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A LIVELY MEETING
| OF THE DEMOCRATIC STATE EXEC! TIVE COMMITTEE. I Chairman Irby Makes a Big Speech Favor of His Views, l>ut the Commit* Referred the Whole Matter to the Sta Convention. Columbia, S. C., April 7.?Wh( the Democratic State executive cor p?^ mittee met tonight there was quite leathering of visitors, composed of C Jumbians and many from outside < i* the citv interested in the procedings < the committee. The Senate chamb was selected as the pbce of meeting i view of its commodiousness. but subsequently proved to be entirely tc Is large and to have too many places < |. observation had any one been incline to eavesdrop. Wh?q the commits met the usual formality of the roll ca was temporarily suspended and Chai R.. mail Irby took the middle oi the ais and had at least one say before th Kv doors were closed. If- He spoke extemi.oraneously an EL- said that he had called the commits ; K. together, as the representatives of th Democracy, for two reasons. As tb I: ??-' was a Presidential campaign year * was necessary to make a good star Bp Under the Democratic constitutio there is an ambiguity as to when th local clubs should be* called togethei In one place it seems to be provide* i that the club meetings should be hel< the first week in May, and in anothe section that time is provided lor th< county convention. This is a mos important matter. He recomraendet that the committee fix a certain da? for all clubs to meet and another da? for the county convention. The part? constitution provided that the Stat* convention meet on the third Wednes ?day in May. Another reason for thi call, and one that was of vital an< great importance not only to the sue cess of the Democratic party in th State, but in the nation, had to be con aidered. He said that he felt that i the members could appreciate the feel r" ~ . ing he had for the success of the Dem ocratic party and supremacy of th< white people, they would pardon hi; trespassing on the time of the com mittee. The committee, not with stand ing any challenge that might have .been made against it, is a true Demo ?ratio committee. It is the successoi of the committee of 1876, and it is th( only committee that had right to th( name since 1890. It is entitled to al the legal rights of the committee tha won the victory of '76. The firs chairman of the committee was Judg< Haskell, and then Col. Moore or Gen Kennedy, and then Col. Hoyt, anc this committee as their legal successor; are here rather as Democrats than a: Bolters, or as deserters, and therespon sibility is upon us as their successors I assume my share of the responsibility and say that we have come to a crisis in the very existence of the party, anc as chairman of the Democracy I dan speak out and warn you of the dangei that threates;; us. - -"Wtr iiave come t( lime when there is a division it our ranks, and the issue must be fairly ^ met. We came into control of th< machinery under a direc%pledge thai we would continue it at Democrats, and if we are ready to desert our party, Ha nartir nf mir fathers, then let us be men enough, and bold enough and honest enough to say so and go and join any parly of our choice, and nol masquerade as Democrats. The peo pie gave me the position as chairman of the Democracy and I claim to be a Democrat of Democrats, and that 1 have honestly been the trustee of the true element. The Democracy has been threatened. We have met the Conservatives in open fight and we . r have survived the shock of Indepen dentism. Now we are met with per haps more serious opposition. We are challenged by a distinguished Demo crat We are challenged by one whc has been one of its greatest beneficia ries since the war. We are told in so many words, that if this State does not get what she wants in the National Convention her little eighteen men are going to say to the thousand dele egates: "We are going to bolt.' Eighteen men are going to say to this 40. great country that this State will noi stand this or that. i speaic noi as; candidate for any office, but as chair man of this committee and as a Demo crat. It is not honest for us to bind j certain element of the State to th< nominees for officers, and when the} want us to be bound to the nominee: of the national party to prepare for t bolt. What's sauce for th6 goos< ought to be sauce for the gander. Th< proper thing to do is to go into the fight and stand by the result and worl for a glorious victory of the Democ racy. As soon as chairman Irby had fin ; ished his talk he directed Secretary Tompkins to call the roll and that dem onstrated that there were only thre< absentees, those from Georgetown Kershaw and Colleton. A telegrarr was received from Mr. Kirkland, o Kershaw, in which he said that his po sition, and he believed that of Kershav was to abide the result of the Nationa Convention. T4- titoo fVtAri fViof flifi nnoTnonfo/1 lion JLU new bUUU VUUV wuv v?i*v?