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THRJEJC PROTESTS DISMISSED BY
BOARD OF CAKyASSERS.
Poadhuh hi the
Columbia. August II.?As if to
ma Ira up for the two and a half days
af wrangling, the State Board of Can?
vassers took leas than II minutes la
exepetiv* session this afternoon to
dsssnlse all contests before It and de
, clara the result of the recent dispen?
sary eteettous. The board remained
1 ra ?isslwa during the dinner hour.
$ aad, altar hearing all alfcmmenta on
k. the Charleston. Osorgstown gad Rich
went into executive soasion
rr the protests. >t about
kit asses! It was aaaeaneed that all
had beea dismissed dnd the
were then ready to open,
various dUrpsnaary boards were
of t*<e deehaoa of the board
now* spread rapidly kjava aad
the local diapensaries
They^dld avelmlng bust
e arguments of
Grace and Conner,
dlspenssrles which opened this
n. thooe to which the board's
aa gave the right to open.
Charleston, Rlchland and
town, of the counties remain?
ing wet under the recent election.
* Beaufort's returns were not officially
received, so that the res-jit could not
bo declared an to Beaufort. In re
gard to- Florence ahd Alken these pro
toots are yet before the county boards
The fifteen countloe that voted out
*ghe dispensaries also had the right to
open this afternoon, although It Is
doubtful If a'.l of them opened, per?
haps, preferring to wait until Monday.
These county dispensaries remain
open for the sale of, stock under the
terms of the Act providing for the
closing down of the dlspenssrles.
It Is unierstood that the constitu?
tionality of the Act did not come up
in executive session, and that the vote
upon the dismissal of all protests was
The session of the board has been
quite an unusual one and all, Includ
. the members of the board. are|
glad to oee that the matter Is com?
pleted. It Is not expected that any
further move will be made to close
UP any of the dispensaries that have
the right to remain open.
The deadlock was broken this after?
noon at 11:30. when Judge Hydrlck Is?
sued an order making the mandamus
peremptory upon Comptroller General
Jone? to attend the meeting of the
board After two days and part of
the third of wrangling upon the
question of whether or not the argu?
ments from Charleston should be
heard, the board got down to work
Immediately after the decision of|
Judge Hydrlck was announced.
Judge Hydrlck'? informal statement
to th?* attorney* in the case was that
Mr. Jone* xhouhl ?.,. required to at?
tend the meetlns;* of the board as a
ministerial officer and hear whatever
came Up before the board H. point
ed out that It would be very unusual
for a member of the legislature to
absent hlmse'f merely because he be?
lieved the discus* I son was repugnant
to the constitution. Judge Hy<ln< k
made no ruling upon the asjantiog of
whether or not the board had any
right to pass upon the constitutional
Ity of the Act. but merely issued an
order compelling Mr Jone* to attend
the deliberations of the board, setting
out lust the return of the respondent
kahcd April, ISM.
?He Just ai
DESTRUCTIVE MEXICAN FLOOD.
CITY OF moxtfi'ey swept am)
Enormous Loss of Life and Property
As Result Of Torrential Downpour
Of Rain in Ancient Mexican Town
?Fifteen Hinsand People Rei>orte<l
Monterey, Mex., August 28.?Eight
hundred persons drowned, 15,000
homeless and property damage to the
extent of $12,000,000 is the result of
a flood which struck this city between
1 and 2 o'clock this morning.
The scene in the flood-swept section
of Monterey tonight is one of utter
desolation. Four city blocks on the
south side have completely disappear-*
For seventy-two hours pain has fal?
len In unprecedented volume through?
out this b-otion and the Santa Cata
rina River rose gradually all day Fri?
day, the crest of the flood reaching
Monterey early today. At first it was
thought there would be no loss of
life, but the water reached a height
never before attained and swept
houses from their foundations by the
score. Tne electric light plant was
put out of commission last night and
the complete darkness was an added
horror. Cries of the drowning could
be heard, but the on-lookers were
powerless to render aid.
