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VOL. XIV. MANNING. S. C., WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 8, 1905. NO. 20.
ANOTHER DEFEAT For The Brice Dispensary Bill in the State Senate FEW SPEECHES MADE. The Senater from York Defeated His Bill in a Vigorous Attack on the Dispensary, but it Was Killed by a Decisive Vote by the Senators. The galleries and floor of the senate were crowded Wcdnesday night when the local option bill of Senator Brice of York was brought up. There was practically little bebate on the bill, and it was killed by a vote of 18 to 11. In the mornirg Senator Brice spoke for the bill, and in the evening Sena tor C. L. Bleass against it. Senator Mauldin alko spoke for it. The bill had been introduced by him, said Senator Brice. to give the people of South Carolina an oppor: un ity of wiping (ut the dispensary, root and branch. He said that if the naked devil had come to earth this would have been the sort of law he would have framed. The law bad been adopt ed as a ecmpromise and now was an Iniquity. Instead of being a solution and im provement c f the lIquor questien, said Senator Brice, the dispensary law was retrograde in movement. Let the peo ple say whar they want. This is de mocracy. The bill which Senator Brice has introduced this year is practically similar to his local option measure cf 1904, except that it has no taxation provision. This was tacked on last year against Senator Brice's wish. He said in his speech that bordes of negroes around the dispersaries on Saturday afternoons were like "a crowd of carrion crows around a car cass." Fighters against the dispensary had been successful when cming out bold ly, and the time is not far off when the system will be broken up, he de elared. The tax wculd not s-re the counties which really wished to be.rid of the dispe isary. Cteroke had voted It cut in spite of the tax. Senator Biease said that he believed that the senator frcm York was sin cere in his views on the dispersary law, and In fact believed that be was at one time in sympathy with it. He alluded to the fact that the Probibi tionists bad advocated the diipensarv law after the Cuilds bill was defeated In 1892. If the prchibitionists bad helped the anti-prohibitionists the dispensary law would never have been passed. If a stone had been given when brea'i was asked for, It was the prohibitionistAs who had done it. The argument had been made that the dispensary would have been over thrown if the people had ever bad the opportunity. Senator Blease cited the candidacies of C. C Featherstone andI James A. Hoyt, who bad both been defeated, and in passing paid a tribute to both. Itis now adisgrace for the State to sell whiskey, and yet the pro hibition ticket had recommended it. What mater If it was "for medicinal purposes" the effect is the same. In giving the advantages of the dis pensary law, the spE aker cited the de pravity of barrooms, the stringent regulations on dispensers as to selling to minors, keeping open after hours, etc., and the stamping out of the so cial drink. There is one stench in the ncstrlls of the pec pie-the so called "social club"-where men sit and drink and play cards until the wee small hours, but this cannct be laid at the doors of the dispensary. In defense of the late H. H. Crum, dispensary commissioner, he read from The Evening Record of Columbia an article relating to the dead man's estate. The article stated that, al though Mr. Crum was reported to be very rich, he left an estate of *13,000 and owed from this $3,000. This then was the real fortune of a man who was said to have come to the general as sembly a poor man and died worth $159,000. Why not tell the truth about these things, asked the senator. Pictures had been drawn of splendid homes buist by those In charge of the dispensary, when mn rcality some of these htmes were really crowded cot tages. The questons was too big for local control. If1 the 500 voters of New berry decide d by a majority of 100 to vote out this dispensary, would this be justice to the other citizens of the county? He was sory that the dispensary in vestigation resolution had not, as ori ginally intended, been ca.rried out, so that the cammlttee would have re ported by Feb. 1st. It had been said that this resolution had been dictated by a member of the State beard of directors, but this Senator Blease de nied with great vigor. "The si~igle question Involved."' said Senator Mauldin, "is whether or not the general assembly is willing to leave the rr.atter to the people of the counties." He said that the dispen sary law was not being attacked as a whole, and, if such a popular institu tion as described by the senator fr. m *Newberry, it was certainly in no dan ger. A law of this kind would he the first oppcr ;unlty for the masses to really dem anstrate whether or not they want the dispmnsary. Sena:or Mauldin th~ught government by :;e pe"ople true Jeffersonian D~emocricy and therefCre only just. Tae dispbn sary systel had had as its c~ef re ommendati .n that it would reduce drinking, a.d now its chief glory is Its ficancial success. The State bad literally set its seal of app'roval on the system. L itely .a friend had asked him: "Why not make your motoes read, 'Duxm spiro spero bibo' and 'Ani mus oplbt.s ue et paratus spiritus fru menti?' The