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Stateburg, Dec 13.--?be many friends of Mr. George M. Murray, Sr., will be shocked to bear of bis death. He died very suddenly last evening at his home in the upper part of the neig hbo r hood, f?e leaves a wife, four daughters and two sons to mourn bis death. Mrs. J. Temple Frierson returned on Tburrsday after a pleasant stay of three weeks in Summerton. Kev. W. H. Barnwell returned last evening from Clarendon where he has been spending a day or two among his parishioners. Miss Sarah Nelson is in Florence, visiting her sister, .Mrs. F. H. Mc? Leod. ' Mr. Walker, traveling mao for the National Hat Company of Charleston spent Friday at Mr: Screvan Moore's. Mrs. A. P. Manging and Mr. J. Singleton Moore ol Sumter, "spent Sunday with Mrs. J. S. Piackney. Mr. and Mrs. Marias Saunders of -Greenwood, S. C., are visiting the family of Mr. George Saunders. Our people ?re eagerly looking for? ward to the coming of the holiday season and the return of some of the college folks and their friends who will spend their vacation among us. . I ESIMttTMB GOnjiTeROPS. Reply of the Census Bnreau to Recent Criticisms. Washington, Dec. 9.-Director of the 'Census North bas made a state? ment setting forth the position of the census bureau in connection with the resolution recently adopted by the Memphis, Tennessee, Cotton Ex? change, and concurred in by the ex? changes of Vicksburg and Charleston, requesting that the census office aban? don it present plan of publishing the cotton crop reports in partial state? ments, and withhold all information until reports have been received from every county in the cotton belt. Di? rector Nortb says-: "Since the census bureau undertook the . collection and publication of the statistics of cotton ginned, only two objections have been urged to its plan, namely : That too much time elapsed between the collection and the publication dates of the reports, and that the exigencies of the cotton trade trequired reports more frequently than once a month. "The change was made to meet . these two objections. It is impossible to give out complete reports until all . I tbe agents have made their returns, 1 -and, as facilities for ?ravel and other - conditions differ widely throughout the cotton producing States, it often happens-that a few. county reports are I late and the publication of the full report is thus delayed several days. Un? der the new pain information is given to the public as fast as received and compiled. Incidentally the returns are thus protected from the possibility of 'leakage* or any suspicion of leak tage. "The plan also meets the second ob? jection by giving the public more fre? quent reports, and gradually prepares all concerned for th e complu te-mon t h ly -statement, giving tbe total quantify biased to a given date. The prelimi- j nary report of November 22 gave an accurate forecast of tbe full report, and gave notice to producer and manu? facturer, as to what might be expect? ed io tbe final repcrfc, issued Novem? ber 30, and in consequence there were no sharp and sadden fluctuations in prices during that-time. As a steady? ing influence upon the market tbe par? tial reports bave been abundantly, justified already. " The estimate of the United States .department of agriculture, estimating the year's growth at 12,162,000 bales, appeared on December. The public, therefore, bad ten days in which to prepare fdr a large crop estimate, lt would appear that tbe effect of tbe partial statement was to prepare the public for conditions now appearing, and to prevent wide fluctuations in prices, which must otherwise baye oc? curred. -"The office, bas^ received abundant) testimony that the new method is re? garded by the producers and consum? ers of cotton as- an improvement and advantage. **However, the plan fer issuing these patial statements is experimental, and if, at the close of this season its results are not regarded as clearly ad? vantageous to producers and consum? ers, it will be abandoned thereafter. The censas reports as primarily made thus far have unmistaably so re? sulted." HESTER'S WEEKLY STATEMENT. New Orleans, Dec 9.