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MOSE ABOUT THE TRAIN WRECK.
Coroner Holds inquest, But Does
Not Fix Blame.
LIST OF DEAD NOT INCREASED.
No Bodies Found Under Cars, and
Wounded Doing Well.
The mos? fatal and disastrous wreck
in the history of this division of the
Atlantic Coast Line occurred two miles
east of Wedgefield, near Savannah flag
station, at 9.55 Wednesday morning.
Conductor J. J. Clements, of Flor?
ence, and three negro passengers were
taken from the wreck dead and another
negro has since died.
The injured number thirty-four and
many others have more or less bruises.
Eight of the injured are classed as
serious, but it is too soon yet to say
how many are fatally injured, as some
of them have internal injuries that
may yet take a serious turn.
The train wrecked was an excursion
train being run by negroes from
Nichols, Marion coun^ to Columbia.
The train was made up of a bagagge
car and five day coaches pulled by
engine No. 66. There were about 150
passengers in the train, and it was due
solely to the fact that most of the pas?
sengers were in the two rear coaches,
which did not leave the track, that the
number of killed and wounded was
not far greater, for a more complete
wreck is seldom seen.
The most wonderful part of the
whole affair was the escape of the engi?
neer and fireman. They were both in?
jured and will suffer from the wounds
received for many days, but thatthey
are alive after passing through such
a wreck is nothing short of miracu?
lous. They stuck to the engine to the
last, in fact had no time to jump and"
save themselves, and when the engine
went down in the washout they were
thrown out, one to the right, the
other to the left. Engineer George
Wilson was badly scalded on the arms
and severely bruised, while Fi i oma a
Mack Duglass has an arm and shoul?
The scene cf the wreck is not more
than two miks, perhaps less, from
the Cane Savannah siding, just at
tho head of a small branch. There
was no stream there but the land rose
sharply on the north side of th 3 track
to the highground vs bile on the South
side there was the head of small
branch, with low ground on either
side. The embankment carrying the
track across this bottom was fifteen or
more feet in height.
The unprecedentedly heavy rain last
night caused an immense Lead of water
to accumulate in the low ground on
the north 6ide of the track which final?
ly washed away the embankment for
a distance of forty feet and escaped
into the branch on the South side.
The rails and cross ties were left sus?
pended in the air, spaning the chasm,
and when the engine struck it it
plunged in and the baggage car and
three coaches followed it. Two of the
coaches are smashed all to pieces, the
baggage car hardly shows a semblance
of what it was and the engine and
tender are as complete wrecks as it is
^possible for them to be. One coach
.with one end smashed to pieces is on
:its side half way down the embank?
ment, while two Other coaches are still
-st?ndig on the track.
The washout was discovered a short
-time before the wreck by Aleck Robin
. son, a negro farmer who lives near the
place and he hastend to Cane Savan?
nah Siding to flag the regular pas?
senger train for Columbia-Na 52
ca nd wara them of the danger. Just as
he reached the siding the excursion
(train came along and he made frantic
efforts to sign it down, but Engineer
George Wilson having no orders to stop
at flag stations to pick up passengers
paid no attention to Robinson's
desperate efforts to get him to stop and
went foward at full speed to the fate
that was awaiting his train. Robin?
son first waved his handkerchief to
bring the train to a stop and seeing
that there was no slackening of the
speed, he tore the red lining from his
hat and waved, but all without effect.
Engineer Wilson thought he was just
another negro waiting at a flag station
to get on the excursion train did not
When tiie train plunged into the
washout Conductor Clements was just
.entering the baggage car, having gone
from the rear of the train at the re?
quest of one of the passengers to settle
some question that ;.?.d arisen. When
removed from the vi reek lie was dead.
Bis lace and head were badly cut and
bruised and his body crushed in sev?
eral places. The other dead and the
injured were found in the coaches that
went into the washout, although those
in the other coaches were severely
Just as soon as the wreck occurred a
messenger was sent to Wedgefield to
wire for help, and as soon as the news
was received the people of Wedgefield
and the surrounding "country hastened
to the scene to render every possible
assistance. A few minutes after the
accident, No. 52, the regular passenger
train arrived and was flagged by
Brakeman Smith, of the excursion
train who had gone back to stop No.
