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Entered April 23, 1903 at Pickens, S. C. as second clams matter, under act of Congress of March 3, 1879
39th Year PICKENS. S. C., JULY, 15, 1909. Number 15
State News 1
fl C.tid XatwsN from Zy
A. M. Gasque. aged 71 years,
died at his home in Marion of
Pinckiev C. Way, a well
known citizen of Holly Hill is
dead at his home.
The Atlantic Coast Line will
erect Y. M. C. A. b:.'.ligs at
Florence and Charleston.
Two colored men were killed
by a Southern railway train at
Ben Deane, an operative em
ployed at the Lydia mills, Clin
ton, is nissing from his home.
Foul play is suspeted.
William H1erriot of Charleston
was fired on from ambush at Mt.
Pleasant. The bullet struck
him in the temple inflicting a
Serious wound.
C(o L. Bh'as has announced
that he will e a candidate for
governo0r Next year. H is platform
will be "Let Clemson alone,"
and against compulsory educa
Fra.k Bennett, colored, has
been arrested in Bamberg on the
charge of robbery. He is accus
ed of breaking into H. M. Brab
ham's store ad stealing ;400.
T ~ from
ity this season h a
good. The value of berries
and vegetables sent north from
that section is equal to 1,000
bales of cotton.
Capt. John G. Capers, commis
sioner of internal revenue, is at
the Capeer's cottage on Cedar
Mountain, where he will spend
some time reuperating from his
recent illness.
The total receipts at the Char
leston postohce during the fiscal
year which has just closed aggre
gate the sum of $151,538.20, the
largest receipts in the history of
the Charleston office, being a
gain of .7.071.67 over the receipts
of 1908.
The fiscal year in Charleston
closed with a large increase in
the receipts of both the customs
and the postoffice department.
The receipts at the custom house
aggregate $103,000, the largest
in sixteen years and with the
growing business, the figures will
make a still better showing next
year. The increased business of
the port !s one of the most en
couragidng evidences of the in
creasing trade of Charleston.
Gov. Ansel on Monday wired
Sheriff McMillan to stop a cock
fight at Dyson in Greenwood
countyv. It was learned that the
fight would be on and Gov. An
sel promptly ordered that the
same not take place. There is a
state law with a heavy penalty
attached, prohibiting cock fight
ing in South Carolina.
The Spartanburg Gun Club
held its annual shoot at
Fairfield Park, July 9. For
many years past the club has
been giving its shoots on July 4,
but this year it was dlecided to
hold the shoot on July 9. A
large numbler of sportsmen from
var1ious5 sections of the state
participated in the shoot.
G angs are busv impoving the
ro)ad bed of the Southern Rail
way fro:: B3ranchville to Augus.
ta. Th is pa)rt ion of tihe road has
been laid with light rails, and
now the he2 is being' equipped
with the heavy rails, which will
make thte road be I mucnh smooth
e;'. The gangs have ailready laid
the rails fr" m Augusta to Aiken
and the railk are now on the
ground to) ' omplete the improve
mnent to Branchville, where it
will coinn ct with the Charles
ton-Columbia djivisionl, whfic'h
is already, equined with the
h'eavy rai'\.JWhqn t his is ('ONm
Pleted, tn road will be inexel
The store of H. J. Brabhan,
Jr., at Bamberg was broken in
to and robbed of $400 in cash and
a lot of shoes, clothing and other
Fire destroyed the store build
ing of I. M. Johnson and a house
owned b.t C. C. Twitty at Harts
Robert Barron, colored, em
ployed as lineman by the light
and power company at Rock
Hill, was killed by a live wire.
The congregation of the Sec
ond Presbyterian church at
Greenville is erecting a $20,000
church building.
Charlie Gillam was stabbed in
the breast with an ice pick by
Jim Stevens at Lancaster. It is
thought that the wound will
prove fatal.
The state iardon board is in
session in Columbia for the pur
pose of considering applications
for pardons that have been re
ferred to the board.
A. L. and C. P. Lindsay. well
known citizens of Camden, are
being tried on the charge of
making an aggravated assault
on a trav U-g man in the hotel
in Ca en.
e Aiken and Lancaster de
tached militia companies will be
used in the coast defense exer
cises at Charleston according to
telegram from the war depart
ment. Gen. Boyd will later add
two other companies and organ
ize a battalion of artillery.
