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Constable Valentine Shot and Kill ed by a Negro, Who He Had Gone to Arrest on the Charge of Larceny?The Murderer Made His Escape. About five o'clock Monday morning Magistrate J. I. Valentine of Cope sent his constable, H. E. Valentine, f tp arrest Pink Franklin, alias Pink Porter, colored, on a charge of lar ceny. Franklin lives on Mr. E. S. Spires' place about four miles from Norway. Constable Valentine pressed into service to assist him Mr. W. N. Carter and both went to Franklin's house to arrest him. On arriving at the house Valentine went to the front door and Carter to the back door. Valentine knocked at the door and was admitted. Just as he got in the house the negro drew his pistol and fired at him. The ball entered his left side and penetrated the stomach. In the meantime, the negro wrenched Valentine's pistol from him and it is supposed that in getting the pistol it fired, striking the negro in the shoulder, also one ball striking his wife on the arm, making a flesh wound. Dr. Able of Norway and Dr. Jen nings of Cope and Dr. Barton of Cope I attended the wounded man, giving him all the medical attention . pos sible. Mr. Valentine is about 27 years of age and single. He is a graduate of the Osborne Business college of Au gusta, Ga. Mr. Valentine died at 7 o'clock Monday night. The negro Franklin is at large and 'is being chased by a posse of men,' who think they have him located in a swamp near the place of the shoot ing. His wife was arrested and carried tto Norway Monday afternoon. It is stated that she started toward the wounded man with an axe to kill kim .while he was on the ground. Two negroes who accompanied Franklin to the swamp have been caught and both are in the Norway guard house. ' One was severely whipped to get information, but this failed. KILLED IN SELF DEFENCE. Young White Man Forced to Kill a Colored Man. A special dispatch from Spring field to The State says Monroe Gantt, a young white man of this commun ity, shot to death John Jackson, col ored Wednesday afternoon at the saw mill of his brothers. Gantt surrender ed to Judge Corbett. j According to reports Gnatt states that some days ago his brothers em ployed a negro by the name of Sterl-! ing Matthews. It seems that Mat- j thews was under contract to work for Jackson and left him. Wednesday evening Jackson took his repeating rifle and went down to the mill and got Into a difficulty with Matthews, duriug which he attempted to shoot iiim. > Gantt, it is claimed, interfered or attempted to prevent Jackson from shooting when he turned the gun on Gantt, who grasped the barrel and barely escaped a shot fired by Jack son. Gantt-then drew his pistol and shot Jackson as above,stated. Gantt has a large family who, with his friends, regret the occurrence. Held for Murder. Sheriff John II. Dukes went to i Columbia Saturday and brought back with him Mrs. George Latban, who1 is charged with the murder of herj husband at Springfield sometime ago. I It is said that Mrs. Lathan and her husband were quarreling and that he attacked her with great physical i force. She claims that she broke away from him and that he pursued her with a loaded gun. After chasir her through the yard she claic to have gained ad mission to the nouse and got a gun and shot him; that she fired at him merely to stop his pursuit and did not mean to kili him. The load instead, entered Lathan's body and produced wounds from which he died Thursday in a Colum bia hospital. Put Him to Thinking. The Easley Progress says the rep resentative of a large business house in one of the largest cities of the country came into our office recently and after making a deal for an ad vertisement asked if we had any ob- | jection to his looking over and tak ing a list of our subscrbers with a view of sending them certain litera ture in connection wth their business. ?We' allowed him the privilege. We noticed that he invariably passed ov er the names of those persons who had failed to pay their subscription, which put us to thinking. Struck by Lightning. The dwelling house of Mr. G. W. Boitin near Poplar Springs in the Fork was struck by lightning on last Thursday night. One brick was knocked "from the top of the chimney and the current passed on down striking and tearing up a clock that was on the mantlepiece, setting fire to some paper near the clock. A watch hanging near the clock was thrown across the room, but was not hurt. Mr. and Mrs. Boitin were sleep ing in the same room the clock was in, but we are glad to say they were not hurt. Crops Damaged. A heavy hail and wind storm vis ited the country east of North last Wednesday week, doing much dam age to the crops. One very promi nent farmer stated that he had cot ton that would make a bale per acre and that his crop was damaged 50 per cent. This is a very bad shock to the farmers of that section i>s