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Tribute to the Warrior and States
man by the Legislature.
Columbia, Jan. 23.?At noon today
"the Senate and the House met in joint
assembly in memory of Wade Hamp
ton. Several splendid eulogies were
pronounced, after which Gen. M. C.
Bulter deliverd an address upon the
life and character of South Carolina's
greatest soldier and statesman.
When Lieut. Gov.' Sloan called the
joint assembly to order Senator Robert
Aldrich presented resolutions which
bad been framed by the Attorney Gen
eral of Gov. Hampton's administra
tion, Leroy F. Yeomans. Senator
Aldrich, who was a member of the
famous "Wallace House," in 1376,
in a splendid speech urgecrthe adoption
of these resolutions. He was followed
"by Representative William L. Maul
din, of Greenville, formerly Lieuten
ant Governor. . $
Col. Robert Aldrich, as Senator
"from Barnwell, offered the following
resolutions, which he said were pre
pared by the Hon. Leroy Youmanms,
who was Attoreny General under
Wade Hampton is nd more! On the j
11th day of April, in the year of our
Lord 1902, one of the most illustrious
sons of South Carolina was gathered
to his fathers, in a ripe old age, in
the midst of "that which should ac
company old age?honor, love, obe
dience, troops of" friends.'5
In the course of his long and event
ful life he discharged all of the duties
of a citizen, -both in war and in peace,
in a manner worthy of the admiration
of all succeeding ages. His enemies
in the war between the States, in the
* successive grades of command frpm
colonel of the Hampton Legion to lieu
tenant general in the army of the Con
federate States, will live forever in
the pages of history. Shot and shell and
steel left their marks on, his. princely
frame to show how he redeemed his
pledge of life and honor to South
Carolina and the South.
After the great struggle of arms his
services in peace were fitly crowned by
his redemption of the State in 1876
from the rule of the alien and the
traitor, by his administration as Gov
ernor, by his career in the Senate of
the United States. He has left to the
State of his birth and love the mem.
ory of a life worthy the honor, love,
imitation and confidence of her sons
for all time to come.
I Be it resolved by the General As
sembly of South Carolina, in joint
assembly convened:
Pirst. That in the death of Wade
-Hampton the State of South Carolina
nas lost her greatest soldier and
statesman who, called to the highest
positions in great emergencies of pub
lic need, ever exemplified the most
chivalric and filial devotion to her in
terests, honor and glory.
Second. That his services to the
State deserve to be commemorated by
a monument more enduring than
brass, which shall keep forever green
the memory of the life and. virtues of
Wade Hampton.
Third. That this preamble and
these resolutions be properly engrossed
and communicated to the family of
the deceased
At the conclusion of the speeches the
joint assembly, by unanimous vote,
adopted the resolutions..
Senator John _C Sheppard, also a
member of the Wallace -House and
afterwards Governor, eloquently in
troduced the orator of the day, Gen.
31. C. Butler. The address of Gen.
Butler was full of historical informa
tion presented in a most entertaining
The great cavalry lieutenant of
Hampton's command is himself show
ing the encroachment of years, but his
form is as erect and his eye as bright
as ever. His address was listened to.
with wrapt attention.
Among the visitors Gov. Howard,
ormer Gov. McSweeney, the Supreme
-Court officials in their robes, Major
Theo. G. Barker, Hampton's adjutant
general, CoL T. J. Lipscomb, Judge A.
C. Haskeil and other dashing leaders
of Hampton's men.
Union, S. C, January 23.?A
shooting scrape occurred in Santuc this
afternoon about 5.45 o'clock. Jake
Jeter, about 22 years of age, shot and
-killed J. W. Nixon in front of the
store of L. B. Jeter. The weapon
used was a double-barrelled shotgun.
Nixon lived ony a few minutes after
being shot. The particulars are
meagre. As near as can be gathered j
Jeter had been saying or doing some
thing at Nixon's house for which he '
was ordered to stay away. Jeter
threatened Nixon's life. Nixon went
after a gun and, when returning up
the street, Jake Jeter, who was in L.
B. Jeter's store door, shot him when
he came in ten feet of the door.
.Nixon was 65 years of age and was a
Canadian. He has been miller for W.
T. Jones for about fifteen years. Both
parties are white.
The Anti-Trust Bill.
