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VOL. XXVII. BENNETTSVILLE, S. C., FMpAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1903. NO. 14.
SERVED AT LAST.
Police Break Down Doors to Arrest
Platt Badger Woman.
APTER A SIEGE OF OVER A WEEK.
Thousands in tho Sirc?la Gaze
' Upon tho Prisoner as She
Emorg-crs from Hrr
Hannah E'ias, the octoroon charged
by John F. Platt with having produc
ed from him by blackmail methods
nearly 8700,000, passed the night in
the New York Mercer street police
station. She was taken from her
palatial residence in Central Park,
west, (where the doors were knocked
down with axes) and taken to police
headquarters in a carriage. She was
arranging ber toilet.
After having given her name, age,
etc., she was taken to Mercer street
for the night. Efforts to serve a war
rant on her in a civil suit bad kept a
crowd absut ber house for a week and
when the detectives attacked the doors
with axes in order to serve a warrant
in tbe criminal action which Platt
finally bad been prevailed onto bring,
there was a large audience. As the
woman left the bouse, leaning heavily
upon the arms of the detectives, she
had to pass between solid ranks of
curious persons, while street cars,
carriages and automobiles were lined
up in order that their passengers
might view tho outcome of tbe st range
siege which has been on for days.
Slie expresed no concern over ber
arrest. The specific charge on which
the warrant was based is the alleged
extortion from Mr. Platt of $7,500 In
The woman was Wednesday held in
$50,000 for examination next Friday.
Ball was not furnished, and she was
committed to the Tomi s prison.
When the prisoner was taken from
her cell to cab in winch she was taken
to the court she was met by a jerring
crowd, which lilied the street around
tbe police station.
The woman, accompanied by two
detectives, entered the carriage and
the sturt for the court was made.
Just as the cab started, however, a
large express wagon drove directly in
its path, and tho crowd closed in,
many men climbing onto the wheels
to peer into the vehicle. She appear
ed much frightened, but it developed
that the crowd was mote curious than
threatening. Assisted by several
patrolmen, the detective succeeded in
clearing a passage, and the carriage
continued to court.
HISTORY OK TRAGEDY.
No greater horror has ever arisen
from a oase of mistaken identity than
^'^AnOTpHT1 'Greonf>M'i?'t,^.o. oT
Greater New York," by the negro
Cornelius Williams, who, it now
develops, mistook the venerable
municipal statesman for John It.
j Platt, an aged millionaire glass manu
W The wretched scandal that enmesh
ed the oltl man when the assassin's
bullet had cut short bis life and
silenced the only voice, seemingly,
that could clear his nam , bas been
an undying sensation from the time
the negro told his astounding story.
, . Where, a week ago, men spoke
sneeringly of Mr. Green and declared
their belief in Willi uns'story, noth
ing is beard now but expressions of
sorrow, and at last the well-earned
laurel wreath is Unding its place.
The crazy negro in his cell at
Matteawan asylum is apparently the
least interested man in New Voik in
the terrible mistake he made. Ile
shot some one and vented bis burning
jealousy, and bc is content.
-- MANY ItKVOLTlNO DETAILS.
In defence to Mr. Green and lils
great public work thc newspapers at
tempted to squelch ihe scandal by re
fusing to follow the developments.
The romance of the life of Hannah
Ellas, thc mulatto woman who lived
In extravagant luxury in a brown
stone mansion facing Central Park,
ls now being un raveled In public print,
and forms a revolting story, almost
Williams was jealous of the atten
tion an old man was paying to this
negress. Ile thought It was Andrew
John B. Platt, 84 y ears old, captain
~ "\C-f industry, prominent in exclusive
Clubs, and physically a prototype of
MrV Green, in his suitagainst Hannah
Ellas to recover $085,000, which he
gave the woman In the years he bas
known ber, has Identified himself as
the man Mr. Green's slayer sought.
Platt and Mr. Green were of about
thc same age and the physical resem
blance of thc two was as remarkable
as it proved fatal.
WOMAN REAPED FORTUNE.
Hannas Elias, the negress, rose t(
wealth and luxury through ber hoir
upon the senile millionaire, Platt
For years she and ber gorgeous nomi
have formed the mystery of cxcluslvi
Central J'ark West.
Platt admits that he gave her $180,
429 last year and $126 209 the previ
CUB year. Other yearly gifts r?nget
from $19,070 to *,H7,uoo. The rc
markable contention of the mlllionain
is that sne deceived him into bellcv
lng that she was In love, with him
and, believing this, he gave ber frcel;
of his fortune.
Now, be says lie considers that sh
did not love him. but displayed affee
Hon solely for the purpose of black
PLATT PLAINED SUICIDE.
In' a public statement Platt sai
that ho had konwn the woman sine
?he was 16 years old. He confesse
that she had told him when Mi
Green was shot that she had know
Mr. Green but bad seen him when h
visited his nephew, who lived nea
the Elias mansion. Platt said tba
he had contemplated suicide whe
hlB name was threatened with expt
He confessed that be had no lntct
tion of clearing up thc mystery to ri
move the shadow from Andrew I
Green's grave. He brought the su
because of the woman's alleged exce.
sive demands after the minder upc
threats of exposure.
Andrew II. Green conceived tho ldc
of consolidating Brooklyn, Manhattan,
The Bronx and adjacent ci Lits In Great
er New York and succeeded In carry
ing out the plan. For many years he
was distinguished for his civil ser
vices, and lt was from these that he
gained his title.
