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VOL. XXIV MANNING, S. C. WEDNESDAY, AY 2 0
The State Dmcralic Cesavlis Sfi&C
b the OM Rules.
DEFEATS ALL aMN
Suggested in Them, After Considera
ble DlIscusion-Fight on Wille
Jones Fal ThrougL-Attorney
Genel Wickerham Condemned
and Senator Smith is Endorsed.
After a fght of two hours in com
mittees and nearly taree hours on
the floor of the house the State Dem
ocratic Convention Wednesday night
kiled two important changes sug
gested in the constitution and rules
of the party. These changes were:
1. Requiring that the same quali
fcations obtain in the primary as in
the general election.
2. That the convention hereaf'er
elect the chairman of the State Dem
acratic executive committee, instead
of the committee. as at present.
There were other matters brought
up and discussed, says the State. bat
it was around these two proposi
tions that members worked for or
against and discussed In lobbies an3
on the streets. On the Arst propow
ed change there was a roH call. Or
the second the vote was viva voci.
Then there was a resolution con
demning the United States Attorne
SGeneral for his recent action in Pro
secuting certain cotton dealers an-'
also commending United States Sen
ar Smith for his stand in the mat
everytahing else was routine and
harmonious. In fact it could. not
have been called anything but har
ionous. With the exceptihn of
some remarks made the night before
on the Stevenson resolution there
was no feeling.
When the report of the commitc
.tee on constitution and rules cam,
up an unfavorable report was read
on resolutions affecting the qua=
,catons of voters in the Democratic
priwal. These were dffered by
Samuel McCrary, Richiand delega
tion. Sumter and Alken delegations
-Ee committee defeated the proposi
:,thInls by a vote of 27 to 9 after a
igorous defense by Mr. McMahan
TMe committee reported unfavor
ably the resolution offered by -Mr.
Stevenson proposing to amend the
constitution relating to the election
of the State chairman
The resolutien read as folowst
-Resolved. That the party consti
be amended in article 8 as
foflows: Insert in line 4 after the
word 'offce.* the words 'except the
State chairman. whio shall be elected
by the State convention.*
"Add at end. of th article the
1lowng: Provided. if the State
- harmanship' shalt becomne vacant.
Ethe lutee shall elect a chairman
bact til the next State convention
Tghe comunittee reported favorably
*'the .resolution by the Lexington
~-ean, 4inig the rules more
expicIt and allowing the county ex
ecutives cmminttee to fix the dates
,-Te committee also suggested that
heword "president" apply to thC
besiding offier of tae convention
I losuggested that a candidate
I.the primary must oe a Democrat
Sefore being allewed to run.
B y a vote ofIto16. the m
m-itte decided, the rules should- be
changed. so that should a voter
--n the previous primady and his name
had been acidentally left off th
books. the voter be allowed to cas'
The question of qualification of
oters upon which majority anW
Zminori.ty reports were mata by the
.elegations started the ~it. The
Lminority report by Inr. -McMaha1 re
commended the amending of the con
stitution so that only registered eec
tors- be allowed to vote.
The names 'ulened to the miornt:
report are: B. B. Caldwenl. for Ches
-er Jno. J. cahan. Richlan-I: JDO
H iClifton, Sumter. J. C!. Elliott
Lacse:Thos. J. Kirktand!. Ke?
sham: W. F. Stevenson. Chesters- Id
H. F. Smith, Pickens; 3 tG. -M:y
4After some discussion, the miaint
ty report df the co'nm'C-' whirl
avred the alifiestions --rvoe
.the primary remaining what It -
Followinig the disposition or t1
primary matter, the unfavorable re
port of the committee on the propos
ed change in the constitution re
specting the election of the state
chairman was taken up.
SAfter some dIscussion, the prev
Ions question was ordered and by 1'
larg, majority the resolution wam
voted down and the unfavorable re
There w::s some discussion on the
proposed change in the rules allow
ng a voter to prove that his nam&
was on the club roll. The favorable
- eprt was tabled.
The following resolution was then
adopted on motion or Mr. Steven
son by a rising vote:
" Resolved, by the Democratic con
ventioni of South Carolina that the
sympathy of this conventionl be and
is hereby extendied to our senior sen
ator, the Hon. Benjamin R. Tlfman.
In his relent illness and that this
convent'on wishes him speedy and
cmplete rsoration to health and
strength, trusting that he may soon
*be able to resume .his duties in that
oly wher' he has so ably repre
sented the Democrats of South Caro
-~lin'for 15 years."
-Other reports were adopted, and
-after the usual resolutions of thanks
e. corvention adjourned.
