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WILLIAM Hi BEBSABD
Bdltor and Proprietor.
WILMINGTON, N. C.
August 17, 1900.
NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC TICKET.
For President :
WILLIAM J, BRYAN, of NeDrasta.
ADLAI E. STEVENSON, of Illinois,.
SCATTERED BUT NOT COS--;
The Filipinos are a peculiar
people, resembling the Boera in
one respect at least they don't
know when they are whipped. A
year or more ago Gen. Otis reported
that the bottom had fallen out of
the insurrection, that organized re
sistance no longer existed, and that
all our troops would have to attend
to would be some straggling 'bands
of "guerillas" or "bandits," or
"brigands, 'Aor "ladrones," for these
are the names that are applied to
the men who still show fight and re
fuse to acknowledge the supremacy
of the United States. When Gen.
Otis six months ago or more re
solved to capture Aguinaldo and
wind the business up . for good,
they followed him so closely
that they captured several bar
rels of his wife's clothes, and
one of his children and his mother
or grandmother or some other aged
female, but Aguinaldo gave-them
the slip, they lost track of him and
it was concluded that he had es
caped from the island. Some time
later it was reported that he had
turned up at Singapore, but it
wasn't long before he reappeared in
Luzon. Since then he has been re
ported dead several times, but he
still persists in living and the last
heard in reference to him personally
was that his mother had volunteered
to see him and use her maternal in
fluence to persuade him to give up
Notwithstanding all the reports,
official and unofficial, that the "in
surrection" was suppressed it is still
on though there are no organized
armies in the field, but there are
what are worse and more trouble
some, numerous bands of gurrellas
who appear in unexpected places, do
all the damage that ' they can and
then disappear beyond pursuit.
And that's the way it has been going
on ever since the "insurrection" was
suppressed. Our soldiers are not
fighting "rebels" now, it is gurrillas
bandits, brigands and ladrones and
they don't think 'it worth while to
take any prisioners. The reports in
elude only the killed Filipinos and
the killed and wounded Americans,
always astonishingly small compared
with the casualities among the Filo
pinos. The disparity is striking,
but not so striking when it is
learned that our Boldiers get
revenge .for every one of their
number killed by shooting as many
of the people in the neighborhood
where the killing took place as they
can. Brigands, etc., are not enti
tled to the usages of civilized war
fare and therefore they and their
friends are put out of the way by
the shortest route. It has not been
officially announced that our sol
diers have been ordered to take no
prisoners, but the uniform failure
to mention prisoners after fights,
and the large number of the killed
Filipinos justifies this assumption.
. The fact is that the American
people have never been candidly or
honestly dealt with in the reported
situation in these islands. On the
contrary they have been studiously
ana systematically misinformed
a-twI .3 .". l -mi. ! -
auu uoumveu. xne military cen-
'' sorship prevented the sending of in
formation thai would, as one of the
censors expressed it. "hurt the ad
ministration," and it was only when
the letter of some disgusted soldierj
or some newspaper correspondent
escaped the censor that the reading
puoiic 01 mis country got any reli
able information. We get such let
ters from time to time now, but they
escape the blue pencil of the censor.
We have had & couple letters re
cently, one from a correspondent of
the New York . World, the other
iroma correspondent of the New
York Herald. The World corre
spondent has been in the islands six
months and has made a special study
ot the people and the situation,
especially in the island of Luzon,
where most of the soldiers are lo
The conclusion he has come to
after his observations is expressed in
"My conviction ud the conviction
of the great majority of army officers
is that at no time since the occupa
tion of the islands by the forces of the
United States hare life and property
' in general been more unsafe than they
are to-day; that never hare we had so
few real friends among the people;
have so few been merely indif-1
ferent to our rule rather than opposed J
Notwithstanding the fact that the
"insurrection" was "suppressed"
more than a( year ago, General Mac
Arthur declared that he could not
spare more than a few thousand
men for service in China, and the
probabilities now are that if this
Philippine war goes on it will be
necessary before long to send more
troops , there to take the" place of
those that die or are incapacitated
by disease. In the last week of
July there were fifty-two deaths re
ported and 4,836 men in the hos-
The correspondent of the Herald
was with Admiral Dewey when he
entered Manila bay, and has been
in the islands ever since. He has
the reputation of being a very ob
servant and accurate correspondent.
He gives some idea how the war of
"benevolent assimilation" is con
ducted in the following extract:
' VThere has now begun a time of ter
rific slaughter, for since the insurgents
have adopted their guerilla methods
of attacking weak parties of Ameri
cans and boloing men who get outside
our lines, a feeling of intense" bitter
ness has sprung up among our soldiers.
