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SOME HOT TALK
I. B. Felder, of Atlanta, Replies to Goy.
Bleast's Alleged Exposure
CALLS A SPADE A SPADE
The Atlanta lawyer Serves Notice on
the Governor That Unless the Com
mission In .estimation Act is Signed
by Him in the Next Thirty Days He
"Will Expose Him.
To the Editor of The State:
On the 18th inst. I addressed a let
ter to J. S. Brice of Yorkville, S. O,
a copy *of which I beg to hand you
herewith enclosed and which I ask
that you publish, as it will, I. think,
suffice, at least for the present, as a
reply to the last deliverance of the
general counsel of the plunderbund,
Cole L. Blease, late of Newberry, now
of the State at large.
It seems Chat the aforesaid "Cole
man" is a man of very unique and
versatile talents, a sort of "Dr.
Jekyl and Mr. Hyde," a genius pos
1 sessing a c.ual character and dual
characteristics. In the capital city
of your State his sign reads: "Cols
L. Blease, Governor. Pardons for
Grafters' granted while you wait." In
Nowberry it is: "Cole L. Blease, At
torney and Counseller at Law. Prac
tice confined to representing my
friends, who have been and are now
my partneru in crime."
YVhen he wrote, as "Dr. Jekyl," his
memorable message demanding the
appointment of an investigating com
mittee, he was not aware of how
much of his record I knew, in addi
tion to the fact that as State sena
tor he received $100 per month from
the Lanaha:as of Baltimore to influ
ence busine.ii? for them, but he found
out very soon thereafter that I had
all the factB and that if the commit
tee was appointed which was de
manded .by him, the "fur would fly."
An emissary from him and his gang
appeared in Atlanta shortly after he
discovered how much of his record I
knew, with the statement that the
governor "knew some things on me,
and if I would not tell on him, he
-wSuTd Bot^sell on ihe;M I bade hfcn
convey to his chief and his chief's
fellow-criminals the message that 1
had never done a dishonorable act
in connection with the State dispen
sary of South Carolina and that his
governor knew this as well as I did,
and that if the governor had any
documentary evidence showing any
Improper connection with the late
dispensary or its officials, they wert
forgeries, find that if any of his min
ions testified to any improper rela
tions, the testimony would be per
jured, and he knew it; that in com
mon with everybody interested, I de
slreri the fullest, freest and most
searching investigation, and that he
might say to the governor and his
allies that my attitude towards him
would |be "Lay on, iMacduff, and
damned be he who first cries hold,
My associates and myself have dis
cussed on more than one occasion
the propriety of noticing the vapor
ings of this mental and moral per
vert in the public prints and conclud
ed that it would be indelicate and
unwise to do so in advance of the
organisation of the committee de
manded .by him (but the creation of
which I knew he would contrive to
I serve him with notice here and
now, unless he approves the joint
resolution demanded by him of the
legislature within the next 3 0 days,
so that the committee can proceed
with the work at hand, I propose to
write a history of the dispensary,
with particular reference to "His
Fraudulency's" connection with It,
from his employment by the plunder
bu d as "Attorney and Senator"
down to hi3 employment as "Attor
ney and Governor." In passing, I
shall devote a page or two to a brief
history of his campaign and the
source whence he derived his reve
nue, which was raised to defray his
"legitimate campaign expenses." I
shall obtain a list of the registered
voters of r.he State of South Carolina
and mail a copy to each. I assume
when this is done, it will be conclud
ed by everybody in your State, out
side of the penitentiary and the lun
atic asylum, that the conduct of this
modern "Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde,'
since he commenced his career of
crime by stealing the speech of his
collegemate down to date has been
such as to create a panic about the
habitues of a rat pit and to bring
the blust: of shame to the cheeks of
the inmates of a brothel, and that
instead of wearing the Immaculate
purple robes of the governorship, he
should be clad in the filthy striped
habiliments of a convict.
1 shall not be provoked to further
trespass upon your valuable space
during the next 30 days. I trust that
during that time I shall be able to
force this man to sign the joint reso
lution. If I fail to do so, I shall en
lighten the people of your State as
to the record of this man, by furnish
ing evidence which will be entirely
satisfactory to the most skeptical, as
to his criminal connection with all of
the State's affairs during the last 16
to 18 years.
Thomas B. Felder.
Atlarta, March 20, 1911.
LETTER TO BRICE
IX WHICH FELDER SCORES
BLEASE HOT AND HEAVY.