|/vwvvv* umj^/ pened. The newspaper men had beei given to understand that they woul< not only be welcomed, but that the^ would be expected, but it seemed tha~ as if another programme had beer mapped out. Mr. Evans moved that the commit tee go into executive session, and h< said that it was very evident to al who had the interest of the Democrats party at heart that its enemies shoul< not know all the secrets, and that i there were any divisions they shoul< v be healed tonight. SherifT Brahan seconded the motion. Mr. Gadsden, of Charleston, opposec the motion, and said that the commit tee was to discuss the interests of th< whole people, and that the peopli should have a chance to be present am see and hear all that was done. Thi people have as much at heart wha was being done as anyone, and the;; ? - were entitled to see what their repre sentatives were doing in their interests There was no doubt that the newspa pers would get all they wanted abou the meeting, and there was no use t< havea garbled report given the paper when the reporters were present t< give an accurate account. The secret session element, however carried the day by a vote of 15 to 8 Those voting in favor of keeping th doors open were Messrs. Martin, Cun ningham, Parrott, Gray, Irby, Jones tKeels, Jackson and Gadsden. Thos for closing the doors were: Messrs. A Y. Jones, Jordan, May field, Sweeney Badham, Watson, Traylor, McCowan MoSweeney, Derhain, Elliott, Evans W. D., Sligh, Stribling, Earle, Low W?x, ./ 11 man, Kedfearn, EBrd, Montgomery, llobinson, Bennett, A. C. Lyles, Biackwell, Glenn and Donaldson. So J- the newspaper men got up and left with the balance of the crowd. Then Mr. McSweeney tried to have the representatives of the press admitt111 ed, but that failed, and the committee ee went to work with blissful thoughts of its own security. After the press e had been disposed of Mr. Evans thought it best to appoint doorkeepers. Mr. Lyles, of Fairfield, was allowed 5n Ihe privilege of the floor. It was de n" cided that the county clubs meet on ,a Saturday, the 2d of May, and the county convention on the first Monday ?t iu May, and the State Convention on the third Monday in May. ?r Then the fight of the night began. l.? Mr. Sligh, of Newberry, oil'ered the 11 f/Ol A?rinrr pocaIntinnc '9 Whereas, since this executive corn, mittee is acting under authority dele[ prated to it by the Democratic party of j? Soul h Carolina, and therefore possesses no original powers: be it ,r Resolved, That in the opinion of e this executive committee it would be e transceuding its powers to undertake , to decide issues and questions which belong' appropriately to the Demooratic State Conveation. But it is further,e more the opiuion of this committee Is that it is unwise to discuss all such issues and questions since it would be an I effort to forestall the action of the a sovereignty of the people, and f urthere more, that the only duty this execuj tive committee can properly perform , is to direct the reorganization of the local Democratic clubs and the holding of county conventions aud that of . State conventions. , Mr. Sligh took the positirJTfThat the matter callcdjta.4he~~a"Uention of the ' C0Tnrcittee-by Chairman Irby could * not be officially acted on, as it was not Y 1.. i?e \ji vycLiy uciui'D mc uimiuiibccc^g w muu ? had no right to act. The committee was the servant of the people and could i not pass on any qualification and had nothing to do with any personal controversy between two Senators. Senator Irby said th it the committee had ample power to act in tne absence of a convention, and it was all wrong to talk about the committee being powerless. Then Gen. Gray came to the front witii the following resolution: Whereas, an issue has been raised quutioning the loyalty of the Democracy of South Carolina to the national Democratic party, and whereas a suggestion has been made that delegates to the National Democratic Convention from this State should bolt the National Democratic Convention on certain contingencies; and whereas tho State Democratic executive committee considers it would be suicidal on the part of the Democrats of South Carolina to sever its connection with the national Democracy, now be it Resolved, That it is the sense of this committee that no person shall be \ eligible to membership in Democratic 5 clubs who is not a qualifie4 voter at [ primaries of the party as provided by ! j tne constitution 01 me party, ana wno f will not pledge himself to support the , nominees of the State and national t Democracy. r Gen. Gray supported his resolution j with an extended speech, in which he ! I cited the Constitution for the authority for passing the resolution he pro' posed. He urged that the issue had to I be met, and should be met at once. [ Senator Irby made another and a 1 [ red hot speech in favor of the Gray ( ^ resolutions, and said that the commit- 1 . teemen were the watchmen on the 1 L Democratic tower and were responsi- 1 t ble for the safety of the party. The ! committee was acting under powers of j the last Convenlion, and if it could 1 not act there was no need for a com- ; s mittee. He wanted to know if the 5 committeemen would want to open ' the dcors so that Republicans and ! . Populists might come in and capture > the clubs and send delegates to Chicago ' ? 