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President McKinley haB achieved
.the distinction since he has been
in office of being a President who'
can change his views with remark
ablejrapidity and hold one day views
diametrically- the opposite of the
views he held the day before. The
(reason of this is because- the views
jof Mr. McKinley are not so much
Mr. McKinley 's? views as they are
the views of others who have influ
ence over Mr. McKinley. In his
messages to Congress he was as far
from expansions any man in the.
United States now is, and he never
announced a change of views upon
that question until he madethat
Western tour after the protocol was
agreed upon when he gave the first
intimations of that and he Went back
to Washington under the impression
that expansion was popular in the
West. When he came South he was
to all intents and purposes an ex
pansionist, declared that our flag
had .been raised over the soil where
our soldiers had been victorious and
askedwho would pull it down?"
as if there were something unpatriotic
or reprehensible in the mere sugges
tion to pull it down,
i It is a well known fact that up to
the time our cpmmissionsers met
the Spanish commissioners in Paris
there was no , definite conclusion
arrivedat as to anything save ac
quiring a base- of supplies ' in the
island of Luzon, for which ',we' need
,not have negotiated with Spain," for
that island was after the surrender
'of Manila in our own possession
with the assent of the Filipinos who
were co-operating as allies with our
forces. If there was any intention
to do more than that, to claim more
territory, then Mr.1 McKinley didn't
know it or he was playing a decejuive
and a very discreditable part in that
protocol foirhe was specific as to
Cuba, Porto Eico, and Guam, but
as to the Philippines only said that
their status was to be determined by
future negotiations..
Why this non-committal phrase
ology? Was it to fool Spain, the
Filipinos or the American people,
or all three? It led the Filipinos to
believe that the intention was to
i negotiate with Spain to evacuate
the archipelago so that a govern
ment, by the Filipinos might be
established . without further blood
shed, but when the Filipinos were
ignored in , all the subsequent pro
ceedings and they were not con
sulted about anything, when they
were the most interested in all that
was done, they -naturally began to
suspect the sincerity and disinter
estedness of our friendship. Egged
on by British sentiment to take pos
session of all the islands and .influ
enced by greed for the lands which
were reported to be rich in valuable
resources, the- commission, which
first-had Luzon only in "view, de
manded all, but in return agreed to
pay fepaiii a stipulated sum of money.
All this without any understanding
with or recognition of the Filipino
Is it to be wondered at thaT they
became suspicious, and resented be
ing bought and sold like chattels?
.When they did that they were called
"rebels," and Aguinaldo, who but a
I few shortweeks befdre was lauded
; as a patriot, a liberator and a hero7
became a "traitor."
It was impossible J;hat this state of
. things dbuld last long without cul
"minatirig in bloodshed, as it has
done, most of which, however, was
shed- by our late allies who frere
; mowed from the face of the earth by
our death-dealing guns. ,
Whether the Filipinos or Ameri
cans fired the first shot doesn't mat-
ter. It isn't thai, shot which fixes
the responsibility for the blood shed.
It was the events which led up to
that shot and provoked it. Since
that shot was fired and blood shed
the expansionists have begun to
realize what it may possibly mean
and are trying to throw the respon
sibility ujjon the Filipinos. The
President did this in his Boston
speech," as other expansionists had
done before, and as he will doubt
less he will do in any other speeches
he may make j or public papers "iie
; . my write. .: , -' - m ..
To intelligent' people who are
' familiar with the .. history of the
Philippine drama all thisla as trans-
. parent as glass. . Andrew. Carnegie
belongs to the Bame political house-
bold as the President, but he doesn't
believe in forcible expansion and he
doesn't believe what Mr. McKinley
says about it either, ' for hejuees
through the pretence and the effort
to evade the responsibility for the
subsequent proceedings, which he
thus shows in a letter to the New
York World: : N '
"The President in his Boston speech
yesterday makes this extraordinary
statement: The Philippines, like Cuba
and Porto Rico, were intrusted to our
hands by the war.'
"On the contrary, the protocol
signed as the result f the war pro
vided for the Philippines not "like
Cuba and Porto ' Rico," but expressly
reserved them for negotiation with
Spain as to their future control, dis
position and government.'
"The Philippines have been 'in
trusted to us solely by the unexpected
demand for them made by the Presi
dent himself after he had suddenly
changed his mind, which was at first
that we should not burden ourselves
with them.'
' "The Senate asked him to lay before
it his instructions or correspondence
with the Commissioners, which would
have proved this, but he refused.
"The Philippine burden is not
' chargeable to . the war. This is the
President's own Pandora box, his New
Year's gift to his country, for which he
alone is responsible. v Neither Con
gress nor the people had any voice
in the matter. But one 'need not
wonder why he f should now at
tempt to evade the, responsibility,
since he tells us that "evey red drop.
whether from the Veins of an - Ameri-
can soldier or a misguided Filipino, is
anguish to my heart." His conscience
smites him. No wonder. The guilty
Macbeth also cried out. Thou canst
not say I did it!"
