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4 DISAPPOINTED COMH ITTB E.
Little Eugene Hale is a United
States Senator. He is as much or a
fraud as is Blair. He has been very
anxious to make some campaign cap.
itat against the Democratic Adminis
tration and for his own moth-eaten
and honey-combed party. He wentj
into the investigating business. He
got a Committee appointed "to search
into tie violations ot the tavu Ser
vice Jaws in Philadelphia. Hissmell
rig committee were unable, it ap
pears, to detect even a dead rat. No
violation of law was found, and lit
tie Eugene ia now suffering from a
big disgustand a general collapse.!
N-jw the Stab has never professed
any respect for the Civilj Service re--1
form humbug. It ia essentially a Re
publican measure and it has been
worked to keep in Republicans. At
i:,ir time-, it is said, there ire some six
thousand Republicans holding office
i Washington City right nnder the
piisi.Ient's nose. The Civil Service
nnchinu did this. Mr. Cleveland, in
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h-S later of the 25th of, December,
lS84,r unwisely favored the law.'
Hiua La baa been in office he has en-
deavored- to extend the cope of the
U. -The law itself has kept all true,
genuine Democrats over 45 years of
age from having a place where this
l:iuriii law extended. '.''!' I.
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Now the Hale smelling committee
p tried -la to believe that the President
l.a yone back on his own record.
Bar, this is probably not! so. -..When
the President took ofnoe he was
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p.niiuiarntivfilv a frreen hand and not
accustomed to official jlife much,!
land nut wett acquainted with the
jvollcj and traditions and needs of
his jsartj. lie was not well skilled
in practical politics and be made
some three or four serious blunders
right at the start. His 'famous let
ter to the ninety Democratic mem
btTH of Congress opposing silver;
h;s later concerning Civil Service;
his nek-ding his Cabinet! mainly
from the Wall street centre these
ure mistakes. He has1 proved an
apt scholar, and has learned that to
he efficient and wise as an adminis-
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trator he must have a rjartv to
back him. He has found out that
it is not a ?ood thinsr to be
eentimental in politics
sentimentality leads to
ecemies and crippling friends.' There
is a verywide difference between
practical politics and the fine dreams
of ethereal politicians and the fine
spun theories of sentimental philoso
phers. . . ii
The President carries but the
Civil Service law as he ought to do.
The Stab's objection al
1 along has
peen two fold: first, that
it at all, and second, that he strove
to have it ' widened and extended' in
its ' operations. The Washington
Unsays of him: !
"He has been so much of a civil service.
reformer that Republican spoilsmen, like
penator Hale, have laughed at him in pri-
ror permitting His political opponents
o be fed at the public crib, while the men
who elected him were out in tbe cold and
remanding office. Mr. Hale! and his Be"
'ublican associates in the Carritol would
ave had more respect for the President if
e had been a typical SDoilsmiin inotoart nt
rying hard, as he has done, to m&kn hart-
way against the current of public senti
ment and lift the public Service out of
pwtisan grooves. j ;
"We do not suppose there is a man in
he United States outside of the lunatic
iaylum who doubts that if Mr. Blaine had
ieerj tlected in 1884, as a candidate of a
"arty that bad been persistently proscribed
for twenty-four years, be would have
foemed it his first duty to hustle the entire
list of placemen out of office, even though
be might have written such a letter as that
of Mr. Cleveland to Mr. Curtis. And it
wag simply absurd to suppose if anybodv
did bo suppose that President Cleveland
when he came in would shut his' party out
""1 carry on the public service all over the
souDtry with the officials left in office by
Resident Arthur. If any pf the Mug
wumps imagined that such an Administra
"on was possible, they exercised very little
Practical sense." j j
iThis reflects the views of the Stab.
We have for three years fought the
P'Uish life tenure system as nnre-
JPQblican and absurd. If reernlationa
aDd examinations are needed for nn-
iderlings-they are needed for the
n'2her officials. If it be eood for
fen or fifty it must be good for the
y 5,000-men who hold;dffioe ander
1 the R.epublicans had carried the
jonutryin 1884, there would have
hpon TV - I - .
;,v" uu democrats In office in waah
'gton or elsewhere by April. 1885:
-cn less by April 1888. If the Re
Phlicans should carry the country
in November next, there will be but
few of the supporters of Cleveland
left in office by the end of 1892.
Civil Service nnder Repubhoan rule
will fair badly. When Republicans
pose as Civil Service Reformers it is
enough to make .all Congress break
out into horse-laughter.
"Senator Vance recently paid a visit to
his home in North Carolina and canvassed
the views ot some of his constituents on
current topics. He finds that the people of
North Carolina are solid for Cleveland.
They also desire a reduction of the tariff
and a reduction of the internal revenue,
and they do not want one without the other.
Senator Vance would have been a little
more exact if ha had said that the first de
sire of the North Carolina Democracy in
the premises is a reduction or the internal
revenue, and teeond a reduction of the
The Whig is not accurately in
formed as to all North Carolina. We
have ample reason for saying that
the people who live along the two
great railways leading ' from Wil-j
mington, to-wit: the Wilmington and
Weldon and the Carolina Central, do'
not desire ,ir a reduction of tbe
whiskeyber, tax.; They desire;
first and last a reduotion of the tax
on the common necessaries of life.
They want cheap clothing, shops,
blankets, crockery, &o. This is true,
as we seriously believe, and oar be
lief is based upon information gath
ered frpm many trustworthy sources.
The reduction of the tobacco tax:
would not be distasteful to them as a.
compromise, in order to secure tbe
very much needed and demanded re
d action of the Tariff.
We are not surprised that another
opinion from that we have given has
gone abroad. The action of certain
Democrats and the opinions of cer
tain newspapers are well calculated
to foster the opinion given by the
Whiff. But we are confident that
many tens of thousands of Demo
cratic voters in North Carolina do
not desire to see free whiskey and
smokes, but wish the tax to be re
tained. They stand squarely by' Pre
sident Cleveland's masterly message
to the Congress.
