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r two negroes slay "
Claude Ferguson and Jim
Davis the Perpetrators.
TKLY SKIP COUNTRY
Toney Anderson, Idn McCoy nnd Alex
Roy Meet Their Death In Cold
i Blooded, Brutal Manner.
fMf'A triple killing, the commission of
which embrnces some very unusual
circumstances, occurred in the neigh
borhood of Parks station, three miles
east of the city, Saturday night, when
Toney Anderson was murdered in the
cabin home of Ida McCoy Nelson, the
negress herself mortally wounded, dy
ing a few hours later, and Alex Ray,
living a mile distant, wns called to his
front door and shot through the body,
falling dead in bis tracks.
(Maude Ferguson, as the arch exe
cutioner, nnd Jim Davis, both negro
farm hands living in the snme com
munity, are charged with the crimes.
They fled the country Saturday nigh:
and, although the sheriff, Iiis deputies
and special officers, with the assistance
of numerous citizens have put forth
every effort to apprehend them, up
until yesterday at noon the fugitives
were still at large. It was reported
that two negroes believed to have been
the parties wanted, were seen near
Cross Anchor, in Spartanburg county,
Sunday afternoon. Deputy Sheriff
Culbei tson and Rural Policeman Sulli
van spent Monday in that country, but
were unable to trace the negroes any
farther. Yesterday Sheriff Owings nnd
his deputy took another trip in search
of the murderers.
The cause for the triple tragedy is
said to have been the existence of trou
j. ble too common among the colored
r race. Ferguson is known to have been
insanely jealous of the McCoy woman
and her daughter. All parties were
Involved in one way or another, so it
is said. Ferguson has a pretty had
record. Only a few weeks ago he was
liberated from jail jitter the settle
ment, at the instance Ol his brother,
of a charge ol* highway robbery, the
brother referred to having been the
For more than a year Ferguson and
the McCoy woman had been on bad
terms. In order to gain admission to
her house, .Ilm Davis accompanied Fer
guson Saturday night. Both were arm
ed, Ferguson with a single barred shot
gun, his accomplice with a pistol. Ida
McCoy and two of her smaller children
had retired, Anderson, who took bis
meals at her house, and Rosa, the
grown daughter, being up when Davis
rapped on the door. Rosa opened the
door and Instantly Ferguson and Davis
rushed in, the former leading. With
out a word he raised bis gun nnd shot
Anderson as he sat in a chair at a
small table over ngainst the wall. De
liberately reloading the gun he then
fired into the woman as she attempted
to raise herself iu bed. "With both
hands practically shot off and other
wise wounded, she managed to make
her escape from tho cabin and ran
toward the house of iter brother. Af
? ter proceeding about fifty yards, both
! men in pursuit, she was shot down In
the road and left for dead. Then the
murderers returned to the cabin nnd
finished Anderson, shooting him again
in the left side. The negress was tak
en to her brother's where she lingered
untih about midnight. She was ration
al for some time and made a Statement
concerning the affair which was cor
roborated by the testimony of Rosa as
given at the Inquest, held Sunday. Roth
statements as to how it happened have
been given above, substantially, The
scene of tho double murder Is a one
room cabin, located on the premises
of Messrs R. Q. and W. 1). Franks.
The Third Murder.
After dispatching Anderson, Fergu
son and Davis, it appears, proceeded
directly to the home of Alex Ray, who
lived with his family a few hundred
yards west of Parks station, on the
Columbia, Newberry & Laurens rail
road. Here tho order of procedure was
Changed, Ferguson, for reason best
known to themselves, doing tho rap
ping tho door act and the subsequent
talking, Davis tho shooting. Alex
was aroused and asked if he could
change a dollnr. Tie replied, after
coming fo bis door, that he thought he
could. Finding his purse, ho reap
peared in the doorway wltcre he was
shot to death".
