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"DO THOU LIBERTY GREAT. INSPIRE OUR SOULS AND MAKE OUR LT.JES IN THY POSSESSION HAPPY. OR OUR DEATHS GLORIOUS IN THY CAUSE.'*'
BEN^NETTSVILIJE, S. C., FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1904.
* NO. Bf
viuiujrxi i< Ult J aro.
Panic Seized the Kunian* aa th?y
Saw Torpedo Boats
ATTACK THEIR 8HIP3 OF WAR.
Aa Russian War Bhlps _I)nahcil
from Harbor They Were Shot
to Pieces by the
A copyrighted special dispatch to
the Atlanta ' Journal from London
.says Japan has won her ll ret great
naval Victory.'" A dispatch from St.
Petersburg says that an attack has
been made by a Japanese torpedo fleet
on tho Russian battleships and cruis
ers lying at anchor at the entrance of
the harbor of Port Arti ur, and that
the.battleships OzarwitcL and Rettl
zao and the cruiser Pallada were tor
pedoed and Wrecked.
Shortly before midnight on Monday
. a large Japanese fleet, presumably that
which left Sacho early Saturday, was
reported off Port Arthur. The Rus
sian licet, which had been anchored
outside the harbor, bad been warned
and had returned within the harbor
entrance. The Russians felt that
their torpedo system would protect
them, but even then took no chances,
but kept their searchlights working
both from ships and shore batteries,
particularly from that portion of the
land called Tiger's Tail.
The Japanese fleet outside did Borne
maneuvering and then apparently
went off to the southward, so many
thought, to juin the remainder of the
Japanese fleet known to be in the
neighborhood of Wei Hal Wei.
At 1:40 a. m., Sunday, 6S watchers
and searchlights were beeuiuiug lag
gard and tho alarm at the Hist felt, was
. about dying out, a black .-.treak was
observed crossing thebaiour mouth
by one of the lookouts on the Czare-.
.witoh. He gave the alar a, a dozryh
searchlights flashed out ard tho sl?'ht
paralyzed tho Russians.
THE R?J88IAN8 ATTACKED^''
According to dispatche^?nt to St.
Peterburg, a half dozen/u, pedo boats
were making tbe?j^vv?y coward the
fleet. Before anji^i0ve cou d bo made,
a torpedo wpjatiaunched f om ono of
the Japan^ boata at tuo ;;zarewitch
I5Sd^B???fking her, explod d, tearing
her apart, at almost tho samo mo
ment another torpedo w s tired at
her and hit the Rotvizai, tho most
modern ?hip in the Russia:* navy and
* made a wreck of her.
. The deadly missile struck tho Ret
? vlzan Just forward nf her forward tur
ret on the port side and Ure a gaping
. hole In her aide. Consternaron among
the Russians had now incteased to a
panic and .hardly any at.empt was
made to repel the attack being made.
The rallada, a Uno cruiser; was lying
insideis*-' both hatti?sl.ips, and to htr
the. torpedo boats rext turned their
attention. Tho Palladia's crow had
got hx,? .rapid tiro "puns to work and
wero trying to hit t ie Japanese.
The latter then launel ed half a
dozon torpedoes at the Rus san cruiser
before one took effect. It left tho
Russian cruiser a hopeless vreck. By
this time several Russia i torpedo
boats had got into tho tig it and the
Japanese, Anding affairs becoming
complicated and more critical . than
they cared to meet, withdrew as they
Attempts were made from the shore
to fire the mines in the entrance to
the harbor. Some did explode, but
_not while arty torpedo boats wero
" ir, while /itfhers failed utterly to
TO the electric spark. By
[me the Russians had gotten
Meir consternation and got into
on to fight, the Japanese had
Ifyred. By daylight there were
?cse in sight.
?'MOTHERS JAr VICTORY,
pyrighted special dispatch to
.lanta Journal from London
^fflolal .Japanese telegram to
Hayashl, the Japanese mlnis
'iwere, gives details of the sea bat
tle between the Japanese and Russian
squadron in which the cruiser Variag
and the torpedo gunboat Koreltz were
destroyed. The battle took place near
the Polynesian Islands In the Yellow
Sea. It began oh February 8th In
the afternoon. The Busslan warships,
after some hours of lighting, taking
refuge among the island Tuesday
morning, the battle was resumed and
continued until the Variag was sunk
and Koreltz blown up. According to
the official Japanese report the Rus
sian losses are said toreaoh hundreds.
The survivors from tho Russian
warships took refuge on the French
orulser Paschal. As the Japanese squa
dron was escorting the prisoners from
Nagasaki to tho Korean harbor of
Chemulpo,near the Polynes ian islands,
tho squadron encountered the Variag,
one of Russia's most effective fighting
Bhlps, and the Koreltz, a particularly
.-dangerous adversary bec8.use<.jf two
toi?<edo tubes io addition to lier usual
ly hiiaiy armf?oien
- . .'?.? Of?? ? -
RUSSIANS THY TOUPKpOES.
