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THE NEGRO VOTE.
Some of the Republican organs
North and South, especially in the
.North, Beem to be very much exer
cised over what they call the "dis
franchisement of the negro" in tho
South, and the' progress that dis
franchisement is making. Assum
ing, although they do not say so,
that the U. S. Supreme Court
sustain the constitutionality of
these State laws, as it has done in
the case of Mississippi, they pro
pose to get even by the enforcement
of the 14th amendment, which
would deprive the Southern States
having qualified suffrage laws of
representation in Congress and in
the electoral college in proportion
to the number of voters disfran
chised. But this may lead to some
interesting questions before they get
through with it, if they under
The Philadelphia' Press is one of
the recognized organs of the Re
publican party, and one that giyes
the cue to other organs because it is
supposed to voice the sentiments of
the Republican party managers. Its
editor-in-chief being a member of
the Mr. McKinley's administration,
its editorial utterances have more
than ordinary significance. This
makes the following editorial, which
we clip from the Press of Thursday
interesting and noteworthy:
"The time has come to enforce the
Fourteenth, Amendment," remarked
the Chicago Tribune iu a leading ar
ticle last Tuesday. The remark was
made in commenting on a long dis
patch from Washington to the Tribune
rehearsing the steps already taken, or
about to be taked, in Southern States
for the disfranchisement of the colored
voters. Bat this is only one of the ut
terances of Republican aud Demo
cratic newspapers on this subject, and
which show that the dein&ud for the.
enforcement or the Fourteenth Amend
meut is supported by a large majority
of the people of the country.
The movement for the disfranchise
ment of the colorfd voters is assuming
such proportions that it is noi protbl
rvinurAss and the nation can loncer
ignore it. It is proceeding faster than
many are aware. Four States have
already adopted new Constitutions or
amendments to existing UJiiSlilutions
which take the ballot away from the
colored voters. Tne Marylaud Legis
lature, now in extra session, will un
doubtedly pass a law which will dis
franchise the colored voters in that
State, and there appears to be every
trobability that the Arkansas Legis
ature will at the present session vote
to submit to the people an amendment
to the Constitution simialr to the suf
frage amendments adopted in North
Carolina last year. The Virginia con
stitutional convention, to meet June
12th, will disfranchise the colored
voters of - that State and a similar
work will be done by the Alabama
constitutional convention also to meet
"This will make eight of the .orig
inal sixteen Southern States which
will have- very soon disfranchised
their colored voters. But the move
ment will not stop there. Tennessee
is discussing the same question, and
disfranchisement propositions have
been made in the Georgia and Texas
Legislatures, the only thing prevent
ing their passage being the belief of the
Democrats in those two States that
the colored man is already disfran.
chised. The remaining Southern
States will doubtless move in the
same direction until every one of
them has taken the ballot away from
the colored man, with the possible
exception of Delaware and West Vir
ginia. And if the Democrats obtain
control of the Legislatures aDd Gov
ernors in those two States similar ac
tion will be taken there also. The
South will then present a solid front
with the colored man disfranchised in
every State .
"It must be remembered that this
disfranchisement is not done in the
interest of an educated vote. It is
done in the interest of the Democratic
party and against the colored man.
Every State which has disfranchised
the colored man has added .a proviso
admitting every white man, no matter
how ignorant he may be. to the ballot
box. And a-few days ago the Demo
cratic Richmond- Dispatch remarked
in its leading editorial article that it
did not suppose that any one denied
that the Maryland disfranchisement
proposition is in the interest of the
Democratic party. As for the fear of
negro domination it no longer exists
even in the imagination of the white
men who raised it and used it to ac
complish their purposes. They be
lieve they have trained power enough
and that the moral sense has become
dulkd enough for them to discard
that cry and put disfranchisement oh
the true ground, namely, the benefit
it will bring to the Democratic parly.
'The census will probably place the
colored population of the Southern
States at nearly, if not fully, 10,000,
000. As the ratio of population to a
member of the House of Representa
tives, adonted bv Congress last Winter.
is 194,175, the 10,000,000 colored people
iu the South will ' give that section
fifty one Representatives in the House
aud the same number of votes in the
electoral college. The Republicans
have carried the country by large ma
jorities m me tnree latest Uongres -sional
elections, but in ho one of these
elections have they obtained a maior-
2a n mx At
tativea. An idea can be gained of the
immense power placed in the
hands of the South Democrats
by disfranchising the colored voter
and at the same time retaining repres
entation for him in Congress and in
the electoral college by supposing
that there were 10,000,000 Indians in
the Northern States who were not al
lowed to vote but from whom the Re
publicans demanded representation.
. "When the Question is viewed in
this liwht ttiA .ttitnHa nt tlim rkiai
great 'majority of the fair minded
peopie wut agree wun mat newspaper
when it says that "the time has come
to enforce the Fourteenth Amend
ment," and reduce the representation
of the Southern States in proportion
as they have disfranchised their
From a Republican organ's stand
point this is a statement of fact.
