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VOL. XXII MANNING, S. C. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 1908 NO.23
HEAD CUTOPEN. An Aged Woman Brained by Negrc With an Axe. OVER IN LEXINGTON. Sitting Alone in Her Room, Near Caye, Mrs. Paul D. Ellisor Has Her Skull Split Open by Assassin Who Crept Upon Her From Behind Body Concealed in Clothes Bas ket. Sitting in her home, two miles west of Cayce, nf Lexington County, Wed nesday morning. white-haired Mrs. Paul D. Ellisor was suddenly struck down from behind by a negro burg lar armed with her husband's axe. The heavy weapon sank down into the skull and death was probably in stantaneous. His fiendish work done, the assas sin strove to cover up the evidence so that the crime would not be dis .overed until he had made good his escape. Catching up the pitiful, wasted body he forced it into a clothes basket near at hand and tuss ed over it the quilts from the bed. Then catching- up Mr. Ellisor's shot gun and one of his coats the murder er fled. The crime was not discovered until an hour or more afterward. Mr. El lisor had gone to New Brookland at an early hour to sell vegetables, leav ing Mrs. Ellisor alone in the little 3 room house. The supposition is that the murderer, seeing the master of the house drive away, supposed the house to be empty. Mr. Ellisor re turned to the house at about 9:30 o'clock and found his daughter and several friends sitting upon the door step awaiting his return. The house was locked up. and ail supposed that Mrs. Ellisor had clos ed it to run over to a neighbor's Af ter waiting around the premises for some time they became alarmed and forced the door to find the reality far worse than anything they could have feared. The alarm was quick ly given, and within the hour men were searching for the murderer. Within a few minutes after the alarm was given Mr. Steygert, con stable for Magistrate Bachman, of New Brookland, was on the scene. He took charge of the premises and un der Mr. Bachman's direction empan elled a jury, which viewed the re mains. The inquest was then ad journed. The body remains at the home. The Columbia correspondent of The News and Courier, who furnishes the above facts to his paper, says it is believed that the murderer went direct to Columbia hoping to elude pursuit in the criminal quarters' of the city. The police were not notinied of the murder until nearly two hours after it had ben discovered. Mrs. Ellisor leaves her husband, an aged farmer much respected in- the com munity, and six children, four mar rIed daughters and two grown sons. TADIPERED WTH SWTCH. A Southern Passenger Train Partly Derailed at Kingsville. Train No. 17, ,from Charleston was wrecked at Kingsville at 9.15 Tuesday night at a switch about 100 yards north of the Congaree River. The two passenger coaches were de railed but none of the passengers were hurt beyond a bruise or a good shak ing up. The trainmen conducted an inves tigation and found that the switch had been tampered with.. The engine and the mail and the express cars passed over the switch in safety but the coach for colored passengers which followed, left the rails and carried the coach for white passen gers with it. The two coaches struck a string of box cars which were standing on the siding, turning over two or three of them and w . ecking the interior of the negro coach, which, at the time was occupied only by one passenger and the condector, neither of whom was hurt. Ti.. coach for whites was turn ed partly -er, but was not damaged The track r about a hundred feet was torn ul-. After an hour and a quarter the passengers were put aboard the ex press car and a caboose, and were carried on to Columbia, reaching there at 11.20. ROTATE YOUR CROPS. Good Advice to Farmers From One of Their Number. Cow peas. $2.00 per bushel; vel low turnips, $1 .00: sweet potatoes $1.25; seed oats. $1.00: seed wheat $1.40: common hay, $1.00 per hun dred and corn no doubt will brinl $1.00 on time in this State. Any onl or all of these crops can be grown it great abundance on any farm i~ South Carolina without the use o common fertilizers. Twelve to fifteen cents cotton1 not in it along with these crops, say Mr. J. C. Stribling. You are comn pelled to hold and fight for nlfteel cents cotton. We are now gettmn the above prices without holding o fighting for it. Besides more net prc fts on some of. these crops, cow peas hay, smali grain and turnips all lear the land richer irn humus after th crops come off than before plantins Now here, listen, if you don't rc tate your crops moure, you will hav to rotate yourself by moving off th farm or starve out yourself alon with your lands. Surely you ca change y ur way of farming easi~ han you can move out. BRUTES CONFESS. The Tojand Negroes Tall of Fou Killing in Lexington. They Make a Full Confession of the Murder