WEATHER AND CROPS.
A Very General Improvement la tho
Section Director Bauer Monday
issued the following report of the crop
conditions for the past week:
Tlie week endings a. m., June 6th,
had a mean temperature of 78 degrees,
which is practically normal. The ex
tremes were a max'mum of 08 at|
Clark's Hill and Little Mountain on
the 4th, and a minimum or 50 at!
Greenville on the 3rd. The relative]
humidity was about, normal, and
much higher than last week. The
winds were generally light to fresh
southerly. Tire sunshine was slightly
The week's rainfall averaged nearly
twice the uorrnal amount, with a
maximum fall of ;t 05 inches at Wal
ha!'a. lt v? Q s we j ! distributed, but
was insufficient in parts of Charleston,
Chesterfield, Barnwell, Marion, New
berry, Richland, Fairfield, Williams
burg and York counties where the
drought was only partially relieved.
In a number of localities the rainfall
was excessive and lauds were badly
washed, damaging corn and cotton to
a slight extent. A few places report
the occurrences of damaging hail on
Although farmwork was interrupt
ed by the heavy rains that rendered
cultivation impracticable, it is gen
erally up with the needs of Held crops,
but with numerous reports of grass
and weeds springing up rapidly since
the rains, especially in cotton fields.
Such reports originate in localities
where tho rainfall was heaviest and
where the crops could not be worked.
Generally all field crops are clean.
There was a general improvement
noted in tho growth and color or corn.
Bottom lands and stubble fields have
been planted, and the late plantings
are coining up to very good stands.
Karly corn bas received its third culti
vation, and some has heen laid by.
Stands of cotton have improved,
since the rains, on red and clay lands,
with late plantings and replantings
all up to gcod stands. There ls a gen
eral improvement in color and looks
of cotton, extending to the f,ea-island
variety that was sn Hering seriously
from lack of moisture. The week's
growth was rapid, due to the more
favorable moisture and temperature
conditions. Tho whole crop is now
quite promising. Squares have been
noted in Colleton and Hampton coun
ties; lice in Greenville county.
The" rains benefited both, wheat
and oats; barvestj*"oiade slow wo
?fijjg?WN*3CTSB 1 ry~growing 'nicety, and
June sowings have begun. Tobacco is
doing well, but is small, and it con
tinues too dry in places. A large
number of sweet potato slips were
transplanted. Truck shipments con
tinue heavy, with generally poor yields
of white potatoes. Peach shipments
are increasing; the quality of peaches
ls normal. Sugar cane has poor stands.
Melons are late but have improved,
as have pastures and gardens. All
minor crops are nourishing. *
Soap Irom a Tree.
Cnited States Consul Mabinat Not
tingham, England, has furnished the
I Department of State with an account
j of an enterprise in Algeria to mauu
j facture natural soap on a large, scale
i from a tree known as "sapindus
.nulls." This plant, which has long
heen known in Japan, China and
I India, hears a fruit of about the size
I of a horse chestnut, smooth and
round. The color varies from a yel
lowish green to brown. The inner
part is of a dark color and bas an oily
kernel. The tree bears fruit in its
iixt'i year anl yields from 35 to 250
pounds of fruit, which can easily he
harvested in the fall. By using water
or alcohol the saponacous ingredient
of the fruit is extracted. The cost of
production is said to he small and the
soap, on accountof possessing no alka
line qualities, is claimed to be superi
or to ordinary soap of commerce. - *
Fallt) to His Death.
Turning over and over in a long fall
from the sixth story of the new bel
mont Hotel, New York City, which is
being erected in Park avenue, be
ween Forty-first and Forty-second
s'roet?, Charles WilMams, of No. 13;"
Dyk man street, Brooklyn, struck the
shoulders of Janies Davidson, anotbet
workman, who was engaged just above
the first door, car romed to a pile ol
stones in the street, and dh d two hour:
hiter at Bellevue Hospital. Davidsot
had both shoulders fractured. Friend;
took him to ids home, at No 30 Sont'
street, Paterson, N.J. Williams, it
pulling a rope to get the boom of tin
derrrick into place, lost his balance
> I lt was thought at li st that the com
1 j rade's should rs bad saved his life. i_
Ohl Death Avenged.
W. T. Eldridge, general manage
and vice, president ol'Hie Cane Itel
railway, was fatally wounded by ai
assassin at, Ragle Lake Texas. Thi
was the third chapter in'tho famou
feud that started with the killing o
Captain Unovant, president of th
Cane Belt railroad, two years ago h
Eldridge. B.jth aremillionaries. O
a previous occasion, a year and a hal
ago, Eldridge was ambushed, but ci
caped death through tripping in b
steps. At the time of the killing c
Unovant, bis sister took a solemn oat
A Hud Story.
At Norfolk, Va., on Friday, E. I
Jones, a t robey ear motorman, tried I
lift a fallen wire out of the way of hi
car. Ile dimed on a shed and loo
bold of the wiro, lie fell to the groin
dead, st ill holding to it. His ss if
standing upon her front piazza, sa
the accident and rushed out to extr
cate ber husband. She too was ii
stantly killed. Jones and hts wi
leave six small children, t hree of who
saw their parents killed.
Head TM? Hoy?.
