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The Pope's Letter to Cardinal Gibbons.
A Qualified Conffemnalion of the
Bv Cable to the Morning Star.
Rome, February 21. The j Observa
tor Romano, publishes to night a let
ter from the Pope to Cardinal Gibbons,,
saying, that "if the term Americanism
signifies qualities peculiar to Ameri
cans and usages, adapted to their, cus
toms, then we have nothing to say
against it ; but if it , denotes the opin
ions expressed in the 'Life of Father
Ilecker,' we sire convinced that the
American bishops will be the first to
reject them." j
'The letter, which occupies! five col'
nouns in the Observator Romano, be
gins by lauding Cardinal Gibbons and
the American Catholics. . I : . .
Alludinp to the many proofs of good
will he has given them in the past, the
Pope wishes them to see in the present
document another proof of his affec
tion; for America. While. he makes
it clear that the letter is one of warn
ing and .correction .with reference to.
the 'Life of father Meeker,!' his holi
ness carefully distinguishes between
the doctrinal aspects of j the new the
ories and Questions of practical dis
cipline and stronglywges the impossi
bility of any change in the former.
While admitting that theC hurch has
always recognized and acted upon the
' necessity of adapting certain points of
discipline to modern' requirements, it
rests with the Church, the Pope points
out, and not-with individuals, ito de
termine how and when such adapta
tions can be made.
,tJAll virtues," says His Holiness,
"must neoessarily'be active. The con
, tempt shown by innovators for; what
they are pleased to call passive virtues
has naturally led to a contempt: of re
ligious life as suited only to the weak
and as an impediment to Christian per
fection and to the 'good .of the com
- munity," i
This . error the Pope energetically
condemns, declaring it "injurious to
the . religious orders and in contra
diction to history." ( I
He reminds the Americans of their
indebtedness to the religious orders,
both active and contemplative.!
- The letter arouses deep interest in
-Home. The Liberal papers declare
, that it constitutes a "solemn mani
festation of the intransignant spirit in
Catholicism, "dpredict that it will
, produce an immense effect in America.
London, Feb. 22. The Rome cor
respondent of the Times says: !,
'Generally speaking the encylical
is regarded as a qualified condemna
tion of the Heckeir doctrines. It would
be erroneous to suppose that it con
demns or directly affects Cardinal
. Gibbons, Archbishop Ireland, or the
group of enlightened -prelates who
have so largely contributed-. to the
spread of Eoman Catholicism in the
- United States, ,!
"It is partly the outcome of a deep
laid, long matured intrigue, and, if
. this is the only result , of twelve
months' plotting, it is clear that the
letter will strengthen rather than
' weaken the position of -the American
prelates whom the intrigue was intend
ed to overthrow. . I
Throughout the various onases of
.-'the bitter conflict which preceded its
publication,, the Pope displayed a pru
dence and perspicacity astonishing ini
a man of his age, placed in a position'
where unbiased information is not
EMBALMED BEEF INQUIRY.
A Number of Army Officers Testified and
.Without Exception Condemned the
Canned Roast Beef.
' tr& v Teleirraph to the Morning- star.
. Washington, Feb. 21.--.The Court
of j Inquiry engaged in investigating
the beef charges preferred .by General
Miles, continued to-day the hearing
of testimony bearing upon the con
troversy. A number of army officers
who firticipated in the Santiago cam-
, paignwere heard. Practically, with
i out exception, the officers condemned
1 the canned roast beef, furnished as a
travel ration, and reviewed complaints
. about it which the men very generally
made, declaring it unpalatable and
I wanting in nutriment On the otfrer
hand, refrigerated f beef suffered but
little at the hands of to-day's witnesses!
it being generally conceded that it was
good when delivered from the trans -
ports, and when it escaped the decom-
posing effects of the tropical sun en
route to the several commands it was
" found to be satisfactory.
General commissary methods in
Cuba were inquired into. Difficulty
in preventing taint in beef cooking
was experienced' generally. There
. was very little in to-day's evidence
pointing to any use of chemicals unon
this beef. The contention of General
Miles that the army in Cuba and
Porto Rico should have been supplied
with herds of cattle, or beef on the
hoof, instead of refrigerated beef, was
supported by every witness who today-gave
his opinion upon) this ques-
won, b ieaiure or to-aays .session
" was the general assertion of wit
nesses that they would tnot haye
' telt it their duty to the men or
the army organization to have made
,. any special report upon the beef had
ii i$ 06611 for tne SP601! orderg call
. ing Tor such reports, biit rather would
- have permitted the unsatisfactory ra
. tion to pass without further notice as
. incident to warfare and to the trying
- conditions with which the army was
v confronted at the outbreak of the war.
A number of officers ' testified to the
belief that a very small proportion of
sickness in Cuba was due to the beef
or unwholesome rations, but rather to
the climate. The examination of wit
nesses will continue to-morrow and
' perhaDS all of this week in Washing
ton, and the testimony henceforth is
expected to pe generally cumulative.
Municipal elections held in Pitts-
, burg and Allegheny, Pa. ; with the re-"
suit that victory nas been scorea bj
, jjib xvepuDiican ucjcei in oow ciues.
