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Convicted of Wife Murder-Sentence
Life Imprisonment-Third Appeal
Pending. 1
Columbia. May 14.-W. T. Jones. the
wealthy Union county farmer, who is
under life sentence for the murder of t
his wife, has been denied a pardon by
-Governor Blease. Barring the meagre
possibility of a reversal of the circuit
judge in .he appeal now before the su
. preme court for a new trial, and the
possibility of future executive eiemen
cy. the noted prisoner will have to
come to the State penitentiary soon
and comxnmence the serving of the long
"In view of the statement and rec
ommendation made by the Hon. T. S.
Sease, then solicitor, and now judge of
the 7th judi,iaI circuit, who prosecut
ed the case against the petitioner for
pardon; of the history of the case giv
en by the Hon. R. W. Memminger, pre
siding judge at the trial at whIch the
petitioner or applicant was convicted,
and also of the present st, t as of the
case, I am constrained to deny this
application for pardon, and the same 1
is, therefore. hereby denied. .
"Cole L. Blease, Governor.
"Columbia, S. C., May 13, 1911."
Governor Blease announced his ac
tion on the petition for pardon today.
Prisoner In Union Jail.
W. T. Jones is now a prisoner in
the Union county jail. where he has
been since his arrest upon a warrant
charging him with causing his wife to.
take poison. or actually administering 1
it. It has now been nearly three years I
since Mrs. Marian Jones, the wife of
the defendant, wient to her death. In
those years a legal battle, the like of
which has rarely been known in a
murder case in this State, has been
waged. Following the conviction of
Jones, at the January term, 1909, in
Union, a jury having found him guilty
of murder and sentenced him to a life
t,ermn, a motion for a new trial was
-denied by Judge Memuringer, the pre
siding judge; from this an appeal was
taken to the supreme court. Here, in
a decision handed down March 3, 1910,
-the supreme court refused to grant a
new trial. A rehearing was sought
and again on May 9, 1910, Jones lost,
for the supreme court in an order
signed by the whole court, refused to
let the ease again be argued in the
highest tribunal of the State.
Before special Judge W. B. Gruber
counsel for Jones next appeared and
made a motion for a new trial. This
Judge Gruber turned down, and uponi
t-he a,ppeal from the order refusing a
Snew trial the case is now in the su- 1
preme court. Governor Blease's ac
tion, therefore, comes in advance of
the pending decision upon the, last i
phase o~f the case by the court. Gov
er'nor Blease, it is known, has awaited
the decision before himself acting in
the case, but the delay caused him to 1
-aot now.
Farmers' Institute.
Clemson College. S. C.,
F May 9. 1911.
Dear Sir: While we are going to
spend a good deal of time this sum
mer- in operating our live stock train,1
yet we know that there will be a great
many sections through which we will
not be able to carry the gospel for im
proved agriculture in this way. We
itherefore have no idea of neglectingI
Sthe regular farmers' in:titutes and it
will facilitate my work very material
ly if sections desiring these institu
tes will make theN- application as
promptly as possible.' I will appre
- ciate it if you will bring this to the
attention of your readers.
r ~ Yours very truly.
D. N. Barrow,
Misses Jul-ia Irby and Jenette Mac
F'arland have about completed ar
rangements for opening up the Laur
ens hospital in the building to De va- 1
cated by Capt. Smnythe. They expect
to 'be abl-e to have a formal opening]
June 1.-La.urens cor. The State. Now
tha-t Newberry is arranging for one, I
Lare,s ha our congrntniations.
feeting Will he Held in Columbim
This Afternoon-Several Matters
Before Commission.
The State dispensary winding-uI
ommission. which was called to mee1
-esterday afternoon at 3 o'clock. wil
neet in Columbia at 3 o'clock this af
ernoon, the meeting having beei
>ostponed until that time. It is pro
able that at the meeting this after
oon a decision will be announced i:
he Columbia Glass company matter
Lnd it is also expected that a lettei
vill be written to the firm of Ander
;on, Rountree. Felder and Wilson. ii
esponse to the commundcation fron
:hat firm to the commission.
The commission also has before i
,e Scruggs claim for services in con
iection with secu.riag the testimon:
>f the late G. H. Charles. The natur
f this claim is stated in the Scrugg,
Lffidait, published in another column
ut Continues to Teach in Mill Dis
trict-First ioquest Came From
Columbia Man.
Atlanta. Ga., May 12.-Heir to $6,
00,000 and with $30,000 now in hei
>ossession, Miss Lillian Swyger.t con
inues to folfow her chosen vocatior
df schocl teacher in the mill districi
>f tbis city. Miss Swygert came t<
Ltlanta six years ago. to take a posi
ion as teacher. Soon arter ner ar
ival she fell heir to $16,000 upon th(
eath of her grandfath-er at oClumbih
. C.; $14,000 upon the death of hei
alf-sist.er and several thousand ad
itinal left by another relative. Lasi
oember she was left $6,000,000 iT
e w1l1 of an uncle in Germany. Th(
atter be4upst has just been mad<
olumbia Record.
