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VOL. XXVI MANNING, S, C., WEDNESDAY. MAY 22. 1912
"WILSON 1 INDOISED.
RESOLUTON IS PASSED BY OYER
BOUND TO VOTE AS lNT
This Will Give the Delegates to Wil
son, as a Large Majority of Its
Members Are For Him, and Under
the Unit Rule Will Vote it for
The South Carolina Democratic
convention, after a long and inter
rupted session, late Wednesday night
adopted a resolution indorsing the
candidacy of Gov. Woodrow Wilson,
of New Jersey for president, elected
vice-presidents and then turned to
the election of delegates. The princi
pal fight on the floor of the conven
tion was on the question of instruct
The sentiment of the convention
was very largely in favor of Gov.
Wilson, as evidenced in the vote on
tbe resolution of indorsement, but
the Wilson force were unable to mus
ter a majority when it came to a
question of instructing the delegates
lacking only sixteen votes. Long and
warmly the contest was waged,
with speeches and points of order the
ammunition, and with frequent
bursts of applause puncturing the
Meeting at noon Wednesday the
oonvention organized by the appoint
ment of the credentials, with 3endel
L. Smith of KeKrshaw in the chair.
The credentials committee appoint
ed. the convention took a recess to
allow the committee to proceed with
its work, the most important feature
of which was the decision of the con
tests from Charleston and George
In the former case the Barnwell
delegation, proponents of J. Elmore
Martin for sheriff of Charleston
county, was seated by a vote of 36
to 0. In the Georgetown case the
"court house club," representing the
forces of "old Georgetown," was
seated by a vote of 36 to 4. The
convention reconvened at 8 o'clock
and Thos G. McLeod, former lieu
tenant governor, was elected per
manent presidant. XM. X. Mann and
James A. Hoyt, temporary secretar
les, were made permanent officers.
Then, with the convening of the
regular session of the convention
came the opening light. The fIrst
clash on instruction came on the
loor. it having been decided that the
presidential fight should be made in
open convention, without reference
to committees. John P. Thomas,
acting for the Richland delegation,
precipitated the fght, offering a res
olution. instructing for Woodrow
D). S. Henderson for the Aiken del
egation, offered a resolution against
bnstruction for any candidate. This
resolution was finally adopted. Be
fore either the Henderson or Thomias
resolutions came up for adoption H.
D. Calhoun of Barnwell, offered a.
substitute for instruction. This was
beaten, 218 to 122.
Then the Henderson resolution
was adopted, 178 to 162. This for
bade instruction. Undaunted, the
Wilson forces, through J. W. Rags
dale, offered a resolution of indorse
ment. This was adopted, 241 to 97.
Cheers greeted the announcement of
the vote. Ther., with the most ser
Ious deliberative functions of the
convention disposed of, the conven
tion proceeded to the election of del-I
egates at large.
John P. Thomas, of Columbia, op
ened the fight offering resolutions
indorsing Wilson and instituting the
delegation for him.
D. S. Henderson, on behalf of the
Aiken delegation, offered resolution
favoring an uninstructed delegation.
He said that he was an advocate of
Woodrow Wilson, but that the party
was above the candidate. He said
Democrats should reserve their de
cision on a candidate until the Re
publicans had put their nominee in
M4. L. Smith, of Kershaw, said
that he was in favor neither of in
struction nor indorsement for any
candidate at this time He, too, said
Woodrow Wilson was his first choice
for president. He discussed the
probable Democratic nominees.
"If you have confidence in the loy
alty of those you send to Baltimore,
why instiuct?" asked Mr. Smith.
H. D. Calhoun, of Barnwell, said
that the convention should go on rec
ord in some shape or form for Wood
row Wilson. He offered a substitute
for both the Thomas and Henderson
W. F. Stevenson. of Chesterfield.
read an amendment to the Calhoun
resolution providing that the South
Carolina delegation might change to
some other candidate than Woodrow
Wilson by a two-thirds vote.
