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Four Children Killed, Three Crushed by
Trees and Chimneys In Aiken Coun
ty-The Details.
A severe wind storm, accompanied
by one of the heaviest rains in years,
prevailed throughout South Caro..
lina Monday afternoon and night,
being probably most severe in the
north-western part.
Honea Path was the place most di
rectly in the path of the storm, and
two youths were killed at that place.
In Aiken two chil('ren were killed
by falling trees and one by a falling
In other parts of the State, though
no fatalities are reported much minor
damage including the destruction of
buildings, was done by the wind.
The following is from The State:
Honea Path, Feb. 17.-A severe
storm, cycionic in its character, swept
this town yesterday afternoon at
3.80 o'clock.
The damages as near as can be
ascertained are as follows:
The large two.story double brick
store of Mr. W. A Shirley was en
tirely destroyed and his stock of fur
nishing goods badly damaged.
Six young men on their way from
school dashed into this store to vs
cape the wind and rain. They had
just reached one of the large double
front doors when they saw the front
wall was falling towards the street
They made an effort to escape from
danger but four of them were buried
beneath the wreck while two others
rushed into the front door and took
refuge in the inside Gf the store.
Earle McGee, son of Mr. W. J.
McGee, and Bertie Austin, son of
Mrs. Thomas Austin of Greenville
county, were killed instantly and
Edgar Donald, son of Mr. J. R
Donald,' was seriously injured, both
legs and arms being broken and his
spine injured. A. C. Stone, son of
Mr. J. T. Stone, had one leg broken
and sustained other injuries about
the head and body.
Immediately after the destruction
of the building Mr. P. W. Sullivan
who was standing at onH of the win
dows in the bank building only a
short distance away, saw the hand of
some one shaking. He promptly
called for assistance and went to
work to rescue the victims. In a
few minutes the bodies of the unfor
tunate young men were extracted
and carried to nearby buildings.
Medical assistance was summoned
and every thing possible was done for
the sufferers. The force of the storm
was terrific and the building of Mr.
Shirley was torn to atoms in almost
a second. Large frames from the
roof were blown hundreds of yards
and brick were scattered in every
Lu addition to the above named
building, several stores were unroofed,
chimneys blown dlown and trees up
rooted. In a piece of woodland a
short distance from here morn than a
hundred trees were felled.
Parties returnmng home from townt
were carrio(d many yards b)y the force
of the winds,
Trelephonie and telegraph wires are
down and communication with other
point was impossible.
The graded school had just closed
its work for the day and it is a
miracle that many of the children
were not killed Many of them
rushed into the Baptist church, al
though two of t hem were carrinri
across the field and hurled against a
The damage to prop)ert.y here is
considerable. Several fi rms sufferedi
damage to their stocks of goods by
water, their storerooms being un
The loss to p)roperty' in the stur.
rounding countr:y is niot. very great,
although many clhimneys were blown
Stock was killed and out buildings
damaged. The Chiquola mill suf
fered considerable dlamage, several of
the tenant honses being demolished
Lights were broken out of the mill
buildings and waste house blown
E. B. Oulberson, mail carrier on
one of the free delivery routes, had
a narrow escape from death. He had
taken refuge in a covered bridge a
few miles from here. He realized
that the bridge would not stand the
force of the storm and made an ef.
fort to get his team out, but before
he could do so the structure gave
way. His horse was killed and his
buggy demolished. He saved him
self by jumping into the open just as
the bridge went down.
The citizens of Belton, a nearby
town, rendered valuable assistance,
several coming down on the first
train. Among them were two of the
leading physicians, who very quickly
offered their services to the fam.
ilies of the injured.
The work of removing the debris
from the streets was at once under
taken by Mayor Milford and in a
few days the stores will be ready for
business again.
Many inquirie i have been re
eived as to the safety of friends.
It may be well to state that no one
)ther than those mentioned above
iustained any injuries. The condi.
ion of Edgar Donald is critical but.
uis chances of recovery are good un.
ess blood poison developes. One leg
will doubtless have to be amputated
Report from Andersoii states that
Ligon & Lodbet ter's large wholesale
grocery store and the Anderson Cash
G1rocery St-r wers unroofed. Tele
phone and electric light wires were
Alown down and much other damage
]one. All communication by tele
graph and telephone with the out
side world was cut off.
