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VOL.C. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARYXX,19
in - Pans, Bat k d the
Wefst Has Beew Passed.
FRAC ASKS CREDT
More Than a Hundred Thousand
Eefugees Being Cared for by the
Govermeint and the unber i*
9elng Increased by the Hundreds
Every Hour of the Day.
The flood at Paris. France. con
tinues. A dispatch from that city
on Thursday night says another day
has passed. but the inexorable tide
still creeps slowly higher, each inch
of water widely extendiag the area
of destruction. desolation and ruin.
Although the barometer Is rising
rapidly. and bright Snsae Thurs
day succeeded the raging storms, a
Ieelng of conssernation. bordering
on panic. prevailed when the authori
ties, who the day before promised
the marimum of the food for Thurs
day. announced that this would not
be reach untl Friday morning.
The city counsel at a stormy ses
sion Thursday night charged M. Lep
Ine, prefect of Paris. with withhold
ing the true gravity of the situa
tion. The prefect defended his at
tidade by saying that he was govern
ed by the necessity of not undbly
alarming the people.
In the .meantime what Is happen
Ing is enough to strike terror to the
hearts of all. The very crust ot the
city seems ready to sink into the
iooded subterranean labyrinth be
nesth. Every hour drains are burst
Ing in new localities., causing a sub
sidence of the street or - bulgng
them up feet above their normal
level, while the overflow of surfad
water. from the river is transform
fog the inundated districts Into for
midable lakes and the streets inz.
In ths Bercy quarter the wace- is
six feet deep in the streets. and t he
entire left bank of the Sein from
above the Islands to Au TeuUl. cors
prising the law court institute. the
fashionable St. Germaine district.
the foreign -office, the chamber of
deputies, and the Champs do Mars
i submerged under from one to 10
,feet of water. Some of the 4eputies
left the Palace Bourbon Thursdw
night in row boats, others o2 the
backs' of attendants, the wails of
the Inaulides station are cru z
and both that strocture and the wins
of the foreign office opposite 'are
danger of collapse. The streas sur
rounding the St. Laare station have
- sunk three feet. and the altuaLon
there is regarded as desperata. It
ia also teared that the founoation
of the two big neighboring depart
ment stores are being undermiae.
The overflow of the broken sewers
Into the flooded basements. menac
ing the health of the occupanta a~sd
the smell of sewage is already per
mesting the buildings. Soldiers ar'
working desperately by the aid of
torehes, disentangling drift-wood
above the Solferino and Henry IV
bides, while large forces of men
are still engaged In building dams
to divert the course of the water.
There was a further shut-down of
electric light plants Thursday night.
leaving the city in seiu-akness.
The relief Is proceeding bravely, none
being refused food or shelter. Arch
bishop 'Amiette has ordered prayers
in the churches and a conlection tak
en up for the victims.
In spite of the crippled water sup
ply the authorities gay that the re
servirs are Intact and that there
is no danger of a famine If the wa
ter is husbanded carefully and .con
fned strictly to drinking purpose..
At the same time a warnin is again
Issued that the water should be boil
The situation below Paris is be
coming appreciably worse. The
stretch' of water which engulf
Bo2lone, Neuill. Punteaux. Severe.
Masos-afttte. Lepocq. and Poissy.
is widening rapidly while farther be
low the swollen Olse is pouring in
new torrents over the Pontoise see
The weather everywhere through
out France has ameliorated and It I
beleved that the worst of the fioo'
Is past. No Americans are reporte
Injured. The artists and student'
for the most part live in the Latin
quarter, which -Is on high ground.
and the richer Americans generally
reside In the neighborhood of the
Rue de L'Etolle, the highest portlir
of the city.
The boulevard life of the gay Par
islan has been suddenly silencedC
Most of the music halls remain opon
but they are deserted. A hushe-'
multitude sits in front of the boule
At a special meeting a few night
ago the board of health drew up In
structions for the prevention of an
epidemie. The board especianIy In
slts that none of the flooded house.
must be re-occupied until they hav*~
been thoroughly disinfected, and the
bedding and clothing, which have
been contaminated by flood water.
The board announced that there
were 304.000 cubic meters in the
reservoIrs. enough for several days
and therefore there was little fear
of a water famine.
All omnibuses, .treet cars and
other heavy traffic on the bridges
were stopped Thursday night. PFre
'jier Bryand declared that persons
who boarded up provisions in the
affeced places with the Intention of
reselling them at a profit, would be
drastically dealth with.
