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Sardinia. Aug lt.?The death of
Mrs. W. H. Dlsher, nee Miss SaDle
Jnrvey. Monday afternoon the 23 -d
a gloom over the Salem section
ire she was so greatly admired for
the noble, charitable, womanly traits
sme possessed. She was 60 years of
asje and was born in Christ Church
Parish. Charleston, and Is survived by
Isar sorrowing husband, and brothers.
Messrs. Lewis and J. E. Jervey, the
popular and greatly admired proprie?
tor of the Jervey House, Sumter, sis
Miss Grace Jervey of Taft, and
John W. Flemmlng, New Zlon
had many relatives in Charle*
She was a consistent member of the
ethodlst church and her heart was
open for the suffering and dis
Remborts. Aug. SO.?Mr. Editor:
hot dry wave has at last been
ten. We hud a nice rain lust
it but the crop has been Injured
least twenty-five per cent, of
it It would have made. The cotton
ip In this and other aectlons will
t exceed ?0 per cent. Young corn,
and potatoes wlll*be a failure,
to the continued drought of the
Man f||y weeks. Old cotton Is still
gjsjlsg plowed by some, while the cot
Mm pickers are following behind. As
Mas Irishman said when told that his
nrtfe was dying, that hi had his eye
em her, nothing she brought and
ilng she should carry off?so we
watching this late cultivation with
Mrs. W. C. Harlee and children,
W. J. Toung and Mrs. T. D
I. spent some days last week
The Sunday school at McLeod'e
CMagel will observe mother's day on
Mm third Sunds y in September. Rev.
T, I* Cole ha* been invited by the
assureh to lecture on that day on the
ssjfcject of motner. The church and
?endsy school has extended a world
%td? Invitation to all who will come,
to Join In the exercise. May the
another* of thin and other communi?
ties be made glad on that occasion.
Rev. Whit lock, pastor at McLeod'e
JCMepel. preached an Interesting Kor?
anen on yesterday. Hia text was, "It
M appointed unto man once to die."
Mr. Editor, we hope to see the day
ashen the entire membership of every
?JSmrch will sustain, uphold, encour?
age and co-operate with their pastor
to the Master's cause. This is a duty
sstUeh we owe to our Master, to our
paster, to ourselves, to our communi?
ty, to the rising generation, putting
em the whole armor of the Lord Jesus
Christ, going forth with sharp
etas Into the harvest fields, by ways
id hedges seeking the lost.
OTPID FOUND THE NURSE.
Luray Va.. Aug. 2?.?The honey
>n of a marriage about which there
an Interesting bit of romance is br?
ig spent at Strasburg, Shenandoah
About six years ago Mr. Howard
Mit?, of Grafton. W. Va., courted Miss
rl Jones, also of Orafton. This
faded away until the removal of
Jones to Elklns. W. Va., where
married Joseph Orsl, who died
Some time after Mr. Orsl's
ith Mr. Hlte became a victim of ty?
phoid fever, and was taken to th<
hoHpit.il In Orafton, which chanced ta
hw the one where Mrs. Orsl had be?
come a nurse. Also by chance, Mra.
Orsri was assigned as Mr. Hlte's nurse.
?either at the time knowing the other
era* an Inmate or employe of the in
sSJtutlon. They soon, however, recog?
nised psch other, and upon leaving
the hospital a few days ago the wed?
ding took place.
Last Tuesday morning Mr. J. A.
Jone* who lv. I ahout eight miles
from Rranch\llle. lost one of his best
farm mule*. Mr. Jones drove the
male to his field, where he was ic ith
er lax some fodder, and. a* usual, h?
tied a rope around the mule's neck
and then tied the rope to a small tree,
Then he went on to his work and did
not think that the mule could get
hurt. Some time after Mr. Jones re?
turned and found that the mule had
pawed a deep hole Into which he fell
?od broke his neck.
BIBLE NOT ORIGINAL.
Chicago Professor of Divinity Declares
Story of Creation and Deluge Ap?
peared Long Before Bible
Chicago. Aug. 26.?The Bible is not
original with its supposed compilers,
according to the opinions expressed
yesterday by Prof. Gerald B. Smith,
of the faculty of the divinity depart?
ment of the University of Chicago.
