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BILJ, AUF TALKS OF APRII,
The Grandchildren Had Lots of
Fun Out of the Old Man.
This month did not begin rigid.
April moans i<? open, but ft did not
Open. It Wits .in April fool. Nothing
shows in my garden (oil the peas and
onions. The (lowers mako no progress.
There is no sweot south wind to
breathe upon them -no sunsliiue. On
Monday the graudchlldreu in posed
upon me with their Hindoo pranks.
They gave me u cup of chocolate with
Whipped cream Oil lop, and it was
nothing bill soapsuds. 1 pretended to
lie fooled, but 1 wasenI; 1 paid them
back in various ways. The Hindoos
Started tins childish custom away back
in the ages, and it still pleases the
children. And now Kastor day is at
band that is another name that came
down from the Pagans. Ostcra was
their goddess of spring and it was cor
rupted into LCstora. How these old
heal hen names do slick to us. The
names of the days of the week and of
the mouths came from them. So did
the planets and the constellations.
10ven the prophets and Job had to take
them from the tigvptiaus. Hut the
Scotch people don't call it Faster.
They say Pascha day, or passover dav.
They won't pattern after anybody,
lud .lohn Knox, and be said Pascha.
But there is a reason for calling U
Kasler, for the con ing of spring?the
opening of the earth and the flowora is
emblematical of the resurrec'.ion?the
opening of the Savior's tomb and His
return to bless and comfort Ilia peo
ple. This day corresp >uds closely with
the Jewish passover, and so they ob
Now i want the young people to
know that Lent is another woid that
means spring. It is preceded by licit
foolish festival called mardi gras?or
fat beef and continues forty days in
remembrance of the Savior's long fast,
and it ends with Easier, and the com
munion and other rejoicings, As the
old-time almanacs would say, "about
this tune look for Kastor hats and
(lowers and finery." Christmas is an
other festival day that is common to
all Christian nations. There are many
other days dedicated to the saints, but
in course of lime it was found that
there were not enough days iu the ?
year to go round, and so the pope
slopped the saluting of SO many and
bad one day net apart as All Saints
day. The next day after that is All
Souls day, on which mass is said by
the Roman Catholics for the souls of ,
the deud Who are in purgatory. It ^
seems that about 000 years ago a pil
grim from the holy land found a her- ,
nut in Sicily who told him of an open* <
ing between the cliffs of the moun
tains near by that communicated with
hades where Pluto lived and that be <
could see tho sulphurous smoke rising
and hear the groans of the lost souls 1
who were being tormented in hell and ;
lie had Known some of them lo escape
through the prayers of the priests and
this made the devils very mad and be
COUld hear them cursing the priests 1
with awful imprecations. The pilgrim '
told all this to the abbots and monks,
and they bad a day set apart to pray
these lost souls out of bell or hades or
purgatory or whatever it is.
Besides these international days
there are national days in every coun
try. Here we have ttie Fourth of July
and Washington's birthday and Deco
ration Day and some others. Germany ,
celebrate* the birth of Calvin and
Luther and the kaiser. Scotland that
of Sir William Wallace and Bruce and i
.lohn Knox. Iu old England they cele
brate the queen's birthday, Magna i
Charter dav r*: ' Waterloo' 1 f
, \, ut every . ,co of poison
Mayday. Ma,Ptn. foes it quick. ?
all and has been i...^ors the hlm^1 ?? i"' I
Verse and song and in dancing around
the May pole. Tennyson wrote a sad,
sweet poem called the " May Queen." 1
Mexico celebrates all the Hoinan
Catholic days and has one other that
the rabble call Judas Iscariot's day. It 1
is the next day alter Laster. On the 1
beautiful trees in the piazza or park
they suspend pasteboard images of
Judas Iscariot?-images as large as life,
wflh little boles bored in them from
head to foot and in every hole is '
fastened a cannou cracker. At a given ,
signal the fuse in every cracker iu
lighted and all of them explode nearly
at the same time and such a terrific
popping was never heart', outside of a
battlefield, and poor old Judas is torn ,
antl re-.it into a thousand pieces. This
is just a sign of what they would do .
to him if they had him there alive, but
I reckon it is more for trolic than any
thing, for Ihey sin ut and laugh and
dance the hornpipe and make all the
racket they can.
Ben franklin said that man was a
bundle of habits. He might have
adtled " and euporsitlons," for most
all people httve some belief in super
natural things. Two hundred years
ago almost eveiybody believed in
witches. Shakespeare wrote about
them in " Macbeth" antl Burns in
<i Tum O'Shanter." The Puritans
drowned many innocent women from
mere suspicion of being witches. The
conceited, self-righteous rascals never
accused a mini of being a wizard. It
is the worm n who have suffered in all
ages. When I was a boy the young
people were more afraid of ghosts than
t they are now.
Ghosts art) very scarce in these days.
