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A CO S TR AST WITH A MORAL.
Lancaster county, Pa., seems to
be pretty well supplied with money
and with banks,, in striking contrast
to other sections of the country
which are not so fortunate. Wer
gather as much from the following
from the Baltimore Sun, based, on
figures presented by the Philadel
" In a recent issue the Philadelphia
Manufacturer contrasts the banking
facilities of Lancaster county, Penn
sylvania, with those of seven South
ern States, with the result of showing
that those Stages seem to need more
backs and fewer orators to rave
against the money pow r. Lancaster
county, with an area of 1,000 square
miles,: a population of 150,000,
9 000 farms assessed at nearly
$90,000,000 and agricultural pro
ducts of 7 657.790. has 26 national
banks, with capital stock of $3 650,000,
and note circulation of $1 078.430. ,The
people have $21 500.000 invested in
judgments and mortgages. It may be
said that much of this money has been
drawn from the South in tariff taxes
levied for the benefit of Pennsylvania
manufacturers, but the fict remains
that the abundant banking facilities of
Lancaster county are a good thing for
the people there, making it possible to
get loans at low rates of interest. The
individual oV posits in the 26 banks ag
gregate $5,568 909; the loans and dis
count 7 985 601. Taking North Caro
lina. South Carolina, Georgia, Florida,
Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas to
gether, the Manufacturer finds that
they average 19 banks each, with
$2,208,571 of capital, $596,171 of notes
in circulation, $4,083,176 of deposits,
and $5,084 224 of loans and discounts.
Of course lack of density o' popula
tion, the loss of capital caused by the
Civil War, the presence of a large un
thrifty colored element and the ab
sence of Federal tariff favors account
largely for the difference between
Lancaster county and the average
Gulf State. The moral drawn by the
manufacturer is this: "The condi
tions which account for such dis
parity in banking facilities as are re
vealed in the foregoing compari
sons are conspicuous factors in the
problem of national banking. They
renders-impossible of attainment the
proposal of some enthusiastic currency
reformers, viz : a banking system
which will furnish equal facilities to
and make credit equally available in
all portions of the country and dis
tribute the loanable capital of the
country so as to meet the needs of all
sections. This might be possible in a
country of more homogeneous condi
tions than ours, but here and now it
is one of the'iridescent dreams'of finan
cial Utopia, for dissimilar conditions
will never yield similar or equal re
Suits in banking any more tban in
other re 1ms. The best we can do will
be an approximation to this ideal."
We infer from this that the Manu
facturer attributes the scarcity of
money and the few banks in the
South to the orators who "rave
against the gmoney power," but the
"ravings" of tho orators have as
little to dp with that as they have
with the abundance or scarcity of
tea in China. It has been alleged
that the agitation of the 'money
question in the South has kept
capital out of it, but it hasn't kept
a dollar out that otherwise would
have found investment in this sec.
tion. It hasn't prevented outside
capital from buying water powers,
iron mines and coal mines and tim-
oer lanas, nor irom Deing interested
in Southern railroads, electric
power plant's, and other enterprises,
As far as political agitators are con
cerned we have no more of them in
the South' than they have in the
North and there isn't a bit more
"pizen in the average Southern
"orator" than there is in the orator
on the other side of the line.
. Lancaster is in a manufacturing
section which for thirty odd years
has been, as the Sun remarks, reap
ing the benefit of a protective tariff,
which imposed tribute on the people
for the benefit of the protected . in
dustries. These industries with, the
the opportunity to put their own
prices on their goods without fear of
outside competition enriched their
favored operators and made money
plentiful in their localities. The
presumption is that farming pays
pretty well, too, in that county,
wnere tne iarms are assessed at an
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average valuation of $10,t)00, and
the probability is that they are not
very large farms, probably not
hundred acres", if as much.
' Under ordinary circumstances;
situated in a manufacturing sec
tion as they are, the people of Lan
caster county should be reasonably
prosperous, and having been so long
favored with extraordinary ad
Tamages money should be, as
1 it is, abundant with them.
The Manufacturer draws a "mor
al" from o' its own figures. The
moral is good enough but it doesn't
go far enough for themoral itself
carries with it another moral which
teaches that one set of interested in
dividuals, or one fntereBted section
should not be permitted, to dictate
the financial System for" a 'whole
country the conditions of whose re
spective sections are so dissimilar
and in many respects bo opposite.