52. The crew and passengers on this
train assisted by the people of Wedge?
field rescued the wounded from the
wreckage and removed the bodies of
the dead and laid them in the shade
of the pines growing near the track.
Dre. Dwight and Parier of Wedgefield
were also notified and the responded
to the call immediately.
In the meanwhile a relief train was
quickly made up here and Dr. Van
Telburs-Hofman, the A. C. L. physi?
cian, I)r. J. A. Mood, Dr. A. C.
Dick, and Dr. Walter Cheyne, Mr. C.
G. Rowland, Mr. T. V. Walsh, Jr.,
the Agent, and Roadmaster George
Bruner were carried to the wreck as
quickly as possible. Everything that
could possibly be done to relieve the
suffering of the wounded was done at
once, and the dead, and the wounded
were then placed on the relief train and
brought to this city for further treat?
ment. The scene presented by the re?
lief train on the return trip was one
that would appeal to the most callous ;
four dead one dying and thirty-four
bruised and bleeding men and women
was the sum total of the misery gather?
ed together in the two cars of the
relief train. Before the short run of
eight miles could be made one of the
injured, Ned Weston, an o td man who
was horribly cut and bruised, died.
The seriously wounded are being taken
eire of in the infirmaries here until ?
they can be sent elsewhere. All of the !
injured have had their wounds dressed
and have received every attention
The dead are :
J. J. Clements, Conductor, of Flor?
Joe Davis, colored, of Marion.
Frank Ross, colored, of Marion.
Minnie Ross, wife of Frank Ross.
Ned Weston, colored, of Marion.
? It is possible that there are other
bodies hidden in the wreckage, as no
one knows who were on the train.
The injured are :
Seriously-Daniel Wald, of Marion,
face, head and body" brnisee and cut.
Monroe Davis, of Marion, face cut
and hip crushed. -
Henderson Bethea, of Latta, head
mashed and cut, leg cut and bruised.
Aleck King, of Davis Station, head
and face cut and bruised.
Thomas Bethea, Latta, head, both
legs, one arm cut and mashed, internal
Adeline Jame, Latta, face cut, leg
bruised, internal injuries.
Estelle McDaniel, of Florence, in?
ternal injuries, scalp wound.
Jane Evans, of Florence, scalp
wound, face cut.
The other injured are as follows :
Engineer George Wilson, arms scald?
ed, and bruised on body.
Mack Douglass, fireman, arm and
shoulder bruised and cut.
Sam White, porter, arm and chest
cut and bruised.
Anna McNeil, Latta, leg and arm
FloraWoodberry,leg and arm bruised.
Peter Hayes, Nichols, head cut and
bruised, arm sprained.
F. Y. Dendy, Marion, scalp wound,
arms and back.
R B. Phillips, Mullins, scalp wound,
Cherry Curry, Mullins, arm mashed.
J. C. Curry, Mullins, shoulder
Wesley Bethea, Marion, both arms,
right leg and head cut and bruised.
Frank Crewforth, Marion, scalp
wound, arm bruised.
J. L. Divine, Marion, hip injured.
F. L. Alston, Marion, back injured.
E. J. Garrison, Sellers, scalp
wound, leg injured.
Mattie Garrison, Sellers, cut on
face, internal injuries.
Mandy Bethea, Latta, back injured,
B. R. Bethea, Latta, face cut,
shoulder mashed a cut.
J. C. Haggins, Latta, scalp wound,
arm, legs and face cut.
Molly Causar, Latta, hip injured.
Anna McWhite, Latta, head arm,
and side injured.
Annie Gurley, Marion, arm cut and
bruised, scalp wound.
William McNeil, Marion, scalp
wound, shoulder bruised.
Pratt Moseley, Marion, shoulder and
neck severely cut and bruised.
Susan Williams, Marion, face and
Lizzie Green, Latta, face cut, teeth
Edward Walker, Latta, back cut and
bruised, scalp wound.
Richard Flager, Latta, arm and leg
Rosa Flager, face and head cut, in?
Jane Bethea, Mullins, side crushe'd,
There are quite- a number of others
who sustained minor inqures, but the
above list includes all who received in?
juries requring the attention of a
The wrecking train went to the
scene of the wreck about 1.30 o'clock
and the wreck will be removed and the
track repaired as soon as possible.
-The Daily Item.
Daily Item, June 4.
