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VOL. XX1I MNAN-NING, S. C. WED YESDAY, APRIL 1,198N.2
As a Vote Getter Compared Witt
WHAT ARE THE FACTS!
The Columbia State Shows by the
Results. of Two Presidential Elee.
tions That the Great Commoner
Is the Strongest& Possible tandi.
date the Democrats Can Popsibly
The following editorial should be
read by ali Democrats:
Papable weakness evidences the
attempt of the esteemed News and
Courier to contend against the posi
tion of Mr. Bryan. as expressed in
his letter to the editor of The State.
And it seems as if consciousness of
that weakness is having an injurious
effect upon the temper and morals of
the South Carolina champion of the
New York political programme.
Commenting on Mr. Bryan's ex
pression of pleasure that his Demo
cracy 'has been satisfactory to the
rank and tie of the Democrats of
the South as well as to the rank and
file of the Democrats of the North."
'he News and Courier says that South
Carolina gave Judge Parker more
votes in 1904 than were given Bryan
in 1900, and that Georgia gave
Cleveland more vctes in 1892 than
Bryan in 1896. and continues: "So
it would appear from the records that
the rank and file of the Democrats of
the South are not by any means sat
isfied with Mr. Bryan, and the rank
and file of the Democrats of the
North have shown Mr. C"van very
clearly that they do not want him
and will not have him." It is scarce
ly ingenious to cite the vote of a
one-party Southern State in a general
election to prove or disprove a point
like this, but since The News and
Courier has appealed to the record,
and attempts to mislead its readers.
we shall quote the whole record to
What are the facts? In 1892 Mr.
Cleveland was given more votes than
Mr. Bryan got in 1896 in these
States: Wisconsin. Vermont. New
Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecti
cut, New York. New Jersey, Dele
ware. Rhode Island, Maryland, Vir
ginia, Georgia and Alabama. In
otbr words, in 15 States, including
four in the South, Cleveland received
more votes than Bryan; and in 33
States and territories, including nine
Southern States, Bryan was given
moer votes than Cleveland. Bryan's
popular vote in 1896 was 953.000
greater than Cleveland's in 1892. If
the record appealed to by the Char
leston paper proves anything, what
does it prove?
Proceeding to the record of the
Bryan vote by States in 1900. and
the Parker cote in 1904, it is found
that Parker got. more votes than
Bryan in New York. New Hampshire.
Masschusetts. Rhode island. Dela
ware, West Virginia. South Carolina,
Georgia ann Mississippi; or that in
nine States, including three Southern
States. Parker received more votes
than Bryan; while in thrity nine
States, including ten Southern,
States. Bryan was given a greater
vote than Parker. And Bryan's pop
ular vote in 1900 totaled 1, 280,162
more thani Parker's in 1904.~ What
does the record prove that is ap
pealed to by The News and Courier
"to show that the rank and file of
Democrats in the South are not sat
isfied with Mr. Bryan,"- and that the
Democrats in the North will not have
-him? It proves just what Mr. Bryan
said, and proves that The News and
Courier is a misleading and unsafe
Since we have gone into the rec
ords, .let us. pursue a little further.
In 1896, even after the awful bumps
Democracy received in the then cur
rent Cleveland administration. Bryan
had 31 more votes In the electoral
college than President Harrison when
Cleveland defeated him in 1892.~And
i'n 1896 Bryan had seven more elec
toral votes than Cleveland got when
as president, he was defeated by
Harrson in 1888. The least number
of popular votes received by* Bryan
was nearly a million greater than
was ever given to any other Demo
In 1900. William McKinley. gen
erally belovedr because of his success
in allaying sectional animosities, and
abnormally popular because he was
the maker of a brilliantly successful
war, had a majority over Bryan of
849790. Four years later Roosevelt
defeated the New York World's can*
didate, Parker, by the enormous plur.
Once more to the record: We find
that Bryan carried eight States it
1896 that went against Cleveland mt
1892. And in that year he carried
twelve States that Parker lost, losing
only two that Parker carried. Thal
was just after the last Cleveland ad
ministration had given Democracy
fearful black eye. In 1900 the Re
publicans, having the prestige of
successful war. and McKinley a
leader, were practically impregnablE
particularly when many Democrat
knifed Bryan. Four years later
man chosen as Democratic chieftai
on the advice of New York newsp~
pers and to please New York and i~
interests, was overwhelmingly d
feated. This year New Yori is boos
ing another candidate: making a rel
uar campaign in his behalf an
against Bryan. but that man can n
hope to be more suc'essful tha
Parker'. or even to get the New Yot
vote. If New York would not gi~
Parker her vote., what chan1ge has
rnan of the same type coming fro
A year ago Democracy seemed a
s. lutely hopeless. Today, with
leader. an inspirer, that can crea
enthusiasm, that- can reach the pe
pie, that is known and respected 1
te people, there is hope. Bryan
FOtGHT OVER "HOLY CARPET'
OF THE PROPHETS.
