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YOUNG MAN C0MK SOUTH.
The HomeseeJcer and Investor,
VI!.!.. Jl -i mi 1 I
magazine puuuaaeu Kb umcago, was
largely responsible for the settling
of a great many Northwestern peo
ple in the "Sonny South Colony"
at Chadbourn, N. C. These Indus
i trloua and thrifty people have done
well, and have turned a region of
wild woods and tangled vines into a
garden spot. Many of them paid
for their lands with the first year's
crop, and now Chadbonrn annually
ihips hundreds of carloads of straw
berries, fruits and truck to the
Northern markets, which are reach
ed by the long trains of refrigerator
cars in less than twenty-four, hours.
Speaking of the possibilities and
progress of the South, the Home
stelcer and Investor says:
The ciTil war left the South bank
rapt and prostrate In everything per
talotng to finance and Industry. No
country In modern times was ever
more completely stagnant. That was
nearly forty yeara ago. To-day the
South presents a complete reversal of
thoae conditions and offers one of the
most promlilng fielda for Investment
In the world.
The few poorly equipped railroads of
that day have been supplanted by great
trunk-line, built and equipped on
modern lines and doing a tremendous
business In developing a rich country,
dotted with hundreds of hustling.grow
lng commttoiiiea. The staple crop of
the section, cotton, has reached a value
and extent that could not have been
foreseen at the dote of the war and
has added hundreds of millions of dol
lar to tbe wealth of the country.while
Its manufacture baa developed into an
immense business, exceeding that of
New Eastland, which at tbe close of the
war was leader in that Industry.. The
South has Invested In cotton mills from
$175,000,010 to $300,000,000, from an
Investment of $21,000,000 in 1880,
us ng in 1903 '.bout 2,000,000 baler,
against 1,967,000 balea used in the
N'irih. Ten yeara ago the North used
2.190,000 balea and tbe 8outh only
686,000 bales If there waa nothing
el-i this would be a remarkable show
in Bat there are other Items. Goal and
pi; i'Oo, two most Important bases of
ln!uitry, furnish equally striking il
lu . jiiotiS of the progress and develops-ni
or Southern resources. .In
1890 trie Souin produced 397,000 tons
of iron, about one-tenth of the en
tire product of the country. In 1903
her output was 3 500,000 tons, one
fifth of the national production, within
230,000 tons of the product of the en
tire country. Tbe increase In tbe
South has bsen about hundred per
cent. Tbe same ratio of Increase is
shown In bituminous coal, while the
increase in the rest of the country was
Only about one-half that figure.
Of the forty-three States and territo
ries of the United States showing new
mileage (good roads) construction
during 1903, twenty-five are credited
with the construction of over. 100 miles
of road; ten of these were Southern
Biaus. Tbe total construction for the
year was 5,723.45 miles, of which the
Southern States constructed 2,108.98.
or 36 per cent.
In minor Hems, such as cotton seed
Oil and kindred products, are oiher
Striking instances of growth. To-day
tbe South has about 700 mills devoted
to this industry, with a capital of over
$50 000.000, compared with forty mills,
utlog $3,500,000 capital In 1880. But
these are only a few of tbe leading
- it ma to the i redlt of the South. New
Industries are constantly springing up
44-over the seetlon, Riving employ
ment to nutty thousands of people,
foxing new communities, with the
co quent opportunities for Industrial
Id siments In various lines.
The rapid development of the
South is astonishing to even those
oins who are in the midst of what
Is really only a beginning of the do-
-Telopment of this unrivaled section
of the United States. With all the
enumerated progress credited to the
South in the article of our Chicago
contemporary, the South is really
only on tbe threshold of her devel
opment and prosperity, and offers
. . V. v ......
w aumeseexers ana capitalists a
field of almost limitless possibilities.
l here is moe than the truth in
the statemep' that investors will
search a long time for a more prom
islng section for careful, judicious
expenditure than is opened to all
lines of Industry in the South and
- particularly In esstern North Can
... . .
. una. with liberal provisions for
schools, fertile lands, unrivaled, cll
mate. goodand rapid transportation.
and a population with open arms to
cordially welcome a good class of
people, North Carolina- offers these
and tenfold other advantages to
those who are seeking the golden
opportunities of this life.
Russia has not been down in Man
churia for her health. In the short
time of her "paramount" career she
has converted Port Arthur, Harbin
and other plaoes into modern cities
with many elegant buildings, bank
ing institutions, colleges and hum
MORE COMPETITION FOR OTJB
If there is any advantage in the
present tariff protection for the
growers of tobacco in North Garb-'
Una and other Southern States, the
acquirement and assimilation of the
Philippines threatens to take it
away from them.
