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TESTIMONY TAKEN BY GOBONER.
List of the Members of the
Counsel for the State and for James
T?Sman Present, but do not Take
Part in the Examination
Columbia, January 22*?"We, the
jury, find that the deceased, N. G.
Gonzales, .came to his death from a
gunshot wound inflicted by the hand
of James H. Tillman, on the 15th
day of January, A. D., 1903."
This is the verdict of the jury of
inquest that inquired into the cause
of the deafti of Mr. Gonzales. The
jury was made up as follows: Allen
Jones, foreman; Thomas Agnew, G. W.
Floyd, Joseph H. Epstein, T. W.
Robinson, P. H. Lachicotte, W. J.
Keehan, J. W. Gibbes, J. M. Daniels,
E. B. Kawls, W. D. Love, J. L.
Shull, L. T. Levin and E. B. Clark.
There were about a hundred citi
zens in the Court room. The coro
ner's, inquest is simply to inquire into
the cause of death and not to try the
merits of the case. Coroner Green,
therefore, did not undertake to go
into minutiae of the case, but simply
took the evidence of a few who were
most familiar with the case.
Solicitor Thurmond was present, but
took no part in the inquiry, and Gen.
W. Duncan Bellinger, who retires
from the Attorney General's office,
was- present as counsel engaged for
y the prosecution. Mr. Cole L. Blease
was the only counsel for Col. Tillman
present None of the counsel had any
thing to say and the inquiry was con
ducted solely by Coroner Green.
There is.no need to comment on the
evidence that was offered. It is plain
enough and the effort of this corres
pondent has always been to give facts.
The large revolver and the magazine
pistol which did the fatal work were
..exhibited in evidence, and the maga
zine pistol attracted much attention.
The most striking and direct evi
dence taken tonight was that of Sena
tor Thomas Talbird, who was walking
with Col. James H. Tillman when he
Sred. into Mr. Gonzales. His testi
mony is brief and is as follows:
Thomas Talbird, sworn:
Coroner Green: "Mr. Talbird, you
are a Senator?"
"From what county?"
Please state to Mr. Foreman and
the gentlemen of the jury what you
know about this matter.
Senator Talbird: "Governor Till
man and myself started down from
the State House. Governor Tillman
was in the middle, Senator Brown
was on the inside and I was on the
outside. When we got opposite the
transfer station I saw Mr. Gonzales
approaching, coming in the direction
as if going up the street. (Called
down the street in Columbia.) We
were going.down and we were meeting
him. I did sot see him until he was
in about ten or thirteen feet of us.
He had on his overcoat, buttoned up,
and his bands in the pockets of his
"In his overcoat pocket?"
"Yes, sir, both hands in his pockets.
When he approached a little nearer I
heard Governor Tillman say: 'How
are yon, Mr. Gonzales,' or something
to that effect Mr. Gonzales without
paying any attention to the remark,
obliqued to the left as if to pass us
on the inside. I did not notice him
any further until he got nearly on a
line wi th us and I heard the remark
uttered by Governor Tillman, 'I re
ceived your message, and (snapping
fingers) the shot was fired almost si
multaneously with the remark. I
then rushed across the sidewalk to
Mr. Gonzales, I said. 'This thing
must stop.' Got up to his side. My
face was turned to him and my back
was to Governor Tillman, who, I
think went off into the guiley; he
went, in that direction. Mr. Gonzales
then said, ' If he made a step forward'
?I am not sure as to that but that
is my impression?and said: 1 Here I
am finish me.' I then looked across
the street I saw Governor Tillman
walking across the street with a pistol
in bis hand, pointing down : pistol in
his right hand with his eyes turned
jgn~our direction. Mr. Gonzales then
pferned and walked down Meeting street
,and turned up Gervais street, I with
him. After he got on the corner he
turned around and said: 'I am shot in
the stomach send for a doctor." I re
"Did you say Meeting street or
"Ob, Main street, I suppose; I
meant to say Main street. 41 am shot
in the stomch send for a doctor.' I
remarked: 'I do not think you are
shot in the stomach.' I *aid, 'I do
not think so.' He said, 'Yes, I am
shot in the stomach: send for a doctor.'