It ts the old cry the only good
Indian is a dead one repeated, with a
deep thirst for revenge behind it to
strengthen it ,
"It is the spirit to take no prisoners'
and kill everything in sight' that has
accounted for some of the terriffc
slaughters that have occurred during
the last two months killing in which
we have lost not a man and the Fili
pinos have lost a hundred or more,
most of whom were bolomen
The explanation ot this new spirit
of blood-thirstiness is not hard
to find. Some of the most atrocious
butcheries have been committed By
the Filipinos cases where a dozen or
more natives have killed a single
American and hacked the body fright
fully. The news reaches the nearest
Dost and a scouting party goes out to
the scene of the killing. It can be 1m-
magined that the oorthraaes ot ine
murdered man do not feel in a merci
ful mood, and they proceed to burn'the
viila?e and kill every native who looks
as if he had a bolo or rifle. In Luzon
a hundred Filipinos must die for every
American murdered or killed in ac
After reading we can understand
why so few prisoners are reported.
The progress made in "benevolently
assimilating" may be inferred from
the following extracts:
"Comoaratively few Filipinos have
been taken, not 6,000 rifles in all, while
over 20,000 remain concealed or in
active daily use by the Filipinos.
Worst of all, there is no American
sentiment whatever among the Filipi
" 'We have found many of them
who were' believed to be honestly
friendly, but time has proved that they
were simulating. Some of our most
prominent local presidents have been
found guilty of the rankest treacnery
towards tho Americans. It is doubtful
whether they hated the Spaniards as
much as they hate the Americans.'
"As for the mass 01 people not sym
pathizing with them and helping them
financially, there are only too many
evidences that they do. It is said that
in every town occupied by our troops
and regulated by native officials who
have been installed at our direction
there is a separate and secret organiza
tion run in the interests of the Filipino
Bat the insurrection has been
suppressed and the work of "be
nevolent assimilation" goes on.
TOO MUCH APATHY.
Mr. Hanna is much concerned
about the absence of enthusiasm
for McKinley, and "apparent apa
thy," in consequence of which he has
not as much money at his disposal
as he would like to have. He and
Cornelius N. Bliss, Treasurer of the
National Committee, visited Boston
last week to stir up the faithful and
remind them that there is entirely
too much apathy, and too few checks
coming in. . The correspondent of
the Philadelphia Times says about
forty business men, bankers and
political workers met them in one of
the club rooms, where they sat with
closed doors. Senator Hanna urged
the importance of appointing sub
committees throughout New Eng
land to secure funds from those who
are anxious for Bepublican success,
and to do everything possible to dis
pel the apathetic condition of things
as they now apparently exist.
A.nd this is in New England which
is so decided Republican that no
one expects anything else from it.
Bat it is apathetic. It can't get up
any enthusiasm over Mark Hanna's
man nor does it take much stock in
the "benevolent assimilation" pol
icy with powder and ball. But Han
na hopes to overcome the apathy if
he can raise money enough to run a
lively show and hence he is making
these personal appeals for contribu
tions. He needed and used a great
deal of money four years ago, but
he will need more to pull his man
through this time. r
A New York judge has rendered
a decision in favor of a pretty girl,
who sued a milling company for
putting her picture on their flour,
barrels without her consent. She
sued for $15,000 and the judge de
cided that she was entitled to it, as
her face was her property and no
one had a right to use it without
her consent. In addition to which,
he held that a pretty face is some
times a woman's fortune and no one
has a right to make it public prop
erty and thus depreciate its value.
Beware of Ointments for Ca
tarrh that Contain Mercury
a8 mercury wUl surely destroy the
Bmeu and completely derange the whole system
when enteiins It thronsrh the mnoons snrf naa .
Bucn articles saouia never ue imeu except on
prescriptions from reputable physicians, as the
damage they will do Is ten fold to the good yon
can possibly derive from them. Hall's Catarrh
Cure, manufactured by F. J. Cheney & Co.,
Toledo, Om contains no mercury, and is taken
internally, acting directly upon the blood and
mucous surfaces of the system. In buying Hall's
Catarrh Cure be sure you get the genuine, it
Is taken Internally, and made in Toledo, Ohio,
by F. J. Cheney & Co. Testimonials free.
Sold by Druggists, price 7o. per bottle.
Hall's ramify Puis are the best. t
r SOME OTHER YEAR.