As l6ng as we have a Supreme
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Court of the United States that does
not decide according to politics and
iu behalf of party the country is safe.
The trend for many years after the
war was all in the direction of Cen
tralization. Even now Democratic
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members of the Congress, and some
from the South, are found favoring
such undemocratic unjust, and dan
gerous bills as the Oleomargarine
law of the last Congress. It is class
legislation to discriminate against
one industry for the fostering of an
other industry. It is, however, com
petent for a State to do this through
its own Legislature. Whether it
would be wise or just to do this is
The Supreme Court of the United
States has decided that a State has a
right to forbid the manufacture and
sale of articles that j the people
regard as unfit for human food.; The
jist of the decision,1 to us, is,
that it recognizes what properly
belongs to the States as each, and, to
that extent, limits the powers of the
Federal Congress, which is always
usurping power. The . troth is tbe
members of Congress ought to be
compelled to study the Constitution
not read it, but study it. They do
not seem to know 1 much of organic
law, if we may judge by the readi
ness with I which they take up with
unconstitutional Tariffs,1 Blair bills,
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I Whether oleomargarine is good or
bad food, is not finally decided.
There are competent chemists who
say it is excellent food. There are
others who damn it. There are mil
lions of pounds used annually, and it
is popular and sought after. We
have not seen statements that it has
proved nnwholesome. . But with
this we are not concerned just
now. The point is not as
to whether oleomargarine is healthy
or otherwise. In the Pennsylvania
case just decided,; the real point of
interest is, that a State has the
power to legislate as to food.- The
Washington Post says:;
: "Our Republican Supreme Court has be
come the fortress of State rights because it
finds State righto in the Constitution. The
process of centralization by interpretation
of tbe fundamental, law was, happily,
checked in time to save the Government of
the Fathers from destruction at the hands
of its sworn defenders.- We wish the State
rights tendency in tbe Court had been
strong enough in 1884 to have prevented
tbe fearful mistake of the greenback decif
sion, but), it is wiser to be thankful for
what we have than to be always deploring
what we have lost.
1 "In view of tbe Virginia coupon deci
sion, the Kansas liquor law decision and
this Pennsylvania oleomargarine deliver
ance, is it not about time for Republicans
to dismiss their fears that State rights'
Democrats will be appointed to the Su
preme Bench?" j j
J State rights are still reoognized
and we are glad thereof. j
Young Men's Christian Ae
sociation meets in Charlotte on the
19 th inst. It is very important that
the best, most capable workers be
sent as delegates men of; intelli
gence, men- of earnest oonvictions,
men of piety. We hope Wilming
ton will bear this in mind and be well
represented. - i
The invulnarnhl ;
John Sherman as a presidential candidate,
according to the Mugwump gospel, is his
insistence upon a fair vote and count all
over the country, The, Condition of Ameri
can manliness and American nnlitfoal
morality must be peculiar when a demand
for an honest ballot is fatal to a statesman
running for the Presidency. Boston Travel
ler, Sep. .. j , ... ;
This is about as near tbe troth as
the Republican papers get when they
essay to state a fact. John Sherman
was the chief instrument used by a
corrupt, usurping, incapable party in
1876, to cheat the1 American people
out of their rights and to steal the
Presidency from Samuel J. Tilden
who had been elected by a majority
of a quarter of million of votes. - He
is known to be a; venal politician of
the Blaine order .- of men and is
not the right man - to insist upon
honesty in politics. John Sher
man is not repudiated because
he pretends to ' favor "an honest
ballot," but because he helped to
steal the votes of two States and thus
deprived the United States of their
legally elected President, and robbed
the people of ; their right of choice.
To hear John Sherman prating of a
"fair vote" and an honest ballot" is
upon a par with Satan rebuking Bin.
It is all bosh and blarney. John is
very canning. Bat what shall be
said of any party or any section that
takes a fellow of
the Sherman stripe
of morality ? . Can
party by its repre
If so, what about a
as its exponent
yon not judge a
sentative men? j
party that is proud of the records of
Blaine and Sherman ? John Sher
man talks well . enough bat he does
not practice his own precepts. An
old writer says:j I
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"Say well is good; Do well is better;
Do well is spirit; say well is letter."
In the month of January tbe death
rate of Mobile was 21.9 per 1,000 in
habitants. Fori 101 California towns
the rate was 21.19. In Connecticut,
136 towns the rate was 18. Wilming
ton, Delaware, 23.7. : Chicago, 21.5.
Davenport, Iowa, 18.7. New Or
leans, 25.2. Baltimore, 16.5 Bos
ton's death rate' for 1887 was 25.18,
as against 23.17 per cent, of 1886.
Our-own city will fall considerably
below Boston in mortality. Detroit,
Michigan, for January, 15.8; St. Paul,
10.5; St. Louis, 24.6; Newark, N. J.,
25.28; Manchester, N. H,, 25.4; New
York, 26.90; Brooklyn, 24.70; Buffa
lo, 20.12; Albany, 26; Philadelphia,
28.2; Pittsburgh, 20.2. By compar
ing these and remembering localities
you may derive instruction.
Boulanger is a trickster. He is a
disciple, in practice, of Blaine. ; He
declared that he had no sort of re
sponsibility for j the presentation of
his name as a candidate for the
Chamber of Deputies. While thus
denying he was secretly doing all he
could to secure his election. He un
derstands very' well the American
methods. The fact mentioned has
been established. For a soldier he is
exceedingly apt in '-' demagogy and
It was given j out by the Liberals
that the country members of the
Tory party would kick when the
Local Government bill came np. But
it seems tbe Squires are too much
Tory for that. They are swallowing
their misfortunes without wry faces
and with a certain smacking of lips
that denotes something of satisfac
tion. Toryism j seems to have be
come stronger in England in spite of
the extension of tbe franchise.
