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A CRUEL CIRL
Eloped With and Married Her Own Mother's Husband. THE PITIABLE STORY As Told by the Outraged Wife in the New York Courts in Her Plea for a Divorce from Her Cruel and Unnutural Husband Who Married Daughter. No m=dern instance is comparable to the case of Mrs. Bruce Crane No. 2, who ousted her own mothers's af fections out of the heart of her own stepfather, whose first wife was Mrs. Crane No. 1-the new bride's own mtber-and eloped with him. Bruce Crane has ju:st married his divorced wife's d;.ughter, co-respond ent in this ignoble case. Where may ce find a situatiCn and a complication more heartless? Mrs. Bruce Crane, who was Mrs. Jeanne Burchard Brainerd before she became Mrs. Bruce Crane, had two darghters when she intrusted herself and her widowhtod into the hands o1 Mr. Bruce Crane, then a struzgling and afterward, while she was his wife -matured into one of the most dis tinguished landscape painters in the whole United States. When the se cond Mrs. 3 uce Crane's own mother was in the slough of des pond and was cast into prison, she did not visit her own mother. But she kept on keeping hou':e for her fa mous stepfather, Bruce Crane. When, after the first Mrs. Bruce Crane, who had g'ven up all monet, and everything she bad in life to give up, and when her daughter took the side of the artist father against her own mother, she did not even visit her own mother in her dire extremity. When the first Mrs. Bruce CranE was haled before a magistrate in a police court in Greater New York her own daughter who has succeeded to her own mother's "nama and fame," let her be locke d up in a cJll like any commen, ordinary unfortu nate without comirg to the rescue and now after all tue agony of spirit the first Mrs. Bruce Crane has gone through--goaded so by desperation that she even had to beg-as a dnal release from all her intense misery that she must name he r own daugt ter as the co respondent of her bustand, hisstepdaughter and natural guardian of the child to whom she had intrust ed him, her portion is that of intense shame. She has seen all her hopes blasted, all her life rained, and all the field of her existence ungar nered by the unnatural conduct of her daughter who has stolen as ay from her own mother the heart of her mother's husbar-d. ~CHAPTER II. A woman had been found iri New York leaning against an iron railing in Eighth avenue, between, Fifty sixth and Fifty-seventh streets, in 'the evening. It was in December, when it was bleak, cold, dismal. L was just ten days before Cnoristmas, to', when the whole city is suppoed to be alive to the most glorious spirit of Christianity: "Peace on earth, good will to men." She was helpless. She could barely mcan out her name and her adaress. "Oh Bruce, oh Bruce," she kept on mcaning, as if there were an ache in her throat and a break in her heart. "oh, send for Bruce. or my little Annie." Omeier O'Leary, of the West Forty seventh street police station, found her. With the quick instinct of his profession he knew at once that she was a getnlewcman in a most deplor able situation. He pondered a mo ment. "Where is your home, Madame. Do you want to go home?" "Home, Home-yes, no, oh yes, take me ht me! No, dont, don't" There was a cut over one one of her eyes, which might have been the re sult of a fall, and the officer called for an ambulance and took her to the Ecosevelt Hospital. Finaliy, after her mina had quickened a little bit with warmth atter her exposure, ste gave her name and addre.4s; "Mrs. Bruce Crane, No. 95 Fif th avenue." Her husband was notified. She sent for her daughter AnnIe. T be daughter sent no response. The husband made no effort to come to her rescue. So she had t/obe taken like any common unfortunate to the station house. Even after another notifica tion Bruce Crane did not ball her out, nor did his stepdaughter hasten to her succor. Can one imagine a more heartkss or crueller ordeal than this, which hap pened the next morning in the York 'ille Police Court? She was arraigned in court early be fore Magistrate Carne, who happenc d to be sitting. Alone with all the or dinary "drunks" and "thugs" and "riff raff" of a great city Policeman O'Leary produc, d his prisoner. There, was that innate something in her bearing, her carriage, her dignity, that instantly compelled all eyes to locus on her, for Mrs. Bruce Crane has always been a handsome woman. Scarcely anybody could believe his eyes 'when the conventional charge was made-" a vagrant and intoxicat ed." Poor woman, what made her so? Then, and only then, did Bruce Crane appear. She was gowned in a smart frcck ofI clc-se-fitting gray cloth. Her splendid blond hair under her little tcque took all the glints of the sun that stole into the dingy, ill-smelling place. He and she stood facing each other. She gave him one lo'ok. She said nothing. He turned his head away and in answer to the question of the Magistrate. ''What do you wish done?" He said with calm, cold and precise deliberation: "I think she had better be put under retraint for awhbile. I have tried in every way to reform her. I have, sent her to various asylum?s and sani tariums. I have placed her with friends of the family and with private physicians but it has all been of no avail. I have pleaded with her for the sake of our chi'dren" ' Then the storm in the henrt of Mrs. Crane broke: "Our children!" she echoed in an zmpassioned out burst; "why are they not here ? Where: is my Annie, my child-not yours, not ours, but my own. Oh, rey God, wy dce she not come to helD me now - r oq, when I mosL need a daugter '1 think my wife necs a physi cian's ministration =core," broke in Mr. Crane, sill with tVe most steady calm. Mr. Crane tridled with his mus tache. The situation was pitire: the at mosphere was teCse' 1-1 r Oh, Bruce, Bruce. wnat are you dcing?" Suie turned and throwirg her arms