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The Manning times. (Manning, Clarendon County, S.C.) 1884-current, May 08, 1907, Image 1

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A Columbia Butcher Killed While
on His Way to Work.
Robbery was Doubtless the Motive,
Although the Suicide Theory Has
Been Advanced. He Usually Car
ried His Money to and from His
Market. Crime Occurs About Five
O'clmk in the Morning.
Another homicide, with evidence
of a successful hold up occurred in
the surburbs of Columbia on Thurs
day morning. R. T. Westcott, a but
cher, was shot and killed, while on
his way to his market from his resi
dence In the surburb of Waverley
The affair is a mystery, but there's
evidences that a holdup and robbery,
such as resulted several weeks ago
In the double killing of Charles B.
Green, a Shandon merchant, and Ed
gar Marshall, the supposed highway
man, was attempted.
In this case, however, the robber
(if robber there was) did not take
any chances, but shot to kill. The
fact that the homicide occurred at
five o'clock -n the morning, and that
two chambers of Westcott's own pis
tol were empty, lends some color to
the theory of suicide, but there being
circumstances of immaterial nature
which also tend to support this
theory. But the general Impression
is that he was waylaid and murder
Westcott lives in Waverley, No.
1,016 Oak street, a street which runs
parallel to Main street in Columbia.
His home is an -ordinray one story
cottage, but seems to have been a
happy home,, containing a happy and
Intelligent fzmily. It was Westcott's
custom to arise about 5 o'clock and
prepare to go to his market. He lost
his left hand several years ago, and
his wife usually assisted him in
dressing. His son, Robert, 15 years
of age, was usually awaked about
the time his father left the house
and followed him to the market.
The little spaniel dog, Brownie,
went .with his master, who was accus
tomed to carry his pistol In his one
hand as he walked along the sub
urban streets at this early hour. It
was Westcott's custom, as it was the
custom of Charlie Green, the Shan
don merchant, to carry money. back
and forth between his market and
his home, as he had no safe in his
market. Thursday morning he fol
lowed the routine he was accustomed
to follow every day.
Arising about five o'clock. or a
short time before that hour, he call
ed his son, and with his dog started
out. The boy in twenty-five minutes
followed in the usual routine, along
Oak street, across Gervais street,
almost to Lady street, where a by
path was taken through the grounds
of the Waverley School and between
the large and small schoolhouse
buildings, which stand about ten
feet apart.
At the corner of the small school
house, which Is the left as one walks
in that direction, the boy came across
the lifeless body of his father. the
little dog sitting by his master's body
on guard. The pistol was at the
dead man's right side.
The boy, paralyzed by grief and
fear, kept his wits still about him
and instead of running back home
to alarm his mother, went to his
grandfather's so that the news might
be broken more gently at home. His
relatives were soon on the scene and
summoned physicians, and the offi
cers of the law.
Constable Richardson of Waverley
was the first officer to arrive, and he
k6pt the crowd back as much as pos
sible, in order that tracks niight be
followed. Coroner Walker was there
as quickly as possible, and Sheriff
Coleman followed. The corener se
cured from the penitentiary and
from the county chain gang -several
blood hounds, but they failed to find
any trail, though put on the scene In
a remarkable short time.
The body was removed to Van
Metre's undertaking establishment,
where several physicianis examined
the wound. It was found that the
ball had entered the left side of the
head, above and to the front o'f the'
ear and above and to the rear of the
temple. The ball penetrated the
brain, lodging in the skin on the
right of the head, where it was cut
out. It was a 32 calibre. The wound
must have produced instant death.
The unmistakable powder burns on
the left side of the head, where the
bullet entered, showed conclusively
that the pistol when fired was placed
almost. If not directly, against the
If Westcott was murdered-anld
there is no reason to say that he was
rot-the murderer 'was statting in
front of the little school h'ouse as
the victim walked along the side, and
as Westcott emerged from the house
the murderer placed the pistol at the
head and fired. It was an ideal
place-if not an ideal time of day
for a hold-up-and not a likely spot
for a suicide. The fact that he was
shot in the left side of the head.
which 'was toward the school house,
while his left hand was gone, is an
other circumstance to be taken into
Westcott was fifty years of age and
was a native of Richland County. He.
left a wife and four children. He
was formerly an engnlee" and about
thirteen years ago !ell under a mx.
ing train at the union station, and in
tin to shove himself out of the
wy, nhis left arm was cut off just
below the elbow. He then quit the
road and set up in business as but
her, his market being on Taylor
treet, in the city of Columbia. It Is
a mile from his residence to his mar
ket. and the place of the killing is
about two blocks from his home.
Screams Heard in Vacant House and
Dead Body Found.
At Atlanta mystery surrounds the
death Thursday afternoon of Wil
liam C. Glazier, an employe of the
Gholstinl Mattress company. He wa~
seen about five o'clock going to an
unoccupied house on Houstan street
and soon after screams were heard.