By a vote of 218 to 122, the con
ientiont rejected the Calhoun substi
tute resoludlon indorsing Wilson and
allowed the South Carolina delega
tion to decide by a majority vote on
another candidate should they find i
The question recurred upon the
Henderson substitute resolution.
which declared against instructIng
the delegation to vote for any candi
By a vote of 178 to 162, the con
vention agreed to the Henderson sub
stitute resolution. thereby refusing
to send an instructed delegation to
Baltimore. Mr. Henderson put en
J. W. Ragsdale, although he said
he was not in favor ef instruction,
ofered a resolutten indorsing the
sandidacy of Woodrow Wilson for
the Democratic nom~fnati6n for presi.
4n+ ad Mstructing the E-eIention
WILSON M"N PLEASED
DELEGATION PRACTICALLY IN.
STRUCTED FOR HM
Mr. Lewis W. Parker, of Greenville,
Who Wants Underwood, Considers
Himelf Bound to Vote for Wilson.
Mr. Francis H. Weston, senator
from Richland County and one of
the most prominent advocates of
Woodrow Wilson for president in
South Carolina, who was elected an
alternate delegate at large to the
national Democratic convention, said
Wednesday night that he was pleas
ed with the results of the State Dem
"Of the 18 delegates to the Balti
more convention elected by South
Carolina, 14 are Wilson men of the
first water," said Senator Weston.
"The convention expressed its pre
ference for Wilson by an overwhelm
ing individual vote and adopted a
resoluton requiring the delegates
to the national convention to vote
as a unit. This to all intents and
purposes amounts to sending a dele
gatDbn to Baltimore instructed to
vote for Woodrw Wison.
"I intend to introduce In the next
session of the general assembly a
bill which will give the people of
South Carolina the right to express
their preference for president of the
United States much more defnitely
than they have been able to do for
the last several years," declared Sen
Mr. Lewis W. Parker, of Green
eulle, elec:ed a district delegate to
the national convention, who firat
preferred Oscar Underwood for pres
ident, declared Thursday morning
that bs considered the indorsement
of Wilson by individual vote of the
Stai convention and the passage of
the resolution requiring the dele
gates to vote as a unit equivalent to
instruction for Wilson. Mr. Parker
said he considered himself bound to
vote for TWilson.
SEATED THE DELEGATES
Contest Prom Georgetown County Is
The credentials committee late this
afternoon voted. 36 to 4, to recom
mend to the State Convention to seat
the faction from Georgetown County
headed by Mr. Walter Hazard, and to
recognize their Convention as the
regular Democratic Convention for
Their delegates to the State Con
vention are: D. I. Wilson, J. B.e
Steele, J. A. Brourton, E. 0. Boat
wright, Xm. -Pyatt and G. A. Doyle.
This result caries with it the seating
of 0. H. Mitchell on the State execu
The announcement of the result of
the roll-call followed at the close of
several hours of argument, over an
hour of which was consumed by1
Claude E. Sawyer, Esq., in presenting
at the side of the faction by Olin
Sawyer and W. H. Andrews, In claim
lng that theirs was the legal Con
to vote for him as a unit.
M. L. Smith, of Kershaw, moved
to indefinitely postpone the Ragsdale
ndorsement resolution. He said It
would accomplish indirectly what
the convention had just declared
against directly by rejecting the Cal
M. L. Smith made a point of order
against the Ragsdale resolution.
Mr. Ragsdale said he was willing
to change the wording of the indorse
ment resolution if it savored too
strongly of instruction.
Mr. Clifton said that the Ragsdale
resolution was entirely different from
the Calhoun resolution, since it sim
ply indorsed and adopted the unit
Mr. Pollock made the poInt of or
der that the Ragsdale resolution was
contradictory to the Henderson reso
lution which had been adopted.
Mr. Clifton said the fight on the
Ragdale resolution was an attack on
the right of the people of South Car
olina to express their preference for
President McLeod ruled that the
Ragsdale resolution was in effect the
same as that of the Thomas resolu
tIon and ruled it out of order.
Pandemonium reigned for a few
Mr. Ragsdale announced that he
had another resolution.
"Resolved, That this convention
Indorse Woodrow Wilson for presi
dent without instruction," shouted
Mr. Ragsdale. "They can't quibble
"I move to table the motion," said
M. L. Smith.
"I move that the convention vote
aye and no as individuals," said G.
Mr. Sullivan's motion was carried.
Mr. Smith withdrew his motion to
table the Ragsdale resolution and
moved the previous Question.
