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lAFE FEAR & YADKIN.
Interesting Talk About Railroads,
Particularly of the Atlantic - A.
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GIVING THE CASE AWAY.,,
Tha!t waa a. remarkable speecll bf
Senator. Foraker, Wednesday, in
opposition to the resolution of Sena
tor Vest declaring thai we had no
constitutional right to acquire the
Philippine islands with a view to
'permanent occupation and control
i as dependencies, and in answer to
the speech of Senator Hoar "in sup
port of tht resolution. ' -
The contention of those who agree
with Senators Vest and Hoar is that
" the consent of the governed" is a
basic principle of this Government
and that without ignoring this
principle we cannot - acquire terri
tory and deny .to the people occu-
pying such, territory the rights and
! privileges accorded to citizens of the
respective States and territories
within our jurisdiction. Senator
Piatt, of Connecticut, and Senator
Foraker combat this , contention
and insist that, as this is a
"nation" it can do anything that
any other nation can do, regardless
of the Constitution o:m of tho 'Decla-
, ration of Independence or 6t any
thing else save the power to do.
But leaving the question of con
stitutional construction out of con
sideration as not absolutely mate
rial in this case, if ,it be not the in
tention to hold the islands, Mr. For
aker gave the whole, case away when
he declared that he did not believe
it was the intention of this Govern
ment -or of the President or of any
Senator to fake permanent possession
of tho3e islands (although contend
ing that we have the right to do so),
but to hold them only so long as it
may be necessary to establish stable
Governments (a3 "4s. the ca3e
-Cuba) and then lecognize thei
dependence ajnd turn the Govern
fment" aver to the pepple of the
islands. Mr. Foraker does not pro
fess to speak by authority, although
h-i "reiterated5 that statement with
deliberation and emphasis but the
presumption j3 that he is in thi3
i. declaration 'the spokesman of the
If he speak by authority, and if
this be the course the "expansion
ists" intend to pursue, then they ar-o
talking expansion for nothing, for
there is to be no expansion, and that
much talkVilie fbrag is to be pulled
down- in JpTftKli -the interrogations
as to "who would pull it down?" If
this.be the intention then there has.
';"been much ado, about nothing, and
thejrhave simply ' provoked a fight
against something they profess not
intending to do, when the fight
would not have been made if they
had77declarcd that intention in the
beginning. No one has ofjered any
objection to temporary occupation
of the Philippines any more than
they have against the temporary
occupation of Cuba or Porto Rico,
the demand simply, being that we
deal with the people of those islands
candidly,', honestly and keep 1 the
- pledges made to the world and to
mem, as we are bound, to ao in
good faith and with due regard to
honor. If this declar
ation had. been candidly mad and
the position of this Government
fully understood, there would have
been no expansion talk, no protest
ing against the colonial idea, no
ground tot any contention at all,
for the -"anti-expansionists in this
country would be satisfied and so
would the Filipinos. j .
Enumerating the various kinds of
women clubs there are in this coun-
t it.. Ai.i.: ir -
nj, nip Abumsuu, AuuBas, itioog in
a matter of fact war remarks that
what should be cultivated cooking
cjubs. The editop must either be a
confirmed dyspeptic or a hopeless
old bachelor, when he blurts out that
American women should . be
ashamed of themselves," becausef
good cooks are. so scarce, "although
no country in the world has so much
to cook." Of course no married
editor would dare to write that way.,
A New York dry goods man who
,went into bankruptcy recently,
showed up with 10,000 creditors
and total assets of $200, the value
of hi3 clothing. a - i
It is said there1 have been three
Thomas B. Reeds fn Congress, but
.only one, Czar. His shadow has
entirely obscured the others.'
THE STAB IN THE CAMPAIGN
WHAT OTHEBS SAY. ;
The recent ele ction in the Sixth Con
gressional District, reaching the pro
portions of a political revolution, was'
so remarkable in its results as to at
In 1896 the District gave Martin
(Fusionist) for Congress, an apparent
majority of "4816 but if we add to
this 190 votes cast for him, but thrown
out on a technicality, - the real ma
jority to be overcome was 5,006. ,
The counties composing: the Sixth
District send to the Legislature four
teen Representatives and six Senators, '
if we include the small county of
Montgomery in one of the Senatorial
Districts. . In 1896, of these twenty
memjjer's pf the Legislature the Dem
ocrats had only two onef Represen
tative from Pender and one from
What was the result in November
1S98? Bellamy (Democrat) carried
the. DSstnct.by a majority of 5,853,
showing a Democratic gain of 10,859.
This was a remarkable result. But no
less remarkable was the election; of
every one of thetwenty Democratic
candidates for the Legislature, six
Senators and fourteen Representatives.