From a disinterested, truthful stand
point it is a statement based on as
sumption, error and misrepresent
ation. It assumes that these laws
disfranchise the negro, whereas they
do no such thing. There is the
assumption based on error while the
assertion that the object of these
laws is to disfranchise the negro is
gross misrepresentation. In not
one of the States referred to or in
which there is a movement for
qualified suffrage has the negro been
disfranchised because he is a negro
nor will he be in States where qual
ified suffrage is under discussion,
because he is a negro. In not one
of them is the disqualification un
conditional or perpetual, and not
one of them in which he disfran
chised by educational and tax-paying
requirements can not become
enfranchised again by compliance
with these requirements. -Any
grown person with sense enough
to cast a ballot with anything ; bor
dering upon intelligence can learn
to read and write in a short while if
he care enough for the ballot to ap
ply himself to that end. To assert
that a law which prescribes a possi
ble qualification that any person of
ordinary intelligence can comply
with in a short time disfranchises
the negro is a totally groundless
There is not one of these States
where these laws do not apply to
the white man as well as the negro,
with the exception of Louisiana and
North Carolina where, special pro
vision is made for white voters un
able to read or write who were en
titled to cast a vote in 1867, or
whose fathers were, and there is
not a single one of ' them in which
the negro who may be disfranchised
can not qualify himself and become
a voter by the time the- next con
gressional elections come around.
It is true that these laws do
disfranchise a good many negroes,
but that is only temporarily if they
desire to fit themselves to vote, but
these laws also disqualify and dis
franchise a good many white men.
In the State of Mississippi the poll
taxpaying requirement disfranchises
this year about 30,000 white men,
who didn't think enough of the
ballot to pay their poll tax. In
Tennessee there is a poll tax provis
ion which applies equally to white
and black. In Maryland the law
just passed will disfranchise, it is
estimated, about 30,000 negroes and
about 16,000 white men. Is there
any discrimination against the
negro there where the law applies
to the white man with as much force
as it does to him? "
How are they going, to apply the
14th amendment in such cases with
out also applying it to Massachu
setts, Pennsylvania and other North
ern States which have taxpaying
qualifications? If any negro in any
of these States be permenently dis
franchised by the suffrage legisla
tion it will be his own fault and
surely no State ought to be punished
by being deprived of representation
because some of the voters do not
think enough of the ballot to com
ply with the laws prescribing the
qualifications, in no case difficult to
Bv the time the next election
comes around there may not be one
tenth the disfranchised voters there
are now, provided they care to fit
themselves and if they do not it will
be their own fault and the organs
which are now protesting in their
behalf will have no ground for pro
test. When they come to discuss
this scheme to reduce Southern rep
resentation they will find there are
two sides to it and that disfranchise
ment is not confined to the Sonth.
An Illinois bank is in a quandary.
It had employed a father and. his
son. The young man got away with
$25,000 and left an acknowledge
ment of that fact. Then the father
declared that he was the lifter and
now the bank people don't know
which to believe. All they are sure
of is that they are minus that much
money and trusted young man.
Some of the scientists tell us that
man was originally a four-legged
animal. That kind is not extinct,
for some men are natural born
The Late ex-President Harrison
left an estate of about $300,000.
He didn't leave his son Russell any
THE MILK TS THE COCOANUT.
It never clearly appeared why the
United States should have put in a
claim for the Isle of Pines. The
contention-that it was not to be
considered as a part of Cuba in the
treaty with Spain, but as a separate
island in which Cuba nas no claim
now is simply absurd, for it has al
ways been regarded as a part and
parcel of Cuba, and is. as much a
part of that island as Long Island
is a part of New York. As the
island was apparently unimportant
and of little if any value to this
country, there was no apparent rea
son why the United States should
claim it, or resort to tricky ways to
secure possession of it, but the fol-
owing, which we clip from the
Philadelphia Times, may acconnt
"The milk in another cocoanut is
apparently accounted for- One of the
most astonishing things in the admin
istration's Cuban policy was the de
mand that the Isle of Pines should be
considered as not a part of Cuba, but
as one or the separate dependencies of
8pain ceded to the United States.
There was nothing in either geography
or history to justify this view. Even
United states official publications of
the past year speak of the Isle of Pines
as a district of the province of Habana,
and it belongs fo Cuba as clearly as the
various smaller islands and keys along
the coast. Even were this not so. what
object could there be in demanding
possession of it?
"An answer to this question is sug
ested in connection with the visit of
lenator Proctor to Cuba, a visit os
tensibly for information only. Sena
tor Proctor is the head of the com
pany that owns all the marble quar
ries in Vermont, and having obtained
practical control of the American sup
ply of marble, has lately negotiated
the purchase or . lease of Carrara.
