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WILMINGTON, N. C
Jane 16, 1899.
Mr. James Pearsall, who has been
travelling agent and correspondent of
the Star during the past nine months,
has retired from the position to en
gage in other business. He has the
best wishes of the Star in whatever
he undertakes. .
Mr. Pearsall is succeeded by Mr. Will
H. Harrison, who formerly held the
position, and for whom we bespeak
the courtesies of our friends.
A HABB TASK IN THE PHILIP-
T-A.- short while ago we published an
extract from an interview "with
" Gen, King, who had just arrived at
San Francisco from Manila, in
which he" said the situation in Luzon
was "a very serious" one, and that
we could not secure dominion over
that island without a much stronger
army than we now have, and then
not without some hard fighting, be
cause the ability of the Filipinos to
subsist on very little made it un
necessary for them to have bases of
: supplies, and therefore thejr could
in their almost impassable jhills and
Bwamps protract the content indefi
nitely if they so resolved.
A few days ago Commander Ford,
of Baltimore, fleet engineer of the
Asiatic squadron, who was on the
Baltimore at the battle of Manila
Bay, and has since been with the
fleet, arrived at his home. He was
interviewed by the Sun, and corrob
orates what Gen. King said, but
spokemore fully and gave a descrip
tion of the situation there and also
some idea of the kind of people our
soldiers are fighting, and the spirit
that animates them. Speaking of
the situation and the ordeal to which
our army is subjected, he said: I
"When I left we held not quite as
: mucn ground as was ours during the
first part of August last year, and our
lines were restricted to the suburbs of
Manila. The troops did push out into
-the country, but could not hold the
ground they made by raids and were
obliged to fall back. . It is impossible
to conquer the people or to gain the
islands without more troops. If we
send a great many more soldiers out
there and bend all our energies to
doing it we could beat them and take
the island, - It would mean great loss
of life and considerable time, but.it
could be done. As it is now, it is all
we can do to hold our own. The in
surgents are constantly encroaching
and though, as I have said, raids are
madeA the natives driven back and the
- lines thrown out, - we can't hold the
ground because we have not enough
men. " f
I "The line is always active and there
is no relief. Men spend months in
the trenches subjected to great mental
and physical strain and never know-
- ing at what moment they will be as
sailed. The lines of the natives are
often not a block away from our own,
and the rule is when you see a head
exposed to shoot it. ,The natives are
always on the defensive. They make
no advances of their own, but wait
and shoot when they can, do all tha
damage to us they know how and
when we sally out they are driven into
places Where it is impossible to follow,
- so strong is their number, so impreg
nable the country
The- Filipino "rebels" as they are
called, are generally represented as
a degenerate race of semi-savages,
totally unfit . for Belf. government,
How erroneous this is shown by the
'The Filipinos pictured in the sen
sational papers are not the men who
are fighting. They are entirely dis
tinct and separate. The fellows who
deal with out there are not ignorant
savages, fighting with bows and ar
rows, but an intelligent, liberty loving
people, full of courage and determina
tion. The idea that the Filipino is an
uncivilized being is a mistaken one.
-Originally the natives of those islands
sprang from Japaneese stock 'and are
identically the same race, ' with 9
change in language and customs.
There was a time when the feudal sys
tem prevailed in Manila, but no .ves
tige now remains and the savagery of
of the people is found only in the very
lowest class, of "negritos" or 'little
niggers," asthe Filipinos are called.
"I have pictures taken there, which
I brougt home, of native women who
would be handsome any where, and of
good-looking, brainy men. They have
the intellect and the stamina to govern
themselves and have done it for 300
years, although under the rule of
! Spain. They were the clerks, the book
keepers, the assessors and managed the
entire machinery of government.
Their courage is undoubted, and they
fight to the death, having among them
a superstition that if vou are killed
-you do not really die, but in three days
reappear somewhere ejse. 4
We have been frequently told of
.- late that the props were about
knocked from under the. rebellion,
that Aguinaldo was about deserted
and that he wis simply looking for
- an opportunity to make such a deal
as would secure his own safety. This
is not the opinion of Commander
Ford, who speaks thus of their fight
"As for their condition now, as far
as x can see, tney are stronger, more
determined And mnrn alrillfnl in tVin
art of war than when the fighting out
were Biartea, ana as tne days gooy
they increase in strength .and knowl
edge, having nine "or eleven
million people to draw from
They are armed with Mausers
the best rifles m the world
and are far better marksmen than the
Spaniards. At first they shot high
and missed; but now they have caught
on ana aim low wiin aeaoiy effect.
