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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.
Yon Plehve, the; Russian Minister,
CAST A BOMB UNDER CARRIAGE
Couchman Alao Killed and Bystand
ers Hurt by tbe Terrille Explo
sion. All St. Petersburg
A s pe el ul from Sb. Petersbuig says
Minister of Interior Von Plehve was
assassinated Thursday morning while
driving tx the Baltic Stat iou entoute
to visit the Emperor at the Peterhof
Palace. The crime was 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 KILLED.
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
animals bad not galloped far before
they fell with pools of blood uuder
them. The minister's servant, who
was also on the coachman's box, was
badly wounded and two otllcerB driv
ing in the cab were Injured by tlylug
Tite assassin, wounded in the eye,
took to flight, but at last accounts lie
had been overtaken and is now under
The people and gendarmes hurried
to the scene ol the assassination,
wheje the body of the minister lay
welterin0- in bis blood. Thc ro&dw&y
was strewn for a hundred yards with
wreckage of the carriage and pieces
of the red lining of the minister's
coat. A few yards from Minister
Plehv's body lay that of bis coachman,
which was a shapeless heap.
CONSTERNATION IN CITY.
The News of the tragedy spread
like wild-tire over the city, and in
every quarter consternation reigned.
The police reserves hurried from all
parts of the city and the various de
palrtments of the government were
nofflied 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 the news, coming aa it'dld
upon the bad tilings from tbe seat of
war and nurs of international com
plications and tile strain incident upon
the hourly expectations of an heir.
. ..-^..v.-.?fijo K" -y wu ERK
?Whatever may have been tho motive
of the crime, the act aroused the
greatest indignation in the city and
condemnation ' lt was general every
Senator Plehve was appointed min
ister-cf inteiior April 18th 1902, and
succeeded Minister Slpiagulne, who
was assassinated two days earlier.
He was formerly the director of the
police department, when he prosecuted
the regicides who were responsible tor
the death of Emperor Alexander ll,
in 1881. before the Emperor called
Plehve to the department of interior,
he had been almost forty years in offi
cial life and at time of his death be
was about tili years old.
SEVERE OK, ?CIAL.
Although of Finnish blood no man
in Russia so signali/.d himself for sev
erity against the Finns. He was re
garded by many as the power behind
the throne, and he was dreaded on
account of his coutrol of the secret
police. lt is also alleged that he
controlled the pi ess of Russia.
ASSASSIN A JEW ANO TOOK POISON.
The assassin, who ls reported to be
?.Jew, V(as taken to Alexandra hos
pital so 'dazed BS LO be unable to
speak. Hi's condltiou ls accounted for
by the fact that he took poison im
mediately after he threw the bomb.
The forceof the explofiou was so great
that windows of the Warsaw hotel,
facing the street, were shattered, and
some Droskev di Ivers lu front of the
railroad station were Injured.
THREW ??OMU*KROM HOTEL WINDOW.
According to the latest account the
bomb was thrown from a window in
the Warsaw hotel, and Von Plebve's
bead was torn oil* and tbe lower por
tion of his body was completely torn
to pieces, while the upper part is unin
jured. (July two conspirators, accord
ii g to this version, were connected
with the tragedy, and one of them
threw the bomb from the window and
then bolted. When lie was captured
another bomb was found lu bis
VON I'LBFIVK STOOD NEXT TO EM
The 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 hy
the populace. Only the assassination
of the Emperor himself could have
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.
WAR OVERSHADOWED UV TRAQEDY.
The trage ly has overshadowed com
pletely the news from the seat of war
and the strained relations with Eng
land, which when St. Petersburg re
tired Friday night appeared to be on
the point of breaking. This morning
the whole scene has changed and thc
war in the east and britain are lost
sight of and another dark tragedy,
which has been added to the manj
already on the pages of Russian his
tory, is the sole and excited topic ol
talk in every corner of the empire.
WAS NO SURPRISE.
A special from Washington Thurs
day says Secretary Hay bas cabled ti
Count LamsdroiT, Russian minister 0!
foreign affairs, an expression of pro
found sympathy ou the loss of hts col
league through the terrible crime re
sulting in bis tragic death. Mr. Hay
telegraphed a fimiliar expression to
Count Cassini, the Russian ambassa
dor to the United States.
The news of the assassination was
brief Hy cabled to tne state department
by Spencer Eddy, American charge at
St. Petersburg, and by Consul Gener
al Watts. The news waB forwarded to
Secretary Ilay at Newbury, N. H.
Although the assassination is deeply
deplored here, lt cannot be said that
it has caused much surprised in circles
here but Informed as to the conditions
in St. Petersburg.
GREENVILLE NEGRO KILLED.
Trio of v^oiiHtabloH Arrested the
Slayer With Dlttlculty.
