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? Dispatches of yesterday announced a satisfactory settlement of the big strike of packing house employes that was commenced nine days ago. At s conference in Chicago Wednesday, both sides agreed to submit their differences to a board of arbitration and to abide the result. In the meantime all the strikers who can be provided with employment are to go back to their old places and the others are to be reinstated-as rapidly as is posible in justice to the new employes. ? In commenting on the country's loss by fire, which has at times reached $100,000,000 a year, the New Yorh Tribune declares these figures are a general average, and adds: "In tables for a given year, showing their origin incendiarism leads with 1,927 cases; defective flues were responsiDie ror i 309. Sparks, matches, explosion ol lamps, lightning, forest fires and spontaneous combustion are enumerated as principal causes, but no one of them reaches a third of the number which the firebugs score. The flrecrackei comes in at the tail of the list with 105: about half the number lit by pipes and cigar stubs. Taken year by yeai the several causes show pretty steady averages, as if there was an element of destiny in it beyond precautionary measures to vary or modify. ? New York, July 15: Victor H Benke, the "volunteer organist," died from spinal meningitis today in the Presbyterian hospital. The news of his death recalled a story of how, when he was a hopeless, dejected tramp, an audience in the Bowery Mission had been charmed by his music. At a Sunday morning meeting in the Bowery Mission ten years ago, Mrs. Bird, whc was in charge of the service, was embarrassed because a musician was lacking. "Boys," she said, "we are going to sing, but there is no one to play th piano. Is there any one who will help us out?" There were smiles of curiosity and wonder when a ragged,, uncouth figure walked down the aisle and went to the piano. They faded away Ti>Vion rrniQlrifln hroucrht music from the instrument, which thrilled the audience and established his fame as the "Volunteer Organist." He held the position up to about ten days ago, when he was incapacitated by the disease from which he died. ? A remarkable story was told by the Russian Pole, the only one of his compatriots to be picked up from the steamship Norge. recently wrecked on the Scotch coast. "A week or two ago." he said, "we in Poland received orders to go to Warsaw in readiness to be sent to relieve Port Arthur The Poles have no sympathy with Russia, especially Polish Jews. Not only did we hate fighting for Russia, but we knew from past experience that directly we had left our homes out wives and children would be expelled whilst we would have very little chance of coming back alive. I, like many mere, determined to escape, We adopted all sorts of disguises and the people were good to us. We got to Copenhagen and booked by the first steamer for America, which happened to be the Norge. I don't know how many of my people have been saved. Not many. I think: but I am sure they would rather go down with the ship than have gone to Warsaw and left their wives and children to their horrible fate." ? The New York Herald is conceded to be one of the most conservative as well as one of the most accurate political prognosticators in the country. The Herald is quite optimistic about the Democratic outlook. It says that while the election was a foregone conclusion in favor of the Republicans when the gold plank was left out of the platform, it became a very aouDtful proposition the minute Parker sent his telegrram to the convention setting forth his views in favor ol sound money. The Herald figures that the Democratic ticket is reasonably sure of the votes of the solid south, Maryland, West Virginia, Colorado, Idaho and Nevada, a total of 177 electoral votes. As against this the Republicans are given states that aggregate 186 votes in the electoral college. The doubtful states as classed by th Herald are Connecticut. New York, Illinois. Indiana. Wisconsin and New Jersey, with a total of 113 votes. Ol these states it is believed the Democrats have the best chances of carrying New York. Connecticut, Indiana and New Jersey. If these chances materialize in November then Parker will be the next president of the United States. ? It is beginning to look as if the shrewd work of Russia in getting hei warships from the Black sea through the Dardanelles is going to make more trouble for her. It now develops thai the ships were sent through as merchantmen carrying cargoes. There ii nothing in the treaty of Berlin to prevent the passage of merchantmen anc nobody has a right to say a wore about the little trick that has beer manipulated by Russia. But this is noi the last of the matter. Having gotter Al 1 f intn tho Dorl coo t Via i<aoco1o fa. ceived their armament, and went t( work holding up the ships of othei nations for contraband of war. Thej published notice that all packages found on foreign vessels withoui manifests to show their contents woulc be seized. Among the ships held uj were a number that are flying th< British rtag, and in reply Great Brltair has sent a fleet of eighteen warship: to the Red