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GRASPING AT ALL
It was predicted when the great
loran-Kockefeller steel combina
ion was formed that it was bat the
leginning of the consolidating sys
tem which would go on until all the
treat industries of the country were
n t he control of a few men. Events
nave since pointed to jthe verifies-
ion of that prediction. It was in
ontemplation when this big combi-
ation was formed to take in the
teel and iron plants in the South,
at for some reason that was aban-
oncd. Those steel and iroa plants
avo now effected a consolidation
,v hie h puts them in a position to
deal more directly with the other
combine "and we need not be sur
prised to learn at any time that it
has been taken in by the great octo
pus, and become a part of it which
will put the iron and steel industry
of the whole country absolutely
under one management.
We consider this a certainty, be
cause the Southern combine cannot,
if it comes to a matter of competi
tion, hold out against such a mighty
competitor as the Northern -combine
with its colossal capital, and
its control of , nearly all the steel
plants of the country. Therefore it
will be simply a matter of expedi
ency to go in with the other to save
itself, or to effect such an arrange
ment with it that they may not
come in conflict with each other. If
this be done the Southern" combine
may continue business on its own
account and carry on business as
long as the colossus does not deem
it to its own interest to interfere
with it. -
This latter consolidation pats the
iron and steel business of the coun
try in the control of two combines,
a great and a lesser one, which for
mutual interest may decide to move
along amicably, dividing territory
so as to avoid friction and conflict.
The only difference between this
and the single combine is that con
sumers will be fleeced by both, each
having its own victims. But the
- probabilities are that in due time, if
the bottom does not fall out of the
first big combine, it will take in the
second, and one set of heads will
run the whole business.
We have heard a great deal about
imperialism in Government, but this
colossal combination is an illustra
tion of imperialism in business, with
supervision to see that no injustice
is done, to American Bhips,etc, by
which they say the Government will
secure all it expected or wished by
the construction of the Nicaragua
canal without spending a . dollar.
Another incentive to securing con
trol of the Panama canal and com
pleting it (which they say they can
for $300,000,000) is the discovery
of an immense area of anthracite
coal at the Pacific end of the canal,
iequal in extent to the Pennsylvania
hard coal field and equal in quality,
and also rich gold fields. The bom
bine has its eye on these, and will
have its clamps on them if it makes
the canal deal.
All this will give some idea of the
gigantic proportions and mighty
sweep of the monster TruBt of Trusts,
which has absorbed Trusts that
were giants themselves, and inaug-.
urated a new. and wonder exciting
era in industrial movement.
What next ? Who cantellwhat.it
will next reach out for? Will it form
a combine to control the grain crops
and the grain-grinding mills, the cot
ton crops and the cotton mills, the
wool crops and woollen millB, the
leather and the shoe manufactories,
the canning industry as it controls
the making of the cans ? All this
would mot be any more surprising
than what it has already done, or has
in process of doing. : And then, to
hold its grip without legislative an
noyance, may we not expect to see it
taking a hand in politics, to elect
Presidents, Congressmen, Gover
nors, State legislators, j udges, &c?
And then we will have not only a
combination playing monarch in the
industrial field, but also a. dictator in
the political field, a mighty power
and a dangerous power.
The issue must come between it
and the people some day and the
sooner the better.
GRIGGS AND XH0X,
Attorney General Griggs, who was
a friend of the Trusts, has retired
and has been succeeded by Mr. P.
C. Knox, another friend of the
Trusts. How that was brought
about is told in the following, which
appeared in the New York World a
few days before the appointment of
Knox was made:
"1 Attorney General Griggs will
retire from the cabinet. on Saturday..
Be has formed a law partnership with
J. B. Dill. Dill some time ago re
ceived a large fee for Twinging about
the combination of the Carnegie and
Fnck iron, steel and coke interests.
. "2. The President has summoned
Philander O. Knox, of Pittsburg, to
Washington to offer him the Attorney
Generalship. Mr. Knox has been for
many years the attorney ror me uar
negie Steel Company in Pittsburg.
"3. Until last Friday the President,
while considering Mr. Knox for the
place, had not definitely decided to
ask him to become a member of the
cabinet.'-'- -ry? v.-
-4. List Friday night J. Pierpont
Morgan was in Washington and spent
two hours with, the President at the
"5 - Mr. Morgan is at the head of the
billion dollar steel trust which has
taken over the Carnegie properties. .
"6. On Saturday it became" known
semi officially that Mr. Knox would be
offered the place in the cabinet to be
vacated by Mr. Griggs. On Tuesday of
this week, after a cabinet" meeting, it
was officially announced that the place
would be offered to Mr. Knox.