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CLINTON BUSINESS ,
The Town Sacrificing Trees for Mere
Street Traffic nnd Modern
Clinton, March 28.?At an enthusi
astic meeting of the Business Men's
Protective association last Tuesday
night speeches were made by Mr. P,
W. McClure of Greenwood and others,
outlining plans for conducting such
Mr. A. H. Henry who was elected
secretary declined to accept the posl
; tion on account of having so muiiy
other demands on his time. No sec
retary has yet been selected.
Work continues on the streets and
although there is much dissatisfaction,
Mayor McMillan feels that it will dis
appear when tho results are seen,
Many valuable reos have been sac
j rlilced and souk people who have glv
'< en thought to matters of civic Improve.
' ment feel that no results will repay
; such a sacrifice. But, of course, most
! small towns go through the spasm ol
supposing bare, wide streeto orna
; mented with telephone posts, are love
A great improvement to the town is
the putting In of granite curblngs on
several of the principal streets.
Mr. A. B, Henry ins rented a large
store room in the Cold-Buster building
and will have an up-to-date beef mar
ket and green grocery alter April
Kastor at Clinton.
Clinton, March 29,?Kaster passed
I very quietly, and with few festivities.
Mrs. C. M. Bailey entertalnod the
Actaeon Book club In her usual charm
ing manner on Friday afternoon. Lit
tle Miss Jennie Goldsmith celebrated
her sixth birthday inviting several of
her little friends to spend the after
noon with her on Monday.
On Monday evening the college
crowd surprised Misses Elise and Mar
jorie Spencer nnd they spent a very
Among the Faster visitors were Miss
es Dorothy Owens, Emmie MeCravy
Pearl Willlngham of Clinton. .Tanle
Kennedy, Lnnnise Morgan and Petrin
Morgan of Spartanburg, Messrs. Will
Bean, and Divers of North Carolina,
Fleetwood Lnnneau of Charleston.
larger children saw the men and recog
nized both of them, Ferguson, as stat
ed, did all the talking, but it is be
lieved that Davis fired the shot that
caused the instant death of Alex. It
was not clear as toothe direction the
murderers went after leaving Kay's,
but on Sunday afternoon the shot gun,
; blood-stained and hell-loss, was found
in the wood near the scene of the last
Sunday, In consequence of the whole
sale killing, was a busy day for Coron
er Hairston. The llrst Inquest held
was that on Ray's body. The testi
mony of members of Alex's family,
as indicated above, was taken. None
could say who fired tho fatal shot.
However, tho jury flxod the perpetra
tion of the crime on Ferguson. In
the cases of Anderson and Ida McCoy,
both verdicts returned implicated Fer
guson and Davis, the latter as aider
and abettor in tho one, and as acces
sory In the other.
According to information obtained
from a negro by dhorlff Owlngs yes
terday afternoon. Jim Davis was in the
vicinity of Parks station Monday
night. The colored man giving this
information claims that he saw Da
vis. Tho officers spent yesterday af
ternoon and last night in that coin
Due West?At a meeting of the board
of directors Of tho woman's college
at Due West. Rev. P. B. Boyce, I). 1 >.
of Atoka, Tonn., was elected president
successor to Rev. James Hoyce, D. D.,
Dr. Boyce Is an alumunus of Erksklnc
college and Is ono of the strongest
men in the A. it. P. church. Ho Is
at present pastor of ono of tbe boal
churches of tbe denomination and
who has tho confidence of the whole
The board also by formal resolu
tion recognized tho efforts of the
alumnae association In Interest ol
education and wishos to commend
them In w'.int they ha v dono toward
the erection of a momorlal hall ol
j an estimated cost of about ten thous
and dollars. They nlso ngrocd to do.
' nate five thousand dollars toward till!
fund, if the alumnae association
should raise this amount.
POLK Uli I I K- QUARTETTE.
"Old TlmoH Down South" as Presented
by Trained Company?
