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Story of tlio Horrible Murders Near
1'amlico, This State.
Florence. Jan. 10.-Discovery to
day of tho bodies of Jive members of
the Ulginuli family revealed that the
entire family, living about live miles
from I'amllco, in the southeastern
pori of Florence county, was wiped
out some time yesterday afternoon,
a total of five persons being killed.
L. S. Highnm. aged about -15 years,
is thought to have shot and killed
bis mother. Mrs. M. M. ltigham. aged
110; his sister. Mrs. Marjorie A.
Black, uged and the latter's two
adopted children. Leo. McCracken,
aged 9, and John McCracken, aged
5. Alleged family troubles in which
an estate valued at about $7.">,0 00,
was at stake, is reported to have been
thc causo of tho tragedy.
H. S. ltigham has not been ofii
cially charged with the crime, as the
coroner's jury will not make a re
port for about two weeks, but the
theory is that he was the murderer
and a suicide.
The father of L. S. ingham was
the late Senator Dignam, and the
family is a prominent one in the
All of those who lost their lives
were evidently killed instantly ex
cept Mrs. Dignam, the man's mother,
who lived a few moments, and the
oldest child, who died at f> o'clock
this morning. The tragedy took place
at tho old Dignam home five miles
from Pamplico, Florence county, and
2? miles from this city.
After slaying all within the home
at the time, it is alleged, Blgham
went deep Into the woods surround
ing the place and fired a bullet into
his own brain. When his body was
found at noon to-day his right hand
still grasped the pistol, lt was stated
hy the physician who examined the
body that Blgham had been dead for
mero than 12 hours.
The murdered persons were all
shot in the head, the bullet in each
case entering Just beneath the tem
ples. None was shot more than once,
although two balls that had. miss 3d
their mark were found near the back
door. The large pistol used by Big
ham still contained an unexploded
cartridge, which Indicates that the
man reloaded his weapon.
The Blgham home is more than
half a mile distant from any neigh
boring house No ono could ba found
to-day who bad heard any shoot ?UK
. bout thia place.
day and passed from room \o room
viewing the dead. The sight wa?" a
ghastly one. On a bed in a down
stairs room lay the aged mother ami
the youngest child, their facei cov
ered with blood, in the ad)ointnp
room the oldest of the child. en lay
on a bed, where he died at .", o'clock
this morning, and beside him the
body of Bingham was placed when
the searchers returned with it to-day.
I'p-stairs in tho room she usually oc
cupied was die body of Mrs. Mar
jorie Black, the oldest sister of Big
ham. lt lay on the lloor, just in front
of the dresser, l'util late this after
noon, when the coroner's Jury com
pleted the taking of evidence, the
bodies were undisturbed.
The jury will defer for about two
weeks the rendering of their ver
dict, preferring to walt further de
velopments and the hearing of any
other evidence that may come to lite
Not Known for Some Time.
Although the tragedy is said to
have occurred at 3.30 o'clock yester
day afternoon, it was late last night
before word of it roached Florence
county officials, and they immediate
ly sent out dispatches asking officers
In other towns to watch out for Big
""California Syrup of Figs"
Child's Best Laxative
Ghastly Ono.
gathered during
: ti
Accept "California" Syrup of Figs
only- look for the nanto California
on tho package, then you aro sure
your child ls having the best and
most harmless physic for the llttlo
stomach, liver and bowels. Children
lovo its fruity taste. Full directions
On each bottle. You must say "Cali
ham. First reports of the tragedy
were conflicting, duo to the fact that
it waa impossible to secure telephone
und telegraph communication with
Tamplico last night, and it was not
until to-day that the facts became
Uigham's brother, Edmund Big
ham, had loft tho house with his
family in an automobile at 3.10 in
the afternoon. Ho returned front a
short visit to a neighbor's house lu
about lib minutes, and found his
mother staggering toward the retad.
Mo jumped front bis car. but the
aged woman died ainu?-! bef?te be
' reached her. Others happened to
j drive by the house at thal time, and
when they bore the body of Mrs.
Bighnm Into tho house they saw evi
dences of blood on the tloor and be
gan an investigation, which revealed
the slaughter of three others.
At the coroner's inquest to-day Ed
mund Bighnm testified that ho had
been away from the house only about
20 minutes. He had left his brother
standing in the yard. He had been
acting strangely for several weeks
according to the testimony of Ed
mund Bighnm, but did not appear tc
be any more depressed yesterday
than usual.
