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'STA LISHED 1865 NE WBERR. S. C., TpUICSDAY. DECEMBER 21. 1903. TWICE A WEEK. $1.5 YA
Dixie t all for Colon With 600 Marines.
The sply to be Made to Gen. Reyes.
The Eastern Question.
Phil delphia, December 27. --Sun
day qt et at the League Island navy
yard vts broken today by the hur
ried fit ing out of the 'cruiser Dixie
for lie trip to Colon, and tonight
the tri i vessel is ready to sail to
nmorro morning. The activity at
the y4d resembled much the busy
scenesthere prior to the Spanish
Ameri'an war. Brig. Gen. Elliott,
comminding the marine corps, who
is goipg to the Isthmus on the
Dixie, arrive in the afternoon.
ree companies of marines, one
m Boston and the others from
ashington, also arrived.
Altogether the Dixie will take
eouth'6oo marines, who will be
r the command of Lieut. Col.
Jer. The work of loading the
er continued until midnight of
rday, and was completed this
foon. The quantity, and char
bter of her cargo indicates that the
overnment expects a long cam
1gn at Panamna. Her holds and
cks are crowded to the limit with
res. Besides the regular stores
d other outfit for the marines on
oard of her and those now at the
1sthm1us, the Dixie will take with
her five wagon loads of small am
munition, a quantity of lumber,
camp supplies and a number of
WHAT WILL. IT 13E ?
Washington, December 27.
State department officials have un
der consideration the nature of the
reply which is to be made to the
note of Gei. Reyes, the Colombian
minister, regarding the action of
the U nited States in connection with
affairs growing out of the secession
of the department of Panama. Just
when the answer is to be ready is
not definitely known. Gen. Reyes
is anxious for an early reply, and
the State department officials are
equally as anxious that the matter
shall be disposed of as quickly as is
consistent with a careful prepara
tion of the administration's answer.
The Colombian note contains a
statement of the grievances which
that country claims to have suffered
under the interpretations put on the
treaty of 1846. It discusses these
grievances in a calm and dignified
tone and sets out the reasons which
Gen. Reyes gives in support of the
-contention he has made. The pro
bability is there will be several dip
lomatic exchanges between Colom
bla and the United States before
Sanything like a conclusioni of t'e
discussion of the matters at issue is
AN OMINOUs SIGN IN THIE E~AsTr.
London, D)ecemiber 28. -The Daily
Mail's Kobe correspondent asserts
~hat the Japanese army authorities
ave requested the newspapers to
afrain from publishing news con
rning thme mnovemenuts of troops or
her wvariike preparations. In anm
itorial, thme Daily Mail says it re
rds this as a practical censorship
San onminous sign.
~ditorial articles in) other morn
lewsp)apers exlpress concern] over
novements of foreign war ships
rds tihe far least and p)artienl
over the statement that United
s marines have b)eenm ordleredl
>rea, fearing some unforeseen
nt may peciiate evt..
THE PHOSPHATE INDUSTRY.
The Great Decrease in Royalty to the State
In the Past Few Years-Now
Columbia Cor, News and Courier.
A meeting of the board of phos
phate commissioners has been called
for January 6. for the purpose of
formulating the annual report to the
Legislature. The figures of the
operations for the year and the
amount of royalty received show a
steady decrease, and where ten
years ago the State treasury re
ceived nearly $300,000 in royalty,
this year the amount is little over
$15,000. This amount is $12, 157.68
less than that received the previous
year, the total being but little more
than half what it was in 1902.
There are five companies in the field
and the decrease in the number of
t'is niined is in the neighborhood
of one-half, and if the same pro
portionate decrease continues as it
has done in previous years there
will soon be no revenue whatever
from the industry.
THE OLD SCHEDULE AGAIN.
It Will Be Restored On January 10
Trains Nos. 17 and 18 Wil
The announcemenw has been made
that On January 10 the old schcd
ile on the Columbia and Greenville
division of the Southern will be re
stored and through trains Nos. 15
and 16 are to be placed on again,
the one leaving Columbia early in
the inorling and the other return
ing to Columbia something after i
o'clock at night.
The new trains, Nos. 17 and iS,
will be retained on practically the
same schedule as at present. No.
17 will leave Columbia at 5 p. in.,
arriving Hodges io p. in., making
connection with the branch train
for Abbeville. No. 18 will leave
Hodges at 5:30 a. m., arriving Co
lumbia 11:30 a. i. These will be
Cut With An Axe by a Negro.
Mr. Ben Sloan, who lives in No.
2 Township, about three miles from
the city, was struck in the head
with an axe by a negro at his farm
at an early hour on Thursday morn
ing and received a severe but not
a serious cut just behind the ear.