The residence of United States
Ambassador Bacon has become un
tenable and the family has removed
to the Mercedes hotel.
Th Bed Cross society, which has
SHOT BY CAR-BREAKERl'
HIS OWN PISTOL THE WEAPON
USED ON HIM.
Desperate Struggle Against Heavy
Odds-Special Officer of Southern
Railway at Columbia.
A dispatch from Columbia says
Special Oficer S. H. Boyer. employ
ed by the Southern railway there.
was shot and seriously wounded a
few nights ago at the Royster yards.
some two miles below the city, while
attempting to arrest two negroes who
had broken into a box car. At the
Columbia hospital it was said that
he could hardly recover.
Mr. Boyer was on duty at the Roy
ston freight yards, when he discov
ered two negroes taking a quantity
of goods from a freight car on a
siding. He advanced closely on the
thieves before he made any attempt
to protect himself in case the ne
groes attacked him, and did not have
time to draw his pistol when the
negroes discovered him and over
powered him. In the struggle that
ensued one of the negroes. wrench
ed Mr. Boyer's pistol from his hand
&ad shot him. the&ball entering his
shoulder and coursing downward and
lodging In his body.
Bloodhounds were secured from
the penitentiary and placed on
the trail of the thieves. An unveri
led report to police headquarters
later said that one of the negroes
had been captured but had escaped
Mr. Boyer is well knevn in Colum
bia. at one time being a member of
the police force. He resigned some
ten years ago and has been In the
employ of the railroad since. He
lives with his family at 2018 Gads
DOCTOR GAVE MAN POISON.
He Was Asked by the Patient to
. aamns Deady Drug.
A dispatch from Budapest, Hun
Pria. saya a senw*lonal murder
harge. Involving the ever intricate
roblem as to the right of a doctor
to kill an Incurable patient, Is ab
sorbIng public attention there.
The accused man is Dr. Joseph
ekete of Rosinjo. Hungary. He
dmits having given poison to a pa
dent at the latter's request.
The victim has endured appalling
ufering fos ten years, and, his
alady being without remedy and
Probably likely to entail many more
Fears of torture, the doctor admin
stered poison wth the full consent
)f the family, who were assembled
Lt the bedside.
A nursemaid had been listening,
tt the door, and on her evidence Dr.
~'ekete found himself charged with
e capital offense.
The case is without precedent in
b courts there, but with public
pIon wholly In favor of the pris
Der It is not likely that he will be
LETNGTON MAN'S CLOSE CALL.
bunty Scbool Superintemdent Mar
tin Come Near Losing Life.
County Superintendent of Edu
cation A. D. Martin of Lexington.
came very near losing his life a
few days ago. while attempting to
ross Wateree creek in the Dutch
Pork. Mr. Martin was on his way
~rom Chapin to Spring Hill, and was
not aware of the depth of the creek
hich was considerably swollen by
the heavy rains of a few days ago.
ad before he had gone very fa
Into the stream the current carried
the horse and buggy down, and Mr.
artin had to swim to the shore.
He rushed to a house nearby and
told of his experience, and two
young men went to the creek to save
the horse. The horse and buggy
were found some distance down the
stream, and by heroic work the ani
mal was cut loose from the buggy
and brought to the bank in safety.
The buggy was a complete wreck.
and Mr. Martin -went to Lexington
horseback. arriving there about 6:30.
This is said to be a very treacherous
tream, others having had similar
The heaviest rain of the season
'eli in Lexington Friday morning.
rcompaned by lightning, and re
-'rts form all over the county in
lcate that the streams are rising.*
Many Unslved Murders.
Thirty-seven unsolved murders in
twelv, months was the record of
ew York for 1909. Seven more
have been added in the first three
weeks of the new year, according toI
a report just Issued by the police
received a substantial check from
Ambassador Bacon. established soup
kitchena for the destitute at a hun
Ired points. Thursday afternoon Mr.
Bacon called upon Fereign Minister
Pnchon and Informally tendered the
sympathy of the Aemirican govern
ment and people.
J. Pierpont Morgan has cabled
from New York tendering $20.000 if
outside contributions to their relief
would be accepted. The foundations
of the National Porcelain factory at
Saveres are sinking.