"The story of creation and the deluge
appeared long before the Bible was
written,1' the speaker declared. Both
of these stories were traditional in
the early literature of the Babylon?
'The theologian of today Is ac?
quainted as the theologians of former
days were not, with the reality and
vitality of non-Christian religion a^.d
in the investigation of the Old Testa
ment religion, it has been found that
many of Its elements were drived from
Israel's contact with Babylon. The his?
tory of Christianity reveals the fact
that Christian beliefs have grown and
changed aa Christianity has met with
the secular forces of its history. There
are elements in every pagan religion
which every Christian is compelled to
recognize as truth."
SUICIDE IN AUGUSTA.
L. A. Blckle, Mall Clerk on Looted
Train, Ends His Life.
Augusta, Qa., Aug. 29.?L. A.
Blckle. white, aged 43, an ex-mail
clerk on the Southern railway almost
severed his head from his body with
a razor at his home here this morn?
ing. Bicklc hal been In 111 health and
It Is said that his mind was unbal?
anced because of this and recent be?
reavements In his family.
He happened to be mall clerk on
Southern train from Charleston on the
night of May 18 last when the express
car was rifled and when the train
reached Augusta the messenger was
found In a chest. The messenger
claimed that he had been knocked
down by masked men and placed in
the cheat. G. P. Humphreys, baggage
master on the train on the night of
the robhery, cut hla throat two
months ago, dying almost Instantly,
because he was suspected of the rob?
bery. However, the expres officials do
not connect Blckle with the robbery,
hut it la a fact that the detective, a
few days ago, questioned him regard
| Ing the case.
HOPES FOR REPEAL OP 15TH
Senator Tlllnamn Says He Receive*
Much Encouragement After He Ad?
dresses Northerners on Negro.
Anderson, Aug. 27.?In the course
of hla address before the Red Shirt
crowd here yesterday Senator Tillman
aald that the chief object of his mak?
ing addresses before Northern au?
diences was to convert enough Repub?
lican congressmen and senators to as?
sist him in repealing the 15th amend?
ment. He aald that frequetly after
he concludes his addresses prominent
persons from his audiences come to
him to say that the conditions in the
South have been grossly misrepresent
ed, and that the Northern people ha ?%
not a correct idea of the true condi?
tion in the South. He said further
that many of his hoarer>
iiave said to him that if
more Southerners like him would
make addresses In the North the peo?
ple of the North would get a clearer
conception of the conditions as they
HIS COWS WEAR COATS.
Financier Also Has Their Teeth
Brushed Thrice Dally.
Cincinnati, Aug. 26.?W. Kelcey
Schoepf, who is heavily interested in
the Metropolitan Street Railway of
New York and who owns a 150-acre
farm in Glendale, a subsurb of this
city, has received 24 coats for his
$75.000 herd of Jersey cows. The gar?
ments are of one piece, which is the
style now, and are of cream color.
The two attendants whose sole duties
are to look after the cattle, place
these coverings on them every morn?
ing to protect them from flies.
Each blooded Jersey's teeth arc
brushed three times daily. This de
parture in dairy farming is said to
result In better health and better milk.
In exchange for the tooth treatment
and coats each cow has dally pro?
duced over two gallons of milk, with
a large amount of cream.
Mr. Schoepf, when he Is not busy
nttendlng to his railroad interests, is
at his country place. Harb Week the
Schoepf farm sellH about 1)0 pounds Di
butter. Thirty cents a pound is the
price quoted, but Mr. Behoepf declares
that the butter business is carried on,
not for profit, but to gel rid of the
surplus milk from the $76,000 herd
10 C. Griffin, recently engaged to
bead tlo* chemistry department of tin
Kansas Stale Agricultural College, is
spending bis vacation in Brighton,
Cal., as a hod carrier. He Is not try?
ing to solve the labor problem, but
likes hard work.
AMERICAN WINS PRIZE.
curtiss BREAK! ALL records
Aviation Week at Rheim*, Franco.
Closes After a Remarkable Series of
Contests, in Which All Previous
Records for Ilcavicr-Thaii-Air Mu?
ch! nes Were Broken.
