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VOL. 20. SMITH FIELD, X. C., FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1001. NO. 38.
?LUXURY AT THE CAPITOL
Magnificent New Furnishings
for the House of Repre
LOUNGING CHAIRS IN LOBBY.
New Carpets Laid and Imposing:
Chairs, Working: on Ball Bear
ing^, Provided tor the Use
A Washington special to the
Philadelphia Record says that
the incoming members of Con
giess are amazed at the luxury
and mugnificence of the new fur
nishings of the House of Repre
sentatives. Not only has the
chamber itself been completely
refurnished, but every committee
room, the corridors and lobbies
have been newly decorated.
The old desks in the chamber
have been removed, and in their
places are solid mahogany desks
of rich design. These desks are
arranged in semicircles. From
the galleries the chamber resem
bles an amphitheatre, with the
desks and chairs rising tier upon
tier. The desks in the rear are
elevated several feet higher than
ever before. The carpet has been
changed from a dark red to a
vivid green, with yellow figures.
All the ugly benches in the gal
lery have been removed and hand
some opera chairs substituted
i ^ - i - L . 1 l a
Vj'cicii CII tin irs iiumuercu, tinu
upon occasions when admission
is only by card seats will be re
served. in the past it was first
come, fin-tserved. The members'
lobby, at the rearof thechamber,
has been newly decorated, and
lounging chairs have been placed
here and there, with tables for
writing and luxurious sofas.
The Committee on Appropria
tions, of which Representative
Cannon, of Illinois, is chairman,
has moved to the room formerly
occupied by the Rivers and Har
bors Committee, Mahogany
desks, tables, chairs, book cases,
shelving and furnishings have
taken the place of the oldtoak
furniture. New carpets have been
laid. The Rivers and Harbors
Committee has moved to one of
the new committee rooms, where
the Congressional Library form
erly was. It, too, has fine furni
ture, etc. The chairs in the House
are very* handsome. Instead of
the old plain, cane-backed and
seated cane affairs, mahogany
chairs working 011 ball bearings
and matching, the desks have
been put in
On the Senate side many new
Conveniences have been installed.
The SupremeCourt room is being
rebuilt. The Senate library lias
been fitted out with steel shelving,
and now is one of the most valu
able reference libraries in the
United Stat* s
The rotunda of the Capitol is
now filled with packing cases,
chairs, desks, etc., and a large
force of men is workingnight and
day to get things in readinessfor
the opening of Congress.
Banner Wheat Crop in Kansas.
Toptka, Kan., Nov. 23.?The
winter wheat vin Knnsasthis
year was DO,045.314- bushels,:
valued at *50,47b,570. This
breaks last \ wir's State record
by 13.450,070 bushels. The area
now sown in winter wheat is
nearly (5 000,000 acres, which,;
with favorable weather, will yield
more than 100,000,000 bushels
The corn crop in Kansas this
year \v is only 42,005,(572 bushels
but the \alue of the combined,
wheat an'l corn crops was but
11.3 per ceiii. 1 ss than that of
the sa j no cro"s jn 15)00.
Church Raises $50,000 in a Day.
New York, Nov. 21 ?Grace M.
Iv Church, of this city, to-dav
started a movement to clear off
a oior-paptc of *<">0,000. Bishop j
(k II. l-owler preached at the
morning service, and $30,130
was subscribed. At Sunday
school in the afternoon this was
increased by $3,130.
At the evening services the re
maining sum necessary to make
Up $50,000 was suhscrilred.
FORECAST OF THE MESSAGE.
Salient Features Which, it is Said,
it Will Emhftice.
A special Washington dispatch
to the Baltimore Sun, say s:
From reliable sources intorma
tion was obtained to-day which
indicate the position to bo as
sumed by President Roosevelt in
his forthcoming message011 seve
ral important matters of legisla
The message is now ready for
submission. It was read for the
last time bytheCabinetTuesday.
