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VOL. XLII. NO. 73 NEWBERRY. S. C.. FRIDAY JUNE 2, 1905. TWICE A WEEK. 1.50 YEAR - - - - - - - - - I - - - - - - . - .. . . . . - - .0- I m I - - STILL THE WONDER CYROWS! Jap Victory Won With Loss of Only Three Torpedo Boats.-This is the Official Announcement Received from Tokio. Washington. May 31.-The Japa nese legation today received the fol lowing report from Tokio: "I' is officially announced that in the last naval battle the damages sus tained by our fleet were very slight, and none of our battle ships, cruisers, destroyers and other ships were .lost, except three torpedo boats. "Under imperial command Admiral Togo was Luthorized to permit Nebo gatoff to submit to the Czar the re ports on thel ast battle and a list of Russians killed, wounded and prison ers. The admiral was also authorized to release, on parole. the surrendered officers of Nicholai I, Orel, Apraxin and Senyavin. "Rojestvensky was taken to Sase go Navil Hospital. No other admir al was captured from the Biedocvy, I the last report in this respect being t due to clerical error." t Rojestvensky's Condition., Washington, May 31.-The state department ihas received the following 1 cablegram from Tokio, dated today: i "Rojestvensky's skull was fractured, requiring an operation: serious but not dangerous. Total Japanese loss es to date three torpedo boats sunk, three officers killed, about 200 men killed and disabled." - . The Jemtchug not Sunk. Tokio. May 31.-(9 p. m.)-The re ported sinking of the cruiser Jemt chug has not been confirmed and the name of the cruiser has been dropped c from the list of destroyed vessels. It is suspected that the protected cruis er Aurora and the crusier Almaz were sunk. but positive confirmation is lacking. a s A dispatch from Vladivostok state< s that the Almaz had arrived there in a damaged condition. The Bravi at Vladivostok. Vladivostok, May 31.-The torpedo boat destroyer Bravi arrived here to. day and brought four officers and 197 men of the crew of the battle ship Oslabya. St. Petersburg, May 31.-So far as ascertainable the torpedo boat de stroper Bravi is the only other vessel T belonging to Admiral Rojestvensky's fleet whiah has arrived at Vladivostok The protected cruisers Jemtchug, n Aurora and Oleg are still unaccount.' c ed for. c "Battle of the Sea of Japan." r Tokin, May 30---30 p. m.-(De. I Old Soidiers in Front From a Phnirotoahe b\ S'ter. layed In transmission.)-Admiral To go. telegraphing today ,says: "The naval battle fought from th< afternoon of May 27 to May 28 in thi vicini:y of Okino Island and extend ing to the vicinity of Orleung Island s.called the naval battle of the Se :>f Japan." Admiral Togo also reports tha Vice Admiral Enquist was capturec with Admiral Rojestvensky. Th< Russian prisoners. Admiral Tog( ;ays. will exceed 3.008. A Story of the Battle. London, June i.-The Daily Mail', T'okio correspondent says that. tht :aptain of the Russian cruiser Admir. >. Nakimoff, who is now a prisoner -elates the following story of the bat :le between the Japanese and Russiar leets: "We first saw the Japanese at ( )'clock on the morning of May 27 vhen suddenly and unexpectedly-we mcountered the enemy's fleet as we vere moving to east of Tsu Island, )nly ninety minutes after the firing >egan a sudden shock was felt under he Admiral Nakimoff and she began o sink with great rapidity. My be ief is that she either struck a mine or t torpedo. My crew numbered 6oc nen. a majority of whom went dowjp n the ship, as there was no time to et the men on deck. "Myself and a number of survivors, ided by life belts, swam to a small aunch and about io o'clock in the norning,officers were sent to Shimon seki. "In the engagement fought off Li .:court the Russian battle ships were urrounded by Japanese ships, which ircled about them, pouring in a ter ible fire and they almost immediately ell into a hopeless confusion. See g their plight Vice Admiral Togo ignalled from the battle ship Mikasa demand to know whedher the Rus. ians were ready to surrender. Our hips complied with the demand." Other accounts of the battle de cribe the roar of the cannonade as o terrible that houses were shaken at iamaguchi. twenty-eight miles dis ant, and the people supposed it was n earthquake. The Japanese fleet suffered little. h- battle ship Asahi was oftenest hit nd suffered the heaviest Inss, iit did ot quit the firing line. Admiral Camimura was sent southward. Peace Talk in St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg, May 31.-(5.35 P. 2.)