sea. This action is taker to mean that Great Britain does noi propose to put up with any foolishness, and it may also mean that Greai Britain will soon be actively engagec in the trouble between Russia anc Japan. All of the European nation: look upon Russia's method of getting her ships through the Dardanelles a: a virtual violation of the treaty 01 Berlin, and all of them are disposec to make trouble. ? Mrs. Florence Maybrick has at lasi been set at liberty, after spending fourteen years in Aylsbury. Englanc prison, and some months in the convent of the sisterhood of the Epiphany in Cornwall. England. Her final release took place Wednesday and sh< left for France. Some time soon sh( will come to the United States tc testify in an important land case at New Orleans. Mrs. Maybrick, whc was Miss Florence Elizabeth Chandler, a member of a well-known and pros perous southern family, was married I July 27. :1881, In St. James church, , Piccadilly, to James Maybrick, of Liv! erpool. She was then 18 years old. ' Her husband was over 40 years of age. [ In the spring of 1889 Mr. Maybrick be( came ill, and in a few days he died. , His brothers investigated his death [ and charged Mrs. Maybrick with the murder of her husband. A long trial I followed and a number of doctors swore that the deceased died of arsenical poisoning. The defence proved that for twenty years Mr. Maybrick ( had been a confirmed user of arsenic, and that he daily took doses large . enough to have killed a dozen ordlVf r% ifKrlnlr woo OVPn. ^ IICXI y UIUII. iUioi majuiivn ti?? w? . tually sentenced to death by the judge, Sir Fitzjames Stephen, who spoke for two days in charging the jury. He said it was impossible for ) them to find her not guilty in the face of the medical evidence. The juuge ( died some time later in a mad house. i ; Ihc fjorkviUr (Snquiw. I t yorkville, s. c.i [ , [ FRIDAY, JULY 22,1904. , In their convention at Jefferson City, . Mo., yesterday, the anti-boodler Dem, ocrats nominated Joseph W. Folk as . their candidate for governor on the . first ballot. The election of Folk is > deemed a practical certainty. i The decision of the supreme court in ; the case of S. W. Mitchell, vs. the Woodmen of the World is of far reaching ; importance. It holds that subordinate i lodges of all such organizations as the | Woodmen are agents of the supreme ' lodges and supreme lodges are responi sible for the acts of subordinate lodges. [ As the result of this decision subordinate lodges will have to be extreme> ly conservative about giving grounds i for suits. i The developments of the past week < in the Red sea, with especial reference 1 to the seizure of British merchant vessels by Russian warships, has raised . a war excitement' throughout Europe and especially in Great Britain. There ' seems to be no doubt that Russia is within her rights according to a strict construction of international law, in making prizes of all vessels carrying I contraband of war; but the manner in which she got her warships through 41 In otiKcoroinn nf thp me l/mucuicaco ill ommtv.w.w.. w? ?~ treaty of Berlin and her impudence in ' the seizures, has made the British boil over with wrath. There are stories to the effect that the czar proposes to I recede from the position in which he has been placed; but about this there is no certainty. There is reason to believe that Great Britain may meet 1 the situation along the lines that have been laid down by Russia and if she does so trouble is promised. MERE-MENTION. 1 Capt. John Taylor Wood, a noted Confederate blockade runner, grandson of President Zachary Taylor, and nephew of Jefferson Davis, died at Halifax, N. S., Tuesday, aged 74 Lieut. N. A. McCully, the American 1 naval attache who succeeded in reach ing Port Arthur from Mukden on the last train entering the port, has de' clined the safe conduct of the Japan1 ese admiral and will remain in the besieged city until it falls or is re: lieved In a letter to J. Ogden Ar' mour, Michael Donnelly, president of i the labor union, has declared that if the striking butchers are not reinstated within a specified time, a sympathetic strike of 14,000 stockyard men will be called Judge Upton Muir of Louisville, K>\, was drowned in the ( surf at Capt May, N. J., Wednesday. The meeting of the creditors of , D. J. Sully has been postponed to Au, gust 3, because of Sully's illness 31,000 operatives of the Fall River, Mass., mills have announced their in. tention to strike if their wages are j reduced 12J per cent as was recently decided upon by the mill owners. A Ticket With Strength.?Judge 1 Parker's action will strengthen the ticket in New York, New Jersey, Connec( ticut, Maryland and Delaware?states which the party must win if it is to " succeed. We doubt whether the ticket i will be seriously weakened in any state * 1 y-iK.inriA nf Flam _ 1 k UUCI1II5 U1C ICIllUlCOt viuuivc v/i jyviii ' ocratic success. If Judge Parker had not acted as he did. New York would have been lost from the very start. The great Democratic and independent papers and influential Democrats of that state were in open revolt against the party. We believe that many of the free silver Democrats, including Mr. Bryan, will respect and support a man who dares