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VOL. XXVI MANNING, S. C., WEDNESDAY. SEPTEMB 1
Fire Persons Were D owncd Of Wap
poe Mills Opposite Charleston
HOUSE CARIED AWAY
The Pathetic Story of the Drowning
of a Mother and Her Two Young
Children as Described by an Old
er Son, Who Also 1Battled For His
Life in the-Water.
The News and Ccurier says five
persons were drowned off Wappoo
Mills, in St. Andrew's parish in the
storm of Sunday ni-lit The dead
are as follows: Mrs Lottie Richter,
Mary Richter, Mrs. Mtrtha Goodson,
Charles Goodson and Lillian Stender.
The death of these persons was from
drown'ng in the high waters of Wap
poo cut late Sunday nirzht, after they
had been driven from the small cot
tage in which they were housed. This
cottage was the home of Dennis Cas
sidy, watchman at Wappoo. Both
Cassidy and his wife were saved af
ter a fierce fight with the wind and
The Cassidy residence was washed
away 'by the high waters, and those
in the home who were saved made
their escape by floating on the top
of the roof and upon a small out
house. These were rescued by a ne
gro farmer by the name'of Ford, who
gave them clothes and food and as
sisted them on their way to Charles
ton. A peculiar feature of this ter
rible affair was that none of the oc
cupants of the house were clothed
at all. They -had undressed for bed
before the storm broke upon them I
and what night clothes they wore
were torn from them by the wind
and the waters.
It is a sad story that is told of this
drowning. Mrs Lottie Richter was a
young women, just about twenty
years of age, and her little daumghter.
Mary, who was also drowned, was but
a babe of three months. Little Lillian
Stender was about two years of age.
as was Charles Goodson. Mrs. Good
son, mother of the yonug boy, was
about thirty-six years of age, and re
sided at Waycross, Ga. There was a
large crowd in the small cottage
that was destroyed, the Cassidys.
John Stender, his wife and child, Mr.
and Mrs. Richter and their two child
ren and others.
From the story of the fearful
occurrence, it seems that as the wa
ter gradually rose higher and hig%
er the. occupants of the cottage in a
measure were prepared for the worst
and both Stender and Richter sat in
the windows ready to take to the wa
ter and swim for .their lives. When
the house was lifted from Its founda
tions and fell upon one side, the va
rious occupants clung to -parts of the
wreckage as best they could--some
were able to undergo the fearful or
deal and others perished. In his
arms, John Stender clung tenacious
1:y to his little daughter until a
heavy wave burst over him and dis
lodged the child. Endeavoring to
keep up with the floating house, he
made dive after dive for the little
girl, but to no avail. She was drown
ed and her body was recovered in the
marshes not far from the scene of the
tragedy. John Stender was enabled
to save himself by clinging to p~arts
of the floating house.
John Richter, his wife, Lottie
Richter and their two children, May.
and Allen were in the house. 1n
the window sat the husband and
father, shielding his two children, af
ter his wife had admonished him to
tae caire of them and she would take
take care of them and she would look
out for herself. When the house fell
John Richter was somewhat hurt in
the crash, bunt he held on to the two
children. Floating for awhile on
part of the wreckage, Richter was
ena'hled to keep May and Allen above
water, but before long he was struck
by a piece of timber, blown against
him, and knocked him almost sense
less. His hold on the children was
broken and they sank into the wate!
below. But upon recovering himsel'
somewhat, Richter made a number
of dives, which were only partially
successfully. He succeeded in find
ing 'his son Allen and brought hin'
to a place on the roof, to which the:
were holdiniv. But without avai'
were his efforts to recover his daugh
Douglass Goodson, a young lad o'
13 summers, who survived the ter
rible traredy, told a graphic anC
pathetic story of 'the death of hi!
-mother, and little brother Charles:
"Mother and us boys. Leroy. fivf
years old, and myself. went to Wap
poo mills about two weeks ago te
spend a vacation with Mrs. Bertha
Stender. We had a very pleasant
time until Sunday afternoon. Wit"
us at the time of the tragedy were
Ialr and Mrs. Dennis Cassidy, both of'
whom were saved. Sunday evening
the rain began to fall very hard and
in a few hours the entire house in
which we were staying was sur
rounded by water. All of us N'camne
freightened and ran out on the pi
azza, when the floor of the house
fell in. The roof followed shortly
afterwards. Then the front porch.
Our lanterns were blown out by the
terrific wind and we were left in ut
ter darkness. In the midst of an un
usually strong gust the entire build
ing turned over on its side, mother
the Cassidys, my brothers and my
self clinring desperately to the side
Fortunately this side fell uppermost
and we were able to grab hold of
several beams which stood upright
out of the wreckage.