TOOK HER OWN LIFE
ARRANGES HER OWN FUNERAL
PYRE BEFOR HUSBAND.
Restoring to Three Different Methods
to Take Her Life Young Mother
Finally Succeeds With Fire.
Resorting to three different meth
ods to kill .herself. wnile her family
was asleep around her, Mrs. J. H.
Deal. who lives a little over a mile
from Maiden. N. C.. committed sui
cide Thursday morning beforeday by
saturating herself with kerosene oil
and setting herself on fire.
Her husband was awakened by the
fames from her dress and ran to her
rescue. but too late to save her.
A razor and an axe were lying near.
She tried first to cut her throat and
then to cut her head with the axe.
Ill health was the cause. She
was 27 years of age and two chil
dren survive her. She suffered a
great deal from the awful mcede she
adopted to put an end to her exist
A MYSTERY SOLVED.
Wite of Dead Ashevie Bogus Lord
Is Now Known.
The body of Sidney Lascelle. alias
Lord Beresford. alias Charles J. As
quith. convicted forger and said to
have been a bigamist sixteen times
wver. was Thursday shipped to Wash
ngton. D. C.. after laying in an un
ertaker's establishment at Asheville.
N. C.. for eight years. to be cremated
mnd the ashes to be sent to wife No.
1. whose idertity is kept a profound
secret. The undertakers, attorneys.
'ad agents are sworn not to divulge
That she belonged to a promszent
-nd wealthy New York family is ad
mitted by those who have handled
the case. She ran away from her
mother. escaping w;ile her mother's
%ttention was occupied at a book
tore. and with Lascelle hurried to
the "Little Brick Church Around the
Corner" in New York. and was mar
ried twenty years ago.
The name of Mrs. T. J. Summer
leld. Passaic. N. J.. is given as the
roman. a sister-in-law of wife No.
. who, becoming horrified upon find
g that her brother-in-law's remains
:ave been unburied for eight years
und were being viewed by thousands
f people yearly. took steps to se
nre its cremation.
BITE OF WORTHLESS CUR.
iases a Brigbt Little Boy to Die in
Raymond Livingston. th" six-year
)Id son of James K. Livingston. of
!arleston. who was bitten a few
reeka ago by a mad dog. died Thure
lay morning in frightrul agony. The
uttending physicans unable to aid the:
itte sufferer. wh~o, is said, barked
a dog and had to be confined to
dal bed with great force.
The child was dying about two
lays. Given prompt treatment at
the Pasteur institute at Atlanta with
ndications of recovery upon his re
ent return home, the little fellow
tdds another victim to the policy
hich prevails in Charleston of giv
ng the dogs the rights of taxpayers
s far as the run of the streets is
A SERIES OF TRAGEDIES.
abb's Mother DeadGrve Digger
At Columbia while digging the
rave of the mother of John Rabb.
ihe negro. who is .held for the mur
'er of Hilton Smith. the city jailer.
t Potters field late Thursday. Hen
y Barber. the aged neirro grave dig
er. dropped dead. The cause or
the death is supposed to be heart
rouble. The inquest over the b-dy
i be held by Coroner Walker. The
-ed mother of Jiohn Rabb died
while the ofmcers were searching the
ouse for the negro on Wedinesday.
tight. She did not know that her
on was being sought as a murderer.
They Got Scared.
Boys sent up a number of fire bal
ons with skyrockets attachedi dur
-ig Wednesday night at Talladeta.
\la., and many negroes seeing then'
-d thinking the comet was goinr
a do damage, fled in terror. The
aports reaching .bere say that prac
ically all the inhabitants of certain
-.arters rushed away and. ggthered
t another place and brgan at onc-~
Whiskey can not be legally lent
or the use of a sick friend is a
-line handed down Thursday by the
\labama supreme court in t.he case
Presley Clarke against t'ne State.
Sarke was convicted of exchanging
'rohibited liquors and entered the
'lea that a quart which he trans
erred was given to a neighb'r. mem
*rs of whbose family were ill.
Shot Herself Before Children.
Calling about 50 children from
'e street and neighboring hous--s
n the west end section of Pittsburg.
o.. Mrs. Clementine D-erenzo, nged
16 years. Thursday night. .shot and
cilled herself in the paesence of her
Two trainmen were cremated by
3.000 volts of electricity when a
leeper on the Illinois Traction sys
tem collided with an electric train
near Lovelace. Mo.. Friday.
A large meteor which fell naa
Monterey. Mex., set Ur to a pine~
forest and much damage was t~he re
A TRICKY COET
It Seems to Have Feoled All the Astron
omers by Its yovements.