Now it appears that the Isle of Pines
contains valuable marble quarries.
which formerly were worked exten
sively but at present are undeveloped.
rne isle or lanes is included in sena
tor Proctor's itinerary.
".Putting this and that together, we
begin to see a light. It is not for a
naval station or other public purpose
that the annexation of the Isle of Pines
is desired, but as an additional source
of supply for the Marble Trust. Marble
brought from a foreign country would
be subject to duty; brought from an
sland possession of the United States,
the charges would be subject to 'ex
ecutive order,' and the Vermont Sena
tor has weight with the executive. And
still we wonder that the Cubans are
distrustful of American designs."
This looks like a small business
for the McKinley administration to
become a party to, but it has gotten
mixed up in a good many small
jobs in connection with our Spanish
PLEHTY OF EOOM DOWH THERE.
Now that the peace negotiations.
between Gen. Kitchener and Gen.
Botha have failed interest has re
vived in the Boer war, in which
Great Britain has still a trying task
before her and one that will test her
endurance and resonrcs, ' if the
Boers can command the war supplies
necessary to continue the conflict.
It is Baid that they still have about
14,000 men nnder arms, men who
would rather bo killed in battle
than submit and take the oath of
allegiance to the British King. In
such a a vast country as that, with
which the Afrikanders are familiar,
to whose climate they are inured
from many of the diseases of
which they are immune, an army of
that size, under resourceful, able
and resolute leadership, is capable
of holding out indefinitely against
an army ten times its number. The
following, which we clip from the
Toronto Globe, will give some idea
of the territory in which fighting
must be done and of the stupend
onsness of the task which Great
Britain has undertaken:
In his dispatches Lord Roberts fur
nishes a couple of tables which drives
home the often described and seldom
realized magnitude of the area over
which hostilities have spread in South
' Square Miles.
Cane Colony 277,151
Orange River Colony.. 48,820
THE DISTANCES TROOPS BAD TO TRAVEL.
By Land. Miles.
rijnA Tnorn tn Pretoria .. .1.040
Pretoria to Komatipoort 260
Cape town to Kimberly e
Kimberlv to Mafekine 223
Mafekinc to Pretoria 160
Mafekinar to Beira. .'1.125
Durban to Pretoria 511
'From thane tables." the Comman
der in Chief observes, "it will be seeo
that the army in aoutn Africa naa tn
hn riiatrihirtad over an area of creator
extent than France and Germany put
j it i i .. tk.t
lOgetner, inu, li we mciuus iubii yam
of Rhodesia with which we had to do,
iavrAi than the combined areas of
France, Germany ana Austria. "
If Lord Roberts' foresight was as
good as his hindsight he probably
would have omitted that pompous
"unconditional surrender" clause,
in the reply he made when asked,
on thfr fall of Pretoria, what terms
of peace would be granted.
A Tennessee solon proposes to
solve the dog tax problem by allow
ing every family one tax-free dog,
male or female as preferred, which
upon being duly registered, col
lared, tagged and numbered, shall
be exempt from taxes,; attachment
or execution: but all dogs perambu
lating without having complied with
these requirements may be shot on
sight or otherwise dispatched by any
one who feels so disposed, and isn't
afraid of running up against the
WnMINOTON, N. C, FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 1901.
Justice Walter Clark Testifies
As a Witness for the
WAS NOT CROSS-EXAMINED.
Other Witnesses. Testify Maior Qnthrie
Addressed the Court in Behalf of
the Prosecution-Other Raleigh
Special Star Telegram.
Raleigh, N. 0., March 21. The
expectation that Associate Justice,
Walter Clark would testify before the;
Court of Impeachment this morning
as a witness for the. prosecution, caused
the galleries and lobbies of the Senate
chamber to be literally packed with
spectators. However, while Judge
Clark did go on the- stand, there
was much disappointment as to .the
charactsr or his evidence. The strong
attacks made upon him by Associate
Justice Montgomery, in testifying yes
terday, caused many to expect warm
counter testimony in his own defence
and an "onslaught'' by counsel for the
defence on the cross examination.
However, Judge Clark simply recited
the facts in the office holding cases,
especially the White case, there not be
ing enough difference between Judge
Clark's testimony and that of Justice
Montgomery and the two defendant
judges to invite cross examination by
the defence. There was great disap
pointment among the spectators when
at the conclusion of Judge Clark's
direct testimony there was a confer
ence of counsel for the defence and F.
L Osborn told him to stand aside. The
only notable feature of Judge Clark's
testimony was that he did not volun
tarily advise State Treasurer Worth
against paying the shell-fish commis
sion claim, but Mr. Worth came to
him for advice. Also, that he told
Mr. Worth if the Supreme Court
issued a mandamus there would be
three vacant seats on the bench when
the Legislature meets. Judge Clark
said when he offered his f dissenting
opinion in the White case Judge
Douglas said "Let it go in the obituary,
column' and J udge Clark replied,
All right, but it won't be my funeral."
