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.TIE ?ST METIS Ili
Candidates For the Various Offices
Speak in Suinter.
THEY NUMBER THIRTY-FIVE.
Gol. Heyward Makes a /ine Impression
?Co]. Tiff man Has Something to Say
About His ?ontroversy W?th Editor
Gonza?es- -The Other Speakers.
The candidates for State offices as
sembled yesterday on the stage of the
Opera House, where the initial meeting
of the campaign was held, at 11 o'clock
the hour appointed for the meeting to
begin* but the audience gathered slow
ly and the meeting was not called to
order by County Chairman J. M.
Knight until 1L15, at which time
there were not over 200 persons in the
Opera House, exclusive of the 35 can
In calling the meeting to order
Chairman Knight announced that the
candidates for Governor wouid first
address the audi?nee, the "speakers
being called on in alphabetical order.
The candidates for this officer? ve been
limited to 30 minutes each. As thei
first speaker, he introduced Hon.. Mar- j
tin F. Ansel, of Greenville.
Mr. Ansel, after expressing his
pleasure in addressing for the first
time a Sumter eudience, gave a
brief outline of his public service?as
a member of the Legislature *nd as So
licitor of the Eighth Judicial Circuit.
He said that there were many issues
of importance -that he coald discuss,
bnt he woujd confine himself to a few
only. One of the planks- of the plat
form he would advocate would be for
the State to take care of the old sol
diers. Another wouid be to: advocate
the support of and improve the schools
of the State, for the " children of the 1
country must be educated. Education
is the question, the burning issue, of
. the day. ' Having been deprived"of the'
privileges and advantages of a college]
education, he could fully realize the ne
cessity for the%better education of all
children, especially those who have to i
be content with a common school edu
He said he was also a friend of good,
roads,, and in his opinion the good j
roads "movement is a living question of [
the day. It would bera_gooa..idea Jor
the national government to turn out
some of its great, jreserye, for building I
roads. The convicts should be put to.
building r?a?ls-^r?nglwut the State.
He favors the dispensary and if elect
ed will^do his full duty as Governor
to enforce it, and in aft ?^^r matters
will do his duty,, in,...fee,,fear of noj
man. * J| '.? ?
CAPT. OT ?:: HEYWARD.
"When Capt. D. C. Heyward was in
troduced he,was grouted with vigorous
handclapping. He said t?b'at; he fiad
come to Sumter in the nope f making
friends, but he was glad'to find that
he . already had some. .He ; was- no
stranger in Sumter, it was irne, bat
he came today : in a different capacity ;
ifi" teiii#CTW!iiiiffiWitfiiii >T7/%<
came, as a candidate for Governor of
South Carolina. He was making the
campaign on his merits, and if he
could not be elected on his merits he
did not want the office. He would not
: make a campaign of slander and vitu
peration, for he did not propose to. en
deavor to attain office by reflecting
upon the characters of the > gentlemen
opposed to him.
He was heart andsoulin favor of a!.
measures that would build up tibe peo-j
pie of the Stat?v-ind?istnally - ami mj
every other way. The dispensary law
he regarded as a settled issue,' and
there was no need to discuss it save
' to say that iie regarded it as the .best
solution of the liquor eues?on. yet de
vised* if properly eiiiorcedVr and" "h?
coald as Governor enforce it fearlessly
He declared himself to be a Demo
crat, a parttj&nan, and supmfed and
Hav^ cleared :h ;ield of general
questions for, strictly speaking,
they are- n?t^?ssxree iir^a State cam
paign, he took up the questions
he conceived to be the real issues of
On the chi^d labor question he de-c|
ciaxed his opposition to children work'-,
ing in cotton mills. He favored the
enactment of a law to regulate child
labor in cotton mills that would be of
gradual effect in respect to the age of-j
children to be permitted to work i
the mills. He did not desire the
enactment of a drastic law that would
cripple at oae blow the. great cotton
He took strong ground in favor of
education by the State. All colleges
should be liberally provided for and
the common schools should be more
liberally supported, so that they can*
properly perform the great work they
nave to do. He hoped to see South
CaroHna lead t!ie Southern States ini
having a complete system of public
He amplified the argument in favor
of good roads, showing'the present
neeos and the benefits that would fol
low the building of goods roads
throughout the Statei ' He had been
one of the original good roads advo
cates in the State and had made a
speech on that subject before the first
good roads convention ever held in
He favors the drainage of swamps
and lowlands. South Carolina is a
small State and needs every foot of
land that can be brought into- profit
able cultivation. He heartily favors
biennial sessions of < the Legislature, !
for he sees no necessity for annual ses
sions, which are a source of heavy ex
pense to the taxpayers.