The above remark is made upon
the contingency that Congress will
consider with favor the petition
which Secretary of War Taft, lately
Governor of the Philippines, trans
mitted to the House last Wednes
day. The petition is from the Tobacco
Workers' Guild, a labor organization
in Manila, composed of .6,000 mem
bers', praying for the admission to
the United States of Philippine
tobacco free of duty. The present
rate of duty, the petition discloses,
is almost equivalent to making the
exportation of Philippine tobacco to
the United States an impossibility,
and under the conditions the situa
tion of the tobacco growers of the
islands has become truly insufferable.
, The petition sets forth that under
Spanish rule the Filipino operatives
in the tobacco factories received
nearly twice as much as at present.
Then they earned 50 cents a day,
while under tho American regime
their pay is less than 35 cents a day.
At the same time the prices of food
and other necessities of life have
increased three-fold since American
It appears that the Republican
administration is making a mess of
things in the Philippines, and. if
the reports coming from there are
true tbe conditions there may show
what the same kind of administra
tion does over here where we are
better able to stand it. We bought
the Philippines for 120,000,000
about five years ago and. our con
stant war and administration there
has run up the outlay to $600,000,
000, not to mention the loss of val
uable American lives, and leaving
out the devastation and depopula
tion which the Fillipinos have suff
ered at our hands. Yet some of us
are rather inclined to laugh at the
It is not altogether improbable
that the Republicans will give the
Philippines free trade in order to
male up for the botch work of our
government in the islands. Here
is a pointer in that direction from
the leading Republican paper, the
New York Tribune'.
Oonviction la growing of the justice
of reducing the duties on Importations
from the Philippines. It Is not alone
matter of justice, but likewise of
rood oolicr. for larger trade and great
er prosperity in the Philippines from
access to the American market will
make easier our task of government.
The Emperor of Corea is being
berated because he doesn't order
both Japan and Russia off his terri
tory. Critics must remember, how
ever, that Hi-Li has several hundred
wives and all men of reason know
that when he goes down town all his
time is taken up. in getting samples,
needles and thread and hooks and
eyes for his household. Every day
is his busy day, when it is taken
into' consideration that he has to
look out for all those remembrance
strings that the family ties around
The concert of the shad frogs
now greets our ears. Soon the aroma
of the yellow jessamine will perme
ate thelambientair,andthe warmed-
up Atlantic .will be tumbling its
gladdened surf at the dimpled feet
of the Summer girl. The wreck
and ruin of nations by grim-vlsaged
war in the East may go on, but in a
land of beauties and the white-
winged dove of peace hovering o'er
us, let us rejoice and get our bath
Are there any more questions
which the investigating committee
want to ask Col. Joe Smith, presi
dent of the Mormon Church, who
has been on the stand three or four
days in the Smoot investigation at
Washington ? He frankly told the
committee that he has five wives
and can't spare any of them. He
told the committee about many of
his domestic relations and appar
ently he would go into details if
they push him just a. little.
The Stab's dispatches yesterday
morning tell of a countryman who
sold his wife for two selns. He was
thus prepared to fish for another
wife, but he has been arrested.
Probably the purchaser of the wife
will charge him with cheating and
A war correspondent writes that
Captain Kuhn,- of Leavenworth,
Kas., a military attache of the Jap
anese army, is the only one that
does not "look alike to me." Kuhn
is pronounced Coon in Japanese,
and there must be something wrong
about it, for "All Coons look alike."
The Easter htt money will soon
come out of the stocking. By the
way we see that they are now offer
ing fancy hosiery with cuts pockets
in the right place.
Mr. B. H. J. Ahrens Perhaps
Fatally Injured as Result
of a Fall Yesterday.
RESTINQ EASIER AT NIGHT.
Plaoged Tea Feet Head Foremost
Chair Id Which He Was Slttlog
, Platform, Superintending Car
penters' Work Notes.
Falling upon his head to the ground
from a platform, ten feet high, Mr.
B. H. J. Ahrens, one of Wilmington's
most highly esteemed citizens and
largest real estate owners, was serious
ly injured yesterday afternoon about
8:80 o'clock, while superintending a
force of carpenters building a 30-foot
addition to the rear of the store of G.
D. Phares & Co., Nos. 110 and 113
Market street. It was stated by physi
cians in attendance upon Mr. Ahrens
last night, .that while his injuries are
not necessarily fatal, they are quite
serious. He has a severe injury on
tbe head and it may be possible that
he has a slight fracture of the skull.
He also has severe Injuries about the
upper portion of -his back with other
bruises about the body. Drs. Andrew
H. Harris, D. W. Bulluck and B.
Harllee Bellamy are in constant at
tendance upon Mr. Ahrens at his home,
619 Market street, to which he was car
ried within half an hour atter the accl
dent and, with the services of a trained
nursf, the injured man is oeing given
every attention, lie is in a semi
conscious condition and complains of
i his head, shoulders, back and stomach.
! Internal Injuries are feared. Mr.
Abrens la perhaps over 60 years of age
and for that reason the Injuries are all
the more serious.