They have a good government now,
' which thnv aia nTwnititiir aiiranafiil-
ly and preserve law and order. They
certainly don't think theirs is a hope-
ies ngm anaiaon t tninic any one
else does who knows anything about
"What they are fighting for now is
! absolute ana entire liberty. They
don't want us there or over them, ana
in the course of time might wear out
- our patience . entirely. , While they
fight for entire freedom, all they ask is
a chance for life, and the pursuit of
happiness, and they care not whether
ft be a republic of their own or gome
; form devised for them by the great
United States of North America. I see
notbinar promising in the struggle now
or any hope of speedy success on our
part, - unless many more troops are
He doe's notibelieve in the "un
conditional surrender" policy of
General Otis, but does believe we
could solve the probleni by simply
assuring those people who "are
fighting for liberty" that they can
have 'liberty, and that it is not the
purpose to deprive them of it. He
thus ( expresses his views on that
"The problem can be solved, how
ever, and I believe that if a proposal
was made to the natives to lay down
their arms upon the promise that the
United States would annex the islands,
treat them as Americans and make
their country a territory of ours, the
rebellion if such it can be called, for
we had no claim on them would melt
away like a block of ice before the
sun. A good, level-headed Governor
could be appointed and given full veto
power, while the rest of the govern
ment could be in the hands of the na
tives. They could be called together
and elect their own Legislature and
leaders, operate their own politics and
manage their own. affairs. I believe
firmly they would accept this proposal
and surrender, as they realize the pos
sibilities in event they establish a re
public of their own, of Germany com
ing along and taking as island here,
France an island there and England
three or four islands somewhere else.
No proposals of this kind have, how
ever, been made to the Filipinos." I
-These are the views of a man who
took part in the memorable .battle
which made Dewey famous and
raised the American. Jag over the
Bay of Manila. He cannot be
charged with "giving aid and com
fort" to the enemy, and yet hej says
as much as these anti-expansionists
have said who have been accused of
sympathizing with the "rebels," and
have been denounced as traitors for
expressing their views and telling
Mr. McKinley sent a peace com
mission to Manila, the ostensible
purpose of which was to Tegain the
confidence of the people' in arms
.against us, to assure them of the
good intentions of this government
and thus put an end to hostilities.
That commission, after waiting until
General, Otis -. had had an op
portunity to shoot a lot of
them- and strike, terror into
them, issued a proclamation which
while it conceded some things
insisted on the absolute supremacy
of this country as the first condition,
thus demanding the very thing the
Filipinos were fighting against, and
with this, tooj there soon developed
a friction between the commission
and Gen. Otis, he objecting to such
concessions as they suggested and
insisting upon "unconditional sur
render" when he didn't have men
enough to hold the ground or the
towns he captured, and he was task
ing his soldiers as soldiers were
never tasked before, and after all
their hard, marching and hard fight
ing have really gained nothing, but
made the hatred of the people we
are fighting more deep rooted.
Every statement in the above ex
tracts as to the hard &ak for our
soldiers, . and the aggressiveness,
courage and fighting qualities of the
enemy is supported by the dispatches
from Manila, published yesterday.,
AND HOW IT 13 IN MAINE. )
Some time ago a mob near New-
nan, Ga.', wreaked vengeance upon a
negro ravisher and murderer' by
burning him at the stake, and in
dulging in other horrid exhibitions
of uncurbed rage that were shocking
to read. Th6 savagery of this pun
ishment was7 universally condemned
by the press and law-respecting
people of the South, but as might
have been expected it met with un
measured denunciation in other sec
tions of the country, where it " was
.untingly held up as an illustration
of defective Southern civilization.
The whole South was arraigned and
held responsible for the wild rage of
this mf unated mob.
The only paper in the North which
dared to Jmake any defence of the
action of the Georgia mob was a
paper published in Indiana, which
applauded the mob and boldly com
mended its action.
As might have been expected New
England, which, in its own estima
tion, is the center of civilization and
enlightenment of this country, was
particularly shocked. We received
from time to time marked copies of
papers, marked with a. big. blue
pencil, ; containing editorial com
ments from the NewEngland stand
point, on the Georgia performance.
One of the most lurid and pic
turesque' of these came in a paper
published in the State- of Maine.
The paper went into the garbage
pile, and we have forgotten its name
and the town in which it was pub
lished. But now Maine has a case of her
own, a case in which it was not a
ravisher or murderer who was han
dled by a mob, but a preacher, who
happened to preach a doctrine which
was not acceptable to the , people in
that locality. What he preached we
do not know, but it is said that the
people - of his sect are aouiet. in
offensive people, who attend strictly
to their own business and pay their
debts. But the community didn't
want them and therefore it con
cluded, it would make an example of
their I preacher. The Bangor Whig
and Courier. Congressman Boutelle'
paper, tells how this was done. We
do not see that paper, but clip the
following comment on the1 article
from the Atlanta Constitution:- -
"Congressman Boutelle's paper gives
some mieresung particulars concern'
ino thA mitmr .wnfoh vom nnf Arm,
tamed in thebrief press dispatch. We
learn, of course, that . 'the better ele-
ifi a mi trace . in the
strongest terms This is natural; but
when the southern newspaper declare
that the best citizens here condemn
mob law, the statement is received
with a sneer by the Maine editors. The
Rev. George Higgins was seized by
the mob and dragged by his heels for
two miles, his back being terribly
lacerated by this tough treatment at
the hands of refined and highly eivi
TTa was taken to a srrove.
where his clothing was torn from his
body. His collar remamou miuct,
however, and he thus appeared with
no coverinsr but a shirt collar and a
pair of shoes. ,. , ,
Tnen a coat 01 ur wtu njncu w
t,:Vtuifr tn Viia faA and his beard.
after which "a- plentiful supply of
feathers was spreaa on. xuis uuuu,
we learn from the Bangor Whig and
Courier that 'some of the crazy mem
kaM rf thA mob lighted matches and
Set fire to the feathers. This was done
three or four' times, but the cooler
headed ones extinguished the blaze
This man did not murder any one,
he did not assault any defenceless
woman, he simply preached some
doctrine that waa not approved by
his chastisers, and., that man only
escaped death from, burning, by the
fact that there happened to be Bome
persons present not . as wild or sav
age as the others, who extinguished
the flames. That was in Maine, not
in- Georgia, and he victim was a
white preacher, n6t a negro mur
derer and ravisher. But that out
rage will not attract one-tenth of
the attention in that section that
the Georgia lynching did. It was
too near home and they were good,
civilized people of the town of
Levant who took a hand in it, none
of whom, as far as known, have yet
been arrested. .
