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House Yesterday Killed The Haskell Bill
To Abolish Special Courts-The Work
Of Friday and Saturday.
(Special to Herald and News.)
Columbia, January 25.-The
house today killed Mr. Haskell's
bill to abolish special courts.
Columbia, January 25.-Senator
B. R. Tillman having been legis
lated off the board of trustees of
Winthrop by mistake, Dr. T. A.
Crawford, of Rock Hill, who was
elected to succeed him, has ten
dered his resignation on this ac
count, and the general assembly
must elect another member and of
course will put Mr. Tillman back
on the board. Dr. Crawford de
clined in the following message:
"The distinguished services of'Sen
ator Tillman to Winthrop College
render his continuance on the
board a public necessity. I can not
accept the election in his stead and
hereby tender my resignation."
The mistake was due to con
fusion as to the time of expiration
of the terms of the various mem
bers. It was not definitely known
what places on the board were be
ing filled, and thus it was that Sen
ator Tillman was dropped from the
board and Mr. Crawford chosen to
succeed him.
The report gained circulation in
some way that in like manner Mr.
L. A Sease, of Newberry county,
has been dropped from the Clem
son board. This is clearly a mis
take, as Mr. Sease was elected in
19o2 for for a term of four years.
The house got down to the rou
tine work of law-making immedi
ately after the elections and did a
hard day's work on Friday.
The matter of labor contracts
came up for a long discussion. The
action taken is given in the edi
torial correspondence in this issue.
Mr. Tribble's bill was passed ex
empting all Confederate soldiers
and sailors who now receive a pen
sion from the State or aid from the
county, from the charge of any li
cense for the carrying on any busi
ness or profession within this State,
or any villiage, city or town there
There was also a long discussion
on Mr. Webb's bill to authorize
and require the directors of the
State penitentary to erect and
equip fertilizer plants and ware
houses for the manufacture and
sale of commercial fertilizers. The
bill was finally killed. Subsequent
ly, however. both houses passed a
resolution looking to an inquiry by
the penitentiary authorities into
the advisability of the State going
into the fertilizer business. The
investigation is to be conducted
without expense to the State.
On Saturday the house took up
and disposed of a number of uncon
tested matters and in this way local
legislation occupied most of Satur
day' s session.
A long discussion was provoked
on a proposition made by Mr. D. 0.
Herbert, of Orangehnrg, to estab
lish 124 beneficiary scholarships for
Clemson college, with an award of
$ioo to each of the scholarships,
this money to be paid out of the
resources of Clemson college. The
idea is to give preference to those
who take the agricultureal cours and
to award them to the most worthy
and needy candidates who have
made at least 6o per cent. on the
It was urged by those who
favored the scholarships that far
mers are now paying most of thu
money which goes to the support
of Clemson college while the far
mers' sons are not receiving the
greater benefits. Mr. Arthur Kib
ler, of Newberry, made a strong
speech in favor of the bill. No ac
tion was taken on Saturday.
The senate on Friday devoted
most of its time to the discussion
of the shad bill, which has come up
each year for many years past.
Senator Walker, of Georgetown,
argued against the passage of the
bill, which would prevent the ship
ment of shad from the State. Next
day Senator Ragsdile, of Florence,
favored the bill, and it was finally
A number of new bills have been
introduced in both houses, among
them some very imp3rtant meas
Bill Prepared by Mr. E. H. Aull,of Newber
ry, to Give State Aid to the School
Library Cause.
The matter of school libraries in
the State is one of growing import
ance. Mr. E. H. Aull, of Newber
ry, has prepared the following bill,
which, he thinks, will be of materi
al assistance to the library move
ment throughout the State.
An Act to encourage the establish
ment of libraries in the public
schools of the rural districts..
Be it enacted by the General As
sembly of the State of South Caro
Section r. Whenever the patrons
and friends of a free public school
shall raise by private subscription
and tender to the county super
intendent of education, for the es
tablishment of a library to be con
nected with said school, the sum of
ten dollars, the county board of
education shall appropriate from the
money belonging to that school dis
trict asking for the library the sum
of ten dollars for this purpose.
