North Carolina Newspapers

Ascertained Certain
VOL. I. NO. 6.
The Strange Will of an Aged New
Yorker and Officerof the Church.
He Says, Is Not the Kcllglon ot
ChrIsf:-.-it Puts an Unknown, Imag
inary Bciiis in tlie Place of Nature.
One of the most remarkable wills
ever filed in the office of the surrogate
that r.f Henrv ^Tovg-
aouseT^W^ offered for probate on the
4th. In spite of the fact that Jlr. Xabor
was president and treasurer of the board
of trustees of the First Presbyterian
church, ill the openine; clauses of h:’fl
will he denounces all reliarion as shaw,
and as having its origin in superstition.
He requested that no services be held
over his body and that he be cremated.
Mr. Taber died on Ohristmas eve, at
the age of 73 years. Two children, Sid
ney Kichmond Taber and Mary Taber,
survive the testator, and to them the
entire estate, valued at over $1,000,000,
is feiveu absolutely. The will is in the
hand-writing of the testator, and con
tains the following: “Believing that
all religions, including Ch.i*istianity, are
superstitions; tliat the basic doctrines
of the^ Christian religion, the fall of
man, is utterly and absolutely false,
and that its opposite, the rise of man
from the lower orders, is a scientitio
fact; that beliefs in (so-called) miraeles
are hallucinations of the brain, and
without existence; that the chief char-
acteristic'of what is termed ‘the Vv'ord
of God’ are injustice, cruelty, untruth
fulness and obscenity; tliat the ef
fect of orthodox Christian teachings
is to encourage ignorance, selfishness,
narrow mindedness, acrimoriousness,
intolerance, wrong and mental slavery;
that Christianity, so-called, is not the
religion of Christ; that it supplants
ethical culture and true morality with
meaningless theology and unbelievable
dogmos; that it puts an unknown (and
probably unknowable) imaginary be
ing in the place of nature; that it gives
a name of personality to evil—an
equally unknown an imaginary being;
that it so works upon the credulity of
its adherents as to invito in them a fear
of that most horrible of doctrines,
eternal punishment, (T say, believing
all these) I, in ail kindness and in all
earnestness, request that over my re
mains there be no religious services of
any kind, nature, or flesoription what
also request that my bodj^ be
cremated at Fresh Pond or other*^ cre-
ji^torvi aad that mv ashes be I left
tlfere. i ' f '
Cliarlotle Oilioe Assayed $24:8,580 ot
tlie ^Ictal DurJxif? the Past Y«ear,
Tt would seem from the figures gpven
by the assay ufiice located in Charlotte,
N, C., saj's the Newi5, that gold
' mining in'<he South for the past year
has been a profitable business.
From the States of North Carolina,
S'outh Carolina, Georgia and Alabama
the bullion gold that has passed
through this office reaches the enor
mous? sum of $247,237. Included in this
bullion was silver to the amount of
31,349, making a‘total o£ j?;248,580.
In addition to this, old jewelry to
the amount of 319 haa been bought
and foreign coins io the amount of
$114. Making the grand total of $S51,-
G20.73. ^
Of course it will- be understood that
this does not cover the entire amount
of gold taken from the earth in the
four States named above. Several of
the mines in Iheso States do not ship
their gold to this office, therefore it
would be a difficult matter to ascertain
Ihe exact amount of the South’s output
of gold.
King’s 3Iountaln*CoaI.
King’s Mounlain, N. C., people are
somewhat agitated over the receut dis
covery of coal near that place, and
unless experts are very much mistaken,
they will be i)idependent of the coal
mines of other States. An anal^-sis of
samples f:ent to a government expert
f hows 05 per cent, carbon. He pro
nounces it a fine sample of anthracite
The monitor Amphitrite has arrived
at Port lioyal, S. C., and will be used
as a gunnery practice ship.
A Crazy Plan’s Awful Deed.
A Bristol, Tenn., special totheNash-
vjlle (Tenn.) Ba.gner, says: “In a fit
^ insanitj^ AlS-ander Carter, a white
citizen of Greenville, killed his wife
and 13-year-old daughter, Montie,
Avhile they slept, and ^hen shot and
killed himself. Carter brained his wife
and daughter with an a-se. He is said
to have been mentally unbalanced for
When Shakspeare w’rote^: *'Farew'eI5
the neighing steed,” he was not think
ing of the displacing bicycle, but hia
prophetic spirit could not better have
foretold the decision of many an en
thusiastic wheelman.