R. E. Hill, who investigated
the affairs of Colleton county
under a special act of the legis
lature, has filed his report, find
ing ex-County D. L. Smith short
$5,144 and severely criticising
other officers for looseness in
There is a young man in the
Cherokee county jail charged
with a most terrible crime. His
name is Bascomb Brant. His
sister, who is a cripple, anid is on
ly about 16 years of age, gave
birth to a child a few nights ago,
and upon being questioned in re
gard to the paternity of the in
fant, said that her brother, Bas
comb, was its father. Brant
was arrested and committed to
jail the next day under the
charge of incest. It is said that
the girl says now that she was
out of her head when she made
the statement implicating her
brother. The Brants live at the
Hamrick Mills village, and have
not been residents of Gaff ney
very long.
The United States bureau of
soils will shortly take up the re
juvenation of the famous Pud
ding Swamp tobacco area in
Clarendon county, Commis
sioner Watson has had the mat
ter up with the federal experts
for some time, and a letter re
ceived states that as soon as the
appropriation is available this
will be one of the counties in the
United States to receive atten
tion. This will mean much to
the planters of that section, said
to be one of the richest in the
country for the development of
tobacco raising. Commissioner
Watson will deliver an address
at Manning on July 14. when he
will explain the work. He will
b acconmpanied by Prof Harper.
who who talk on tobacco.
Monday afternoon Mr. Cliar
ence Duncan of Johnston, a boy
about 16 years of age, fastened
a pair of climbers. s-uch as tele
phone linemen use, on his legs
and proceeded to climb the large
telehone pole at Khodens sta
tion. When about half way up
the pole the hooks broke loose
and lhe fell to the ground, a dis
tace :.f tw~entyv feet. b)reaking
het h armos hetween the wrists andI
elbows. D)r. Rushton set the
broken limbs and no serious conr
plications are anticipated.
J. H. Stevens, a Confederate
veteran of Cheraw is dead at his
The citizens of Lexington are
discussing the question of in
stalling an electric light and wa
terwooks plant.
Daniel T. Black, a Confed
erate veteran of Union, is dead
at his home.
W. H. Cannon, a well known
Young man of Florence, is dead
at his home.
Dr. W. W. Fennell 'narrowly
escaped death by drowning in a
swollen stream near Rock Hill.
Two Augusta youths were ar
rested at Lexington yesterday
for beatiga ride on a passenger
J. Q. Cousart, engineer of the
Walterboro Cotton Mill, died as
the result of burns he received
several days ago.
Frank Aiken, colored, who
made a savage attack on Mr. C.
L. Townsend, a prominent far
mer living near Ninety Six the
other day, has been arrested and
logded in jail in Greenwood.
Rev. John Lake, who, though
in faroff China, is greatly belov
ed throughout Edgefield county,
is to be married early in July to
Miss Carrie Bostic. Miss Bostic
is from Greenville but has been
engaged in mission work in
China during the past seven
Word has just recently been
received by Mrs. A. Z. Strange
of SouthUnion that her two sons
Robert and Thadd, who are in
the United States army. and at
present on Corregida island, near
I Manila, in the Phillippines, are
in good health and doing well.
Union Progress.
Magistrate J. T. Easterling of
Columbia is charged with mal
feasance in office. He is'
charged with collecting 828 from
a prisoner and keeping 822 for
The Laurens Furniture Fac
tory, at Laurens was sold at
auction this week. The plant
was purchased by J. E. Minter,
E. P. Minter, S. M. and E. H.
Wilkes and J. P. Dunlap for the.
sum of $30,000.
Thomas Huggins, colored, was
killed at Spartanburg Friday
afternoon by catching hold of a*
guy wire from a telephone pole
which was in contact with a
live electric light wire. ThomasI
Walker, aiso colored, attempted
to rescue the negro and received
a shock that may cause his death,
Huggins was badly burned.
Huggins andl Walker were talk
ing to a negro andl t.he former
reached up and caught hold of a
wire that ran from a telephone
pole to a post in the ground near
The spirit of theft does not
seem to hesitate even at the door
of the church. Some time Sun
lay the collection box placed at
the entrance of the Baptist*
church in Bamberg city was
broken into. andl had1 it not hap
penedl that the money had been
removed a short while beforethe
contents would have doubtless
been stolen.
