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i KILLS NEGRO CHEF
Peeples Accidentally Shoots Man at
Elks Club. Showiug Pistol to
Columbia, Dec. 6.-Robert Marshall,
colored, was killed tonight by Attor
ney General Thomas II. Peoples at the
.)lks',Club in this city,, where the ne
gro was employed as chef. Te in
quest will be held at noon tomorrow.
According to those at the club the
shooting was entirely accidental an(]
Mr. 'Peoples is sorry beyond, expres
sion at the happening.
It was a pistol shot, the ball pierc
ing the brain of the negro. The occur
rence was about 10 o'clock tonight.
Mr. Peeples rested tonight at the
governor's mansion, where he- went
just after the shooting took place.
Governor blease was out of the city,
being at his home in Newberry. IHe
made an effort according to friends,
.tb coeic here late tonight, but could
not reach the city. Ile is expected to
return early tomorrow.
The news of the shooting spread
about the city, although every effort
was made to keep it quiet. Many
friends thought it best not, to publish
anything about the affair, but as it
was an accidental killing, according
to those at the club tonight, others
deemed it best that the facts be known
The details will come out to-morrow
at the coroher's inquest.
Sheriff McCain was on hand person
ally at the club soon after the shoot
ing and on the suggestion that Mir.
Peoples get a good night's rest at the
Mansion he sent a deputy with him.
Sheriff McCain was heard to express
the opinion that his was a matter
of fotiu, although the shooting was
explained as accidental.
J. F. Weaver, attendant at the lub,
is quoted as saying that Mr. Peoples
was passing a gun over the counter to
him when it exploded, the bullet
piercing the brain of the negro, who
was instantly killed. The gun is said
to have been a 44-calibre. The ball
entered at centre of right temple and
came out of left temple. A. K.
A brother- of the (lead negro was
present at the shooting ie afterwards
stated that he lad heard no words pass
between his brother and Mr. Peoples,
,Hind the first thing he knew was the
eport of the pistol, which he was very
much surprised to hear. The brother is
an employee of the club also. It has
been Very difficult to secure any cone
rent statement of the affair to-night,
and will be until after the inqluest at
noon to-morrow before all the details
will be obtainable: all those piresent
agree, however, that the shooting was
Mr. Peeples was asked for a state
ment, and said he would make one to
iorrorw.-News and Courier
Death iwas Accidental.
Coumnbia, '1)ec. 8r-"We find .the
said Robert Marshal came to his death
from a gunshot wound in the hands
of T.'lli. Peoples."
This was the verdiict of the coro
ner's ju ry whichl last nlighlt inIuir'ed
into tihe fatal shlootin~g of Rlobert
Marshal, a negro, b~y Th'lomals ii.
Peoples, attorney general, in thle clubi
rooms of tile Columlblia lodge of 10lks
on Hlaimpton street last Satuiirday ilght
nbout 9:30 o'clock Thei testimony of
the eye-witnesses wvas inl accord
with1 the ab~ove verdict.
The following is a stenographic
ranscript of the statmement MIr.
Peoples made to the coroner's jury
last nlighit anid the (luestionis asked
119 iny F". Ii. D~ominick, assistaint at
'Gentlemen, I drove up to the IElks
clu-b last night about 10 o'clock. That
istoi was In lmy cam'. And I took
it ou1t and carried it in my hand. I
walked up in1 thle Elks' (1lub andl went
inthie b~ar. As I walked in I tiurnmed
to Arthnr (an attendIant of tile club)
and asked 1111m to get me a glass of
milk Capt. Weaver and several othm
era were withl me1. 1 walked behind the
counter' withl the inltenition of laying
the plistol neoar the cash i'egister'.
'Capt. Weaver' siaid, 'I et me1 see that
gull.' I started to hland it to him
and it went off. I knowv not how it
went off. bult whenIC~ I looked up
saw hlim fail. -My cari went out ill the
country, and liy miother was ini it.
And 1 had1( a gull In it forn thlat pur'
pose. I never carry a gun and I car
ried it ther'e to put up.,
"Question by Mr. D~ominlick : Illave
~youm a regular chlauffeuir?