-Secretary Hester's weekly cotton statement issued today shows for the nine days of De? cember a decrease under last year of 40,000 and an increase over the same psriod year before last of 79,000. For the 100 days of the season that have elapsed the aggregate is ahead of same days years before last. The movement since Sept. 1, shows rece i nts at all United States ports to be 4,988,912, against 4,251,962 last . year. Overland across the Missis? sippi, Ohio and Potomac rivers to, northern mills and Canada 363,591 against 3,076,436 t last year, interior stocks in excess of those held at the j close of the commercial year 616,1561 against 461,731 last year; southern mills takings 738,000 against 669,286 last year. ? The total movement since Sept. 1 is 6,731,659 against 5,690.415 last year. Foreign exports for the week have been 291,590 against 268,879 last year, making tbe total this far for the sea? son 3,513,770 against 3,013,156 last year. The total takings of American mills, north, south and Canada thus far for the season have oeen 1,546,871 against 1,452,175 last year. Stocks at the seaboard and the 29 leading southern interior centres have increased during the week 43,319 bales against sn increase duing the corres? ponding period last season of 4,270. Including stocks left over at ports and interior towns from the last crop and the number for bales bought into sight tbns far tom the new crop, the supply to date is 6,893,626 against ! 5,858,214 for the same period last year. VISITING CARDS-Printed on fine quality Bristol, in be?-?; style, 50 for forty cents. This offer holds good for two weeks. Osteen Publishing Co. Dec. 10-lw WORKING FOB & COMPULSORY EDUCATION LAW The Necessary Complement of the Child. Labor Law < is a Law to Compel the' Children of Mill Operatives to Attend . School. By W. H. McCaw. Colombia, S. C. Dec. 12.-A strong sentiment is rapidly crystal izing in infiaential quarters in this State in favor of a compulsory educa? tion law as a natural complement of tbe child labor law. Several of the leading newspapers in the State and mvny of the more influential politi? cians bave ex reseed themselves in favor of such a law, and there can be no doubt but that a strong fight will be made in the legislature which meets j next month for the enactment of this I sentiment into law. Those who have carefully read the recent correspondence between Governor ?leyward and Dr. McKelway, the assistant secretary cf the national child labor association, on the advisability of raising the age limit in the child labor law here from 12 years to 14 years, have detected strong tendencies in favor of compul? sory education on the art of both gentlemen. * In a talk I had with Dr. Mckelway today he gave me an interesting view of the association's plans so far as they relate to tbe Southern field, which is Dr. McKelway's special province. Be said : "As is well known, Virginia, the two Carolinas and Alabama already have a legal age limit of 12 years for children working in the mills. Geor? gia has an agreement among the man? ufacturers merely, which is kept doubtless by the best and broken by the worst, as the same sort of agree? ment was in North Carolina, so that the better class of mills really need tbe protection of the law against un? fair competition in the labor market by the worst class. It is desirable that there should be uniform legisla? tion in the Southern manufacturing States on this question, so that a de? termined ?ght will be made in the next Georgia legislature for a child la? bor law, and a fight which will prob? ably end in victory this time. Prom? ise-breaking is only immoral, while law-breaking is criminal." ? Dr. McKelway tells a good story of a New England manufacturer whom he met, and who owns a large cotton mill in Georgia. The manufacturer expatiated on the merits of the Mas? sachusetts law which bas an age limit of 14, and told how well the IPW was observed by his own mill, even to the extent of forbidding a child who had the appearance of being under 14 from entering the mili. "I then presum? ed," said Dr. McKetoay, "that I could have this manufacturer's aid in the coming campaign in Georgia, when all at once the manufacturer be? gan to argue that m Geo riga the agreement of the mill owners was a great deal better than any legislation on the subject could possibly be." Dr. McKelway complains that the present child labor laws'in'the-South are largely farces so far as their ob? servance is concerned. "The present law," he said, "is by no means every? where observed, as there is no provis? ion for its enforcement But that we have gotten so far recognized as to have laws enacted is a long gtep in the right direction and we are not at all feeling discouraged over the mat? ter. There is no system cf factory in? spection and the parent who makes affidavit that .his child is 12 years old can get a 10-year-old into almost any of the' mills. As there is as yet no compulsory education in the Southern States the plan proposed which will be pushed before Southern legisla? tures this winter is to keep the age limit generally at 12, but to forbid any child under 14 from working in the mill unless he can read and write. Otherwise we shall eventually dis? franchise practically our whole mill population and that population is growing." ?fy H j^otrnd in. a mrH-village in North? Carolina" Dr. McKelway continued "only eight per cent of the children between 6 and; 14 attended school, while 92 per cent were either