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The Marlboro' Democrat.
"DO THOU LIBERTY GREAT. INSPIRE OUR SOULS AND MAKE OUR LIVES IN THY POSSESSION HAPPY. OR OUR DEATHS GLORIOUS IN THY CAUSE.'*
BENNETSVILLE, S. C.. FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 1904.
Von Pl?hve, the'. Euasian Minister,
CAST A BOMB UNDER CARRIAGE
Coachman Also Killed and Bestand- I
era Hurt by tbe Terrille Explo
sion. All St. Petersburg
A speoial from St. Petersburg says
Minister of Interior Von Plehve was
assassinated Thursday morning while
driving tc the Baltic Station enroute
to visit the Emperor at the Peterhof
Palace. The crime waa committed at
A bomb was thrown beneath the
minister's carriage, which was com
pletely shattered by the explosion that
followed. Minister Von Plehve was
terribly mangled. The assassin was
immediately caught, and wild excite
ment followed the news of the assass
ination whlcu spread over the city like
COACHMAN ALSO KI LL. KD.
The coachman was also slain by the
force of the explosion, and the mad
dened horses, being free and frighten
ed by the crash, dashed wildly away,
with the front wheels and axle of the
carriage draging at their heels. The
an?mala had not galloped far before
they fell with pools of blood nuder
them. The minister's servant, who
was also on tho coachman's box, was
badly wounded and two ofileers driv
ing in the cab were Injured by Hying
The assassin, wounded In the eye,
took to flight, hut at last accounts he
had been overtaken and is now under
. The people and gendarmes hurried
to the scene of the assassination,
wheje the body of the minister lay
weltering in his blood. The roadway
was strewn for a hundred yards with
wreckage of the carriage and pieces
of the red lining of the minister'^
coat. A few yards from Minister
Plehv's body lay that of his coachman, '.
which was a shapeless heap.
CONSTERNATION IN CITY.
The News of the tragedy spread
like wild-lire over the city, and in
every quarter consternation reigned.
The police reserves hurried from all
parts of the city and the various de
' 'partments of the government were
notified of the assassination.
The prefect of police at once noti
fied the Emperor. Ile was at the
Villa of Alexandra and was greatly
affected by tbe uews, coming as it did
upon the bad tilings from the seat of
war and ft ara of International com
plications and the strain incident upon
the hourly expectations of an'helr.
Whatever may have been tho motive
of the crime, the act aioused the
greatest indignation in the city and
condemnation of lt was general every
Senator Plehve was appointed min
ister-of lnteiior April 18th 1902, and
succeeded Minister Slpiagulne, who
was assassinated two days earlier.
He was formerly the director of the
police department , when be prosecuted
the regicides who were responsible lor
the death of Emperor Alexander ll,
in 1881. Before the Emperor called
Plehve to the department of intelinr,
he had been almost forty years in otli
olal life and at time of his death he
was about (iii years old.
Although of Finnish bloo l uo man
In Russia so si^nalizd himself for sev
erity against the Finns. He was re
garded by many as the power behind
tbe throne, and he was dreaded on
account of his centro) of the secret
police. lt ls also alleged that he
controlled the pi ess of Russia. .
ASSASSIN A JEW AND TOOK POISON.
The a'sassln, who ls reported to he
..?Jew," ?(as taken to Alexandra hos
~" pltal so 'dazed as to be unable to
speak. Hfs condition ls accounted for
by the fact that he took puisou im
mediately after he threw the bomb.
The force of the explosion was so great
that windows of the Warsaw hotel,
facing the street, were shattered, and
some Droskev drivers in front of the
railroad station were injured.
THREW BOMU'FUOM HOTEL, WINDOW.
According to the latest account the
bomb was thrown from a window in
tbe Warsaw hotel, and Von Plehve's
head was torn ctr and the lower por
tlon of his body was completely torn
to pieces, while the upper part is unin
jured. Only two conspirators, aceurd
lrg to this verslou, were connected
with the tragedy, and one of them
threw the bomb from the window mid
then bolted. When he was captured
another bomb was found lu his
YON i'I.KII V K STOOD NEXT To KM
Thc assassination threw the city
Into Intense excitement, and crowds
gathered and started to discuss the
affair when they were dispersed hy
the police. Business was partially
suspended, people rushed to the
streets from their places of business
and homes, and everywhere scenes
bordering on a panic were enacted by
the populace. Only the assassination
of the Emperr* himself could have
f created such wild excitement and
more consternation, as next to the
Emperor Von Plehve was regarded as
the most powerful personality con
nected with the Russian government.
WAU OVKKSIIADOWKD UV TItAOKDY.
The trago ly has overshadowed com
pletely the news from the seat of war
and the strained relations witli long
land, which when St. Petersburg re
tired Friday night appeared to he on
the point of breaking. This morning
the whole scene has changed and the
war in the east and Hrltain are lost
sight of and another dark tragedy,
which has been added to the many
already on the pages of Russian his
tory, ls the sole and excited topic of
talk In every orner of the empire.
WAS N<> SURPRISE.
A special from Washington Thurs
day says Secretary Hay has cabled to
Count LamsdroiT, Ruo?ian minister of
foreign affairs, an expression of pro
found sympathy ou the loss of his col
league through the terrible crime re
sulting m ids tragic death. Mr. Hay
telegraphed a fi miliar expression to
Count Cassini, the Russian ambassa
dor to the United States.