Finance Committee Propose a
Graduated Tax on Rail-
MERCHANTS' PURCHASE TAX.
Hot Fight Over Adoption of Text Books
for Public, Schools Bill to Create
County of Scotland Passed Sec
ond Reading in the Senate.
Special Star Telegram.
Raleigh, N. O., Feb. 16. The Fi-
' M . a A.Z lL.'
nance committee, hi a meeunic wu
afternoon, voted unanimously to im-
pose a graduated , tax of from one
eighth to one per" cent on gross earn
ings of railroads. The Committee es
timates that the tax will yield an an
nual revenue of $70,000. The tar
would have been higher, but for the
fact that the separate car bill is now
pending, and is expected to become a
law, thereby entailing extra expendi
tures on the part of railroads.
- Instead of the merchant's purchase
tax heretofore collected, the finance
bill will carry a graduated license tax.
The hot fight which has been waging
for some weeks over the adoption of
textbooks for public schools, is ex
pected to be brought to a close to-morrow
afternoon, when, the book men
have a final hearing in1 committee.
Messrs. Johnson and Bowen, of the B.
F. Johnson Company, Richmond, Vai,
are here to appear in the interest of
their firm, which will submit a proposi
tion fpi the whole State.
The bill to create the county of
'Scotland" passed its second reading
in the Senate this morning, having
previously passed the House.
The Morf anion School. ' !
Directors were not elected for the
Morgan ton school for the deaf to-day
as was expected. Great opposition was
manifested to some of the names pro
posed and it was decided to settle the
matter in caucus and hold the election
Monday., The names proposed Jfor
election were: M. L. Reed, o Bun
combe; W. H. Holt, of Guilftrd;N.
B Broughton, of Wake; V. V. Rich
ardson, of Columbus. These consti
tute four of the present board of six
directors. A-J. Dula and S. H. Huff
man, the other two directors, remain
in office until 1901. The opposition
came from friends of tor. J. C. Her
ring, of Concord, who wants to he on
the board in place of Richardson. The
contest in the Senate ower the matter
was very hot.'
House Held Two Sessions.
Two sessions were! held by the
House to-day. One from 10 to 2
o'clock and one from 4 to 6 o'clock,
and in these six hours exactly 87 bills
were disposed, of ; 46 it. the morning
session and 41 at the afternoon session.
These 87 bills. were divided as follows:
LSeventy-one passed third reading,
nine passed, ' second i reading, three
Senate amendments Were concurred
in, one was referred back to the com
mittee, 'and-three were tabled. The
number of petitions presented ' arid
new bills introduced showed quite
a falling off. 1
' Among the new bills were the fol
lowing, of more than local impor
tance: Tq incorporate the Granite
City, Western and Short Cut Railway
Company Elizabeth City and West
ern Railroad Company; Pungo and
Mattamuskeet Railroad Company; to
change county line between Lenoir
and Greene; to allow King's Mountain
and Washington to establish graded
schools; to incorporate Slater Indus
trial School, Winston; Savings Bank,
Salisbury; and amend, charters of
Granite City Land and Improvement
Company, "Raleigh Water Works
Company and Raleigh Electric Com
pany. Bills Passed Third Reading.
The following is a summary of the
most important bills passed on third
reading: To appoint commissioners
for- Greene county. To incorporate
Elizabeth City and Western Rail
road Company : also, the ' Atlantic
and Yadkin Railroad Company; the
latter is successor of the Cape Fear
and, Yadkin Valley Railroad Co.
To allow cities to use all fines for mu
nicipal purposes. To amend the char
ters of Winston, Wadesboro, States
viile, Hertford, Gastonia and Jones
boro To incorporate Aurora High
School, Beaufort county; Thomp
son Institute, Robeson county; Suie's
Creek Academy, Harnett county;
Sylvia High Training SehooL Jack
son county; Neuse JRiver Institute,
Halifax county. , To give the Board of
Internal Improvements power to ap
point State directors and State proxy
for" the North Carolina Railroad.
To make mayor's certificates, prima
facie evidence in proving town ordi
nances on appeals from mayor's
court To allow the use of Dutch
and pound nets in Neuse river, in
Pamlico county, on payment of a
license tax of $10 to the county. To
establish graded schools at Mount
Airy and Dobson. To submit to the
people of Lexington the question of
establishing a dispensary. To. amend
the road laws of Ashe, Watauga and
Wake. To regulate hunting in Stokes
and Surry. To pay school claims in
Johnston, Surry, Robeson, Halifax,
Rutherford, Gaston and Randolph.
To amend charters of - Goldsboro
Lumber Company; Southern Guaranty
and Investment Company, Greens
boro ; High Point Loan and Trust
Company; Cdell Manufacturing Com
pany; Concord; the Levy Bank, Tar
boro; Albermarle and Chesapeake
Canal. Company ; Bank of Maxton.
To charter Home Protection Insurance
Company, Salisbury. To appoint
justices of the peace of Quewhiffle
township in Cumberland county.
Willard introduced a bill to amen
the act of 1897.; for erection of a hos
pital itf Wilmington."
