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OUR SUPREMACY 15 COTTON.
- The Star a few days ago men
tioned that the great conflicts be
tween nations in modern times are
brought about by the competition for
trade supremacy. The commercial
spirit of civilized nations is brought
about by the necessity of giving re
munerative employment to the peo
ple and alio to provide compensatory
investment for capital. As long
as there is labor and as long as there
Is capital this competition between
nations will go on. :
For humanity's sake wars would
probably disappear from the earth in
this enlightened age, bnt when na
tions believe that their life and
preservation depends on trade there
will be fighting pretty much on
the same principle that dogs fight
oyer a toothsome bone This new
cause for war also assumes a serious
aspect for all the leading nations
of the world, and the little lones as
well, for they are the bones of con
tention. Formerly when two na
tions went to war they were alone
concerned, but now three trade wars
Involve the interests of all and
when two nations go to war, the in
ternational trade relations are such
that all peoples are affected. War
in Europe or the Eaat puts up the
nrirua rt maaf. and frrain nmAnat.n In
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America, causing poor people to pay
higher prices and enriching another
class. War between America
and any European nation would af
fect the food supply over there, and
as Europe is dependent on the
United States for cotton, such a
war would be disastrous to Europe
and particularly to the Sooth.
At the present time the faoutn
furnishes the principal supply of
cotton for the world, bat Great
Britain, Germany aud France see
thy day that they cannot depend on
tbti South for their supply of raw
cotton. They are therefore exploit
ing Africa and other portions of she
world to develop the cotton growing
industry, to free themselves from
dependency on America for their
cotton, and possibly to preserve
r their cotton manufacturing indus
tries from destruction by those of
America, which will sooner or later
have supremacy owing to their ad
vantage in being in the country that
produces the raw supply. Germa
ny'a war now going on in Southwest
Africa and Great Britain's war on
the west coast are the result of trade
aggressions and more likely for se
curing .cotton-producing territory.
However, the New York Jour
nal of Commerce and Commer
cial Bulletin assures na that
"our natural advantages in cotton,'
the United States will hold the su
premacy both in the growing of cot
' ton anrl U.b mannfar'.tnrp. That aMo
papor, in its issue of January 19tb.
, i'n great cotton manufacturing dis
trict or Hogland ts la a peculiar poal
"Tiou ( dependence. It was stated at
thi rtcent meeting of manufacturer!
at Manchester that the mills of Lan
cashire represented a capital 100,000,
000 and an annual product ol 90.000.'
000, of which 70,000,000 waa export
ed. An important prt of the export
is to India, which la a cotton produc
lo country and has made a beginning
of manufacturing, for wbich it baa
Andrew Calrd, writing to the Lon
don Afatl.aaya: "Lancashire dependa
upuu iub buhmuciii ui niucriviu tub
ton for the bulk of its great export to
India.' When the price of raw cotton
goea beyond penoa per pound it is
difficult to aell the finished article at a
price which the natives of India can
affora to pay." This not only illua
tratee the hard position that Lanca
attire Is in. but suggeita the great
natural advantage or the United States
for cotton manufaturlcg. We produce
In our Southern States, including In
mat category uaianoma and the In
dian Territory, about 80 per cent, of
all the raw cottou used in the world
ureal Britain naa to import everv
- pound that abe manufactures, taking
most of it from this country and trans
porting it in bulk three thousand miles
and more. Then she must export bv
far the larper part of the product, the
cheaper fabrics going a. 8t.ll greater
distance to India. China and South
America, while aome or tne nner ones
come back here to be sold in our mar
The present high price of cotton is
not the only danger to the Lancashire
mills. Tne tendency of recent yeara
has been toward the building of mills
In our Southern States for manufactu
ring the coarser and cheaper finished
1- Lll. ii . a ena .
: koous, wune mose or new unariana
have been working up to thoae of finer
quality. It ia a practical certainty that
we ahall use an increasing proportion
of our supply of raw cotton, supply our
' m .
own requirement for finished goods to
growing extent, and, a reasonable
policy la foreign trade, more and more
encroach upon the marketi - which
England has so long been accustomed
to supply. We have every advantage in
tnec repetition, land It will be little
to our credit if we do not profit
by it. It la no wonder that the Eng
lish cotton manufacturers are made
anxious by the situation that con
fronts them, ( which they are disposed
to attribute too much to mere specu
lation In the raw material. In the
present condition of supply and de
mand the legitimate price is decidedly
above 81 pence a pound, and is likely
to remain so until there is a consider
able Increase In the supply.. It will
take time to effect that Increase from
other sources than the United States,
ana the result or experiments in
Africa and elsewhere Is in much
doubt Meantime our advantage is a
continuing one, but its benefit will
depend in no small degree upon a
lower price, I for we can manufacture
only what there is a selling market for.
