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WILMINGTON, N. C, FRIDAY; MAY 4, 1900.
HOW IT WAS FORCED UPON -
To hear the opponents of the pro
posed constitutional amendment de
claim against it one would suppose
that tho advocates of tho amendment
were doing something to violate some
saered compact to which they are
bound in honor and good faith, but
the 'act is the constitution of North
Carolina, as the. work of the consti
tutional convention of 1867 is not
the constitution of . the people of
North Carolina and was never will
ingly accepted or ratified by them.
Since it was first declarod the con
stitution of North Carolina it toas
been amended in some respects to
make it less objectionable than it
was, but as it stands to-day it is not
the constitution of the people of
North Carolina. It lacks what all
rrmsr.it.nf inna nbnnld havo fhft en
dorsement of the people for whoso
government it was ostensibly or
The methods by which that con
stitution wa3 framed, adopted and
ratified, are forgotten by many, and
unknown to many; but there is no
honest man living who, knowing
these method?, would say that this
constitution which we propose to
amend in the matter oi suffrage is
the constitution of North Carolina,
The convention which concocted
that constitution was elected when
over twenty thousand white men in
North Carolina were disfranchised
and a majority of it was composed of
political adventurers from the
North, many of whom Sherman's
army left behind it. They were
commonly Known as "carpei-Daggers,"
aided and abetted by revenue
officers and other Federal office
holders. That majority was about
- aa competent to draft a con
stitution for the people of North
Carolina, as they would, have been
to originate the law thundred from
Sinai. Such was the make-up of
the convention that launched that
constitution on the people of North
Carolina, not in accordance with
their will, but against their will.
At the meeting in Shelby last
Thursday, Hon. R. D.. Gilmer, can
didate for Attorney General, recalled
some history to show how that con
stitution was "ratified" and how
one of the few Democrats in the con-
' vention which adopted it protested
against the attempt to elevate the
negro and degrade the white man.
We quote from the correspondent of
the Raleigh News and Observer:
"How did it happen," he asked,
' that the right of suffrage was ever
: conferred upon the negro? There are
men hero with whitened locks who
should hear -the story retold; there
- are young men and women here who
' have never heard it. We hear men
these days" prating about the Consti
tution and its violation. I want to
say right here that the Constitution
was never more grossly violated than
on March 7th, 1867, when the right
to regulate suffrage was taken from
the States. Men who had been reared
in the midst of civilization and cul
ture were disfranchised. The ballot
was taken from those who had fol
lowed Lee and Jackson, and- it "was
placed in the hands of negroes. The
beads and his trinkets for which he
barters away the inheritance of - his
children." - i
That was thirty-three years .ago.
A generation has passed since then.
Most of the men who participated in
concocting that- scheme for the en
slavement of the white people of
North Carolina have passed away,
but whether dead or, living their
names are spoken only to be execra
ted. Some ; of them have passed
into oblivion, while living, : and
others escaped ther penitentiary by
migrating in time when they in
stinctively felt that avenging jus
tice was coming their way. .
What a horrid mockeiy was that
convention ; and that election ; to
ratify its action. How well we re
member how the negroes came in
gangs to 'the polls, how they voted
here, there and every where how
they footed it for two or three days
from the farms and the forests, and
from across the Northern and South
ern borders and probably voted at
every polling place they found
the - way, for the elec-
tion continued for three days to
give the Republican managers
time to round up the sable hordes.
As the election was held under mili
tary regulations there was no contest
ing or questioning votes and evpry4
thing with a dark skin or kinky hair
went right along without opposition;
the boxes were .sent to uanby, the
military boss at . Charleston, he de
clared the result and put his stamp
on it, and that's the way the consti
tution of 1867, which made the
negro a sovereign citizen and voter
of North Carolina, was ratified!
The people of North Carolina had
no more to do with it than they had
to do with originating tho war be
tween the British and the Boers,
and are no more bound by it in law
or in morals than a person would be
bound by an agreement made with a
gang of cutthroats who stole a march
on him and held him up" when he
had no chance to defend himself. A
contract made under duress is no
contract at all, a contract made
without the assent of both parties is
no binding contract, and that is the
kind of document the constitution
we are now living under was when it
came from that convention of carpet
baggers and internal revenue pap-
suckers and as it went into force on
the ratification of Satrap Canby.
Will anybody say that the people
of North Carolina are bound in any
way to submit to that thing indefi
nitely, and have no right, after bear
ing with it so long, to right the
wrong against which Plato Durham
then protested? That is all they
propose to do, to protect the whie
man from the negro and protect the
negro in his life and property and in
everything for which he can justly
If there were white Republican
votes enough in the State to carry
elections there isn't a white Repub
lican politician in it that wouldn't
support this amendment. But there
are notj they need : negro votes and
that's why they oppose it.
conventions ever since they dis
covered the necessity of saying
something to make it appear that
they were not owned.by and in favor
of the trusts.