Whether the acquisition of the Phil
ippines was wise or foolish, they are
upon our hands not by the war but by
the President's own act, and he had
better stand up like a man and assume
the responsibility, asking his country
men to forgive his mistake if he now
sees he has made one. "
-The pretence that we -were com
pelled to accept the obligation put
upon us and possess! ourselves of
these islands when our commis
sioners deliberately bribed Spain to
turn them over to us for $20,000,000
is one of the -rottenest of frauds.
We could just as well have demanded
that Spain vacate these islands as
we could ojfler to buy them, .and we
were under no obligation to hold
them or to turn them over to Spain.
They Were not ours to turn over to
Spain! and consequently we could
not do that. We could have had an
understanding with the Filipinos,
and then off ered, if they were will
ing, a specified sum of money with
the understanding that this money
should be refunded out of customs,
and then let the Filipinos go .oh and
form their own Government, under
an American protectorate if heed be.
All this could have been done; the
friendship between the Americans
and' Filipinos remain unbroken; and
not a drop of rblood shed. No
wonder Mr. McKinley is trying to
evade the responsibility.
Whatever of honor or glory Chere
may have been in the successful
war with Spain it. is considerably
dimmed by the unfortunate' and
disgraceful wranglings, between
those in high position, since the war
closed. With strained relations that
have culminated in almost open
warfare between the Secretary of
War and the commander of the
army, .we have a similar state of
affairs existing between the Secre
tary of the Navy and Rear Admiral
Schley, . whose achievements the
friends ef Admiral Sampson are
trying to discredit. - Personal feel
ing and professional jealousy re at
the bottom of all this,personal feeling
with Alger in the case of Miles and
professional jealousy in the case of
Sampson against Schley. - '
The Alger - Miles controversy,
growing apparently out of the bad
beef charges, might have been
altogether avoided if Alger's j Com
missary General had admitted that
possibly some of the beef sent to the
soldiers In Cuba and Porto Rico
might have been in bad condition
When it arrived,
into a rage and
Miles and others
instead -of flying
denouncing Gen.
who found fault
with it as all sorts ol liars, it is a
fact that much of the beef sent was
unfit for use, which might hot be
considered remarkable after the dis-
tance transported and . the warmth
of the weather when it was delivered.
The denial, and the insistence that
the beef was good, in'spite of all
that was said to the contrary, -invited
dispute, magnified: the conten
tion and intensified the scandal, all
of which might have been avoided
by simply admitting the facts, and
properly accounting for them.
The Sampson-Schley controver&y
could have been avoided if Samp
son's friends had been willing to
concede to Schley the laurels which
he had won, and had not sought not
only to deprive him of his laurels,
but to reflect upon his ability as a
commander and his courage as a
fighter. - ' .
These two chapters in the sup
plemental . proceedings as to "Cuba
and Porto Rico are unfortunate and
diminish the glory of the achieve
ments of arms that preceded them,
An exchange rises to remark that
''there is no demand anywhere for
more silver." Isn't there Send
some more Of it along this way and
see. I
Running ; for Congress ' was . first
suggested to Representative Dock
ery, of Missouri, by his shoemaker.
Dockery, jwho , was then . a bank
cashier, didn't think he could make
a speech, but his shoemaker did, and
billed , him . as orator at a Fourth
of July celebration which came off
shortly after.! Z Dockery made the
speech, made a hit, was nominated
for Congress some time later and
elected. He should have . a lasting
remembrance of that knight of the
last.- That's awl. ' ;
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A Boston alderman visiting Chi
cago was shocked to see the mayor
with a big cigar in his teeth while
presiding over a meeting of the
aldermen and a number of the alder-.
men with their feet on the desks.
Chicago aldermen's feet are harmless.
It is the other extreme that causes
trouble. r -
President McKinley says ho is
glad he is alive. If he wasn't alive
he couldn't have half as much fun
distributing offices among his Ohio
friends and circling 'round the
country, enjoying - big banquets,
etc. There are lots o people who,
under these circumstances, would
be lad they were alive.", .
An American syndicate has closed
a deal for a lot of the largest tobacco
manufactories in Havana, and also
for a lot of tobacco land and will
thus have a string on the Havana
cigar. j ; - .
'Died at Her Home in This City Yesterday.-
Funeral This Afternoon From St.
James' Church. V
A host of friends in Wilmington
and a large number of acquaintances
in eastern North Carolina will deeply
sympathize with Mr. Robt G. Rankin
in the loss of his wife. Mrs. Mary
Louise Rankin, whose death occurred
at the family residence in this city
yesterday afternoon. -
Mrs. Rankin was daughter of the
late Col. S. W. G. Andrews, who was
prominent in Wilmington business
circles just after the war, as a member
of the firm of Andrews & Borden, for
warding and commisssion merchants.
The deceased had been in feeble
health for some time, and while her
death was not wholly unexpected, it
nevertheless came with a shock to her
many friends and to . her relatives, to
whom she had endeared herself by
her Christian traits and amiable dispo
sition. '
She was fifty years of age at the
time of her death,' and for a number
of years had been ft valuable and con
sistent member of St. James Episco
pal church.
