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VOL. XXI. MANNING, S. C.. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 1907. NO. 29.
THE SAD END
Of a Man Who Lost His All In
HE KILLS HIMSELF.
After the Recent Panic t the Stock
Market Had Rained Him Finan
cily. Tragedy in a Rich Home.
Where the Wife Discovers the
Dead Body of the Husband, Who
Had Ended His Career.
Commending his wife to the care
and affection of his parents and wish
ing her all the "luck" and happiness
the world could give, Samuel B. Van
SicIen, a broker, committed suIcide
while alone in his rooms, on the fifth
:door of the apartment house at No.
408 Manhattan avenue. New York.
"-uck" was the dominant factor
in Van Siclen's creed of life, and be
lieving that It had failed him when
he met overwhelming losses In Wall
Street, he saw no reason for prolong
ing his life. But his belief in the
fetich of luck, and that It would af
fect those whom he was leavng be
hind, was so strong that his last
words to his wife, written in a note
just a few minutes before he died, I
composed a prayer that good luck
should attend her.
Like many others whose lives are
centred in luck and chance, Van Sic
len was silent and seemingly uncon
cerned by the turn of fortune. His
gains were pocketed with an impas
sive face, and losses met without a
murmur. None knew, when -he re
turned to his home from his office
downtown between four and half
past four in the afternoon of every
business day, what his luck had been
and his wife never for a moment sus
pected that the recent panic in Wall
Street had brought him to the brink
of Anancial ruin.
Van Siclen returned to his home
at the usual time Thursday after
noon. His wife was out at a funeral
and after he had entered his apart
ments nothing -more was seen of him
by servants or others n the house.
Mrs. Van Siclen returned about
o'clock and was told by the elevator
boy that her husband was at home.
She entered the apartments with a
latch key and was surprised to find
the living rooms i darkness. She
called several times to her husband
searched through the rooms and was
inally attracted by a light in the
kitchen. - She went there and saw the
body of her husband lying upon the
floor with a bullet wound in the
Her shocking discovery caused Mrs
VanSiclen to scream with terror and
she staggered from her apartment.
Shc was met by a hallboy, who had
heard her cries, and she sent him
for a doctor. On his way the mes
senger notified Polleeman Mallen,
who went at once to the apartments
of the Van Siclens, and when Dr. C.
H. Dockstader, of No. 483 Manhat
-tan avenue, arrived they made an ex
amination of the body.
It was apparent that Van Siclen
had endeavored to ma'ke sure- of his
death. He had wound a quantity of
legal tape about his waist and tied
the revolver to It, so that if the first
shot should fail, he could regain pos
session of the weapon, although it
might fall from his hand from the
shock of the first shot.
When Mrs. Van Sielen learned
from the doctor that her husband
was dead she was prostrated, and Dr.
Dockstader remained to care for he4
until hei- relatives could be summon
On the table In the dining room
were two letters written by Yan Sic
len just bifore his death. One was
addressed to "Mrs. F. Van Sicien and
Mr. A. Van Sielen, Jamaict, Long Is
land." -It read:
My Dear Father and Mother: For
give for this great wrong and please
pray for me. I do .not accuse any
one for my troubles. Father, I ask
you, please help my dear wife.
The other letter was for his wife
My Dear Wife: Forgive me for this
great wrong, but my heart is broken
over my luck in Wall street- I wish
you good luck and happiness, as we
have been very happy together. Your
loving husband. SAM
Van Siclen was the son of Abra
ham Van Siclen, of Lincoln road,
near Jamaica, one of the wealthiest
farmers and landowners In Long Is
HAD TO PAY FINE.
New York Herald Pleads Guilty To
Printing Obscene Matter.
-After -a plea of guilty of printing~
obscene matter,sending same-.througg
the malls had been made Wednesday,.
fnes totaling $16,000 were assess
ed against James Gordon Bennett
and the New York Herald Company
The fnes of $1,000 againstW.H
Gilliam, manager of the Herald:5,
000 against the Herald corporation
and $10,000 against James Gordon
Bennett, were paid in the court room.
The cases were the outcome of the
famous ' personal" and "redlight"
column, which was feature of The
1.erald for years.
MANiY WILL STARVE
Before Another Crop Is Made If Not
A letter from London says Dr.
Kennard, commissioner of the socie
ty of Friends sent to investigate the
Russian famine. writting from Sa
mara, in the famine district, says
that there are at least 20,000.000
people in the Southeastern provinces
of Russia who are without aid and
can not live to see another harvest.
In Samara he says thousands are
dying and nearly 750,000 are star?
ing. Of the latter enly 372,000 are
getting relief, a dole of one meal in
twenty four hours.
Cut to Pieces.
It is stated Gen. Lee Christmas,
the American officer in the service
of Hunduras, has been cut to piecee
by Nicaraguan soldiers. Informa'
tion was contained in a letter that
there was no hope for the Bonills
government and he was doomed tC
death if he did not get out of the
MADE A HAUL
Chicago Paper Says Sub-treasur)
Mystery Is Cleared.
