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? ; vrMKKK <m ~ ^EWBEKKY, S. C, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1916. 1W1C? A $U6 A TEA*
t'harley Laquire Fires Fatal Shots
Into Bodies of Two Men and
i Wounds Tom McCombs Before
L Taking- Own Life.
Sy JL lie oiaic.
I Greenwood, Oct. 8.?iTJsing threo
bullets from a 32 calibre pistol
Giarley Laquire, a chaingang guard,
last night killed three men, including
himself, and with two shots probably
f fatally wounded a fourth. The trage'
<dv occurred at the county farm about
four miles east of town. j
The dead are: JDlton Townsend,
manager of the county farm and
alms house, Pamp Davis, his father-1
in-law, and Chiarley Luquire, the
guard who killed tliese two men and
then killed himself. Tom iMcCombs,1
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% brother of Supervisor J. B. McCombs,
was shot twice through the right lung
and although still alive this evening,
Jris condition is regarded as mighty
precarious and his chances of recovery
are very sligfat.
Charley Inquire, the guard who J
ran amuck, came to town yesterday!
^ to attend the circus. He was told by '
iMcCombs to be ;back at the farm
5 o'clock. Luquire 'began drinK**_,
wihen he reached town and was In an
ugly imood all the afternon. He
started a row in a pool room and
4 once or twi^e pulled out his pistol
and threatened to "shoot <up" somebody.
He did not leave town until late,
reaching the farm a little after 7
o'clock. Tom McCombs was sitting in
a buggy in front of the residence occupied
by Manager Townsend. He
was expecting to come to town him
self and was waiting for Luquire to
| return. He says re remarked to Lui
quire that he was late and was about
i to keep the others from going to
f the night performance of the show.
Without a word in reply but with
an oath Luquire pulled his pistol and
fired twice at MoCombs, both shots
taking effect in the right lung. As
McCombs crumpled up on the buggy
seat, Mr. Davis, who lives with
Townsend, his son-in-law, and who
? noar remarked. "Why
'V> <XO OUVuuiu,^ mvm> , ?
Charley, you have killed Mr. Tom."
Without a word Luquire fired at
(him, one shot piercing him in the
(abdomen. Just as he fell, Townsend,
Who was eating supper, rushed
out of the ihuose and started down
the front path, calling out to know
what was the matter. Luquire fired
once at Sum 30 yards away* He too
fell with a wound through his body.
T-nnuire then walked in the house j
where Mrs. Townsend and children
were, went into the room he occupied,
remained about a minute and
walked back down the front path.
y McCombs saw him returning and i3
said to have said to him. "Well, j
Charley, you have killed tnree or us.'
Answering that was what he started
ou tc do, Luquire placed the pistol
against his own temple and fired and
with that fifth bullet ended his own
Townsend, Davis and iMcCombs
were rushed to the Greenwood hospital.
Davis and Townsend lived
only two hours. McCombs is still
living but his chances are very slight.
McCombs is a brother of supervisor
Jim McCombs. He has a wife
tand two small children. Townsend
leaves a wife and three small children.
His father-in-law, Mr. Davis,
s been living with him for the past
few years. His wife is dead.
Ivuquire, who did the shooting,
leaves a wife and two children. All
are natives Of this county. Luquire
was reared at Callison. Townsend
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and Davis are from the Cokeshury!
section of the county and McCombs!
has lived near town most or ins me.
It is believed that Luquire had a1
grudge against McCombs, fearing that
re was about to lose his job. It was I
reported that Luquire had been very
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active in oejau ut ilUUtUCl \^UU&VkV> WW
for supervisor against McCombs
brother tand as McCombs was elected
liiiquire thought be might lose bis
job. He was regarded as dangerous
when drunk and having become
^ crazed with whiskey yesterday be
> went wild and in the last bours of
the day placed on county the
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\? SCHOOL >OTE.S <S> |
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Do it for Newberry.
Do what? Yo>u naturally ask.
Always and ever anything tb.it will j
make Newberry a bigger, better, more i
beautiful town to live in.
But right now, on the twentieth
I nf the month, do a man's part or a
woman's part to make the first entertainment
given this year by the Newfccrrv
schools a real success. The j
details of this entertainment will be j
published later.
The public schools of a city are one ;
thing that belongs to everybody. Stores j
I belong to merchants, homes to indi1
viduals, but the schools to everybody.
