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VOL. XvIII. MANNING, S. C., WEDNESDAY. NOVEMBER 25.1903. NO.10
Says a Band Kidnapped Him and
Ke t Him a Prisoner
IN A DEEP, DARK DUNGEON.
Graphic Statement of His Cap
tivity, Says One Bandit Urg
ed the Others to Murder
The Rev. Joseph Cirringione, miss
ing pastor of the Church of the
Immaculate Conception, Williams
bridge, New York. was found at First
avenue and East Fifty-tlrst street at
3:45 o'clock Wednesday morning by
Patrolman Joseph Cooke, of the East
Fiftv-fi:st street station. The priest
told a story of having been kidnapped
by s'.range men, chloroformed. bound
and robbed and kept in a cellar for
tw'. days, and finally liberated from a
wagon at the foot of East Fifty-first
street. His narrative was beard by
priests from the Cathedral, a physician
from the Flower Hospital and Civil
Justice George F. Roesch in succes
sion and they were convinced of its
truth. Even the police, who have
laughed at the kindnapping idea in
stead of seriously investigating it,
admitted after hearing the priest's
story from his own lips that he had
made a strong impression on them,
and declared they would follow up the
meager clews he was able to give.
THE PRIEST'S STATEMENT.
This business began on the 22d of
October. Two days before, at the
laying of the cornerstone of my new
church, I told the people we were go
ing to get a loan of $15,000 so we
could build the new church. Two days
later I riceived the first letter de
manding 83,000 and threatening me
with death if I failed to Day it.
I took the letter as a joke, but I
made up my mind then that I would
go where the letter said on Wednes
day night. I had a revolver, and I
got it out and loaded it.
On Wednesday I was ill, at my
father's house, so I could not go. On
the 31st of October I got another let
I began to think that it was no
joke. I told the other priests and I
notified the police at Wakefield. Last
Wednesday I got the third letter by
special delivery. I told the police
about this letter. I slept at my
father's house on Wednesday night
and Thursday night, as I was afraid
to sleep in Williamsbridge.
On Thursday I went to my lawyer
and signed the mortagages on which
we were to borrow 815,000 for the
church. I believe now that the men
who took me away knew that .I had
signed these paper and thought I had
got the money.
On Friday- I went back to Williams
bridge to keep an appointment with
Captain Foody. Captain Foody and
the detective left the house about
6:15 o'clock. I gave them the let
When the captain left the other
priests were playing cards. I played
three hands and then I got up and
walked up and down the hall. Sud
denly I heard a knock on the outer
door. I opened the door and there
was a man with a beard. He said in
a low tone:
"Father Joe, you ought to be glad.
We have the one who sent the letters.
The captain sent me to tell you to
come with me."
WORE A FALSE BEARD.
I noticed that the man's beard was
false, and said something about it.
He said he wore it to prevent people
from recongnizing him as a detective.
"I will tell the other priests," I
"Don't do that," said the man, "it
will spoil it all." So I got my hat and
overcoat and stick and went out with
Near First street and Fourth
avenue we met a t y, vwho said "~Good
evening, Father ....." There was
another man on the corner. I asked:
"How do I know you are a detec
He threw back his coat and showed
me a badge of some kind, and that
satisfied me. Just around the corner
there was a covered wagon, with two
horses. The men I was with told me
the man was in there. I looked in
and there were two men. One of
them had his hands across each other,
as if he were bound. I got in and the
wagon started off with the iive of us.
Then the man with the false beard
"Did you bring your new revolver
along?" I said, "Yes," and took it
out of my pocket and handed it to
him. He said to one of the other
men: "It is a nice new one." The
other man took it. and put it in his
pocket, and then one of them put a
handkerchief over my face. It smelled~
very badly, and I knew they were go
ing to do something to me, solI struck
out as hard as I could. My fist landed
on one of the men. I think I inust have
hurt him. Li a minute I was uncon
rRI5oNER IN A CELLAR.
The next thing I knew I was in a
cellar. Myt eyes felt bad and my head
ached. I was on a bed but my clothes
had been taken off. The only light
in the cellar was a red lantern. There
was a man standing there with a
beard. He had a gun in his hands
and a cartridge belt around his waist.
I begged the man to give me my
I had inside my vest $200, that was
my sister's marriage portion. The
other men came in with haukerchiefs
over their faces with holes cut in for
eyes. Altogether I saw nine or ten
men in the cellar while I was there.
Once while they were in the cellar I
heard one say: "All New York is
upset. The papers are full of this
The men always spoke in English.
Only one of them looked like an
Italian. He did not like me. I think he
is the man I struck in the wagon.
This man said they should kill me.
The others said no, it would till the
cellar with blood and they would be
The man I took for an Italian kept
talking of killing me, and last night
they got intoa fight among themselves.
They all were drinking, and they kept
givingr this man more whiskey until
they got him drunk. W hen he lay
still they came over to me and I
thought they were going to kill me.
They gave me my clothes and told me
to put them on. Then one of them
put the handkerchief with the bad
smell over my face -1 suppose it was
chloroform-and when I came to my
senses I was in a wagon and we were
driving over pavements.