about his neck, kissed him again and again. He tricd to break away from her grasn and her passionate appeal. "Where is my daughter? D n't seperate Ls; for God's sake don't' The answer came as if slit from ice: "You cai~not go back to your cnil dren." "Don't say that after all I have done for you. Oh, Bruce, let me go I back to my children, my babies. Th-y need their mothar. What are you doing?" she suddenly cried out hy'ter ically. "Are you stealing their live from me?" "Don't severate us fOr the lore of! our untou chiid; don't do it; don't do it. You used Lo love m.e-you know you did. If 1 ave t:-ansgre1sed, you know why and wtat made me, do it. I am distraught, besides my sel. Take me back to you, to shield her g einst herself, and-you. "Oh, Bruce, Bruce. I plead to you, Bruce," she ke.pt on imploring. "I plead to you as I have never pie.dsd befre and never will plead again.. No matter what I have d rne recently. c foriive me for Annie's sake, whom you say you love like lour own daughter. "You know, too," she went on in the anguish of her scu', "that I am weak- and worn out with nursing you through typhcid and am not yet over the effec-s of my own typhoid, which C I got during my vigil for your own welfare. You know I bave given ycu all, all my money, all my love, all my hopes, all my life." At this crisis even the stolid calm of the brilliant land;cape painter seemed -o forsake him. Tears stood in bis e3 es. His immediate emotion everwhe med him. He was about t.1 gasp out-when in a second's silene in the whcle fierce outburst there wa an in ter-uption. There fell from the xcuth of the Magistrate himsel; these clear cut words: "Sir," said Magistrate Crane, ad. dressing Bruce Crane, "you have a stern and, perhaps, a harsh duty to per:orm. You must face it like a man. You must do it for Ier sak and for -he sake of your children and yourself." Then turning to Mrs. I Crane, he said: "1 will dce iu yo onfly temporarily until o n u ro v. Mrs. Craue, weak aLd exhauted, almost f ell to the fi-or. Brace Crane sneaked hurriedly away. It was at this epoch in his lire that Bruce Crane created a painting and called it "Suarise." Imaginative friends have declared that when this strong picture was creatcd they saw' in it the mot:ve of an idea to deptic. bs who'e soul at that time. The long strctch of the dreary, wearisome marsh was to typify-to his own, intense self -his own weari ness and dreariness with his own wife. The dull, cold, gray foreground was his own heart; the overlyir g snow and the bleak hills was his wife's shadow on his lifc; the rising sun, aglew in the far-away heavens was bis wife's daughter-the one bright, hopeful spot. CHAPTER It. It was after several most painful [ episodes that Mis. Bruce Crane got desperate. She had given Bruce Cra.ne her love, she had given him her. money, s.he was a brilliant art critic herself, and she had impelled him by her own incentive and wifely help on, the road to becoming one of the most successful and distinguished painters of American landscape. Then there came the little rift in the lute that was impossible to be avoided.- ht e w Mrs. Crane discoveredthteron child was accepting the attentions of her own husband. She was utterly discarded and forced to watch this utmost degeneracy. It had been uttered in the art world, where Bruce Crane and his wife moved at that time, that Mrs. Bruce Crane murmured: "I almost wish now that she had died before she was born." Mr. 3rt.ce Crane afterward: "It's evers hi ng a or suicide for me."c Mrs. Crane kept up her methodical 5 Impulse. "He seems so fond of my c own daughter. Hie does not seem to t care for me," his own wife."i Imagine Mr. Bruce Crane reading t into two women's heart at the same f time-especially when one belonged i to his wife and the other belonged to t his own wife's daughter. And then 3 came next, for or against divorce, a j most ignoble plea, as one may look at r it. It has been saId that the mother c favored the dihsolution, to save her a own daughter natme. Anyt ay, it was asked by the mother ij of her own child, against her own hus- t ba.d. The stepdaughter was cores pendent in the piteous case. Today the daughter Is acclaimed Bruce Crane's wife. A d her own mother? b Well, her own Imother-she who 0 brcught her into the world-is th'e 3 outcast divorced wife of the man wbo a is living with the daughter in the 9 pale of the law as his own, particular s spouse.1 CHlAPTER Iv. "My troubles with my husband be gan," she' has confessed, "when I first3 dscovered his relations with try y dagter. I must tell the whole naked truth. I upbraided both of them, but they b'th denied my charges. I know what I was t.alkir'g about, and my own little girl-the little girl I had brought into the world- said to nie, 'Why, mamma, you must be mad. You are crazy.' r "'Yes,' said Mrs. Crane, my own r husbndi, chiming in, 'ycu must be S crazy.' I had had enough sorrow to si make me so. "After that my life with Mr. Crane d and my little daughter Annie became si a veritable interno on earth for me. rr He began to persecute and n~g me in i every way possible t~. think Cf. O:h, can't one imagine the torture I was I going through-and always: He I t aided and abbetted by my own daugh I ter, my own offspring: "So it went on and on, He began to persecute me in every way. He U struck me even and knocked me down2 jt when I remonstrated agaim.t the aw rul life we were living amorg our- S: selves. There secms to me nothing f like it even in the Greek tragedies. tU "I was nervous, upset, unstrungi. ti may one wonder? 5: "So I was c.j.