-The seriousness of the situation: reated by the complete destruction f the Russian fleet seems to be fully alized at Tsarskoe-Selo, where the ~mperor has assembled practically all of Court House on Memorial - the members ot tne imperial tamay to decide upon tihe course to pursue. A series of conferences are proceeding, which will determine not only the question of peace, but whether it is advisable to yield to the popular de mand for the immediate convocation of i national assembly. Some of the members of the imperial family are understood to be urging the Emperor to retrieve the situation by making common cause with the people against the bureaucracy. The Em peror ,has decided. to send his brother, Grand Duke Michael, to attend the marriage of Crown Prince Frederick William of Germany, instead of his uncle, Grand Duke Vladimar, whose more mature judgment and advice the Emperor regards as very import ant in the present crisis. This afternoon the Emperor sum moned Admiral Alexieff and all the ministers to an extraordinary coun cil. This was Foreign Minister Lam. droff's regular day far receiving the icieign representatives, and when he g-t the i-aperial command he hastily :-.it the represw.--; atives a notifica. tion that he cot not receive them. T he Associated Press was inform.--d that all the mirister;, with the ex ception of the iniisters of war and marine, unanimously favor the con clusion of peace. No trouble is anticipated in meet ing the payment of an indemnity, as financiers who' were not willing to lend money for a continuation of the war. are ready to accommodate Rus sia if money is needed for the pur pose of concluding peace. In view of possible demonstrations three regiments, which were at the summer camp at Krasnoye-Selo (16 miles southwest of St. Petersburg) have been hurriedly brought back to St. Petersburg. To Scare Away Crows. E. P. Powell in Suburban Life. I can give a sure preventive against corn pulling by the black rogues. I had tried all sorts of devices and was rigging a scarecrow. when a gawky came along and said, "Tie ears of corn to the tops of poles around your field, and the crows won't stay nigh i. I said, "They will eat the corn, and you and they will both laugh at me." I tried the plan, however, and sure enough they looked at those poles and went away and stayed away. I suppose it was on the same principle as that of the Trojan warrior who said, "I most fear the Greeks when offering gifts." Day May 10 1905 WrUJ J rAUm rrdA. Was Sentenced to the Penitentiary For Life.-Now a Pardon is Wanted For Him. Columbia, May 31.-The methods used by officers of the law to extort confessions from ignorant prisoners, especially negroes, have often been declared illegal and wrong, but nine times out of ten these methods are never exposed in the courts. A very curious case has been brought to the attention of Governor Heyward, pri ma-facie circumstances showing that a confession of murder had been ob tained from an ignorant and super stitious negro by means of a ghostly appartition in his cell, especially pre pared for the occasion. The negro's name is John Harrison and he is now in the penitentiary. He was sen tenced in Williamsburg in May, 1895, for murder, the jury having recom mended him to mercy. A petition for pardon has been presented to the Governir t4e main grounds for which were shown in the following affi davit: "George W. Arms sworn says that he remembers the trial and convic tion of John Harrison for murder, with a recommendation for inercy at the court of general session for said county and state, and that he is now tware of the fact that the said Har-. rison is onfined in the state prison for the temainder of .his natural life. That at the time of the trial of the said Harrison this deponent worked at the jail and it was to him that the said Harrison made his confession, acknowledging the murder of Single terry. This deponent desires to state how said confession was obtain ed in order that justice may be done. Prior to the trial of Harrison he was incarcerated in the jail at Kingstree, and this deponent, in order to get evidence on which to convict said Harrison appeared at night, at the door of the said Harrison's cell and then and there with the use of a chain tried to scare the said Harri son into confession. After working his scheme for several nights the ;aid Harrison complained to this de ponent of the occurrence and this said deponent told the said Harri son that he had best confess as the 'nds he heard was the ghost of Singleterry. Even with tIhis pressure being brought to bear upon him Harrison maintained his