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M'BEE NO CRIMINAL.
The above Is the heading of an ed
itorial in the Greenville, S. 0.,
News of Saturday. Greenville is
the home of Captain V. E. McBee
and of his troubles over h6re in
North Carolina the News says:
The Richmond News Leader sug
geets that it ! well to explain to the
Sublio that the proceedings In the
forth Carolina court aganist Capt
V. E. McBee do not Involve -any
criminality. The Atlantic and North
Carolina Railroad ia the property of
the State, that la toaay the majority of
stock la held by the commonwealth,
and the minor a tock holders have had
no voice in ita conduct. When a pe
tition waa nled for the appointment of
a receiver it waa granted and Capt
McBee waa temporarily placed in
charge of the line. Subsequently, It
was alleged by the State that he had
causp red to get poaieaslon of the
properly unlawfully, and warranta
were usuea lor ma arrest, wnai ap
peared to be a moat complicate pro
ceeding waa terminated when Capt.
McBre reaigned and the ault agalnat
him may ba withdrawn. Ilia enemies,
however, have endeavored to make
much out of the matter and not a few
North Carolina newapapera have been
moat violent in their attacks.
It will be a aource of much grati
fication to Capt. McBee'a frlenda In
Greenville to know that hla legal
troublea bare been adjusted and hla
prompt resignation should set at reat
the hints of unfair dealings. We are
cdofident that the State railroad
would be more proaperoua under hla
mtoagement. The firat thing he did
waits cut off the army of politlclana
that was riding without being forced
to pay, and being a born railroad man
he could have put new Ufa Into the
cooj pan j. The Beaboard Air Line waa
more proaperoua under the McBee ad
ministration than at any time in lta
history, and in aome reapecta the aye
tern ia not the aame aince Captain Mo
Ben left it. In view of hla good rcoord
it doea seem strange that the North
8 ate politlclana ahould attempt to vil
lify him when he firat undertook to
break up their legislative graft.
Capt. McBee may be a good rail
road man and if he is all that the
News says of him, it would appear
that he would have a job with some
of the big systems and not be after
Governor Aycock'a "Mullet road."
As to that "legislative graft," Gov
ernor Aycock has already taken
steps to have the affairs of the road
investigated by three impartial citi
zens, so all of the suspicions can
afford to suspend judgment nntll the
light ia turned on.
The road may be entirely free from
political exploiture, but people who
do not believe in government owner
ship of railroads will hope at any
rate that the State will loosen np its
ownership at a good price and not
invest the money in the hotel or
When a State or government owns
railroads or any other utilities, there
Ib more than apt to be a "pie coun
ter" annex, but exceedingly credu
lous would be the man who believes
there is much "graft" connected
with the "Mullet." If there is, Gov
ernor Charles B. Aycock had better
not find it out.
GOOD TRUSTS NEEDN'T RUN.
It. trims Ant. nnv fViot vVion T?.nnso.
velt fired the Supreme Court blun
derbuss at. the Northern Securities
merger, only a few stray shots hit
the target. The other shots went
wild and came very nearly hitting
aome of the unsuspecting trusts,
Roosevelt's 'attorney general,
one Mr. Knox, hastened into the
bushes and told the frightened
truBtsthat it was not necessary to
'1:3 down and grab a root." Knox
gave them to understand that just a
few Bcattering shots were fired over
head and no harm was meant.
Ob, Teddy'e just a aplurger,
" itu a looseiy loaded gun;
H fired at the merger,
So the good truata needn't run.
We have been asked to outline the
OS unon which the Democratic
party expects to present itself at the
"open door of hope" in this" cam
paign. Cousin John Sharo ' Wil
liams has our rough draft of the is
sues in his inside pocket,' and they
are not to be drawn on "the inso
lent foe" till we can see the white
of his eyes.
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Always tell your wife the
ruin, aavises the Cnno-i-oaa a
t7. . ' u coiners i sso
11m llVtofvt . .
4UKUyu man wul eyer ktle
uueu in sucn a manner as to give
anybody a chance to dUnnf n,
truism of Longfellow that "Truth
pruBnea to earth ahftU rlsA
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An eminent physician now de
clares that itjs his belief .that ap
ples elevate the moral standard.
Doc, yon must admit, however, that
an apple was the canse of the first
circumstance of conjugal infelicity.
It caused Adam to shift the blame
on Eva and made it necessary for
her to take np the task of dress
If it is true that the doctors
"burnt out" Senator Tillman's
throat it stands to reason that the
Republicans can look oat for some
hot staff when he gets np on his
hind legs again.
If Russia and Japan don't quit
putting np goose eggs on the score
board, the baseball season will soon
be on and put the war ; news out of
r Ah, there, Judge Parker I It
seems to be coming your way
whether or not you hand down any
opinion on the alleged issnes of the
More than likely, the reason why
the "Democrats" do not get to
gether is because they are not all
The A. & N. C. "nigger in the
wood pile" seems to be sawing wood
but his saw hasn't made much fuss
np to now.