The Manufacturer's moral recog
nizes the folly of undertaking to
equalize the financial facilities in
sections which differ materially from
each other but it has nothing to
say about the financiering states
men who are endeavoring to make
a pet banking system fit every sec
tion of the country, which it doesn't
do much better now than it did
thirty years ago, and which it will
never do fully because "it isn't built
Isn't there on Ihe face of it some
thing radically, defective in a bank
ing system which gives one county
in the State of Pennsylvania, a
county with only 150,000 popula
tion, twenty-six national banks,
while seven of the leading Southern
States have an average of only nine
each, with a little more than half
the note circulation than this one
county has ? The fact is that the
North has pre-empted, so to speak,
the national banks and the bouth
can't have them if she wants them,
or at least can't have them without
paying a price for the bonds as a ba
sis for circulation that would leave
margin for very little if any profit
on the investment. As the national
banks are cornered on Government
bonds the Eastern capitalists
who make a specialty of Govern
ment bonds have and will hold a
corner on them. . They will buy and
control all that are issued. If a na
tional bank be projected in the
South its projectors must go to
them to buy the bonds they desire
and pay them the price they ask.
These bonds now would cost aoout
seventeen per cent, above the face
value, and then the bank could issue
notes to the amount of only ninety
per cent, of the face value, thereby
inking about twenty-seven per cent.
in the transaction.
Is it strange under these circum
stances that there are so few na
tional bank 8 in the South compared
with the North, or that there is so
ittle prospect of many being organ
ized, or that note circulation is so
small compared with some States in
theNorth? However much we might
desire national banks we couldn't
have many of them because the
bonds on which they are based are
controlled by combinations which
are interested in keeping down the
volume of the currency to force peo
ple who want notes to get them from
them and pay the price they ask for
And yet the men who are running
the financial system of the country
stubbornly refuse to put it in the
power of the Southern people to es
tablish banks for themselves, to sup
ply themselves with the paper cur
rency they need, and for which they
would not ask the Government of
the United States to stand sponsor
or assume any responsibility. The
Northern money lenders have their
grip on the banks and intend to
hold it while they can.
FIGHTING THE TRUSTS.
A movement has been started in
Pitt county to fight the fertilizer
trusts, and a convention of farmers
has been called to meet in Green
ville on the 10th instant to discuss
the ways and means and to take ac
tion. The prices of fertilizers have
advanced from twenty-five to thirty
per cent, and of some brands even
more within the past few months.
Fertilizer men say this has been
necessary on account of the advance
in the prices of the materials used
in the manufacture of fertilizers.
There is some truth in this, how
much we do not know,' nor do we
know to what extent the increased
cost of the materials used would jus
tify the increased cost of the fertil
izers, but we do know that the farm
era who found it no easy matter to
pay for the fertilizers tbey used last
year, will nnd it very dimcuitto pay
for what they use this year, unless
they very materially reduce the
There are two ways to successfully
fight the trusts, and only two that
we know of. Meetings and denun
ciation and resolutions will not do it.
The first effective way is to refuse
to buy the stuff they make at an
excessive price, and the other is for
the farmers to give the trusts the
go by, and make the fertilizers they
use on the farms. Some farmers do
that now, for they have the formu
las and have no trouble in procuring
the necessary materials. If they can
do this more cheaply than they can
buy the fertilizers' of the, manufac
turers then it is business for them
to do it. But trustor no trust, every
farmer should give as much atten
tion to the manure department of
the farm as he does to his crops.
The farmer who fails to do that isn't
farming right, and is always at the
mercy of those -from whom he is
compelled to buy fertilizers to make
IT'S ALL OVER NOW
WITH THE SHIP SUBSIDY.
The Chamber of Commerce Refused to
Endorse the Measure Government
Control of Pilotage Disapproved.
According to adjournment at its
regular meeting on Thursday after
noon, the Chamber of Commerce me
at 3:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon
to hear the report of the committee ap
pointed to consider the ship sub
sidy bill and report on the proposition
for the Chamber to endorse that meas
ure. President Worth presided, and Co?.
John L. Cant well, the secretary, was
present. Nineteen members of the
Chamber were in attendance, those, in
addition to the president and secretary,
being as follows: Messrs. R. W.
Hicks. D L. Gore, G. J. Boney, F. L.
Huggins, H G. Smallbones, A. B.
Skelding, J. A. Taylor, W. J. Martin,
George R French, H. A. Burr, R. M.
Wescoit, T. D. Meares, P. Pearsall,
John E.Crow.T.W.ClawsonjCol. Wal
ker Taylor and Col F. W. Kerchner.
Present by invitation were Mayor AT
M. Waddell and Capt. L. F. Craig,
secretary of the Cape Fear Towing
and Transportation Company.
It will beremembered that at the
meetingW Thursday, President W.
E. Worth and Messrs.' J. A. Taylor,
K. W. Hicks, George R. French and
F. L. Huggins were appointed a com
mittee to report back recommendations
as to endorsing the measure now pend
ing in Congress, known as the Ship
Subsidy bill, which, with a view to
buildiagup the American merchant
marine, provides for the payment of
subsidies to ship owners in an amount
not exceeding $9,000,000 a year for
a period of twenty years.