When daylight came the scene was
Indescribable. All through the flood?
ed district groups could be seen hud
died on the tops of two-story build?
ings, entirely surrounded by a mass
of water. %
One by one houses disappeared with
their human freight. Nothing could
live In the wild current of the Santa
Catarlna River, which was rushing
at the rate of twenty miles an hour.
During the early morning hours the
water remained stationary, and It wss
loon before a fall of four feet began.
By 4 o'clock this afternoon the river
was back In Its banks, only to go out
of them again at f o'clock, because of
the continued downpour of rain.
The great steel plant at Monterey
suffered a loss of nearly a million dol
by the flood, and the smelter of
le Mexican Lead Company Is cut off
>m the city and submerged. It Is
tated that the loss at this plant
Dt over three million dollars'
The Santa Catarlna river runs al?
most directly through the centre of
Monterey. Along Its right banks Is
located the suburb of San Lulsito, In?
habited by the poorer element. It
was in this section that nhe greatest
loss of life occurred.
Many pitiful scenes are reported.
One family cf the poorer class, hav?
ing sought shelter on the roof of their
adobe dwelling, and refused to leave
their home In the bellet that the wa?
ters would soon subside, were drown?
ed. The water came on with a rush,
and before help could reach them the
entire family was swept from their
place of refuge.
The higher portion of the city was
crowded tonight with thousands of
homeless Mexicans, but as fast as or?
der could be brought out of chaos,
arrangements were made to care for
the women and children. Many pri?
vate homes, the police station, clubs
and organization halls, were thrown
open to succor the homeless.
1,900 Drowned at Monterey.
Monterey. August 29.?At noon to?
day it stopped raining for the first
time since last Thursday afternoon,
and some Idea of the horrors of the
flood of Friday night and Saturday
could be obtained. It was at first re?
ported that eight hundred lives were
lost In the disaster, but today it seems
that the number of the dead will
reach 1.200 and may be more. The
river has fallen considerably, and
whilom still high the danger is now
i>wr Seventeen and a half inches of
ruinfall Ih the official reeord during
Friday. Saturday and today. This rain
was a steady downpour and at no
time approached the statt.s of a cloud
burst. The river was higher than it
has ever been in the history of Mon?
terey and at one time the plaza Zara
go7.o. the highest part of the elty, was
flooded to a depth of about one foot.
This was early Saturday morning, and
only lasted until the approach on the
.south side of the San LusltO bridge
was washed out.
Hfftst P. H. Corley of Lexington,
who several months ago* while in the
discharge ef hi* duty, was so sevi rely
wounded in the right hand and arm
by the n#?gro Ed Bynum, has just re?
turned ftoin'?itichmond, Where he has
tern undergoing treatment for his
wounds. It is ? matter Of great sat
ItfaetlOK to the numerous friends of
the sheriff that his condition Is much
Improved, and it Is now hoped that he
will regain full use of the entire arm
id Fear not-^Let all the ends Thou Ali
ER. 8. 0. WEDNESI
STATE LOSES INSURANCE CASE
IMPORTAXT DECISION RENDER?
ED RY SUPREME COURT.
New York Life's Contentions ns to
Payment of Taxes Sustained?Ry
the Decision the State Will Lose
$25,000 or $30,000 in Rack Taxes.
Columbia, August 28.?A case of
grave Importance to the State was
I settled by the Supreme Court today.
The court affirms the opinion of the
lower <gV>urt in the famous insurance
case?that of the New York Life In?
surance Company vs. W. T. Bradley,
as treasurer of Abbeville County. The
effect of the decision is a victory for
the insurance company, which sued
for taxes paid under protest to the
treasurer of Abbeville under an Act
of the Legislature. The case itself is
I a small one as regards the amount in
I volved?$171.35?but upon this base
hinges all the other insurance cases
I that are hanging fire in the courts.
