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Hundreds killed.]
( Horrowing Scenes of. Desolation !
Caused by a Cycolne.
Littia Croups Seen Everywhere
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Light of Lanterns for the
Missing Ones.
Indescribably sad are the scenes of
desolation wrought by last Monday
week's tornado that has practically
swept out of existence the prosperous
little city of New Richmond, Wis. Out
of 500 houses and store buildings comprising
the town fully 300 were wreckr
ed by the ctorm, or destroyed by fire.
Almost every family Has one or more t
members among the dead, injured or J
missing, and little groups are seen J
everywhere searching, by the light of
lantern or torch, for loved ones who
may be buried in the piles of debris on
every hand. With frantic energy the
search has been conducted all day and
up to 9 o'clock, 54 bodies had been
found, although the number of dead <
certainly will reach 100 or more. These .
have, for the most part, been taken to
the Catholic and Congregational
churchcs, which, although in the very
storm's path miraculously escaped its
In these temporary morgues, the i
sights are such as to touch the hardest
heart, as the grief-stricken living re|
cognize the bodies, horribly managled
ond rsffen rHsmemhered remains of mis
sing dead ones.
The wounded find temporary asylums I
in the uninjured dwellings on either '
side of the path, where doctors and 1
( ~~uuT5c5 from nearby cities and towns are '
doing heroic work without sleep or rest. :
As many as possible whose chances for
recovery are considered good, are being
sent to the hospitals at St. Paul and ;
Minneapolis where they will have better
The desolate view of the New Rich*
mond is not one soon to be forgotten.
Along the broken fragments of their
homes the? people wander helplessly
striving somewhat aimlessly and hope- 1
lessly to gather together what had been 1
left to them. On the east and west
limits of the city many houses were
still standing with little or no damage
and to these homes the occupants wel- ;
comea uieir icss luuuuaw
and friends, giving them such aid as was '
possible and the sympathy that is so
much to stricken souls. The property 1
less cannot be estimated at this time
and may never be accurately known.
It was almost total, for the insurance
agents report tLat no tomado insurance
(was carried in the town and only a
small number of places where fire join- 1
ed in the destruction of property, will
the business men be at all reimbursed '
fjrthe losses. '
'?/A reporter who went to New Richmond
says: ;
The storm struck the town full-in the <
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centre acu m icu uuuu^ v.^
straction Bad been -wrought. Thelarg- 1
est brick blocks crumbled like eggshells i
The lighter frame .structures were i
whisked away like so much straw and <
(many houses were carried for blocks <
and dashed to the earth. <
Five hundred buildings, the finsst in <
the town, were demolished and when ]
the storm had passed about the on)y i
structures of any note left standing were (
the Catholic and Baptist churches. Not
a residence was left untouched and i
few reople escaped without injuries. i
Lumber yards went up in the clouds, j i
the huge planks beicg split into shin- <
gles. Large iron bridge over Apple <
river was blown into fragments and the i
parts distributed along the banks a half '
mile away. Two large iron safes were i
caught up and carried a distance of a i
Within a space of a few blocks., lay <
dozens of bodies. Legs and arms were i
missing in many cases and one body <
was found with the head clipped off j
the trunk as though it had been sever- <
ed with an axe. \
L All wlio sought refuge in cellars es- i
caped. Some cases over whom houses 1
collapsed were entombed. To add to )
the horror of the situation fires were J
started here and there by overturning
stoves and many wounded, unable to 3
drag themselves out of the danger, suf- <
fered death by burning. Gailman 3
Brothers' circus was in New Richmond <
thfi farmers from the sur- <
reunding country with their families,
^-^hsd gathered to see the show. A few
minutes before the storm struck, a
large part of those who had just come i
from the circus, rushed to a brick i
building close at hand where they took
refuge. This building was among :
those destroyed and it is difficult to say i
how many perished there.
C It is the average resident of New ;
"Richmond who estimates the loss of
life most seriously. They claim that !
hundreds are missing who were buried
in the ruins, and there incinerated.
One such is C. A. Nelson, who owned
the Columbian restaurant, located on
Main street His estimate of the loss is
four hundred dead. He says that when
the rain storm, which preceded the cy
clone broke, not less than twenty persons
rushed into his place for shelter.
_ He is positive that not more than four
B? besides himself escaped. When he
heard the roar, he rnshed for the rear
I door, bnt could not open it. In an instant
the crash came. The ruins tumbled
about his head, and left him just
space enough to crawl out. In the
shop was Mrs. Broadbank, who was
i killed. Nelson found only four alive.
He could hear screams and groans.
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Rev. Dr. Degnan, of the Church, of
the Immaculate Conception, thus describes
the approaching storm and the
immediate results:
"I was standing on the porch of my
house, which is some three blocks west
of the Omaha station, with my little
nephew. Pointing to the threatening
cloud?, I said to him: 'Those clouds
are cyclonic.' That was about 6.30.
' Then I heard a fearful sound. It was
like the panting of fifty locomotives on
an upgrade.
"I said to the boy. 'There is the cy- j
clone.' In the southwest was a great
whisking, black cloud, cone-shaped, the
apex in the earth, the funnel in the
sky. Already far ahead of the centre,
the air was full of flying splinter?,
boards, feathers, bedding, and everything.
I told them to run and warn
the people in the houses between us
and the track. From all sides the peo- I
pie were running, crying for assistance.
