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REACTION VEHSUS HEFOB1B IK
ENGLAND. - ' : .--;""'
The reaction. now progressing n
Great Britain i against the-. Liberal
party is natural, we suppose." Men
are not i governed by reason, but by
passion; i and; prejudice. This is a
patent truth! and common-place. ' If
. a man will no
then he will
: be governed byreason,
be governed- by somev
I he will be . governed.
V thing else, fo
is always to be deprecated wheji
man or; communities are dominated
by the passions. There is a French
saying that is as true as felicitous :
"The passions act as winds to propel
our vessel our reason I is the pilot
that steeds it!:; without the winds the
vessel would not move, without the
pilot would! be lost." :.' , . l ! -She
reaction as shown by the re
cent elections! in England is natural,
we saybecause it springs from rer
sentment. The Irish and their f riend
are disappointed in Mr. Gladstone
and the Liberals. The special sent to
the Premier ifrom- Liverpool shows
this. It reads: ' ; ft -i -: ' i
"The electious yesterday show how your
resources of civilization are appreciated by
one hundred and fifty
thousand Irish citih
you. Is a Land League
There is' a reaction, too,'
i i L ' S "
among', the En
glish, and heavy Tory
gains are reported. : We are rrt)t sur
prised at this. Some who voted with
the Liberals are dissatisfied at the
arbitrary .acts ,hat mark the Goyern-J
ment's dealings with Ireland under;
the Coercion law." Not all, English'
Liberals will justify an assault upon;
the liberty of the person. Not all will
tolerate I any act that abolishes, de
stroys, negatives the ' great writ: in
which are wrapped!! up the liberties
of all Englishmen, j So it is not sur
prising that there should be a decided
reaction. It is
I I- h---now
that it has
more than; probable
set in that it will con
tinue until the Gladstone Ministry is
overthrown." j We doubt now if tis
tenure of office will ; extend through
the coming.year unless a nw condi
tion of things should exist in Ireland.
; But let i us stop ( to consider one
point. How will the - overthrow of
the Liberal Government benefit Ire
land? Suppose that the struggle
now going on in Ireland results in
the return of .the Tories to power,
wherein will Ireland be - benefited ?
We have been a close student ,;of
British history for a long time. There
is no study so instructive and .-inter-?,
esting to us as the history of the Eng
lish people in i their struggle with
' power through the last twelve hun
dred years. We have found but lit
tle in the history of;. the people or ;in
the constitutional history of the King-;
dom to warrant any hope that reform
for Ireland can ever come from Tory
supremacy. It is well known to every
attentive student that the House of
Lords is composed of landlords and is
the embodiment of Toryism in es-i
sence. T-he British Quarterly Review
says of i the House of Lords that Vit
is the, highest incarnation of the -Toryism
of the country, the instincts of
property and prerogative being na
turally conservative. It is because
of this indisputable fact tht Tpry
ism always resists change and clings
so tenaciously jto the old order of
things. ! From first to last, with very
few exceptions, Toryism has been a
brake upon the wheels of -: progress.
The mission of i Toryism has been to
keep what it had and to . ob
struct I all progress. -TJie ', Tories
nave never yet granted -a 'single
right tor the people that they could
withhold posiibly. When you throw
up your hat because the Liberals are
losing ground, remember that histor
ical and political fact we have em
phasized with the aid of italic types.
We defy any one to find jn the nine
teenth century one instance, "wheth
er'in religion,- political constitution
or trade,'r . wherein the .Tories liava
not -been , obstructers. ; In all the
multitude of great reform measures
that have been adopted this century
not one owes its existence' toV either
the inspiration or assistance of the
old Tory party that now calls itself
Conservative. They have fought to
the bitter end every measure now
acknowledged ; by themselves , to be
just and desirable and beneficial, and
they are still fighting7- all proposed
? Mr, . Gladstone is the genius of re
form He has been - instrumental in
passing more great reform " measures
than 'any other British statesman.He
is hated with intense hatred by the"
Tory Lords. You, have the reason
above. Aristocrats never like re
formers. Prerogative always stands
in horror of privilege.,. Pure patriot
ism never had a friend in a man who
clang to caste or class. He never
goes for country 'unless his own in
terests are imperilled. , His patriot
ism is as broad as himself. ( ;
There is no remedy in the House
of Peers against their intense, selfish
conservatism. It has been tried' by
Whig (Liberal) - leaders: to counter
vail Tory influence by creating Whig
Lords, but all in vain, i The British
Quarterly says the atmosphere of
the House ofLords is too much for
them." - It says a single session "of
ten suffices to convert the -Liberal
into a pattern Conservative."-fit is
easy to understand
this. He finds
that his interests
P4er are identical with the old aristo
crats, and against the masses. So he
forgets the past, goes for the present,
shnts his eyes to the lowering ; future
aWd out Herods" the Herod of Tory
I The London Pall Mall Gazetteh&s
published a series of articles entitled
"Fifty Years in the House of Lords."
