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ME I TILLMAN
PROVED k FALSIFIER.
Snator Frye and Speaker Hender?
se? of the ?. S. Senate, and li.
S. House of Representatives,
SHOW BY THE RECORD THAT
THEY GAVE OPINIONS
EXACTLY CONTRARY TO THOSE IM?
PUTED TO THEM BY "JIU" TILL?
From The State.
The following appeared in the "Cap?
itol Chat' column of the Washington
Post on Saturday last :
9 **An interesting correspondence has
passed between Senator Frye and
Lieut. Gov. Kilman of South Caro?
lina, the result of which may make
another chanter in the political his
i?ry of Tillman's State.
"Lieut G?v. Tillman, when a bill
-was recently before the South Caro?
lina senate, decided that a motion to
indefinitely postpone the consideration
of a certain bill was not debatable.
Issue being taken with his decision,
^fce wired to Senate Frye for an expert
opinion. Mr. Frye replied that al?
though Jefferson's manual was sii?nt
on the 'subject, -the motion was de?
batable. When, however, Gov. Till?
man later referred to the matter, he
asserted that Senator Frye had sustain?
ed his position. A doubting South
Carolina editor thereupon wrote to
Senator Frye to know the facts, and
Mr. Frye answered that Gov. Tillman
had not quoted him correctly.
"At that point the matter rests. It
is expected that the South Carolina
editor will make Senator Frye's letter
public, and then it will be up to Gov. ?
Tillman to explain."
We were preparing to have the docu?
ments in the case engraved in fac?
simile for reproduction, but as the
matter has leaked out in Washington,
apparently through the president of
the United States senate, we shall not
further delay publication of the evi?
dence we have in hand.
This evidence proves that Lieuten?
ant Governor James H. Tillman delib?
erately and formally spread upon the
Jonrnal of the senate of South Caro
-?na a statement he knew to be false,
such statement being made for the
purpose of deceiving the senate on an
important question touching the rules
of that body.
The chain of evidence is complete
and cannot be broken.
(Senate, report, The State, February
Mr. Kibler's bill to make turkeysx
geese, ducks and guineas subject "to
the stock law was reported favorably
with a committee amendment strik?
ing out the particular birds and plac?
ing them all under the general desig?
nation of "domestic fowls" which
weald also include chickens. Senator
Canghman moved to strike out the
enacting words and demanded the ayes
and noes, the result being the adop?
tion of the bill by a vote of 14 to ll.
The motion was made to reject the
committee amendment, but this was
rejected by 14 to 10. Senator Gray?
don then moved to indefinitely post?
pone the bill. The chair decided that
such a motion was not debatable, and
he moved to commit the bill. This
was also ruled out of order. Senator
Appelt moved to postpone it until
Thursday,\but this was laid on the
table. The opponents of the bill died j
liard, but the majority was against
.them at every turn.
(Senate report, The State, Februarv
When Mr. Kibler's bill to make
domestic fowls subject to the pro?
visions of the general stock law was
reached Senator Henderson moved to
indefinitely postpone the bill. * * *
Senator Graydon also wanted the
t?U killed, in the interest* of the pros?
perity of the State. * * *
At this point a rather sensational
episode occurred. Senator Sheppard
had been presiding when the deba?e
on the question started. Lieutenant
Governor Tillman came back to the
chair while Senator Graydon was
speaking, and after taking the gavel
interrupted Mr. Graydon and stated
that he was out of order, under rule
14, and (on) the ground that a motion
to indefinitely postpone is not debat?
Senator Graydon replied that his un?
derstanding of the rule was very clear
and that he would appeal to the sen?
ate. Lieutenant Governor Tillman
began to state the question of the
appeal, when Senator Barnwell asked
to make a statement. He said that
the rule used to be that a motion to
indefinitely postpone was not
debatable, but that his rec
-ollection was that at the
last session an amendment had been
adopted allowing such a motion to be
debated. As a matter of fact these
motions have been debated in the sen?
ate for many years, by common con?
Lieutenant Governor Tillman here
ruled Senator Barnwell out of order,
on the ground that he was debating a
motion that had been ruled out of
Senator Barnwell then asked and
obtained unanimous consent to address
the senate. He then suggested that
Senator Graydon withdraw his appeal
and refer the question to the commit?
tee on rules, lt is always unpleasant
to appeal from the chair, and he hoped
Senator Graydon would withdaw the
Senator Graydon accepted the sug?
gestion, and asked to withdraw his
Lieutenant Governor Tillman stated
that he much preferred the appeal
should be voted on by the senate, and
read from Jefferson's Manual and the
rules of the senate to sustain the posi?
tion he had taken.