Tomb at Mecca, Between Bedouins
and a Caravan of Egyptians, Ten
A dspatch from Suakin says news
has reached there that a bloody bat
tle was fought between Bedouins and
a caravan of Egyptians. The battle
arose over a desire of the Bedouins
to capture the "holy carpet." a gorge
ous piece of red velvet, embroidered
with gold which costs a year's time
At least ten men were killed. many
wounded and one gun captured. The
carpet is made under the supervision
of the sultan and when completed is
turned over to the Egyptian pilgrims
to place upon the tomb of the prophet
at Mecca. The journey to Mecca is
a sacred one. but the pilgrims take
precautions to protect themselves for
the trip is always hazardous.
I At the expiration of a year another
carpet has been woven and the old
one is replaced with a new one. The
carryng of the carpet from the tomb
back to Cairo is attended with solemn
rites and the celebration at the end
of the journey is an imposing and
Arabs. Turks. Pesians. syrians.
Circassians. Nibians. Negroes and
British, Indians jion in the pilgrimage
The fierce guardians of the caravan
are the Bashi-Bazouks. mounted and
armed to the teeth with the clumsy
weapons of the East. The right to
jearry the carpet has been handed
from camel to camel for centuries and
Senator Tillman Wont Return to
Senate This Session.
The State says the condition of
Senator B. R. Tillman is not alarm
ng, according to his physician. but;
t is not thought that he will be
able to return to the Senate this
In responce to an inquiry Dr. T.
. Hunter. Senator Tillman's physi
clan wired The State at 9.45 Wednes-.
day evening as follows.
"There is nothing alarming in Sen
ator Tillman's condition. Left off
anodyne last night for first time since
he has been sick, and he did not.
rest as well as he has been. He
has been somewhat depressed today.
H has developed no organic symp
toms at all. His trouble is purely
functional. His improvement has
not been as rapid as I first expected.
Don't think he will be able to return
to the senate this session."
Th following was received from
The State's Trenton correspondent
"Senator Tillman is slowly improv
ing. Has only been up once and has:
ery little control of himself while;
standing. It is thought he is In need
f a complete rest."
STARVING IN NEW YORK.
Tried to Steal Money With Which to
A gray-haired sick looking man
walked into the banking office of C.
. Richard & Co.. 33 Braodway. New
ork. Friday and asked for money to
get food. He was ordered out, and.
after walking to the street. stood:
looking for a mo'ment at the firm's
window, where a quantity of foreign'
oney was exhibited.
Then his glance fell on a piece of*
oncrete lying in the gutter. and, has:
tly picking it up, he threw it against.
the plate glass. The window broke
n a dozen pieces. and the old man
then grabbed a 110 franc and a 50
fanc note and ran.
Two of the firms clerk-s cadught. him
before he had got fifteen feet away.
n the station house the prisoner de
scribed himself as Thomas Kennedy.
70 years old, a sail maker. with no
home. He said he had eaten nothing
for 4S hours, and his appearance mn
dicated it. The police sympathized
with him. but charged him with burg
IOWA FOR BRYAN.
The Demuocrtic Convent ion Endorses
the Gr'eat Commonerl.
A dispatch from from Cedar ~Ram
ids Iowa. says Williaml .1. Bryan s
friends today controlled the Iowa
Democratic State Convenitioni. The
plaform~ adopted was a recast of the
Nebraska platform. including the en
dorselent of Bryan for presdentiai
candidate. Every mierLion of Bryans
name was greeted with a storm of
The resolutions commtittee heard a
~request fronm Mr. Bryan tiiat the ideas
of the Omaha platform he imdorsed
by the Democrats of Iowa. There
Iwas some sentiment in favor of adopt'
jing the Nebraska platform in toto.
but finally it was rewritten as Ic
THEY WANT BOOZE.
Blown U p Because He Refused t(o Sel
At Center Point, lnd.. th" Madg(
b uiness block, containing a druti
tore, shoe store and barber shop
with the Knights of Pythias hall cet
te seco'nd floor, was destroyed b:
dynamite yesterday. Hardly any
hing but splinters is left of the build
The town has no saloons. and Mi
e'roy. a druggist. has been importun
aed often to turn his store into a bin
tiger. refused. It is believed that th
liquor symtpathizers who wanted th
bind tiger established destroyed th
uiding out of spite.
