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BENNETTS VILLE, S.C., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1905.
AN ABSURD LAW
Sentenced io be Hang for Mur
der of Her Husband
WHO KILLED II J MS! IF
Wornim Took Poison With Mer Hutband.
1 She Recovered, But He Died and
Under Antiqunied Uaw She
Was Put on Trial for
By a singular oluoldeut sin u'tan
eoualy with tho publication lu L mdon
England, rf tbo cabltct report of Jo
Boph Ohoate's speech at tho Lotus
Club, In New York, wherein ho ex
pressed tho opinion tl at british law
was superior to the tu ?me-mad ? article
and better administered, vie have been
treated to a striking demonstration of
its asstninc ii lalitlties. With black
oap on head, a british j idge in Lon
don has eolmcnly pronounced soutenue
of death on an old woman for the
murder of her husband, whom she did
not murder, ard to complete ibo fir
olclal tragedy a lb it lt h chaplain has
solemnly invoked the mercy of God
on her "guilty fiOUl," which was not
guilty. And all this with the fu'l
knowledge that she did not oorun i:
the orimo for which she was convict. .
and that she will nover be hanged f,
it. In a condt inned cell tl e aged v.c
tim of legal cruelty whose sad pligbi
baa evoked expressions of tiie deepest
sympathy from all classes is awaiting
the exercise of tho crown's prorogative
of mercy: After a brief period of im
prlsotmeut she will probably ho re
leased-to eke out what lem i? s of
her wretched ?xlbtence braunen as a
murderess. Judge and jury are agtii
that she Should never have boen coi.
vlcted. But they had no other recourse
than to conform to a stupid and anti
quilled law which ought long ago to
Lave been repealed.
Mrs. Marian Seddi n's story JB out
of the most pitiful that has ever been
told lu the grim old Halley court. She
was (iii years old and her husband was
78. They had been married twelye
years. After their marriage) they
started a confectionery shop at St aines
For a time they wore talriy successful.
Then trade fell cl? and they moved to
a shop In Mortlake. There things
went from bad to woiso. The hus
band's health failed. When quarter,
day ottme roui d they had not enough
money to pay the rent. Death or the
work house seemed to be tho only al
ternative open tn Hum ai d they chose
death, but tho husband alone found
"We decidid," said Mrs. SedcTon,
at the inquest en bis ii dy, "that we
had better both leave tbi \ .. d to
gether.1' Aftor passh g a . io, plesi
night worrying ever their lot, bbc*
despair gripped her. "1 can't stanc
this any longer," she said to ber bus
band. Rising from tho bed she went
to a cupboard and t< ck fri m it a lot
tie containing a liniment con pt si cl of
belladonna and seoniio, which had
been used to relieve l.or 1 uihaud'e
pain, lt was marked "poison." She
drank half it? contents. Then she said
to her husband, "There i* notbh g for
us but this or the work house. Are
you going to take you shan ?" "Yes,"
replied tho man, and snatching tin
bottle from ids wife's hands he drain
cd what remained of thc poison.
Mrfl. Seddon Iben sought her slate)
In law, who lived in the BS me lu use,
told her what tl ey had done and be
sought here to soe to it that they were
saved thc Ignominy of pauper burial.
Then she returned to tho bed and lay
down by her husband's side, to died
with him, she thought. Hut the polsor
worked slowly. As In duty bound the
Bister in law told thc pullet: what bao
happened. Tho police removed the
couple to the work house, which they
had so dreaded. There the doctors did
their best to prevent them escaping
from it by death-as tn duty they
were bouud to do. They saved Mrs
Seddoh's life, but lier husband, more
There followed, of course, a c ironer's
inquest. Tho jury brought In a verdict
of suicide willie temper I ly Insane.
Then tho police arrested Mis. Seddon
;vnd obarged lier with the murder of
tho man who, according to the coro
ncr'j jury, hr.d commit t d suicido
Paradoxical as lt sounds thc lnw just!
lied that charge. l<'or the lav/ di dar
cs that if two persons conspire to
commit suioide and one survive that
.-S-Ui"river ls gullly of murder.
The evidence at tho M ia) made it
clear that it was not a cuso of murder
-that ls according to common sense
notions. Hut tho law was tqually em
phatic that lt was murder, and the
judge told tho jury thst they wi rile?
have to stand by tho law. Thc jury
reluctantly brought In a verdict ol
guilty, adding a strong recou manda
tion to mercy. And tho judge reluo
tautly sentenced the w< m..u to death.
Ile said lt was tho saddest case l.e had
ever tried. His opinion of the law
which compelled bim to Impi se a sen
tence that was utterly abhorrent to
bis notions of right and JustiC i ho kept
to himself, for in a court, of Justice
thc most stupid law must bo treated
as something tacrcd.
"Wo did not want to lind tho wo
man guilty," said ono of the jury mon.
after thc trial was ovor, "bin, after
what the judge told us we could not
do otherwise. Of course, wo know that
tho woman would not bo hanged, and
of course, the Judgo know it, too,
when he pronounced sentenco of death
upon her. In this case tho law is cer
tainly 'an bass," and lt ls absurd te>
retain lt on the statutes."
One of thc council who took part In
the trial said to tiic writer:
"ThecaBO royeals a flaw In cur law
rtatnly ought to be amended
have murder In tho llrst
the second degree, asl
e in the United States,
a person who in
flying glass from wbloh fatally lr J ired
any one would be teohloally guilty of
murder. So would a man who shot at
a fowl whioh did not beling to him
and accident ly killed a man.
AGAINST BISHOP DUNCAN.