Thc news of the assassination was
brief Hy cabled to tue state department
by Spencer Eddy, American charge at
St. Petersburg, and by Consul Gener
al Watts. The news was forwarded to
Secretary Hay at Newbury, N. H.
A i though tbe assassination is deeply
deplored here, it cannot be said that
it lias caused much surprised In circles
here but Informed as to the conditions
in St. Petersburg.
GREES VILLE NEGRO KILLED.
Trio of Constables Arrested the
Slayer With ni nicoli y.
A special from Greenville to the
State says: Early Thursday morning
Constables Altom, Cooley aud Charles
arrested and delivered to the county
jail Koman white, colored, under tbe
charge of killing barney Ilouseton,
colored, at thc latter's bouse near the
city limits on August* street.
The body of Houston was found
near the bouse, bis death having been
caused by a shot through the breast.
Coi oner Black was noli tied and em
paneled a jury who returned a verdict
that the death of Houston was caused
by a gunshot wound in the hands of
Hornau White. The shooting is sup
poseded to have .been the result of a
The otllcers had been out all night
on a raid and Thursday morning when 1
they were near the city limits shots
were beard, two mullled, as if tired
inside a house. The three were '?00
yards from the scene of the shooting,
and ran toward the house. Altom '
went to the rear of the house, a thr^e
room shanty, Charles to tbe rear und
Cooley ran around the end of the !
Altom seeing a negro boy in the
yard, asked wbero was the party who 1
did the shootlug and was told that he j
was in the house. Pushing open the
front door the constable stood face to j
race with White, the negro wno bad '
shot Houston. Recognizing tbe oui- '
cer. White wheeled around and
reached after his pistol which iay on
tbe bureau. '
The otllccr was too quick for White
and wheu ilie latter found out that
Altom had the drop on him, he faced .
At this juncture Charles tired from
behind, and after a slight resistance
White yielded and was taken in the '
city patrol to the county jail. Had
the constable been rash be would ,
have shot the negro, who was evident
ly trying to kill him and would have
dene so but for Altom's quickness in
handling a pistol.
Constable Cooley found Houston at
the end of the house lying on bis back
with a gunshot wound in lils breast
from which the blo^d was cozing. The
vii-toiuiih? pisvui trhiiUiWiiica grabbed- ?
when resisting is the one used in kill
ing Houston and was tired iou-- times,
two bullets being found In the cham
A brother of the dead boy had a \
pistol in bis possession which he
claimed belonged to the deceased. It
was a .'(?-calibre and had nat been
SUMMER SCHOOL CL03ES
Alter a Very Pleasant and Profitable
A special to the State from Rock
Hill hays: The State summer school
for teachers closed a very successful (
session last Tuesday. The total at
tendance was about :?00 and in addi
lion the educational conference add
the State Teachers' association at- i
bracted a large number of leading edu- s
catois and laymen. I
Tbe great body of teachers in at- i
tendadce v>ere diligent and won from i
President Johnson an expr ssed opln- j
ion t hat the session just closed was j
marked by greater energy, more dib- j
gence and a more enthusiastic profes- j
sioualism than any previous summer |
In his closing remarks he expressed )
Winthrop's pleasure at having the t
school, and the teachers were made to (
feel that all that could be done was for ]
their pl asure and probt. The splen- j
did equipment of the college with \
every modern convenience, u strong
faculty, a full and well-choseu course
of lectures, and abo the attraction
furnish d hy Superintendent Hughes
and his cornet, hand all contributed to
a month of pleasure and piolit to the
tired and worn teacher.
One of the last attractions was a
lecture, full of force and instruction,
by Dr. J. A. I>. Soberer, president of
Newberry college. An address for
the (dosing evening was announced to
he given by President Poteat of Fur
man, but Die school was disappointed
upon Dr. Poteat's failure to arrive.
Many are b'ginning lo point to
these schools as so profitable for our
teachers that the wideawake teacher
cannot well alford to miss them.
They make teachers grow, and those
who fail to see. the need of continued
preparation will soon fail to lill the
demands made up ai them.
A ('nuil Plan.
In Germany, winn a person breaks
down with consumption, lie is sent to
a government sanitarium, where he is
kept until lie recovers or dies. In
the meantime bis family receives a
weekly pension from a fund to which
tile patient himself contributed when
he was in good health, by this means
the risk of spreading the disease is
Oncer IMac? of Worship.
< ?ne of the most remarkable places
of worship In the world ls Hie mlnerfl'
chapel in Myndd Menigdd colliery,
Swansea, Wales, it ls clone to the
bottom of the shaft. The only light
is that obtained from asclitary safety
lamp hung over the pulpit from the
celling, and Hie oldest miner in th?
colliery ls generally chosen to Officiate.
A Double Tragedy.
At Dallas, Texas, Samuel Cordell,
an Insurance agent, Friday shot and
killed his wife while she was asleep
and then killed himself. Jealousy was
given as thc came. Their two chil
dren arc left homeless.
TO DECREASE THE OUTPUT.
The Cotton Mill Men A?ree to Cur
Cotton Manufacturers of South Caro
lina, .North Carolina, Georgia, Ala
bama and Mississippi after a brief con
ference and discussion Tuesday after
noon by a vote of 2,183,052 spindles
against luu,09U adopted resolutions
that all mills represented agreed tbat
produotion shall be reduced during
the months of August and September
25 per cent.