Thursday Paris resembled a be
lagured city. The government of
Ithe municipality has placed the mili
tary barracks and pubhlic school buid
Ings at the disposition of the refugees
who already number, it is estimated.
more than 103).000. Fifteen thou
sand laborers of the city are out of
work, and though subscriptions are
pouring in, the government has
ieclded to ask parliament for an
additional credit to, be used in relief
Every minute Thursday brought a
ntale of disaster.
ACCUSED OF LOBBYING
SAYS MAJOR RICHARDSON
Threatened Him for Accusing Him
of Lobbying for Special Interests
and for a $7,500 Job.
Scrambling at Washington for ad
vantages in matters of Alaskan leg
islation has culminated in a demand
by Delegate James Wickersham that
Secretary of War Dickinson to order
out of Washington. back to Alaska
or to military duty. Major W. P.
Richardson. chairman of the Alas
ka Road Commission. whom he
charges with exerting too much in
fluence upon congressional commit
While the Alaskan legislative
council bill was before the senate
committee on territories. Delegate
Wickersham charged that Major
Richardson was in Washington
claiming to be the adviser of the
administration on all matters relat
ing to Alaska; that he was in fact
lobbying in behalf of special inter
ests, mentioning among others the
Guggenheim interests. and endeav
>ring to perpetuate himself as chair
man of the road commission and at
the same time legislate himself in
to the office of Commissioner of the
Interior, an oMce created by the
Alaskan legislative council bill, at
a salary of $7,500 a year.
In his letter to the secretary of
war, Mr. Wickersham says that he
was met by Major Richardson as he
:ame from the committee room and
In an angry tone threatened by the
LrMy offcer for what he had said to
he committee. Speaking of this en
unter Mr. Wickersham says:
"He said that only his position
s an officer In the army and my
position as a delegate in congress
protected me. I shall perform my
luty as a delegate from Alaska with
>ut fear of assault from Major Rich
irdson. but I most earnestly protest
against being threatened in the capi
:ol by an officer in the army for
taring to perform such duty.
"It is bad enough to have him
obbying around the corridors in an
ifort to fmpose himself as a part
f a military legislature upon a
elpless and law-abiding American
cmmunity In time of peace. to in
re-ise his own salary and evade his
luties in the army. without having
im threatening the representative
f those people for perfomring his
ongressIonal duties. and I protest
gainst his violence and insolence."
WHITE LIGHTS GOT HIM.
miam Filgate. of Savan=h, Begs
New York Judge to Shoot Him.
Police Magistrate Breen. of New
Mork city, was considerably surprl*
d a few days ago when a well dress
d person on being arraigned, asked
hat he be either shot or thrown
the river. The prisoner said he
as William Fllgate, of Savannah.
a., who went to New York four
oths ago with $1.100 in cash and
was arrested before daylight that
lay for begging on the streets.
"Its absinthe and wrhiskey," said
he young man; "I came up here to
nake my fortune. but I tarried
around the white lights too long
d I went down pretty quick. I
ad $3S left yesterday morning: 1
tad a good time and last night I
as broke and had no place to sleep.
asked a man for a Quarter, and
when he called me a beggar I struck
im. Judge. I don't want to go to
'ail. I'd rather have you shoot me
)r throw me Into the river."
Further examination of the young
an was postponed until later so
hat his identity might be verified.
HAIR BALL IN HER STOMACH
it Served There as a Sort of Pin and
Surgeons operating on a woman
atient at the St. Lawrence State
Kospital for the Insane at Ogdens
urg a few days ago took from her
stomach a ball cf hair weighing 3
1-4 pounds. It had to be cut into
three pieces to be taken out. Many
pins and needles were found imbed
ded in the mass.
The doctors thought the woman
had a tumor. It is supposed she was
in the habit of pulling hair fron:
the mattress of her bed and swallow
Dealt Blow With Axe.
A dispatch from Winston-Salem,
. C., says news reached there a few
lays ago of a probably fatal fight
near Vade Mecum Springs. Stokes
county, in which, ft is alleged. Will
N.n crushed Robert Cook's skull
with an axe. The story goes that
both men struggled for possession
of the weap~on and finally Niten got
it and ended the battle. Dr. R~ H.
Mooreield, who attended Cook, ..'ys
his recovery is doubtftul. Niten is
said to have escaped. The men
fought over an old grudge.
The Smallest Man.
A message from Putnam. Conn..
sas Reuben Steere. whom Barnum.
the circus magnate, called the small
est man In the world, is dying of
pneumonia at his home near there.
He is now seventy-two years old.