The Philadelphia Telegraph is a
Republican paper, which thus refers j
to Senator Chandler's letter on the ,
suffrage question in the South
which appeared several days ago in
the New York Sun:
"Senator Chandler, of New Hamp
shire, writes to the New York Sun to
put the general query as to whether
the Southern or negro question has
been revived in the Presidential and
Congressional canvass, 'not willingly
by the North, but deliberately and
defiantly by the Southern Demo
crats.' It is extremely doubtful if
Mr. Chandler or any other North
ern friends of the disfranchised
blacks, could make this question
a live issue just at present The Re
publican managers appear to enter
tain no more hope of carrying- any of
the Southern Democratic States for
McKinley than Committeeman Guffey
has of securing the Electoral vote of
Pennsylvania for Bryan, and little or
no attention will be devoted, dur
ing this year's campaign, to the woes
and wrongs of the negroes who have
been and are to be deprived of the
suffrage Some other year, some at
tention may be devoted to this subject,
but not this year. -
"Meanwhile, it is interesting to note
that Alabama is about to swing into
line behind South Carolina. Missis
sippit Louisiana and North Carolina,
with a disfranchisement movement
The Republicans and Populists com
bined have secured only ten members
in the new Legislature of the first
named State, against a total between
them of twenty-four in the last body;
and the inevitable result of the Over
whelming Democratic victory just re
corded will be the calling of a Consti
tutional Convention for the express
purpose of effecting the disfranchise
ment of the negroes. So the work of
disfranchisement will go forward.until
the Republican party is brought to a,
realization of the fact that the great
task which it took up early in its
career has not yet been safely and
They can't do anything on that
line this year, because there will be
no meeting of Congress until after
the Presidential election, but aside
from this they are not bothering
much with the negro suff erage ques
tion because they have no hope of
utilizing negro votes to carry any
of the Southern States for McKin
ley. That's about all the interest
the Republican managers take in the
negro vote. This is practically admit
ted in theconcluding sentence of the
Telegraph editorial where it says:
"The work of disfranchisment will
go forward until the Republican
party is brought to a realization of
the fact that the great task which it
took up early in its careerias not
-yet been safely and surely com
pleted." This "great task" was enfranchis
ing the ex-slaves to make Republi
can States in the South, as arbitrary
and despotic piece of legislation as
was ever enacted in any country
whose rulers derived their power
from a constitution. Its chief ad
vocates never pretended that it was
constitutional, and when reminded
that it was not, its boldest leader,
Thad Stevens, blurted out, "h 11,
no; it is extra constitutional." They
did not enfranchise the negro to
benefit the negro, but to strengthen
the Republican party. It was a
party scheme, and that is the only
reason why the Republican leaders
of to-day take any interest in the
negro suffrage question. The pre
tence that they are concerned about
the "rights" of the negro is simply
For the Btar.J
AN OUTINQ IN
Mr. P. H. Smith, formerly of Wil
mington, now of Richmond, Va., who
has been visiting his old friend, D. J.
Corbett, Sr., of the bloody 18th Regi
ment of North Carolina, a prominent
farmer in the Canetuck section, speaks
thus of his trip:
Plenty of melons, peaches, some ap
ples, no mosquitoes, congenial com
panionsamong whom some lady
friends of Mrs. Corbett's, one from
Durham, N. 0., one a student from
Baptist Female University, also one
from near White ville, N. C, and a
prominent mill man from Fitzgerald,
Ga., a relative of the Corbetts, spend
ing their time as suited to themselves,
thermometer not over 90 to 96 save
August 9th, when it reached 99. Ex
amined Mr. Corbett's 200 acres of cot
ton, corn, neas and potatoes; also the
Lyon farms owned by the Corbett
brothers and Mr. B. F. Keith. Drank
water from the salt marsh canal,
where salt was made during the war
between the States, now owned by
Mr. Hayward Corbett, of Ivanhoe, N.
C. He also visited Mr. A. B. Corbett,
at whose home he did mason work and
served as groomsman at his marriage.
Also the Dew homestead, where he
also did mason work when quite a
young man, and afterwards married
Miss Hattie Benson in 1863. But, sad
to say, many whom he knew then
have long since "crossed over the
river and are now resting under the
shade of the trees."
A word as to the colored neonle.
about whom there has been so much
talk recently. He found them well
clothed, industrious, satisfied and ap
parently making money, as it appear
ed to him, as they gathered up at Mr,
uorDews commissary atter Dell ring
01 an evening getting their pay, sev
erai 01 wnom took tneir wages in
cash, Mr. Corbett being verv careful
to have change for each one, and he
was wor&mg auring my stay from
ion 10 iweniy-nve every day. 1 never
saw him go out. to get or complain of
ATTEMPT AT ROBBERY.
Thieves Tried to Break ia Store at Palsoo.
Bloodhounds After Them. .
Special Star Correspondence.
FAISON, N. C, August 14th. An
attempt to rob the store of B. B. With
erington, Esq., was made this morning
at 1 o'clock but the parties were
frightened off by the approach of our
night watchman who hadUbeen on
duty since the attempt to burn the
town on election eve night, Aueust
xst. isetecuve Hurricane" Joranch.
01 DiLuuiK, was wirea lor at once
and at this writing his blood hounds
are trailing the tracks of the two men
who were seen running from the store
by the watchman.
