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? Washington dispatch of July 14: The postofflce inspectors are investigating charges made against John M. Masten, now assistant superintendent of the railway mail service, and formerly chief clerk of the first assistant postmaster general's office. A man named Terry, now in the government service, has made an affidavit before the inspectors, alleging that Masten, while chief clerk to the first assistant, proposed that Terry pay $50 down and $8 or $10 a month to secure re-instate ment in a former position in Masten's bureau. ? Pekin cable of July 19: According to diplomats here, the greatest factor in the eastern situation is the increasing danger of war between Russia and Japan. They believe it is becoming plain that Russia is willing to fight Japan if convinced that no other powers will assist her. The Russians are confident of their ability to easily defeat Japan and are said to be anxious to settle definitely her position in eastern politics and end her ambitions to oppose Russia's progress in Manchuria. The belief is attributed to the Japanese that the Russian policy Is to attempt to placate Great Britain and America and provoke Japan into beginning hostilities. They regard Rus sla's consent to opening ports in manehurla, the czar's promised visit to England and the occupation of the Corean border as parts of that policy. Russia's activity on the Yalu river is more irritating to Japan than the retention of Manchuria and all Japanese officials in China speak of war as a "Probability." ? Portland Oregonian: The pope has lived long, but Thomas Parr and Henry Jenkins are, respectively, credited with the ages of 152 and 169. Jeanne Serimphan was married when she was 127 and died when she was 128. Dr. Dufournel married at 116 and became the father of two children, and died at 120. Marie Priou reached the age of 158. A woman of Metz, the mother of twenty-four children, died at the age of 100. Surgeon Polltman celebrated his 140th birthday. Patrick O'Neal hurled seven wives and died at 120, and a Norwegian peasant Is recorded as dying at 160 and leaving two sons, one aged 108 and the other only nine summers. Mr. Robert Taylor lived to be 134, and died of excitement on receiving the picture of Queen Victoria signed by herself. An Irishman named Brown, who was an habitual drunkard, lived to be 120. A French drunkard lived to be 112; he had a daily jag for ninety years. Durand d'Estivel of Cahors, lived to be 129. A woman of 124 drank strong colTee all her days, while a man of 114 lived on fruit, chiefly melons, and ?v. InrvtAn nool tlicncu icuivii pw?* ? More immigrants arrived in the United States during the . fiscal year that ended June 30 than in any other year in the history of the country. The total arrivals for the twelve months numbered 857.046, being 68,054 above the previous record year of 1882, when restrictive legislation was pending in congress, and a total of 788,992 immigrants, many of them alien contract laborers, were rushed into the United States. The figures for June show that the immigration from Italy, including Sicily and Sardinia, which, for several months, had lead all other countries, fell off somewhat and amounted to but 21,880, an increase of 2,284 over June 1902, while Austria-Hungary led the record for the month with 25,171 immigrants. an increase of 8.513 over the same month last year. The Italians held the record for the entire year, however, as they had done the year before with a total of 230,622 immigrants, an increase over the previous year of 52,247. Austria-Hungary is second in the year's record, with a total of 206,011, an increase of 34,022. The Pnnalan pmnlro and Finland is third, with a total of 136,093, an Increase of 28,748. ? Newton, N. C? dispatch of July 17 to Charlotte Chronicle: The jury In the case of Dr. W. S. Davidson, charged with murder In the second degree for shooting and killing Dan Neely, colored, in May last, after being out about two hours, brought In a verdict at 7 o'clock last evening holding the defendant guilty of an assault with a deadly weapon, sentence nas not yet been pronounced. Dr. Davidson was released on $300 bond, a reduction from $3,000, under which he had been placed pending trial. "The verdict in this case was somewhat unusual," said an attorney concerned in the trial. "There was evidence to show that before the shooting Davidson had struck the Negro with a stick of wood. The Negro then, according to the testimony, raised an axe and started for Davidson, who, in order to protect his life, shot the Negro dead. The verdict of the jury in effect exonerated Davidson from any blame for the killing of the Negro, but found him gullfir nf an aocatilt with a Henrilv WMXIOn in first striking him. The law leaves the punishment for assault with a deadly weapon in the discretion of the judge, and the limit recognized is two years in jail." ? Announcing his inability to get the authorities to suppress gambling, John Fineran, a grocer, sensationally closed up one of the leading Royal street establishments in New Orleans last Friday night. Fineran's brother has been bucking the tiger and losing. Unable to persuade him to desist, the grocer went to a prosecuting official and asked him to shut up the houses. The official said he was powerless to do so. "Well, I'll