The resolutions adopted were:
"That the mills present agree
that production shall be reduced
during the month of August and
September 25 per cent, by eltber
running all of the macblney 75 per
cent, of tbe time or stopping one
fourth of the machinery all the time,
as may be most advantageous to the
prospective mills, tbe object being to
limit productku to 75 per cent, of
normal, and they further earnestly
recommend that all the cloth mills in
the States of North Carolina, South
Carolina, Georgia and Alabama wbicb
are not curtailing to this extent shall
do so for the months of August aud
September." lt was further agreed
that the manufacturers would not pay
freight beyond New York on goods
destined to bleacheries and that the
bills should be paid within ten days
from date of shipment, or date of in
A rate schedule for the month of
August was adopted and prices were
tlxed below which tbe mills will not
sell. A committee was appointed to
notify the mills of any cbauges lu
prices. Commission houses will be
notllied of this tariff sheet.
Telegrams were received from South
Carolina manufacturers indicating a
material improvement in the condi
tion of the goods market since tbe
Spartauburg conference when new
higher prices were agreed upon.
The question of curtailment aroused
most intered and tbe committee ap
pointed at the last meeting to ascer
tain tbe extent of curtailment now
?xisting reported for North Carolina
-Q nn>> ......^ . c<n.,,i. Cnrolins **($. il
ila, Alabama and Mississippi, 25.
Col. Jas. L. Orr, president of Pied?
nont mills, presided at the meeting
ind John A. Law, president of Saxou,
W. E. Beattie, president of Reedy
River, and J. I. Westervelt, president
)f Brandon mills, were the secre
The meeting was primarily for the
purpose of considering the curtailment
ot the output of goods.
The committee appointed to ascer
tain and to discuss the feasibility of
tbe proposition is made up as follows:
Alabama, G. W. Pratt and Arthur H.
Love of Huntsville; Georgia; J. P.
Verder of Augusta and B. S. Walker
of Monroe: North Carolina, George. B.
Hiss and A. E. Smith, both of Char
lotte: Soutu Carolina, E. A. Smythe
of Pelzer and L. W. Parker of Green
ville-and Columbia. !
'Conditions affecting the business at
the present time were discussed and
the exchange of ideas as to the best
course to pursue in an effort to place
things on a better footing was had.
There is such a wide margin between
the price of raw cotton aud the selling
price of the finished product- thai
many mills have been running at a
direct loss for some time. The man
ufacturers believe the goods market
mould be placed ou a more satisfac
tory basis, and that benefit will result
from concerted action.-Greenville
SNAKES BOARD A SHIP.
Iluudredu ol' 'Bm Kluuro .? Yarn
from Platte Uiver.
The New York Evening Sun, says
nemhers of the crew of the Swedish
iteamship Ulf rest, South America, re
oort that snakes of all sizes und in un
?eard of numbers took possession of
ihe ship and threw the crew into a
mule that continued two days and a
light, during which thoo ninety-eight
eptiles of various sizes up Lo 12-foot
python were killed and thrown over
joard. The story ls substantiated by
jhe exhibition of several skins of the
arger snakes, and was told too earn
estly by tho crew to be a mere tale of
ihe fort castle. The vessel began bo un
oad quebracho wood at tho foot of
Emerson street, Creenport, lt. 1. On
ihe voyage up the Roi Platte for the
A'oad she sailed further than any other
iteamer has previously reported. While
.aking on her cargo lu June, during
ihe rainy season, a great Hood wash
id down Ihe river quantities of debris,
cciudlng grass, sod and growths of
/arious kinds. Some of lt drifted
ishore in the vicinity of the ship and
tgalnst ber sides, lt. is well known to
leafariug men that snakes inhabiting
lease thickets climb trees and tall
>ushes, and one may understand that
o climb anchor cables, booms and
;angways ls no handicap to them. At
ill events, the snakes got aboard the
.Inp, into the forecastle, thc cabin and
,he holds, where the logwood cargo
vas stored. The doors of the fore
castle and cabin were Hooded with hot
water to drive the reptiles out, and
inti ves were hired to kill them as fast
is they appeared. In this manner the
?row reports the disposal of nlnety
ilght. Then none of the crew would go
tito the holds until they had a
ihorough steaming. No one knows bow
nany snakes will be found among thc
wood, for the hatches were open at
lie time of the visitation, and lt is
jelieved that hundreds round hiding
Negroes Not Wuutud.
A great, many negroes were import
id Into Chicago to take the places of
strikers in the stock yards. They
were assaulted and not permitted to
<o to work except when they were
secretly spirited into the shops. As
the Angusta Chronicle says, the South
may hang a mean negro occasionally,
but lt ls the only section of this coun
try where a law-abiding negro can
lind employment without prejudice or
hinder.mee. And this ls a condshier
atlon of vastly more importance to
the respectable negro than any other.
To Succeed Dr. Lander.
Rev. Dr. O. Wilson, presiding elder
of the Cokesbury district, has been
elected president of thc Wllllainston
Female college at Greenwood to suc
ceed the late Dr. S. Lander.
A FAMILY MURDERED
And the Bodies Burned With the Bait
ers of Their Home.
WAB A MOST HOBBTBLE CRIME.
Tho Huabaud Was Muvdcied at tbe
Gate and Hia Wife, Who Kau
to His Hescue, Shared
the Same Fate.