Makes Many Grave Charges Against
the Governor, Which He Says He
Hon. J. S. Brice, Attorney at Law,
Yorkville, S. C.
My Dear Mr. Brice: X own receipt
of your valued favor of the 16th inst.
I congratulate you most heartily
upon the fact that the governor of
your State has recognised that you
and your associates of the winding-up
commission are gentlemen of unsul
lied reputation and ' irreproachable
character, and has testified thereto
by decorating you with a badge- of
honor. I feel that the unselfish, pa
triotic and distinguished services
rendered your State in connection
with the winding up of ?he affairs of
the late lamented dispensary fully
entitle you to the very great reward
which you have received at his
hands. You would be untrue to your
self if you did not preserve sacredly
the written document which evidences
j your dismissal from the commission,
to be handed down to y ur children's
children as a prize of inestimable
When the history of the great ser
vices which you and your associates
have rendered the StaLe, the sacri
fices which you have made in con
nection with the thankless position
from which you have been dismissed,
Is made known, as it ?.hall be, and
that, too, in the not distant future,
I feel sure ^at you and each of your
associates will receive Crom a grate
ful, though outraged people the wel
come plaudit, "Well done, thou good
and faithful servants."
Yes, the time will come, and that
too, very soon, v. hen the people of
South Carolina will be raade familiar
with the motives and purposes which1
i'have prompted the ?o-ernor of the
State cf conth Carolina to do the
thing? which he has done, in his mad.
insane and misguided efforts to shield
his associates of tho plunderbund
from merited punishment.
He has done nothing which has
surprised me.. I know when he wa*>
a candidate for office; when he was
elected and when he was inaugurated,
that ho would "leave no stone un
turned" to shield and protect the
criminals of the'-State. ;if South Car
professional, political ...---id personal
great office which he disgraces to the
service of these people is but the re
ollna, with whom he was on terms ol
demption of pre-election pledges
made by him, which t ire based not
only upon a good, but a valuable con
?Indeed, the obligation that he Is
under antedates his candidacy for
the governorship, being coeval with
the inauguration of the dispensary
system in the State cf South Caro
lina. During its existence his re
lation to this institution and the men
who have conducted it, personally,
politically and professionally, have
been of such a character that the I
course that he has pursued in rela-j
tion to them since his elevation toj
the governorship has been absolutely;
unavoidable, and can be explained j
upon the theory that "The ox know-j
eth his owner and the ass his mas-1
I see that he is further gratifying!
his malevolence by slurriug your dis-j
jtinguished and faithful attorney gen-i
j eral, my law firm, my associates and
j myself. It is passing strange that this
i creature who has been, by fraud, ac
; cident or mistake, or a combination
j of the trio, elevated to the chief mag
istracy of a once glorious State, who
! personally Is sans the instincts of a
gentleman, professionally the ethics
and attributes of a la wyer, and who j
politically is a hireling scavenger of
filth and falsehood, recreant to ev
ery principle of honor and lost to
every sense of propriety, should es
say to slander and befoul gentlemen,
"the latchets of whose shoes he Is
unworthy to fasten."
I shall await (I fear in vain) the
appointment of the investigating com-i
mittee that he demanded, to reply to:
so much of his recent message as re
i lates to me. the absurdity and falsity
I of which is abundantly established
i by the fact that during the four
j years of my activities in the prosecu
; tion of your goverr or's associates,
i not a word has been uttered before
i the Insinuations made touching the
i matter referred to by him. When
the time comes for action, as come it
must, I would have it understood
that in my treatment of your gover
nor I shall act strictly upon the ad
j vice of the late lamented Rev. Sam
! P. Jones, given in a notable sermon
j preached by him to Ms congregation,
,to-wit: "If you shave a gentleman,
use a razor; if you shave a hog, use
Assuring you of my very high re
gard, believe me,
Yours very truly,
Thomas B. Felder.
Old Man or Trial.
The trial of A. A. Truskett, aged
70.. a wealthy business man of Can
ley, Kan., who shot and killed J. D. S.
iNeeley, 65 years old, a banker and
oil man. of Lima, Ohio, at Inde
I pendence, Kan., wbp tried Monday.
[The shooting occurred in a hotel at
j Caney on January 7.
Mouse Bite Proves Fatal.
