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I Chairman Irby Makes a Big Speech
Favor of His Views, l>ut the Commit*
Referred the Whole Matter to the Sta
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
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
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, ./
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
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
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..
, 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.
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
l Young Man Shoots and Kills a Young
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
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
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.
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
; Crop Season and Vegetation In General 1
' 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
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
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
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
Gardens are for the most part very
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
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.
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
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
j the best advantage and w^r.ld be ^lad
, a hint where to go. We can on;y say <
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:
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
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
185 *nd 187 Meeting ani 117 Markets
TSTcoEg Stove
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.
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.A. 11 11 o ii
1439 and 1443 Main Sti
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.
Ol'POilTE G-:?N
I of r i? tk?H d*yi /
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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
?' 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.
20 ^ yooc10000cK\wjt*ono
Delightful Se^aits.
iiWI>T, OF MA.DISON. a\. .
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,
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.
FMd wholesale by %
: The Murray Drug Co f
I and all kinds of won(lw?ridu>; ru-icniti-My.
Alsn Nhafrini/ Pullitfs Bix? etc.
II am the General Agent fur
I and can furnish full equipment tn the
above lines at factory prices.
V. C. Badham,
COLUMltlA. s. c.
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