Senator Graydon, however, persist?
ed ia withdrawing his appeal, and the
incident was closed without the ques?
tion of rules being settled. The matter
was not referred to the committee.
Senator Henderson then withdrew his
motion to indefinitely postpone and
the discussion of the bill proceeded on
?Senate report, The State, Feb. 7,
Senator Sheppard offered a
ti on, which was adopted, to ha1
senate committee on rules to
on whether a motion "to po
indefinitely" is debatable. The
tenant governor has ruled that s
motion is not debatable.
(Senate report, The State, F?
Several dags ago Senator Sh?
offered a resolution requestin
senate committee on rules to rep
the question as to whether a n
"to indenitely postpone" is deb
under rule 14 of the senate. Yes1
Senator Blakeney, for the comn
submitted a report saying that i:
opinion of the committee such a
tion is debatable. The report
adopted, lt will be remembered
several days ago the lieutenant ?
nor ruled that such a motion wa:
Lieutenant Governor Tillman
permission to state his position i
Journal, which was granted. Ii
day's senate Journal he will hav<
"The chair respectfully cites
committee to Jefferson's Manual
heartily commends it to the con
tee on rules for diligent study. ?
making the ruling the chair has t
occasion to inquire of the two ]
est parliamentarians of this count
to the correctness of the same ac
much gratified to learn that it is
tained by them. Of course the i
pretation placed on the rule by
committee on rules will be hencei
observed, however much at varian
may be with parliamentary law."
Lieutenant Governor Tillman st
last night that during the day he
wired to Senator Frye, presiden
the United States senate, an<
Speaker Henderson of the hons
representatives, stating the que?
and asking their, decision, and
both of them had sustained his ral
Editorial Rooms, The State,
Columbia, S. C., March ia 190
Hon. William P. Frye, Presiden!
the Senate, Washington, D. C.
5-c jj: 3?C
On February 3, a motion was n
in the State senate to strike out
enacting words of a bill, and it
defeated. A motion was then mad<
reject the amendment offered by
j committee reporting the bill, and I
I also was defeated. Next, it was mo
j to indefinitely postpone the b
i whereupon the chair, Lieuenant G
i ernor Tillman, decided that sud
motion was not debatable. r
senator who had made it then mo
to commit the bill, and this mot
also was ruled out of order by
The next day, Feb. 4, it was sta
in the senate by a member that
motion to indefinitely postpone 1
by consent of the senate been
many years held to be debatable : 1
the lieutenant governor ruled t
statement out of order on the grou
that the senator was debating a n
tion that had been ruled out of ord
On February 6 a resolution v
adopted by the senate to have t
committee on rules report whether
motion to postpone .indefinitely v
This committee reported Februa
12 that such a motion was debatab
and the report was adopted by t
senate. Whereupon Lieutenant Gc
ernor Tillman had a statement insert
in the Journal containing the folio
ing assertion: "Since making t
ruling the chair has taken occasion
inquire of the the two highest parli
mentarians of this country as to i.
correctness of the same and is mm
gratified to learn that it is sustain
by them. Of course the interpret
tion placed on the rule by the co:
mittee on rules will be henceforth o
served, however much at varience
may be with parliamentary law." TJ
same evening he gave a sta tome:
to the pres? declaring that "during ti
day he had wired to Senator Fry
president of the United States Senat
and to Speaker Henderson of the hon:
of representatives, stating the questic
and asking their decision: and th)
both of them had sustained his ru
ing." (The State, Columbia, S. C
Feb. 13, 1902. )
I now beg you to inform me at yoi
earliest convenience whether Lieutei
ant Governor Tillman made such a
inquiry of you, stating the case i
herein presented, with advisement (
the practice of the senate of Sont
Carolina : and whether you made sue
a reply as he reported to the senat
i and the press. Very truly yours,
N. G. Gonzales,
Editor The State.
The same to Hon. D. R. Henderson
speaker of the house of representa
tives, Washington, D. C.
United States Senate, Washington
D. C., March 15, 1902.
Mr. N. G. Gonzales, Columbaia, S. C
My Dear Sir:-I have your letter o
March 13. A motion to postpone i nae
finitely a pending measure, both unde
parliamentary law and under the rule
of the senate, is debatable. So als<
is a motion to commit.