Very early in the campaign it was
realized that in order to carry the Dis
trict there must be large accessions to
the Democratic ranks from the Popu
lists, of whom there were 1,300 or more
in the county of Robeson alone, and
more than 5,000 in the District. So, it
was decided to supplement 'the ordi
nary methods : with an educational
eature. Ajts reputation for conserva
tism, its unimpeachable record on the
silver question, audits loyal support
of the whole Bryan electoral ticket
(made up of Democrats and Populists)
in l3f from tli9 dty it was nomi-.
nated to the day it was elected, led to
the conclusion that the Star would
be more influential with Populists
than any other leading paper in the
District. It was then determined to
send the Weekly Stak (which is a
reprint of the best reading matter of
the Daily) to every Populist in the
District whose name and pqstdffice
address could be ascertained. Every
preciact was canvassed and the result
was a list pf 2, 800' Populists (including
200 Croatans), to whom the Stab was
mailed for an average period of three
months. The list for Robeson county
embraced 850' names.
Fully realizing that the Stab 'was
only one of many factors that brought
about the wonderful victory in tns
Sixth' District? we yet had a desire to
know what influence had been wielded
by the educational feature of the cam-.
paign, & represented by 2,800 copies
of the Stab placed in the hands of
We therefore addressed a circular
letter to a number of leading Demo
crats of the District (most of them Pre
cinct Chairmen) asking of them a
Candid" expression of opinion on
this point. This letter was not sent
out until a memth after the election,
when the excitement incident to the
campaign and tue victory bad sub
sided, and when every one addressed
could give an opiaion characterized by
Coolness And deliberation. The circu
lar letter is as follows : '. -
- Office of THE MOBNISG STAB,
Wilmisgtos, N. C, December 10th, 1898.
Dkar Sir: Daring the last three month of
the recent campaign we miilea 2,830 conies of
Tub Weekt Star to Populists in the Sixth Con
gressional District free of charge to them-all to
lndtvldml aldresM3. Many of these pap ra
went to Populists in your neighborhood. I
write, therefore, to ask you to give me your
candid opinion as to ths lnfluenca exerted by
the Star In bringing these Populists over to the
Democratic pirty In Its strugilj for white rale
and good government.
As we elected every mmbarof both Houses
of the Legislature in the 'Sixth District, and
gave Bellamy a majority of 5,853, it Is a self-evi
dent proposition that several thousand,PopuUsts
voted the Democratic tickets. Jus; what In
fluence th9 Star had la helping to win this great
victory is what I wih to ascertain.
Yours, very truly,
' WM. H. BERNARD:
The replies to this circular letter
were numerous, and all highly com
plimentary to the work of the Stab;
out we print only enougn of tnem, in
whole or in part, to show their general
B. S. Austin, Polkton: "I think the Star
changed at least 95 votes at this precinct."
' 8. N. FORMTDtJVAL, Cronly: "We had a gain
of 53 In my township. I suppose the Star
changed 15 Populists, which was a gain of SO of
Dr Eugene Holcombe, Lumberton, Robeson
Co. : The Star did nob e work in the la--1 cam
paign, for which the people are profoundly
grateful. : .
L Shaw St Paul's, Robeson Co.: "I believe
there were a great many Populists brought back
to the Ddniocratfc party by reading The Morn
ino Star." '
A. H. WilIiams, Clarendon, Columbus Co.
"I think it was the lnflnence of the Star that
brought 75 per cent, of the Populists back to the
Democratic fold in Oils section."
J. W. Carter, Maxton, Bobsson Co.: "I have
said several times of lata, and now 1 say It
again, that I believe the Star did more to re
deem the State than any other paper in It."
A. L. Shaw. Lumber Bridge, Robeson do.: "I
believe at least 25 Populists voted the Demo
cratic ticket throughout this township alone,
through the Influence of the Star." A Demo
cratic gain of 50.
John P. Little, Jr., Little's' Hills, Bichmond
Co.: "I can safely state it as my opinion that
the star was a great power In one section la
Bringing aooni oar spienaia victory at the re
H. Clay wall, Bepresentatlve from Bich
mond county, Bocklngbam: "I recognise no
newspaper as. having contributed more to our
success in the late election, especially la its
work on the Populist mind, than did the Wil
mington-Star " v
j. it. btansel, AUenton, Bobeson Co.: "I can
not say now much good the Star did. It is
considered reliable and conservative by the
people In this section, and mast have exerted a
jso. . .bennett, ex-member State Senate,
winnaoow, wrunswick Co.: "Iamfuuy per-
suaaea tnat tne extra Weekly Stars sent to
Populists in this precinct had a very great In
fluence for good In bringing over Populists. Jnst
- tbe.amouDfrof Influence Is hard to estimate."
Zeb Vance Pate, Laurel Hill, Richmond Co.
"I know of no paper published lathe Sixth Con
gressional District that exerted so powerful an
i lnflnence for white rule and good government
as the Wilmington Star. Your paper was a
power for good among the Populists In ths sec
H. II. John, AlfordsvtUe, Bobeson Co.: "I
think the Star did a good work In '.this part of
Bobeson county. The proas did more to change
Populfs's than the speeches made Ion the cam
paign, as the paper would reach every member
of the family and they could read it calmly.
We did not have a white Fusionist vote this
year in Precinct No. S, Alfordsvuletownbhlp." '
j. A. Humphrey, Bale's, Bobeson Co.: 'In
our strangle for white rule and sood govern
ment. The Star has . been" an Instrument of
much good. The exact number of votes It
caused us to gain I am unable, to say; bnt my
opinion Is, wepwe yon at least one-half or two
ihlrdsof the gain In our community. "
I Thanking you for your great work in saving
out county and State I am yours very truly."