He is opposed to the trusts, and if
it shonld be his good fortune to be
elected Governor he will be watchful
and will do his full duty to protect
the interests of the people.
He was still discussing the trust
question when his time was called.
He was given enthusiast! capplause
when he closed, and his speech
througjiput was punctuated by ap
Vv. JASPER ALBERT.
Congressman W. J. Talbert said, in
opening his speech, that he had a
text, but as bis friend, Mr. Heyward,
had accused him of taking some of
his thunder, he was almost ^afraid to
begin, for Mr. Heyward had taken
exactly the positions he had ontlined
at the Donnalds meeting on Satur
day, where he had made the first
In the ontset, he wonld state his
idea of the motives that should
actuate any man who aspires to public
office. No man shonld offer as a candi
date for an office of trust unless he is
determined to discharge the duties of !
the office honestly and fearlessly,
without bias or hope of reward save in
to the consciousness of a duty faithful
ly performed and the approbation of
the people. He said he hoped not to I
see the day that the non-possession j
of money would be an embargo upon ?
election to office. He has such con
fidence in the people of South Carp
i lina that he had no hesitation in
declaring that he did not believe
there was a white man in the State
to whom a cnrrupt office-seeker would
dare offer money for his vote.
He opposes trusts and the exaction
of corporate greed, and favors laws to
restrict and regulate all corporations.
He is friendly to capital and invites
it to come amongst us for investment.
But capital should be satisfied with
the protection of the just laws of
our State. We should see that capital
is protected in all its rights and we
should give it exact justice.
As to "Commercial Democracy, " he
said he had no respect for the man or
men who would come among us in the
disguise of a Democrat and preach Re
publicanism and the doctrines fostered
by the trusts and- "monopolies. Such
a man had no more^nght amongst our
people than the midnight assassin.
He would have nothing to say about
ocr junior Senator, for he is dead
He discussed the question of the
relation of labor and capital and the
Horse Creek .-lockout as an outgrowth
of this matter. He favors good roads
and believes in building them by
township taxation, so that the people
of each community shall have the right
to say how much they shall :pay for
building roads. . , j
He would not take away a single
.brick or stone from any college; in
the,State, and favored supporting all
of these institutions with liberality,
but was especially in favor of the im
provement of the common schools.
He* wants to see the common schools
so improved and developed that every
white boy and girl in the State can
get a good education without ever
going to college.
He does not believe in taxing a white
man to educate negro children. The
tax white men pay. should go to the
- support of schools for vanite children
and taxes paid by negroes should go
. to schools for negroes. ...
The dispensary law he sincerely be
lieved to be -the best possible, solution
of the. liquor'- question." He believed ?
in tb^ ?awj' and it should 'be enforced
in Charleston,. Columbia and Sumter,
and ail other places.
~ He closed with an eloquent tribute
to the,, ^old.Confederate soldiers, and
declared his undying belief . in the
principles "for whlbh tney bought and
died. They should be cared for in
their old age. ,.
- JAMES H. TILLMAS.
Lieutenant Governor X H. ' Tillmaa,
also a candidate for Governor, said he
was amused at the emphasis with
wkich all of the distinguished speakers
who had preceded -him dwelt upon the
.question, oX -good roads.. - He favored ;
good roads, as all men do, but was op
posed to taxing the people to build
them while the people are already
From the speech of the other candi
date from Edgefield (CoL Talbert)
one would form the conclusion that he
is a candidate for United States Sen
ator, else why dwell so long upon the
question of -trusts? But if he is so op
posed to trusts, why did he of his own
volition leave his seat, in Congress, to
which he^faas been elected for ten
years without opposition, when by
remaining there he could have rend r
?d his people some service against the
trusts? ,He is not opposed to office
holding, but favors a time limit, for
some of the candidates have held office
for so long that when they come to
die they will in the hereafter come
out as candidates for office from force
of habit His opponent, CoL T?lrt,
ha? bem holding office since before he
He favors a law to regulate ehild
labor in c?^ton mills. %'
Se has' srway? &v?red~ liberal pen ?
sion for old soldiers, and believes that
every needy old soldier should be pro
vided for, but does not favor . a sol
THE STATE VS. TILLMAN.