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parish school house and hurried them t
into the cellar of my house. They
begged for absolution and I knelt down
and gave it to them. Even as I prayed
the great black cloud of destruction
was upon the village. Out of the general
and terrific war I could hear the
crashing and hissing sound as houss
after house collapsed. I went out and
was struck twice by pieces of flying i
plank. ;
''Then the storm was gone. It struck
and destroyed all the residences lying
between it and the Omaha tracks. Ths ^
depot was right in its path. As it
crossed the track tiiere it went right up *
the main street of the town, destroy- j
ing every building in the business c-en- rj
tre. I immediately began the work of TJ
4*It was awful. God keep me froci
seeing tbe like again. Everywhere
moans, shrieks and calls for help were
beard. The wounded cried out for
prayers. I gave them absolution
while assisting in the work of rescue,
Catfc??]?cs ar.i Protestants prayed for
tbtiii. '
Wipes Out the Town of Herman 1
A tornado struck the town of Her- I
man, in "Washington county, Tuesday a
evening and wiped the place out of r
existence. Herman is a placc of about e
300 inhabitants, in the extreme northern
part of Washington county. It is s
on the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis s
aDd Omaha railway. n
The tornado wrought fearful dcstruc- 1
tion. A conductor on tne evening train v
from Sioux City passed through the d
place iiot long after the stoim and he 1
says not a building is left standing in
town. He counted twelve dead bodies v
lying in the streets. 1
The fatilities will undoubtedly run o
up to a hundred if not-higher. A 1
special train has left Blair, the county t
seat, ten miles distant, for the scene of I
the disaster, carrying surgeons and all h
needed supplies. Wires are all down v
north of Herman and it is not kncwn t
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went, but reports are coming in to the a
effect that a large portion of country t;
north of Herman is laid waste. The n
entire eastern portion of Nebraska o
was swept by a terrific wind and electric
storm Tuesday night.
The streets of Omaha are flooded and ^
the play of lightning is fearful.
Additional details are dribbling in ^
soncerning the tornado at Herman. ^
Advice received by the Bee ud to 11 ^
o'clock Tuesday night state that every
dwelling house in town is destroyed, ?
except the public school and a dwelling,
both of which are on the outskirts. ^
The force of the wind was terrific, a3 _
nnA nior>A r?f marcc stniffiirps .
iestroyeu was left intact. The scene
in the streets of the once thriving and ^
beautiful little town is one of destrucdon.
Wrecked buildings and broken ^
jurniture are strewn all around, while
lead bodies lie ia many places, the jorpses
badly disfigured and some of n
:hem hardly recognizable. The moans
f Ka a TPitVi fViA Aollc
:escuer3 as they pursue their humani.arian
task in the darkness by the flick- j?
jricg gleams of lanterns.
The relief train from Blair arrived &
ibcut one hour after the storm and the ^
ivork of picking up the wounded was ^
3egun. Willing hands did what they
;ould to help the injured, and in the
source of an hour the train pulled out .
:or Blair with 95 injured on board. *
rhey were taken to Blair, as there is
ibsolutely no place left at Herman at
;vhich treatment can be administered.
A.11 the citizens of Blair htvve thrown)pen
their houses to the wounded and i
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jompetent surgeons. Many of the injured
will die, but some of them re- 0
:eived but slight juries. It is im- ^
possible at this hour, owing to the contusion,
to ascertain the number of dead, ,
:>ut twelve are known to have been
iiiled and the list will run very much *
ligher. 13
Superintendent Jaynes, of the Omaha ?
road, was at Tekamah when he heard e
the disaster and left at once for Her- e
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man vu vb uauuvaiy un v 1
jians along with him to assist in suc:oriDg
the injured. n
An Erroneous Idea. I
An old fashioned idea prevails in ^
oiaDV families that a very light supper. ?
such as a glass of milk and a 3lice o? "
br-^ad, is necessary to prevent night- t:
ware. But later experience has proven J.
chat most growing children require a ^
plentiful repast before retiring of light *
courishing food. Hunger, at whatever -*
hour, of the day or night it comes, is
the demand of nature for sustenance, ?
and should be gratified. No sleep is *
the result of a too empty stomach in ?
many children, and for all such as ?
ampie meai is necessary atsuppei. time. .
We have known restless children, who ^
were in the habit of disturbing the 0
household during the night, restored to a
quiet and peaceful slumber with a crack- '
er and a drink of milk given them on c
awakening in the night. And the rule c
of "nothing to eat between meals'" laid *
down absolutely for all members of her ,
household by some mothers is a mistake when
applied to the growing school *
children who come in from school *'al- c
most starred to death."' Their hunger 1
should be satisfied in spite of theories.. *
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Discussing the Dispensary. I
The temperance society of the First c
Congregational church, Washington,
I). C., held a symposium one night this (
week upon the ''dispensary system of i
treating the liquor problem." The c
Post reports that "among the good f
points of the dispensary system were 1
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cal influence of the saloon. the ccssa- z
tion of treating, the separation from the 1
places where liquor is sold from lunches c
and games, the publicity obtained i
through requiring every purchaser to t
sign his name, the prohibition of J
drinking on the premises, and the fact i
the dispensaries are closed on Sundays, i
holidays, and at nigh'.t'" t
To the Penitentiary Investigating
\ New Light Thrown on Some of
the Things Brought Out
Before the Committee.