. Dr. E. Porter,' Chair man Damocratic County
Committee, Rocky Point: "It affords me Teal
pleasure to say the Star. was an impoftftnt
factor in carrying Pender couaty solidly for the
Democratic party in the. late election. It is the
first time In the history of the county that the
whole Democratic ticket was elected, and it is
Iconceded that the Star deserves much credit
J. S. Oliver, Bepresentatlve from Bobeson
county, Affinity: "The Star sent to Populists
In this neighborhood during the recent cam
paign certainly did a great deal of good towards
winning them back to the Democratic party.
as weU as strengthening Democracy and re
establishing White Supremacy among- Demo
crats The good the Star did cannot well be
estimated; but no doubt It was Immense."
L, W. Stanly, Vineland, Coin mbus Co. : -'Just
what amount of lnflnence the Star had in win
ning oar victory, I am unable to say; bat I am
f ally convinced that the noble work of the Star
did have much to do with bringing about this
victory for the Democrats. Not Populists only
were turned by its influence, bat careless Demo
crat were changed from a torpid ftate to bs
D. J. Jolly, Eoka, Columbus Co. : ' I know all
about how many of your papers came to my
township, for I furnished you with the name of
every Populist in the township; and I am proud
to say to you that the amount of good the Star
did cannot be estimated. It certainly had a
powerfal influence, and it surely did the work
it was intended to do. I was in the campaign
nearly aU the time myself, and I know what I
am talking about. . The debt of gratitude the
Democratic party owes you can never be paid " '
Dr. K J. Powers, Wfllard, Pender Co.: "The
, success of the Democratic party In this county
was 1 rgely due to the great circulation of the
Star, which visited the homes of to many. Not
only tne Populists, but the white Republicans,
by reading it 3 columns, were brought so fully
to knowledge of the sad condition in which
they had placed our State, that on election day
the thinking men of those parties from ail dl
recttonicime forward and did aU they cou'd to
help us redeem th9 State from iti miserable situ
ation of misrule anruln."
L. M. Todd, Ash, Brunswick county: "In my
opmlon the Star exerted a great Influence In
bringing over a great many to the; Democratic
party. Yes, I may say that-the grand success
of the Democratic party in my township 13 due
tot e Star almost altogether, as this was one
of -the 'most neglected points, perhaps, la the
district by the canvassers. Yet our township
gave a good majority for Bellamy and the entlra
ticket; and the Star was aU the help the town
ship committee had In bringing about this grand
McS. Patterson, Elrod, Bobeson Co.; "I am
satisfied The Weekly Star ssnt out to Populists
dlda great deal of good In bringing Populists
back to ths Democratic partv. ' They could no$
stand the Hauly -editorial that was published in
the Star. They only took their own papers be
fore, and only saw one side of the question; but
aft?r seelogthe Star they were convinced that
negro rule would no'fc do. I know of three per
sons myself who voted the Democratic ticket
that would not have done so if they had not rad
H. C. Moffitt, Clerk Superior Court. Colum
bus cmaty, .Whitevllle: "The Weekly Star
did a great deal of good in Whitevllle township
during the campaign . I heard quite a number
of persons win had formerly voted, the Populist
ticket, quoting the Star as authority for their
quitting that party and voting the Democratic
ticket. It U 1 mposslble for me to tell the amount
or good the Star did; it Is simply incalculable.
Our people are very grateful-to you for yoar
noble service la the interest of white supremacy,
and may God ever bless and prosper the Star
and its honored editor.
W. B Harkkr, Maxton, Bobeson Co.: ' More
than nine-tenths of former Populists in our
vicinity voted the Democratic ticket In the l ite
election. X am sure the Star d'd much to briig
about this result. Early In the campaign, be
fore any changes had taken place, our Populist
friends wereiurnished with the Weekly Star,
which In my opinion was one of the best cam
paign papers published. It was not long before
Its effect could be notic 3d in the approachable
nessof those who before were not inclined to
listen to Democratic arguments. The Star
bl zed the way for aU other workers in this
county. This is the general co lament of our
Dr. Geo. F. Lucas, Superintendent Pender
County Board of Health. Currie: "I have never
bean so powerfully impressed with the Influn .e
of th3 press la making and controlling public
oplnl m a) during the last Campaign. The Star,
.which was read in tae ho tne of eve-y Pupulist
In my s ctlon, so changed their views that not
oaePopul'st vote was' elven. when at the pre
vious election over thirty were polled. In coh
c.uslon. l ean safely assert, from personal ob
servation, that the lnflnence exerted by the
Star in bringing these Populists back, to the
Democratic party was more than that of all
other agencies combined." y
Bruce Williams. Bargaw, Pender Co.: "Th
hardest thing f-r a man t do Is to coaf asa his
sins in pub lc.i Tj have attended oar Demo
cratic speakings would have been confession fe
many oc the opposition; but this class of voters
had to b ) reached, and thi mo3t effectual way
was by reading! matter that they might learn
Untrue situation. Oar committee here early
saw this, and we regarded the Star, free y dis
tributed, wtl tlm 'ly and prndent articles as
one of the most potent factors that aided the
struggling committees in the doubtful counties
to bring about the grand result. You deserve
the thanks of the party of the State. As Secre
tary of the Pander committee, I was in a posi
tion to appreciate the Influence of the Star "
Dr. H. D. Stewart, Vann, TJiiion Co.: "There
cannot be an approximate estimate of how great
influence The Weekly Star wielded Jor whl:e
ru'e and good government In Union county.
