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? Atlanta, Ga., February 11: What
purports to be a plot to distribute boll
weevils throughout the cotton raising
districts of Georgia and South Caroling
was exposed today when GovernorElect
Hoke Smith gave out a letter he
received telling of the details of the
plan to project a plague. According tc
the letter two men, one of whom is s
Texan, have in their possession 100,00C
live insects which they intend to distribute.
The writer declared he hac
promised to conceal the conspirators
names but felt it his duty to frustrate
their scheme.
? Columbus, O., February 12: President
Taft in a letter, dated Decembei
29, 1910, read in three thousand Sunday
schools in the United States today
sounded the key-note of a total abstainers'
movement. The letter is addressed
to Sunday school pupils as
"My Dear Young: Friends" and reads:
"The excessive use of intoxicating: liquors
is the cause of a great deal ol
the poverty, degradation and crime ol
the world and one who abstains frorr
the use of such liquor avoids a dangerous
temptation. Each person must
determine for himself the course he
will take in reference to his tastes an<3
appetites but those who exercise the
self-restraint to avoid altogether the
use of alcoholic liquor are on the safe
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ana easier siue. i^i. xiu?a>u ~
sell of Westerville, O., founder of th
Anti-Saloon league, also Is founder ol
the Lincoln legion, which instigated
today's services throughout the United
States. The movement will be directed
as the total abstinance department ol
the Anti-Saloon league with national
headquarters at Westervllle.
? Springfield, 111., February 11:
President Taft today took his most advanced
position with regard to Canadian
reciprocity. In an address before
a joint session of the Illinois legislature
he warned the leaders of his party
that if they should defeat the concessions
contained in the reciprocal agreement
now pending in congress and
should persist in retaining, in these
times of high prices and gradually exhausting
food supply, a tariff not based
solely upon the difference in cost of
production at home and abroad, with
a reasonable profit to the American
producer, an opposition will be aroused
that will know no moderation and will
wipe from the statute books the last
trace of a protective tariff. This announcement
came on the heels of news
from Washington that the reciprocity
agreement had met with a favorable
report in the house committee on ways
and means only through the help of
Democratic votes. President Taft feels
WAPnlv thp onDosition to reciprocity
agreement by members of his party,
but he Is sanguine in the hope that
they will see the "light" before it is
too late.
? Eufaula, Ala., February 12: Iver
Peterson, a negro about 18 years old,
was lynched early this morning by
twenty of the most prominent citizens
of Eufaula. His body was strung up
to a limb and riddled with bullets.
Last night about 7 o'clock as Mrs. E.
A. Hudson, a prominent woman of Eufaula,
was going from a neighbor's
house to her home, a negro who was
identified as Peterson, grabbed her and
attempted to assault her. Her screams
brought several of her neighbors to
the scene in a few moments and the
negro fled. Peterson was captured
this morning at 8 o'clock at his father's
house Just in the rear of the home of
Congressman Henry D. Clayton. Deputy
Beverly, accompanied by a Mr.
Spencer, in the latter's automobile,
started with the negro for Clayton,
the county seat, fearing that a lynching
might result if the prisoner was
left in Eufaula. At the eighth mile
post from Eufaula on the Clayton road,
the automobile was halted by a mob
of citizens and the negro quickly rushed
into the woods nearby where he was
lynched.
? London, February 12: Since the
beginning of the winter the chief functionaries
of the British court have
been busily absorbed with preparations
for the coronation of George V., which
will surpass in pageantry and in historical
interest all former ceremonials
of the character. While the ceremony
of tho ernwnlncr of the klne and aueen
in Westminster Abbey on June 22 will
be almost identical in form with that
which has been followed in the investiture
of British sovereigns since William
IV and Queen Adelaide, the auxiliary
functions are expected to exceed
in pageantry and magnificence anything
that the nation has witnessed in
the past. These will include the progress
of the court through London the
day after coronation and a visit to the
guild hall with a reception with the
king and queen by the city authorities
there, a great naval review, a gala performance
at the opera with minor celebrations
and pageants, among which
will be a festival or empire at the
Crystal palace. Business men and
transportation companies count upon
an influx of something approaching 2.000,000
visitors to London during the
coronation season. A considerable
proportion of these will be foreigners,
Americans and colonists probably predominating.
Hotels expect to be able
to cope with the invasion. There is
every indication that the erection ol
stands for witnessing the procession tc
the abbey and the progress through
London will be on a scale more extensive
than for the coronation of King
Edward in 1902. Owners and tenants
are asking the highest prices ever
quoted for building sites and windows,
A lively insurance business has begur
at Lloyds against the death of the
king, any event necessitating the post
ponement of the coronation and
against bad weather. Dr. Davidson,
the present archbishop of Canterbury,
will officiate in the abbey, in succes
slon to the aged Arcnnisnop 'tempie,
who crowned Kins Edward. The recently
appointed dean of Westminster,
Dr. Ryle, who is at present bishop ol
Winchester, will assist the archbishop,
placing: the imperial mantle and pall of
cloth of sold on the kins's shoulder,
This mantle is beins embroidered at
the royal school of art needlework
From the end of this month to the coronation
Westminster Abey will be closed
to visitors while workmen are ensased
preparins the buildins for the
ceremony.
? Raleigh, N. C.. Feb. 11: Literally
covered with shackles and ropes and
surrounded by a heavily armed guard
of ten men, Lewis West, the outlaw
who shot to death Deputy Sheriff
Mumford and wounded Chief of Police
Glover in Wilson a week ago, was ushered
into the state prison here this afternoon
to keep him from the vengeance
of infuriated citizens until trial
can be arranged for in the speediest
way possible at Wilson. It was Chief
<>f Police Dunlap of Maxton who captured
the negro last night in that town
as he was eating his first meal in three
days, having purchased it through
pawning one of nine revolvers he carried.
However, Sheriff Sharp of Wilson,
whom the negro had outwitted
and evaded most singularly in his own
bailiwick, headed the guard who
brought the negro to Raleigh. Notable
in the party were Deputy Sheriff A. L.
Mansfield and J. D. Monaghan of Wilson,
Sheriff McGeachy of Cumberland
and Mayor Parrish of Maxton. Messrs.
Mnnatrhan and Mansfield knew the ne
gro especially well and when they joined
the party for Raleigh at Hamlet
and came into the presence of the prisoner,
he abandoned all effort at disclaiming
his identity, exclaiming." My
God men it's all off with me now."
The Fayetteville officers also identified
him readily. It wasn't long before he
made a statement to the officers as to
the shooting1, saying that officers Monaghan
and Mansfield had warned him
that he would kill somebody some time
and now he had "gone and done it."
He talked of his flight from the Wilson
section after the shooting, evading the
officers through hiding in the swamps.
