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AS SEEM BY NORTHERN BYES
The Montgomery conference, be
ing tne hrst of that kind held in the
ssouth and the first held any where
, wnich was not influenced more or
less by political considerations. ' - has
attracted considerable attention in
the North, and evoked much com
ment, and what is remarkable is that
the comment by leading Republican
papers is mainly of an approving
Kina, when the contrary might .have
been expected, judging from the
usual manner of noting discussions
oi tno race question in the South.
But, as we have heretofore remarked,
even the Republican partisan organs
are learning something and are be
coming more rational, conservative
and liberal. As anlillnstration of this
we quote the following editorial from
the Philadelphia Press, which is
somewhat significant inasmuch as
the Press is owned and controlled
by a member of Mr. McKinley's
cabinet, Postmaster General Emory
Smith, and may therefore be con
sidered, to some extent at least, an
organ of the administration. Com
menting upon Mr. Herbert's address
the Press says:
The address of ex Secretary of the
Navy Herbert Defore the Montgomery
race conference is an indication that
the discussion before that body will be
conducted ou a high level and in a
broad aud liberal spirit. All the ideas
advanced by Mr. Herbert on this mom
eutousand perplexing problem may
not receive the onsen t of a majority
of ihe intelligent, fair minded men in
the country. .But his evident sincerity
and the moderation with which he
Biaiesnis opinion will win for him an
audience which no violence of lan
guage and extreme views could have
gained. It is a distinct advance that
bo broad and impartial an address by
a Southern man on the race qustion
could have found utterance in the
"Mr. Herbert treats the three lead
ing phases of the race problem the
suffrage, lynching and the education
of the colored man. Not all will agree
With him that th flrrantimi rt V.
right of suffrage to the ex-slaves has
mueu entirely as an educating force.
While it may not have accomplished
all that its advocates confidently hoped
for, it has been a factor in helping to
elevate those of the colored race who
have risen. Mr. Herbert would have
shown more fairness, perhaps, on this
point by admitting that so far as col
ored suffrage has been a failure it is
due in a large measure to the refusal
of the Southern whites to give the col
ored voter a helping and guiding
hand. They surrendered him to the
control of the worst influences or used
him only as a means of corruption.
Some recognition of this fact ought to
be made in treating of the results of
"On the lynching and educational
aspects of the race question Mr. Her
bert's attitude is, in the main, just and
fair. He deplores mob law and believes
that it would be less prevalent were
justice more sure and speedy and were
courts less willing to admit delays on
technical errors and let thA omiltw nn
free by reversing judgments. Speedier
auu pruLupier punisomem oy me
courts, Mr. Herbert believes, would
secure neartier co-operation among
. law-abiding colored men against the
crimes of their own race. As to
the education of the colored man
Mr. ' Herbert takes the position
which nil imnarHal nrl I
f ... mum nou 1U1U1 U1DU
people have reached, that it must be
induttf.rifi.l tn hAffin - wif h Mirf.lra.
- . ... iqiigtoa
have been made in this wav. and
much time and money have been
spent in educating the colored man's
intellect when his hand should first
have been trained. But this mistake
is not irreparable, and the experience
. gained in the past can be a guide for
iue iuiure. ,
"It is encouraging to see the Mont
gomery conference start out in so
promising a spirit There may be
some jarring notes before its sessions
are ended, but thn-tr ni- lib-Alir t.n tut
in a minority. If nothing else should
, come to me meeting except ex
Secretary Herbert's address it will
have good cause for assembling. The
discussions will undoubtedly aid in
disseminating' broader and mnra 'en
lightened opinions on the race ques-
a i a i i.
uuo, a question wmca aas given tne
e -.Z J a f - a. a.
wisest, ana mosi sagacious statesmen
This Is a remarkably conservative
article coming from a Republican
organ, but there are some vans of it
which show that the writer does not
fully comprehend the relations, be
tween the white men of the South
and the negro, when he virtually as
serts that it is the fault of the white
men, or Democrats (which is the
same thing) that the negro vote has
been solidly wielded against them.
It was the Democrats' fault, this
. writer says, because they did not
make any effort to win the negroes
ana draw them from under the in
fluence of the Republican leaders,
and to themselves. This shows that
he doesn't understand the negro nor
the situation, past or present, as it
applies to the relations between the
negro and the Democratio Dartr."-
. Ever since the enfranchisement of
V UJj A A XI.
the negroes Democratio speakers and
writers have" done all thev could con.
sistenwy and honorably do to draw
tne negroes irom under the influence
Of the men who controlled thnm.
have times without number pointed
oui io tnem how they were being
used and their confidence abused bv
the men they trusted, and showed
them how these men wore the onl
persons who profited by the votes of
cue negroes, and for all the good
thus .accomplished Ihey might as
well have been whistling against a
mountain with the expectation o
lifting it from its base. - If the ne
groes listened to them that was all.
for they would go right along, form
under these same leaders no matter
how worthless, trifling or disreputa-
oie iney might be, and when elec
tion day came vote solidlr as thev
rere told o vote,- against the best
and most -honored men in the com
munity, and their friends, the very
men theyj could go to" for ; counsel
when they needed advice or for as
sistance when they got into trouble.