1 1 UKJ II1D LLiCLLl lyCI O liU VY ttllUVV IVCMUWir cans to come in and vote in their primaries? Does anyone now vote ex- ' cept under a pledge to support the ' nominees, whoever they may be? The 1 committee is either responsible to the < Democratic, Populist or Republican ' party, and if it stands for Democracy 1 it should look to its interests alone. He said that it was a most remark- 1 able thing that when it came to a State 1 election the committee was anxious enough to bind all who participated, 1 but that when it came to a national ' election there was a desire on the part : of some to avoid being placed under the very pledge that was exacted of I others. Every voter in 1892 and 1894 ( was made to go under a pledge, and i there was no objection to it at that time, and it was a very poor rule that did not work well both ways. Was the party going backwards and to abandon the whole piinciple of pled-:- 1 ing, or was it to apply only when it 1 did not hurt those who were making 1 the rule? A bolt seemed to be proposed before there was any cause or ex- 1 ? cuse for it. If free silver was ever to 1 be gotten he did not think it could . \ possibly be secured by a bnlt. The f only thing for the South to do was to . stand by the party through thick and I 7 thin. The national party has done 1 \ too much for this State for it to drift 1 off at this time. He was very emphatic in his warnings to the committee i that if it sanctioned a bolt trouble ! \ would be sure to result. It would be 1 j the ruin of the Democratic party, t Mr. Blackwell. of Williamsburg. i made a strong argument ag&inst the Gray resolutions and said that if Cleve, land was a Simon-pure Democrat then e he was no Democrat at all. The Con1 vention alone had any right to do any 1 c binding and the committee had no j business taking up such matters, f Mr. Sligh and Senator Irby had a ' j general and free discussion, during ! which Mr. Sligh asked him if he would bolt the Convention if a gold 1 bug were nominated and he were sent . under instructions to bolt or someB thing like that, and Senator Irby re? plied: Before God and man I would 1 not. s Mr. Gadsden, of Charleston, took t up the fight for the Gray resolutions. f He said that the Democracy had done - but little for the Conservative wing. . which he represented, and that the r national tie was about the only tie t that was binding his people to the par3 ty. Now if it was intended to break s that link it would not be long before > another and a real Democratic organization would be started. He wanted , to see the committee stand by the De. mocracy and he saw no better plan ft than fr? n?ec fhfi rAsnlntinn l- Sheriff Braham, of Clarendon, did not think it well for the committee to e forestall the action of the May Conven.. tion. , Then it was that Mr. Efird came in , and offered the following resolution: i, Resolved, That each county chair man be requested to call a meeting of each Democratic club in his county to be held on the second day of May, 1806, for the purpose uf organizing the a clubs for ensuing campaign; of electing one executive committeeman to represent the club in the county executive committee for the ensuing two j years, of electing one representative for each twenty fiv? names or maiori- 1 ty fraction thereof on the club roll at 1 the first iast preceding primary elec- a tion, to represent the club in the coun- ^ ty convention to be held at the county seat on the first Monday in May, and ~ he is further requested to call a meet- ~ ing of the Democratic county conven- " tion to be held at the county seat on a the first Monday in May, 189G, at 11 s' o'clock A. M., for the purposeof elect- " inga county executive committee and J* a State executive committeeman for " the next ensuing two years, and of ^ electing the number of representatives w I to which his countv is entitled, to ren- ? resent such county in the State Demo- v cratic Convention to be held at the n| State Capital on the third Wednesday cl in May, 1896. That the clubs and conventions in their actions hereun- P! der will be governed and guided by the constitution of the Democratic par- w ty of South Carolina, adopted in State J1' Convention, at Columbia, S. C., Sep- J13 tember 19, 1894. 