The roll was called and each mem
ber of the convention voted aye or
no. The Ragsdale resolution was
~passed by a vote of 241 to 97. Mr.
Ragsdale put on the "clincher."
John C. Sellers, of Marion, made
the point of order that no vice-presi
dents had been chosen. He was sus
The following vice-presIdents were
elected from the congressional dis
First district: T. W. Williams,
Berkeley; Second District, 3. W. De
laughter; Third district, W. N. Gray.
don: Fourth distrIct, M. F. Ansel:
Fifth distriet, C. E. Spencer; Sixth
distrIct, 3. B. Green; Seventh dis'
trict, B. H. Moss.
B. R. Tillman was elected a mem
br of the natIonal executive com
mIttee. He was nominaed by W. N.
TURNED A IRAITO
TO THE SOUTH TO lAIN THE SUP
PORT Of THE NORTH
FORFEITS HIS SUPPORI
Congreman Witherspoon, of Missis
sippi, Declares that Congressmar
Underwood Has Proved Disloyal tc
the South by Voting to Have He)
Elections Supervised by Govern
The Washington correspondent o
The State says that Congressman B
car Underwood, in voting against the
Barlett amendment to the constitu
tional amendment for the populai
election of senators, ofrered in the
house Monday, which practically nul
lifies the Bristow amendment placed
on the original measure In the sen
ate, repudiated every claim that he
might have had for support from
Southerners on sectional grounds in
his race for the presidential nomina
tion, was the statement of Congress
man Samuel A. Witherspoon of -Mis
sissippi Monday afternoon. Untl2
Monday Congressman Witherspoon
has been a staunch supporter of Mr.
Underwood for the presidential nom
The Mississippi congressman de
clared that a representative of the
people who voted on a public meas
ure not on the principle he saw in
volved, but merely for political ex
pediency could never have his sup
port in a fight for any office. On this
ground, he said, he had eliminated
Speaker Clark after the Missourian's
vote for the Sherwood pension bill,
although at the beginning of the cam
paign he had been disposed to sup
port Mr. Clark.
"With Clark eliminated as a man
whom the Democratic party could
with justice or wisdom make their
nominee, and whom the American
people would vote for, if ncminated,
I gave my wholehearted support to
Oscar Underwood," said Mr. Wither
spoon, who it might be said in pass
ng has never held any political of
fice except as member of congress
for two terms.
"But to-day Underwood turned his
back on every Southern tradition and
voted for a measure which strikes at
the very heart of white supremacy
In the South. A Southern of long
residence, he knows the dangers that
once assailed free government in the
South because of suffrage power that
was put into the hands of the negro.
He knows how the negro worked tre
mendous evil in Southern politics as
well as any man in congress. He
knows as well as any man in congress
how these evils are once, more made
possible by the Bristow amendment
to the constitutional amendment for
the popular election of senators,
which places the power for the super
vision and direction of Southern gov
"And yet he voted for this Bristow
amendment by voting against the
Bartlett amendment which repudi
ates it. He deliberately turned his
back on the claims of the South for
protection against negro suffrage ev
Ils of the past. Underwood's strong
est plea for support in th. only States
in which he has made a fight for del
egates has been "the South for a
Southerner.' This sectional plea has
been exploited more widely than any
other by his friends and managers.
"Thinking himself sure of practi
cally all the strength he hoped to
get In the South, he deliberately re
pudiated this claim for Southern sup
port, and voted as he did purely In a
repugnant attempt to gain support in
the North. He was playing politics
and gave no thought to principal or
love for the South. His only thought
was to get votes in the North, where
as yet he has no votes. From the
standpoint of disregard of principal
and subservience to political expe
diency alone, this vote is in the same
class with Clark's pension vote. I1
was worse than Clark's pension vote
in that Clark has never made any
plea for strength in the South as sep
arate from the North."
lir. Witherspoon said that by this
elimination, the only candidates re
maning whom he could with self
respect vote for are Harmon and
Wilson. Between these two, he said
that he could only choose Goy. Wil
son of New Jersey, a Virginian b:
birth and a North CarolInian by edu
cation, who, though long a honorec
resident of a Northern State, has
never proved himself disloyal to thi
CYTCLONE AT TUJSCA.LOOSA.