rhe crops for the last two years have been cut off. To a great extent some of them think that crops will gain back to a great extent their normal condition. Received a Severe Shock. During a severe hailstorm on Wed nesday afternoon of last week, the dwelling house of Mr. J. D. Cook, about four miles from , North, was struck by lightning. The chimney of the house was torn down and sev eral dogs and chickens that had tak en refuge under the house were kill ed. Mrs. Cook, ' who was in the bouse, received a severe shock and [was. rendered helpless for half an iottt after tfce stroke, ..t - 1 MURDERER ARRESTED. The Man Who Killed Will Cutter Caught at Last. On the night of April 10, 1906, Willie Cutter, white, was shot and killed at Midway in Bamberg county. Cutter was a resident of St. George, j but had joined an itinerant show, I styling itself a circus, which exhibi ted at JVfidway in the night of the killing. The tent was located near the railroad track, and by climbing to the top of some freight cars that stood on the siding the performance could be seen. Cutter was remonstrating with the negro boys who were thus getting a peep at the show without paying when he was killed. John Andersou and Isaiah Bartley, two negroes, were charged with the crime, Anderson es caped in eluding the officers of the law until Sunday, when he was locat ed and arrested in Augusta, Ga., by the cheif of police of that city. Since his escape Anderson has wan dered through several States, and during his wanderings he has lost his right arm, which disfigures him con siderably. He persistently denied his identity and all knowledge of the killing until he arrived at Bamberg, when he confessed his identity and said he was present at the killing, but did not have a pistol. He said Bartley was the man who did the shooting. Bartley was tried at the fall term of court last year and set up the de fense that Anderson did the shooting, and that he just happened to be pass ing by when the shooting was done. He was convicted of maslaughter, however, and sentenced.to four years on the gang. He is now out on bond, an appeal to the Supreme Court hav ing been made in his case. A reward of $150 was offered by the Governor for the apprehension of Anderson. It will probably be claimed by the cheif of police of Au gusta, or Joe Dukes, a telegraph operator, who recognized him in Au gusta and had him arrested. A NEW ENTERPRISE. The Orangeburg Material Company Getting On Handsomely. Ine Orangeburg Material Company was recently organized in this City to do all kinds of plumbing, heating and roofing work. It is a corporation composed of a large number of the business men and property owners in the city. The Company carries a large stock of material used in such work, and can put in a job complete upon the shortest notice. Only first class ma terial is used, and the work is done by first class workmen only. Work will be untertaken not only In Orangeburg but anywhere in the State where profit can be made. Con tracts have just been closed for work and materials in jobs in Bamberg and Sumter, and also another job near Charleston. A large contract was recently awarded the company for work to be done at Claflin University, in which a number of other concerns were lively competitors. The contract to install a plumbing system in the jail has been awarded this company, and this work is pro gressing. A number of contracts to put in complete plumbing systems in private residences In this city have also been awarded this company. The company employs at this time seven men, including plumbers, roof ers, and steam fitters, all of whom are experts in their respective lines. Mr. William C .Wolfe Is President of the Company; Mr. Frank E. Smith the Manager and Mr. George Nafey the Master Plumber. These enter prises do much cO build up the city and we wish the new enterprise a full measure of success. CALHOUN COUNTY. Two Proposed Counties Want to Use the Name. A dispatch from Columbia to the Augusta Chronicle says the commis sion which is seeking to form a new county with St. Matthews as the county seat with Calhoun as the name of the new county met here Wednesday and organized, by electing M. D. Keller and J. S. Salley perma nent chairman and secretary, respec tively. The commission secured the maps, plats and petition from the governor's office and will at once get to work on the business of the commission. There is another scheme looking to the formation of a new county to be called Calhoun. This hopes to make Dillon, in Marion county, a county seat. The commission which finishes its work first in such a way as to war rant an order from the governor for an election will win out on the name if the election carries. Pine Hill Playing Ball. In a game of baseball at isorway July 26, Pine Hill defeated Norway by the score of 14 to 4. After the third inning Pine Hill had Norway completely outclassed