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VOL. XVIII. MANNING, S. C., WEDNESDAY. APRIL 6,1904. NO.29
STATE CAMI PAIiN. It Is Said that Only Two Officers Wil Be Offered. THE RAILROAD COMMISSIONERS Chairman Garris to Have Six Can didates Against Him. State Treasurer Jennings Will Also Be Opposed. The Columbia State says since the adjournment of the legislature politics has settled into more or less quietude, but talk of the coming campaign for State offices is beginning to be heard on the streets. in the State house and in the places where politicians and their friends congregate. It is not probable that the campaign will be at all exciting. The cficers of the present administration, with the ex ception of two, seem assured of no op position, and the publlc can hope for no repetition of the sensational sum mer of two years ago. There has been no announcement of opposition to Gov. Heyward. It as rumored that Mr. Martin F. Ansel of Greenville, one of the candidates who made the race in 1902 and finished a very close second, would again offer, but this has been set at rest. Lieut. Gov. Sloan has no rival as yet. At torney General Gunter, now serving his first term, having been assistant to Attorney General G. Duncan Bel linger previous to t-at time. may be re-elected without being opposed, it is safe to say. Secretary of State J. T. Gant: is another State officer who was assistant to his predecessor, and is now serving his first term in his official' capacity. His re-election seems practically assured. There is little doubt too that Comptroller General A. W. Jones will be again in office when the ballots are counted. He too was elected to the comptrollership after serving as clerk in that office. Adj. Gen. John D. Frost came up the same way, for it will be remembered that he was assistant to Adj. Gen. J. W. Floyd. It was stated- some time ago that Col. J. C. Boyd of the First regiment would be a candidate for Gen. Frost's position but he has sta ted to the contrary. State Treasurer Jennings will not have a bed of roses to tread upon "in the good old summer time," if Dame Rumor can be credited. She says that three candidates have already arrayed themselves against him. It was stated authoritatively Thurs day that Dr. D. M. Crosson of Leesville, an ex-senator and well known in Lexington and parts of ad joining counties, would be a candi date. The Edgefield Chronicle sug gests Hon. T. H. Rainsford for the place of treasurer. Mr. Rainsford has been a member of the general as sembly for scne years. It was stated, however, some. time ago that he would stand for the senatorial seat to be vacated by ex-Gov. John C. Shep pard. A third candidate, it is said, will be J. F. Foulk, county treasurer of Bamberg. Much interest centers about the race for railroad commissioner. Com missioners J. II. Wharton and Banks L. Caughman hold over but Mr. Cal vin W. Garris, the chairman of the board, will be cut of office if not suc cessful in the campaign, for his term expires this year. He will be opposed by Mr. W. Boyd Evans of this city, who was a candidate in 1902. Tw'o candidates who made the race in 1902, Messrs. John G. Mobley of Fairfield and "Cansler of Tirzah," will run again, Mr. John Earle of Greenville, Mr. H. J. Gignilat of Seneca and pos Ibly A. C. Jepson, a former candidate, are the other candidates. A member ship on the board of railroad commis sioners seems an attractive plum for there are always plenty of seekers af ter the fruit. The term is six years and the salary $1,800 per annum. This is the situation today but it is so early that it is dangeroui to make any definite statements about the game of politics. The political bee Is ever busy and insidious and buz zes into many bonets without the wearer's realization. The date for the campaign has nol yet been set. The schedule will be ar. ranged iby the new State D~emocratic committee wuich is yet to be electec by the State convention, on nomina tion of the respective counties. The present executive committe has called the convention to meet here or the third Wednesday in May, the 18tt inst. This convention is, as5 is known composed of delegates selected on the first Monday in May, the 2d inst, b3 the county conventions, each countl being entitled to a number of dele gates double the number of represen tatives in the general assembly. Th< local clubs meet on the fourth Satur day in April, the 28th inst. to organ ize and elect delegates to the countl convention, each club being entitle< to one delegate for each 25 member: or majority fraction thereof. Eaci county couvention elects a membe: of the State executive committee The State convention elects a mem ber of tihe national executive comn muittee and delegates to the nationa convention in St. Louis. Family M1ileage Tickets. Commencing March 25, the Sea board Air Line railway, in compliane with the new law, have on sale 1,00' -mile family tickets, good for the us of the immediate members of on familv. between stations, within thi state of South Carolina, on the line c the Seaboard Air Line railway. Thes tickets are sold at -$25 and are limite to one year from date of issue. Th popular interchangea.ble book, goo ov-er twenty-three different lines. wi continue on sale under same cond tions as he etofore. For further ii formation apply to Seaboard ageni or address Jos. W. Stewart, travelim passenger agent, Columbia, S. C. Camne Too Late. Edward M. Sturgecon, who died su< denly in El Paso, Texas, last wee met fortune and death together. F twenty years be had searched in 1a for gold and had traveled from Bri ish Columbia to Mexico in his endea or. A short time ago he fouud tU great Eltigre mine in Mexico. It wi sold, but before he could enjoy ti fruits of the