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THE THEATRE 07 WAS.
Some war correspondent of Le
atin, at Paris, who with "great
IzardshipB," to have it as hit yarn
jes, haa "reached the centre of the
juslan military concentration " at
Harbin ia a city or town situated
the Mancharlan' Railway, about
Jo mile8 from Port Arthur. If it
to become the base of opera-
bns of the Bats that means
iat it is to be made the Richmond
the war. It will be strongly for-
Sed with a line of defenee toward
prt Arthur, and,, if the story is
lie, the battlefields of the war will
between Port Arthur and Har-
The fact that Harbin is to be the
a of the Russian military estab-
hnient does not carry with it the
if erence that Port Arthur has fallen
tl t ' j 1 T A
xo me nanas 01 tne Japanese, dui
is more than likely that the Rns-
n military authorities anticipate
at Port Arthur will sooner or
,ter become untenable, .hven
tould the KuBBians hold that port,
e base of operations will be back
their defensive operations, mainly
r three reasons:
1. There must be a point for the
ncetration and distribution of the
nssian war supplies and forces.. -
2. There must be a stronghold
fight back to, and if the invaders
icceed in pushing back back the
assian forces, Harbin is to be the
g of war.
3. The base must be back of any
there or territory in which the
fpaneae are likely to operate. If
o Japanese throw a force into
anchuria, either to the east or
oat of Port Arthur, they will
onbtless capture that stronghold.
At any rate the fall of Port Ar-
ur ia a contingency to be antici-
ted by Russia, and for this rea-
n the ba80 of her operations must
back of Port Arthur. If the
88ians find that they cannot hold
rt Arthur they will evacuate and
I back towards their base of oper
ions. This would mean that
ery inch of the territory between
rt Arthur anil TTarhln will ha
tubbornly contested and probably
lie decisive struggle will take place
I If Harbin should be captured and
luaaia determines to continue to
Ight, her forces would fall back on
another base and so on till the Mas
jovites are driven from Manchuria
territory by the Japs. In that event
he Japanese plan of war would be
hold Manchuria and then RusBia
would have to be on the aggressive
and the Japs on the defensive.
I It is more than likely, however,
that if the Japanese force the Rus
sians out of Manchuria they will
carry the war over the border into
southern Siberia and capture that
part of Russian territory along with
the port of Vladivostock. In this
event the Japanese will be on the
defensive to hold the captured ter
ritory and Siberian port for the pur
pose of claiming it by conquest, if
Russia ia put to the wall in the war.
i The Star has heretofore express
ed the opinion that the war will be
a long and bloody struggle and the
i world powers will be" fortunate If
they are not involved before it ends.
..Certain it is that in the final settle
i m i . ... .
-mem oi tne war there will arise
questions that will involve interf er
: ence by the powers. Among these
.powers will be the United States,
which has already taken the initla
tive in notifying Russia and Japan
that it does not make any difference
which of the two whips in the fight,
neither is to get any 'territory by
conquest. The identical note ad
dressed to the powers by our Secre
tary Hay, and which has been, in a
way, concurred in by the powers
plainly serves notice to Rnsiia and
Japan that the integrity of China
must remain and Chinese sov
ereignty be maintained over all terri
tory that now belongs to the Chinese
empire. This territory, of course,
, The principle of the Hay note is
' "Ifr'b.at Japan is fighting for. Japan'i
"contentions cover practically the
grounds upon which the Hay note
I is. based, so that la order to get any
territory out of the coniict Japan
must conquer a part of Siberia.
If Rnssia whips the fight and in
sists on holding Manchuria by con
quest, the Powers would have to
coerce her and enforce the terms of
the Hay note. If she does not yield
to the inevitable, it stands to reason
that the Powers would have to
throw their allied armies into Man
churia to expel the Russians. Sup
pose Russia wins the fight with
Japan, has Secretary Hay, or
rather the Roosevelt administra
tion, got any assurance that
the Powers agreeing to the Hay
note would join the United States in
coercing Russia? Great Britain
would do so, but Germany, while
agreeing to the suggestions of the
note, made It plainly understood
that her sympathies are with Russia.
If Germany's diplomacy is no more
to be depended upon than Russia's,
the Kaiser, under his conditional
concurrence in the Hay note, may
decide not to join in any coercive
movement bat join hands with the
Czar should the United States and
Great Britain undertake to enforce
the Hay idea. France wonld likely
join the Russian-German combina
tion, and right here there wonld
arise a situation which would mean
the biggest war that the world has
If Japan whips the fight there
will be no difficulty about all the
powers joining to coerce her. In the
face of Japan's contention, it Is,
however,-not likely that she will in
siston territory, but certainly she
will be entitled to something for
fighting for what all the powers ex
cept Russia stand for. She would
reasonably be entitled to Vladivos
tock and any Siberian territory that
wonld compensate her for the ex
pense of the war. If she gets no
territory it would be hard to deny
Japan paramount influence in
China, commercially, at any rate, if
not in the governmental affairs of
China, which the Japanese states
men will want to do and probably
will do by intrigue if' not openly.