A Preacher AUC-ROB That Ho ls Gull?
ty ol Non-atliiiinlstratlon'
At tho meeting of the North Gior
gia (J mfcrenco last week at Nerman,
Ga., one ot the preaobers gt ve notice
1 hat ho would prefer oharges against
B'shOp Dunoauof mal-ad ministration.
When tho minutes were read on
Thursday morning Dr. W. W. Wad
swortb, about whom rumors of im
prudent or Immoral conduot had been
emulated, which had been Investiga
ted and found fco bc false by a oom
mittte, objected to the way In which
his caso was referred to In tho ralnu
tes of the day before, saying he had
been done an injustice, that his cse
was nob brought up in tho rogular
way by Dr. Q llllau, his presiding
elder. Dr. Walworth asked the blsh
op to ru'e on a question of law COL
coming Dr. Q llllin's aotion. lie want 1
ed to know if Dr. Q lillian was not i
acting contrary to law when he brought ,
up thc question c f bis caso ns ho did ,
after a committee bad exonsrated bim
Thc bisbop did net rule on the ques- 1
th n, but will later. i
Dr. Wadsworth then addressed thc I
chair, baying: 1
"Bishop, I am In a good I timor, and i
I say lt wltb all courtesy, but 1 put i
you on notice that I shall prefer .
charges against you at the next gui |
eral conference for mal-admlnlstratlon I
In meddling with thc characters ol I
The bishop replied: i
"Well, Dr. Wadsworth, Idon'tcare I
If you do." I
"I have no doubt," answered Dr. <
Wadsworth, "that you do not eire. I I
ion In a good humor, but I shall pre- I
for oharges against you. i
Dr. Wadsworth had reference to 1
the bishop asking eaoh presldlug elder
as their names were called, if tbore I
was anything agalust any preaobers !
under their charge. Ile claimed that ?
this was wrong In the bishop; fcbat lt I
Vu8 nob his province to make such In- I
qulrlcs, and that lt amounted to mal i
Tue incident caused a sensation In I
thc conference rooms.
ANNUAL PiN ION REPORT.
: HM, winn tho Amount H lOxprnctod tn
Knoll of tho Count len
The annual report of the state pen
sion department has bien pibllstied
by the state printer: The rr part Is
particularly valuable In that lt glyjs
tho name of every pensioner and the
amount received by him tr by her.
Tuc total number of pensioners lr<
the respt ctlve Clases ls as follomr?"
claw A, $96 each, 75; OISRS B, $72,
102; class 0, No 1, $18 585; olass C,
No 2 115.50, 4 008; claw C Ni. 3.
$18, 750; olass ? N ). 4, $15 50, .1 12?
i'otal number or pensioners, 8 8?4
Th? teta amount ptli to pension?is
W48$196,l'46 50, dlvldtd among thc
count ies m I? h ws: Abbi ville, $3,
;>S2; Alke-, $0,9005 Andero-, $11,
2 3; li uv b-rg, $1 712.75: Barnwell,
$3 3.V2; M aufort, ?080 50; Berkeley,
*2,4. 3; Chariest.ii, $3,080 50; Chere
kee, 45,103; Chester, $3 090; Chester
Hold, $6.090 50- Clarendon, $3,338;
Colinton, *o,084; Darlington, $4 089 -
50; Dorchester, $1,754; Edgefleld, $2,
884 25; Fairfield, $3.357; F.orence,
?3 885 50; Georgetown, $1,027; Green
v Ile, $11,014 00; Greenwood, $3,324.
5 <; ll unpton, 4 181 50; Dorry, $4 437;
Kersl aw, $3 387.76; Larcaster. 15,880
Laurenr, to ot 5.75, Le, $2,940 60;
Lexington 16 771 27; Marlon, $6,406;
Marlboro, $.3 502 25; Newberry, $3.
610 60; O ,onee, $6 005; Orangehurg,
$l 375; P kens $5 330 2H; Richland,
$5 874 5J; S.'uta. $3 775; Spartan
Inirg. $17 48160; Sumter, $3 07!
Union1 $5 031 60; William burg, $3,
0S8; York, 7,698; total, $199,287.80. i
Lving ona couo i at LU home In
Wis'. Philadelphia, hcljhss from par
alysis, David E\ Rowe, an elderly man, ,
was sbot four times by Gaspar Coop
er, bia son-in-law, who then ll d from
the house ard killed himself by send ,
leg a bellet through his head. The
father in-law's wounds arc so serious
that he had to bc removed to a hos
pltal. lt ls believed bc will recover.
Cooper had been marriid to RJWO'S
daugbtor about three years, but the
wife left him about eight montos ago
because of DI treatment. To clay the
husband returned to his father In
law's bouse ai d atked to sec his wife.
R:>wo said she was out earning her
living. Thc father-in law reproached
thc son-in-law for 111 treating his
laughter and a (parrel followed,
which ended by Cooper shooting bli
wife's father while he lay on tho
Want State Plate.
Thc members of the Gaited Con
federate veterans camp in C ilo&go
have written the governor for a South
Carolina Hag to bo un cl by them lu
exercises t v r the 0 000 Confederate
ioad burled noai that city. 'Tuc lot
ters^ates trata handsomemonument
has been erected by the camp and
they ddsire a lUg from every Saith
>,rn state for Memorial Day exercise,.
The Confederate dead burled there
those who died at tiVderal prison.