The list of dead from the wreck
yesterday has not been increased by
the discovery of other bodies in the
debris at the. wreck nor have any more
of the injured succumbed to their
wounds. The work of repairing the
track and removing the wrecked engine
and cars has not been completed, but
the wreckage has been explored tho?
roughly and if there were other bodies
they would have been discovered be?
fore this time.
But five of the victims of the acci?
dent remain at Dr. Mood's infirmary,
all the others having been thoroughly
examined and having had their wounds
dressed were sent to their homes in
special cars attached to the regular
train to Florence. Among this number
was Engineer George Wilson, whose
injuries were found to be less grave
than thought on. first examination at
the scene of the wreck. Samuel White
the porter on the wrecked tram also
went to his home in Florence, although
suffering from a broken collar bone
and several bruises. Remaining at
the infirmary are Joseph Monroe
Davis, boy aged 13, suffering from
contused wounds of head and back.
His father and mother were both kill?
ed in the accident and it was stated to
the writer by one of the survivors that
Davis left eight small children at
Henderson Bethea, man aged 68,
wounds of head and legs.
Thomas Bethea, aged 3S, contusions
of shoulder and legs.
Estelle McDainel, aged 25, con?
tusions of chest and hip.
Aleck Cain, hematoma on check and
Dr. Van Telberg-Hofman, the A.
C. L. physician states that all of
these bid fair to recover rapidly and
will be able to so to their homes with?
in a few days. They will be kept here,
however, and given every attention
possible for so long as they need the at?
tention of a surgeon. The bodies of
Conductor Clements and of the four ne
groes who lost their lives were taken
to Craig's undertaking establishment
and prepared for burial. Conductor
Clement's body was sent to Florence,
his late home, on the evening train.
The bodies of the negroes were for?
warded or the same train to their late
homes in Marion county.
The formal inquest was held yester?
day afternoon and last night by
Coroner Flowers. He summoned a
jury immediately after receiving
notification of the accident and pro?
ceeded to the wreck in the afternoon.
The jury was organized with Mr.
George W. Reardon as foreman, and the
examination of witnesses who were
still on the ground was held. The only
really important witness who testified
here was Aleck Robinson, the negro
who discovered the washout and made
futile efforts to flag the excursion
train. His testimony under oath did
not vary materially to the statements
he had previously made for publica?
Returning to this city the jury was
conducted to Dr. J. A. Mood's in
firmary where all the wounded were
quartered. A number of them were
examined but the testimony of Engi?
neer Wilson was the only statement of
interest. He stated that he saw Rob?
inson's signals plainly, but having or?
ders not to stop at any flag stations he
ran by Cane Savannah Siding where
Robinson was standing without slack?
ening the speed of the train. He saw
the washout just before his engine
reached it, and he applied the
emergency brakes and then reversed
the engine. When the engine went
down into the washout he jumped back
on the tender ?nd when that fell in
and turned up on the end he was
thrown foward to the bottom of the
hole beside the engine. When ques?
tioned why he did not heed the signals
of Robinson he said he was simply
obeying orders not to stop for pas?
sengers at any flag stations. But
would have stopped instantly if the
same signals had been. made any?
where except at a flag station.
The jury adjourned from the in-(
firmary to the Court House and after
full consideration a verdict was reach?
ed : That the said J. J. Clements, Joe
Davis, Frank Ross, Minnie Ross and
Ned Weston came to their death in a
railroad accident on the Atlantic Coast
Line railroad two miles east of
Wedgefield, the said accident being
the result of a washout
The wrecking train and a large force
of hands have been hard at work re?
moving the wrecked engine and cars
since about 2 o'clock yesterday, but
at last accounts the track bad not been
cleared and the damage to the em?
bankment repaired. It is possible
that the regular train may begin run?
ning through to Columbia tonight,
but regular schedules will probably
not be resumed until tomorrow.
The manner in which the relief of the
wounded was managed cannot be too
highly praised. The relief train with
physici?ns was hurried to the wreck,
the wounded requiring immediate at?
tention received it, and then all were
placed on the relief train, the dead
in the baggage car, the seriously
wounded in one coach and the other
injured in another. The uninjured
were requested to leave the relief train
and get on the regular train No. 52 to
return to Sumter. As has been stated
before, they were removed from the
train to Dr. Mood's infirmary where
they received every attention that a
corps of seven skillful physicians could
render. All of the relief work was
carried out under the direction of Dr.