"Mr'. Peeples: No, sir. I had a~ hoy
'hired just yesterdlay.
"Mr'. Dominick: for your uncle and
~ your mother?
"Mr. Pedples: yes, sir'.
"Mr. Dominick: They took a trip
"Mr'. Peoples: yes sir.
"Mr. Dominick: Whlere do you keel)
r"Mr. Peoples: At 'Roddoy's. I (is
missied the aboy for the night and told
'hinm I would phone hlim if I needed0(
hIm further. I did not see the darky
standing there, but I saw .him whlen
I came in.
"Mr. Dominick: What position were
-'Mr. Peeples: The counter lies this
way (illustrating). As you wallC In
the door of the Elks bar the cash reg
ister is hero (illustrating). I asked
Arthur to get -me a glass of milk. As
I walked up back of the counter,
Capt. Jim Weaver asked me to let hia
see the guin and it was discharged.
"Question by Foreman Hart: In
your hands or his
"Mr. Peoples: In my hands. Of my
remarks 1 know nothing. "
The inquest was set for noon yes
terday. The jury was sworn in at
that time and viewed the remains.
Coroner Ecott anouncod that he had
a telegram which said that the gov
ernor and the assistant attorney gen
eral wanted to be present at the in
(luest. Consequently, the coroner said
he would postpone it until 1 o'clock
to allow them time to raech Columbia
from Newberry, which place they left
at 10 o'clock in an automobile At
1::is p. m. Coroner Scott told the jury
that he would postpone the inquest
until 7 o'clock last night. The gov
ernor and the assistant attorney gen
eral had not arrived.
The inquest began last night at 7
o'clock. Wade Hampton Cobb. so
licitor for the Fifth judicial circuit,
cuestioned the witnesses for Coroner
Scott. The taking of the testimony
lasted for 50 'minutes. The verdict of
the jury was announced about half an
hour after the testimony was conclud
ed. The room at the undertaking es
tablished on Hampton street in
which the iiquest was held was crowd
ed. T. IH. Peeples, attorney general,
was present at the inquest and made
a statement to the Jury. F. 11. IDomu
inick, assistant attorney general, brief
ly cross-examined some of the wit
nesses Many members of the Co-lum
bia lodge of Elks were in attendance.
:Members of Jury.
On the jury at the inquest yester
lay were the following: W. E. Hart,
foreman; It. .1. Miller, A. D. Palmer,
M. I). Kirk, I dward Hlammonds, .1.
A. Brady, W. ). Starling, George An
derson, R. V. Stiller, 1). I. Shannon,
Jake Eberhardt and 1. E. Gilmore.
Coroner Scott said last night that
Mr. Peoples was released on his recog
nizance, pending any application for
bail he imight care to makse.
The eye witnesses of the .iccident
who testified last night were: S. F.
Wheeler, .lames F. Weaver, 'Edwin 14.
Bookter, Arthur II. Martin and George
.1. 1lowell, flive members of the Co
humbia lodge of Elks who were in the
buffet. at their club when the pistol
was discharged. Arthur (hiyden, a
waiter at thh Elks' club, also testi
fled. 1)r. M. M. Rice, who examined
the body of Robert Maarshall Sn aday
morning, described the wound which
caused the death of the negro. .1. C.
McCain, sheriff of Riehland county,
told of what he found when he went
into the club room.
Summary of Evidence.
The testimony of the five eye wit
nessesM (11( not differ materially. Sum
marized it Is as follows:
Mir. Peoples came into the 1Elks
club abmout 9:20) o'clock Saturday
n ight. ie walged Into the 1poo1 room
first and then into the buffet where
he told the attendant, Arthur Gray
den, to bring hinm a glass of milk.
Then Alri. Peoples walked behind the
counter ini thme -buffet, lie was in thme
act of laying his Ipistol on the side
board wh'len .imes F. Weaver, a con
dluctor on the Southern armil way, asked
to see it.
"Alr*. Peeples was standing In ,the
act of laying hIs gun i on the side
b)oard' when I asked himn to let me look
at it," Mir. Weaver testfiled last night.
"Ile handed~ me the pistol deliberately.
I noticed that. it was cocked, but be
fore I couldl speak the gun went' off.
