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THE GAME OF THE GRABBERS.
In an interview some time during'
the late campaign in Ohio, in re
ply to a question about hia ship
.subsidy bill, known as the Hanna
Payne bill, Senator Hanna aid he
would "see it through," and we
have little doubt that he will for
Hanna is a power, and with his close
connection with the President he
will find little, difficulty in persuad
ing hesitating Republican Congress
men that voting for this bill will be
about the best thing they can vdo.
There is'a big steal in it, but the
bigger the steal the better its chance
"The honest papers of the; North
Atlantic States, which are not in
fluenced iy party, ran by the men
who manipulate parties, but view'
this question from a purely business
standpoint, ", are uncompromisingly
opposed to , these subsidy schemes,
which they regard in the light of
colossal steals for which there is no
honest defence or justification.
The Philadelphia Record, a leading
paper of one of our leading manu
facturing and commercial cities, has
opposed this grabbing scheme from
Ihe beginning, and exposed, the
motives that inspired it. Some of
"the results of the passage of this
bill are set forth in the following ed
itorial clipped from the Record:
"The widening and deepening of
the Welland Canal by the Canadian
Government has induced the Illinois
Transit Company to establish a direct
steamship line for passengers and.
freights from Chicago to Montreal and
Liverpool. Beginning with three
steamers, the company proposes to
make a substantial increase iu its ton
nage as business shall require. It is
possible that this movement, which is
to be followed by others of the same
kind, will have the effect of diverting
a large share of ocean shipping from
our cities on the Atlantic seaboard. As
the Canadian Government makes no
' discriminalion.in tolls, there is nothing
to prevent American merchants and
ship owners from enjoying a large
share of the ocean transportation by
way of the Welland Canal. It is
this consideration which causes so
much watering of the mouth of Sena
tor Hanna and other prospective bene
ficiaries of the gigantic scheme of
stoamship subsidy. Although steam
ships can be built and operated
as cheaply on the American as on
the Canadian bide of the Great Lakes,
the subsidy mongers will plead in the
.Fifty -sixth Congress for the Hanna
Steamship Subsidy bill on the pre
tence that this measure is necessary in
order to revive the American mer
chant marine. The real object of the
scheme is to create a vast monopoly of
"Should the Hanna Steamship Sub
sidy bill be passed, the next step
would be to organize a Shipbuilding
trust under its auspices, just as other
monopolies have been created by Con
gresssional legislation. In fact, so
confident are the subsidy mongers of
the passage of the bill, with the influ
ence of the administration and the
work of the lobby, that a movement is
already on foot to combine all the
shipyards on both the Atlantic and
Pacific oceans and on the Great Lakes.
Without the subsidy that is, sought
, from Congress at the expense of the
American people this shipbuilding
combination, if formed, would, have
no terrors; since any unjust power
which it might attempt to exercise
would be defeated by the competition
of the maritime world.
"Duriog the recent contest in Ohio
Senator Hanna was not so wanting in
frankness as to make a pretence of
hostility to the Trusts which he did
not feel. He could make such a pre
tence when contemplating the great
Ocean Transportation Trust that would
be created under the Steamship Sub
sidy bill, which he has ready
for reintroduction in Congress.
It has been stoutly denied in some
quarters that there is any inten
tion of forming a Shipbuilding
Trust; and so far as ocean trans-
Eortation is concerned such a com
ination would be useless under ex
isting conditions. But let the Hanna
Steamship Subsidy bill be passed, and
gigantic Shipbuilding Trust, to share
if not to monopolize its spoils, would
be inevitable. It is not to be supposed
gested, combining under one man
agement the leading Bhip yards of
tfie country and absorbing or driv
ing out of business the others. The
next will be a combine to control
the ocean traffic, and perhaps the
lake traffic, too. Theremight be
some difficulty in this and perhaps
some legislation might be necessary
to hfclp accomplish it, but men who
have influence enough toy "put
through" such a measure as the
Hanna-Payne subsidy, steal would
doubtless have influence enough to
secure any supplementary legisla
tion that might be necesaarv to
secure them the full fruits of that
swindling scheme. They might by
some sort of discriminating legisla
lation, in addition to subsidies,
secure this in the way of a tonnage
tax or7 a tax of a similar nature,
drive foreign ships from our ports
in time and give a monopoly to the
ships of this ship combine. That's
about the way they would revive our
merchant marine, and control it
when they revived it, and all the
time they would be running their
arms into the United States Treas
nry and drawing out -their millions
of dollars, which would go as profits
into their coffers, j
If they are anxious to have a mer
chant marine in which there would
be no grab or steal why do they , not
ask Congress to repeal the prohibi
tive legislation which encumbers our
statute books, antiquated half a cen
tury ago, and give Americans who
may wish to engage in ocean traffic
the privilege to go where they choose
to build or buy ships, and sail them
under the flag of their country? If,
as they assert, there is an abund
ance of money in this country seek
ing marine investment why not give
it a chance and let the owners of
that capital have a chance to invest
it in ships built abroad, or in ships
built at home, if they preferred
this? If they are so fully im
bued with national pride that
they would prefer ships, built
in this country, even At they
cost more, let them have them, but
if they took a purely business view
of it and found that they could get
such ships as they wanted in some
other country on better terms,, let
them go there and get them, and
make them a part of our merchant
marine, enjoying all the protection,
rights and privileges of ships built in
this cduntry. If they were as intent
upon reviving our merchant marine
as they are upon carrying out this
colossal scheme and robbing the
American people of millions of dol
lars, that's what they would do; but
the steal is a bigger thing in their
eyes than a merchant marine, and
hence they will oppose any step
taken for the repeal of this prohibi
THE ISSUE. .