The. Cape Fear and Yadkin Val
ley Railroad runs close by the battle
ground of Guilford Court House.
lhe survey now
survey now progressing j will
probably locate the
road near; an
other famous and most
battle ground Moore's Creek Bridge.
A few days ago the surveyors ran
along the old j military road con
structed by Lord Cornwallia from
Averasboro to Wilmington when
he was retreating from Guilford'
Court House to this town.
Railway Bride Company.
The stockholders of the Wilming
ton Railway Bridge Company met at
the , office of the Wilmington ; and
Weldon Railroad Company at 12
o'clock noon yesterday. .The meeting
was held for the purpose of taking ac
tion for tbe prosecution of work on
the two iron bridges which span the
two branches of the Cape Fear river.
An entirely new superstructure is to
be built, and the work is to be push
ed rapidly, much of the material hav
ing already arrived. - The Wilming
ton and Weldon and the Wilmington,
Columbia and Augusta Railroads own
one-fourth each, and the Carolina
Central one-half of the stock in these
bridges. L' L '
Y. RE. C. A. Convention.
. Reduced rates (round trip tickets)
for delegates to the State convention
of the Young Men's Christian Associa
tion; which meets at Charlotte May
19th, will be given as follows: From
Wilmington, $7.80; Laurinburg, $5.00;
Wadesboro, $3.15; Asheville, ; $7.30;
Statesville, $2.45; Greensboro, j $5.00;
Bingham School, $6.10; Chapel Hill,
$6.75; Goldsboro, $9.20; Henderson,
$8.80: Moreanton $5.00; Salisbury.
$2.45: Winston, $6.10; Durham, $6.75;
Raleigh, $7.75. Proportionate reduc
tions will be made from other points
in tne state.
Give as baok the day train on
tbe "K. and do it quick. !
WILMINGTON N. C.y FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 1888.
New Industry. .
The Stab has heretofore mention
ed the - fact that Mr. , F. S. Clark, a
practical ! chemist who has been in
'Wilmington for some months past,
was putting up works In the 'south
ern part of the.city for. the purpose
of manufacturing wood alcohol, from
pyroligenous acid a ' waite product
of the .Carolina" OiV ap.d Creasote
Company. - During ithei past week
Mr. Clark. - having coniDleted : his
plant, began ' operations, and .- the
works are now , running,, turning out
wood alcohol of an excellent quality,'
Alcohol from pine, wood . is some
thing new. . Wood alcohol has been
obtained heretofore solely from the
hard woods, at the North and In
Europe, where large quantities are.
made and used in the arts. It is
found that pyro ligneous acid from
pine wood yields abbot one per
cent., : or about . two gallons to
the cord of wood. " For all
practical purposes, In the' arts, wood
alcohol is the same as grain- alcohol,
and as it is liable to nor internal; re
venue tax, it can be sold .. at a much
less price. . j- "-! -
The works erected by Mr. Clark are
too elaborate to be readily described
in a newspaper article. They con
sist of a series of stills and other ap
paratus operated by steam, and the
process is a continuous one, resulting
in a complete separation of the me
thyl or wood alcohol frpm the crude
acetic acid and! empyreumatio oils.
As the Carolina Oil and Creasote
works turn out several thousand gal
lons of pyroligneous acid per day, and
Mr. Clark's works will handle all the
company's out-put of this heretofore
waste product, the enterprise is an
important one, and - we are glad to
learn bids fair to be highly remune
A Hambng. i
The Salisbury Watchman prints the
following in relation 'I to a circular
sent out from Chicago, 111. One of
these circulars was received at the
Star office, and probably they were
others sent to persons In Wilmington:
Quite a number of our citizens re
ceived a circular letter a short time
ago from a firm in Chicago offering
to send them crayon . portraits of
themselves or one of their family, as
an advertisement scheme, free of cost.
Several sent pictures to have en
larged, but they have another letter
telling them they will have to pay
from $6 to $8 for a frame before the
picture will be sent. Whenever a
stranger off era you several dollars for
nothing, you can set him down as a
fraud. L ' ' "
Foreiam Rice. .
Planters and dealers in rice in the
South are considerably stirred up
over the large importations of foreign
rice. Another vessel with a cargo
from Java has 'arrived, at Savannah,
making, with the cargo that arrived
at that port several days ago, 8,750,
000 pounds. It is said that the mills
of New York aie overrun with it. The
planters claim that the tariff on this
grade of rice being relatively lower
than on clean rice, and imported in
this shape to avoid the tariff on clean
rice, is detrimental to the rice-growing
interests of this cOuntry, and as
the cost of cleaning is comparatively
trifling the importers have only to
establish small mills at a cost of not
to exceed $5,000 or $6,000 and virtually
render valueless the more expensive
plants in this country required to
clean the home product in the various
stages from the rough rice to the
clean rice of commerce.
The same grade of uncleansed rice
has recently been coming into the
port of New Orleans for milling, and
the New Orleans Produce Exchange
is trying to get the Treasury Depart
ment to make a ruling refusing it to
enter except upon the payment of
the tariff for clean rice.
The Savannah News says:
The increasing importation of the
Java rice is being severely felt in the
New Orleans market, which is declin
ing, and a 400 barrel offer was de
clined here yesterday at a fall of Jc.
from quotations. The Stavanger's
cargo of 975 tons of what the plan
ters call tariff-defrauding rice, has al
ready been felt in the Savannah mar
kets as similar importations are ham
mering down prices in New Orleans.
. Stephen Freeman, who is now in
jail under sentence of death, seems
hopeful that the movement to secure
a commutation to imprisonment for
life will succeed, j Public opinion is
divided as to the probable result; and
in the meantime, Father Burns is
active in his efforts to obtain signa
tures to the petition for Executive
clemency. As is known, the Supreme
Court affirmed t the decision of the
Criminal Court, but the Governor has
not yet certified the' decision to the
sheriff or fixed j any date for the exe
cution. I ;
Daniel Biggs, who is sentenced to
be hanged May 8th, seems to have no
friends and no hope. There will
probably be no effort made in his be
half, and unless he is granted a re
prieve the first execution in the new
jail will take: place on the date
named.- - 1
The C. F; &; Y V. R. R. 1 "
Maj, Roger P. Atkinson, engineer
of the Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley
Railroad, was in the city yesterday.