Japan will doubtless insist also npon
fortifying Port Arthur and other
ports in China and Corea in order
to defend the entity of the Yellow
Man's territory from all comers.
This the powers will also object to.
We must go back, however, to
the press dispatches which appeared
yesterday. The statement that
Russia is to make Harbin her base
and in twelve days will have 400,000
troops in that territory ia not true,
or Russia has attempted to deceive
the world in saying that she was not
prepared, or perhaps preparing, for
war. She certainly could not in
twelve days put an army of 400,000
men in the field in Manchuria un
less they had been on the way there
long before' the first guns in the
war roared at Chemulpo and Port
Arthur, February 8th-9th.
AS TO THE HAT NOTE.
A survey of the war situation will
show what a momentous docu
ment the Hay note is. The thunders
of war had not rolled round the earth
twenty-four hours, before the Roose
velt administration butted in with
the Hay note. A few lines that
would take an experienced writer
but a short time to write, may be of
the most momentous purport to
all the world. If, however, our
trade warrants it, and the Sooth is
specially concerned for its cotton
goods trade in the East, no one can
blame the administration for
looking out for American in
terests by preserving the ter
ritorlal entity of China and taking
the short cut to keep the "open
door" ajar. Many papers, North and
South, however, after sober, second
thought, have become alarmed over
the possible consequences and are
berating the administration for its
haste and recklessness in the matter.
Some of the leading papers declare
that what at first was heralded as
"another grand stroke of Hay's
diplomacy" 1b, after all, but a piece
of stupidity and reckleaanesa. Some
papers go so far as to say that the
European PowerB, not caring to take
tne initiative, nave simply made a
cat's paw of the United States
Whatever may be. said of the Hay
note, however, it Is no more un
friendly to Russia than it Is to Ja
pan. Is is aimed to hold them both
in check, and if it serves to do it the
Roosevelt-Hay proceedings will be
applauded tremendously. In a
Presidential campaign we (Demo
crats) do not hanker after butting
into such pre-eminence as this would
4 Ella Wheeler Wilcox advises
young men to marry none but a tact
iui girl. We tried it on one once,
but she hoisted her jib sail, tacked
to winward and left us floundering
in the foaming wake. You see she
was just a little too tactful for us,
so we are keeping close to shore for
fear of iqnalls.
It looks like the whole bunch of
world powers will step into preserve
China's territorial entity, but China
won't know what that means, corn-
lmorclally speaking-, until it all comes.
out in the wash-ee.
In 1894-95 little Japan with 47,
000,000 of people, Hcked giant
China with about 400,000,000. If
now the Big Bear will let the Japs
crawl over him, we will no longer try
to wrestle with the knotty pro
blem and perplexing puzzle as to
how it is that a little woman's "pre
dominance" is "paramount" when
we men of ponderosity gather at the
The Democrats have only five
months for choice to chrystalize on
some suitable man to nominate for
President. We have never had any
idea that Cleveland would stand for
it, bat it is to be hoped the party
will be looking around for a man
with some of the gray matter like
unto which the old man has.
Senator Tillman, of South Caro
lina, a few days ago, tried to get a
reconsideration of the bill to give
Queen Liloulkalani $250,000 be
cause we got the best of her when we
took over, absorbed and assimilated
Hawaii. The bin was only defeated
by a tie vote, and that is really en"
couraging for Ben and Li!.
The Powers look on Uncle Sam as
the policeman on the American con
tinent, but China is rejoiced to think
he is extending his beat- over into
ABia, too. He has summoned a posse
commitatus of the nations to see that
neither Russia or Japan may not re
sist an officer in the discharge of his
Tho Hay note seems to pass cur
rent now, but when the day of re
demption comes, can its parity with
sound diplomacy bo maintained
"without waiting for the action of
any other nation?"
Horatio, my fine fellow, me
thinks it will take only a matter
of time, long or short, to decide
the Hay note is of the
stroke" or "wild cat"
The Hay note has hurt Russia's
fellings. If she doesn't intend to
take any of China's territory, why
is the Bear dropping tears about
the Bize of horse apples?
Say, Bud, 13 cents cotton is
more than twice better than G cents
cotton. What are you squealing
about? Macon Telegraph.
Already comes the news of
the advance of pork and beef owing
to the war demands sn the .East. It
is surprising how quickly food trusts
secure their war news. Boston
The Japs score a great point
in being the first nation to success
fully use wireless telegraphy in war.