It changed many a man frail Populism to
Democracy. Not only t Vs. but It concerted
Republic ins. The Star, the Raleigh Pout,
the North . Carolinian .(weekly edition of
the News and Observer) and the Atlvnta
Constitution were very potent factors in
our election the Star tne most potent oi
-all. After carefully observing the work done
and the succaes attained In the recent cam
paign, it Is my honest opinion that the Wilming
ton Star dll more than any other agency to
ward bringing over honest voters to Democracy
In Union county."
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A . little romance was - happily
spoiled in a New Hampshire town
Tecently,- where a young man be
came much in love with a young
lady and asked her to be his'n."
She stated the case to her parents,
and was very ' much surprised to
learn for the first time that she was
only an adopted daughter, whom
they had taken as an infant from a
Boston institution. Inquiry re
vealed the fact that she and the
young man are sister and brother.
But she consoles herself with the
thought that while she cannot . he
his wife she can always "be a sister
The Danville, Va., cotton mills
seem to-'harei been 'remarkably suc
cessful. They started 'with a capi
tal stock of $75,000 and are now
said to own $2,000,000 worth of
property, and to have made sales
last year amounting to $1,700,000.
WHAT IS THEBE TO SHOW
. FOB IT!
We are among those - who believe
that the Penitentiary 'under -proper
management can be made self -supporting,
but we believe more than
that, that it can notpnly be made
self-supporting, but that it should
be' made an agency for rendering
valuable service to the State, which
it never has been made to an extent
Not to go back any further 'the
expenses for the past six years,
omitting the time in which Super
intendent Smith had charge, (of
which there is no accurate report)
stand as follows. Under Mr. Leazer's
1893. ... ........ . . . . . . ..i . . 137.06L29
1894. . . . . ... ...'137,741.86
1896 ....................... 1 140, 504.91
Total . $546,932.82
This is an average of ' $136,733.20.
a year. S ;
Under Mr. Mewborne's manage
ment: ' ."
Audited bills, paid.'. ......$ 107,713.21
Audited bills unpaid ' 62,670.39
Democratic average -. $ 136,733.20
Excess by Mewborne. . . . '. .133,550.40
Giving Mrl Leazer due. credit for
his efficient management, and with
out criticising what may be a lack
of management by Mr. Mewborne,
it may be asked what has the State
to show for i the $717,315.80 hero
represented, no counting what wa3
expended by Mr. Smith and not in
cluded in Mr. - Mewborne's figures ?
It has beenaid t guards, for feeding
and clothing convicts,f or stock for the
farms, for farm rents, &c, in return
for all of which the twelve hundred
or more convicts have rendered no
service by which the State has been
materially .benefitted. If they had
been employed in grading railroads,
at a fair compensation for "their la
bor, requiring the companies to feed,'
guard and care for .them; in work
ing roads and making-hew roads; in
draining swamp lands which might
become valuable, for cultivation or
for the lumber in them, they would
not only be earning their support
but would be rendering valuable
Bervice to the State, and adding
much to its. wealth, for good roads
-would facilitate development and
add inestimably to the value of the
lands tributary to them.
A BAD MESS.
As long as the Philippine, matters
were left in the hands of Admiral
Dewey we got along without any
serious friction with the Filipinos,
but as soon as they began to direct
matters from Washington the trouble
began, for they played double, and
acted treacherously, , dividing the
American people and shaking-the
confidence of our late allies in the
This whole business, as far as the
administration is concerned, has
been characterized by insincerity,
and a disregard of obligations that
are in no way creditable to it, and
reflect seriously on our national
honor, for every nation is--bound in
honor to make good its pledges as
far as possible, and maintain its
good faith with those who had been
acting in concert with it. , We are
bound in honor to deal- us candidly
and honestly with a weak people
or a weak nation as with a strong
nation, and when we fail to do that
we simply put ourselves in the atti
tude of the brutal bully who jumps
on the weak and tramples on the
It is now admitted that this course
has precipitated a condition of af
fairs in the islands so precarious that
exceeding caution must be exercise!
to avoid collision, which even trifling
incidents may, .provoke, and force us
into a conflict that may cost many
lives and many millions of dollars,
all of which might have been avoided
by pursuing the path of candor and
honesty, and showing a disposition
to carry out the pledges we had
made to' the world and to the people
who through , the persuasion and
promises of our representatives
joined us in fighting the Spaniards.
It may not be too late to recover this
lost confidence, if those people be
officially assured that it is our pur
pose to act in good .faith; This is
due to them, and it is due to our
New Jersey produces something
besides "Jersey lightning," other
wise known as "apple jack." She
is the nursery of Trusts. Fifteen, of
the biggest Trusts in this country
operate under New Jersey charters.