We have been advised to follow
the rule of frugality. Thank yon.
The rule of frugirlity is good enough
The bacillus staphylococuss didn't
have a chance to get on Receiver
The fall of Port Arthur is now a
side Issue to the jolt we got by the
fall of Cotton.
Jnne Bilbry, a young colored
man employed in Slaton & Zoeller'a
pharmacy, at Tarboro, committed J
suicide Thursday night by taking
A dispatch from Wilson on Fri
day states that little hope is enter
tained for the recovery of S. S. Ty
son, who was shot a few days ago by
a Mr. Ellis near Saratoga.
Chief Justice Clark has refused
writ of error in the case of Alfred
Daniels, the negro who is under sen
tence, of . death for murdering tho
father of United States Senator. F.
Duplin Journal: To show the
onward march of progress in old
Duplin, land ten miles from the rail
road, sold recently for $13.50 an acre.
The same land in the course of a few
years will be worth far more than
Asheville has begun work on a
new auditorium, i&aleigh will
break ground for an auditorium
that will seat 3,500 people on the
15th day of March, 1905, and it
will be ready for occupany for State
Fair attractions in October of that
At Randleman on Friday
morning several attempts were
made by a gang of five or six men
to blow open the safe of the bank.
The men were unable to penetrate
the inner door. A negro who hap
pened to pass while the gang was
at work was held a prisoner for
Clarkton Express: The Char
lotte Neios, in speaking of what Col.
Fuller said about never seeing or
hearing of anybody who "came
from" Bladen county, says: "We
suspect that Mr. Fuller is sorry he
asked his question. Not to know
Bladen county is to argue oneself
Ignorant of the history of North
Governor Aycock has granted
a pardon to a negro of Rowan coun
ty, Harry Craig, convicted in 1898
of murder in the second degree.
The sentence was for twelve years.
The grounds for pardon are that the
death was caused by carelessness.
The pardon was recommended by
the judge and the solicitor who tried
Asheville News-Gazette: The
penitentiary has at last been made
to pay. under its present able man
agement, bat not to be outdone the
Nash county poor house comes to
the front with a record of not only
sunnorting itself but of paying a
surplus into the county treasury.
Industrial development is going
forward bv leans and bounds in
Charlotte News: And the News
congratulates the patriotic and Dem
ocratlo administration and Judge
Clark. Further, it is glad to an
nounce that the conspiracy charge is
iust where it was; that there has been
no bargain between tne oiaie ana
Messrs. Finch and McBee, and they
. i m i- 3
will have to answer the charge be
fore the next term of the criminal
court. Good again for the Old North
At Elizabeth, City on Friday,
Carv Stanley charsred with tne Be-
auction oi miss Jessie voppenuuiai
was sentenced to 18 months at hard
labor in the State penitentiary. This
case has attracted much attention
on account of the connection of the
people, all of them being well known
residents of the county. Several
efforts were made during the pro-
i grogress of the trial to reach a set
. . .. . .
tlement. by a marriage between tne
narties. Up until Thursday the
plaintiff was willing to marry the
young lady, provided a bXrad for his
faithful performance of their mar
riage vows be given.- The defend
ant offered to marry, but couldn't
giro the bond required. 'The girl
refused to marry the man. '
Executive Committee Names
Greensboro as Convention
City for June 23rd.
THE McBEE RECEIVERSHIP.
Jade Sloioitoa Restores A. & N. 0. to Its
Former Officers asd Taxes Plaintiff
With Cost No Qiberaatorlal
Primary Other Mates
Special Star Telegram-
Baleioh, N. C, March 17. The
State Democratic Executive Commit
tee in aesslon here to-night decided to
call the State Convention June 33rd
at Greenaboro. There were Invitations
and delegations from Baleigh and
Greenaboro working to secure the con
vention, but at Iaat Raleigh withdrew
fronotthe con teat in favor of her aister
city; giving notice that the State capl-
tol would contend for a retunrto Ra
leigh aa the convention city in the fu
Ex -Mayor Taylor, of Greenaboro, in
an eloquent invitation for the conven
tion to come to that place, declared if
the convention being held there was
to be construed as In anyway hamper
ing or prejudicing the candidacy of
Major Stedman, of that place, for
the gubernatorial nomination, there
was not a man in Greensboro or
In Guilford county, who would want
It to come, as they were for Stedman
for Governor against all elae In the
world. But if the committee would
give them the convention without pre
judlce to Stedman.they would promiae
hoapitality In every way worthy of
Greenaboro and of the convention. It
waa then that Raleigh withdrew her
Invitation and Greenaboro waajinani
moualy selected, thereby paying a
double tribute to Stedman.