A Negro Woman Stole the One Hun.
dred and Seventy-Three Thousand
The mystery surrounding the theft
of a hundred and seventy-three thous
and dolla-s from the United States
subtreasury at Chicago has been
The thief is said to be a negro
scrub woman, whom the secret ser
v!ce officers hrnve in custody and
from her trying to get a trace of the
The clew was secured by the dis
play of a thousand dollar bill by a
negro in a saloon.
A search warrant has been issued
and the officers are to search the
house of the washerwoman.
The money was stolen some weeks
ago, and the detectives have been
working on the case ever since.
AFTER THE TIGER.
Want To Cut Off All Booze Except
The Charleston authorities are de
termined to put the blind tigers in
that city out of business. A confer
ence was held one day last week In
the office of Mayor Rhett, at which
representatives of the transportation
companies of Charleston hauling into
the city by land and by sea were pre
sent for the purpose of discussing
the enforcement of the ordinance of
Charleston restricting the importa
tion traffic of Illegal alcoholic liquor
into the city.
Mayor Rhett, John Marshall, of
the county dispensary board of con
trol, Mr. Thos R. Waring of The Eve
ning Post and Major J. C. Hemphill,
of The News and Courier and repre
sentatives of all the transportation
lines that enter Charleston, were at
the conference. The general spirit
f the carriers seemed to be in co
peration with the city for the en
orcement of the ordinance.
Mayor Rhett made it clear that
Charleston was going to do all in its
power to cut off the importation of
"tiger" liquor, and emphasized to the
ransportation agents the need of co
peration en their part. Each com
pany had full warning of the city's
adtitude In this matter. The confer
Dnce was harmonious and should re
sult In good for the enforcement of
FOUND HALF STARVED
Boy Got on Train That Went In the
Locked in a boxcar standing on a
ding In the freight yards of the
Pennsylvania Railroad at Belmont
nd Girard avenues. Philadelphia,
ulius Kenney, a 12-year-old boy,
rom Charlotte, N. C., was.discovered
y a trainman who heard the boy's
The lad, who was half starved,
as given a hearing before Magis
~rate Gorman, at the House of De
enton. and will be held until the
uthorities at Charlotte can be com
Two weeks ago young Julius ac
~ompaned a horsedealer who was
hipping some horses from Charlotte
o Pittsburg. After the horses had
een taken safely to their destination
tie left his employer and started out
to see thesights of the Smoky City.
He soon got lost and, being unable
o find his friend, began hunting for
, means to get home. He found his
ay to the frieght yard and crawled
nto a boxcar. The boy was afraid
to make his presence known and was
oon on his way to Philadelphia.
trrested Before They Had Accomn
plished Their Hellish Design.
Detectives of the Pennsylvania
ailroad landed In jail at Greensburg
a., Thos. Oloughlin, and Thos Mc
nath of Allegheny who were taken
rom an east bound freight train at
erry Thursday morning. Track
alkers at -12:30 o'clock Thursday
orning came upon three men tam
ering with the tracks near Stewart
One was captured there, and the
thers two days later, after escaping.
he bolts In the rails had been loos
eed, but the fish plates had not been
emoved. The men were discovered
ust before train No. 23 was due at
It is alleged a railroad wrench was
ound in their possession. The Cleve
and flyer on the Fort Wayne divisIon
truck an engine pole which had been
wedged with spikes between the rails
at Lowellvlle, O., early Thursday
:orning. No persons were Injured.
CERTAIN COSTU'MES TABOED
And Cincinnati Women Are Told Not
To Wear Them.
The State says Cincinnatti has a
ew and splendid possession in the
formof Chief of Police Milliken. One
f the first things Milliken under
took was the rebulation of women's
apparel. He is an authority judgin~g
from this statement which he has is
"The kimona must rnot be worn on
te streets. The high heel must
go when accompanied by purple
stockings or other gaudy ankle in
asement. Skirts must not be held too
high, no matter how rainy the day.
Topng girls must not wear fascina
He has 600 people to assist him,
and has told them to arrest any per
son appearing on the streets, dressed
in elothes which would not look well
in church. With all his policemen
to help him Milliken has tackled a
W~hy Did He?
The Macon Telegraph asks: "Why
did the president mark his letters to
Harriman "strictly confidential" if
he merely wanted to talk to him on
railroad matters? He insists on talk~
ing from the housetops on that ques
tion, as railroad presidents who re
eently visited him found to their dis'
Nine adults and six children are
mIssing, as a result of the wreck on
the Canadlan Pacinec, west of Chap
eaU. Ontario, Thursday.
SOME WILL TALK
John Temple Graves Makes Most
AT A BRYAN BANQUET
When It Was Found Out That He
Was Going to Advise Bryan to
Nominate Roosevelt for President
He Was Not Allowed to Speak Un
til Bryan Requested That He Be
Editor John Temple Graves' sug
gestion that W. J. Bryan nominate
Roosevelt, which the Atlanta editor
intended in a eulogistical speech to
Bryan banqueters Wednesday eve
ning at Chattanooga, Tenn., was de
John Tomlinson of Birmingham,
one of the speakers and toastmasters,
met Graves on his arrival from At
lanta, at noon, and requested ommis
sion of this reference in his speech,
arguing its impropriety in view of
Bryan's presence at the banquet.
