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BiR Franc Spead Destrudi to
Life ad Propery.
V8 sTUa MRs
The Region of Innaon is steadi
ly Enlarging and Villages In
Scores of Places Are Entirely
Submerged, the People Fleeing
For Their Lives.
Advices from Paris say that the
floods have -brought disaster to a
large part of France. The Seine
is now a raging torrent and rising
at the rate of more than half an
inch an hour. As it furiously rushes
seaward it sounds the message or in
creasing misery and destruction
The victims of the good number
more than 100.000 and the monetary
losses incalcuable. Thousands of
poor are hopelessly ruined and are
fleeing to Paris. The government
urgent measure has requisitioned
army and navy material to house
the sufferers, and boats for the res
cue of the stricken, as well as thos3
imprisoned in the houses In the lood
centres on all sides of Pars.
The region of Inundation is stead
fly enlarging, and villages In scores
of places, are entirely submerged,
the people fleeing for their lives and
abandoning everything. In many
cases the soldiers' have been obliged
to use force in compelling the in
habitants to evacuate their homes.
Hundreds of them refused to leave.
clamoring only for food and wa
In Paris the situation Is rapidly
becoming worse, the floods sparing
neither the rich -r the poor. The
flood Is insnln.Or Invading the
capacity built area on either side of
the winding Seine, undermining the
residences and public buidings and
fWreing-the evacuation of many hou.
es. All the stree in the south
eastern section are running rivers,
Every hour helps to complete the
tie-up of the telephone. telegrapb
and railroads. The subways and
tram service are deminshing anc
In every section gas and electr:
Ughts are fafling
Paris is practically cut off Soutl
and West, and If the present con
dition continue the question of food
supplies will become menacing. Th.
Senate unanimously adopted an ap
,Vropriaton of $400,000 for national
relef and various societies are send
Jag out calls for - aid. Presidea
Fallieres heads the list with $4,000,
and other gifts aggregate $40.000.
The entire population of Iver
Sur Seine and adjacent places, whict
are completely covered with water
are in a desperate state. Only the
tops of the houses at Alfortvllle are
visible, the water averaging 12 feel
In the street. At this place, since
S o'clock' Tuesday morning, 3,00C
-persons have been rescued by boats,
and 30,O00 others have found safety
lay their own efforts. In many towns
along the rivers the houses are col
lapsing and the wreckage is whirled
off in the-stream.
The riesene imork at Al~ortvie
was hampered by lack of light
-But the rescuers had more to eon
tend with than the tarbulent watera
Groups of Apaches bad gathered and
soon were engaged in the work os
plraty. They seize several of the
boats and robbed rescued and res.
cuers alike. In some cases they en
tered the houses and carried on thei.
depreans Fluially a force of
soldiers drove off the looter -
There were many cases of drown
2ng and death to the aged sad sick
as a result of shock and exposure.
Two instauns of death were partic.
ularly pathetic. Aged and inflrn
*and flndng themselves unable te
move, a man and a woman hanged
themselves to abed post. The hos
pital at Ivory, containing 2,000 pa
tients, Is surrounded by water and
grave results are feared.
-President Fallieres and Premi
Briand made an automobile tuis
through the flooded districts In the
eastern section of Paris. They walk
ed through some of the streets, knee
deep in mud and water, and saw the
crowds fleeing, men tugging at valil
es and trunks, and weelp'tg womez
burdened with children and al sorts
of household belongings. The con
ditions are appalling, and the pres
dent and premier hastened e way to
seek means.of relief for the suf
DEECVE BOYER PASSES.
Succumbs to Wound Inflite by Ne
gr. Car Thief in CamM=a
Southern Railway Detective S. H.
Boyer. who was shot through the
lung by one of three negro car
thieves whom he surprised at work
in the Royster yards near Columbia.
died Friday morning at the Colum
The sheriff and his deputies ap
parently have little hope of ever cap.
turing the negroes, and the poliee
are completely in the dark. From
the best information obtainable the
negroes- are probably makng their
way through North Carolina on their
way to the North or West.
The officers are looking for Eugene
Davis. Ben Little and Dave Richard
son. Negroes fitting their descrip
tions were taken aboard the Coast
Line train going out of Columbia
the morning of the shooting . They
got off at Easter. In Richland county.
Thursday the same negroes. Sheriff
Hood of Fairfield, Is confident, ap
peared at the home of L. R. Free.
in the Buckhead section of Fairfield
-county. Sheriff Hood at once noti
fied all his county officers and also
those of Chester to De on the look
out for the negroes.*
Kill Each Other.
A dispatch from St. Petersburg.
Russia. says more than 100 persons
have been killed and many wound
--ti as the result of religious con
flicts which have been waged in old
Bokhara between the Sunites and
the Shiahs for two days. The Sun
Ites demand the replacement of Zbh'
Shiah officials by Sunites. it 't
request of the Bokhara au thorities.