And they are not altogether a wire
less people, either. Macon Tele
qrapli Whatever comes, we hope
Baltimore will be original enough
not to "rise phoenix like from her
ashes." We should let the Phoenix
bird go into oblivion and join the
dodo and other extinct fowls. Ar
Dsmige Salt Afalnst A. 6. k.
Tnrough Attorneys Herbert Mc-
Clatnmy and R. Q. Grady, a suit for
$20,000 damages agalnat the Atlantic
Coast Line was brought In the Supe
rior Court here Wednesday by 8. P.
Peterson, foreman of a lumber mill,
near Atkinson. N. C. Peterson al
leges that while climbing Into the ca
boose of a freight train to deliver some
orders to the conductor relative to the
p'aciug of some cars, he was thrown
under the car by a violent jerk of the
engine and one of his feet was par
tially cut off.
Development of Green Swamp.
A correspondent of the Southport
Standard writes that Mr. J. J. Wolf
enden, of Newborn, who Is at the head
of the syndicate which recently bought
the famous Green Swamp lands In
Brunswick and Columbus countler,
haa a force of men diagraming the
country with a view to running a rail
road from Southport to Bolton or
Ohadbourn. If the company does that,
thev expect to put up saw mills to cut
the timber ready for the market. Mr.
Wolfenden says that it Is likely that
the company will expend one million
dollars or more in that county.
Engineers Not Concerned.
The Florence Times yesterday
afternoon states that it is assured by a
representative of the Brotherhood of
Locomotive Engineers that there is
positively no truth in the report that
they will take any part with the
strikers and notify the railroad com
pany that they will not run over the
read unless it is kept up as it was be-
tore the strike of roadway employes.
Movement of Track
Carolina Fruit and Truck Growers"
Journal-. "Strawberry and vegetable
shipments are expected to begin mov-
tnv ontnf this territory on or about
the middle or latter part or April.
That means that we ahall be ahlpplng
irwWrii and vegetables within
about 60 days."
The tourist travel to the South
is heavier now than It has been since
the season opened. Atlantic Coast
T.lna trttn. No. 25 and No. 37 that
flavannah Friday each
carried two extra coaehes required to
carry the heavy passenger iravej.
WILMINGTON, N. 0., FRIDAY; FEBRUARY 26,
Two New Cases Developed
Dr. Anders' Residence Yes
THE BELLIGERENT SMITH.
He Weal to Pest Hsose WIMntly Under
Persons! Qnard Prlsoa Femlgsted
and Incidentally Other Offices.
A f aae at Wallace.
The wife and little son of Mr. James
Dodd, who wis sent out to the pest
house from the residence of Dr. W. K.
Anders, on Third street, last week, on
yesterday developed smallpox and
were separated from the other inmates
of the house. They will not be re
moved from their present location un
less further complications arise. Mr.
Dodd, who la at the pest house, has
one of the moat pronounced csaea of
smallpox, the health aatboritiea say.
they have ever seen. Mrs. Dodd and
little son, the latter six or seven years
of see, were doing very well yester
day. A little daughter of the family
has not yet contracted the disease;
neither have any other of the inmates
shown any symptoms as yet.
Yesterday, W. B. Smith, the govern
ment weighing clerk who gave the
officers ao much trouble by repeatedly
breaking out of the quarantine, was
sent out to the pest house and placed
in personal charge of ex-policeman
Ben Turlington with Instructions from
Chief Quarantine Officer Green to
follow him at any cost should he
make another attempt to secure his
liberty. Smith didn't protest yester
day and seemed perfectly willing to
abide the consequences of his haaty
action Friday. The apartment in the
station house where he had been con
fined waa thoroughly fumigated yes
terday afternoon. Owing to the lm-
possiblity to make the prison reason
ably air-light the upper offices in the
City Hall building got a good fumiga
tion also and a number of the officials
were driven from their deaka by the
penetrating fumes. Should serious
results accrue from Smith's eacapade
Friday he may be charged with wilful
violation of the quarantine regula
tions when he comes in from the
house of detention.
WHERE WAS THIS CONTRACTED ?
Parties In the city yesterday told of
the development of a auspicloua case a
mile and a half from Wallace in the
family of a Mrs. Rogers, who visited
at the residence of Dr. Anders a short
time ago. Particulars of the case
could not, however, be learned.
PRESENTED VANCE PORTRAIT.
Interesting Exercises Observed at Qreei
villa Soond Public School Friday.