>ld into a sanitarium to forget. "To f >rget what? n "Tha; toth my husband and my h Saughter swore that I was willing to t - thr.and tiat my husband and he y daughtr were masquerading as r. ani Mx,. R:c'ard 13. Warner ad consorting from one hotel and om one home to another home and aother hotel. " I had been mortified, chagrined, .ruck to the heart as with a dagger. .nd when I called my daugnter to an 3counting, as I thonght I had the .ght in motherhood, she ain stab ed me by savirg: 'On, Ma, you're razy, ycu know. Why tor-ent Mr. rane so? He has the real artistic ,mperament, like I have. Yiou don't riderstand Lim. Why not go away gain now and have a long r st?1 It was then stung to t ie inner 3ost quick of my soul, tha i I began :y smit for civorce rgainst Bruce :rane, naming my own dntghter as o-respondent, M.Ly GA foregive I bem, they know not w!at they ,id."-New York Americar. THE COTION QUESTION )ebated in the House bj Johnson and Other Congressinen. During the debate on the army ap >ropriation bill in the bouse Wednas !ay Mr. Johnson (S. C.) made a shirt peech on the cotton que:.tion. He allad attention to what he said -as , systematic effort, unfortunat :ly uccessful, to bear down the. price of otton, and asserted that there -as Lo justification for such a brutal cz m >aign of drcaption and misrepres :n ation. 'I know," he said, "there .re some kid glove gentry in New Cork who would not know a c'tton >atch from a pea patch, who are un ertaking to tell the world that the outhern farmer can make cotton at 4 cents." If he had the power, he aid, be would have every man who ,ambied in cotton on the New York )ttcn Exbarge and who said that otton ouId be produced at 4J cents o down and with his own naked iands pull the bell cord of a mule and nake coten at that pice. Mr. Douglass (N. Y.), interjected ;he remark that most of the men peculating on the Nea York ex ,hange were soathern men, which aused Mr. Johnson to declare that vbether they were southern men or iot, they were enemies tf southern ieople and of good morals everywhere. 'he pe p.E of the south we:e holding :tt:.n which they had no more idea >f parting with at the preaent price ,han the owners of United States ))nds had of sellirg them at 25 cents ,a the dolar. He predicted that be ore Septe'ber 1, 1905, thousands of pindles in the United Sm.ates and b:oad would be idle because o! their nability t: get cotton to spin. Mr. Johnson argued that it would >e perfectLy right for the southern otton growers to -gree among them rlves to a reduction of the cotton .rep to the (xtent of 50 per cent. Kr. Slaydcn (Texas) said that a cur ilment of the cotton crop in this ountry would only enccurage the freater production of it in other ountrics. He warned the southern nembers that they should not be de uded by the idea that the south pos essed the only climate or soil which ould produce cotton profitably. Still Fighting. A special from Manila says an en ~agement which took pltce on Janu ~ry 8, with refractory Moros on the slana of Jolo, Lieut. Ja~nes J. Sewell nd one private of the Fourteenth Javalry were killed and second Lieut. 10y W. Ashbrook, of the Seventeenth .nfantry, Capt. HalsteadDorey of tke ourth infantry, Second L ieut. R. 0. Iichardson, of the Fourteenth cavalry ~nd three privates were wounded. Phe action was in connEction with he capture of a fort held by the Moro utlaws which Maj >r ScotD, governor f the island, had attempt ed to secure y peaceful means several months ,go. Recently while attempting to se ure recruits on the lsl md kinaly neans' ruen by liajor Scott were mis aken by surrouinding Moros and rouble brewing necessitat ed forcible .ction. The M,.ro leader h:is been kill d and the fort has been distroyed. Loerican troops were assi sted by the -unboat Qaires in commaid of Lient. Vallter. Lieutenant R~chardson is rm 2harleston, S. C. A Horrible Tragedy. At Chicago on Wednesday. With pistol and razor, John Miller, a. ock, killed his wife and in ant aughter Annie, fatally v'oundet an ther daughter, Martha, two ar I a alf years old, and then, after sb >ot :g himself through the breast, cut is own throat. The unconst ous orms of the Miller family were f< und a their home by the police who had een summoned by neighbors. Mrs. liller di on the way to tbe hospital. [er younger child was dead before emoval by the polict. The older bild survived only a sbort time after rriving at the hospital. Miller will robably die. Drunken rage is be eyed by the police to have cautei die tragedy. Family and Servant Snffocated. William T. Mason, a lawyer, and is family, consisting of wife and two rlidren, Edlen, four years old, and [arion, ix months, with a servant, .nnie Welils, lost their lives in a fire 'hich pLrtially destroyed the brown tone dwelling occupied by them at 33 west One Hundred and Thirtieth neet New York early Su'zday morn ig. The whoile family appears to have een suffo~ated. The charred bodies of [rs. Mason, the servaut and four ear old c lil~d were found in the closet' nder the roof scuttle thr ugh which 2ey are suppciscd to have been at impting, to escape. The bodies of Er. Maso~n and the youngest child 'rc in a bedroom. One Robber Killed. Two n:asked men attempted to )b Abraham, James and Sarah tar'z, in Hanover township, Pa., a~turday night and o::e of them was lot and instantly killed by William :Henry, employed as guard. The sad man's companion ecaped but is lought to have been injnred. Six onths ago the L~acz bome. which is a remote district, was robbed sev al times, the rubbers subjecting the ~o brothers and sister t) brutal eatment. Finds a Jag of Cold. Charles Smith, a wealthy farmer of nion Tcwnship, Ohaic, has found a g of gold, hidden by Byrum Seward dore bis death, thirty years ago. nith Thursday bought the Seward rm and Friday began taring down! ~e old hc u e. When the chimney was rown over the jog, containing about 00, was found in a curuer. A Cr -:AO alde~ m- is alleg( d to Lwe kicked a would-be-b'-iber out of s cdice. The Atlanta Constitution1 Inks that the amonnt must have DISPENSARY REPORT. The rirecto s Eubmt a Stat' ment of the Years Business. The Total Profits Do Not Yet Reacb the One Millon Dol lare Mark. The annual report of the board of