Mr. Ahrens bad been superintend
ing the building of the addition to the
Phares store for several days and at
the time of the accident he was seated
In a chair on a platform of an old stair
case, overlooking tbe construction. In
changing his position one of the legs
of the chair went over the edge of tbe
platform and he was thrown sideways
upon his head, the .distance of ten or
more feet. While the ground was of
a sand surface, there were some blocks
I scattered about and It la probable that
Mr. Ahrens struck on one of these.
He is a man of between 195 and 200
pounds weight and the fall was a
heavy one. He was unconscious for
a time, but his son, Mr. Eduard
Ahrens, and several physicians were
soon by his side and assisted him to a
carriage in which to be taken home.
A little later .an operation was neces
sary to remove a clot of blood from
under the scalp, which was caused by
the breaking of an artery. An exami
nation for a fractured skull was made
but the physicians were unable to a'
certain last night the extent of the In-
jury in that direction. It was stated
by the physicians that It would be 48
hours or more before the probable re
sult of the injuries would be definitely-
known. Mr. Abrens was resting easier
last night. Hundreds of friends anx
lously inquired bf him last night
and as many expressed the earnest
hope that the accident would not prove
Pay your poll tax before May
1st or you cannot vote in the Btate
and Presidential elections to be held
In November next.
Ellen Walker, a half-witted
colored woman, living on Nun street,
between Sixth and Seventh, fell in the
fire at noon yesterday and was serl
Marion, S. 0., has decided
to accept a Carnegie library and con
tribute 17.500 annually toward its
maintenance in turn for $7,500 to be
I expended in the building.
There was a report down town
yesterday that young Melvln Home,
who had his hand amputated Friday
morning, was dying at the hospital.
Inquiry at the hospital last night elicit
ed tbe information that young Home,
while suffering greatly at times, was
doing very well and was at no time in
Miss Nellie jk owler, who was
one of the students who lost most of
her personal effects in the State Nor
mal fire at Greensboro and who is now
a student at St. Mary's in Raleigh, has
received, through her parents here, the
i agreeable Information that a handsome
gold watch.a diamond cluster ring and
an opal ring belonging to her.had been
recovered from the debris In almost
perfect condition. The jewelry wll
be forwarded to her.
The Prophecy of Evil if sis.
G. A. H." Richardson, of Newborn
who styles himself "Prophet George,"
writes a postal card to the Stab from
WInfall. N. 0., under date of March
4tb. He renews his evil prophecy in
the following language: "Please Read
this card and Print it in your PaPer of
the city that Wilmington n. c. will be
Diatrood by fire August 15 1904 Mon
day, and James city, n-c. by watter
August 1904. ProPhet george. In
God we truat" v
Albrifbt In Newspsperdom.
Friends of the popular "Jack" Al
bright, now postmaster at Mount Airy, 1
N. G, will be interested to know that
he la one of the publishers of the
Semi-Weekly Leader, printed In that
enterprising town. It Is a. healthy
looking youngster in theBepubllcan
journalistic household, though only
eight months of age.
.WILMINGTON, N. C, FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 1904.
FROU CL4RKT0N TO WHITEVIUB.
New Ralirosd Surveyed by tbe 6ape Fesr
Lorober Bompssy, ol Wilmington.
The Whiteville News of this week
has the following Interesting story
relative to a proposed railroad between
Whiteville and Olarkton, to ba owned
and operated by. the Cape Fear Lum
ber Co.i of Wilmington :
"The Cape Fear Lumber Company.
of Wilmington, Is arranging to com
plete a narrow gauge road from the
old Richardson crossing of the W., O.
ft A. to Olarkton, According to tbe
statement of their agent, P. H. Kor-
negay, It will be completed In from
four to six weeks, when the rolling
stock will be in action.
"It will beein lust below the White
ville, Lumber Company's plant, run
up the White Marsh and connect with
the Carolina Central railroad at Clark?
ton. Fifteen miles will be the length
of the surveyed route.
"About fifteen thousand acres of
timber-land is owned by the Cape Fear
Lumbar Company, through which the
road will pass. It consists chiefly of
long leaf and short leaf pine. From
20,000,000 to 30,000,000 feet Of timber,
it Is expected, will be cut from the
"About .four miles or the road bed
is. laid now and the present company
will have no trouble in completing
the balance of tbe distance, as it has.
all been surveyed before. An addi
tional survey is now being made.
Shipment of the logs to Wilmington
will be over the A. U. I
"The road will be used for logging
purposes exclusively, but is possible
that it is a forerunner for a pasienger
road between Whiteville and Clark-
ton, which Is badly needed.
"Uur town's people should interest
themselves in furthering thla end. It
would be a stepping stone to the up
building of Whiteville; would en
hance the value of realty, and should
eventually be owned and controlled
by our citizens for the town's benefit."
TO BUILD A N4TAT0RIUH.