The Episcopal church at Calhoun
Falls was totally destroyed.
Loss of life followed in the wake
>f the storm which passed over Aiken
3ounty Monday night. Two children
f Mr. Jas. Davis, who lives at Ergles
Bridge about 12 miles from Aiken,
were killed by a falling tree.
At Lake View the roof of a tene.
7nn house was blown off and the
family ran out and escaped without
njury, but the child of Moses Dor
dins, about 6 years old, was struck
y the falling chimney and killed.
While the wind was very hard in
kiken no material damage was done.
At Spartanburg the car barn of
~he Spartanburg Railway, Gas and
Eilectric Company wvas blown down.
Uhe electric companies, telephone,
:elegraph and street cars were shut
lown to protect the people from in.
jury from trees falling on wires.
No loss of life.
At Abbeville the Methodist church
it the cotton mill and the tan yard
were blown down, both buildings be.
ng totally wrecked. Telephone poles,
~reps, shrubbery and chimneys fell
with a velocity exceeded only by
~hat of the rain.
The wind and rain storm which
Rassed over Laurens Monday after
loon, according to reports, was wide
ipread and consideorable dam age was
lone in various sections. It struck
Laurens about 4 30 o'clock and for 1()
muinutes it was terrific. Trees wvero
Liprooted everywhere, the plastering
loosened1 in) residences and more or
less dlamfage done to light out build.
ings, kitchens, etc. Thel telephione
and electric light. systen.s probab)ly
suffered the greatest damage. Poles
were flattened right~ and left. aind the
wires are down in every direction.
For several bonus the service of bothI
were badly snterrupted. On Wmn.
Brown's place, two mIIiles southi, a
cabin was b)lownI down andl a negro
child had its skull crushed and a
negro woman was injured l.y falling
timbers. TJhe child will probabl1'y
die. At Owinige' St ation, 12 miles
northwest, Mr. Jno. Camnpblll's
house was wrecked and a negro house
ou Will Powvers' place nearby was
blown down, two miles above there
Mr. Robert Stoddard's residence, a
new building, was demolished. No
one is reported to have been injured
Last night the wind continued fu
rious, and it was pest midnight before
many people slept comfortably. To
day it is biting cold and extremely
disagreeable for outdoor work or
Reports from other parts of the
State indicate great wind and rain
with damage to buildings and tele
phone and telegraph poles and wires.
The great wonder seems to be that
greater loss of life was not sustained.
A Journalistic Feat.
Newspapers are still talking of the
journalistic achievements of the late
Mr. Do Blowitz for 35 years special
correspondent of the London Times.
His greatest feat was undoubtedly in
securing for his paper the complete
text of the Boor treaty in 1878 be
fore it had left the conference room,
or in fact had received the signature
of the diplomats. Some ten years or
more ago Mr. Do Blowitz wrote the
story of the Berlin treaty "scoop"
for the Century Magazine. It was
a fasinating narrative, and is worth
recalling at *his time.
Mr. De Blowitz had been commis
sioned by The Times to report the
conference. He knew the dilliculties
he would have to encounter owing to
the secrecy of the sessions and to
Bismarck's well known antipathy to
newspaper men. As a preliminary
arrangement for tie battle royal he
proposed to wage with the WiHO nIU,
Mr. Do Blowitz secnred as his aide
a young, well connected Parisiam,
disiuiherited and looking for a jo).
The young man was told to apply
for a secretaryship to a diplomat. who
it was understood would be an am
bassador to tl.e conference at Berlin.
He was instructed by Mr. De Blowitz
that while he was to indulge in no
gross bet reyal of confidences, never
theless he would be expected at the
close of each day to give i faithful
report of the progress of the confer
The plan, in the language of Mr.
Do Blowitz, succeeded a merveille.
The young man secured the secre
taryship, and presumably served bollh
his masters well. He was not skill
ed in the art of newsgathering, how
ever, and Mr. Do Blowitz often had
to exercise his ingenuity in patching
to gether the merest scraps of infor
mation. For example, one evening
the young fellow reported that a
certain ambassador had made a spoech
which seemed to have created an
awvful row-lie didn't know what the
speech was or anything about it.