Implying it would be the funeral of
Furches, Douglas and Faircloth who
constituted the majority on the opin
After Judge Clark's testimony,, four
managers of the impeachment on the
part of the House of Representatives
went on the stand with the view of
impairing the testimony of Justice
Montgomery yesterday, in that ' his
evidence in court was. jmajijjjnnch
tuner tran before tne House com
mittee. They failed to show that
Montgomery was sworn to tell the
whole truth" before the committee.
the defence contending that the oath
before the committee was, to "answer
truly all questions touching the con
duct of the court," and this he did
without opportunity to give full ex
pression to or bring out all the facts.
The managers introduced were ex
Judge W. R. Allen, J. F. Spainhour,
ex-Judge Graham and Locke Craige.
Raleigh, N. C, March 22. Maj.
W. A. Guthrie concluded his opening
argument for the prosecution in the
impeachment trial of Chief Justiee
Furches and Associate Justice Doug
las this morning, and was followed
by Mr. C. M. Cooke for the defence
and Hon. C. M. Busbee for the prose
Major Guthrie said, in conclusion,
that the prosecution does not want
the judges impeached for error in
judgment, but for deliberately tear
ing the constitution into shreds and
violating knowingly and persistent
ly violating its plain mandates. He
said the prosecution does not attack
the Hoke vs. .Henderson doctrine,
that office is property, but charges
that the present Supreme Court went
far beyond its bounds.
Mr. Cooke made a strong argument
for the defence. He said the rulings
of the court were all right in the eyes
of those prosecuting when Democratic
officeholders were retained in office
and given their pay: but when the
courts, following the same precedents,
had retained a Republican officer, they
must be impeached. He argued that
the mistake was made by the 1899
Legislature in not so legislating as to
the shell fish commission as to effect
ually accomplish what they desired,
the removsl of Theophilus White
from office and the substitution of a
Democratic officer in his stead. He
cited the case of Gardner, against
Worth, where a mandamus was issued
by Judge Robinson against the State
treasurer, and Judge Clark rendered
an opinion in the Supreme Court that
such a mandamus could not issue, be
cause there was no special fund or
appropriation in the treasurer's hands
for its payment There was a fund,
though, said Mr. Cooke, for the pay
ment in the White case, on which this
impeachment was instituted.
Hon. C. M. Busbee's speech for the
prosecution was very strong and clear
cut, emphasizing points made by Maj,
Guthrie yesterday, and insisting that
the accused judges made a flagrant
violation of the constitution in issuing
the mandamus on the treasury.
Raleigh, N. C, March 23. It is the
opinion of those most closely con
nected with the impeachment trial,
that a vote will be reached Wednesday
niarht or Thursday morning. Argu
ment began last Thursday, and a vote
will be taken immediately after the
close of the argument for the prosecu
This morning J. Lindsay Patterson
made an able speech for the defence,
and during the afternoon Col. T. F.
Davidson spoke for the prosecution.
Hou. Fab. H. Busbee was in the midst
of a strong speech for the defence
when the court took recess until Mon
day. There were no new arguments ad
vanced by the speakers to day, though
all made able argument. The long
drawn out discussion is causing interest
somewhat to lag so far as attendance is
concerned.Tb.ere were very few visitors
to day, and at one time only twenty
of the Senators were in their seats.
There will be three more speeches for
the defence by Hon. B. F. Long, ex
Gov. Jarvis and Hon. F. I. Osborne,
and as many more for the prosecu
tion. The closing speech for the
prosecution will be by Hon. C. B.
The Secretary of State to-day char
tered the Fayetteville and Wilming
ton Steamboat Company, with $250,
000 capital. The objsct is to own and
operate a steamboat line from Fay
etteville to the mouth of the Cape
Fear river and coastwise as far as New
York. The company is also allowed
to construct and operate a street car
system, electric lights, etc.
The Fayetteville cotton and woollen
miils, etc., incorporators are E. W.
Cook, New York; W. L. Holt and W.
M. Morgan, Fayetteville; R. P. Gray,
Guilford county.. Each one of the in
corporators takes $25,000 stock.
Special Star Ctorfespondence.
Raleigh, N. CL, March 21. The
Secretary of State issued a charter this
morning to the Broadoaks Sanatorium
Company, at Morgan ton. The incor
porators are Isaac M. Taylor, Felix M.
Scroggs and John McCampbell. The
capital stock is $5,000. The purpose
of the corporation is to establish an
invalid's home at or near Morganton.
Governor Aycock has appointed
Dr. Albert Anderson of Wilson and
Dr. W. C. Allen of Ashville majors
and assistant surgeons general in the
Yesterday evening Mr. Walter L.
Cohoon, reading clerk in the Senate
and the Uourt of Impeachment was
presented with a handsome gold-head
ed cane by the members of the.Benate.