of Mrs. Paul W. Ellisor. Near Columbia. A dispatch from Columbia says Ned and Brack Toland, negroes, age.1 17 and 19 *years, respectfully, late Friday afternoon made a full con fession of the murder of Mrs. Paul W. Ellisor, the aged woman who liv ed just across the river from Colum bia. Brack, the youngest of the broth ers, said that Mrs. Ellisor suspected something as soon as they entered the house. When they got inside Brack said he caught the old woman and held her while his brother knocked her in the head with an axe. They put her.body in a basket and Ned struck her two more blows. They then proceeded to rob the honue, tak ing a gun and a number of articles of wearing apparel. No money was found. These negroes were arrested on the train going to Newberry the day after the brutal murder and brought back , lumbia. There was a big crowd Ba .n at the train when they arrived and had it not been for the presence of several officers an at tempt to Iynch them would have been. made. The two fiends are now in the penit i! tiary for safe keeping. A dispatch from Prosperity says Ned Toland bears a bad reputation, having been in a number of scrapes. About six years ago he broke into ligh's stcre, at Sligh's Station, and robbed the postoffice. He served a sentence in the United States prison in Atlanta for this crime. He has been on the chain gang several times at different places. Brack was working in the oil mill and was enticed away by Ned. They left Prosperity walking Monday. Some of the hands in the oil mill warned Brack that Ned would get him in trouble. Ned's wife had gone to Columbia on the morning Colum bia, Newberry and Laurens train. RE-ENROLLMENT BILL PASSED. Text of Measure Providing for Reg istration of Voters. One of the most important meas ures the general assembly has passed is a bill to provide for the re-enroll ment and registration of the qualified electors of this State during the year 1908, and to provde compensation for the supervisors of registration as follows. Section One. That the sup rvisors of registration in each ounty of the State are required to re-enroll all the qualified electors in .s State during the year 1908. Section 2. That the same time the said supervisors shall register all per ons who may make application there for and who may be entitled thereto. Section 3. That for the purpose of such enrolment and registration the said supervisors shall keep the books f registration open at the several ounty seats every day (Sundays ex epted) between the hours of 9 a. m. and 6 p. m. during the months of July and August 1908;and i~n addi tion thereto they shall attend, during the month of September, 1908, at least 1 day in each township in their respective counties, of whicn at least ten day's notice shall be given by ad e'tisement in a newspaper publish d in the county, and in counties con taining fifty thousand inhabitants they shall attend in each city, town or industral community containing three hundred or more inhabitants at least one day upon similar notice; Provided that the provisions of this section shall only apply to the re-en rolment and registration for the year 1908. Section 4. That for the purpose of said reenrolment the secretary of state shall furnish the supervisors of registration with all the necessary books, and the sum of five hundred dollars shall be appropriated for sup plying said books. Section 5. That the supervisors of registration shall each receive for their services during the year 1908. the sum of two hundred dollars. to be p Id by the State qjuarterly, as other State officers are paid. except in the counties of AndersOn. Charleston, Greenville, Sumter, Orangeburg. Riclanid, where they shall receive ceive two hundred and fifty dollars for the year 1908: Provided, that in Spartanurg county they shall receive this year three hundred dollars. to be paid as above provided. That aftei the year 1908 the supervisors of reg* istration shall each receive fifty dol lrs per annum in off years and one hundred dollars in general electiol years, except in the above named counties. where they shall each re ceive seventy-flye dollars per annurr in off years and in general electior years they shall receive two hundrec dollars per annum, including th4 county of Spartanhurg. :TACKLED WRONG 3LAN. Robber Shot and Killed in an At tempted Hold Up. In Chicago Herman Becker, an al leged highwayman. was shot and in stanty killed Tuesday night at Six reenth~ and Forty-second avenue b; Frank Daverock, an optician. Dave rck w as on his way home when h' w as intercepted by two men. One o ethem pointed a Pistol at Daveroci and told him to throw up his handl -Daverock had his hands in his over coat and in one hand had a pistol. H eanswered the robber's command wit a shot through his coat pocket. Th abullet struck Becker in the stomac -an he fell to the ground. His