The Koreltz wan in ad v.ince of tho
Variag; both warships had been lying
off Chemulpo. As soon as the Koreltz
sight was within effective range of
the Japanese squadron sha launched
two torpedo tubes. Tb? Japaneso
Immediately opened heavj fire on the
Koreltz. Tho Variag hu -ried up to
. the aid of the torpedo *'g nboat and
both warships returned . t >e Japanese
fire. The battle lasted fo some time
with slight damage to i Ither side,
when |the Russian warst) ps retired,
perceptibly taking refuge n tho har
Early Tuesday morning tho two
Russian sea lighters, whlcl had ropalr
?their damages during the night,
de a dash out of tho harbor. It
was a desperate effort to escape from
tho watchful, J ap??ese licet, repombl
ing in Its hopelessness and dash Oor
vera'B memorablo rush from tho har
bor of Santiago. The guns of tho
Japanese squadron covered tho on
lirance to the harbor where the Rus
had taken ref uer, as the czar'?
i. emerged, belching shot
?hcentrated a ter
commission ana tuc gun turrets bat
tered, ami within a half hour after
the mornlng'B engagement began she
sank. The Koreltz fought until a
shell exploded In her magazine, which
rent her asunder. The crows of the
two 6hlpsTBtuggled in the water and
the s?rvlvorn were picked up by the
Kreuch cruiser Paschal, which wit
nessed the terri[flo battle. The Japa
nese squadron proceeded on Its way
to Chemulpo, where the troops on
hoard the transports were landed.
A dispatch from St. Petersburg says
a second tel? gram'hos been received
from Viceroy Alexleff. lt is dated
February 9 and says: -
"A Japanese squadron of fifteen
battleships and cruisers Tuesday be
gan to bombard Port Arthur. The
fortress replied -and the squadron
weighed anchor in order to partici
pate in the battle."
A third telegram from the viceroy
says that after a bombardment last
ing one hour the Japanese squadron
ceased Its fire and steamed south
"Our losses," tho viceroy continues,
"are two naval officers and fifty-one
men wounded, and nine men killed,
and on the coast batteries, one man
killed and turee wounded.
"During the engagement tho bat
tleship Poltava and the cruisers
Diana, Askold and Novio were, each
damaged on tho water line. The
damage to tho fortress was not impor
A RUSSIAN VICTORY.
A dispatch from St. Petersburg
says Russia claims to have gained a
victory at Port Arthur according to
newspaper extras, printed here in
which it is declared that three Japan
ese warship? and four torpedo boats
were crippled. .Oiie report says that
the Japaneses'v^tMeshlp Skilkishima
waa sunk... -The same newspapers an
nounce' printed dispatches from
Vla/??vo8tock reporting the complete
Ktfute of the Japanses by the Russians
along tho Yalu river, Russian soldiers
and marines, these dispatches claim,
have occupied Chemulpo, Corea. There
is no omciai oonfirmatiuu of any of
the reports and they are discredited,
as they are uttorly at variance with
the official dispatohes which have
beon made public.
Private telegrams report the com
pleta route of the Japaneso hy the
Russians on the Yalu river. These
advices also claim that Chemulpo,
Korea, has been occupied by Russian
soldiers and marines.
A summary of the losses sustained
by Russia in tho first twenty-four
hours of tlio war with Japan show that
ten Russian warships were placed out
of action in one way or another and
that ihe Japanese did not lose a ship.
Tlie losses were as follows
Battleship Retvizan, torpedoed and
beached at Port Arthur.
Battleship Czurwilch, torpedoed and
beached at Port Arthur.'
Battleship Poltava, hole below wa
ler lino at Port Arthur.
Armoured cruiser Bayarin, disabled
by Japanese at Port Arthur.
Cruiser Pallada, torpedeed at Port
Arthur and beached.
Cruiser Novlk, hole below waterline,
it Port Arti mr.
Cruiser Askold, hole below water
ine, at Port Arthur.
Cruiser Diana, hole below water
line, at Port Arthur.
First class armored cruiser Variag,
lestroyed at Chemulpho, Corea.
Torpedo gun vessel Korletz, destroy
Russian Troups in Far East.
FirstSlberlao Army CorpB.-South
urn Manchuria-21 battlions, 9 squad
rons, 34 guns.
Viadlvostook and Port Arthur-2
Frontier guards -20 battalions, 25
squadrons, 28 guns.
Pe chi-ll-12 battalions, 5 squad
rons, 4 guns.
Semlrechensk-8 battalions, 22
squadrons, 28 guns.
Uzx-4 squadrons, 4 guns.
Second Siberian Army Corps.
Tfllt8ikar-12 battalions, 24 squad
rons, 22 guns.
Klrin-26 battalions, 29 squadrons,
Detached posts-21 battalions, 46
Total for both corps-525 officers,
22,030 men, 19.300 horses.
Total available men in the Far
To Buy Worship.
A dispatch from Atlanta says
Collonel Harry Silverman, member of
tho governor's staff, has started a
movement whereby it Is proposed that
the citizens of the United States
subscribo $3,000,000 with willoh to
purchase a modern battleship and
posent lt to plucky Japan. Mr.
Silverman is very much enthused over I
the project and ls of tho opinion that)
thore will be no troublo to raise the
amount. Other cities will bo notified
and an organized move will bo under
taken. A number of prominent citi
zens after learning of the Boheme
have assured Mr. Silverman their co
operation In making the undertaing a
Murder In West Virginia.
A special from Bluefleld, W. Va.
says: "With a bullet hole through
his brain and his body badly cut the
remains of an unknown man were
found Wednesday, under thc floor of a
deserted house near Athens, Mercer
County. Harry Taylor, formerly of
North Carolina, told his sister several
days ago that he committed the mur
der, and robbed the dead man of money
and valuables. He threatened to]
murder his sister if she divulged the
secret, but sho notified the sheri fi*.