Investigation resulted in finding his
body lying on the floor, life extinct
nSiide is one theory advanced.
Coffin Left on the Porch of the
Baptist Parsonage
A Card Was Left With the Coffin
Threatening Rev. E. M. Lightfoot
With Death In a Short Time.
Orangeburg was stirred with indig
nation Thursday morning when it be
came known that some one on the
night before had left a coffin on the
porch of the Baptist Parsonage,
which is located right on the public
Square in the brght glare of several
electric lights. The Parsonage is oc
cupied by the Rev. E. M. Lightfoot,
Pastor of the Baptist Church, and his
wife. The community looked upon
the outrageous occurrence as a das
tardly attempt to wound the feelings
of a fearless and outspoken minister
of the gospel for some attack he has
made upon vice and its adherents.
The coffin, which was discovered
by Mr. Lightfoot about eight o'clock,
was resting on two benches on the
front porch. It was a cheap one,
about the size for a half-grown per
son. Just under the lid of the coffin
was a card on which was written a
warning and a threat to Mr. Light
foot. It read as follows: "This will
be your last resting place after June
10 next. Good by, Rev. Lightfoot.
P.S., Peace to your ashes. Anon."
The note was written in a fairly good
hand, and was evidently executed by
some one of average intelligence.
Rev. Mr. Lightfoot notified the po
lice at once, who began an investiga
tion. Later in the day the coffin was
recognized by the keeper of a colored
undertaking establishment as one
that had been taken from his es
tablishment sometime Wednesday
night. He said that one of the po
licemen had informed him that his
place was found open about one o'
clock Wednesday night. The police
man had told him this Thursday
morning, and not immediately after
the coffin house was found open. No
oubt the party was in there then
getting the coffin. It is a pity that
the matter was not investigated
right then.
A young man who works on The
imes and Democrat says he saw
ome one go in this same coffin house
n Tuesday night of last week, and
that he tried to see what he was up
to, but the fellow knowing that he
was watched stood perfectly still. He
aid the party he saw was a large,
all man with a moustache. He could
ot tell whether he was white or col
red. No doubt this fellow, who
er he was, had something to do
Fith putting the coffin on the porch
he night after our young man saw
sim at the coffin house.
While no one, of course, believes
>or a minute that the affair is serious 1
:o far as the threats made by the
arties are concerned, still the en
ire community regards the dastard
y outrage as an insult to the entire i
ity, and that it should be ferreted i
t and the guilty parties made to
ufler. it was a malicious, dastardly
)utrage, and we are glad to know
.hat nothing will be left undone to
pprehend and expose any one liv
g in this community who would be
~uilty of such a thing. Several par
.ies were engaged in it and they will;
e caught.1
One of the worst features of the
)utrage is !ts effect on Mrs. Lightfoot
who s not In the best of health. By
ccident she saw the coffin and at
mnce became very nervous, and at
ne time It was feared that she would
e prostrated from the effect It had
n her nervous system. It is a mys-1
:ery how the coffin was brought up
hrought the streets without being
3een by the police. It was certainly
bold piece of business, considering
:he location of the Parsonage and
here the coffin was put.
tlantic Ocean Is Really a Great
Food Pond.
The herring catch is to Northern
Europe what the wheat crop is to
merica. Few persons, even among
the millions that consume this fish
realize its economic importance. Ac
ording to the latest reports more
than 3,000,000,000 herrings are cap
tured each year. This catch would
weigh not less than 750,000 tons. It
would require 25,000 freight cars,
with a capacity of 30 tons each to
haul the herring catch from the At
lantic seaboard inland.
Despite the unremitting harvest of
an and gull and the cannibalistic
od and shark the armies of herring
still populate the Atlantic and show
no signs of giving way to any other
type of fish.
Man Charged With Murder Leads
Exciting Chase.
At Ne.w York in a running fight
with a dozen policemen Thomas
Donahoe, whom the police sought.
n the charge of murder, was shot
nd fatally wounded at the hands of
the policemen. Donahoe's fight was
up and down fire escapes and over
several roofs Donahoe died after
the arrival at the hospital. It was a
shot in the shoulder that brought
him down when he was obliged to
expose his entire body to the police.
One HUyndred Drowned by the Rising
of Three Rivers.
Over one hundred persons are re
ported drowned and 100,000 render
ed homeless tyy the rising of _the
Dneiper, Dneister and Dwina rivers
in the vicinity of Odessa. Driven
from their homes by the fast rising
waters, the people rushed for the
hills, leaving all the household goods
and taking practically no food. Ter
rible suffering is bound to follow, as
they are without funds
Climbed Up to a Second Story to
Commit Crime.