A dispatch from Statesboro, Ga., to I
Tlie Augusta Chronicle says that
Statesboro and Bullock county were
b orr i lied Thursday over a diabolical
crime which was perpetrated at the
borne of Mr. R. Henry Hodges, seven
and one-half miles west of Statesboro.
Mr. Hodges and bis family, consisting
of bis wife aud three children, were
murdered and their bodies burned In
Mr. Hodges, who was a prosperous
farmer and good citizen, was last seen
alive Thursday evening about 8
o'clock at the home of Mr. Isaao
Akin;;, with whom he stopped a few
minutes ou his way home fi om the
school house. He had goue to tbe
school for bis little daughter, who was
delayed by a heavy rain from coming
Mr. nardy Moore, who lives a mlle
and a half from Mr. Hodges' place, j
Oreti saw the lire about 1U o'clock
Thursday night and went to the place
as soon as he could. He fouud the
bouse nearly destroyed and could Und
no trace of Mr. Hodges and family,
but fouud bis mule and buggy in the
lot and supposed lie must have been
at home and his body In the burning
FOCL TL A Y SURE.
Further investigation proved that
there had been foul play. There were
sign? of a struggle and blood at- the
front gate and also on the walk from
the gates to the house. As soon as
the heat bad subsided the bodies of ail
the family were found burned beyond
recognition and the skulls of all were
crushed. It is thought that the mem
bers of the family were murdered, !
tlie house looted and humeo.
There was a lamp found bu nhig at
the front gate after tlie neighbors
bad gathered. It ls supposed it was
left by the murderers in their haste
to get away after searching the
bouse. The signs of a struggle at the
gat1, are supposed to have been made
by Mr. Hodges and the person or per
sons who committed the crime. Ile
likely heard a noise and went but to
Investigate and was seized, fought for
bis life and waa murdered by haying
bis head crushed with some heavy in
strument. His body was carried in!
tbe house and bis wife and children
were brained and the home tired to
cover the crime.
Business has been suspended at
Statesboro and the citizens of the
town and county are exerting every
effort to apprehend the guilty parties.
If overtaken it is very likely that
there will be a lynching bee in Bui
lock county, as the people are much
wrought up. Mr. Hodges was Indus
trious and frugal and was thought to
have considerable cash in his house.
Dispatches have been sent out to hold
all suspicious characters. SheritT Ken
drick has wired to Savannah for the
Chatham county bloodhounds to as
sist lu tracking tlie criminals.
KILLKI) AT TllK O ATE.
Further Investigation proves that
Mr. Hodges was seized some distance
from his dwelling and struggled for
his life until he reached his gate,
when he was knocked dowu aud killed,
as there was blood on the fence and
gate posts. His hat was found in the
lane near hiscowpen and lt is thought
he was penning up his cows when he
was attacked. Toe robbers likely did
not expect to bud bim out of the house
at that time of night, hut as they did
tliey decided to get rid of him and
proceeded to take his life. His wife's
tracks were found coming if rom the
house to the gate, and it is thought
that she heard the noise and came out
with the lamp to see what was the
matter, and she was killed at the gate
also, and both bodies carried in the
house and the house searched for
money, the children killed and the
The hollies were all round hi one
room, the man, woman and oldest
child occupying positions opposite to
where the beds wejre, which shows they
were lett lying on the tloor. One of tlie
smaller children was In the remains of
the bed and the other In a cradle. Mr.
Hodges was struck only on the back of
the bead, while his wife was struck on
the forehead and the hack part, the
top of her skuil being nearly severei.
Mr. Hodges' ax was found near the
bodies. Thu bloody work was done
with this instrument. There had been
a rain just before the crime was com
mitted, which will be un aid in over
taking the criminals.
nous TAKE TUE THAU..
Track were found in the rear of the
house across a cora patch of a person
wearing a small dress shoe and one
barefooted, but having small feet.
Sheritf Kendrick put his dogs on the
track and run it off from the house
apiece and fouud they took the run of
a branch a hundred yards or so, but
thc dogs had no trouble in Unding the
scene anew and were running it when
the Chronicle man left, and it is
I thought the criminals will be caught.
People are present from all ever the
county and a large posse is following
the dogs. Two of the children were
very small, which only makes the deed
M U KUKUKUS A RRESTKD.
Several negroes have been arrested
for the murder and the buming of the
house. Paul heed and Will Cato are
the most deeply implicated. Paul
Heed's wife has confessed to Mr. Madi
son Parrish and others, that Paul Reed
and Will Cato came to her house early
Thursday night and secured matches
Paul went away with the shots that
were found near the scene of the
crime. She says the two men were
gone several hours and when Paul came
back, lt was about one o'olook. Ho
-. * 'Sf*
was barefooted and bad blood OD bis
panta a/ifl his clothes were wet. Ile told
her he a id committed a horrible crime.
Sile fur ber stated that Paul Reed and
Will O :o went to Mr. Hodges Satur
day ol. it week to commit the orlme,
but met Mr. Hodges before they got to
the house and decided that the oppor
tunity J was not aa favorable as
they wished, and decided to defer
it tlli^another time. They told
Mr. Hodges they came to get some
spirits of turpentine. She says there
are others implicated. She knows
by whan slio bas heard from lleed and
Cato's talk. Reed told her he would
kill her .if she told it. Tbe woman says
that Heid and Cato said Unit Mr.
Hodges hud three hundred dollars bur
ied back of his house and they were
going tu have it.
Negro, ?Yell Brown, Cuts HIH Throat
|ln the Penitentiary.