: Cheek is one of the characteristics
of the Republican platform makers,
and it shows up conspicuously -in
this platform, which gives' the Re
publican administration credit for the
restoration of ' prosperity, when the
fact is this prosperity is the result
of cpnditions , with which th e
administration had nothing to do.
The prosperity began with the ex
traordinary demand for our food
stuffs from countries across the
ocean whose crops had failed, and
from the energy . and -activity our
manufacturers have exercised in ex
tending their trade intoother coun
tries, both of , which were suppli
mented by a great revival of busi
ness the world over. Englaid, Ger
many, Russia and some other Euro
pean countries have made immense
industrial and commercial strides,
and are all much more prosperous
than they were a few years ago. The
fact is there has been an industrial
and business revival the world over,
to which these administration eulo
gists could as justly claim credit as
they can for the improved conditions
in this country. But that is more
of the rot they have been giving us.
IS HELD FOR MURDER.
Half Breed Indian and Negro
Fanatic Bound Over to the
- Criminal Court, r
HIS TEACHINGS CAUSE DEATH.
Negri) Woman Educated Into Religions
Frenzy Starved Herself to Death in
Order That She Might Please
' Her So-called Master. 1
"Peace" or "Percy' of Dominica,"
the religious fanatic, whose reprehen
sible conduct in inducing a number of
his female followers to refrain! from
food for a period of many days was
noticed in yesterday's Stab, will be
tried at the June term of the Criminal
Court oa a charge of murder one of
his followers in the evil practice hav
ing died from starvation Friday night.
With him are also held as accessories
to the crime Emanuel Toomer and S
T. Shiver, two Wilmington negroes
whom he converted to his unsavory
belief and who were ultimately ex:
alted to high places in his church and
used their influence upon the'deluded
women towards inducing them to pro
long what they termed a "holy fast,"
covering a period of from thirty to
fifty-five days, as described in jester"
"Peace" was first arraigned in
until April 2nd, his thirtieth birth- j
day, but if she is not hungry at the j
expiration of thirty days she could not
eat a mouthful until - she became
hungry else she would die and go to
hell the minute she swallowed food.
The woman answered, yea, master, it
is ten days more if you say so. It is
through your power, that I am saved.'
I went to the house Friday afternoon
and found heir very weak.; She was
apparently u 9 able to speak. She was
out of her mind and was talking at
random as fallback as last week.?
- Thoma3 Payne, colored, testified:
"I was a member of the band until
about one year and a half ago; when
I found that the religion would sepa
rate me from- my wife I left them.
They wanted; me to marry another
woman and I refused.' The women at
the house are under 'Peace's' control
and he suggests the fasting. Members
pay tribute to 'Peace.' I was ;not
allowed to" vsit the house after my
withdrawal from the band."
Several otfr witnesses had also
been summoned to testify, but in the
light of the-aboveand from .other
circutnstancesit was deemed unnec
essary to hearSf tirther testimony and
the folio wieverdict was promptly
That the deceased came to her death
by starvation caused by intimidation
and strong influences brought to bear
by one called "Percy or King of the
Creoles," aided and abetted by
Emanuel Toomer and S. T. Shiver.
The jury therefore demands that the
said Emanuel Toomer and 8. T. Shiver
also be taken into custady and held to
await the action of the grand jury, -
"Peace" was immediately sent over
to jail from the municipal court and
H ANNA'S CONVENTION.
Hanna's convention at Columbus,
Ohio, closed up its work as it began
and carried out the programme
drawn up at (Washington even to
the naming of the 5 candidates
and the delegates to the national
convention as slated by Hanna. And
they called that assemblage of Han
na's automatons a convention of the
Republican party of Ohio! The so
called platform, which was also made
in Washington, is more an extrava
gant-eulogy of the Republican party
and McKinley than a platform.
Outside of the brazen eulogistic
features the notable thing about it is
the namby-pamby resolution as to
trusts and the deceitful resolution as
to the Philippines, which was in
serted in place of the plank
s.eni from Washington, which,
perhaps, the- home politicians,
Republican party is the disfranchis- " " T-"
ing. party, by whose vote the ballot -the people, did not deem it judicious
was taken from the white man ana 1 insert and therefore substituted
given to the negro, xney voiea ior
three- days; then the ballots were
taken to Charleston, S. C, and
counted, and from there to General
Canby's headquarters, where the re
suit of the election was certified."