He said that he would now discuss,
for the last time, he hoped, a matter
that all would find more interesting.
He would now devote some time to his
Cuban subject. He reviewed the ease
of N. G. Gonzales and The State
(newspaper) vs. James H. Tillman,
Lieutenant Governor, in the matter of
the now notorious ruling, by the said
Tillman, while President of the Sen
ate, that a motion to indefinitely post
pone was not debatable, and the con
troversy^ growing out of it Mr. Till
man said that he appealed to the
record, and read from the Senate jour
nal the statement he bad spread on the
journal as a matter of personal privi
lege. The editor of The State in his
attack had placed words in his (Till
man's) mouth that he had never utter
ed, and, instead of going to the rec
ord, had appealed to his own paper,
and his four column review yesterday
of The State's exhibits, taken from
The State, was merely a renewal of
the attack previously made. He was
willing to be judged by the record,
and the Senate journal should be
placed in the balances and weighed
against the exhibits taken from The
State. He had been charged with
falsifying the record and making false
statements concerning the opinion of
Speaker Henderson of the United
States House of Representatives and
President pro tern. Frye of the United
State Senate. He had never stated
that these gentlemen had sustained his
ruling, and the Senate journal would
show that he had made no such state
A PERSONAL MATTER.
It lias been asserted in this connec
tion that he had treated the Senators
with discourtesy. In answer to this
charge he would call upon members of
the Senate present and let them say
whether or not he had treated them
with discourtesy. He called on Sena
tor Caughman, of Saluda, and Sena
tor Sharp?, of Lexington, both of
whom said he had not. He then call
ed on Senator Manning, who replied :
"You never treated me, personally,
I with discourtesy,"?with emphasis on
Returning to The State and Gon
zales matter, he said that he now came
to a matter that was filled w;th sad
memories of personal sorrow and
bereavements. Reading a report of ?
the Donnalds meeting in the News and
Courier, he found the statement that
his father, the late Col. George D.
Tillman, never had a more loyal and
devoted friend than this same Editor
Gonzales! In reply to this he had .only
to say that Gonzales had ofttimes
protested his friendship to Col. Till
man, but he (the speaker) firmly believ
ed that Gonzales always had an object
in view. Gonzales had supported Col.
Tillman in his last race for Congress
against Col. Tidbert, and for this he
(the speaker) had written Gonzales a
letter, thanking him for his support.
But he believed that Gonzales was
always at heart false and his friend
ship for Col. George D. Tillman was
never more than a pretense. If it
were possible for the spirits of the de
parted dead to return to earth, he
could imagine the expression of proud
scorn and contempt that would be on
his honored father's face while he
repudiated the false claims of loyal
friendship now put forward by this
CoL Tillman was heard with the
most intense interest and the closest
attention was gii ven him throughout
In closing,, he pledged himself, if
elected ^Governor, to discharge the
duties of th? office faithfully and fear
lessly, and would by no act do any
thing dishonorable or discreditable to
his State, his people, his God or him
Dr. W. H. Timmerman, former
Lieutenant Governor, former State
Treasurer and now a candidate for
Governor, was next introduced, and
about one-half of the audience left the
house. Their departure was not in
tended as a mark of disrespect, but
showed lack of interest in what the
speaker might say and that the time
for dinner had come.
Dr. Timmerman's speech was devoid
of interest,, and was mainly filled with
apologies for his deficiencies as an
orator. He reviewed his career and
record as an office-holder and asserted
that by reason of this experience he is
better "qualified than any of h is oppo
nents to discharge the duties, of the
office of Governor. He favors good
roads, the support of State colleges,
the public schools and all educational
institutions. He favored a law to
regulate child labor in mills, because
the State Convention had declared it
self on that measure ; but he would go
a step further than his opponents, for
if the bill becomes a law and for
bids a poor widow woman to hire out
her children, and thus deprive her of
her only means of support, the State
should provide for the support of that
This conclnded the speaking, of the
candidates for Governor.
When the candidates for Govrenor
concluded their speeches the audience
was tired, and quite a number left
before., the lesseer lights had their
Mr. Cloe L. Blesae. of Newberry,.
who had once before appeared as a
candidate for Lieutenant Governor,
spoke for five minutes and gave the
reasons that seemed to him to be suffi
cient to convince the voters that he
was the "properest" man for th?
