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Established 1891 BAMBERG, S. C., THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1910. One Dollar a Yea*
COUNTRY NEWS LETTERS
SOME INTERESTING HAPPENINGS
IN VARIOUS SECTIONS.
News Items Gathered All Around the
County and Elsewhere.
Ehrhardt, January 31.?Our merchants
are busy, taking papers and
aelling goods on time. Only a few
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out so far.
Some horse traders are b&low
town trading with the farmers. The
women folks tell fortunes for those
that are desirous of getting rid of
? some cash for nothing.
The schedule of our freight train
has been changed. The train leaves
here now something after nine a. m.
in place of seven a. m.; scheduled to
j arrive here at 7.30 p. m., but expect
it will be nearer 10 p. m.
Mrs. Sarah A. King was laid to rest
in the Ehrhardt cemetery on the
morning of the 28 th. Her pastor,
Rev. D. B. Groseclose, assisted by
Rev. Freeman, conducted the burial
, ^ service. She will be missed by her
numerous friends and relatives. Her
husband, Adam King, has our sympathy
in his great bereavement.
It is reDorted that Mr. Sam Cope
land and Mr. John Frank Chassereau
intend getting automobiles soon.
Had rain and thunder last week,
almost like summer. Has turned
* cooler however, and promises some
more winter weather.
Conrad Ehrhardt Co. have put or.
their sale of goods at cost to reduce
their stock of merchandise. Those
^ ' hunting bargains can get them out
of their well selected stock of goods.
Lumber is in good demand; more
wanted than the mills can supply.
* Denmark, Jan. 28.?The large
barn belonging to Dr. S. D. M. Guess
caught fire this morning and was
totally consumed. There were about
1,000 bushels of oats and between
[three and four hundred bushels of
peas in the barn, besides a large
amount of fodder. The loss will
amount to about $2,500. No insuri
ance. No one seems to know how
the fire originated.
There has been a number of new
buildings erected here lately. Hon.
C. W. Garris is building a beautiful
colonial mansion near the graded
^ school. When finished it will be one
' of the handsomest residences in the
1 city. Our mayor has also built a substantial
residence in the same neighborhood.
There are a number of
k others building in differen parts of
* the city.
Lagrippe is very prevalent here. A
great many persons have had it,
* your correspondent among the number.
The comet was visible here for a
short while Wednesday. It did not
appear very bright on account of the
^ Big Road Movement.
A copy of the bill introduced in
the national house of representatives
providing for the United States government
loaning to the various States
and territories in the union money
^ for road improvements has been received
The bill provides that any State
or territory can borrow from the
national treasury, up to one million
dollars, the loan payable to the goverment
in 25 equal payments. There
will be no interest charged on the
loan, but should one of the installments
be allowed to lapse, then interest
at five per cent, is to be
Under the bill such loans, when
made, are to be used upon the post,
roads, or roads on which a rural delivery
carrier travels. The improvements
will also have to be made under
specifications approved by the
y postoffice department. The bill has
been read one time and referred to
the committee on agriculture.
Judge W. F. Eve, president of the
Georgia Federation of Road Authorities,
when asked yesterday what he
thought of the bill, said that it was
one of the greatest steps towards the
improvement of highways that has
been taken in years. He says it will
^ mean, if passed by the national
kauca >*?> the*re> will. In a few
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years, be as good roads in the United
t> States as any country in the world.?
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DETECTIVE BOYER PASSES.
Succumbs to Wound Inflicted by Negro
Car Thief in Columbia. 1
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 Columbia hospital.
The sheriff and his deputies apparently
have little hope of ever capturing
the negroes, and the police are
completely in the dark. From the
best information obtainable the negroes
are jprobably making their way
through North Carolina on their way
to the North or west.
The officers are looking for Eugene
Davis, Ben Little and Dave Richardson.
Negroes fitting their descriptions
were taken aboard the Coast
Line train going out of Columbia
the morning of the shooting. They
got off at East over, in Richland coun- i
ty. Thursday the same negroes, Sheriff
Hood, of Fairfield, is confident, appeared
at the home of L. R. Free,
in the Buckhead section of Fairfield
county. Sheriff Hood at once notified
all his county officers and also
those of Chester to be on th^ lookout
for the negroes.
Govan, January 31.?We learn
that Dr. Leighton Hartzog has purchased
the drug store at Olar. This
ic a mVp nnenine' for him. and we !
wish him much success in his enterprise.
