T T L I.IAM H. BE B N ABD
Sldlto and Proprietor.
WILMINGTON. N. C .
February 16, 1900.
THE OTHER SIDE OF IT.
The cotton planters are receiving
a great deal of advice as to the acre
age they should put in cotton for
the next crop, the. bulk of the ad
vice being to keep the acreage down
so that the crop may hot exceed
9,000,C00 bales. This has been earn
estly urged by representative plan
ters' associations, by leading plan
ters, by State Commissioners of Ag
riculture, and by the press general
ly, each giving good reasons for
keeping the acreage down. But
this advice has been given regular
ly everyjear for a number of years
but with so little : effect that the
acreage has "been increased rather
than diminished, and the crop has
continued to increase until nearly
the 12,000,000 bales figures had
been reached. The probabilities
are that the advice now being given
will have about the same effect.
But there are some, although very
few in number, who advise the oppo
site course, and give their reasons
for it: One of these is Mr. Hugh T.
Inman, of Atlanta, who holds views
, directly opposite to those held by
such well known planters as Mr.
Truitt and ex-Commissioner Nes
bitt, whose advice to the planters
has been noted in these columns.
In reply to the counsel of the At
lanta Constitution, which is in line
with that of the two gentlemen just
named, he writes thus to the Consti
I have read jour editorial of caution
to our farmers not to plant too much
cotton on account of the present pre
vailing prices. I think your argument
good, provided you could indues all
the planters of the cotton belt to con
form to that policy. It is well known
that the production of cotton westof the
Mississippi increases steadily if the sea
sons are favorable, and present prices
are largely because Texas is making a
million bales less 'than last year not
that ber acreage was less, but because
of disastrous seasons. Present prices
will certainly bring full acreage
in the western country; and for
our Georgia .people to plant small
acreage with the production of
the west controlling prices seems to
me would be bad policy, besides it is
by no means certain that twelve mil
lion next year will not bring reason
able prices, visible supply by Septem
ber 1st will be lighter than for years.
Every spindle in the world now run
ning at big profits, it will take a big
crop to supply the consumption. I
say, let our Georgia people plant what
cotton they can, for one-fourth less
acreage in Georgia would have but
little influence on the price if all other
States plant full acreage as now seems
probable. Our people would feel
rather cheap to plant small acreage v.
and then be forced to accept small
price because of the western crop.
We do not know whether Mr.
Inman plants cotton or not, but we
think he buys it-for speculative pur
poses; but there is a good' deal in
what he says as to the impracticability
of carrying out any systematic plan
for a reduction of acreage, for the
reasons which he giyesv They have
proved the obstacle all along to a
reduction or even a reasonable limi
tation of acreage. When the plant
ers of Texas and of Mississippi,
where cotton can be much more
cheaply produced than it can be in
the average cotton growing State,
come to the conclusion that there
may be a reduction of acreage in
these they will add to the acreage of
their fields and thus the aggregate
e as great if not greater than form
erly, notwithstanding the reduction
in other sections. If they should be7
mistaken as to the anticipated reduc
tion in other sections then it would
be very much larger. ' '
But if all the cotton growing
States were to act upon Mr. In
man's advice, then the acreage
throughout the South would be so
. vastly increased that cotton would
become a3drug and prices would go
possibly as low as the cost of pro
duction in Texas and Mississippi,
where it is much under other States.
Whatever is to be gained by a re
duced, acreage, will be gained by
paying no attention to what Texas
or Mississippi may do, for the less
grown in other States, the less the
surplus will be, however large may
be the crop of those States, and con
sequently the better the prices ob
If Georgia were the only State to
be considered outside of Texas there
might be something in what Mr.-Inman
Bays, but'there are others,"
and if the planters of these others
act as he would have the planters
of Georgia act, assuming that Texas
will do as he anticipates, they would
probably get three or four cents
a pound for the next crop, and then
they wonld be scuffling around try
ing to pky fertilizer and other bills,
J i - ii - - -
uu. oe on me, ragged edge sure
There is another man, James Bar
rett, of Georgia, who agrees with. Mr.
Inman as t keeping up the acreage
and goes him several better by ad
vising the planters to plant all they
can, provided they also produce a
sufficiency of food supplies. His
reason, for this advice is so out of the
ordinary that we give his letter as
we find it in the Charleston News
and Couritr, . to which it was ad
dressed. He says:,
"it may surprise your numerous
readers,, the advocating of the farmers
of our section planting every acre
possible in- cotton, after providing
acreage sumcient to make food enough
xor their laborers, stock, themselves
and families. My reason for assuming
this position is the building and opera
tion of the Trans-Siberian Railroad,
which will open up an immense terri
fory adaptedfor ootton growing, also
If the consular reports are correct
Bussia is fast becoming the rival of tLe
South ana West in the production of
cotton and wheat, for that country is
making nearly enough cotton to supply
her own demands, equal in quality to
New Orleans middling.