Blood poison caused by a mouse
bite caused the death of Conrad
Bregdorf, a farmer living near Evans
A Sleepless Night for the Population of
a Large Illinois Town
MINERS FACE MILITIA
Foreigners With Shot Guns Drove
the Americans From the Mines
Three Companies of Illinois Na
tional Guards Arc Rushed to the
Scene of the Disturbance.
One thousand strong and well
armed, the foreign-speaking coal min
ers of Benid, 111., conducted a sun
rise demonstration Tuesday agains:
their English-speaking brethren of
the town of Gillespie, commanding
those who stood upon the sidewalks
to get in line.
The procession came from Benld,
stopped at mine No. 1, passed
through the main street, of Giiiespie,
thence on to mine No. 3 and back to
Benld. Caution of the older citi-j
zens and business men of Gillespie.
against violence probably prevented j
Throughout the night vigilaot cit:-j
zens of Gillespie patrolled the streets;
of the entire town. They had been
warned that the Benld miners wtu
marching on Gillespie.
Y\rhen the first music of the de- *
monstratlon from Benld was heard
the citizens were prepared for siege j
Some had sought refuge in the rooms:
above store buildings along the ma'n!
street, declaring they would shoo: if |
the marchers came into the town.
Nevertheless, the procession passeo
through the village and not a shot,
An hour later Col. E. J. tang,
commanding the Fourth regiment, II-!
linois National Guard, arrived from
Springfield on an Interurban car and
took charge of the situation Thej
Effingham and Paris companies were
the first to arrive of the troops or
dered out at 1:30 o'clock Tuesday
morning by Governor Deneen. The
other commands arrived before 9
o'clock, nearly all of them coming in
on the interurban line from Spring
It is Col. Lang's plan to march hie
troops from Gillespie to Benld, 2 1-2
mil es-.by wagon road, and disarm the
belligerents, many of whom are in a
disagreeable temper. If necessary,
Col. Lang is prepared to proclaim
martial law in Benld to enforce hi*
plans for quelling the disturbance.
Citizens of Gillespie insist there will
be bloodshed in Benld when the
troops attempt to disarm the foreign
The 700 foreigners who left Benld
early Tuesday paraded to mine 7
of the Superior Coal company and
drove the Americans from the shaft.
They then returned through Gillespie
and continued to mine No. 3, where
the Americans left the workings on
the approach of the disturbers.
The miners were headed by a fel
low workman, who beat a drum. No
move will be made on the foreigners
by the militia until the arrival of all
of the troops. Besides the Infantry
and a Gatling gun platoon, troop D,
First Illinois cavalry, is expected
The trouble started at Benld a
week ago when the foreign miners
became dissatisfied with working con
ditions and induced the Americans to
quit. The local union officials, how
ever, ruled against the move and or
dered them back to work. The Amer
icans returned to the mines and since
then the foreigners have been trying
to persuade the Americans to quit.
The trouble became acute Monday
night after deputy sheriffs of Macou
pln county were driven from the
Governor Deneen after receiving a
report from Col. Shand of the Nation
al Guard ordered the militia to
1 proceed to Benld. Benld is a mining
! town less than three miles from Gil
Early Tuesday morning several
shots were fired in the vicinity of
: mine No. 1. This aroused the whole
Itown. Watchers soon afterward re
1 ported that the Benld miners were
I marching upon the town. When
iupon the outskirts of Gillespie the
* marchers switched off and traveled
I to mine No. 1. To the foreigners'
Isurprise none of the employes of the
[ mine appeared for work at either
I No. 1 or No: 3. The marchers then
; paraded through Gillespie.
The arrival of the State militia
! at Benld early Tuesday morning
i found this mining town quiet. The
; miners who have been bearing arms
: for several days suddenly left for one
; of the nearby mining camps. Their
i departure was heralded by the beat
|ing of drums, shouting and firing oi
1 guns. The troops from Springfield
? were first on the ground and these
j were followed by the militia from
When the whistle blew for work
J in mine No. 1 Monday morning, how
ever, the American miners were pre
j vented from, going to work by 500
? foreigners, who marched from Benld
; and defied the local authorities. Sev
eral fights occurred and one man was
I In view of reports that the for
eigners were preparing to march
j upon Gillespie and apply the torch
! the citizens in a. meeting directed an
I appeal to Governor Deneen for aid.