Last week a mule belonging to one
of the Guesses was killed on the Sea- ,
board Railway near Denmark, on the <
division of Hutto's section. The
mule's leg was lacerated, a large por- ,
tion of the bone protruded downward
from the upper joint, but with the (
assistance of the other three legs it
managed to move from the place
where it was hit by the locomotive
to about three quarters of a mile. 1
It was grazing in a pond when found :
by the section master. Such a pity
to kill a beast when its life could be
saved, but in its condition, it would <
not be of any more service to the
owner. Trains certainly cannot stop ,
to clear animals off the track, if they ,
did they would never arrive to their
Last week Howell McCormack's '
.little daughter, Agnes, was bitten by .
a mad dog. The dog's head was sent
to the Pasteur Institute at Columbia
for examination for rabbles and dis *
covered that the dog was affected '
with hydrophobia. The child was (
sent to Columbia immediately for
The Woodmen's hall is completed
at Govan, and displays a serviceable 1
8nd commodious piece of architecture.
The camp is increasing in numbers,
having new members to initiate
at nearly every meeting. The Woodmen
insurance is the very best insurance
for a poor man, who is not able
to carry much in the old line com- :
panies. Much success to the Woodmen
Camp of our little town.
Ottie Lain, an energetic and trust- 1
worthy young man, has just opened a
grocery store in the town hall, and
he invitee patronage.
A good many policy holders have
answered the complaints and summons
issued by the receivers for the
Piedmont Insurance Co., of Spartanburg,
through their attorneys. Lot
of them have their full receipts as
cancellation for their policies, but
legal advisers say that these assessments
will have to be paid, as there
are judgments sustained against the
company, and these judgments will
have to be satisfied, the policy holders
being liable, as they constitute
the company. Unless they have suf"
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cannot see any reason why they cannot
The company has the advantage of
the policy holders in that the law is
so written that if the policy holder
lets his policy lapse i. e., by not j
paying his assessment within the al- j
lotted time the policy is null and
void, but yet the company can collect
under the law the assessments. Perhaps
though this may not be the law,
and the summons are merely issued
to scare the policy holders to pay up.
Baker Kennedy has returned to
his position in the upper part of the
State as telegrapher for the S. A. L.
Railway. He received a diploma
from the Telegraph Institute in Columbia,
S. C., qualifying him as a
telegrapher and railroad accountant.
IN THE PALMETTO STATE
SOME OCCURRENCES OF VARIOUS
KINDS IN SOUTH CAROLINA.
State News Boiled Down for Quick
Men and Happenings.
The Baptists of Johnston have decided
to build a new church, to cost
between $10,000 and $15,000.
Rev. James Boyce, D. D., president
of the Due West female college, died
on Thursday, aged fifty, from the effects
of a stroke of paralysis.
The Senate last Monday passed a
bill repealing th6 income tax law.
The law might as well be repealed,
as it has never been anything but a
farce in most counties.
The house has passed the Statewide
prohibition bill to a third reading
by a vote of 58 to 42. The senate
killed the State-wide prohibition
bill by a vote of 22 to 18.
Ten young white men plead guilty
in the mayor's court in Spartanburg
on Friday morning of gambling in a
hotel of that city. They were fined
$25 each, and all paid up.
Henry Lyles, colored, was committed
to Aiken jail on Thursday on the
charge of shooting and killing his
wife. He denito it, but the circumstances
are strong against him.
The plant of the Crystal Ice Company
in Orangeburg is soon to be
sold at public auction, and there is
a sentiment in that city that the
municipal government shall buy and
operate the factory.
The legislature is still trying to
create new offices. The latest is four
auditors who are to travel around
and check up the treasurers and auditors
and all other county officers,
including magistrates and dispensers.
According to the estimate of Comptroller
A. W. Jones, it will take over
$1,500,000 to pay the expenses of
the State government this year. This
is increasing expenses at a great rate.
With the loss of dispensary revenue,
we may expect taxes to be at least
double next fall.
The fight for postmaster at Greenwood
has waxed very warm. Among
the candidates are Dr. P. B. Connor,
the incumbent; A. McD. Singleton
and T. R. Webb, merchants; J. A.
Edmunds, barber, and F. H. Fetner,
engineer on the Seaboard road. Fetner
seems to have the inside track.