At St Louis. Mo., after climbing a
tw-tory porch and breaking open
a window. Albert Koenig. a lineman
secured entrance into the room of
Nettie Woods, on Walnut street, and
shot her. He then shot himself
twice. Both were removed to the
hospital, and It is believed they will
die The two recently quarrelled.
The Government Statistics Sho
Highest Level on Record.
Remarkable Increase in All Lines <
Household and Personal Suppli
Indicated by Recent Complicatic
Of Statistics of Wholesale Price
and the Government to Study R4
tail Prices.
Living expenses are increasing
a rate that finally has startled th
government statisticians-and he i
the last man in the world to be star
led at anything.
For three years the average Amei
ican housekeeper has felt the stral
of increased household expenses, bu
until within a few months, the mai
ter has not appealed officially to th
statistical agents of the government,
Indeed, less than a year ago, figure
were made public by the bureau o
labor which seemed to indicate tha
there had been no increase in the liv
ng expenses of the average Ameri
can citizen. The figures showed tha
some articles of everyday use in Am
erican households had gone up i1
price, but the general precentage o
ncrease was so small as to be incon
siderable. At that very time, it wa
known to every householder in th<
land that the expenses had increase<
materially, and that he was payini
more for the support of his famil:
than he ever had paid before.
Now, these facts have dawned oi
the government officials. The lates
Investigation made by the bureau o
labor have thrown some strong ligh
n the subject. The criticism of th
reports made about a year ago induc
d the officers of the labor bureau t<
institute an inquiry into the cost o:
wholesale amounts of commoditie,
generally used in housekeeping. Th4
omparisons instituted covered a per
iod of seventeen years. The inquiri
into the wholesale prices of such ar
ticles of the same commodities Is be
ing made. The latter will not be com
pleted for several months yet; bul
the statistics respecting the whole
ale prices has prepared the statis
ics for what they will find in theii
inquiry into the retail prices.
In the inquiry only recently com
pleted. it was discovered that the
wholesale prices of 258 ordinary
ommodities had reached a highei
'evel In 1906 than at any previous
[me in the history of the country
)f course, the period covered by the
ivestigation was only seventeer
ears, but at no time prior to that
iad prices so high been attained as
;o any considerable number of the
rticles investigated. On the whole
umber of articles, the average price
in 1906, was 5.6 per cent higher than
:t was in 1905, and 36.5 per cent
aigher than in 1897, the year ii
hich the lowest prices of all the
~ommodites were reached in the 17
rear period. The statistics show
hat the highest level of prices was
~eached in December, 1906, the aver
ge for that month being 4.1 per
ent higher than for the entire year
)f 1906, and 6.3 per cent higher than
or the corresponding month of the
~revious year.
It is stated by the bureau of labor
:hat the inquiries covered farm pro
lucts, food, clothing, lumber, build
g materials, drugs, house furnish
ngs and miscellaneous commodities
~'arm products and chemicals showed
slight decrease from the prices of
L905, but all other products indicat
d a material increase. The aver
rge price of farm products showed,
n 1906. only a slight change fron
1905, while food products as a wholE
ncreaed 3.6 per cent over 1905.
Sixty-five of the seventy articles
- clothing showed an increase it
price, while only four indicated a de
rease. In the others there was n<
In submitting the figures, the bu
rea of labor make no attempt ti
iscuss the cause of the rise and fal
f prices contenting itself with a sim
le statement of the facts as it find
them. It is significant, however, tha
an inquiry is being made into retai
prices on the very heels of the othe1
'he Pastor and Young Lady Men
ber Are Missing.
Members of the fashionable SI
George's Episcopal church at Hemp
stead, L. I., were astonished Thurs
day when they learned that their pa~
tor, Rev. Jere Knode Coode, had de
parted from Hemnpstead, and tha
iss Floretta Whaley also had lel
er home and had written letter
saying she would not return. Re~
Mr. Cooke is married.
Bishop Burgess, of the diocese o
Long Island, says that immediate ac
tion will be taken by the vestry C
St. George's church to fill the vacar
:y caused by the departure of Mi
It is inclined to the belief that Di
Cooke cannot be of sound mind. H~
obtained a leave of absence a yea
ago and went to Europe to recupe
ate. but his condition since his rf
turn home has been poor.
Miss Whaley, the missing your
woman, has a fortune said to amoul
to $125,000,which came to her
the death of her father.
Kentucky Court of Appeals Affirni
Hanging for Assault.
says the Kentucky law inflicting ti
death penalty for criminal assau
was sustained by the court of appea
affiming a death sentence imposedc
Harrison Alexander, colored, for
assault on a white woman.
Woman in Male Attire Not Allow<
To Land.
A dispatch from San Francis
says landing in this country has be
denied "Countess Convalessky,"
woman who dressed in male atti
and who arrived with her husbal
n he Ventura.
Drawn of the Conditions of ti
Upper Congo
By a Preacher Who Had Just E
L. turned from That Unhappy ai
Much Abused Country.