They would go to their Demo
cratic friends, who were often
their employers ! for . advice - and
for help, and trust them
in anything and everything, but
when it came, to being guided bv
them in politics they drew the line
on that, and would listen to and fol
low, the meanest scalawag outside or
inside of a penitentiary before they
would the most respected and hon
ored man in the community if he was
a Democrat. Thirty odd years of en
franchisement and political training
has' not changed them a particle in
this respect. They are still suspi
cious of Democrats, and still trust
and follow only the white men who
call themselves Republicans, and
these have really more- influence.
when they train with them, than
men of their own color have. This
is .the reason, and not because Demo
crats have not tried to win the con
fidence of the negroes, that' the ne
groes have solidly voted the Repub
lican ticket and still continue to
do so. .. -
There are several other reasons.
but this will suffice to show that the
writer in the Press does not fullv
understand the negro as a voter, and
has therefore shot wide of the mark
in accounting for why the Demo
crats have failed to capture the ne
It was natural to expect that just
after emancipation and enfranchise
ment the negroes would look to the
white Republicans as their' friends
and leaders, because they believed
they owed their freedom to them,
but another generation has grown
up jaince then and the white leaders
control them as absolutely aa they
did -they confiding freedmen fresh
from the Plantation. The Press
may learn something about this after
a while, as it seems to have learned
that "mistakes" were made in the
treatment of the negro and in his
education, when they undertook to
educate the head and neglected the
hand, on which Dr. Dudley Warner
commented freely in the address
from which we quoted yesterday.
But our Northern Republican
friends are beginning to learn some-
thing about the race problem, and
this is a decided gain as a result
of the discussion. ' '
The managers of, the late Repub
lican convention at Raleigh stirred
up a hornet's nest when they ignored
Governor Russell and failed to en
dorse his administration. The
Governor got even by issuing that
swinging "interview" on Pearson,
the alleged f ramer of the platform,
who was selected to read it because,
no doubt, it was thought : he could
read his own writing better than the
other fellows could.
Following the Governor, J. G. L.
Harris, who appeared in the con
vention as the Governor's friend and
spokesman and was also sat upon,
comes out in an interview in which
he predicts the defeat of the Repub
lican State ticket by at least 40,000
majority. Harris is an old stager,
although not a very , old man,
and he has had some experience
in running the machine, is pretty
well acquainted with Republicans
throughout the State, and. has a
pretty good idea of the feeling since
that convention met, which was a
cut and dried affair, and represented
nobody but the Federal and- other
office holders who bossed and ran it.
The fact that all the nominations
.were made by acclamation and that
there was no scramble over them is
proof positive that the fellows who
did .the nominating didn't expect to
elect the ticket, and hence predict
ing its defeat is a pretty safe busi
ness, although. 40,000 is a pretty
hefty majority in this' State. . But
every Democrat should exert him
self and work to make the majority
as large as possible, for the deeper,
the Republican party is buried the
harder it will be for it to get out of
the grave.' ... '
Governor Rooseveltl uncle thinks
the Republican ticket will be McKin-
ley and Root, a sort of "root hog or
die" ticket. - " -
WHY IS THIS THtJS
The Philadelphia Press is a sub
sidy boomer and is very much in
terested in Mark Hanna'a ship sub
sidy bill, in behalf of which it puts
in the following plea:
'In thirty-five years we have paid
A A WS VTVSX AAA a a . . .
over ,uuu,uuu,uuu to roreign ship
owners for doing for us the greater
part of our ocean carrying trade. The
amount paid in that way increases
every - year. Our merchants who
want to rescn South American mar
kets have to ship by way of Europe,
and so with markets in various other
parts of the world. 'Are we as a na
tion to permit this obstruction to our
iraae to continue, ana to pay 5,000,
000,000 the estimate of the National
association oi Manufacturers to for
eign ship owners in the next twenty-
five yean! That is the outlook if
the Republican party does not re
deem its pledges abd extend the dm
tective principle to. our merchant
marine In the foreign trade, the only
great national . industry now con
ducted on a free trade basis."
The very "protection! to which
the Press here alludes, waar one of
the principal things that knocked
the bottom, out ; of the American
merchant marine, for when iron
ships took the place of wooden ships
it made the tariff duties on iron and
other ship building materials so
high that Americans could not afford
to have ships built in this country,
and they could not buy them in any
other country and sait them under
the American flag.' One of the re
sults of this has been, according to
the" Press, that we have naid in
thirty-five years the sum of $4,000,-
000,000 to foreign ship owners.
Thirty-five years ago the protective
policy which the Press lauds began.
