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DISASTER THREATENS PARIS.
FLOOD SITUATION IS RAPIDLY
Populous Section of tlie City
Win be Inundated If the Seine Con
tinnea to Riee, an Conditions Indi?
cate?(Food Becoming Scarce and
Parle. Jan. 24.?The situation re?
sulting from the floods Is faat becom?
ing desperate. The premier and min?
ister of the interior made this declar?
ation tonight: All conditions Indicat?
ed a further rise of several Inches of
the river Seine, and the cold rain,
?arh'ch aitt 11 contlnuea, la cauatng in?
tense suffering among those who
have been rendered homeless, with lit?
tle prospect of relief. .
M. Mlllerand, mlnlater of public
work a, after a tour of Inspection, said
that if the rif? continued nothing
could prevent a deplorable dlaaater
and the fleedlng of ths most populous
truarters in Paris.
Parts Is threatened with en Imme?
diate and complete tie-up. The atop
of transporta haa ralaed the
of food, which are becoming
The authorities aasert that
drinking water is assured, but thsrs
la no water for the industrial services
which are practically suspended.
At midnight the waUr was less
than a foot from the arch of ths Pont
de I'AJma. Ths other bridges are not
la suoh danger, unles a bargs or some
other craft Is swspt against thsm
The hag sewers In the Place du Havre
and near Place de la Madeleine burst
ten'gfct. threatening the foundations
of the houees. Part of Rus Lasars
threatens to cave In and the whole
street has been closed. Ths tunnels
'of the subway now undsr construction
are needed. The Orleans terminus Is
a vast pool and the engineers fear
that the tunnel may collapse.
M. Leplne, prefect of Paria, la di?
recting the ealvage. which la being
done by soldiers In auto-boata at the
ria* of their lives. All the factories
above and below Paris are closed and
thousands ef persons are out of em?
The province, so far as It is pos?
sible to aacertk.n through the defec?
tive communications, show Improve
* Stent In conditions. At Tours Sur?
name eight houses, and at Juvigny,
Ween houees collapsed. A hundred
houses at Chalons threaten to fall.
NTULR THE DOGS.
Columbia. Jan. 21.?After consider?
ing third reading bills last night ths
homos took up Mr. Harmon's bill re?
quiring owners of dogs to keep thsm
^confined and to provide a tax on the
animals came up.
Mr. Harmon and Dr. Wychs called
attention to the spread of rabies and
the necessity for protection of the
public. Mr. Rldgell also favored the
bill. Mr. Wright opposed a bill that
If ho thought was toe far-reaching.
Mr. Rldgell favored striking out
the assessment of dogs. Ths object
was to protect the people, he thought
1. W. Ashley thought that musaltng
dogs might make ths animals go mad.
On a division vote the bill was
^passed by a vote of 41 to St. ths roll
<all being demsndsd.
The bill ss amended reads:
"That It shall be unlawful for own?
ers and keepers of dogs to allow same
to run at large unless said dogs ars
safely muss ted: Provided, Said mus
ale may be removed when said dogs
are being used for the hunting of
game of any kind, or when attended
by, or In personal charge of, ths own
sr or agent of the owner of auch
dogs. Any one violating this section
shall be deemed guilty of a mlsde
i gaeanor and upon conviction ahall be
V fined not less than II nor more than
IUI, or Imprisoned for not less than
one day nor more than SO daya.
"Sec. I. That all arts and parta of
acts Inconalatent with this act are
S TWO NEGRO CHILDREN PERISH.
Horn? of Colored Farmer In Flor
ence Reduced to Ashes.
Florence. Jan. 24.?The dwelling
house of Jamea Illchardaon, an Indus?
trious colored farmer, who lives on
the plantation of Mr. H. E. Currln.
about three mllea north of the city,
was destroyed by Are about 11 o'clock
Saturday night and two of Richard
eon'a children, both boys, one four
end the other five years, were burned
\ to death In the building. Ktchurdson.
bla wife- and two of his neighbors
were sitting In the front part of the
house and heard one of the children
crying that the house was on fire.