to the finish. Araaker. J., for Pine Hill was effec tive in pinches, holding Norway on one occasion without a score when j runners were on second and third. Batteries for Norway, Graham, I Youngue. Mason and Able. For Pine Hill, Amaker, J., and Bonnetts. The most interesting game played on the local diamond recently went to Limestone the day following by a close score, 10 to 9. Although the score was pretty big, the game was a good one all the same. It was a free for all hitting contest. Errors came in spots, but the majority of these were the result of over indulgence, each team being anxious to win. The game was full of pretty plays each team sharing honors with the other. Perhaps the best piay was G. Ama ker's sensational stab in right field. Battries for Pine Hill, Amaker, J., Amaker, O.. and Reed. For Lime stone, Hodges and Culler. Knights of Pythias Picnic. I A picnic will be given under the auspices of Elloree Knight of Py thias lodge. No. SO, at Elloree Graded School Auditorium and adjoinliiR town park Wednesday, August 7th, at which a number of distinguished speakers will be heard. The public are cordially invited to attend and bring well filled baskets. Grand Chancellor M. u. Smith, of Camden, Lieut-Gov. McLeod of Bish opville. Hon. J. A. Banks, of St. Mat- j thews, and Hon. T. F. Brantley, of Orangeburg, are expected to be pre sent and address the meeting. A Card. We disire to extend our heart felt thanks to our friends and neighbors for their many kindnesses during the illness and death of our mother. Mrs. C. F. Livingston. Children. MR. DIBBLE'S REPLY To An Article Published in the Branchville Journal. He Gives Some Figures Pertaining to the Formation of Branchrille County. The foliowing was published in the Branchville Journal on Wednesday, July 24, under the caption of Opposition to New County, j Ex-Congressman Samuel Dibble of Orangeburg was is Walterboro for a few hours Tuesday and while here met a few of the business men of Walterboro and had a conference rel ative to the proposed formation of Branchville county. Mr. Dibble is opposed to the dismemberment of Orangeburg county, and the purpose of his visit to Walterboro was to as certain the sentment existing in this county and discussed at the confer ence matters pertaining to the pro posed taking off of a portion of Col leton county and some work in oppo sition thereto was done. There was a unaminous request by those in the meeting that A. J. Lemacks be appointed by the delega tion as one of the commissioners op posed to the dismemberment of Col leton county. Mr. Lemacks being a surveyor, and being in possession of a great deal of information respect ing the portion to be cut off, it was thought his services on this commis sion would be invaluable. There were other committees ap pointed who are to take up the work actively, lookng to a vigorous protest against the dismemberment of old Colleton. So this is the way they go about defeating the will of the people in the new county scheme. Evidently they think over in Orangeburg that Colleton county is the most easily in fluenced. They are afrad that Colleton coun ty is not capable of managing her own affairs, so they send their only Ex-Congressman over there to stir up a hornet's nest, but we know the peo of the county and we do not believe those lving in the proposed new coun ty are going to be influenced by Orangeburg's Ex-Congressman's schemes. We would urge on those, living in the proposed new county over in the Colleton side to beware of arguments made against Branchville county be cause they are likeiy to have the "Dibble" in them. Mr. Dibble's Answer. Bowman, S, C, July 27, 1907. To the Editor of Branchville Journal: In your article entitled "Opposition to New County," in your issue of July 24th, you were pleased to state that Ex-Congressman Dibble was sent by Orangeburg people "to stir up a hor net's nest" in Colleton county against the proposed County of 3ranchville. You are absolutely mistaken in sup posing I was sent by anybody. I went because 1 am a taxpayer in Branchville and Cowcastle Townships, and inter ested in the prosperity of both town ships and in. the advancement of the towns of Bowman and Branchville; and I believe that the making of a new county will be a disaster to Branchville and Jowman, and to the farmers and others who have the taxes to pay within the area of the proposed new county. This is a ques tion of business, and not buncombe; and it is a matter for the people wthin these limits to understand ful ly before they make so serious a mis take as to vote on sentiment, and not on knowledge of the facts. For instance, in Branchville Town ship and In Cowcastle Township our school funds will be badly damaged by the change. The 3 mill school tax is paid on the value of property in each school district, but is distributed according to school attendance. The books of the County