The investigation of the management
>f the affairs of the State penitentiary
)y former Superintendent W. A. Neal
vas resumed in Columbia on Tuesday
)f last week. There were only three
nembers of the committee on hand?
Chairman Stevenson and Senators Livngston
and Hay. Mr. Pation was exacted
in the afternoon. The other
nembers was kept away by sickness.
Che committee went to work at a lively
>ace and some facts about $200 worth
>f cotton seed meal and the hosiery
nill contracts were developed. The
vitnesses examined were ex-Capt. of
-he Guard Westfield and ex-Bookkeeper
Surriss. The feature of the day was
he introduction of letters written by
he chairman to promiDent men whose
lames had been connected with the in
estimation, and the replies thereto sent
>y Senator Tillman. It was also de eloped
that Representative John Ashey
of Anderson had stabled his horse at
he penitentiary during the 1S9S session
f the legislature free of charge.
Col. Xeal was not present, but his
.ttorneys, Col. P. H. Nelson and Julius
2. Bogg?, Esq., were there to look out
,fter his interests. Penitei tiary Diectors
Cunningham, Tatum and Sand
rs were present ajso.
The committee got to work in the
upreme court room, it being more
pacious and cooler than the comaittee
room upstairs heretofore used.
Ifter a preliminary conference iu priate
the body was publicly called to or:er
by Chairman Stevenson at about
2:30 o'clock.
Capt. "Westfield was sworn as the first
Fitness and asked by Mr. Stevenson if
ie knew whether one of the members
f the legislature during the session of
S98 had not had his horse stabled at
he penitentiaiy. He said Joshua
Ashley of Anderson had brought his
lorse there and kept it thefre. He
rould say, in justice to Mr. Ashley,
hat that gentleman had frequently furished
the penitentiary with teams to
nd from the convict camp in his couny,
and had saved the State prison much
aore than the cost of the feed and care
f his horse.
senator tillmax's reply.
Mr. Stevenson here explained^ that
e had written letters to the several
rominent men whose names had been
onnected with penitentiary transacions.
He read this letter to Senator
Cheraw, May 20, 1899.
Ion. B. R. Tillman.
Dear Sir:?In the investigation of
he penitentiary management there ap
ears on the brick book one carload of
rick charged to you and on the comlissary
book certain grocery accounts
ftr 1SQ4. ?mrl it ia Jw tliA nflfi
er3 that you ran a farm while governor
rith convicts, and the penitentiary got
o benefit from it, and also that certain
arniture was presented to you by the
tanacemenf-,. The nnmmittfffi's exneri
nee in the past in finding receipts for
ccounts, etc., which appear to be unaid
and are not so entered, requires
bat we give every party against whom
uch charges and insinuations are made
n opportunity to be heard, and I write
o say that we will meet at the State
ouse in Columbia June 13,1899, at 12
'clock, m., and will be glad to have
our statements as to these matters if
ou desire to be heard.
Very truly yours,
W. F. Stevenson,
Chairman Investigating Com.
The reply of the senior member was
jad as follows:
Trenton, S. C., May 26, 1899.
Ion. W. F. Stevenson, Cheraw, S. C.
Dear Sir:?I have your letter of May
Oth; I hardly think it worth my while
d appear before your committee to answer
the trivial matters brought out in
he iNeai investigation. 1 ao not see in
'hat way Col. Neal's dereliction or
lisconduct, or his transactions in reard
to the bricks and bookcase, etc.,
ffect me. I am in the dark as to the
xact nature of one of these--matters, to
it: "The account on the commissary
ook," and would be glad to know the
ature of that account, items and dates.
I will state for your information that
have no recollection whatever of ever
aving obtained any groceries or anybing
else that could be charged on a
ook of that kind from the peniteniary,
except an occasional mess of
egetables, which were sent to me by
Jol. Xeal as a compliment, I suppose,
nd I am sure I paid for anything else
In regard to my running a farm with
onvicts, I will state that I never ran a
o-rm utrTiilo ir> PV.Iumhia at all. in the
ommon sense of the term. I rented
ve or six acres of land -which I sowed
a oats in the fall with my carriage
lorses and then sowed in peas after the
ats were cut for pea hay. There was
, little patch at the executive mansion
rhich was similarly treated, and the
onvicts who kept the yard and grounds
lean helped to gather in this hay as
rell as that out on the rented land the
ast year I was at the mansion, and Col.
Seal would never take any pay. The
abor of curing and hauling five acres of
>ats and pea hay one year you can estinate
so as to see about the extent of
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natter was so trivial I attached no im)ortance
to it then or now. You may
:onsider it in a different light.
In regard to the brick, I will say that
2ol. Neal, at his own suggestion, once
vhile at llock Hill, offered to ship me a
:arload oi brick if 1 would pay the
'reight, saying tiiat tney would cost
lim very little, and he would make me
t present of them. I accepted the offer,
md when Col. Lipscomb sect in a bill
[ sent it to Col. Xeal with a letter iniuiring
whether Lipscomb had any
ights in the matter. He replied no,
;hat it was a mistake, and there the
natter dropped. Neal also presented
ne with a plain pine bookcase with
;lass doors, worth about $5. I will say
.hat shortly after I entered the execu<
tire office I let Col. Neal nave a cane
mill and ccpper evaporator which cost
$700, leaving it to him to determine the
price. He only paid me $100, and I,
therefore, did not feel that in accepting
the small gifts that I did that it was
an imposition on him. I never dreamed
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tnat tne articles were not cnargea to
his account and settled for. Since I
have discoverd that the State is the
loser I, of course, am willing to pay for
each and all of these things.