The Rev. Charles Padfield, of t]
)f Congo Balolo Mission, who has Ju
M returned from the upper Congo, h
made the following interesting stat
ment to a representative of Reuter
9 Agency at London.
"I have been three and a ha
years on the Congo, mainly in wh;
are known as the Abir and Lulani
Lt territories, which were visited tv
e years ago by the Congo commissic
s of inquiry.
"The Congo administration hg
now taken the territories of the Ab
Company under direct control, at
if you must know what in a practic,
a sense this means. I will answer th,
t question In the language of a nath
chief to me; If you call a- leopar
something else, does he become son:
e thing else?"
"Ordinary commercial method
s are unkriown and the native coui
f try, or regular soldiers of the For(
Publique, takes the place of th
't trader in more favored parts of Afr
ca. Some of my colleagues foun
. villages living under the shadow <
t the sentry rifle. Their reports wer
forwarded, I believe, to the foreig
office. Owing to various causes
have been unable to travel to an
extent lately; but heavy fighting I
the Upper Lopori and Upper Maarit
ga has been admittedly taking plac
for several months past.
"I do not like to think of what 1
D going on there. Just before I left
whole crop of rumors reached Bai
inga. Of course, I am not In a posi
tion to guarantee their accuracy, bu
from what we have seen ourselve
at Baringa before the advent of th
commission, there is but too muc)
reason to believe in their substantia
truth. Fighting and massacre, pri
oners shot, misery and outrage-tha
is the burden of the story. A pa
thetic message reached me by dev]
ous ways from a long distance inlan
as I was preparing to leave. Why d
not missionaries come up into ou
country to save us from being kille
for rubber.?
"When sheer robbery is the basi
of everything what can the outlool
be? 'Atrocities' are only one aspec
of the question. The system itself i
simply dibclical, resting, as it does
upon forcible appropriation of every
"On my return home I made
point of visiting Duala, in the Ger
man Camerons, and New Calabar, ii
the Niger protectorate, to see fo:
myself how the administration work
in those colonies, and more than evei
did I realize, as I saw and noted th4
extraordinary and profound differ
ence between the principles of rule ii
those places, that everything on thi
Congo is a nightmare of bratal de
spotism and cruelty."
The interview with Mr. Padfiel
was submitted by Reuter to a high
ly-placed official in Brussels, whc
gave the state.
Act of Robber Struck Terror to The
Hearts of Women.
The latest exploit of the hooligan:
of Marseilles has struck terror int<
the hearts of every woman in thai
city. A few nights ago a woman oi
her way home was suddenly ap
proached on the Qual du Vieux Por
by a stranger and asked to hani
over her gold earrings. She starte<
back in alarm, and a minute late:
screamed and fell fainting to thi
pavement. When she was picke<
up by a policeman it was found tha
the lobe In her left ear had been cu
off, and the earrings with it.
A lady wearing a pair of pearl ear
rings was accosted by a well dresse<
man in a quiet street and asked t<
give up her earrings. She offere<
resistance and screamed. In an In
stant her left ear was cut entirel:
off, and the thief ran away with th
ear. Another woman lost both ear
Quite a number of women have bee:
similarly robbed during the pas
few days.
ISeveral ears have been found, ani
M. Caviailer, the Marseilles judge in
struction, has had them. preserved il
alcohol. 91 one case the assaian
has been captured, and is to be triel
before the assizes at Aix, when th
ear will be produced as evidence
One resulet of the crimes Is that th
women of Ma'rseilles have now begu:
to discard earrings altogether.
Nothing But Roadbed Remains of a
tOld Line in Ireland.
5 A railroad between Birr and Pari
.umna, Ireland. has been stolen an
nothing remains of It save the roac
f bed and one lonely bridge. One a!te
-the other the telegraph wires an
f poles then the rails and ties, an
- finally, the buildings have been cal
. red off by the neighboring popull
tion. A man did intend taking th
.remaining bridge, but was prevente
from doing so by an officer, wh
.r happened to catch him in the act.
-In 1868, a line was built betwee
-the two places. It was worked 1
the Great Southern and Western lir
g until 1876, when it failed to rene
it the lease. The road was deserte
Lt and the people living in its vicinil
gradually took posession of its fi
American in Mexico Was Warned 1
Parrots Screaming.
e It has been advised that the Me
It eorological bureau of Mexico oug:
Is to supply its stations with parrol
n since the recent earthquake shocic
Ln L. C. Crutcher, an American condu<
or on the Mexican Central railroa
says he was warned an hour In a
vance that there would be an eart
quake by the srceaming of parro
Mr. Crutcher arose when he hea
the parrotts in the house giving for
their yells of distress, and, dressitr
went out on the street. When t
~o triemors came the parrotts yell
xn louder than ever and never ceas
a until the last quake was over.I
re said he never knew par-ots to fa
id to give warning of an approach1:
le In the Wreck of a Dam at Chi
huahau, Mexico,
. The Disaster is Only One of the Many
d Which Have Happened in Same
Mexican State.