directors of the State dispensary was given to the governor and made pub lic Thursday. The report itself merely summarizers the figures of th! year'1 business, whiFh are set forth Li detal in accompanying exuibits. The report follows: To His Excellency, D. C. Heyward. Governor o: South Carolina, Colum bia, S. C. Sir: We have the honor to submit herewith a statement of the businesi done by the State and county dispen series during- the fiscal year ending November 30th, 1904, to be transmit ted by your excellency to the genaral assembly of South Carolina. By referri:2g to the several state ments attached hereto you ilil fiad that the totall cost of liquors, wines, beer, etc., purchased during toe year amounts to $2,316,242.67 ar d that-: the total sales (ex-Iusive of "fresh beer") amounts to $3 374,786 43. The net earnings for accour t of the schfol fund for the fiscal year, which have been placed to its credit, am,-unt to $171,377.73. The proffts that bave accrued to, and equally divided between, the counties and towns, amount $603, 998 22, making the total earnings for the year for the school fu-.d, counties and teovfns 8775,375 95, which is an in crease over earnings of last year of $136,893.60. We have paid to the State treasur er since December ht, 1903 (-.he be ginning of our fiscal year), on account of the school fund the sum of $304, 338 94, which reduces the school fund to $400,000 00 as required by law. During year we have disposed of a large amount of "hard stock" (which has been accumulating for several years), at a fair pr:fit, and hore that within a short time we will have nething on hand except "live" or marketable stock. We are very much gratiflei to re port that the bu3iness of the disptn sary has been conducted with harmony and success in all its departments, which will be sbovn by the attached statements, and the reports of the legislative examining committee and and expert accountants, apvointed to examine the books and records for the past fiscal year. You will also note that the vo'!me of business has increasd, but this we attribute to a more rigid enforcement of the law rather than to an increased consumption of liquors, etc. In conclusion, we court your most careful -inquiry into all the details of the dispensary management, and are ready to furidish any data y ou may desire. All of which Is respectfully submit ted. H. H EVANS, Chairman, L. W. BoYEIN, JCHN BELL TOWELL, State Board of Directors G. H. Charles, Clerk. The annual statements of the pro fits of the dispensary paid to the counties and the profits of the whole sale dispensary paid to the scbool fund were also completed Taursiay and show an interesting increase. The statement i?s as follows: Abbeville.......... .8 13.595 64 Aiken......... ....... 14,872 '35 Anderson......-.........27.698 37 Bamberg....:...........11,260 -30 Birnwel............. 19,940 21 Beaufort................ 9.436 96 Berkeley-....... ........ 8,662 77 Charleston-..............55,342 L6 Cherokee......... ...... 10,279 78 Chester...-.............13,324 532 Chesternield......-.......9,146 28 Clarendon.-.......-.....12.502 635 Colleton..............10409 01 Darlingt-on...-...-......17,220 64 Dorchester...............7,639 P2 Edgefield........... .... 6 671 73 Fairfield................ 6 254 47 Florence.............. 23,203 15 Georgetown............ 20,349 5.' Greenville........ ....... 7,017 38 Hampton................6486 69 Horry.......-...-....... 5,732 51 Kershaw.....-..........-~4 088 37 Lancaster................-2,368 44 Laurens.........-.......1,608 '59 Lee. .... ..............=2523 32 Lexington................3,376 99 Marion....... ..........-:0.788 S6 Newberry......... ...... .3.J04 18] Oonee......... ........ 8 206 88 i O rangeburg.............. 0,835 40 Pickens......... ........ 4 621 49 Rchland.............. 44,771 32 Saluda....-......-. -.-.... 3 437 81 Sumter...... ......- .... 26.555 75 1 Spartanburg............. 25,874 26! Union.........-.. ...... 16 568 23 Williamsburg............ 11,680 18 York.......... ..-....... 6,140 24 1 Total. ............. $603,998 22 Net profit of State dispen sary for fiscal year end ing November 30, 1904, placed to the credit of theschool fand.......$171377 731 Grand total.. ..... . 775 375 95 Total net profits of 19C4.. 775,375 95 Total net profits of 1903.. 638,482 35 Increase of net profits of 1904 over 1903.-....-.--.$136,893 60 Total amount to consuma mers..............83374786 43 Paid school fund fiscal year-..-.....185.663 17 Paid schoot fund since Dec.1.1904 to date...118,675 77 i 'otal school fund....8304,338 94 'otal amount accruing to town and county during tiscal year.-....--.--..--.8603,998 22 Due school fund Deci 1903.8132,961 21 Since then to date we havye paId the above and also the amount accruing to shool fund during the fscal year..-.-....-.-..171,377 73 Bryan Backs Teddy. -a William J. Bryan, in an address to t; ihe Indiana legislature Thursday, fol- Lh owed up his commendati-u of Presi- ta lent Roosevelt made at Lafayette. o: peakng on the president's recomn- p nendations of railroad legislature, w Bryan said: "I hope every Democrat ei n the senate and house will support '1 he president to the utmost and I say F n advance I shall recommend the de- ji eat of every Democrat for renomina- ti .ion who des not stand by the presi- al leut in his dfort to bring about these b1 enmmnatns."w HOESBICK CAUET anged Him.i to . Tree in Ab ville, N. C. At A NLv'e, N. C., the body of 0 L Whittaker of Paragon, Ind., a udent at Bingham Militja-y acad my, was found Wed-ieeday hanging rom a tree in Victoria woods. The ercnar's jury returned a verdict that he dEceased came to his death by iuicidal bangiog. Whittaker, vho. Pas 22 years old, came to the Bing )am Military academy ten days ago. ince his arrival here the sciool Ltherities stat 3 Whlttaker suffered !rom home s'ckness and I cis thought :bat he committed the deed