If she issued charters on the per
centage plan she might thus raise
money enough to. pay'" expenses of
running the State Government.
"Private John Allen," now in the
House of Representatives from Mis
sissippi, is a candidate for Senator.
A humorist of the Allen stripe Would
give variety and some originality to
the Senate. But Private John would
have some rehearsing to do before
he could size np to Senatorial ''dig
ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHT
. YEARS OF SERVITUDE.
That Is the Sommary of Terms of Peni
tentiary Imprisonment Imposed
v by Judge Battle.
Now that the January term of the
Circuit Criminal Court has adjourned
a summary of the prisoners convicted
and sentenced to terms of imprison
ment will be of interest. During the
term eleven prisoners, all nesrroes.
were sentenced to terms in the peni
tentiary,' a total of i.08 .years of servi
tude as follows: Ed King, burglary
and murder (second degree), forty
years; Jno. Walker, burglary (second
degree), thirty years; pharles Fisher,
Durgiary (second degree), twenty-five
years; UrtljCToy, larceny three years;
Sam Fisher, larceny, two years; W.H.
Hansley, larceny, one year-; Claras.ce
Davis," larceny, one year; Sam Mc
Kenzie, larceny, one year ; Bud Dun
son, larceny, one year :Hamie Blocker,'
larceny, three years and Eddie Free
man, larceny, one year.
Jailor Millis will carry these con
victs to Raleigh and deliver them to
the penitentiary authorities to-day. He
will be accompanied by Capt. W. P.
Oldham and Deputy Sheriff Hill
Terry. J . "
There were twelve prisoners, also all
negroes, sentenced to terms oi impris
onment in the county work house,
ranging from one to twelve months.
These have already been delivered to
Superintendent Chad wick.
Jailor Millis will only have four
prisoners left in the jail after the peni
tentiary and work houses get their re
spective quotas: One of those left is
serving a sentence from the last term
of court and the other three have been
mprisbned from magistrates courts
since the Criminal Court adjourned.
BEST IN MANY YEARS.
Dr. E. Porter Spent a Week With Legis
lators at Raleigh His Impressions.
Tracking ! Prospects.
In conversation with a -member of
the Star staff, Dr. E. Porter, of
Rocky Point, who was in the city yes
terday, said that he recently spent a
week in Raleigh and while there,
mingling free.lv with members of the
General Assembly, was forcibly im
pressed with the personnel of that
body as composed of the most distin
guished Representatives and Senators
ihatbave assembled in Raleigh for
many years. During his week's so
journ in the capitol city, he says he did
not meet a sickle Democratic member
of either branch of the Legislature
wno appeared to be under the influence
Dr. Porter says that the speediness
with which they have gotten down to
hard work in enacting salutary Jegis
lation should bo highly gratifying to
lovers of good government.
Referring to trucking prospects, Dr.
Porter said that the strawberry vines
are looking especially' well for the
season and that there is every indica
tion that by far the largest crop yet
produced in Eastern Carolina will be
that of the coming Spring. l)r. Por
ter is one of the most extensive and
best informed truckers in this section.
Very Bad Financiering.
It is reported that Governor Russell
became personally responsible to one
of the Raleigh banks for about $22,000,
the amount expended in equipment,
&c. of the North Carolina troops for
the war with Spain. It was, of course,
expected that the Federal government
would promptly refund the amount.
The Governor-thought it was "all
right," or he would not have made
himself individually liable' for the
money, and tne bans: tnougnt . it was
"all right," or it would hardly have
accepted the Governor's indorsement
for so large a sum as $22,000. It will
be recalled that the War Department
at Washington refused to do anything
more than credit the amount 6n ah
old claim of the United States against
North Carolina. It is now said that
the only hope of the Governor and the
Raleigh bank for relief is the possibili
ty of getting a bill through Congress
authorizing the payment of the claim
in cash. The Governor has been to
Washington, and the late Gee Zee
French has recently been there with
the supposed object of furthering the
FAILURE. OF W. R. SLOCUM.
Assigned for Benefit of Creditors Assets
apd Liabilities Unknown.
Mr. W. R. Slocum, sf prominent re
tail shoe dealer, doing business at No.
120 Market street, yesterday made an
assignment for the benefit of his.predi-
tors." Jno. D. Bellamy, Jr., is named
as the assignee, and the deed conveys
to him all' the stock in the store on
Market street and all other personal
property belonging to the assignor, to
be disposed of for the benefit of his
Mr. Slocum reserves the personal
property exemption allowed by law,
and after the expense of disposing of
the stock, attorney's fee, etc., are set
tled, the proceeds are to be divided
pro rata among the creditors.
At present the amounts of assets and
liabilities cannot be learned.
Still One of the Boys.
1 He made his annual official visit to
the Stab office yesterday, and he said':
"I am s ty-five years old to-day." He
is. a retired physician whose "sands of
life," apparently, have hot half "run
out He proved it by dancing a jig
and then taking a few stepsr in the
more graceful and stately minuet.
He's a wonder, Bill is.
WILL SUE FOR DAMAGES.