I The matter altogether involves an
I amount of $25.000 to $30,000 to the
I State of South Carolina in back taxes.
I It is not thought that the decision
I in the present case will affect the sev
I eral hundred thousand dollars in back
I taxes, but only those taxes which
I were paid under protest, as in the Ab
I beville case. Other insurance cases
I are now in the courts touching the
I constitutionality of the recent Insur
I a nee ?Act of the Legislature. In these
I cases Attorney T. Moultrie Mordecai,
I of Charleston, appeared recently be
I.fore the Supreme Court. In the Ab
I beville case the well known attorney,
I James H. Mclntosh, of New York, was
I associated. The Abbevlle case is In
I the nature of a test of the law.
The cause was originally heard be
I fore Judge R. W. Memminger, of
I Charleston, without a jura The taxes
I altogether named In the complaint of
I the company for back years total
I more than $19,000, but the tax com
I plained of is the tax levied under an
I Act of the Legislature giving each
I county where business Is done the
I right to levy a tax upon the preml
I urns collected.
Judge Memminger gave an extend
I ed order in this case overruling the
I demurrer and for judgment for the
I plaintiff last year, and he is upheld by
I the Supreme Court, the opinion being
('given by C. A! iCobds, A. J.
A WEAK LAW.
The State Liquor Law Says One Tiling
Rut Attorney General Advises An?
St. Matthews, August 29.?The
thirsty, sinners were very much dis?
appointed that the dispensary did not
open yesterday on schedule time, but
were somewhat pacified when the an?
nouncement was made late in tve af?
ternoon that the doors of the G. M. I.
would swing wide Monday morning at
the rising of the sen. The ion?
drought has been somewhat exasper?
ating to the poor and needy, especial?
ly, who have been subsisting luxuri?
ously upon their half-pint of No. X
"booze" at ten cents. The shekels
were not forthcoming to order and
the blind tigers had not established
their lairs at home. Pursuant to s
ruling by a prominent firm of ab?
stemious lawyers in the city of Or?
angeburg, that the proper officer*
were legally justified in nabbing whis?
key, for personal use, after it left the
express office, the prohibitionists got
busy and bombarded Shelrff Dantzbrr
to proceed against the offenders, as
there was abundant evidence around
the express office. The sehriff real?
ized that his course, in this matter,
lay along a lane of clubs, legally and
otherwise, but he was not the man to
back down from duty. As a precau?
tion, however, he called up Attorney
General Lyon for explicit instructions,
and was advised not to interfere, un?
less there were suspicions of illicit
dealing. The haggard and anxious
expression on the face of Calhoun's
conscientious sheriff rapidly gave way
to the peaceful smile which lingers
long and is kind. The St. Matthew's
dispensary is now stocked with $12.
000 worth of liquors and beers, with
$4.000 stock at Fori Motte.
AKIIEVILLE RANKERS CONVICT?
Ashevllle, X. August 28.?Wil?
liam 10. Breese and Joseph K. Dicker
son were today found guilty of the
charge of conspiring to defraud the
First National Hank of Ashevllle.
The Jury. Which heard the case
?Ince July LT?., coming into court at
9:40 o'clock with a verdict which rec?
ommended the mercy of the court,
judge Newman promptly sentenced
each of the defendants to serve two
yean In the Atlanta penitentiary, the
maximum under the statute, and to
puy a fine of $2,500.
na't at be thy Country's, Thy God's an
)AY. SEPTEMBER 1
WORKMAN THROWS LIGHTED CI?
GARETTE INTO FUS3E BOX.
Dynamite Goes Off Under Group of
Workman at Bocacchaca on Florida
East Coast Railway.
Key West, Aug. 27.?As a result of
the explosion at noon today of 700
pounds of dynamite at Bocacchaca, 12
miles from Key West, on the Florida
East'Coast railway, 12 men are dead,
five others probably fatally wounded
and at least a dozen others less se?
riously injured. The explosion was
caused by a member of the railroad
construction force carelessly throwing
a lighted cigarette into a box of fuses.