Rlusin troope and machine guns
have been sent from Samarkand *9
AXD HIS BODY PLIACED OX THE
The Foul Crime Was Committed
in a Boarding House in Prince
ton, N. C.
News from Princeton. a smtll
North Carolina town twelve miles
from Goldsboro, tell of a homicide
in that town about 11 o'clock Sat
urday nignt. when Frank Langley.
a young white man, was shot sud
instantly killed in a boarding house
run by A. Gis Pearce.
Troy Pearce. his father and two
brothers. Albert and Andrew Pearce.
and a blacksmith by the name of
Lem Sauls, are in jail charged with
the crime, which, according to the
reports, was coidabloodied murder.
Sauls. the blacksmith, left Prince
ton last Saturday Right but was cap
tured later by the sheriff near Se
me and placed in jail. He den5t'd
being in the crowd which did the
killing. but later admitted that he
was a member of the party, but did
not know who committed the Zee4
John E. Pearce, an uncle of the
Pearce party, was also in the house
at the time or the killing and says
that the crim lays between Troy
and Andrew Pearce. that he had re
tired for the night and the clock4
in his room had begun the stroke
of 11. but only a few strokes had
broken the stillness, when the sue.
ceeding ones were drowned by the
discharge of a shotgun which wa
I followed by a blood-curdling yell
This Is the only statement he would
The body of the deceased was
placed In a cart by the murdere
and carried down the Southern rail.
way track about half mile from th<
scene of the tragedy and left on thi
rails in order to try and hide the
crime by letting the train pass ove1
the body. The night train goInj
west severed the head from th
body, but at the coroner's !inques
held Sunday afternoon. it was dis
covered that the deceased came to hi
death as the result of a gunsho
PET DUCK MET SAD END.
Tamed by a Man in Canada, it Wa
Shot In Anderson.
Some time ago while hunt!g l1
the swamps on Rocky river, M-. W
E. Bray, of Anderson. killed a due
and on one of the legs or the bin
was found a silver band bearing thi
Inscription "Box 48. Kingsville. On
tarlo." He at once wrote to Lb
address, and has just reclve-i !
reply a letter from Mr. John T. Min
er, manufacturer of brick and th,
In that distant town. He sals tha
the duck shot by Mr. Bray cane t,
his home, where he has a sm.U pon
and a flock of tame gray and blael
"wild" ducks, and joined the~ foie
about the 5th of last Augus#. Th<
duck was very wild for a time, bu
about August 20 he had gotten in
it would almost eat out of m:
band," writer Mr. Miner. "Late
the duck became very tame an<
ve-uld follow me over to the til<
factory and look in at the door, ani
I often threw crumbs of bread azy
1corn to It. Thea she would follos
me into the barn, and knei
right well where the corn barre
stood. - 2I becam, very much attact
ed to the duck, and 'wished to se,
if I could get any trace of her afte
she left here, so I put the band o1
Mr. Miner says that the duck wa
Mr. Miner says the the' duck wa
known to him as Mabel. and lef
his little pond about December 1
He says he Is a great admIrer o
birds and is often called all kinds o
"green things" because of this fan
cy, petting birds and not shootinj
more than he does. ~"But this,'
he says, "Is worth a whole season'
shooting to me. "I suppose," he
continues. "you will think I hav<
wheels in my head, and sometime:
I think the same, but I am a greal
lover of birds and can't help It.'
In his letter Mr. Bray wrote thai
the duck had come to the best place
in the United States, and followins
out the thread of humor, Mr. Mines
writes that the duck was fed in thd
only heaven on earth.
BOOZE DOND HID.
Anothe' 'of Rag Time Music Goe
to the Poor House.
Hugh Cannon, who wrote "Goe
Goo Eyes." "Ain't That a Shame,
"Bill Bailey" and other classics of
ragtime, was sent to the Eloise poor
house at Detroit Tuesday at the ag'
of thirty-six. He told the pathetic
story of his life in short, expressive
sentences. "I quit coke easy," he
said. "I hit the pipe in New York
for a year and stopped that. I wen'
up against morphine hard and quit,
but boose, red, oily booze, that's got
me for keeps, Except for seven
months on the water wagon, I've
been pickled most of the time,"
Died of Rabie.
At Durham, N. C., Bennice Man
gum, a young boy died of a typical
case of hydrophobia Monday morn
ing at Watts hospital, The y.oung
boy was taken to the hospital Sat
urday night and he developed rab~ies
rapidly. Prior to the treatment the
madstone had been successfully ap
plied and nobody was arnxious. For
two days he suffered the hzarrors
of the damned and had to be chain
jed to h bed.
thoe Him Pown.
John B. Tatum. a prominent resi
dent of Antauga. Ala., was shot down
Sunday night by an unknown man
and Instantly killed. Tatumn was on~
his way home with his srep-in-law
when the shot was fired from ant
bush is said to have been the result
of an vid feud.
Confesses to Murder.
James Hall. an enlisted man in the
navy, has confessed to the murder
of Anna Schumacher at Rochester,
N. Y., In 1909. and is now under
arrest at the Portsmouth navy yard.