Taylor fled, but it is feared he will re
turn and carry out his threat. The
house ls being watched by the officers. "
The maintenance ol1- 7ay employees
of the entire system r/f thc Atlantic
Coast Lino, which incudes ail men
engaged In tracA* worA,1 bridge build
Inn and depart ?aattsav waior supply,
numbering so,_ Bk.' five thou
THE LIE PASSED.
Exciting Paiffcgei Bstweon Member?
in tho Legislature Halla.
THE STATS HO USB MATTES.
Tension of the Lnot Fe ir Days
Oavo Way and Alembor.i In
dnlgod In Sensational
The State sayB there were exioiting
scenes In the hall of the house ot re
presentatives Thursday night, and
members Indulged ia language un
pa ri i in on ta ry but quite expressive Of
their overwrought feelings. It ls all
the outcome of the investigation into
the manner in which the State house
waa completed. The report of the
commission winch examined that
work created ' quite a sensation
throughout the State, and the mem
bers of the commission which had
in charge the work of completing the'
capitol held an Informal meeting
Thursday. It was decided to memoria
lize the general assembly for the mem
bers of the building commission to be
given a hearing in their own defense. .
When the memorial was presented
in the house thereupon ensued the
colloquy which very nearly approach
ed a clash upon the floor of the house,
for Mr. T. Y. Williams of Lancaster
in words which bear but one construc
tion attacked the varaclty of Mr. W.'
J. Johnson of Fairfield who in turn
had stigmatized the report of the in
vestigation com misi?n asan Infamous
falsehood. Furthermore Mr. Johnson
had a sharp passage at arras with Mr.
J.. M. Rawlinson of, Richland who has
been one of the unobtrusive members
of the house, but who was very much
angered by a statement from Mr.
Johnson that the latter had made a
demand to be heard by the joint com
mittee. This Mr. Rawlinson dented,
and the charge was reaffirmed by Mr.
Johnson, who cited incidents to show
the reasons for ins. remarks. Mr.
Rawlinson declared that there had
been no demand, and that the re
marks to which Mr. Johnson attached
importance were but parts of a casual
The floor and galleries of t he house
were packed with visitors, who took
a very keen interest In the heated de
bate, and at times the sergeant-al
arms was close by the gentlemen
speaking to prevent personal hostili
ties, lt is generally believed that tho
contention between the members of
the joint investigating committee and
the members of the building commis
sion will become more acrimo:ious, for
evidently the Investigating committee
has not shown its hand, and i he build
ing commission also has some warm
matter in reserve.
The. memorial was presentecj in. the.
house by Mr. Aull;- and in tue senate
by Mr. Talbird. The gentlemen also
presented resolutions asking for an
other committee to be appointed to
hear the testimony of members of tho
building commission. Mr. Williams in
the house and Mr. Aldrich in the sen
ate presented resolutions providing for
the same investigating committee to
continue its work. The whple matter
after acrimonious dlscussiou was re
ferred to the committee on railroads,
none of whoso members are members
of either of tho warring commissions.
TKXT OF THU'RESOLUTION.
Following is tlie memorial present
ed by former Gov. Mcsweeney, Mr.
G. Duncan Bollinger, Mr. J. Harvey
Wilson, Capt. R. II. Jennings, Mr.
R. J. Gantt and Mr. W. J. Jonhson.
"Gentlemen of the General Assembly:
"From an examination of the re
port of the joint committee 'to con
sider the several reports of the com
mission on the completion of the State
house and facts relating thereto/ we,
the undersigned members of the com
mission, authorized and directed 'to
complete the State house' feel that,
the report of the committee does us a
manifest injustice, as it wittingly or
unwittingly, unfairely condemns our
acts and the work approved by us
without giving us an opportunity to
be heard and even refusing to allow
us "a hearing. Many of the allegations
of error and Incompetency are easily
explained. Certain conclusions could
and would not have been drawn had
available evidence been heard. Above
all we feel that an impression that
must necessarily result from the tenor
and terms of the report would not
exist if we were allowed the opportu
nity to bo heard.
Therefore, believing that the gener
al assembly can have no Intention of
condemning us without a hearing, as
members of a commissslon upon whom
you Imposed an involuntary public duty
should be allowed to account for that
trust and to give their answer and
explanation to any allegation or In
sinuation, do most respectfully memor
ialize your honorable body to make
provision for giving us a hearing in
order that further and all evidence
may be produced that may give light
upon tho question before the com
mittee and that our evidence and re
ply to tho report of the committeo
should become a public record of your
honorable hotly of the same perman
ency and dignity as the report Itself."
MK. MILL'S KESOLUTION.
Following is tho text of the "con
current resolution providing for a
joint committee as to the work on
the State house"
Whereas, Rappers from the report
of the joint committee appointed un
dor concurrent resolution to consider
the several reports of the commission
on the completion of the Stnte house
and facts relating thereto, that alt of
tlie available testimony bearing on the
subject was not adduced, that Gov.
M. R. Mcsweeney, chairman of the
committee for tho completion of the
State house, Attorney General G.
Duncan Bellinger, Secretary of State
M. R. Cooper, Stato Treasurer W. II.
Timmorman and R. IL Jennings,
I Comptroller General J. P. Derham,
chairman of the finance committee,
George S. Mower; chairman of the
ways and means committee of the
house, J. Harvey Wilsr" . members of
tho house, R, J. G" 1 ,W. J.
to appear before said committee br ba
any manner given a hearing.