Steere weights fifty-five pounds. and
is forty-seven inches tall. He mar
ried Miss Annie Myer, another Lill
putian, In !887.
Had a Great Time.
The legislature took Wednesday
off to make a trip to the Citadel.
t'e special carrying over 40 mem
hers of the legislature, members of
their families and friends, leaving
ov-r the Coast Line early Wednes
day morning. Then on Friday they
we..... to Clemuon.
Iasurance Policies Secured on Men Vir
tually in Grave
THEIR WORK EXPOSED
Men of Athletic Butild Were Ex
amined in Lien of Real Ap
plications-Insurane People Have
Trouble on Their Hands That is
"I believe this investigation now
under way will unearth the biggest
swindle in the insurance life ever
exposed west of New York." said
State Insurance Commissioner Bell,
of Kentucky, a few days ago as he
took up the case of Walter S. Rider,
a teamster, at Louisville. Ky., who
died January 4. and whose body was
exhumed by the coroner on the re
quest of certain Insurance compa
nies. The death certificate Indicat
ed that Rider died of intestinal
trouble, but is is reported that the
autopsy showed a large portion of
the lung eaten away, supposedly by
Commissioner Bell has taken up
the case upon the request of certain
life Insurance companies in Indiana
and Tennessee. who are saad to be
large losers by reason of the "grave
yard" swindle. These companies.
which it is alleged have already paid
$10,000 on policies issued in the
Rider case, are excluded :rom busi
ness in Kentucky, yet it is said have
carried on a large business in Ken
tucky through an agency at New
Albany, Ind.. across the river from
Louisville. The scheme worked on
the companies is to a certaia extent
an old one, the company issuing the
policy to men virtually in the shad
ow of the grave, after having ex
mined a man of athletic build who
was represented as the applicant.
Local insurance men refuse to say
anything regarding the matter, for
the reason that they wish to re
cover policies now outstanding with
the "dummies" involved in the swin
Rider. it is alleged, carried insur
a.nce aggregating $16.000. but none
f his relatives is named as bene
iciary. Mrs. Mary Quill, sister, and
James R. Rider. brother, made affi
iavits several days ago to the effect
that they believed their brother
came to his death by poisoning a'-ii
that he was a victim of fou! play.
rhe family communicated with the
Independent Life Insurance Company
f Nashville, Tenn., and the matter
was taken up in Louisville later by
a representative of that company
nd three Indiana companies. Up
n these representations Acting Cor
ner Dacher ordered the body ex
umed and the autopsy held in the
resence of several physicians.
fter discovering the lesion in the
ung, the stomach was turned over
o the chemists for analysis. Rider
as a teamster and received $10 per
DYNAMIITE KILLS ONE.
~xplosion in North Carolina Court
By the accidental discharge of a
stick of dynamite in the county court
ouse at Bryson City. N. C., Thurs
ay night, Omar ConLey was 'in
stantly killed, Barrett Banks lost
both eyes and was otherwise injur
d, and Lee Francis, registrar of
.leeds. of Swain county, was fatally
Conley and Banks were thawing
ynamite on the radiator of the reg
istrar's office in preparation for a,
fishing trip. One of the sticks of;
ynamite. it is said, fell to the floor
and exploded with such force as to
hatter the doors and windows of
the office and seriously damaging
the entire west end of the court
Many valuable county records and
legal papers were destroyed. Reg
istrar Francis was working at his
'Iesk when the explosion occurred.
Late advices state that he and Banks
have little chance -for recovery.
Counterfeiters and White IDave
Secret service men are working
n a case of counterfeiting in Eliza
beth, N. J., which was disclosed by
the police In a raid upon an allegedi
disorderly house. The place ha.l
ben under suspicion for some time
and when Chief of Police Tenney
and his men broke through th'e doo
they were surprised to discover a
complete counterfeiting plant and
other essentials for the coining of
spurious coins. More than ilO half
dollars were confiscated. Locked in
an upper room two young women
were found. They declared they had
been brought from New York !ar
immoral purposes. PasqL'ele Lebano
and two companions were placed un
der arrest. They were the keepers
of the resort.
The Call for Help.
A&n appeal to America to aid the
sufferers from the French floods has
been sent to New York by the muni
cipality of Paris. The appeal is as
follows: "We are doing all we can
for the homeless and destitute. ThA
firemen and Red Cross are working
like heroes. but we need help. The
suffering in Paris is terrible. We
would ask that America help us with
money to buIld shelters for our home
less and to provide provisions and
clothing. We also need bread and
Responsible for Living Being So 1-C
Higher Than Was
THE PEOPLE FLEECED
D~r. A. Selwyn-Brown, Wall Street
Expert, Shows That Hugh Monopo
lies Have Piled Up Surplus Boost
ing the Cost of Necessaries to the
Injnry of the Public.
