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VOL. XXV MANNING, S. C., WEDNESDAY. JULY 19
WHAT HE SAYS
Swearinger Does Not Meet Comparisors
Made by the Board
PEOPLE MUST DECIDE
Claims That he Was Ignored by Oth
er Members of the Board, by Not
Having Chance to Express His
Opinion When Adoption of the
Books Were Made.
State Superintendent of Education
Swearingen returned to Columbia
Tuesday night from Rock Hill, where
he had gone Friday to attend the
Conference of County Superinten
of Education. He declared that he
had no intention or desire to prolonh
the controversey regarding the text
book adoptions made by the State
board of educatio*n.
"If the people of south Carolina
are willing to believe," h- said, "that
they can now exchange old text books
for new ones at an additional cost of
only 2-3 cents per child each year,
they will be -undeceived when the
time comes to buy new .books.
"I have not counted The words in
the primer or in any other book, but
the new basal reader contaan 159
pages and sells for 35 cents. The
new basal fifth reader contains 368
pages and sells for 35 cents. The
diffrence is interesting.
"Of the old basal first reader, 131,
000 copies were sold from 1906 to
1911-, and this book has been dis
placed. Twelve thousand copies of
the physical geographies were sold,
and this book has been retained. As
far as the titles on the list are con
cerned these two books are equal,
but as as far as the pupils and pa
trons ot the State are concerned,
there is a difference of nearly 11 to
1, or more than 1,000 per cent. Il
lustrations might be multiplied in
definitely. for readers, arithmetics,
and geographies form the most id
portant part of a text book edoption,
and these three series show that 76
per cent of the mere titles even were
"If the members had made up
their minds as to the best and most
desirable books, I am at a loss to un
derstand why they were unwilling to
point out the poor books now in use.
It is claimed that ample preliminary
discussion of text books was had in
pie books -had been made. This ad
mission is, highly gratifying to me,
because the absence of such discus
sion and coniparison at the board
meetings led me to suppose and hope
-for this condition- - They, therefore
seem to admit the fact that the real
discussion of text-books was had ine
Jerome Hotel. I do not presume to
set my opinion amninst the opinion of
seven - distinguished educators, but
being the secretary of the board and
member directly responsible to the
people, I thought there should be a
frank, full and open discussion mn the
meetings of the board itself.
This admission proves that the
adoption wtas decided on before the
State Superintendent of Educationl
was given a chance to express an
opinion. It must not be forgotten,,
also, that my request for a record of'
these changes was promptly refused.
I was prepinred to recommend sever
al chaarres and to support these rec
ommendationls with argument. The
board made sweeping changes, but
declined to indicate the necessity for
these chanes, by pointing out the in
ferior and undesirable books now In
use. The lassertion that better books
have been adopted does not suffice.
but should be supported by evidence.
Every change of text books is unnec
essary unless a logical reason can be
"I have not questioned the intege
rity or impugned the motives of a
majority of the board, because posi
tive proof of improper influence can
not be adduced. The private charac
ter of every man belongs to himself.
alone, but his public acts belong tc
his constituents. The new policies of
the board were expensive, unexplain
ed, and without record, land against
these three charaiteristics I protest
"There are other points inviting
interesting comment, but I leave this
to be made by others. The determi
nation of the issue rests with the peo
POISONED BY INSECTS?
Probable Cause of Death in Newberry
The sudden death of four negroes,
three of them in one family and ir
one house near Shelton, in Fairfielc'
County, is supposed to have been
caused by poisonous insects on black
berries. which the negroes had pick
ed and eaten a short time before
their deaths. It is said that the ne
groes were about grown and two oth
ers were smaller. The four had
been bl'ackberry picking in the aifter
noon and that night, or early the
next morninlI, according to the infor
mation, they died. It is not known
what else could have caused their
death and the cause stated is gen
eraly accepted by the community and
is supported by medical opinion.
Convict Was Killed.
While trying to escape from the
State prison at Milledgeville, Ga., W.
H. O'Neal, a white-convict, who had
served one year of a three-year sen
tence, was shot to death by guards
ONeal was sentenced for stabbing
The Mob Got Him.
Will McGriff, the negro who shot
and killed Will Washington, a white
man, and wounded two colored men,
was arrested ut Bocontont Wednesday
afternoon and later killed by a mob
e+sated at more than five 'iundred
VOTE BAILEY DOWN
THE SENATE KILLS HIS FREE
Heyburn Says the Republican Party
Is on Its Death Bed Because of its
Senator Bailey's free list amend
ment to the Canadian recirocity bilt
was defeated in the Senate late Wed
day by a large majority. So evident
was the margin against it that Mr.
