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WILMINGTON, N. C,
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the subscription price of the "WV-Jy Star Ii a
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A CHANGE IN THE AGREEMENT.
The probabilities are that the cur
niv scheme which will be nreaent-
edto Congress will elicit a pretty
lively discussion, and be considerably
altered before it finally goes through,
if it doe3 go through. The New
York Sun doesn't like it at all, and
has begun to show its inconsistencies
and its contradictions. The follow
ing is part of an editoral containing
the first instalment of the Sun's ob
jections to this so-called currency re
"The firsj; section ' of the proposed
bill is evidently drawn for the pur
pose of quieting the doubts which
have been raised by ill informed news
papers and politicians in regard to the
gold standard. It declares that the
standard unit of value 'shall' consist
of twenty-five and eight tenths grains
of cold Line tenths fine, as if it did
not now consist of just that quantity
of gold, and the committee in their
report accompanying the bill recom
mend that the nation 'shall' adopt the
gold standard, as if it had not yet
done si. This is historically false and
politically a blunder. The act of Con
gress of Feb. 12, 1873, known as the
Mint act, expressly made 900 parts of
pure gold and 100 parts alloy the
standard for cold coins, and, the gold
dollar of twenty-five and eight tenths'
grains' weight the unit of value. To
say, ia effect, that this act is not now
in force is pure folly.
. "Tne second section of the bill pro-"
Tides that all interest-bearing obliga
tions of tae Uaited States for the pay
ment of money 'now existing' shall be
payable in gold. This is a change in
the agreement by holders of existing
obliztions payable in 'coin' to accept
iilrer dollars in payment, which will
not be uiading oa the nation, if, here
after it chooses to dispute it. The sec
tion farther declares that 'all -obligation;,
public and private,' shall be per
formed in conformity with the gold
standard and then immediately de
clares that 'nothing herein contained
shall a Meet the present legal tender
quality of the silver dollar.' Here is a
contradiction which needs to be re
moved. "la the third section and in several
other places tbe bill speaks of the
'United States notes and Treasury
notes issued under the act of July
14th, 1S90.' Treasury notes are United
Slates notes if they are anything, and
the 5346.000.000 ot old legal tender
notes were not issued under the act Of
July 11th, 1890, -but under the act
passed long before that date. The
language of the bill in this' respect
needs to be made clearer.
"Tbe provisions of the fourth sec
tion for the maintenance of tbe gold
reserve fund seem to make it the cuty
of the Secretary of the Treasury to
keep the fund up to the limit of 25 per
cent of the volume of notes how out
standing without regard to the amount
retired. The whole of the notes might
be (aid in a d redeemed, and, yet, ap
parently, bonds would have to be sold
to make up the original 25 per cent.
The selling of bonds is, indeed, left to
the dis cretion of the Secretary ot the
Treasury, but bis duty in regard to it
should be more explicitly defined.
Power is also given to the Secretary
in his discretion to exchange gold coin
for-'any other money made by the
United States." This seems to em
brace the silver dollars but, but a
silverite Secretary might think other
wise, and in exercise of his discretion
refuse to give gold for them. This
possible silverite Secretary has been
the great bugbear of the currency re
formers, and if his power for mischief
is to be destroyed no discretion should
be eived him in regard to the matter.
"The provisions of the bill relating
to the issue of bank notes virtually
amount to paying the national banks
a bonus of per cent, and more per
annum for lssuine currency which
they can lend out for all the interest
mey can crei. xne nation is to guar
antee the notes, redeem them on de
mand, assume their payment when the
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uanns issuing tnem lau ana, oesiues.
to nav interest on the bonds de
posited as security for the notes. Why
the nation should not issue the notes
directlv. itself, and cancel an equal
" amount of bonds, we should be glad to
, "Many other matters in the bill call
ior unfavorable comment, dui weiei
them pass for the present."
The Sun insists that under the
law at the present time all existing
obligations are payable in "coin,
which is true. What these currency
reformers propose to do is to substi
Jute for the word "coin" the word
"gold," and make all debts payable
in "Void" a-nd not in "coin." The
result of this would be to practically
destroy the $500,000,000 of silver
money as a debt paying money and
reduce it to the condition of a mere
token money, on tbe same plane
with nickels and pennies. Isn't it
plain to everv one that with this
amount of money practically d
stroyed the legal tender money left
would be enormouslv enhanced in
This ia what the Sun calls "a
charfee in the agreement." More
properly it might be called a viola
' tton of the contract, because it
forces the -debtor to pay in but one
kind of money,' and that the harder
to get, when he could have paid in
more than one. Practically speak
nuu. manes is cwira ab
hard to redeem, while it puts into
the pocket of the creditor twice as
much as he is . .entitled to or ex
pected when he entered into the
agreement with the debtor. Is there
any justice in that?
