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THREE KILLED AND OTHERS WOUNDED
BY NEGRO DESPERADO IN HAMPTON
Following an Attempted Assault on Hampton County
White Lady, Negro Man Kills Three Pursuers.
?? The Negro's Victims,
ii Dead: J. Frank llowcrs, ?>
Hampton county farmer; P. H. ?>
? ? Fidenfiold, Allendale magls- J |
<? tr?te. ' ?
Wounded: Dr. S. C. Moore. '>',
't* George Hannn, McTecr Bowers,
?? unidentified white man. '*
Hampton, April 30.?Pursued into
a swamp by a hurriedly organized
poBse of determined men, Richard
Henry Austin, a negro, charged with
attempted criminal assault upon the
?wife of a prominent citizens of Luray,
turned upon the hunters and 11 red
shot after shot from his buckshot
loaded gun. two of the loads Unding
fatal lodgment in the bodies of F. H.
Edenflold, magistrate of Allendale,
and J. Frank Mowers, a farmer of the
Luray section. Four other men?Dr.
S. C. Moore of Hampton county, Mc
Tecr Bowors, George Hanna and an
unidentified white man?were wound
ed. Late this evening the negro broke
through the lino and make his es
cape. He is still being pursued.
Mr. Bowers was killed and the other
three were wounded about 4 o'clock
this afternoon, when they attempted
to capture tho negro, who had been
chased into a patch of woods, a low
marshy tract of about five acres, four
miles from Hampton. Thither they
had pursued tho negro after he had
attempted to assault the wife of a
farmer at Luray.
After the first fata! attempt, he
pursuers decided o wait for rein
forcements. Late this evening more
men, led by Magistrate Kdcnfield, ar
rived, The magistrate headed a charge
on the negro's hiding place, but a shot
rang out and the leader fell dead.
Then the hunters settled down to
'wait. In the gathering darkness, how
ever, the negro broke through the
line, while the guns of the pursuers
barked in vain.
About 4 o'clock today news reach
ed Allendale that a negro, Henry Aus
tin, had attempted an assault upon
tho wife of a farmer near Luray, In
Hampbon county, loiter th,c negro
was frightened away tho intended
victim telephoned to a neighbor, Qua
Folk, who at once went to her assist
ance. On meeting the negro on the
road, Mr. Folk attempted lo arrest
him. The negro, heavily armed,
threatened Mr. Folk's life, saying he
had come from Georgia for the pur
Pobo of killing several white men.
Mr. Folk gave tho alarm among
his neighbors and a posse was quick
ly formed by men of that section.
Thoy trailed the negro and had him
located in a small swamp.
They announced that they needed
help and bloodhounds. Before Judge
Bdonficld got off with his posse, the
news came that J. Frank Bowers had
been killed and three others wound
ed in their attempt to approach the
negro In his hiding place.
On arriving on tho scene, Judge
Kdcnfield formed a skirmish lino of
seven volunteers, with himself as tho
loader. They wore proceeding cau
tiously through the dense growth of
the swamp when suddenly a shiot
from the desperado's gun rang out
and tho brave lOdcnfle.ld lay dead.
An unidentified white man, who
was with the magistrate, Is said to
have been seriously wounded. How he
Joined In the pursuit has not boon
learned, nor has tho extent of his
wounds been discovered. Other mem
bers of the posso shot In tho direc
tion of tho negro, hut on account of
tho thick swamp none of the shots
Tho body of Judge Rdenfleld being
In rnngo of tho negro's gun, It was
suicidal for the men to attempt to rc
. movo it. The body of Frank Bowers
also was left In the swamp.
Dr. Mooro was hurried ?o a hospital
Sheriff J. B. Morris of Bamwell
passed through Allendale tonight In
an automobile with his blood hounds,
bound for tho scene.
Two or threo hundred men bad
tho swamp surrounded and ther
seemed little chance cf the negro es
caping alive, hut at 12 o'clock news
w;is received that the negro had be in
routed from Iiis hiding place and the
hounds and men were in pursuit.
About i) o'clock tonight, it was
learned, the negro, seeing his chance
to make off in the darkness, dashed
through the lines of men surrounding
the swamp and fled, With the men
and hounds in full pursuit. When it
was seen that the negro was coming
out every one of.the guns of the pur
suers were llrcd at him as lie tied,
but his return lire indicated that none
of them had taken effect.