M? Frank B. Gary, of Abbeville,
made a ? straightforward" talk - and
referred to his . record as Speaker of
the House of Representatives as a proof
of his qualification for the office.
Col. John T. Sloan, of Richland,
mede a regular Fourth of July spread
eagle oration, and if it were possible to
crowd into a five-minutes talk more
complimentary allusions to Sumter
and her people from the earliest times
to the present day Coi. Sloan would
hare been the man to do it.
Mr. U. X. Gunter, Jr., of Spartan
burg,. Assistant Attorney .G?rerai, and
Mri W. F. Stevenson, of Ch^erfield,
Speaker of the House of Rep.'e^enta
tivee for two yeam, were the candi
dates lor Attorney General.
Mr. Gunter asked for the office as ?
reward for hie services in the position
he now holds. He told what he had
done, emphasizing the value of his
work in connection with the school
chart litigation, resulting in the saving
of thousands of dollars to the taxpay
ers; in the Virginia-Carolina anti
trust case and in other matters of ?ke
importance. He asked lor the endorse
ment of the people, because he felt he
was worthy of it and entitled to pro
motion. He impressed his hearers
that he has a high conception of his
own value as a public officer and wish
ed to be taken at this valuation on
STEVENSON IS SARCASTIC.
Mr. Stevenson jumped on his oppo
nent and ridicnled his pretensions in
a merciless but at the same time an
amusing and telling manner. He said
he had never before heard of an assist
ant offiec-holder claiming the right to
succeed his chief and objecting to any
opposition to his office-holding ambi
tion. "Mr Gunter talks about the
effort to take away his job, but I tell
you he has no job that I want, If I
am elected, as 1 expect to be,JMr. Gun
ter may continue to hold the job he
now has. " As to the school chart mat
ter, he would say he was not accustom
ed to advertise himself by publishing
the opinions he wrote, hence the peo
ple did not know that he was the first
man to take the school chart swindle
into court, but the records would
show that as attorney for Chesterfield
County he had gone into court and had
obtained an injunction against the
payment of these fraudulent claims
three months before Mr. Gunter wrote
and published the opinion of which he
now boasted, which opinion merely
followed the line of the argument he
made when he instituted the proceed
ings in court. Throughout his speech
Mr. Stevenson was vigorous, forcible
and sarcastic, and the telling hits
made on the vulnerable and weak
points of his opponent's speech were
seen, appreciated and enjoyed by the
audience. He made a decided impres
sion, and it was generally remarked
that his speech was one of the best of
be day and did not. have the ear-marks
of commonplace monotony so charac
teristic of a majority of the appeals for
votes made by those seeking any of
the other of the minor offices in the
State Treasurer R. H. Jennings,
who has no opposition for re-election,
merely announced his candidacy and
thanked the people of Sumter for the
support given him two years ago.
The candidates for Secretary of State
were Col. J. T. Austin, of Geenville,
J. T. Gantt, of Columbia, and Col.
J'. Harvey Wilson, who spoke briefly.
Col. Wilson said that he had no speech
to make to his own people, who know
his merits and his faults. He had
only to thank them for their unvary
ing kindness and to say to them that
should ho be defeated the defeat would
be robbed of bitterness by the endorse
ment of his home people ; that victory
without their endorsement would be
robbed of all its sweetness.
The other candidates who spoke
were A. B. Martin, of Greenville,
and John J. McMahan, of Columbia,
for Superintendent of Education; N.
W. Brooker, of Columbia, A. W.
Jones, of Abbeville, W. H. Sharpe,
of Lexington, and G. L. Walker, of
Greenville, who want to be Comptrol
ler General; Col. John C. Boyd, of
Greenville, CoL J. D. Frost, Col.
John M. Patrick, of Anderson, and
Mr. George D. Rouse, of Charleston,
aspirants for the Audjutant General
ship; Messrs. James Cansler, B. L.
Caughman, W. Boyd Evans, A. C.
Jepson, H. J. Kinard, John G.
Mobley, H. H. Prince and J. C. Wil
born, candidates for Railroad Commis
The meeting closed at 4.25, after a
continuous performance of more than
five hours. At the end there were less
than a hundred persons in the house,
Early Cotton Bloom.
Mr. T. M. Bradley, of Braun,
Sumter County, sends $he Watchman
and Southron a cotton bloom under date
of June 14, which, he says, is the first
he has noticed in his cotton this
season. This, he says,2makes cotton
in that section two weeks earlier than
it was last year?the first bloom in his
field in 1901 having been on June 28.