THE APPALACHIAN F0BEST RE
SERVE. . Georgia wants to butt in on the
proposed Appalachian forest re
serve, the bill for which is now
pending in Congress. Originally it
was intended to reserve an extensive
tract in the western and mountain
portion of North Carolina, and if
the reservation includes portions of
North Carolina, South Carolina, Ten
nessee and Georgia, all of which
States will probably want to figure
in it, the region in North Carolina
will be necessarily contracted as
compared with the' scope of country
which the present bill contemplates.
Senator Overman, of this State, is
in charge of the bill and recently
secured a favorable report on it from
Here is what the Atlanta Journal
of Tuesday say 8 abont it:
The beginning of forest reservation
by- the government of the United
8tatesls leas than a dozen years old.
Since the beginning In 1892, millions
of acres in California, Arizona, Colo
rado, Idaho, Montana and Waahlng-
too, New Mexico, Oregon, South Da
kota and Wyoming have been re
served, and i we are face to face with
the fact that nothing baa been done in
the Eastern or Southern States to pre
serve the timber supply to our part of
A national forestry ayatem waa agi
tated nearly thirty yeara ago, but it
waa not until 1891 that the President
had authority to set aside such lands
aa are here mentioned. .
In the yeara to come the deatruction
of our timber will be accounted al
most akin to a crime. It has been
sheer vandalism In many or its dis
tinguishing feature, and the sooner
our people come to their senses the
better it will be for the entire country
in protecting the forest growth.
If a forest reserve should ever be es
tablished in the eastern section of the
federal union, it must embrace lands
where Tennessee, North Carolina and
Georgia meet and join; and Georgia
has more to offer than any or all or
the three named in thia connection.
There is a section which still holda on
the soil the original primeval forest
growth. There are tracts of five hun
dred acres that are known to ex
ist in a body where no clearings have
ever been i made, in White county,
Georgia, and doubtless there are many
thousands or such acrea in tnat broken
mountainous country. The timber is
fine, and the commercial bard woods
of the South Atlantic region must
aoon be in great demand, aa the aoft
woods of the Weat disappear.
National ! parka are different from
forest reserves. Forest reserves are
set aside for the protection of the tim-
and to protect the water aheds. Geor
gia has an immense opportunity in
this forest reserve policy. The land
can be purchased by the government
at very email figures, and the value of
the timber, judiciously cut, would
meet all expenses many times over.
Savs the Charlotte Chronicle of
Col. H. O. Eccles. of this city, is one
of the most -eTrdent supporters or the
Appalachian Park bill in this section.
Cot. Eccles is only waiting now for
the bill to be introduced in the lower
House of Congress when he expects
to go to Washington to do what he
can in favor of the bill.
It ia not generally known, but over
200,000 acrea of the land included in
the park aurvey belong to prominent
Oharlotteans. This land is a part of
the eatate of Dr. R. T. McAden, and
Dr. J. H. McAden, of this city, is
trustee ot this vast tract, wbich would
become a part of the park if the bill
Uol. Eccles la or the opinion that the
bill will be passed by Uongres?, It nav
lag already passed the Senate by a big
majority. The secretary or the Appa
lachian Park Aasociatlon. Dr. Ambler,
or AsheviHe, is sending out literature
on the subject, says Col. Eccles, and
the association ia doing all in its power
to make the movement a success. The
amount of money is ten million dol
lars and Col. Ecclea believea that thia
amount will be forthcoming. Only
two Senators have opposed the bill and
these have now come around all right.
Contrary to what might be expected
Col. Ecclea says that many and per
haps a majority of the lumber men or
the Appalachian section favor the bill
as it would prevent the denudation
and final destruction of the forests.
If Columbia has anything that we
want she had better not "rise as one
man" and stand there long enough
for us to "touch" her. We left her
a little something and she ought to
be satisfied, or else we are liable to
make her hold up both paws in the
The associated press dispatches
tell us that on the morning of Jan
uary 21st an earthquake shock was
felt all over the republic of Panama.
Probably it was the same seizemic
disturbance that occurred when the
ranamanlan revolutionists "rose
as one man."
So Roosevelt now says. "Senator
Hanna has a perfect right to be
come a candidate for President if
he chooses." There Is reason for
Hanna to feel an overpowering sense
of thankfulness that Teddy has at
least found that out I
RECORD OF COURTS.
Negro Woman Before the Mayor
for Murderous Assault Upon
an Old Man.
KNOCKED DOWN AND ROBBED.
Sooth Carolina Soon" Badly Slashed by
Another sod Seat to Hospital Two
Others in aa Affray Tramp
Sailors In faitody.
In the police court yesterday Bessie
Murphy, a young colored woman, was
charged with making a desperate as
sault with a club axe upon an old ne
gro shoemaker named Noah Williams,
who appeared with his head bandaged
up as the reault of a very aevere gash
in the scalp from the blade of the
weapon, which was produced in court.
