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In a Most destructive Hotel Fire
at Fort Wayne; inrj.
The Burning of the Register Renders |
Accurate Estimate of FatUitiesJ
Impossible?The Fire Was discov
ered at Half-Past Three O'clock
Sunday Morning in the Elevator
At least 12 persons lost their lives
In a fire which destroyed the New
Aveline hotel at Fort Wayne, Ind.,
early Sunday morning. The entire
Interior of the building is a smould
ering heap of ruins and how many
dead are concealed by the debris can
only be conjectured. The hotel reg-J
ister was consumed by the fire and!
there is no accurate means of de-1
termining who is missing. '
Charred wood, bricks and twisted
girders are piled up tjetween the walls
to the second story. Piece by piece
this must be removed before the roll,
of the dead can be completed. Some'/
of the bodies taken out are mangled
and charred beyond recognition.
The fire was discovered at 3:30
Sunday morning in the elevator shaft
by Night Clerk Ralph Piplins. He
rushed to the upper floors, alarming
"the guests until the flames, which had
spread with great rapidity, drove
them back. His efforts, howeve-,
saved many lives.
The hotel was erected half a cen
tury ago and the wood work was dry
as tinder. Within a few minutes from
the time the fire was discovered tbe
whole interior was a mass of flames
and the only avenue of escape was
by the windows.
The fire department rescued many
of the guests by means of ladders,
but some, frenzied- by the rush of
?flames, leap?d from windows to the
R. S. Johnson, of Pana. 111., jump
ed from the fifth story. His body
struck a balcony and bounded far in
to the street. He died a short time 1
"l?tefr ,f.; '=Vr ' - - ?'
As the flames increased men and
women were seen in the windows of
-their rooms imploring help. Some
did not wait for the assistance of the
firemen and leaped to the street. ;
Those who left their rooms before the 1
flames cut off their retreat were able j
to make their way to the fire escape :
and were saved.
That there are several bodies in 1
the ruins is the belief of Fire Chief ?
Hilbrecht and Chief of Police A,nck
enbruck places his estimate of dead !
yet in the ruins as high as 20. The j
kew Aveline Hotel was a six story 1
building of brick. It stood in the
business centre of the city. The hotel 1
and its furnishings were |valued at '
$80,000. * 1
John Harper Surrounded by a Large
Posse and Captured.
A special from Copper Hill, Tenn..
states that a posse of Tennessee and
Georgia citizens and United States of
ficers have captured in the moun
tains of Fannin county, Tennessee,
the notorious outlaw John Harper.
Harper murdered Allison England 1
near Blue Ridge over a year ago.
He was arrested and incarceratd in
jail in Atlanta February I. U>C8,
pending bis appeal to the supreme'
court for-the murder of Sheriff Keith i
Of Murray county, Georgia in July,
1907. Rewards amounting to near- i
ly $900 dollars were out for his ar- '
rest which was accomplished by mak
ing him believe that the house in
which he was concealed was being |
burned down. *
Because She Thought She Had Killed
Her Child.
Crazed by the thought that she
might have accidentally killed her
son by a mistaken dose of medicine
ten months ago. Mrs. R. L. Poole
jumped in the Etowah river and
drowned herself Thursday. She lived
in Rome, Ga. On Wednesday she was
tried for lunacy and found guilty.
She resisted going to jail antt was
?committed to the care of her hus
band during the day. While her hus
band was not looking she slipped
away, went to the river and jumped
in. It was found that she had tied
Tier own arms before jumping into
the river to prevent any efforts being
made unconsciously. *
Decision of the Supreme Court in
Grover Welsh Case.
The supreme court has refused to
grant bail to Grover G. Welsh, who is
now in the Lancaster jail charged
with the killing of Berry B. Mobley.
The killing took place last February
on a train near Heath Springs and
was the outcome of a shooting affray
In which Mobley killed Stephen
Welsh, brother of Grover, and Thos
Claybourn. The -attorneys in their
argument for bail-claimed that Mobr
ley was the aggressor, but this was
denied by the prosecution. _ ?
The Qualification of Voters, and the
Conduct of Primary Elections of
the Democratic Party of This State.
