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A GRUEL llRL I
i-loped With and Married Her
Own Mother's Husband.
THE PITIABLE STORY
Ai Told by tbe Outraged Wife in the
New York Courts in Her Plea fer
a Divorce from Her Cruel and
Unnutural Husband Who
No modern Instance is comparable |
4? the case of Mrs. Bruce Crane Nu.
2, who ousted ber own mothers's af
fections out of the heart of her own
stepfather, whose first wife was Mrs.
Crane No. 1-the new bride's own
mother-and eloped with him.
Bruce Crane lias just married his
divorced wife's daughter, co-respond
ent in this ignoble case.
Where may one find a situation
and a complication more heartless?
Mrs. Bruce Crane, who was Mrs.
Jeanue Burchard Brainerd before she
became Mri. Bruce Crane, bad two
daughters when she intrusted herself
and her widowhood hito the bands of
Mr. Biuoe Crane, then a struggling
and afterward, while she was his wife
-matured Into one of the most dis
tinguished landscape painters In the |
whole United States.
When the secend Mrs. Bruce Crane's j
own mother was In tho slough of des
pond and was cast Into prison, she I
did not visit her own mother. Bot
she kept on keeping hou-.e for her fa- !
mous stepfather, Bruce Crane.
When, after tho first Mrs. Bruce
-Crane, who had given up ad money,
-<d everything she bad in life to give]
Mfind when ber daughter took tbe
c i ti n ? s i? ne art'st father against ber
MonSracnher' shf Jw ?ot cyen vl,t8,t
nd, on loop^er ?ber dire extremity.
>v .' Jv t..-ne first Mrs. Bruce Cram;
wasv^?a?ed before a magistrate in a
p?lice court in Greater New Yo:k
h'er.own daughter who has succeeded
to her own mother's "nr. mo and
fame," let ber be looked up in a ceil
like any common, ordiuarj unfortu
nate without coming to the rescue
and now ofter all the agony of spirit
the flrstvMrs. Bruce Crane bas gone
through-7g^oaded so by desperation
that she dyen bad to brg- as a tinal
release from all her intense misery
that she must camr her own daughter
as the co-respondent of ber husOand,
hisstepdauRbter and natural guardian
of the child t>? whom she had intrust"
ed him, her portion ls that of Intense
shame. She has seen all ber hops s
bl isted, all 1er life ruined, and
alt the field of her txisteucc ungar
nercd by the unnatural conduct of her
daughter who has stolen away from
her own mother the heart of her
A woman had been found in New
York leaning against au iron railing
In Eighth avenue, between, Fifty
sixth and Fifty-seventh streets, in
the evening, lt was lu December,
when it was bleak, cold, dismal. Ii
was just ten days beiore Christmas,
to, when the whole city is t-.uppr.ed
to be alive to the most^^mrh\is-^p?Tiir
of Christianity : "Pejte on earth, good
will to men.""
she cuild barely
ie and ber address,
oh Bruce," she kept on
.If tiiere were an ache In
'count- and a break In her heart.
?Bufanda; 0 ?or ^ruce> ?r mv little
Officer O'Leary, of the West Forty
seventh street police station, found
her.#Wlth the quick instinct of his
profession he knew at once that she
wasj? getulewi ra;ui in a most cleplor
abl? situation. Ile pi udertd a mo
W" "Where is your home Madame.
" Do you want to go bonn;?"
"Home, Hone-yis, no, oh yes,
take me heme! No, don't, don't"
There was a cut over ono one of her
eyes, wbicli might Have been the re
suit of a fall, and the i Ulcer called f.li
an ambulance and took her to the
Roosevelt Hospital. Finally, after
her mino had quickened a little bit
with warmth arter ber c-srosure, she
gave her na me iud address;
"Mrs. Bruce Craue, Nu. 95 Fifth
"j husband was notified. She sent
\jer daughter Annie. The daughter
ant no response. Thu husband made
effort to come to ber rescue.
?So she had to be taken like any
cr ni mon unfortunate to the station
house. Even after another notifica
tion Bruce Crane did not bail her out,
nor did his stepdaughter bastea to her
Can one Imagine a more heartless or
crueller ordeal than this, which hap
pened the next morning in the York
ville Police Court,?
Shu was arra.gned In com t early be
fore Magistrate Carne, who happened
to be sitting. Alone with all the or
dinary ' drunks" and '"thugs" and
"riff-ra tl " of ? great city Policeman
O'Leary produced his prisoner. There
.was that innate something In her
bearing, her carriage, ber dignity,
that instantly compelled all eyes to
focus on her, for Mrs. Bruce Crane
has always been a handsome woman.
Scarcely anybody could hebe ve his
eyes when tho conventional charge
was made-"a vagrant and Intoxicat
ed." Poor woman, what made ber
Then, and only then, did Bruoe
She was gowned In a smart freck of
dose-titting gray cloth. ULT splendid
b'ond hair under ber little ti (jue took
all thc glints of the sun that stole tuto
the dln?y, 111-smclllng piacc.
He and she stood facing each other.