It is now thought probable that
it will be sent to Congress next
Tuesday instead of Monday, the
opetiing day of the session, when
Presidential messages are usually
submitted. It is probable that
both Senate and ilouse will ad
journ out of respect to the mem
ory of President McKiuley imme
diately upon convening Monday
morning, so that their business
sessions w ill not begin until Tues
It is stated that the President
will introduce his message by
reference to the death of Presi
As far as can be learned these
recommendations are expected
to be covered 111 the message:
That the new Hay-Pauncefote
Treaty be ratified.
That a bill authorizing the con
st ruction of the Xicaraguan canal
1 hat Congress authorize the
laying of a Pacific cable.
That the necessary action to
jfromote reciprocity be taken.
Thatcertain reductions be made
in the war revenue tariff rates.
That the navy be enlarged.
That some measure be adopted
to encourage the growth of the
American merchant marine.
Details of these recommenda
tions are, of course, lacking.
The message will also refer to
the fact that the Government
has maintained the Monroe Doc
trine and it will treat briefly of
conditions existing 111 the Philip
It is stated that the President
will assume a stand upon recip
rocity at variance with views held
by leading Republicans who, in
expressing their opinions in the
newspapers, have held that the
part y will not indorse any treaty
having as its objecttlieestablish
ment of liberal reciprocal trade
relations with foreign nations.
In regard to war revenue reduc
tions it is stated the President
will point out several features of
the present law which impose
higher duties than are actually
required. It is not thought, how
ever, that Mr. Roosevelt will
favor action looking to a general
The Size of Texas.
Texas, the large-t State in the
Union, has the proportions of an
empire, and it is only by com
parisons that one can gain an
adequate idea of her size and of
the magnificent distances between
her boundaries. To say that the
area of the State is 20.",780
?1 . Cxll
square miles Conveys nine meaii
injjj, but when one considers that
its width is more than one-half
ilmt of the Southern border of
t he Tnited St ales, that it is larger
1 ha i the whole of New England,
with.New York. !'? '.vlvania.
New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland,
Virginia and West Virginia
i ho ova in; ' hat it i? larger t han
even tiermanv or Prance. and
that if the whole.populateat of
the United States was placed
within its borders it-would be no
more thickly settled than is east
ern Massachusetts to-day?then
one begins to realise the vasti ess
of this great southwestern do
main. In traveling across Texas
from Texarkana oji the eastern
border to 1.1 Paso in the extreme
west, one journeys nearly, the
distance.from New York Co Phi
capo; nod in passing from the
pan handledistrict in the north?
a strip of Texas in which the en
tire territory embraced in the
New England S -;tes would L1'
lost?to the Gulf coast, one finds
almost every variety of climate
and soil represented in any part
of thecountry.?Pearson's Maga
A Partial LiM of the Week's Hap
penings Throughout th
After a long climb up a steep
cliff American soldiers last week
captured a Filipiiro forton Bohol
Thesteamer Alerfn, bound from
Olangapo for Manila with 200
persons cn board, is believed to
be lost. %
The Government has bought
San Juan battlefield, near San
tiago, Cuba, and will establish a
Four girls were burned todeatli
in Pittsburg Monday by an ex
plosion of kerosene oil used in
kindling a tire.
William Hossman, a maniac,
smashed 1411 windows of houses
on the main street of Easton,
A new contagious disease.
| known as '.'Philippine measles,";
has made its appearance in war
ren county, New Jersey.
At 2:?40 o'clock P.M. Monday
President Roosevelt will touch a
button which will start the
machinery iu the Charleston Ex
Army officers in the Philippines,
have sent General and Mrs. Henry
I C. Corbin as a wedding present a
massive silver punchbowl, weigh
ing about 50 pounds.