A special from Greenville to the
State says: Early Thursday morning
Constables Allom, Cooley and Charles
arrested and delivered to the county
jail Roman white, colored, under the
charge of killing Harney Houseton,
colored, at the latter's hou^e near the
city limits on Augusta street.
The body of Houston was found
near the house, bis death having been
caiiEed by a shot through the breast.
Coi oner black was notified and em
paneled a jury who returned a verdict
that tlie death of Houston was caused
by a gunshot wound in the hands of
Kornau White. Thc shooting ls sup
poseded to have .been the result of a
The otllcers had been out all night
on a raid and Thursday morning when
they were near the city limits shots
were heard, two muflled, as if tired
inside a house. The three were 300
yards from the. scene of thc shooting,
and ran toward the houHe. Altorn
went to the rear of the house, a thr^e
room shanty, Charles to the rear and
Cooley ran around the end of the
Altom seeing a negro boy In the
yard, asked where was the party who
did the shooting and was told that he
was in the house. Pushing open the
front door the constable stood face to
face with White, the negro who had
shot Houston. Recognizing the otll
cer. White wheeled around and
reached after his pistol which lay on
i The otllcer was too quick for White
and wbeu the latter found out that
Altom had the drop on him, be faced
At this juncture Charles lired from
behind, and alter a slight resistance
White yielded and was taken in the
city patiol to the county jail. Had
the constable been rash be would !
have shot the negro, who was evident
ly trying to kill bim and would have
dene so hut for Altom's quickness in
handling a pistol.
Constable Cooley found Houston at
the end of the house lying on his back
with a . gunshot wound in his breast
from which the blojd was oozing.. The
j?-?ubrc pistai w?iiotUiWhtt? grabbed
when resisting ls the one used in kill
lng Houston and was tired iou-- times,
two bullets being found In the cham
A brother of the dead boy had a
pistol in his possession which he
claimed belonged to the deceased. It
was a :i2-callbre and had not been
SUMMER SCHOOL CL03E8
Aller a Very IMcnsnut ami 'Profitable
A special to the State from Rock |
Hill says: The State summer school
for teachers closed a very successful
session last Tuesday. The total at
tendance was about :?00 and in addl
li ?n the educational conference add
the State Teachers' association at
tracted a large number of leading edu
catois and laymen.
The great body nf teachers in at
tendadce were diligent and won from
President Johnson an expr ssed opin
ion that the session just closed was
marked by greater energy, more dili
gence and a more enthusiastic profes
sionalism than any previous summer
In his closing remarks he expressed
Winthrop's pleasure at having the
school, and the teachers were made to
reel that all that could be done was for
their pl asure and protit. The splen
did equipment of the college with
every modern convenience, a strong
faculty, a full and well-chosen course
of lectures, and abo the attraction
j 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 hist attractions was a
lecture, full of force and Instruction,
by Dr. J. A. U. Soberer, president of
Newberry college. An address for
the closing evening W;LS announced to
he given hy President Poteat of Fur
man, hut the school was disappointed
upon Dr. Poteat's failure to arrive.
Many are beginning to 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 s ion fail to lill the
demands made upon them.
A Gootl l'lau.
In Germany, winn a person breaks
down with consumption, he !.? sent to
a government sanitarium, where he ls
kept until he recovers or dies. In
the meantime h's family receives a
weekly pension from a fund to which
the pat cut himself contributed when
he was in good health. Hy this means
the risk of spreading thc disease ls
Queer I'lnce ol' Worship.
One cf the most remarkable places
of worship lu the world is the miners'
chapel In Myndd Menlgdd colliery,
Swansea, Wales, lb ls close to the
bottom of thc shaft. The only light
ls that obtained from asclitaiy safety
lamp hung over the pulpit from the
celling, and tho oldest miner in thc
colliery ls generally chosen toofllciate.
A Double Tragedy.
At Dallas, Texas, Samuel Cordell,
an Insurance agent, Pr Ida v shot and
killed his wife while she was asleep,
and then killed himself. Jealousy wai
! given as the cause. Their two chil
dren are left homeless.
TO DECREASE THE OUTPUT.
The Cotton Mill Men Aureo to Cur
Cotton Manufacturers of South (Jaro
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 100,090 adopted resolutions
tbat all mills represented agreed that
production shall be reduced during
the months of August and September
25 per cent.
Tbe resolutions adopt2d were:
"That tbe mills present agree
tbat production shall be reduced
during tbe month of August and
September 25 per cent, by either
running all of the macbiney 75 per
cent, of the time or stopping one
fourth of the machinery all the time,
as may be most advantageous to the
prospective mills, the object being to
limit production to 75 per cent, of
normal, and they further earnestly
recommend that all the cloth mills lu
the States of North Carolina, South
Carolina, Georgia and Alabama which
are not curtailing to t Hs extent shall
do so for the months of August and
September." lt was further agreed
that tbe manufacturers would not pay
Height beyond New York on goods
destined to bleacheries anti that tiic
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
Axed below which the mills will not
sell. A committee was appointed to
notify t he mills of auy changes in
prices. Commission houses will be
notified of this tanti sheet.