ayes. and nays were demanded and the vcte was as follows on Sena tor Blesses motion to strike out the enactirur wo)rd: Blease, C. L ; Blease. E. S.; Carpen ter, Cliristensen, Davis, Dennis, Douglass, Hay, Manning, McGowan, McLeod Raysor, Stackhouse, Talbert. Walker, Williams-19. Nays-Senators Blek, Brice Hard in, Brooks, Brown, Hood, Holliday, Hudson, Mauldin, McIver, Wells-1i. Senators Efird and W. E. Jonnson were paircd. The former would have voted aye, the latter nay. Senators Marshall and Peurifoy were paired. The former would have voted nay, the latter aye. Scnators Von Koolnit z and Warren were paired. The former would have voted nay, the latter aye. The following senators were absent when the roll was called. Senators Bates, Butler, Earle, Hough, W. J. Johnson TWO MORE JUDGES By a Big Majority the House Passes a F ill Creatirg Them. The Arrangement of the Different Counties as Proposed by the Bill as Passed. The bill to create two additional circuits was pased by the house Thursday. The majority in its favor Was 25, quite surprising. The princi pal objection came from the fourth ircuit, which will have its name hanged without receiving any bene fits. The bill provides for the follow ing grcupings: First Circuit-Charleston, Colleton and Beaufort. Second Circuit-Berkeley, George bown, Dorchester ard Orangeburg. Third Circuit-Hampton, Aiken, Bamberg, Barnwell and E Igefleld. Fourth Circuit-Clarendon, Flor ence, Lee Sumter and Williamsburg. Fifth Circult-Chesterfield, Darl ington, Horry, Marion and Marlboro. Sixth Circuit-K+ershaw, Lexing ton, Richland and Saluda. Seventh Circuitr-Chester, Fair aeld, Lancaster and York. Eighth Circuit-Cherokee, Spartan burg and Union. Ninth Circuit-Abbeville, Green wood. Laurens and Newberry. Tenth Circuit-Anderson, Green ;ille, Pickens and Oconee. The "special court' law is repealed )y the following in the bill: "That M no case shall any special court be eld, but the governor may commis ion some one learned in the law to iold a regular term of court when a ircuit judge Is disabled by sickness." After ccnsiderable discusion pro wd con the question came to a vote n the mzotion to strike out the enact ng words. The members were re orded as follows: Nays-Speaker Smith and Messrs. Irnold, Baker, Ballentine, Banks, radham, Brant, Brantley, Brice, 3ruce, Calliion, Clifton, Cloy, Coth -an, Culler, Davis, DeVore, D.,ar, )ukes, Edwards, L. B. Etheredge, ishburne, Foster, Fraser, Fros'., laston, D. L. Green, Gyles, Hamlin, Harrison, Barley, Hemphill, Hey yard, Higgins, Irby, Keenan, La Eitte, Lcfton, Lomnax, Lyon, Mo ants, McFaddin, McMaster, Morga~n, loses, Nance, Nicholson, Otts, Par ter, Prince, Pyatt, Rawlinson, Rich rds, Sanders, Saye, Seabrook, Shel on, Sinkler, Spivey, Strong, Toole, Eribble, Turner, Verzier, J. M. Wal ter, John 3. Watson and Whatley. [otal 67. Ayes-Mess-s. Ardrey, Ashley, Bass, Beamguard, Boyd, Colcock, Des )hamps, Eiarhardt, Epting, E J. Etheredge, Ford, Gause, Gibson, Gra 1m, Gray, W. McD. Green, Hall, Eerbert, Kirven, Laney, Lawson, .ester, Little, Massey, Laban Maul-] ln, T. J. Mauldin, Miller, Morrison, P~attson, Pittman, Poston, Pyatt, i aves, Riley, Sellers, Stoll, W. M. Walker, Webb, Wimberly, Yeldell. 12. The following pairs were recorded: Er. McColl, aye, with Mr. Whaley, ay; Mr. Faust, aye, with Mr. Has cell, nay; Mr. Browning, nay, with Mr. Nsh, aye. The last named in ~ach of the pairs was absent. The bill then passed second reading fter being amended by Mr. E iwards >f Spartanburg so that it does away with special courts. Choked by a Negro. At Darlington early Monday even ing week ago a young lady while go ing from her sister's to her father's bome on Orange street, only a short listance, was attacked by a negro, who had hidden behind a large oak tree. As the lady approached the brute sprang from his lair and demand ed money. The lady screamed for help, and, with true courage and hero lm, endeavored to rid herself of the fiend, which she did, but not until the demon had bruised her throat with his heinous fingers. A noise in a nearby dwelling is supposed also to have frightened the scoundrel, who took to his heels. A diligent search with bloodhouns was made, but the dogs seemed to lose the trail. A simi lar attack was made on a lady on Pearl street not long ago and the assailant a negra, as in this case, became fright ened and ran Darin~g kEcape. Two convicts made a daring ercape from the penitentiary at Huntsville Texas, Thursday. Tney overpowered the engineer and fireman of a locomo tive in the penitentiary yards and steamed from the grounds under fire of the guards. They ran the engine about five miles, when they aband( n ed it and took to the woods. Onie cf the prisoners was serving a lire see tence under the charge of murderiag hIs father. Boiler Exploded. An explosion of two 20-horse p wer steam boilers in the dry hcuse of the Gross Lumber Manufacturing come pany occurred at Lexington about closing down time Wednesday after noon, completely destroyingc the dry house, and, it is feared, fatally injur ing Mr. Fred H. Gross, one of the owners of the plant, who was stand ing near by. Mr. Jasper D. Trice, who operates a brickyard near by, was struck by a flying timber and~ esaping steam, breaking his right arm and scalding him severely, though flt fatally. JOHANN HOCH The Chicago Bluebeard, Caughi