10 Mr. Efird,. Mr. May field and ^lr. ni Montgomery favored the resolutions as the best way-out of the trouble and di as neither side appeared to want to ^ come to a direct vote the Efird compromise was accepted without a divi- "J sion and amid iaughler. It was a un- of animous vote. ai No one forced a vote on either of the other resolutions and so few expressed ^ themselves in open court that it would H not be safe to say how the vote would have stood. After the peace and love ai resolutions had been adopted the com- te mittee adjourned, apparently in the best of humors and with cordial expres- fusions, but apparently with a bit of a H blade showing for the next fight. The committee members were paid off and j}1 went home to 1 ell their people what ?r they did.?News and Courier. ro THE STATE DISPENSARY. fr gi The I'roflt Feature to Be Eliminated Id aj The Future. sti At a recent meeting of the Board of se Control of the State Dispensary rules were adopted defining the duties of hi the various officers and employees of Wi the Dispensary, and these rules will be stringently enforced, and the Board ^ will not view with leniency any in- hi fringement of them by any one from ui commissioner to porter. At its next th meeting the State Board will appoint tei county boards of control in all the th counties of the State, as the old boards th cannot continue to serje under the th new law unless reappointed. The aD members of the various county boards fir will most likely be made members of gu the new boards, except those against th whom substantiated complaints are co made. Changes will not be made ex- loi cept where the Board has reason to se1 believe that they will be beneficial. an At the next meeting the Board will take up the question of the enforce- Mi ment of the law by the county dispen- fic sersand will adopt rules for their gov- in] ernment. The aim of the board will po be to devise such rules as will result afl in an administration of the law as be will make the most of its beneficial cit features and restrict ihe consumption zei of liquoi as much as possible. The Sb county dispensers can begin to prepare de at once for these rules; if they do not ha obey them to the letter, and in the pb spirit as well, the Board will officially ea: decapitate them without the slightest de: hesitation or regret. The Board is de- ws termined to run the dispensary system su: without a single loose screw. The ' Board did not discuss the prices at ed which liquors shall be sold in the de jounty dispensaries; that matter will ye be attended to at the Mav meetiner. an Some attention was paid to the tour- Pe ist hotel and beer privileges, but action ev was deferred until the next meeting in is; arder to give the Board opportunity to rn jxamine into the operation of those Mi privileges. There was no complaint yo against the granting of those privileg- wl ss, but there were some charges that of those privileges have been abused by de some of those to whom they have in been granted. If the Board finds that ry this-is the case, it is likely that it an will take away the privilege from the gr person so abusing it. This warning ha should be sufficient to make those who an have these privileges comply strictly pu with the terms upon which they were w< granted. The Board is thoroughly in Di earnest and will not be trifled with by on anybody. G< In reference to the complaints of the m< whiskey drummers that they were a not given a chance to go before the Cc Board and present the merits of their ?oods, Mr. Douthit said that it was im- 26 possible for the Board to allow them pr; to do so, for it was exceedingly busy w? with the work of organizing and get- pl< ting an insight into the business which soi they must conduct and which they are ho determined to conduct successfully. In deciding on the purchases which were made yesterday the board was 1 criiided almost wholly bv the reouests ini of the county dispensers for shipments of liquors for those requests showed t^( which liquors were most in favor with f0) the people, and they had taken that as m) an index as to the comparative value c0 of the whiskies. He said he did not think it would m( be worth while for the drummers to return to be pres9nt at the meeting in May, for the purchases of liquor until ^ next fall would be small owing to the fact that the sales fall off during the summer months. The Board, liowev- su er, would be glad to have the various houses send in bids next month, accompanied with samples of the goods offered. For the present, however, fic the Board will be guided largely by the demand of the purchasing public ce. for the various kinds of liquors. ar