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Two Negroes Hanged and Riddled tl
With Shot-Prisoners Charged
With the Murder of Smoak. e
Branchville, June l1.-At a late
hoar to-night a crowd of about one
hundred farmers and other citizens
of Colleton County, took two negroes I
away from the officers of the law,
hung them to a tree, near the rail
road track, and fired round after
roun;d into their swinging bodies. The
negroes who were killed were Frank t
Samuels and Quillie Simmons, and the i
erime for which death meted to them
was the murder on May 29 of young b
Mr. Benjamin Smoak, a member of 2
a prominent family, and a merchant s
of the town, whioh bears his name. t
Early tonight word was received .
here from Smoak's stating that Con- c
stable N. M. Maxey had arrested four
negroes who, it was alleged, were con
cerned in the murder of Mr. Smoak.
These four were Frank Samaels,
Quille Simmons, Connie Stokes and
e:nother whose name has not been
learned. It will be remembered that a
when Mr. Smoak was killed just s b
ihe was closing his store for the night,
the assassin, or assassins, secured
about $95 in cash and cheeks. It was
these eheeks which led to the arrest t
of the four negroes, two of whom S
met death tonight at the hands of y
the mob. Yoang Ben Minus stepped b
up behind the stables of Samuels, who W
had a farm about a mile and a half e
from the town of Smoak 's and saw a
him dividing the stolen money with
the other negroes. Minus immediate.
ly returned, told what he had seen
and heard, and described the hiding
place of the missing cheeks. A prompt
search led to the discovery of the st
cheeks, and Constable Maxey at once t
arrested Samuels. Subsequently the r
other negroes were also arrested, and ti
the constable and his assistants start- e(
ed with his prisoners for Walterbo- tl
ro. - t
- Meanwhile the mob had been gath
ering rapidly and silently, and before
long nearly a hundred determined
men had started in pursuit. The of- P
ficers were overtaken near the rail- tc
road line and, being greatly outnum- sc
bered, they were unable to oder ef- G
feetive resistance. The terrified ne
groes were seize:d, and the leaders1)
of the mob questioned them briefly
as to their connection with the kill-m
ing of Mr. Smoak. Two of them ap
parently managed to clear themselves 0]
and were 'set free. Samuels and Sim- a]
mnons were then marched to the rail- L
road track, hanged to a tree and theirL
bodies riddled with bullets.
At present everything is quiet. It S
is not known whether Samuels and st
Simmons confessed their guilt, after sh
falling into .the hands of the avenht
gers, since the mob, as soon as it t
completed its work, scattered, and
those who toork part in thbe lynching
returned to their homes. It is known, S
however, that the two negroes had
previously admitted that they knew
some thing about the crime, though t
they swore that they did not do the
ae.tual shooting. Samuels stated that to
he generally used No. 8 shot in his di
gun and shot of that size were found
in Mr. Smoak 's body. Both negroes
bore evil reputations5.
Lynched Negroes Confessed.
Branehville, June 12.-Frank Sam
uels a~nd Quille Simmons, the negroes
lynched near Smoak 's last night for h<
the killing of Mr. Ben Smoak, on the L.
night of May 29 have been watched al
and under suspicion. But on Thurs- di
day night direct proof of their being hi
the guilty ones, is said to have l'on
discovered. About dark Thuraauy 01
evening, Ben Minus, colored, heard re
Samuels send word to Simmons to o1
come over to his house; that he want
ed to see him on some business. M
Minus, suspecting that their business Ied
concerned the k'lling of Smoak, went or0
back to Ben Smoak's father's home, p
and related what he had heard. Mr. ai
Smoak offered Minus a rewyard of $25 he
if he would watch these parties and vs
report to him. Miuus t'hen went back he
to Sam iels' house to watch these m
men. After a short while he saw
both of them go to the ox stable
back of Samuels' house. They did St
not have any light, except now and
then they would strike a match. He se
overheard their conversation, and the
rattling of money. The question came!
up as what to do with the checks, and se
Samuels said, "Lets's bury the cheeks bE
here in the stable Then Minus re
turned to Mr. Smoak 's home and re
lated what he had heard. C.
Mr. Smoak, accompanied by two
other gentlemen, proceeded to the
hiding place, and soon discovered the
eheks hidden in the stable.
Early next morning Mr. Smoak re- o
ported the incident to Constable N.
