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Passed at the Recent Session of
the General Assembly.
Full Text rf the Act That is of
Interest to All Old Soldiers
in Siuth Carolina.
The following is the new pension law.
based upon recornnendationz of the
Confederate Veterans' assoeiat ion of :he
State. The bill wasintriduced by Mr.
Patton of Richiand at their request.
The act was approved Febraary 19th.
by Governor MeSweeney. It read,
Section 1. Be it enacted by the gen
eral assembly or he State of South Car
olina: The sum of at least one bundred
thousand dollars shall be annually ap
propriatc.,4 to pay the pensions provided
for by this act, and in case the same.
or such amount asshall be appropriated
shall be insufficient. then the amount
so appropriated shall be distributed
proTiortionately among those legally en
titled to receive the same: Providvd,
That those pensioners d, scribed in sub
division (t), section 4 herein, shall have
been fir-,t paid in full.
. See. 2 The applicant must have been
a resident of the State for two years
prio to the time of the application.
Sec. 3. In order to obtain the benefits
of this chapter the applicant unquali
fied by residence must also show
(A) If a man.
1st. That he was a bona fde soldier
or sailor in the service in the State or
in the Confederate States in the war
between the States; and
2d. Either (a). That while in such
service he lost a leg or arm, or received
other bodily injury whereby he has be
come disabled; and farther, that
neither him-elf nor his wife has an in
come exceeding one hundred and fifty
dollars per annum, nor property suffici
ent to produce such an income; or (D)
that he bas reached the age of sixty
years, and that neither he nor his wife
is receiving annually an annual income
of seventy-five dollars from any source
nor possessed of property sufficient to
produce such an income.
(B) If a woman.
1st. That site is the widow of a man
who was a bona fide soldiei or sailor in
the service of the State or of the Con
fvderate States in the war between the
States; and
L 21. l'tat she has never remarried; and
3d. That either (a) she is sixty years
of age; or (b) that her husband lost his
life in the service of the State or of the
Confederate States in the war between
the States; and
4th. That she has not an income of
one hundred dollars per annum nor
property sufficient to produce the same.
Sec. 4. The p-rsons described in the
preceeding sica s shall be entitled to
a pension upula complying with the
other provisions -.i his act, and sball
be paid the a:.s hereinafter set
forth, to hit;
(a) All soldiers and sailors who lost
both arms or both leg', or sight, or who
are physically hel pies-, tlbe sum of eight
dollars per month.
(b) All soldiers r s:or w ho lost one
arm or leg in the said service, the sum
of four dellars per moutht.
(c) All other persons en-ttitle~d to pen
sions under the parovisions o~f ties act,
the sunm of three dollars por mo~nth:
Provided, That ail soldiers andc o:ur,t
now citizens of thi. State. who were inu
the servi ,e of the State or of the C"u
federate States in the watr between'r the
States, and who are totally disabled by
paralysis, and who have no income, artd
who is unable to make a living, shall
receive pensions~ as provided by this act
the same as those under clas.s "A" of
this section.
Sec. 5. Before any soldier or sailo~r
shall receive ay pay ment provided in
this act, he shall make an application,
in writing, through the township repre
sentative. addressed to the county pen
sion board, to be appointed as herein
after directed for each county of the
State. setting forth in detail the nature
of the disabling wound, if any, the com
pany and regiment or battalion in
which he served, and the time and
place of receiving the wound, and show
ing that neither he nor his wife is in
receipt of the income as hereinafter
spectfied, and showing further, the time
and place of reaidence within the State
by the applicant. Such application shall
be verified by the oath of the applicant,
made before any officcr in the State
authorised to admiiter oaths, and
shall be accompanied by the affida'rit
of one or more credible witrnesses, stat
ing that they knew the apslicant was a
soldier or bailor or the wife of such, as
the case may be, and believe the allega
tions made in the applications to be
true: Provided, That said application
shall show that the applicant is not
drawing a pension in any other State.
Sec. 6 Such application shall be veri
fied also by a certificate of the auditor
of the county in which the applicant
resides, showing amount of tax return,
and that his income does not exceed
the amount stated, and that he is not
possessed of sufficient property to pro
duce auch incjme; and it shall be the
duty of the auditor to furnish such
certificates, if he shall find the facts,
without fee or charge.
Sec. 7. In each county of the State
the said application shall be sudbmitted
to a board composed of four ex Con
federate soldiers or sailors (to be chosen
as hereinafter provided), who shall not
be holders of or applicants for a pen
sion, and a regular practicing physician
to be selected by them, which said five
persons shall constitute-the county pen
sion board. They shall meet on the
third M1onday int January of each year,
and shall examine each applicant under
rules and regulations prescribed by the
State board of pensioners. After first
being duly sworn, fairly and impartially
to discharge the duties of their office.
and after said oaths are duly filed in
the office of the clerk of court, the said
county pension board shall proceed with
the discharge of the duties imposed
upon them, and shall certify thteir ap
proval to the State board of pensioners,
giving in detail the reasons which in
fluenced them to grant or oppose each
application, accompanied by all the evi
dences upon which they made their de
Se. Four members of said board
ihall constitute the quorum. A ma
j.rity of the weibers of the board
present way determine any matter pre
sented to them, subject. however, to a
right of review of the State board. As
-o)fn as such county board completes
itslist as above, giving the names of
the penaioners, their residences and
amounts per tonth to which they are
entitled, they shall certify the same to
the State board of pentioners. to be re
viawed by them. TI-e compensitin of
the members of said board shall be $2
per day for ereh dav's servieu, not ex
ceeding, howev:r. rive day' z er-ice in
any one year.