She gave bim one look. She salo
nothing. Ile turned his bead away
and in answer to the question of thc
Magistrate. "What do you wish
done?" He said with calm, cold and
"I think she had better bc put
under retraint for awhile. 1 ba ve tried
In every way to reform her. 1 have
Bent her to various asylums and sani
tariums. I have placed her with
friends of the family and with private
physicians but lt lias all been of no
avail. I have pleaded with ber for
the sake of our chl.dicu"
Thon the storm in the heart of
Mrs. Crane broke: 'Our children I
she echoed In an impassioned out
burst; "why aro they not hen ? Where
ls my Annie, my child-not yours,
ntt ourB, but oiy own. Oh, my Cod,
why does bhe not come to help mo now
-row, when I moat need a daughter's
"I think my wife needs a physi
cian's ministration moro," broke in
Mr.* Crace, still with the most steady
calm. Mr. Crane trifled with hiB mus
The situation was pl ti s ole; the at
mosphere was tense
"Oh, Bruce, Bruce, what are you
doing?" She turned and throwing hex
arms about his neck, kissed him again
and again. .
Ile tried to break away from bei
grasp uud her passionate appeal.
"Where is my daughter? Don't
seperate us; for God's sake don't!"
The answer carno as if slit from ice
"You cannot go back to your cull
"Don't say that after all I hav<
done for you. Oh, Bruce, let me g<
back to my children, my babies. Thc*
ueed their mothar. What are yoi
doing?" she suddenly cried outhystt r
ically. "Are you stealing their luv?
from mi ?"
"Don't seperate us for the love o
our unborn child; duu't do it; don'
do it. You used to love n e-yoi
know you did. If I bave transgressed
you know why and what made me di
it. I am distraught, besides myself
Take me back to you, to shield he
rgainst herself, and-you.
"Ob, Bruce, Bruce, 1 plead to you
Bruce," she kept tu imploring. "
plead to you as I have never plead M
before and never will plead again. N
matter what I have done recently
forgive me for Annie's sake, whor
you say you love like your ow
"You know, too," she went on i
the anguish ot her sou', "that I at
weak and worn out with nursing yo
througl" typhoid and am not yet ove
the effects ot my own typhoid, whio
I got curing my vigil for your ow
welfare. You know I have given ye
all, all my money, all my love, all m
hopes, all my life."
At bois crisis even the stolid cali
of the brilliant landscape painte
seemed to remake him. Tears stol
lu his eyes. Ills immediate emetic
everwheimed him. Ile was ab .ut t
gasp out-wheu In a second's silen<
lu the whole tierce outburst theta wi
au Interruption. Thero fell from tl
mcuth of the Magistrate hlmsc
these clear cut words:
'"Slr," said Magistrate Crane, a<
dressing Bruce Crane, "you have
stern and, perhaps, a harsh duty
per.omi. You must face lt like
n an. You must do it for ber sal
and for the sake of your children ai
yourself." Then turning to Mr
Crauo, he said: ''1 will detain yt
only temporarily until .0 ?no rev."
Mrs. Crane, weak and exhaust?
ahnest fell to the tl or. BiUCO Crai
sneaked hurriedly away.
It waa at this epoch in his Ufo tb
Bruce traue created a painting ai
called lt "Sirirlse." Imaglnatl
friends have declared that when tl
Strong picture was created they er
In lb tin motive of au Idea to deptl
h's wbe le soul at that time.
The long stretch of the dreai
wearisome marsh was to typify
his own, Intense setf -his own wta
ness ar_d dreariness with his os
The dull, cold, gray foreground w
his own heart; the overlying .-.now a
tho. bleak hills was lils wife's shad?
on his hf?-; the rising, sun, aglow
the far-away heavens was his wif
I daughter-the one bright, hope!
It was after several most tain
episodes that Mrs Bruce Crane u
?^e^fie^fjCT^Siit^hiid given Bruce Cn
her love, she fi&?- given him 1
money, she was a br?ThLUt^rrT^rt
herself, and abe had impelled him
her own incentive and wifely help
the rond to becoming one ofHhe me
successful oiid distinguished palnti
of American landscape.
Then there came the little rift
the lute that was Impossible to
Mrs. Cnme discovered that her O'
child was accepting the attentions
her own husband.
She was utterly discarded and fore
to watch this utmost degeneracy.
lb bad been uttered in the <
world, where Bruce Crane aud I
wife moved at that time, that M
Bruce ('ratio murmured:
"1 almost wish now that she h
died before she was born." Mr. Bri
Crane afterward: "It's everythl
or sulc'de for me."
Mrs. Crane kept up ber method!
Impulse. "De seems so fond of 1
own daughter, lie does not seem
care for me," his own wife."
Imagine Mr. Bruce Crane readl
Into two women's heart at the sa
time-especially when one behan
to his wife and tho other belonged
his ow 1 wife's daughter. And tl
came next, for or against divorce
most ignoble ploa, aa one may look
lt. It has been sahl that the mot!
favored the dissolution, to save 1
own daughter name
Anyway, it wits asked by the tnotl
of her own child, against her own h
haul. The stepdaughter was cot
peridot t In Hie piteous case. Toe
the daughter is acclaimed Bri
Urane'} wife. A tl her own moth
Well, her own mother-she vi
br? ught ber into the world-ls I
outcast, divorced wile of the mau w
ls living with the daughter In 1
pale of the law as his own, partied
'My troubles with my husband
gan," she has confessed, "when I ti
dh covered his relations with
daughter. I must tell the wli
naked truth. 1 upbraided both
them, but they b^th denied
charges. 1 know what I was talk
ibout, and my own little girl -
.II Ge girl 1 bad brought Into
world-said to me, 'Why, marni
?rou must be mad. You are crazy.
