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Judge Hargis, Famous Figure in
Kentucky Political Annals.
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.
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
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
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."
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.
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
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
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
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. *
~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
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.
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
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.
Members of the Senata Gets Ex
cited Over an Editorial
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
By the Burning of a Steamer Off
Nova Scotia.
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
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
"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.
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.
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.*
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
Colored Brethren Cbject to Being
Called Heinous Baboons.
One of Them Says Some Very Hard
Things About the South Carolina
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
"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
Florida Republicans Hold Two
Two Strong Conventions.
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
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
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."

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