One of the most remarkable fea
tures in the last year's commercial
transactions was the pronounced in
crease in the prices of commodities.
Each month reports and statistical
tables are published to show the av
erage price cnanges during the
month, says Dr. Arthur Selwyn
Brown, in the Atlanta Journal.
Bradstreets' tables show that since
1S96 prices of all commodities have
increased over 62 per cent. The
American price index number for
January 1. 1910. Is the highest ever
recorded. It surpassee the previous
high record-that published en
March 1. 1907-by 11 per ceat.
January's index ne;;ber is 11.7 per
cent higher than the number for
January 1. 1909.
These price change Indicators con
lusiv-y show that the prices of
both raw and manufactured articles
in the United States have increased
61 per cent since 1S96. and that
prices are at this moment higher
1ll around than they have ever been
before. As a result of this it costs
is 61 per cent more to live today
han it did in 1S96, and prospects
&re that prices during 1910 will ad
ance even more rapidly tha-n they
lid during the past three years.
The worst feature of this question
s that wages and salaries do not
Ldvance at the same rate as prices
nd living costs. Statistics show
hat wages in skilled trades In the
=stern states have advanced only
5 per cent in the last ten years. In
he same period the wages of un
killed laborers, who are not as
;sted in obtaining advances in pay
y labor unions have, !n many In
itances, Increased less than -IS per
Salaries of many men and women
loing light work, and of most peo
)!e who are employed in offices, have
ot increased at all In the past ten
What has caused this unsatis
actory state of things?
The explanation for the increase
n prices is probably that no single
actor like gold production is respon
hible. ' nere are a large number of
ircumstances contributing to the ad
ances. It would appear that the
provemIent In education, and inven
Ions, better methods of transporta
Ion, more skillful banking, wider
peculation, the large Increase in ex
hanges dealing with raw material',
nd more than anything else. prt.
bly, the growing tendency of the
;reat trusts to advance the costs of
he raw materials and goods which
;hey control are important factors.
No country in the world is so
argely in the hands .of trusts and
)ther combinations of producers.
anufacturers and transportation
orporations as the United States.
and in no other counrtry in the world
iave prices and the cost of living ad
.anced so much as in America.
Trusts control the products of the
rarms, the mines, the mills, the
~ulbic utilities of the large cities.
he banks, the shipping companies
nd railroads. Thtey, to a large ex
:ent, work in unison with each oth
r, and are always striving to get
he last cent from the public that
>atronies their business concerns.
Financial reports published by
some of the larger trusts plainly
llustrate the truth of the old aphor
sm that "It is an Ill wind that blows
While the people are suffering
rrom the high prices of the neces
sities of life the trusts are increas
ing their operations ia all directions.
nd are earning greater profits every
Statistics relating to the busIness
operations of United States Steel.
Standard Oil, the tobacco, dry goods.
fruit and other trusts, as well as the
express and railroad corporations
during the past six years. show that
their accumulated surpluses have
been Immense. Last year was one
>f the most prosperous they expe
It may be truly said that what the
people have lost the trusts have
gaind by the increase in commodity
.any causes appear to hare con
tributed to the rising prices. The
trusts take unfair advantage of con
ditions, and by securing high tariffs.
by rebating, monopolizIng of raw
products. the manufacturing indur
tries. the banks. retail :,tores and
the transportation systems, secure
By these means they impose upon
the helpl-ssnes5 at the weak.*
The first line of trolleyless elec
tric cars in the United States will
be started at Newark. N. J., this
summer. Twenty cars supplied with
current from storage batteries will
be operated over about eIght miles
of track. If the new storage sys
tem is successful there it will prob
ably be adopted by the corporaitoni
which controls most of the street
cars in that section of New Jersey.
Athough she is less than seven
een yea:rs old. Florence Kneipp. of
Newark. N. J.. is under arrest
charged with bigamy. The police
sa that she has admitted marriages
PROVES A SUCCESS
EDISON'S NEW STORAGE BAT
TERY RUNS A STREET CAR.
Edison Estimates That the Cost of
Driving the New Car Will be One
Cent a Mile.
