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VOL. XXVII _MANNING, S. CE WEDNESDAY11912 NO.2
THEIR AUTO SKIDS
1. S. STEWART AND H. T. MFIs
HAN ARE BOTH KILLED
THREE OTHER MEN HURT
Car Carrying Five Prominent Citizens
of the Capital City, Returning
From Ridgewood, Skids and
Plunges into a Ditch, Turning Tur
tle and Pinioning Victims Beneath.
The Columbia correspondent of
The News and Courier says Hugh T.
Meighan, cashier of the Carolina Na
tional Bank, and W. S. Stewart, hard
ware merchant, were instantly killed;
Theodore A. Bell, seriously injured;
W. C. Swaffield and William Watson,
injured, when the automobile in
which they were returning from
Ridgewood Club skidded and went
over into a ditch just after the ear
had crossed Smith's Branch, the car
turning completely over pinioning the
When assistance arrived and the
men were pulled from beneath the
automobile, the first two were dead,
and the other three were injured.
The injured men were rushed to the
city and given medical attention and
the bodies of the other two removed
to a local undertaking establishment.
The accident, one of the most de
plorable in the history of the city,
;happened Thursday night just about
B o'clock. The five men, Hugh T.
Meighan, cashier of the Carolina Na
tional Bank; W. S. Stewart, hard
ware merchant; Theodore A. Bell,
shoe store, had been out to the Coun
pany; W. C. Swaffield, real estate
and Insurance man, and William
V atson, representative of Watson's
shoe store, had been out of the Coun
try Club, Ridgewood, and were re
turning to the city in an automobile,
Mr. Meighan driving, when just af
ter the automobile crossed Smith's
Branch, about two miles from the
city, the car skidded. It is just at
this point that the Seaboard Air Line
trestle crosses the road and the
ditches on both sides are very deep.
When the car skidded tue reverse
lever was applied and suddenly the
ear toppled over Into the ditch, turn
tng turtle and pinning the occupants
' People running to the assistance
pulled - the men from underneath,
finding that -two had been instantly
killed. It.a said .theatt t eao.
the scene of the accident were Waites
Thomas and Hugh Hammond, and
the rear light of the car, burning
faintlguided them, and as they
.looRksto 6er the precipice they saw
the car completely turned over and
the groans of the living fell on their
They immediately rushed to get the
occupants from beneath and, assisted
* by others who were drawn to the
scene, pulled them out. The three
living were taken to a nearby house,
and from there carried to the city.
The bodies of 'Messrs. Meighan and
Stewart were taken to a local under
taking establishment, ana coroner
Walker was sent for.
Mr. Theodore A. Bell, who was ser
iously Injured, was brought to the
city in an ambulance and Immediate
medical attention given him. Mr.
Win. Watson was taken to the home
of his brother, In North Columbia,
and It was said .Thursday night that
beyond suffering a few broken ribs
and being bruised up, he escaped witnl
slight injuries. Mr. W. C. swaffleld
suffered a broken arm and sprained
ankle. He was brought into the city
on a street car and taken to the hos
pital and his injuries dressed.
Mr. Hugh T. Meighan, who was
killed Instantly, was the cashier of
- the Carolina National Bank, and a
man of about 45 years of age. He
was born in Columbia, being a son of,
Major Meighan, and was practically
reared in the Carolina National Bank,
to which he attained the position of
cashier. One year ago last June he
married Miss Grace RKmard, who sur
'rives him. Two sisters also survive.
Mr. iNeighan was one of the most
*popular young men in the city.
Mr. W. S. Stewart, the other vic
tim of the automobile accident, was
about 50 years old. He came to Co
lunabla a few years ago from Orange
burg. He opened a hardware store
here, and by his devotion to duty
pro'spered. He was a most estimable
man and well thought of by the whole
community. He was unmarried and
leaves no relatives here.
All of the men who composed the
fatal automobile party were among
the most prominent people of Colum
bia, and the news of the deplorable
accident spread like wildare. Many
expressions of sympathy were heard
and universal regret characterizes
Eleven Were Killed.
Eleven dead and five Injured. one
probably fatslly, was the toll of the
rear end collision brwe1 two pas
senger trains in which the rear coac'1
of the Cleveland, Akron and Co.ltm
bus train was telescoped. A' cfyrial
statement says first train stopped It
cause of a defective air atcuminent,
and flagman did not hare titre to go
far enough to warn the cther tr'ain.
Four Sailors Drown.
Four sailors were drowned and
three were saved when the three
masted schooner Ethyl B. Summer
was driven ashore in a storm early
Wednesday near the breakwater at
Waterside, N. B. Alt the meu were
residents of that province.