Chairman Jones confirmed all that gji Mr. Douthit had said. He further re- ra marked that he wanted it plainly un- c0 derstood that the Board of Control in en its operation of the dispensary law would, endeavor to emphasize themor- ^ al features of the law; the dispensary i will not be run for profit?if profits i:r are made, ai; well and good, but profit will be an incident and not the object. m. No false economy will be practiced; ju' the best liquors will be purchased and furnished the people as cheaply as possible; the board will not furnish mean, cheap liquor in order to make u, big profits and have the patrons of the t' dispensary abusing them. The people . will be given the liquor they like and v given at reasonable prices. Mr. Knapp Expelled. of London, April 9.?The Post will to- m morrow publish a confirmation of the de report that lie v. Geo. P. Knapp, one of the American missionaries stationed cb al Bitlis, had been expelled from that th place. ro X KILLED HIS SWEETHEART. l Young Man Shoots and Kills a Young Lady. Talbotton, April 8.?Miss Sallie Imma Owen, one of the most beautiul and accomplished young ladies in 'albot and a member of a wealthy and ristocratic family, was assassinated a the parlor of Mr. J. H. McCoy's resience at 9:40 o'clock Monday night. >r. W. L. Ryder, a prominent dentist ? err, was lue aaaassiu auu uc mttuc lso an attempt to kill Hon. A. P. Perils, who was Miss Owen's guest at ie time of the tragedy. Miss Owea, ho was just 21 years old, lived with er parents at their beautiful country ome, 10 miles from this place, and ras a social favorite in ail the towns f Georgia. She was a graduate of Pesleyan Female college and was oted for her beauty and excellence of laracter. Dr. Ryder of Talbotton, had been lying marked attention to the young idy for several months. He stood ell socially and his company was aver regarded with disfavor, though ie young lady showed no disposition i requite tl ? love t'aat he evidently deonstrated. She treated him pleaaltly but as a friend. Dr. Rvder ove out to the Owen home to visit iss O wen and brought her to Talbotn to spend the Easter evening with iends. She stopped at the residence Mr. McOgt.- a gwmiiuent citizen id a close friend of the family.-.. After supper, while Dr. Ryder was ith the young: lady in the parlor, on. A. P. Persons called. Dr. Ryder ft the young people in the parlor id went to church. He returned afr services and for several minutes e trio chatted pleasantly, and Dr. yder was in apparently good humor, e soon said goodnight and left the sidence. He went immediately to s office, changed his shies, and went om there to his room in the Weston >tel. He was heard to leave the om in a few minutes. In 10 minutes om this time, at 9:40 o'clock, two inshotsin rapid succession rang out id the entire town was aroused and artled. In an instant a man was en running from the McCoy resiince with a doublebarrel shotgun in s hand, and the news of the tragedy as on every oneis tongue. -irrt "d?!?? in ?v.a TV UCU ivjuoi iQig uig i wua iu iuu restera hotel he carried the gun in s hand. He passed on the streets lobserved and stepped softly upon eporch of the M'Coy residence; enred the hall and made his way to e parlor door that was partly open at etime. Miss Owen, wno was "nearest edoor, had just arisen from the chair id was laughing when the gun was ed; she fell dead in the arms of her lest. Mr. Persons saw the man and e smoke from his gun but befere he uld utter an exclamation another id of shot was fired at him, reral of them hitting him in his face d chest. Ryder threw the smoking gun in :Coy's front yard and ran to his ofe; he left quickly and was seen goE* at-a rapid rate towards Person's nd. It was less than 10 minutes :er the tragedy that the streets were ginning to fill with people and exement was intense. A posse of citias was immediately organized by eriff Richards. At 11 o'clock Ry? l-i r? 1_ J TT r was iouna &c rerson s ponu. ne d takeri a large quantity of morine and had gashed his throat from r to ear with his pocket knife in a sperate atempt to kill himself. He is returned to the city, physicians mmoned and his life saved. The cause of the tragedy is attributto jealousy. It is thought that Ryr proposed marria<re to Miss Owen sterday, while driving to the city d she refused. The presence of Mr. irsonsatlhe McCoy residence last ening as a guest of the young lady presumed to have infuriated his ral to madness. It is known that r. Persons stood favorably with the ung lady. Hon. A. P. Persons, 10 was Miss Owen's guest at the time the tragedy and was shot at by Ryr. is one of the most prominent men Georgia. He is a son of Hon. HenPersons, an ex-member of congress, d is himself a candidate for the conessional nomination this year. He s been a member of the