. . . . . . . - t .
The object was to show from unim
passioned records that the Lords, had
opposed the great reform measures
of jthis century."" Our. article lis long
ancJ we cannot dwell upon the points.
Wk mention "merely , that the Lords
opposed the Irish Land: question,' the
Government ' of Ireland, the Irish
Roman Catholics, Parliamentary Re
form," Municipal Reform, Educational
Reform, Legal and Social- Reform,
JJ mversities bill, Relief act' of last
session and theew Land bill. We
give the 'titles of the bills as they
were known r in popular' discussion.
These measures of reform have done
Wonders for the Kingdom.' ' The re
cord of Toryism in Englaxid is shame
ful and in, it there is no hope for Ire
land or for Irishmen. "
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DIR. VOOBHEES AND THE
TECTIONISTS. . '
' The Philadelphia -American, a
Protectionist paper, assures , its read
"ers that there are no "extreme Pro
tectionists," but. all are united upon
one common platform. That -paper
says the agreement .is : perfect as to
these points; every branch of Ameri
can manufactures", should receive so
much , protection as is "necessary for
its steady development and no more,
and that all prohibitive duties should
be . abolished. It dds that " where
the price of a product is higher to
thd American people than the cost of
labor and other, like conditions justi
fy the duty ' should be reduced."
This is a lowering" of Jie Protec
tionist standard. The war tariff now
in operation,' and that has been in
operation for some eighteen years,
is not regulated upon the basis of the
above demands. It has been shown
time and again that there are some
financial 1 monstrosities in this tariff.
The Protectionists, seeing the hand
writing of reform on the walls, may-
have agreed to a modified tariff, but
they do not deserve much credit for
Such leading .Republican papers as
the New York Times Evening Postt
Nation: Cincinnati Commercial and
Chicago Trybune, are among z those
that! are either. Free Trade advocates
or a je hostile to the present - burden
some and unjust tariff for protection,
r There is an awakening in the
"No'rtn on the .r subject of , aariff for
protection. The manufacturers have
had It all their , way long enough.
.People are, inquiring if such a pre
hibitory i ooncern is just and consti
tutional. ..While ; a - few Democrats
are becoming enamored of a high
protective tariff, like Mr-.Voorheg
of Indiana, there, are men of equal;
ability lambng. Republicans : who
are r becoming : more and more sat
isfied that protection is not - what is
wanted, j The tariff is a hard thing
to understand; ; The books on both"
sides . are ... numerous. . 4 But : modest,
men are I not . prone to declare that
they have mastered its principles and
details. vfThere are tens of thousands
of . fairly t intelligent meiv and some
able- men besides, who hold that a
tariff for revenue is all that the coun
try requires or the. Constitution al
lows, and that no one branch of in
dustry should be protected at the ex-pense-of
another, : . " ; f
rr-The. Hon,;Lewis D. Campbell, of
Ohio, nowvan old man, but one of the
ablest in the country, in a ' note ad
dressed to Mr. Voorhees, says this
modestly:" ; . . . -
"It is a subject that I have studied more
than half a century, and which I do not
now pretend to fully understand. The
Constitution confers on Cengress the power
'to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts
and excises' for revenue only. : If you will
refer me to the provision which gives it
power to legislate for protection, even as an
incident, you will confer - a great favor on
vour old friend, who, although retired
from party politics and publio life, still
greets with joy any new lights on this im
portant question." r , (:,r '
Mr. Voorhees ias a very hard nut
to crack. The United States Trea
sury is overflowing , fairly. , , The
revenues from various sources are
much more than i. enough. Tens of
millions annually are now; collected
from the people directly and indi
rectly that are so much surplus. The
times are growing harder daily. It
takes $14 to-day to purchase the food
that $10 would have purchased a year
ago. Sensible people', are beginning
to ask, why all this surplus tax why
take from the millions of poor f so
much of ; their hard earnings if there
is no absolute need of it ? Why
shall poor men - and women pay from
25 to 50 per cent, tax on machinery,
furniture and clothing for, the pur
pose of swelling monthly the revenue,
when the Treasury has much more
than it required ? Why increase the
burdens of- every householder unne
cessarily ? Why make me - pay so
much to benefit another man who is
as able as ,1 am to , take care of his
own interests ? The New York Times,
Republican, thus puts it : i
: : "All classes who suffer from the drought
laborers, men living on wages and sala
ries consumers of eyery kind will ask
why , their i daily , expenses should be in
creased under a system of taxation which
helps the few and injures the many. High
prices and hard times will enforce the call
for a readjustment of the tariff. Taxes are
felt When every producer is poorer."
