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Powder House Blown Up at
Spencer, N. C. Shops
Two Men Killed and Many Others
Injured Thursday Afternoon by
Blow-Up of Powder House at
Southern Shops-Buildings Wreck
ed and Much Property Destroyed.
Spencer, N. C., Special.-Two men
killed outright, two so badly hurt
that they can hardly recover and fif
teen or more slightly injured, with a
destruction of thousands of dollars'
worth of property, is the result of a
terrible blow--up Thursday afternoon
of the house in which thp Southern
Railway Company kept stored its
powder and other explosives used in
connection with the work at its
large shops here. The plant is bad
ly wrecked and work is at a stand
still for some time.
The dead are Charlie Leyton, an
unmarried man about 45 years of
age, whose body was mangled and
charred almost beyond recognition
and George Gould, colored.
Those believed to be fatally injur
ed are:
Fletcher Stafford and James T.
Those slightly injured are:
W. F. Kaderly, master mechanic,
knocked unconscious; C. H. Kadie,
shop Superintendent; W. W. Kluttz,
Ernest Kluttz, Robert H. Kluttz,
George Huneycutt, C. R. Trexler, J.
W. Crowell, Karl Lentz, Fred Loflin,
- Will Loffin. E. D. Whitmire, J. M.
Ellis and R. G. Koontz.
There may be others who received
minor bruises and contusions, but
their names could not be learned.
The explosion occurred 'at 5:30
o'clock and the shock was terriflc,
being felt for miles around. The
house in which the explosives were,
was a metal structure SxSxS feet and
was practically full of powder, dy
namite, torpedoes and fusees, nearly
a car load in all. A caboose standing
on the track which ran within a few
feet of the house had caught on fire
from some -unknown cause and an
alarin had been turned in. The
Southern's fire company, composed
of volunteer men from- among the
shop force, responded immediately
and three men had got a 'hose in hand
and were plying water on the burn
ing'car when the powder magazine
was touched off. Qther workmen, re
sponding also to th fire. alarm, had
gathered and these were the men who
were killed and injured. Lefton was
employed in the round house. a short
distance from the scene of the explo
sion as flue blower, but he had got
close enough that his body was bad
ly hurnied and his face blown off,
death being instantaneous. The ne
gro wvas Leyton 's helper in the round
house. Statford and Qobbel, were
two of the three men wvho were hero
ically work ing to save the road's
magnificent shops from being burned
to the ground. The third man was
Koontz. who was more fortunate and
escaped with a slight injury to one
arm, a splinter or bolt being blown
through the limb.
Had the awful blowv-up been a few
hours earlier the fatalities would no
doubt have run up in the scores and
perhaps hundreds.
Deaths Remain at Two.
Spencer, Special.-Up to Friday
night there have been no further fa
talities as a result of the explosion
of the powvder magazine of the South
ern aRilway at Spencer Thursday af
ternoon at 5:50 o'clock, and most of
the twenty injured in the accident
are resting well. W. F. Stafford, a
member of the fire department, it is
feared, cannot recover. It is said
both eyes were blown out, his skull
fractured ,and face and body fear
fully lacerated. J. T. Gobbel and
Wilt Loflin are also in a desperate
The work of clearing up the debris
froni the wrecked building was pros
ecuted Friday with a big force of
men and conditions are rapidly no
coming normal, though-the town has
been In aOdecided state of confusion
since the great explosion. The losi
to property is variously estimated al
from $75,000 to $100,000.