while an 3cr its inflauence. He left the Echool Tuesday ni.ght without permission and according to witnesses, was seen pacing the plat lorm of the railway station late Tues 'ay night. A te legram was received Wednesday eveaing from J. C. Wait aker of Paragon, Ind., father of the lead boy, directing that the body of ais son be shipped bome at once. The remains have been embalmed and will )e piaced on the train Wednesday 2ight. The suicide of young Whittaker was planned with winute care and xecued in a methodical manner. The place seiested by the boy for eod ng his life is a thickly wooded spot 31ose to a trail leading from tie Vic oria read to the tracks of the South -rn railway and s-::mi 200iyards fron Lhe Victoria inn. The rope was of aew cotton and ee-y precaution taken by the intended snicide to pre ent any miscarriage of his plans. Upan reaching the spot he selected a I small white o-k tree. Wnittaker removed his ;ollar and tie and placed bhem near the base of t2e tree. The rope was then doubled and a noose fornd and placed about his Deck. fle climbed the tree and after adjust ig the noose and tying one end of the rope to a limb, thrust his bands into his pockets and jumped, dislocat irg his neck. When taken down by the shcriff Wednesday morning the body was cold and stiff. OFFIUIAL PROGRAM Of the Cotton Growers Convention Which Mcete in New Orleane. A special t) The Telegraph from onticello, Gi., says that President Jordan of the Southern Cotton Grow ers' Protective association has an nournced the official programme of the S .uthern Interstate Cotton conven tion which will be held at New Or leans January 24 29. The organiza tion will be called to order by Mr. Jor dan. Hon. M. J. Sanders, president of the New Orleans Progressive union, and Mayor Martin Behrraan will deliver addres e3 of welcom 3, to which response will be made by Hon. J. P. pe Browa of Hawkinsville. Ga., chairman of the railroad commission of Georgia, and Walter Clarke, Clarksdale, Miss., State v'ce president of the Southern Cotton Growers' Pro tective association. The first day committees will be appointed on resolutions, regardlng cotton acreage and fertilization, State bureaus of statistics, organization of producers, warehouse system, bank ing, State exchanges and the present crop ard surplus. There wI 1 be a gen eral discussion of the present situk tion. The second day there will be, among otiher features, addresses by Hon. B K. Suma erwell, of New York, J. H Dargan of Atla~nta, M. H. Thomas of Dallas, Tex., L W. Parker of Green v~lle, S. C., L P. Hillyer of Macon. Ga , N. C. Murray cf Kingston, Trex., and B. D. Smnich of Magnoslia, S. C The report of the cocamittees *ill also be receive I. On the thirn day there will be ad. dresses by Hon. R~ R P..;oe of Mont gomery, Ala., president Association of Southern C~mmissioners of Agricul ture; T. B. Parker of Raleigh, N. C.. R. E. Smith cf Sherman, Tex., and F. M. Mier &: New Orleans. Railroad raves of one fare plus 25 cents have been granted from all points in the scuth for delegates and members of their families. President Jordan urges all delegates to reach New Orleans not later than 10 o'clock Tuesday morning, January 24, to re port at once at the assembly hail of the Prcgressive union. The State says William Wessinger, mn employe at the State dispensary, was carried to the Columbia hospital Wednesda~y night with the cheek bone md lower jaw boce on one side of his ace brol en. He was also in a partial ty unconscous corndition. The manner in which Wessinge: met with his in jury is something~ of a mystery. He aves at 300 Elmwood avenue and Wednesday morning he started for the lispensary to begin work at the usual ime. 'Later on be staggered back to si house bruised and bleeding and ntirely unconscious. He was carried :o Dr. Gibbs' '.fflce where his wounds ere dressed and he was removed to ,he home of his mother. Mrs. Harriet Wessinger, at 1108 Hugher street lAst night it was dt cided to place him n the hcspital. The ambulance was lummoned and the removal was made ith safety. The wcuided man is in a ery serious condltion and the result if his irj~iries is uncertain. A Woma~n to Hang. The State says: "Gov. Bell of Ver nont is a marvel among governors. I has refused all appeals for the par Ion of a wan who is sentenced to le hanged in that State next month ,nd caiLmy declares that he will per nit the decrees of the court to have heir way. The woman, a Mrs. Ro er, is under s-.ntence for the mur tr of her husband, the date tixed for he ex-.cution beiing Feb. 5th. Not in 0 years has a woman been hanged in fermot. U.nder the laws of that ate Is seems .that the right to re ew the sentences of the court is ested in the legislature as well as he executive and the legislature hay ag failed to act at its last sessions the 1vernor proposes to let the law take :-s course. There is very strong santi 2nt against banging a woman and v. Bell will not have an easy t-ime f it for the next few weeks." Act of a Brute. A dispatch from St. Peterburg says story of almost unprecedented cruel on the part of a Russian general as reached there. While a review of coops was in progress in the province I Tounia onlookers crowded in, ham ering the drill. General Tschtyrkin, -no wais reviewing the troops, beecime araged and rcde into a group of chil ren, slashing at them with a sword. our children were killed and ten in-. lrei. Toe crowd was desperate at i cold blooded murder of children d tried to get hold of the general,f at he ordered troops to charge them th baonets. r ADVICE TO FARMERSI From a Book Farmer Who Never Planted an A cre. He Believes that Organized :Efrort Amaong the Cotton Farmers Will Raise the Price When Vie cotton crop of 1904 was being plaLted the farmers looked for ward to realizing 10 cents a pound for the crop, or thereabouts. It is quite evident frr-m the large portion of the crop now heldiback from market that there was little apprehension in the minds of the holders that the drop in the market below 10 cents Cwas -any thing but a temporary situation. They thoi:ght that there would soon be a reaction, and were not prepared for the r .gular descent, and finally the decided plunge that followed the November government report. While the present condition of.the market is serious and discouraging, perhaps Vie most serious problem is yet in th.