When ho Investigated the matter he
found the back portion of the house
In flamea. He made a desperate at
^'tempt to save the children and was
badly ourned about the head and
face In doing so. but his efforts were
of no avail.
In addition to the lona of hla two
children, dwelling and household ef?
fects, Richardson lost 1125 In cold
* c*ah. which be had atored away in
SITE OF SODOM AND GOMOHHAH
AIho the Volcano Tlmt Destroyed
'1 lie in?Cave Whore Dot staged.
Ellsworth Huntington, head of the
revert Yale expedition to Palestine,
dec ares that he has verifUvA the III?
ble story of Sodom and Gomorrah.
"Hundreds of pages,," ha sa>ii <n
Harper s Magazine, "have been writ?
ten to prove that the story is a myth,
or that the ancient towns were de?
stroyed by the bursting forth of oil
wells like those of Texas or Baku,
which sometimes are Ignited and
burn for days. Other hundreds of
pages have been devoted to proving
that Sodom and Gomorrah wer* or
were not at the north end of tha
Dead Sea, and th;?t they were or were
not buried under the saline deposits
at either end of the lake.
"Among recent writers there seems
to be a tendency to believe that So?
dom and its sister town were prob?
ably located at the south end of the
lake, where the name Usdum is
thought to represent Sodom, and
where Arab tradition now locates the
ill fated cities. The means of their
destruction are believed to have been
the oil wells mentioned above. This*
rather unsatisfactory conclusion has
been adopted largely because it has
been supposed that no volcano is lo?
cated In euch a position that It could
have borne any part In the etory.
"According to the story in Genesis,
Dot and Abraham were at Bethel, ten
miles north of Jerusalem, when their
herdsmen quarreled and they decid?
ed to eeparate. 'And Dot Ufte 1 up
his eyes, and beheld all the Plain of
the Jordan, that it was well watered
everywhere, before Jehovah dstroy
ed Sodom and Gomorrah, like the
garden of Jehovah, like the land ot
Egypt, as thou goest up to Zoar. So
Lot ohoee him all the Plain of Jor?
"Then the story goes on to the
time when 'Jehovah rained upon So?
dom and upon Gomorrah brimstone
and fire from Jehovah out of heaven*
while Lot fled to the near town of
Zoar. He did not stay there long,
tut went out of Zoar and dowtt. in
the mountain?in a cave.
"Having freshly read the etory and
having looked over the strong argu?
ments for locating the towns eouth of
the Dead Sea and for believing them
to have been destroyed by something
In the nature of bituminous out?
bursts, I was taken by surprise when
I visited the little ruin of Suwelmeh
and picked up bits of genuine scori
aceous lava, while the sheikh who
aeted as guide told the story of So?
dom as the story of Suwelmeh or Su
welm. The name may b< a corrup?
tion of Sodom.
"I went into the mountains at once
from Suweim In order to see where
the lava came from. As we climbed
the lower hills the sheikh noticed
thet 1 picked up black pieces of lava
and broke them open.
" 'Don't bother with these,' he said.
'Up here,' pointing south east, 'there
Is a whole mountain of black rock
"Not two miles from Suweim,
along the line of the great fault
which separates the Ghor from the
plateau of Moab, we found the
mountain, a genuine little volcano of
very reecnt date geologically. From
It flowed a sheet of lava which made
the small headland alrea ly mention?
ed between Suweim end Qh u weir.
The name Ghuwelr Is believed by
many students to be a corruption of
Zoar, although It may also be an
Arabic word, tfce diminutive of Ohor,
meaning1 "little Valley/
"A late eruption of ashes from the
volcano may easily have wrought
havoc In a town located near Su?
weim. On the other hand Ghuwelr
Uee In euch a situation that It would
be protected by intervening hills.
