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It Can Never Be Washed Out-Observations
On the Horrors That Attend a Slayer
of His Fellow-Man.
By T. Larry Gantt.
The thing of taking the life of a
human being except in self-defense,
during excitement or on the field
of battle is a terrible thing and un
less a man be hardened into bru
tality and is utterly devoid of con
science it will haunt him to his
dying day.
Three times during my career I
have. deliberately made up my
mind to kill, but determined to
make my antagonists first the as
sailants and to give them a fair
showing, and thus put my own life
in jeopardy. But when the neces
sity for auy such encounter had
passed the feeling of relief was in
Thousands upon thousands of
useful and brilliant lives have been
blighted and rendered miserable by
the taking of human life; even when
thelkilling was justified both in the
sight of man and by the laws of
the land, the curse of Cain follows
the slayer his entire days.
My father, I think, was with the
Ion. Wm. L. Yancey, the great
Secession leader, when he killed
Dr. Earle, of Greenville. They
were boys together, were . warm
friends, land I have often heard my
father',speak of the circumstance.
Yancey killed Earle as the latter
was advancing upon him with an
upraised walking cane, and when
the fatal shot was fired. Just be
fore the late " war between the
States my father and Mr. Yancey t
met in Montgomery, Ala. Mr. i
Yancey, in discussing the tragedy,
stated that lie had no intention of
shooting Dr. Earle, but the en
counter took place in the piazza of
the postoffice, an old wooden build
ing opposite the Mansion House in
Greenville, and which piazza had
no railing, being several feet from
the ground. Dr. Earle attacked
Mr. Yaucey because he had slap
ped the face of his little son, Elias,
there being no very kind feeling be
tween the two men. Dr. Earle
raised his cane and advanced1 upon
Mr. Yancey, who drew his pistol,
presented it and retreated back
ward. Mr. Yancey stated that he
had no intention of shooting the
(octor, buht wanted to intimidate
himi. In stepping backward he
felt that he had reached the ex
treme end of the piazza and, in
order to p)reent falling off, had in
advertently pressed the trigger.
But, the great Southern statesman
told my father, lhe would freely
give famie, fortune and all lie pos
sessedl ',and again start life a poor,
ignorant and obscure muan, could he,
b)y doing so, oiily wipe that blood
from his hands; that often, in the
midst of his most brilliant orations,
wvould lie see the figure of D)r. Earle,I
with thatj upraised cane as wh'len
the tragedy w~as enacted, rise be
fore him. It haunted1 him day and
night, and while the was justified in
the killing and the sentence im-<
posed by the law was light, his life
was unending remorse and self-re-- <
proach. Year-s after the killing,
when Mi-. Yancey returnied to v'isit
his miother--ini-law, Mrs. 1 'arle, in
Greenv'ille, and Elias had grown to<
nianhood, the young man, who had
innocently 'icausedl the dleath of his
father,j appeared before the gate <
with ahotgun in hand andl asked to
see Cot. Yancey. Yancey, from<
behind the closed dloor, told Elias
to go away and lie would return to1
Alabama and not visit Greenville<
again; that he had more of the
Earle blood then upon his hands1
than he could ever wash away and1
(lid riot want any more. This visit
would lprobably have resuilted fatal
ly had not the old lady, who, like
all of thelEarles, was as brave as a
lion seied a shotgun and told
Klias that he must go away and not
further molest her guest, and that I
if he attempted any violence toward
Yancey lie must first fire through I
her. The next clay Mr. Yaucey
left -for Alabama, and did not ever
return again, I think, to South i
Carolina until as a delegate to the I
Charleston convention.
If the killing of a human being
:an be'mide justifiable it was that i
f Bynun by Perry. Bynumi was
- noted duelist, and had been em
ployed to provoke Perry into a fight
and take his life. The two mien i
represented extreme factions in
South Carolina politics, and which i
were as bitter as in the (lays of Till- <
muanism and Conservatism. Bynum I
was an expert with the pistol, and ,
liad killed, so I am told, more than I
>ne man. On the other hand, Perry I
liad but little if any practice with I
that weapon, being a man of peace, -
but undoubted courtag-. But Perry's 1
steady nerve and cool head proved I
;iperior to the skill of his antag
nist, who was killed at the first
ire, and his grave is still pointed
>ut at the historic Rock church,
lear Clemson college. But even the
<nowledge that th:s duel had been
'orced on him, and that his enemy
vas given an eq.al, if not better
ihowing for his life, could never
vipe the red stain from the tender
.onscience of Governor Perry. One
)f his sons told me that he never
ieard the subject mentioned but
>nce in his father's presence, when
iis face grew deathly pale, lie raised I
1is hand and stated that he never I
gain wanted to hear that duel
poken of by any member of his
amily. That the horror of that
ragedy, committed on a little island
ii the Savannah river, haunted this I
reat and good man all his days is c
iot doubted, and it cast a dark
loud over a brilliant life.
I have known a great many men
vho had taken liumian life under all
nanner of circumstances, and with- x
mt a single exception they wore
he brand of Cain upon their brow%s.