The negro, Pierce Suber, was hunt
ing 'possums on Mr. Sloan's place.
Mr. Sloan ordered the negro to
leave when the negro struck him
with the axe, which he carried for
cutting down trees, inflicting a
gash about three inches long. Mr.
Sloan was unarmed and went to
Mr. 8. 13. Leitzsey's house niear by.
Mr. Leitzsey searched for the ne
gro, but failed to find han~f. Later,
however, thie negro coine to Mr.
Leitzsey 's house anid was t aught a
Mrli. M. WV. Crouch, of Johinston,
and Miss Su Sub)ei, of Big C ree-,
Saluda county, were mnarriedl on
Sunday mnorniuig at the residlence of
the gridle's father, Mr. WV. F. Suber,
b)y the Rev. Hf. L. Baggart. Th le
young couple spent Sunday night
in Newberry with Mr. and Mrs. WV.
GENERAL NBWS NOTES.
tens of More or Less Interest Condensed
Outside the State.
Three boys, two negroes and oic
vhite, were killed by toy guns al
Xilimington on Christmas day.
Irs. Roose,velt entertained five
indred children of more or les!
)rominent people at the Whitc
louse on Saturday afternoon.
The tallest building in the work
s to be erected i) New York. I1
s to be five stories below the streel
evel and forty stories above aind i
o cost $1,000,0o.
A mob at Pineapple, Ala., or
4'riday night fired the jail to con
:eal the lynching of a negro chiarger
vith killing a while man. Tlc
ire extended to eight stores, two
varehouses and the )OSt olice.
In a head-on collission between i
>assenger and a freight near N\lor
is, Ala., on Wediesday, oe per
on was killed and eighteen ver<
I,. a pistol fight in a gainblin
-oom in Savannah )In \Vednlesda3
n1orning, one professionai ganble
Nvas killed, another morta,
wounded and another seriou.,
Capt. Drey fus, accused of treasol
o his country, and who inl one o
the most celebrated trials held il
recent years, was degraded an
:lismissed from the French arm
ind bitterly punished, will hav<
mother trial, this time by a civiliai
Lee R. Brennan, a young comn
nercial artist of Chicago, was ar
rested at the postoffice in Chicag(
>n Thursday, where he Lad gon<
n answer to a decoy letter, by fou
letectives, the source of a numbe
)f mysterious letters to financier
>f New York demanding mone:
md threatening death should it no
>e sent, having been traced t<
Brennan through the decoy letter
Win. H. Clark, a young Nev
Vorker, age eighteen, is making i
our of the cities of the Unitec
States of over 30,000 population
wvinning his way by shining shoes
.ie made a wager of $x,ooo that hi
.ould accomplish the task b3
lhristmas, 1904. He passe
bhrough Columbia and Augusti
The court at Dresden has dis
olved the marriage of Princi
ETrederick and Princess Alice o
Schoen burg- Walden burg. Th
rincess, who is a daughter of D)oa
2marlos, the Spanish pretender, wa
eported some time ago to havy
~loped with her coachman, but th,
tory was strenuously denied. TJh.
:ourt gave no explanation of tn.
eparation, l'he cotiple were mar
-ied by thle present pope whliile h
,yas p)at riarch of Venice.
Th e D u<luesneI liimit ed, the: fas
.broughi passenger train from P itt s
urg to New York oni the Halti
nIore a ld ( )hi o railro.td, 1)1Ot8Ih,
nto0 a p)ile of lumber droppedl froii
ilbadly loadled freight car, a
[aurel Runm, Pa. , early WVednesda'
:vening, and 64 lives were lost an
ibout 9 persons werc injured. TPh
rain 1loughed along fr a co
siderable distance and the cars
were torn to pieces, passengers
jumping, screaming, falling from
the wreck as it tore along. Sudden
ly the engine swerved to the left
and the coaches plunged down
over the embankment to the edge
of the Y oughiogheny river.
Great lBritain has recogn11ized the
iadependance of Panama.
The Salvation Army distributed
dinners to 25,000 of New York's
poor on Christmas day and to 5,000
Prouding over hii inability to
purchast suitable Christmas gifts
for his three motlierless children,
)OSepli Phillips, a farmer of 11 oIly
-ille, N. Y., on Friday inght mur
dered his 3 cl idren, crushing iheir
skulls with an axe, and then went
and hanlged himself ill a icighblor's
Granville W1. Garth, president
of' the l-Chanics National bank of
ew Yor., comllittcd sticile by
Jumpinlg overboard a stealier boiid
fromi New York to Dallas. It is
Said lie was oil tle Verge of, mental
1riih steamlier IIladed with
nitrate of soda took fire froim tihe
explosion of her cargo alld Salk
near Porto tico. The crew made
their Way as.orC through terrible
seas, narrow Ly escaping death.