Polk Miller and quartette of negroes
will appear at the city opera house
Wednesday evening, April sixth. The
entertainment they will present is
called "Old Times Down South."
A Boston newspaper, on the occa.
slon recently of Miller's visit to that
city, had the following concerning
"At Chickerlng Hall last evening
Mr. Polk Miller ar.cl his quartette of
negroes appeared for the first time in
public In Boston, although had already
been heard here at private residences
and clubs. Tho entertainment, which
is called "Old Times Down South,"
is not like anything in the amusement
line which has been given here before.
The negro quartette Is not composed
of trained singers, but of men whom
Mr. Miller selected because they could
sing. Their singing was most enjoy
able. The youngest one bad a strong
bass voice which he used to good ad
vantage and It was a treat to watch
the oldest of the quartette who had
the swing and the shout of the old
time negro. Some of the songs, es
pecially 'Old Dan Tucker' and 'Suwa
nee River" given with the cadence and
peculiar intonation of the plantation
blacks, were revelations to those who
had only heard such pieeos rendered
? in a conventional style. The whole
1 entertainment was simply delightful."
Death of Mrs. J. E. Adalr.
Clinton. March L'S. ? Mrs. Maggie
Stone Adair, wife of Mr. .1. E. Adalr,
and daughter of Mr. William Stone
died in the hospital at Columbia last
Thursday and her remains were in
terred In the Presbyterian cemetery
Friday afternoon, Dr. W. S. Bean of
The sympathies of the community
go out to the bereaved husband and
Easter in I,aureus.
Kaster was a tine day in Lau tens:
indeed it seems that superb weather
conditions obtained throughout the
country. The churches hero were at
? tended by large congregations and the
services were appropriate. The ser
mons dealt with tin- Easter season, the
' resurrection of Christ, and special
music was rendered by the different
Some Local Political Dope.
It is understood that among the dlf
1 ' ferent. county officials and members of
? the legislature, Treasurer Mock, Audi
1 tor Dorroh, Supervisor Humbert, Sup
erintendent of Education Pitts and the
Hon. .lared I). Sullivan will stand for
reelection this summer. It is probable
that the anouncement card of Mr.
Humbert and some of the others will
appear next week in The Advertiser.
' Of course It Is known that Judge
1 Thompson will be in the field?he has
Life Around Rahnn.
Rabun, March 2'.*.?Last Friday af
ternoon Mr. Boyco Wolff, tho Rabun
teacher, gave the school children an
egg hunt. Mr. Wolff marched the
children from the school house to tho
grove and told them the ones to find
eggs numbered thirteen and twenty
three would be given a pri/.e. Misri
1 AI Ueno Baldwin, and Mr. Con way Bolt
were tho prize winners.
After receiving prizes from their
teacher the children all formed a circle
and were "treated." The teacher,
' children, and visitors had a royal good
Mr. Willis Cheek and Mr. R. L Cray
' j of Cray Court spent List Tuesday with
' Mr. (',. W. Babb.
Mrs. Rebecca Owens and daughter.
Miss Edna visited Mr and Mrs. Claude
1 Wusson In tho Friendship Community
* Mrs. Anna West of Poplar Springs
? section spent Sunday with her mother,
1 Mrs. Lizzie Check.
' Mr. Walter Baldwin T.nd family
1 spent Sunday at the home of Mr. Rob
' ! ort Bolt,
j Mrs. Williams of M< Daniels tr.il!
spent Saturday night and Sunday with
' : her daughter. Mrs. Harley Abercrom
' ' bl.*.
' , At the home of Mr. nun Mrs. James
' I flummorel near Hickory Tavern. Sat
U urday night, a "tacky" party was giv
' on. A largo number of voting people
were present, and a prize was offered
1 to tho couple dressed most tncklly. Mr.
1 Walter Owen?: find Miss Lain Stone
I won tho prize.