state senate d has been prominent in Georgia blic life since his majority. His >unds are painrul but not serious. . W. L. Ryder is conducted with e of the most prominent families in :orgia. He has a brother practicing jdicine in Gainesville ana another professor in the public shools at lumous. Dr. Ryder is a young man not over years of age; has a magnificent actice and until last night's tragedy is highly esteemed here. He is of jasant address, educated and hand? ? j i? J ?i. me ana nau an emre iu iue ucau mes in Georgia. Another Advance Made. rhe Keeley cure has been introduced to the St. Agnes Hospital, Baltimore, i. The good Sisters realize that in b Keeley cure is found the only hope p those addicted to the liquor and srphine habits, and have made a ntract with the Keely Institute of iryland by which the Keeley treat jnt shall be administered at their hosial by regular physicians instructed Dr. Keeley. This is another argu?nt proving that the Sisters of Charr occupy the front place in the care the diseased and in the service of ffering humanity. The treatment is adopted four years ago by the lited States government and is used the National home. Proving so efacious the treatment is now given Fort Leavenworth Post, to the oflirs and enlisted men of the regular my. During the past two years the ates of Maryland, Minnesota, Colodo, Louisiana, North Dakota, Wisnsin and others have by legislative actments provided that indigent [uor and morphine habitues be given e treatment. The Keeley Institute of South Caro1a continues 'its good work at Combia, and any information desirea ay be had by addressing that instite or drawer 27. Murdered. Washington, April 7.?Wessley all, a colored hunchback, was found his home here to-night with his ad crushed and his ears split as if r a razor.. Everything around was attered with blood, and the disorder the room showed that the murdered an had made a desperate effort to ifend himself. Hall was about 40 iars of age and the treasurer of a lurch, which leads to the belief that e probable motive of the crime was bbery. J THE WEATHER AND CROPS. ; Crop Season and Vegetation In General 1 Backward. ' This bulletin covers the weather an< crop conditions for the week endinj with Saturday, April 4, and in it preparation were used reports fron one or more correspondents in eac] county of the State. The general weather conditions du rioe me past weeK iavorea meiarmer in the preparation of lands for planing, but during the latter portion o the week were generally unfavorabli for germination of seeds and growtl of vegetation. The mean temperature for the Stati was about 02, the normal for the sam< period is approximately 59. The firs four days were extremely warm which condition ended in genera thunder showers during the evening and night of the first (Wednesday) and Was followed by falling tempera ture, to the freezing point over tn< western portion of the State on Fridaj (3d). Light frost was general on th< morning of the 3d and 4th (Fridaj and Saturday), but fruit and vegeta bles were apparently uninjured by it, The highest temperature reportec was 92 degrees at Shaw1s Forks, Aiker county, on March 31st. The lowest 3( degrees, at Reid, Greenville county, on the morning of April 3d. Minima temperature of 32 degrees were report ed as far eastward as Orangeburg county on the morning of April 3. The ground is very dry, for with the exception of February, when tnere was decided and general excess, there has been a deficiency in rainfal during each month since last September. The amount that fell during March, 1896, was about one-third the usual amount. This conditioxi was favorable foi plowing and preparation of lands foi planting, so that now lands are practi cally all prepared for the usual spring crops. The rainfall during the past weei came in one series of thunder showers during the evening and night of April 1st, and was quite general over "the State. The rainfall was for the moil part light, but at Greenville and Lit tie Mountain the measurements were 1.39 and 1.38 inches respectively. The average amount of all places reported rainfall was 0.66 inches. In a lew localities the rainfall was heavy enough to wash lands badly. The sunshine averaged about 60 pei cent, of the possible, with the highest DerfiflntAc^s in thft northwAstarn nnr tions of the State and the lowest in the central portion. There was a high wind, of short duration during the afternoon of April 1st, but with the exception of uprooting a few trees and blowing down some fences, it did very little damage. The crop season and vegetation in general is backward, owing to the prevailing cold weather during the month of March. The germination of early planted seed was glow and such corn, potatoes, etc., that were up were nipped by the frost of