4 7. Mr. Morgan's bit lion-dollar steel
trust will have the most cordial rela
tions with the outgoing Attorney Gen
eral, who has formed a partnership
with a steel lawyer and truat promoter,
and with the incoming Attorney Gen
eral, who has been a steel and corpora
tion lawyer for years."
There has been a great deal of talk
about a fight on the Trusts by lead
ing Republicans in Congress, but the
Trusts are not worrying over that
much when they have their clamps
upon the administration and have
one of their own men as Attorney
General. What do laws amount to
if they are ignored and not executed?
Affairs Said to be in Bad Condi
tion Mismanagement of
MA J. MARTIN, THE EMBEZZLER
IT .DON'T FIT.
The New York Sun, one of the
Trust organs, pretends to see in the
movement to restrict cotton acreage
in the South "a cotton growers'
Trust," and delivers itself as fol
lows: ''Strong efforts are being made to
induce the Southern cotton growers to
meet at the county seats, April 6. for
the purpose of coming to an agree
ment not to add to the present cotton
acreage. , Such agreements have' been
proposed frequently, but in the case
of a staple of so vast a production it
U hard work to get the consent of a
majority of the growers, even though
their own interests point to sucn a
course. But prices in the last three
years have been a great lesson to the
planters. Three years ago an immense
amount of cotton whs put upon the
market and the farmers had to take
five cents a poind. In the last two
v ears the crop has been smaller and
th prices have gone up.
The Democratic papers and legisla
tures of the South rage continually
azainst the desperate wickedness of
Trusts, but any plan to hmit the pro
duction and increase the price, of
Southern farm products is received
with enthusiasts. Bryanism has to
ttive way to business when the busi
es happens to be your own. And
in kDite of Col. Bryan's passionate re
iteration of the theory that all Trusts
are bad, your own Trust can't help
seemiog good to you.
When the Sun goes out looking
for Trusts it can find them lying
around loose everywhere. But there
is no more pertinence in this article
as it applies to the movement to
keep" the acreage of cotton down
than there would be in the oase of
AFRAID OP THE TRUSTS.
A few days ago we published an
extract from the speech of a promi
nent iron and steel maker be
fore an association in London in
which he discussed American com
petition and the difficulty English
men would have in holding their
own against it. This feeling is be
coming widespread in England, and
not only in England but in other
foreign countries, where American
enterprise and aggressiveness are
looked upon with alarm. In line
with the views of the Englisman to
whom we have referred above, we
quote the following from a speech
by the President of the British
Chamber of Commerce in Paris a
few days ago. Speaking of the tariff
and Trusts he said:
"The United States and Germany
are our most formidable rivals.
Sunday School Association Peabody
Educational Fund Wilmington So
cial Clnb Chartered The Ap
pointment of Judges. .
Special Star Correspondence.
Raleigh, N. C, April 5. The
Secretary of State issued a charter this
morning to the Wilmington Social
Ordera club organized, for the pur
pose of promoting the pleasure of its
members. The incorporators are E.
L. Burruss, T. M. Morse. J. S. Sellers,
J. N. Bennett and T. E..Mayer. They
are granted the privilege of opening
and maintaining club apartments any
where In the city of Wilmington they
may desire and to serve wines, liquors
of all kinds, cigars and various re
freshments to their members. The
capital stock is $500 with the privi lege
of increasing to $10,000. The
stock is not transferable.
Very general satisfaction is ex
pressed here with the appointment of
Hon. Francis D. Winslow, of Bertie
county, Judge of the Second judicial
district and Hon. George A. Jones, of
Macon county, judge of the Sixth dis
Judge Winston has been one of the
most active members of the present
General Assembly and is a trained
and versatile lawyer, who, it is be
lieved, will make an. enviable record
on the bench. Judge Jones is one of
the most prominent Western North
Carolina lawyers, practiced for many
years in the Western circuit and was
for some time solicitor. He has rep
resented his district in the General
Assembly and held with distinction
many offices of ' honor and trust.'
Since" the appointments were made,
late yesterday afternoon, there are
being heard expressions of general
approval on every hand.
Raleigh. N. C, April 6. Mem
bers of the sub text-book commission
are putting in some hard work now,
examining text books with a view
to reporting April 23rd to the Text
Book Commission (State Board of
Education, as to their merits and de
merits, so that the commission may
adopt text books for use in the public
schools of the State in accordance with
the provisions of the Aycock school
law. A prominent member of the
commission tells me that the sub
commission will scarcely be ready to
report by the 23rd. Such a great
quantity of books have have been sub
mitted in connection with the bids
that the sub-commissioners find them
selves in the midst of almost an end
less task. There are ten members, all
prominent: '-educators from various
parts of the State and they are
all here working like beavers. There
are also many representatives of book
publishers here who Lare, as far as
they can, indirectly helping along the
work, in preparing briefs of their
books,' etc., so that the members of
the commission may the more quickly
arrive at their merits.