4 he recent storm on the const
of Delaware, New Jersey and New
York caused about a million dol
lars'damage. Five sailors were
drowned at Long Branch. Four
teen lives are reported lost in the
The statement of in ernal reve
nue collectors for October. 1901,
shows the receipts from all sour
ces amounted to $24,.'lob,DOT.
which is a decrease as compared
with October, 1900, of $3,104,
Eight miles from Shreveporr,
La.. Saturday night a negro man
shot and killed a negro boy in a
dispute over 30 cents. The man
was arrested but a mob of 200
negroes and five or six white men
took him from the officer and
The official count for Nebraska
of the November election, corn
corn nleted last week, shows
that Sedgwick. Republican can
didate for Supreme Judge, has a
plurality over Hollonbeck,
Fusion, of 12.6.r,9 and a majority
over all of 6,751.
Hon. Isidor Ravner, who
represented Admiral Schlevbefore
the court of inquiry, refused to
accept a, cent for his services.
The admiral accordingly presen
ted Mr. Ravner with a handsome
gold watcha.nd Mrs. Ravner with
a diamond brooch.
nev. l >r Daniel .1. Hauer. of
Hanover.I'm., the oldest preacher
in tlie United States, is critically
ill Or. Hauer is 90 years of aire
and was one pf the founders of
of the Lutheran Church in Ameri
ca. He was ordained to the
ministry 111 182.". He was ac
quainted with many of the patri
ots of the Revolution and was a
friend of LaFayette.
With a stick of dynamitehnder
him. Jadey M. A. Rodpers. of
? Denver, formerly of the Supreme
Court of Colorado and one of th?
ablest lawyers of the State, laid
himself down to die Sunday.
Liplitinir a cipar. he fired the fuse
from it and calmly smoked until
the shock of the explosion ended
his life. Ti n act was committed
anion"- some willows near Rear
River, just insidethe town limits.
The total postal revenues for
the vear from all sources were
8111 .(531 .193. beinsr $3,923,727
less th in.tile expenditure-, This
is exclusive of thb cost of trans
porting the mails over the sub
sidized Pacific railsonds that
have not yet settled their bonded
accounts with the Government.
The t rtal valueofstamjied paper
and stamp books issued dunnp
the year was $104,783,987.
There were <5.~>9,<514,800 postal
I cards issued.
FREE DELIVERY NOW PAYS.
Increase in the Income?Mr. John
Washington, Nov. 20.?First
Assistant Postmaster-iieueral \Y.
>i. Johnson in his annual report
says the yearly increase in the
postal revenues has resulted in
free delivery service becoming
self sustaining. .
Of i lie gross postal revenues of
the United States for the last
fiscal yeai $74,25)5,304 came
from 800 free delivery cities
The remaining .'liiOO Presidential
post offices yielded 110,003,252.
while fhe 72.47(1 fourth-class
post offices produced $18.5)13,
515). Mr. Johnson says the fact
that the postal service in the
largest cities is practically per
feet is theexplanation of why the
annual per ^rentage of increase in
the revenues of the free delivery
post-offices should be f lirt e times
greater than in the smaller cities
and five times as large as that of
the fourth-class offices.
Among Mr. Johnson's recom
mendations are: A reduction of
money order fees so as to make
t he maximum 25cents, instead of
30 cents; reclassification of
clerks ai first-class and second
class post-offices; an appropria
tion of $20,000 for postmasters'
salaries; the appointment of a
fourth assistant superintendent
of city delivery service, to have
charge of the Southern field, and
that all the larger post offices a
'?supervisor of carriers ' be ap
pointed, to have exclusive charge
of the force of letter carriers.
Thanksgiving Dav in a Nutshell.
Some hae meat that canna eat.
And some would eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we ean eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.
WASHINGTON NEWS NOTES.
Items ot Interest From the Nation's
It is believed the House Repub
lican caucus 011 Saturday will
vote to continue the so-called
The annual report of the Secre
tary 01 W ar discloses a ocheme
tor maintaining a tiign educa
tional standard 111 the army.
A delegation of Cubans saw
the l'resident Monday 111 the
interest of a reduction 111 the
tariff 011 cerlairfproducts of ttiat
Secretary (iage has received
from an unknown person through
the Collector of customs at -New
York a conscience contrioution
It is said certain Republicans
in Congress who oppose the
reconinieii iations the l'resident
will make will begin early to try
to forestall their adoption.