Two gentlemen came up, one on each
side of him; took his arm and walked
him down to his office."
"Mr. Talbird, about what time in
the day was this?"
"1 would say it was in the neigh
borhood, of 2 o'clock. It may have
been a little before or a little after."
Juror: 4fSenator Talbird, you say
you saw Mr. Gonazles with his hands
in his overcoat pockets?"
Juror: "Did you see any part of bis
hard outside of his coat pocket?"
"I do not particularly notice that; I
did not notice it I was looking more
at his face than at bis hands. I was
not expecting anything." *
Juror: "When Mr. Tillman said,
"Howdy <k>, Mr. Gonazles, he walked
? "He took no notice of it; he ob
liqued to t ie left' "
?Juror: "At that time were you still
on the outside?"
"Yes, sir, I was still on the out
Juror: "He was next to Mr. Gon
zales?Governor Tillman was next to
"Of course, I do not know. My im
pression at the time was that Senator
Brown, was on the inside, but he
claims that he dropped back."
Juror: "Senator, when yoa say Gov
ernor Tillman, do you mean Lieuten
ant Governor Tillman?James fJ. Tili
Juror: "Have you ever noticed Mr.
Gonzales walkjng along the street at
other times with his hands in his
pockets?that is his habit?"
"I think that is his habit, sir, but
I do not recollect. That is the first
time I have met him since I have been
Juror: "Senator, one of the jurors
wants to know, when you turned
around and looked at Mr. Gonzales,
did he still have his hands in his
"That is my impression."
Juror: "After the pistol was fired?"
"After the pistol was fired. Of
course, that is an impression."
Juror: "Did you hear any remark
of Mr. Gonzales after the shot?"
"He did not make any remark."
The first witness in regular order
was Clerk of Court J. Frost Walker,
who was sworn.
Coroner Green: 1' Mr. Walker, what
position do you hold in Rich land
"Clerk of the Circuit Court."
"Have any pistols been turned over
"Where did you get them from?"
"The sheriff delivered them to me,
sir; said they were ( pistols that
had been surrendered by Col. Till
"It is customary is it not, for you to
have those in youi possession?"
"They are usually turned over to
"Show them to the jury."
(Mr. Walker shows pistols to the
jury and explains their working.)
"That pistol is loaded."
Juror:" That is an ordinary Colt's
'Yes, sir, and it is loaded all
The Coroner: "Mr. Walker, wb.pt
was the condition of that pistol when
it was first received by you?"
"When it was handed to me it was
loaded. There were five balls in the
magazine and there was one ball in
the chamber of the pistol, which I
"When the magazine pistol was
handed to you it was loaded?"
"How came you to take them out?"
"I took all out. I took five out of
the magazine and one out of the cham
"Mr. Walker, was the ball turned
over to you?"
"A ball that had been shot from a
pistol was turned over to me by the
"Is this the ball. Mr. Walker?"
'That is the ball, sir."
"You do not know where that ball
came from, dp you?"
"1 do not know where it came
"Well, Mr. Walker, I will ask you
to explain that to the jury."
(Mr. Walker explains to the jury.)
Juror: "How is that pistol fired?"
"I cannot tell. There was no empty
shell in it when I opened it.
Juror: "On what date were they
"Turned over to me on the day after
After Mr. Walker gave his evidence
the next witness was Senator George
W. Brown, of Darlington, who swore:
'1 After the session of the Senate on
this day it occurred?"
"You remember the date?"
"My recollection of it is Thursday,
the 15th, but I am not sure. I think
so. I went to the judiciary meeting
for an hour perhaps. After that meet
ing was over I passed through the cor
ridor of the State House to the en
grossing department, having some busi
ness there. On. the way to the en
grossing department I saw Senator
Talbird in the corridor, and I think I
told him to wait for me. I was going
down. 1 was in the engrossing depart
ment, bnt a short time and went over
to the House to see if one of my
Honse colleagues who rooms with me
had gone down, and found that he had
gone. This is practically unimport
"You went over to the House for a
"Yes, sir; and when I came back
through the corridor, Senator Talbird
joined me, and as we got to the steps,
coming down to the sceond floor, Sen
ator Tillman joined us."