The Swygert family is a large one
Ltld ihere are many persons in Rich
and and Lexington counties bearin,
hai Jm To one of the ColumbiE
-csicents was read the above telegran
'riTay morning. He said he knew o
jo rel'ativ'e of his dying in Germnan.
md leaving such a princely fortune as
i0(.0,000, nor did he know of thE
14.000 and $16,000 bequests men
Long Talk of Great Sachem.
The annual report (or long talk ii
he Indian figure of spech) of thE
reat sachem, Otto Klettner, to th4
reat council of South Carolina, I. 0
L. M., at Greenvirlle in April, is ax
nteresting paper, and would be read
ble matter to others besides Red Men
hen the report was submitted thE
act was noted that all previous rec
>rds had been broken and surpasse(
>y Mr.; Kle.ttner as great sachem o:
he order in the State, showing hi:
ecord to be the best that has beez
nade since the organization of thi
ret council 22 years ago. This is
ine and noble record and places higi
n the front ranks the man from New
erry, who wears 'his honors so mod
istly and whose generosity of spiri
yrompts him to express the 'hope anm
te wish that his successor to thE
:hair of great eachem will even exce
hat record. During his reign thi
isdom of Great Sachem Klettner was
nstrumental in bringing the order uj
.o the highest standard and his in
uence was felt throughout the State
It would be well for the great counci:
o heed the counsel of its retiring pre
iding officer in his 'excellent report
s submitted to the order and for thE
ribes generally to adopt the wise sug'
~estions therein constained, as it is
ound advice beneficial to the citizen'
hip of the Sta.te at large, exclusive SE
yell as inclusive of Redmanship. ThE
sport concludes with sentiments tha
vould ennoble any order and any cit
en if carried in the heart-uegln
'nd only the Master shall praise us
knd only the Master shall blame."
There is a colored woman 105 yeari
yf age living in Newberry. She hat
>etter come to Charleston and spent
ir second century.-Charleston Post
But the old woman is satistled ti
vpend her second century in Newber
- although Charleston is a might)
oo ace to senda nthing in.
Arkansas City Gaily Decorated and
Elaborate Entertainment Plan
ned for Soldiers.
Little Rock. Ark., May 1I.-Aitnough
the opening session or the twenty
first Reunion of the United Confeder
ate veterans %4ill not be held until
Tuesday morning, local railroad of
ficials estimate that 7,000 visitors ar
rived in the city today. Many of the
veterane are being assigned to the
Lhomes of Little Rock. Tonight the
veterans' encampment, Camp Shaver,
is open to the visiting veterans. Unit
ed States army tents hava been erect
ed in the City ,ark to the number of
more than 1,00), and fitted up with
cots. Here accommodations have been
provided for 6.000.
Well Provided For.
Meals will be furnisned the veterans
by the city. A lunch stand ues been
erected where -the veterans may obtain
free lunches. and vaudeville- shows
will provide part of the entertainment.
The encampment is- in command of
Gen. Shaver, who coimanded a bri
gade at the battle of Shiloh.
The city is gayly decorated in honor
of the first Reunion ever held in Ar
kansas. The buildings along the prir.
cipal business- streets are almost hid
den under masses of red and white
bunting and United States and Confed- I
erate flags.
Mile of White Pillars.
From the auditorium. where the
sessions of the veterans will be held,
to Cam.p Shaver, a distancv of more
than a mile, rows of white pillars ex
tend on each side of the street. These
are connected with strings of incan
I descent lights,. and to top of the pillars
Ilights of red and white; the reunion
colors, flash forth at night.
The preparations have been thor
ough and systematic, and the reanion
pr-omises to be one of the most suc
cesasful ever held. despite the fact that;
Little Rock is the smallest city that~
ever entertained the reunion.
Reunion Headquarters.
Genr. Geo. W. Gordon, of Mempnlis,
anid Gen. Win. E. Mickle, of New Or-,
leans, will arrive tomorrow and open
headquarlters at the Hotel Marion..
Monday wifll be givlen up to the
United Sons of Confederate Veterans,
who will hold their first session Mon-'
day night. Addresses will 'be deliver
ed by the national officers of the or
gnization and by Richmond P. Hob
son and John Fox, Jr.
Grand Lodge Odd Fellows Adjourns
At Grenville.-Officers Elected:
*Greenville, May 11.-The South Car
lina Grand Lodge, 1. 0. 0. F., held its
closing session in the opera 'house to
day. Orangeburg was decided upon as
the next meeting place.