West tells the officers that he is a
member of a regularly organized band
of thieves and has given them names
of his associates. He claims that he
does not know that he shot either the
deputy sheriff or chief of police, claiming
that there were five negroes in the
house at the time of the shooting, any
one of whom might have fired the fatal
shots. These were Dave Young.
Wade Williams, Mathew Mebane, Bob
Simms and Stetson or Ed Nelson. The
last two named are now in the penitentiary
for safe keeping, Dave Young be,
ing the only one still at large. West is
' almost a giant, six feet two inches tall,
1 a light mulatto, having also a strain of
r Indian blood. He has served several
L terms on the Cumberland county chaingang
and escaped from the South Carolina
penitentiary some time ago. He
carries two flesh wounds caught in
> his narrow escapes from arrests.
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as Mail Matter of the Second Class.
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! TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1911.
> Young men contemplating matrimoI
ny will save a dollar by getting mark
ried before July.?Newberry Observer.
, How come?
The hitch between Governor Blease
, and the judiciary committee of the
. house, is about what was to have been
I expected under the circumstances.
I
I As to whether or not there is any>
thing in that Atlanta story of a plot to
I poison the cotton fields of the Carolinas
and Georgia with boll weevils, of
course we are unable to say; but the
story carries a striking suggestion of
what may happen at any time.
i ? ? i
The general assembly has headed off
the appeal in the merger case, and now
we have a right to expect the Southern
railroad to get busy in fixing up the
lines Involved. Some of these lines.
I particularly the old Three C.'s, need to
be worked on, and this need is urgent.
I The new notaries public bill does not
[ give any guarantee that a man's head
will not be chopped off very shortly after
he has paid his two dollars. The
constitution provides that notaries
i public hold their commissions during
[ the pleasure of the governor, and it
may be that the next governor will not
like Governor Blease's appointees any
better than Governor Blease liked the
appointees of Governor Ansel. Pity
that the constitution had not said during
"good behavior" instead of "at the
pleasure of the governor."
On the Canadian reciprocity question,
President Taft is a Democrat and
Mr. Cannon is still a Republican. As
to just how far reciprocity with Canada
will affect people down this way,
we do not know; but we imagine that
if our southern farmers were up
against the proposition of having the
price of their products reduced by
competition with Canadian products
they would not relish the idea. Tariff
for revenue only is a mighty nice
thing in theory, and it would be a nice
thing in practice if it could be made
to bear on all alike; but when the tariff
reduces the price of the farmer's products
and leaves the price of all the
things the farmer has to buy "out of
sight" it does not seem fair. It looks
like the farmer is being discriminated
against, and discriminated against with
a vengeance. However, both political
parties are badly divided on this question.
As we see it, the greatest trouble
that Governor Blease is going to have
in the matter of bringing his controversy
with the supreme court to an
issue, is to find a lawyer who will accept
and act on the governor's commission
to a special judgeship. It is
the supreme court that has the final
interpretation of the meaning of the
constitution in the matter, and as the
; supreme court is already committed in
i a measure to the constitutionality of
the act in dispute, it will hardly
change its view in the present situa,
tion. And although law is law, everyI
body knows also that human nature
is human nature, anrl where is the
lawyer of sufficient knowledge and exi
perience to qualify him for appoint,
ment as special judge who would array
himself against a local bar and the su,
preme court, merely for the purpose of
' deciding a matter like this? Maybe
1 such a lawyer can be found; but we
' are not so very sure about the matter.
; But there is another thing as we see It,
i this row promises to make the appointment
of special judges more rare
| than it has been heretofore. In view
of the governor's clear intimation, as to
what he will do, the probability is
that the supreme court will go a little
[ slow about making its next recommendation.
We beg leave to be permitted to call
the attention of our friend, the Ander!
son Daily Mail, to the fact that if The
, Enquirer is blind to the point in the
two office controversy in so far as it
" relates to the position of school trustee,
it has plenty of company in the
character of "bettor lawyers than the
editor of The Enquirer." Senator LeGrand
G. Walker, for instance, is genI
erally reputed to rank with the best in
| the profession, and Representatives
' Mower and Gary are also said to be
able lawyers. Senator Mauldin is
only a layman like the editor of The
Enquirer, but has the advantage of a
long and distinguished experience as
a law-maker. As to Representative
' Brown we can say very little for we
do not happen to know a great deal
about him by reputation or otherwise.
Anyhow, the report of these gentlemen
made last Friday sustains the position
taken by The Enquirer in toto, and under
the circumstances we think we
have no occasion to feel badly cast
down on account of our friend's pretty
severe criticism. Referring to what
the Mail had to say about this controversy
having arisen out of partisan
politics, we have no hesitation in saying
that we believe that is true. But
The Enquirer is not, never has been,
and we hope never will be, partisan.
We have to discuss and deal with partisans:
but we try to do it in a nonpartisan
manner. Understanding as
well as we do that we cannot have
things as we would like them, we always
try to take them as they are. We
do not always do this because we want
to, maybe; but more because we are
so firmly persuaded that right always
prevails in the end, and that it is foolish
to build on other than a firm foundation.
So far as this matter of holding
two offices?a trusteeship and another
office?is concerned, we know
that among those who inveigh against
it are many who, if they were in the
position of the other fellow would, like
him, hold until shaken loose. Possibly
we belong to that class also; but we
don't think so. Nor do we belong to
the class that will contend for what it
does not believe to be right merely for
the purpose of getting advantage over
the other fellow. This Is not intended
as a reference to our friend, the Mail,
because we know it is not that kind.
If it were we could not be friends. But
all these considerations properly come
up in a matter like this, and we espe
ciany aesire 1101 10 utr uuauuuciaiuwu.
We are not carrying any false colors,
and we do not want anybody to think
we are. The Enquirer has no other
motive for standing for right tha-1 because
it is right, and while we are
human enough to appreciate the support
of all good people in this same position,
we would not be understood as
seeking, asking or accepting the favor
of those who may occasionally find us
in line with them, but who do not earnestly,
conscientiously and consistently
strive to the same end. Pretty high
ground that maybe; but that is exactly
the way we feel about it, and as
has already been made plain, it is the
only explanation we have to offer as
to why we have said what we have in
regard to this matter of holding two 1
offices.
Jury Service.
The changes in the Jury law that
are now under consideration, especially
that change which contemplates a material
reduction of the number of exemptions
from service are being
watched by the public with increasing
interest.
There has been a great deal of agitation
of this matter of exemptions from
jury duty during a great many years
past, and the proposed changes are in
line with the purpose of that agitation.
Of all the exemptions that have
heretofore obtained that of school trustees
was probably the most unwise, because
it included such a large number
of people who were especially and particularly
fitted for this kind of service,
and whose exemption greatly weakened
the list from which possible jurors
were to be secured.