Mr. D. Blowitz put on his good
clothes and went to call on an inti
mate friend of the mant who had
madle the speech. Without directly
asking for information, lhe incident
ally observed that the ambassador's
speech waus being severely criticised,
etc., etc. The diplomat came to the
defense of his friend, and before he
was through had practically told the
context of the speech.
The publication of the treaty, how
ever, was Mr. Do Blowitz' master
stroke. He learned that the treaty
had b)een given a certain amb)assador
for revision. He went to the ambas
sador and requested1 a copy, but of
course was refused. Mr. DeBlowitz
persisted1 to the point that the amabas
sador finally consented to read1 the
treaty aloud. It was long and comn
p)licated1, andl he d id niot count on Mr.
D)e Blowit z being able to make anty
in tell igent usie of it. Bunt he d id
not coun ct *i thle niewsp nper man 's
trainedl memory. Mr. DleBllowitz, had1
whlat lhe wvanited, and the next morn -
ing the readers of the London Times
were able to read the treaty, wvhich
Mr. D)eBlowvit z had taken the precau
tin t o end fromi lhelgiumt inIstead of
Bler lini.
T[his achi evemient of Mr. D)eBlowi z
of many newspapier meni now living,
if they co,uld he so told. To1 be a
su1ccessfuli special co)rresponriet, in
these~ udays a mant musmit b e mny
mindledl be miuist at ihme same tm
c,omubme all the wvisdomi of thle dipIlo)
matist, th linicesse of thle practical
pol it-iian, thle strategy or t he cmii
tary commander, and( the hustle
or thle newspaper mant.
The Blockade Caused by the Statehood
Bill-How the Trusts Rule Congress.
Other Matters
(News and Courier.)
Washington, Feb. 19.-Special:
Because of the Statehood blockade
the Republican leaders are now pre.
paring for an extra session of the
Senate and a proclamation by the
President for such a session, is ex.
pected immediately at the close of
the present session, unless the unex.
pected happens and the Cuban and
Panama Canal treaties are ratified.
Howevor, an extra session of the
Senate alone will create little interest
outside of its action in ratifying the
treaties, for no other legislation is
probable. The Senate, it is true,
might go on and pass bills, which
the House could take up next De
comber, when it meets again, but
none of the measures considered by
the Senate could become law for the
present. But the disposition will be
to consider the treaties solely and the
meetings will be very largely execu
These exeetitive sessions of the
Senate always attract much interest
locally, because of thei many pecul lar
practices connected with them. In
open session t he Senate is a part. of
the legislative branch. But when
the silver electric bells in every com
iittee room anid corridor at the
north end of the Capitol ring four
times, following a motion of some
Senator for an exeelltive session, the
Senate ceases to be part of the legis
lative branch of the (ovorniment and
becomes a part, of the executive
branch. Spect ators are hustled out
of the galleries in droves, the dours
are barred, that lead to the public
chairs, down stairs the big white
double doors swing to and uniformed
Capitol polictmren and other etmploy
es of the Senate guard against in
trusion by way of the wide marble
tai rways.
Tie Senate preserves with great
punctiliousness its forms of secrecy
is to the executive session, but ac
,oui,ts of what transpired appear
with accuracy in the morning papers
f the next day. The accounts have
to come from the Senators them
ielves, but it is rare indeed that the
sorrespondents, who have friends
Imong the Senators, do not get thie
mubstance of everything of public in
terest that transpires behind the
loors. Stenographic reports are
mlade of all the sayings in open sos
lion and printed the following morn
ing verbatim, but official reports are
niot made of the executive session.
There has bieeni a miarked develop)
merit t his winter in the character of
lobbyirig before Congress. Hereto
fore a great many big interests have
senit their men to WV ashiinigton to
look after interests. These men are
often politely called at tornneys, but
mn reality are mien trairnd in the
ways of promoting legislation orpr
venting legislation. as the desires of
the big corporations might be.
