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The Manning times. (Manning, Clarendon County, S.C.) 1884-current, June 14, 1922, Section One Pages 1 to 8, Image 5

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Judge S. W. G. Shipp Ref .es to
Grant New Trial and Passes
Death Sentence.
Florence Juno 9.-Judge S. W. G.
Shipp in the sessions court here this
afternoon refused to grant Edmund
D.. gham a new trial and sentenced
him to be put to death in the electric
chair July 14.
Bighem was convicted of murder
n pnnection with the killing of his
- lwother Smilo Bigham, and is in
dicted for murder also for the deaths
of his mother and sister and the lat
,ter's two adopted children. The
wholesale murder took place on the
Bigham plantation i January, 1921.
Bigham was tried 'in March of
llast year. The supreme court dis
-missed the appeal and Bigham's at
;torneys sought a new trial on the
ground of after discovered evidence
which, they declared; tended to show
that Smiley and not Edmund Bigham
slid the killing. It is not thought the
cease will end here.
Unabashed by the sentence of death,
:Bigham argued with the court this
;afternoon before hundreds of specta
,tors for the privilege of saying.
"Some things I would like to tell how,
as this may be my alst chance to
speak before these people." The court
.replied that "depended on how long
you will take to tell them." Then as
am afterthought, the court added,
"You might as well tell it, though."
Abuses State Witness
Immediately the doomed main
pounced upon Philip H. Arrowsmith,
local attorney, who was an important
'witness in the conviction of Bigham
for the wholesale murder.
".1 would have liked to have seen
Mr. Arrowsmith here," he said, in
opening. "I would like to have
him standing right here," indicating
the center of the court room. "I
,would tel lthe reason Arrowsmith ac
'cused me right to his-"
Whatever he intended to have
said probably will never be spoken,
for the court stopped him sum
marily with the reminder he was not
up there to make a speech but to state
any legal reason he might have why
sentence of death should not be pass
ed upon him.
"I never studied law." said Big
ham, beginning on the line which
the court had indicated he must
follow in his discussion. "I am
ready to meet my God and am not
guilty. The reason I am convicted is
because of the falsehoods which have
been piled up against me. I may have
to (lie. In fact, that's what I am up
here in this prisoner's dock for now.
It's hard to die for something one did
not do.
"Jesus Christ had to die so. He
prayed for the night to pass from
Him. The people who testified
against me and stuck out to have me
killed did it.
Pleads for Himself
"If I knew the law, maybe I
could state some reason why I should
have a new trial-one more chance.
No one knows it all except God and
myself. If there's any way you could
give me another trial, just one day
more in court, I would appreciate it.
The state has four other cases against
me. I never had a fair trial. The
verdict of that trial stands against
Bigham repeatedly avowed his in
nocence and as often averred that in
nocent blood would he shed when he
was executed.
"I worked hrd and had laid by
sonme means," he said in the earlier
part of his statement to the court.
"But for my property, no one ever
would have accused me. But they
know that when the juice Is turned
- onto me, it'll be money in thbir
Thereafter lhe likened himself to
St. Paul, to John, the Baptist, and
to Christ Himself, all their blood
having been shed innocently. "But,
I'll rise in glory with them."
lie challenged the state to con
front him, even when he will be
buckled Into the death chair in the
penitentiary in Columbia, with one
p~erson who can say truthfully that
he ever did him a single wrong orin
Letters Do Not Impress'
A. L. King, the attorney for the
defense, betrayed far more emotion
in conducting the hearing than
Bigham ever manifested. Mr. King
impressed his audience deeply that
ho does believe Bigham is an in
nocent man. But the facts pre
sented by the solicitor, L4. M. Gas
quo, weighed against him. Con
sidering the letters and signatures,
which were alleged to have been
written by Smiley, for whose mur-*
der Edmund is sentenced to die, to
Edmund while the latter was In
Georgia, the court stated frankly
he doubted their authenticity. He
practically as good as said they
were frauds and forgeries.
Bigham bega~n to show the strain
of the trial for his life when the
solicitor in the afternoon took the
floor to argue against giving him a
newv trial on the alleged after dis
covered evidence. First, he turn
ed almost livid white. Later, uin
dery the stress of taking the sen
tence of death, he turned ashen in
color. As the j udge pronounced
the date of execution, his jaw drop
pied. As the case wore on, evident
ywthdiminishing hope for the
defense, Bigham seemed to take on
a desperate, haunted look.
It was the first bgetrayal of any
feeling in the matter that has es
-capod him, in word or appearance
since the trial more than a year,
Cures Malaria, Chills, Fever,
Bilious Fever, Colds and La
'Ornne. *.