The following rules shall .govern
the memhershjin of the different sub
ordidate Democratic Clubs of this
State,, the qualification of voters at
[the primary elections held by the
party, tjie conduct of the primary
election to be held on the last Tues
day of August, and the second prim
ary held two weeks later, if one bo
Rule 1. The qualifications for
membership In any subordinate club
of the Democratic Party of this State,
or for voting at a Democratic prim
ary, shall be as follows, viz: The ap
plicant for membership, or voter,
shall be twenty-one years of age, or
shall become so before the succeeding
general election, and be a white Dem
ocrat, or a negro who voted for Gen
eral Hampton in 1876, and has voted
the Democratic ticket continuously
since. Provided, that no white man
shall be excluded from participation
in the Democratic primary who shall
take the pledge required by the rules
of the Democratic Party.
The managers at each box at the
primary election shall require every
voter In a Democratic primary election
to pledge himself to abide results of
the primary, and to support the nom
inees of the party, and to take the
following oath and pledge, viz: "I do
solemnly swear that I am duly quali
fied to vote at this election according
to the rules of the Democratic Party,
and that I have not voted before at
this election, and pledge myself to
support the nominees of this prim
Rule 2. Every negro applying for
membership in a Democratic Club, or
offering to vote in a Democratic prim
ary election, must produce a written
statement of ten reputable white men
who shall swear that they, know of
their own knowledge that the appli
cant or voter voted for General
Hampton in 1876, and has voted the
Democratic ticket continuously since.
The said ticket shall be placed in the
ballot box by the managers, and re
turned with the poll lists to the
County Chairman. The managers of
election shall keep a. srperate l'^t of
all negro voters, and return it with
poll list to the County Chairman.
No person shall be permitted to
vote unless he has been enrolled on
a club at least five days before the
said primary election. Provded, that
In Charleston County the voter must
have his name o nthe club list at
least sixty days before the said prim
ary election.
The club lists shall he inspected
by and certified to by the president
and secretary and turned over to the
managers !t? be used as the regular
list. I
Rule. 3. Each County Executive
Committee of the Democratic Parly
in this State shall meet on or before
the first Monday of each election year
and shall appoint three managers for
each primary election precinct in
their respective Counties, who shall
hold the primary election provided
under the Democratic Constitution, in
accordance with the Acts of the Gen
eral Assembly of this State regulat
ing primary elections, the Constitu
tion of the Democratic Party of this
State, and the rules herein set forth.
The names of such managers may be
published by the Chairman of each
County Executive Committee in one
or more County papers at least two
weeks before the election.
Rule 4. Each voter in said prim
ary shall vote two ballots, on which
shall be printed the name or names
of the candidates voted for by him
for each of the offices to 'be filled, to
gether with the name of the office.
The tickets to be voted shall be fur-1
nished by the State and County Exec
utive Committees respectively, and
shall contain the names of all candi
dates for the representative offices
and no other tickets shall be used.
The tickets to be voted shall be in
the following forms, one for
United States Senator.
Lieutenant Governor.
Secretary of State.
Comptroller General.
State Treasurer.
Adjutant and Inspector General.
State Superintendent of Education.
Attorney General.
Railroad Commissioner.
The other with spaces to .suit the
different Counties:
For Congress - District.
For Solicitor-Judicial Circuit.
State Senator.
House of Representatives.
Judge of Probate.
Clerk of Court.
County Supervisor.
County Superintendent of Educa
County Commissioners.
No vote for House of Representa
tives shall be counted unless it con
tains as many names as the county is
entitled to representatives.
Rule 5. The managers ef election
shall open the polls at 8 o'clock, A.
M., and shall . close them at
4. o'clock, P. M.;. provided, that iu
the city of Charleston the polls shall
open at> 8-, o'rlock A. M., and shall
close at 6 o'clock P. M. After tabu
lating the result,, the managers shall
Many People Rescued by the Foremen
and Police?Origin of Fire Very
An early Sund# morning Are in a
four-story brick tenement at No. 17
Humboldt stret. a thickly populated
section of Brooklyn, caused the death
of six persons and the serious injury
of four others. Every member of
the family, consisting of a mother
and four children, are among the
There were many thrilling escapes
by Rolice and firemen and it was due
to their brave work that the death
list was not larger.