The board of directors of the N
Monal t tilon bink of Hock Hill
meeting Friday adopted a rule wber
by no one who smokes cigarettes e;
Und employment in that institution.
A DEMENTED FATHER
Murdered Three of H ia Children, and |
Then Killed Himself.
FAMILY NEARLY WIPED OUT.
A Idttle Buy, tho Sole Survivor
Telia of rho Last Days or
His Little Brother
Officers Kenny and Hennessy, of
io i/.abut h, heard three sbots in the J
bouse of Joseph M. Pouch, 3S'o. 139
First avenue, Roselle, when they rani
the bell Tuesday evening to tlnd what
was meant by a letter sent to County
Physician Westcott by Pouch.
The front door was locked and the
otllcers forcod it in. When they reach
ed the top of the stairs and pulled
open the door to the front room on the
second door, the b dy of Pouch fell to
the door. There was a bullet wound
In bis temple and he died soon. On
the floor beside him lay his daughter,
Minnie, live years otd} dead from a
bullet wound through lier body, and
beside ber Albert, her_ brother, ten
years old, bleeding from"a wound in
his side, but not fatally injured.
The door to tho connecting back
room was forced open, and the otllcers
found lying on the bed, laid out In
their nightclothes, with their hands
eros-ed over their breast, the bodies
of Grace, eighteen months old, and
Lillian, aged seven. These children
bad been choked to death Saturday
night-, and to m:\ke their death sure
poison had been poured into their
Pouch bad been working for the
Singer Sowing Machine Company at
Elizabethport as a henchman, but
after the death of his wife be bad
only worked but a short time. Ile
grew morose and h's mind seemed
ready to give way under the burden.
Ile did not refer to the death of bis
wife, but whenever it was mentioned
be became excited and afterward
would go away by himself and sit for
hours without uttering a word.
Pouch employed a housekeeper after
the death of his wife, as the children
were too young to be left at borne
alone while he was at work. Several
days ago she left the home of Pouch,
and it is believed that he sent her
away. Since that time Pouch has been
in the house alone with Iiis children,
and the neighbors on either side of his
house, which is a two story and attic,
did not see any of the children Sun
Sunday evening Pouch was seen
talking to a woman in front of his
bouse. Later, when a storm came up,
Mr. Packard, of Elizabeth, who knew
Pouch, sought shelter at his house.
J^ .rQmalned.fQL.^civjt..ba!i au hour.,
lie says that Pouch appoared noi-Votis
and unstrung and he believes that
Ratiy Grace and Lillian then were
dead in the upstairs room, with their
brother and sister locked In the ad
joining room, forbidden to leave their
It is believed they were held over to
be shot, when Pouch bad planned to
take bis own life.
The letter to County Physician
Westcott was received by him Tuesday
afternoon, and was mailed in the
morning. It was properly addressee
and simply requested that be come to
thc address given as there was some
thing for him to do there. The letter
was signed by Pouch, who gave his
Pouch was not seen around bis home
after he went out, returning in a short
while Tuesday morning. It ls probable
that with he, with revolver ready and
children locked In the room with film,
waited for the ring at the bed which
would announce the arriva1 of the
County Physician as the signal for kil
irg bis two remaining childi en.
Albert, the eldest, has a bullet bole
through his body, but the physicians
at the Elizabeth General Hospital say
that be has a chance to live. He was
conscious when taken to the Hospital,
and told what be knew of the tragedy
which robbed bim of bis sisters and
father. He was not asked about the
death of bis mother, but probably can
throw light on that If he recovers
sufficiently to tell In detail of the
tragic events in his home.
"My sister Minnie and myself sleep
in the front room with papa, and Lil
lian and baby Grace sleep in the back
room," be said. "The door ls open
between the two rooms at night, and
wc can bear the baby or Lillian when
they cry or want anything. On Sat
urday night papa told us to go to bed,
and I don't know what time he came
"On Sunday morning be got up
lirst, and went into the back room.
Hu shut the door and was gone quite
a long time. When he came back
into the front room be locked the
door between thc two rooms and said
that Minnie and myself must remain
In bcd until bc told us we could gel
up. Ile stayed in the room awhih
and then went out.
"He locked us in the front room am
went out. We were afraid to get out
of bcd after be told us to stay there
Ile came In and out lots of times, but
never seemed to pay any attention t<
us. Minnie was hungry, and so was 1
Finally Minnie started to cry, ant
papa seemed to remember us and go
us something to eat. When it wai
dark bc told we had better go to sleep
and then be wrote a letter. He wa
still in the room when I went ti
"This morning thc door betwcei
thc two rooms was locked anil we ha<
to stay in bed until after papa liai
gone out. He came back soon
though, and then told us we coull
o I get up and dress. He walked up am
s down tiie room, looking at us all th
time, and neither Minnie nor mysel
said anything, because we wer
afraid. We didn't hear any soun
from the back room where Rab
Grace and Lillian were sleeping,
think he must have made them stay i
"Every time a wagon or carrlag
would come by our house he wool
stop walking sind listen. Wc sa
down and played with some thing:
He watched us all the time.
"1 was almost getting sleepy and
was almost dark when somebody ran
the liell. Just as soon as the bell ran
papa reached out and grabbed nu
and then 1 heard a noise and it seemed
to knock me down. I don't remember
The Officers who went to the Pouch
home say that Pouch, with his hand
on the door knob, shot himself in the
right temple, and was still leaning
against the door when it was forced
The little daughter was directly in
the path ot the body as it fell. She
was dead, and In a short while the
father also died. The boy, dazed and
bleeding, was curled up near the head
of the father."-New York Ameri
can. _ *
THE BOLL WEEVIL ANT.