Buy Yourself a
and get in the swim.
Take a peep at our
Show Window and
see what we are
JOS. S. Dickson
Formerly Alderman's
Honest Dealings
and Prompt Service.
1Kay 31, 1922.
I naccordance with my desire to
keep in touch with my friends in the
first Congressional district and as I
am a candidate for re-nomination as
your Congressman, I am writing you
a short statement of my activities
whilst in Washington.
Believing that good roads are es
sential to the progress and prosperity
of our State I voted for ali Federal
appropriations for this purpose. Of
these South Carolina beginning July
1, 1922 will receive as her share Nine
hundred and nineteen thousand dol
lars and for the year beginning July
1, 1923 the sum of one mililon and
sixty-one thousand dollars.
I also voted to extend the activities
of the War. Finance Corporation and
the placing at the disposal of that
body One billion Dollars to help take
care of the needs of the farmers and
stock raisers of the country.
In accordance with the principles
of the Democratis party I voted
against the program of the Republi
cans to abolish the excess profit taxes
and the surtaxes. This program car
ried through the house in spite of
the efforts of the Democratic party
simply means the transfer of heavy
burdens of -taxation from the should
ers of those best pble to bear it to
those least able to do so. I believe
in the reduction of taxation as far as
consistent with the needs of the gov
ernment, but I do not think we ought
to begin by helping those who are
enormously wealthy and leaving the
rest of us to take care of ourselves
the best we can.
I voted to allow the formation of
co-operative associations among far
mers and againts many insidious at
tacks against labor.
I voted for the Sheppard-Towner
bill for protection and welfare of mo
thers and infants. A measure of
great interest and importance to the
women of the district.
I supported legislation in favor of
an aequate Navy and opposel ex
penditures for an army larger than I
believed the safety of the country de
-During the recent session of Con
gress much legislation has been con
sidlered in connection with the treat
ment of ex-service men and it was a
great pleasure for me to support
measures wvhich would enable the
Veterans' Bureau. to compensate as
far as possible those who were in
.iured or by reason of the hardships
they encounteredl are unable to carry
on the struggle for existence. J also
suptoortedl appropriation bills which
atutuiorizedl the construction of Gov
ernment hospitals to care for the sick
and~ disabled and I also was in favor
of and voted for the adljustedl compen
sation or bonus bill.
There are nmany other matters
wvhich the Congress..wvas called up)on
to considler to which' I gave due and
attentive considleration and voted as
I thought was for the best interest of
the people I represent. I have tried
at all times to be attentive to the de
sires of my constituents and that
without any consideration as to whe
ther they voted for me or not. Every
one who has sought my aid, rich or
poor, powerful or weak Y have render
edi service to the very utmost of my
I wvish to say that I extend to you
the invitation to take up for you here
in Washington any matter in which
you are interested. I am sincerely
desirous to serve you and I hope that
my record wvhich speaks for itself will
show that I have done this.
Thanking you for the kind co-opera
tion that you have afforded me in the
past and w'ith sincere regards and
best wishes, I beg to remain,
Yours very truly,
W. Turner Logan.
On June the 8th, 1922, E~vening Stat
Lodge No. 173, Knights of Pythias,
(colorcd) entertained at a banquet in
honor of its state Grandl Chancellor,
Joseph A. Brown.
Promptly at 8.30 o'clock the lodge
was cal led to order In special session
at the castle hall to greet the Granj
Chancellor, who arrIved on the after
noon train from Charledton, his place
of residence. After a fow introduc
tory remarks b~y our Chancellor Com
mander, Calvin Johnson the 10(1ge was
turnedl over to our District De puty.
The Rev. H. C. DeLaine. who in fitting
terms introduced the drand Chancel
lor an' 10(1 in extending the grand
honors. The Grnd Cancellor spok
briefly to, the members of the lodge
touching.upon some points of law as
they effect our local organizations.
They were both interesting and in
,tructive. The Grand Chancellor made
quite an impression on the brethern
by his ki dly words of instruction and
his amiable disposition. The lodge
then adjourned.- The brethern and
our guest repaired to the spacious
hall down stairs where their wives to
gether with members of the Ladies
Court of Colaurte had prepared a
sumptious spi'ead. It was a sight to
behold. The hall was beautifully de
corated and a table was spread that
extended over the entire length of
the hall. All kinds of delicacies were
served. Quite two hundred were pre
sent'and everybody said, "well done."