Auditor and Superintendant of Education show that school district No. 17, "South Branchville/' paid $77.40 for 3 mill school tax, and received on her school attendance from the same tax $1C6., a gain of $S8.60, owing to the fact that the. city of Orangeburg pays sev eral thousand dollars more of the 3 mill tax than she can get by her school attendance; and this helps the school funds over $2,500 in other parts of Orangeburg County. In like manner East Branchville No. 16 get $287.18 and pays only $166.92, gain ing $120.26, which she will not get if she leaves Orangeburg County; West Cowcastle, in like manner, gains $187.68 surplus: Canaan No. 87, in Edisto Township, gets from the 3 mill tax $235 more than she pays. Let the school trustees consider how they will run their schools on so much less money; for the town of Branchvine cannot help them, for it gets $16 more than it pays. Now as to the town of Branchville, where I claim a voice by reason of having lands in your town, and I am interested in your prosperity. The new county scheme will injure your town in a business way. The Court House and Jail will cost $20,000. Your worthy Mayor built the Dor chester Jail for $5,000, and he will tell you it cannot be built now, ex cept for upwards of ? 1,0 00 more. The Dorchester Court House is too small, and it cost $9,000. If Branch ville town is going to pay for these, as a few of her citizens promise (not the majority of her taxpayers) i will be a burden without equal re compense. I notice that Dorchester County has her Court House to pay for, and in addition to a county levy of 4% mills, pays % mill for inter est on county bonds, and % mill for sinking fund, making 5% mills for county expenses in all. Orangeburg County pays 2 mills for ordinary county purposes this years, and the county commissioners add one mill road tax; but each township gets the benefit of what it pays, as the law expressly requires on this special tax for roads. But the farmers who own the land in the proposed new county will be the heaviest sufferers. In the Com tholler General's report. 1906. the county commissioners of Dorchester estimate its present expenses at $15, 200, requiring 534 mills. The Leg islature gave them 5% mills. Their taxable property s $2.750,00. The new County of Branchville will have just as much expense and will not have over $1,750,000 of taxable property, so that for county purposes alone, tax would be over S mills, which is 5 mills more than the Or angeburg County tax, and is 3 mills more than Colleton County tax or Dorchester County. We are fortunate in Orangeburg Countv In paying less taxes than any county in the State, except the Coun ty of Charleston. Every other coun WORK OF LIGHTNING. Seven Sheep Lying Down by n Wire Fence Killed. Seven fine sheep were killed by lightning on Capt. John L. Moorer's place Thursday afternoon. The sheep were lying down by a wire fence. The. lightning took the fence some dis tance from where the sheep were ly ing down and followed it until it reached them and killed even- one of them instantly. Capt. Moorer saw tha flash of lightning when it took the fence. It went in each direction. According to this wire fences are dangerous, and should not be put around lots in which animals are kept. Neither should they be run near the dwelling house as they are first-class conductors of lightning. It is best to enclose the house yard and all lots surrounding houses in which animals are kept with wooden fences. This may be a little more expensive, but it Is decidedly safest. In travling along a road during a thunder storm people should keep themselves and horses just as far as possible away from wire fences, as every piece of wire is heavily charged with electricity, and it is dangerous for man or beast to touch it. The sheep that were killed on Capt. Moorer.'s place were touching the wire or one another and the current left the wire and passed throught their bodies killing them instantly. So avoid wire fences during thunder storms. LIST OF LETTERS. Those Remaining Unclaimed in the Orangeburg Post Office. The following is the list of letters remaining in the Orangeburg Post Office for week ending July 29th, 1907. Persons calling for these let ters will please say they are adver tised. A. D. Webster, P. M. M. C. Alin. Jacob Banks, Miss Selia Bookard, Miss Rebecca Brockington. Mrs. J. H. Carter, Tob Colmon, H. Cartwright. James Davis, Miss Mattie Dantzler, E. M. Duncan, Miss Rosa Darby. J. P. Glover, Miss Angeline Govan, Mrs. James Govan, Mrs. A. M. Gads den, J. W. Hays, Edwd. Haness. Mrs. Mike Hughes, Miss Sarah Hook, Miss Roth Hanton. Jurina Jozep. Mrs. Sallie Metts, Miss Wizilor Merzeth, Miss Carrie Moody. Mrs. Laura Parker.' Miss Maggie Smith. Miss Alice Thompson. Miss Minnie B. Wannamaker, J. P. Woodward. Death at Neeces. Death has entered our community and claimed as its victim Mr. David J. Carson. He was