Two Men Dead and Great Properta
Extensive damage was done by
cyclone which passed over Tusca
loosa, Ala., Saturday night. The cit:
was in darkness that night and wire!
are down making communicatio!
diilt. Two negroes are known t<
have been killed. The wind an'
Irain were accompanied by the heav~
lest hail storm ever seen In that city
Many trees were blown down an.
several small houses had their roof
Itorn off. An infant was blown fror
its father's arms as he was walkin;
down the street, but was rnot injured
Rbels in Full Retreat.
A Conejas, Mexico, dispatch say
burning bridges behind them, th
Mexican rebels continued their re
treat northward before the victor!
os federal army of Gen. Huert<
IFive bridges spanning wide area
were distroyed by the insurgent:
causing delay to overnmenlt troo
Indorsed Overwhelming by the State
HARE OF ARSON
ATLENDAR GOSNELL LODGED IN
JAIL AT LANDRUM.
Follows Investigation of Burning of
W .J. Gibson's Home When His
Four Children Lost Their Lives.
Following an Investigation by B.
A. Wharton, inspector of the State
insurance department, on the burn
ing of the home of W. J. Gibson,
when his four children lost their
lives, January 28, Allendar Gosnell;
has been arrested and lodged in jail:
at Landrum charged with arson.
The insurance inspector has been
conducting an active investigation
into the ~uurning of :Mr. Gibson's
home three miles from Campobello
at one o'clock In the morning of Jan
uary 28. and has unearthed suffici
ent evidence to cause the arrest of
The burning of the home and the*
death of the tour children was one
of the most shocking tragedies in the
history of this community. Mr. Gib
son is a prominent farmer, a former
member of the house of representa
tives, and one of the most widely
known residents of this section of the
The children who lost their lives
in the fire were: Hugh Gibson, 16
years of age; Annie Thomas Gibson,
14 years of age; Laura Gibson, 10
years of age; James Gibson, eIght
years of age.
Walter J. Gibson had gone to
Greenville to attend the funerad of a
kinsman leaving the four children at
home. Their mother had died sever
al years before and their stepmother
the previous winter. The children
spent the Sabbath with their sister,
who lived a mile from their home,
but had returned home at ten o'clock
Neighbors were aroused by the
roar of the flames in the early morn
ing and when the first to reach the
scenes arrived at 1 o'clock the large
two story building was a mass of
flames. The screams of the children
were heard by those first on the
Beiton Reid dashed in amid the
flames in an effort to save the chil
dren. As he entered the house James
Gibson, the youngest child, fell from
the second story to the floor beneath
where Mr. Reid grasped him and car
ried him out. The child died that
The only origin of the fire that
could be volunteered at the time was
the possibility of a coal from a grate
having started the blaze. Council
was a former tenent of Mr Gibson's
plantation. He is a young man a
bout 25 years of age.
FOUGHT TO THE DEATH.
Still Grasped Pistols.
Propped against the wall of a
1shack on Kettle Creek, Ky., their life
less hands still clutching their re
volvers and the last looks of defiance
fixed on their faces, the bodies of
Albert Stephens and William May
bury were found last week4 by rela
Stives who had missed thet~a. Each
body was pierced by four bullets.
Stephens had sold the shack and its
contents to Maybury, and it is be
lIeved they went to have a final set
tlement, quarreled, and fought to the
Sdeath without anyone hearing the re
eports of the shots.
Tussle Ends in Tragedy.
H . H!. Gibson. aged 16, was shot
sand Instantly killed in Atlanta on
Thursday by his brother, aged 19,
P1in what is said to have been a friend
ytuslei fq the nossession of a rifle.
Democratic Convention Wednesday.
LLLMAN AND SMITH NAMEI
~L I. Manning and Jno. Gary Evana
Other Two Big Four and the Dis
The State convention Wednesda:
lght elected Senator B. R. Tillman
enator E. D. Smith, R. L. Mannini
>f Sumter and John Gary Evans o
pntanburg as delegates at large ti
he national Democratic convention
ov. Cole L. Blease was nominate<
or delegate at large by F. H. Dom
nick, but was defeated, receiving
niy 66 votes out of 336. The fol
owing were elected alterna,tes t<
he national convention:
M. F. Ansel, F. H. Weston, W. F
tevenson and H. C. Folk.