I asked where I was going, and
they told me if I would keep still I
should go free. They put a handker
chief over my face so I could see noth
ing. and finally stopped and let me
out of the wagon. it was by a fence
near the river, and nobody was about.
The wagon drove away in a hurry.
I was sick from the chl.oroform,
and mry eyes hurt me very much,
while I had a pain in my stomach.
Then I walked along until I saw a
policeman. Otiloer Cook. 1 ran to
him and grabbed him by the collar. I
told him 1 was afraid the men might
come back and kill me. He asked me
what I was talking about, and I show
ed him my Roman collar. le said:
"Are you the missing priest?"
I said I was, and I asked him to send
for an ambulance and have me taken
to a hospital at once. He led me to
the station house, and then I was
I do not know where the cellar was
but I belive it was somewhere in the
Bronx. I did not know one of the
men, but two of them I would recog
nize, the one with the false beard and
Comparison Between the Case of
South Carolina and Panama.
It has been said that Great Britain
would have been as justitiable in recog
nizing the independence of South Caro
lina in twenty-four hours after the
fall of Fort Sumter as the United
States was in recognizing the Repub
lIc of Panama as soon as it was pro
claimed by the junta. A comparison
shows rather to the advantage of
South Carolina. The two have very
nearly the same area, but a large por
tion of Panama is not habitable, being
either high and jagged mountains or
marshy coast. South Carolina had in
1860 a total population of 705,006.
Panama's population is probably less
than 300,000. There has been no re
cent accurate census. Secession in
South Carolina was not altogether so
precipitate as it was in Panama, and
it preceded by four months the attack
on Fort Sumter. On October 25, 1860,
a resolution passed the South Carolina
Legislature declaring that the State
would secede if Lincoln should be
elected. On November 7 of the same
year the Legislature passed an Act
calling a State Convention, and this
Convention on December 20 unani
mously adopted the ordinance of se
cession. The State forces seized Fort
Moultrie and Castle Pinckney Decem
ber 27, and it was not until A pril 12
that Fort Sumter was fired on and
captured by Gen. Beauregard.
These proceedings were leisurely,
compared with what was done in Pan
ama. There was no Legislature there,
no sort of State government. The re
gion was merely a department of the
Republic of Colombia ruled by onicials
appointed from Bogota. The Act of
Secession was declared by a junta com
posed of some half dozen men, without
any formal consultation of the wishes
of the people. The secessionists would
have been powerless to protect the
government they set up, but marines
were landed from the gunboat Nash
ville and the commandant of the Col
ombian troops at Colon, forty miles
away, was prohibited from sending
soldiers over the railroad to Panama.
A Colombian war ship undertook to
bombard the rebellious city, but the
United States authorities ordered it to
South Carolina had a i-eguarly elect
ed Governor and State Legislature
and the act of secession was deliberate
and orderly. Great Britain or any
foreign Power, after the fall of Fort
Sumter, could have recognized it as
an independent State with more con
sistency than the Government at
Washington could recognize the junta
government at Panama.
A Remarkable Case.
Mr. E. W. Dodge, of Augusta, Ga.,
tells The Herald ot that city of the
following peculiar agricultural inci
dent: A gentleman, who formerly
lived near Augusta, but now a resi
dent of Goldsboro, N. C., was setting
out some tiny collard plants in his
garden in the spring of this year, and
lost his eyeglasses, which he diligent
y looked for, but couldn't tind. La
ter, however, when, in the fall he was
gathering the collards for use, he was
astonished to find his eye-glasses
perched upon the top of one of the
collards, where they had fallen when
the little plant was first placed in the
ground and with which they hadi
illed a Millionaire.
Joseph Furlong, of St. Louis, the
traveling man who shot to death Irv
ing McDonald, the young millionare
Sunday morning at the Hotel Metro
pole, was acquitted by a coroner's jury
and discharged from custody. Fur
long, in company with Win. Lynch,
another traveling man, Mrs. Lester
Myrick and Miss. Grace Hlolt of the
"Governor's Son" Theatrical company,
visited a cafe late Saturday night and
started for their hotels in the morn
ing. They were followed by four
young men, McDonald amnoung them.
and in a tight at the hotel, 31cDonald
was shot through the stomach.
A Fatal Explosion.
By an explosion of dynamite in a
burning store at Sharon, Mich., three
men were killed and a fourth so se
verely injured that he may die. The
ire origniated in a general store, it
is supposed, from an overheated stove.
;The blaze spread quickly and in the
excitement of the moment, every one
forgot about the dynamite being
stored in the building.
Nearly Wiped ouit.
Remarkable fatality has attended
the family of Peter Ilickey, of Brook
lyn.During the past week five members
having died from typhoid fever in that
time. Of six persons in the house
hold only one-a little daughter-re
mains. She is still ill and probably
will die. A priest who attended the
'family also contracted the disease and
IN A BAD FIX.
The Work of the Courts Is Still Very
TWO ADDITIONAL CIRCUITS.
The Plan Was Favored by a General
Comm ittee of the House of
Representatives at the
The busicess of the courts of this
State is not in satisfactory condition.