After President Worth had stated
that the meeting was ready to hear
the report of the committee, Mr. R.
W. Hicks, of the committee, stated
that the committee had brought in
majority and minority reports. He
then presented and had the secretary
to read the majority report. This re
port was signed by President Worth
and Messrs. R. W. Hicks and George
R. French, and it was an endorsement
of the bill, with strong arguments in
favor of the measure.
Mr. J. Allen Taylor, of the com
mittee, tendered and had read the mi
nority report, signed by himself and
Mr. F. L. Huggins. The report was
again&t endorsing the bill, as it "em
bodies an obnoxious principle and car
ries an unjustinable expenditure or
public money." The report then em
bodies a length argument against the
bill, set forth in nine sections, which
summarized, are as follows: That
"subsidy is a species of protection;'
that it is "class legislation ;" that "pro
tection in any form is wrong in prin
ciple;" that the claim that a subsidy
of $9,000,000 annually for 20. years,
resulting in an increase of American
tonnage, will cause a decrease of the
protection to ship owners on a declining
scale, is an unwarranted claim; that
there is no power to bind future legis
lation and no guarantee that there
will not be more extravagant subsidy
measures; that if the $9,000,000 a year
will prove insufficient to produce the
result desired, there . will be supple
mental legislation increasing the sub
sidy without the least regard for those
upon whom the burden must fall; that
there is now no lack of ships to move
the commerce of the world, as stattd
recently by the president of the
International Museum of Philadel
phia, Pa. ; that the decline in
American shipping antedates the
civil war, and is not due to a lack of
protection, but because the develop
ment of the West has been more invi
ting to capitol, making it more profit
able to let the foreigner carry our in
ternational commerce while we en
gaged in the more lucrative occupa
tion of creating commerce; that there
isno complaint that f reignt in foreign
bottoms isjtoo high, and, that there is
no reason to believe that a subsidy
will lower freights. The report con
cludes as follows: "We believe that
an American marine will come in the
natural evolution of economic condi
tions, and until the time is rip for
such a development, we think it un
sound public policy to force by public
taxation a condition economically un
sound and unjust to the many."
After the reports had been made,
Capt. T. D. Meares moved that the
minority report be adopted, and the
motion was seconded by Mr. John E.
A lengthy discussion then followed,
remarks in opposition to subsidizing
ship owners and in favor of the mi
nority report being made by Messrs.
J. A. Taylor, D. L. Gore, T. D. Meares,
S. F. Craig, G. J. Boney, Col Walker
Trvhuv CoL F. W. Kerchner and
Ma or Waddell.
Arguments in favor of the, majority
report, endorsing the bill, were made
by President Worth, and Messrs. H. G,
Smallbones and R. W. Hicks. Dur
ing the discussion mere was a run
ning debate" at times, and when the
question was called the vote resulted in
the adoption of the minority report by
a vote of ten to six. Three members
did not vote:
On motion of Capt T. D. Meares,
the secretary was instructed to send
Congressman Small a copy of the mi
nority report rs adopted.
After the subsidy bill had been
snowed under, President Worth
again presented and read the bill which
takes the licensing of pilots out of the
hands of the individual State sand puts
it under the control of the Federal
government and in the hands of the
steamboat inspectors. He stated that
Congressman J. H. Small, of the
Second North Carolina District, had
requested that the Chamber express
its views on the bill, and that when it
was placed before the Chamber on
WILMINGTON, N. C, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9,
WIJMIJNUTUJN, IN. U., JUUJJAr, JbJBKUAKY 9, 1900.
Thursday it was referred to Capt. S.F.
Craig,! secretary of the pilots' associa
tion, in order to ascertain the stand
which the pilots take toward the
Capt. Craig being present, spoke
against endorsing the bill, as the pilots
were unutterably opposed to any
Federal interference with the pilotage
system. He said the bill proposed no
better system for the regulation of
pilotage than that now in operation
by the States, and that it was nonsense
to take the licensing of pilots out of
the prese t hands and place it in the
power of steamboat inspectors who
may know nothing of the qualifica
tions for a pilot.
On motion of Col. F. W. Kerch
ner, seconded by Col. Walker Tay
lor, a motion' was adopted protesting
against the pilotage bill and request
ing the North Carolina Congressmen
to vote against it.- '
The Chamber then adjourned."
WILMINGTON cOTTO MILL
RUNNING NIGHT AND DAY.
Orders Ahead for Six Months The Mill
Improved Throughout With New Ma
chinery Ten Neat Cottages.