M. Maxey. who, with his deputy, ar- N
rested Samuels and brought him to
Sroak's X-roads. Then started to de
Waterboro with their prisoner, and mn
after going about six miles. were ov- a]
ertaken by a poise of thirty of forty CE
p-pie who brought the prisoner back bc
Suoak'.. Late yesterday after
)on. Simmons was arrested at Mi
arris' about a mile on this side o
Ie town.
From a reliable source it was learr
i today that the victims confesse
iat they were the guilty parties.
ody Found in Well in Columbia
Bloody Razor and Axe Tell Story
of a Ghastly Murder.
Another mysterious murder h,
een added to the list which for t]
ast few years have shocked th
ommunity. Recalling in its col
looded atrocity the killing of Mau<
Lllen a few years ago was the gru
ome find of the body of Mrs. Vi
uria E. Griffin in the well in h
-ard early this morning. Her ne
t in two places and a deep gash
er head told the story of the fo
iurder, of whioh no definite eh
ould be traced this morning, ax
rhich was surrounded with a veil <
iystery and unusual circumstance
L razor with blooded blade and z
xe with blood on the end and ti
lade showed that these weapoi
rere used in the killing.
At 5:20 o'clock this morning P<
ceman Salters, who has a beat new
ie union station, was called to 61
u.ter street by Russell Griffin, t
ungest son of Mrs. Griffin. T1
:y told Mr. Salters that his moth(
as missing from the house and as]
I the policeman to come to the hos
ad look around. Mr. Salters wer
ad make an examination.
Toman's Sons and Two Others A3
Just after the coroner arrived C
T. Medlin, who lives across th
reet from the Griffin. home, came t
e house. He was placed under ai
st on suspicion. He was a friend o
e family, and is said to have visii
the Griffins. It was thought strang
iat he should come back to the hous
early in the morning-in fact, h
as one of the first to arrive afte
e coroner got there.
Luke Lewis, a barber, was als
[aced under arrest. Lewis is sai
have been a visitor at the house a]
to see the eldest daughters of Mi
riffin. Last night was Lewis' regu
r night to call, it is further stated
it for some reason he did not come.
Those placed under arrest thi
orning are: Jim Griffin, age abou
); Russell Griffin, about 14 vear
d and Walter Griffin, the eldst sor
1 three sons of Mrs. Griffin, the mur
red woman, and G. W,. Medlin ani
ike Lewis.
Mrs. Griffin was about 50 years old
e has been living here a number o
ars. Her husband ran a grocer:
ore and later went- to Georgia, wher
was killed by his partner in th,
.rpentine business. Mrs. Griffin wa
rice married.
The razor found this morning wa
id to have been the one owned b;
e elest son, but the razor ease foun
his trunk does not correspond wit.
.e razor.
The police and coroner worked har<
day to 'find some clue to the mur
'rer or murderers.
ealth Gone and in Debt Young Far
mer Exaggerates His Trbubles.
Sp~ingield, June 10.--Near thi
ur of 30 o 'cloek this morning, Mot
Doglass, a white farmer liviin
out three miles ?ast of this town
libeately shot the front and top o
s face and head off.
M. Douglaas ras about 35 year
d. He had a wife and three child
n, the eldest being about 9 year
Mr. Poiigass~ was the eldest son of
r. Joseph J. Douglass and had liv
here most of his life. Up to tw<
three years ago he seemed to pros
r. but the last two disastrous yeari
peared to wipe out the surplus tha
had so carefully horded for his ad
nig~ years. Nothing was know]
re of any trouble until a phon<
ssage annouced the, awful tragedy
Human Nature.
.Louis Times.
"Everybody feels that he ought t<
e Shakespeare.''.
"I suspe:-t that is one of the rea
s why Shakespeare doesn't drav
The Language of Love.
level-and Leader.
"Has the proposed yet?''
"Not in so many words.''
" That 's no answer. Proposal
'ver do come in words-they consis
s.igns, 'hems, haws and gurgles."
Notice is hereby given that the un
*rsigned will make final settle
en as Administrator of the person
estate of John R. Atchinson. de
ased in the probate court of New
-r conty, South Carolina, oi
Sift Ou
Cast them aside and ope
with what you have left
week and you will have
you in you: declining y<
Start your bam-k account
at once.