show you that I can close up one of them." said Fineran. This evening he entered one of the Royal street places. Faro, roulette and other ga?es were in progress. The house " nc <?nmfnrtnhlv filler! with nluvprs Fineran went to those who were running the faro game and demanded that the place be closed up. Getting no satisfaction he made a break at the bank, drew a big gun from his pocket, kicked over a table, blazed away with his pistol and grabbing a roll of bills containing several hundred dollars and some diamonds that were in pawn, he backed away to a rear stair case. The wildest confusion resulted when the pistol was discharged and the men who were playing broke panic stricken for the exits. In a few minutes Royal street was congested with people. When the police put in an appearance the gamblers had all disappeared. Fineran made no attempt to escape. He was arrested and taken to police headquarters. There he turned over to the officials the money he had taken from the bank. He said he wanted it recorded as his property to be used as his evidence that he had kept his promise to close up at least one game for the time being. 2!Ik Uorfcttillr (Inquirer. YORKVILXE, S. C.t WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 1903. The Russian government gives as a reason for her refusal to receive the ^isheneflf petition her indisposition to allow outsiders to interfere in her purely domestic affairs. The Klsheneff Incident is now regarded as closed in so far as American diplomacy Is concerned. It is beginning to look as if every altercation between a Negro and a white man is sufficient pretext for mob murder. The thing is cowardly beyond description, and until something is done looking to the pumsnmeni 01 mob murderers, there Is but little hope of improvement in the situation. Pope, Leo XIII died at about 4 o'clock last Monday afternoon. He was born on March 2, 1810, and succeeded Pope Plus IX In February 1878. Immediately upon his death Cardinal Oreglia assumed the authority of his office and the Sacred college was convened on Tuesday for the election of his successor. The balloting will continue until a choice is reached from among the elligible cardinals. While The Enquirer has the utmost respect for the distinguished ability of his honor, Judge Klugh, we feel that we correctly represent the views of a large, respectable and Intelligent element when we say that the extreme leniency of the sentences he imposes is almost ridiculous. Offenders are inclined to laugh in their sleeves at such punishment as his honor is in the habit of inflicting, and it seems that he could afford to double all of his penalties without making much of an impression for undue severity. The News and Courier has an interesting editorial on the profits that should be realized from sheep raising in this country provided there were fewer dogs; but somehow we have not been struck by its reasoning quite so "* " * ? morlo forciDiy as oy a remain, uiai n<u> wiu~v. by a little Yorkvllle girl In our hearing the other day. When asked by a visitor from another state as to whether there were any sheep In this country, she replied with much enthusiasm that there are lots of them In the cemetery. She referred to the carved lambs on the headstones, and her reference was due to the fact that she had never seen the animals in real life. Murder. Every time a man slayer goes unwhlpped of justice, security to human life is lessened. There is such a thing as justifiable homicide; but few people have ever seen a case. Excusable homicide is more or less common; but in nine cases out of ten it comes at the expense or tne manhood of jurors sworn to do their duty. About four cases of so-called selfdefense out of five are really assassi-^ nation, the self-defense situation being1 provoked by the slayer for his own advantage. Good looking, intelligent murderers, have various advantages over Illiterate, hard featured fellows. There are various reasons for this but none of i. 1l,_ mtrst? iro^uiia ai c ticuuauit iv t?.v j w rors who permit such distinctions. The logical object of punishing nianslayers is not revenge. The time has passed beyond the reach of aid. They should be punished to prevent them from seeking other victims. Just as the tiger becomes a man eater after having once tasted human blood so manslayers in many cases develop a tendency to repeat their crimes. ROCK HILL HAPPENINGS. Good Work of the Summer School? Inauguration of Free Delivery?The McFadden Homestead Matter. Correspondence of the Yorkville Enquirer. Rock Hill, July 21.?The summer school of '03 will soon be remembered with the things of the past. This evening its members will be gathered together and "Auld Lang Syne," be rendered for the last time. While the attendance has not been as large as in former years, it has been a very successful session in every respect. Much faithful work has been accomplished. The teachers are realizing more and more the importance of these annual gatnerings ror ineir ueneui, anu arc giving their hearty co-operation to make them the success they deserve to become. Nor has the entertaining side ever been neglected. Some of our prominent educators have delivered very interesting and instructive addresses to the large audiences that have gathered there. The teachers' stay among us has been very pleasant and we part