Telegrams were received from South
Oarolina manufacturers indicating a
material improvement in the condi
tion of the goods market since the
Spartauburg conference when new
higher prices were agreed upon.
The question of curtailment aroused
most interest and the committee ap
pointed ? t. the loot meeting Lu ascer
tain the extent of curtailment now
existing reported for North Carolina
50 per cent.; South Carolina, 2(5; Geor
gia, Alabama and Mississippi, 25.
.Col. Jas. L. Orr, president of Pied*
mont mills, presided at the meeting
and John A. Law, president of Saxon,
W. E. Beattie, president of Reedy
River, and J. I. Westervelt, president
of Brandon mills, were the secre
The meeting was primarily for the
purpose of considering the curtailment
of the output of goods.
The committee appointed to ascer
tain and to discuss the feasibility of
the proposition is made up as follows:
Alabama, G. AV. Pratt aud 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: South 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 aa to the best
course to pursue in an effort to place
things on a better footing was bad.
There is such a wide margin between
the price of raw cotton and the selling
price of the finished product that
many mills have been running at a
direct loss for some time. The man
ufacturers believe the goods market
should be placed on a more satisfac
tory basis, and that beneiit will result
from concerted action.-Greenville
SNAKES BOARD A SHIP.
Ilundrudw ol' 'Km l-'luuro in Yarn
from Platte Uiver.
Tlie New York Evening Sun, says
members of the crew of the Swedish
steamship bli rest, South America, re
port that snakes of all sizes and in un
heard of numbers took possession of
the ship and threw the erew into a
paule that continued two days and a
night, during which time ninety-eight
reptiles of various sizes up to i2-foot
python were killed and thrown over
board. The story is substantiated by
the exhibition of several skins of the
larger snakes, and was told too earn
estly by the crew to be a mere tale of
the forecastle. The vessel began to un
load quebracho wood at the foot of
Emerson street. Creen port, lt. I. Un
the voyage up the Roi Platte for the
woad she sailed further than any other
steamer bas previously reported. While
taking on ber cargo in June, during
the rainy season, a great Hood wash
ed down the river quantities of debris,
including grass, sod and growths of
various kinds. Some of it drifted
ashore in the vicinity of Hie ship and
against ber sides, lt is well known to
seafaring men that snakes Inhabiting
dense thickets climb trees and tall
bushes, and one may understand that
to climb anchor cables, booms and
gangways ls no handicap to them. At
all events, the snakes got aboard the
ship, into the forecastle, the cabin and
the holds, where the logwood cargo
was stored. The doors of the fore
castle and cabin were Hooded with bot
water to drive the reptiles out, and
natives were hired to kill them as fast
as they appeared. In this manner the
crow reports the disposal of ninety
eight. Then none of the crew would go
into the bolds until they bad a
thorough steaming. No one knows bow
many snakes will ho found among tho
wood, for the hatches were open at
the time of the visitation, and lt is
believed that hundreds found biding
Negroes Not Wanted.
A great many negroes were import
ed Into Chicago to take the places of
strikers In thc stock yards. They
were assaulted and not permitted te
go to work except when they were
secretly spirited into the shops. As
the Augusta Chronicle says, the South
may hang a mean negro occasionally,
but it is the only section of this coun
try where a law-abiding negro can
lind employment without prejudice or
blnderance. And this isaeondslder
ation of vastly more importance to
the respectable negro than any other.
To Succeed Dr. Lander.
Rev. Dr. O. Wilson, presiding elder
1 of the Cokesbury district, bas been
1 elected president of the Wllllainstoii
' 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.
WAS A MOST HORRIBLE CRIME.
Tho Htmbund Wan Mm tiered at tho
Oat? ami Hin Wire, Who Kan
tu Illa Heaouo, Shared
tim Same Fate.
A dispatch from Statesboro, Ga., to
The Augusta Chronicle sayB that
Statesboro and Bullock county were
horrilled Thursday over a diabolical
crime which was perpetrated at the
home of Mr. R. Henry Hodges, seven
and one-half miles west of Statesboro.
Mr. Hodges and hlB family, consisting
of his wife and 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. ISP O
Akins, with whom he stopped a few
minutes on his way home from the
school lu msc. Ile had gone to the
school for his little daughter, who was
delayed by a heavy rain from coming
Mr. Hardy Moore, who lives a mlle
and a half from Mr. Hodges' place,
?rst saw the Ure about 10 o'clock
Thursday night and went to the place
as soon as he could. He found the
house nearly destroyed and could lind
no trace of Mr. Hodges and family,
but found his mule and buggy In the
lot und supposed lie must have been
at home and his body lu the burning
KO UL FLAY SU HE.