Betheny. Aviation Field, Rheims.
August 29.?A twilight vision of Paul
han's graceful monoplane, like a great
white bird soaring above the plain,
so high that it seemed to rise above
the yellAw harvest moon just rising
above the distant hills, and the fleet?
ing "golden flier," as the CurtiS3 ma?
chine has been dubbed, smashing an?
other world's record In the Prix de La
Vitesse, were the closing glories of
The victory of Glenn H. Curtiss, the
sole American representative in the
contests, coming on the heels of his
great victory in the international cup
yesterday, gives the United States the
lion's share of the honors of the meet?
ing. The Prix de La Vitesse, of twen?
ty thousanw francs, ($4.000.) divided
into four prizes, was distributed to the
four machines making three rounds of
the course, 30 kilometres, at the
greatest speed, the first prize being
won by Curtiss quite handily, not?
withstanding his penalization.
Curtiss only missed winning the lap
speed contest from Blerlot by a small
margin. He captured second place In
that event, which was over the? full
circuit of ten kilometres, or 6.21 miles,
raising his total money winnings for
the meeting to 38,000 francs, besides,
the International cup, which goes to
the Aero Club, of America, Inscribed
with his name.
As In yesterday's cup contest an ac?
cident?the only "serious one of the
meeting?removed Blerlot, the Amer?
ican's most dangerous competitor,
from today's three-lap speed contest.
Blerlot'8 escape from death was a
narrow one. He had passed the first
turn in the Prix de La Vitesse when
the rudder suddenly failed to respond.
The machine turned completely over
three times, landing with such force
that the petrol tank burst and catch?
ing fire from the motor enveloped the
machine and pilot in flames. Before
Blerolt could extricate himself, he
was burned about the face and hands,
but fortunately not seriously.
With Blerlot out of the contest, La?
tham remained Curtiss' only serious
rival. Tre race was Intensely excit?
ing. Latham with "No. 13" started
only four mintues ahead of the Amer?
ican who gave% chase. Curtiss over?
hauled him in every kilometre, finish?
ing less than 400 metres behind the
Frenchman. Latham's time was 26.
32 2-5. and Curtiss' 24.15 1-5.
The committee first posted La?
tham's time with one-twentieih pen?
alization as 27.51 2-5, giving Curtiss
the victory. Latham, however, re?
fused to accept defeat and brought
out "No. 20." With this he flew con?
siderably faster, his time being rec?
orded 25.18 1-5. The time, but not
the amount of penalization, was post?
Curtiss declared his confidence to do
better in another attempt, and decid?
ed to try again. Within two minutes
his machine was out and speeding
across the line. He flew higher than
he had ever gone before, keeping the
throttle wide open and making each
round a swifter speed than in any of
his previous efforts. The time was 23.
29. With his penalization! Curtiss'
time stood at 25.45, 49 2-5 and this
eave him the race by almost a minute
margin. Bnt when he learned that
the second round had been traversed
in 7.48 2-5. less than one second from
Bleriot's lap record, he made another
effort but failed to equal the French?
man's time by four seconds.
Aeroplane Flight in Georgia.
Atlanta, Ga., August 29.?Athens
claims the first areoplane flight in the
State of Georgia. Ben Epps and Zump
Huff, in a monoplane of their own
construction, yesterday at Athens,
made a trial flight of fifty yards. The
machine, however, rose but one foot
above the ground and was wrecked,
when it bumped into a terrace.
The machine was repaired today,
and another flight will be attempted
Mrs. .1. R. Ramsey, Mrs. M. R.
Powell, Mrs. Atwood, and Miss Jones,
of Hackensack, N. J. recently reached
Sacramento, Cal., In an automobile.
having crossed the continent from
Now York without escort. Mrs. Ram
say drove her automobile over 5,000
miles of all sorts of road, and Is the
first woman to achieve this trip.
The Southern Bell Telephone Co.
has decided to cut in another long
distance line for Sumter and within
a few weeks the long distance ser?
vice of this city win be materially
Improved. The additional wire has
been needed for sotne time on .ac?
count of the rapidly growing pa fron -
age of the long distance lines, and
It has frequently happened that im?
portant business has been delayed on
account of the lines being too busy to
handle the messages promptly.