Chairman Simmons announced the
death of Committeeman R. B. Cowan,
of Columbus, and a resolution in me
moriam, offered by Dan Hugh ) Mo
Lean, waa adopted, and then, on mo
tion of Major B. J. Hale, of Fayette
ville, Major- W. H. Bernard, of Wil
mington, waa elected by acclamation
toauccejed Mr. Cowan aa committee
man. Thia resolution waa adopted :
Resolved, That It la the aenae of the
committee that the order of bualneas
in the State convention shall ba:
2nd. Adoption of reaolutlona and
3rd. Election of delegatea to na
4tn. Nomination of candidates for
all State offices.
It waa ordered that the chairman
embody thia reaolution In his call for
the convention. The reaolution firat
provided for a two daya' aesslon of the
convention, but thia .was stricken out.
The Idea Is still, however, that the
convention will require that length of
On motion of Watts, of Iredell, this
motion waa. adopted:
Resolved, That section 7 of the Gen
eral Rules of Organization read: "In
all conventions a nomination may be
made by any majority, even though It
be a fraction of a vote."
The committee indirectly expressed
diaapproval of a general gubernatorial
primary by declaring Section 8 of the
plan of organization in force. This
provides that In the county conven
tions each candidate shall receive the
proportionate vote that he receives In
the precinct meetings.
The meeting waa a large one, en
thusiastic and harmonious, and United
Btates Senator F. M. Simmons, the
State chairman, presided. -
THI BEOZTVEB OUSTED.
Judge Chaa. H. Simonton and
Thos. R. Purnell, sitting in the
United States Circuit Court here this
morning, signed an order diaaolvlng
the receiverahip of Capt; V. E. Mc
Bee, of the Atlantic and North Caro
lina railroad, taxing E. 8. Finch, on
whose complaint the recelrer was
appointed, with the ooata. The regu
lar officers of the company will take
Immediate charge of the road. Gov
ernor Aycock announces that the
Board of Internal Improvement, of
which he Is ex officio chairman, will
begin at once a thorough investiga
tion of the road and condition of Ita
affairs. It Is stated that K. S. Finch
to-day made payment of $2,600 on the
$4,700 note be gave Ed. Chambers
Smith for 47 shares of the A. & N. O.
The State Board of Internal Im
provement, la session to-day, adopted
a resolution instructing the Governor,
as ex officio chairman, to appoint a
committee of three citizens to aaaiat
the Board in making a thorough in
vestigation of the affairs of the road.
The Governor has not yet named the
committee. B. W. Ballard, of Frank
llnton, and B. O. Beckwlth, of Ra
leigh, with the Governor, constitute
the Board. '
OTHER RAT.KIOH NEWS.
The Oxford Seminary Company, of
Oxford, was chartered to-day for the
purpoae of rebuilding that institution,
which waa destroyed by fire two
months ago. The capital is $50,000
authorized and $8,000 subscribed, by
F. P. Hobgood, 4. F. Edwards and
twenty others. It Is understood that
the work of rebuilding will begin at
once so the school may reopen in the
The State Supreme Court to-day de
clined to grant a writ of error to the
United States Supreme Court in the
case of Alfred Daniels, the negro un
der sentence of death for the murder
of F. G. Simmons, father of United
States Senator Simmons. Ool. Harris
will, aa counael. apply to the United
Statea Bupreme Court for it. The ap
plication la on the ground that the
fourteenth- amendment to the conatl-
tution was violated by excluding
nesroes from the jury box from
which the grand jury was drawn.
Here for an Operation;
Mr. E. G. Mills, a prominent citizen
of WhltevUle, and a brother of Mr. F.
T. Mills, of this city .was brought to
the James Walker Memorial Hospital
here yesterday to undergo an opera
tion for atomaeb troubla. Dr. N. A.
Thompson accompanied the sick man.
Many friend hope for Mr. Mills' early
restoration to health.
WILMINGTON, N. C, FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 1904.
A MUNIFICENT GIFT.
Mr. Wm. H. Sprunt pives Ten
Thousand Dollars for Hos-
HOME FOR THE NURSES.
Assex for Better Care at Colored Patleits.
Without Kestrlctlsi the Amount la
to be Used by Board of Man
sf.ers for Purposes Stated.
Without any restriction whatsoever,
Mr. William H. Bprunt, one of Wil
mington's moat pubijc spirited and
benevolent citizens, on yeaterday pre
sented to the James Walker Memorial
Hospital, of thia city, a certified check
for $10,000 to ba uaed for the erection
of a suitable building or annex for the
nurses' home in connection with addi
tional' wards and rooms for the care of
both charity and pay (patients as the
Board of Managers may elect. Ac
companying the bequest was the ex
pressed wiah of the donor that aa little
publicity aa poaaible ne given the mat
ter, the request even having been
made by Mr. Bprunt that his name be
withheld altogether. Hia colleagues
upon the Board of Managers of the In
stitution, however, convinced him of
the impossibility of the modesty en-
j slned and at a special meeting of the
managers yesterday morning a resolu
tion of warm thanks was voted to Mr.