- future the prospects for the next ,-rop. We believe-.the*.farm ers who have sold part of their last year's crop could stand the present pric s to: the remnant still in their hands and would let the same go to sale, if assured in regard to the mar ket for the ?resent year's pro.pective crop. W nat should be done to cause a reaction and give assurance of pay ing prices next fall, is the vital ques tion now awaiting an answer. It is evident t iat the bull influence Is not yet confident enough, and strong enough in that confidence, to effect any considerable advance in prices. After considering the various schemes and plans for bringing about a reactio-a that will carry prices to 9 or 10 cents, it seems obvious that all plans will foil that do not include a settled determination on the part of cotton growers to very materially imit the area of the next crop. Such determination should take solid tan gible shape and not end in mere talk and viva voce resolutions. The cot ton men who handle the crop, the manufacturers who work it up, and all concerned in the trade, must have substantial reason to believe that the farmers are going to do what they are ready to swear they will do. We believe if such substantial, unques tionable assurance be carried home to their convictions the price would im mediately c mmence to advance. But the danger to be feared in cass the marktt shall again be quoted at 9 or 10 cents before planting time, needs but to be merely hinted at. The farmers seem to be in earnest this time in their purpose to cut down the area. Each' one is anxious for every other one to cut the area, and is willing to join in the cutting. Now, how are the farmers-acting together to convince the cotton world that they "mean business," that they are determined, in good faiLh, to limit the coming area in cotton more than three-fourths of the area of last year? We believe the reduction should be greater than .5 per cent, not less than 33 per cent. Indeed we are not sure that one-half the area of last year will not yield more money next fall than any larger proportion. At a reduction of 25 per cent it would be a comparatively easy thing to reproduce the total output of last year by throwing out the outlying poorer soils and concentrating skill, labor and- fertilizers on the smaller area. The very much more liberal use of fertiFzers last year was more largely 'responsible for the big crop than anything else within the farm ers' control. The good seasons pro bably had more to do with it than fertilizers, and seasons and liberal fertilizing together were far more itfloental than the increased area compared with previous years. And yet some may think it inconsistent and unwise not to insist on a greatly diminished use of fertilizers as well as a reduced area. Why not hope for, pray for bad seasons, far storms and droughts and blight and ravaging In sect enemies? It wo aid be just as sensible to ad vise the farmers to use old worn out implements, to buy cheap, weakly mukcs, to plant inferior seed, etc. Such a policy would surely reduce the cotttn crop, but it would also increase the cost of producing cotton. What the far ner should do is to largely diminish the area, say 40 or 50 per cent on the acreage, plant only good land, fertilize liberally and make a better yield per acre, thus reducing the cost- of production while at the same timie reducing the total amount produce I, and widening the mnargin between the cost of production and the mar ret price on bo.tha sides. The strengtl. of this contention is largely in the fact that any farmer can adopt the policy without waiting for the co-operation of any other farmer. Another strong feature is that such a policy is always in order-at all times and in all places. It is the fund amental principle that underlies scientifc, intensive farming. Every farmer should adopt it, and when every farmer shall adopt it, all will have done so, and the cotton mille nium will have come and the "coun try will be saved." It'isto be added that ths is no new "gospel of good farming." It Is the "old, old story" that has been preached by many for years and years and practiced by not a few, to their profit, prosperity and present serenity. it fits intb the policy and practice of "diversified farming, " of which we have heard so often and so vaLguely; it makes such a policy practicable and profitable and is .indispensable to its complete suc cess and assured permanence. Many farmers in this county have tried it and profited by it. Why can't all our farmers do the same is what puzzles the book farmer. Why He Goes Home, The Russian War Osce explains that the reason for Lieut. Gen Stoes el giving his parole and returning to Russia instead of remaining at the ead of the heroic troops who formed the garrison of Port Arthur and shar ing their fate as a prisoner of war in Japan, is that it is incumbent upon im to bring a detailed report of the lefense of the fortress to the emperor. Rear Admiral Dochiusky, who Is sen [or naval offi er, will bring the naval report. The arrangements for Gen. Stoessel's route home are not com pleted. At the war offce It Is said hat the general will undoubtedly ome straight to St. Petersburg, his irst duty being to report to the em >eror. As soon as his route through LRtissa is determined upon prepara ions will be made to give him a it ing reception. CL.AYTON and Jeff Donnelly, bro hers, were almost torn to pieces on ~aturday by the