Commendable Movemeat loaiinrated by
V. M 6. A. Popular Ssbscrlptloss.
Under the auspices of the Y. M.
O. A. a. movement has been Inaugu
rated looking to the establishment of
a first-clais natatorlum In this city a
swimming pool in reaeh of all and
robbed of many of the dangers of the
sport when enjoyed in natural pools.
The pool will bs added to the present
aplendid equipment of the Y. M. O. A.
and, according to plans under consid
eration, will be 45 feet long and SO
feet wide. It will be graduated In
depth from 3 to 7 feet
The plan of raising the money needed
is to secure it in voluntary subscrip
tions from any person who feels inter
ested in such a thing for the young
men and boys of the city. One man
has pledged $500. Others are now
contemplating gifts of- varying
amounts. Work will be started on
this as soon as the necessary funds are
In band to pay for It Any person who
wishes to subscribe to this fund may
do so by either pledging a certain
amount, payable within 30 or 60 days.
or tending cash subscriptions to the
MURDERER AT LUMDEBTON.
Nefro Who Killed Another la Soatb Csro-
tlaa Captured la Robeson.
Special Star Correspondence.
Lumbebtox, March 4. Last night
Deputy 8heriff J. A. Barker brought
in Jno. Ratliff, colored, who shot Bud
McNeill, colored, Wednesday night,
juat across the State line, near Bow
land. McNeill died yesterday morning
though Ratliff had already escaped
Into this State. Deputy Barker located
him in a house, and when he ap
proached, the negro jumped out of a
window and ran, paying no attention
to orders to halt. He was brought to
terms by a ball from the deputy's
pistol. Dr. Pope extracted the ball
from his arm on arrival here last
night He Is now In jail but Is said to
be willing to return to South Carolina
without requisition papers. His own
evidence seems to make him guilty of
AMPUTATED HIS RIQHT HAND.
Yoaof Lamp Trimmer, Melvln Horse, Sab
nltted to Necesasry Operation
"Gangrene having set in, it became
necessary yesterday to amputate the
right band of young Melvln Home,
the electric lamp trimmer who was so
severely burned while engaged in his
work at Front and Dock streets about
ten days ago. It was at first thought
the.hand could be saved with the lots
of one or two fingers, but the compli
cations set in and amputation of the
band' became necessary to save the
arm. Tbe operation was performed at
the James Walker Memorial Hospital
yesterday morning by Drs. Joseph
Akerman.and T. B. Burbank. Tbe
patient, was resting very well last
night and the physicians now have
every hope of the young man's recov
ery. .The hand was taken off about
the middle of the forearm.
Claims False Arrest.
Ex-Alderman George Bell, colored,
was served with a warrant yesterday
charging him with false pretence in
representing himself an agent of some
property and collecting rents therefor
when not author! ad to do so. The
charge was preferred by Mr. J.O.Rellly,
of the real estate firm of Dick & Really
who claimed that the firm had leases
on the property in question, but It sub
sequently developed that the leases
had expired. The ex-Alderman
threatens to sue the protecutor In the
case for false arrest
The Wrightsville Sound Public
School, Miss Pattle D. Home, teacher.
oelebrated North Carolina Day with
Interesting exercises Friday afternoon
HIS REMAINS BROUGHT HOME.
Yeast Breach Bravery Met Death fa Flor
ida Tknrsdsy Evenlsf -
from Mr. Blnclair it waa learned
that the accident in which young Mr.
Branch lost his life, occurred at Camp
bell's atation, twelve miles below Kta-
simee, Fla, just after sunset Thurs
day. Mr. Branch was conductor of a
work train and at the time of the acci
dent, he was making a coupling, pre
paratory to pulling out of a aids
track. In some way he was caught be
tween the cars and badly crushed In
tbe stomach. However, he was per
fectly cool, and despite his great Buf
fering he stepped out from between
the cart, calmly called his porter and
told him to go back In the shanty and
prlng him a mattress. Before the ne
gro eould return Mr. Branch fell to
the ground. He was placed on bis
own train in a few minutes and hur
ried to Kissimee where medical aid.
could be secured. He died within two
hours in possession of all his faculties
almost up to the minute he died. Men
about him said it was the bravest
death they had ever seen. The young
man knew full well.that tbe end was
near; told those about him to have his
body embalmed and sent to his father
n Wilmington. The young man pass
ed away without a tremor. Although
he had been on the second division
only a short time, young Branch was
exceedingly popular. When tbe body
paised through Jacksonville Friday
the Order of .Railway Conductors
laid a bandaome floral design on tbe
casket in token of their esteem and ad
WEDDED MISS KATE ST ED WAN.
Prof. Alfred Palmer, Dlstlafslsbed Maal
clao, Claims Qreeaaborq Bride.
Special to News & Observer.
Greehsbobo, N. CL, March 4.
There was great aurprlse here this
morning when it was learned that Miss
Eate Stedman, of this city, and Prof.