Sprunt and arrangements were at once
set on foot for making available his
The gift of Mr. Sprunt is well con-
aldered by the community as the most
munificent act of a generation In Wil
mington. The managers of the hos
pital have long been mindful of the
Inadequacy of the preaent warda for
the care of colored unfortunates and
the absolute necessity of a comfortable
home for those self sacrificlBg young
womerurho are so tender and watch
ful in their daily vocation of minister
ing to the aick and Buffering, but not
until now had those In control seen a
way to provide those needed comforts.
Mr. 8prunt's gift waa made officially
known to the Board of Managers of
the Hospital at a apecial meeting at 11
o'clock yeaterday morning at the office
of Meaars. Wlllard & Giles, on Princess
atreet. Every member of the Board
was in attendance. Dr. Joseph Aker
man, the popular jurgeon In charge of
the institution, by invitation, waa alao
preaent. Mr. George R. .French, the
secretary of the Board, after a few
remarka, expreaaing gratification at the
contents of themeaaagb which he was
about to convey, read the bequest of
Mr. Bprunt as follows:
Wilmington, N. 0., March 15, '04.
With a grateful sense of God'a gui
dance, and realizing the uncertainty
of human life and the Importance of
doing good aa we have the opportun
ity, and knowing of no more worthy
undertaking than the provlalon of a
building as an annex to our main hos
pital that is doing so much good in
our community, one of your fellow
members of the Board of Managers
respectfully tenders herewith, aa a
gift, a check for Ten Thousand Dollars
for the purpoae of erecting a suitable
building or annex for the Nurses
Home, in connection with additional
wards and rooms for the care of both
charity and pay patients as the Board
of Managers in Its wiadom may elect.
Ha vita g all confidence In the members
of the Board thia amount la given
without any restrictions whatsoever,
with the request that as little publicity
aa possible be made of the matter.
A Member of the Board of Managers
To Messrs. W. U. MacRae, prealdent;
W. H. Sprunt, vice prealdent; Geo.
R. French, secretary; M. J. Corbett,
D. O. Love, Dr. W. J. H. Bellamy,
M. 8. Wlllard, Samuel Bear, Jr., J.
H. Rebder, comprising-the Board of
After grateful acknowledgment of
the gift by aeveral members, the fol
lowing resolution offered by Mr. Sam
Bear, Jr., was unanimously adopted:
''Resolved, That the noble gift of
$10,000 by our fellow member, Mr.
.W. EL Sprunt, to be uaed in the erec
tion of an annex to the J. W. M. Hos
pital be gratefully accepted, and that
we will join In the prayerful hope that
the gift may grow to be a blessing to
him and his."
Prealdent Walter G. MacRae sug
gested the matter of the appointment
of a Building Committee to carry into
effect the purpoae of Mr. Sprunt's gift
and upon motion, Messrs. M. 8. Wll
lard, Samuel Bear, Jr., and Dr. W. J.
H. Bellamy were appointed. Subse
quently, upon motion, President Mac
Rae was added to the committee.
Plana for the new building will be se
cured at once and the construction
work will begin at the earliest possi
ble moment The location will proba
bly be the aite of the preaent wooden
building used for colored patients,
which is In very dilapidated condition
and will beT-emoved.
Died ia Philadelphia. '
Friends in Wilmington have learned
with regret of the death of Mr. Emanuel
Levy, for many j ears an esteemed
resident of Wilmington, which oc
curred last week at hla home la Phila
delphia. Mr. Levy waa about 60 years
of age and leaves a widow and several
children. He was a member of Cor
nelius Harnett Council, Royal Arca
num, of this! city,. and carried $3,000
Insurance In that order.
Carl Powers, a little son of Mr.
James O. Powers, 824 Grace street,
fell off his bicycle last Tuesday and
was seriously hurt For several days
It was feared that .the boy's Injuries
might prove fatal.
A PECULIAR WRECK.
Two Locomotives and a Freight
Car on the S.A. L. Badly .
A NEGRO FIREMAN KILLED.
Yard Eattaeer eisresce Msrjeai Severely
. Isjsred aid Seat to the Hospital
. Acclieat Banged by a Wild Ea
; rise No Ose to Blame.
Two engines and a freight car were
pretty badly demolished, a negro fire
man was Instantly klUed and a white
yard engineer was severely Injured in
a peculiar wreck of two locomotives
on the Beaboard Air Line yards in this
city-about S0 o'clock Saturday af
ternoon. The dead fireman Is Joe
Griffin, 85 years old, of Wilmington,
and the Injured man Is Yard Engineer
Clarence Maglenn, formerly of Ra
leigh and a son of the former master
mechanic of the Beaboard shops at
Laurlnburg, N. O. Engineer Maglenn
la at the James Walker Memorial
Hospital and was reported at last ac
counts as doing very well. He has
a cut on his head, two othera on his
chin and several bruises about the
bodyNo symptoms of internal
injury have developed as yet
and It is thought by the physicians
In attendance that the young man will
be out In a day or two. The dead fire
man was transferred to his home at
711 North Second atreet soon after the
accident. He had been in the employ
of the Beaboard for some time and
leaves a wife, but no children.