Mr. Voorhees, referring to his
speech at Atlanta, in which he made
a rather inglorious summersault, says
this , in explanation. " Referring . to
the Democratic platform, adopted at
Cincinnati in 1880, he says: '
"The platform of 1880 was a violent de
parture on the subject of the tariff, and has
no precedent in the history of Democratic
Flatf orms adopted in National Conventions,
have examined them all. The declara
tion for. 'a tariff for revenue only, was never
before made in a National Democratic Con
vention and is a burlesque on common
i Mark what he saya welL At Cin-'
cinnati in 1880 it was declared that a
tariff for revenue only was what the
Democrats favored. ! Mr. Voorhees,
in his , superlative wisdom, declares
that it "was a violent departure 'on
the subject and has no precedent in.
the history of Democratic platforms
adopted in National . Conventions."
He says this deliberately. He had
examined all of the Democratic plat
forms, he avers. . Now, reader, would
you believe it, that years before the
Cincinnati Convention, the Demon
crats in National Convention assem
bled put forth a platform that bore
directly , upon the tariff, and from
which we copy the following: '
"IZef&rm is necemiry in the sum and modes
of Federal taxation, to the end that capital
may be set free from distrust and labor
. 4 ?We denounce the present tariff, levied
upon, nearly four thousand articles, as a
masterpiece of injustice, inequality and
false pretense. '
1 "It yields a dwindling, not a yearly ris
ing, Tevenue: ;
:. "It has impoverished many industries to.
subsidize a few. v
l "It prohibits imports that might purchase
the products of American labor. --
"It costs the people five times more than
it produces ta the .Treasury,- obstructs the
processes of production, ; and iWastes the.
fruits of labor. '
"We demand that aU GuMom-house taxa
tion haU be only for revenue.'? .y. : .:; . , ..
Now Mr.' Voorhees was a member
of the Committee that drafted, adop-
ted and reported the above, and he ist
not on record as opposing n. xxe was
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N.;C.5 PEipAY, NOVEMBER , 11, 1881. ;
also at Cincinnati, and he, gave jio
sign of dissent, when the tariff plank
was adopted thart reaffirmed merely
what his Committee at St. Louis had
taught. M.,, Voorhees should be
more particular in his statements. '
His new born zeal in behalf of a pro
tective tariff will et him intp trouble
With his own record if he does not
mind. " n"
HOBTH CAROLINA'S NAVAL HERO.
- When :we undertook to prepare a
short sketch of : Captain .Johnston
Blakeley it .was at the ' suggestion of
an i alumnus of the University, who
takes a peculiar interest in all that
concerns North - Carolina, , and par
ticularly this section of the rState.
