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Teacher Who Shot His Pupil in Spartan
burg-Ball Fixed in Sum of
Reuben A Pitts, the teacher of the
Inman school, hi Spartanburg Ooun.
ty, who shot one of his pupils,
Edward L. Foster, on the 24th of
February, was on Tuesday granted
tail in the sum of $5,000.
The hearing was held in the court
house in Spartanburg before Judge
James Aldrich. Pitts was repre
sented by Nichols & Jones and Stan.
yarne Wilson, and the State by Soli
citor T. S. Sense and Jno. Gary
Pitts' attorneys submitted affidavits
from eighteen representative citizens
of Laurens, Pitts' home, many of
them asserting that the persons
swearing would believe any state
ment that Reuben PittM would make,
even if his life was in peril or jeopar
dy, or under any circumstance.
Affidavits of the members of the'
faculty of Furman University were
also read. The professors stated that
Pitis, during his three years at col
lege, was regarded as one of the
very best students in every partieular,
and his deportment and general con
Jduct first class. An aflid:tvit from
',defendant, Reuben B3. Pitte, was also
submitted, bearing on the details of
the tragedy. It is gliven below.
Judge Aldrich (d 0(ded to grant the
motion, and the sum of bail wvas fixed
at $5,000. The bond was signed a
few minutes after w ards, and1 Mr. Pitts!
released from custody. The follow
ing gentlemen signed the bond: Mr.
W. E Lucas, president of the
Laurens and Darlington cotton mills;
Mr. James T. Harris of Spartanburg;
0. B Bobo, a merchant of Laurens,
and Rev. John D. Pitts.
Rev. J. D. Pitts and Mr. Reuben
Pitta spent the day at the home of
Rev. Lewis M. Roper, leaving in the
afternoon for. Leurons.
State of South Carolina--Spart.ain
burg County.
Before me personally appears it.
B. Pat,ts, who being duly sworn, says:
That in September laset, deponent
was employed by the trustees of Ini
an graded school to take charge of
.the school as its principal for its
session of eight months. That his
school at the time of the occurrence
which resulted in the death of Ed.
ward Foster consisted of an enroll.
ment of about 125 boys and girls,
ranging in ages from 19 to 0; de
ponent having one assistant as teach
er. That deponent graduated homn
Furman in June, 1902. That he was
worth of I
lamieson stoc
is Big money
00 worth of r
you to Cc
i Newberry has t
ian and child to v
s' delight--a full I
born and raised in Laurens county,
and is now 26 years of age, about 5
feet 6 inches in beight'and weighing
about 126 pounds. That at the time
of said shooting, deponent was, and
for some time had been, and is now,
suffering from a weak back, which
renders him very weak physically,
and for which he wore and still wears
a plaster, under physicians's advice.
That four of the largest and most
powerful boys in the school were Ed
ward Foster, Fred Ballanger, Jesse
Ballanger and Raymond Wolfe;
each of whom was larger and strong
or than deponent, and about 17 or 18
years of age That from deponent's
observation those four boys seemed
to run together. That for a long
time Edward Foster had given him
and the school considerable trouble
by his misconduct or misbehavior
in one week while the demerit system
was in force, deponent recalls that he,
Ed ward Foster, incurred about 19 de
merits; but that deponent dealt with
him very leniently and with as much
patience as any one could have ex.
pected, refraining from inflicting the
penalty of whipping,nntil at last it be
came unavoidable, leading up to the
lamentable tragedy of Tuesday after
[n0 n, the 24th of this month.
On Monday, February 23d, Ed
ward Foster missing his spelling and
deponent told him to stay in on ac
count thereof after school was out.
He flatly refused to stay and did not
stay. T1hat knowing the intimate re.
lationis betwveen him and Fred Bal
leniger, deponent stated to the latter
that if Fred Foster came back to
school next mornmng he would have
to take a whipping; that he could
not permit that kind of thing to go
unpunished; and that if on account
of his age or size, and if his father
did not so wish him, then he must
stay away from the school; that if
be did come back, it would be with
that understanding, namely, that he
would have to submit to that discip
line. That deponent expected that
Fred would tell Ed what he said, anid
has since learned that he did,
That Tuesday, the 24th Edward
Foster caime hack to school. The
short recess was from 2.15 p. mn. to
nearly 3 p. mn. During that recess,
deponent had urne of the smaller boys
of the school in the room, lecturing
him for running away from ashool.