What seemed in every way a suc
cessful test of a street car equipped
with the new Edison storage bat
tery was made on the Orange Valley
& Pasaic electric railway at West
Orange. N. J., recently.
Thomas E. Edison himself could
not witness the test, but his elec
trical expert assistant. Ralph H.
Beach. was on board the car with
street car men from all over the
country. Tho test was under th.e
auspices of the public service cor
poration. and T. S. Adams. master
mechanic of that organization. was
The car. which was specially con
structed for the new batteries, L3
24 feet long and carries 30 pas
seagers. One-half the weight of an
ordiaary car of the same size, it
rides on a single track and Is pro
pelled by a straight drive. It is
equipped with 210 c-' ls, arranged
under the seats on both sides. o'
these cells 200 are for propulsion
and 10 for lighting. wtih a total
force of 50 horse-power.
Edison estimates that the cost of
driving the new car will be one cent
a mile. If the test satisfies the ex
perts, the problem of cables and over
head wires will be solved for city
traction companies, as the new car
generates its own power.
Mr. Edison believes that the stor
age battery will revolutionize auto
mobile as well as street car traffic.
'ot electric machines only will profit
by It, for the apparatus should sup
plant gasoline motors as well.
ENGINE STRIKES WAGON.
rwo Mules Killed. Driver Hurt and
An engine on the Atlantic Coast
LAne struck a ' -am of Mr. E. Albert
duldrow's .. ne Mount Hope Cem
9tery crossing near Florence Thurs
lay afternoon about 2 o'clock, kill
Lng the two mules instantly. demol
ishing the wagon completely, cut
ring off the leg of the negro driver
)f the team and seriously injuring
witchman Wilson. The engine.
which was a switcher, was carrying
& carload of coal to the Jersey's
Dreek pumping statior, and was
running extra, with Engineer Her
>ert Rowell at the throttle.
The mules he.d gotten almost en
clerly across the track wxen the
ngine struck them. The mules were
rolled along the track for about a
undred yards. and were killed -.ut
right. The wagon was scattered, in
arts, for twice that distance, and
t was a most miraculous thing that
ilson, the switchman, was not In
3tantly killed, as he was sitting on
he front of the engine when it
itruck the mules and wagon.
The negro driver and Wilson were
laced aboard of the engine and hur
ied back to the city for medical
treatment. At this time the driver'
s in a precarious condition, and it
s doubtful if he will survive.
NSEL SUSPENDS MAGISTRATE.
. Lester Gault Confesses to Bet
ting on Game of Ch~ance.
Governor Ansel Friday suspende I
Magistrate D. Lester Gault of Kel
ton. Union county, "for betting a fe'w
times on a game of chance" last
Fourth of Jr.ly, in spite or splendid
affdavits from leading peopie of
Lnion county that Mr. Gault is 't
sober and industrious mazz anad a
onscientious and effcient magistr.ite
and that they had never heaid of his~
ambling. Gault's own affdavit
the Governor sadly discovcrs, co.
fesses that "he did bet a few times.,
and this being a violation of the law,
.he Governor decapitated him..
The affdavits in Mr. Gault's favor
are from the mayor of his hom-3
town. J. W. Smith; H. C. Little. eight
years a member of the legislature
from Union county: J. H. Bartles.
county treasurer: J. G. Long. sheriff
W. W. Johnson. judge of probate. "
Negro Breaks Up Court.
A dispatch from Washington.
Ga.. says noticing the unusual ap
pearance of the face of Cy Pullard.
a negro arraigned before him on a
misdemeanor charge Judge William
Wynne of this county asked the coun
ty physician to examine him.
'Smalpox," said the physician I m
mediately. Hardly had the words
benCf spoken when juidge. court of
ficrs, spectators. all made for doors
and windows. leavin~g the negro in
complee possession of the court
room. An immune omcor later took
him to jail whe're he is the sole
Death Hand to steal Hlii..
Death in a viole nt form was
fought off four times by Joseph Ro
vale. of Connersville. lad., during his
61 years of life. only to find him
napping. this week, when he was
found dead in i'ed. When a young
man he fell on a pitchfork, each
prong entering bis body. His skull
was fractured in a fight and in his
last accident he was run down by a
Following the election of PremIer
Asquith, the premier was mobbed
in London by militanlt suffragettes.
The women in a body charged time
after time in their attempts to reach
the minister and there were several
lively skirmishes with the police. Mr.