work? ing in tbe mill or were waiting until they get old enough. "1 have seen in one of the most fa? mous mills in South Carolina a score of children going to and from their work who did not seem to be 10 years old. There is a growing demand for labor in the mills, the newer machin? ery requires less and less of the hu? man touch, and the labor of children is cheaper. If we do not take care we shall build this great industry of ours, the textile industry, on a child labor basis, and when the wrong is righted there will be disaster instead of only a little inconvenience now. We must not grind the seed corn less the harvest fail. Even Spain, which has the worst laws on the subject of child labor, of any European country, will not allow any*child under 10 to en? ter the mill unless he can read and write, or to work more than eight hours when he does enter. The rule in the Southern States is ll hours and 50 minutes, five days in the week with a half holiday on Saturdy. " The present movement is for the betterment of legislation where such improvement is needed, and the en? forcement of the laws that exist. He does not think the present law worth the cost of enforcing it It needs to be connected with our educational system in some way, so that the teach? er or the school superintendent shall iiave the right tc* issue the certificate of tbe child's age and literacy. I be? lieve that the people are too kind? hearted to allow the abuse of the child labor system, once the facts are fully known. The ciilization of the whole world is against that system. The child has the right to his childhood, and one of those rights is the right to ploy and another as the right to an ed? ucation. "Employment of foreign in labor the New Engiaud mills, French-Cana? dians, Greeks and Portogese, especial? ly has saved the day for them for the present, in my judgment. But wages are decreasing there, and dre already below the American standard of living. The time will come when the South will control the industry. 1 am con? vinced that if the South does take away the New England textile indus? try and plant ic inlier o\%n borders, she is not going to taKe it at the price of the lives and health, the stunting ot body, the clouding of mjiid ana tbe dwarfing of soul, that must corre with too early labor in the mills.;' The committee, which is a very strong one, has among its members ex-president Cleveland, who Dr. McKelway has taken a deep interest in the subject: Hoke Smith and Clark Howell of Atlanta, Chancellor Kirk? land of Vanderbilt university, Presi? dent Eliot of Harvard, Prof. John Graham Brooks of theg same institu? tion, Senator Tillman, Beverley Mun? ford of Richmond, Stanley McCor? mick of Chicago, Ben Lindsay of Denver, and a group of New York business men and philanthropists such as Joseph Beligman, Pani War berg, Dr. Felix Adler, Homor Folks, Editor Ocas of The Times, and others. "The formation of the committee was suggested by a Southern," Dr.Mc? Kelway, said, "Edgar Gardner Mur? phy of Alabama, and really the agita? tion of the question in tbe South has induced the people cf the northern and western states to consider the ad? visability of sWeeping before their doors." SUMTER'S CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. The Project Commended-it Would Do Much for the City. To the Editor of The State : I note that the suggestion has been made that a chamber of commerce be established in Sumter, and that Mr. E I. Reardon, who was the secre? tary of the late Fall Festival associa? tion, has been mentioned as a good man to be secretary of it. My inter? est in so important a part of South Carolina as Sumter makes me risk the charge of impertinence to say a word in favor of the establishment of the chamber of commerce, and in behalf of the gentleman suggested as secre? tary. 1 think that all Columbians will agree with me that one of the best things ever done for Columbia was the establishment of the Chamber of Commerce here. In both tangible and intangible results it has been one of the most profitable investments the city has ever made. Through its agency doubtless many enterprises bave been established here that would have gone elsewhere or never mater? ialized, but its chief good bas been in the fostering of local pride and caus? ing a touch of the elbow among the citizens that means much for the com? munity. So with tbe freight bureau in Char? leston. In the one item of saving of freight charges and in caring for the interests of the merchants in transpor? tation matters, those best informed say that the Charleston freight burean pays for itself many times over each year. So I believe Sumter would find that her chamber ?if commerce would do much towards keeping alive the spirit of enterprise and local pride, of which she showed herself so much possessed in the recent