The accident is new to railroading
In this section, but no blame Is at
tached to any one by local Beaboard
officials. Engine No. 205, which had
been uaed for some time with a work
train between Wilmington and Cronly,
came down to the yards here Satur
day to turn round. Engineer J. W.
Hughes waa In charge and after ac
complishing the purpoae of hia mission
to Wilmington, he steamed out of the
yards on his way back to the work
train. He had proceeded aa far as
just beyond the city limits, when
rounding the sharp curve, near Hil
ton, he aaw a Seaboard ahif ting engine
and eleven cars, which were being
brought in from Almont guano fac
tory, in front of him. He knew that a
collision was inevitable aad calling to
his colored fireman, Brooks Baker, he
reversed his engine and both jumped,
the engineer landing la a pool of water.
Tho engine under its former mo
mentum, although under perfect con
trol a.t the Uaaa Oapt Hughes left It,
proceeded up the track and struck
the approaching cars, doing no
damage, however, beyond smashing
in the pilot of the locomotive. The
big machine stood still, seemed to
quiver a moment aa if under Indeclalon
and then the reverse acUon took effect
and backward It began speeding to
ward the yards whence it came. It
was down grade and the big Iron hulk
was gaining speed every Inch. Engi
neer Hughes telephoned from the near
est point to the Beaboard station that
hla engine had gone wild, but before
anything could be done to turn the
runaway Into an empty siding, It
dashed like a frightened monster to
the yards and into a switch upon
which was standing Passenger Engine
No. 250, which had just arrived with
the Charlotte train ajid was being
made ready to couple up to the
coaches and take them out on the after
Oblivious of the approach of any
danger. Engineer Maglenn waa seated
in tne cab of the passenger engine, eat
ing hla dinner, and the colored fireman
Grlffia was under the engine, flat on
his back, cleaning out the fire box
under the furnace. - The runaway en
gine was upon the big coal burner In
an instant, like a tiger. The colored
man waa Instantly killed, hla head
having been caught and badly crushed.
His neck was also broken. Engineer
Maglenn was thrown from his seat,
bruised by the fall and cut in the face
by flying apllnters from a box car alao
on the siding at the rear, into which
the tender of his engine was tele
scoped by the force of the blow which
it received from the runaway In front.
The front of the engine was badly
wrecked and the front trucks wrenched
off the track, The tender was also
smashed by being jammed into the
freight car at the rear. The runaway
engine waa little more than a hull and
wassmaahed practically all to pieces.
The money loaa is said to be about
$1,500 to the old englne.and about $500
to the paasenger locomotive. Had the
runaway taken the weat aiding, a few
feet away, it would have plunged Into
the paasenger coaches of the outgoing
Charlotte train, which were just under
Engineer W. W. Christian and
Conductor E. 8. Haddock were Jin
charge of the train being brought In
from Almont and were not hurt by
the first collision out at Hilton. The
main Beaboard track was not blocked
and the Charlotte train went out on
time, as did also the accommodation
freight last night
Boon after the accident the Odast
Line was kind enough to send a
wrecking craw, which was personally
directed by Capt A. B. Corinth, aaslat
ant superintendent of motive power
of the A. O. L., and the wreckage
from the two enginaaand car was soon
cleared from the yards. .
Where Ignorance Is Not Bliss.
-.(Gentleman with comic face has
just finished very pathetic story).
Brown (who is very deaf, and has
been watching his expression) Hal
Hal Very good: Funniest thing
I've heard for a long time! Punch.
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THE QEYER BUILDING.
Handsome Five-Story Modern
Office Structure at Front
WILL BE CREDIT TO CITY.
Total Cost Will be $50,000 and Its Archi
tecture Will be Beantifal S. W.
Polref t f ompaqy Will Occspy
Portion of It-Other Motes.
Ai a coat of $50,000 Mr. Matt J.
Heyer, one of Wilmington's leading
capltallata and most progressive buai
neaa men, will erect at once a hand
some five-story modern office building
at southwest corner of Front and
Chesnut streeta immediately oppoaite
the pottoffice, the site being one of the
most prominent in the city It has been
known for aome time that Mr. Heyer
contemplated the erection of a hand
some building on the lot, which was
recently purchased from the McRee
estate, but not until yeaterday waa au-.
thoritative Information, with details,
available. The contract for the foun
dations for the new building was let
several days ago to Measrs. Porter &
Godwin, ofGoldaboro, and the work
of excavation has already been com
menced. In a week or ten days the
contract for the superstructure will be
given out and the building will be
ready for occupancy by September
It is entirely needless to aay to
anyone acquainted with Mr. Hey
er'a method of doing thlnga that
the building will be the moat
handsome In the city. It will extend
66 feet on Frontatreet and along Ches
nut street 115 feet Its height will be
70 feet and the four upper floors of the
structure will contain 73 offices with
all modern appointments and conve
niences. The first floor south of the
corner, 40x115 feet in slzr, with a car
pet department, 33x84 feet on the
aecond floor, and a part of the base
ment, haa been leased by The C. W.