" Mr. and Mrs. Cassidy and my
brother Leroy managed to find some
protection! under a portion of the wall
left stanlding. but mother and we oth
er boys were unable to make our
iat to the same spot. During the
whole t.m mothr talked soothinglyj
DELEGATES ARE NAMED FROM
Every Brand of Business Interested
in the Staple Represented for
Commissioner Watson has appoint
ed the delegates to the meeting of
those interested in marketing cotton.
The meeting will be held in Mont
gomery, Ala., Sept. 12, and was call
ed by the commissioner of agricul
ture of that State. Mr. Watson has
included in his list all who might be
interested in the cotton situation.
includes Senator E. D. Smith, mem
')ers of -the Farmers' Union, promi
-ient bankers, the warehousemen
and farmers who are not members of
the organization. but who are cot
ton planters, as will be seen from the
ist. The delegates are as follows:
E. D. Smith, Florence.
E. W". Dabbs, Mayesville.
B. F. Keller, Cameron; R. M.
'ooper, Wysacky; J. W. Reid, Colum
bia; J. B. O'Neall Holloway, New
berry; J. M. Bragdon, Sumter; A. J.
A. Perritt, Lamar; Alfred Aldrich,
Barnwell; B. Harris, Pendleton; S.
. Su,mmers, Cameron; T. B. Stack
house, Columbia; R. I. Manning,
Sumter; Bright Williamson, Darling
ton; W. K. Durst, Greenwood; A. D.
Hudson, Newberry; John McKinard,
Newberry; James Q. Davis, Wirns
boro; E. A. Smyth, Greenville. L.
W. Parker, Greenville; B. F Taylor,
Columbia, D. R. Coker, Jr., Harts
,ille, Alan Johnstone, Newberry; W.
D). Evans, Cheraw; Douglas WcIn
:yre, Marion; H. T. Lucas, Walhalla;
Tohn T. Roddy, Rock Hill; W. J.
Xontgomery, Marion; D. F. Moore,
Brunson; D. A. Spivey, Conway, A.
F. Lever, Lexington; F. H. Weston,
Columbia; John G. Mobley, Winns
boro: C. W. Whisonant, Blacksburg;
T. E. Beamguard, Clover; J. A.
Banks, St "atthews; J. W. Kibler,
ewberry; S. G. Mayfleld, Denmark;
Frank Evans, Greenwood; M. L. Don
-dson, Greenville; 0. P. Goodwin,
aurens; T. H. Foster, Piedmont;
E. L. Archer, Spartanburg; T. J.
doore, Moore: J. F. Vernon, Well
?ord: W. E. Dar-gan, Darlington: J.
F. Nesbit, Lancaster; J. S. Wilson,
ancaster; W. H. Stewart, Rock
ill: J. G. L. White, Chester; P. L.
arden, Bascomville; T. J. Cunning
ham, Chester; J. Swinton Whaley,
Edisto Island: S. A. Burns, Ander
n, J. H. Claffy, Orangeburg; W. S.
Barton, Jr., Orangeburg; R T. C.
Flunter, 'Prosperity; D. F. Efird,
Lexington; R. A. Meares, Ridgeway;
T. -C. Stribling, Pendleton, C. H.
,arpenter, Easley; C. M. Smith,
3affney: H. S. Lipscomb, Trough;
M. R. Parks, Parksville; J. P. Mc
>air, Aiken; W. C Vincent, Bluffton;
2. C. Padgett, Smoaks, W. H. Curry,
thems; J. H. Wharton, Waterloo; S.
v. Welch, Elliot; L. L. LBaker, 'Bish
)pvlle: 3. W. Alexander, -Westmin
ster; 3. T. Frierson, Mouzons; F. F.
~apers, Greenville; 3. 3. Fretwell,
tnderson: Aug. W. Smith, Spartan
,urg; G. W. Duvall, Cheraw; R. M.
3ethea, Dillon; R. P. Hamer, Ham
r; H. T. Morrison, McClellanville.
o her three boys and two or three
:imes cried softly. The house began
f loao dttnwehaOrhhta.PFstk~v
*o float down the river and it ap
eared to me that we passed a four
nasted schooner somewhere during
:he terrible ordeal The wind blew
tarder and harder and it became
rery difficult to hang to out posts.
suddenly mother gave a low moan,
nd with Charles, who is two y'ars
,f age, clinging to her neck, was
rown overboard when the house
ave a terrible lurch. I tried to
:atch her but my senses left me.
When I came to the wind was blow
[ng as hard as ever, and the nextI
thing I knew we were floating over a
ortion of the new bridge, which I
Eound out afterwards had been
vrecked. It appeared to me then
that the wind carried the house to
t marsh. That was about 1 o'clock
Monday morning. We remained in1
this position until 4 o'clock and then'
ith great difficulty, made our way
to the home of an old colored woman,
ho gave us something to eat. We
emained with this woman until this
~norning at 10 o clock."