tell the truth, even at the risk of losing a presidential nomination. As for the Democratic party, it is at last out of the bog of Populism. The future, whether it brings immediate victory or not, is bright. The gold standard is firmly and irrevocably established. And so we go into the campaign under the best possible conditions. We salute Alton Brooks Parker as an honorable and courageous man.?Indianapolis News. Hopes the Japanese Will Win.? Louis Slopsky of Franklin, Mass., says a correspondent of the New York Sun, has from his brother, who is in the Russian army at the front, a letter in which the writer says he hopes he will be killed. The brother, Aaron, has had military experience before, but he says he never knew such suffering as in this campaign. It is almost unbearable and the soldiers march out with the hope that they will not be alive at night. They have little to eat, Slopsky writes, are not treated humanely. and filth rules in the Russian camps. They have not been able to change their clothing in two months. The writer says that the soldiers do t not try to escape, Decause 11 tney am r they would only have to return to the ' camp and would be tortured and then 1 shot. If they believed they would be . shot immediately, many thousands would try to escape in the hope of ' obtaining their freedom or immediate " death. The soldiers are cheated out i of their pay and have to drudge, while > the officers enjoy a picnic. "For hu' manity. we really hope the Japanese will win. That is not patriotic, but it t is true," is a translation of the closing ) paragraph of the letter. LOCAL. AFFAIRS. NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. Champion Roller Mills, G. L. Riddle. Proprietor?Have been overhauled and are prepared to give satisfaction to all who may be seeking the best. Yorkville Buggy Co.?Has just received another car of Weber and Columbus wagons, has buggies as a matter of course, and can furnish harness and other things in its line. R. L>. Scoggins, Executor?Gives notice to the debtors and creditors of the estate of James Scoggins, deceased. B. N. Moore?Is now ready to furnish the best domestic coal in large or small quantities. Foushee Cash Store?Announces a "incUv <?" snecial Dants sale next Monday beginning at 9 o'clock a. m. A number of other articles will be offered at the same time. NOTE AND COMMENT. Mr. J. S. Plexico of Tirzah has complimented T.he Enquirer with some fine peaches that he has grown on trees that are only two years old. He reports that his peaches generally are not so large as they were last year; but they are more plentiful. We bear willing testimony to their excellent quality. GENERAL SESSIONS. In the case of Scott Jefferies, charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, which was being tried when our report of Tuesday's court proceedings closed, the jury returned a verdict of guilty. Robert Crockett and George Webb I were tried on the charge of using a horse without the consent of the owner. Crockett was convicted and Webb was acquitted. John Williams, colored, was convicted of assault with intent to ravish and recommended to the mercy of the court. Will Knox, charged with the murder of Ceph Williams, was convicted and recommended to the mercy of the court. The next case taken up was that of the State against W. E. Deaton and Mary Deaton, charged with the murder of J. Lawrence Patterson. The proceedings will be found in detail In another column. There are four or five other Important cases awaiting trial, but it is hardly probable that all of them will be finished during today and tomorrow. OFF FOR COLUMBIA. The Jasper Light Infantry left for Columbia this morning, nearly sixty strong, in command of Capt. W. B. Moore, with Lieutenants J. R. Hart and Paul N. Moore. The roll of noncommissioned officers and privates is as follows: Sergeants?R. H. Dobson, W. B. Williams, R. F. Smith, John Dixon, C. P. Lowrance, J. M. Schorb, ?. ?. Moore. Corporals?j. jv. urarrei, tr. w. Williams, E. Pursley. Tracy Ormand, Reg Turner, R. L. Wilkerson. Privates?C. W. Adickes, R. Adams, S. L. Adams, J. P. Barnes, W. W. Blair, G. C. Cartwright, W. C. Corzine, E. C. Caldwell, Keene Dobson, J. B. Dixon. E. M. Dixon. N. J. Dillingham, J. W. Evans, H. E. Ferguson, Frank Feemster, F. .Gardner, J. Gordon. J. N. Hollis, J. E. Hart, J. F. Jackson. R. Jackson, S. A. Lee. Geo. Marley, A. Moore. R. W. Moore, A. Morrow, J. H. Miskelly, B. McCaw, D. Neville, E. G. Petty, J. R. Robinson, R. S. Russell, M. Stokes, H. L. Stephenson. W. L. Steele, E. M. Shillinglaw, T. B. Thomasson, T. J. Thomasson, W. A. Thomasson, J. L. Timmle, D. Walker, H. Wilkerson. Mr. W. L. Williams goes along as regimental hospital steward. John Wheeler and Bob Adams, colored, were taken along as drummers, and Tom Good and John Morrow as cooks. ABOUT PEOPLE. Miss Mabel Berry is visiting friends in Shelby. Mrs. C. E. Spencer and children are at Blowing Rock. Dr. J. L. Spratt of Fort Mill, is In Yorkville today. Dr. W. M. Kennedy of Chester, spent several days in Yorkville this week. xf?