Bnt this isn't the first time that
this has been done, and the Govern
ment and the debtor class swindled
by so-called currency legislation,
which was nothing more norless
than .robbery under form of law
ex post facto law. At the close of
the war between the States every
dollar of Government indebtedness
was payable in "lawful money of
the United States." At that time
there was in circulation about $480,
000,000 in greenbacks, all "lawful
money" of the United States, in
which the obligations of the Govern
ment might be lawfully paid. The
holders of Government bonds soon
began a systematic war on the
greenbacks and succeeded in chang
ing the contract substituting the
word "coin" for "lawful money."
This destroyed the greenbacks as
for paying government obligation
went, but still left them legal ten
der j; as between citizens in their
transactions v with each other thus
discriminating, by law, between the
citizens in their dealings with each
other and the holders of Gov
ernment obligations in their deal
ings with the Government. This was
simply a case of buncoing the Gov
ernment, the buncoers being the
gentlemen who hold Government
bonds, which they bought at a dis
count and many of which were paid
for in these Bame greenbacks when a
dollar in gold was equivalent to two
or more dollars in greenbacks. That
was as arrant a case of sheer robbery
as fever passed a legislative assembly;
the Government lost hundreds of
millions of dollars by it and the
bondholders were proportionately
enriched that much thereby.
Having got rid of the greenback,
as far as they were concerned, their
next move was on "coin," the object
being to stop the coinage of the sil
ver dollar, so that they wouldn't
have any thing, to fear from that.
They succeeded by the act of 1873,
which closed the mints on silver, but
the Bland-Allison act re-opened
them and brought silver to the front
again. Now they are making an
other effort to relegate the silver dol
lar by substituting for "coin" the
word "gold," making all obligations
payable not in ""coin" but in gold,
the very thing . they tried, to do in
1873, and did, practically, until the
Bland-Allison act restored silver.
They made war on it again during
Cleveland's administration and suc
ceeded to the extent of repealing the
Sherman purchase clause. And now
they are making the final fight in
the effort to rob the Government and
the people by establishing by law the
single gold standard. .
M0EE AHD BIGGER TRUSTS.
It isan off day now that doesn't
bring reports of the projection of
more and bigger trusts, so large
some of them that the figures are
astounding. Yesterday , we had re
ports of a $200,000,000 sugar trust
a combination of -all the other su
gar trusts and of a threshing ma
chine trust, to control the manufac
ture and sale of threshing machines,
and now we mav look for an ad
vance in the price of these, in addi
tion to the previous increases in the
price of all the machinery used on
Rn manv are the trusts that, it
would be difficult to name any man
ufactured article in general use
.which is not controlled by trusts
and the price of which has not been
materially advanced. The pretence
that the advances have been made
nap.essarv bv the increased cost of
raw materials, and the raise in wages
will. not do, for the raise in prices
is out of all proportion to the in
creased cost of the raw materials
and advance in wages This fraud
has been repeatedly exposed.
The fact is Jthat the manipulators
of the trusts are not content with
reasonable profits, but want to make
enormous profits and hence force
prices as high as they think the
public will stand. They feel their
way, and if one advance does not
materially reduce consumption, they
go up again, and keep on going up
It is simply with most oi tnem a
of robberv. in which the con
sumers are mercilessly plundered
The plunder isn't much at a time, it
nnmeti in small instalments, but in
the aggregate it is immense, and
there is no one however humble his
lot who does not contribute some
thing to the booty-pile. That is an
issue which cannot be ignored, ior
it is simply a question whether the
trusts shall own and run this coun
try or not.
Mr. Chamberlain says there can
be no settlement with the Boers that
does not provide for the recognition
of British supremaoy. That s what
everybody thought when Mr. Cham
berlain forced the rafeket. . The
Boers saw the game tooi and called
Mr. Chamberlain a little sooner than
WURK FOR THE LOBBYIST.
The indications are that with the
numerous jobbing sclfemes which
will come before Congress there will
be work for the lobbyist, and he
will doubtless be on hand. Noticing
something said by Mark Hanna, the
New York Post remarks:
"Senator Hanna announces in an
interview at Cleveland that the Ship
Subsidy bill, which failed for want of
time in the last Congress, will be
taken up and passed at the approach
ing session. The bill will be fiercely
opposed by a strong lobby, backed up
by foreign capital," he Bays. If that
is true, it will be a battle between two
lobbies, the Hanna Payne bill being
itself the product of one of them. It is a
bare faced grab at the public Treasury,
and if successful will be the forerunner
of many others. Mr. Lubin's bill for a
bounty on exports of gricultural pro
ducts is much more meritorious. It"
ought to; be attached to the Payne
Hanna bill, with a proviso that the
oounty w paid to the farmers whose '
products are exported. , Bounties for
all industrious and meritorious per
sons ought to engage the considera
tion of Congress in connection with
the Ship Subsidy bill. The Per Diem
Pension bill will not be far behind it,
we judge, and this is certainly more
meritorious than the Hanna-Payne
bill. Indeed, there is no raseallv
scheme in the lobbv at Washington
i mvu umj uui viaim me same ngut
of access to the public chest."