There are certain objections that
might be urged against the service of
ministers of the gospel on juries; but
these objections are probably outweighed
by the reasons that make the
service of a minister desirable. i
Theoretically, the sole purpose of a
trial and the sole duty of the attorneys
in a criminal case are to establish the
guilt or innocence of a defendant; but
practically it does not work that way.
It is rarely the case that the state
seeks to convict an Innocent man even
though circumstances may be such as
to make conviction a matter of little
difficulty. On the other hand, it is still
more rarely that an attorney for the
defense is willing to consent to a verdict
of guilty no matter how guilty he
may know his client to be.
As a general thing ministers of the
gospel are men who will seek to do :
only that which is right. They will ]
nna no pleasure even m tuiiuciumug ,
the guilty; but their sense of duty will '
compel them to be guided by the law
and the evidence. Attorneys for the I
defense, especially where they have
bad cases, will naturally be disposed j
to challenge ministers and the state
will naturally prefer to get as many
ministers on a jury as possible.
We do not see any good reason why
physicians should be exempted by law
any more than men of other professions.
It occurs to us that it would
have been better to leave this to the
discretion of the presiding judge. It is
true that the physician's work is very
Important, and It is true that his freedom
to go and come may sometimes
mean life and death to somebody; but
the fact is this Is the exception rather
than the rule. Physicians find time
to play, time to recuperate, time to go
on vacations, time to die, time to be
sick and time to do other things just
as other people. They make good jurors
and there is no good reason why
they should be exempt.
Newspaper men generally have highly
esteemed the privilege of being exempt
from Jury duty, and most of them
will find this duty as irksome as other
people. There are reasons why they
will generally be challenged by one
side or the other in almost every case
both criminal and civil. One of these
reasons and a sufficient one, is that it
is their business to find out all they
can about the merits of almost every
controversy and in most cases they
have as much original information as
the lawyers. What they learn is generally
given to the public, and how
they stand is a matter of public record.
Therefore in nine cases out of ten, the
lawyer on one side or the other will
keep them off juries.
But taken all together, we think
that this wholesale wiping out of exemptions
is in the line of reform in the
administration of justice. It makes
available for jury service the best intelligence
and experience of the state,
and puts on juries brains and character
that will often prove equal to the
best of those qualities to be found
either at the bar or on the bench.
It is true that in bad cases there will
be a tendency on the part of those representing
those bad cases to challenge
the best men on the jury, just as there
has been heretofore; but with a larger
percentage of the best men in the jury
boxes and on the venires, discrimination
against them will soon become so
annarent that the practice will work
out its own correction.
In the interest of a better administration
of the law. we sincerely hope
that the measure looking to the abolition
of wholesale exemptions will not
fail.
? Columbia special of February 11,
to the News and Courier: Governor
Cole L. Blease today, in a statement to
the press, makes it plain that he is not
going to let the special judgeship matter
rest where it now is. He sent yesI
terday a special message to the general
assembly, in which, following the
report of the house judiciary committee,
Governor Blease, "stands by his
guns," as the saying goes. In the
meantime the senate judiciary committee
has made no report to the senate, i
Governor Blease, in his message asks i
that something be done. Today he i
gave out the following statement: "The i
judiciary committee violated the con- i
stitution and statutes by having on i
their sub-committee a brother of a
justice of the supreme court. The oth- ;
er two members are known of ail men
to be two of my bitterest enemies, and,
of course, from them I could expect (
nothing. I have asked the legislature
to do something, and if they don't I
shall meet the issue fair and square." ;
Governor Blease's reference to the i
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commuiee IS IU IVH. rruun r>. viai.? ...
Abbeville, who is a brother of Associate
Justice Eugene B. Gary of the su- <
preme court bench. The sub-committee's
report was presented by Mr. H. |
K. Osborne. The senate Judiciary i
committee has made no report to the i
senate. The committee had a report i
drafted but did not present it. The i
chairman, Senator Howard B. Carlisle <
of Spartanburg, stated today that the
report would not be presented this i
week and would "rest for a while." (
LOCAL AFFAIRS,
NEW ADVERTISEMENTS.
C. F. Sherer?Has a house on Wrlghi
avenue for rent. Desirable location
\V. M. Kennedy?Has all kinds of garden
seeds, onion sets, seed potatoes
Also school books and supplies.
J. A. Tate, C. C. C. Pis.?Gives notice
of sale of certain lands involved ir
the suit of Walter B. Moore against
John Crawford, Mack Crawford and
others, said lands lying on Fishing
creek in York county.
Clover Drug Store, Clover?Tells yoi
to be careful of the seeds you plant
and suggests that the best suited foi
thio oopf Inn n ro Wnnrl's uaaHq Qot
it for school books, school supplies
magazines, etc.
National Union Bank. Rock HillWants
you to let it loan you the
money that you will need to rur
your farm until the harvest time.
Yorkville Hardware Co.?Recommendi
Elwood wire fencing as the mosi
scientifically made and strongest 01
all wire fencing.
Loan and Savings Bank?Tells you
that money in the bank is the kej
to success and points to its recorc
of ten years as a guaranty of its security
and safety.
Thomson Co.?Continues its clearlnf
sale this week, and says that th<
number of customers visiting tht
store proves that real bargains art
being offered.
City Meat Market?Asks you to remember
it when you want fresh
meats of best quality, including stal
fed beef, pork, sausage.
J. L. Williams & Co.?Call your attention
to their line of patterns of $11
made-to-measure suits for men.
J. M. Brian Co.?Can furnish you
with seed Irish potatoes, choice coffees,
etc.
R. J. Herndon?Explains the difference
between a "commercial" and a
standard piano, and leaves the decision
with you.
Star Drug Store?Sells Landreth's garden
and flower seeds and recommends
them as being thoroughly re
liable.
J. M. Ferguson?Wants you to see him
for Purt or 90-day seed oats. Purina
horse and chicken feed, beel
scrap and oyster shell for chickens
Also has seed Irish potatoes.
Kirkpatrlck-Belk Co.?Makes special
offerings of cotton piece goods and
domestics and quotes prices for you
to consider.
Editor Clarence H. Poe of the Progressive
Farmer, who has been touring
the world for the benefit of the readers
of his splendid paper, writes from India
that he expects to be home nexl
month. Mr. Poe's letters are being
read with great interest by thousands
of admirers, and all are looking forward
with pleasant anticipation foi
the book he proposes to issue shortly
after his return.
ABOUT PEOPLE.
Mr. P. D. McCord of Camden, spenl
Sunday with relatives in Yorkville.
Miss Eva Good of Hickory Grove, is
visiting friends and relatives in Sharon.
Dr. T. N. Dulin of Bethel, has beer
seriously ill for some days past with
blood poisoning.
Mrs. M. E. Jones of Nacogdoches
Tex., is visiting in Yorkville, the
guest of Mrs. W. H. McConnell.
