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Kntered at the Fo Office t ihntgtoa, N. C, at
Second Clan Matter.!
(o"Jlcripdoa Price of the "Weekly Stu ia at
WHEEE THS EOOMSSAVO
In writing yesterday on the oppo
sition to the Crumpacker bill we re
marked that it might be followed by
some results not anticipated by its
originator and his followers. Its
real, though not its acknowledged,
purpose is to strengthen the Repub
lican party by weakening the South
and to fifive the Republican party a
stronger grip on Congress and the
Presidency by reducing Southern
representation in 'Congress and in
the electoral college. That is the
scheme, but it may have quite a
contrary effect in time.
Leaving out Democratic opposi
tion from both sides of the line,
which will, of course, be solid
against it, there are several elements
in the Republican party which are
opposed to it. First, those Repub
licans who are weary of the negro
agitation and would, like to have
him effectually eliminated from
pojitics, like the Congressman
quoted in the extract we made yes
terday from the Washington corres
pondent of the Baltimore Sun,
who spoke not only for him
self but for a very con
siderable number of Republi
cans in the Northern and Western
States. They don't know how
soon they may be confronted by the
negro question in their own States
and they don't want to take a posi
tion now that would estop them
from uicroi- rhction as they
. - ' might deem necessary in such con-
tincencv. Then there are those
who if the South only were affected
might not hesitate to support Mr.
Crumpacker's scheme but realizing
that if carried out logically it must
apply to all States which restrict
suffrage for other causes than crime,
will not want to put themselves in a
position to estop suffrage legislation
- which might in time become neces
sary to protect the interests of the
better and more substantial class of
citizens from the irresponsible and
worst clafls, at least considered irre
sponsible, and no,t desirable as
Take Massachusetts, for instance,
the State of Representative Moody,
who introduced the resolution of
investigation aS to Louisiana. That
State has qualified suffrage laws, the
object of which was to eliminate as
far as possible the votes of iiiuro
pean and Canadian immigrants in
the interest of what the people who
favor these laws call good govern
ment. If Massachusetts takes such
action to protect herself from the
votes of illiterate white men, why
should the people of Massachusetts
obiect to the people of a Southern
State taking action to proteot them
selves from the votes of the illiterate
black mass, which is a much more
potent and dangerous factor in these
States than the illiterate immigrants
are in Massachusetts, or Connecti
cut, or Pennsylvania. Without some
such restrictions it would be, with
the increase of the foreign element,
only a question of time, and no re-
motejtime, either, when the native
voters would by the minor factor
in the government of several of these
. rStates. But the Crumpacker bill
logically applied would cut off all
restrictive suffrage legislation in any
of these States, unless they accepted
the alternative of reduced represen
tation in Congress and in the electo
ral college. Already how to protect
themselves from the incoming
masses of negroes has been a subject
nf animated and serious discussion
in such cities us Philadelphia, Bos
ton and Chicago, while negroes have
been driven from a number of towns
and counties in Mr. Crumpacker's
. Cominar southward there are Re
publicans who hoped to build up a
white Republican party by eliminat-
inif the negro. They feel the agita -
tion of the negro question as a party
measure would bo inflame the. feel
ing of the white men of the South
against the Republican party that
they would loath anything bearing
that name and the hope of building
up a white Republican party would
be dashed to the earth never to re
There are dthers who have been
aftheminflr to form a combination
f I . A L :. J, :!.;
with what Senator McLaurin calls
"Commercial Democrats," whose
plan was to use these Commercial
Democrats as decoys to draw votes
from the Democratic party, to nom
inate thenrfor office, and cast the Re
publican vote white and black for
them, thus defeat the Democratic
party and elect so-called Democrats
with Republican principles. This
is the programme of some of the Re
publican schemers in this State.
Mating tne negro an issue in Con
gress, making war on the South on
account of him, would destroy that
scheme even before it budded,' and
drive these Commercial Democrats
back into the party.
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ii. oeuubor rnicnara excels m
any particular it is as a schemer,
who never hesitates to "hold prin
ciples in abeyance" to -accomplish
any political scheme he may have
in view. With him success is the
goal of ambition, ' and, politically
spea&mg, he xa absolutely unscru-
pulous as to the methods by which
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he attains it, although he discourses
very unctuously about dishonest
elections, ballot box stuffing ' and
all that kind of thing. He has
sagacity enough to see that the Re
publican party in North Carolina
couldn't form an alliance with a
whitfr mule after the National Re
publican party committed itself to
and became responsible for such a
measure as Crumpacker proposes,
and hence there ia nothing surpris
ing in Senator Pritchard's opposi
tion to it.