'he only D)emocrat in that class, an
it is useless to attempt to blind th
sepl of + Sotarlia to that fac
The State Unearthed Mysteriow
GEO. A. BRISTOW'S
Questionable Methods t- Get "Show'
Girls.-Postoffice Inspector Gre'gory
Swears Out Indictment Charging
the Young Man With Fraudulent
Use of the Mails.-Tr Was Very
In The State of Saturday mcrning
March 14. appeared the fol!owin.g ap
parently very innocent advertisement
in the "Want" columns:
"Wanted--Three girls to learn The
show bu-siness: experience unneces
sary: expenses paid while learning:
state age; enclose stamped envelope
for reply. Address Predro. care The
A subscriber of The State at Kings
tree had his suspicions aroused by
reading the advertisement and to sat
isfy his curiosity he caused a fal'o
answer to the advertisement to be
written, singing the name "Miss An
nie Dow." His answer Lo the add
was written on March 17 and was a.
Kingstree. S. C.. March 17, 1908.
Dear Sir: I see your advertisement
in The State for three girls to learn
the show business.
I would be glad to engage with you
as I have always had an inclination
for that line of work and think I have
some talent if- developed. Am 17
years of age and neat in appearance.
Please write me full particulars about
the work you would expect of me
and how long it would be until I
would receive some compensation.
Hoping to hear from you soon.
(Miss) Annie Dow,
Kingstree. S. C.
Care of Box l73.
Four days la-er he receivri a reply
to his letter. dated CN ' \larch
39. and written on C :. i- Tnn
stationery.: The le- -o s .igned
"Wallace Amusement C-.' and "Miss
Dzw" was instruct~1 te '-ld. ess this
"company" care of go '- delivery,
Columbia. The letter set fo-th that
"we could use you if you can come
up to the requirement. but we can
not tell you anything withoutwecould
see you and you will have to come to
It was stated that the girls whom
the "company" required would have
to work but one hour each night.
and we pay from $16 to $200 per
week and expenses." It was also
stated that they traveled in a private
car and stopped at tlz first class ho
els only. The "rmtr .xxement" was
hen set forth a' y suggestive lan
uage and it w..s plainly stated that
oly girls with good figures were
"If you care to .ioin us," continued
he letter. "you will have to come to
olumbia Thursday. March 26. and
ut up at the Columbia inn, then
ur stage manager will meet you
here Thursday night. March 26 and
ee you and if satisfactory will em
loy you and you will be in a position
o become a successful actress with
n income that will give you a mark
n your home town." It was explicit
y stated that "we must hear from
ou before Thursday" and she was in
structed to drop them a postal card
ith these words on it. "Meet me at
appointed prace and hour." She was
nformed in the letter that if she
were employed her railroad fare
would be refunded, but if rejected
she would have to pay her' own ex
penses. But this very signif'icant larn
tuage followed. "But it you will talk
o our agent. and treat him as you
should, we have no doubt but what
you wili 'make good."
The letter consumed four pages of
:rdinary stationery and was written
in pent'il. On the top of the first
page was wr'itten in ink the follow
ing: "Charles v'an Burean. Manager
Wallace Amusement Co.. is the man
you are to meet in Columbia S. C.
Don't forget." On the letter head
also appeared in ink the following
unber': "':m' 5." On the bottom of'
the last page of the letter was the
following in ink : ''Regieter at the
hotel as you wrte to uts. Thai is.
Miss Annie Dow'. so our agent wi'l
On the day f'ollowing the receipt of
this letter it was mailed to the editr
of The State. enclosed in a lette;' from
the sub~scr'iber' in Kingstree giving the
facts concerning its re('eip~t by' him.
The letter andI enelosure was rece:v
ed by the~ editor of The StaTe Tuesday
morning at ten o'clock. Being any
ous Ti) p)rotc'T the advertising co.
umrns of The State and being annoy
ed by the thcutght that they had been'
used for futher'ing not only a fraud
uent scheme but one that app~eardT
to be' vie and vicious. The State im
mediately decided to investigate mx
matter without sparing exp)ense.
The~ number'. "6(G:1.," on the lettei
signed "Wallace Amusement C'o.. tn
dicated that psil h rtrw
and was promoted b)y nio other put
pose than to bring about the dlown'
fail0 ofnocenit girlis. The numbe'
int made it appear' that t he whol
thing wa a sytematic scheme and wa
ben oked in a wholesale f'ashio-i
The~ State after hard work got Pos
office Inspc(tor Gregory to Columubi
and sent one of its representattve
to Kingstree to find a girl to come t
-Columbia Thursday and impersonat
the supposed Miss Dow. He succeec
ed and on Thursday at 1 2:25 the gli
reached C'olmbia, coming in on th
cAtlantie' Coast Line train from Flo
ence. the train which a person fro:
-Kingstree would take in coming I
dColumbia. Following instruction
she registered as "Miss Annie Do~
r. -- C'a 1h Columbia inn. Follov
ing instructions further, she managei
'to have the proprietor assign her a
room 16. This room was to the righa
of the first stairway below the offio
entrance. Room 15 adjoined this
room, immediately in the rear. wit]
a door connecting the two rooms.