THE BOUNTY FRAUD.
The Washington Post, a few days
ago, contained the substance of a
report made by U. S. Consul Boyle,
at Liverpool, on British shipping
and shipbuilding, which gives some
interesting facts and knocks the
bottom clean out of the bounty and
subsidy fraud. This report states
that out of 1,109 vessels which
cleared that port for the United
States only three flew the American
flag and two of these were 'sailing
vessels. As showing what a wretched
figure our merchant marine cuts
this statement needs no comment.
Speaking, of shipbuilding Consul
Boyle says that nearly all the best
vessels now being built in British
shipyards ;use American plate, im
ported especially for that purpose;
that the fittings, electrical appa
ratus, labor-saving devices, &c, are
mainly American, and that nearly
ejery vessel leaving7 our ports for
England carries more or less of
articles to be used in the construe
tion of ships. Remarking upon this
the Philadelphia Inquirer says:
"These things taken together should
form a strikiner lesson for enterprising
Americans. If England can import
our material.and build ships that con
trol the shipping of the world, why
cannot we do it ? There was a time
when we- were the greatest carrying
nation of the world. We lost that
supremacy to England. It is now time
that we won it back. We can do it
and do it easily if we try, and the
game is really worth the candle. ' But
Congress has got to give the word.1'
In 'reply to the inquiry "why
wait" the Post answers.
Why is it that Congress "has srot to
give the word?" We know of no
statute that stands in the way of Amer
ican ship builders. They have a clear
field, and it is-generally understood
that a number of great shipbuilding
plants are soon to be erected on the
Atlantic coast. Une 01 these is to be
located near Philadelphia, another at
Newport News, and New York Bay
has been mentioned as a good location
lor sucn worKs. it is regarded as a
demonstrated fact that we can build
ships in competition with the yards on
the Clyde; that in quality and cost of
sups we can compete with anybody.
It is certain that we are not compelled.
like English builders, to import steel
plates and other items which, accord-
1 A If T 1 I ' '
iuk vj our. iwyiv, we are exporting.
Having every facility, natural and
acquired, why should we not go ahead
ana construct ships lor the ocean car
rying trade? "Why wait for Congress
'rn mini tVin
v . v but? nviui
What the Inquirer means by Con
gress "giving the word" is that they
want Congress to vote bounties and
subsidies to men who can build ships
without them, but who in addition
to the profit that would come from
the building of ships want to pull
out of the treasury, the cost of build
ing them, practically making the
United StateiJoot the bill, while
the ship-buildirig combines reap all
the profits. A greater fraud was
never attempted to be played upon
the American people.
THE POSTOPPICB ROBBERY CASE.
Government Palled to Make Out a Case
Defendants' Demurrer Sustained.
In the United States Court yesterday
there was little business other than the
trial of Nicholas Politz, now pending.
In the case against Nollie and Wesley
Jacobs (Croat ans), pending from Mon
day's session, a verdict of not guilty
was entered by instruction of the
Judge, Walter H. Neal and John H.
rVtnlr linn nnnnanl fnr thA HsfAnna
1 ' - - -wvuV
entering' a demurrer to the testimony
of the prosecution without examining
dftf And n Tits' wifn psoas
Judgement as to sci. fa. for $1,000
and costs, to be discharged on the pay
ment of costs, was entered in the case
againsi juoses tturtt ana 1. Hamilton
Lion or Nothing.
In thnSA Whan triava ova
many different brands of coffee on the
uinr&cik, we uesuuu is oiten asKeu ai
to Which in thA host lrrnri in h
mHHA.M !11 JiJE 1 . 11 . . . "
xuu wiu uiuer,' out tor ue majority
of persons we believe there is nothing
that will give better satisfaction than
Liion (jonree. indeed, bo great
been its popularity, that it is difficult
HOW to tret thA crurminn T.inn fVvPFao
unless you know the style of package
in wmcn 11 is soia. or the benefit of
our readers we will say that this packet
has the head of a lion on the front
and the words "TJon fVvff aa " Tt i
always a sealed packet and the coffee
is unground. It is never sold except
in 1 lb. packets. Any one who once
ines ijion (joaee will not willingly
accept any substitute for it there
TAX LEVY i CHANGED.
Total County Levy Now 49 2-3
Cents On $100 Instead
of 52 Cents.