with them with regret. The "City Boys" and the visiting teachers of the summer school played another game of baseball last Friday afternoon at the baseball park. There were many friends of both sides out. The game was very interesting and close throughout, but ultimately victory perched on the teachers' banner by a score of 4 to 3. The summer school has been particularly fortunate in securing the services of Prof. Louis Alberti as director 01 the musical course. That he is well qualified in every respect to discharge the onerous duties of his office goes without saying. He is a fine teacher, a capable conductor and possesses an excellent voice, which he has placed at the disposal of the public at several concerts at the college. On Monday night the "Summer School Chorus and Soloists" gave their final concert. That their efforts to please the public have been eminently successful was amply testified to by the large audience that attended. Prof. Albertl was in fine voice and delighted the large concourse with two exceedingly well rendered solos, which were liberally applauded. The chorus under his capable and efficient instruction, sang several selec tlons with taste and feeling. Aitogetner It was a most delightful affair, and our people were not- slow In appreciating the fact, for their applause was very generous. We shall certainly miss these musical entertainments. The Catawba Rifles made a splendid showing as they marched to the depot to entrain for Columbia, where they will spend the week at Camp Heyward. They took the "special" In company with the Fort Mill Light Infantry, 45 men, Captain T. B. Spratt; Liberty Hill Rifles, Captain T. G. Richards. The Jasper Light Infantry, 53 strong, in command of Captain W. B. Moore and Lieut. John R. Hart, rolled into the city from Yorkville at 11.40 a. m. They were a hardy looking body of n.en and their appearance was the theme of universal comment. They looked as if they could stand the "hardships" of camp life splendidly. Their car was attached to the special without delay and they seemed in excellent spirits. Rock Hill will soon have a free delivery system. At the recent examination for the position of city mail carriers twenty-flve white and fifteen colored candidates presented themselves. The results will not be known definitely for somtime, but it will not be long before we shall be enjoying the privileges of a "free system." The Rev. J. W. Cantey Johnson arrived last week to spend his holidays with his wife and children at Mr. W. B. Wilson's fine mansion In Oakland. He assisted the Rev. J. C. Johnes at the services at "Our Saviour" last Sunday morning. His many friends were delighted to see him once again, as Mr. Johnson was very popular while a resident of the city. The testimony in V. Brown McFadden's case has been the subject of a good deal of criticism. The testimony of the witnesses was at such variance that it is difficult to account for it. The sympathy of the city Is with Mr. McFadden, but the universal sentiment is that the witnesses for the defense, however honest they may have been, have erred as a matter of judgment. Mr. J. W. Cunningham, who Is pleasantly remembered as a member of Heath's establishment at Yorkville, but now of Waycross, Ga., was In the city Saturday and Sunday on his way to Yorkville to visit his friend, Mr. Robert Johnson of Yorkville. FORT MILL MATTERS. Condition of the Crops?Rain Badly Needed?Not Enough Wheat to Tempt the Threshers?The Picnic at Brown's ShCp. Correspondence of the Yorkrille Enquirer. Gold Hill, July 19.?The farmers in this section are keeping right up with their work on account of so much dry weather. We were very much in hopes of a good rain yesterday, but were disappointed. The majority have about finished laying by corn, but think it advisable to plow cotton a while longer, as there is no danger of hurting it by breaking off the limbs. It rained on the first "dog day" and a great many of the people who believe in signs, said we would have plenty of rain for forty days; but that prophesy seems as if it not coming true. Maybe It will be fulfilled later. It is to be hoped for anyway. Cotton may, if we have plenty of rain, make a very good crop, but it looks very unpromising at present. The wheat crop was almost a failure. It was so light that there are no threshers out yet. But in spite of all these drawbacks on the crops, the Gold urn peopie are contemplating a big time July 31st. The annual "Brown Shop" picnic will be held then, and everybody is very cordially invited to attend and bring plenty of dinner. We will try to have some good speeches, and the band will make plenty of music for the occasion. It will be held just in front of Hon. S. H. Epps' residence. The school at this place will commence on the 3rd of August under the able management of Prof. Jackson Hamilton, who has been in charge for the past four years. Murder In Lexington and Aiken. Batesburg special of Friday to Charlotte Observer: As the result of trouble with a Negro customer, Will Hall, a merchant of Aiken county, was killed by George Edwards. In the search for the latter two other Negroes werb arrested. They made a break for liberty and one was killed, the other getting away. Will Hall was a merchant who kept a country store . at Chinquepin, in Aiken county, eight miles southeast of this place. Yesterday