The girl was killed in a cemetery
All that glitters is not gold; some
STANDS TO THE TRUSTS
TAFT TELLS THEM TO BE OF
GOOD CHEER AN) FEAR NOT.
Says He Has No Intention of Inter
fering With Them or Their
President Taft Tuesday made pub
lic the following statement a- to
the reports that the administration
is planning a crusade against unlaw
ful combinations of capital:
"No statement was issued either
from the attorney general's office or
the White House Indicating that the
purpose of the administration to in
stitute prosecutions under the anti
trust law is other tban as set forth
in the message of the president of
January 7. 1910. Sensational state
ments as if there were to be a new
departure and an indiscriminate
prosecution of important industries
have no foundation. The purpose of
the administration is exactly as al
ready stated in the presidents me
The stateme.nt was issue.1 atter
the president had talked ,:ith Jtmes
J. Hill. the railway magnate. an.s
had received information that pric.s
were crumbling in New York under
the various reports printed the day
before and that morning. Mr. Hill
on leaving the White House. said
he was sure that the president would
not attack corporations for them
selves, but the sins of the corpora
tions. If corporations were violat
ing the laws of the country he sup
posed they would be brought to
James J. Hill's visit to the White
House. it was said, was merely a
coincidence. Mr. Hill declared that
he had discussed "general condit
ions," with the pia sident and had
not gone into the subject of the
prosecution of the trusts.
"Normally conditions are satisfac
tury in all directions," said Mr. Hill.
"but we don't want a lot of wild
stories to get abroad that will cause
Mr. Hill did not want to discuss
the president's recommendations as
to railroad legislation. saying it was
too important a subject to take up
"But we do need the rest-cure
; badly.'' he said, adding that the
country should be allowed full time
to becover from the panic of 1907.
He thought that three or four months
of rest from agitation would do a lot
ELECTIONS ELn BY HOUSE.
Judges. School Trutees and Othey
The following elections were held
L Tuesday by the legislature:
' Associate Justice-D. E. Hydric
IFirst Judicial Circuit-Chas. G.
IDantzler, of Orangeburg.
ISecond Judicial Circuit-Roberi
i Aldrich, of Barnwell.
' Third Judicial Circuit-J. S. Wil
son, of Clarendon.
IFourth Judicial Circuit-R. C.
|Watts. of Chesterfld.
ISixth Judicial Circuit-Geo. W.
Gage, of Chester.
Eighth Judicial Circuit-J. C.
IKiugh, of Abbeville.
IState Librarian-Miss L H. Lab
orde, of Columbia.
IInsurance Commssioner-Fitz H.
IMcMaster, of Columbia.
IDirectors Penitentlary-W. H.
IGlenn. of Anderson; J. D. Deas, of
' Trustees Clemson College-I. M.~
SMauldin, of Pickens; D. H. Rawis.
of Lexington; W. D. Evans. of Ches
Trustees of Winthrop College-R.
R . Tillman, of Edgefield; D. W. Mc
SLaurin, of Dillon.
|Trustees University of South Car
iolina-S. P. Hunter. Jr., of Dillon;
IC. E. Spencer. of York.
|Trustees State Colored Caiiga -
|G. B. White, of Chester; J. W. Fl3oyd.
STRIKES BLOW FOR OLEO.
Atlanta Health Committee t'rges
Congress to Repeal Tax.
Declaring the tax of ten cents
per pound ce' oleomagarine to be
largely responsible for the Increased
cost of livini,. the Atlanta Chamber
of Commerce 1palth committee a
few days ago adopted a resolution
memorializing congress to repeal the
tax. The resolution sets forth that
the tax Is "'class legislation, which
deprives the Federal government of
$2,000,000 revenue, whrile It shuts
out of the market a wholesome pr3
duct, made of milk, cotton oil and
beef fat, which otherwise would be
in reach of the masses."
The effect of this tax, it is con
cluded has greatly increased the
price of butter.
It is announced that In a letter to
the Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Har
vey W. Wiley. chief chemist of the
Federal government, states that the
repeal of the tax on oleomargarine
would in no way interefre with
the enforcement of the pure food
laws, adding that he considered
oleomargarino a wholesome pro
Seen Jus't in Time.
Moths saved a small fortune from
destruction by fire at South Nor
walk. Conn., Thursday night. A
bundle of worn garments which had
belonged to Mary Spitzer, an aged
recluse, who died recently, were
about to be thrown on a bonfire
when through a moth-holl the gleam
of a yellow back was seen. An in
vestigation brought to light $2.000
in bills, which had been sewed into
Advocate High License.
A ColumbIa dispatch to The News
and Courier says a candidate for
governor on a high license platform
was the announcement definitely
made by one who is in close touch
with the political alignment of South
Carolina. Next summer a gentle
man will certainly come out in the
race for governor who will advocate
a system of license for the handling
of liquor traffic in this State.