I havent seen one in a long lime. In
my early youth I was the null hoy and
I remember that one evening In the
early IwilL ht as I was astride my horse
and grist und going slowly borne I
neared the country graveyaid of Fair
viow church and saw, or thought I
saw, a ghost abend of me in the big
road, it bad arms and legs, but bail
no heatl. If wan white and goiag
slowly from me. I checked my horse
and wondered. I started on again and
got a little closer. Still the form waa
headless. Iboal shoulders and arms
akimbo. Nearer and nearor I drew lo'
it, but it made no sign. My horse
pricked up his cars as if alarmed. The
road forked not far ahead, and I bad
resolved that if tho ghost took one
road 1 would take the other, when
suddenly an old man slopped to cough
and took the rack from his shoulders
and laid it upon the ground. 1 knew
him instantly?old Uncle Tom Wileon,
the hunchback?going homo from the
mill with his grist across his shoulders
and his head bent forward so that f
could not bco it in the dusky twilight.
Now, ii both ol in had reached tho
lin ks of Hie road and hud separated 1
should always have helioved I miw a
Thai old mill toad and chuich and
grave yard uiade lasting impressions
upon me, and so did the mill ami the
pond and the spring hoard and big
win el and the soothing sounds of the
water lulling over the dam. We had
various adventures with the country
schoolboys on tho way, for they dideut
like the town hoys?and they don't
yet. I remember that it was on April
tool dav that I saw in the road just
beyond the schoolhouse a package
done up in brown paper, and as I had
met a man in a buggy a little while be
t?rt , I supposed Ik: had dropped lt. I
slopped my horse and got down. I'Ick
ing up the package I untied the string
and took off the wrapper and found
auolhei wrapper and another string
ami then another and another and at
last two big black bugs, whose odor
was familiar. That kiud of bugs that
advance backward, and you can't tell
whether you meet 'em or overtake 'cm.
.lust then a score of boy8 jumped from
the bushes and veiled and screamed
" April Fool !" 1 was so mad 1 could
hardly mount ?v horse again, but 1
never spoke a word. 1 took it out in
thinking ami haling. VVjst Point
hazing wasent any worse than that
April tool was to nie. Mut boys will
be b iys.
Bill A up.
IN A HUMOROUS \F,IN.
A medical sensation makes u sensa
tion of a man who lives without
bra in." Brethren, what we want is
new.-! - Atlanta Constitution.
Kerrigan We're thinking av nam
ing him (iarge Washington.
CilSOy?Have yez got Kelly's per
mission ? Thai's UP name av bis goat'
The Justice?1 don't remember ever
seeing you before.
The Accused No, Your Honor;
fOU sec, you don't belong to our set.?
Mistress 1 hope I didn't disturb
1'iiti and your lover when i went into
be kitchen last night.
Cook - Not at all, mum. ()i told
ihn tbut you was my ehappyioue.
Teacher?Of course, you understand
he difference between liking and lov
.Pupil?^ es. miss; I like my father
tnd mother, but 1 love apple-pic.?
" You are awlutly, foolishly extrava
gant," said the matronly friend.
" I know I am," replied the girl,
' Papa never will let nie have money
is long as 1 have a cent."- Indiana
" Trans mentis across," said I lie
.eacher, " can any boy give nie an
(lustration of its use ?"
"Yes, ma'am," spoke up little Willie;
' 'trans-parent,' a cross parent."?
" lie would never have become so
iddictcd to drink if it hadn't been for
be trouble be bad."
u Why, what trouble did he have?"
" He bad trouble in keeping away
rom it." Philadelphia Press.
Bliffcrs ?Bunconi i* a self-made
nan, isn't be ?
Winers?-Yes. What made you
of the m\.
by others idle seems to be so well sat
the opportun? job. - New York WeoK
J .)?-,lii a -
"I think education might put an end
" How ?"
" Well, if the weaker parlies were
iducated to see that it ia better to give
n than to get whipped." Harper's
She?-I want you to promise to do
vhat I ask before I tell you what it
Papa?But why not tell nie what it
She?Oh, il I did you wouldn't do
The Old Man - Your love for my
laughter seems to have grown very
"ast since you found out I wub worth
10 much money.
The Young Man (admiringly) -No
Taster, sir, than the subject warranted.
? Detroit Free Press.
" The boy," concluded the oculist,
1 is color-blind."
" Then, what do you Ibink we should
put htm at
11 Well, what's tlie matter with mak
ing an impressionist painter of him ?"
" 1 could die for you," be cried.
But the girl gave no sign of recipro
" And my life," bo continued, " is
insured for 820,000."
" I am yours," she sighed, " till
" I tell you, hank clerks nre not suf
ficiently remunerated/1 exclaimed the
broker quite forcibly.
" Oli, I don't know," said tlie bank
president, with a snd smile; " our last
receiving teller got about $20,000 a
year foraix years."?Brooklyn Life.
Deacon Jones?what do you think
of our latest new convert? Do you
think it a genuine case of convetilon ?
Deacon Brown?I'am afraid not. In
tho remarks be has made In prayer
meeting thus far bo has not boasted of
being the vilest of sinners. Boston
" I must confess Pin rather super
i4 Well, I'm not. I wouldn't bo lhat
? You wouldn't, eh ?"