It was understood that he was mak
ing a preliminary investigation of the
surroundings with a view to the se
lection of a terminus for the road. He
visited the river front in the neighbor
hood of the old Clarendon iron works
and afterwards took a ride around the
city in the direction of Bellevue Cem
etery and oat to Rose Hill. We lea rn
that it is estimated that the cost of
terminal facilities for the road wll
probably reach $160,000.
The active movement in grain con
tinued in Chicago yesterday. Wheal?
for May . delivery ranged as high as
79fe, but closed at 79Jc. May corn
touched 56fo,.but under heavy selling
fell back to 55. May oats climbed to
33i, but sympathizing with corn re
ceded to 82ic. The fight over May i&
a fcsharp one, the "bulls" making'
desperate efforts to corner the mar-'
ket, while the "bears" with oharac-.
teristie confidence, feel that they are
safe in promising all the "stuff"'
wanted daring May at . the present
Tne I". SI. C A. ,
The meeting of the Young Men's
Christian Association at the' Library
rooms yesterday r afternoon was at
tended by 'alarge',humber of the
members, and' great interest' j was
evinced 'by all. : The ''meeting jwas
opened with "devotional exercises,
after Which the President,".Mr. P. B.
Manning, stated the' object for which
it Was called to make arrangements
to secure additional subscriptions to
the building fund,5 and for the incor
poration of the Association." After a
discussion, participated in by a num
ber of leading business 'men of the
city who were present by invitatioh,
the matter was finally referred to the
Board of Directors 'consisting of the
executive officers of. the Association
and Messrs. D. G. Worth, B. F. Hall,
J. H. Carrie, J. S. Allen, J. H. Chad
bourn, Jr., Roger Moore, J. C. Steven
son and W. H. Sprunt. . V j .
; After the close of the meeting of
the Association, the Board of Direc
tors met and appointed a committee
consisting of Messrs. J. S. "Allen,
Roger Moore, Iredell Meares, Wm. M.
Camming and G. C. Worth to solicit
subscription. ' These eentlemen will
canvass the city to-day and.to-mor-
row, and no doubt is entertained that
the whole amount of $15,000 , will
be secured by Saturday night. . The
citizens are showing great -enthu
siasm. Over $1,000 war secured yes
terday, although no systematic effort
was made. Tne committee wm re
port at a meeting of the Association
to be held Saturday night at 8 o'clock
The form of an agreement provid
ing for the manner in which sub
scriptions may be paid in eighteen
monthly instalments, or quarterly or
in cash was submitted "by
Stevenson and adopted.
Cape Fear and XadMn Valley.
The preliminary work on the Cape
Fear and Yadkin Valley extension is
progressing favorably. It will prob
ably require about two months to lo
cate the whole line definitely; but the
work of construction will begin at
Wilmington by the 15th, -and possibly
by the 1st of June, and will be pushed
with energy. No conclusion has yet
been reached as to the location of the
depot buildings and wharves in Wil
mington. The road may cross the
Northeast river over the bridges now
owned by the other railroads, or it
may cross that river some distance
above Hilton, make a circuit of the
eastern part of the city, and then
take a westerly coarse to a deep-water
front on the Cape Fear not far
from the old Clarendon Iron Works.
Viewing the question from a purely
business stand-point, it seems almost
certain that the Company will secure
terminal facilities on the Wilming
ton eide of the, river, provided they
can buy the necessary water front at
a reasonable price.
It is the present intention of the
management, as soon as the exten
sion is completed, to run a through
day train from Wilmington to Mt.
Airy: literally, "from the seashore to
Carolina Beacn. -
The Charlotte Chronicle in speak
ing of this popular summer resort
says: "Many of our people will be
glad to learn that this season, the
Sylvan Grove, a fine excursion steamer
from New York, will ply between
Wilmington and Carolina Beach.
This writer has enjoyed trips on the
Sylvan Grove. She makes 16 miles an
hour and is one of the finest boats in
NeW York harbor. She will be com
manded by Capt. Harper, who is so
favorably remembered as captain of
the Passport. Crowds of Charlotte
Deoole will walk the decks Of the
Sylvan Grove this summer."
Not for Daniel.
A Star reporter casually collided
with ex-Judge Daniel L. Russell last
night, when the following; conversa
tion took place:
Reporter "I see, Judged that this
statement is made in the Wilson
Advance : 'The political slate for
the Republican party has Daniel L.
Russell, of ' New Hanover, plainly
written.' How is that?"
Jttdge RusseiOi "An entire mis
take. I am not only not a candidate
ferthe nomination, but I would not;
accent the nomination if tendered;
me." ' .'' . f
Reporter "Judgel that's what I
call horse sense." .1
Here is a chance for a lucky gnesser
to win five hundred dollars:
In his article on 'Where to Spend
the Summer." in Scribnefs for April,
Gen. Greelv, chief sismal offlcer.makes
a prophesy as to the hottest days in
the years 1888. The Detroit Journal,
takinsr the matter ub. has offered a
prize of $500 to the person guessing
correctly, before June 1st. wnat tne
three days will be. . . , .
The dry-dook formerly in use
at Evan's ship-yard, went to sea yes
terday in tow of the steamer Scyth
ian. The steamer with her charge
is bound to Hayti. In the opinion of
many seafaring men the risk of tow
ing such an unwieldy craft into port
is extremely hazardous, particu
larly if bad weather is encountered.
For the Star.