Senator Morgan, of Alabama, is
quoted . as expressing the opinion
that expansion and trusts will not
figure as issues in the next Presi
dential campaign, and that the live
Issue will be the money question,
fought by the Democrats on the
Chicago platform. He says the ques
tion of expansion and imperialism
will be settled before the next cam
paign opens, and therefore they will
be elimnated. He does not give a
reason why the trusts will not fig
ure. There is no doubt, whatever, that
the Administration will make hercu
lean efforts to end the war in the
Philippines before another election
comes on, for the country has be
come pretty tired of that hor
rid series of blunders from be
ginning " to end. The large re
inforcements sent, with the" ad
ditional war vessels is proof of this.
In an island where only a small
minority of the people are said to be
in sympathy with the "insurrection"
and with as few fighting men as the
Filipino leaders are said to be able
to muster, 65,000 American soldiers
ought to have a picnic in going over
that island when the roads become
dry enough to make marching a
matter of little labor.
But the money question will be
in it and the trusts, too. There is
no doubt of that for neither of these
can be eliminated. The financial
stringency from Which business has
suffered within the past year, not
withstanding the talk of an abund
anoe of money, has emphasized the
necessity of making a fight for silver
to prevent further contraction of the
currency, for if the gold men succeed
in establishing the gold standard
they will practically destroy one
half of our money, and the business
interests of the country would be
absolutely at the mercy of the big
Eastern money combines.
STILL PEGGING AWAY
AT THE ARTESIAN WELL.
ROAD MATTERS DISCUSSED. IMPERIAL PINE PRODUCT CO.
It is Now 1,285 Feet Deep The Drill Has
Passed Through 176 feet of Solid;
Notwithstanding the fact that Wil
mington is down by the sea, it has a
solid rock foundation, as is proven by
the efforts of the Clarendon Water
works Company to bore "an. artesian
well at Hilton. The well, at the close
of work yesterday afternoon, had reach
ed a depth of 185 feet, the drill being
still at work inJsblid granite rock that
gets harder the deeper the drill goes.
The rock is so solid that during the
past week the boring made a progress
of only three and a half feet, or an
average of a little more than 7 inches
a day. Up to yesterday evening' the
drill has passed through 176 feet of
,Work was begun an this well in
March, 1898, and the contractor is still
pegging away. The waterworks com
pany is determined to get water if it
is to be had this Bide of China, and
no doubt they will succeed in getting
a flow sooner or later. -
It will be remembered that two wells
were abandoned by former contractors
after getting down several hundred
feet and securing only a flow of salt
water. 'Salt water isTalso gushing from
the present well.
! THE CITY'S FINANCIAL STANDING.
Force of habit is a strong thing.
Some enterprising fellows struck a
town in Egypt with 70,000 people,
whose only drinking water came
from an old canal. They bored
some wells which furnished nice
sparkling water, but the natives had
become so accustomed to the per
fumed liquid which their ancestors
drank that, that they could not be
prevailed upon to touch the other.
"THE "ONLY DANGER."
The New York Commercial Adver
tiser is not especially interested in
the cotton planter, but it takes in
terest enough in him to warn him
against "the only danger" an in-,
crease of the cotton acreage next
year. Speaking of the present and
prospective conditions, it says:
"Shortage in the cotton crop this
vear comes at a time when the cotton
mills both of the United States and of
England and Germany are exceptional
ly busy. This will probably prevent the
rise in price of the raw material from
lessening the output of cotton goods,
and at the same time cotton planters
will be benefited. The only danger is
that a better price for cotton may tempt
the planters to increase the acreage
of cotton planting instead of continu
ing the policy of diversifying their
crops, as many of them have been
doing of late. Still this tendency is
quite natural, and the only security
against it is new foreign outlets for
American cotton goods, such as ex
pansion would furnish. With a great
permanent foreign trade in these
fabrics it would not be & matter of su
preme importance how much cotton
was planted every year, ine ouuui
could employ its natural resources as
it deemed best and diversification of
crops would not be so essential as it is
now. Perception of these facts is one
of the reasons why sentiment in that
section is now so strongly in favor of
' We publish this on account of the
warning The Commercial-Advertiser
being an expansion paper takes ad
vantage of the opportunity to boost
expansion by substantially asserting
that the future prosperity of the cot
ton growing industry In the outh
is dependent upon, tnav wmcn is a
As a general thing the flea is sim
ply a promoter of activity and some
times of profanity. But there is a
flea in Paraguay, the bite of which
proves fatal. In 1870 an English
colony of 200 people was extermi
nated by it, and later a German colony
was driven out. It attaoks Euro
peans in preference to natives be
cause they are cleaner, and use soap.