con nanion ~d ANOTHER VICTIM Of the Fatal Quarrel In theKer shaw Barber Shop. MOBLEY IS MURDERED By Grover Welch, a Brother of Steve Welch, Who Was Killed in the De cember Shooting Scrape, When Young Clyburn Was Also Killed, and Mobley Was Badly Wounded. Welch in Jail. A dispatch from Lancaster says Berry B. Mobley, the young man who was desperately wounded in the Ker shaw double tragedy just before Christmas, in which Steven Welch and Thomas Clyburn lost their lives, was shot and instantly killed, on the Southern railway north-bound train Monday night, by Grover Welch, a brother of the late Steven Welch. The men were passengers coming to Lan caster on the Southern Railway train. Mobley's body was taken off the train at Pleasant Hill to have the inquest held. Welch came on to Lan caster and surrendered. He is now in jail. Mobley was about 32 years old and leaves a widow and five chil dren. Welch is unmarried. He is about 25 years of age. He had an interest in the Heath Supply com pany, of which his late brother was the president. Mobley was accompanied by his un cle, Z. L. Robertson, of Oakhurst, and was going to Lancaster to consult his attorney about his approaching trial. Welch was accompanied by his uncle, W. U. Clyburn, of Haile Gold Mine, father of the young Cylburn killed in the Kershaw affair. The shooting occurred just as the train was slowing up at Pleasant Hill. Several shots were fired. Three bullets struck Mobley in the head, causing instant death. Mobir::*3 pis tol showed one empty ch:mn" ::' af ter the shooting, it is said. It is also stated that no words v ere passed be tween the parties. Mobley left Kershaw Monday af ternoon and drove to Heath Springs, there boarding the Southern train for Lancaster. The trouble between the two men was apprehended. They naturally had little love for each oth er, and it is known that Mobley has avoided meeting Welch, but no threats have been known to pass be tween them. It is thought that Mob ley may have driven to Heath Springs, instead of taking the train at -Ker [shaw, for the very purpose of evad ing an encounter with Welch, not ex pecting Welch would board the train also. e Columbia Record says Monday nights tragedy is the aftermath of a pistol duel which took place in Wil son's barbarshop at Kershaw on the night of Saturday, December 21st las. On that occasion Steven Welch, Thomas Clyburn and Berry Mobley, all armed and all drinking to some extent, met in the place in the eve ning. Anger engendered by whiskey and by the irritation surviving from a pre Ivious quarrel precipitated the trou ble. Berry Mobley remarked that it was a good thing the previous diffi culty had been patched up, as the parties were all good friends. At tbis stage, Steven Welch drew his pistol and struck Mobley over the head with it, then stepping. back and began firing. Clyburn, his cous in, rushed forward to prevent the impending homicide, and himself re ceived the first three bullets from Welch's revolver. He dropped to the floor and expired instantly. Meanwhile Berry Mobley, regain ing his wits after the blow from Welch's pistol-butt, had gotten his own gun out. He fired ':wo or three times and Welch also fell, expiring at once. Mobley then turned aside, himself hit in three places and with his coat ablaze and walked into the offce of Dr. Twitty, whIch adjoins the barbershop. Bullets from Welch's pistol had struck him in the right breast. th~e shoulder and the neck. Ever since then. Mobley has been more or less disabled. For a long time he hovered between life and death, and it has not been three weeks since he has been able to leave his bed. Mobley was head clerk at the store of Carson & Co. He leaves a wife and five children. His aged father, Capt. W. C. Mobley, is a resident of the town of Lancaster. Steven W. Welch was president of the Heath Supply Company. He was a son of the late Capt. Jas. V. Welch, of Kershaw county; was 28S years old and unmarried. Thos. L. Ciyburn was president of the Clyburn Mule company. He had been a Clemson student. His father is Capt. W. U7. Clyburn, of the Haile Gold Mines. His mother wa in Char lotte at the time of the tragedy. Mr. Clyburn left a widow. Mrs. Dors Cunningham Clyburn. They had beer married less than a year. Two women widowed and five lit tie children orphaned is one of the reults of that pistol duel Decembel 1t and its aftermath of Monda: scalded to lIwathi. -~ At Geensboro, N. C. on Friday p w chldren of Thomas Hardin an< .one hild of his brother met a fright a ul deth while playing in imitatioi fof hog kiliing"' around a pot o oilig tar, which was over turn a ' Wash Huniter Convicted. Wash Hunter, who killed Elber e Copelad in Laureus county over ayear ago. was convicted of mau slaughter~ at Greenwood on Wednes NEW CONTRACT LAW As It Finally Passed the Legisla. ture On Last Day. Farmers and Others