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A REBUKE AND A TRIBUTE ,
The Washington Post was op
posed to Bryan in 189C, and is op
posed co him now, bnt it is an hon
est opposition that does not obscure
it 3 vision nor make it withhold tri
bute to" his Stirling worth and bril
liant endowments as a leader of men.
But it does not believe that humor
is ono of his gifts, and while warn
ing him against it, couples the warn
ing or rebuke with a glowing tri
bute, thus: -
"Mr. Bryan should carefully avoid
tlia mistake of trying: to be humorous.
Humor is not in his line. ;He takes
things seriously. He is a strong; man,
a leader, so profoundly convinced of
thn virtue of his mission as to verge
upon fanaticism. His mental and in
tellectual processes are fervent. His
ideals are high. His attitude is on of
grave intensity. He nurses large am
bitions for his fellow-men. Had he
lived some hundreds of years ago, he
would have been Peter the Hermit's
coadjutor and equal. But humor is
not his forte. It is much beyond the
reach of his apprehension as is pocket
picking or astrology.
' We have noted, on more than one
occasion in the immediate past, what
seemed attempts by Mr. Bryan to be
whimsical add frivolous. The experi
ence iraveus honest pain. We do not
wint to laugh at Mr. Bryan. We be
lieve that in this age of mountebanks
and weaklings and buccaneers he is
one, man of thoroughly sincere con vie-
tinn2 on1 i AvmirvK t rr iiMf-f-.l C V. m.
pose, no matter how misguided or how
wise his aspirations. But he should
keep within his limitations: In the
speech he delivered at Indianapolis he
showed to splendid advantage. There
he was upon his own ground, master
of tire situation, powerful, persuasive,
intrenched ; in eloquence and logic, a
figure of dignity and force. To our
miod that impressive deliverance has
not been wholly answered yet. Per
haps it never will be. This, however,
is another question. What we wish
to y is that Mr. Bryan had better
keep within the territory which he
has explored and in which he appears
to such admirable purpose.
It is not given to all men indeed.
it is given to very few to possess the
humorous insight or the gift of grace
ful pleasantry. Mr. Bryan is not one
of these. He is an earnest and a po
tent quantity in affairs, but his eyes
are fixed upon the mountain top, and
he sees not the pretty and the blithe
some things that fringe his path. He
jokes with difficulty to himself and
with sorrow to his audiences. In Bry
an, the reformer, the pioneer, the pro
pagandist, there is much to admire
and approve. Bryan as a R;goletto
makes the judicious grieve."
Te do not know exactly what the
P'il refers to in this, perhaps to
Mr. Bryan's remarks on the return
of the gold Democrats who had left
the party in 1896. It is a fact that
some of the gold organs, which are
glu l of an opportunity to jab a knife
into Brvan. are making mnch of
this pleasantly, and aro using it to
keep up'the feeling against Bryan.
They take his humor seriously,
make much ado over it, misconstrue
ami distort it. They are perhaps
oversensitive and therefore quick to
take ; offence when none is in
tended.' But for that reason Bryan
speaking for himself or others speak
ing for him, should be guarded, in
tneir utterances, even 01 tne "nu
TR.UST OBJECT LESSONS.
There is Scarcely a day that we are
not furnished with obiect lessons
showing how the "beneficient" trusts
operate, how they reach out and put
their damns on the manufacturer,
the farmer and the consumer of the
articles they control.
Here, are two more. The first is
from the Charleston News and
(-'(wrier showing how the Cotton
ivaddinp-Trust, to which we have
heretofore referred, crushes out en
terprises and extorts from con-
'Th! Cotton Waddinc Trust, which
recently strangled two independent
"iis in uolumbus and unauanooga,
ys the Birmingham Age-Herald,
tias&(lvanced nricesof wadding from
4( l''ro per cent." .It adds: "To day
wadding mill cannot be started and
"Jjmtained in the South, because the
wdaeious enough to wreck ' an inde-
VIA -.If 1
"ueru enterprise, fcjucn muis wuuia
r-uiiwvio UUUC1 UUIili.l "
'wtices in everv Southern cotton man-
U'acturine State, because they take
4f9m other mills 'waste' and convert
u mio batting. If the House of Kep-
"-acnutiooo DhnnU ha i lamnrtffltifl inn
Herald trusts a special investiea-
me specially vicious anu tub
"adding Trust will be made. It has
"usued without difficulty a factory in
Umbus. fl anri nt in ChatU-
0(p, and all the facts concerning its
o ; and history would be brought
i'he next is from the Chadbourn
'y-i'jcr, showing how the Can
ning Trust puts the screws on the
thel8 Peack growers, who have had
oldest crop for years, are furious
against the trusts and the Republicans
" tsiuwu tu uiutii meir powers. The
profit to day on a basket of peaches is
not more than one or two cents. The
-canning trust has put the screws on
and refuses to take less than entire car
loads at starvation prices."