discovery he passed awa BURGLARS AT AIKEN. Stole Eight Hundred Dollars Jewels and Other Valuables. A dispatch from Aiken to The Sta says that city was visited last we by a bold robber or gang of robbe No clue has been found to the rasca As burglars "s:ooped" the town la December and entered the resident or J. W. Platt, F. B. Henderson, Bradwell and Mrs. Elward Kit leaving no cloa to their identity, did they lase night and left no tra< vaiy in this instance but one pla was visited. Mr. William Grosvenor of Pro dence, R. I., owns one of the bar somest sinter residences In Aike He has a large family and emplc many servants. At , o'clock last eve ing, while the family were at dinne a company of negro serenaders car to the door and commenced singin Several of the family sat on the porg listening, while some remained at ti table. One who was on the porch said th a negro walked up to the serenade and the men in the company noddi to him and he walked on around ti house. Another member of the fami who remained in the dining roo states that a noise was heard abol this time which sounded like a perst stumbling in a room upstairs. T] entire house-hold was down stai until about 11 o'clock, when the far ily retired. Then when they went upstairs their rooms the tumbled up conditic of the dressers and jewelry bo., showed that every room had been vi ited by some one who had no rig] there. An examination showed thi nearly every member of the fami had lost some article of value. A sua mary of the articles taken is report( to be: A small pasteboard box contain ing one pearl earring, set in bat enamel; one pendant rose in pit enamel, diamonds and a pearl centi with chain; one pink silk box contail ing diamond snap; one amethyst pis two rows of pearls; one gold bracele animal's head; one gold ring with fit diamond set; one pearl sunburst pi. diamonds in centre; three pock books, one with initials on outsic (A. L. P.), purses contained sever dollars in coin and paper; one go enameled watch; one sapphire at gold pin; one pearl pendant; one go: locket and watch charm. Mr. Grosvenor thinks the value i the articles stolen will not excee $800. A set of very fine diamond ea rings was not taken as also a valuab necklace of pearls. No clue whatevi to the theif or theives has been di covered. Whether the thief real: operated in connection with the ser naders is, of course, mere conjectur, Some think that the town is agaj suffering from a visit from crooks wt often follow carnival companies, suc as showed in Aiken last week. WhE robbers last swept through Aiken was just after such a show in Augus1 and no trace of the $1,600 worth valuables lost then has ever be, found. Chief of Police Dobey has b men on the watch and it is po-sib that the rescal who visited Mr. Grc venor's house last night between and 11 o'clock may be caught. The thiief was captured in Aike Wdedynight. A member of ti Grosvenor family stated that a nega boy walked up to the negroes wi were singing at the door on Mondx night and they nodded to him and I passed on around the house. Takir this as their clue the police set t work. One of the serenaders was foundi be Smart Loyd and the boy who w; seer, to go around the house was Rob Pearson. The other two serenade were ascertained to be two followe of the carnival company which show4 here last week. Loyd was arresti and he told the police to catch Pea son and some of the jewelry wouldi recovered. When arrested Pearson had in bi possession one of the missing pnrse containing $35.00 in money, the di mond ring and the sapphire pin. The two carnival negroes were thi searched for but could not be four in town. Chief Dobey, thinking th would attempt to escape by the tr ley, changed his uniform to a suit plain clothes and boarded the 9.30 c intending to ride back and forth fra Graniteville as long as the cars ra The chief stood upon the front plh form with the motorman and as t: car reached the woods on the edge the city the negroes boarded it aft looking the car over carefully. After the car speeded up Mr. Dob entered and captured bis men. Th are evidently sharp rascals as th will answer no questions as to th4 names or where they hail from. The whole thing looks like a w devised plan to rob as the singers e dently tried to entertain the inmal of the Grosvenor house while th partner entertained and helped hi: Iself to the valuables. There is doubt that other places would ha ibeen visited with the same end view and Chief Dobey did well break up the gang. Tue other stol goods have not been recovered as y but there is no doubt that this will done as the thieves have eviden buried. Shot Them by Accident. A dispatch from Greenville to 'I State says E. M. Gillespie, who Ii about two miles fr:,m the city on I Easley road, while handling his g on Monday night accidentallyc charged the piece, the load enteri the feet of his infant child, not m< than 2 years of age. A smali port: of the shot entered the hip of his wi !who was holding the child in arms, but her wound is not serio Dr. W. C. Black was called to atte the child, who was so weak fromn1 loss of blood and the shock that did not amputate the foot, as he fe -ed it would not live through the or ation. The parents are said to quite reticent over the matter. The Unloaded Gun. On last Thursday at Carli: S. C., Loomis Gilliams, a negro s and instantly killed one. Sang Je1 .The shooting, it is said, was done .cidentally. Gilliamt was standing Sa shop and Jeter was just on the< S (side, when Gilliam picked up an c pistol and pointed it at Jeter, thi ! ing It was not loaded. WERE REFUSED. in Charleston Dispensers Ordered Not tc te Sell to Prescribed Persons. ek rs. THE STATE BOARD'S ORDERS. s. st Dispensary Law Must Be Enforced es or Dispensers Will Suffer. Drunkards and Minors so Can't Get "Booze." Trouble is brewing among the pat rons of the dispensary as a result of ri- the receipt of a circular letter from d- the State board of control directing n. the dispensers to comply strictly with ys the provisions of the law, relating to n- the sale of liquors to minors and r, drunkards and to other sections. 