FREIGHT THROUGH TRESTLE
Accident on the Spnrtnubiirg ltoud
The caboose and three or four cars,
forming part of a south-bound freight
on the Spartanburg division of the
Charleston & "Western Carolina road,
crashed through the trestle over Dun.
can creek, near Ora, last Wednesday
Just before noon. Tho train was a
heavy one, but tho locomotlvo and all
but a few cars had passed ovor when
a Cllnohfleld coal car Jumped the track,
Btruck the timbers of tbe trestle and
carried tho bridge and tho rest of tho
rear-end cars to tho creek below.
Conductor Atta way of Spartan burg
nnd a traveling man from the same
town were the only ones Injured. The
trestle was repnlred and through traf*
I flc resumed within 36 hours.
SPECIAL .URGE EE A TH E RSTO N E,
Presiding Over Common Pleas Court
Hon. C. C. Featherstono, having been
appointed by Gov. Ansel as special
judge, upon the recommendation oi
Chief Justice Jones, to preside over
the spring term of common pleas court
at Abbeville, went over and opened the
session Monday morning. Mr. Feath
erstono is holding this court because
of the illness of Judge Dantzler. and
he takes it as quite a compliment from
the Abbeville bar who on a former oc
casion united in asking that he b<
named to preside at a special or regu
The present session will last l\vc
weeks, if so much be necessary.
BARRETT MARKS DEM AI
Farmers' Union Will Not Join WIUi
Atlanta, Ga? March US.?President
Charles J?. R.t-rett. of the National
Farmers' Union, made emphatic denial
tonight of the newspaper reports that
at the National Conference of Fann
ers to be held in St. Louis, May 2-8
the Fanners' union would join with
the American Federation of Labor ir
the formation of a new national po
In an article published in numerous
papers under a Washington date ii
I was announced thai President Samuel
Gompers, of the Federation, would de
liver an address at the conference ol
the Farmers' union in St. Louis, nl
I Which be would outline his plan foi
the alliance of the two organizations
j in forming and furthering tho propos
ed new party.
"Whatever is done in St. Louis to.
! ward forming a new party.-' said Mr
Barrott, "the Fanners' union will hav<
no part, parcel or direct or Indirect
connection with it. The fundamental
law of the P'anners' union explicit!)
: prohibits that Order Indulging in par
. tisan politics.
"Men of all shades of political be
lief, some of the most distinguished
j Americans, will participate In and be
the guests of the Farmers' union con
i ference. But I cannot reiterate toe
I emphatically that wo will not bo party
' to the formation of a new party, and
' that partisan politics will bo eschewed
President Barrett said that at th<
St. Louis conference the "needs ol
the fanners, the stat.is of tho fannei
! and Die wrongs of tho fanner" would
he discussed, "but we will not de
nounce or praise any political party
Nor v.'U! we countenance any stielt
procedure on the part of the Invited
guests if we can help it."
SPECIAL MEETING OF TIMM I I S
Keslgnntlon of Dr. Vdanis Befon
Board for Consideration J
Clinton. March L'!?. A special ses
Slot! of the board of trustees of the
Presbyterian college is being held hor<
this afternoon. It Is understood that
the meeting was called for the purpose
of giving consideration to the resigna
tion of Dr. Robert Adams, tor ti e past
several years president of tho college
At this hour tho board is still in ses
sion and nothing definite can be stat
ed at to what lias transpired.
The Medical AsHftCiiltlon.
The monthly meeting of the Laur in
County Medical association was hold
.Monday at noon. At this meeting re
port.- wero heard from different com
mittees named sotno tlmo ago to nr
range for tbe cntortalliment of the
members of IhQ ?otlth Carolina Medi
cal association when it meets hori
April in-21. Thcso reoorls Indicated
that all plans were I;' Ing Wol'It id ottl
and that the Arrangements n r
I will be completed at pr?p? r time.