Twenty years from today the working
citizens of Newberry will be com-'
nospd r.hieflv of the girls and boys j
now being trained in the public
schools of iXewberry. Whether the>
will be working for a good town or
a poor one will depend on the train-!
ing the citizens of Newberry give j
them now.
Realizing that parents should know I
wihat the schools tare trying to do, j
ihow they are hampered, and what their j
needs are, the teachers and parents j
ihave formed associations.
At present there is a flourishing
Parent-Te^ciier's association at Boun-!
dary Street School. Both schools have j
god, well equipped buildings, but at1
each school some things are needed.;
Boundary Street school has an audi- j
torium, but it is not furnished with ;
seats. This means that the school
cannot assemble as a wttole. The:
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school ought to oe a unit, ougui UJ UU I
things together. Assembling the chil-!
dren in one room for opening exer- j
cises would help them catch the spir-j
it of working together for the good of'
the "whole. They will he better citi- j
zens in the future if they learn this j
lesson in school days.
The two associations will divide
the proceeds of the entertainment, and j
each will apply its share to what it
need most now\
Mr. Wallace Prior, the principal of
tile iilgn scnooi, was uvi "11 ill X' KAJ V/b(.V j
ville, X. c. iWthen lie was a small boy
his parents moved to Belton, S. C.
where he attended the graded school
for five years. He (attended the Anderson
hi^ih schol for ne year, after
which he won a scholarship to the
Citadel. He took'a high stand at the
1 -
Citadel, being chosen,. on we completion
of his course, to represent his
class as the commencement orator.
/Was interested in the library society,
serving as its president for several
terms. His interest in the other features
of the institution was no less
keen. He was lieutenant of his com
pany, and took an active part in an
forms of athletics.
On his graduation from tre Citadel,
Mr. Prior was principal for one,
year of the school at Monetta, S. C.,
The next year he went to Virginia,
where he served as instructor and assistant
commandant of the Black4
5 ?
stone Military Acaaeinv. ?nc OUmiuvi i
of 1915 he spent at Nashville, Tenn.,
attending the summer session of the
George Peabody College for Teacners.
Mr. Prior is a men^ber of the Pr.sbyterion
Dr. Kinard is in correspondence
with the War Department and hopes
to have guns for the cadets of the
high school as soon as tey are needed. I
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Last year the State of Indiana appointed
October 7th as "Riley Day" in
tat tate. On Thursday morning at
the high school Dr. Kinard told the
story of Riley's life, and read severa.
selections from is work. On Friday
the children of the Speers street school
devoted one period to Riley. Severa!
interesting papers were read, and
I three or four of the children gave re-1
citations. Mrs. R. D. Wright read the
famous "Bear" story. Another pleasing
feature of the entertainment was
the recitation in concert of "Little
Orphant Annie" toy several members
of the sixth grade.
Some of the grades are very full;
greatest tragedy in its history for
wbicb. one man can be held accountable.
The 'Wfoman's Missionary union 01 j
the Second presbytery of the A. R.
P. synod held their annual meeting
in the Newberry church October 4th
and 5th. The attendance was good
and the spirit of interest and enthusiasm
was manifest in all the sessions
of the union. The delegates were entertained
in the homes of the city with
J lunch at the church on 'Wednesday and
The president of the union is Mrs.
M. W. Rhodes of Louisville, Gaand
the secretary, Mrs. C. E. Miller of
Atlanta. These were most efficient
and kept the business of the union
well in hand.
The words of welcome were spoken
by Mrs. W. Y. Fair, to which responce
was made by Mrs. ^Rhodes.
in addition lo tae regular vuoiucm
of the union a number of interesting
and helpful conferences were held.
On Wednesday morning a conference
was held on the thank offerings with
Mrs. J. M. Cuddy of Troy, S. C., as
the leader. The thank offerings are
devoted to the Mountain mission and
nets a goodly sum for this encouraging
work. Mrs. J. I. Brownlee of Anlod
the conference on the Jour
uv* kj V** *vv
nal of Missions, the magazine publish-!
ed 'by the union. It was the unani- j
mos testimony that the journal is a
great help to the societies in keeping
in touch with the work and arranging
their progress. (Arrangement was
made to double the number of copies
at once.
The conference on tithing was under
the direction of Mnh. R. D. "Bryson
of Clinton and proved a very interesting
discussion. Mrs. W. 3. Lind-j
say of Charlotte who is the synodi- j
o:l secretary of junior work was
present and led the discussion Fri-1
day morning on this department of!
work. The Ladies societies are charg-!
ed with this work and the splendid
possibilities of this kind of work were
set forth bv a number of speakers.