Dr. Zachary WiJL Institute Proceedings
Against City and Connry As Owners
of the City Hospital, j :
Dr. . R. E. Zachary, . yesterday
through his counsel, John D. Bellamy
Esq., and Franklin McNeill, Esq.
gave notice to Col. Jno. D.. Taylor,
Clerk of the Superior Court, that at
the next term of the New Hanover
Superior Court, which convenes Mon
day, Jan. 23rd, a complaint would be
filed against the county and city, as
joint Owners of the City Hospital, for
damages. ! , ' !i
Stab readers will remember that on
December 1st, 1898, the Board of
Managers and Board of Regents! acting
jointly ejected Dr. Zachary from the
office of resident physician at the hos
pital, he having declined to resign the
position or vacate the office! when
ordered to do so by the boards in con
trol of the institution. !
Dr. Zachary claimed at the time that
he held the position by competitive
examination for two years, andE there
fore the Board of Managers had no
right to dismiss him.
The amou at sued for will not be
made known until the complaint is
filed, which as before stated, will be
at the coming session of New Hanover
Civil Court, January 23rd.
Dr. Zachary has rented the office on
Princess street next door to Justice
Fowler's office and will make Wil
mington his home for the practice of
Capt. V. V. Richardson. . :
A very welcome visitor to thei Stab
office yesterday was Capt. V. V.. Rich
ardsoa, of Cilambus. He was on his
way home from Raleigh, where lie had
beea to attend a meeting of directors of
one of the asylums, and we were glad
to see that he seemed somewhat im
proved in health. It was a great treat
to him to be in Raleigh during the ses
sion of the Legislature which, he says
is a splendid body of representative
North Caroliuians. - Capt.Richardson
has been several times a member of
the Legislature, and once came within
three votes of being ejected Speaker of
the House ; so, he is a good judge of
thamaterial of which that body is
now composed. If every member of
the present Legislature had the sound
practical sense of Van Richardson no
mistakes would be made. The Raleigh
Post of yesterday says: f
'Hon. Van V. Richardson, for years
a familiar and popular ngure in Ra
leigh as the Representative of tne De
mocracy of Columbus county, but who
owing to ill health has retired from ac
tive participation in public affairs, was
a welcome visitor to the city this week,
and gladly greeted by his old friends."
Qood Prices for Timber.
Mr. H. McL. Green, who is good
authority on matters pertaining to
timber and the timber markets, told
the Stab yesterday that all grades of
timber are bringing handsome 'prices
just now; in fact, at least from $2 to
$3 per thousand more than the same
grades brought this time last year.
These prices, he thinks, will hold for
the entire season, as the mills have
very little on hand and will need at-
least 35,000,000 to 40,000,000 feet dur
ing the year. H rom tne outiooir, ne
says, there is not more than half that
amount in sight, as the season is so
far advanced that getters will not have
time to cut much before the crop sea
son will be upon them. Upon these
facts Mr. Green bases his predictions.
To Investigate Smallpox Situation. !
Dr. C. P. Wertenbaker, of -the Ma
rine Hospital, left by the Atlantic
Coast Line yesterday afternoon under
telegraphic orders from the Surgeon
General, for Clinton, Jones county,
Ga.,' to confer with the County
Commissioners relative to the small1
pox situation-at that point. Small
and the commissioners have now asked
the assistance of a government expert.
Dr. Wertenbaker expects to be i gone
less than a week. Dr. T. S. Burbank
will be in charge of the Marine Hos
pital during his absence.
Receipts of Cotton and Naval Stores.
The weekly statement of the receipts
of cotton and naval stores posted at
the Produce Exchange yesterday shows
that for the crop year up to yesterday
273,574 bales of ' cotton have been re
ceived, against 279,206 bales .received
during the same period last year.
The yearns crop receipts of I spirits
turpentine were, only . 26,148
while during the corresponding period
last year 31,547 casks were received.
The receipts of other naval stores are
about the same as last year.
Excited Much Curiosity.
A freak of the hog kind wasom ex
hibition at Messrs. Brooks & Taylor's
"store, bn Water street, yesterday
morning. It was a well developed
hog with five ana a half feet and was
brought to the city by. Mr, S. W.
Maultsby, of Brunswick countyj The
extra members grew from the lower
ioint of the front legs and was the
subiect of much comment by cus
tomers at the store yesterday.
Sportsmen Prom Illinois.
A company of gentlemen from Illi
nois arrived in the city last night on
a hunting and fishing expedition and
are registered at The Orton. : They
have been in Eastern Carolina for
several weeks, having spent the time
hunting along the coast between
Washington and Wilmington, j, Mem
bers of the party are Mr. J. C.
and Mr. M. B. Williams, of Chicago;
Mr. W. J. Williams. Mr. M. J. Bar-
rackman, Mr. R. D. Kline, of Streator;
I1L, and Mr. C. C. Strong, of Grand
Ridge. They will probably spend
several days here.
CONFIRMATION OF SALE
OF C.F..&Y. V. R.R.
