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VOL. XXII MANNiNG, S. C. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1908 NO. 20
SHOT BY HIS SON Judge Hargis, Famous Figure in Kentucky Political Annals. DIES WITH BOOTS ON. Beach Hargis, Young Son of the Judge, While Drinking Shoots His Father Five Times in His Own Store.-The Dead Man Was Mixed Up In Many Scripes and Had Been Tried for Murder. At Jackson, Ky., former County Judge James Hargis, for many years member of the State. Democratic exe cutive committee, accussed of com plicity in many killings, and a prom Inent figure in the feuds which have disrupted Breathitt County for sever al years, was shot and killed in his store about 3:30 P. M. Thursday by his son, Beach Hargis. The son fired lve shots in rapid succession at his father, who fell deaa while his clerks were waiting on customers. The exact cause of the murder has not been learned, but it is supposed to have been the result of differences which have existed be tween father and son for some time. The two men are reported to have had a severe quarrel several nights ago, when the father, it is .alleged, was compelled to resort to violencei to restrain his son. Young Hagris, it is said, had been drinking heavily of late. Hie came into the store Thursday afternoon and was apparently under the influ- i ence of liquor. Judge Hargis, it is:1 said, spoke to his son about drink- i Ing and a quarrel resulted. Father 1 and son stepped behind a counter I when the son, after a minute's con- I versation, drew a revolver and fired < fiTe shots. Four took effect, Judge Hargis falling dead. The young lady stenographer and the customers in the store fled. Young Hargis was ar rested -and placed in jail. He was raving like a maniac and the officers i were compelled to drag him to jail. Judge Hargis had been for years a prominent figure in Kentucky in po litical and criminal circles. He has figured in the Courts in the moun- t tains for years on account of the urders of Dr. Cox. Attorney Mar cum and "Jim" Cockrill. Judge Har- 1 gis was present leader of the Dem ocrats of the 10th district and was regarded as the "boss" of Breathitt. County. For years his sway was not oppos-.1 ed, but some years ago James B. , Marcum had the temerity to oppose t Hargis in a law case. From that day he was a marked man. Judge Hargis had been on trial at various times for complicity in the murder of Marcum, "Jim" Cockrill and Dr. Cox, but had been acquittedt on aJ, of the charges. He was re cently forced to pay a judgment of $8,000 to Mrs. Marcum in connec tion with the death of her husband. Judge Hargis had just disposed of this, the last of these cases in which he had been involved when he paid , the judgment of the Court. Mrs. Marcum had sued Judge Hargis and others for $100,000, alleging that they caused the death of her hus band. The Hargis-Cockrill fued had its inception in a political contest. The Hargises had long been dominant in Breathitt County, where they con ducted a general store, were engaged in the lumber business and were -gen erally active. The brothers, James, Alexander and Elbert, were good business men and accumulated a for tune. The trouble with the Cockrills arose when the latter opposed the the Hargises at the polls. Feeling ws bitter, when one day, Benjamin Hargis, a younger brother of James Hargis, met one of the Cockrill boys1 in a "blind tiger," near Jackson, and was killed by his enemy. , In the fall of 1901:, Dr. Cox, the guardian of the Cockrill boys, who. lived on the outskirts of Jackson. was shot as he entered his home one night by assassins concealed across the way. John Smith, John Abner and others of 'the all-'. I1it .-ges band were accused of the crime, and in a confession made by one of them Judge Hargis was charged with hav ing hired them to kill Dr. Cox. From this time on the story of the Hargs-Cockrill feud was written in blood. The next to fall was "Jim" Cockrill, the town marshall. Shortly after the murder of Cockrili, James . Marcum, the attorney for the Cockrill boys, created a sensation by publicly declaring in Lexington that he was - a marked man, and that he had been doomed to death by the Hargis clan. One morning in May, five years ago, Marcum was shot down while standing at the door of the Court House at Jackson talking to Capt. Ewing. the assassin being Curtis Jett. "the wild dog," who had since con fessed his part in this tragedy and who was accused to the other crimes. He and "Tomn" White are now serv ing life sentence in the penitentiary. Judge Hargis will be buried in a casket costing $100. which he had purchased a month ago. About 4.30 Thurday .afternoon the following message was sent: "Express to-day casket selected by James Hargis as he is dead. *"Mrs. Judge James Hargis." DISLOCATED HER JAW. Laughing at a Funny story Told Her b3 Her Hr'sband. While Mrs. Mary Lamabertsonl was at supper with her husband, at their home. Brooklyn. he told her a funny story. When the point of the story was reached. Mrs. Lambertsonl laugh ed so heartily for several minutes