A number of the other boys were
looking in at the window at depon
ent atnd the boy3. D)eponent. shook
his head at t hem aund they all left
except the four big boys-Ed. F~red,
Jesse and Raymond anid a few others.
Deponent then went to the door and
told them to go away; they all let
Ir Y acs
k purchased I
saving oppor
iew spring ck
ome 100 mi
here been such a
isit the Big Corne
ine always carrie
except thuoe our and they refused
and remained there with their faces
at the window, and another window,
till depondent dismissed the young
boy. School was reconvened a win
ute or two latcr; and remained in
session till the regular closing time,
4 o'clock. Just before dismissing
the school, deponent read out the
list of those who were to stay in after
school, and amongst those four bo'
E d, Fred, Jesse and Raymond; these
four being kept in on discipline and
the others on lessons. While hear
ing the lessons of those thus kept in,
the four left the room without per
mission and against the rules, leaving
their hats. Deponent, after dismiss
ing those who had been kept in a
proper time on lessons, took up the
cases of the four, who had returned
to the room. He sent Fred, Jesse
and Raymond into the little room,
and told Eid. to remain with him.
Deponent thereupon called to his at
tention his flat refusal to stay in the
afternoon before. Ed. contended
that he should not' have been told to
stay in. Without going into details
of that contention here, deponent
said to himt, in substance: Thlat this
thing of disobedienlce and1 infractions
of the rules and discip)linoc of the
school by him must stop), that
deponent had been charged and
accused by the other boys of the
school that he had been excessively
lenient to him, and had let him off
For doing what ho punished them
for. Deponent told him to stand up
and take his whipping; deponent
hiaving gonc to the corner of the
room to get t wo switches, lie got
two, because he sometimes found
thiat the switches had b)een cut or
iotched. Deponent hit him two
>rdinary lioks with one of the switches
across the coat back. Immediately
li0dward threw his right arm violently
tround depounent's unck, with a very
trong and tight elbow grasp, and1(
p)ulled deponnnt's head dlown to his,
Ildwamrd's chest ; bearing him dlown.
Att the same moment, the other three
:)ovs, Fredl, Jes and0111( Haymond,
rushed in from the little room, the
loor of which wats about six stepse
l istan t.
T1hat deponent had felt all the
ifternoon that trouble was brewing
or him i at thle handa(l of those four
:)oys, their cond(uIct andl( demeanor so
itronigly ind(icated1 it that he ex
pressed to his assist ant his belisf
that they wer-e goinig to combine
against him; b)ut that he wo.uld have
to (do his d1uty, even if t hey should
(as he htad a not ion they mnight )
jump upon him. That when depont
ont found himself in the vice like
ys Lc
y us will be s
tunity to buy:
)thing just OPE
los to buy
turnloose of Fine
r Store the next 1
in stock.
grasp of Edward and heard the
others rushing upon thim, he felt
sure they were about to do him
great personal injury. In order
to forestall them or over awe
them, and prevent their joint assault.,
he instinctively reached for his pis
tol for the purpose of discharging it 1
in the air or on the floor. He did not
have the faintest idea of shooting
any of them. He would have suffered
them to injure him rather than do
that. His only idea was to, if pos.
sible, frighten them with the pistol
and thereby protect himself. But,
most unfortunately, Edward imme
liately gra,q.ed the pistol, and in the
scuffle it accidentally went off and
3truck him-a resuit, or consequence, f
hat deponent had not had the faint
3st expectation of; and which over.
whelmed him with grief: for depon. t
out had a real fondness for the young
man. That all he could do was tor
get a physician as soon as possible:
and deponent sent for one, and then
wrent himself. Later on in the after-.
20on he surrendlered himself to the'
sown marshal.
The foregoing are th)e prinicipal
~acts beat ieg upon the present appli- ~
sation, and if anything of importance
ias been omitted, it is b)ecause it dloes
iot now occur to dleponent.
Reuben P. Pit.ts.
sworn to before me Feb., 28, 1903-.8
Stanyarnie Wilson,
[Seal. J Notary Public.