1 Rountree, act relative to taxation of
costs in magistrate courts in New
Hanover; to amend , Chapter . 450,
Public Laws of 1897, with reference
to stevedores ; to amend Chapter 280,
Public Laws of 1897, to pay special
venire in capital cases in New Han
ovet " sr-', '''r,'' '-
t-; r- . .. -I .
In the Senate.!'--
The following bills were introduced
in the Senate.: To appoint a State
educational and text book association j
to authorize constables to appoint depu- j
ties; to prevent fraud on the part of
persons obtaining advances on agricul
tural liens. '
The calendar was taken up, and bills
To restore white goyernment
to counties of the State. To allow Wil
mington & Weldon Railroad, to con
solidate with-the Atlantic Coast Line.
To incorporate the Carolina and North
ern Railroad Company. To amend
the charter of Nashville. To. prohibit
the sale of liquor in Columbus county,
and establish a dispensary at White
ville. To amend and codify the laws
in regard to probate of deeds and the
private examination of married wo
men. To incorporate the Northern
and Southern . Railroad. To amend
.Section 435 of the Code, by allowing
judgment of magistrate . to merge in
judgment of Superior Court; when it
is rendered in thV same case. To
amend the charter of Polk County
Railroad Company. To incorporate
Elizabeth City and Western Railroad.
'o allow Rockingham county to issue
bonds to pay indebtedness.
Senator Osborne requested that the
special order for Judge Norwood's im
peachment be postponed until to mor
row. He. said Governor Russell had
not yet cOme.tohis office, and he sup
posed the resignation of Norwood was
in his hands, a Norwood had wired
him several days since that it had been
sent to the Governor. The special
order was accordingly postponed un
til to-morrow at 11 o'clock.
County of Scotland.
The bill to create the new county of
Scotland came, up on its second read
ing. Senator Mclntyre opposed the
bill and said that the Democratic party
would be hurt if a division was made.
He asked that settlement of the mat
ter be left to a vote of citizens living
in the area of the proposed new county
Senator Glenn was in favor of crea
tion of the county. V He believed the
new county wouldV be ' sufficiently
large to stand on it own strength.
He did not think division wold hurt
the Democratic party, and he believed
that in consideration of the matter the
Senate should leave out the element
of politics. Glenn was loudly "ap
plauded by the Scotland county con
tingent which, had filled the lobby
Senator Hicks also made a speech
Sot Scotland county, as did Senator
Upon the roll being called the vote
on the bill stood ares 38. noes 4. The
bill has now passed its second reading,
and goes on to-morrow's calendar for
The Primary at Greensboro.
The primary at Greensboro to-day on
the dispensary question resulted: 530
for and three against dispensary. An
ti-dispensary people declined to vote.
Governor Russell to-day commuted
the sentence of Millard F. Moore, con
vict who was tried at the last term of
court in this county for killing a guard
named Shaw, and sentenced to be
hanged I March? 30. The . Governor
gives as his reasons for commuting the
sentence . (1) that the killing was done
without malice, (2) that mercy is asked
for the condemned by the judge who
sentenced him, the solicitor who prose
cuted, and the jury which convicted.
Raleigh, N. Cv February 17. The
legislative event of to-day was the pas
sage of the suffrage amendment to the
constitution on its several readings
by more than three-fifths vote of the
House It came up as the special order
at noon and after three hours debate
passed a second reading "by a vote of
89 to 29, and a third reading by 81
All the Republicans and several
Democrats voted against the bill.
Crumpler (Populist) and Johnson
(Populist) of Sampson, and Tarkenton
(Populist) of Washington, voted for
it The Democrats voting against it
were Barnhill, of Pitt; Currie, of
Moore; Curtis, of Buncombe; Flem
ing, of Clay; McNeill, of. Brunswick;
Redding, of Randolph; Reinhardt, of
' The speech of the day in support of
the bill was made by Rountree, of
New Hanover. " It was a great effort
and the applause lasted f 05 nearly a
mi nute when he finished. He said the
bill was the result of the mosf anxious
.and painful consideration by the com-
mittee; it was also the result of mu
tual concessions oh the part of mem
bers; but such as it is, has the unquali
fled approval of all committemen, and
all la wyers in the Legislature; it is
measure to secure to North Carolina,
for many years at least good govern
ment; it is a just and constitutional
umeasure. He spoke of the experiment
of universal suffrage in the earlier
years of the century ; that it was found
to be impracticable; that in late years
this feeling has ben deepened ; that as
to Hawaii and Cuba, there is qualified
suffrage ; that if the people of North
Carolina had anyN doubts about the
future of universal suffrage, the Fusion
rule of the past four years, and partic
larly of the past two years, had swept
away these doubts. The committee
had set to work to solve the question
in a just, humarie and legal way
There were to be looked after white
men, who though unlettered, are
capable of the duties of citizen
snip, xne -committee ieit tnat no
one ; should take part in the
control of the State unless a poll ; tax
was paid. It further decided that there
must be sufficient intelligence to per
form the duties of a citizefa. Some
1 31 : . . . . .
ltnuung negroes were oeioretne com
mittee, and admitted candidly that
the negroes yoted en masse at the
crack of the whip. The committee
considered that intelligence should be
acquired by inheritance: that this
tght to franchise might be handed
rn from father to son. The com
j '11 : s ? a . n n ' ' 1
minee lasisis mat mere snouia be an
exception from' the rule as to being
able to read and write in favor of
those whose ancestors have- for- long
years governed : this country. The
question came up, what will be done
as to the fifteenth amendment to the
Federal constitution ; but the 'commit
tee say there is no .-' conflict, ' because
Paine's Celery ifiomponnd
ous Strain of the
"I know of nothing so good as
Paine's celery compound," says Miss
May Sherwin, for the past 17 years
principal of the largest public school
in Bloomington, III., "to counteract
the nervous strain incident to a con
stant life in the school room.