Crops generally are reported in good
condition. ? .
Under date of June 16, 10:20 a. m.,
the weather forecast official at Charles
ton issued the following bulletin:
4'The streams at Camden and Che
raw will rise 16 feet to 20 feet during
the next 48 hours. The Congaree, at
Columbia, will rise 15 feet to 20 feet
additional during the next 48 hours."
Band Concert This Evening.
Don't forget that this evening
the band will expect you on the Green,
where you can enjoy yourself and see
your little" ones do likewise. The
music will be first-class and the re
freshments will be refreshing. Come
out and spend the evening with the
boys ; you will enjoy yourself.
For the Tournament.
The Charleston Hose Reel team is
hard at practice for the tournament
which will take place at Sumter June 25
and 26. The team is being trained by
Capt. - T. B. Cplcolough, i for whom
much of the credit for the recent vic
tories are due. The boys are hopeful
of capturing a number of the prizes.-?
Charleston Evening Post.
The Gibson Craze.
We .have had the "ping-pong" shirt-,
waist and cravat, but there has arisen
a decidedly new craze in the "Gibson
cravat and waist." The style has
net yet been introduced in Sumter,
but it is coming,, surely, and is said to
be so thoroughly , fetching that it
bids fair to be quite the rage.
Any white material is employed and
upon the ends of the cravat and down
the front and on the cuffs of .the shirt
waists are "Gibson" heads done , in
Compression of Cotton.
The Board of Railroad Commi sson
er, in their regular weekly meeting at
Columbia on Friday, received a com
plaint from llarby & Co., of Sumter,
protesting against the amount allowed
by the roads to compresses for the
compression of cotton. The commis
sion was assured that this reduction
in compression was the result of bids
on the p?rt of the various companies
to do this work. Upon the result of
this information the decision of the
board was postponed.
Representative Lever's Work.
Congressman Lever has been notified
by wire that the postoffice department
has, upon his recommendation, decided
to establish the free carrier system ? in
the town of Sumter, to take effect on
September 1. Mr. Lever says that
some six or seven rural routes for
Lexington have been favorably report
ed. As soon as these are established
the department will again take up
the matter of rural routes in Orange
burg and Sumter counties.
Three stalks of cotton were left at
this office Saturday by Ben Jones, who
farms on Mrs. Tuomey's Bell Mill
place. The tallest measues 34 inches
and the shortest 23 inches from the first
roots at top of ground to the end of
stalk. Each has 20 forms, the most
developed of which are beginning to
show the bloom. He says he has 50
to 60 acres like the samples brought.
Conductor W. J. Hall Hurt.
Conductor W. J. Hall, of the
Northwestern Railroad, while on the
way to Camden last Thursday night
on tho mixed freight and passenger
train, met with an accident that
narrowly missedhaving a fatal ending.
He was on top of the train just be
fore it reached Rembert's station,
when his head was caught by a tele
He was knocked down and dragged
on the top of the -car for some dis
tance and narrowly escaped being
dragged off. His ear was badly cut by
the wire and his face and head_ were
considerably bruised. He lost bis lan
tern and cap, but ho considers that he
was fotunate in escaping with his life.
Demagogues govern some communi
ties and demijohns [rule others.
SUNDAY SCHOOL ASSOCIATION.
Railroad Rates to Triennial Convention at
Denver, June 26--July 2.
South ern Railwav announces rate
of one fare for the round trip, plus
82 from all points in this territory .to
Denver. Tickets will be sold June
21,-/22 and 23, with final limit leaving
Denver July 31, with privilege of ex
tension to August 31. Parties taking
this trip have an excellent opportunity
of visiting the Grand Canyon, Pike's
Peak, Garden of the Gods, Yellow
stone Park, Salt Lake City and other
points in the West, as reduced rates
will be made for these side trips.
Dr. W. E. Pelham, of Newberry,
State chairman, will be in charge of
the South Carolina delegation, going
via_ Southern Railway to St. Louis, at
which point immediate connections
will l>e made for Denver.
For further information apply to W.
E. McGee, . P. A., Augusta, Ga.,
R. L. Seay, P. & . A., Columbia,
S. C, or R. W. Hunt, D. P. A.,
Charleston, S. C. June 16?6t.
RAZORS IN THE AIR.