Washington, Jan. 23.?The judiciary
committee of the house today adopted
the anti-trust bill which was prepared
by the substitute committee of which
Representative Littlefield, of Maine,
is chairman. The bill was reported
to the full committee today by the
substitute committee as a substitute
for the Littlefield publicity bill. The
committee authorized the bill to be
favorably reported to the house.
The vote was unanimous, the Demo
cratic members and some of the Re
publican members reserving the right
to propose amendent when the bill is
before the house. No change affecting
the measure in any material respect
was made.
Legacy for Claflin.
Orangeburg, Jan. 22.?Mr. George
Harvey, formerly a prominent mer
chant in New York, and a member of
Summerfield M. E. Church, died re
cently leaving to Claflin University of
Oranegburg properly valued at 86,000.
At the request of Mr. Harvey, this
amount will fori? the nucleus of a
memorial in honor of Rev. Edward E.
Cooke, D. D., who for ten years was
the honored president of Claflin Uni
Opinion in Washington is That
Germany Had No Cause for
Marcaibo, Jan. 22.?The bombard
ment of Fort San Carlos by the Ger
man cruisers Vineta, Panther and
Falke was continued yesterday after
noon until 6 o'clock. It was resumed
this morning at daybreak. The first
shells were hurled at the fort at 4
o'clock at long range. At G o'clock
the Panther, being of light draught,
closed in and again became actively
engaged. The fore replied. At S|
o'clock-the engagement was preceding
as yesterday.
Twelve dead and 15 badly wounded
Venezuelan soldiers were counted in
the fort at 7 o'clock last night by the
correspondent of the Associated Press.
The Panther left her position ciose
into Fort San Carlos, which she took
up early in the day, Wednesday af
' ternoon at 3 o'clock and joined the
Falke. This ship was half a mile
outside the bar and about five miles
from the fort.
At 3 o'clock the correspondent of
the Associated Press in a rowboat ap
proached one side of the fort, out of
range, and from this point witnessed
the long range fire of the German
cruisers, which was continued from 3
o'clock until 6 o'clock. The Vineta
and the Falke were close together and
nearer the fort than the Panther.
The first two vessels at a range of
four and a half miles poured in a con
tinuous rain of shell upon the fort
and only stopped firing with the ad
vent of dusk at' 6 o'clock. At this
hour the German vessels retijed sea
ward,, after having made a second in
effectual attempt to land troops in the
village of Sjan Carlos, situated at the
base of the fort.
At 7 o'clock Wednesday afternoon
the correspondent, who was accompa
nied by a government telegrapher bear
ing a telegram from Presiednt Castro
to the commndant of San Carlos land
ed on the island and entered the fort.
The walls of the fort are terribly bat
treed and there many evidences of the
fierce engagement. Twelve dead Vene
zuelan soldiers were counted behind
the ramparts and 15 other men, seri
ously wounded, were lying on a low
The fort is literally covered with
pieces of broken shells. It was seen
that a great many of the German shells
had not exploded. The magazine had
a very narrow, escape, two shells
having come within an ace of pene
trating it. The walls of the fort
which face towards the entrance of the
lake suffered particularly and were
greatly damaged.
It is estimated by the commandant,
General Beilo, that the German ships
fired more than 1,000 shells at Fort
San Carlos.
Berlin, Jan. 23.?CommodorScheder,
commander of the German fleet in
Venezuelan waters, officially reports
the bombardment of Fort San Carlos
from Maracaibo under date of Jan.
21, as follows:
"Oh the 17th inst., while the Pan
ther was passing the Maracaibo bar
she was unexpectedly attacked by Fort
Carlos, which opened a heavy fire on
her. To this the Panther replied
and a cannonade was exchanged fo'r
half an hour. Owing to the difficul
ties of navigation tho Panther then
"In order to exact an immediate
punishment for this attack, the more
so as the Venezuelan government had
proclaimed it a victory. I bombarded
the fort with the Vineta on the 21st
inst, and destroyed it."
Maracaibo, Jan. 23.?At 2 o'clock
this afternoon Fort San Ca;los was in
the possession of the government forces
and the bombardment of the German
warships was still going on.
There has been no material change
in the situation. The gunboat Panther
was the only vessel to come inside
the bar. Communication with the
fort is very difficult. Great excitement
prevails in Maracaibo.
Contradictory Testimony as to who
is Responsible for the Short
age in the Supply of An
thracite Coal.