HORSE LEADS TRAIN
IN HALF MILE DASH
Animal Quits Track and Huns 1nt<i
Wire Fence, Resulting In
Cross Hill, March 28.?Last Monday
Dr. Peak's horso got out of the stable
Just as the 2 o'clock train was leaving
for Clinton. The horse ran up the
track in front of the train half a mile
and left the railroad at the crossing
near Mr. R. A. Austin's. It ran lute
a wire fence, turned a somersault a*
It fell, and died in a few moments.
Mr. M. L. Rullock of Newberry wat
In town last Tuesday.
Lola, the live year old daughter ol
Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Royce, was crit
ically 111 tho past week. Dr. J. 1'
Austin of Clinton was called hero In
consultation with all the local doctors
She is still seriously 111.
Dr. Theodore Poake came from Lau
rens one day last week on his motor
cycle, a distance of IS miles in thirty
nine minutes. That is "traveling some.'
Miss Qrlfflti of Newberry is visiting
her sister. Miss Lizzie Qriflln.
Misses Hortenso and Pearl Lowe arc
visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. &,
YV. Lowe. Mr. I.owe has been very ill.
i There was an interesting Kastor ser
vice at tlie Methodist church yesterday.
The pastor preached a good sermon
suitable to the occasion and the music
was exceptionally good. Miss Wilmer
Rainey sang a solo, and she and Miss
West a duet. Mr. Hugh IMnson as
sisted the choir with Ills violin.
"NT Mil LR PLLASL."
Appreciative Sketch of the Lady of the
She Is more than live feet tall, she Is
9.r> per cent, unmarried; she Is neat;
she is never deaf and dumb; she Is In
visible when most effective; sin- is the
girl who must be con: Ited before you
; can get the telephon. you want.
Though not much of a mathematician,
she deals In numbers, wholesale and
The govenment experts find that sin1
' , can answer 225 calls a minute without
shedding a hairpin, but do not men
' lion that she can give won the same
wrong number throe times in five inin
utes and cause attacks of apoplexy ami
Indigestion at both ends of the wire
She must either be very patient or
very indifferent, this operator in the
conversation exchange, lor she deals
with many men of many tempers ami
with many women with many tongues
? And if she can emerge from a day of
conflict with Uli milled temper and
smiling face, she must be a wonder.
' There she sits, the lady of the tele
phone, calm, polite, like Patience on a
I monument smiling at Rage. From out
the wreck of matter and tho ruin of
worlds come undisturbed her even
' tones, ".Number, please." -Baltimore
! I Sun.
WAUL II AM l'TO VS BIRTHDAY.
I Statue and Craw Adorned ?Ith Flow
? Columbia, March 28, The statue of
: Wade Hampton that stands on the
? state house grounds was today bo
1 decked with wreaths and his gravo in
? Trinity churchyard was covered with
llowors, for this was tho anniversary
i of the birth of South Carolina's groat
I cavalry leader and statesman.
This afternoon at a meeting of the
local chapter of the Daughters of tho
, Confederacy. Gen. I'. R. Brooks deliv
ered an address on Incidents in con
' nCCtlOII with the life of Hen. Hampton.
.Mobile Reunion In April.
Tin- gchornl Confederate reunion will
l be held at Mobile. Ala.. April 20, 27
- and 2$, instead of May as announced
1 in another part Of this issue.
A Reserved Tribute.
In Die story about Clinton, printed
today in The State, we dare BUggesI
thnt there is more truth than poetry,
which ti e writer purposed should he,
although h in s prightly verse. Menu
, While, WO l ispoct that among the val
I UahlCS th: t make a town the hliSl i'i
South Carolina a really clever and
.[watchful correspondent ought always
to bo enumerated along with cotton
, mills, rnlire-add r.nd orphanages. If
any ono should pay thnt Miss frondo
, Kennedy, Ti e pv.ate's Clinton corror
i spondent Is V'<- top of tho list of first
:?:;! ? ( oriv t i! ! htii; The State would
. leave someone else to dispute it. The
in um Uli k ?55
ITEMS Of INTEREST
Culled and Condensed for
RESUME OF PAST WEEK
; Current Events of Interest In This
, Stah' Selected nnd Briefly Noted
For Advertiser Bender?.