Col. Graves declined to alter his
views or subject his speech to cen
sorship. He attended the banquet is
an invited guest, remaining but a
short while, when he left the banquet
hall for an Atlanta train. Wednes
day afternoon Mr. Graves addressed
a letter to the president of the Bryan
Anniversary club, defending his po
In his letter Mr. Graves declared
that he yielded to no one in his pro
found and affectionate regard for
Mr. Bryan and for the Democratic
party, but that he was profoundly
convinced that in this period of tre
mendous economic crisis the only
man who can carry to successful con- c
clusion the reform instituted in be- J
half of the people was the man who I
s already entrenched in the power I
and prestige of dauntless courage and a
s a conspicious success in the execu- I
Continuing, he said: "My reasons t
for stating this conviction at a Bryan a
banquet, with Mr. Bryan present, was 9
because I considered it the manly t
and Democratic thing to do.
"The time to voice a sentiment so
momentous to the life and prosperity
and to the realization of the best
ideals of a real Democracy is in a
counsel of the faithful and in the f
full presence of our great and shin
ning leader who would be there to l
omment, to approve or to condemn I
with the full force of his influence I
and eloquence as he might see fit. d
"It appears to me that the only
air and honest thing to do was to D
speak my convictions in full council v
and with open voice. In this belief a
my speech, upon the request of the v
Associated Press has already been a
sent out to the newspapers of the n
"I have not one particle of dog- d
matism, nor any mere pride of per- f
sonal opinion, in pressing this mat- r
ter, but the publicy already given to b
my speech commits me to it so far
hat I can not encourage, or in con- c
istency, suppress that part on which a
he whole revolves." 1
Later Mr. Graves, after being per- t
uaded by members of the club and a
t the request of Mr. Bryan himself, t
ook his place at the banquet table a
nd delivered his speech. Graves,
who is the editor of the Atlanta Geor
ian. is an erratic sort of a man, al
hough he is a brilliant speaker. His
peech at Chattanooga will not sur
rise any one who knows him.
State Senator J. B. F'razier re
poned to Mr. Graves' address, de
laring that the Democrats could not ,
fford to take such action. 1
In beginning his address Mr. Bryan ~
aid ais respects to Mr. Graves and
what he had said. He complimenited
r. Graves in the highest manner for
his honesty and his boldness and said
f there was any place in the world
where absolute freedom of speech 1
should prevail it ought to be in a
Democratic gathering. He added that
when he had heard that Mr. Graves
nd retired from the hall because
hre might be doubts about the wis
om of what he had to say, he had
sent for the Georgia editor to return
and insisted that the speech should
be delivered. Turning directly to the
sbject of Mr. Graves' recommenda
ion, Mr. Bryan said:
"As at present advised I shall not
present the name of Theodore Roose
'elt to the National Democratic con
vention. Bear in mind, I say, 'as at
Mr. Bryan contended that if after
maature consideration and reflection
and the presentation of arguments
in the case, he should feel that his
duty lay in that direction, he would
present Mr. Roosevelt's name, even
though it should prove to be the last
act of his life.
He then went on to say that if any
Republican was to be selected by the
Democrats to head their national
ticket the man should be Senator La
Follette of Wisconsin. Mr. Bryan
then proceeded with his speech, pre
sentig reasons why, in his opinion.
Mr. Roosevelt was not the proper
mas for the presidency.
Can't See His Way Clear to Nomt
In an interview at- Norfolk on Fri
daythe Hon. William Jennings Bryan
was asked for an expression on the
suggestion made by John Temple
Graves. of Atlanta, at a banquet on
Wednesday night at Chattanooga,
that Bryan nominate Roosevelt for
President. Mr. Bryan said:
"I said at the banquet in Chattan
ooga all that at present I can say. I
then said: 'As at present advised, I
cannot 'see that it is my duty to nom
inate Mr. Roosevelt.' In both of my
campaigns I stated that I would not
be a candidate for a second term if
elected, and as I have endeavered to
secure a constitutional amendment
making a President ineligible for a
second term I eould not conscient
iously urge the re nomination of Mr.
Roosevelt for a seeond term even if
there were no other rasons."
Would Be In Limbo.
The Kansas City Star says: "if
President Roosevelt eenld send a
United States Senator to prison mere
ly because of a persosal prejudice
does anybody suppose that F'oraker
and Tillman would be going around
.. chippr as they are?
JOE EVANS HUNG
in Greenwood Friday For the Mur
der of Another Negro.
The Murderer Confessed His Guilt,,
and Professed His Entire Willing
ness to Die for His Crime.
The first hanging in Greenwood
County. passed ofl very quietly Fri- I
day. The negro, Joe Evans, appear- 4
ed composed and resigned. He show
ed no sign whatever of either fear or
All the morning two colored minis
ters had been with him, praying and i
singing. These two preachers, the
Revs. J. C. Goode and John W. Swink
remained with him until the last.
Evans did not eat any breakfast,
although he ate a hearty supper
Thursday night and slept well. Dep
uty Sheriff Dukes says Evans has re
rained from eating every Friday
since he was sentenced.