Judge Kdcnlleld's body is being
conveyed to his home in this city. The
people of Allendale are appalled at
the tragedy of Judge Mden field's
death and d#ccpcst sympathy is ex
pressed for his young wife and two
Dr. S. ('. Moore Dies.
Columbia, May 5.?Dr. S. C. Moore,
a prominent physician of Luray, who
was siiol by the negro desperado,
Richard Henry Austin, on William
Bryan's place, in 15am well county,
Wednesday afternoon, while the mur
derer was surrounded in a swamp, died
this morning at G o'clock in a local
infirmary from his injuries. Dr. Moore
was shot in the arm and shoulder
and a buckshot penetrated one of the
Dr. Moore was brought to Colum
bia Wednesday night by Mr. Mole, Mrs.
Moore and others, and since that time
has made a brave fight for life, but
the desperate nature of bis wounds
precluded his ultimate recovery.
With the death of Dr. Moore, Aus
tiu Is a triple murderer, he having
killed J. Frank Bowers and Fred H.
Desperado Still at Lurge.
Savannah, Qa., May 4.?After anoth
er day of fruitless man hunting a part
?f the posse which has been searching
the Savannah River swamps for Rich
ard Henry Austin, the South Carolina
desperado reached Savannah this af
ternoon on their way back to Hani
well. The bloodhounds from the pen
at Columbia were sent back and put
off the train at Mcinbardt this morn
ing. With these dogs the posses un
dertook to pick up tho trail but they
made absolutely no headway. Most of
the day they scoured around, overlook
ing no nook or cranny where a man
might be concealed. In the afternoon,
completely exhausted and somewhat
discouraged the men, carrying their
riles over their shoulders, enme into
Savannah to take the train to their
South Carolina homes.
>'o Primary Here.
Several dally newspapers of the
stnte have recently carried stories to
the effect that Congressman Johnson
had ordered a primary at Laurens for
the purpose of selecting a postmaster.
These papers musa have gotten the
Situation here and at Clinton con
fused. While Congressman Johnon
did order a primary at Clinton to be
held last Saturday and later with
drew the order, no election has been
ordered for the Laurens olllco and It
is hardly likely that one will be or
dered, for some time at least. How
ever, the would-be postmasters are
riulte numerous and they let no op
portunity pass to lay their cause be
fore the Congressman.
The examination for the Winthrop
college scholarship will take place in
tho court house here on July 4th at
9 o'clock in tho morning. These
scholarships are open to all who are
16 years of age or older and are worth
$100 and year's tuition. The fine rec
ord of Winthrop is ample proof that
these free scholarships afford an ex
cellent opportunity to some Laurens
county girl, and no doubt many will
Cnrlnntl of Aulos.
Messrs. MoLaurln and Tongue have
received another carload of Stmlor
baker automobiles. This car is be
coming very popular in this county
and the above firm Is selling them as
fast as they come in.
TO BE SEEN HERE
Will Present "Tlie Elopement ?>f El
len*' at the Opern House next Fri
day Night;? -V well Played Comedy.
The delightful little three-net com
edy, "The Elopement of Ellen" will
ho played Friday evening at S.30 in
the Opera House hero by a company
from Greenwood. This will be prac
tically a local talent performance as
most of those takjng part are known
here pi Laurens. The play was given
in Greenwood last Friday ami won
the very highest compliments from
folks over there. It is a particularly
interesting comedy, lull of wit and
humor mixed with just the proper
amount of seriousness. Those tak
ing pari were highly complimented on
their histronio talent and have been
repeatedly urged to present the play
again in their home town. Tin? play
Is being given for the benefit of tho
organ fund in the Baptist church of
Greenwood. The play In itself Is more
than worth the price of admission and
that combined with the worthy cause
ought to assure them an excellent
audience here. Tho admission will be
25, 36 and 50 cents. Reserved scats
Will be on sale at the Palmetto Drug
The ca.-:t of characters follows:
Richard Ford, a devoted young
husband Irvin Colcman
Molly, his wife Blanche Simmons
Robert Shcpard, Molly's Brother
Max Ten Eyek, a chum of Roberts
Dorothy March, engaged to Max.
a guest of Mrs. Ford's
June Havcrhlll, Wellesloy '13, who
is doing some special investiga
tion for economics during the
summer Elizabeth Calhoun
John Hume, Rector of St. Ages
Phil I lamer
COUNTY SINGING CONVENTION.
Enjoyable Day at Highland Home
Church During Meeting of Singing
The Laurons County Singing con
vention met at Highland Homo church
last Saturday and Sunday, both days
being noted for the large crowds pres
ent and the enthusiastic interest
shown in the singing. Prof. W. C.