Van Telberg-Hofman the resident
physician of the A. C. L. relief de?
TRAINS RUNNING TO COLUMBIA.
Track Built Around Wreck-Wounded all
Doing as Well as Possible. .
Daily Item, June 5.
Trains are now running through to
Columbia on regular schedule, a tem?
porary track around the wreck hav?
ing been completed late Thursday aft?
ernoon. The first train to come
through was the regular passenger
train from Columbia to Charleston
which arrived at 7.17, nearly one
The wreck has not been cleared
away and it is said that there are at
least three or four days hard work for
the wrecking crew to remove the
engine and cars that are still in the
hole. The engine is buried up to the
top of the driving wheels in the mud
at the bottom of the twenty foot wash?
out. Up to last night the engine had
not been moved from where it
strcuk when it went into the break,
as it is impossible to handle it until
piling can be put down for a founda?
tion for the derrick which will be re?
quired to left it out of the hole.
The wounded at Dr. Mood's In?
firmary are all doing as well as could
be expected and all are well on the
road to ultimate recovery. One woman
patient was permitted to go to her
home in Marion county yesterday aft?
ernoon at her urgent request, although
she was advised to remain here for
treatment several days longer.
Reports from Florence are that
Engineer Wilson, Fireman Douglas and
Porter Sam White are doing well and
are expected to fully recover from
EYE WITNESS OF WRECK.
Sworn Statement of Mr. R. M. Ives Made
Before Coroner Flowers Friday.
R. M. Ives being sworn said : I drove
down to Cains Savannah station on
June the 2, 1903 in my buggy, reach?
ing there about 9.40 o'clock. On my ar?
rival there, I found one colored man
by the name of Brogdon and also a
white man, who was a stranger to me.
Brogdon ask me the time I told him
it was 20 to 10 o'clock. He said he
wanted to go to Columbia on next
train I told him he had plenty of time,
as it would be about 25 minutes before
train was due. After talking a few
minutes he looked in the direction of
Sumter and said he saw a train coming,
I told him it was too early for the
regular train, must be an extra. He
said to me that this was an excursion,
and I told him that the excurison
train would not.stop for him, and that
it would be useless for him to sign the
train' He said he would take the risk
and sign it anyhow, I told him it
would be no harm to go ahead and
sign it. At this time the track was
nearing the whistle post, and when
they gave the road crossing whistle,
which was four blows, he commenced
to sign them in the usual way, with a
white handkerchief across the tract on
engineer's side of the road. He continu?
ed signing until they got within about
one hundred yards of crossing. I then
looked down the road towards Wedge?
field, and saw a boy running towards
station and when he got about switch
lihgt, I said to Brogdon that he had as
well stop, that they were not paying
any attention to his signing. This
man Robinson who was coming from
towards Wedgefield called to me and
said that they would stop in a few
minutes. I asked him why, and he said
there was a washout up the road. I
then told him to sign them for all he
was worth, as I had no handkerchief
myself, which he did with something
which I took to be a red piece of pa?
per, lie did this until the train was
within twenty feet of him, I then call?
ed to him to get out of the way, as
they were not paying any attention to
him. By this time the engine was
about crossing the road 1 waved my
left hand to him in rapid succession
pointing my right hand towards Wedge?
field and hollowing, Washout ! After he
passed I gave him the regular stop
signal with the right hand, as far
as I could see him. When I saw he
paid no attention to me, I asked Rob?
inson the extent of the washout, which
he said was about 30 feet in length ;
nothing remained but the iron rail. I
then said to the crowd, Let us follow
them as they will be sure to go into
the washout, which we did in a run.
After running for about 150 yards,
looking behind me, I saw the train
52 coming. I said to some of the
crowd, go back and sign down that
train. After saying this I saw Brogdon
standing on the track where we left
him with a white handkercihef in his
hand, and I then said he would sign
that train down, let us go on to the
wreck. About this time the smoke
from the engine looked as though it
bad stopped. I said to those who were
with me that the engineer had evident?
ly seen the washout. About this time I
saw the steam from the engine fly
about 40 feet to the right of the road
and heard the whistle blow. I then
knew they were in the washout, and
ran as fast as I could in that direction.