Unable to force an oneniner fhrouirh
a dhck wmuow, me roDDers attempted
to cut through a back door with n
1 1 S J At - , . , .
axe wmcn in tneir nurry to escape
was left in the door. The tracks and
weather are fine and we hope to catch
the thieves, who were either black or
blacked their faces for the occasion.
Every effort will be made to catch
HaveCalled "Monster Indigna
tion Meeting" to Be Held
SATURDAY IS THE DATE.
MarlonBotler and Other Distinguished
Speakers Are the Advertised Attrac
- tlooB Circulars Being Posted
. in Populist Sections.
'The good people of Sam psoto county
doubtless thought that when) he left
for Raleigh Sunday and give it out
that early in the- coming week he
would go to Washington to direct
the presidential campaign from there
as chairman of the Populist National
Committee, that they would have the
pleasure of the soothing consciousness
that Butler was no longer in their
midst for a good long while at least.
But it appears from circulars secretly
being distributed in the Populist dis
tricts of his county that he will return
from Raleigh and again visit Sampson
and upon that occasion will speak at
a "monster indignation meeting to
assemble in Clinton, N. C, on Satur
day, Auarust 18th, 1900."
A friend of the Stab, driving through
one of the rural sections of Butler's
native heath, yesterday "stumbled
on" one of these circulars which, con
trary to the "eternal fitness of things,"
is printed on flaming red paper. This
missive, which concludes with the in-1
junction, "Everybody Come," is I
double headed with three inch letters I
proclaiming "Indignation Meeting"
. . ... .. .. .. .. 1
and here is what follows:
- "The liberty loving people of Samp
son county have called a monster in
dignation meeting to assemble in
Clinton, N. C, on Saturday, August
18th, 1900. All lovers of liberty and
opposers of red shirtism, mob and
torcfi rule, and those who favor
honesty in elections are invited to at
tend. Hon. Marion Butler and other
prominent speakers will address the
meeting. , Everybody come."
Fortunately or unfortunately the
aforesaid "liberty-loving people of
Sampson County" do not sign the
"call to arms," but to the end of the
circular is appended the name of W.
F. Sessoms, who purports to be the
"Chairman of the People's Party
Executive Committee of Sampson
In a private letter to the editor of
tho Star the sender of the 'circular
"Enclosed find circular which ex
plains itself. I ran across it to day
while on a buggy drive through the
country in lower Sampson. I find
they are being extensively posted
around the 'Pop' sections and only
to-day did the posting begin,' which
gives really only four days' notice. I
doubt if anything of this is yet known
among the Democrats of Clinton or
elsewhere, save in immediate 'Pop'
circles. It is doubtless a preliminary
move by Butler to initiate his plea and
canvass for McKinley."
RULINQ BY PRODUCE EXCHANGE.
Order Made Regarding Sale of Spirits in
Oil Barrels Meeting Yesterday.
An important ruling regarding the
sale of spirits of turpentine in kerosene
barrels on the Wilmington market
was made by the Board of Managers
oi the Produce Exchange at a special
meeting held yesterday. Hitherto
stock offered in this grade of casks has
been classed, as "irregular" or "coun
try" casks and therefore salable at a
half cent or more below prices given
for spirits in machine made barrels.
The Exchange ruled at the meeting
yesterday that stock offered in the fu
ture in oil barrels be treated the same
as machine made casks so far as re
gards, price per gallon, but that a de
duction of twenty-five cents be made
for each cask or barrel so sold.
Other items of business transacted
was the election to membership of
Col. John Wilder Atkinson and the
election to the Board of Managers of
Capt. H. K. Nash to succeed Mr. L. P.
McKenzie, whom, Star readers will
remember, left last week for Charlotte
to reside permanently there.
The meeting was presided over by
Mr. W. B. Cooper, president of the
Suffering Prom Drought.
Parties who have travelled in the
farming districts contiguous to Wil
mington during the past week, tell of
incalculable damage wrought to all
crops by the prolonged dry and ex
cessively hot weather. Cotton has
fared badly in most all sections, it is
said, and opaning has become prema
ture. The hot weather has cut off all
prospect of a "second" or "top crop,"
it is said, and hindered materially the
maturing of - bolls which were not
grown when the drought set in. Other
crops are also reported to have suf
fered, especially late corn.
The Star acknowledges with pleas
ure the receipt of an invitation from its
friend, Mr. W. P. Leonard, of Kelly,
n. j , 10 auena a big basket picnic
and barbecue at Centerville,
Bladen county on August 29th.
"The object of the jubilee,"
writes Mr. Leonard, "ia to cele
brate our great victory for White Su
premacy. A first class band will fur
nish music for the occasion and all
lovers of good government are desired
to be with us."