-o Trroa?rif> Mosher of Mobile. Ala., is the guest of Mrs. 0. E. WilJ kins. Miss Emily Wright of Clover, is visiting Misses Carrie and Mary Cartwright. Mr. J. F. Oates of Chester, is In Yorkville in attendance on court as a witness. Dr. and Mrs. J. M. Crawford of Nashville, Tenn., are the guests of Capt. and Mrs. E. A. Crawford. Mr. J. B. Kennedy of Baltimore, is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Kennedy. Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Lowry, Misses Geraldine and Helen Lowry are visiting at Brattonsville. Mrs. M. H. Curry and Mrs. G. W. Ragan of Gastonia, spent Wednesday and Thursday in Yorkville. Miss Mary Eunice Grist has returned home from Simpsonville, after spending two weeks with Miss Nannie Cox. Mrs. E. C. Herbert, district organizer of the Woman's Temperance Workers, is the guest of Dr. and Mrs. S. A. Weber. Miss Cora Clark of Llncolnton, is in Yorkville visiting friends and relatives. At present she is the guest of Mrs. Margaret Smith. A "V fartu'rlcrVit rotnmoH 1 q at night from several days' attendance on the annual meeting of the State Dental association at White Stone Lithia Springs. He says the meeting was an unusually pleasant and enjoyable one. FINAL PRESENTMENT. Before its discharge last Tuesday afternoon, the grand jury submitted the following, signed by J. O. Walker, foreman, as its final presentment. We beg to report that we have passed on all bills handed to us by the solicitor and returned the same with our findings. We deem it unnecessary to make an examination of the county offices and different institutions at this term; but have divided ourselves into committees to make the examinations, and to report at the next term of the court. It becomes our painful duty to report one John Wilson and Nancy White (white people) as living together illegally. with the following names of witnesses: R. N. McElwee, Bob Jack Love, Dr. J. M. Campbell, Jack Wallace, John F. Smith. We also report Robt. F. Thomasson for keeping and maintaining a coclc pit and bull pen against the laws of our state, and give as witnesses: Alex Bailey. Herbert Diehl. Lon True, W. S. Plyler, Black Wilson, Jr., and Marshall Steele. We also report George Wells for I carrying concealed weapons, and give names of witnesses: BenJ. Walker, Katie Walker, Gussie Jackson and Robt. Crockett. Our work having been delayed by trouble in getting witnesses, we suggest to the court that, at future terms of the court, when a witness has been sworn to appear before the grand Jury, and fails to appear at first call that such witness be not paid for attendance at the term. We recommend that Geo. C. Leech, former magistrate for Broad River township, be required to turn over to the court a record of his business while magistrate of said township, as he has not made a satisfactory settlement with the commissioners. We recommend that J. 0. Walker, our foreman, be paid $4.50 for three days' extra work done between the terms of court. If there be no further business for the grand Jury, we beg to be discharged for the term. WITHIN THE TOWN. ? Many of the candidates, a majority of them probably, have been spending a great part of their time in Yorkville this week and all of them have gotten in good work. ? Another terrific storm hardly less severe than that of July 2, burst over Yorkville yesterday afternoon at about 5 o'clock. Vivid flashes of lightning were followed by deafening peals of thunder. The rain came down in sheets, and brought with it a sprinkle of hall, while the wind blew a hurricane. The Victor Oil mill was set on fire by lightning and a small quantity of linters was burned. The damage was not considerable. Trees were blown down In different parts of town "" ^ r\f ,'roon fruit WHS shaken Off. Tomatoes and other vegetables suffered severely. The aggregate loss Is not considerable. According to Mr. J. R. Schorb the rainfall amounted to 2.35 Inches against 3i on July 2. ? The annual meeting of the stockholders of the York Cotton mill was held last Tuesday and there was a meeting of the directors Immediately afterward. The report of the president and treasurer showed a failure to make a profit during the past few months because of unfavorable conditions of the cotton and yarn markets, the price of cotton being too high and the price of yam too low. Mr. P. M. Grimes had tendered his resignation some time previously and the same was accepted by the directors. The resignation was based on a calculation hv the Dresldent to the effect I that the mill has not been turning out as much production as it should. Mr. Grimes will continue to serve until his place can be satisfactorily filled. There were no other material changes I In the management. ? Several matters of importance were considered at a meeting of the town council Wednesday night. There had [been some little misunderstanding as to the responsibility and authority of the street committee. The council decided that the committee had full discretion in all matters coming under its jurisdiction, and that where it was in doubt it should apply to the council for advice. There was some discussion also as to the proper enforcement of the ordinance against drunkenness. There has been a noticeable laxity with regard to this matter of late, as compared with the attitude of of the former council, and members of the present council are concerned as to just where they should draw