John Alexandre Dowie, the
self-styled Elijah 11., will sail for
Australia on January 21. ie says
lie is going to leave everything in
Zion City, Chicago, untouched.
A boMW bank robbery, attended
by a desperate light between a
posse of citizens and the robbers,
occurred at Kiowa, near Fort
Worth, Tex., the robbers taking
and destroying about $28,000. One
robber was injured.
A dense snow fall struck New
York on Saturday, accompanied
by a small hurricane that lasted for
a few moments. Black clouds
covered the city with darkness and
caused a collision in the harbor.
In a blinding snow storm in
Boston harbor on Saturday a Clyde
steamer was rammed by another
boat and sunk. 'he crew were
Twenty-two persons were killed
and twenty-nine injured, several
of them fatally, in a collision early
Saturday evening of two passenger
trains on the l'ere Marquette rail
road, near Grand Rapids, Mich.
The collision, which was head-on,
was caused by the high wind low
ing out the redl signal light at a
station where one of the trains
should have stop)ped.
Rtichard W\agner's saicredl muisi
cal drama, "ParsifCal" ', was pre
inl thec \Ietrooinman operai hi,iie in
Ne\w Yiork on1 Thulrs(hy eveirt4e
- Thec prodution takes rank ais the
- morst sen)'ationail operat ic Ceent ini
i puliic pecrformn1:ice oif the much
tI scuissed (Ira ma ou t of IHaircuth I
11 and it was presenited after a storm
iof p)ulpit protest anid after the
Met ropolitani st-mge had been comn
- n letely ebuilt.
KILLED BY A SKY ROCKET.
Negro Loses His Life On Main Street in
the Midst of the Christmas
While the Christmas celebration
on Main street Christmas Evc night
was at its height Sam Eigner, a
negro about nineteen years of age,
was struck in the head just below
the right eye by a flying sky rocket
and almost instantly killed.
Te accident occurred shortly
after 8 o'clock. fihe negro was
standing on the sidewalk in front
of Summer Brothers' clothing es
tablislnent. The streets were
packed with Christinas shoppers
and inerryinakers iid nombers of
people were 'hoot ing every con
ceivable kind of' lire works. Std
deliy a skv rocket started from
about the coner it the Mower
Conmlptny's store in1d c:ile swi,;hl
ing and swirling and hissing with
terriblh Nlocity straight down ile
outer , dge: rf t he south sidewalk,
blazing a liliant pathway through
the dense crowd for loo yards and
finally findilg its lodgilent in tle
negro's brainl. Tihe iegro dropped
un11con1scious wit h t lie smoking
roicket inl his head. It was pullnd
out some moments later by a per
lion standing near.
Dr. C. 1). \Veks wa.is suniloned
fro the drug store anid latet'r Dr.
H11se.al calie and wats just getting
ready to Inake an injection to at
tempt to prolong life when tle ie
gro died, about. ten iniitites after
he was strtick.
'Tihe body was taken te -om1cil
chambers, where Cor dsay
immediately held -- )ny
a few witnesses % - - ned.
Robert Norris saw the roc, . coni
ing down the street and saw the
negro when lie fell. J. \W. Vine
yard testified that the rockct passed
between him and a gentleman to
whom lie was talking and later he
saw the negro lying on the ground.
R. M. Taylor said lie saw the rocket
strike the negro and that it fired in
his head five times. Pink Harring
tonl, colored, got to the negro after
he was dead. Dr. W. G. Houseal
testified that death was produced
from the fracture of the right molar
or cheek bone, fracture of the front
bone and orbital plate, destruction
of the eye, contusion and laceration
of the brain.
T1he coroner's jury, 13. B3. H-air,
forman, rendered its verdict, that
''the said Sam Eigner came to his
death accidently by a wound in
flicted b)y a sky rocket from thie
hands of party or parties unknown
to the jury'".
The negro was a man of family.
D)uritng the pa.si few months he had
lost a wife and two children and
himself had narrowly escaped be
ing killed with a hiatchet~. IIe
mnariried again recentlhy.
A collect ion of somnethintg over
$7.0 wa taken for the negro's
burial , but in: the mneanit imte some
of his relatives had puirchased a
colliin andU ihe colort tom was kept
lotr a charity funitd.
Wolod - - 1anlfson.
Mr. Ja mes R . \Vooj anmd NIiss
Nancy Daieilsoni were married by
Rev. N. N. Hlurton on WVednesday
afternoon at thie residce of the
bride's fat her, Mr. Theodore~
D)anielson. in West End.