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CORONER'S JURY !
INQUEST OVER SHERIFF HOOD'S
Hood Alleged to HaYe Been Killed By
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son and Jim Rawls.
Winnsboro, July 12.?That Sheriff A.
D. Hood did no: fire the first shot
in the court house tragedy that stirred
the entire State on June 14, was
stated in the testimony of five or more
witnesses at today's inquest held over
the body of the lamented officer. By
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o e jury s veruiui me ueacn 01 ouenu
Hood is charked to Clyde Isenhower,1
Ernest Isenhower, Jesse Morrison and
Sensational testimony was offered
by Alexander Broom and E. V. Cameron.
A. L. Scruggs, county treasurer, was.
the first witness to testify. He introduced
the mysterious fellow who i
wore dark clothes, but was in his
shirt sleeves at the time with a dark
hat on. On examination of Mr.
Scruggs by Foreman J. E. Coan, Mr.
-Scruggs said ice couia not say wno 11
was. The remainder of Mr. Scruggs'
testimony was unimportant except
that he, too, testified that several shots
were fired before Sherig Hood attempted
to return the pistol shots.
" Now boys, let's all get around
him," was Sheriff Hood's' statement as
tf:e posse alighted from the automobile,
as a precaution, said Mr. Beckham,
who accompanied the posse
across from the county jail to the
court hause; when on reaching the
middle step of the stairs, according |
to Deputy Beckham's statement, Clyde
Isenhowed drew f:is gun from under
his coat and began firing at the negro.
He attempted to intercept the
negro's rapid flight up the stairway,
but he could not do so, owing to the
confusion. The witness also saw
Sheriff Hood fire, but not until the
officer had been l';it by several pistol
shots. Deputy Barnes Beckham, after
being shot, made his way back down
the stairs, where Ernest Isenhowerj
covered him with his pistol. t\lr. Beckbam's
plea, "W:y do yotf want to shoot
me, I can't do any harm?" caused
Isenhower to lower his gun.
"After Mr. Hood had shoved Clyde
Isenhower back," said Alexander
Broom in opening his testimony, Clyde
Isenhower began shooting Mr. Hood.
"Several shots came from the back
and then ':he sheriff began to fire," assp-rtftri
Mr Broom. Furth-er on In his
te~"-*~ny Mr. Broom swore that Ernest
Isenhower, James Rawls and
Jesse Morrison, whose name he learned
allcrv;~rd3, were the three men behind
the columns and that the tf:ree
haJ. piitolc. concluded his
testimony by saying that he drew his
pistol on Ernes1: Isenhower, who meanwhile
!':ad covered -Constable Joe Richardson,
who was in the act of holding
James Rawles at bay. He spoke to Mr.
Richardson as follows: "Would you
shoot a white man for a nAll
of the parties quickly put up their
gus. That Sheriff Hood did not anticipate
any trouble w tne opinion i
of Mr. Broom, wT:o had been in consultation
with Mr. Hood ?the previous
> (Sensational Testimony.
E. W. Cameron, who gave the most
sensational testimony during the
progress of the inquest, testified as
follows: "I was sitting out here in
the court house yard when Mr. Hood
"brought the negro in. As tfre sheriff
and the others were bringing the prisoner
out of the jail yard Ernest Isenhower,
Claude IsenlVower. Jesse Morrison
and Jim Rawls followed them
across here to the court house. As
"tJ-ey came in the gate of the court
house Clyde Isenhower was fooling
-with his pistol, getting it out.
'"They separated then and Clyde
Isenhower came toward the steps and
Ernest Isenhower and\ Jim Rawls
went toward the column and Mr. MorTison
went that way, too, but I djd not I
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pistol up through the bannisters and
commenced shotting, but I don't know
whether "he was shooting at the negro
or at Mr. Hood. Mr. Hood stooped
when he started to sl-ooting, and he
reached back to get his gun. There
were three or four shots fired before
Mr. Hood got his gun out, and I saw
him grab himself. I saw Mr. Hood
get out his pistol and point it down
and shoot two or tfaree times. They
were shooting so fast I could not tell
who was shooting. I was out in the
yard. The only one I could see was
Ernest Isenhower, and he was on the
otner sme ui uie wiumu emu uu.
