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WEYLER METHODS IN THE
The Atlanta Constitution has a
correspondent, Jos. Ohl, who has
been travelling in the far East, from
which he writes letters from rati
ons places which he visits interest
ing letters, too. He is now in the
Philippines, where he is, by per
sonal observation and mingling
with army officers and Filipinos,
gathering a large amount of infor
mation, some of which he .sends in
a letter from Cebu, which is pub
lished in the Constitution of the
26th inst., from which we make a
few extracts which throw a light on
American methods, illustrating
"benevolent assimilation," and the J
feeling of the Filipinos, who we
have been . so often assnred are
eager to call themselves Americans.
Beginning, he says :
-The higher civilized and alto
gether humane methods that charac
terized the rule of the gentle Weyler
la Cuba are being resorted to by the
American army In its efforts to sub
ject the Visayans of this island of
Oebu, of Bohol and would be 1 put
into effect in 8amar, if the conditions
were favorable. Whole villages have
been burned by the orders of the gen
eral commanding this district, and the
reconcentrado policy of which we
heard so much In Cuba is about to be
put Into operation here, if, indeed, it
cannot be said to have already been
instituted. General Hushes believes
that "war it hell," a Sheridan said,
and he is giving the people of Oebu a
taste of the brimstone.
"Only a few nights ago an Amer
ican officer boasted that he is known
as the Weyler of the district where he
Is in command. He also said though
it may seem incredible that he was
jroad of being so called
. Vibe people of the United States
have no conception of the conditions
Erevailing down here. . If they had, a
owl would go up from one end of
the country to the other. Army of
ficers tell of these things In confi
dence, but nothing is said with the
idea that it shall get to the ouUide
'world. I have no doubt that when
this appears in the Constitution there
will be a chorus of denial, ana yet I
am writing only that which I get from
the very best authority. 4
"General orders have been issued
that whosoever shall in give anr aid
and comfort to the enemy shall be vis
ited with dire punishment; that his
house shall be burned over his head
and that he himself hall be dealt with
as severely as is possible. The officer
commanding the battalion over on Bo
bol has been given instr nations to kill
off everybody suspected of connection
with the insurgents. He has been told
that these orders give him the widest
latitude; that he is not to be very par
ticular whether the suspect is bearing
arms or has been; if he is a suspect, he
is to be treated as an outlaw and shot
"The people are to be brought in
from the country and cooped up in the
towns; those who refuse to come are
to be hunted down. The only differ
ence I can see between this and the
Weyler methods which brought down
the wrath of the world upon the head
or Spain, is that the Filipino recon
centrados will in all probobiiity be
fed better than the Spanish fed those
'These drastio measures are const d
end necessary by General Hughes be
cause conditions on this island and its
little neighbor Bohol are worse to day
man uey have been at any time.
Army officers who tell of these orders
say they think them necessary in or
der to put a speedy end to the troubles
and argue that it will turn ont best for
the Filipinos, even if they lose their
lives as the result of it all."
the soldiers are convinced or
say they are that the way to deal
with these people who show any
disposition to prefer a government
'of their -own to American Govern
ment is to shoot them down and do
troy their homes and thus com
mand obedience by inspiring terror,
and they are acting upon -this prin
ciple. This correspondent ennmer
a tea instances, where people have
been shot down as suspects, and
where towns have been fired by the
Americans because the people who
were ordered by the insurgents -nn
der a threat of death to supply pro
visions supplied them to escape the
vengeance of their armed country
men. Tmy wero "between the
devil and the ep sea," as the say
ing Is, for not u have furnished
the provisions WOUld 'W hrantrht
down upon them the vengeance of
their countrymen and furuiahhiir
them brought down the vengeance
or the Americans. - , - ,
We have been told thai the Fili
pinos are incapable of self-govern
inent, but speaking of the island o
oebu this correspondent says: -
: r'-" " - v www, wm
Obristmaa 1898, the Filipinos had set
up their own civil government, taking
Vhe nloM whep Bpain- let them go.
bv thViu,ffaIrt-,,?re dmihktered
the records, ha . W 1
"Aft inn Hninlth ' lat rUkri m
fatrlv M i-Tr. V urnauwea ana
isuriy well regulated government. It
had its Judiciary and its postal service
it controlled the port and thetcustoms.
and. In short, ran along fully as well
as did the Spanish government For
several months the Island, like the
others here in the South, was let alone
by the Americans. After , they came
they were not disturbed for about a
year. An American government was
set up. Recently because" it is alleged
that the firing upon this town and the
barrios warranted extreme measures,
this civil government was set aside,
and the military is now in . complete
control." ; ' . , . .