The Trap Set.
Inspector Gregory, who had arriv
ed in Columbia in the meantime ci
request of the editor of The State. ar
ranged with Mr. Monckon. proprietoi
of the Columbia inn, to place him "I
room 15 without putting his name ca
Inspector Gregory gave "fiss Dow'
further instructions as to how to a:
when the agent of the Wallae(
Amusement Co., put in his appear
,ance. He outlined the plan of worli
to Mr. Monkton. who readily promisee
to assist in e':ery way possible. Mr
Gregory. not knowing at what houn
"Mr. Van Burean" or the "agent.'
of the alleged show company woud
likely put in an appearance. entered
the hotel at 3 o'clock through a rent
entrance and secreted himself in
room 15. putting down the ructains
and darkening the room as much
as possible. "Miss Dow" did not
go down to the dining room fcr her
meals but had them sent to her roorn,
it being desired hat the should not
come into contact with the man who
was to meet her except in the roo:n
where all arrancements had been
made for trapping him.
At five o'clock Inspector Gregory
was "tipped off" by Mr. Monckton
that George A. Bristow, who woirked
at the lunch counter at the unicn
station, was in all probability the man
who was conducting this scheme
Bristow had been stopping at the ho
tel every night almost for two weeks
and had spoken to the night Clerk,
Mr. Mc!ntosh. about a woman
whom he was expecting, giving her
name to him as Mrs. Dow ana tell
ing him that she was a wealthy young
widow and that she had offered him
a position to travel wiih and look
after an invalid son. Mr. Monckton
had also noticed act!ons of Bristow's
which might indicate that he might
be the man.
Bristow in the Game.
After being joined by a representa
tive of The State Inspector Gregory,
waited for the "agent." For about
an hour there was nothing but still
ness to reward the watchers in 15.
Then a knock came at the door and
Pete. a porter who knows a thing or
two. whispered to Mr. Gregory a mes
sage from Mr. Monkton to he effect
sage "that man" had come in th e
hotel and asked about "Miss Dow"
in -room 16. In just a few minute
the door to the stairway below creak
ed and then closed and some ore
came tripping up the stairs, whistling
a gay air.
He was heard to --.use about mid
way of the flight of stairs and to call
out, in an apparently careless sort of
way, loud enough to be heard in the
room ocupied by the young lady:
"Come on. Van Burean!" The mz.n
came on up stairs and went in room
1.4. After about ten minutes he went
back downstairs. Bristow then sent
the young lady the following note:
Columbia. S. C.. March 26, 1908
Miss Dow: If you are the yout~g
ady who wishes to see te/ advance
gent of the Wallace Amusement Cc'..
I have been instructed to see you,
nd as not to attract attention, w:l11
you be ready in a few minutes :o
ake a car ride around the belt and I
shall be pleased to explain the bus.i
ess to you. If I have made a mis
ake please pardon me. Mr. Van
Bureau has gone to Atlanta to joIn
he show and I have full instructio as
o act. Please let me know by the
"Geo. A. Bristow."
She informed the porter to tell Mr.
Bristow that she could not go out
with him, but if he wished to see her
e would have to come to her roo:n.
The porter went back and delivered
the message. Bristow then asked per
mission of Mr. Monckton to call t p
n the young lady in her room.
Mr. Monckton explained to him tl-at
he did not allow gentlemen to call
upon ladies in their rooms at his 1.o
tel, bixt (by agreement with Mr.
Gregory) he told Bristow that if be
ished to see her strickly on business.
as he stated, he would allow him to
go up. but advised him not to sta
Goces to the Room.
Bristow then went up stairs and
knocked at the young lady's roam
door. The door was then opiened n-nd
then came: "Is this Miss Dow?" An
affimative answer came from .he
young lady and then Mr. Bristow
started out by telling her how' nor
roy he was that "Mr. V'an Burean"
had to go out of the cliy, etc. He
again made the proposition to go
out for a car ride, saying that it
would be hard to place the proposi
tion clearly before her as Mr. Monck'
ton objected to any one calling on la
dies in their rooms and he could tike
her for a car ride and then they could
~o to some place where they wouldtc
not be obser'ved, etc.
She again declined to go. antd rath
er against his wishes Bristow started
in with his fancy and fascina' ing
story about the show businzt' an
the advantages to be gained by g irlt
who enter the profession. The s';ory
was roseate and almost poetical.
Bristow' explained that the "Wal
lace Amunsemient Co." were playing al
he Tijou theatrc. Atlanta. at :ha
very hour. putting on that fascina
ting drama. "I Don't Care:" 0:
ourse "Miss Do0w" had never b'oar<
of this play and Bristow proceeded t<
exlain what a gorgeous and absorb
ig theme it was. There w'ere onl:
0 people in it. and only 40 of thesi
were chorus girls.