A bereaved husband, and one son,
Mr. Robert G. Rankin, Jr., survive
her, and to them the sympathy of the
community goes out in the great loss
they have sustained. :
The funeral will be conducted this
afternoon at 4 o'clock from St. James'
church by Rev. Robt. Strange, D. D.,
and immediately afterwards the inter-
jnent will be made.
Small Fire at Wrightsville.
The oyster roaster and pavilion of
Mr. William Stokeley on Wrightsville
Sound came near being destroyed by
fire- Sunday afternoon. A party of
Wilmington and Wrightsville people
were gathered there for an- oyster
roast, when it was announced that
the-roof of the building was on fire.
The party immediately set about, pro-
rcured buckets and succeeded in 'extin
guishing the flames before any great
damage was done. To the heroic ef
forts of .CapL R. O. Grant and Capt.
A. B. Norton, of the schooner Jno. I.
Sjiow, who bore themselves like mas
ter firemen, is due the fact that the
building was" not entirely consumed,
The damages are about $15.
Schooner In .Distress.
The schooner Sarah A. .Fuller,
Capt. Brown, bound for Boston with
a cargo of lumber, from Fernandjna,
Fla., put in at Southport yesterday
morning in distress. Capt. Brown,
who came up to the city last evening,
says that he encountered a heavy
blizzard off Frying Pan Shoals, which
carried away most of the schooner's
head gear, consisting of standing rig
srinsr. sails, booms, bowsprit, etc The
Fuller arrives to Messrs. Geo. Harriss,
Son & Co., and after repairing tempo
rarily, will proceed.
A Successful Shot
A most beautiful specimen of the
wild turkey was - brought up from
Orton plantation on the steamer Wil
mington yesterday. It was a hen,
weighing twenty pounds, and its
plumage "was magnificent. It was
killed early yesterday - morning by
Col. Kenneth M. Murchison,, .the
owner of "Orton," who is how one of
the most successful hunters in the
State. Confidentially, ' though, the
writer saw the Colonel, a good many
years ago, fire two shots at a deer, not
thirtylyards distant, without "touching
a hair." -
At Maxton and Unrinbor;. :
Hon. Jno. D. Bellamy received no
tice yesterday that contestant Dockery
would take depositions at Maxton,
Saturday, 25th, before J. D. Jowers,
Notary Public, and at Laurinburg,
Monday, the 27th, -before W. M.
Kelley, Notary Public. Bellamy's
counsel at 'Maxton will be JohnD.
Shaw, Jr., and at Laurinburg Major
John Br Shaw and Walter i. JNeaL
O. J. Spears will represent .Dockery at
LaurinDure and B. .F. McLean will
appear for him at Maxton.
New River Troat Were Easily Caught by
Thousands After the Recent Freeze. .
A gentleman who' returned to the
city yesterday afternoon from Jack
sonville, Onslow county, reports some
remarkably large ' catches of trout
that were made in New River ' below
Jacksonville after the unprecedented
cold weather of the ' early part of the
week. - : ' - Vs
He says that there were on .a con
servative estimate at least 15,000 on
the landings at Jacksonville 'Friday,
varying in weight from three to fifteen
pounds each. . They were brought to
Jacksonville in boats and were sold ia
quantities as low as four cents each,
taking the lots as they came. A large
quantity of them were brought to
Wilmington yesterday and the dealers
-found ready sale, for them at 25 to 75
cents each. ' There were also quite
heavy shipments made to the Northern
markets via Newborn and via Wil
mington. " . . ' ' fc r
Fishermen say the trout were be
numbed by the cold and were easily J
scooped up in dip nets and some were
even caught hf lrand.
Large Purchase of Real Estate in
. the City Supposed to be for Rail.
road Terminals.
The Stab announced several days
ago that Attorney Joseph R. Lamar, of
the Charleston and Western Carolina
Railroad a branch line of the A. O.
L. had purchased five' blocks of city
property in Augusta, Ga , and that the
presumption in Augusta was that the
property had been bought for the pur
posefcof establishing a terminus for the
A. C. L. at that place. It was also
stated atihe time that prominent ofii
cials of the road would neither deny
nor confirm the report. :
The following from the , Augusta,
(Ga.) Chronicle of Friday, 17th ins t ,
will be interesting reading in this' con
nection: One of the biggest real ' estate deals
in Augusta, for many a day and one
that is of vast importance to the city
was closed yesterday.
By it five blocks of city property
changed hands and the Bum involved
is $30,000.
Mr. Joseph S. Lamar is the purchas
er of the property, but . further than
this all is surmise.
The surmise however has a very rea
sonable basis to rest upon.''
Mr. Lamar is attorney for the Uhar
eston and Western Carolina railway.
The C. & W. C. is owned by the At
lantic Coast Line. The Atlantic Coast
Line is building a connection from
Denmark, where it at present connects
with the South Carolina- and Georgia
road to Robbins on the Port Royal and
Augusta branch, of the J. and w. u.
