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Thousands of Hales of Cotton Washed
y Away?People Looking K<>r ^,)St
P Goods?Repair Work IJi*u:ii:s.
News and Courier.
Railway trestle across the Wateree
River, %j. King'^Iile. as t.:e latest
victim oi ilie 'loo i waters now pouring
into 1:1 the southern
section ?>:' the State. Tlie trestle
I . sterday afternoon and carf
ried down with it sevral heavy cars of j
material which had been run out on
the trestle in an effort to keep It
weighted down. The :Coast Line tresN
tie just a little north of the Southern,
over the Wateree, went out yesterda}
|H morning and all traffic to the PeeDee
section of the State has been
[ blocked.
Plan?; for rebuilding the trestles and
repairing the tracks of the railroads
washed away in the storm and flood
A are goiag forward without delay. The
Seaboard has a big repair gang at
work on the trestle near Camden,
j /
and hopes to reopen their line to the
South in a few.days. The Southern
has repair gangs at the trestle above
Rock Hill and at the trestle near
f Belmont on the main line. It is planned
to reopen the main line first and
this, it is believed, will be done in I
the next few days. The Seaboard is
also at work on their -trestle at Catawba
Junction, while the Coast Line is
wasting no time in making the re
I pairs to their trestles and tracks.
The Southern officials believe they
will be able to reopen communication
with Spartanburg in the next day or
two. It appears that the trestle over I
the Broad River, at Shelton came
through without harm.
Waters Reeediagr.
The waters of the Congaree River
continue to fall and the Wateree is
also going down rapidly, it oeing
stated that there has oeen a fall of
orer thirteen feet at Camden in the
last twenty-four hours.
, People living along the Wateree
and Congaree rivers, especially heft
tween Kingville, lost practicaly alt
their crops and household goods,
many of them their homes and livestock
in the flood. Mr. John L. Mimtir
naugh, one of the leading business
W men of this city, after an investiga-j
Hnn of the conditions in the flood
I strioien territory, this morning reI
ported them as deplorable and started
m a relief fund for the people of that
area, heading the fund with a contribution
of $100. It is thought that the
relief fund will be raised quickly in
V Columbia and surrounding territory.
V The receding waters are disclosing
acres and acres of what was forBP
merly fine fields of growing corn and
cotton covered with sand and mud.
The crops in many places are totally
Tuined, while others may be brought
BD out under the recuperative influence
of the summer sun. That section imI?
mediately adjoining the confluence of
^ the Wateree and Congaree rivers,
which.form the Santee, is heavily hit
^ and no accurate idea of the situation
can be obtained until the waters recede
sufficiently to allow parties toi
go in boats over the territory or until
rail rnmuni ration is restored.
I Only Fatality.
The only fatality from the flooc
in this immediate section, so far as is
H known, was that of Ed. Ashford, a
negro about sixty years of age, who
lived in the intersection of Little and
K)?9Bs Broad rivers in Richland County. He
was drowned on Sunday night while
K trying to save some cattle which beHH
longed to his landlord. His body wa.s
0 recovered near Ellis's Ferry yester
V <iay morning.
A great many passengers from
points as far south as Florida on their
B way to the mountains have been, maB
rooned in Columbia since the first or
BB the week. Many of them returned to
their homes, while others went on to
Greenvile^ and so*ne others are waiting
until rail communication with the
B mountains is re-established.
B Several automobiles from Florida
J liave passed through Columbia yester-.
I clay and today -en route for the TipState.
The road to Greenville by automobile
is said to be oven, although
washed in some places. ,
Crops Along- the Saluda.
The Saluda River does not seem to
tave caught much of the flood waters.
A planter from Prosperity who was in
Columbia today said the crops along
the Saluda had not been damagea
much from overflow waters, and that
hrhile the rains had been heavy and
Liey had been unable to work theii
ops, they escaped the flood ravages.
IF Information from Chester today
rought news of measures taken by
|e Lancaster and Chester Chambers
if Commerce to reopen communicaion
between Lancaster and the outide
world. The two commercial bodies
agreed to buy a flat boat to operate on
the Catawba River a short distance'
below the fails, the flat boat to trans- '
i;ort passengers and freight. 7.;:^
j was agreed to witiiu-.it delay am: the
| building of the flat boat began to~ay.
| il IS eA J'C'ClVvl i-> v* : t juv v> ?.? ' -
j row and the cit.v oi Eancaster will
| restore coi^rjur.ic;.'! ;:i v. itii tIi o :
i side world ioi* the lirsi time ii: sev-eral
d ?>.