"Russia is using every effort to en
courage and extend the cultivation of
cotton, and the only way We can meet
this rival is to produce that 6taple as'
cheap or cheaper than the Russians,
and increase the' consumption of
American cotton, thereby running out
the products of other countries. If we
reduce the cotton crop to eight mil
lion bales and stimulate prices we will
encourage the raising of cotton in other
countries and probably after one year
we will have to meet a Russian riv. 1,
as we did after our war, in India cot
too, which will not be so easily over
thrown, as that rival can produce cot
ton equal to, if not better, than Georgia
or South Carolina staple.
"We must remember that we have
no trust on growing cotton, for the
war between the States settled that
question, and now we have to fight for
our cotton supremacy by supplying,
the world demand at a price that will
defeat competition, and to do that we
must make cotton at the lowest possi
ble cost and in quantities to meet the
consumption of the world. Our ef
forts should be directed in reducing
the cost of production instead of re
ducing acreage, and if we do not do
this Russia will uncrown the Ameri
can King Cotton.
"Wheat will mature in Siberian
Russia in 107 days, while in Northern
France it takes 137 days. We have
looked upon England as our great
commercial rival, but the next few
years we will have to meet Russia on
the battlefields of commerce and agri
culture, if the consular reports truly
indicate coming events."
While this is in striking contrast
to the views held by so many it is
not altogether original for substan
tially the same views were expressed
sometime ago in an address delivered
by Mr. D. A. Tompkins, of Char
lotte, who contended that the true
policy of the South was to raise big
cotton crops, raise them as cheaply as
possible, and manufacture every bale
possible at home; thus discouraging
foreign competition, which wonld be
stimulated by high prices, and get
ting the benefit of all the profit there
may be in the cotton crop.
But a large acreage will not pre
vent" Southern Siberia from becom
ing a large producer of cotton, for
which some of it is well adapted, and
if Southern planters must keep on
producing cotton at a price that will
barely cover the cost -of production,
if that, to keep Siberian growers out
of the market as competitors, they
will find themselves on, the rough
and ragged edge for some time to
come. Unless home manufactories
increase much more rapidly than
they have done, as great as that in
crease has been, or are likely to be,
better reduce the acreage, put cot
ton up, make all the money there is
to be made out of it, and then when.
Siberian cotton growers show a dis
position to enter the arena as com
petitors, put in whaling big crops,
sell one. or two of them for next to
nothing, knock the stuffing out of
them in that way and ' make them
too sick to go into the competing
Bat the true plan is, as has been
suggested, to manufacture asmuch
as possible of our cotton crops, make
our own supplies, and then we . will
be pretty well fixed whether we raise
much" or little cotton jot have much
or little competition from other
PUTTING THE COULTER TOO
The so-called anti-trust confer
ence which met at Chicago Tuesday
seems to be a sort of Populistic
gathering judging from the report
of its first day's proceedings and the
platform adopted. The only place
where the -anti-trust feature crops
out is in the declaration for a "with
drawal of tariff duties on all
articles . controlled by a trust."
The "balance of the platform,
as published, is practically a re
affirmation of the Populist platforms,
which favor general ownership of
railroads, telegraphs and other
public utilities some of the speakers
going asf far as to favor seizure of
those properties without any com
pensation and finally deciding to let
the Government which does the
seizing fix itsown price. . :
With tfch a -programme as this,
if this Conference is in earnest in its
desire to fight and curb the, trusts it
is simply handicapping and weight
ing itself down before the fight be
gins by undertaking , entirely too
much, and going further than the
average conservative vpter, to what
ever party he may belong, would be
willing to go with them. The, pro
babilities are that the rattlebrain
who seem to be running this "con
ference" will insist later uponcall
ing a convention and nominating
candidates for the Presidency and
Vice Presidency, unless they form a
combine with the Populists and
agree to supporihe Populist candi
dates, whichxtheycan very readily
do as their platform !and that ofthe
Populists will be practically identi
cal. If the first day'sXproceedings
may be taken as a sampl
simply making a mess of t
lniUloiia Given Away.