MUST HAVE GONE WRONG
At Any Rate It Did Not Do What
It Was Scheduled to Do, and Now
the' Scientific Sages ~iagree As
to Wheri It Is or What It Will
The comet seems to have fooled
the scientists for once. as it failed
to keep its engagements on Wed
Prof. Asahp Hall of the naval ob
servatory at Washington said at 4
o'clock Thursday morning that the
earth would not pass through the
tail of Halley's comet until sometime
'From three o'clock on Thursday
morning until dawn. said Prof. Hall.
rhere was visibl. in the east. ex
tending from the nortlieast in a
southerly direction, the dim beam
of a light of the comet's tail. As
the moon descended westward the
shaft athwart the heavens grew
plainer and was easily visible to the
According to Dr. Campbell of the
Lick observatory at San Jose. Cal.,
there Is a possibility that the earth
may not pass through the comet's
tal after all. In a statement Issued
early Thursday he said:
"The tail was visible as soon as
the moon seL It is probable that we
shall miss passing through the tail
because it is lagging by several mil
lion miles. The comet's orbit is In- I
lined to an angle with the earth's I
rbit and it Is probable we shall not 4
pass through the tail at all."
Calculators Confounded. 4
Setting at variance all scientific
gures and predictions and dumb- t
foundling the astronomers at Yerkes c
bservatory at Williams Bay, Wis.,
he tail of Halley's comet was plain- v
ly visible just before daybreak on t
Trsday. The astronomers have no 1
explanation to proffer for the action I
A the comeL 2
Prof. S. A. Mitchell. of Columbia I
niversity. Prof. Edwin B. Frost. ?
ead of the Yerkes observatory staff. .
ind Prof. Edward Barnard. of the
university of Chicago. say that any r
ne of the following three explana
ons may be right:
1. The curvature of the comet's
il first discovered and noticed by
Prof. Barnard on Tuesday night may
ave developed to a wholly expect
-d degree, wulle the head of the
omet has passed the earth on sched
2. LIke Borellis' comet of 1903. e
faley's comet may .have ceased its
all making activity, cutting off the I
lowing fan that is pnow puzzling the
3. It is possible that all calcula- l
ions are wrong and that the comet
as not yet passed the earth.
As ntearly as could be computed
he period of the appearance of the t
omet's tail in the east extended from
0.3S o'clock Wednesday night to
.20 o'clock Thursday morning. It t
as still plainly viible~ at a time
hen the astronomers were confi
lent the earth would have passed 4
ompletely through the tail.
After leaving his telescope at day
reak Thursday, Prof. Frost issiued
he foilowing statement:
''Greater .than all the theories
and all the computations are the
acta. And the fact is that the
al of the comet has be-u appear
ing in the east in practically the
ame position as it appeared Wednes
say. There Is no question about
hat. The tail which glowed fronm
the h'orizon c!-sz to the milky wa.1
from before midnight until dawL
hursday has not yet passed across
the earth. That is a certainty. In
ddition, it is also certain .that there
is no material diminution in the
size of this tail as compared with the
al of the day before.
-'We are confident that the calcu
ations for the passage of the head
f the comet betwe-n the sun and
'he earth are correct. U.nquestion
ably astronomical experts working
indepenently of each other In all
aarts of the wcrld arrived at these
:alculat ions, which have been cor
ected In detail ever since the comet
passed Venus on May 2.
--We are also confident that the
head of the comet made its transit
. per schedule. But- the mystery of
'he appearance of the tail in the
east Thursday mornIng is the great
uzzle. It can nct be explained sat
isfactorily at this time.''
('urve'd its Tail.
The ear?.h did not plunge t~rough
the tail of Halley's comet at the
time scheduled by astronomers. ac
ording to Prof. Henry Norris Rus
sell. of Princeton, N. J., and Zacch
eus Daniel. the discoverer of three
omets &ail because it was curved
in making the journey.
Thtis failure of the comet to be on
ime, they said. was due to the fact
that the tail had developed a pr>
nounced curve and it was long afte
suup in this section of the coun
try before the passage of the earth
.hrogh the comet's eappendage.
Prof. Russeli at :ti5 a. m. noticed
i distinct streak of light in the east
that res-.:ied the milky way. He
then came to the conclusion that the
earth had not passed through the
comet's because the tail was curved
away fromt us, and that the sun would
e wei! above the horizonl when the
passage was made. At that time he
said the head of the comet had pass
ed the distance of the sun and was
well on the other side of the sun,
Shortly afterward 3 a. m. T.hursday
the light in the east disappeared and
Po. uelln said it wa possible
COSTS MORE MONEY
TO RI~N FOR OFFICE IN SO'TH
CAROLINA THAN IT DID.