Then tame the first "a-lvance'S
when he began to tell her, in an~ ex
eeedingly apolegetic tone of v'oice
sthat the chorus girls wear shor
dresses. A little alter he c'ane
the "tights." prefaeing his rerr ark~
-by. "Now, Miss Do'.. I hope you iwon
'Ibe offended." etc.
--'Now, that is just the greates
-trouble we have in securing girls.
n he said, adding that there is nc rei
son why any lady should object t
,wearing tights if she expected
,learn the show business. He furthE
b been in the show business tor years
tnat his wife was as fine a lady at
ever lived and she appeared on the
stage every night in tights, etc.
Liked Her Looks.
Bristow said he liked her appear
ance and thought everytning would
be all right, but he would, of course,
have to call up "Mr. Van Burean" i
Atlanta and see what he had to say
about it. He explained that he had
put in a call for his par-tner earlier In
the evening but Mr. Van Burean was
not at the Bijou theatre at that time
and central informed him that At
lanta instructed that he would have
to call later if he wished to talk.
The time came for him to go down
to telephone to his partner in Atlanta
and he would come back and let
"Miss Dow" know what he had to
say about it. But he didn t go down
and he has done no 'phoning yet.
Just as he was preparing to l'eave the
room he was confronted by Inspec
tor Gregory and his assi'tant, tho
former appearing at the door laading
from room 16 to the hatlway and
the latter through the connecting
door that leads from room 15 to 16.
To say that Bristow was taken by
surprised and was completely non
plussed nxpresses it but mildly. It
were as if the earth had opened up
and these men had appeared out of
He admitted his connection with
the scheme and turned over to In
spector Gregory letters, etc., in his
posession and informed him where
others could be found. While he ad
mitted his connection with this
scheme he insisted that "Mr. Van
,Burean" devise'i it and was the prin
cipal operator, be (Bristow) being
merely on "agent."
He was questioned at length and
detailed how he met "Van Buren"
and how he was led into this scheme
and how they had worked i- c', "h
er. He said the letter to "Mi ,iw"
was written by himself but that 'Van
Burean" dictated most of it and told
him in a general way what to say
to her. Later he answered other re
plies that were received as a result
of the advertisement, without the as
sistance of his alleged friend.
Other Girls Had Answered.
He told of receiving replies from
girls in the city and from others than
"Miss Dow" outside of the city. It
was arranged for two of the girls to
meet the "agent" at the Congaree ho
tel and on Sunday night, March 22,
he went there and stayed all night.
He said that "Van Bureau" was to
have met the girls expected at the
Congaree and went there himself and
registered but iater "Van Burean"
told him that he had to go to Sum
ter on the next atrin and asked him
(Bistow) to go to the .hotel) and
meet the girls. He said that the girls
had failed to come and he left word
with the proprietor that if they called
after that night that he was suddenly
called out of the city and would be
back in a day or two.
He talked with the proprietor of
the Congaree, he said, about being in
the show business and to prove to
him that he was no "fake" showed
them some of the letters that he had
received addressed to the "Wallace
Amusement Co." and left them with
him. He had not been back since to
that hotel and did not know whether
any of the girls ever went there to
meet "Van Burean" after Sunday
Bristow insisted that "Miss Dow"
was the only one of the girls whom he
ad met, but "Van Burean" had met
several, mentioning one in Brookkand
and one on Blanding street, etc., He
gave the names of four or five girls
living in the factory district whom
they had planned to get into the com
pany but he had left it to "Van
Bureau" so see them and make the ar
He denied that he placed the ad in
The State and said that he had never
gone to the postoffice and called for
te mail. On being shown an order
sent to the postmaster directing that
the mail for he Wallace Amusement
Co.. be delivered to "boy," he ad
mitted that he wrote it. The order
was signed "Char~es Van Bureau"
and was written on a piece of yellow
Paper. He also admitted that he had
sent the same boy to the office on
several occasions for the mail. When
Bristow was taken in charge by In
s~ector Gregory he had .iust $1.20 on
his person and that is the amouit
with which he had planned to take
"Miss Dow" Out and give her a good
time. He said that this was "Van
Burea's" money and that $1.50 was
given to him by the latter .iust as he
Van Bureau) was fixing to leave
Columbia for Atlanta Monday morn
He also had a new tape line in his
pcket and the money was to be used
in paying for telephone message. His
attention was directed to the fact that
if $1.50 was given to him for that
purpose .he had already spent 20
cents of it. for something else and
was planning to spend more of it in
akg "Miss Dow" out for a good
time about the city. WVell, he could fix
that, he sad.
Bristow in Arrest.