Alfred Palmer, organist of the Epis
copal church here, had been quietly
married by Rev. Ve. Hall, of tbe
Episcopal church at Danville, yester
day afternoon, and had gone to Kala
mazoo, Micb., where Prof. Palmer had
juat accepted a $4,000 position in the
Miss Stedman was a very beautiful
and accomplished woman, the only
dauehter of Major and Mrs. Charlea
M. Stedman, of Greensboro, and since
her residence in Greensboro had won
many devoted friends. Prof. Palmer
came here from England last Novem
ber, and has been the organist and
choirmaster of 8fc Barnabas Episcopal
church, besides having a large class in
vocal and instrumental music. He
was a magnificent musician and a moat
Only last Tueaday he announced
that be bad .received such a flattering.
offer from the college In Michigan, he
felt constrained to accept It, but there
was, no hint whatever tnat nis trip
there would be a bridal one. It is
learned that there was no objection
whatever to the marriage, the parties
themselves preferring to be married in
Danville and without ostentation.
Major Stedman. father of the bride.
is one of tbe moat prominent candi
dates now in the race for Governor of
North Carolina, and this fact gives the
marriage more than usual Importance.
ISi THE SUPREME COURT.
Cases Argued Yesterdsy Five Stste Eos
vlcts Flee Before Fire of Onards.
Special Star Telegram.
Raleigh, N. O., March 5. There
were arguments in few cues in the
Supreme Court to-day. Attorney
General vs. Holly Shelter Railroad
was argued by George Bountree. J.
O. Carr and Jno. D. Bellamy for
plaintiff; Iredell Meares and Francis
u. Winston lor defendant it is a
suit to annul the charter of the road.
Morgan vs. Lumber Company, sub
mitted under rule 10, by Stevens and
A. O. .Davis for plain till; Henry A.
Qrady for defendant Tapp ts. Dlb
rell, submitted under rule 10; Whit
field vs. uordon, continued; Newton
vs. Brown, by Jno. D. Bellamy and
Bountree ft Carr for plaintiff; Iredell
Meares and Francis D. Winston for
defendant Two cases go to the foot
of the docket for argument at the end
of the term.
Counsel was allowed to file briefs
out of their order in appeals of L. A.
Barnes and A. M. Howell against the
commissioners of Wilson county, in
which the saloon 'keepers of Boyett
seek to compel tbe commissioners to
grant license! to sell liquor in that
Five negro convicts escaped from
the convict camp of the Raleigh and
Pamlico Sound Railroad to-day. The
guards fired three shots as they ran,
but none took effect
NEW YORK DEM0SRATS.
Stste Convention to be Held io Albany
on Monday, April IStb.
By Telecrapa to tbe Horsing star.
vy Albany, N. Y., March 5. The
Democratic State convention, which
will select delegates to the National
convention, will be held here Monday,
April 18th. This was the unanimous
decision of the Democratic State
Committee, which met today. The
real result was arrived at before the
committee met at a meeting between
former Senator M.I11 and Mr.Murphv.
leader of Tammany. It was believed
that some acrimony would result at
the meeting over the selection of the
place and time, it being known that
Tammany desired to have it held in
New York, but Senator Hill acceded
to Mr. Murphy's request to set the
date for the 18th instant, instead of
the 13th, and Mr. Murphy, finding
that Mr. Hill controlled a majority
of the committee, acquiesced in the
selection of Albany, so that there
was no friction over the matter in
' The House Committee on Postoffices
and Poatroads unanimously agreed to
report the Hay resolution, calling for
miormation relative to the use or "in
fluence" by members of the House in
behalf of increases In salaries of post
masters, eta. to the House, with the
recommendation that It "lay on the
JDQ TRADE HARD BIT.
Recent Supreme Court Decision
Heavy Blow to Wilmington
No Pscksfts Received for Prohibited
Territory Basinets Had Iscressed
Wonderfully from This Clly la
the Psst Yesr or Two.
The recent decision of the Supreme
Court that the "Anti-Jug Law" ap
plies to all counties in the State where
prohibition or the dispensary system Is
la effect yesterday came forcibly to
the attention of a number of Wilming
ton dealers, who have been doing a
large "shipping business" to the "dry
country," when they were notified by '
the Southern Express Company dur
ing the day that in the future no pack
ages of questionable character- would
be received for prohibited points.
It was learned from one of the deal
ers that a circular to that effect had
been issued by Superintendent Walter
Buckner, of this district of the Express
Company, but a reporter who called
laat night at the office of Mr. Buckner
was informed in effect that while a
circular had been issued to agents to
refuse shipments for antl-lfquor coun
ties, it might be recalled or altered at
any time and the superintendent
would prefer that the same be not pub
lished yet At any rate shipments
from.Wllmlngton to at least a dozen
dry counties la this section of the Btate
have been tabooed and the dealers are
feeling the effect of the 8upreme
Court decision as they have never
anticipated before. They attach
no blame whatever to the Southern
Express Company, of course, and are
free to admit that even should the
transportation people utterly disre
gard the law, the ahipper would not
care to risk a seizure and a confisca
tion of the goods, to say nothing of
the possibility of an indictment.