"When I got into the car with m>
family to go to PampliCO," Edmund
Bigham testified, "I left my mothet
and sister and the children at theil
various occupations and play. As fat
as I know, there had been no qttar
rellng during the day. Instead ol
going straight to Pamplico, 1 wen
up tho road to see Bob Foxworth foi
a minute. As we came back we saw
mother stagger out of the yard,
then turned ?md caught a glimpse o:
Smilie turning into the woods almos
In a run. He had his right hand U]
toward his breast as if he had some
thing in lt, I)ut 1 did not see any pis
toi. My mother died as we were Car
rying her into the house. T. n. (?ar
risen and Hoyt Bostick had como ttl
In the meantime . 1 called my sister
I Mrs. Marjorie Black, but she did no
Finds Voungest Child.
"I then went out on the back pi
a/.za and found John McCracken, th
youngest child, dead there. My ino
titer's cap was also on the lloor Jus
by the back door, and there wa
blood all about. 1 believe my mothc
and the child were shot on the pinzz
and that she tried to get Into th
road for help.
"We 'lion . Un ted (. v.<)k for ni
sister and tho otiter child it wa.-: a
most duvk, probably ?>v" hours a tlc
wo rev ohed home, (hat we foti nd Mt
Black dead in her room up-stairs.
"Later some one found the chili
Leo McCracken, oj) a pile of stra1
behind a potato bank, out In th
yard. He was still alive. We calle
Dr. Boston ?is soon as possible. Th
boy died about ."? o'clock this mon
ing. lt is evident that the hov wa
running when he was shot."
Mr .Bigham could not say why th
room of Mrs. Black was not searche
sooner. "It just happened so," h
said, "that wc did not think abott
Some one had asked him to go Ul
stairs, but he just did not do it. Mi
Bigham also declared that his br<
thor had been in financial trouble
and had often spoken of them. Tw
years ago. while he was postmastc
at Or um, he was charged with shor
age. There had always been a que,
tion about this and it had never bec
settled. He had also spoken of ce
tain people who had been trying I
do him wrong, he said.
"That morning about 12 o'clo(
wc had paid off the hands togethe
and I noticed that my brother w;
awfully depressed. He would star
up and gaze about In an abstr?ete
manner. He did not have a pist
thal 1 know of. The pistol he did tl
killing with was mine, and was in n
bureau drawer when I left hom
There was another pistol somewhe
in the house-itt my mother's root
I think."
The testimony of Mrs. Bdmui
Bighnm and her two little daughlei
who accompanied Mr. Bigham in tl
car away from the house just befo
the shooting, tallied at every poi
with that of Mr. Bigham.
There were some at the scene
the shooting to-day who were i
dined to doubt that Smilie Higha
had done the wholesale killing
thal he had killed himself. All
the evidence which could be foil)
to-day. however, pointed toward hi
as the murderer and suicide. Tl
complex situation in which the Bi
ham estate has been involved for tl
pas I year or two gave rise to t
doubts expressed by some of the pe
pie living in the community,
Killed Mrs. Black First.
From the situation at the scene
the shooting it ls believed that t
murderer shot Mrs. Black first. Frc
the cleanness of the bullet wound
evidently crept Into the room ai
snot her before she even knew
his presence, li i., thought that t
man then rushed down tho stairs ai
met Mrs. Bighnm, his mother, ?it t
back door on tho p'.azsa, which con
nects the kiichcn and dining room
with the mn in house. There he shot
hoi* and tho youngest , ot tho two
children. Tho boy':* body was hall
way down tho slop.-, indicating Hutt
he was trying lo cac po. ':: the mean
time- tho other chin! evidently liad
made his way to Hu yard and was
run down, being overtaken near a
p?talo bank nt the rear of the kind
on. From all that can bo gathered
Dignam must have immediately ht: .
led himself in the thick woods a milo
from thc bouse, where ho look Ui
own life.
Dighain was about 10 years ol' ago.
Ile was unmarried. He was a son of
tho late State Senator L. S. Bigham.
who served several terms in the Sen
ate from Florence county.