Perhaps this may account for the
natives' avoidance of soap.
A lightning-rod man died in a
Richmond hospital a few days ago,
who carried a $1,000,000 insurance
policy on his life. That he' should
have carried so much 1 insurance
didn't cause any surprise, but peo
ple are curious to know how he man
aged to get, money enough out of
lightning-rods to keep the policy
Referring to the repeated efforts to
form a ship-building "trust, the Phil
adelphia Press says: "If the ship
builders combine, they will get no
encouragement from Congress."
With this hint from an administra
tion organ perhaps they may wait
till they grab the encouragement,
and then combine.
Kansas prisoners should not be
subjected to too severe ordeals.
One recently killed himself while a
local band was serenading the Sher
iff ."That was too much for the
prisoner. ' . .
It is said j;bat Admiral Dewey has
income enough to "keep the wolf
from the door." - With his income,
a daisy home, and a rich wife, he
ought to be fixed to keep the whole
wolf family .from the door. - ' -
When Marconi was returning
home, he notified his friends when
he would be with them by sending
in a telegram wherC the vessel was
forty-five miles out from Southamp
Clerk and Treasurer Discounts Notes for
Summer Current Expenses.
In accordance with a' suggestion of
the finance Committee at the last
meeting of the Board of Aldermen,
City Clerk and Treasurer B. F.
King yesterday paid off notes amount
ing to $30,000, which was borrowed
by the city in June and July to tide
over expenses until tax gathering
time. These notes were not due un
til December and January but were
paid- yesterday and discount saved.
Besides these notes.one of $10,000 long
due the sinking fund, was taken up.
This means that the actual debt of the
city has been reduced $10,000 and the
regular yearly loan paid back much
sooner than usual. Mr .King says
that he expects the regular revenue to
run the city from now on and hopes
to accumulate enough to pay the $5,000
bonds due Jan 1st, 1900,
Financial matters under the new ad
ministration are taking upon them'
selves an exceedingly healthy atti
tude and the collections of revenue
thus far from all sources are a hand
some testimonial to City Treasurer
King . and his corps of competent as
sistants. Up to last night $52,828 32
had been collected in real, personal
and poil"taxes," wh'cb is far in excess
of the amount received to a corres
ponding period in previous years.
The collection of privilege tax has also
British Tramps Depart.
There is now not a British tramp
steamer in port, the Moonstone, which
was loading timber for the Acme Tea
Chest .Company, having cleared for
Glasgow and the Wragaoe having
been cleared by Messrs. Alexander
Sprunt & Sou with cotton for Bremen,
The Moonstone, 1,363 tons, Capt
Foster, carried 468,508 feet of gum
and ash timber, valued at $6,000, for
the Acme Tea Chest Co.,' which will
be used for veneering purposes, as
has been often stated in the Stab.
She also carried 1,000 feet pine lum
ber, 750 casks spirits turpentine, 2,000
barrels rosin and 600 barrels' tar, the
entire cargo being valued at $28,352.10.
The vessel was by Heide & Co., and
the cargo by Will L. Miller, agent.
Tha Wraggoe, 1.838 tons, Capt.
Rowe, carried 10,200 bales cotton,
valued at $380,000, the vessel and
cargo being by Messrs. Sprunt & Son.
. Several other steamers for the cot
ton trade are expected to arrive within
a short time.
LETTUCE SEASON HAS CO HE.
Commissioners Give Farther Consideration
to Improvement "Summer Rest"
Road Declared Poblic.
Only matters pertaining to the betJ
terment of the public roads of the
county were discubsed at yesterday's
adjourned session of the Board of
County Commissioners, though
nothing definite was agreed upon and
an adjournment was taken subject to
call of the Chairman. For -the past
several meetings of the Board the
subject of good roads has been exhaus
ively discussed by the members with
Capt. " Barry, the road superinten
dent, and that there will be some
tangible results'' from the discussion,
At the meeting yesterday anent the
discussion of these matters, the ques
tion of making a public thoroughfare
of the -road, fron? Wrigbtsville depot
to "Summer" Rest" was taken up and
upon motion of Commissioner Alex
ander it was ordered that the stretch
of way from the depot along the sound
to the Larkins ditch, thence in a
northerly direction about two miles
to a point near the six mile post near
Baymede station, following the lines of
the Stokeley and lower Newkirk roads
be incorporated into the public road
system and of course it will receive
its pro rata benefit of the county ap
propriation for this purpose. The cot
tagers at "3ummer Rest" have been
contending for this privilege for a
number of years and the action of the
board in this respect will be hailed
with pleasure by them.