See. 9. The State b.ard of pesioners
shall thereupon pais upon the names
contained in said lists, and shall cer:ify
to the clerks of courts of the vario:.s
counties the lists of the names aid
anmonuts; approved by them. and said
e!erks of courts shall record the same
in a book, and soid rol so wade up shall
be designated ' approved pension rolls
for 19--." and such persons shall con
stitute the pensioners entitled to receive
the aid herein provided for the current
Sec. 10. Every application approved
by the county board, with all papers
upon which they act, shall be filed in
the comptroller generai's office by the
frst day of February of each year, to
be by him submitted to the State board
of pensions for their revie x. Ln the ex
amination of the applications of each
person for a pension, the said bytrd
shall inquire pirticularly into all the
facts !et forth in the application, and
shal! hwve the right to examine such
witne*ss and to take such evidence as
to d.-termine the right of such applicant
to pension, and for the purpose of this
chapter the chairman of each county
pension board shall have the right to
administer oaths. In making their re
port to the State board of pensions,
they shall set forth, in concise and plain
language. giving in detail (and sepa
ratel3) their findings upon each ma
terial allegation contained in the ap
Sec. 11. Each of the county boa'rds
shall keep a book in % hich they shall
make a list of the applicants for pen
sions, setting forth the approval and
disapproval which book shall be filed
in the office of the clerk of court of
common pleas for each county; and the
clerk shall from said book certify to the
comptroller general, on or before the
first day of February of each year, the
number of pensioners who are still
alive and entitled to the pension.
See. 12. The State board of pensions
shall have the authority, and it shall
be their duty, to revise the list of pen
sion claims allowed by each county
board, and to contirm or reject any
pension claim allowed by such board,
as they nay deem proper and right
upon the facts presented by the said
board, or upon such additional facts
connected therewith as they may be pro
cure; but they have no right in any
cese to grant a pension unless the same
has been regualarly approved by the
county board of pensions.
See. 13. The county board of pensions
shall be constituted af follows: On the
first Saturday in August of each year
the surviving soldiers and sailors of the
State or the Confederate States, in the
late war between the States, in each
townshsp, shall meet at a time and
place therein designated~ by the chair
man of the county board, by two weeks'
public notice, and having organized by
electing a chairman and secretary
shall elect by ballot and ex Con federate
soldier or sadlor, not a holder of nor an
applicant for a pension, as the repre
sentative of the veterans ot said tow n
The representatives so elected shall
meet at the county court house on the
ti-.t Mlonday in September following,
eti having organized by electing a
presiding officer and secretary, shall
elect from their own number four, who,
having selected a competent physician,
and elected one of themselves as chair.
man, shall constitute, together with
such physician, the county pension
board for the year or until their suc
essors are elected and qualified. In
those townships where the Yeterans
failed to select a representative as here
inprovided, the chairman of the county
pension board shall appoint some per
son otherwise qualified as representa
tive until such election shall be had;
and in these counties where the surviv
ors failed to organize a county board as
herein provided, the State board of pen
sions may appoint four ex Confederate
soldiers or sailors otherwise qualified to
organize and constitute said county
Sec. 14. In case there shall be in any
township no person qualified to act as
representative, then the veterans may
elect., or in ease of their failure so to do,
the chairman of the county pension
board may appoint, some properly
qualified veteran residing elsewhere in
said county.
See-. 15. The comptroller general shall
be chairman of the State board of pen
sions, and he with three ex-Confederate
soldiers, not holders of nor applicants
for pensions, to be selected by the
United Confederate Veterans associa
tien at their annual meetings, together
with a competent physician to be se
leted by them, shall constitute the said
State board of pensions. That the
comptroller general sha'l apppoint a
suitable person to serve as cle-rk of
State board of pensions; said clerk to
receive a salary of $600 per annum for
his services. In case of failure to select
by the said veterans' association, the
three members properly qualified shall
be appointed by the governor. T'he
term of office of the selected member of
said board shall be for one year and
until their successors are elected or ap
pointed and have qualified.
Sec. 16. The compensr~tion of the
members of the county pension boards
shall be $2 per day, not to exceed five
days, and the compensation of the
State board shall be $2 per day, not to
exceed five days, and the latter shall be
allowed mileage at the rate of 5 cents
per mile.
See. 17. In counties where the surviv
ors fail or reinse to comply with the
provisions hereof, the State boai d shall
make such regulations for the distribu
tion of the fund for such counties as
they deem best.