' r-. . ,
! i .:o Cuctern SM:t- c* *water
!;:;j Cau.v ba. \v\.: . . j.lI San tee
' river? i< entireh without rail com:
i municaiion wi;h the western half oi-l
! I
I Soutli Carolina, and some of this sec-;
! tion without anv touch with the outI
.. i
' .
Fearful Conditions.
1 On account of the tearful conditions'
in the flood-swept territory of the;
Catawba and Wateree rivers was j
brought to Columbia today by Roy!
Spratt, of Mount Holly, X. C., who has j
been following the river looking for j
"1.000 bales of cotton carried away by
the flood waters when the Armon
j Manufacturing Company was washeu
! onrair lusf- 5nndflv nip-hf -Mr Snratr i
and Mr. Otis Pratt were sent out in
search of the cotton, and of the 1,000
bales only thirty-five have so far been
recovered. The greatest part of this
loss was towed in by negroes at Nitrolee,
ai the Southern Power Company's
plant at Great Falls." Two negroes
lost their lives in the waters trying
to corral the cotton.
Mount Holly is on tne *jatawDa|
river, a few miles from Charlotte, on
the main line of the Southern Railway.
The floods of last Sunday night
carried away the railroad trestk
across the river there and washed
away cotton mill3, county bridges and
other manufacturing plants. The
big warehouse of the Armon Cotton
Mill. wr" 1,000 bales of cotton, worth
ove- were carried down the
rivt \ > flood. The management
of tt . instructed Messrs Spratt
and Pratt to go out and find the cot
ton. After a great deal of difficulty
they got out of Mount Holly and followed
the river as closely as possible
through York and Chester counties.
Beyond Imagination.
Mr. Spratt says that the damage
wrought by the raging waters of the
Carawba River are beyond one's im
agination. At some places great rafts
miles wide in which are collected all
kinds of ;debris, are seen, but It is
impossible to get out to rafts on
account of the swollen stream. He
and his companion made several efforts
to get a boat with which to cross
to the other side, but the only one
they found was at Catawba junction,
where "the Seaboard trestle was washed
away. This boat is being utilized
by a construction force to place a
wire across the river and was noi
available. Mr. Sprat* told of the
bridges and trestles carried away by
the mad waters in their rush southward,
including the trestle of -vthe
Southern, near Belmont, the trestlt
of the interurban atjthe same place,
the Southern trestle and county between
Fort unfill and RocK Hill; the
county bridge and Seaboard trestle
at Catawba junction; the Seaboard
Air Line trestle near Lancaster ana
other structures, all of which were
loosed from their moorings and added
to the debris gathered in the great
toll of the stream as it sped on towards
the sea.
Sared 35 Bales.
Thp ?U"Mi+hprn Pnwsr rtnmnanv's
great dams and works on the Catawba
at Great Palls were overflowed. It
was at Nitrolee, where some negroes <
attempted and did salvage thirty-five
bales of cotton belonging to Mr.
Spratt's mill, but two of the negroes
lost their live3 in the attempt. Two
other negroes were drowned further
up the river trying to save cotton,
according to reports tol-d to (Mr.
At Great Falls Mr. Soratt's comDan
lion, Mr. Pratt, secured a boat and
rowed across to the Lancaster side.
He will go down the river on that side
searching for the cotton while Mr.
Spratt continues his search on the
western side of the stream. 1
It is the opinion of Mr. Spratt that
the coton will be found in the smamps
jof the Santee and other streams in the
southern part of the State, in wfcicn
the waters of the Catawba and "VvSteree
empty. He and his companion
will search both sides, of the rivers
all the way to Georgetown, if neces
sary. Mr. Spratt has the tags with
which to identify the cotton and he
hopes to recover the greater part, if
not all, of it. He believes that some
of the ccn.ton is included in the debrisof
the rafts collected at several
places in the river, but search of
them cannot be made tmtil the river
subsides sufficiently to allow boating
parties ot get out.
More Cotton Washed Away.
There was other cotton wasted awaj
Shiver Driving Wjf<? and I o]i>nel in
When He Turned on
Tlieni >\itii Two I'istols.
Alpine. Texas, uly Mystery J
.? iA> i;:e motive oi Harry
1. maUi's.'-:'" < ; a local i: >tei,
ting and killing his wife and;
i. v 'of. 31. (. Butler of tiiC ?>ixtn j
United States cavalry while the three'
were motoring yesterday evening.