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I IKJlUill iUUft lIUUUplV LlJrl L I lie
whisky distillers intend tu make
a tremendous effort this winter
to have their tax reduced from
?tfl.lt) per gallon to 70 cents.
The stake for which they are
pla\ wig amounts to about -tftio,
000.000. The distillers at pres
ent have in bond in this country
148.074,400 gallons of whisky,
according to Commissioner of
Internal Ilevenuc Verkes. This
for the time of year is an unusu
ally Urge amount of liquor in
An impression has been 'treated
that the first message of Presi
thnr UooseveU i 11 ? e one oi the
hunt est sen' to Congress and
that it Would tie not less than
28,000 words, oi 7,000 words
longer than the longest mess aire
submitteil by President -Mckin
ley. A Cabinet officer and a
lending Senator, both of whom
have read fhedocument. say that
it will not exn cd 15,000 words,
and in this respeet will be about
the average, or shorter than
t hose prepared by President Mc
kinley. President- Clevel aid's
free trade message during his
tirst administration holds the
record for beingone of the short
est, and treated of only one
; subject?the tariff.
Short Items ot Interest Clipped and
Lulled From Our State
The famous Uattis-Kilgo trial
is in progress at < fxford this week.
The Baptist State Convention
will be in session at Winston
The North Carolina M Iv Con
fer nee will convene at Fuvette
ville next week.
The Summit hotel at Carthage
was burned Friday. The loss is
estimated at #10,000 with lssur
ance of #5,000.
The Express says a negro
countryman waslnSanford a few
days ago with a "two horse
wagon load of dogs," whiclfhe
.offered for sale, but he found few
Col. (I. E. Webb and Mr. II. W.
Kronheimer have bought the
Southern Tobacco Journal, of
Winston, from Mr. H. E. Hurman.
Mr. Kronheimer, who has for
some time edited the paper, will
continue in that capacity and
Col. Webb will be the business
In the case of John Miller, the
negro tried for murder in the
Superior Court at Asheville, the
jury Friday rendered a verdict of
guilty in the first degree. The
fact came to light that the jury,
after standing 18 hours, six for '
murder in in the first, and six in J
the second, degree, juggled with
the man's life to determine the
degree of guilt. Two pieces of
paper were put in the hat, one
marked "first" and the other
"second." The first degree was
drawn. The verdict was set aside
and a verdict of murder in the
second degree was allowed. The
prisoner was sentenced to ?'$()
years in the pen at hard labor.
McKinley's Personal Estate.
Canton, Ohio, Nov. 2(5.?The
appraisers have filed their report
of the appraisement of the estate
of the late President McKinley.
The report shows 4 hat the de
cease I died, possessed of personal
goods and chattels to the value
of $2,65">.89; of securities, bank
deposits and life insurance,
$133,105.15; moneys $129.15.
Total persol estate, $135,890 18;
of which $(>0,132.19 was life in
The real estate was not ap
praised, as u^der the will it goes
to Mrs. McKinley for life and at
her death to his family. It is be
lieved to be worth from $60,000
to $75,000. *
A Condemned Burglar Acted as
Asheville Dispatch, 30th.
Two negroes were sentenced by
the Superior Court to-day for as
sault under peculiar circum
stances They beat another ne
gro in the large cell of the jail.
In defence, they said Iheyweie
ordered to do so "by the court "
Kvidence showed that the prison
piv ho I nP(riifii7od n onurt rtf
'??" 'in I V?l ?? I/.' \l Itl ? V/HI 1 > '/I
which a burglar, sentenced to
death, was judge. Other prison
ers were solicitor, attorneys and
j u rv. These negroes were
''slit-riff" mid "deputy", find said
"the court" ordered them to heat
the "prisoner," who hud been
convicted by it. it was shown
that this was true a yd that the*
"officers" had inflicted severe
punishment without any personal
hiding towards the "prisoner."