Vt hat Ho Ia Expected to Do for the
lexui Cotton Crop.
Prof. Cook of the entomological de
partment is on his way from Guate
mala to Texas with a large colony of
the red ant that is expected to de
stroy tho boll weevil. Great hope is
placed In the ant by those who have
seen him at work in Guatemala,
where lt is said he keeps the cotton
free from the pests; but there are
many skeptics, lt is hardly probable
that the ants, however eflicacious
they may be, can be spread over the
Infested belt enough to affect mate
rially the growing crop. The weather
bureau at Washington, in its report
on Tuesday, says: "Doll weevils are
Increasing rapidly and doing consider
able damage in a number of south
western and south central counties of
Texas." The Newberry Observer says
a friend bas handed us a Texas paper
of recent date which contains some
account of a red ant in the Infested
district that promises to do great
things for the cotton crop. The ac
cmnt ls given by a writer in" San An
tonio. It says:
"Bexar county possesses an ant
that has the Gautemala weevil-eating
variety beaten to a standstill, with
the advantages of being right on the
spot now and in need of no transplant
ing. They are in the field by the
millions and wag'ng a relentless war
upon the weevil. This little red ant
Ms routing the boll weevil in Bexar
county. According to reports from
the county it will not be necessary to
send to Guatemala to rid Bexar coun
ty fields of the cotton pest, and it
may be that this county can furnish
all the ants necessary to eradicate the
weevil all over Texas.
"Jose Cassiano, ex county collector,
who has several hundred acres of cot
ton In this county, is the bearer of the
good tidings concerning the work of
the ant. Mr. Cassiano's Heids I03.S
than a month ago were live with wee
vil and he looked forward to discourag
ing prospects of losing the greater
part of lils cotton through ravages of
the insects. Today ho said that there
was not a live weevil ln-hls Held. The
rows are strewn with-dnad-weevii,
which the busy little red ants are car
rying away by thc thousands. Mr.
Cassiano says a close Inspection failed
to show a single live weevil on a cot
ton Dlant or anywhere else In his
"The ants are on the plants and in
the rows between in countless thous
ands. They stem to have completed
the slaughter of the weevil and are
now engaged in carrying thc corpses
away, probably to be stored away for
food. Mr. Cassiano says that even the
roads in the vicinity of his ranches are
lined with ants marching In colums
bearing the dead weevils from the
Holds. The importance uf this discov
ery to the cotton growers of Bexar
county and probably of the whole state
of Texas is inestimable. If the ants
that have cleaned Mr. Cassiano's tields
can be Introduced into all the cotton
tields of the state, it means a gain of
millions of dollars to the farmers of
Dr, L. (). Howard, tho chief ento
mologist of the department, has re
ceived a rcpt rt from his experta in
Texas regarding the reported discov
cry in Bexar county of an ant that
destroys the weevil. Thc report says
that the ant mentioned is the common
Texas ant and that nothing unusual
has been developed bv the investiga
tion Into the matter, lt; suggests that
the weevils had been feeding and de
positing eggs on thc plants left over
from last season and that many of thc
females which had died and fallen
were eaten by the ants, and adds that
that as the extreme dry weather had
reduced thc number of plant lice on
j the cotton, the ants, thus deprived of
! their natural food, merely took advan
tage of thc opportunity to feed on the
Sud AU"iiir Ni:ar Monroe*.
The Monroe (N. C ) Journal says a
most distressing thing happened near
I Union ville last Friday night in thc
'death of Annie, the 12 year-old
daughter id' Mr. T. J. Price, and the
circumstances which brought about
this result. The child was thought
to have dropsy, and while sitting on
the piazza in thc afternoon, fell over
in convulsions, from which she never
I recovered before death came at 12
I o'clock that night. When this attack
t came a doctor was called, and the pa
rents llrst learned that a crime,
I which ls known to the law as felony,
) had been committed upon thc person
. of their child, and before she died
1 another lifo had been brought into
t existence. Thc child mother gave no
; I indication as to who the perpetrator
, I was, and this seems now likely to for
sj ever be a mystery, and if so, the
State's prison will be cheated of its
just deserts. The occurrence Itself is
very unusual in medical history in
I this climate, if not altogether une
II qualcd, particularly as thc offspring ls
Of ordinary size, living and doing well.
shot Through thc Heart.
At St. Louis, Don Menuel Corvora,
f i a Spaniard, who (.n last Sunday week,
before an audience which bad gathered
in a pavilion near tho fair grounds to
sec a bull light, was introduced as tho
favorite matador id' the King of Spain,
was shot through the heart and In
stantly killed Wednesday by Carlton
Bass, known as "Thc American Mata
dor." Bass and live other bull liglt
crs, who witnessed the shooting wee
arrested. Thc shooting resulted fron
a quarrel regarding thc tlasco of Sun
day when the authorities stopped tie
bull light, and the angry crowd buri
ed the structure. Ccrvcra's body wis
taken to thc morgue.
Steans. J, jo. Mobley and W. B. Evans
Have an Encounter.
i ? _
NEITHER MAN IS MUCH HURT.