; These people had civil - govern
ments in all the islandsup to the
time of American "occupation, gov,
ernments by the people, wTien every
thing seemed to run soointhly and
yet we are told that they are not ca
pable of self - government. . uThese
governments may not have come up
to 'the American idea,' but they
suited the people quite as well," and
perhaps better than onr method of
government would. . ' ;v
.. Onr correspondent ?says. tha-Fili
pinbs have an intense hatred for the
Americans and gives some of the
reasons. ' They - hate them worse
than they ated the (Spaniards, for
while under Spanish rule the Span
iards mingled with the people, in
termarried with them .and identi
fied themselves with the peo
ple, the Americana . look ' upon
them with contempt, which extends
even to the,, better classes of. the
Filipinos. " Another cause is that
-where the women are weak enough
to be influenced by money, many of
them are prostituted by American
soldiers, who receive more pay than
the average Spanish office holder
did under the old regime. One of
the things of which the Filipinos be
fore the change felt proud was the
virtue of their women.
Bnt aside from this there is race
feeling which is as strong between
the brown people of the Philippines
and the American as it is between
the white people of the South and
the negro. They want a govern
ment of Filipinos for Filipinos by
Filipinos, and they will never be
satisfied with anything less. - Speak
ing of this race feeling, he quotes an
officer as saying :
?'The man is blind who does not see
that under all these protestations of
friendship for the Americans there is a
lonria for a government of their own.
The men of Intelligence among them
see that acceptance of Amwiean sov
ereignty is the only thing for the prev
ent, ; but- even with those who hold
office under our government, even
with those menlof rank and education
who know that American rule would
best protect them, there la the feeling
"The man who talked with me was
born in the South. 'You know, said
he, 'what a race feeling means. Well,
these brown men have it as strongly
as have the white men. ; They will
never be satisfied until they get sffof Secretary Long's family because
Kssnwn ma w'm nAAfi man t Thar 1st I -
brown man's government.' That Is
the 'our idea which they all of them
hold. They believe themselves fully
capable of handling a government of
their own, and they have the racist
hatred, for the white man who con-
aiders himself their superior. We
know that for the. masses of the peo
ple our government would be infin
itely better than any that could be set
up by tne imipinos, especially since
their long years of education in corruption-and
bribery by the Spaniards;
but whether we . will ever be able to
make the people understand, it is
something no man can say. The pros
pects are anything but favorable."
As showing the feeling of the
natives he thus refers to an inter
view he had with a Filipino editor:
"One of the most intelligent Fili
pinos I have met is the editor of EI
Nueva Dia, The New Day, published
here at Oebu. . He is Sergio Ormena, a
full blood Filipino, a man of educa
tion, fdrce'and Ideas. He is a strong
national and there is likely to come a
day when he will find his office closed
by the military authorities. They are
looking for an opportunity to shut
htm up, and If he is not very careful
they will find it
"In talking with me about the fu
ture, Ormena said the people would
never be satisfied until they had their
own government He seemed to ap
preciate the motives impelling this
government in taking control of things
down here, but he is full of the idea
that this should t be a government of
the Filipinos by the Filipinos. I asked
him if the people would not be satis-
ned if Filipinos are given the adminis
tration of affairs under American di
rection. Upon this point be was very
positive. 'Only,' said he' if they are
convinced that it means ultimate in
"But can there be such a thing as m
Filipino government with these dii
ferent races, which - have had long
standing feuds among themselves.
which speak different languages and
have different interests! Could such
a government be stable?
"The Filipinos, no matter what
their original tribal divisions, are
united in their hearts upon this one
thing that they want a Filipino gov
ernment The wars with Bpain and
the war that has been fought with the
United States have had one certain re
sultthey have united' the Filipinos.
They are now Filipinos first; their
in Dai relations are secondary.
When this editor was asked if the
the Fillipinos wouldn't change with
education ' and when they came to
understand our methods and inten
tions like ns better, he replied :
;- "Not On the contrary,' the chll-
dren of the coming generation will
feel the desire for independence even
more than we do. It is being, instill
ed in them from boyhood. - Education
in Bafcllsn will only tend to impress
them the stronger with the conviction
of their ability to administer and
maintain " their own government
Those who count upon making over
the Filinina bv teaching him English
have little conception ofwbat racial
instincts and race feeling mean."
As corroborating the views of this
editor the correspondent concludes
with a quotation from one of the
highest officers in the army who, had
seen much service in the southwest.
' Take Newiiexico. and that portion
of Texas along the Bio Grande,'', said
he. ' "The people are cltizens.in a sense
they have been : educated in - out
schools, and everything possible has
been done for them through "fifty
years and more.; Yet everybody. Who
has been brought in contact with them
knows that they are as much Mexicans
as they ever -were, , as thoroughly
Mexicans r as were their . forefathers.
Yon cannot make" over a race by
teaching it another language.'' ,V" "
In other, words learning the Eng
lish language will not change: the
nature of men and wIQ no more make
an American of a Filipino - than
learning English makes an English
man of a Sepoy. ,
GIBDIXO (THE EARTH WITH
J' ' SAILS
It is predicted that within fifteen
years the trip can . be made from
Paris to New York by rail, and pos
sibly from London, for a tunnel
under the British channel . is not
among the Impossibilities or even
improbabilities.. . ' That would - be
really less of an engineering feat in
these days of wonderful engineer
ing achievements than the building
of a railroad along the Alaskan
coast, which is proposed, would be.