at noon George Edwards, colored, went to his store with some tobacco tags for sale. The Negro had a gun with him and it seems that Hall and the Negro had some words, after which the latter left - and fired off his gun not far from the store, .wan men closed up his store and went to his brother's, who lived a short distance away. They armed themselves with breech-loading guns and followed Edwards about a mile and a half over into Lexington county to the home of Lewis Cullum, a Negro nearly 100 years old. At this place they found Edwards. As the Hall brothers went into the house a Negro woman got between them and Edwards. At this juncture Edwards grabbed Hall's gun and wrenched it from him and shot him through the heart, killing him instantly. The Negro then sprang like an enraged animal on the younger brother, Judson Hall, and would have killed him had it not been for the pleading of the woman. Edwards then walked off, carrying one of the guns with him. The news of the homicide spread like wildfire and by night the lonely country in which the tragedy was enacted looked like a camp of soldiers, people of the surrounding country and from a distance being there in large numbers. In their search for Edwards they went to the home of Dennis Head, who lives on the Aiken county side, about two miles from the scene of the crime. It seems that Edwards was seen to go into his house late in the afternoon and upon questioning Dennis he became highly incensed. It is said that he and a Negro named Jesse Butler were tied and on being marched back to the main crowd they made a break for liberty. At this juncture Dennis was shot and died Instantly. Several shots were fired at Butler, but they went wild of the mark and he escaped. Why Head was killed and Butler shot at has not been satisfactorily explained. Hall was a young, unmarried man and had property and friends in the vicinity, in which he lived, and his death is much deplored. The coroner's jury rendered a verdict that Hull came to his death by a gun-shot wound in the hands of George Edwards. Edwards is still at large, but parties are looking for him. Murder In Marlboro. Gibson, N. C., special of Sunday to News and Courier: This afternoon, Uvo miles south of Gibson, in Marlboro county. S. C.( Will Ranson and Boggon and Picket Taylor became involved in a difficulty which resulted in Ransom being shot twice in the stomach by Boggon and severely in the neck and back by Picket. It is stated that Ransom cannot live. He was taken home and the doctor sent for. while the Taylors are still at large. LOCAL AFFAIHS. NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. Jas. M. Starr & Co.?Want to remind you to remember that they always carry a full line of stationery and school supplies of every description. J. A. Gamewell. Sec.?Gives information in regard to the advantages to be had at Wofford college. Next session begins September 23. A. M. Dupre, Head Master?Invites attention to WofTord training school. Elegant new building, careful attention to individual students and low COSt arc aiuuug tuc auvaiuagco uuci ed students. F. P. Venable, President?Tells you of the educational advantages to be secured at the University of North Carolina, 608 students and 66 Instructors. Next session September 7. Foushee Cash Store?Wants to know if you wear suspenders, aijd Invites attention to its stock of suspenders and low prices. Strauss-Smith Co.?Inaugurates a sale of ladies' shirt waists and offers astonishing values. They tell about receiving sixty cases of shoes this week, and invite your attention to other items of interest. Sam M. Grist, Special Agent?Quotes the Insurance Post, which gives a unique testimonial as to the standing of the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance company of Newark, N. J. Piano, Care The Enquirer?Wants the use of an upright piano for three months. Will pay reasonable rent. Heath-Elliott Mule Co.?Talks about the fine horses and buggies they are using in their livery. They want to sell you a buggy and want to buy first-class hay at highest cash prices. J. Q. Wray?Is offering some special inducements in the way of low prices on clothing, dress goods, straw hats, etc. He also publishes the list and standing of the contestants in his sewing machine contest. J. M. Heath & Co.?Talk about hats and hats and are offering some very specilal values in hats, and also has something to say in regard to Stetson hats. They have an elegant line of trunks, valises, bags, etc. / OFF FOR COLUMBIA. The Jasper Light Infantry, fifty strong including the officers, left for Columbia last Monday morning to join iiic r irsi ivcgiuiciu iui u ?? w? ? ? | campment on the outskirts of the city. The company was in command of Captain W. B. Moore, assisted by John R. Hart, first lieutenant and John R. Ashe, second lieutenant. The following non-commissioned pffleers and privates made up the roll: Sergeants, R. H. Dobson, W. B. Williams, B. F. Smith and Frank Tiddy. Corporals C. P. Lowrance and C. F. Gordon. Privates, Adams, R. W.; Barnes, J. P.; Caldwell, E. C.; Dickson, W. W.; Dickson, E. M.; Dobson, Keene; Dunlap, T. C; Faris, J. F.; Gordon, W. J.; Hollis, G. N.; Jackson, Reg. P.; Jackson, F. A.; Jones, D. C.