Mrs Goodson is a niece of Mr.
eorge A. Douglas of this city and of
vlr. Charles M. Douglass of Augusta,
nd a daughter of the late Frank W.
)ouglass, who died at Santiago de
'uba during the Spanish-American
ear. Her husband is manager of a
ewing machine company at Way
Would Not Leave Schooner.
Five of the crew of the schooner
Mssie Whiting, which was caught in
the gale Sunday night off the coast
>f Georia, dismasted and waterlog
'ed, arrived at Jacksonville Thurs
lay. They were picked up at sea
by the steamer _Ligonier. Capt.
towry of the Whiting, his wife and
the steward refused to be taken off
and revenue cutters are on the look
ut for the ship along the South At
Captain Lost Overboard.
The steamer Ogeechee, bound from
w York for Texas City arrived at
Brunswick, Ga., Thursday in distress,
is a result of encountering the gale
on Sunday off the Carolina Coast.
ews was received that Capt. Cole
sn of the steamer Dover, was wash
ed overboard and drowned while en
route from Jacksonville to Miama,
First for the Year.
The first homicide fo the year for
thee county occurred at Bishopville
on Monday night, when Jos. W. Wal
trs shot and killed Lawton Matuse.
The men had been at outs for some
ime. While Matuse was sitting in a
btg Waltr walked up and shot
Passengers From Wrecked Steamer Lex
iDgfon Taken Into Port.
SAVED BY LADS DARING
After Terrific Fight With Waves, The
Steamer Goes Aground, But the
Gallant Wireless Operator's Calls
Brings Help and All on Board Are
Twelve passengers, a steward and
three colored employes of the steam
er Lexington of the Miners' and Mer
chants' line were brought to Char
leston Wednesday by the revenue
cutter Yamacraw, which left the
captain and forty-three men on
board. Two firemen are reported to
have been burned to death and a
third terribly scalded.
First Officer Chamberlain sustained
a fraoture of his right shoulder. The
steamship has her nose imbedded in
quicksand off Hunting Island, at the
mouth of the Edisto River, and it is
said that she will be a total loss.
The Lexington was bound from Sa
vannah to Philadelphia, with 12 pas
sengers, all of whom were rescued.
For twenty-four hours the steamship
battled desperately against the hur
ricane, finally being driven aground,
where the tremendous waves smash
ed violently against her and the
powerful wind tossed her about in
tlbe mud. Three times was she cov
ered with water, the pumps expelling
enough to clear the upper portions
and float the stern.
But for the heroism of Wireless
Operator Scheetze there would have
been no chance of rescue. The storm
wrecked the boat's wireless station,
but Scheetz climbed into the rigging
and adjusted his instruments flash
ed the calls for immediate assistance.
The signals were caght by the
Yamacraw, which hastened to Hunt
ing Island. Scheetz, a 16-year-old
boy, was in imminent peril of his life
while operating the wireless the wind
almost tearing him from his inse
cure position. The lad was utterly
exhausted by his desperate work.
Passengers incessantly prayed for
abatement of the storm, and when tnt
government steamer hove into sight
a mighty cry of relief went up from
the sorely stricken people on the Lex
ington. When the captain realized
the danger of the liner's breaking up
at any minute, he had a life preserver
strapped to every passenger.
Held for 18 hours in the grip of
the huricane of Sunday night and
Monday morning with Capt. Connolly
almost naked and half frozen stand
ing at the wheel with the pilot house
glasses turned in every direction,
with the stokers working desperately
while standing to their armpits in wa
ter trying to increase the small pres
sure of 25 pounds of steam to a suf
ficient power to'enable the Lexington
o steer away from the treacherous
shore towards which they finally
drifted and grounded, the veteran
assenger and freight steamer Lex
ington, formerly the ocean steam
ship liner City of Macon, was un
qal to the great battle against the
odds of wind and water.
At about 3:23 o'clock Monday af
ternoon, after two anchor cables had
parted, the Lexington went 'hard
ashore off Hunting Island. She is
ying today in about 18 feet of water
isted almost 40 degrees to 'port with
her bow pointing up the coast.
Capt Connolly, a veteran in the ser
ice of the .Merchants' and Miners'
declared that the hurricane was the
worst of his experience of seagoing.
e claims and his statement is .at
tested by the first mate and steward
that the wind came in gusts at times
making about 130 miles an hour. The
roll of the sea was terrific.
Three times in one hour the entire
hull of the Lexinyton was completely
lost to view.. With the craft at the
mercy of the elements because it was
mpossible to make the least head
ay, great seas would sweep down
on the boat covering her from stem
to stern. All passengers were bud
dled in the social hall equipped with
life preservers and not a few fervent
prayers were 3ffered that they might
see the shore again.
Wen urged by the officers of the
Yamacraw that he abandon his boat,
Capt. Connolly declared 'he would re
main with her until only a mast was
left to hang to.