The Democratic Ex. Committee ,of
Pender county met atBureaw Mon-
Hav the flt.Vi Anril. and annointed Sa
turday, the 21st April, as the day for
holding the Township primary, and
Wednesday, the 25th April, as the
day for the Cotmtv Convention. The
fnllnwino. -rnnnlntions were adopted:
fipjtnlTn-ff. That we. the Democratic
"Executive Committee of the County
of Pender, fully endorse the able man-
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nerin wnicn our representative, vr.
w Mr.niamTTTo- has , conducted him
self in his adherence to the best in
terest of his constituency; and fur
ther.. - .;-;;-'' It- ;V'- j
HAsnl'np.iL That hA. ia unauestiona-
bly the choice of Pender county, and
we .believe the entire Congressional
District and we therefore pledge to
him our hearty support for his re-
Bruce Williams, Chairman.
W. M. Hand, Secretary..
I IN TEH'S TA TE COMMERCE.
Commission Investigating tne
' Cnercea of False Bflllac. r
8t Telegraph to the Morning Star -
Washington, - April 12 The Inter-
State Commerce Commission darinir the
month of March entered upon a somewhat
extensive investigation of tbe matter of
under-billing,: Testimony was taken at
Chicago, Omaha, Lincoln, Detroit. Buffa
lo, Washington and other points. - A num
ber of witnesses were examined and many
statistics accumulated. As the result of
the examination the Commission announces
that it concurs with various boards of
trade and commercial bodies, frm the
larger cities of ' the country, which have
requested an amendment of the law im
posing a small penalty upon shippers who
by raise billing, raise ciassincation raise
weighing, or falsa report of weights, or by
other devices, knowingly and wilfully ob
tained transportation for- their property at
less than regular rates. - , I
Washington, April 13. The Legisla
tive, Judicial, and Executive Appropria
tion bill, as agreed upon in the House Com
mittee, makes a total appropriation of $20,
472,894, which is $937,606 less than the es
timates and $209,246 less than the current
appropriations for the same service. The
whole number of salaries provided for is
9,565,412 less than the number estimate
lor, and do more man me number provided
for at present. There is, however, an actual
increase of only 17 employes beyond the
number of employes now in service, the
other apparent additions being caused by
the transfer of certain signal service em
ployes and House committee clerks to this
bill from otner bills, c .
s Race Question In the Episcopal
Cbureb. ' ' I
By Telegraph to the Morning Star. J
Charleston, April 13. There is a proB-
pect now that the difficulties in the Protes
tant Episcopal Church, which involved tbe
withdrawal or a large number or clerical
and lay delegates from the Convention last
May; will be adjusted at the Convention to
meet at Anderson on the 2d prox. I
Tbe immediate occasion of the with
drawal last year was the organization of
the Convention, but the underlying ques
tion was the right of a colored clergyman
to sit in that body by virtue of his ordina
tion under the constitution of the diocese.
The Bishop's list of clergy, entitled to eit
in the Convention . was presented and
referred to committee. The committee re
ported the list correct. A motion was
made to connrm tne report, a second mo
tion was made to strike out the name of
Pollard, colored, rector of St. Mark's
Church in Charleston. Tbe motion to
strike out was lost on a vote by orders j It
was tnen moved to aiviae ine question so
as to confirm the list of clergy excepting
Pollard. The motion was lost; so was a mo
tion fo connrm the clergy list as presented
by the Bishop. The Bishop ruled that
nevertheless the Convention was duly
srganized for business. An appeal was
taken from the ruling of the Bishop,
and the Bishop announced that the ruling
of the Chair had not been sustained. Not
withstanding this the Bishop declined to
entertain any other appeal from his ruling
as to the organization, and directed that the
business of tbe Convention snouid proceed.
Thereupon the dissenting deputies with
The deputies who withdrew from the
Convention met in February last, and de-
cided that they could not recognize the
Convention which is to meet in Anderson
as legal, but appointed a committee, with
authority to suspend this rule of action, if
the difficulty could be reached. Afterward
a conference of clergymen and laymen of
the diocese who had taken different
sides on the question at issue was held.
Those present recommended as a solution
of the problem, that colored persons con-
nected witn tne .Episcopal unurcn in tne
diocese should be organized into a separate
missionary jurisdiction under the same
Bishop as the white people. To this end it
was advised mat at tne meeting or tne
Convention In Anderson the constitution
should be amended on the basis of the
Canon on the same subject, which had
been proposed to the Council of
the Church in Virginia. It was
also recommended that the constitu
tion, canon and rules of order of tbe
Church in tne diocese be rererreu to a
commission of clergymen and laymen, and
that no other action upon the matter at
issue should be taken by the Conven
The committee appointed by the depu
ties, who withdrew from tne convention
of 1887, then met and recommended that
the deputies of all parishes assemble in
Anderson ior conrerence neiore me time
appointed for the Convention, and con
sider the plan of settlement which had
been DrODoaed. Deputies who withdrew
insiBt that it is thefr right to scrutinize and
pass upon the list of clergy, whether made
up by tne uisnop or oy tne sianuing com
mittee, and also insist upon tne rignioi
appeal from the decision of the chair.upon
the organization of the Convention, or
unon anv other point.
The deputies who remained insisted that
the right of a clergyman who is otherwise
eligible to a seat and vote in tneuouven
tion cannot be taken away or impaired by
a vote of the Convention, inasmucn as each
clergyman sits and votes by virtue of his
ordination. They contend, further, that
the Convention was duly organized before
the committees were appointed, and before
anv Question as to organization had been
The proposed adjustment does not decide
immediately any point in tne controversy,
but is intended to eliminate the race quea-.
tion and postpone further action until the
commission proposed to be raised to revise
the constitution and canons snau nave
made its report
An Explosion of Gunpowder at Mont
gomery that Snookx tne Wnole Town.