^ Keller, W. B.; Lowry, R. W.; Louthian, R.; Moore, R. W.; Moore, A.; Morrison, D. W.; Morrison. J. C.; McKnight; McCorkle, N. C.; McFarland, A. W..; O'Farrell, John; Orman, G. F.; Pursley, E. G.; Russel, Dick; Robinson, J. O.; Shillinglaw, E. M.; Smith, E. A.; Smith, H. W.; Thomasson, W. A.; Turner, T.; Thomasson, T. B.; Thomasson, W. B.; Thomasson, H. G.; Turner, R. W.; Turner, T. G.; White, S. M.; Wllkinh .T.: Williams. P. W.: Watson, jT R. The personnel of the other two York county companies participating In the encampment is as follows: Company H. Catawba Rifles, Rock Hill?Capt. W. W. Boyce; lieutenants, J. C. Cauthen and M. F. Cobb; sergeants, W. L. Black, C. B. McFadden, W. H, White. T. A. Moore and J. L. Philips; quartermaster sergeant, R. M. London; corporals, T. H. Neely, H. L. Durhl, C. S. Cobb, T. C. Branson, J. E. Gettys, W. Boyce, W. F. Roddey; privates, Barnett,. Branson, Clark, Clendenning, Coleman, Comer, Davis, Farris, Gettys, Hay, Johnson, Kidd, Love, Lindsay, E. R* McDonald, H. K. McDonald, Moore, Mobley, J. W. Nunn, E. G. Nunn, Reid, Robinson, Roach, Sadler. Steele, B. M. Sturgis, T. C. Stur| gls, Williamson, Wilkerson. rv>mnnriv K Fort Mill Lieht Infan try?Captain, T. B. Spratt; lieutenants, | A, L. Parks and A. A. Bradford; first | sergeant, E. A. Thorn well; quarterI master sergeant, W. F. Harris; and sergeants, A. M. White, C. C. Patterson and E. Armstrong; corporals B. F. Bennet, J. P. Blllue, B* A. Patterson, W. H. Parks and Ed Broom; privates, McElhaney, Harris, Hall, Houze, Farrls, Massey, Slmrll, Nlms, S. Perry, J. Perry, Blackwelder, Mclntur, Kimbrell, Blankenshlp, Starnes, Patterson, S. S. White, E. White, Glllson, Williams, Hammond, Alver Parks, J. M. Parks, W. H, Parks, James, Broom Calthrop, Johnston,' O. V. Epps, G. C. Epps, Balles, C. Klmbrell. NOTE AND COMMENT. It is estimated about the court house that the Nevlns trial cost the county about $800. There was some talk last week of Indicting Mrs. Foskett as accessory before the facts in the matter of the murder of her late husband; but the interest in the matter was not sufficient to make the talk an accomplished fact. A live chicken, with four legs, was exhibited in Yorkvllle by Mr. W. A. Bolin last Saturday. When it was first hatched, a week before, the chicken would walk a little; but it was quite weak on Saturday and there seemed to be but little probability that it would live more than a day or two longer. James McLester, the slayer of Jack Poskett has been sent to the penitentiary instead of the public works. It is the policy of the supervisor, and the precedent by the way, was established during the term of Mr. John F. Gordon, to send white men to the penitentiary instead of the chalngang. There are not enough of both kind of prison ers to warrant the establishment of two camps, and it is not thought best to mix whites and blacks indiscriminately. A large game cock in a coop at the express 'office was an object of considerable interest to many of the local sports during Friday and Saturday. The coop was addressed to Mr. W. M. Bigger of Clay Hill, and investigation developed that the rather wicked looking fowl it contained was one that Mr. Bigger shipped to Wilmington recently to meet the champion game cock of North Carolina. The fight took place on July 4, for $100 a side and 1 the North Carolina fowl, known as an 1 invincible, was killed within one minute after the two cocks were placed in the pit. Mr. Blgger's chicken is known I as a Grey Slugger, and he believes *it ' can whip any chicken in the United Dimes. There was much interest in the Har- i per ease last week, especially in the ' neighborhood in which the killing occurred, and there was a strong feeling i that the defendant was deserving of i some punishment. Some people were 1 disposed to agree that the circumstances of the killing included elements < of murder: but the general view of < those who considered that punishment I was deserved, thought manslaughter was all that was warranted by the evidence. There is no ground, however, for criticism of the jury. It was composed of as good men as are to be found, and they did their duty as they saw it. Their verdict should therefore be accepted as a final and correct judgment. WITHIN THE TOWN. ?There has been some talk In Yorkville of making an organized effort to secure a number of Swiss girls for nurses and house girls; but the movement has not yet taken definite direction. ? Mrs. J. K. Alston entertained at six-hand eucre on Monday evening in honor of her guest. Miss DuBose Jones of Columbia. Miss Agalise McCaw won the first prize. Light refreshments were served. ? It has been discovered that the new comet about which the astronomers are talking so much can be located with the naked eye. It is to be seen in the vicinity of the north star and presents the appearance of a luminous flur in the sky. A strong field glass brings it out with slightly more distinctness. ? The stockholders of the Tavora Cotton mill held their annual meeting on last Mondav. The reDort showed that the mill was making satisfactory progress during the year, and the stockholders were very much encourr aged. The former board of directors was re-elected and they re-elected the incumbent executive officers. ? In order to provide for the growing commercial business along the line of the Carolina and North-Western railroad, the Western Union Telegraph company has stretched an extra wire from Chester to Lenoir. The linemen