Bat these are institutions which
Mark Hanna calls "beneficent," and
which his party encourages and fos
ters by iegislation that would not
be tolerated in any other civilized
country on the globe, when the rec
ord of their merciless extortion and
oppression had been so often ex
posed. RAYNER ON THE SCARE.
Four years ago Isador Rayner, of
Maryland, .opposed the election-of
Wm. J. Bryan, but, like ex-Secretary
of State Richard Olney, ex-
Postmaster General Wilson, Hon.
Carl Schurz, Hon. Bonrke (Joekran,
and scores of other eminent men
Democrats and Republicans he is
for him now. In a published inter
view in the Baltimore Sun he gives
'his reasons for supporting Bryan,
and incidentally refers to the money
and panic scares resorted to by Sec
retary Gage and others:
"Every intelligent man will do big
own thinking and voting. .Beyond
any question of party loyalty my con
victions lead me straight in one direc
tion. I am unalterably opposed to
the ruinous policy of the' Republican
. In my humble judgment the money
question is one that pales into insignifi
cance compared with this mighty con
flict for the preservation of the Re
public that is now on hand. I have
not changed my mind upon the finan
cial issue at all,, but the Democratic
party will not be terrorized or driven
to its dungeon by a shadow that has
no substance behind it. I do not be
lieve in the probability of a panic.
You will permit me to say that
it does not follow that because
there is a decline in speculative
securities that have no intrinsic
value that the prosperity of the
people at large will be affected. I do
not belieye that the gambling dens or
Wail street-are an indicator of national
prosperity. Good investments recover
from a panic much quicker than they
do from a gradual liquidation, and
those investments that are worthless
ought to succumb.
'It is all idle talk about a Demo
cratic Secretary of the Treasury forc
mg the Government to a silver basis.
It does not lie within the power of the
Treasury Department to bring about
such a result. It has been shown by
experience that this Government has
the inherent power at present to keep
the metals upon a parity and every sil
ver dollar is worth a gold dollar and
will continue to be worth it until Con
gress passes a free coinage law, and of
that there is not the slightest or re
"I notice that some of the financial
i'ournals are prophesying that if the
)emocratic party succeeds American
securities will be thrown upon, us from
the European markets. If they are,
they will all be taken up witn eager
hands. The money question gives me
no concern whatever, and if it did I
am frank to say I would yield the point
and would feel as some one else felt
upon a similar occasion, that I prefer
my country to a debenture pond, and
the stability of its institutions to the
stability of its exchequer."
We respectfully commend this to
the serious consideration of such
Democratic papers in the South as
refuse to support Bryan because the
Kansas City platform reiterates the
demand for the free coinage of silver
and to these so-called McKcKinley
Democrats who find this an alleged
pretext for voting for McKinley.
There are several ways of lying,
and some of the Republican organs
are adepts in all of them. Here is a
sample of lying by indirection
taken from the New York Tribune,
which says: "In his present speeches
Bryan lays no stress on his purpose
when he is President to pack the
Supreme Court, thus providing a
body to render decisions to Populist
ordej." When did Bryan ever ex
press such a purpose ? Never; and
the Tribune knows it.
Miss Jewett the Boston. anti-
lynching crank, has" invaded Vir
ginia, but she didnt bring those six
negroes, with her. She suddenly
dropped in on a conference in one
of the colored churches, where she
wanted to make a harangue, but
they had too much sense to let her.
She retired to the street, made her
speech and concluded the perfor
mance with a big negro handshak
ing. There is a vacancy in some
asylum waiting for her.
- The peopie of Paterson, N. J. ,
are interested in keeping up the lo
comotive works there which are about
to be closed, some say because of dis
agreement of the men who run them,
and others because they have be
come rich enougHJ and want to quit
business. These' works have paid in
wages to employes since their estab
Republican papers complain that
while there is great and growing de
mand for American coal in Europe
we have no ships to carry it. And
yet Republican statesmen who are
stnek on subsidies refuse to repeal
the laws which prevent Americans
from buying ships abroad and sail
ing them under the American flag.
A new Gnathman gun, just com-
nleted at Redington, Pa., is forty
four feet long, weighs 594 tons, and
will throw a 2,000 pound projectile
with a velocity of 1,800 feet a fee
FIRE IN WASHINGTON
Tbe Loss Estimated at Over One
Hundred and Fifty Thou-
IT BROKE OUT ABOUT 1 P. Ai.
Raged Until 5 O'clock List of Sufferers.
Fire Departments at Greenville and
Rocky Mount Wired for . Help.
Many Persons Prostrated.
Speeial Star Telegram.
Washington, N. C: Sept. 13.
Washington is in ashes. From Water
street, beginning at the oyster factory
up the street a distance of two hundred
yards, or near to the Crystal Ice Com
pany's factory, and from the corner
of Water street up Market street to
Main street, bur town lies in itains;
never surpassed in our town's history
since the Civil War, and the property
loss far exceeds that of the war, when
our town was burned by the Yankees,
the loss being approximated at one
hundred and fifty thousand dollars,
and upon a careful examination it is
presumed the loss will far exceed these
The fire originated in Brabble's res
taurant about one o'clock, caused from
a defective stove flue, and in a few
minutes the building was a total loss
and the fire had spread to all adjacent
estimates of Losses.