It is certainly gratifying to the pub
lic to know of one concern in the land
wno are not afraid to be generous to
the needy and suffer-msr. The nronri-
etors of Dr King's New Discovery for
Consumption, Coughs and Colds, have
given away over ten million trial bot
tles of this great medicine; and have
the satisfaction of knowing It has ab
solutely cured thousands of hopeless
cases. AAtma, .Bronchitis, Hoarseness
and an diseases of the throat chest and
1 1 . a. n w
iuqk are sureiy cured Dy it. (Jail on
R. R. Bellamy, druggist, and sret a
10c trial bottle. Regular size 60c and
$1. Every bottle guaranteed or price
OF FISH FOUND HERE.
An Expert Formerly Connected With Fish
Commission Finds Little Fish More
Valaaklc Than Gold Fisb.
The Star h as heretofore mentioned
that, around Wilmington are found
some (rare botanical specimens that
have attracted attention both in Amer
ica and Europe. Now Wilmington
comes to the front with several rare
species of fish and sprawn or fresh
A gentleman who for many years
was connected with the United States
Fish Commission and is an expert ich
thyologist has been here a few weeks
looking around in the waters of our
swamps and small streams, and yester
day he showed a Stab representative
some wonderful specimens of fishes.
The most interesting specimen was
the chaetodoa a tiny, banded sun fish.
Ichthiologists have not been aware
that this species was ever found out
side the cedar swamps of New Jersey,
but the gentleman whom the Star
refers to, discovered them last Summer
in what he terms the "red waters" of
this region, the water in our juniper
swamps having a reddish tioge but
really being about clear.
The chaetodon is a very little fish and
Is only fit for aquariums. Ic bas-sil
yer bronze about the head ad gills, and
around the body there are bands that
make the little fellows look like sht-ep
head. The chaetodon is said to be the
only sun fish that is not pugnacious,
and it will live at peace even with
much smaller and weaker midgets
It is prized for aquariums, and sells
at from 35 to 50 cents each. They
bring a higher price than nold fisb.
Yesterday the Star man saw these
pretty little fish keeping company on
the best of terms with a number of
sprawn, a delicate little fresh -water
shrimp, which is found in Greenfield
pond, in the southern environs of the
city. The sprawn is another wonder
ful specimen which the ichthiologist re
ferred to has found in these waters-
It is not a crawfish, but is exactly4 like
the salt water shrimp. The young
ones are exceedingly delicate, and so
transparent that one can see clear
through them. Their .heart can be
seen beating, and when the delicate
little sprawn swallows anything, what
it swallows can be plainly seen pass
ing through its fragile and transparent
The fish specialist, who has discov
ered the other specimens here, has
also found in the fresh water streams
a little fish that does not spawn, but
bears its young. After birth the little
fish follow their mother around like
so many little pigs. It i? said that
there are only three known specimens
of fish on the Atlantic coast that give
birth to their young. There are sev
eral species on the Pacific coast.
Electric Plant Enlarged and Koittlog mill
Will Be Bant Tobacco Market.
A recent visitor to the thriving lit
tle city of Wilson in sending a com
munication to the Star says :
The writer notes many signs of im
provement around the progressive
town of Wilson. The capacity of the
city electric light plant has jusjP been
doubled, in order to meet the heeds of
a fast growing population A large
knitting mill will be built In the near
future, which will give' employment
to a large number of people and piffc in
circulation a good ileal of money in
the retail trade.
Wilson now leads the State as a leaf
tobacco market and is second only to
Danville, ya., in tae world in the sale
of leaf tobacco. Over seventeen mil
lion pounds have been sold here dur
ing the past season.
A much needed improvement in
Wilson is a shed or shelter in front of
ihe passenger depot. It is almost im
possible usually to get off the cars dur
ing a rainy day amid the rush without
getting wet. It is to be hoped that the
Coast Line authorities, who always
seemwilling to make a needed im
provement on their line, will consider
Tbis Is "The Stuff ."
The Constitution announces that the
Business Men's League of Atlanta has
determined upon the erection of a cot
ton mill in that city to cost $1,000,000,
and which will give employment to at
least one thousand people. Ex-Mayor
Charles A. Collier is one of the leading
projectors of the enterprise, and a pre
liminary canvass of the situation, he
says, justifies him in the declaration
that the mill will be a go.
Cotton Still Advancing.
The local spot cotton market con
tinues to climb in sympathy with New
Yorspot, which was yesterday 81
cents for middling. The local quota
tions yesterday were on a basis of 8
cents fc middling, with receipts of 1,
516 bales, which came in small quan
tities from over all the railroads. On
the corresponding day last year traffic
was blocked up by the big snow and
consequently there were no receipts.