All the injiured ar, being cared fo,
at the hospitals in Salisbury and a5
their homes and the Southern offi
elaIs are doing all in their power t<
alleviate their suffering. A numbe1
of those least injiured was able to b<
out Friday. Since the early mornint
telegrams and other anessages hay
poured into Spencer inquiring aboiu
friends who are in the employ of thi
4 ' t was learned tist many familie
t~Seer suffered greatly from th
'~ '.M1~okand * nisnbe o dwefllnis Wa
9 ~aah tera w a~ ye e
y0cT MNSLAU gm
esult Was ourprise to Friends 01
Garrison, Who Expected Aoept,
Laurens, Special.-' 'Guilty of man.
slaughter with recommendation to the
mercy of the court," is the verdict
in the case of . Henry Garrison
charged with the murder of Lewis
Williamson, his daughter's sweot
heart. The result is a great surprisa,
as Garrison's friends .had expected
immediate acquittal when the cate
went to the jury. Judge Memminger
concluded his charge at 8.15 p. i.,
and gave notice that he would wait
on the jury until midnight, but there
was no agreement at that hour, and
the jury was locked up for the night.
Friday morning the jurors wore still
not agreed, and Judge Memminger
sent them back with instructions I-)
reach a verdict. At 11 o'clock they
came out with a verdict of min.
slaughter, with recommendation to
mercy. Under this verdict the court
may impose a sentence of not less
than two nor more than twenly
years. Notice of motion for new
trial was given, but the court's rul
ings were so generally favorable to
the defense that there are few
grounds for appeal. The worst ex
pected by the defense was a mistrial.
It is stated that two jurors held out
for acquittal, while a few voted At
first for a verdict of murder. They
did not accept Garrison's, statement
that he believed his pretty daughter,
Miss Mary Garrison. in danger at the
hands of her sweetheart, Louis Wil
liamson, nor did they believe that
Williamson was drunk. The Garri
son family is connected with the most
prominent people of Laurens county,
and the deceased, Williamson, was
highly conneoted all over the state.
J. Henry Garrison killed J. Louis
Williamson last July and the defense
was the ''nnwrittcn law." Miss Gar
risoh, who was the only witness, testi
fled that on the night of the tragedy
she and Williamson, to whom she was
engaged, were in the parlor of her
home when her father appeared at
the wingen and shot her fiance. Wil
liarnson died thre hours later.
Charlotte Cotton Market.
These prices represent figures paid
to wagons:
Good middling.. ....... .... 9
Strict middling.. .. ..O. .. 87-8
Middling.. .. .. .... ....... 83-4
Columbia Cotton Market.
Good middling... ...... 9.05
Strict middling.. .. .... .... 87.8
Middling.. .. .. .. ......... 8 3-4
Charlotto Grain and Produce
Rye.. .. .. .. ........... 1.35
Corn.. .. .. .......... .. 1.08
Cotton Seed.. .. .. ....... 221-2
Oats.. ...... .. ........ 68
Meal Seed.. ............ 26
Cotton Seed Meal.........26
Butter.. .. .......... .... [email protected]
Chickens-Spring. .... [email protected]
Ducks.. ......... .......20
Eggs.. ...... ...... [email protected]
Geese-per head.. .. ... [email protected]
Hens-per head.. [email protected]
Turkeys-per pound.. [email protected]
An Order by the Adjutant General
Columbia, .Special.-Gen. Boyd
has issued the following general
orders of interest to all the militia:
1. The following named books of
record1s, reports and papers wvill be
kept in each regiment:
2. The following named books of
record, reports and papers wvill bc
kept in each company:
A correspondence book, a sick re
port, a morning report, a descriptive
book of officers and enlisted men. ii
record of enlistments. There wiill
also be kept a file of all guard and
special orders and instructions re.
ceived from higher aiuthority, and
retained copies of the various rolla
returns and reports required by regu.
lations and orders.
3. There will be kept in each organ:
ization of the National Guard a prop.
erty book giving full information ol
all public property, both Unitei
States and State, showing list of ar
tieles, date of receipt, from whom re
ceived the names of officers who sign
ed the receipt therefor; also an ae
count of all articles turned in. ex
pended, stolen, lost or destroyed.