The formal presentation of a hand
some portrait of the lamented Senator
Vance, given by Prof. E. O. Herring,
of Obapel HID, to his former school on
Greenville Sound, took place there
with interesting exercises Friday after
noon at 3 o'clock. AJarge number of
pupils and patrons were in attendance;
also Mist Pattie D. Home and mem
bers of the school from Wrighlavllie,
Superintendent Callett and Mr. W.
M. Cu naming, of Wilmington, and
Prof. J. 8. Leonard, vocal inatructor
in the school, who directed the sing
ing, which was a pleasant feature of
the ceremonies. Tne formal presen
tation of the picture was by Mr. Gum
ming In a graceful speech In which he
paid a beautiful tribute to the great
commoner whoso likeness waa ao well
portrayed in tbe handsome present
In connection with the exercises in
cident to tbe presentation of the por
trait, North Carolina Day was most
appropriately observed according to
the printed programme. Prof. Catlett
made the school an interesting talk at
the conclusion of which-a subitantial
aum was raised toward the Vance
monument fund. A resolution was
adopted thanking Prof. Herring for
his thoughtful consideration and kind
Chronic Bicycle Thief.
Ellis MacBae, the negro sent over
from the mayor's court a few days ago
for the larceny of a bicycle from Mr.
W. O. Armstrong, was taken from jail
yesterday and given preliminary trial
before Justice Fowler upon a charge
of having stolen another wheel from
Edward Thompson, cblored. He was
sent back to jail in default of an ad-
I dltional bond of $50 and will have to
anawer the double charge at the next
term of Superior Court. A young
white man, who bought the last bicycle
from MacBae, was placed in jail be
cause he could not give the name of
the negro who sold it to him and he
would have been tried for the larceny
of Ur, but as soon s he set eyes on the
neuo in jail for the larceny of the
Armstrong bicycle he was relieved by
the knowledge tbat MacBae was the
same negro who sold him the bicycle.
Jodge RhsbcII Seriously III,
Washington dispatch: "Ex-Gover-
nor Kusaeu nas gone 10 Baltimore,
where he will again enter the Johns
Hopkins Hospital. It was staled that
Judge Russell is now. and has for some
time been, suffering from a serious
malady, which Is causing his friends
some concern. One of these friends
to-day expressed an intention to go to
Baltimore to-morrow to remain with
Judge Russell for a few days. From
the same source the Information waa
.given that the mother of ex-Senator
Butler was critically ill and Mr. Butler
I left to-day for the State, where he will
remain until there Is some change In
bis mother's condition. '
NEWS FRO STATE CAPITOL.
Lnmbtrloo Corporation Enlarge B. P.U.
Printer Kinei by Train.
Special Star Telegram.)
Raleigh, N. a, Feb. 18. -The
Lumbfcrton Cotton Oil and G inning
Company, of Lumberton, ia chartered
with 1100,000 capital authorized and
$12,000 subscribed r;iby OVO. Norment,
Berry Godwin, Geo. B. McLeod,
Stephen Mclntyre and others.
The directors of the Baptiat Fe
male University passed an order to
day for the erection at once of another
dormitory building to cost not exceed
ing $30,000. The capacity of the build
ing will be for 98 girls.
Governor Aycock has handed to
parties bidding for the lease of the At
lantic and North Carolina Railroad a
memorandum to the effect that he
will not cocaider any offer for a
lease of lea years and 6 per cent, for
next twenty years or fifty year lease,
leseua to assume $48,000 of the float
ing debt, and to build fifty miles of
rotd from either Goldaboro or New
bern. John Clifloo, a Well known printer,
waa run over and killed to-night at
Jobnaon street station. An extra car
being backed for attachment to pas
aeuger train No. 37 of the Seaboard
Air Line from Richmond to Atlanta,
atruck him while walking on the
RtlLROAD AFFAIRS IN RiLEIQH.
Tobicco Men Appeal to Corporation Com
missionAnother A. & N. C. Lesse.
Special Star Telegram.
Ualeigh, N. C, Feb. 20. Oapt. E.
V. McBse submitted another proposi
tion to tne governor to-day for a
leie of the Atlantic and North Caro
lina Railroad, bat declines as yet to
give out the terms except to say It is
at least equivalent to the minimum
the Governor Las stipulated he will
consider at all.
The Corporation Commission has
received petitions from tobacco ware
houses la various tobacco towns of
the State, aaking that freight classifi
cations on empty hogsheads be lower
ed. They, are now shipped double
first class charges. The Commission
named next Tuesday as the date for
W. B. Clifford is appointed receiver
for the bank of Dunn closed by the
Commission a few days ago. The ap
pointment waa made by Judge Allen.
Clifford taxes charge at once.
MESSRS. QRaDV, HERRINQ & WARD.
Style of Strong Legal Firm Formed Yes
terdsy Malotsln Poor Offices.