Cases are continued from court to
court and the docket is cumbered
with cases which have been in liti
gation for years. Various remedies
have been suggested.
Some claim the trouble is the fault
of the lawyers and litigants-not be
ing prepared for trial. Others con
tend that it is on account of the vol
ume of business. The special court
has been tried and in many cases
has given satifaction, but in some
instances has not accomplished the
At the last session of the general
assembly Mr. Huger Sinklerof Charles
ton introduced a resolution providing
for the appointment of a special com
mi ttee to take under consideratlon
the advisability of legislation along
this line. It was declared that the
frequency of the demand for the hold
ing of special terms of court indicated
that the congested condition of the
calendar might be relieved by legisla
tion, and the committee was author
ized to inquire into the conditions of
the courts. and to report by bill or
otherwise as to the expediency of cre
ating additional judicial circuits.
The committee consisted of Messrs.
Huger Sinkler and Adam H. Moss of
the first circuit; J. H. Lesesne and J.
H. Clifton of the second; W. P. Pol
lock and J. R. Coggeshall of the third;
John P. Thomas, Jr., aud J. W. De
Vore of the fifth: T. Y. Williams and
A. L. Gaston of the fourth; R. A.
Cooper and H. L. Bomar of the sev
enth, and B. A. Morgan and M. P.
DeBruhl of the eighth. After inves
tigating the conditions, the commit
tee repnrted by introducing a bill.
Mr. Magill's bill on the same sub
ject received an unfavorable report,
Mr. DeBruhl proposed to remedy mat
ters by creating four terms of gener
al sessions and by electing four addi
tional circuit judges. All of the bills
were continued until the approaching
session when they will come up as
second reading bills-with the addi
tional dignity of having been made
special orders-and the matter will be
settled one way or the other at this
Following is the way the State is
First--Charleston, Berkley, Dorches
Second-Aiken, Bamberg, Barnwell
Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton.
Third-Sumter, Clarendon, Wil
liamsburg, Georgetown, Florence.
F o u r t h-Chesterfield, Marlboro,
Darlington, Marion, Horry.
Fifth-Kershaw, Ricbland, Edge
field, Lexington, Saluda.
Sixth-Cherokee, Chester, Lancas
ter, York and Fairfield.
S e y e n t h-Greenwood, Newberry,
Laurens, Spartanburg, Union.
Eighth-Abbeville, Anderson, Oco
nee, Pickens and Greenville.
TH E COMMITTEE 3ILL.
The bill proposed by the committee
would have the circuits arranged as
F i r s t--Orangeburg, Do:chester,
Second-- Hampton, Bamberg, Barn
well,, Aiken, Edgefield.
Third--Sumter, Florence, Williams
burg, Clarendon, Lee.
Fourth--Chesterield, Marion, Marl
Fifth--Saluda, Richland, Lexington
Sixth-York, Lancaster, Fairfield,
Seventh-Cherokee, Union, Spar
Eighth--Laurens Newberry, Green
Ninth-Charleston, Berkley, George
Tenth--Greenville, Pickens, Oconee,
The ninth circuit would be compos
ed of Charleston. Berkeley, George
town and Hlorry. Tue tenth circuit
would include all of the "fighting
eighth" with A bbeville left out--An
derson, Greenville, Ocojnee and Pick
TIIE MAGILL BILL.
Mr. Magill worked Out his plan in
accordance with the census statistics.
The population of the State is 1,340,
36. The unit, if the circuits could
be made uniform, would be 168,7.50
Ifor eight circuits. or 134,000 for 10
circuits. His bill propo~ses the follow
First Circuit-Orangeburg, Bam
berg, Colleton and Dorchester, popula
Second-Aiken, Barnwell, Hamp
ton, Beaufort; population 133.769.
Third--Sumter, Clarendon, Wil
liamsburg, Florence; 12 1,580.
Marlboro, Marion, Hlorry; 136,973.
Fifth-Lexington, Richland, Ker
shaw, Lee; 117.649.
Sixth-Fairfield, Chester, Lankcas
ter, York, Cherokee; 145,395.
Eighth-Abbeville, Anderson, Oco
nee, Pickens; 1:32,137.
Ninth-Charleston, Berkley, George
Tenth-Laurens, Newberry, Green
wod Saluda and Edgetlid; 140,478.
LITIGATION IS GROWINQ.
The matter was brought to the at
tention of the general assembly by
Gov. McSweeney, who reported that
the special term of court permitted
under the act of 1900, exhausted over
8 2,500 of his contingent fund. lie
ad observed that the special terms
were not as satisfactory as the regular
sessions. Continuing. Gov. McSweeney
stated to the general assembly.
"If, however, there is demanded for
these extra courts, and the demand
is increasing, it would be better to in
m-ae the number of circuits and do
away with the call for extra courts.