Shortly before 14 o'clock Sheriff
McCaslan had Evans made ready to
eave the jail and said to him: "Joe
6vans, this is your last scene. It is
,he State of South Carolina that is
oing to hang you, and not the sher
Lff of Greenwood county. I am going
o read to you my authority for hang
The sheriff then read the sentence.
When he had finished Evans said:
Evans was calm and seemed per
ectly resigned. He then made this
itatement: "I have made peace with
he Lord, am glad that He allowed
ne time to make peace with Him.
The march to the scaffold was then
nade. Standing on the platform
sans asked the sheriff if he could
Ing, andupon permission being giv- C
n he sang with steady voice a song,
ne of the songs used by negroes in
evivals when feeling is tense. There 1
eemed no special beginning or end b
f it. When he stopped the Rev.
rohn W. Swink, colored, offered a
rayer for the condemned man.
vans himself prayed in a low tone P
1i the time the Rev. Swink was pray
g for him. I]
At the conclusion Evans offered t
he following prayer of his own: "I
m at peace with all men. I am c
;uilty of the crime.' Lord, I thank P
hee for the time You have allowed v
ie. Go with Thy people who are
tanding around me. I am so glad v
-am allowed this priviledge to talk. f
)h, Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord, I w
rought my sins to You and You have ]
The hangman's black cap was then S
>wered over his face, and at 12.36 t
I.- M. the trap was sprung and 12 t
ainutes later he was pronounced a
ead by Drs. Hood and Owens. t]
The Rev. J. C. Goode, the colored 1
anister, who prayed for the negro
rho was lynched for the attempted N
seault on Miss Brooks last Summer,
as also on the scaffold with Evans, d
nd had been with him during the
At 12:50 Evan's body was cut a
own. His neck was broken by the c
all. H!sbody was turned over to a
elatives, who carried it to his old u
ome, near Coronaca for burial.
Evans was hanged for the murder
his brother-in-law, Hughey, Evans
,ttempted to assault his sister-in- G
aw, Hughey's wife. Hughey came
> Greenwood and had a warrant
worn out for Evans immediately af
er. That night Evans came to hIs
ouse, called him out and shot him. e
TAUGHT THEM A LESSON a
'reacher Thrashed Cowboys Who~ a
Tried To Make Hint Drink. ~
Rev. John McVey, a missionary, s
Tho is workIng among the settlers ~
athe Bad River country, in South
)akota, soundly whipped two burly si
woys, George Carney and Fred ~
~emple, because they tried to compel F
im to take a drink of whickey. The d
~inister is a college man from the f
last, and used to be a football player
.nd all round athlete.
He was on his way to a ranch to p
hold a religious meeting, when the 2
owboys, who had sworn to prevent ~
e meeting, waylaid him, handed 0
.n a bottle and told him to drink. e
e declined, whereupon they sought
o force the liquor down his throat.
n five minutes with his bare fists,
,?cVey knocked out both men and
*ook from one of them a revolver
'hich he had drawn in the scrap.
Carney got up and shook hands
ith the missionary. Temple was ug
y and threatened to shoot McVey on a
ight Carney. however, made hIs
)artner apologise to the missionary,
hake hands with him and promise f
o threat him right" in the future ')
rhen the three men mountea ,.heir 1i
apuses and rode on togets.' to the t
anch where the meeting was to be a
aeld. At the meeting Temple got up
d told how McVey had knocked 1
ut Carney and himself.
SHOULD. NOMINATE BRYAN I
lenicks Club Makes Better Sugges
Iton Than Graves.
The Hendricks Club, of Evansville, 1
[nd. the largest Democratic organi- I
tation in the State, while celebrating I
he birthday of Thomas Jefferson, I
he other night adopted the following t
resolution and telegraphed it to John
'emple Graves, of Atlanta, Ga.
"The Hendricks Club, of Evans
'ille, believes that, in the interest of .
a 'square deal,' Roosevelt should
nominate Bryan for President in
1908 as there is now no doubt that
Bryan was beaten in 1896 by the
contribution of money from insur
ne companies, railroad companies 4
and tariff protected monopolies, and
that President Roosevelt knows this 4
to be a fact; and that Bryan, in 1896]
stood on the platform on which
Roosevelt now stands on railroadi
ROOSEVELT HAS CHANGED 1
He Championed Once Some Things
He Now Antagonizes.
Hon. W. J. Bryan, while in Norfolk
last Friday, in a interview spoke of
the Harriman-Roosevelt episode, say-!
"The President seems unduly ex
cited over the alleged $50,000,e0
raised by Wall street to prevent his
re-election. If Wall street is opposed:
to any doctrine held by President
Roosevelt, it is certainly not a Re-|
ublan doctrine. When we came
up against the corruption fund in
1896 we found no more ardent
champion of these special interests
+an Mr Roosevelt''
FELLED BY MANIAC.
Paroled Lunatic Attacks An Old
Lady and a Man.
rhe Old Lady Struck In the Head
And the Man Assaulted With an
Axe and Knife.