I met the flagman andhe asked me to get
there as quick as I could and get the
people out from under the wreckage. I
got there and helped to get two per?
sons out. After getting out all we
cculd find Conductor Graber asked me
to hasten back to Cain Savannah and
phone agent at Sumter for relief train
and doctors, which I did.
June 5, 1903. R M. Ives.
CONDUCTOR J. J. CLF.MM0NS.
What the Wilmington Paper Says of the
Thc news of Capt. Clemmons' death
was received with the greatest sorrow
here, where he lived until about three
years ago when be removed with his
family to Florence, S. C. His regular
runs were from Florence to Augusta,
Ga., and from Florence to Wadesboro.
Capt. Clemmons was a son of Capt.
J. H. Clemmons, of Southport, and
was 41 years of age. He was a man of
very high character and above re?
proach. To make his acquaintance
was to be his friend, and his populari?
ty was perhaps as wide as that of any
conductor in the employ of the
Coast Line. For several years he was
employed - in the store cf Mr. N. B.
Rankin of this city. He was a con?
sistent member of the Baptist church
and was at one time elected a deacon
of First the Church, this city.
Capt. Clemmons married Miss
Giralda Taylor, daughter of the late
Jos. W. Taylor, of Wilmington, and
she with five children, the oldest 12
years of age, survive him.
Mr. W J. Clemmons left yesterday
for Florence for the purpose of accom?
panying the remains of his brother
to Wilmington today for burial.
Capt. Clemmons was a charter mem?
ber of Clarendon Lodge No. 2, K. of
JP., of this city, but had removed his
membership to Harmony Lodge No. 8,
of Florence, upon his removal to that
city. He was also a member of the
Endowment Rank, K. of* P., and
carried $2,000 insurance in that order.
All Pythians of the city are requested
to meet at their hall this afternoon
for the purpose of attending the
funeral services in a body.
The funeral will be conducted from
the A. C. L. station by the Rev. W.
B. Oliver, immediately upon the ar?
rival of the train this afternoon and
the remains will be interred in Belle?
vue cemetery.-Wilmington Star,
ESTELLE, THE FLORENCE WIDOW.
Sad Experience of the A. C. L. with Es?
Estelle McDaniel, the Florence
widow of McDaniel, the railroad hand
who was killed in the Sumter yard a
year or more ago. was one of the vic?
tim of the wreck Wednesday.. She was
among the number sustaining serious
injuries and is one of those still un?
der treatment at Dr. Mood's in?
firmary. When McDaniel was killed
Estelle put in a claim for damages
against the railroad and a settlement
was effected with her without the case
getting into the courts, the railroad
paying her ?250. In the meanwhile a
woman living in this city also setup a
claim to the widowship of McDaniel
and demanded damages of the railroad.'
The road claimed that a settlement had
been made with the legal widow and
refused to consider the claim of the
Sumter widow. She was represented
by Lee & Moise, while the railroad at?
torneys defended the claimls of
Estelle. The case was heard in the
Probate court and then in the Court
of Common Pleas, the trial lasting
nearly three days at the recent term.
The verdict was in favor of the Sum?
ter widow and Estelle was declared to
be no widow at all. But as she had
already received $250 in full settlement
of all claims against the railroad,
the A. C. L. was the mourner and not
Estelle. After this sad and expenisve
experience with Estelle it is rather
tough for the railroad to be so soon
confronted with more trouble on Es?
telle's account.. But Estelle being
injured, and having once had the pri?
vilege of spending railroad money,
will not let slip so good an opportunity
to put in a claim for a good big
chunck of damage ? money to ease her
Mr. Spain Kelly Denies the Statement
From the Florence Times.
To the Editor Daily Item, Sumter,
Dear sir: I desire to say in reference
to the article you published in recent
issue of your paper as being copied
from the Florence Times, to the
effect that I had made threats against
two young persons in the neighborhood
of Florence, that such a rumor was
wholly without foundation in fact. I
have never made any such threats as
stated, and have never had any ill will
towards either of the young people
alluded to. Yours Respectfully.
Spain C. Kelle v.
June 5, 1903.
St. Louis, Mo., June 2.-Thirty feet,
the danger point, was reached and
passed today by the flood that is com?
ing down the Mississippi River The
river continues to rise rapidly and a \
point considerably higher than thirty- |
four feet, which Weather Forecaster !