As the law is interpreted by dealers
here, no liquor can ba shipped to coun
ties that are dry or towns which have
the dispensary. However, if one town
in a county has a dispensary and the
balance of that county is wet or has no
regulations, they are at liberty to ship
to other points In that county. Sev
eral of the dealers in Wilmington who
have a big "jug trade" In adjacent
counties were consulting their attor
neys yesterday and were engaged In
an honest effort to see exactly what is
the status of the decision.
Few people in Wilmington imagine
to what extent the shipment of liquor
to consumers In the upper counties
has Increased within the past year or
two. With the "drying" of several
counties up the country a good many
distilleries were forced out of business
and the bulk of tbe trade came to-Wil
mlngton. Besides Express . shipments
not a little liquor was being shipped
in various forms by freight The jug
business had grown to considerably
larger proportions within the laat six
or eight months. The Supreme Court
decision now reduces It at a single
whack to about 25 per cent. This may
be appreciated from the fact that 55 of
the 96 counties in ihe State are prohi
bition counties and that the bulk of
the wet counties are in tbe West
out of the territory of Wilmington.
FOUND NOT GUILTY.
Two Men Charred With a Double Harder
la Jsaes Coanty, Va.
Bj Telegraph to the Morning' Bt&i.
Bristol, Va., March 5. J. H. Ca
tron and J. A. Barnett. on trial In
Jones county on the. charge of killing
Democratic election judge L. E. Nlch
olv, at Falrview precinc', in Scott
county, last November, were found
not guilty this afternoon.
The jury was ont over two hours be
fore a verdict was reached, returning
to the court room at 1.25. Both pris
oners were admitted to ban on tbe
charge of killing John Ausburn, 'the
other election judge killed at the same
time Nichols was shot The double
murder and the subsequent trial have
aroused the moat intense feeling be
twee a the Democrats and Republi
cans of Scott county. A number of
the most distinguished lawyers in this
part of Virginia appeared in the trial.
One Mao Killed and Twentyone Persons
Is'ared Hones Destroyed.
By Telegraph to the Horning 8tar.
Latbobs, Pa., March 5. As the re
sult of an explosion of powder and
dynamite at the magazine of EL 8.
Kerbaugh Company at Heads Hill,
near here, one man,' Patrick Qulnlan,
was killed and twenty-one others
were injured. Jacob Squibb, who"
was in his home half a mile from the
scene-of the explosion, was so badly
hurt by his house being carried from
Its foundation that he will die.
Houses within a radius of a mile were
toppled from their foundations, and
window glasses in bouses twenty
miles distant were broken.
ROBBED OS A TRAIN.
Jewelry Valued at $2,500 Stolen from
Miss Qreen, of Macon, Qa.
By Telegraph to the Horning Star.
Blaoesbubq, B. 0., March 5. Miss
M. J. Green, of Mcoo, Ga., waa
robbed of dlamonda valued at $3,500
shortly after ltafrgtj; bury, JN. U.
this morning, wii.ie en route from
New York to Macon.
After passing Salisbury Miss Green
left her berth, leaving her hand-bag,
containing a purse in which were two
diamond rings, one valued at ss.ooo,
the other at $500. also a gold watch en
arraved with her name. Ten or fifteen
minu es later Miss Green returned and
found 'T b-vth bad been made up
and the bag containing the jewelry had
disappe'd. The loss was reported
and seaicb made, but without success.
Senator Simmons has succeed
ed in having included in the agricultural-
appropriation bill a provi
sion for collecting truck statistics.
Robert Mitchell, colored, is one of
the best jewelers of his race. He is
a workman of skill and enjoys a
Charlotte Chronicle: The trial
before Judge Prltchard of the Ma-chen-Lorenz-Goff
racy case, lasted forty-eight days,
out the result shows that the time
was well spent. It is interesting to
know that there are thirty-five cases
of poatoffice frauds to be tried before
Judge. Prltchard. There are still
thirteen Indictments against Ma
chen, and if any one of them pans
out like the first, it will add to his
prison term. If all of the thirteen
are made good Machen is destined
to die in prison.
Charlotte Chronicle: The ques
ion as to what is contraband of war
has been settled by the State De
partment on the basis 'adopted by
this country during the Transvaal
war. As to rice and foodstuffs being
contraband, it is fdeclded that the
destination of such goods must de
termine their character. If they are
intended for either army, they are
contraband, and subject to seizures.
if they are intended for the use of
civilians, except in the case of be
sieged towns, then they must not be
seized, or, if seized, they must be
paid for. Southern made goods can
go right on through to China on the
Smallpox is in Statesvllla again.