While in a At of violent insanity
ind thinking, as he said, that some
)ne was trying to kill him, Joseph W.
agood Saturday made a murderous
ittack upon Mrs. Eugenia Smith
ith an axe, fracturing her skull,
Ld with a long knife stabbed Mr.
rohn J. Riley in the back in Colum
>ia. Mrs. Smith and Mr. Riley are
iow under care at the Columbia hos
tal and some doubts are entertain
,d as to their recovery.
The State says Hagood has been on
L parole from the insane asylum for
ust 30 days and up to his tragic
teed Saturday has been conducting
imself commendable since his re
le. But Saturday morning he was
eized with a terrible malady and get
ing an axe he went to the house oc
upied by Mrs. Smith, Mr. Riley and
thers, and battered down the door
f the roon in which the helpless
ras. With a blow he felled Mrs.
mith across the bed, infficting a ser
:us fracture of the skull, and then
te went to the room where Mr. Riley
ra in bed.
Mr. Riley, a one-legged man, hear
ag the noise in the back part of the
ouse got out of the bed and started
leave the house when he was seen
y Hagood. The maniac gave chase
: Mr. Riley and soon overtook and
verpowered him, dealing him a blow
n the hip with the axe and then
tabbing him in the back with a knife
ear the backbone.
About this time a general alarm
ad been given by Mrs. A. Andrews
rho was in the house at the time,
nd Mr. J. H. Faulk and others over
owered the maniac and after sum
ioning the police patrol placed him
the wagon, where he was carried
the station and locked up.
Dr.- C. F. Williams, the city physi- 1
an, who is attending the injured C
eople, said he 'can not say just yet E
-hat will be the outcome of their in
iries. Mrs. Smith's fracture is of a
ery serious nature and may prove C
ttal. Mr. Riley will probably get 9
'ell, unless the knife penetrated into I
ie lung, which the doctor fears. S
oth parties were resting well late
aturday night. Saturday afternoon I
ie unfortunate man was remanded
the State hospital for the insane a
He was carried to the hospital in I
xe patrol wagon and was very order- s
and quiet, the only thing that ,
.emed to worry him was that he i
,ared some one would at any time t
) him harm, it seems. Hagood is a I
skster by trade and is married.
is. wife saw a part of the sad affair
Ad tried to control her husband, but 1
)uld not. She seemed not to be
raid of him, as she had seen him
ndergo spells at other times.
PLOT To KILL.
an Powder is Found In Auto that
Blew Up' W. 3. Jarvey. a
Chas. E. Moore, a wellknownl deal- E
Sin automobiles in Boston, caused i
sensation by declaring that he had I
umbled on a murder plot in connec
on with the explosion of one of his
utomobiles in the town of Auburn,
Cass., last Friday afternoon in which
tilfred J. Javery, of Boston, was so
verely injured that his death is im
Moore says that he removed the
arker box from the wrecked auto-t
obile, and upon exzamination found
1 it two tablespoonfuls of gunpow
er. Further, he found as much
ore in the oil. He believes it was
laced there by. some one who wished
> cause Javery's death, for it was ex-t
loded by the sparks.
Jarvery is the man who holds thet
dle record (45 seconds), and know!
f ne enemy who would attempt to
ncompass his death.
A FATAL FIGHT,
1uarc Over Trival Matter Ends Ini
The killing of Charles E. Newbury
nd the fatal shooting of John Mc
inlay and D. M. Curry at the Citice
urnace slag pile near Chattanoogs,
'enn., Thurdsay, ofternoon created
krofound excitement and regret in
ie neighborhood of the scene and
mong frIends~ of the parties.
One of the most pathetic incidents
a connection with the shooting is the
act that 3. A. Curry, father of D. M.
)urry, took his bleeding son and
>lacing him in the wagon which he
ras using to haul slag and hauled
im to the hospital.
The whole trouble seems to have
keen the result of a quarrel between
-oung Curry and a negro employe of
Jewbury over a trival matter. The
ather of young Curry was beaten in
he face but was not seriously hurt.
e was clinched with McKinlay at
he time of the shooting..
he Mals Closed to the Concord Pub
Alleging hundreds of women in the
Jnited States and Canada have been
lefrauded of money, the postoffce
lepartment recently issued a fraud
>rder against the H. W. B. Conrad
Pblishing company, Bible and book
>bishers of Philadelphia, denying
tt the use of the mails. It is claimed
hat by advertisments, letters andi
ircular, women in halt the states of'
he union were induced to pay a dol
ar to register with the company for
writing letters for it. None was paid
!or work, and to a few money was re
Eunded, it is charged.
Daniel H. Chamberlain Dead.
Daniel H. Chamberlain, who was
governor of South Carolina during
the turbulent times of the Recon
struction era. died Saturday at the
home of William C. Chamberlain
near the University of Virginia, at
CharlotteVille, Va. He was taken ill
of cancer of the stomach last fall
upon his return from a trip to Egypt.
He had recently disposed of his prop
erties In view with a view to locating
in Virginia. He. was a graduate of
Yale and Harvard law school and
.a.. ye>rS of age.
THEY ALL STOLE.