Further investigation proved that
there bad been foul play. There were
signs 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 had subsided the bodies of all
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,
the house looted and burned.
There was a lamp found bu nlng at
the front gate after the neighbors
had gathered. It ls supposed it was
left by the murderers in their haste
to get away after searching the
house. The signs of a struggle at the
gat^ are supposed to have been made
by Mr. Hodges and the person or per
sons who committed the crime. He
likely heard a noise and went but to
investigate and was seized, fought for
his life and was murdered by having
his head crushed with some heavy in-,
si ru ment . His body, was carried in
the house and his wife and children
were brained and the home tired to
cover tlie crime.
Business has been suspended at
State sburo 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 bul
lock county, as the people are much
wrought up. Mr. Hodges was Indus
trious and frugal and was thought to
ha\ j considerable cash in his house.
Dispatches have been sent out to hold
all suspicious characters. Sheri IT Ken
drick has wired to Savannah for the
Chatham county bloodhounds to as
sist in tracking the criminals.
KILLKI) AT Tn IS OATH.
Further investigation proves that
Mr. Hodges was seized some distance
from his dwelling and struggled for
his life until he reached his gate,
when lie was knocked down and 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. Tue robbers likely did
not expect to lind him ot t of the house
at that time of night, but us they did
they decided to get rid of him and
proceeded to take lils life. Ills wife's
tracks were found coming ifroni the
bouse to the gate, and lt is thought
that she heard the noise and came out
willi the lamp to see what was the
matter, and she was killed at the gate
als ), and both budies carried In the
house and the house searched for
money, the children killed and the
Tbe hollies were all round In one
room, the man, woman and oldest
child occupying positions opposite to
whore the beds weye, which shows they
were lett lying on the floor. One of the
smaller children was in the remains of
the tied und the other in a cradle. Mr.
Hodges was struck only on the back of
the head, willie his wife was struck on
Hie forehead and Hie l ack pirt, the
top of her skull being nearly severed.
Mr. Hodges' ax was found near the
bodies. Tho bloody work was done
with this instrument. There bad been
a rain 'uso before the crime was com
mitted, which will be an aid In over
taking the criminals.
DOOS TA KK Tl IK TUA IL..
Track were found In the rear of the
house across a corn patch of a person
wearing a small dress shoe and one
barefooted, but having small feet.
Sheriff Kendrick put his dogs on the
track and run lt off from the house
apiece and fouud they tock the run of
a branch a hundred yards or so, but
the dogs bad no trouble in (hiding the
scene anew and were running lt when
the Chronicle man left, and it is
though,. Hie criminals will he caught.
People are present from all over the
county and a large posse is following
the dogs. Two of the children v\ere
very small, which only makes the deed
MUKDKIIKKS A IlKKSTKD.
Several negroes have been arrested
for the murder and the burning of the
house. Paul heed and Will Cato arc
Hu; 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
1 were found near the scene of the
1 crime. She says thc two men were
gone several hours and when Paul came
back, lt was about one o'olock. He
was barefooted and had blood on his
pants &<$ his clothes were wet. He told
her he Vud committed a horrible orime.
She iu^her stabed that Paul Reed und
Will .0 ?0 went to Mr. Hodges Satur
day-ph lt week to commit the crime,
but met Mr. Hodges before they got to
the house and decided that the oppor
tunity, j was not as favorable as
they wiBhed, and decided to defer
lt till another time. They told
Mr. Hodges they came to get some
spirits of turpentine. She says there
are others implicated. She knows
by what} she has heard from Reed and
Cato's talk. R?ed bold her he would
kill her if she told it. The woman says |
tbatu-Rcrd and Cato Bald that Mr.
Hodges had three hundred dollars bur
led back of his house and they were
going to have it.
.KILLED Hi: 3ELF.
Negro, ?Ved Brown, Cuta nia Throat |
; n|ln tho Penitentiary.
We'ojip the following from The
State, which says: Fred Brown, a
life terni , negro convict, sent up for
murder, out his throat after making a
murderous assault Thursday afternoon
upon Will Lewis, also a life term
negro convict in the penitentiary.
Browp: Was head couk of the guards'
and otlicers's mess and Lewis ls a
waiter. The light b-piran In the
kitchen and the otllcers were aroused
from dinner by Lewis rushing Into the
room, ;; stream of blood gushing from
his ne-K, and Brown Dashing after
him wyalong kitchen carving knife.
Afternani chase Brown was over
power?d'and taken to the whipping
room'beneath the hospital. While
wailir . there for instructions the
guard dd little attention to the man
until l?:; heard an exclamation, and
looklng. up saw the murderer slashing
his own! throat. He lived for several
hours, cdying at 8.:iO Thursday night.
Messrs. W. 6. Black, boukkeper, T.