Mlr. Peoples dIropiped the gun on time
counter, threw his hands to his head
and1( criedl, 'Mly God, what -haveI
Wheun the pistol was discharged the
bullet struck Robert Mlarshall, a no
gro in charge of the cafe at the club.
lie had just come into the buffet with
a sandw'ich for one of the men pros
ent hadl ordered. The bullet tore its
way th rough Mlarshall's skull, ranging,
according to Dri. R1ce, b~ackward and
uplwardl from its ploint. of ent ranlce in
right sidle of the head -to its poinat
of exit th rough tht parietal hone on
time left side0. Mlarshall died( a fewv
minutes after lhe fell to the floor..
Sheriff AMcCaln, who took char'ge of
the. pistol after lhe wvent to the club
in response to a summons Saturday
night, dlemonstr'ated to tihe jury that
the weapon would snapi while it was1
on third cock. The pistol is an 01(1
fashioned Colt's modlel of 45 calIbre.
The funeral of Robert Mlarshall will
be held today. The Columbia lodge
of 1Elks has made all the arrangements
for it. Mlarshall worked at the club
all last winter and had b~een employed
agaIn a short time ago. HeI bor'e a
good reputation and was regarded as
a faithful servant by the Columbia
lodge of IEiks. Mlarshall was about 45
years of age. ie loaves a wife and1
one child.-Tho Sitne
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L AURENS, . . (
The Books of the County Treasurer
will be opened for the collection of
Stat". County an.1 Cc. mmutation Road
Taxes for fiscal ye .r, 1913, at the
'T'reasurer's office fromni October 15th.
to December 31st, 1912. A fter 1)ecem
ber 31st, one per ceitt will be added.
After January 31st, two per cent will
be added, and after February 28th,
seven per cent. will be added till the
15th day of March, 1919, when the
books will be closed.
All persons owning property in more
than one 'T'ownship are requested to
call for receipts in each of the several
'T'ownships in which the property is
located. This is itporant, as addition
al cost and penalty may be attached.
All able-bodied male citizens be
tween the ages of 21 and 60 years of
age are liable to pay . poll tax of $1.00
except old soldiers, who are exempt at
50 years of age. Commutation Road
Tax $1.50 in lieu of rood duty.
The 'T'ax levy is as follows:
For State purposes ......51 mll..s
For Constitutional School Tax 3 mills
For Ordinary County purposes 3 mil's
For Interest on Railroad Bonds 1 mill
For Road and lxridg3 Bonds 3 mills
For Court louse Bonds .. ..1%'11 mills
For Special School 'T'ax .. ..1 mill
Total -. -. .. .. .. .. ..17% mills
Special Schools Laurens Township.
Laurens No. 11 . .. .. ..7 mills
Trinity Ridge No. 1 .. .. ..8% mills
Maddens No. 2 .. .. .. .. .. 4 mills
Narnie No. 3 .. .. .. .. ..5 mills
Baileys No. 4 .. .. .. .. .. ..2 mills
Mills No. .. .. .. .. ..2 mills
Oak Grove No. 6 .. .. .. .. ..2 .mills
Ora No. 12 .. .. .. .. .. .. ..4 mills
Special Schools-Youngs Township.
Youngs No. 3 .. .. .. .. .. .2 mills
Youngs No. 2 .. .. .. .. .. ..4 mills -
Youngs No. 4 .. .. .. . . . ..4 milis
Youngs No. 5 . .. .. .. ....4 mills
Fountain inn No. 311 .. .. ..11 mills
Lanford No. 10 .. .. .. .. ..6% mills
Ora No. 12 .. .. .. .. .. ..4 mills
Youngs No. 1 .. .. .. .. ..3 mills
Central No. 6 .. .. .. .. .. ..2 mills
Special Schools--Dills Township.
Green Pond No. 1 .. .. .. .. ..4 mills
D.ais No. 2 .. .. .. .. ..3 mills
Shiloh No. 3 .. .. .. .. .. ..4 mills
Gray Court-Okings Nc. 5 .. ..4 mills
lk'rksdal': No. 6, .. .. .. ..5 mills
Dial, Church No. 7 .. .. .. ..2 ills
Fountain Inn No. 311 .. .. ..i mills
Merna No. S .. .. .. .. ..2 mills
Dials No. 4 .. .. .. .. .. ..4 mills
Special Schools-Sull'van Township.