Thc lotter will probaoly bi referred
to tho ?tate organization of vjt
Connu Mon Wmund,
Too paoplo of Chcrjkco township
In Cherokee county baye sent a pe
tition to Govomor II jy ward u/glng
thc governor to placo a state oonsta
bio at Blncksburg. Tho ?tate that
since tho dispensaries were voted out
at Rlacksburg and Gaffney, the In
crease of illicit manufacture and sale
of liquor has been so groat, lt is a
source of annoyance to the respectable
xml law abiding residents of that
township. Tho governor, of course,
has not yet had time to take any act
lon on tuc petition.
T.nvn I turn .id.
A dispatch from Burk, McDowell
county, Va., ls bo the elfcob that thc
entire town was dostroyod by lire
early Wednesday morning. Burk is a
mining town of 2 000 people about
150 miles from thorn. More than 100
buildings were destroyed,
Made Aagainst Senator John
son of Fairfield County/
WHICH HE ?XPLAINS
To 1lie Satisfaction of the Judge. The
S.nator was Charged With Talk*
log to and Trying to Infncnce
a Juror in the State
The noted suit for $200,000 against
Mhllvaine, Unkefor & Co., and Frank
Milburn, contractors and arohiteot,
respectfully, for the completion of the
itatc capitol for all?ger1 irregularities
ind faulty construction of work, was
begun 1 . tho olroult ODurt at Colum
bia on Thursday, with an imposing
may of counsel on both sides ant
;.M entire state looking on with derp ,
uterest and eagerly looking for th?
3onclusion. The light is honey comb
id with politics, but while some Ren
.atlonal developments heve b(et>
promised. Mr. Milburn ard the con
braotora appear to bo perfectly con ,
ident of the ri suits, and say they art
uixlous for tho trial to be carried on
iud liuished as they Kave nolhlr g to ,
Tear. The suit waa brought by Sena
cor Aldrich and R pr sentative Yan
j/ Williams, pppolutcd by the legis
[ature to lo.ik inlo tho matter, which
bas been the subjeot ot so many acri
monious and spirited debat?s in the ,
In connection with the case the
Columbia Stato says Col W. J. John
ion, Benator from Fairfield county
md a membor of tho former State
IOUS? commission, may be called upon
In open court to puree himself of con
tempt of court. Col. J jhnson "spoke
ils mind" very freely Tnursday at
Lhedinner hour to members of the
jury, and it made suoh au Impression
upon at least one of them that he
reported the e rcumstarc s. Judge
Gage's attention was ciilod to the
matter by Col. J. Q Marshall.
Col. Marshall an noni cid that he
did not want to impede tho progress
of the trial but lie thought this mat
ter should be told to the court. Judge
Gago hi an mm til id manner, after
hearing that Mr. Johnson had been
permitted by the defendants' attor
neys to go to his he m? at Ridgeway,
ordered his return to Columbia. Tuo
roilowlnu" fa a transcript ot tho Incl
dent from stenographlo note1 ; Col.
Marshall (leforo going on the witness
stand:) 1 do not caro to interfere
wl? h tuc progress of this capa, but I
think it my duty to mention what a
juror told me as if was Intering the
The court indioated that Col. Mar
shall should prooecd with tho state
mont. Col. Marshall: One of the
Jurors informed me that a party has
approached him outside after th? ad
J mrnmcnt of court. His words were
di),ut this: Tnat lt was au outrage
to briug this suit against Milburn
and that the work had been well done.
I think lt my duty to call tho court's
attention to this.
The court: Who is ls this j iror.
Star d up.
Mr. Ruff, a uv m'ter of tho panel,
stood up ai.d was sworn on his v.,lr
dire at the direction of the court.
Q. Now, Mr. Rt ff, state what oc
A We were gohig along as Cjurt
af J urned, going to oiniiO"*, and were
approached by a man in thc street,
Mr. Johnson from Ridgeway. He
moke to us and said that it was an
outrage tor a suit of this kind to go
3a. That tho work was well done
lie spoke io in tho presence ot Mr.
Kelly, Mr. Blair and mys if. Ho al
so said he was going homo.
Court: Is Mr. Johnson in oiurt.
Mr. RifT: He ls not hero now. 1
rio not see him
The court: Gail him at the djor.
Mr. Darren, I do not think Mr.
Johnson is here. If ? is o ie of thc
original State house commissioners,
and was a membor of the house of
representatives. We had him sub
poenaed here as a witness. He ls now
State senator from Fair ll aid county.
He appro, cied us before court ad
j urned and stated that on atc unt
of sickness in lils family be desired to
go homo this evening at 4 o clock and
wo told him we would telegraph bim
in eise we needed bim.
The c >urt: Telegraph bim to come
bore. If you clo not 1 will lia ve a
rule served on him.
Mr. Ila:ron: All right, sir.
Toe court: Ask him to be here
WHAT JOHNSON BAYS.
In tl.o court of common picas of
Richland county Friday, Sonator W.
J. Johnson purged himself Of thc
charge of contempt of court in so far
as lie was alleged to have approached
a j ?ryman and to havo danouooed the
trial of certain parties as an outrage
Senator Johnson did not withdraw
Iiis language, but repeated lt to the
ccu rt room. However ho did disavow
speaking to the juror In any other
titan a casual matinor. Tue Juror nan
spoken to lil m first, and bc had mero
ly made answer In passing without
recalling that Mr. Ruff, to whom his
remarks were addressed, was a juror.
Senator Johnson stated that he
had been very much surprised to re
jclve a telegram oalllng him bnck
from hts home at Ridgeway on ac
count of tho allegation that ho had
addressed remarks about tho trial to
a Juror. Ho could not think what
had inspired this but malice and
"I will state thc conversation as lt
ifinnr rori "frhnfr.lm nu iiAor oo ?v>..
_w^..i .-.-.- ???' *??/
momory will permit," he continued.