Wllkic lend in the singing and hun
dreds pf people joined to make the
days successful, ft is estimated that
between a thousand and twelve hun
dred people were present to enjoy tho
It is tile intention of the associa
tion to have a fall session. As the
upper part of the county has already
enjoyed the privilege of having the
convention, in all probability the next
session will be held \n the lower part
of the county. Tin; association is op
en to invitations from any Sunday
school or church, the organization be
LAURENS YS lTlt.MA.N.
Fitting School Here for Game Todn}
?An?tlier Game Thursday.
The Furm.in Fitting School team
from Greenville will mix sticks here
today with the local high school
bunch. The game will be called
promptly at 1 o'clock on the now
high school ball grounds. The locals
havo strengthened their gnnn all
round since the last game and expect
to walk away with tho prize today.
Another game will be played Thurs
day on the same grounds at the same
time between the Greenwood school
team and the Laurens school team.
QUARTERLY CONFERENCE HERE.
Tfi he Held Here May '-?T-'J?. Bishop
J?hn C. Kilgo lo Preside.
The district quarterly conference of
the Methodist church is to be held
in the First Methodist church of this
city the 27th, 28th and 2ftth of this
month. About one hundred and forty
delegates are expected to attend from
tho various counties in the district
Bishop John C. Kilgo will preside ov
er tho meetings .:f the coniferenoe
Ilex. J. D. Pills Here.
Rev. J. 1). Pitts, who has just en
tered upon Iiis pastorate at Fountain
Inn, was in the city shaking hands
with his old friends Saturday. Though
it has now been some years since
Mr. Pitts preached,hero his friends
or.sily recognized him and cordially
greeted him in his old home again.
WITH HORSE AND BUGGY
<?. C. Smitii of Newberry, Painfully
Injured and Horse hud to be Killed.
(!. ('. Smith, of Newberry, was pain
fully Injured and n horse'belonging
to Mr. N. J. Anderson was mortally
Injured Saturday night between here
and Clinton when the motorcycle be
ing ridden by Mr. Smith collided with
the horse and buggy being driven by
Mr. Anderson. Running at a high
rate of speed and without a light on
a rather dark night, Mr. Smith ran
into tiie horse and buggy before ho
was able to slacken speed. Having
with him a roll of moving picture
dims intended to bo shown at tho lo
cal opera house that night, he was
making fast time in order to got hero
to show the pictures, the train hav
ing boon delayed by a wreck. 'rin> ac
cident occurred near the home of Mr.
I*. I!. Bailey, Whon tho machine crash
ed into the team driven by Mr. An
derson, both Mr. and Mrs. Anderson
were thrown out of the buggy and
tlie shaft of the buggy almost pierced
(lie shoulder of the speeding rider.
The impact from the machine broke
the right fore-leg of the horse and it
Was necessary to klP him to relieve
The shaft made a very ugly wound
in the shoulder of Mr. Smith, the re
bound of the buggy causing it to free
itself from his shoulder, Mr. Smith
falling beside the road. A few min
utes later several young men came by
in an automobile and picked him up
and carried him to Clinton, where
medical attention was given. The last
reports from his bedside yesterday
were to the effect that he was getting
along as well as could he expected.
Mr. and Mrs. Anderson, though con
siderably the worse for their experi
ence, were not injured in any way.
K. M. HENDERSON DEAD.
Young Man. Formerly a CHizcn of >Vu
terioo, Dies in Florence.
Mr. Bmest M. Henderson, who was
born and raised in Waterloo and who
was well known in Laurens where ho
participated in athletics for several
years, died at his home in Florence
last Thursday after a short illness. Mr.
Henderson was about thirty years of
age. He had been in the real estate
and insurance business In Florence
since his graduation from college
about eight years ago. The body was
brought to Waterloo Friday, where It
was interred In tho family plot. Mr.
Henderson was a man of many estim
able qualities, being very popular
.among nil those who knew him.
Mr. Henderson was tin* son of the
late Dr. L. M. Henderson and Mrs.
Henderson. Ills mother and the fol
lowing sisters and brothers survive
him: Mrs. L. 10. Llpscomb, White
Stone, Mrs. Joe Loach, Mrs. Justus,
Mondersonvlllc, N. C, Mrs. J. R. An
derson, Waterloo, Messrs. W. M? L.
D., and J. E, Henderson, of Waterloo,
The burial services were conducted
by Rev. J. O. Martin, of Cross Hill.
