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SOCIAL CLUB MAN K.l It FINER
*.W. M. Brown, of Orangehuxg. Admit*
Violating Liquor Imw.
Oran<oburg. Sept. 7.?In the crimi?
nal court this morning W. H. Brown
pleaded guilty to the charge of keep?
ing and ?torlng whiskey and was sen?
tenced to pay a fine of $100 or be
confined for three months. This if
one of xhe cose* growing out of the
raids on toe Edlsto Social Club, of
which Brown was manager. There
are ?tili two more cases pending?one
.for keeping and storing and the oth
ifler for selling liuora. Besides there
is s fine of $76 or 30 days' 1 m prison
mem hanging over Brown from the
mayor'<* court, he hi.vlng appealed
the case. Brown made a statement tc
the court as to how he hud managed
the club, and was toll by the Judg
, that hie manner of handling liquor
* tor the members of the duh was f\
violation of the law. Judge Gary taid
he wast a member of a club In the1
cltv of ( ?I ml la. but that the Itqt ?rs
WSVS'bougot by the members iti the!)
* aem name*, and If desired they car
a ried email quantities of It to the club
(Aoams and placed it in the leJOh n
This, he th >ught was not a viola:
of the law. but to order In the name
! of the club or Its manager and tin
dtsgtfj^lte among the members win
log and selling and clearly
other cases against Broun
plfohablj be tried tomorrow or
the neKt d y. Much Interest Is being
Shown In ihla matter.
(xm\ tour not (i(mm).
Average Condition 71.6 Against 7?.4
"Washington *ept. 8.?The crop re?
porting, board of the department ol
agriculture estimates the condition of
crop* on September 1 last as follows:
> Corn 74.0. as compared with 79.4 on
the same date last year: spring wheat
IS.f. aa compared with 77.6 In 190?
Comparisons for corn show:
State. I a* ~ ? ~
3 ? 5
g 4 cm 7 i?
O ? O
Texas. ?. 55 86 74
Georgia. 88 84 84
Tennessee .... 73 84 81
^Alabama ... 70 84 82
North Carolina . 79 84 83
Arkansas ... 86 80 78
Mlsstselppl ... ?9 87 78
Louisiana. 87 R$ 90
?oath Carolina . . 82 81 78
Virginia. 76 89 87
United States . . 74.8 79.4 80.6
Comparison for wheat
United State* , . ig.f 77.6 76.9
The average condition of the crop
I when harvested was 93.8. against 61?.7
when harvested In 1908.
The average condition of tobacco
on September 1 is stated as 80.2
The condition of tobacco on S|S i
tember In Important States was: '
Kentucky 80; North Carolina 7":
Virginia a.',. Tennes.ee Hit; South
Carolina H&; Connecticut 84; Florida
IMU'/dK IHCILL AT STATU FAII?.
President Hobler to Suggest |*lau
to Militia Officer-.
Columbia. Sept s rYogMenl Jn.>
O. Mobley. of the South Carolina An ?
rlcultural ami Mechanieii Soeiet,.
has addre d t . the nimnumlint; >
fleers of all the militia sniBjantc* in
the St.4te a letter reque ting their at?
tendance at a meeting SO be held In
Iths city council chamber, in Colum?
bia. Sept. 15. to discus- the ;id\isi
blllty of having a prize drill at U ??
1909 State fair.
The Bee I>ee Trust Company has
been or* mi ized at Fl" R/Ith B
, capital sto< ;: of $66.0 10.
died April. 1850.
STATE HOARD OF I.Dt CATION
V. AM S APPROPRIATIONS.
other ?. vattci* of [Qtovftl to School
Teuchels and others Interested In
Educational Affairs In lOUth Caro?
Columbia. Sept. 7.?The matter of
high school applications was dis?
cussed at length t .day at the meet?
ing of the State board of education,
held In the office of State Superin?
tendent of Education Swearii :;cm.
The following members of the board
were present at the ro eting: W, K.