The solicitor asked the judge
to break up all such courts both
in and out of j vil. The sentence
was four And eight months each,
in addition to previous sentences.
HJREIGN NEWS IIEPIS.
According to a dispatch to the
London Standard tram Odessa,
180 persons perished in the r?>
ccnt earthquakes at Kr? ?routii.
Numerous churcte s in theprov
inCesof Spain havebeen destroyed
during the last few days by in
cendiary tires. Thus far the
police hare no clews to the cut
I.ouis Grunnoti, an accomplice
of Bresci, the assassin of King
11 uinU'i t, has Ireen sentenced to
life i in prison ment at the Assizes,
at Milan Ittil.v. He isan anarch
ist front Peterson, X. J.
The launch of the first iron
steamer constructed in Chile oc
curred at Valparaiso Sunday,
and was a great success. The
ceremony was attended by the
President, the Federal authorities
and a large assemblage of people.
Amu uncement has been made
that the Hank of Liverpool had
been victimized by a trusted book
keeper for a large sum. What
the losses amount to is not yet
exactly known, but an official
statement issued by the bank
says that through the dishonesty
and betting transactions of a
bookkeeper the institution mav
lose V170,(?( )0(about$85< ),<><>()).''
During his recent visit to San
tiago de Cuba General Wood
bought for the Government the
principal portion of the San Juan
battlefield, including Sun Juan
Hill, the site of the block-house
and bloody bend. Thetract com
prises 20D acres, and cost $15,
000. It will be considered a Uni
ted States reservation, and the
Government intends to lay out a
beautiful park on the battlefield.
Miss Lillie Koonce, of Raleigh,
spent Saturday and Sunday visit
ing Miss May Young, of Polenta.
Miss Ward, of Rocky Mount,
spent several days recently visit
ing the Misses Tomlinson, of
Miss Lizzie Tomlinson, of Pres
ton, after a short visit to friends
in Italeigh, returned to her home
Mr. Willi* Smith, of Smithfleld,
was out in attendance upon di
vine services at Oakland Sunday
As usual Rev. Mr.Hines preached
a strong and logical sermpn at
Oakland last Sunday morning.
Owing to indisposition he did nob
preach at night.
Mr. Jeff Byrd, of Harnett, was
in this section Tuesday on busi
ness. lie reports the crops in his
county as being miserably poor.
That's the cry from everv section.
Messrs. Adams and I (road well,
of Smithfield, again paid their
respects to this community last
Sunday. They are clever gentle
men, and are always cordially re
ceived by our people.
"Sol" is still skipping around,
possibly effecting arrangements
for that "little affair" he said
was to take place in December.
Well, December is nearly here, so
"Sol" will have to hurry up or
allow his prophecy to fail.
Misses Mary Dunn and fiertie
iSeallings, of Turlington Insti
tute, iu company with Ava Yel
vington. came out Friday even-*
ing and spent two days at the
hospitable home of Mr. .1 W.
Yelvington, Miss Ava's father.
The little child of Mr. William
Coats, who lives in Pleasant
Grove township, whilst playmg
around the tire on Monday mora
ins; caught on tire, and was so
badly burned that the little suf
ferer died that night. The re
mains of the child were laid to
rest Wednesday in 'lie family
Several little girls in tli -
tion art/working with a great
detil of earnestness for "Muck's
Junior Cook Stove," offered by
the enterprising "Holt Hardware
and Muggy Co," for the li tie girl
under 14 years who cuts the
largest numb r of MuckStovead
vertisonients out 11 Ths Hki; \li?
by the 24th of Dtcember.
It is likely that t he public school
at Polenta Academy will Itegia
on Monday ; lie !?th of Decern' r.
Miss Mabel W Cnlbteth.oi ?.< --
burg, will be tbe teacher. si.??
comes highlv recommending:;#
being a t^acjer of iarastiibi.it v,
and will doubtless prove act . ar
able tothe patro is of thes.- 104.1.
She will receive a warm welcome
to our community.