afflicted with that dreadful disease, typhoid fever in ita most raging form. He was born Nov. 5th, 1866 and died July 19th, 1907. Being reared by Christian parents he joined the Methodist Church in early life. He was a man of few enemies being possessed with a tender and sympathetic heart willing at times to contribute to the relief of the dis tress. His manner was pleasing and social. He was married in December 1891 to Miss Ida Mims, the youngest daughter of Col. Mims of Lexington county. Mr. Carson is survived by a widow and three sisters, Mrs. Carrie Cope of Cope, S. C, Mrs. Elizer Eas terling of Norway, S. C, and Mrs. Ella Pou of Livingston, S. C. He lived where he was born and reared. He was a member of the order of W. O. W. and member Livingston Lodge, No. 252., A. F. M. His body was en tered in Hebron church cemetary with Masonic honors in presence of a host of friends and relatives. H. J.L. Death of Rev. J. L. Sifley. Rev. J. L. Sifley of the South Caro lina conference, Methodist Episcopal church, died at his home Monday af ter an illness of several weeks. Mr. Sifley, who was 69 years of age, had been in declining health for the past two years. He was actively engaged in the ministry from his early man hood up until about ten years ago. He had served many of the strongest churches i i the State. After retiring from active work, he made his home in this city and has spent most of his time here working among the sick and poorer classes irrespec tvely of denomination. He was uni versally beloved. He is survived by his wife and five children, all of whom were at his bedside when the end came. The children are. Mr. M. T., Dr. Milton L., and Mr. John Sif ley, all of Orangeburg, Mrs. R. C. Williams of Hampton and Mrs. J. L. Jeffries of Spartanburg. Gone to Rest. On last Sunday Mrs. C. F. Liv ingston died quite suddenly at her home in this city. She had not been sick very long and her death was a great shock to her family as well as her many friends in this city and county. Mrs. Livingston was highly esteemed for her many noble traits of character; and her children, have the consolation of knowing that she is at rest in the upper and better world. Her remains were laid to rest in Sunnyside Cemetary. The funeral took place from St. Pauls Methodist Church Monday afternoon. ty pays over 10 mills for State, school and ordinary county purposes, while Orangeburg and Charleston Counties each pay 9% mills. (See Comp. Gen eral's Report just issued. Branchville County, if formed, would be the poorest county in the State, at a taxable value of $1,750 - 000 as clamed. Saluda County, now the poorest, has a taxable valuation of $2,420,943., and an annual coun ty levy of 6 % mills, besides another % mill for past indebtedness, show ing that she has not kept up with her expenses in her ten years of exigence These are facts for the "sooer, second thought" of the people who will have to pay the taxes; for these expenses will come year after year, and will hinder our growth, and im poverish the people. And I would say to the people of the town of Branchville, please remember that if you add to the tax burdens of ih. farmers, they will have less money to spend as your customers. Now, Mr. Editor, these are the "Dibble" ideas, if you choose to call them so; and I think you will lind that some, as least, of the older men, who in the past worked with nie in the struggle to free our State from Rad ical taxation, will agree with me; and that the young business men will also find that the facts are against. Branchville County, as a business, proposition. If we can spare the money, let us spend it In something that will make us profits every year, instead of costing us annually heavi er expenses. Samuel Dibble. LIQUOR PROFITS. A Notable Variation of the Per Cent of Profits. Snmiier Connty Leads and Beaufort County at the Foot of the Profit Column. Mr. W. B. West, dispensary audi tor, has, after much tedious work, compiled a table showing the gro .s sales, net profits, breakage and net gain of the 93 county dispensaries. The table is an interesting one and for purposes of comparison shows exactly how each dispensary Is run. We publish below as we find it in The State: For instance there is only o:.ie dis pensary in Abbeville county and the profits therefrom amounted to over $6,200, while 10 dispensarr.es in Barnwell County brought not quite $5,000. The 12 dispensaries in Rich land county brought in over $2 8,000, and 11 dispensaries in Charleston made $11,000. Sumter shoves the largest percentage of gain in profits and Florence next with Aiken third. The statement has been coupilied from figures submitted and sworn to by the respective county dispensary boards, or their authorized clerks. However, it might be well to state in regard to the breakage account that the comparisons made are not ab solutely , just insomuch as some boards have returned railroad short age as breakage, thus swelling the breakage account. This explains the blank for Lex ington county. In many instances claims were filed for the shortage and have been paid which would very materially lessen this account. However, the account is in the main correct. The profit made by some of the counties is somewhat larger than has been reported insomuch as they have charged fixtures, bottling outfits, etc., to the expense account, which were not taken in as assets in making up stz.tement. Following is the statement for the quarter ending June 30: County Gross sales. Net Profit. Abbeville ..