A half dozen or more persons who
were trapped in the upper stories
were saved by jumping into life nets.
The financial list caused by the fire
is estimated at $10,000.
The fire started in th cellar of the
building when the people comprising
the eight families living in the house
were asleep. It had gained much
headway before it was discovered and
three policemen repeatedly risked
their lives in dragging people
from within reach of the flames.
When the firemen came the fire had
spread through the entire rear of the
house where the fire escapes were,
and the terror-stricken inmates of the
upper floors had been driven to the
front rooms where they were hanging |
from windows shrieking for help.
Ladders and life lines were quickly
brought into use and most of the
imperiled persons were thus rescued.
The Abrams family lived on the
third floor. For some reason, the
flames swept through their apartment
so that the only way of escape was
by jumping from the windows
Charles Abrams and his sister Anna
did this, but both struck an iron rali
ing and were dead when picked ,up.
Mrs. Abrams and her other children,
Sadie, and Carrie, were burned to
death, clasped in each other's arms. *
certify the same and forward the
ballot-box, poll list and all other pa
pers relating to such e'- :tion. by one
of their number of Executive Com
mitteemen, to the Chairmen of the
respective Democratic County Execu
tive - Committees within forty-eight
hours after the close of the polls.
Rule G. The County Democratic
Executive Committee shall assemble
at their respective Court Houses on
the morning of the second day after
the election, on or before 12 o'clock
M., to tabulate the returns and de
clare the results of the primary, so
far as the same relates to mem hers
of the General Assembly and County
Offices, and shall forward immediate
ly to the Chairman of the State Exec
utive Committee at Columbia, S. C,
the result of the election in their re
spective Counties, for U. S. Senator,
State officers, Congressmen and So
Rule 7. The protests and contests
for County Officers shall be filed with
in five days after the election with
the Chairman of the County Execu
tive Committee, and said Executive
Committee shall hear and determine
the same. The State Executive Com
mittee shall hear and decide protests
and contests as to United States Sen
ator, State Officers, Congressmen and
Solicitors, and ten days shall be al
lowed for filing the same. ,
.Rule 8. Candidates for the General
Assembly and for County Officers
shall file with the Chairman of the
County Executive Committee a pledge
in writing, to abide the results of the
primary and support the nominees
thereof. Canddates for other ofF
ces shall file such pledge with the
Chairman of the State Executive
Committee. Provided, That the
pledge of such candidate shall be filed
on or before 12 o'clock, meridian, of
the day preceedmg the day fixed by
the County Executive Committe or
the State Executive Committee for
the first campaign -aeetlng of the
County or State respectively; provid
ed, further, that in Charleston Coun
ty the candidates for congrss, solici
tor and county officers shall file their
pledges and pay their assessments
within the' time fixed by the County
Excutive Committee. No vote for any
candidate who has not paid his as
sessment nor complied with this rul3
shall be counted.
The followng is the form rf the
oath: "As a candidate for th?s office
0f-_ in the Democratic primary
election, to be held on the last Tues
day in August, I hereby pledge my
self to abide the results of such prim
ary and support the nominees there
of, and that I am not. nor will I
become, the candidate of any faction,
either privately or publicly suggested,
other than the regular Democratic
nomination." If th candidate is run
ning for the United States Senate, or
for the United States House of Re
presentatives this additional pledge
shall be required: "I will support, the
political principles and policies of the
Democratic Party during the term
of Office for whoh I may be elected,
and work in accord with my Dem
ocratic associates in Congress on all
party questions." This the ? day
Rule 9. In the primary election
herein provided for, a majority of
the votes cast shall be necessary to
nominate candidates. A second primary
when necessary, shall be held two
weeks; after the first, as provided un
der the Constitution of the party,
and shall be subject to the rules gov:
jerning the first primary. At said
I (Continued on Page Three.).
Congressmen in Doubtful States
Declare That He Would
And Poll More Votes Thun Any Other
Candidate the Democrats Could
Nominate?They Say All States
Should Send Instructed Delegates)
for Bryan to the Democratic Cou-|
vention at Denver.