Some master mIind( hans now or
ganiized those vast inditustries and1(
corporations into at community of in
terest s, arid t ho rail road s, mn in es,
ship imterests and thle like are repro
senited by3 oneO bureau, where books
are kept and( where thle wires are
touchned from time to time, as may
he nneeessa ry, to b rig to Wash inigtn
thne part icul ar men whIo cain work
along~ a dlesirod hiue. Th'lus a rail
road presid.mt, for ox 'nunpie, may
have pairtienilar influemnce with the
dlolegation fr(om somoi Western State.
iIe comes to Wasinigtoni on a hurry
sn mmoons tor help a st eamshi ip comn
binie, p)(rhaps1) to dlefeat ai hill that
hinrders its i niterets, or it inay Ic
that the presideont. ,,f a steamshir
linr e-mwus to help out a hbig railroad
that wante to dlnleat particular legis
lation or to pull a bili through
had legislatniv,, nit uation. Thei, big
trusts ar e in the airrangmeont anid al
hands are workinig together.
I leret.ofore the smiiall lohhyis
thrived. Ho could make big money
by representing different corpora
tions, provided he had influence and
possessed aptitude for the work.
Furthermore the s stem of keeping
books on the statesmen who have to
receive help occasionally from the
big railroads and other corporations
is efficacious. A record is kept, for
instance, of the tickets issued to carry
workers to Bill Smith's Congressional
convention in Sqnedunk County.
In (lays gone by Bill Smith was apt
to forget these favors after election
time. Now he will find the tigures
about those favors staring him in the
face in Washington when the big
corporations want a favor from him.
Passenger Steamer Olive Wrecked by a
Cyclone and Eighteen
Lives Lost.
Norfolk, Va, Feb. 17.-A cyclone
struck the passenger steamer Olive
which lies between Franklin, Va.,
and Edenton, N. C.. at 9:30 o'clock
last night and sent her to the bot.
torn of the river off Wooley's Pier,
betweon Mount Pleasant and Oliver's
The whirlwind when it struck the
Olive caused her to go over on her
beams' end and when she righted it
was only to sink on account of the
water she had taken. A majority of
the passengeas and crew were below
at the time and had no opportunity
to reach the pi lot. house of the vessel.
This point was the only portion left
above water and in it. standing waist
deep from the timne of the accident
until (1 o'clock in the morning Capt.
George H. Withy and five others
were saved.
According to the statement. of
Capt. Withy to The Associated Press
correspondent here tonight 17 per
sons are known to have been lost on
the sinking steamer and a lifeboat
loaded with Engineer C. L. Conway,
Assistant Engineer J. P. Murphy,
Purser J. N. Bell, one white and two
colored dock hands, which left the
steamer in hopes of reaching a ves
sel whose lights could be seen in the
distance, is yet unheard from. If
these have been drowned the death
list will reach 25.
He Writes of People of Ante-Bellum Times.
Maj. Frederick Boozer lived near
Trinity church on lands now owned
by some of the popJle in the "Nation."
Maj. Boozer married a widow Stew
art, wvho was the (laughter of Aaron
Burton. Maj. B9ozer had no chil
dIren, but his wife had two children
b)y her first husband, Mr. Stewart.
These girls wvere raised by Maj.
Bo(ozer and were treated in every
respect as if they were his own chil
dren. Hie died some years ago at
the home of his step (laughter, Mrs.
N. F. Wilson. He was ai stric't me1m
her of Smyrna (Presby terian) church,
and I th ink wais an eldler of the~
Eq. Gieorge Boozer was a brother
of Maj. Boozer. He v/as a ruling
elder in Smyrna church and (lid a
great dleal to build up th interest of
his church. He lived about one and
a half miles from Smyrna church on
the lanid now ownedi by his soni. HI. D1.
Boozer, who is alsHo a ruling elder ini
lie church of his father-a worthy
son of aL worthy fat her. Esq. Boozer
was also the father of S. P. Boozer,
D)r. Thomas Boozer, Dr. ,iob Boozer
and G. B. Boozer, Sir., all worthy
men and strict fol lowers of John
Knox. I want to paLy a just tribute
to those goodl people of Smnyrna
church. A kinder bioartedl p)eop)1
never Ii ved thanii the muemb)ers or
Smyrna chu rch. TJhey bring up
ter children under the teaching of
lie short cat.echismi, iand if anyl one
is sick they have good attenutionl and
nursing, I aml aL membDler of a dif
ferent chinrch anud I would that
my church would remember the
widow sad1( orp)han and nurse thet
sikas the goodl people of Smyrna (10
A few years ago I was a widower;
my daughter had r p)rotramcted cas.
of typhoid fever and duiri ng the to
of her sickness t here was but one
hour but what there was a lady in]
t he house and neoarly all of t hose who:
were so kind to us8 were Presbyte
rians. May old Smyrna: grow strong
again andl flourish under the minis
tration of her p)resenit worthy piatoi
is the wish of X. C!nfed.