The presentation was by senator
Currie of Bladen. Mr. Cohoon is a
"very popular young man. He was
travelling representative of the
Post prior to his election to the clerk
ship in the Senate, and will start a
daily newspaper in Elizabeth City as
soon as the Uourt of Impeachment
TttE FAYETTEVILLE STEAMBOAT CO.
Wilmington Parties Are Thought Inter
ested la this or Similar Scheme.
The incorporation of the Fayette
ville and Wilmington Steamboat Com
pany by the Secretary of 8tate yester
day is believed to concern very deeply
a number of prominent Wilmington
business . men, whom, it has . been
tacltfjfunderstood, have been working
at such a scheme through the agency
of the Wilmington Tariff Association
for some time. . .
Whether interested in the corpora
tion hailing from Fayetteville, or not,
it is a fact nevertheless that the ques
tion of the operation of another line of
steamers from Wilmington to New
York has been seriously considered by
Wilmington business men, and the
plan as outlined by them appears to be
Reference as to the line from Wil
mington to New York, in connection
with the Fayetteville corporation, is
made in the Star's special telegram
from Raleigh this morning.
DEATH OP MISS JENNIE D. BURBANK.
"Thou bast all seasons for thine own. Oh!
Regarded from a merely human and
worldly standpoint, there is some
thing more than inexpressible sadness
in the death of a pure, bright and
beautiful young girl. It seems to be
so unnecessary and cruel a thing that
the young life filled with hope and
happiness should be cut short and the
idol of the home circle should be
snatched away. And so it would be if
the world still lay in darkness and the
Kindly Light had not beamed upon
it. What man will say that his dead
are forever gone from him? And if
he will not, what is bis hope? "Truly
mv hope is even in Thee."
Yesterday morning the wide circle
of relatives and friends of Dr. and
Mrs. Thomas F. Burbank received the
dreaded information that their daugh
ter. Miss Jennie D. Burbank, had
passed away after a brief, and ex
tremely painful illness, in the 17th
year of her age. It was, although not
entirely unexpected, a dreadful shock
to all who knew this lovely young
lady, who was the idol of her fam
ily and a great favorite among
the young people of the city.
She was beautiful and talented.
and useful, and the future seemed full
of bright promise for her. is it not
still more full of all peace, and joy.
and rest in the realm to which she has
been transferred? May this thought
bring balm to the crushed spirits who
sit in the shadow of this great amc
tion, and to whom the world to-day
seems a hopeless desert. To them go
out the hearts of all their friends in
deepest sympathy, and for them will
ascend their earnest prayers.
r- Dr. E. Porter, of Rocky Point,
was here yesterday. He thinks the
strawberry crop will be nearly fifteen
days later this season than last.
Rev. D. H. Tuttle, of Kinston,
will be here April 16th to assist Rev.
Jno. H. Hall in a series of revival ser
vices at Fifth Street M. E. church.
It is expected that the work of
remodelling the Cape Fear Club build
ing will begin now very soon. The
plans are already drawn and are
Large shipments of lettnee
were made from the vicinity of Wil
mington yesterday. Philadelphia
prices are $2.25 per basket, and $5 and
$6 per barrel for fancy qualities.
A REVOLTING CIRCUMSTANCE.
Negro's Dead Body Said to Have Re
mained Unlnterred for More Thin
a Week in the Sound.
Shocking news comes from Federal
Point township and is to the effect
that the dead body of the unknown
negro which was found a week ago
yesterday !in the sound five miles below
Capps' store and over which an in
quest wes held by the coroner, is still
unburied and is lying near the spot
where it was found and is covered by
some brush in a badly decomposed con
dition. This deplorable state of affairs ap
pears to be the result of an evident
misunderstanding on the part of some
of the county authorities and has been
or likely will be attended to to day.
It will be remembered that the
negro's body was found last Saturday
and even At that time it gave evidence
of having been dead for several days.
The popular theory then, and is now,
n the absence of identification, that
the negro fell overboard from some
vessel at sea and the body washed
ashore. ' Ss
Coroner Stokes, with whom a report
er talked yebterday afternoon, said
that he had performed all the duties
of his office in the matter and was at a
loss to know why the body, had not
been buried. He did not file his death
certificate until Tuesday awaitinsr a
possible identification from some per
son away from the county, but as to
why the body had not been buried
since that time, be was at a loss to
The circumstance is revolting in
deed, and the Board of County Com -
missioners, should see to it that the
possible loop of misunderstanding is
taken up and if there be one existing
it should be remedied to guard against
similar occurrences in the future.
Violated Postal Laws.
Postoffice Inspector Jere Connolly,
than whom there is no "finer" in the
service, came in yesterday from Max-
ton, N. C, where he caused the arrest
of Neil Baxley, while, charged with
sending a defamatory postal card
through the mails to a creditor, whom
it appears was somewhat dilatory in
settling his accounts. Baxley was
given a preliminary hearing before TJ.