The election of officers of the Grand
Lodge was 'held just before adjourn
ment. .Jas. G. Long, Jr., of Union who
for the past year has beein deputy
grand master was made grand master.
To succeed Mr. Long as deputy grand
master is J1. H. Craig, of Anderson,
formerly grand warden. As grand
warden to succeed Mr. Craig, Keeneth
Baker, of - Greenwood. 'wa-s elected.
Other officers of the Grand Lodge who
were lected this morning a-re: J. L.
Michie, of Darlington, grand chaplamn;
M. P. Wells. of Edgefield, grand con- -
ductor; A. M. Do-ggett, of Piedmont,1
grand marshal; C. L. Pad'gett, of Un
ion, grand guardian; J. J. Cooper, of
Unon county, grand herald. Dr. S. F.
Killingsworth .of Columbi-a. was re
elected grand secretary, and R. Endel,
of this city, was re-elected grand
Besides the eletion of these officers,I
Wade H. Cobb, of Columbia. was elect
ed representatire to the Sovereign
Grand Lodge. ic~h meets in Tndian
LIapolis next September. Messrs. J. J. t
McSwain, of this city, and L. N. Zealy.
Iof Columbia. were electd trustees of
the 0r,phan' Home at Greenville. Wade 1
Hampton Cobb. retiring grand master, t
esperate Plan of Greenville Man t
Avoid Arrest.-The Ruse That
Greenville, May 11.-After holdin1
tt bay for nearly two hours the coun
,y sheriff and a corps of deputies, b:
ressing 'against his temple a cockei
evolver and threatening to blow ou
is brains if any member of the poss
Ovanced a step nearer, Robert Hen
on, a white man, was arrested on th
utskirts of the city this afternoon an4
odged in the county jail. Henton wa
nduced to surrender only when bon
cessary for 'his release was show
im on the spot.
In arsWr to a cill zert in about 2,
)'clock, the sheriff and his deputir
ade a hurried departure for tb.
;cene of trouble. It was reported th?,
enton 1-nd shot his wife ard wa
rout to a-nnihilate the neihbo- '1oc
rhe man learned of the sheriff':; ar
-oac~h and forthwith sent a c,ouria
:meet the wardens of the law an'
form them that if they attempted t
Test him, he would shoot his hea'
Halt at the "Dead Line."
Drawing near the scene of the shoot
g. the sheriff beheld Henton standn;
his front yard with a pistol clap.pel
b is temple. The man had es'ablish
da "dead 'line" about h-im an~d i
4&mn tones raised his voice aloft an'
~ed out that if thea posse advanco
e inch nearer the trigger would t
)l"iar dl a climate warmer than tN'
nearth would receive his soirit.
The man had a look of determina
n in his eye, which caused the poss
o"stack arms" on the edge of th
dead line." With that, peace nego
iations were opened up, b'ut all il
'in. Henton remained firm in hi
iclaration. When it was seen that th
egotiations were off strategy was re
orted to. A "sletuth" made a circuit o
e woods and was about to close i'
n Henton from the rea.r, when he w'a:
iscovered. Another "sleuth" devise4
e scheme of -offering Henton some
ir to drink and closing in on bin
hile he was drinking.
Scheme Fails to Work.
Accordingly, a bottle of coca coh
as passed over to the would-be sui
ide, much af-ter the fashion 'meat il
assed to a bear on the end of a stick~
anrton took the cooling draught. bu
I the revolver to 'his temple whil'
edrank from the bottle. 'and kept hit
e on the posse. Extended argumen
s brought into play, but all in vain
It was then thiat a proposal was
nade which swept Henton off his feet
Sumbit to arrest and I will go oi
u'r bond immediately," read the pro
osal which brought Henton to sur
Marital troubles, it is understood
as at the bottom of the shooting. 11
e meantime. Henton's wife fled. to
ether with the man in the case, foi
nedical aid. After the arrest. Hentor
)gged to be carried by the hospita
.osee his wife. It was a cold recep
m he was accorded by his wife. -Hi
A 5T
doom T O
Believes it An Effort to Control Pi
of Cottin and Price of Labor in
t All Cottoij Mills.
Governor Blease in an interv
makes tlh!e cotton mill mergers,
Parker merger, in particular.
He gave out the following intervii
"In my opiniot the mill merg
will prove very injurious to the I
ple of .the State, as a whole, and
there was so much fuss raised at
the railroad merger, I am surpri
that some people are not taking an
terest, as the law directs, in looking
to the mill mergers. In my opinior
is only an effort to absolutely con
the price of cotton and to control
price of labor in al cotton mills. 4
supreme court has already i
against black-lis1ing anci gave da
ages against the head of th.is meri
in onie instance, where this was pi
ticed. When the merge,r 'a cornyle
and the operatives are imposed uj
and see fit to leave a mill, it is o
neesary for the presi?dentc to uro
Isecret word to the superintendents
his mills to give that family no
~ployment; hence, the party has no
dess, because he can not obtain
proof as to his being blacklisted.