The facta of the case bare been already
published. The old man lived alone
and while cobbling before the fire in
his house, near Ninth and Grace
streets, Tuesday night, the Murphy
woman came in and asked for some
thing with wbich to drive a tack out
of her shoe. The old man gave
her something . in response to her re
quest and after driving the tack out
on the hearth, the woman asked the
old man for some money. The old
man replied that he had none and
went on with his cobbling. The wo
man, atepped behind bim and the old
man unconscious of any danger, said
the next thing he knew women were
tieing up bis head. One witneai testi
fied that the axe was lying in a
pool of blood on the floor and the
old man was unconscious In his
chair when she came in. The
old shoemaker's pockets had been
robbed of $1.05. A colored woman
with whom the Murphy girl lived
was introduced to prove an alibi for
the defendant, but the witness proved
a fine one for the State. She said
Bessie Murphy said she was going off
to get some money to buy something
to eat, and that she went off and
came back with $1.05 the amount
stolen from the old man. The as
sault occurred while the woman was
absent from her home. The defend
ant still contended, however, that she
was at home when Williams was
clubbed, and said the old man was
mad with her because she wouldn't
marry him. The Mayor held the wo
man for the Superior Court in default
of 1100 bond.
fiet,n Slashed Another.
Shed Hinet, a young negro who
says he came from Sumter, 8. 0., and
has been employed for some time at
the Armour Fertilizer Works, waa
badly slashed on the left arm late yes
terday afternoon by Dave Macon?,
colored, who is employed at Cape Fear
lumber mill, near which the cutting took
place. The cause of the affair could
not be ascertained. A warrant waa
issued by Justice Fowler for the arrest
of Macon and Hines went to the City
Hal), where be waa examined by Dr.
Harper and sent to the hospital in the
patrol wagon. He bad a gash about
eight Inches long and an inch
and a half deep on the arm near
the shoulder. The main artery
barely missed having been sev
ered. The police laat night arrested
John Young and Andrew McLean,
both colored, who are charged with
the cutting of Hines, though Hinea
aaya Macon was the man who did the
slashing. Hines was under the in
fluence of liquor when the trouble oc
curred, and the police say they have
the right parties, notwithstanding the
statements of the wounded negro,
who waa disposed to assume an air of
mystery about the affair when he was
tsken to the hospital.
Smashed la the Head.
Kim Hamilton, an old, one-legged
colored man employed at the Cham
pion Compress, got too much liquor
aboard yesterday afternoon and was
making a nuisance of himself In the
vicinity of Second and Princess streets.
He at length got so bold as to strike
Joseph Tate, a young negro, with
a cane which he carried. Tate carried
an umbrella and in retaliation smash
ed the old "soak" over the head with
It, laying bis scalp open. Deputy
Sheriff Howe saw the occurence and
carried them both before Justice Fowl
er, who required of each a bond of
$35 for their appearance in his court
to morrow morning at 10 o'clock to
answer charges of assault and battery.
Two sailors who applied for lodging
at the police station before day yeater
day morning are held for further ad
vices. The men said they came from
Norfolk, but their actions were rather
suspicious and .it was decided best to
detain them a while.
A. C. b. Pension System,
Florence Times: "Major J. J. Lucas,
of Society Hill, was in the city this
morning going home from New York
where he attended a meeting of the
Board of Directors of the Atlantic
Hnatt Line. Maior Lucaa aaid that the
pension scheme wbich was considered
at a recent meeting was auopiea. xi
annllAB to employes of the com
pany over 61 yeara of age and
of ten years service with the Coast
Line or with anv Other avatem which
the Coast Line has acquired control
of. Beyond tbis matter Major .Lucas
said thers was nothing else of interest
to the nubile considered at the meet
Much Game ia Onslow.
Mr. L. M. Sandlin, of this city, re
turned veaterday from a visit to a
friend in Onalow county. Mr. Sand
lin spent much time in hunting, and
brought home as a result of his sport
In the field, 150 birds, 50 squirrels, 6
duck and 6 coons. The game was dis
played, near Front street market yes
terday and attracted much attention.
WILMINGTON, N. 0., FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 1904.
810 FIRE AT LOUISBURO, N. S.
Town threatened With Deatrnciloa S.
A. L. Collision Near Heederioo,
Special Star Telegram.
Raleigh, N. C", Jan. 23. The Rs-
leigh fire department was telegraphed
early this morning to come with ap
paratus to Loulsburg, where fire broke
out at 3 o'clock. However, before the
apparatus was gotten on the train, an-
othtr telegram was received that the
nre was under control. Reports from
Louisburg are that$20,000;damage1'was
done.. The Josses, with few excep
tions, were covered bv insurance.
Two brick and one frame store build
ings were destroyed, J. W. Ponton
and Mrs. Aycock being the owners.
Others were also damaged. .The mer
chants who suffered were: Deitz &
Co., Swift & Co.. J. W. King, Odam
& Co., W. 8. Hale, Huges & Preston
and W. H. Harris. Much of their
damage was from water and moving
goods. Thecourt house caught several
timea aa did Klveraide warehouse and
other buildings, but the fire was ex
tinguished before damage was done.