e A special from Chihuahua, Mex
st ico, says: a
s Without an instant warning the
e- great walls of the Chivuscar dam
s gave way Friday engulfing nearly
forty men under the enormous
If weight of masonry and water, be
tween fifteen and twenty of whom
t are dead, thirteen injured and others
o unaccounted for.
o Some of the injured will die.
n The disaster is only the last of a
large number which have recently
claimed nearly 200 victims in that
s State, and mostly in the neighbor
r hood of Chilhauhua.
d The authorities are making a thor
.i ough investigation Into the present f
Lt catastrophe and will severely punish
e those upon whom they place the t]
d blame.
e According the version of the affair
which reached here, the men were t]
I working on a foundation close to the
L- foot of the main ramparts of the
e dam, which had already been con
e structed.
- The main wall was weak and gave b
d way under the water pressure. The
dam was being put in for irrigation
and stock watering purposes and was
a a large enterprise.
The loss will be heavy. All of t
the victims are Mexicans.
e d
s Moonshiners in the Dark Corner ti
a ei
Hold Up Officers. st
Moonshiners gave a 'party of offi- (
,t cers a big surprise in the dark cor- ti
ner section of Greenville county Fri
day by surrounding a distillery n
which the raiding squad had captur- e
ed and at the point of Winchester a]
rifles demanded and effecting the re- T
t lease of three prisoners. It was a ti
daring piece of work even for block- el
aders and rather out of the ordinary h
for these times.
3 Since the -Carey-Cothran law went i
into effect Magistrate Rector of High hi
land township, has been active in al
destroying illicit distilleries. Wed- t
nesday night he started a raid near T
the North Carolina line and early
Thursday mlorning a big distillery t
was located. The magistrate was ac- 01
companied by two constables. 01
One was sent off to Tryon to not- h
ify the deputy revenue collecton at s'
L Greenville while .the magistrate and tb
- his constable hold the still. Just at bi
daylight, presumably to start oper- fO
ation. Two were captured, but one
escaped. Half an hour later the dis- ki
tillery was surrounded by mountain- e(
eers who covered the officers with tI
their rifles and effected the release T
of the prisoners. in
The mountaineers then destroyed tb
the distillery and 110 gallons of 11- 0
quor in order to prevent the prop- ki
erty from falling into the hands of sp
the Federal government, several wo- re
men assisting in the work. Magis- m
trate Rector and his constables were m
told to clear out and they lost no ii
time in getting away. A number of kh
warrants will be sworn out for the tb
rrest of the guilty parties.u
Attacked by Men Who Sought to se
"Break Up" Party.
Five Men are under arrest at
Mount Holly, N. J., charged with the H
crime of killing William Beebe, a
farmer, of Red Lion. The murder
was the result of a determination to
"break up" a merrymaking party at
Chairville. The men under arrest P~
are Howard Reeves, Theodore Wells. ni
Caleb Rogers, Harry Reeves and Har- nc
-ry Hammell. They appear to have i
ad no motive for killing Beebe, ex- si
cept that they were looking for a i
'ght and mnet him first.
The five men accused, were at- pI
racted to the house in which the fes- dC
ivities were going on, by lights and W~
dancing. As they approached the k
olace they stumbled upon Beebe in ai
- -rk niace and clubbed him to in
death. The merrymakers were at- ce
Stracted to the doors by the inise o
'.without and managed to th
1hold the murderers until they could to
tbe placed into custody. The five ai
men declared they were looking for et
a fight and could clean out the ti
"whole bunch." It is understood h:
that Rogers was the instigator of the p1
attackif and three chlrnawaited e
the .homecoming of Mr. Beebe. as
they thought he had gone to town
on business. Trho five men are being
held awaiting the result of the cor- A
1 oner's inquest.
- ti
d Negro Who Assaulted New Jersey
r Women Beaten by Mayor. t
Edward Gibson, a negro living at o
-Wenonah, N. J., and employed as a th
- cook at Woodbury, near Camden, N. ti
e J was arrested Thursday night, on ey
,the charge of attacking Miss Dorothy t
Paris, of Wenonah. t
Gibson attacked the young woman o:
as she left a trolley car in Wenonah, it
Sfor her home. He knocked her J
e down, an was about to seize her by
*dthe throat when four young men A
*ymade their appearance and Gibson b
7 fled. He was captured in the woods tl
near Wenonah, and given a beating t
by his captors.0
Gibson was then taken before May- t
or Lawrence, who, when he heard the
story, became so enraged that he
y struck the prisoner in the face. May
-or Lawrence held him for a hearing1y
before Justice of the Peace 'Williams,
twho sent him to jail without bail.
sFast Train Left the Track and Two t
1, Passengers Fatally Hurt t
1- A fast passenger train on the Bal-g
s, timore and Ohio railroad on the Ohioc
-dRiver division, was wrecked forty
g five miles below Parkersbury, W.