The Party Needs More Funds Than
it Did Formerly and the Candi
date% Must Make it Up.
The State Democratic executive
committee decided Tuesday to in
crease the assessments on candidates
entering the race for various State
offices. The raise was made because
there Is very little money now in
the treasury. The matter was left
with a special subcommitte- and af
ter going into the matter thoroughly
their report was adopted, although
there was some opposition to it at
first by Robert Lide. of Orangeburg.
who thought that t-he expenses of
the committee should be cut down.
The old assessments provided that
candidates for governor should pay
an entrance fee, of $50. other State
officers $37.50. solicitors $25 and
congressmen $50. The new assess
ments provide for $125 each for
congressional candidates, $50 each
for other State officers, $50 for lieut
enant governor and $75 for governor.
Other suggestions of the subcom
mittee were adopted. Chairman
Jones appointed as members of tht
subcommittee to arrange the itin
rary A. W. Jones and D. J. Grif
The following Is the report of the
"Your committee appointed to
mggest assessments and the date of
>pening of the campaign and the
tinery. respectfully reports:
"That, after mature deliberation
nd investigation, we And that the
ost of the campaign of 1908 was
2.956. and would therefore suggest
bat the assessment on congressmen
e $125, for governor $75. and oth
r State offices, $50. which from In
ormation received would yield $,
"Your committee would suggest
hat the date for the opening of the
ampaign be fixed for June 22.
"We would further suggest that
committee of three, consisting aNf
he State chairman and two mem
ers of the executivo committee to
e appointed by the chairman, be
ppointed to make the arrangements
or the itinerary and revising of
ules of any change or in the con
''All of which is respectfully sub
"D. L. Sinkler. Chairman."
LYNCHED THE FIEND.
trute Who Attempted to Assault a
Because he was c6harged with at
empting to criminally assaut the
ight-year-old daughter of Harry Ti
on. residing In the western part of
taker County. Ga.. Charlie Wilson.
,negro boy, about 18 years old, was
ynched at a late hour Friday night
'y a mob of citizens, who took the
egro by force from a bailiff before
te could be landed at the jail at
Jewton. Wilson. It is alleged. at
empted to assault the Tison child
'hursday afternoon, but her screams
rere heard by her father, who caught
he negro and turned him over to
he officers. Wilson was hanged from
tree standing near a much tray
led road and his body was riddled
TOWNS TORNADO TORN.
storm Deals Death and Destruction
Maysville, a small town 15 miles
orthwest of Paul Valley. Okla.. was
'iped off th'e map early Friday eve
ing, and several persons were kill
d. according to meagre reports re
:eived. The town of McCarthy. near
Vaysville. was nearly all swept aw-ty,
ad three persons there were ktcI
d. All 'te wires are down. 1te
lef trains prnbably will be sent outL.
Te of the hardest hail storms ir.
he history of the region swept over
m stretch of country neal Paul Val
ley Friday evening. In places de
stroying all signs of vegetation.*
A dose of soda given to a horse
belonging to James Elmerson. of
Canisteo. N. Y.. caused the animal to
explode. It is thought the soda com
bined with gases in the stomach
forming carbolic acid gas and the
tank, not being copper lined, could
not stand the strain.*
Kills Peary's Dogs.
Twelve out of the 14 EsNum
dogs which Commander Robt. E.
Peary brought back from hIs trip to
the North pole. are dead. They were
placed in comfortable quarters at
Flag Island. Me.. but the mild weath
er caused distemper and death.*
for the Inhabitants of Hawaii and
possibly the astronomers at the Lick
osrvatiory in California to detect
in the darkness the passage of the
earth through the tarn.
Prof. Russell added that the reas
on why most astronomers had not
been able to tell that the tail was
curved was because they had been
i,oking at the tail ed;;ewise. Mr.
Daniel said that he atso noticed the
light in the east shortly before 3
a. mn. Thursday and also suggested
that the earth had not passed through
the tail of the comet because of the
curvature ot the appendage. Me ex
pressed the belief that the~ passing of
the earth through the tail would
make the curve more pronounced.
The time at which the earth made
th'e pmage, he said. could not he
ascrtained at Princeton because th
arch of the curve was not known
there. Mr. Daniel explained that It
was not unusual for comets' tails
to be curved.
ONE HUNDRED DEAD
AND AS MANY MORE WOUNDED
BY TWO EXPLOSIONS.