"The present ruins of Ghuwelr
doubtless date from a time many
hundred or even one or two thou?
sand years after the days of Abra?
ham and Lot. There is one work of
man, however, which may go back
to the period of the Patriarchs and
which may have played a part in the
"Near the head of the valley which
leads eastward from Ghuwelr up to?
ward the plateau of Moab we discov?
ered a carefully excavated cave
among the mountains at a place call?
ed El Ghuttar. between Abu Heesen
and Beth Peor. It If about 20 feet
long and 15 feet wide, carefully hew"
ed out of the limestone above a
spring. Two windows look down the
wadl toward Zoar. and a door with
a rock cut through t<> bad off the
water of rains has been so located
that it can be reached only by climb?
ing a precipice by means of six or
eight little niches cut in the rock <?r
by Climbing down over some difficult
Hepa In the rock above.
"Nowhere else in this region It
there known to be an artificial eave
upon Which any auch care has been
bestowed sj upon this. The discov?
ery of the cave, together with the
volcano and the tradition of SuwH
men. supplies all the elements of the
story of Sodom and Gomorrah In ex
actly the location where the Biblical
account would lead one to expect
"The supposition that the climate
of past times was different from that
of today disposes of the difficulty
which has arisen from the Scriptural
reference to the fertility of the land.
On the whole, the result of a strictly
geographic study of the region tends
to show that the Biblical account IS
OOrrtOt almost exactly as it stands.
The fact that students of the highest
ability have been in such doubt as to
the location of Sodom and Gomorrah
shows how Imperfectly the Ghor and
the shores of the Dead Sea have beer,
NEGRO SLAIN IN CLARENDON.
Homicide at Colored Church Satur?
day Morning. *
Manning. Jan. 24.?Information
has just been received here of a hom?
icide that took place Saturday near
Workman, in the eastern section of
this county, when Jack Smith was
shot and instantly killed by his fath?
er-in-law, Anthony Burgess. The
parties were all colored and the
ahooting is said to have been the out?
come of some family differences. The
shooting occurred at a colored
church, where a number of people
had gathered to clean off the burying
ground. At the inquest held yester?
day It came out that Burgess cam*
up with a single barrel shotgun, re?
marked to Smith that he had been
running over him long enough and
fired, the charge going clear through
the head. After firing the shot Bur?
gess disappeared and cannot be
found. The others present made no
attempt to detain him. A pistol was
found on the person of the deceased,
but there Is no evidence that he at?
tempted to use it.
Preacher's Plain Talk.
J. Pierpont Morgan, Robert Fulton
Cutting, John Seely Ward, Jr., Henry
W. Monroe, W. E. Curtis, Charles E.
Brown and other men of large means
and high standing in New York prob?
ably got one of the surprises of their
lives Sunday morning, when they
heard Rev. Hugh Brickhead, rector
of St. George's Episcopal church !n
Stuyvesant square, scold his congre?
gation for tardiness in attending ser?
vice. He spoke right out on what he
calls "exclusive Christianity."
"I want to talk to you about a very
personal matter," he said, as his eyes
swept the pews. "I entered at one
minute of 11 o'clock and not half this
church was filled. It Is irreverent
for you not to be on time. You
should remmber that at 11 o'clock on
Sunday morning you have an ap?
pointment with God. I hope in the
future you will bear this in mind.
This morning the first half of the
service was disturbed because so
many were late."
Dr. Brickhead also told the opulent
members of his congregation what to.
do with their money, advising them
to throw it away. He said:
"I have been examining figures
concerning the pay rolls of 2,000,000
employes in the great mills and have
found that their wagea run from $2.50
to $10.48 a week.
"There should be no poor, for there
Is enough In this world for every
one, even allowing some men to have
"My friends, when the eye of God
is upon you, you will be glad to
throw money away.