"Mr. Gilmer read with fine effect
the following resolution which was
proposed in the convention by Plato
Durham, a native of this county:
"Resolved, That the. white and black
races are distinct by nature, and mat
any and all efforts to abolish or
abridge such distinction, and to de
er ad e the white to the level of the
black race are crimes asrainst the civil
- - ization of the asre and asrainst God.
''Resolved, That the government of
the United States and of the Southern
States were instituted by the white
men. and that while the lives, liberty
and property of the black race should
be protected bv iust laws, these gov
ernments ought to be controlled by
white men onlv. -
. "Continuing Mr. Gilmer .spoke of
the character of the men who were
thus disfranchised. They were men
who had braved every danger, men
who had blazed the forests and crossed
tne mountains, men who had con
quered nature and the savage men
who had spilled their blood for home
and country. They were Bun-crowned,
tall men who lived above the fogs in
public duty, and private life, .and for
whom were these men deprived of a
voice in the government? For a race
who had known only slavery who
were utterly unprepared for the duties
of citizenshiD: thev knew not even
the meaning of it and rejoiced in it
only as the red man rejoices in his
this dishonest resolution, based on
the promise that this Government
would he when it got a tight grip
on the Philippines and had shot
down all the "rebellious" Filipinos,
a generous and benevolent despot,
which is simply a re-affirmation)f
the old hypocritical rot that has
been turned over and over times
without number since this war of
"criminal aggression" began. The
more ana tne onener 11. is tumeu
the ranker it smells. They will
do anything, they say, but sur
render, the islands to those people,
which; is like the promises of the
captured highwayman who will do
anything to placate justice but
make restitution of the money stolen.
The plank in reference to trusts
is simply a non-committal declara
tion in line with the milk and water
recommendation in the President's
message. It only declares that some
thing should be done to prevent
combinations from getting monopo
lies in trade, but makes no sugges
tion or hint as to what Congress
should do. That's more of the same
old rot that has been served up to
the people by -Republican so-called
.WHAT TRUSTS ARE
. Eight years ago the late David A.
Wells, one of the ablest economists
in this country, gave tho follow
ing definition of trusts and the
remedy for them: .
" What is a trust? In the popular
and political sense it means a combina
tion of the domestic producers of cer
tain commodities to control production
and advance prices. No trust of -this
kind, operating on articles for which
there is a possible competitive supply
from other countries, could be main
tained in the United States for a single
month except under one of two condi
tionseither all the competitive
producers throughout the world
must be brought into- the 'trust' or.
what is the same thing, the product
of the -. whole world must be con
trolled; or the product of all foreign
producers must be shut out from the
markets of this country. The first re
sult is not attainable. It would be
obviously impracticable to induce all
the manufacturers of starch, for ex
ample, in all the different countries
of Europe, to unite and put the con
trol of their business in the hands of
trustees residing in the United States.
The second is made not .only possible,
but effective in the highest degree, by
the imposition of tariffs, or duties, on
the importation of the articles in
which the trusts are especially
interest, so high as to completely
bar them out of the American market.
These duties the McKinley tariff act
provides. LThe Dingley re-enacted
or increased them.1 It thus be'
comes the creator and preserver of
trusts and monopolies, which,, freed
from foreign competition, are advanc
ing prices to American consumers to
an extent that will afford them from
50 to 100 per cent, more profit than can
be fairly considered as legitimate, but
in which profits their employes do not
participate. There are more than one
hundred trusts in the United States
that could have no existence except
for the high duties that have been en
acted or kept on, in order to maintain
, and protect them."
; Every word herein said about
trusts is more forcible now than it
was then for- there are many more
trusts now than there were then, and
they are more grasping now than
thev were then because they have
succeeded in effecting a more gen
eral consolidation of the industries
and consequently have a greater
monopoly. Of course everybody
knows that if -the trusts were not
fostered in this monopoly by a
practically prohHritory tariff they
would have competition and the
monopoly would"sbe impossible, and
yet the -Republican statesmen and
party managers while pretending to
be opposed to trusts refuse to listen .
to any proposition to reduce the
tariff on trusts. Controlled products,
even on those from which the Gov
ernment derives little'or io revenue
the only one who reap any benefit
from it being the trusts, which hav
ing no competition can levy such
tribute as they please upon the peo
" This ought to be made an issue in
every congressional district, and no
candidate supported who will not
pledge himself to tariff reduction
and to put a stop to giving legisla
tive aid and comfort to the plunder
One of the burning questions in
Greenwich, Connecticut, is how old
a girl must be- before she ceases to
be spankable by her step-ma. A
magistrate last week "!put the age
limit at sixteen, as debarring the
step-mother from that kind of recrea
tion, but provokingly left it a deba
table question as to whether the
decision covered all the girl's acr
. The old stone house at Tappan,
N. Y., in which Maj. Andre was
imprisoned during the Revolu
tionary war, until h9 was executed,
is to be converted into a soup fao
tnrv. This won't add to the odor
of his fame.