Negotiating a Loan. A
A young Irishman in want of a d
lye pound note, wrote to his uncle asb
'ollows: "Dear Uncle--If you could .
iee how I blush for shame while I
lim writing, you would pity me. D)o
you know why ? Because I have to
isk you for a rew pounds, and (do not
now how to express myself. It is
mpjossib)le for me to tell you. I pro
er to die. I send( you this by mes.
ienger, who will wa'it for aun answer.
B3elieve me, moy dearest uncle, your a
nost obeOdient and1( affectionte ;
2ephew,- - -- - P. S -Overcomek
with shame for what I h ,.ve done I r
lave been running after the messen.
ger in order to take the letter from
jim; but I "aninot catch him up.
[leaven grant that something may
mappen to stop him, or that moy letter i
nay got lost." IThe uncle wats na r
urally touched, b)ut was eqiual to thet
imergency. IHo replied as follows:
'My dlear Jack --Console yourself
tnd( blnsh nio longer. P'rovidence
ins heard your p)rayer. Th'le mies
menger lost your letter. Your affec
bionate nncle,-- a .
old at Cut pr
your Shoes a
mned, going ir
your Cloti
Shoes and Clo
5 days. Bargair
rlhe Governor and Chief Hanunett Trying
to Pick Men Out of a Thousand
Applications Reeeived.
[Columbia Record.
The law by which Chief Consta
)lo Hammett. received him appoint
nent does not go into effect for some
what over a week yet, as it will be
hat time before twenty days since
ts approval shall have elapsed.
['hat fact, however, does not deter
he chief constable from making
ivery prepara;on to make his cru
ade against blind tigers in the State.
le was here yesterday in consulta
ion with Governor Hayward, and he
Inds it almost as hard to make a
tart as he will find it in running
own the tiger in his lair. This
rouble arises from the fact that it is
is and the governor's intention to
eorganiue the constabulary, and the
reat difficulty is in deciding who to
PPoint. There are something like
thousand applications. This sounds
xaggerated, but it is a fact, and,
rhat is more, many of the applicants
ave friends at work in their behalf,
rho are striving as hard to secure
rieir appointment as if some great
flice or principle were involved.
'he governor, of course, has to con
der all these things, and perhaps
>mie slight realization of his position
any be felt when the facts areastated.
By reorganizationi of the constabu.
iry is not umeant that there wvill be aL
>m plete change in the personnel.
number of constables now having
bs will be retained; others will b)e
ropped immediately ; but there will
0 good1 reasons when such action is,
With a new head, now blood( arnd
ow life ini the constabulary, the gen.
ral expectation is that thera will be,
:>mothing doing, as the saying is.|
- retty lively start has been made1
Charleston1 and tha 't is said to be )
nly the beginniing. Colomnbia's
mime will follow and1( so( will that of
thor cities and1( towns whore thle law
Oji op3nl violated. Tlheo local tigers
cep one eye open1 all1 the ti ime juist
ow, and are really out of touch with
,ha's going on as their name inidi.
Perhaps too inmch will be ex pecte~d
view of t ho general iminpression
hat a1 now crusade is to b)e inaumgn
atedl, hut it is nevertheless at fact
bat Governor I leywardl rmeamns what
e says w hen lie de cl ares thiat findl
rig this law on lie statute hooks
S(does niot propnose to acquiiesce
n its violation by inamct ion, any
nore than he wvould as to any other
aw and there can ho no doubt
ices for the n
Lnd Clothing
l this grand cL
uing and S)
thing at such P
is in every line
OIH to tho uI (iLtIi,1,Ial t')rrt)ta111s
of that position. At the wame
t imo the governor realizes that. he or
nobody olse can completely or dicate
the iJlieit sale of whiskey, yet he can
wake it hard for those who engage
in the buHiuess and make them con
duct it not openly at any rate, and
there is no doubt ias to his intentions
in this respect. It has beon t long
time since the tigers have boen
aro.' ed from t heir seiet of security
and they are koenly on (he watch
for developIents.
Tillrnan Will Not Apply to Circuit
Judge for Bail.--Wtid
(Columbia Record.)