Boys Sentenced for Murder.
Harry Berger, aged 17 and Ed
ward Meyer, aged 19, of Janesville,
Wis., were sentenced to 18 years In
the penitentiary at hard labor, for the
kiling of Matila o rkstteianl.
HALF OF THE WOMEN LEFT
GOV. BLEASE'S COURSE LAN
GUAGE RAN THEM OUT.
They All March Out When South Car
olina's Governor Shouts "To Hell
With the Constitution".
An Associated Press dispatch from
Richmond, Va.. says fully half of the (
fifty women in attendance at the Con
ference of Governor Friday afternoon
hurriedly departed from the meeting
when Gov. Cole L. Blease, for the
second time defending his policy of
lynching negroes guilty of criminal
assault, shouted, "to hell with the
. - ernor Blease's declaration was
nr s In response to a question ask
ed oy Governor Joseph N. Carey, of
Wyoming. Governor Carey desired
to know if the South Carolina Execu
tive had taken an oath to uphold the e
Constitution and laws of his State,
and if these laws did not protect nelt
and if these laws did not protect ne
"I will answer that question," re
plied Gov. Blease. "When the Con
stitution steps between me and the
defence of the virtue of the white
women of my state, I will resign my
commission, tear it up an'd throw it to b
the breezes. As I have said before,
'to hell with the Constitution'."
When some of the women present
arose and left the hall, Gov. Blease s
ceased speaking. Among the women
who made their exist were the wives e
and daughters of several Governors
attending the conference.
Governor Albert W. Gilchrist, of
Florida, took exception to Gov.
lease's remarks. Rising to his feet
he declared: "The first thing that
indicates a manly man or a womanly
woman is thoughtful consideration
for other people." Ris remarks were C
greeted with cheers from the audi
Referring to the lynch law doc-.
trine, Governor John F. Shafroth, of
Colorado, said: "One mob can do
more injury to society than twenty e
murderers, because lynching per- r
meates the entire community and o
produces anarchy. The influence of
mob rule is most reprehensible.
When laws are made it should be
the duty of the governor to enforce
them, whether he approves or not.
When the law prescribes hanging for
an offence, and a man is found guilty,
he should be hanged whether white
oT black and there is no excuse for
mob laws. I conceive it to be our
duty as Governors to declare for law o
,.. ring .t t, afternoqn.. session .p- d
pers were read by Governors Tasker n
L. Oddie, of Nevada, and James H.
Hawley. of Idaho, on uniformity of
divorce laws. This subject was under
discussion when Governor Blease
spoke. After defending the law of S
South Carolina, wbere no divorce is Is
permitted, he proceeded to discuss
the race - problem and declared that d
the inferior race always is
swept away by the superior race.
Governor Blease also again defended d
is pardon record.
Gov. W. W. -Kitchen, of North Car -
olina, announced that there hadno
been a lynching in that State in six] .
years, and expressed the belief that Ie.
there should be convictions in practi
cally every case where there is a a
Governor Mann of Virginia, stated
tat he would call out every militia- t
man in the state if necessary to pro- C
tect a man under arrest and give him a
a fair trial. f<
Movement for the improvement of t]
rural life and the upbuilding of agri- b
culture were discussed by Governors 'e
Adolph 0. Eberhart of Minnesota; s:
Herbert S. Hadley, of Missouri; W. H.
Mann of Virginia; George W. Dough- s
ey, of Arkansas. and Joseph M-.
Brown of Georgia. Dlvorce law E
problems were also spoxen to by
Governors Joseph M. Carey. of Wy- e
oming, and Simneon E. Baldwin, of t
Miss Mary Johnston, the novelist,
addressed the Conference on equal
CONVICT GETS MORTAL WOUND.
One of the Ladson Gang Fights Bat-.
tie With Posse e
The News and Courier says deter
ming to keep his word that he would
not be taken alive, George Washing
ton alies Isaac Hamilton, one of the
seven negro convicts who escaped
from the Blue House road camp Sun
day night, November 24, and who
have been terrorizing the country
side around Ravenels ever since, was
mortally wounded early Tuesday
morning at John's Island, whIle fight
ing a posse of rural policeman, who
have been hunting the outlaws for
over a week. The wounded man died
as a result of his injury a short time
afterwards, while being taken to a
A Very Large Turtle.
The largest turtle ever brought tot
New York from the tropics is tc be
made into soup for the coming ban-1
Quet of the American Bankers' As
sociation. The turtle which arrived
on the liner Tivives is 10 feet long 2
and weighs a quarter of a ton.1
Drinks Poison and Dies.
At Kansas City, Mo., Bruce M.