Mrs. M. A. Wallack, a resident of a
part of the town known as the Boule
vard, broke out with it Monday after
noon and her home was at once quar
antined. There are several other oo
cupants of the home. A father and
husband among them. There seems
to be no end of trouble in this house
hold for only last week old man Wal
lack and his son-in-law became en
gaged in a fight over the possession
dian axe, and Ball, his son-in-law,
in some way inflicted several ugly
wounds in his father-in law's arm
and shoulder. Ball is now a fugi
tive from justice, and his wife Is
Salisbury Sun: Mr. J. J.
Allen, a white fireman on the South
ern, lies dangerously ill at Spencer.
most peculiarly afflicted man,
About two weeks since Mr. Allen
was troubled with a boil on his lip.
Ordinary remedies were resorted to
without avail and finally a physician
was called in. The ailment was at
once pronounced anthrax, a disease
confined almost entirely to sheep
and without exception attended by
fatal results. Although heroic treat
ment was resorted to, the sore on
Mr. Allen's face continued to spread
until now it has settled in his throat.
If it is not arrested before it affects
his stomach Mr. Allen's recovery is
regarded as extremely doubtful.
The parts aSected are. entirely in
sensible to pain and even carbolic
acid gargled in the mouth causes no
irritation. Dr. Turner, the govern
ment inspector of cattle at this
point, says that among the European
peasants who are engaged in pick
ing wool the disease . is prevalent at
all times, bnt that in this country
it is very rare, not only among per
sons but among sheep. When an
thrax is discovered in a flock every
sheep that has come in contact with
the diseased member of the flock Is
Asheville Citizen: In the Su
perior court yesterday the case of
Tom Smith, colored, who was tried
for carrying a concealed pistol, was
the occasion for a decision by Judge
Long which is one of importance.
Smith was a colored attendant in a
pool room and in order to show his
innocence, went on the stand and
testified that the pistol was broken
and had no' cylinder. On cross ex
amination he said that at the bar
where he worked he kept another
pistol, and this pistol, he said, was
kept in a basket with a cover. On
this statement the court instructed
the jury that the defendant was
guilty, according to his own evi
dence, because he was not on his
own premises and the pistol being
within his reach, was-ooncealed. A
verdict of guilty was. returned and
Smith was fined $25 and costs.
Several lawyers who were present
were mnch interested in the decis
ion and one of them said that as he
construed it no clerk or other em
ploye could legally have a pistol or
other weapon kept in a drawer, as is
often customary, or other place
where it was hidden from view. He
said employes in banks would have
to keep any weapons for self-protection
Raleigh Times: Dr. Jay,
charged with murdering his three
children in Buncombe county sev
eral weeks ago, has been brought to
Raleigh and placed , in the State
penitentiary to serve a term of 30
years. There were two other pris
oners in charge of the officers who
brought Dr. Jay. Dr. Jay is a heavy
built man and rather handsome fig
ure. He had an intelligent look
and did not seem to be suffering from
any mental trouble. Under the sen
tence passed he was sentenced to
the penitentiary for thirty years for
one of the murders committed.
Judgment in the other two was held
up. At the end of his present sen
tence, should he live so long, the
court will have the right to call him
back and give him-, an additional
sentence. The total sentence that
can be given him is -for ninety years
in the penitentiary. This is the
case in which Dr. Jay, became en
raged with his wife and abused
her so that she bad to leave
home. He then secured a hammer
and beat out the brains of his three
children. Tie escaped the gallows
on the plea of temporary insanity
and then plead goilty to murder in
the second degree.
The President yestera sent to the
Senate the nomination .of Li wrence O.
uarper as postmaster at Honeapatb,
S Os ' ,
THE WAR CONSIDERED
HARDJLY TO HAVE BEGUN.
Hesvy Flfhtlsg Not Expected Before the
ksst el Aprll-Rassla's Prsparatlons '
to Overwhelm to Japaaese;
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Br Cable to the Horning Star.
St. Petkbsbubo; March- 5. Al-'
though almost four weeks have elaps
ed since the. Japanese first attacked
Port Arthur, here the war is consider
ed hardly to have begun.. '
.Heavy land fighting, upon which
the fate of the campaign depends, 1
not expected much before the end t f
April. - '
By this time Rusaia will have In the
field, exclualve of the large army of
men required to guard,the railroad,
four army corps, erch with m cavalry
division and an artillery brlgaoe. AIT .
tnat has happened so far or is going to
happen until those forces are lathe
field, is considered, according to the
Russian view, to be nothing mors
than the prologue to the real drama.
The Russians are determined to de
fend Port Arthur as heroically as they
did BebastopoL No large garrison
will be retained there; ten thousand
men are as good as 100,000 for de
fence, while the more men Che more
mouths to feed. There are enough
provisions now to last for eight
months. In addition, there will be a
division of Cossacks, with mountain
batteries, on tbe peninsula to oppose
landings and harms the enemy if.
they succeed in investinghe city.