It is gratifying for the Star to note
that the Wilmington Cotton Mill, the
first cotton industry of the city, is
keeping up with the procession in the
onward march of progress. Under its
progressive management, the latest
improved- machinery is constantly
being installed in all the departments,
and the mill is' in first class condition
throughout. In the past few days a
lot of machinery has arrived and is
being added to the finishing depart
ment. It is now an up to date mill,
and is a pride to our city.'
In addition to thousands of dollars
worth of new machinery, Contractor
Benson has completed and yesterday
turned over to the Company ten neat
new four to five room, cottages for
operatives. They are nicely painted,
and will be occupied by a number of
operatives who are to remove here
from the up country.
The factory employs over 300 hands
and is operated night and day to keep
up with orders. The mill manufac
tures a superior quality of outing
cloths, and has orders ahead way
up into the Summer, with prospects
ahead for an indefinite period. J
SCHOONER IN DISTRESS. '
Pedobscott Sprung Leak Last Sunday and
Later Struck on the Bar.
The American schoonerPeno&8COft,
318 tons, Captain Fellbrook, bound
from Jacksonville, Fla., to New York
with a cargo of rough lumber, was
towed into this port yesterday morn
ing in distress and is awaiting advices
from her owners.
Sunday morning, the 28th ult., she
sprung a leak while 145 miles east of
Frying Pan lightship, and at one time
she had four feet of water-in the hold.
A part of the deck load had to be aban
doned, and with head wind and bad
leak Captain Fellbrook decided to bear
up for the Cape Fear. Early yester
day morning, in an eadeavor to enter,
she struck on the bar, where she re
mained until the steamer Wilmington
went to her assistance, pulled her off
and proceeded with her in tow to this
port, as stated. She is consigned to
Messrs. J. T. Riley & Co.
PRESENTED TO THE W. L. I.
Engraving of Bacbelder's Famous Painting
"Loogstreet's Assault" at Gettysburg.
A steel engraving by H. B. Hall,
Jr., of Bachelder's famous painting
"Longstreet's Assault" at the battle of
Gettysburg, historically arranged,; was
yesterday presented to the Wilming
ton Light Infantry by its former, cap
tain, Col. W. L. DeRosset, late col
onel of the Third North Carolina In
fantry, C. S. A.
The engraving is an accurate and
very pretty one about 24x36 inches in
size and with the key to same is hand
somely framed. It will be formally
presented to the company at its next
1 rains Soon to Run to the Beach.
Captain Oscar Grant, superinten
dent of the Wilmington Seacoast Rail
way, expects to nave trains running
over the Wrightsville Sound trestle to
the beach in the next two weeks. The
damage done to the trestle by the
west India nurncane nas been re
paired and the track relaid on the tres
tie, and but for the pile driver being
used in driving new piling alo gthe
trestle the trains could now pass over.
Work will soon begin on the beach
track which was destroyed by the
storm. It will be run straight up the
Banks Channel, further away from the
ocean than it was before.
As soon as the track is laid , Carolina
and Clarendon Yacht Clubs will re
build their club houses. They will also
be set back at a greater distance from
Closed the Deal.
Mr. Lynn Hahn, manager of Cran
berry Inn, Cranberry, N. G., who ar
rived in Wilmington last Wednesday,
on yesterday closed the deal with Mr.
Hugh MacRae for the management of
Eseeola Inn, at that delightful moun
tain resort, Linville,
Mr. Hahn, who is an experienced,
successful and popular manager of
Summer resort hotels, will manage
both inns. He will open them to
euests June 1st, and as both resorta
are the most attractive and delightful
in the mountain region of North Caro
lina, he expects to keep both houses
crowded with guests, i He will be in
the city till to-morrow.
THE NEW LIGHT HOUSE 1
ON BALD HEAD BEACH, i
Damages for Land Recently Condemned
for Location of Lightbonse and a
Road Assessed at $4,000.
The revenue cutter Algonquin,
Capt. O. S. Willey, which left here on
Thursday for Smith's island, at the
mouth of Cape Fear river, to carry
down the government representatives
and others interested in assessing the
damages for lands recently condemned
for the erection of the new lighthouse
on Bald Head beach, returned to the
city yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
The" following was the party which
took inthe trip : United States District
Attorney C. M. Bernard and United
States Marshal H. C. Dockerv. repre
senting the government; Capt. B B.
Smith, of Charleston, 8. O, assistant
United States engineer of the light
house service; George L. Peschau.
Esq , attorney for Dr F. B. U lery, of
Chicago, owner of Smith's Island ; and
Col. F. W. Kerchner and Col F. W.
Foster, appraisers appointed by , the
government representatives. When
the cutter arrived at Southport,
the party was joined by the following
South porters: Mr. E. B. Stevens,
agent for Dr. Ullery, and Messrs. M.