We clip the following from The
State, which says: Fred Brown, a
life terrn negro convict, sent up for
murder, out bis throat after making a
murderous assault Thursday afternoon
upon Will Lewis, also a life term
negro convict in tbe penitentiary.
Browh:was head cook of the guards'
and otbeers's mess and Lewis ls a
walter.:/: The light began lu tbe
kl toben and the otllcers were aroused
from d|nuer by Lewis rushing Into the
room, ar'stream of blood gushing irom
his nefen", and Brown Dashing after
bim wjftbalong kitchen carving knife.
After Siward chase Brown was over
povverei]"and taken to the whipping
room beneath the hospital. While
wattie . there for instructions the
guard .. .ld little attention to t he man
until lu heard an exclamation, and
looking up saw the murderer slashing
bis own] throat. Ile lived for several
hours, ?Hying at 8..J0 Thursday night.
Messrs. W, G. Black, bookkeper, T.
H. Leslie, commissariat; Dr. S. E.
narmoii, Capt. J. M. Graham and
First ^sargeant C. C. Roberts were at
dinner in the mess when Drown at
tacked Lewis In the kitchen, which is
only 10 or 12 feet from the mess hall.
No quarreling was heard. Not a sin
gle discordant word in the routine
service: was noticeable, not even au
audibb- suggestion from the cook to
bis assolant. Suddenly they heard a
scream and immediately the lleeiug
servanl* waa rushing into the room
shoutin'gV ''Stop him! be's killing
mel" Then everything was . turned
topsy-turvy as the'otllcers saw the
form $je.?rown with a long l?-ineh
carving knife in lils hand making des
per?te i'iu'nges at the fleeing man try
ing to ktab him in the back.
In aijd but the otllcers' quarters and
around the building the infuriated
convicij pursued bis victim with the
otlleersiin bot chase after the would
i oe muj /. As Brown was about to
I be c he made a*desperate cast or
t.di,mce lr?i??Talr the" bead of lils
escaping foe, the knife sinking deep
into a half closed door through which
the pu vriued man bad just passed.
Sergeant Roberts was the first to
seize Brown and when the other oftl
cere" arri ved be was turned over toa
guard with orders to take him to tbe
whipping room and wait instructions,
as the superintendent must always
hear the cause before corporal punish
ment is administered. While waiting
in this room Brown took a small pock
et knife, about two inches long, from
his clothing and, in full view of the
man who had just arrived to lay on
the lash, be hacked and raked at his
i throat until the windpipe was com
Dr. S. E. Harmon at this time was
in the hospital with Will Lewis, whese
head and neck were badly cut and be
did not know of'the sequel until some
time later. Ile summoned Dr. L. A.
Griffith and they did everything in
their power to save Brown's life. The
wound was sewed up and treated.
The man talked for a short willie.
He stated that he intended to kill
Lewis but would not tell why or what
brought on the assault.
Lewis, who is still in the hospital,
but is not considered dangerously
wounded, stated to a reporter Thurs
day that he and Brown had been
friends for years and had never had
any trouble of the slighted nature.
He said that there was no quarrel be
tween them Wednesday, that the only
words spoken by Brown were in a
whisper, that In said, "Lewis get
your dinner now quickly as I am aw
j fully worried today," Lewis got a pan
and was stooping over a pot when
I without another word he was struck
j in tlie hack of the head with the big
j kitchen knife.
Fred Brown had been in the peni
tentiary for la years. He was con
victed of murdering Lem Jackson,
colored, at Belleville, Lexington coun
ty, in June, 1890, and was sentenced
by Judge 1. D. Witherspoon to be
hanged March 20, 1901, in the Lex
ington jail. During this interval
Brown escaped jail hut was recaptured
and on the night before he was to ex
plate his crime Gov. B. lt. Tillman
commuted the sentence to life impris
onment in the State penitentiary.
During Gov. McSwecney's adminis
tration several petitions for the man's
pardon were submitted to that otllciai
but lie refused executive clemency
and since then Hie otlicials say Brown
had become morose and dejected, fre
quently saying theie was no hope for
him and he would have to spend his
entire life In prison, which he would
say was worse than death.
Superintendent G rilli th says Brown
has been one of the best convicts In
tho prison and has for years been cook
for the otllcers' mess but that recently,
since he was refused pardon, has acted
queerly, lt is lils belief that the
man was crazy when he attempted the
life of his life-term companion.
A special to The Augusta Chronicle
from Washington, Wilkes county,
Georgia, says that while Charley J.
Tyler, a prominent young larmer of
the northeastern section of the coun
ty wa*; at supper with his wife Fri
day night, Dr. Thomas C. Burch
emptied two loads of buckshot from the
window In the body of Tyler killing
him Instantly. Dr. Burch has been
taken in custody and officers are now
carrying him to Washington, the
county seat of Wilkes county.
SLAYER OF DAWSON,
Sr. Thomas D. McDow, Found Dead
in His Bed.
IN HIS HOUSE ALL ALONE.
Judging' from tho State or Bia
Deco in posed Body, He
Must Have Been Dead
A special to the State from Oharles
leston says: Dr. Thomas B. McDow,
the slayer of Capt. F. W. Dawsou,
late editor of The News and Courier,
was found dead in bed at his residence
un Rutledge avenue Tuesday morning,
having been dead since probably
Saturday night or Sunday morning,
judging from the state of decomposi
tion of the body. Dr. McDow's wife
and daughter were in the mountains
and he bad been occupying the house
alone, which accounts for the long
time that elapsed between his death
and the finding of his-body.