IBt Telegrapn to tne Homing Btar.i
MnNTfloKEST. April 14. A box car con
taining one hundred kegs or powder, stana-
ing in the Louisville & Nashville' Railroad
yards nere, blew up to-uay. . an engineer,
on nassintr the switch-engine, noticed the
car smoking, and he and the fireman jump
ed off and ran ont or me way. adoui mat
time the explosion occurred, shakiog the
whole town to the distance' of a mile. Win
dows were broken half a mile away and
plastering was shaken down in the upper
stories of tall buildines at a greater dis
tance. A negro car-coupler standing near
was blown to nieces. The loss is about
1.000. The car is supposed to have
pjinffht fire from the soarks of- passing en
gines, ine DOWQer was consieneu to juc-
Cormack & Richardson, of Eufaula, Ala.
One Has Sis Skull Crashed with
UBv Telegraph to the Homing Star,
Macon. Mo., April 14 Dr. Thomas J.
Horns, editor of the Democrat, was as-
ssnited and Deaten into lnsensiDiiuy yesusr-
riav hv Alexander Hudson, editor of the
Mtms 'limes. Jamison came up uemuu
J J TT . . 3 L.VI.J
TTnrris n.nd struck him on the head withla
heavy iron bar, continuing the blows until
'Morris lell to tne ground, ii is ieareu nis
.bull ia fractured and death will result.
Tha aonanlt crew ont of a bitter Quarrel
which has been waged between me two
Democratic papers here for some time.
A Defaulting Bank Teller xrying to
; . Reach the States. ..
. (By Telegraph to the Morning Star.l
MrWincivnT.Tal Mtjot.. April 14. Th
.feurnoTs Winnipeg special says: wm.i
Cameron! teller : of the Union Bank, ski;
nail nfflaat tliffht UB nUXa HK BU
drove to the boundary 1 line. The police!
have been making desperate enona to pre:
vent his getting across, tie nas neen ieaai
ine- vflrv fast life and got heavily in debt?
The amount of his stealings is estimated a
high as $38,000, but toe aennne amount u
not yet known, u u aupposeu mat Min
neapolis Is his destination.
. I MB. CON KLIN 6.
He' Passes a Good Nlgnt and nls Con
dition Greatly Improved Tne Dread
: Crisis TboDght to be Past. -
New Yoke, April 12. The news from
Mr i Conkling's sick chamber this morning
is of a most cheering character, and there
is every reason to believe that the dread
crisis has passed. Mr. Conkling spent one
of the best nights since his illness. ' About
8 o'clock this morning he awoke and was
given drink, wben he dozed off soon again
and up to half past 8 o'clock was still
sleeping soundly. )
Dr. Hartley left the house at 7.80 o'clock.
"Mr. Conkling," said he, "passed a good
night and. every thing now looks prhmis
At half past 8 o'clock Mrs. Conkling
was seen. There was a marked difference
in her appearance since yesterday. There
was hope in the faithful wife's voice and
eyes. She said that Dr. Hartley had just
informed her-before he left that her hus
band had passed one of the most comforta
ble nights sinca he had been ill. She
herself, she added, had only been called
once or twice during the night, and had
enjoyed, like her husband, some refreshing
sleep. She was overjoyed at tbe favorable
indications in the sick chamber.
New Yoke, April 12. Reports from
Mr. Conkling's sick room to-night are
more encouraging. He has slept tbe greater
part or tne afternoon and, evening. Ha
principal , physician has paid but "abort
visits and the family and attendants seem
under no special concern to-night.
New Yobk, April 18. Mr. Conkling
rested well all night. He awoke only when
callel to take his medicine. The favorable
nytnptoms in the patient's condition con
tinued to increase during the early morn
ing. Mr. Conkling's sleep was said to be
of that kind which would be likely to re
cuperate, to some extent at least, tbe ter
rible waste of the disease in the . last two
weeks. No very definite hopes for his re
covery are, however, expressed, nor have
such hopes been advanced at any time by
the doctorB. j
I At 9.55 a. m. Dr. I Barker issued the fol
lowing bulletin: "Mr. Conkling passed a
good night; he slept well, and his mind is
clearer this morning. His pulse is 74 and
bis temperature 99.
Mr. Conkling spoke to Dr. Barker and
shook hands with him when he entered the
room. The Doctor gives the chances for
recovery now as one in six.
New York, April 13. The general im
pression at the Hoffman House is that Mr.
Conkling s condition is more precarious
than indicated in the bulletins of Dr. Bar
ker. It is known that the physician does
not wish to alarm the publio unnecessarily,
while there is a shadow of hope left for the
lire or one or new xork s most brilliant
men. While some of the bulletins have
been favorable, there seems to be a world
of reservation in all that Dr. Barker has
given out, On the other hand, not a single
favorable bulletin has been issued while
the distinguished patient was otherwise
than asleep, or -at least in a doze. When
awake he is either very nervous or even
worse excited. ' In the meantime his
strength is receding hourly. To-day came
the most unfavorable symptom in bis refu
sal to take milk, on which he has subsist
ed, and in the nervous twitching of his
hands. Dr. Barker did not have his usually
affable smile this afternoon, and Is evident
ly much worried at the turn the case has
Dr. Cornelius R'. Agnew, the eminent
specialist in diseases of the eye and ;ear,
who was called in as consulting physician
when Mr.Conkling's ear trouble became
serious, is now very ill from peritonitis, and
Dr. Hands, who was also one ot Mr. conk
ling's consulting physicians who performed
the operation on Mr. Conkling, wasto-day
Called upon to perform the operation of
laparotomy upon his colleague, Agnew.
The latter is said by his physician to be in
more danger of losing bis lire than Mr.
New Yobk, ' April 14. Mr. Conkling
passed another comfortable night. At
quarter ' past 9 o'clock Drs. Barker and
Sands called at the house. They remained
in the sick room about a quarter of an hour.
When coming out Dr. Barker said: "lhe
alarming symptoms which exhibited them
selves yesterday have entirely disappeared,
so I feel very much reassured. 'Mr. Conk
ling passed a comparatively easy night, al
though he is a little weaker this morning.
He slept most of the time during tbe night.
When he wakes up he appears to be much
more intelligent than before."