Ile it Resolved, that a special joint
committee consisting'of five members
'of the house and two members of the I
senate bQ appointed by the speaker
and lieutenant governor, respectively,
with authority to appoint a ste
nographer, take testimony, com
mand tlie production of records and
papers and report the same to this
general assembly before Its adjourn
Mr. Williams offered the following:
Whereas, certain'members of the for
mer commission to complete the State
house have memoralized tbe general
assembly to make provision for giving
them a hearing in reply to tho report
of the joint committee to consider the
several reports of the commission of
the completion of the State hou& and
facts relating thereto.
Be it Resolved, by the general as
sembly of the State of South Carolina
vs? wt/ was jr* CViviCIlCC ."'vnl-.ti'it-lnn nr
other statements in writing that the
said memoral 1st? may have to submit
will be received and considered by the
general assembly whenever presented.
MK. rATTEnSON'8 STATEMENT.
When the memorial bad been read,
Mr. J. O. Patterson of Barnwell, a
member of tbe investigating commit
tee, declared that lt ls a duty to him
self and to South Carolina for him to
make a statement. Tho general as
sembly is conversant with the mat
ters wblch led up to the appointment
of tbo investigating commission-the
members of which realized the gravity
of the trust placed upon them. They
bad done their duty honestly, fear
lessly and conscientiously. The mem
bers of the State house building com
mission bad all been friends of his
aud it bad been an unpleasant duty.
Tbe investigating commission bad not
Harm rv"?.r"?'l with t?iik ?rtf.v nf i?rhr?11,
l/VUJ* ijlUllg^U T. ? v.. VJ . . w u v. v/j XJ? .".VVJVJ..
lng or blaming the members of the
building commission. He referred to
the cards in The State of Wednesday
in which Mr. Bellinger and Mr. Gantt
complained that they had nut been
treated with proper consideration.
The complaint is tbat the State hov.se
commission had not been invited be
fore the building commission. Why
should . the members of the latter
commission be summoned when tbey
themselves could not agree?
In reforence to the statement of
Mr. Bellinger that he bad been denied
tbe privilege of coming before the
commission, Mr. Patterson declared
tbat lt was a caca of a misunderstand
ing, which he regretted, as he and Mr.
Bellinger had been political personal
friends for many years. On tbe night
of January 7th Mr. Bellinger, while
Mr. Patterson's guest at thc Colum
bia hotel, had threatened that in case
tbe joint commission Bhould attaok
the building commission he would
take the matter to the legislature.
Mr. Patterson declared that he regrets
very" much that a casual conversation
ebbold have been misunderstood. Ile
had told Mr. Bellinger' that ffloTOT
tbe report be in the nature of an at
tack he (Mr. Patterson) would insist
upon the members ol the biulding com
mlsinon being given a bearing. There
was no formal demand and the state
men : be made to Mr. Bellinger was
conditional. The Joint committee had
thought it a waste of time and money
to bring here tho members of the build
ing commission. The Investigating
commission had employed a govern
ment architect and In person had in
spected tbe building carefully. He
regretted that the building commis
sion bad felt aggrieved. They are
honorable men and if their confidence
in tltose whom they employed is mis
placed it ls a misfortune to the State
of South Carolina.
Mn. WILLIAM'S DISCLAIMER.
Mr. Williams made a straight for
ward statement that the terms of the
memorial do not contain a true state
ment of facts. The Joint committee
had never refused to give audience to
any member of the building commis
sion. The architect brought here to
inspect the work had been given no
suggestions. The investigating com
mission had. not. reflected upon the
building commission. It bad simply
stated the facts as they had been
"No member of that committee has
ever Intimated to me In any way
whatever that they derslred to be
beard before that committee," said
Mr. Williams, "and I challenge each
and every one of them to show that
they have ever at any time mentioned
the matter to me. Yet it is stated In
this memorial that we refused to hear
them. I go further, gentlemen, and
say that no member of tbe state
house commission has ever asked the
joint commission, as a committee, to
allow them, or any one of them, to be
beard, and yet they come here and
state In this memorial that we have
refused to hear them. I make this
statement because that ls a reflection
upon the committee and I could not
sit hero and allow tho state house com
mission, or any other sot of men, to
reflect upon mo or the gentlomen
with whom . 1 havo been associated
upon this committee."
Mr.' Itoblnson declared that lt had
not been the purpose of tho commis
sion to reflect upon the building com
mission. The members of the latter
bad not asked toc?me before the joint
committee. Tho architect and <x>n
t ruo tor had been asked to appear and
bad not done so.
Mr. Aull debared that tho building
committee had been very severely
criticised and as an act of justice they
should be heard. Ho Introduced a
concurrent resolution to that effeot.
Mr. D. D.McCall, Jr., of Mailboro,
declared that nover in his life iiad ho
been given more pleasure than ho has
In endorsing the aotlonof the Investi
gating committee. Ho thought its
work should stand. Its members are
MATTELS-ArritOAcn A CRISIS
Mr. W. J,' Johnson, a member of
the statehouse building committed,
made an impassioned speech, In which
be declared ltf had not been his Inten
tion to spcaV^upon this question, for
the languageVh?ch he would like to
apply to;the rjpoort would not bo par
liamentary. '. S ??'
Mr. WllllainB''ana Mr. Rawlinson
piled Mr. Johnson with questions to
r*Und out jti*"? latter had be.cn denied
, ul^?kuL??* coming before tha
' ^moment was estjM
proach toward Mr. Johnson, but the
speaker rapped the members to order.