It looked at one time like all the buei
ness section of the town would go. ?-
Two freight trains north and south
bound from Raleigh and Richmond
collided early -this morning juat be
yond Henderaon. Both engines were
badly damaged. Eight cars were
wrecked ao the track waa blocked until
noon. The Seaboard trains went
around by Selma over the A. C. L.
and Southern tracks during the
blockade. Engineer Will Reid. of the
northbound train, waa very badlv
scalded and bruiaed, No one else waa
TRIPLE CHARQE OP MURDER.
Desperate Nef.ro Arrested Near Ralelf b
Yesterday Swift & Co Demestlcate.
Special Star Telegram.
Raleigh, N. 0., Jan. . 23. Will
Adama, a negro, was arrested and held
by the coroner's jury to-day for the
murder of MaryBridgerr, colored, and
ber two children at their home twelve
miles from Raleigh laat evening as
was told ot in yesterday's Associated
Press dispatches. Evidence before the
jury was that Adams waa seen at the
Bridgers house during the Afternoon
although he stoutly denied being there.
There is also other circumstantial evi
dence. When a posse went to his
house he refuted to open the door, and
several volleys were fired sa at win
dows. He fought like a tiger when
the door was broken open.
8 wilt & Company, meat packers, of
Chicago, capital $100,000, domesticat
ed to-day for the purpose of establish
ing a branch office in Wilmington in
charge of A. O. Landes. L. F. Swift
is president and D. E. Hartwell, aec-
retary, of the general company.
Refister to Meet His Doom.
Jabel Register, the notorious crim
inal of Columbus eounty. sentenced
to hang on Feb. 25th for the murder
of Jim 8taley, and (Jesse Soles, was
taken to Whiteville on the 6 o'clock
train Friday morning by 8heriff
Butler. Register will lay in jail there
until the date of hia execution when
the hanging will be conducted private
ly. Petitions asking the Governor to
commute hia aentence to life imprison
ment are being circulated in Colum
bus aa well as counter petitiona asking
that the judgment of the court be not
changed. One of the petitions in
Register's behalf ia being circulated by
Handsome Law Offices.
Messrs. Russell & Gore have fitted
up a handsome private office adjoining
their general consultaton rooms in the
Allen building. The celling is of dec
orated canvas ; the walla are handsome
ly frescoed with oak trimming, while
the floor is of beautiful rift sawed
North Carolina pine in natural colors.
The famous Wernicker elastic book
cases are used in the room and every
other convenience known to the man
ufacturers of office supplies is em
ployed. The offices of Messrs. Russell
& Gore in their entirety are among the
very best equipped in the 8tate.
Negro Killed at Florence.
Before day yesterday morning Wil
lie Mick, a negro shifting engine
helper, was instantly killed on the
A. C. L. yards at Florence by being
burled under an avalanche of coal
from one of the railroad chutes. The
coal had been clogged in the chute
and the 'negro had gone up on the
frame work to looaen it. The heavy
bulk gave way all at once and the
negro waa burled under It.
New Line of Steamers.
It is reported on good authority that
upon a guarantee or tonnage oy Co
lumbia business men, Mr. T. D. Love,
of this city, will next month begin the
operation of a steamer line between
Georgetown, 8. U.. and Columbia, on
the Santee ar.d Congaree rivers.
Either the "Highlander" or "Tar
Heel," it is said will go to the new line
and will be operated In connection
with the Clyde Steamship Co.
Died at Axe of 115?
Emanuel Solomon, an old colored
man lor many years employed at
Christ's bakery back of which he lived,
died yesterday and hU age is given as
115 years on the death certificate. The
remalna were sent yesterday afternoon
to Scott'a Hill for interment accom
panied by his son, who said his own
age was 72 and he waa the youngest
of the family of the old man's chil
Rev. J. D. Bowen, teacher of Acorn
Branch school. District No. 5, on yes-
terdav tendered his resignation to
Sunt. Catlett and will return home.
The action of Mr. Bowen was not ex
pected and the result of hia resignation
will be that the school will be without
a teacher until BupL Catlett can em
ploy another. There were 26 pupils
in attendance in that district.
FIRE IN A COLLEGE.!
Dormitory aud; Other Buildings
Burned at State Normal ia .
STUDENTS BARELY ESCAPED.
Will be No loterrnpOoa of Work for
Term President Mclver Issues
Statement Kind Offers of As
sistance by Many.
rS!pectaZ Star Telegram.
Greensboro, N.O., Jan. 21. Fire
broke out the in kitchen of the State
Normal College here thia morning at
a quarter to four o'clock and destroyed
tha main dormitory with laundry,
boiler room and kitchen. All the
girls escaped with their lives, bat most
of theos lost their personal effects. The
loss is about $75,000, not half of which
Is covered by insurance. .The college
has closed down until Monday when
work will be returned. r
The students are being taken care of
In the hotela and private homes, more
tbau a huodred more homes than
were needed being offered.