" 'Yrs,' said Mrs. Crane, my c
ltisban 1, chiming in, 'you must
;razy.' I bad had moughsjnow
nuke me so.
"Aftar that my life with Mr Cr;
md m; little daughter Annie been
i veril; ble Inferno on earth for 1
le begin to persecute and mg rn?
ivery v ay possible U> think of. <
:an't one imagine the torture I 1
toing through-and always:
lided aodabbettcd by my owndau
e r, my own offspring:
"So lt went on and on. Ho bei
o persecute me In every way.
truck me even and knocked me- de
vheu 1 remonstrated against the 1
ul life we were living among (
ul ves. There .stu. ms to mo notb
ike it even In the Greek trager les
"I was nervous, upnot, unstru
nay one wonder?
"So I was c .j iled into a taultarl
"To forget what?
"That both my husband and
laughter swore that I was wliiini
0 there -and that my husband
my daughter were masquerading as
'Mr. and Mts. Riobard B. Warner
and consorting from one uotel and
from one home to auother home and
"1 had been mortified, chagrined,
struck ? ) the heart as witt a dagger.
And when I called my daughter to an
accounting, as I thonght 1 had the
right in motherhood, she nualn stab
bed me by Baying: 'Oh, M.i, you're
orazy, you know. Why torment Mr.
Crane so? He has the real artlstlo
temperament, like 1 have. You d< n't
understand bim. Why not go av ay
again now and have a long reBt?'J
"It was then stung to the int er
most quick of my soul, that I be; an
my suit for divorce against B.?co
Crane, naming my own datghtei as
co-respondent, May God foregive
thom, they know not what thoy
did;"-New York American.
THE COT ION QUESTION
Di bated in Hu: House hy Johnson
and oilier Congressmen.
During the debate on the army ap
proprlation bill lu the house Wednes
day Mr. Johnson (S. C.) rr ade a short
speech on the cotton question. He
called attention to what he said was
a systematic tfort, unfortunately
successful, to bear down the price of
cotton, and asserted that there was
no justification for such a brutal cam
paign of deception and misrepresen
tation. T know," he said, "there
are some kid glove gentry in New
York who would not know u cotton
patch trori a pea patch, who are un
dertaking to tell the world that the
southern larmer can make cotton at
41 cents." If be bad the power, he
3a!d, bc would have every man who
gambled la cotton on the New York
Cotton Exchange and who said that
cotton coi.ld be produced at 4? cents
go down and with his own uaked
hands pull the bell cord of a mule and
make cotton at that pr Ice.
Mr. Douglass (N. Y.), Interjected
thc remark that most of the men
speculating on the New York ox
change were southern men, which
caused Mr. Johnson to declare that
whether they were southern men or
not, they were enemies of southern
people audof good morals every where.
The people of the south were holding
cotton which they had no more Idea
of parting with at the pr?tent price
enan the uwucra of Gutted States
bonds had of sell lr g them at 25 cents
on the dollar. Ile predicted that be
fore September 1, 1005, thousands of
spindles in the United States and
abroad would be Idle because ot tholr
Inability to get cotton to .pin.
Mr. Johnson argued t:?at lt would
be perfectly right for the southern
cotton growers to agree a nong them
selves tp,?oa reduction of the cotton
crop to the exient of 5.) per cent.
Mr Slaydeu (Texas) said that a cur
tailment of the cotton trop in this
country would only encourage thc
greater production off^t in other
countries. He warned tie* southern
members that they should not bo de
luded by the Idea that the south pos
sessed the only climate o * soll which
could produce cctton prottab'.y.
( timi i".?htm?.
A special from Manila says an en
gagement which took pla:e on Janu
ary 8, with refractory Moros on the
island of Jolo, Lieut. Jaa es J. Sewell
and one private of the Fourteenth
Cavalry were killed and second Lieut.
Roy W. Ashbrook, of thc Seventeenth
Infantry, Capt. Halstead ?orcyj? .Kthe
Fourth Infantry, Second jieut. R. C.
.JjLiehardson.'of the Fo.urftesnth ca airy
and - lUxfie-^riv?tes wer > wou ded.
The action was In connection with
the capture of a fort held by thc .toro
outlaws which Maj >r Scoot, govi rnor
Ot the island, had attempted tos cure
by peaceful means several mo J tbs
aiio. Recently while attotipting to se
cure recruits on the Island klnaly
means taken by Major Scott were mis
taken hy surrounding Moros and
trouble brewing necessitated forcible
action. The Mero leadi r has been kill
ed ar.d the fort bas been dlstroyed.
American troops were assisted by the
gunboat Quires In command of Lieut.
Walker. Lieutenant Richardson ls
from Charleston, S. 0.
A Horrible Tragedy.
At Chicago on Wednesday. With
a pistol and razor, John Miller, a
cook, killed his wife and infant
daughter Annie, fatally wounded an
o her daughter, Martha, two and a
half year., old, and then, after shoot
ing him elf through the breast, cut
bis own throat. Tho unconscious
forms of the Miller family wore found
In their home by the police who had
been sum moued by neighbors. Mrs.