There is one other item of which no
mention has yet been made that I have
seen, though I have not followed the
testimony closely. He shipped me a
small lot of oats one time from some
where and would never send me any
bill, although I wrote for it twice.
I make these statements for your information
and satisfaction and leave it
to your own discretion as to what use
you will make of them, I am
Yours respectfully
B. R. Tillman.
Mr. Stevenson then wrote Senator
Tillman as follows:
Oheraw, S. C., May 30th, 1899.
Hon. B. R. Tillman.
Dear Sii:?Your letter to hand. We
have not attempted or desire to give
undue prominence to ciroumstance9 relative
to prominent men in the State in
this matter, but as there has been considerable
newspaper comment, the
opinion of the committee was that beC
man against whom any immutation was
made a change to be heard. Hence I
wrote to all of those in that situation,
deeming it but fair to them. If you
mean by saying that I can make such
use of your letter as 1 see fit; that the
committee can use it as your statement
of the matter in which your name is
mentioned, I will say for myself that it
will be just as satisfactory as a sworn
statement, provided Col. Neal does not
object, and surely he cannot do so.
The commissary account with you ran
all through your administration, but
the account is balanced up to the last
year. The book shows charged to you
in groceries, etc., largely horse feed. I
think, a balance of about $57 for the
iast year you were governor. This was
never published as an asset of the penitentiary.
Neither was Gov. Evans' account,
which is about $175, still open.
I will get you an itemized statement if
you desire it when we meet.
Most truly,
W. F. Stevenson.
Senator Tillman's final letter reads
Trenton, May 31, 1899.
Hon. W. F. Stevenson, Cheraw.
Dear Sir:?I have jvtir letter of May
30th. Whatever may have been
the committee's intention or purpose,
several newspapers nave criticized it
because of the apparent "undue prominence"
given in the investigation to
small matters involving prominent men.
Of course I can understand that the
committee is not responsible for the
action of the newspaper reporters, who
seize on these insignificant matters for
exploitation. The committee's report
when made op and published will disnlnse
its attitude and show whether
there is anything political in the investigation.
Ycu are at perfect liberty to
use my statement written to you in any
way you please. I hardly think it
would require the sanction of an oath
to give any additional weight.
I repeat what I said about getting
hings from the penitentiary, and I
think you will find you are mistaken,
because I am sure I got nothing while
Col. Talbert was superintendent whatever,
and very little while Col. Neal
was in charge. I would be glad to have
an itemized copy of the account.
Yours truly,
B. R. Tillman.
Mr. Stevenson also placed in evidence
the following letter to which he
said he had received no reply:
Cheraw, May 20,1899.
Hon. John G. Evans.
Dear Sir:?In investigating Col.
Xeal's management of the penitentiary
the officers of that institution charge
that you got groceries from them while
governor for which you did not pay,
and ran a farm with convict labor which
you paid nothing for, Our experience
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such as to cause us to desire to hear
from the apparent debtor before deciding
that anything there was not paid
for, and if you have any statement to
make regarding these matters we would
be glad to hear from you or any one in
your behalf in Columbia on June 13th,
layy. \v meet at tne state feo*se at
12 o'clock m. on that day. There was
an interview with a "near relative" of
yours published relative to the matter,
but you will understand that for the
committee to take notice of the matter
it will have to come before them as evidence.
Hoping to see you at the meeting,
I am Most truly,
W. F. Stevenson,
Chairman of Committee.
Mr. Stevenson said he would put
these letters in evidence. If the counsel
wished Senator Tillman summoned
as a witness for examination the committee
would issue a subpoena for his
appearance, and so with other cases.
Capt. Westfield, when asked, said he
could prepare the itemized account of
the Tillman matter and would furnish
the book if needed. He said the book
would show the whole account, it was
not a question of memory.
This letter to Congressman Latimer
was likewise read:
Cheraw, May 20, 1899.
Hon. A. C. Latimer.
Dear Sir:?In the investigation of the
penitentiary it has been stated that yon
got certain furniture from the institution,
and from your card ia the papers
I suppose you desire to set yourself
right in the matter. Of course the
committee cannot base a report on a
card in the newspapers, so that I write
to say we will be glad to laave our statement
made to the committee and become
part of its records, and will afford
you that opportunty on June 13,
1899, in Columbia, where we will meet
at 12 o'clock m. at the tftate house.
Hoping to see you there, I am
Most truly yours,
W. F. Stevenson,
Chairman Penitentiary Investigating
Mr. Latimer's reply was also submitted
as folbws:
Belton, May 22, 1899.
Mr. W. F. Stevenson, Cheraw.
Dear Sir:?Your letter to hand offering
me an opportunity to testify before
your committee on the 13th day of
June. I have no statement to make
except that already made and it seems
to me rather expensive and a waste of
time to make that trip simply to restate
what I have already published over my
signature. This statement has not
been denied nor in my opinion it will
not be denied.- I restate it to you on a
separate slip that you may use it and if
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then appear before your committee and
make oath to the 3ame
Your? very respectfully,
A. C. Latiaier.
The statement reads as follows:
Mrs. Latimer and I were on a visit to
Col. Neal. The colonel had a bookcase;
my wife inquired where he got it.