New Crop Cotton.
A bale of new crop cotton was sold
at Laurinburg Saturday afternoon by
Mr. Daniel C. Lytch, which breaks all
records for early marketing in that
section. Another bale of new staple
was also sold at Bed Springs Saturday.
It was raised by Mr. J. D. Gibson and
was sold to Messrs. Livermore &JPates
for 9 cents. Jt weighed 494 pounds.
The new bale for Maxton was reported
in Sunday's Star.
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pleasant, taken in early Spring and -Fall pre-
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the mmvl TREASURt- I
Prominent Attorney Says Power to Abol
ish Office is Vested ia Justices v
of the Peace. ) . '
Anent the recent recommendation
by the grand jury that the office? of
county treasurer be abolished by Leg
islative enactment and that the duties
devolving upon that official be turned
over to the sheriff of the county, os
tensibly for economical reasons, a
prominent attorney of the city yester
day called the attention of a Star rep
resentative to the fact that' application
to the General Assembly for the "re
lief" sought is wholly unnecessary as
the object of the recommendation may
be reached nearer home, viz. through
the Justices of the Peace of the coun
ty, as authority to make the change
desired is delegated to them in the
"Section 768 of the Code," remarked
the attorney, who is well versed in the
law touching the point, "provides
that the Justices of . the Peace in any
couuty may abolish the office of Treas
urer, and thereupon the interests and
liabilities attached to the office shall
devolve upon the sheriff, who shall be
ex officio County Treasurer. When
the office has been abolished, the
Justices of the Peace may also, if they
see fit, restore the office."
"The bond of the sheriff as sheriff
shall be construed, the code provides,
to include his liabilities as County
Treasurer and may be increased to
such an amount as the County Com
missioners may deem necessary to
cover trust funds coming intohis
l'As to the saving to the County, the
commission of such Treasurer, is pro
vided for in section 770 of the' Code
which says it must not exceeded one
half of one per centum on moneys re
ceived and not exceeding two and one-
half per centum on moneys disbursed
by him, as the Board of County Com
missioners may allow; provided that
in counties where his compensation
cannot exceed the sum of $350, the
Treasurer shall be allowed a sum not
exceeding two and one-half per centum
on both his receipts and disburse
rne only question now remaining
is whether or not the commissioners
can transfer the office to the sheriff
without allowing him the minimum
contemplated in the proviso last
"Of course," remarked the attorney,
'no action by the justices of the peace
would in any way affect the present
incumbents or officers-elect to these
positions, as this has already been de
cided in a case before the Supreme
Mr. E. T. Pirlord, of Magnolia, Passed
Awsy Yesterday at An Advanced
A(e Fnaeral To-day.
A telegram received by Dr. E. S.
Pigford yesterday announced the death
of his aged father, Mr. E. T. Pigford,
at his home about four or five miles
from Magnolia yesterday morning at
11 :30 o'clock. The telegram was not
received by Dr. Pigford in time for
him to leave yesterday afternoon but
he will leave this morning to attend
the burial services. His father has
been very ill from infirmities of old
age for some time and Dr. Pigford has
spent some time at his bedside during
the past few weeks. - He-had returned
from there only Tuesday and the news
of the death, while not unexpected
came to him as a shock yesterday.
Mr. Pigford was 83 years of age at
the time of his death and as stated, he
has been in very feeble condition for
some time. He was one of the promi
nent planters and most estimable citi-
sens of Duplin and his death will be
Deceased was twice married ; first to
a Miss Chesnutt, of Duplin, and the
second time to Miss Mary Carroll.
Four children survive as a result of
the first union. They are Dr. E. S.
Pigford, of this city; Mr. J. E. Pig
ford. of Baltimore ; Mr. W. K. Pig
ford, of Sampson county, and Mr. T.
U. Pigroro,; of (Joldsboro. lie is also
survived by his second wife and two
children, Mr. Percy Pigford, of Bos-
I ton, Mass., and Mr. J. L. Pigford,
who is living at his fathers home.
Night Sweats, loss of appetite.
weak and impoverished blood, colds.
la grippe and general weakness are
frequent results of malaria. Roberts'
Tasteless Chill Tonic eliminates the
malaria, purifies your blood, restores
your appetite and tones up your liver.
25c. per bottle. Insist on having Rob
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Bellamy. Jos. C. Shepard, Jr., and
J. Hicks Bunting. - t
GIRL BITTEN BY DOG.
Little Daughter of Robt. A. Biddle
tacked by Canine Yesterdty After
noon on Castle Street.