These are facts Well known to the
public. When the connection is com
pleted it will be seen that the Atlantic
Coast Line will enter Augusta on its
own tracks instead of via the South
Carolina and Georgia, as at present
The Atlantic Coast Line always works
for the upbuildine of the interests
along its roads. . The C. W. & C. part
of its system is so vitally concerned
in Augusta's welfare that what helps
the C. & W. C. is bound to help Au
gusta and what helps Augusta is bound
to benefit the C. & W. U.
Augusta may well celebrate the ar
rival of the Atlantic Coast Line trains
over its own track, and the day should
be made a memorable one in its festal
Occurred at His Home in This City Yes
terday Afternoon.
The Stab regrets to announce the
death of Mr. Michael Dowling, which
occurred at his home in this city, No,
713 South Eighth street, about 1.30
o'clock yesterday afternoon, after a
long and painf ul suffering with cancer
covering a period of about eight years.
Mr. iDowling was born in Ros
common. Ireland, in tne year it4
and was therefore 65 years of age. He
came to Wilmington about 42 years
ago. and was an active, industrious
citizen until he was seized with the ter
rible disease which ended his life.
yesterday, H was a gallant- Con
federate soldier and left Wilmington
at the opening of the war with Col. E.
D. Hall's "Tigers;" was subsequently
transferred to (Jol. McDowell's com
mand, where he served faithfully un
til the close of the war.;
Mr. , Dowling married a sister of
Messrs. Timothy and P. Donlan, both
of this city, and she with three sons,
Mr. M. F. Dowling, foreman of En
gine Company No. 2, Mr. T. J. Dow
ling, of Davidson, ' N. C, and Mr. -F.
M Dowling, of Charleston, S. C,
survive him, and have the sympathy
of many friends. .
The funeral will be from the late
residence at 3.30 olclock this afternoon,
thence to St Thomas' Pro-Cathedral
thence to Oakdale Cemetery.
Boat-honse and Yachts Destroyed.
Mr. George Harriss, Jr., yesterday
received the news that his boat-house
at Summer Rest, on v Wrightsville
sound, had been burned, - together
with the entire contents. He re
ceived the intelligence in the morning
and went down in the afternoon to in
vestigate the origin of the fire, etc.
It is thought to have been the
work of an incendiary as there' was
no other - possible way in which the
building could have caught. ''-
The yachts Harry T. and Nixie
beloneine to Mr. Geo. Harriss, the
yacht- Restless, owned by Mr. W. N.
Harriss and a lot of spars, rigging,
sails and other equipments for
the boats, 'were stored in the house
and were also completly destroyed.
The loss is quite heavy and is only
partially covered by insurance.
An epidemic of influenza has pre
vailed in the greater part of lUurope
for some time past. In England
mild type of influenza is very preva
lent. . . -X
Celebrated in the Buiraw Presbyterian
Church Wednesday NlxbtThe "
: Attendants. "
Wilmipgtoiuanjs who attended the
marriage of Miss Lizzie Groom, of
JSurgaw, to Mr. P. A. Rasberry, of
Scotland: Neck, in the Burgaw Pres
byterian Church Wednesday night,
announcement of which was made in
yesterday 'aSTAE, returned to this city
yesterday. They report a very pretty
marriage. 'The ceremony was per-'
formed by Rev. Geo. McMillan and
the wedding marches were played by
Mrs. J. B. Moore, of Burgaw. Miss
Mamie Croom, sister of the bride, was
maid of. honor, and" Mr. "Augustus
Bowers, of Scotland Neck, best
man. The bridal attendants were:
Mr. Bruce Black with Miss Bobbie
Croom j - Mr. Vance Croom j with Miss
Robbie Sutton: Mr. Claude' Dollar
With Miss Katie Hand: Mr. - Burr
Croom with Miss Mattie Blood worth.
The ushers were Messrs. P. T. Croom,
Luther Hand, Sam Hand and Wright
McNeill. ; r ...
Alter tne marriage a reception was
held at the home pf the bride's par
ents. Mr. and Mrs. Rasberry left Bur
gaw yesterday for the groom's home
in Scotland Neck. ..
Five Blocks of City Property In Augusta
Purchased Yesterday by C. and
W. C. Railroad.
A special telegram to the Stab from
the Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, received
last night, announced that Attorney
Lanpar, of the Charleston and Western
Carolina railroad, a branch of the
Atlantic Coast Line, yesterday pur
chased five blocks of city property in
Augusta. The telegram also states
that the presumption in Augusta is
that the property is bought for the
purp'ose of establishing .a terminal for
the A. C. .' L. at Augusta. . However,
Mr. Lamar would make no statement
as to the object of his purpose.
A member of the Stab staff called
upon Mr. J. R. Kehly, General Man
ager of the A. C. L. last night, and
showed him the telegram. Mr. Kenly
said that there was nothing th it he
could say at present in regard to
the matter and would -neither
deny or confirm the statements made
in the telegram. ,
That Was Amount Required for' Deed to
C F. & Y. V. Property Filed for
Registration Yesterday.