Mr/Johnson declared this report of
a commission which sat behind closed
eloora tv. have been a damnable Insult
to the State or South Carolina. In
reply .t<> Mr. Patterson :io said that
there ^nad been no division la the
building commission except for one
?issenllng member, who had been per
mitted \to be with the investigating
commis: ion. Why not tho other eight? !
They ai o honorable gentlemen, all of
them, and any statement to the con
trary isan Infamous lie.
Mr. Williams-Do you mean to ap
ply that to the mombarc ot the com
Mr.,Johnson-You have heard what I
I have said.
Mr. Williams-Do you mean to ap- ?
ply that to me; lt ls very easy for you
Mr. Johnson-if the cap fits wear|
it; Just wear lt.
Mr. Williams-All right, sir.
Mr. Gaston made the point of order I
that the discussion ls all out of order.
Mr. .Mauldln, in the chair, ruled
that the memorial ls a matter for dis
ci IRS lon.
Mr. Johnson, continuing, said that I
tho joint committee was no more flt
to pass upon the government archi
tect's work than the building commis
sion wag to pass upon the work on tue '
State house. Mr. Johnson continued
that tbie damnable suggestions in th
report were absolute falsehoods.
Mr. Williams, very calmly raising
in his seat as Mr. Johnson concluded,
and pqinting his linger at Mr. John
Bon, said with deliberation:
"There ls absolutely nothing in the
report which even intimates that any
member of the State house commission
has been In collusion with anybody to !
rob the State, and anybody who 8 .ys
so is a Har."
Mr. Johnson-Do you
At this point several members
sprang up, expecting to seo trouble,
and the sergeant-at-arms took up a
place between the two members of the
house, who stood glaring at eaoh
Mr. Aull at this point passed his
concurrent resolution to have a com
mittee appointed to take tho testi
mony of the members of the building
commission. Mr. Williams called at
tention to his resolution to have testi
mony taken by the same committee.
Mr. Gaston thought it unwise to act
upon these resolutions Thursday
night, when the house was in excite
ment. Ile wanted the memorial and
resolutions referred to ono of the
standing committees of tho house.
This motion was adopted by the house j
and tho matter was disposed of.
A.ftT careful deliberation, Speaker!
Saj}^selected the railroad committee |
aa iriyt ODO before whom this bill should I
go, . none of tho memU iof that
com?nitee are members o either of]
S-;h Hmontly Mr. Willi ims apologl
zed to/ui e house, "but not to an Indi- ?
vidual" ?or the language he had used,
aid later Mr. Johnson did the same
tiling, "he house then proceded with
tile cons deratlcn of the appropriation
Hearst's Houthorn Kin.
A di8iatoh from Greenville to Tho
State atys: "Mr. Wm. II. Whitmlie
of this city has received Information
of tho death of his cousin. Mrs.
iTusllla Whltmiro Apperson, the
grandmother of Congressman William
Randoipn Hearst of New York, who
died recently at her home- In Berkley,
Cal. Mrs. Appearson wa; the daugh
ter of Henry and Ruth Hill Whltmlre,
aid was born in Newberry county, S.
C., Sept. 24th, 1816. Mr. W. H.
Wbltmlre's father was William
Whitmlie, a twin brother of Henry,
and tiny married sisters, BO that
thero is a double relation between the
Whitmires and Mrs. Apperson, who
was taken when a child to Missouri.
On June 28, 1840, Mrs. Apperson was
married to Randolph Welker Apper
son of Virginia, and thty moved to
California in tho early 60s, making
their home near San Jose. Mrs.
Phoebe A. Hearst, tho mother of the
congressman and prospective candi
date for president, and Elbert C.
Apperson aro tho surviving children
of the deceased."
Fato ora Thier.
Tho Spartanburg Herald says a few
nights ago Bill Hunter, colored, decid
ed he wished a morsel of chicken and
having observed that Berry Epps of
Union had a fat chanticleer, he sought
him on his roost. Just us he grasped
his coveted bird, he was discovered
and there began a race for life. For
getful of the lay of the land Bill ran
on, when suddenly he plunged down
an embankment into a deep railroad
cut. The fall broke Bill's thigh, and
also the unoffending rooster's neck.
Tho man's wild cries for Tnelp wero
hoard far and near, and ho was Boon
found and given medical attention.
His con di* lon ls still serious.
Reports coming In from all sides in
dicate that rebuilding of tho destroy
ed part of tho city of Baltimore will
soon begin. Insurance men have
gone over tho ground and held con
ferences and now estimate the IOBB at |
$12.r?,000,000. The Insurance ls placed
at $00,000,000. It is considered very
fortunate that valuable rapers, stockB
and bonds In vaults in banks wero
not injured. Tbls reduces oho loss a
great deal. It ls feared that after
ten days' graco tho banks will bo un
able lo satisfy thc demands for money
Principal Ships In Far EMI.
Battleships, 12-inch gunB.24
Battleships, 0-lnch guns.68
Cruisers, 8-inch guns.24
Cruiser, 6 inch guns.80
Battleships, 12-inch guns.201
Battleships, C inch guns.84
Cruisers, 8-inoh guns. 14
Cruisers, 6-inch guns.56
Don't Forgot tho Oom.