Julia Biddle, the eight-year old
daughter of Mr. Robert A. Biddle, who
lives at 606 Castle street, was severely
bitten on both forearms about 5
o'clock yesterday afternoon by a small
cur dog. which showed some signs of
having the rabies. The little girl
was running across the street, almost
in front of her home, when she was
attacked by the dog and it was not un
til a few seconds that the animal could
be pulled loose from her arm. -The
dog ran away and was chased by a
large crowd of boys and men who con
gregated there soon after the occur
rence but, up to late last night the dog
had not been killed.
Drs. Harriss, Schonwald and Russell
were called. It was reported that
the canine had been bitten by a
mad dog Tuesday afternoon, but this
was not confirmed.
The little girl is suffering only from
flesh wounds and as far as could be
ascertained Was doing very well last
night. . m'mm'
TO CLEANSB THE SYSTEM
Effectually yet gently, when postiye or
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habitual constipation, to awaken the
kidneys and liver to a healthy activity,
wiinout irritating or weakening them,
to dispel headaches, colds or fevers,
use syrup of JTigt, made by the Call-
iornia jng fcsyrup uo. only.
WILLIAM M. POISSON.
Well Known and Respected Citi
zen of Wilmington Died
Yesterday. f f
FUNERAL AT 10 A. M. TO-DAY.
Prominent in Masonic and Chnrcb Cir
cles of the City Long Career as
Bookkeeper and Clerk Health
Palling for Months.
Mr. William Mondonville Poissoo,
one of the best known and most esti
mable citizens of Wilmington, ditd
yesterday morning at 11:15 o'clock
after, prolonged illness at his home,
No. 611 Orace street.
Mr. Poitson had been in feeble
health for some time and had only re
turned a short while ago from Panacea
Springs, where he went for his health.
He returned somewhat improved but
gradually grew worse until his death
yesterday jnorning. He has been a
life long resident of Wilmington and
was a son of Mr. Jehu Poissoo, who
has long since passed away. He was
born at Summerville, Brunswick
county, July 11th, 1818, and was there
fore in the 63d year of his age. He was
educated in the Wilmington schools
and received much of his tuition un
der Prof. S. L. Meginney, a well known
educator of his day. He was first em
ployed as clerk to Col. S. L. Fremont,
Superintendent of the Wilmington &
Weldon Railroad, and was for a time
city ticket agent for that road in Wil
mington. He remained in the employ
of the W. & W. for about twenty years
and then he became bodfckeeper for
the well known firm of Adrian &
Toilers until its dissolution. His next
employment was a similar position
with the Wilmington Iron Works and
he was actively in the discharge of his
duties there until a short time before
his death, when he was forced to retire
on account of his physical condition
Deceased was prominent in Masonic
and church circle, having been for
nearly a quarter of a century secre
tary of St John's Lodge, A. F. and
A. M., and a regular attendant and
enthusiastic worker in Front Street
and Grace Methodist churches of this
city. He was nothing if not charitable,
honest and upright, and accuracy in
whatever he undertook was one of the
strongest points in his character.
Mr. PoissOn was married to Miss
Mary Frances Alderman, dauehter of
Mr. Alfred Alderman, who preceded
him to the grave a year ago last June.
There were no children from the
union, but an adopted daughter,' Mrs.
R. C. Merntt, -survives him. A
brother and sister also survive him.
Mr. James Dickson Poisson and Miss
The funeral will take place this
morning at 10 o'clock from (irace
M. E. Church and the. interment will
be in Oakdale.
DEATH OP DR. I. M. C.L0FTIN.
After Patient Suffering With Cancer He
Passed Away Yesterday at Noon.
news reacnea the city Monday o
tne death of Dr. i. M. U Lor Un, one
of the best known and most highly es
teemed citizens of Pender county. Dr.
Lof tin had been afflicted for a number
of years with cancer caused by a dog
bite in the face when he was a boy.
The cancer gradually grew worse,
causing him the most intense pain
until death came as a relief Monday
about ifoon at his home at Rocky
Deceased was a native of Wayne
county and was sixty-four years of
age. He graduated in medicine early
in lire and went to Kenansville, N. C.
to practice his profession. There he
married Miss Elizabeth Pearsall and
she remained devoted to him until his
In 1889 he moved to Rocky Point
and has lived there since. He was
in the cavalry service during the civil
war and was a brave soldier. He
was a member of St John's lodge of
Masons, of this city.
Surviving relatives of the deceased
are a brother, Dr. P. B. Lof tin, of
Beaufort; a sister, Mrs. O. E. Hines,
of Dudley; his wife and the following
children: Messrs. I. C. and J. M. Lof-
tin, of Wilmington ; Messrs. S. E. and
J. P. Lof tin, Mrs. David Rountreeand
Misses Bessie and Minnie Loftin, of
Lagrange Citizens Discharged.