I had a telegram from Lieutenan
Governor Tillman in relation to th<
indefinite postponement of measun
and my reply was : "Jefferson's Man
ual silent. Motion necessarily de bat
able. Debatable under rules of sen
I am verv trulv yours.
Wm. P. Frve.
Speaker's Room, House of Represen
tatives, Washington, D. C., March
I 15, 1902.
I Mr. N. Ci. Gonzales.
Editor The State, Columbia, S. C.
Dear Sir:-Your letter of inquiry
i was received toda v.
? On February 12, 1902, 1 received
j from ''Jas. Ii. Tillman, lieutenant
: governor, " the following:
''Columbia, S. C., Feb. 12, 1902.
To Speaker D. B. Henderson, H. K.
Kindly wire me if in your opinion a
motion to infinitely postpone is de?
batable under Jefferson's Manual.
Jas. H. Tillman, Lr. Gov."
At once, on receipt of the above I
telegraphed the following reply :
"Yes. The house of representatives
debates the motion to postpone inde?
finitely and has done so for many
years. Had the Manual forbidden it.
this would hardly have been done
without a special rule giving positive
Very truly yours,
D. B. Henderson.
COL JIM ANO THE SENATE.
Hitherto Unpublished Story of His
Conduct and Rulings.
The State this morning makes pub?
lic some correspondence between its
editor and Speaker Henderson and
Senator Frye in reference to their opin?
ion as to a certain parliamentary rul?
ing and what they said about it* when
requested to give an opinion by Lieu?
tenant Governor Tillman.
That the lieutenant governor had
made a false statement as to the pur?
port of the two gentlemen's opinions
was known of all senators just before
the adjournment. The question was
I as to whether a motion to indefinitely
postpone was debatable. Col. Tillman
decided that it was not. The practice
of the senate had always been to
debate this motion, and the ruling of
the chair was evidently so arbitrary
and of so far reaching an effect that
the senators felt that they could no
longer stand the constant interference
with the proper conduct of business of
the senate by these almost hourly im?
proper rulings on the part of the chair.
The conduct of the lieutenant govern?
or was often most disrespectful to sen?
ators, and he'treated them more like
a set of school boys rather than men,
and men some of whom were adepts
in parliamentary usages before the
lieutenant governor was out of knee
breeches. The senators, with unexam
ple moderation, silently bore all this,
until one of his rulings made almost
any motion that could be made non
debatable, and business of the senate
might have been brought to a stand?
A question coming up, Senator
Graydon moved to indefinitedly post?
pone it, and proceeded to debate the
motion. He was called to order.
This brought things to a crisis, and
with his feelings illy concealed, Sen?
ator Graydon appealed from the decis?
ion of the chair. After some little
j delay, the motion was put and the
ayes voted, not loudly but unmistaka?
bly, against sustaining the chair.
Before the nays were called the chair
went into a long explanation, after
which Senator Graydon withdrew his
motion. This action was explained
j afterwards privately on the grounds
that there was already a deep feeling
on the part of the senators, but they
didn't want an open rupture with the
lieutenant governor : that they would
rather bear in silence the wrongs and
insults constantly heaped upon them
than create a scene or bring about a
condition which would reflect no
credit on the State in calling io gen?
eral public attention the condition
which led to such conduct on the part !
of the chair. It was considered, too, ?
that this was the last time that Col. ?
Tillman would preside over the senate, |
and the senators felt that they, for the
sake of the State would bear the con?
ditions under which they were labor?
ing for a short while longer.
For some reason the lieutenant gov?
ernor believed, or pretended to believe,
that the senate would have sustained
him if Senator Graydon had not with?
drawn the appeal, when to every body
else it was quite evident that the viva
voce vote was nearly unanimous
against him. But Col. Tillman an?
nounced that he would get the opin?
ion of Speaker Henderson, President of
the Senate Frye and ex-Speaker Thom?
as B. Reed. He reported later that
the two first named had sustained
him. But he never showed the re?
plies. Reed decided against him and
this he did show, at least to a Record
reporter. However he did have
spread on the journal of the senate a
statement that Speaker Henderson
and Senator Frye had sustained him.
Some of thfe senators thought their
decision as reported very strange, and
one member of the committee asked
the lieutenant governor to be allowed
to see their replies. Col. Tillmna?
showed him the Reed reply which was
against him, bnt stated that he had
left the other replies in his room.