When the Yamacraw neared within
two or three miles of the Lexington
it was found hazardous to come with
in closer range. On two occasions
bottom was touched by the Yama
craw, and it was only the skilful
management of Lieut. J. L. Ahern,
commanding officer that prevented
the government boat from suffering
a like fate as the boat she was seek
ing to assist. She finally got ,the
passengers on board and carried
tIem to Charleston.
Mrs. J WV. cvfansfield, wife of the
clerk to the chief of police of Phila
delphia, who was one of the four
teen passengers taken from the Lex
ington stated Wednesday that she had
lived 10 years in the 24 hours dur
ing the gale.
"Had it not -been f-r the superior
seamanship of Capt. Connelly," says
Mrs. Mansfiell, "wye would all be
dead today. In the hour of trial,
came between 1:30 a".d 2:30 Mon
dy aftrrnoon, Capt. Connelly dis
p~layed the greatest heroism. With
death staring us in the face he was
calm and sympathetic, inspiring ev
ery one of us with hope. Chief Stew
ard Joseph Berliner deserves a medal.
He cooked food with splinters from
broken portions of the vessel and
cre epiognnficda~cHafJboder okFh
reeping on his hands and feet
brought it to us who were unable to
move through fear of being washed
Lack of power caused the vessel
to b bead With the engine
SERIOUS MISTAKE I
A BOY SHOOTS A LADY TAKING
HER FOR A BURGLAR.
The Lady Was Visiting the Home of
the Boy's Parents and Went Into
The Florence Times says a most
lamentable tragedy occurred in Tim
monsville during the night Wednes
day night. A small boy, thinking
that he was defending his home was
the cause of the wounding of a well
known young lady.
The lady was Mrs. Julia Oakley, e
and she is now in the Florence Infir
mary not expected to live, with a
horrible gun shot wound in the ab
The boy was the nine-year old son
of Mr. George Evans, a resident of
Timomnsville. Miss Oakley, who is
a daughter of Mr. Henry Oakley, who t
lives within a mile or two of the
town, was spending the night at the s
Evans home. Having occasion to go 1
into the yard during the night she .
went noiselessly, and the suspicions V
of the boy were aroused, there hav
ing been a number of reports of rob- a
He fired towards her in the dark
with the fatal effect above reported. S
The dreadful error was soon discov- a
ered and everything in the world
done to relieve the sufferings of the b
young lady. b
Thursday morning Dr. Eaddy
brought her to the Infirmary at Flo
rence where she could get constant t]
and skilled attention. P
The tragedy has cast a gloom over a
Timmonsville, and the deepest gym- h
pathy is felt for the boy who caused
the sad tragedy.
RUSSIA AND JAPAN AGREE.
Emperors of Two Nations Exchange t
.Telegrams With Each Other a
The emperor of Russia and the 9
emperor of Japan exchanged tele- b
grams Tuesday on the occasion of -
the settlement of certain questions s
which have been under consideration C
for years. The telegrams related to t
various claims and counterclaims for
indemnity on both sides for losses
incurred during the'war.
For the most part the claims were a
on the Russian side, the big item of
which was payment for property of
Russian subjects at Port Arthur.
In the settlement just reached Ja
pan agrees to -pay over to Russia
$150,000 for apportionment of per
sons whose private claims Russia has
supported. Japan will -purchase for
$65,000 the property of Russians sit..'
*uated on concession land and in-the t
sulburban districts of Port Arthur. 11
Japan agrees to pay rental for use of t
Russian property at Kwantung and S
abandon claim to the treasury of the t
Port Arthur municipality. C
Japan also agrees to pay $80,000 S
for a Red Cross ship which its forces f
seized and which has now become un- n
fit for that purpose.
SCHOONER WAS ABANDONED. c
The Crew Taken Off by the Steamer
City of Everette.
-The hurricane that severed Char
leston from communication with the
outside world early last week caught i s
the three masted -schooner Sarah D.' N
Fell soquarely and left her and her
crew of eight at the mercy of wind d
and wave, according to United States- h
Wireless -digatches received at New $
York Wednesday. The crew was
picked up by the Standard Oil Steam
er City of Everette, bound from Sa
bne to New York, and the schooner a
was abandoned, a total loss. The c
Sarah D. Fell sailed from Belfast,
Ga., for Boston with a cargo of lum
ber on August 24. She was about
100 miles east of Savannah when
the squall struck her.t
Two Killed in Auto.