Interested in ThIs Law Should Read It Over Carefully. Among the few important acts of general application passed by the legislature which has just completed its strictly legislative duties is that on the subject of farm labor, which reads as follows: Section 1. That any person who shall hereafter contract with another to render him personal service of any kind, and shall thereafter fraudu lently, or with malicious intent to injure his employer, fall or refuse to render such service as agreed upon, shall be deemed guilty of a misde meanor. Sec. 2. That any person who shall hereafter contract to receive from an other personal service of any kind, and to compensate him therefor, and shall thereafter fraudently, or with malicious intent to injure his em ploye, fail or refuse to make com pensation as agreed upon shall -be deemed gailty of a. misdemeanor. Sec. 3. That the failure of either party to such contract to perform the obligation assumed by him thereun der, without sufficient cause, and to the injury of the other shall be prima facie evidence, In prosecutions under sections 1 and 2, that he violated such contract fraudently and with malicious Intent to injure the other party. Sec. 4. That any person who shall hereafter contract with another to render personal servL. of any kind to him, and shall thereafter fraudent ly, or with malicious intent to injure the employer, procure advances, in money or other things of value, from him, with intent not to render the service agreed upon, and who shall thereafter, with like intent, fail or refuse to perform the service agreed upon, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor. Proof of the fact that the employ. entered into the con tract, procured advances, and failed or refused to complete the contract, without sufficient cause, to the injury of the employer, shall be prima facie evidence of the offense herein de scribed and declared a misdemeanor. Sec. 5. That any person who shall hereafter contract with another to re ceive from him personal service of any kind, to compensate him there for, and to make advances to him, and shall, thereafter fratidently, or with malicious intent to injure the employe, receive the benefit of such service, in whole or in part, and with like intent fail or refuse to make th compensation or advances agreed upon shall be deemed guilty of a mis demeanor. Proof of the fact that the employer entered into the con tract, received the benefit of the em poye's services, in whole or in part, and failed to make the compensation agreed upon, without sufficient cause, to the injury of the emiploye, shall be prima facde evidence of the offense herein described and declar ed a misdemeanor. Sec. 6. The contracts referred to in this Act may be either. verbal or in writing; they must be executed with the formalities required by Sec. tion 355, Criminal Code, A. D. 1902; if verbal, they must be witnessed by at least two disinterested witnesses, ot related by blood or marriage with_ in the sixth degree, to either party; and the term of service contracted for must be for a definite time, not exceeding one year. All such con tracts shall be valid only between the original parties thereto; and any at tempted transfer or assignment of any rights thereunder shall be null and void. Sec. 7. That If either party to any written contract herein referred to desires to avail hims'~lf of the bene fits of this Act against third parties hsacue the same to be indexed in thal ofaiceof the Register of Mesne Conveyances or the clerk of the Court (where the office of Register of Mesne Conveyance does not ex ist) of the county in which said la Ibor or service is to be performed, within ten days from the date of the cotnract; and such indexing shall constitute notice to all third parties. Such index shall show the names of the employer and the laborer, the Idate of the contract and date of its termination, and the location and name of the place or places whereon the said service or labor is to be per formed. The clerk of the court, or the Register of Mesne Conveyances, as the case may be, shall end rse his official certificate, and the date of filing to be indexed upon every such contract filed under the provisions of this Act and his only fee for the same shall be five cents for each contract. And the clerks of court or Registers of Conveyances, as the case may be, in all the counties of the State, shall provide a book for indexing such contracts, which shall be plainly labeled "'Index Labor Con tracts." Sec. 8. That upon conviction in a court of competent jurisdiction of any person charged with any viola zion of this Act, the person so con victed shall be punished by a fine not less than twenty-five dollars and not exceeding one hundred dollars, or by imprisonment not less than twenty day s and not exceeding thirty days for each offense: Provided, That there shall be no prosecution under thi: Act unless the arrest warrant shall b( issued w'ithin thirty days from th4 commission of the offense. Sec. 9. That this Act is not in tended and shall not be construed tc protect any of the parties to, or pun ish the violationl of, any' contract o1 mater connected therewith, wher< the inducement or consideration o such contract is money or other thinj 'of value, advanced to or for the em po e prior to the commencement o serv ice thereunder. All such contract are hereby prohibited and declare< null and void. Sec 10. Tat all Acts and part "HOG AND HOMINY." Is The Only Safety of the South sin Farmer. No Cotton Being Held by the Texas Farmers, Says E. L. Archer, of Spartanburg. The Spartaaburg Herald says: E. L. Archer, president of the County Cotton Growers' Association was in the city recently. Mr. Archer is just back from Dallas, Texas, where he attended as a. delegate the big con vention of the Southern Cotton Grow ers' Association. When asked by a representative of The Herald con cerning the convention, Mr. Archer said: "There were delegates from every Southe:rn State and they all stressed the necessity of reduction of acreage by diversification. They also advocated taking better care of cot ton, and giving more thought to the marketing of the product, rather than to increase the number of bales. "As a result of my visit to Dallas I wish to say specially to the farm ers, that I saw very few patches of small grain-no fields. The Texas tennant is no better off that the ten nant here. Ee is naturally a cotton farmer, and he buys his bread and meat in town, likewise the corn for his mule. I saw no barns or corn cribs and very poor houses. "All the cotton made by tennants is sold as soon as gathered to satis fy the store account. I saw very little cotton; none at the gins, none at the depots. All I saw of the sta ple was a few baleslying on the ground in fenced lots, which are the Texas warehouses." When asked how much cotton the Texas farmers were holding, Mr. Archer replied: "Virtually none. There is more land than anything else in Texas. There is no help to be expected from that quarter so far as the holding movement is concerned. Last year she planted one million and three hundred thousand acres more in cotton than in 1966. OKxahoma planted 668,000 more acres in cot ton in 1907 than in 1906; Georgia 667,00 more; South Carolina, 140, 000 more. Ead not the boll weevil and the dry weather ruined the Tex as qrop thei would have been a thirty million bale output. "I wish to warn the farmers to reduce the cotton acreage," said Mr. Archer. "If it is not done generally cotton will be sold next fall for eight cents or less. No organization can make a farmer succeed who will not raise home supplies. "For forty years the farmers have been submissive slaves for the think ing man by buying such things as were not necessary, or things that he could have made at home. It is time that the chains of slavery be broken, and the only way to break them is to raise more hog and homi HARD MAN TO HILL. Lives With His Head Nearly Severed With Heavy Axe. With his head nearly severed, W. S. Smith ran half a mile to a physi can at Sumrall, Miss, Friday, was treated, and will soon be out again. The case is one of the most singular in surgical annals. Doctors who performed the opeyration declare that tepatient's neck is tougher than leather. Smith and a man named Hardy quarreled over a bill. Hardy felled his adversary with an axe, and tried to cut off his head. He evident ly thought he had decapitated his victim for he dragged the body 40 feet into a patch of underbush and went to hide his axe. * SOUTH CAROLINIAN DEAD. Judge John A. Edison, Wofford Man, Dies in Texas. The Spartanburg Herald says Judge . A. Edison, formerly of South Car olina, and a graduate of Wofford College, died in Hamilton, Texas, Iseveral days ago. He was considered by many one of the ablest lawyers In Texas. He was appointed associate justice of court of appals by Governor Lanaham of Texas, another Wofford boy. Mr. Edison graduated from Wofford soon after the war, having served through the latter part of the war. DESTROYED PUBLIC RECORD Government Clerks in the Patent Of fice Face Serious Charge. New W. Barton, an assistant of the patent ofice, at Washington, Har ry E. Everding, a patent attorney of Philaedphia and John A. Heany, an inventor, were indicted by the grand jury and arretsed on a charge of destroying public records. The indictment charges the three with, intent to steal and to destroy," and that they carried away from the patent office letters, specifications and amendments, and unlaw~fully and wil fully destroying them. STREET FIGHT. Contractor Shoots Merchant Over in Ithe Town of Aiken. At Aiken on Friday, W. F. Doby, a prominent contractor, had an al tercation with H. H. Rankin, a