Rawls beside the column. I saw flrim
with a pistol, but I did not see him
shoot. After the shooting had stopped,
I saw Mr. Boulware coming down the
steps and Ernest Isenhower shot
again. At that time Mr. Rawls was
behind tibe column. After Ernest Isenhower
shot in the direction of Raleigh
Boulware, who was coming down the
steps, Jim Raw's come from behind the '
column. That .was the last shot made. !
I was sitiing on one of t?:e benches in '
front of the court house and aad full j
view of it all. Mr. Boulware never |
flinched. I have seen these men on j
the streets a good many times, and
knew them when I saw them. I have !
been knowing Mr. Rawls for several
years, but I never knew Mr. Morrison'1
until that morning. Some one told me!
before ti':e shooting that "that was iMr.!
Morrison with Mr. Isenhower.
Saw Strange Man Sliwot.
When Raleigh Boulware was com-.
| ing down the steps before he was shot,1
( e did not have a pistol in his hand, |
and if he had one he had it in his j
pocket. I saw another strange man j
shooting that morning, but I flave not j
seen him since. He fca'd on dark j
cloihes, but he had his coat on his!
arm. He had a dark hat on. If I (
would see him I would recognize him,
but I have not seen him since. I did
not see Ernest Isenhower, Clyde Isenhower,
Mr. Morrison and Mr. Rawls
together before the shooting, but they;
joined each other out on the streets.'
iThe three went on, but Ernest Isen-!
hower stopped. I saw Clyde Isen-j
11:ower,Ernest Isenhower, Mr. Rawls,
| Mr. (Morrison and that strange fellow J
i nipif aIc a -r\ A til DTI f Vi
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too. I saw Ernest Isenhower shoot j
and saw Mr. Rawls with a pistol, but;
did not see him shoot. The column'
kept me from seeing him. He could
l.ave shot, but the post was in myj
A. W. Brice's testimony was of lit-'
tie value since he was not in a posi-j
tion to see much of >the tragedy ex-:
cept that he saw Ernest Isenhower
shoot from behind the column and j
that Isenhower fired 'tf:e last shot of
the fusilade. The coroner's jury then
took a recess until 3 o'clock to await
the arrival of Edward L^than, a farmer.
Some members of the jury wished
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tilt ensuing, but it was finally agreed j
thai Lathan be summoned.
As proof that Clyde Isenhower was ;
premeditating his act while the sheriff j
and his posse were crossing t':e street \
was introduced on the examination of
Mr. Lathan. The witness declared that!
the deceased Isenhower was fumbling
with something hidden by ti': e coat on >
his arm, and that Clyde Isenhowe'r I
fired the initial shot, protruding his
pistol through the balusters at the
With the testimony of E. B. Mason
and James Montgomery tha-t four or
five shots were discharged before
Sheriff Hood attempted to return the
fusillade, the coroners' jury returned!
bringing in tf:e following verdict, "We, j
the coroner's jury, find that Adam D. j
Hood came to his death by gunshot I
wounds by :Clyde Isenhower, Ernest!
Isenhower, Jesse Morrison and Jim |
Rawls, and others possibly unknown:
'to the jury."
BBYlUT GIVES VIEWS.
Former Secretary of State Thinks ]
Rierhts of Country Shonld
Los Angeles, :Cal., July 11.?'William
editorials as they have been repro-;
state, issued a statement tonight in
wl-ich he said that editorial comment
on Germany's reply to the American
Lusitania note represented the extremes
of sentiment, but that he believed
most of the people were interested
solely in protecting American
rights and that they would "heartily
approve any steps the president may
see fit to take to keep Americans out
of the danger zone or separate, passengers
from contraband, especially
"It is not a sacrifice of rights to j
avoid unnecessary risks," Mr. Bryan i
TV:e former secretary's statement
"I have not had an opportunity to
read many editorials in full, but I \
have read extracts from a number of j
editorials as they have ben repro-|
duced in San Francisco and Los An-1
geles papers. In selecting editorials
for reproduction everything depends
on the judgment exercised in making
"It is improper to judge from the
few whicfr1 have been reproduced
what general sentiment is and I am
afraid that those I have read represent
the ewo extremes rather than
the average sentiment. The bias of
the editor or publisher must always
be borne in mind wTn'en one reads an
editorial because the bias largely determines
the tone of the comment.
