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New Bills Introduced On First Day-The
Elections-In Memory Of The Lament
ed Gordon-Other Matters.
Columnbia, January 14. -The gen
eral assembly convened at high noon
on Tuesday.
This being a middle term and all
the members having served during
one session, both houses were or
ganized and got down to business
with very little ceremony.
The matter of the election to be
held during the session wai taken
up early in the day and Mr. Aull's
resolution in the house calling for
an election of an associate justice,
two members of the penitentiary
board, a chairman of the dispensary
board, two dispensary directors, a
liquor commissioner and a state
librarian, to be held on Friday. The
matter was referred to the commit
tee on privileges and elections.
The most important event of the
irst day, and that which consumed
the most. time, as is usual, was the
- reading of the governor's annual
The message was given to the
readers of the Herald and News in
an extra edition shortly after it was
When the roll of the Senate was
called there were only six absentees.
Mr. G. L Holliday, of Horry, was
sworn in, succeeding Senator Mc
Dermotte, who has resigned since
the last session. The proceedings
were opened with prayer by the
Rev. W. I. Herbert, in the absence
of the chaplain.
Lieutenant Governor Sloan de
livered an appropriate address,
referring to the fact that the ranks
of the senators had not been entered
by death, and expressing the heart
felt wish that they would live on to
see South Carolina, now great and
C grand, become greater and grander.
He expressed the wish that their
4 proceedings would be characterized
. f..by harmony, courtesy, intelligence
C and dignity. *-;
A concurrent resolution was in
troduced by Senator Mayfield, in
viting all .ounty supervisors to
Sattend the good roads convention to
be held in Columbia on the 19th of
Sthis month and providing for the
payment of their railroad expenses
by the legislature.
A special message was received
from thg governor on the death of
General Gordon, and the following
concurrent resolution was offered
by Senator Aldrich:
Whereas, it has pleased the Al
mighty to end the brilliant earthly
career of that splendid soldier and
* statesman, Gen. John B. Gordon, of
Georgia: and,
Whereas, at a trying period and
critical period in the histor y of the
State he came to our aid and rend
ered voluntary service of such value
and devotion as entitles him forever
to be known as the friend of the
people of South Carolina : Now,
therefore, be it
Resolved by the senate and House
be representatives of South'Carolina,
* pTihat a committee of honor be raised
FIvo attend the funeral of Gen. Gor
F'~ don and to pay the State's tribute
of respect to his memory, said com.
mittee to be composed of his Excel
lency, the Governor, or such mem
bers of the executive department as
he may designate, the Chief Justice
of the Supreme Court, or such
member of the judicial department
as he may designate, three Senators,
to be appointed by the President of
the Senate and four of the House of
Representatives, and that the ser
geant-at-arms of the houses be in
structed to carry out the provisions
of this resolution.
The resolution was sent to the
house and was concurred in by that
The large portrait of General
Gordon in the senate chamber had
already been draped in crape by the
sergeant at-arms, at the suggestion
of Senator Sheppard.
The proceedings of the house
were opened with prayer. Speaker
M. L. Smith was very eloquent in
his opening address, saying the
members of the house had assembled
to look after the welfare of their
people. That was the highest law
and he would caution them that it
was more important to find what
was necessary than to apply the
The special message of governor
Heyward and the concurrent resolu
tion of the senate relative to the
death of General Gordon were re
ceived, and speaker Smith appointed
the following committee to attend
the funeral, saying that he thought
those who had fought with Gordon
were the proper ones to represent
the State at his funeral: Messrs.
Trible; James, Brooks, Jeremiah
Smith and King.
Mr. McGill "introduced a bill of
local nature, which the house re
fused to refer to a speeial commit
tee consisting of the Greenwood
Mr. W. J. Johnson, of Fairfield,
introduced a bill proposing a fran
chise tax of one tenth of one per
cent. upon the capital of every
corporation in the State, except
cotton mills, doing business for
profit under a State charter, and
requir'ng that the corporations
make reports to the secretary of
The Senate yesterday took up
the consideration of the 34 bills
left over from last session, mostly
Iwhich were either recommitted or
passed over without discussion. A
resolution was' passed inviting
Senator Latimer to address the
legislature on the 20th. The good
roads convention which will be in
session here at the time, will be
invited to be present.