C. Guthrie, postmaster J. W. Davis
and T. L. Vines, clerk of the Superior
Court of Brunswick county, the latter
three having been selected as the other
The five appraisers named were
sworn m aboard the Algonquin, and
they then heard arguments by District
Attorney Bernard, for the govern
ment, and Geo. L. Peschau, for Dr.
Ullery. The cutter then steamed ever
and dropped anchor near the old light
house, where they took boats and went
ashore on Smith's Island. From the
lighthouse they walked through the
marsh and woods over the course laid
out for the lighthouse road to the
premises on the north side of the
island which . the government seeks
to condemn for the location of the
light house. Capt. Willey accompa
nied the party, and they all agree it
was a tough walk, some estimating
the distance at from 4 to 5 miles.
whereas it is 2 J miles. After examin
ing the lands the party went back to
the cutter and steamed to Southport,
the gentlemen from there going to
their homes for the night and the
others spending the night aboard.
Yesterday morning the South porters
again went on board, and the five ap
praisers retired to the cabin to make
up their verdict. They brought in a
verdict assessing the damage for the
lands at $4,000.
The property condemned for the
right of way for a road through the
island embraces about ten acres, and
that for the location of the lighthouse
consists of twenty acres of beach land.
There are thirty acres in all, and the
price allowed by the appraisers is
$1331 per acre.
The location for the light house is
on iaid Jttead tseacn, wmcn is one or
the grandest oeaches on the Atlantic.
It is on the point of Cape Fear which
makes out and forms Fryingpan Shoals
which is so perilous to navigation. It
is expected that work: on tne lignt
house will be commenced this Sum
mer, and besides it, the houses for
Cape Fear life saving station will be
erected on the premises. It is estimat
ed that from $75,000 to $100,000 will be
expended on the work. -
After the cutter came up to the city
yesterday afternoon, Capt. Smith re
turned to his home in Charleston; Mar
shal Dockery and District Attorney
Bernard, for Rockingham, where Mr.
Dockery resides. The party was de
lightfully entertained by Capt. Willey
on the Algonquin, and all were vol
uminous in their praise of the hospital
ity and courtesy of this splendid gen
Death of Mrs. Qerken.
The Stab notes with regret the death
of Mrs. Anna Gerken, the venerable
mother of Mr. H. J. Gerken, a well
known and highly esteemed citizen of
this city. She has been a sufferer from
heart trouble for some time, and while
her death was not unexpected, it wab
rather sudden, as she was seemingly
doing very well yesterday. She be
came ill. last night after supper and
passed away at midnight, she was
born at Schiffdorf, Hanover, Ger
many, and was aged 72 years, 8
months and 10 days. She came to
America ..when quite young and has
resided a half a century or more in
Wilmington. She was the widow of
the late Mr. Neil Gerken and leaves
four children, who are Mrs. J. G. 01-
denbuttel, Mrs. T. L. Powell and Mr,
Henry J. Gerken. of this city, and
Mrs. W. J. Buhmann, of Galveston,
The funeral will take place accord
ing to notice to be given in to-morrow's
Mrs. J. H Hildretb Died Yesterday.
Mrs. Dora J. Hildreth,- wife of Rev.
J. H. Hildreth, so well and favorably
known in Wilmington, died yesterday
morning at 4 o'clock, after a short ill
ness with pneumonia. She is survived,
besides her husband, by two small
children, a boy and a girl. The funeral
was held -yesterday afternoon at 3
o'clock from the late residence, No. 17
South Ninth street, and the remains
were carried to Wadesboro, N. C, her
former home, for interment. . The ser
vices were conducted by Rev. J. J.
Payseur, pastor of Brooklyn Baptist
Church, assisted by Revs. Dr. C. S.
Blackwell and J. K. Marshall. The
pallbearers from the residence to the
train were Rev. J. R. Marshall, and
Messrs. John Thomas, J. W. Barnes,
J. A. Montgomery, S. J..Sneeden and.
Rev. J. W. Potter.
THE SUFFRAGE AMENDMENT.
Chairman Simmons' Views ia Reference
to the Change Suggested by Judge
Q. H. Brown.
Special Star Telegram.
f Raleigh, N. C, February 1. Chair
man Simmons, who has just returned
from Newbern, was asked what he
thought of Judge Brown's suggestion
in the Wilmington Morning Star,
recently, with reference to a change
in, the. amendment at the adjourned
session of the Legislature in June.
"The essential object of the amend
ment," said Mr. Simmons, "is to
take the ballot from the hands of the
ignorant negroes and at the same time
forever secure and protect the unedu
cated white man in the right to vote.