THE STATE BOARD OF CANVAS
KEKS STILL DELIBERATING ON
TOE DISPENSARY ELECTION.
Dispute Over Right of Body to Re?
view Act of Legislature May be
Columbia, Aug. 28.?The deadlock
at the meeting <>f the state Board of
Canvassers, in session on the dispen?
sary election, was broken yesterday
when an order signed by Associate
Justice Hydrick was served on Comp?
troller General Jones ordering him to
either attend the meetings of the
board or to appear before the asso?
ciate justice this morning at 10
o'clock to show cause why he does
This ended one of the most excit?
ing sessions of the board held in yea- s
and while at times the actions of thr
various members in refusing to give
on either side appeared to be amus?
ing, still there were moments when it
seemed that somebody might lose
temper and precipitate a quarrel.
The real feature of the meeting was
the constant attendance and constant
absence of the comptroller general.
For several minutes between attempts
made to take votes he would pace the
corridor outside of the office of secre?
tary of state and then suddenly re?
appear to state his position again and
offer once more to go with the hear?
ings provided the board did not take
up the question of its right to pass
upon the constitutionality of the act
ordering the election. The situation
as briefly summed up was about as
At the hearing Thursday the board,
while awaiting the arrival of Mr. Wal?
ter Hazard, representing the prohibi?
tionists of Georgetown, who wish to
contest the election, took up the
Charleston case, which is contested
by Mr. J. P. Grace, who holds that
the act is unconstitutional. The board
in executive session late Thursday af
ternoon decided to go on with the
Charleston case, although this meant
that the other cases might ?? Ut until
the constitutionality of th ..ct and
the right of the board to pass upon
this act had been decided.
There are only four members of the
board present. Messrs. Lyon and Mc
Cown stood pat on the proposition
that the board had the right to con?
sider the constitutionality of the act.
Messrs. Jennings and Jones were
equally positive that the board did
not have this right and a dozen or
so ballots were cast strictly along
the lines. Mr. Jones stated most
positively that he would break the
quorum by leaving the room if the
board took up the case with a view
to deciding the constitutionality of
the act. And he did. At intervals he
left the room and then came back
with the same old proposition, while
the attorneys wrangled and the other
members of the board talked pro and
con. Mr. Grace still thought that as
the constitution was involved the
Charleston case should be settled first.
Mr. Wlllcox, who represents the dis?
pensary side in Georgetown, begged
the board to lake up his case. It had
been set for 11:30 o'clock. Mr. Haz?
ard, who had arrived, was inclined to
side with Mr. Grace. The board kept
on deadlocking, because Messrs. Mc
Cown and Lyon agreed with Mr.
Grace. Mr. Jennings, who acted as
chairman, at times seemed to wrant
the matter settled, but on the prop?
osition as to the authority of the
board he sided with the comptroller
When the board was ready to meet
early yesterday morning it was found
that Comptroller General Jones was
absent, thus there was no quorum.
About 11:30 he came in and at once
stated his position. He had voted the
day before to go on with the Charles?
ton case, he said, but had been wrong.
He did not think the board had the
right to consider it. Just here it WSJ
brought out that the board had de?
cided to throw out the contest so far
as Richland was concerned and de
clare the result, but this action was
not Announced officially because the
Charleston case loomed up large and
strong with the divided board. The
Richland dispensaries may open Mon?
The situation remained unchanged
until 2 o'clock when the comptrollo"
general left the room, apparently for
good. A telegram had been received
from Anderson that Mr. K. P. Smith
was net in the city and the board then
discussed tin Advisability of summon?
ing Lieut, (luv. McLeod. The law pro?
vides that In the absence of a quorum
the lieutenant governor shall act. But
the P?>int was raised that the comp?
troller general was known to be in
the city. It was then suggested that
sn official communication be sent Mr.
Jon s asking him if he intended com?
ing to the meeting. Should the reply
be in the negative the other members
would have the right to summon th<
The letter and the reply is embod
ied in the following letter from Mr
Joins addressed to the board:
"I have received the following let
ter from you of this date: "Tine
members of Board of State Canvas
sers, Hon. R. M. McCown, Hon. J.