That was the end of that incident and
the senator never saw the replies.
Senator Blakeney, chairman of the
committee on rules, wrote a letter to
Messrs. Henderson and Frye, stating
the question at issue, and also send?
ing them a copy of rule 14, which cov?
ered the point. He also told them !
what the lieutenant governor had re- !
ported as their opinion. He got a re?
ply in writing in which they said
their opinion had been stated directly
opposite to what it was by the lieu?
tenant governor. Officially Senator
Blakeney made no use of the corres?
pondence, but all the senators were
made aware of it, as well as the
newspaper men. As it was the close
of the session, and as it was consider?
ed that no .immediate good could be
accomplished by giving publicity to
the facts, nothing was done along that
line. But every senator and perhaps
every representative, knew of the cir?
These facts are published simply to
show that the senators were cognizant
of the facts, and also to add that had
they not developed so near the close of
the session some official action almost
certainly would have been taken, for
the forbearance of the senators had
been exhausted : but in order to save
the state a scandal they went home
carrying their open secret with them.
What Jim Tillman Says.
Edgdefield, Mach 24.-Lieutenant
Governor Tillman was seen today with
reference to the ruling he made on
a motion to indefinitely postpone dur
I ing the last session of the Senate, and
which was given such prominence in
the newspapers of this State today.
He was in the midst of an important
j trial of a case in Court. He merely
answered:" I have nothing at this
time in reply. In fact just now I am
too busy to pay any attention to the
diverse libels and slanders being cir?
culated by a few venal newspapers.
At the proper time and before the peo?
ple 1 will make answer, and by them
1 am ready to be judged. 1 know who
inspired this attack and also their pur?
i ??? ? mw -
XewJ York, March 23. Capt. W.
Garry of the Spanish steamer 4'Ea"
and his crew of 27 men were brought
to this port today by Thc Old Domin?
ion liner Princess Anne. His ship,
with a broken back, lies on a sand?
spit some nine miles south by cast
from Cape Lookout light on the North
The latest in fine stationary just re?
ceived and placed on sale at H. G.
Osteen & Co's book store.
TRYING TO MAKE PEACE IN AFRICA.
Acting President Schalk-Burger
Sees to See Gen. DeWet.
Boers May Surrender if the Banishment
Proclamation is Withdrawn.
London, March 24.-The Associated
Press has good reason to believe that
Lord Kitchener, in his interview with
Mr. Schalk- burger agreed to
withdraw the banishment proclamation
issued in September if Gen. De Wet
and other Boer leaders surrendered.
In the house of commons today the
war secretary, Mr. Brodrick announc?
ed that, a fortnight ago, Mr. Schalk
Burger intimated to Lord Kitchener
his desire to be granted a safe conduct
through the British lines and back
in order to see Mr. Steyn with refer?
ence to the possibility of peace propo?
sals. Lord Kitchener with the con?
sent of the government, had acceded
to the request.
The announcement of the war sec?
retary was received with cheers.
London, March 25.-The Daily
Chronicle this morning asserts that
an armistice has been arranged pend?
ing the duration of Schalk-Burger's
mission to Gen. De Wet and that
offensive operations against De Wet,
De La Rey and Botha will be suspended.
The three generals have agreed to
observe the armistice honorably until
the return of the envoys to the Boer
It is believed, continues The Daily
Chronicle, that the envoys after ac?
quainting Botha with the result of
their mission will again confer with
Lord Kitchener although no arrange?
ment for the second conference has
actually been made.
London, March 24.-There is little
disposition in London to regard the
news of the Boer government's visit to
Pretoria any too hopefully. Official
circles express the doubts, held
throughout of the abiilty of the acting
president, Schalk-Burger and oth?
er civilian leaders of the Boers to in?
duce such men as Gens. De Wet and
De La Rey to surrender. Possibly,
they think the representatives of the
Transvaal government are desirous of
suing for peace but there is nothing
to show that they have any authority
to impose submission on the comman?
ders in the field. The most hopeful
sign they see is the announcement
that Lord Kitchener permitted Mr.
Schalk-Burger and his companions
to proceed to the Orange River Col?
ony, the contention being that unless
the British commander-in-chief of the
South African army, who is on the
spot and therefore most thoroughly
conversant with the situation, recog?
nized the possibility of fruitful results
and believed in the good faith of the
Transvaalers, he would not have per?
mitted the visitors to continue their
pilgrimage to the headquarters of their
Orange River Colony allies. The same
cautious reserve permeates the news?
paper utterances and the comment in
well informed circles.