There must not be, and there will not
be, any modification in the amend
ment which could change in the
slightest particular this main and essen
tial purpose. On the other hand, and
for the same reason,any change which
will more effectually accomplish
and secure this purpose, will be not
only unobjectionable but wise." Con
tinuing. Mr. Simmons said: "Judge
Brown's suggestion is not a new idea
The subject of consolidating the fourth
and fifth sections of the amendment
and adding words which will express
the well known legislative intent, that
all the amendments shall stand or fall
together, so as to leave nothing to con
otruction, has been the subject of
discussion among Democrats for the
ast two months; indeed, ever since
the oooonents of the amend mnnt h.
gan their demagogical attempt to de
ceive ana scare tne uneducated whites
with stories that the fifth section
would be declared unconstitutional
without carrying with it the fourth
section." The chairman said he had
personally discussed the subject from
time to time during the past two
months with many prominent Demo
crats throughout the State, with lead
ing members of the State Executive
Committee and of both branches of
the Legislature. Among members of
the Legislature with whom he has dis
cussed it, he mentioned Judge Connor,
speaser oi tne House; senator M. H.
Justice,. president pro tern, of the Sen
ate; Messrs. Walter E. Moore, F. D.
Winston, Heriot Clarkson, Judge Al
en, Jas. A Brown and F. I. Osborne.
He also said that about about two weeks
ago. at Lenoir court, he had discussed
it with Judge Brown, and that it was
the opinion of every one with whom
he had talked upon the subject that
while the context of the amendment
made it clear that it was the intent of
the Legislature that the fourth and fifth
sections were conditioned the one
upon the other, and that the one would
not have been adopted without the
other, and hence the courts would
have to sustain both or neither; yet as
the opponents of the amendment were
by misrepresentation trying to divert
the minds of the people from the real
issue and raise groundless doubts and
fears, it would be best to answer all
such demagogical attempts to deceive
and mislead by writing in the amend
ment the manifest intent of the
Legislature that the . fourth and
fifth sections should stand or
fall together. "I am satisfied," said
Mr. Simmons, "from the unanimity of
opinion on tms suDject, expresseu oy
every Democrat and member of the
Legislature with wnom 1 nave.taixea,
that the Democratic State convention,
when it meets in April, will request
the Legislature, at its adjourned ses
sion in June, to add to the amendment
such words as will remove all possible
doubt, if any exists in the mind of any
one on this subject, and that the
change will be made by the Legisla
ture when it meets in June by practi
cally a unanimous vote on the part of
tne Democrats, ui course," ne saia.
"I can't sav what will be the course
of the Republican and Populist mem
bers in the Legislature with reference
to this proposed change, but I suppose
that thb Populist members will vote
for it because they voted for the amend
ment when it was submitted, anairtne
Republicans do not vote for it, it
will show conclusively toatau tneir
clamor upon this subject is a subter
fuge and fraud." Mr. Simmons
added, "there is no legal necessity for
any such change, .because, as i saia
before, tbe context oi tne amenament
shows that these two sections are ln
seperably linked together as one single
scheme of suffrage, and undoubtedly
the courts would have to so hold. But
we are willing to remove every possi
ble doubt, or suspicion of doubt, or
suggestion of doubt, from the mind of
everv white man. It is the fixed pur
pose of the Democratic party mat no
white man. nowever poor or unlet
tered he may be, shall under any cir
nnmatanfifts whatever, lose his vote.
and we wish to make this purpose so
plain that the enemies of the amend
ment will not be able by misrepresen
tation to muddy the issue."
NO SMALLPOX IN MAXT0N.
Case of Varioloid Discharged Wednesday,
Vaccination Was General.
Special Star Correspondence, j
Maxton. N. C February 1. The
case of varioloid, which gave this
section the smallpox scare, was dis
charged by the authorities yesterday
as cured and the quarantine was raised.
Vaccination has been general, the
town cleaned up and every precaution
taken against the spread of the disease,
and while Maxton is as much like a
self contained engine as other towns
oerhans. we en joy meeting our old time
friends occasionally and we feel that
they will be quite as safe here as else
where. . The scare nas developed me
fact that quarantining against other
towns is a farce. -It
is understood that there are villa
ges bristling with gatling guns against
the citizens of Maxton that nave nan
much more of the eruptive disease
in their midst which they have not
'It's chicken pox,
Skald's Third Voyage.
The Norwegian steamship Skuld,
Capt. Olsen, of the Sprunt Line, was
cleared yesterday morning for her
third voyage across the ocean with
cotton this season. She goes this time
with 5,200 bales consigned to parties
in Ghent, Belgium, and is one of the
fastest of the Sprunt Line. Mr. Sprunt
informs the Star that the Skuld will
return for the fourth trip as soon as
the present cargo is discharged. It is,
however, not probable that she will
make the another trip with cotton this
RIVER AND HARBOR IMPROVEMENT.