A duty roster will also be kept in
hook furnished for the purpose whei
in camp of instruction or other duty
4. These books, records and pa
pers will be Inspected at the annun
inspection of the N~ational Gtuard, an,
the payment of the salary of the corn
pany quartermaster sergeants or oth
or persons designated by . regimernts
and company commanders to tak
Scharge of and prepare books, recobi
anfi papers will depend upon'the i'
port made by the inspecting officer
as to condition in which satie at
found on date of inspeetions
By order~ of the eogner-t
Items of interest Gathred Z
Wire and Cable
Live Items Covering Events of More
or Less Interest at Home and
National Affairs.
Samuel Gompers asserts that an at
tempt was inade to bribe him for a
large sum to desert the cause of un
ion labor.
On the 90-Mile test ride into Virgi
nia Major George G. Bailey was
thrown from his horse at Falls church
and his ankle sprained.
The Ordinance Bueau of the army
has devised a new projectile and high
power powder that is expected to stir
pass any now iW use in the world.
Dr. Carvild Callejo of Madrid, phy
sician to the King of Spain and dele
gate to, the Tuberculosis Congress,
was thrown from a Washington street
car and injured.
. .Southern doctors state that tuber
eniosis which is now the curse of the
colored race, was almost unknown
among the negroes before they were
The South.
Six hazers at Guilford College, .N.
C., were tried before a magistratE
and fined.
Night riders have recently posted
a notice on a cotton gin near Ander
son, S. C.
Congressman Carter Glass says the
Virginia depository law is infamy.
About $60,000 more will be needed
to complete the Appomattox river di.
version project.
Booker T. Washington made an ad.
dress at the Roanoke Fnir and urged
negroes to stay on thEc farm.
More than a score of persons were
seriously hurt by the collapse of a
spectators' stand at the Roanoke
Cases against rioters who tried to
bicak into Portsmouth jail- in order
to lynch a negro assailant, were drop
ped. .
Blaine Elkins was served with a
summons 'to appear in court to an
swer the breach-of-promise charge fil
ed by Miss Louise Lonsdale.
Mr.'James W. Paul, of Philadel.
phia, died suddenly of cerebral hem
orrhages at the Homestead Hotel,
Hot Springs.
But very little cotton is being sold
in the South just now. It seems that
the farmers generally are inclined to
want the price to go higher. Quite a
lot is being stored in, the warehouse
Ex-Senator McLaurin, of South
Carolina, in a signed statement, ne
knowvledges his relations with the
Standard Oil Company as charged by
William R. Hearst and says there was
no impropriety in his conduct as he
views the matter.
Foreign Affairs.
Archbishop Farley sailed from Lon
don for New York.
The cholera in St. Petersburg is
slightly checked by frost.
The people of the Azores are bat
tling with plague and famine.
Wilbur Wright covered 22 miles in
30 minutes and 14 seconds in his
The Irish vote, alineated by govern
men opposition to the carrying of the
Host, defeated the Liberal candidate
at Newcastle-on-Tyne..
Judge Taft spoke at Milwaukee
and other places.
A million copies of Hughes' open
ing speech will be distributed.
Br yan spoke at Cincinnati and
comp'lained that Roosevelt was not
giving baim a square deal.
T. Coleman Dupont resigned as- di
rector of the speakers' bure'au of the
Republiean National Committe.
*After a conference with the Pres
ident, Senator Scott preolieted that
Taft would carry West Virginia by
I Haskell replied to the President de
I glaring a Roosevelt offieial granted
- .Standard Oil rights in Oklahoma
- wheft it was a territory.
I Senator J. B. Foraker in a care
a fully prepared statement, defended
a himself against the Hearst charges
and stacked Taft and Roosevelt.
' In his address as chairman of the
B Independence PariF State Convention
Willham R. Hearst read more letters
connecting publie men with trusts.
mat~amgg heer husand&*oj
J4mes J.& Hill ad P6tessor 1ad
Laghtin, in addresses beford the No.
braska bankers, antagonized the bank
deposit. guaranty plan.