The election of delegates at large
esuted in the choice by acclama
ion on motion of Mr. Thurmond
>f Senators B. R. Tillman and E. fl
smih, and on a ballot vote, in the
~hoice of John Gary Evans of Spar
:anburg and Richard L. Manning, o
sumter. Governor Blease was plac
ad in nomination and received 6'
otes. The result of the ballotini
~vas: M~anning, 207; Evans, 188; M
F. Ansel, 83; L. J. Browning, 68; C
L. lease, 66; F. H. Weston, 62. Th
Collowing delegates were electe<
rom the seven congressional dis
Fir-st district-R. S. Whaley, o
charleston; Carleton Durant, a
ifanning. Alternates: A. G. Pad
ett, of Walterboro; H. H. Gross, a
Second distrct-W. W. Williams
:f Alken; B. W. Crouch, of Saluda
Alternates: B. E. Nicholson, o
Edgefield; Neila Christensen, a
Third district--H. L. Watson, a
Greenwood; E. C. Doyle, of Easle3
Alternates: R. F. Smith, of Picb
ens; B. B. Gossett, of Anderson.
Fourth district-Lewis W. Parb
er, of Greenville; S. T. D. Lancas
ter, of Spartanburg. Alternates: M
Mills Mornly, of Greenville; Ben Hi
Brown, of Spartanburg.
Fifth district-W. M. Dunlay, C
Rock Hill, 3. W. Glenn, of Cheste:
Alternates: W. P. Pollock, of Che
raw; J. 3. O'Bear, of Wlnnsboro.
Sixth district-W. T. Bethea, c
Dillon; S. A. Woods, of MarIor
Alternates: T. B.. Gibson, of Mar
boro; R. B. Scarborough, of Coz
Seventh distrct--W. A. Sturke:
of Bishopville; A. B. Wingard,C
Lexington. Alternates: 3. P. Thon
as, of Columbia; B. H. Moss, of 0:
This Is Political Year.
This is political year the counti
over, as well as in this state an
county. This is not the first polit
cal year we have had, and will hart
y be the last. Let us therefore, I
careful not to say anything that wi
cause coolness between friends,C
that will be regretted after the e:
citement has died away and evei
day axistence Is gone back into. I
firm, be candid, be enthusiastic,
needs be. but do not let anythir
lead to vituperation and wild at
unwarranted charges of a person;
nature. Above all, keep cool.
Approves Conventions Course.
Senator Tillman said Thursday,
reply to an inquiry as to his opinic
of the action of the South Caroli:
Democratic Convention: "I have n
seen the full report of the procee
ings of the Convention in the Sta
papers, but from what I see in Li
Washington papers I regard ti
course of the Convention as satisfa
'WAS A JONES BODY
STATE CONVENTION CONTROLLED
BY HIS FRIENDS.
The Blease Faction Was Completely
Overwhelmed at the Meeting, the
Governor Having About One-SLth
of the Delegates With Him on a
Vote for Delegate.
The Columbia correspondent of
The News and Courier says the State
Democratic Convention was one -f
the most remarkable gatherings that
has been held in this State in many
a year. It was conspicuous because
of the unusual evidence of Interest
in the political situation and the
high character of the delegates. Men
who have not for years taken any
part in political affairs made the sac
rifice of attending the Convention
and the personnel of the Convention
was decidedly above the average. It
appeared that people throughout the
State realized that assertive action
should be taken and on that account
The conspicuous features of the Con
The absolute and entire control,
in every essential, by the friends of
of former Chief Justice Ira B. Jones,
In his candidacy for Governor.
The overwhelming sentiment in
favor of Governor Woodrow Wilson
for the Pesidential nomination of
the Democratic ticket.
The sympathy for United States
Senator Benjamin R. Tillman and the
evidences of the continued hold that
he has on the affections of the peo
The utter demoralization of the
friends and supporters of Governor
Blease at the Convention.
The suggestion has been made
that there was a "steam-roller" at
work during the process of the Con
vention, and that this "steam-roller"
was marked "Ira B. Jones," and that
it was In charge of "Engineer" J.
William Thurmond. "Steam-rollers"
are not new things in politics and
if a faction or a party has things
"going" their way to keep them "go
Ing" and that there is no political
sense in giving quarter In a fight
in which there Is but one ambition,
and that Is to win.