Tho Southern Cultivator says in
planting your crop for 1904 be sure to
plant tte largest corn crop you ever
raised. You will need it beforo the
year is past. Wara an 1 rumors of
v'ars may come and gh; and tho price
bf cottou no man can foreknow... u?.
n/anc^ meat and ft" '
LOCAL OPTION BILL
Fasted by tho Senat? and 8o t to
AFTER A LONG AND HOT DEBATE.
Under Its Provluiono Any County
Can Vote Oat the Dispensary
bot Sn*h County Maut
Senator Brice's bill to amend the
dispensary law by granting counties
the right to Vote out an established
dispensary was brougt up as a special
order on Monday night of last week.
Senator Drice made a vigorous attack I
on the dispensary law, alluding to j
many of its best known and, to some,
its most obnoxious features. Senator !
Sharpe, an' advocate of the law, de
fended lt, and opposed the bill.
Senator Mciver made a clear, thought
ful speech for tho bill and Senators
Hardin and Peurlfoy suggested
amendments. Debate was adjourned.
I at 10 o'clock, until Tuesday morning]
lat ll. The suggested amendments|
I will be printed in the journal,
j "When the bill was brought up Sen
ator Sharpe moved to strike out the
enacting words. Senator Brice io |
response said that though he had once I
voted for the dispensary he now
thought it Iniquitous. Instead of be
ing the "best solution of the liquor
question" lt 1B the "worst ever con-1
coi ved by man." Under the barroom I
system a lower element sold liquor
but under the dispensary system it is |
the Palmetto State.
Ile did rot thing that communities!
who'would voto out the dlspensay
would sauQtiuD blind t?gcrs= Ynric- ?
ville has given the dispensary a fair I
trial and has enforced the iaw. He j
believed that all the senators would
vote conscientiously on the hill and
asked them to point to bim a part
of the bill doing wrong to anyone. If
the bill passes York!ville will abso
lutely do away with the dispensary.
He would be willing for a purely local
bill but he knew that other communi
ties wanted their dispensaries remov
Senator Sharpe, who spoke next,
was ono of the committee who report
ed the bill unfavorably. He announc
ed at the outset that bo was in favor1
of dispensary law. The reason why
tho dispensary law has apparently
never reduced the tares is that!
large expenses nave been Incurred
each year. Ile alluded to the expendi
ture for Winthrcp in Senator Brice's
own county. He had always been a
Democrat but this ls a State proposi
tion. Senator Sharpe denied that the
cou/ts in his section of the State had'
been corrupted by the dispensary or
any other Influence. Ile said that he
had been asked by come one In York
cpr-ity to fight against Senator.Brlce'a
bill. He knew from personal observa
tlo that t ic dispensary was run well.
He did not believe that the news
pa] ;rs had boon bought up by the
dis;ensary. There were some In Co
lumbia wi.ich still preserve the free
and. untravelled right to fight it. He
wanted tho bill defeated.
Senator Mciver said the bill was j
an attack jn the dispensary system.
Tlu.t ls too fixed for anyone to expect I
an attack upon it. The bill offered
by Senator Brice ls a good one, and
bo hoped t hat it would bo adopted.
Thc people should have the right to |
vote out a dispensary should they
wish. If a community that voted for1
the system, thinking it a good one,
wished to rid itself lt should beso
allowed. The bill is essentially
Democratic. The agrument that
some of tho larger towns, by voting
out the dispensary, deprive the State
of revenue, should not be used as lt
Is not Dem. mratlc. Practically speak
ing, few oJ the larger towns which
derive considerable revenue from the
dispensary, would vote it out. Still
all should have the privilege. The
advocates of the system seem to fear
that any bill upon the dispensary is a
direct attack at the whole system.
Senator Peurifoy wished to amend
I the bill by allowing a town to vote
out the dispensary without submitting
tho question to the entire County.
He thought the bill admirable but]
that this amendment should be In
Herted. O.ten town and county pre
judice ls divided. He also thought]
the dispensary law is here to stay,
but the privilege should be granted.
It is not right that this Democratic
measure Bhould be refused in this
boasted seat of principle.
Senator nardin asked Senator
Sharpe to withdraw his motion to kill
the bill so that an amendment might
bo read. Thia was assented to for
tho timo being. Senator Hardin's
motion wan that in counties or com
munities where there are no dispen
saries and whore tho officials will not
enforce the laws as to illicit sale of
liquors, tho government shall enforce
the law at the expenses of that com
munity or county. Senator nardin I
offering this amendment said that ?
though ho had been one of the com
mittee who reported the bill unfavor
ably, he would feel that ho must vote
for it if it was not so amended.
Senator Sharpe's motion to kill the
bill was then put to a vote, resulting
Aye, Senator Aldrich, lil.ike, Dean,
Gaines, Herndon, Hydrlck, Sharp,
Nay, Senators Brice, Biown, But
ter, Carpenter, Douglass, Hardin,
Holliday, Johnson, Marshall, McCall,
Mcivor, MoLeod, Peurlfty,v G. W.
Ragsdalo, Raynor, Sheppard, Stack
house, Standard, Talbird, vonKolnltz,
Those not present when the vote]
was taken were: Senators Davis,
Dennis, Forrest, Goodwin, Hay, Hood,
Hough, Manning. Mayfield, Mower,
J. W. Ragndalo, Walker, Warren, 14.
On motion of Senator Raysor fur
ther debata on tho bill was postponed,
and t : bill was taken up Wednesday
nlghtojnd passed to a third reading.