"I have myself used Paine s celery
compound," she continues, "with most
satisfactory results. It is a splendid
The discoverer of Paine's celery
compound was himself one of the
greatest teachers thai ever lived.
ttdwara tt. i'netps, M. u., uu. u.,
held- a famous professorship in Dart
mouthcollege, and was a lecturer in
other great universities all thejwhile
he was engaged in that momentous
study which led to the chief accom
plishment of tne medical researcn or
this century the development of
Paine's celery' compound. , ,
The general complaint now among
intelligent women is that they are
hurried and driven and fretted almost
out of their senses by the demands
upon their time and strength.
No wonder, then, the average
woman has, lost the capacity for sound
there is no mention of any race; or
color, or of discrimination, as such.
Some lawyers have (y. said the
bill is to disfranchise he negroes,
but we say it is "only to
disfranchise negroes who are unfit for
citizenship. Many negroes will have
the franchise. ; The United States
Supreme Court opinion as to the Mis
sissippi franchise, law, enabled that
State to disqualify many 'more of one
race! than of another, v He said that
prior to 1835 a great many negroes
were voters. Their descendants can
vote. '' There are also negroes who
prior p January 1, -1867, lived in
States where they could vote; they,
and their descendants can vote.- He
went on to say that seventeen States
north of this had qualified suffrage.
All descendants of founders : of this
State are not affected by the amend
ment 'The amendment does not seem
to be at all different from the
present law in Massachusetts, the lat
ter State having an amendment to ex
clude the foreign , illiterate vote. ..The
Supreme Court of Massachusetts, than,
which none is abler, has decided this
is constitutional. This exception is a
reasonable one and is confined entirely
to present conditions. Negroes have
not voted individually, have not exer
cised the faculty or right of oting for
In conclusion, Mr. Rountree said
the amendment was entirely compat
ible with the Federal constitution. It
is founded upon fact and principle.
The white people have been and will
be just to the negroes; have been
liberal in education, and will continue
to be so. . ... '
Speeches were made in opposition to
the amendment by Smith (colored), of
Craven; Eaton (colored), of Vance;
Wright colored), of .Vance; Hampton
(Republican).of Surry, and Petree (Re
publican), of Stokes. The debate was
closed by Winston, of Bertie, in a
short but eloquent
every sentence of
speech, , almost
which was ap
The House held another afternoon
session and passed some thirty local
measures. " : -
, The Senate passed many purely, local
bills. Bills were passed giving Colum
bus county a dispensary, creating the
county of Scotland, and suppressing
t,blind-tiger8,' in Mitchell county, and
incorporating the Atlantic and Yadkin
The Norwood matter was deferred,
since he has resigned.
The Charlotte dispensary bill will
to-morrow be favorably reported to the
House. Bar-rooms are given till Jan
uary, 1900 to close.
The Education : Committee decided
to retain the present school books two.
years longer, provided change, can be
made during that time if they can be
obtained at 10 pet cent lower price
than is now paid.
The Senate : Judiciary Committee
had Captain Day before it and-accept-ed
his resignation, as superintendent
of the penitentiary, to take effect
February 20th7 He wanted to malke
it March 1, but the committee would
not hear to it
A caucus was held to-night to con
, sider the electiqn law.
Raleigb, N. C. February mi-Little
was done in the Senate to-day be
sides pass the suffrage amendmentto
the constitution. J " . , " .
) Speeches were jmade by Senators
Counteracts the Herv-
sleep, good digestion and the freedom
from aches and pains that follow
healthy organic functions.
Many years of suffering might be
avoided, weary months of lost time
But to good service, and thousands of
ves saved if persons who do not sleep
well and those with overworked brains
and nerves would take Paine's celery
compound. In the cure of nervous
diseases this remedy has again and
again demonstrated its power to com
bat these tenacious ailments. '
It is to general poor health that we
are to look for the cause of headaches,
rheumatism and neuralgia, and to
overcome these troubles it is the gen
eral health that must be raised. Sick
headaches that recur so periodically
with most women and are so grievous
am affliction should be treated as due
to lowered nervous tone, and a
thorough in vigoration-of the body
should be undertaken with Paine's
The best test of the wonderful value
of Paine's celery compound is to use
it Any woman will soon be con
vinced that it is the one remedy that
can make and keep her well , and
healthful and strong.