But opposition r will come also
from the intelligent, sensible ne
groes of the South, who will depre
cate the re-opening and agitation
of that question as injurious to
both races, white and black, but
more to the black than to the
white, because the black are always
the greatest sufferers in these race
agitations. A meeting of negro
ministers, held in Louisiana several
days ago, voiced the sentiments of
this class of negroes in the follow
ing resolution, which, among others,
was unanimously adopted: x
"Resolved. That we pray the Con
gress of the United States not to so an
tagonize the race question by a redue
tion of Southern representation as to
stir up race hatred in the South anl
cause a repetition of the bloody scenes
of the 70'g, of which the negro will be
tne material sufferer."
The more intelligent class of ne
groes, especially those who own prop
erty, are not anxious to have the mob
roTecw.ypte. They would prefer
not, because the less of that kind of
voting there is the more assurance
they have of good honest govern
ment which will . protect them and
their interests the same as it will the
white people and their interests.
These are some of the results that
would conyert the Crumpacker bill
into a boomerang, and utterly de
stroy the Republican party in the
South without a hope of recovery;
The verdict in the bchley case is
a surprise and a disappointment, a
surprise at the biassed decision of
the majority and a disappointment
at the division in the -court. We
thought, as doubtless did many
others who followed up the proceed
ings of the investigation, that there
would be a sort of compromise ver
diet which, while fully vindicating
Schley, would let the Navy Depart
ment down easy, but we did not ex
pect, and we do not think any other
impartial person did, that two of
the judges could have concluded to
make such a sweeping condemna
tion, with but one saving clause,
and this in the face of so much posi
tive testimony to the contrary,
while one of the judges, the brains
of the trio, with the same testimony
before him, came to an exactly op
posite conclusion. The country
will agree with Admiral Dlewey, and
that will leave the matter just where
it was before the investigation began
Neither the friends of Schley, nor
the friends of Sampson, nor the be
lievers in fair play, who may not be
long to .either faction, will be satis
led with, this divided verdict, which
is a waterhaul and settles nothing.
But there is little prospect of get
ting anything more satisfactory, for
if the case were taken into Congress
partisan influence would rule there,
and the maionty would feel it in
enmbent to sustain the Navy De
partment just as these two Admirals
who rendered that unwarranted ver
Unbiased people who have read
the testimony feel that it vindicated
Schley, so that as far as ihey are
concerned he doesn't need any more
vindicafeon. He can well afford to
rest on that and on the unqualified
VA.H ;-. nf the other
hero oi tne
t-v warAdmiral Dewey who
1 ..Aaa Hm,w la the onlv one of
the navy who comes pui oi wu
MiiW with as much honor as he
went in. He had the courage oi n
convictions and the independence to
tint them in plain English over his
Henceforth Admiral Dewey will
be & persona non grata in the Navy
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A TANGLED WEB.
The Democratic minority of the
House Committee on Ways and
Means have taken an American' and
Democratic position in their report
on the tariff bill for the Philippines.
Of course the bill recommended by
the majority will pass withjserhaps
some changes, for they must have
money- to. run the' machine over
there, and they have not the cour
age to put their hands into the
treasury and take it out to swell the
$350,000,000 those patches of
ground have already cost us.
But between the grabbing states
men and the courts, which didn't
have the nerve to. sit down in the
grabbing statesmen, what a mesa
they have made of this whole bus
iness, and what a predicament they
have put this country in. Accord
ing to the grabbing statesmen these
acquisitions are American terri
tory by virtue of purchase and
conquest; according to the courts
they are American territory when
it comes to ruling them
but foreign territory when it comes
to squeezing tariff duties out of them.
For some purposes the constitution
stretches far enough to reach and
cover them, for other purposes it
does not. We are in the x of the
fellow who had the bear by the tail;
he had to hold on because he didn't
find it convenient to let go, so we
suppose we will have to hold on to
the tail and try to make the bear be
have himself and be good, if he does
some growling and snarling.
Aside from the embarrassment
arising from putting up a claim to
those islands, the conditions are
still further embarrassed by the pro
tective tariff, for if that were not in
the Way, if the protection statesmen
did not feel it incumbent on them to
protect their favorites, we might
have free trade with our new acqui
sitions, and thus escape these tariff
tangles which put this country in
such a perplexing and inconsistent
position, as holding that these
islands are foreign territory and
American territory at one and the
A South African correspondent of
the London Times says the reason
why the Boers do not surrender is
that they are under a pledge of
honor to the Cape "rebels," who
would be shot, or hanged as traitors
if there were a surrender without
any guarantee of safety to them.
Therefore they fight on -rather than
desert their Cape Colony friends.