The discovery of the dead body was
made by J. C. McDow,.a,stableman,
cousin of the deceased, who was
notified Tuesday morning about 8
o'clock by Dr. McDow's negro buggy
driver that he had not seen the doc
tor since Saturday afternoon and was
fearful that something had happened
tu him. When the uegro failed to see
tbe doctor Tuesday he concluded that
he had taken a run out of the olby,
bub finding bhe house shut up again
Tuesday morning, afber attending to
bite horse and stable he noli Qed the
cousin of the aead mau. McDow
forced open bhe door of the house, and
bheti entered bhe bedroom, to find the
doctor dead. The room was in an
orderly condiblon. The mosqulbo net
had been carefully tucked lu around
the mattress, Dr. McDow's clothes
were laid on a chair near his bed and
a pitcher of water and a glass stood
on a table by bhe bed. The body waa
on lbs back, with bhe arms carefully
thrown over thu chest. xueru waa
no evidence of any struggle and lb
looked as though death had peacefully
and suddenly come bo bim.
NO AUTOPSY El BLD.
An autopsy was nob held, bel?g con
sidered unnecessary on account of Dr.
MCDJW having been under treatment
for heart disease, Dr. A. E. Baker is
suing a certiflcabe that this was bhe
cause of lils death. Dr. McDow bad
a fainting spell a few days ago at bhe
othce of bhe Charleston Light and
Waber company while paying his wa
ter reub, and the supposition is that ,
bhe repeblblon of the abback was boo ,
great a strain for the organ to.bear ,
and he succumbed under ib during
Saturday night or Sunday morning.
Dr. McDow was 40years of age. He i
has been practicing ins profossion ?J?exe
for a number of years" and waii" con
sidered to-M?fin good CIrciimsiS%c?s.
Ile had a nice li?me on Rutledge ave- ;
TnK DAWSON TRAGEDY.
On March 12, 1899, Dr. McDow
shot and killed Capb. Francis War
rington Dawsou, edibor of The News '
and Courier, one of bhe best known
men in South Carolina and a man of
national repubation in the world of
journalism and politics. Capb. Daw
son had gone to Dr. McDow's jfllce to
remonstrate with him concerning
alleged attention by him to a young
woman employed as a domestic In
Capb. Dawson's family, aud lb was
while bhe bwo men were alone in bhe
oUlce bhab bhe killing occured, ab
about 4 o'clock in the afbernoon. lb
was nob until several hours afterward
that the tragedy became known and
it made an immense sensation in
Charleston and all over bhe country'.
Afber killing Capt. Dawson, by shout? !
lng him with a revolver," Dr. MpDoW ?
abtempted to hide the body'In a'small
unpaved passageway leading from his
otllce, which he bried to dig a grave.
Ile test i tied ab his trial, upon a charge
of murder, that this was done In bhe
high excitement and nervous trepida
tion following the death of hts victim
and nob with any intelligent idea of
hiding the result of his deed, and that
as soon as lie had come bo a realiza
tion of what he had done, he reported
bhe death of Capb. Dawson to bhe
The brlal of Dr. McDow was an
evenbof absorbing interest in Cliarles-'
bon and every feature of it was closely
followed by the crowds that' packed
the court house. Ile was acquitted
upon a plea of Helf-defense, his claim
being bhab Capt. Dawson: had threat
ened him and hud struck at him with
a heavy cane.
lu the excitement following the
lirst news of the killing of Capt. Daw
son, there was some talk of a lynching
party and actually plans were laid by
some of the overwrought friends of the
slain editor bo take Dr. McDow from
the county jail anti execute him sum
marily, bub hettoi councils, iorbified
greatly by ci tablons of Capb. Dawson's
own firm views upon the dignity of
the law, prevailed, and there was no
Since the tragedy Dr. McDow has
continued to live in bhe house on Rub
ledge avenue and to have his otllce ab'
bhe place where he killed Capb. Daw
son, and lb was in that residence thab
he died and his bjdy was found. *
l>i< ; 1 i omi Cigarettes.
Mr. Chas. Steele, a young mau 23
years of age, shut himself through bhe
head with a revolver ab bhe home of
his brobher, William Steele, In 'Vau
cluse near Aiken on Sunday afternoon.
His brain was pierced with the bullet
and lt is reported there Monday that
lie ls dying. Disappointment in love
ls said by some tx? be the cause of his
act, and hy Obliers lb is thought bhab
his brain was elYecbed by cigarebte
Woman liiHtantly Killed.
Thursday in bhe Ashmore section,
nine miles from Greenville, Lena
Agnew accidentally killed Minnie Mc
Karnell, anobher negro woman, wlbh
a small parlor rifle. The McKarney
woman was sick and the other had
called to visit her. The rifle was on a
table nearby and as the visitor picked
lb up to lay lt aside lt wus accidental
ly discharged, the ball entering the
sick woman's brain over the left eye,
producing instant death.
io DEATH OF MB. H. H. OBUM.