He (Col. Neal) stated it was made at
the penitentiary. Mrs. Latimer said
sne wanted one just lite it ana asKea
Col. Neal if he would not have one
made for her just like his. I said wait;
I want to know what it will cost first;
after figuring Col. Neal said thirteen
dollars, that his cost twelve and a half.
I said, "All right, make it then."
Some two months after that the case
was shipped to Mrs. Latimer; the
freight was seven dollars. When I returned
home Mrs. Latimer hai the case
in my sitting room with books in it and
invited me to see it. I asked if Mr.
Neal sent the bill' Mrs. Latimer said
''no." I wrote the next day to Col.
Neal for the bill. He did not reply to
this letter. Some time after this I was
in Columbia. I asked Col. Neal how
much I owed him for the book case. He
replied, 1 'not one cent;" that he had
made a present of the case to Mrs. Latimer,
and I said no more. I thought of
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know until I saw Mr. Westfield's statement
before your committee that the
case was not settled for. The above
facts I swear to be true.
Very respectfully,
A. C. Latimer.
Mr. Stevenson stated that he had received
no reply to the letter sent exGov.
The Philippine Situation Causes the
President Grave Concern.
Events of the past week in the Philppines
have caused the administration
more uneasiness than they care to admit.
The President and his advisers,
in reading over the dispatch of Gen.
Otis that the Filipinos were threatening
to attack Manila, forcing him to
make the first movement, made no attempt
to conceal from each other the
conviction that affairs had reached the
critical stage. Scanning between the
lines of this brief cable of Gen. Otis it
is impossible to avoid the_conviction
that the "advance" of Wednesday
would not have been made except from
the necessity of meeting promptly the
advance of the Filipinos, who have
changed places with our forces, and are
now the attacking party. It has come
out that several" oi the cities and towns
lying around Manila have been occupied
at least four times by our forces and
abandoned. It is this which disarms
the natives of fear at our approach and
emboldens even the non-combattants to
fins from doors and windows at onr soldiers
in fheir successive retreats from
A further very important point is the
doubt whether the Filipinos will permit
a cessation of hostilities during the
rainy season. Heretofore this has been
supposed to be purely a matter for us to
determine. But the natives have become
so bold, aggressive, defiant and
confident that they are looked for
now to take this into their own hands.
The heat and the storm have no terrors
for them, and it will be no more than
pastime for them to keep our wornout
men on the stretch during the three
months' appalling period which lies
before them.
Appreciation in some degree of the
circumstances cenfronting the administration
is exhibited in the order to
throw heavy reinforcements into the
Philippines with the least possible delay.
There is 3till, however, the hesitation
to bow to the inevitable and call
for additional enlistments. The regu- j
lar army as at present constituted is to
be subject to a heavy drain, so heavy,
indeed, it has been deemed incumbent
to issue an official explanation that our
Western and Northwestern frontiers
will be left sufficiently guarded against
possible Indian or other disturbances.
It is not belived this explanation will
be altogether satisfactory to tnose concerned.
It is the part of wisdom to send two
negro regiments of the regular army in
in the first batch of reinforcements.
They have already had the benefit and
the experience of tropical service, they
have proved themselves efficient and
adventurous soldiers, and the dangers
to them of the climate are minimized.
According to the present official outgivings
the army of Gen. Otis is to be
increased to 35,000 men. This will
not be nearly enough and it would be
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mucn xne Dest xur auLLu.Luawai.iUu iu
admit it frankly, and at once. The
desperate fighting of Wednesday, the
overwhelming force of the enemy and
the possession of field pieces nhow
abundant resources in men, arms and
ammunition. It is significant also that
the army had all it could do to maintain
itself with the assistance of the
shells of the monitors and gunboats.
Aguinalde probably has as many men
under hii command as Otis. It is felt
that at this moment Aguinaldo appears
to be stronger and more dominant with
his people than ever. His voice from
first to last has been for war, and the
only alternative, independence. The
occurrences of the past and the conditions
of the present indicate strength,
enthusiasm and determination behind
Four Drowned.
News has just been received that the
town of Brackett, about 120 miles west
of San Antonio, Tex., is under 10 feet
of water. Four persons are missing
and are supposed to have been drowned.
A water spout over that place has inundated
the country for miles around.
The Southern Pacific tracks for a num
ber of miles west of Cline station are
washed away and several bridges are
wrecked. Many cattle have perished
in the water. Rations are being issued
to the people from Fort Clark.
Is it the best? Taste and see. Best
in taste, best in results. No nauseating-dose,
but so pleasaat and natural in
effects that you forget you hare taken
medicine?Life for the Liver and Kidneys.
See ad. tf
The Fighting Raged from Daylight
Until Dark.
American Under Great Disadvantages
but Fought Splendidly.
Loss Estimated- at
Sixty Men on Our
A dispatch from Manila says Gen.
Lawton unexpectedly stirred up one of
the liveliest engagements of the war
south of Las Pinas Tuesday morning
upon which occasion American field
? ^ . . _ ? Ml
guns were engaged in tne nrst arunery
duel against a Filipino battery concealed
in the jungle. Companies F
and I of the Twenty- first infantrv were
nearly surrounded by a large body of
insurgents, but the Americans cut their
way out with heavy loss.
The United States turret ship Monadnock
and the gunboats Helena and
Zeafiro trained their batteries on Bakoor
and the rebel trenches near Las
Pinas all the morning. Bakoor was
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0UC6 UH IIIU a, UU IUC Liauvca
the spread of the flames. During the
night an insurgent cannon was fired
three times at the Americans on the
outskirts of Las Pinas.