The Amonnt Available for This Purpose In
The chief of the War Department
has sent to Congress the am ount of
money available for river and harbor
improvement in North Carolina as fol
Inland water route from
Norfolk, Va., to Albe
marle Sound, N. C.
through Currituck Sound. $ 7,004.16
Edenton Bay, 202,48
Roanoke Rivr, 29 083 62
Pasquotank River,.. ' 4 57
Ocracoke Inlet : 16.072 54
Fishing Creek... i 4.406 93
Pamlico and tar Rivers 9,276 47
Contentnea Creek 1.467 27
Trent River. ..... . 1,838.93
Neuse- River j 6,421 40
Inland waterway from New
bern to Beaufort.... 6,785. 6 J
Harbor at Beaufort 1,908.03
Inland waterway from
Beaufort Harbor to New
River 1000 00
New River 3.400 00
Black River. 1,857 90
Northeast (Cape Fear)
Cape Fear River above
Wilmington 4,162 70
Cape Fear River at and be
low Wilmington! 120,518 68
Town Creek, Brunswick
County .r , . 3,913 90
Waccarnaw River, N. C.
and S C... . 2,838 38
GOVERNOR'S TEAM DROWNED.
Fell Overboard at Market Street Dock
Yesterday Afternoon With Wagon.
A team a white horse and a white
mule belonging to Governor Russell,
was drowned yesterday afternoon
about 3 o'clock, at Market street dock,
as they were being driven aboard the
flat of the Brunswick Bridge and
Ferry Company, preparatory to being
transported across j the river.
mi ..mm. - a
j.ney were attached to an iron
wagon, upon which; was loaded about
fifty bushels of corn in sacks for the
farm in Brunswick, and this went
down with the team and was not re
covered until last night about dark.
when all the property was picked up
from a location a little to the left of
the dock near the landing of the
steamer Wilmington. t
Just as the team and front wheels of
the wagon had struck the flat, down
the incline, the transport in some way
broke loose from its mooring and drift
ed toward the middle of the river. As
the wagon drifted to deep water it be
gan to sink and at length the sinking
load was too much for the strength of
the team and the animals were jerked
back and drowned as stated. The
driver saved himself by jumping.
Practically nothing could be done un
der the peculiar circumstances by byj
standers to save the team.
Aged Woman Burned to Death.
Mary Frank, aSery old colored
woman, -whose home is at .No. 210
A. B. C. alley, leading from Fourth to
Fifth between Bladen and Harnett
streets, was horribly burned to death
yesterday morning about 11 o'clock.
She was 77 years old and had on
several occasions suffered from sud
den attacks of paralysis. No one was
in the room with her at the time and
it is supposed by. those who were at
tracted to the house by the smoke and
subsequently found her lying on the
floor badly charred and dead, that
while standing in front of the fire she
suffered a . stroke and fell into the
blazing fire place. ' The old woman
was originally from: Newbern and in
her declining years was a familiar
figure about the W. & W. docks,
where she earned a livelihood at fish
ing. Dr. Price, the coroner, viewed
the body but deemed an inquest un
necessary and gave 'a permit for her
Cooper & Cooper Company.
Application for incorporation papers
were made yesterday to Col. Jno. D.
Taylor, Clerk; of the Superior Court.
asking for a charter for the Cooper &
Cooper Company, of Wilmington
The incorporators are named as Messrs.
P. 8. and L. J. Cooper, two enterpris
ing young business men who recently
moved from Mullins, S. C, to this city,
Blanche and Leilia M. Cooper. The
capital stock is placed at $10,000 paid
in, with privilege of an increase to an
amount not exceeding $50,000. The
period of the incorporation is to be
thirty years, and the business of the
company will be the wholesale grocery
trade, buying and selling lands. The
stockholders are not individually liable
for the debts of the firm.
Funeral of Mrs. Gerken.
The funeral of Mrs. Anna Gerken
took place yesterday morning at 10
o'clock at St, Paul's Evangelical Luth
eran Church and was attended by a
large number of sorrowing friends.
The solemn services were conducted
by the pastor, Rev. Dr. A. G. Voigt,
D. D., assisted by the Rev. Dr. G. D.
Bernheim. From the church the re
mains were followed by a large con
course to Oakdale cemetery where the
interment was made. The pall bearers
were as follows. Honorary Messrs.
H. VonGlahn and F. W. Ortmann;
active Messrs. John Haar, J. F. S:ol
ter, Eduard Peschau, H. Boesch, Peter'
Fick and H. Rehder:
A Suspected Case.
A suspected case of smallpox at No.
807 Wooster street the residence )Of
Deputy Sheriff G.i W. Millis was
called to the attention of Dr. W. D.
McMillan yesterday afternoon at 2.30
o'clock. The patient is a small child
of Mr. Millis and the house was quar
antined pending a more minute
diagnosis of the case, which will be
made by Drs. McMillan and Werten-
baker this morning; There were no
othsr reported cases yesterday.