LONGEST SCHOOL TERM
IN NORTH CAROLINA.
County Free Schools Will Be Maintained
in Nsw Hanover for Seven Months
in the Year.
It was decided at the regular month
ly meeting of the County Board of
Education held yesterday afternoon at
2 30 o'clock to extend the length of
the annual public school term in the
county from twenty-four weeks to
twenty -eight weeks or from six school
months of four weeks each to seven
school months of four weeks each.
This extended term is made to dis
tricts where the attendance will war
rant the prolongation of the term and
in those where the i enthusiasm of
patrons indicates that they will ap
preciate the additional facilities for the
educatiou of their children.
With the inauguration of the pro
posed lone term, New Hanover will
enjoy the merited distinction of af
fording to its citizens, both white and
colored, the longest free school term
of any county in the State, and Capt.
Manning, the enthusiastic county
superintendent of public instruc
tion, is authority for the state
ment that each and every dis
trict that manifests any substantial
desire for the increased term, will
surely receive it and that, too, for the
current fiscal year ending July 1st.
For a number of sears recently the
duration of the term was five' months;
more recently it was increased to six
months and by the action of the public
spirited board yesterday, the term is
still further increased, as stated.
The nearest approach in the State to
New Hanover's term under the new
regime is Pasquotank county, which
has a term of eighteen weeks for the7
white and seventeen for the colored
race. Other counties in their order
are Washington with 174 ana 16$
weeks for whites and colored respec
tively; Durham, 17 and 15 ; Buncombe,
17J and 15; Vacce 16 and 18; Wake
16 and 16 and Mecklenburg, 11 for
whites and 7 for colored.
Every public school in New Han
over county is now in thorough work
ing order and the attendance is the
best in years. It can be said with
pardonable pride in the light of the
figures given, that no coutny in the
State is more thoroughly alive to pub
lic education by the county system
than is New Hanover. y
At the meeting of the county board
yesterday afternoon. Col. W. A.
Johnson presided and members in at
tendance were Mr. W. A. Sprunt and
Capt. Donald McRie. Capt. Ma
mng, the superintendent, was ; also
Daafness Cannot Be Cured
by local applications as they cannot
reach the diseased portion of the ear;
There is only one way to cure deafness,
and that is by constitutional remedies;
Deafness is caused by an inflamed
condition of the mucous lining of the
Eustachian Tube. When this tube in
inflamed youx have a rumbling sound
or imperfect hearing, and when it is
entirely elosed. Deaf ness is the result
and unlessthe inflammation can be
taken out and this tube restored to its
normal condition, hearing will be de
stroyed forever Nine cases out of ten
are caused byrG4tarrh, which is noth
ingbut an inflamed condition of the
We will give One Hundred Dollars
for any case of Deafness (caused by
catarrh) that cannot be cured by Hall's
Catarrh Cure. Send for circulars,
free. , j
F. J. CHENEY & CO., Toledo, O.
Sold by Druggists, 75c.
Hall's Family Pills are the best, t
THE STRAWBERRY CROP.
The Track and Fruit Growers' Associa
tion Getting Ready for the Ap
The executive committee of the East
Carolina Truck and Fruit Growers'
Association met ' here yesterday, to
make arrangements for the approach;,
ing Btrawberry season. President W. L.
Hill, of Warsaw, presided, and those
present were Messrs. J. S. Westbrook,
of Faison, J. A Westbrook, of Alt.
Olive, and Dr. George Lucas, of
The election of Mr. H. T. Battman
as business agent of the Association
was confirmed and the terms were
arranged in accordance with the in
structions of the board of directors.
The committee also transacted other
matters of importance to the Associa
tion, and conferred with General Mana
ger J ohn R. Kenly.of the Atlantic Coast
Line with regard to the schedule for
moving the coming crop of strawber
ries. The Association desires a faster
schedule than heretofore, so as to reach
the market at the earliest possible mo
ment after shipments are made. The
railroad people offered the committee
every facility for transportation, ' and
it was agreed that a quicker schedule
for carload shipments: can be made.
Prompt loading of cars is insisted
upon, however, in order to make the
schedule a success.
has taught us how to make the
best Emulsion in the world;
Experience has. proved that
this Emulsion is worthy of
entire confidence.; There
are many imitations of
and all kinds of substitutes for it; -but
none equal it. If your doctor
recommends you to take Cod-Liver
Oil, or you know yourself that you
need it, get SCOTT'S EMULSION ;
it is the best. Cod-Liver Oil in the
If wc had your address we would send
you- a sample and a pamphlet telling
rrtorc about it.