(Scarcely a person in the 2,400 pop
ulation of Gillespie slept Monday
BG. S. C. rjlBBSUAY. >
ALMOST TWELY2 MILLION
South Carolina One cf Five States
to Traduce Over One Million Bales
The census bureau's reports given
out in Washington ehow the cotton
crop of 1910 to be 11,9*1,563 bales,
counting round as half bales, and in
cluding Unters, compared with 10,
396,209 for 1909. Included in the
statistics for 1910 are: Linters,
397,592 bales; sea island cotton, 90,
368 bales; round, 112,887 bale3.
The average gross weight of the
bales is 501.2 pounds for 1910, com
pared with 496.6 for 1909. Ex
pressed in equivalent. 500 pound
bales the 1910 crop is 11,969,757,
compared with 10,3i5,3S2 for 1 909.
Cotton estimates by glnners and de
linters as remaining to be ginned and
included in the statistics for 1910
amounts to 7j,169 bales.
The 1910 crop by States is re
ported as follows:
Running 500 pound
States. Bales Bales.
Alabama. . . 1,217,399 1,120,507
Arkansas. . . 821,235 844,850
Florida. . . . 6S.295 59,916
Georgia. . . . 1,865,890 1,818,582
Louisiana. . . 256,9S7 256,333
Mississippi. . 1,250,479 1,303,379
North Carolina 771,185 723,467
Oklahoma. . 954,433 957,004
S. Carolina. . 1,237,036 1,166,187
Tennessee. . 336,206 346,189
Texas. . . . 3,071,263 3.170.09S
Other States . 91,148 91,295
TRAIN SAVED BY BOY.
Young Wrecker Repented in Time to
Prevent Terrible Wreck.
Eleventh-hour repentance by a boy
averted a wreck of an express train
bound from Kansas City to Chicago,
at a tretle near Holt, Mo., this week.
Roscoe Townsend, the boy who did
not repent, was so furious when his
chum, Walter Carpenter, appeared
with the poBse that, instead of sur
rendering when called on to do so, he
"Sure, I meant to wreck the train,"
he said, pointing significantly at a
big iron crowbar and chains that had
been used to fasten it to the tracks.
"A lot of passengers would have been
killed, and then I intended to rob
the ones who were dead in the Pull
mans. They would have had the most
He was taken to Holt and locked
up. Carpenter, as a reward for his
action in saving the train, was re
leased. Both are the sons of farm
ers. When the posse reached the
trestle young Townsend had just fas
tened the crowbar to the tracks with
chains. Those who saw the way the
work had been done say the obstruc
tion certainly would have sent the
train into the ravine.
PROYED HE WASN'T AFRAID.
Boy Dies When Lone Cartridge in
"Watch me. I'm not afraid," cried
Robert Harrison, aged 14, as he
placed a revolver to his head while
playing policeman Monday. lie
snapped the trigger as his playmates
yelled and the only cartridge left in
the magazim exploded. He died in
a few minutes without speaking.
The boy's playmates, including his
smaller brother, were armed with
toy pistols. Robert slipped into the
house and secured a 32-calibre re
volver, belonging to a brother, wno
was asleep. The other children were
afraid of the pistol, and in an effort
to reassure them Robert placed it to
his head and fired, with fatal results.
CHARGED WITH KILLING.
John A. Odom is Shot to Death in a
Row by Two Others.
John A. Odom, who was shot at
Brightsville school house Friday
night, died Monday morning. The
coroner's jury rendered a verdict
that his death was caused from gun
[shot wounds inflicted by Geo. W. Bul
lard and William Barrington.. Con
flicting accounts have been given of
the homicide and it is impossible tb
give details that are not contradict
ed. Odom was shot several times,
first by Bullard and last by Barring
ton. Odom cut Barrington after Bul
lard had shot Odom. Barrington is
regarded as being in a very serious
condition. Bullard has been arrest
ed by the Sheriff from Bennettsville.
Aeronaut is Killed.
j The balloon Dusseldorf IV, which
i ascended at Krefeld, Prussia, was
carried over the Zuider Zee, an arm
of the North sea, and because of loss
' of gas was obliged to descend. The
' basket struck a breakwater violently
land the balloon pilot, Paul Kaiser,
was instantly killed.
Made a Wrong Diagnosis.
I Two children of'Mr. and Mrs. Win
! field Cox, of West Point, O., played
1 "doctor" and "patient" with the re
sult the "patient" is in a critical
: condition. Thelma was the "patient"
and her fo?r-year-old brother, who
was the "doctor," told her to drink
some "medicine" from a phiai. The
medicine was corn-cure.