The deed conveying the old C. F.
&. V. Railroad property to EL Wal
ters, B. F. Newcomer, Michael Jen
kins, Warren G. Elliot and their as
sociates, was tiled for registration in
the office of the register of deeds of
New Hanover county yesterday. The
sum of money involved, including the
purchase price of rolling stock is $3,-
125,000 and the instrument required
$3,125 worth of documentary internal
revenue stamps, 62 of the number be
ing of the $50 denomination, two of
the $10 denomination and one $5
The deed conveys the property to
the purchasers as joint tenants and not
as tenants in common for the use.
benefit and behoof of the new corpora
tion, the Atlantic and Yadkin Rail
way Co., created by the purchasers
under and in accordance with the laws
of the State. '
It is signed by Eugene Martin, Esq.,
and Clement Manly, Esq., Master
Commissioners; Gen. Jno. Gill, Re
ceiver: E. S. Marston and Samuel
Sloan, Jr., president and secretary,-
respectively of the Farmer's Loan &
Trust Co., of New York!- and by H.
Walters, B. F. Newcomer, Michael
Jenkins and Warren G. Elliot, as the
Details of the sale, the consideration,
etc., nave aireauy been published in
the Stab.
Damage by the Freeze Some
v Crops Totally Destroyed.
Charleston News and Courienl7Z
One of the truck farmers from St.
Andrew's Parish said yesterday that
great damage had been done to the ten-
aer crop- by the freeze, lie went over
his farm after the snow began to melt
ana ruin was found everywhere. Ac
cording to his estimate, which is made
after a careful examination, the lettuce
and peas are about completely destroy
ed, while the cabbage crop is damaged
33 per cent The beet crop is about
wholly destroyed The loss will be se
rious to the farmers, as good headway
had been made toward getting in a fine
early-crop of vegetables for the North
ern markets, where high prices are
paid for everything sent out from this
The truck farmers up the road have
also suffered seriously from the snow
and the storm. There 'is satisfaction
in the fact, however, , that the , entire
crop is not killedj though some of the
farm owners are inclined to think little
good will come from whafr escaped.
lne reports irom various sections are
coming in rapidly, and it is only a
question of how much has been saved.
Mr. Kyle Appointed Special Agent
j Mr. W. EL Kyle, late General Pas
senger Agent for the C. F. and Y. V.
will continue with the Atlantic and
Yadkin as special agent with headquar
ters at Fayetteville. .-The appoint
ment has just been made by Mr. T. M.
Emerson as Traffic Manager. Other
appointments recently made are Mr.
H. M. Emerson, General Freight and
Passenger Agent 1 and Mr.- W. G.
Pulliam. Freight Claim Agent, the
offices of both of course in Wilming
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Organized at a Meeting of Stockholders.
Board of Directors President and
Cashier Elected. I
As foreshadowed in the Stab sev
eral days ago, the new national bank
to be established in Wilmington is to
be known as "The Murchison Na
tional Bank," and the institution is to
begin business on or about March 1st.
The first meeting of the subscribers to
stock was held yesterday afternoon in
the office of Murchison & Co!, when
organization was perfected,4he name
for the 'corporation adopted and a
board of directors elected. - j !
Capt. W. R. Kenan was elected chair
man of the meeting of subscribers to
stock and Mr. J. Grainger was se
lected assecretary. The first business,
of course, was the selection of a name
for the bank and on motion, "The
Murchison National Bank", was unani
mously 'adopted. j "
The capital stock of the bank ' was
fixed at $200,000 and the following
Board of Directors was elected: Mr.
J. A. Springer, Mr. N. "Jacobi, Mr.
W, H. Sprunt, Mr. J, C. Steven
son, Mr. JL. M. Emerson, Mr. tL.
C. ; McQueen, Mr. A. B." Nichols,
Mr. A. S. Williams, Mr. J.
V. Grainger, ' Mr. Frederick Kidder.
Col. K M. Murchison, Mr. N. B.
Rankin, Mr. W. G. Whitehead, Mr.
M. J. Corbett and Mr, R. W Wallace.
All the subscribers to stock were
represented in the meeting either in
person or by proxy. Those in attend
ance were Col. K. M. Murchison, Mr.
EL C. McQueen, Mr. J. C. Stevenson,.
Mr. M. J. Corbett, Mr. W. R. New
bury, Mr. J. V. Grainger, Capt W.
R. Kenan, Mr. W. B. Cooper, 1 Mr. F.
H. Stedman, Mr. N. B. Rankin.
Hon. Jno. D. Bellamy, Mr. Sam
Bear, Jr., Mr. M. H. ,ICurran,
J. D. Bellamy, Jr., Esq., Col J. W4
Atkinson, Mr. R. W. Hicks, Mr. N.
Jacobi, Mr,. H. Lippitt, Mr. George
Honnett, Col. Walker Taylor; Mr. L.