There is no question whatever but
what the Jones forces had the Con
vention in control in the minutest de
tail on such subjects or public issues
as they cared to exert their influ
ence. In other words, there were
certain questions that the managers
of the Jones forces did not think It
was prudent for them to make any
contention about, but wherever It
had been determined to act it was
accomplished, and this was from the
moment that Mr. Thurmond nomina
ted Speaker Mendel L. Smith, as tem
porary chairman of the Convention.
Every official and every delegate and
every issue In which the Jones peo
ple were Involved had to have the
imprimatur of Jones, and there was
no middle ground. Those who were
not outspoken f.,r the candidacy of
Mr. Jones were not given the rewards
of the occasion.
Twenty years ago, when the great
"reform movement was at its zenith.
the cry was that measures had to be
considered above men, and if a man
did not advocate the reform measur
es, no matter who he may have been
there was no demand for his services.
Later on, when the Alliance was in
Its glory, the Alliance ''yardstick"
was applied and If candidates did not
measure up to the Alliance "yard
stick" they were ready for the junk
pile. And so. on Wednesday, the
password was "Jones" and if that
could not be given with perfect will
ingness there was someone in wait
ing who was ready to give It. The
fact of the matter is that there was
no desire to coerce anyone, because
the great majiority of the members
of the convention came first, last and
all the time for Jones.
There were 340 delegates in the
Convention and the only test of the
strength of Governor Blease was on
his vote as a delegate to the National
Convention, when he received 66
votes, and of this number 11 came
from Orangeburg, where the Conven
tion had adopted a resolution that
the delegation cast Its vote ror "Gov
ernor of the State" as delegate to the
.National Convention. The signifi
cance of the vote is all the more
emphasized when, early in the roll
call Colleton was called upon for
~,its vote and the spokesman for that
fdelegation announced "Colleton
-casts Its vote for the Governor of
South Carolina." It will be interesting
to note where the strength of Gover
nor Blease came from. Out of 340
delegates, 66 voted for him, and,
Alken 1, Bamberg 1, Barnwell 1,
yBleaufort 1, Berkeley 2, Calhoun 2,
Charleston 2, Golleton 4, Dorchester
, Fairfield 1, Jasper 4, Kershaw 5,
Laurens S, Leo 5, Lexington 3, New
Sberr~y 8, Or-angeburg 11, Pickenis 1,
Richland 1, Saluda 1. Total 66.
In this same ballot M.lr. Richard I.
Manning received 207 votes and Mr.
John Gary Evans 188 votes.
SOne noticeable feature of the Con
vention was the absolute wlle-oPen
ness of everything. There was no
disposition to do anythng under cov
er. The contests were all made In
public and the hearIngs ny the com
mittee on credentials was about as
largely attended as the Convention
Itself, and even the voting on the
nseating of the contestIng Charleston
and Beaufort delegations was open
and direct and the record of this
Convention Is as open as that of any
,polItical gathering can be.
eThe overwhelming sentiment of
~the Convention, as has been said,
was In favor of the nomination of
THEY WOE 1ll IIAUL
MASHED BANDITS HOLD UP ANI
ROB EXPRESS TRAIN.
Said to Have Gotten As Much as Tw<
Hundred Thousand Dollars from
the Company's Safe.
A rich haul, variously estimate
at from $35,000 to $250,000, wai
made by two masked bandits, whc
early Wednesday morning held ul
the Queen and Crescent New Yori
Limited train No. 2, near Oklahoma
a flag station eight miles south 0:
Hattiesburg, UIiss., and blew oper
the safe of the Southern Erprezf
Express company officials den3
that the sum obtained aggregatec
anything like the latter figure, bui
declined to make any estimate of th(
loss. The bandits, who are believ.
ed to be the pair who held up th(
Mobile and Ohio train, at Corinth
Miss., in February, made their es
cape and are still at large.