Preston Jackson Seriously Cut in a
Preston Jackson, a negro, who lives
on Mr. W. A. Bow^nan's place, seven
miles from this city, was brought to
town Saturday morning in a badly
carved up condition.
His left arm was terribly cut in five
places, the flesh being laid open almost
to the bone. There were also several
wounds on the right arm, but these
cuts were not as deep as those on the
Preston's wife did the carving with
a razor and the condition of Preston's
arm was positive proof of her skill as
a manipulator of a razor. Preston did
puot state the cause of the family jar
that led up to the cutting. In reply to
questions he merely said, "My own
wife did it. ' ' _
BEAUTIFY THE CITY!
Let Sumter Be Gaily Decorated for the
The Firemen's Tournament will be
held within less than two weeks, and
if any effort is to be made to decorate
the, business section of the city in
honor of the occasion 'preparations to
that end should be under way. There
are probably not enough flags and
bunting in town to properly decorate
one store, and if those who expect to
decorate their stores and residences
put off until the last day the purchase
of material they will be disappointed.
The merchants will have to order flags
and bunting if there is a demand for
decorating material, and there is
now none too much time in which to
order and get there in time.
It would be well to have the town
decorated, for it will create a favor
able impression on the many visitors
and contribute mach toward the ? suc
cess of the tournament. The business
men .have put a good deal of money
into the tounament already, and while
it may seem, at firs? glance, to be a
small matter whether or not the city
is decorated, the little things often
count most,, and if the crowds that are
expected come, it would be a pity to
fail to make a good impression.
Every one can afford to spend a little
on decorations, and the d?corations
should be put up.
C?pt.' S. G. Gilbert, for more than
30 years a popular conductor on the
old South Carolina and Georiga road,
has retired from railroad work and is
now in the insurance business in
Mr. D. J. Justice, for a number of
years connected with the mechanical
department of the Atlantic Coast Line,
but more recently with the Seaboard
Air Line, now has a ? good position
with the Louisville and Nashville
The watermelon crop throughout
the melon section along the Southern
railway between Columbia and Savan
nah is reported to be iin fine condition
and a heavy one. The Jmovement of
Florida melons has already begun. In
the next ten days the movement of
Georiga and South Carolina melons
will begin in earnest WSM
The latest method in political
strategy is to have a number of heel
ers to keep in the hand-shaking
process and to tell the people why the
other fellow should not be elected.
Experience that is given away is sel
When the day breaks some men are
too lazy to make use of the pieces.
The American Bell Telephone Com
pany construction corps is camped at
the old C, S. & N. depot and head
quarters will be maintained here for
sometime while the construction of the
long distance lines are being pushed
northward. There are a large number
of men employed on the work and at
present there are between 'fifty and a
hundred in the city. The line was
built from Augusta to this point, fol
lowing the M. & A. R. R. from Den
mark. Leaving the city, the line fol
lows the W., C. & A. track to a point
near the brick yard, where it turns al
most at right angles and strikes the
Moses road at the bend, near the old
To the Democratic Voters of Sumter
Finding that personal interests de
mand it, I take this method of an
nouncing my withdrawal from the race
for County Teasurer in the ensuing
Democratic primary elections.
In making the above announcement,
I cannot refrain from expressing to the
people of Sumter County the deep
sense of gratitude I feel for the con
tinued confidence bestowed on me dur
ing the eight years I will have served
them at the expiration of my term.
In return, it has been my earnest
desire and honest endeavor to show my
appreciation of the honors bestowed
in a practical way by a faithful dis
charge of the official duties and
responsibilities imposed, and my keen
est desire to retire from this office
with the good will and esteem of the
good people of Snmter County.
H. L. Scarborongh.
THE SENATORIAL CAMPAIGN.
Some Features of the Meeting
Held in Columbia.
The initial meeting of the Senator
ial campaign in Columbia was charac
teized by good feeling all aronnd and
the occasion was not marred by a dis
agreeable feature. A notable feature
was the presence of many ladies, who
applauded the speakers liberally.
The speeches all dealt with the lead
ing national issues, following the line
of those delivered last summer. John
Gary Evans's speech touched up
McLaurin, and was the real feature of
the^ meeting. He referred to his own
political record, tossed some stones in
the direction v of Mr. Latimer, and
went for Cuba and the Cubans.
Speeches were made, in the order
named, by Congressman Latimer, D.