Priddy, secretary of the real estate1
board of Kansas City, wealthy and a
prominent olubman, committed sul
ede at his home early Tuesday by
arinking poison. He was 45 years of
age and unmarried' ~
Lightning struck down seventeen
mourners while they were standing
at a graveside in Germiston, in Rho-t
desia, South Africa. Tuesday. One.
of thoem was killed and five. others I
were so severely Infured that their
UIa lies adsaired of.
iAVE A WARM TIME
iOVERNORS Do NOT AGREE WITH
hEWS ABOUT MOB RULE
;overnor Blease Prophecies Oblivion
for Governors Who Condemn His
Views and Declares He Will Go to
the Senate and be Famous When
They Are Forgotten.
At the close of a stormy session,
rhich on account of personal re
larks and defiant utterances several
Lies threatened to assume a most
erious aspect, the conference of gov
rnor at Richmond Friday afternoon
assed resolutions offered by Gov.
[ann of Virginia, administering a re
uke to Gov. Cole L. Blease of South
arolina for his utterances regarding
Gov. Blease openly defied the con
erence and dared it to expel him.
ith all the vocal tricks of oratory
f which he is an undoubted master,
.e challenged the conference to do
s worst. hurling scorn at its mem
ers with all the bitterness and
cathing sarcasm at his command.
Le declared that it made no differ
nee to him what the conference did.
le had already been elected govern
r of Sout Carolina and would be
lected to te United States senate in
915, he asserted.
"When you are forgotten by even
cur own people and obscure in the
bades of private life, Blease of South
arolina will be known from one end
f this great country to the other,"
e shouted, "and the plaudits of the
ation will be ringing in his ears."
ainly Gov. Vessey of South Dakota.
imporary chairman, and Gov. W. W.
:itchin of North Carolina attempted
divert the issue, but the confer
nce, apparently indignant that such
emarks should have been uttered by
ne of its members, Ly an overwhelm
ig vote adopted the resolutions.
The storm broke when Gov. Em
iet O'Neal of Alabama arose and of
-red resolutions putting the confer
nee on record against lynch law and
ob rule. He declared that the re
iarks of a certain member of the
onferen echad gone forth to the
rord, and that, inasmuch as the re
iarks were made during the conduct
f a regular session of the conference
nd were of such a nature as to be
efiant of- law and order and repug
ant to law-abiding citizens, the con
rence "should without delay repu
late them as contrary to the views
f the conference."
He declared that he represented a
tate which had a large negro popu
ition, but it had courts, he said,
'hich would punish criminals. He
enied that it could ever be necessary
license lynch law, and, looking
all at Gov. Blease, aserted that he
Id not believe any law-abiding State1
-ould countenance it.
Gov. O'Neal's resolution was see
nded by Gov. Gilchrist of Florida,
rho warmly stated enat the confer
nce could not afford to allow "Gov.
lease's remarks to go unnoted," and
as for the immediate passage of the
Amid calls from Chairman Vessey
be in order. Goy. Kitchin of North
arolina took the floor. He argued
ith great earnestness for the de
eat of the resolutions. He said that
bey were aimed directly at a mem
er of the conference and tended to
brottle free speech and the expres
on of individual views.
Go. Mann, "'the host." offered a
tbstitute to Goy. O'Neal's resoln
ions. Gov. O'Neal at once accept
d it and called for a vote.
Go. Baldwin of Connecticut mov
d that the substitute be laid on the
Shouts of "No! No!'' came from
very part of the hall.
'Pass the resolutions, pass 'em.
lass 'em; what do I care?" shouted
Hisses came from the gallery
hairman Vassey rapped for order.
"The vote on the motion to lay the
esolutions on the table will be tak
n," he announced, "and the secro
ary will please call the roll."
It was immediately seen that the
onference had no intention of tab
ing the resolutions. Several govern
rs took occasion to explain their
otes, declaring that they stood for
.nd would always stand for repudia
ion of mob rule.
Gov. Blease did not vote when the
tate of South Carolina was called.
Liter the vote had been announced
4 to 4 against tabling--he rose and
aid: "South Carolmna did not vote
i'cause it is of absolutely no conse
hence to South Carolina what this
enference does." As soon as the
te on tabling was announced the
fann resolutions were put upon their
assage and carried oy a rising vote
F "ayes". There were several scat
rring "noes''. The resolutions or
ginally offered by Gov. O'Neal. which
r'ere withdrawn in favor of Goy.
siann's were as follows:
'The conference of governors does
Lot undertake to control the individ
m views of Its members upon any
jnestion of law or administration; it
leclares that this government is bas
ci upon the fundamental principle of
aw and order, that the constitution
>f each state imposes upon its chief
'xcutive the supreme duty of taking
:are that the laws shall be faithfully
md equally enforced, that it advo
aes all proper methods for strength
'ring and simplifying our methods of
i!vil and criminal procedure; this
oference protests against any dis
osition or utterances by those en
rusted with the execution of the Taw
n any of the states of this Union
rhich tends or sould be construed as
ending to the encouragement or jus
BESIDE WIFE'S GRAVE
A. J. CLARK TAKES HIS OWN LIFI
IN THE CEMETERY.