Republicans Uncertahi Though Rooseveli
Has the Advantage- Democrats Talk
Mostly of Parker.
Washington, Feb. 20.-Party man.
agers are giving thought nowadays
to question of President making.
The nominating conventions are only
a little more than a year distant, and
long before that time sentiment will
have shaped itself somewhat definite
ly as so the ideutity of caudidateh
and the outline of the platforms.
Mr. Bryia's latest announcement,
that he intended to stay out of next
year's race for the I)oocratic nomi.
nation, while it was entirely unneces
sary came at a time when the Demo.
cratic leaders are scanuing the hori.
zon and when a general feeling of
hopefulness prevails beyon, any thing
the Democratic party hlas known
since 1896
The Itepublican sit nation is ano.
malous. There are prominent party
men here in Washington offering to
wager that the name of President
Roosevelt. will not even be presented
to the next RItpublican national col
vention. There are others declaring
a willingness to wager that. no other
name will be presented to the con.
vention. In the private converea.
tions of men who feel the public
pulse there is almost a universal ad
mission that Mr. ltoosevelt. is
strong with the people, and that if
he wins the nominat ion triumphant.
ly, or even after a struggle, it will be
by reason of his general popularity.
The grumbling comes in large
part from the politician class, includ
ing, of course, a ltargo contingent
of Senators and members of the
House. Tie politicians do tOt, as a
rule, like Mr. Roosevelt, and his
method-1. Things not, altogether kind
and contendat.ory albout, his admin
istration are very frequently heard
among Republican Uongressnen.
Most of them mnaitniin very friendly
relations at the W hito House, but
not with the kind of political follow
ship that makes ien turn out and
work with i might, and main for the
success of a ticket.
At present there is no rallying
point for opponts of NIr. Roose
volt's nomuination, however few or
numerous they may really 1w. It
mity be that this will prove eventnal
ly a source of weitknerw to the Presi.
dent, for he will have no reason, if
things go on as they are now to fend
his lieutenants out into the States to
make a vigorous light, wit h the as.
auritnce thatt if they shlould1 wmn the
men elected ias dolegates would
steadfastly suipport Mr. lRoosevelt in
the convent ion from first to last. The
prop)ects seem to grow thatt delegates
will be ill order now b)efore many
months hatve gone b'y--with little or
no controversy as to whom they shall
supjport, andi( possib)ly wvith no very
(definite instructions in many instain
If the pairty matnagersi hitve their
wity in such a program there will be
mnore opp)ortuni ties for them to mail
nlipulate condoitions ini t he c.onveni
Lion, for dolegates cin be swayedI
more readily when they have beenu
inedl withioit a struggle anid whenl
the coulntry is not awaked to a lively
interest ill the outcome.
Whatever the party opposition t(
Mr. Roosevelt be, t here is nto dlouti
that much of it. would rally arond
S'enaitor Hlanns, were he willing i
declrr a ny Preside.ntiatl asp,irat ions.
He would have it big followmng im
mediately in 14ome1 s'ections5, if the
word1 were sinmply patssedl along that~t
his friends i ntentded to mnake a li,.I~
for himt. T1het old guard iamonig th1
Ielipublicants, nrisn who have fol lowe<
the nitlional comm it toe, would nol
acot upon a sign fromu the Ohioan, but
lie hais set hisit fitce steadily against
any such project . There are Riepub
licatns in Congress who atre anxiously
scanning conditions, and are lothi t<
commlfit thtemselvi's, whose influiene
in their own locallities will decide on
way or the other. If ino rival boon
makes heitdwaty against Mr. Roose
velt, they will bo inclined to fall ii
behind with the probable winner.