Sec. 18 lt shall be the duty of the
comtroller general to issue on the 1st
Monday in April of each year to the
party entitled to receive a pension here
under his warrant for such sum as may
be herein prescribed, so long as such
name shall remain on the pension roil
a above prescribed, or until informed
of the deith or removal fromi the State
of such pensioner: Providd, That the
comptroller general slhall forward the
amount due the pen:ioners of each
county to the clerk of court of the sev
eral counties of the State, to be paid
out by said clerk of court without ad
ditional compensation
Sec. 19. It shall be the duty of the
comptroller general to prepare and
cause to be printed forms iu blank on
which such applications, eertificates
and affidavits may be conveniently
made, and he shall cause the same to
be distributed in t he several counties of
the State in such number and such
manner as in his judgment nay be
See. 20. Whenever the name of any
person who has been declared entitled
to receive a ponsion under the laws of
this State shall have been omitted, b)
any accident, from the proper lists, it
:hall be the duty of the State board of
rensious to allow, and the duty of the
comptroller general to issue his war
rant for, the amount of the pension to
which suen person would have been
entitled; said amount to be paid out of
the next regular appropriation for pen.
siona, after the fact of su-,h: accident
shall have been determiued by said
State board of pe'nsions, and said
amounts shall b.e pxid o t of said ap
propriation b .f re the sam.n shall-be ap
portioned am )tg the persons entitled
That sec-i )n. 919 9 . 911, 912.
q913, 9 11. !)1 !) It' ) 9 t7, !) H, 9 19, 9.
931, 952, 933. 9-4. 935. of the Revised
S:atutes of 193. and all acts amenda.
tory thereof, be, and the sime are here
by. repealed.
Sec. 22. Until the election*of the
cunty pension board and the State
board of pensions shall be had, as pro
vided for herein, the several pension
boards as now constituted shall contieue
to exercise their repective functions.
The Commission Meets and Calls for
Designs and Proposals.
The Columbia State of Wednesday
says: Things have been gotten under
way for the erection of the monument
and markers of the State of South Car
olina on the battlefield of Chickamauga.
Yesterday the commission appointed
under the recent act of the general as
sembly met in the governor's office and
took the preliminary steps toward the
erection of the monuments. As a re
sult of the action taken yesterday all
the monuments must be completed by
the middle of next September. This
shows that the commission means to
start at the work before it in a busi
ness-like manner.
All the members of the commission
were present yesterday, as follows:
Gov. MeSweeney, Adj. Gen. Floyd,
Gen. C. Irvine Walker of Charleston,
Col. J. H. Wilsen of Sumter and Capt.
C. K. Henderson of Aiken.
The matter was thoroughly discussed.
Then the bonard d-cided to advertise at
once for proposals. and the following
announcement embracing all details
agreed upon was made:
Designs for and propcsals to erect the
same are desired for the following
monuments to be erected for the
Chickamauga battlefield:
One large monument for all the South
Carolina troops engaged in the battle
of Chickamauza.
Four markers, one for each; Ker
shaw's brtaades; Tenth and Ninteenth
South Carolina regiments of Mani
gault's brigade; Twenty-fourth South
Carolina r, giment, Gist's brigade, and
Cul pepper's battery.
The prorosed dimensions ot each
must be stated in the proposals.
,The monuments all to be of South
Carolina granite, Win nsboro, or equally
as good, and are to be erected in such
positions of the battlefield as may be
designated by the com mission, on the
foundations furnished by the park com
All work, except joints, to have
rounded edgtes, and all lettering to be
cut in the V shaped incision. The let
tering will be designated by the com
mission hereafter.
The cost of the work cannot exceed
$9,000. All proposals must state in de
tail how the bidder proposes to execute
the work.
The work, the monument and mark
ers, must be completed by September
15th, 1900.
TI'he successful bidder will be required
to give bond for $5.000 for the faithful
pertformnance of the contract.
Preference, where other things are
equal, will be given bidders who are
re~idents of this State.
Plans, specifications and proposals
must be deposited in the adjutant gen
eral's office on or before M1aret1 20, 1900.
The commission reserves the right to
reject any or all bids,
Two of the members of the present
commission were members of the com
mission appointed under the act of
1891, which Dody in 1895 adopted a
dedn f or the Chickamauga monument,
which provided for a granite monument,
surmounted by a bronze palmetto tree,
with two bronze fitures on the midway
ledges. This monument was to be 29
feet 1 inch in height and 13 feet S
inches by 10 feet 4 inches at the base.
Its estmated cost was $10,850 com plete,
or $9.500 without the two bronze figures
referred to. The design was a pleas
ing one, and gave general satisfaction.
She Was Badly Fooled.