S. Henderson, George Johnstone, Con
ressman Elliott, former Congressman
ohn J. Hemphill, ex-Governor John
Gary Evans, Congressman Lever and
his opponent, J. B. McLaughlin," of
Augusta's Gretnsi Green.
Augusta, June 17.?Hamburg, the
Gretna Green of Augusta, is doing
a rushing businses again. Licenses
are required for marriages in this
State and where there are runaway
and hurry-up nnptial affairs they are
usually pulled off with the aid of a
back and a trip across the Savannah.
Last Sunday there were four runaway
knots tied by the judge and yesterday
the total was increased by two more.
Sudden Death in Chicago.
Chicago, June 16.?Genio M. Lamr
bertson, one of the leading lawyers of
Lincoln, Neb., died early Sunday
morning at the Palmer House of heart
disease. Mr. Lambertson came to
Chicago on Saturday and in the af
ternoon witnessed the Chicago-North
wesern University base ball game at
Marshall Field, and in the evening
attended a banquet at the University
of Chicago, and responded to a toast.
In company with his*wife he returned
to the hotel and retired shortly before
midnight, and when Mrs. Lambert-,
son arose Sunday morning she discov
ered her husband was dead.. Under
President Harrison he was assistant
Secretary of the Treasury.
Mr. LeRoy Mitteldorf er, represent
ing the firm of Mitteldorfer & Son,
decorators, of Eichmond, Va., was
in Sumter Monday. His brother,
Mr. M. Mitteldorfer, will be here to
morrow, and those who desire to have
their places of business or residences
decorated, in the highest style, of the
art f?r the forthcoming firemen's
tournament would do well to see Mr.
Mitteldorfer. He can be found at
the Hotel Sumter. He has already
closed several contracts for decora
THROUGHOUT SOUTH CAftOUNJL
Current Events in the Palmetto
State Laconically Recorded.
?"-wiit>'i -? '?' ? - -
?Flat cars on the transportation
systems in' Chesetrfield county are very
scarce. -Box cars are easily obtained,
but there seems to be a scarcity in the
stock of flat cars. Much lumber is
now in the lumber yards in the county,
waiting for cars to remove it.
?The North Augusta hotel structure
over on Hamburg heights is getting
along splendidly. The roof is now on
the west wing. The east wing is above
the second story. All foundations are
in.. Over one hundred ' hands are
daily at work on the building. It wilf
be thrown open to guests on or before
Jan. 1, 1903.
?Fifty thousand dollars.: additional
will be raised for the endowment of
Furman university. Half. ' of it
is already in sight and Presi
dent Montague will at once begin the
canvass for the other half.
?At a meeting of the eity taxpayr
ers of Georgetown, a tax of two mills
was voted for school puposos for the
scholastic year 1902-03.
?The capital stock of the company
which will build a hotel in Abbeville
has reached the sum of $16,000. and
it will be increased to $20,000. A
charter will be secured at once.
?The construction of the new sys
tem of waterworks in Charleston
means the expenditure of more than
a million dollars next year in Charles
ton. The sytem will cost something
above $800,000 and as soon as the work
starts the government will begin the
construction of the naval station and
dry docks. The sum of $657,300 has
been appropriated for the preliminary
work, which will begin at once.
, ?The Adjutant General has sent
forward the requisitions on South Car
lina's quota of uniforms and equip
ments, available from the federal gov
ernment to July 1.
?Though the talk about the proba
ble resignation of Senator McLaurin
is apparently dying out. the Governor
is still receiving letters of advocacy of
certain men who would like to suc
1 ?The candidates for governor, the
United States senate and congress
spoke at Dounalds, Saturday. It was
a pleasant gathering of about 1,500
people, representing the counties of
Abbeville, Anderson, Greenwood,
Laurens and Greenviile. Senator Hen
derson and John Gary Evans were not
?Edmund H. Deas, the Republican
State chairman, has gone to Washing
ton. In view of the fact that the
president has "turned down" McLau
rin and Capers, it is believed the
"organization" will be recognized. It
is said the Republicans are sanguine
as to favorable future developments.
?The deficit of the Charleston Ex
position Companv will amount to
about $450,000, the bulk of the loss
falling upon Capt. F. W. Wagener, the
president, whose loss is estimated at
?Smallpox, which a few weeks ago
was feared might become epidemic in
Camden, has been completely stamped
out. Not a single new case has been
reported and all the old ones are about