When Sheriff Bennett, of Perr3
County, reached the scene of the
hold up with bloodhounds about da3
light, the trail of the robbers wat
taken up by the dogs. This led the=
to the junction of the New Orleans
and Northeastern Railroad and a
tap line road, where the trail was
lost. It-is believed the men boarded
a freight train at this junction. Foux
men are reported to have been seen
leaving the freight train when it
arrived at Hattiesburg a few hours
after the holdup, but the authorities
have been unable to locate the sus
The hold-up of the train was af
fected in a true wild Western man
ner, but notwithstanding a generous
flourishing of weapons, not a shot
was fired. The passengers were not
When the train was passing the
flag station, Okahola, the two masked
bandits climbed over the tender, and
with drawn revolvers, called out to
engineer Maher and his fireman,
"Obey orders." The engineer Imme
diately threw on his brakes, saying,
"I'll stop right now."
"No," said one of the bandits,
"pull on around the curve and stop
when I tell you to stop." After the
train had turned the curve above
Okahola, the engineer was given the
command to stop and complied very
With guns pointed at their heads,
the engineer and fireman were then
marched back to the baggage car
and the former was ordered to call
the express messenger. When Mes
senger D. A. Gray, of Chattanooga,
stepped to the door of his car he
looked nto the muzzle of a pistol and
did not hesitate to obey the orders
to get down.
CLOSE CALL FOR "JOY RIDERS."
ne Collarbone Broken and Cars
Smashed in Spartanburg.
A Spartanburg letter says while
running up East Main street at a rate
f speed said to have been forty
miles an hour; Ernest L. Layton,
riving Edward Williams and Ed
ward Vickers in a four-passenger car,
sideswiped another car standing by
the curb early Monday morning. The
ar was completely ovrturned and
the fact that the top was up kept the
passengers from being thrown many
feet. It was by another of those
proverbial miracles that all were not
Mr. Williams, who is a real estate
salesman, formerly of Columbia, suf
fered a broken collar bone, but other
wise no one was hurt. The car
standing by the curb was badly dam
aged and another just in the rear of
it was also injured.
The machine Mr. Layton was driv
ing was torn asunder and the front
wheels demolished. The party had
been "joy riding" and were running
close to the curb to keep out of the
light, so that a cop, who had flagged
them down might not get their num
ber, it is said. A case has been made
out against the speeders.
LAST HOPE IS GONE.
Go. Foss Refuses to Enterfere With
Clarence V. T. Richeson's last
hope of escaping the death chalh
next week for the murder of Avis
Linnell, of Hymelia, expired Thurs
day night, when Governor Foss, al
Boston announced that he would no1
refer Richeson's petition for com
munication of sentence to the exe
cutive council. The statement from
the Governor followed closely the
filing of the reports of the special
insanity commission, which declar
ed the condemned man sane, al
though subject to fits of hysterica.
insanity. The commissision found
that Richeson was sane at the time
of the murder and that he is sane
- Chinese Roasted To Death. -, -
Victoria, B. C., May 11.-Many
Chinese in Lassa, capital of Thibet
were roasted alive during an attac1
on their quarters by angry Thibe
tans. In th e fighting many weri
killed on both sides the rioting grev
out of the declaration by the Llama
who said the Chinese were destines
for divine punishment.
President Bar Association.
The Hon. D. S. Henderson, 01
Aiken, was on Wednesday mornini
elected president of the State Ba:
Association, to succeed the Hon
Knox Livingston, of IBennettlsville
deceased. This action was taken a
a meeting of the vice president of thi
exressed itself to that effect by over
wmaeinufgly endorsing his8 candidaci
hILN 'ilL RAIN
BARNWELL DELEGATION FROM
GRACE FACTION OUSTED
The Credentials Committee Hears
and Decides an Important Matter,
Incidentally Straightening Out an
Important Contest from the City
Thirty-six of a possible forty-two
members of the credentials commit
tee of the State Democratic Conven
tion, in session Wednesday In Colum
bia, voted to seat the delegation from
Charleston, headed by the Hon. Jos
eph W. Barnwell, and none voted to.
seat what became known as the Sink
ler delegation, that one headed by
Major Daniel L. Sinkler. Two mem
bers of the committee voted to seat
neither delegation and four members
did not vote.