Right Hand Still Grasping- Pistol,
Bullet from Which Passed Throub
Neck Caused Instant Death.
A. J. Clark, one of Lancaster's
most prominent and influential citi
zens, who recently resigned the posi
tion of manager or the Lancaster
News, committed suicide early
Thursday morning, between 0 and 7
o'clock, in the Presbyterian Ceme
tery, at Lancaster, using as an in
strument of death, a 32 calibre pistol,
with which he shot himself through
the neck, the ball entering from the
left side and lodging in the base of
From the nature of the wound In
flicted, the physicians, who examined
the body, say that death must ne
cessarily have been instantaneous. No
probable motive Is yet assigned for
Mr. Clark's rash act, which has caus
ed universal sorrow and regret in
this community, where the deceased
has lived and worked the. best of his
The body was found at 2 o'cloci
Thursday-by parties walking throngh
the cemetery, under a large oak tree,
near the grave of his wife, who died
Some eighteen years ago. The discov
ery was at once reported to the
members of the family and - the
searching party, which, on account of
his continued absence from home
since dawn Thursday morning, had
been looking everywhere for him.
His body was found in a reclining
pcsture. He was partially dressed,
and held in his right hand the pistol
with which he put an end to his life.
Mr. Clark was a native of North
Carolina, from which place he came
to Lancaster years ago to engage in
the newspaper business. For seven
teen years he was editor and man
which paper was finally. taken over,
with the Ledger and Review, to join
the Lancaster Publishing Company.
He was elected manager of tnis com
pany, which position he held contin
uously ever since until about two
weeks ago, when, on account of fail
ing health and close confinement in
his office, he was compelled reluctant
ly to resign.
ence with the orderly processes of
In his denunciation of the confer
ence and in defense of himself, Gov.
Please in part said:
''I hold in my hand the fourth com
munication I have received this
morning threatening my life. It is
addressed to me, in care of Gov.
Here Gov. Mann arose and dis
claimed all knowledge of the com
munication. He had not even seen
it, he declared.
"I am not trying to force this con
ference to accept my views," Gov.
Blease went on. "I have been done
a great injustice. I have been false.
13 represented, but it Is immaterlal
to me. What I Bald about lynch law
I will not repeat now, but I will say
that I have never, and will never,
order out the militia to do whatI
would not do myself.
"I am Blease of South Carolina,
and Blease is not afraid of any man.
He is not afraid of you or your res
olution or your conference.
"Personally, I don't care what you
do. I have stood out with bared
breast against great and greedy cor
pcrations. I am not afraid of you.
You can pass your resolution. What
do I care?
On the 21st of January I will be
sworn in as governor of South Car
olina. What care I for your resolu
"On the 4th day of March, 1915,
intend to .be sworn in as United States
senator from the great State of South
"Pass your resolution. I will rea(
it from every stump in South Caro
"Pass your resotution. I scorn it.
Do as you please, expel me, if you
please. What care I?
"When you have retired .-to the
shade of private life and are forgot
ten I will be known from one end
to the other of this great country.
You will be unknown."
"Now pass your resolution, and gC
home. Go on record, if you like, and
go home to your people and tell then
that you did not agree with the gov
ernor of South Carolina."
The resolution of Gov. Miann,
which was adopted. :s as follows:
"Resolved, That It is the sentimeni
of the conference of governors in ses
sion at Richmond, Va., December 6
1912, that the whole power of the
several States should be used when
ever necessary to protect persons ac
cused of crime of every kind againsi
the violence of mobs, and to pro
vide for speedy, orderly and impartia:
trials by courts of competent jurisdic
tion, to the end that the laws fo1
the protection of life and property be
duly enforced and respected by the
The vote on tabling the resolutiot
which showed how the governor:
stood was thus: Against tabling
O'Neal of Alabama. Gilchrist, of Flor
Ida. Brown of Georgia, Plaisted o1
Maine, Goldsborough of Maryland
Hadley of Missouri. Oddle of Nevada
Dix of New York, Tenor of Pennsyl
vania, Spry of Utah. Mann of Vir
ginia. McGovern of Wisconsin, Care:
of Wyoming. and Vassey of Souti
Dakota-1 4. For tabling--Donaghe3
of Arkansas, Baldwin of Connect!