Leslie Gavin of Maitlaind, Mo., son
of D. A. Galvin, a banker, was in- a
stantly killed and Harry J. Crider, a
former postmaster at Maitland, wasa
probably fatally injured when an au
tomobile turned turtle near, Mary-1
v-ille, M.\o., Thursda-y. Benj. Ed
wards and Charles B. Callison, also
of Maitland, were less seriously in
' ' t
At her home in Pelzer Thursday a
morning Mrs. W. WV. Adams commit- a
ted suicide by firing a pistol ball in 11
t.. her head through her temple. She d
had beeri ill for some time. Mrs. t<
Adams was a daughter of the late s;
John Charles of Greenville and was
prominently connected in that city
rooms flooded in five feet of water, a
it was impossible to get up steam
enough to make .headway against thet
wind, which was blowing at the ratet
of 135 -miles and hour, and get out
to sea, far away from the dangerous
"A hero of the blue ribbon variety
is Wireless Operotor Screetz, the boy
of 16, who manned his apparatus
during the storm and rush~ed out C
calls for help. The Yamacraw an
swered us at 11:45, and on the min
ute she hove in sight. She could ~
not come nearer than five miles, but
her brave sailors put out in two life
boats and we were soon on our way
The party from the Lexington in ~
Crarleston in charge of Chief Stew- ~
ard Berliner, who is awaiting orders
from headquarters. Wednesday after- T
noon Mr. Berliner received a tele- J
gram stating that if the passengers
so desired they could go to Savannah
by rail and .there take' passage for
Philadelphia. With the experience
of the wreck so fresh in their minds
they promptly refused the offer, and c
stated that they would reutrn home 1
EAT LOSS OF CROPS
;EVENTEEN LIVES WERE LOS'I
Lnd About One Million Dollars 'is
the Loss from Houses, Crops and
Mayor Rhett is directing the
rork of rehabilitation in storm
tricken Charleston. Thursday morn
ag the death list was 17. .The prop
rty damage is estimated conserva
ively at one million dollars
Planters declare that long staple
otton and rice has been wiped out
m that section. Houses have been
rrecked and cattle and live stock
:illed. Roadways are impasable,
Iridges have collapsed in different
arts of that section.
The crops have suffered heavily.
'he rice is seriously damaged and
bLe planters will lose heavily from
he tidal waters as a result of the
torm on Sunday and Monday. The
ass was estimated by Capt. S. G.
toney to be about 75 per cent.,
rhich is all the more severe on the
lanters in the low coast section on
ccount of their loss of 45 per cent
D. C. Heyward, former governor of
outh Caroilna Wednesday wired for
shipment of 1,000 bas to be sent
a him at once, and the same firm
as another order for 2,000 bags to
e used in repairing .the embank
ients in the endeavor to save what
; possible. Captain Heyward has
ree bad breaks on the Darney Hall
lantation and his other plantations
so suffered. He is reported to have
is entire crop covered by Insurance.
[e has not cut very much of his crop.
All the Combahee section has suf
)red severely, according to the In
3rmation which has come to Cap
tin Stoney and John T. Leonard,
ie planter's -broker. A large por.
on of the rice that has been cut is
total loss and much of the smaller
rowth of the crop has been damaged
Local rice interests are very de
pondent over the situation. The
rop prospects were very bright up to
iis time, with a fine crop In sight,
ad better prospects. The inudstry
as suffered so severely in recent
ears that the losses by storms now
re a particular crushing .blow.
SAVED SCHOONER'S CREW.
[alcom B. Seavey Went Down Off
The Clyde Liner Mohawk, to New
'ork from Jacksonville and Charles
>; reported by wireless early Wed
esday that she had rescued one of
ie crew of the schooner Malcom B.
avey, which went down off George
)wn, S. C., during the recent hurri
e. The dispatch said the schooner
tud in six fathoms of water. One
tan was lost overboard Sunday
ight. The sea was running high
hen the first officer and four sail
rs of the Mohawk with much diffi
alty succeeded in reaching the Seav
7. The Seavey hailed from ~Bath,
e., and left Port Tampa, Fla., Aug
St 11, for Baltimore.
Big Picking for Thieves.
The past summer has been the
lost ptofitable for burglars and
leak thieves in the history of the
ew Work police department, and It
estimated that the total of plun
er since June, including burglaries
Ssurburban towns, is more than
500,000. The police list of stolen
roperty for the past two months
aow more than 4,200 items, of
hich recoveries have been made in
nly twenty instances. The list in
udes 780 watches and $200,000
orth of diamonds and jewelry.
Suicided in Patrol Wagon.
At Atlanta, Ga., Hunter H. Chris
an, aged 36, eut his throat with a
ocket knife Thursday afternoon
hile being taken to the police sta
on in a patrol wagon, and died at
hospital in that city. Christian was
railroad switchman and had been
rrested on a warrant charging dis
rderly conduct in saloon on August
Contracts Cattle Disease.
Bruce Broussard, a farmer, is
iffering with charbon, a disease fa
1 to cattle, the disease having been
:>n-tracted by Broussard while r-e
toing the hide from the carcass of
cow killed by the disease. Cattli
1 this section are dying by the score
espite the efforts of the authorities
a prevent its spreading. Brous
ard's condition is serious.