The legal firm of Grady, Herring &
Ward was- formed yesterday with of
fices in Wilmington, Burgaw, Wal
lace and Eenanavilie. Tbe members
of the new firm are R G. Grady, the
well known attorney of this city, with
offices In the Murchison National
Bank building; Mr. Robert W. Her
ring, of Sampson county, and Mr.
George R. Ward, of Diiplio, the two
last named being graduates of the Uni
versity of North Carolina Law School,
'ho passed highly creditable exami
nations before the Supreme Court this
year. Daring his college course Mr.
Herring represented his society in the
inter collegiate debate with Georgia
last year and was also president of the
law class. Mr. Ward also had a dis
tinguished college career and Is a
young man of very bright promise.
Mr. Urady la loo well known as an
attorney to need an introduction to the
public in this section of the State. He
will remain la charge of tbe Wilming
ton office of the firm ; Mr. Herring will
divide his time between Burgaw and
Warsaw and Mr. Ward will be in
charge of the Kenanaville office. A
new and well equipped law library
will be maintained at each office and
a general practice will be carried on in
all the courts in this section.
AN EX-ALDERMAN FISED.
Mr, E. P. Bailey Thanked the Mayor for
Penalty and Reprimand for conduct
Ex-Alderman is. 1'. uniey was
fined $10, including the costs, in the
Mayor's court yeaterday, the charge
being driving on tbe sidewalk on
Market street, between Second and
Third, where the paving is going on.
Mr. Bailey made no protest and
promptly handed over his check for
the amount named, thanking the
Mayor for his action. In imposing
the fine Mayor Springer reprimanded
the defendant, for which Mr. Bailey
also thanked the Mavor.
To the Roads they Went.
Carrie Stewart, Mary Jones and
Emeline Brown, three colored wo
men who made the afternoon hideous
In the alley opposite Front street mar
ket house Friday, were sent to the
roads for 30 days each by the Mayor
yesterday. They went immediately
to tbe rock pile and will bo used as
domestics about the camp.
Wm. Salisbury, white, forfeit
ed a justified bond of $50 in Justice
Fowler'a court yesterday and it is
learned that be has left for parts un
known. He wa charged with an as
sault and battery and carrying a'. con
cealed weapon. A capias for him has
JEWELRY AND CASH
Hotel Apartments of Postmsster General
By Telegrapn to the Horning Star.
Washington, Feb. 20. About $L-
600 worth of jewelry and $150 in cash
have been stolen from the hotel apart
ments of Postmaster General Payne,
and tbe oetectlves working on the
case are seeking to locate a nurae
formerly employed in the family. Her
description has been telegraphed to
the police or a number of clues. 11 is
thought tbat ahe baa gone to New
York city. The jewelry taken con
sists of rings sod pins and was in a
trunk which had ke?.u opened.
ABheville is to be extensively
advertised at the St. Louis world's
fair, says the Asheville Citizen.
Mr. J. M. Moore, " -of Lone
Shoals, contemplates establishing a
duck mill in Shelby as soon as the
Lily Mill Power Co. completes its
development and conveys the elec
tric power to Shelby. T
At a meeting of the directors
of the Baptist Female University,
at Raleigh on Thursday, an order
wa3 passed for the erection of an
other handsome dormitory building,
cost not to exceed $30,000.
Clarkton Express : The solici
tor's warning in regard to-shipping
liquor into Bladen and Colambus
hasn't stopped the jags from com
ing, bat it has put the shippers
to the trouble of boxing them up
before sending them down this way.
Speakine of grown men eoing
to Bchool, it seems that Watauga
county has the champion in this
class. From the Boone Dew Droo
we learn that "Mr. Eli Garner, who
is near 50 years, and weighs 300
pounds, attends regularly" the
school at Deerfield.
Laurlnbnrg Exchanac. In ac-
enrdance with instructions of tho
board, County Commissioner Alex.
Jones has purchased the road ma
chinery for Scotland county. The
machinery is up-to-date . in every
particular. It will require six mules
to operate the entire outfit.
Mr. Geo. Thomasson, near
Morganton, will undergo an opera
tion for necrosis of the lower iaw
bone. Several years ago a tooth in
the lower jaw began to decay at the
top. It continued to decay until
the roots disappeared. The flesh
disappeared from the 'Jbone, and the
operation is to remove about two
Inches of the bono.
- At Raleigh on Thursday a
charter was issued to the Lumber
ton Cotton Oil and Ginning Com
pany, of Lumberton, with a total
authorized capital stock of 1100,
000, of which $12,500 is subscribed
by O. C. Norment, P. Godwin, G.