cut, Hawley of Idaho, and Kitchen oi
One of the communications threat
ening the l ife of Gov. Blease wasa
postal signed "A Negro", mailed ir
Richmond, the South Caroltna exeeu.
tive said. Another was me,lled ii
Pittsburg, the third in Washingtor
and the fourth in Louisville. Ky.. thi
governor said. lif anood that 31
WHAT ONE KISS COST
IN ATTEMPTLNG TO KISS AN UN
Young Married Woman Breaks Two
of Her Ribs and an Arm in a Twen
ty-five Foot Fall.
1 A fourteen year old boy, during an
intermission at a barn dance held at
New Bridge near Hackensack, N. J.,
Tuesday night, became so interested
in Mrs. Winfield Ackerman that he
felt called upon to tell her the story
of his life.
In the recital he made the startling
admission that he had never been
kissed. Thereupon Mrs. Ackerman
asked him if he would allow her the
signal honor of making the initial in
scription on his facial slate. The boy
blushed and backed away.
Mrs. Ackerman rose and repeated
her request. The youngster blushed
more furiously than before and ran
toward the door.
"I'll kiss you for fun," cried Mrs.
Ackerman, starting after him, while
the other dancers, who had switched
their attention from the entertain
ment to the incident, laughed and
The boy, fear evident on his face,
ran upstairs and tried to hide him
self behind one of the supports. Mrs.
Ackerman, pursuing, located him and
for a few minutes they dodged and
sped around the wooden column. The
boy finally sprang out into the open.
Mrs. Ackerman caught him but he
wriggled free and then dashed
around the room, with the young wo
man keeping up the chase.
When she caught him the second
time Mrs. Ackerman held him tight
ly.. IHe yelled and fought seeking to
squirm from her grasp.. This he con
tinued while she backed him against
a double door. She was bending over
him when the door gave way and the
boy and Mrs. Ackerman both fell
through to the ground, twenty-five
The fall had come so unexpectedly
to the young woman that she could
make no effort to save herself. She
suffered a broken arm, two broken
ribs and numerous painful bruises.
The boy escaped injury.
Dr. C. F. Adams was called to at
tend -Mrs. Ackerman. He found that
her injuries were so severe that he
hurried her to the Hackensack Hos
PLOT TO KILL TWO COPS.
Chinese Gamblers Lured Policemen
to Intended Death.
At San Francisco the other night
Chinese gamblers lured two police
officers to imprisonment in gas filled
chambers, leaving them to be as
phyxiated. Each of the men escaped
death, however, because they carried
small axes and chopped holes thro'
the walls of their traps. Corporal
Goff, the first victim, was walking
along when a Chinese brushed by him
and whispered "Fight in Siberia
Club". Without waiting to call
his sqauad, Coff rushed to ehe
club. He thrust asiae the doorkeep
er. As the door swung back he heard
the bolt click and simultaneously the
gas lights went out. Trying the oth
er door he found himself imprisoned
in a narrow hallway seven feet long
and found that gas was rushing from
jets which he could not reach. Af-1
ter 15 minutes work with his axe he
cut through the walls and was res
cued. Officer Bailey was trapped sim
ilarly in another club at almost the
FOUR GREAT EVENTS.
That Have Occurred During the Year
That Is Passing.
The Christian Herald says "four
events will distinguish 1912 as one
o the epochal years. viz: the trans
formation of China from a monar
chy to a republic; the upheaval in
Mexico, reorganizing the social and
political condition of that country;
the emanciapation of Portugal from
the incubus of Romanism, and the
European downfall of the ''unspeak
able Turk," stung well night to
death by the Balkan states, which he
Ihas held in contempt and oppressed
afor centuries. Last and not least is
the political revolution here at home,
which changes the political map of
our union and introduces new poli
cies demanded by the needs of tae
BRIDE SENTENCED TO PRISON.
Killed Woman Who Called Her
"Ugly" at Wedding Supper.
At Logansport, Ind., Mrs. Joseph
Lang. the bride of one day who shot
and killed Mrs. Mary Copple, Friday
was sentenced to serve from two to
fourteen years In the women's pris
on at Indianapolis and pay a fine o
$25. The woman pleaded guilty in
Court Thursday. Mrs. Lang said the
aCopple woman declared her "ugly"*
and that Lang could have done better
-ir choosing a wife. The copple wo-!
man was a guest at the wedding sup
per. Mrs. Lng said she wished her
act to stand out as a warning to all
-women who gossip. She did not seem
to regret her act.