Inspector Gregory had Bristow
locked up at the police station at 5.30
o'clock Friday mornng for safe-keep
ing and at noon Friday he swore out
the warrant before Commissioner
V'erner. Inspector Gregory spent the
entire day Friday following up the
investigation and every step brought
more convincing and more damaging
*tetimony against Bristow. Several
Columbia girls who had answered the
>ad were interviewed and turned over
- to Mr. Gregory the letters which they
had r'eceived from this take "amuse
One young woman stated that she
would not like to have her name ap
- pear in connection with the case bu1
. hat if it were necessary in order t<
tinsure Bristow being given the sever<
Spenalty which she felt he deserve<
s she would gladly appear as a witness
' Many places that Bristow state<
he had visIted in company with "Vai
t Burean were visited by Mr. Gregor:
"and at ach place it was learned tha
Bristow had been there alone eac1
o time. He gave the names of severa
o houses of ill fame which he had vis
rr ited with Van Burean, but the it
S- ate ofihee places knew no on
SHOOTS A NEGRO.
Congressman Heflin of Alabama
in a Serious Affray.
WAS ON A STREET CAR
In Washington With Congressman
Ellerbee, on his Way to Deliver
With Negro for Drinking on Car,
Threw Him Off and Then Shop
Him in the Head.
In a desperate affray on a Penn
sylvania Avenue car in Washington
Friday a negro was shot by Congress
man Thomas J. Heflin of Alabama.
Thomas Lumby, the negro, was
shot in the head and Is in a critical
condition, and Thomas McCreary. a
New York horse trainer, is suffering
from a wound in the leg. The shoot
ing of McCreary was accidental.
Mr. Heflin was arrested and taken
to the 6th police precinct station,
where the charge of assault with in
tent to kill was placed against him.
Later he was released on $5,000 bail.
The shooting occurred shortly after
0"Io'clock as the car reached the corner
of Pennsylvania avenue and 6th street
bound for Capitol Hill.
Congrasman Heflin, accompanied
by Congressman Edwin J. Ellerbee,
of South Carolina, had boarded the
car at 12th street and Pennslyvania
avenue, Mr. Heflin being on his way
to deliver a temperance lecture at the
Metropolitan Methodist Episcopal
Church, 4 1-2 street anid ohn Marshall
Place. Upon boarding the car, he
observed two negro passengers, one
of whom was Thomas Lumby, and
who was in the act of taking a drink
from a bottle of whiskey. There were
a number of passengers, including
several ladies. Mr. Heflin says he re
monstrated with Lumby and asked
him to stop drinking saying: "Don't
take that drink there are ladies here
and it is not right. It -is against the
law for you to do such a thing in a
street car and I hope you will put that
The other negro, who was sober,
attempted to take the bottle away
from his friend, but failed. It is
said that Lumby became offended at
Mr. Heflin's remonstrancer and ap
plied vile epithets. As the car reach
ed 6th street and Pennsylvania. ave
nue Heflin and Lumby were engaged
in a desperate struggle. Mr. Heflin
who is a large powerful man, succeed
ed in throwing Lumby off the car as
it came to a stop.
Most of the occupants of the car
hastily allighted, including Mr. and
Mrs. McCreary. The negro fell to the
ground on bing pushed off the car.
He rose, and, it is said, began cursing
Mr. Heflin again and made a motion
for his hip pocket as. if to dray a wea
pon, whereupon Mr. Heflin fired at
him through 'the car window, missing
the negro and hit'ting Thomas Mc
Creary, who was about 20 feet from
the car. Mr. Heflin fired once or
twice more, one of the shots striking
Lumby in the head above the ear.
Lumby ran a short distance and fell.
An ambulance was called and he was
taken to the Emergency Hospital. The
conductor of the car disappeared and
Officer George N. Scriven took charge
of the car and ran It to 3d street and
There Representative Heflin was
escorted by Officer Scriven to the Cap
itol Hotel, and later was taken to the
police station in a cab. He was not
locked up. Mr. McCreary's wound
is not serious, and after treatment at
a hospital he returned to his apart
ments. At the Emergency Hospital.
it was said Lumby though badly
wounded and unconscious, has a
chance to recover. His skull was
fractured. but the surgeons were un
ble to ascertain at that time, whether
the bullet had entered the head.
Mr Heflin explained at the station
his reason for going armed.
He is the author of a "jim crow"
car law in the District of Columbia,
and said that since he introduced the
measure he has received many letters
of a threatening character and secur
ed permission from the authorities to
go armed. Mr. Heflin represents the
5th Alabama district, in which the
Tuskegee Institute, of which Broker
IT. Washington. is the head, is lo
IKILLED BY LIVE WIRE.