Friday but not entirely destroyed. The dryness of the ground has also been against rapid germination or growth, nor were the rains of the week sufficient to remedy this adverse condition. Corn planting has been pushed in the eastern half of the State and generally begun elsewhere. The ground is dry enough to permit the planting of bottom lands as well as uplands. Ground is quite generally prepared for cotton, but as yet little has actually been planted except in the south eastern counties where considerable has been planted, part of which is of the sea island variety. Wheat is looking well generally and free from insects, except in Orangeburg countv where Hessian flies have appeared The general condition of fall oats is rood, and but two correspondents, both from th? same county,-re port poor stands. Like all other vegetation oats are making slow growth. The truck farmers along the cost report early vegetables ready for shipment, but that generally tie season is late; eighteen days late one correspondent states. It appears to be the concensus of opinion among correspondents that peaches are only partially injured, if at all, and that apples, pears and other fruits generally were entirely uninjured by the late and previous freezing weather. Gardens are for the most part very backward. The opening of the crop season can, at this time be briefly summarized in this way. Farmers are well up with thoir work; fall sown crops look promising; but it is generally too cool and dry, the latter being the more serious drawback. Shot In the Dark. Jacksonville, April 9.?Special to The Times-Union says: Last night about 7 o'clock Deputy Sheriff John W. Hanchey, near DeFuniak Springs, Fia., was assassinated while walking in his yard with a lighted lamp. His sister started for assistance and lost her way, only reaching the town this morning. Hanchey had received anonymous letters threatening his life, but paid no attention to them. No clew to the perpetrato>s of the deed has been found. Elliott Loies?Stokes Wing. Washington, April 8.?House committee on elections No. 3, Mr. Call of Massachusetts chairman, today decided four contested election cases. The case of Murray against Elliott, from the First South Carolina district, was , decided in favor of Murray, colored Republican, the contestant. In the case of Johnson vs. Stokes, from the Seventh South Carolina district, it Is recommended that Mr. Stokes (Dem.) retain his seat. Gen. Wheeler, Democrat, of Alaban^a, has offered in the House a bill providing that so long as the gold standard is maintained in this country, the salaries of all officials, including Concrressmen, but excepting United [States^ Judges^ shall be reduced to mree-iourms rne salaries as now provided by law. The trustworthy cure for tbe Whiskey, Opium and Tobacco Habits is administered at Tbe Keeley ln3titute of South Carolina. For further information adlress The Keeley Institute, or Drawer 27, Columbia, S. C. HTELLIGGXT PFOPli*: Do Dot feel flattered by the methods those who seem to think they can ba j them into buying. Most people know wi ? they want a great deal better than I s 3 merchant knows. They know too wl a .... wicur means are ana waat to pay : - their gondj without extrav;igmce. Kno ? lng all these ttiiugs perhaps th^y do 1 f kDOW the place where they can biiy A j the best advantage and w^r.ld be ^lad , a hint where to go. We can on;y say < a j do our best by a'l and iuvite buyers wh 1 looking around not to overlook u.-. Ke } below a few of our m viy reasonable r feiin^s: I Good tomatoes 2 pound C4"3. 6JC doz i 6c can. 7 Good tomatoes 3 pounl cani, 73c doz - 7c can. T Green corn at 6 1-4,10 and 12 l-2c can. Green peas at 8, 10. 12 1-2 aud 15c can, I Peaches in cans at 8. 10. 12 1-2, 13, 17, l 23 and 30c can ^ Potted ham and tougue at 5c can. Lard, compound, 50 pouod cans, 6c lb Lard, compound, 20 pound cans, $1 can. Lard, compound, iO pound cans, <5cci 5 Best lard, 60 pouad cans, 7 1-43 pound 5 Beit lard, 20 pound can?, 91.60 can. ; Best lard, 10 pound cms, 90c can. ' Finest Irish potates ia barrel sack* ?l i per sack. . Best creun cheese, 15& pound. r Dried apple3,5c pound. Evaporated apples, 8, 10 and 12 l-2i j pound. Good starch, 5c pouad or 25 poua :s 1 : fl.oo. Laundry s;ap in 2 pound bars, 8,10 a 12 l-2c bars. ) t, ToLet soap f.om 25c dozen up. Matches 5 and 10.; dozen, 50; and ?L.0( > gross. ' Plug tobacjo in 10 pound coddies 2Lc pound and upwards, less than coddy : pound and up. L Good smoking tobacco at 18c poui pipe with eacn pouod. Fine fresh fralt jams ia 1 pound ca'.s, ] ' can. . DIo/i,<I>3 In K>.ni nt Pi-.i'tl 'HD r/1 9.