In talking about foreign lobbyists
MarkXHanna is raising the cry of
"stop thief" to divert attention
from the lobbyists for the schetnes
in which hes interested. Bnt he
can't fool anybody with that kind of
talk, for any oh with two grains of
sense can see through it at once. If
there be any need for them Mark
will have lobbyists enough on hand,
and they won't lack "capital" back
Delaware isn't a good' State to try
to sneak game out of. The one
who does it without a license is
liable, if caught, to a fine of $500
for each bird or animal. The other
day an officer lit on ten rabbits put
up in a box - marked "eggs," which
was a misdemeanor, too. With
$5)000 in fines confronting him, and
a misdemeanor, also, the rabbit-egg
man had better skip.
Mr. Dawson, a clerk in the office
of General Miles, didn't approve of
everything the President has done,
said so in some letters he wrote to
officials, and got bounced. Govern
ment clerks may have opinions not
complimentary to their superiors in
office, but the less expression they
give to them, verbally or in writing,
the more apt they are to hold on to
A Long Island church has an
nounced that poor people are just as
welcome as rich people to graves in
its graveyard. With such a cheerful
assurance poor people in that con
gregation may have more encourage
ment to die.
The Detroit Free Press is having
an interesting time these days. Gov.
Pingree has instituted a $250,000
libel suit against it, and in addition
to that there are other suits aggre
Jessie Farrar, of St." Louis, prom-
ises to achieve a reputation as a
marrvist. She is nineteen and was
married to her fifth husband a f e;
davs aero. She began as an elopist
at the age of thirteen.
After having been located in a
half dozen ,difEerenM3tates, it is
now said that Mrs.Lease is going
to squat in New York. She has in
vented a new political party which
she will take with her.
There are some powerful sleepers
in Reading, Pa. One of them slept
so hard the other night that he un
hinged his jaws, and it took a doctor
an hour or so to prize em back.
Some men are opposed to the grip
of the politician. An Indiana man
wants $10,000 damages from a prom
inent politician because he shook Ms
hand so hard that it dislocated" his
COTTON FROM GEORGETOWN, S. C.
Alexander Spruat & Son Chartered Steamer
for Cargo From a New Field.
The enterprising firm of Messrs.
Alexander Sprunt & Son, whose busi
ness in cotton exporting has now at
tained to mammoth proportions, gave
another evidence yesterday of its pro
gressiveness in the matter of securing
cotton for Wilmington from territory
hitherto covered by cotton men at
The incident referred to was the ar
rival of the steamer Planter, 260 tons
Oapt. Fergurson, which came from
Georgetown, S. C, with? cargo of S31
bales of cotton, which was being dis
charged yesterday at Messrs. Sprunt &
The Planter is on a regular run from
Charleston to Georgetown, but she was
chartered by Messrs. Sprunt & Son to
make this trip, and it is probable that
she will come again. She is a side
wheeler of the old type, and her decks
were piied with cotton, strongly re
sembling the Mississippi river steam
boats, as she steamed up the river
from Southport. The Planter will
leave for the return trip to George
town to-day. '
The pretty naptha yacht
Doris, from New York bound to Cuba,
arrived at Southport yesterday morn
ing and proceeded again late in the
WILMINGTON, N. C., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1899.
llhATH I IN THE TP Ark
asiunxu Vll lUllllAVll
Dr. T. F. Nixon Found Dead
Yesterday Morning Near
TOP OF SKULL KNOCKED OFFJ
Presumably by a Wilmington and Weldon
Train Friday NlghtDeceased Was
Resident Physician at tbe State '
Farms Coroner's Inquest.
The body of Dr. T. F. Nixon, resi
dent physician at the State farm at
Castle Haynes, was found early yes
terday morning lying beside the Wil
mington and Weldon railroad track
at the seventh mile post from Wil
mington, .two miles this side of Castle.
Haynes. The entire top of his head
was taken off and brains were spat
tered along the cross-ties a distance
of thirty-five yards northward.
Pieces of Lis skull and his hat were
also found on the banks of a ditch on
the left side of the track some distance
from where the body lay.
The presumption is that he was
struck by Atlantic Coast Line passen
ger train No. 40, which left Wilming
ton at 6.50 Friday evening, though the
actual circumstances of his death may
never be known. -
An old colored man, William Smith;
first discovered the body and reported
the matter to Section Master D. J.
Watkins at Wrightsboro, who through
station agent Ham at Castle Haynes
had Dr. Bichard J. Price, the coroner,
notified. Dr. Price went to the scene
of the death about 10 o'clock, viewed
the body and empanelled a jury of in
quest consisting of Messrs. James
Cowan, Jas. W. Price, Wm.B.,Hand,
C. H. Casteen, C. C. Bordeaux and
E. H. Shiver.
The testimony of oniy one witness
Section Master Watkins was heard.
He testified that he left home as usual
with his crew at 7 o'clock ; he met Wm.
Smith, who reported to him that there
wa a dead man lying beside the track
atjthe seven mile post. Friday after
noon he saw deceased at Wrightsboro
and about 4.30 o'clock Dr. Nixon ask
ed him if he thought he (Dr. Nixon j
could get home before dark. Dr. Nixon
was staggering when he came up to
him and would have fallen down if he
had not caught on some ties. He was
a drunken man..