T?te. Charleston; A. R. Banks, Co
bmbia; A. J. Thackslon, Orangerurg:
Et F. Rice, Alken; Nathan Toms,
I -aldington: D. W, Dnnlell, of Clom
I >i\ and Prof. A. Cr. Reinbert, of
Wofford. Gov. Ansel is chairman of
the board and State Superintendent
of Education Swearinten is secret* vy.
The list of high school? was ap?
proved and appropriations made.
Seventy-five of the 131 schools
?ived aid as rural high schools.
Half the appropriation to each school
will be paid In December ond half
in March. It v. ras a source of regret
to every member of the board that
s.'WTal high school applications could
not be honored because the $3,000
limit a. t by the High School Act had
been already reeched. Anderson.
Lrfiureng and Orangeburg counties all
applied for more money than could
I t appropriated to their high schools,
v bulletin will soon be issued by the
University treating fully of high
school unit text bopkl itn(] courses ol
s<udy. The date of the next teachers'
examination arai set for October i.
Kach county superintendent of ed?
ueatloa should take notice of .the
t'me ilsd 1 in his loc :I p i
The appeal from citizens of tlu
Hii-ta school district in Barnwell
county, concerning the removal
the school building from Its prest at
site, was dismissed, and the action of
the Darnwell County board sustain?
''?he : tnt< I o ; ? ? vi not lee that at
.the next teachers' examination in
?fay, 1910. applicant- will be requir?
ed to stand an examination on ele?
The SeCTOtary reported that the
$20.??00 appropriated by the last leg?
islature to lengthen the term of weak
rural schools had all been paid out.
The board will consider some plan by
which this appropriation can be in?
creased and disbursed, if the general
assembly will consider the bill next
The reading circle work for 190S
09 was concluded September 1, and
the board authorized a new course
for 1909-10. All applicants are re?
quired to make a general average of
7f? per cent, with not less than 60 per
cent on any one branch. The books
adopted for the coming year are
civics and health. Chubbs' teaching
of English. Smith's evolution ol
Col. A. R. Banks, representative of
the 6th district, offered his resigna?
tion. . The chairman accepted this,
expressing his regret that the senior
member of the board was discontinu?
ing his connection, and paying Col.
Banks an eloquent tribute for his
able and patriotic service to the
schools of the State. The governor
announced that J. Lyles Glenn would
receive the appointment to fill out
the unexpired term of Col. Banks.
The only schools in Sumter county
to receive High School appropriations
were Gen. Sumter Memorial Academy
and the Rafting Creek High School.
TO TRY OIT COTTON ll.\R\ fos?
Poaionstratioii of Cotton Picking
Machine to be Made at liemietts
Hcnnettsvllle, Sept. 8.? Mr. Angus
Campbell, repraasntlni Mr. Theodore
H. Price, of New york, eras In Ben?
nettsville today for the purpose Of
securing ? Held of cotton in bs used
in the dssao net ration ot the cotton
harvester. Mr. Campbell found what
hs wanted, and his purchased one
hundred acres from Bx-Henator John
Ii MoLauiin. The cotton on this
? will remain nnptck< d lintil the
latter part of thin mon h or the first
Of OotObOTi when Mr. Price and a q
clatei will come hers ;?i.?I the demon
ii itlotl v\ill be made. Mr. Campbell
li the Inventor of the machine and
Mr. Trice .iihI others are interested
In promoting and baeklng tin prop?
osition. The inventor is ? natlvs of
Canada. ttlOUgh be li\? d for a num?
ber of yean in Taxas,
Italy, with 11,000,000, has now ih"
smallssl population of ans <*f ihc
gi si Powers.
id Fear BOt-^Lel all the ends Thou Aim
Eg. S. SATURDAY
PROBE GE0R6EI0WN KilLiMB.
SHOOTING OF MBB, G. C. DK.HAM
; LEADS TO ARRESTS,
Coroner Bwomo Oul Warrants foe w.
15. Avant. Who Bhot Mrs. lib I mm,
And for the Latter's Husband, Who
Was With Avant.
Georgetown, Bept. 8.?Coroner C.
J. Fh tcher yesterday swore out H
warrant for William B. Avant as
principe!) and for Dr. J. C. Bigham
as accessory for the killing of Mrs.