Juror: "Senator Tillman, or Gov
"Governor Tillman I should say.
We walked down together. When we
reached the first building on the right
?on the right side of Main street
coming down, or up, whichever you
may call it?coming toward the busi
ness portion of the town. I heard some
one behind and turned my head and
recognized a lady friend of mine, whom
I had known all my life."
"Was that on the right hand side of
the street walking this way?"
"On the right hand side, and as I
did not have any special engagement
with the other gentlemen did not even
excuse myself. When I recognized her
I turned my body with the view of
dropping back and walking with her.
My body had completely turned and I
had probably taken one step towards
her when the pistol fired. I had no
idea who had fired the pistol. I had
not seen Mr. Gonzales at all. This
lady friend of mine was terrified by it
and began to run out in the middle of
the street. My entire attention was
directed to her. I did not even look
back. I called to her, three or four
times perhaps, to come to me and was
at the same time advancing toward
her. When I got up to her she was
out in the middle of the street. I took
her by the arm and carried her on the
opposite side of the sidewalk. When
I got on the sidewalk, then, for the
first time, I turned my head and look
ed to see if I could find what had hap
pened?what the trouble was. Up to
that time, I had no idea?well, I had
no idea at all, nothing to suggest what
bad happened. When I got her on the
opposite side of the street she was still
in a very high state of excitement and
I looked around, as I stated, to see if
I could find what this pistol-firing
meant, because I had seen no pistol.
I saw Mr. Gonzales across the street?
I think perhaps be was a foot or two
round the corner?with two gentle
men, one on each side, holding him.
Of course, I did not know what that
meant, and it is not for mo to specu
late about this matter. I just give
you, gentlemen, the facts as I saw
them, and you can form your own
conclusions. Of course, seeing Mr.
Gonzales, I need not tell what con
clusions I drew. That has nothing to
do with it. I carried this lady on up
"What time of day was that?"
"I would say about 2 o'clock: that I
is, to the best of my recollection."
"You said you looked aronnd after
I you went across tbe street. How long
"I looked around after I got her on
tbe other side of the street."
"How'long was that?"
"It is a matter of speculation. It
must have been a very short time. I
hurried to get hold of her and then I
harried to get her out of what she
seemed to think imminent danger."
Juror: "Did you turn around and
go back towards the State House to
meet this Isdy?"
"Oh, ves, sir: she was behind me."
"Yes, sir: I had to turn my body
entirely. I heard something; I do not
know what it was; there was some
thing behind me, and I turned my
head and my body and I recognized
her as a boyhood friend."
"Yon turned backwards?"
"I think I had taken only one step
when the pistol fired."
Juror: "What direction were you
walking?what was your position?"
"I was on the inside of the street;
Senator Talbird was in the middle
and Governor Tillman was on the out
"Then you stepped back?"
"Yes, sir; I never paid any atten
tion to these gentlemen any more. I
was dropping back to walk up the
street with this lady."
"Had you all passed the corner of
that building when you dropped back
or had you?were you in front of the
first building when you dropped
"I could only give you, gentlemen,
my impression about that. My im
pression is?this is a motor house."
"Transfer station. My impresison
is, and what I'believe is, that we had
reached in front of that door or right
between the door and the corner; I
am not certain about that."
"Did you notice Governor Tillman
after that?" .
"When I looked back I was on tbe
opposite side of the street with this
lady. I saw Governor Tillman cross
the street, rather in the direction in
which t had gone."
" ,?7hat was his attitude?"
"Well, sir; it was hard to say. My
attention was engaged with the excite
ment that this lady was under. My
impression was that he had the pistol
in his hand, hanging down by his
"Was he backing off, or was he
backing away from the scene of the
trouble or was he walking away?"
"Well, I think he was walking
rather sideways; probably, yes, I
rather think so. Before the shooting
I heard absolutely nothing to attract
my attention. There was absolutely
nothing. There was a certain rever- i
beration that is caused from shooting
a pistol close to a wall. I did not
know whether the pistol had been
shot on my right or left or behind me,
and I never stopped to see who fired it
when I saw the condition of this
"You think the firing was done
about opposite to that building; about
opposite to the door?"