Mrs. Laura Russell and family have
moved from Yorkville to Charlotte,
where they wlli make their home.
Mr. I. W. Johnson and Mr. Jno. R.
Hart of Yorkville. are In Charleston
this week attending meetings of the
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons
and the Grand Commandery Knights
Pemplar of South Carolina.
SUGGESTED NEW COURT HOUSE
There have been published certain
allusions to an alleged plan on foot
for the building of a new court house
for York county at Yorkville.
The first Intimation we have had oi
the proposition came from the Fort
Mill Times some weeks ago, and recently
the Rock Hill Herald and the
Rock Hill Record have published protests
against the Idea.
As to whether or not there is really
such a plan on foot, we have no Information.
We have not heard of It from
sources other than those mentioned
and have not been able to run dowr
the "they say" who has been given as
authority.
The people who have been publishing
the information, it seems to us
should give us something more definite
before they begin protesting too vociferously,
lest they lay themselves liable
to the suspicion of erecting a man ol
straw for the sole purpose of knocking
him down again.
We are inclined to think that a few
thnnsnnrl anllnrs mie-ht hp Invpstpd Ir
the court house to advantage in the installation
of*a steam heating plant, and
we think also that a fireproof vaull
might be installed in the office of the
county treasurer to advantage; but il
there is any general demand for the
erection of a new court house, we are
not aware of the fact.
It is not improper to state, however
that if the county of York should desire
a court house building that would
be more in keeping with the wealth
and progress of the people, The Enquirer
would hardly be found among
the objectors. At the same time it will
have to be admitted that the presenl
building is fully equal to any present
practical need.
BOYS' CORN CLUB.
The Boys' Corn Club of York Count}
will meet in the court house at Yorkville,
on Saturday, February 25, at 11
o'clock a. m., for the purpose of getting
under way for the contest of 1911
The meeting will be called to ordei
by Mr. J. W. Quinn, superintendent ol
education, and will be addressed by
Mr. Barton, district agent of the demonstration
work, Mr. Blair, county
agent, Prof. Nivens of Winthrop collect,
and possibly by Prof. Ira W. Williams,
who is to be present if he can.
n *-t o i r*-? nnrlont Ifom n f tho i^av'c
business will be the election of a president
and secretary of the club for the
ensuing year. The boys, of course, will
choose their own officers from among
their own membership.
It is desirable to have as good an attendance
as possible at this Februar>
25th meeting, and every boy in the
county who desires to join the club
and who has not already done so
should at once notify Superintendent
of Education Quinn, or Mr. John R
Blair, county demonstration agent.
Every boy coming to the meeting or
February 25, should bring ten carefully
selected ears of corn to be entered
into a seed corn competition.
This corn will be thoroughly and
carefully examined by the experts for
the benefit of all the boys, and three
prizes, one of $2.50, one of $1.50 and
one of $1.00 donated by The Yorkville
Enquirer will be awarded for the three
best specimens, the exhibitors, ol
course, keeping possession of the exhibits.
Of course, it is not to be understood
that the boys who failed to be at this
meeting on February 25, shall be barred
from participation in the contest ol
the year; but it is espeecially and particularly
desirable to have as large an
r* V* nAOoil.b, nnrl U In
iiiiriiuciiit'c as puooiwiv auu it 10 iiujicu
that every section of the country will
be well represented.
NEGRO HOMICIDE.
There was a killing at a negro dance
near Tirzah last Friday night, which
although at first having the appearance
of having been the result of an
ordinary fracas common to such occasions,
is now looking as if it were the
outcome of a cold-blooded conspiracy
of unusual brutality and heartlessness.
Will Barnett was the victim, and Sam
Fenvell and George Webh are charged
with responsibility for his death, the
first as principal and the second as accessory
before the fact.
The killing occurred sometime during
Friday night, and was reported to
Deputy Sheriff Quinn shortly after 12
o'clock Saturday morning.
George Wehb is the man who brought
the news to Deputy Sheriff Quinn. He
came with a story to the effect that
Will Barnett was dead out on the
ground near a house at Tirzah; but as
to who killed Barnett, or how he came
to his death, Webb professed to know
absolutely nothing. He merely wanted
the deputy sheriff to come down, take
charge and look into the matter.
Accompanying Webb to Tirzah, Deputy
Sheriff Quinn found the dead body
af Will Barnett as described, but the
few negroes about profeesed complete ,
Ignorance as to how Barnett may have
been killed. They knew he had been p
shot: but as to whether his own hand
l or the hand of somebody else, they
pretended not to know.
! Sorely puzzled as to how to proceed, ti
Deputy Quinn at length found the head n
of the house near where the body lay. G
, He is a negro preacher, and after some b
[ questioning he gave out the informa- A
t tion that there had been a dance in r
j his house; that while the dance was in fi
. progress a row developed, and during
' the row Barnett was shot. p
. Deputy Quinn was unable to get ^
t heads or tails of the difficulty; but
. from some Intimations thrown ou oy
, one of the negroes, who seemed to q
' know more of the matter than he was ^
' inclined to tell, Deputy Quinn arrested
George Webb and brought him to
I Jail.
| At the Inquest some new and interesting
facts were developed. Some ne- _
groes testified that while Barnett was "
. in the house, George Webb, who was
. on the outside produced two pistols,
and at the request of Fewell gave him p
one. It came out that one of the pis;
tols belonged to Barnett, and that
. Webb had borrowed It from him some J
days previous; that Webb told Fewell, u
that he, Webb would start trouble with .
Barnett, and "when I do it, you let '
; him have it." With this understand- 8
J ing the two went into the house, two tl
j women beean scuffling with each other 0
for Barnett's hat. Webb mixed in and .
Fewell blazed away with his pistol, "
| striking Barnett in the heart and pro- ft
I ducing a wound from which he died e
in a few minutes.
Some of the Important facts in con
nection with the afTalr were worked r
out by Magistrate Glenn, who hannen- o
i ing to overhear one negro tell another c
that Deputy Quinn had arrested and
Jailed the wrong man, pushed the fel- n
low further and made him tell enough o
[ to lead to a pretty good grasp of the tl
whole story. Except for this informa- q
tion. it is thought probable that Fewell,
the negro who fired the pistol shot. 8
' would not have been connected with
the killing and Webb would have Ween p
left in a position to show that ne was a
entirely innocent of any complicity In i
tb<? affair. ^
The dance at which the killing occurred
took place In the home of a ne- c
' gro named Wade Whltlock, and a clr- g
, cumstance that amused Denuty Sheriff [,
, Qulnn very much, especially after he c
had gotten a better understanding of <}
the facts was that George Webb, the r
neero who first Informed him of the ^
killing, used the dead negro's buggy v
and mule to bring him from the scene 8
j of the killing to the Jail. n
i
WITHIN THE TOWN. tl
? St. Valentine's day is being observJ
ed In the exchange of pretty and ten,
der missives.