Nine of the workmen m<?*. Instant
death and a tenth died while being
brought to the hospital. The men
were hurled high into air and the
bodies of the dead were almost be?
yond recognition, arms and legs be?
ing torn from the bodies of some,
while the faces of others were mere
masses of flesh.
When the explosion occurred the
workmen were standing in water four
feet deep and directly beneath them
was the 700 pounds of dynamite,
ready for the blast when the men
Should stop work for dinner.
According to one of the wounded, a
workman?one of nine to meet in?
stant death?threw a lighted cigarette
to one side, not noticing that it fell
into the box containing the fuses
which were connected with the heavy
charge of explosives beneath them. A
few seconds and the men water, mud
and tons of dirt were thrown 70 to
90 feet in the air.
Tugs at once brought the dead and
more seriously wounded to this city,
the latter being placed in the Louise
Those less seriously injured were
placed on Stock Island, opposite Bo*
cachaca and will be brought to Key
Key West, Fla., Aug. 27.?Most of
the victims of the explosion arrived
here from New York last Sunday.
Late this afternoon six more of the
more seriously injured were brought
to the hospital here. The injuries are
not considered fatal. ? ,
About 60 men were at work, all
close together, when the box of fuses
was discovered ablaze and had it not
been for the sounding of the alarm
by the dredge master it is doubtful if
a third of the men would have escap?
ed with their lives.
There is some contention as to the
cause of the explosion. An inquest
wiU be held tomorrow.
1,000 PELLAGRA CASES.
Wilmington Doctor Says Only One
County in North Carolina is Free
Wilmington, Aug. 24.?At the
?seventh annual convention of the
State Nurses' Association of North
Carolina, the closing; session of which
was held yesterday afternoon, Dr. E.
J. Wood, of this city, made a splen?
did talk on pellagra, the compara?
tively new disease which is claiming
considerable of the time of Dr. Wood
and Dr. Harlee Bellamy. Dr. Wood
made the startling statement that
there are no less than 1,000 cases of
pellagra in North Carolina at the pre?
sent time, there being only one
county, Onslow, that has so far es?
caped the disease. Why that county
should be favored above all others is
a mystery, but It Is a fact, said the
speaker, that the disease has been
discovered to the border lines of the
county, but none in the county.
In the beginning the speaker trac?
ed very interestingly the origin of
the disease so far as the records
show. The first mention of it was
In Europe in 1735 and was known as
a form of leprosy. It subsequently
spread throughout Europe. In 1893
the first case in this country was dis?
covered in New York city.
The speaker is one of the few who
maintain that pellagra is not caused
from Indian corn. He and Dr. Bella?
my are conducting a series of experi?
ments and they hope to be able in a
short time to clear the good name of
corn. Dr. Wood declared that pella?
gra Was second in importance only to
tuberculosis and that the Situation
was daily growing more serious.
Policeman Burke, of the Columbia
police, shot and fatally wounded 'Ju?
lian Knight, a negro hackman, In
front of the State Capitol, on Main
etreet, Sunday night, after the officer
had been cut in the face by the negro
several times. Several shots were tired.
One of the bullets entered the fore?
head of the negro. The negro had
been arrested for fast driving and wan
resisting arrest violently.
d Truth's." THE TRTJ
, 1909. Sew &
LATHI LOVERS RE60BI.
AVIATOR AT Kill MIS GOES NEAR?
LY NINETY-SIX MILES.