Both brave and honorable.
W. C Erwin, a Kansas farmer
got the blues last Fall, and offered
to sell his corn crop on fifty-five
acres on a basis of 15 bushels to the
acre, but couldn't find any one will
ing to take the chances. He was
glad he was disappointed when he
gathered his crop and had a thou
sand bushels more than he expected,
and corn booming away up, too.
The Philadelphia Tithes is of the
opinion that Lord Salisbury doesn't
show "a decent respect for the
opinions of mankind. "Them's our
sentiments." If he did. he would
bounce Chamberlain and Milner,
retire Kitchener, fix up a truce with
the Boers, and quit trying jto seize
property that doesn't belong! to John
Admirals Benham and Ramsey
sat like two big barnacles on a log
during the Schley court proceedings
while Dewev went for the "facts."
He got them and rendered his ver
diet accordingly. They could just
as well have rendered their verdict
before the trial began.
A report comes from Washington
that Senator McLaurin will not re
sign. No one thought he would,
We would not either if we were in
his place, unless he had a better job
FiiTiheth Cltt Electric Railway Co. Char
tered den. Toon's Condition.
Special Star Telegram.
niT.moH. N. a.. December 13.
t ot rtnndnnn. tobacconist, of Km
ston. filed a petition in bankruptcy to
dav. Liabilities, $36,750; assets, $455,
A Rnmnromise of fifty cents .on tne
dollar is authorized by Judge Purnel
in the bankruptcyjease of McPherson
and Witherspoon, Sanford. The pe
tition wu filed November 12th. The
liabilities are $30,000: assets, $35,000.
The Elizabeth City Electric Railway
Company is chartered, with $125,000
authorized capital; also theRobt. W.
Fulghum Co., of Wilson, general mer
chandise, $10,000 capital. -
Gen. Toon is reported to-night some
what weaker than yesterday, but is
resting well. His general condition is
not regarded as favorable.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis B. Mason,
of Middle Hound, celebrated the 50th
anniversary of their marriage last
week. The occasion took the form of a
family re-union at which 43 members
were present, 27 of them bearing the
WILMINGTON, N. C, FRIDAY PECEMBER 20,
GREEN SWAMP LANDS
Title to Much Real Estate in
Brunswick Involved in th&
- Federal Court.
A. T. CLARK IS ' RECEIVER.
Appointed by Judge Pnroell YeaterdMy.
- Restraining Order Against Defendants
Until the Final Hearing First
Monday la February. '
Special Star Telegram.
Raleigh, N. C, Dec. 13 Judge
Purnell. in the Circuit Court to-day,
appointed A. T. Clark, of Columbus
county, temporary receiver for 170000
acres of land In Brunswick and ttah
Iambus counties, pending f final
ing and settlement pf the Jull-ea titled
the New Jersey and North Carolina
Land and Lumber Company vs. the
Gardener Lacy Lumber Company, of
Georgetown, 8. !., and seventy-five
The proceeding is a bill in equity to
quiet the title and restrain trespass,
stop the cutting and removing of tim
ber and to appoint a temporary re
ceiver to take charge of the timber
already cut and logged by the de
After appointing Mr. Clark receiver,
Judge Purnell issued a restraining or
der against defendants until the final
hearing, which was set for the first
Monday in February. - .
Iredell Meares, Esq., of Wilming
ton, was here to-day, as an attorney for
the plaintiff in thermit, and it was at
his instance that the receiver was ap
pointed and other action taken.
A party of civil engineers, according
to this week's Southport Standard,
are at work making a survey of the
famous "Green Swamp lands" in
Brunswick county. This action is in
conformity to an order of court sev
eral years ago in connection with
suits brought in the Federal Court by
the New Jersey and North Carolina
and and Lumber Company against
certain parties to dispossess them of
ands embraced within the bounds of
The company's claims are under J
to William Collins, Stephen Williams
and Benjamin Rowell, being some
thing over 62,000 acres in Brunswick
and about 110,000 acres in Columbus
county. Messrs. Meares & Ruark, of
this city, are attorneys for the and
company and a blue print of the sur
vey as prepared CapL Jos. H.
McBee, C. K., of this city, showing
the outer courses of the property, has
been supplied to the Register pf Deeds
of each county involved.
The Standard of yesterday says:
"It is well known that the named
company has oeen endeavoring ior
several years to make their lines meet
round this large irea ( Uwitm-
bracing the greater part of the Great
Green Swamp, and the present survey
is the one ordered by the court several
courts ago at the instance of the attor
neys in the suits instituted by the com
pany against certain parties for occu
pying the land embraced within the
bounds of their claims, it is not yet
known what success the present sur
veying party will have."