A romance that may have tragic con
sequences developed at New Orleans
IThursday. A man who gives several
names and has told a number of con
flicting stories is locked up at police
headquarters. It is charged that he
inmpersonated Capt. Clark of the battle
ship Texas, which is now at New Or
leans and inducecd Miss Bertha Warten,
of Cincinnati, to marry him. Miss
Warten with her brother-in-law, Alex
Aronson, of 10 South Canal street and
the latter's family were stopping at the
St. Charles hotel where they made the
acquaintance of the man who repre
sen ted himself to be Capt. Clark. After
courtship of two days the wedlding was
celebrated Wednesday afternoon. That
night "Capt. Clark" went aboard the
battleship and acted in such a manner
as to arouse the suspicions of the offi
cers. He was locked up and this fact led
to an investigation by Miss Warten's
relatives. The bride is prostrated.
The Names of the Men Who Are
Entitled to It.
Mr. Evans Makes an Announce
ment of Importance to the
Men Who Holds the Ex
tra Pay Claims.
Wednesday Mr. W. Boyd Evans,
who has bece to Washington in the in
terest of the unpaid claims of the
soldiers of this State in the war with
Spain, returned to the city. The fol
lowing statement of the results of his
trip was prepared for The State:
I have just returned from Washing
ton, where I have been to look after
the month's extra pay for the officers
and men of the First South Carolina
regiment, and the auditor of the war
department informs ie that before he
can give e a settlement, I must file
new papers with hii department, stat
ing certain facts and conditions that are
not included in the former papers filed
there, and in order that no mistake
may be made, ha gave me a form to
usC. The auditor said if I would fill
h bese new foi ms at once, he would give
rue settlement for the extra pay of the
men within the next 30 days, so I earn
estly request the following named men
who were offiers and soldiers in the
First South Carolina regiment to write
me at once so I can spnd them the
proper blanks to be filled out and be
returned to me immediately to be filed
with the proper department in Wash
ington. If the men will comply
promptly with this request I can get
their money at once. The slips recent
ly sent out to the men by the secretary
of the treasury will amount to nothing
unless they file these additional papers.
If any of these men have left their
homes, and their families know of their
whereabouts, I would be glad to have
them inform me.
The following is the list of men due
the month's extra pay:
Sergt. William Bryson, Abbeville.
Sergt. William G. Moses, Abbeville.
Corporal James A. Allen, Abbeville.
Corporal Robert S. McCombs, Abbe
Corporal Alexander B-,wie, Abbe
Private William T. McDonald, Ab
Private J. L. Pepper, Abbeville.
Private Luther H. Hester, Hester.
Private Sidney J. Kersey, Peters
burg, Va.
Private Samuel 31. M:Cravy, Cross
Private J. M. Bounds, Greenville.
Private John Simmons, Heardemont.
Private Vernon C. Seawright, Abbe
Private E T. Talley, Cold Springs.
Private Green S Tenant, Under, Ga.
First Sergt. Fred D. Marshall, Rock
Sergt. Ernest L. Adamns, Rock Hill.
IPrivate Cyrus M. Alexander, Char
Private NIation Brubaker.
Private Hanston W. Hemley, Sallis
bury, N. C.
Private Frances B. J mes, Rock Hill.
Private William P. Maynard, Char
lotte. N. C.
Private Joseph F. Qaalls, Burling
ton, N. C.
Sergt. Percy S. Norris, Batesburg.
Sergt. B. F. Harrison, Columbia.
Corporal R. .Jackson. Columbia.
Corporal William W. Binson, Colum
Private Theodore M1. Allen, Syca
Private J. M1. Clements, Langly.
Private Daniel E Dunmore, Ruffs
dale, Pa.
Private Robert F'ord. Columbia.
Private Charles P. Green, Laurens.
Private George L. Jackson, Spartan
Private Henry C. Richardson, Co
Private Samuel 31. Burns, Columbia.
Private Bud Reese, Seward, N. C.
First Sergt. Ed. B. Ligon, Green
Qiar-termaster Seigeant Ben. HI.
Kendrick. Greenvilie.
Sergt. James E. Dial, Greenville.
Corporal Tom 1B. Price, Greenville.
Corporal William Henry Charles,
Private James M1. Griffith, Greenville,
Private Whitfield A. Hayes, Pelzer,
Private Remus D. Hudgens, Lau
Private Thomas B. Kenmore, Green
Private J. E. Land, Greenville.
Private Woodson L. McLean, Green
Private Robert T. Richardson,
Private Luther A Seav, Greenvill,
Private Rowley H. Smith, Green
Priv:.te Ben M1. Stradley, Greenville.
Private William A. Harvin, Camden.
Private Mladison L. Harvin, Camden.
Sergt, Richard G. Stone, Aiken.
Corp. William M. Pritchard, Wey
Private Robert H1. Bussey, Modock.
Private James A. Bell, Charleston.
Private Portius D. Brown, Charles
Private Henry R. Price, Jr., Park
Private John S Reid, Langley.
Private John W. Ellege, Alston.
Private Iledgeman Sims, Granite
Prirate Wade HI. Hancock, Aiken.
Private Lawson A. Gunter, .Aiken.
Sergt. MIalcolm M1. Lander, Jackson
ville, Fla.
Corpl. George F. Preston, Jackson
ville, Fla.