State Treaau rer Lacy and State Su
pe'intendent Joyner are here and
GoTernor Aycock will come to-morrow
when a meeting of the board of
directors will be held looking to the
erection ot a modern dormitory by
next Fall. The studenta' building.
practice and observation school will
be converted Into dormitories ' for the
8pring term. Only twenty-four of
the students went home. Citizens here
are raising a fund to aid destitute stu
dents, over a thousand dollars having
already been subscribed. President
Mclver says the disaster is a serious
one but not a circumstance to the
typhoid fever epidemic of a few years
ago. Kejolcing is great that no loss
of life resulted. Dr. Mclver this after
noon issued the following statement
to the public.
"The main dormitory of the State
Normal and Industrial College was
burned this morning about 4 o'clock.
No student was injured in any way,
though a number of them lost their
trunks and all their clothing. The
citizens of Greensboro have opened
their homes to the students and com
fortable temporary arrangements have
"There will be no suspension of the
college. The students have shown
perfect self-possession, and there baa
been at no time anything bordering
upon a panic. The three other dor
mitories, together with the temporary
equipment of rooma in the main col
lege building, the students' building
and the Curry building, will . enable
the college to continue its work for the
present. In two or three weeka aome
permanent and better arrangement
can be made."
By Associated Press.
Charlotte. N. C. Jan. 21. Fire
which broke out in the kitchen about
five o'clock this morning, destroyed
the main dormitory, the kitchen and
dining rooms and laundry and boiler
buildings of the State Normal College
for girls -at Greensboro. There were
about three hundred students In the
burned dormitory and all escaped
aome of the students, however, bad
exceedingly narrow escapes. Two
young ladies were awakened only
when the names had reached their
room anc in their ingbt they were
barely prevented from jumping from
the x window, ever one hundred
of the students lost all their cloth
ing. Much praise has been be
stowed upon the watchman for the
manner he went about the waking of
the studenta and thus preventing any
thing like a panic. The loss Is esti
mated at $70,000, with' $25,000 insu
rance. The building ia the property
of the State, and had been in use only
a few years.
The studenta were well cared for by
citizens of Greensboro and the banks
of the town tendered each a loan of
$100 to replenish their wardrobes.
while the Southern railway offered
free transportation to any who desired
to go home. Regular exercises will
be resumed not later than Monday
Mrs. Hosd's Magazine Work.
Charlotte Chronicle: "The Mill
News, of Charlotte, has recently been
very greatly improved and is now one
of the neatest publications received at
this office. One of Its features is a
woman'a department, conducted by
Mrs. Lisette Clayton Hood. She Is a
gifted; woman, whose literary career
began in Wilmington in 1875. on a
monthly magazine. Mrs. Hood's
style is simple, but very earnest and
forceful, and her department, we feel
sure, will be an attractive feature of
the Mill News.1' I Mrs. Hood Is a
daughter of the Rsv. Dr. G. D. Bern-
helm, of this city.
Rolled Off the Feeder.
A negro was scooped up on the fen
der of car No, 20, of the street rail-
Way line,' nearly opposite The Orton
last night. The man waa rolled over
and over and finally pitched off to one
side of the track unhurt. A number
of people sa the accident .and hur
ried to the man, thinking he bad been
severely injured or killed, but he
jumped up and exclaimed that he was
not hurt and told the motorman to go
ahead. However, It was a narrow es
cape and, In the opinion of bystand
ers, the fender saved his life.
Took His Groceries Away. '
C H. Simpson, a colored fisherman
Who lives on Seventh, between Ann
and Nun streets, complained last night
that he had been robbed of a basket of
i groceries at Front and Orange streets.
He was taking the groceries home
about 9:30 o'clock and put the basket
on the sidewalk while he rested a mo
ment He said two well-dressed white
men came along, took the provisions
and threatened to barm bim if be said
I anything about It.
STILL R,QHT AFTER .EM-
fib amber ef Commerce Again lavokes Aid
ol Corporatloo Commission In Strng.
gle With Seaboard Addreis
The following letter to the shippers
of the Chamber of Commerce has been
drawn by President J. A. Taylor and
a copy of the same waa mailed yeater
day to each member of the body In
terested. The letter is self explana
Wilmington. N. C. Jan. 23.
B. A. L. Service.
The Seaboard Air Line's new man
agement have ahown their hand. You
will recall that the S. A. L. Issued a
circular in November discontinuing
flag aiationa between Wilmington and
uamiet, and that this Chamber car
ried the matter to the corporation com
mission and had the stations restored.
Investigation disclosed that the 8. A.
L. bad without warrant or color of
law discontinued these stations, and
the prompt action of the corporation
commission in the premises was sup
posed to. have definitely settled the
matter; but in this supposition we
have been woefully disappointed, and
the purpose of tbis railwav svstem to
disregard its public obligations in di
rect defiance of law has been made
manifeat by the Issuance of a circular
without authority of law and to which
publicity was never given, under dale
of January 8'.b, effective January 18;h
aiacontinuing all the stations, wi in. the
possible exception of one, restored by
the order of. the cornoration commis
sion. The matter has again been car
ried to the commission.