REMAINS ARRIVED FROM NEWBERN.
Body of Mr. J. C. Scarborough Taken Yes
terday to Charlotte for Interment.
The remains of the late J. C. Scar
borough, whose death at Newbern, N.
C, was chronicled in these columns
yesterday, arrivedthe same afternoon
via the W. & N. railroad at 12:15
o'clock and were taken to Charlotte
via. the Seaboard Air Line at 3:05
o'clock P. M. The funeral and inter
ment will be at Charlotte to-day.
The remains were accompanied by
the bereaved wife and were met at
the station upon, the arrival of the
train by the entire office force of the
Standard Oil Company, this city, in
eluding the manager, Mr. W. R.
Bar ksdale, a deputation from Jefferson
Lodge No. 61, K. of P., of which de
ceased was a member, and a number
of persons bound to him in ties of in'
The pall bearers were as follows
Messrs. J. C. Morrison, A. S. Holden,
Anson Alligood, B. O. Stone, L. B.
Rogers. W. T. Smith and Geo. W.
Branch. Many handsome floral trib
utes were laid upon the casket.
The remains were accompanied to
Charlotte by Mr. Trabue Barksdale,'of
the Standard Oil Company.
Sale of Market Street Property.
By deed executed yesterday, Ellie
T. Beery, guardian of Sybil Hancock
and E. T. Hancock, minors, trans
ferred to Jno. F. Divine an undivided
one-fourth interest in the building and
lot on north side of Market street, 62
feet and one inch west of Front street
adjoining the lot formerly owned by
James Dawson and fronting, on Mar
ket street 22 feet and one inch and
extending back into the block 92 feet;
consideration $2,500. By another deed
of same date Jno. H. Beery and wife
and Geo. L. Hancock transferred to
the same purchaser their undivided one
fourth interest and the life estate of
Elhe T. Beery in an undivided one-
half Dart of the same property; con
A Veteran of Two Wars.
The current number of the Lost
Cause. Louisville, Ky., contains an
excellent .likeness and biographical
sketch of Wilmington's esteemed
townsman. Col. Jno. L. Cantwell. It
was written by Miss Florence Bar-
Inw tho talented editor of the maga-
7.i n A. whn ment several davs in Wil
mington during the recent general
convention of. the United Daughters
of the Confederacy.
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STATE GUARD NUMBERS J082
Aannal Report of Adjutant General Royster
Shows Gratifying Increase Daring
, : : Past Year Officers and Men.
.? : Raleigh News and Observer.
The State Guard now numbers 2,082
men, including officers and enlisted
men. Last year the strength of the
Guard was L905, showing an increase
of 177 men and three companies.
These figures are from the report of
AUjuiani uenerai a. o. Koyster, which
was compieiea yesterday. The Adju
tant General has been working for
several wees to ascertain the exact
strength of the Guard, so as to get the
figures to Washington, where' they are
requirea oy ine war Department be
fore the first of the vear.
The report of General Royster shows
that the State Guard numbers 1,782
men, the Naval Reserves 225 men and
the Light Artillery 58 men. The 17
members of the general staff foots up
2,082, the military strength of the State.
This does not include the Governor's
There are 33 companies of infantry
this year as compared with 36 last
year, five companies of naval reserves,
the same as last year, and a battery of
artillery in place of a detachment.
The First regiment contains 51 offi
cers and 549 enlisted men. The Second
numbers 51 officers and 542 enlisted
men. In the Third regiment there are
51 officers and 535 enlisted meo. In
the Naval Brigade there are 38 com
missioned officers and 187 enlisted
men. The battery of artillery, which
is located at Charlotte, numbers 3 com
missioned officers and 58 enlisted men.
Only one company disbanded dur
ing the year. This was the Charlotte
company, which was succeeded by the
GEN. TOON'S CONDITION.
Decidedly More Hopeful Call for Report
of Condition of State Banks.
Special Star Telegram.
Raleigh, N. C. Dec. 14. Physi
cians attending Gen. Toon report his
condition to-night as decidedly more
hopeful. He is holding his own re
markably well. There has been no
change since morning, but he is better
than he was last night.
The Corporation Commission Usued
a call to-day for reports as to the con
dition of private, State and savings
banks at the close of business on
December 10th last.
FOLLOWED HUSBAND TO GRAVE.
Wilmington Lady's Premonition of Death
Came True On Last Wednesday.
Mrs. Monroe Peterson, an aged and
highly respected lady, who formerly
resided in Wilmington, died at 5:30
o'clock Wednesday morning at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. Syl
vester Bordeaux, whom she was visit-
at Hocutt,1) Bladen county. Mrs.