Philadelphia, Pa., January 22.?The
question of who is responsible for the
apparent shortage in the supply of an
thracite coal was the subject of con
siderable debate today by the attorneys
representing the parties before the
strike commission. It was testified that
the miners are not obeying President
Mitchell's request to make extra efforts
to produce more coal to relieve the sit
uation. This was followed up by Mr.
James H. Torrey and Everett ^Var
ren, both of Scranton, who represent
several of the large companies, chal
lenging the correctness of Mr. Mitch
ell's statement that 3,000 men are idle
and ready to go to work. C. S. Dar
row, for the miners, replied that he
would show that it was the operators
and not the men who were responsible
for the shortage in production.
"If I don't," he said, "I will ask
the commission to find against us."
The Lehigh Valley Coal Company
closed its case today, and the Lehigh
and Wilkesbarre Company consamed a
few hours in presenting its evidence.
This company closed shortly before ad
journment and the independent opera
tors of the upper region then took up
the operators' side of the controversy.
It is expected that the sessions will
last ten more days. The commission
informed the attorneys on both sides
this afternoon that it would like them
to confine their final 'arguments to
about four or five days. The lawyers
will agree among themselves as to the
division of time. The miners want half
the time allowed by the commission.
California figs and grapes at low
prices have been flooding the London
market, and the dark plums of the same
State have met with so much favor
that the English growers have actually
let their fruit rot on the trees because
it would not pay them to come in
competition with the imported. The
California fruit is packed so well that
't reaches England in prime condition.
Past and the Present.
- *
In his very interesting remarks last
night at the memorial exercises in hon
or of the late Chief Justice Mclver,
Judge Hudson spoke of him as a young
lawyer, and related an incident that
was not only intensely interesting, but
was an example of a condition then
existing which must be soon followed
by those of the present generation
if we ?are to live in peace and enjoy
the protection of law. Judge Hudson
said that as a young man he arrived
in the town of Marion to take charge
of a school. As he entered on the
public sqnare he saw an immense crowd
gathered around a gallows on which
sat a whire man. Ho learned that
this man was wealthy, a man of good
standing and family, and one who
had been an influential citizen. He had
been convicted of killing a negro slave
?not outright, as the judge said, but
by a series of continuous cruelties
inflicted for months. This man was
that day hanged. The incident was
related to show the great powers of
the then young lawyer as a prosecut
ing attorney. After realting the inci
dent, the judge closed with this state
ment: "That man was hung that day
for, may it please your honors, in
those days the majesty of the law was
upheld." That was not the time or
the place to contrast the difference
between those times and these, but the
peculiar emphasis with which the
venerable judge uttered the sentence
was striking, and his tone and manner
spoke volumes.
Later in the evening, 2*1 r. C. A.
Wood, in referring to the men of the
old bar, said that but few of them
were left, but he expressed the earnest
hope that before all of them had pass
ed away that we of this generation
might be inspired by the sprit of their
love of the right, of law and of justice.
It is said that revolutions never go
backward, but we must have a revolu
tion of public feeling, and when :it
comes it really will have gone back
ward, for it will insist on the enforce
ment of law without regard to social,
political or financial environment of
the criminal, as was ' the case in days
of eld, so intreestingly told of by
Judge Hudson.?Columbia Record.
A Prince Has Fallen.
N. G. Gonzales is no more. The as
sassin's bullet has ended the career
?of the most brilliant journalist that
South Caroilna has ever produced.
Indeed, he was without a peer in the
realm of southern journalism. For
more than a decade his pen?wielded
always fearlessly and conscientiously?
has been the most potent factor extant
in shaping the political, commercial
and industrial affairs of South Caro
It may be truly said that the life of j
Mr. Gonzales was immoliated upon the
altar of his country. The political feud
existing between him and his slayer !
had its origin in the late campaign in
which the martyr editor rendered his
state a valuble service and it was this
service that cost him his life.?Edge
field Advertiser.
The act can be only characterized as
premeditated, wilful murder, with
malice aforethought, and could only
have been perpetrated by one who was
a thorough coward at heart. He wait
ed for months to pass, so that even if
his victim had expected trouble his
fears would have been allayed and he
would take him unawares. Gonzales
was given no chance for his life ?he
was shot down without warning?in a
brutal and cowardly manner. He was
unarmed when killed, and even if he
had been it would have been of no
avail.?Bamberg Herald.