that she dislocated her jaw. She was taken' the Seney hospital. whlere th ja was reset. MORSE RAN AWAY. B1g Trust Magnate Now a Fugi tive From justice. Wrecked a Big New York Bank of Which He Was President, and Sail ed For Liverpool. A dispatch from New York says that Charles W. Morse, less than five months ago worth $20,000,000,' head of the Coastwise ship, and the lee trusts, capitalized at $127,000, 000, and in control of a chain of banks, capitolized at $10,000,000, Is a fugitive from justice, having sailed from New York for Liverpool.1 When this came to light Receiver Hanna the official of the federal government, who has charge of in-; vestigation that the grand jury is* making into the bank juggling which led to the failure of the Bank of! North America, has attached his, Fifth avenue mansion for $243,321. 25 due by Morse to the bank on romisory notes long over due. Twice Morse has been before the. rand jury where he was subjected to rilling examinations. It is known :hat indictment has been determined ipon by the jurors, but it is stated >y District, Attorney Jerome that he knows of no reason why Morse hould flee, fearing criminal prose ution. Mrs. Morse, who was dragged hrough the scandals attendant upon[ he Dodge-Morse divorce case that anded Abe Hummel on Blackwell's' sland, is living alone in the mansion Lt No. 728 Fifth Avenue. This stands n the name of Morse, and is said to e worth $750,000. It is alreadyv' nortgaged for a large amount and as been attached in a suit by R. A. . Smith for $155,753.36 in a claim or a conditional sale of five hun [red shares of National Bank of orth America stock and also libell- c d by the federal government for 243,321.25. In the wreck that followed the t [riving out of Morse from his pres- e dencies and directorates in banks he ontrolled, his repudiation by the anagement of the re-organized C hip trust, the dropping out of sight if values of the ice trust stock and I he wreck of banks that has follo w d the revelation of banking meth- I ds that have been criticised, Morse's b ortune is believed to have been I wept away in three months. Reports of Morse's loses followed ach other in rapid succession. One 0 f these was that the creditor banks t ight unite in making him an in. t 'oluntary bankrupt, thus asorbing 1 he remnants of his fortune. Deputy t heriffs were kept busy serving cop- f es of the attachment in the suit s rought by Charles A. Hanna, re- v eiver for the National Bank of North P .merica, in New York, against Morse a > recover $243,321. Copies of the attachment have been c rved on officers of the 14 banks in hich Morse was supposed to have r ecounts. A deputy sheriff has i ized 6,409 shares of stock of the ' 'urnace Valley Copper, said to be a wned by Morse. Another levied on 11 tock in the Kingsland Copper Coin- It 'any, said to have been owned by orse. A deputy sheriff also has, rved a copy of the attachment of 1 . A. Wilson, in charge of the Morse s sident in 5th. avenue. * THEY WANT FOOD. d s ~tartling Story Told by a New York i School Teacher, a That niany of her pupils come 'ithout breakfast to school, that ont ecassions several have fainted in v he class room from want of food, b Lnd that repeated appeals to charity rganizations brought nothing more han long-delayed replies to the ef- e 'ect that "an investigation would be f ade" are among statements made e y Mrs. C. T. Tower. principal of pub- I Ic school No. 114, at 73 Oliver'I ~treet, New York. * f KORKED SOUTHERN FOR PASSESf oung White MIan Arrested at Green-r ville on New Charge. J. H. Clark, a young white man, 'as arrested at Greenville on Thurs fay, chargeti with obtaining passes ~rom the Southern Railway by mak ng false representations. Clarke 'epresented himself as being an en ;ineer on the Southern, and in this way secured many passes. When ar ested he had two quarterly 'asses f the New York Central on his per' on, both of them being made out to different parties. EIGHTY-FIVE OPERATIONS Were Performed on Woman W~ho Finally Succumbed. At Peoria. Ill, Mrs. Martha Ann Davis, aged 60 years, died Thursday night after an illness of dropsy. Dur ing this time Mrs. Davis had been operated on 85 times, and 2.000 shipment of cotton from infected ter punds of water drawn off at dif ferent operations. Physicians de care the case to be one of the most singular of its kind in medical his-1 tory. BOLL WEEVIL SPREADING. IThe Pest Now Extends~ Over the: Whole of Louisiana. The State Crop) pest commission of Louisiana Tuesday withdrew the Icuarantinle on cot toni shipments from I oll weevil territory. The quara.n tie has heen in effect since the wee vil was iirst discovered in Louisiana. The con-.missionfi nds that the pest is now practically over the entire State and a quarantine against the ritory is without effect. GOT VERY HOT. Members of the Senata Gets Ex cited Over an Editorial IN MANNING TIMES. It Was Claimed That Senator Appelt's Paper Had Made Grare Charges Against Some Senators.