Miller dit 1 on the way to tho hospital.
Her younger chliel was dead bofore
removal by the police. Tho older
child survived only a saort time after
arriving at the hospital. Miller will
probably die. Drunken rage ls be
lieved bj ti e police to have eau el
KAIIIII} und Borvant Suffocated.
William T. Ma*on, a lawyer, and
his family, consisting of wife and two
children, Bien, four years old, and
Marlon, six months, with a servant,
Annie Wells, lost their lives In a tire
which ptrtlaily destroyed tho brown
stone dwelling (-coupled by them at
133 west One Hundred and Thirtieth
street New York early Sunday morn
ing. The whole family appears to have
been suffocated. The charred bodies of
Mrs. Mason, the servant and four
year old child were, found in the ( lose!,
uuder the roof scuttle thr ugh which
they are supposed to h ive been at
tempting to escape. The bodies of
Mr. Ma: on and the youngest child
were in a bedroom.
One Kebber Killed.
Two masked men attempted to
rob Abraham, James and Sarah
Llanz, In Hanover township, l'a ,
Saturday night and one Of them was
shot and instantly killed by William
McIIcnry, employed as guard. The
dead man's ci mpanion et caped but hs
thought to have been injured. Six
.yionthsag > the Liar /, home, which ls
in a remote district, was robbed sev
eral times, the robbers su ejecting the
two brothers and sister to brutal
Pinda ? Ju? ol' Cold.
Charles Smith, a woaltiy farmer of
Union Township, Onie, bas found a
jug of gold, bidden by Byrum Seward
oelore hhs death, thirt} years ago.
Smith Thursday bought the Soward
farm and Friday began t:aring down
the old h u-e. When the >l)l roney was
thrown over thc Jug, containing about
$2,000, was found in a corner.
A Cine.-Aoo aide, m tn ls alleged to
have kicked a would-be-hrlber out of
his otlloe. The Atlanta Constitution
thinks that the amount munt have
boeu ridiculously small.
The rireotoit Submit a Statement of
the Yean Butiness.
The Total Pi-ofltB Do Not Yet Reach
tho Ono Million Dol
The titmuil report of the t>oard of
cl i rectoi s of :he State dlsponsiry was
given to tbe governor and me de pub
lic Thursday. The report itsel! merely
summarizers the figures of tho year's
business, which are set forth In detail
in accompanying exulblts. TLe repoi t
To His Excellenov, D. O. Hoyward,
Governor of South Carolina, Colum
bia, S C.
?Sir: We have tho honor to submit
herewith a statement of tho business
done by the State and couuty dlspen
sarlcs during the fiscal year ending
November 30th, 1904, to be transmit
ted by your excellency to the general
assembly of South Carolina.
Hy referring to the several state
ments attached hereto yt u will find
that tho total cost of liquors, wines,
beer, etc., purchased during the year
amounts to $2,316,242.67 and that
the total sales (ox Musi ve of "fresh
beer") amounts to $3 374,786 43.
Tho net earnings for account of the
i oin.ol fund for the fiscal year, which
have been placed to its credit, amount
The profits that have accrued to,
and equally divided between, the
counties and towns, amount 1003,
098 22, making the total earnings for
the year for the school fu id, counties
and towns $775,376 95, which is an In
crease over earnings of last year of
Wc have paid to the State treasur
er since December 1st, 1003 ('he he
ginning of our fi-seal year), on account
ot the school fund tho Bum of $304,
338 94, which reduces the behool fund
to $400,000 00 as required by law.
During year we have disposed of
largo amount ot "hard stock" (which
bas been accumulating for several
years), at a fair pr ?fit, and hope that
within a short time we will have
nothing on hand except "live" or
We are very much gratified to re
port that the bujlness of the dispen
sary bas been conducted with harmony
?Tiu SUCCCSH m an ita Qcp?VouQ?u?.S,
which will be sho.vn by tho attached
statements, and the reports of the
legislative examining committee and
and expert accountants, appointed to
examine tho books and records for the
past fiscal year.
You will also note that tho volume
of business bas increased, but this we
attribute to a more rigid eolorcemcnt
of the law lather than to an increased
consumption of liquor:;, etc.
In concl ision, we court your most
careful inquiry into all the details of
the dispensary management, and are
rciady to furnish any data >ou may
All of wi Ich is respectfully submit
li. II EVANS,
L. W. BOYJtlN ^
State imfCrot Doctors.
G. H. Charles, Clerk. \
The ahn aal statements of itbe pro
fits ot the dispensary VA\ to the
counties and the profits of the whole
I sale dispensary paid to the school fund
were also completed Tnurjday and
?show an interesting increase. The
I statement s as follows:
Abbeville.$ 13 595 04
Aiken. 14,872 65
Anderson. 27 698 87
Rimberg. 11.260 60
BArnwell . 19 940 21
Heaufort. 9.436 96
Iterkeley . 8,662 77
Charleston. 55,342 16
Cherokee. 10,279 78
Chester. 13,324 52
Chesterfield. 9,146 28
Clarendon. 12,502 65
Colleton. 10.409 01
Darlington. 17,220 6?