At the meeting yesterday Col. Roger
Moire presided and members present
were Commissioners Holmes, Alex
ander and McEachern.
A TRANSFER OP STEAMERS.
Details of Purchase of Its Plant by Mr. Geo.
E." Pope, of Wilmington Deed Filed
The Stab noted several, months
ago the purchase by Mr. George E.
Pope, of Wilmington, of the plant of
the Imperial Pine Product Company,
or "Unknown Factory" as it is some
times termed, and yesterday details of
the purchase became apparent from
the deed to the property, which was
filed for registration at the Court
The stipulation is $20 000 and the
sale was made August 15th by the offi
cers of the Imp-rial Company by
virtue of a resolution passed at a meet
ing of the stockholders in New York,
January 19 th, delegating to the said
officers the power to dispose of the
plant and appurtenances, including
the sole right to the trade mark "Im
perolene," also that "free and per
petual right of entry, right of way
and easement at any and all times for
the construction of a line of railway
leading from the land of the company
to and connecting with the W. & W.
R. R., at or near the two-mile post."
There were also entered for regis
tration yesterday articles of release
from the Knickerbocker Trust Com
pany, of New Yorki to the Imperia
Pine Product Company, absolving it
of a mortage given for the security of
payment of its fi-st mortage six per
cent, gold bonds.
The Imperial Company is a corpora
tion existing under the laws of West
I BOERS' ATTACK.
Attempt to Rush Estcourt
Was Defeated by the
STILL SHELLING LADYSMITH.
The Boers Bombarding Klmberley Again.
British Relief Column Advices From
Gen. Bailer British Transports
. j . With Troops Arriving.
COTTON CROP ESTIMATE.
The Clyde Steamship Saginaw Will Be
come a Regular Visitor to This Port.
It can now be announced definitely
that the Clyde steamship New York,
Capt. Ingram, which has been plying
regularly from the home port to Wil
mington and Georgetown, will bs
taken off this run and the Saginaw
sent in her stead. The New York
cleared for her last trip f com Wil
mington early this week. The Oneida
will, however, continue on this line
and will be here as usual Tuesday,
21st, sailing from New York on the
The Saginaw has often visited Wil
mington and will be here on her
initial trip, under the new arrange
ment, Tuesday, November 28tbr sail
ing from Georgetown as usual the day
after arrival from the New York trip.
She i3 in charge of Capt. Johnson and
is of 1,429 tons burthen. Formerly
she has been making the Clyde
schedule between Boston, Charleston
and Jacksonville, conveying both pas
sengers and freight.
In response to an inquiry, Superin
tendent mallbones said yesterday
that he did not know what disposition
would be made of the Neio York.
Mr. R. M. Wescott returned last
'evening from a business trip to Kin
ston, LaGrange and other points in
that vicinity, Mr. Wescott was com
pletely captivated with the air of busi
ness prosperity and good will which
appears to be pervading the growing
little city of Kinston, and is extrava
gant in his praise of the general com
mercial aspect of the community in
general. Twelve million pounds of
tobacco, he said, were sold there the
present season, and this industry alone
has contributed greatly to the up
building of the place. One enterprise
alone in the city, he says, is reported
as employing over three hundred
laborers. It is suggested that what
the tobacco industry has done for
Kinston, Wilson and other points, the
same could be done for Wilmington if
only the proper measures were taken
by her commercial men and the far
mers in the territory adjoining.
Latham, Alexander & Co. Put the Figures
at 8,709,690 Bales.
Messrs Latham, Alexander & Co.,
the well known bankers and cotton
merchants, have , issued a circular,
dated November 15th, in which they
estimate the present crop at 8,709,690
bales against 11,275,000 bales last year.
This letter is based on 2,800 letters re
ceived from reliable correspondents
in all the cotton States, and the result
given above is reached by averaging
the estimates from each State.
The circular of Messrs. Latham,
Alexander & Co., concludes as fol
lows: ' Two thsusand one hundred and
forty correspondents report that the
crop has been more rapidly marketed,
or shipped to market as quickly as in
former years. x
Four hundred and forty-two corres
pondents report that from 5 to 15 per
cent, more than last year has been
held on plantations, towns and cities
for higher prices.