Then came the crowning event of
the evening-Dr. A. W. Brown acted
as toastmaster. District Knight Cal
vin Johnson in very fitting remarks
introduced the District Deputy, who
gave a resume of the work accom
plished by the order since our present
Grand Chancellor has had the reins
of government in his hands. His re
marks served as a stimulus and eye
opener to us all. He then introduced
the Grand Chancellor the speaker of
the evening. The Grand Chancellor
in very fitting remarks stressed the
idea of racial solidarity and the ad
visability of letting our "buckets
down where we are." Good citizen
p and rugged hardihood was the
theme of his address. He made a
glowing tribute to the women of the
race and the fine showing and charac
ter of the women that constitute the
Court of Colanthe. He also spoke
very complimentary of both Invinci
ble and Evening Star Lodges, stat
ing that neither lodge had given him
any trouble since he had been elected
as Gand Chancellor.
The response to ,,the speaker was
made by R. A. White, District Record
er of the IIoisehold of Ruth. He
thanked the Grand Chancellor for his
helpful remarks and pointed out the
fact that Manning was on "The Map."
Sometime in the near future it is ex
pected that there will be a union
meeting of all the lodges in- the
County, at which time we hope to
have the Grand Chancellor with us
again. "
Calvin Johnson, Chancellor Com
Willis Davis, Keeper of Records and
Evening Star Lolge No. 173.
New York, June 13.-Warning of
inmpending further reductions in
civilian personnel at navy yards and
s 'm'e stations after July 1 next was
given by Acting Secretary of the
Navy Theodore Roosevelt in a notice
telegraphed today to all yards and
stations and ordered posted on bulle
tin boards.
While no official figures were made
public of the number of employes to
be affected, it was unofficially esti
mated that 10,000 men would be plac
ed on leave without pay, as was done
a few months ago at various navy
yards, unless a new appropriation is
United States District Court,
Eastern District of South Carolina.
In Bankruptcy.
In the matter of B. A. Weinberg,
To the Creditors of said Bankrupt:
Take notice that the above bank
rupt has filed his petition for dis
charge and that a hearing will be had
thereon on the 19th (lay of July, A,
D., 1922, before said Court at Char
leston, in said district, at 11 o'clock
in the forenoon, and that at said time
and place all creditors and other per
sons interested may appear and sh ow
cause if any they have why the pray
er' of the saidi petitioner should not
be granted.
(Ome1 ialI Seal)
Richard W. Hutson,
24-4t-e. Clerk.
All persons having claims against
the Estate of Fannie H. Mellette, deC
ceasedi will present them dluly attest
edi, and all those owing said Estate
wvill make payment unto the under
signedi qualified Executor of the saidl
R. BI. Mellette,
c'. Executor'.
Summeriton, S. C ., June 13, 1922.
LOST-Bunch of keys. My name Is
on the bunch. Finder please leave
same at postoffice. Will is Davis.
FOR RENT--Flour Mill. For par
ticular's see or write F. P. Ervin,
Manning, S. C. 18-ti.
NOTICE-during the summer months
the Manning Library will be opened
twice a week. Wednesdays andI
Saturdays fiom 5:30 to 6:30 p. m. tf
press block, cut four feet two
inees long., eight inches and up in
size. Write or see us for price per
cord delivered on cars at any Coast
Line Station. Palmetto Hardwood
Co., Sumter, S. C. 28-2t-p
NOTICE-Mrs. El. C. Alsbrook will
give special coaching (luring the
summer for beneficiary scholarships
forWinthrop, Clemson, the Citadel,
South Carolina University, or to
make up grade dlefleiencies. Ca'l
for mnformation or phone 226.,
GIVE ME your subscription for "The
State." You can always get your
Sunday "State" from me In front
of the postofflce every Sunday
morning. Charlea Cochan.
passed in the bill now before the Sen
Secretary Roosevelt's message said:
"Navy bill as passed by House and
as reported to Senate carries curtail
ed appropriations as compared to cur
rent fiscal year. This will render
necessary further reductions of civil
ian personnel during the fiscal year
beginning July 1 Department desires
that employes who, cannot be retain
ed be given as many lays' notice as
practicable, and in lieu of discharge
be placed on leave without pay until
further orders under provisions of
Alnavasta One (general order No. 1,
to all naval stations,) and depart
ment's circular letters February 10,
"Employes to be placed on leave
without pay will be selected in accor
dance with existing regulations, giv
ing due regard to department circu
lar letter of June 10, 1921. Informa
tion as to amounts of various allot
ments will be furnished at earliest
.practicable date. Copy of this com
munication will be posted on all bul
letin boards."