M Whon 1 left tho court house 1 over
took Mr. Ruff and Mr. Blair. I ?poke
to them pleasantly, told them good
evening and Mr, Ruff said: "What
aro doing down hore ? Aro you on
this cast?" I told him that 1 was:
that I had been subpoenaed as a wit
"I did not uso the language that
he saya I ussd, but 1 told him 1
thought thu eve vt as a damned fraud,
and that the work had been properly
dono and paused on.
-'At tho time this conversation oc
curred I did not recall the fact that
Mr. Rull was on the jury, although I
had seen him on the jury while 1 was
In the court house.
"I will bo oandid enough to state,
however, that if I had known this
fact at the time, tho ss me oonversv
tion possibly would havo oe curred, ln
oau8o ho led up to the conversation."
Mr. Johnson, after defending his in
tegrlty, disclaimed any Intuition to
be disiespeotful to the court.
Judge Giry: "1 think Mr. Ru IT ws
right to report the matter to the
court. Mr. Johnson dlsolaims any In
tention or being disrespeot'ul to thc
administration of just'co. I. think lt
was impr?per, Mr. Johnson, and I
think lt ls impropor in anybody to re
fer to a oase that is ponding in court.
L think it is Improper because lt em
oarrasses the juror. Io is often done,
but the tendenoy of it ls to hinder the
lawful administration of justloa. Jur
ors are mon and they oanuot help bu*
bo inlluenced by opinion on the out
sddt o i the issues pending before them,
espe lally when that opinion comes
from one who is entitled, under ordi
nary oiroumstauces, td bo heeded. 1
think the maller might as woll be
s apped boro. 1 am satisfied under
your statement that the conversation
waa led up to. You stated you wore a
fitness. J know as a matter of public
record yo J had been on this commis
sion, and perhaps you had more inter
est in tho matter than an outsider
would have. I want to say emphat
ically lt ls bad practice, and one to be
condemned, no matter who ex:roisos
THRILLING 1 XPJ5RIENCE
Ol a Soboonor Fr< ni Tort ll ?yul to
N W York,
The three masted schooner, Wm.
W. Conyerse, Capt. Nlokerson, lum
ber laden, from Port Royal, to New
York, was towed Into Norfolk harbor
late Wednesday night by the steamer
Rescue, with all her sails gone, her
orew exhausted and water pouring
through strained scams at the rate of
ono foot au hour.
The story of the saving of the Ooii
verso ?3 the most thrilling lu thiH
year's events along the Virglnla-Caro
lina coast. From tho time thc VCB
sel left Port Royal until she came to
anchor Wednesday afternoon four
miles elf Dam Neck Mills life, saving
station, heavy seas and adverso winds
had held lier at their mercy. All the
way up tho ooast she battled with
thom. E.rst almost all of her deck
load was carried awav and then one
sail after another went by the board.
Her steering gear became Injured
and she rolled In the trough of the
sea while big wave3 crashed over her.
Tho strain was so great that her
sides began to open and water poured
into her hold. When Dam Neck Mills
were sighted the O inverse anchored
and signalled for help. Norfolk wa>
advised of the vessels plight and the
Riacue putout to the scene. Stet a
rough sea was mouing it was didi
cult for the wreckcrj to approach
near enough to make a Uno fast to
In one attempt a seaman on the
Rescue fell overboard and was saved
from drowning only hy tho heroic
work of a shipmate who ran out on
the point of the bow and threw a life
line with aceurrc/ to tho man in the
water, After a hard strmg'e against
t hc wind and sea the R i cue at 7
o'clock tonight reached N >rfolk har
bor after ll. Sheisin a had omidi
tien and may iiavc to be beached.
At Chester. PA., a tran believed to
be George K?ster of Virginia, is dying
from injuries received In a mysterious
manner. He was found 1> lng in Hie
road late one night and as he appear
ed to be In a drunken stupor was taken
to Jail. Daring the night his cond -
tion became serious a nd a physiolan
who was summoned fi und that he
was supering with hemorrbages of the
head and stomaoh. His condition,
the doctor said, was duo to blows.
The polite aro endeavoring to ascer
tain whether the man was held up or
was ir jurod in a brawl. He was
idontllled by several residents of
Chester as Q?orge Foster. Nothing
is known cone.'.ming him beyond the
fact that his I ome is in Virginia.
To ll tl no? trio A ero? ?>.
President J ordan, of the Southern
Cotton G'owers As.oclatlon, In an
interview said thc preparation to tie
up :i,000,000 hales of cotton and hold
lt for higher prions, In tho face of the
already established short crop and
tbs unpreosdontcd consumption, waa
well under way and premisos sue jess
results. He sale: "Too entire ma
chinery of tho association will bo put
in motion within a few days, pledg
lng thc cotton growers of the South
to a reduced acreage for tho next
year. W0 wni begin this early te
nold down acreage to give the plan
tors a fu'l opportunity to make ar
rangements for anothor year."
DAHIK '.\ to I'M O H.
Advices received from Cape Sable
Islands are believed to con ii rm last
night's roporttliat tho collier Turbine
was lost with all on board Friday
night. An ( tn?Jal dispatch says the
steamor struck a rock elf Mud Island
and wont to piece* ten minutes after
ward. There was no timo to launch
a boat and none cou'.d have lived tn
tile sea that prevailed.
Muds His info.
Drinking carbolic acid hi his oflliO,
James Snyder, Pennsylvania Railway
agent at Colliers. W. Va., Wednesday
night committed suicide at hlssuppor
Snyder recently complained of having
troubles of some sort, but told no one
what they wero. His accounts art
straight. Snyder was thirty years ot
age, unmarried, and a very popular
Fatal Fall or Hiato.