" No. It's a sure, sign that you're
going to have bad luck when you be
gin to get superstitious."- ?Philadel
*#*ri ?* *'n(l ?2S ?!2 MSBBot1^1
THIO TliXAS OIL DEI JSITS.
How the First Discovery Was
Made May Give Cheaper Fuel
The excitement over the discovery
oi' seemingly inoxhansublo < n' deposits
in 'IVxas appeals to im growing. The
government experts, geologists and
conservative business men con uder the
locution of oil in Texas and California
of far more importance than the dis
covery of gold in California. In biet,
it Is looked upon as a development that
will have a tremendous economic in
llueuce ou all the industries ol the
Bouthwest. Ueorge F. Adams, an ex<
pert of the geological survey, has been
sent to Texas to make an investigation
ami ruport upon the extent of tin; oil
deposits and the manner in which they
are being worked. An ollicial of the
gOOlogical survey in spcakim/ of tins
matter to the Brooklyn IS tig lo 'a Wash
ington correspondent said :
" The oil is not the illuminating va
riety, but in used for fuel. It will
supply the one thing that was before
lacking to enable the Iretuou'Jous re
sources of that COUUtry to he propel lv
developed. Texas is nearly the rich
est State in the Union in natural re
sources, hut there are no eoal deposits
there. .She has gotten her fuel in the
past from Indian Torritorj . and alter it
had been mined and shipped to 'J exas
it cost between $8 and $U a ton. The
excessive cost of fuel has done much
to retard the operation of the deposits
of cement, iron and oilier ores with
which Texas abounds. The discovery
of a cheap fuel within her borders
will work wonders with Texas inter
The utmost excitement prevails all
through Texas, ami excursions are run
from Onlvestoii to Beaumont to see the
big geyser. Four thousand persons
recently visited Beaumont in a single
day. As may he supposi d the town
lias experienced a tremendous boom,
l'eople are Hocking in and scouring
the country prospecting for oil and
buying up land leases. It is almost
impossible to secure accommodations
in either bole s oi boarding houses,
and liviug rates have gone way up.
New wells are being sunk every week,
but precautions are always taken to
prevent a waste id' oil. ItnpioYcd ma
chinery has been introduced, am! as
soon as oil is struck the llow is checked
until lank ears are. secured, i'ipes are
being laid to Tort Arthur, the lidarest
port, where it will l> ? pumped ou
board oil ships. Lucas secured lenses
on 5,000 acres of land before he began
operations, and he pays a royalty to
the owners on each barrel that is sold.
As before staled, the various raihoads
of that section are preparing lo change
from eoal to oil fuel. The main thing
that the operators uro waiting for now
are tank ears to lake their product to
market. Following the discovery tile
price of oil in l'ittshurg tumbled dan
gerously, hut it has since been steadied.
Among those who have since learned
that oil existed under their farms is
ex Senator Hoger O. Mills, who i>
said to have been made independently
rich by the products of a well sunk on
" One of the great advantages of the
oil deposits is that they are right ou
tide water, thus making is possible to
ship it by water at little cost. The
governmout officials are very enthus
iastic over the discoveries and declare
that the oil will furnish a cheap fuel
not only lor Ihr local industries of
Texas and New Mexico, hut for trans
continental transportation and for
shipping interests in the gulf and West
The story of how the lirsl oil strike,
was stumbled on and the. opening up
of the unlookcd for riches reads like a
tale from " Arabian Nights " A. F.
Lucas, a Washington mining engineer,
was engaged as superintendent of the
Avery Hock Sail mines, in Louisiana,
but having a disagreement with the
management, he left and drifted over
to Texas, (teaching Beaumont, which
is about three hours' lide from Galves
ton, he went out prospecting for sul
phur. He struck some sulphur springs
and observed that a small quantity of
natural gas was coming from them.
In putting down a well he ran across
a slight deposit of oil, and this fact,
together with the presence of natural
gas, led him to believe that oil was to
be found there. He accordingly sank
a well for oil. About 1,(100 feet were
penetrated and a six-inch pipe inserted.
Inside of this a section of four-inch
pipe 720 feet in length, was dropped.
The oil stratum had not actually been
leached hy ihe drilling machine, but ii
seems that it was almost touched at
tho time the. four-inch pipo was put
inside the larger pipe. Suddenly those
who were working the derrick that was
lowering the smaller lube, noticed that
it was acting quccrly. Sometime
lilting it from the bottom. Mr. s
understood the signs and called to s
men to run for their lives. The oil
had burst through the crust of earth
that sopnratod it from the drill ami
came spouting up with terrific force.
It pushed the. pipe through the derrick,
carried away all tho machinery nnd
finally threw the 720 feet of pipe high
into the air. Fortunately, the. pipe
came down end first and hurt DO one,
hut it buried itself deep into Hie earth.