Bigham was a civil engineer. The
only surviving members of the big-i
ham family now are Edmund big
ham. who lives al the old home, and ;
Dr. Cleveland Blgham, whose where
abouts is unknown. Dr. Blgham was |
convicted In the Georgetown county I
court several years ago of tho mur
der of his wife. He was sentenced lo
three years' imprisonment in the pen
itentiary, but before he could bc ta
ken to prison, jumped his bond and
has not been heard of since. The
amount of the bond was $10,000.
Bond Still Uncollected.
The State of South Carolina has
never been able to collect the bond
money, and the matter is now in the
hands of the Attorney General for
settlement, lt is understood that the
Bigham estate is responsible for the
money, all the members of the fam
ily having signed the bond except
Mrs. J. Hogan Cain, who died rather
suddenly during the Influenza epi
demic, leaving a husband and one
son. As a possible motive for his
doed yesterday it may be stated that
L. S. Bigham had been suspected of
mutilating the county records for tho
purpose of getting hold of the estate
lands. This matter is being investi
gated. It seems that about the time
Dr. Cleveland Blgham left Florence
the Bighams transferred their Inter
? est in the estate to the late Mrs. I.
I Bogan Cain, the only member of the
family not on the bond. AH the deeds
to the thousand or more acres of land
hear her name.
Since her death, it is stated, big
ham had been attempting to gd a
settlement from her husband, wlo ls
a deputv sheriff nf this countv hut
tho matter had never been rifted.
?Several pages have been tori, from'
tke deed "nookJ. tho lridexcs^&l?,nt
:r;g, it ls said, that t ,. v relate tc ?hi
Bigham lands, and it Is also said that
in more than one case the wording of
the deeds, where the record is in
long hand, has been crudely altered
to show that Mrs. Cain was entitled
to only half or ti third interest as the
case might be in the certain tracts
referred to. The mutilation of the
court house records caused some
thing of a ' .tatton, and the matter
has been being kept quiet until ab
solute evidence could be secured.
'They Work while you Sleep*
All shot to pieces"? You are bil
ious, constipated! You feel head
achy, full of cold, dizzy, unstrung.
Your meals don't lit- breath is bad.
skin sallow. Take Cascareis to-night
for your liver and bowels and wake
up clear, energetic and cheerful. No
griping- no inconvenience. Children
love Cascareis, too. 10, li."?, .",(.) cents.
- adv.
State Directors Must Approve.
Washington, Jan. 20.- To lessen
(he possibility of abuse of liquor per
mits, Prohibition Commissioner Kra
mer directed lo-day (hal all appli
cations for new permits or renewal
of old permits lo sell liquor at whole
sale, or to use lt in the manufacture
Of alcoholic preparations, must be
approved by State direr lois and su
pervising Federal prohibition agents.
Heguiations requiring similar ap
proval of applications for permits for
retail druggists also will bo issued
soon. Mr. Kramer anounced.
"lt <la important." the commis
sioner said, "that di odors and su
pervising agents co-operate to the
fullest possible extent In this mader,
as it is fell that by securing their
joint recommendations on applica
tion for permits of this nature, the
possibilities of issuing of permits to
persons who will abuse the privileges
conferred thereby will be very ap
preciably reduced."
Boasted dandelion roots arc used
as a substitute for coffee in some
par's of Europe
Once in Awhile i our Blood Clogs
und Vom* Vitality Runs Duwil.
TUKN ?A.;;: ?1?:?'TG?.?.AXGA.\. .
You'll I lei: rp Alcuin Oulckly, with
i... l<i lieu! i.;..:!?<!
v {tu ( .< -,
Physicking nowadays lake blood
lest when you arr run-down. They
count tho rod corpuscles in your
blood. If I hose uro too few they give
you a tonic for your blood. ?1 ban
nons right along. They aro always
OH tho lookout tor indication.-; of
weak blood.
Why? Because they know when
your Idood is weak your resistance
to disease is low. Your vitality and
energy quickly run down.
You can tell when your blood i.s
weak. You look pule, feel tired. You
are not 111. but you don't feel right.
You don't want to do things. That is
tho time to take the well-known
tonic, Pepto-Mangan.
Pepto-Mangan builds red blood cor
puscles. Physicians have prescribed
lt for thirty years.
Pepto-Mangan ls sold in liquid and
tablet form. The medicinal value ls
exactly the same. Take either kind
you prefer. Hut be sure you got the
genuine Pepto-Mangan - "Glide's."