' Va., Thursday afternoon injuring 20
d persons and two fatally. It was
d unning at the rate of sixty miles1
de an hour. The. baggage car left the
i rack, causing the engine and five
cars to follow and the rear coaches
to trn over the embankment.
everal Miners Entombed Four
Days Rescued at Last.
Vere Almost Frozen to Death. One
Of The Imprisoned Men, Took
Charge of the Party-They Built
a Hut From Ties and Slept Most
Of the Time--Scenes at the Mine's
The seven miners entombed In the
'oustwell mine of the Berwind
Vhite company, near Johnstown, Pa.
Lst Saturday, were rescued Tuesday
ight, after nearly four days of hero
: work by the rescurers. The
ien were alive though almost frozen
rom the cold and starved from lack
f food. The rescurers who came to
eir place of imprisonment first
ere Stoney Roden and Charles Rean
'hey waded through water up to
ieir necks. Several times they
assed within a few inches of the
Line roof. They were almost par
yzed when they reached the men.
ach carried two bottles of milk and
randy and gave it to the men spar
The rescuers began work at once
tr the mind was flooded last Sat
rday. Pumps were set going. More
ian 2,000 gallons of water were
Lken from the mine every minute,
ay and night. It was not until Mon
ay morning that the pumps began
i gain on the water. The work of
te rescuers necessitated great brav
y. Some of them were forced to
op working because of the mental
mndition. The noise of the pumps,
Le splash of the water and the excit
zg surroundings, shattered their
rves. Women and children crowd
about the opening of the mine
id hampered them in their work.
hey were kept from harm only
trough the use of force. The pray
s and cries to the entombed were
rrowing. Mrs. Bolva, wife of one
the miners, stood weeping at the
outh of the mine and calling for
r husband. Her father, 74 years of
e, kept up chants and prayers for
e man, never ceasing for 72 hours.
zeir case was not an exception.
The rescued men were fo'nd in
.e highest point of the shaft. Bolya,
te of the members of the impris
Led party, had the men well in
Lnd. When he found they were
lifering from the cold, he ordered
em to pull ties from the water and
ild a hut. There they lived for
ur days in comparative comfort.
Ily one of the miner's lamps was
pt burning. When that one burn
out another was lighted. Thus
e men were no in utter darkness.
iey could see the water sinking
ch by inch, and hear the roar of
e pumps. They tapped frequently
the air pipes to let the rescuers
LOW that they were alive and to
ur them to determined efforts. The
ason the tappings were not made
Dre often was that the men spent
ost of their time sleeping in their
ring tomb. When rescued and ta
n to the hospital, it was found
at they had suffered from expos
e. Their good condition was ac
unted for from the fact that they
are cheerful all the time- of their
prisonment, even though they had
tle reason to think they would ever
e their families again.
Wouldn't Rob House of Death,
But Went Elsewhere.
W. W. Waitneight, of Bellevue,
L., whose baby died early Sunday
ght, was awakened by a slight
vise made by a burglar, and think
g the nurse who was attending his
k wife was in the room sat up and
quired what was wrong.
The burglar, turning up on him,
tled a revolver and told him to '"lie
wn and keep quiet." Instead
aitneight asked the intruder if he:
ew that he had made a mistake
id that he had entered a house
which death had just recently oc
The burglar, impressed, withdrew
e revolver and asked Waitneight
tell him about it. This was done,
Ld at the close the. burglar express
isympathy and regret for the in
usion, and returning a watch, he
Ld stolen left the house. The night
-owler made up for this loss, how
!er, by making heavy thefts in oth
nearby houses.
n Austrian Count Slain by a Posse
In California.
The San Francisco Examiner says
te supposed desperado who was kill
I at Willows after a running fight
th a posse of officers has been idea
fied as Count Otto Von Waldsteinl
Austria, scion of a noble family of
[story, nephew to a cardinal and to
e Prince of Wartemburg, one of
i richest men in Franz Joseph's
Count Otto died fighting, believing
iat he was being attacked by a band
robbers. The posse thought that
had ran down Smith, murderer of
:hn Marcovich.
Count Otto Von 'Waldstein left
stria and his family six years ago
ecause of a love affair. He fought
irough the Boor war. He wandered
America a poor young man with
u a profession to work with his
ands for existence.
[urled to His Death From Top of
High Building.