If lawyers and lit.igants were always
ready to go to trial and there were less
delay in the dispatch of the business
before our courts, the congestion
which it is now claimed exists would
be removed and the present machinery
could transact the business in less
time than is now occupied, even with
the aid of extra courts. It should be
remembered, however, that the State
is increasing in population and inbusi
ness. and in p-Oportion to this in
crcase there will be additional litiga
tion. in 1870 the population of the
State was 705,000. Now it is twice
that number. In 1870 the number of
circuits was eight, the same number
that we have now, and then we had
only 31 counties, while now we have
41. The argument seems to be strong
ly in favor of an increase of the num
ber of circuits."
TO PENSION THE FAITHFUL.
Important Action Taken by the At
lantic Coast Line Railroad.
The annual meeting of the stock
holders of the atlantic Coast Line rail
way was held at Richmond, Va., Tues
The following oflcers were elected:
R. G. Erwin, president; Alexander
Hamniltou, first vice president; C. S.
Gadsden, second vice president; T. M.
Emerson, third vice president; J. R.
Kenly, fourth vice president.
Board of directors-M1ichael Jen
kins, Waldo Newcomer, H. Walters
and W. G. Elliott of Baltimore; F. W.
Scott, Richmond, Va.; E. B. Borden,
Goldsboro N. C.; J. R. Estill, Savan
nah, Ga.; M. F. Plant, New York;
Donald McRae, Willmington, N. C.;
H. B. Short, Lake Waccamaw, N. C.;
J. J. Lucas, Society Hill, S. C.; Alex
ander Hamilton, Petersburg, Va.
The board of directors elected the
H. Walters, chairman; H. L. Bord
en, secretary and assistant treasurer,
New York; James E. Post, treasurer,
Wilmington. N. C.; R. D. Cronly, as
sistant secretary, Baltimore; W. R.
Sullivan assistant secretary, New
York: W. R. Jones, assistant treasur
er, Richmond; J. J. Nellijan, assist-,
ant treasure, Baltimore; C. C. Olney,
assistant treasurer, Charleston, S. C.;
J. M. Lee, assistant treasurer, Savan
nah, Ga.; J. R. Kenly, general mana
ger, Wilmington, N. C.; H. M. Emer
son, tratlic manager; Wilmington, N.
-.: H. C. Prince, comptroller, Wil
mington, N. C.; W. G. Elliott, gener
al counsel, Baltimore, N.
A dividend of 2 1-2 per cent, was
declared on the common stock payable
Jan. 10, 1904.
One of the features of the meeting
was the adoption of a resolution au
thorizing the board of directors to es
tablish a board of pension by which
pension will be paid offeers and em
ployes of the road on the basis of ser
vice and age.
The annual report of the officers of
the company shows the following
tinancial condition of the road: Gross
earnings $19,682,455.60, operating ex
penses $11,910,336.59; net earnings
$7,772.119.01; other income 81,152,
952.34; total income $8,925,071.35; de
ductions from income 87,646,118.08;
surplus income for year, $1,278,953.22.
it also shows that the company
owns 3,999.26 miles of track and oper
ates under lease 139.61 miles, making
a total of 4,138.87 miles by the com
A Murder Mystery.
A dispatch to the Augusta Chronicle
from Macon, Ga., says the dead body
of J. E. Fox, a Southern railway tele
graph operator, was found in Walnut
creek at the Central of Georgia cross
ing Thursday. A woman's bloody
under garment was found near. A
posse is searching the woods and
dragging the creek for a womans
body. A woman's glove was in Fox's
possession. A gold watch, money and
a diamond ring were on his person.
No woman is missing so far as is
known. Fox disappeared the night
of October 28, just after attending
Barnum and Bailey's circus at the
State Fair. Fox's two brothers, from
North Carolina and Leesburg, Fla.,
have been offering a reward for his
discovery. The matter is shrouded in
mystery. Fox was either murdered
and the apparel placed near to mys
tify or he and the woman met there
together. A heap of ashes indicate
thaLt he sat by a tire just before his
death. The female's clothing indi
cate moderate circumstance. The
blood marks were at the lower part of
In Deadly Duel.
At Denver, Col., Rev. Felix M. Le
pore, pastor of Mount Carmel Catholic
church, and another Italian named
Joe Sorici, were fatally wounded to
night in a duel supposed to have
arisen over a card game they were
playing in the preist's apartment i~n
the church building. Fatber Lepore
was shot twice in the abdomen and
once in the face, and Sorici was shot
once in the abdomen. There seems to
have been no eye-witnesses to the
affair and all those who were near are
Italians and are very reticent about
the shooting. Both were taken to St.
Joseph's hospital, where it is said they
H~e Was Bounced.
Prof. Spencer Bassett, occupying
the chair of English at Trinity col
lege, Durham, N. C., has tendered
his resignation and the trustees will
at on it Tuesday night. Prof. Bas
setts resiguation is due to the fierce
criticism of the press on his article in
The Atlantic Quarterly on the negro
question :in which he stated that
Booker Washington is the greatest
man, except Gen. Lee, born in the
South, in a hundred years. College
patrons were threatening to withdraw
pupils and Methodist churches were
demanding Prof. Bassett's dismissal.
Begged for His Life.
At Alpine, Ky., at prayermeeting
James Shelton, aged 22, and Denny
Hayes, aged 26, engaged in an alterca
tion when Hayes drew a knife and
st;'bbed Shelton in the right breast.