Gen. Lawton took a battalion of the
Fourteenth regiment and two companies
of the Twenty-first regiment to locate
the rebel battery and then two
guns of the Sixth artillery and four
mountain guns were planted against ii
at 600 yards distance. The rebels had
a large gun from which they were firing
homemade canister loaded with nails,
and two smaller guns. Their shooting
was most accurate. The first lot of
canisters burst directly in front of
Scott's guns and another shattered the i
legs of a private of the Fourteenth in- 1
fantry. Several shots struck the edge
of the town. The country traversed :
was as bad as it is possible to imagine, 1
beiog mainly lagoons, mud and water
fringed with bamboos. ' 1
As soon as the fighting opened the
Americans were attacked by hidden
riflemen on all sides, even the amigos, 1
or "friendly" natives in the houses of 1
the tewn shooting into their rear. Tho 1
companies of the Twenty-first regiment, '
skirmishing along the beach with amigo 1
guides, found, apparently, a handful !
nf roVio'o xjrVin r?fTpat#>d. The men of '
tne Twenty-first followed and suddenly ]
the rebels opened a terrific fire on the 1
troops from the sides and rear. The !
soldiers withdrew to the water's edge, ]
finding what shelter they could and <
were picked off rapidly. After their
ammunition ts.3 nearly exhausted the !
companies of the Twenty-first retreated <
but Gen. Lawton dashed down and j
rallied the men. j
Gen. Lawton ceased fighting until ;
reenforcements could be brought up. ]
Two battalions of the Fourth regiment <
and one battalion of the Ninth regi- 1
ment were hurried to the front and in 2
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the aFternoon the Datue was resumeo.
The Monadnock anchored elose to
the shore and her heavy guns pounded
the rebels continuously, while the <
(smaller warships, steaming along the
shore, poured bullets from the rapid
fire guns at the enemy. The Filipino
force engaged appears to have been the
largest and best organized body of men ^
which has met our troops.
Wnen the battle was resumed at 1 {
o'clock with the reenforccments, our (
battery having silencea the enemy's r
guns, the Americans wadiDg waist j
deep in the mud of the salt flats, slow- r
ly and pouring steady volleys of mus- i
ketry at the rebels, drove their oppon- (
ents oeyond the river. When the two j
armies lay facing each other across the t
deep stream, the enemy, practically , j
out of sight while the men in blue and ]
khaki lay in the mud and bushes, many j
of them without shelter, for three hours i
without a moment's cessation in the j
firing, poured bullets at the enemy as t
fast as they could load. The thous- j
and rifles blended into a continuous t
roar was vastly different from the in- ?
termittent skirmishlike rattle of most T
of the engagements. j
One battalion after another Gen. j
Lawton summoned the reserves from ]
Las Pinas until only enough troops ?
were left in the town to prevent the c
Filipinos from attacking the Americans
in the rear, which was feared, as
they were creeping around our left
through the woods, delivering a flank- ?
ing fire, which put a great strain upon (
the endurance of the Americans who g
were floundering in the mud across the t
river, while on the right the Filipino \
sharpshooters hidden in the trees, were J
peppering ou; men. But, thanks,to x
the poor markmansh ip of the rebels, j
the loss was not as guat as if the Fili- (
pinos had shot straight. j
The fighting continued hotly all day ;
long. Gen. Lawton called out the j
whole force of 3,000 men and at 5 (
o'clock he was only able to push the ]
insurgents back 500 yards to the Zapote (
river, where-they are entrenched. The ?
insurgents resisted desperately and
aggressively. They attempted to turn
the left flank of the American troops.
The American loss is conservatively ]
estimated at sixty. The Americans j
lost fifty men killed and wounded. The <
Fillipino loss is put at four hundred 3
killed and wounded. s
On Wednesday the Filipinos retreat- t
ed several miles South to the strongly I
fortified town of Imus, where the next i
battle is likely to be fought. Several \
hundred women and children came into i
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the American lines tor reiuge; me roau i
from Bacoor was covered all day long ]
with processions of them, on foot and in j
carts, driving animals and carrying ]
goods on their heads. 1
Gen. Lawton, with his staff and a 1
troop of the Fourth cavalry, started to
ascertain the nature of the insurgents
position. He rodo five miles along the ,
coast to Bacoor without discovering the .
enemy. He found the town full of '
white flags. But there were no soldiers 1
-J (
there. The women ana ciiiiureu nuu
had fled to the woods during the bom- 5
bardment were camping in the ruins of
their homes. The shells had almost
knocked the town to pieces. The big 1
chorch was wrecked and many build- 1
ings were ruined. Even the trees and
L1 ? ?o o Krr o VI-I I Icfnrm
anruuociy wcic tyiu ?* ? i
Gen. Otis cabled as follows: Sue- [ j
cess Lawton s troops i^aviie proviuuc i
greater than reported "Wednesday. |
Enemy numbering over 4,000 lost in
killed, wounded and captured more
than one-third; remainder much scat- <
tered. have retreated south to Imus,
their arsenal; of five pieces of artillery
three captured. Navy aided greatly on
shore bay, landing forces occasionally.
Inhabitants in that country rejoice at
deliverance and welcome with enthusiastic
demonstrations arrival of our
troops. Otis.