A girl likes an extravagant yoiung
man-if she Isn't going to ma-ry
SUES FOR THfE
Acion Brought Against Senator B. R.
Tilhiman and His Wife By
MRS. BEN..R. LMAN, JR.
For the Recovery of Her Two Daugh
ters, Who, She Alleges, Were Tak
en From Her by Her Husband.
Who Then Abandoned Her in
Washington While She Was Sick.
Mrs. Benj. R. Tillman, Jr.. Mon
day instituted habeas corpus proceed
ings before the supreme court az
Columbia to compel Senator and
Mrs. B. R. Tillman to return her
two children to her. aged three and
fire years, and be pe-petually re
strained from interfering with them.
Sensational are the charges the
younger Mrs. Tillman brings against
her husband. They are that after
repeatedly outrageously insulting her
and brutally and cruelly treatinz
her whl'e he was drunk; that afte"
she had given hiM the Keeley treat
ment. following which he only grew
worse in spite of promises to reform
and at times had attacks of deli
rium tremens: that after he had
squandered much of her estate: that
she had appealed to his parents.
Senator and Mrs. Tillman. with the
result that the senator only insult
ed her and both blamed her for the
trouble between herself and her huq
band and for his drinking to excess
-that after all this, and much more.
her husband, she having gone back
to him following their separation.
for the sake of their two children.
and in violation of their written
agreement to divide their time be
tween their father and their mother
in case of separation. had her ord-:
the two children dressed while both
families were at Washington last
November. under pretense of taking
the children on an evening's visit
to their grandpartens. turned them
over to Senator and Mrs. Tillman,
who brought them to South Caroli
na. her husband then deserting her
when she was "in a condition ton
delicate to mention." he also lear
ing for South Carolina shortly af.
terward and filing a deed at Edge
field giving the children to Senator
and Mrs. Tillman. alleging in this
deed his wife's "unfitness and inabill
ty to rpise my two children as theo
should be raised." although Mrs. I
R .Tillman. Jr.. has a handtome an
cestral home at Edgefield and annua!
rentals in addition of '1.190.
The younger Mrs. Tillman is o1
bearing giving all the indication!
a delicate beauty, her features and
of high birth and of having be,r
reared In an atmosphere of cultura
and refinement. She Is tbe grand
daughter of the late Governor F
W. Pickins. who was also ambassa
dor to the Russian court, where he;
mother was born and christened b~s
the czar. Douschka, which meanr
"little darling.' Her mother's sis
ter was the first wife of the late
United States Senator M!. C. Butler.
whom Senator Tillman defeated for
the senate after the dramatic Till
man gubernatorial administration
She is a blood relative of many o;
the old-time ruling families of the
State, and of course her social stand
in~g Is the highest.
Mr. and Mrs. Tillman's domestit
troubles appear to date from tha
time Tillman came home to Edge
field and found Col. Jaries H. Till
man at his home, but thought af
insulted his wife on this occasion,
it is alleged, he apologized and ack
nowledged he had wronged her: Col.
Tillman, it is said, was at hi!
kinswoman's innocently playing with
one of his cousin's children at th'
time Mr. Tillman came in in a rage.
In an affidavit submitted to the
court Monday Mrs. Tillman says that
one occasion she was forced by her
husband's drunken debauches and
cruel treatment 'to separate from
him, but "not until deponent's hus
band under the Influence of exces
sire drink made a most outrageous.
false and degrading attack upon de
ponent's character, that deponent, so
outraged and insulted flew through
the night time with her two infant
children from deponent's home at
'Edgewoodl' to hiE sister's home in
Edgefield for protection, where she
remained for several months."
.It would seem from the number
arnd character of the affidavits read
Monday in support of Mrs. Tillman's
right to the child-ren. that practi
cally every man and woman of stand
ing in Edgefield is up in arms against
Senator and Mrs. Tillman and their
son. Among the signers or these
affidavits are several relatives of
Justice Gary, himself a member of
the supreme bench. There are orer
signed by two or more, and several
fifty affidavits, practically all of them
having from 25 to 50 signatures.
The signatures include the follow
ing, all testIfying that they have
known Mrs. Tillman either several
years or from Infancy, and that she
is a woman of irreproachable char.
acter. modest, refined, cultured. dis
peculiarly fitted and amply finan
cially able to care for and educate
cate her own children.
Dr. 3. Tompkins. her famIly phy
sician: Judge J. W. Devorpe. mem
her of the circuit bench: the Rev.
C. E. Burts. pastor of the Raptist
chrrrc~h at Edgenieid: the pastor of
the Presbyterian church at EM!r
feld: L. Wigfali Cheatham. etiitor
of the local newspaper: over a huno
dred of Edgfield's most influential
matrons: !ncluding Mrs. John C.
Sheppard. wife of! the governor
whom Tillman succeeded, and Mrs.
Orlando Sheppard. wife of the past
grand master of Masons and many
young .w.Iety women.