Messrs. W. H. Sprunt, A. H. Bren
ner and T. E. Wallace went up to
Goldsboro yesterday to testify in a
case in which Messrs. J. M. Murchison
and W. H. Taylor, two prominent
business men of Lagrange, N. C,
were charged by the government with
a fraudulent use of the mails in con
nection with the Southern Cotton
Buyers' Association, which did busi
ness through the Wilmington postof
fice, and a reference to the plans of
which were made recently in the Star.
The defendants were represented by
Hon. Chas. B. Aycock, F. A. Daniels,
Esq., and W. C. Monroe, Esq., of
Goldsboro, and a private telegram re
ceived in the city last night says that
they were discharged by Commissioner
Humphrey for want of evidence. Per
sons acquainted with the operations of
their association say the business was
perfectly legitimate and it was unfor
tunate that they should have been
brought into court
Raleigh News and Observer:
"A private letter from - Greensboro
says Major Chas. M. Stedman is quite
unwell. His many friends through
out the State will join iheNetoa and
Observer in hoping that his Hness is
not serious and that he may speedily
recover his usual good health."
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COL. W. F. FRENCH DEAD.
Died Suddenly Sunday Afternoon at His
Home in Lambef ton, N. C Was
Well Known Here.
News was received in the city yes
terday through a private letter of the
death at Lumber ton of Col. W. Foster
French, one of the best know n and
most highly esteemed citizens and at
torneys of Robeson county.
Col. French-died suddenly about 3
o'clock Sunday afternoon. He , was
well known in Wilmington and dur
ing the last State campaign be f ught
courageously for the success of White
Supremacy in the State. He visited
Wilmington several times during the
campaign and -made one or moje
speeches' here. He was a gentleman of
rare intellect and a gifted scholar.
Col. French was a son of the late
Daniel D. French, who was a brother
of the late Judge R. S. French, a well
known jurist of his day. Deceased
was born in Norfolk, Va., in the year
1842 and was therefore about 58 years
ofage. He removed with his father to
Lumberton about the year 1855 and
later received his education as an
attorney, which profession he practiced
with success until his death, having
been at the time a member of the
firm of French & Norment.
During the war 'he served valiantly
as Colonel of a regiment of N. C.
Junior Reserves and proved bjmself
a leader of men. He had always taken
a warm interest in the government of
his State and nation and served in the
General Assembly as a member of the
House from his county.
He is survived by a daughter and
two sons. Mr. W. R. French, Clerk
of thei Criminal Court, and Mr.
Beverly T. French, both of this city,
are first cousins of the deceased.
- Parties who came down yes
terday report that copious showers
have fallen during the last forty eight
hours at all points along the W, & W.
railroad as far down as Faison, N. C.
CONDITION OF COTTON.
Deteriorated Materially ia the Carolina,
Oeorgia aad Arkansas - Opening
Bv Telegraph to the Mornine star.
Washington, August 14. The
Weather Bureau's weekly summary
of crop conditions says:
Owing to the unusual conditions
of heat and dryness and the exces
sive rains in certain districts, the
week as a whole was unfavorable to
agricultural interests in the districts
east of the Rocky Mountains, and on
the Pacific not very favorable.
Over portions of the central belt
cotton has improved slightly, al
though rust and shedding are gener
ally reported and the crop needs rain
in portions of Mississippi, while suf
fering from excessive moisture and
lack ot cultivation in parts of Louis
iana. In the Carolinas, Georgia, and Ar
kansas the condition of cotton has de
teriorated materially, premature open
ing being extensively reported from
the Carolinas. In Northern Texas
cotton has made favorable progress,
but elsewhere in that State it needs
dry weather and is making too rank
growth. Some picking has been done
over the southeastern portion of the
cotton belt, and while cotton is open
ing in southwestern- Texas, picking
will not be general in that State for
two or three weeks.
TERRIBLE RAILROAD WRECK.
Seven Lives Were Lost and Many Pas
By Telegraph to the Horning Star.
Grand Rapids, Mich., August 15.
The most terrible wreck in the history
of the Grand Rapids and Indiana Rail
road occurred about 5 A. M. to day at
Pierson, 29 miles north of Grand
Rapids. The northbound Northland
Express collided, head on, with pas
senger train NorH8. Seven lives were
lost and many passengers injured, one
fatally. Both engines and the bag
gage cars were completely demolished.
When the trains met day was just
dawning and the fog was so thick that
the engineers could not see more than
one hundred yards ahead. The acci
dent was due to the error of an opera
tor who wrongly reported that one of
the trains had not passed his station,
thus misleading the train dispatcher
into giving the orders which brought
about the collision.
CHAIRMAN MARION BUTLEP.
A Populist Paper Says He Will Take the
Stomp for McKinley.
By Telegraph to the Horning- Star.
Lincoln, Neb., August 13. The
Evening Post, a local Populist paper,
says that Chairman Marion Butler
will take the stump for McKinley.