Corpl. Charles W. Asman, Swansea,
Corpl. George E. Renmbert, Colum
Private William Baldwin, Pelzer.
Priva .Tones R. Brgin. Marion.
Private Arthur Driggers, Summer
Private George Haselden, Lake City.
Private George E. Hlolloborough,
Charlotte, N. C.
Private Mike A. Nicely, Jackson
ville, Fla.
Private Earley A. Patters, Pelzer.
First Sergt. Harry A. Dargan, Green
Quartermaster Sergt. W. D. Whit
man, Spartanburg.
Sergt. George W. Burbage, Green
Sergt. John H. Harris, Enorce.
Sergt. William L. Omasby, Chicago,
Sergt. William W. Tribble, chicago,
Teamster Frank Hooper, Columbia.
Private Burket Hiram, Pelzer.
Private James Clutch, Spartanburg.
Private Andrew Flood, Spartanburg.
Private William N. Hill, Spartan
Private Rome Holland, Pacolet.
Private Howell HIolli!isworth, Spar
Private William Morgan, Spartan
Private Edward R. MIlan, Spartan
Corpl. Aurelius Russell, Spartan
Corpl. James Cayce, Union.
Private Everett Brown, Landrums.
Private Tom B. Brown, Spartanburg.
Private Bertram B. Clayton, Spar
Private Charles Hens.ey, Greenville.
Private Albert-D. Jenkins, Spartan
Private E-lward W. May, Spartan
Private Frederick M Parham, Union.
Private Tom Parham, Union.
Private William J. Penny, Spartan
Private Belton 0. Prince, Spartan
Private John R. Russell, Spartan
Private Wallace S. Sims, Spartan
Private John Rosewell, Greenville.
Private Albert Turner, Spartanburg.
Sergt. James G. McFadden, Chester.
Sergt. Martin L. Clark, Marion.
Corpl. Edward W. Hannahan, Winns
Private Thomas J. Allen, Winns
Private Marvin H. Baum, Camden.
Private William J. Cheaster, Ander
Private William L. Culp, Chester.
Private James L. Hayne, Blackstock.
Private William Johnican, Ridge
Private William F. Perry, Flint
Sergt. Milledge Bonham, Anderson.
Corpl. George 'T. Baker, Anderson.
Private Abe Blackeley, Autumn.
Private James H. Bjwen, Anderson.
Private James II. Bowen, Ander
Private Charles A. Clinkscales, Level
Private William Cockrane, Ameri
ens. Ga.
Private Daniel Cool oy, Townsville.
Private William E King, Boyles.
Private Clarence .Murphy, Anderson.
Private John C. Robbins, Anderson.
Private Fi~d Taylor, Belton.
Sergt. William E. Biaits, Newberry.
Corpl. Andrew A. Kilgore, Tacoma
Private John T. Brown, Clinton.
Private John HI. Buist, Spartanburg.
Private Joseph B. Cooley, Columbia.
Private Frank P'. Grey, Atlanta, Ga.
Private Joseph H. Keith. Bath.
Private David 1). Kirkpatrick,
Private James S. Hines, Clinton.
Private James WV. Nelson, Clinton.
Private iidward P. Redish. William.
Private Henry L. Simons, Newberry.
Besides all the non-commissioned of
ficers and privates, I hope all the com
missioned officers of the First South
Carolina regiment will write me at once,
as it is important and necessary for
them to file additional papers with the
war department before they can re
ceive settlement.
I will appreciate it if all the county
papers in the State will copy the names
of these gentlemen and ask that they
write me at Jolumbia, S. C., in order
that the ex soldiers throughout the
State may know the status of their
claims. Respectfully,
W. Boyd Evans.
A Good Law.
We call attention -o the following
extract of an act of tie Legislature for
biding the killing of certain birds: "It
shall not be lawful fer.any person in
this State to wanteuly shoot or entrap
for the purpose of killing or in any
other manner destroy, any bird whose
principal food is insects or take or de
stroy the eggs or yong of any of the
species or varieties of birns that are
protected by the provisions of this sec
tion, comprising all the species and
varieties of birds represented by the
several famuilies of bats, whippoor
wills, fly-catchers, thr ashers, warblers,
finches, larks, orio!. s, nut hatchers
wood peckers, humm ring birds, blue
birds and all other si cies and varieties
of lead birds, whethe*r great or small,
of every description, regarded as harm
less in their habits and whose flesh is
unfit for food, including the turkey
buzzard. but excluding the jackdaw,
crow, black bird, eagle, hawk and
owl which prey upon other birds
Any person violating the provisions of
this section shall on conviction therof
forfeit and pay a fine of ten dollars or
be imprisoned not less than ten days,
which flue, if imposed, shall go one
half to the informer. Provided that
no person s'hall be prevented from pro
tecting any crop of fruit or grain on
his owvn lands from the depredations
of any birds herein intended to be pro
Coming Nearer.
The surgeon general of the marine
hospital service has been informed that
the bubonic plague has appeared on the
island of Cozunel, off the coastof Yuca
tan. It was brought there fromn Brazil.
