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Miss LaBorde Elected State Librarian
Messrs. Towill and Boykin Members
of the_Board.
(Special to Herald and News.)
Columbia, January 2.-In joint
session of the general assembly to
dayjHon. C. A. Woods was elected
associate justice of the supreme
court to succeed himself. Mr.
Wcods had no opposition.
D. B. Puerifoy and J. 0. Wingo
were elected members of the board
of directors of the State peniten
Miss Linnie lfaBorde was elected
State librarian to succeed herself.
She was opposed by several ladies.
W. 0. Tatum, of Orangeburg,
was chosen liquor commissioner.
The Hon. H. H. Evans, of New
berry, was elected chairman of the;
dispensary board of directors, re- I
ceiving 99 votes. Mr. Evans was
opposed by Former Senator and
now County . Treasurer MCter
motte, of Horry.
Messrs. John Bell Towill, of
Batesburg, and Boykin, of Ker
shaw, were elected members of the
board of dispensary directors.
The board, as will be seen, will
be constituted as follows:
H. H Evans, chairman; John
Bell Towill and Boykin.
Columbia, January 2 1.-The
general assembly convened yester
day at noon after a -ecess iaken
since las't Saturday. The day was
very uneventful in both h6uses,
except for a message from Governor
Heyward in regard to lynching and
an address by Senator Latimer.
Senator Latimer's address was
made at x o'clock, in response to
an invitation sent him last week.
It was a presentation of arguments
in support of his bill now pending
in Congress to secure. government
aid in the building of good roads.
Governor Heyward's special
message, which, it will be seen,
was inspired ~by the recent lynch
* ing in Dorchester county, was as
To the Honorable the Gentlemen of
- the General Assembly:
In my annual message to your
honorable body reference was made
to lawlessness in our State, the fre
quent occurrence of lynching being
dea'lt w ith parti.cularly. -The neces
*sity of respect being paid to the law
by civilized communities was urged
in this connection. You, the law
makers, had not been assembled
here a week when another evidence
of this lawless spirit is given in the
lynching at Reevesville.
The governor is popularly cred
ited with the power to prevent or
punish these outrages against the
State. In reality he is practically
powerless. When notified, be may
sometimes frustrate the mob by the
employment of troops, but when
the crime has been committed his
hands are practically tied. The
meagre rewards he has been em
powered to offer out of his contin
gent fund have proven ineffectual,
and this is as far as he is permitted
to go. In the meantime the spirit
of lawlessness is unchecked. Any
band of lawless men may feel se
cure in taking the life of a fellow
being on almost any pretext. This
deplorable condition ought to be
remedied. To compel greater re
spect, the proper respect, for the
majesty of the law I recommend
the enactment of special legisla
tion in reference to lynching, that
the great responsibility of officials
directly charged with enforcing the
law be brought home to them, and
that more effectual measures be
taken for the apprehension of per
sons who take the law in their own
hands. /
In lieu of some legislation, I sug
gest that the governor be provided
with an adequate fund for the pur
pose of suppressing lynching-a
fund that may be used in offering
suitable rewards or in obtaining
evidence against lynchers in such
manner as may be deemed best.
I sincerely regret the necessity
for this and am not desirious of ad
ditional responsibilities, but I will
not shirk any duty that the general
assembly may see fit to impose for
the welfare and good name of South
D. C. Heyward,
The memorial from the State
Temperance Law and Order League
was received in both houses- as in
In the house an unfavorable re
port was received on the bill to
change the time for the meetirig of
the general assembly to the second
Tuesday in May.
Senator Brice introduced a peti
tion from the women of Yorkville
asking for the removal of a dispen
sary by popular vote.
Senator Hardin's concurrent
resolution providing for the change
of the name of the Columbia Female
college to Columbia college and
empowering the trustees to dispose
of the present property if desired,
was passed and sent to the house.
A resolution was passed granting
a charter to the South Carolina
Immigration society.
Senator, Butler's bill to exempt
Confederate soldiers from peddlers'
and hawkers' licenses was sent to
Items of More or Less Interest Condensed
In the State.