According to an announcement j
from tiie co;;nty attorney tonight.
iDannell. wiio ' surrendered himself
immediately after The shooting, re-,
:'u.sed to discuss hi? 'a>e. and a tiior- i
ough investigation disclosed no ap
parent reason for the killing.
Spannell, who was held overnight,
in the county j iil, was taken today!
to another town. the name of which j
was not revealed, for safekeeping.
The shooting took place about 8:3t>
o'clock last night while the partywere
out driving in Mr. Spannell'?
car. Spannell, who was driving,' occupied
the front seat alone. Mrs.
Spannell and Col. Butler occupied the
rear seat. The tragedy happened in
the main residential section of thu
city. Spannell, it seems suddenly stop j
ped his car, turned in his seat and began
shooting, using a small calibre
automatic pistol and a revolver.
Both victims were shot several times,
death being instantaneous.
i&pannell, after emptying his weapons,
walked back to Uie court house,
and surrendered to the authorities.
He made no statement.
On acount of the prominence of all
parties the tragedy has shocked the
entire city. After being placed in
jail, Spannell was afterwards spirited
away for safekeeping.
" -J "Do
ispanneu, a uauve ul uaoic^w, *
received the best musical education
this country and conservatories
abroad could afford, afterward coming
to Baylor university, where he
held the position of musical instructor
for many years, resigning to take
charge of the Hotel Holland of this
cityt where he has resided for the
past three years. He had many friends J
here and was very popular. No'
cause is known for the tragedy.
The married life of fMr. and Mrs.
Spannell was ideal. . Their little
daughter, Holland, about 5 years of
age, *as their only child.
Shortly before the tragedy occured
Mr. and Mrs. Spannell with their
little daughter came to the Hotel Holland
and let the little girl out to play
with some little girl friends and invited
Maj. Butler to join them for an
evening drive. All parties, especially
Cnonnoll iroro in the best of SDirit3.
The remains of Col. Butler will ho
sent to Washington for interment in
Arlington cemetery with military honors.
The funeral party with the body oi
Col. Butler left this afternoon for
in the flood besides that of the Armon
Mill, believes Mr. Spratt. He
heard that two other large warehouses
of mills farther up the river
above Mont Holly were washed away
and the cotton brought down stream
TT-i /->?./% i't> a ranrvrt that" a Hoil t 1
1 uci C lO a & *)WV |
bales of long staple, worth $100 a
bale were grabbed by the flood and
brought south, but there is no confirmation
of this report. This, if true,
would mean another $100,000 worth'
of cotton somewhere in the swamps
of the 'Wateree and Santee.
Acres and acres of corn, cotton and
other crops along the rivers were
drowned, broken and covered with
aand and mud and it will be somt,
* - A- -* J
aays oeiore an accurate mea. ut cue
less can be bad.
A man near iMount Holly, who was
running a little pleasure place, Had
fifteen rowboats and he had been making
a harvest since the washing away
of the trestles, said Mr. Spratt. This
man put his fifteen rowboats into
commission, ferrying passengers who
wished to cross between Gastonia and
points and at $1 per head he was making
a small fortune. However, the
interurban has put in a ferry and
1 1? -?*- J i.T~~
iargexy biopywu tut; man > -m iunt>oat3.
Mr. Spratt said large gangs of laborers
were gathered by the Seaboard
and Southern and work of replacing
the trestles is already proceeding.
Mr. Spratt left here this afternoon
towards Camden to continue nis
3earch for the cotton on this side of
the Wateree and Santee, while his
companion will search southwards on
the other side of the streams.
M"r. J. E. Dulse, president of the
Southern Power Company, is at Great
Palls and was there during the flood
it is said. W. F. Caldwell.
Washington. Capt. Ralph Cousins escorted
the party. The interment will
b.} in Arlington (xme'ery with military
1 !?/? n<, i'jf J r.iilrt Will
News of M.ij. 7\i. _ p.uflcr*> doa . V
vest' Til;:y aiteriiC" ; 21 Aii'ine, ; cxiii,
at the han.Is of a civilian, rebelled
Colombia late last evening in the
form of a dispatch to The State, followed
closely by a telegram from his
wife to her husband's brother. F. W.
P. Butler, M. I)., of 1213 Pickens
street. Mrs. Butler wired: "Galbraitli
killed tonight. As soon as possible I
shall start with his body for Washington,
via Xew Orleans. . . ."
Maj. Butler's promotion to the lieutenant
colonelcy of the Sixth cavalry,
a squadron of which he has been
.commanding at Marfa, Texas, was announced
in press dispatches from
Washington under date of July 12.