A Ton and a Half of Giant Powder
in Cuban Guard Barracks Goes
Two almost simultaneous explo
sions of stores of dynamite. supposed
to consist of 3.000 pounds. complete
ly demolished the rural guard bar
racks in the city of Pinar Del Rio.
Cuba. Thursday afternoon. Fully
100 persons were killed and nearly
as many were wounded.
Most of the dead were rural
guards, but the entire families of
several of the officers of the rural
guard. it is reported, were killed
also, as well as several employes of
the public works department and res
idents of the city. on which fell a de
luge of masonry and debris from the
blown-up building. It is not known
yet w.hether the exprosion was the
result of an accident or was due to
an act of conspirators. but the form
er is considered the most probable
Several relief trains carrying sur
geons. officers and nen of the rural
guards and government started that
afternoon from Habana to the scene
of the catastrophe.
The names of the dead have not
yet been reported with the exception
of Capt. Ravena and Capt. Bel
ancour of the garrison and their fam
ilies, who are a1lieved to be buried
in the ruins of the officers' quarters
adjacent to the barracks.
The barracks was a massive build
Ing of Spanish construction and oc
cepied a site on the outskirts of
t-he ety to the north. During the
late Intervention it was the head
quarters of Col. Parker's regiment,
the Eleventh cavalry. Adjacept to
the barracks was a long row of oMi
:ers quarters. The barracks was oc
cupied by the public works depart
ment and four troops of rural cav
In consequence of the alarm over
race disturbances the government or
dered all deposits of dynamite in the
city in the posession of contractors
for road construction and other pub
lic works to be removed to- the bar
racks for safekeeping. Thursday af
ternoon the work of removing the
dynamite from the barracks for ship
ment to the government magazine
vas begun by employes of the pub
ic works department. assisted br ru
According to reports received the
mangled remains of victims were
found in the street of the city a
mile from the scene of the explosion.
There is great anxiety in Habana.
>wing to the fact that a large num
ber of the rural guards at Piar Del
Rio recently were sent from the city.
where their families reside.
The explosions occurred at five
>'clock.. a few second before the men
would have quit work. It is general
y believed that the first resulted
from the accidental fall of a box of
ynamite. whic~h was being lifted'on
awaron. It is impossible, however.
o determine absolutely the cause.
for the reason that all in the im
ediate vicinity were blown to -fr.
ents. It is believed the majoriy
f the wounded are residents of theI
own, as practically all within the
barracks were Instantly killed or bur
ed in the ruins.
The work of exhuming the dead
and searching for those who may
be alive la going on but is greatly
retarded by the destruction of the
electric wires and the fear that a
quantity of unexploded dynamite re
mains In the ruins.
REWARD FOR AYANT.
He Sends' Letters From Atlanta That
He Is Running Away.
A dispatch from Georgetown says
D. W. Avant, uncle of W. B. Avant.
who is wanted at the Penitentiary
to serve a sentence of three and a
half years for the murder of Mrs.
Ruth Crisp Bingham. received a let
ter from the missing man dated May
17, and postmarked- Atlanta. Ga..
reading as follows:
"Am In Atlanta. running away."
-There was also a letter from Avant
to his wife, which was at coce taken
to her, three miles off from the post
office, at Harper's the contents of
which have not yet been ascertained.
Avant's bondsmen are his uncle. D.
W. Avant, and L. A. Parsons. his
brother-in-law. The amount of the
bond is $3,000. These men are good.
thrifty farmers. They .zave' offered a
reward of $100 for the apprehension
of the fugitive.
Eaten by Sharks.
The boat In which William Olsen.
William Peterson, Albert T.'o.i's
and R. Zeboski started from Fort
Gaines on Tuesday night and went
to their death was found Wednes
day morning by a searching party
aboard the tug Texas. It is feared
the bodies have been carried away
by man eating sharks.
(Crack of Doom.
Hundreds of negroes in Savannah
spent Wednesday night fasting and
praying, fearing every moment to
hear the 'crack o' doom." Not much
ahor was gotten from them during
the day, so great is their fear of
the comet. The evident concern in
the negro quarters of the city was
UGed Them at Last.