fall festival, and that in many other ways would it return in dollars and cents very much more than the trifling cost of maintaining it And unless I am very much de? ceived in human nature no better man could be found than Mr. E. I. Rear? don, to* be put in charge of it . Modest for himself be is forward in all that is for the public good. Amiable and a good listener, he is nevertheless most persistent in attempting to accomplish the objects settled upon. F. H. McMatesr. Co In mb i a, S. C. FESTIVAL ACCOUNTS AUDITED. All Bocks and Accounts Found Correct by Committee. Messrs. J. L. Ainut and G. E. Haynsworth of the Fall Festival au? diting committee met at the Hotel Sumter last evening and audited the financial report of Secretary Reardon, the books, vouohe'a and checks of Treasurer H. G. Osteen, the receipts and expenditures of all of the commit? tee and the unpaid claim io the hands of the Secretary. All of the books, vouchers and re* I ijp^^er^Jpund cnrrectvand all cash properly ' accounted tor, " with cor? responding vouchers and orders. The Executive Committee will meet Mon? day next, at 4 o'clock. FOURTH QUARTERLY CONFERENCE. First Methodist Church Elects Officers for 1905. The fourth quarterly conference of the First Methodist Church was held at the parsonage Thursday night. Written reports on the general state of the church, Sunday School work and Missions were presented by Rev. R. Herbert Jones, pastor in charge. These reports showed that the past year was a prosperous one for the church. The financial report present? ed by the treasnrer was entirely satis? factory, the charge being in a healthy condition financially. All claims will be met and a satisfactory report will be sent to the annual conference. An election of officers for the ensu in year was held. Stewards: C. M. Hurst, R. O. Pur? dy, J. D. Craig, L. W. Folsom, L. D. Jennings, J. M. Konight, A. R. Flowers, W. B. Burns, D. J. Chand 1er, J. T. Greeu, W. A. Brown. District Stewards : J. M. Knight. Recording Steward : D. 3. Chandler. Superintendent of Sunday School : W. C. Chandler. SOUTH CAROLINA POSTMASTERS. J. R. McClure Nominated For Postmaster at Bishopville. Among the nominations sent to the Senate on the 12th instant by the president was the uame of J. R. Mc? Clure to be postmast2r at Bishopville S. C. In the list of apppointments con? firmed in executive session by the Senate on th9 same day are the follow? ing postmasters from South Carolina : Mary Weils, Cheraw : kenj. G Col? lins, Conway; Louise Jacobs, King stree : Arthur R. Garner, Timmons ville. Local Cotton Market. The receipts this week have been I'gbt compared with previous weeks. The slump lias discouraged selling and most people who have cotton on hand are waiting for toe market to become sertled. Middling, 7J4. FATAL ACC/OENT AT DALZELL The Cotton Ginnery Monster Claims An? other Victim-Mr. E. R. Moor Caught by Shafting and Terribly Mangled. Just after noon -last Friday Mr. W. A. Bowman received a telephone message from Dalzell conveying the shocking intelligence that Mr. Elias E. Moore, his brother-in-law and part? ner in the Dalzell plantation and mer? cantile business, had been horribly and probably fatally injured in the ma I cbinery of their mill and ginnery at that place. The message gave no particulars, it was a call for help as there were no ? physicians to be had nearer than this city, Dr. Foster, the resident physi? cian of the neighborhood, having come to Sumter that morning. Mr. Bowman secured physicians and left ! immediately or Dalzell. Mr. R. C. Remberr, who manages the Dalzell store, stated that no one knew how the accident occurred, save Mr. Moore himself and he was unable; to make any statement, having been unconscious when found in a fearfully crushed and mingled condition. It is thought, however, with good reason for so thinking that be was caught in the shafting and dashed against the wall of the build? ing and the overhead timbers. A telephone message received subse? quent to the arrival of Drs. Mood and China at Dalzell stated that after they had made an examination they declar? ed that Mr. Moore's injuries were mortal aud that he could not live more than a hour or two at the ut? most. Col. W. D. Scarborough who, was near the ginnery when the accident occurred, and was one of the first to reach him when the alarm was given by the bands in the gin room on the second floor, states that Mr. Moore was caught in the main shafting while trying to put at)elt on a pully. His clothing caught on a nut projecting from the shafting and he wts whirled around, his body striking against the ground and the timber frame work at each revolution. The hands in the gin room up stairs beard the noise and gave the alarm, but before the engine could be stopped most of Mr. Moore's 'clothing had been torn from his body, his right