Disputing ov-er a horse race
which they had1 just witnessed.
three white men became engag
ed in an altercation near Tren
ton Edgefield1 county. about 7
oclock Satur<iay night, and two
of them received wounds which
may prove fatal. The injured
men are Albert Berkely, a rail
road1 frireman living at Edgefield,
and a farmer named Bob Murrel.
"Ab" Jackson did the shooting,
wounding Berkeley four i times
and Murrell twice. After the
fracas Jackson made(b his escape
and has not been captured.
With a shotgun Murrell return
Ied Jackson's fire. but without
effect. The men were returning
to Trenton after attending the
rae at a track ab)out three miles
from Tren ton when the dlifficulty
took place. Murrell and Jack
The trustees of the South Car
olina University are considering
plans for the erection of a science
The new postoffice building at
Chester has been completed and
will be occupied the latter part
of this week.
The annual convention of the
Palmetto State Stenographer's
association will be held at the
Isle of Palms. August 6-7.
South Carolina will be repre
sented by nineteen delegates at
the National Irrigation congress
to be held at Spokane, August
Announcement was made Sat
urday by Mr. Richard I. Mann
ing of Sumter that he has ac
cepted a life trusteeship on the
Clemson college board. Mr.
Manning was offered the place
some weeks ago but would not
accept it until he had made a
thorough examination of the
will of the late Thos. G. Clemson
and the various conditions that
go with a position of this kind.
After a conference with Mr. Alan
Johnstone, the president of the
board of trustees, several days
ago, Mr Manning stated that he
had accepted the trusteeship af
ter careful consideration but did
not care to give out a statement
on the subject.
Alexander Jopp, a white man
employed at the works of the
Winnsboro Granite corporation
was injured at Winnsboro in the
central portion of the town by
being struck by a south-bound
freight train, and died shortly
afterwards from his injuries. It
seems that the man was sitting
in a drunken condition at the
side of the track, and in some
way was struck and drawn un
der the the passing cars, both
legs being cut off above the knee.
He was carried into a nearby
house and given medical atten
tion, but died in a few hours.
Jopp was a native of Scotland
and had but recently come to
this countrV and located at the
granite quarry at Rion together
with a number of others.
A special form Charlotte says:
Authentic news reached Char
otte today from Rock Hill, that
D. S. May, forl11years city clerk
and treasurer of that town, has
lefaulted in the sum of $6,100.
The announcement of the short
age came as a complete surprise
several days ago when May con
essed that he had been appro
priating the city's money to hi.s
own use. As soon as the short
age was discovered May's bonds
men, wvho had secured him in
the sum of $5,000 made good his
bond and the remainder of the
1,100. Mr. J. M. Cherry, vice
president of the National Union
Bank, has had charge of the
city's finances since May's con
ession of his irregularities. Ex
pert accountants from Atlanta
Ga., have been at work on the
books for the past several days
and will make a formal report
showing the exact 'amount of
the shortage, within the next
few days. May has not been
Mr. P. F. Parker, one of the
guards on the Barnwell chain
gang, had a narrow escape last
Thursday afternoon. On Wed
nesday a negro was sent to the
gang by one of the magistrates.
He complained of the work that
was given him, that of picking
rocks, and asked for easier work.
ie was not chained and on
Thursday afternoon Mr. Parker
was seated by the road watching
the convicts. His attention was
attracted to the new negro and he
turned just in time to see him
with a heavy stick raised to
strike him in the head. In an
instant the guard coveredi the
distance between him and the
convict with one leap and at the
same time catching his throat
and forcing him backward to
the ground. Had it not been
for Mr. Parker's quick move, the
negro would doubtless have kill
e him.
Trustee- Have Not Yet Taken Any
The meeting oi the board of
trustees of Clemson College ad
journed last Saturday morning
without taking any action on
the resignation of President Mell
other than announcing that it
will be considered at a called
meeting of the board to be held
at college on August 12th. The
resignation was submitted to
the board and with it Dr. Mcll
presented a statement explain
ing why he resigned, three main
causes being given. The first
cause named by Dr. Mell was
the frequent interference in the
administration of his dutis by
the trustees, the second vas the
plan of selecting faculty mem
bers without allowing the pre:i
dent a large influence and the
third was the need of reorgan:
zation of the military (pai
ment. The latter cause was re
sponsible for the ruptures of the
past year between Dr. Mell and
Commandant Minus.