Alpine is a few miles east of iMarfa,
at the junction of the Southern Pacific
railway with the K. C., IM. & 0.
The district is in the great bend 01
the Rio Grande in southewestern Texas.
Below it are the Mexican states
of Chihuahua and Coahulia. El Paso is
about 175 miles to the northwest.
Leaves One Son.
Mrs. Biitler, formerly Miss Margaret
Howell, had only recently joined
her husband on the border, after a
visit to her old home in Nashville.
Mai Ru filer leaves but one child, a
nine year old son, M. C Butler, 3d,
who is at a mountain resort in Tennessee.
Maj. Butler was a son of the lati.
Matthew Calbraith Butler of Edgefield,
S. C., who was a major genera,
of the Confederate States army, seri
Yed 18 years in the United Sta/tes sen1
ate as a member from South Carolina
i or?H was ? ma.1nr eeneral of volun
| teers in the Spanish-American -war.
One of his grandmothers was a sister
I to both of the Commodores Perry of
the United States navy. His mother
was a daughter of Francis fWl Pickens
the "war governor" of South Carolina.
Less than a fortnight ago the following
sketch of Maj. Butler's career
i was written by a relative in Columbia
I for The State.
'IMatthew Calbraith Butler was
born in Edgefield, South Carolina,
IMay 1, 1864, the youngest son of Gen.
I M. C. Butler of the Confederate States
army. Calbraith, as he was called,
was prepared for college at the Edgefield
schools and was for a year or
two a cadet in the (Carolina Military
institute at Charlotte, presided over
by John Peyre Thomas. He was a
student in Union college in Schenectady.
N. Y., when he received from
George D Tillman^ member of congress,
an appointment to West Point
He was graduated from the military
academy in 1888.
"His first assignment was to the infantry,
but^he was soon transferred
to the Fifth cavalry, a regiment which
had .great prestige and in which
Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney John|
ston, Fitzhugh Lee and N. G. Evans
had served as officers. He passed
through the several grades from second
lieutenant in the Fifth cavalry
and the Seventh.
"His father, when he entered the
I army, warned him against becoming
a 'rocking chair soldier.' He had always
folowed the rule of going where
he was sent and doing his duty as
best he could. He was detailed for
one year in Washington and was glad
to get back to the field. He has a
reputation for horsemanship and
while a first lieutenant was instructor
in riding at West Point. He has
had more foreign service than an>
other otuoer in his regiment."
Dr. Butler will probably join the
funeral party en route from Texas to
Washington. The interment presumably
will be in Arlington cemetery.
H. J. Spannell Surrenders After
Shooting His Wife and Well
Known (Army Officer.
Alpine Texas, July 20.?Maj. Matthew
Calbraith Butler of the sixth
United States cavalry ,and Mrd. H. J.
Spannell, with whom Ihe was out riding
in an automobile were shot and
killed this afternoon by H. J. Spannell,
husband of the woman.
Immediately after the shooting
Spannell went to the jail and surrendered.
Mrs. Spannell was the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. John Holland,
well known residents of Alpine.
Spannell is the proprietor of the Holland
hotel here.
Force of Strangers Said to l>e Kt*ep- \
inir Closo Tab on iSIir
Baltimore, J lily 20.? A British car 50
'.'" aiaer, : i.ich anchored on ;h<- l/erra ;
1 n."rchant submarine Deutch-!
: ; of? -ials of tlio Eastern For;
warding ompanv considerable worn
Ivyii.-.lc. i-.C ljl'Hi ?! 'A is ill o' '
1 position to observe any movement of j
[ the submarine. *
j The searchlight of the Forwarding
j Company's tug Timmins was tlaslieo.
T? _ T? 1_
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wheat before yoi
There is no dry
not been sunned
, . , * # $ ;
and then blame i
you good work.
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! on the Britisher intermittently
throughout the night.
("apt. Zach Culliscn, of the Timmlns
reported for duty aboard the tug tonight.
He had spent several days
nro;:ml The Yirsinia Canes. Dresum
r }y L-ettinp a line 011 the movements
of foreign warships.
It has been reported to officials
l< :.l!ig aiter the Deutsehlanti's interfh?f
p. t'nr o o'" sT~ri~fsr<s'*<N heen
kcc; m::u cic. e i:; o here 011 t:ie suomarine's
movements. Others are said to
be .staiioiied at strategic points all
(lov?;n the Chesapeake Bay to the
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i take it to mill.
wheat that has
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