explosion of dyne. nite with which they were killing is in Wautaga river, near Butler, Penn. Bot~a '~ere made blind and ne of t hem !nst both hands.f A Forgotten Law. One of the many laws of the state that has fallen Into disuse Is that re lating to the care and preservation of trees along the highways. Section 459 of the code reads as follows: "Whoever shall wilfully or wantonly cat down or kill any tree growing within ten feet of any rcad which may be laid out, altered or mended by authority of the county supervisor of any county, which shall, by directio n of the highway surveyor in charge of such road, have been left standing as convenient for shade to the said r.'ad, for each tree so cut down or killed shall be fined twenty-five dollars at ary court of competent jurisdictior-" If this law were enforced we wold sofn have beautiful highways in every section of every county in the sta-e. And besides, the shade would make travelirg on the highways more pleas ant in summer. and the trees would protect the roads fro-n washing in the wint-r. It seems a great pity that this law is not enforced. A Greenwuod Boy lissing. Frank Giles, the 14 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. E. S. F. Glas; of Green wood, ran away from home Wednes day afternoon and no trace of him has been found. -The boy attended school Wedne'sday, received notice that he would be reported to his parents foi some little offense. Ir is sipposed that this was the cause of his leaving. His parents are great exe.ci:ied over his disappearance. Chief of Police Mac Millan has mailed out descriptions of the boy. - He is an intelligent boy, 14 years old, height five feet six, weight 120 pounds, black hair, lisps in talk ing. Wore brown mixed suit, knee pants, be may seek Employment in railroad shops. Date of Inauguration. Gov. Heyward stated Informally Friday night that the inauguration would take place on Wedr.esday, the 25th of January. He bad been in formed unofficially that the legisla ture would consult his wishes, and that Is the date most suitable to him self. Gov. Heyward has had great demands upon him recently, the pre paration of his message and the part lie took in the cwntennial exercises in connection with the heavy routine of his cffice, and for tnat reason the in auguration will be held later than usual. Another Mill Closed. "it is a little disturbing," says the Springfield, Mass., Republican-"this passing of the old and well known Boott cotton mills Into liquAdation on acconnt of southern competition, for one thing." Our contemporary then goes on to say that the mill's failure does not mean that New England , 'is gradually to be forced out of the cot ton manufacturing business, but it does mean that we must have more open markets outside of the United States." A Hint. It Is Interesting to find In "Cotton Facts," published by Mr. Alfred B. Shepperson of New York. this declar ation by the author: "Texas,'Okla homa, Arkansas and the Indian Ter rirtory undoubtedly offer far more in viting field for the investment 01 European capital for the productior of cotton" than "Eurepean schemes for the cultivation of cotton in Africa, the West 'Indies and other newly tried sections." THE criminal statistics furnished In the attorney general's report make a better showing for the State during past year than for the previous one. The number of homicides was slight ly less, but any Improvement in that line is a subject for cngratulation. Out of 202 such cases there were 99 acquittals. Of course all of these m-ay have been justified, but we agree with the Columbia Record that it will be generally admitted that the juries are too much Inclined to avoid intlict ing the extreme penalty of the law. A few hangings, and thtere has been abundant opportunity for them, would do much In further reducing the number of such crimes in this state. EACH year shows a ;further deca dence of the phosphate Industry in the state. Tne revenue at one time amounted to over $200,000, while for the last year It was only $9, 723 01. Ooly two companies are ergaged In the business and the output has fallen off in abcut the same prol~ortion a= the revenue. The Columbia Record says the supply Is prob~ablyexhausted, but the main cause of the trouble was the discovery of equally as good rock at various places coutside of the Estate which could be mined cheaper. IMMIGEATIoN C.mmisloner Wat son has made his report, which Is an interesting one, to the general as sem bly. In the short time the ofilce has been In operation he has accomplished a great deal. The first fruits of nis work are& already apparent; but the most that has been done, or could be done up to this time, has been in laying the groundwork. So far he has bronght 156 immigrants Into the State. CoxorwmALTm's Attorney Mack ey of Alexandria, Va., who has been prosecuting gamblers vigorously, charges that an emissary of the gamb ling dens has tried to bribe him, offer ing him a monetary consideration and election to the state legislature if he would abandon his prosecution against the gambling rooms. A truck and fruit growers associa tion has been organiz d at St. Mat thews with Dr. A. R. Able, presi dent; F. W. Symmes, vice president; and Walter Spigener secretary and reasurer. A c ommittee was appoint ed to visit and urge upon the farmers generally the importarca cf diversifica ion and the possible profits thereof. The State gives this good advice: "Reduce cotton acreage one-fourth, work one-fourth harder and with twice the Intelligence of last year and here will be no cause fs r lorg faces In he south. The south needs plenty of provisions, bacon, beef, corn, peas, ay and potatoes, and 10-cent cotton. n the meantime hold cotton." Thomas Scandone, a contractor in he Pon Pon mines in Colleton coun y, was arrested by a United States narshal on Friday on the charge of eonage, the complainants being a umber of his fellow