The jury was empanelled and the ;
body of the unfortunate man was car
ried to the State farm at 2 o'clock yes
terday afternoon. After hearing the
testimony of Mr. Watkins. the jury
rendered a verdict as follows:
"That deceased came to bis death
by being struck: by a railroad engine
on the Wilmington and Weldon rail
road, near the seven mile post. We
also believe that it was a north bound
train, leaving Wilmington Friday
rt.A.Ko it iann "
Dr. Nixon was returning Friday
afternoon from the State ricefarms
across the riverain Brunswick coun
ty, where he is also the attending
physician. The night was very dark
about the time the train reached the
point where he was killed, and the
engineer knewnothing of what had
happened. Dr. Price said last night
that ail the circumstances pointed to
the factthat the man was struck by a
north, bound train, as his hat and par
ticles of his skull were found on the
:h side to the north of where the
body lay. The brains were also scat
tered on the crossties, indicating the
same condition. In the dead man's
pocket was found a pint flask of whis
key, out of which very little had been
The corpse was last night placed in
a coffin which was sent up on the
evening train from Wilmington, and
it is probable that the remains'will be
taken to Raleigh for interment, where
his wife and six children reside. Dr.
Nixon was about 58 years of age, and
had held the position of physician at
the State farms for a number of years.
He was a native of New Hanover
county, and is well known through
out the, State.
Encounter With Bad Negro. "
Deputy Sheriff George Millis had
an excitiDg experience last night with
a negro desperado named, Tom Wil
liamson, who was recently liberated
from jail and who last night tried to
make trouble at a negro's house in an
alley between Fourth and Fifth and
Church and Castle. Deputy Millis
happened to be in the vicinity of the
row in progress and went into the
house to arrest the parties. William
Bon resisted viciously, wresting a stick
from the officer and attempting to deal
him a blow on the head. Dsputy
Millis at length clubbed him with
the butt of his pistol into submission
and landed him in jail, for trial this
morning before Justice Bornemann at
10 o ClOCK.
THE SQUARE BALE.
The Montgomery, Ala., Advertiser
publishes a statement, subscribed and
sworn to before a notary public, by a
farmer of Montgomery county, to the
effect that on tbe 15th inst. he mar
keted at the same place one square bale
and two round bales of cotton of 1,600
pounds of seed cotton eacn, and tnat
the difference was 38 cents in favor of
the square bale. The general testi
mony seems to be against the innova
tion in cotton packing. We have heard
through private sources that one of the
round bale pacsing plants was on ex
hibition and in operation at the recent
fair in Atlanta, and that the result of
its operations met with small favor.
Sheriff MacRae has thus far
collected $57,729.60 of the real and
personal property tax for 1899 against
$38,584.20 for the corresponding period
last year. The delinquent list is being
rapidly made out and garniaheeing is
I AT flR THE EATD
VI 1 illy 1 A lit.
End of the Splendid Entertain
ment Given at the Ma
LIST OF SHARES AWARDED.
Nearly 2,000 People Attended to. Witness
tbe Close and See Shares Awarded.
Remaining Shares to be Dis
posed of To-morrow Night.
The great Masonic Fair""which be
gan at the magnificent new Temple
November 20th, and which has been a
source of great enjoyment to the
people of Wilmington the past two
weeks, came to an end last night
There was a large attendance yester
day ' afternoon, "and last? night; two
thousand or more people were at the
Temple to witness the close and see
the hundreds of shares awarded. As
usual during the evening the Italian
harpers played, and after 10 o'clock
there was an hour spent in dancing.
During the two weeks the attend
ance has been 5,000 or more and the
receipts will probably foot up $6,000
or $7,000. The fair has been an im
mense success but the financial foot
tings will not be footted up till Tues
day.. Col. Martin, who has ably and
successfully managed the fair, will be
here till the settlement of matters.
Shares Awarded Last Night.
The principal thing done at the fair
last night was to award the shares,
and great interest was taken in this
matter. The following were the
Shrine Booth Handsome quilt, Mr.
James W. Monroe; reed reception
chair, Miss Katie Drew; embroidered
pillow,' Mr. John Gore; beautiful lace
centre piece, made by Miss Jessie
Louise Martin, daughter of Col. and
Mrs. Noble F. Martin, Utica, N. Y.t
awarded to Mr. James W. Monroe;
clock, Col. F. Kerchner. .
Concord Chapter Booth One bar
rel patent flour. Miss Alice Smith;
leather bottom rocker, Mr. A. B. An
drews, Jacksonville, N. C. ; rug, Mr.
W. E. Springer; $5 worth of street car
tickets, Mr. James Sinclair; lady's
trimmed hat, Miss Bessie Toler; coat
and vest, Mr. F. TJlrich, Newbern,
N. C. '
Plantagenet Commandery Booth
Embroidered pillow, Mr. jO. E, Gilli
can; handsome chair, x Mr. M. A.