Glenn, Collie, Mclntire, Travis, Camp
bell, Robinson, Hicks, and Fuller
Senator uoodwin ottered as an
amendment to the constitution amend
ment "that should the amendment
be adopted by popular vote, Tiheh all
persons who may thereby be de
prived of the right of suffrage shall be
exempt from all v civil and military
duties and from poll tax." Xnis was
lost, by a vote of 42 to 6. The vote
on passage of the amendment was also
12 to 6. v
Only one bill was introdacedto day.
at was to work convicts on roads in
Franklin' county. 4
Bills passed their third reading: To
incorporate the North and South Caro
lina Railway. To incorporate Hoff-
manrTo incorporate Ohio River and
Franklin Railway. To amend the
charter of Goldsboro.
In the House.
Bills were introduced, , as follows
To incorporate the Bank of Wades
boro. To prohibit the carrying of con
cealed weapons by soldiers. By Roun
tree, to amend Chapter 194, Acts 1893,
as to New. Hanover and Pender, re
garding the ferry over Northeast
river; also, to amend Section 1964 of
the Code, in regard to the refusal of
railways to receive and forward
freight To except beds of floatable
and other navagable streams from
entry, j To provide for working Cum
berland's roads by taxation. To allow
.Wake county to have two additional
county commissioners. .
A bill was passed authorizing the
Printing Committee to give out the
public printing to the lowest bidder.
This, it is understood, means it will
go to Nash Bros., at Goldsboro, who
have been offering to do the. printing
for 16 per cent, less than the price
named in the bill. ;
The ; next bill taken up was to es
tablish a Bureau of Labor and Printing,
J under charge of a commissioner, with
the assistance of a practial printer.
This was a pendant to the printing
bill. The Democratic caucus will se
lect the commissioner. Thesalary
of the commissioner was reduced to
11.200, and the assistant from $900 to
$700, and the appropriation from $3,-
500 to $3,000. . ;.yy
The machinery act was introduced and
ordered printed, and the Revenue bill
was made the special order for Tues-
' The bill making an appropriation ,of
$16,000 for the State Guard is the
special order for Wednesday, and con
sideration of the Insurance bill, creat
ing the office of Insurance Commis
sioner, is set for Thursday.
runs were passea: to estaDiisn a
dispensary at Clayton. To allow Tar
boro to establish water works and
sewerage and electric lights ($40,000
for former and $10,000 for latter). To
establish a dispensary at Charlotte.
To provide for working roads of Cum
berland county by taxation. F
- -Willard's bill to fund indebtedness
of Wilmington-passed second reading.
Bill to establish a dispensary at
Greensboro will-be reported favorably.
The new county of Scotland has pre
sented Speaker- Connor with a hand
some gold pen. On it is inscribed.
"Scotland", 1899, Connor."
. " The question of a dispensary for Ra
leigh will be considered at a meeting
to be neld to morrow atternoon aae
Academy of Music, - . .
- --"V"" fBy Associated PresaJ,- J '
- Raleigh,' N.' C. February 18. An
amendment to the - constitution of 1
North . Carolina, limiting ' suffrage, j
has been adopted by - both branches
of the General "Assembly.': It passed
the House vesterdav bv a votei of 81
to 27, and the Senate to-day hy a vote
of 41 to 6. It will be submitted to a
! vote of the people in August, 1901, at
the same' time State omcers are votea
for.-- " -
The avowed object of the amend -
ment is - to eliminate the ignorant
negro vote. ' To do this educational,
property -and . poll tax qualifications
are prescnoea. xsui uus is miue in
effective as to white people by the
further provision that any person can
vote who was entitled to vote on Jan
uary 1, 1867, or any time prior thereto,
or wnose ancestors were so nuueu ui
vote. . .
Raleigh, N. C. Feb. 20. The bill
amending the charter of the city of
Wilmington was to-day favorably re
ported to the House by the Committee
on Counties, Cities and Towns.) . -
Some amendments have been made
in it by the committee, however; as fol
lows: The Board of Audit and Finance
will be composed of Messrs. Jesse Wil
der, Q W. Yates, S. P. McNaift H. C,
McQueen and W. A. Riacb. The Police
Commission will be as in the original
It is provided that in the primaries
a majority vote shall be required to
nominate instead 01 a plurality, as
provided in the original bill. The
mayor, city clerk- and treasurer, . and
chief of police, are to-be voted for in
the primary. "These provisions' have
been agreed upon by all parties.
Bill to charter the Wilmington
Hospital was also favorably reported,
Capt Day Surrenders.
Capt Day to-day gave up the keys
to the Penitentiary. They were put
in the, hands of Directors Rogers and
Osborne, tf the new board, who will
be in charge of the institution untiTl
March 1st, when the board will meet
Until that time all the present forc
will be retained. The hew board has
committees examining all the farms in
the State. They will intake report at
the March meeting. -I
The resignation of Judge ' Norwood
and its acceptance by the Governor
were read in the House this afternoon
To-morrow a resolution will be intro
duced directing the House committee
to proceed to the Senate and withdraw
the charges of impeachment.