?There was a fall of snow last Sat- n
' urday afternoon that came down In n
large, wet flakes for about half an n
hour; but which melted almost as rap- a
Idly as it reached the earth.
? The Associate Reformed congre- a
t gation has purchased the Mrs. E. A. b
Crawford lot on the corner of Con- tl
i gress and Madison streets for the pur- k
pose of erecting a new church thereon.
The purchase price is $4,500. It c
, is the purpose of the congregation to f<
, put up a handsome church building as t<
soon as possible. n
SI
, ?At a congregational meeting held
> at the Yorkville Baptist church last n
Sunday morning, resolutions were r(
, unanimously adopted to the effect that
the church would at once take steps
' looking to the building of a parsonage n
on the west end of the church lot, fac- w
lng Cleveland avenue. It is the hope c
1 of the congregation to begin building d
J within a few weeks. g
I .
i ? As the result of the special sales a
that have been on In dry goods during
the past two weeks, business has expe- a
rlenced a wonderful picking up, and 0
trade has been far better than during
, January, Large numbers of people I
. have come to Yorkville from different h
[ parts of the county to Investigate the
offerings that the merchants have been t<
[ making and generally they have been a
t pleased with what they have found. y
h
? Miss Mamie Lee Grist, for the past v
' eight years the popular and efficient c
"Central," at the local office of the |,
Piedmont Telephone company, was ,j
' married last Sunday afternoon to Mr,
Albert B. Hammond of Columbia. The |,
1 ceremony took place at the home of the a
I bride's mother, Mrs. L. G. Grist on fl
1 King's Mountain street, and was per- 3
1 formed by Rev. E. E. Gillespie in the tl
presence of a few relatives and close
friends of the young people. Mr. Gaines r
Hammond, a cousin of the groom, acted n
! as best man, and Miss Frances Grist, g
sister of the bride, acted as maid of 8
! honor. The young people were the ?
f recipients of quite a number of hand- f,
some and valuable wedding presents. a
After the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. {j
r Hammond left on the southbound C.
1 & N.-W. train for Chester, from which s
place It was their purpose to take a a
1 short trip to Florida, after which they a
t will return to Columbia, where Mr. b
Hammond holds a responsible and w
f well paid position with the Southern c
' Railway. I,
? Following is Representative Mc- C
Dow's bill amending the act creating 8
! Yorkville school district by changing F
I the time of the holding of annual meet,
ings and authorizing an increase In the f'
, levy to 5 mills on the dollar, instead of S
, only 2 mills as now. "Section 1. That K
j Section 4, as amended in the above en- tl
. titled act he fuether amended so as to w
read as follows: Section 4. The w
' board of trustees created pursuant to 1
the third section of this Act shall, be- ei
*?*ua a oAfVi rr
tWCCH mc lot uaj ui Apin auu uic aviu -day
of July in each year, call together, C
, in annual school meeting, the voters t1
resident In said school district, at
[ which meeting the trustees shall sub- f<
mit a full report of their transactions 9
for the previous school year, and their
[ estimates for the expenditures neces- ti
, sary for the ensuing school year; and c
r on the day of said meeting, or at some
day subsequent to the time appointed tl
) for the said meeting (in case the same tl
for any reason should not be held),
' three managers, appointed by said a
trustees, shall open a poll at the court r<
house in Yorkville, in said district, not d
later than 12 o'clock m., and to be kept rr
\ open until 5 o'clock p. m., at which is
| election the qualified voters of said ri
' district shall vote for or against the Z'
' assessment and levy of such local tax P
upon all taxable property within said s<
^ school district as the trustees may d
, have recommended for the school year n
' commencing 1st day of November fol- if
' lowing, which shall not exceed the sum ci
! of 5 mills on the dollar in any one ti
" year; and it shall be the duty of the tl
' chairman and secretary of the board a1
of trustees to certify to the amount so
voted, or recommended, to the county a
j auditor of York county, who shall V
forthwith assess the same for collec- ti
tlon, and deliver his warrant to the oi
; treasurer of said county for the col- t<
, lection at the time other taxes are col- t<
[ lected: Provided, That any tax voted
; to be levied at the first election herein q
[ provided for under section 2 of this
, act shall be certified by the county superintendent
of education to the audi- U
*....nt,, ...V, it aholl
IUI U L 1 Ul l\ tu UIllJ, >VllUOC UUV.T IV UIIU..
I be to assess the same upon all taxable
property In said school district for Im- ?
mediate collection, and he shall deliver ?
, his warrant to the treasurer to col- '
lect the same within thirty days from
: the date of the delivery, and subject j*
, to the usual penalties prescribed by ?
, law against taxpayers making default '
in payment. Sec. 2. This act shall L
take effect upon approval, and all acts ''
and parts of acts in conflict with the .
provisions of this act are hereby re- {'
pealed."
; ti
LOCAL LACONICS. si
Miss Terry at 6.30. a]
, The hour for the appearance of Miss pi
Ellen Terry at WInthrop college, has
been changed from 7 o'clock tomorrow si
to 6.30 o'clock. Quite a large number c
I of seats have been sold for this enter- ci
! tainment. pi
?^ w
P
1 ?The amended jury law as it passed hi
i the senate last Friday provides for
only the following exemptions: State di
officers, members of the senate and the gi
house of representatives, during the hi
sessions of the general assembly, mem- in
bers of the senate and the house of m
i representatives of the United States, c(
i judges and Justices of any court, coun- gl
ty auditors and treasurers, clerks of tl
court, sheriffs and their deputies, coro- 01
ners and constables, the marshals of fii
the United States and their deputies,
counsellors and attorneys at law, post- tl
masters and deputy postmasters, and e:
those actively engaged as physicians w
or licensed pharmacists. in
ASSOCIATE JUSTICE DEADLOCK.
'ifteen Ballots to Yestarday and No
Election.
Up to yesterday, there had been flfeen
ballots for associate justice and
o election. Since the withdrawal of
[ruber and Bonham, the voting has
een running about even between
lemmlnger, Watts and Fraser. The
esult of the voting yesterday was as
allows:
1st. 2nd. 3rd.
Yaser 48 47 47
lemmlnger 51 54 54
Vatts 53 53 54
'otal vote cast 156 154 155
lecessary to choice .. 78 78 78
SAVAGERY IN MEXICO.
1
'ederal Soldier* Murder Innocent Old
Non-Combatant*.
Mulata, Mexico, via Presidio, Tex., 1
'eeb. 9, via Marfa, Tex., Feb. 12.?In '
he recent fight near here between
lexican federals and the Insurrectos
nder General Ortega, In which the
ormer were forced to retreat, an As- (
Delated Press correspondent was with
he Insurrectos. The bodies of the four
Id non-combatants whose deaths are
ild to the federals were found In a i
arm house near Mulata. They were 1
Jucevio de La Cruz, Cruz Samaneijo, ]
>ecederio Oarrasco and Matlas Car- ,
aseo. One of the men was 90 years 1
Id, another was blind and another a
ripple. All were white haired. This ]
lornlng the insurrectos found those i
Id men with their hands tied behind ]
heir backs lying riddled with bullets.