the line to keep the situation within the control of the police. The sanitary question was discussed but no definite action was taken. THE KILLING OF PATTERSON. The case of W. Edward Deaton and Mary Deaton, his wife, charged with.the murder of J. Lawrence Patterson, in the town of Fort Mill on the night of May 7 last, was taken up Wednesday morning and occupied all of yesterday and this morning. In some respects it 3 ?M namarlrohlft nas proved one 01 uie mun icui?hu.?.v trials that has occupied the attention of the York sessions for many years. J. Lawrence Patterson, the deceased, I was a young man of good reputation and character and a barber by trade. He had a wife and child. At about 11.30 o'clock on the night of May 7, he closed his shop and started home, accompanied by Charles Patterson, a cousin and A. R. McElhaney, a friend. He was in his usual good spirits, and seemed to be unsuspicious of trouble. Charles Patterson had arranged to spend the night with McElhaney, and on reaching his own home stopped to advise his people. McElhaney stopped for him, and Lawrence Patterson, whose home was a short distance further up the street, proceeded on alone. Within a few moments after the separation, the report of a shot gun was heard and this was followed several minutes later by four revolver shots, accompanied by cries for help. Although they had paid no especial attention to the discharge of the gun, on hearing the pistol and the cries for help. McElhaney and Charles Patterson hurried to the scene of the shooting. They saw the outline of a man's form disappearing in the darkness, and found J. Lawrence Patterson lying on the edge of the sidewalk across the street from his home, which was 25 or 30 yards away. On his left arm was his coat as he had worn it from his shop and in his left hand was his satchel of razors, while in his right j hand he held a pistol. The shooting and the cries had alarmed the neighbors including J. H. Patterson a brother, and John Elms, who lived in the house adjoining; also Mrs. Patterson, the wife of the man who had been shot, and several others. It developed that Patterson was desperately wounded by a load of buckshot that had entered the small of his back from behind, ranging slightly upward, and he told Charles Patterson and A. R. McElhaney that he was shot to death; that Ed Deaton and Mary did it, and that the pistol shots had been fired by himself. He afterward repeated the same story to Mrs. Patterson and others. Patterson died within an hour after the shooting, and on the strength of the statements he had made, Deaton's house was guarded during the remainder of the night until next morning when he could be arrested. During Sunday, a thorough investigation was instituted, the coroner's jury being assisted as much as possible by the citizens, and a number of circumstances that seemed to corroborate Patterson's dying statement were developed. Deaton's home was in one part of town and Patterson's in another, between a quarter and a half mile distant. On account of having been crippled, Deaton has a peculiar limp In his right leg, that throws the weight of his track on that side on the ball of his foot. The searchers found a trail of these familiar tracks from one home to the other across lots, and at one place they found where the party who had made the tracks had evidently used a gun as assistance In climbing the steep side of a railroad cut, the print of the butt being plainly visible in tne sort earth. All these and other circumstances were developed at the coroner's inquest, and Deaton was brought to Yorkville by Sheriff Logan. Mrs. Deaton was not put under arrest at the time, the coroner not deeming such action necessary or desirable. But when court convened Monday, it developed that the plans of the state contemplated her Indictment also. The solicitor gave out an indictment against her along with her husband, and she was arrested forthwith on a bench warrant The grand jury returned a true bill against both and the arraignment took place on Wednesday morning. The State was represented by Solicitor Henry, assisted by Messrs. Thos. F. McDow and E. E. Thornwell, and Major James F. Hart, assisted by J. S. Brice, Esq., appeared for the defense. There had been a great deal of interest manifested in the affair, especially in Fort Mill, and this formidable array of counsel, taken in con- [ nection with the large number of prominent citizens of Fort Mill on hand as witnesses, etc., gave abundant promise of the able and carefully fought battle that followed, both on the side of the prosecution and of the aerense. The appearance of the prisoners was noteworthy, especially because they were of a different class from that which usually figures In murder trials. Deaton is a stockily built man of about 35 years of age. weighs about 160 pounds, wears a mustache, is well dressed and has a well formed head, suggestive of ability and resource. Except for the seemingly unmistakable marks of dissipation on his faoe. it would be difficult to connect a man of so good an appearance with such a cowardly crime. Mrs. Deaton appears to be about the same age of her husband, has a high straight forehead, straight nose, eyes somewhat sunken, thin