[AUCH 23;, 1J>1 I.
HUB TALKS OUT
Reiteites His Atseilicris Coccinijf
lilt: Felder bt(ers
AS TO THE LIQUOR DEAL
Hub Evans Says Correspondence Re
fers to Attorney and Says Eugene
Blease Has Letters and is Willing
to Verify Statements -Made by Gov
"My first grain of sand out of a
mountain." That is the way, says
Joe Sparks writinr from Newberry,
(Soy Blease characterized the letter!
which he claims to have in.possession I
and which it is alleged to have been
written by T. B. Felder, thp Atlanta1
? attorney, to II. H. Evans, former j
I member and chairman of the dispen-:
isary board of control, now under in- ]
dfctment for rcc-lvi;.'; rebates. Tne i
j letter alleged a (600,000 deal. Gov.'
j Blcaso meant by the.' first grain of
sand," the evidence, he cars, he has
l m his firssssi-ion ts substantiate his
jside of the situation.
If. IT. Evans said Monda.v* that he;
I had known all alonr what sort of;
] man Felder was. He added: "I have
! just waited for two j'eara to let bim I
, rob the State. V.n. could net do it in!
! an underhanded method, so I just let
; him do so from a legal standpoint."
j When seen today Mr. Evans said
that he did not wish at this time to
'give any more correspondence, but
that "everything will come out at the I
proper time." He said that he did
not have any official statement tc
make and that any statement made
should come from Eugene Blease,
IH. H. Evans is a former member of
the old State dispensary board of di
rectors and at one time was the
chairman. His attorney i3 Eu?ene
! Bleas, a half-brother of Gov. Blease.
H. H. Evans said today that his at
torney, Eugene Blease, had had the
much-discussed correspondence with
Tom Felder locked up in his private
desk for two years.
The other day when Gov. Blease
announced his first shot on the dis
pensary situation he stated positively
that he knew the letters had been
written to H. H. Evans by T. B. Fel
der offering to frame up this alleged
deal and that he had been "working
and praying" for two years to get the"
one letter that was printed in The
State on Sunday morning.
Gov. Blease is a strong friend 01
H. H. Evans. He made mention sev
eral days ago of his warm admiration
for the Newberry man. He also
praised several qualities possessed by
H. H. Evans.
?Hub Evans is confident that ht
will not go to the State penitentiary
or pay a fine. The most that can be
imposed under the present indict
ment is a fine of $1,000. Taking the
j friendship of the two men into con
Uideratlon and the position of Gov.
j Blease with reference to the dispen
isary situation, most persons believe
' the pardon power vested in the gove
jrnor of South Carolina would be ex
i ercised if there were a conviction.
' While Gov. Blease has stated that
; he has "a mountain of testimony" on
' the dispensary situation is it. proba
ible most of his ammunition is the
i correspondence between H. H. Evans
|and certain persons in connection j
! with his work as chairman of the
i State dispensary board.
Mr. Evans stated that Hull, the
general manager of Clark Bros. &
Co.. the whiskey firm, had never vis
ited Newberry with T. B. Felder.
"You must write to John Beb
Towill and Boykin. They received a
similar proposition from Felder,"
I said Mr. Evans.
H. H. Evans talking Monday said
and again vehemently reiterated that
the letter printed in The State last
Sunday was written to him by T. B.
Felder, the Atlanta attorney, and
that he had many others from Felder.
He said that they were signed "T.
B." and "Felder," and that they of
? fered to go into all kinds of deals.
"Handwriting experts have testi
fied that the letter signed "T. B." Is
j in the same handwriting as "Tom
I Felder." This statement was made
! by Mr. Evans.
He denounced T. B. Felder in vio
lent language and said he was a
grafter. He said that Felder had
visited him in Newberry and talked
! over the proposed deal whereby Fel
! der said the two would clean up
'$210,000 each. He 6aid that Felder
! was "a liar" if he had stated that he
i had never been in Newberry to con
fer with him. "Why," he said, "1
have living witnesses that Tom Fel
der came here to see me."
"You must write to John Bell
Towill and Boykin. They received a
similar proposition from Felder,"
said Mr. Evans.
Tolls of the Winter.
About 125 persons perished in ac
cidents which befell New England,
Canadian and New Foundland ves
sels or craft which met disaster in
western upper north Atlantic waters
during the fall and winter season nDw
ending. The financial loss is esti
mated at $1,000,000.