Bailey did not ask for a roll call.
Pursuing the policy of forcing the
opponents of reciprocity to proceed
without delay, Senator Penrose urg,
ed Senator Bailey to introduce his
wool tarig amendment a tonce. The
latter did so.
Democrats" and like terms were ap
plied to the Republican Senators sup
porting the bill, by Senator Hey
burn, of Idaho, in a speech against
the measure. He declared that when
a. vote on the bill is taken, alk roma
Republicans in the Senate will be op
posed to it, when the "Semi-Demo
rats" will vote for it, along with the
"How can we educate the leader of
the party back to Repubican princi
ples," asked Senato rNeison, .of Min
"Who is the leader of the Repot
ican party?" asked Heyburn.
Senator Bailey declared that the
Republicans were in a state of muti
ay and did not know their leader.
Mr. Heyburn declared that the ree
procity bill came to Congress wrap
ped in the flag of a pirate.
"Here's the bill; now you pass it
without any change," said Mr. Hey
He declared that he opposed all
amendments to the bill as well as
the bill -itself, because "every amend
nent is ta splinter off the Repu.blican
lag staff of protective policy."
"That can't be," interjected Senm
tor Clapp; "the flag staff has been
broken and the flag pulled down."
"I'll bet you 7,000,000 Republican
votes that is not true," said Hey
burn. ie added that he believed
that the Republicans would ultimate
ly come together again on protective
Asked by Senator Bailey how he
would classify the insurgents, Mr.
Eeyburn said they were "1navericks"
waiting to be branded.
"If they can be rounded up in the
White House lot, I know they will be
branded," said Mr. Bailey.
Senator Heyburn characterized
some of the progressives as "pro
gressing as a crab; you can't tell that
"This is the deathbed of the Re
publican party," said Senator Hey
burn, referring to the split in the
Republica ranks, "but it will be the
leath.bed of may of the men who are
;mpporting this reciprocity bill, when
:he people realize that it means put
ting down of the protective system."
CHARGE LEWIS WITH FRAUD.
Charged With Using the Mails to
A dispatch from St. Louis says
E~. G. Lewis, until recently publish
er of ia number of magazines and
oromoter of enterprises, was indict
d by a special grand jury in the Un
ted States district court on charges
f fraudulent use of the mails. The
indictment, containing twelve courts,
covers four points in which Lewis
is alleged to have obtained several
million by misleading statements cir
ulated through the mails.
It is charged he sold unsecured
otes on the Woman's Mlagazmnt.
Building and the Woman's Daily
building in the University City, o1
which Lewis is Mayor, unsecureos
otes of the University Heights Real
ty Development Company, operated
i "debenture scheme," and that he
Tiisrepresented the condition of the
(ewis Publishing Company in selling
i~ock in the concern.
Lewis recently put his corporations
nto the hands of trustees with sole
nowr to handle them for five years.
Creditors have asked that a receiver
e appointed. Lewis was indicted
n 1905 on charges of conducting a
~cheme to defraud through his oper
-tion of the People's United States
Bank, one of his corporations. Oth
r indictments charged him with de
'rauding the government of postal
~unds. He was acquitted on several
i these charges and all were dis
-nissed later by the government.
It is charged in the indictment
-hat. by the deabenture plan, Lewis
endeavored to recover securities in
is different companies and obliga
tion, most of which were due at early
dates, amouting to~ $7,160,000.
THE GRAY AND BLUE.
President Taft Will Follow Bull Run
When President Taft goes to Ma
iassas, Va., 25 miles southwest of
Wushington on July 21 to speak at
the joint reunion of the blue and gray
'rmies on the .battlefield of Bull Run,
he will travel over the same old turn
nike th?.t thousands of Union sol
liers used 50 years ago. The Presi
lent will motor down from the capi
tal with Secretiary Hlilles and Maj. A.
W. Eutt. Much of the ride will be
over the road used by Gem. McDow
all's soldiers when the tide of battle
turned against them and they fled
back toward Washington.
Two Hundred May Perish.
A dispatch from Surf, Col., states
that of the two hundered passen
ers and eighty-five sailors on the
wrecked Santa Rosa, only 85 had es
caped to shore. It added that little
hope was held out for those who re
mained on the vessel. Eleven pas
sengers and five of the crew were lost
by th casiing of the life boat. *
Hundreds of People Burned to Death in
the Porcupine District.