I'he Promised Keduction of Wages
Takes Kllect.
At Fall Kiver, Mass., on the 3d, the
new wage schedule, 111-0 per cent, be
low that of the past three years, went
into efiect in the mills of that cit3\ At
Salem, in the plant of the Naumkeag
steam cotton mills tlie reduction of 10
per cent, in the wages went into oflect
also. About 1,300 emploj^es are af
Operatives in the Amoskeag corpora
tion, at Manchester, N. ,H., began
work on a 10 I’er cent, reduction iu
wages. At the Star and Armory ]ui!la
the reduction Avill not go into efiect un
til the 10th.
Notices of reduction of wages wa^^
sent to the cotton mills of fhoGoddard,
Icni^'lxto, Lipi>itts Liiiil. those orerat-Kl
by the smaller corporations in Khodt*
Island and have been posted or will V>e
in a day or two. The operatives will
offer no resistance to the reduction in
this State.
ihe agents of all the cotton mills in
Lewiston and AxTburn, Mo., have re
ceived directions to make a general re
duction in Avages on and after the 17th.
Notices in accordance Avith these in
structions have been posted.
Thitre Will Bo Some Hcsistancc.
The weavers of New Bedford, Mass.,
mean to make a stand no less decided
than the spinners, and the operativeR
are almost unanimous in favor of a firm
resistance to the proposed reduction ot
wages, and at the same time a strike
against the fining system, A deputa-
tion has been ai)pointed to go to Fall
River for a conference with the Fail
Kiver otficials. The committee will en
deavor to secure the }>ledge of the Fail
Eiver unions to .strike as soon as the
New Bedford strike begins. It was-
voted also to send out communications
to all centres of the textile trade in Iht;
North soliciting financial support and
proposing the sameaction as that which
the committee ■will suggest to the Fail
Kiver help.
No Cut in the South.
The cotton mills in the South will not
cut wages as has been stated. Col,
D. A. Tompkins, of Charlotte, N. 0., i
the best authority on the^Southern mill
situation has given out the following
signed statement:
“The trouble in New England is dut
to a depressed condition of the cottoi^
manufacturing interests of the United
States more than to Southern competi
“While the South has some advan
tages, so also has New England some
very material advantages, as, for exam
ple, capital, varied expeiience, exten
sive knowledge, much skill, etc. Thorc-
is no occasion for fretful controversy
between N.ew England and the South.
There is great need at this time for tht
two sections to co-operate for the]>etter*
manufacturing interests \ of both
“One of the chief advantages the
Southern mills have is that the owners
know how, and are content to, live on
leas money. The real competition now
is whether the United States on the
one hand or England and Germany
shall furnish the world with cotton
goods. In this competition New Eng
land and the South must work together
and it will require the best efforts of
both to extend our trade to where the
markets will take our goods.
“An improvement in our domestic
trade can, in my opinion, be made by
proper reform in our currency system.
Our foreigen trade can be extended by
laws fostering American shipping.
Until trade is improved by these or
other means there is no chance to raise
in Southern cotton mills. When these
improvements are accomplished there
will be ami)le room for wages to the
operatives and fair profits to the owijor?
in Southern and Northern cottoii iuills
alike. ’’
In the last thirty years 500,000 di
vorces have been granted iu the United
States. For the nineteen yeai*s, from
1SG7 to 188G, statistics show that the
divorce high-water mark belongs to
those who have been married four
years. Beginning with the one-year
married pepple, the total is, roundly,
15.000. For the four years married, the
.total mounts up nearly double—27,000.
Then it slides ofC. But until the figures
for those who haA’^e been married nine
years are reached, the one-year figure
Is not touched. It decreases steadily
until the tw’'euty-3'ear married number
4.000. Those Avho have been married
twenty-one years are lumped ■with
those Avho have been married a longer
time, and still find it necessary to dis
solve the bonds that unite, and the
lenormous tot{U of 25,060 is reached. Ev
idently compatibility need not increase
■as the years fly by. In this.class, how
ever, a reversal of “endu’*uncb” iigures
is shown, for the average duration of
married life for the husbands is 47.47.
while for the wives it is only 2G.70.