2e The circulars were received here g. Wednesday and put into operation h Wednesday morning, with the result 3e that hundreds of applicants ior otfcial grog were turned down by the dis it pensers and clerks who were unwilling rs to take the chances of continuing the d promiscuous violation of the law in ie selling liquor to prescribed persons ly and otherwise ignoring the provisions m of the act which were incorporate for it the purpose of making the law a in moral measure. The conduct of the le dispensaries has been a scandal in rs Charleston in the respect of the a- neglect of certain provisions of the law by the dispensary manage Sment which was bent on mak in ing large sales. The circular of the s State board aims to stop this violation s- of the law by the dispensers, and to it require the officials of the system to it live up to the requirements just as ly the outside public xlust obey the law. i- The example of the oflicials obeying d the law is to be set before the public i- that the usually most effective argu k ment against the dispensary may be k removed. Many people, who are pre *e judiced against the law, ease their 1- conscience in the jury box by declar 1, ing that the blind tigers should not be punished for violating the law since e the dispensers themselves are con 1, stantly breaking the law. A complete t compliance of the law by the ollicials le will have a most wholesome effect on i public sentiment, not to speak of the d 'public moral benefit which can be done d by the dispensers themselves in follow d ing closely the provisions of the law. The matter of complying with the >f spirit and letter of the law is not to d be left entirely with the conscience of - the dispensers, for, it is understood le that from time to time, a little bit of r detective work will be done by the ,- Columbia authorities to ascertain if p the law is being observed. Parties who give fictitious names in making . name in making application for liquor, n negroes who do not sign their names .o or make their mark, drunkards and h minors will call at the counters of the n dispensers and if they secure their it liquors as they have done in the past, a there will be trouble for dispensers. >f The penalty is dismissal from office, n and also prosecution in the State is courts by the circuit solicitor, who le will also institute civil proceedings s- against the dispensers' bonds, the 7 principal and sureties being also re sponsible under the act. n The violation of the law is conse e quently not to be a trivial offense, oand it is not likely that the dispensers 10 will be so indiscreet as to sell liquor yto pa.rties who are on the proscribed e list or who are ni..t even known to the g dispensers personally, unless these o applicants provide themselves with a certificate for the purchase of the oliquor, signed by some responsible as party, who is known to the dispenser. t. The dispenser turned down many rs appliconts Wednesiay morning and rs they got tired of making the explana d tion o.f their reason, s- much so, that dlater in the day, they simply refused r- to sell or give acy satisfaction to par yties, under age or known to use liquor to excess, leaving the applicants to is find Out for thematives as best they s, could why the existing order of things a- had been changed. The dispensers are looking forward n 1to the return of the former free and dunrestrained sale. They seem to ythink that the new regulations have 1- been introduced only-for effect, and >will soon be forgotten. The new criRrer will give public sitisfaction and m it is hoped that there will be no let . in the enforcemnt of the law, as long .as it is the law of the State.--The 2ePost. oSafe Crackers Caught. er Three safe crackers who robbed the bank at Dillion and are also thought to have cracked a site at Latta have Ibeen caught at Smithiield, N. C. A r special from that place to the Char. lotte Observer says: "Three men are 11l confined in jail here under the strong .suspicion of being members of a notor es ious gang of safe crackers turning this i and other states. Their names are SHarding, Waring and Cunningham. nThey made their appearance here last yThursday evening, pretending to be sig niters, and awakened enough to suspicion to warrant the authorities nin causing their arrest. A New York Sdetective who has been investigating eIthe bank robbery at Latta, S. C., or .lyi the night of February 25, is at pre 'sent studying the case. Officers frorr Dillon, S. C., have been here and idea Itifled them as the men seen in tha1 he neighborhcod about the time of thi es bank robbery there. There are alsi he supposed to be the robbers who mad< un a visit to Kenley some time ago is- jThey are wanted at Kollock for post ng office breaking on the night of Feb re ruary -27th. Extradition papers bavy on already been made out, and they wi] fe, be taken to Marion. S. 0., Thursday. eStrikes Cost Money. Th New Y'>rk state board of medi he atioin ha.s recently published an a&nnua he report. Up to September, 1903, ther ar were more strikes, lockouts and labo -troubles in general in New York thai be! in any previous year, excepting pei haps the year 1886. During the pas year there were 192 labor troubles involving 117,000 employees, and 11 le, Iconsequence 3,900,000 working day aot were lost. Owing to the New Yor. er. building trades strikes 37,037 laborer