P. McKenzie, Mr. James Sprunt, Mr.
S. Behrends, Mr. F. A. Lord, Mr. T.
M. Emerson, Mr. H. L. Miller, Mr. J.
A. Springer, Mr. Frederick l Kidder,
Mr. R. B. Lancaster, Mr. A. B. Skeld-
mg, Mr. K. w. Wallace, Mr. w. G,
Whitehead and Mr. Wm. H. Bernard.
Meeting of the Directors.
After the adjournment of the sub
scribers to stock, a session of the new
ly elected board of directors was held,
during which Mr. H. C. McQueen
was elected president and Mr. J. V.
Grainger cashier. I
A resolution was adopted reauirinsr
that fifty per centrof the subscriptions
to the capitarstock shall be paid in on
or before February 25th; so that the
institution may open for "business
March 1st.
The bank will start under most fa
vorable conditions, as it will succeed
to the large and well established busi
ness of the banking . house j ot' Mur
chison & Co. It is well officered, too,
and the Board of Directors is com
posed of excellent material, f
Banking House Improvements.
A force of workmen, carpenters and
painters, are now busy repairing,
renovating and beautifying the bank
ing house on Front street, so that the
new institution will begin business in
handsome and well appointed quarters
Receipts for Week and Crop
Year As
Posted Yesterday.
After several days inactivity on
count of the snow storm, the local cot
ton and naval stores markets opened
again yesterday with the following
quotations: Cotton firm at 6 cents for
middling; spirits turpentine steady at
43J44 cents; rosin firm at 9095
cents and tar steady at $1.00. There
was nothing doing in crude turpen
tine. ; ' I ' "
The following weekly and crop year
receipts were'posted at
Exchange yesterday:
Week ending Feb. 17th,
rosin 1133
332 bales ; spirits 47 casks ;
barrels; tar 425 barrels; crude 58 casks.
Week ending Feb. 17th, '98 Cotton
568 bales: sprits 205 casks; rosin 2395
barrels; tar 1494 barrels; crude 50 bar
rels. - . . " ' I -
Crop year, '99 cotton 284,010; spirits
27,191 casks; rosin 151,066 barrels;
tar 62,579 barrels; crude 10, 606 barrels.
Crop year, '98 cotton 297,610 bales;
spirits 33,789 casks; rosin 145,195 bar
rels; tar 56,745 barrels; crude 9,933
barrels. i
Death of a Popular Travelling Man.
Capt. Edgar L. Hart, who came
down on his usual trip on the northern
train yesterday afternoon, brought
news to1 the city of the death of Mr.
Joe Pippen, a well known and very
popular young travelling man of En
field, N.1 C. Mr, Pippen was about 21.
And was a son of Mr. F. L. Pippen, A.
C. L. agent at Enfield. He was well
and favorably known in Wilmington,
and for the past few months has been
travelling for Ades Bros., jof Balti
more. While on his last trip, about
ten days ago, he" contracted typhoid
fever at Atlanta, was removed to his
home at Enfield two days later and
died there yesterday afternoon at 3.30
o'clock. ; . . " - j " '.-
- The funeral will take place to-morrow
afternoon, and the interment will
be made at Enfield.
Baron Paul Julius deReuter, form
erly of Router's Telegram' Company,
who is over1 80 years of age, is lying at
the point of death in his villa at Nice.
George" F, Baer. president of the
Reading Iron Company,- to-night or
dered a voluntary advance . in the
wages of its two thousand employes.
beginning . March - 1st. . - The amount
has not yet been determined. Z i."-f V..
NO. 19'
Dockery" to Take Testimony Here Next
: Saturday Has Only Five Days for"
..- the Whole District.
The first act in the roaring farce en
tittled "Oliver H. Dockery, Con
testant," will be presented in this city
next Saturday, as will be seen by the.
following notice served on ' Hon. Jno.
D. Bellamy yesterday:.
Oliver EL Dockery; Contestant, vsl
Jno. D. Bellamy, Contestee Fifty
sixth Ctongress---Sixth District of
North Carolina, j
To Jno. D. Bellamy - Contestee, Wil
mington, N. C: ;
Sib: You will take notice that I
will proceed to take testimony in the
above entitled cause in the Federal
Court room, in the U. S. Postoffice
hlliJrJino. Wilminirfnn Vavma T - U1
Wallace, a Notary Public, beginning at
.9 o'clock A. M, on Saturday, 25th day
of February, 1899, and continuing from
day to day if necessary. I will exam
ine the following witnesses, namelv:
Jas. G. Blain. J. S. W. Eacles. Jack
Moore, Lewis Guyer, Joseph Ander-J
arm WiIKo . T a ir V
JVC. Williams, Jno G. Norwood, C.