>ne was slashed across the face by a ]
abre. i
Several Americans viewed the bodies,
hotos were taken and several signed
n affidavit describing the incident,
'his sworn statement will be sent to
Washington.
A dramatic Incident followed the dlsovery
of the four murdered men. A <
overnment soldier had been found lyig
wounded In the field. He had been
ared for and fed. When the mur
ered men were found several insurectos
made a rush for the plaza In
lulata to get revenge hy killing this
rounded soldier. In the crowd was a
on and a nephew of one of the aged
lartyrs.
Like crazy men they ran yelling into
fie plaza and dragged the soldier into
fie street. Many argued against him,
ut others maddened by the sight of
fie butchered old men drew their plsjls
and declared they would kill any
lan that tried to stop them. At that
loment Ortega, the insurrecto comlander,
rode into the plaza and called
halt
"My children," he said, "I have had
home laid in ruins and a wife and
abies driven naked and starving into
fie hills, and I am not yet ready to
ill an unarmed wounded man."
The rage faded from the eyes of the
rowd and only one, the son, stepped
orward to take the soldier's life. Or;ga
drew his pistol. "It would break
ly heart to have to kill a comrade," he
aid, "but we shall not be murderers."
The wounded soldier was picked up,
lumbllng his praises in terror, and
emoved to a shanty.
In the two days' battle the federals
ist ten to twenty men and the prounciados
lost one man killed and one
rounded. The dead man, Hilarlo Sanhez,
was shot while batterine in a
oor of a house with the Scotchman F.
. McCombs, to get a squad of sol
lera.
McCombs entered the house alone ,
nd drove the federals out, killing one ]
f them. McCombs Is the soldier of ,
artune who has earned the title of El
Mabel among the lnsurrectos. His j
ome is In Seattle, Wash. ,
During the entire fight the insurrec- ,
as forced the fighting. The federals ,
dvanced along the road to within 500
ards of the town. When fired on they ,
alted and for two days did not ad- (
ance. Their two field guns and ma- ,
hlne guns were kept playing upon the
isurrectos lines, but did no serious <
amage. ]
A battle line was formed with the ,
ifantry on the left of the Rio Grande |
nd the cavalry guarding the right <
ank. A flanking party of sixteen in- (
urrectos drove in the infantry and (
tie cavalry was driven in three times, j
The battle started at 10 o'clock Febuary
7 and lasted to 9 o'clock the ?
ight of the 8th. The federals had J
00 soldiers in the field and the in- j
urrectos mustered about 200 men. (
luring the second day's fighting the j
sderals were completely surrounded (
nd were driven back each time a sorie
was attempted.
In the evening Ortega made an inpection
of the different detachments (
nd found that their ammunition was ,
lmost exhausted. When the federals
egan their retreat the lnsurrectos ]
rere not able to halt them, but gave ,
hase for several miles down the road. (
n the official report Gen. Luque and ,
!ol. Dorantes claim that only seven
oldiers were killed. The Associated ,
Yess correspondent was present when j
svelve soldiers in uniform were dug up (
rom their graves and several other ,
raves were not counted. Five more .
raves were rouna at anoiner apui anu i
tiree dead men, including one captain,
rere brought into Ojinaga. These men ,
rere wounded and died on the road,
'wenty-flve dead is a conservative (
stlmate. The federals had about fifty ]
len missing when they returned to {
(jinaga, but it is known that at least .
ivelve deserted. Bullets frequently j
>11 among the American soldiers and
>deral officers guarding the American
Ide of the Rio Grande.
Capt. Williams, commanding the
roops, may make a report of the inident
to Washington.
The insurgents announce their intenlon
of capturing Ojinaga as soon as *
tiey get a supply of ammunition.
Coyame, thirty-five miles from Ojinga,
is surrounded by a band of insurectos
under Emilio Salgado, who has 1
emanded the surrender of the govern- J
lent stores and archives. The town '
i garrisoned by a small company of 1
urales and a company of armed citi- 1
ens. Salgado could easily capture the '
lace, but says he will give the garri- {
an an opportunity to surrender in or- 7
er to avoid the accidental killing of
on-combatants. Five boys, all Amer- *
an citizens, were captured by Mexi- ]
in rurales yesterday while bathing in
le Rio Grande. The rurales shot at (
hem and compelled them to wade *
cross the river and surrender.
The boys were released this morning 1
fter being locked up all night. Capt. I
Williams, commanding the American f
roops at Presido, was on the point .
f ordering the commander of Ojinaga J
i release the boys when they returned
) Presidio. ?
ANNON OPPOSES RECIPROCITY, s
rges Illinois Legislature to Consider t
Well Before Endorsing. ^
o ill TCoVvriiarv 11 Sfnte t
enator Bailey of Danville, made pubc
today a letter from Speaker Can- z
on, in which the speaker strongly op- 1
oses reciprocity with Canada. The t
peaker's followers In the senate and a
ouse, according to the Danville sena- I
>r, will put up a hard fight on the I
oor when the Canadian reciprocity a
?8olution is offered next week. Fol- r
wing Is a text of Speaker Cannon's
(tter: t
"It is represented in Washington a
lat you are about to consider in the t
ate legislature, at Springfield, a res- t
lution endorsing the commercial t
greement with Canada, which is now J
ending before congress. r
"That proposed agreement provides
jbstantially for free trade between
anada and the United States in agriiltural
products, the farmers' finished I
roduct. It includes, In addition to I
heat, barley, corn, potatoes, dairy t
roducts. eggs, poultry, etc., cattle, u
ogs and other animals on the hoof. b
"Of course, free trade in these pro- a
nets is by Itself one-sided, because we 1'
Ive Canada an immense marKei ior ?
?r farm products, both in theory and o
i fact, while she affords us practically c
) market for farm products. Of o
)urse, if there can be any advantage r
Iven us which will compensate for a
le burden of competition thus placed q
i our farmers, we should be able to o
nd it in the terms. s
"I have not found it so far and I note n
lat the Canadian envoy, Mr. Fielding, ii
cplains to the mother country that, n
hlle Canada is gaining a large market 1
i the United States, the United States n
s not to gain market enough in CanIda
to interfere with English trade,
since few reductions are made on our
products that would seek a Canadian
narket and these reductions are small- i
;r.
"I note, also, one discrimination.
Pood animals on the hoof, such as our
rarmers have to sell, come into this
country free of duty, but on the meats
manufactured from these animals, ,
there is a levied duty of a cent and a
quarter a pound.