MR. SPRUNFS COMPLAINT,
He Writes the County Commissioners of
the Excessive Assessment On His
Residence County Fence i
Survey Ordered. - 1
The Board of Commissioners met
yesterday at 2:30 o'clock, to reduce the
tax levy and transact other business of
the county. The following changes
in the levy were made: General ex"
penses, reduced from 35 cents on the
$100 to 23 cents; military, increased
from i of a cent to 1 cents; hospital,
increased from ' 4 to 5 J cents :
Criminal Court, 5f cents; (no levy
made on the previous meeting). The
evy of 10 cents for roads and bridges
and 31 cents for bonded debt was left
unchanged. The effect of the changes is
to make the total 49f cents on the $100
nsteadof .52 cents, the original levy.
The State levy of 43 cents makes the
total for State and county 92 cents
instead of 95. The poll tax always
equal to three times the State and
county tax on $100 will therefore be
$2.7S, a reduction of 7 cents from the
original levy. Of this $1.49 will be the
county's share and $1.29 the State's.
A communication from Mr. James
Sprunt, regarding the assessment of
his residence at $25,000, was read. In
it he stated that he had intended to ask
the commissioners to reduce the as
sessment of $13,000 to $10,000 which
he considers the full value on a forced
sale. It was stated further in the
communication that the original cost
waa $7,000 and that there were con
tract improvements costing $10,000,
making a total of $17, 000, but it was also
argued that it could not be sold at any
thing like this figure. The board did
not take any action as the. matter
could not well come up except before
the Board of Equalization in July..
The list takers of Cape Fear, Federal
Point and Masonhoro townships were
instructed to report in Wilmington on
June 28th, and of Harnett township
on June 28th and 29th, to list property.
in these townships owned by residents
Capt. John Barry filed a report giv
ing in full the results of his investiga
tions made on a recent visit to Raleigh
and Charlotte for the purpose of ex
amining macadamized roads, cost of
building them, keeping them in order,
etc. The report was kept for further
Mr. W. M. Hansley was appointed
special surveyor to survey lands for
sundry parties in Harnett township.
It was ordered by the board that
Commissioner Alexander be requested
to have the line between New Han
over and Pender counties surveyed
with a view to the construction of a
fence dividing the two counties, and
present the survey and profile at the
July meeting. This action was made
necessary by the fact that New Han
over has now the "no-fence" law.
A recess was then taken to 2:30
o'clock Thursday afternoon when the
revision of the jury list will be final
The 1 members present were Col.
Roger Moore (chairman), Col. John
Barry, and Messrs. D. McEachern and
W. F. Alexander. Commissioner
Holmes was kept away on account of
The June work of the board has
been very large and it is not yet com
pleted. Besides the additional work
necessary to the final revision of the
jury list, a road superintendent must
be elected, not to speak of other less
The reduction of the tax levy even
in a slight degree will be very gratify
ing tc the people. It is interesting to
note that fully thirty per cent of the
taxes of the county go to charitable
organizations, making New Hanover
county one of the most liberal in this
THfi ACTION OF THE BOARD.
In . Regard to the Citizens' Resolution
Calling for the Discharge of Cer
At a meeting of the Board of Com
missioners held yesterday at 2.30 P.
M. action was taken on - the citizens
resolution calling for the discharge
of the persons' responsible for
the , shackling together of a
white and colored prisoners. Mr. M.
G. Chad wick, superintendent of the
County Home, was present and showed
to the satisfaction of the board that he
was not responsible, as he was called
away at the time the prisoners were
being taken from the jail and did - not
know of the occurrence until they
were on their way to the work house,
me party who authorized the coup
ling of the two prisoners together is
named Johnson, an employe of Mr.
Chad wick's No official action was taken
by the board requiring his discharge,
this being left to Mr. Chadwick's dis
cretion. The superintendent was re
quired to sign a contract in which he
agreed never to chain white and col
ored prisoners together under penalty
of immediate . discharge with loss of
all interest in growing crops and other
benefits of said office.
The members of the board present
were Col. Roger Moore, CoL John
Barry, and Mr. W. F. Alexander.
Belief in Six Honrs. '
Distressing Kidney and Bladder dis
eases relieved in six hours by "New
Great South American Kidney Cure."
It is a great surprise on account of its
exceeding promptness in relieving rain
in bladder, kidneys and back, in male
or female. Relieves retension of water
almost immediately. If you want
quick relief and cure this is the remedy.
Sold by K. K. Bellaht, Druggist.
Wilniington, N. C, corner Front and
Market streets. . . V ... .
, If vou wish it ftAll ft fstvm rtv mfv
property place it in the hands of the
jutst uaroiina iteai Jistate Agency,
B. G. Grady & Co., - Burgaw,
Given in theiSum of $5,000 for
His Appearance at the '
WAS REDUCED FROM $10,000.
Examination Was Waived Before the Com
: missioner Yesterday A Successful .
Protest Against Excessive Bond.
Mr. Marshall's Statement
A. J. Marshall, Esqv has given a
$5,000 bond for his appearance at the
next term of the United States District
Court to answer the charge, of impli
cation with Nicholas Politz and others
in counterfeiting United States, coin. J
Mr. Marshall's bondsmen 1 are Mr. I.
J. Sternberger, justified in the sum of
$3,500; Mr. S. Berhends, justified in
the sum of $500; Godfrey Hart, justi
fied in the sum of $500, and M. W.
Jacobi, justified in, the sum of $500
total, $5,000. The bond was given late
yesterday evening before U. S Com
missioner Collier, he having nrst nxea
the bond at $10,000, and then reduced
it to $5,000.