Thos. J. Swann, of Baltimore, was
elected class president by the fresh
men at Princeton.
Five members of the failed stock
brokerage firm of A. 0. Brown & Co.,
)f New York, were -arrested on
sharges of grand larceny, and a sixth
who is in a hospital, was required to
tive bail.
Tennessean's Brutal Crime.
Bristol, Tenn., Spec'ial.-A special
'rom Johnson City says: L. A. Bay
ess, a magistrate attacked his broth
r..in-law, Berney Bavless, while - the
atter was asleep in bed at his home
n this city and almost literally chop
)ed his head off with an axe. He
hen attacked Bavless' wife, fatally
rounding Ter. Turning the weapon
ipon his own wife. who was in the!
iouse. he struck her several blows.
nflicting probably fatal injuries.
3ayless was arrested and half an
iour later was found dlead in his cell,
inving hanged hiniself.
Roosevelt to Take Stump.
Lincoln, Neb., Special.-That Pros
ient Roosevelt fully intends to take
he stump in favor of the candidacy
,f Mr. Taft was the information re
cived at Fairview from the East.
t was said that the advices came
rom persons on whom reliance could
ie placed and were to the effect that
fr. Roosevelt is planning to make
t least six speeches in the course of
trip from the Atlantic to the Pac
fle, the concluding speech to be de
ivered at San Francisco with numer
us short speeches en route, Mr.
3ryan, however, refused to mtke any
omment on the subject.
Negro Burned to Death.
Birmingham, Ala., Special.-A. A.
WcLenahan, a negro, was burned to
leath and several others had narron
!scapes when fire destroyed the two
itory building on the southwest cor
ier of Third avenue and Eighteenth
;treet. The negroes were sleeping in
:he building. ard McLenahan was try.
Lng to raise a window when he wits
niffocated. The flames spread so
rapidly that he could not be rescued.
Five Negroes Drowi4 in the Tennessee
Chattanooga, Tenn., Special.-A
row boat containing- five .negroes cap
siied in the Tennessee river and all
the occupants were drowned. Three
of the victims were men and two wo
men. The party had rowed across to
Moccasin Bend, and while returning
one of the women became frieghtened
and in attempting to jump from th'
boat the light craft was overturned.
But one of the number could swim.
The other four clung to him and all
Young Ma~n Killed at Oil Mill.
Vienna, Ga., Special. - Millard
Sheppard, the night foreman at the
Vienna Cotton Oil Company, was
caught in a belt' at the mill early
Saturday morning and instantly kill
ed. The body was badly mangled.
one arm being torn from the frame
arnd ntearly every bone being broken.
Young Sheppard was a mpember of. a
prominent Dooley county family and
had a large circle of friends here.
Coat of Thaw Trial.
New York, Special.-The total cost
to Newv York county of the prosecu
tion of Harry K. Thawv for the shoot
ing of Stanford White has been $54I,
837, according to papers submitted by
District Attorney Jerome to Justice
Mills at Newburgh. The purpose of
Mr. Jerome's application to Justice
Mills was to haive the approaching
trial on the question of 'lPhawv's ment
al condition transferred from *West.
chester to Nrw Yorkc county.
The Failure of an Eastside Bank.
New York, Speeial. -Following
close on the failure of three East,
Side, private banki,ng institutions, a
recdiver has been appointel to ox
amine the affairs of the bank of Ed.
ward Roseufeld on the low'er Eau
Bide, and throngs of excited aliens
gathered in front of the building,
shrieking threats and hurling epithetsi
at the bankrupt. Rosenfeld has not
beep soon for two. days. About $80,
006 of the savitigs of the poor is in-.
Fire Raging at Winthrop Beach-One
Womani, Guest of Hotel, Missing.