G. C. Pigham, wife of the later, at
MurreK's Inlet, on Saturday night
last. The verdict of the coroner's
jury reads as follows: "That the
deceased came to her death by a
gunshot wound at the hands of W.
B. Avant and J. C. F.ighnm as acces?
sory thereto, both men laboring un?
der great mental excitement and fear
at the time Of the deed."
It is Oic streng opinion of everyone
in this neighborhood that the shoot?
ing was inexcu uible in its gross care?
lessness, and deserves to be investi?
gated to the bottom. It is reported
that one of the probable causes of
the men shooting at the u nknown Ob?
ject was because Sunnyside house was
Sgld to be haunted, and they thought
it a ghpst. The deputy sheriff is ex?
pected to arrive with the two men to?
Coroner Fletcher has acted with
proper consideration in the matter,
and only proceeded with the require?
ment? of the law utter sad obsequies
erers completed, feeling satisfied that
the parties charged could be had
Dr. Bigltani Arrested.
Florenoe, sept, s.?Dr. c. c. E?g.
barn, of Georgetown county, who was
implicated by the coroner and jury
in the killing Of bis wife at Murrell
Inlet, was arrested at the home of his
mother, lira, If, B. Bighorn* at For
esiville. this afternoon by Deputy
Sheriff Harrell. Dr. Bigham was
brOught to Florence and placed in
Jail upon telegraphic instructions
from the sheriff of Georgetown, Sher?
iff Burch has notified the sneriff Of
Georgetown, who will come tomorrow
and take Dr. Bigham bade to .eorge
town. Dr. Bigham When arrested
was completely overcome with griet.
D1MDFD $10.000,000 IX LIFE.
William IL Singer Had a Premonition
Hartford. Conn.. Sept. 6.?The
strange premonition which caused
William H. Singer, of the Carnegie
and Crucible Steel Companies, to dis?
tribute most of his $16.000,000 for?
tune among his four children several
months ago came true today, when
he died in his cottage at Watch Hill.
R. I., from injuries received in an au?
tomobile smash-up August 24.
Though the others in the party es?
caped with only minor scratches and
bruises. Singer received internal in?
juries which specialists from New
York and Pittsburg were unable to
cope with. He was 61 years old and
leaves a widow and four children.
James McCrea, president of the
Pennsylvania Railroad, his close per?
sonal friend, is attending to the fun?
eral arrangements and personally
oversaw the body of his old business
and personal associate taken from
Watch Hill to Pittsburg on a special
It was a year to a day from Sing?
er's premonition of sudden death to
the fatal automobile accident. Heed?
ing the mysterious inner warning, he
called his four children together at
a dinner in New York and put under
the plate of each a cheek for his or
her share of the Singer fortune. One
of the sons came from Norway to be
present. None of the children knew
Of the proposed distribution of their
father's property unt i u had been
Blnger was one of the pioneer iron
and steel merchant! of Pittsburg. Ho
was not only largely Interested in the
Carnegie steel Company and the cru?
cible Steel Company, but was long
the head of the Ihm of Singer, Ml
mlck ?V- Co, He was a prominent
i member of the American Institute ol
Mining Engineers, and had other
I.net manufacturing and financial in?
Prom a countrv school teacher nl
Sta a month to an annual income of
1140,000 a year geems a long step.
True, it toi?k twenty-seven years to
I accomplish it. bul thai I* the record
of '?Bill" Brown, central Oregon's eo
centrlo sheep king.
With all due re-pert to Coloiado,
(her? Is an idea in some quarters that
there are enough old women In Con?
gress a heady.?New York Telegram,
s't o* be thy Country's, Thy God's nmj
ST. SEPTEMBER 11,
COTTON (SHOP STATISTICS.
SECRETARY HESTER'S COMPLETE
REPORT IS INTERESTING.
HTlie Largest crop Ever Grown Rut
I Consumption Kept Pace With. Pro?