"It la not right that some should
have more than they want or need
while ethers suffer. It must result
harmfully In some way to those who
"This excluslveness of Christianity,
a parody on God, Is due to you. And
yet.1' he added with fervor, "you are
saying to yourselves, 'I will not
change It; I do not want to change
"How would a pewed church ap?
pear In the sight of God, who says
of?every one, 'These are my people?'
"And God Is with you all the time;
He is in this church; He Is knocking
at your hearts, which you close
"But the day will come when we
must all pass before that all-seeing
eye. We will say, 'These are my
brothers, but I did not know it until
"A list of the opportunities Which
were yours will be before you, a fid
then you will say, 'Now I know,' but
It will be too late.
"How sad are those words, 'Too
?Chamberlain's Cough Remedy Is
not a common, every day cough mix?
ture. It is a meritorious remedy for
all the troublesome and dangerous
complications resulting from cold in
the head, throat, chest or lungs. Sold
by W. W. Sibert.
Prof, J. II. Carlisle of Greenville
has commenced suit against the
Greenville Traction Company for
damages In the sum of $20.00. The
plaintiff alleges he was knocked
down by a car last November.
?The busiest and mightiest little
thing that ever was made is Cham?
berlain's Stomach and Liver Tablets.
They do the work whenever you re?
quire their aid. These tablets change
woakness into strength, listlessness
Into energy, gloominess Into Joyous
ness. Their action la so gentle one
don't realise they have taken a pur?
gative. Sold by W. W. Sibert.
One day as grandma was sewing
beside the window the attention of
her little five-year-old granddaughter
was suddenly attracted by the white
hairs in her grandmother's head, and
climbing upon a hassock she began to
pluck out the whitest ones. "What
on earth are you doing. Lucy?" ex?
claimed grandma. "Oh!" replied
Lucy, "I am just picking the basting
threads out of your hair, grandma."
?Have you a weak throat? If so,
you cannot be too careful. You cannot
begin treament too early. Each cold
makes you more liable to another
and the last Is always the harder to
cure. If you will take Chamberlain's
Cough Remedy at the outset you will
be saved much trouble. Sold by W.
Loans negotiated upon improv?
ed farms, payable in annual in?
stallments. No Commission.
Borrowers pay actual cost of per?
fecting Loan. For further i* ' r
mation apply to
JOHN B. PALMER & SON.
P.O. Box 282, Phone No. 1085.
Office Sylvin Bitig.
COLUMBIA, S. C.
TAX RETURNS FOR 1910,
COUNTY AUDITOR SUMTER CO.,
SUMTER, S. Cm Dec. 3, 1909.
Notice is hereby given that I will
attend, in person or by deputy, at
the following .places on the days in?
dicated, respectively, for the purpose
of receiving returns of real estate,
personal property, and poll taxes for
the fiscal year commencing January
1st, 1910. '
Tindalls, Tuesday, Jan. 4th.
Privateer, (Jenkins' store,) Wed?
nesday, Jan. 5th.
Manchester, Levi's, Thursday, Jan.
Wedgefield, Friday, Jan. 7th.
Claremont Depot, Monday, Jan.
Hagood, Tuesday, Jan. 11th.
Remberts, Wednesday, Jan. 12th.
Dalzsll, Thursday, Jan 13th.
W. T. Brogdon's Store, Friday,
Mayesville, Tuesday, Jan. 18th.
Shiloh, Wednesday, Jan. 19th.
Norwood's X Roads, Thursday,
Oswego, Friday, Jan. 3 let.
All persons whose duty it Is to
make returns should be prompt to
meet me at theee appointments. All
returns must be made before Feb.
J. DIQQS WILDER,
Auditor for Sumter Cj.
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for ten minutes. If you want to produce more eggs,
and then make up your mind to give your chickens something
to make them produce the desired results, don't, for the love of
humanity, spend 76c on the animals, and lose all interest in the
matter, besides the 76c.
When you make up your mind to do a thing, either ''DO IT
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