THREE TOWNS BURNED
Entrapped Miners, Seeking Safety in
Shafts Perish in Flames. Streets
Strewn With Charred Human Bod
ies and Dead Carcasses of Animal
A Toronto Canada, dispatch says
the loss of life in Porcupine district,
from Wednesday's fire is known to be
several hundred and the property
loss will reach several millions of
dollars. Only three of the eighty
four empoyees of the West Dome
Mine have been accounted for and
200 miners, muckers, etc., in the var
ious other mines are missing.
Among the dead are Robert Weiss,
manager of the. West Dome, and his
wife and child. The West Dome Mine
Company, of Philadelphia, sustained
a loss of about $50,000. Reports
from Porcupine give vague state
statements of the loss of life and
preperty. The property loss will
probably total millions.
Some loss of life is also reported
from South Porcupine and Eldorado.
At West Dome and Big Dome, the en
trapped miners, cut off from escape,
were forced to take to the shafts for
safety, and penned in by flames, per
ished. This was notably -true at
Dome and west Dome mines.
The streets of Sonth Porcupine are
strewn with dead persons, horses,
doigs, and cattle. Along the mine
roads are the charred bodies of those
overcome trying to escape . Of the
staff of three hundred at the Dome
but a few were saved, and at the
West Dome but three out of 84 em
ployees are known to be alive.
Early Wednesday the miners saw
dense clouds of smoke to the south
west, where the fires were raging.
They gave small heed. It was not
until noon that the smoke clouds be
gan to roll over the Porcupine dis
trict. Then the miners became
alarmed. - Messengers were sent out
and soon returned with the word that
the fire was travelling throutgh the
forest rapidly and was licking up
Shortly after noon the fire had cov
ered tan area of twenty-five miles in
length and two miles in width, and
was lickinig -up the base line of Tis
dale sweeping over the Standard and
Imperial mines at Dolore, the Phila
delphia, Inshaw, Tldorado and Unity
When the seriousness of the situa
tion was apparent the fire call was
sounded with the Dome Mine whis
tle. In half hoar the flames were
raging on the spot. They swept over
the Foley O'Brien mine, then jump
ed to the Preston East Dome and fol
lowed over the Dome and West
Hundreds fled from the flames, but
the smoke :hung low over the land
and made progress difficult. Many
fell exhausted. The frame buildings
of -South Porcupine burned fiercely.
TI'enty minutes after the flames
struck the outskirts the town was in
ashes. All who escaped the flames
made for the water, where all sorts
of water craft, launches, canoes and
skiffs were pressed into service.
Women and children were first
hudled into the small boats and
started og for Pottsville and Golden
City, where they were temporarily
safe from the fames. Many miners
lost their lives in efforts to save oth
ers and some were drowned.
Fifteen men were drowned at
South Porcupine, when they were
driven into the hake by the dense
clouds of smoke and rolling wave of
flame. At El Dorado two men were
burned to death, and another met a
similar fate at the United Porcupine
Three towns have been wiped off
the map and hundreds or refugees are
facing starvation. A train contain
ing six hundred women and children
was rushed out of Cochrane for the
south, Las the wall of flames advanc
ed toward the village. The town of
2,500 inhabitants was soon a mass
of fire and is entirely destroys.
South Porcupine and Pittsva. are
Golden City was surrounded by
flames for hours, and is still in dang
er, although only the suburbs have
been burned. Part of Tisdale has
been wiped out, the fire being con
trolled only by dynamiting a dozen
houses in the middle of the town.
Two special trains have been sent
to bring the 4.000 persons who are
facing starvation or death by fire
in the Tisdale district. Communica
tion with stricken districts IS exceed
The flames swept down on South
Porcupine and Pittsville ialmots wlInh
out warningh The alarm came just
in time for the people to rush foi
the lake, but they were forced tt
abandon all of their belongings.
Gasoline boats, rowboats and ever
hastily improvised rafts were utilized
to get the refugees, many of whoms
were women and children, across the
lake to Golden City. There all 'are
attempting to beat back the flames
which have consumer the outskirth
of that place. There lare only a fe~
days' provisions left in Golden City
The laborers employed ron the On
tario Government's new railroad line
Ireached the city after a desperat4
fight with the fames, In which many
were badly injured. They lost every
thing but the clothes they wore.
Lots of Cotton Burn.
A dispatch from St. Peatersburg
Russia, says the fire that broke ou
among the cott-on bales in~ the por
setion of the city was extinguishe(
after damage taggregating~ $50 0,00(
bad never been to town, although liv
ed in the loss.
GOAT HELD BY ORNS
IN A FENCE BEFORE HE WAS RE
LEASED FROM IT.