SCOTT & BOWNE, 415 Pearl '
50c: ana i.oo, 841 qruggisw,
1 01., new
BRYAN AT RALEIGH.
Met on His Arrival frotn Rich
mond by a Crowd of Ten
DELIVERED TWO ADDRESSES.
lotroinced by State Cbairmaa Simmons.
Discussed Trusts, Free Silver and
Imperialism Declared Income :
Tax to Be a Leading Issue.
By Telegraph to the Mornhur Star.
Raleigh, N. C, February 13. W.
J. Bryan, accompanied by a committee
of Raleigh citizens, arrived here at 5
P. M., over the Seaboard Air Line
from Richmond. Short stops were
made at Warren Plains, Henderson
and Wake Forest, and Mr. Bryan
spoke briefly to larga crowds which
had gathered to hear him.
On his arrival here Mr. Bryan was
met by a crowd of ten thousand people
headed by the local military organiza
tions and cadets, and was immediate
ly driven to a large tent erected for
the sneaking. He was introduced by
State Chairman Simmons and spoke
for an hour and a half, mostly on
familiar lines. He devoted rather
more time than usual to a discussion
of taxation, oeclaringthat an income
tax would be a leading issue in the
campaign this If all. Me discussed
trusts, free silver a-d imperialism at
some length along the usual lines.
At , night Mr. Bryan spoke in the
Academy of Music. Hundreds were
turned away, being unable to gain ad
mittance to the building. He devoted
much more time fo imperialism than in
his afternoon speech.
Prominent party men from all parts
of the State came in to-day to hear Mr.
Tomorrow at noon Mr. Bryan lec
tures at the State University on "Pend
and goes thence to
where he addresses
Columbia, 8. C.
PAUL A. LEAK DEAD.
A Well Known Yonnc Mas of Wadesbore
Died Suddenly Miss McLcndon Re
married to Mr. Redferi.
Special Star Telegram.
WADK8BOBO, Feb. 14. Mr. Paul A.
Leak, well knownr in many parts of
of the State, died suddenly at the
Klondyke Hotel last night. His health
had been very much impaired for some
time and his death was nofrinexpected.
Mr. Leak had been to Baltimore and
,nher points for several weeks and re
turned to Wadesboro on the 10 30 8
A. L train last night. He retired
quite late and his death was discover
ed a short while afterward) Ha wm
brother of Mr. John D. Leak. Presi
dent of the First National Bank, and
of Mr. James A. Leak, R presentative
in the Legislature from Anson county.
Miss Rosa McLendon and Mr. Coyt
Redfern, whose secret marriage was
recently reported in this paper, were
re-married at the residence of the
bride's parents last night. Miss Mc
Lenddn, until recently, was a studenf
at the Baptist Female University, and
returned to her home last Friday night.
It was the request of her parents that
the secret marriage be re-solemnised.
Mr. and Mrs. Redfern will reside in
Chesterfield county, 8. C.
Cotton 8 Cents.
Cotton is still on. the advance and
the highest prices recorded at the
Produce Exchange for a number of
years were posted yesterday, the same
being on a basis of 8 cents for mid
dling with a firm tone. Some are con
fidently predicting ten' cents cotton be
fore the end of the season and the
sharp advance of three sixteenths on
the New York spot market yesterday
closing at 8$ cents for middling
would indicate that if the bulls con
trol the market a short period longer,
that figure will be attained in short
order. The daily receipts on the Wil
mington market continue to be well
in the lead of a corresponding period
Raising Sunken Cable.
Capt ' James Williams with the
hoisting boat Hercules and with the
assistance of a colored diver, yesterday
succeeded in locating and bringing to
the surface a cable of the Bell Tele
phone Company, which was dropped
overboard at the steamer SeabrighVa
wharf in December last.
be in the hanvjs
every planter who
raises Cotton. The
book is sent
Send name and address to
GERMAN KALI WORKS,
93 Nassau St. : New York.
Spirited Debate in the Senate on
the Financial Question Un
der Ten Minute Rule.
MR. CHANDLER'S AMENDMENT
Defeated on a Test Vote-
to Allison's Speech-Other Speakers.