The Comm
Of Newbei
IS 41'Paid in Our Sav
1 Presidemt. Cas
0 - -
It should give satisfactory a
time of purchase, but for ma
No instrument can fulfill t
Smade of good material and b
SBut as good material and g
be had cheaply, Pianos that
and retain their original qual
prices. They cannot be off
those sold at figures which
the worthlessness of the inst
This does not mean that one :must ne
cessarily pay a very high price to get a s
Piano that will satisfy. T~here are lin- i
struments excellent in musical and con- t
structive merit which can be bought at t
moderate prices.'
able Building J. V. WALLACE,
Monday, the 12th day of July, 1909,' p
Sat 11 o'clock in the forenoon, and o:
will immediately thereafter apply to p>
- Hon. Frank M1. Schumpert, Judge of b
Probate, for a discharge as said Ad- fr
minitrator. ti
All persons holding claims against b
said estate will present th,e same,N
properly attested, and all persons in- d.
debted thereto will make payment..
to the undersigned, or his attorney, a
Eugene S. Blease, Newberry, S. C.,
on or before said date.
John C. Hill,
Qualified Administrator,
Cross Hill, S. C. ~
Newberry, S. C., June 8, 1909.
Sealed 'bids will be received for an
S issue of forty thousand dolers of s
t bonds of the Newberry School Dis- t
trict of Newberry, S. C.. to run for- 1I
tv years at a rate of interest not to ti
' exceed five per cent per annum, to be pl
- issued under an act of the General ti
- Asembly of the State of South Caro- ni
- ia entitled. "'An Act Relating to s
- the Newberry School Distriet'' Ap- bi
- proved February 2'ith., 1909. id- s
der wil. smtate in their pro-J g
t Your<
n a Savings Account
over. Do this each
days of ease awaiting
rcial Dankt
rry, S. C.
ings Department.
[cFA LL, 0. B. MAYER,
hier. V. President.
service, not only at the
ny years afterwards.
his condition unless it is
y skilled workmen.
ood workmanship cannot
will stand constant usage
ities must command fair'
eed in competition with
in themselves proclaimm
:ruments. : : :.
e hawe a large collection of these
od, mediuml-pricedl Pianos to which we
m'it-- the attention of prospective buy
*rs They wili prove cheaper in the end
han tne kind which you can buy at
asreasonably low figures.
Manager Charleston, S, C,I
sitions the rate or rates
r interm-st as well as the
riee at which they will take theseA
mds, including acerued .interest
-om May 1, 1.909. also the denomina
on of the bonds desired. Bids mustr
filed with F. N. Martin, chairman,
ewerry. S. C., on or before the 25th
y of June, 1909.
The -right is reserved to reject any
ad all bids.
F. N. Martin,
J. M. Davis,
Secreta ry.
Newerry, S. C., -
June 4, 1909.
. W. LeRoy having made an as
gnment for the benefit of his cedi
>rs to Henry 0. Long on May 31.
)09, notice is hereby given that on
ze 26th day of June. 1909, at the late r~
lace of business of 0 .W. LeRoy in ~
e town of Newberry, S. C., begin- S
ing at eleven o'clock a. mn.. we will
,l at public outery, to the highest
dder, unless disposed of at private
de before that time, the following 1
mdadcattels, of the asigned es
IF iT'
IGood to
I OES' 610
te of 0. W. LeRoy, to wit:
1 Four sider planer.3
I iron vice. *T e
1 rip saw wood top.I
1 No. 16 turning late and tools.
2 emory. stands.PR
1 moulding machine.
1 grind stone.
1 20 horse power Atlas engine.
1 40 horse power James Biggs Co.
1 cut off saw.
62 feet shafting, more or less, with
l pulleys. belts, etc..
All buildings, brick, sihingles, lum-I
r. do,sahand other building
1 one horse wagon.
1 teor mchin. ' This
1 shaper. Ii
1 'mortieing maehine.
1 iron vice.:
1 rip saw.
1 grind stone:RV
1 Fay and Egfian planer.
1 motaor dry kiln. rape 10,000 feet S L,
1 gig saw.
1 iron safe.
1 heavy two horse wagon.
1 drill press.
Terms of sale: Cash.
Mr. Wistar ,Daxenport can be PR P
und on the ground where this
opertv is until June 21, 1909, and The ann
11- talke pleasure in selli.ng every 'holders of
ing herein advertised except the Mill Co., w
chinery. -Prosperity,
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Assignee of 0. W. LeRoy.
Geo. B. Cromer,
rent for Creditors of 0. W. LeRoy.._
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at 10:30 a. m.
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nina-tion for the award of
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i for the admission of new
ill be haeld at the County
se, on Friday, July 2, at
A.pplicants must not be
15 years of age. When
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