Mr. Mobley Attacks Mr. Evans, Who
Di to ml a Himself. Tho Two
Gentlemen Aro S?pa
r?t eil by Friends.
The Columbia State says after hav
ing received an unsatisfactory reply to
certain demands made by himself
upon Mr.' W. Boyd Evans, Mr. Jno. G.
Mobley ot Fairfield Thursday attacked
Mr. E HU?S with a rawhide. The
itralr oreated a decided sensation, for
lt occurred almost lu front of the
court house at a busy hour of thc
morning ', and before the two men
could bc parted a large crowd had col
It wa? evident that no mere politi
cal disagreement caused the affair, for
Mr. Mobley, though a mau of high
spirit, has always been regarded as
very amiable and kindly in his nature.
He and Mr. Evans are candidates for
the ofh'V! of railroad commissioner,
?ind were contestants for the same po
sition two years ago. lt was said
Wednesday that at a political meet
ing at Hampton an encounter of this
kind was narrowly averted.
Mr. Mobley, witnesses say, struck
Mr. Evans at least four blows with
his horsewhip which he had purchased
for the purpose. Mr. Mobley was un
armed and offered tbls, be says, as the
deep ;8t insult which be could to one
who, he believed, had Invaded bis pri
vate life- in making a political cam
paign. The two clinched after the
first few passionate bio vs from the
rawhide, and friends rushed up. Mr.
Mobley tore himself away from those
who were trying to calm bim and
there was another short encounter be
fore Sheriff Coleman appeared and
separated the belligerent parties.
Each was put under a peace bond for
&300 and summoned to appear in the
recorder's1 court Friday morning.
Mr. Mobley stated Thursday that in
the last campaign stories damaging to
bis charaoter were circulated. Not
withstanding the fact that he hai
court records and affidavits from hon
orable men to show that thc attack
upon himself was unjust, the same
stories have been put into circulation
recently. When he came to Columbia
Wednesday from bis farm in Fairfield,
be was told that Mr. Evans was re
sponsible for the circulation of these
damaging reports. He immediately
determined to demand an explanation
of Mr. tfvans, and failing to get a sat
isfactory statement, he would apply
Thursday morning Mr. Mobley, ac
companied by hts counslu, Mr. F. M.
Mobley; waited on Law Range until
Mt'. E" ^p2arc-;T?:-.'.,^\er introduc
ing '." cousin to Mr. Evans, Mr. Mob
Icy stated the object of his Interview.
Mr. Evans denied Mr. Mobley's accu
sation, whereupon Mr. Mobley, it ls
said, drew bis rawhide from the paper
in which lt was wrapped and struck
at Mr. Evans' face. The latter, ward
ing oil the blow, received the stroke
on his shoulder. In an instant several
blows with the whip were struck,
when Mr. Evans closed in upon bis as
Before, serious hurt was received by
either party friereis Interfered and
pushed them 15 or '20 fee.t apart. Upon
both demanding tn be released ant"
freeing themselves, they rushed to
gethcr and several blows were passet
before the sherill arrived.
The sherill immediately telephoned
for Magistrate Moorman and as soot
as the papers could be executed Mr
Evans and Mr. Mobley were put undei
peace bonds. Mr. Mobley stated thai
as far as be was concerned bc wai
satlstied and that be would not olfe
any further personal violence to Mr
Evans. Later both were summoner
to appear before the recorder's cour
Friday morning on the charge o
'"disordt rly conduct". 1 : is probable
tuat a ? ill account of the whole allai:
aud circumstances lea ling up ti
Thursday's denouncement may bi
brought out. Mr. Evans, when askei
by a reporter if be desired to mal?
a statement of the affair., said be wai
reluctant at this time to go into tin
whole matter and only cued for tb?
present to make the following state
"1 have been summoned to appen
before thc recorder tom ir row morn
lng, being charged with dlsorderl;
c induct, and I presumo that Mr
Mobley ls also to be tried. At th
trial I will testify, and dj not thin]
lt prop jr for me to make a statemen
prior to that time."
Mr. Mobley was also asked for an;
statement that he voluntarily cared t
make piddle. His position as charac
erlzed by himself is as follows:
"Having been Informed by a gentle
man of high standing that Mr. Evan
was using unfair metho:ls to dam?g
my character 1 gave bim an oppoi
bonify to deny or confirm this, whicl
bc evaded in an insulting manner,
then applied a horsewhip to him.
"1 was totally unarmed, not bav
ing even a pocket knife on my persoi
at the time of the encounter. A
much as I regret having to do this
have no excuse to oller for bavin
thus protected my honor, which
bold dearer than my life."
The State says the affair betwee
Mr. Jno. G. Mobley and Mr. W. hoy
Evans was not aired in the recorder'
court Friday. It had been expecte
from the statement? of the two part ie
concerning that interesting matte
would be presented. Mr. Moble
pleaded guilty to the charge of dis
orderly c nduct and the case agains
Mr. W. H ?yd Evans W;LS dismissed a
the charges could not be proved. Tbl
result appeared sat isfactory to all pai
Han Burglar on.
Sister Theodora, of St. Vincent
Catholic school, four miles from She
by ville, Ind., early Wednesday hear
some one prowling through the biiih
lng. She instituted a search ar.
suddenly met a negro face to face 1
the ball. He Hour.shed a revolve
which she grabbed and tue two fell I
tho struggle. Tho burglar escapee'
but later was captured at Waltho
and ls lu tail there. Ile had on bim
revolver, piecesof candle and burglar'
tools. Sister Theodora was not lc
RURAL CARRIER'S SALARIES.