Jessie Harrison, who shot and killed
Fred Rubie, an employe of the
Johnny Jones carnival company at
Greenville in October, 1908, was tried
for the third time last week, this
trial resulting as the others had done,
in a mistrial. The jury stood seven
for manslaughter and five for acquittal.
Liberty of Coopers at Stake.
Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 1.?The last
deal in the legal game, the stake of
which is the liberty of Col. Duncan B.
ind Robin J. Cooper, began in the supreme
court of Tennessee this morning.
It was the calling of the motion
for a new trial, asked by the Coopers,
who had been convicted of the murder
of former United States Senator
Edward Ward Carmack, and each
sented to 20 years' imprisonment.
The killing which took place on
one of the prominent streets of Nashville
a year ago last November, was
the culmination of as long and as
bitter a political feud as ever has
marked the annals of the State. Carmack,
brilliant as editor and statesman,
had been a protege of Col.
Cooper. But the men quarreled. As
editor of the Nashville Tennessean,
Carmack criticised Col Cooper and
editorially referred to him as a "little
bald-headed angel." Cooper, according
to testimony at the trial, sent
word to Car/nack that if his (Cooper's)
name was mentioned again he
would kill Carmack. Carmack the
next day used Cooper's name. The
same day the men met. Cooper was
accompanied by his son Robin. The
latter shot and killed Carmack as
the editor was drawing a revolver.
The Coopers pleaded self-defense,
but the State proved that one of the
bullets pierced Carmack in the back
of the neck, smashing the spinal cord
and causing instant death. The jury,
after a trial lasting nearly three
months, found the Coopers guilty of
murder in the second degree and assessed
their punishment at imprisonment
for 20 years.
The tr;al marked one of the hardest
fought battles in the judicial history
of the State. A score of eminent
counsel were arrayed on either side,
and even now, for the argument before
the supreme court, the defense
has added Luke E. Wright to its list
LEXINGTON MAN'S CLOSE CALL
County School Superintendent Martin
Comes Near Losing Life.
County Superintendent of Education
A. D. Martin of Lexington, came
very near losing his life a few days
ago, while attempting to cross
Wateree creek in the Dutch Fork
Mr. Martin was on his way from:
Chapin to Spring Hill, and was nol
aware of the depth of the creek whicl
was considerably swollen by the heavj
rains of a few days ago, and before
he had gone very far into the streair
the current carried the horse anc
buggy down, and Mr. Martin had tc
swim to the shore.
He rushed to a house nearby anc
told of his experience, and tw<
young men went to tne creek to save
the horse. The horse and bugg:
were found some distance down the
stream, and by heroic work the ani
mal was cut loose from the buggj
and brought to the bank in safety.
The buggy was a complete wreck
end Mr. Martin went to Lexingtoi
horseback, arriving there about 6:30
This is said to be a very treacherous
stream, others having had similai
Tillinan Case Before Court.
Columbia, January 31.?A distin
guishing feature of the habeas cor
pus contest Deiore tne supreme oour
to-day between Senator Tillman anc
Mrs. Tillman and their daughter -in
law for the possession of the Sena
tor's two little granddaughters was
that the Tillmans did not attack the
character of the younger Mrs. Till
man, other than to charge that she
was irritable and on many occasions
not specified, she did not show propei
regard for the sacred relations o
All the morning was consumed it
reading affidavits, and the arguments
will last well into the afternoon
There are no indications that the
case will go to a reference.
So crowded was the court roon
with prominent spectators, half o]
them women, that the court finallj
locked the doors.
The only affidavits of important
from the Tillman side was a length)
one from B. R. Tillman, Jr., and 2
thirteen-page one from Senator Tillman.
Young Tillman acknowledged
that he had drank to excess, and had
on one occasion assailed the charactei
of his wife, but afterward apologized
for this. He denied all the othei
charges brought against him by hit
Senator Tillman's affidavit set fortfc
that the younger Mrs. Tillman had
taught her children to hate him and
his wife, but in reply to the charge
that the Senator and wife had nol
tried to help their daughter-in-law reform
young Tillman he quoted letter?
he had written her and him showing
the contrary. He set forth that he
never had any intention of attacking
the character of his daughter-in-lav
but in reply to affidavits providing
her character he quoted scripture
about the wicked fleeing when nc
The younger Mrs. Tillman's attorney
replied with copies of letter:
young Tillman wrote his wife fron
Edgefield last fall, showing that while
making preparations to desert hei
and take her children he was writing
her the most endearing love letters.