W’hile, divorce aside, the average du
ration of married life is from tAven-ty-
two to twenty-six years, the average
duration of maiTied life to the divorced
is only 9.17 years, being 0.27 for the
wife and 8.07 for the husband. Thia
difference between husband and Avifo
suggests that the w^eaker sex really is
the stronger in bearing the woes of the
WOOD’S SEEDS are specially grown and
selected to meet the needs and requirements of
Southern Growers,
Wood^s Descriptive Catalc^ue is most valu
able and helpful in giving cultural directions
and valuable information about all seeds
specially adapted to the South,
Qrass and Clover Seeds, Seed
Potatoes, Seed Oats
and all
Garden and Farm Seeds.
Write for Descriptive Catalogue. Mailed free.
Relates Some Tough Experiences
on Christmas Day.
Horrified Him While on a Train at
Vicksburg--Tlie Dearth of Drinking
Water Causes Distress.
It was a long race and a hard one—a
race against time and Santa Claus, for
r had promised to be at home on Christ
mas eve to prieside at the Christmas'
tree, but I failed, I Aivas 800 miles uway
in Texas and could have made it, but
our train Avas belated and did not con
nect, and I had to spend a long, long
weary day in Shreveport. There is
only one train a day from there to Me
ridian, and I was sick and lonesome
and longed for the rest and comfort of
home and kindred. Eight days iu
Texas and never saAv the sun. It rained
or it sleeted every day. But they told
me they had a sun sometimes and in
vited me come back in August.
Everything was out of joint. All
my travel, from town to town
was by night in broken doses, for the
trains were never on time and I had to
sit up and nod in cold depots from one
to three hours at almost every de
parture, and at the very laet, when my
hopes -were buoyant and I was home
ward bound, I went to the depot at
Nacagooches at 3 o’clock in a cold rainy
night and the train never got there
until 0, I knew then that we would be
left, but the conductor said they would
wait for us. He Avas a hilarous individ
ual. A friend introduced me to him as
Bill Arp. “Bill Avho!” said he. “Bill
Arp, you have read after him, Ireckon.”
*‘Yes,” said he, “I have, and he don’t
cut no figure with me.” Of course I
was mortified. He passed on, j^ut came
back in a minute and said to my friend,
‘ ‘I don’t take any stock in these infidels.
I-wasent raised that Avay. I believe
there is a heaven and a hell and Bob
Ingersoll nor Bill Arp can’t fool me
about it. ” My friend was mortified and
aaid: “What has Bill Arp got to do with
Bob Ingersoll?” “Well,” &=aid the con
ductor, “I’ve been told that they are
the same man, and they don’t cut any
figure with me. ” He hurried on aud
told another man that he reckoned I was
Bob Ingersoll, for if I wasent I would
have hit him, for said he, ‘ ‘I would hit
any man Avho called me Bob Ingersoll. ”
Of course I was not calm and sereue,
for Avhile going from Vicksburg to
MonVoe on my outward trip a man
askeiH^me where I preachec^^nd
preaSers going to the synod and he
supposed I Avas one of them. And again
I Avas mistaken for a preacher at
Jacksonville by the ^rber. I gave him
a quarter and he w’as about to hand me
back 15 cents and said, “You are a
preacher, ain’t you?” “No,” said I,
‘ ‘what made you think I was a
preacher?” “You look like one,’* said
he, aud he took back the nickel. So you
see I W’as comforting myself on m3'
reverend appearance, when all of a
sudden I was openly snubbed for being
an infidel.