Federal Officer Tells of Stealing
by Sherman's Army.
A BAND OF ROBBERS.
Who Stole Everything They Could
Find and That Was Worth Carry
ing Off. How the Valuables That
Were Stolen Was Divided, and
What Became of the Old Negro
Men and Women.
In the possession of a lady in Ma
con, Ga., who with her sister, also* a
resident of Macon, was an eye-wit
ness of the sack of Columbia' forty
six years ago by Sher::nan's army,
there is a letter found in the streets
of that city after the Yankees had
left it in ashes, which shows the pro
ess by which the union was restor
ed. The signature is that of a lieu
tenant in Sherman's army, the ad
ress that of his wife in Boston. The
letter speaks for itself.
Camp near Camden, S. C.
February 26, 1865.
My. Dear Wife: I have no time for
particulars. We have had a glorious
:ime in this state. Unresisted license
.o burn and plunder was the order of
he day. The chivalry have been. strip
>ed of most of their valuables. Gold
watches. silver pitchers, cups, spoons
orks, etc., are as common in camp as
The terms of plunder are as fol- C
ows: The valuagles procured are esti
nated by companies. Each company
s required to exhibit the results of
ts operations at any given plac
>ne-fifth and first choice falls to the
hare of the commander-in-chief and I
taff, one-fifth to the corps command
r and staff, one-fifth to the field of
cers of the regiments and two-fifths
o the company.
Officers are not allowed to join
hese expeditions withous disguising
hemselves as privates. One of our
orps commanders borrowed a rough
uit of clothes from one of my men
nd was successful in this place.. He
ot a large quantity of silver among
ther things an old silver pitcher,
nd a very fine old watch from a Mr. C
)eSaussure' at this place. DeSaus
ure is one of the F. F. V.'s of South C
arolina and was made to fork over
Officers over the rank of captain
.re not made to put their plunder in
he estimate for general distrubution.
'his is very unfair, and for that rea
on, in order to protect themselves,
ubordinate officers and privates keep h
ack everything they can carry about
heir pesron, such as rings, earrings, k
reast-pins, etc., of which, if I ever
Eve to get home, I have about a
uart. I am not joking, I have at
ast a quart of jewelrr for- you and Y
11 the girls and some No. 1 diamond
ins among them.
Gen. Sherman has silver and gold
nough to start a bank. His share in G
old watches and chains alone at Col
.mbia was $275.
But I said I would not go into
articulars. All the general officers, C
nd many besides, had valuables of
very description, down to embroid- r!
red ladies' pocket hankerchiefs. I
tave my share of them, too. We took b'
old and silver enough from the d-d
ebels to have redeemed their infer- d
al currency twice over. This (the
urrency) whenever we came across I
t we burned, as we considered it ut
I wish all the jewelry this army
as could be carried to the old Bay Il
tate. It would deck her out in glor
ous style, but, alas! it..will be scat- I
ered all over the North and Middle
The d--d niggers, as a general
ule, prefer to stay at home-partic
larly after they found out that we
nly wanted the able-bodied men and (
o tell the truth, the youngest and
est-looking women. Sometimes we t
ook off whole families and planta
ions of niggers, by way of repaying E
he secessionists. But the useless
>art of thes e we soon managed to I
ose-sometimes by crossing rivers,
ometimes by other ways. I
I shall write you again from Wil
nington, Goldsboro, or some other
>lace in North Carolina. The order
o march has arrived, and I must
lose hurriedly. Love to grandmoth- I
>rand Aunt Charlotte. Take care of
ourself and the children. Don't(
ihow this letter out of the family.
Your affectionate husband,
Thomas J. Myers, t
Lieutenant, etc. C
P. S.: I will send this by the first
lag of truce to be mailed, unless I
lave opportunity of sending it to Hil-C
:on Head. Tell Sallie I am saving a
yearl braceles and earrings for her.
3ut Lambert has the necklace and 1
reastpinl of the same set. I am try
.ng to trade him out of them. Those
were taken from the Misses Jamison,
laughters of the president of South I
arolina secession convention. We,
ound these on our trip through Geor
gia. _ _ _ _ _ _
FIVE WOMEN KILLED
Pfre and Lightning Single Out Fe
Five women died from accidents
in Indiana Monday, three of them be
ing burned to death and two struck
Mrs. Del Licke, of Buffton, was
washing a shirt waist in Gasoline
when the liquid ignited and exploded
covering her from head to foot in
flames. She jumped into bed and coy
ered herself up, but could not smoth
er the flames.
Mrs. Harry Brighty, of Lafayeete,
was found in her home burned to a
crisp. Her clothing had evidently
caught fire from a stove. Neighbors
heard her screams and rushed to her
rescue, but she died in a few mo
erosene exploded in the home of
Mrs. Henry Martz at Michigan City,
and her aunt, Mrs. Mary Russel, 81
years old and blind, was burned to
death. Mrs. Martz was severely burn
ed but will recover.