Our Special agents who have been
travelling through the South for the
Sast month, to ascertain the true con
ition of the cotton crop fully con
firm the foregoing estimate."
from three positions; Subsequently
they maintained ftesultory fire until
7.15 o'clock. I
One shell killed a Kaffir woman in
the street and another fell on the roof
of a bar. partially wrecking the
building but not injuring . any of
the inmates. Six shells were
fired against the -waterworks, but
fell in the reservoir. Several ar
tillerymen in the fort there had
close shaves. Our guns replied at
long range, and at least two shells are
believed to have found their mark, as
the fire of the Boers in that direction
was effectually silenced. ' i
The heavy bombardment was re--
no wed at 8 40 o'clock this afternoon
from two positions. Our guns are now
replying. The enemy's shells are fall
ing harmlessly, though the artillery
men have found the range.
Cotton and Naval Stores.
The following weekly and crop year
receipts of cotton and navalstores for
the period ending November 17th,
were posted at the Produce Exchange
Week ended Nov. 17th, 1899. Cot
ton, 11,893 bales; spirits, 377 casks; ro-
sin, 5,816 oarreis; tar, x,uui oarreis;
crude, 293 barrels.
Week ended Nov. 17th, 1898. Cot
ton, 17,969 bales; spirits, 855 casks; ro
sin, 2,988 barrels; tar, 857 barrels;
crude, 196 barrels. ,
Crop year to Nov. 17th, 1899. Cot
ton, 153,214 bales; spirits, 23,649 casks:
rosin; 93 235 barrels; tar, 36,753 bar
rels; crude, 8,455 barrels.
Crop year to Nov. 17th, 1898. Cot
ton, 193,803 bales; spirits, 21,975 casks;
rosin, 104,109 barrels; tar, 36,037 bar
rels; crude, 7,858 barrels.
! By Cable to the uornbur Star.
Estcoxjbt, November 18 1.40 P.
M. -Atl0 o'clock this morning the
Boers attempted to rush Estcourt, but
one shot from our naval gun and sev
eral long range volleys nred by the
Dublin Fusileers sent them back pre
cipitately. ' The Boers had several
guns posted on surrounding kopjes,
bnt our naval men apparently
astonished them, and their guns' were
withdrawn. - 1
A runner arrived here from Lady
smith to-day bearing dispatches from
General White who reported all well
there. He adds that the Boer shells
have no effect. General White re
cently made a sortie and drove the
Boers from their, guns position. . The
British did not lose a man. The town
is healthy. I
The bombardment of Ladysmith was
continued almost daily with bier eruns.
The ooers endeavored on Tuesday to
make a closer investment, but were re
pulsed ; General White following this
up with a sortie which drove the Boers
from all their positions with consider
The Boers are reported to be serious
ly short of provisions.
, Kimberley Relief Column.
Orange River, Novetuber 15.
General Methnen has decided that
the Kimberley relief column is to
march m as light order as possible.
omall bands of tJoers are roaming
in Griqualand West, annexing towns
without opposition. They have al
ready taken possession, of Barkley
West and Douglass. A few police
were captured at both places.
Lorenzo, Marques, Delagoa Bat,
Nov. 17. The official Volkstem re
ports that the great bridge over the
Tugela river, near Colenso, was com
pletely destroyed Wednesday Novem
ber 15. The Boers are looking forward
with great interest to the impending
encounter between Colenso and Est
court, with the advancing British.
About six hundred burghers, with
cannon, are guarding the Helmakaar
pass, eighteen miles from Dundee, to
baffle strategical attempt to reoccupy
Dundee by the Pietermaritzburg
j Advices From Qeneral Boiler.
London, November 18. The War
Office has received the following dis
patch from General Buller, dated
Cape Town, November 17th:
"Report from Kimberley November
11th, says all I well there. Reports
from Ladysmith November 12th and
November 13th say all well there."
An official dispatch from Pretoria,
dated Friday, November 10 th, con
firms the statements to the effect that
the Boers' big guns had little effect at
Reports from Cape Colony indicate
that the Boer sympathizers are greatly
surprised at the inability of General
Joubert to capture Ladysmith. It is
announced that British transports are
arriving at Cape Town to-day, and
add, roughly, four thousand six hun
dred men to the British force in South
Africa, making a total of about 27,000
men of General Buller's army corps
that have arrived.
She "It's a woman's privi
lege to change her mind, you know."
He "Yes, and her age, too, but she
takes her time in doing it." ,
His View: Little sister "Do
you always have to count four when
you come to a period?" Little Brother
"No; only when you're at school.''
Stern Father " So you want
to marry my daughter, . do you ?"
Young Man (nervously) " Yes, sir."