A sensational incident brought oui
in this was letters written young Mrs
Tillman by the Senator, outrageously
attacking her character and that pic
tures of her female relatives nov
dead disappeared from her private
desk at Edgewood following her hus
band's visit there and while she wa:
Tim nnntcmtci nf these letters were
proved by a number of affidavits
one from Mrs. George Bunch, of Spar
tanburg, the Senator's niece, saying
that after these letters she did noi
blame Mrs. Tillman from refusing t<
have anything more to do with th<
Senator or members of his family.
The return in the case was brief
merely standing upon the old statute
under which the deed to the childrer
was made, giving the husband thh
sole right regardless of the fitness oi
unfitness of the wife.
Little Hopes for Recovery.
a dispatch from Bryson City, N
C., holds little hope for the recov
ery of Barrett Banks, whose eyee
were blown out in a dynamite ex
plosion at the court house there i
I few days ago. Banks aroused enough
I to say he did not know whether he
1 ? Tirnva trt VllomC* Ppfifttpi
Ul UWI ic; nciv i.u uiuiuv.
of Deed Francis' skull Is fracturec
and his hearing permanently injured
but he has a fighting chance. The
damage to the court house is estimated
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RIVER AT PARIS FALUNS.
flood continues to drop
hour by hour;
! Government Has Scheme by Which
Sufferers Can Recover Their
| Paris, Feb. 1.?The height of the
water at midnight at Ponte Royale
r was 27 feet 3 inches, a fall of nearly
four feet from the highest point, and
' the flood continues to drop at the
j rate of about three-quarters of an
^ inch an hour.
Premier Brand has instructed the
j prefects to make a complete inven^
tory of the floded areas and to appraise
the individual losses, after
which parliament will be asked for
new credits in connection with the
measures of relief.
f Soldiers are still guarding many
of the public buildingB and strong
detachments have been sent to the
J various outlying districts to prevent
the wholesale pillage which is still
] going on.
A boat patrol surprised a band of
Apaches robbing a villa to-night at
Bologne-Sur-Seine. After an exciting
, chase, in which a fusillade was exchanged,
an infantry sergeant sunk
' the robbers' boat with a blow of an
" oar. Two of the Apaches were killed
t and the others were captured.
' One of the most hopeful features
" of the situation is the action of the
" government in carrying into effect a
3 plan to enable the small proprietors
3 both in Paris and throughout the
" flooded districts of France to reestab?
lish themselves by means of loans
? and to furnish work for the victims.
Tfie government nas aeciaea upon a
f general scheme of employment,
v hereby those who desire work may
1 j find it in repairing the roads and the
5! public buildings throughout the de
Some difficulty is being experienced
in restraining the residents of the
1 flooded districts from returning to
f! their homes immediately on the re'
cession of the water, without waiting
for the disinfection of the premises.
The foreign office is now free
' of water, but it is without gas, elec1
(tricity, telegraph or telephone ser-'
", vice. The students residing in the
1' Latin quarter have formed, a relief
1 society, and have agreed to care for
their few American comrades who
1 suffered in any way in connection
with the flood.
s! In additiop to $50,000 received
' from Massachusetts, new subscrip1
tions to the relief fund from the
1 United States aggregate $40,000.
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) News From Lees.
Lees, Jan. 29.?H. B. Grimes and
.! his niece, Miss Corlie Cave, spent
, Thursday and Friday in Charleston.
Miss Eula Burke Hutton, the music
', teacher of Lees graded school spent
Saturday with friends in Williston.
Mr. W. 0. Fickling spent Thurs)
day and Friday in Charleston.
Prof. W. H. Hand, of the Universi5
j ty of South Carolina, will .deliver an
' j address at the Lees graded school
building, Friday night, March 4,
1910. An interesting programme is
' being arranged for the occasion.
Prof. Hand is an interesting and
charming speaker, and the people of
Lees and surrounding community
can not afford to miss this opportuni*
ty of hearing him.
J Rev. Mr. Houser, of Denmark, was
" the guest of H. B. Grimes Sunday
Misses Estelle Copeland and Ola
- Grimes spent Thursday afternoon
with friends in Blackville.
>' "WIDOW" FOOLED A WIDOWER.
> She Told Him She Was in "Love"
and Secured $20,000.
Detectives in the employ of A. E.