O3orgo Robinson, was killed and
A. W. Wall, an unknown Hungarian,
was fatally Injured by a fall of slate
In the New England Coal Company's
?lato mine at Santery, O.ilO;
A Man Ordered by His Wife io
HE FOOLED HEB
And Had ? Oood Time With thc Money
She (lave Him to Bury Himself
Withv Lam?h on the Side of
Beoaus? ho failed to oh3y his wife's
orders to o mc mit hari-kari, Henri
Noguos,of Paris Francois now lodged
in j di, aooused by her of cjmmltticg
burglary, forgery, and a variety of
other holrjous c ilanscs. All tho same
Nogues thinks that tho laugh is on
rds sido, and Paris agrees with him.
No^uesjls au expert machine litter
and a practical philosopher. W netti
er ho is tim other things which his
wife alleges, remains to be proved by
the lady, who keeps a green grocery
shop in tno Hue d'Allemagne. Mme.
Noguos isla woman of thrifty habits,
out. a shrewish tom per. She and her
husband did not get along well to
gether and ho rr joloed wheu his work
took him away from home for a few
days. Hi was engaged on a Job at
Rennes the other day, and congratu
latlng hiriiBcif on his temporary relief
from dooQCStio worries, when ho re
celvad thia exhilarating epistle from
his bettet half:
"Inhumin monste I You have
brough disgrace and dishonor on your
family. If you do not ommit m elde
within tWouty-four hours, 1 shall de
nounce you the police. ANNA."
Any ordinary man would have boen
greatly depressed oy Buoh a missive,
but lt did not upset Ncgucs a bit.
He docs not seem to have denied tim
c larges, but wroto his wife that be
was prepared to commit suicide. To
cave her ,the necessity of having to
attend to/ such disagreeable details
hersclt, hp wovor, he begged that she'
wou d send him bu Ol .dent money to
enablo him to mako provisions foi
his deceniburial. He besought her
also to se?d him a photograph of her
self and ins two daughters, that thoy
might be placed in tho c?Jii 1 with
him. ill oonoluded by pleading for
ber forgiveness! and subsorih?d lum
self, "yolr felfjctlonato husband."
Nogu'v,' fellow workmen noticed
that, ho jin a particularly good
ttuuio. VAOf tho day for hr
chuckled frequently to himself, bel
deohned to tell them what lt was that
tickled his fancy to much. Mme.
Njguc8 was delighted with thc letter,
but she would not risk her precious
monty on her husbands mere word.
Instead of sendiug lt to him by mall,
she intrusted lt to her brother-in-law
L?grls henonle, and instructed him
I to seo that Nogues carried cut hit
part of the bargain, and to send her
a telf gram when the j b was done
She gave him $120, having figured it
out that amount would enable her
husband to blow his brains out d c
cntly and pay for the ifunoral expen
ses. And she considered that she
would bo rid of him cheaply at the
Nogues had o calculated on Le
gris taking ar./ part In the ?til \ir, but
ue readily adapted bimse f to the
changed circumstances. When lieg
ris liad explained his mission, Nogues
professed to be well satisfied with the
arrangements and th y went cir to
gether to buy a revolver.
After the weapon had b:en pur
chased, Nogues proposed that they
should eat a farewell dinner and crack
a couple of bottles of wine together)
bcfoie he made his exit from this
You can cut down the funeral ex
per.sos a bit to make up for what it
costs," he suggested, "and Anna-she
is a dear, good wife, but a bit close
listed--need nover know that wo had
a good time with the money."
Ligrls acquiesed without demur
and t:iey adjourned to the hotel wticrc
i\ vues was staving. There they did
full j istice to an ample dinner.
"The landlord lias treated me so
well here," said N jgues when it was
ilnislied, "that 1 couldn't think of
committing suicide and making a mess
In ills place? lt would not be troat
mg him fairly. I'll have to do the
j JO sema where else."
"You will have to hurry." said L?
grl : "I promised to send Anna a tel
ara?a when lt was done. Time is Hy
ing and she will be getting anxious."
"Don't yen think itt would take a
load olT her mind if you wired at once
that I've done lt? 1 observed Nogo. s.
"lt. would only be anticipating my dc
oease a little and would allow us
time to got matters llxcd up io that
everything will go through smoothly."
"It is atc xoellcnt Idea," said the
aCCOmodatlDg Legris, "and lt will
K'lvo lier mjrc time to get her mourn
This was Hid dispatch that ho sent
' Job ilnislied. Everything pas.od
olT satisfactorily. Obsequies at Rm
Then tiley settled down to arrang
ing details. Nogues insisted that a
funeral service should bo held over
his b -dy. Ligrls objected that a man
wiio took his own life was not entit
led to that ceremony. Nogues con
tended that his case BtODd on a d l? ;r
ont footing from that of an ordinary
suicide, since he was not seeking
death voluntarily, bub was going to
kill himself merely to satisfy his wife
and carry out her orders, houris re
cognized tho force of Nogues' logic
and promised to do his best.
Then Nogues begged for <lhe prlvl
lego of being allowed to solcot his own
ni/...Ati.A? ?"<>,-.i ?. ...
' ' ? -4.Wftt.il.il>! HJU.JF ...-null Mil ! I
to tho cemetery, lt was evening bo
foro Nogues had scleotcd a sito that
satistlod his exacting notions.
"Since my wife thinks I'm dead
anyhow,'}ho ?:ald to his companion,
"we might a's well put off tho Job un
till tomorrow and get a comfortable
Lcgrls consented and the morning
found Nogues apparently resigned to
his fate. "I'm quite prepared to
shoot myself," he ?aid, "but I think
lt would not bo a bad idea If we first
hal a good breakfast together. You
oan shave down tho funeral expenses
a bit further to make up for it."