Before the Commissioner.
v . 1
According to previous postponement.
the Commissioner's Court was called
to order in the United States Court
room at 3 30 o'clock yesterday aftef
noon, for the purpose of holding a pre
liminary trial of A. J, Marshall, Esq.,
the well-known young lawyer of this
city,' the circumstances of whose arrest
on suspicion of being implicated in the
counterfeiting, are familiar toSTAB
The court room was crbwded with
interested spectators, hosts of them
friends of Mr. Marshall, anxious to
learn the result of the investigation.
Mr. Marshall was there with his
cownsel, Marsden Bellamy, Esq., Hon.
John D. Bellamy, Herbert McClammy,
and Iredell Meares, Esq. District At
torney Bernard and Assistant District
Attorney Spears represented the prose
cution. " ,
When the case was called Iredell
Meares, Esq., arose and announced
that counsel for the defence had con
eluded to waive examination. He
wanted the court to understand, how
ever, that when the record of the case
is made up and the issues presented'
counsel nor client have the least
fear that a verdict . of not
guilty will be accorded by the jury.
He asked that the bond for Mr. Mar
shall's appearance at the next term of
court be made $5,000, the same as the
original bnodT" '
After some further discussion Com
missoiner ' Collier announced that he
would require a $10,000 bond. This
called forth a vigorous protest on the
part of defendant's counsel Mr. Mars
den Bellamy," Mr. Meares, Mr. Jno. D.
Bellamy, Mr. Rountree and Mr. Mc
Clammy all entering their protest, de
claring -the bond especially excessive
and unusual. On the other hand
Messrs. Spears and Bernard; of the
prosecution, argued that they did not
consider the bond excessive and asked
that it stand. However, Mr. Bernard
in the course of the argumentacknowl-
edged that he had never known a $10,
000 bond to be exacted in North Caro
Una even for so grave an offence as
Commissioner Collier adhered to
his first demand for $10,000 bondand
adjourned the court Afterwards the
matter was brought up before 'him in
the District Attorney's office and that
official agreeing to the change, the
amount was reduced and the bond
readily given. j
In an interview with a Star repre
sentative yesterday Mr. Marshall
stated that he was absolutely innocent.
He said he had no fear of the result of
the trial and that he would be here
for trial, prepared to prove his inno
cence. ANOTHER COUNTERFEITER
ARRESTED LAST NIGHT.
T. 0. Dawklns, a Greek, About Twenty
five Years of Age, Charged With
Making Spurious Nickels.
Mr. B. F. Perry, of the United States
Secret Service, arrested another man
charged with counterfeiting - nickel
currency last night. His name is T. O.
Dwakins, a Greek, who has been a
resident of thiscitj for about six years.
He clerked for Tony Fantqpula at one
time, but has recently been engaged
as a carpenter at the Delgado Cotton
Mills, now being constructed. He
lives at the corner of Fourth and HarA
nett streets. Mr. Perry, accompanied
by Captain of Police Jno. Furlonir,
went out to Dawkins' residence about
9.30 o'clock and placed him under ar
rest. The house was searched and a
set of moulds and a quantity of coun
terfeit nickels found. There were
thirty or forty of them, excellent
counterfeits of the legal tender
nickels. They differ from the coin
made by Walter Silvey, in that they
have the "V," wreath and other char
acters on the reverse side, being a
counterfeit of both sides of the legal
nickel, while Silvey's had the God
dess of Liberty date and stars on both
sides. Dawkins denies that he was
interested in the counterfeiting, and
gave the name of a second party, to
whom he claimed the moulds and
nickels belong. He was carried be
fore United States Commissioner Col
lier, and was committed to prison in
default of $5,000 bond. ; f
- It has bee fully demonstrated
that Ely's Cream Balm is a specific for
Nasal Catarrh and cold in the head.
This distinction has been achieved only
as the result of continued successful
use. A morbid condition of the mem
brane in the nasal passages can be
cured by this purifying and healing
treatment Sold by druggists or it
will be mailed for 50 cents by Ely
Brothers, 56 Warren Street, - New
York. It spreads over the membran e
is absorbed and relief is immediate.
Read the advertisement of the East
Carolina Real Estate Agency in this
issue of the Stab. It offers fpr sale
some very valuable farms. J
SILV)S FOUND GUILTY
Convicted in District Coort Yes
terday of Counterfeiting
DEFENCE MAY TAKE APPEAL.
fveldence Much the Same As at Prelimi
nary Trial Exception by Defend- '
ants' Counsel to Judge's Charge. .
' Polltz's Case To-day ; -.
Walter Silvey, recently arrested by
U S. Secret Service Detective B. Jo .
Perry on the charge of Imaking coun
terfeit nickels of the United States
currency, was placed on trial in the
District Court yesterday and convicted.
Judge Purnell has not yet passed sen
tence "upon him, but it is expected that
he will do so ta-day, when the case
against Nicholas Poliiz, charged with
counterfeiting quarters, halves and
dollars, will also be called for trial.
The case aeainst Walter Silvey was
called at 9 o'clock yesterday! morning"
when the Court convened, and it was
1.47 o'clock in the afternoon! when the
jury returned a verdict of guilty.
Testimony and Argument.
The evidence " against Silvey was
much the same as that "before the
United States Commissioner at the
preliminary examination, published in
detail in previous issues of the Star.