B. McLeod, K. D. Caldwell, L. H.
Caldwell, W. J. Prevatt, Frank
Gough, K. M. Biggs, Stephen Mc
lntyre, K. E. Lee, J. P. McNeill,
C. B. Townsend and A. H. Mc
Leod, all of Lumberton.
Gastonia Gazette: "There
ought to be more cattle raised here
at home," remarked Mr. T. W. Wil
son yesterday, "there's ready mar
ket right now for hundreds. If our
people would feed their farm stufE
to cattle and thus turn it into meat
for the market and manure for their
fields, they would have more meat,
more money, and better improved
farms." And we are not able to see
anything wrong with that advice,
even if cotton were bringing fifteen
At Winston-Salem, on Tues
day, Sidney Moore, colored, was
convicted of attempting to commit
a criminal assault last Jane upon
Miss Claude Pegram, a young lady
of ForByth county. Judge Allen
gave the defendant the limit for this
offence 15 years in the peniten
tiary. In -passing sentence his
honor stated that the community in
which the crimewas committed was
to be commended for not taking the
law in their own hands and lynch
lng Moore. The prisoner persist
ently denied the charge against him,
but Miss Pegram assured the jury
and court that he was the right man
The Bepublican congressional
executive committee for the Tenth
district met at Asheville Thursday
aiternoon xor tne purpose oi select
mi mm '
ing the time and place for holding
the nominating convention. The
supporters of Thomas Settle, who
is after the nomination, favored the
holding of the convention in June,
while the friends of rrof. J. J.
Britt, also an aspirant for the nomi
nation, favored an earlier conven
tlon and a long campaign. A com
promise was finally effected and the
date of the convention was fixed for
Wednesday, April 20, and Hender
sonville as the place of meeting.
A Greensboro special nnder
date or Feb. 18th, says: Last Sum
mer, a year ago, a man namea
Woodv, was convicted of a criminal
assault on a girl and sent to the
penitentiary, but was pardoned by
Governor Aycock.. Yesterday he
was again committed to jail. This
time he had fallen back on an old
scheme, but worked only one man,
so far as known. Me was working
among Ignorant darkeys selling
them a membership in a detective
agency for $1, which entitled them
to a badge and a card, the card, said
Woody, compelling the railway au
thorities to give them a free pass
over the roads, while, after the
badge had been delivered, he was to
employ all memUers at a salary of $25
a month. He Ihad one badge, and
this he Bold to Alf Slade, but Alf
caught on and had Woody np before
'Squire Collins, who sent him to jail
in default of ball.
Charlotte News, Feb. 16: Mr.
J. C. McClure, of Mallard Creek
township, was In the city to-day and
was exhibiting the skua of a man,
the skeleton of which his boys
found in the old Henderson mine,
located on his place. Yesterday
while the boys were examining the
Bhaft of the mine, the? were attract
oi to a spot where a large pile of
bones lay. On going to the spot
the children were horrified to see
that the bones werfof a human bo
ine. Thev returned to the house
and Informed their father of what
they had seen. Mr. McClure went
to the mine and there in the 8-foot
tunnel leading from tho main shaft
was the skeleton of a man. Mr.
McClure says that he has owned the
place on which the Henderson mine
is located for the past 13 years and
during that time, so far as he can
recall, there has been no mysterious
disappearance in that section. Tho
skeleton bore evidence that the
body had been in the mine several
years. There was no flesh on the
bones, they being ai dry as a powder
WALKER BOUND OYER
Colored Ex-Alderman and Major
of Volunteers Held for tbe
PRELIMINARY TRIAL HELD.
Charged With Embezzling Ralber Large
Amount from Odd Fellows Lodge, of
Which He Was Treasurer
Bond of $250 Oivea.
Was the reported robbery of ex-
Alderman Andrew J. Walker last New
Yetr'a night a fake for tbe purpose of
deferring settlement with or defraud
ine the colored lodge of Odd Fellows,
of which he was treasurer f
Justice Fowler, after an extended
hearing in the Superior Court room
yeverday afternoon, held that there la
probable cause that such was the pur
pose of Walker, and that the robbery
might not have occurred at all. Walk
er was held in a justified bond of $250
to appear at the next term of New
Hauover Superior Court, beginning
April 4tb, to answer the charge of
embezzlement. Walker secured Hen
ry Green, colored, by mortgage on
real estate, and Green became his
surety in the amount named.
The preliminary trial attracted a
large number of spectators and wit
nesses, many of whom were members
of the lodge from which it is alleged
that Walker embezzled the money,
amounting to $376.84. The defendant
was present with his counsel, non.