Polvogt Company for a term of years,
while the corner atore, 23x90- feet in
aize, haa not yet been rented. It may
be eventually leased for banking pur
poses. Tenants of the entire building
will be supplied with electric elevator
service, steam heat and electric and
gas lights, janitor, etc. Plate glaas
windows will be used throughout and
a atandplpe will extend through the
elevator ahaft with 100 feet of hoae on
each floor for fire protection. In fact,
all the lateat and moat modern Im
provements will be employed and the
building will compare very favorably
throughout with any office building of
the aame height In the South. The
best rift flooring will be used every
where. The architecture of the building Is
beautiful Indeed. The firat two sto
ries will be of the best brown stone,
while the remaining storiea will be of
red Philadelphia or Washington preaa
brick. The two entrances will be of
arched stone and similar to those sup
ported by columns in front of the post
office building. There will be en
trances to the baienTent only on the
Cheanut atreet aide.
The store of the O. W. Polvogt Co.
will be one of the finest in the South.
AU the fixtures will be of oak and
PURCHASED PAVETTEVILLE BUSINESS.
Messrs. Moore & Frsoklio Have Booth!
Mr. N. E. Boatlst's Drat Store.
Mr. B. O. Moore, the popular drug
giat on North Fourth atreet, with Mr.
O. E. Franklin, formerly of this city,
on yesterdoy closedla trade by which
they have purchased the well estab
lished drug bualneas of Mr. Nash E.
Bunting in Fayetteville. The formal
transfer was made yesterday, the style
of the new firm belag Moore & Frank-llnr-
It ia understood that Mr. Nash
Bunting contemplates removing to
Wilmington and going into business
with hla brother.Mr J. Hicks Bunting,
in the Y. M. C. A. building. Mr. B.
O. Moore will continue his Wilming
ton business here and Mr. Franklin
will be In charge of the Fayetteville
store. Wilmington Is glad to retain
Mr. Moore as a citizen and to gain Mr.
Bunting, from ita Upper Cape Fear
Trouble far Flower Thieves.
Now that flowers are blooming
thieves are beginning their depreda
tions on the front yards. Mrs. 8.
Behrends has made a specialty of
growing hyacintha and had asme unu.
anally large ones In her front yard
When she went out into the yard yes
terday morning her heart was almost
broken to find that a thief had robbed
the garden of her choicest flowers.
Beautiful hyacinths were stolen by
the wholesale. The tracks in the yard
showed that the thief wore a small and
shapely shoe, so that Mr. Behrends
came to the conclusion that the thief
is white and not a negro. He says he
will take steps to detect and prosecute
the Jhlef. He has a party under sus
picion. Mr. Qeo. W. Prince to Wed.
Friends of Mr. George W. Prince,
formerly the popular superintendent
of the Life Iaaur&nce Company of
Virginia in thia city, have received In
vitations bearing the following Inter
esting announcement: "Mrs. Adella
A. 8aunders requests your presence at
the marriage of her daughter, Neva
Orion, to Mr. George W. Prince on
Tuesday morning, April fifth, nineteen
hundred and four.at eleven o'clock, Bt
John's Episcopal church, Chase City,
AFTER OSS4R J. SPEARS' SIALP.
Assistant District Attorney Slated for Early
RemovslSome Possible Saccessers.
I a hla correapondeneeto the Raleigh
Post Thomaa J. Pence aay a:
"The removal of Oicar J. Spears as
assistant district attorney of the east
ern North Carolina district has been
decided upon. His succeaaor will be
named In the near future. Spears' fate
baa been banging In the balance for
more than a year, and to-day the Infor
mation was obtained that the depart
ment of justice has requested the or-
Sanization to name his successor,
here has been some friction between
the assistant district attorney and the
oourt and It is understood that the at
torney general stands squarely with
Judge Purnell. The selection of
Bpeara' successor rests with Republican
Bute Chairman Rollins. There will
be a lively scramble for the place. J.
A. Giles, former Republican candidate
for Congress, came olose to the appoint
ment a year ago, when Bpeara' remov
al was under conaideration by Benator
Prltchard. He will have strong op
position In this contest Among those
mentioned in connection with the ap
pointment are George Butler, a broth
er of the former Populist senator, for
mer Chairman Whltaker, of the inde
pendent movement, who lives in Hall
fax, and Will Tarborough of Frank
lin, .former member of the Legislature,
who identified himself with the Inde
pendent movement It is said that E.
A. Johnson, colored, who li now in
the office, ' may enter the race. His
friends here claim that his experience
under the two district attorneys quali
fies him strongly for the poaltlon."
FREE FIQHT NEAR BESSEMER.