' The first witness put on the stand for
the prosecution was Mr. Perry, of the
Secret Service, who told the story of
the complaint of business" men as to
the making of spurious nickels and of
his coming here to hunt down the
counterfeiters - and of the arrest of
Silvey and the finding of the plaster
moulds, the metal, melting pot, ladles
and a Quantity of spurious coin in
Silvey's room at his father's residence.
He testified that Silvey at first denied
that be - knew anything about the
counterfeiting, and bn being told that
Mr. Perry knew where his outfit was.
led him to the room, where! the coin
and outfit were found in a trunk
Silvey explained the fact of his having
the coin and moulds by saying that he
made the coin to get even with the
Mr. Hall Whitney testified that Sil
vey told him that he was making
nickels, and that after he (Silvey) was.
arrested Silvey met him on! the street
and accused him of giving him (3il
vey) away to the officers, j declaring
that he would get even with him for
it. Mr. Whitney testified that he did
not report Silvey to the officers.
Constable William Sheehan and
Captain of Police John Furlong testi
fied to incidents attending! the arrest
of Silvey, having been with Detective
Perry on the occasion, and told of the
finding of the counterfeiting outfit.
No other witnesses were i examined
for the prosecution and the defence
offered no rebutal evidence, the
counsel basing their fight f4oir Silvey's
vindication upon the contention that
the coin 'made by Silvey was not -a
counterfeit of the United States nickel
and their - client was not! therefore
guilty under the bill of indictment
ADie speecnes lor tne defence were
made by Geo. Rountree, Esq., and
Marsden Bellamy, Esq. Speeches for
the prosecution were made by District
Attorney C. M. Bernard and his as
sistant, Oscar J. -Spears, Esq. A
claim upon which special stress was
laid by the defence was .that to be
a counterfeit tne com must be an imi
tation of both sides of the United States
coin, and the coin made by Silvey was
only an imitation on one side having the
head of the Goddess of Liberty en
circled by stars on both sides. On the
same grounds they contended that the
possession of the moulds by Silvey was
not a violation of statute because it
was not a mould for counterfeiting
Judge Pnrnell's Charge.
In his charge Judge Purnell in
structed the jury ihat a coin need not
bear the government stamp inscribed
on the the reverse side but if one side
is a sufficient imitation to deceive
a man of ordinary caution it is, within
the meaning of the statute, a coun
terfeit. The charge was brief. A feature
was the reading of the statutes bear
ing upon the three charges made
against Silvey. '
At the conclusion of the charge Mr.
Rountree gave notice of an exception.
which was duly entered inr the pres
ence of the jury. The counsel for the
defence is considering the question
of appealing from the decision of the
District Court. .
Other Cases Called Yesterday.
After the hearing of the Silvey case,
B. F. Pinion was tried and found not
guilty of retailing. ;
The case against Nellie and Wesley
Jacobs, both colored, for breaking into
the postoffice at Pate's, Nj C, 'was
then taken up. Only one witness, W.
F. Steed, bookkeeper in the store of
Postmaster R. N. Livermore, at PateV,
was examined. j
Orders of the Court. J
Judge Purnell issued an order that
the Marshal summons twenty citizens
from the body of the district outside of
Wilncington to attend and' serve as,
jurors to-day. They are declared "ne
cessary for the trial of felonies pendr
ing at this term." . f
. It is understood that the jury for the
trial of the Politz case will be largely
taken from this new venire, j '
The Judge also made the following
orders: " - J
"That when the def endant's wit
nesses are summoned at the expense
of the U. S. under Sec. 878 R. S, they
shall not be recognized to, or paid at
a subsequent term. Such witnesses
shall be discharged when the case is
continued or otherwise disposed of at
the term to which theyj are sum
monsed." . '
"That defendants who are witnesses
shall not be allowed to prove as wit
nesses or receive pay as such except
by special order of the Court on the
recommendation of the United .States
Attorney or his assistants."
It has not been officially announced
but it is understood that the Politz
case will be called, this morning as
soon as the postoffice robbery trial is
concluded. : Court convenes - at - 8.30
o'clock, . . . I
Went Upon the Stand to Tell
All He Knew. About the
HE CREATED A SENSATION.
Ignored Advice of Counsel Held a Secret
Consultation With Detective Perry. .
Finish Confession To-day. '
The matter of investigation of the
- i 1 - J -.
charges of counterfeiting eic., mauo
against, Nicholai Polite and otners,
took quite a sensational turn yester
day morning when it became known
that Politz had determined to go upon
the witness stand, and 'make a clean
breast" of hia whole connection- with
the spurious coin, counterfeiting out
fit. etc.1 found in his store a few weeits
ago by the officers of the law.and that
he had, in fact, already secretly made
statement to Mr. B. F. Perry, of
the United States secret service.
The sensation was heightened and is
still keyed-up to; a considerable ten
sion by the fact that Polilz. did go
upon the stand yesterday afternoon
and was making his statement, hav
ing reached avery interesting stage of
the narrative, when 2 o'clock arrived
and Judge Purnell declared a recess
until 8.30 o'clock this morning, in
structing the marshal to see that no
one was allowed to have a conversa
tion with Politz during the rectss of
the court' j
Preparing for the Trial.