-Senator Appelt Was Roundly Abused, but He Hit Back and Said He Would Criticise Them When He Saw lit. There was a red hot time In the state Senate on Friday. Senator Blease of Newberry read the follow :ng editorial from the Manning rimes, which had been copied in the ewbebrry Observer. The Manning rimes is owned and edited by Sena :or Appelt. Before reading the arti le Senator Blease said he did not epresent any whiskey house, and herefore the article did not touch im, but he thought the 'Senate ught to take notice of the article, vhich reads as follows: The Casus Bell. "The liquor scandals continue to old interest, and the graft gang are rying to work up a sentiment against ttorney General Lyon because of his Laving employed Col. T. B. Felder, f Atlanta, Ga., to assist him. They ay, 'Lyon had to go to Georgia to et help, as tfiough South Carolina id not have good lawyers,' but such t will fool nobody when it is known hat the liquor, crew have in their elations with the winding-up com ission of the state dispensary 're ained a large number of lawyers in olunbia and other cities, and some f these are also members of the leg 5lature, who will probably fight the roposition o'f making an appropria ion to defray the attorney general's penses in bringing to justice men *ho have robbed the state. To sen ble men it matters not where the sistance comes from, whether it >mes from Georgia or South Caro na, but it happens that Col. Fel er is a South Carolinian, and is re ted to the Felders of Clarendon. I appen to know the man, although I ave not seen him since coming here. [e is an able, fearless lawyer and ill expose the names of members the general assembly who attempt ) use their relations as attorneys for ese liquor concerns to thwart the gislation necessary to uphold At rney General Lyon's hands. IL. )mation has already been obtained uficient to place some men in a ery undesirable attitude before the eople, and if there Is any further tempt made to 'tamper with the ry' to defeat an appropriation to mtinue investigation and bring to .istice the thieves' the newspaper ~ading will become mighty] int.erest g. and the hypocrisy of some of our atriots' will have its mask torn vay, and they will be held up for dignant derission and scorn of a usting and outraged people." Several Statements. Senator Earle denounced the pub ation in no uncertain terms. He aid he had never represented a hskey house, nor had he been con cted in any way with the State spensary commission. He said that ch statements as those contained 1the article from the Manning imes were "infamous falsehoods" d he demanded that the author of e article specify what senators were ferred to. "And any member of e senate," said Senator Earle, "who 'ill publish such statements should expelled from the senate." Senator Appelt's Statement. Senator Appelt, who had sat with lence under the stream of denun lation heaped upon him, but whose ace had grown red and then white, me to his feet quickly when Senator arle had concluded his remarks.. e demanded to know if the senator rom Oconee meant to say that he Appelt) had stated what was a alsehood. Senator Earle said that the infor aation contained in that article was alse and insulting. Ser.tor Appelt declared that a tepst in a teapot" had been stir ed up. He said that he wrote the .rticle referred to and was alone re ponsible for its publication. He ld that he based that article upon nformuation which he regarded as iuthntic. No names were given to m hy his informants, but hede ,lared that he was satisfied that thel ~tatemenuts contained in the article n so far as they related t, mn'mbersj )f the general assembly being attor eys for whiskey houses were abso utely correct. He said that while he 'as a member of the senate he was Uiso an editor of a newspaper and elt priviledged to criticise persons wvhenver he had information upon ~vhich to base such crtticis.rm. He said that if anybody was to be oxpelled from the senate it should e those senators who represent whiskey houses and who would use their of!!eial position to defeat the nds of legislation seeking to give to the attorney general funds with which to prosecute the grafters. He said to Senator Earle he had no right to know from whom he got his information, or what that infor m.ation was in detail. Rlepresents Two Houses. Senator Weston said that it is a penalty that men in public life pay to be misunderstood by some good men and to be misrepresented by sone bad men. He had no apoligies to make to any member of the senate or to any ilwspaper man or anybody else for his professional 'tonduct. He had been honored by the people of Richand county for many years and it is for themn to say whether his con dct meets with their approbation H-e stated that the law firm witi: which he is connected, Weston & Ay. ,.1. ep-eet two of the llquoi houses which have c .aims pendins before the dispensary commission, but no man could say, he declared tha^ his vote or his actions in th( senate were influenced by such rela tions. He said that one of the houses he represents placed their claims i his hands bfore the commission was estabblished, the New York aud -Ken