A negro named Jim Stevens, liv
ing on Mr. J. D. Prothro's place,
about seven miles from Aiken, was
shot and killed by Mr. Jackson
Fanning, the overseer. The trou
ble grew out of a dispute over water
ing stock. The negro shot Mr.
Fanning with a shot-gun, pepper
ing his face with bird shot.
The executive committee has
issued a call for a meeting of the
State Republican convention on the
24th day of February.
Another Meeting This Afternoon to Hear
committee Report-Statement of Pros
perity's Financial Condition.
The citizens of School District
No. 14, in which is comprised the
town of Prospe'rity, met in the
school building at Prosperity on
Tuesday afternoon to discuss the
matter of a new school building.
The attendance was very small.
After very little discussion the mat
ter was referred to a committee
which will report to an adjourned
meeting to - be held in the school
building next Tuesday afternoon at
3 O'clock.
The matter of a new school build
ing has been agitated in Prosperity
for several years past. A little
more than a year ago an election
was held on the question of voting
bonds to the amount of $5,odo'forI
this purpose but the bond issue
failed by a very narrow majority.
The old building in which the
meeting was held on Tuesday after
noon is sufficient argument for a
new building. It is an old wooden
structure in a dangerous locality,
being situated just against the
Columbia, Newberry and Latrens
railroad track. It has long since
served its use and is a structure in
which neither pupils nor patrons
nor citizens of the town generally
can take any pride whatever.
The citizens ot the district are
practically agreed that a new build
ing is needed. Some, however,
want the money raised in one way,
s: me want it raised in another,
while some think it will cost too
much to erect a new building;
taking the position that what was
good enough for the fathers is good
enough for the children and will be
good enough for generations yet
unborn. The result of the election
mentioned above showed that those
in favor of a bo::d issue lacked only
a little of being in a majority.
The meeting of citizens on Tues.
day afternoon, called to discuss the
matter, was called to order by Dr.
C. T. Wyebe, of the board of trus
tees, who stated the object of the
meeting. Dr. Wyche was chosen
chairmap and Mr. B. B. Schumpert
Dr. Wyche briefly outlined the
three plans by which the money for
a new building could be raised : Is',
by private subscription; 2nd, by
levying a 2-mill tax; 3d, by a bond
Personally, he favored the issue
of bonds because he thought it the
easiest and most equitable way. If
a bond issue were decided upon,
however, immediate action should
be taken because the legislature was.
now in session and it would be ne
cessary to secure legislation.in or der
to an election. Prt>f. Counts, he
said, had secured from Architect
Milburn plans for a building. It
was estimated that a wooden build
ing would cost between $2,500 and
$3,000, while a brick building would
cost $4,ooo. It would be necessary
also to purchase a lot in another
location. Dr. Wyche spoke along
this line at some length, showing
the urgent necessity for a new build
ing and favoring issning bonds,
purchasing a lot and going to work
at once.
Mr. H. C. Moseley offered the
following resolution, which was
"Resolved, That twelve conser
vative persons be appointed by the
chairman to consider the practica
bility of erecting a building, what
kind of building is needed, where:
it should be located, and report to
an adjourned meeting."
Mr. Moseley supported his reso
lution in a short talk. The ex
pense of a new building should
be taken into consideration, he said.
He for one didn't want Prosperity
to get in the fix of her sister city,
After the adoption of the resolu
tion the meeting adjourned subject
to the call ot the chairman.
Chairman Wyche immediately
called a meeting to be held in the
old school building next .Tuesday
afternoon at 3 o'clock. 'In accord
ance with the resolution passed, he
has appointed the following com
mittee: H. C. Moseley, R. L.
Luther, Godfrey Harmon, Dr. J. S
Wheeler, J. H. Hunter, T. A. Doi
inick, R. I. Stoudemayer, J. M.
Wheeler, A. P. Dominick, J. L.
Wise, J. C. Counts.