It is the purpose of his letter not
only to advise yon of the situation,
but to suggest that the Wilmington
shippers tender shipments, In the reg
ular course of business, for these abol
ished stations, and in the event that
they are refused, to reauire the agent
to endorse serosa the face of the bill of
lading, over his signature as scent.
formal notice of refusal. The law
cannot be violated with lmnunitv.
and its infraction subjects the offend
ing party to penalty.
ihis Chamber will nroaecute all in
fractions of the law if shippers, acting
on the suggestion herein, will procure
the evidence of refusal of shipments.
We would indeed prove ourselves
simple to expect any relief other than
by force. The a. A. L. has given un
mistakable evidence of its purpose to
ignore the just needs and business res
quirements of this city, and the public
is not powerless to gain redress 1 its
rights are vigorously asserted.
You are earnestly requested to sup
port, by your individual actions, thia
Chamber in Ita efforts to safeguard
the public welfare.
J. A. Taylor, President.
VERDICT NOT GUILTY.
vrs. Bechtel Admitted of the Charie of
Being an Accessory, After the Fact
to the Murder of Her Daughter.
By Telegraph to the Morning Star.
Allkntown, Pa., Jan. 23. Mrs.
Catherine Bechtel, the aged mother of
Mabel Bechtel, who was found mur
dered last October, was to-day acquit
ted of the charge of being an accessory
to the murder after the fact. Her
trial occupied nine days and the jury
deliberated one hour before rendering
tne verdict ot not guilty, The gray
haired defendant received the news of
her acquittal with tears and expret
sions of joy 8be was immediately
releaaed from custody and went to
ber home, accompanied by her sons.
John and Charles, who are under in
dictment on a similar charge, but their
trials nave been postponed until the
April term of court. Former Mayor
Bchaadt, counsel for Mrs. Bechtel.
says be has instituted an investigation
by which he hopes to clear up the
myatery surrounding the murder of
the young woman.
Alois Eckstein and David Weisen
berg, who were rivals for the affection
of Mabel Bechtel, were both tried for
her murder, and both were acquitted.
Attorney Bchaadt made an eloquent
plea for the acquittal of the accused
woman and during his address di
rectly charged Eckstein with having a
guilty knowledge of the crime. Dis
trlct Attorney Lichtenwalner in hia
address explained that the theory of
the Commonwealth was that Tom
Bechtel had killed his sister during
quarrel and asserted that the evidence
adduced proved the claim. Judge
m i , i . i .1.1
xrexier a cuarge consumed a uau nour.
The spectators attempted to applaud
the verdict but were checked by Judge
Safe Blown Open aod Nearly Four
dred Dollars Secured.
Br Telegraph to the Horning star.
Titusville, Fla., Jan. 23. Cracks
men blew open the safe here early
this morning and took all the cash In
It, amounting to nearly $400. They
first went to a blacksmith shop and
secured a sledgehammer, crowbar
and other tools. They then broke
open the front door of Kline's dry
goods store and forced open the doors
of his safe. They secured only about
$20 In silver, overlooking bills.
checks and postomce orders. They
then went to the postoffice, where
they blew open the safe, wrecking it
completely and damaging the build'
lng. They escaped, but to-day two
men were arrested at New Smyrna
charged with the robbery and brought
here ana placed in ,iau.
Protected Bruiser Charleston by Newporl
News Shipbuilding Co.
By Telegraph to the Morning Star.
Newport Nkws, Va , Jan. 23.
The protected cruiser Charleston was
successfully launched at the yards of
the Newport News Shipbuilding and
Drydock Company to-day. A heavy
fog hung over tbe river and almost as
soon as the ship struck tbe water she
waa lost to the view or tnn several
thousand spectators. Miss Helen W.
Rhett, daughter of Mayor R. G. Rhett,
of Cbrlfi"". christened the vessel.
Advocate General Lvmly represented
the Navy Department. After the
launching the Newport News Com
pany gave a luncheon in honor of
the christening party and prominent
TO EXTEND ITS LINES.
Long Distance Service in Pros
pect Between Wilmington,
N.C. , and Florence, S.C.
COLUMBUS TELEPHONE CO.
Property Conveyed by Receiver C. D.
Weeks to Joo. H. Qore, Esq., Tros
tee Whiteville, Chadboara
aod Others In Territory.