Besides approving the annual
budget for the coining year and
attendin to other matters of
more or less importance, the
board took action as f)llows:
Dr. H. R. Barrow, director of
agriculture, elected one year
ago, resigned to take affect Sep
tember 1st. His successor will
be elected in August.
Mr. John Hook, of chair of
assistant professor in engineer
ing department, resigned. Prof.
A. B. Gardner of the same de
partment was promoted to suc
ceed Mr Hook. Mr. J. D. Little
john, graduate of Clemson, 1908,
was elected assistant professor
in engineering department to
succeed Mr. Gardner.
Dr. H. C. Shattuck, professor
of botany and forestry, resigned
to accept a similar position with
University of Idaho. This chair
will be filled in August.
Prof. D. D. Folling of the
Mississippi Agricultural and
Mechanical College, was elected
to the chair of horticulture in
the agriculture department.
This chair has been vacant some
Mr. F. R. Sweeney, a gradu
ate of Clemson 1906, was elected
assistant instructor in the civil
engineering department.
The board placed the studies
of German and book-keeping
optional with the student.
The printing office recently
established at the college was
placed on a firm financial basis.
A linotype machine will be in
stalled and printing will be
taught as suggested by several
newspapers of the state. The
office will do all the college print
Prof. A. M. Burgess was grant
ed several months' leave of ab
sence to take a special course
in a prominent university in an
imal h usband1ry'.
According to the ruilinig of the
board of all members of faculty
and employs of the colleg~e are
elected for one ve:ur, iad as soon
as the first year's service expires
the board considers the names
for permanent election. Under
this ruling the following elections
were made permanent.
Dr. R. 0. Seeley, assistant
state veterinarian uder Br. M.
Ray Powvers.
Prof. G. G+. Ainsioy. chair
of entomiolo:.
Mr. WV. A. Thomas. (enolo
Mr. S. W. Evans. assistant
B. A. Hall, assistant chemist.
L. A. Sease, head of prepara
tory devartment.
L. 0. Watson, assistant pro
fessor of chemistty.
Mr. Richard I. Manning of
Sumter, recently a life trustee,
was present and took an active
part in all the deliberations of
the board. He is going to be a
valuable asset to the b)oard and
to the college.
Some of the newspapers had a
statement a few days ago to the
head of the engineering depart
ment, might be elected as Dr.
Mell's successor.
Prof. Riggs made the follow
ing statement in regard to the
"I am not now and never have
been an applicant for the presi
dency of Clemson College. I
would not be willing to forsake
my profession for the calling of
a college president here or else
Prof. Riggs is the efficient direc
tor of the engineering depart
ment of the college. He is a
mechanical and electrical engin
eer of marked ability and is
widely known and recognized as
such. He is yet a young man
and is wedded to his profession.
Out-Ran a Train
Mr. Murry Riley made some
thing of a record in motor-cy
cling on a trip to and from
Greenville yesterday. He left
Anderson about 8 o'clock in the
morning and, after getting lost
several -times, arrived in Green
ville about 10 o'clock. On his
return trip he left Greenville at
the same time as train No. 16,
which leaves there at 4:20 p. m.,
and arrived in the city at 5;50p.
m., or 25minutes before this train
was due. Mr. Riley, in speaking
of his trip, states that his best
time was made outside of the
city limits, he conforming to the
5-mile per hour regulation re
specting the speed of automobiles
in the city. Mr. Riley made no
attempt at making a record in
covering the distance to Green
ville, but took the road leisurely,
stopping several times going and
coming.-Anderson Mail.
Travel to Mountains
The excessive warm weather
in the lower part of the State is
driving hundreds of people to the
hill country and the mountains
of Western North Carolina.
During the last few days the
trains from Charleston and Co
lumbia have been crowded with
people on their route to the re
sorts in the up-country. The
heavy travel is not confined to
people from the lower section of
the State, as a large number of
people from New Orleans, Ala
bama and Georgia are hurrying
through Spartanburg to the cool
mountain resorts to escape the
hot weather in their home town.
As the summer advances travel
will increase.-Spartanburg
Peach-Growing Section.