"I have no time to enter into a complete
analysis of the proposed agreement,
but I send you, under separate
2over, copy or ine president s message
containing the proposed agreement and
schedules. The agreement to me, and
to many others, seems substantially to
aeny protection to all agricultural
products, treating them as raw material
and to accord protection to all who
use such products, in whole or in part
as a basis for some manufacturing or
finishing process.
"My object in writing to you is to
Buggest that if any effort is made to
Becure action, by resolution or otherwise,
endorsing this proposition, while
It is pending before congress, it ought
to be done only after a most careful
examination.
"There is a marked difference of
opinion among Republicans In the national
house and in the senate touching
the wisdom and the Justice of the proposed
agreement as a whole. The
Democrats In the house of representatives
have held a caucus in regard to
the matter and have resolved to support
the agreement in the house, on the
ground that while it is not all they deBire
to accomplish, it is a long step
forward In the direction of free trade
under the guise of reciprocity, their
position now and in the near future
being1 for tariff for revenue only and
against protection. That is not, as I
understand, the position of the Republican
party, as set forth in its platforms
and outlined in Its policies, and
for one I cannot agree with the Democratic
caucus.
"I am, with respect, etc.
(Signed,) "J. G. Cannon."
POWER TO APPOINT JUDGE8.
Senate Judiciary Committee Is Divided
on Question.
In the senate yesterday, message No.
11 from Gov. Blease, referring to the
right of the chief executive to appoint
a special Judge, came up on a report
from the Judiciary committee. The
minority report is signed only by J. R.
Earle, who introduced in the senate
ast Saturday a bill extending the powers
of the governor on such appointments.
This bill also receives a divld;d
report, the minority being signed
by Senator Earle alone.
The minority report of the Judiciary
:ommittee on message No. 11 says:
"Report of the minority of the JuJiciary
committee on the governor's
message No. 11. i
"The undersigned dissent from so
much of the report of the majority of
the Judiciary committee as holds that
section 2743 is constitutional. The
conflict referred to in the message is
is to so much of the said section as
confers upon the supreme court the
power to nominate or recommend and
compels the governor to commission
the person so recommended. That
part of the section is as follows:
" 'The governor, upon the recommendation
of the supreme court, or
the chief Justice thereof if the supreme
court be not in session, shall
immediately commission as special
ludge such person learned in the law
is shall be recommended, etc.'
"Is this conferring upon a Judicial
tribunal or officer the power of appointment?
And is that a purely executive
function?
"The last sentence of section 6, article
6 of the constitution, is as follows:
'The general assembly shall
provide by law for the temporary appointment
of men learned in the law
to hold either special or regular terms
pf the circuit courts whenever there
may be necessity for such appointment.'
"This is a mandatory provision
tvhich must be exercised with respect
!o and in consonance with every other
provision of this supreme law.
"Section 14, article 1, is as follows:
In the government of this state the 1
egislative, executive and judicial
powers of the government shall be
forever separate and distinct from
sach other and no person or nersons
exercising the function of one of said
lepartments shall assume or discharge
:he duties of any other.'
"The foregoing extract from section
2743 seeks to confer a paramount
power to appointment upon a judicial
tribunal or officer, thus combining
executive and judicial powers, which 1
Is in conflict with the section of the I
^institution last quoted.
"J. R. Earle,
"For Minority of Committee."
The report of the judiciary commit- 1
tee on governor's message No. 11 is
is follows: !
"Governor's message No. 11 having
Peen referred to the judiciary committee
we beg to report that we have
carefully considered the same and
make the following finding: j
"Section 6, article 5 of the constitution
of 1895 undoubtedly gives the
legislature the right to provide by law
for the appointment of judges to hold ,
special or regular terms of court,
whenever there may be necessity for
such appointment.' i
"The legislature has done this in (
section 2743, volume 1, code of 1902.
"In our opinion this section is constitutional.
We understand that a bill
has been introduced amending this
section and hence we will make no re- (
port as to its wisdom, but will pass
jpon the bill when it comes before us.
"J. L. B. Carlisle, ,
"Chairman Judiciary Committee." (
TRUSTEES ARE OFFICERS. \
. I
Commission Appointed to Investigate '
the Matter Makes Report. i
i
The commission to which was refer- j
ed the governor's recent message with i
eference to school trustees and raising
:he question as to whether public of- i
Icials who were holding the addition- ;
l1 place of school trustees were doing j
io in violation of the constitution
lubmitted its report last Friday.
The commission consists of Senator
SV. L. Mauldin, chairman, Senator L<eJrande
G. Walker, T. P. Brown, Geo. S.
Vfower, Frank B. Gary.
The committee reports that after due
leliberation it Is of the opinion, generilly
speaking, the trusteeship of any
nstitutions of learning of the state is
in office of trust, the holding of which
jrecludes one from holding another
>fflce of trust at the same time.
The committee says that Senator
Tillman is violating the constitution in
lolding to his office as United States
lenator and trustee of Winthrop; that
Tohn G. Richards is railroad commlsiloner
and trustee of Clemson college
ind Is holding one or the other of the
>fflce8 in violation of the constitution,
md that Robert McFarland should not
>e a trustee of the South Carolina university
and probate judge of Darlingon
county at the same time.
Hon. W. J. Roddey, Hon. J. E. Bra;eale,
Hon. Wilie Jones and Hon. B. R.
Tillman are reported as serving as
rustees of Winthrop without commislions,
and Hon. John G. Richards, Jr.,
Ion. Cope D. Mann and Hon. B. H.
tawl are reported as holding positions
is trustees of Clemson without comnissions.
On the question as to whether life
rustees of Clemson, under the Clemlon
will, the commission prefers not
o commit itself, but recommends that
he attorney general make a test of
he matter in the cases of the Hon.
Uan Johnstone and Hon. B. R. TilLnan.
? Columbia, February 10: Governor
ilease tonight signed the notaries
rnblic act. The act provides that the
erms of notaries shall be at the pleasire
of the governor; that the fee shall
ie $2, instead of $3.25, as heretofore for
. commission; that two members of a
pgislative delegation shall recommend
or notaries; that a notary shall recrd
his commission with the clerk of
ourt. This, in brief, was the bill recmmended
by the free conference comnittee.
The members of the general
ssembly have been besieged with reuests
from their constituencies to
btain commissions. The office of the
ecretary of state is busy issuing comnlssions.
Today was the date named
n Governor Blease's message for the
lotaries to go out of office. More than
,000 went out, but many were recomlissioned
within the last few days. J
MERE-MENTION.
Federal Judge McCall at Memphis.