groc er, ab)out a small account he owed Rank in. Dloby invited Rankin to the stetand words passed. Rankin struck Doby, who pulled a pistol, shooting Rankin in the hip, painfully Iinjuring him. The wound is not nec essarily fatal. The shooting created some excitement. of Acts inconsistent with this Act be and the same are hereby repealed. iSec. 11. That this Act shall go in to effect immediately upon the ap I prova of the governor. AWFUL RECORD. Nearly One Homicide Each Day lI South Carolina. DURING LAST YEAR. The Rev. Louis :. Bristow Presents Some Interesting Figures Compiled by Him from the Reports Made to the Attorney General by the Solici tors of the Various Circuits in this State. A recent letter to the press of the State, in whch I gave the number of homicides committed In South Caro lina during the last six months of 1907, caused a number of papers both In this state and others to ask for a record of the convictions for murder during the same time. A careful study of the report of the Attorney General reveals th follow ing facts: There were In South Carolina in 1907 346 cases In which the defend ants were charged with murder. Of these, ten defendants were convict ed of the charge and sentenced to death; 30 were convicted, but were recommended to the mercy of the Court, which under the statute, re duced the penalty to a life term in the penitentiary; 44 were convicted of man-slaughter and given short terms in the Penitentiary or on the county chain gangs. Besides these there were 15 convictions reported from the 2d judicial circuit wherein no record of degree of guilt or of sentence was given, and 8 in Chero kee, and 3 in Union. The total num ber of convictions thus was 110. There were no murder trials In Pickens or Oconee counties. In other counties they were as follows: First Circuit-Berkeley, 8; George town, 5; Dorchester, 20; Orangeburg, 15; total 48. Death penalty, George town, 1; Orangeburg, 1; Dorchester, 1. Life term, Georgetown, 1; Or angeburg, 2. Short terms, Berkeley, 2; Dorchester, 7; Orangeburg, 6. Total convictions, 21. Second Circuit-Aiken, 14; Bam berg, 12; Barnwell, 12; Hampton, z; total, 40. Convictions, 15, but no re cord of sentence. Third Circuit-Clarendon, 4; Flor ence, 3 (1 manslaughter;) Lee, 6; Sumter, 3; Williamsburg, 2 (man slaughter;) total, 18. Death penalty, none. Life term, Sumter, 1; Wil liamsburg, 2; Clarendon 1. Short terms, Lee, 1; Clarendon, 3; Sum ter, 1. Total convictions, 9. Fourth Circuit-Chesterield, 2; Darlington, 2; Horry, 1; Marlboro, 8; MarIon, 4; total, 17. Death pen alty, 1 in Miarlboro. Life term, Marl boro, 1. Short terms, Chesterfield, 2; Marlboro, 2; Marion, 1. Total convictr's, 7. Fifth Circuit-Edgeield, 10 (1 manslaughter;) Kershaw 6, (2 man slaughter;) Legington, 7 (1 .man slaughter;) Richland, 11 (3 man slaughter;) total, 34. Death pen alty, none. Life term, Richland, 1; Edgenield, 1. Short terms, Edge feld, 1; Kershaw, 2. Total convic tions, 5 (and 2 in Richland County in which new trials were granted by trial Judge.) Sixth Circuit-Chester, 11; Fair feld, 4; Lancaster, 6; York, 9; to tal, 30. Death penalty, Chester, 2; FaIrfield, 1. Life term, Chester, 3. Short terms, Chester, 5; Lancaster, 3; Fairfield, 1; York, 2. Total con victions, 17. (It Is worthy of note here that of Chester's 11 cases there were 10 convictions. Seventh Cifrcuit-Cherokee, 8; Spartanburg, 8; Union, 6; total, 22. Death penalty, none. Life term, Spartanburg, 2. Short terms, Spar tanburg, 3. Total, 5. (There are no records for Cherokee and Union.) Eighth Circuit-Abbeville, 7 (2 manslaughter; Greenwood, 4; Lau rens, 30 (7 manslaughter;) Newher ry, 11 (4 manslaughter;) Saluda, 11 4~ manslaughter;) total, 63. Death sentence, Greenwood, 1. LIfe term, Laurens, 6; Newberry, 1; Saluda, 2. Shr terms, Abbeville, 2; Green wood, 1; Laurens, 7; Newberry, 4; Saluda, 1. Total convictions, 25. Ninth Circult-Beaufort, 1; Colle ton, 6 (1 mansiaughter) Charleston, 27 (3 manslaughter;) total 34. Death penalty, none. Life term, Char lesten, 2. Short terms, Colleton, 1; Charleston, 3. Total convIctions, 6. Tenth Circuit-Anderson, 17: Greenville, 13: Oconee, none; Pick ens, none; total, 30. Death penalty, none. Life term, Anderson, 6. Short terms,. Anderson, 2; Greenville, 5. Total convictions, 13. I have simply given the figuree as compiled by the solicitors for the At torney General. They need no com ment further than to say that out of 346 cases tried there were only 110 convictions. Of course, It does not follow that the other 236 men were guilty of murder and "got off." But these figures reveal the fact that the taking of human life in Soutb Carolina Is not often considered a erime against society. One other matter: While of the 346, no less than 40 were convicted by as many juries of felonious and wilful murder, 30 of these juries de clined to permit the murderers to be executed for their crimes. I have of~ ten said that more than 50 per cent of the people of South Carolina are opposed to capital punishment; 75 per cent of these juries wore. Louis Bristow. 