lips and sallow complexion. She J seems to have the appearance of having seen a great deal of trouble and anxiety; but does not impress one as being inclined toward crime of any kind much less murder. Both, however, seemed quite indifferent to the seriousness of the situation they were confronting, Mrs. Deaton probably more so than her husband. Neither seemed concerned about the gaze of spectators or the drift of the testimony. They had several children with them, including a babe In arms. Upon the calling of the case the defense sought to secure delay on the ground of absent witnesses; but the prosecution won out on that question by offering to admit that the absent witnesses would testify to the things that were expected of them, and the next rub came in the drawing of the jury. The defendants being tried together were entitled to twenty per emptory challenges and the state to only five. Mr. Brlce managed the drawing for the defense and Mr. McDow assumed the responsibility In behalf of the State. The drawing proceeded slowly, both sides exercising the utmost care and discrimination, until the exhaustion of the venire when only ten men had been chosen. The following jurors were challenged by the defense: J. H. Wltherspoon, W. T. Cain, J. E. Carson, J. N. Hogue, W. R. Burgess, S. G. Beamguard, S. A. Fewell, W. B. Glass, A. C. McKnlght, W. J. Engle, W. J. Love, J. B. Love, J. W. Love. These were challenged by the state: W. H. Bradford and D. J. Fitchett. Several Fort Mill Jurors, on their voir dire said they had formed or expressed opinions, and-they feared that they would be influenced by those opinions regardless of the evidence. These included W. Mack Culp, W. H. Bailey, D. E. Thompson, C. T. Crook, R. L. Armstrong. Mr. R. T. Harris was stood aside as a witness for the State and Mr. W. M. Adklns was excused because of relationship to Mrs. Deaton. The jury as Anally empaneled was composed as follows: W. G. Duncan, B. D. Cornwell, A. A. Burris, J. E. Edwards, E. M. Stanton, J. E. Latham, W. B. Glass, J. W. Y. Dickson, R. A. Brown, S. E. McFadden, C. M. McKnlght, G. H. Sherrer. Mr. J. W. Y. Dickson was chosen as foreman. James H. Patterson, a brother of me aeceasea was me ui? nnii?o sworn. On elimination by Mr. McDow, he said that he lived 36 steps from the home of his brother. On the night of May 7, was awakened by the report of a gun, and heard cries for help, his brother's voice calling him | by name. Hurried to the spot as quickly as he could collect his faculties and heard several pistol shots In the meantime, one of them as he was leaving his house, and about three or four minutes after he was awakened. On reaching the spot from which the cries emanated, found his brother lying on the side walk with blood flowing from a wound in the small of his back. My brother said he was 3hot to death. I asked him who did It. He said Ed and Mary Deaton. He said he had been shot once and when I told him that I heard more than one shot he said that he did the subsequent shooting. I saw no one. He pointed by Elms's house as the direction taken by the Deatons. This was between 11.30 and 12 o'clock. My brother had a pistol in his hand and four chambers of it were empty. It was a moonless night and there were no lamps in that part of the town. Dr. Klrkpatrick testified to having arrived before Patterson's death, and told of the nature of the wound. It was in the small of the back, and made by buckshot in a circle of about three inches. The holes were separate. The wound was sufficient to produce death. Heard the wounded man ray that Ed Deaton and Mary shot him. A. R. McElhaney and C. T. Patterson had left J. Laurie Patterson a minute or two before the shooting. All three had started home together from Laurie Patterson's barber shop. C. T. Patterson was to spend the night with McElhaney, and stepped Into his house to put out the lights, leaving McElhaney outside and Laurie Patterson to go on home alone. Both McElhaney and C. T. Patterson heard a gunshot followed after an Interval by cries for help and several pistol shots. McElhaney reached the spot first and saw the outline of a human form disappearing In the darkness. He could not say certainly whether it was a man or woman. C. T. Patterson got there within four or five minutes. He said the pistol shots followed the gun with a considerable interval between. probably a minute or more. TMJ T.auHa L/IU UUl OCC auj I/UUJ CA\?C)/I. wuu. %. Patterson but heard receding footsteps. Heard Laurie Patterson say that Ed .and Mary Deaton had shot him; but the wounded man did not say what for. John Elms who lived just across the street from the shooting, also testified to the same circumstances as related. He also saw the outline of a man disappearing in the darkness. The pistol shots followed the gunshot after an interval of two or three minutes. W. E. Hall, policeman at Fort Mill, heard a gunshot followed by pistol shots, and the voice of a man crying "Oh, Lord," and "Send for a doctor." Reached the spot not exceeding six minutes after the shooting, and corroborated the other witnesses as to what was said. He described Deaton's crippled condition and the peculiarity of the tracks: traced tracks from the scene of the shooting in