That this section of the coun
try is well adapted to the grow
ing of neaches is evidenced by
the fact that Mr. J. L. Vaughn,
a prominent farmer on the Chick
Springs road, eleven miles from
Greenville, has sold in Greenville
yesterday and today $42 worth
of peaches. He yesterday sold
something over eight bushels of
Carmen peaches at ten and fif
teen cents a dozen and today he
sold over eight bushels at the
same prices. On his farm he has
something over 900 peach trees
arnd they are all,.loaded down
with good fruit. He has a num
ber of varieties of peaches that
ripen until the middle of October.
-Greenville Piedmont.
The railroad ccmmission has
received the following report
from the Atlantic Coast Line:
"We have to report that the
body of a white man was found
by engineer of south-bound pas
senger train, Second 85, just
south of Mar's Bluff, S. C., at
5:22 a. m. June 30, very badly
mangled. Party's name is
supposed to have been M. C.
Geornean, white who was beat
ing his way on northbound
through freight train No. 208,
and fell through botton of color
ed car. A man by name of
Daughtery claims also to have
been on train No. 208, and that
this man was in the same car
with him, and that he dropped
off to sleep, and when he awoke
Gornean. was missing. Proper
authorities were notified, and
remains were turned over to
Florence county for buial."
He Had Been Pastor of Abbeville Pres
byterian Church 23 Years
Rev. Dr. J. Lowrie Wilson
died at his home at Abbeville
last Friday night the 9th after
a brief illness, at the age of
about 73 years.
Dr. Wilson was one of the
leading Presbyterian ministers
of the state and had been pastor
of the Abbeville church for
about 23 years. He was an able
minister, a consecrated Christian
man, and loved alike by all de
At the.time of his death Dr.
Wilson had been actively engag
ed in preaching for about 41
years, though he never held but
two pastorates, his first being at
Bethesda Presbyterian church in
York county, where he preached
for 18 years, and it was with
great reluctance that he was giv
en up by this church to Abbeville
23 years ago.
Dr. Wilson was born in India
about 73 years ago. his parents
being missionaries. When he
was a mere boy, he in company
with four brothers, was brought
to Akron, Ohio, by their mother
and placed in school, she return
ing to India to resume her work
as a missionary, and he intend
ing later to return and join them
in the work.
He entered the Confederate
army at Knoxville, Tenn., and
served with distinction through
out the struggle with the excep
tion of the time that he was laid
up with wounds, having been
shot thrice in a single day, one
of which wounds caused the loss
of a foot. Another was in the
right temple, and the4iird in
the side.
At the close of the war Dr.
Wilson taught school for a time
in the Bethesda section of York
county. From there he went to
the Columbia Theological Semi
nary, and after graduation, re
turned to take up the pastorate
of Bethesda church, which posi
tion he filled until he was called
to Abbeville 23 years ago.
Although Dr. Wilson was
seriously ill but a short while be
fore his death his health had
been bad for some time, and it
was realized that his death
might be expected at almost any
time. However, when the an
nouncement came Saturday it
was a great shock to his friends.
An Old Newspaper
Miss Willie Stetson, of this city
has in her possession an issue of
The Columbia (S. C.) Guardian
of September 6, 1864.
This newspaper tells of the
battle of Gainesville, Fla., which
showed the remarkable bravery
of the late Gen. J. J. Dickinson.
Dickinson, with but one hun
dred and sixty men, and all fight
ers, defeated the federals. num
bering several hundred. Only
two Confederates were killed,
while twenty-three federals were
slain and a large number injur
ed. The Confederates also cap
tured the lieutenants and two
hundred and two privates.
The paper above mentioned
gave Dickinson credit for the
great victory.-Florida Times
Union.____ __
Using Much Cement
The Charleston division of the
Southern railroad is quite busy
these days hauling cement for
the NinetyNine Island develop-*
ment. Altogether the develop
ment will require 700 carloads of
cement, and up to this time the
rrilroad has been able to deliver
only about twenty cars a day.
The capacity from Charleston
to Kingville is forty cars, but
this capacity is diminished one
half on the upper end. The un
derstanding is that the contrac
tors at the island are using the
cement as fast as it arrives.
Yorkville Enquirer.
The Very Best
IThe biggest advertisement
Spartanburg county ever had
will be the anfrouncement that
ihas voted $400,0t00 for good

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