At Atlanta Alber J. Stevens, an
:nlishman, was hurled to death and
bree other workmen jiarrowly escap
d being killed by the fall of a sec
ion of coping on the new Andrews
iuilding on Marietta street Thurs
ty morning. Stevans fell a distance
ff seventy feet and was horribly
:rushed. He died at the Grady Hos
sital an hour later. The three other
vorrkmen who were working with
itevens saved themselves by .jumping
>akward when the coping gave
Lwy. The exact cause of the acci
lent is not known. Stevens was an
>rnafental brick mason, and was 24
rears old. He had been in Atlanta
nl about two months.
After a Full and Free Discussiom
of the Matter
Citizens of~ Sandy Run Township
Lexington County, View Nev
County Project With Disfavor.
In retponse to a call that had beer
issued a few weeks ago by promineni
cititens of Sandy Run Township, Lex
ington County, a large number ol
voters assembled at Spreading Branch
school house, in that township. The
purpose of this meeting was to dis
cuss and decide upon the advisability
of joining the people of St. Matthews
in their efforts to form a new county
out of a portion of Orangeburg Coun
ty and that section of Lexington.
The meeting was called to order by
Dr. Brooker, of Swansea, who stated
the object of the meeting. Mr. Na
than B. Wannamaker, an influential
citizen of thot community, was unan
imously elected chairman and a secre
tary was also chosen. In order that
the matter be brought before the
body, the following resolution was
offered for adoption:
"Resolved, That we, the voters of
Sandy Run Township, in mass meet
ing assembled, do regard with un
qualified disfavor any movement
from whatever source-whatever
and subserved-that contemplates
the dismemberment of our county
but cutting therefrom any township
or section' or any part thereof,- or
that in any way imperils the integrity
of the same."
As there were present a nupber
of gentlemen from St. Matthew's who
came there as promoters of the new
county, the motion which had been
made to adopt this resolution, was
temporarily withdrawn, and a motion
was made and carried that these gen
tlemen and a gentleman who was
present from the city of Orangeburg
be allowed the privileges of the, floor
that they might participate in the
discussion. Mr. J. Scottowe Wanna
maker, Mr. Wimberly and several
other gentlemen and Mr. J. H. Fun
derburg, from Orangeburg, were in
vited to take part in this discussion.
Mr. Wannamaker then made a
speech of about two hours against
the adoption of this resolution. He
put forth the argument of the new
ounty advocates and endeavored to
show the peole of Lexington that it
would be- to their advantage if they
would withdraw from Lexington coun
ty and become a part of the new
ounty, which would have St. Mat
thew's as its county seat. He devot
ed most of his time in making charg
es of extravagence and mismanage
ment against the officials of Orange
burg County. He said the Court
House officials were receiving ex
travagant salaries for their services
and that the county expenses were
annually on the increase.
He also claimed that the county
commissioners were entirely too ex
travagent in their management of the
people's money; that too much was
spent for bridges and roads, and that
this fund was not equitably distribu
ted. He also said that the lands and
property of this county were assessed
at too high values, and consequently
made the taxes burdensome upon the
people. He explained why he thought
the newspapers and politicians of old
)rangeburg County were opposing
the new county scheme, and charged
them with having selfish motives for
so doing.
He spoke for nearly two hours,
hut seldom referred to Lexington
County or its officials. 01rangeburg
affairs seemed to have been on his
mind, and this did not aid him much
a solving the problem for the solu
tion of which these Lexington people
had assembled.
After Mr. Wannamaker completed
his speech Mr. Funderburg addressed
the meeting in support of the reso
lution and endeavored in a brief
manner to present the contrary facts.
e defended the action of th'e Or
angeburg officials and while he ad
mitted that a great deal of money
was being spent by the county com
missioners he had no facts to show
that the people did not get the bene
fit c ( every dollar of this money.
Even if this extravagence were ad
mitted, it would have no bearing on
the resolution before this body, as1
that was purely a Lexington matter.
'hese people were not concerned in
Qrangebrg county affairs.
Mr. Funderburg replied to. all the
pertinent points of Mr. Wannamak
er's argument. suggested to the peo
ple to let this experiment alone and
remain with Lexington, as to make
the change would be a leap in the
dark. Lexington is not a heavily tax
ed county and they would certainly
have their taxes increased if they
went into a new county, which was
shown by the average rate of taxa
tion in the six new counties for five
years as compared with the rate they
are now paying. He claimed that
amptation of a portion of Orange
burg County would not be the proper
remedy for expensive administrations
and if they thought the officials were
too extravagent they should elect
Bank Clerk Said He Did'nt Know
Why He Stole $50,000.
Charged with stealing $50,000 in
onds from the Trust Company of
America, in New York, W. 0. Doug
lass, a clerk of the company, has
been arrested~ and remanded without
bail. He was caught in a hotel
where he had registered under an
assumed name.
IDouglass had been in the emiploy
f the company for several years and
was never suspected of dishonesty.
He said he took the bonds about ten
days before and that he had no rea
son for doing so. he didH not even
try to dispose of them. hiws notar
was $7.500 a year and h a o
known to be in financial w'ant.