leg broken in one or more places, the right arm mangled and his body feferfully bruised. The grav? est injuries were of an internal na? ture. When assistance reached him he was unconscious and he continued so until the end. A message received at 3.15 stated that Mr. Moore died just before 3 o'clock. The deceased was a native of Dar? lington county, aged about 43 years. Ho removed to this county three years ago to engage in business with Mr. W. A. Bowman and had been very successful. He was regarded as one of the model farmers of the county, and as a man and citizen he was esteemed by all who knew him. He leaves a wife and family of young children, to mourn the loss of a kind, considerate and devoted hus? band and father. The funeral of Mr. Elias R. Moore was held at ll o'clock Saturday at /Tirzah'Church, Dalzell. There was a very large congregation present, quite a number of his friends in this city attending. ANOTHER ATTEMPTED SUICIDE. Eugene Stansill Snoots Himself in the Ann Near the Shoulder-Wound Not Mortal. A few minutes before 10 o'clock last -night the crowd in the bowling alley on Liberty Street were startled by the report of a pistol fired twice in rapid succession just without the doorway. Looking out they saw a man falling, and some of them rushed toward him, but just then the pistol was fired a third time and after an interval twice more. One of the crowd stated that his first'thought was that, there was a shooting affr?y between two men go? ing on and the others seemed to have the same idea, for when the third shot was fired all halted and remained within the doorway until after the fifth shot and the snooting was appa? rently over. Then they rushed out lo see who it was bad fallen after the first two shots and to render assis? tance. They found Mr. Eugene Stan sill lying on the pavement a few feet east of the door way with a 38-calibre pistol clasped in his right hand. In reply to the excited question who shot you? he said, "Nobody, I did it myself." He was picked up and carried to China's Drug ?tore and a physician called in. An examination discover? ed a wound in his left arm a few inches below the shoulder. The wocnd was given a temporary dressing and he was then taken to Dr. Baker's In? firmary, where a thorough examina? tion was made. One or two bullets passed throuh the fleshy part of tbe arm and struck the bone which was splintered. The splintered bones were removed and the wounds dressed. The wound is not regarded as particularly serious, and unless tbere are complica? tions he will recover. It is probable however, that the usefulness of bis left arm will be impaired, owing to the damage to the bone. The attempt at suicide was the re vsult of the expensive indulgence in liquor for several days. He was under the influeuce of liquor at the time and in a highly excited and nervous condition. Fortunately for him he was too ner? vous to hold the pistol steady or to know what he was doing. TWO YOUTHFUL HIGHWAYMEN. John Washington and Arthur Cald? well, two negro boys about twelve years old, were before Recorder Hurst Friday for trial on the charge of hold? ing up on Harviu street and robbing Jimmie Shaw, white, aged nine years, on the evening of December 8th. The guilt of the youthful highwaymen was clearly established and Recorder Hurst gave them a severe reprimand, warn? ing them tnat they had started on the road that vvoald end at the gallows. They were sentenced to pay a fine of 825 each or servo 30 days on the chain gang. _ _ Washington, Dec. ll.-President ? Roosevelt today denied executive j clemency to Mrs. Phylis Dodge of j New York, from whom the govern- ! ment seized a pearl necklac? *?;pral years ago which was worth $06,OOO. , AN OLD TIME TOURNAMENT. Arrangements Seing Made to Hold One in Ibis City on December 26th. Messrs. Warren Moise, Blanding Durant and J. D. Shirer are busily engaged in arranging for a tourna? ment to be held in this city on De comber the 26th. The track on Din? gle street which was nsed during the Fall Festival will again be the scene of the Knightly contest. The prizes will be raised by popular subscription and by charging the usual entrance fee of $1. At present it is the inten? tion of those in charge to ?ive 825 for the first prize $15 second and $10 third. If more money is raised than is at present anticipated, the prizes will be proportionately increased. Mr. A. B. Stuckey has consented to act as Herald, a better man for the place could not be found, lt is ex? pected that 25 Knights will enter the contest, all of whom must appear in costumes, and it is absolutely neces? sary that they report promptly at 12 o'clock. The primary object of hav? ing the tournament is to give the merchants who were confined to their stores during the last one, an oppor? tunity to view the time-honored and well loved