Judge Allen will to-morrow intro
duce in the Househis bill reorganiz
ing the Railroad Commission and
making it the Commission of Rail
roads, Banking and Insurance.,
The Democratic caucus to-night com
pleted consideration of the new elec
tion law. It sill be introduced in the
House to-morrow. s i
The caucus also considered ! the re
port Of the special committee, in the
Wilson case, and decided not to take
the matter up to-morrow in joint ses
sion, as agreed last week, but decide it
in caucus to-morrow night. ! A hot
fight is being waged against the re
port, and it may be defeated.
The House spent most of to-day con
sidering the question of a reduction of
fees. After a lengthy discussion,
bill was passed 'making the following
reductions in State offices: State Treas
urer, $2,250; was $3,000. Chief Clerk
to Treasurer, $1,250: was $1,500. Sec
retary of State, $1,800; was $2,000.
State Librarian. $900. Reporter of
Supreme Court, $750; was $1,000.
Clerk to Supreme Court, $200 and fees
was $300 and fees. Secretary to Board
of Public Charities, $3 a day ; was $4.
Tne salary of railroad commissioner
will be fixed to-morrow in the new
railroad commission bill. !
All the afternoon session of the
House was occupied with consideration
of the bill reducing fees of county
officersTbut at 6.30 o'clock the bill was
only about half completed,' and the
House adjourned without finishing it
This bill, like that matting reduction in
the salaries of State officers, makes
cut of about 20 to 25 per cent. !
Another special order was the elec
tion of trustees of the deaf school at
Morgahton. M. L. Reid, of Buncombe;
M. H. Holt of Guilford; V. V. Rich-
ardson.of Columbus; N. B. Broughton,
of Wake, and Ri A. Grier, of Mecklen
burg, were elected. D. H. C. Herring,
of Concord, was1 put in nomination,
but received only one vote ; in the
Senate he received thirteen. He has
been making a fight against Superin
Bills were introduced as follows : To
allow the Governor . to appoint three
commissioners from this stats to tne
Paris Exposition in 1900. To regulate
fire insurance rates in North Carolina.
To amend the charter of Warsaw.
Bills passed: To allow Greene
county to levy a special tax. To allow
Wilmington to refund its $250j000 of
railroad bonds, issuing , thirty-year
coupon bonds instead. A resolution
was adopted fixing next Friday as the
time to elect State Librarian ; the Dem
ocratic caucus has already chosen
man for the place Capt SherrelL-
A resolution was introduced to raise
a committee to ascertain what has be
come of the report of the State Board
of Agriculture, called for early, in the
Another resolution provides for
raising a joint committee of five to re
commend trustees of the A. and M.
College. The Speaker tmnounced
Bunch and Patterson, of Caldwell as
the committee to ask the Governor for
names for trustees of that college.
House branch of the joint commit
tee on ventilation of the two houses
Currie of Moore. Trotman and Hen
derson were appointed. - - h
1 Jn the Senate. i
Bills were introduced in the Senate
To appropriate $1,800 to clearing out
Hoskie swamp. To prescribe certain
books to be used in the University and
other colleges. , I
Bills passed final reading : To incor
porate Union City. To amend char
ter of Winston. To amend charter of i
Goldsboro. To authorize Fayetteville
. to establish andjpperate electric lights
and power plant For graded schools
in the towns of Lincolnton, Mt Airy
and. Newborn. To amend Mecklen
burg road law. To incorporate! Pungo
and Mattimusket Railroad. Tov pre-
vide short form of agricultural lein
and chattel-mortgage; this bill allows
cierk ten cents for probating and
register , , of 4 deeds! thirty cents
for..; registering; " it y applies to
-Granville, . Cumberland, Vance,
Nash, . Edgecombe,- Greene, Duplin,
Wayne, . Lenoir, Buncombe, Per
son, McDowell, Martin, tfutner-
ford, Onslow,' - Pender, Wilson,
Rockingham, - Rowan, r Davidson,'
Caswell, Robeson, Bladen, Bruns
wick, New ; r Hanover, - Moore,
Polk, Burke, Beaufort, Chowan,
Ashe, Watauga, Sampson, Alle
ghany, Carteret, Catawba, Pitt, Ala
mance, Craven, Jones, Gaston, Rich
mond, Lincoln and Gates.
The bill relating to the establish
ment of a Geological S Survey (provid
ing for the investigation of oyster
and fishinterests of the State) passed
its final reading. -
The Greensboro dispensary bill was
made the special order for to-morrow
at 12 o'clock in the Senate.
Raleigh, February 21.-ile House
took up for consideration the revenue
act and disposed of five sections. The
poll tax was fixed at $1.29, the general
State tax at 21 2-3 cents, pension tax
at 3 13 cents, and school tax 18 cents,
making the total property tax 34 cents
on the $100 valuation. Theincome
tax is as follows: On gross profits and
income from untaxed property, 5 per
cent; on gross income from salaries
and fees, public or private, one half of
one per cent on excess over $1,000;
one-fourth of one pet cent on excess
over$l,000 to $5,000 ; one-half of one per
cent on excess over $5,000 to $10,000.