Stel jes ; combination cane and um
brella, Mr. J. F. Maunder; nickel
plated chocolate pot. Miss Fannie
Smallbones ; lady's belt buckle, Capt,
Orient Lodg Booth Bicycle lamp,
Mr. W; P. Toomer; lady's patent
leather shoes, Mrs. W. B. Whitten;
lady's belt buckle, Mr. George Harriss,
Jr. ; pair of shoes, Mr: W. S. Liddell,
Charlotte, N. C. ; pair lady's shoes, Mr.
T. T. McGee, Goldsboro, N. C. ; silver
gold -lined pickle fork, Mr. W. L. Ev
erett; oak centre table, Mr. Zack Bell;
set iron planes, Mr. W. P. Toomer; set
wood planes. Captain John H. Hanby ;
one trunk, Mr. James W. Monroe; box
tea, Mr. P. L. Farguson, Southport,
Wilmington Lodge Booth Dixie
bicycle, Master Merrill Blair ; one ton
coal, Mr. B. J. Kuhlken; one trunk,
Mr. James W. Monroe ; handsome rug,
Mr. R, H. Bowden; pair silver vases,
Mr. N. Mcintosh; case port wine, Mr.
F. Andrews, Jacksonville,. C. ; air
tight heating stove, MrGeo. Honnet;
.ilk umbrella, Mrs. MyS. Willard; his
tory of Free Masonry, Mr. W. B. c
Koy; handsomepicture, Mr. C. Ed.
Taylor; lace centre pie:e, Mr. R. R.
Stone; firemen's hat, Capt. W. P.
Monroe; pair gent s si oes, Mr. C. Ed.
Taylor silver fruit dish, Capt. L. S.
Belden ; lady's dress pattern, donated by
the Johnson Dry Goods Co., Mr. J. J.
Darby; one cord wood, Mr. Jos. H.
Country Store Magic oil , stove,
Mrs. Jane C. Lee ; a clock, Capt. W.
St. John's Lodge Booth Pair patent
leather.shoes, Mr. W. P. Toomer; set
brass andirons, Mr. J. O. Carr; half
dozen shirts, Mr. James E. Willson.
Lemonade Booth Pair blankets,
Mr. James White; three baskets fruit,
one each, Mrs. Culver, Mr. A. P. Yopp
and Mr. Sam P. Morton, Jr., of Bal
The Votes Counted.
The fair came to an end a few min
utes before midnight The last thing
that was done was to count the votes
in the contest for the most popular
man, and for the most popular lodge.
' The vote for the most popular man
was 280 for Mr. James W. Monroe,
and 173 for Capt John W. Harper.
Mr. Monroe was declared the winner
ofthe handsome $50 divan.
The vote for the most popular lodge
was 493 for Wilmington Lo ge and
395 for Orient Lodge. Wilmington
Lodge was awarded the silver square
and compass. The result was received
with rousing cheers.
Col. Noble F. Martin announced
that the award of shares had not been
completed, and that shares on as many
more articles as were disposed of last
night would be awarded Monday night
at 8 o'clock. - All persons interested in
the awards are invited to be-present.
The most valuable donations are in
cluded in the awards.
To Join the Algonquin.
Mr. Fred E. Owen, first assistant
engineer of the United States revenue
cutter Algonquin, left Thursday night
for Baltimore, after having spent sev
eral weeks here with his family He
was ordered to report on ooard, as
the Algonquin will soon sail for Wil
mington. A letter from Captain Wil
ley states that the cutter will probably
leave for this port about December
A I I THINf.C MITCT tJWn
ALiU 111111 UJ 1I1UJ 1 1,111
The Brilliant and Successful Ma
sonic Fair Comes to a
GREAT FINAL SHARE AWARD.
Temple Crowded With People Last Night.
J Great Interest In Award of Shares.
Two Hundred Valuable Dona
tions to Qo To-night.
Thursday and Thursday night were
the tenth of the Masonic Fair, and as
usual there was a good attendance,
the tickets taken in at the door count
ing up 1,016. Wednesday night the
attendance was 800.
On Thursday night the bale of cot
ton donated -4y Messrs. Alexander
Sprunt & Son, cotton exporters, was
sold to the highest bidder on account
of the "Country Store." It was
knocked down to Messrs. Sprunt &
Son for $i0. During the night the
thousandth dollar .was taken in at the
"Country Store," and the receipts
during the evening ran over the
thousand mark. Very naturally Mrs.
M. S. Willard, chairman of the
"Country Store," and her assistants
as well, were proud of their record.
The store did a good business during
the night and the stock of goods was
so decreased that it only took twenty
minutes to take stock.
The shares awarded Thursday night
were as follows:
Country Store Handsome oak cen
tre table, Miss Nonie Greenabaum.
Lemonade Booth Three baskets of
fruit, one each, Messrs. J. H. Hardin,
D. C. Love and W. A. Martin.
Commandery Booth Carving set,
Mr. F. A. Wortham; brasskettle,
Dr. W. D. McMillan; handsome chair,
Mr. Walter Williamson.