Decree Signed, fty Judge Thos. R. Purnell
and Piled la the Office of the
Clerk of Court. J
Junius Davis, Esq.. lone of the at
torneys for the Atlantic Coast Line
railroad, yesterday filed with Mr. W.
tL Shaw, Clerk of the United States
Circuit Court for this district, the de
cree signed by Judge iThos. R. Pur
nell Bnday, confirming the sale of the
Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley rail
way to the Atlantic Coast Line. Judge
Purnell signed the decree
of instructions from t.T
W v.j KlUiVU
ton, who is under treatment in a Phil
adelphia hospital. '
It will be remembered that $3,110.
000 was the Coast Line's bid1 for the
road and that is the amount ordered to
be paid, while the rolling stock, con
sisting of three locomotives, ninety
eight box cars and forty-six flat cars,
was sold for $15,000.
The decree vests the right in the
purchasers as joint tenants and they
are to organize, in accordance with the
laws of this State, a corporation to be
known as the Atlantic and Yadkin
Railway Company. '
The court reserves the power tore-
quire the A, & Y. R. R. Co. to dis
charge all unpaid indebtedness, which
may have been contracted by the re
ceiver before the delivery of possession
of the property. ' '
The deed is to be conveyed within
thirty days, unless for good cause the
court grants further-! time; the pur
chase money to be naid in full unon
the issuance of the deed. It is further
decreed that the deed of conveyance
shall be signed by the master commis
sioners and the receiver, jointly. By
way of confirmation and further as
surance of good title, it is also ordered
that the defendants, the C. F. & Y. V.
Railway Co., and the complainants,
the Farmers' Loan- & Trust Co., of
New York, and Wmu A.' Lash, exe
cute, acknowledge and deliver, under
direction of the master, commissioners,
a conveyance or conveyances of title
to the property.-;
The court reserves the right to re
sell the property if the purchasers
fail to comply with" the various pro
visions of the contract;
It is further provided by the decree
that the master commissioners deposit
amounts paid by purchasers in solvent
National Banks'of the State.
The decree is quite a lengthy document
setting forth in minute detail the order
of court. : and would make about four
newspaper, columns. I
A Painful Accident. i
Mr. and Mrs. W. A, Farriss return
ed yesterday frpm Atlanta. While
there, Mr. Farriss happened to quite
a painful mishap by slipping- on the
ice and re-fracturing his leg which
was broken in a runaway here in the
early part of last November. Mr.
Farriss is now unable tp walk and is
confined to his room at his residence
on Second street between Market and
Dock. Dr. Bellamy is! attending him.
Through Trains Via Wilmington.
On account of the derailing of sev
eral freight cars on the Wilson Short
Cut at Dunn yesterday, both the
southbound No. 23, ind the north
bound No. 78, through trains, came
around by this city, passing at the A.
C. L. depot here at .5:30 o'clock. The
change of route made no material de
lay in the schedule of either train.
Died in Burgaw Yesterday. '
News of the death of Miss Maggie
Hand, of Burgaw, was received here
yesterday afternoon. She died about
5 o'clock yesterday morning ana ine
funeral will be at 11 Aj M. to day. The
deceased was about twenty-two years
ofwre and was a neice bf Messrs. J. B.
anafery Hand, of this city.
THE STATE PENITENTIARY.
Experts Find An Indebtedness of 5110,-
281.35, Besides a Large Number of
Special Star Telegram!
Raleigh. January 14. The com
mittee of experts, appointed by Capt,
W. H. Day. to examine the books
and - accounts of the State" Peniten
tiary, submitted a report1 to-day. The
CbmmVttee is .composed of Geo. W.
Thompson, Claude B. Barbee and G.
Rosenthal of this city. The report
shows that the penitentiary owes, so
far as can be ascertained from the
books, the sum of $110,281.35 and
has ledger assets amounting to
$13,854.29, leaving aj balance due
by the .penitentiaryfof $96,429.26.
In submittinsr the report . the
committee addressed a letter to Capt.
Day, saying that owing to the crude
method of book-keeping and record
making, now and heretofore in vogue
in this institution, it is impossible to
make a complete balance sheet It is
known that there are ar large number
of outstanding accounts of which there
is no ledger record in the office.
What this floating-Indebtedness is
the committee says will be impossible
to obtain until all creditors of the in
stitution have rendered accounts and
they have been duly approved.
Mr. Arendell. the manager of - the
central prison, states that of the nine
thousand dollars of I individual ac
counts included in the assets, hardly
fifty tier cent, can be collected. He
estimates tne total maeoieaness oi tue
penitentiary at $110,000. .The pew
management has other expert com
mittees at work on inventories of the
different State farms. I Their reports
will be given out within a few days.
The Controller of the Currency has
authorized the City National Bank, of
Greensboro, N. C, to begin business.
Will Improve and Operate the New AddN .
lion to the A. C L. System Have i
No Interest in the Seaboard, j
. .Conditions in the outh.
Raleigh Post Correspondence.
Balumore, January 12. President
Harry Walters of the Atlantic Coast
Line talks interestingly about railroad
matters in the South, and particularly
of the Coast Line. Speaking of the
recent purchase of the Cape Fear and
YadkinValley Railroad, he said: 1
' "Justso soon as we are in complete S
Eossessionof the Cape Fear and Yad- ,
in Valley Road, which we recently -purchased,
we shall improve it where- ,
ever necessary and shall operate it our- . 1
selves. It is totally wrong, this rumor -that
we -bought the property for some -"'"
body else. We bought it for our
selves, and-4t wilr become a -part
Of our system .. unless, of course,
some fellow comes and offers us
a4 great big price for . it, which
is not possible. "We - shall pay
cash to the court; which will distribute
it among the several creditors. We
shall not wait to float the bonds in ad
vance of payiog for the property in
order to raise the purchase money.