Shelton died in 15 minutes. Shelton
begged Hayes not to kill him as he
had nothing against him. Hayes is a
ripple n a aharatetr grenerallyv.
About Bribery Methods in the House
'A MICHIGAN REPUBLICAN
Uses Lang-uage About 1ajor General
Wood That Is Too Scandal
ous and Libelous to
Wednesday was a warm day in the
House of Representatives at Washing
tot. Cuban matters were being dis
cussed. The features of the day were
the speeches of Mr. Grosvenor of
Ohio, who opened the discussion in ad
vocacy of the bill, and of Mr. Fordney,
of Michigan, who spoke in opposition.
Mr. Grooven r spoke for more than an
hour, during, which he was frequently
interrupted by questions emenating
from the Democratic side. Mr. Ford
ney and two of his Republican col
leagues from Michigan spoke in oppo
sition to the bill. Mr. Fordney em
phatically expressed his disapproval
of the measure.
Mr. Grosvenor observed that noth
ing would be more desttuctive than to
have the Damocrats come into power,
but that was an impossibility for the
next two years. Replying to the re
marks of Mr. Swanson of Virginia, he
said there need be no fear of retalia
tion from a country which could not
live 90 days without purchasing food
supplies from the outside. Answer
ing a statement made by Mr. Clark of
Missouri as to - conditions existing
when Mr. Cleveland went in as presi
dent, Mr. Grosvenor- said:
"Immediately upon the election of
Cleveland there was practically sup
pression of the income of the revenues
of the government into the treasury of
the United States. It was natural;
it was inevitable. It would happen
again if somebody other than Roose
velt should be elected president next
While speaking of the prospects for
the Democratic party Mr. Clark of
Missouri asked if Mr. Grosvenor knew
that of the 19 men convicted in St.
Louis. 16 were Republicans.
"I don't know," replied Mr. Grosve
nor, "but if tha't is true, it don't
speak well for the fairness of the ad
ministration of justice."
Mr. Grosvenor replying to the
statement of Mr. Clark of Missouri as
to the probability of the Democrats
gaining control of the next congress
and electing the next president, said
he would show what the result would
be. The Democrats, he said, would
carry Alabama, Arkansas, Florida,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi,
North Carolina, South Carolina, Ten
nessee, Texas Missouri and Virginia.
Mr. Sulzer of New York-And you
might add New York.
Mr. Grovenor-I might add Ohio,
but I won't. (Laughter on Republi
can side.) He said the Democrats
would iind some fighting ground in
Delaware, and Idaho (possibly); Mary
and, he said, was in doubt, Montanal
somewtat doubtful. "I put New
York in Lbis column against my own
judgment," he said, adding that if
the Democrats do not carry New York
city by double the vote given Mr.
McClellan, they would be defeated in
He said this gave the Democrats 151
votes and 62 doubtful. He then
named the following Republican
States: California, Colorado, Con
necticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kan
sas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota,
Massachus;etts, Nebraska, New Hamp
shire, New Jersey, North Dakota,
Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island,
South.- Dakota, Vermont, Washing
ton, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyo
ming, with a total of 263 votes.
Answering Mr. Swanson's state
ments as to retaliation by Russia,
Great Britain and other countries, Mr.
Grosvenor said lhe will take care of
Russia, saying she is our friend; also
take care of England, remarking that
she has good sense.
Mr. Richardson, of Alabama, said
the benefit of the cotton industry of
the south which will result from the
40 per cent. reduction on cotton goods
schedule in the Cuban treaty was the
reason for his support. There are
other interests involved in the treaty
besides sugar. The South, he said,
had increased the numbser of her cot
ton spindles in the last two years
three times the increase of spindles in
Great Britain and New England com
bined. Commercial expansion of our
foreign trade is what we need and
must have. The isthmian canal is
our earnest hope.
Mr. Fordncy reviewed the history
of the beet sugar intiustry pointing
out how it would be injured by the
passage of the bill. Continuing he
said: "Someone has said iterhakes no
difference whether you put this meas
re into law or not. If that is so,
why was .E. F. At1xin of Boston here
nearly two years ago. Why was that?
(Here Mr. Fordney used adjectives
which are considered libelous in most
newspapers.) "Thurber here; been
here, he has, sneaking around the caf
itol ever since I have been in congress
-who afterwvard admitted that he
was paid by the sugar trust and lied
when before the committee on ways
and means, when the gentleman from
Minnesota (Mr. Tow'iey) asked him if
he had received any money from
Iavemeyer of the sugar trust in any
way, shape or manner, and he said
no, but a few days later when placed
upon oath, he testitied that he had
received money from Hlavemeyer and
he also testified that he had received
money directly from Maj. Gen. Wood,
military governor of Cuba."
Mr. F'ordney said he wanted to crit
icise Maj. Gen. Wood, for it had been
proved that he had extracted from
"~those poor starving Cubans" $20,000
which he had paid Thurber to influ
"Oh, what action by a high ofE
cial," continued Mr. Fordney. "He
claimed that the Cubans were starv
ing and then reached his long fingers
into the Cuban treasury and handed
out $20,000 to this --;" and here Mr.