Isn't this paying a pretty big price
for protection? '
But we are still, it seems to , con
tribute $5,000,000,000 more unless
we consent to chip in $9,000,000 a
year to shipping trusts for the Eext
twenty years, as a starter. This
will make all told $9,000,000,000 to
boon the ship building business in
Wouldn't it be Cheaper and more
sensible to revise our shipping laws
and permit Americans to buy ships
where they pleased, and sail them
under the American flag, and thus
save not only the $5,000,000,000 but
the $180,000,000 it ir proposed to
contribute to American ship owners?
As a joke the Republicans in one
of the strong Democratic wards of
Toledo, Ohio, nominated Joe Quang
for alderman. Joe, who didn't
catch on to the joke, accepted and
went down in his wallet, a la Mark
Hanna. Now there is a split among
the Democrats, and Quang's pros
pects for election are good, - and
hen Joe will have the joke on both
the Republican jokers and Demo
Madam, Rebusse, queen of the
Paris pickpockets, has at the age of
64 just been sentenced to a three
years term in prison. She has been
convicted 35 times and each time
sentenced to prison at hard labor.
Her sentences in the aggregate
would amount to more than 100
years, .tshe is such an enthusiast jn
her profession that she returns to it
as soon as she gets ont of prison.
A short while ago Postmaster Gen
eral Smith complimented the "ex
cellent working of the postal system
in Cuba. It now appears that some
of the officials have been working it
for a lot of money, the shortages in
their accounts being somewhere
about $80,000 so far discovered. One
of them, an Indiana man, has been
arrested charged with getting away
with $36,000 of it. ; '
While in Memphis, the negroes of
that city gave Admiral Dewey an
enthusiastic reception. The princi
pal speech on behalf of 'the negro
was made by a negro J! wno
addressed Dewey as "our great
sailor' statesman," intimating as
broadly as the occasion would permit
that the negroes would like to see
him running the ship of State.
The Philadelphia Press prints the
pictures of three persons, two men
and one woman, who are trying the
starvation cure for ailments. The
picture of one of the men was taken
on the fiftieth day of his fast, of
the other on the thirty-sixth day,
and pf the woman on the twenty-
sevenths Their clothes seem to fit
them as well as: they ever did. -
Webster -Davis while" talking for
the Boers, says President McKinley
is not responsible for the Transvaal
policy,' but it is the -fellows around
him. That's what's the matter with
McKinley, he has too many awfully
bad advisers, and he is wax in their
hands. He may mean all right, but
he manages to get all wrong. r
When Mark Hanna was asked
what he thonght about Ifeely,- the
Indiana man who is charged with
getting away with $36,000 of post
office money in Cuba, replied that he
didn't "know a dd. thing about
Ueely," and wasn't bothering his
head about him. Hanna has enough
to bother him on other lines.
IN THE HOUSE.
reseotatiye Crawford . from
the Ninth N. C. District Un
seated by Republicans. -
BY A VOTE OF 129 JO 127.
Pearson Swera in Amidst the Hisses of
4 Democratic Members and Spectators
; I" the Galleries Debate is the .
HoaseCrawford's Speech. .
- 8pecu$ Star Telegram. '
Washington; D. C, May ia-The
ouse to day, immediately after the
IS: ... v -
reung or ine journal, resumed con
sideration of "the Pearson Crawford
contest. By consent of the minority
the "Duke of Richmond Hill" was
allowed to address the House. The
Duke opened up by saying that his case
depended on these propositions, viz;
mi a- ... 4." .... -
j.nai every citizen is entitled to an
equal construction of the law; that
where fraud and bribery were shown,
the vote should be thrown out; that
contestee (Crawford) should not be
allowed the benefit 'that comes from
a fraudulent letter with his (Pearson's)
name attached. He said h i had no
criticism to make of Governor Bus
sell's interview, but that he did
criticise the men who misrepresented
the matter to the Governor. He said
he was sorry the city of Asheville was
disfranchised but excused the disfran
chisement by comparing it with the
Kentucky situation and the Goebel
law. Taken all in all, his speech was
very nearly as bad as the one deliv
ered by Roberts of .Massachusetts
during yesterday's debate. He dwelt
at great length : on .the grand old Re
publican party and his love for the
mountaineers of his district, who, he
said, even in the days of secession,
had stood loyally by the Union and
the Republican party At times he
nearly whined, reminding his listeners
of a starving man pleading for some
thing to eat In fact, he said very little
about the case, but a great deal about
the g. o. p. and his love for his party.
He was followed by Representative
Crawford, who, in the time allowed
him, made an eloquent and forcible
speech. While Representative Craw
ford was speaking not a man left his
seat on either side of the House, but
to the contrary all were of attention.
His speech was said by many mem
bers to be equal if not better than the
one delivered by Representative Com
mack, of Tennessee, in the Fifty-fifth
Congress, under similar circum
stances, and to many who had never
heard him speak it was a revelation.