in the City of New York. HAD PLENTY MONEY. tioch, Who It Is Said Has Married About Thirty Women, Was Found In the Boarding House of a Woman to Whom He Had Just Proposed Marriage. Johann Hoch, the Chicago "Blue beard," who has for weeks been sought by the Chicago police, who charge him with having caused the deaths of sev eral of the thirty women he Is alleges to have married, was airested by the >olice Wednesday night in a furnished room house at No. 546 West Forty aeventh street New York-City. The man gave the name of Henry Bartels, but the detectives say they ?.re possitive the man is Hoch. Mrs. Catherine Kimmerie, the landlady, ays the man was In the house twenty minutes when he asked to be allowed to peel some potatoes for her, and the econd day he proposed marriage. rhen she notified the police and they rrested him. At the station house the man de ;cribed himself as Henry Bartels, orty-five years old. Everything the man had in his possession was new. Re had a new suit of clothes, six new andkerchiefs that had been half ;oaked in cologne, a new razor and a iew trunk.' Besides, the man had six 1100 bills, five $5 bills and change in veey pockct of his clothing. MARRIED THIRTY WOMEN. Hoch is credited with the amazing otal of twenty known wives, of whom en, at least, according to the records )f the police, have died within a short period after they were married to the ncdern Blue Beard. In each of these ases Hoch is a'lege-i to have irofited largely by the deaths of his vives, and in the majority of the cas s no sufficient explanation of the eaths have ever been made. With regard, to the other wives. To h deserted them as soon after the 2arriage ceremony as it was poss.iTle 'ir hi= to &ecure all the money that be wives had in hand. From all sec :Ions of the country reprrts are com an of his having marrih d momen for heir money, and it is confidently as erted by the police that when the mplete record of his victims is made ip it will greatly exceed the number ow placed to his credit. The names if the wives, so far as known, and the ate which befell them follows: HIS MATRIMONIAL RECORD. Anna Hock, married in Vienna, 881, died 1883; Mrs. C. A. Mayer, isr-led in Cnicago, 1892, died three reeks later; Mrs. H. Irick, married n Chicago, 1892, died one month ter; Mrs. S. Hauck, married in eoria, Ill., 1893, deserted Immediate y af ter the ceremony; name unknown, 2aried in Chicago 1894, died two onths later; Mrs. Julia Steinbrecher, aried In Chicago, 1894, died two onths later, left $4,000; Mrs. Janet peI~cer, married in Chicago, 1895, de erted two month later, lost several undred dollars; Callie Charlotte An rws, married in ChIcago, 1897, de rted two hours later, lost 8500; Mrs. . Hluse, married In Wheeling, W. ia., 1897, died three months later, eft $2,500; Mrs. Martin Ifotz, mar led in Chicago, 1898, died t'eree 2oths ]ater; sister of Mrs. J. H. ~chart zman, married in Milwaukee, 899, died three weeks later, left 1200; Mrs. Mary Schultz, married at rgus, Ind., 1900, b.>th she and aughter disappeared, left 82,000; rs. Mary Becker, married In St. aouis, 1901, died a few months later; ~irs. Anna Hendrickson, married In bicago, 1904, deserted after a few reeks, lcst $1,000; Mrs. Lena Hoch, arried in Milwaukee, died three eeks later, left $1,500; Mrs. 3aro ine Stricher, married in Philadelphia, 904, deserted after one week, lost 1200; Mrs. Marie Walker, married in )ricago, 1904, died one month later, eft $250; Mrs. Emilie Fisher, married n Chicago, 1905, deserted after one eek, lost $750. CALLED FEIEND OF HOLMES. About the man, all of the romance f crime centres. He has been partial y identified as a close associate cf the otorious H. H. Holmes, who was anged in Philadelphia ten years ago wIth a record of twenty murders. In hicago he is described as a swindler, a, bypnotist, and a marriage broker who selected as bis victims elderly wo nen with means upon whom he work d the scheiies that have given him a unique record in the annals of Irimne. There is a peculiar white powder In which he dealt that is described by some of his victims who escaped, but which the police have not been able to get hold of, and whicu, it is believ d, would shed light upon the fate of sveral of the wives who died o mysteriously within three or four weeks after they had followed Hoch o the altar. Little of the man's early life is kown. He was born, it is said, in ermany, and there is a story of a woman married and deserted there, >efore he came to the United States, where he entered upon his career in a wholesale murder. Caicago seems to have been made as principal headquarters. Most of ~iis wives were either wooed and won ~here and taken tnence immediately after marriage where they died, or were deserted as soon as they had gven over to Hoch all the money of which they were possessed. Because of the fact that he has liv d in a score of places and under half a dozen aliases no connected story of is operations is to be had as present. A~s early as 1894, he was found practicing his peculiar profession in Chicago, where he matrried Mrs. J. SteiLnbrecker. Three weeks af ter the mrriage, Mrs. Roch died, and on her cine which her husband had adminis tered to her, and expressed the fear that she had been poisoned. Benno Lechner a saloonkeeper at Np. 394 Larabee street, Chicago, tes titles to