A company has been organized for
this purpose and it is said it means
The intefon is to make the
Alaskan terminus of this road'
somewhere on Bering's Straits,
which, it is said, can be bridged by
taking advantage of the islands,
and thus rail connection be made
with the trans-Siberian road, giving
all rail travel across both hemis
pheres. Bnt if bridging the straits
should prove impracticable .the dis
tance across by boat wonld be insig
nificant, and no very serious obstacle'
in the way of such an enterprise.
The only question is, "will it pay?"
TJ i , " mi . a r . A.
i.i . men wuo nave minions to invest
in railroads or other enterprises of
that character become convinced of
this that road will surely be built,
whether within the predicted time
There are great mineral and tim
ber resources in Alaska, which of
themselves would tempt, invest
ment in a railroad to develop and
utilize them. If the company
which proposes to undertake this
workseenres the land grants from
Congress that it asks for these,
with a railroad penetrating them,
would more than pay - h of
construction and leave ah immense
margin for profit to the projectors
of this enterprise.
A report comes from Washington
that the ladies of the cabinet are
iroinff to soaiaIIv hovnott the ladies
in all the time they have been living
in Washington , they have not given
any social layouts, although accept
ing invitations and participating in
those given by the other ladies.
There is always some trouble brew
ing in Washington, and this, right
on the heels of the Schley racket.
The girlsln Smith College, Mass.,
are about to start an insurrection
because the faculty has issued a
rule which prohibits a girl from rid
ing in a carriage with a student of
Amherst College unless the girl is
engaged to be married to him. This
may possibly result in some tempo
rary engagements, if not in a revolt.
The Topeka, Kansas boy, who
wrote to Santa Clans and said all
he wanted was a gun and a Bible, is
probably a juvenile member of the
Church Militant, and somewhat of
an offset to the other Topeka boy
who refused to pray in school and
was dismissed. ,
The increase of taxable property
in this State this year over last year
is between $20,000,000 and ' 125,
000,000. The four wealthiest conn
ties are Wake, which reports $11,-794,806-
Durham,. $10,347,138, and Bun
About twenty thousand Santa
Clans letters wind up in the Dead
Letter Office every year, and doubt
less some of the Dead Letter Office
people wish the Dutch had never
A New York syndicate will soon
begin the erection of a hotel which
will be the nobbiest on the conti
nont, and compared with which the
Waldorf Astoria will figure as
country stage inn.
. Governor Leslie Mv - Shaw, who
takes Secretary Gage's place in the
Treasury, is another self-made man,
He began life on a Vermont farm,
but went West and "grew up with
- An Atlanta man has accomplish
ed" the 'feat of crowding 12,097
words on a postal card, and thus
beat Uncle Sam out of about seventy-five
Governor ' Shaw, of , Iowa, who
succeeds Mr. Gage as Secretary of
the Treasury is a banker j and to his
credit, it is - recorded, he neyer fore
closed a mortgage. - ' "'
WILMINGTON, N C., FRIDAY, J ANITARY; 3, 1902.
MOST BRUTAL CRIME.
White Man Strikes "a Young Girl
Over the Head Witri a
; , Heavy Scantling,
CHILD'S HEAD BADLY GASHED
Thomas Rouse, Escsped Convict, With-
oat Aay Kaewa Casse,; Commits a ." '
. , Cowardly aad YUlainoas Crime. V -1
-V . BoBid Over ta Conrt.
I Probably one of the most x brutal
crimes ever committed in this commu
nity was perpetrated Christmas night
about 7 o'clock by Thomas Bouse, an
escaped convict from Kinston, and 7a
man with a heart as black as sin. He
struck Minnie Phillips, a little white;
girl, with a larger piece of scantling;
and laid her skin open ! to thesknll
where if struck, f-'V-,
.Bouse was at the home of the little
girl's mother.' on Cowan street near
Chadbourn's lumber mill. Mrs. Philips
with her daughter and several other
persons, was standing in the yard talk
ing. Without the slightest knowledge
of his approach. Bouse walked up and
delivered a terrible blow, striking the
twelve-year-old child squarely on her
head and she fell' unconscious to. the
ground. Without saying a word he
walked back into the house. The ten
der little victim of this most villianous
assault was taken to : Mr. J. D
Nutt's drug store where her frightful
wound was dressed by Dr. E. 8. Pig-
ford and others who were present at
the time. The sight was painful as
well as sickening; ' 'and all who saw
the child or heard of the dastardly
deed were' enraged. ;
Sergeant 0. 8. Burnett went out and
arrested Bouse and locked him up in
the guard house.