Vice Chairman Edminston was asked
about this matter this evening but de
clined to talk. "In the absence of
definite information," said Mr. Ed
minston, "I can say nothing about
Senator Butler's future course,"
Governor Beckham has issued a
proclamation convening the General
Assembly of Kentucky in extra ses
sion on Tuesday, August 28th. t The
only subject to be considered is the
modification or amendment of the
Goebel law. ' )
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RACE RIOT IN NEW YORK.
Incited by the Murder of a Policeman by
a Negro Police. Had Difficulty in
Suppressing the Outbreak. i
By Telegraph to the Horning Btar.
New York, August 15. A mob of
several hundred persons formed at ll
o'clock to night in front of the home
of Policeman Robert J. Thorpe, 0f
Thirty-seventh streets and Ninth ave
nue, to wreak vengeance upon the ne
groes of that neighborhood because oie
of their race had caused the police
man's death. Thorpe was stabbed atd
bruised last Sunday night by several
negroes when he was attempting ip
arrest a colored woman. The man
who inflicted most -of the injuries
is said to be Arthur Harris, a
negro who came here several weeks
ago from Washington. In a few
moments the mob to-night swelled to
1,500 people or more, and as they U
came violent the negroes fled in terror
into any hiding place they could fkd.
The police reserves from four stations,
numbering 400 in all, were called out.
The mob of white men, which grew
with great rapidity, raged through the
district and negroes, regardless of ag4
or sex, were indiscriminately attached.
Scores were injured. It took the
combined efforts of the reserves
with as many more policemen on regu
lar patrol duty in the four precincts to
restore order. Clubs were used 'iDlil
the policemen were almost exhausted.
Revolversfwere emptied into the air
and in one or two instances, fired at.
the upper .stories of the negro ..tene
ments from which the negroes defen
sively fired bricks, paving stones and
other missiles. ' ' ,
The policeman's body waV br&ilit
to his home to-night in Niih Avenue.
At once the house became a sort of
shrine and from all over the. vicinity
men and women called to pay their r.;
spects. Many carried handsome ilQral
offerings. As the night grew on the
feeling against the negroes seemed to
grow. The fact that many saloors
round about were crowded had its iu
fluencedoubtless, on the rising title
of anger. A few minutes before 11
o'clock an Irish woman, under the in
fluence of drink, came out of tie
place. She set up a howl and begun
to recite the yirtues of the dead police
man. 8he said the negroes
ought to be killed. Just then a young
negro walked by. The white men
made a rush for him and he was
quickly surrounded. He was beateu
and kicked and was rescued
with great difficulty. If there
had been a carefully arranged
plot and this had been the agreed
signal the outbreak could out
have been more- spontaneous. Men
and women poured by the hundreds
from the neighboring tenements. Ne
groes were set upon where ever they
could be found and brutally beateu.
The blacks at first offered resistance,
but they were so soon outnumbered
that they fled without delay. Fortbe
next hour, the streets were filled with
a rioting surging mob. It was a scene
on very- much the same order
as took place a few days ago in
New Orleans. New York has seldom
had its equaL The shouting of the
men, the shrieking of the women, the
lamentations of tbe children, the
shooting of revolvers, crashing of
windows and ail made a perfect parade
PRETTY KETTLE OF FISH.
Wharton Barker, Mlddle-of-tbe-Road Can
didate for President, Ineligible
for the Office. .
By Telegraph to the Moraine Btar.
Chicago, August 15. -A special to
the .Record, from Linooln, Neb., says:
A sensation has been caused by the
discovery that Wharton Barker, .the
Middle of the-road candidate for Pres
ident on the Populist ticket is ineligi
ble fpr the office to which he aspires.
It is said that while superintending
some improvements in Russia some
years ago Mr. Barker was made
"Lord of St. Wenchelas," by the Czar.
Before accepting the title he did not
ask Congress to grant the privilege,
and he is, therefore, said to be meli
gible because he forfeited bis citizen
ship by accepting the honor-without
permission of the United- States au
thorities. If this proves true, Mr.
Barker must step down and out. Ig
natius Donnelly would succeed him as
candidate for President, some one else
being chosen as candidate for " ice
PEARSON TURNED DOWN.
Republicans Nominated Jas. M. Moody for
Congress in the Ninth District.
bt Telegraph to the Moraine star.
ASHEVILLE, N. C, August 15--James
M. Moody was to day nomina
ted Tor Congress by the Republicans
of the Ninth district. This was a sur
prise, as it was supposed Richmonfl
Pearson would be named to succeed
himself. Pearson ousted W. T. Craw
ford in the present Congress on a con
test The Chinese minister in London has
informed the British Foreign Oftce
that the foreign legations at PeKW
were safe on Monday, August 13th.
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