Local building and loan companies are
taxed as heretofore, but from the value
of each share is to (be deducted the
amount of money loaned on it This
is a new provision and applies only to
State associations. There was some
discussion in regard to a section tax
ing bank stock, assertion being made
that counties failed to get taxes on
$3,000,000 of this class of property.
The section has been specially ar
ranged to secure this tax. . It provides
that taxes imposed for State, county
and school purposes upon shares
of. stock and deposits of non
residents of the j State in any
bank, building and loan association or
banking association! (whether State
or National) in this State, shall be
paid by the cashier of such bank di
rectly to the State 'Treasurer within
thirty days after July 1st v of each
year, and upon failure to-ipay the
State Treasurer he shall institute ac
tion against the bank or building and
loan association to enforce the same
in the county of Wake,, or in the
county in which the bank or building
and loan association is located.
This section, "owing to disagreement
as to some details as to collection of
tax, was passed over for final action
to-morrow. Consideration of the bill
will be resumed at the expiration of
the morning hour to-morrow.
The Jim Crow car bill, prepared by
the Railroad 'Committee and printed in
the Stab last week, passed its second
reading in the House to-day by a good
majority. It will probably be put on
its third reading to-morrow.
j The State Guard bill was fixed as
the special order for Thursday.
Otho Wilson's resignation as rail
road commissioner ; was sent to the
Speaker of the House and the Presi
dent of the Senate, j It Was read! in
both houses, but no action was taken
on it. ' . ' j I 1
j The following billsi were introduced:
By Thompson, of Onslow, to withdraw
exemption from taxation where per
sons have invested in trust stocks or
securities this is aimed at Trinity Coir
lege and other institutions which had
trust stock or securities as a part of
their endowment. To provide trustees
for the negro normal school at Golds
boro. To amend the Act establishing
the Geological Survey.
1 By Rountree, to incorporateWrights
ville Beach; to protect partridges in
Richmond county; .to establish a
graded school at Maxton; to extend
the time for settling the State debt
I Bills were passed on third reading:
To amend thechartler of the cjty of
Wilmington. To facilitate the regis
tration of deeds by railroads Roun
tree's bill. To regulate the shell-fish
industry in North Carolina, and amend
the oyster laws of the State.
Bills, passed second reading: To
establish a dispensary at Whitevillej
to incorporate Siloam, Brunswick
county; to amend charters of Monroe
and .Sandford; to authorize Rocky
Mount to issue bonds.
In the Senate
there was a great fight over the Greens
boro dispensary. Senator Bryan offered.
L an amendment that it be left to the
citizens ot Guilford county at an elec
tion to be held June 1st, 1899. Senator
Wilson, of Guilford, said the white
people of Greensboro had already set
tled the matter, and the amendment
was a plan to let thei negro vote -
trol, against the wishes of the whites.
The amendment was defeated, by a
vote of 39 to 14, and the bill passed its
final reading. t
. Besides a number (of strickly local
bills others were introduced for relief
of ex-Confederate soldiers and for aid
of the Soldiers Home ; for efficiency
of the colored normal schools of the
State; to supply sewerage to A. & M.
Senator Justice moved that . -the
Senate takea recess for ten minutes.
Lieutf Reynolds was then asked to
take! the chair while Senator Bryan
presented Senator Ward a gold-headed
cane, sent by the latier's constituents
in appreciation of his services.
. Bills were passed to establish graded
schools in Morganton ; to incorporate,
Punco and Mattemuskeet Railway
Company; . to allow Fayetteville to
establish an electric light plant
' Bill to codify the school laws was
made the special order for to-morrow
at 10 o'clock. - 1
Mr. Willard's bill, to protect stur
geon was to-day favorably reported by
the Fish Committeet His stock law
bill has been favorably reported by
committee to the Senate.
- The constitutional amendment bill
was to-day ratified, i -
Virginia Carolina Chemical
stock was quoted in i Richmond Mon-
day at .121 for preferred and 78 for
r common. " , "-,.-;x--- .
PROGRESS OF RAILROAD
V V OFFICE CHANGES.
Several, of Old C. P. and Y. V. Clerical
Force Here to Take Positions With
A. I. L, Depot Consolidation.
Mr. W. M. Creasy, travelling audi7
tor for the Atlantic Coast Line, arrived
in the city last night from Fayetteville,
where he has been the past two days
directing the consolidation of the de
pots of the A. and Y.and W. and W
(A. C. L.) roads. Capt R. A, South-
erland, the regular W. and W, agent,
assumes control of the business nf
both 'depots. The old W. and W.
freight depot has been - abandoned
and the freight of both roads is
now handled in the A. and Y. depot.
However.there will be no change in the
passenger service. Both depots will
be used as heretofore until a track can
be constructed over which the A. and
Y. trains can be run into the W. and
-W. depot, after which the ; present
A, and Y. depot will be abandoned.