The preliminary trial before the
Mayor yesterday was attended by a
large number of people. ; The mother
and child appeared as witnesses
against the inhuman wretch.' Maime
Phillips Is a very pretty girl, and when
she related the incident to the Mayor
in her own simple way there was not
a heart in the court room that did
not go out to her. She was a
pitiful eight with her head bandaged
up. Mamie said she told her mother
that Santa Claus had slighted her and
before she could speak another word
the crushing blow came down on her
Bouse said he didn't intend to hit
the child, but was striking at some one
else. -Bui ne has yet to express the
least regret at his terrible crime.
Mayor Waddell in a firm voice said:
This is the most cowardly and vil
lainous thing I have ever heard of and
if I had the power I would send you
jo the penitentiary for ten years.
There was a murmur, of approval all
over the court room, and then His
Honor bound Bouse over to the Su
perior Court under a $150 bond.
Bouse Is a middle aged man. He
shot a man in Kinston and was sen
tenced to a year on the county roads.
He ran away last Spring and came to
Wilmington in June. He is a cold
blooded being and should receive the
extreme penalty of the law.
MR. qvVathmey's horses.
His Bsy Trotter Tador Chimes Was
Stsr Attraction Oa the Speedway.
'. Won Msay Heats. ! '
The following clipping, from the
New York Evening Telegram of
a recent date will be read -with in
terest by many Wilmingtonians :
Mr. A. B. GwaVhmey and his bay
trotter Tudor Chimes, 2:18, recently
purchased at a long price as a pole
mate for Tiverton, were the star at
tractions at the 8peedway yesterday.
It was the owner's fitst appearance in
several weeks, and he. seemed to thor
oughly ,en joy riding at speed over the
firm, smooth surface.. His trainer,
John Howell, was behind Tiverton,
and as the two horses have shown so
fast together to the pole, the owner
was anxious to see them kitted against
each other in single harness.
The horses proved , as closely
matched in single harness as when
harnessed together, and although Tu
dor Chimes won each heat, it looked
to a spectator as if Mr. Howell could
have made the pace just a trifie faster
with Tiverton, 'even if he had not
been able to win. It is never consid
ered quite 'good form for a trainer to
finish in front of his employer. On
the other hand, it must be remembered
that the two horses had many keen
contests before Mr. Gwathmev made
the purchase, and Tudor Chimes never
lost a beat, except on two occasions,
when he lost his stride." ,
Is Memory of Bailey.
A silver memorial vase, designed by
Tiffany & Co., of New York; has
been presented to Ensign Worth Bag
ley's mother. The vase bears the fol
"Presented to the mother of Ensign
Worth Bagley by L B. Eaton, of
North Carolina, in behalf of citizens of
37 States and the District of Golum
bis, as a token of - admiration for the
gallant young officer killed at the bat
tle of Cardenas May 11. 1898."
Around the base are inscribed the
words i "jJulce et decorum est pro
patria mart." : -;;
A Lady Sportsmsa Comiof.
Charlotte Observer : Two lady sports
men from the North Miss- Chandler
and Mrs. Wilber, of Bethlehem, Pa.
will be hunting birds in the fields
about Butherfordton next week. They
will arrive at that place Sunday
in cha-ge of Mr. E. - 8. Boutcher, of
Easton, Pa. Mr. Beutcher is a promi
nent railroad man and sportsman, and
is well known in this section of the
BUte. He says that the two ladies
have caught tarpon and shot : snipe.
duck and reed birds, but have never
had a North Carolina partridge hunt.
They are to be initiated into the pleas
ures of this sport at ttuinenoraion.
LYNCHING m NORTHAMPTON.
Nerro Take Prom Jail , asd Hasted bj
CUlzeas for Criminal Assault Os r
? .:.-. . a White Wmiibb
p Special Star Telegram. i f
Balkioh, N. O.; Dee. 28.HGkver
nor Aycock this morning issued an
order and commissioned Judge Justice
toehold a special term of criminal
court' for Northampton county, to try
Jeter Mitchell, a negro, for criminal
assault on Mrs. Lueinda Hall, near
Garysburg. but berore the documents
left the city a telegram was received
to the effect that a crowd of infuriated
citizens gave "Judge Lynch" jurisdic
tion early this morning, and Mitchell
was bung on the limb of a tree by the
jail. The order for a special term of
court of course was revoked. '
Judge Purnell to-day dismissed the
application of the gold brick men for
a writ- of habeas corpus. An appeal
was taken to the Supreme Court
Foiisr CASWELL "notes.
Interesting Ckrtstmss Exercises Held at
' the Presbyterlsa Cborcb Tnes
- - a
- Special Star Correspondence.
Poiirr Oas well, Deo. 28. On Tues
day evening a large crowd assembled
at the church to witness the exercises
of the children and view the beautiful
Christmas tree laden with useful pres
ents for the children.
The exercises were opened 'with
prayer by the Bev. Mr. Btarbuck, who
was spending his vacation at Point
Caswell. After the prayer the children
sang several songs suitable to the oc
casion, Miss Annie Paddison acting as
organist, after which the various pres
ents were distributed to the children,
who greatly en joyed them.