The full name, "(ludo's Pepto-Man
gan," should be on the package.--ad.
Representative Supp Introduces Hill
for Changes in Present l<mv.
Columbia, Jan. 21.-A bill to con
fer on the women of the State thc
right to vote in all elections was In
troduced yesterday in the House of
Representatives by Representative
Claude N. Sapp, of Columbia. This
makes the laws of the State of South
Carolina conform to the recently rat
ified nineteenth amendment.
The new bill would allow all wo
men over the age of 21 years to vote
in all elections, on their complying
with the provisions of the constitu
tion dellning the rights of qualified
electors for men. The bill would also
make the same disqualifications ap-1
nly to the women as to the men. The
bill will bo consid? . < ,i by the Jud'
. ; ;. .< m ml Hon >.( tho Houao bofoi
geti ou tho calendara '"r 11 Vf,ti;'
b<it the ?ooo?sa of its passage la not
Wages KIHI Higher (lum in Itt 18.
Washington, Jan. 20. A depart
ment of labor table published to-day
1 said that if the maximum wage cut
of 22% pei* cent so far reported from
any cotlon mill were applied gene
rally in the industry to the 1920
scales, it would leave an hourly wage
2.5 timi's as high as prevailed in
1013, or 1.1 times as high as in lit 18.
Th 1920 liguro8, the table showed,
were 3.6 times as high as 1913 and
1.8 times as high as in HHS. At the
same time, the average full-time
week for male frame spinners in
1020 was 50.7 hours as compared to
59.4 In 1917 and fit?.9 in 1913, and
for female frame spinners 51.8 hours
in 1920 as compared to 61.0 In 1917
and 57.8^1 n 1913.
Columbia to Fight Crooks.
Columbia, Jan. 20.-A resolution
adopted to-day at a meeting of the
Minute Men of Columbia, a business
men's organization, witli the chief of
police, tho county .slier I ff and the
chief of military police al Camp
Jackson, gives notice that Columbia
will not consent to be a dumping
ground for criminals driven from
other cities in the crime wave now
prevalent, and that vagrants or poi
sons without visible means of sup
port must either go to work, or to
jail, or leave the city al once.
Maintenance for National Highway.
Columbia. a.In. 20.- The national
highway passing from the North Car
olina line through Sparlanburg and
Greenville and adjoining counties to
Hie Georgia line was taken over yes
terday by the Slate Highway Depart
ment for continuous maintenance. A
resolution to this effect was adopted
by Ibo State Highway Commission.
This highway is l."0 miles long and
is the first complete highway to be
taken over for maintenance.
Wealthy .Mun Died on Train.
Chicago, Jan. 2 1.--Samuel Kahn,
GI years old, a wealthy stove manu
facturer of Cincinnati, Ohio, was
found dead in his berth when a train
arrived at Chicago this morning. Mr.
Kahn had been ill for several months
and was on his way to California lo
seek benefit for his health.
Blasphemy was punished with
death by the law of Moses.
Here's Y?i
Progressive Farme
$1.00 year,
The KeoweeCourie
$1.00 year,
Either paper well \
Price of Both. C
Of Woman Killed in Columbia-Be
lieved to bo from SparUuiburg.
Columbia, .ian. li). - Korney C.;
Houknigbt, a young white man, Moai-1
day committed suicide after having
killed Mrs. Clara Graham al the,
home where Mrs. Graham was stay
ing, in Assembly stree:
.Mrs. Graham's identity has not yoi '
been definitely established, but at ]
the inquest one witness testilled that j
she was from Roebuck, Spa nan btu g |
county. She was about 25 years old.
She had come to Columbia since
Christmas, and the people with whom
she was boarding declared they knew
but very little about her.
Witnesses testidcd that they had
heard that Mr. Bouknight had
threatened to shoot .himself if Mrs.
Graham refused to marry him.
The young man was employed hy
the Masters sporting goods store in
Columbia. Ile went to the home and
I called Mrs. Graham into thc hall,
i saying he wanted to tell her good
I bye. As she stepped from the door of
; uer rom ii" shot her tu* . , mt bul
let entering tlu head ai <i tho othor
the chest.
Me tamed 'ho pistol nu himself
and sont a nullet into his right tem
The two were rushed to the Bap
j tist Hospital, but both died in a few
minutes after arriving there.