this chapter in the life of the Bluebeard, and asserts that the man disposed of an estate of $4,000 belong ing to his wife immediately after her death and within a month afterward was again married. WENT UNDER MANY NAMEs. At one periud in his career Hoch was known as Albert Buschberg. Under that name he is alleged to have married Mrs. Mary Schultz, a widow, of Argus, Ind., representing himself as a wealthy Chicago druggist. Short ly after the marriage the woman and her five-year-old son disappeared, and have never been seen since. Just be fore her disappearance the husband collected $2,000 insurance on her first husband's life. During the years 1897 and 1898 Hoch furnished at least seven flats in Chicago. Ie bought the goods for the flats on the installment plan, and afterwards sold them again and defaulted in pay ment of the monthly accounts. For this he was arrested, convicted and sent to prison for a year. Two Milwaukee women aLo fall victims to the man. Both of them died suddenly after their marriage to him, and Mrs. 1. H. Schwartz'ran, sister of the woman who was known as Mrs. Lena Hoch, declares that Hoch disappeared with 81,200 of her sister's money immediately after her death. Under the name of John Schultz Hoch is said to have married Mrs Mary Becker in St. Louis in March, 1902. The woman lived with him a year all but two days, and then died suddenly. Hoch collected $500 insur ance and returned to Chicago. From Cincinnati, San Francisco, Wheeling, W. Va., and other places come reports of the man's operatio.is, and all of them tell the safne ghastly story of a wedding, followed by a death, the collection of insurance money and a disappearance. Dr. Reese, a Chicago physician, who attenced Mrs Mary Walker-Hook, another wife of the Bluebeard, says that while he diagnosed the cause of death in this instance as nephritis, he has since heard that Hoch gave his wife a strange white powder that had not been prescribed for her, a short time before her death. John McKIonney, formerly a police man in Chicago, whose post included "Holmes Castle," at Sixty third street and Stewart avenue, during the time that the multi-murderer was conduct, ing operations fnere, has identified a photograph of Hoch as that of the junior partner in Holmes estsblish meLt. At that time, accerding to Mc Kinney, Hoch was known as "Hatch." FATAL ROW IN A CIRCUS. One Killed for Merely Sneering at the Performers. During the performance of Reed's Circus at Baldwin, Ala., Wednesday night, a free for all fight occurred be tween some of the spectator3 and the performers. Between fifteen and twenty shots were fired in a few sec onds and when the smoke had cleared away it, was found that Charles Peter son of Franklin had been killed and Martin Ashley of Baldwin had been sht twice through the right arm and through the left side below the heart, the latter wound being considered ser ious. Both Peterson and Ashley were spectators. So far as can be ascertain ed none of the showmen was hurt. The show people had been drinking during the day and were in an ugly mood. Peterson was beaten to death with poles or some of .the stakes used to hold the guy ropes of the tent, hisi face being terribly mutilated. Two trapeze performers were doing the brother act when, it is said, either Peterson or Ashley yelled: "We can do that!I" The performers finished their act and immediately rushed over to the spectators to get at the men who guyed him. They were joined by other members of the company. Shoot ing became general and a panic re sulted. Deputy Sheriff Dumesnil, with the assistance of some of the residents of Baldwin, did some quick work and succeeded in arresting and jailing 12 of the 14 performers, including Mrs. A. H. Reed, wife of the manager and owner of the show. Reed escaped with one of the employees, Siddel. With them went the money bag. Died of Poison. A dispatch from Blackville to The State says Miss Minnie Hutto, a beau tiful and well thought of young lady there, was found in her bed Monday morning at 5 o'clock breathing her last breath of life. Miss Hutto had attended services at the Baptist church both morning and evening as usual on Sunday. Her door was lceked but one of the sash of her room was raised and the blind open. Her aunt, Miss Sallie Hartzog, with whom she lived, entered the window and found her just breathing and summoned Dr. L. F Bonner immediately, who found her dying from laudanum poisoning. Miss Hutto's father and mother are both dead, but she has a brother and several sisters who are very much shocked at this suaden end of a sister they loved so well. Miss Hutto had not been despondent and seemed In the best of humor Sunday. Jumped Overboard. A passenger of the Clyde Steamer Arapahoe, en route from Jacksonville to New York. jumped overboard while the vessel was In her dock, at Charles ton it is thought, with suicidal intent. The man first threw his watch and1 then his pistol into the water and climbed the rail and followed these articles. The immersion in the cold water scon brought him to his senses and he offered no objections to the rescue by the cre w of the vessel, who lowered a life boat and went after him Immediately upon his rash act. Fourteen Strikers Killed. At Moscow, Russia, Wednesday evening In a fight between strikers1 and the soldiers, fourteen persons were killed. The