S. Commissioner B. F. McLean, of
Maxton, and gave bond in the sum of
$200 for his appearance at the Federal
Court in Wilmington.
Some Ripe Strawberries.
The Star has with the compliments
of Mr. J. S. Westbrook, of Faison, N.
C, a sample of some fine ripe straw
berries picked on Tuesday from the
farm -of Messrs. J. S. Westbrook &
Sons, at Wallace. These gentlemen
are among the pioneers at strawberry
culture in this section and are always
in the lead. Their crop this season is
said to be f specially fine.
THE STATE BANKS.
Summary of Reports to the North Carolina
Special Star Correspondence.
Raleigh, N. C, March 22. The
North Carolina Corporation Commis
sion issued this morning a summary
of the reports of the condition of 8tate
private and savings banks of North
Carolina at the close of business Feb.
5th, 1901 The summary shows that
there are sixty-four State banks, with
$11,937,864.32 resources; $2,317,378.12
capital stock and $7,803,118 63 on de
posit. There are twenty-three private
banks with $221,084.73 resources;
$223,000 capital stock and $1,602,726.71
on deposit. The nine savings banks
in the State have segregate resources
amounting to $2,133,884 40; capital
stock amounting to $170,691 39 and
$1,853,925,43 on deposit.
PERHAPS FATAL SH00TINQ.
One Man Wounded Another In a Fight at
Spring Hope, N. C.
Special Star Correspondence.'
Spring Hope, N. C, March 21.
W. D. Strickland and 01 Lewis, two
white men living near here, engaged
in an altercation last night, in which
Strickland shot Lewis and perhaps
mortally wounded him. Of the three
shots fired by Strickland two took ef
feet in the abdomen and thigh of his
adversary. Strickland sets up the
claim of self defence and will surren
der to Sheriff Warren. It is claimed
that Lewis knocked Strickland down
with an axe and that the shots were
fired by the last named while lying on
It Is Said Now Tbat the Piatt Amendment
Will Be Accepted.
Bv Telegraph td the Morning Btar.
Havana, March 23. Reports from
all parts of the island indicate a change
from the radical stand taken against
the Piatt amendment and the tone of
the country press is more liberal.
El Diario De La Marina to-day
says that judging from all appearances
the constitutional convention win
accept the amendment, The Discus
sion also, instead of continuing its
editorials against it, now publishes
interviews showing the advisability or
accepting the amendment.
The output of the Alabama coal
mines for the year 1900, according to
the State mine inspector, was 9,400,000
tons, an increase of nearly 1,000,000
tons over the previous year, it is es
timated that the output for this year
mil reach 12,000,000 tons.
Mrs. Nathan Townsend. Cass City,
Mich., poisoned herself and her two
children, a girl aged eight years and a
boy aged ten, with laudanum. All
a m a V . TH II
inreeaieu yesteraay morning, ramuy
difficulties are believed to nave im
pelled her to administer the poison.
Goldsboro Argus: The death
of Mrs. J. F. Grantham occurred
Thursday in Grantham's township.
Jonesboro Progress: A great
deal of fertilizer is being sold here this
spring. On last Saturday 400 sacks of
guano was sold by three firms and it
was not a good day for selline euano
Statesville Landmark: Thirty-
nine barrels of illicit spirits were
Drougnt in Tnursday and stored here.
Thirty-five barrels came- from Ad.
vance, Davie county, and four barrels
Columbus News: Grif Bright,
aged about 80 years, died of L&Grippe
last Aionaay nignt at ms borne a few
miles west of town, after a short ill
ness. He served in the Confederate
army and was wounded in the eve
from which he went blind.
Windsor Ledger: Mr. J. J.
Alston, agent at Powellsville for the
W. and EL informs us that there had
been received at that place, up to March
tne otn, ao4U bags of guano, or 36 ear
oads, and more is yet to come. ' This.
as you cadily see, means more cotton
Rocky Mount Advertiser: Since
the shortage in our berry crop has
been fully realized by both growers
and dealers, there has developed a
condition relative to the disposition of
ine crop, mat indicates (rood returns to
the truckers if they use discretion and
judgment in their marketing.
Favetteville Observer: One of
the saddest accidents that has ever oc
curred in Cumberland county took
place at Godwin, in the northern part
of this county, Thursday. Children
were practicing in the afternoon for
an entertainment to be held that
night, when one of the little boys.
who was to make believe to shoot one
of the Uttla girls (who happened to be
nis sis ter), shot and killed her. The
pistol was supposed to be empty. The
two children mentioned were Rhodes
and- Maggie McClelland, twelve and
fifteen years old, respectively, children
of Mr. C. C. McClelland, ex chairman
of the Populist Executive Committee.
It was during a rehearsal for the com
mencement of Black's school, near
Godwin. The little girl died almost
instantly, the ball entering her wind
pipe. Maxton Scottish Chief: Capt.