Concord Chapter Booth Handsome
picture, Mr. M. W. Jacobi; half dozen
half hose. Mr. Ray Powers; half
dozen half hose. Mr. James E
St. John's Lodge Booth Art square
Mr. AS. Holden; hand saw, fiihing
rodreel and line, Mr. J, Wilhelm, of
Jew York ; pair of shoes, Mr. Alvin
Jones, of Williamsport, Pa. .
Shrine Booth Suit pattern, donated
by Messrs. H. H. Munson & Co., Mr.
Harry Adler, of New York; fur tibbet,
Mrs. John F. Garrell; hand saw, Mr.
James F. Post.
Wilmington Lodge Booth Tapes
try embroidered sofa pillow, Mr.
Cuthbert Martin; $5 worth of street
car tickets, Mr. T. M. Turrentine; two
embroidered centre pieces, Mr. Cuth
bert Martin; silver waiter, Mr. Louis
Bissmger; half dozen half hose, Mr.
Eugene Wiggins: half dozen half
hose, Mr. 1. L. Greenewald, art
square, Mr. W. A. McGowan
Thanksgiving day at the fair closed
with an elegant dance.
Tbe Fair Last Night.
- The fair yesterday afternoon and
last night attracted large crowds, the
attendance last night being 1125.
' All the booths did a fine business,
and the people spent the evening most
enjoyably. The flower booth, wnicn
has been so successfully managed by
rs. Fishblate and Mrs. Ella Weill,
closed out for good. It has done a
splendid business, and the work of the
ladies have been highly appreciated.
The Country Store Closed Oat
The "Country Store," which has
been conducted splendidly un er the
management of Mrs. Will .rd, has
been an astonishing success. It closed
out last night, lock, stock and barrel,
the scattering articles left being sold
at auction by Mr. F. A. Lord, an ex
perienced and able auctioneer. He sold
to Mr. W. H. Fallon, the weather bu
reau man, who is out 35 cents for the
lot After the store closed, Mr. E. P.
Parke won the good graces and
thanks of the ladies of the store by re
freshing them with lemonade.
The following is a corrected list of
the ladies who have had charge of the
store: Mrs. M. S. Willard, chairman,
Mrs. E. P. Bailey, Mrs. T. E. Sprunt,
Mrs. S. Solomon, airs. F. A.
Lord, Mrs. B. Solomon, Mrs. E. P.
Willard, Mrs. DuBrutz Cutlar, and
Misses Lizzie Peck, Lola Martin,' Kate
DeRosset, Nettie Brice, Nessie
Cotchett, Annie Lee, Anita DeRosset,
Annie Blount DeRosset, Em West,
Lena Beery and Mary Wendol. Mrs.
Willard desires that her acknowledg
ments be made of the zealous, faith
ful and efficient services of her assist
ants, and especially to thank the
cashiers, Mrs. S. Solomon, Mrs. B.
Solomon and Miss Mary Wendol, who
were such excellent cashiers.
Awards Last Night.
The greatest interest at the fair last
night was in the award of shares. The
following were the awards:
Lemonade Booth Four baskets of
fruit, each to Miss Mamie Bear and
Messrs. E. C. Cohen, E. H. Sneed and
E. P. Taylor.
Flower Booth Handsome jardinier,
Wilmington Lodge Booth suit of
clothing donated by Mr. S. H. Fish
blate, Mr. T. L. Divine,, of New
York, six barrels tar, Mr. S. H. Fish
blate; ton of phosphate lime, Mr. D.
D. Sparkman, of Rock Point: 5,000
shingles, Mr' J. P. Timber lake, of
Barbonrsville, Va. ; handsome gold
oak center table, Mr. Andrew Blair;
pair shoes, Mr. J. F. . Shurloff, of
Burlington, Vt ; lap robe, Mr. T. T.
Lofton, Brevard, N. C.
St John's Lodge booth Emaneled
brass bedstead, Mrs. James E. Willson
gas drop light, Mrs. I. L. Greenewald,
handsome green rattan chiar, Mr.
Geo. O, Gay lord; box cigars, Mr. I.
L. Greenewald; handsome oak oentrC
table, Mr. Hugh O- Wallace.
Shrine Booth Carving set, Mr. R,
L Otley.' of Kenansville; gas lamp
Miss Margaret Kahn ; carvine set Mrs
J. W. Jackson; Th-shrine ladies
conducted a fish pond and it was very
popular, hundreds of small prizes hav
ing been fished out.
Country Store A fat pig donated
by Mr. W. A. Farriss, of the Palac
Bakerv. Mr. Giles W. fYDnnnAii.
Dresden pitcher, j Mr. w. w. Lem-
mon; glass jewelry case, Mr. James
W: Monroe; glass bowl, Mr. H. W.
Nash. j .
Orient Lodge: Booth Handsome
Persian table cover, Mr. T. H. Thorn p-
son; handsome Persian table cover,
Mrs. W. H. Fallon; two socket chis
sels, leach Mr. J. Strange Buss" and
Mr. O. A. Matthews.