It has not since been dug out. Turn
ing about Mr. Lucas saw a stream of
oil shooting out of bis six-inch pipe to
a distance of 200 ieet in the air ami
(lowing off over tho plain at a terrible
rale. There was no way to check the
llow of the valuable fluid, and as it
spread over the prairie aid was sent for
to build dams. Soon all the male
i population of Bsaumont was out on the
plains throwing up a wall of earth to
hold the oil. A monster lake soon
formed nnd breaking through the dam
ran off to a railroad track.
A culvert was built under the track
and another dam constructed. The ut
most caution had lo he observed to
prevent a spark from dropping into tho
Oil, for a fire meant complete disaster
for everything within resell. Had a
conflagration occurred it v. .Id have
extended to the spouting geyfior ami
would have been burning lo this day.
An armed patrol of men, mounted on
bortes, kept guard of the lake night
and day, and special care was taken to
sco that no sparks were dropped hy
Tho great problem then before the.
mining engineer was how to control the
(low aud thus savo tho precious fluid.
as the house.
All the family need to free the blood
from the humors that gather during the
winter months, in order to keep the appetite
good, the complexion clear, maintain health,
give strength to the entire frame and double
the pleasures of life.
has been the standard blood cleanser for 30
years. Your parents used it?your children
and grandchildren will find nothing- better
for its humane purpose. No other remedy
comes in so large a bottle for the price?a
full quart for only one dollar.
Don't neglect your health when so small an
expenditure will accomplish so much. There is
no substitute?though plenty of imitations. Get
the genuine. Sold by all druggists. Made only by
THE MICHIGAN DRUG CO., Detroit, Mich.
Finally ho hit upon n scheme. A lonu I
section of eight inch pipe was secured i
aid mounted on n movable carriage, i
line end of it was litleil with U valve. |
Half way up this pipe a T-joint was
made and a branch of a six-inch pipe
was run out, also titled with a valve.
This structure was then moved up to
the side of the peyser, and the eight- .
inch pipe slipped into position over the |
old six-inch tube. The openings ol
the smaller pipe were tilled up with
oakum and other material, so that tin
oil was escaping only through the top
of the main pipe and out of the side
section. The valve at the top of the'
main pipe was then closed, thus divert i
lug the entire stream off to one side
through the branch section. This
made it possible for men to work
about the base of ihr wi II. A deep
trench was dug nil around the 1)880 ol
the geyser and then liHod in with a
bed of concrete. Flein this concrete
heavy supporting lines were run to the
lop of the pipe, so that the Whole ap
paratus was securely nnchorcd t<? the
concrete foundation. When it was
certain that everything was ready, the
valve on the branch pipe was closed
and the stream was cut off. This
operation consumed nine days, and in '
Hie meantime the oil was pouring out ;
at the rate of anywhere between 75,000
and 100,000 barrels a day. The esti
mated value of the crude product i
bctwee 11 10 and 50 cents a barrel, so it
will be seen that each day's product
was wotih in the neighborhood of
$50,000. After the How bad been!
checked a lire occurred in one of the'
oil lakes and 750,000 bands were lie-'.
St roved, representing a loss of about I
" FIGHTING PARSON DUNLOP."
A Desperate Charge Under n Storm
of Shot and Shell.
The Charleston Sunday .News con
tains a most graphic description of a
thrilling incident at Murfrecsboro,
Tenn., which is from tho pen of Itev.
Henry F. lloyt, D.D., of Harmony
GrOVO, (In. The hero of the occasion
was Itov. ?'. K. Dunlop, now a zealous
and honored Presbyterian minister,
living at Georgetown, S. 0. Dr. Iloti's
account is as follows :
In the summer of 1802 a Confeder
ate cavalry force, consisting of four or
live regiments, was encamped al Mc
Minnville, Tonn, Forrest, afterwards
general, hut at that time rucking only
ns colonel, was in command of the
brigade. The 3d Georgia cavalry regi
ment, commanded by Col. W..I. i iw
ton, was part of the force. In it win
a company commanded by the Itov. ?I.
F. Dunlop, a Presbyterian minister,
who bad resigned Hie charge of bis
church in Baiubridge, Ca., lo buckle
on tho sword, and bad been i lee'.ed
captain of a cavalry company, which
he bnd been instrumental in raising
and lo whom bis men were perfectly
At Murfrcosboro was a force of
Yankees, consisting of cavalry, artillery
and infantry, and considerably out
numbering the Confederates, (.'ol. For
rest decided to surprise and COpllUO
the Federals, and thus get supplies
and arms for his men, many of whom
at that time bad nothing more effec
tive than double-barrel shotguns. Ac
c mlingly we. broke camp one Saturday
anc, after inarching all night, reached
Murfrecsboro Sunday morning just al
tho dawn of day. Tho Federal pick
c(9 wore captured without giving an
alarm and our foe, all unconscious <>f
danger, was quietly sleeping. Tiny
were in two camps, one on the oppo
site side ?'t' the town from our ap
proach nod tho other lo the righl as
ivc entered. The gallant Whnrton, of
tin Texas Hangers, with part of (ho
command, was ordered to attack the
camp to our right, w hile Fol rest, with
Hie oilier part, was lo attack the one
on the oppositO side Of the town.