tucky Distilling company. Senator Christen3en's Criticism. Rising to a question of personal privilege, Mr. Christensen said: "I too, am an editor and during the sessions of the legislature have occasion to comment on events in the legislature. I have commented in a general way on the situation discussed by the senator from Claren don in his paper and the senator from Richland, who has just taken his seat. "It is my belief that the senator from Richland has not acted in any way inconsistent with his ideas of what is right and proper. But I disagree with him and have said so and propose to condemn his course again if I think proper. He repre sents some of these liquor houses whose claims are being investigated and some of the ex-State dispensary offcials who are under indictment and thinks it proper and right as State senator to oppose in the senate the bill to provide the attorney gen eral with funds to prosecute his clients. I disagree with him and habe so stated elsewhere and wish to put myself on record here." Snator Raysor's Statement. Senator Raysor said. that he re gretted that it was necessary for him to raise a question of personal privi lege, but he felt compelled, under the circumstanccs, to enter his pro test against the charges contained in the newspaper clipping which had been read. He sald he voted against the Otts resolution because he considered it unwise, but he had publicly proclaim ed from the floor of the senate that he would vote to give to the attorney general any amount of money he needed in the prosecution of cases arising from the investigation of the affairs of the State dispensary. He thought that the attorney gen eral should be given all the assist ance necessary in these matters-in justice to the State and to the men under indictment the charges arising rom that investigation should be aired; the authorities ought to go to the bottom of them. He said that he had never repre sented a whiskey house in any claim before the dispensary commission ind he does not represent any of the parties who have been indicted as a result of the investigation of the af airs of the dispensary. He said he had been approached by one man who was formerly connected with the Rtate dispensary and although this nan was a lifelong personal friend ind he has confidence in his integ 'ity he refused to consult with him intil after the adjournment of the egslature. Senator Sinkler Warms Up. Senator Sinkler also rose to a luestion of personal priviledge and nade some very caustic references c the publication in question. He ;aid that he voted against the Otts -esolution because he considered it mproper for the senate to pass such aresolution when the act of the gen ral assembly of South Carolina is efore a court for interpretation. "But," he declared, "if any man *mputes to me wrong motives for vot .ng as I did on that measure, or harges me with being recreant to ny duty to the State, that man bath ot a fig leaf to cover his naked in ecency and it would be base flat :ery to call hini a dog." A Further Explanation. Senator Appelt thonght he could ~larify the atmosphere to some extent 1y explaining that this article appear d long before the Otts resolution was introduced and so far as he new before that resolution was ev r contemplated. No reflection was ntended upon any member for hav ing voted against that resolution as tt would have been quite Impossible t cast such reflections in advance of the introduction of the resolution and before the vote was taken. He had simply been given information contained in that article and got the information from a source which could be relied upon. Resolution Offered. Immediately upon the senate re nyening at 4 o'clock In the after noon, Senator Smith of Hampton of fered the following resolution: "Whereas, certain allegations have been made impeaching the honor and actions of members of the senate and house of representatives in re gard to .lgislation upon the whiskey question now before the courts, the general assembly and the people of South Carolina. "Be it resolved by the senate, That a committee consisting of two sena tors, to be appointed by the president of the senate, wait upon the author of said charge--the senator from Clreldon--and ask that he appear before the bar of the senate at 3~ 'clock, p. mn., February 10th iustant. and produce the names and evidence in suport of said chargeS." Stands by His Guns. With reference to this resolution, Senator Appelt said that he consid ered it untimely, uncalled for and un nsessary; that if he were required to appear before thae bar of the sen ate he could do so, but that he would only reiterate what he had said at the morning session and no other statement would be made. ie dclared that he would not ma liiously injure any man, and while he wrote the article in question and published it in his newspaper, he felt that no senator not guilty of what was charged in that article had a right to assume that it contained a charge against him. He said that lhe felt that it was not only his priviledge but his duty to give