sport. WITHERSPOON BROS. & CO. This Energetic and Successful Firm is Abreast of the Times. It has been with pleasure that the people of Sumter have watched the growth of Witherspoon Bros. & Co's, small factory of a few years ago to the large and flourishing enterprise of today. The capital stock has been increased and the plant enlarged nearly every year from the organization of the business, and now they are making still greater improvements. They have erected a steel tower 65 feet high, on top of which is a water tank with a capacity of 10,000 gallons. From this tank, pipes will be run all over their yards, in their manufacturing build? ings and in the various offices : they will be connected with hydrants, which will be used for fire protection. These improvements will cost between $1,500 and $2,000. The capital stock has been increasd from $40,000 to $50,000, and the cor? poration is now making arrangements for the erection of a three story brick building. This company is certainly progressing with the city. Jail Creaking a Fine Art. Willie Michau was caught stealing some articles from the Sumter Dry Goods store yesterday, and was turned over to Officer Barwick, who lodged him in the guard house. He paid only a very small visit: he broke the lock, and went to the store of Mr. Moses Green, where he appropriated to his own use a bucket of lard. He was arrested, and locked up again. After a few hours stay, he succeeded in breaking two new locks, and departed for parts unknown. On being arrested for the third time, he was placed in the county jail. Wheth? er or not he spent the night there is not known : but it is definitely cer? tain that he was missing when called for .this morning. That was surely breaking 'em some. lt is stated, however, that he made bis escape early in the night and was seen to enter the Chinese laundry on Liberty street. The fact was reported to the police who made an immediate search, but failed to find him. One rumor is to the effect that Miehan was standing in the doorway of the laundry and when he saw the police? men coming, he slipped out the back way and returning to Liberty s 'reet by way of the alley east of the Masonic Temple, concealed himself in either the hallway of the Sumter Light Infantry Armory or tbat lead? ing to the office of the Osteen Publish? ing Co., where he remained until the search of the laundry and back lot had been completed. Then when the policemen returned to their beats he strolled off up Liberty street, IN THE RECORDER'S COURT. The first cas? bfcfofe ?eccrder Hurst Monday was the city of Sumter vs. John Westberry, charged With public drunkenness and disturbing th? peace, Dec. 8. 1904, on Main street, de? fendant plead "guilty" and was lined $10 which amount he paid. City of Sumter vs. William Vaugh? an, charged with public drnnkenness on Liberty street, Dec. 10, 1904. Entered a plea of guilty and was fined $3. The city of Sumter vs. J. H. Gun? ter, druuk and cursing at A. C. L. depot on Dec. 10, 1904; defendant failed to appear and forfeited his bond of $5. Another Negro Hit on the Head. ! *At noon Monday, London Tompson went into the restaurant on Liberty street managed bj Reese James and called for something to eat. He was told that his presence was not desir? ed ; and when he hesitated about leaving, be was pushed out on the side walk, and hit on bis forehead, just above bis left eye, with a bottle filled with water. His face is in a very badly damaged condition, and it will be some time before he will recover from the wound that the glass in? flicted. Thompson has sworn out a warrant against James, and the case will be heard before Recorder Hurst. Obituary Notice. Secretary Reardon has made an effort to collect cash from a number of enterprising gentlemen "who sub? scribed, but never paid, to the fall festival fan." He bas tenderly in? closed the list in a mourning envelope ! endorsed on the back thereof, "The money that we longed for never came?" They will be placed in the archives of the Sumter Fall Festival of No- : vembor 1904, for the information cf ? future generations who get up fes- 1 ti vals. Requiescat in Pace. The -Murray's." i When you've cot a bad cough just say "MURRAY'S." If a druggist gives you anything but Murray's Horehound, Mullein and Tar you're not getting the best and surest cough remedy. Make him give you Mur? ray's. Acts quicker and you get a f>0c. size bottle for 25c. Every druggist has it. THE AFRICAN DODGERS HIT. Young Davids, Without Slings, Lay Lovr Their Enemies. Lam Mathis, of chain gang fame,, tired of his occuption of recreation and, after no little deliberation, de? cided to do some act that would com? mit him to the watchful and attentive* supervision of Maj. Seale for another month. The truth of the matter isr Lum wanted to take his Christmas dinner with the Major. Accordingly