Fordney :called names which might
be considered libelous uttered any
where save in congress.
Mr. Fordney said Gen. Wood had
testifled before a senate committee
that lhad sel arched the whole island
and that all the sugar he could find
that belonged to the trust was 3,285
"A few days later Mr. Havemeyer
testified that the sugar trust had 93,
000 tons of sugar in Cuba. Wood
only missed it by 90,000 tons."
Mr. Burgess (Dem.) of Texas, char
acterized the bill as an outrage and
said bis party could not hope for suc
cess at the polls next year if it con
tinued the policy of making tariff
agreements affecting the agricultural
and stock interests of the cour.try.
Reading on extract from an article
written by Thomas B. Reed, Mr. Bur
gess said "this simply means stripped
of all verb'age and bare facts stated,
$20,000 was appropriated from the
Cuban funds on vouchers issued by
Leonard Wood, endorsed by the war
department of this administration,
reciting on their faces that they were
for the purpose of influencing public
opinion in the United States in favor
of this bill."
Brought by Matchmaker'for Bring
ing Two Souls Together.
The Columbia .Record says a story
having considerable local interest in
it comes from the Savannah News.
Mr. J. H. Winkle, one of the parties
involved, lived in Columbia once and
has relatives in that city now. The
story is as follows:
J. H. Winkle to M. Kline, Dr.
To arranging one marriage contract
beteween daughter and J. T. Wilen
sky - - - - - $500.
This may not be the way the ac
count was presented to pater after
daughter. had been successfully dis
36sed o-b at suit .0ill. be filed in
the superior courts today based- -on a
claim for services performed by Prof.
M. Kline in arranging the marriage
contract between Miss Dora Winkle
and 5. T. Wilensky.
In the suit which will be filed by
his attorneys, Messrs. Twiggs & Oli
ver, Prof. Kline will show that, ac
cording to a custom of orthodox He
brews, he is the only person in Savan
nah with the right to arrange marri
age contracts between husband and
wife, and that in accordance with
this right he accorded his services to
J. H. Winkle, on request, and after
duly arranging the terms, made a
match between his daughter, Dora,
and Mr. Wilensky.
Prof. Kline will further claim that
be duly brought about the match,
drew up the dowry papers, and in due
time the ceremony joining Mr. Win
kle's daughter to Mr. Wilensky in
marriage was performed. He states
that the sum agreed on between him
self and the father of the bride was
$500, and that the amount was to be
paid immediately after the perform
ance of the ceremony. This amount,
it will be claimed, was never paid,
and the court will be asked to grant.
him judgment against "the said Win
kle for the sum agreed on."
The marriage between Miss Win
kle and Mr. Wilensky took place near
ly a year ago, and Prof. Kline be
lieves that he should have had his
money long before this. Prof. Kline
does not sue for services in arranging
a match between Mr. and Mrs. Wilen
sky, but for his labor in drawing up
he proper papers for dowry, etc.
There is a law against "marriage lot
teries" in this state, which provides
that no one shall receive pay for ser
vices performed in bringing two un
married people together as man and
wife. The suit will involve many
technicalities of law, and more deli
cate questions, exposing the privacy
of a contract always supposedly sac
Sad Ending ot Young J. P. Caldwell,
of Charlotte, N. C.
A Charlotte dispatch to The Colum
bia State says J. P. Caldwell, Jr., the
19-year-old son of 3. P. Caldwell, edi
tor of the Charlotte Observer, com
mitted suicide Wednesday evening at
6 o'clock by shooting himself through
the heart with a revolver.
There seems to be no cause for the
rash deed. For six weeks the young
man suffered from depression and sev
eral times has said he intended to kill
himself, but it was thought that the
remarks were due to despondency and
were not based on any fixed purpose.
Young Cald.well had been up town
most of the day and started toward
home shortly after 5 o'clock. On his
way homeward he met a friend- to
whom he said he intended to do away
with himself. His statements caus~ed
some alarm, and upon being com
municated to a member of Mr. Cald
well's family a kindly effort was made
to change the young man's frame of
Without further discussion of his
purpose the boy walked into his fatha
er's house passing through the hal
in which his sisters were seated, and
going to his room on the second floor,
he closed the door. A second later the
pistol shot was fired. One of his sis
ters who entered the room found it in
darkness. She made a light, and then
saw that her brother was lying on his
back across his bed. He had placed
the revolver against his left breast,
and the bullet had penetrated the
heart, producing almost instantaneous
Young Caldwell had served t wo years
in the United States navy. Since his
return home, a year ago, he had had
several attacks of illness and had suf
fered more or less from melancholia.
Boll Weevil in Mails.
Acting Postmaster General Wynee
Wednesday issued an order directing
a rigid enforcement of the section of
postal laws and regulations which ab
solutely excludes all insects and rep
tiles from the mails. The action is
the result of reports that spccimens
of the Texas boll weevil, an insect
very destructive to cotton plants,
have been found in the mails.