struggle followed an attempt of the strikers to assemble in a public square. Some strikers pulled revolvers, whereupon the aol ders opened firs and the strikers re OAUGHT AT LAST. Young Man Arrested in Charles ton for Being a Firebug. HE SET MANY FIRES. The Accused is a White Boy and Ad mits that lie Set Several Fires. lie ls the Same Boy that Was Nearly Killed by a Tiger Sometime Ago. The mystery of the many fires that occurred in Charleston last month was cleared up by the arrest of a white boy b) the name of Raymond Bowman on Thursday. There had been about fifty fires in Charleston since January 1, and people were be coming alarmed at the thought that a band of firebugs had invaded the city. No one for a moment suspected a white b-y of Charleston with being the cause of the fires. Bowman is charged with setting fire to cotton in the East Shore Terminal Company's shed, with trespassing on the premises of M. Schmancke's hay and grain store, with trespassing on the prem ises of 11. Bhode's feed store, and with I attempting to rob the safe In the A. 0. L ticket office in the Charleston Hotel. He was arrested at the hav and grain store of C. D. Gartleman & Co., at noon Tnursday by Detective John E Brennan, of the Charleston detec tive force, and lodged in a cell at the central station. Bowman admits set ting fire to the cotton, but said that It was by accident through the throw lug away of a cigarette, and Chief Boyle stated later Thursday after noon that the prisoner had practical ly admitted responsibility for the series of fires that have taken place in Charleston during last month, by which some $30,000 worth of proper. tt has been destroyed. It is said that Bowman was the first to warn Molony and Carter that their place was on fire the first time, that he was among the first to warn Manager Kent of the fire at his stable. He was seen to leave the warehouse of Molony and Carter on John street, just before the fire start ed, by John Molony and the Southern railway watchman. He was about 1 the Argyle Botel when the fire-there started a few days ago, and recently went to work for Mr Arnold, whose stables were burned Wednesday. Detective Brennan had been shad owing Bowman all the morning, fol lowing him into Gartlemans store on King street Tbursday, and arrested im at noon. Bowman was Identified by Messrs. Schmancke, Rhode, and Molony as the person seen about their1 plaaes, and Mr. W. B. Wallace, who1 has charge of the telegraph station at1 the Charleston Hotel, Identified him as the person caughti trying to n lock the ticket offiee safe at about 9 'clock one night some weeks ago. The first clue that turned the st-. tention of the police to young Bow man was given by Mr. Rhode and by Mr. Walpole at the Charleston Horsel, who told af the attempt made by Bowman to rob the safe. The boy ame into the office late one afternoon and asked the agent to change a five ollar bill. Mr. Walpole went to the sfe, a small hon one under the north ounter. which is unlocked by two keys, and after he had finIshed using his bunch of keys he threw them on 1 th~e desk behind him. Young Bow man left, and one of the safe keys on the bunch was found to be missing. Later in the evening Mr. Wallace left the cifice to get some silver changed into bills at the hotel desk, 1 and when he returned he looked overt the ticket counter and saw young 1 Bowman trying to unloor the safe When asked what he was doing, he said that he was looking for some thing. Mr. Wallace went for a po-t liceman, and when he had left it -is said that the boy jumped over the counter and left the hotel throughL the front entrance. He returned the key next day, when Mr. Walpole sent for it. He was seen during the Charleston Transfer Co-npany lire, running into Bailey and Lebby's store, and the weight of evidence worked up by De tective Brennan from information gathered firat through Mr. Rhode, and from circumstances that Molony and Carter thought odd, and from the A. C. L. ticket agent caused the arrest of Bowman, on the charges specifie3d. In his enfession to the police Bowman practically admitted the burning of both Molony and Car ter's places, and that of Gartleman, and two other places. When arrested Thursday in the rear of Gartleman's hay and feed store1 where the fire of Wednesday occurr ed, Bowman said that he had come to1 look at the work of the fire. At Ehode's and Schmanke's, where he was warned off he gave trivial excuses for his presec. Bowman is not more than sixteen years old, the son1 of Mr. Saul Bowman, and lives at 171 Anson street. Some years ago hei was badly bitten by a tiger in a cage1 of a show on King street, near Cal oun. Ha was a little fellow thenC and had been permitted to enter thee cage of the tiger, which tit him se verely, and he was In the infirmary for some time. He is understood to have been married recantly in Au gusta. The only motive thiat cin be as signed to his strange actions is that of robbery, it seeming to be the in tention of young Bowman to empty1 the eash drawers of the pEople whom he excited by fire, and in their ab. 1 sence to avail himself of the opportu nity of robbery. Perhaps somie men tal weakness has been at the bottom of his actions. The mystery of the fires that have occurred is now cleared away, and the department and polies oa take a rest, as also can all