T.ioy had a gorgeous breakfast and
got somewhat fuddled ever lt. Then
they started elf to tho o< metery where
Nogues was to b!ow out his brains.
There ano'.her idea captivated him.
"I will expiro," ho said, "on the
tomb of my parents. They He at
Montfort. Obviously that ls the
best placo to do tho j .b I shall rcBt
easier If I Ho with them."
As there was no train to Monfort
.hat day the diro deed wis postponed
until tho morrow. When Moutfort
was readied Nogues suddenly romem
bored that his cousin was tho priest
of tho parl3h and his death la the
cemetery would bring dlsgraco upon
bim. Rather than do that Ito wouH
saorifloe lils own convenience: So it
was di cid?.d that the tragedy should
be enaoted at Pantin. Toe two mon
took tickets for Paris and arrived at
Monparnasse station ab mldn'ght.
Thou N gucs discovered that he had
forgotten to make his will and sever
al hours were spent in drawirg up
that document, various cafcB being
visited in tho Interim, In conso
querco Le^rls was reduced to a con
dition in which further locom tlon
was impossible. Tho two men sepa
rated, Nogues vowing that when dawn
broke his corp3o would be f^und jin
the Pantin o?mct'.ry.
Before daybreak Nogu:s staggered
into his wire's homo in the ll te d'Al
lemagne. When she discover*.d that
lt was not a ghost and that all thc
money she had intrusted to her broth
er In law for the funeral had b:cn ex
pend jd, her fury knew no bounds.
She called In tho police and made
charges enough against her husband
to keep him In j vii for many years if
he be guilty.. M.it he stanly declares
that ho is Innocent and that her sole
motive in making tho accusation is to
got rid of him.
\ PECULIAR CABE.
A Cit./."ii ol' North Sues . Railroad
For ? Big Hum.
For alleged failure to post certal
rates and schedules at North, a sta
tion cn tho S : aboard Airline Hillway,
suit was brought by a ol tx. n of that
placo for 132 OOO some time ago and a
d.cisi?n was recdored by the supreme
ojurt last weok, bbrliving the suit
out of tho courts. The caso was de
cided by Judge Towsend in thc lower
Oi urts on a demurrer entered hythe
Seaboard, which stated that the com
plaint was defective and that parts of
lt were unconstitutional. This dis
poses of this suit, b it it ls said that
another $&se will babrono'ht Bhortly,
ix-no o:Httptremri/4v& . ~-^nA?!fffll?0Hr
interestlng brought In ? long time
and was as follows: That seotlon
30'.)2 and 209:, of the evil cede of
South Carolina provides that the rail
road commissioners of said state shall
lix a schedule of reasonable freight
aud passenger rates for each railroad
corp ration doing business In this
That the defendant is a railroad
corporation doing business in said
state, an3 that North is a station on
said railroad corporation between
Colon, ba, S. C., and Denmark, S. C.,
bub tile said station of Noith ls whol
ly within thc state of South Carolina.
That the railroad commissioners of
said state more than one year prior to
the com monet mont of this action lix
cd a schedule of freight and passen
ger i ates for thc d?fendent carpera
That section 20S>3 of the civil coic
or South Carolina provides that anv
railroad or portion failing to post at
any of its stations <. c. py of tile sched
ules aforesaid shall ino.-r and vellora
penalty of one hundred -i/jDars for
each aud every day during wlilc i
time such corporation shall tail to
post BU >h scho.iule an I that such P^M
alty may be s ied for by any oltlziu oi
tho said state, and the recovery shall
be equally divided between tho ol tlx m
so suing aud the state of South Caro
Tnat the d?fendent felled to post
sue'' sobed ules at the said station ?if
North, S. C., from J ..unary I, 10J3,
to I) comber 9, 190?,, a peril d of throe
hundred and twenty-nine day8, and
and that thereby the defendant bas
incurra! and ls liable for a p'nalty ag
gregatlng thirtj '.wo thoo - .nd nine
hundred dollars. That the pl tint, il'
is a ol ti zen of tlie said state, and silts
for the said penalty of thirty-two
thousand nine hundred dollars accord
ing to the previsions of section 2993
of the code.
A Sitfiiitloaiil S.Atonionr,
In his speech at Akron, Olio Sic
rotary Taft told the people that 1 W 1
liam J Bryan would become the MIC
cessful leader of the democratic paroy
and a menace to the prosperity of tho
country unless something she n d be
accomplishco by President RJOS< valt."
Phis is not only a significant Statement
but it ls a compliment td the Nebras
ka democrat, and, reading between
tho lines of tho utterance, tho fact
stands out that the "something"
President Roosevelt must do to pre
vent d?mocrat ie success In tho nation
la io carry out the reforms for which
Itryan stands and whioh havo giveo
blrtil to tho term Hryanism. All of
thia goes to shh H that Taft has a level
hoad. He knows that the people aro
getting their eyes open and that
unless the Republican party mends Ps
ways lt Will be p. rmanontly retired.
At New York a quit roi over election
matters is believed by tito pollco to
caused thc murder 1 .st night of W. IP,
Harrington, in Littlo Naplos dance
hall and also the probable fatal Injur
ing of Abraham .luokerman, who was
found with a fractured skull some
distance away from Littlo N iples,
whioh is conducted by Paul Kelly,
loader of an IO ist Side gang.