, Auction?Crop Amounted to 13,
995,000 Rains?South Carolina
New Orleans, La.. Sept. 7.?Supple?
menting his report on the cotton crop
for 190S-'09, as issued on August 31,
Secretary Hester of the New Orleans
cotton exchange today made a detail?
ed report on the crops of the differ?
ent States a* follows:
Alabama 1,428,000, against 1,171,
000 last year.
Arkansas 1,052,000, against 787,000
Florida 75,000, against 60,000.
Georgia 2.118,000, against 1,964,
^Louisiana 4v5,ooo. against 673,000.
Mississippi 1,673.000, igalnst 1,
North Carolina 7 4 7,000, against
South Carolina 1,298,000. against
Tennessee 426.000, against 335,?00.
Texas 3.810,000. against 2,221,000.
Oklahoma 740,000 against 950,000.
Total crop 13.S25.000, against 11,
572,00?) last >ear.
He pats the spindles in the Soulh
at 11,255,787, including old, Idle and
not complete, against 10,001,809 last
year, an Increase of 504,479.
Referring to the consumption by
American riills Xr. Hester says that
North and South they have a season
of unparalleled activity, in no past
year, he states, have they consumed
so much cotton, and phenomenal as
the extent of business has been, it
has not reached ^.ie llir of their ca?
pacities. Th? m - 'no of th<
past commercial cr> , he states, is in
round figures $683,794,000. shovinv
thei while the number of bales mar*
keted Was 2.248,000 bales more than
last year, the increase In money re
eeived was bat $11,509,000, equiva?
lent to $5.11 per bale for the exoesSj
[,<. . ' Mr. Ht v ? f plead: < hut ..?:-?
sir.ering all circumstances if ever a
Crop was sohl it a good round price
it was the orte under review;
In the South Mr. Hester makes the
consumption 366.596 more than last
year and 120,765 over the year be?
fore last. Twenty-one new mills are
building in the Southern States, and
including additions to old establish?
ments, 10.000 new looms and 511,294
nev spindles ar? under way. The in?
crease In the number of mills overl
last year has been eight, making a
total of 841. I
The year's consumption has been
divided as follows:
State. Consump- In
tion. crease, i
Alabama . . . 251,871 46,261 i
Arkansas . . . 6,038 2,190
Georgia .... 556,119 74,757
Kentucky . . . 26,290 1,694
Louisiana . . . 17,244 3,331
Mississippi . . 308,691 3,529
Missouri . . . 14,826 6,449
N. Carolina . . 759,295 130,414
S. Carolina . . 700,352 75,806
Tennessee . . 69,211 9,154
Texas. 42,456 8,675
Oklahoma. . . 2,568 954
Virginia . . . 77,912 3,382
Total. . . .2,559,873 366,596
In conclusion Mr. Hester says the
facts concerning this remarkable
year in cotton consumption speak for
themselves, but it is safe to say that
had they been estimates Instead of
plain unvarnished truths, even ex?
tremists would have been justified in
classing them as exaggerations.
In the South, he says, "We have
brushed 2.600.000 bales closely dur?
ing the past year and this close on
the heels of the panic, with 215 out
of a total of 786 active mills from one
to two months late in getting under
headway. Most of the new not com?
plete spindles will be in working or?
der before the coming year"s close
and with these on the basis of the
1 904-05 consumption per spindle, the
capacity of the Southern mills will be
something like 2.800,000 to 2.900,
TOM JOHNSON NOMINATED.
Democrats of Cleveland Name Him
Tor Mayor for Fifth Time,
Cleveland, <?.. s- pt. 7. incomplete
returns from the municipal primary
election held here today make it
practically certain that Tom l. John
son has for the fifth consecutive time
been nominated for mayor by the
Democrats. His opponent was Dr. ir
W, Wat/, an alderman. P, C Baer,
, t present recorder of Cuyahogs
county, leads in the race for the Re?
1 Truth's." TILE TRU
1909. Sew S<
COOK AN IMPQSTER.
PEARY BAYS HE NEVER REACH?
Dr. Cook Says He H??v the Proof That
He Discovered the Pole and
cllnea to Enter Into a Wordy Con
troronj?Peary Must Make Good
Chargen Against Cook or i?e Him?