But my greatest misfortune in losing
ft day Avas in having to travel on Christ
mas eve and night. All along the line
the boys Avere on a spree and by the
time we reached Vicksburg Mr. Chap
man, the conductor, was tired out. He
is a patient, considerate man and I
sympathized Avith his efforts to keep
the peace. We parted company at
yickbburg and he remarked that it was
tli^ hardest day’s work he had had in
SBen came the tug of war. Christmas
eve and night at Vicksburg and on to
Meridian Avas pandemonium. The ne
groes SAvarmed in at both ends of the
car—at least a hundred, and nearly all
were drunk and had bottles and Jugs
without number. They were from the
neighboring country and had been
“away doAvn to Vicksburg town” to get
supplies for Christmas. About a dozen
of "us found ourselves suddenly penned
in the middle of the car by the odorifer
ous compound and resolved to make a
break for liberty and fresh air. One
big bold man said ho would make a
way and we must folloAV, and we did.
We seized our grips and got out some
how. The next car Avas full, too, and
so we skipped round to the ladies’ car
and took refuge aud standing room
onlv, for it was crowded to overflowing
■witK women and children and Christ
mas doings of all kinds. Doll carriages
and boys’ wagons and boxes and paper
Backs and toys and tin horns and bas
kets full of all sorts of tricks
and presents. One whole seat Avas
occupied Avith an express w^qn
and it was . full of bananas.
Small boys were tooting horns all along
the line—toot! toott—toot! toot! “Stop
that, Bob,” said a fond parent,
stop it!” Bob stopped a moment, till the
lon^ parent resumed his conversation
with a friend. Then he began, Icrn^
and soft, but soon got louder and loud
er. “Bob I told you to stop that racket,
if you don’t I aviII throw that hox^n out
of the Avindow. ” Bob stopped about
tAvo minutes and Avhispered to his
mother that thp window wasent up.
She, too, Avas talking to a friend. Toot!
toot!” I heard the horn—a kind of
pianissimo staccato, but it soon swelled
into a tumultuoBo furissimo fortissimo,
when suddenly the fond parent seizedit
aud stuck it in his overcoat pocket.
They got off at'the next station and
their seats Avere taken before I could
say Jack Eobinson. By and by enough
had got off for me to get a corner next
to a hot stove. It was close by the wa
ter tank, but there w’as no water. It
was empty Avhen we left Vicksburg and
stayed empty. Every minute or two
«ome woman or child or man came and
Avorked on that faucet in A’ain. Then
the men took the top off and reached
down for Avater, but found none. The
porter passed through and his attention
was called to it, but he made no sign
and broirght no water. Children began to
cry for it, and I Avould have given half a
dollar for a bucket full for them, but
the train wouldn’t stop long enougrh at
a station for me to step out and buy it.
It was raining outside.
“Water, water everywhere, but not a
drop to drink. ” Somebody blundered
on that train. Some of ihe passengers
Avere from Texas, going east to vis^
their feindred, traveling on the hal^
rate excursion, an^J tAey were disgusted. ?
This is worse thaijj Texas, they said. !
We were due inlMeridian at 9 o’clock
and got there at 1
weary night tc r,
will ever travel
days. I was half
had to keep on andl
the bureau had mJ
been at home I w''.(
Avhere I am now.
nigger Bob, Avho
chaiugang, and S}i;i
but jes’ tAVo laws y
bide by ’em. Onei
It was a long, long, t
and is the last time I j
, Christmas holi- ‘
^all the time, but
he appointments
me. If I had
d have gone to bed
t reminds me of ray
*eut two years in the
“Dey hain’t got
tir and you must
you must do a full
day’s work ef you ip well. The oder is,
you must be well. ! Heap times I imag-
iae I was sick, audvl w’ould have been
•ick ef I had beeu home, but de boss
say I wasent sick and de boss knows.”
But I met lots qf good people in ev
ery town and thU\v didn’t seem at. all
prostrated rice of cotton,
loi almoJy!^!^^^^^c-r ha.^ buuch
of cattjj^ind thiHSeaXj>y that from
fifty to five hrnfled hei'Pl^and they
have no guano deBs to paj". Peaches
are coming to theBrout very ra;ndly in
eastern Texas as Mjommercial product.
I never saw fineiBorchards or more of
them than those awund Henderson aud
Jacksonville. AlBihat region is about
on a parallel withBj^vannah ami Bruns-
Avick, but is as cold as Atlanta aud
Griffin. The lin 3 of equal heat is a
very crooked one forme. I read that
ihe Avinters in th< State of Washington
are not as cold as ^ours and the boys go
barefooted all the year round. Hender
son pleased me very much, for the
streets are sand} aud the rain makes
no rnud aud the 1 ^ople filled the long
hall from from tc rear.