When we place the bond j upon- the
market that mere aet will 'carry the
guarantee that legal and other ob
stacles have been removed. '1
"How do you view the Seaboard Air .
Line deal?" . .
' "Really, TD have no interest in it. I
have no doubt, however, that the road
will be most conservatively managed. .
I understand that the
Baltimore Trust Companies
will be' largely interested, in - its
bonds,- and that being the case, they
will see that there is no rate-cutting or
that there will be any policy by which
the earning capacity of the road. will .
be - lessened. These Baltimore trust
companies are becoming great finan
cial institutions, and are. aiding ma
terially in the development of the
South. As they are conducted along ,
conservative lines, the enterprises in
which they may be interested must be
similarly conducted." -
"What are the general conditions in
"Most favorable, indeed. We are
going ahead very quietly and very
conservatively down there. We are
not making t much noise about our
business and what we-are doing, but
we have no reason to be dissatisfied -,
with anything or anybody. The only
thing I fear is that the abundance of"
money seeking investment will bring
promoters to the' front who project
railroads where they "will not thrive,
their only object being to float the;
bonds, which, they believe, thfeL pub-'
lie will take, simply because they are'
bonds. Most! persons think that a
railroad bonded for only $10,000 per
mile is in first class condition. That
does not follow at all. It depends up
on the earning capacity of. the road.
In the last two or three years we have.
bought t o or three roads, one as low -
as $13 per bond of $100, and another at
$60 per bond of $100. In each case
the road was not bonded $10,000 per
mile. This would look like a bargain-
counter price', but it really was not,"
Southern Farmers. .
' What is the condition of the South
ern farmers?" f v -
"It is iuiDrovine eraduallv. I reerel
to tay, however, that in some sections
the movement is backward. In those .
sections, however the colored popu-
lation predominates. Wherever the
whites are .in the ascendancy there
you will find a marked improvement.
I am glad to say that Southern farm
ers are learning the art of diversifying
their crops. On the Weldon road, for
illustration, our tonnage in cotton has .
decreased from forty per cent, pnly a
few years ago to four per cent. ; while
the total i tonnage of all classes or -freight
has steadily increased'. The
farmers are raising strawberries, vege
tables, tobacco and similar products,
and are making money,. We are re
ceiving most desirable emigrants from
the North and Northwest, who be
come most estimable citizens.
'What is the status of the race ques
tion in the South?"
"That has been settled to the. satis
faction, I believe, of all parties, and 1
am truly glad of it. North " Carolina
was the last mate to take up tne ques
tion, and I have no doubt that the
Legislature of the state will enact sucn ,
laws that will prove acceptable to the-
better class of the colored population
and eliminate the possibility of a repe- .
tition of the race troubles of last fall.
Rairroad Legislation. -
"How is the legislation of Southern
States respecting railroads?" . ! .
" mat, too, is improving, -ine popu -listio
doctrines are playing out, " and
the railroads and people are getting to
understand each other better, and our
relations are becoming exceedingly
pleasant I do not anticipate any
more legislation directed against rail'
road interests in the future."
'What are the relations between the
Atlantic Coast Line and the Southern
"They are extremely pleasant. The
Southern Railway has no interest in
the Atlantic Coast Liine. The impres
sion exists in certain quarters that we
are in close sympathy; our system
is operated in the interest of the South
era. etc. We are in close sympathy,
but each system is working Out its Own
salvation independently of tne ptner.
When I say we are in sympathy, I :
mean we are not cutting each other's '
throats, but we are proceeding on the . .
principle of 'live and let live.' . There
is no railroad in this country which is
doing as much for the development of
its territory as the Southern is for the
LARGEST SHIP EVER BUILT.
. 5 i
White , Star Line Steamer Oceanic
Launched at Belfast.
By Cable to the Morning Star. - '
Belfast. January 14. The White
Star Line steamer Oceanic, the largest "
ship ever built, was successfully
launched at Harland & Wollf 's yard
to-day in the presence of an enormous
crowd. A grand stand was specially
-erected to accommodate five thousand.
There were present the members of the
firm of Bruce, Ismay & Co., owners
of the White Star Line, Sir Michael y
Hicks-Beach, chancellor of the ex- "
chequer, the ' lord mayor and corpora
tion of Belfast, and number of other
titled ' and ' distinguished men. The .
Oceanic is 704 feet long and registers :
over 17,000 tons.
The Oceanic, unlike the Great East
ern, wnicn was launcnea oroaasiae,
was launched stern foremost, though
longer and weighing half as much
again as . the : ureal jsastern. ine . ,
Oceanic has a coal capacity j sufficient ''
to enable her to circumnavigate tne.
globe at a speed of twelve knots an
hour without re-coaling.
Representative' Stokes, of South ;
Carolina, has introduced a bill extend
ing free delivery to star routes. ;T
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