"Well; in my recollection, as well
as I remember, it was between the
door and the first corner."
"Certailny colse to the well?"
"It must have-been between you
and Senator Talbird?"
"That is a matter of reasoning. I
do not know anything about it. I
never saw the firing."
James F. Sims, white, sworn:
"Well, on the day that this occur
red, I was coming up Gervais street
crossing from the City Hall to the
"What day was that?"
"That was on Thursday."
"Do you remember the day of tne
"The loth, about 2 o'clock."
"Then the time was about 2 o'clock
in the day?"
"About 2 o'clock, yes. It might
have been a little before or a little
after. I was crossing from the City
Hall to the transfer station, and be
fore I got to the sied walk I noticed
Governor Tillman and the two gentle
men coming from the State House up
Main street. Governor Tillman and
the two gentlemen passed just ahead
of me. About that time I heard a
pistol shot. I looked around and saw
Governor Tillman with a pistol in
his hand?right hand. 1 then recog
nized Gonzales, who stumbled or fell
against the extreme corner post of the
transfer station; that is, the corner
post of Gervais street. He turned the
corner then with one or both hands to
his side. I do not know whether he
had both or not. I stepped up and
asked him if he was hit. He said,
'Yes.' I then asked liim what he want
ed me to do, and he said he wanted to
go home. I steadied him for a minute,
a second, rather, and went to tbe cor
ner to look for a hack, but did not see
one. Joined Mr. Gonzales again. Mr.
LaMotte came up about that time,
and we helped him to The State office.
The shooting took place between the
corner of the building and the door of
the transfer station on the east side of
Main street. My attention was first
attracted by the shot; the report of the
pistol; and as I looked up I heard Gov-'
eronr Tillman say: 'I received your
Mr. Sims: "Did you hear Lieuten
ant Governor Tillman speak after the
firing or before it?"
"It must have been after, fo rl did
not notice the men. at all until after I
heard the shot."
"Then you heard the remark?"
'I heard the remark. It might have
been just as the shot was fired. I
heard the remark. It certainly?"
"No; I did not know a thing about
it until after I heard the shot."
J. F. Sims swore that his attention
was first attracted by the report of the
pistol and that he heard at about the
same time Tillman say: "I received
your message. " He emphasiized that
the pistol snot first attracted his atten
tion. Clerk Walker has the custody
of the pistols and the bullet that pass
ed through Mr. Gonzales's body and
they were exhibited.
LaMotte's testimony bore chiefly on
incidents occurring immediately after
the shooting, when he went to Mr.
Gonzales's assistance. Dr. Knowlton
read a technical report of the result of
the autopsy, which has been publish
ed substantially. He expressed the
opinion that the shot was fired at close
range and rather from tbe side than
from the front.
Tillman has made no statement.
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SOUTH CAROLINA'S SHAME.
Comments of the Press On the
Assassination of Editor Gon
zales by Lieutenant Gov
Tiilmanism has again brought the
State of South Carolina into con
tempt. The lieutenant governor of
the State, Tillman by name, armed
himself with two revolvers and went
ont for blood. He was at enmity
with Editor Gonzales, of the Colum
bia State, but the provocation was
old, and so the act of the lieutenant
governor was deliberate. He violated
the law first of all when he went out
on the streets with concealed weap
ons in his pocket. Then meeting
his enemy on the public streets, a
courageous, unarmed man, he fired
upon him with a view of taking his
life. He shot a hole through the edi
tor's body, and was about to shoot
again, bat his nerve seemed to fail
him when Gonazles looked him in
the face and called him a coward and
dared him to fire another bullet.
Tiilmanism has been a blight upon
this noble State from the day that
it showed its ugly head. It is sur
prising to us that the good people of
the State do not rise up in their
might and crush it, and retire every
man of the name from public life.?