Nancy Washington, colored, cele
brated her 105th birthday in Boston
a few days ago; The most remark
able achievement in Nancy's career
was the burying of six husbands ai
municipal court yesterday mornin
on a Charge of nuisance. When.lt
was ascertained that Nellie Scott, col
ored, had died from the effects of pro
longing a "fast" prescribed by "Peace,"
the warrant was amended so j as to
charge the defendant with being an
accessory to the death and he was sent
to jail in'default of $,000 bond for hi3
appearance for trial at the Criminal
Mayor Waddell immediately noti
fied Dr.R. J. Price, the Coroner, of
the unusual circumstances of the death
of the Scott woman and he forthwith
summoned a jury composed of Messrs.
S. G. Hall (foreman), Samuel Springer,
(secretary), W. A. McGowan, Sol. J.
Jones, W. B. Savage and Isaiabi West,
and these visited the house on Eighth
between Harnett and Swann streets
soon after noon yesterday, j They
found the woman in the terribly
emaciated condition spoken of yester
day and retired to the Court House to
hear the testimony of witnesses re
lating to the circumstances which led
up to the death. j - ' .
There was a volume of testimony re
lating to the belief of these twenty
four uneducated negroes, j whom
"Peace" has worked up to the religious
frenzy which culminated in the death
of the Scott woman.
Emanuel Toomer-, one of, "Peace's"
followers, after testifying that he was
next to his leader in the fanaticism ba
ing practiced, said:
"I am a member of this band, of
which Percy is our chief. ; Nettie
Scott (the deceased) is also one of our
followers and she said she wanted to
fast until life left her body. ! Percy
said if she believed in him he could
bring her through, but if she lost faith
in him she would die. . The deceased
said she had plenty of food to eat, and
if she wanted to eat she could do so.
but she said Bhe did not want to eat I
said I wanted her to die so she could
live for her savior. Percy said that
they would have to fast as
many days as he was years old
and he was thirty years old. I still
believe in this faith and will still con
tinue in it by the help of God. I am
now not living with my wife because
she does not believe in my faith, and
I now cohabit with my class.' Percy
influences his followers to fast, and
the deceased fasted until she died. He
does not compel them to fast"
George Murray, the colored man
who procured the warrant for
"Peace," testified that on last Thurs
day he was coming down Bladen
street and Constable Sheehan in
formed him of the operations of
"Peace." "Mr. Sheehan told me,"
he said, "of the women fasting in the
house and that they were nearly
starved to death. I went, to the
house and asked the Scott woman if
she wanted something to eat Percy
shook his head at the woman and
said 'no' she did not want anything
to eat, and if she did I could mot give
it to her. Before she could answer the
question 'Peace' shook his head as if
for her to say 'no.' Toomer. one of
the band, said he wanted the woman
to die so she could live again for her
Hattie Shettington, a member of
the colored Methodist church, testi
fied: "I visited the woman, in the
house and found her in the condition
described. Percy1 was present and in
formed me of the fasting. I have no
thing to do with Percy; I am afraid of
him." . .
Annie C. Johnson, another; colored
woman testified: "I visited the wo
men in the house. Percy told me she
was fasting for thirty days, one day
for each year in his life. I visited the
house until the woman died.";
Irene Shiver, one of the women of
the band testified: "Percy, of Do
minica, came to this country about
three years ago and he was teaching
the Catholic faith (not the Roman
Catholic) as it was in the beginning.
He told us-that ne aia not compel any
one to follow him; the road was nar
row. Hfe gave his followers instruc
tions asto fasting and I was first to
fast fox the purpose of cleansing my.
system. I fasted for twenty-four
days and five hours." j
Cornelia Haynes testified: "I have
been knowing deceased for a number
of years but when she joined the new
church I had nothing further to do
with her. I visited the woman March
27th and found her fasting. She was
unable from weakness to help herseii
and said that she was fasting to live
again in the spirit Percy : came in
and asked how deceased was feeling.
Said she was 'very weak in this old
frame but strong in you.' Percy began
talking to me and said deceased was
full of the devil; had more of the
devil in her than any woman he had
ever met He said that this was her
last chance to get the devil out of her;
the Lord commanded him to put her
down and fast her for thirty days.
Said that he had women in the
house to watch her and said that she
had fasted twenty-five days and must
continue for five days longer. The
women must prevent her from eating
ered, Constable Sheehan
Toomer and Shiver in jail.