Columbia.?-According to flgureB pre
( pared by Commissionm Watson lud
corn crop for lust year was is.ooo.ooo.
r On March 1, i!? per cent of tho entire
crop was still oil the farms in the stato
Only I per cent of tho crop last year
: was shipped out of the county in which
it was grown. Of the entire crop of
corn, 89 per cont. was merchantable.
This was a decided Improvement over
the crop In ums. The average valuo
of the corn grown last year on March
. 1 was !tS cents per bushel. On tho
same date of last year It was mo cents
Spartanburg. .1, Henry Cnldoll, n
farmer living near here, this afternoon
, broke up an acre of land with eight
hundred charges of dynamite, tho ex
j plosive being used for breaking tho
land for cultivation Instead of tho
plow. Mr. Caldwcll claims that blasting
laud with dynamite is Lie best method
for subsoillng and that it can ho dornt
more cheaply than with a plow. Many
persons from the city and the country
were present to witness the novel
Columbia. All roads in South Car
olina will lead to Charleston on April
12, when the silver service will bo
presented to the battleship South Car
olina. Ensign Graham of the battle
ship Dixie has been detailed by tho
secretary of the navy to act as an es
cort to Gov. Ansel. Mr, Graham Is
a native of Hamberg.
Bat Osburg. Clinton Rhoden, a mor
I chant of this place was short and in
stantly killed at ' o'clock Thuvuduy
afternoon by \V. I! Glenn, City elec
trician. The shooting occurred on tho
i principal street of Duicsburg, which
wa> crowded at '!:< ijme.
(Menu surrendered mid was taken
to jail at Lexington. There had been
bad feeling between tho two men for
some time. As fJI un was rolng along
. the street past Rhodens si. the lat
ter called to him <.:? mi answered, "If
you want me you etui tome out hero
Rhoden then left his store and went
i toward Glenn. A few moments con
versation ensued, and then Rhoden
was seen to strike Glenn. Several
'blows passed, and then Glenn drew ?
j pistol and IIred four shots at Rhoden.
Tho first went wild, but the 110X1 three*
took dondly effect,
Rhoden was about r>2 years old. Ho
is survived by his wife ami live chil
dren. Glenn, who Is about the samo
age. also has a wife ami live childroil.
Greenville,?Greenville's newest in
dustry Is an underwear factory, and
plans are now being perfected by J.
I?. Gilrcath ami associates looking
to permanent organization and In
corporation f>f a fifty thousand dollar
Columbia Deputy Insurance Com?
mlssloncr Wiiarlon has been unable i<;>
reach Abbeville on account ol the ill
, n.'ss of one of his children, lid will)
Liga to Hie life at Abbeville j\iM'.
as ooil as ho can roach Ihu! city, ft:
the meantime testimony Is being col
lected. Insurance Commissioner Mc
Masler has received this notification
from Mr. Whartoii and from the mayor
pro tern of Abbeville.
Columbia. A man from Grooi villO
writes asking Commissioner Watson
to examine -i sample of Hour ami : 00
If it Is bleached The carload I? now
on the tracks. Commissioner Wat on
replied that the new pure food Inspec
tion law doesn't go Into effect until
May 1. and until t! ::' time the depart
ment has not authority in the matter.
Spartanburg, Beginning April i.
tho poslolTlcn depnt'tirteiij will estab
lish mail sefvlc? oh '?' ? C, e n,ii 1 p.
road b(!twr< :> Kpafti nburg and I) i.o,
miles fri m Spiirti ii! urg. A few 1 '.: I
the matter of ? eur'nn; (nail (rains . . r>
Spni'tanl. rod I'ns been KticccKuful
In s'"-ui'i " *' rough service from this
point to Dan to.