Train Crew on the Augusta Southern
Railroad Stopped the Train and
The Augusta Herald says the trav
eiers on the Augusta Southern road
are telling quite a funny but pathet
ic little story about a goat who butted
into a fence and stayed until the
crew of No. 44 came to his assistance.
Col. Henry S. Jones, of Hephiz
,bah, while returning home from his
office in Augusta Thursday afternoon,
noticed a goat patiently standing by
a wire fence on Mr. W. W. Hack's
-place at DeBruce, a small station just
beyond the old Richmond Factory
pond, and remembered that he had
seen it there for the third day stand
ing sentinel-like with its eyes stead
fastly fixed upon the Augusta South
ern tracks which are only a few feet
He looked carefully and saw that
the goat had fastened himself in the
wire fence and had seemed to aDam
don all efforts to gain his freedom.
The poor goat stood in the one spot
for three days and nights, lonely and
cared for by no one. He was almost
dead of starvation.
Col. Jones, taking pity on the goat,
asked Mr. Mf. S. Bridgers, chief train
dispatcher of the Augusta Southern,
who was on the train Thursday af
ternoon with him, to have the next
train stopped and some of the train
men get off and relieve the animal
from its serious iand uncomfortable
This Mr. Bridgers did. He noti
fied pasenger train No. 14 coming to
Augusta Thursday night to stop near
the Richmond Factory pond where
the un-fortunate goat was being held
and to have some of the crew get off
and let the poor animial loose. The
billy goat's life was saved by the
crew of No. 14.
SCAMP WAS CAUGHT.
Negro Wrote Obscene Letters to La
dies and is Tripped.
Ned McGehee, a negro, was ar
rested several miles from Nashville,
Tenn., this week, on the Murfrees
boro turnpike, and is being held be
fore being turnd over to the Federal
officers on the charge of sending ob
scene matter through the mails.
It is charged that McGehee has re
cently, on several occasions, sent the
most obscene letters imaginable to
two of the most piominent ladies liv
ing on the Murfreesboro road. In
these letters the negro is said to
have asked the ladies to meet him at
a given place at a set time.
In order to accomplish the arrest
of the man, decoy letters were used
with good results, these being writ
ten by some of the male relatives of
the ladies who had been so grossly
insulted. In those decoy letters an
appointment was made to meet the
negro at the place indicated by him.
The time for the meeting was this
week. The astonishment of the fiend
when he went to fill the appointment
can be imagined upon coming face
to face with the detectives and a
number of eprominent citizens of the
DIED FAR FROM HOE.
Workman from Germany Accidental
ly Killed at Great Falls.
A special to the Charlotte Obser
ver says Dr. W. W. Feunell, of Rock
Hill, received a telephone message
to come to Great Falls at once, that
a party there was seriously hurt.
He rushed down in an automobile
and found that Lawrance Miller. one
of the Germans that the Southern
Power company has Tistallin~g its
fertilizer plant at that place, had
fallen 45 feet tinto a tank or vat, and
his skull was crushed and neck bro
ken and that nothing could be done
for him. Later the unfortunate man
died. His body will be shipped to
A young German of the party that
is at Great Falls, who could scarcely
speak any English at all, accompa
nied the body to Rock Hill, stated
that Miller was 34 years of age and
had a wife and four children in Ger
many and that he carried $S,000 in
MADE HIS LAST LEAP.
A Real Tragedy Caught on Film of
A real tragedy was recdrded on
the film of a moving picture machine
at New York late Wednesday. As
Albert Breyton, actor and expert
swimmer and diver, leaped from a
boat in ,a Staten Isiland pond, the
machine was set in motion, its lens
focused on the bubbling surface of
the pond where he had disappeared.
to picture his aquatic feats as he
same to surface. The moments pass
ed and the widening circles from the
impact of his dive touched the shores.
The diver's feat had been caught on
the film. He did not appear and is
suposed to have been held fast by
te soft mud 'at the bottom. The
body was igrappled for and recovered.
Clemson's Big Income.
Clemson College will this year re
ceive about $260,000 from the sale
of the fertilizer tags. Since the first
of the year the sum of $242,633 has
been received, as compared with
$216,703 on the same date of last
year. The total 'amount received by
the school last year was 1248,09S.
Fatal Boiler Explosion.
At Sulina, Roumania, as an at
tempt was being made to re-float the
stranded river steamer Queensbor
ugh Monday, the boiler exploded,
killing twelve persons and wound
REAL STORY TOLD
CONNECTED ACCOUNT OF FIRE
Two Cities Were Wiped Out by the
Flames and Many Were Drowned
to Avoid Awful Death.