D. Austin, who travels largely
through the beautiful and fertile cot
ton section adjacent to McColl, Hasty,
Johns, Laurinburg, Laurel Hill, Red
Springs, Lumber Bridge, Rennert,
Ltumberton and Maxton. says there
will be an increase of 20 per cent, in
cotton acreage this year. Mr.
Matthews, the - watermelon king of
this section, is energetically pre
paring his farms and will com
mence planting in a few days. He
U?rill have this year about 1,000 acres
in melons. The McQueen home
stead three miles from town, the prop
erty of Messrs. Ed and Geo. McQueen
and sisters of this place, was destroy
ed by fire Monday eveniner- The
engine on the Devaun tram road that
runs near the !old homestead is sup
posed to have set the woods on fire,
which under the pressure of a strong
wind, soon reached the unoccupied
residence which was soon in ashes.
-Monroe Enguirer: Mr. Cul
pepper Tarleton, of New Salem town
ship, has lost four children within the
ast two months with pneumonia.
The fourth child died a few days ago.
After tne revenue omcers raided
the Central hotel and seized a lot of
unstamped liquor last Friday they
went about six miles south of here.
near Goodman's distillery, and found
graves in which there were spirits
rather than bodies. Four barrels of
unstamped liquor were Ifound in the
graves. The officers resurrected ''the
spirits and the government was made
richer by the act. Mr. J. F. Os
borne, the organ builder of Stanly
county, has built 32 organs within the
past four years. Mr. Uscorne says
that his organ building was the out
growth of a great desire to own an
organ, and not being able to purchase
one and having a mechanical turn of
mind, he set to work and built an
organ. His first organ was a very
crude affair, but it did what it was
built for. It made music. Since then
Mr. Osborne has bad many orders for
instruments. He makes a good double
reed, eleven stop, solid oak case or
gan and sells them for thirty-hve
dollars each. Those who have tried
Mr. Osborne's organs say that they are
equal to organs of Northern make
which sell for seventy-five dollars.
STORM AT PENSACOLA, FLA.
Considerable Damage to Shipping In the
Harbor Steamers Badly Tangled.
One Man Drowned.
By Telegraph to the Horning Star.
Pensacola, Fla , March 23. A se
vere blow from the southeast to day
did considerable damage to shipping
in this harbor. One sailor is thought
to nave been drowned.
At the wharves of the Louisville
and Nashville Railroad Company the
storm caused its greatest damage to
shipping. All the large export
steamers tied up there were so badly
tangled tbat it is impossible to learn
how much they are damaged.
The Russian bark Liilto and the
Russian ship Loche collided and both
were damaged. The schooner Siene
was beached. The Italian bark Adele
was damaged by the parting of her
Lloyd Ward, a sailor, disappeared
during the storm and is thought to
have been blown overboard.
Near St Andrew's Pass the fishing
smack Maud Muller was wrecked. It
is not known if the crew was rescued.
SEABOARD AIR LINE.
Another Rnmor Concerning Its Absorption
by the L. & N. Railroad.
By Telegraph to the Horning Btar.
Louisville, Ky., March 23. The
Courier-Journal to morrow will say:
"Another rumor is current concern
ing the absorption of the Seaboard Air
Line by the Louisville and Nashville
railroad. For the first time since these
stories have been afloat there seems
to have been some ground for the
rumor. A few days ago there was a
conference between Milton H. Smith.
president of the Louisville and NastrT
ville; x. Vandenburg. first vice presi
dent of the Louisville and Nashville.
and V. E. McBee. superintendent of the
Seaboard Air Line. The conference was
held at the office of Mr. Smith and
while no information concerning- it
has been given out, those who know
of the conference are inclined to the
belief that Mr. McBee was called here
to make certain statements regarding
ine ousiness oi tne roaa.
TO CAPTURE AQUINALDO.
A Daring Project Undertaken by Ocneral
PouBton In Isabella Province,
i, Island of Luzon.
By Cable to the Morning Star.
Manila, March 23. General ' Funs-
ton is now engaged in a daring pro
ject which promises to be the greatest
and most romantic achievement of his
eventful career. In January, from
his hiding Place in the . orovince of
Isabella, Aguinaldo wrote ietteis
anathematizing the sub chiefs who
' had taken the oath of allegiance to the
United States. Later, Aguinaldo
ordered certain insurgent forces in
f Southern Luzon to join him in a ren
dezvous in Isabella province. The
rebel officer entrusted with these
orders secretly negotiated with the
Americans. On securing the neces
sary i -formation General Funston
planned Aguinaldo's capture and, with
(General AiacArthur'a authorization
proceeded two weeks ago to make the
attempt, General Funston, with
Surgeon- Major Harris, Captain
Newton, of the' Thirty-fourth in
fan try; Lieutenant Admir, of
the .Twenty -second Infantry; Lieu
tenan Mitchell, of the Fortieth in
fantry, six veteran scouts, and a
company of native scouts,- all
picked men, embarked on the gunboat
Vickaburg and landed on a remote
beach above Baler. It was arranged
that Aguinaldo's emissary, with
the native scouts, should pass them
selves off as insurgent troops who.
having captured General Funston and
others were taking them as prisoners
to Aguinaldo. At the right time.
when brought before Aguinaldo.