WINNER, 205 TO 111
London, June 13.-Premier Lloyd
I George successfully resisted another
powerful attack in the house of Com
mons today when a proposal to re
duce the cost of his cabinet secretar
iat was rejected by 205 to 111 amid
scenes of excitement. The majority
was considerably smaller than custo
mary and occasioned shouts of "re
.The secretariat. consists of the pre
mier's private secretaries, with a
large staff, costing about 33,000 pound
yearly. It is an outgrowth of the
war and in the opinion of the opposi
tion partiei is no longer needed, giv
ing the premier too great an execu
tive control, especially in the domain
of foreign policy, besides destroying
the traditional cabinet as the mem
bers of the secretariat now attend cab
inet meetings and take notes.
Asquith Attacks
Mr. Asquith attacked the system
mainly on this ground, inasmuch as
it destroyed the confidential nature
of cabinet councils.
A usten Chamberlain, defending
the vote, said he had had experi
ence with both systems and greatly
preferred the new one. le would
not think of returning to the old un
business-like practice, when the only
record of cabinet discussions was a
brief letter, perhaps from the pre
mier to the king.
Mr. Lloyd George, in discussing
the subject, predicted that no re
sponsible minister in the future
would cast away this new machine.
le denied that the secretariat ex
ercised mysterious functions or
unsurped the functions of Parlia
ment or enabled the prime minister
to override the Parliament's deci
sions. The secretariat had noth
ing to do with politics. It wanted
new methods and ridiculed the idea
that there should be a return to the
old system which had plunged the
world into war.
Last week
miles arour
which carc
this store.
into this st<
around bec;
broadcast a
their Stock of !
Wear for Ladie
all New Spring
Have you s
4 more day
larger volu
started witi
every day.
Read our
5 Lbs. fi
Manning D
Kiukiang, Julie 13.-Wealthy Chi
neie, with their families and val
uables, are fleeing from Nanchang,
Capital of Kianshi Province, as the
army of Dr. Sun Yat Sen, the South
China leader, advances northward.
Looting at the hands of the South
ern troops is feared. American mis
sionaries at Nanchang are also pre
pared to leave if the forces of Wu
Pei Pu, the military power of the
Peking government, must evacuate
The American gunboat Isabel is
stationed here ready to protect
American interests if necessary.
British vessels also are here.
Dr. Sun's army has captured Kan
chow Ki. in the' south of Kiangsi
Province. A report from the South
June 10 said the forces of Wu Pei
Fiu were retreating northward.
Washington, June 13.-The cam
paign for $1,650,000 for the crea
tion of a memorial park on the site
of the first and second battles of
Manassas was formally opened to
day when the committee having the
matter in charge met here and or
ganized teams to work in sixteen
William G. McAdoo, former Sec
retary of the Treasury, and Judge
John Payne, former Secretary of the
Interior, headed the list of contrib
utors with donations of $1,000 each.
While essentially a Southern me
morial, the party will include mon
uments "to the brave dead and
wounded of both sides," according
to the prospectus.
the people can
id. It shows th4
iful shoppers tra
Crowds have b
re frun many,
fuse we advertis<
nd they know ti
'First Annivers
shoes for Men, W4
for Men and B
~s, Children and 1N
hared in the Bart
s, and we will fi
.me of business
1. New goods a
We won't disaj
Sell for Less!
rast circular vewa
)r $1.50
rug Store,
.Jackson, Mich., June 13.-John
Straub, 49, former inmate of Jackson
prison, has confessed to the murder
of Miss Alice Mallet, matron of the
Florence Crittendey Home here. The
axe with which the deed was accom
plished was obtained at the home of
a Polish family about two blocks from
the spot where Miss Mallett met
Less than half an hour after au
thorities had made the announce
ment a large crowd gathered at the
jail, but there was no indication of
a disturbance.
Orin Junction, Wyo., June 13.
Thomas E. Tubb was killed and his
wife and three other persons, includ
ing Deputy Sheriff John McPherson,
were seriously wounded today.
The Manning Times rather doubted
Mr. Wilson when he remarked that
Riff & Ness would attract the largest
crowds that ever attended a sale in
Manning. We are fully convinced
that truthful advertising along with
bargains will induce the people to
turn loose of their money. It was evi
denced last Wednesday when Riff and
Ness opened their First Anniversary
Sale to run ten days. We heard a
number of people say they could not
get into the store, and were coming
back. There were such crowds that
the doors had to be locked-twenty
clerks would wait on one crowd and
let them out the back door-and an
other crowd would be let in. Not one
of the clerks got to go to dinner for
this rush kept up till long past noon.
This sale will end Saturday night.
1e from 25
it all roads
vet lead to
ten pouring
rnany miles
Ad this L ore
iat this is
ary Sale---that
men and Chit
[isses, is mostly
ains? Only
nish with a
than we
re arriving
)point you.
I carefully.

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