The following is an approximate es
timate of the loss at this time, 9 p.m.:
O. B. Wynne, bar, $1,000; W. Far
row's bar, $1,000-, J. S. Farren & Co.,
oyster canning factory, $30,000; W.A.
Bridges' barber shop, $100; W. T. Far
row, tenement house, $2,000; E. S.
Hoyt, building, $800; L. E. Kidd, gro
cery, $1,700 Bonilz's grocery, $500; M.
F. Watson, restaurant, $50; J. W.
Mayo's fish house, $800; J. M. Gaskill,
fish house, $1,200; Fulford fish house,
$500; John Harris, sail maker, $700; E.
K. Willis, wholesale grocer, building
and stock, $10,000; Washington mar
ket liouse, $6,000; Washington Light
nfantry armory, damaged $300; E.
Peterson, wholesale grocer, building,
$5,600, slock, $25,000; Dr. Willis,
wholesale grocer, $6,000; W. B. Rod
man, building, $1,000; C. H. Sterling,
fish house; $1,000; A. H. Latham, gro
cer, $1,500; H. Jewell, $1,200 on stock;
John .Chesnut, bar, $1,000; W. B.
Rodman, law office and library,
$3,000; Dr. J. C. Rodman,
building, library and instruments,
$3,500; McBergeon, grocer, $3,000;
Miss M. Hi B. Rodman, damage to
dwelling, $500? Mrs. Christine Jarvis,
residence and furniture, $3,000 ;
Spencer Bros., building and stock,
$30,000; C. M. Little, building and
stock, $3,500; W. B. Windley, build
ing, $500; W. Bailey, stock, $500;
Charles Warren, colored, $200; H.
W. Hollowell, building and stock,
$1,500; E. Peterson & Co., building
and stock, $300; T. M. Willard, stock,
$350; T. F. Brown, building occupied
by colored tenants, $500; M. J.
Wright, buildings, $2,500; M. J.
Wright, stock, $3,000; C. P. Smith,
stock, $2,800; several restaurants on
Water street, owned by Wright,
Brabble, Stilley and Swindell, valued
These are approximate estimates;
some of our most conservative men
saying that the loss will exceed two
hundred thousand dollars.
The Telephone exchange is damaged
to a very considerable extent; Mana
ger Bell says it is impossible to esti
mate their losses. 'The Fulford Hard
ware Company, Brown Drug Com
pany and xnomas' Bargain Jiouse
were considerably damaged by water.
Greenville Sent Assistance.
All citizens of the town, both white
and colored, did valiant service. The
fire raged from one fifteen to five
o'clock. Many were prostrated by tbe
excessive ESftt, we having had no rain
for several weeks.
Mavor Sluddart wired the fire de
partments of Greenville and Rscky
Mount for assistance, as the whole
town was at one time in danger. The
Greenville fire company is now on the
scene, and the fire is under control
The promptness of our sister towns in
responding to the can oi tne mayor
for assistance will ever be remem
J. L. YORK BOUND OVER.
Preliminary Examination at Fayettevllle
of a Promoter Well Known Here.
Fayetteville Observer, 15tK
The trial of J. L. York, charged with
fraudulent use of the mails, which
yesterday morning promised to be
such a lencthv one. came to an end
nuiteunexDectedlv about six o'clock,
and resulted in his being bound over
to the Federal court.
The prosecution only introduced two
Witnesses, the postoffice Inspector and
Mr. G. G. Fishburne. assistant secre
tary of the Sumter. S. CE, Cotton Oil
Company, the former for the purpose
of showing that York sent and re
ceived letters, and the latter to testify
to the fact that his eompany had
shipped York oil upon certain repre
sentations. Mr. Fishburne put in evi
Mr. York's letter ordering the
goods, under the name of the National
Manufacturing uompany oi x aytskuj
villn. The defense offered no evidence,
and. After some consideration, Com
missioner Morrisey bound York over
tr thn Federal court, increasing his
from $1,000 to $1,500. This the
anmiaed failed to give and he was
placed In jail. mam
The numerous friends in Wil
mington of Sheriff George B. McLeod
will regret to read the following from
the Lumberton Bobesonian: "Sheriff
Geo. B. McLeod has been obliged to
return to the hospital at Baltimore on
account of inconveniences from the
wounds he received from a runaway
some time aeo. We wish him a speedy
recovery and return."
WILMINGTON, N. C, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21,
- ... i.i.
REGULATORS AT WADESB0R0
Community Rids Itself of Objectionable
, Characters They AH Left, Some
Without Due Notice.
Wadesborq Messenger Intelligencer.
The regulators took in the town
Monday night and, as a result, we are
now minus the society of several indi
viduals whose absence, it is generally
thought, will be a blessing, as their
presence was a curse.