The Sabbath school of this church is
in a very healthy condition, the at
tendance is large and regular and it is
said to be the very best in the county.
I cannot close without mentioning
the great interest taken in this enter
tainment by the Misses Mary and
Minnie Henry, and to whose efforts
the success Is mainly due.
ABOUT JANUARY WEATHER.
Data Ceverisf a Period of 21 Years Com
piled Prom Weather Bnreas Records.
The following data, covering a
period of 31 years, have been compil
ed from the Weather Bureau records
at Wilmington for the month of
Temperature mean or normal tem
perature, 47 Uftet waroaest month
was that of 1880, with an average of
65 degrees; coldest month was that of
1893, with an average of 39 'degrees;
highest temperature was 80 degrees on
the 8th, 1890; lowest was 9 degrees on
the 6tb, 1884.
Precipitation Average for month
8.75 inches; average number of days
with .01 of an inch or more, 18; great
est monthly precipitation was 7.53
inches in 1878; least monthly precipi
tation was 0.52 inches in 1876 ; greatest
amount of precipitation recorded in
any twenty-four consecutive hours
was 4.56 inches on the 5th, 1874; great
est amount of snow fall recorded in
any 24 consecutive hours (record ex
tending to Winter of 1884-85 only)
was 1.5 inches on the 5th, 1874.
Clouds - and Weather. Average
numer of clear days, 9; partly cloudy,
11; cloudy days, 11.
-Wind. The prevailing winds have
been from the southwest' Highest
velocity of .the wind was 46 miles from
the-squthwst on the 6th, 1892.
HAD A ROUGH VOYAQB.
Cspt Pessewell aid His Yoasf Companion
Arrived Ssfely at flew York. .
: The schooner Emily F. Noriham,
for which some anxiety was felt, has
reached New York in safety. She
sailed from this port oa December the
6th with a cargo of lumber for Stam
ford, Conn. The day after the vessel
sailed from Southport she struck , a
hurricane, and for many days she en
countered exceedingly rough weather.
Her only mishap during the voyage
was the losing of a part of her deck
It will be remembered that Master
George Bhepard left on the schooner
with Capt. PennewelL The safe ar
rival of the vessel through the stretch
of bad weather la due largely to the
capability of Capt. Pennewell, who is
one of the youngest sailing masters
plying on the Atlantic coast.
Capt, Pennewell will return to
Wilmington for another cargo at an
Experts Sent to North Carolina to Make
, Exserimeats To Extend System.
The Weather Bureau has decided to
push its wireless telegraph experi
ments along the North Carolina coast.
Observer Pickells. of Norfolk, has
been ordered to Manteo, N. C, to
join Profs. Fessender, Thlessen and
Hesse, the Weather Bureau's wireless
telegraphy experts. The ' system has
already been in successful operation
between Hatteras and Cape Henry,
where permanent stations have been
established. The system is now to be
extended and attempts will be made to
disseminate weather reports to ships
at sea. Prof. Fessender claims : his
system to be superior to that" of Mar
coni, who 1 has only recently success
fully signalled across the ocean with
out wires. '
Governor Aycock will make
the first of a aeries of visits to the
State's charitable institutions this
week. He is desirous of familiaris
ing himself with the existing condi
tions. ii . -, - '
Her Dead Body; Found . Floating
in the River at
THE GIRL; WAS . MURDERED.
Excitement Among Citizens Wilcox Pol
la Jail for Protection Prom Violence.
Naval Reserves Called Ont aad
, Other Precantloas Taken. ;
Bv Telegraph to the Horning Star.
Elizabeth City, N. C., Deo. 27
The body of Nell Cropsey, who mys
teriously disappeared, from her home
on the night of November 20th, was
found this morning at 10 o'clock: in
the ' Pasquotank river, opposite' the
Cropsey residence, by two fishermen.
The news of the finding flew over the
city like wildfire and within a short
while over two thousand people had
assembled on the river Ibank,; waiting
for tne body to te brougnt asnore.
Floating Face Downward.
The body -was discovered by J. D.
Stillman, a fisherman, who was re
turning from his night's fishing trip.
Upon discovering that the noating
object was the body of a young girl he
immediately notified the committee,
and Coroner Fearing bad the body
brought to the shore. When found
the body was floating face downward.
All the wearing apparel was intact,
with the exception of the rubber
which Nell wore on the night' of her
disappearance, and that was missing.
With the exception of some slight dis
coloration of the race the body was in
a state of good preservation and little
decomposed. The body was easily
Identified as that or Nell Uropsey by
all who had known her in life. The
spot where the body was found had
been dragged several times since her
disappearance, but with no result
Holding Aa laqnest
Coroner Fearing summoned a jury
of prominent men from among the
crowd that had assembled on the spot;
where the body had been brought
ashore, and called in three of the best i
physicians of the city to make a
thorough and exhaustive autopsy to
learn if there was any sign ol vio
lence on the body, but up to this time
nothing official can be learned from
tbe physicians as to their opinion.
they refusing absolutely to give out
any information until after they make
tneir report to- tne coroner s jury,
which convened at 9 o'clock to-night
after an adjournment at 5. o'clock
without reaching a verdict. '
The iurv has been in almost contin
uous secret session since the finding of
the body and holding of the autopsy,
and very much depends .on the con
struction of their verdict as to what
Will be the fate of young 'Wilcox.