The Hague, March 24.-Acting Pres?
ident Schalk-Burger's arrival at Pre?
toria was a complete surprise in Boer
circles here. It was surmissed that
the step taken was connected with the
instructions sent to Lord Kitchener to j
communicate the text of the Anglo
Dutch test of the Boer leaders.
IMPORTAMT, IF TRUE.
From the Philadelphia Ledger.
Wilmington, N. C., March 20.-Iris
rumored here that the parties holding
controlling interest in the Atlantic
Coast Line system have sold out to the
Pennsylvania Railroad. The price
paid cannot bc^learned. No confirma?
tion of this rumor can be had, for all
in a position to know are reticent or
The Pennsylvania Railroad made an ,
offer some years ago of 84 per share for
controlling interest in the Wilming?
ton and Weldon Railroad, the parent
road and the main link in the whole
system, which comprises over 2,500
miles of road in Virginia, North Caro?
lina and South Carolina, and connect?
ing with the Plant system of Georgia.
It forms the shortest and main line
between Florida and the Northeastern
States. The Atlantic Coast Line is in
exellent condition, the market value of
its stock being far above par, and it
has paid its owners handsome divi?
HOMICIDE AT NICHOLS.
Nichols, Marion County, March 23.
-Gus Johnson, a "negro desperado,
was killed here last night by D. S.
Pitman, railroad agent, and a promi?
nent citizen. His last train having
passed Pitman was going home for the
night and was followed by the negro,
who with a dangerous and ugly knife
made threats of violence and cursing
.oudly attempted to enter the gate of
Pitman's premises. All quietly
spoken requests to "move on" prov?
ing unnoticed, Pitman, who is known
to be a man of nerve and courage, -used
a double barreled gun with deadly re?
sults. Mr. Pitman's act is approved
by the leading citizens of the town
and community, and is regarded as
perfectly justifiable. The negro came
from Whiteville, N. C., and bore abad
Horsewhipped Topeka's Mayor.
Topeka, Kas., March 24.- Miss
Blanche Boise, a protege of Mrs.
Nation, horsewhipped Mayor Parker
in his office at the city building today.
Three times she slashed the mayor
and then he sprang at her, tore the
rawhide out of her hand and pushed
her into the hall. As Miss Boise was
thrust out of the cilice she exclaimed:
"Thank God Tve done it: I've
horsewhipped you and now I'm going
to horsewhip the governor."
Before beifjnning her horsewhipping
Miss Boise ga vt? the mayor a severe
scolding and accused him of being
responsible for the fact that the joints
are running openly in Topeka. She
then pulled the horsewhip from the
folds of her dress and before the may?
or knew what had happened she struck
him three times across the head and
Miss Boise is about 35 years of age
and is a nurse by profession.
GEN. MILES' TESTIMONY.
He Points Out the Dangers inhe?
rent in Administration Biil to
Establish a General Staf of
Washington, March 24.-The state?
ment of Gen. Miles before the Senate
committee on military affairs, as it
will appear in the official records, was
made public tonight. The features
wi heh caused something of a sensation
when published the day the statement
was made do not appear and the fol?
lowing colloquy at the close of the
hearing explains it:
Mr. Pettus: "Mr. Chairman, I
think there ought to be some mode of
having these notes revised."
The Chairman: "That will be done."
MT. Pettus: "The report of the pro?
ceedings should be submitted to Gen.
Miles, with permission to strike out
such port*ons as ought not to be pub?
Mr. Proctor: "That is it."
Gen. Miles: "I do not know that
there is anything to be stricken out."
The Chairman: "We have been in
the habit of submitting to the witness
before the committee, whoever he was,
the stenographer's report of his re?
marks for correction, of course."
Mr. Pettus: "I wanted to go
further than that. The stenorgapher
bas, no doubt, taken down correctly
what the General has said, but there
are some things that he said which he
may desire to strike out, and I think
he should be allowed that privilege."
The Chairman: "He must be the
judge of that."
Mr. Pettus: "He should be allowed
the liberty of striking out anything
which ought not to be published, even
if it is stated correctly in the report."