Quarantine officers in M1exico, in the
Gulf States and in Cuba and Puerto
Iico have been directed to observe
striet quarantine.
The Porto Rican Tariff Rushed
Through by Republicans.
Intense Interest on Floor and
Galleries During Roll Call.
Sick Men Brought in
to Vote.
The Porto Rican tariff bill, amended
as agreed upon at the conference of Re
publicans on Monday night, so as to re
duce the tariff from 25 to 15 per cent.
of the American tariff and limiting its
life to two years, was passed by a vote
172 yeas to 161 nays in the House on
Wednesday. Six Republicans, Messrs.
Crumpacker of Indiana, Fletcher of
linnesota, Littlefield of Maine, Lori
mer of Illinois and McCall of Massa
chusetts, voted with the opposition
against the bill, and four Demccrats,
Messrs. Davey and Myer of Louisiana,
Devries of California and Sibley of
Pennsylvania, voted with the Republi
cans for the bill. In addition, Mr.
Warner. (Rep.) of Illino's, was paired
against the bill with Mr. Boutelle
(Rep ) of Maine for it. Two other Re
publicans, Mr. Lane and Mr. Farris of
Indiana were absent and unpaired.
They wers understood to be against the
bill. Four Democrats who were op
posed to the bill, Messrs. Fleming of
Georgia, Small of North Carolina,
Smith of Kentucky and Stallings of
Alabama were absent and unpaired.
Other pairs for the bill were: Gibson
of Tennessee, Reeves of Illinois, Boa
telle of Maine, Harmer of Pennsylvania,
Bailey of Kansas, Shelton of Michigan,
Wadsworth of New York, all Republi
cans, with Tate of Georgia, Sparkman
of Florida, Fox of Mississippi, Bella
my of North Carolina, Cox of Tennes
see and Epes of Virginia, -Democrats,
all against the bill. Herculean efforts
had been made to get out the full vote
and this led to some remarkable inci
dents. Six men were brought from
beds of sickness; two of them from hos
There was great excitement through
out the roll calls, which were followed
with eager interest by thousands of
spectators who packed the galleries
to suffocation. The Republicans in
dulged in a demonstration of wild jubi
lation when the final result was an
nounced. Immediately after the read
ing of the journal, the clerk began
reading the bill for amendments under
the five minute rule. When section 3
was reached Mr. Payne, chairman of
the ways and means committee, of
fered an amendment reducing the tariff
rrom 25 to 15 cents and limiting the
operation of the bill to two years.
Mr. Berry of Kentucky said the
amendment proposed petty instead or
grand larceny of the people ol Puerto
Rico. He ridiculed the laborious de
bate through which the house had
passed over the question of what the
United States" meant under the con
Mr. De Armond of Missouri called at
tention to the peculiar language of the
substitute. The words "coming into
the United States," he said, were
plainly intended to evade the constitu
tion. Btut he argued that the "mur
dering of the queen's English" and the
"violation of the canous of language"
coolli not make it constitutional.
Mlr. Sibley of Pennsylvania an
nounaced his intention of voting for the
bill. But Puerto Rico; he said, was a
mere incident to the broader proposi
"lThe emergency," interrupted Mr.
Williams of "Illinois, "is not in Puer
to Rico but in the politics of the Re
publican party. (Democratic applause.)
Mr. Sibley-You have loeated the
politics on the wrong side. (Republi
caB applause )
Mr. Williams-It is pretty hard to
locate you. (Laughter )
Mr. Sibley rejlied that as he had
said before, his seat could be consider
ed constructively on the Republican
side. Continuing, he said that if it
was established that every foot of terri
tory owned by the United States was
on an absolute equality then he was op
posed to the whole policy of expansion.
If the inhabitants of the Philippines
could compete with American produc
tion and American labor he was willing
to give the archipelago to Aguinaldo.
M~r. Hepburn of Iowa said that the
treaty by which Puerto Rico and the
Philippines became ours could never
have been ratified without Democratic
Mr. Carmack of Tennessee suggested
that the Democrats had voted to ratify
the treaty bease they believed in the
assurance of Republiaans, Mr. Hep
burn among them, that the Philippines
were to be retained only temporarily.
Mr. Hepburn indignantly denied that
anybody speaking for the Republican
party had ever offered such an assur
At this point Mr. Cummings of New
York threw the house into a furore of
excitement. He described h<.w he be
lieved it to be the duty of every man in
a great crisis to rise above party and
support the government as he had done
during the Spanish war. "I believe
now he should follow the lead of this
principle." said he, emphatically, "and
I will vote for this bill-."
Thisi statement electrified the house.
The Repub!ieans, without waiting for
him to finish -his sentence, rose en
masse and cheered while the Democrats
sat stunned and dazed. Mr. Cummings
stood with arm upraised until the Re
publican applause ceased.
"I will vote for this bill," he contin
ued, addressing the Republican side,
"provided it is amended in accordance
with the advice of the president for ab
solute free trade with Puerto Rico." It
was now the turn of the Democrats to
cheer and for several minutes they
made the rafters ring. The excitement
and confusion increased as the time for
the voting drew near.