When the bill came upon Thursday
for a third reading Senator Raysor of
fered an amendment as follows:
"Provided, a tax of one-half mill is
hereby levied upon every dollar of the
value of all taxable property In all
vf61?V4?-??fivln? n0 dispensary, and In
QTativ,V>ting; to remove or close
of the enforcement of the dispensary
law In said county under and by direc
tion of the governor, said tax to be
collected as other county taxes and
forwarded to the State treasurer to
be expended, or so much thereof as
may be necessary, as now provided by
law for such purposes. Any balance
remaining unexpended at the end of
the year to be returned by the State
treasurer to the county treasurer of
such county for general county pur
poses, and that the value of all confis
cations of contraband goods seized in
such county, as determined by the
State board of directors, shall be paid
to the State treasurer to be credited
to the fund raised by said levy for the
enforcement of the law as above pro
vided. And any amount expended in
said county for the enforcement of
the dispensary law shall be refunded
to the St??c treasury upon the collec
tion of the tax above levied."
Senator Brice opposed this and later
asked Senator Raysor where it origi
nated. The Senator liom York said
he had Information that it came from
the State board of control. Senator
Raysor said that the amendment origi
nated in tho house dispensary commit
tee. Mr. W. O. Tatum had Informed
him that the board of control had ab
solutely nothing to do with it.
In replying to an Inquiry from Sen
ator Brice as to why a tax was neces
sary to enforce the dispensary law
rather than any other law, Senator
Raysor gave his views. His presenta
tion was clear and vigorous and. was
along the line that the amendment
was absolutely neccessary to enforce
Senators Brice, Hardin and Mciver
considered that tho amendment would
be a punishment to a community
which wanted no dispensary. Marlboro
has no dispensary but the laws are
most rigidly enforced In that county,
as Senator McCall stated later.
Senator Blake spoke, saying If the
bill passed lt would be a political fac
tor In every campaig.fi. Every county
would be of a different mind.
Senator Mciver said that If the
amendment was passed tho bill would
hs killed. Senator Mayfield recalled
a time when the senate was investi
gating the alleged corrupt ibu in the
dispensary and said that at that time
Senator Brice was willing that coun
ties, wet or dry, should share alike in
the dispensary profits. York received
$8,870 for ita schools.
Senator Mayfield made a speech of
some length and much strength.
Though a prohibitionist by principle
and opposed to liquor, lie was against
the bill because lt was an attack, on
the dispensary, the institution that
liad come to stay and which was the'
best solution of the problem.
Senator Herndon and Gaines spoke
practically with Senator Mayfield and
Senator Brice In reply. A vote was
taken on Senaaor Sharpe's motion to
indefinitely postpone the bill, result
ing as follows: ., .
Yeas-Senators Aldrich, Blake, Da
\ls, iPep.n Gaines, Goodwin, Hay,
Herndon, Hydrlck, Mayfield, Sharpe,
Nays-Senators Brice, Brown, But
ler, Carpenter, Douglass, Hardin, Hol
linay. Johnson, Manning, Marshall,
McCall, Mciver, McLeod, Peurifoy,
G. W. Rogsdale, J. W. Ragsdale, Ray
sor, Sheppard, Stanland, Talblrd, Von
A parlimentary combat began in
which motions Hew about the. senate
chamber like grapeshot on a battle
field. Senator Hardin moved to sub
stitute for Senator Raysor's amend
ment another to the effect that in a
county where there was no dispensary
and the Illicit liquor laws were not en
forced, that the governor should be
provided with a lund for that purpose,
to be raised by taxation on said'coun
ty. Senator Brice spoke for this
amendment, Senator J. W. Ragsdale
against it. It was tabled.
Senator Brice moved to table Sena
tor Raysor's amendment but the mo
tion was defeated.
Tile amendment was adopted by a
viva voce vote. Senator Raysor had
the words "in all counties having no
dispensary" stricken out, as this would
hurt Marlboro and Greenwood coun
ties where .there are today no
dispensaries and which have always
been law abiding in respect to the
sale of illicit liquor.
Another amendment adopted was
that of Senator Dean which fixed ,the
voting so that there would be no re
newal of the olo conflict between town
and county prejudice. It was just as
the senate was preparing to adjourn
that the Blake amendment was passed.
The bill was then sent to the house.
Just before the bill was brought up
the senate received a petition from
Dorchester county asking that lt be
made a law. Senator Stanland spoke
for the bill when it was brought up
some days ag.).
Balls for Japan.
A dispatch from Oxford, Ga., says
after a stay of seven years in Ameri
ca, during which time he graduated
from Emory college, Bun Kislil, of
Tokio, Japan, has sailed for his native
land. He left San Francisco this week.
He is a zealous patriot, and is hasten
ing his return to Japan in order to
serve his people in the war with Rus
sia. Bun Kishi had been a student at
Emory for six years and was graduat
ed last commencement with the de
gree of bachelor of arts. Ho was pre
paring himself to teach and preach.
Just before leaving San Francisco, he
wrote a letter to Professor Frederick
Duncan, of Emory College, bidding
him farewell and expressing hts good
will toward all Americans, and In
the letter stated that his seven years
spent In this country had been most
happy, but that he would not return
to America again, but would meet his
friends In tho world to come. Mr.
Kishi took great interest here in the
Young Men's Christian Association,
and League work, and also took an
especial Interest In literary work, be
ing a member of Phi Gamma Literary
Society. He took a good stand In. his
class and had many friends among the
student body and faculty.