He said he had been honestly elected
and showed to all present that the dis
trict was Democratic; He told of his
Other campaigns, wherein he had de
feated Senator Pritchard and Judge
Ewart, who,, he said, had never
thought of crying "fraud;" that Pear
son had belonged to every party and
that he had voted for Grover Cleve
land and for himself (Crawford) ; that
he believed Pearson would try to again
join the Democratic party, but that if
he did the statute of limitations
would be against him, for which he
thanked the good God above. He
dwelt at some length on Representa
tive Driscoll's refusal to sign the re
port unseating him.
During the explanation . he was in
terrupted by Representative Cooper,
of Wisconsin, chairman of the Insular
Committee, who asked if it were true
that Representative Driscoll! refused
to join his colleagues. His answer
seemed to satisfy! Representative
Cooper, for he afterwards refused to
vote to seat Pearson, on the: ground
that the case was too rotten to suit his
taste. - i . ' ' -
In speaking of Governor Russell's
interview, . be said that although
he did not always admire his
views, that he had always admired his
honesty and stability. He denied the in
sinuation of Representative GrosverTT """""
wn...w.wa.in ,.jven out I . TT of 33 quarts each.
that Governor Russell h--
his interview Jl--r?ia P"
In closing, he said he would rather
have the respect and good will of the
good people of his district than be in
the position of the contestant (Pear
son) holding a seat in Congress , dis
honestly and against the will of
the people. He said that such
a man ' should have a ! monu
ment with these words inscribed
upon it, "Here lies a man who, to gain
a seat in Congress, ' disfranchised and
defamed the honest people of hi dis
trict" Representative Linney closed for
Pearson in a tirade against the Demo
cracy of North Carolina.: His speech
was evidently for home consumption
and contained nothing relative to the
case. He said that when ihe first
heard of Governor Russell's interview
he thought it a joke and that in his
estimation Russell was crazy. . That
he was a good Republican in the ranks
but that promotion swelled his head;
that Russell was only sore because
Pearson's resolutions at Raleigh did
not contain his name. - -
During Linney's speech he was sur
rounded by White, Pritchard and
Pearson, in close, confab. Immediately
after Linney's speech the minority re
solution favoring Crawford retaining
his seat was voted on. The votes as
announced showed a tie, being 128 to
128. The House then took : up the
majority resolution favoring Pearson
which was adopted by the close vote
of 129 to 127. -.. V-- . -
The chair then announced that
through an error the first vote had
been announced as 128 to 128 when it
should have been 128 to 126. '
Between the two votes the Republi
cans were able to marshal one absent
member into the House, thus seating
jrearson. . Every ; Democrat was
present or paired, with the excep
turn oixtaly of a. J. and Noonan, of
HI., who by their action received very
adverse comment Several of the Re
publicans refrained' from voting or
were absent intentionally. - Y
Several'of the Republican members
afterwards expressed themselves as
really favoring; Crawford r but not
daring to go on record in his favor.
Representative P. 0. Smithcbf Michi
gftfi. speaking of the matter, said : "In
my estimation Crawford was honestlv
.eiectea and is a good fellow, while
nave nothing but contempt for Pear
son; but I could not afford to vote
against the majority of my party; J
am not the only Republican who en
erjuM ,nus opinion ot nun. He is a
u EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
la Session at RaIeixhCestral Committee
Appointed A Candidate for Jndgev
la the Twelfth District
Special Star Telegram.
RALEIGH, N. C, May 10. The
Democratic State . Executive Commit
tee met to-night at 8 : o'clock in the
Senate chamber and was in . session
There were present in person and by
proxy twenty-eight out of the thirty
six members of the committee.
Chairman Simmons, presided and P.
M. Pearsall was secretary. Commit
teeman Duncan McEachern resigned
and Mr. W. H. Bernard, of the Wil
mington Stab, was elected to succeed
A central committee was chosen!
composed of the following members:
Cyrus B. Watson, Winston; Thos J.
J arvis, Greenville ; Theo. F. David
son, Asheville: James H. Pou. Ra
leigh; J. H. Weddington, Charlotte;
E. J. Hale, Payetteville; J. S.
Carr, Durham; E. C. Smith, Raleigh;
J. S. Cunningham, Cunningham ; Geo.
Warburton, Rockingham; P. A.
Woodard, Wilson; Claudius E. Poy.
Newborn ; Jas. A. Lockhart, Wades-
boro: R L. Holt Burlington ; CO.
Lyon, Elizabethtown ; R. J. Brevard,
Charlotte; Frank a Spurill. Louis-
burg; Chas. M. Busbee, Raleigh; W.
B. Allen, Goldsboro; R- R. Cotton.
Paulkland; & S. Holt, Smithfield; W.