Dorchester. 7,639 62
Edgetlcld. 6 671 73
Fairfield. 6 254 47
Florence. 23.203 15
Georgetown. 20,349 5
Greenville. 27,017 38
Hampton. 6.486 69
Horry. 5,732 51
Kershaw. . 14.088- 37
Lancaster. 12,368 4 i
Laurens. 11,608 69
Dee. 12 523 32
Lexington. 3,376 99
Marlon. 20,788 86
Newberry. 13 504 18
Oconee. 8 206 88
Orangeburg. 30,835 4o
Pickens. 4 621 49
Richland. 44,771 32
Saluda. 3 437 81
Sumter. 26,555 75
Spartanburg. 25,874 26
Union. 16 568 23
Williamsburg. 11,680 18
York. 6,140 24
Total. $003,993 22
Net profit of State dispen
sary for fiscal year end
ing Novomber 30, 1904.
placed to thc credit of
thetchool fund. $171 377 73
Grand total.$775 37.*) 95
Total net profus of 19t4.. 775,375 95
Total net profits of 1903.. 638,482 36
Increase of net profits of
1904 over 1903.$136,893 60
Total amount to ojnsum
mers.$3.374, 7M? 43
year.118? 663 17
Deo. 1 1904
to date. 1 18,675 77
. Total school fund.$304,338 94
Total am.mut acjrulng to
town and county during
fiscal year.t603,998 22
Du>schcol fund Deel 10o3.$132,961 21
Since then to date we have
paid the above and a!so
the amount accruing to
school fund during tho
fiscal year.$171,377 73
Ilryan Ilaoka Toiltlr.
William J. Hryan, hi an address to
the Indlaua legislature Thursday, fol
lowed up bia commendation of Presi
dent Roosevelt made at Lafayette.
Speaking on thu president's reccm
mendations of rali Mad legislature,
Hryan said: "I hope every Democrat
lu the senate and house will support
the, "president to the utmost and I say
In ijkdvance I shall recommend the lie
fest of evi ry Demcorat fur renomlnu
t ion who does not stand by the presl
r-eiit In bia effort to bring about tbeso
HmiKCtl Himself tu A- Tree lu Ash
? ville. N. O.
At Asbv'lle, N. C., tbe body of O
A. Whittaker of Paragon, Ind , a
student at Bingham Military acad
emy, was found Wedre day hanging
from a tree in Victoria woods. The
coroner's jury returned a verdiot that
the deceased, came to his death by
suicidal banging. Whittaker, who
was 22 years old, came to the Bing
ham Military academy ton days ago
Since his arrival hero the school
authorities state Whittaker Kufferod
from home s ck ness and it is thought
that ho committed the deed while un
der Its in Hue nee.
Ho left tho school Tuesday night
without permission and according to
witnesses, was seen pacing the plat
form of the railwaystation late Tues
day night. A "telegram was received
Wednesday evening from J. C. W-ilt
taker of Paragon, Ind.. father of the
dead boy, directing that the body of
his son be shipped home at once. The
remains have beeu embalmed and .will
be placod ou the trulu Wednesday
Tne suicide of young Whittaker
was planned with minute care and
execu'ed in a methodical manner.
The place selected by the boy for end
ing his life ls a thickly wooded spot
cloie to a trail leading from the Vic
loria road to the track* o? the South
ern railway and sume 200 yardi from
tho Victoria inn. The rope was of
new cotton nnd e e y precaution
taken by the lutended' suicide to pre
vent any miscarriage of his plans
Up ni reaching the spot he selected a
a small white o.ik tree... Wulttaker
removed his cellar and .tie and phee^d
them near tho base of tho troo.
rope was then doubled and rj?
formed nnd placed about his^^BH
Ile climbed the tree and after acTju^P
lng the no?se and t}lng one end of
the rope to a Urah, thrust his hands
Into his pickets and Jumped, dislocat
Irg his neck. When taken down by
the sherill Wednesday mornlug the
body was cold and stiff.
OFFICIAL PROG tl A M
or tho Cotton Growers Convention
Whloti Meets In New Orleans.
A spacial to The Telegraph from
Monticello, G\., says that President
Jordan of the Southern Cotton Grow
ers' Protective association has au
nounced the official programme of the
S .uthcrn Interstate Cutten conven
tion which will b i held at New Or
leans January 24 29. The organiza
tion will be called to older by Mr. Jor
dan. Hon. M. J. Sanders, president
of thc New Orleans Progressive
union, and Mayor Martin Bebriuan
wi.1 deliver addres es of welcom to
wliich responso will be made by Hon.
J. 1'. pe Brow.i of ilawklnsville. Ga.,
chairman of the railroad cjmmisslon
of Georgia, and Walter Clarke,
Clarksdale, Miss., State V'C? president
of the S >uthe:n Cotton Gro wers' Pro
The hist day committees will be
appointed on resolutions, regarding
cotton acreage.and fertilization. State
bureaus of Bbatistlcs, organization of
producers, warehouse system, bank
. "g, State exchanges and the present
oiop (fe? surplus. There ni 1 bo a gen
eral discussion of the present situa
The second day there will be, am.ng
other features, addresses by IIou. E
K. Sum i orwell, of New York, J. II
Darg.n of Atlanta, M- H- Thomas of
Dallas, Tex., L W. Parker of Green
ville, S. C., L P. Hillyer of Mac u.