D)isattisfaction withI the cond(itionl
in which thle IRepublican party find
itself is 'ri marked cost ritt with tn
..., 5.' W " "vv~ .&.a. .L. A.U LAL toR
coming together of the Democrats,
who have made a more satisfactory
record, from their own poift;of view,
than at any other session of Con
gress in the last six years. There
has been a rapid disappearance of
the old factional differences. Con
tentions within the party and din.
sensions in voting have been practi
cally unknown since Congress met
last December. There has been at
most no agitation of issues on which
the party split in 1896, but there has
been enthusiasm such as generally
characterizes the reunion of old time
workers. The unanimity with which
the Democrats have supported ad
ministration measures for restriction
of trusts is regarded as putting them
in a most favorable attitude for mak
ing the next Presidential campaign.
While asserting that the legislation
could accomplish little they have
slpportd it because of unwilling
nose to go on record against, any
effort, however mild, to curb trust
The Democratic talk is nearly to.
ward the nomination of Judge Par
ker. In fact, the democratic hope
is builded on the carrying of New
York State, and the Southerners rea
son that no candidate has been sug
gested moroe likely to accomplish the
political overturning of the Etmpire
State than the present chief judge of
the court of appeals. Were the con
vontion to b hold to<bay, thero would
appitrent ly be it doubt of J udge
parker's noninatiun.
Unless conelitions change matori
ally withint the coining year, the
Pre:+ideontial campaign, of 1904 will
be very vigorously fought. The
Democrats will go in with i aconserva
tive platform to tolmand the sup
port of i conservative man. That is
the t renl of all t he talk heard from
Southern Democrats, who will he
allowed, iii large measure, to dictate
the plans for the contest New York
State will he the chief battlegrouncd,
with stronnoun efforts to wret'; New
Jersey, Connecticnt, Maryland and
a few Mt at es of t ho far West., incl ud
irg Califorr,ia, from lepublican con.
Why the Palm Limited Ran Back for Mrs.
Vanderbilt and Party.
Columbia, S. C. -A great deal
of comment has been made in the
newspapers over the feet that so im
portant a trii as thlie Southorn Pal m
Liamitedl should have beeni t urnedl
back twenty two miles in order to
take aboard Mlrs Cornelius Vander
bilt and a party of friends. They
were at thle stattioni readly to tamke thle
train at Pirnelanid, but it went on,
beinig tfil ly stopped at HaImrdeevillto
and brought hack for the party.
The circumistanace has been tele
graphed all over the country anid the
impreOssioni anems to have gotten ount
that thle Southern t urned its train
back simply because these people
are mnillionamres and1( persons of in
flunence. 'Tb is is riot thte case, as hans
been learned here. It seemsa liat
P.iinolanid las been "bullotinued,"' as
they say in railroad circles, as a flag
station to stop this train. 11(heon
gineer had overlooked t hat facet, it
being one of no0 great imp)ortanice in
viewv of thle fact t hat Pinetamd is a
sidIe track out ini the woods.
However, being suchi a stat i an,
passengers had1( a p)erfect right to
board th(e train at that place. When
the Pahn im liamited hove in sight it
was flagged , b ut then engineier, niot
havinrg nioticod thInat it hnd b~eeinimado
a sto' station, wvent ont by. A n at
ternplt was madde to stp thle tramiin at
the next stat ion , knrowni as T illh1:m,I
bumt thle opeoratoir for some rev'.in
fadled to d1( 5o
WheInc thne train got to I iardonv'ule
the club car was detached arnd wvas
run hack fur the piarty. It was
statedt by onie famnilianr with rail, ad
rubta and iaws that this had to be0
(lone or the company would haivo
boen I iable for damages. It was
funirt tier state.1 t hat. if a negro hadl te
siroid to go on thte t raim un der simai
tar circ ust ances that it would have
bo"ni nece-sary to go back for him if
a suit of damnages was to be avoided.
Thn rail road, t herefore, holds that it
did riot send back thle train because
- the woul-be passengers were mil
Ilionaires, but thait it was done for the
protet ion of the rond.
As peopleO all over the country
'a have been worndoring at t ho cause of
Sthe tramn going back, these facts are
o statedn na matters of interest.

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