:Mrs. Eva Simon. 5'5 years old.
was buried in her home" town of Wa
hash, Ill., last week, in a shroud and
burial outfit which she prepared 6S
years a~o for .her funeral. All the
years since that time she has kept
Wil Not Be Submitted to by the Tenes
see Democrats Who
And the Other Ringsters for At
tempting to Coerce the Supreme
Court.-Eulogies on the Late Sen
ator Carmack Elicted Prolonged
Clovernor M. R. Patterson and the
State Democratic executive commit
tee were bitterly denounced Wednes
day at Nashville in speeches and res
olutions. by the largest mass meet
ing of voters ever held in the State
of Tennessee. called ror the purpose
of protesting against the action of
the Governor anI ex^cative commit
tee in attempting to force all jud
Iclary candidates to submit their
candidacy in the general primary of
June 4. This action of the commit
tee was contrary to precedent and
resulted in several of the candidates
for the Supreme Court and Court of
Civil Appeals announcing themselves
as independent candtdates.
The convention, at which more
than five thousand Democrats of the
State were present, nominated a full
judiciary ticket an-i appealed to the
voters of the State to refuse to par
ticipate In the primary on June 4.
Governor Patterson and the exec
utive committee were "unqualifiedly
denounced and condemned," for their
efforts "to overcome and coerce the
Supreme Court of the State in the de
cision of a case penaing before it.'
this reference being to the Cooper
!Eulogistic references to the :ate
Senator Carmack elicited prolonge-'
pplause, while every denunciary re
ference to Governor Patterson was
greeted with great enthusiasm. The
Judiciary tickets encorsed were as
Supreme Court: W. D. Beard,
Memphis; M. M. Neal. Trenton; J. K.
Shields. Chattanooga; D. L. Lane
den. Carthage, and Grafton Green,
Court of Civil Appeals: S. F. Wil
son, Nashville; J. C. Higgins, Shel
byville; J. 5L Taylor. Lexingtpn;
F. P. Hall Dresden, and H. Y.
Hughes. '.. iwell.
The following sy:opsis of the dec
laration of principles was adopted
by the Convention:
That the people have the inaleni
able right to alter, reform or abol
ish any agencies of their own crea
tion when those agences seek t6
thwart the soverign will.
That the doctrine of non-resi-st
ance against arbitrary power Is ab
surd and slavish.
That the Independence of the three
coordinate branches of the Govern
ment is essentadl to the stabilIty of
~he commonwealth and the freedom
of the people.
!rhat any attempts to coerce the
Courts In the exercise of their prop
er functions is destructive of peacc
and safety and should be resisted
by all lawful means knows t'o fret
That the paramout issue before the
people of Tennessee is the Independ
ence and integrity of their Courts.
That half a century ago an amend
ment to itie Constitution was adcpt.
ed. proving that a day should be ap
nointed for the election of Judges
and Attorney General. -seperate and
apart from the day for eleetion for
political offices, so that merit and
efficiency should not be obscured by
heat and strife of a political canm
paign, and has always since been
recognized by both political parties
of the State as wise nd patriotic
and as prompting the independenet
of the judiciary.
That the so-called State executivr
commrittee, not one of whose n'em
hers was elected by the people, and
a majority of whom were appointed
by the Governor, has attempted t(
repudiate the well settled and saft
method of selecting candidates fo:
the judiciary and has attempted te
deprive the Democrats of the State 'M
the right to hold their own elec
tions, to make the'ir own platforna
and to appoint the committees. anC
being completely under the contro'
of the Governor .has adopted a plar
designed to aid their master In hi:
attempt to coerce the Supreme Court
to to perpetuate their own power
That by these acts of usurpation the
committee and the Governor .hav(
disrupted the Democratic party an'
have given sufficient grounds for re
pudlatinr the committee.
That the committee be repudIated
and the Governor denunced an/
condemned for his effort to coerc.
the Supreme Court In a case pending
before it, and that endorsement b<
given Justices Bearc. Sheilds anc
Neil. of the Supreme Court, In re
!using to submit to the un-Demo
eratic plan. and that condemnatlor
be given Judges Landsden. Hall
Higgins. Wilson anri Taylor for thei'
claims direct to the people.
That overy Democrat who believe
in the integrity of the judiciary and
the right of the people to contro!
their own affairs. be called on to re
fuse to participate in the prim-I)
ordered for June 4. and any othet
Convention or primary ordered by
That the candidacy of the above
named aspirants for pudicial honor,
be formally endorsed
Burns at Sea.
The staamer J. Marhoffer, which
left San Francisco for Portland. Ore..
on May 14. has been burnedi at sea,
2&I miles north of Newport. Ore.
Capt. Wellander of th~e United States
life saving station reports that 19
persons from the burned steamer
have landed safely in their own
WHERE WE STAND
PLATFORM ADOPTED BY THE
It Mashes the Toes of Some of Our
Congressmen and Newspapers Who
The following is the platform
adopted by the State Democratic Con
vention on Wednesday.