8tern Father" Thanks. Have a ci
gar." . j
Aunty "Do you say your
prayers in the morning, too, Johnny t"
Johnny, -(scornfully) "Of course I
don't. Anybody can take care of him- .
self in the daytime." Harlem Life j ;
"Daughters are a great anx-
iety." "How so, Mrs. Nooch!" "If
you don't dress them handsomely
they are not attractive, and if you do
dress them handsomely men are afraid
to marry them." Chicago Record, j
"Never pay any money without
taking a receipt for it," said the pruj
dent man. Senator Sorghum looked
at himi pityingly and exclaimed t
"What's the good of a receipt with
the Australian ballot system?" Wash
ington Star. -)
Visitor "I wonder that you
allow your servant girl to kindle the
fire with kerosene Aren't you afraid
she'll be burned to death some day ?"
Mr. Howson Lott "There's no danr
ger; she's too green to burn."" Har
per1 s Bazaar. J
Jay Green "Hoh! What do
you girls want with a chaperone at
your picnic to morrow, if there ain't
going to be any men along?" Daisy
Medders "Stupid! Don't you suppose
we want somebody to turn the ice
cream freezer?" Harper's Bazar. I
Fond Father "Tommy, I've
just received from Santa Claus a tele
gram saying he hasn't watches enough '
this year to go round." Tommy (ref
flectively) "Well, just wire him to.
call here early in the evening." Jew'
Mr. Enpeck "Do you think
that man who acknowledges having
forty-two wives should be imprisoned ?'f
Mrs. Enpeck "Imprisoned? Why the
wretch ought to be hanged?" Mr. En
peck "Yes, I guess you are right, my
dear. That would put the poor fel
low out of his misery." j
Mrs. Smitem "Bobby, you.
bad boy, have you been fighting with
Tommy Slimson again? Dear, deart
I shall have to get you a new suit.'!
Bobby "That's nothing, ma. You
ought to see Tommy Slimson. His
ma may have to get her a new boy." t .
Tit Bits. : 1
After the Boom: "When I
came to this town," said the man on
the drv coods box. "everything 1 had
in the world was tied up in a red ban4
danna handkerchief." "And now ,
asked toe tourist, who was waitiDg
for a train. "And now," replied the
man, "everything I've got in the
worm is tied down witn mortgages.
sheer ' assumption
nana! would do more for the cotton
SJraShJJjfiTe1 industry than ten Philippine archi- An Attractive Show Window.
livious of their interests and oppor- uelagos. if they came as a free gift I a very pleasing and an exceedingly
without a dollar of cost or a drop of appropriate show window on the occa-
uia 4 aw assumption is that I sion of the big
sentiment in, this section is strongly
in favor oT expansion. There are
some expansionists in the South, it
is true but as far as public senti
ment7 goes it is decidedly against ex
pansion by powder and ball.
& W.si inert on disnatch says Ad-
tunities as to leave the entire subsidy
poils to the ship owners. -
"For the rest, the vast export and
import trade of the United States
affords a conspicuous refutation of the
pretence that the Hanna Steamship
Subsidy bill is necessary to open new
markets. What is needed in this as in
maoy other cases is not the making of
new bad laws, but the repeal of old
d laws. Repeal of the Navigation
kws, which prohibit American mer
chants from buying ships in the best
markets, would accomplish infinitely
more to retrieve the country's mari
Jime interests than could be -effected
by the expenditure of untold millions
of the people's money in subsidy spoils.
Under the policy of free ship there
ould be a spontaneous and normal
'ise of the American merchant marine.
The Hanna Steamship Subsidy bill, on
he other band, would mean a vast
cean Transportation Trait for the
obstruction of commerce and the op
pression of the people."
The first result will be a ship build
iQg trust, as hag already been :sug-
miral Dewey has deeded that Wash
ington house presented to him, to
his wife. He said when they first
talked of giving him a house he
didn't have any use for it, and this
proves it. ' '
With her six large skunk farms
producing very large colonies of
Bkunks, it is not surprising -uwi u
diana should be in bad odor.
Masonic Fair, which
claim all attention this week,
may be seen at the shoe store oi
-m-m UniwA Ar. F.vans. No. 115 Prin-
iucnai a. ww - .
cess street The window is filled with
Douglass, Jenness Miller and Dutten
hoffer and other standardmanufactures
of shoes, of which this enterprising
firm has exclusive sale in the city.
These are artistically grouped around
a display of the premiums given away
at the store and novelties in the shoe
lineSurrounding them all and in the
background is a large placard with a"
neat emblematical drawing with this
terse and poetical announcement:
"With Masonic Treatment We Greet
You; With Masonic Dealings We
.Treat You." It is needless to say the
window will attract the attention of
the many visitors to the Fair this
Truckers Made Oood Shipments Yesterday.
Are Encouraged With Actjve Market.