Chairman N. B. Broughton, of the
executive committee of the North
Carolina Sunday School Association,
tells me that the work of the associa
tion, which is an inter-denominational
movement, bids fair to break all pre
vious records this year. With Prof.
S. H. CroweU, of High Point, at its
head, directing the field secretary
work, an aggressiveness will be in
jected into the work which will insure
The report prepared by Chairman
John C. Drewry, of the 8treets Com
mittee, and presented to the Board of
Aldermen, shows that Raleigh has du
ring the past six years macadamized
seven miles of streets, put down thirty
one miles of curbing, and paved nine
teen miles of sidewalk. The cost of
this work has been thirty cents per
square yard for macadam ; . eighteen
cents per yard for curbing.and twenty-
five cents for Belgian oiocbt. juaieign
will be made next week. Several em
ployes are already 'discharged. -The
director aald one man is receiving $30
a month and board to go a mile to
town twice a day for the mail.
Major Martin, the. embezzler, was
carried to the penitentiary this morn
ing. He was completely broken do wn
when he reached the prison, and wept
like a child. He will not be given
any work for some time. The direc
tors instructed the superintendent .to
give him good fare and plenty of op
portunity for exercise. Will decide
.the work to assign him later. Some
clerical Work in the prison office is
: The two.men recently apprehended,
charged with cracking the safe of M.
EL Lowryj & Co., of Morven, were
given a preliminary hearing at Mor
ven todajt and were required to give
a justified Jxnd of $5,000 for appear
ance at September Superior Court
In default of bond they were recom
mitted to jail. Defendants gave the
names of J. H. Traver and George
i Judge Francis-Df Winston, of. the
committer examining the State Treaa
urer's took as to Major Martin's de
falcations, said to night the examina
tion had progressed to the close of the
fiscal year '97. nearly three years of
Mr. Worth's administration, and they
find plenty of evidtnee of embezzle
menta large number of false entries
as far back as '95 and '96. He thinks
Martin's shortage will certain fy be
$15,000; He expects the examination
to be completed Wednesday. - '
Hon. Frank I; Osborne is here to
night He says he has had in forma
tion from United States officials at
Washington and Greensboro to the
effect that all suits against Demo
cratic election officers will certainly
be nol prossed. This is the meaning
of the action at Greensboro in noti
fying defendants and witnesses not to
Overcharge en Fertilizer Freight.
The Seaboard Air Line Railroad to
day paid the State Treasurer $6,613,
overcharge on fertilizer freight being
the difference in the rate fixed by the
Corporation Commission and that
charged by the road ' during, pro
ceedings in the fertilizer freight
rate suit, gained by the Cor
poration Commission. The treas
urer will refund the amount to
shippers along the Seaboard in North
Carolina. The greatest amount goes
back to shippers at Wilmington ; and
Cronly, and points on the Carolina
Central, notably the Navassa Fertilizer
Company, Hall & Pearsall, S. P. Mc
Nair, D. L. Gore, Smith & Gilchrist,
R N. 8weet, Calder Brothers, Wil
miugton; Acme Manufacturing Com
Chairman McNeill, of the Corpora
tion Commission, says-it will be sev
eral weeks before a division of the
money can be made.
Passed a Number of Bills an0
Adjourned Sine Die at 12.30
P.' M. Thursday.
Agricultural Department to prepare
for the exhibit and requesting Gover
nor Aycock to appoint a number, of
W. H. MARTIN SENTENCED.
Will be Taken to the Penitentiary To-day
to Serve a Term of Ten Years The
Mangom Murder Trial A Ver
dict of Acquittal.
MAY Be BROUGHT HERB.
rulers mdjre absolute in their sphere I farmers raising fewer potatoes when
i nan is tne ozar ot an ine xtussias i they iouna tne potato market over-
onlv have thev beaten us out of for
eign markets, but have even invaded
our own islands and are beating us at
home. Americans, not satisfied with
their successful tariff policy, have de
ised a new scheme, which is intend
ed to oust even the Germans and
leave America the purveyor of the
Mr. Robertson thought that the dan
ger for England was that the country
would be swamped by the surplus pro
ductions of American trusts.
If this feeling continues to grow,
as it is growing, the logical result
will be tariff against tariff, and rem
edial protection against the Trusts.