When asked about the death,
"Peace" said that the woman was in
hell, for she died for want of faith.
The better class of colored people are
highly incensedver the operations of
the fanatic and would have done vio
lence to Toomer and Shiver had they
not been arrested last night
The prisoner was examined by the
county authorities yesterday just after
the session of the police court, but they
refused to say that he was -insane; on
the contrary, they feel quite sure that
he is in rational mind.
DURHAM TOBACCO COMPANY.
Judge Simoatoo's Decision In Pavor of
' the Trnst Receiver Permanent V
Sale of Property Ordered.'
; Special Star Telegram.'
Raleigh, N. C, April 28. The de
cision of Judge Simonton in the
Blackwell Durham Tobacco Company
case was received here to-day. It is
in favor of the Eruston every point,
making the receivership permanent
and ordering sale of the property.
' This is a suit, it will be remem
bered, brought by officers, directors
and employes of the American To
bacco Company, who are also large
stockholders in the Blackwell Com
pany, to have a receiver appointed
for the Blackwell Company and close
up its business. ' - -
The suit was against - Blackwell's
Durham Tobacco Co. and the minority
stockholders in it, and was based on
an -interview with Major Wm A.
Guthrie, one of the minority stock
holders, published in the Stab some.
months ago. In this interview Major
Guthrie declared his intention to ask
the Legislature to repeal the charter
of the Blackwell Company on the
ground that it was a trust. -'
As soon as the interview, appeared,
the president, vice president, secre
tary, treasurer and several directors
and employes of the American To
bacco Company went befoVeTjudge
Simonton. at Charleston, and asked I
that a receiver be appointed. The
petition was granted and P. S.
Shell, secretary of the American
Tobacco . Company, was named
as temporary receiver and April 17th
at Charleston was fixed as the time for
hearing argument as to whether the
appointment of the receiver should be
The case was duly argued at the
time set The opinion of the court
makes this receivership permanent and
orders sale of the property.
A SPLENDID RECEPTION.
71 v. OF NEGRO FANATIC.
! SERVICE NORTH.
Capt. WHIey and Wardroom Officers of
Revenue Cutter Algonquin Entertain
a Number of Friends
Arrangement Has Been Made for Through
Train Leaving Wilmington in Morn
log The Berry Movement.
Mr. Samuel W. Westbrook, chair
man of the committee appointed by
the American Produce Travellers' As
sociation to confer with theSouthern
Express Company relative to a change
in the contemplated schedule of ex
press trains for the movement of the
berry crop, has assurances from Mr.
J. J. Oroswell, the clever route agent
of the company, that the wishes of the
Association will be complied with.
. Details of the change are familiar
to Stab readers and the truckers
along the Wilmington and Weldon
railroad will congratulate themselves
upon the change . and accord to the
Express people their thanks for the
inauguration of a service which
promises to be more prompt, efficient
and in every way more desirable than
the schedule that have been in. vogue
for the past few years.
Mr. W. J. Oroswell, superintendent
of this division, have arranged for
a solid fast express train to
leave Wilmington daily between
8 and 9 o'clock each morning during
the berry season. This train will be
operated on a fast through schedule
and will place shipments in the North
ern markets early the following
morning after' consignment Special
express messengers will be placed on
these trains and everything handled
without delay. .
REV. H. w: SMITH'S WITHDRAWAL
Capt O. S. Willey and the ward
room officers of the United States reve
nue cutter Algonquin were "on
board" to a number of invited friends
last evening from 8 to 10 o'clock, and
the occasion while quite informal was
one of the most pleasant of the open
ing Springtide events. The guests of
the occasion, numbering more than a
hundred, were royally received and
each officer vied with another in enter
taining those invited, who delighted
themselves to attend.
The handsome vessel was brilliantly
lighted and presented a splendid ap
pearance from both the interior
and exterior. The dek was draped
with the numerous signal, flags
of the service artistically grouped
and the officers' apartments were also
decorated for the event. On deck the
cutter orchestra rendered a delightful
programme of music and a splendid
spread of refreshments was served.
Besides Capt Willey, commanding
the vessel, the officers who entertained
last evening are First Lieutenant J.
E. Reinburg; Second Lieutenant B.
M. Chiswell; Third Lieutenant F, R.
Smith , Chief Engineer Fred E. Owen ;
First Assistant Engineer; J. E. Dorry ;
Second Assistant Engineer J. B.
RURAL FREE DELIVERY.
His iTeachingi Came j Near Endlog the
Lives of Several of His Followers
by Starvation. -
"Peace, God of the Universe or
King of the Creoles,f' as he chooses to
dub himself, was arrested yesterday at
noon by Lieutenant of Police F. T.