The dscussion of the Orphanage
work led the union to create a special
department to look after this
part of the work. Mrs. I. H. Hunt of
Newberry was made secretary of this
department and will edit a page in
the Journal of Missions in the inter
est of the orphans.
Mrs. R. D. Bryson gave a demonstration
of Mission Study class. She
spoke of the importance of missinary
instruction, and said that the study
class was one of the most effective
means of imparting missionary inM
>T-^ Drvc/vn ma^P Rliosres
LOrJildLlUJU. .1110. ui ; ouii w
tions as to textbook to be used and
how well the book fits the present
world situation.
The evening sessions were devoted
to popular addresses on missions.
Mrs. J. G. Dale who was the first medical
missionary sent out 'by the A.
R. P. church, and who did a most
telling work in iMexico till the mis
+/-\ rAfire* from
sionanes wac ivn/^u ?
that field spoke on Wednesday even,
ing. Her message was full of heart
and sympathy and moved the whole
congregation to a deeper interest in
Mexico and the people who have not
had a chance to know the true way of
Dr. G. G. Parkinson of the Erskins
Thpnir.fnml seminarv delivered a
strong missionary sermon on Thursday
evening on the text: "How beautiful
are the feet of them that preach
of peace, and bring glad tidings of
good things!'' Rom. 10:15. This sermon
was vigorous in thought and presented
in his clear <nnd forcible style.
The ladies were well pleased with
f ' e fine hospitality; shown by the Newberry
people, and many expressed the
opinion that all things considered this
was one of the best meetings ever
held by the union.
?n foot, too full for comfort and good
m thp fiftrh erade iat both
Lcauuaiiif,. in ? w
Boundary and Speers has an enrollment
of 50 each.
Newberry is growing and it will be
necessary to do something very soon
to make proper provision for the increased
number of children in the
Four British, One Norwegian and One
Dutch Sleamrrs Attacked by
Under Sea Craft.
Boston, Oct. 8.?The Submarine arm
of the imperial German navy ravaged
shipping off the eastern coast of the
'United States today.
Four British, one Dutch and one
Xorweieian steamers were sent to the
bottom or left crippled derelicts off
Nantucket shoals.
Tonight, under the light of the
Hunter's moon, the destroyer flotilla
of the United States Atlantic fleet
was picking up passengers and crews
of the destroyed vessels and 'bring
ing them into Newport, R. I.
So far us is known there was no loss
of life though at a late hour the crew
of the British steamer Kingston had
not been accounted for. IA1 submarine
held up the American steamer Kansan
bound from New York for Genao:
with steel for the Italian government,
but later, on establishing her identity,
allowed her to proceed. The.
"Rnst/vn harbor late I
i\aiioan v A*?W ?? ?
tonight for "her usual call here.
The hostile submarine is Relieved
to be the U-53 which paid a call to
.Newport yesterday and disappeared at
sunset. Some naval men, however,
declared that at least two submarines j
are operating close to fhe American
shore, though outside of the three mile
? vArimuD vrnDft VTT T.VT1
A.AUin?,n ,
Spence AYerts, principal, and Henry
Scurry, accessory, are in jail for the ,
killing of Clinton Sims at the meet-j
ing Friday night of the Union Bene-!
fit society at James Hopewell church. |
A full account of the tragedy Is to
be gathered from the muss of evidenci
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lished below. 1
l-iie tirst intimation here of the killing
was a message to the sheriff's!
office Friday night. Sheriff Blease
was absent, in Fernandiana, Fla.,
whither he ad gone with Magistrate
Henry Dorroh to bring to Newberry {
Mars/ill Vance, colored, wanted here |
for the killing of his wife sixteen
years ago, an account of which may
be found in another column.
Upon receipt of the information 01
the row at Hopewell Deputies Dorroh,
Taylor and Melton, with Policeman,
Stone of the city department, went to j
the scene, a short distance from Eb-'
enezer church. They arrested Spence
Werts and Henry Scurry and brought,
them to jail, arriving here about daybreak
Corner Lindsay went down and held
the inquest, which began at nine o'
clock Saturday morning, ciueme ?i.
one p. m. The report is 3.S follows:
Ccpy of Testimony at Coroner's inquest
of the dead body of Clinton Sims
colored, Oct. 7, 1916.
iCterence 'Butler, sworn, said: At
James Hopewell church on the night
of the 6th of October, 1916, I was door
marshal in the lower door in the So
ciety Union Benefit. I heard such a J
fuss up there upstairs, I went upstairs
to hee, what wus the matter.