Nacodoches is perhaps the oldest liv
ing toAvn in Texal^ and one of the best.
oAvns, like Jefferson,
^d. This town was
^of Indians. So Avas
ssissippi, and both
■inct. Jjike the Aztecs,
:)assing away. There
rt right on the corner
are. It Avas built by
holies for a mission
hundred years ago aud
relic of the ages. It
There are older
but they are d
named for a trib^
Natchez, in M
tribes are noAV ex
the red men are
is an old stone fc
of the public squ
the Spanish-Cat
house about tAvo
is preserved as a
has no doors or vio^iow’s to the ground
floor aud the ent ranee is by a ladder to
a Avindow or opening some ten feet
from the grouncjl. AVhat an earnest,
ere those followers of
U3 Lovola Avho pene-
•ness of all countries to
ages to their faith.
Avas the home of Tom
Ochiltree ia.^’gone days—the Beau
Brummel of 'wierica. He practiced
law here for a "while iu partnership with
his father, and xhe sign Avas over the
door “Tom Ociijiltree and Father.” I
Avould like to er.Jlarge upon the attrac
tions of this grcpitig city and the good
people I met, ai[idl Avould make special
and grateful mention of Mr. Mims and
Mr. Schjnidt, w/io are two of nature’s
noblemen, botiiiiii Avalk and conversa
tion. I wish Ufat the world Avas full of
such men. Tht>’ were kind to mein
zealous people aa
the Saint Ignat
trated the wildei
convert even saA
This little citj
•fo 1
Avas told after
doches had ir.
an exceptional
On reachin
no train madl
ours save the
and I just
get aboard a
this time wo
who came by
going east,
to Georgia to s
sat up and talk
>vov give n.*e
j had!
t there that Nacog-
feuch citizens and Avas
efiued community.
Ileridian I found,that
f-lose connection Avith
|bama Great Southern,
10 to buy a ticket and
for Chattanooga. By
d a big lot of Texans
iliw Orleans and Avere
|i.iy of them ^oing
Ud the holidays. We
[•;through the night,
and by sunrise jiad reached that won
derful city called Fort Payne, the
strangest city I ever saAv. Tom Hpod
once Avrote a ^loem about a haunted
house that almc et scares you to read it,
but here are ^^ a thousand haunted
houses, all abo’i,doned and forlorn, and
they all look hahnted. J AV'ouIdnt walk
among them ii the night. Some of
them are fine
money and th^
Queen Anne
guests and not (
AvindoAvs. Thei
abandoned foi
shops and mnmi:
no horses in the
“O’er all these
A sense of my^.
And said as plai:
The place is h
“No human fi:
No face look*
open casei
houses and cost much
iff a hotel of fine
ku’chitecture Avith no
ven a curtain to the
e are unfurnished or
ndries and machine
10th livery stables Avith
hung a shadow and a
^tery the spirit daunted,
1 as w'hisper in the ear,
ure stirred to go or
id forth from shut or
No chimney smc ked; there was no sign
of home
to basement.
From parapet
“No dog was at
No pigeon on
No cat demurely
Not one dome.
This is the cht
Ihe South, but,
money, and ’ th'
In due timca'
for the Alaba.-H
ways on time, an]
miles in nine ho
road to travel oi|
was hungry, for
breakfast. Wh*
anticipated so;
Christmas, but
little card “Lun
Baid “Consomul
meant soup, and]
W'aiter thought ,I|
me a.little beef t-
tured to taste it ?]
w'as, but it was tj
ever tasteu, and
somm, cousomm
the consomm, th,
today,” said I.
cup. ‘Oi’m not
me some spring*'
fond of spring cl|
it was, I think,
spring rooster fn]
Maryland, That’i
“A la My Marf
Eandall could h:
seen that parody
“The despots ]
My Marylandl
But I called fod
and refreshed me
to Bukofshers an|
more luncheons 1
Luncheon is Gerl
slight repast beti
Avas luncheon v4
Christmas day, fti
I asked for a rl
'Change my shirt. I
and that cost me I
the threshold, great or
he roof, no household
dozing on the wall—
itic feature. ” ^
Impion boom to.wn of
I it w'as all Northern
8 fight was yankee
Durrant Dies on the Gallows for the
Murder of Blanche Lamont.