B. Rodman, Washington; O. H.
Guion, Newborn ; M. EL Justice, Ruth
erfordton ; E. F. Lamb, Elizabeth City ;
8. A. Ashe, Raleigh ; H. ' A. London,
Pittsboro; A. W. Haywood, Burling
ton; N. B. Broughton, Raleigh; Dr. T.
E. Green, Weldon; Jnp. R Webster,
Reldsville; Wm. M. Webb, Morehead
csty.'; . :
It was decided to nominate a
candidate for Judge in the
Twelfth Judicial district to succeed
Norwood. J udge Moore ' was elected
by the Legislature to succeed him, but
some question having been raised as
to the length of the term by such elec
tion, it was decided to be best to nomi
nate a candidate to be regularly voted
for at this election. Each county in
the district, will at its convention, ex
press a choice and the committee, will
then declare him the nominee of the
party .fudge Moore will probabl be
Mr,' Aycock, nominee for Governor,
was present at the meeting, as was
also Messrs. Franklin McNeill and
Samael L. Patterson.
EsUnsted That 200,000 Crates If sve Been
J hipped from Wilmington's Belt
urday's strawberry shipments
weri not so
large as usual on Satur-
day,) but quite
a large number went
fomrdby the Fruit Growers' El
and the Southern Express Corn-
pan;, wnueno definite figures are
obtainable, the shipments by the Fruit
Growers' Express yesterday from the
territory contiguous to Wilmington
aggregated about eighty cars, or 24,000
of 33 quarts each. In addition
to tne a-the Southern Express
shipments will prt. . .
, , -X irincrease the
number.to 27,500 crates.
It iff generally conceded that-.
present season has been "profitable to
the . berry " growers and they have
enjoyed. . unsurpassed refrigerating
facilities through the medium of
the Fruit Growers' Express. The ser
vice afforded by the Southern Express
Company has also been excellent and
there are no shippers by, this route but
sing the praises of Mr. J. J. Cros-
well, the enterprising route agent on
the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad,
who by personal effort and solicita
tion has done much for his company
and for the people. ,,
It is believed that as yet no consign
ments have been sold at a loss . and all
appear satisfied with the magnifi
cent schedule maintained by the trans
portation companies. .;
It is estimated that as many as 200,-
000 crates were handled from the Wil
mington tracking belt during the
past week, which if sold even so low
as fs.OO per crate of 32 quarts would
bring $600,000. Most of the shipments
this season have been to New York.
Vlrgiflia Wants to Come. '
Manager James Sinclair, of the W.
L. L base ball team, is in receipt of
letter from Mr. J. Lardner Humbert,
manager of the University Summer
team, saying that the - Virginia boys
are expecting to take a Southern trip
in June and would like very much to
arrange a game for Wilmington.
Manager Humbert states mat ne can
show fast ball and wants a guarantee
of $150.00 for a game. The date for
the W. L. L and O. A. N. contest
has not yet been decided upon.
ON THE RAILROADS.
The Interstate Tournament Officials Have
r Every Assnrance of Low Passenger
Rates for the Firemen.
Capt James D. McNeill7presldent of
the State Firemen's- Association! and
uwi. w. J. Woodward, - chairman of
the transportation committee for the
tournament July 10th to : 13th. indu
aive, yesterday had a conference with
Mr. H. M. Emerson, of thA Atlintta
Coast Line, in regard to rates for the
nig event , .. -,---t"..
Capt McNeill said that the confer
ence was entirely satisfactory in every
particular and . that - with the rate
secured Wilmin gton would be
overflowing" with visitors on this
occasion." yi Mr. - Emerson. ho - said.
promised . - the t association a"1 rate
of ; one. cent per mile each way for
firemen and the transportation ol all
apparatus free. - These rates ,wiU ? also
be in vogue for the ge eral public pn
the principal days of the tournament.
and on. all other days the rate will be
one fare for the round trio. These.
he said, were the same rates as afforded
by the railroads upon the occasion of
the tournament at Greensboro last
year. ; . ;-
Speaking of the prize list. Cant. Mc
Neill said that it was absolutely the
best ever offered in the State in many
particulars and that it was one that
would be certain to bring the firemen
here from four or more States. He is
thoroughly enthused over the nroa-
pects and as a friend expressed it Yes
terday "he is the only original McNeill
on the market." .
In view'of the very active interest
taken in the tournament bv its clever
proprietor, Mr. R. M. Wallace, The
Orton has offered a rate of $150 to the
firemen on this occasion and in this
instance the degree of enthusiasm of
Mr. Wallace may be measured by the
fact that this will bs the only, devia
tion from the regular rates ever made
by this popular holstery in the history
of his management
The first day's session of the bisr
week will Jbe taken up with the usual
meeting of the State Fireman's Asso
ciation which will probably be held in
the Court House. Then will follow
the days of the contests and specta
cular events, ail of which will appear
from the official programme to be
issued a few days latter.