"We want you to tell the Demo
crats of South Carolina that, with
one exception, there is not a Demo
cratic congressman, wno represents a
doubtful district west of the Alle
gheny mountains who does' not feel
that the dereat of Bryan at'the Den
ver convention would impe-il Demo
cratic success in his disti ict. We
want the aid of the South td preserve
our political Jives, and we do not
want the Democrats to wait till the
Denver convention but to express
themselves now in no uncertain terms
by instructing their delegates for
"If Bryan is tile nominee, then we
will certainly return to congress and
other doubtful districts in our States
now represented by Republicans will
send Democrats. If Bryan is defeat
ed for the nomination, many of us
will as certainly be defeated. We
keep in close touch with the senti
ment in our districts, as we have to,
and ths is our deliberate judgment."
Ths is what Judge D. W. Shackle
ford, a congressman ? from Missouri,
said to Mr. Zack McGhee, the Wash
ington correspondent of The State
one day last week, to which there was
hearty and unanimous agreement at
an informal conference Mr. McGhee
held with Democratic congressman
from the)Middle West tSates at Con
gress hall. There were present, be
sides Judge Shackleford, Messrs
Hamilton of Iowa, Murphy of Wscon
sin, Russell of Missouri, Adair of In
aiana, Ashbrook of Ohio, and Kimball
af Kentucky.
Mr. McGhee had talked, in the af>
ternoon also with Messrs. Denver of
Ohio, and Dixon and" Ranch of In
diana. They are all of oijc accord
and without reserve in declaring that
the defeat of Bryan at Denver, if
anything should bring about such an
unexpected possibility, would mean
disaster to Democratic hopns not only
for the presidential and congressional
tickets but for all local tickets. And
they each assure him that this is the
view entertained by all the Democrat
ic congressmen in the States of the
Middle West, with the single oxcep
tion of Mr. Hammond of Minnesota,
who thinks that Johnsou would be
stronger in Minnesota than Bryan.
"If Bryan is nominated," said one,
"then I expect to run and get elected,
but if any movement hostile to Mr.
Bryan names another man, then I
know that there is not a possible
jhance for me, because Democrats
will knife the whole ticket. If any
ather man should be nominated, even
though not hostile to Bryan, the Dem
crats would not come to the polls
for it is impossible'to get up any en
thusiasm except for Bryan."
"There are five counties in my dis
trict," said Mr. Ashbbrook of Ohio.
"Two of these are Republican, two
are doubtful, though now Democratic
and one is safely Democratic. Witl
Bryan heading the ticket, I can easily
carry the two doubtful districts and
will get a plurality of 2,000, but if
Bryan is not named at Denver I fear
the consequences, though esrcn ^.hen I
think I could get a plurality of some
thing like. 1.000 '*
Mr Denver of Ohio is the first
Democrat who has ever represented
his district in Congress. He has been
the county chairman of the. Demo
cratic party in his county and he
knows the seutimeut among the peo
ple throughout Ohio. His district Is
now normally Republican by nearly
5,00$. He says with Bryan as the
nominee there is an excellent chance
of carrying Ohio for the Democratic
Mr. Hamilton is the only Democrat
from Iowa. "With Bryan as the Dem
ocratic nominee," he said, "and with
Taft the Republican nominee for
president. Allison again nominated
for the senate, I believe there is an
excellent chance of carrying Iowa.
This would not be the case with any
other man in place of Bryan. In I he
northern part of Iowa, next to Minne
sota, there is a little sentiment for
Johnson, but the overwhelming senti
ment amoug Iowa Democrats i.-; be
yond all possible doubt for Bryan, and
he is a great favorite with Republi
Only two other men mentioned
Johnson. One of those was Mr. Mur-j
phy of Wisconsin. "We know John
son up in Wisconsin," said he, "and
the people do not take to him at
all. They want Bryan. I hones*ly
believe that Bryan could carry Wis
consin aganst Taft. Mr. Murphy's
district is largely Republican, hut
party lines are being broken up. The
people want reform and they will
vote for the man who they think will
give It to them*, the three favorites
being Roosevelt, LaFollette and
All the Indiana Democrats refer to
the three districts in their State now
represented by Republicans who hold
their seats by.small majorities. These
are Gllhams, with a majority of 350
over his Democratic opponent, with
1,490.votes for the Prohibition and:
AY 5, I90S.