The United States Court room was
crowded with spectators during the
entire session of the District Court yes
terdav. it not beiner known at what
w - rm .
hour the Politz case would be called
A case pendingfrom the session of
the previous dayf-Nbllie and Wesley
Jacobs, charged j with breaking into
the postoffice at Fates, N. C.-engaged
the court until 11.30 o'clock, "when the
marshal was instructed to bring Nicho
las Politz into court. He was given a
seat in the bar with his counsel, Hon
John D. Bellamy; Marsden Bellamy,
Esq., and Herbert McClammy, Esq
Considerable time was consumed in im-
panneling the jury, which was for
mally accomplished, with the follow
ing members: Timothy Newkirk, Jno.
B. Davis, J. D. Lswis, J. C. Brooks,
G. H. Leach, J. D. Bobbins, J. L. Mc
Koy, A. L. McCaskell, J. P. Leake, T.
A. Norment, J. W. H. Smith, Jr., and
E. P. Jowers.- i i
The delay of empanelment was par
tially due ti the fact that the court
was waiting for the arrival of a special
venire of citizens . from Richmond,
Cumberland and 'other counties from
which to complete a desirable jury.
Jurymen challenged and excused by
the prosecution were Carl - Mugge and
Jefferson Inman and those by the de
fendant's counsel Geo. McLean, Sr.,
Neill McClellanj Z. F. Long and
D. F. Caldwell, j The latter was ex
cused by the Judge because he (Cald
well) had overheard a conference be
tween Politz and his counsel, Hon.
Jno. D. Bellamy.
District Attorney Bernard called
the following witnesses : B. F. Perry
William Sheehan, J. P. Flynn, J.1 R.
Williams, Dr. Chas. T. Harper, El P.
Bailey, Capt Jno. . Furlong, Geo.
Connor and Jos. D. Smith.
Detective Perry's Testimony.
'The first and only witness put upon
the stand bv the prosecution was
B. F. Perry, the j secret service man.
His evidence regarding the arrest of
Politz, the finding of the "spurious
coin, moulds, rnetal, etc., was much
the same as at the preliminary exami
He showed to the jury the moulds,
fire pot and other articles of the coun
terfeiting outfit and material found in
Politz's store on May 18th, when the
arrest was made; and the premises
searched. The spurious coin found in
Politz's safe was also shown to the
jury. Hon.' Jno. D. Bellamy, counsel
for the defence, interrupted the wit
ness in his narration, and stated to the
court that he deemed much of the evi
dence of Mr. Perry objectionable, but
that inasmuch as he understood his
client intended to go upon the'witness
stand, and make a clean breast of all
that he knew, counsel would not ob
ject to anything. Mr. Perry pro
ceeded to explain the use of the vari
ous counterfeiting appliances, and in
reply to queries stated that Politz had
acknowledged to him that he was in
terested in the counterfeiting, but
claimed that he did not make any coin.
In reply to questions by Hon. Jno.
D. Bellamy, Mr. ;Perry said that he
had offered no inducement to Politz to
make a confession. He denied
that he had sent Mr. Krahnke or
any one else 1 to Politz to offer
inducement for the confession to be
made. He said that on last Saturday
or Sunday Tony Fantopula told him
that Politz wanted to see the District
Attorney and he (Perry) had promised
to send the. attorney to him. Subse
quently he went to see Politz -himself
and was told that the material and
outfit were purchased for Nicholas
Coleboloso, a Greek, during October
and November, 1898. The statement
was in substance much as that given
by Politz later ini the court proceed
ings. . -j
In reply to a question by Marsden
Bellamy, Esq., as to the quality of
the counterfeit dollars in evidence Mr.
Perry said that they were very infe
rior and that Polilz told him that he
fell out with the Greek, Coleboloso
and cursed him out because he did not
make a better quality of coins and that
they did make a better quality after
that, using better material. ,
Statements of Counsel.
At the conclusion of Mr. Perrv's
evidence the government rested their
case, and Hon. Jno. D. Bellamy, ad
dressing the courts stated that in all
his practice at the bar, extending over
a period of twentv-five years, he had
neyer been placedin such an attitude
as now. He was sent for three weeks
ago to come to the jail and was re
tained by Politz, whom he had never
seen before. He listened to : Politz's
story and believed him to be an inno
cent man, the victim of circumstances.
Then he told bow iri'violation of strict,
advice to not talk, Politz tiadsM )ftv
had the conference with Mr. Per: v..,
thathe and his fellow attorneys c4IU)i
to the trial without the coufidenco ,i
their client Jrolitz not paying any at
tenlion to their advice.
Similar -remarks were made i, "
Marsden Bellamy, Esq., aud Herbert
McClammy, Esq., and Judge Purnell
assured them that he had never
known . counsel to be so,, peculiarlv
: Politz's Character.
Hon. Jno. D. Bellamy, after ti,e
statements by : counsel, addressing
Politz, asked him if ho would
plead guilt or .- net guilty, and
was told that he plead not guilty,
Mr. Bellamy then staSed that Pciit,
proposed to take the stand in his own
behalf but insisted that a number of
character witnesses be allowed to te?
This the Court allowed and Mr ft
W. Hicks, Col. Walker Taylor, Mr. J
W. Duls, Mr. T. E. Wallace and Mr-
J. G. L. Gaeschen were put upon tbP
stand and testified that so far as they
knew the general character of Politz
was good up to thetim of his arn-Nt
Statement of Politz.