Great crowds are assembled in front
of the Academy of Music building
where the jury is in session ' and
groups can be seen on almost every
street corner discussing tne air air but
making no manifestations, simply
waiting for. the verdict of the jury as
to whether the girl met with foul play
or committed suicide.
Wilcox Usder- Arrest..
Anticipating- that trouble may be
brewing for young Wilcox, the naval
reserves .have been Ordered out to
maintain order, and to see that no vio
lence is offered Wilcox. By order of
the mayor all the bar-rooms in the
city have been closed. Wilcox has
been removed from tbe mayor's office,
where be has been since bis arrest this
afternoon, to tbe county jail for his
own protection, and -a strong guard
has been placed around the jail.
The family of the dead girl refuses
to express an opinion as to the cause
of the death of Nellie Cropsey, but an
uncle of the girl is reported as having
said: "I never have 'jet heard of a
drowned person floating face down
ward." The mother of the girl is completely
prostrated and little can be: done on
the part of relatives and friends to
comfort her. She baa watched daily,
hoping -for the return of her daughter
alive, and the sad ending of the disap
pearance has completely broken her
Wilcox apparently maintains the
same indifferent air that has charac
terized him all the way through this
ease, and feeling is running to some
extent against mm to-nignt..
The report or tne. coroner's jury is
not expected until late to-night
The report made by the physicians
who performed the autopsy on Miss
Cropsey says: .
ft "The garments snow no marts or
violence. There was discoloration of
a pinkish tinge on the front of head
and face with a slight bluish discolor
ation over the back of the neck and
occiput There were no marks upon
the front of her neck, except as made
by constriction of her dress collar. An
examination of the internal organs
showed she was a pure girl.
The stomach upon being opened
emitted gas and was found to contain
about two ounces of a dark fluid ana
solid substance; the solid substance
presumed to be undigested food. The
appearance of stomach and other ab
dominal organs was normal. - The
lungs were collapsed and free from
water. The heart was normal.
A Braise on the Hend.
"Upon the secttauof the scalp all
around tha head, tnch above the
brow, there! wwr pond a dark dis
coloration of the inscular substance
about two by two inches in extent,
visibly thickening the muscular
substance. The bone beneath this
contusion was .u discolored, slightly
blue. There was no other ab
normal condition - in -any part
of the scalp, which was completely
dissected. There was no fracture dis
covered at any point of tbe cranium.
There was no effusion of blood or wa
ter upon the surface of the brain or
anv evidence that violence had reached
its structure or the internal plates of
its bony covering. The brain substanoe
showed, so far as we could see, no evi
dence of damage. The brain was re
moved and the base or tbe brain was
thoroughly inspected. There was no
damage to blood vessels or bony struc
ture." v : -
The report was signed by Doctors J.
B. Wood, O. McMullan and I. Fearing.
Verdi ct of Coroner's Jnry.
"We. the coroner's iury. having
been duly summoned and sworn by
Dr. L Fearing to inquire what caused
the death of Ella M. Cropsey, do here
by report that from the investigation
made by three physicians of Ellxabeth
City, and from their opinion - and also
from 'our personal' Observation, that
said Ella M, Cropsey came to her
death by being stricken a blow on the
lefttempleand bybeing in the Pas
quotank river; We have not yet in
vestigated nor heard any testimony
touching as to who inflicted the blow
and did the drowning. We are in
formed that one James Wilcox is
charged with same and is now in cus
tody. We recommend that investiga
tion as to his or any one else's prob
able . guilt k be had by one or more
magistrates in Elizabeth City town-,
snip, and that said Wileox be held, to
await said investigation." -i-
(Signed) I. , Fearing, i coroners P.
8. 8hipp. B. F, Bpence. Maurice Wes
coM, Robert J. Mitchell, J. B. Fere bee,
J. M. Leroy. . - . .
KINSTON & CAROLINA ROAD.
Incorporated With Capltsl Stock of 1500,
004 Qenersl Toon's Condition.
Special Star Teleoram.
Raleigh, N.O-, Dee. 37. The Kins
ton and Carolina Railroad Company
Was Incorporated . to-day with $500,000
'capital: The road will be about sixty
miles long and will connect Kinston
with 'the Wilmington and Weldon
road, and will traverse portions of Le
noir, Duplin and Pender counties.
There is decided Improvement In
General Toon's condition. His .family
is confident that he will recover.