John D. Bellamy, while the lodge was
represented by Messrs. Martden Bel
Iamyland Marsden Bellamy, Jr. The
hearing began at 3:30 o'clock
and it was after 6 o'clock before all
the testimony had been heard
and counsel had addressed the
court in behalf of their respective
clients. Walker went on the stand
first and told the story of the robbery,
saying that he kept all the funds of the
lodge in an iron safe at his house; that
on tbe night in question, be wrapped
up the amount of money to the credit
of the lodge in a piece of paper and
started to Ruth Hall with it to settle
with tbe finance committee and to
turn the balance over to a banking
committee which had been chosen to
succeed the treaaurer in custody of
the funds of the lodge. He then told
the story of the robbery, substantially
as printed in the newspapers the day
after the occurrence. He said that
when tho men, who robbed him, ran
off in opposite directions they had
nothing in their bands that he saw.
Policeman H. W. Howell, who was
visiting in the neighborhood, heard
the cries of Walker and went to
his rescue, was the next witness and
told of the finding of the man seated
on some curbstones. He saw no one
fleeing and the prosecution attempted
to bring out that if the men had fled
as Walker said, it would have been
possible for him to have seen them.
Although Walker said in his
testimony that the men who
ran off had nothing in their hands,
Officer Howell said that aa soon as be
arrived on the scene. Walker told him
that one of the men bad dropped
something and directed him where to
And it. The officer aaid he went to
the point Indicated and picked up the
end of a whip, which was loaded In
one end with lead. The instrument
was produced in court by Officer
WHO WROTE TIHS LETTER?
The eensation of the Iri&l occurred
when Hon. J no. D Bellamy offered
in evidence the following letter which
was addressed to "Constable Tuck
Savage, Wilmington," and mailed at
11 A. M. Jan. 25tb, the spelling being
"WlLMIMaTON, N. O.
'Mr. 8avagk: I am the man who
struck Andrew Walker on the night
of Jan. lit. I did It at the solicitation
of Ellgha Green, who was to pay me
part of the money for the job. I struck
the blow tbat felled walker to tne
ground and tbe other fellow that wm
with me took Walker's money. Green
told us where to meet the man Wal
ker and we met him just as he got off
the car. I did not want to do Walker
any bodily injury. I only wanted to
atrike him hard enough to put him out
of bizness for a few mlnlla. Tne other
fellow stood by and got the money.
He said he was goln to take tho money
to Green and be Green was to give me
my share and a job as a header in
cotton. He failed to give me the
amount that he promised me. I only
got a few dollars. Green said the
money was bis or I would not have
bad nulhln to with It. I am leaving
the town to-day but Green and the
friend of his that was with me haa got
the money, cause he robbed me out of
my share of It. I am goen and I
thought I would let it be known that
Ellgha Green la the low scamp tbat
had Walker fixed. Good-by.
By questioning Walker, Mr. Jno.
D. Bellamy showed tbat Elijah Green
belonged to an opposing faction in the
lodge t Walker. He ia a stevedore
by trade and occupied with other offi
cers a seat with couusel for the prose
cution. Upon cross examination, Mr.
Maraden Bellamy put Walker on his
guard and asked him if he did not
have an educated daughter who was
nearly grown and If that was not her
handwriting. Walker denied that It
was his daughter's baud writing and
Mr. Marsden Bellamy asked that the
court preserve'that letter.
FURTHER EVIDENCE INTRODUCED.
Messrs. O. R. Davis, W. T. Mercer
and others testified aa to having come
up to Walker where he was reported
robbed. For tbe prosecution Drt.
T. R. and J. H. Mask, colored, testi
fied that Walker's Injury waa only
trivial and that lit their opinion
the blood on hla noao was not
fresh blood. Tbe elder Dr. Mask said
as a frlecd oi Walker, he went to him
next day and told him that he (Dr.
Mask) was being aared questions about
w sjxiejuror Abe Injuries' and he
iwaixer) hadybetter settle tha mitt
up la siome sray. The cross examina
tion end4a to prove that Walker
might TCfcva been sand-bagged and very
little Injury would appear externally.
Officer Howell had testified that there
waa a knot on Walker's head about
the alze of a guinea egg. A number of
lodge officers testified tbat Walker was
dilatory about paying sick benefit and
had told several that he would get the
money out of the bank. At tbe trial
yesterday Walker aald he kept tho
money In his house and the bank
cashiers summoned to prove tint
Walker had no deposits with the . i
were discharged. The cate will next
be heard now in the Superior Court.
RUSSIA'S MILITARY ACTIVITY.
The Entire Army la Readiness for Mobil
Izatlon Messages of Sympathy to
Czar from European Potentates ,
By Catle to the Morning Star .