Fiend Assailed Woman.
A posse of police and citizens is
searching the surrounding country
for the assailant of Miss Louella
Marshall, 35 years old, who was at-!
tacked Wednesday night on the out
skirts of Trenton, N. J. Siiss' Mar
shall was di. .ovr.e lying uncon
scious In a field where she had been
dragged. Her skul i was fractured and
her condition is serious. She gainedI
Iconsciousness for a few minute.. but
Ionly long enough to say her as
sailant was a negro.
REGAINS HER VOICE
SPEAKS FIRST TO A BOY CURED
AS SHE WAS
WHO WENT TO VISIT HER
Eight Year Old Little Girl, Dumb
From Her Birth, Says "Fine,"
When Asked by a One Time Mute
Cured by Some Surgeon How She
The New York World says the sur
geon's knife has again given the pow
er of speech to a child who has been
dumb since birth. It is the second
operation of its kind In a fortnight
by Dr. William Chapman at the
Sweedish Hospital, Brooklyn.
The first .was performed on seven
year-old Clarence Devitt of No. 419
St. Mark's avenue, Brooklyn, the sto
ry of whose release from life-long
silence was told in The World. It
was this account of the operation
that led directly to the second opera
tion, which was performed last Sat
urday on Pearl Thomson, eight years
of age, of No. 608 East One Hundred
and. Sixty-fifth street.
She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
William Thomson. Despite her af
fliction her mind was alert. Her vain
efforts to speak were pitiable. She
understood all that was said to her
and at times when she tried to reply
and could not she would cry nyster
ically. Specialists were consultee,
but they held out no hope. Then the
parents read in The World of the
successful operation on the Devitt
Mrs. Thomson immediately went
to see Mr. Chapman, who told her to
bring Pearl to him. After an exam
nation the surgeon said he thought
he could correct the trouble. The op
eration was performed on Nov. 30. It
consisted, Dr. Chapman expiained, of
removing a piece of bone the size of
a dime pressing on what is known as
the speech center, which is on the
left side of the head where the tem
poral bone joins the great wing of
the sphernold bone.
Young Clarence Devitt neard of
the operation and went to the hos
pital Wednesday morning. No at
tempt had been made to see if the
power to talk had been given to the
girl; in fact it was decided best to
wait several days. But nothing of
this was explained to the noy who
was' taken to the bedside of the l'ittle
patient. She was gazing at the wall
when he entered. Her mother was
sitting beside her, stroking Pearl's
hand. Before any one could caution
him the boy asked:
"How do you feel?"
At the words the girl turned her
head, looked at her visitor and said
The mother sprang from her chair,
amazed and overjoyed.
''That is the first word she has ev
er spoken," exclaimed Mrs. Thomson.
From that on Pearl began to talk,
beginning, of course, withs the com
monest words. She was so anxious
to use her new found powers she
threatened to become a chatterbox
until the nurses told her she must
say very little if she wanted to get
well. This warning was all the girl
needed. The nurses said the Devitt
boy had the same fault.
DROWN AS THE ICE BREAKS.
Three Skaters Dead and Several Oth
ers Very Sick.
Three persons were drowned and
several other members of a family
skating party had narrow escapes
Monday when they broke through the
ice on Hearth lake in North Lacka
wanna county. The dead are: Mrs.
Adelbert Reynolds. 30 years old; her
son, whose name courd not be learn
ed and Ross Reynolds. 10 years, a
nephew. Ross Reynolds, skating on
thin ice. plunged into the water. GMrs.
Reynolds endeavored to pull him out
and she too fell in. The other mem
bers of the party attempted to rescue
the woman and her nephew and all
fell into the icy water. Mr. Rey
nolds managed to free himself and
saved all but three of the party, but
his strength was exhausted before
e could complete the task. The
bodies of those drowned were recov
ered. The survivors are in a critical
cndition from exposure and shock.
KILLED BY FALLI.NG LIB.
Resident of the Dutch Fork Hit on
the Head by asnch.
Adam Benedict Mayer, one of the
most highly esteemed and best known
e tizens of~ the Dutch F'jvk section of
Lexington county was Instsantly kil!
ed Saturday afternoon whilq *utting
down a tree near his homne. It seems
that a limb from the tren fell, strik
ing him on the top of the head and
causing instant death. Mr. Mayerj
was about '76 years of age, having
been born on September 15, 18S36.
He was a Confederate veteran. ser"
ing throughout the War Between the
Sections in Company H. Third South
Carolina Volunteers, and was wound
ed twice in the conflict. He suffered
a broken arm at the battle of Sharps
burg, and lost a leg in the battle of
the Wilderness. No braver soldier ev
er carried a musket than Adam B.