1 Col. Youmians Dead. A dispatch from Barnwell says Col. Lawrence W. Youmans died at for o'clock Wednesday morning at the hospital In Savannah, where he was taken several days ago for treatmeni I for a cancerous affection. The news of his death was received throughoul th ate with universal regret. TRIED TO KILL HIM. Two Bombs Thrown at the Shah's Automobile, In Which He Was Supposed to be Biding, but, Fearing Assassination, He Was Bid Ing in a Carriage. A dispatch from Teheren, Persia, says an attempt was made in that city Friday afternoon to assassinate the Shah of Persia by a bomb. His Majesty was not hurt. Three of the outriders. who were accompanying him at the time were killed. The Shah owes his escape. to the precautions taken to protect him from just such an attempt. He was on his way to a nearby town, where he intended to pass a few days. The procession had left the palace, and wa traversing a narrow street, when bombs were hurled down as If ... the roof of a house. One exploded in the air, but the other struck the ground near the Shah's auomobile. This 'missile in exploding killed the three outriders, wounded the chaffeur and a score of bystanders and shattered the vehicle. The Shah, however, was not in his automobile. He had taken the pre caution to send the motor car on ahead and ride himself in a carriage further in the rear of the procession. The motor car was a closed one and it was thought the sovereign was in side. As soon as the Shah heard the ex plosion he alighted hurriedly from his carriage and entered a neighbor ing house. Here he remained quiet ly while his attendants sent word for a detailment of troops. The soldiers were hurried to the scene and formed in front of. the house where the.Shah was. He then came out, surrounded by a big body guard, and returned to the palace. The house from which the bombs were thrown, and the buildings near by were searched, but no arrests were made. CHANGES IN POLITICS. Gov. Ansel Seems to Have Become Very Unpopular. The State says there has been a marked change during the last 10 days in the outlook for the grberna torial campaign. Ten days ago there had scarcely been heard a whisper of opposition - to Gov. Ansel. It was quite generally conceded that he would have no opposition for reelec tion, but there has been a change, al though it is somewhat difficult to locate the starting point or to Ind the reason. There are evidences of a good deal of quiet activity on the part of pro hibitionists, and it is quite evident, too, that the majority of the general assembly is "anti-Ansel." Why this is true is not so clear, for a majority stood with him a year ago on the dispensary issue. It Is said, however, that the governor does not consult members as freely as they like, and that he takes very few into his confi dence. They prefer It to be other wise. But the lack of support on the part of the legislature does not alto gether explain the sudden change In th uentorial situation. The fact is that a couple of months ago when it was rumored that Gov. Ansel might be a candidate for the United States senate, he was importuned from many quarters to remain in the guberna torial chair for another term; Indi viduals and newspapers assumed that reelection was his for the asking. GEN. CAXTON DEAD. Was Stationed in South Carolina Right After the War. Brigadier-General Rufus Saxton, U. S. A., retired, dropped dead at Washington Tuesday of heart disease. He entered the army from Massachu setts in 1855 as a first lieutenant of the Third Artillery; received a con gressional medal f~r bravery in the ~defense of Harper's Ferry, and was retired April 23, 1904. General Sax ton was born 84 years ago. During and after the war Gen. Saxton was stationed on the isalnds about Charleston and Beaufort, where he was very active in oppress ing white people for the benefit of the freed slaves. He was in charge of the confiscated lands of the plant ers, which he distributea largely among the negroes who own It yet. QUITE A WARM TIME. A Pole Wedding at Chicago Ends in a Fatal Fight. Three men are reported dying from stab wounds at the county hospital, and 18 persons were injured in a riot and free for all battle with Iknives at the close of a Polish wed ding celebration held over the saloon of Joseph Kuza, 73 Front street, on the North Side, Chicago. The three most seriously injured, who are expected to die, are John Wadvo, brother of the bride, ear cut off and face and body severely stab bed in ten places; Stanley Wudasek, stabbed in 20 places, about the head, face and body; James Grim, cut and slashed abolt the cheeks head and breast. AWFUL DEATH. A Woman Pours Kerosene Over