Peterson was 84 years of age at the
time of her death, and Jived here for
several years at the home of her son.
Mr. u. u. reterson, at., jno. 523
North Fourth street. She was a faith--ful
member of Brooklyn Baptist
church, and of a most estimable dispo
sition, which endeared her to all. Tne
surviving relatives are Mr. u. u.
Peterson, of this city, and a daughter,
Mrs. Bordeaux, at whose home she
Mrs. Peterson was relict of the late
Monroe Peterson, who died here three
weeks ago. At the time of his death,
members of the family eay, Mrs.
Peterson predicted that in three weeks
she, too, would pass away and join her
husband. She died within four hours
of the three weeks predicted, of a gen
eral breaking down as the result of the
infirmities of old age. Mr. and Mrs.
H. L. Peterson, of this city, were at
her bedside when she died. The
funeral was held Thursday at White
Hall. N. C.
Sewerage Laborers Murmured.
Fifty or seventy-five of the 150 col
ored laborers employed in excavating
for the sewerage contractors gathered
at the office of the company
yesterday afternoon and began to
murmur because they were not paid
off for. the past two weeks' work as
they had expected. A number of them
went to Justice Fowler's office and
wanted to sue for the amounts, but the
would-be complainants in various and
sundry cases frankly admitted that the
company had notified them last Tues
day that they would not receive pay
until the Saturday following and
therefore Justice Fowler, according to
law, refused to issue the warrants.
The contractors claim, so the men say,
that if the men are paid off now, so
near the Christmas holidays, there
will be no work for them this week
and consequently payment is deferred.
It appears to be a very logical position
by the contractors.
Fire la Brunswick County;
Wednesday night about 11 o'clock
at Malmo, Brunswick county, fire
completely destroyed two houses and
their contents belonging to Mr. Frank
Mints, who has been for many years
employed at the chemical works of
Mr. L. Hanson, of this city. The
flames left Mr. Mints without a thing in
the world and comes as a severe blow
to him after the death of his wife only
a short time ago. He now has a little
daughter desperately ill with pneumo
nia.' Mr. John H. Kuck, to whom
news of Mr. Mints' misfortune was
conveyed yesterday, sent him a box of
groceries and other things to replenish
Warrant for Failure to List.
A. H. Gerhard, white, was arrested
yesterday on a warrant sworn out by
City Tax Collector B. F. King, charg
ing him with failure to list his poll
tax as required in section 8 of the tax
ordinance.' Mr. Gerhard claims that
the tax has been paid in Baltimore
and he doesn't desire to pay twice for
the same year. He has employed
Brooke G. Empie, Esq., to defend him
and will test the ease in the Superior
Court if he finds it necessary.
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Jump in Spanish peanuts.
Crop is Short and Prices Are Boominr.
North Carolina and Virginia.
Peanut dealers and growers have
been watching with much interest the
past few days the rapid rise at Norfolk
and other points of the Spanish variety
of peanuts. Within the past eight or
ten days there has been a jump of from
ten to twelve cents per bushel and
stock is hard to obtain even at the ad
vanced figures, which are from 70 to
75 cents. In North Carolina peanuts
the rise has been merely nominal and
in Virginia grown the prices are
about the same. North Carolihas on
this market are worth from 65 to 75
cents, while Virginias are bringing
from, 55 to 65 cents per bushel of 28
Mr. F. P. Sidbury, ah extensive
grower pf Rocky Point, Pender coun
ty, wh(f was in the city yesterday,
stated tp.at the rapid rise in Spanish
nuts was on account of the very short
crop, due to excessively wet weather
which Spanish peanuts cannot stand.
The acreage in Wilmington's terri
tory was increased about three-fold
from last year, but the yield will not
be as large. From this statement
some idea of the condition of the
crop may be gathered. The yield of
North Carolina and Virginia peanuts,
Mr. Sidbury thinks, will be about the
same as last year in all local territory.
ANOTHER SEABOARD RUMOR.
Sale of Virginia and Southwestern to
Trust Company May be Significant.
The Raleigh News and Observer of
From Baltimore comes the state
ment on the best of authority-that the
Virginia and Southwestern railroad
has passed into the hands of the Union
Trust Company; of Baltimore. Presi
dent Blackiston, of the Union Pacific
Trust Company, declined yesterday
either to confirm or deny the report. It
is believed in well informed circles
that an official announcement will be
forthcoming before next week.