. The first person waited on was one
W. S. CaldwelL Caldwell is a very
tall negro, and is known as the "big
'un." He has been lying around
Wadesboro for quite awhile, but has
had no visible means of support He
was taken to the depot comparatively
early in the night and told he must
eaveand that if he came back it
would not be healthy for him. In
stead of leaving Caldwell, as soon as
the regulators were out -of sight, slip
ped back up town- and 'went to tbe
house of a negro woman who lives
about a mile from town on the Mor-
ven road. The regulators found this
out and captured him again. On their
way back to town Caldwell was taken
down and given 26 licks with a leath
er strap. "They say" there is not
much danger of his coming in Wades
The next one who was told to move
was a negro girl known as "Bell," who
has been living here .three or four
months. She moved.
A mulatto guitar picker, a stranger
here, was then waited On and the riot
act read to him. He has not been seen
Paul Moses, col., of Darlington, S.
, was sought' for but eluded the
regulators. They got so close on his
trail, however, that he look leg bail
and left his shoes and hat-behind. He
was found Tuesday morning and
notified that lie must leave town on the
afternoon train. He left.
Dell Little, Lyd Lindsey and Wat
ratt, all well known characters of
the town, were also waited on and
given their walking papers.
A number of others, who were not
invited to leave, hav. we understand.
taken the hint and have not waited for
PENITENTIARY A BURDEN.
Again Badly in Need of Funds-Treasurer
Worth Refuses Assistance Aid for
Special Star Telegram.
RaleighN. C, September 13. At
a meeting of citizens late this after
noon nearly three hundred dollars
was raised for the Galveston sufferers
and a committee was appointed to so-
icit contributions to-morrow. "
The penitentiary, which has so long
been a burden on the taxpayers of the
State, is again badly in need of funds.
This morning the management tried
to get from the State Treasurer's office
$35,000, but Treasurer Worth declined
to let them have it. He says the peni
tentiary drew $55,400 from, the State
Treasury last year, which the Legisla
ture provided for as a loan, but that(
none of it has ever been paid back,
and instead demand has been made for
the $50,000 appropriated for this year.
A voluntary petition in bankruptcy
has been filed by W. E. Jones, a dry
goods merchant here. His liabilities
are $22,000, and his assets about' $6,000.
Another bankruptcy petition filed to
day was by D. D. Blue, of Aberdeen.
His liabilities are only $975.
NORTH CAROLINA HAY.
Mr. Keith Has Some Bales of Fine Forage
from His Farm.
A Stab reporter was shown yester
day about twenty-five bales of the
finest hay seen on this market for
some time. It was North Carolina
grown, having been brought tothe city
by Mr. B. F. Keith from his farm at
Keith, N. C, and emphasizes the fact
that North Carolina farmers might
well and profitably turn their attention
to farming of this kind. The hay is
the ordinary crab grass which will
grow anywhere without fertilizer,
Mr. Keith had this year about thirty
acres in grass and will gather from the
farm, even after the drought, about
two tons to the acre. This year he
raised a considerable amount for, the
market and will grow 'it more exten
sively next year. He has improved
machinery fpr mowing and baling the
hay and puts up a bale equal to, if not
superior to the forage that is shipped
The hay with very little work can
be made to yield from $35 to $50 per
Dr. C. M. Payne Dead.
Mr. Charles Payne, of Washington,
N. C.j who has been here on a visit to
his cousin, Mr. H. G. Fennell, was
called home last night by a telegram
con vevine the very sad news of the
death of his father, Rev. C. M. Payne
D. u. Dr. Payne's death, was very
sudden, as his son was reading a posta
card from him saying that he was
well when the telegram was delivered.
Dr. Payne was pastor of St. Andrew's
Church for ten years,
1884, and was much beloved by his
congregation and others who knew
Mm. After he left Wilmington he
went to Concord, and from there he
moved to Washington, where' he was
pastor of the Presbyterian church at
the tima of his death
One Result of the Drought
General complaint comes from per
sons in the city and country from the
drying up of wells incident to the long
continued drought, which everybody
hones is now broken. Well diggers
have been busy during the past two
weeks and those who drive pump
wells have also had their hands full.
In some localities near Wilmington
the situation is said to have become
serious. Steam engines stationed on
land have also been "hard to satisfy"
in the matter of water.
KINSAULS IS REPRIEVED:
Has Been Given Two More Weeks to Live.
Intercession of a Methodist Min
ister In His Behalf.
Special Star Telegram.
Raleigh, N. C, September 13.
Governor Russell has reprieved
Archie Kinsauls, the Sampson county
murderer who was to have been exe
cuted to morrow, until Friday, Sep
tember 28th. This action was taken
because of Kinsauls' condition result
ing from attempted suicide last Fri
day, when he was to have been hanged.
His neck is still in bad condition, and
he is said to be trying to starve himself
to death to preventVdisgrace and the
horror of perishing on the gallows.