A Severe Arraignment of the
By Telegraph to the Harniui; Star
WASHINGTON; Feb. 14 Throughout
its session to day the Senate had .he
Financial bill under discussion. After
2 o'clock the debate proceeded under
the- ten minute rule and at times
became spirited and interesting.
late in the afternoon a test vote, in
dicating approximately the ' majority
on 4he passage of the bill, was taken.
Mr. Chandler, New Hampshire, offered
an amendment to authorize the Presi
dent to appoint commissioners to any
international bimetallic conference
that might be called and it was defeated
by a vote of 45 to 25.
The Chandler proposition out of the
way, the discussion proceeded on the
amendment brought in by the Finance
committee, providing that the provis
ions of - the bill are not intended to
place any obstacles in the way of inter
national bimetallism. The Democratic
Senators arraigned the Republicans for
reporting the amendment, declaring
they were insincere, and that the pro
position was intended to hoodwink the
people and to catch votes.
No vote on the amendment was
reached. The final vote on the
amendments and the bill will be taken
some time to morrow, j
Senator Teller was recognized to re
ply to the speech delivered yesterday
by Mr. Allison. He took strong issue
with Senator Allison: that the Uoited
States was now on the - gold standard.
"We are on the gold j standard ex
cept by the authorised action of the
treasury. We' are on what is some
times called'a limping silver standard
and sometimes a limping gold stand
Teller's Reply to Ajlison.
"Nobody outside of the United
States has considered the United States
on the gold standard, but it may be
said that we practically have been
forced by -executive usurpation and
transgression of the law to proceed as
if we were on a gold standard."
This pending bill, he said, was to
be enacted into law because the' gold
standard advocates were afraid that the
American people would put some man
in the White House who7 would not
favor the gold standard. '
Senator Teller said there never had,
been an hour since 1879 whei
was tne sngntest douot tnat the green
backs would be redeemed in gold
Through the severest panics they had
always been as good as gold, for it was
realized the government would not, in
any event, repudiate its obligations.
He maintained, therefore, thereX was
no reason for the legislation proposed
in the pending measure.
No Hope Prom Republican Party.
In conclusion. Senator Teller said he
would be untrue to himself if he did
not say that the Republican pirty had
abandoned its principles, which were
the greatest good for the greatest num
ber. It bad, he said, fallen into evil
hands and was being used by evil in
fluences. "There is no hope," said he,
"for the country from it. Its policy
will be dictated from' the great com
mercial centres and be overborne and
weighed down by greed."
The Republican party, he said, had
come into existence saa protest against
slavery. The agencies which control
it now would not allow t to stand for
righteousness and justice.
He said that Senator Depew in sug
gesting "gold and glory;" a a proper
motto for the Republican banner, had
not proposed a phrase that had ever
been a rallying cry of the party. The
people would rise in their might and
tear down the banner, unless the Re
publican leaders placed upon it the old
slogan of "justice, righteousness, and
equality of all the people."
After picturing the time when the
Republican party should be dominated
by the influences against which he had
inveighed, he said :
It Will (10 Down in Disgrace.
"When that time comes, the Repub
lican party will go down to defeat and
When Senator Teller, had conclud
ed. Senator Aldrich asked unanimous
consent that the committee amend
ment relating to bimetallism should
be considered simply as a new section
of the Senate substitute.
Senator Jones, Arkansas, objected
to this proceeding and insisted that the
committee' amendment should remain
Senator Chandler, New Hampshire,
then proposed an amendment to the
committee amendment providing that
the President be authorized to appoint
commissioners to any international
conference called by the United States
or any other country to arrange a
A Scheme to Catch Votes.
Senator Jones, Arkansas, expressed
doubt as to the intention of the major
ity to have the amendment providing
for international agreement carried
into effect if it should become a part
of the law. He regarded it as a mere
scheme to catch votes.
Senator Vest, Missouri, announced
his purposes to vote against both the
Aldrich amendment and) the Chandler
amendment to it, because he regarded
the proposition for an linternational
conference a fraud and pretext, just
as was the adoption of the McEnery
resolution after the ratification of
the Paris treaty, which) was merely
for the purpose of supplying some
Senators with a shallow ford over
which to cross th stream aod bad'
since been entirely ignored. The in
tention of the pending bill was to kill
silver, and it would prove as effective
in that office as a dagger; or a dose of
prussic acid would be inj disposing of
animal life. The first declaration of
the bill was sufficient indication to
establish its character and to show its
intention to establish thej gold stand
ard. Foreigners were not such idiots
as to fail to see this fact, land it would
be absurd to send a commission abroad
asking for a bimetal ic conference in
view of the declaration for gold. He
had no patience with any man who
would pretend that the bill had any
other.object than to strikelsilver down,
and "he considered all amendments to
itis a roaring farce. i
If Senator Aldrich declared that Sena-
,4 tor Chandler was deceiving no one-
witn his amendment, land he ex
pressed the hope that .the) amendment
would be defeated.