The Matter to be Considered by the
The following order lias been issued <
from the headquarters of the South 1
Carolina division, U. C. V., at Cbar- ^
leston, in regard to the pension abuses, ]
attention to which was drawn by the j
action of Camp Hampton of this city: ]
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uenerai uraer ?\o. -?o.
At a meeti-eg of Camp Hampton No. j
3S9, U. C. V., held June 2ad, the fol- <
lowing resolutions were adopted: <
.Resolved. That Coarade W. D. j
Starling be appointed a committee of \
one to confer with a similar committee j
from other camps of the State, at the j
annual reunion in July, the 26th, with t
the object of amending the pension
laws, so as to prevent the gross imposi- t
tion now Dracticed. and make the law ^
what it should be, a provision for only j
deserving Confederate soldiers and g
their widows. i
"That the adjutant of this camp be t
instructed to communicate with G-en. ^
C. Irvine "Walker, commanding South
Carolina division. United Confederate f
Veterans, requesting him to call upon t
every camp of Confederate veterans in z
this State to appoint one delegate to i
meet id convention, at unesier, on r
July 26th next, to consider the injus- t
tice complained of in the administra- 1
tion of the pension laws, and the dis- e
tribution of the State appropriation a
so that such legislation may be sug- t
gested as will correct the alleged .t
The division commander is not in- e
formed of the abuses complained of nor t
of the remedies proposed. i
The matter of pensions to the suffer- 3
ers of the Confederacy is one of deepest, $
interest to all comrades of this division d
It is, therefore, commended to the at- $
tention of the division, and the division
commander cheerfully calls upon each a
camp to appoint one delegate, to con- 1:
Per with the delegate from Camp Hamp- t
ton, and suggest any action it may be L
deemed wise for the division at its 0
convention to take to better the admin- y
istration of the laws, and to benefit our ii
worthy comrades who are deserving pen- a
3ioner3 of the State. The time and d
place of meeting will be announced b
^nwn<T flan nnnTroniinn "N
lullu6 v"?The
camp will appoint this delegate p
is soon as po.ssiWs^and each is request- t>
5d to study the operation of the law in n
his neighborhood, and the whole sub- n
[ect of pensioning as it exists in the S
State, and be prepared to suggest any
improvements which may be found nejeisary.
There is no higher duty devolving
upon the Confederate veter- ^
ms than the care of these true and no- h
Die sufferers. n
By order C. Irvine Walker, sj
Commander. tJ
lames Gr. Homes, Adjt. Gen. S
Chief Staff. b
Indians Starring. J
Owing to the big rush to the Yukon ?.
Sold field, wild animals that have not g]
)een killed by the prospectors, have e
ied to higher ground, and in conse
luence the Indians, deprived cf their
latural food, are starving, and in many
nstanccs ready to jnassacre the whites. ^
[Way a definite story reached civilize- Q
ion. Caesar Francesca, Salt Lake w
ZJity; Robert Hitchcock, Detroit, and a n
French Canadian guide, who arrived by $
-he Cottage City, say that while camp- 'D
ng on the upper branch of Stewart ^
Etiver, they came into a camp of 150 gi
[ndians and were told in trade language Sl
)y their interpreter that 30 of them ^
iad died of starvation during the win- ^
;er owing to the whites driving deer e.
!rom the low lands. The men supplied ^
;he Indians with food and camped a s<
short distance off. The first steamer
vith news direct from Glenora and the
ill Canadian route, reports that sufferng
on the trails has been terrible. The E
Hudson Bay Trading company has ti
? j t j__j? a _
ieath and starvation.
Uncle Sam Buncoed. 0
Congressman Lester, of Savannah, in j
tn interview in the Morning >~ews, is jj
luoted as saying: "Spain undoubtedly ^
iold us a gold brick," he said. "We ?
)aid $20,000,000 for the privilege of ^
icking the Filipinos, and now that we ^
lave taken the job we find that it is ^
iot so much to our liking as we thought ^
t would be. The Filipinos are apoken ^
)f as 'rebels' now. That is the greatest _
oke of the age, but a very ghastly one. ^
rhe poor devils are being killed off like
lies, but it is like killing flies, for every
ms you kill a dozen will come to take
lis place. Of course our mission is to
:ivilize and Christianize them and we
ire doing it nicely." 4
Artful Dodgers. _ r<
The princes of artful dodgers are Re- tj
publican leaders. JThe Ohio convention 0
rave a striking difference between pre- ?
onr} r>r??r> } ?<*<* jj.f its rArtenf'. session. .
[t professed to be zealous against trusts ~
lud enthusiastically approved the abor- ?
;ive anti-trust law of the Ohio legisla;ure,
and at the same time refused to re- a
nominate Attorney General Monett for 11
:ear of offending the Standard Oil company
and losing the usual princely con;ribution
of that monopoly to the re- t;
publican campaign fund. It will be re- j
nembered that this company, with j.
pious Brother Rockefeller at its head, ^
recently attempted to bribe Mr. Monett
frith a half million dollars. ?
Tried to Escape. t:
Carroll M. Rice, wife murderer, vras b
of Alf-nn ATn T'Jinrcdov .TnSf 1<
cyu, -.'JLV. J Jkuux^wii*;. v v>v.
aefore the black cap was adjusted and Sl
.vliile his legs were being pinioaed, the ^
xmdemned man broke away from the ?
sheriff and attempted to escape. He 3
iras captured aud quickly hanged. Be- K
:ore dying he addressee3 the 5.000 people
present, saying thac he hoped to
meet them in the better world.