The rea; contest will come on th^
return tc. the rule, and it will be a
bitter one, both sides having em
ployed fine legal talent. For the
younger Mrs. Tillman appe-tras
Messrs. DlePass & DePass of the C'
lumbia bar, and Mr. Samuel Mc-(ow
an Simkins of the Edgefield bar
while for Senator anti Mrs. Tillmian
appear ex-Solicitor J. William Thu
mond. who prosecuted ex-Lieuten
ant Governor James H-. Tillman on
his trial for the killing of Editor Y.
G. Ganzal~es of the Columbia Stat e.
and Senator Tillman's son, Mr. Henry
PARTNER WITH NATURE
SOUTH CAROLINA BOY WINS
A High Tribute Paid to Young
Bascom Usher for the Grand Pro
duction of Corn on One Acre.
We get the following from the
New York Evening Mail: There
probably As nothing more prosale
to the superficial observer than a
one-acre cornfield, unless it is anoth
er just like it. or possibly a little
more so. It is merely a patch of
growing crop, where the combined
forces of man and the favoring sun
shine are coaxing nature more or
less effectively to smile with a har
.est. From the hour of planting.
down through successive hoeings to
the final processes of cutting and
husking. the field is nothing more
to the unthinking man a common
place scene of human activity, In
which the work is hard and the re
But Bascom Usher's one-acre corn
deld was dstinoLtly d.ifferent. It
was ihe theatre not only of an ex
nloit which charms one's imagina
tion. but of an agricultural triumph
that should make every American
Bascom Usher is 17 year old, and
lives in South Carolina. Now, every
year the Government organizes a
national corn contest for boys, in
which $10.000 in prizes is awarded
for various achievements. iucluding
one for the largest yield from a
single acre. Bascom Usher enterel
last year's contest. He ploughed his
acre. planted it. cultivated it as he
believed it should be. and watcheJ
and tended it as if it were some del
icate flower bed. The work was hard
-everybody that ever hoed corn.
knows that-but Bascom Usher for
got his fatigue in the sheer joy of
watching that corn grow. L' due
season it was cut and shuckel. and
a little later it was huksed. Then
the official committee came a-ound.
looked over the results.and decided
that Bascom Usher's acre had won
the first prize.
Please consider what this victn.y
meant to Bascom Usher in a practi
cal way, and quite apart from the
exaltation of pride, which it must
have brought to him. His onr
acre field sold as prize seed at $2
a bushel, making $305, and the fod
der for $30, or a total of $335
Allowing $135 for labor, the one
acre cornfield returned a net profit
of $200-a yield rich enough to make
the average grown-up corn grower
But the sense of conquest wag
worth more than the money. Bas
come Usher has learned how. He
is a master of the soil. He has dis
covered a new charm in land and
become a joint partner with natur2
in a combination capable of trans
forming black loam and sunshine
into gold. S
KEPT CHILD SEVERAL DAYS
And Then Turned Her Loose as She
Was Not One Wanted.
Greenwood has a great sensation.
A pretty little eighttyear-old girl
was kidnapped and held by an old
negro woman. The unsuspecting
child was lured away by the negress.
who carried her to a secluded spot
nee~ the city. The child was held
there for some hours. Her parents
grew anxious about her nonappear
ance in the afternoon and immediate
ly search was instituted but without
avail. The child says that the ne
gro woman told her that she was
not the one who was wanted and
with this she was set free. Later
the little girl was brought to her
home by a lady living in the vicini
ty where she was held. All of the
parents of the Greenwood school
children are in constant dread on
account of the statement that the
negro failed to get the child she
wanted. No trace of the negro has
WORK OF HEROES.
Daring Rescue of Two Women and
Two women and four little chil
dren, overcome and trapped b~y
smoke and flame, were rescued in
thrilling melodramatic style Wed'es
day by Firemen Kelly and Ladd at
a fire in a five-story frame tenement.
No. 16 Mill road, Jersey City, N. J.
The firemen were lowered by ropei
down an air-shaft from the root of
the adjoining apartment house and
were pulled back, with their uncon
scious burdens, by their comrades.
The blaze was discovered in the early
morning and it was thought all the
tenants were out of the buildings,
when cries were heard from the wo
men and children, who had been pen
ned in by the fire on the stairways.
The air-shaft had b'een conver' .
into a fiery pit, but the firemen, by
making two trips, effected the res
cue without accident.
Note in Purse Asks That Husband
At Dallas. Texas, a handsomely
dressed woman, giving her name as
Mrs. Nick Kunth of Chicago. was
picked up in an unconscious condition
on the street there last Thursday
night, suffering from laudanum pot
soning. She was taken to the Emer
gency Hospital, wh:ere she is report
ed to be out of immediate danger.
A note in her purse asked that her
husband in Chicago be notified of
ner condition. She declared that she
belonged to a leading Chicago fami
ly and expresed regret that her
effort to kill herself had failed. Mrs.
Kunth arrived in Dallas. Tuesday.
Child Painfully Burned.