The spectacle of the lieutenant gov
ernor of a State, after assassinating
an unarmed victim on the public
streets, trembling in prison lest he be
lynched is indeed edifying. ' Apart
from the horror of the tragedy at Co
lumbia, which casts deep discredit
upon the State, it is important to
note that the commonwealth now pre
serves on its statute books a law which
forbids the carrying of concealed
weapons. Yet here was the second
officer in the state, presiding officer of
its highest legislative body, himself
a participant in the great law-making
process, armed with two deadly weap
ons and using one of them with mor
tal effect. Are the makers of the laws
immune from their operation.?Wash
The shooting of Editor Gonzales by
Lieutenant Governor Tillman at Co
lumbia, is regarded as atrocious even
for South Carolinian standards, since
prompt measures had to be taken to
prevent the lynching of the prisoner.
What is wanted next is a fair trial of
Tillman and a legal punishment?execu
tion by hanging if Gonzales dies, im
prisonment for a term of years if he
recovers. But .we doubt whether
either penalty will be inflicted. Seve
ral years ago the most distinguished
editor in the State a man of high
character, was assassinated in Charles
ton in broad daylight by a man whose
degraded propensities had been inter
fered with by the editor, not in the
columns of his newspaper, but in the
course of his duty - as a citizen. The
assassin received no adeqaate punish
ment. If this murderer had been hang
ed, as he richly deserved to be, Gon
zales would probably have been able
to walk the streets of Columbia with
out danger of falling by a coward shot,
and Tillman would not now be in need
of protection against lynchers.?New
The shooting of Editor Gonzales by
Lieutenant Governor Tillman at Co
lumbia was a most deplorable affair
from every standpoint. Without pre
suming to go into the merits of the
controversy that led up to it, the deed
within itself, was cowardly and despi
cable. There is no provocation that
justifies a man in shooting in cold
blood an unarmed, defenseless fellow
being. And, again, a man holding the
second highest office in the gift of the
State, sworn to preserve and enforce
the law, went armed, in defiance of
the law.?Charlotte News.
The attack and attempted murder
and probable assassination of Editor
Gonazles, of the Colubmia State, by
Lieutenant Governor James H. Till
man, of South Carolina, is the legiti
mate product of Tiilmanism. The
nephew James, with his long range
pistol, and his shorter range, No. 38,
is the more up-to-date, as compared to
Uncle Ben, the United States senator
from South Carolina, with his "pitch
fork" of blasphemy and vituperation.
The one, cowardly shoots an unarmed
man, the other may net take life but
incites to desperate action, and leaves
the trail of the serpent, to breed dis
cord and disaster.?New Bern Journal.
All the accounts of the deplorable
affair tend to show that the murderous
assault was premediated?not only
premediated, but the most suitable
time chosen when the assassin would
be in least danger of any bodily harm
to himself by reason of his intended
victim being prepared to act in self
South Carolina has a splendid oppor
tunity to turn a new page in the vin
dication of her good name and the
law by meting out to Tillman the full
X^enalty for his crime. ' If the slayer
of Gonzales had been a negro he would
have been hanged without the form
ality of a trial.?Louisville Courier
We are satisfied Tillman's deed was"
premeditated, it was not a case of
sudden heat and passion which
would entitle him to a recommenda
tion of mercy, but a cold-blooded act
with murder as its intent, and pur
The whole South mourns for Gon
zales of South Carolina, the brave
and chivalrous editor who was a
martyr to his principles. It is a shame
that he should have been so brutally
murdered, and especially by an officer
of State government, whoso sworn
duty it was to keep the peace and up
hold the law.
We have not heard Mr. Tillman's
defense, and as he is to be tried in a
court of justice, we shall not say that
he deserves to be hung. But we do
say, and all lovers of justice and all
defenders of law and order say that
he should be held to strict account,
that he should receive the full pen
alty of the law according to the evi
dence, and that he should not be
shielded by testimony or political in
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THE WOOEMEN BANQUET.
The Installation of Officers of. Hollywood
Camp W. of W. and the Annual Ban
quet?Two Hundred Woodmen
The annual meeting of Hollywood
Camp, No. 19, Woodmen of the World, j
at which the officers elected to serve
during 1903 were installed with full ;
form and ceremony in accordance with
the ritual of the order, was held in
the Camp Hall Wednesdy night. There \
was a large attendance of Woodmen,
nearly 200 of the camp membership
Following the installation and busi
ness meeting the annual banquet was
served in the Ducker & Bultman hall,
where tables were laid for the large
number of W7oodmen and a few invited
guests of the Camp.