$ 21,755.57 $ 6,210.18 Aiken. 24,603.91 7,883.89 Bamberg.. .. 18.46S.00 3,841.77 Ba.ruwell.. .. 29,137.71 4,950.39 Beaufort.. .. 18,334.52 2,870.95 Berkeley.. .. 7,683.02 1.461.88 Charleston .. 47,505.26 11,187.86 Chester .. ..22,956.69 6,366.87 Chesterfield.. 23,380.79 3,919.53 Clarendon... 10,527.63 2,006.80 Colleton.. .. 12,571.08 2,298.54 Dorchester . . 14,543.44 4,^,68.90 Fairfield.. .. 13,342.98 3,030.75 Florence.. .. 38,990.94 12,510.71 Georgetown.. 36,803.45 9,J'51.32 Hampton ... 10,526.65 2,511.45 Kershaw.. .. 28,972.49 7,049.48 Laurens .. ..29,339.96 6,330.76 Lee. 12,430.92 3,<:94.06 Lexington ... 8,487.29 1,;.85.45 Orangeburg.. 42,077.77 8,053.58 Richland.. ..126,936.25 38,691.64 Sumter .. .. 35,463.03 13,067.82 Williamsburg. 13,538,56 3.037.44 647,477.91 166.792.02 I verage per cent, made on all busi ness done in the State, 34.6. The breakage figures are as fol lows: Abbeville ...$ 70.20 Aiken.234.62 Bamberg.123. * 0 Barnwell. 344.39 Beaufort.178.83 Berkeley.65.10 Charleston.191.45 Chester.118.14 Chesterfield.2 93.70 Clarendon.62.05 Colleton.75.94 Dorchester.1.24.94 Fairfield.147.62 Florence.236.23 Georgetown.112.33 Hampton.'33.90 Kershaw.182.58 Laurens.2'5 3.6 5 Lee.86.04 Orangeburg.225.74 Richland. 929.25 Sumter.126.55 Williamsburg.77.59 Total.$4,3 14.44 The following table gives the num ber of dispensaries in each county and the percentage of profit figured on the sales of the quarter: Number. Per cent. Abbeville.1 40 Aiken.5 47 Bamberg.5 Barnwell.10 24 Beaufort.5 18 Berkeley.4 23 Charleston.11 30 Chester.1 3S ChesUrfield.2 20 Clarendon.1 24 Colleton.3 22 Dorchester.3 44 Fairfield.2 29 Florence.2 4S Georgetown.1 37 Hampton.5 31 Kershaw.2 32 Laurens.2 27 Lexington.3 23 Lee.1 39 Orangeburg.6 24 Richland.12 43 Sumter.3 58 Williamsburg.3 29 The total amount of sales was $647.477.91, of which Richland dis posed of $126,936.25. or one-fifth, while Charleston disposed of only one-third as much liquor as Colum bia through the legal channels. It is apparent from this that Charleston Is a very temperate place, and that, per capita of population and summer excursionists, more liquor is dnok in a dozen of the other 23 counties. We Miss Him. The Spartanbnrg Herald says: "Manager Carl ton Buesse of the Or angeburg team will be out of the game for some time on account of a very sore foot. His place behind the bat is being cared for by Main ie. a crack home plate artist, who recently joined the Edistoans." Mabrie be hind the bat is doing good worn and we apprecate it, but we still miss the ??old war horse," Carlton Buesse. and will be glad to see him out again. South Carolina State League. The following is the standicg of the clubs composing the South Caro lina State League up to and includ ing Tuesday last: _ _ Won. Loss. P. C. Sumter.37 20 .649 Orangeburg ....37 21 .638 Spartanburg .. ..33 27 5o0 Florence.18 3 s .aia CHLDREN'S DAY EXERCISES. IA Most Enjoyable Occasion to All Who Participated. The regular Children's Day exer [cises were observed at Cattle Creek [Church on last Saturday. The day was cool and cloudy. A cool breeze was stiring the greater part of the day and the sky was canopied with clouds, making the atmosphere cool and pleasant. Friends and visitors came from the various neighboring) churches to enjoy with the children of Cattle Creek their annual Chil dren's Day, and to add and partici-l pate with the children as well as the | I older folks in the social pleasures afforded by the picnic. The regular ordered program for | j the day was carried out with care, [accuracy, and with much delightful praise and congratulations from friends and visitors. Mr. Art Whet-1 stone, our efficient superintendent, (who has had some years of exper ience in Sunday School work had given his best efforts to hin school and well doe3 he deserve praise for [the exercises by the children's recita tions as well as the songs, were notj [ only good, but were both instructive I 'and delightful. After the exercises were conclud ed by the children the superintendent] as he expressed it "vvas delighted to ' have with us Rev. Mr. Murry, our neighboring pastor," who spoke to us. And our superintendent was j right when he said we were delight jed to have Mr. Willie Murry with us, for he gave extemporaneously, one of | the most instructive and