'tTTr ~ ziAiirfrTT n nilTT>?
we Ilctvcr tu Liiio vvuuu; a,
ber of newspapers which: strongly
sympathize with the allies and also
a number of newspapers which
strongly sympathize with Germany?
but the great majority of the people
are neutral in feeling as well as in
expression and do not take the extreme
views represented by either of
the groups above mentioned.
"TTo illustrate what I mean?4f you
will read the papers whicfir strongly
sympathize with the allies, you will
find that, ei'her intentionally or un
intentionally, they urge our government
to pursue a course which would
be helpful ro the allies and injurious
to Germany. T e papers that strongly
sympathize with Germany on the
other hand urge a course which would
be helpful to Germany and hurtful to
the allies. Each side, influenced qui'.e
n q f 11 i-Q 11 i- K ito ei'mnothioo c- Hofinoc
liWWUl uu; wj ICO OJ iHpUlUiV-O, o W UV/iiUV^O
national !. onor as to carry out its
"The mass of the American people,
however, if I know their sentiments,
are interested solely in protecting
American rights and in preserving
neutrality. The pro-ally papers want
this government to stop the submarine
warfare and ti' e pro-German
papers want us to put an embargo
on arms and ammunition; but as a
neutral nation we have no more right
to interfere in the interest of tT'.'e allies
than we have to interfere In the Interest
"Each individual may have his opinion
as to the inhumanity of drown
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mg or siai viug uuiicuiuucuciiiis, uui it
is not our business as a neutral nation
to attempt to regulate the methods
employed by the belligerents in dealing
with- each other, except in so far
as we find it necessary to do so to
protect American rights or can by .our
good offices, influence them to moderate
their conduct toward each other.
"I believe that a large majority of
the people will heartily approve of
any steps that the president may see
fit to take to keep Americans out of
the danger zone or separate passengers
from contraband, especially from
ammunition. It is not a sacrifice of
rights to avoid unnecessary risks."
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Enthusiastic Gathering at Piue Grove
Cameron, July 12.?The students and
ex-students of Newberry college met
in Pine Grove d-urcn, about ten miles
from here, yesterday. Early in the
morning people began to gather from
many sections of Orangeburg and <Jaihoun
counties; by the time R. B.
Geiger, president of the association,
called the meeting to order 400 or 500
people "K'ere present. A splendid program
had been arranged. Good music
was a feature of the meeting. After
prayer by the Rev. J. W. Oxner, Prof.
G. P. Voigt of the college was introduced
and spoke happily of the
"Newberry College Spirit" and made
reference to a number of the distinguished
alumni of the institution In
almost every calling and profession.
Next President P. E. Monroe of Sum- [
merland callege was called on to speak
for the new college to the young women
of the Lutheran churd'j. In a fewwords
he convinced his audience Sum
merland was a necessary institution in
the church and that she is doing Iter;
part nobly in equipping her young J
women for life.
D. S. iMurph, former superintendent
of education of this county, but now
associated with Mr. Lever on the committee
of agriculture in congress, after
taking an opportunity to speak a
few fitiy cl-iosen words to his old
friends, and complimenting very highly
the Newberry college men he
knows, among whom are Congressman
Lever, he g'racefully presented Mr.
marks he discussed at length the remarks
he discussed at leagnth the recent
decision of C e supreme court
adversely to the "grandfather clause"
as a qualification for voting. The
speaker showed that the negroes were
taking advantage of the educational
facilities better than the wi.ite children
and that possibly no more than
half of the white voters in Sout'.v Carolina
could qualify under the property
clause in the constitution. His logical
conclusion then was to educate,
o-i-s o <rr\r\/i /iloco nf whito l'lTI
UHLl/Ul vywla viuoo ui. " *
migration and encourage home building.
Mr. Lever spoke in 'the Pine Grove
school house in the afternoon on education.
He spoke again in Cameron
at nig!':t on the cost of marketing products.
Rather than appearing weak at
night, many thought that was his best
effort of the day.