Her self and Fires It. Choosing fire as a medium of death, Miss Emma Fink, of Slating ton, Pa., committed suicide at Slate dale in a most tragic manner. Stand* ing where she could see the ruins of her old home, which was destroyed Iby fire about a- year ago, she poured coal oil over her clothing and ther TAKES A HAND. United States Court Assumes Jur isdiction in Dispensary Matter. STATE WILL APPEAL, Lyon Suggests That the Judge Wait Until Question of Jurisdiction Is Settled Finally-He Says He Has No Intention of Provoking Conflict. -Pritchard Declares He Has No Doubt of His Accuracy. It looks like the United States Court will at last take a hand in winding up the affairs of the old State dispensary. At Asheville, N. C., on Saturday the matter was again brought up in that court on a recent order of Judge Pritchard's, signed on motion of the WilsoniDistiling Com pany commission of South' Carolina to appear and show cause why a re ceiver should* not be' appointed to take charge of the $800,000 funds now in the hands.of the commission for the payment of the just liabilities of the old dispensary. Prior to the hearing of the Wilson case Judge Pritchard informally re ferred to the recent hearing in the matter of the Fleishmann C6m'pany against the dispensary commission. The complainants in this case also applied for -a receiver. The application for a receiver was denied and argument had on the question of jurisdiction, the court reserving its decision. Saturday morning Judge Pritchard stated that he hadn't completed his forr 1 1 opin ion and decision, but that in view of the coming on of the Wilson case he thought it best to indicate what his decision would be. "The suit is not a suit against the State," said Judge Pritchard. "I have considered carefully this whole mat ter and had I any doubt I would give the defendants the benefit of that doubt and rule in favor of the State. There is no doubt in my mind, how ever, and therefore the court takes jurisdiction." Judge Pritchard said It was his purpose to appoint two special mas ters It is stated that these masters will be named next Mo day, when the defendants make formal answer. The defendants announced that they would appeal from the decision of the court. Attorney General Lyon in referring to thedeterninationof the State to ap peal suggested to the court in effect that in order to avoid any unseemly clash-between the State and Federal authorities that "your honor refrain from ordering any specific acts to be done until the question of jurisdic tion is settled." Judge Pritchard to this suggestion" made reply: "That this court is not going to do anything t~o provoke a conflict but at the same time the court is going ahead and do Its duty." Judge Pritchard said there was no necessity or reason for a recur rence of the unfortunate incidents which occurred in North Carolina last year. He said that "this court Is as much a South Carolina court as any court and Incidentally that it is presided over by a southern man." A hearing of the receivorship pro ceedings will be held on Saturday. PREDRITS HIS ASSASSINATION. A Catholic Priest Says He Is a Mark "A murder will be committed in Chicago within one month similar to the Denver assassination, where Father- Leo Heinriches was shot down;" asserted Chancellor E. M. Dunne, of Chicago, arch-diocese Wed nesday night. "I am positive that anarchsts, anti :lercals or watever they ca thora selves, have preparred lists of priests and clergymen to be kille-i and 1 am certain that some Chicago man has been marked," he said. "I am the most logical man for the assassmna ton, and altnough I have thousands of friends in the Italian colony, L also have many bitter enemies." HANGING AT ST. AUGUSTINE. Two Thousand Persons See Negro Er ecuted for Murder. Charlie Powers, colored, was hang ed in the county jail yard at St. Augustine, Fla., at 10:3 0 o'clock Fri day morning for the murder of John Rogers. also colored. As the trap was sprung the rope parted, but not before Power's neck had been brok en. Powers was so frightened that he gave way entirely and had to be carried to the scaffold. He was too limp to stand, and a board was se cured and fastened to his back. Two thousand persons witnessed the hang ing. MURDER IN SPARTANBUTRG The Passing of the Lie Causes Anoth er Killng. A dispatch from Spartanburg says Sullivan Hughes, a young white man who killed John Franklin in the low er part of the county Saturday, has -not been arrested though the y-oung man's father says he will have him surrender to the sheriff. Hughes shot Franklin In the head with a pis tol. The difficulty was about a "damned lie" beIng passed. Shot While He Slep At Clinton, Iowa, Fred Dolph, about 60 years old, was shot to death Saturday night while he slept. His head was blown off with a shotgun placed against his cheek. Mrs. Dolph ai nder arrest..