Viceroy Alexleff still retains his
headquarters at Mukden, through
which 3,000 or 4,000 soldiers are passing
dally to positions which the main
armies will occupy.
The Russian plans do not contem
plate taking any cbances on the score
of inferior numbers By sheer weight
of men and guns if nothing else, when
the proper time arrives, Russia counts
on overwhelming the-Japanese and
rolling them back through Corea.
The Russian fqusdron
Tokio, March 5. An Austrian
steamer which has arrived at Hako
date from; Vladivostok, reports that
tbe Ruialau aquadron left Vladivos
tok on February 29 th. It Is pre
sumed to be cruising in northern
waters with the hope of capturing
Japanese merchantmen. Another re
port ssys that two Russian warships
have been seen 'off Usudl Bay.
Advices from Hakodate do not men
tion any attacks on northern ports.
The steamer Ekaterinoslaw, of the
Russian volunteer transport fleet,
which had been fitted up as an auxili
ary cruiser, the steamer Manohurla,
belonging to the Chinese Eastern
Railway Company, the schooner
SUepner and the steam launch Ullde
have been declared prizes of war by
the naval cjurt at Sasebo. The de
cision of the court is subject to an ap
peal within thirty days.
Seoul, March 5. The Russians who
recently retired from Anju to Pak
Chen are reported to have moved
northward from tba latter place.
Affairs In Corea.
Seoul, March 5. Twenty members
of the Peddlers' band are reported to
have taken an oath to kill all officials
who favor an alliance with Japan.
The Japanese minister, on being noti
fied of this, promptly informed tbe
Oorean government that if it did not
arresi the conspirators the Japanese
officials would do so. As a result,
four leaders of the Peddlers have just
The cabinet decided to-day to re
open the -railway between Yompaho
FIRE AT L0NQ ISLIND CITY.
Catholic cbsTcb aid Rectory Burned.
Three Lives Lost
By Telegraph to the Homing Btar.
New York, March 5. One priest
and two servants were . killed and
two other priests were severely in-
1'ured at a fire which destroyed St.
Patrick's Roman Cathollo church
and the adjoining rectory in Long
Island City to-day. Those killed
were Rev. Father Ernest, and Mary
and Margaret Brady, domestics.
Those injured are Rev. Joseph
Kearney, abrasions of face, hands
and left hip, and Rev. Father Hen
nlgan, shock and contusions. The
money loss by the fire was estimated
at $35,000. The cause is unknown.
A dispatch from Stockholm says
that Russia Is hurriedly strengthening
the 8veaborg fortress, which joins
Helslngfors. Finland. All the wooden
buildings have been nulled down to
lessen the danger of Are In tbe event
of a bombardment
The Supreme Court of Virginia re
fused a writ of error in tbe Ohesley V
Peoples case. Peoples killed John -81age
December 2nd last, was tried Jn
the Wythe county court at the Feb
ruary term, convicted of murder In
the first degree and was aentenced to
bang March 25th.
The Tunis Lumber Company, Nor
folk, Va., one of the most important
Elantsin the country, went Into the
ands of receivers last night' upon ap
plication of Mrs. Margaret Wlltfon and
Mrs. Bessie Wilson Tnnir, who sue
for $40,000. They own stock in the
company amounting to $143,000.
Six men were drowned and four
others injured as a result of the
collapse of a bridge spanning Yellow
Greek, near Irondale, Ohio, on the
Cleveland and Pittaburg railroad.
The men were on two locomotives-
that attempted to cross the bridge
The schooner Dunnock, from New-1
bern for Norfolk,lumber laden, sprang ,
aleak off Boanoke lalacd Wearies- .
day. The captain headed for Gull
; shoals, hoping to save the. cargo of
75,000 feet of lumber, but a strong
wind drove the vessel noon the shoals
a wreck. Tbe crew reached the shore
In their boat
L. J. Oassels shot Joseph William
son through tbe lungs on a passenger '
train between Oltra and Gainesville,,
Fla. When they met on the train bit
ter words pssted between them on ac- .
count of a woman to whom Dot hOrere
Eaylng attention. Cassela is said to ",
ave made a remark derogatory to her
character which Williamson resented :
and Caaaela ahot him twice. William- -
son will probably die. v
"I wonder," dubiously cogitat-' -
ed Mr. Walker Farr, the eminently t
10-20-and-30-cents-admlsslon trage- a
dian, "whether -'" He paused, '
as the clamor of the audience rose
higher and higher. hey are
applauding my efforts or daring me,
to come out?" Smart Set, '
"I suppose vou have to be
very careful not to do anything you
will regret?" "Yes, indeed," an
swered 8enator Sorghum. "There
Is a constant temptation, in my
carter to forget business and let my
patriotic sentiments get the better
of me." Washington Star.