The vote of the final passage of the
bill was 172 to 161. The announce
ment was greeted with unrearious ap
Two Persons Killed and Several Other
The blizzard prevailing in Missouri
last week caused a fatal railroad acci
dent near Kansas City on Tuesday
night, Feb. 27.
The fast St. Louis day express, due
to arrive in Kansas City at 5:45Mthis
evening was delayed by a freight train
which struck in a snow drift two miles
south of Independence, Mo., about 12
miles out of Kansas City. The St.
Louis local passenger train, running
forty minutes behind the fast express,
came on through the 'blinding storm
and crashed into the express train ahead
the engineer having failed to see the
danger signal which the first train had
sent back. Such was the force of the
collision that the parlor car in the rear
of the first train was literally cut in
two. When Engineer Frank Raymond
and his fireman escaped from the
wreck they crawled out through the
windows of the parlor ear.
Fire added to the horrors of the
wreck, coals from the furnace of the
shattered engine having fallen among
the debris of the splintered coach, and
soon the whole wreck was ablaze. Two
or more persons were burned, it is be
lieved. A list of the dead and injured
so far as known follows:
Mrs. J. Q. Schmidlapp, Cincinnati,
instantly killed: body recovered.
Unknown woman, body consumed in
J. G. Schmidlapp, Cincinnati, will
Miss 'Schmidlapp, Cincinnati, scald
ed will lose sight both eyes.
Mrs. J. G. Balke, Cincinnati, mother
of Mrs. Schmidlapp, badly scalded, eye
sight lost. but may recover.
W. R. Vaughn, Cincinnati, newspa
per reporter, scalded and right arm
crushed, amputation necessary.
L. F. Sheldon, Sedalia, assistant su
perintendent telegraph Missouri Pacific
painfully scalded.
Brakeman Frank McAfee, St. Louis,
badly bruised.
Mrs. Elizabeth Peters, Kansas City,
Mrs. Elizabeth Lee, Cincinnati,
William Rost, a farmer, who came
from his nearby home to assist the im
periled passengers, is quite sure that at
least three women were burned in the
wreck. When he reached the car,
flames were crackling through the splin
tered woodwork at one end, while at
the other a cloud of blistering steam
was belching from the locomotive,
which had ripped the coach open from
end to end. On every side were men
and women crying for assistance.
The body of one woman was jammed
in the roof of the burning coach and
that it was not reached by the rescur
ers according to Mr. Rost. The body
of another woman was consumed in
full view of the passengers who gather
ed about the wreck Mr. R ,st and
others reached into the burning debris
and tried to drag her out, but she wae
inned under heavy wreekage. Mr.
host says the young woman was appar
ntly dead as he reached her hand and
here was no response ao his efforts at
Mexns and Americans Honor Wash
ington's Memory With a Killing.
A special to the Chicago Tribune
from c aaymas, Mexico, says: On
Washington's birthday a shooting
affray occurred at Pilares de Tierra, in
hich three Americans and five Mexi
ans were killed. From accounts it
ppears a freindly feeling had existed
t Pilares and in order to do honor to
he United States it was arranged on
ebruary 22nd to raise the flags of the
two republios together on the flag staff.
The Mexicans had charge of the af
fair and raised the American flag above
the Mexican, to the complete satisfac
tion of the Americans, but when the
Americans showed so much apprecia
tion of the act the Mexicans found
they had made a mistake and decided
to lower and rehoist the flags wit~h the
Mexican flag on top.
Then the Americans declared such a
transaction would be an insult to the
American flag. Superintendent Dan
forth told the Mexicans they would
have to shoot him before they could
haul down the American flag. It was
held that the flags should have been
hoisted properly in the Eirst place.
The Mexicans were about to mob
Danforth when Ch'arles Hogsett, who
was with the rough riders in Cuba, in
terposed with a six shotter in each
hand. Firing from both sides immedi
ately ensued and Hogsett was instantly
killed. John Evans and Dick Lea, two
other Americans were mortally wound
ed. But the Americans held the flag
pole and both flags fleated throughout
the day.
Five Mexicans were killed and the
dance which was to have followed was
a failure, as no Mexicans attended, and
there were less than half a dozen Amer
icans in condition for dancing.
The Killed and Wounded.
The British will no doubt in the end
onquer the Boers, but they will pay
very dearly for it. A dispatch from
London says the rapidly growing casu
lty lists are being classified as quickly
s possible. They show that up to
Wednesday morning the total number
f casualties was 12,834, of which 2,319
were added during the last fortnight.
'he casualties are classified thus:
Killed 1,993; wounded 6,838; missing
3,173; disease 830.
Frozen to Death.
Robert Brigham, of Reemn's Creek,
N. C., was found by police in .Ashe
ville frozen to the ground with his
horse standing near by. Brigham was
still alive when found and was taken to
the Mission hospital and given immedi
ate attention, but died without regain
ing consciousness. He was about sixty
five years old. Thomas Taylor was
found frozen to death near Marien, N.