completed the connections at/Torkvllle on Monday. During some time past the one wire that has had to carry both the railroad and commercial business has been so overloaded as to occasion frequent delays. ? Miss Mayme Burks entertained the Misses Gladney of Kershaw, at high luncheon at the Parish hotel last Saturday night from 9 to 12. The follow ing couples were present: Miss Anna Bell Gladney with Mr. C. W. Carroll; Miss Sarah Gladney with Mr. B. M. Dobson; Miss Laura Parish with Mr. P.' T. MoNeel; Miss Marlon Logan with Mr. Rob Johnson; Miss Marguerite Sadler with Mr. Hamlet Carroll; Miss Fannie Parish with Mr. F. G. Dobson." ? The home of the First National bank Is being fitted up in luxurious style with handsome oak office furniture. The vault Is complete with the exception of the door, which has not yet arrived. The safe came In last week. It Is a Mosler, of case hardened steel and is a triumph of the safe-maker's art, being fitted with time and combination locks and the latest Improved screw door. . The cost of the safe is $1,500 and its makers claim it hiirtrlar nroflf. Thfi IU UC auouiuvwij wv**0*Mt r~ bank will be open for business within a few weeks from now; but of that its friends and prospective customers will be advised in due time through the advertising columns of The Enquirer and otherwise. 7 ~ *V * .? ? Young men of Yorkvllle gave a dance on last Friday night, complimentary to visiting young ladles. Among those present were: Miss Neta Faulkner with J. R. Ashe; Miss Janle Ratterree with T. J. Ashe; Miss Anna Bell Gladney with Frank Dobson; Miss Sarah Gladney with Job Carroll; Miss Mattie Thomas with Lee Hart; Miss Nell Schorb with Quinn Wallace; Miss Josie Carroll with W. B. Moore, Jr.; Miss Jennie Hart with R. C. Johnson; Miss Helen Lowry with Arthur Beal; Miss Agalise McCaw with M. C. Willis, Jr.; Miss DuBose Jones with Avery Lowry; Miss Nellie Coward with VffortVr Mlos Rurks with B. M. Dobson; Miss Laura Parish with Keene Dobson; Miss Anna Spann with R. A. Chandler, Jr. Stags?Messrs. Clark Adlckes, George Cartwrlght, Edward Finley, Bob Steele, Harry Spann, Joe Hart, George Hart, Tom Crawford. Chaperones?Mrs. J. K. Alston, Mrs. Geo. W. S. Hart, Mrs. T. M. Dobson and Miss Mary Schorb. ABOUT PEOPLE. Mr. Geo. H. Hart spent Sunday in Rock Hill. Mr. Joe Rose is spending this week in Columbia with relatives. Miss Mayme Burks, left last Sunday morning for Lynchburg, Va. Mr. Harry C. Smith of Charlotte, is visiting relatives in Yorkville. Miss Mary McCullough of Johnson, Is visiting her sister, Mrs. J. P. White. Mr. ana Mrs. w. a. iviena ul v^utumbia, are visiting relatives in Yorkville. Miss Lottie McFadden of Rock Hill, is visiting the family of Hon. D. E. Finley. Mr. W. K. Walker of Bishopville, is visiting his brother. Prof. H. A. C. Walker. Mr. S. L. Miller of Columbia, is visiting his sister. Miss Margaret Miller, in Yorkville.' Mr. John Cunningham of Waycross, Ga., spent Sunday and Monday in Yorkville. ' "o UT TT" nandv and philfl. left On Sunday for a few days visit to relatives in Rock Hill. Miss Eula Brown and Mr. Brantley Hart of Anderson, spent Monday with Mrs. W. F. Marshall. Mrs. A. S. Clarke was called to Marion. N. C., last Saturday by the serious Illness of her brother. Miss Nannie Scott of Sharon, is visiting her sister, Mrs. J. Meek White at I'nity, Lancaster county. Mr. Carl Hart of Columbia, came up Sunday and spent the day with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. S. Hart. Miss Italine Brockington, who has been visiting Miss Amelia Kennedy, has returned to her home in Kingstree. i K" Ruin hart and dauerhter. of Iorest City, N. C., are visiting the family of Mr. J. W. McFarland near YorkMile. Mr. L. W. Jenkins has returned from Knoxvllle, Tenn., where he has been attending the summer school of the south. Miss Sallie Caldwell of King's Creek, , and Miss Pansy Tray wick of Gastonia, are the guests of Mrs. A. Y. Cart- | iv right. Mr. Thos. W. Speck, who has been 1 [ onfined to his room for about ten ^ays, is getting better. It was at first i thought that he had typhoid fever; but < it seems that this was a mistake. There is reason to hope that he will be at his place of business again within another week. Miss Mattie Thomas, after spending some time with her sister, Mrs. W. B. Williams, has returned to her home in Charleston. Misses Jennie and Janie Plaxico and Miss Lydia Henry of Clinton, are visiting in Yorkville, the guests of the family of Mr. J. B. Plaxico. Mr. L. R. Williams returned Monday from Fort Mill where he went to see Mr. T. Gib Culp, whose Illness with paralysis was mentioned last Saturday. Mr. Culp was In an unconscious condition, having been so from the time of receiving the stroke. His right side was completely paralyzed, and there was no motion except In the limbs of the left side. His condition seems to be hopeless and when Mr. I UMIIIomo loft QnnHav Hooth Q^ompd to be a matter of almost any moment. Mr. W. E. Robinson, a native of York county; but for many years a resident of Alabama, is paying a visit to his relatives and friends In this section. He came In unexpectedly, and to his immediate relatives his visit was almost like one arisen from the dead. Mr. Robinson is a son of the late Clark Robinson, former owner of the old mill that once stood above Robinson's ford, three miles east of Yorkville. He