,It was 1.40 o'clock,, when the .oatU 1
was administered to Nicholas Poln'z,
and he took the stand t make tl,H
promised "clean breast." His sja'e ,
ment was as follows : ;
"I came to Wilmington in 1S93;
was born in Athens, Greece, and am 2(U
years of age, was with Tony Fantop
ula 30 days and J. W. Duls two and
a. half years, when I first caini; u
America,in Marcb,1898 a Greek, ich
olas Coleboloso, came to mj store at
Bremer's corner ;he was a Greek sailor ;
said he came to me because I was
Greek, he stayed 2 or 3 hours and
came back next morning; he ask d me
where he could get some pure gram
lated silvers" I told him I did t.u
know whether he could get it herevr
not; I went down town to hunt f. r
some and enquired at all the je -tl;'v
stores; I went ip DJngelhoef s stow
and Mr7 Dingelhoef gave me the ad
dress of a firm in Baltimore-, he gave
me instructions liow to order the sit
ver, which I did;, it cost 65 cents per
"Then Nick Coleboloso wanted me
to get a stand acd three dozen cruci
bles; he knew the price of all. the ar .
tides ; I ordered them for him ; after .
that Coleboloso went away and I never
saw him for a good while.
"Sometime afterwards I saw "Cole
boloso standing in Tony -Fan topu las
store door; he told me he had been to
Norfolk; I told him the box I had or
dered for him was at my store; he
went with me, examined the articles
and said they were not what he
wanted; he was-around several dajs;
Coleboloso had'- several cojifererjos'
with A. J. Marshall, Esq. ; Ido not kbw
what they were consulting about ; Mr.
Marshall came to me and told roe tin t
Coleboloso had struck a man in Nit
ioik ana naa retained mm i.VMrsna.u
as counsel: -"The
next day Mr. Marshall asked ;
a place for Coleboloso to work in; 1
agreed to let him use my room;. Mr . -Marshall
told me Coleboloso was a .
plumber and said a fire-pot must bn
gotten for him; we went to Burr oc
Bailey's and bought the fire pot. It
was short a rubber pipe which the v
supplied later; it was sent to the stori
and charged to me; my clerk, Woody'.
TTrTOO tVrtiirVt if vtroo frv mo Kiit T
told him it was for Nick Coleboloso.
"Later Coleboloso came and filled
the fire-pot with gasoline and left it in.
the store; afterwards he carried it up
to the room; a photographer was with
At this stage of - the: statement the
hour for recess (2 o'clock) arrived and
court took a recess until-8:30 o'clock,
charging the marshal, as stated above,
to allow no one to talk with Polilz
When the court convenes this morn -ing
Pojitz will resume his narrative.;
By consent of counsel the jury was
allowed to separate until to-day's ses
The Murderer of Elijah Weeks, in Car
teret County, Taken Prom Beanfort
Jail by Masked Men.
Special Star Telegram.'
Beaufort, N. C, June 14 At
Bogue, twenty-five miles from here.
on the night of the 8th inst, the store
of Elijah Weeks was hufglarized-.
Weeks was brutally murdered. De
tectives . traced and arrested Lewis
Patrick, colored, as he was about to
take a steamer at Newbern for Eli2-
beth City. ' They found in his posses
sion a razor, shoes and clothes and
other personal property belonerinsr to
Weeks. He was brought here and
jailed Saturday night About 11
o clock-last night an armed body of
masked men came here in boats, with
pistols and pick-axes, forced the jailor
to deliver Patrick to them and disap-.
peared with him. The sheriff with a
posse has been pursuing the mob
since 12-o'clock, and returned to-night
without finding any trace" of them.
The opinion prevails that he will be
lynched to-night, if he has not already
been disposed of.
DIED SUNDAY. MORNING.
The Wife of Mr. W. M. Polsson Funeral
A death which brought sorrow to
a wide circle . of friends and rela
-tives was that of Mrs. Mary F. Pois:
son, wife of Mr. W. M. Poist,ou.v
She entered into rest at 11 30 o'clock
Sunday -morning, after, an illness-of
nine weeks duration. Deceased was
born December 15th. 1839. and was a
daughter of Mr. Alfred Aldermau. Cm
July 1st 1862, she became the wife of
Mr. Poisson. Of surviving relatives
there are her husband and seven
brothers and sisters: Messrs. Geo. F.,
Allison and W. H. Alderman; Mrs.
J. W. Alderman, Mrs. W. C. Peter
son, and Misses Cornelia and Katie
Alderman. Bev. E. 8. Alderman,
president of Bethel College, at Kus.
sellville, Ky., is a half brother.
The funeral took nlaca at S o'clock
yesterday afternoon from Grace M. E
Church, of which Mrs. Poisson was a
member. The services were conducted
by Revs. A. P. Tyer and R. F. Bum
pass; The pall-bearers were CoJ.
Roser Moore and Messrs. R. C. Mer-
ritt J. W. Alderman, Allison Alder
man; W.H. Alderman and W.
at Oakdale,' and a large number of
beautiful floral offerings were tender
ly placed on the grave.'
The Weekly Star (Wilmington, N.C.)
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