Section 2. As soon as the county
board of education of any county
shall have made an appropriation
for a library in the manner pre
scribed the county superintendent of
education shall inform the secretary
of the State board of education of
the fact, whereupon the said State
board of education shall remit the
county superintendent of education
the sumi of ten dollars for the pur
chase of books for said library. Up
on receipt of this money the county
superintendent of education shall
turn over to the person appointed to
select books the amounts secured
by private subscription, by appropri
ation from the county board of
education, and 1y ppropriations
from the State board of education.
Section 3. A local board of trustees
is hereby appointed to select the
books and shall purchase such books
as they may deem best suited for
such purpose, and shall file with
the county superintendent of educa
tion vouchers for the whole amount
received: Provided, that no vouch
ers shall be valid except for books
and transportation charges. Pro
vided further, that such purchases
shall be from a list furnished by the
State board of education, which said;
State board shall adopt books for
said libraries under the law and
rules governing the adoption of text
books and shall make rules for the
governing of said libraries.
Section 4. The trustees of every
ibrary shall carry out such rules
and regulations for the proper use
and preservation of the books as
may be enjoined by the State board
of education, and shall make provi
ions ,for having all* books, when
not in circulation, kept under lock
and key.
Section 5. The trustees of two or
more libraries may, by agreement,
exchange libraries: Provided, that
no exchange shall be made oftener
than once in six months, and that
no part of the expense of exchang
ing libraries shall be borne by the
Section 6. That the sum of five I
thousand dollars be annually ap
propriated, to be expended by the
State board of education, under the
provisions of this At.
Section 7. Not more than twelve
(12) schools in any county created
and operated under the general free
school law of the State, shall be en
titled to*the benefits of this Act,.and
no school district shall receive any
moneys under its provisions except
schools created and operating under
the general free school law of the
State. The school receiving this
benefit shall be decided by the
county boards.
Section 8. This Act shall be in
force from and after its approval.
Congressman Aiken's Work.
Keowee Coucier, 20th.
Representative Wyatt Aiken has
introduced Senator Latimer's good
roads bill in the House.
Mr. Aiken says the bill will prove
more satisfactory in his opinion
than the Brownlow bill. Mr. Aiken
is a strong advocate ot good roads
and be will exert every influence
to push the bill through the House.
Although a new man in Congress,
Mr. Aiken is fast making himself
known with the leading men here,
and indications are that he will soon
become one of the most prominent
of the South's representatives.
Everyt hing Else in the Shade.
Mr. John R. Burke, of the Au
gusta Chronicle, writing from Co
lubia under date of January 2!,
The suspense is over and the fat
positions in the management of the
South Carolina liquor dispensary
have been won. There were other
eiections besides those for dispen
pensary effices, but the others were
scarcely heard of about the b.>tels
or State house lobbies. Every
thing was completely overshadowed
by the contest for dispensary
A little fellow told his school tea
cher he was half through the mid-:
die of his book.
Mr. L. B. Aull invites everybody
to see the steam laundry machinery
in operation.
k Town In Alabama Completely Destroyed.
Blizzard In The Northwest
Other Disasters.
Chicago, Jan. 24.-Extreme cold
xeather is recorded in various sec
:ions ot the north and west today.
rhe cold wave extends over a wide
irea, embracing the upper Missis
;ippi and Missouri valleys and the
vestern Lake region. Particularly
;evere weather is reported in the
Dakotas, eastern Montana and In
iana and portions of Wisconsin
nd Michigan.
The thermometer today in this
:ity registered ii degrees below
tero. There is suffering among the
poor and many of the homeless ap
plied at the police stations for shel
ter. Only one death, that of a
sherman, has been reported so far.
At St. Paul today the minimum
:f the official thermometer was 33
legrees below zero. At Duluth,
Nlinn., it was 37 below at one time
3nd the coldest with one exception
since 1864.
Eleven Thousand People In Alesund Ren
dered Homeless By the Flames
Three Persons Killed.