MAN UFACTURING SPIRIT j
MOVING IN WIMINGTON.
The Mooted Men Readily Buying Cotton
MM Stock Detgado Paper Sell.
Ing Above Par.
A decided interest in manufacturing
has' been aroused in Wilmington of
late. That the spirit of our neonle is
nving is evinced by the active de
mai. fr cotton mill stocks by the
monk men of the city. Yesterday a
few sha of Delgado mill stock sold
at $106 pt.." hare, and a higher price
was declined by some holders. It is a
good sign : to our citizens putting
their faith and noney-in home indus
It is a settled fact that the Delgado
mill will be doubled. It is hinted that
there has already been a casting' about
for brick for mill No. 2. The fact of
the business is, it is no secret that the
shafting of ' the new mill comes clear
through the north wall, showing that
the enlargement of the mill has been
provided for. If one will look at the
tower, it may be seen that it was put
up with a view to its being In the
centrelof a bigger mill instead of at one
end as it now stands. It is said an- -other
mill - of the same size and style
will be run out towards the office
building on the mineral spring side.
A glance will show that the ground
has been reserved there upon which
to build it.
THE NAVAL STORES' BOOM.
Spirits Turpentine at 53 Cents and Rosin
as High as $1.40 Tar and Crude
There appears to be no end to the
healthy advances that have marked
the naval stores market for the past
several months. When spirits went to
five cents early in the season it was said
that the top notch had been reached,
but for the past three weeks it has
gradually crawled higher and higher
until the close of the week yesterday
when sales were reported as high as
531 cents with a firm tone of the mar
ket. 'The receipts for the .crop year
thus far have been well in advance of
those for a corresponding' period last
year and the crop has been marketed,
it is said, as fast as produced.
There is a slight falling off of re
ceipts of rosin up to this time, but
what has been lost to the turpentine
farmer in quantity has been well made
up in prices. The closing quotations
yesterday were firm at $1 85 per bar
rel for strained and $1.40 per bar
rel for good strained, which
is the highest ruling price for a num
ber of years. On a corresponding day
in 1899, dealers Only offered 9095
cents per barrel for the two grades,
showing a gain in price over last year
of about fifty per cent.
Tar is now bringing $1.30 per barrel.
against $1.10 last year and crude tur
pentine is $1.75 per barrel for hard
and $3.00 for j dip as compared with
$1.35$2.40 last year. Upon the
whole, the prospects are very bright
for turpentine men and in April they
will have closed probably one of the
most successful business years In their
C P. Lockey, Jr , Arrested.
C. P, Lockey, J"., was arrested yes
terday afternoon on a charge of lar
ceny, preferred in Justice Fowlers
court against him, the circumstances
of which are that he was exposing for
sale a number of stamped envelopes
bearing the "return" card of the Stand
ard Oil Company. He confessed to
having exposed the property for sale,
and it is said he entrusted some to an
other boy to sell. The envelopes were
procured from the room of a young
man employed by the Standard Oil
Company, whose duties are the mail
ing of monthly statements, and
were carried to his home in order thai
a part of tbe work might be done there
at night instead of at the office. Lockey
was placed in jail, but will probably
be released to day, as it is understood
the Standard Oil Company doesn't
care io prosecute the matter.
Brought Down an Opossum.
An animated clucking from the
hennery in the back yard of Dr. W.
D. McMillan's residence on Dock
street Friday night betokened that the
usual serenity at night-time of a brood
of chickens quartered there, had
been broken by an intruder. Mr.
Henry J. McMillan, who investigated
the cause of the disturbance, found
that a big 'possum had invaded the
place and a crack shot by lamp light
brought the offender down. Other
instances of like character in the city
within the past few months indicate
that one doesn't have to go to the
country for sport at possum hunting
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
The Indian Appropriation BUI Passed
No Other Business.
By TelesTapn to tbe Morning Star.
Washington, February 3. The
'House to-day passed
propriation - bill, it
amended in unimportant particulars..
An attempt to revive the policy of
making, contracts with religious
schools for the education of Indian
children which has been gradually
abandoned by the government during
the last five years failed on the ruling
of the chair, that the amendment was
out of order. The latter part of the
session was devoted to eulogies upon
the life and publie services of tbe late
representative Ermentrout of Pennsyl
CLOSED ITS DOORS.
Tbe Commercial and Parmers' Bank at
Rock Hill, S. C.
By Telegraph to tne morning Star.
Charlotte, i N. 0., Feb. 3. The
Commercial and Farmers Bank, at
Rock Hill, S. C. . closed its doors at
1.15 this afternoon. A run started on
the bank in the second week of last
December and continued until yester
day ; the total run amour ting to $65,
000. Directors are men of means and
it is believed depositors will be paid in