 and $7,000, and
were made by a number of gentle
nen of Augusta in stock-takings of
$250 to $500 each. This prelim!
ary company secures an interest In
be different patents. If the picker
fevelops into the success that is hop
d for it and claimed for it :he fur
her capitilization for manufacture
>f the machine will be quickly pro
The plan is to have the inventor
o to one of the big manufacturies
f the east and perfect and turn out
wo pickers. The sum named is
ully ample for that purpose. Eve
y facility will be provided to en
ble Mr. Furcher to manufacture the
ickers. He will leave for the east
nu a few days.
One of the best 9:'own and one
f the best equipped manufa~tories
n the country has been arranged
with in which to make the pickers
When the machines are completed
hey will be tried out in the cottan
l'ed and on this practical test of
he perfected picker will depend th'e
ate of the invention.
WOMAN FINDS SNAKE IN BED.
Was Awakened by Reptile Crawling
Over Her Face.
Mrs. John McKnight of Shartles.
ille. Pa.. had an experfence with a
lak snake which she is not likely
o forget for some time. The fami
y retired as usual and when Mrs.
icKight had been in bed but a
short time she heard a peculiar
oise back of her pillew.
Thinking it was an insect of some
ind she thought no more of th3
:atter and went to sleep. She had
just fallen into a doze when she
felt a peculiar sensation on her face.
Reaching up to her forehead she
was herrified to find a snake crawl
inc over her face.
Grabb'ing it. with a shriek she
bur!ed the reptile acrose the room.
Arising, she found the snake lying
in a corner of the room and killed
it with a cane. The snake measur
ed three feet, four inches in
DIED A HERO
Brave Engineer, Fatally Hurt
TO ATTEND OTHERS
Passengers who Were in Bristol
Wreck Tell Graphic Story of the
Bravery of Engineer Bush, Who
Was Fatally Hurt In the Accident
That Wrecked His Train.
Passengers who were on the
Southern train wrecked near Bristol.
Va., Thursday evening arrived at
Atlanta Friday night, bringing de
tails of the bravery of Engineer
Samuel Bush, of Knoxville. who died
Friday as a result of his injuries.
Bush was slowly and painfully
working his way out of the wreck
of his engine, scalded and fright
fully bruised, when the few pas
sengers who retained their senses,
dug into the mass of twisted and
burning iron to meet him.
He was lifted out upon the ground
and a hurried call for physicians
resulted in the discovery that there
was not a doctor on the train.
As the passengers began a hznt
for whiskey to stimulate him and
were breaking open suit cases In
their search. Bueh asked for a last
look at his old engine, as hopeless
a wreck as was Its engineer.
When they came to him with the
liquor, he begged them to look after
the comfort of the passengers. Told
that no passengers had bee- Injured,
"That's good. But before I take
this whiskey, I want you men to
smell my breath and testify, If ueed
be. that I had not been. drinking
when this happened."
Although suffering horrible ago
nies, the brave engineer would not
tounch the stimulant until four of
the men had smelled his breath and
promised to bear witness to his sob
"All an engineer has Is his ree
ord." he said feebly, "and be cannot
afford to have anything against
that." And Engineer Rush went out
upon his last run with his record
Engineer Rush was a native of
Bedford county, Virginia, being a ,
member of an old and widely known
family in that section of the State.
He had been in the service of the
Southern Railway for- more than
thirty years. He laves an estate
valued at $100,000.
ELEPHINT SHARK CAUGHT.
Fishermen Have Exciting Battle
With Big Flih
A shark of the elephant spectes.
said to be the largest ever caught
a ong the Jersey coast. 's on exhi
ition in a Long Branch, N. 3. shop.
It is tu'~elve 'e'et long and weighs
1.000 pounds. It was capture I of[
Long '3ranich by a fishing crew after
M 1.otbs battle.
'7ise shari, which is of the man
eating variety and with a reputation
for combativeness, was feasting in
a school of mackerel when the fish
ermen speared him. For a half
hour the monstarr ..owed the fish
rmen's boat around the ocean be
fore he was subdued with hooks andl
The presence of this shark has
intimidated many of the bathers
long the Jersey coast who fear that
t may be a forerunner of many oth
STAKE ALL ON CHANCE.
rwo Greenville Candidates Will
Draw for Office.
Two candidates in Greenville who
tied in the election for aldemen have
it on a novel way to decide who
hall have the office. A dispatch
from Greenville says: "The city
emocratic committee found that C.
H. Webb and W. T. Bull, candidates
for aldermen' from the first ward,
ad each 718 votes. The committee
will meet again this morning and
ake up the matter of the challenge
roters. If the result is not changed,
he names of the two candidates will
ye placed in a hat and a boy not
>ver ten years of age will draw out
he one who is to represent the ward
n the council. It is a state of af
fairs never seen here before." This
will save the trouble of holding
Young Lady Drowns.
M~ss Caroline Middieton, the six
een-year-old daughter of Mr. James
. Middleton. of 6.6 Piedmont ave
.ue. Atlanta. Ga., was drowned In
iast Lake at the Country Club of
he Atlanta Athletic Club Friday
norning about 11 o'clock, whilo in
athing with a number of young lady
friends. The family went to Atlanta
Acuused of Terrible Crime.
Grover Henderson. a young man
ho lives in the Ezells section of
herokee county, was committed to
ail by Magistrate Scruggs, of Mor
an Township, charged with an at
empt criminal assault upon the
>erson of a young married woman in
he upper part of the county.
Tired of Life.
At McCamb. Ohio. the bodies of
Mrs. James H. Ritter, long In ill
ealth, and her year-old daughter.
were found in an abandoned well
by the woman's husband. The cor
oner pronounced the case suicide.
The body of the baby was clasped
tigtl in the mother's arms.