Monoplnnist who Failed to Cross the
Chuiinel Redeems Himself by Es
tablishing New Records for Dis?
tance Covered and Swiftness of
Betheny, Aviation Field. Rheims,
Aug. 26.?Albert Latham, the French
aviator, today took golrious revenge
for the hard luck which he experienc?
ed in his recent attempts to cross the
English Channel, and his indefatigi
ble, but hitherto unsuccessful efforts
to accomplish some notable achieve?
ment during the present meeting, by
establishing a new world's record for
distance, 154 kilometres, 650 metres,
or 95.88 miles. Latham covered fif?
teen laps, or 150 kilometres, in two
hours, 13 minutes, 9 seconds, and the
full distance in two hours, 18 minutes,
9 3-5 seconds, which also are world's
records, the flight being at the rate of
about 68 1-2 kilometres an hour, as
compared with 53 1-2 made by Wright
at LaMane, and a fraction under 50
made by Paulhan yesterday.
Exeept for the one lap speed re?
cords, made by Bleriot and Curtiss
this week and Paulhan's time record
in the air, Latham now holds every
record for distance and speed.
Like Paulhan he descended only
when the gasoline tank was empty.
Nothing could have exceeded the
beautiful and impressiveness of the
prolonged flight. In grace of linei
no other aeroplane here compare*
with Latham's monoplane. The
slightly tilted planes from the long
skiff-like body give it a resemblance
when close, to a winged canoe, while
sailing high up in the air it look.*
from the distance like a mammoth
dragon fly. For an hour with flutter?
ing wings, like a living thing, it
fought its way against the storm ol
rain and wind at an average height ol
150 feet, mounting higher as the
wind rose, until during thte worst ol
the storm it was up fully 300 feet
The contention of the advocates 01
the biplane that the monoplane
would be unable to live in a stronj
breeze has been amply refuted.
Latham, earlier in the day. wit!
"No 13," another aeroplane* of th?
same type, made a flight of mor<
than 70 kilometres, and after he hat
finished in the afternoon, Count D?
Lambert covered one hundred ant
sixteen kilometres, (73.03 miles,) ii
Three flights, therefore, in a sin
gle day totaled more than 210 miles
Glenn H. Curtiss, the American. ha<
two practice spins, but although hi
machine behaved splendidly, its spee<
was disappointing. An accident wb.icl
Bleriot suffered about dusk may im
prove Curtiss's chances for the in
ternational cup. While trying t<
alight in front of the tribune with l
passenger aboard his big 80-horsi
power machine, Bleriot crashed int<
a fence, the wings and propeller be
ing broken. He narrowly misset
killing several of the spectators
Whether or not the motor was in
jured ?has not been definitely de
termined. If so, Curtiss's most dan
gerous rival has been put at a dis
advantage, as Bleriot intended to us?
the wrecked machine in the interna
tlonal event, although he quallfte(
Rougler, also, while giving an ex
hibltion, landed among a crow*,
lunching in the grass and slightly in?
jured two women and a man.
Bleriot Insists that his accident was
not due to recklessness, with Wttict
he was charged by the crowd. He as?
serts that a squadron of dragons was
moving across the field and crowded
him toward the fence. competing
him to choose between landing
among the horses or into thte bar?
RAREFOOT DANCE BARKED
Ladles In Greek Play Decline to Sh ?\v
Ankks. So Show Fells,
Chicago, Aug. 2i.??There is great
disappointment among the male Ctti
zens of Oak Park, a fashionable sub?
urb, ow ng to the decision Of tli*1
young holies who will take part In
an Interpretation of "The Ladies of
Athens," scheduled for day aftei to?
morrow, not to dance In bare toes.
There will be absolutely ndellt) to the
early Greek period In every other
way. but the young women draw th>
line at bare feel and b us. Interest in
the affair, which was extreme when
it was announced thai tue barefoot
dance would be a feature, is percept?
ibly lagging today.
A charter has been issued to the
Spartanburg Collection agency of
Spartanburg, capital $1,000.
K SOUTimON. Established June, 11
er left?Vol. XXX. 3.2
COTTON PRICES FLUCTUATE.
MAPllET CLOSED LOnEK AFTER
Last Figures Practically Worst of
Day?liivak After Midday Due iO
Combination of Circumstances.