Eugene A. Thomson, business man
and fire chief, who Wednesday night
brought a -party of refugees to De
troit from the burned towns of Au
Sable and Oscoda furnished the first
connected story which has come from
the fire swept district.
"The first serious fire on the out
skirts of the town was discovered
Sunday and a crew fought it until it
was under control," he said. Monday x
nothing was done and on Tuesday, i
aided by high winds, it burst out h
again with great fury. t
"The first alarm in Osceoda came t
in at 3 o'clork from a private house. I
President Gowley and myself .pro
cured pails from the Loud Company's t
office to fight the fames that had 2
spread to the Catholic cemetery. The t
next alarm came in from Au Sable C
township slab piles. Just about the. t
time the host was working well we
got an alarm from tne village of Os- r
coda. The first to go was the Oscoda E
and Au Sable canning factory and in a
a few minutes 'the fire was general,
breaking out north, east, south and N
west all at once.
"Our equipment of three hose carts C
and thirty-six volunteers fought for t
an hour and a half with a good su-p
ply of water.
"T-hen the flames reached the
pumping station and it went out of C
commission. A few inhabitants
among them myself and my father 9
and mother, went to the steamer NI- S
ko, Captain Meyers, which was lying
at my own door.
"When we left the doc between t
200 and 300 people were on It, 30 of .
them were nursing children, cut off.
from shore, with the tramway over
head afire. There was no escape for
them unless they jumped Into the wa
ter. I saw Peter Duval struggle down
the tramway with his aged father
in-law on his back, but the flames
forced him back 'ind I cannot tell I
whether he was saved.
"I saw a woman with two children
in her arms rush out on the dock.
One of the children fell into the wa
ter and a young man leaped in after
it and saved it.
"When -the fire started the wind t
was blowing about 50 miles an hour
from the southeast. Then It shifted
Co the westward and the flames com
pletely swept the towns. Two hours
afterward it shifted to the northeast
and swegt the blaze back over the
grouna it already had-trayelled, lick
ing up .the whole of Oscoda and Au
Sable city and township for a radius
cf three miles.
WOMAN AND MAN DROWN.
Giant Lake Wave Sweeps Them from
At Auburni, N. Y., a gigantic-wave
on Owasco Lake swept Miss Adelaide
McCarthy, 18 years old, tand her cous
in, Edward George Burke, 22 years
old, of Philadelphia;'from the grasp
of rescuers, to death in the lane on
Burke, a good swimmer, had bat
ted for the life of his companion for
half an hour and .was preparing to,
assist -her to the hands of four men
in a motorboat when a wave swept
them away, half filled the boiat, si
lenced the engine and set the craft
"Save the girl, fellows, don't try
to take me in," shouted Burke. who
was treading water with the girl in
his arms. A moment later the wtave
blotted them both from view. Their
.odies still lie at the bo"'-i of the
C- )WD) MENACED FIEND. 1
Ohio Mob Threaten Negro Who Is 1
Saved By the Police.
With cries of "Hang him; lynch
the brute," a mob of several hundred
persons gathered in the northern
part of the city Monday and threat
ened to wreak summary vengeance
upon Havey Muckes, a negro, who is
accused of having 'attacked a 1 6-year
old white girl. The negro bad been
captured by a posse that chased him
for several miles upon a hand-car. 2
A crowd surro-unded the jail and
made a demonstration of violence,
but was quickly repelled by the po
lice and deputies. News of the at
tempted assault had gained wide cur-i
recy, and intense excftement pre- I
vailed as the members of the posse(
with their prisoner in custody arriv
ed in the police station.1
This county and city authorities,
Ianticipating an outbreak has ordered<
the entire police force to the city(
prison and supplementing this force
with a large number of special depu-]
ties. Later Mickens was spirited to I
the county jail at Canton for safei
Refused Tainted Money. 1
By a six to three vote the city
council of Jacksonville Florida, re
fused to appropriate money for the
maintenance of a Carnegie public Ii
brary. The philanthropist had of
fered $25,000 if Pensacola would1
raise one-tenth of that amount. The
people turned down the proposition
several weeks agro on a referendum
vote. The argument was advanced1
that Carnegie's money was "tainted."
Killed by Caisson.
Elbert J. Baum of battery A. Third
U. S. field 'artIllery, was killed dur
ing target practice Thursday near
San Antonio, Tex. Baum was drived
of a caisson. His horses took fright
3t the firing and in endeavoring to
keep them from running away Baum
START TO FIGIT
'hirty-Three Killed in Pitched Battle in
Streets of Pathla.