the direction of Deaton's house, found a place on the railroad embankment, where the man of peculiar tracks had evidently thrown down a gun butt on one side and his hand on the other to save himself from slipping. He went with Mr. T. A. Mills, constable, to Deaton's house next morning ana assistea in making the arrest. Deaton submitted quietly without any show of concern as to what he was being arrested for, and when told that it was for killing a man, did not ask who. He identified the gun found in Deaton's house and told of Mrs. Deaton turning over some buckshot (three) to Magistrate J. W. McElhaney. On cross-examination he testified that on one occasion Mrs. Deaton had given him a note to take to Patterson with the message: "Tell him to read it and that he had better do what it says." Patterson was busy at the time and stuck the note in his pocket. The last time he saw Patterson that night previous to the shooting was in Patterson's barber shop and he did not tell R. G. Johnson or anybody else that he had seen Patterson under an elm tree down by the depot. He also denied having said to Mrs. Deaton after the shooting that "this is the end of that trouble that has been between you and Patterson for so many years." T. A. Mills, constable for Magistrate McElhaney, told of the arrest of Deaton at about 5 to 5.30 Sunday morning. The house had been guarded since the shooting and no one had tried to go in or out. -When constable advised Deaton, "I have a warrant for you," Deaton said, "Who? me?" The constable replied yes and went on to say it was for killing a man. Deaton did not ask the man's name. The constable found the gun in the house with the appearance of having been freshly cleaned. J. W. McElhaney. magistrate, told of the peculiarity of Deaton's tracks and described the tracks between Deaton's house and the place of the shooting following his return. He also told of Mrs. Deaton's giving him some buckshot from a work basket after he had given her to understand that unless the buckshot were produced he would search the house. He stated also that after the shooting he had told Mrs. Deaton of having in his possession two letters addressed to Mrs. Lela Patterson, widow of the deceased, one of them signed "Mary D." and the other "W. E. D." They were both in the same envelope which had been mailed at Huntersville with a special delivery stamo. He had heard nothing of the alleged relations between Patterson and Mrs. Deaton until after the | shooting; then there was general talk of jealousy on the part of Deaton on account of Patterson and his wife. A. A. Bradford, Jr., a clerk in Mr. Belk's store, testified to having sold Deaton's boys a gun with the implied consent of their father, and afterward exchanging it for another gun. He identified this last one as the one that had been introduced in evidence. He also testified to having sold Deaton's boys buckshot on two occasions, a half pound or a pound at a time, he did not remember certainly the amount. The first gun was returned on the ground that it scattered too much. The last time the witness saw the defendant on the night of the shooting was in Ardrey's drug store between 9 and 10 o'clock. On cross examination witness said he did not hear Lee Hall say that he had s?en Patterson under the elm trees at the depot that night. R. P. Harris testified that he had had a conversation with Deaton one night two or three weeks previous to the homicide. Deaton was hunting a gun and asked the witness for one. He claimed that he wanted to go squirrel hunting the next Monday morning, and did not want to be looking for a gun X J TTTIi ^ kim kA A/MlM next ciay, w micso iuiu nuu uc wu<u get a gun from Mr. Belk or Mills & Young. At another time after that one of Deaton's boys came to the store In which witness was employed and said Deaton had sent him after buckshot. W. R. Smyth, testified that on a Saturday night about three weeks before the killing. Deaton had told him that there was trouble between himself and Laurie Patterson and one of them would have to die before the following Monday morning. On crossexamination, witness said that Deaton did not tell him definitely the nature of the trouble. A. O. Jones testified that about two years before the killing Deaton came to him to buy a pistol and said he wanted it to kill Laurie Patterson with. Deaton afterward had a conversation with the witness about returning to Fort Mill and witness had not advised him one way or the other. John R. Logan, sheriff, testified that after he had taken Deaton In custody, and while he was getting ready to start for Yorkvllle, Deaton's brother came up and said: "Well, Ed, I certainly never expected to see you In this fix." Deaton replied, "What I did, I did for these little fellows," Indicating his children. v Captain J. W. Ardrey, who was foreman of the coroner's Jury, testified that on the morning after the killing he asked Deaton if he had any objection to making tracks for comparison with those that had been trailed from the point of the tragedy. Deaton acquiesced voluntarily; but started off with his left foot opposite the tracks that had been made by the right foot. He was asked to change his step. He did so and the tracks corresponded