Ga , N. C. Murray i f Kingston, Tex ,
and E. D. Smith of Magnolia, S. C
Thc report, of the committees will
abo be iecelvod.
On the third day tlwre will be. ad
dresses by Hun. R It P?o!e of Mont
gomery, Ala., president Association
of Southern C immisfiloriers of Agricul
ture; T. B. Parker of Raleigh, N. C..
R. E. Smith of Sherman, Tex , and
P. M. M;ller of New Orleans.
Railroad rates of one fare plus 25
cents have necu granted from all
points in ihe south for delegates and
m?.mb;rs ot their families. President
Jordan, urges all delegates to reach
New Orleans not hiter than 10 o'clock
Tuesday molding, January 24, to re
port at once at the assembly hall of
bbc Progressive union.
My htciloiiHl) Ie lured.
The State says William Wessiuger, I
xn employe at the Stats dispensary,
wus carried to the Columbia hospital
Wednesday night with the cheek bone
md lower Jaw hune on ono side of his
face broken. Ile was also In a partial
ly unc:msc>us condition. The manner
In which Wesslnger met with his In
I'iry is something of a mystery. He
lives at .'JOO Elmwood avenue ahd
Wednesday morning he started for the
dispensary to begin work at the usual
Lime. Later on he staggered back to
ils house bruised and 'bleeding and
;n tl rely unconscious. Ele was carried
o Dr. Gibbs' ellice wh?re hi? -wounds
.Vere dressed and he was removed to
ihe home of his mother. Mrs. Harriet
SVessinper, at 1108 Hugher street
Last night it svas rkcided to placo him
n the hospital. Toe ambulance was
m m moned and the removal was made
?vith safety. The wtuurled man ls lu a
i'cry serious condition and the result
ii his it j'iri' s ls uncertain.
A Woman io Hang.
Tho State says: "Gov. Bell of Ver
nont is a marvel among governors
?Ie has refused all appeals for the par
len of a woman who ls .sentenced to
ie hanged In that Slate next month
iud calmy declares that he will per
nit the decrees of tho court to have
.heir way. The woman, a Mrs. Bo
rers, ls under sentence for the m?r
ier of her husband, the date tixed for
,he tx etalon being Fob. 5th. Not In
0 yeats bas a woman.boen banned In
burmont. Under the laws of that
5 a*;e ls seems that the rignt to re
de w tho sentences of the court is
rested In thu l?gislature as well as
.he executive and the legislature hav
ug failed to act at its la*t sessions the
governor proposes to let the law take
ts curse. There is very strong souti
nt nt against banging a woman and
?ov. Hell will not have an easy time
if lt for the next few weeks."
Act ol n Unite.
A dispatch/from St. Peterhurg says
, story of almost unprecedented cruel
y on the part of a Russian general
las reached there. While a review of
roops was In progress In the province
f 'Pouria onlookers crowded In, ham
loring the drill. General Tschtyrkln,
rho was reviewing the troops, became
nraged and rude into a group of dni
ren, slashing at them with a sword,
''our children were killed and ten in
ure I. Tue crowd was desperate at
no cold blooded murder of children
nd trie ! to get bold of tho general,
ut he ordered troops to charge them
ADVICE TO FARMERS
From a Book Farmer Who Hover
Planted an ?ore.
He Betlcvea Itbut Organized ^Effort
Amona: the Cotton Farmers
Will Raise tia o Price
When the cotton orop of 1904 was
heine planted the farmers looked for
ward to realising 10 cents a pound for
tho crop, or thoreau mts. lt ls quite
evident from the large portion of the
orop now heldibaok fi om market that
there was little apprehension In the
minds of the holders that the drop lo
the market below 10 cents |was any
thing but a temporary ?situation,
j They thought that there would soon
bea reaction, and were not prepared
for the regular descent, and finally
the decided plunge that followed the
November government report.
_ While the present condition of .the
market is seiious and discouraging,
perhaps the most serious problem is
yet in the future the prospect? for
the i ext crop. We belie ve".the??farm
ers who have sold part of their labt
year'B crop could stand the present
prie s for the remnant still in their
hands and would let the same go to
sale, If insured in regard to the mar
ket for the present year's prospective
crop. Whot should be done to oau3e
a reaction and give '.assurance of pay
ing prices next fall, is^the vital ques
tion now awaiting an aaiBwer. lt is
evident that the bull lnnUjenco is not
yet confident enough, iftpd strong
enough in that con?dence?>?o effect
any coonlderable advance in railc*8
After considering the ?various
jiphemes and plans for brlDginp about
m?BhTjtloi] that will carry prftea to ?
?At>s, it seems obvlou?? that ali
IHB ?J1 that do not/ include a
!i?l!t!erffH^j|sjrjation oublie part of
cotton' growers' W -very materially
imlt th2 area of the next crop. Such
determination should take solid tan
gible shape and not end in mere talk
and viva voce resolutions. The cot
ton men who handle the crop, the
minufaoturers who work it up, and
ail concerned in the trade, must have
substantial reason to believe that the
farmers are going to do what they
are ready to swear they will do. We
hull, ve if such substantial, unques
tionable assurance be carried home to
their convictions the price would Im
mediately c jmmenee to advance. But
the danger to be feared In C?S? the
market hhal! again hs quoted at- 9 O!