innonence. Finding that this procedure would not work the re suits wished this deponent then ap peared at the cell door of the said Harrison covered with a white sheet and demanded then and tihere that he make his confession and it was upon this action the said confession was made. This deponent was a witne,s in the said case against Harrison on his trial and told his confession in court, and Harrison. being an ignor ant negro. and being scared, made this confesslin through far anid du ress and by being worked upon by the various methods set forth in this affidavit. After tihe making of this confession it was scattered and talk ed about through the entire county and worked considerable feeling against Harrison on his trial. There fore this deponent tried to get evi dience to convict said Harrison and tried to get the reward of $300 which had been offered by the goxernor for p)roof to convict." The governor has written the fol !wing let:er to Solicitor Wilson in regard to the case. I .have before me a petition ask ugfor the pardlon of John Harrison, owas convicted in the court of eneral sessions of Williamsburg :oumv in 1803 of murder with recoin nendation to mercy. In the record mu will note that there is an affidavit fom George WV. Arms wherein he states that the said John 'Harrison was convicted upon a confesson ob Judge Pritchard Holds Counties are Liable for Bonds Voted by Town ships and Abolition is Void. The State. Saluda, May 29.-In a decision just handed down, Judge Pritchard reverses Judge Brawley in the cases of Folsom et al. vs. Greenwood, Greenville, Laurens and Saluda counties. It will be recalled that mandamus proceedings were instituted some A8 months ago, wherein it was sought to compel the auditors and treasurers of the above named counties to. levy and collect a tax sufficient to pay judgments against certain townships, which grew out of the issuing of bonds in aid of the proposed Augusta and Western Carolina railroad. When the matter came on for a hearing before Judge Brawley, coun sel for the counties involved, took the position that. the counties could not be held liable on bonds voted and issued by the various townships, and demurred. Judge Brawley sustained the demurrer and in a very elaborate opinion held that the counties were not liable on bonds issued by any of their townships. Counsel for the relator in the man damus proceedings, alleged that the various enactments by the legislature concerning the townships of Sulli van, in Laurens county, Ninety-Six in Greenwood county, and Pine Grove in Saluda county were constitutional, which was admitted by the demurrer. Judge Pritchard's decision, reversing Judge Brawley, is in effect that the counties as entitles are liable on the bonds issued on behalf of the town ships and that legislation abolishing these townships since the bonds were voted and issued is unconstitutional. It is very probable that the matter will be carried to the supreme court of the United States, either by ap peal or on a writ of certiorari. Every turn in these cases is being closely watched by the taxpayers of Green ville, Laurens, Greenwood and Saluda counties. A Cruel Blow. Charleston News and Courier. Information has been received that two 'hundred and seventeen proMi nent South . Carolinians fainted in various parts of the state yesterday while reading the News and Courier'. They were among the- prospecti*e candidates for governor and read the sugestion that it required' the. spend ing of $5,ooo to be a winner. We regret that we did not break it gen. tly. and the story may be exaggerat aied from him while working in the ail by the means that scared the de endant into a confession, assigning the reason that deponer t tried to get the evidence in order to secure the re ard of $300 offered by the governor for proof to convict; and the depon at inrther allegi:ng that he :honestir >lec:Ced that ti,e s;aid Harrison be ing an ignoraum negro and being cared, made this confession through fear, anid under duress, being worked pon by the various methods set forth in this petition. [f the effect f the guilty confession were obtain d in suc.h a manner and by such neans as are alleged by deponent it s5 manifest that such is not conduc ive to justice, and while I apprecia:e h fact that you are not the prose -ming attorney in this case--being 1l at the time-as solicitor of that circuit I respectfully request that you nestigate the facts set forth in the petition and the affidavit which I herewith return to you. I enclose omplete record in order that you may note that an alibi is urged as