When I got up there Spence Werts
was talking some rough talk to the
secretary, Sylvester Reeder; something
concerning about money to
pay to a sick 'lady; and then Lizzie
Werts she goes in and starts the fuss;
and then one word brought on an *
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other, ana men vuuluu guuo ^
t-here and tried to quiet her, and he
could not quiet Tier; and then he told
Spence Werts if "he did not be quiet
here he would put him out doors.
T.?77i" Werts told him. Clinton Sims,
rough, he Tvas not going to put him
out, because he paid as much money
as any one. Then Clinton Sims said.
"Yes, I will put you out." Then I
said to Clinton Sims, "Don't you push
her or hit her, Lizzie "VVerts; liaoie 10
be a bigger fuss than it is." Then T
went on away from there?about two
or three steps from there. I heard
Henry Scurry say, "I want you all to
stop this fuss. If you don't I will j
vou afire." Clinton Sims. Spence
i iWerts and Lizzie "Werts and Henry
Scurry went back toward the steps.
t^at pistol fired Spence
Werts, Henry Scurry, Lizzie Werts
and Clinton Sims were the only ones
List of Nomina
Is Pul
Every Reader of The Herald
courage Their Friends by 1
Great Circulation Campa
Vote Early arti
The Herald and News today presents t
the first published list of the ladies j
who are nominated in the Great Circulation
Campaign. There Is published
the names of ladies who liave
been nominated by their friends for
the (honors and awards that will .be
made by The Herald and XewB on
December 2nd.
iNo doubt every one of the ladies <
whose names are mentioned, deserve
to receive an automobile. Of course not
all of them can do so, and it is up to j,
the patrons of the Herald and News i
to decide who will be awarded the
Maxwell Touring Car, the Columbia
Crapihonola, the Diamond Ring, also
the other prizes and cash awards. ,
However, every one who participates ^
in this Campaign will positively receive
a reward. ,
Now, Mr. Keaaer, loox over me nsi :
and see if the name of your favorite <
is included in this first published list. ]
If it is there, it is up to you to com- <
municate with them at once and assure
them of your support throughout i
the campaign. If you do not find the l
n-ame of your favorite, you should,; <
at once, send in her name so it may j i
be included in the list that will be j <
published in our next issue. Your j j
single word of encouragement, even j i
though it is not at once, accompanied I \
by the all important subscription, may i
.fussing. Spence Werts, Lizzie Werts ]
and Henry Scurry went at once for <
or bcme ofther parts unknown. <
Clarence Butler, (His Mark.)
Clarence Butler, recalled, says: I
heard Spence Werts said he beard
Clinton Sims shot himself.
CUrence Butler. (His Mark.)
Hamp Butler, sworn, says: JWhs at ]
James Hopewell c&urch on the night 1
of October 6, 1916. All I saw was '
Spence Werts, Clinton Sims and '
Henry Scurry got into a fuss. Clin- ^
ton Sims was trying to stop the fuss
between Spence Werts and Henry |
Scurry?to be quiet. Then the presi-1 ^
dent ordered me to sing a hymn, and 13
then he dismissed. No one was fuss- j.
,v spence Werts and Henry Sour- j
ry, both were fussing at Clinton Sims, j
Spence Werts and Henry Scurry got ^
their transfer cards from this lodge <
that night of the killing. Spence ,
Werts, Henry Scurry and Clinton Sims r
were at the stairway going down the i
steps when the pistol fired.
Hampton Butler.
Jeff Goldman, sworn said: Was at',
James Hopewell church on the night!'
of the 6th of October. I joined the' (
lodge last night for the first time.
After joining the lodge there were 18 .
members of our lodge resigned and.
cransferredi to Rock Hill lodge. Henry j
o ? ?^ Onon/io raised a row !
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with Clinton Sims. Clinton Sims was :
the marshal in to through fussing. '
Clinton Sims was trying to keep down :
the fusfe. Then Clinton Sims pushed
Spence Werts and told him to be
quiet. Spence iWterts said, "Let me
alone." Then Spence Werts' wife, :
Lizzie Werts, said to Clinton Sims,;
"Keep your hands off of him." Then
Lizzie Werts pushed Clinton Sims.