The house yesterday morning
adopted them concurrent resolution
fixing Frid:.: as the day for the
IThere was considerable discus
sion on the matter of referring
measures to special committees. The
discus.sio~n was provoked by a mo
tion to refer a bill relating solely to
Charleston to thec Charleston dele
gatoin The motion was finally
killed and the bill went to the
regular committee.
A number of new measures were
mtroduced,-among them a bill to
increase the appropriation for erect
ing a monument to Hampton to
$3o,ooo. It will be remembered
that at the last session an appro
priatior, was made for this purpose
to be available only when the citi
zens of the State had voluntarily
contributed $io,ooo to supplement
the appropriation. Not more than
half this amount has been raised so
The bills to prevent delays in:
freight shipments and to outlaw
slot machines, were passed to a
third reading.
Mr. Kirby's bill to appropriate
$ioo,ooo for public schools and
Mr. Taylor's bill to abolish sheriffs'
and treasurers' fees were killed.
Interesting News About the Forthcom
itg Election-The Candidates and
the Offices.
Special to The Herld and News.
Columbia, S. C. January i4
The general assembly will probably
not go into an election until Wed
Hon. H. H. Evans has no an.
nounced opponent of the dispen
sary board, though former senator
McDermotte, of Horry. S. C., is
being talked and a possibility,
Towell of Lexington, Wylie of
Chester, Walker of Barnwell, and
Boyken of Kershaw are in the race
for the two other positions on the
board. W. 0. Tatum, and W. D.
Black are in the race for liquor com
missioners. Mr. Tatum will proba
bly be elected associate judge.
Woods will succeed himself with
out opposi ion. Miss LaBorde is
opposed for state librarian by sev
eral ladies, but will in all proba
bility be elected for another term.
There are a number of candidates
for the penitentiary board.
Advocates Campaign on National
New Haven, Conn., Jan. 14.
WV. J. Bryan arrived here today
on business connected with the Ben
nett will. This evening he was
given a reception at the Hypercen
Theatre. He made an address ad
vocating national instead of party
issues for the coming campaign,
placing himself on record for broad
ening the policy of the Democratic
party, and foreshadowing the for
mation of a party along new lines
as laid down by himself this even
ing. A large crowd listened atten
tively, applauding liberally.
Death of Mr. Thomas V. Wicker.
Mr. Thomas V. Wicker died at
his home in the -city at 3 o'clock
yerterday afternoon, in the Soth
year of his age. He was a con-I
sisteut member of the Methodist
church and leaves a wife and*
several children and grandchildren.
Funeral services this afternoon at
the house at hiaif past three. In
termnen't in Rosemo'nt cemnetary.
'Worthily Done.
The John M. Kinard Camp, Sons
of Confederate Veterans, sent Mr
R. Herman Wright as its represen
tative at the funeral of General
The Drayton D. Rutherford Chap
ter of the Confederacy, sent a beau
tiful wreath of flowers for General
ordon's grave.
A Communication Received From The City
Council Giving A Full Statement of the
Town's Financial Condition.
The adjourned citizens' meeting
held in the court house on Wednes
day afternoon heard the report of!
its committee, appointed at the
previous meeting, submitting a
full statement of the town's finan
cial condition, and after a full
and free discussion of the necessity
for the license tax recently imposed
by the council, continued the com
mittee, with the addition of the
chairman of the meeting, to confer
with council and to report to a
fourth meeting, some measure for
funding the floating indebtedness
of the town and by which the cur
rent expenses may be met out of
the revenues. The meeting was at
tended by about sixty citizens.
The meeting was called to order
by Chairman George B. Cromer.
The committee, consisting of
Messrs. George Johnstone, chair
man, W. E. Pelham, 0. B. Mayer,
T. C. Pool, B. F. Griffiin, F. H.
Dominick, and E. C. Jones, ap
pointed at thq last meeting to secure
adequate information as to the
financial condition of the town, re
ported through its chairman, Col.
Johnstone, as follows:
The following communication
was handed Mayor Earhardt by the
John W. Earhardt, Esq., Mayor
of the Town of Newberry, Newber
ry, S. C.-Dear Sir: The under
signed have been appointed a com
mittee on behalf of a meeting of the
citizens of the town who have under
consideration certain matters ielat
ing to the finances of the town in
which they are vitally interested.
They requested of us to obtain cer
tain information from you which is
necessary, as they conceive it, to
an intelligent understanding of the
matters in which they are concerned.