A few days ago after Mr. and
Mrs. M. I. Shol :'s little .:-ye.tr-old
child, of P~essemer City, N. r., while
playing around the stove catught flr
and was painfuliy. thoug- it is
thought, not dangerously htt-ved. be
fore the fire could be extinzuishe d.
Mrs. Sholer. Miss May Wooten and|
R.-v-. Mr. Wooten. sister an-: father|
re-spe'ctfully. of Mrs. Sholer. T-erelj
downtown when the accident occur
red. The littlk one was e csting
DIED TREE TES
SUMERAL DENNIS' WIDOW SAYS
HE HAS DIED LATELY
While the Pension Office Had Him
.Dead Once in 1815 and Once
Again In 1847.
Zach McGee in his letter to The
State from Washington says a form
er South Carolinian. Sumeral Dennis.
bears the record of the nearest ap
proach to the nine lives of the cat.
and the pension office is at work try
ing to figure out how many times
he really has died. The Washington
Star prints the following stery.
which while the pension case is of
special interest in Alabama. is still
of interest in South Carolina if there
is anybody there now whose name
"The officials of the pension office
In Washington are accustomed to
receive claim for pensions which are
stranger than fiction. They are at
work on a claim made by Mrs. Sum
meral Dennis of Dadeville, Ala..
which caused them no end of sur
"Sumeral Dennis. it appears on
the official records, died in 1815, af
ter serving in the American army
during the war of 1S12. According
to the records, he also died In 1847
at the close of the war with Mexico,
in which he also did good service.
Now comes his widow and declares
that Sumeral Dennis died only a
few years ago, having lived to a
ripe old age.
"Senator Johnston of Alabama has
taken much interest in the claim
and is pushing it before the senate
nommittee on claims with the hope
of winning the pension for the old
lady, who lives now in Dadevlle
with her son. Perry C. Dennis. a
"If the pension claim goes througl
Mrs. Dennis will receive in the
neighborhood of $3.000. including
the back pension which Is due her
"Sumeral Dennis has a death rec
ord that few can beat. The oMciab
in Washington are afraid that ho
may yet be discovered alive.
"Way back in 1812 he lived It
South Carolina. During the secon(
war with Great Britain, Mr. Denni
became a member of Cap. Beatty'i
company in the First regiment o
the South Carolina militia. He serv
ed gallantly during the war. But
according to the records on Ale is
Washington, he died his first deati
"But, in spite of the fact that hi
was officially dead, Mr. Dennis. wh<
was still a young man, moved tA
Alabama, where he settled and livei
prosperously until the Mexican wa
broke out. His old spirit for wa
was still alive, and he organized i
company of volunteers himself anw
joined the army of Invasion.
"After this war he was offcial;
reported dead for the second! time
However, he lived to return to Ala
bama and to marry Mrs. Eva P. Den
nis some years later. It is Mrs
Dennis who is now seeking the pen
sion. The old man was 94 year
old when he died the third time.
"When the offclalk in Washingto,
raise the erticism of the claim tha
Mr. Dennis died after the Mexical
war, before Mrs. Dennis claims ti
have married him. Senator Johnstoi
points to the fact that, accordini
to the records. Dennis was dead 12
1815. and yet the later records shoi
him to have served in the Mexical
"The senator argues , therefiore
that If the records as to his d-. -.tl
were wrong in the first Instance
they might be wrong in the second
and that Mr. Dennis' widow shouk'
know, if any one, when her husbanc
died and If she married the shadoi
of a man."
SAYS WOMEN ROBBED HID.
A New York Banker Despoiled ou
Big Aniount of Cash.
In New York Wednesday nigh
Warner M. V 'a Norden, the banke
and presi... - of the Van Norder
Trust Company, was robbed of $28,
000 as he was leaving the Waldorf
With the arraignment a few days
ago of Bessie Roberts, alias Kitty
Dowel!, of Chicago. and Annit
Williams, alias "Chicago Maggie,
the story was made public.
Mr. Van Norden saw two women
walking along Fifth .ioenue. One
dropped a pocketbook and Mr. Van
Norden politely picked it up and re
turned it to her.
A hearty slap on the back was the
somewhat startling and unconven
tional manner in which one of the
women signalized her thanks. There
was a profusion of thanks and bows
and one of the women fainted sud
denly on Mr. Van Norden's shoul
The woman revived and a few
'minutes later Mr. Va'n Norden mis3
ed the $28.000. The women were
held in $30.000 bonds.
"WIDOW" FOOLED A WIDOWER.
She Told Him She Was In "Love"
and Secured $20,000.
Detectives in the employ of A. E.
King. a retired business man in
Lincoln. Neb., are seeking to make
an arrest among the social set of
Kansas City. Kan.. as the result of
a peculiar love affair. It appears
the woman in the case represented
herself as a widow, when in fact
she is married and has a husband
living. Mr. King alleges she told
him that she was about to rec-eive
a large amount of eash from New
York and secured money to the
amounit of $20.oA00 on this pretense.