Dr. Sands dressed the wound. There
was a slight discharge of pus, Mr. Conk
ling's puUe was 92 and temperature
100 1-15; respiration natural, at about 18
When he slept, and 20 while awake.
! New Yobk, April 14. Advices from
Mr. Conkling's sick room up to 10 o'clock
ornight, are vaguely encouraging for the
present, and hopeful for the morrow. The
physicians, with the exception or one
watcher, had left the house for the night.
Dr. Agnew, one of Mr. Conkling's physi
cians, continues in a more critical condition
(han his patient. But neither of them have
ery good prospects for lite.
Tronble Between Inman and the Rest
of the Georgia Syndicate.
New Yobk. ; April 12. A meeting of
Richmond Terminal Directors was held to
day but transacted only routine business.
ISo special meeting or stocKnoioers nas
been called, and tbe directors state that no
request for a call has been received. It
was reported after the meeting that there
had been a split between John H. Inman
and other members of the Georgia Central
syndicate, and that Inman will be elected
president in place of Gen. Alexander. An
other rumor of the afternoon is that the
secretary of the Richmond Terminal Com
pany has carried off the stock transfer
ledger to prevent President Sully from
getting the addresses of stockholders.
.Bully intended to send tbe stockholders a
Circular giving a status of the omptny's
M,E. CHURCH SOUTH, j
jneetlng of the Extension Board In
Louisville, Kt., April 12. The Board
of Church Extension of the Methodist
Church South is holding its annual meet
ing in this city to-day. The following
Bishops are in attendance: Holland N.
McTyiere, John C. Keener, Alpheus 0.
Wilson, John C. Uran berry, liobert m.
Hargrove. William E. Duncan, Charles B.
Galloway, Eugene R. Hendricks, Joseph
d. Key. ' m .
Emperor Frederic Loss of a Barque
from savannah In tbe English chan
nel. ' ! I"
; By Cable to the XormnglStarJ I ,
Berlin, April 14. Emperor Frederick
had a good night. This morning he read a
report from Colonel Aldeydill, and after
wards drove in iiusigarien. ;
London, April 14. Tbe Norwegian
barque Norma, Captain Thorsen, from
eavannan, marcn om, ior ftoiieraam, waa
sunk in the Channel last evening by colli
sion with the steamer Bremen. The latter
put into Dover; she ia badly damaged. The
Norma's crew were awed. I
Henrv 7. Gillie, manager of the suspend
ed American Exchange of London, sailed
from New . York' for Liverpool on the
steamer Etruria yesterday.
Twentv members of the Board of Trade
of Chicago were suspended yesterday for
trading after hours, 'ine move nas creaiea
considerable excitement in commercial
circles. ; ," ;! ' "
Constable Jacob Yearock.'of Red Bank,,
N. J., is one of the death-watch: over
George Dunham, in au mere ior murder, j
The latter'8 wife viBtted him, and as they
sat side by side on Yearock's cot, Year-
ock stooped to pick up a book, nis heavy
revolver dropped from his pocket upon
the stona floor and was discharged. The
bullet entered Mrs. Yearock's heart, killing
her instantly. L.
Goldsboro Argus:, The many v'
friends of Rev. Geo. W. Sanderlin in this
city, and throughout the State, will bo in- V
expressibly pained to learn of the severe af- in
fliction that has been visited upon him and :
his most excellent wife in the death of their v '
amiable and lovely daughter, Miss Lillian
N. Sanderlin, which occurred at their home
near Beaton yesterday morning at 8 o'clock, '
in the 17th year of her age, after a proirac- ci ted
attack of typhoid fever.J
j Raleigh Visitor: Laura Har
rison, colored, the widow of the well- ,
known painter, Willis Harrison, dropped '
dead at her residence on Norta Harrington .' '
street, ' early this morning. Reilb
vrLLB, N. C, April 18th, 1888. ! King & ; '
Hazell's livery stable (frame) and Ker- 4 ;
nodle's building (brickV aud Williamson .
Bros. & Co., stock in Kernodle'a building, !
were burned this morning a'. 3 o'clock . '
Nothing saved. - Horses and 'vehicles all
Baved out of stable. -!
Clinton Caucasian; Major '
Robert Bingham will deliver a lecture in
the college chapel Friday, April 29th, at 8
p.m. His subject will be his European
tour. The Farmers' Alliance for this : ,
county met on last Friday in Atkins Hall. '.
Exactly at 12 o'clock, ai the fall of tbe gav
el by President Butler, the order went into
secret session with closed doors.: Twenty .
out of the 23 primary Alliances were re pre-
sented, over 100 delegates being present.
Rev. W. Williams, State
Lecturer K. of H , organized a lodge in
Selma on the 12th inst , with sixteen char
ter members and the following officers: P.
B. Kyrer, P. D. ; J, M. Fisdale. D. ; W. H.
Hore, V. D. ; B & Liles, A. D. ; J. E.
Owens, R. ; H. D. Hood, F. R ; F. W.
Winston, Treasurer; R. C. Wallace, C. ; J.
M. Hore, Guide; W. J. Preston, Guardian;
J. M. Wool, Sentinel; Dr. R. J. Noble, M.
-E. ; Dr. W. B. Crawford, W. M. Pitimau
and Dr. R J. Noble, trustees. - t .
Asheville Sun: The Republi- ,
cans of Haywood county have our deep,
unfeigned commiseration. They are to be
represented in the State Convention by two
gentlemen who part their names in the mid- ' .;
die, so to speak, as we are advised and be
lieve, to wit: J. Wiley Shook and J. Pink
Herren. Dr. J. B. 8olomon, a promi- '
nent Baptist winiBter of Kentucky, spent .
Tuesday night and a part of yesterday, in .
the city.tPr-S '8 a native of ; Franklin
county, N. O , and is a minister of fine
ability. Stab.. i
Henderson Cold Leaf; Captain
J. S. Mason is the champion lightning
tongued auctioneer of the State. Recently
he sold 180 piles of tobacco in 47 minutes,
and he was not hurrying either did not
know any one was timing him, or he might
have gone to 200 piles in 50 minutes.