Says Effort to Control Votes.
"It is also an effort to control
vote of the cotton mill people, ais
been attempted for some years p
but in this they 'will fail, for the '
people of this. State are of our c
blood and kin; thiey are intell-igt
f ree and ind.eipendent and will not
coerced or controlled in their vo
and, they wilil resent it, even if
jcosts them their jobs. Another thi
the mill merger is ca-using people
cange their 'homes; taking them fr
one place and carrying them to wh
Ithe central offices are located. I
surprised, in this respect, that Colh
bia has not waked up long ago, for
long as the officers of these mills
residents. of other cities, and the
fles are in those cities, just that 14
olumbia will suffer by the experier
and the fact that the offices are all
other cities is injurious to Columt
h owever, Colu*mbia does not seem
Icare much about being myuired."
State's Finances Gratifying.
"Yes, I have noticed the figures
en by the Secretary of 'State in
morning papers, stating that mi
millions of dollars have been inves
in many new enterprises since
-first of the year, and that he has tu
-ed over two thousand dollars more
ready this year thain he did for the
ti-re twelve months of last year. T1
of course, is very gratifying to me, e
gives a very flat contradiCtion to
reports .in the recent campa,ign the
'Blease was elected governor it wo
hurt the State financially. 'This
port of the Secretary of State and
recent borrowing of money for
taeat such a low rate of inter
-rAj.K -r
is a vindication of my administration
and naturally makes lay frDenxds anid
~mysel~f very proud, and I am satisfied
ythat the prosperity of our State will
continue, and that if a few elanerers
N- and sorehaeads were dispensed wit!h, *
that all would be peace and harmony.
Individually, I- aim healthy, not
ce wealthy, but very happy, aind I am not
the least worried about criticisms.'
1Report of Road Inspector No. 8 Town
iew Iship.
he ITo the SupervisOr. of Newberry -
County.-Dear Sir: I beg to submit my
wreport as road inspector for No. 8 Z
rs township. Having inspected the -said
o- roads, I find them in very good con
as a dition. owing to the dry .ifall and
ut spring. One or two overseers have
ed worked theair roads. The rest have
n- not done anything to their roads. Find
n- all roads too narrow with side diteh
it es filled up with trash and weeds. A
-Ro good many places the farmers are
lI ship4
the plowing out in the roads, leaving not
ur eenough room for one buggy or wago
eld to go along without bumnping over openA
er- turros. I recommnetd -that said far
er, mers working the publdic roads be
e- made pay rentfor same. I find hde
asIu, road from Dead Fall leading to Old
o, Town has no overseer. I reco amend
nly that Mr. Dan DeHart be appointed to
na that road. Also fdin that from Beaver
ofDamn creek by Mr. John Wicker's
-' place without overseer, and recom
e- mend that Tom Neal (col) be ap
he pointed on said road, and that he he
1bastructed to cut one ditch on both
, sides of road about two feet deep by
te two feet wide at the creek, each aort
hetwenty-five yards -long, owing to the
Samount of blue mud.
s'Find the bridge over Beaver Darn,
ml close to Utopia school house, in v'ery
n bad codition. The banister needs to
it be .replaced with new lumber. And
beI also the approach to the Werber
s,bridge, the banister is also very rot
it ten. I recommend that the superv'i
ng' sor send part of his gang back on the
to road leading from Newberry straight
em to Dead Fall, and widen the road at
ere the pine about 200 yards from the
am Weloh brainch. It is impossible to
~pass if you meet at this point.
as Respectfully,
are J. F. Stephens.
>I May 13, 1911.
ia; Bosevelt's Man Stimson to be New
to IWar Secretary.
Washidngton, May 12.--Secretar-y of
War Jacob McGavock Dickinson, of
iv- Tennessee, the Democratic member o>f
he the Taft cabin'et, has resigned. Henry
ny L. Stimnson, of New York, recently de
ted feated Republican candidate for gov
he ernor, was appointed to succeed him.
in- This announcement was made at the
al- whita house tonight, and caused great
- surprise. In the letters, exchanged
xis, between the president and Mr. Dickin
nd son, no reason, other than that or
the pressing private affairs, is given for
if the -secretary's retirement. The pres
14 ident will confer with Mr. Stimson in,
eNew York York tomorrow or Sunday.
he but the rew secretary of war will not
he be sworn in until the return of the
*e mesent to WVashinetoui on Monday.

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