TTACK ON THE TROOPS
ome of the Iate Rebels In Mexico
Force Some Federal Soldiers to
Their Quarters Until They 'Were
A dispatch from Puebla, Mexico,
ays fighting between federals and
aderistas which began Thursday
ight and lasted until daylight was
esumed Friday afternoon at Cerro
an Juan, close to Puebla. The bat
ie raged for three hours and is said
o have claimed more than forty in
:illed and wounded. . -
A party of Maderists who fled from
he bull ring Wednesday night after
, stiff fight with the federals; out
he interoceanic railroad at Fabrica
le Matienzo, .took possession of a
rain and proceeded to San Marlin,
5 miles to the north, to procure
ifies and ammunition with the avow
d intention to return and renew the
The fight, taccording to witnesses,
ras provoked by three men, one of
hom was said to be a son of Former
overnor Edcio Martinez, who passed
he bull ring where the Maderistas
ere quartered and fired into the
lace and Into the barracks of the
;aragosa battalion of State troops
The fight was taken up by both
Ides, each thinking the other had
tarted the trouble. The fight was
1oody and.among the 40 dead were
everal women -and a federal lieu
enant colonel, Moises Bretcn. The
ffair is laid by the revolutionosts
t the door of the Cientificos, who are
aid to have arranged the details in
dvance and calculated -upon the ef
ct. of the preliminary shooting.
By others the- clash was said to
ave been provoked by an attack by
, drunken revolutionists upon the
enitentiary with the intention to
[berate the prisoners.
At the first volley .the State troops
ame out of their quarters but were
riven back- ,by the revolutionists.
'he latter kept up a spasmodic fire
attalion of federals was ordered to
heir relief. The fighting ceased only
rhen Gov. - Canete appeared with a
rhitePflag and pleaded for peace..
A special train with Francisco L.
(adero on board arrived in the city
oon after the battle began. It is
leged drunken Maderistas made an
ttack upon the penitentiary with
ynamite bombs in an effort to re
ease the prisoners. The Saragossa
rooys stationed close by opening fire.
Maderistas from the bull ring at
acked the federals and forced them
ack into their quarters. A scatter
ng fire was'kept up all night. At
aybreak the Twenty-ninth battalion
lame to-the rescue of the other fed
rals and used a machine igun to clear
he streets. At this attack the Mad
ristas fled, leaving a large number
f dead and wounded in the streets.
TWO TERY FOOLISH MEN.
lew Themselves up by Carelessly
In their efforts to divide a keg of
owder in a fair and square manner,
Tendring Goolish was blown to 'at
ns and John Memenich is dyig of
errible burns in a Pittsburg, Pa.,
ospital. The men were friends and
orked together as -miners near
One day they were dividing a keg
If powder. They knew but one way
vay to make a fair measurement.
lacing the keg on the tiable the men
tood before it. Goolish took out a
landful and placed it on the table
eside him. Semenich did the same.
['his tedious process was continued,
ntil one handful remained. At a
oss how to divide it, it was 'finally
ecided to set it off. Unthinking
loolsh touched a match to it. There
was a puff and two piles of pow
Ler also exploded. Goolish was sent
rough the rooft and was killed.
~emenich was probably fatally burn
SENATOR TILLMAN TO SPEAK
Lnnual Picnic of Old Soldiers at
A dispatch from Florence to The
ows and Courier says the annual
icn-ic for the old soldiers will be
ield at -their spicnic grounds, at
)lanta, in lower Florence County. on
aturday, July 22, at which time
nited States Senator Benjamin R.
'illman and others will make ad
resses. The old soldiers' picnic at
)lanta is always one of the great
vents of the year in lower Florence.
ast year there were more than 8,
00 people present, and from~ present
ndications there will be not less than
[0,000 people there this year. Ex
rybody is invited to these events,
>ut the old soldiers come first.
Chiaired Bodies Found.
' he charred bodies of Arthur Per
eval, p. prominent farmer, and his
VJe weie found in the ruins of their
:-ared farm house usar Princeton,
i. C., Wednesday The discovery
as made .by neiglbbors. An investi
ation is in progress to determine
inder what circumstances the couple
Caught on Fire.
A Washington dispatch says the
louse had an exciting scene when
R~epresentative Willis of Ohio, rushed
rom his desk, his clothing afire.
several members came to his aId and
xtinguished the flames. He was un
nju red. A box of matches in his coat
?ocket caught fire.