If Jim Tillman should undertake
to assassinate every editor in the
State who has branded him a liar, a
gambler, a thief and?since the assas
sination?a murderer, it would be nec
essary to import several car loads of
ammunition. If he should succeed in
his infernal undertaking the South
Carolina Press Association would be a
thing of the past. On the other hand,
if he were to go gunning for an editor
that had said anything good of him
a popgun would be sufficient and not
a hair of the head of any man would
be disturbed.?Gaflney Ledger.
Elsewhere may be found the detail
ed account of the murder of Mr. X.
G. Gonzales by the Lieutenant-Gover
nor of South Carolina, James H. Till
man. The account we believe to be a
concise statement of the facts, and
they show a cold-blooded, deliberate
murder of an unarmed, defenseless
man. Whatever may be said as the
provocation Tillman might have had.
nothing can be said in extenuation of
the cowardly act of suddenly shoot
ing down, without warning, an un
armed man. The lawyers may "get
him off." as they have, before this in
South Carolina, "got off" red-hand
ed murderers, but the brand of Oain
will remain all the same.?Aiken
Looking at the affair from every
standpoint, it can be nothing less than
a cool, calculated, premeditated assas
sintion?murder in the first degree,
"with malice aforethought. "?Pee
Dee Advocate.
Columbia, Jan. 22.?It was an
nounced today that Col. P. H. Nelson
of this city had been retained as coun
sel for J. H. Tillman. Col. Nelson is
regarded as one of the best criminal
lawyers in the State. The otters rep
resenting Tillman are G. W. Croft, of
Aiken, C. L. ?jfease, of Newberrv, G.
R. Rembert. of|Columbia, and O. W.
Buchanan, of Winnsboro.
New Orleans, La., January ?Dr.
W. F. Reitz, former secretary of the
Transvaal, Gen. Samuel Pearson, who
took an active part in the fight against
British mule shipments to South
Africa via New Orleans, and several
other prominent Boers were in New
Orleans today. The Southern Pacific
has placed a special train at the dis
posal of Dr. Reitz and the Boer "party
and tomorrow morning they will bein<:
a journey which will take them
through the rice and cattle country of
Louisiana and Texas, and the ranges of
the West as far as California. It is
reliably reported that a great, Hoer
colony will be established in Louisiana
or Texas.
New York. Jan. 23.---Three women
were killed and five women and one
man severely injured, in a panic in
Leopold Miller <fc Son's cigar factory
today as a result of a fire in an ad
joining building.
Showing a Decrease of 57,000
Bales for the Same Period
Under Last Year.
New Orleans, Jan. 23.?Secretary
i Hester's weekly cotton statement is
sued today shows for the 53 days of
January a decrease of 07,000 under
last year and an increase over the
same period vear before last of 250,
For the 145 days of the season that
j have elapsed the aggregate is ahead of
the same days last year 27.000 and
ahead of the same time vear before
! last 452,000..
I The amount brought into sight dur
j ing the past week has been 290.049
! against 236,586 for the same seven days
j last year and 212.902 year before last.
The movement since September 1st
shows receipts at all United States
? ports to be 5,636,138 against 5,630,043
last year: overland across the Mississip
I pi, Ohio and Potomac rivers to north
ern mills and Canada 695,677 against
744,794 last year: interior stocks in
excess of those held at the close of the
commercial year 337,642 against 482,
565 last year and southern mill tak
ings 956,500 against 854,260 last year.
The total movement since Sept. 1 is
7,738,957 against 7,711,667 last year
and 7,2S6,975 year before last.
Foreign exports for the week have
been 179,291 against 221,S60 las'; year,
making the total thus far for the sea
son 4,126,635 against 4,277,873 last
The total takings of American mills
north and south and Canada thus far
for the season have be 2,258,876 against
2,132,576 last year.
Stocks at the seaboard and the 29
leading southern interior centres have
decreased during the week 6,041 bales
against a decrease during the cor
responding period last season of 69,06S.
Including stocks left over at ports
and interior towns from the last crop
and the number of bales brought into
sight thus far for the new crop the
supply to date is 7,954,031 against
S,071,354 bales the same period last
Gen. Booth Looking for Pl?ces to
Establish Four Salvation *
Chattanooga, Tenn., January 26.?
Arrangements have been made to give j
Gen. .Wm. Booth, founder of the
Salvation Army, and his party a splen
did reception upon their arrival here
tomorrow, this being the first stamping
place of tha party on its tour of the
South. Gen. Booth will lecture in the
Auditorium of the city tomorrow
night, and will be introduced by the
mayor of the city and an official of the
Chamber of Commerce. It is stated
that one object of the Southern tour
is to select locations for four colonies,
in which to place persons who wish
to leave the overcrowded districts of
the large cities.