Mayer, according to his comrades.
Single Bullet Slays Two.
The bullet that mortally wounded
Milton Ei, a pool-room keeper of
Marvel, Ark., plowed through his
body and struck Cherles Norman,
causing the latter's instant death.|
Robet Davidson is under arrest, ac
BANQUET TO BELMONT
SENATOR TILLMAN AMONG THE
Belmont Honored Because of His In
terest and Work for the Publicity
The Washington correspondent of
rho News and Courier says Senator
illman has accepted an invitation
from Congressman William Sulzer,
Governor-elect of New York, to be
present at a dinner, which will be
given to-morrow evening at the New
Willard Hotel there, by a committee
af which Mr. Sulzer is chairman, to
Ar. Perry Belmont, in recognition of
fr. Belmont's successful efforts in
arousing sentiment for the enactment
Af laws requiring publicity of cam
pain contributions and regulating the
Mr. Belmont was the organizer of
the Contribution Publicity Law As
sociation, to whose efforts are largely
me the statutes whicn now exist re
stricting campaign contributions and
requiring their publication. Mfr. Sul
er was also identified with the Asso
Senator - Tillman was a pioneer in
the matter in that he offered in the
Senate and secured the adoption of
the first law prohibiting corporations
from making contributions in Fed
eral campaigns. The Tillman statute,
which was approved January .26,
1907, is as follows:
"Be it enacted by the Senate ant
House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress
assembled, that it shall be unlawf ul
for any national bank or any corpor
tion organized by authority of any
laws of Congress, to make a money
contribution in connection with any
lection to any political office. It
shall also be unlawful for any cor
poration whatever to make any elec
tion at which Presidential and Vice
Presidential electors or a Representa
tive n Congress is to be voted for
nr any election by 'any State Legis
lature of a United States Senator.
Every corporation which shall make
any contribution in violation of the
foregoing provisions shall be subject
to a fine not exceeding ';5,000, and
every officer or director of any cor
poration who shall consent to any
ontribution by the corporation in
riolation of the foregoing provisions
shall upon conviction be punished by
a fire of not exceeding $1,000 and
not less than $250, or by'imprison
ment for a term of not more than
)ne year, or both such fine and im
prisonment in.the discretion of. the
They Are Doing a Splendid Work in
The report of the Board of Educa
ion to the South Carolina Confer
--e at its meeting in Anderson car
-ied with it the recommendation of
:he employment of a commissioner
education, who shall inaugurate a
.hree years' campaign to raise $3 00,
300. one-half of which is to go to
Wofford College, one-fourth to Lan
:ler College and one fourth to Col
ambia College. The sums to be re
eived by these colleges are to be ap
plied on tneir indebtedness and also
'or the erection of a dormito; y at
W'offord and for the extention of the
various college plants.
In promoting the appointment of
the commissioner of education to
raise thIs $300,000 the board recoin
nended that "amounts received for
ay one of the three institutions,
:hrough agents or otherwise, within
he bounds of our Conference be
tween now and the Inauguration of
his campaign, shall be deducted from
the amount to be apportIoned to that
nstitution." The colleges and schools
,f the Conference have experienced
in unprecedented year of success.
At Columbia College there are 23
eachers and tutors, with an enrol
ment og 287 students. Value of the
plant $256,500; and Indebtedness of
At Lander College there are 234
students. of which 159 are boarding
pupils. The value of he plant is
$147,300; endowment $4,200.
At Wofford College thete are 305
students and 181 in the Fitting
choo. This is the largest enrol
ment n the history of the two Insti
tutions. The property and resources
of the College have been increas~ed by
$50,000. The endowument is $183,
There are 82 students at Carlisle
Fitting School, overcrowding the
lormitory. The property Is valued at
$25,000; endownmnent, $5,000.
At the Cokesbury Conference
chool the enrolment was 40. The
property Is estimated to be worth
$,000; endowment, $1,000.
Thirty-four charges in the Confer
ence failed to pay their Conference
ducatonal assessments, and eighty
Eght of the charges paid this assess
mnt In full. The Kingstree dis
trct was the banner district, paying
80 per cent. of its assessments.
Hangs Himself With Necktie.
At LaGrange, Texas, after hearing
the trials of fellow prisoners Wed
nesday, William Klemp, awaiting
bearing on a charge of Durglary,
hanged himself with a necktie in his
cell Wednesday night. The jailer
found Klemp suspended from the
bars of his cell when ho made his
round of the county prison Thurs
Death Tnder Engine Wheels.