WENT DOWN BANK
LADIW GUEST AND OWNEBR ARE
The Big Touring Car Turned Over
When the Road Bank Crumbled
A special dispatch from Henderson
ville, N. C., to the Collm.bia Record
In an automobile accident Wednes
day night about two o'clock, two peo
ple were killed when the powerful
Rambler machine of Mr. B. W. Bet
tis went over an embankment on the
Asheville road, arout two miles from
The dead are: Miss Lemie 'Bow
man, of Sumter, S. C., daughter of
Mr. P. G. Bowman and Mr. B. W.
Bettis of Trenton, S. C., who wab
driving the car.
There were eight people in the car,
taking a ride while returning from
Lake View Hotel after a dance, Miss
Mabel Bowman and Miss Lemle Bow
man with Mr. B. W. Bettis occupied,
the front seat. Those in the back
seat were: Mrs . P. G. Bowman,
Miss Mary Pitts, Mr W. Hammond,
Newman, Miss Jennette Henry, of
Sumter, Miss Rosa Sharfson of Al
Coming tola steep fill on the newly
built Asheville-Hendersonville high
way, the driver saw a vehicle In front
and gave room, going to the right
The loose dirt caved with -the heavy
machine and before he could turn,
the miachine turtled, catching -the oc
cupants under the car.
Miss Mabel Bowman, who receiv
ed serious bruises will recover. Mr.
Bettis' body was shipped home Thurs
day on the "Carolina Special" of the
Southern railway. Miss Sharfson Is
a graduate of the College for Women
Miss Bowman and Mr. Bettis were
to have been married in ia few weeks.
DISAGREE WITH THE GOVERNOR.
Demand Tiat Hosiery Mill Be Abol
Disregarding the demands of the
governor, the board of directors of
the State penitentiary Thursday- re
fused to abolish the hosiery mill, and
the entire controversyT will be left
with the general assembly for (a de
cision. ~ The contract is for- five years
and provides for the emloyment of
from 200 to 350 prisoners. J. M.
Graham holds the contract with the
State. A letter embracing the posi
tion of the board was addressed to
the governor. The governor- has on
several occasions stated- -that if the
hosiery mill was not-abolished that
he would pardon all of the 300 meu
-and women employed in the mill.
The board finds that J. M. Graham
has observed every provision of the
contract. That failure on the part
of the State through its officers to
perform its duties toward the con
victs, should not be allowe'd to work
a hardship on J. M. Graham nor jus
tify the State in breaking the agree
rent with hilm.
That the hosiery mill is in a thor.
oughly sanitary condition and the
converts therein work under more
favorable circumstances than em
ployes in similar industries conduct
ed by parties or corporations.
Thbat deaths from tubercrlosis In
the whole penitentiary, including the
hosiery mill, has decreased from 58
duringI the years between 1900 and
1905 tot 22 durIng the years between
1906 and 1916.
That a greater number of convicts
are brought to the ,penitentiary al
ready afficted with tuberculosis than
those contracting the disease within
the prison walls.
That as soon as a convict shows
ab ' 61chdeT bmorniartlfihSo
any symptoms of tuberculosis he or
she Is placed in one of the finest
tu,berculosis hospitals In this see
tion of the country.
- That the boai-d stands ready to
make any cblanges in the buil'dings
that may be necessary to further
safeuard the health of the convicts,
whenever they ascertain thrdugh the
board of health and their own in
vestigations the same is desirable.
That the board invites inspection
by private citizens of the State at
any time, of all the buildings within
the walls of the State penitentiary.
THEY WANT RAIN.
Indian Tribal Customs to Obtain It
Are Being Used.
The Creek Indians in the vicinity
of Wetumka, Owla., are resortIng m
iancient tribal customs in an attempt
to obtain a rainfall.
One of their customs which has
been widely followed in the last week
is to stake mud turtles on the edge or
a stream just flar enough away from
the water so that it cannot reach It.
It Is the Indians belief that the tur
tle despairing of their attempts to
reach the water invoke the aid of the
"Great Spirit' to send rain so that
the stream will be raised (and brought
Since the turtles were first staked
out several rains have fallen. The
Indians believe their prayers are be
ing answered and they are fastening
up more turtles to pray for a still
Never Been to Town.
Mrs. Polly Monk, 94 years of age
is dead In North Christian county.
Ten. She had lived all her life on
a farm, outlived two husbands and
had never seen a train and had an
Ig within two miles of Crofton. She
had never seen a train, and had on
antipathy for "new fangled things."
Killed by Lightning.
While working In a field near Ar
thur, Tenn. ,two little boys, Will
Piercand Link Eads, suffered severe
shocks, and the latter is not expected
THEY TRAP TAFT
Balinger Seems to Have Played MC
Scheme en the President.