Other Governments will fight ns
mitt, nnr nurn wnaTtoriR. ftdorjt Tjr&C-
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v.4J I street improvements .
in his. The monarchs in the indus
trial world on this hemisphere are
J. Pierpont Morgan, John D. Rocke
feller and their associates, the origi
nators and so far the successsful
conductors of the greatest business
schemes this world has ever seen,
schemes that embrace within their
scope and under single direction a
multitude of industries of divers
kinds and apparently no way re
lated, but brought into relationship
by this single management. With
contrbl of the main lines of railway,
control of the coal mines, of the iron
mines, of the steel and iron manu
facturing plants, this combine is in
a position to dictate terms andlevy
tribute upon all with whom it
Bat its plans of absorptiot A
not yet " completed, for every day
adds some new feature to the
scheme. We wouldn't expect to
find an fish in it, but we see it
reaching out to absorb the salmon
packing industry of the North
' Pacific. We see it planning for giant
. plant to build ships', and following
this up with a scheme to get posses
sion of an Isthmus canal bo thai it
may have a voice in controlling the
commerce between the Pacific and
the Atlantic oceans. To do this
and put the canal under the control
of the railroad combinations which
have been fighting the Nicaragua
canal for years and spending mints
of money to defeat it, Mr.
Morgan and his associates have
been planning to buy out and thus
get control of the Panama canal,
which they think they can do. for
about 140,000,000. then comnleta
it, control it and kill the Nicaragua
canal. To bribe this Government
not to give any material aid to th
' Nicaragua scheme thev offer to irive
its vessels free passage through the
. canai ana also giye it a sort of
ize Trusts to fight American Trusts,
and then the tariff and the Trust
will become not simply an Amer
ican bnt a world issue.
stocked and potatoes a drug. The
cotton planters are not asked to act
in concert to run the price of cotton
up, but simply to protect them
selves from ruin. They have no
chartered organization nnder one
management!, which can fix the
price twhich cotton buyers will have
to pay for the cotton they want.
They simply propose to govern
their aoreage to keep the product
within the world's demand for con
sumption and thus keep themselves
nnr. nf debt and bankrUDtcV. It is
simply a measure of necessity, in- It is said that Andrew Carnegie
: A v V o..tt, irvaon hnt. I IB r.niT, Km IT OI UB1UE BUUIO wi. uio
Bpil CU UUb UJ giasfiug gi.yvv. - I o s
by self preservation,, the first law of
A Connecticut man who rifled a
bank some time ago and eloped to
Europe is working his way back,
although he knows he will land in
the penitentiary. As between being
in Europe and in the penitentiary
in this country there are some
Americans who would prefer the
millions to elevate the stage and will
build and endow a big theater in
London and one in New York.
There is no counting on some
'Frenchmen, and you "are not sure
they will stay dead when they to all
appearances ought to be dead. A
Boldier in France prowling around
one night feel into an old mine
shaft fifty feet, deep, lay there for
twenty-eight days before he was
discovered, without food or drink,
James G. Blaine, Jr., has opened
a ladies' tailor shop in Washington.
In this young Jim has possibly
struck something that he can
measure up to.
Explorations in Egypt show that
golf was played by the kings in that
country 4,000 years ago, from which
it seems that the kings had about
as hard a time killing time in those
days as they have now.
A Massachusetts man has offered
a prize of $100 to . the person who
will furnish some method for bring
ing sleep without the use of sop
orifics." Let him try sitting up two
or three nights.
In his late campaign for Mayor in
Chicago Carter Harrison made 125
speeches and fourteen of them on
Sunday. That looked like over
work, but he got there and downed
Sarah Bernhardt took her com
pany to see Niagara Falls the other
day, and after seeing the sights,
treated them to a $500 breakfast.
Sarah, is a thoroughbred. -
How small those Havana and
Manila thieves must feel when they
read of $33,000,000 stealings in the
Russian Comptroller General's of
fice. ' '
New Jersey finds the Trust busk
ness a paying -one. She got enough
ont of them last year to pay all State
expenses and have $2,000,000 left
over for incidentals.
A contemporary says Col. A. K.
McClure yhas been in newspaper
work for 7 years. As that is about
Ms age he mnst have been a born
Durinsr the past six years Raleigh
has spent $210,000 for permanent street
improvements; $150,000 from bond
issues and $60,000 from the general
fund. North Carolina's capital city is
pronounced by all visitors as rapidly
becoming one of the most beautiful
cities in the South, largely as a result
of these street improvements. The
city furnishes to all property owners
on improved streets, gratuitously,
handsome maple shade trees, to which
they require the property owners to
give proper care.
Special Star Telegram.
N. C. Sunday School Association.
The Executive - Committee of the
North Carolina Sunday School Asso
ciation is in session here today. It
instructed President G. H. Crowell
to open Association nead quarters at
High Point and authorizes him to as
sume charge of the work as field sec
retary and employ any necessary help.