Texas Cattle for Africa.
Pensacola, Fla., January 25.?The
Lingham Trading and Timber Com
pany, of London, which recently in
augurated a line of steamers between.
Pensacola and South African ports,
has received a contract for handling
one hundred thousand head of Texas
cattle through this port to South
Africa, and the next vessel of the line,
which is due here in a few weeks,
will carry a large cargo of live stock.
The first steamer of the line, which
went out a few months ago, carried
out several hundred head of this ict,
which was an experiment on the part
of the shippers, it being feared that
the cattle would not thrive in the
changed climate. A cable has how been
received, stating that the entire lot
was thriving, and to commence the
shipment again. Every vessel of the
line going out will now carry live
stock until the one hundred thou
sand head are shipped.
Subscription Laws.
Dr. Tuckerman, editor of The Work
man, Cleveland, has taken some pains
to collect and compile the decisions
of the United States court on this
subject, and gives as the result of his
investigations, the following:
First?Subcribers who do not give
express notice to the contrary are con
sidered as wishing to renew their sub
Second?If subscribers order the dis
continuance of their periodicals, the
publisher may continne to send them
until all the arrearages are paid.
Third?If subscribers neglect or re
fuse to take their periodicals from
the postoffice to which they are direct
ed, they are responsible until they
have settled their bills and ordered
them discontinued.
Fourth?If subscribers move to other
places without informing the publish
er, and the papers are sent to the
former place, they are held respon
Fifth?The courts have decided
that refusing to take periodicals from
the office or removing and leaving
them uncalled for is prima facie evi
dence of intentional fraud.
Sixth?If subscribers paid in advance
they are bound to give notice at the
end of the time, if they do not wish
to continue taking: otherwise the j
publiisher is authorized to send it, and
the subscriber will be responsible un
til express notice, with payment of all
arrearages, is sent to ihe publisher.
The latest postal laws are such that
newspaper publishers can arrest any
one for fraud who takes a paper and
refuses to pay for it. Under this law
the man who allows his subscription
to run along for sometime unpaid
and then orders it discontinued, or
orders the postmaster to mark it "re
fused," and have postal card sent
notifying the publisher, leaves him
self liable to arrest and fine the same
as for theft.
Rome, January 25.?After a brief
spell of inactivity the volcano Strom
boli is again in eruption. Great
quantities of lava and stones are being
thrown up and to an immense dis
tance from the crater. The cone of
the volcano is capped with a thick
cloud of smoke. The eruption affords
a magnifiecnt spectacle at night, the
flames rising from the crater illumin
ating the sky.
A New Method of Tapping Pines
Brings a Larger Yield of
Washington, Jan. 20. ?Turpentine
: operatrs will be furnished soon by the
. bureau of forestry with a circular of
; instructions and with personal help for
! the use of the new cup and gutter sys
tem of turpentining, which has been
; proved so successful. The experiments
of the bureau of forestry at Ocilla,
Ga., conducted by Dr. Charles H.
i Iierty, have shown the great superior
I ity of the cup and gutter system over
i the old method of boxing pines. Trees
' treated by the new system have yield
j ed 23 per cent, more turpentine than
j boxed trees. Moreover, only the hizh
j est grades of resin were produced. The
I increased yield for the first year alcne
i has been found sufficient to pay for
! the new equipment and to furnish a
profit besides. An advantage for the
timber owner to consider is that the
cup and gutter system does away with
the injurious box and thus lessens great
ly the damage done to the trees.
The superiority of the new method
of turpentining is so evident that many
operators where acquainted with Dr.
Herty's experiments are eager to adopt
it. Several potteries for the manufac
ture of earthen cups have been estab
lished ; in a short, time the new sys
tem will probably be in general use
throughout the turpentine belt
To make the benefits of the new
method directly available the bureau
of forestry, besides issuing a circular
of instructions, offers, without cost,
the assistance of Dr. Herty, who will
personally direct in the field the ins
tallment of the new system.
Requests for assistance should be ad
dresed to the forester, bureau of
forestry, U. S. department of agricul
ture, Washington, D. C.
Princeton, X. J., January 22.?Pres
ident Wilson, of Princeton University,
left for Columbia, S. C, today with
the body of his father, the Rev. J. R.