Wages to Be Based on Number of j
Fourth Assistant Postmaster Gener
al Bristow Wednesday announced that
he salaries of the rural free delivery
mall carriers will be adjusted on the
basis of the number of miles traveled.
Further than tbis, Mr. Bristow would
not discuss thc adjustment, which is
now being made in the classification
of the carriers. Tbe postmasters
throughout tho country will be notifi
ed to the adjustments in the their re
spect?e oillces. The following state
tr. nt regarding tho outside business
privileges of the rural carrier was is
sued ;.t the postofllce department Wed
ne>day, aud the order will bo promul
gated at once by the postmaster gen
1 Under the law rural carriers are not
permitted to solicit business or receive
orders of any kind from any person,
firm, or corporation, and cannot, dur
ing the hours of their employment,
carry any merchandise for hire except
that they may carry merchandise for
hire for and at the request of patrons
residing cn their respective routes,
provided 1 be same shall not Interfere
with the proper discbarge of their
ofHelal du ics, and under such regula
tions as thc postmaster general may
"Under this provision of law nc
mallabie matter may be bandied by
rural rarrlera while serving their rout
es, ur'ess the proper postage has been
prepaid, with the single exception ol
couuty newspapers, which, under tbe
law, are permitted to be carried free
throughout tbe county In which they
arc published, to actual subscribers,
and such newspapers, residents on
rural routes, must be deposited at the
post oillce, the same as papers for
. ..her subscribers.
'Thc hire for merchandise carried
on request of the patro.i of rural free
delivery must be permitted to receive
:inv cos3nensat'ioc from the seller of
"Articles or packages which are
mallabie, which are handed to the
carrier or deposited In the ptstofllceor
In a rural letter box or in a collection
box located on a rural route, with re
quest that the rural carrier deliver
same, are subject to the rules regulat
ing mail matter, including the pay
ment of pi stage thereon.
"Anieles or packages that are not
mallabie, which the patrons desire the
rural carrier to carry, must be deliver
ed to the carrier in person, and in car
rying merchrndise for hire rural car
riers are not permitted to leave their
routes as oflioially laid out or to accept
anything that will in any way delay
thc delivery of the mail or In any way
interfere with the efficiency of the ser
Flood Victims Appeal Tor Aid.
A strong appeal foi advisory assist
ance for the people In tbe Hood strick
en country In the wes j reached
Washington Friday in a telegram to
the department of agriculture from
Repr?sent?t! ve Carle J C. Reid of
A kansas. Ile wired as follows:
'"Almost the entire Arkansas river
bottoms inundated. Probably all the
cotton crop destroyed. It h extremely
late to replant. Can you suggest tbe
j kind of cotton seed that mcture early
in the fall and where lt may be ob
tained, lt is contended t.iat cotton
- planted now will not mature. Please
1 furnish as carly as possible any Infor
mation or suggestions that you may
I have of value to us. The lo.;s to this
i country is the bl^gtst ever known.
. Many families are destitute."
r Acting Secretary of Agriculture
b Brigham immediately conferied with
< bis a sista.its and later Col. Brigham
r telegraphed in reply that be regretted
. that the department could not furnish
1 tin seeds, and said: "if the local
t seed planted immediatlely by the loth
f thi re is possibility of getting a crop
i bul the cb tuces are against it. lt is
r diillcult to procure seed from here In
. ti nie to m;.kc a crop."
1 Jumped Overboard.
; At New York George Billups of
' Norfolk, Ya., a cabin passenger on
L" the Old Dominion linc steamer Prln
5 cess Anne, from Newport News tei
? Norfolk, jumped overboard Friday
while the vessel was steaming up the
r lower bay >ff the Bonier shoal. The
- ship was stopped and a lifeboat
V launched. Within 20 minutes of the
. time Billups jumped through the port
e bolo the bi at was alongside thc Steam
k j cr and tho man taken on board lu a
t dying condition. livery effort was
made to restore life, but without
Y av-iil. A dispatch from Norfolk B?v?
0 \ ? ^ ^.^
c jaat I represent some o
ii JRANCE Companiei
1 ts to Terms and Rates.
I i JNO. S. MOOEK,,
I mile this side of Hopkins Friday
K From a letter found In a pocket li
1 was learned that the deceased is E. E.
Hay who bas been an employe of thc
h Bichland mills. Coroner Green, Dep
(I ,ity Sheriff Cathcart and Dr. S. F
s Fishburne went out to Hopkins tc
d make any investigation that circum
s stances might warrant. Tho bod]
T was brought to Columbia Friday nighi
y and put in a morgue. The pbyslciai
'. will examine tbe body to ascertain tin
* probable cause of death, lt is bcliev
-s ed that young Hay was riding on i
ls freight and fell olT sustaining murta
injuries. His body was found aboul
four feet from the railroad track.
Killed hy a Cave-in.
At Atlanta, Ga., one man dead, tw<
probably dying'and two more In a pre.
carious condition was the result of ?
cave-in late Thursday afternoon o
Mitchell street, near the centre of tin
city, where excavations were made foi
the New business block. All thc mei
were negroes. Eight men were engag
ed at the work when tons of eartl
with little warning slipped down oi
them from one side of the excavation
The escape of thc live was stopped b;
a wagon which was being loaded wltl
THE COTTON STALK WEEVIL.