Later sh" declared the money was
only a loan and that the cash had
been spent. She is charged with ob
tamIng money under false pretense
and may be pros.ecuted. At present
she has two motor cars and lives fu
a fine home with expensive furnish
I'nknown Man Killed.
An unknown negro was run over
and killed by a traIn near Meg
getts one night last week. TL~e
coroner's jury r.-ndetd a verdict
that the neg'ro came to hIs death
through his own carelessness an-I
no blame was attached to the train
BRINGS UP MATTER OF PUR
CHASE OF PUBLIC DOMAIN.
Accuses Southern Pacific of Holding
Large Tract in Direct Violation
Senator Tillman Monday brought
up in the senate the Oregon land af
fair upon the subject of his connec
tion with which President Roose
velt once sent a message to congress.
*Some ef you are familiar." said
Senator Tillman, "with my desire
to buy some land in Oregon located
on a land grant. and the effort made
by Mr. Roosevelt to create the im
pression that I was playing the ras
cal In regard to it. and all that sort
of thing. I have followed up this
matter on account of my personal
Interest then enlisted. Not in the
purchase of lard any more. but to
see that the people have the right
to buy according to the terms of
the grants to the railroads and to
the military roads. I found out long
ago that neither I nor any one else
could buy them according to the
terms of the grants."
He then read a letter he had
written l'iquIring of the attorney
general if any had been bought in
accordance with the resolution of
congress passed two years ago.
Continuing he said there had been
a tempest in a tea pot over the Bal
linger affair, but that 2,000.000
acres of valuable timber land is held
by the Southern Pacific railroad or
by the Harriman Interest In abso
lute and direct violation of the grant
which they refuse to sell to anybody.
They have already sold over 500.
000 acres contrary to the law, ho
Senator Chamberlain of Oregon
has Introduced a resolution calling
for information on the subject and
Senator Tillman announced that
when that comes up he will have
something further to say. His ref.
erence to the famous Oregon land
affair was greeted with a profound
silence and looks of surprise on the
faces of senators.
DISCUSSES HIGH COST OF LVING
Presidenm Wilson Says the Trouble
is Too Many Leaving Farms.
"Is costs more to get the common
i necessities of life In the United
States today than In any other coun
try In the world."
This startling statement was made
a few nights ago by James Wilson,
Secretary of Agriculture, In an ad
dress delivered before the 'Manufac
turers' Club of Philadelphia. Seo
retary Wilson discussed "The Pres
ent Food Crisis." in a way that was
r original and forceful.
"'Some poeple," he said. "tell un
that If we repeal the present tarifi
law to let in forefp products free
of duty, the present dlfifcu:::y will
cease. I do not believe It. Eggs
sare 35 cents a dozen In Canadian
cities and 60 cents a dozen In some
American cities. The duty is 3 cents
a dozen. What difference would it
make whether you took off that 3
cents or not?"'
The secretary further stated that
he believed the Aemrican people are
suffering at present not so muchi
from the cost of living, his state
"It has been said that the Ameri
can is the best fed, best clothed, best
educated and best housed man upon
earth. We shall have to add now
that he is the most evpensively fed.'
Secretary Wilson pointed out that
the fundamental difficulty was that
the people are leaving the farms to
such an extent that there are not
enough remaios to produce the
foodi of the increasing population.
The boys and girls of the farm, he
asserted, are being lured away to
the cIties, to the factories and to
the mines, and to too great an ex
tent the agricultural resources of
the country are being neglected.
He said he was convinced that the
combination of retailers, whole
salers and the like were responsible
in great measure for the keeping up
of prices and that the same Influence
would be sufficient to control the
prices of products brought from oth
er countries, even though the tariff
Secretary Wilson, after declaring
that the record made by the manu
facturers of the United States Is a
good one, said "the education of the
farmer, however, has been over
looked. The young farmer has been
educated away from the farm and
from the production of food for the
PRISONS ARE FULL OF ALaIES.
Influx of Immigrants the Cause of
Increase of Criminals
That the recent remarkable in
crease in prison population in New
York state is due largely to the
inf~ux of immigrants Into the state.
Is the conclusion of C. V. Collins,
superintendent of state prisons, who,
In his annual report to the legisla
ture. suggests that the federal gov
ernment. which permits these alien
criminals to land on its shores.
should assume the burden of main
taining them till they have served
their sentence when they should be
deported and never allowed to re
turn. A census of 4.320 prIsoners
In Sing Sing, Auburn and Clinton
prisons, showed that 1.091 or 25
per cent were aliens.
Garfield Opposed Ballinger.
Former Secretary of the Interior
Garfield Tuesday appeared befor*
the senate committee on houses and
lands, and opposed the bIll submit
ted by Se'retary Ballinger. authorlz
ing the secretary to withdraw the
public lands from settlement, pend
lng a recommendation to congress
Fiend Ass.aults Child.