ac- were idle, the total loss in wage in amounting to nearly seven milliol put dollars. This is a terrible showini old as to results of such labor movemaents nk- and is a very potent argument in fa HAD A STILL IN THE CELLAR. Why Beard's Distillery in Greenvil Was Seized by the Officers. One of the most interesting case which the collector of revenue wi take to the session of court whic meets in Greenville in about tv weeks is the prosecution of a distill( named Beard. This distiller w, operating a plant near the city Greenville and had a permit from th government as well as from the Stati It was suspected that there wa something wrong and the place wa watched. Finally it was discovere that in his warehouse there was trap door giving access to a big sti in a concealed basement. This illici still wars operated to avoid the pa} ment of iceense on the stuf manufat tured. From the legalized still som distance away there were pipes bring ing in the steam necessary for workin the mash and operating the retort There was no escape of steam to indi cate where the false basement was and the only means of access was th trap door which was always covere with a pile of old sacks and could no be seen with the naked eye. Th ring by which the door was raised wa the only thing which discoled its loca tion and that would not have bees found had not the officers been look ing for it. The refuse from the hid den still was carried by means of un derground pipes to the spot where th refuse from the legalized still wa dumped. The whole plant was seize by the revenue otlicers. This distillery had formerly bees operated in the name of the Bab] brothers, who were supposed to hav an interest in it even when it wa running in Beard's name. Both Johi and Tully Babb have been defendant frequently in the federal and Stat courts, answering to the charge o violating the liquor laws. It used tA be a regular thing for the dispensary constables to run in Tully Babb ever: week or so, and at one time there wa a stack of indictments piled up agains him in the Greenville court. He an< his brother look like the typical coun try yout'!s of the poorer class; the; are of rather innocent countenanc but old in the ways of the transgres sor. They seem to have prospered, a some years ago they erected a credit able brick building on Main street i Greenville, with stores and offices t rent.-The State. THE OLDEST CHURCH. The Goose Creek Edifice to CelebratA Two Hundredth Year. The announcement of the celebra tion of the two hundredth anniver sary of the establishment of St. Jame church at Goose Creek will be receive( with interest in Columbia. There is picture of this edifice in the secretar; of state's office which always attract considerable attention. St. James is the oldest of the colon ial churches now in a state of perfec preservation and unaltered in any de tail from its earliest appearance. It! venerable walls stand as a monumeni of a day that is past, beloved an< revered by churchmen of the presen and the church is a landmark of En glish civilization in this country. Tb celebration of the two hunredth an niverstry of its establishment will b a notable occasion and it is expecte< tat a large number of people wil gather within its ancient walls. The celebration will occur on Apri 17th and an appropriate programi now being prepared for the occasion IIn the year 1902 the "Society fo the Propagation of the Gospel in For eign Parts," sent from England as th first missionary to the province c South Carolina the Rev. Samue Thomas, who was appointed to th settlement at Goose Creek and ente] ed upon his labors with great earnest ness. In 1704. in a letter to the sc ciety, be mentions that there .was church erected on Goose Creek whic was well attended. This is the firs record of St. James, Goose Creek, s that the present year is accepte as the bicentennial of its establist mnent and the vestry of the churc have made preparationf for its obsel vance. Killed in a Runaway. The Augusta Chronicle .says as result of a runaway accident, Captal William E. Everett, on of Atlanta most promfinlent citizens and senit member of the wholesale dry goot house of Everett-Riley-Ragan con pany, was killedi Wednesday afternool While driving along Peachtree stre4 with his son, Captain Everett we thrown from his buggy by the shyit of the horse. The vehicle stru( against telephone pole in front of ti Aragon hotel and Captain Everett fe to the pavement, striking onl his hea lie was hastily picked up ard medic aid summoned. An ambulance fro the Elkin- Cooper sanitarium respon ed to a call and Captain Everett w. placed in the vehicle. Before the at bulance reached the sanitarium Ca tain Everett expired. is death w: due to two wounds on the head:~ Ca tain Everett's son, E. Q. Everet who was with him at the time of .tl accident, was also thrown from tI buggy, but escaped without injury. I Don't Want Them. El Nueva de la Verdad, a new paper of this city, has made a bitt attack on trolley lines, as a result a project to install electric street tra tion in this city, says a Puebia, Me: co, news dispatch. It refers to ele tric cars as inventors of the devil a1 cites the fact that scores of lives ha been lost in the City of Mexico in c -sequence of their op.. ration there. T peoole Puebla, the newspaper declari want to be left alone in peace and curity. The attack concludes wi the following: "~We hope Almighn -God will be kind enough to Puebla to save them from this mode plague." __________ 1 Lost Their Jobs. SAt Richmond, Va., fourteen nes swagon drivers for a baggage compal notitied the company that they wot not work with a white man who I been employed as a driver. The co pany discharged t'he entire nei .force Wednesday and employed wh