The first lettuee shipments of con
sequence from the vicinity of Wil
mington were made yesterday by ex
press to several Northern markets and
within a week or two the lettuce sea
son will be in full blast About fifty
barrels were shipped yesterday and
the growers say that next week cut
ting will become more general. Prices
as a rule are very remunerative thus
far and commission houses in several
of the markets North are offering $5
to $5.60 . per barrel with indications
of a steady market for some time yet
Several soliciting agents are already
in the field and bespeak a successful
season for the farmer. v
There is ajnuch larger acreage in
lettuce this year than usual and the
quality is paid to be very fine, though
in sections the effects of the late
drought are apparent.
Will Return To.night. -v ' -Mr.
W. W. MacRae, who recently
went to New York for treatment of
a bite inflicted by a supposed rabid
dog, is expected to return to his home
this evening. He is now in Fayette
ville visiting relatives and reports
that the Pasteur treatment was' a suc
cess, if there was,' indeed, need of such
irentmAnt. His manv friends here
will be glad to know that he has taken
this successful precaution to prevent
hydrophobia in the event the animal
by which he was bitten-tfas a rabid
The Register of Deeds during
the past week issued five licenses for
the marriage of white couples and one
1 for the marriage of a colored Couple.
Dr. Porter Recovering.
Mr. D. C. Venters, of Rocky Point,
who was in the city yesterday, told a
Star representative that Dr. E. Porter,
who sustained serious injuries several
days ago by falling from a ladder from
whence he was directing some im
provements to a building, is improving
rapidly and will be out in a short
while. There are few men in Eastern
Carolina so well and favorably known
as Dr. Porter and the news of his
rapid recovery will be noted with
pleasure by his numerous friends and
especially those -in Wilmington and
vicinity, where he has such extensive
business interests and is consequently
better known. . "
Mr. Levi J. Perry, an employe in
the dye rooms of the Wilmington
Cotton Mills, was severely soalded
about the right side yesterday morn
ing at 10 o'clock by a sluice of boiling
fluid turned upon him accidentally
from a vessel by one of his fellow
workmen. Dr. McMillan gave him
temporary attention and later Dr. R.
E. Zachary, the mill physician had him
sent to his home, 512 Orrell's alley.
He is not seriously injured and will
return to his work in a few days.
Tug Blanche Floated.
The tug Blanche was pulled off the
beach at Southport on the flood tide
early yesterday morning and was
towed up to the city by the Marion
yesterday afternoon for fresh water
to refill the boiler. She is not injured
in any particular and after filling the
boiler she steamed down the river as
of yore and resumed her harbor towing.
His Sanity Questioned. r
Upon an affidavit made by Hiram
Moore, J. E. Tyner was yesterday
brought before a commission de luna
tico inquirendo for an examination as
to his alleged insanity. A number of
witnesses testified, all of whom except
Moore, swore that Mr. Tyner was per
fectly sane so far as they could dis
cern. The commission before con
cluding the examination dismissed the
entire proceeding. Mr. Tyner declares
that the action was brought by Moore
because some days since he had him
arrested for being a nusiance. ..
Schooner Gold Leafs Wreck,
The wreck report of the coasting
schooner Gold Leaf, of 15 tons, which
went ashore during the recent hurri
cane was filed at the Custom House
yesterday by Capt A. D. Bessent
The 'Gold Leaf is owned by Mr.
Jesse Wilson, of Calabash, N. C, and
is valued at $800. The cargo was
valuedTat $1,000. making a total of
$1,800, all of which is a total loss. She
carried a cargo of general merchan
dise and was manned by four seamen,
none of whom were lost She was
bound from Wilmington to Little
River, S. C.
Heavy Fighting at Ladysmith.
Lorenzo Marques, N ovember 18.
Belated disnatches from a correspond
ent with the Boers near Ladysmith,
up to Tuesday, November 14th, have
arrirvea uere, uiMjr uoiuk atriviajr cen
sored at Pretoria.
Commandant: Weilbach captured a
man who reported that General White
was wounded and had gone to Pieter
m&ritzburcr. leaviner General French
in command. This, however, does
not tallv with the Transvaal's infor
mation. The prisoner also reported
that the British forces were hiding in
underground chambers, in order to
avoid the shells, and said there were
about one thousand wounded in the
hospitals. General Joubert had been
indisixsed. but is better.
Heavv fiehtiner occurred between
the i Orange Free State troops and the
British south of Ladysmith during the
morning of Tuesday, November 14th.
The result is not known.
London, November 19. A dispatch
from Pietermantzbure. aatea atur-
dav. November 18th. savs
"A runner brines a message frOm
Ladysmith saying that on November
9th the Boers attacked mat town irom
the f southwest but were repulsed by
the Roval Rifles and Rifle brigade with
sreat loss. On November 14th the
Rnera made an attack near Colenso,
but were repulsed with a loss of eight
hundred. Fighting is proceeding at
! The Last Attack on Estcourt.