Caught Hold Of It While in Bath
Edgar K. Miller. aged 23 years. of
Newton. Ind., a freshman at Depau
University, lost his life by coming in
contact with a live wire in the bath
room of Mrs. Jordan's house late last
A cry was heard and his room mate
rushed to the bathroom to find Mil
ler lying on the floor dead. A hole
in his right hand and a deep '6urn in
the young man's foot told the story.
but Bristow of the alleged pair. He
had come and gone alone. Every
where the evidence only added to the
theory that Bristow and "Van Bur
Iean" and the "Wallace Amusement
Co." were one and the same and
operated the scheme all by himself.
Inspector Gregory left yesterday
evening for Atlanta but before going
he had collected a groat quantity o1
damaging evidence against Bristow.
Br'istow said last night that he
knew h was "up against it" and want
i ed to know something about the pen
.alty that would be imposed if he
I should be convicted. He said he dit
i not know whether he could get ou
;on bond or not, but asked that hi:
t rt e notified.
1Britowr will be given a prelimi
lnay on April 10. There are alread:
- more than a score of witnesses wh<
- will be subpoened to appear in Cha&r
a leston agninst him.-The State.
CONCERNING RURAL FREE DE.
It Is Held Improper to Transmit Un.
stamped Letters From One Poini
The Washington correspondent o
The State says it is not proper ir
the opinion of the fourth assistant
postmaster general, Mr. DeGraw, who
has charge in general of the rural
free delivery routes, that R. F. D. car
riers should carry unstamped letters
from one point on their routes to
another. Representative Sleyden of
Texas recently made inquiry of the
department as to this, from which
fact it appears that in Texas at least,
whence Mr. Slayden hails, it has
been customary for some of the ru
ral carriers to carry from one point
to another letters or parcels which
are not stamped.
It Is doubtless true in all parts of
the country that rural carriers. .who
get to know their patrons well, do
small favors of this kind for unem.
The fourth assistant postmaster gen
eral, though, in answering Mr. Slay
den in effect lays down a policy which
will put a stop to all 'f this.
Mr. DeGraw's answer to the Texas
representative is made after consult
ing the department of justice at
torneys general advising him as to
the legal question involved. Said Mr
DeGraw. "All patrons of rural free
delivery routes are required to pro
vide themselves with approved boxes,
and their contents are recognized by
law as mail boxes and protected from
wilful damage or depredation." He
further states that these boxes,
while provided at the expense of the
citizens on the route, are erected ex
clusively for the United States mail.
Hence the matter In them is to be
considered United States mail.
"All mailable matter placed in ru
ral mail boxes," says Mr. DeGraw,
"is subject to the rules and regula
tions governing the malls, including
the payment of postage. While it is
not In violation of law to place un
stamped mailable matter In rural
boxes, it is not proper that it should
Rural carriers finding such matter
in boxes on their routes are required
to bring it into the office to be held
"It will, therefore, be appaj'ent to
you that in the use of rural mail
boxes there can be divided authority
between thee postoffice department
and the patron, for If this were so, it
would be difficult, if not impossible,
to enforce the law protecting rural
mail boxes and Weir contents from
damage and depredation."
In this connection Representative
James Griggs of Georgia has a bill
now pending to allow 1 cent postage
on R. F. D. routes from one point on
a route to another, just as in the case
of a "drop letter" in a postoffice.
TOWN COMPLETELY DESTROYED
And Two People Killed by a Cyclone
The town of Lynn. Ga., was com
pletely destroyed by a cyclone early
Two ,persons were killed, Jim
Wright, colored, and a child of Major
A number of others were injured,
Including Boze and Pete Hatcher.
rs. Bailey, Miss Blance Mlmms, Miss
George Williams. Miss Kate Arline
and Mrs. Wiliam-ILynn.
The costly home of Mr. Bailey was
picked up and carried ten feet. Every
dwelling, tenant house, barn and
store house were destroyed and all
the contents ruined.
One little child was blown into
the woods. The track of the cyclone
was 400 yards wide and two miles
Doctors from Brainbrldge and
Brinson were sent on a special train
to care for the injured.
SEN. TILLMAN GOING ABROAD.
His Physicians Advise a Change and
A dispatch from Trenton says
while alarm is felt there is consider
able anxiety over the continued ill
ness of Senator B. R. Tillman, and
announcement is made that his phy
sicians, Drs. Babcock - and Hunter.
Ihave decided that the Senator needs
a complete change. It develops that
Senator Tillman's condition demands
absolute rest and quiet, hence any
idea he may have entertained of
making another lecture tour after
the close of Congress or later in the
ear has been put aside. The Sena
tor and Mrs. Tillman are making ar
rangements to go abroad during the
late spring or early in the summer,
and will be away several months. *
MANY MINERS lILLED
In a Wyoming Coal Mine on Last
Between 55 and 70 men, it devel
oped to-day. lost their lives in twc
explosions Saturday and Saturday
Inight in Coal Mine No 1, of the Unios
Pacific Coal Mine. at Hanna, Wyo
The explosions were caused by gase
and coal dust and each was followed
by a fire.