C., Sunday morning. He was drink
ing when last seen alive.
General Crorje Surrenders His
Gallant Little Army.
The Brave Boer Commander
Overwhelmed by an Army of
Forty Thousand - Men
Strikes His Colors.
A dispatch from Paardeberg to the
British war office at London from Gen.
Roberts, dated Feb. 27, says: "Gen
eral Cronje and all of his force capitu
lated unconditionally at daylight and
is now a prisoner in my camp. The
strength of his force will be . emmuni
cated later. I hope that her'majesty's
government will consider this event
satisfactory, occurring as it does on the
anniversary of Majaba."
The following is Gen. Robert's dis
patch in fall to the war office:
From information furnished daily to
me by the engineering department it
became apparent that General Cronje's
force was becoming more depressed and
that the discontent of the troops and
the discord among the leaders were
rapidly increasing. This feeling was
doubtless accentuated by the disap
pointment caused when the Boer rein
forcements which tried to relieve Gen.
Cronje were defeated by our troops on
February 23. 1 resolved, therefore, to
bring pressure to bear upon the enemy.
Each night the trenches were pushed
forward to the enemy's lasger so as to
gradually contract his position and at
the same time I bombarded, it heavily
with artillery, which was yesteraay ma
.terially aided by the arrival of. four
6 inch howitzers, which I had ordered
up from DeAar. In carrying out these
measures a captive balloon gave great
assistance by keeping us iriformed of
the disposition and movements of the
enemy. At 3 a. m. today a most dash
ing advance was made by the Canadian
regiment and some engineers, sup
ported by the First Gordon High
landers and Second Shropshires, result
ing in our gaining a point some 600
yards nearer the enemy and within
about 80 yards of his ' trenches, which
our men entrenched themselves and
maintained their positions till morning,
a gallant deed, worthy of our colonial
comrades, and which I am glad to say,
was attended by comparatively slight
"This apparently clinched matters,
for at daylight today a letter signed by
General Cronje in which he stated that
he surrendered unconditionally was
brought to our outposts under flag truce.
"In my reply I told General Cronje
he must present himself at my camp
and that his forces must come out of
their laager after laying down their
arms. By 7 a. m. I received General
Crooje and dispatched a telegram to
you announcing the fact. In the course
of conversation he asked for kind treat
ment at our hands and also that his
wife, grandson, private secretary, adja
tant and servants might accompany
him wherever he might be sent. I as
sured him and told him his request
woull be complied with. I informed
him that a general officer would be sent
with him to Capetown, to enable his
being treated with proper respect en
route. He will start this afternoon
under charge of Major General Pretty
man, who will hand him over to the
general commanding at Capetown.
"The prisoners, who number about
3,000, will be formed into commandos
under our own officers. -They will also
leave heie today, reaching the &todder
river tomorrow when thog. will be railed
to Capetown in detachments."
The above dispatch was read in both
the house of lords and the house of
commons today. The reference to the
conditions evoked much applause..
The surrender of Gen. Cronje ased
great rejoicing in London and, other
parts of England. "Majaba avenged,"
"Cronje surrenders," "Great British
victory.4 These are the expressions
being shouted all over London, yet
there are few outward signs of the nat
ural joy that Lord Roberts' dispatch
has really caused. The cipitulation of
Gen. Cronje had been looked upon as
almost as a certainty for a week past
and now that it has come enthusiasm
finds itself discounted by anticipation.
The magnificent success of "Little
Bobe" is almost overlooked in the fact
that it synchronized with the anniver
sary of Majaba hill and wiped out a
a dishonor of many years' standing.
'In order that our readers may under
stand the reference in the above dis
patches to Majuba Hill we will state
that nineteen years ago last Tuesday
the famous battle of Majaba Hill was
fought, in which the British force un
der Gen. Colley. was utterly routed
and practically annihilated by the
Boers, under Gen. Joubert, who is now
so stubbornly disputing Baller's ad
vance towards Ladysmith. The fam
ous disaster to the British arms is re
called with especial interest at this
time, in view of the confiet now pro
ceeding, in which British and Boers
are again joined in what is probably the
final struggle between them in South
A Family Tragedy.
Joseph Glenn, farmer living near
Bluefields, W. Va., killed his daughter
and her lover and then cut his own
throat Wednesday afternoon. He had
forbidden Albert Marsh to call on his
daughter. On returning he found
Marsh in the parlor with her. He or
dered Marsh to leave and unon his re
fusal began shooting at him. Ellen
Glenn sprang in front of her lover and
received the charge in her throat, dying
instanly. Tfhe second shot killed
Marsh. Glenn then cut his own throat.
Just Couldn't Help It
Allen Harper, a white man of Darl
ington county, 70 years old, has been in
the penitentiary 14 years, serving a
sentence of 22 years fur horse stealing. .
He made a personal >pplication to the
governor for a pardon. On beingasked
why he stole the horses he replied.
"Well, I just couldn't help it I learned
to steal 'em in the Confederate army."
Hime i ndar consideration.

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