Smithfield Herald: Last Tnes
day Jasper Harper, colored, and a man
named Baucom. also colored, became
Involved in an affray in one of Ben
son's suburbs known as Brooklyn. Du
ring the progress of the fight another
negro, Cephas Langston, interfered
and was shot with a pistol by Jasper-
Harper, the ball taking effect in his
bowels. Langston lived only a day.
Harper was brought here Thursday by
Constable L. M. Ryals and lodged in
jail to await the next term of Johnston
Superior Court, which convenes on
the 10th of March. Henry Davis.
colored, wai put in the cuard house at
L Jerome last Tuesday, night to await
trial next day for stealing beer from
the saloon of Mr. a A. Fitzgerald. It
is supposed he conceived the idea of
getting out by firing the house. He
fired the house on the inside, but it
was not found out until 4 o'clock and
It was then too late to serve either
the house or the man. His body was
horrible sight when the fire was
over. The prices of tobacco this
season are considerably higher than
last season. The average, price paid
at the Banner warehouse for Decem
ber, 1900, ras $3.20 per hundred. The
average price at the same house for
December, 1901, is $15.77 per hun
Favetteville Observer: Four
hundred and seventy-six packages of
whiskey, ranging from One quart to
cases of twelve quarts, were brought
to Fayetteyllle Tuesday by the Ex
press Company. How much more
came by freight we do not know. It
is estimated that this represented 500
gallons. - which, at $2.50 a gallon.
would be $1,200. Twelve hundred
dollars worth of whiskey brought to
Favetteville in one day by the Ex
press uompany alone. This is a
dreadful drain on the city, far worse
than the insurance outgo. News
comes from Maxton that on Christ
mas jeve 587 packages of whiskey,
averaging from one gallon to five
gallons, were shipped into Cumberland
and Robeson counties, and that on
Christmas day 369 packages followed
to the same counties.
Ose Man Killed and Three Men Wonnded
By Tetegrapn to the Morning Star.
Kichmohd, Va., I Dec 28. News
of an exciting tragedy reaches here
from Russell county, in the far south
western part of Virginia.
On Christmas eve, while out hunt
ing, Wilson Bay, King Bay, John
Kay and unaries Ball met uobert
Tuggle, Jack Osborne, two of the Tay
lor boys and others, who were also out
gunning." Bad blood had existed for
some time between Tuggle and some
of the other party, a clash occurred,
several shots were fired and two of the
Bay crowd were slightly wounded.
The members of both parties then
retired to their respective homes to
procure more effective arms and se
cure reinforcements. . The next day
there was another meeting, and a reg
ular battle ensued. One man - was
killed and two were mortally and a
third was dangerously wounded. Ow
ing to the wires going down the names
are not given.
MR. CARNEQIE'S GIFT.
The Tea Million Dollars to the United
States Likely to be la Cash.
By Telefcrapb to tbe Mernlag Star. .
Washington, Deo. 28. President
Roosevelt received information from
Andrew Carnegie that is expected to
enable him to submit to Congress a
formal gift of $10,000,000 to the Uni
ted States for higher education. This
offer will not be in bonds of the Uni
ted States Steel Corporation, as for
merly proposed, but will be in a form
expected to be generally satisfactory.
The gift is likely to be in cash or in
securities drawing annual interest.
FIRE AT CALVERT, TEXAS.
Two Llres Lost aad Two JWen Seriously
lajsred Property Loss $150,009.
, By Telegraph to tbe Morning Star.
Dallas, Texas, Deo.- 28. News of
a disastrous fire at Calvert. Texas,
reached Dallas late to-day by long
distance telephone. Two lives were
lost and two men were seriously Injur
ed by falling walla. The property loss
will reach $150,000 with insurance of
$76,000. Four large buildings, with
their contents, and six smaller mer-
ASkBMiliHA AatakllakMiaMia nns ilaalitw
ed. . The Postal and Western Union
telegraph wires were burned.
-. The Board of Election Commission'
era of New York, met to hear the pro
tests lathe Belmont-O'Grady contest
overthe Democratic nomination for
CUngress in the Seventh district. It
was . announced, however, that tha
ease would be taken to , the Supreme
court no matter what decision the
elections commissioners might make.
Will Offer to Sell the Canal Property to
v the Unite! Stntes for Forty ,;
' liMllHon Dollars. . '-yK
t Br Cable to tbe Hornlnc Star. "
i Paris, December 38. M. Lam pre,
secretary general of the Panama Ca
nal Oompanyt sailed for New York to- -day
on the French line steamer
L'Aquitalne, from Havre. He will con
fer on his arrival in the United States .
with a number of the Panama Compa
ny's American representatives, and
overtures for tbe sale of the canal ..