The Virginia and Southwestern runs
from Iron Mountain City. Tenn., to
Bristol, thence to Big Stone Gap, Va. It
is 135 miles in length, and was owned
by the Virginia Coal, Coke and Iron
For several monthB this company
has been in the hands of Receivers
Cornelius Shields, of Bristol, and Hen
ry K. McHarg, of New York. About
two weeks ago it was reported that the
Ohio River and Charleston railroad
would build a connection between the
Virginia and Southwestern' and the
Seaboard Air L!.ne, thus giving a direct
route from west Virginia through
North Carolina to Wilmington.
Negro Stole Money and Clothing. -
A negro lad, .with' the. over preten
tious" title1 of George Washingtoii
Hooper, was lodged in the station
house yesterday charged with larceny.
Hooper boarded with "Bill" and Hani;
lin Kelly at a negro house on Sixth
between Bladen and Harnett streets.
Yesterday morning the Kellys dieov-
ered that a grip sack containing $4.75
in coin, a coat, pair of pants and other
articles had been stolen from their
room. Suspicion pointed, notwithi
standing his name, to Hooper. The
Kellys went to Navassa station, where
Hooper is employed, in search of a
clue. When the thief caught sight of
the two men he took to the swamp,
but was at length rounded up,
brought to the city and surrendered to
Policeman H. W. Howell. The negro
confessed and exhibited a pair of the
stolen pants on his person when cap
tured. CONTESTED ELECTION CASES.
Hearings Before Committees of the House
to Begin in January.
By Telefcrapb to the uernins Star.
Washington, Dec. 14. The hear
ing of contested election cases will be
gin early in January before the vari
ous election committees of the House.
There are seven of these contests, in
cluding that made by ex-Representa
tive Lentz, of Ohio, against the sitting
member from the Seventh Ohio dis
trict, Representative Tompkins. One
ot tne contests, begun by tteneral
Walker, of Virginia, for the seat from
the Ninth Virginia district, has been
terminated by the death of the con
testant after all the testimony had been
taken and the briefs filed. The re
maining cases are:
Seventh Alabama, N. B. Spears
against Representative Burnett; Third
Kentucky, J. M. Moss against Repre
sentative Rhea: Twelfth Missouri, W.
M. Horton against Representative But
ler: Third North Carolina, J. E. Fow
ler against Representative Thomas:
Seventh North Carolina, A.B. Dentzler
against Representative Stokes: Fourth
Virginia, C. E. Wilson against Repre
Indictments Found In the U. S. Court at
Jacksonville Against Helen Post
By Teiezrapn to tne Morning star
Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 14. The
grand jury in the United States Court
has returned a true bill in the case
against Helen Posit, alias Helen Wil
mans, of Sea Breeze, Fla. The indict
ment charges that the defendant vio
lated Section 5480 of the Revised Stat
utes by devising schemes and artifices
to defraud divers persons under false
and fraudulent pretences on her part,
bv representing to them she possessed
the nower of mental science or mind
cure to cure all forms of disease and
weakness, for which sne received
that was converted to her own
use. The case promises to become
celebrated, as the mental scientists at
their recent national convention in
On Breeze voted to participate in the
defence of the accused woman ana ner
associates.. . , . .
Mrs. Post was arrested in August
font and has been under $5,000 bail.
Her husband, Col. O. O. Post, and her
ra-in-iaw s. w. Burgman were in
dicted in Macon, Ga., last month.
Another for White Teachers of
the County WUI be Held
AH INTERESTING PROGRAMME
Many of the Teachers Will Participate
and Exercises Will be of an Interest
ing and Elaborate Character.
The Fall Terms."
The County Teachers' Institute,
which was held in Wilmington sever
al months ago, proved so signally suc
cessful, and demonstrated itself so
popular with and beneficial to the
teachers at large that Professor Wash
ington Catlett, the" County Superin
tendent of Public Instruction, has de
cided to hold another just before the
various county institutions suspend
exercises for the holidays.
The date is next Saturday, Decem
ber 21st, and, if anything, the exer
cises this time will be on a more elab
orate scale and be more generally par
ticipated in by the teachers themselves
than before. A very interesting pro
gramme is now in course of prepara
tion, and Prof. Catlett is confident
that the Went will be of great benefit
and pleasure to those taking part.
The following circular letter was
last week sent out to the various
teachers in the county :
Circular No. 8.
In accordance with Section 38, of
the School Law, I shall hold a meet
ing for white teachers of the public
schools on Saturday, December 21st.