Tenn., Saturday, declared saloonkeepers,
barkeepers and others who sell liquor
Ineligible to citizenship in the
United States. In part he said: "No
man can support the constitution of
the United States and of the state of
Tennessee and uphold the laws of both
as they are required to do under oath
in securing naturalization papers and
at the same time engage in the unlawful
sale of liquor in a state where its
sale is prohibited." The United
States senate, Saturday, passed the
Joint resolution locating the Panama
canal exposition at San Francisco....
Ex-Mayor Bettls of College Park, Ga..
committed suicide Saturday. The pistol
bullet went through his head and
slightly wounded his wife, who was
standing nearby Archbishop John
Ryan of Philadelphia, one of the most
prominent Catholic prelates of the
United states, died Saturday afternoon,
aged 80 years Thos. A Edison,
the inventor, celebrated his 64th
birthday Saturday.... V. Mr. Roosevelt
In an address at Grand Rapids, Mich.,
Saturday, declared himself iq favor of
the election of United Stated senators
by direct vote of the people, and In
favor of reciprocity with Canada
A circuit court of Mississippi has rendered
a verdict giving a white woman
816,000 damages because she was sold
a berth in a sleeping car on the Alabama
and Vicksburg railroad, In which
three negroes also occupied berths.
The suit was brought to test the "Jim
Crow" law... .Nathaniel Morris killed
James Russell at Cordele, Ga., Friday
by hitting him behind the ear with an
Inkwell. The boys were students at
a business college and fought about a
trivial matter... .Baron Albert Roths
vuiiu, a HICJUUCI ui Hie ittmuUB linn OI
bankers of that name, died at Vienna,
Austria, Saturday Alarming reports
as to the health of Emperor William
are being circulated at Berlin
An unconfirmed rumor reached Washington
Saturday, to the effect that a
transport carrying the Seventh cavalry
to the Philippines has been wrecked *
at sea and the regiment drowned....
Dr. W. D. Judkins was fined >100 at
Shreveport, La., Saturday for violating
the prohibition laws by writing
whisky prescriptions A wireless
telegraph message was received at San
Ftancisco Thursday night from a ship
at sea 4,492 miles distant. That is the
longest distance yet covered - by a
wireless message William Koehn,
a boy bandit, plead guilty to six indictments
at St. Paul, Minn., Saturday and
was sentenced to serve sixty years In
prison A general strike of 200,000
coal miners in Pennsylvania, Ohio and
West Virginia, is threatened, unless a
4 per cent Increase in wages is granted
The German machinery hall at
the Brussel's exposition collapsed Saturday
and three persons were killed. A
large number were injured Mrs.
Clara Barton, the venerable founder of
the Red Cross is seriously ill at Glenn
Echo, Md A family of seven in
the Ghetto district of New York was
asphyxiated with illuminating gas
last Sunday morning.
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SOUTH CAROLINA NEWS.
? The proposition to appropriate $10,000
a year for three years, to advertise
the state of South Carolina among the
people of the middle west has been
killed.
? The Joint resolution providing for
an investigation of the work of the
dispensary winding-up commission has
been passed.
? Governor Blease sent up the follow- ,
insr to the sreneral assemhlv lost Frl
day as message No. 12: "The report
of your Judiciary committee on my
message number 11 is not at all surprising,
as you will note In said message,
I said I hoped that the committee
would act upon the matter not according
to their political views towards the
chief executive or their personal feelings
towards the supreme court Since
sending in my message many strong
lawyers have congratulated me on my
position and one who is considered the
equal of any member of the bar in
South Carolina, if not the superior,
says I am correct; and once again, I
request of you to repeal that portion
of the act giving the power to the chief
justice or associate justices to dictate
to me who I shall appoint on the bench.
Now, gentlemen, I am serious about
this matter; I have asked you to avoid
a conflict; it is up to you. I know my
duty and when the time comes I am
going to do it, as I was elected to do.
I have no relatives in your body, but
I hope I have some political friends."
? Columbia State, yesterday: The
proposed last week of the general assembly
witnesses a deadlock in the
race for associate justice of the supreme
court, which will increase that
body by one member. So far the Joint
assembly has been unable to elect, and
it is the opinion of many that there
will be no election for several days yet.
The deadlock is on, there being three
excellent candidates who are running
the proverbial neck and neck for the
honor. Judge Memmlnger, Judge
wans ana air. rraser are an wnnin
a hand's grasp of one another, so far
as votes go, and those who are in a \
position to know aver that there will
be no election unless one of them quits
the race. On the other hand, the friends
of all three gentlemen state that they
will stand pat to the last. The withdrawal
of W. B. Gruber and the subsequent
withdrawal of M. L. Bonham
placed upon the race a complexion of
undoubted complexity and to some,
perplexity. Gen. Bonham's friends?as
did Judge Gruber's?stood by their
guns until the last, and according to
some, the three remaining candidates
will be in the race as they now stand
unless the predicted dark horse comes
In and runs away with the coveted
prize. The two houses will meet today
at noon, as usual, and proceed to ballot
again for the Justiceship, but from
what can be gathered there is small
likelihood of an election being secured
today. The assembly is expected to
adjourn Saturday night and it is argued
by many that tnere will be an
election before that time. Many local
bills are to receive attention, and with
the election of the additional judge
aanglng over them, interference of
lome consumption matters is not to
the liking of the members. The last
ballot Saturday resulted: Watts 53,
Memmlnger 51, Fraser 45.
? There were 205 persons murdered
In South Carolina last year. There
were 86 persons convicted or murder
luring the same period and there were
L03 found not guilty and there was no
bill found against 16. There were 311
louses entered last year by criminals. J
Df this number 233 were convicted and fl
>1 were found not guilty and bills were *
ilscontinued against 25. These crlmnal
statistics are taken from the anlual
report of Attorney General Lyon
which has been sent to the general aslembly.
The report covers the work of
:he office during the year. The report
iontalns a statement of cases pending
ind disposed of in the various courts.
itate and Federal, showing the status
)f same, some of the opinions given by
:he attorney general's office, a finan:ial
statement showing the disposition
>f appropriations made for the office,
"eports of the circuit solicitors and
:rimlnal statistics. "I desire," says the
ittorney general, "to call the attention
)f your honorable body to the difflcul:ies
attending the collection of some of
:he corporation license tax eacn year
md respectfully refer you to remarks
riade upon this subject made in my
ast annual report. Some plan should
>e adopted to both facilitate and Injure
the collection of taxes under the
orporation license tax act." A review
>f the proceedings instituted against
he city of Augusta to require the
>roper flshway to be erected or to have
he dam demolished is given in the re>ort.
The report shows that lnjunc- \
ions were obtained in the Richland
:ounty court against eight, "social w
dubs." As to the case of H. H. Evans,
he attorney general has the followng
to say: "This is an Indictment
igalnst H. H. Evans, formerly a dl ector
of the state dispensary, chargng
him with accepting rebates for his
>wn use and not for the benefit of the
itate. It is my purpose to dispose of
lis case during the ensuing year."

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