He was anxious that the people liv
ing in this immediate .portion should
know something of the greatest naval
hero of North Carolina, and lone of
the real heroes, of the-war of 1812
with Great Britain. No one who is
informed ras to the naval records of
this country doubts that if i Captain
Blakeley. had lived through the war
and to k green old age he would have
left - a : name - second to none that
adorns the annals of our land. -He A
was but 33 when he died. But famous
as he had made his name, we doubt
if a month ago there were two thou
sand, people - of the more" than-ona
million four hundred thousand in the
State who had ever heard the name
of : Johnston Blakeley. OneJ of
the ' most intelligent gentlemen : in
Wilmington asked recently f 'Who
was Johnston Blakeley? " We have
attempted in : part - to tell him and
others interested. As far ' asv the
Stab circulates the name and lame
of our solitary 'great North Carolina
naval hero are better and more wide
ly known. ii '
We must now supplement our two
previous - editorials with some evi
dence that tends to confirm the ac
count we gave that the Wasp arid all
on board were sunk in an action at
sea with a British vessel of greatly
superior size and armament. " i ...
- The Nofolk Beacon of December
13, 1815, gave an account of the sink
ing of the Wasp. It had had a con
versation "with an officer of the first
standing," which was confirmatory of
the loss of the Wasp,and showed that
','her end was as glorious as her cruise
had been brilliant." This officer said
that Lieut. Conklingwas captured on
Lake Erie in August, 1814,and sent to
England,ahd he there learned at a later
period that a British frigate had en
gaged an American corvette carry
ing twenty -two guns (the armament
of . the Wasp,) : and beaten off, s but
during the night the latter ; disap
peared, and as it was disabled the
presumption is it had sunk. : ; 1
' Capt. Aulick, in command of the
Washington Navy yard in 1854, said
that an American 1 naval ' officer who
was a prisoner in England at the
close of the war with " that -country,
was told by a British officer that his
frigate had an - engagement at night
with a vessel he ; took to ' be
a sloop-of-war, but she I disap
peared in the night. This does not5
agree with the) account, "given in the
Charleston papers as to the engage
ment off that town. The fight began
there at 10 o'clock in the morning;
But probably there was noncontra
diction after all. You will remem
ber that about November 12; 1814,
the Wasp was chased off 1 Charleston
harbor by the frigate Lacedaemonian.
Eight days after this another British
frigate ws seen off Charleston Light
house,, name not given. A naval en
gagement was heard on the morning
of 21st November by thousands, and
it was seen distinctly that one vessel
was much larger .than the other.
They disappeared fighting. "1: After
that nothing definite i is known of
either vessel on this side of the At
lantic. The .Wasp disappears from
history. The fight and chase may
have continued through the day and
into the night. '- Whether the two
British naval officers whose accounts
of a fight with an unknown American
vessel were on the same frigate and
fought in the same engagement or not,
and whether it was the ' Wasp which
their ship engaged or not can never be
. known positively, but the probabili
ties are in favor strongly of the con-v
elusions we have given. --The j.Wasp
was the only , American vessel miss
ing. Two English . officers report a
battle-and that the vessel they en
gaged '. was smajler-i than i their own.
and that it ; disappeared during the
night.-- . - - v -""'a '
"No more shall Blakeley's' thunders roar ;
Upon the stormy deep; 1
Far distant front Columbia's shore -f-'r
His tombless ruins sleep : -". ; - . - - : , .
But long Columbia's song shall tell -
nowjtsiaceiey iougnt, nowjiiateiey fell. ":
; We have the : pleasure " to-day of
publishing a highly interesting: com
munication ; f from n Captain J N.
Maffitt, who commanded so gallantly
the Florida of the Confederate Navy,
land who also . belonged before the
war to the U. . Navy. The gentle
man referred to by Capt. Maffitt in
his ' entertaining' account ".was 'the
Midshipman - we mentioned in : a
former article- as taking theis prize
into Savannah.' - He had 'been with .
j. - I - . v m . . . V,. , .
Blakeley In all of his exploits and
but for the fact that; he had. been
sent off in charge of a valuable prize
h would have shared, the same fate
that befel Johnston Blakeley and his
gallant crew We consider CaptC
Maffitt's communication as valuable. A
It gives us li such a . glimpse of our
hero as . we have never , been able to
obtain before. It is a real4 contribu
tion to . the literature upon the sub
ject, and we are well paid in all we
have written by being the instru
ment in securing this entertaining
reminiscence. The letter was writ
ten hurriedly" for; our own private
eye and . to aid us in our effort to
make a grand hero better known to
his State.; We have ventured to
publish it as written, without weaving
it into the threads of our own fabric.