Governor Russell has been flooded
with petitions in this case and last
evening Revr H. E.Tripp, the detho-
dist minister from Clinton, was here
beseeching for further reprieve for the
Kinsauls' wife is exerting every ef
fort in behalf of the life of her hus
band. She has personally worked up
a petition for commutance in Wil
mington. Rev. Mr. Tripp brought with him to
Raleigh a letter from Dr. A. M. Lee,
Kinsauls' physician, stating that the
condemned man' Is now in a very
feeble condition. His throat is very
sore and it will be several days before
the wound will heaLpfi. He further
stated that he would ask, if not incon
sistent with the Governor's own idea,
that the execution be stayed long
enough for the wound to heal.
Governor Russell also to day post
poned the execution of Drayton Med-
in, a white man, until " Friday, Octo
ber 19th. Medlin was tried in Dallas,
Gaston county, for the murder of
Superintendent Brown, of a cotton
mill in which Medlin worked. He was
found, guilty and sentenced to be
hanged at Dallas. Bis execution has
been postponed because of urgent peti
tions to the Governor to give time to
examine properly prayers for com
mutance of Medlin's sentence to life
NEGRO DROWNED THIS MORNING.
Colored Fireman on Steam Tug Navassa
Pell Overboard from Wharf.
A negro fireman on the steam tug
Navassa, aged about 35 years, and
whose first name is "Louis," fell over
board this morning at 2 o'clock from a
flat tied up at the foot of Princess
street and was drowned in a- few
The negro had been . drinking dur
ing the night and lay down on the
wharf at the foot of Princess street and
slept during the rain which followed.
At the hour named Policeman Grims-
ey discovered him asleep and woke
him up and finding him sober ordered
him to go aboard the tug which
was tied up at the wharf just
across the partition enclosing
the Produce Exchange build
ing. The negro stepped on a flat
to draw himself around the partition,
when he slipped and fell overboard.
Being stupified by his sleep and mis
calculating a step, he fell overboard
between the flats and quickly sank.
Policeman Grimsley extended to him
a stick, but the negro went under the
prow of one of the flats before he
could catch to it His body had not
been recovered early this morning.
PASSED SUCCESSFUL EXAMINATION.
Dr. R. J. Price Will Receive Appointment
as Regular Army Surgeon.
Dr. Richard J. Price, who stood an
examiatnion ten days ago before the
U. S. Board of Medical Examiners at
Fortress Monroe, Va., for an appoint
ment as surgeon in the regular army,
has received notification from Sur
geon-General Sternberg that be had
passed a successful examination and
his name would be placed on file. He
will receive his appointment in regu
lar turn, and it is indefinite as to the
time he will be called out. Dr. Price
has numerous friends who will be de
lighted to know of his success, but will
regret to see him leave Wilmington
It is probable that he will send in his
resignation as Coroner to the Board of
County Commissioners within the
next few days, so that when he re
ceives orders from Washington.he will
be ready to leave without any delay.
MR. WALTERS' ART PURCHASES.
He Bays Many Japanese Ivories at the
Baltimbre Sun, 15th.
Advices from Paris state that Mr.
Henry Walters, who has been visiting
the Paris Exposition, has been a heavy
purchaser of Japanese carved ivories.
Visitors to the Exposition were much
impressed with the rare beauty of these
ivories and they attracted much atten
tionfomart lovers. They were re
garded as among the most extraordin
ary works of art on exhibition, being
works of the greatest Japanese artists.
The extent of Mr. Walters' purchases,
with-their aualitv. will form an im
portant addition to the collection of
Oriental works of art now at the Wal
ters gallery in this city. Mr. Walters
is expected to return to Baltimore
about October 1.
A. C. L. Notes.
Rocky Mount Argonaut : "The A.
C. L. has just received six large en
gines to run on this section of the
road. These engines are the largest
ever run on this road and are the most
modern invention. They will be used
Jirincipally to carry the fast heavy
'The new railroad shops building at
South Rocky Mount is nearing com
pletion. The new building is along
side tbe old machine shops, and: of
about the same size, built of brick.
This is not the only improvement go
ing on at South Rocky Mount : we will
give the full account later."
A FOUL MURDER.
An Aged Negro Inmate of the
County Home Killed Fri
HIS HEAD BADLY MUTILATED.
Went to Smith's Creek to Dig Bait and
His Assassin Used tbe Hoe in Ac
complishing Dastardly Crime.
The Coroner's Inquest.
A. D. Pristelle, colored, an inmate
of the county home, was foully and
most brutally murdered late Friday
afternoon on the W. and W. railroad
at the foot of the embankment near
the north abutment of the trestle over
Smith's Creek, and the body was not
found until yesterday morning, when
the engineer on passenger train No 41,
which arrives in Wilmington at 9.20
o'clock, saw it lying there and reported
t as soon as he arrived in the city.
The crime was one of the most atro
cious ever committed ia tbe county
and every effort will be made to bring
the guilty parly before tha bar of jus
tice. The murdered'negro was 99 years'
of age and had been an inmate of the
county home for nearly two years.