"The Democrats of South Caro
lina, in convention assembled, ex
press their gratification that the signs
of the times point to general dissat
isfaction with the administration c,r
the government by the Republicau
party, and congratulate the reprem-.
tatives of our party in z-ngress on
the approval given their course in
the recent elections in Massachusszts
and New York. at which Rep.aolicans
were defeated and Democrats sent
to the congress in their place The
people of all sections are com'ng to
realize that the Republican party
stands for special privileges at the
cost of the multitude, and that
through the favoritism shown to the
trusts by tariff legislation the coun
try is now suffering from conditions
which make the cost of living w
high that even t!- Republica= cn
gress is compelled to insdtute an
"The only substantial and lasting
relief is to be found In the adoptiou
>f the historic Democratic doctrine
demanding a system of tariff duties
suficleat to raise revenues adequate
to the ecomonical administration of
the government. Material reduc
:ions should be made ill the tariff
upon the necessities of life.
"The protective tariff makes poa
ble the combinations which are call
ed trusts and only by revision of tar
1ff duties downward can the growth
>f the trusts be chected. The fail
re of the Republican administra
ion to enforce the civil and criminal
[aws against the trusts demonstrates
new the obligations of that party
to the trusts which render It impos
ble for the country to secure relief
rom that source. Favoring public
ity of all campaign contributions, the
Democratic party throughout the
ountry enters upon the coming cam
paign for congress this fall as the
)ly agency to which the people can
urn with the expectation of genule
ariff reform and genuine trust reg
"The Democratic party has long
ravored the imposition of a tax on
ncomei as a just method of taxa
on, when fairly levied and collected.
d we favor such a tax.
"BeliEving with Jefferson In the
;upport of the State governments in
L11 their rights as the most compP
ent administration for our domestic
oncerns and surest bulwark against
inti-republican tendencies, and in the
preseration of the general govern
vent in its whbole constitutional vig
r a.s the sheet anchor of our peacc
t home and safety anroad,' we arc
pposed to the centralization poli
les of the present national adminis
~ration. We insist tnat federal rem
sies for the regulation of Interstate
ommerce and the preventation of
arivate monopoly shall be added to.
riot substatuted for Slate remedies
The sub-committee on platform
onsisted of Jas. A. o~yt, Geo. S
ower. Richard I. MannIng, 3. H
esesne and S. McG. Simkins.
5olenn Service by the Methodist Geu
The ordination of the new bishop'
lected by the General Conference
f the Methodist Episcopal Church
ook place at Ashville on Thursday.
The services were very impressive
id were largely attended.
The new bishops. Revs Colline
Denny. John C. Kilgo. William B
\urrah. R. K. Waterhouse, Edwir:
D. Mouzon and James McCoy, each
rcompanied by two of his closesl
rends, entered the church amid pro
ound silence. The opening hymra
as announced by Bishop A. W. Wil
o, the collect was read by Bishor
. E. Hoss. prayer was offered by
Rev. C. H. Briggs. and epistle war
ead by Bishop H. C. Morrison. Bish
p W. A. Chandler. concluding with
t~hA reading of the gospel. Bishor
A. W. Wilson delivered the ordina
Examination of the bishops-elect
was conducted by Bishop Hendrix.
while Bishop Key recited "Veni Crea
or Spiritus." Each bishop placed
his .hands on the heads of the bish
pselt. each of whom was pre
iented with a Bible. Bishop ChandlleI
-resenting each parchment whil<
testifying to the ordination. The
-nediction was pronounced by Bish
>p Wilson. WVives of the bishops
lect were given seats of honor.
Two Are Killed.
As a result of a boiler explosion at
.he saw mill of J. R. Brown. in
Jones County. Ga.. Thursday after
ioon. L. J. A. Brown, a prominen'
lantr, and son of the owner of th<
mill, and William tiutchins, a ne
ro. is dead, and the mill is wreck
ed. Brown was .kill d out right and
the negro died in a few minutes.
Old Man Killed.
Stepping from the elevator in hk
hotel while the cage was in mo
don. Joseph Griffin. a millionaire o:
St. Thomas. Ont., was crushed te
death at San Francisco. Griffin was
70 years of age. eH was a brothez
o J. Y. Griffin. of the meat packing
company of that name, of Vancouv
er, B. C.
Died from Wound.
Hilton Smith. the Columbia city
iailr. who was shot by the negro
John Rabb, died Wednesday night a
a local hospital. The negro was ar
rested that afternoon at Blaneys
A WRD STORY
Bd of a Ras Held in Aheiie. F
Eiht Years is Gained
BY AN UNKNOWN WOMAN
The Body, Which Has Been in an
UndertakePs Establishment. Was
That of a Noted Forger and Gen.
eral Confidence Man, Who Was
Credited With Sixteen WAves.