H. Leiieiia. commissariat: Dr. S. E.
Harm'^ Capt. J. M. Graham and
First Saargeant 0. C. Roberts were at
dinner in the mess when Brown at
tacked Lewis in the kitchen, which is
only lb br 12 feet from the mess hall.
No quarreling was heard. Not a sin
gle discordant word in the routine
service was noticeable, uot even an
audlbln suggestion from the cook to
his assj^bant. Suddenly they heard a
scream and immediately the lleeing
servant ?waa rushing into the room
shouting: ' Stop him! he's killing
me!" Then everything was . turned
topsy turvy as the odlcers saw the
form ^f-./irown with a long lU-inch
catVinteknife in his hand making des
perdte ?unges at the lleeing man try
ing tn ktab him in the back.
In and out thc otllcers' quarters and
the building the infuriated
Pursued bis victim with the
otlicersJin hot chase after the would
As Brown was about to ?
he made a.tlesperate cast of
i Utrr^j once knife" at' the" head ol' his,
escaping foe, the knife sinking deep
into a.half closed door through which
the pursued man had just passed.
Sergeant Roberts was the first to
seize Brown and when the other oQl
cere arrived he was turhed over to a
guard with orders to take him to the
whipping room and wait instructions,
as the superintendent must always
hear the cause before corporal punish
ment is administered. While walting
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, he hacked and raked at his
throat until the windpipe was com
Dr. S. E. Harmon at this time was
in the hospital with Will Lewis, whose
head and neck wore badly cut and he
did not know uf'the sequel until some,
time later. Ile summoned Dr. L. A.
Gritllth and they did everything In
their power to save Brown's lite. The
wound was sewed up and treated.
The man talked for a short while.
He stated tint he Intended to kill
Lewis but would not tell why or what
brought on the assault.
Lewis, who is still in the hospital,
but ls not considered dangerously
wounded, stated to a repoiter Thurs
day that he and Bru.'.ii had been
friends for years and had never had
any trouble of the slightest nature.
Ile 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
fully worried today," Lewis got a pan
and was stooping over a pot when
without another word he was struck
in the back of the hoad with the big
Fred Brown had been in the peni
tentiary for Bl years. Ile was con
victed of murdering Lem Jackson,
colored, at Belleville, Lexington coun
ty, in June, 1890, aud was sentenced
by Judge 1. ?. Witherspoon to bi
hanged March ?0, 1901, In the Lex
ington jail. During this interval
Brown escaped jail but was recaptured
and on the night before he was to ex
piate his crime Gov. B. II. Tlllmar
commuted the sentence to life impris
onment in the State penitentiary.
During Gov. McSwecney's adminis
tration several petitions for the man'.'
pardon' were "ubmitted to that olllciai
but he refused executive clemency
and since then the officials say Browr
had become morose and dejected, fre
quently saying thcie was no hope foi
bim and he would have to spend bh
entire life in prison, which he would
say was worse than death.
Superintendent Griillth says Browr
has been one of the best convicts ir
tho prison and has for years been cook
for the ollicers' mess but that recently,
since he was refused pardon, has acted
queerly. It is his belief that thc
man was crazy when be attempted thc
lile of his life-term companion.
A special to The Augusta Chronicle
from Washington, Wilkes county
Georgia, says tint while Charley J
Tyler, a prominent young larmer o
the northeastern section of the coun
ty was at supper with his wife Fri
day night, Dr. Thomas C. Burel
emptied two loads of buckshot from thi
window In the body of Tyler kllllni
him Instantly. Dr. Burch has beer
takon In custody aud otllcers are nov
..carrying him to Washington, thi
! I county Beat of Wilkes county.
SLAYER OF DAWSON,
Dr. Thomas D. McDow, Pound Dead
ia His Bed.
IN HIB HOUSE ALL ALONE.
J luigi from trio state or ills
I> e e u m p o s e tl Body, He
Must Have Been Dead
A special to the State from Oharles
leston says: Dr. Thomas B. MoDow,
the slayer of Capt. F. W. Dawson,
late editor of The News and Courier,
was found dead in bed at his residence
on R-itledge avenue Tuesday morning,
having been dead since probably
Saturday night or Sunday morning,
judging from the state of decomposi
tion of the body. Dr. MeDow's wife
and daughter were in tbe mountains
and be bad been occupying the house
alone, which accounts for the long
time that elapsed between his death
and the buding of his-body.
The discovery of the dead body was
made by J. U. McDow,.a .stableman,
cousin of the deceased, who was
no!?lied Tuesday morning about 8
o'clock by Dr. MeDow's negro buggy
driver that he had not seen the doc
tor since Saturday ufternoon and was
fearful that something bad happened
to bim. When the uegro failed to see
the doctor Tuesday be concluded that
be had taken a run out of the city,
but buding tbe house shut up again
Tuesday morning, after attending to
tbe horse and stable be notified the
cousin of the aead man. Me Dow
forced open the door of the house, and
then entered the bedroom, to lind the
doctor dead. The room was In an
orderly condition. Tbe mosquito net
bad been carefully tucked lu around
the mattress, Dr. MeDow's clothes
were laid on a chair near his bed and
cf water and a glass steed
on a table by tbe bed. Tbe body waa
on its back, with the arms carefully
thrown over the chest. There was
no evidence of any struggle and it
looked as though death bad peacefully
and suddenly come to bim.