I King, a retired business man in
* Lincoln Neb., are seeking to make
3 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 receive
i a large amount of cash from New
- York and secured money to the
i amount of $20,000 on this pretense,
i Later she declared the money was
i only a loan and that the cash had
" been spent. She is charged with obl
taining money under false pretense
, and may be prosecuted. At present
J she has two motor cars and lives in
- a fine home with expensive furnishings.
CERTAIN OF VICTORY.
Fight Over Rules of House Will Soon
Break Out Afresh.
Washington, January 31.?The
fight over the rules of the House may
break out afresh within the next ten N ' V
days. This time it will be over the
proposition to increase the member- \ v
ship of the rules committee from five \ r'%
to twelve, the political division to.
consist of seven Republicans and five
Democrats. The insurgents who began
the fight against the organization - 5
last March say they will carry their ^
scheme as they can count on sixty
votes for it on the Republican side fcjj
of the House. But the doubt of ulti- 4
mate success lies on the Democratie
side of the House. For several day?
the insurgents have been doing missionary
work among the Democrats,
and to-day, it was claimed by the insurgents,
they have secured pledges
from the minority to carry the scheme M
through by a safe majority. \
Champ Clark, the minority leader, . ;
does not look with favor on the [$,
proposition to increase the membership
of the rules committee, for, inr
his opinion, the Democrats would
gain nothing, but he is not willing to - . J
speak for the minority as a whole as . M
many of his followers are in favor of |g|
| the suggestion made by the insurgents,
w^hose plan is to elect the >7j|
rules committee by caucus action and oj
then vote for it in the House. Under -^3
the insurgents' scheme, the Speaker
is not to be a member of the rules M
There is no question about the suo->
cess of this insurgent proposition if
the Democrats vote with them. And
it is true that the insurgents are X?|
stronger to-day than at any time ii
since the House met in extra session.
The increase in the strength of the /ySH
insurgents is due to the change of ..j&|
sentiment among the New England
Republicans who have, heretofore
been counted on as strict Gannon
men. The anti-Cannon sentiment -of uzM
the country has proved too. strong, v. S
they say, and to show that they can
resist Cannonism they will vote with _ '-Jim
the insurgents to change the rules. :. ^
These New England Republicans say ,
they will not vote for Gannon for :?||H
Speaker again, and that unless something
is done to convince the conn- - ^
try that "Uncle Joe" is no longer the
boss he once was, it will be all oyer ' ^|||
for the party next November.
Bazin Has Been Arrested. ' . V-'l
Mossa Bazin, the young white man Uv } ?
who is charged with the killing of ^
Lofton Poston in the Blossoms seo- ' ''*A
tion Friday night, was taken to the ||S
city Saturday night in custody ojt y*>
Constable Prosser and his father, : |
Magistrate B. Prosser who conducted ...
the inquest. The young man was
confined in jail to await further pro- 4 -7"/^'
*n/i/H?nrq itfnrnpv T ilrnv - TiflP. of'
Kingstree, and the young man's fath- |3|
er came In on the midday train today
to arrange for his release on/' ;,^
bond, Mr. Lee being employed by ^- 5|
Young Bazin is scarcely nineteen
years old and is unmarried. He ";
seems to be a little worried but- will .
make no statement just yet as to the -3
crime he is charged with.
He made no attempt to escape, the <./: &
constable found him at his home in ':Ki ^
bed Saturday night, when the arrest "v*
was made. Mr. J. W. Ragsdale has been
retained by the prosecution. ' r^|
This is a most unfortunate affair as 3?
both young men belong to well known ,
families and were prominent in social
circles. The parents on both > ^
sides are very much distressed over 3
the affair.?Florence Times.STRIKES
BLOW FOR OLEO.
Atlanta Health Committee Urges Con- - 3
- - * *** _ 4 kL
gress to nepeai xtu. . ,^
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Declaring the tax of ten cents per 5
I pound on oleomargerine to be large-- |
jly responsible for the increased cost
I of living, the Atlanta Chamber of |
Commerce health committee a few V"
days ago adopted a resolution mem!
orializing 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, while it shuts out ' ... .
of the market a wholesome product, 1
made of milk, cotton oil and beef fat,
which otherwise would be in reach r
of the masses."
The effect of this tax, it is concluded
has greatly increased the price
of butter. "*?
It is announced that in a letter to
the Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Harvey
W. Wiley, chief chemist of the
Federal government, states that the
repeal of the tax on oleomargerine
would in no way interfere with
the enforcement of the pure food
laws, adding that he considered oleomargerine
a wholesome product
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