At a business meeting of 'the reunion
association it was decided to
hold the next meeting at Elloree on
t':e third Friday in July, 1916. 'The
Kev. J. 'W.] uxner was eieciea president
and P. L. Geiger secretary and
AMONG YEEY BEST
Iii List of Military Schools Known
Under Head of "Distinguished
iWaschington, July 12. The Citadel
of Charleston is in the list of educational
institutions which army officers
are detailed to give instruction in
military science and tactics that are
classed as "distinguished colleges" by
the board of officers whidb; recently
made the annual inspection of the military
departments of guch institutions.
THRKE BILLION FOR
BRITISH WAR LOAN
Subscriptions Reach I'npreeedented
Figrurees, House of Commons
London, .July 13.?Today's session of
parliament was marked by series of
important announcements. The chancellor
of tne exchequer, Reginald Mc
rvt'iina, cumouiiL-eu m ' e nuuse ch
commons that subscriptions to the ne*
war loan had reached the unprecedented
figure of $300,000,000,000, not
including small sums received at the
The president of the board of trade,
Walter Runciman, aroused the house
to further d eers by the statement
that, in view of the failure of South
Wales coal owners and miners to agree
on a wage scale, the government had
decided to apply to the mining industry
the munitions of war act. This
makes it an offence to take part in a
strike or lockout unless differences
have been reported to tne Doara 01
trade and fe e board has referred the
matter for settlement by one of the
methods prescribed by the act. A serious
-view is taken of the refusal of
1 he miners to accept a compromise.
Affected by Enlistment.
Most of the navy coal comes from
South Wales, and even before the trouble
arose the supply was affected by
the enlistment in the army of 50,000
miners,. w)':ich eventually made it
necessary for the government to stop
recruiting in ':he mining district of
The crisis first threatened three
months ago, when the miners gave
notice to terminate existing agreements
on July 1, and, in lieu of these,
they proposed a national program giving
an all-round wage increase. The
owners objected to consideration of tJ':e
new terms during l:he war and asked
the miners to accept the existing
agreement plus a war bonus. After
conferences, union officials agreed to
recommend a compromise, which was
arranged through the board of trade.
The miners, however, voted yesterday
against .this and tJ:.e government had
to take action.
Xo Regulate Price.
The miners assert that their demands
mean no more than six pence
(12 cents) a ton and argue that as the
owners are receiving much more for
their coal than previously fc ey could
well pay it. As a matter of fact, Mr.
Runciman tday also introduced a
bill in the house to regulate the price
In tiie house of lords the Marquis
of Landsdowne, a member of the cabinet
without portfolio, stated that 22
or 23 Britisi:- divisions were in France
and Belgium, and expressed the opinion
that, although recruifts were flowing
in, the country would not much
longer tolerate the anomalities and injustices
of the voluntary system, which
was takins unusual proportions of
married men. A national register, lie
said, would be useful should it be found
necessary to introduce compulsory
military service. He intimated also
that the munitions question was being
Quiet in West.
Beyond the German claims 'that they
have made further progress in their
attacks near Souchez, the French air
raid on the lines of communications
serving their front in the Wovre ana
repulse by both sides of the daily attacks,
little has happened on the western
Beyond the German claims f at thej
have made further progress in 'their
attacKs near soucnez, me rreuuu air
raid 011 the lines of communications
serving their front in the Wovre and
repulse by both sides of t e daily attacks,
little has happened on the western
In the east operations are entering
a new phase, the Russians having been
successful in their counter offensive
against the Austrians in the region of
T e Balkan situation again is in the
limelight as a result of disclosures
that the Austro-Germans have offered
j Roumania alternative concessions eith!
er to continue neutral or join with
the Germanic forces.
Might Remain Neutral.
Confidence is expressed in British,
French and Italian circles that line
Balkan States will not join the AustroGermans,
but it is considered likely
that, owing to the failure of Russia to
hold Galicia and Bukowina, they might
decide to remain neutral. Of course
success by the allies in the Dardanelles,
where tlbey are reported to have
gained further Turkish trenches,
would change the situation.
It is also said that the former Greek
premier, Fleuthrois Venizelos, in anticipation
of his return to power, has
arranged to reorganize tft'e Balkan alliance.
of which he was the originator.
M. Wenizelos Ibas been a supporter
of the entente allies, and in event of
such reorganization it is suggested the
Balkan States migh't -possibly join this
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