Two Followers of "Unknown Tongue"
Will Be Arraigned on Charge ofj
Lunacy in Pike County, Ga.
There have been some sensational
developments in Pike County, Ga., re
cently with reference to a religious
sect which has been operating for the
past several years through that sec
tion, Vega, in Pike county being the
central points of operations. A lot of
these people have been acting so
strangely that they have been severe-1
ly criticised, and in fact, in a num
ber of instances their conduct has
been such, it is claimed that it has
become objectionable to the commun
Last summer they ran a camp
meeting at Vega, which became so no
torius that people from the entire
surrounding country flocked there to
witness the performances. The lead
ers claimed to have received miracu
lous power, and to have a special
favor called the "unknown tongue,"
which consisted of such an alleged
jabbering as was probably never be
fore witnessed, unitelligible to ordi
nary begins but clearly understood as
they claimed by all the followers of
the new religion.
Some times various individuals
would go off into a trancs like state,
in which condition they would remain
for hours and days, and at times
weeks. Some times some of them
would tramp the fields and woods,
shouting and moaning, until the
neighborhood would become alarmed
and the women and children much
frightened. In the meantime repre-|
sentatives of the new sect were trav
eling the country, begging funds with
which to establish an orphans' home
at .Vega and a large framed building
had been erected, where several cull- (
dren had been collected.
This condition continued until the |
Pike County grand jury met two
weeks ago, when certain citizens of
the county went before the body and
asked relief at its hands. It seems j
that the grand jury, in its efforts to
aid the people of that section, re
turned two bills against, two victims
of the new religious order and the j
investigations of the ^alleged home (
resulted in .two children from, the ?
home appearing before the body in .
Zebulon and from there sent to their -
former home in Columbus, Ga.
The citizens of Vega then took a
hand and after public meetings aoci
fled Manager Stafford that he was net
a proper person to be in charge of the
place and that a proper man would
have to he put in charge or the place
closed. All children there were im
mediately sent to their former homes
and it is probable that the orphanage
is out of bupiness. Interesting de
velopmtuts have been going on, how
ever, in the ranks of the holiness
followers. When the sheriff of the
county weut to arrest the young man
and young woman, charged with va
grancy, a wonderful state of affairs)
was discussed.
From the information obtained
these two people went into a trance
at the camp meeting last summer, In
which they lingered many days.#They
then \yent to the home of the young
man's father where they have since
been, actually refusing to do a single 1
thing, not even bathing or changing
wearing apparel. The food on which |
they have subsisted had to be carried
to their rooms and fed to them. They
are sights to look upon.
Strange as it may seem, the father ]
of this young man is a respectable
citizen and the faimly esteemed in
the community and they stoutly main
tain that there is nothing the matter
with the young man and the yoHng
woman except that they "had the
power of the Holy Ghost." In the
discharge cf his duty the sheriff car
ried the two to Zebulon and placed
them in jail. The friends of the fam
ily at once made bond for their re
lease, but when the sheriff opened the |
doors and told them to walk out they
declined, saying that the "Lord had
put them in jail and when He order
ed them out they would obey."
Socialist candidates; Chaney, wth 340
majority over the Democrat, and 1,
620 votes for the Prohibition and So
cialist candidates, and the late Atr.
Brick, who had a majority of 207
over the Democrat and 2,190 for
other candidates. These districts,
they all declare, will be safely in the
Democratic column if Bryan is nomi
nated, and as surely Republican if he
is not.
Messrs Shackleford and Russe! dis
cussed the situation in Missouri, and
they say that if Bryan is nominated
Missouri will not only come I? ck into
the Democratic column so far as the
presidential electors are concerned."
but that !?"> of the 16 congressmen
will be Democrats. There are now
12 Democrats and four Republicans 1
from Missouri. Congressman Rainey 1
of Illinois says, "I can not speak
from personal knowledge as to any
other State, but I do know Illinois,"
he said. "We have a good chance of
carrying Illinois if Bryan is the nom
inee. With any one else nominated
there is absolutely no chance. With
Bryan at the head of the ticket, we
can elect 10 Democratic congressmen.