Metroes and Sheriff's Deputies One Baa
Killed and Two Men and a Wo
Br Telegraph to the Horning Star.
Birmingham, Ala., March 19.
One man was killed, two men more
or leas seriously injured and one white
woman wounded In a free .fight be
tween negroes and deputy, sheriffs
about two miles west of Bessemer to
night. The killed: A. H. McGiver, negro.
Seriously wounded: Deputy Sheriff
L3wt demons, ahot in the breaat and
chin ; Seaborn Cook, an 'old white
man, ahot in arms, amputation neces
sary. Slightly wounded: Mrs. Will
ing ham, a white woman, struck in the
head by a atray bullet Deputy Sheriff
Chemons may die at any minute.
The fight is supposed to have started
through a drunken row over a shot
gun In the hands of the negro who
Mrs. Wllllngham, who was some
distance away, waa atruck by a atray
bullet. Its force was almost spent
and although the wound la in the
head, it ia not aerioua. Thejre -was
considerable excitement in Beaaemer,
but there is no fear of. any lynching.
BATTLE WITH THE M0R0S.
Forts f spfuretf, With Artillery, Etc , With
ont Loss to Amerlcsns.
By Telegraph to the Morning star. .
Manila, March 19. News of an
important military engagement has
just been Received from Cottobato,
capital of the province of Mindanao.
On March 7th a detachment of the
Seventeenth and Twenty-third Infan
try. Troop B. of the Fourteenth cav
alry and Gately's battery, In all 450
atrong, under command of Gen.
Leonard Wood, attacked and cap
tured the cotta (fort), which
waa held by the Datto All.
who reaiata the anti-alavery law. His
ueiensive works were -destroyed and
their abandonment forced by the ac
curate fire of the battery. Two thou
sand Moros made their retreat with a
loss of 100. The Americana sustained
no losses. Twentv-four cannon, fortv-
alx lantanaa (native artillery) and a
large quantity of ammunition were cap-
turea ana tne roruncations reduced. -Major
Truitt and Captain McCoy
pursued and captured the Datto Iy ban-
gan and his retainers. Troops are now
Wild Scenes of Disorder in the Conf res
sionsl Convention at Slevelani.
By Telegraph to the Horning Star.
Cleveland, O., March 19. Wild
scenes of disorder marked the opening
of the Twentieth dlatrict Republican
Congressional convention here to-day
as a result of a fight between the Dick
and Foraker factions, the latter
known locally as Filipinos. The
trouble started when the Dick men
nominated Charles Leach aa chair
man, the Filipinos having already
seiectea J. u. wara, of Lake county,
as the presiding office. When Leach
attempted to takeithe chair, he waa
assaulted by the Filipinos and a hand
to hand fight followed, which quickly
oecame general. Tne police nnaiiy
arrived In force and restored partial
order, icach faction, however, se
lected its own candidates for Con
gress and delegatea to the Chicago
convention. The delegates are un-
FURNITURE FACTORY FIRE.
In the Heart of the Retail Dry deeds DIs
trlct ef Nsw York City.
Br Telegraph to the Homing star.
New Yobx, March 19. R. J. Hor
ner & Company's furniture factory
and warehouse, In the heart pf the
retail dry goods district, on west
Twenty-fourth street waa gutted by a
nrecausea oy an explosion of benzine
to-day, and for a time the whole block
bounded by Twenty-fourth andTwen
ty-fif th streeta and Sixth and Beventh
avenues waa threatened by the flames.
Two persons were Injured In the build
ing and one fireman had hla leg bro
ken in a collision. The loss is estima
ted at $50,000.
has come and the vicious chicken
hawk, along with it. A few days
ago a nawK, oz the bine darter va
riecy, pouncea aown upon a young
cnicK at tne home ot Mr J. B.
Simmons of Herrings township, and
tne om motner nen wnn oiooa in
her eye, and grit in her craw, seized
the hawk and entertained him till
Mr. and Mrs. 8inmjns came from
about 100 yards away and relieved
proceeded to sever the hawk's head
from his body.
By Telesjraph to the Morning Btar.
Nobfolk, Va., March 19. To the
stirring tune of "Dixie" and "Carry
Me Baek to Old Virginia," a long col
umn of Congressmen, head-d by Mr. :
Bmoot of Utah, Mr. Grosvenor of
Ohio, Mr. Bulzer of New York, ai d
General Filzhugh Lee, followed Ha
ley's band from the ateamer pier to tho '
Montloello hotel in Norfolk thia after
noon, while people from streets and l
windows cheered the procession.
The uaaaual spectacle of a hundred
or more of the nation's law-makers ou
parade drew big crowds and added en-
thusiaim to the Norfolk part of. the ,
programme Included In the itinerary
ot the congressional party's pilgrimage
to uameaiown laiand.