J. M. Broughton was elected editor
and manager of the Sunday School
Beacon. The committeemen here are
F1, B. Broughton, chairman ; O. H
Crowell, High Point; S. M. Smith,
Elon College; Geo. W. Watts, M. M.
Snow, Durham; T B. Parker, Hills
boro; R. A. Southerland, Pavetteville;
S W. Bryan, Goldsboro; R. B. Lacy,
J. M. Broughton, Raleigh.
The Superintendent of Public In
struction to-day sent out $1,650, of
the Peabody educational fund, to va
rious schools in the State. In a few
days $350 more will be sent Of the
eastern schools the Fayetteville nor
mal gets $50; Newborn graded school,
$100; Washington, $200; Elizabeth
City normal, $100. There remains in
the hands of the superintendent $100
for Kinston. -
The State Penitentiary,
There is a general shaking up in
store for the penitentiary. A promi
nent director said something would
drop decidedly next week. Every
employe is over a volcano. He de
clared that the prison affairs are in a
very bad condition and hints at mis
management, and even worse.
rector threatens to resign rather than
nr.dnrtake to straichten out affairs.
Safe Crackers in WadeBboro Jsil Likely
to Be Transferred to Wilmington
There is a movement on foot to have
the two alleged safe cracksmen in jail
at Wadesboro for the Morven, Red
Springs and Raleigh robberies re
moved to Wilmington for safe keep
ing. As stated in yesterday's Stab
the prisoners were bound over to the
Superior Court in the sum of $5,000
each, and as that court does not meet
for the trial of criminal cases until
September 2nd, it is believed safest to
have them in New Haoover jail.
CoL W. J. Cross well, superintend
ent of this division of the Southern
Express Company, who is interested
in the conviction of the prisoners for
the Raleigh express robbery, yesterday
called on Sheriff Frank H. Stedman to
ascertain if they would be admitted
here. He was informed by Sheriff
SUdmanthat he would receive them
at any time, and it is presumed the
necessary legal steps for the transfer
will be had at once.
THE LOCAL PEANUT MARKET
Effected Very Little by Reported Corner
from New York Spanish Muts.
In view of an Associated Press dis
patch sent out from New York last
week to the effect that a corner had
been effected in the peanut market, a
Stab representative yesterday called
upon a number of the . local dealers
and inquired as to the effect the re
ported "trust" would have here.
It was ascertained that the dispatch
was correct so far as regards Spanish
nuts but that it did not apply to North
Carolina and Virginia varieties, in
which there is no rise in price.
Spanish peanuts, however are finding
sale at 80 cents per bushel, which is
an advance over quotations a short
time ago and they are said to be very
scarce even at that figure. The rise in
the Spanish nut is said to be attribut
able to the fact that there has been a
patent granted recently upon an auto
matic device for selling peanuts in
bags and as the Spanish nuts are in
much more uniform size and more
palatable, they have been chosen for
use in the machines and, hence the
result is large purchases which
amount, with the scarcity, almost to a
The warden is the only officer yei
requested to resign, but other changes
A Snake Story.
Mr. J. L. McKay, of Columbus
county, near White ville, who arrived
in the city yesterday with a herd of
cattle for Wilmington batchers,
brought with him a mammouJ rattle
snake, which he exhibited yesterday
morning at the Stab office for the
One di- benefit of the "reptilians" of the city.
The rattier measuren tt ieei in lengiu
and had ten rattles. It was killed by
Mr. McKay on his way to Wilmington
in the Seven Mile Bay, about 88 miles
. from Wilmington.
Special Star Correspondence.'
Raleigh, N. O., April 4 -r-Toe jury
in the Mangum murder trial after
being out since yesterday at 1
P. M. returned a verdict of not
guilty at 10 o'clock this morning. This
is a case with" a remarkable history.
Samuel Mangum shot and killed Peter
Griffin on the night or uctooer 7. A
coroner's jury the next day rendered
a verdict that the killing was justifi
able. Two weeks later a warrant was
issued for Mangum and the prelim
ioary trial before a justice of the peace
resulted in Man gum's committal to
jail without bail. Tne case was car
ried before Justice Montgomery of
the Supreme Court, in habeas corpus
proceedings, and the judge sustained
the action of the magistrate in declin -ing
bail. Thus the case dragged along
until the final trial, just closed.
Mangum is a well-to-do farmer in
the country and the sympathy of the
public hag been with him throughout
his trouble. The man Griffin was a
bad character,. and while drunk 'had
been to Mangum's home and be
haved very badly in the presence of
his wife. No one saw the killing.
The board of directors of the Hos
pital for the Insane at Raleigh met
last night and re elected W. R.