Whnrion's attack was ;( complete sup
prise to the enemy. Without wnrninu
lie ami his Hangers laust into tin
sleeping camp, yelling and shouting,
drove out the lorri'.led Federals, and
lor a while hold pOSSCSSiOU of the
camp. Afterwards, seeing the ?:uall
force of their assailants, the Vankccb,
rallied, and, altera stubborn light, in
which Whnrton was wounded, they
regained possession of the. c oup. The
part under Forrest, in which was the
2d (Jeorgia, were not so successful.
The noise of the horses' hoots striking
upon the stony ground as wo charged
through the town awoke the sleeping
inhabitants, who rushed out lo greet
us, wildly shouting and cheering, and
in their enthusiasm raising such a din
as to roach tho cars the. slecpiug
camp, a short distance out of town.
Then, too, another unexpected dif
licillly arose. In the centre of the
town, directly fronting tho street up
which we were charging, stood the
Inick Court House. In this was a
Federal guard, keeping watch over
some prisoners. As soon as the head
of our column came in sight this guard
opened lire upon ns out of the win
dows of the Court House. This unex
pected attack delayed Fori est and frus
trated his plan of surprising the camp
beyond. W hen WO got then-, instead
of taking thorn by turpriso, wo found
them drawn up in line of battle ou the
crest of a slope in an old field, having
a splendid battery of six guns and a
long lino of infantry supporting it.
We were the party surprised. Under
Ulis unlookcd for condition of things
Forrest ordered Col. Law ton 10 draw
up Ins regiment in front of the Fedora'
lines, in a piece of woods which sin '.- .
lorcd us lo some extent, faying that
he, with the rest of his troop, would
line around them and attack tlicm in
the rear, and ordering Lawton as soon
as ho heard his guns in the rear to
charge them in front. Thus WO stood
for about two hours, I suppose, wait
ing to hear Forrest's guns in the .ear.
in the meantime the Federals know
ing that wo were m the woods, kept
up nn incessant lire with their aitll?
lery, sending a continual stream of
she I ami shell screeching over our
In ads, cutting down the liinhs of trees,
burntii _; over us, doing no particular
damage it is true, hut terrifying and
demoralizing the men, most of w hom
i had never been under live before.
Thus mailers stood : We, with our
shotguns, listening lo the music of the
shells, and the Vaiikccs having a per
fect picnic in the way of target prac
lice; WO being the la get.
Finally, becoming emboldened bj
our continued silence, the sharpslioot-1
ors from the infantry crept down to
tho edge of the woods and, concealing
themselves in the underh iah, began to
pick at us wrli their rillen, nnd the
whi './. of their bullets WA8getting to be
uncomfortably close, to ou. heads. Col.
Lawton, noticing this, directed his ad
jutant to carry a verbal order to the
major lo send a squadron?two com
panies?to charge those sharpshooters,
drive them hack and return to the cotn
, maud. The adjutant, in his excite
. ment, misunderstood tho ordor and,
riding up to tin' niajor.be said: "The
Colonol ordcis Ihut you Bcud a Bquad?
ron of men lo charge that line of battlo,
reform the men ai.d charge back. The
order was delivered lo Copt. Dunlop
lo execute. 1 saw him ttraighteu
himself lo his full height in llic Baddle.
1 saw the lire of battle kindle in bis
eye. 1 saw him draw his sabre and
turning to his mcu he said : "Forward, I
"Theirs not to reason why.
Theirs no! (o tuake ret ly.
Theirs but to do or die "
Hiding down the >h irpshootcrs
clearing (he wood", out in the open
Hold they were no t by n loin peal ol
grupc and canister from (ho artillery
ami of minie bills from the infantry.
Many a gallant rider and bis horse
went down under the storm of shot
and shell. Mut nothing could stay the
headlong course of the fearless leader.
Passing between the battery ami the
infantry, he sab*cd < no gunner, drove
tin in all from their e<in^ and caused
the whole line of infantry next the
ar tilery to waver.
Had Ibis gallant charge bet It follow
ed immediately by that of our whole
command we undoubtedly would have
won the day at that moment. Mm it
was not done. ('apt. Dunlop dashed
on after culttr.j through the line of
battle to tlie rear, and win n out of
range of their shot halted lo see who
were left ol his Command. Seven men
had followed him through, and were
all that were hit. Turning to them,
lie said, with gum humor : 11 Mo\s,
the command wusto reform and charge
back." One of the men replied :
14 Well, Captain, wo have followed you
i his far, but if you are going back
through that line of battle you will
have t<> go by yourself. We have had
enough ol it." t.'f course be had no
thought ol doing so. He was only
putting his men lo the test. Hiding
around their line and out of range of
their shot, the heroic ?tlle band re
j- iued their command.
It is no! my intention to continue
the history ol ihe battle. My only pur
pose was to recount the most desperate
charge I^ivir witnessed duting my
four yearn'experience in the war. Suf
llcent to -a\ that by sundown we bad
captuied the whole force id'the enemy.