Bank Their Own Hhlp.
A dispatch frBm St. Petersburg says
a report has been received from Vice
roy Alexleff sayln, that the Russians
torpedo transport/ Yenisei has been
blown up as the result of accidentally
striding a mln^ at Port Arthur. The
RUSSIA is WILD
And tho War Spirit Bani. High. All
Over the Country.
THE JAPS MUST BE PERISHED.
Shoats Tor Success of frusBian linns
Minglo With Carse* Hurled
at tho Jap? for ITlietr
A dispatch from St. Petersburg
says the whole city anxiously waited
Tuesday night for official news. Ex
traordinary scenes were witnessed in
and around the newspaper offices and
a crowd of people literally beseiged
the ministry of the interior, where
the Official Messenger IB published,
smart carriages driving up In quick:
succession and the highest and lowest
of the Inhabitants walting in the ante
room or camping in snow covered
streets waiting patiently far into the
morning for the numbers containing
the olllclal bulletins.
The text of these communications
had leaked out among tho newspaper
men, but as the law forbids the pub
lication of such documents until they
have appeared in the Olllclal Messen
ger, the editors had to wait until the
government organ printed the news
before starting their own presses.
THE NEWS EAGERLY BOUGHT.
The Associated Press representa
tive, calling on a well known editor,
'found him surrounded by a throng of
'officers and prominent citizens implor
ing him to read to them the telegrams
he had just received.
The editor, pale with emotion, re
cited the narrative ot the bombard
ment of Port Arthur. More people
kept coming lu and thu editor was
compelled to read it over and over
again. The crowds expressed furious
impatience at the fact that nothlug
was said about injuries Inflicted upon
The intense indignaron with which
the news of "the stab In the hack in
flicted by Japan" was received here
seems to be general throughout the
Russias. The whole empire ls fired
by the war fever.'
The state of feeling here was illus
trated at the theatres last night,
when people demanded the national
More remarkable was the refusal of
the drosky drivers yesterday to accept
money from officers ?.hen they drove
to the palace.
JAF8 BRANDED TRAITORS.
The newspapers in general de
nounce the action of Japan as treach
ery, declaring that lt Is "truly Asi
atic," but insisting that the issu 3 of .
the conflict will not be decided by the
naval'engagements, as the. Japanese .-.-.?i?
will have to meet Russia On land,
when the score wiltoo wiped out. Tho
Novoe Vremye says it is quite possible
that the_jwljoIe._of_wKorea liar, teen
over-run by Japanese soldiers in'jib
guise and that Russia may first have :
to assume the defensive, but when her
forces in Southern Manchuria and
Korea are increased, tho Japaneso -
will realize what they have to meet.
"GOD ON RUSSIA'S SIDE."
"God, right and International law
are on our Bide," the Russ says, and
"One hundred and thirty million
Russian hearts are beating with the de
sire to expunge the traitorous sllgh,?
on Russian honor. Enough ot deten- .
sive tactics! Let us drive out the
The Bourse Gazette says: "Yes
terday we longed for peace. Now we
think only of war. The world soon
will be startled by Russia's he rolo
work. Japan has placed herself be
yond the pale of civilization. The
ui/Sv,a;i, pigmy Japan, would nothave
dared to attack the giant Russia
without the encouragement of Eng
land and America."
DID IlRITIsn SAVE JAM?
The Russians claim to have author
ity for saying that the new Japanese
war ships (the Nisshin and Kasuga)
were saved from certain capture by
the Russian squadron bound for the
far east under Admiral Wirenlus by
the action of the commander of a
British battleship in placing his ves
sels across the Suez canal and hoisting
a signal of distress, thus delaying the
Russians two days.
?The anti-British feeling here Is
bitter, lt being asserted that the Jap1
.mese attack on Port Arthur was
launched from Wel-Hal-Wel. , .
Ambassador McCormick is* busy
talking over the affairs of the Japan
KURINO GUARDED BY POLICE.
In spite of the state of public feel
ing, there has been no attempt to mo
lest M. Kur ino, the retiring Japanese
minister, or his staff. The authori
ties are according M. Kurino special
police protection. Ile has had no
communication with the foreign office
since thc delivery of the last Japanese
note and bas made his farewell calls.
Ile left St. Petersburg quietly Tues
General Dragomirov arrived in St.
Petersburg today. Ile ls one of Rus
sia's greatest fighters and may be ap
pointed commander in chief, as Gen
eral Kurlpatkln, the war minister,
probably cannot be spared.
Shot Fifteen MtleM.
A dispatch from Hampton Roads
says the battleship Missouri, on her
trial trip Thursday off the Virginia
capes, lost two torpedoes?od a six-lnoh
gun was damaged. In other respects
the trial was a success. One of the
12 Inch gunB, being elevated seven de
grees, let fly a shell which the strong
est glass could not follow to tho end
of its flight. Later a passing steamer
reported that the shot had struck tho
sea within 300 yards of her. The
steamer was distant from the Missouri
just fifteen miles.
A Jap Bhlp Hunk.
Two small Japanese' merchant
ships, Zen-Sbo-Maru and Nakonoura
Maru, while on their way to Oetaru
(a port or? the woBt*yn ?n?afc of Yezo
island) from Sakatc (a port on tho
northern coast of tbe main island of
Japan) were fired on Feb. ll by four
Russian men of war off the coa*t of
Aomorfprefcottire and tho latter was
sunk while the former had a narrow