A REMINISCENCE OF JOHNSTON
' 5 Sound; Oct. 28, 1881J-.
- Editob Stab : I have this moment
perused your Sunday effusion upon
Capt. Johnston Blakeley. As .you
have announced an "outline sketch"
of this remarkable officer, I take the
liberty 'of J narrating a. few reminis
cences gleaned from the remarks of
a distinguished shipmate (now dead.)
In the fall: of 1858 I was on duty
at the Philadelphia Navy Yard fit
ting out my command- for a cruise on
the coast of Cuba, with orders to ar
rest the slave trade" that j was
known to he ' carried on quite
extensively by the nefarious 'dese
cration -of : the American J flag, by
traffickery . to the coast ' of Africa,
who were generally New England-
ers. Social gatherings between the
officers of the army and navy, were
pleasant pastimes in Philadelphia.
Agreeable evenings were mutually
enjoyed in the interchange of pro
fessional anecdotes and historical
events, belonging exclusively to in
dividual reminiscences, only to be
gleaned when 't friendly gatherings
Were enlivened by some of. those re
markable Baconteures, belonging, it
seems, almost exclusively to the army
and navy. ' 1 remember that on one
particular occasion, Lieut.Meade,then
an officer of the Topographical Engineers,-was
;a quiet . and extremely
modest guest, giving . no evidence
that he was r destined to command
large armies and perform a prominent
part in the stupendous events that
were then gathering. Opposite the
future herQ of Gettysburg was seated
Commodore Geisenger, of . the U. S.
Navy, . the late distinguished -" com
mander of the East India squadron,
and a participant in the war with
England some forty-five years ago.
! The Navy Department, had but re
cently officially announced its aban
donment of all hope for the safety of
the U. S. ship Levant that had long
been - missing from the Pacific sta
tion. . Doubtless like other govern
ment vessels j she had gone to a sea
man's resting place -"with bubbling
groan, without a grave, nnknell'd,
uncoffined And unknown." Natural
ly the loss of this vessel recalled other
like sad events, until the disappear
ance of the renowned Wasp, in 1814,
was reverted' to with general sorrow.
When the Wasp was mentioned the
gallant old Commodore was evident
ly .much . affected. Tears filled Ihis
eyes, and -he seemed to struggle with
grief. At last, in a faltering, emo
tional voice, ! he said: ."Gentlemen,
oblige me by filling your glasses."
The decanter circled " around the
festive' board;' the - old Triton rose,
which example was courteously fol
lowed, when he said: . , ' ',
".I offer an ovation to the honored
and sacred memory of my lost com
mander, friend, chivalric shipmate
and naval ( hero Johnston, Blake
let. A braver, more, noble, knight
ly gentleman, never- sustained the
honor and glory of the stars and
stripes. Forty-four years ago, when
I was a young midshipman, I parti
cipated mi most, of-; the - events that
characterized his marvellous career.
He was a great captain. In fancy I
can even now. hear, in the conflict of
arms, thatjclarion voice, which,- trum?.
pet-toned, directed his crew to victo
ry, while his, flashing eagle eyes met
every , requirement- of the .moment
and led us on to victOryuch was his
masterly control, that in ten minutes
after his success, he was again ready:
; v - :; .Np. 2
for another foeman worthy of his steeL.
His floss was one of those lamented
mysteries- of the -sea that leave no-
thing but sad speculation,: although
I agree withNthe " opinion of his de
voted friend, the celebrated Commo
dore ; Creighton,' that the English
frigate that sought refuge in Cadiz,
all battered and torn with, the loss Df
one-third of her crew, was the over
powering opponent of the Wasp, andi
m a night action sank her. ; The En
glish Captain stated that he was as
saulted at night " by an . American
sloop -of war,j who made a terrible
fight' and- suddenly -disappeared.
Gentlemen, it is to be regretted that
this'i splendid specimen bf . manhood
left . no son to perpetuate his name.
His admiring friends have christened
many ? Johnston Blakeleys. ' At; the
present time namesakes of this great
officerjiare numerous :in the service.