Die? Suddenly from a Stroke of Ap
We olip the following from the Den
mark correspondent of the State which
says Mr. H. H. Cr inn died at bis resi
dence here Tuesday at ll . o'clock,
lingering less than 12 hours after the
stroke of appoplexy of the evening be
? Mr. Cram bad spent Monday out on
his plantation, several miles from
town, where he was superintending the
cutting a canal through bis lands and
had been interested in this work for
several days previous. He returned to
ills home at the close of the day, ate a
hearty supper and showed no slgu of
the approaching stroke. After supper
was over he retired to his favorite
porch to catch the cool breeze pf the
evening. A /ow minutes later tils wife
joined him, but did not remain with
him, feeling that the ecol air was not
beneficial to her. Mr. Crum remained
in -the piazza for a short time before
be was heard by hin family making
bis way to an Inner appartment. He
gob to the sitting room, closed the
and locked it. A few feet away from
the door, or just as he turned from
the door to join his family, lie must
have received the apopletic stroke.
Mrs. Crum was engaged in conversa
tion with her children and expected
every minute to see lier husband.enter
the room. Fifteen minutes or more
elapsed before she begau to think that
possibly the repetition of the nols2
made by. her husband, tbe moviog of
the foot Over the door and forced clear
ing of the throat, meant ill news to
his beloved family. Mrs. Crum went
out to see him and found the ball
dark. Calling for a match, the gas was
lighted,, and there Bat ber husband on
tbe door, one arm resting on a large
rocking chair, bis head moving to and
fro. Mrs. Crum called to him, he look
ed up fnto her face and tried to speak. ?
Mr. Crum had evidently tried to get
up, using the chair as a support, or 1
possibly he felt the attack coming on
bim and tried to sit h; thc chair.
Physicians and kind friends were
called, but the stroke was serious and ;
gradually life ebbed away.
His entire family and many friends <
stood around his bed until death came. <
Mrs. Crum and her children are grief 1
stricken, and the community mourns
the loss of a good citizen. Mr. Crum :
had just completed bis fine residence
on Palmetto avenue, and bad scarcely 1
bad time to place 1n order bis new i
borne, and in one sense' a new and ?
happy Ufa had only begun. 1
Mr. Crum was 40 years old and had 1
served Barnwell and later Bamberg I
county In the lower house of the gen- .<
Bral assembly several terms, after 1
which he was elected lu 1900. by the 1
general assembly to manage the State i
dispensary, all of wblch positions he
alien with exceptional satisfaction to 1
theneopte of-his commonwealth. 1
Hl?. body was interred : W?dnfa'dtj y !
it 11 o'clock at the Denmark cerne-1
Died in Religious Servioe. I
,Mrs." Mary Blocker, wife of Joshua 1
Blooker, mother of 10 children, all liv- 1
lng, died during services at Taylor t
chapel in the upper township of Rich- i
land county on Wednesday. The ques- ?
tion was asked by the pastor. "Who c
would meet him On the other slio'eV" c
She responded that she WOU'.J and t
commenced falling. She war. caught (
by her sisters, who: prevents d ber f rom r
falling to the door. This was at about 1
10 p. m. Tlie membership crowded \
around, rubbed ber vigorously, ap
plied first cold water and afterwards (?
camphor. Consciousness not return- r,
ing, about 12 m. Dr. Lever was sent
for, and arrivedat the" church at 1 a. 1
m. The woman was1 pulseless and no
sound could be heard over the heart
and no breathing. She had. vpmiicd:
from mouth and fluid was In the nos- ,
trlls. Efforts were made to Induce 1
artificial respiration for half an hour 1
or more when she was left to family 1
ior disposition. ' * 1
Civil Service Rxaiiiinuciona. ';
The United States civil sarvice com
mission announces un examination on '
August 17-IS-lt?, 1904-, atCol?mb'la tb 1
Becure eligibles from -which to' make
certification to, fill a vacancy .lu the?
position of engineer draftsman lp the- 1
supervising architect's office, at 8d,200 .
per annum, and other similar vacan- j
des as they may occur fa that of?be. * ?
Oh August S'libyaiy examination 'to <
secure eligibles, for the : position of 1
economic vand stratigraphic geologist
and paleontologist ?ri J/he ' Philippine
Ber vico at $2,000 per arpi?m w,IU i bp
held. . "ii . . 4 .t .
Un August/lUsfc-'anotUer. examina- <
tion secure .eligibles for:tbe position ,
of bookkeeper }n the.reclamation ser- (
?vice of. the geological; survey WWI be .
held. [-This posici?n carries>a salary ,
of $2,000 per '-annum.'*' *
> ? . -x-!--fifi- < '
Georg la .Family jAiurde red.
A special from Sfcatqboro,1 Ga., says
that Henry Hodges? hltfwife-and three
children were brutally-murdered near
there Thursday night. , After the
crime had been committed their home
\v..s burned.- Corpses: found in the
debris showed tba* tho skulls 'of the
grown people had >been . broken, by
blows from: some blunt instrument.
Robbery ls supposed fo,ba ve. been the
motive." No arrest's have yet been
mad?. There is'the greatest excite
ment in Statesboro and vicinity.
? 5 ? Kn lon-i nc tilt" Law.
Justice David Gihner", at Johns
town,; Pa., has Just Imposed what ls
probably the heaviest lines ever made
under the present fish laws of the
state upon three men who were: ;oa
vlcted of catching KIO carp and cat
tish hy building a fence across Buffalo
creek, driving the fish into wire pens
and killing ti.nm. The Hoe was $10
for each fish, or a total of $1,000, In
lieu of which they must serve Ititi
days In jail. ' .'. . ;
. There are 994 mutual telephone sys
tems of rural'character; with '89,310
instruments and 70,915 miles of single
wire. ' lu addition to these the com
mercial companies operate 15,598 rural
lines, with 138,425 miles of single wire
and 121,905 telephones. There are also
4,985 Independent farmers' lines with
49,965 miles of single wire and 55,474
Of His Nomination, at His Homo at
HE ACCEPTS THE NOMINATION
In the Presence of an Assemblage of
"T Distinguished Men. A Pho
tographer Was Present
to Take Them All.