SOME GOOD ADVICE le Given the Negroes by a Preacher of Their Own Color. is. "WE MUST DIGNIFY LABOR." This is the Crucical Period for the Negro Race. Safe Lead ers and Wise Counsel e lors Needed. - The following is an extract taken S from a sermon delivered in Augusta, S Ga., recently at Tabernacle Baptist a d church by the Rev. Dr. C. T. Walker, to the colored Knights of Pythias, as t we find it in the Chronicle of that city. His subject was "Some Ways of Improving the Condition of the Negro Race." The sermon is full of good advice to the colored people: "That my people-the intelligent, industrious ones are dissatisfied, ner vously restless with present conditions in this country, no sensible negro will t deny, that they have suffered enough e to be discouraged, most white men s will admit. S"My race is passing through a cru 2 cial period: it is a period of adjust - ment. The race needs safe leaders, - and wise counsellors. Sensational - sermons and incendiary utterances will only increase our enemies and re s tard our progress. Our salvation in this country will depend upon our be ing God-fearing, lawabiding, intelli gent, industrious citizens. Our suc c>ss will not be in conflict with the dominant race, but in concord and co-operation with the best people of i this country, North and South, East i and West. We are suffering as a race from the lawless and vicious element f among us, from dishonest politicians in and out of the race, from modern fanatics, from unwise leaders, and sensational newspapers. 3 "The negro has friends in the South as well as in the North, or he could not remain in the South. There are . their farms, and 28,000 part owners of farms, with 550,000 tenants on a farms. The banks that are conducted - by the race in the South, and there s are hundreds of negroes throughout the South conducting business, who i can get any amount of credit and en couragement from their Southern white friends. "The invincible and unconquerable American nation believes in progress. Ours is a Christian nation-justice, equal and exact justice, will yet hold an even balance. As the negro makes progress, becomes intelligent, accumu - lates, saves and invests his money wisely, refuses to shield criminals and condone crime, as he draws the line between the good and the bad in his L race, eliminates the idle and criminal r classes, he will have the sympathy. help and encouragement of good peo ple, North, South, East and West. - Already the great metropolitan jour G nals of this country have done a great - work in favor of our race, and the pres > ent condition is but a manual train Sing school from which the race will gol i prepared to face and grapple with the Sgreat problems of life - Does the present warrant a hopeful Sfuture? Yes, there are stars of promise -on night's horizon. Elijah's servant a saw a patch of cloud in the heavens I the size of a man's hand, but he told 1 Ahab to hurrry home for the rain was coming. Let my pessimistic friends lstop talking about the dark future, s and, like men, face the problems of .life. Act well their part and teach r the race to rise by their own efforts - and exertions. e "We should not only seek employ f ment for our people, and discourage vagrancy, but we should make em e ployment. We should organize stock companies, and inaugurate business enterprises, and in that way train our men and women in business. Why can't my race conduct grocery. stores. a shoe stores, dry goods and clothing stores as well as others people? Why 0 should not colored women stand be d bind as clerks, cashiers, bookkeepers, fioor-walkers, and superintendents as b wells as other petople. Frugality is -also necessary. The man who makes $5.00 and saves one-fourth of what he earns is better off than the man who makes $25.00 and spends all. My a people need not expect help from npolitical part ies through presidential s'messages. They must expect help r from their farms and their various s business enterprises. "Wn~~e must dignify labor. The labor tig mnIs the backbone and sinew of t e thiscoutry Christ was a laborer. He ws clledthecarpenter and the carpenter's son. His life was a busy kone; He said I must work while it is 1day. He employed the idlers, sent them into his vineyard and paid them. Idleness is a curse-It breeds mischief 1and crime. It is the busy man that is always wanted. Moses was herd ing Jethro's flock when God called him to be his ambassador to the court of Egypt, he received divine creden tials, became the greatest human legislator the world has ever produc ed: he was Israel's emancipator and ttheir successful leader until God call 1ed him to Nebo's summit and kissed lhim to sleep. Elisha was busy plow ine 12 yoke of oxen, wheD he was called to the prophetic otflce to suc ceed Elijah. David, the shepherd rIboy, was called to the ofice of king. 'A mos, the herdsman, to the prophe tic ofice. Daniel the slave was made 'prime minister of the Babylonian empire. Matthew was c2.lled from dthe receipt of customs. Peter, James and John from the occupation of fish i ng. Paul from tent-making to be the apostle to the gentiles. William Gary was called from the shoe-shop to sinaugurate modern missions. Lincoln, hGrant and Garfield from humble posi ytions to the council of the nation, and sto be chief executives of their coun ns try. Dwight L. Moody was called from selling goods to be the greatest evangelist of modern times. Spurgeon was called from the country to the *ro metropolis of the world. Booker T. yWashington; was called from work It ld the tobacco factory to be the Moses as of his race, and one of the most re -markable men of the age. Let uw ro work and save and respect ourselve! te and work for peace between the race! and all will be