In Jjoulsiana, Richlands, a Notorious
Character, Confessed That He Had
Murdered Niue Men Since 1884.
At Sau Quentin, Cal., on the 7th,
Williazn Henry Theodore Durrant died
on the galloAvs for the murder oJ
Blanch I.amont H,« gave such an ex
hibition of coolness and nerve as has
seldom been seen under similar circum
stances. Hopeful almost to the very
last minute that somethin'^ or someone
would intert'en© to save him, he w'alk-
ed to tht3 scaffold and made a speech,
protesting his innocence as calmly and
with as distinct enunciation as if he
had been addressing au assemblage of
friends upon some ordinary topic of the
day. His face Avas pale, his eyes were
rad, but his voice Avas firm and he stood
as solidly as a rock while he proclaimed
his innocence and professed forgiveness
to those Avho, he said, had hounded him
to death. He spoke as follow.s:
“I desire to say that although lam
an innocent man, innocent of every
crime that has been charged against
me, I bear no animosity towards those
Avho prosecuted me, not even the press
of Sau Francisco, which hounded me to
the grave. If any man thinks I am go
ing to spring a sensation, I am not, ex
cept it is a sensation that I am an inno
cent man brought to the grave by my
persecutors. But I forgive them all.
They Avill get their justice from the
great God Avho is master of us all, aud
there I also expect to get justice—that
is the justice of an innocent mau.
Whether or not the perpetrators of
the crime of which I am charged
are discovered, it Avill make no difier-
ence to mel noAv, but I say this day A\'ill
be a shame to the great State of Cali
fornia. I forgive everybody who has
persecuted me, an innocent mau whose
hands have never been stained with
blood, and I go to meet my God with
forgiveness for all men. ”
There Avas not a hitch or accident to
mar the plans of Warden Hale in carry
ing out the sentence of the laAv. The
neck Avas broken by the fall of five feet,
and fifteen minutes later themurderer’s
body Avas cut doAvn and placed in a
Notwithstanding that the crime for
Avhich Durrant today paid the penalty
Avas committed in April, 1895, and Dur
rant Avas convicted and sentenced to be
hanged February 21, 189jj|||^^^g^yers'
to postpone the execution until today.
Durrant Avas sentenced three times,
Friday, June 11, 1897, was the second
day named on Avhich he Avas to die, but
by taking the case to the highest State
court, and finally to the Supreme Court
of the United States he obtained a re
prieve. TAvice the case was carried be
fore the highest court in the land and
strong pressure Avas also brought to
bear on Governor Budd to commute
the sentence.
Three Hanged in liouisiana.
Three murderers died on the scaffold
at Hahnville, a small town in St.
Charles parish, Louisiana. Louis Bich-
ardS) alias Pierre, alias Creole, by the
latter name being notorious, Avas one of
the trio. Together with George Wash
ington aud Foxli Morris, he Avas sen
tenced to death for murdering and rob
bing a JeAvish peddler named Louie
Zeigler, last June, on the Ellington
plantation, near Hahnville.
Creole confessed, implicating ihe
other two and with the assistauce of his
stAtameut, the authorities obtained con
clusive evidence of their guilt. Creole
also confessed that since 1884 he had
murdered at least nine men and one
colored Avoman on various plantations,
and that not for a single one Avas he
ever arrested. His victims Avere prin
cipally Ituliaus and Jews w'ho made a
living by peddling among plantation
negroes. Close investigation revealed
that his coufeasion Avas entirely correct
and it cleared numerous murder mys
teries of years ago.
The Right Man Hanged.
A special to the St. Louis, (Mo.) Post-
Dispatch from Bainbrid^e, Ga., says:
Simon Hopkins, colored, Avas hanged
here at 11:80 today. He made a confes
sion to the effect that he inveigled a
friend named Harris into a swamp and
killed him.
Another Innocent Man Hanged.
John O’Neil, Jr., was hanged in the
Franklin county, (Miss.) jail for the
^ ''ra. Hattie E. —
try 8th
The South,
Atlanta, Ga,, last year used $2,000,-
000 in building.