Coton and Rice Suffer.
A conservative estimate of the
roperty loss in 'Beaufort, Port Roy
and vicinity puts the figures at a
illion dollars. Rice crops, of which
bere are thousands of acres, are en
rely destroyed boy salt water, cot
an has been stripped and the corn
elds damaged 50 per cent.
Storm Affected His Mind.
F. H. Zerbest, a retired merchant
f Charleston, committed suicide
ith a parlor rifle at hi. home or
unday. He had abeen despondent foi
ome time' and it is thought the hur
icane unsettled his mind.
Brought on Trouble.
Edward Durant, colored, was shoi
,nd killed in Florence on Tuesday
:y Charlie Johnson, white, a clerkE
n a store, where the negro raiseda
ow and drew his pistol. The coroner
ury exonerated Johnson.
Some people put themselves to at
monscionable amount of trouble t<
nake themselves unhappy, when the:
ould be as blithesome as a lark witi
>t half the effort. It shows whai
Marvelous Ihat No Lives Were lst iv
MAN HEROIC DEEDS
Men Carried Women and Children to
Safety. .Cottages Wrecked by the
Force of the Wind.. The Entire
Island Devastated by the Mad
Winds and the Raging Waters.
A special to The State says that no
lives were lost on Sullivan's island
during the hurricane and deluge of
Sunday night, appear more and more
of a miracle as fuller reports of the
dangers and sufferings of the Atlan
tieville residents, particularly, are
brought to the city. With hund-eds
of people among them many women
and children, obiged to leave their
wrecked and falling houses and ven
ture out into the 90-mile an hour
.,ale, plonging through waist deep wa
ter in many places, seeking refuge In
the more substantial houses, that
none lost their footing and were
drowned in the raging flood that cov
ered the island seems miraculous.
When day broke over the island,
Monday-morning, a scene of destruc
tion and ruin was disclosed, such as
those who viewed it never wish to see
again. Parties of men who had look
ed after the safety of their own fami
lies, were out as soon as there was
light enough searching among the
rulined houses and debrip fearing
persons -might have been caught with
their overturned cottages and killed
or Injured, and when a thorough
search showed that everyone had
either reached a refuge in safety or
weathered the storm In their own
homes, great relief was felt.
As soon as it was really daylight,
families sta'rted for the army post
where the refugees were made as
comfortable as posible under the cir
cumstances by the officers and hospi
tal corps. Scantily clad men carry
ing children and huge bundles of
household belongings, followed by
weary and exhausted women, trudged
down the roads, through inches of
water and struggled with the still
,Most of the people who were
obliged to leave their houses, either
during the night or early 'Monday
morning were cottagers at the upper
end of Atlantieville, where most of
the damage was done. Many houses
there were completely turned over,
the porches of a great many more
were torn off as if by a house wreck
ing crew, and scarcely a h'ome was
not damaged either by wind or water.
All the smaller buildings, servants'
quarters and fences, were uprooted
by the wind, and in some cases car
ried a couple of stations down the is
land by the sweeping tide. Roofs of
wrecked houses, telegraph poles,
fences, detaohed piazzas, and all man
ner of wreckage was scattered all
over the place, and in the roads.
On Monday morning the beach
was swept as clean as the floor. The
telephone and light poles on the
beach were all snapped off even with
the sand, and had been carried up to
The front row of thouses, at sta
tion 23, which -are built nearer to the
water than any on the island had
fortunately been abandoned when 'the
water flitst began to rise on Sunday
night, several houses were swept clear
of their foundations and bown against
the honses behind them.
It was in getting the people from
dangerous houses to those stronger
and farther removed that the greatest
danger was encountered, and many
of those engaged in the work .prov
ed themselves worthy of the name
While many deeds of daring and
brave endrance were accomplished
during the wild njght, one case in
particular has come to light. At sta
tion 25, the water came up with a
rush, rising in a few minutes from
beach to a depth of from two to four
feet under the houses in the front row
I+ was then that many of the -people
deided to leave their homes and go
to the cottages farther from the beat
ing surf. But to make one's way
against a gale, 'breaking tele
graph poles was obviously impossible
to say nothing of the knee-deep wa
er, swirling down the paths lHke a
mountain torrent. For the men of
any family to help women to a safe
place through the wind and water and
drifting wreckage would have been a
terrific task, and without the help of
two young men of Charleston, A. 0.