They request us, therefore, to ask
of you the following information:
i. What are the entire revenues
of the town, and from wpat sources
are they derived, and what amount
is derived from each source? In
this connection, we would be glad
to have a statement, (a), As to
what is the amount derivable from
the ordinary six mill levy; (b),
what amount is derived under each
of the special levies and what are
the amount for the special levies.
2. What is the indebtedness of
the town? Under this head, we
would like to be informed, (a),
what is the present amount of the
different bond issue outstanding a
ganst the town; (b), what is the
amount of the floating debt includ
ing all item:s rot covered by the
bonded debt, a:d we would like to
know to whom this indebtedness is
owed, nr.d what rate of interest it
is drawing.
3. What amount is it estimated
that the present license ordinance
of the town recently passed will
brig into the Treasury?
4- To what purposes is it pro
posed to appily the amount realized
under the present recently passed
licene ordinance.
We would be pleased to have
this information at the earliest
practicable moment as we under
stand # it it is desired that we sub
mit it~wan adjourned meeting of
the citizens on Wednesday next.
Very truly yours,
George Johnstone, Ch'n
W. E. Pelham,
Fred. H. Dominick,
B. F. Griffin,
T. C. Pool,
E. C. Jones,
0. B. Mayor,
To this communication council
replied as follows:
Newberry, January 12.
Messrs. Geo. Johnstone, Pelham,
Mayer, Pool, Griffin, F. H. Domi
nick and E. C. Jones, Committee:
Gentlemen: In reply to your re
quest for informati6n concerning
certain matters relating to the
finances of the town in which the
citizens are virtually interested, it
gives me great pleasure to hand
you the within statement. If we
have failed to fully cover all ques
tions, or if any further information
is desired, please call on the City
Clerk who will gladly furnish you
with whatever additional informa
tion you may desire.
Very truly yours,
Jno. W. Earhardt,
Mayor of Newberry.
(i) What are the revenues of the town,
and from what sources are they derived,
and what amount is derived fromd each
6 Mill Regular Tax.$ 9120 28
h' Mill Opera House
Tax...... ............. IX40 03
23/ Mill Wat. Wks.
& El. Lt. B'ds..--- 3800 12
i Mill Sewer Bonds. 1520 04-$15530 49
Street Duty............ 435 50
Rents..... . ...... 293 50
License ........... 591 62
Fines Mayor's C't... 1709 So
Dispensary & Beer
profits ......... 5000 02
Petty cash. ............ 26 42
Sale of 3 lots in col
ored cemetery...... 15 oc-$ 9n71 86
$24652 35'
(a) Derived from 6 Mill Regu
lar Tax............................ $ 9120 28
(b) See answer question number one.
(2) What is 'the indebtedness of the
town? Under this head we would like
to be informed:
Opera House Bonds.................$22coo oo
Water Wks & El. Lt. Bonds.... 4200o oo
Sewer Bonds .............. ........... 25000 00
(b) What is the amount of the floating
debt, including all items not covered by
the bonded debt, and we would like to
know to whom this indebtedness isowed,
and what rate of interest it is drawing?
Commercial Bank (Note) Due
12-1-03.(8 per cent.)..-----$3028 91
Commercial Bank (Note) Due
-3-9-04 (8 per cent.)........ ..2804 So
National Bank (Note) Due
1-2-04 (8 per cent.)........-. 3696 35 -
Fair Gravel Co (Note) Due
3-27-04 (6 per cent.)......... Ioo 00
Fair Gravel Co. (Note) Due
I6-19-04 (6 per cent.)......... 584 'I
Eureka Fire Hose Co. (Note)
(6 per cent ).. .............--.45000o
F. C. Hallbrook (Note) Due
:-6-.o4 (8per cent ).. ......250o0oo
Sarah WV. Hlouseal (Note) Due
1-10-05 (S per cent.).. ........1500 00
Carolina Savings Bank (Note)
Due 12-23-04 (S per cent.. 2000 00
Carolina Savings Bank (Note)
Due 2-2S-o4 (S per cent.).. 2000 00
M. G. G. Scherer (Note) Due
12-31-05 (S per cent.)....... 30000
Mary A. Ehrmnan (Note) Due
12-31-05 (S per cent.) ........1Io00
Nat'l Bank Newberry (Note)
Due 12-22-03 (S per cent.).... 569 33
Savings Bank Newberry (Note)
Due 12-30-03 (S per cent.).... 2000 00
Savings Bank Newberry (Note)
Due 2-3...3 (8 per cent.).... Ico 00

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