NO AUTOPSY HELD.
An autopsy was not held, being con
sidered unnecessary on account of Dr.
Mc Dow having been under treatment
foi- heart disease, Dr. A. E. Baker Is
suing a csrtitlcate that this was the
cause of lils death. Dr. McDow had
a fainting spell-a few days ago ' at the
otllce of the Charleston Light and
Water company while paying bis wa
ter rent, and the .supposition is that
the repetition of the attack was too
great a strain for the organ . o bear
and be succumbed under it during
Saturday night or Sunday morning.
Dr. McDow was 49'yearsof age. He
has been practicing bis. profession here'
for a number of years and wis- con
sidered to ?be^in good'r?lrftum?Bn??S;;
He bad a nice home on Rutledge ave
TOE DAWSON THAGEDY.
On March 12, 1899, Dr. McDow
shot and killed Capt. Francis War
rington Dawson, editor of The News
and Courier, one of the best known
men in South Carolina and a man of
national reputation in the world of
journalism and politics! Capt. Daw
son had gone to Dr. MeDow's jfllce to
remonstrate with him concerning
alleged attention by him to a young
woman employed as a domestic in
Capt. Dawson's family, and it was
while the two men were alone in the
otllce that the killing occured, at
about 4 o'clock in the afternoon. It
was not until several hours afterward
that the tragedy became known and
it made an immense sensation in
Charleston and all over tho country'.
After killing Capt., Dawson, by shoot?
lng him with a revolver," Dr. Mp Dow'
attempted to bide the body In a small
unpaved passageway leading from bis
otllce, which he tried to dig a grave.
Ile testitied at bis trial, upon a ciiarge
of murder, that this was done lu the
high excitement and nervous trepida
tion following tbe death of bis victim
and not with any intelligent idea of
hiding the result of his deed, and that
as soon as he bad come to a realiza
tion of what he had done, he reported
the death of Capt. Dawson to the
The trial of Dr. McDow was an
event of absorbing interest in Charles
ton and every feature of it was closely
followed by the crowds that - packed
the court bouse. He was acquitted
upon a plea of self-defense, bis claim
being that Capt. Dawson had threat
ened him and bad struck at him with
a heavy cane.
lu the excitement followiug the
lirst news of the killing of Capt. Daw
son, there was some talk of a lynching
parly and actually plans were laid by
, some of the overwrought friends of tbt
slain editor to take Dr. McDow fr?re
I the county jail and execute bim sum
I marlly, but better councils, -fortified
greatly by citations of Capt. Dawson'!
j own timi views upon the dignity o
the law, prevailed, and there was n<
Since the tragedy Dr. McDow ba
. continued to live in the house on Rut
J ledge avenue and to have bis otllce a
, the place where be killed Capt. Daw
son, and lt was in that residence thai
bc died and bis bjdy was found. *
Died I'rniu Cigarettes.
! Mr. Chas. Steele, a young mau 2;
years of age, shut himself through tin
head with a revolver at the borneo:
1 his brother, William Steele, In Vau
} cluse near Aiken on Sunday afternoon
" His bram was pierced with the bullei
: and lt ls reported there Monday tba1
' he is dying. Disappointment In lovi
j is said by some to be the cause ol' bi
' act, and by others it is thought tba
his brain was et?ected by cigarette
; Woman Instantly Killed.
. Thursday In the Ashmore section
? nine miles from Greenville, Lem
f Agnew accidentally killed Minnie Mc
? Kurnell, another negro woman, wltl
. a small parlor rifle. The McKarne;
1 woman was sick and the other ha<
1 called to visit her. The rlile was on i
? tablo nearby and as the visitor plckei
1 lt up to lay lt aside it was accidental
' ly discharged, tho ball entering th
J sick woman's brain over tbe left eye
producing Instant neath.
DEATH OF MB. H. H. CEU H.
Dlea Soddenly from a Stroke or Av
Wo clip the following from the Den
mark correspondent of the State which
says Mr. H. H. Crum died at his resi
dence here Tuesday at ll . o'clock,
lingering less than 12 hours after the
stroke of appoplexy of the evening be
? Mr. Crum had spent Monday out on
his plantation, several miles from
town, where he was superintending the
cutting a canal through his lands and
bad been Interested in this work for
several days previous. Ile returned to
hlB home at the close of the day, ate a
hearty supper and showed no sigu of
the approaching stroke. After supper
was "over he retired to his favorite
porch' to catch the cool breeze pf the
evening. A few minutes later Iiis wife
joined him, but did not remain with
him, feeling that the cool air was not
beneficial to her. Mr. Crum remained
in ?the piazza for a short time before
he was heard by his family making
bis way .-to an inner appartment. Be
got to the Bitting room, closed the
ana locked it. A few feet away from
the door, or just as he turned from
the door bo join his family, he must
have received the apopletlc stroke.