The hall and the tables were taste
fully decorated for the occasion and
an abundance of substantial as well
as dainties and delicacies were pro
vided to tempt the appetite of the
sturdy Woodmen. The banquet was
prepared and served under the direc
tion of the ladies of the First Baptist
Church, and thej^succeeded in furnish
ing a most satisfactory a^d thoroughly
enjoyable repast and their manage
ment of the entire affair cannot be too
highly praised. It was no small un
dertaking to prepare and serve a ban
quet for two hundred men, and to
make of it a complete success, is to
Only four regular toasts were pro
posed by Mr. L. I. Parrott, the chair
man of the committee of arrange
ments and master of ceremonies. The
responses were in keeping with the
occasion and responsive to the senti
ments proposed. The speeches were not
lengthy, yet much was said that was
well considered and worthy of recol
lection. The toasts were as follows:
Holly Wood Camp?May it stand
always upon the broad principles of
true fraternity. Con. Com. C. M.
^ Our Country?By the wisdom and
devotion of her statesmen, may she be
safely guided past all dangers, and
become forever the world's beacon
light of genuine liberty. Hon. H.
Our State?Let her tragic past he our
glory: her present hopes our inspira
tion, and her future destiny our chief
concern. Col. J. M. Knight.
Our Homes?The basis of our civil
ization?The source from which must
come those virtues that make a great
people. Rev. J. H. Thacker. \
Everybody's Magazine begins most
appropriately with an article on
India?"The Courts of the Rajahs."
This is apropos of the great "durbar"
at Delhi. Both text and illustrations
are graphic exponents of the India of
the past and the India of today.
Justus Miles Forman's exquisite love
story, "Journeys End," is concluded:
Alfred Henry ? Lewis takes, for his
third article in the series, "Great
Days in Great Men's Lives,' the force
ful part played by Franklin in nego
tiating with England the Treaty of the
Peace of Paris. There is a stunning
character study of the adventurous
Englishman, Sir Rajah Brooke?"A
Viking of the East," by H. S. Canfield.
An account of Miss Jane Addam of
Hull House and what she has done for
the poor of Chicago will he found very
interesting. Booker T. Washington
continues "Work With the Hands,"
with the fourth paper of his autobio
graphical example. Oscar King
Davis's "Incidents of Service in the
Philippines and China," is full of
thrilling stories of courage drawn
from several campaigns. "The New
Medical Science of Prevention," by
Doctor Thomas L. Stedman is a time
ly epxosition of the real value of
physical culture. In the matter of short
stories there is "The Rapier of
Ferrara," by Atherton Brownell, a
dramatic love story: "Hygeia at the
Solito," by 0. Henry, and "A Japa
nese Gentleman," by C. V. C.
Mathews, the latter a Japanese Wash
ington love story.
A Brother's Tribute.
From The State, Jan. 20.
The knightly soul of the brave man,
loyal friend and devoted brother whose
name has graced these columns since
the birth of The State, twelve years
ago, has crossed the river and the
paths his willing feet have trod shall
know him no more. Bat along their
ways, from the seed he sowed, flowers
are blooming and the air he loved to
breath, the air of his native State, is
sweet with tbe incense of his noble
words and deeds.
To die for his State, even by the
loathly hand that struck him down, was
sweet to him. During the four days
of mortal agony that followed his
cruel wounding no words save those of
love and sympathy for his bereaved
kindred passed his lips. He died with
his face to God, a gentleman un
WTith heavy hearts his work is taken
up by those who loved him well, and
in his name the State is pledged
anew to the principles for which he
gave his life.
Ambrose E. Gonzales.
In an editorial tribute to N. G.
Gonzales in his paper, The Richmond
News, A. B. Williams has the follow
ing to say about the murder:
The information so far given to the
public, shows the case to be one of
deliberate murder, dene to avenge in
juries of more than four months ago.
If the thing had been done in hot
blood, immediately after the provoca
tion, or if some warning had been
given so that there would have been
anything like a fair division of the
risk or the assaulted man might have
had a showing for his life, the case
would be different.