Skipper and placed in the station
house for a hearing before Mayor
Waddell this morning on the charge
of being a common nuisance. The
offender is a half-breed Indian and
negro and is also known as "Percy, of
Dominica,' and has made himself
notorious in Wilmington for the queer
and reprehensible religious belief to
which he has converted a uumber of
the least educated negroes in the
northeastern section of the city. His
misconduct and utter disregard for the
law, which he justifies by his religious
belief has twice brought him before
the courts on previous occasions and
in this instance it is probable he will
be sent to jail for trial at the coming
term of Criminal Courts
The warrant upon which "Peace"
was arrested was sworn out by G. W,
Murray, a respectable colored man of
the neighborhood id which the offen
der operated, and if charges that he
"did commit a public nuisance by pre
tending to have - supernatural powers
and by inducing divers women and
others to starve themselves for many'
days successively and in the presence
and hearing of divers persons then and
there assembled, preventing these wo
men from taking any nourishment and
by attracting great crowds of people
to the great annoyance and incon
venience of the public."
Chief Parmele, Lieutenant Skipper
and Constable Sheehan, in investiga
ting the merits of the allegations made
by Murray, went over to a house occu
pied by "Peace" on Eighth between
Harnett and Swann streets and were
surprised to find gruesome evidences
of "Peace's" operations. On the floor
of the room occupied by the half breed,
who; is of a ginger. cake hue and who
wears his hair long, they found a ne
gro woman terribly emaciated and al
most starved to death. It was learned
from another woman in the house,
who bad not been . indulging in the
"holy fast" prescribed by "Peace,"
that ' the woman on the floor
had not partaken of nourishment
in 54 days. In each of two beds
in the room were two other women
who had deprived themselves of food
for 34 and 12 days respectively. They,
too, were in an emaciated condition
and-hardly able to stir. After satisfy
ingNthemselves thai the women had
received nourishment, the officers took
"Peace" and landed him in the station
house, as stated, j
The prisoner was asked by a report
er as to -his church in Wilmington and
it was learned that he has twenty-four
disciples. The women, he said, be
came possessed of the spirit and
"fasted' of their own accord. Several
others of his flock, he continued, were
to "go on a fast1' to day and there
Were a number of them at the station
house when , he was locked up.
"Peace" confessed to having been
made to leave the West Indies on a
sailing vessel on ! account of his re
ligious belief. He said that he had
been in Wilmington "on and off" for
three years, and : that at the end of
five years,' which is in the coming
month, his ministry would cease.
The better class of negroes are much
incensed over his conduct and wish
Mm to be made to leave the city.
"i Winston ; Journal: The four- .
teen year old son of Doras Ery, of
Hickory, became insane by being,
frightened, the result of being hazed,
by some bad boys. Yesterday he was
taken to the State Hospital. The boys
for their rash act, will be dealt with to '
the full extent of the law which they
so justly deserve. ' -
i .Rockingham Anglo-Saxon: We
learn that there was a great deal of
damage done by the heavy rains in up
per Richmond last week. They say
they had a regular cloud burst The
cotton press at Baldwin's mill was
washed away and a bale of cotton
washed down -the creek. Much - dam
age was done where crops had been
planted in the low lands, in some '
places nearly, all the soil that had been '
plowed up and being washed away.
Nearly all bridges on Mountain Creek
were washed away.
' Raleigh News and Observer:
Mr. Felix Webb was shot and Almost
instantly killed by J. W. Morris, his
Dromer m-iay, xnursday, near Aureli
an Springs. Morris married Webb's
sister and my informant from that sec
tion, says that Morris has treated his
wife badly and was whipping her yes ,
terday when her bother came up to
protest against it Morris then took
down his gun and shot Webb twice,
both loads taking effect Webb lived
an hour or so after the shooting. Mor
ris gave himself up and is now in jail.
It is said that he was in the insane as
sy lum at Raleigh for several months .
some years ago. -
Mount Airy JVewsT The fur
niture factory is os pering and
always behind with orders. Solid , car
loads of goods go out nearly every day
andsome times two to three carloads.
rue grip nas been quite preva
lent in almost every part of Surry and " -adjoining
counties during the past
Winter and this spring, and numbers
of old citizens have died. Grip had
something to do with come of these
deaths ana many died of pneumonia. .
All kinds of fruits except peaches .
will be abundant this year if we es
cape frost a few more days. The peach
crop is never very large in this coun
try owing to the fact that the insects
kill the trees before they grow to any .
size, and to this difficulty is to be
added tne damage almost ever year oy
Thomas Kenan Hildreth died
at the home of his father, Mr. W. H.