The final provisional census re
turns give the total population of In
dia as 315,000,000. This is an in
crease of 20,500,000, as compared
HUB" EVANS' CASE
DEATH OF WITNESS RESULTS IN
DELAY OF TRIAL.
Governor Blease Exults?Says It
Was Never Intended That Evans
"I knew all the time that they
were bluffiing. They never intended
to try Hub Evans. They know that
Hub will tell too much. I knew that
when the death of Charles was an
nounced, and I so stated to several
that Lyon would make that an excuae
for putting off the trial."
This statement was made at New
berry on Monday by Gov. Blease,
when informed that the trial of H.
H. Evans^ under indictment for re
ceiving rebates as chairman of the
old dispensary board of control, had
been postponed until the next term I
of court in Newberry county. Gov.
Blease seemed to be exultant overi
tho announcement of the postpone
ment. He smiled and seemed elated
over his opinion as to why the trial
had been postponed. The case against
H. H. Evans was continued on mo
tion of the State.
Solicitor Cooper represented the.
attorney gener" Fr?ser Lyon, and
asked Judge \. ... s to postpone the
trial until the next term of court, lie
said that he had been requested by
the attorney general to state that the
case would have been ready for trial
except for the sudden death of G. II.
Charles, former clerk of che old
State dispensary board of control.
Mr. Charles died a few days ago at;
"They will not give me a trial.
They deny me the right of being
tried." This statement was made by
H. IT. Evans following the postpone
ment of the trial.
The attorney for IT. H. Evans Is
Eugene Blease, a half-brother of Gov.
Blease. He was in the court room
and protested against a continuance
of the case. He said that H. H.
Evans had demanded a trial at the
court at which a true bill was founu
and s.gain at the succeeding court
and the defendant demanded "his
constitutional right to a speedy
Eugene Blease declared that it
seemed to him that the attorney gen
eral or some one else was trying 10
hold the indictment over the head of
H. H. Evans as ablush. Judge Watts
ordered a continuance of the case
with the condition that there shall
be no more orders for continuance
on the State's motion.
Woman's Clothing Caught From Fire
Miss Kate Freeman, aged 23, of
?Montgomery, Ala., was probably fa
tally burned Monday when her cloth
ing became ignited from a fire in her
room at 122 North Lawn street,
Atlanta, where she had been board-'
ing. The young woman has been ill
several days and the accident hap
pened while her nurse was out of the
room. Maddened by the flames, Miss!
Freeman ran screaming through the I
house, and it was only after a des-'
perate struggle that the nurse finally
succeeded in tearing the burning gar-!
ments from the girl. Miss Freeman!
was removed to an infirmary, where j
her injuries were attended.
DIES A HE ROE'S DEATH.
Man Gives Up His Life in Effort to.
Save Life of a Boy.
At Cleveland, Ohio, an unknown
hero died in an ambulance Monday
afternoon after he had snatched Er
nest Baker, a child of six, from in
front of a moving train on a grade
crossing. The man's attempt to save!
the boy proved fruitless, the lad dy
I ing in a hospital Monday night. The
1 man, a Hungarian, saw the child
i standing apparently bewildered on
I the tracks. A train was coming from
each direction. He ran forward,
j picked up the boy and escaped one
i train but stumbled in front of the
I other. Nothing was found on him to
i establish identification.
BOTH PARENTS DEAD.
Father Killed Mother and Son Thet:
i At Ansonia, Conn., Thomas Fitz
I gibbons. Sr., and his wife, Nora,
I were found dead in their home late
, Monday with their skulls crushed in
; and the house on fire. Their son,
, Thomas J., is under arrest charged
with the murder, though according
? to the story told by him to the police,
j his father killed his mother and he
in turn killed his father. The son
has two slight scalp wounds wh'ch
'? he said he received in the struggle
I with his father, but the medical ex
aminer thinks the wounds were self
i inflicted. The matter is being inves
Caught by a Train.
Early Mack, colored, was run over
|and killed by a train at Mayesville
jon Saturday night. Mack tried to
j pass between cars of the train, when
! the train moved, catching him,
mashed the life out of him. He was
discovered shortly after being
missed, and the cars being moved to
release him, he fell out dead.
WO CENTS PER COFY
WAS TO SEE H?B
Despite Hid Statement to the Contrary
T B. Ftldtr Did Pay That
VISIT TO NEffBERRY
As Claimed by Hnb H. Evans, For
mer State Dispensary Chairman??