Fr?ser Lyon and I, are ready to pro
< < ed with hearing the contests ano
declaring the results of the elections
in the various counties upon the
question of dispensary or no dispen?
sary. The law provides that a quo?
rum of the board shall consist of four
members, and knowing that you are
in the State house at this time, desire1
to be informed whether you will at?
tend the meeting of the board in or
der that the quorum may be com?
pleted and the duties of the board dis?
charged in accordance with law.
" 'Will you please give us an answer
in order that those members of the
board who are present and ready to
serve may be advised whether it is
necessary to call upon the lieutenant
governor to attend under the pro?
vision of section 225, code of 1902,
"Replying to your letter in inquiry
of today, in which you desire to be
informed whether I will attend meet
! ing if the Board of State Canvassers
in order that the quorum may be
completed and the duties of the board
be discharged in accordance with
law, I beg to say:
"That I was present during the
present session of the board and re?
mained until the board by a divided
vote declined to refuse to hear argu?
ment as to the constitutionality of the
act under which the board convened.
My position is that the board con?
venes enly by virtue of the a??t 'or?
dering the election and that we have
no jurisdiction to consider the consti?
tutionality of any act of the legisla?
ture, and especially am I of the opin?
ion that we can not declare uncon?
stitutional, null and void the act by
virtue of which alone we convened for
the purpose of passing upon its con?
"If the act under which the board
now convenes is unconstitutional, then
the meeting is unorficial and you have
no righi to be sittig in that capacity
or to demand my presence.
"Whether the act is constitutional
or not, it is not within the jurisdiction
i of the Board of Canvassers to consid?
er, and any conslderattion of it will
be purely speculative, academic and
"Under the statute law of the State,
section 223, code of laws 1902, vol?
ume 1, it is our duty, 'upon the cer?
tified copies of the statements made
by the boards of county canvassers, to
proceed to make a statement of the
whole number of votes given at such
election for the various officers, and
for each of them voted for, disting?
uishing the several counties in which
they were given. They shall 'certify
?;uch statements to be correct, and
fubscribe the same with their proper
"Section 228 says: 'Upon such state?
ments hey shall then proceed to de?
termine and declare what persons
have been, by the greatest number of
votes, duly elected to such offices, or
either of them. They shall have pow?
er, and it is made their duty, as ju?
dicial officers to decide all cases un?
der protest or contest that may come
before them on appeal from the de?
cisions of the county board of can
"Under my construction of thi 'aw,
and of my sense of duty, I declln-i to
participate in any discussion as to the
constitutionality of the act by which
we are required to meet and merely
declare the result of an election or?
dered by said act.
"I am present in my constitutional
capacity to canvass the votes and de?
clare the result of the election, but I
am not present in an unconstitutional
capacity to question and pass upon
the constitutionality of a act of the
general assembly as a member of the
State Board of Canvassers."
All during the wrangle the mem?
bers of board had acted pleasantly
towards each other although at times
there were some serious moments. Mr.
Jones read his formal reply given
above and just a few minutes later
as served with the order of man?
damus by the sheriff. There was some
laughter and Mr. Jones took the pa?
Then Capt. Jennings, who had been
restive for some time and wanted to
get down to business, resigned the
chair. He said he was tired of pre?
siding over a body that did not ac?
complish anything in a session of a
Whole day. Mr. Lyon was then voted
t< the chair and put the motion that
the board take up Mr. Grace's protest.
Mr. Jones then left the room again
and the meeting adjourned until this
He said last night that he would at?
tend the meeting this morning and
as Mr. K. P. Smith also wired that
he would be present there will be a
majority for or against the proposi?
tion and a decision is expected on all
The mandamus is signed by Judgl
l>. IS. Hydrlck, associate Justice and
the healing is to be in the Justices'
consultation loom at 10 o'clock this
The petition for mandamus is sign?
ed by j. i\ Grace of Che leston, Wal?
ter Hazard, who is here to represent
the prohibition protect from George?
town, and Hunter A. Gihbes of this
city, signing themselves attorneys for
The petition sets out in part:
"That A. W. Jones. comptroller
general, is ex-officio member of the
State Board of Canvassers, whose
duty it is to meet in t .e office of th\J
secretary of state and determine the
result of the election.