On last Thursday Theodore Roose
velt formally opened the campaign of
1?04 at his beautiful country home at
Sagmore Hill. Standing on a spot
made dear by the associations of a
lifetime, surrounded by his family .and
relatives and friends, and in .the pres
ence of ap assemblage of men distin
guished in all walks of life, he formal
ly received and accepted the nomina
tion of the Republican party for
president of the United States.
Speaker Cann n and hts committee
of notification together with many of
the Invited guests arrived there on a
train from New York. The attend
ance of the members of the committee
was notably large, regrets, being re
ceived from ouly three, James- N.
Combs of Florida, Senator Chauncey
M. Depew of New York and Senator
Clarence D. Clark of Wyoming.
In all, about 125 persons were pres
ent at the ceremony.
President Roosevelt personally re
ceived the members of Hie committee
and other guests as they arrived at
Sagamore Hill. He knew almost
every mau personally. After the visi
tors had been greeted by the president,
Secretary Loeb presented each one to
Mrs. Roosevelt and to Miss Alice
Koine veil. The guests wore seated on
the veranda, where the notification
ceremony was held. As Speaker Can
non, attired in a clark gray frock suit,
stepped upon a chair standing near
the veranda railing, he was given a
cordial reception. . .
While Mr. Cannon read his speech,
FreaidenL Roouuveil stood at his right
band, giving close attention to tho
Mrs. Roosevelt, surrounded by her
children, Kermit, ?tbel and Quentin,
stood facing Mr. Cannon, almost in
the centre of the crowd. Mr. Cannon
was interrupted frequently by ap
President Roosevelt shook Mr. Can
non's hand heartily at the conclusion
'J? his speech and then mounted the
'?hair to deliver his address in re
sponse. He was given so cordial a re
ception that it was quite a minute
before he could proceed. He was in
excellent voice, and though ' he fol
lowed the printed text of his speech
tie seldom referred to it. The address,
.vas punctuated by applause.
. When he concluded he was heartily
iongratulated first by Speaker Con
lon, then by Chairman Cortelyou and
3y: the nthets present.._
After tho informal reception which
followed "the address Speaker Cannon
luggesled that all the visitors assem
ble on jhe lawn at the foot of the ve
randa steps "in order that they may
lave ther respective shadows secured
ire che substance fa le." As the pres
dent descended the steps to face the
i?otographer, he called for Gov. Par
lee of California and W. S. Simpson
if Texas to stand near him. These
.wo with Speaker Cannon, Chairman
Dortelyou, Gov. Odell of New York,
Cornelius N. Bliss and Frank S.
(lack, stood about the- president as
,he photographs were, taken.
A buffet luncheon followed and the
;uests were served by'the president's
?..didron and his nephews and nieces.
, Senator Platt aud Elihu Root were
ml present but sent regrets. .
Tho Werner ii States.
Conditions in several of the western
States, Senator Dubois said in a re
cent interview with Judge Parker,
hd ve the' Democrats a good chance of
success. He mentioned particularly
Idaho, Colorado, Montana and Neva
da. In Washington it bas been set
tle 1 thal Former Senator George
Turner .will?be nominated for the gov
ernorship^ There is a local fight on
in Washington over an effort to com
pel the. railroads to pay "their Just
?hare Of., taxation," which Senator
Dithol s ?declares will weaken the Re
publican party and, added to the per
idnal'ipopularlty of Senator Turner,
will enable the Democrats to carry
that State. ..
'. ?'.'. Hilled by a Train.
..Jim Petty, colored, aged uO years,
twas struck by a yard shifter near the
Southern depot In Spartanburg Thurs
day night, and died from the effects
jf his Injuries early Friday morning.
There were no eyewitnesses to tho ac
cident. It appears that ai.om 10
o'clock lost night'Petty was walking
up the track of the main line, leading
from the depot to the junction, when
a shifting locomotive struck him. The
wheels passed over his left leg and his
head was Injured. At the coroner's
injuest held this morning the verdict
was that the decease came to his death
by being struck by a locomotive in the
Throe KillingH in One Day.
A disdatch from Greenville says
Barney Houston, colored, was shot
and Instantly killed by his stop-father
there Thursday. Jaue Agnew, col
ored, was shot "Wednesday evening
and Instantly killed by another col
ored woman. The shooting ls said to
have been occidental. A negro man
was shot and supposed to be fatally
Injured by a young physician near
Marietta Thursday. The shooting
was In self defense os the negro armed
with a gun, was said to be advanoing
on the white man when shot. AU
three shootings occurred In that coun
ty within twenty-four hours.
We Hope He Will.
The Columbia Record says Chair
man .Taggart, of the Democratic com
mittee, lt is stated, has long desired
the honor of leading the party to vic
tory. He made an actWe campaign to
having himself elected to the position,
and In the face of considerable opposi
tion his efforts were crowned with suc
cess. If he will use the same pol?tica
finess against the Republican partyl
we may feel assured of the result.