Asquith was conveyed to a place of
COPPER TRUST FORMED
1A3ALGAIMATED COMPANY AB
SORBS SMALLER ONES.
New Corporation to Control Cop
per Output of Country and Influ
ence Market of the World.
A dispatch from New York says
preliminary steps were taken a few
days ago to effect the long-looked
for merger of the principal coppe,'
producers of the country into one
gigantic corporation. In Wall street
another billion-dollar compa.y was
frequently mentioned, but the more
conservative believed final capitili
zation would be closer to $500,000.
The Anaconda Copper Mining Com
pany officially announced that at a
meeting of the board of directors
a few days ago it had been decided
to call a special meeting of the
stockholders in Anaconda. Mont., on
March 23, to pass on a proposal to
increase the capital stock from $30.
000,000 to $150.000.^(0. "for the
purpose of acquiring the prope-".y of
other companies located in the Butte
district." The Amalgamated Copper
Company owns 55 per cent of the
Following the merger of the Butte
properities. which include the Amal
gamated Copper Company and Its
various holdings, namely Anacon
da Copper Company, Boston & Mon
tana. Butte & Boston. Washington.
Trenton and other subsidaries. and
the North Butte and Butte coalition.
it is expected that the new Anaconda
with is increased capital of $150.
000.000 will merge with the Guggen
heim. Haggin and other copper in
terests, thus effecting a corporation
which will not only control the cop
per output of the United States but
will influence the copper market of
Concerning the plan to merge the
various copper properties in the
Butte district, the Amalgamated Cop
per Company, in a statement issued,
"The reasons for proposed Increase
in stock involve consideration of dif
dcult and complicated legal ques
Lions as well as those relating to the
economical and efficient management
f busin.-ss operations of the dicer
"Some of the operating features
which have been considered in favor
f the proposed transaction are eco
omies which will result from work
ing all the mines In accordance with
i general system of development,
thus relieving owners from necessity
f maintaining numerous expensive
surface and underground plants
necessary under present conditions
)f separate ownership.
"The Anaconda Company. because
)f Its size and its location. is re
garded as the logical company to be
come the purchaser of properties of
the other co'mpanies, and the step
taken to call a special meeting wa-I
the first toward submitting the mat
ter to stockholders of different com
panies for their consideration."
MANY WIVES DESERTED.
Said to be Due to the Increased
Cost of Living.
At Pittsburg, Pa.. deserted wives
in great numbers have appeared at
the central police station within the
pas' few days. asking aid in the
location of their mates.
On Tuesday eight weeping women
told their stories and one man re
versed the tale by asking the police
to find his wife. A few days ago
five more women appealed to the
defectives and Capt. William El
more is authority for the statement
that a wav-e of wife desertion is
sweeping over the city.
About half of the disrupted coup
les are childless and the other half
have large families. The childless
couples, after an investigation, were
shown to be the better off, but
couples with large families found
the struggle of life was hard.
Capt. Elmore believes that the
increased cost of living has some
thing to do with the desertions.
FOUND CLASPED IN DEATH
Young Couple Whose Parents Ob
jected to M1arriage.
Because of parental oppos~tion to
marriage on account of their youth.
Vernon Barr. aged 16. and Lina
Amner. aged 14. killed themselves
Thursday. They were found near
onroe, Iowa, clasped in each other's
arms, sitting upright in Barr's bug
y. in which they were riding hom
from a dance. On the gir!'s lap
rest-d a CUp) partly filled wtih strych
ni se. They both had drank of this.
Their horse proceeded on his way
and stopped at the gate of the girl's
Tukled the Wrong Woman.
Rosa MUller, colored, who resides
btwen Ten Mile and Charleston.
h-ard! some- one in her house lae
on.' night recently and she sec'ured a
st gu and went to invssgate
The burglar ran into the yard ani
began "sassing" Rosa. who shot hin:
in the calf of the leg. The thief
proved to be Hienry Lawrence, a no
torious negro character. He wa;
captured. The wound Is not se
Four Killed in Wreck
Four men were killed a'id three
others were seriously injured Thurs
day when a freight train on the
Chapauqua branch of the Pennsyl
vania rail . d jumped the track
about a mile north of Titusrille. Pa.
The dead are': William P. Pastorious.
signalman. Titusville: Fred Warrend,
conductor, Oil City; V. H. Hughes.
brakeman. Buffalo: Mitchell Wal
1.ce frman. Bnffalo.