Senator Stewart, Nevada, referred to
the amendment aa a subterfuge.
Senator Lindsay, Kentucky, said if
there was any virtue in the present
bill, it was that it would: , settle the
question of . finance. He I opposed the
committee amendment and the amend
ment of Senator Chandler he charac
terized as a proposition to iaffect votes.
Now was the time, he believed, for the
definite determination of the financial
question and' it could not be deter-
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mined if only a half-way law was en
acted. Senator Caffery. Louisiana, said the
country, in his opinion, had been on a
gold standard since lo7S, and tnat tnis
bill was intended merely to perpetuate
it. "The battle of the standards," de
clared Senator Caffery, "was fought
and lost by the silverites in 1896. The
probable contest this year will be only
a skirmish. " He believed the proposed
amendment was "a sop to Cerberus."
The amendment, in the opinion of
Senator Money, Mississippi, was .en
tirely pertinent, but he doubled its
utility; as neither the administration
or Republican Senators aesired to ad
vance the interests of bimetallism. .
Chandler's Amendment Defeated.
As a vote was about to be taken on
the amendment of Senator Chandler,
Senator Pettus, Alabama, objected.
He insisted that all votes should go
over until to morrow.
The objection of Senator Pettus was
finally withdrawn and the vote, was
taken on Senator Chandler's amend
ment to the committee amendment.
It was defeated 45 to 25.
Senator Chandler then asked Mr.
Aldrich if he would consent to .the in
sertion before the Finance committee's
amendment of these words from the
national platform of the Republican
party of 1892: ,
"ThejUnited States from tradition
and interest favors bimetallism."
"I object," replied Senator Aldrich,
"to the re-enactment of the Revised
Statutes and to recital in this bill of
the various platforms of political par
ties." He maintained tnere was no
provision in the bill which was an ob
stacle to bimetallism.
Democrats Not Bimetallists.
Senator Aliison sues-ested that the
thereM'u?Ie.wita Senators on the Demo
crauc siue was inai tney were t 01 01
metallists. They stood fcr the free and
unlimited coinage of silver and were
silver : monometallists. He believed
other nations now should take the in
Senator Jones, Arkansas, believed
the bimetallic amendment had been
brought about by demands of Repub
K "it is the same old fraudulent strad
dle," he declared, 'that was put into
the Kepubhcan platform of 1896 in
order to deceive the voters."
He said the reason for the presenta
tion of. the Senate substitute was that
the House measure was too specific and
placed the cpuntry too squarely on the
gold standard to suit the present
Senator Cockrell declared - that all
the silver that would come to tbis
country under a free coinage law would
be easily absorbed by the United States,
and said not the slightest difficulty
Fwould be experienced in maintaining
the value of the silver dollar.
After the discussion had proceeded
for some time, the Senate at 5:45 P. M.
House of Representatives.
The debate upon the Legislative bill
in the House to day strayed far from
the bill, touching the question of gov
ernment deposits in National banks,
reckless expenditures for pensions, and
finally drifting into the question of
election methods in Missouri. Some
very caustic things were said on both
The reports in the contested election
case of Aldrich vs. Robbins, from the
Fourth Alabama district, were sub
mitted. The majority reported for the
contestant and minority in favor of
the sitting member.
Mr. Hem en way made a general ex
planation of the legislative bill. Mr.
Payne, New York, the floor leader
of the majority, interrupted Mr. Hem
en way to announce that in view of the
failure to reach an agreement concern
ing the debate on the legislative bill
he would call up the Porto Rican bill
on Monday next.
Speaking generally about the cleri
cal force in the departments, Mr.
Hemenway provoked something of a
storm by asserting that the departments
were filled with incompetents who
were kept in by political influence.
He said whenever the head of a depart
ment proposed to discharge incompe
tents, Congressmen and Senators bull
dozed him into retaining them. He
cited a case where fourteen Senators
insisted upon. the retention of a man.
Mr. Moody, Massachusetts, insisted
that superannuated clerks must be re
moved. ''Unless we can get rid of this
dead wood," said he, "the public ser
vice will break down."
Mr. Bell, Colorado, discussed the
question of government deposits in
national banks. It had been contended,
he said, that banks made nothing out
of such deposits.