Capt. McNeill left vesterdav after
noon for Lake Waccamaw to join his
daughters, the Misses McNeill, who
are there on a visit to their sister, Mrs.
M. S. Kirkland. He will return to
Fayetteville to morrow and imme
diately begin a tour of the State in the
interest of the tournament
RUSSELL'S FRIEND HARRIS
Predicts the Defeat of the Republican
State Ticket by at Least Forty
Special Star Telegram.
Raleigh, N. C, May 11 In an
authorized interview to-day J. C.
luZ Harris a close personal friend
and adviser of Gov. .Russell,
predicted the defeat of the present Re
publican State ticket by at least 40,-
000 majority. Speaking of the failure
of the convention to endorse Gov.
Russell, he said : "The action of the
convention absolves every friend of
Gov. Russell from obligation to sup
port the Republican State ticket if
they see fit to take this course."
Will any of - them break that
course!" he was asked. "I have no
doubt they will," he replied. "It is
difficnlt to see how any friend of the
Governor can support that ticket with
out endorsing the action of the con
vention toward the . Governor. Anv
of his friends who do this will thereby
Will you support the Republican
State ticket?" "No, am not going to
yote. for it"
Mr. Harris said further that if he
had been given a hearing, as he de
sired, in the State convention, he
would have told the ' convention that
"the nomination of a State ticket and
the refusal to endorse the Governor
would probably result in a disaster
r! to that which overtook the ticket
in the month ort, vfft - fv.
would make it utterlv imrw?M. '
cany me Btaieior McKinley.lL
11 r,. . . x- v.
, - -J -
He says of the attankjut1- 3SZ
sell on Pearson rThat letter, in the
hands of Democratic speakers puts the
Republicans in an utterly indefensi
ble position. Kepublican speakers, can
only discuss on the stump what they
think the Democrats will . do, while
the Democrats can point to what the
Republicans have already done, in the
Ninth district, toward . disfranchising
the white, man.'-;
Steamship Aqnila Here..
The Norwegian steamship Aquila, of
the Sprunt Line,' arrived in port yes
terday morning from Bremerhaven,
Germany, and after receiving "coal
from the A. C. L. chute she will take
a berth at the Champion Compress for
a cargo of cotton from Messrs. Alex
ander Sprunt & Son, operators of the
line to which she belongs. The Aquila
is of 1,407 tons burthen and is in
charge of Capt Andreassen, as master.
She sailed from Bremerhaven, April
21st for Wilmington. Mr. Henry B.
Peschau went aboard of her on her
last clearance from this port and is
now travelling extensively in the old
Secretary Root has sent to the Senate
a report - showing that 386 claims,
aggregating $142,555, have been filed
for private property-taken and used
during the war with Spain.
Picture of Hon. Oeorge Davla Received
i Formally Yesterday Afternoon by
, Dufaters of the Confederacy.
- Quite a number of memTwra nr nJM
Fear Chapter Daughters of the Oonfed -
cy, ijape ear Camp No 254,United
Confederate Veterans, and other Inter
ested friends assembled at the Wil
mington Light Infantry armory yes
terday afternoon at K o'clock to be
present at the exercfeea
the presentation by a number of public-
piniea ciuzens of a portrait of the
Hon. George Davis to Cape Fear Chap
ter Daughters of the Confederacy.
i The occasion was one of especial in
terest and pleasure to those who had
assembled and the formalities of ex
tending to the ladies the sacred charge
Were very pretty and appropriate. '
The large picture, elegantly framed,
was in waiting in the assembly room
of the armory and the DresenUtmn U
dress was by the Revfc Pr. Carmichael,
unapiam of Cape Fear, Camp of Vet
eransand an intimate friend and aA.
mirer of the distinguished Southerner
whose splendid likeness was presented.
Dr. Carmichaers speech was especially
pleasing, eloquent ind replete" with
beautiful sentiments regarding his da-
voted friend and distinguished Wjl
mingtonian. As Dr. Carmichael was sneaking
and the rlima-r in hia vnm.aw
, . .vutA.&a 1TM
reached, Master Robert Cowan Davis,
grandson of Hon. George Davis and
als& grandson' of Col. .Robert TT
Cowan,'-unveiled the handsome por
trait and Dr. Carmichael ia conclud
ing made more directly the speech of
presentation, which abounded in beau
tiful thought and commemoration in
terest. Mrs. W, L. Parslev. president of
the Daughters of the Confederacy, in
a few well received words of grateful
appreciation, accepted the gift in be
half of the organization, after which
those present were given an opportu
nity or reviewing more closely the
splendid work of art which was exe
cuted as Star readers will remember.
by Mrs. Devereux Lippitt, Wilming
ton's accomplished artist.
After-the exercises the nortrait wu
securely packed and will be forwarded
early this week to Richmond where
it will be presented by Dr. Carmichael
to the Confederate Museum. Mrs.
Wallace Carmichael, as a representa
tive of the Daughters of the Confed
eracy, will accompany Dr. Carmichael
and I e present at the exercises there.