In the past week there have been
rumors that the attorneys for James
H. Tillman would make application
for bail before one of the circuit
judges, and dispatches to this effect
have been1 sont to various papers
from Edgelield anid Aiken b)y corres
Col. P. II. L"olsoni, wvhen asked
about the matter this miorning, stat.
0(d emiphatically t hat since Chief .Jos.8
ice Pope's decision there had( been
no0 conference amlonig tihe at tor'noys,
and that there hiad been1 no notice
given that an application wvould1 be
mladle by Col. Croft, TVillmiani's lead
Then report to the Angm,ta Chron
ie fromn 10dgefieldl says in piJart:
"It. is thought by s~ome1 of the
Iriendis of Col. ,J. H . Tillmnani that
bis lawyers will go before a circuit
indlge to argue for bail aigain. His
riendls, as well as the c,olonel, were
lisappoin ted thaIt he( did1 not get tihe
Nil Ibefore Chief Jlust ico Pope.
iomoe think it wvas a istako to have
4)ppliedl at aill, as bloth sides1, and Is..
wecinliy TIillmnani's side8, have had to
diow their hands, which fact is favor-I
tubl to Gonr.aIes' side8 of thle case.'
Colj. Nels9on took occasioni to com.
mlnt upjoni the mianiy wild anrd un
tounded10( reports thiat havo gotteon out
lhouit Col. Tilhnan11, andl h9w tihe at
ornieys are kept buisy denying them
to the niany wvho ask. Many of these
reports are of the most absurd char
tter, anid there are geunertlly a lot
if new 01nes every (lay.
Inspector McC;arthey IHas 'lakeni Charge of
the Business.
[Thle State. 1
Lau rens, March 3.-State Dispen.
saury [nspect.or McCarthy has closed
the Ltaurona disnary enm.,.g a..
.- W 4 OT _WV.V lA6A JL 1AJ4.LLI
ext 15 days.
at such low
it price sale.
hoes of us.
rices. We want
--Queen Quality
thorough investigation of the affairs
of the establishment. An alleged
shortage of about $1,800 exists in
the accounts. The inspector is in
chargo of the dispensary. A. i.
Sullivan, the dispenser, has been dis.
missed. The loss is fully covered by
a bond in a surety company.
Egotistically Claims That His Defeat Will
Lose ilte Negro All Gained Since
Charleston, S. C., March 3.-Dr.
W. . Crum, whose nomination for
collector of the port of (hiirleston
by the president has created such a
sensation, has at last broken his
silence and tells why he wants the
office. He says .it's not for the
money and not to gratify social am
bition, but for the reason exp)ressed
by Roosevelt, "T'o keep the door of
hope open to thre negro."
(irum says: "Inm this present situa
tion I could almost wish I had not
been born free, so that my stand
agamnst bondage could have a strong..
er effect. My dlefeat means the set
ting back of the race thirty years
and the loss of all it has gained since
emancipation.'' Crmi expects ap)
p.oint mnent after thre adjourn menit.
Bill Passed to Appoint a Judge for the
Western District of South Carolina.
Washington, March 3l.-Sonator
TIillmnan obtained favorable action on
his bill to provide for a district Judge
for t he Western district of South Car
2lina. A similar bill was introduced
in the House some time ago, an d
pressedI for conisideration by Rep3jre
rentaltives Johnson andl Finley. There
vias opposition to the bill from vari
>us sources in South Carolina, owing
,o the uncertainty as to who was to
>e appointed in case the bill became
aw. The situation became so comn
)licated that the friends of the bill
iecame dIiscouraged and it was prac
ical ly abandoned. It is understood
hat should the bill become a law the
President would appoint RIepresenIta
Live Elliott to the Judgeship. It is
now for CJol Elliott and his friends ini
he House to get favorable action
n the bill there.
Honi'>r Tillman also ob)tained a
provision in the general defticioney
bill to pay SouthI Carolina's Rtevoi
ion ary war claim, which amounts to
somet hing over $90,000. TIhis claim
has been pressed by Senator Sillman
persistently for the past four years
and assurances have been given that
the House conferees will accept the
Senate aniendlment, thus dlisposinrg
of this long pending struggle by
South Carolinn.

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