'Estcourt. November 18. For sev
eral days it has been known that the
Boers have been creeping toward Est
ennrt. and had boasted that they
-. . ... mi
would be in here tnis morning, xney
At Bavnort. eighteen miles west of
Brocksville, Fla., Joe Goethe, a hotel
keeper, killed SamFrir k, a prominent
citizen, it is reported as an act oi
justifiable homicide by citizens.
Chief Justice Chambers of Samoa
has resigned and his resignation has
been accepted for the United States,
one of the tnree parties to me cenin
treaty, by the president.
APaterson dispatch says: The most
intimate friends of Vice President
Hobart admit that the improvement
observed a few days ago has disap-i
peared and that he is growingweaker.j
Senator John M. Thurston of
Nebraska and Miss Lola Purman,!
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Pur
man of Washington, were marnea
yesterday at the residence otb bride's
parents. ; ( I
The Macon Conference of the Afri
can Methodist .episcopal cnurcn;
adopted a resolution endorsing the
speech of Bishop H. M. Turner con
cerning the Hard wick bill now before
the Georgia Legislature which is in
tended to disfranchise the negroes.
Frank Morse and Warren Goodwin,
arrested in Murray county, Ga., upon
the charge of counterfeiting. The
men ' have been" bound oyer and
placed in aiL A large number Of i
dollars and fractional coins and a com
plete set of implements were alsOj
The Secretary of the Treasury under,
the authority contained in Section
3005 of the Revised Statutes, has de
signated Newport News, Va., Swan-
ton, Vermont ana an isiego, vaia.,
places at which goods may be forward
ed in transit through the United States
to and from Canada. 1
The Atlantic Coast Line will put in
service to-night a quicker schedule on
their Florida and West Indian limited
train, and on January 16th next they
will run on this train a sleeping car
throueh to Palm Beach and Miami,
On the same date they will put in ser
vice their , Hew x one ana r ionaa
General Andrew D. Cowles died
yesterday at Statesville, N. C. He
was postmaster oi nis town unaer
Harrison's administration ; was a Mc-
were met unoni their arrival with a
recention that thev little expected.
. . ., ,,.1 T 11.. t-v..li:
At exactly iu o ciock. vub xuuuu ui- , in x 896 adiustant een-
leers took up their position , an Iwith- SSraVKt
out wasting any time opened fire by Snftnih.Ameri war and captain of
Sale of Steamer Daggett
Capt Herbert Ward has sold his
two-third interest in the river steamer
W. T. Daggett, of 35 tons, to Capt
Ellis Sherman, of Point Caswell, the
consideration being $350 for this in
terest. Capt Sherman had previously
purchased the other, third interest in
the boat from Mr. B. L. Malnass, also
of Point Caswell, and he is itbw the
sole owner. The bill of sale of Capt
Ward's interest and a mortgage to
Capt Ward to secure payment have
been filed at the Custom House.
The numerous friends in Wil
mington of Mr. NorwooAGiles.will re
gret much to know that yesterday
there was no change in his condition
for the better. Mr. Clayton Giles, his
brother, is at his bedside in New York.
vnllavs at lone range on the advanc
ing! enemy, who were crossing the
railway from the northwest of the
tnwn. A loud renort and a whizzing
head told i the tale of the blue
jackets' watchfulness. A big puff of
mnlrn indicated that their aim was
good, the shell i bursting in the miast
of the Boers, several of whose horses
were observed galloping about rider
less. The Boers doubled back, helter-
On advantageous points of the sur-
roundinc hills, the Boers guns' were
posted, getting ! ready to cover tne
advance of their firing line. Their
astonishment must have been great, as
tliAT snnedilv i retired. One snot
..nct tVinm tn withdraw out Of sight.
They evidently did not dream that the
Rritish had a fonir ranee gun here as
they were pressing on with the utmost
nrtnfidence. exDectingto be in Estcourt
within fifteen minutes after crossing
the railway, au w quien uuw.
L , Killed a Kaflfr Woman.
tttwwwrt.icv. November 18. The
Boers bombarded Kimberley again at
5.15 o'clock this morning, shelling
the town briskly until 6.15 A. M.,
oneof thelvolunteer companies enlisted
for that war in North Carolina.
- U. S. CRUISER CHARLESTON.
Eifort Will be Made to Float the
By Telegraph to the Morning Star.
Washington, Nov. 16. The Cul
geoa started to day from Hong Kong
for the wreck of the-cruiser Charleston.
If she can manage to approach the,
wreck and lift off the big turret guns
it is believed that the Charleston can be
floated. The main source of anxiety
is the weather, which at this time is
likely to be stormy.
Cures Croup and Whooping-Cough
Unexcelled for Consumptives. Gives
quick, sure results. Refuse substitutes.
Br.ButrtPimcurtMiliounut. Trial, loftrsc
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