He was :. of .. medium size ; eyes, re
markable for their brilliancy. He
had ! a -.wonderful voice, that con-:
quered the cyclone, and was soft and
sweet to " lady,'s . earj ; No; .North
Carolina he was devoted, and claimed
heVas a mother from whomne never
could be weaned.5 In personal asso
ciation ne was cnarmmg, out one not
to be trifled with." Such.vwas , Com
modore. Geisenger's account. ; - I
; I write with difficultv, having lost
a thumb, but this incident may aid
your, prolific pen, : particularly as it is
an opinion coming from a distin
guished officer. I have heard Com
modores Morris, Biddle and Pauld
ing speakvof Blakeley m terms of the
highest laudation. T '
Excuse this hurried epistle; give
no quotations from me, as , it is
merely intended to aid you in your
labor ot love; , 1 ours, truly
J. N. M.
; IT, S. DISTRICT COURT.
What Disposition was made of Several
: i : f- . Cases of Importance. :
Pending the adjournment of the IL. S.
District Court in therly part( of the weelc,
in consequence s of the illness ; of Judge
Brooks and his consequent inability to .at
tend, .District -Attorney . Albertson, . who, :
in such cases, as the highest officer" of the
Government, is allowed more than ordinary
latitude, disposed of a few cases ' of some
importance. Jesse Hall, for attempting to
pass a counterfeit coin upon Mrs. . Daniel
Register, of Bladenboro', Bladen county,
some four or five months ago, and who has
since been in jail. here was brought, into
court and submitted, and was remanded to
jail, where it is supposed he will be permit
ted to take the insolvent debtor's oath at
the end of thirty days. i i . . j : r
Wm. Mooney, an old resident of Bruns
wick county, who was arrested some , time
ago on the charge of attempting to commit
a fraud upon the Pension Bureau by falsely
representing himself to have been a. soldier
in thd war of 1812, was surrendered by his
sureties! and went to jaiV'hut was subse
quently released on his own recognizance
in the sum of $500 for his appearance at
the next term of the Court; this act of len
iency j and mercy beinjt based upon the age
and infirmities of the, defendant. .. i
George "W. Blaney, colored, charged
with abstracting a letter from the mails in
this city some six or eight months ago, and
whose case was continued until the last
term,! will have to remain in jail until the
next iterm of the Court. ;. Sam.j Kornegay,
implicated in the same transaction,renewed
his bond and was discharged. r . 1
, Several'; parties, charged with violating
the internal revenue laws, made submis
sions i to the" District" Attorney : and i were
permitted to settkVthe same. " f ' ' . ; I
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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Annaal Meeting of tne- Cnmber of
' Commerce of Wilmington, N. C,
The annual meeting of. the Chamber of
Commerce of -the city of -Wilmington was
held yesterday, a large number bf members
being present. . , ; i '.
The meeting was called-tdrder by the
President, and the proceedings of the last
annual meeting were read by; the Secre
tary. '' J:-S-- :f. - j';
The President stated that he had not
prepared : a written report, but spoke at
length as to the River and Harbor Improve
ments, the prospect of railroad connections.
and other subjects bearing upon the com
mercial Interests of Wilmington. ; , ; u j-
: Ak selection for officers f or the ensuing
year was held, which resulted in the Unan
imous re-election of the following: ' i 1
: PresidentA. H. VanBokkelen,- . ;
; First Vice President E. Peschau. v ' I
Second Vice President Donald. McRae
Secretary and Treasury John L. Cant-.
Executive Committee J. H.- Chadbourn,
James SpTunt, Wm. L. , BeRosselC R E.
Heide, R, E. Calder. - . - . . . ,
Mr. Henry Nutt offered his resignation
as Chairman of the River and Harbor Com
mittee, which was reluctantly accepted, and
the following resolution adopted: 'r
. Resolved, That this Chamber; desire to
record its regret that Mr. Henry Nutt should
consider it his duty . to resign his position
as Chairman of the luver and Harbor im
provements and reluctantly accept the same.
: Resolved, That this : Chamber takes ad
vantage of this opportunity to renew their
acknowledgments of . the. valuable services
rendered by Mr. xhuu in tne responsible
position which he has just vacated. - - " -
; Upon motion the meeting then adjourned.