At Seattle. Wash., C. A. Johnson,
an engineer, after falling to effect
a reconciliation with his wife, Tues
day picked up his six-year-old sor
and ran In front of a passenger train,
but the father was tossed aside witha
SHE WANTS TO DE
PLEADS FOR LAW TO PERMIT HER
TO END HER DAYS
A HOPELESS PARALYTE
A New York Woman Who is EelNss
Desires That a Law Be Emate
Which Would Permit Her to 15d
Her Life BeceasE of He Intense
Mrs. Sarah Harris, the remarkable
paralytic patient in the Audubon san
itarium of New York who made two
public appeals during the last three
months for the enactment of a law
permitting her physicians to end her
suffering by taking her life, wrote a
third letter recently.
In it she tells of a visit from Mrs.
Grover Cleveland, who, being at the
hospital to see an invalid relative,
and knowing of Mrs. Harris' case,
spent an hour with hue fatter.
"Mrs. Cleveland is the most re
markable and unaffected woman with
whom I ever spoken," said Mrs. Har
ris. "She will bring to my help the
counsels of wise people. I am .as
much in need of relief as when I
made the first appeal. The law does
not scruple to demand life for life.
Why may not the law become- an
instrument of mercy as well as ven
Mrs. Harris made a grim appeal to
the people of New York last Septem
ber to have a law enacted which will
enable a practicing physician to end
her life and her prolonged misery.
Three years ago Mrs. Harris was
stricken with paralysis and since cha,
time has been able to to move only
the muscles of her head. She is about
thirty years of age, and Is the moth
er of two children. Her husband-is
a salesman. Mrs. Harris suffers con
stantly and has yet to find any medi
cine that will get relief. Physicians
have told her that she is the victom
of spinal trouble, which has resulted
in paralysis, although they have been
unable to ascertain the .exact nature
of the malady. She believes the leg
islature should make It possible for
doctors to end her life and the lives
of all such wretched sufferers. Mr.
Harris was first stricken early in
1909, while cut walking, and the next
day was completely paralysed.
The physicians at the Audubon
hospital state that no change has
heen d spernible In: the woman's con
dition for the past year or -more, and
that she may live ten or fifteen years
"I am suffering the torture of the
damned," wrote this woman, when
she made her first appeal to the pub
lic several years ago. "There is no
hope for my recovery. Why should
I continue until the end comes in the
lingering death which I know is
"Various mechanical Inventions
are being pushed in which many shing
lng lights lose their lives, and yet
one question, the greatest of all,
how to end the suffering of hopeless,
helpless sufferers has never been
"Here In the early thirties, a young
woman, stretched on a bed, Immov
able, bereft of the great motor engine
of her constitution for the past three
years, which places her In an abso
ltely paralyzed condition in which
she is unable to exert a single muscle
of her body, betides suffering muck
pain, yet in full possession of the
strength of her mentality, craves and
yearns for that which 'would end her
"'Now, why should not the State
take the matter In Its hands and end
the wretchedness of such poor suf
ferers? Let us just stop long enough
to think that when a brute, 'the low
liest of the animal kingdom, becomes
inactive and doomed to safer, Its
suffering Is put to an end.
"Naturally, one's own loved ones
cannot bring this about. Your phys
ician cannot do it, for he would be
condemned, so the only means is the
CROWD GREATLY PLEASED.
When Verdict of Guilty Was Render
ed in a Court.
At Mobile, Ala., land applause
greeted the jury verdict of "first de
gree murder" in the trial of William
J. !Brown, for the murder of Alfred
Percy. Mrs. Alfred Percy, wife of
the victim, clapped her hands with
delight. "I wouldn't take a thou
sand dollars for that verdict," she ex
claimed a few minutes later. The wife
of the accused man simply nodded.
B'rown killed Percy as the latter
stepped from a street zar in Oakdale.
Ala., July 6 last. Brown sat unmfov
ed when the verdict was returned.
'It's all right," he said, "I'll win my
appeal." Sentence will be pronounc
ed within two weeks unless a stay
of executIon is asked. The penalty
is death by hanging.* -
Two Prisoners Burned.
At Crowley, La., William Collier,
Los Angeles, and an unknown comn
panon were burned to death in the
local jail Wednesday, after they had
started the flames In the hope of
making their escape, Cohn Lebu, al
so a prisoner, was seriously burned.
Collier and the unknown prisoner
were held on a minor charge.
Lost His Life in a Fire.
At New York, Louis Levy, a Jewish
rs bbi, lost his life early Tuesday in a
fire which swept away an apartment -
house in upper Fifth avenue. Seven
persons were injured. It was at first
reported that two lives iad been lost
but search of the premises failed to
disclose any body except that of !Esb