Tho boys threw away their shotguns,
replacing them with improved arms.
The battery we kepi til) the war closed
and good service it did against its for
mer OWIli rs, That nullt we started
back lor McMinuville, halting only
long enough lo parole our prisoners,
with whom l'otie.sl did not wish to be
burdened, We reached our camp at
McMinuville about noon on Monday,
having beeil 111 the saddle about forty
cight hours. That battle secured For
I'OSt's promotion to tin- rank of gen
eral, and our gallant Capl. Dunlop
afterwards became colonel of Ins regi
ment, and was loved and admired by
every man in his command. Long
may he live to do valiant service to the
army of the Lard of Hosts uudor the
leadership of the great Captain of our
Salvation. 1 i. F. I Ion t.
Harmony Grove, Gn.
A Strange and Mysterious A flair
Killing of a Popular Railroad
The Columbia Stale gives the fol
lowing account of a mysterious mid
shocking tragedy which took place in
that city on batuidny afternoon, in
which Capt. .lohn ,], Grillln, commer
cial agent of the Norfolk and Western
railroad, received a bullet through bis
left breast, just above the heart, dying
in less than an hour. The shooting
took place in the room of Maj. Mar
nard M. Evans, and the weapon used
was Iiis pistol, but whether be was re
sponsible for the death of Capt. Grlllltl
remains to bo seen. Maj. Fvans is a
son id the late Qeu. N. G. Kvans, of
this Slate, and Ins mother is a sister of
Ihe late Gen. M. W. Gary, and be has
a largo number of friends throughout
the Slate. He was a candidate for
railroad commissioner in 1808 and
again in 11)00, receiving a large, vote in
both instances. The State says:
('apt. Grillill met his death in Maj.
Fvans' room, the corner room . n the
second lloor of the Greonlleld building
at the corner of Main and Lady streets.
There be died in ihe presence of officers
of the law, and the citCUIUStances are
most peculiar. The fatal bullet came
from a I I calibre Coil's pistol, said lo
belong lo Maj. Kvans, found on the
table in the room, with one chamber
empt y. There, is no evidence, that any
other persons were about the room.
Capt. Grillln died witli his clothes on,
in Maj. Evans' bed.
The fi st news of the tragedy caused
a profound seusaiiou throughout the
city. All knew ihe two men, know
that they Wi re friendly, and were
shocked III tl.e a liOlliiCOmcill. Crowds
gathered in trout ol the building, and
many tried to get pad the police of*
liceis &tilll<>llfd at ihe entrance. All
kinds ol stone- were afloat as to Ihe
sad tragedy which had ended the lite
of a popular man and sent another
man -the son ut a Confederate general
and the brother of an ex-governor?-to
jail, tobe held puntling Investigation.
The tragedy occurred about !)
o'clock, it is supposed, or possibly a
little later. At about IS minutes of I
o'clock the victim was Stiff in death,
.ind the crowd was in search of Infor
To briefly sum up the essential fuels
of the matter as gathered from those
tlrst on the scene, it may be said that
Capt. (iiillin had been to Greenwood
die day before, returning in the after
noon, He and Maj. Kvans were seen
together during the afternoon, and
seemed to be perfectly friendly. Yes
terday, Capt. Grillln was about hie
business as usual, and was talking to
some about the coming reunion in the
most enthusiastic manner. At'2 o'clock
he was seen entering the building in
which Maj. Kvans roomed, and those
I who saw him say he was not appn
j routly driuktug. That was tho last seen
j of him until ho was fouud uuccuscious
ami dying i" the room. About .'5:1">
o'clock Ma j. Kvans canu* down iulo
Mullet's grocery below ami used the
'phono, Baying that a man hail been
hurt in the bin ding, ami calling up
several doctor8. Finally he got Dr.
tiihbcs over the wire and asked him to '
Ouiittiog for Ibopresent Dr. ?.;il?ln ^*
living experiences, this summary of
whnt lie fouud is given: There wus a
pool of Mood on the lloor some fcot
11<>m the lout of the lu d, and the foot
board \va> .-?no.oed on the outside with
blood: in the bed, with the load rest*
ing naturally on the pillow, about leu
fee; from Ihu bio nl pool, was the dying
form of Cunt. Grillln. Doctors sny
be couldn't have gotten there by him
self. His shirt front was saturated
with blood. On tho comer of the table
most distant from the bod was the
pistol a I 1-ealibie (.'oil's, with Ol u
empty chamber. Neur was Capt.
Griffin's bat, a derby, viih the crowu
indented as if Blruckby a suck. Rome
eight or leti feel lloill the bed, near
the corner angle of tho building, lav a
walking slick, BUietircd with blood.
On the table ."at a pitcher containing
com whiskey cocktail, und a gluss
Ueaiby contained a still drink. (hi
(apt. Crilliu's lace and fo relic ad there
were a number of Ionises, and a later
examination showed powder burns on
bis brjust and on the back ol his n^hl
hand. In the farthest corner of the
loom was a kog of corn whiskey cock
ll seems that no one beard the shot.