New York, Sept. 8.? The lie WO
hurled today concerning the discov?
ery of the North Pole and the foun?
dation laid for a controversy un?
paralleled in history
Commander Robert E. Peary is
making uncertain progress southward
off the coast of Labrador In his ship,
the Roosevelt, but there came from
him today a message as direct as his
homeward journey has been slow. It
challenges the veracity of Dr. Fred?
erick A. Cook, of Brooklyn, and fur?
ther complicates a situation which
the whole world is discussing.
In effect Peary decries Cook's
claim with the intimation that be
(Peary) and he alone planted the
American flag at the North Pole on
April 6, 1909, and that Dr. Cook, who
asserts that be unfurled the flag at
the pole on April 21. 1908, must sub?
stantiate his claim.
At Copenhagen, Cook, shown Iiis
rival's statement, tonight stood by hit
guns, declined to enter into a debate
and calmly asserted that bis record!
Would sustain him. To prove bis light
of discovery before the entire world?,
beyond a shadow of doubt, he an?
nounced that he will dispatch a ship
to Greenland and bring to America
his Eskimo companions. Then, with
their testimony and bis data, be de?
clares that he will -:and ready to
lace all detractors.
in the meantime Peary continue i
his homeward Journey on the Ice
scarred Roosevelt and ^ tonight al
Battle Harbor, Labrador, m ire thai
400 miles from North Sydney, Cape
Breton the i bjectlye point of the
homeward < raise, through the strait
of Felle Isle.
-V Cook is^ hi New-York, tonight
and Mrs.*"Peary has left her home in
Maine on her way to join her hus?
band at North Sydney. Though press?
ed for a statement, Mrs. Cook de?
clined absolutely tonight to say any?
thing concerning her husband.
By those who received word of Dr.
Cook's discovery With skepticism,
Commander Peary's challenge todaj
was received with gratification; ,v>
those who had been neutral it cam*
as another surprise in a series of re?
markable happenings, while to Dr.
Cook's supporters it was a signal foi
war. Dr. Cook. If his plan does not
miscarry, Will sail for the United
States on Sunday, next, and will ar?
rive here by September 21. By that
time Commander Peary will have
reached home, but no one has as yet
suggested the possibility of a dram?
atic meeting of the two face to face.
Peary's statement reflecting on Dr.
Cook's achievement came first to the
Associated Press early this morning,
! da' d Indian Harbor, Labrador, the
point through which he first reported
his success by wireless. It has been
delayed in transmission. It is as fol?
"I have nailed the Stars and Stripes
to the North Pole. This is autKoii
tative and correct. Cook's story
should not be taken too seriously.
The two Eskimos who accompanied
him say he went no distance north
and not out of sight of land. Other
members of the tribe corroborate
About the same time Mrs. Peary
received the following message under
the same date, both having been sent
via Cape Ray. N. F.:
"Good morning. Delayed by gale.
Don't let Cook story worry you.
Have him nailed.'
To the Associated Press the com?
mander had sent the dispatch, reply?
ing to an urgent request for an au?
thoritative statement and some com?
ment concerning Dr. Cook.
While Commander Peary's asser?
tion of today is Of a nature tb it
makes i>r. Cook's position one of de?
fense, the Brooklyn explorer yet has
4iipporters both at home and obi >.. I
Many of the continental scientistH
marking time pending developments,
while those who ha\e formed no de?
cided opinion In this country have Os?
sum? d a similar stand.
Prof. William H. Brewer of Yale,
honorary president for life of the
Arctic Club of America, of which
b"th Peary and Cook are members,
telegraphed to New York today as
"i believe that both Cook and
Peary have reached the pole."
Dr. Thomas s. Dedrlck of Wash?
ington, N. J.. who was surgeon of the
Peary expedition of Istt-ltOS
promptly tame to the support of Dr.
E SOTJTimOX, Established June, 18M
sries?Vol. XXX. N >. 5
HANDSOME BUILDING TOTALLY
DESTROYED T1IV PSD AY.