The coroner's jury after an investi
gation into the death of Raynor Bell,
whose body was found in the Pasquo
tank river at Elizabet City, N. C., re
turned a verdict that Bell came to his
death by attaching rocks to his body
nd then leaing into the river.
CHARLESTON CUT OUT.
She Will Get No Profts from the
A meeting of the state board of con
trol was held last week after which it
was announceed that it had been
decided to withhold Charleston's pro
fits temporarily, and the city council
and the county authorities were re
quested to appear before the board to
show why the profits should not be
permanently withheld. As reason for
this action, it was said in a statement
"That the present endeavor to en
force the law in Charleston as else
where has resulted in no improvement
this very fact is evidently irritating
to the lawbreakers, and the efforts to
enforce the law are met in a still
more determined spirit to hamper the
officers, and to violate the law. This
was evident from the badgering of the
officers that led to the resolutions of
the board in asking provision for bail.
Not only are the officers hampered in
their work in every conceivable man
ner, but the state is forced to great
expense in endeavoring to keep the
constables in their appointed duties."
It was discussed and determined
that in viewof the consistent violations
of the law and the flagrant failure of
the local authorities to enforce or
assist in the enforcement of the law
in Charleston and the extra expense
incurred therefrom, that the school
fund should not suffer for the viola
tions of the law and inaction of the
local authorities, but that under sec
tion 553, of the dispensary law, the
offending locality should pay the ex
pense incurred, and this burden
should not fall upon other sections of
the state, where the law is enforced
and obeyed, and where the local
authorities give their assistance and
moral support in the enforcement of
More Dispensary Suits.
A third action has been instituted
against dispensary constables in
Charleston, to notice received at the
state board in taking away the prof
its of the city of Charleston. The
suit gives notice that Rudolph D.
Wieters has filed claims against Gid
eon, Bateman, May, Hoye, and Grady
dispensary constables, and their
bondsmen for the sum of $500 each
for damages. A few days ago Weiters
tiled suit in the United States court
for $10,000 damages, and also began
criminal action in the circuit court
of Charleston, tnere being some
trouble at the time over the bond."
This last suit is in the state courts
also, making three separate actions
against these men. The constables
and represented in the state courts
also, making three separate actions
against these men. The constables
are represented in the state courts
by Messrs. Bellinger, Townsend and
Haskell, of this city, and in- the
United States court by the attorney
general' The last move is regarded
with much surprise in offcial circles.
A Fruitless Hold Up.
A Correspondent of The State says
Pinewood over in Sumter County was
given a genuine sensation Tuesday
afternoon in the contingency of Mr.
C. B. Kolb, railroad agent at Bemini,
being held up by a robber and compel
led to open up his safe. Fortunately
the safe did not contain any money,
while the approach of Mr. R. A.
Lawrence gave fright to the high
wayman, who de'parted withount cere
mny and remuneration. Mr. Koib
has no idea whether the party was
white or black, and so stealthily did
he come upon the agent that he paid
no atteetion to the commiand, "Hold
up your bands," until the doubled
barreled shot gun was pointed at his
head. The pay train had passed this
station at about dark, and among the
white laborers who work on the Santee
bridge and section contiguous thereto,
at least $250 were paid, and the sup
position is that this outlaw was labor
ing under the belief that this money
was placed in the safe over night.
Mrs. Rosalie McMahon was found
lying stupefied in a cellar in New
York Wednesday night by Detective
Shiebles, of the Thirteenth street po
lice station. With her was her ten
year-old son, Harry, a sickly, emaci
ated child. Shiebles's attention was
attracted by the child's sobbing. The
little one blinked at the dark lantern
which the detective flashed about the
cold damp 'cellar and clung closer to
the form beside him. The detective
kindly accosted the boy, who said that
he and his mother were starving and
cold. They had nothing to eat for
two days, and had not had a roof they
might call their own over their heads
for several weeks. The little fellow
said that he and his mother had wan
dered about all day too proud to beg
and seeking vainly In refuse barrels
for something that could be eaten.
Finally, worn out with cold and ex
haustion they had crept into the base
Boiled in a Vat.
In N.ew York five workmen were
injured by the collapse of a huge lard
rendering vat in a West Fortieth
street establishment. Three of them
will probably die. The men were at
work in the basement when the bot
tomn of a tank containing many gal
ions of scalding grease suddenly gave
way and the men were literally boiled.
Instantly the grease became ignited
and soon the basement was in flames.
The cries of three men could be heard
by pedestrians in the street and aid
was quickly rendered by the police
and firemen, but the men had almost
been boiled alive before they could be
rescued. The others were very serious
ly hurt, but probably will recover.
At Atlanta on a commitment from
Justice Bloodworth's court, charging
larceny, W. E. Latimer. book-keeper
for J. J. & J. E. Maddox, was locked
up in the tower Tuesday afternoon.
The charge, it is said, grew out of an
alleged shortage of about $1,500.
Latimer has been book-keeper for the
wholesale grocery firm of 3. J.-& 3. El.
Maddox for more than a year. He
kept all accounts of the firm and
handled the cash turned in Ly the
Thirty-One Men Killed and iftee
Others Bodily Injured.