Aalesund, Norway, Jan.24.-The
re which swept over this town yes
terday morning destroyed every
building in it with the exception of
the hospital. The i i,ooo inhabi
tants of Aalesund were compelled
to camp in the open as only a few
:amaged and uninhabitible houses
were left standing. The children
:f the town had to be housed tem
porarily in the church at Borgund
The panic among the people was so
great after the outbreak of the flames
that all attempts at leadership or
iiscipline became out of the ques
tion. No excesses, however, were
:ommitted. The people first en
:eavored to save some of their pro
perty, but they soon found that
they had quite enough to do to save
their own lives. The destruction
)f the town was complete within a
:ouple. of hours within the time the
Ere started.
It is believed now that only three
persons lost their lives.
Fate of an Alabama Village of 300 Pec-I
ple-38 Persons L.ost Their
Tuscaloosa, Ala. January 23
The most diastrous cyclonle that ever
swept over this section visited
Moundville, Ala, a town of three
hundred inhabitants, fifteen miles
south of Tuscaloosa, yesterday
morning at i o'clock, and as a result
thirty-eight persons are dead and
65 ir,jured, 12 of whom ivill die, and
every business house, with the ex
ception of a small drug store. com
pletely destreyed.
Surgeons were rushed to Mound
ville from Greensboro and Tt'sca
loosa, and all possible was done to
alleviate the sufferings of the in
By the force of the storm persons
were blown hundreds of feet from
their beds in the blackness of night.
Throg ter.r a father, mother
and three children fled from their
home to seek refuge, and in their
excitement left a five-year-old boy
in bed. This morning he was pulled
from beneath some timber and thus
far it is impossible to find any other
member of the family.
Six hundred dollars was raised
for the sufferers yesterday afternoon,
while the pupils from the female col
leges at Tuscaloosa went to Mound
ville and served hot coffee and food
to the destitute and wounded.
Freezing Floods in the Northeast Cause
Great Suffering and Throw Many
Out of Employment.
Wheeling,,W. Va., JaU. 24.-The
crest of the flood swell was reached
at 4 o'clock this afternoon, when
the stage- was 44 feet, 2 inches.
The forcast was the most accurate
in years and there was never more
time for preparation. As a result
the damage here was kept down to
the minimum.
Nevertheless fully one-third of
the homes in the city were wholly
or partially inundated, and the
sharp fall in temperature, with re
sultant formation of ice, accom
panied by shutting off of natural
gas in the flood districts, has caused
a good deal of suffering. On the
island very few streets are out of
the water and many second stories
are invaded but the residents are ac
customed to floods and have made
arrangements accordingly. Nearly
all the mills and factories are on the
river front and the damage to them
will be the most severe. .In many
instances resumption of work will
be delayed for days or weeks, and
hundreds of men will be temporarily
out of employment.
In West Virginia.
New Cumberland, W. Va., Jan.
24.-Fully one-half of this town is
under 12 feet of water and a bliz
zard is raging. Dozens of factories
are submerged and the big Chelsea
company plant is greatly damaged.
Other places along the river are
in similar condition.
Disastrous Fire-Not Known Whether
Lives were Lost.
Sour Lake, Texas. Jan. 24-A
destructive fire swept Sour Lake to
day and destroyed the main busi
ness portion of the town, causing
an estimated loss of $2oo,ooo.
The fire began in the second story
of the First National bank building.
Whether there was:jany loss of life
will probably never be known.
Hundreds of women and men, half
of whose names were practically
unknown, roomed in the second
story of the buildings that were
destroyed and several persons could
have been burned to death and
never missed.
Machine for Picking Cotton.
Birmingham Ledger.
Another cotton picking machine
has been perfected, and it has done
fairly gook work in the field. No
body expects ever to see a machine
that can pick cotton like a negro,
but one can be made that can pick
the bulk of the crop and leave only
a part for hand picking. That will
be a great help. If the machine only
picks t wo, thirds of the cotton it will
make it possible to get the other third
out without so much cost for labor.
The new machine is said to work
well in Louisiana fields.

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