to the public through his newspaper such infor maition as is contained in that articlE and that he would continue to do sc regardless of what action might be taken by the senate. He said that he had not been giv en the names of any senator with re gard to this matter, therefore i brought before the bar of the sen ate he could not give any names. H read+ teartice, a it was taken fron SIX MILL TAX. Likely to be Levied for State Pur poses This Year. This Would Be an Increase of a Mill and a Half Over the Tax of Last Year. The apj7:.;riation bill which was presented to the House Friday by the ways and means will carry the levy to five and one-half mills, and per haps to six mills. The levy for 1907 is four and one-half mills, which was not sufficient to raise the apprcpria tions. The bill as reported will carry $30,000 for the new auditorium building desired by the University of South Carolina; also $43,744 for support and other items, which will I bring the appropriation for the Uni versity to $83,569.64, as against $64,038.93 last year. For Winthrop College, the sum of $64,435.22 is given for support, and c $2,000 additional for septic tanks, raising the total amount to $78,059.- t 82 as against $74,563.70 last year- r This sum does not include the $24,- r 000 voted for a new dormitory, nor t the $12,500 for practice school, al- s ready appropriated. For the Citadel, the sum of $30, 000 to repair the recently purchased police station is included, together C with the $7,500 due as second pay ment on the purchase, making the total appropriation $62,750. as a against $35,750 last year. 0 For the industrial school at Flor- r ence the sum of $10,000 is given. s For continuing the improvement of s the State House grounds the sum of $10,000 is given, the commission c having asked for $25,000. c The appropriation for the depart- c ment of immigration is as follows: n Salary of commissioner, $1,900; b clerk $1,200; expenses, $3,000; sten ographer, $600; handbook, $4,000. e Total, $10,700, as against $14,000 ] last year. b There are no other Important changes in any of the other State b officers except that of Attorney Gen- t eral. The salary of the assistant 0 Attorney General Is raised from $1,- V 500 to $1,800, the contingent fund is raised from $200 to $300, the litiga- E tion fund is placed at $2,000, and the stenographer is given $600, mak ing a total of $6,725, as against $8,- y 075 last year. sl The sum of $1,000 given last year for any prosecutions of State offi- - dals, and $1,000 f6r prosecuting C the Southern Railway merger suit are not included this year. Attorney General Lyon asked for $5,000 to prosecute the merger suit and requested that he either be giv- E en a sufficient amount or be not re quired to prosecute the case at all. 4 The amount asked is not given. For water supply the amount is fxed at $3,000, as against $5,000 last year, and this will likely be in reased on the floor. For interest on S State debt the sum of $300,000 is allowed. The amount for pensions is fxed at $250,000, the same as last year, and all other items are prac tically unchanged, except those not ed above. There are no increases in salaries except small ones already t mentioned, a: The committee on ways and means b: has spent a great deal of time on the b bill, having several meetings a day, and Chairman Banks and Secretary Aull have been about the busiest men a in the General Assembly for the last i two weeks. EIGHT WERE KILLED. a French Troops. Eight Frenchmen were killed anda fifty wounded in a desperate conflict c with natives just south of Kasbah Berrohid, Morocco, Tuesday. Infor nation of the conflict was received c at Paris from General Damadek, the ommanding general in Morocco, whot reports that a French column, com nanded by Colonel Boulegourd, was a~ttacked by a vast herd of Arabs while marching to the south for the purpose of punishing Chaoia tribes The Moors seemed to spring from the hills and tried to surround the French column, but after a fierce fight lasting two hours, the enemy finally retired with heavy loss. Ther French forces were reinforced and after the Arabs had been driven off the combined forces returned to Ka bash Berrohid. the Newberry Observer, and stated that it contained errors in the way of the ommission of quotation marks. He said that the ommission of the quotation marks might have been the fault of hs own office, that he did not get an opportunity to read proof on the article and it was possible that certain of the quotation marks were omitted, but anyway, they did not appear in the clipping from the I Newberry paper as he had written them. With the quotation marks in erted as he wrote them, the state ments to which such serious excep tions were made appear as coming from a third party, just as they were given to the senator from Clarendon. Resolution Withdrawn. I Upon hearing the statement of the senator from Clarendon, Senator Smith asked leave to withdraw the resolution and this was done without objection. The question now appears to be a losed issue. However, Senator Sink