The Lorn is Estimated ai Quarter
of a .Million Dollars?Insurance
Only $85.000?Plans for Rebuild?
ing Under Way?College WBI Re
open in Colon la Hotel.
Columbia, Sept 9.?Fire at 2:30
O'clock this morning totally destroyed
Columbia College, which was built
by popular subscription from Metho?
dists all over thi*< State. The plant
was valued at $250,000 and was in?
sured for only $75,000. with $10,000
more on the equipments.
The property was bonded for $60,
000 and there Is twenty odd thousand
dollars more liabilities In floating"
debts. Liquidation would lea/ve noth?
ing but the rock foundation and'
grounds. But arrangements are go
in-.' right ahead for rebuilding, and
o/ening for the present session in
the t'olonia Hotel property, the for?
mer plant of the college. The trus?
tees have been called . to meet nex^
P. D. and E. E. Cramer and W. P*..
Duffy, three young men of Charles?
ton, while out fishing from a launch
were wrecked and were rescued by
Only 164 persons in 1900 have
right and left arms e"f equal strength.
In 4 0?* out of luOO women the right
arm is stronger than the left. In
men 590 out of 1000 have the right
arm the more powerful.
Rev. H. H. Hudson, of Gordonville,
Va.. has been called to the pastorate
of the Presbyterian chivrch in Rock
Cook today. He said:
"The charge (referring to_
statement of today) may 1f**?n*>'
tion until his :vo 'aa'aHH
but the seiet I world "?'?HsjH
ed only by scientific dMcrcn
C^ool; v. in undoubtc-lTy ^fthve
records and observations without Es?
"If Eskimo proof is reeded there
are enough admirers of fair play in
the world to send impartial interpre?
ters to the tribe."
Analyzing the Eskimo character"
Dr. DedrtCk Is inclined to thir;k them^
unreliable with "a temperament*
v hich would lead him to agree for'
suavity's sake and because of imme?
diate benefit With a man on the spot
having a ship loaded with' what is*
most dear to an Rsklme h lart. Thjsi
won d be especially true.-' arguce Dr.
Dedrick. "if their former benefactor
had departed homeward, as Cook did
on r sled with no halo of ship pres?
Tn conclusion. Dr. Dedrick said.
"Suppose Cook next year went up
and distributed presents as ships do^
and asked if his rival had got out ???
sight of land and they said" 'no.'wha?
matter would it make to the public T
"Other impartial parties may yet
be heard from. The whalers which
arrive at Dundee this fall may a%M?
know what the Eskimos say."
With the Roosevelt at Battle Har^
bor tonight Commander Peary should?
reach Red Bay. about 65 miles dowr*
the coast, easily by tomorrow, where*
he can put details of his expedition
on the wires. The progress of hif^
ship from Tndian Harbor southward!
has been extremeiy erratic. First de?
lay I at Indian Harbor by rough*
weather and hampered in addition by
lack of fuel, the Roosevelt has lit?
erally crawled homeward, and news
of her progress has been meagre and;
at times unreliable. This i*-- due ICS
the inadequate telegraphic facilities
on tne Labrador coast.
DECLARES Pi \RY A FAKER..
Capt. Ii. S. Oabornc Bays Commander
Took Dr. Cook's Observations and-'
Data From letter's Trunk.
New York. Sept. 8.?Among th?
friends of Dr. Cook here who rsdsasal
t<? his defense I day was Cap'. B. Ft.
Osborne secretary of the Arctic Chit ?
of America, who in an interview
"Peary In making these charges Hi
1 digging his own grave. He Is a eo>
lossal faker and his Statements are n
fabric of untruths. As soon as ne>
sets foot in New York Mr. Bradlej
and myself will give out affidavits it i
support of our position.
* i have ;n affidavit Stating fha-T
Peary opened Dr. Cook's trunks esnl
'oi>'\ out his observations and tati
ind th -i ho opened a letter Dr. Q&om)
had v ritten to Mis. Cook, read it an?
then sealed it up nagin. Peary af*t
i pot Mrs. Cook telling her boldll
j that her husband was a faker."*