I am informed our last gathering
was attended with good results. I
widh the teachers to understand that
these meetings are intended for their
benefit in every respect I wish them
to come prepared to take an active
part in I the exercises, to exchange
ideas and experiences, and to suggest
any measures which will tend to the
advancement of the schools and their
own interests. An interesting pro
gramme will be prepared. You are
expected to be present. ! Respectfully,
W. Catlett, Supt.
The Xmas holidays will mark the
close of the most successful Fall terms
of the county schools in years, and the
Institute, for that reason, will be of all
the more interest. Impetus will also
be gained for the new year's work
which teachers and superintendent
alike are looking forward to with
Smithfield Herald: We learn
from people in different sections of the
county that more land has been sown
in small grain this season than for
t- '-- Sanford Express'. While felling
a tree near here last Friday Henry
Waddell, colored, was accidentally
killed by the tree falling after it had
lodged striking him on the head. He
was louna next day.
Winston Journal: The marital-
trouble between N. Marsh and his wife
culminated in the divorce court Thurs
day, when Mr. MarshJ was granted a
divorce, mis is the tilth divorce grant
ed this term, and there are four or five
more on the docket.
- Lexington Dispatch: Mr. H.
J. Berrier, of Lexington, has a violin
which, if the stamps upon it are gen
uine, is 204 years old. The four-
year-old daughter of Mr. Andrew
Clodfelter, an estimable citizen of
Bethany, this county, received fatal
burns Monday morning, causing her
death five hours later.
- Dunn Banner: During 1901
there has been great improvements in
the town of Dunn. More building
has been done than in any previous
year, both as to residence and busi
noss house. The town has had an ex
ceedingly prosperous year, notwith
standing the short crop and the scarci
ty pf money.
Newton Enterprise: Ed. Smith,
colored waiter at the hotel, was found
lying on the sidewalk in front of co
der's hardware store Saturday night in
an unconscious condition. Dr. David
son worked him about three hours and
finally brought him to life. No whis
key or poison was found in his stom
ach, and the case was a puzzling one.
Newbern Journal: H. A. Chad-
wick was arrested at Pollocksville
Friday by Deputy U. S. Marshal John
Thompson, his offence being that of
passing counterfeit silver dollars on a
colored man named Jonas Brown.
Chadwick waived examination before
U. S. Commissioner C. B. Hill Friday
mgnt and gave f liuoo bond for his ap
pearance at the next term of the U. S.
District Court at Newbern.
StateBville Landmark: Mr.
Chas. Sane, who has not yet reached
middle age. has from his early boy
hood until twelve months ago hunted
and trapped minks, muskrats, otters,
coons, 'possums and such like game
on Third and Fourth creeks for the
sport that was in it, but he is now pur
suing the business for the money that
is in it. During last Vear he received
over $40 for furs of animals he trapped.
He has added 18 new traps to his pres
ent number, making about 47 in ail,
and hopes to reap a bountiful return
for his labor and expenditures during
this season, tie disposes of his fur
to markets in Indiana and receives a
very fair price for it.
- Rockingham Anglo-Saxon: Mr.
John T. Aldred, who lived about a
mile and a half above Capel'a Mill, in
Steele's township, died suddenly in
his wagon on the way home from Troy
last Wednesday. His little boy, aged
U years, was with him, and when they
reached Pekin Mr. Elsie Shamburger
noticed the little boy crying, and be
ing asked what was the matter, he
said his father was dead. . Mr. Sham
burger investigated and found his
statement quite trne. What ap
pears to nave been a very dastardly at
tempt to fire the town was discovered
Saturday night in time to prevent any
damage. A colored man passing dis
covered it small flame of fire on the
steps leading up to Everett's hall. He
beat it out with his hat and threw dirt
on it. An examination showed that
kerosine oil had been poured on the
steps. A vigilant watch is being kept
to prevent the repetition of such an
Walter 8. Gary, a prominent and
well known attorney, was shot and
killed at Monticello, Ala., by Frank
J. KroeU, a livery man.
Argentine Republic WUI Maintain the Stand
It Has AnnouncedChile Confident
of Amicable SetUeoent. .
Washington, December 14. The
Chilean charge d'affaires, Mr. Infante,
received a cablegram to-day from the
Chilean foreign office, stating that an
answer had been delivered yesterday
to Argentina's latest note in the pend
ing controversy, and that the Chilean
government was confident of an ami
cable adjustment. Mr. Infante has
received a number of dispatches .from
his government since the crisis began.
all of them minimizing the serious
ness of the trouble and asserting that
peace would be maintained.
Ut. ttarcia-Merou. the Argentine
minister, received no dispatches from
his government today. Neither the
representatives of Argentina or Chile
have any knowledge of formal over
tores being made by the United State
for the exercises of good offices, nor
have either of the governments made
requests thus far for the friendly of
fices of any outside power.