Candy Booth Handsome silver
souvenir spoon, with an engraving of
the Masonic Temple on the bowl, do
nated by Messrs. !V. E. Zoeller & Co.,
awarded to Mr. James H. Chad
bourn, Jr. j
Concord Chapter Booth Handsome
lamp, Mr. Claude Gore.
Qrani Closing To-night.
The fair, which began so auspiciously
November 20th, I and has been con
ducted day and night since, Sunday
excepted, will close stne die this after
noon and to-night. The hours will be
from 3 P. M. till 6 P., and from 8 P. M
till 11 o'clock. To night over 200
shares will be awarded on the most
valuable donations made to the fair,
including two ranges, several cooking
and parlor stoves, a bicycle, etc. A
very handsome clock, donated by Mr.
J. T. Burke, will be disposed of at the
Shrine booth Other articles for which
shares have not been taken and the
trimmings and lumber in the booths
will be sold at auction.
Col. Noble F. Martin, manager of
the fair, requests that all persons hold
ing bills against the fair will render
the same to-day or to-night without
fail. - '
NEW RIVER STEAMBOAT.
Mscbioery Being Placed In the "A. J.
Johnson," a Brand New Craft.
The A. J. Johnson will be the name
of a new stern-wheel steamboat which
will soon be a candidate for patronage
along the upper Cape Fear and Black
The Stab stated some time ago that
the hull for such a boat was being
built at Clear Run and this week it
was towed to Wilmington by the
steamer Croesus and is now at Skin
ner's ship yard, having her machinery
placed, which is said to be all new and
of improved pattern. She is about
the size of the other steamers plying
along the river waters and will have
a large freight capacity.
It is understood that the new enter
prise is backed by numbec of Black
River substantial business men, promi
nent among whom is Mr. A. J. John
son, of Taylor's Bridge, for whom the
new craft is named.
The promoters hope to have her in
trim for the initial trip January 1st
A LADY FATALLY INJURED.
Mrs. E. J. Cook, An Annt of Mrs. Cor
nelias Vanderbilt, Jr., Thrown From
a Trap in Macon, Ga.
, Br Telegraph to the Horning Star.
Macon, Ga., December 2. Mrs. Ej
J. Cook, a sister of Mrs. R. W. Wil
son, i of New York, and aunt of Mrs.
Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr., and Mrs.
fey ton smith were thrown from a
trap i here to-day. Mrs. Cook received
injuries from which the doctors say
she cannot recover. Her left arm
was broken between the elbow and
shoulder, her skull is supposed to be
fractured, and she has received inter
nal injuries. Up to this time she has
not 1 recovered consciousness. Mrs.
Smith's injuries were not serious.
The two ladies were in the trap to
gether, Mrs. Cook driving. The horse
became frightened on a steep grade
on Mulberry street and soon became
unmanageable. ! He dashed down the
steep hill at break-neck speed, one of
the i wheels struck a stone and
flew into the air, tipping the
unfortunate ladies into the street.
Mrs. Cook struck on her head
and: was picked up unconscious and
covered with blood She was carried
into n adjacent house and Doctors
Barron and Winchester were sum
moned at once. They did all they
could for her, but it has been unavail
ing.: Mrs. Smith was taken home. -Mrs.
Cook is a sister of Messrs. J. M.
and W. M. Johnston, of this city, and
of Mrs. K. T. Wilson, of New York,
and hence an aunt of Mrs. Cornelius
Vanderbilt, Jr. i She has lived in Ma
con for a number of years.
TO MAINTAIN GOLD STANDARD.
Bill Prepared by Republican Members of
the Senate Finance Committee.
Bv Telegraph to the Morning Star.
Washington, December 2. The
Republican members of the Senate
Committee on. Finance met at the
room of that committee to-day in ac
cordance with the call of the chair
man, Senator Aldrich, to consider a
financial bill to be presented to the
approaching session of Congress.
It can be definitely stated that the
Senate measure will make provision
for the maintenance of the gold stand
ard. It is also' quite definitely under
stood that the! Senate bill will be an
entirely different measure from that
prepared by the House Republican
caucus committee. It will necessa
rily cover much of the same ground.
but will differ! from the House bill in
phraseology and detail, and cover
some points not included in that
measure. This difference r will have
the effect of requiring a conference
committee to settle the differences in
case both bills are passed, each by its
all Throat and Lun? Affections.
hx. Get the genuine. Refuse substitutes, jlf
Dr. SttWs Pills cre Dyspepsia. Trial,xforsC
AT MODDER RIVER
Meagre Dispatches Announce the
Bare Fact That Qen. Me
thuen Is Still There.
NO MENTION OF B0EI LOSS.
Metbsen Still Awaiting Reinforcements.
Boers Making Efforts to Recruit Their
Forces Lidysmith Relief Expe
dition Reported at Frere.
By Cable to the Horning Star.