DIED THURSDAY AFTERNOON.
Aged Mother of Mr. R. M. Wescott Passed
Away at KeUey'r, N. C.
Friends of Mr. R. M. Wescott will
deeply sympathize with him in the loss
of his aged mother,. Mrs. L. G. Wes
cott, relict of the late Jno. L. Wescott,
whose death occurred Thursdav after
noon at 4 o'clock at the home of her
daughter, Mrs." Alice J. Leonard, at
Kelly's, Bladen county. Mrs. Wescott
was in the eighty fourth year of her
age and death resulted from the infirm
ities of one of her years.
The immediate surviving relatives are
a son and daughter, Mr. R. M. Wes
cott of this city, and Mrs. Leonard, of
Kelly's, and one sister. Mrs. Catherine
Death of Mrs. fiersman.
Friends in this city will learn with
regret of the death of Mrs. J. M. J.
Hersman, which occurred yesterday
evening at 8:80 o'clock at the home of
her grandson, Mr. G. A. Cardwell.
No. 316 Ann street Mrs. Hersman's
death was the result of la grippe and
the infirmities of bid age. she bavins
been in her seventy-eighth year. The
remains will be taken pn the after
noon A. C. IL train to-day to Rich
mond, Va., where the interment will
Town Creek Improvements.
Capt Herbert Ward, of the steam
tug Buck, which is now engaged in
freighting rice from the plantations
up Town Creek, asks the Stab to state
that this water course has been great
ly improved recently by the govern
ment engineering force. A good depth
is one of the features of the improve
ment, and then, too' suitable buoy
marks are left for the proper direction
as to the channel.
WiunHOTON, N. C, May 13.
Editor Morning Star. I agree with
your correspondent about it being the
duty of our people in this favored land
of ours, where actual starvation is ab
solutely unknown, to help to feed
soma of the millions of people who are
actually starving in India. Only, I
think, at least f 1,000 ought to be raised
by a community like ours. Your cor
respondent seems to have overlooked
tne rand tnat was raised and sent off
by the Messenger a week , or so ago.
which amounted . to something over
$100. I contributed what I felt able to
that fund, but I will also contribute ten
dollars to your fund if you will make
it up to $100; and if you will make it
up to $500, 1 will make my contribu
tion t. xne trounie about such sub
scriptions is that many people think if
they can't give much, they need not
give at am wnen, in fact a large num
ber of small contributions segregate as
much as a few large ones. Urge every-
ooay to contribute, n only a small
amount each. Five cents will save a
child's life I It seems to me the Chris
tian churches all ought to take up spe
cial collections for this . great and ap
pealing need. -Yours,
for charity the .world over,
' The executive committee of the
Southern Educational Association
have decided to have the next annual
convention of the association in Rich
mond, Va., on December 87th, 28th
CI , SPIRITS. TURPENTINE. :
i Salisbury : Sum ,Dr. E. Rose
Dor8ett .is: interested in organizing a
1 M A 1 l.tl'. .
iwii wviupiijij iur tne rauioiisnment
of a furniture factory in Salisbury. v It
is probable that his efforts will be sue
cessfuL - ';:-.--;p.T:' ' -r:"-' -"'":.:
Carthage Bladei 1 Mr. NeiH ;
Tyson died last Sunday of heart disease -at
his home in the neighborhood of.
White Hill Presbyterian Church. He
was one of the oldest citizens of that .
community. " ? ; -
-.,-..4 v :i - -' v ' J V. ' j
i Chadbonrn 'Messenger: Mr. '
Hamilton Dyson, a well-to-do farmer,
and a leading member of the Freewill O
Baptist Church, aged 82 years,, died,
after a lingering illness, of several
weeks, at his home near here, Wednes -dayvMay9th.
Rockingham Anglo-Saxon: .,"
Alex Jacobs, who was sent up from
our last court to Anson chain gang for -13
months, passed through town Tues
day night : He out an 8 inch post, to
which he wu chained. In lwn Vnn.
night with a pocket knife and made his
TT- A . .
escape. ne seems io oe a pocket knife '
expert ' He carved -hla wit of hm
euard house at Qibton. Whn flrt
arrested with a knife.