TRAYXHAMS YS CHAIR.WARMERS.
Played Las! Monday and Will Repeal
the Performance Next Monday.
In one of the fastest, noisiest, snap
piest, most errorful games of the
twentieth century, Traynham Guards
did not defeat, the "Chair-Warmers"
here last Monday by a score of C to G.
The last named team is a local band
so labelled from their principal occu
pation. Both teams were In great form,
having had thorough practice In the
spring of Kto:'., and the seven-act
tragedy staged Monday was the most
fearful battle in the annals of this
school district. These same guys have
planned to play off the tie next Mon
day, the 12th, and both teams are ab
solutely sure of winning provided they
make enough scores. The heavy hit
ters have hid so many balls 1 nthe
woods that they have decided to cargo
"? and 10 cents admission In order to
buy new ones. By buying, your tickets
yesterday you can get three for a
Meeting of i>. A. b.
Tin r?gular meeting of the Henry
Laurens chapter, d. A. it., will be
held Friday afternoon at I o'clock, at
the home of Mrs. John M. Cannon,
Only <?ne Sale.
Ralesday for May was rather a QUloi
affair, there being only one sale made.
Tills wafl :i 2IJ?acro tract of land be
longing io Jane McCoy sold to R, F..
J'.abb for $1501.00.
clinton post office
goes io McMillan
After Ordering Primary mid ?then
Withdrawing tho Order, Congress,
mau Johnson Recommends IV. m.
Clinton. May ?'.. The postofllco sit
uation lias been settled by tho an
nouncement that Congressman John
son lias recommended the appointment
Of Mr. \V. M. McMillan, who is mayor
of tho town. This selection precipi
tates a turmoil in local politics and
the candidates are already stirring
themselves for the mayor's ofilco.
There were several strong appli
cants tor tho postmnstorshlp, a job
that pays $2100.
Mr. .1 sillies Simpson, a Confederate
veteran TS years old, and lor a long
time an Invalid died, at Iiis homo here
las: night and was burled this after
noon at Holly Grove church in the
county, the Itev. S. O. Cantey conduct
ing the service. lie leaves a widow,
who was Mrs. Kinnia Tribblo Hums,
and a stop-daughter, Mrs. 11. M. Dut
He lost a limb in the war and went
aiming his Intimates by the name of
.Memorial Day Program.
Tho program for Memorial Hay be
gins at half after nine o'clock Satur
day morning when the procosslon of
school children, daughters ami sons
and veterans will start from their ap
pointed meeting places for the monu
ment square where the Confederate
monument will be decorated. Tho
line of march will then proceed di
rectly to Carolina Memorial chapel
Whore the exercises will be opened
with -a prayer by Dr. Jacobs. The
Items on the program include a paper
by Dr. \V. A. Shnnds, a prize essay
on "The War Record of Stephen D.
Lee," a Bonnie Rluo Klag drill by
twelve small girls, a song by Miss
Lenora Pureell, a song by the Thorn
well college chorus, and several piec
es by the college orchestra.
Following the exercises dinner will
he served to tho veterans In the grove.
Social and Personal.
Miss Ola Young entertained the
Cecillan music club on Monday after
Mrs. II. L Scalfo entertained a din
ner party of twelve ladies, friends of
Mrs. S. L. McCaslan last Thursday.
Master R. /. Wright Is at home from
Porter Military academy for a few days
Miss Emmie McCrary left today for
Sumtor to visit Miss Holly Flrown.
Mrs. J. I. Copoland and Marlon left
today to visit relatives in Anderson.
.Mrs. Henry Young is visiting in En
Mrs. J. Whitman Smith is expected
home this week from a visit to her
mother in BishopvMle.
Several people hero expect to at
tend the pageant at Winthrop noxf
Mrs. Walker of Maeon is visiting
The Hev. T P. llurgess and family
of Yorkvllle spent Thursday and Fri
day in Clinton With the Misses llur
WATTS LOSES SECOND.
\c\l Gnrno Mere Solurd?) with Lydia
Mills of Clinton.
Watts Mills played Nowberry here
last Saturday and (osl by B score of
(! to I'., this being the second gamo of
the ('. X. K- L. League schedule.
This name, like tho first, was an ex
cellent specimen of base ball, taking
ton rounds to dOOldo the winner. Up
to the tenth enning the score was "
to 3. In the first half of tho tenth the
locals caught the aeroplane limited
and NoWborry put three across the
pan. Watts failed to score in hor
half and tho bets were handed over.