He left the home about 4 o'clock
in the afternoon with a hoe.
bucket and his stick, to dig
bait for fishing. That was the
last time he, was seen alive by the other
inmates of the home. He was found
in a pool of blood near a telegraph
pole with his face downward. His
head was horribly mutilated by a
blunt instrument. He had several
deep gashes around his left ear, and a
half dozen similar wounds on different
parts of his head. His arms were
bruised and it seemed that that was
caused by trying, to defend himself
against the death dealing blows which
were being laid upon his head. About
twenty feet distant, on the edge of the
stream was, found his hoe, which was
undoubtedljy used by his assassin and
bad been thrown into the creek at high
tide to conceal it. Several deep inden
tures were made on the pole, behind
which he must have tried to ward off
the blows. .
Coroner Price was notified and after
his arrival upon the scene of the crime
had the body removed to the county
home, where an inquest was held yes
terday afternoon. The jury was com
posed of W. P. Oldham (foreman),
T. A. Watson, C. H. Daniels, W. H.
McEachern, T. W. Clawson and Ed. :
Wilson Manning, Jr. Eight witnesses
were examined, but the testimony of
the majority of them was immaterial.
Mr. G. H. Hutaff, who has a farm
nearby, testified that while he was in
his field Friday afternoon about a half
mile from the spot where Pristelle was
killed, he heard several cries of
"murder" at the top of a man's voice
and a little later the same cry was re
peated twice, but in a lower voice.
Several other witnesses testified to the'
same things, but they said it is not un
common for boys swimming in the
creek to make such fuss, so no inves
tigation was made. :
The inmates from the home who
were examined all agreed in their tes
timony that deceased left there about
4 o'clock in the afternoon to dig bait
at the creek, as he often did, and when
he failed to return that night nothing
strange was thought of it. He left.
The evidence of one witness may
lead to a definite clue to the guilty
party, but it was not sufficient to war
rant the arrest of the person under sus
The jury did not arrive at a verdict,
so they adjourned, to meet Monday
morning at 9 o'clock in the Court
House, when some additional light
may be thrown on the case. -THE
Chief Marshal Appointed Opening of the
Special Star Telegram.
Raleigh, N. C, Sept 15. W. T.
Old, cashier of the First National
Bank, Elizabeth City, has been ap
pointed chief marshal of the State
Fair and has accepted.
Arrangements were made to-night
for opening of the Democratic cam
paign here on Thursday night, Sep
tember 27. A number of distinguished
speakers have been invited, and the
occasion will be a rally of local Bryan
The new building of the First Pres
byterian church here will be dedicated
- A section of earth, probably about
fifty feet square, on the west side of
Point Peter across the river, where
sand ballast is dumped from vessels
entering this port, submerged yester
day and carried with it into the river a
dummy carriage, track and stationary
engine, which is used in bringing bal
last from vessels and dischaging it at a
convenient distance from the water's
edge. It was something of a phenome
non and created much interest among
rivermen. who aftewards witnessed
the scene of the landslide. The engine
sank out of sight into the water bu
will ukely be recovered.
Wreck Yesterday Morning. ;
Passenger train No. 35 on the At
lantie Coast Line met with an acci
dent early yesterday morning at Rob
bins, S. C, near Augusta, but no seri
ous damage was sustained. The sleep
ing car was the only one that left the
track and the only passenger hurt was
Mr. S. P. Adams, of Wilmington,
who had an arm and a leg bruised, but
his injuries were only slight The ac
cident is supposed to have been caused
try a detective track. The road was
cleared in a few hours.
UNITED STATES COURT.
Jurors Drawn from the Several Counties
In the District to Serve During the
The following jurors' have been
dravn to serve during the term of the
United States District and Federal
Court, which will be convened at Wil
mington October 29th :
New Hanover County Thomas A.
Watson, R. A. Kingsbury, George W.
Huggins, R. C. Orrell, G. W. Wood
cock, Thomas Quinlivan, B. F. Penny,
Dan EL Penton, T. C. Mcllhenny, Sr.
Sampson County K. J. Ingram, W.
B. Stewart, John R. Register, J. L.
Autrey, Jesse M. Jackson.
Pender County Louis Alderman,
J. D. Hocutt, Frank Enniss, Loftin
Richmond County John A. Mc
Gregor, A. J. Cassady, J. A. McNeill ,
Bladen County John C. Monroe,
R. C. Daniel, G4be Powell, W. N.
Campbell, James Robeson.
Duplin County Robert E. Moore,
Guilford Farrior, John C. McMillan,
L. M. Cooper.
Brunswick County Robert King,
Joseph W. Peadrick, A. M. Williams,
F. M. Moore.
Robeson County Eli Phillips, Dun
can Regan, A.B. Lowrey, A. H. Currie,
J. S. Oliver.
Columbus County J. D. Maultsby,
Minus Meares, J. R. Taylor, J. B.