delightful sermons, as one of the friends ex pressed it, that we have had the [pleasure of listening to lately. Speak | ing of the Sunday School as an or ganization best fitted of the organiza tions of the church in bringing chil-j [ dren Into sympathy with Christianity he gave the illustration once used by j Bishop Chandler, that the time to [ I catch frogs, and catch them very (easily, is to come upon them when they are tadpoles. This illustration brought laughter from the entire audience, and the interest was keen throughout the remainder of Mr. Murry's delightful and instructive [speech. Next che superintendent introduc ed "our young friend, Mr. P. e. Dukes," who said some words in bo- j half of the Sunday School. At this point in our exercises Rev. Mr. e. H. Beckham, our pastor, was [ expected to make an address, but on account of the critical illness of his i father he had been called away, and | when he reached the church he was just in time to hear the benediction. The best came next, dinner. Our Superintendent with characteristic J pleasantness extended to the Congre gation an invitation to attend dinner, prepared and placed upon one long semi-circular table under the large I Campmeeting arbor. The children arranged themselves around that long coiled table and enjoyed one of the best picnic dinners we have had the pleasure of helping ourselves to lately. The afternoon was spent in pleas ant conversation. Groups of young ladies made it seem like camp meet ing. We left the picnic ground that eve ning with reluctance, and with a, backward look not unlike our old grand parents did when they were ushered forth from the happy gar-j [ dens. _Visitor. RAILROAD ACCIDENTS. The Number of People Killed and Wounded is Large. The recent accident on the Pere Marquette railroad in Michigan, by | which 38 persons were killed and 60 injured, calls to mind the fact that railroad disasters are increasing in this country. The record for the last 16 years presents more emphatically than written statements just what | this increase has been. The record is as follows: Year. Killed. Injured. 1890. 6,335 29,027 1891 . 7,029 33,881 1892. 7,147 36,652 1893. 7,346 40,393 1894. 6,447 31,889 1895. 6,136 33,748 1896. 6,448 38,687 1S97. 6.437 36,731 1898..* .. . . 6,851) 40.S82 1899. 7,123 44,620 1900. 7,865 50,320 1901. 8,455 53,339 1902. 8,588 64,662 1903 . 9,840 76,553 1904.10,046 84,155 1905. 9,703 86,008 ?1906. 1,034 67,770 ?1906 (last 6 mos) . . 721 30,073 ?Unofficial; train accidents only. In studying the statistics one is im pressed with the fact that a variety of causes and not a single cause must be attributed; and this is important in view of ae statement recently made that defective rails were large ly responsible. They may have been in recent years, but cannot have been throughout the whole 16 years. Defective rails no doubt are re sponsible to a certain extent, but there are some causes immediately chargeable to the rail road companies themselves, and it were well that some laws on our statute books were more strenuously enforced than they apparently are. work oFaTtexd. Young Girl in New York Is Shame fully Treated. A dispatch from New York says the sixteen year old Virginia Barish is a raving maniac as the result of a fiendish attack made upon her by nine men who dragged her into the woods near North Beach and tore ev ery stitch of clothing from her body. The attack was made Wednesday, but the facts became known when she was identified at a hospital. The girl said the men dragged her into the woods and nearly killed her. Her body is covered with bruises. The police are seekng the fiends through out the whole section. How's This? We offer One Hundred Dollars Re ward for any case of Catarrh that cannot be cured by Hall's Catarrh Cure, F. J. Cheney & Co., Toledo, O. We, the undersigned, have known F. J. Cheney for the last 15 years and believe him perfectly honorable in all business transactions, and fi nancially able to carry out any ob ligations made by his firm. Walding, Kinnan & Marvin, Wholesale Druggists, Toledo, O. Hall's Catarrh Cure is taken in ternally, acting directly upon the blood and mucous surfaces of the system. Testimonials sent free. Price 75c. per bottle. Sold by all Druggists. Take Hall's Family Pills for con stipation. LOCAL ITEMS Picked Up Here and There By Our Reporters. Brief. Newsy Paragraphs from All Parts of Orangeburg County and Vicinity. Mr. Geo. V. Zeigler advertises for two salesmen and a stockkeeper. The wise man looketh not at the thermometer during July and Aug ust. If the fellow who shot^ Mr. Valen tine is caught he will be handled pretty roughly. The murder of Mr. Valentine was a brutal affair, and we hope the fiend who did it will be caught. There are many people in this city who take no other local paper hut The Times and Democrat. Sims' Book Store has just receiv ed a fine lot of post cards. Something