Director Bauer Hays the Matter Ia ^
. The' "cotton stalk weevil," a new
Insect which has made Its appearance
In Georgia and is almost as'dangerous j
as the boll weevil, according to the
Augusta Chronicle, does not exist In .
this State, so far aa Section Dlrcotor
Bauer ls informed and believes. Mr.
Bauer Was shown this clipping from
thc Augusta paper Friday:
"A new insect, known as the cotton
stalk weevil, has made Its appearance
in Georgia and ls raising havoc with (
the young cotton In Terrell county.
State Eutomologist Wlllmon Newell '
has just returned from Dawson, where ,
he made a thorough examination of '
the weevil and Its work, and he ls now
arranging for a treatment of the
cotton plants which have been at
tacked by the Insect and for a remedy
that will complotoly destroy it.
"The Insect attacks the stem or the
stalk of the cotton and nearly every
plant attacked dies very shortly after
wards. Thc farmers In Terrell coun
ty are very much alarmed over the
appearance of the new kind of bug.
Eutomologist Newell states that he
bas never seen or heard of such an In
"The bug ls almost as dangerous as
the boll weevil, as it destroys thc
stalks of the cotton before the boll
weevil appears. If the insect should
scatter over the State as fast as it is
scattering In Terrell county lt will be
a serious thing for the farmers to con
tend with this yeat, and the cotton cot
ton crop tn Georgia will be materially
"Entomologist Newell says be will
exert every effort to destroy the In
sect before it makes a spread of tbe
otate. ?le ch>es not think that the boil
weevil has as yet made its appearance
in Georgia, but he regards the new In- '
sect which has appeared and which at- ;
tacks young cotton stalks as a very j
dangerous factor and be is anxious to
get rid of it as soon as possible."
Mr. Bauer thought after reading MIR 1
clipping that about the only tbiug '
that could be calmly reported as hav
ing been discovered was an excited im
agination of another Georgia news- j
paper reporter, lie was of the opinion
that the Georgia State entomologist's '
estimate of the importance of the sub- 1
ject bad been very materially changed 1
and colored almost beyond identifica
tion after percolating through the
brain af the newspaperman.
"Never heard of such an Insect,"
Mr. Bauer said. "There is none such
in this State, so far as I have been in
formed; and I don't believe it exists
"It will propably end like my 'new'
hickory nut insect ended this week. A
correspondent in Charleston reported
the appearance-there of a new Insect
which he thought would eventually
put the hickory nut out of business. 1
wrote him to hold his ?base while he
sent me ap some specimens of these
terrible pests. 1 forwarded them to
Clemson and have just received a for
mal report from that institution to the
effect that our new insect was a very
old and very common Insect Indeed and
to dismiss any harassing fear I or my
correspondent might have regarding
the futuro of the hickory nut crop." '
Wrecked Newspaper Olllce.
At Victor, Col., eight unknown
men armed with pistols, rilics, shot
guns and sledge hammers eutered the
otlice of the Victor Record Wednes- 1
day night, ordered the men to throw 1
up their bands, broke the machinery
and then told the men to get out of
the district as fast as they could.
There is no clue to the identity of the
men. George Kyner, proprietor of
the paper, was at lunch, and Foreman
Waker Sweet was in charge of thc
men. The workmen obeyed quickly.
Thc unknown men then wrecked two
linotype machines, several joh pressses
and ill the equipment of the otlice and
smashed the telephone and a typewri
ter. When their work of juin was
completed they marched Thc Record
employes out on the sidewalk and told
them to get out of town. The Re
cord has been known as the organ of
the Western Federation of Miners in
Mob Threatens McDonald.
At Indianapolis, Ind., James Mc
Donald, who was acquitted of the
murder of Miss Sarah Schafer, a young |
[ school teacher of Bedford, after a jury
trial which las'.s two weeks, bas been
I twice sought by a mob in the last two
days. Except for the precaution that
be bad taken nob to remain at home
at night he might have been banged.
McDonald applied to the authorities
for protection, and Thursday night a
! guard was placed at. the house. Early
'.'riday morning a mob appeared for
be second thno, but when the police
resented themselves the would-be
vengers of Miss Schafer tied. There
s a belief t hat t'.;c re.il murderer of
he young woman, who is said to be
i well known eitzen, is back of the
lemons'ration, and wishes to force
vic Donald to leave the town.
When the toils and cares of the day
: Arc over, and the children are at home
. from school, then comes the most de
li llgbtful hour to the family circle. The
, outside world is dismissed j i.nd father
; and mother and children are together
. In sweet communion and unshaken
, trust. There is no vacant chair. There
) is not a face missing. Death has never
. visited this home. The hour of re
I tiring comes, and blessed with father's
t. Instructions and mother's prayers, the
j little group retire for the night. May
j it not be that angels hover over such
. a home during tbe silent watches. All
i homes where tbe family circle ls un
1 broken can be just such a homo as this
b with a slight effort on thc part of each
member nf tbe household.
Accedes to HmulU.
J The Sultan of Morocco bas acceded
- to all demands of llalsuli, the captor
i of Pedtcarls and Varley. Otllclal ln
t formation to this effect waa received
? by the navy department Thursday
r morning from Admiral Coadwlck.
i His dispatch reads: "The minister
- of foreign affairs bas instructions ac
l cording to all the demands of Ralsull."
i This means that Ralsull, if he fullllls
. bi? promises will release two of tho
>? prisoners as soon as a ransom ls paid
i which lt ls believed will be about
fifty thousand dollars.