Lime is very cheap, so there is no ex- a
juse for not using the white wash brush g
creely. f
Gov. NlcSweeney Cuts the Force
Down to Thirty-Four.
There Were Fifty-Nine Men Employed.
Saving to the State
of Twenty Thousand Dollars
a Year.
G-ov. McSweeney is known as a friend
if the dispensary law. He has supported
it as possibly the best solution
if the liquor question. At ttie same
:ime lie has had his own views as to the
Banner of its enforcement He has
"elt that it should be enforced as other
!aws are enforced.
Since he has assu-' *he duties of
governor he has b>&^ -oking more
jarefully into the law att.;^5ie manner
)f its enforcement. Pa&jicularly has
ae inquired into the constabulary featire
of the law. He has endeavored to
ascertain the cost of the constabulary
md to determine if it were not possible
:o reduce expenses along this line.
Alter mature deliberation and a
;horouzh and careful canvass of the
ffhole situation from a business standjoint
lie has decided to reduce the conitabulary
force and Wednesday afterioou
notified 25 of the 59 constables
,hat their services would be dispensed yith
after the 17th.
In taking this step, it was given ont
'rom the governor's office Wednesday
hat there were no charges against the
neu dropped, nor did the governor mean
t to be understood by his action that
te considered any of the men inefficient
>ut canying out his ideas of business
le believed the law could and would be
nforced just as efficiently with 34 men
,s it had been with 59, and he would by
his reduction save $1,750 a,jnonth in
his one matter of expense."
In this position he has the hearty
indorsement of the State board of conrol.
The constabulary has been coring
the State from $50,000 to $60,000 a
rear. In May the constabnlary cost
4,200 in round numbers. This one reaction
will save to the State about
120,000 a year,
The governor confidently expects and
sks that every officer in South Caroina
shall assist in the enforcement of
ne aispeDsary iaw just as every otner
aw, and lie hopes that every conntr
fficer and every municipal officer,
rhether he be sheriff or mayor or mag3trate
or constable shall lend Ms aid
nd influence to the enforcement of the
ispensary law- If this is done it may
e possible to further reduce the force,
rot only so, he says, but he shall ex- ^
ect every good and law-abiding citizen
> do his part. He hopes there wil1. be M
o friction or trouble in the enforceient
of this law or any other law.?
A Object Lesson.
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A\;uuiuiug uu ? ue i'uiuuu j.eiegr?yii
Ir. Robert Stewart is a pretty leveleaded
and prosperous farmer, living
ear Awericus, Gha., and Tke Telegraph
ays of Mr. Stewart, that he "claims
bat it is easy to raise 150 bushels of
round peas to the acre, and that 200
usheis of sweet potatoes is not uncomlon
with him on one acre of land,
'hese two crops he raises bountifully
nd thus a large number of hogs are
ittened every winter by him with
light cost. He says the western farmr
makes money raising meat by feed3g
com that is raised on land that cost
5.1 1 <> i t 11'. _
uu per acre, ana iorcy Dusneis per acre
> a big crop, while here in Georgia 150
usheis per acre of chufas, ground peas
r potatoes can be easily made on land
rortli only $10 per acre, and these lastamed
crops are for feeding swine.
Lr. Stewart makes wagonloads of
aeon every year for this market; and
is splendid example has borne fruit,
3 that a great many farmers here are ?
oinsr into this Infirafcivf* hnsinera on a
luck larger scale now since he has
emonstrated by an experience of sevral
years that it is the most profitable
usiness that can be carried on in this
The Filipino's Cannon.
According to Gen. Anderson, comlanding
the department of the Lakes,
iie heavy losses of the American troops
1 the recent engagements with the FilDinos
at Los Pinas and Ba'toor, south
fMonils trora /?onco^ V>tt fha oW-iIIotw
tdch. Admiral Dewey presented to
Lguinaldo last winter. The batteries
i position, 0-en. Anderson says, are
eing operated by Spanish, prisoners
ho have been released by Aguinaldo
rith the understanding that they enst
in the insurgent army. Gren. Anerson
took the first detachment of
roops to the Philippines last fall and
-as a prominent figure in the first neotiations
with the Filipino governlent.
Lima Assassinated.
General Luna, one of the bitterest
)es of the Americans in the Philipincs
has been assassinated by orders of
Lguinaldo, the Fillipino leader. Luna
scently found himself in opposition to
be chief's views and not only disobeyed
rders, but at one time stopped Aguialdo's
peace commissioners on the way
d Manila to treat with the Americans.
Lguinaido ordered his death and the
rders were carried out by some of his
matical followers. The report of the
ssassinatioD has caused great excitelent
among the Filipinos at Manila.
Browned in His Set.
John B. Taylor met a sad and unimely
death Thursday afternoon .at
'elzer. He and his brother were seinag
in Saluda river above the dam and
e became entangled in the sein while
2 very deep water, causing him to sink
rom its weight, and before he could exricate
himself from its fatal meshes, or
efore help could reach him it was too
ite. His lifeless body was recovered
ome time alter wards and earned by
fiends to his home in Pelzer where a
rief-stricken wife and two children
re left to moura this terrible calamiy.?State.
Eleven Burned to Death.
Eleven workmen were burned to
eatn inursday in a nre that destroyed
dwelling house near Rybinsk, in the
overnment of Yaroslav, European
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