- Salisbury Watchman i s An old
farmer who has seen Mr. Wm. Murdock's
crop of corn on the Macay mill pond lands
says ne tnmKs it is gooa lor ; nity busnels
to the acre, and will not be surprised if it
yields sixty. . -We saw it six weeks ago and
estun&tea it at tony to tne acre. :- 'mere are
about eighty-nine acres in the field. - ' 5 .
" Spirits .Turpontino: '
, "Raleigh has .a .Scott gun that -cost
$350 in London; - Who says North
Carolina is poor? - t
- The Greensboro Protestant re-v
ports revival work as f oHows : Tar- River -circuit.
40 converts Greensboro circuit, 87 '
converts. .- t - -
i .-Toisnot Homei - Henry E. Shep- x
paid, clerk of the Superior Court of Pitt, .
died at his residence in Greenville. on the
1st inst. ' ,V . ' " T (
' The Raleigh Recorder reports
the . following , revivals: Columbia,, seven
baptisms; Chatham, 29 additions; Pi ttsboro,
four baptisms. - r .i - i
iP . There is strong talk of. a cotton '
factory at Wilson: It ought to have one. It
is one of the richest communities ' in ; the
State and in one of the most attractive 'sec-
Hons. - y - -t--y - . '
. :r Alamance Gleaner;' Gov. Jart
vis says that wheat irom Alamance county,;
exhibited at Atlanta, carefully compared'
with - that ' from Kansas,' was deemed the ,
better by far., ,
y r Milton Chronicle:. . Ere this pa
per goes to press Milton will probably bein
communication with the outside world bv
, telegraph.- t -We will , exchange our in
terest iu tut: lamoua jeniuugs esiaie lor oia
Confederate bonds r p ? -.:...-. '
i Reidsville.i Times : Mr; John
C. Palmer died at Cherry Hill, near Milton, ,
Oct. 18th, in his forty-firsf year. 'Bright
and genial he won i many friends and. a
kinder soul never felt for another's misf or-, ,
tunes. - He served through the war under
; New Berne 2tvi- Shell: The, ;
largest-sales of cotton , made since the sea
son opened were made yesterday? 882 bales
were sold at 10 to 10. . During the month - - i
just closed 4,480 bales were sold here. Sales
since the season opened up to October 81ftt 1 '
,580bales. ) , . - L,
. , Raleigh. Advocate reports?, re-;
-rivals as follows: Halifax circuit, 9 addi- . x
tions; Mt: Pleasant1 circuit,1 20 additions; '
Monroe circuit, 16 additions; Double Shoals, j
circuit, 150 professions,. 96. additions; Balis-, '
bury circuit, 60 additions; Yadkinville dr-v,
ftuit, 34 converts. ' -, : , , ' V
j Greensboro Protestant: A large -
number of persons from this section will
attend the Atlanta Exposition -about the.''
loth of November . 'Since writing else-' -where
in reitrence to the sickness of Rev.-"
B. H.: Merrimon, of Asheville, we have the - -gratifying
intelligence that his condition is
somewhat improved. - . ; ; "
; Warren News : We agree with"
the Stab in the opillion that a great mis- v ,
take is made hy many of our farmers, espe- J
cially the farmers in parts of "Virginia; inJ
placing the White Barley superior to the to-' - t
bacco grown by the tobacco counties of our :
State. Nor are we alone in our belief, f " ;
Many prosperous . and successful farmers -with
whom we have talked and who-know
something of the -qualities of " the Bnrley, '
are of the same mind. - " - v -
f -New Berne Nat SMI: The.',
business men and our people generally 'will 5
be waited upon for their signatures to a pe- "
tition asking the Postofflce Department to v '
give the public a double daily mail service
between Goldsboro and ' New Berne' ; - j ,"
Mr.1 Best has finally withdrawn the' shop J
proposition from consideration, and decid- w
ed upon their location ' elsewhere.; 5 We .
have not had an intimatian of the fact, but -we
surmise that 'the shops will be located .
oh some of the waters of Chatham or Ran-' t
dolph counties. ' . "". '.--v t- .