\ nillir I UIOl/UIVO 111 1/J?OJ V/l nu.u w/ vv rw froai 4 1- 2 to 7c poua 1. Rdidlas from 53 pound an I up * irds. Seg?8 50,73,?l OJ, f 1.25, |1.50 aad |2. a box of 50. I<ots of other good* in stock Ju.?t cheap Gat a copy ot our pri:e lUt, mlglity iutdres Idk realiug and will &b you bow to save m >aey ou your pure ha WELCH & EASON, UNIVERSAL PROVIDERS, 185 *nd 187 Meeting ani 117 Markets CHARLESTON, S. C. TSTcoEg Stove WITH COMPLETE OUTFIT FOB 02TXj"5T $12.00. DellTered to your railroad depot, all freight charges paid. Read this description aarefully. This splendid Cooking Stove is No. 8; has four 8 inch pot holes; 16x16 inch oven; 18 inch fire box, 24 inches high; 21x28 inch top; nice smooth casting. I have had this stove made for My trade, after my own idea, combining all the good points of all medium priced stoves, and leaving out the objectionable features. Beyond all doubt the best No. 8 Choking Strve made, for the price. Fitted with 2 pots, 2 pot covers, 2 skellets, 2 griddles, 3 baking pans, 3 joints of pipe, 1 elbow, 1 collar, 1 lifter, 1 scraper, 1 cake polish, 1 iron tea kettle, 1 shovel. We want to make customers and friends in every part of the South, for the purpose of introducing onr business to new people, and to renew our acquaintance with old friends. We will ship this splendid Cooking Stove and the above described ware to any depot, all freight charfw paid, for only $12.00 when the cash come*s with the order. This stove is a good one, well made, and will give entire satisfaction. Oar illustrated catalogue of Furniture, Stoves and Baby Carriages mailed free. Address m,. :F\ 846 Bkoad Strbkt, Augusta. Ga. ? ! Ill III II illlllllllllllllll II hi II BP I .A. 11 11 o ii NEW LI,THE 1439 and 1443 Main Sti OUK LINK Of NKW SPRlifi (j A.ND COMPRISE A FULI JpRY gOO IS, glLOTHING. ROOD'S ?MKPKTS, V* e Invite all e'os? havers t > vl ii on* All goods or ieie.l of us am um in,; free of charge ias'<i? of tin i?c tin and quarty you may for quout ous. *TH E Ol'POilTE G-:?N COLLLNJ & * I of r i? tk?H d*yi / :i|TALL ' r TALK i\ Artaol ictilwanisnri often *rm U> bwwt a <11?- ij for ii count, but alter all actual ac?ikvc?inw ar? <] i'' i tbe only Unrigs tnat count. < J w. i i It b eajir to talk In General Term* ahointb* i > i"i-n?rlt? of I*IANOs, but?be Bjore ?p<9niae? i i " |THE HATHUSHEK! ?' T*? (r?at Saatktri fmriti. ! we i1 KtUbllnhnd 90 jnn. 90,000 ntw In ua*. ! 1,1 Sold by da for T. y?*rs. Not* tbRM Talukte 1 un Impror?m?utt- l I Patent lippcatlB; Action. <, Patent Sounding Board. |? Patent Tuning Pin Buthlnf./ Patent Improved Agrafe*. ^ Patent Soft Stop. ] On* of the only tw? Hanoi mad* oomileta \ ferery part) tn 1U own Factory. One or toe , tat made in the U. 8. Bold lower than any flther Hlgo Grade PUno. One proflt only (row nakar to purcbam. WRIT* UM. uLUDDEN & BATE8, AVAJTITAH, OA. 20 ^ yooc10000cK\wjt*ono Delightful Se^aits. .25 an. LETTEL i^ROM JUDGE 13 A I,P iiWI>T, OF MA.DISON. a\. . .15 Dr. W. Pltia, Thomson, G<*. i Huar S(r??A frur h-itri.nr uitn<?nf ? > voir for various remedies for the ll's of teething for I tried y<>*r Ctrmirutivs with most satisfactory and delightful results. It Is p;6.i?\nt to take assuages palu aad produces r&H without stupor. N<> pareDtshould be with. out It during the tee liing period who has J ? once tried It, for It Is Indeed a m<t?nc m^dl : a line for babies. Very respeott illy, 23c JUDGE 11. W. BALDWIN . ld> For sa;? by mrm ?rrrr?n a tt rvnrrA r*r\ ( WVUU w? Columbia, S. O. p Preparation that can compare BBS 53 with Hilton's Lifo for the Liver and Kidneys, in the mildness BB 9 of its action and the certainty Bag sS of its effects, in the relief and ?d cnre of Dyspepsia and Indiges- BgB I tion, and all their attending gj ills, such as sick headache, BE H sour stomach, want of appetite, Sj etc., and as a regulator in Hn S Habitual Constipation. A few H doses will tell something of its lB H merits. No need of a long con- fSj H tinued course before its bene-Em H fits become apparent. TRY IT, AND BE H FMd wholesale by % : The Murray Drug Co f COLOMBIA, S. C. MACHINE RY! ENGINES, BOILERS, SAW MILLS, CORN MILLS, ROLLER MILLS, BRICK MACHINES, PLANING MACHINES I and all kinds of won(lw?ridu>; ru-icniti-My. Alsn Nhafrini/ Pullitfs Bix? etc. II am the General Agent fur TALBOTT & SONS, THE LIDDKLL COMPANY, WATEK'iOWN ENGINE COMPANY, H. 2. SMITH MACHINE COMPANY, I and can furnish full equipment tn the above lines at factory prices. V. C. Badham, COLUMltlA. s. c. OSBORSTB'ii ^c/Zeae AKt> V Boiiool of 8b.ort3xA2&<5 ACOP?TA. 0A. jr. fact bwkt usd. kwioMi f*?? *M n r twill Bofiaui nmtup v? v?i> \jr el c e m e rit OF &OODS AT HITTB33 rtet, 0 )liUM8! \, fcO.;C'A., *00 US \Krf jNOVV UKLM.l OHFNKi) L. AX J OOM"LBT??;IjINB OF C1IOKS jg-AT.-, J?UKN^r!IN? JJUGS AND JH2*ATTIN'iiS. 1 I ?t ? * ? i */ :< t i \ f i * > i a ?' > ! K) >icrv ;-?i !.)<11M'li )? iir* V<IVI O.u ?!'>: : ?r ~ - s ??r -*.* ?? i : tee iii oir (s f t i; ' >. ?Vr;ii.UH \?!T? if v, HUB/ U !.KN il:AL ho; - i. LUiA, S. C.