left this section in the fall of 1854, with the late A. W. Smith, who used to be keeper of the poor house, and came back on a visit in 1857. At the breaking out of the war he volunteered in company B, Second Alabama cavalry and served through to the surrender. After the war, he returned to his farm and since 1871 has been living in JefTerson county, about seventeen miles east of Birmingham. He married In Alabama, raised nine children and now has ten grandchildren. Mrs. Robinson Is still living. Mr. Robinson had not heard from his York county relatives since some time previous to the war and he did not know whether or not he would find any of them still living in this vicinity. But. he says, "I just thought I would come along and if I did not find any of my people, I would take a look at the old home place and the country around about." He finds living a brother and two sisters, Mr. John Robinson, Mrs. Martha Drennan and Mrs. Margaret Russell. Among the resident citizens whom he knew as a young man are Col. W. H. McCorkle, Messrs. W. A. Moore, W. B. Williams, A. F. McConnell and W. B. Steele. Mr. Robinson is a farmer and is engaged in the raising of corn, cattle and hogs. Although seventy-two years of age, he is remarkably well preserved and seems to be enjoying the best of health. He talks interestingly of the comparative conditions in Alabama and South Carolina, and is inclined to think that the people of this section are not so progressive as are those of Jefferson county, Ala. Mr. Robinson will probably remain nere ior two weeiv? ui mvic. CIRCUIT COURT. When The Enquirer went to press last Friday afternoon the lawyers were addressing the Jury In the case of Wm. A. Harper, indicted for the murder of Arthur A. Dllllnger. The arguments were concluded during the afternoon, and after hearing the charge of the court, the Jury retired with the papers and returned In a short time with a verdict of not guilty. After the Harper case had been disposed of Judge Klugh called upon James McL^ster, convicted of manslaughter In the killing of Jack Foskett, to stand up. His honor took occasion to make a few remarks to McLester, and among other things said that It was difficult to see how the jury had arrived at a verdict of manslaughter in the case. He seemea to De or me opinion that the verdict should have been murder. However, he saw proper to impose a sentence of only five years at hard labor in the state penitentiary or on the public works of York county. The next case taken up was that of James Hammond, indicted for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. The prosecuting witness was Superintendent Buchanan of the Arcade mill, at Rock Hill, and the offense was committed about two years ago. According to the testimony of the prosecution, Hammond, who had recently been discharged from the service of the mill, was in the building where he had no business talking to busy opera^ * ? A-.-n,iAknMon nr. tives. JSliperimeiiucui uu umnu.. dered him out and he refused to go. Buchanan tried to put him out and drawing a pistol he snapped it at Buchanan's breast. Then with Buchanan still covered, he walked out of the building. The defendant claimed that he did not snap the pistol. The jury found a verdict of guilty of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, and the court Imposed a sentence of $50 fine or three months In the penitentiary or on the public works. The fine was paid. Major Hart and Congressman Finley, counsel for E. P. H. Nevins asked for a new trial because of certain language that had been used by the ' solicitor in his speech to the jury, and w men language iney iiiuiniiiiiieu v??x;> prejudicial to the cause of the defendant. It affidavits counsel set forth in effect that the solicitor had referred to the defendant as a "son-of-a-bitch" at least by construction. The solicitor had used such an epithet in his argument; but he apologized to the court for it next morning and explained that he had not used it in a personal sense. 1 He explained that he had used the expression inadvertently, and was quite sorry for having made such an unwarranted break. The court held that In his opinion the solicitor's language had no effect on the verdict of the ! jury: he also called attention to the 1 fact that the language had occurred 1 in the testimony and for various rea- ' sons that he outlined he denied the ( motion. He sentenced Nlvens to pay ' a fine of $f>0 or to serve three months 1 on the public works or in the state 1 penitentiary. Then he signed an order ' allowing the prisoner a suspension of ' sentence for twenty days in order to 1 give him time in which to get up the , money. Nlvens was allowed to go at . liberty without bond In the meantime. ' The case of the State against Ham- ] r.iond being the last criminal case, so ( 'con as it was disposed of the jurors 11 were discharged and the court of general sessions adjourned sine die. The greater part of Saturday was taken up in the hearing of the case of R. S. Home and W. Brown Wylie against V. Brown McFadden. The issue was the report of the homestead commission in the case of the defendant. A previous commission had laid off a homestead for Mr. McFadden, and its work had been set aside by the court, which appointed a new commission consisting of W. H. Stewart, J. F. Wallace and J. M. Cherry. This commission allowed Mr. McFad^en a tract oi' forty acres, including his residence, as coming within the limits allowed by law?