At Jaokson, Tonn., Hugh 0. Ryals
,of that otty, was instantly . killed and
Warnor Blackard, of- Paris, Tonn.,
seriously Injured Wednesday night by
falling over a bannister, whlloongag
ed Ina friendly sou ill) at tho South
western Presbyterian Unlvorslty,
Both wcro students and tho ions of
DAN MUBPflV? CASE
Beiog RecaUed by His /mst at
? walnsboro, Georgia
Tho MM? Wh? AwmtiHinntoa TrcBBur
or Cope*% ot Ontngrburft County,
wm SorTO Out Jil? Term,
The story of the oareor of Dan Mur
phy, tho esoaped convict who ?B said
io nave been captured at SwatuBboro,
Ga., has recalled some singular tr ol
dents in connection with tuo oe vir
euee. It wan published ia Tho State
on Tuesday of laut week that the
ainouht taken frena tbo body of Treas
urer Copes was $10,000. The Scatc
ot Weduesday ;-.,s "tho accuracy ot
this statcmciib bas bee ii q lestloned by
two for mur citizens of Orangobu*g,
one of whom says that tho murdered,
treasurer had on his person but $1,000
and another formor citlz n of that
place states that the amouh'j was not
moro than $425.
' In ono particular they both agree.
Tao money was not found by the mm -
deror. Treasurer Copes had the bulk
of the money In his pooket where lt
was not discovered. Tue money which
the assassin secured was not more
than $2J, principally in pennies. Tao
cowardly murderer pornaps did not
stop to open tho hand bag, whose
weight no doubt deceived him into
thinking tihat it contained currency
of valuo when as a matter of fact it
was Ulled with one cent pieces. And
upon that depended the conviction of
' Tac crime startled the State and
(or some time thoro was no duo. lt
ls said by one of these Orangeburg
gentlemen that tho case was ferreted
out by Mr. Geo. li. Kit,troll, a man of
Inquiring and investigating turn of
mind, wno got his Urst elm from an
examination of the subscription books
.fa couuty paper. Ho discovered
that just 30 days before tho murder a
min from some point in Florida had
. uescribed for this paper for a short
purled. On investigation lt was
lound that the paper was going to the
fictitious address given, hut had been
c?ken out of the post?nico by Dan
Murphy. If there was any motive at
all in tills move it was that the man
planning the robbory might know the
dates on willoh tho county treasurer
would make his rouuds from town to
town in tho diBOhargc of his duty as
tax^atherer, as was permitted under
tho law of that time.
"lu this way Murphy's name was
for the first tin e connected wrth the
alUlr, even by suspicion. Murphy waa
tuen followed and it was found tbat at
a remote place in Colinton county he
" iwxjmtft?** number of
pennies for 'allv?F,1* WDis was another
link in tbe chain.
"Finanly lt was discovered that Mur
phy had a shot gun which showed
certain characteristics noticed in
connection with the shells tired In the
gun whlou killed Mr. Copes. The
piuuger btruok the shell in a peculiar
plunger struck the sholl In a peouliar
manner wnlcb orrespended exactly
with Murphy's gun.
"These faots taken in connection
with Murphy's stolidity when arrest
ed and bis refusal to say anything In
answer to oharges or to excuse himself
in any way wouud the rope around
his neck. The evidence was circum
stantial in tho m In, but had he been
Innooent he might bav) proved an
alibi, when his neck was In danger,
llowover, he would say nothing and !
would tell nothing of his movements
or 10 days proceeding the killing.
"As recounted yesterday, ho was
convicted and S3? tenced to bo hanged
and thc very afternoon before the ex
rcution he was given a commutation
cf sentence on an alibi framed up iu
Augiibta, lt is said, by relatives of
Murphy. This alibi was discredited
uy tho people of Orangcburg to the
I extent that they cried out in criticism
lf thc governor who at that time
granted the cimrmuatlon and of tho
attorney employed by Murphy's
"lt is ?aid by parties who knew
Murphy at school tnat he was uu\. a
mau of nervo, but was a skulking
coward, and that he was a black
snoop all of his life, his main occupa
tion after being grown having been
the peddling ot liquor at ncg; o oamp
Tue county paper Murphy subscrib
ed for while in Birrida was Tue Times
and Duvioorat. Ile did not subscribo
Ina llctltlous name but In lils own
name. Tno amount of ni mey Mr.
C.pes had with him when assassinated
was $000.00. All of this money, ex
cept about thirty dollars in chango
Mr. Copes had in his pookot. Tue
small chango was in a satchel in the
back of his buggy. When tho assas
sin had dune lils dastardly act of as
sassinating Mr. C)pes, he hurriedly
grabbed the satchel willoh ho evident
ly thought contained all the monov
Mr. Copes had collected that day, and
in this way ho failed to got what he
had assassinated Mr. Copos to get.
Tno amount the assassin got was 30
dollars, much of whloh was lu cop
pers, whloh Mr, Copes generally oarri
ed with him to mako chango. Mr.
Geo. 13. K iI,I i ell workorl hard to find
out tho assassin, and, as Thc State
says, was tho ti rat man to suspect the
man wno was convicted of thc crime
Dari! 0. Murphy.-Orangcburg Times
Talking to tho iloyu.
A Missouri ootcmpor&ry rises to re
mark: "Onoo I was young but now I
am cid, anet 1 have never seen a girl
that was unfaithful to her mother
that ever came to bo worth a ono
eyed hutton to her husband. It ls
tho law of God. It Isn't exaotly In
tho bible, but lt ia written large and
awful in t e miserable lives of many
unfit homos. I'm speaking for thc
boys this timo. If one of you ohaps
comes acre ss a girl that, with a fao?
iud of roses, says to you as she cc raes
to tho door, 'I oant go for thirty
minutes, for tho dishes are not wash
ed yet,' you wait for that girl. You
sit right down and wait for her, be
cause some other follow uay come
al mg and oarry hex civ, ucd right
there you lose your an^el. Walt for
that girl and stick to ber Uko a burr
tc ? woolly dug.