Bowie had predicted would he reached i
by Thursday Friday, will be attained. !
The crest of the flood in the Kansas
and Missouri rivers is yet to come.
FINALS OF S. M. A. COMMENCEMENT.
Cuban Spy Produced Again-Graduating
Exercises and the Graduates.
Daily Item, Jnue 4.
The commencement of the Sumter
Military Academy ,and Female
Seminary was brought'to a close yes?
terday morning with the graduating
exercises and the presentation of
On Tuesday evening the Dramatic
Club produced the "Cuban Spy," a
romantic war drama. The following
was the cast :
Little Cuba-Elenora,-Miss Alleen
Richard Carson-Clarence J. Owens.
Roderigo Valdez-Spann J. Green.
Jasper Gomez-Edgar P. Mitchell.
Lopez-J. Calhoun Durant.
Phelim McNab-J. M. Woods.
Carl Weisbeer-Claude McFall.
Jerry-Ubi V. Millican.
Bright Monahan-Miss Daisy Green.
Sophie-Miss Eula Rogers.
The audience was quite appreciative
and generous with applause. .
During the play Mrs. Thompson
sang two Spanish songs that were en?
The music was furnished by the
Second Regiment Band.
The graduating exercises were held
in the Opera House at 10 o'clock yes?
terday morning. The musical mim?
bres of the programme were rendered
by Misses Hogan and Scarborough.
The graduates in the Literary De?
partment were : Lieut. J. M Woods, of
Clarendon county who delivered the
class Salutatory, and an address on
Education; Capt. J. Clinton Brogdon,
of Sumter county who read the class
Poem; Miss Annie Brailsford, of
Clarendon county, class Prophecy;
Miss Marie White, of Sumter county,
Class History; Capt. E. P. Durant,
Clarendon county, Child Labor; Lieut
N. B. Hicks, Clarendon county,
"Lest We Forget": Adjt. J. C.
Durant, Class Will; Miss Alleen
Owens, Barnwell county, Ess?y, "The
Young Womanhood of the South";
Miss Bessie Keels, Sumter, Essay,
"English Literature"; Miss Mabel
Shuler, Orangeburg Essay, "The
South in Poetry."
The graduates in bookkeeping were:
J. D.Dougherty, of Orangeburg ; O.
C. Hinnant, of Williamburg: A. C.
Reynolds, of Darlington ; B. E.
Chandler, of Florence : S. J. Greene,
of Barnwell: B. R. White, of Sum?
ter: M. Griffin, of Marlboro; S. H.
Butler, of Reidville, N. C., P. R.
Felder, of Dorchester: L. M. Jones,
foClarendon : Miss Susie Belle La
Motte, of Sumter; Miss Bessie Keels,
of Sumter; Miss Ellen Edens, of
President C. J. Owens delivered
the diplomas and made an address to
the students, dealing largely in re?
miniscences of his school work extend?
ing over a period of nine years. In
bidding farewell to his pupils he spoke
with great feeling and tenderness.
The address to the graduating class
was delivered by Maj. H. F. Wilson,
of the city. The subject of his ad?
dress was "Opportunity." He spoke
with the force and eloquence that are
characteristic of his public addresses.
Although we have been to Sumter
time and again since our return from
the up country, yet we have never had
the chance to ride around and take in
the city until last Thursday Mr. D. J.
Chandler offered ns a seat behind his
$240 trotter. We were perfectly sur?
prised at the steady growth and enter
pise of our little mother city. Her
growth has extended in every direction
from .the courthouse and her enter?
prises are as varied as her growth is
extensive. She commenced years ago
with a cotton factory and her public
spirited business men did not stop
and rest supinely upon their oars, but
today we find Oil Mill, Sash and Door,
Coffin, Furniture, Ice and Telephone
factories. Steam Laundry, Machine
shops and foundry and various other
smaller industries that go to make up
a hustling thriving city. The Sash
and Door factory just put up by Mr. J.
W. McKeiver deserves special mention
as it is an individual enterprise that has
been carried to success under very try?
ing circumstances and today it turns
out as nice work and on as short notice
as any of the older fatories in larger
cities. We were particularly pleased
at seeing the old sand roads that were
once a burden to man and beast turned
into excellent drive ways hythe simple
application of clay wh;.ch is obtained
by digging away the Simd, bring the
c?ay to the top and put the sand in the
bottom. On the whole, we were
pleased to note on all sides the pros?
pects of the old town.-Bishopville
The hammocks being sold by H. G.