On the same day Clinton Mills de
feated Lydia by a score of 3 to 0.
Next (lame Here.
The third game on the schedule
will bo played at Watts Mills ball
park next Saturday when Lydia Mills
will lock horns with the locals. The
game will be called at four o'clock.
So far the games show that tho teams
are evenly matched and everything
points to a Close contest next Satur
Twenty four ladies and six- young
men took the proscribed t< achor'8 ex
amination In tho olflco of Supt. Pitts
Friday, Mr. Pitts was assisted in the
examination by Mr. P.. Y, Culbortson,
a membor Of thO COUr.r.y board of edu
cation. The reports on the examina
tions will not be made for some time
LOSE TO RAILROAD
Verdict Directed by Judge
Prince for Defendants.
THOS. TUCKER CASE
Judge Hiiytio V, lllce, of Alken*, Pre
siding I'liis WvvU. T\w Kntlrc >Vook
lilkelj lo bo Taken up as Several
Cases jiro Yet on 1 lie Roster to bo
Tho court of couimon pious in now
upon its second wcok or work. Judgo
I lay in? F. Rico, of Alkeil, is presiding
for Hie first time In this county and
is making a favorable Impression.
The case of widest general Inter
est and having a direct appeal to the
Citizens of I.aureus generally booaUSO
of its effect upon the development pf
that part of the city affected by tho
suit was that of the heirs of C. P,
Sullivan against the Columbia, New
berry ?v- Laurens railroad. After hear
ing II large number of witnesses on
both sides in this case. Judge Prince,
who presided hist week, Instructed tho
jury to render a verdict for the rail
road. The attorneys for the plaint ills,
K. P, Mc?owan and Irby & Sullivan
gave notice of an appeal to the su
preme court and yesterday Mr. Irby
stated that tho case would be carried
While the real quostlon at stake in
the suit was the ownership of about
two and a half acres of the original lot
Of twenty acres, tho suit was brought,
by the Sullivan heirs for damage for
trespassing, this being a test case. In
the absence of any deed showing
how and when the land was transfer
red to the railroad, the Sullivan heirs,
contended that the land must havo
been orlginnly secured by the railroad
from ('. P. Sullivan to ho used tem
porarily for railroad purposes alone,
the right to condemn properly for this
purpose being granted in the charter.
The plaintiffs alleged that the portion
of property now contested for is not
being used for railroad purposes anil
has not bet a used for a long period
of lltuo and that therefore the rail
road has no longer any right lo claim
it, having, through abandonment, re
linquished Its right to it. The defend
ants introduced evidence to show that
the railroad had been in undisputed
possession of the land in ipio.srt.lon
since tho railroad was built and that it
had never ceased the occupancy there
of. Judge Prince ruled 'hat the undis
puted and uninterrupted possession of
the railroad sineo its construction was
conclusive evidence of its ownership.
a non-suit, was grunted tin defend
ants Thursday in the case of Nannie
I,. Tucker, as guardian an litom of
Thomas Tucker vs The Clinton Cotton
mills. This is one of two cases ot
$:i0,000 each instituted by the plaintiff
for damages growing out of the di own
ing of lor two little boys Roy and
Thomas Tucker in the defendant's
mill pond. This case had been tried
twice already, the first time resulting
in a verdict of $S00. for the plaintiffs
and the second time in a mistrial. The.
other case is now with the Supreme
Court, the plaintiff having been given
a verdict of $1,000. Counsel foi the
plaintiffs have given notice of an ?;?
peal to tin- Supremo Court in this case
Friday morning the jury in the ( 1
of Louisa DuckOtt vs the S A. L. t ill
road rendered a verdict of $85 dam
ages for tin- plaintiff. This case
something like the Sullivan case. <1
so resulted from a dispute ovei th<
ownership of a strip of land lying
between the plaintiffs home and 'be
rallroud track. The suit was for
damages for the destruction of (low
ers shrubbery and fences when the
railroad attempted to take possession
of the property.
Monday morning the court took up
the case of Alfred W. West vs the C,
N. & L. railroad for damages from In
juries alleged to have been Inflicted
by the defendant railroad when the
plaintiff was knocked off the railroad
track near the Lanrens Mill village
several months ago. Wo?! was walk
ing along side the railroad track when
the train came up behind and knocked
him down, he Icing deaf and unable
to hear the approach of ?he tra?v,
Judge RiCO directed a verdict for tho
defendant on the ground that Ihf
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