During an electrical storm near
Cambridge City, Mrs. Monroe Sherry
and her daughter, Mrs. Lulu Scott,
were in a little outbuilding. It was
struck by lightning and both women
were killed. The husband of the
two women saw the bolt. It seemed
to be divided as it struck the roof,
one part striking Mrs. Sherry and the
ot1er Mrs. Scott.
GOOD WORK DONE
By the School improvement As
soclation of South Carolina.
[n a Recent Bulletin the President,
Miss Fair, Gives Some Interesting
One of tue most potent tactors for
school development is that agency
which makes the school room bright
a.nd cheerful and therefore attractive
to children. "The School Improve
ment Association of South Carolina"
Is doing a great work on this line.
The membership of- this association
is growing and, by reason of offering
prizes to teachers of rural schools
who obtain best results In the way of
making school rooms attractive, the
Interest of all the teachers of the
State is being arroused.
Each member takes this pledge:
'I do hereby pledge myself to do at
east one thing for the improvement
)f at least one rural school some
Ime during this year." And when
>ne good deed is attempted another
s sure to follow.
The officers of the association are:
resident, Miss Mary T. Nance, Ab
eville; vice president, Miss Kither
ne Mazyck, James Iiand; recording
ecretary, Miss Lizzie Rodgers, Lang
ey;. corresponding secretary, Miss
Lnna P. Starke, Rock Hill; treasurer
dias Will Lou Gray, Laurens.
Executive Committee-First Dis
rict: Miss Louisa B. Poppenheim,
harleston, chairman; second dis
rict, Mrs. Alma C. Stewart, Green
rood; third district, Mrs. Dora Dee
Walker, Appleton; fourth *district,
Irs. C. Y. Reamer, Columbia; fifth
strict, Miss Gertrude Sherer, Lan
aster; sixth district, Miss Bertha
Leaves, Mullins; seventh district,
[iss Theodosia Dargon, Stateburg.
The County Organizers are:
Abbeville-Miss Loi Crawford,
Aiken-Mrs. M. C. Robertson,
Anderson-Miss Lillian E. Erwin,
t. F. D., Pendleton.'
Bamberg-Mrs. S. L. Baker, Olar.
Barnwell-Mrs. Dora Dee Walker,
Berkeley-Miss Essie HarveY,
Charleston-Miss Katherine B. )
[azyck, sames Island. , , , 1
Chester-Miss Florence Bradford, i
Chesterfield-Miss Frances Berger
Clarendon-Miss Fannie Davis,
Colleton-Miss -Mildred Padgett, I
Cherokee-Miss Bonnie McCluney,
Darlington-Miss E. Ellis, Darl
Dorchester-Miss Caroline L. Dic
Edgefield-Miss Hattie Newsome,
Fairfleld-Mis Katherine Patrick, 1
Florence-Miss Lalla Hepburn, I
Georgetown-Mrs. Mattie Price,
Greenville-Miss Margaret A. Rob
Greenwood-Miss Alma C. Stuart,
[ampton-Mrs. %[. R. -Goodin,.
Horry-Miss Lettie Harrelson,
Kershaw-Miss Alice Dunn, Cam
Lancaster-Miss Gertrude Sherer,
Laurens--Miss WIl Lon Gray,
Lee-Miss Hattie McCrutcheon,
Lexington-Miss Sue H. Corley,
Marion-MISS Bertha Reaves, Mul
Marlboro-Mias Mattie Covilngton,
Orangeburg-Miss L. T. Tatum,
Pickens-Miss Olive Boggs New
Ricland--Miss Madaleine Spigen
Saluda--Miss Ruth Etheredge, Sa-1
Spartanburg-Mis S. A. Nabers,
Sumter-Miss Mildred Renick, OS-1
Union-Mrs. C. Murphy, Union.
Wiliamsburg-Miss Etta Jacobs,
York-Miss Nora Williamson,
The purpose of this organization
hallb e to unite all the people of
he community for the improvement
f the school: (1) by placing in the
chool facilities for health, comfort
Lnd education, together with objects
f beauty; (2) by planting trees,
brubs and flowers in the school
ound; (3) by encouraging the es
ablishment of a library in the school
Scenter for the comimunity, by fur
~ishing instructive amnusement.I
The regular annual meeting was
ield in Columbia December 81, 1906,
anuary 1, 1907. This meeting was
vell attended not only by teachers,
)ut by prominent club women and
ther public-spirited people. At this
neeting the name of the association
vas changed to the "School Improve
nent Association of South Carolina."
[he association was united with the
tate federation of woman's clubs,
Ld will be represented by two dele
ates at the annual meeting in Or
Lgeburg in May.
Oft Her Legs.
At Cleveland, Ohio, Miss Minnie
ottschalk, eighteen years old, the
ole support of a big family, had both
egs amputated at Charity Hospital
Chursday. She was perfectly conl
cious during the operation and con-'
ersed with the gurgeons and nurses
while she watehed their every move.
The girl was recovering from pneU
nonia when the circulation in both
egs stopped. Gangrene set in. an
a~mputation of both legs was impera
Live, but she was too weak to take
ther or chloroform.
Cocaine was injected into the spi
sal cord, destroying all sense of feel
ing below the point where the drug
was injected. Not the slightest 'pain
reached the girl's brain.