General Funston was to give a signal,
when the tables were to be turned and
Aguinaldo was to be seized.
Six days march in the interior were
contemplated. Treachery was consid
ered possible but every precaution was
taken. The troops in New Vizcaya
and New Ecija. and the gunboats
Vicksburg and Albany were to co
operate with General Funston's force.
The Vicksburg is expected here to
morrow. Colonel Rosarick with fifty-one men
and fifty-six rifles, has surrendered
to Colonel Baldwin, of the Fourth in
fantry, at San Francisco de Malabon,
Liieutenant Dean, of troop (J. Sixth
cavalry, has engaged a force of insur
gents at Tubig, Lagunda province,
killing several of them and capturing
seven men and twenty-four rifles.
BOERS ATTACK THE BRITISH.
Wrecked and Captured a Supply Train.
Fought a Convoy, Killing One Man
and Wounding Three.
By Cable to the Horning Btar.
Standeetom, Transvaal Colony,
March 22. Four hundred Boers un
der the Boer commander Buys have
wrecked a supply train north of Via
klagate. They overpowered the es--
cort and carried off several wagon
loads of provisions.
A convoy destined to join General
French's column has been attacked
between Blood river and Scheepers
Nek, Transvaal Colony. The British
had one man killed and three wounded.
I The bridge at Blood river was burned.
London, Match 23. The colonial
secretary, Mr. Chamberlain, in the
House of (Jomons to day. replyincr to
a question, said no specific objections
had been made by General Botha to
any of the peace terms offered by
General Kitchener, and General
Botha made no counter proposals.
The only information in possession of
tne government outside, of tbat pub
lished in the papers was contained in
a private teleeram from Qeneral
Kitchener, saying General Botha had
a strong objection to Sir Alfred Mil-
The Largest Vessel Ever Built on This
Side of the Atlantic.
By Telegraph to the Hernlng Btar.
Washington, . March 23 The
Korea, which was launched to day at
the Newport News Shipbuilding Com
pany's works bears the distinction of
being up to date the largest steam
vessel ever built on this side of: the
Atlantic. With a length of 572 feet
four inches, and a beam of 63 feet.
she will displace 18,600 tons on a draft
of twenty-seven feet. Some idea of
the size of the Korea may be derived
from the fact that from the top to the '
bottom of the bare hull is a distance
of forty feet, while the distance around
her rail is nearly a quarter of a mile.
She is to be fitted with engines of
lo.oou borse power, sufficient to pro
pel her at a speed of 20 . knots. The
Korea will accommodate 1,400 passen
gers, of whom 2C0 will be .first class
cabin passengers. She is designed for
the Pacino Mail steamship Uompany,
to ply between San Francisco and
Just as the Korea slipped down the
ways. George Bannister, a colored
man. among the employes fathered
about the vessel, was struck by one
of the falling props and received inju
ries from which he died to-night.
BRITISH COTTON MILLS.
Signs of More Trouble Between the Mas
ters and the Operatives.
By Telegraph to tne Horning star.
London, March 23. The Speaker
to-day says there are unmistakable
signs of more trouble between the.
masters and the operatives in the cot
ton trade. A period of trade activity
has been followed by a reaction, ac
celerated by the high prices of raw
cotton and other materials, a poor de
mand from India and an almost com
plete stoppage of buying from China. ,
Tha T.anaahlrA KriinnAra anil wtinpi
nave held out longer than their rivals
in the United States or continent, but
the rapid closing down of the mills
shows their turn is coming, and as the
American crop is likely to be insuffi
cient even for the reduced consump
tion, there is not much prospect of low
level quotations for raw cotton to in-
viffnratA tha demand for vara and
cloth. If some agreement whereby
wages may be adjusted according to
the state of trade is not soon concluded.
declining profits will force the masters
to reduce wages.
LYNCHING IN ARKANSAS.
White Man Taken from Jail and Hanged
by a Mob of Masked Men.
By Telegraph to the Morning Btar.
Little Rock, Ark., March 23. A
Gazette special from Pocahontas says
that George C. Heveyes, who day
before yesterday shot and killed Town
Marshal John IN orris, of Pocahontas,
while Norris was performing official
duty, was taken from jail by a mob of
zuu men last nignt ana nangea. xne
coroner's jury held Heveyes for mur
der, but owing to the feeling against
him. tha' trial had heen noatnonmi
until next week. The members of
ii i j
uie uiuu were uiasaou.
ny oi nuy in tne House or Hepresen
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