Wilson, D. D., who died last night.
The funeral will take place tomorrow
in Columbia. Several hundred stu
dents were present at the railroad sta>
tion as a mark of sympathy. Presi
dent Wilson was deeply touched and
thanked the under graduates.
Bennetts vi lie, Jan. 22.?Senator John
L. McLaurin has been here several
days negotiating the sale of his house
and loj on West Darlington street,
where his family now resides. He
closed the deal today. Percy B. Moore
is the purchaser. This transaction
probably means that Senator McLau
rin is preparing to leave Bennettsville,
but he has not yet announced were
he is going.
B. L. Wedenfeller, of Charlotte, a
travelling man who was well known in
Charletson died suddenly in Wilming
ton on Saturday.
Smallpox has been reported at
Georgetown, at Table Mountain and
near Greenville. The Governor in
each case immediately wired Dr.
James Evans, secretary State board of
health, instructing him to take
prompt action.
There was a head-on collision Thurs
day afternoon opposite Gran by Mill in
Columbia on the Southern, between
a passenger train and a freight train,
in which both engines were consider
ably damaged and three passengers
recieved slight bruises. The collision
was between the passenger train leav
ing there at 4.30 for Augusta and an
incoming freight train of coal and
lumber cars and one dead engine.
One of the Southern Railway's ware
houses at Greenville was burned
Thursday. The loss exceeded ?10,000.
A bull fight and cocking main were
pulled off at the Thomasson place
near Rock Hill on Wednesday. The
bull fight was a farce, the two bulls
refusing to make much of a fight and
the crowd was disgusted.
Col. J. Thomas Austin, of Green
ville, chief clerk in the office of Secre
tary of Stated is at work. Col. J. M.
Patrick, of Anderson, assistant Ad
jutant and Inspector General, has also
assumed his duties.
Middlesboro, Ky., Jan. 25.?Henry
Cummings, notorious among the high
waymen of the mountains, met death
from ambush before daybreak here
today, on one of the principal streets.
James Adley Turner, who was walk
ing with him, was shot in the arm.
[ The assassins are unknown. It is
common report that Cummings killed
John Gorham, president of the United
Mine Workers union two years ago.
Greenwood Ward scon afterward and
about a year ago Bran ham Elam, a
Kentuckian. while the death of others
is generally attributed to him, so
that it is almost impossible for offi
cers to get a clue to the assassins.
A three year old child of Mr. G. Y.
Harreli, of Whitney. Spartanburg
County, found a box of strychnine pills
Wednesday night and ate a number of
them and fed a number to her three
weeks old sister. The baby died and
the older child was saved by the
prompt use of a stomach pump.
There was a serious fire in Columbia
at 2 o'clock Friday morning. A block
on Main Street, back of the State
House, was destroyed by a fire that
originated from an explosion. Two
women were seriously injured by
jumping from a window. The loss
was about 87,000, partially coverep by
insu race.
Ys'ashington, Jan. 23.?The State
hood bill again occuuied the attention
of the senate today. In the course of
the debate several spirited colloquies
occurred, in which senators on both
sides of the question charged the other
with obstructing important legisla
tion. Mr. Burnham continued his
remarks in opposition to the admission
of Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mex
Berlin, January 2C>.? The report
that Germany and Great Britain had
provisionally accepted the guarantee
submitted by Minister Bowen for the
payment of claims reserved from ar
bitration is confirmed here.
The guarantee offered to the Powers
through Mr. Bowen, is a portion of
the customs receipts of La Guayra, and
perhaps of several other ports. The
proposal was first made to Great
Britain, which provisionally accept
ed it. and then to Germany, which ac
cepted it in principle on Saturday.
The allies are now engaged in examin
ing the value of the guarantee offered
and are negotiating details, like the
form of payment.
it Escaped from a Circus Months
Ago and has been Seen Fre
quently Abo$ the Exposi
tion Grounds.
It Was 20 Feet Long, and in Its Nest
Y/ere Fourteen Young Ones.
A huge snake, twenty feet long and
as thick as the average man's body,
was killed near the Exposition gronnds
yesterday by a posse of negroes and
white men, who had been looking for
it since early morning. The hideous
reptile escaped from the Forepangh &
Sells circus when it came to Charles
ton last October, and, although it has
been seen several times near the
Exposition grounds, where the circus
tent was spread, there has been a dis
position to shun its society, and all
accounts indicate that it has been liv
ing a very care-free life. A charge of
shot from a breech-loading gun and
a vigorous bombardment Jwith sticks
and stones ended the existence of the
reptile and calmed the fears of many
persons living thereabouts.