OE OF THE BOILERS E XPLODED
A Freight and a Work Trainu Ennain
at Full Speed Come Together
With Disastrous Results
Near Mackinaw, Ill.
Another terrible railroad accident
is reported from Peoria, Ill. Thirty
one men were killed and at least if
teen iniured in a head-on collision be
tween a freight train and a work tUain
on the Big Four railroad between
Mackinaw and Tremont Thursday a
ternoon. Bodies of 26 of the victims- -r
have been taken from the wreck which
is piled 30 feet high on the tracks.
Five bodies yet remain buried under
the huge pile of 4roken timber, twist
ed and distorted :ron and steel.
On a bank at the side of the track
lie the bodies of the victims, cut;
bruised and mangled In a horribled
manner. So far 12 only have bee 3
identified, the remaining being un
recognizable, even by those who knew
them and are aware of the fact tha
they are among the dead. Ti vic
tims are residents of neighbornw:
All the dead and most of theln
jured were members of the work
train, the crews on both engines7
jumping in time to save their lives '
The collision occurred in a deep cut
the beginning of a sharp curve, neither
train being visible to the crew of the
other until they were in 50 feet ot
each other. The engineers set
brakes, sounded the whistles and
leaped from their cabs, the two,
striking with such force that',
=id was heard for miles. A
after the llsion the boiler sof
work train engmn . lOded, tbwln
heavy iron and splipte wood 200";4
Conductor John W. Judge, of.
anapolis, who had 'charge of
freight train, received orders at U
bana to wait at Mackinaw for
work train which was due there
2.40 p. m. Instead of doing this
failed- to stop. The engineer of.the
work train, George Becker,-had also
received orders to pass the freight at.
Mackinaw and was on the way to-tat
station. The work train was perh
five minutes late and was running a
One of the last bodies recoveredw
that of William Bailey of
who had been lifted 30 feet into t
air and held In place by two t
rails which bad been pushed up b
tween the engine and tender of
work train. The dead will lie on
bank all night, or until the arrivalo
the coroner of Tazewell county In the
morning. Out of the 35 men who
constituted the- crew of the- work
train, only four are living and twoot
these are seriously injured.
Poor, Vain Woma.
At Chicago, Ill., because her faos
had been marred by Ill health, Mrs.
Lulu W. Brennan has killed herself
by the use of chloroform at the Del
Pardo hotel. The reason for the sul
cide developed at the coroner's Inquest
today. Mrs. Brennan was the wife of
a wealthy citizen of Denver and up to
four years ago, when she contracted
blood poisoning, she reigned among
the belles of Denver society. She felt
the loss of .her beauty deeply and last
October came to Chicago and placed
herself in the -hands of a "beauty
doctor." Even at the hotel her face '
was covered by a veil. "Must I al
ways be the yeiled woman? Will peo
ple always stare at may face because I
is ugly, just as they were once at
tracted by my beauty?" This plain;
burst from the afilicted woman recent
ly, according to her maid. On an-S
other occasion she said to an uncle
living in Chicago: "Death Is prefer
able to life in this condition," but she
laughed and no more was thought of -
Deputy Sheriff Killed.
At Lawley, Fla., Deputy Sheriff H.
0. Richard was shot and killed Thurs
day afternoon as he was driving-by
the home of the Bennett brothers. A
double-barrelled shotgun was used and
leath was almost instantaneous.
Richard had attempted to bring the
Bennetts to justice for several alleged
crees. One of the charges against
J. .u. Bennett, who 18 chairman of the
board of commissioners of Bradford
county, was peonage, being accused of
holding a young girl In custody
against her wilL. For this he was in
dicted by the grand jury in the Unit
ed States court and is now waiting
trial. A few days ago 3. B. Bennetti
shot at Richard, who saved himself
by falling to the ground and after
wards shot at Bennett three times,
who took refuge behind the counter
of his store.
Eichard is a man of prominent fam
iy. -The Bennetts are among the
most prominent 1business men of the
county. Sheriff Johns, with a posse,
Is pursuing them.
Wired for Help.
W. H. Olendenen,a telegraph opera
tor at Brown, Pa., was found dead in
the tower shortly after 7 o'clock
Thursday night. At 6:50 o'clock the
aperator at Oak Grove, Pa., on
same road received this message from~'
Clendenen: "Send switch engine
quick to me, I am being murdered
by-." The wire opened and
not another word came. A switich
engine was sent to the scene. The
body was found lying under the desk,
the head crushed in. A bloody spike
lay on the floor beside it. Robbery
apparently was the motive.
Fell Dead in Street.
J. Fairfax McLaughlin, 60 years
old, clerk in the New York surro
gate's office, dropped dead at the -
corner of Broadway and White streets
~ednesday night. His death was
probably due to heart disease. *Mr.
McLaughlin was walking with two
associates in the surrogate's office
when his hat blew off. He started
after It, but had gone but a few steps
when he fell heavily to the sidewalk
and died. Mr. McLaughlin was known
as the historian of Tammany Ball.
H e asbon in Virginia.