The remains of Charles J. As
quith. alias "Lord Beresford," alias,
have at last been claimed. The
body of Asquith or Lascelle, the man
who died at Asheville. N. C.. in Oct
ober. 1902. and which has remained
in a local undertaking establishment
ever since, was last week shipped to
Baltimore on affidavit of wife No.'I
that the body was of her husband
and the remains will be cremated in
The name of wife No. 1 is with
held. Negotiations. for the body
were conducted through a friend,
Mrs. T. J. Summerfield of New Jer
sey. who made afmdavit on behalf of
wife No. 1 that the body was that
of her husband. The undertakers
being satisapd as to the affidavit
turned over the body upon payment
of certain costs incident to embalm
ing, etc., and the body went to Bal
timore for cremation.
fI'hat Asquith or Lascelie or Lord
Beresford was a thief, a forger and
a bigamist is certain. It is alleged
that he had been married fifteen
times. He was known in Georgia,
Colorada, Texas and other states, and
bore an unsavory reputation.
The man went to Asheville In Sep.
tember or early October in the year
1902. He was very sick at the time
and, although supposedly wen oIC
when his death occurred two or
three weeks after hkis arrival, it was
found that he had no funds and ap
parently no friends or relatives. The
body was embalmed' by an under
taking firm and in the absence of
pay, and in the absence of informa-'
tion and advice. from friends or rel- -
atives 4he body has during these
eight years remained unclimed at
the undertaking place until last week
when wife No. -1, through her rep
resentative. made claim to the body;
made afmdavit that the body was that
of her husband and paying all ex
penses claimed and secured the body
for shipment to Baltimore.
The shipment of the body of As
-luith or Lascelle ends a most inter
esting and mysterious story. Dur
ing the years that the body has re
iained unclaimed In Asheville, many
hundreds of people as a result of
'he notoriety that the incident at
tracted have visited the undertak
-ng rooms and sought- to Identify the
body. Several times It was' thought
'hat the body had been Identified
'>y one or more wives, but always the
Identification proved a false alarm.
It Is said that the man Asquitis,
whose body was claimed by a wo
iian who alleges that she was .his
>riginal wife and married to the
'oman some twenty years ago In
he "Little Brick Church Around the
torner," In New York; that they
vent to Europe and lived happily for
i time and that then tfle man dis
appeared. That was the last that
was seen of him by his wife. It
s said that he was in jail in Eu
'ope; that he was finally liberated.
tad later appeared in Italy where
te sold somebody's yacht .and again
'got in bad."
I~s caree: was checkered and
iust how he found his way to Ashe
rille was never explained. It is
known, however, that when his death
Iccurred In Asheville he wore a tie
'hat was purchased in Texas and
tiso other clothing purchased In the
tone Star State, which indicated
hat he had come from Texas~ to
Ashevlle. It was stated that the
-eal name of the woman who claim
'd the body of her husband is not
.amed; that, in fact, all .persons
having anything to do with the takc
lng of the body away will not di
vulge their names and the undertak
ers and others interested are pledg
ed to secrecy.
It is understood that although the
local undnrtaker who has held the.
ody of Lascelle for eight years turn
?d it over to wife No. 1 upo.n the
nayment of actual cost. $110. that
the undertakers were recently offer
w1 $5.000 for the body which they
refused in an effort to comply with
the North Carolina law.*
SAW HER SON DIE.
Y7oung Man Accidentally Shoots and
Frank Richard, a young w.bite
'nan. accidentally shot and killed
'iimself at his home, about cne mile
south of Edmund's. Lexington coun
y. late Friday afternoon. From in
-ormation gathered it seems that
-oung Ricard had flnished-his wor.c
'or the day and had gone to the
>ond, which Is located a few hundred
'ards from the house, to spend the
'>alance of the afternoon fishing. car
-ying .his shotgun with him. He had
not been gone long before his moth
'r was attracted by the sound of a
;un. She and a young son wvan . t
->nce to the scene. Upon arrival 2.t
the pond, they found the young man
:ying fiat in the boat. gasping for
brea.th. The entire load of shot had
taken effect in the stomach, making
a ghastly wound. He lived but a
few moments, dying without making
Tidal Wave Feared.
Many of the inhabitan's of S..v
atinah moved further into the city
for temporary abode. fearing a tida!
wwae a reslt of Ralley's comet.