he paraded the streets and to his drunken mind came the vision of Saar. Gardner, with open razor, in band about to sever his head from his body. A charitable act it would hare been. ; So with precision and deliberation, he picked up half a brick, and most gently caressed the fair Gardner with it ia the mouth, which resulted in Gard? ner's swallowing several of his teeth, having his mouth fearfully cut and mashed. Saturday Gardner appeared' as if he had been hauled out of a rail? road wreck, caused by his? having tried to stop an engine run? ning at the rate of 40 miles an hour,, with his head. The case was heard before Recorder: Hurst, and Lum was sent to too? gan g for 30 days. A similar occurrence, also, happened? the same day. Albert Farmer, recent y returned from the Reformatory in Columbia for having entered Levy & Moses store at night through a sky light, was in the store of Mr. John Reid. While there, London Thomp? son continually taunted and teased him about house breaking, until Fait mer reached down in the coal barrel, and sent a black missile hurling at Thompson's head, with the result that the latter is now suffering from; a fractured skull. No arrests have yet been made. Mr. John R. Wilbon Dead. The sad intelligence of the sudden death of Mr. John R. Wilbon reached here Satturday by a short notice in the Charlotte Observer, which failed ta state the place or cause of his death. Mr. Wilbon was a Virginian, anc? was the traveling representative of a Richmond firm; he was in Sumter very frequently, and had a number of friends in the city. He was particu iaily well known among the dancers of this city for whom be gracefully led many Germans, and among whom he was a general favorite. . His unexpect? ed and untimely death will be deplor? ed by many Sumter people. TAX NOTICE. THE COUNTY TREASURER'S office in Court House building will be open for the collection of taxes, with? out penalty, from the loth day of October to the 31st day of December^ inclusive, 1904. The levy is as follows : For State 5 mills: for Count 3^4 mills: Constitu? tional School 3 mills; Polls $1.00 Also, School District No. 1, Special? 2 mills; No. 2, 2 mills; No. 3, 2 mills; No. 4, 2 mills; No. 5. (Mid? dleton) 1 mill: No. 14, 3 mills; No. 16, 2 mills; No. 17, 1 mill; No. 18, 2 mills. A ponaity of 1 per cent, added for month January, 1905. Additional penalty of 1 per cent, for month Feb? ruary, 1905. Additional penalty of 5 uer cent, for 15 days in'March, 1905. Oct. 26. T. W. USE, Co. Treasurer. Master's Sale* BY VIRTUE of a lacre? of tfe?r Court of Common Pleas for Sumter County in the State of South Caro? lina, in the case of Arabella P. Moses ???f sst Joe McLeod, I will sell to the highest bidder at public auction, at the Court House in the City of Sum? ter, in the County of Sumter, in the Stat? of South Carolina, on sale day In January, 1905, being the second day ?f said month, during the usual houfs of sale, the folllowing described real estate, to wit: A?? his right, title a?? interest in, cf a?? to all that piece, pare?! of tract of land in the county of Sttin^ ter and State aforesaid, containing three hundred and sixty eight aerea* more or less and bounded as follows: On the north by lands of R. T. Hall* east by lands of Canty and Reynolds t South by lands of Thomas H. Osteen and West by lands^ of J. J. Geddings and Lackey, being the same land conveyed by E. J. Pugh to Wade H. McLeod and recorded in book at page 254. Tbe^ interest of Joe Mc? Leod in the above described premises being one-eighth and containing about forty-six and one-tenth acres, and designated on a general pla: made by Harmon D. Moise for the purpose of partition as lot No. 3, said plat bear i ne date February 27th, 1903. Terms of sale cash. Purchaser to pay for all necee>ary papers. H. Frank Wiison, Master for Sumter County. Dec. 7-4t, Master's Sale. BY VIRTUE of a Decree of the Court of Common Pleas for Sumter county in the State of South Carolina? in the case of Rose DeLane and Pene? lope Pinckney, and^ Catharine Brown, by Derry Brown, as their Guardian ad Litera, against Judy Ramsey and Warren Ramsey, I wilL sell to the highest bidder at public auction, at the Court-house in the City of Sumter, in the County of Sumter, in the State of South Caro? lina, on sale day in January, 1905, be? ing the second day of said month, during the usual hours of sale, the following described real estate, to-wit. All that tract of land lying arfe,being in the County and State aforesaid, containing fourteen acres, more or less, bounded as follows: On the North by lands of Maggie Burgess, on the East by lands of Essex Taylor, on the South by lands of Clara Reynolds and on the ?Vest by lands of Judy Ramsey. Terms of sale cash. Purchaser to pav all necessary papers. H. Frank Wilson, Master for Sumer County. Dec. 7-4t.