ler found it necessary to rise again o a question of personal privilege on account of what he characterized as a grossly inaccurate report of what he had said at the morning session, in an afternoon paper. It was stated in that paper that he had referred to Senator Appelt as being lower than a dog, which was incorrect. He said ttat he used no such language and, his language had either been misin-|I FIFTEEN PERISH By the Burning of a Steamer Off Nova Scotia. REST OF CREW SAVED. rhe White Star Liner Cymric Rescu ed Thirty-Seven Members of the Ship's Company, But a Small Boat Containing Fifteen of the Ship's Crew Was Swamped, and the Men Were Lost. - In the midst of a wild blizzard Uonday afternoon the steamer St. luthbert was burned'to the water's ,dge off the Nova Scotian coast. Fif :een members of the crew were rowned by the swamping of a small >oat, in which they attempted to eave the vessel after Are had broken ut. The other thirty-seven members of he crew, including the captain, were 'escued by the White Star liner Cym ic. After taking off the Survivors, he Cymric abandonded the burning teamer and proceded to Boston. The first news of the destruction f the St. Cuthbert received was at lalifax by a wireless telegram from apt. Finch of the Cymric. The mes age was as follows: "The steamer St. Cuthbert was .bandoned' afire Monday afternoon ff the Nova Scotian coast. The Cym ic stood by for nine hours during a trong gale, heavy sea and snow quall. "Life boat in charge of chief offi er, making three perilous trips, res ued thirty-seven members of the rew, including the captain. Several iembers of the crew were severely urned and injured. "Fifteen of the crew were drown d Sunday while attempting to leave 2e vessel. Their boat was swamped y a heavy sea. "Sea cocks left open on St. Cuth ert, which will probably sink within velve hours. It is now a danger us derelict, lying in the path of New ork and European vessels." The St. Cuthbert owned by the ritish and Foreign Steamship Com any of Liverpool, sailed from Ant erp on January 19 for New York. hen the steamship Cymric left the :ene of the disaster the burning :eamship was lying directly in the rans-Atlantic steamship course. The ymric left Liverpool on January 24 )r Boston. The steamship St. Cuthbert was ymparatively a new vessel, having een built in 1904 at New Castle, P ngland, by the Armstrong-Whit orth Company. St. Cuthbert was ,954 tons register. ROBBED WRECK. bpwrecked Sauors fell of Piratical t Negroes Plundering Ship. a A thrilling account of the ship reck of the Woermann liner Ascami Toermann, which recently went on ie rocks of Grand Bassa, Liberia, , nd became a total wreck, is relatedt y the sailors of the steamer, who I ave arrived at Hamburg, Germany, The night the steamer struc. was dark one and she semned to be go ig to pieces rapidly. The crew took >the boats and Immediately thou Lnds of piratical negroes in canoes, -ho had not replied to the signals of istrees from the stranded vessel, urrounded the steamer, swarmed board and plundered her.. When the seamen attempted to re rn in order to obtain provisions and rms the attitude of the negroes be ame so threatening that it was im ossible for them to do so. They feared to land on the hostile ast in the darkness and were comn elled to stay in the small boats aroughout the night. When morn ig came the crew landed and camp d in the brush for several days, al rays fearful of an attack. Meanwhile they watched the ne roes going to the ship and return ag from her laden with booty. 'inally the vessel disappeared. Af e this the negroes departed and he crew, taking to their boats, again, I owed for 17 hours and were picked p, completely exhausted, by a pass ag steamer off Monrivia. FATAL TARGET SHOOTING. oung W~hite Man Accidentally Kills Young Colored Man. 4 Will Harper, colored, was accident- 1 .1y shot and killed near Troy in Lbbeville County on Tuesday of last reek by Lewis Robinson, a young hite man. Harper and Robinson vere in the woods together cutting vood, and that Robinson had carried s single-barrel shotgun with him. hile in the woods the two began hooting at targets, and afterwards hooting at a piece of timber, which irst one and then the other would .hrow into the air. Harper had shot mce, then Robinson tried his luck. s first shot went wild, and in re oding his gun and getting ready or the second shot it was accident lly discharged, the entire load of shot striking Harper in the neck,i i~llng him instantly.