After hearing testimony and argu
ments for two hours, the credentials
committee refused to go into execr
tive session or to even debste among
themselves the merits of the con
testing claims, but immediately call
ed for a vote by roll-call, with the
result that the committee's recom
mendation to the Convention is that
the delegation from Charleston head
ed by the Hon. Joseph W. Barnwell,
together with the various officers el
ected by the Convention presided ov
er by Mr. Barnwell, are the legally
elected delegates and officers, and
that the "Barnwell" delegates be
seated as members of the Stare Dem
This recommendation was adopt
ed unanimously by the Convention
and the Barnwell delegation was
seated. The vote on the recommen-,
dation to seat one or the other of
the Charleston delegations was as
Those voting to seat the Barnwell
delegation: W. P. Greene, Abbeville;
George L. Toole, Aiken; M. L. Bon
ham, Anderson; W. L. Riley, Bam
berg; W. A. All, Barnwell; R R. Le
gare, Beaufort; R. G. Causey, Berke
ley; W. S. Hall, Cherokee; J. Lyles
Glenn, Chester; J. C. Rivers, Ches
terfield; 0. C. Scaxborough, Claren
don; H. A. Willis, Colleton; D. R.
Coker, Darlington; E. R. Hamer,
Dillon'; J. A. Hiers, Dorchester; A.
E. Padgett, Edgefield; J. E. McDon
ald, Fairfield; A. H. Williams. Flor
ence; H. J. Haynesworth, Greenville;
W. H. Nicholson, Greenwood; J. W.
Manuel, Hampton; J. 0. Norton,
Horry;~ W. R. Hough, Kershaw; D.
R. Williams, Lancaster; D. M. Cros
son, Lexington; George R. Reeves,
Marion; D. D. McColl, Marlboro; C.
M. Walker, Oconee; Jas. L. Sims, Or
angeburg; E. P.. McCravy, Pickens;
W%. W. Ray, Richland; J. M. Forrest,
Saluda; S. T. D. Lancaster, Spartan
burg; Richard D. Lee, Sumter; L.
. Browning, Union; LeRoy Lee, Wil
Those voting that neither delega
tion be seated were: B. Frank Kelley
of Lee, and C. E. Spencer of York.
Those not voting at all were: H. C.
Paulling, Calhoun; E. F. Hammond,
iJasper; John M. Cannon, Laurens,
an A. H. Hawkins, of Newberry.
The credentials committee, consti
tuted by a member of each uncon
tested delegation, named by that del
egation, took up the contest from
Charleston Coe.nty at three o'clock
and at five o'clock the vote was tak
en, the Convention proper taking a
recess twice in order to give time for
the arguments by representatives of
each side. Consequently, the greater
part of the day's session was con
sumed by the Charleston contest.
It was the absorbing feature of the
day's session, and the climax of the
whole proceedings came just a few
minutes before the vote was taken,
when Mr. M. Rutledge Rivers, attor
ney for the Barnwell delegation, read
a letter from Senator Benjamin Ryan
Tilman, assuring him of his support
in the present Convention and de
nouncing the tactics of the opposing
faction in Charleston.
Appeal had been made by Mayor
Grace, in his argument before the
commtte.e, to the attitude of Sena
tr Tilllman as against Mr. George
Von Kolnitz, a member of the pres
ent Barnwell faction, conveyed in a
letter dated July, 1902. Reserving
Senator Tillman's letter to Sheriff .
-artn, of Charleston, written a few
days after the recent County
Convention, Mr. Rivers introduced
it at what was regarded by all keen
Iobservers as the psychological mo
ment, and its reading called forth
prolonged cheers from both the gal
leries and members of the Conven
tion who were present in the hall at
the time, and it may be stated that
the Hall of the House of Represen
'tatives was crowded.
Observers of contests of various
kinds pronounced the conduct of the
case at this particular point a master
stroke on the part of Mr. Rivers, and
one of the very neatest of climsaxes
to any argument. The letter read by
'Mr. Rivers, in reply to statements
that had been made with reference
to the attitude of Senator Tillmian,
was read only bcause of the use of
the name of Senator Tillmnan. Mr.
*Martin was averse to the use of the
letter and declined to give it out
for publication, even In part, except
when urged that it was part of the
Elected State Chairman.
Thursday morning the State Dem
ocratic executive committee elected
John Gary Evans of Snartanburg
chairman; Col. D. J. Griffith, of Col
umba, vice chairman. The chairman
elect was empowered to select a sec
-retary at a salary of $150 each eleo
. tion year. Glen. Wilie Jones was