Burglars Cast off Safe With
Seventy Thousand Dollars
WORTH OF GEMS.
The Home of a '.Millionaire Resident of
Patterson. New Jersey, Robbed
While He Wai Attending Re
vlval Service. Safe Thrown
A $70,000 Jowel robbery, engine
ed with remarkable dolloaoy ?nd dar*
lng, occured in^Patterson, N. J ,
j Thursday night, whcn,tthouhome o?
Frederick W. Cooke, millionaire mem
ber ot the Passaic Steel Company, and
one of the bast known men in North?
ern New Jersey, was entered and a
heavy safe, containing practically
every blt of Jewelry in the family pos
session, was burled from a second
story window to the soft dirt in a
yard and carted away.
Absolutely no trace of the direction
the housebreakers took could be found
by tbe police. The skill of the rob
bera was amazing. They used DO
tack lo to lower the safe, the oontonta
of which were diamond? and other
goms, ourronoy and valuable papers.
Tho only attempt to hide their pres
ence was madd when they chose the
rear of the house by whioh to escape
with their loot.
Mr. Cooke wont to the Chapman
revival meeting about 8 o'olook, and
remained there until the end of the 1
services. He returned promptly to
his homo at NJ. 384 Broadway.
No evidences of the rober ry were
found by the millionaire when he
oponed the door which was ooourely
looked, but when he reached the sec
ond fljor he found a window open.
Tnls was unusual, and he investiga*
ted. Thinking of the safe, which cou
lai nod jewels left by Mr. Cooke's
mother to his wife, he entered the
room where the steel device, about
two feet squire, had been stored, It
Looking out the window tho.victim
saw a hole in the turf of the yard. He
I descended and found a dent suoh aa
tho corner of the safe would have .
made had it been dropped. It made
no noiso when in struck the ground?
and the burglars presumably figured
un this riiiO for avoiding attention.
The police were Immediately notifi
ed, but. not nvon the suggestion ot a
o:o,v to the robbers oodla be found.
Nob jd y had seen a vehiole standing
[ opposite or near the Cooke hom?, and
lt is c?rtala that the looters did not
[ oarry off their booty by hand.
When Mr. Cooke's mother died she
left all her j ?weis, worth many thous
ands of dollars, to her son's wiro.
There were family heirlooms worth'
just as much in tho safe, and Jewelry
belonging to the millionaire's wife
and to himself, besides valuable papers
which Mr. Cooke cannot afford to
<j Goos Up Hoad.
At tho annual mooting of the stock
holders of tho Atlantic Coast Line
Railroad at ll oh mond, Va., last week
r. M. Emerbon, of Wilmington,N. C.,
was olec.ed president; vioo lt. T. Er?
vin, resigned. Mr. Emerson was for
merly iou th vloo president and trafile
manager. Ho succeeded Mr. Erwin
ou the board of directors. All the
other otu ?ors and directors wore re
elected Alex Hamilton, former seo
oud vloo president, was promoted to
oe li iso vu-a president. C. S. Gads
den was promoted from third to sec
ond vice president. J. it. Kealy was
made third vice president. A divi
dend of :i par cent, was declared on
tho stook, plaoiug io on a 0 instead of
a 6 pjr oout. basis. Too annual re
port showed au I crease in mdleage,
gross and net receipts. President
Ejaerson started with tho road as ft
[clark in the frelgnt otil?os In WU
' mauger, N. C., ab $75 per month.
Whore Irt tfool Klllo*?"
A dispatoh from Louisville, Ky.,
says a unique soolai f Uuotion was that
givou oa Friday by M.;. and ?MAS?"
Arthur K. Lord ia honor of their dog,
Boots, tue occaslag being the eigh
teenth aaalvorsary of his olrth. Sur
rounding the hoard were a number of
well known local people. The guest
of honor, Boots, was seated at the
right hand of the hostess, and, ali
things ojnsldored, he behaved remark
ably well. His menu coasisted of bid*
'oits of beef, rloo aud . bread, and4 he
went through tho bill in a manner
said to have beon odlfylng to tue
guests. Boots had bis dinner served
la silver plabbers, and he would not
accopb aoybnlog less. His ono artiole
of adjornmeut was a Mue bow about
Illowa, to Pf eeo?.
Four men wore blown to pieces
Wednesday afternoon by an explosion
at the lab ratory of the International
Smokeless Powder and Onomtoal com
pany at Parlin, N. J. The . cause ot
the explosion will never be known, aa
only tue four men wore in the build-*
lng ab thc time. The building was a
ono story frame struoture and .because
of the liability to explosions was sep
arated from ali the others in the plant
cxCspt ono by a space of several hun
dred feet. Toe next building waa a
storehouse ia whioh supplies used in
tao other wore stored. This caught
fire aid was burned.
A speolal from Cranborry, N. C.,
says two aooldants occured there Fri
day at tho plant of the Cranberry
Furnace Company, as the result of
whioh ono man. Thom?? Fowler, of
Johnson City, Tenn., will die, and
three other men are seriously injured,
Fowlers' injury was duo to bis cloth
ing, baing ouu?ht by a belt, whioh
wouni bia budy ahont & resolving
shaft. The three men injured, whose
names are not given, were at work on
a so. ff dd. thirty feet high, when lt
gavo way. Both accidents coaurr?rl
Within a short time,