Crawford. Jr., as steward and
Mrs. W. F. Whitaker as matron. The
following executive committee was
chosen: Dr. R. H. Standi (chair
man), W. B. Fort and Dr. W. H.
Nicholson. Mr. J. D. Biggs, the
veteran chairman, was reelected
chairman of the board of directors.
The new board of directors of the
State prison are now engaged in the
taking of a complete inventory of the
prison and prison equipments.
The superintendent of public in
struction has instructed the county
superintendents to have the newly ap
pointed boards of education meet on
the second Monday in April and ad
journ until the first Monday in July,
as the old boards will hold over until
- The repeal of the Forshee legalized
primary law as as far as it applies to
Wake count?, is the result of dissatis
faction growing out of the Raleigh
primary Tuesday. The- amendment
exempting Wake was adopted by the
Assembly yesterday. Raleigh's was
the first primary held in the State
under the new law and the dissatis
faction of the citizens as to its opera
tion is significant of the growing un
popularity of the legalized primary
Special Star Telegram.
The General Assembly.
The General Assembly adjourned
sine die at 12 :S0 p. m. Both branches
were in session nearly two hours. Sev
eralnew bills passed and those enacted
yesterday and to day were all ratified.
Four Senators andn eight Representa
tives were present as follows: Sen
ators London (president pro tern)
Arrington, Broughton, Woodward.
Representatives Lawrence Winston,
Russell, Wilson, Simms, Beddingfield,
To convey a complete idea of the
business transacted during the sessions
yesterday and to-day it is necessary to
give the following list of bills ratified
this afternoon; all passed during the
two days' session, to-wit:
Amending judicial district act,
1901; amending Wayne stock law act;
amending Chapter 203, Private Laws,
1889; to allow clerks per diem and
mileage for this adjourned session ;
to regulate fees of witnesses and of
ficers in Iredell county; to strike out
Wake from the primary election act;
to compel attendance upon public
schools in Mitchell county ; to amend
the county board of education act so
far .as Iredell county is concerned
(correcting name) ; to allow increase
to $300,000 the capital stock of the
Goldsboro Lumber Company ; to ap
point J. E. Peterson, G. W. Langston
and W. H. Collins justices of the
peace for Wayne connty; for relief
of Miss E. C. Spruill, public
school teacher in Nash county:
to provide for the publication of the
proceedings of the Court of Impeach
ment; to increase the number of com
missioners in Iredell county from
three to five; to abolish the office of
enrolling clerk and delegate the duties
of the office to the Secretary of State;
to increase the number of commis
sioners in Wilson county from three
. Embezzler Martin Sentenced.
Maj. W. H. Martin, defaulting in
stitutional clerk in the State Treasur
er's office, was brought before Judge
Starbuck in Wak Superior Court this
afternoon, and sentenced to ten years
in the State's prison. The Judge stated
that he would give Maj. Martin the
benefit of the doubt as to whether he
was a State officer or not. Had he
ruled that Martin was a State officer
the least penalty would have been
twenty years. Martin is sixty years
old. He will be tarried to the peni
tentiary to-morrow. He has declared
he will never enter the penitentiary :
some fear he may commit suicide.
CoL W. A. Hemphill (editor of the
News and Courier), J. H. Everittf
Messrs. Ficker and Gadsden, all offi
cials of Charleston's West Indian Ex
position,' spent to-day here in confer
ence with Governor Aycock and other
State officers regarding North Caro
lina's exhibit at the exposition.
Governor Aycock told the visitors
hecould "safely say North. Carolina
will make an exhibit." During the
conference with the North ' Carolina
commissioners to -the exposition, a
resolution was adopted asking the
Hearlor in the Case of the Alleged Safe
Crackers at Morven Recommltfed
to Wadesboro Jail.
Special Star Telegram.'
Mobveh, N. C, April 5. The hear
ing in the case of the two alleged safe
crackers was held here to day. The
citizens of the place and surrounding,
country treated the occasion as a sort
of holiday, work generally beiog sus
pended. The streets have been
crowded,. nearly one. thousand people
being in town. About thirty witnesses
-were sworn, all of whom identified the
defendants either as being 6een near
here on the day of the robbery, near
Wadesboro, at Lilesviles,' or on the
train at Marshville, where the bur
glars were arrested. The burglars'
tools found on the men and in
their overcoats were fully iden
tified. A very strong case was de
veloped against them, the chain of
circumstantial evidence being com
plete and reflecting great credit upon
the attorneys for' the prosecution
Bennett and Bennett, J as. A. Lock
hart and L D. Robinson. The hear
ing was before Justice John A. Niven,
of Morven township. The men were
held in the sum of five thousand dol
lars bail each, pn default of' which
they were recommitted to Wadesboro
jail. Mr. W. J. Crosswell, superin
tendent of the Southern Express
Company and Postoffice Inspector
Jere Connelly, of Wilmington, "were
present at the hearing, as was also
Special Agent P. i R. Burns, of the
Southern Express Company and sta
tion at Chattanooga, Tenn.