Mr. Bell said he had written to the
treasurers of all the States and he had
received enough replies to show that
deposits of State funds had a well de
fined market value, New York re
ceived 1T per cent oa daily balances,
and 3 per cent, upon special
funds. Florida received 2i and Georgia
2 per cent.
Mr. Sims, Tennessee, submitted
some remarks concerning pensions.
He presented some interesting statis
tics regarding the claims for pensions
on account of the Spanish war. From
the twenty-three regular regiments en
gaged in the Santiago campaign which
suffered casualties to the number of
1,344, had come 2,962 applicants for
pensions. The Eighth volunteer reg
ment engaged at Santiago which suff
ered 209 casualties, presented 3,588 ap
plications. These latter regiments, he
said, were all from the North. Eight
Southern regiments that suffered a loss
of 159 had only 761 applications for
pensions. This discrepancy he ac
counted for by the statement that in
the South the pension mania was not
Mr. Bartholdt devoted half an . hour
M u , Half
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Blood Purifier Known.
to a denunciation of the elt-ctioD law s
of Missouri The Demrcratic Legi..
ture at its last session, he said, had 1111
posed Goebelism upon St. Louis, ai d
saddled upon the city an infamous po
lice bill. The Qi rman Am-ripaiisj?
8t. Louis, he said, supported the ac
ministratioti's Philippine policy. Loy
alty to the government Wbs a German
characteristic The Irish were r.am
rally "against the government. "
Mr. Fitzgerald, Massachusetts,
sented Mr. Bartholdt's reflections upon
the f .Ji Americans. He declared that
in aVVjJ" hours of trial the Irih lad
been enthusiastic' defenders of die,
Union. He agreed with Mr. Banh- hit
in his eulogy of the Germans. "Bui,"
said he, "I tuf he has offered a gia
tuitous insult lifthe Irish people, and I
hurl it back in his teeth "
Mr. Bartholdt disclaimed an; int u
tion of reflecting upon the Irish.
Mr. Benton, Missouri, replied to Mr.
Bartholdt's attack upon the Missoui
election law. Mr. Be u ton Baid the
Missouri Supreme Court would dfc!are
the Nesbitt election law constitutioi at
in which hereafter no Republican will
enter the doors of this 'House fnrii
Missouri. (Democratic applause.)
Mr. Bartholdt returned to the atiak
on the alleged partisan law, and hia
speech was reinforced by Mr. Pearce,
Missouri, who characterized the Nes
bitt law as disgraceful and worse than
the Goebel law.
After further discussion the Army
Appropriation! bill was reported and
the House adjourned.
MURDERED AT THEIR HOME.
Horrible Crime Near Jacksonville Fla.
A Widow Lady, Her Son and
By Telegraph to tbe Morniue scar
Jacksonville, Fla., February 13
One of the most horrible crimes ever
perpetrated in thi3 State was discovered
at 6 o'clock this afternoon about sev
miles west of this city, when the bod i- s
of Mrs Rosana Roberts, a widow, aged
76, her son G. T Roberts, a bachelor,
aged 53, and Miss Jennie Roberts. ;i
daughter, also unmarried, aged 51.
were found murdered at their home.
The body of the old lady was found in
her bed. her head split open with an
axe. The body of the son was fourd
half out of the bed as if he bad
attempted to rise; and a shotfuu
broken half in two by the side of Ihe
bed showed . that he had attempted
i 1 ? 1 mi l i
of the daughter wss found under tbe
house, where she had run from ber as
sailants in the house. Evidences
showed that she had been followed
and struck two heavy blows with the
axe, which killed her. The three com
posed the entire family, which hss
been wiped out of existence, and were
well-to do and highly respected cUi
zens. The nearest house was one mile
nd a quarter from their home. The
bodies were discovered this afternoon
by a neighbor who stopped to get a
drinfcxof water, and seeing no life
about, made an investigation with
the result of discovering the horrible
crime. Trunks and drawers were
ransacked but what was taken has not
been discovered as money and other
valuables were found where tbe rob
bers and murderers had worked. There
is no trace to the perpetrators of the
crime but poss s are ransacking tbe
woods in the vicinity. The crime must
have been committed late Monday
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rendered necessary by the increased
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materials, used in the manufacture.
The companies about Charleston are
all in full operation and the move
ment is lively. The advance in cotton
will probably cause the farmers to
plant a larger crop than was intended,
which means a greater consumption of
Night Sweats, loss of appetite,
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