new and novel. Call and see them. Some men look upon home as a place where they can grunt and com plain without danger of being called down. The man who tackles and performs all the little duties that confront him is always ready when really big things come up for doing. The ladies of St. George school will give an ice cream festival on Friday afternoon, beginning at four o'clock. Everybody invited. The murderer of Mr. Valentine ha not yet been captured, but a b crowd of people are pursuing hi and we hope they will catch him. Rev. W*. R. Richardson of Nas ville. Tenn., filled the pulpit of t" Presbyterian Church last Sund morning. Mrs. H. N. Corker of Charlestori after spending a very pleasant week with her daughter, Mrs. C. E. Grimes of this city, returned to her home last Sunday. There will be an Ice cream festi val at the Rickenbaker .school House Saturday afternoon for the purpose of raising the organ fund. Everybody it invited to attend. We heard of a lot of colored far mers the other day who hud sold their cotton at 9 cents per pound. They will be sorry when picking time comes that they sold at all. Hon. J. W. H. Dukes announces himself as a candidate for Mayor at the approaching election. He is too well known in this community to need any introduction at our hands. Miss Carrie Bruner and her two little nieces, Clare and Lois Bruner have retu.-ned home after spending several weeks in Norfolk, Va., taking in the sights at the Jamestown Ex position. Col. W. G. Smith announces him self a candidate for alderman at the approaching election. Col. Smith Is a successful business man, and would serve the city with zeal and intelligence if elected. Our price for announcing candi dates for aldermen is only one dol lar. It is an office without emolu ments, and therefore we charge can didates for the office only a nominal sum. The cash must accompany. Mr. Monroe Gantt, the young man, who was forced to shoot and kill a man near Springfield last week to protect his own life, was granted bail and has been discharged from custo dy. The amount of bail was fixed at ?2,000. Mr. Adam Douglas and Miss Fan nie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Lemons of this city, were married last Sunday afternoon at Cardova by the Rev. J. R. Smith. The happy young couple have the best wishes of many friends. We have received a communica tion signed "Limestone Kid," which we decline to publish because it is not accompanied by the real name of the writer. This is a rule that is observed in all well regulated news paper offices. The base ball game here last Mon day between the loca. team and aum ter resulted in a victory for Sumter by a score of 4 to 0. The game was called on account of darkness. Or angeburg also lost three games to Spartanburg last week. The reunion of students and ex students of Newberry College will be held at St. Matthews Church on Fri day, August 9. Rev. Dr. Cromer, Rev. W. H. Hiller and possibly others will speak. Everybody is invited to attend with well filled baskets. Dr. Walter and Mr. W. L. Glover, Cashier of the Edisto Bank, made a trip to and from Charleston last week. They made the trip from Charleston to Orangeburg in less than eight hours. They had a pleas ant time going and coming back. Mr. Henry Calvin Huggins and Miss B^ile Dyches were married on Sunday afternoon by the Rev. L. P. McGee. Mr. Huggins is a trusted employee of the Atlantic Coast Line Railway, and he is lo be congratula ted on winning such an excellent young lady as Miss Dyches for a life partner. The State League is still on deck. The new schedule of the league calls for a continuance of the league until August 10. according to constitution al provision, but it is thought that the clubs will continue through Lab or day. This matter of schedule ex tension, however, will be decided within a few days. Messrs. J. P. Doyle and H. C. Wan namaker went to Columbia Satura.:;/ morning to attend the meeting of the directors of the State League. There was a disposition on the part of Greenville and Anderson to kick Orangeburg and Sumter out of the league, but it ended by the two kick ing teams getting out themselves. Mrs. Mary Koger, died at the res idence of her daughter. Mrs. B. F. King, in this city, last Friday. Mrs. Koger was 89 years of age, and was a native of Colleton county. She had been a member of the Methodist church for many years, and was a consecrated Christian. Her body was taken to St. George for inter ment. The Columbia otate says: "A well known baseball man who has seen six games every week in the State league this season says that. Bob Thackam is one of the best pitchers in the league. He says the youngster has been at a disadvantage this sea son on account of not having an old head to work with behind the bat and also having been with a losing club He predicts that Carlton Buesse will bring the southpaw around wonderfully."