the 1 nwnmTS of hay and grin stores. The theory of spontaneous com bustion had few supporters, for thi regularity and the frcquency of th alarms, together with the flndinj j immed into the crack of a door o the Brown Crockery warehouse or Liberty street Monday morning a: excelsior, a stick, and a paper fus partly burned, made the Idea of in cendiarism generally accepted. Detective Brennan, with the co operation of the fire victims and th( police deserve the admiration and gratitude of the whole city for th( good work that has discovered the fire bug, and a great load Is lifted fromr the minds of the men who are respon sible for the safety of the city from the danger of fires. The effect of the steady alarms and destruction of pro perty had begun to tell on the nervea of citia ns, and there now seems lit tle danger of a repetition of the situa. tion. The Bres must have been set by matches, of which there were several In the pccket of the lad when he was arrested, and he evidmtly trusted tc his coolness and warning tactics to guard him from suspicion. The prisoner could not be seen by the reporter Thursday, as the police authorities did not wish Bowman to be interviewed. -Charleston Post. FARUES SUR TO WN [I They Will Stand Together and Hold Their Cotto,. Valuable Information concerning he status and condition of the Egyp hian cotton crop, showing as it does, ?he wisdom of southern planters hold ng their cotton for a higher price, ras just come to the department of ommerce and labor from Consul imyth at Tunstall, England. Tuns all is in the Lanahire cotton spin ng district. Of the reports concern ng the Egyptian cotton and of efforts f English spianers to force down the rice of the American~ crop, Mr. ;myth said in his dispatch: "These reports are very diseourag ng, inasmuch as they foreshadow a hortage In this year's crop of the lass of staples that comes Into com >etition with American cotton. For his reason I do not hesitate to say it vould be advisable to warn the south In planters against any move on the >art of Ltncashire manufacturers to orce sales at low prices in order to eet the requirements of such a do lelency. "The general opinion in Lancashire s that a plentiful supply of American otton can be had on a 'f penny ba is,' that is to say, 10 cents per pound. ombinations are being formed to old the price at this notch, if possi >le and these combinations intend to iperate thrugh agents sent specially o Louisiana and all the cotton pro lucing centers of the South. The iroubles among the cotton nfanufac urers of the East are expected to aid n the development of this scheme, or they are calculated to have a de ressing effect on the home market in heir relation to supply and demand. "My candid opinion is that an enor nous amount of money can be saved o our planters by taking this matter p.in time, and Invoking the assis ance of the banks or the national reasury, If such an arrangement can e made to enable the planters to rarehonse their cotton until the pres nt stocks are worked up on this side nd the necessities of the manufac urers compel them to treat on more iberal terms with the growers or their opresentatives as the case may be. "The erection of new mills in Lan ashire and the effect which their con umption Is likely to have on the mar et next year lend additional inter t to this subject, and serves to em ihasize the views I have taken the Iberty to present In this dispatch. !iteen cent cotton, or even 12-cent rould cut a very important figure in he net assets of one year's crop and bdd materially to the wealth and >rosperity of the South." Burned to Death. A negro named Tilden Davis was >urned to death in his home in Brit n's Neck Saturday night. He bad >een to Marion on Saturday and re urned home early in the evening in Lf intoxicated condition. After say g a few words to his wife, he went o sleep on the floor before the fire. Eis wife and children retired to an ither pars of the house and went to ileep, and about 11 o'clock wore awak med by the roaring of fire and found he house in flames. She hastily got he children out, and attempted to escue her husband, but he, in his irunken condition, resisted her ef orts. Failing to get him out, she an out to call for help, but before LDy one could reach the scene it was :o late for the house was almost lwn. The deceased was a well mown and very reliable negro, with nly the failing which resulted in his leath. Hilled i. Warif. A dispatch from Goceenville to The state says Sheriff Gilreath was noti led early Thursday morning that a nan had killed his wife in the Prince ~on neighborhood during Wednesday ight. He at once dispatched Depu y Sheriff Ballenger to the scene of ~he crime. The murder occurred bout one-half mile from Princeton ~nd nine and a half miles from Honea Path. Dennis Wood, a white man, ~enant on a farm, killed his wife who as said to have been half-witted. It s said that Wood beat her first and hen shot her, the woman only living few minutes. The couple have four ri five children. The man was arrest d and is now in the Greenville coun y jail. Wanted to Kill Retr. Fraulein Reubke of the Court Thea er, Munich, Barnara, who~ is playing he juvenile lead in Hauptmann's 'Berschmede," found on her dressing ~able Thursday evening a beautiful yobon box with a nOte requesting ier to open the box