<1,000. The .report had been signed by two members of the commission, Mr. Cherry refusing to sign. The plaintiff claimed that the value of the homestead thus laid off was far in excess of <1,000, and the hearing was on that question. The witnesses for the plaintiff were Messrs. J. M. Cherry, A. F. Ruff, R. T. Fewell, J. B. Johnson, Ira Dunlap, W. W. Miller, Pride Ratterree and T. L. Johnson. The defendant's witnesses were R. T. Oiiles- pie, R. T. Sturgis, W. H. Cowan, W. C. Wherry, J. B. Miller arid W. M. Mitchell. The plaintiffs emphasized their willingness to take the property at a much greater value than the commission had named; but the court held that it was not a question of how much the property would bring on the market- hilt how much It' was actually worth for the purpose for which it was being used. The report of the commission. Messrs. Spencers apd McDow represented the plaintiff In the case and Congressman Flnley represented the defendant. The court transacted sundry other items of business during the day, but there was little else that seemed to be or' especial public interest. LOCAL LACONIC3. We Will Send the Enquirer . From now until January 1, 1904, for 90 cents. .. The Road Convention. Delegates to the road convention to be held next Wednesday are to be elected at the various precincts oh next Saturday, July 25. Each precinct * is entitled to one delegate for each 25 votes cast In the first flrimary of last summer. * Death of Mr. T. H. Lesslie. News was received here at noon yesterday of the death of Mr. T. H. Lesslie, at Hickory Grove. He passed awny 11.15 a. m., of typhoid fever. Mr. LessHe was a most excellent citizen, a deacon In the A. R. P. church at Hickory Grove, and did business as a member of the Hickory Supply company, In partnership with Mr. T.. M. Whlsonant. He leaves four children?three girls and a son, and had a poHcy of 52,000 In the Woodmen of the World, and a paid up policy for 9600 In an old line company. The funeral will take place at Bethany today (Wednesday), at about noon. Th? Tiiehari' Rallv at Tirzah. The committees in charge of the ' proposed teachers' rally to be held at Tlrzah on August 12 and 13, are moving along with the work of perfecting v' ' necessary arrangements. The finance committee consisting of Messrs. L. B. Glenn, Henry Massey and Dr. Campbell, will receive bids for refreshment privileges up July 25. It Is proposed that the net profits go to the S. D. Barron chapter U. D. C. The committee on grounds will erect a stand for the speakers and suitable seating accommodations for the audience and make arrangements with Sheriff Logan for the preservation of order. It has been proposed that all the teachers who have schools in session have a holiday with pay, and that they bring their pupils in wagons. This arrangement will probably be perfected. There will be further and more definite announcement ia.ier. MERE-MENTION. P. M. Arthur, chief of the Brotherhood of Locomotive engineers, died, suddenly at Winnapeg, Manitoba, last Thursday night while making a speech to the annual convention of the order. A Negro woman was hanged at South McAllister, I. T., last Friday for whipping one of her children to death. The Epworth Leaguers are holding their annual convention in Detroit, Mich., There are 15,000 delegates in attendance The Venezuela revolution is still in progress... .Charleston is leading all South Atlantic ports in the aggregate value of imports.... Another son was born to the Hon. Grover Cleveland at Buzzard Bay last Saturday morning. This makes Ave children in the family of the ex-president?three daughters and two sons. King Edward and Queen Alexander are making arrangements to visit Ireland During the past few days some of the physicians have changed their opinion as to the cause of Pope Leo's illness, and have diagnosed the case as cancer W. H. Jackson, manager of the famous Belle Meade farm at Nashville, Tenn., died last Sunday of typhoid fever. He was only 29 years of age. A Matter of Fee*. Columbia correspondence of the News and Courier: An Interesting point has been brought out In the matter of charter fees in this state. The Pacolet Manufacturing company, through its attorney, Mr. R. K. Car son, applied for an Increase of capital from one to two million dollars. Mr. Gantt held that the fee charged would be the same as if the corporation had not already been chartered and that the company would have to pay $550, the regular amount charged for a corporation of two million dollars. The scale of fees charged by law is one mill upon each dollar of capital stock up to und including $100,000; the sum af one-half a mill upon each dollar of capital stock including $1,000,000, and ane-fourth of a mill upon each dollar af the capital stock exceeding one millions dollars. Mr. Carson contended ? J- ? 1 ? AAMi?A| that as tne mm aireauy ntui a. ta|juai 3f one million dollars that the charge Tor the increase of capital should be at the rate of one-fourth of a mill, or 5250. The matter was referred to fudge Townsend, who decided that as the mill had not been capitalized for two million dollars at one time the Tee of $350 had to be paid. The ?ase will be appealed before the supreme court by Mr. Carson.