Hildreth, in this place, last Thursday
night of pneumonia, - aged about 19
years. Senator Pritchard spoke
at Rockingham Tuesday it being
Tuesday of court week, A gentleman
who was present tells us that a large
crowd of negroes, together with near
ly all the revenue doodles and
postmasters of this Congres
sional district , were present to cheer
hvjn and give him aid in his enort to
perpetuate negro rule in the State.
The government distillery of Mr.
W P. Ingram, located at Coleman's
Mill, on Pee Dee river, Richmond
county, was Seized by revenue officers
one day last week. The distillery has
been closed and all the property con
fiscated by the Government. Viola
tion of the revenue laws is the reason
given for the seizure.
Rocky Mount Arqonaut: The
outlook for a big fruit crop is the best
for several years, and the chance of
its being killed is extremely improb
able. Mr. Macreary Karas, of Ma
cedonia, is in Rocky Mount and will
plant some Turkish tobacco on tne
Haverson Griffin place near town.
Mr. Karas is representing a big New
York firm and if he is successful in
raising this tobacco says the price will
average about (1 per pound instead of
6 oi8 cents. .The leaves of this tobac
co are very small, about the size of a
dollar and -the seed are sown the
drills. The Culpeper mills .is
working steadily on big paying ore.
Some of the richest ore ever encoun-".
tered in the mine is now being taken
out. The deepest workings on Ele
phatvein shoWvwell defined , walls.
The vein is fromfour to eight - feet
mJIa niii c- river 1 nsv 1 mo rrnin in -
nearly every piece Broken. This vein
gives evey indicationNpf being a very ,
strong and permanent fissure. Other
valuable mining Droperties will soon
be opened in that section of the coun
A PLUCKY WOMAN
Was Not as Protest Against Westminster
Confession Preparing Statement
Rev. Hay Watson Smith has writ
ten to the editor of the Charlotte
Observer the following letter which
will be read with interest by his nu
merous friends in Wilmington:
"To the Editor: . It gives me very
little concern, Mr. Editor, that I
should be considered unorthodox.
The charge of heresy is, in my opin
ion, a mere bogy; and yet the fear in
spired by it has been a fruitful cause
of cowardice and equivocation with
priests and ministers of every branch
of the church.
"I do wish to say, however, that
my withdrawal from the ministry of
the Southern Presbyterian Church,
the church in which I was brought up,
to which I owe so much, and which I
love above all others, is not "a protest
against the Confession of Faith."
"I am preparing, as rapidly as cir
cumstances will permit, an article in
which l shall make perfectly plain tne
primary ground of my withdrawal.
In the meantime I trust that your
readers will not class me with certain
solodists and rhetoricians who are now
fulminating in so lurid a manner, and
with so little sense of propriety against
the Westminster Confession.
Hay Watson Smith,
Little Rock, Ark., April 23rd, 1900.
THE BOSTON TRUCK PROSPECTS.
Market Has Opened Auspiciously
Promises for Good Prices.
I Special Star Correspondence.
Boston, Mass,, April 25. The sea
son for Southern fruit and truck has
opened auspiciously in our market,
and demand is better than that of the
average season. " The prospects for
early green truck and straw berries
are especially encouraging, and it
promises now to be a season of pay
ing prices for potatoes, peaches and
As in past seasons, I urge shippers
to forward goods in ventilated pack
ages and have contents iresn Har
vested. - . -
7 ChESTEB R'XiAWBENOE,
Wholesale Commission Merchants,
Fanueil Hall Market0
Representative Atwater Working for Bet
ter Mail Facilities in His District.
Special Star Telegram.
Washington, D. C, April 27.
Representative Atwater was at the
Postoffice Department to day and re
commended the establishment of rural
free delivery in Wakf county. He
was informed that an inspector would
be sent at once to investigate the mat
ter and report on the merits of the
case. He hopes to secure rural free
delivery for other counties in his dis
Mrs. Atwater, who has been visit-
ine her sick sister - in Charlotte, - will
Postmasters appointed in North
Carolina to-day are: M. L. Caple,
Caples Mill, ' Richmond county, and
Haywood Hayes, Glennmore, John
Will Return to New York.
CoL K. M, Murchison, after spend
ing the Winter at his splendid retreat
at Orton plantation, has "broken
camp," so to speak, and will return, to
New York to-morrow. He will carry
with him the best wishes of his nu
merous Wilmington friends for a safe
return next season, as is his usual cus
tom. .- - --
Mr. R, C. Crawford, one of the
popular proprietors of the Seashore
Hotel at Wrightsville, arrived yester
day from Raleigh and went down to
the beach in the afternoon to look af
ter the preliminaries of. opening this
well known holstery. He was ac
companied by Mr. R. N. Simms, also
Rev. Dr. A. G. Voigt, pastor
of StPaul's EnglishLutheran Church,
will leave Tuesday for Charlotte where
on Wednesday he will deliver an ad
dress before the Elizabeth . College
students. From Charlotte. Dr. Voigt
will tro to Albemarle to attend the
North Carolina synod of his church.