As it is, South Carolina is on trial
before the country, and the country
will watch with acute interest to see
whether her courts and juries can cope
with a crime Ike this. She has in her
annals a long and bloody list of un
avenged man-slaughter, the victims in
cluding some of her best and most use
ful citizens. This case puts her on
The personal popularity or unpopu
larity of the victim should not be con
sidered, and toe country looking! on
will not justify or condone considera
tion of it.
A lean and potash-hungry soil,
wasted seed, wasted labor and idle
gins?A MORTGAGE. Or, plenty of
in the fertilizer, many bales and a
busv sin?A BANK ACCOUNT.
Writs us for
ners. We send
then: free to
93 Xjissan St.
THE SUMTER SAVINGS BANK.
HORACE HARBY, President.
I. C. STRAUSS, Vice-President.
GEO. L. RICKER, Cashier.
Capital Stock, $25,000
Liability of Stockholders, 25,000
Saving np without the aid of the bank
is never profitable and seldom successful.
"With a bank book in one's possession
the desire to save grows with the deposits
and wasteful expenditures are curtailed.
Interest at the rate of 4 per cent is paid
by the Snmter Savings Bank, and helps
materially to swell the balance at the end
of the year.
We carry burglar insurance to cover all
TAX EET?H1 FOR 13.
COUNTY AUDITOR, SUMTER COUNTY,
Sumtes, S. C, Dec. 5, 1902.
Notice is hereby given that I will attend,
in person or by deputy, at the following
places on the days indicated respectively,
for the purpose of receiving returns of
personal property and poll taxes for the
fiscal year commencing January 1st, 1903.
At office, Sumter, S. C, at all other times
up to Feb. 20th, 1903, inclusive.
TindalFs store, Monday, Jan. 5th.
Privateer. Jenkins' store, Tuesdav, Jan.
Manchester, Geo. T. Geddings, Wedues-.
day, Jan. 7th.
Wedgefield, Thursday, Jan. 8th.
Stateburg, Friday, Jan. 9th.
Hagood, Saturday, Jan. 10th.
Rembert, Monday, Jan. 12th.
Dalzell, Tuesday, Jan. 13th.
Gordon's mill, Wednesday, Jan. 14th.
Mayesville, Thursday, Jan. 15th.
Shiloh, Friday, Jan. 16th.
Norwood's X Roads, Saturday, Jan. 17tfe.
Oswego, Monday, Jan. 19th.
The law requires that all persons owning
property or in anywise having charge of
such property, either as agent, husband,
guardian, trustee, executor, administrator, t
etc., return the same under oath to the Audi
tor, who requests all persons to be prompt
in making their returns and save, the 50
per cent, penalty which will be added to
the property valuation of all persons who
fail to make returns within the time pre
scribed by law.
Taxpayers return what they own on the
first day of January, 1903.
Assessors and taxpayers will enter the
first given name of the taxpayer in full,
also make a separate return for each town
ship where the property is located and
also in each and every case the Number of
the school district must be given.
Every male citizen between the age of
twenty-one and sixty years on the first day
of January, 1903, except those incapable
of earning a support from being maimed
or from other causes, are deemed taxable
polls, and except Confederate soldiers 50
years of age, on January 1st, 1903.
All returns must be made on or before
the 20th day of February, next. I cannot
take returns after that date and all returns
mace after the 20th day of February, are
subject to a penalty of 50 per cent.
J. DIGGS WILDER,
Auditor Sumter County.
BARRED PLYMOUTH ROOKS.
A FEW fine Barred Plymouth Rock
Cockerels are offered for sale at rea
sonable prices. They are from the
best strains and are large well marked
Eggs for sale in season. The supply
will be limited and orders will be filled
in order of receipt.
H. G. OSTEEN,
Dec. 3?tf. Sumter,[S. C.
Estate of Hiram Seymour, Dee'd.
I WILL apply to the Judge of Probat?
of Sumter County, S. C, on February
14th, 1903, for a final Discharge as Execu
tor of aforesaid Estate.
W. G. S. SEYMOUR,
Jan 14?it Executor.
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