The llrst iutiiuutiou of nuytlnng wrong
was when Muj. K\an- cainu down into
Muller's store to use the 'phono in call
lug a physician to uttci'd sonic one
who was hurt, giving no names and
not staling the trouble.
Dr. Cibbc8 wus linally reached at
bis ( Mice. lie answered the 'phoiic
himself and when he ntked what the
character of the case was bo was told
io wait till lie came; it was no matter
Iben. When Dr. Ginbcs got to the
building he could liud uo uue about,
lie went down to Muller's, where Io
was toll! that Muj, Kvans had In en
(clepbouing for a doctor. Knowing
where Mr. Lvuns, 'oom was, lu weni
there and knocked. He wont into th(
room, finding no one but Maj. Kvans
and Capt. Grillln therein, the condi
tions being as described above. He
was told by Mr. Kvans lo "'do what
you can for him, doctor." Mr. Evans
seemed to be under the inlluei.ee of
liquor. Mr. (inHin was breathing
heavily. Dr. (iibbes felt his pulse
and realized that he was dying, lie,
b<' ever, gave him a hypodermic in
jection; in doing so ho broke his needle.
When Maj. EvilUS asked what the
doctor thought, Dr. Gibbcs told him
that Mr. Urillin was dying. Mr. Evans
said that " it was a (I n lie;" that Dr.
Gibbet was like all other doctors, and
as tho doctor expressed it. seemed to
become a madman. Dr. Gibbos passed
over the abuse With the remark that
he would attend to that later, but now
he had to ttttl lid to the wounded man.
Dr. (iibbes, believing the silualiou
dangerous, then attempted to l'et clear
the room for a few moments by tin ow
ing his broken Byringo 111 the fireplace
on the other side of the room, and
saying ho would have to gel another.
Mr. EvtillS told him he could not leave
iho room. Dr. Gibbcs then felt the
pulse of the sufferer again and reilernl'
cd Iiis statement that Cnpl. Grillln
was dying. Mr. Evans then in a
frenzied manner said that the man had
shot himself. Then he accused Dr.
Gibbcs of killing him. II.: ordered the
doctor not to touch him again. Dr.
(iibbes finally went near iho llropluco
to get the broken syrillgO, hoping to
gel closest lo the pistol on the table,
then covered with a piece of chamois
Filially he coolly faced Maj. Kvans,
told him he was going Olli, and w ent.
He went direct to p< lice headquarters,
ami came back with OlllccrS .1 .lines
Dunning nnd Willingbum On the
way, .Judge Kniest Gary, a cousin of
Mr. Kvans, who rooms next, was met
and informed ol the tragedy, The
officers, headed by Judge tony, and
accompanied by Dr. Gibbcs, went to
the door. Judge Gury knocked. Mr.
Kvans opened the door. He told all
to stay out, and would not listen to
anyone Finally Olllcer Dunning walk
ed up to Mr Kvans and told him he
had t" conic in, and was going to do
so. He had out bis club. Mr. EvilUS
then said >* all right," and the olllcers
Mr. Kvans, when Dr Gibbes started
in, ordered both the doctor ami I lid go
Gary fiom the room. Finally Dr.
Gibbes was permitted to enter by the
police. After a lively lime Mr. Et'ntlS
consented for Dr. I'bilpol to be sum
moncd. Olllcer Scott, who had conn
in, was sent lor him, and he quickly
CtllUO. lb' simplv said that Dr. <>ibhcs
was right ; '.'apt. Griflltl would soon be
dead. Then the police, after a lively
discussion with Mr. Evans, managed
to get him < iit. They took him out
lllO back way, placed him in a back
and took him to the jail. Thoy Bay he
was frenzied, apparently from drink,
but they treated hilll kindly.
Death cuino to Capt. Grillln thirty
minutes alter Dr. (iibbes first reached
his side. At n<> tune while anyone
WU8 in the mom with him, so far as is
known, did he utter a word, but re
mained UUCOUsi lOUS to the end.
After takin_' the prisoner t i llie j.tll,
the two olllcers returned to the room,
w hore Bhorlly aflorwards Lieut. Swear
Ingen arrived. A careful examination
of the. condition of things in the room
was made and everything was loft Iis u
Olllcer Willinghnm stotcd that Mr.
Kvans had said to bun entering the
jail thai Capt. Grillln had shot himself'
had gone to the bureau drnWei. got out
the pistol and had done so. Mr. EvilllH
has made i.thcr statement lo any
one. He declined lo see any who
called at the j.iil to hoc him. Telegrams
I were sent by ft lends nl once, to Maj.
Kvans' brolhcis -Ex-GoV. Kvans at
SpattftnbUI'g and Mr. Goo. Kvans al
Coroner Groon was summ med. He
B?#,uth* Ihs Kind YTulUveAbAajs Bou?ht
Two hundred bushels of po
tatoes remove eighty pounds
... ol "actual" Potash from the
soil. Unless this quantity
is returned to the soil,
'? the following1 crop will
? .' materially decrease.