Mrs. Crum was engaged in conversa
tion with her children and expected
every minute to see her husband enter
the room. Fifteen minutes or more
elapsed before she began to bblnk that
possibly the repetition of the nols?
made by-her husband, the moving of.
the foob Over bhe floor and forced clear
ing of bhe throat, meant ill news to
bis beloved family. Mrs. Crum went
out to Bee bim and fouud tue bail
dark. Calling for a match, bhe gas was
lighted,, and there sat her husband on
the floor, one arm resting on a large
rocking chair, his head inovlug bo and
fro. Mrs. Crum called bo him, he look
ed upTnto her face and tried to speak.
Mr. Crum had evidently tried to get,
up, using the chair as a support, or
possibly he felt the attack coming on
bim and tried to sit in the chair.
Physicians and kind friends were
called, bub the stroke was serious and
gradually life ebbed away.
Ills entire family and many friends
stood around his bed unbil death came.
M.s. Crum and her children are grief
stricken, and bhe community mourns
bhe loss of a good clbizen. Mr. Crum
had just completed his One residence
on Palmetto avenue, and had scarcely
bad time bb place in order bis new
home,' and in one sense' a new and
happy life bad only begun.
Mr. Crum was 40 years old aud had
Ber ved Barnwell and later Bamberg
county .in the lower house of the gen
eral assembly several terms, after
which he was elected in 1 DOO by the
general assembly to manage the State
dispensary, - all of which positions he
filled with exceptional satisfaction bo
His .body was Interred?. Wndn^d^y
at ll o'clock at the Denmark cerne-""
Died in Religious Service.
,Mrs." Mary Blocker, wife of Joshua
Blocker, mobher of 10 children, all liv
ing, died during services ab Taylor
chapel in the upper township of Rich
land county on Wednesday. The ques
tion was asked by the pastor. "Who
would meet him On the obher Bhoie?"
She responded that she WOU'.J and
commencsd falling. She war. caught
by lier sisters, who prevented her f rom
falling bo bhe door. This was ab about
10 p. m. The membership crowded
around, rubbed her vigorously, ap
plied first cold water and afterwards
camphor. Consclouspess not return?
lng, about 12 m. Dr. Lever was sent
for, and arr'lved at the* church at 1 a.
m. The woman wa? puk-eless and no
sound could be heard over the heart
and no breathing. She had vomited'
from mouth aod tluld was in the nos- j
trlls. KlTorbs were made bo Induce
artiliclal respiration for half an hour
or more when she was left to family
for disposition. ' *
Civil Service Examinations.
The United Stabes civil sar vice com
mission announces an examination on
August 17-13* li?, 1904-, at Columbia tb
secure eligibles from -which tO make
certification to., fill a vacancy ;ln the?
position of euglneer draftsman lp to?
supervising architect's ortlce, ab ixl ,200
. per annum, and obher similar vacan
cies as bhey may occur in that otUce..*
On August 24ih?atr' examination to
secure eligibles, for-the-. position of
economic tand stratigraphic geologist
and paleontologist Jri yhe'* PtyUlppfne
' service ab 82,000 per annum W.IU >be
held. ' /. . F . . J < .
On August/31st another. examina
tion secure .eligibles for the ? position
of bookkeeper )n the reclamation ser
vice of. bhe geological J survey will be
held. This position carrlcs>a salary
'? of $2,000 per 'annum. * 1 ' ? J ?
l :? : . -.-r.-? f \ tri ? * . ?
(i e o rfc 1 a. . Fa mi i y jM-ujr d e r e d.
I : . A special frum Sfcateboro,' Qa., says
i that Henry Hodges? nig wlfe-and three
f children were brutally-murdered near
) there Thursday night. , Af tor the
crime, had been c'ommlbbed bbelr home
? was burned.' Corpses: found in bhe
- debris fellowed that the skulls 'of the
t grown people had .been, hroken. by
?i blows from some blunt lnsbrumenb.
b Robbery is supposed, to,have been the
motive: - No arres tis ' h?ve y e't been
made. There ls 'thc greatest excre
ment in Sbatesboro and vicinity.
s .'.??i lOntorciiiK the IJAW.