well." SETTLERS CO ING. Three Items of Considerable Interesi in Regard to Immigration. The Columbia Record says Mr. Jos. W. Stewart, passenger agent of the Seaboard, Thursday received a letter from Dr. Chas. Gurneer, of Evansville, Ind., who is now in Charleston, in re. gard to establishing a German-Ameri can colony somewhere in this state. Dr. Gurneer has interested himself in this idea considerably and desires to purchase anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 acres of swamp land which can be obtained cheap and then after draining it render it suitable for colo nization by a large colony of German citizens who are now in the state of Indiana. They are not satisfied with the climate and wish to come South. Dr. Gurneer is now in Charleston and expects to go to Summerville where be will inspect the French-Canadian colony and afterwards will come to Columbia for a conference with the Seaboard officials. It is impossible that the colony may be located very near this city and if not it may be up near Cheraw. The Seaboard people will do all they can to have it located near Columbia. The office of commissioner of immi gration is in receipt of a large number of inquiries in regard to statistical information about the state. From the facts now on hand in this office the inquiries can be answered at once and in this way the state is being well advertised. A letter was receiv ed from a capitalist in Texas Tues day desiring information as to the law exempting enterprises from taxation, it being intimated in the letter that he was interested in this state and might be induced to invest. The capi talistiwas given the law on the matter, which, according to the recent discus sion of the supreme court in the Spar tanburg mill case, provides what a majority of the citizens in the district shall decide whether or not the enter prise shall be exempt from the tax. The term fixed by law is five years. Efforts have been made recently by the local officers of the Seaboard to interest a northern capitalist in a stock farm about five miles below Co lumbia. The gentleman who had been in the city several days on pleas ure became interested in the town and after finding out the cheapness of the land in the vicinity closed a deal for about 200 acres of land just below the city. The gentleman's name is N. W. Smith and he is expected to return in a few days and complete all arrangements for a stock farm. SIX PERSONS KILLED. Five Others Fatally Injured in Acci dent Near Scranton. Pa. Six persons are known to have been killed and five fatally injured by an explosion in the factory of the Dickson Squib company at Priceburg, near Scranton, Pa., Thursday. The dead are: Lizzie Bray, Priceburg. Lillian Mahan, Priceburg. Beckie Lewis, North Scranton. Lizzie Matthews, Olyphant. George Callahan, Priceburg. Teresa Callahan, Priceburg. Those fatally injured are: Mamie Gilallon. Martha Hay Brown. Cassie Foultz. Mettle Hevron. Oscar Ayser. Twenty girls were employed in the factory. What caused the explosion is not known, but it is said that one of the girls threw a squib into a stove and that the force of the explosion was so great that It wrecked the building and set it on lire. The squibs are used in coal mining. The Dickson Squib company occu pied only the first floor of the struc ture, the Callahan family having rooms on the second floor. It was here that the two Callahan children lost their lives. Thomas Callahan, the father, was at work and Mrs. Callahan had just left the room when the explosion oc curred. The children, aged 3 years and 6 months, respectively, were playing on the floor. B'jth were in stantly killed. The building caught fire and the flames communicated tc the adjoining buildings, one occupied as a httel and the other as a butcher shop. Both were destroyed. All of the bcdies have been taker from the debris. The bodies of the dead employes were so badly burnec that it was with great difficulty that they could be recognized. After Counterteiters. There is counterfeit money floating around and a number of warning cir culars have been issued regarding it. The United States secreat service men are right behind the counterfeit Iers and a special to the Charlotte Observer from Greensboro says: "The United States government's secret service detective are hot on the trai of the gang who have been recently looding the state with counterfeit ten-dollar bills. On the one-dolla) bilwI very much resemble th4 new $10 series, the counterfeiter have deftly put the necessary touche; to make it readily pass for the new $1( issue. There is an eagle on the one dollar bill which the ten-dollar bil does not possess, and the spuriousnes: of the raised bill can be easily detect ed. Several of these bills have beei 'found here, but it is in the eastert part of the state, where it is said the2 are most generally in circulation. Alf ter a conference with Greensboro po lice authorities, the secret service me] took the train for Raleigh, havini gained there, it is said, an importan link in the chain of evidence whicl was lost in Fayetteville, where a ne gro had been arrested, having in hi posession one -of the raised bills, bu who refused to 'talk."' Afraid of Hinm. "The President's friends," Iti announced in Washington, "hav strongly advised him against speedl making and have assured' him tha his election looks to be certain. The Ido not see why he should exhaust h: Istrength and health in speechmakin and take chances on some inopportur remark that might do harm." Til pith of the matter Is in the last te wods he Republicans should I knw hsyear as "Old Party Afrai ROASTS NEW ENGLAND. Speech Was in Reply to Gillett's Strickness on the South. Recently in the House Mr. Bartlett, of Georgia, briefly