WILL WORK THE
And Paythe & ovefrmet a Big Cash Rey
aly for the Prege
OPENS OFFICIAL EYES
A Seattle Man Shows How the Gor
ernment May Make Two Million
Dollars Per One Hundred Acres
for Alsakan Coal lands Against
$10 Per Acre Trus tWould Give.
A new and somewhat sensational
factor suddenly appeared Wednes
day in Washington to add Intensity
to the already suff!ciently excited
situation over the Alaska coal lands,
on the eve of the beginning of the
Ballinger - Pinchot investigation.
which largely concerns that ques
tion. John E. Ballaine, of Seattle,
said to be the largest individual
property owner in Alaska, made a
proposition In writing to the senate
committee on territories, of which
Senator Beveridge of Indiana Is
chairman. offering to the government
a royalty of fifty cents a ton of coal
mined, for the lease of 5.000 acres
of some of the choicest coal lands
in Alaska, in the Katalla and Mat
ansuka districts. Such a tonnage
royalty would net the government,
Mr. Ballaine claims, amounts as
high as $2,000,000 per hundred
This proposal contemplates a radi
cal departure from past practices in
the government's disposal of the
Alaska coal lands. and It comes
avowedly Lo do battle with another
proposition, designed to permit the
sale or lease of such lands at a rate
of $10 per acre. It Is said that the
general features of the plan have
the approval of officials high in the
administration and of influential
members of both houses of congress.
Including some of the prominent
insurgent Republicans, and delegate
Wickersham. of Alaska.
Mr. Balline, In his letter to Sena
tor Beveridge. offers to enter into a
bond of $1,000,000 with the gov
ernment for the performance of his
part of the agreement, which he pro
poses, and he makes the charge that
'other Interests" have now at work
In Washington a lobby, "Meded by a
former U. S. Senator" in support of
the bill referred to above, under
whose provisions, he declared, the
government would extend an uncon
litional guarantee to a railroad or
railroads which these interests pur
pose to build in Alskaa, and would
rirtually donate to them at $10 per
acre one or more tracts of 5,000
acres each to be selected by them.
Mr. Ballalne asks congress to au
thorize the head of a department
to be designated to enter Into a lease
with a coal company to be organix
ad by him, for 5,000 acres of Man
taska coal land under all the pro
visions for regulation and against
monopolistic control of prices as
stipulated in the bill recently Intro
duced by Senator Nelson in con
formity with recommendations of
Secretary Ballinger's annual report.
This coal company would pay the
nited States and Alaska a royalty
of 50 cents a ton for the coal as
mined. Mr. Ballaine states in his
proposal that veins averaging a total
thickness of twenty feet would Yield,
according to standard measurements,
a total in excess of 100 million tons
from the 5,000 acres, making a roy
alty of $50.000,000 for this compar
atively small aren.
MUST WORK ON F AR
Lexington, Ky., Woman Makes a
A novel solution of the problem
of keeping not only boys, but the
girls on the farm, Is disclosed In the
wil of Mrs. Arthursa Eppersou,
of Lexington. Ky., which was filed
in the probate court there a few days
ago. The last codicil of the instru
ment provides for the division of .a
large estate equally among her chil
diren, with the reservation ''that if
any of my children marry or qu't
working on the farm, or or my real
estate before five years si~all hay?
pired after my death, he or she
shall forfeit all interest in my estate
when final disposition is made except
the amount of $1."
Accused Himself Falsely.
At Denver. Col., John Pressly Bar
ret, who claimed he was wanted in
Memphis, Tenn., on a murder charge.
was arrested charged with passing a
forged check for $15. Thursday
night word was received from Mem
phis that Barrett had been tried
and acquitted in Memphis on the
charge of killing Frank Smith.
When confronted with this infor
mnation Barrett admitted he told the
story, hoping thereby to escape pros
ecution on the charge of passing
Stealing by WVholesale.
Did Finicher, colored, pleade-'
guilty a fe~w days ago of stealing a
arload of merchandise at Creen
ville last June and was sentencedi
to nye years in thr penitentiary.
The negro stole 40 boxes of tobacco.
a tub of lard, a crate of grape juice.
12 flour sifters and other articles
amounting to $500. He sold th'e
goods to a merchant at the Corolln a
How to Lower Prices.
Representative Sabath, a Demo
way to lower prices on foodstucs
way to ower prices on foodst uifs
Is to place them on the free list for
importation from foreign countries.
He has introduced a bill to accom