Newberrians Say They Saw Him
There on the Occasion Referred to
by the Latter.
"So Tom Felder vows he has never
visited Newberry, does he? Weil,
Tom will have his little joke," said
Mr. Eugene Evans Tuesday, discuss
ing a statement cred'ed to Col. T.
B. Felder of Atlanta, in regard to
matters brought up by the alleged
Felder-Evans letter given to tne
press Saturday night by Governor
Blease, says McDavid Horton, in the
Mr. Evans is a brother to Mr. H.
H. Evans, formerly chairman of the
directing board of the State dispen
sary. Mr. H. H. Evans himself, act
ing under instructions from his at
torney, Mr. Eigene S. Blease, refused
to talk to newspaper men, except
with the understanding that nothing
he said was to be published, at least
as coming from him; but for infor
mation as to Folder's alleged visit to
him at Newberry, he referred inter
viewers to Mr. Eugene Evans.
According to the latter, Col. Fehler
came to Newberry for a conference
with Mr. H. IT. Evans, about a year
before the latter retired from the dis
pensary board. There was sickness
in th j home of Chairman; Evans and
accordingly he asked his brother to
entertain Col. Felder. "Tom Felder
came around to my house," said Mr.
Eugene Evans, "with my niece." Col.
Felder is said to have met a number
of Newberrians during his visit, in
cluding Messrs. Chas. J. Purcell and
Nat Gist and Senator Blease (now
Genial and jovial "Hub" Evans
talked freely and breezily,. once hti
had received assurances that his re
marks would not be quoted. "Noth
ing you Jiay will be used agalnBt
you," his Interviewer laughingly
said. The hearty Evans laugh is as
nearly continuous as ever?"Man,
I've been laughing ever since I got
off the board,*' he said?and Mr.
Evans still wears the famous dia
mond horseshoe in his red tie and a
big soltaire on each plump hand.
It was Mr. Evans' automobile that
carried Governor Blease to the train
for Columbia Monday night. Maga
zine writers still try from time to
time to interview Mr. Evans. Only
Monday he had a message from Will
Irwin, who write for Collier's an un
forgettable page article, after a day
spent in Newberry as Mr. Evans'
guest. Mr. Evans has a warm liking
for Will Irwin and for his brother,
Wallace Irwin, with both of whom he
has chummed in New York city.
Mr. Evans, they say, is writing a
collection of reminiscences or mem
oirs and has already accumulated a
mass of manuscript, which many peo
ple would greatly like to read. When
this matter will see the light of print
the writer himself does not as yet
know. "But the real story is goin&
to be known one of these days," said
'Mr. Evans, "and it won't be long. A
lot of good people have got some aw
ful jolts coming to them."
Monday night Mr. Evans and sev
eral friends, with a visiting news
paper man, foregathered in an of
! flee in Newberry and had a conver
sation lastin? several hours, whlcn
j would make exceedingly interesting
[reading if it could be published. Mr.
I Evans of course did most of the talk
Afterward, at the Newberry hotel,
Mr. Evans talked along the same
1 lines?on dispensary affairs, past,
present and future?to the newspa
I per man. until past midnight. "But
[ no notebooks and pencils for me,"
! said Mr. Evans; "this is no newspa
j per interview. If there's to be any
! interviewing, you'll have to see my
j lawyer, Eugene Blease." And Mr.
. Blease said there was nothing to be
'said for publication on Mr. Evans'
j behalf, at this time.
"Just ask the governor," said Mr.
? Evans. "He has a lot of crackajack
ammunition. He'll give it out at
1 psychological moments."
FIVE PERISH IN MINE.
Explosions of Black Damp in M:ine
at Mineral, Kan.
' iFive men, one of them John Jop
ling general superintendent of the
coal department of the Missouri,
Kansas and Texas railroad, are dead
as the result of an explosion of blacK
jdamp in the company's mine at Min
eral, Kaii., Monday. There were
three explosions, the first just after
Thomas Cheek and John Burgham,
' shot-flrers, went into the mine. Both
were killed instantly. Tae second
came when William Jeffreys, another
I shot-firer, went underground to res
cue his fellow workers. By lying flat
Jeffreys saved himself. As soon as
he reached the surface a rescue party
composed of Jopling and two miners,
Samuel Watson and a foreigner,
rushed into the pit to search for
Cheek and Burghan. Less than 30
mini'tes later there was an explosion
which killed Jopling and his men.