Mr. : A. D. Wessell, accom
panied by his daughter, Miss Gertrude,
will leave Wednesday for Albemarle
to attend the North Carolina Synod of
the Lutheran Uhurch. Miss W esse 11
will go on to Asheville where she will
yisit for some time.
AT CAROLINA BEACH.
Captain Harper Make's Announcement
the Prospects for the Season at
This Popular Resort.
Captain J. W. j Harper, the genial
master of the steamer Wilmingt on and
nroDrietor of the Oceanic Hotel at
Carolina Beach, when seen by a re
porter yesterday afternoon talked most
encouragingly of the prospects for a
successful season at the popular resort
in which he is interested. The first of
the season's trip on the steamer will
be made this afternoon,, leaving Market
street dock at 2 o'clock and returning
at 7 o'clock this evening. The pros
pects are that qui te a number of people
will go down. The roundf trip fare will
be only 25 cents. I
Captain Harper says that he has
furnished the twenty-odd rooms in
the Oceanic Hotel and will have
them to let this Summer. Dining
accommodations j may be secured
from the several well arranged board
ing houses in close proximity to the
hotel building. These rooms will be
in charge of Mr. Joe Yopp, who will
rent at reasonable rates for the day,
month or season J It has been decided
to have no boarding accommodations
in the hotel building, and this depart
ment will be looked after by Mr. EL A.
Kure and Dr. Ji D. Webster.'in their
well arranged boarding houses near by.
The bath rooms will be in charge Of
Mr. Vrans Swann, as usual.
The saloon and cafe will be con
ducted by Mr. W. V. Hardin, who is
very popular with the trade in Wil
mington. ' j "
Detached from Cotter.
- The numerous friends in the city of
Second Assistant Engineer J. B. Tur
.ner, of the United States revenue cut
ter Algonquin, will regret exceeding
ly that he has been detached from the
cutter her9 'and assigned to duty in
supervising some of the naval con
struction at Trigg's shipyard, . Rich
mond, Va. Mr. Turner will leave
about the middle Of the present week
to assume the duties of his new posi
tion. No order has yet been issued as
to Mr. Turner's successor.
Foiled ao Attempt to Rob a Savings
at Lynn, Mass.
By Telegraph to tne Horning Bt&r.
Lynn, Mass., April 28. A bold at
tempt was made to rob the Lynn Five
iCent Savings Bank shortly after noon
to-day. During thei lunch hour a man
approached . the teller's window ancK
passed a note to Harriet P. Houghton,
who was on duty; .
The note read: "Don't speak or
make any noise or I'll put a bullet
through your brain. Count out $500
and be quick; pass it to -me without
trouble. I have two friends watching
us now and any attempt to communi
cate with any one will mean your
Miss Houghton, although consider
ably alarmed, quickly reached a but ton
near her desk which sounded an
electrical califor the police. Then she
coolly informed the man what Bhe had
done. Without a pausf the robber
rushed from the bank and disappeared
down Market street The pelice ar
rived a few minutes later.
NEW YORK CENTRAL STRIKE.
Strikers Claim That Thirty-two Hundred
Men Have Quit Work. .
By Telegraph to the Horning Star.
Buffalo! April 28. It was arran-
ged to-night that the representatives
of the striking shop and repairmen of
the New York Central should meet in
consultation to-morrow afternoon
with commissioners. The contention
will remain in abeyance pending the
interview. - Beyond the joining of the
striker to day by men of the Western; 4
New York and Pennsylvania, the .
Lehigh "Valley, Delaware, Lacka
wanna and Western and Nickel Plate,
the situation is unchanged.
The strikers claim to-night that 3,200
men are out; and the railroad men
North Carolina Versus Georgia.
Atlantai Qa., April 28. In. the
third inning : of to-day's game at
Brisbane Park, Umpire Lynch gave
North Carolina a run on a balk which
the Georsria men claim they knew
. nothing of until the last inning, al
though the JNortn uaronna scorer nau
it on his book. In the ninth inning,
Georgia made four runs, and the large
crowd , after cheering themselves
hoarse, went home under the impres
sion that North Carolina had been de
feated by one run. Ther score was
North Carolina, 7; Ge0rgia,.7.
The engagement of Alfred Gwynne
Vanderbilt, second son of the late Cor
nelius Vanderbilt, and Miss Elsie
French daughter of. Mrs. Francis
Ormond French, was announced yes