Smithfield HmalA:' Rnnnrto -
from the various sections of the county - '
show that the tobacco conditions are
quite favorable at present . The crop '
is about planted and all prospects are
favorable. Thu amnnHmnnt
in favor as the time passes. - and it
seems probable now that its majority
in this country will exceed that given -"
tA thA VAflflllflii fiAirAf' an manw Pattnkli t.
cans will support it who would, hardly "
T UID 1U1 UIO JLTtMIlUVTBU? UUUHUCOS. - -
Rockv Monnt Araurmut- From
further observation we are satisfied -
that the tobacco acreage in Nanff - -
county will be cut about fifty per
cent. Plants are verv iRhinw a tmnrl
many beds being a total failure. Our
tobacco farmers have taken the right
way to elevate the price of bright to- 1
bflCCO. - A anMil tlnnrttnn' nill
arrive here from Brookly, N. Y.,"con
taining members Of the Brooklyn In-
Stitute of Arts and Sciences ' nnH nt.Vini.
interested in astronomical science in
time to take the total eclipse of the
sun which occurs on May 28th. -Rockv
Mount haabeen aeWtAd o nn
of the most advantageous points on
the line of total eclipse. ; : - 1
FATAL FREIGHT WRECK. -
Engineer, Fireman and Five Tramps
Kllled-Pire Follows Collision-Loss
Estimated at $185,000.
By Telegraph to the Morning Btar."
Philadelphia. May 12. Throus-h -
the negligence of a tower man who lay
asleep at his post a disastrous and
fatal freight train wreck occurred here
last midnight in a tunnel on the Balti
more and Ohio railroad. An engineer
and a fireman were killed and fltro nn. .
known tramps are supposed to be dead
1 XI 1 mi . .
in iue wrecK. xne property loss is es- -timated
at $186,000. The man who is
responsible for the accident, Frank
Lamtell, surrendered himself late this
aiternoon ana is now under arrest.
The bodies of the dead are buried
beneath the wrecked mn n1 Mnnnf .
be recovered until the fire, which fol-'
wnw un uuunuuu,., u cxiuiguisneu.
About thirtv firemen of the citv flm
department were either burned or
overcome by smoke while fighting the
flames. None of them, however, was
"Every night a train known as the
New York express leaves here for New
York. Last night the train was made
UP in two sections, the first nAtirn
containing forty three cars. When it
reacnea tne tunnel tne engine was un- .
aoie to puu it up tne grade and seven-
teen cars were detached and left stand-1
ing about midway in the tunnel, while -the
others were drawn through. It
was the dutv of Tower Onerator Tjim.
tell to set a red semaphore at the Cal
low Hill street entrance to the tunnel. -Being
asleep, as he admits, he failed to
do this, leaving the white light in view.
Atr 11.80 o'clock the second section of
the freight, comprising thirty-eight -cars,
approached at the rate of thirty
miles an hour. Engineer Laub, seeing
the white light, gave the locomotive
extra speed in order to carry the tram
up the grade. The rapidly moving
train collided with the standing cars in
the tunnel with terrific force.
- Fire immediately broke out and"
three oil cars, each containing four
thousand gallons of . oil, exploded.
Soon the wreckage was a mass of
flames. The fire department was called '
out and, though the firemen have
been at work all last nicht and .
all to day, it has been impossible as
vet to extinmiish the flnmna Cimi-ntr -
to the heat and smoke and gaseous air
in the tunnel, the firemen : could enter
the tunnel only a short distance with
out beinc overcome. TTnlea wim dn
in the streets to make ventilators and .
the roof of the tunnel blasted but to no
Shortly after the collision Tjmtill
disappeared and could not be found -.
untu ne gave himself up late this af
ternoon. When questioned he said:
"I did it Why the white signal re
mained in place I do not know, but it
was there and the train went through -'
as usual. I was asleep or dosing and
why I cannot say, except that I feel r
myself overworked; but I am ready to
stand the .censure and take what
comes to me. I have no excuse to
offer." - ..
Liqnor Traffic Discussed and Condemned.'
' Tbe Centary Movement State's
Rifhts la Church Affairs. :
-wP3lflccamt, 'Amuv ggyI2.-7ie-
bate on the liquor traffic began in the
Southern Baptist Convention to-day,'
Rev. Dr. J. B. CranfeL . of Texas, in-,
troducing a resolution declaring the
antagonism of the Southern Baptists -
to the tramo in every form, uongress
was denounced lor nullifying the law,
abolishing the canteen, and the estab
lishment of the army canteen and sa
loons were declared to be blots on our
civilization. The resolution will be
adopted. . ' . "
This morning's session: was largely
devoted to the discussion of the cen
tury or 1900 movement which alms
to make tne year memorable, in ine
Church's history. It is proposed to
have committees in Church associa
tion States hold meetings to let the .
people know just what we are doing
and what they should da , - - -
' The afternoon session was taken up
in a discussion of the 20th r century
movement and Sunday school board,
report There was a lively discussion
over the report pf the centennial com
mittee. , . , , . ,
? Rev. Dr. W. E. Hatcher, a vener-s
able delegate from Richmond, Va., r
stirred up a 11 Vely debate by declaring
for States' - rights in church : affairs.
He said the proposed . board of nine
would be a homeless concern' which
would assume to dictate to churches
and State associations what 'they
should give to missions.
' Labor troubles at Tampa, Fla., have
taken a turn for the worse.' There is
now a general, strike ia all the fae-.
tories of the Havana-American , Com
pany and fully 1,000 people are out .