The stenographer's report as sub?
mitted to Gen. Miles and the official
report indicates that he followed close?
ly the written statement he had pre?
pared and read to the committee. The
main facts of the General's opposition
to the war department staff bill were
given at the time. Some of the fea?
tures of the statement, however, not
reported at the time are of interest:
Gen. Miles said of the bill :
"It is centralization of the most
pronounced type, augments the power
of the staff and, in effect, removes it
further from the touch with the fight?
ing force of the army. The scheme
is revolutionary, casts to the winds,
the lessons of exnerieno and abandons
methods which successfully carried
us through the most memorable war
epochs of our history. * * * The
proposed plan is but an effort to adopt
and foster, in a republican form of
government such as oars, a system
peculiarly adapted to monarchies hav?
ing immense standing armies. It
would serve to Germanize and Rus?
sianize the small army of the United
In addition to that portion of the
statement heretofore published, show?
ing how the President could by pro?
motions make a captain chief of staff
with the grade of lieutenant general,
Gen. Miles said :
"It seems to me you are throwing
the door wide open for a future auto?
crat or a military despot. It is not,
in my judgment, in accordance with
the principle and theory of democratic
government and for the best interests
of the army, which has existed more
than a hundred years and fulfilled all
your requirements, to adobpt such a
Charlottesville, Va., March 23.
Passenger train No. 38 northbound cn
the Southern railroad, was wrecked by
a landslide at Covesville, 15 miles
south of here at 4.15 o'clock this morn?
ing. The train was 40 minutes late
and running at an unusual rate of
speed. The engine was ditched and
six coaches completely destroyed by
fire. The loss of mail was the greatest
in the history of southern railroading.
Nicholas Lown, a Pullman car porter,
and also an unknown tramo were kill?
HOW GATES FOOLED THE BEG?
They are telling a story on John W.
Gates." It is that the other night he
had eluded the swarm or beggars that
hover around the Holland House, the
Waldorf-Astoria, Delmonico's and
Sherry's. Later he was accosted by a
particularly insolent beggar, so very
daring and aggressive that he promised
to be interesting. Mr. Gates dug down
into his pocket, jingled some coins
and pulled out a quarter. This he
gave to the beggar.
" You're a nice one, you are, " said
the mendicant. "You'd spend that
many dollars for a luncheon, and you
give a man in hard luck that chicken
"Excuse me," said Mr Gates. "Give
me that back." He reached into his
pocket as if to draw out a larger coin,
and the beggar expectantly handed
back the quarter.
Mr. Gates put it in his pocket,
remarking that it would be useful for
a tip and walked into the lobby of the
According to the story the beggar
now takes his hat off every time he
sees Mr, Gates. Incidentally Mr.
Gates denies the story. But it is one
of those that aie going tho rounds in
happy Wall Street.-New York Times.
Hew York Cotton Market.
Corrected daily by I. H. Moses, Cot?
ton Merchant, Member N. Y. Cot?
ton Exchange. Orders promptly
executed. Sumter, S. C.
The New York cotton market open?
ed easy at 3 to 4 points decline, but
soon regained the loss on general buy?
ing for both accounts. Prices ruled
steady, 8.65 being bid for May at II
o'clock. News from Fall River and
Lowell i about this time), saying the
Union men in the mills had decided
on a general strike, broke prices
sharply. We can see no reason for a
higher market until these labor ques?
tions are settled. Liverpool is ex?
pected to be lower in the morning.
Market closed barely steady at a net
decline of 12 to 13 points.
March, 8.65-6S S. 63-64
April, 8.65-67 8.60-62
May, 8.58 8.50-51
Jurie, S. til-02 8.53-55
July, 8.64 8.55
August, S.44 S.:i">
New York spots S's
Receipts todav 12,336. Last year,
MONEY TO INVEST.
Capitalists Wish to Put lt In a
South Carolina Railroad.
Chairman J. C. Wilnora of the
State railroad commission has receiv?
ed the following letter from Roberts^
Blair & Co., 52-56 Broadway, New
York, which may be of interest to
Dear Sir : In view of yonr knoweldge
of and familiarity with all the rail?
roads in your State, we are induced to
address you and state that we have
money which we would not be adverse
to investing in independent short lines
-roads from 25 to 200 miles in length.
This proposition contemplates a
road which is already paying, or one
which can be shown can be made to
pay by extension, connection, or traffic
In entertaining an investment by
purchase, loan or otheriwse, the local
business and the resources of the terri?
tory through which the road runs
would be an important factor to con?
sider, and coal and mineral tonnage
would be regarded with great favor.