, The shops at Fayetteville were closed
Saturday and the machinery is beint;
moved to this city. - Twb extra en
gines were brought . down yesterday
morning. They are to be used as
"subs," so that those in regular us
can be laid off in turn for for repairs
A number of the C. F". and Y. V.
clerical force heretofore employed in
Fayetteville have already been1 trans
ferred to Wilmington andassighed to
duty. Those who arrived last night
are Mr. O. H. Page, operator aiid
stenographer, who will take a position
in Mr. Borden's office, and Messrs. J
V. Bidgood, Charles Haigh, Jr., and
J. B. Tillinghast, late of theC. F. and
-T tt 4 1 1 1 . nr th j i 1 1
x. v. auditor s omce. in n aveueviue
who will be assigned to desks in the A
C. L. Auditor's office: Monday ee
me the clerical force formerly in th
C. F. and Y. V. General Passenger
Agent's office arrived. They are
Messrs. J. A. Huss (chief clerk),
Howell Fry, E. R. Robsy and li. A.
McLean. Mr. W.: E, Kyle, late General
Passenger Agent, recently appointed
Special Agent for the A. . and Y.,, has
also been in the city since Monday.
THE REV. DR. J. C. HIDEN.
Sudden Severance pf His Pastoral Rela
tions With a Klchmond Church.
At an adjourned meeting of the i
monthly conference of Grove Avenue :
Baptist church, Richmond, Va ,. held ;
Monday night, the pastoral relations i
with Rev. Dr. J. C. Hiden, formerly of ,
Wilmington, were dissolved. The
pastor had some time since tendered
his resignation, to take effect next
August' The Richmond Times says:
There were seventy-two present last
night Dr. Hiden presided as usual.
but when the matter affecting himself ;
was, brought up he vacated the chair to -Dr.
John H. Dickersori, Sr., 1 aikd re
mained a silent spectator of tho pro
Mr. Caleb Jacob offered the resolu
tion which provides that relations be
tween pastor and people be at once
severed and that he be paid his salary
up to the 1st of August No reason for
this was assigned, the ad vocates. of the
resolution being silent as to their
motives. Friends of Dr. Hiden pro
tested in vain. . r
A recorded vote was not taken on
tne adoption of tne resolution, put a
mIa r. V. n mn flini 4ln. nvnn aVa...
bcob vubo suincu uichb uiciq nwo auuub-
forty-seven in favor of it to twenty -five
in opposition. '
Dr. Hiden will, of course, not
preach at Grove Avenue again. The
ehurch will go to work to select a nevv
pastor. Some of the members will'
withdraw. After last night's meeting .
Mr. " John H. Dickerson. Jr., the
churctl clerk, resigned. Letters " of -withdrawal
were given those who ask
ed for them. '
REFRIGERATOR CAR SERVICE.
Conference HelJl in Raleigh by Prominent
Truckers With Mr. T. M. Emerson.
Better Arrangements Wanted.
The fruitgrowing and trucking in
i. i. . tvt . i l n i , . i
terestoi XNortaAjaroimaisa great iu-
hdustry and is ion the increase every '
year. ' . ":
The Raleigh News and Observer of
yesterday contains an account .of a
conference held' in that city; Monday
night by the executive committee of
the Eastern Carolina Truck and Fruit
Grower's Association with Mr. T. M.
Emerson, traffic manager j . of the
Atlantic Coast Line, regarding some .
legislation now pending in the Gen
eral Assembly,, looking to an arranged
ment of a better refrigerator car ser
vice for the Shipment of truck to tlje
Northern markets. ; The News and
The following gentlemen, who com
pose the board, were present: Mr. W.'
L: Hill, of Warsaw,, president; J. S
Westbrook, of Faison, vice president;
brook", Mt. Olive, and J. A!, 'Brown,
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The matter was freely discussed by
I IUO VUllIUUlliCC, HUU JILT. JUIUBTBUU
V a ZLl -1 -r T7I ,1
- RBnWKfiTitativA Allen nf Wivka was
also present and assisted in the adjust
The complaint was the contract held
with the refrigerator company by the
railroad company left the truckers lit
tle redress. v -: 1
Mr. Emerson was anxious to protect
the interest of the truckers and mani
fested ; great interest in their wishek
It was a highly satisfactory conference
and an adjustment was substantially
agreed to which was thoroughly satis
factory to the Association committee
and Mr. Emerson; but 6 before the
agreement could ba final it will have
to be endorsed by the refrigerating
Mr. : Emerson stated that he was
quite certain that the terms would be
satisfactory to the refrigerating com
pany and the whole matter . satisfac
torily concluded. - ! ;
Funeral of Mr. M. Dowling. ;
Yesterday afternoon, at 3.30 o'clock,
the funeral of the late Michael Dow
ling was held from the residence, 713
a.-ccr cit.fL i - 1 r m v. o
uuutu jouguiiu birccb, ujr jlvov. jcbiuw
Dennen, of St Thomas' Pro-Cathedral,
according to the Solemn and impres-1
sive ritual of that church. At the
conclusion of the services the remains
were carried to the Pro-Cathedral,
where requiem mass was said, and im
mediately; afterwards the interment ,r
was-made in Oakdale cemetery. A
1 1 . . . . ,' i . ; t
-uu-gu auuiut3rwi. irienuii.auu reuui-"
of the deceased and his family .were
in attendance upon the services.
The Ndrwegian barque Mercw,
Capt' Hansen, has arrived, to Messrs.
Heide & C0.7 from East London.