f Justice David Gllmer, at Johns
. bown, Pa., has just imposed what is
probably the heavlesb fines ever made
1 under bhe presenb fish laws of bhe
t 8bate upon three men who were" con
2 vlcbed of catching 160 oirp and . cat
s tish by building a feuce across Buffalo
I creek, driving the tish Into wire pens
;. and killing them. The line was $10
* for each fish, or a total of 8l,?(!0, in
lieu of which they must serve Ititi
days In jail. ' 1
There are 994 mutual telephone sys
i terns of rural character; with '89,3IC
y Instruments and 70,915 miles of single
1 wire.' In. addition bo bheae bhe com
x merdai companies operate (6,598 rural
1 lines, with 198,425 miles of single wire
. and 121,905 telephones. There are also
e 4,985 independent farmers' lines with
i, 49,905 miles of single wire and 55,47-1
Of His Nomination at His Borne at
HE ACCEPTS THE NOIdTNATIOH
In the Presenoe of an Assemblage of
Distinguished Bien. A Pho
tographer Was Present
to Take Them All.
On last Thursday Theodore Roose
velt formally opened the campaign o?
1904 at hlB beautiful country home at
Sag inure 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 an assemblage of men distin
guished lu all walks of lifo, he formal
ly received and accepted the nomina
tion of the Republican party for
president of the United Staten.
Speaker Oana n and his committee
of notification together with many ot
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 the committee
and other guests as they arrived at
Sagamore Hill. Ile knew almost
every man personally. After the visi
tors had been greeted by the president,
Secretary Loeb presented each one to
Mrs. Roosevelt and to Miss Alice
Roosevelt. The guests were seated on
the veranda, where the notification
ceremony was held. A3 Speaker Can
non, attired in a dark gray frock suit,
stepped upon a chair standing near
the veranda railing, hs was given a
cordial reception. .
While Mr. Cannon read his speech,
President Roosevelt stood at his right
band, giving close attention to the
Mrs! Roosevelt, surrounded by her
children, Kermit, Ethel and Quentin,
stood facing Mr. Cannon, almost in
the centre of the orowd. Mr. Cannon
was interrupted frequently by ap
President Roosavelt shook Mr. Can
non's hand heartily at the conclusion
of his speech and then mounted the
chair to deliver his address in re
sponse. He was gl ven 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
he seldom referred to it. The address
was punctuated by applause.
When he concluded he was heartily
congratulated first by Speaker Can
non, then by Chairman Cortelyou and
hy,the pthprq^rpsqnt. . y ? ;:>_1 .
After the informal reception which*
followed the address Speaker Cannon
suggested that all the visitors assem
ble on jhe lawn at the foot of the ve
randa steps "in order that they may
have ther respective shadows secured
ere che substance fa-le. " As the pres
ident descended the steps to face the
pnotographer, he called for Gov. Par
dee of California and W. S. Simpson
of Texas to stand near him. These
two with Speaker Cannon, Chairman
Cortelyou, Gov. Odell of New York,
Cornelius N. Bliss and Fra'ak S.
Black, stood about the president as
the photographs were-taken.
A buffet luncheon followed and the
guests were served by the president's
e. did ron and his nephews and nieces,
i Senator Platt aud Elihu Root were
not present but sent regrets. .
Tho Western States.
Conditions In several of the western
States, Senator Dubois said in a re
cent interview with Judge Parker,
give the Democrats a good chance of
success. He mentioned particularly
;ldaho, Colorado, Mootana and Neva
da. In Washington it bas been set
tled thiit Former Senator George
Turner. wlll: be nominated for the gov
ernorship' There is a local fight on
IO Washington over an effort to com
pol the ; railroads to pay "their Just
Mh-are of., taxation," which Senator
DuJnois?declares will weaken the Re
publican party and, added to the per
sdual'ipopularity of Senator Turner,
will enable the .Democrats to carry
f_ Hi ll.Ml liy a fruin.
t Jim Petty, colored, aged HO years,
Was struck hy a yard shifter near the
Southern depot In Spartanburg Thurs
day ' night, and died from the effeots
of his Injuries early Friday morning.
There were no eyewitnesses to the ac
cident. It appears that about 10
o'clock last 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. Ab 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
Three Killings In Uno Day.
A disdatch from Greenville says
Barney Houston, colored, was shot
and Instantly killed by his step-father
there Thursday. Jane Aguew, col
ored, was shot Wednesday evening
and Instantly killed by another col
ored woman. The shooting ls said to
have been accidental. A negro man
was shot and supposed to be fatally
injured by a young physician near
Marlettu Thursday. The shooting
was in self defense as the negro armed
with a gun, v/as said to be advanolng
on the white man when shot. All
three shootings occurred in that coun
! ty within twenty-four hours.
Wo Hope He Wiii.
The Columbia Record says Chair
man .Taggart, of the Democratic com
mittee, lt is stated, has long desired
the honor of leading tho party to vic
tory. He made an act! ve campaign to
having himself elected to the position,
and In the face of considerabl? opposi
tion ids 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.