property to the United States will be
In view of the doubt existing in the "
United States regarding the price the
Panama Canal Company's representa
tives intend to ask for the property.the"
correspondent of the Associated Press,
made inquiries frodx the best source of
information on that subject, and is an-
abled to say that the price wlJI be, ap
proximately. $40,000,000. This figure
cannot yet be given as the exact one,
because the company has not yet come
to a definite decision, but it will not be
appreciably higher . The Isthmian
Commission's fall report is now in the
possession of the Panama Company,
and its valuation will be studied in de
tail. Tbe report of the dlreetors of the
Panama Company, cabled to the Asso
ciated Press December 21st, said:
"We offer to accept as the basis and
point of departure of fresh nesrotla
f-iteas-ib figures and declarations con
tained in the Isthmian- OrrimJsion's
The estimates come to by such emi
nent men are not thoua-ht to baonen
to question, though, possibly, a few
items are susceptible to reconsidera
tion, and a few matters may remain to
be decided, such as a valuation of the
company's stocks of supplies; but none
of these is calculated to modify the
gross figure to any extent. The com
pany does not intend to aive the
slightest ground for any further mis
understanding, and believes the defl
nite price nut forward will now be ac
ceptable. With ' M. Lampre in
America it will not be necessary for
the mandatory7 who is empowered to
submit the definitive price to depart
from France until later, when the ne
gotiatlons are tinder way. ,
REVOLUTION IN VENEZUELA,
Nearly the Whdle of the Republic Is In Re
volt Af slnst President Castro Tele
grapn Lines Cat
bi Telegraph to taa nornuut star
WrLLEXSTAD, ISLAITD OF CUBAAOOA,
Deo. 28. Advices reoeived here to-day
from Caracas, Venezuela, say that the
revolution against President Castro Is
gaining ground daily. Nearly the
whole of the republic is in revolt and
bands of men are scouring the country.
Ooro. in the State of Falcon, and Bar-
qulslmeto, in the State of Lara, par
ticularly, are in the possession of the
Cable communication between Chi-
mana, Carspano and Barcelona is in
terrupted and the government is
without news from the Btate of Ber
mudez, (In which these ports are lo
cated, which leads to the belief that
it also ' has been induoed to revolt by
(Jen. Domingo Monagua
uen. Tuciano Mendoza (the nresl-
dent-elect of the Bute of Carabobo.
who rebelled against President Castro,
marched on La Victorio, and was re
ported to have been defeated), has
escaped from the pursuit of the govern
ment troops ana is now in the neigh
borhood of San Juan de Los Moros.
Antonio Fernandez and thirty chiefs
of the State of Carabobo were not
willing to engage the government
forces before tbe revolution was quite
Venezuela is said to be on the verge
of even more serious complications.
The telegraph lloes in the interior or
the country have all been cut.
The Live Stock Show Chief Exhibits
To Open Jssnsry Sixth.
Bi Telegraph to tbe Morning Star.
Charleston, & 0., December 28.
More than one thousand entries have
been made in the live 'stock show,
which will open at the Charleston Ex-,
position January 6th and will continue
until January 20th. . One of the largest
sections of the live stock exhibit will
be the sheep . section, where 400 head.
embracinar every known breed, have
been entered One of the chief ex
hibits in the cattle division will be the
champion bull of. the world, weighing
three thousand pounds and valued at
$i2,ooo. The special object or tn
live stock exhibit is to encourage the
development of the cattle-growing in
dustry in the Bouth, the ranges in this'
section being specially adapted to tbe
growing of beer cattle.
ATTEMPTED ELOPEMENT. 1
Two Men Shot nnd Dsnferonsly Wonnded
by the Father of tbe Girl. '
. Bv Telegraph to tbe Morning star.
Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 28. News
has just reached here from Locust
Fork, twenty-five, miles from this
city, where .an alleged attempted
elopement resulted In the shooting
of Jim Snow and Jake Hood, both of
whom are dangerously wounded.
The shooting, it is claimed, was done
by J. B. Hood, father of the young
woman with wnom it is alleged J as.
H. Glaze had planned to elope. Glaze
went to the house of the girl, accom
panied by Jake Hood, Jim Snow and
several other friends. When .the
party arrived the father of the girl
was on hand with a double-barrelled
ELECTRIC STEEL PLANT.
To Produce Sleel Ingots From Iron Ore
la Thirty MInntes.
BV Telegraph to tbe Morning star. .
Elizabethton, Turk., Deo. 28.
Charles P. Tonoray and George EL
Roren have returned from New York,
where they closed negotiations with the
Electric Furnace Company in regard
to the erection of an electric steel
plant at Eilzabethton. It is claimed
that by this method steel ingots can
be produced directly, from iron ore in
thirty minutes. An eight-thousand .
horse power electric plant will be
commenced aa soon as tbe site can be :
decided upon on the Watauga river
near Eilzabethton, and this, will sup
ply the power for the plant.
i mm m i V-
The marriage of Senator Chauneey
M. Depew to Miss May Palmer was
celebrated at the American church in
Nice, Italy, following the ceremony of
the Catholic marriage servioe at Notre
Dame. . '..
Happiness is increased not by" ,
the enlargement of the possession, but a
of the bemrtWofet Buskin, c j ' v ! h i
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