* KILLED HISELF. I Shoe Manufacturer and Society Man Shoots Self in Temple. At Lynchburg, Va., John Kinckl e, aged thirty-three, a prominent so ciety man and secretary and treasur er of the F. Kinckle Shoe Company, shot himself three times In the right temple Thursday evening with sui-, cidal intent. He is not, expected to survive. No cause for the act can GOES FOR CAPERS. Colored Brethren Cbject to Being Called Heinous Baboons. One of Them Says Some Very Hard Things About the South Carolina Boss. In the Columbia State a few days ago there appeared an interview by that paper's very able Washington correspondent with Capt. John G. Capers relating to the recent Repub lican meeting at Mishaw Rifle Hall in Charleston. In that interview the captain referred- to Aaron Prioleau, who spends one-half of his time try Ing to get a seat in Congress and the ther half in trying to keep out of the penitentiary, as a "heinous bab on.' This has stired the ire of the colored brethren and some of them are talking right out in meeting. In talking to a Reporter of The gews and Courier S. B. Butler, of Colleton County, who is chairman of :he First Congressional District, said: 'I was in the Postoffice, in this city, nd resigned because I was not go ng to be bossed by the Postmaster. rhat's the way Capers Is going to Ind It. He is going to find a big lot f niggers kicking over the traces efore he gets a chance to sell us ut. A nigger ain't got no sense no ow. Look at the white men holding ood Government jobs and the nig ers ain't gettin' a thing. Crum's ot an office with but little money to t. Deas, he had a job, but they put iim out. He makes money in other vays, however, but Capers is going .o get rich off us niggers. When dis riet attorney he made money out of he liquor men, and now he's going o make money out of the niggers, Lnd some of us who profess to be o smart ain't got sense enough to ee it." R. C. Brown, who was one of the peakers at Mishaw Hall, in talking vith a Reporter of The News and lourier, speaks of the Capers inter ew as follows: "Before referring to certain parts ,f the interview, I want to say some hing in regard to a statement that s said to have been made by Grant nd English to the effect that I had een paid to go to Chicago to break own the character of Prioleau in is contest for a seat in the Conven [on and yet today was the advocate f Prioleau. Four years ago (June 904,) I went before the national ommittee at Chicago, representing i. M. English and Thomas L. Grant. elieving that they were the legal elegates from 1st Congresional dis rict, because Prioleau and Meyers ad no credentials except verbally rough Capt. Capers, while Grant nd English had filed the proper -cre entials with Mr. Dover, secretary of e national committtee. "I charged Grant and English no ae for my services, but asked that iy expenses be paid, which they rere. It Is absolutely false as to i having received one cent from em in way of a fee, as it is now laimed by them behind my back. I ppeared before the national comn 1ttee. .John G. Capers, the present ational committeeman was present nd represented Prioleau, as also W. '. Meyers. Capers was then national ommitteeman and claimed before he committee that the legal bona .de Congressional District Conven lon had elected Prioleau and Meyers. "He (Capers) had so manipulated he case in advance that, without ving me an opportunity to be heard a opposition, the committee decided hat Caper's contention was right. nd Prioleau was put upon the roll s delegate, with Meyers, from this istrict. And I am reliably informed hat Prioleau, the Captain's now deinous baboon,' in a meeting of he delegates, not only nominated lapers, but cast the deciding ballot hich made Capers national conm aitteeman, which has eventually ade him commissioner of internal evenue. "I am not backing Prioleau, yet >y Capt. Capers he is now called a heinous baboon.' as to Prioleau andI IS being charged with robbing the~ ails, he was charged wth tampering vith the mails, and Capt. Caipers, vhile district attorney and in his of ce in the Postoffice building in this :ty, stated in a conversation witic W. :A. t'1;ne1 id myself that be lid not rbelieve foz a mometu~ tlh:'I roleau meant to rob the mail; that othing was further from his mnino. "So far as the character of those. rho attended the meeting, and whom apt. Capers is pleased to refer to as disreputable,' I regard them as mor Liy, socially, .politically and intel ectually the equal of those who now lenounce them and, in some instances uperior. Further, that I am willing o put my social, political and moral :haracter up against that of those who now assail the character of those who attended the meeting. For po Itical trickery and treachery I will -eadily take off my hat to Capt. Cap ers. Unlike that distinguished gen :leman, I was never, as member of he Bar indicted for pension frauds aor removed as district attorney he ause, while paid by the Government :o prosecute violators of the internal revenue laws, was at the same time the paid attorney of the violators. "As to Capt. Caper's ability to con trol the delegates from this State to the Nominating Convention; in reach ing such a conclusion he has certamn ly drawn largely upon his imagina tion. Further developments may change his opinion.'' The News and Courier says: Prio leau is at Eutawvin'e, but has writ ten to friends in this city that he will be In Charleston the early part of the week, and that if he is 'a baboon' he is not only going to let the cat out of the bag. so far as Capers is concerned, but make the fur fly.". The News and Courier further says that while Capers