Although the public expressions of
those occupying diplomatic positions
are necessarily optimistic, there is
reason for believing that the situation
is more grave than the officials are
willing to admit. On the part of Ar
gentina it appears to be certain that
she will maintain the stand she has
heretofore announced to Chile. It is
said that in previous controversies be
tween the countries Chile has usually
carried her points by the aggressive
ness of her course, but in the present
instance those well versed in Argen
tine affairs declare that there will be
no concessions or compromise brought
about by Chile's aggressiveness and
show of military strength
There is reason to believe that this
view has been made known to the gov
ernment of the United States, and that
it leads the officials here to the belief.
that the present situation involves
possibilities of : danger and possibly
Vienna, Dec. 14. The Argentine
consul general here writes to the
Neue Frerie Prose that he has re
ceived dispatches announcing that
Chili is ready to accept all just claims
and that Argentina's apprehensions of
war are unrounded.
Rome, Deo. 14. The Secola says
that the Chilian reply to Argentina's
note is most satisfactory and that the
probability of war has been dissipated.
Santiago, de Chili, Dec. 14 Four
hundred men, with officers, will leave
via Panama for Ungland shortly, to
receive the vessels bought by Chili.
The manouveres in the interior oi
Chili will begin to-morrow. Fifteen
thousand troops will form.
THE SCHLEY CASE.
Secretary Long Taking His Time in Re
viewing Report of the Case.
By Telegraph to the Morning Btar.
Washington, Dec. 14.--The Secre
tary of the Navy now has before him
for review the report of the court of
inquiry in the Schley case. He is
naturally taking time to do this care
fully, so that immediate action is not
expected.- Meanwhile, the court is
technically in session and will remain
so until dissolved by order of Secre
tary Long, who convened it The
nractice in such cases is laid down
specifically in Naval Regulations, No.
1739. respecting courts of inquiry, in
the following .language: v "The pro-.
ceedings of a court of inquiry must be
authenticated by the signatures of the
president and judge advocate of the
court only, and are then to be Sub
mitted for .the consideration of the
officer convening the court; Rafter
which the court may adjourn tempo
rarily to await his further instruc
tions." The question has been raised since
the appearance of the two reports in
print, how far Admiral Dewey, the
president, subscribed to the opinions
expressed in the first report, and in
the findings, by appending his signa
ture, that signature being required of
him apparently by the regulation
above quoted regardless of his indi
vidual opinidn. In response to in
quiry on this point, the judge advo- .
cate general of the navy says:
"According to naval practice, Ad
miral Dewey by affixing his signature
to the report of the court or inquiry
in the case of Rear Admiral Schley,
expresses full concurrence in all the
findings of fact and all the opinions
reached by the court, except those
with respect to which he has in terms
signified dissent in his minority opin
ion." REPORT IS DENIED. I j
That Shortage of Coal Is About to Cause
Factories to Shut Down.
By Telegraph to the Morning star.
Chattanooga, Tenn., Dec. 14.
The reports from Knoxville to the
effect that a coal famine in Tennessee, .
Georgia and the Carolines, due to the
lacx oi cars to carry tne coai, is aoour
to cause factories to shut down, is de
nied by high officials of the Southern
railway. These officials charge that
the coal operators themselves are
causing the shortage by giving the
preference to small orders lor domes
tic use at high prices, while the heavy
orders of factories are ignored. The
railway officials state that coal is not
confiscated by the railroads except in
case shipments are made by operators
with whom the railroads bad monthly!
contracts which are not being filled
and! then a percentage is taken based
on the size of the order. 1
STEAM TU0 SUNK.
Run Down by a Bay Line Steamer The
By Telegraph to the Morning star.
Norfolk, Va., December 14. As the
Bay Line steamer Alabama was put
ting off from the Seaboard Air Line
terminal station this evening on the
Portsmouth side of the harbor, she ran
down the tug Alliance, striking that
vessel just abaft the starbord bow and
stove in a large hole. The tug began
to settle at once. Captain Bohannan,
of the Alabama, lowered his life-boats
and by wonderfully quick work res
cued Captain Miller and all eight of
the Alliance's crew, just as the crart
plunged beneath the river's surface.
The Alabama was uninjured and pro
ceeded on her way to Baltimore about
an hour behind time
Alabama Judge Decides That
Practicing Medicine. r t
BT Telegraph to the Morning Btar.
Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 14. Judge
Samuel E. Greene, of the Criminal
Court, to-day decided that osteopathy
is the practice 4t medicine and any
Grson engaging in the same in Ala
ma can be forced to procure a license
for practicing medicine. Hia decision
was based on the dictionary definition
of the word medicine, which in science,
which relates to the cure, prevention
or alleviation of disease.. " The defend
ant claimed that osteopathy wan not
the practice of medicine, as no drugs