Boston, Special-A brisk fire broke
out in the summer colony at Wini
thi-op Beach at 11:30' o'clock Friday
night. Crest Hall, a summer hotel,
accomnmodati -seventy-five guests,
and the Oiea~I View House are ift
fiamnes, and 'large numbe- of I the
oattages naetr~are. threatened
Reciwd of Indictmenti Made By
t~le Department of Justice
bepartmont of Justice Issues Revised
Statement of All Cases, Civil a4d
Criminal, Instituted Under the
Sherman Anti-Trust Law and In
terstate Commerce Act.
"Washington, Special.-The Depart-.
ment of Justice issued a revised
statement giving in pamphlet form
summaries of the record cases insti
tuted by the United States under the
Sherman anti-trust law of July 2d,
1908, and the act to regulate com
merce, approved February 4th, 1887,
as amended, inclu'ding the Elkins act.
The statement gives the following
summary of cases under the anti
trust law.
Four bills in equity and three in
dictments under President Harri
son's administration from 1889 to
Four bills in equity, two informal'
cases and two indictments, under
President Cleveland's second admin.
istration from 1893 to 1897; three
bills in equity under President Me
Kinley's administration from 1897 to
September 14th, 1901, and eighteen
bills in equity and one' forfeiture
proceeding in civil cases and -twenty
flve criminal indietmients and two
proceedings in contempt in criminal
cases under President Roosevelt's
administration from September 14th
1901, to daie. The fines imposed in
these cases amounted to $147,000.
The summary of cases under
interstate commerce act shows
indictment during President Cl ,
land's first term, abd thirty-five
dictments, five convictions, eigh '
nol prossed cases, seven quashed,
dismissed and four acquittals ui. e
President Harrison's administrat...
Under President Cleveland's sec
ond term there were nineteen indict
ments which resulted in nine convic
tions, one dismissal, eight nol pross
ed, three quashed and one acquittal.
Seventeen petitions to enforce orders
of commission and one petition to re
strain defendants from making dis
criminatory rates, one proseoution
for contempt, and sixty-four petitipps
for mandamus to compel filing of an
bual reports.
Under President McKinley's ad
ministration there were twenty-two
indictments, five petitions to enforce
orders of the commission and one
petition to declare pooling combina
tions illegal. These indictments re
sulted in flve convictions, one acquit
tal, four nol prossed and twelve not
Under President Roosevelt's ad
ministration to date it is shown that
there have been one hundred -and fif
ty-seven indictments; forty-eight con
victions, two acquittals, nine nol
prossed, five demurrers sustained.
four dismissed, one quashed and
eighty-eight pending. The amount of
fines imposed was $1,113,325.
One Killed in Trolley Cragh.
Wheeling, W. 'Va., Special.--A city
railway car got beyond control on
Mozart Hill. dashed dowvn the heavy
grade, left the rail at a sharp curve
and crashed into a house and tele
graph pole. One person was killed.
and six others injured.
Town Marshal Killed.
Columbia,, S. C., Special.--O~overnor
Ansel has a long distance telephone
message from North, in Orangeburg
coiu~ty, saying the marshal of that
town had been killed by a negro who
made his escape. The name of the
marshal was not given. Penitentiary
bloodhounds are being rushed to the
Change Monitor's Name.
Washington, Speeigl.--Upder in,
structions'of the Navy Department,
the Monitor Wyoming will after this
be known as the Cheyenne.. The ves
sel has been undergoing repairs at the
navy yard at Vallejo, Cal. The change
in name is made to allow the depart
ment to name one of the big battle.
ships now building after the State of
More Ginners Are Warned.
Huntsville, Ala. *
riders, or persons
ed -to. be night .
warnings on gin;
part of this coniar-ujnd in inreoin~"~
county, Tennessee. ''We warn ydu
not to gin any more cotton until fur
th~er notice,' is the placard placed
upon the door of the Rogers gin at
Newmarket, Ala. The same note
was posted oni the door of the Dav
idson gin in the southernu pah't of'
Lingola coiwey, , .. .., .

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