W. Norwood, John! Whitehead, Jos.
Scarboro, David Bryant. Joseph Mc
Farland, Robt Simmons, J. J. Guyer,
Fred Guyer, Alex Rhone, Calvin Bell,
Jno. D. Franklin, George Littleton,
E. M. Green, J. A. Sharpe, Watson
McNeill, J. W. Murchison. William
Perdew, Marcus W. Jacobi,-Joseph
Jacobi, Owen F. Love, F. W. Kerch
ner, Wm. E. Springer, C. D. Foard.
--This, the 18th day of February,
1899. - OlivkbH. Dockkbt,
Per Oscar J. Spears, Attorney.
. . r
Of the thirty-three witnesses named
in the foregoing list there are, we be
lieve, nine white Democrats and twenty-four
negroes,and the striking feature
is the fact that the name of not one
white Republican appears in the list.
Why is this? Haye the white Re
publicans all turned! Democrats?' Or is
Col. Dockery's attorney afraid of their
testimony? I - ' - i '
But another -remarkable feature of
this so-called contest, is the fact that
Dockery will have but five days in
which to ,take his direct evi
dence . in, the j entire district.
The law governing these contest
is very plain. After notice of
contests is served oh the contestee the
latter serves his answer on the con
etstant, who is allowed forty days
from date of service of answer to take ,
testimony. Then the contestee is al
io wed .forty days to take testimony and
the contestant has ten days in which
to take evidence in rebuttal,
As Bellamy's answer was served on
Dockery on the 21st of January,'.
Dockery's forty days will expire on the
2nd of March, or five days from next
Saturday, when his first witness will
be examined. There is no provision
in the law for any extension of the
time allowed for direct evidence. So,
Dockery must be content with what he
can do in -five days; Bellamy will then
have forty days, and Dockery can fol
low with ten days for testimony in
rebuttal. I .
, This statement of facts indicates very
strongly that Dockery is engaged in a
hopeless struggle, so far as any con
test is concerned, and that his real ob
ject is to manufacture "campaign
thunder" for the Republican Congres
sional Committee, j
Conference of Fayetteville Board of Trade
and City Officials With Oeneral
Manager Kenly. .
The Fayetteville i papers of Friday
afternoon publish particulars of a con
ference which was held in that city in
the afternoon, by
General Manager
Coast Line system,
Mr. J. R. Kenly,
of the Atlantic
with a committee
from the Fayetteville Chamber of
Commerce and city ; officials, recently
appointed to confer ' with Mr. EL
Walters with reference to the reten
tion of the C. F. & Y. V. -shops in that
city and generally to look, after the in
terests of Fayetteville in the premises,
The Observer's report of the con
ference says:
Mi Kenly explained'' that he came
instead of Mr. Walters to keep the lat-
ter's engagement with the committee,
because of Mr. Walters'- unavoidable
Mr. Kenly exhibited the kindliest
feeling for our people and the town
generally, and declared that he had
never had a more
to perform than that which the busi
ness interests of those whom he rep
resented reduired him to do viz: to
order the closing of the shops, which
would take place i to-morrow night.
The committee had hoped that the
company would find it to be to
its interest to retain and even
to enlarge the shops in view of the
fact that Fayetteville was the hub
of a wheel from which five railway
spokes . radiated. Mr. Kenly replied
that the costly shops at Wilmington,
Rocky Mount and Florence were am
pie for the whole system and were near
enouirh to Favettevule for all reauire-
ments. He added! however, that his
mpany was resolved to ao every
thing they could to build up Fayette
ville as, indeed, it was their interest
to do in the case of all places which
supplied business for their roads. , He
also declared that it was their-purpose
to take care of every j. V & xV , V .'
employe whom they could. Preference
would, of course, be given to their own
ten where there had to be a choice
and other things being equal.
Mr. Kenly stated that the freight
business of all the roads would be con
solidated at the present Atlantic &
Yadkin depot, but that, for the present
at least, the passenger stations would
remain as before, j
An explosion or gas in jno. z mine
at Birmingham, Ala., resulted in the
death of R. L. Davenport and Wil
liam Davenport, brothers; and three
. Senator Pritchard of North Carolina
yesterday made a plea in the executive
session of the (Senate for the confirma
tion of the nomination of Judge Ewari.
jno tune was fixed for a vote, -,
Insurgent Leaders Plan
Outbreak in theXity of
zx; Mamla. 'r
Bat the Plan FailedOtis and Miller Re
port That the Insnrfentt Forces Are
Disintegrating Resumption of
; Bqslness In Hollo. " :k
By Cable to the Morning- Star.. y:'-;-.' ;
Washington, February 21.-The ... V. ; s
War Department has received the fol
lowing: ...
Z"Manilal February General XAi'tUk
Miller reports on the 19th instant that i C : j
the insurgent forces a few miles out' l, ' j
from Hoilo are.' believed to bedisin- . j- -
tegratingi Can maintain his position' ;. , (
with his present force.
present force. Jousiness m
the city is being resumed. -He has
sent up four representative men, offi
cials from the capital of the island of
Negros, where the American flag was
raised and American protection ! re
quested against a small insurgent
force in the island. Affairs , there and ,.'
in Cebu are very encouraging. Shall ,. ,
endeavor ter maintain and improve
the present promising, condition
Affairs in Manila-quiet; a small insur- '
gent force, east of the city, was driven '
away yesterday with considerable loss
to the enemy. - ' f ;
(Signed) . "Otis."