Fire at Washington, Ga., destroyed
$60,000 Avorth of property. Insurance,
A mob lynched James Jones, colored,
near Macon, Miss., for setting fire to
the house of a Avoman.
Thirty-six buildings in Farmyille,
Va., haA'e been burned, causing a loss
of $150,000; insurance §49,000.
E. H. Miller, a prominent tobacco
manufacturer at Danville, Va., has
made an assignment; liabilities $50,-
The President has named Owen L.
W. Smith, of North Carolina, to be
minister resident and consul general of
the United States to Liberia.
The Virgiii Cotton M7II, atKrifiters-
ville, is running day and night. ^ A
number of new factory houses are being
built.—Charlotte (N. C.) Observer.
The Lynchites or sanctified band
who appear to have settled at South
port, N. C., are sending their mission
aries into adjoining territory. Trouble
is locked for.
GoA’ernor Tyler of Virginia, has an
nounced the appointment of Col. Wm.
Naile, of Culpeper, to be Adjutant
General of the State, to succeed General
Charles Anderson.
Governor Charles A. Culberson, of
Texas, has announced himself a candi
date for the United States Senate to
succeed Roger Q. Mills, whose term
Avill expire this year.
At Eusselv’ille, Ky., two boys named
Eobert Evans and George Duncan, be
came involved in a quarrel, which re-
Bulled in Evans stabbing Duncan to
death Avith a pocket-knife.
Green Fennell and his wife, living
near Jasper, Fla., left their two chil
dren, aged 2 andO years, at home alone.
The clothes of the youngar taking fire,
the older went to the rescue and both
were burned to death.
At Asheville, N. C., several boys
were in a room fooling with a pistol.
One of the boys. Wainscot, started to
show his reA-oIver to W'illie Hampton,
and Avhile extracting a cartridge froni it
one shell exploded, the bullet striking
Hampton in the eye and killing him
At Huntington, W, Va., Carter
Shifflette has beeu arrested for passing
old city orders Avhich mysteriously dis
appeared from the vaults at the city
hail. Fifteen thousand dollars A\*orth
have been paid a second time. Shifflette
says he came by the orders honestly.
The aggregate amount of the missing
orders is ^140,000.
The biggest fire in the history of
Commerce, Texas, occurred on the 8d,
I in which the entire east side of the
toAvn Avas swept aw’ay. The fire broke
j out in the Presley building at midnight
! and spread I’ai^^dJv^The postoffice,
h I DJim b^'Jlof
stores were consumed. rLoss, §100,-
The Confederate veterans of Meck-
lenbuj-g county, North Carolina, have
begun prepariions for the 20th of May
celebration at Charlotte, that occasion
being the dedication of the monument
to the signers of the Declaration of In
dependence. The Charlotte Typo
graphical Union, composed of about
forty members, will be represented in
the parade, as well as other organiza
tions and societies.
The North.
A Avhipping post for the correction of
bad boys has been setup in Evansville,
The Maryland Eepublican has split,
and there Avill be no fusion with Demo
Business organizations throughout
the countr}^ will hold anational conven
tion at Buffalo, N. Y., on Jaji 13,
The Ncav York Legislature proposes
to regulate the practice of mesmerism
and hypnotism in that State.
At Jamestown, N. Y., 100 men have
j been thrown out of AN'ork by the burn-
! ing of the Straight Manufacturing
j Company’s plant.
! W’’m. C. Oakley, of Chicago, has
J been appointed by" Comptroller DaAves
national bank examiner to succeed Jos.
Talbert, resigned.
Mrs. Nellie Peterkin, of New l^’ork,
has been convicted at Boston, Mass., of
manslaughter for causing the death of
Mrs. Catherine F. Murphy.
W’m. T. Buckley, Avho, until Jan. ]»t,
was a member of the dry goods firm of
Dunham, Buckley & Co., of Ncav York,
committed suicide by shooting himself
in a boathouse adjoining his residence,
Adlai E, Stevenson, former Vice-
President of the United States, has
accepted the position of Western coun
sel of the North American Trust Com
pany of NeAV York, with a membership
in the board of directors.