The parade waa augmented by
scores of congressional attaches, mem-.
bers of the Jamestown Exposition
Company's directory, and newspaper
correspondents. In length it extended
over a block, r - -
After luncheon at the Montloello ,
hotel, a tour of the Norfolk harbor
waa made, including a visit to the
Norfolk navy yard. Then the party
was taken by water to the site of the
Jamestown Exposition to be held at
Seawall's Point la 1907, to commemo
rate the 300th anniversary of the first
permanent Anglo-Saxon settlement In
the new world, made at Jamestown in
1607. From Beawall's Point the part;
crossed Hampton Roads over the spot
where the Merrimac and Monitor
fought the first battle between armor
ed ships of war to Old Point
To-night in the Chamberlain Hotel
a banquet was served at which speeches
were made by Senators Money, Mar
tin, Clark, (of Wyoming), Congress
men Hitchcock, Tawney, Fearmond,
Groavenor, Robinson, Bulzer, General
Lee, prealdent of the Exposition Com-
any, John Temple Graves, of At
anta, Hon. John Goode of Virginia
and Robert Morton Hughes of Nor
folk. QERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA.
Severe Fighting Qermsns Forced to Re
frest Seven Officers snd Nine
teen Men Killed.
By Cable to the Horning Star.
Berlin, March 19. Colonel Leut
weln, the governor of Boulhwest
Africs, reports severe fighting there
March 18. The Germans were forced
to retreat, with the loss of seven officers
and nineteen men killed and three
officers and two privates wounded.
Commandant Glaaenapp, with a
number of hia ataff officers and thirty
six cavalry, advanced ahead of his
main body and overtook the enemy'a
vanguard, which had unexpectedly
received reinforcements. Glaaenapp
was forced to retire.
The fight occurred March 13th, near
Owlkokorero, with the Tetjo tribe of
Hereros, whom Olasenapp was pursu
ing. The enemy's loss is not known,
but twenty dead natives were seen.
Glasenapp's detachment had one ma
chine gun. He is now taking meas
ures to attack the Hereros' position In
force and probably will ask for rein
forcements from Major Ester's column.
Col. Leulweln later cabled the
names of the dead, who Include Oapt.
on Francis, Lieut' Eggers and Dr.
Velteh, "I physician of Hablcht
Glaaenapp himself was slightly
wounded In the head,
The -news of the German reverse
made a disappointing Impression In
Berlin, since it Involved the moat se
vere losses the Germans have yet re
ported, and because It was hoped that
the worat was over. Iu view of the
latest fight it Is regarded as possible
that still further reinforcements will
be aent to Southwest Africa.
EXHIBIT BY RECEIVER McBEE.
Financial SIds of His -Erstwhile Manste
meat of the A. & N. C. Railroad.
Special Star Telegram.'
Raleigh, N. 0., March 19. The
accounts of temporary receiver V. E.
McBee, or the Atlantic & North Caro
lina Railroad, from February 28th to
March 17th, were presented to the
court to-day and approved, ahowlng
receipts, including $3,148.61 on band
when he assumed the receivership,
$30,185.29 ;diaburaementa of $16,435.94;
and balance on hand this date, $13,
749. Thirty-five accounts were ap
proved by the court and the whole
matter was closed up.
Raleigh News and Observer,
March 19: Bob Hanes had some
fan yesterday, and with It did a
"stunt" in booming Major Stedman
for Governor. He issued and dis
tributed a pamphlet with a distlnc-,
tive title cage, while within there
was nothing except blank pages.
The fun of this comes in the title on
the first page, which reads : "What
the Democratio Exeontive Commit
tee did at the meeting in Raleigh,
N. C, March 17, 1904, by J. Roya
bart Halynees, E. O. B., Professor
ot IT, Hale University, Auburn,
N. O." "Bob" got in his work on
the last page of the cover with the
following: "Resolved, That the
Democratio Convention meet in the
city of Greensboro, N. C, June 23,
1904, and unanimously nominate
Major Charles M. Stedman for Gov
ernor." A special from New York to
the Raleigh News and Observer, un
der date of March 18th, says: At
the office of George Gould Raleigh
dispatches to newspapers here as
serting that V. O. McBee, under ar
rest there, claimed to be represent
ative of Gould or Gould V railway
interests, W9re shown Gould through
his private secretary for confirma
tion. The private secretary stated
that Gould knew nothing whatever
of McBee's transactions with Finch
in the matter of the Atlantic and
North Carolina railway deal, and
had no connection with it in any
way, and certainly McBee did not
represent either Geo. J. Gould or
At 11 o'clock Friday morning
at Newbern.though the weather was
inclement, a large and enthusiastic
crowd, of whom a good many were
ladles, met the train bringing back
President Bryan and Superinten
dent Dill. Amid the blowing of
whistles the ringing- of bells, play
ing of bands, popping of torpedoes
and waving of flags and load cheer
ing, the train rolled np to the sta
tion. Then hand-shaking and con
gratulations for Messrs. Bryan and
-Dill were the order for a short time.
The demonstration showed the sen
timent as enthusiastically endorsing
the action of Governor Aycock and