St. Petersburg, Feb. 80. Ths
Czar, according to those who hav
accets to his -presence, feela keenly
the outbreak of hostilities and sorrow.
at the burdens the war entails. Since
the receipt of tbe news of the bom
bardment of Port Arthur his msjestj
has been much occupied with con
ferences and has only appeared in
public on one or two occasions. Id
review the departing troops or to ahov--himself
at a window of tbe Winter
Palace to acknowledge patriotic de
monstrations. Persons who have seen
his majesty aay he Is looking sad.anri
careworn and that his well known
kindness of heart causes him to feel
acutely the loss or his brave men. His
majesty Is grieved over what he con
siders to be (he treacherous conduct of
It Is kuown that the Czsr has re-,
celved at least three personal lettera
from European sovereigns expressing
tbe heartiest sympathy. The poten
tates are Emperor William of Ger
many, King Christian of Denmark,
and King Oscar of Sweden and Nor
way. The letter from Emperor Wil
liam was brought by Colonel Von
Bchenck, commander of the Alexan
der third regiment of the Prussian
Grenadiers, of which the Czar la hon
orary colonel, f and : concluded with
tbe significant words: "God Is with
Military activity is proceeding on an
ever-increasing scale and Is In readi
ness for the mobilization of the entire
Russian army ahould that become
necessary. In a fortnight 100,000 ad
ditional troops will be in Manchuria.
Three army corps of Siberian rifles
have already been organized, and a
fourth soon will be completed. There
is also a brigade of Cossack artillery,
armed with excellent mountain guns.
Although the Japanese seem to be
making Port Arthur one of their main
objectives, military men here do not
believe that they will be able to effect
and hold a landing there. The entire
country Is strongly held by a division
of Cossacks, which was quietly moved
out to the Far East from the Caucasus
some time ago.
POWDER MILL EXPLOSION.
Plant of tbe Lallin & Rand Co. Blown Up.
Three Men Killed and Many lojsred.
Tbe Damsge $50,000.
By Telegraph to tho Morning Btar.
Paterbon, N. J., Feb. 20. An ex
plosion at the Ltflln and Rand powder
mills at Wayne, seven miles from
here to-day, caused the death of three
meo. Three mills were wrecked. Al.
Jackson and James Weir were killed
Instantly, their bodies being blown to
Eleces. Frederick Weimer died an
our later. Thirty-five other em
ployes were injured, several seriously.
The causa of tbe explosion is unknown.
It force was felt here, In Newark and
In other near by cities. The town of
Little Fall, five miles from the mill,
was badly shaken and many windows
were broken and several large brick
In Wayne, a tire resulting from the
explo.ion caused excitement. Tht
whole glass front of Youngelson' store
was blown out and the concussion set
fire to several crates of matches in the
store. The blaze was toon extinguish
ed by a bucket brigade.
The damage to the powder plant is
estimated at $50,000.
PANAMA CANAL TRE4TV.
Senator Bacon's Amendment Providing
for an Award to Colombia.
Uy Telegraph to the Morning BUr.
Washington, Feb. 20. Senator
Bacon's amendment to the Panama
canal treaty, providing for tbe award
to Colombia of financial satisfaction for
the secession of Panama, was to-day In
executive session in the Senate ordered
made public. The amendment la op
posed by the Republicans and the ban
of secrecy is removed only for the
purpose (of more effective debie in
theitwo days which remain before the
treaty is to be voted upon. It has been
said that if Colombia's wrath could bo
appeased, and the fear eliminated tbat
this government may be subjected to
constant imbroglios with the Colom
bians, all but four Democratic mem
bers of the Senate would join in the
vote for ratification,
Albanians Defeated by Turkish Troops.
. Both Lost Heavily
By Cable to tho Morning Star.
Salonica, Macedonia, Feb. 20.
Another battle occurred between the
Insurgent Albanians in North Albania
and the Turkish troop, February 18th.
The Albanlaos were beaten, losing BOO
I men killed and wounded. The Turks
also lost heavily.
Shemsi Pasba, who was ra command
Of the Turka l Diakov, has been
superseded, owibg to the Hullan's dis
pleasure at bis unduly severe treat
ment of the Albanians.
Tweoly-llve Persons Killed and Hlieca
Others Isjared, several Family.
By Telegraph to the Morning Btar.
Oodew, Utah, Feb. 20 Twenty
five persons were killed, fifteen others
injured, several It it teli5vd f tally,
and a great am uul of r-ilroad prop
erty destroyed by iha ' riploslon
of a car load of dynamite at
Jackson, a telegraph atatlou on tha
Weaton end of tne great UEOf n-juicin
cut-off on the Southern Pacific rail
road. Tbe explosion was caused by a
I collision between to freight trains.
due It is said to the failure or ine air
brake apparatus to operate.
- Dr. ,T. M. Sikes, of Bladen
! county, was a Btar visitor yealwUay.