Halsey and M. S. Hertz, the rec
ord of Atlanticville might not have
been clear, as it so providentially is,
and many of the residents of that
part of the island would have spent
a much more dangerous and trying
Mr. Halsey and Mr. Hertz first got
their own families safely to the cot
tage of A. Barton Miller, a sbstantial
bungalow, rather higher than the
majority, and then started to help
other distressed cottagers to this re
fuge. The wind was blowing harder
each minute, and it was an exhaust
ing and perilous task to venture back
into the storm at all. But these two
men, both of them extraordinaryily
strong made trip after trip to the
neigoring cottages and returned
with drenched and exhausted women
and children, in some cases having
carried the women for 100 yards
against the full force of the hurri
cane. On one trip they had been
blown off the road and into the deep
ditch, and it was only with the great
est difficulty they had' been able to
get back to the house. Yet after a
short rest they were out again bring
ing in more people from threatened
hoses and carrying reassurance to
This is only one of the many cases
in whic people were saved by heroic
WILL ENYADE THE LAW
REPUBLICANS WILL HAVE BIG
Organization Headed by John Hays
Hammond Will Handle Bulk of
the Corruption Fund.
The Washington correspondent of
the Columbia State says since there
is a campaign publicity bill actually
on the tatute books of the United
States leading men in both the Re
publican and Democratic -parties are
said to be lying awake nights won
dering how the thing is to be done
during the coming national campaign
and how the "coin" is to be had
without an open violation of the
The Republican national commit
tee always in recent years years, has
bad large sums at its disposal. Next
year the committee itself will get
scant contributiohs in all probabil
ity, but a highly interesting report
is that this will not prevent large
sums being given to help the Re
publicans carry the country.
The 1,ational League of Repulbli
can Clubs, of which John Hays Ham
-mond Is the head, is the agency that
is expected to take charge of the Re
publican campaign financiering. It
will be difficult, if not impossible, to
stretch the campaign publicity law
so that it will -have any effect if this
corse is taken.
The *league will have elaborate
headquarters in New York. If It re
ceives funds, or if the men at the
head of it receive funds, and distrib
ute them on their own motion where
they think the Republicans will get
the most benefit, it will not be the
affair of the candidates or of the na
tional commi-ttee. Neither will it (be
'e affair of the congressione.
More and more the indications are
that the attempt will be made by the
Republican leaders to nake the next
campaign a repetition of the 1896
campaign. A strong appeal will be
made to the big protected interests
and to conservative business interests
to support the Republican -party lest
they suffer at the hands of the Demo
cratic congress and a Democratic
administration. The result doubt
less will be large campaign contribu
tions if a way can be found to make
them that does not collidei with the
campaign publicity law.
HARD BATTLE WITH LIONESS.
Wrist Broken and Arm Dislocated,
Man Hard Pressed.
Battling with a mountain lioness
and her two cubs, after one wrist
had been broken and his arm dislo
cated, C. C. Garnett, a timber con
tractor, of Cheyenne, Wyo., fought
with the beasts until Charles R.
Smith, his assistant, came up with a
rifle and killed the mother lion, the
two young ones escaping into the
The fight took place in the moun
tainis near Estabrook Unexpectedly
Garnett came upon the lioness, play
ing with her cubs. Before he had
time to prepare himself for the at
tack, the animal sprang at him. Her
first blow broke the wrist of Gay
nett's right hand, and the second
tore his shoulder, as well as dislo
cated his arm.
'But with his left hand he manag
ed to draw his revolver and fire sev
eral shots at the angry beast. Gar
netts assistant, Smith, was close by,
and hearing the sound of the strug
gle, ran to the rescue and killed the
Mule Team Will Haul Taft.
When President Taft, Speaker
Clark, of the House of Representa
tives, and some 20 odd governors,
visit Topeka, Kan. to help celebrate
the semi-centennial of the admission
of the state to the Union .they will
not ride in motor cars but will be
hauled from the station to the speak
ing platforms by mule teams. The
prize team of the state has ,been re
served by President Taft and Speak
er Clark. *
Took the Lye Route.
Ellison Adger, the negro farmer of
Clarendon county, who shot and kill
ed, two negroes recently for having
overridden his mule, committed sui
ccide in Manning Jail by drinking
Shooting at a Church.
At a negro -Baptist church in Lex
ington on- Sundagy 'night Gregg
Jones was shot and fatally wounded
by Joe Summers.
efforts, the soldiers from Fort Moul
trie having scoured the island in the
vicinity of the post all night, and res
cured many residents in wrecked
That the damage on the upper end
of the island was greater than at the
lower stations, is due only to the
methods of construction, the houses
at the lower end being older and
more substantial. The storm was
just as violent in one place as the
other, btt the more sheltered position
and strong buildings kept the hou.ses
'below the reservation from suffering
The roof of the barrack's piazza
was blown off, but beyond this and
the overturning of the sentry boxes
and outhouses the government prop
erty weathered the storm well.
In the opinion of many of the Sul
livan's Island residents who went
through the storm of '93, Sunday's
gale was more severe, and did more
damage than the one 18 years ago.