We are pleased to note the fact that the
Henderson Female College is so well patro
nized this session. There about one hun- -dred
pupils enrolled and the outlook for a
prosperous and most successful school is
very good Indeed. Died, at his resi
dence, four miles from Williamsboro, in
the county of Vance, N.C., on the morning
of the 21st of March, John Taylor Thomas,
Esq., in the 62d year of his ago. He was
a school-mate of this writer, and he was
one of the best of men in every relation.
Stab., i !
Greensboro State; Guilford
county presents a fine field for fruit cann
ing, yet only one gentleman has so far un
dertaken the business. Last year Mr. G.
L. Anthony, three miles south of Greens
boro, placed in machinery and went to
work. There were no peaches to put up,
so he operated on tomatoes, corn and beans,
and succeeded in getting quite a good
stock of these all of which, he sold to the
wholesale and retail dealers of the city,
and we understand made a fine reputation
for his "Vandalia Brand," which is the
name of his postoffice. This year Mr.
Anthony has perfected arrangements by
which he contemplates putting up 50,000
cans using all the peaches he , can get and
then working up the remainder of his
stock of cans on tomatees, corn, beans and .
other vegetables all of which be proposes
to grow on his own farm. j
Raleigh News- Observer : Sen
ator Vance is reported as being at Gom
broom. I - We learn that the residence of
Mr. Ed. Yarborougb, at Osgood, was burn
ed early yesterday morning. Loss 11.000
or more. : The fire is supposed to have oriSj
ginated from carelessness. Married in
this city yesterday morning at 8.45 o'clock,
at the residence of the bride's: mother on
Hillboro street, Mr. James I. McRee, edi
tor of the! Jfctcs and Observer, and Miss
Helen B. Johnson, daughter of the late Dr.
Chas. E. ! Johnson, Rev. Dr. M, M. Mar
shall, rector of Christ Church,! officiating.
-Secretary Bruner, of the Board of Ag
riculture, has formed an excellent plan for
securing full crop reports, which he is now
laboring to put into execution. He has
made arrangements to secure a crop corres
pondent in every township in every county
in tbe State, and was busy yesterday send
ing out blanks for the returns for his -next
report. I - The Rev. Dr. J. T. Leftwich,
of Baltimore, is in this city the gueat of his
brother-in-law, Mr. A. M. McPhcetsrs.
Danville Register; Nowb has
been received here that the residence of
Mr. Thomas Conally, of Caswell county,
N. C, within one and a quarter miles of
Milton, N. C, was destroyed by fire a few
nights since. The flames made a clean
sweep. I It could not be learned if he had
any insurance. Persons passing along
the road near Bush Arbor, in the Southern
part of Caswell county last Monday morn'
ing, found a dead body lying in a thick
clump of bushes Within twenty feet ot the
road. Upon examination the body was
found to be that of Robert Oliver, a very
worthy and industrious colored man. His -teeth
were beaten out, his skull -fractured
and his face horribly mangled and covered
with blood. Near Oliver's body was a
heavy oaken stick with blood and hair
sticking to it. It was bIbo indented with
some of the bark peeled off evidently be
ing the weapon with which Oliver was
murdered, in the road near tne spot wnere
the body was found there were evidences of
a struggle and it was plain the body had -been
dragged from the road to where it was
lying. I i I
Rockingham Rocket'. Dr. W.
C. Wall, of Hernando, Miss., reached here
on Saturday night last, accompanied by bis
daughter, to visit friends and relatives in
this vicinity. The Doctor, native here, has
been a l resident of Mississippi since 1867,
Mr. Bilheimer was in town on Tues
day last, i He assures us that I we shall see
him constantly along this way from now
on. He was accompanied by Mr. Austin,
of Philadelphia, elected by the management
to visit the line of the South ! Atlantic and
Northwestern Railroad with the view of
reporting prospects, resources, etc., on his
return ! North. . They came direct from
Southport, at which point Mr. Bilheimef
intends to begin work probably before the
1st of June. Mr. Austin was greatly pleased
with Southport as a coaling station, and
there seems to be no longer any uncertainty
about the road. We regret to learn of
the death of John W. Sneed, Esq., which
occurred at his home, in Williamston'a
township, on Wednesday of last week. The
deceased was apparently in his usual health
up to Wednesday morning. He represented
this county In the Legislature of 1885.
Raleigh News-Observer: We
had the pleasure of seeing on our streets
yesterday Rev. John C. Bmedes, who left
ub some few years ago for a charge up- in
Illinois, and who is now near Harrisburg,
Pa. The Board of Agriculture yes
terday turned over $11,000 to the credit of
the Agricultural College and will probably
turn over more shortly. ' The board also
authorized the resumption of scientific
work at the experimental farm and will
probably give some substantial aid to the
county experiment farms, which are run in
connection with the central station at Ral
eigh. The suit that has been institu
ted against the Richmond & Danville
Railroad Company by some of the holders
of the "ten-share bonds" of the Western
North Carolina Railroad ia explained by
the North State.- The State owning stock
in the North Carolina Railroad in 1867, de
sired to use that stock as a security lor
bonds i they proposed to issue to aid the
completion of the Western North Carolina
Railroad. They therefore endorsed on each
of these bonds that it was secured by a
pledge of ten shares of stock in the North
Carolina Railroad, and hence these bonds
are known as "ten-share bonds. The North
Stats says that there are outstanding about
$500,000 of these bonds, the principal and
Interest now aggregating ; one million.
The object of -the suit la to make the R. &
D. R. R. the lessee of the N. C. R. R- pay
the interest due on these bonds out of the
excess of net earnings over six per cent
earned by the N.C.R R. since the lease. In
default of this, the plaintiff asfca to have
the lease cancelled. t
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