The inquest verdict was that the
j wounds from the hands of Bouk
night, and that Bouknight died of
self-inflicted wounds.
The shooting caused much talk in
this city, following so closely on the
tragedy at the Dignam farm, near
Pampllco, in which five members of
the family were killed.
To Stop a Cough Quick
cough medicine which stops the cough by
healing the inflamed and irritated tissues.
SALVE for Chest Colds, Head Colds and
Croup is enclosed with every bottle of
should be nibbed on the chest and throat,
of children suffering from a Cold or Croup.
The healing effect of Haye?' Healing Honey In
side the throat combined with thc healing effect ot
Grove's O-Pen-Trate Salvo through tho pores of
the skin soon stops a cough.
Doth remedies are packed In one carton and the
cost of thc combined treatment is 35c.
Just ask your druggist for HAYES'
.Many Hoblers of Permita.
Greenville, .lan. li?.-Of the 458
druggists, dentists and others in
South Carolina who last year wore
issued permits to keep liquor, 420
have already made application for
1 ill! 1 perm i ls, and these have been
approved hy the State prohibition en
forcement olllcor, Major Wm. I1'.Rob
ertson, whoso headquarters aro in
Greenville. Tho great majority of
tho holders of permits are druggists.
Take Dodson's L
Tlere's my guarantee! Ask youi
druggist for a bottle of Dodnon'i
Liver Tone and take a spoonful to
night. If it doesn't start your livei
and straighten you right up bette
than calomel and without griping o:
making you sick I want you to gi
For 12 Months
worth Combination
)rder yours now.
Georgia Business Men Fool that Timo
Is Hipo to "Desuni? lousiness."
Allanta, (Ja., Jan. 21 - "Buy Now '
is Hie slogan in many Atlanta estab
lishments and with many people. Lo
cal merchants, more than ever be
fore, are advising that every one
buy now the things they need. Just
al present, according to the close
observers in business circles, the
wheels of commerce are sluggish,
business is dull and people are hesi
"Sn long as we deliberately culti
vate this spirit Hiere will be a con
tinuance of these things, and as soon
as we open up and forget, things wl?*
promptly right themselves.'- said a
prominent Atlanta business man to
Thc "Muy Now" campaign is at
tracting attention in numerous
places. As pointed out by those who
are pushing the movement, buying
now tho things that one needs wonts
both ways: lt gives the people now
the things they need now; it opens
u)i tho trade lines and will :?O: the
wheel., of manufacture In motion,
which ii? lorn will star! com mon o to
booming in many directions.
lo buy now, as one morella nt- ex^-'
plains, one does not have to rush
out and buy recklessly or extrava
gantly. That, he says, is just what
is not wanted. Hut to go out. he
says, and buy the things that one re
ally needs- all doing this will start
something and all things.
According to Atlanta merchants,
buying now the things the people
need will empty the shelves of the
retailer, send him to the jobber and
manufacturer for more stocks, start
the manufacturer to producing, and
that will mean buying Hie raw mate
rial-cotton and other necessities
and start cars carrying merchandise
all over the country.
If all Georgians and Southerners
were to start to-day and buy the
things that they need now, there
would be no such thing as depres
sion anywhere of any kind, say the
business men of Atlanta. "The way
to do this ls for us to go do lt our
selves," said a passing citizen who
overheard the conversation between
a group of merchants and the corres
pondent who is writing this story.
Habitual Constipation Cure??
in 14 to 21 Hays
"LAX-FOS WITH PEPSIN" is >\ specially
prepared SyrupTonic-Laxative for ll ilutual
Constipation. Ii relieves^ promptly but
should bc taken regularly for M lo 21 days
te induce regular acci?n. It Stimulates and
Regulates. Very Pleasant to ?
ncr bottle.
Harrington St. Patrick drove? the
snakes out of Ireland.
Carrington Hut wasn't tho
amendment declared unconstitution
;. 1 ?
iel is a dangerous drug, lt is
-quicksilver; and attacks your
Take a dose of nasty calomel to
you will feel weak, sick and nau
omorrow. Don't lose a day's
-iver Tone" Instead!
r back to tho store and get your money.
? Tnko a spoonful of harmless, vego-'
. table Dodson's Liver Tone tonight and
r wake up feeling great. It's perfectly
r harmless, so give it. to your children
r any time. It can't salivate, ao let
?) them eat anything afterwards.

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