There is no -positive way of telling,
but several permanent residents on
the island say that this one was the
more severe. At any rate everybody
who went through Sunday's storm on
the island is unanimous in declaring
that it was an experience which they
e n-i11ing not to rencnt
Dreughts, Wind and Worms Damage the.
Crop Very latcriafly.
SIZE OF PRESEN CROP
Estimated at Nearly Thirteen Million
Bales.-Condition on August 25th
Shows Great Falling Off Since the
Report of Condition of Crop Made
on July 25th.
A total production of 12,918,200
bales~ of cotto'n as the final yield this
year is indicated by the Department
of Agriculture's official report of the
condition of the growing crop of
August 25, which the crop reporting
board, from reports from its .corres
pondenti and agents throughout the
cotton belt, estimated Friday at 73.2
per cent of a normal.
This estimate based on a ratio of
the average yield for the past ten
years to the average condition of the
crop on August 25, for the .past ten
years, would mean a final yield of
181.65 pounds per acre on the plant
ed area of approximately 34,000,000
acres, allowing for an abandoned
acreage of 1,000,000 and, provided
the crop does not decline or improve
from the date the coidition was es
timated to time of picking.
These estimates of production,
while unofficial, were reckoned by
the official method adopted by the
Department of Agriclture. and used
by the crop reporting board' in its
monthly estimates of the final yield
of the importlant cereal crgps of
Unofficial advices from thee otton
belt indicate the .most important de
clines In the crop were due- to severe
droughts, hot winds and worms. Ee
ports indicate that heavy shedding
caused by hot weather was the chief
factor. of deterioration in practically.
all States, except Louisiana and Mis
sissippi, where there has been exe's
sive rain. Heat and drought very
greatly damaged cotton during the
month, especially in Texas and Okla
- Since the date on which the condi
tion was taken-August 25-there
have been rains which greatly relier
ed conditions- and considerable im
Provement is looked for when the
October report is issued.
The condition of the growing cot
ton crop on August 25th' was 73.2
per cent of a normal, as co'mpared
with 89.1 per cent. on July 25, 1911,
72.1 per cent on August 25, 1910,
68.7 per' cent on August 25, 1910,
and- 63.7 per cent on August 29,
1909, and 73.5 .per cent, the average
of the past ten years- on August 25,
according to the crop reporting board
of the bureau of statistics of the
United States Department of Agri
culture, estimated from the reports
of the correspondents and agents of
Comparisons of conditions by
Aug. July Aug. Ten
- 25 25 25 Year
States. 1911 1911 1910 Av.
Virginia. . .. . 96 102 82 80
N. Carolina . . 76 87 76 78
S. Carolina, . . 74 86 -73 '77
Georgia. . . . 81 95 -71 ,77
Florida . . . . 85' 95 74 78
Alabama. . . . 80 94 72 73
Mi'ssissippi. . . 70 86 -71 . 76
Louisiana. . . 69 84 60 '70
Texas. .. ....68 86 69 68
Arkansas . . . 78 94 78 75
Tennessee. . . 88 92 78 82
Missouri. . . . 88 96 78 82~
Oklahoma. . . 62 88 85 76
California. . .100 99 95*
Hunter Kills 28 Rattlesnakes.
While out hunting Cleo Johnson,
of Wrightsville, 'broke the record on
rattlesnakes. The dogs with which
he was hunting treed and when he
found them, they had 28 rattlesnakes
cornered. There was one monster
snake, fully grown, and 27 younger
ones, which nearly filled a ten-pound
lard can when they were all killed
and -placed in the receptacle. '
Merchant Caught in Own Trap.
0. 'F. Coope'r, a merchant In Blue
Mountain City, Ala., may lose a leg
as a result of leing shot by a gun
he set as a trap for burglars at his
store. He forgot the trap 'on enter
ing the'store on the morning of the
accident -and received the full dis
charge of birdshot just above the
Large innerntance 'rax.
A dispatch from St. Paul, Minn.,
says IMrs. Russell Sage will be re
enired by Attorney General Simps'rn
and Assistant Attorney General
Weeks to pay an inheritance tax
on all her Minnesota lands held un
der conitracts of sale It is believed
the tax will amount to nearly $600,
Search for Man in Desert.
Becoming suddenly demented,
James Mahoney, a former policeman
said to be a relative of W. Bourke
Cochrain, either perished or is wan
dering without clothing on the Ne
vada desert, near a point known as
the Eagle Salt works. Searching
parties are out looking for him.
Family Row Ends Fatally.
Sims Johnson, colored was shot
and killed with a shot gun on Sat
urday by his son-in-law, Elliot Pow
el, at Cornwell, Chester county. The
trouble arose over Powell's running
away with Johnson's daughter.
Diamond Mine in North Carolina.
While on his vacation in North
Carolina. J1. D. Butler, of Pavo, Ga.,
(Ldscovered a diamond nnne. One of
the first gems brought $1,000 in the