Osteen ?c Co., haven't a superior in
Sumter, at the price.
Pisgah Has Good Rains.
Pisgah, June 4.-This section had
fine rains Monday and Tuesday nights.
Crops are responding to the warm
weather, especially tobacco. The de?
struction of the crops at Dalzell is a
sight to be seen. The fields look like
woods that have been burnt over by a
fierce fire. The rain was heavy, wash?
ing the land. I think where the cot?
ton stalks are large enough there is a
prospect for it to bud out and make a
crop. A few davs will decide it.
J. E. D.
Is one where health abounds.
With impure blood there cannot
be good health.
With a disordered LIVER ther
cannot be good blood.
r vivify the torpid LIVER andrestor.
a natural action.
A healthy LIVER means pur;
Pure blood means health.
Health means happiness,
?'ake no Substitute. All Druggists
Good for Panama Cana!.
Washington, June 4.-A cablegra~
received at the State dpeartment toda
from United States Minister Beaupre
at Bogota, dated June 1, reads : '
"A decree issued today declares pub?
lic orrder restored throughout the na?
This announcement is believed to
have an important bearing upon the
pending canal treaty, for it is suppos?
ed to indicate the suspension of mar?
tial law and the removal cf the con?
stitutional objections to the assem?
bling of the Colombian Congress un?
der other Lhan peace conditions. The
officials feel that this would not be
done were not the Colombian officials
reasonably confident of their ability
to carry through Congress their pro?
gramme relative to the canal treaty.
The White Mills Distillery of Louis?
ville was seized yesterday by order of
Joseph A. Craft, Collector pf Intel
Revenue, because of alleged violation
of revenue laws. "Equalizing" is the
specific charge made against the em?
ployes of the distillery. About $1,000,
000 worth of whiskey is involved.
THE SUMTER SAVINGS BINK.
HORACE HARBY, President.
L C. STRAUSS. vice-President.
GEO. L. RICKER, Cashier.
Capital Stock, S25,ooc
Liability of Stockholders, 25,000
THE OLD WAY
Of saving money was to put it in a stock
mg and secrete it in some place that the
dullest witted thief was sure to discover
when he came prowling around in the
small hours of the morning. The new way
is to take any sum exceeding one dollaf to
The Sumter Savings Bank
And deposit it there to the credit of your
account. The money is safe from fire and
thief and such savings deposits will earn. 4
per cent, interest.
I will give prompt attention to all calls
for surveying, platting, terracing hill sides,
draining: bottoms, drawing Mortgages
Titles, Probating, ?c.
BANKS H. BO YXIN, D. S.,
Oct 19-0 Catchall, S. C.
THE BANK OF SUMTER,
SUMTER, S. C.
City and County Depository.
Capital stock paid in, $75,000 00
Undivided surplus, 16,000 00
Individual liability of stockhold?
ers in excess of their stock, 75,000 00
Transacts a general banking business;
also has a Saving Bank Department. De?
posits of $1 and upward received. Inter?
est allowed at the rate of 4 pe:: cent, per
annum, payable semi-annually.
W. F. B. HAYNSWORTH, President.
MAEI02? MOISE, W. F. RHAMZ,
Aslo assortment of Garden
Large line of fine Havana
A choice line of Toilet and
Fancy G-oods to which atten?
tion is invited at
DeLorme's Drug Store;
Digests what you eat.
This preparation contains all of the
aigestants and digests all kinds of
food. It gi ves i ostant relief and never
fails to cure. It allows you to eat all
the food you want. The most sensitive
stomachs can take it. By its usemaoy
thousands of dyspeptics have been
cured after everything else failed. It
prevents formation of gas on the stom?
ach, relieving all distress after eating.
Dietingunnecessary. Pleasant to take.
It can't help
but do you good
Prepared only by E. C. DE WITT & Co.. Chicag?
The $L bottle contains VA times the 50c size,
J S HUG-HSON & CO
We promptly obtain ?. S. and Foreign
Send model, sketch or photo of invention for*
free report on patentability. For free book, f
Opposite ?. S. Patent Office