Mt. Bethel No. 2 .. .. .. .. ..3 mills
P'rinceton No. 1 .. .. .. .. mills
Poplar Springs No. 3 .. .. ..4 mills
Itabun No. 4 .. .. .. .. ..8% mill
I lendersonville No. 5 .. .. .. S mills
lFriendship No. 6 .. .. .. .. ..7 mills
lirewerton No. 7 . ...... ..3 mills
Sullivan Township 11. R. Bonds 1 mills
.\lerna No. 8 .. .. .. .. ...2 ills
Special Schools--Waterloo Township.
Waterloo No. 14 .. .. .. .. .. 4 mills
AMt. (allagher No. 1 .. .. .. ..3 mills
lietilehenm No. 2 .. .. .. .. ..2 mills
Ekomn No. 3 .. .. .. .. .. .4 Mills
('e tc'trpoint No. 4 .. .. .. ..2 mills
Oakville No. 5 .. .. .. .. ..3 mills
.lt. P'leasant No. 6 .. .. .. ..2 mills
Mt. Olive No. 7 .. .. .. .. ...5 mills
Reedy G rove N6. 8 .. .. .. ..2 mills
Special Schools--Cross 1-1l1 Township
Ci'oss 11il1 No. 13 .. .... ..61 mills
Cross 111l1 No. 1 .. .... .. ..2 mills
Ci'oss 11i11 No. 2 .. .. .. .. ..2 mills
Cross 11111 No. 41 .. .... .. ..2 mills
Cross 1H1l1 No. 5. .... ....4 mills
Cross 11.111 No. 6 C . .. .. ..2 mills
Cr'oss 1111l No. 3. .. .... .2 mills
Special Schools-I hunter Township.
Alountville N. 16 l. .. . . .. .9 1mil11
Hunter No. .. .. ....l. mills
lhunter No. 3 .. .. .. ..2 mills
C'Ilinton3 No.5.... .. .. ..6 mills
Iluniter No. S . .. .. .... ..3 111111
Wadsworth No. I .. ......2 mnills
lhunter No. 1 .. ...... .. ..2 mills
Special Schuools-J-.ac' s Township.
Odlells No. 13 .. .... .. ....3 mills
llurricane No. 15 .. .... ....3 n1il~s
Shady Grmove No. 2 ..,...... .3 mills
Jlacks No. 3 .. .. .... .. ..5 mills
>pleclal Schools-Seulilolown Township
Langston Church No. 3 . . . .. .3 inlls
Seuflletowni No. 1 .. .. ....2 mills
Lailford No. 10 .. .... .. ..6% mills
Or'a No. 12 .. .. .... .. ..4 mills
Senilletown No. 2 .. .. .. ..4 mills
Seuietown No. 4 .. .. .. ..4 mills
l'r'omiPt a ttetion wIll be given those
v-bou wh to pay thelr T'axes through
thIe mail1 by eek, 10 moey order, etc.
i'~'sons setulling in ih ts of names to
be' takeim off arie requi sted to send
themiicx ary ; and1( give the3 Township of
each, ais the 'Treasurer is v'ery busy
(dirling the muonthi of De ember.
ROSS D). YOI!No,
September 17. 19 13.-td.
TFake notice that onm the 19th (lay of
December, I will rende3(lr a final ac
count of my nlets and1( (doigs as Ad
miniistrator of the estate of W. F'.
Law~son, deceasced, in the ofice of thet
JIudge of P~robate of lsu rens county
at 11 o'clock, a. m1., anud on the samo
(diy will apiply fox' a final dlischlargo
from rly3 t rusts as Adm13113 t rator'.
Any pecrsonis ind~ebted to said estate
are notified and1( requirted to make pany
,men t on that (late; and1( all persons
having clalims agains-t said estate will
priesenlt theih on or before said( daite,
duly proven, 0or be forever barred.
Novembler 19, 1913.-i mo.
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