The westbound Oregon Railway
and Navigation passenger. train was
wrecked in the Umatilla river bottom
Thursday. Two tramps were killed,
the fireman is migg and 15.passen
gorn wera hurt.
FAILED TO AGREE
Only Five of the Thaw Jury Fa
WILL BE TRIED OVER
The Celebrated Case Ends ft a Mis
trial, the Jury is Discharged and
Thaw is Remanded to the Tombs
Without Ball, Where He Will Stay
Until the Second Trial Which Will
Be Next FaIL ' A
The Jury in the Thaw case, which
has been up in the New York Court
for over ten weeks, has failed to
agree, standing five for acquittal and
seven for conviction. After forty
seven hours of deliberation the jury
announcel that they were hopelessly
divided a id could not possibly agree
upon a verdict.
The twelve men were promptly
discharged by Justice Fitzgerald,
who declared that he, too, believed
their task was hopeless. Thaw was
remanded to the Tombs without bail
to await a second trial on the charge
>f having murdered Stanford White,
the noted architect.
The scenes attending the announce
ment by the jury of its inability to
agree upon a verdict were robbed of
any theatricalism by the general be
lief that after their long deliberation
and reports of a wide division of sen
timent the jurors could make no oth
Dr report than one of disagreement.
Thaw, surrounded by the members
)f his family-the devoted, aged
mother, pale young wife, the titled
mister, the Countess of Yarmouth
grs. George Carnegie and Edward
Ind Joshiah Thaw, the brothers re-.
*eved the news in silence. But it
was plain that the verdict was a dis
When it became known that the
ury was about to make its report
ad that the case would be disposed
>f Thaw called his wife to - a seat by
its side, and sat with his right arm
hrown about her until he was corm
nanded to stand and face the Jurors,
who nad just come- in from the jury
Smiling and confident as he enter
d the 6ourt room Thaw sank limply
sto his chair when ForemanDeming
L. Smith, in response to a question
y Clerk Penny as to whether a ver
ict had been agreed upon said: "We
iave not." This ended the long trial
rhich will all have to we gone over
4gain next Fall.
Thaw's counsel will apply for ball
or their client, but it is doubtful if
ie. gets it, as the District Attorney
ays he will oppose granting him
all. The standing of the jury, seven
o five againsfthe prisoner, will have
ts influence in determining the mat
er. ,Should he fail to get bail Thaw
rill have to spend the long summer
a the city prison.
KEPT GOOD STUFF.
Tesident Harrisons Way of Telling
a Good Presbyterian.
Col. Dan Ransdel'l, sergea'nt-at
rms of the Senate, and a lifelong
~riend of Benjamin Harrison, says he
as known few public men more ab-.
temnous than was the President,
ut that on one occasion he was re
uired to obtain a drink of whisky
or the Chief Magistrate under cir
~umstances that were somewhat em
He had accompanied the PresIdent
n a trip to Cleveland, which they
eached in the midst of a drizzling
~old rain. Mr. Harrisori intimated a
esire for a glass of something good
ad Ransdell consulted the butlerg
['his dignified personage had been in
tructed not 'to offer liquor of any
ind to the President, whom the host
:ew to. be like himself, a rigid Pres
But Randell was not to be put off
ad the whiskey was forthcoming.
macing his lips appreciately after
he genorous drink,-- President Har
lson said: "Dan, I have always no
Iced that the better Presbyterian a
an is the .better whiskey he keeps.
CHANCE FOR DEMOCRATS.
o WIn 'Next Time If They WIll Get
The Richmond Times-Dispatch
ays there is ground for suspicion
hat the- alleged conspiracy against
dr. Roosevelt is a pure invention for
plitical purposes only. Whether so
r not, the news ~from VW ashington is
hat the President Is making good
aise of into line. All Republicans
nust now stand up and be counted,
and he who halts-ls dammed.
The president will call the roll.
and those who do not answer will be
set down as members of the conspir
acy. The black flag has been hoisted
and all who fail to enlist and march
n the Roosevelt army will be num
ered- with the transgressors and
punished as they deserve.
The big stick will be wielded with
nusual force, and every head that
als to nod to the President's wink
will be knocked. Evidences multiply
that Theo. Roosevelt is not only a
olitician, but a giant among politi
cal bosses. Get together. Democrats,
get together! Opportunity is ham
mering at your door.
OWES FOR BOOE.)
nderson Six Hundred .Dollars in
Debt to State Dispensary.
A dispatch from Anderson says
County Treasurer Payne has ,received
a letter from Mr. ,W. F. Stevenson,
the attorney for the state dispensary
commission which says that accord-.
Ing to the books of the commission,
Anderson county owes the state dis
pensary $669.28, which amount was
advanced by the state dispensary for
the enforcement of the dispensary
law In Anderson county, since it be
came a dry county.
Mr. Stevenson writes that the total
amount due from all the counties
will aggregate $26,000; and that the
commission is, anxious to get the
money . Treasurer Payne wrote Mr.
Stevenson that there Is no levy in
this -county for the enforcement of
the dispensary law and therefore he
has no fnnds for that purpose