10 cents before planting time, need.-,
but to bs merely hinted at.
The farmers seom to bo in earnest
this time in their purpose to out down
the area. Each one is aLxlous for
every other one to cut the area, and is
willing to join in the cutting. Now,
how arc. the farmers-acting together
to o m vince the cotton world that
they "mean business" that they are
determined, in good faith, to limit
tlie con lng area in cotton more than
three-fourths of the area of last year?
We believe the reduction should be
greater than 35 per cent, not less than
33 per cent. Indeed we are not sure
that OLe-half the area of last year
will uot yield more money next fall
than at y larger proportion.
At a reduction of 25 per cont it
would he a comparatively easy thing
to reproduce the total output of last
year b/ throwing out the outlying
poorer tolls and concentrating skill,
labor and fertilizers on the smaller
area. The very much more liberal
use of lertllizers last year was more
largely responsible for the big crop
than at y thing else within the farta
erh' control. The good seasons pro
bably bad thnre to do with lt than
fertilizers, and seasons and liberal
fertil?zi ag together were far more
h il jenn al than the ii cru.sd aroa
compared with previous years. And
yet some may think it Ino.insist mt
and un /ise not to insist on a greatly
dimlnls led use of fertilizers as well as
a reduced area. Wny not hope for,
pray for bad seasons, f r storms and
droughts and blight und ravaging In
It would be ju-it us sensible to ad
vise th; farmers to use old worn out
implements, ,to" buy cheap, weakly
mules, to plant Inferior seed, etc.
Such a policy would surely reduc? the
cotton crop, but lt would also increase
tlie cost of producing CJttou. What
the farmer should do is to largely
diminish the area, say 40 or 50 per
cent on the acreage, plant only good
land, fertilize liberally and make a
better yield per acre, thus reducing
the cost of production while at the
same time reducing the total amount
produced, and widening the margin
between the cost of production and
the market price on both sides. The
strength of this contention is largely
in the faot that any farmer can adopt
the policy without walting for the
co operation of any other farmer.
Another strong feature is that such
a policy is always in order-at all
times and in all places. It ls the fund
amental principle that underlies
HCientiiic, intensive farming. Every
farmer should adopt lt, and when
every farmer shall adopt it, all will
have done so, and the cotton mille
nlum will have como and the "coun
try will be saved." It ls to bo added
that tais is no now "gospel of good
farming." It ls the ' old, old story"
that has been preached by many fer
years and years and practiced by not
a few, to their profit, prosperity and
present serenity, lt tits into the
policy and practice of "diversified
iarmiug, " of which wo have beard so
often and so vaguely; it makes such a
policy practicable and profitable and
is Indispensable to its complete tuc
cess and as-ured permanence. Many
farmers lu this county have tried lt
and profited by lt. Why can't all our
farmers do the same is what puzzles
the book farmer.
Why Ho Goes Home,
The Russian War Ofllce explains
that tlie reason for Lieut. Gen Stoes
sel giving his parole and returning to
Russia initead of remaining at the
head of the heroic troops who formed
the garrison of Port Arthur and shar
ing their fate as a prisoner of war in
Japan, is that lt ls int umbent upon
him to bring a detailed report of the
defense of the foi tress to the emperor.
Rear Admiral Ducbinsky, who is sen
ior naval oflljer, will bring the naval
report. Tho arrangements for Gen.
Stoes'.el's route home are not com
pleted. At the war ofllce it is said
that tho general will undoubtedly
come straight to St. Petersburg, his
first duty being to report to tho em
poror. As soon as his route through
Russia ls determined upon prepara
tions will be made to give him a tit
CLAYTON and Jeff Donnelly, bro
thers, were almost torn to pieces on
Saturday by tho explosion of dyna
mite with which they were killing
fish in Wautaga river, noar Butler,
Tonn. Bot!* were made blind and
Due of them lost both hands.
That ls exactly what it is. a Pl
day at the State Fair showing its di
Every Farmer, Oil Mill, Saw M
property should have them. For sa!
Columbia, 8. o. Tho ma<
Building Material of all kii
Building and Re-Prcs-cd Brick. Spi
Terra Cotta Flue Linings. Prepai
Habit, I Babit | Hablo
Cured by ' ICeelejr I
1329 Lady St. (or P. O. Box 76) Oolu
A Forgotten Law.
: of the many lawB cf the state
that bas fallen into disuse ls that re
lating to the care and preservation of
trers along the highways. Section
459 of the code reads as follows:
"Whoever shall wilfully or wantonly
cat down or kill any tree growing
within ten feet of anyroad which may
bo laid out, altered or mended by
authority of the county supervisor of
any county, which shall, by direction
of the highway surveyor in charge of
such road, have been left standing as
convenient for Bbade to the said road,
f ir each tree so cut down or killed
shall be fined twenty-five dollar.-, at
any court of coxpetent Jurisdiction-"
If this law were enforced we would
som have beautiful highways in every
section of every couuty in the state.
And besides, the shade would make
traveling on the highways more pleas
ant in summer, and the trees would
protect the roads fron washing in the
winter. It seems a great pity that
this law is not enforced.
A Greenwood Boy Allhhin.-.