Brinkley, Millard F. Owen.
Cumberland County Travis Bed
sole, A. J. Deal, W. H. Tomlinson,
John A. D. Boon, John T. McKoy.
Jurors are required to attend on
Tuesday, October 30th, at 10 A. M.
BACK FROM NEW YORK.
Ex-Mayor Fishblate Brings Good News for
Democrats Bryan's Chances Good.
Ex-mayor S. H. Fishblate returned
yesterday from a ten days trip to New
York, Baltimore and other cities North.
While away Mr. Fishblate combined
recreation with business, and inciden
tally picked up many interesting bits
of news about national politics. He
says that he met many leading Demo
cratic politicians and other well in
formed people who seemed to think
that during the past two weeks Bryan
has gained considerable strength and
thatif hisvote winning campaign keeps
up to the present standard until elec
tion, he would be overwhelmingly
In New York, Mr,. Fishblate says,
Bryan received his worst set back in the
aeieat tor the Gubernatorial nomina
tion of Coler by Croker at the State
Democratic Convention at Saratoga
last week. The masses of the people
wanted uoier, he says, but the ma
chine politicians wanted his defeat.
Many people are disgusted with the
proceedings and will not support the
State or National ticket It is asserted
by prominent Democrats. Mr. Fish
blate says, that Croker has a deal with
Piatt by which he is to control city
politics and patronage while Piatt will
take the State. If Croker would have
allowed Coler's nomination there
would have been no doubt about New
York's roing Democratic and for
Bryan, they say, and even as it is,
leading Democrats are predicting
Bryan's success without the aid of New
Gov. Russell's Residence.
Carpenters have begun work on the
handsome residence which Governor
Russell will build across the river on
his plantation in Brunswick county.
The building will be of wood after a
favored architectural design and will
be two stories in height, handsomely
painted. The contractors hope to com -
plete the building in two or three
Criminally Assaulted a White Woman
Nelson County, Va.
Bv Telegraph to tbe Morning Star.
Richmond, Va., Sept 15. Yester
day, near Arrington, Nelson county,
a negro criminally assaulted Miss El
len Bosworth, a school teacher of that
The assault was made in the woods
not far from the victim's home, and
the negro left her for dead, having
choked her into insensibility. The
negro was arrested, taken before a
magistrate and confined. He was
then started for the county seat under
guard, but was taken from the guard
by a mob and hanged to the limb of a
NO COAL FAMINE PROBABLE.
President Olyphant Discusses the Output
and Reserve Now on Hand.
New Yoek, Sept 14. R. M. Oly
phant, president of the Delaware and
Hudson Railroad, said to day that, at
a conservative estimate, 4,900,000 tons
of coal were taken out of the mines in
August The average output he added.
was between 3,000,000 and 4,000,000
tons, so it appears was nearly 1,000,000
tons in excess of the average monthly
yield. In addition to this, of course,
there will be the output for half the
month of September, which will prob
ably be nearly 3,000,000 toss, as the
mines have been worked to their great
est capacity, owing to the fear of a
Census Figures Show an Increase of 1 1,753
or 33.70 Per Cent.
By Telegraph to the Morning Btar.
Washington, Sept 15. The popu
lation of the city of Norfolk, Va., as
officially announced to-day is 46,624,
against 34,871, in 1890. The figures
show for the city, as a whole, an in
crease in population of 11,753, or 33.70
per cent, from 1890 to 1900. The pop
ulation in 1880 was 2L966, showing an
increase of 12,905, or 58.75 per cent
from 1880 to 1890.
Lynchburg's fund for Galveston has
reached nearly zsoo. it will be for
warded Monday afternoon by which
time time it is probable the amount
Will be $i,ooo.
Mount Airy News: The dry
weather has greatly Iniured late cab
bage and cat off much, of the crop.
The prices have been higher on this, .
account . v:. ,.U vv.
Greenville Reflector: Died at
his home in Pitt county, N. C, on the ,
night of the 10th of September, 1900,"
Willis R. Whichard. He was born at
the same place March 16th, 1833. He .
lived and died at the same homestead.
Mount Olive Advertiser: Only .
a small amount of stock remains to be
subscribed to complete the capital of
the bank. For the last ten days.
the farmers have been devoting their
energies to picking and selling their
cotton. All other business has been
relegated to the rear.
Lumberton Arqus: 'The Lum
berton Cotton Mill project is movine
right along. The company has pur
chased of Mr. Robert Lewis ninety
one acres of land about a mile east of
town, on the Carolina Central rail
road. The contract will immediately
be let for brick.
- Maxton Scottish Chief: Capt.
Archie McNair who has just returned
from a two weeks travel through Rich
mond, Scotland, Robeson. Columbus
and several counties in upper South
Carolina, says he has been traveling
through this same territory for thirty .
years and in all that time he has never
seen such short cotton and corn crops.