It is learned from a reliable aource
bat the American Telephone and
TeUgraph Co., will ahortly extend its
Southern Bell long distance lines from
Wilmington to Florence, S. C, and
that a party of prospectors are now on
the survey cf tbe route. At Florence
the line will connect directly with the
main line extending South., and will
also give long distance- service to the
immediate country between Wilming
ton and Florence, including White-
vilir, Chadbourn, Fair Bluff, Marion,
Mullinsand other territory now em
braced by the re organized Columbus
Telephone Company, which has a
traffic agreement with the Bell Com
pany. At present tbe long distance
service South ia given Wilmington
through Selma, N. C, but the con
necting link between Wilmington and
Florence now in prospect will make
A deed was executed yesterday,
transferring from O. D. Weeks, recei
ver, to Jno. H. Gore, trustee for the
re-organized Columbus Telephone
Company, all the property of that
corporation, tbe consideration being
$3,755. The llnea of the company now
extend from Wilmington as far as
Council's Station and from Wilming
ton to Southport. Upon completion
of the long distance lines between
Wilmington and Florence the terri
tory covered by the Columbus com
pany will be accessible to all the mil
lions of points covered by tbe big cor
poration. A metallic line is now be
ing built from Council's Station to
Chadbourn, a distance of about 25
miles, so as that territory may be in
cluded in the traffic agreement reach
ed about a year ago.
THE ALABAMA CYCLONE.
Death List Amounts to Twenty-eight Re
lief Messures Takeo.
By Telegraph to the Morning 8tar
Tuscaloosa, Ala., Jan 23. The
death of one ot the victims injured In
the tornado which passed over Mound
vllle, Ala., yesterday has increased
the liat of those killed in the storm to
thirty-eight, six whites and thirty-two
negroes. The dead man was a white
farmer who lived four miles from
Mound ville. whose name has not yet
The funerals of Robert Powers, of
Tuscalooia, and Miss Nettie Farley,
ot Havana, were held to-day.
At the same time, twenty-five ne
groes who died in the tornado were
buried. The number of wounded is
estimated at sixty-five, of whom about
a dozen are expected to die.
Ten negroes are are also expected to
die from Injuries. Relief measures
are also being taken by citizens of
Tuscaloosa, under the leadership of
General W. W. Brandon, adjutant
general of Alabama. Six hundred doi
lars was raised for the sufferers yester
day afternoon, while tbe pupils from the
female seminary at. Tuscaloosa went
to Moundville and served hot coffee to
the destitute and wounded. Telegrams
have been sent from Birmingham
RADIUM-BE A R1NQ EARTH.
Richest Deposit ia the World Discovered
By Telegraph to the Morning Star.
Austin, Tex., Jan. 23. What Is
claimed to be the richeat radium'
bearing earth in the world has been
discovered In the Llano gold and coal
fields, lis miles north of this city.
Rumors of the discovery of earth
bearing a large per cent, of radium in
the Llano have been persistent for
some time, and to-day these rumors
were verified by the return of a party
of scientists who had visited the mines
to investigate the reports. These gen
tlemen state that the Llano earth will
produce a larger percentage of radium
than that of any other known deposit.
HEQRO MURDERER CAPTURED.
Charged With Killing a Mother aod Her
By Telegraph to the Morning Star.
Raleigh, N. O., Jan. 23. Will
Adams, charged with the murder of
the negro woman Bridgers and her
two young children, was captured
early to-day. He was located in his
home and made a desperate resistance.
A posse fired into the windows and
were beginning to break into the
house when Adams surrendered. He
was brought here this afternoon. It
la reported he has made a partial eon
fusion, acknowledging the crime.
Charged With Holdlog Up i Seaboifd Air
Line Passenger Train.
By Telegraph to the Morning Star.
Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 23. 8.
A. Petty and M. Petty, charged with
holding up and dynamiting the Sea
board Air Line passenger train at
Sanderson on January 17th, have
been captured. When arrested the
men bad dynamite in their posses
sion. They have been identified by
the engineer and baggagemaater. The
United States authoridea will charge
them with firing into a mall coach
and jeopardizing the life of the mall
A movement for tbe erection of a
monument to tbe Iain General John
B. Gordon waa begun at Atlanta yes
terday, when a committee to be known
as the. central executive committee
was appointed for the receiving of
subscriptions toward a monument.
Sub committees are to be appointed in
every Southern city.
Th Am IOTA, rain rjf im.ll vwiv
xt 7 zr v ""r"
jaonroeanq aiso ojre wadeBboro.
ThA ItfaumioaHlla risitt An Mm.
in Mecklenburg oounty,has declared
a semi-annual dividend of 3 DAT
mm TtiA ' TTtirhimtttui' nri ammI.aJ
labor paper published at Raleigh by
j&aitor rat mcuowan, advocates the
nomination or wm. k. uearst for
Lalisbury Sun: Major Sted-
man's speech at Charlotte on the
I" oint anniversary celebration of the
urth of Lee and Jackson was a
model of its kind.
The novelist. Mm. .rm M.
Tiernan (Christian Reid) was
elected honorary president for life
by the Salisbury Chapter Daughters
of the Confederacy, Jan. 19th.
Charlotte Chronicle'. Col. Al.
Fairbrother thinks the Raleigh dis
pensary is too exacting in making a
66$ nnr AAnt. rvmfifc An t.ha Mnnnr
sold, and the burden of proof is on
Invitations have been issued
for the marriage of Secretary of
State J. Brvan Grimes and Miss
Elizabeth Forrest Laughinghouse.
at home in Greenville, February
3rd. The bride ia a sister of Col.