replied to the state ments of Mr. Gillett, of Massachu setts, on the negro question. He said Mr. Gillett had lectured the south for certain alleged outrages and violations of the law. He declared that Massa chusetts was not free from the charge of the disregard of the law, even though that state may claim to be more refined than others. He cited an instance where a mob in Marion, Mass., in 1902, had tarred and feather ed a man and woman, and he said, the perpetrators of the outrage had been acquitted and marched through the streets as heroes. He read from statistics of Massachusetts showing the number of "disgraceful" marriages of whites with negroes in the city of Boston. If these facts are true, Mr. Bartlett said, "the teachings of the gentleman from Massachusetts and those who believe as he does, are coming like chickens, home to roost." He did not believe, he declared, that the people of Massachusetts enter tained nor re-echoed the sentiment of Mr. Gillett. While the people of Massachusetts may have peculiar no tions as to some things and may be stern in their convictions, they at least have awakened to believe that the white people of the south are entitled to work out this problem in their own way, "as God shall will it." He added those people would work it out," with the help of our brthren of the north, if we can have it, but if not we will work it out without their help." To such as Mr. Gillett, continued Mr. Burlett, "we will say that your opin ion and criticism meet with the calm indifference of our contempt." Mr. Gillett replying, said he believ ed that the Caucasian race, as a wh'jle, is vastly superior to the color ed race, but he said he did not believe it followed that every white man is superior to every colored man. He de clared that he denounced such inci dents as had been cited in Massachu setts as he had those occurring in the south. He asserted, however, that the frequency of such occurrences in the south stimulate similar occurrences all over the country. The subject was further discussed by Mr. Crumpacker, of Indiana, who said that in the last twenty-five years 3,000 citizens of the United States who were entitled to the protection of the law, had ber.n seized by lawless mobs and put to death. He believed that throughout the length and breadth of the United States the peo ple are a unit in desiring to have the law enforced everywhere. Mob law he declared, is not sectional. "I confess," he said, "that the re cord of the last twenty-five years will show that my own state has had its full share of these disgraceful exhibi tions of lack of control on the part of the people," all of which he said, illustrated the weakness of human nature, which was about the same through the whole country. ktural Delivery Carriers. There has been a large number of requests for information regarding that provision in the postoffice appro priation bill affecting rural free'deliv ery carriers. The exact wording of this provision follows: "On and after July 1, 1904, letter carriers of the rural free delivery service shall receive a salary not exceeding $720 per annum, and no other or fuller allowance of salary shall be made to said carriers; and on and after'said date said carriers shall not solicit business or receive orders of any kind for any person, firm, or corporation, and shall not, during their hours of employment, carry any merchandise for hire: "Provided, That said car riers may carry merchandise for hire for and upon the request of patrons residing upon their respective routes, whenever the same stiall not interfere with the proper discharge of their official duties, and under such regula tions as the postmaster general may prescribe." There was much discus ion before this provision was finally agreed upon, but it is understood that the senate will approve, and It is likely to become law in its present form. The house conferees will insist upon this being done, if necessary. Who Are They? Senator Burton, of Kansas, who was convicted of accepting compensa tion to further the Interests of a fraudulent concern before the post ollice department in his admissions made .statements which must have brought consternation among the other senatorial grafters, but to their intense relief he did not mention any names. He said many of his sen atorial brethren mad3 large sums of money "practicing before the depart ments," some of them making as much as $40,000 a year. We agree with the Columbia Record that it Is a pity that the senator did not go more into detail and tell the country who these men are. What the people want is to get those "hig up" in this graft ing business at the national capital. !A small beginning has been made, and for the good of the country there should be no stopping until all the rascals are cleaned out. Let Them Come. Mr. R. B. Cultra, of Illinois, is visiting his son in Hcrry county. This young man has established fruit nurseries in that county aind has been most successful. According to a udis patch in the News and Courier: "Mr. R. B. Cultura says that conditions are ripe in Illinois for emigration. The older men wish their sons to get land and go out on their own account. Land sells there for $125 and $203 an acre, arnd cannot be bought at that price. Consequently they must seek other states, and a number have gone to Arkansas and Mississippi." We trust that our Immigration bureau will be able to induce some of these desirable immigrants to come to this state. ________ Why Was It? sAs the Rebuplicans assure us that the negro alwa: s receives fair treat e ment in the north, the question aris Ses, Was the Springfield, 0., lynching e done by a crowd of southern demo* d|crats? If so, why did the Ohio repub I lians permit It. MUST