New York, Aug. 26.?Early ad?
vances in the cotton market were fol?
lowed by reactions, the close being at
practically the lowest and barely
steady at a net decline of 6 to 13
The opening was steady at an ad?
vance of 2 to 3 points, and after a lit?
tle irregularity, the market sold up
to a net gain of 4 to 5 points, with
December contracts touching 12.42,
the highest level they have reached.
That position sold at 12.34. This sit?
uation reflected the steadiness of the
Liverpool market, encouraging re?
ports regarding foreign trade, claims
that the new crop of cotton for for?
ward shipment from the South was
only obtainable above New York con
>1 tracts parity and further private re?
ports claiming recent deterioration in
the estern belt. Liverpool was a
moderate buyer here; there was some
demand from the South, covering by
>1 local shorts and a little demand from
commission houses on the advance.
Preliminary crop reports on Georgia
and Alabama by a prominent local
authority indicated that conditions
had been maintained during the
month, but while this disappointed
local bulls, it was offset by the prl
11 vate rei>ort8 of more recent damage,
I during early trading and the break
after midday was due to weakness in
Wall street, reports of selling against
the prospective movement, the larger
estimate for tomorrow's receipts at
Galveston, and reports that the gulf
storm might bring rain where needed,
in the southern part of the belt. Ral
| ly buyers seemed to be liquidating oa
! the decline, and while the Southern
[ spot markets officially reported early
were net unchanged to l-8c higher,
[| there was evidently conthfued uneasi?
ness regarding the ability of the mar
| ket to absorb the early movement
above the 12 cent level.
I Receipts at the ports today 7,133
bales against 3,146 bales last week
and 10,011 bales last year. For tho
week 30.000 bales against 14,397 last
week and 71,498 last year. Today's
1 receipts at New Orleans 75 bales
I against 10 last week and 518 last
j year. At Houston 4,583 bales against
I 1,833 last week and 6,211 last year.
Spot cotton closed quiet: middling
uplands 12.85; middling gulf 13.10.
Sales today 700 bales. Futures open
i I ed steady and closed barely steady,
Capturing Contraband in Orangcburg.
Orargeburg, Aug. 27.?The raiding;
squad of the Jocal police department
accomplished a good day's work in'
seizures today, taking into custody 4*"
bottles of beer, 32 quarts of whishej
112 pints and 381 half-pints of whis*'
key from the Edisto club here,
prominent alderman was prompting
this work and spared no efforts to get
in a position to have the club raided
by the police.
This is the fourth time this club
has been raided and contraband stuff
amounting to over $300 was confiscat?
ed this morning.
Officers Edwins, Jennings and
Spears made the raid and in order to
get the stuff they broke into the
lockers. The officers of the club of?
fered no resistance and as soon as the
100 or more lockers were broken open
the raid was perfected.
Dr. H. H. Brown, treasurer of tho
club, said to a reporter that the pa
lice here were too slow to catch small
pox if it was in every house in hyena.
He showed the reporter his locker
which revealed three quart bottles of
Whiskey. The doctor thinks that o* if
about time to quit business, though,
as the police are tearing up his litt b
playhouse too often.
One Sandford Wicks was a: rested
here today for selling whiskey and
was charged With being | walking:
blind tiger. He was caught ffif
act of peddling it out and was focnx
cerated. He now out oa a $20t*
bond pending his trial on Monday.
The police are busy "in behind" th?'
blind tigers and every day seizures are
being made At present the seggfltfi
office is full of "booze" and the Bff?
sto staff had "to be confined m Hap
General Superintendent EToreaen
of the Southern Railway, hna odvloedl
the commission that the eontia. t ;;;*v
been let for the rebuilding et tu**
freight and passenger depot at Una Hi
Springs. The work la expe< tc?.t t*?
commence in the immediate fu*w* ?
Fire destroyed the depot at that p