Washington, February 2L Owing .
to lack of punctuation and regard to -economy
in cable tolls Oeneral Otis'
bulletin is hot very clear inr some
essential points, ' particularly the '
reference to the island of Negros. ;
A careful study of the dispatchZJ
on that point nas convinced the
officials here that General Otis means' -to
i say that . . four representative
inhabitans of theisland of Negros have ;
come to Manila, having been sent by
tteneral Miller to meet and confer
with General Otis in regard to an ex
tension .of American occupation to
that island. ' Negros is -the fourth
island in the Philippine group in im- -portance.
It lies at its nearest point '
about ten miles from the Island of
Panay, , and General' Miller's forces !
must have been in plain sight of Ne- .
gros during the weeks preceding the
capture of Iloilo. Just to the east of
Negros, separated by a very narrow
strait, is the island of Cebu, which it is
also a part of General Otis' purpose to .
occupy. From Qenera) Otis' dispatch
it is gathered that neither at that point
J- "NT XT 151 J - 1
iiur hi inegrus is mere uiteiy 10 po
substantial resistance. -
Washing'ton, Feb. 22. Theiollow-:
ing dispatch -.was received this after-:
noon from General Otis:
''Manila. Feb. 21. Adjutant Gen- .
eral, Washington, D, C The follow
ing was issued by an important officer
of the insurgent government at Malo
las, Februaryl5th, 1899, for execution
during that evening and night in this
cttyi. ... .. . .
"First. You will so dispose, that at -8
o'clock at night the individuals of
the territorial militia at your order
will be found united in all of the
streets of San Pedro, " armed with
their balos and revolvers, or guns
and ammunition if convenient. -
Second. Filipino families only will
be respected. They should not be
molested, but all other individuals, of
whatever race they may be, will be,
exterminated without any compassion,
after the extermination of the army of
occupation. ,
Third. . The defenders of the Fili-
pines in your command will attack
the guard at Bilibid and liberate the '
prisoners and "presidiarios" and hav
ing accomplished this they-will be
armed, saying to them: "Brothers,""
we must avenge ourselves on the
Americans" and exterminate them, -that
we may take our revenge for the
infamy and treachery which -they
have committed upon us. Have no
compassion upon them ; attack with
vigor. AU Filipinos en masse will
second you. 'Long Live Filipino's
'Fourth. The order which will be
followed in the attack will be as fol
lows: The sharpshooters of Tondo
ancLSanta Ana will begin the attack
from without, and these shots will be
the signal for the militia of Trozo, -Rinondo,
Quiato and Sampaloc to go
out into the streets and do their duty;
those of Pako, Ermita, Malate, Santa
Cruz and San Miguel will not start out
until 12 o'clock, unless they see that
their companions need assistance.
'Fifth. The militia of Tondo will
start out at 3 o'clock in the morning.
If all do their duty, our revenge will
be complete. , .
"Brothers, Europe contemplates us.
We know how to die as men, shedding "
our blood in defence of the liberty of
our country. Death to the tyrants!
War without quarter to the false
Americans who have deceived us!
Either independence or death.'' .
Escorted by i Military to the Palace A .
; Reception In His Honor.
j By Cable to theMornlnn Star. v y - t
I Havana, Feb. 21. General Gomez
arrived last night at Matanzas from'
Cardenas. He was met by Major
General Wilson, military governor
of the department of Matanzas, -Gen.
Sanger, military governor of the
city of Matanzas, and the Cuban Gen- .
end Betancourt, who is in command
of the Cuban forces in Matanzas pro- -
vince. From the railroad station he
was escorted by the Eighth Massachu
setts volunteers, the Second United
states cavalry and several local clubs
to the palace, where he is the guest of
the civil gdvernor.
A reception was given in his honor
soon after his arrival, but he did not
I deliver an address. This evening he
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AeoncUIo Reported to Have Sailed
Halifax for London.
By TelescrSph to the Monans Star,
, Halifax, February 21. From the
fact that the name of F. A. Agoncillo
appears at the foot of the list of.
cabin passengers on the steamer
Labrador, which sailed for Liver
pool this morning, it is confidently .
asserted that the chief agent of the
Filipinos has left this country
Europe. "As the. first-class passengs
for this steamer arrived on a night
f ship and immediately embarked no
one is able to establish; the identity or ,
the passenger registered as Agoncillo. ,
The British Off teal Gazette an-H
nounces that the decoration - of the !
Imperial order of the Crown of India j
has been conferred upon Lady Curson,
wife of the .Viceroy . of India and
daughter of L. Z. Leiter of Chicago.
No breaks were reported yesterday :
in the Senatorial deadlocks existing
in a number of States. In Nebraska
and California there was. some change '
in the voting but nothing developed
to indicate that the end was in right-
t -V.
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