-not more than naif a crop of either
can be harvested.
gencer: While returning home from
making a professional call, a few
nights ago, Dr. J. E. Hart, of
Gulledge township, was shot at by a -'
person concealed in some, bushes on
the side of the road. Dr. Hart was
not hit and the would-beassassin ran
off. The many friends of Mr.
J. B. Burch, of White Store, who was
so desperately cut last week by Van
Chamber s, colored, will be glad to
learn that his wounds will not prove
fatal, as was at first thought would be
tne case, unamoers was hotly pur
sued after the cutting, and his arrest
was very nearly effected at one time.
but he managed to elude his pursuers
and has not yet been apprehended.
- The Messenaer-Intelhaencer has
made deligent inquiry of a number of
tne pest and mose trust conservative
farmers, representing all sections of
the county, as the conditions of rhe
cotton crop, and we are satisfied from
wnat tney tell us, and from our own
observation, that the crop is from 40
to 45 per cent less than that of last
year, which was itself a short crop.
These are some good judges who "say
tnat not more tnan so per cent, of an
average crop will be made.
Lexington Dispatch: :, Mr. J.
W. Lambeth, of Thomasville, says
that he raised 605 bushels of wheat on
twenty acres of land this year.
Hon. Wm. A. Bailey, of Advance. .
Davie county, has just' threshed his
entire wheat crop, amounting to' 6,459
busnels, and heads the list in this sec
tion this season so far as heard from.
-Messrs. L. W. Elliott and son
made 3,588 bushels of wheat on their
farm, which is located one and half
miles south of Thomasville, this year.
Mr. W. H. Elliott was in to see us one
day last week and tells us that on 47
acres they raised 1.315 bushels at a
cost of 28i cents per bushel and that
the actual cost of planting, reap
ing and housing the entire crop
of three thousand five hundred
and eighty-eight bushels was
i than 30 cents per bushels.
- Parties in Lexinsrton Mondav re-
gorted a remarkable find of Mr. Ben '
nider about ten days ago. While
out plowing on the old Jack Finch
iarm, in uonrad Jtiui township, sir..
Snider unearthed a bar of metal weigh
ing something like fifteen pounds.
He didn't know what it was, but
carried it home and threw it aside.
Later a neighbor was examining it and
offered him $50.00 for the bar: Snider
refused the offer and it is now said the
bar is gold land is worth at least
Various theories are advanced as to
how the gold came to be buried in the
f round. One is that a negro, named
red Payne who worked in the old
Conrad Hill mine years ago, stole the
bar and buried it A few days after
the theft he was taken sick and died
without divulging the secret as to the
whereabouts of his buried treasure.
THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR
' I 1.
Gen. French Occupied Barbonton With
Bv Cable to tne Morning Star.
London, September 15. Lord
Roberts reports to the War Office,
under date of Machadodorp, Septem
ber 14th, as follows:
"French occupied Barborton yester
day with the cavalry which he took
across the mountains. He met slight
opposition, the enemy being com
pletely surprised. Twenty-three offi
cers and fifty-nine men who were
prisoners were released, and forty
three locomotives and other rolling
stock were captured. The former will
relieve us of great difficulty, as we
had to put up with a few rickety en
"French reports that he has suffi
cient supplies for three weeks for his
force and for a week for his horses.
One hundred Boers with Mauser rifles
and a quantity of ammunition were
captured. There are large quanties of
cattle and sheep in the country, which
is good news.
"French intercepted large convoys.
showing that Barborton was used as a
depot of supplies for the Boers in tne
south and southeast The bulk of
French's force is still thirty-five miles
behind the cavalry, owing to the diffi
culty of getting the wagons over the
pass leading to Barborton."
LiOBENZO, Mahqttes, September 15.
Boers who arrived here yesterday
evening , aver that the burghers are
fighting among themselves at Hels
pruit and are looting and burning
FORTIFICATIONS AT GALVESTON.
Board of Engineers Appointed to Examine
and Report on Their Condition.
By Telegraph to the Morning Btar.
Washington, September 15. Withy
a view to the restoration of the fortifi
cations in the harbor of Galveston, if ,
such a thing is possible, General Wil
son, chief of engineers, this morning
organized a board of engineer officers,
consisting of Col. Henry M. Roberts,
stationed at New York; Maj. Henry
M. Adams, stationed at New Orleans;
Capt C. S. Riche, stationed at Galves
ton, and Capt Edgar Jad win, stationed
at New York, to meet at Galveston at
the call of the senior officer, about the
20th of October. The board is instruc
ted to make a careful and critical ex
amination of the jetties and fortifica-,
tions of Galveston," and to report to
the chief of engineers what action is
necessary for the!repair and the restoS
ration of the fortifications and harbor
The weekly bank statement shows
the following changes: Surplus re
serve, decrease f 5,Z2U,U75 : loans, in- .
crease $7,022,600: specie, decrease $2,
691,100; legal tenders, decrease $2,263, -
100; deposits, decrease fi.oo3,50U; cir
culation, increase $372,000. The banks
now hold $20,836,175 in excess of the
requirements or tne m per cent. rule.