Penitentiary Chapel W’ill Be Used as
the West Wing is Not Fitted Up.
At the penitentiary it is learned that
for the present the chapel Avill be used
as the shirt factory, as only fifty con
victs are to be employed in that work,
aud as the big west Aving is not f
up. It will cost considerable to fit it u'
as there are no floors and no windoAs
There are now less than 175 convicts i
the penitentiary. luside the big AA"a.
25,000 cabbage plants have been set ouj
The old log houses, which Avero tn
first quarters for couAncts and now us^
for stables, ought to bo^^rn down, as
they are both nr.^xi«Tl.i^^Kd fl. foi:9tant^
menace to the permal™^
Part of the old quartey^'^^^^Tr: >?ued
years ago. One of the pri<^oV.> it^osities
is a negress who calls herself the Queen
of Sheba and devotes her entire time to
cursing. And such cursing! No sailor
can surpass her. She is in the de? art-
ment for the female criminal insane.
In that for the male criminal insauo are
some as dangerous men as there are in
the State. The hands of one are kept
chained all the Avhile, otherAvise he
would surely kill. He is a double mur
derer.—Charlotte Observer.
Whiskey Causes a Murder in W^ilkes.
Particulars have beeu received at
Winston of a brutal mxirder iu Wilkes
county. William Morg*au and John
Waters, while intoxicated, sto’pipd at.
the home of Eich W^elil^^iS. Waters
tried to get Morgan a,nd Avhen
they reached the. door Morgan
drew his knife \aud disemboAveled
Waters, causing d^th in a few hours.
Morgan is in jail andVears that ho v/ill
be lynched. He adnws his guilt and
asks for time to prepar® for death. Ho
is 55 years old aud has dv wife and four
children. He has'been the peniten
tiary tAvice for stealing. yVaters is
years old and left a family.^
XewMove iu R. R. Commission Matter
There has been made a new Wove iu
the railroad commission matfeer. At
torney Eobert O. Burton has seWed on
Commissioners CaldAvell and X’Wrsou
notice to appear on the 17th before
the United States Supreme Court, A^hen.
a motion will be made to attach them
for contempt of that court in violating
its supersedeas and to compel them fo
restore J. W. Wilson and S. Otho Wil*-'
son to the office of railroad commis*
sioners aud aleo to restore to the Wil
sons the rooms, books and papers of
the office. The contention is that
Caldwell and Pearson took forcible pos
session after the supersedeas Avas
granted aud in defiance of it.
To Tnvalidj'.tc tho lioncls.
An acSou iuiU 'B^en brought^ia Tv dkea
county to invalidate the bonds which it
issued a feAV years ago in behalf of the
construction of the Northwestern North
Carolina Eailroad from Winston to
Wilksboro. Judge Avery has secured
from Judge Timberlake an order re
straining the treasurer of Wilkes from
paying the interest or any part of the
principal of these bonds until a hearing
can be had before Judge Starbuck on a
motion to cause the treasurer to show
cause Avhy he should not be enjoined
until the case is determined by the
courts.—Ealeigh New's and ObserA^er.
Oxford Orphan Asylum Matters.
The executive committee of the Ox
ford Orphan Asylum met at Durham.
During the past year $21,000 was con
tributed and expended; 211 orphans
Avas cared for; provision is made for re
ceiving sixteen more at once; steps are
taken for building four cottages for
girls, each to accommodate 80; four
cottages for boys are completed and
accepted; arrangements are madb to
change ihe editorial conduct of the
paper, the Orphans’ Friend, and secure
an editor.
About Kxamiiiing Teachers.
The State Superintendent of Public
Instruction writes a letter to county
supervisors and boards of education,
designed to remedy the practice of ex
amining teachers at any time. The laAV
requires examinations on certain days.
But some.teachers go at any time, not
wishing to face a public examination
but Avishing a private one. This is a
costly matter as, of course, the super
visor has to be paid for such work.
Fertilizer Bulletin Discontinued^
By special agreement betAveen the
Agricultural Department and the expe
riment station the publication of the
analysis of the official samples of fer
tilizers Avill be made exclusively by the
Department of Agriculture, and in con-
sequence the fertilizer analysis bulle-
iRfine<]_bv the
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