Clinton Sims pushed Lizzie Werts
away. Clarence Butler said, "Don't
push, her; don't hit her; do there wlh
be a bigger fuss.'' Jeff Galman went
to a table pretty short miter that, to- i
ward the steps. 1 heard a scramble
md a pistol shot. I heard no one
I "ussing hut Spence Werts, Henry Scurry
and Clinton Sims. When I went
down the steps Clinton Sims was ly- 1
ing on his hack dead. Then I saw
a pistol on the floor atout his feet. <
! Some one said that he shot himself. <
I picked up the pistol and unbreached :
! it, there were all the halls In the pis- ?
tol not shot. I gare the pistol to Mr. '
Dorroh. :
Jefferson Graham. !
George Reeder. sworn, said: I was''
?1* 4* l .
| t James Hopewell caurcn on iu? j,
\lishpf! Tck-Aav
and News is Invited To En~
Voting For Them in the
ign---Clip the Coupons,
J Vote Often.
have the effect of giving your friend
just the lift that she needs to help
her on the road to success. At any
rate it will not cost you anything.
The extremely high mlue or tho
prizes given in this Campaign, ara
well worth the little effort that will
be required of those to whom they will
be awarded. The ladies who will get
them will start at orce with a spirit
of determination that will be produc
Live vi icauius m yi civ/n lkj uulv
amount of encouragement they receive
from their friends.
Nominations Open,
Nominations will not close with the
publication of this list. The 'Campaign
has just started, so there is
plenty of time left for anyone to enter.
At this stage of the Campaign,
those who have entered have mainly
been busying themselves with becoming
familiar with the rules and conJitions
under which the Campaign
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crrusi oe conauciea. mier mey win
commence Hie work of Vote getting.
The list that is published today contains
only the first group who have
been nominated and have considered
entering the Campaign actively. Many
3f these will drop out and many others
will start later on. In fact, it
is probable that the second publication
will bear a very considerably al
tered aspect as the result of ne*
lomiantions during the coming weefc
[light of October 6, 1916, I heard the
evidence of Jeff Gallman; tha.t is the
same wiay I would, testify.
George Reeder.
William M. Dorroh, sworn, said:
Last night Mr. Taylor and Mr. Melton
ind I arrested Spence fWlerts and Hentry
Scurry; both of them denied knowing
that any one was killed last night,
md did not know that any one was
sven hurt, and just thought some one
:iad shot a pistol.
Wm. M. Dorroh.
John Gilreatih, sworn, said: Was
it James Hopewell church on the
[light of Oct. 6, 1916. I was at ttus
cooking of tc fourbecue last night, and
[ heard a pistol shot, and I went to
:lie lodge, and met Spence Werts and
Lizzie Werts, Henry Scurry and Mina
Scurry leaving the hall just after the
pistol fired. I asked Spence Werts
who was shot up there. Spence Werts
said 'Clinton Sims shot his own self.'*
John Griffith. (His Mark.)
Svlvester Reeder, swK>rn, says: fWfes
at James Hopewell church the night
of Oct.1916. I 3~ave heard the
evidence of John Gil'breath, and -would
state the same that John Gilbreatfc
has stated.
Sylvester Reeder.
Thomas Houseal, sworn, says: Was
at James Hopewel! church the night
of Oct. 6, 1916. I was in the hall and
heard a pistol shot. I heard Spence
Uonp,. SrMirrv and Clinton
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Sims fussing just before the pistol
fired at the top of the steps. I did
not hear any one else fussing.
Thomas Houseal. (His Mark.)
This is to certify that I have this
day examined the dead body of Clinton
Sims, colored, and find a gunshot
wound entering the body at the right
shoulder, just above the armpit, and
coming out at the exit wound at two
and a half inches from the chest bone,
between second and third ribs, on left
side of chest. I removed the bullet
under the skin at the exit wound.
W. E. Pelham, Jr., M. D.
October, 7, iyie.
The coroner's jury was composed
of J. M. K. Bushardt, foreman; J. P.
Summer, F. P. Cousins, W. P. Lathrop,
M L. Cousins and J. H. Willingham.
They rendered s verdict that
'Clinton Sims came to : '? -'eath from
a. pistol sht and wound inflicted by tbe
bands of Spence Werts on the 6th day
" ~ r? f ni /> t-Tati T-V f^nrrv
C. LrCiooer, 1310, as
(accessory before the fact.'

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