' , Raleigh Visitor: . Mrs. - Simp
son, mother , of William .Simpson, 1 Esq.,., - "f
died at 12 30 o'clock to-day after a linger-'
ing illness, in ther 73d year. ; . The Ha- -
leigh girls are like most girls of other' -towns.
- Some are pretty, some ugly and 1
some- full of fun , and" frolic. -The
crowd at the InduatriaJ Fair on Wednes;. ,
dry was -very small,5 but the exhibition is
quite a creditable , one , in all departments. '
In Floral Hall, we' noticed many beautiful
articles, the" handiwork' of different colored v .
women from all parts of the State.. -. ,
; Monroe Express .' The cotton , -'
receipts at this place for the month of Sep
tember were 1,416 bales, against 2,545 bales '
last year. For October., they, were 1 8,185 -"
bales, against 5,037 bales last year.&This
shows a decline of 2,981 bales, as compared '
with last year's receipts. ' The new
Methodist church, situated near the resi-.
dence of Mr. James McCollum . (the' !old -
Cuthbertson place), seven miles northeast
of town, will be dedicated on next Sunday. '
Rev. P. J. Carraway, of -this place, will .
preach the dedication sermon.. .
M Raleigh ' Visitor: The local
freight train coming south this morning on"
the Raleigh & Gaston Railroad, when about
seven miles this side of Weldon, broke loose ,
about midway bf the train and.: ditched six
or seven box cars. -Senator Vance and
Gen. Cox called on Aunt Abby House yes-"
terday, after the Senator' had deliveted his - -speech
at the colored fair. Aunt Abby ap- , , '
peared to be very feeble,, having-, been in
bad health for several months1 She seemed- -to
be very thankful for this visit, and shed '
tears several times during her conversation '
' 1 Norfolk Virginian: -. At' ; Mer- "
chant Mills,' N. C, on the premises: of H. .
C: Williams & Bro.,a sow was accidentally "; "
enclosed under, a house about twenty j feet
square, with a space of about ,twa feet
square between the floor and the ground,
where she remained ninety days' without
food or water.4. She was quite fat at the y
time she was fastened up, . and' had been"
very, ilame for some time, .At the time of ; , r
her release she was in a fair condition is ,
now, the third day since her release, begin- ' -ning
to eat well, and does not appear to be
much injured by the fast." On th contrary,
her general condition is better,;1 her lame-'
ness -v having 1 entirely disappeared. ..This
seems incredible, but it is a fact. The sow .r
can be seen in the lot of H. C. Williams &
Bro. i The length of the fast can be proved,
as well as the entire absence of food 'and
water about the house. ' - ' -.''
. -i Charlotte Observer: r1 There is
a Well authenticated rumor that next week '
the fast . mail from': Washington will be " -brought
over the "Virginia : Midland instead
of the Richmond as heretofore. It is said,
also that one hour more is to be allowed
the mail from- Washington: to . Atlanta.
Mr. James McCutchen, of South Caro- v -
Una, passed through" the city yesterday '
with his son,' who was the only remaining
student of Davidson : College .who . had .
typhoid fever. '. All three of the cases were ' ,
had by yoiing men from South Carolina,
which, an itself, is enough to show that
there : is no epidemic . at Davidson.
Eels from, the Catawba river, are now '
brought to . the city daily in wagon loads. .-,
They range from a few inches to two and
a half feet long. A bunch of five, assorted
sizes, sells for twenty-five cents, and. the
sale is by no means confined to the colored
race. : Other fish from the Catawba are also
unusually plentiful ' It will be remem-.
bered that about two years ago a negro man - :
named Whitlar was run over near Davidson -College
by the locomotive and passenger .u
train on the Atlantic, Tennessee and Ohio - '
Railroad. The coroner's jury rendered a .
verdict that the man had come to his death -in
that manner. But; it was learned yester- - -day
that tumors prevailed around Davidson J
College that a few days ago a negro man ,
confessed on his death-bed that he had shot
twice and killed Whitlar while in a dispute '
which arose between them while at work in r '
. a cotton field, and that he (the dying man) -had
placed the body on the track to avoid - -detection
Another story had it that the -'
wife of Whitlar had made the confession. 1
on her death-bed that she had killed him, '
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