The first explosion occurred at2
'o'clock killing 18 miners, includingi
a supr intend ent and three bosses.
The second exploSion occurred a
t0 o'clock Saturday night. snuffine
out the lives of from 40 to 50 res
curers, includinlg State Mine Inspecto
D. M. Elie.
Storm in Georgial.
About six o'clock Tuesday mornin
Peham, Ga.. was visited by a sever
storm. Several houses were destroy
-ed on the plantation of A. Rt. Dasher
IOne negro was killed on the turpen
tine plantation of Boswell & Carter
where several houses were blow:
The WestiWill~Be Solid For His
NEARLY ALL FOR HIM.
Indianna, North Dakota and Illinois
Are Solid for the Great Commoner
and Send Delegations to Nation
al Convention Pledged to Hs Nom
ination as the Democratic Standard
Delegates to thie Indianna State
convention - Wednesday afternoon n.
district meetings selected 26 district
delegates to the National Convention
at Denver and the commmitee on
rules selected four delegates at !a-ge.
A majority of the delegates eill
vote at Denver for the reelection of
Thomas Tagart as the Indiana mem
ber of the national committee.
While some of the district dele
gates were not instructed it is the
present announced intention of all
30 delegates to suport the candidacy
of Willam J. Bryan for the presi
North Dakota Unanimous.
After. three hours' of oratory Tues
day afternoon the North Dakota Dem
ocratic convention unanimously a
dopted resolutions endorsing Wiliam
J. Bryan for the presidential nomi
nee and instructing delegates to vote
for Bryan's nomination.
The supporters of Gov. Johnson
of Minnesota threatened to :ntroduce
a second choice resolution. but the
resoluton- was not forthcoming. That
part of the resolution relating to Mr.
"The Democrts of North Dakota,
in convention assembled, believing
that William Jennings Bryan repr'e
sents the truest typpe of American
citizenship and is the natural leader
of the reform forces of the United
States of America resolva that thk
delegates from this conventino to the
national convention are hereby in
structed to vote as a unit for the
nomination of William J. Bryan for
the president of the United- States."
Endorsed in IllnoI.
In a harmonious meeting of t.he
Democratic State central committee
of Illinois Wednesday. W. J. Bryan
was endorsed for the uresidency in
emphatic language. It was decided
that the State convention should be
held in Springfield, Ill., on April 23.
The friends of Roger Sullivan, mem
ber of the national commitee, were
in complete control of the meeting.
The only point upon which there
appeared to be a division of senti
ment was over the manner of select
ing delegates to the State. convention.
In this the Sullivan men won their
point, defeating the followers of M.
v. Dulop of Jacksonville, Ill., who
wanted to put through a rule re
uiring county conventions to be
The resolution endorsing Bryan
was adopted by a vote of 33 to 1,
as. H. Donohue of East St. Louis
being the only dissenter. Sullivan
roted in the affrmative.
CAR ENTERS BU.IDING.
wenty Persons Hurt in an Accident
At Detroit, Mich., over a score of
people were ~injured late Tuesday
when an interurban car on the Ann
Arbor branenl of the Detroit United
Railway, bound into the city from
ackson, Michigan, was derailed by
:efective rails near 31st street and
ploughed across the brick pavement
into a store building.
The car was wrecked and the front
of the two-story pulding 'was de
molished. Twenty people were taken
to the hospital for treatment and*
many others sustained minor injur
ies. Two of the injured are reported
to be in a serious condition. One is
Mrs. E. Halladay, of Napoelon, Mich.,
and the other is Mike Rhowika, of
BOMB THROWER HURT.
At ew orkoneman was killed.
anoherfatllyinjredand four po
liceen ligtlyhur'asthe result of
an atemp toassassinate a squad of
attempted to gather in U3nion Square.
After the police dispersel the
crowd they began to form a proces
sion and began singing "The Mar
seilles.'' A squad of police started
across the park and two men, one
with a bomb in his hand, came up be
When within a few paces .of the
policeman the man In front raised
his hand to throw the bomb, which
exploded in his hand with the above
result. The would-be assassin made
a statement at the hospital saying
his name was Selig Silverstein. .*
A Strange Case of Suspended Anima
tion of a Little Girl.
A remarkable case of suspended
animation is reported at Maycock,
N. C.. where Bessie, the I-year-old
daughter of a farmer named Perry.
lies seemingly dead, but with a body
still warm, and a face with all the
natural coloring of life.
The child fell suddenly to the
ground last Friday. Two physicians
pronounced the girl dead. The face
of the child retaining its natural col
-or and her body its warmth, however,
the parents of the child refused to
-permit a burial. The child presents
every appearance of being asleep, ex
1cept that her limbs are stiff and there