"That on the 26th of August the
board met and adjourned until the
"That three members of the board,
the attorney general, the State treaseSj
urcr and thte secretary of State, meV
and expressed a willingness to pro?
ceed with their duties but the said A.
\V. Jones appeared at intervals upon
said day and only for the purpose of
thwarting thte proceedings find ca?
priciously and arbitrarily absenting
himself without just excuse an
whenever it became apparent that
quorum would be necessary to pro?
ceed with the business before the
board, absented himself, and still ab?
sents himself and fails to attend the
meeting of the said board and take
part in the transactions of its busi?
ness and keeps effectively broken t
quorum so the said board was an
still is unable to proceed with the dis?
charge of its duties.
"Also that the respondent is physi?
cally able to comply with any man?
date of this court."
The order of Judge Hydrick is
the effect that Mr. .Tones shall "forth-"
with appear and attend with other
members of said voard and proceed
to the deliberations upon and deter?
mination of all matters before said
board; and that failing to do so" is
required to appear as above set out. *
WOULD LIMIT WATER RIGHTS.
Conservation Congress Declares For
Seattle. Wash.. August 28.?I
National Conservation Congress todi
adopted a resolution declaring that
the Federal government should limit
grants of water r ghts to a reasonable
definite time, and should exact an an?
nual tax upon them.
The resolution was drawn by Dr. W^
J. McGee, the sod-water expert. ^
Judge Hanfort. of Colorado, intro?
duced a substitute resolution, setting
forth that it was the promise of land
and water rights which drew the first
settlers to the West, and that it was
the same attraction which is now
veloping it. Pi
Other resolutions adopted endorse
the forestry and reclamation bureaus;
recommend the creation of a national,
bureau of mines; endorse the national
conservation commission; urge a Fed?
eral appropriation for the work of the
commission, and favor Statehood fo^j
Arizona and New Mexico.
The congress formed a permanent
organization and elected officers. ^
Bernard N. Baker, of Baltimore,
was chosen president.
A Good Farmer and a Poor Scribe. '*
Privateer, Aug. 28?Knowing how
hard it is to decipher some hand writ?
ing, I seldom ask a correction, but in
justice to Mr. Joe B. Osteen I will
ask you to change the report on the
amount of fertilizers that he used tool
his cotton, to 380 pounds of fertili?
zers and "fifteen bushels'* of cotton
seed per acre, instead of "fifteen tons
of seed" also his corn was "lightly"
instead of "highly" fertilized. The
fact is, it is hard to realize that he
has such a crop with such a lghej|
application of fertilizers, but when
you talk with him, and find, that he
rotates every year and makes a heavy .
growth of peavines which he turns
under instead of mowing, also that
he is farming for the profit instead of
the name, and that he loves his busi?
ness and profession, coupled with en^fl
ergy, judgment and perseverance, you
have the secret of the whole thing.
To divert. One of my tenants has
just brought me a "rattler" five feet
long, eight inches in circumference,
and has thirteen rattles. One wasl||
killed near here last week with ele?
ven rattles. I have the two rattles,
and the hide of the last ene killed,
which I expect to have dressed.
We hear a welcome sound of thun?
der, and hope it will rain.
Attorney Sonera] Lyon has given lis
opinion that the act under which the
Carolina, Cltnchtteld & Ohio railroad
wishes to obtain a charter is uncon?
stitutional. In a letter to Secretary ot
State McCown Gen. Lyon states that
the act is in violation of section 8. Ar> >
tide I, of the constitution. The opin?
ion does not go into any detailed ex?
planation of the matter but simply
declares that the act is unconstitu?
When Samuel Gompers, president
of the American Federation of Labor,!
gets home from bis trip around the
world?he Is expected by October 15
?the Central Labor Union of Wash?
ington proposes to have a big torch?
light parade in his honor.
Mr W. Scott Marvin, ot Manning,
has complained to the commission
that the Atlantic Coast Line Company
has put In a vary i<>\\ rate on saw mill
Iocs for the saw mills at Sumter and
declines to give similar rate under like
conditions for the mills at Manning,
Silver and other points.