Frank Larrance. a fourteen-year
old n.egro boy, has been committed
to jail at Hendersonville. N. C..
charged with committing an ass.-'it
on a little white girl ten years old.1
The fiend has confessed his crime
You cannot tell what a woman
CASH CUT OFF
JUakefig Trqi by lembers of Cugress
Does NoW.d But
WASTES LOTS OF MONEY
immipation Commision Scored
Storm of Protest Aroused by -Re
quest for $12,000 More-Late
Senator Latimer, of This State.
Was a Member.
By cutting off a deficiency appro
priation of $125,000 for the National
Immigration Commission, the House
Monday lent Its support to seveia!
members, led by Representative Ma
con of Arkansas. who denounced the
commission and its work and threat
ened it with immediate extinctiOn.
Unless friends of the commission
succeed in having the Item restored
to the urgency deficiency bill In the
senate It will be compelled to sus
pend for lack of funds. The com
mission asked for the $125.004 ap
propriation which It needed to wind
up its work.
Senator Dilingham of Vermont Is
chairman of the commission, the oth
er members being Senator L3dge,
Representative Howell of New Jer
sey. Bennett of New York and Bur
nett of Alabama; Prof. J. W. Jenks
of Cornel University. and William
R. Wheeler of San Francisco.
When the paragraph making the
appropriation for the commission was
reached during the consideration ef
the urgent deficiency bill Mr. Ma
con made a point of order against
it on the ground that It was not a
deficiency. Foll1wing this action
came a general assault agaInt the
commission by several members,
Mr. Macon making a scathing attack
on the body. He charged dbsat the
commission had gone on a junket
ing eipedition abroad, had spent
$657,993 and had accomplishod prac
-I am advised." said Mr. Macon,
"that this commission went abroad
during the summer - of 1907. and
that no report of the trip has ever
been published, and In my judgmen
will not, for It seems the trip W3s a
pleasure junket for most of the .-m
bers, rather than an information
gathering trip. The commission
made no progress until forced to do
so by the late Senator Latime. of
South Carolina, who thrpstaned to
return home on the nest steamer.
and inform the government on the
door of the senate that the commis
sion inteaded merely to deiaf im
Messrs. Latimer. Buruett and
Howell of the commission #e al
lowed to go to work while the chair
man told Mr. Wheeler. se'.aV.y f
the commission, to come Win Dan.
and enjoy himself, that toe ismm
gration problem had been th oghly
investigated by the lndust:!.ii rom
mission and that only he and one
other knew the real purpose ot the
"I have hieard that the auditor
for the State department has -nter
ed a protest against a certain meim
ber of the commission for charging
up as part of his expense ac'unt
amounts paid out by him for Laundry,
hair-cuts, shampoos, shines and iu
tomobile rides for pleasure on the
Mr. Tawney, chairman of the ap
propriation commission, which re
ported the bill, condemned the prin
ciple of creating commissions with
"permanent appropriations,'' but
said he never had been able to stop
that practice. Mr. Sabath of II11
nos, Butler of Pennsylvanla, Bur
nett 'of Alabama, who Is a member -
of the commission, and others aeso
spoke against the appropriation after
which It was stricken out on Mr.
Macon's point of order.
RODE TO DEATH.
Terrible Joney of Boy on a
Hug. Ice Fl0e.
Death was the station where 12
year-old Albert Pakulate debstrked
after an exciting and terrible 18 -
mile ride down the Naugatiek river
In Connecticut, on an icc flos.
Thosnds of people witnessed por-.,
tions of the boy-s perilous trip and
hundreds of men made efforts to
save him. but all in vain.
A boat could not live in crunch
g mass of ice, rocks and de br is, and
the only hope for the lad was tha'
the cake of :ce on which he was
riding would be caught by an eddy
and carried near the shore. Bat at
remained in the middle of the 'tream
until It was caught in an undertow,
and the boy was dragged unde~r some
logs and drowned.
The boy was playing with the ice
in a cove near his home at Water- *
bury. Conn., when his foot -dippei
and he fell into the river just as
an immense Ice floe drifted by. He
clambered up on the cake which soo'o ,'
drifted out to midstream and rkc
boy was held a helpless prisoner .
For 18 mIles he drifted down thi
stream encouraged by the shouts of
his would-be rescueres who raced
along the stream but could make no
successful esort to get the boy from
his perilous position. Finally t-ie
cake and the boy disappeared whea
an undertow drew them under somt
Give This a Trial.
To clean silverware, either solid
or plated, use a weak solution of
ammonia (20 parts water to one
of ammonia) and soap. Rub with
a brush and rinse in alcohol. This
Is for bright or polished finish. For
satin or frosted finish use the weak
solution of ammonia and baking
soda. Wet the brush, rub on the
soap, then dip brush into dry soda
and scrub the articles thoroughly.
Repeat if necessary. Do not use so
da on gray silver; it will maze it
a.l the same color.*
Fiend Makes Escape.
A negro entered the hom' of a
rarmer near Osborne, N. C., while
e was away and assaulted his wife.
ihe negro was caught by the fatrm
r but later made his escape. Cloe