Italians, who ~scaped from the mines and walked to )arleston. Jeff Robinson, colored, in attempt ng to board a train at Kingsville on aturday had both feet crusbed and is legs were amputated at Sumter, e having been) cirried there for sur ~Ical treatment. A hoop burst on a big cask in th3 tiband distillery on Thursday and 3,000 worW~ of liu~r ran out. The lo, was fooded a fin de.e I CAUGHT AT LAST. From a Mansion to a Cell After Six Year's Chase. PASSED AS RICH MAN. C. Lawton Work, Who Swindled fiu= dreds of People in the Ciry of Philadelphia, and Led Detec tive Squad Around the World to New York. C. Lawton Work, who Jbas beeii wanted in PFLiladelphia since 1899:_ for swiniling hundreds of poor people out of half a million dollars in a get rich- quick scheme, was arrested in his magnificently furnished apart ments, at N o. 237 West End avenue New York, Saturd.ay night and taken to Pollee Headqarters, where, in de fault of bail, he was put In a -cell to await a bearing beore United States Commissioner Stields. The arrest of Work was brought about after he had been. pursued around the world. - Detectives fol ]owed him to A ustralis, Africa, India, Europe. and finally lost track of him. Everywhere be went, It is .alleged, tie left a trail of lavish expenditures, and be always managed through his generous outlays to keep ahead of the detectives. I cntly information reached his dupes in Philadelp:ia that Work was living in,lavish style in New York. Detective Sergeant Farley -finally lo. cated the man in a fashionableWest End avenue apartment house, where; with his wife, Work occupied a. suite of rooms, eliborately furnished, that comprised coe entire fi or. As soon as Farley located .Work' Post Oife Inspector Holdea,.of Phlia delphia, came to New York with a copy of the indictment found against Work in 1899, and went before Uited: Statcs Commissioner - Shields for al' wrrrant. Work was taken completely by. sur- - prise. There was a violent scene when te was told he must accompany theL officers to Mulberry street, but 'h told his wifenotto worry and wa driven to Police Headquarters. Ar rived there, he sent for Louis Lowen stein, his attorner, and the tiwo were in consultation for some time. Mr. Lowenstein finally leaving t- hunt upi-f ball for his cilent. It was discovered, however, that Commissioner Shields had gone home,. and all efforts to secure ball had :to ben abandoned. Mr. Work refused to make# any statement. Mr. Lowenstein, when asked about the case, said: 'I simply know that Mr. Work hasP been arrested under an old Indictment which charges him with having been. engaged in a get rich quick afair1i. Philadelphia in 1899. Itis nonsense toi say that he has been chased all orve the world, He has been In New York~ here all the time." "Living under his own name?". was asked. "Yes," replied Mr. Lowenstein, "and engaged In business." The c ty direc'ory. falls to give the. name of any C. Liwton Work. Mr. Work is forty years old, tall,, lightocomplexioned and of distinguish-. ed appearaince. He wears a. heavy b'ond mustache and gold eyeglasss. Up to the time that he left- Philadiel phia, he was very prominently ident! fled in yachting circles there. .-Peculiar Dleath. A specli from Spartanburg to Thie State - says. Tom Smith, colored, mit with a tragic death -Tuesdes morning while engaged in w~alling the well on Mr. Lip Wood's premieg near Pacolet station. Some of the-n woramen on the ground were lowser ing a massive bucket, filled withrocksi to Smith, who was working in thA.. well, some 25 or 30 feet below. Sudd denly the hoops of the over-ladent bucket gave way and 'the entirecon-- ; tents fell on the unfortunate'inan's head, crushing his skull. Death was almost instantaneous. Facdons Pight. A special from Whitesburg, r says: At Bolman, in that county,.ei factions, led respectively byW Boarck and Henry, Holcomb, have inm,~ and -the two men named were killet ns well as Joseph Holcomb. Bufordt Roarckc was proba~bly mortally wounal ed. The trouble originated -in th'M murder of one of the Boarcks jidh ago. The t wo factions have been arm ed and in readiness for a meeting fcr several weeks *JNo. C. Perry, who waylaid al killed his neighbor Joe Wills a fewd months ago In Saluda cor;.aty, -f-r which there were threats of lynching at the time, 'was granted ball ozi Thursday by Chief Justice Pope i the sum of 82,000. Too little bal re quired. _________ - Mrss Mariel Bryam,, a Cbicago heir- - ess and be: uty, was found dead inb hr room en W ednesday with a bullet ho' in her neck. Tne coroner's jury fonri that her d eath was caused by the ac cidental discharge of a pistol that she was cleaning preparatory to a hunting trip in California. ENOtreH men can be- found for 86 a month to do the hard and dangeroLn work of the life-saving stations, which no congressmen could be Induced ta touch for 85,000 a year says the Phila delphia Times. Yet the congress men are alway talking about ho-q poorly paid th. y are, and want araise BRAN mada an address to the Jackson Club of Memphis, Tennessee on Saturday night on the subject 'Watchman What of the Night." The president of the club introduced him as the next president of the coon try. We sincerely hope that that olay president is a prophet. TaE Chicago Post says: "It wou'l be only pcetic justice if the gayer.s ment should beat the paper trust to O pulp." So it would, but we ws.I wager a last year's crow's nest thai the government will not interfr with the paper or any other trust. They paid for Roosevelt's election. - A BILL has been introduced in tie - North Carolina legislature to rep- I all divorce laws and re-enact the la e of twenty-one years ago which p:~'r mitted divorce or-ly for adultery. FOUR invitations were received by the president on Friday from citi ; inviting him to visit them, three of ihem bein~g southern cities-Kood rille, Tenn., Birmingham, Ala., a..d rusk-egee. A la.