I think we c Nd elect nine without
him. We no have five." Mr. Rain
ey himself carried his dstrict by
about 5,000 plurality, so that Bryan's
defeat would not seriously effect him.
He declares that it would ha^e a
vital effect upon the Democracy of ]
the State, which is all for Bryan,
White Women Sandwiched in Be
tween Negro Men and White Men
Between Negro Women.
Nothing in recent years has so
stirred the white people of this coun
try as the "social equality" dinner
given in New York on Monday night
week under the auspices of the Cos
mopolitan club.
The purpose of the dinner, and of
the movement of which it is a part,
was, frankly and confessedly, to
hroak down the social barriers be
tween the two races, and the advo
cacy of intermarriage, expresed by
whites and blacks alike at this re-j
iuarkable dinner, was greeted with
the loudest enthusiasm of the even
There were ninety-three people at
the dinner, the proportion of negroes
being about two to one, while among
the whites were a large number of
white women, affiliated with "settle
ment" work and socialism.
The seating arrangements were so
devised that a white woman invar
iably sat between negro men.
Gaddy Graham Pays Penalty for Kill
ing Furman Moody.
Gaddy Graham, colored, was hang
sd at Darlington Friday for the mur
der of Furman Moody on the night of
Nov. 18, 1907. The hanging took
place at noon and there were few
persons present. Among those who
witnessed the hanging were the fath
er, brother and uncle of the murder
ed' man. Just, before the drop fell
Graham made a statement, admitting
:hat he was guilty of stealing and ly
ing. He said that he hated to be
langed for murder, but that he was
prepared for the inevitable.
On the night of Nov. 18, 1907,
Furman Moody, who had been em
ployed as manager on Mr. William
ion's plantation, went hunting. While
massing by a corn field on the place
te heard what he thought was some
)ne breaking corn. He bailed and
vas answered, "I' am Isaiah Bostict,
lon't shoot. I surrender." Imme
liately he was fired upon, the wounds
:ausing his death some days aftcr
vards in Charleston, whither he had
jeen carried in order to get medical
ittention at the hospital. V
Isaiah Bostick was afterwards ar
?ested and so was Gaddy Graham,
vho was put in jail to answer to the
iharge of having killed Moody. It
vas found that Bostick was not in
iny way implicated; his name was
liven Moody by Gaddy in order to
leceive him as to who was in the
leid. Gaddy had tried to cover his
racks In every way but was caught
ind at the trial the testimony of a
vornan who had gone with him in
.he wagon to steal the corn corrobo
rated other testimony and Gaddy was
jonvicted and sentenced to he hanged
>n Friday, May 1, 1908.
Bound and Gagged Messenger and
Looted the Safe.
"After ? desperate battle with two
robbers, the messenge" in charge of
the express car of the New York?St.
Louis express of the Pennsylvania
road, was bound and gagged, tossed
into a corner, and left there, while
the intruders looted the safe in the
zar of four bags of currency and gold
and then signalled the engineer to
3top. When the Irain slowed down
the men jumped off the car and ec
In trying to ascertain the cause of
the signal to stop, the train crew
found the car door open and the mes
senger inside. According to the mes
senger's story, he was busily engag
ed as the train lett the union station
it Pittsburg, Pa., at 10:15 p. m.
Without warning he was attacked,
md at Carnegie, eight miles from
Pittsburg, the stop signal was given
ind the men got away.
The Senator Left the Sanitorium on
Last Saturday.
Senator Tillman's condition in so
much improved that he has returned
to his home at Trenton. He will con
tinue to rest, remaining quietly at
iiome until about June 1, when he
expects to sail for Europe. This will
be good news to the many friends of
the Senator, who hope that he will
soon be entirely recovered so as he
will be able to return to his dutise
in the Senate, where he is so much
nissed. *
Fell in Several of the Northern States
tin Last Thursday.
Following snow during the morning
hours, Pittsburg, Pa., and vicinity
was visited by a thunder storm, which
caused much damage. Two North
Side houses were struck by lightning
and set on fire. Much apprehension is
felt as to the effect of the snow on
fruit trees. The snowfall in the su
burban districts was particularly
heavy. Snow also fell at Erie, Pa.,
Jonesville and Cleveland, Ohio. ?
$1.50 pee Asmm.