DEATH OP A RESPECTED LADY.
Mrs. Simon Lewis, of Cnrrle, Bladen Co.,
Passed Away Last Week.
Mrs. L. M. Smith returned last
evening from Currie, Bladen county,
whither she was summoned last week
on account of the death of her mother,
Mrs. Simon Lewis, an aged and highly
respected lady of that vicinity, who
passed peacefully away on Tuesday.
Mrs Lewis was 68 years of age and
was noted for her great piety and
noble character. She thad been a
member of Long Creek Baptist
church for 51 years and. was univer
sally esteemed by all who knew her.
The survivors besides a sorrowing
husband are four children : Mrs. L.
M. Smith and Mr. J. W. Lewis, of
Wilmington, and Miss Florence and
Mr. S. W. Lewis, of Currie.
The funeral was conducted from
Long Creek church Wednesday morn
ing at 11 o'clock by the Rev. D. W.
Herring and the interment was in the
family burying ground. i
FIRE NEAR MOUNT OLIVE.
Favetteville Observer: Farmers
and truckers inform the reporter that
there is nothing the matter .with the
fruit so far, and that the prospect is ,
good for a bounteous crop of apples,
peaches, pears, etc., as well as the
small fruits. ,, , .
Fremont .'.Visitor' The guano
deliverer informs us that 140 tons and
seven bags of guano was delivered to
the local trade of Fremont last Wed
nesday. The sale of guano in this
State is officially reported to be 30 per
cent, in excess of last year's sales, and
this la taken to indicate a large Increase
in the cotton crop.
Wilson Times: A good deal of
complaint is heard about the alow
growth of the tobacco plants.
There is more guano .being hauled
away from Wilson than has been for
many . years. As one merohant told
us this week, the farmers will have
a hard time if cotton is six cents next
Fall, even to pay . for the enormous
supply of fertilizer purchased.
Greensboro Record: A death
under rather pecular circumstances i
reported from Washington township.
The young son of Mr. Samuel
May went out into the woods to fell
trees and was struck on the chin by a
limb. : The blow caused an abrasion of
the skin, resulting in blood poisoning,
and a few days later the young man
died in great agony.
Charlotte Observer: The Winston
Salem special in this morning's paper
tells that the indictments against the
Democratic registrars and judges in
the United States District Court at
Greensboro have been nol prossed and
thedefendants and witnesses notified
that they need not appear. This, pre
sumably, carries the quaahing of all
other indictments of like character in
the Federal courts.
Sanford Express: From the
way the farmers are movirig fertiliz-r
is looks as if thev will use more of u
than they did last year Thia prob
ably means an increased acreage t f
cotton. The whistle of the Stan
'ord Furniture Factory was heard ft e
the first time Tuesday. The company
expects to put the faotory in opera'
tion in about two weeks. They nan
a big lot of hard wood on hand tl.-
most of which was purchased froi..
parties in thia aection. Thia factory
will employ some forty or fifty hand
Goldsboro Argus: While work
men were digging clay Friday morn
ing at Maj. Grant's brick yard, near
the site of old Waynesboro, they un
earthed a metallio coffin, which waa
entirely intact, save the rust from long
burial. It had no name plate by which
it could be identified, neither was
there any sign in the way of headstone
to indicate the existence of a grave.
The casket had four handles, two on
either side, and from the size it waa
supposed to contain the remains of a
youth some 12 or 15 years of age. Maj.
Grant had it reinterred in the old
Churchill burying ground, near by.
FORTY PEOPLE INJURED.
Saw Mill of Mr. W. D. Price Badly Dam
aged by Pire.
A correspondent of the Stab writing
yesterday from Mount Olive says that
the saw mill of Mr. W. D. Price, one
mile from Mount Olive, was partially
destroyed by fire Friday afternoon
about 3:30 P. M. Mr. - Price is an ex
tensive manufacturer of berry and veg
etable crates and this part of his plant
was totally destroyed, causing a li
from $1,600 to $2,000, upon which
there was no insurance:
The Stab's correspondent says that
this is the third fire loss which Mr.
Price has sustained in business and the
people of the community very gener
ally sympathize with him. in his re
Street Car Thrown Into n Canal by the
Collapse of a Bridge at Syracuse,
By Telegraph to the Morning Star.