An Aged White Man in Savannah
conifessed to Theft.
j. W. Hart. an aged white mat
eld at Savannah for robbing a housE
of a large quantity of silverware
Thursday told the police of a numbei
of robberies that he had committed
The officers have recovered aboui
$300 worth of .silverware belonging
to A. H. Silcox, of Charleston, whose
oue was robbed recently.
In an Explosion at Canton, China,
on Thursday.
Fifteen Buildings Razed, Scores S5
Jously Wrecked, and Section of
Massive City Wall Thrown Down.
Residents in Foreign Quarter Not
Hurt. Pagoda Escapes. Heavy
Property Loss.
Poor old China is always in trou
ble. Very great destruction- of life
and property was caused at Canton
Thursday by an explosion of a gun
powder magazine.
Twenty-one bodies have already
been recovered from the ruins. Hun
dred of persons were injured.
Fifteen buildings were razed to
the ground, and over a hundred-were
seriously wrecked.
A section two hundred feet long of
the massive city wall was thrown
down. The historical, many-storied
pagoda escaped with slight injuries.
Officials and staffs of the hespitals
are doing their best to succor the
sufferers. In the Shamien surburb,
where the foreigners live, the shock
caused by the- explosion was felt, but
the residents were unharmed.
. Some idea of the force of the ex
plosion may be gathered from the
fact that roofs of houses a mile dis
tant from the exploded magazine
were blown off.
A number of mportant Chinese and
foreign mercantile establishments
were completely demolshed.
Bodies recovered from the ruins,
in the vicinity of the magizine were
shockingly mutilated.. Many corpses
were without heads.
The officer in charge of the maga
zine was among those killed, and
when his body was recovered a pipe
was found clutched in his hand,
which suggests the possible cause of
the explosion.
Indian Brave and White Man Both
Claim Right to Woman.
Even the indians are up to date
and air their love affairs In court.
Such is the .case of Jack Wilcox, a
Quiniault brave, who lives on the
reservation at Aberdeen, Wash., and
who has instituted proceedings to re
cover his wife, against Billy Snell, a
white man. The woman in question
is an Indian and for 17 years she
was the faithful wife of Snell, bring
ing-him up a family of six children.
Then the dashing young brave ap
peared and his stories turned her
head. She eloped with him, after he
pursuaded her that the first marriage
was not legal.
It was not long before the brave
and his bride returned to the reser
vation and Billy Snell won her back
again, much to the chagrin of Jack
Wilcox. The first marriage was per
formed by an Indian agent. If the
ontracting parties thought the first
eremony legal it would be binding.
f the woman did not. thing It legal
when she eloped with Wilcox she
would not be guilty of bigamy.,
Sheriff Captures Man From Window
of a Flying Engine.
One of the most sensational cap
ures of an escaped jail breaker ever
effected occurred early Thursday
orning alont the Delaware, Lacka
anna and Western railroad,, near
di?on, Pa., when Chief of Police
incemover, of Danville, leanng far
out of a speeding locomotive, seized
harles Sutton by the colar and
wung him on board, a prisoner. ,
Sutton had broken out of the Mon
tour county jail several hours be
Jore and believing that he would try
o escape along the railroad, Sheriff
Williams and the chief of police got
locomotive crew together and start
d in pursuit. While running about
0 miles an hour they suddenly es
pied in the glare of the headlight
utton leaning back against a box.
car on the adjoining track to let the
ocomotive pass him. He did not
uspect such speedy pursuit, and did
not realize his danger until Mince
moyer's strong arm shot out and
seized him.
Captain and Four Men Drowned As
They Row Out to Vessel.
At Pars-, Christain, Miss., the
drowning of five men of the schooner
Sioux 'on Monday night came to light
Thursday, when the bodies of two
floated ashore and a third body was
seen off shore. The missing include
Captain Jones Connelly, formerly of
Baltimore. He and four -sailors
started to row out to their schooner
Monday evening, but they never
reached the vessel. What accident
befell them has not been learned
The Sioux is from Biloxi, Miss.
By an Explosion <ga Can of Dyna
mite by Accident.
nexlosion of flyEiante at John
Li nflsSsheep camp in Trapper Creek,
Big Horn county, Wyoming, Thurs
day night, killed 700 sheep and com
pletely destroyed camp wagons and
other possessions of the, camp. The
story of the outrage was- told by a
herder who said that a band of mask
ed men raided the camp and after
binding him securely, arranged for
the work of destruction. A similar
attack was' made upon a sheep camp
in the Trapper CreelC section two
years ago.,
Fourteen Dead Bodies of Miners Are
A dispatch from Charleston, W.
Va., says the bodies of 14 dead have
been recovered from the Whipple
mi- weean explosions. of gas oc
cued latereThursday afternoon, and
this wa thought to be the full ex
tent of the fatalities.

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