refers in his in terview to those who attended the meeting as being of "disgruntied and dairptale characters," It can with A RED HOT TIME Florida Republicans Hold Two Two Strong Conventions. REMARKABLE SCENES Knocking Down and Dragging Out of Delegates Not Least Exciting Feature of Meeting. Two Factions in Session at Same Time, One En dorses Taft Other Does Not In. struct Delegates. The fight for delegates to the Na. tional Republican Convention from the South has commenced between the Roosevelt and the Foraker forces. Florida Republicans stand conspic iously in the lime light as being the first to hold their Convention to se lect delegates to the National Con vention, and It is said that the stren uous and exciting scenes enacted at St. Augustine Thursday are. merely a forecast of similar scenes In other Southern States, caused by the des perate effort being made by the Anti Roosevelt Republicans for control in the National Convention. The Convention held will go down in history as one of the inost-e markable ever held by any politlal party. It was really two conventions held at the same time in the same hall, the progress of business being frequently interrupted by sensational knock-down and drag-out .fghts. The office-holders faction was call ed to order by the chairman of the State committee and they proclaimed themselves as the regulars, but they did not succeed in carrying out their prearranged programme. The Taft sentiment was too strong for the leaders to hold in check and strong resolutions were adopted emphati cally endorsing William H. Taft for :he Presiden'cy. - On the other side the hall the con testing convention took the conser vative action and coose delegates ab solutely untrammelled by any in structions, they being given positive. assurance by Joseph N. Stripling, who led the movement, that 'despite the fact that they were branded- as bolters by the Convention, the dele ates they named would certainly be seated in the National Convention. The office-holders' Convention adopt ed resolutions approving the policies f the Roosevelt administration and the conservative manner in which he has carried them out, and instructed the delegates to the National Conven Jon to support the President's pol icies and the candidate who is in sympathy with and who will carry ut these policies, and then proceed ed to name William H. Taft as such :andidate. The Anti-Taft Convention adopted resolutions condemning in strong terms the attempts to influence and :ontrol by use of Federal patronage, through governmental .office-holders, :he selection of delegates to. the Na tional Convention in the interest of any Presidential candidate.. The office-holders' Convention elect ad as delegates to the National Con vention J. N. Coombs, member of the national committee from Florida;. Joseph E. Lee. colored, collector of internal revenue; Henry S. Chubb, received of the United States land office at Gainsville, and ML. B. Mac Farlane, collector of customs at Tam pa. Four alternates were also elect The Anti-Taft Convention elected as delegates to the National Conven tio Joseph N. Stripling, former United States attorney; J. Ed V. Haz zard, J. H. Dickerson aid R. R. Rob inson, the two later being colored. They also erected four alternates. The Congressional district con ventions of the 1st and 6th districts of Florida were held by each fac tion immediately after the adjourn ment of the State Convention, and each of these conventions elected del egates to the National Convention and adopted the same resolutions as the State conventions of their re spective factions had already adopt Never has such a sight been wit nessed as was presented in the Con vention hall. The city marshall and a dozen policemen were on duty and were frequently called upon to eject unruly delegates. The Taft delegation had a complete delegation from each county aggre gating 177. In the opposite Convention there were two or three counties not rep resented, but they had in all about one hundred and fifty delegates who partcipated. The Taft Convention nominated five Presidential electors, but the opposition Convention dele gated the choice of electors to a State committee named by their Con veton. Don't Like the Name. At Violin. S. D., the parents of a new-born daughter having named her Evelyn Nesbit Thaw, their neighbors are indignant and threat en violence unless the child's name is changed. safety be stated that some of the ap arently and persumably dominant faction in Charleston have, since the notable meeting at Mishaw Hall, re ceived suggestions (?) from Wash ington looking to concessions with that 'heinous baboon.' Prioleau, and those "disgruntled and disrepu table characters" who attended that meeting. The caustic criticisms of the 'heinious baboon,' Prioleau, and those 'disgruntled and disreputable characters' who, in that meeting, re sented the attempted offensive dic tation of Capers and his horde of emissaries, who, like him, are on Government pay roll, have evidently brought blood and the cry comes from was:ineton for "concessions."