A PITCHED BATTLE
in Which a Number of Union Mkoro
V? THE TOWN OF DUNVILLE, COL.
JulU iei B Soourlnic the Mountain?, and
tho Miners Firing Upon Them.
Intense Excitement in
Mining Ki ?lon.
A pitched battle between the mlll
Lary and unioo miners was fought at
Dunn vii lt', the new minim/ carno. 13
miles out of Victor, Colorado, sh?rtiy
if ter 3 o'clock p. m. Wednesday. John
Carley, a union miner, was killed and
Uve others. The troops returned to
Victor at 8 o'clock Wednesday night
bringing with them 14 captives.
Before the special train left Vlotor
bearing the force under Gen. Bell it
was reported that the miners in the
hills about Dun o ville numbered about
250 men, and that it was their inten
tion to march into Victor Wednesday
night in a body and attempt to libe
rate by force the inmates of the tem
porary "bullpen" n Victor. That
the force actually consisted of but 21
men is the Statement? of one of the 14
who were captured by the militia.
The train proceeded in the after
noon to the immediate vicinity of
Duunville without unusual Incident.
When about a quarter, of a mile dis
tant from the Dunn ville temporary
station the o (Hoers could see the camp
of the miners. It included one cabin
and six or seven tents. The officers
left the train at the command of Gen.
Bell and prepared to advance upon
the camp of the unionists In regular
skirmish order. As they emerged
from the cut in which the train had
come to a stop they were greeted with
a. volley of shots which came from
points of vantage surrounding the
The deputies returned the fire and
promiscuous shooting was indulged in
ror a period of ten minutes. From
the character of the shooting from
the hills Gen. Bell immediately recog
nized the fact that the strength of
the miners bad been greatly overesti
mated and that be had sutlicient foroe
under his command to make an im
mediate roundup and capture the en
tire opposing force.
The captured miners include John
James, charged with shooting John
Davis in the riot at Victor. Among
the dead was John Carley, a union
miner of Cripple Creek. Great excite
ment prevailed in this etty upon the
receipt of tbe news of the battle.
The deputies secured tbe arms and
ammunition of parts of the miners.
As the special train bearing the
deputies drew up at Duunville the
union miners, entrenched in the neigh
borhood, opened fire. Gen. Bell got
his men out and stormed the entrench
ment, capturing 15, the arms and am
munition being captured. In the
tierce fight which followed six union
miners were killed.
The miners occupy well entrenched
positions in the hills and are shooting
down at the soldiers and guards at
every opportunity. Tbe surrounding
country ls favorable to the miners,
and it seems that Gen. Bell will have
to take every defense separately.
Town at Auetion.
Unless the courts Intervene, the
entire town of Carlisle, Arkansas, and
about 3,500 acres of laud surrounding
the town are to be sold at public auc
tion on an order granted by the pro
bate court of Lonoke county to tue
heirs of the orignal owner. The order
was secured by the guardian of three
minor heirs of a Frenchman, named
Comio, who yean ago owned all the
land on which the town of Carlisle
now stands, as well as much of the
surrounding country. The original
owner sold much of the land years
ago, but in 1870, presumably to make
ti tie clear, he secured a patent from
the state for the whole tract. He
failed, lt is said, to make new deeds,
for the land which be bad bold, and as
a result the heirs now claim the prop
erty. Three of tbe grandchildren of
thc original owner, who reside in Lou
isiana, claim an undivided sixteenth
of the property, and through their
guardian secured an order for the sale
of the whole tract.
At Great Barrington, Mas?., the
wrecking of the Pittslield-New York
express with the almost certainty
of a great los i of life, was barely
averted Wednesday by the presence of
mind of Bay mond Perbizet and Step
hen McCuo, two thirteen-year-old
boys. An unusually severe rain storm
had undermined the tracks of the
Now York, New Haven and Hartford
railroad on the outskirts of the town
I and carried away 25 feet of the road
bid. The dangerous spot was dis
covered by the youths shortly before
the express was due at this statiion.
The bojs ran to tboir homes near-by
and procuring a red sweater returned
to the track and Hagged the train.
The eugine was brought to a stand
still within a few yards of tho wash
out. Tho train was well tilled willi
passengers who rewarded tho boys by
making upa purse for them.
Tho Deadly Lightning.
The Columbia State says Jane and
Rena Fair, wife and 3-year-old daugh
ter, respectively, of Myers Fair, a
Taylor street negro resturantour who
bas accumulated much property, were
instantly killed Tuesday afternoon
near the "tin bridge" by a bolt of
lightning which descended the trunk
of a tree under which the woman was
at work washing clothes. Tho mother
and child were together, but they
wero thrown in opposite directions
from thc base of the tree. *
Cruel to Mis Boast.
A dispatch from Eistovcr to The
State says the Star Hand of Mercy,
the local branch of the Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,
succcded In having a negro, Paul
Grant, convicted of cruelly beating
an ox. Ile was sentenced to pay a
line of $1? or work on the chalngang
for 30 days. Tho society has the law
on its side and Mr. Trumble, tbe prsl
dent of the bank, expects to prosecute
vigorously every case of cruelty to
animals reported to him.