If therefore, you have in mind any
road which would meet the conditions
which we have outlined, we would
esteem it a great favor to be] put in
correspondence with the interested
Bespeaking your kind offices as an
intermediary in this matter, and
thanking you in advance for any at?
tention which you may give to this
subject, we are, etc :
Any one desiring to communicate
with the firm referred to may do so?
Hurled to His Death in the Orr
Mill at Anderson-He Came
Anderson, March 24.-As a result of
an accident at the Orr Mill this after?
noon Hugh H. Scott, a machinist and
engineer, lost his life. Scott was sent
here several weeks ago by the Westing
house-Church-Kerr Company to super?
intend the erection of the new 1,000
horse power engine. Steam was turn?
ed on the engine for the first time i to?
day and Scott was standing by watch?
ing its movements. He stepped up on.
the base to oil a bearing when his foot
slipped and he fell into the rapidly
moving fly-wheel. He was whirled
around and hurled to the opposite side
of the engine. He was horribly crush?
ed and mangled, both legs being
broken ana* the lower part'of his body
Notwithstanding his injuries he was
conscious when assistance reached
him and wrote the name of a relative
in Michigan to whom he wished a tele?
gram sent. He was brought up town
and carried to a room in the Chiquola'
hotel. The accident occurred at 4.40?'
this afternoon and he died at 9.40 to?
night. Scott was about 40 years old
and was from Brooklyn, where he has
a family. He was a Mason and his
remains are being cared for by mem?
bers of that order. They will be ship?
ped north tomorrow.-The State.
CHARLESTON PRIZE FIGHT.
Charleston, March 23.-J. C. Jan
don wired Harry Beecher, sporting
editor of the New York American and
Journal, today offering a guaranteed
purse of $25,000 in cash or 70 per cent
of the gross gate receipts to have the
20-round glove contest between Jeffries
and Fitzsimmons on May 15th, pulled
off on the grounds of the South Caro?
lina Interstate and West Indian ex?
position here. If the offer is accepted
an arena with a seating capacity of"
20,000 will be erected at once.
The people of Charleston are enthu?
siastically in favor of the scheme, and
it is understood that all the local and
State authorities have been communi?
cated with and have y i ven their con?
sent. The boxing contest would not
I be under che direct patronage or aus
! pices of the exposition company, but
that enterprise has declared through
its board of directors that if it can be
I brought here it will be more than
willing to furnish an arena for it.
Mr. Jaudon will leave here for New
York tomorrow afternoon to confer
personally with Bob Fitzsimmons land
to post 85,000 as a guarantee of good
PROSPECTS OF COTTON.
New York, March 22.-The cotton
market closes tonight at 25 points
below the highest figures reached dur?
ing the course of the present bull
movement. The decline has been the
result of selling on the part of over?
loaded buQ operators, in conjunction
with bearish attacks made by those
whose purpose it is to profit through
the unwisely extended accounts o
weak speculators. To me it seems that
the decline had run its course. The
following, are the cold facts of the
situation : Spot cotton throughout the
South is selling above the equivalent
of New York prices and at very nearly
the highest prices of the season : con?
sumption is practically the largest on
record ; the reports of exhaustion that
reach me from the South are from
people who cannot be untruthful, and
ahe prospect of the gravest cotton
famine the world has ever known is
none the less definite because pri?es
have reacted 25 points. The statistical
situation tonight is as follows: Re?
ceipts today are 17,000 bales: exports
are 44,000 bales. Net stocks at Jthe
United States ports tonight are 624.
(XX) : stocks at the interior towns are
444,000 bales. The amount of cotton
to come in sight, if the crop is 10,
000,000 bales, is'900.000. Total avail?
able supply in America is 1,968,000.
The minimum requirements from this
supply for American ?nd Canadian
consumption to the end of the season
are 1,1500,000: for export 1,300,000.
Necessary stocks at the end of the
season, 150,000: total, 3,050,000. With
an American crop of 10,000,000 bales,
therefore, we are face to face with an
actual deficiency of 1,000,000 bales
I of cotton in the supply. Under these
I circumstances there seems to be no
reason to anticipate any further decline
in the market. 1 take this mode of
replying to the many telegrams that
I have received, and to advise people
who own cotton to hold it, and those
who are prepared to trade in it to buy
it. Theodore H. Price.
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