'here was no pleasure or happi- I
jess in store for them. Their ex
stence was oue long reign of re
norse and self-reproach, and if they
lid not manifest the same by word
>f mouth, it could be seen in the
estless eye, and nervous starting
it every unusual noise. Many
urned for consolation to drink, and
%hich only added fuel to the eternal \
ires that ev'er !burned within them.I
)thers prospered, but during those t
utervals when the mind was per-.
nitted to wvander back to the pas5t, I
tlook of ha~ggardl misery o'erspreacd
heir faces. The brand of Cain was
ixedl upon the browvs of those shed
ers of human blood by D)ivine ven
~eance, and only death can erase
I remember, wvhile living in Ogle
horpe county, Georgia, talking
,ith a young friend of mine who
mnd gonie with a party to chastise a
iegro for a reported insult to a
.vite woman. This young man
vas stationedi at a window through
vhich the negro endcavoredl to es
~ape. lHe fired on the man and
~hot him dead , his body' hanging~
ver the sill. This young man,
het was a successfu mi 1 erchan t,
~tatedl to me that he afterw~ard dhis
:overecd that lie hadh killed an inno
~ent and slandered man, and the
>art y who had made upl that. storyT
vas enragedl against the negro he
ause lie had intended to leave his
arm and lie wanted to have him
hlastised. But my young friend
tatecd to me that his whole life was
>lighted, and his entire existence
mne of misery and remorse; that the
ight of the poor negro haunted
im all day long and was a constant
ightmiare. Freely wvould he give
ip all lie possessedl and become a
~onvict in stripes to have that stain
vashecd front his conscience. HeI
>ften felt that did he possess the
ean1th of the world1 lie wno1r1 fr.oely
,ive it for even one day's relie
rom the agony of mind that pur
med him, and that lie might ex
erience the feeling of innocene h<
new before that wretched night.
Were this globe of ours coinee
nto gold and placed at my disposa
o take the life of the most debase
m1id miserable human being thal
valks the earth, even under tl
nost justifiable circumstances, I
vould scorn the bribe.
Unless a man, as I have stated
ias a heart scarred with sin, and i!
icapable of feeling remorse, I some
imes think it would be an act o
nercy and kindness to put himi tc
leath, after wilfully and deliberate
y taking the life of a fellow man,
k jury may acquit him, and he ma3
ive a long life, applauded ane
ionored by the world, but ther<
)eats in his breast an inner monitor
ind which will ever keep him re
ninded of that dark deed. His en
ire existence will be one prolonge(
igony, and there will ever walk b3
iis side in day, and repose upon hi:
)illow at night, an unseen spectri
>f the dead man, and from whic
errible and constant visitor then
s no escape.
The murderer is reminded o
he fate that awaits him by th,
Bible, and which commands tha
'He who sheds man's blood by maj
-hall his blood be shed."
I admit that that there are oc
!asions when it becomes imperative
y necessary to take human life, bu
ny greatest hope and desire is tha
lo such dread alternative shall eve
>e forced upon myself. I had soon
r go to my grave the victim of an
ther, than spend my days on earti
vith hands dripping with the life
lood of any one created in God'
wn image.
Life is sweet, but it is anythinj
mt sweet to a red-handed nurderer
In penning this article I had ii
ndividual case in mind, but give i
is the observation of my life and
W ANTED.- Manager for ne
branch of our business here i
4ewberry. Write promptly, with refe
nces. The Morris Wholesale Hous<
"incinnati, Ohio.
Consumption is a humar
veed Ilourishing best in weal
ngs. Like other weeds it'
aisily dlestroyed while young
Then ol, sometimes im
Strengthen the lungs as yoi
couild weak land and thi
veeds wviilisappe)ar-.
The best lung fertilizer i:
;cott's Emulsion. Salt p)Orl
Sgood too, but it is very har<
o digest.
The time to treat consumni:
ion is wvhen you b)eginl trying
o hide it from yoursell
3thers se* it, you wvon't.
Don't wait until you can'
iecive yourself any longei
Beginl wit the first though
atake Scott's Emulsion.. I
Sisn't really consumption s
nuich the better; you wvill soo)
orget~ it and be b)etter for th
reatment. If it is consuii
~on you can't expect to 1)
nired at once, lbut if you wvil
Agin in time and will b
;idly regular in your treal
rent you will win.
Scott's Emulsion, fresh ai
est all you can, cat all yol
:an, that's the treatment an<
hat's the best treatment.
-___ We will send yo
a little of the Emu
., sion free.
lie sure that this p,ictu,re
the formi it a huel IS ontl I
wrapper ofi every bottle
-EEmulsion you buy.
409 Pearl St., N. '
In Order To
And to effect a dissolu
we offer our entire sto
chandise at greatly rec
items will be sold beli
consists of High GradE
Cook Stoves, Furnii
everything usually foi
general store. Comei
to spend one dollar or
and we will save you n
We have an especial
stock of Crockery and
almost your own price
during December,
P. S. Persons indet
and settle.
n To remind our friends that we c
be bought.
Loose Buckwheat. 1
'Figs. Dates. Grated Cc
Mince Meat
Phone 10.
Have You
Linen Ck
tThe Newberry Steam Laundry Cc
the very latest Collar andI( Cuff lIr
every reIopect. We give t be latest
If We cannot please You
your patronage. We do ni
because we leave all thei
SNewberry, but because
You Get Beti
And Bette
'We would be pleased to
o_ur machinery in operatii
SPhone 116 and have wagon C
tion on January I st
ck of general mer
luced prices. Many
>w cost. This stock
Buggies, Wagons,
:ure, Clothing and
aind in a first-class
to see us if you'want
one hundred dollars
ly lar-ge and varied
Glassware to go at
Come to our store
>ted will please call'
arry the very best flour can
aisins. Nu
coanuts, Cranberries
s, etc.
Main Street.
mnpany hasi ins4talleil o of
>ners. It is up to date in
gtossi or dlomepti,<- finish.
then we do not v
ot want your sup
n~oney you pay
have yo ca ou

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