The bed of the snake was found near
where it was killed and fourteen wig
gling young ones were crawling about on
the pile of trash and dry grass. They
were all about two feet in length and
were put to death on the spot.
The dead snake is of the species
known as the cobra di capello, numer
ous in Hindostan. Its bite is about as
fatal as lightning and does its work
nearly as quickly. It will not use its
fangs, however, unless attacked, and
it is the serpent commonly employed
by the snake charmers of India. They
prefer it because of its amiable char
acteristics and its susceptibility of
kind treatment.
For weeks persons living near the Ex
position grounds have marvelled at the
strange and inexplicable disappearance
of the feathered population on their
premises. Chickens, ducks, geese, all
went away in the night time and were
heard of no more. The grewsome
remains of a departed hen, found near
the corner of Race and King streets,
was the clue that led to the conviction
of the serpent, which escaped months
ago from the circus folk.
Since Monday persons have been
looking for the reptile. "When run to
earth yesterday it threw its huge
length into a coil, but did not mani
fest any alarming degree of acerbity.
When struck with a stone, however, it
raised its black hoodlike head and a
baleful light flashed in its little pro
truding eyes. Then thick and fast it
was pelted with rocks and| clubs, and
its rage and numerous wounds caused
it to "thrash around in" a frightful
fashion. Suddenly it reared its head
again, hissing and writhing, while a
thick fluid dripped from its crooked
fangs. Darting its head from side to
side, as if looking for a victim, it
hurled itself out of its coil and struck
madly at a negro standing fully thirty
feet away. The leap the negro made
was measured afterward, but'it would
appear so improbable in type that per
sons interested will have to content
tnemselves with speculating about
what could be accomplished in cover
ing magnificent distances in the cir
cumstances described. Quick as the
snake was, it missed the colored
man a trifle less than a block, and
its sibilant manifestation of wild fury
caused its assailants to retreat until
a gun could be secured. Apparent
ly uninjured by the attacks made
upon it the monstrous reptile writh
ed and coiled itself in. huge folds,
its black scaly skin glistening in the
sunlight. Then a load of large shot
tore off its hideous hooded head and
it gave no further evidence of ani
The dead snake and its fourteen
offspring were buried together yester
day and when night came the citizens
in that neighborhood wrapped the
draperies of their couches about them
and laid down to easeful slumbers.
?News and Courier, Jan. 25.
The Plague in Mazatlan.
Mazatlan, Mexico, January 2G.?
There were four deaths from the
plague today and the situation is con
sidered less favorable. The number
of patients in the lazaretto is fifty.
One new victim is Luis Cervantes,
brother of the chief of police of
Guadalajara, who recently started a
daily paper, in which he has attacked
sanitary measures and physicians and
advised the use of domestic remedies
only. The building occupied by the
Artisans' Society had been burned.
The entire ward known as El Cuernito
has been destroyed by fire to prevent
its infecting other localities.
The increase of the disease is cue
to the return of the poor people, who
were refused refuge outside the city,
and returned here, influenced by
Rome, January 25.? Prof. Tizzoni,
of the Bologne University, has an
nounced to the Royal Academy of
Sciences the discovery of a serum to
combat pneumonia.
Free mail delivery will be establish
ed in Anderson July 1st if the City
Council shall by that date dumber the
houses and comply with other require
ments of the Postoffice Department.
In his first message to the Tennessee
Legislature Gov. Frazier recommends
that there be no haste in retiring that
portion of the States* bonded debt
which is bearing a low rate of interest
and has some time to run. Instead,
he advises that the surplus money
left after making the normal retire
ments of bonds be devoted to improv
ing the condtion of the public schools,
especially those in the rural districts.
Charlotte, N.- C, January 26.?Yes
terday Eh Rogers, a white man, living
near Stouts, in Union County, killed
a negro boy and a white girl. Rogers
had twice been in the State Hospital,
at Morgantown. and was discharged
from that institution in 1896 as im
proved. The bloody deeds of yesterday
were done in a fit of insanity.
London, January 26.?The shipment
of twenty-six bales of West Afrircan
cotton were sold on the Liverpool Ex-,
change today and realized eleven cents
per pound.

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