exactly. Capt. Ardrey had never heard anything derogatory to the character of Mrs. Deaton until after, the killing. Mrs T.ela Patterson, widow Of the deceased, was the last witness Introduced by the state. She is quite a comely looking woman of about 30 years, as well as could be seen through the heavy black veil she wore. Her testimony however, was delivered In such a low tone that It could be heard only with difficulty. She told the story of the killing as it had been told by other witnesses and repeated her husband's last words. Said she did not ask him the reason of the killing and he did not tell her. She said she had been married eight years, and has one child. Mrs. Deaton used to visit her quite oftep; but has not visited her for more than two years. About six weeks before the shooting a negro came with a-message purporting to be from Mrs. Deaton asking for a lock of her hair and a white handkerchief. She paid but little attention to the matter but told her husband. She also testified to having received letters from Deaton and his wife in the same envelope and Identified the papers at the request of the solicitor. The letters were introduced in evidence. She and her husband had always gotten along happily together and she had never had occasion to suspect improper relations oetween him and Mrs. Deaton. She said she had known Mrs. Deaton about twelve years and Mr. Deaton about 7 years. With the testimony of Mrs. Pat terson, the prosecution rested Wednesday afternoon and after putting the jury in charge of constables with Instructions to keep the members together; but make them as comfortable as possible allowing them to take a walk in the evening and next morning, etc, the court took a recess until yesterday at 9.30 o'clock, when the lefense commenced its reply. A witness was put on the stand to give testimony concerning the relation between Mrs. Deaton and Lawrence Patterson; but such testimony being ruled inadmissible, Mrs. Deaton herself was put on the stand. She told in circumstantial detail of an old infatuation for Patterson, commencing two years ago and continuing for quite a while; how her husband learned of it, went almost wild and took to hard drinking, etc.; how he abused her, slapped her, and threatened her, until at length she came to a realization of the enormity of her conduct and decided to try to lead a better life. She finally broke off her relations with Patterson and kept him away from her for nearly two years. The matter was constantly recurring to her husband in the meantime. On the night of May 7, between 9 and 10 o'clock, Patterson came to her house, and knocked at the door. Her husband had cnne tn thA harhl?r short to STet ShaV- v ed?Carothers's shop. She told Patterson to go away and stay away.. Instead of doing so, however, he pulled her out of the door. Finally at her instance he left. He was not there more than two minutes. His shop is only about 100 yards away. As soen as he left, the witness claimed that she got the gun. The boys had cleaned it up to use that afternoon. She took a cartridge that was loaded with small shot, removed the wad and poured in some buckshot that the children had bought for sinkers on fishing lines. Then, after inserting the cartridge, she waited for her husband. He returned about 10 minutes after 11 o'clock. She told her husband everything, and he was very angry, and he declared that he would put a stop to that kind of thing. He picked up the gun and started out. She told him that she was going also and after she had looked to see that the children were all right, went and caught up with him. The barber shop was closed and they decided to go on to Patterson's house. After a while they overtook Patterson and two others. Then they crossed to the other side of the street. About this point witness said she took charge of the gun. They walked on ahead, and were ready for Patterson after he had separated from the oth ers. Mr. Deaton accosted Patterson and told him that this thing of coming to his home had to be stopped, that there had been enough of it. Patterson threw his hand to (lis hip pocket, and the woman claimed that she told him that if he advanced another step she would kill him. Hp continued to advance and she fired, Pattersgn firing at the same time. "Now, Mrs. Deaton," continued Maj. Hart, "On your solemn oath as a wife, a mother and a woman, do you assert that you fired that fatal shot?" "I did." I "Why did you shoot?" "Because he was going to shoot my husband." "Did Laurie Patterson fire?" "Yes, almost at the same time I did." Mrs. Deaton then proceeded to tell of her return home. She said that after proceeding some little distance together they separated, she going along the street and carrying the gun and her husband going across lots down to the railroad. She said she had taken the gun away from her husband because she did not know what he might do with it. She had no intention of killing Patterson when she left home; she only wanted to make him promise to let her alone. Mrs. Deaton was subjected to a very severe cross-examination at the hands of Mr. Henry; but to say that she sustained herself well would hardly be in accord with the facts. The first thing the solicitor wanted