London, December 2. As sur
mised, the British dead and wound
ed at the hard fought battle of Mod
der river number hundreds. Up to
2 o'clock this afternoon only the bare
total, 438, of which number seventy
three were; killed, had been given
The meagre official dispatch giving
a list of the British casualties at Mod
der river and announcing the bare
fact that Lord Methuen is still there '
awaiting reinforcements, is only sup
plemented by a brief special message
from Cape Town to-night stating that
the Boers destroyed the bridge over
the Modder river before the battle and
are now concentrating at Spy tfontein,
where the final battle before Kimber
ley is relieved is expected to take
The censor has apparently stopped
all press messages from the front re
lating to the battle, which is not re
garded as a favorable indication. As
to the material results of Lord Me
thuen's engagement, it is not yet clear
whether Lord Methuen's force actually
crossed the Modder river or is still
awaiting the rebuilding of the bridge
before the artillery and cavalry can
cross. In any case the railway must
be carried over before the indispen
sable big naval guns can pass, because
Lord Methuen's last message showed
that they were worked oh trucks along
No Mention of Boer Loss.
It is a significant fact that Lord Me
thuen's cablegram makes no mention
of the Boer loss, which, therefore,! is
assumed to be small. J
A dispatch from Cape Town this
evening says Lord Methuen's advance
undoubtedly is beginning to affect the
Boer strategy and probably explains
the withdrawal from Mooi riyer. The
continued presence of commandoes in
Cape Colony tends to confirm the
opinion that the Boers are making des
perate efforts to recruit their forces
from the Dutch residents. . While it is
impossible to obtain exact statistics,
it is absolutely certain that the dis
affected Dutch have joined the Boers,
in great numbers which are still in
creasing. Most of the recruits, how
ever, are yOungmen, General Buller's
message, clearly indicating the pun
ishment for disloyalty, having deterred
the actual holders of- farms from join
ing the Boers through fear of coahs
cation of their property.
Situation at Ladysmith.
The latest news from Natal indi
cates that the bulk of tbe Ladysmith
relief force has arrived at Frere,
though there is considerable conject
ure as to the whereabouts of General
Clery, whose movements have not
been chronicled recently, it is sur
mised in some quarters that be may
re-appear in a totally unexpected quar
ter, on the flank or in the rear of Gen
eral Joubert's force, which is sup
posed to be concentrated at Grobe
laars Kloofw north of the Tugela
river. As : General Hildyard's ad
vance guard was in touch with the
Boers as long ago as Tuesday
last, developments should not be J
long delayed. Dundonald's mounted
force. November 28th, accompa- j
nied by four guns, went in pursuit
of a body of Boers, returning to :
Colenso. They followed the Boers to ;
within two and a half miles of Co-
lenso, when the Boers replied to Brit
ish shells with long range guns There
were no casualties. Colenso bridge, it
is added, was afterwards blown up.
Another detachment of three thou
sand British troops sailed for South
Africa to day.
Owing to the phenomenal sale of
the newspapers consequent upon the
war, a paper famine is threatened. It
is reported that the American supplies
have failed temporarily.
PARTITION OF SAMOA.
The Treaty Signed In Behalf of tbe Three
By Telegraph to the Morning Star.
Washington, December 2. The
British Ambassador. Lord Paunce-
fote, was at the State Department to
day with Secretary Hay and went
over the new drafts of the treaty for
the partition of Samoa, preparatory to
the final signing, which was performed
at 3.20 this afternoon. Three copies
of the instrument were prepared,
one for each of the governme its con
cerned, all the final changes suggested
were aerreed to and Secretary Hay
after the ceremony was over expressed
himself greatly pleased at the success
ful consummation of the negotiations.
H. B. PLANT'S ESTATE.
Proceedings Begun by Widowo Prevent
Probating Will of Decedent ,
By Telegraph to tne morning Star.
New Yoek, December 2. Margaret
J. Plant, widow of the late Henry B.
Plant, has begun an action in the Su
preme Uourt, individually ana as
trustee of her husband's estate, against
Lynde Harrison, Morton Freeman
Plant, George H. Tilleyand Robert G.
Erwin, individually and as trustees ot
the will of Henry B. Plant, in which
she asks j that a receiver lor certain
property of her late husband be ap
pointed and that the courts oi mis
State take' entire charge of the estate
pending a settlement of the suit "
RAILROAD RATE WAR.
Fight of Western Lines to Control Pacific
. Coast Business.
By Telegraph to the Monung Star. -Chicago,
December 2. The Tribune
to-morrow will say : ' 'Representatives
of the Rio Grande, Western Denver
and Rio Grande, the Burlington ana
the Rock Island have been in confer
ence for several days, discussing ways
and means to nght wnat tney declare
ia n. secret agreement on the part of the
Southern Pacific and Santa Fe to con
trol Pacific coast business. It is said
that the hottest trans continental rate
war that ever has been waged probably
will result from the conference." j
Announcement is made by the Rich
mond, Fredericks ourg and Potomac
railroad to the yard conductors and
brakemen of a 10 per cent increase in
their wages, to begin the 1st of this
An attempt was made last night to
wreck the Northern eastbound Colo
rado special at State Centre, Iowa, but
it was frustrated by a tower operator.
He observed ' two men placing ties
upon the track and flagged the train.
1Qg this doubles the obligation of