before going on he stage. The actress was too much ccupied to do so until before the last ct. When she did open it an adder larted out and fastened its fangs in ier dress. Fraulein Beubke screamed Lnd fell In a faint and the attendants illed the adder. After some delay she actress was able to Inle the per THE CZ &R'S STORY Of the Late Troubles in the Russima Cities. Given Out The Grand Duke Vladimir, the Cir'i Uncle and Ppokesman, Gives His Version of the Situation. A dispatch from St. Petersburi says the Grand Duke Vladimir, unci of Emperor Nicholas and commande of the Imperial Guard, granted al interview to the A.sociated Press a the duke's palace in Quay de Ia Cour adj Ainlg the winter palace. Thb correspondent was received in th grand duke's private study. "The newspapers abroad," suggest ed the correspondent, "have mad( many statements regarding the eventi of January 22." 'I know; I have read accounts i: the foreign press. I have sto.d aghasi at the frigh.ful stories of the butch ery of Innocent people which they have printed. I know they say wel] intentioned patriots, with a priest at their head, coming peacefully to place their grievances before his majesty were ruthlessly shot down in the streets; but we know that behind this peaceful procession was an anarchistic and socialistic plot of which the over whelming majority of the workmen were merely innocent tools. We know from examination of the dead and those arrested that some alleged priests were actually revolutionary agitators and students In disguise. We had to save the city from a mob. Unfortunately to do so innocent and guilty suffered alike. But suppose 140,000 men had reached the gates of the winter palace, they would have gone elsewhere and the whole city would have been delivered over to anarchy, riot, bloodshed and flames. Our duty was the duty of every gov. ernment." "They say that Gorky will be hanged," suggested the correspon dent. "Nonsense," replied the grand duke. "It is asserted that some of the troops refused to obey ccmmands" was the next suggestion. "There Is no question of the loyalty of the troops," asserted the grand duke. "They did their duty. They are ready, asIamready, to die in the streets for the emperor. A soldier was asked by one workman why he fired, the qaestioner saying to him: 'You'11 be a workman soon.' 'Per haps,' he replied, 'then you may be a soldier and know what It is to obey your oath to do your duty to your emperor." "Might I ask your Imperial high ness' view of the present situation," said the correspondent. "With this unhappy war upon our shoulders," said the grand duke, "we are passing through a crisis. In the interior there are many elements of discord, but the situation is not so bad as it is painted. The disorders at Warsaw, Kieff and elsewhere are iargely industrial, produced by trade depression and consequent Lack of employment on account of the war. Ihey are not revolutionary at base." Then without being asked the grand duke went on: "People speak of a constitution. A constitution would mean the end of Bussia, as the state would be gone, anarchy would supervene, and when it ended the empire would be disinte grated. Jinland and Poland and per haps other frontier provinces would hiave broken away. Russia is not ripe for a constitution. Go out among the peasants who comiprise the vast bulk of the empire's population and try to explain to them government by suffrage. The peasant knows nothing of government; he does not even know wbat the word means. He knows his emperor. For him the emperor is everything. Give the peasant a vote and all would be anarchy. Still there is nec'-dsty for reforms, and they will be granted by the autocracy." "Maintaining the principle of au tocracy, then, the people will have an opportunity to be heard in the gov ernment?" questioned the corres pondent. "Yes," was the reply; "they can and I am sure they will be given a voice. Of that I am certain," and he repeated the words emphatically, "I am ce-tain," and continued even mcre deliberately. "They will be given the means of presenting their needs and grievances direct to the sover eign." With these significant words, fore shadowing perhaps the Immediate grating of something in the Dature of the zemskyzaboe (land parliament), the grand duke ended the interview. He then turned to Prince Belaselsky, his aide, instructing him to give the Associated Press every facility for in dependent investigation. The Jury Did Not selieve Her. A miracle, broughtabout by prayer, was sworn to In Court Wednesday by Miss inga Hanson, a former member of the Salvation army, who is on trial In Chicago, charged with perjury in connection with a personal damage suis brought by her against the Chicago City Railway Company. U~n der oath Wednesday she testified that the alleged miracle restored her sight, speech and hearing. This remarkable explanation came from the lips of the young woman as the answer to a charge that her ailments had been conceived to further a $50,000 cou spiracy, had been adroitly simulated through five years of litigation, and had suddenly ceased. The scene of the alleged visitation was in Bich mond, Va., and according to the girl's claims, was produced by prayer with an itinerant Methodist missionary who visited her. Miss Hanson lost tier suit against the street railway company. White