WILL BE LOOKED INTO
Alleged that Taft on Advice of His
Brether, Bainaer and Ryan Be.
stored Alaskan Lands to -Domain
So Guggenheim Interest Might
Published charges that the presi
dent had been induced by three .per
sons-his .brother, the then Secretary
of the Interior Ballinger and Rcbard"
S; Ryan of New York, a representa
tive of the Guggenheim intere
restore to the domain lands sur
rounding Controller bay, in southern
Alaska, met with quick action In Con
The house committee on expend
tures headed ,by Representative Gra
ham, of Illinois, immediatply eum
moned Cmissioner Dennett. of the
general laid office, to apjsar before
the committee, -to explain what he
knows about the -matter, and Repre
sentative Cox,.of Indiana, one of the
democratic leaders of the house I
troduced a resolution alitgon Pros
ident Taft for. all the informatIon
he can fumish on the subject.;'
The Cor resolution requestsPres-.'. j
Ident Taft to submit all papers and
information In his posession relating X
to. his executive order of July 28
1910, restorngto public
lands surrounding' Controller Bar.,
It sets forth published charges I.- -
timating that Ryan, throughSecre
reary Ballinger and Charles P. Taft
induced the president. of the Uiited
States to sign the order.
It points out-that throush .this:or
der the Gugenheim syndicate
"has now or will get control of Con
troller Bay or'harbor,"- nd requests
the president to advisethe bouse
whether Messrs. Ryan and Ballmn..
ger and C. 1P. Taft induced hiim to
sign the order restoring- Controller
-Bay land to qpublic 'domain, 1hih
previoisly had been set aside 'as"a
nationIlI forest reserve whetherthe
president had information that Ryan
was working In the interest f the
"I am going to push this resoln
tion," said Representative Cor.*'"If
the rules committee falls to actI
will bring -it -up on the floor of the
house. There is something radical
ly wrong about this whole transac
tion. Balked by -the refusal of the
government to allow the Cunnin
ham coal land: claimMs,thg8a M
Wall street evidently is determined
to secure control of this coal land.
They filed on the Controller bay land, -
the only avallable harbor through 7
which the Alaskan coal can be ship
ped before the government could ev
en have it surveyed after the presi
dent's order withdr~wing It frbm
the Chugash reserve.
"Falling to secure the land, they
have now gone after the only means
of transporting coal and with a ral r
road from the coal lands to sCon
troller bay they could 'absolutely-dic
tate to the owners of the coal land."'
Representative Graham, chairman of
the Interior department, exmpenditures.
committee, also has been looking in
to the matter. Acording td the be
lef here and In Alaska, Ryan, in.
his efforts to obtain railroad term!-i
nals at Controller bay, has been
working in the Interest of an Eng
WANTED ]UIM REMOVED.
Congregation Prays That Death Will
Take an Enemy.
'We have heard of prayers for all
sorts of things, but the "sanctified"
negro church at- Quitman, 'Ga., has
a new one on us. The "sanctified"
negro congregation over there Is
praying for the death of Oscar Davis,
and the members announce that he
will die within three -months as the
answer to their petitions. Oscar is
to 'be removed from the earthly
scene of activity because he has been
too active in persecuting the church;
the other day he entered a complaint
to the police that the sanctified ones
were a public nuisance.
They have been holding a "pro
tracted meeting" in a negro school
house near Oscar Davis' home for
the past three months, and Oscar
said they cavorted and shouted so
much he could not sleep and was so
unfitted for his duties as driver of
a delivery wagon. The-leaders of the
sect were summoned to appear in
mayor's court, and when the horur
for the hearing arrived the court
was packed with negroes and there
were several hundred in the street in
A demonstration of "faith" had
been planned and the leaders start
ed a peculiar humming a.nd sway
ing, which was part of the cavortig
Oscar Davis complained of. The po
lice scattered among them and stop
ped the performance. The case 'was
dismissed oin the plea that the nui
sance had been abated, and now the
sanctified brethren want Davis
to furnish a funeral for the town and
they are praying to that end.
Oldest Engineer Dead.
Benjamin E. Roboisnn, the oldest
locomotive engineer on the Southern
Railway, and 'according to his broth
ers, t'ne oldest in point of service of
any locomotive engineer in the Unit
ed States, died in Charleston after an
illness lasting about two weeks. At
the time of his death Robinson was
72 years of age. He entered the em
ploy of the old South Garolina Rail
road in 1852, and has run on It ev
'er since. Mr. Robinson was known to
many people between Columbia and
Charlsten and Augusta.