Toland Brothers Pay Death Pen
alty for Awful Crime.
Of About Four Hundred Witnessed!
the Execution in the Lexington Jail
Yard?Both Were Hanged Front
the Same Scaffold.?They Held"
Firmly to Their Former Story of
the Muider.
At Lexington on Friday Ned and?
Brack Toland paid the penalty of
death for the murder of Mrs. Paul
Ellisor on February 26. They died
at a few minutes past twelve o'clock,
both being hanged from the same
gallows. "I am ready to die and tell
everybody to meet me in heaven,""
were the parting words of each. To>
the last they held to their former
story of the crime as they told it on
the witness stand at Lexington on.
March .12.
The negroes met death with scarce
ly a tremor. The eyes of Brack, the*
younger I of the boys, displayed a.
slight moistness. The cunning, In
stinctively criminal Ned shed not a
tear and he met death with apparent
ly as little concern as if it were the
most commonplace thing. The boys
stood erect while the black caps were*
being adjusted and very calmly held
their heads in position for the sheriff
to arrange the ropes about their
Ignorant, depraved, they died with
out possibly a true realization of the
horrible and atrocious crime which
they had commtted. The hundreds,
who witnessed the execution fronx
housetops, trees, fences, etc., firmly
beiieved'-that justice was being meted
out to them, but hot one would have
deigned deny them the privilege of
feeling that "all is right with God.'"
The trap was sprung at tll5o a_
m., and in 11 minutes Ned was pro
nounced dead and In two miniutesr
more the last bit of life left the body
of Brack. They died from strangu
lation. As the bodies dropped they
swung around for a fe wseconds andL
then all was still.
It was thought that Brack was kill
ed instantly, his body hanging per
fectly motionless, with not a twich.
of the hands or feet. Ned's feet and.
hands drew up and relaxed repeatedly
and he died with a struggle. Full
six minutes had elapsed when Brack,
showed signs of life and then his fin
gers began to twitch and once or
twice his feet drew up before his
body again became motionless.
Dr. E. P. Derrick, country physi
cian, Dr. J. P. Drafts of Barre, Dr.
L. B. Etheridge of Leesville and Dr.
R. E. Methias of Irmo, constantly ex
amined the bodies at at 12.06 Ned
was pronounced dead. At 12.0&
Brack was pronounced dead. They
were allowed to remain suspended in
the air until 12.20, when both bodies
were cut down and placed in cheap*
pine coffins furnished by the county
No one claimed the bodies and at 4!
o'clock Sheriff Corley turned there
over to Mr. B. D. Clark, coroner, and!
Mr. Geo. H. Koon, county supervisor,
and they were taken to the potters*
field and buried without ceremony. *
Blind and Deaf Man Has His Hearing;
and Sight Restored.
, At Chicago a supposed deaf and
blind mandicant, who had been ar
'rested was fined $3 0 and costs by
I Judge Wells. As if by magic the
man's hearing and eyesight were re
stored and he took $80 from one oC
his pockets and counted out the a
mount of the fine. He was theft
searched by the police and a bank:
book showing a deposit of $1.-i52 waa
found. "You won't need these carda
which tell of your lost hearing and:
poor eysight since both have been:
restored." the court remarked, and
the pasteboard was destroyed. *
Safe Robbers Made a Good Haul a?
Hartwell, Ga.
Safe robbers visited Hartwell. Ga.?
alnut one o'clock Thursday morning;
The postoffice was opened and robbed!
of $r>0 in money and about $1,000 Ira
stamps. None of the mails were were
molested. The safe was blown open,
with nitro glycerine. The Southern
express offico was also visited and the
safes blown. The express money or
ders were tosstd about the place. It
is believed about $200 was secured
th?re. *
One Man Kills Another After Being
Shot Down.
Dr. J. E. Garrison, shot and killed
J. D. Williams, an electrician for the
Consolidated Coal Company, at Flat
Creek, Ala., in a duel in the public
road. Previous trouble had existed
between the men about family affairs
and when Williams saw Garrison he
asked him to wait a few minutes, and
securing a pistol, shot Garrison do"wn.
While on the ground, the latter shot;
Williams to-death. Garrison is dan?
gerously wounded. **

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