There seems to be no -danger of
Prosperity getting "inithe fix of her
sister city, Newberry" by voting
bonds to erect a new school build
The present debt of the town is
$z,ooo, part of a debt of $x,6oo in
curred in the erection of the city
hali during the year 1902. A tax
of two and one-half mills was levied
to retire this debt and has already
paid $6oo of it and with the in
creased amount which will be de
rived from it incident to the growth.
of the town,-the erection of a cot
ton oil mill, stores, etc., etc., -the
remaining Sr,ooo,-the town's to
tal debt-will be wiped out in less
than two years more.
Before the erection of the city
hall Prosperity had no debt and
her citizens paid no taxes except
the two mill school tax levied by
the school district. The income
derived from fines, street duty, etc.,
was sufficient to pay current ex
penses. The t->tal tax paid by her
citizens now, including the two
mill school tax, it will be seen is
only four and one-half mills. A
considerable sum is now derived
from the dispensary and if no ad
ditional debts are incurred in less
than two years Prosperity will again
be paying not a cent of tax except
the school levy, or if the tax con
tinues to be paid it will simply ac
cumulate in the town treasury.
This is a brief statement of Pros
perity's financial condition..
In this age of educational advance
ment it is rather remarkable that a
town practically without debt willI
tolerate such a school building as
is located in Prosperity.
Fifth Wedding Anniversary,.o
Mr. Bennie William Clary, o
the Herald and News force of typos,
will on February 1st drop his stick
and rule for a day and take a piece
of wood in some shape or form t6
the home of his sister in the coun
try-the residence of Mr. and Mrs.
Clarence A. Matthews, where and
when will be celebrated the fifth
anniversary of the 'marriage-the
wooden wedding-of Mr. and Mrs.
Cross of Honor Conferred On Veterans
By Daughters-Scholarly Address By
Dr. Geo. B. Cromer.
Exercises appropriate to the an
niversary of the birth of General
Robert E. Lee, the South's most
distinguished soldier, were held in
the opera house on Tuesday at
noon, under the auspices of the
local chapter Daughters of the Con
federacy at which time the Southern
Cross of Honor was conferred by
the Daughters upon a number of
veterans and an admirable address
was delivered by Dr. George B.
The stage had been appropriately
and beautifully decorated by the
loving hands of the Daughters. On
the right was suspended the flag of
the James D. Nance Camp, No.
336, United Confederate Veterans,
and on the 'left the banner of the
[no M. Kinard Camp, No. 35, Uni
ted Sons Confederate Veterans,
both wreathed with evergreen. In
the centre was suspeided the ban
ner of the survivors of Williams'
'uards, Co. B., 3d South Carolina
Regiment-a field of blue emblazon
!d with the eleven golden stars. On
the right was a large picture of Gen.
Robert E. Lee, entwined with
rray moss, and opposite was a
;tack of guns. Evergreen and gray
moss were tastily draped and fes
:ooned throughout.
Seated on the stage were Dr. E.
P. McClintock, chaplain of,. the
Fames D. Nance Camp; Mrs. 0. B.
.Iayer, Miss Neville Pope, Mrs.
Robert D. Wright, and Mrs. George
[ohnstone,representing the Drayton
Rutherford Chapter, Daughters of
be Confederacy, and who pinned
he crosses on the veterans, and
Dr. George B. Cromer.
Col. 0. L. Schnmpert, adjutant
>f the James D. Nance Camp, pre
The exercises were opened with*
prayer by Dr. E. P.JMcClintock.
Dr. McClintock's petition was fer
vent and eloquent, returning thanks
that General Lee was what he was
and that he was enabled to:do what
he did, and beseething that the
Christian virtues: andj[excellencies
which adorned the character of their
distinguished leader might come
with renewed force into the lives of
the Southern people.
Adjutant Schumnpert called the
James D. Nance Camp to order and
the following new members were
J H. Dowd, Co. H., 13th Regi
S. S. Abrama, Co. F., 2oth Regi
L. Z. Abrams, Co. B., 7th Caval
The "Bonnie Blue Flag" was
feelingly rendered by a select choir,
the audience 'standing.
Dr. George B. Cromer, the orator
of the occasion, was introduced and
delivered an eloquent and inspiring
address, picturing the heroism, the
courage and the devotion of the
Confederate soldier, who knew how
to die and who knew how to liv e;
dlearly bringing out the truth that
the cause for which the Southern

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