Frank Giles, the 14 year-old son of
Mr. and Mrs. E. S. F. Giles or Green
wood, ran away from home Wednes
day afternoon and no trace of him has
been found. The boy attended school
Wednesday, received notice that he
would be reported to his parents for
some little offense, lt is Eupposcd that
this was the cause of his leaving. His
parents are great exercised over his
disappearance. Chief of police Mac
Millan has mailed out dep. \ptlous of
the boy". He is an ln?&rrr??rW-D0yo33
years old, height five feet six, weight
120 pounds, black hair, lisps in talk
ing. Wore brown mixed suit, knee
pants, he may seek employment in
Dato oT Inauguration.
Gov. Heyward stated informally
Friday night that the inauguration
would take place on Wednesday, the
25th of January. He had been in
formed unofficially, that the legisla
ture would consult his wishes, and
that is the dato most suitable to him
self. Gov. Heyward has had gre?.t
demands upon bim recently, the pre
paration of his message and the pan
he to k in the c:ntennial exercises in
connection with the ht avy routine of
hisctlice, and for tnat reason the in
auguration will ba held later than
Another Mill Closed.
"lt is a little disturbing," says the
Springfield, Masi., Republican-"this
passing of the old and well known
hoott cotton milis into liq ildatlon on
acount of southern comp?tition, for j fi
one thing." O.ir contemporary then j 1
g. es on to say that the mill's failure; t
does not mean that New England ,':s <
gradually to bc forced out of the cot-11
ton manufacturing business, but it J
does mean that we must have more ^
open markets outside of the United
It is interesting to find In "Cotton!,
Facts," published by Mr. Alfred B. ! I
Shepperson of New York, this declar
ation hythe author: "Texas, Okla
homa, Arkansas and tho Indian Ter
ritory undoubtedly offer far more In
viting fi dd for the investment of J
European capital for the production!?
of cotton'" than "European schemes ?
for the cultivation of cotton injf
Africa, the West Indies and other
newly tried sections.'1
THE criminal statistics furnished In
the attorney general's report make ali
better showing for the Slate during ? <
past year than for the previous ono. ?.
The number of homicides was slight- j '
ly less, but any Improvement in that
lino is a subjeot for congratulation. I i
Out of 202 EUOh cases there were 99 '
acquittals. Of course all of these (
may have been Justified, but we agree ?,
with the Columbia Record that it will
he generally admitted that the juries Q
are too much inclined to avoid inflict-!
lng the extreme penalty of the law.
A few hangings, and there bas been
abundant opportunity for them,
would do much in further reducing)*!
the number of such crimes in this
EACH year shows a further deca
dence Of the phosphate Industry in thc
state. Tho revenue at one time
amounted to over $200,000, while for
the last year lt was only $9,723.01.
Only two companies are ergaged in
the business and tho output has fallen j."
off in about "the Mae propotUuh as I
the revenue. The Columbia Record J
says the supply is probably'.exhaustcd, j o
but tho malu cause of the trouble was| '
tho discovery of equally as good rock ; 1
at various places i utslde of the state
which could be mined cheaper.
IMMIGRATION Commissioner Wat
son has made bis report, which is an
interesting one, to the general aascnv
bly. In the short time the office has ri
been In operation he has accomplished
a great deal. The first fruits of nls
work are already apparent; but the
most that has been done, or could he
done up to this time, has been In
laying tbe groundwork. So far be bas
bronght 160 immigrants Into thc
COMMONWEALTH'S Attorney Mack
ey of Alexandria, Va., who has bein m
prosecuting gamblers vigorously, i
charges that an emissary of tho gamb-1
ling dens has tried to bribe him, offor- ti
lng him a monetary consideration |r
and elecllon to thc state legislature If t.j
ho would abandon his prosecution v|
against the gambling rooms. j -p
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E0RQ1A-ALABAMA BUSINESS COLLEGE.Mscon.Ca
A tpecial frc m Whitesburg, Ky ,
ays: At Holman, in that county, itu I
lotions, led respectively by \\.
toarck ar d Ileury Holcomb, have rr et
nd the two men named wero kllle l
s well as Joseph Holcomb. Pufo I
Loarck was probably mortally woun-t
d. The trouble originated in t i
l?r??r ol one of the iioarcks yea i
gu. The two factions have been arm .
;i and in readiuess for a meeting for
PUYAN mada an arWXfif^t?M??
ackson Club of Memphis, Tennessee,
n Saturday night on the subjict
'Watchman What of the Night."
?he president of tho club introduce !
Ini as thc next president of the cou v
ry, We sincerely hope that that club
(resident ls a prophet.
Tnn Chicago Post says: "It wou' 1
ic only poetlo justice If the go ver -
lent should beat tho paper trust to i
u)p. " So it would, bub we w l
rauer a last year's crow's nest UM
ie government will not Inter/ ?
Ith the paper or any other, tru-c.
'hey paid for Roosevelt's election.
A RILL has boen introducedjn t"e
orth Carolina legislature to rep l
1 divorc- laws iud re-enaot the lu i
' twenty-one years ago which p r
itbed divorce only for adultery.
FOUR invitations were received hy
ie president on Friday from elli \
ivlting him to visit, them, three or
lem being sot-thcrn cities--Konz
ile, Tenn., Birmingham, Ala., a.d