Wc ll.lVC books trllitin ;it>out
organized a jury and Iho body aud sur
roundings wore viewed. Thou Iho
body was turned over to Undertaker
McCortuick, and carried lo bis oslab
lisbtueut wbcuco it was removed to
( apt. Grlllln'a liome at 121') College
st r< et.
There la not the shadow of evidence
going to throw light upon auy cause
lor a dillicudy between the two mou.
They have always been on the most
friendl) lerm?. Tlielr actions the uf
ternoou before sh ?w thai such was the
case. Il Capt. Gt itlln waaslaiu bv Mr.
Kvans (lie most eareful search for a
cause of dililcully has thus fur lulled to
discover it. The silent k? g of liquor
serins lo be the only cine to the cause.
L'ho tragedy is ouo of (ho saddest
that has ever occurred in Columbia,
not only because it ends the career of
a gallant and popular lUau and leaves
a family without a husband ami lather,
bill because il has sent lo jail a young
man who has many friends indifferent
parts of ihe St ite, to await the action
of a jury of his peers.
Capt. .lohn James Grillln was a na
tive of Ireland. lie was about 5(5
years of age. He leaves a wife and six
children, three sous and three daugh
ters. The oldest daughter is Mrs. II.
K. Campbull, of Indianapolis, Ind..
and the oldest sou is lames Crillin,
who i-< with the Seaboard Air Lino in
Portsmouth, Va. The youngest child
is II years of age. The family has
been in (lolumbiu only about six week'
Capt. Grillln had rented a nice house
.mi College street and brought his fam
ily lu re from his old home in Atlanta,
when; be has lived for the last 17
years. His headquarters have boon
here lor about two years. lie lived in
Macon before he went to Atlanta.
( apt. (iriflin Was a devoted Confed
erate soldier. He served tlUVUghOUl
the war with tin- Twelfth Georgia regi
ment, going out from Macon. lb: was
wounded several limes, very severely
at the battle of Gettysburg, He loved
a soldier's hie, and was devoted to the
cause for which he fought. He was a
gallant soldier und was regarded by all
who knew him as a man of the greatest
personal courage. lie was a genial,
good-natured gentleman, and was liked
by all who knew him.
Capt. Grifliti was a veteran railroad
in.in, and knew tlie business thorough
ly, He was jiisl alter the war the gen
eral freight agent of the original Kast
Tennessee, Virginia antl Georgia rail
road. When this road increased its
mileage, L'oing through to llrunswick,
Ca., he was made ihe division freight
ascnt w'th headquarters at Atlanta.
Ca. When the Southern railway se
cured the lim- he became the contract
ing agent, witi' headquarters in Flor
ida. He has been with the Norfolk
and \ 'cstcril lor about three and one
half year-, and about two years ago
was matte commercial agent of that
system, with headquarters al Columbia.
Capt. Gl'illin was a inein her ol t he Cath
Till LONfi UlSTANl K TROLM y.
a. K. Johnson tells the Philadelphia
llecord that he now has all the neces
sary tights far Ihe construction of bis
proposed electric line between Phila
delphia am. Sew York, and that it will
be built iu .he most substantial and
modern mn'uior, conforming in every
respect to the finest steam railway
road-bed. The track will be laid with
'.Ci-pound rails md tin- cars will be of
ihe latest and niosi improved pattern,
scaling sixty people, and will itlu at a
speed Of at lea-t fifty llllloa an hour.
There will be no grade crossings so
that the cat s will go With uninterrupted
speed, The fate from the heart of
Philadelphia to the bean of New Vork
will be fifty cents, but for distances of
twenty miles the fare will be only live
cents." There is talk Ol a trolley line
between Washington an I Baltimore.
The trolley is growing more popular
K ansas City, M >., Is claiming to be
a gn at frail distributing point, ami in
pro d of the same ?? p cuts with pride "
ti these tw.llSigllllieillS: In one
day 1,11(1(1.000 !. man is were received
from the tropic-, and on M ircll Ith
000,000 oranges came m the shipment
being made from Los Angelos, Cal.
This orange Haiti Wits composed < I
Ihirty-oighl cars and a cabo >se. There
Were.'Ill I boxes of oranges lo tho CAT.
making 10,102 boxes in all. Af& ?&k
For T.iiants and Children.
The Kind You Have Always Bought
MONEY TO LOANj
On farming lands. Kasy payments!
commissions charged, Oor/ower paj?
mal cost of perfecting loan. Intcroat
cent, up, aooording to security.
jN(). B. PALM RR & riOf
POSITIONS! POSITIONS 11 NO OHJ
More oalii tlmn Vi 0 ?nu i>ossil> 1 y 1)11.
antes of positions imukoiI by V>*? 0. o<>
unuxcuileil. Knl?r nay tluiu. Catalogue
Adilrui?. COL?MU1A IISSINKSU <;ObLBl
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