OBEY THE LAW. This is the Order that Has Been - Issued to Dispensers. THE BOARD MRANS BUSINESS. There Has Been They Say General. Laxity in Observing the Tom perance Provisions or the Law. The following from The State will be read with interest by all who want to see the dispensary strictly enforc ed." "The Cuarleston dispensers may have. been surprised," said a member of the board of control -Thursday, "but they will soon learn that the law must and will be strictly enforced." He spoke in reference to the special dispatch from Charleston in The State of Thursday concerning the agitation of the Charleston dispensers over the recent circular sent out by the board of control relative to the enforcement of the law. The dispatch said in part: "The instructions of the board were put into operation this morning, caus ing no litte trouble among the patrons of the State official grog shops. The eonduct of the dispensaries has been a perfect scandal in Charleston in the unrestrained manner in which liquor was sold to minors, drunkards and blind tigers and in the general failure of the dispensay officials to observe the law." The circular here referred to was not sent to the Charleston dispensers alone but to all the dispensers through out the State. At the March meeting of the board of directors the following resolution was adopted: "Resolved, That the clerk of this board is hereby instructed to forward a copy of the dispensary law to each dispenser In the State, with instructions to strict ly comply with sections 566, 567, 588 and 569 of said law." Section 566 is that which requires the written application for liquors. This section also requires the applicant to state that he or she is not a minor or a drunkard. It is as follows: "Before selling or delivering any intoxicating. liquors to any person a request must be presented to the ounty dispenser, printed or written in ink, dated of the true date, stating that he or she is of age and the rest deuce of the signer, for whom or whose use it is required, the quantity and kind required and his or her true name; and the request shall be signed by the applicants in his own true name and signature, attested by the county dispenser or his clerk who re eives and file3 the reanest. But the ti request shall be refused if the county dispenser filling it personally knows the person applying is a minor, that e is intoxicated, or that he is in the abit of using intoxicating liquors to an excess; or if the applicant is not w: personally known to said county des penser, before filling said order or lelivering said liquor he shall require the statement of a reliable and trust worthy person of good character and habits, known personally to him, that the applicant is not a minor and is not in the habit of using intoxicating iqnors to excess." If a dispenser violates section 566 n any way it is the duty of the solicd tor, on information, to bring suit gainst him In the name of the coun y for $200 damages. The suit is on the ond of the dispenser, who if convicted Is also deprived of his position. Fur ther civil suits may be entered. If it s proven that fraud was employed by the purchaser he shall be subjected to a fine cf not less than $200 or six nonths in jail. Section 567 requires the -county uditor to keep the request book on file in his office. Section 568 requires an oath of the dispenser that he has attended to the matter of requiring written applications and that he has urned over to the auditor all of the applications submitted. Section 569 requires the county board to revoke the commission of any dispenser who fails to require applicants to sign for the purchase and the deposed dispen ser shall be Indicted by the solicitor. This section also penalizes dispensers for purchasing liquor otherwise than from the State dispensary and for aduterating the product of the big gin mill. It is pretty certain that all of these provisions have been very generally disregarded by the Charleston dispen saries but not by them alone, for it is safe to say that few, if any, dispen sers anywhere in the State observe these regulations with any degree of strictness. Whiskey is sold to any and everybody who wants it, whether a confirmed drunkard or a deacon in the church and, especially when it is a busy day, dispenser seldom both ers himself or his customers about fill ing out the request blanks in full, if at all. These regulations, together with the daylight sales, constitute the justly celebrated "temperance fea tures" of the dispensary law. That their non-observance has be come notorious not only in Charles ton but elsewhere is sufficiently at tested by the action of the board of directors in calling attention to these provisions. If they are now enforced it will not be as easy as ithas been heretofore to buy whiskey in South Carolina-which has been about the easist thing in the world. From t1, oard's resolution and the remark o: n e of its members, quoted above, it looks like there may be a change. A Queer Notion. Mr. C. M. Strader, a Kentuckian, Ibefore dying in Philadelphia the other day, dictated a will requiring~ his body to be cremated, the ashes taken to Louisville and "scattered on the waves of the beautiful Ohio." He concluded: "When thisis done, If the angel Gabriel can collect my re mains for the ju-lgment, I will take of my hat to him, and will be there at the last roll call." The Instruc tions have been carried out. Child Kills Father. A special from Fort Payne, Ala., says: J. C. Cole, policeman and dep uty sheriff at Battelle, was killed Tuesday by hi-i ten-year-old son. The boy had been fighting with other boys Sand his father whipped him for it. The child afterwards secured the pa rent's pistol and blew his father's headi off.