Stone Sold. A dispatch from Spartanburg says Dougan & Scheftall, and Solomon Sche f all, wholesale merchants of 'Savannnah, have pu-ciased the White Stone Lithia Springs property and will at once begin improvements and innovat~ons lookirg toward the establishing of a modern tourists ho tel In Spartanflurg county. It is understood that the consideration A FATAL RIDE' Seven Women Killed Outright and Two Die Soon. STRUCK BY A TRAIN. The Siegh in Whkh the Won Were Riding'Was Esocked te Splinters. The Briver Tried to Step the Sleigh, Bt COd Nt Contol the oerse. A pasenger train on the P1ttsburg, Shawmut and Northern Bailroad Wednesday night crashed Into a sleigh containing thirteen women, killed seven outright and so seriously in jured and maimed six that two of them died after being removed to the hospital. Of the other four, two are in a serious condition. The accident occurred near the city of Arkport, N. Y. The sleigh was one of the three carrying a party from the Uni versalist church, of Hornellsville, N. Y. The dead: Mrs. Mary Gillette, Mrs. Charles Thomas, Mrs. Eugene Shaw, Mrs. Jos. Hallett, Mrs. 0. 0. Graves, Mrs. Bert Moore, Mrs. Coates, Mrs. Fred Green, Mrs. Ruth-Patchen. The Injured: Mrs. F. Boughton, Mrs. F. B. Rowley, Mrs. Bond, Mrs. Wallace Clark. Members of the Ladles' Aid Society of the Universalist Church went toa farm house near Arkport to spend the afternoon. It was nearly dark when they started on the return trip to Hornelliville. The occupants of the leading sleigh saw the train approach Ing as they neared the Shawmut cros Ing. The drIvcr urged his horses ahead and the sleigh passed over the tracks In safety. The women in the first sleigh then attempted to warn those in the one following of the dan' ger and they did succeed in directing their attention to the rapidly ap proaching train. The driver pulled up his horses, but he could not check the heavy sleigh quickly enough, and when it came to astandstill the box of the sleigh was directly across the railroad track. The pilot of the engine struck the sleigh with great force, reducing It to splinters and hurling the women in all directions. Every-woman on the sleigh was killed or injured. The other members of the party hurried back to the assistance of their unfortunate companions, and the train was stopped and backed up to the crossing. The bodies of the dead were placed upon the train and the injured were laid upon improvised c.>ts in the bag gage car. The train then proceeded to Hornellsville. The. news of the accident had been telephoned to the city and hundreds of friends and rela tives of the unfortunate women were awaiting at the station. The dead were at once taken to the morgue and the Injured were placed in ambu lances and taken to the Mercy Hos pital. Elisha Quick, driver of the second slegh, was bakly hurt. He said he tried to stop the sleigh, but could not control the horses. Seriously flurt. A dispatch from Al1ren to The State says that two daughters of Mr. B. B. B. Armstrong were seriously hurt'in a runaway accident Tuesday after noon. The young ladles we're driving ' a pair of horses, and as they started down a hill leading to Coker Spring, owing to the shortness of the tongue, the buggy sudde2ly lurched forward and frightened the horses. They broke and ransfor some distance, finally run ning into a tree and throwing both the young ladles out. It was thought that one of the young ladles was fa tally hurt, but she has Improved con siderably and Is now considered out of danger. Fataly Burned. A dispatch from Alkento The State says a telegram was received there that Mr; Geo. P. Ashley, formerly of Alken, was burned to death in the offiee car attachied to the railroad omp of W-J. Oliver & Co., at Wyckliffe, Tern., at 2.30 o'clock Thursday morning. Mr. Ashley, who was abont27 years of age, had been in the employ of W. J. Oliver & Co., and had worked hswayup to are sponsible position with that large firm of railroad contractors. No fur ther particulars of the tragedy were given in the telegram. Water Pipes Exploded.. At Union one morning last week the hot water pipes in the big cook ing range at the home of Dr. J. H. Hamilton exploded with terrific force, blowing out the end of the range, sending the utensils in every direction and plastering some of the food on the celling, but fortunately not injurnng any one.- People should thaw out their water pipes when frczm before building a fire In the stove.__________ Tratamen Killed. A special from McDonough, Gs., says that two persons were kliled in a headon collision between Southern freight trains Nos. 34 and 83 at Mo Donough at an early hour Wednesday morning. The dead are: B. 0. Wilhelm, engineer of No. 34. Calvin Archer, Jr., fireman of No. 34. _________ Calhoun (ounty Doomed. The house Thursday night received from the judiciary committee an un favorable report on the bill to create Calhoun county. There was a minori ty report signed by five members. There were 14 who signed the un favorable repert, soit Is quite probable that the new county wilh not be given birth. Fur Trainmen Kied. A southbound passenger trian and a north bound freight train on the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis railroad met In collhsion Friday near Tallahoma, Tenn., killing four train men and injuring geveral passengers, nna setenasls.