Sybaouse, N. Y., April 6. While a
car of the Rapid Transit Co, was cross-'
ing the James street bridge over the
Oswego canal in the heart of the city,
about 5:50 this afternoon, the bridge
suddenly gave way, dropping the car
and its sixty passengers to the canal
bed, thirty feet below. Several per
sons were crossing the bridge at the
time and went down with the car,
while a horse and loaded lumber wagon
piled on top of the heap. Abput forty
persons were injured. It is not believed
that any deaths will result, although
there are reports of several of the
worst injured being dangerously hurt.
Had the canal been filled with water,
the result of the accident would have
been terrible. The car-, struck the
towpath first and then slid off into
the mud at the canal bottom, where it
stuck. The water would have been
deep enough to cover all but a few
windows and the front door and many
of the passengers would have undoubt
When the crash came, persons on
the street called v the fire department.
Ladders were quickly lowered and the
injured carried up and sent to their
homes or to hospitals in carriages and
For more than a year there have
been criticisms of the condition of the
bridge. The bridge was about eighty
feeUj&Dg, and sixty feet wide. It was
broken off sharp at both enbankments,
the entire structure- going into the
LYNCHING IN ARKANSAS.
DENIES THE RUMOR.
Galther Says There la No Truth in
Rumor About Suicide.
Dr. W. W. Gaither arrived in the
city yesterday, and says there is no
truth in the rumor about his having
attempted suicide at Burgaw Tuesday
Dr. Gaither said he had been very
ill with lagrippe, and had come to the
city to enter the hospital. Friends of
the Doctor in Wilmington are glad to
learn that there was - no rash inten
tions upon his part as were reported,
and hope that he may soon recover
from his illness.
Death of Thomas B. McPadyeo.
The Stab regrets to chronicle the
death of Mr. Thos. B. McFadyen,which
occurred at 1:30 o'clock Thursday af
ternoon at his home. No. 804 Bladen
street He was 47 years of age and his
death was caused by la grippe. Mr.
McFadyen moved to Wilmington
about five years ago from Bladen
county and was at the time of his
death interested in the woodyard of
McFadyen & Kelly. He is survived
by his wife, a son, and the following
brothers: Messrs. Baskin, John and
Graham McFadyen, of Bladen county,
and Walter McFadyen, of Virginia.
Yonng White Man, Charged With Mur
der, Taken from Jail and Hanged
by a Mob of Citizens.
Bv TelegrsDn to the Morning Btar.
Osceola, Abe:., - April 8. May
Hearn, of Luxoria, Ark., was taken
from the county jail here early this
morning and lynched. The victim of
the mob was a young white man, the
son of J. R. Hearn, one of the most
respectable farmers living in the neigh
borhood, ana tne cruel crime ior
which he was hanged was the shoot
ing of Clyde King in Luxoria on the
night of Sunday, March 31st
The mob, numbering about fifteen
persons, entered the city about mid
night 8entries were posted along the
main street, and a posse waa aent out
to effect the capture of Deputy Sheriff
Goodrich and N ght Watchman Skig-
worth. Both of the officers were round.
Deputy Sheriff Goodrich had the keya
to the jail and these were taken pos
session of by the mob. . Arriving. at
the jail the lynchers entered. Hearn
sank on his kneea and began to pray.
Although his sentences '.were almost
incoherent, he insisted that he had not
killed King from malice, but that the
shooting waa accidental. The mob
was unmoved, and placing, a rope
around Hearn's neck they took him
from the jail and hanged him to a tree.
DEPOPULATION OF INDIA.
The Tremont and Suffolk Cotton Mills at
By Telegraph to tne Horning Btar.
Lowell, Mass , April 6 Agent
Thomas, of the Tremont and Suffolk
cotton mills, has received orders to
stop three-quarters of the machinery
until further notice. In consequence
of this order about 1,000 persons will
be thrown out of work. The pro
longed depressed condition of . the
trade is the reason given by the man
agement of the mills for this step.
Operations will be resumed as soon as
the' market improves. -
Five Million People Have Died Since 1896
from Famine and Cholera.
Bv Cable to the Morning Star. c
London, -April 6. The depopula
tion of India, through famine and
cholera, is assuming alarming propor
tions. The latest advices from Simla
Bays the census returns of the central
provinces snow a decrease ox over a
million since 1891, - when under nor
mal conditions an increase of a
million and a half might have bees
expected. It is estimated that five
millions have died in India since 1886
from causes directly due to the famine.'
In Western India things are even
worse. The Oodeypoor state returns
show a decrease of 840,000 or 45 per
cent of the population ; the state of
Uhopaul snows a decrease or bu,uw;
the district of Banda ahowa a decrease
of 184,000. In Bombay city the popu
lation has diminished by ou.uuu.