Grimes' first wife.
Raleigh Times: A gentleman
from the country was Bpeaking to
day of growing cotton and the grow
ing pricea of ootton, and said that
yesterday he sold eight bales for
$482, and that just exactly six years
ago he sold eight bales of good cot
ton for i60.2d.
Hon. James A. Bryan, of New
born, president of the Atlantic and
North Carolina Railroad, waa in Ra-
leigh on Friday and. secured a char
ter for the Newbern Savings Bank,
which is to be organised within the
next few days. The capital is to
be $100,000 authorised and $15,000
subscribed by J. A. Bryan, J. H.
Hickman and George H. Roberts.
Smithfield Herald: Mr. W. J.
Thome, who lives in the southern
part of Oneal'siownahip, killed the
largest hog seen in that section in
many years. The hog weighed 1,
065 pounds gross, and 803 after being
dressed. The hog was 8 feet, 2 in
ches long and 2 feet 2 inches across
the shoulders. The head alone weigh
ed 50 pounds. Unr reporter says the
hog looked more like a mule lying
down than anything else.
The Dispatch says that a party
of Lexington citizens killed 400 rob-
bins in the cane Drakes along Ab
bott's creek, in Davidson county,
one night last week. More than
forty persons, says the Dispatch,
were hunting robbina the same
night and it is believed tkat 5,000
of the birds were slaughtered in
that locality that night. The Salis
bury papers report a similar slaugh
ter of robbins near that town.
Kinston Free Press: Mules and
cotton are always associated, in the
minds of people, and the present
high price of the staple meets with
sympathetic response from the mule
and the two are to-day higher in
price than they have been since the
war, says a local horse dealer. Mr.
W. D. LaRoque, who returned this
morning from purchasing stock in
Norfolk, tell the reporter that a car
load of mules sold under the ham
mer there yesterday for $190 a head,
The Oxford Ledger, referring
to the burning of the seminary there
on Monday last, says : Mr. Wayne
uooch, oi Clarnsvule, va., dreamed
that the Seminary was burned Sun
day night, which worried him a
great deal Monday morning, so much
so that he called Mr. K. Broughton
up over the 'phone. Ho told him
of his dream and wanted to know if
it was so, and while talking to Mr.
Broughton the alarm was given and
the cry rang up and down the streets
that the Seminary was on fire, and
Mr. Broughton sorrowfully informed
Mr. Gooch that it was then burn
ing. This is rather a peculiar coin
cidence, to say the least of it.
Raleigh correspondence of The
Charlotte News : A peculiar case of
stolid impudence on tho part of a
Sriaoner occured last evening when
udge Brown in Wake court or
dered a sentence of four years for
Ohas. Alexander for beating and
robbing a negro boy, leaving him un
conscious tou almost freeze. When
the sentence was pronounced Alex
ander asked the judge to please
make it five years. The order was
changed.. Then a negro woman
stated that Alexander had threaten
ed to kill her and other prosecuting
witnesses when he served his term.
So the judge made the sentence
seven years. Can't you even it np?
asked Alexander. Yes, replied the
judge, Mr. Clerk make the sen
tence ten years. Thank you, prompt
ly answered the sullen negro.
Raleigh Post: As far back as
1840 North Carolina had twenty
five cotton mills with 47,000 spindles
and 700 looms, giving employment
to 1,200 people. In 1870, five years
after the destructive war, while the
number of mills had increased to 33
the number of spindles had decreas
ed by 8000, ana the looms by 100,
though the operators had Increased
to 1,500. It would be interesting
to know where the 25 mills were lo
cated in 1840, and where and where
in the change Indicated in the 1870
report occurred. In 1903 however
the number of mills has reached 275,
the number of spindles well np in
the millions, while the looms and
and operatives are up in the thous
ands, upwards of 50,000 of the form
er and more than that number of
the latter. And the growth in mills,
machinery and operatives employed
goes merrily on.
The civil term of the Superior
Court which is to convene at DurV
ham to-morrow has on the docket
numerous damage suits In which the
total amount involved is $150,000.
Among the cases, Mrs. Mamie A.
Nunnally sues the Seaboard Air
Line for $30,000 for the death of her
husband, who was a conductor on
that road. R. H. Clayton sues the
North Carolina (Southern) Railroad
Company for $30,000 for the loss of
the leg of his son, David 31ayton,on
account of an accident in the shops
at Spencer. W. H. Dixon sues the
city for $2,500, and E. W. Canady,
the colored lawyer, sues the city for
$3,500, both alleging injuries from
falling into hole s n the streets. Mrs.
Fannie Blalock tugs the Willard
Manufacturing Company for $10,000
for ii j ries to her -on, Reuben Bla
lock. There are quite a number of
oases, from $1,000 to $3,000, mo.t cf
them against corporations.