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OKI, CLAYTON w.is tall
llllll L'Mllllt with flrvnr in
N (iid, blue eyes, arid his
I vliite li:iliil4 Kninll iiml
nervous-looking, were as
...lit . -
wen Kept as tnose or a
He was thirty, and a splash of gray
on either temple, a strand or two of
white in his mustache, made him look
lie was broad-chested and muscular
-by all rules-ho should have been a
soldier-he looked an "open air" man,
but for the years ho had been writing
short stories, novelettes and serials
for the weekly press.
It was pool, nervous work. His
name was becoming known, for he
had the happy knack of blending
pathos with humor. He had traveled
widely, and an Australian bush idyl
nt the beginning of the week would
be followed by a London society story,
to be followed again by a story of
rustle life in the dear West Country
that he loved so well.
lie lived quite alone, worked and
Mnoked from morning to night, loved
his profession, and had practically
dropped all his friends male and fe-tnale-and
when a fit of the not Infre
quent blues got hlra by the throat,
threw his pen Into the grate and or
dered up his landlady's children, and
pandemonium reigned for an hour.
Sometimes he gave them pennies,
hut not always small coin of the
realm Is not alwavs available to nil-
ihors but the romns worn htico. nnfl
lie enjoyed them.
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Of course there was a woman at the
hottom of the tangle of the man's life,
women complicate tnings some
timeshe would have said "always.'
On one particular evening he was
alone and writing, when Jim Courte-
ney was 6hown in and Jim was an
old and tried friend-about the only
friend the lonely, self-absorbed man
had, and 60 the incomer sat, down and
lighted his pipe, and did not bother
the author for quite a quarter of an
hour, and then Noel rose and stretched
'What is it this time, Noel?"
'Oh. the usual thine Iova; snd rn-
didly, I am getting so sick of writing
"Ah, you feel like that?"
Man alive, this is Christmas Eve,
and somehow somehow my thoughts
went back with a jump, and I remem
bered one Christmas Eve when "
"Your pipe's out, Noel!"
Aye, so it is. Well there wa3 one
Christmas Eve when "
My dear boy, are you worrying
about her still V
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"Yes," and then a long pause-
It Is the privilege of chums to sit
silent for a spell.
"And all this happened four or live
years ago. I never heard the rights
or wrongs of the story."
Noel crossed the room, and digging
both hands into his pockets, looked at
"There is nothing to know. After
the four happy years of married life,
trouble came between us, lies came be
tween us; and and here I am and
It's Christmas Eve. Of course our
baby was only a mite a wee, blue
eyed, golden-haired mite; couldn't
walk, crawled, you know; but we were
awful chums, and when she went and
took our mite well," and the man's
laugh hurt his own ears. "Well, then
I took to writing love stories love,
old chap, with a happy ending
bishops, bridesmaids, bouquet3 and
blessings, and ' his temporary excite
ment had left him he added drily:
'And it pays! Now go, old chap.
T tniicf fTfif mv stll ff rlone for the earlv
I X. lUUOb -.v, v w -
..a rimtn wont nnt while Noel
turned again to his interrupted work
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Between each line on every page
quaint turn of expression, quaint
thoughts haunted him, a dead past
spoke to him.
The girl-wife had been very sweet.
very lovable, very beautiful and had
marred two lives.
There should be a special place oC
torment for the person who deliberate
ly comes between two people who love
each other and smilingly warps two
Pearl Clayton was as easily led as a
child, a soft, emotional weak little
woman, and when Noel returned from
a few days' holiday he found the house
closed and Pearl and Baby had de
Noel drifted for a little bit, tiie
6hock unmanned him terribly, but his
pen was his sole source of income,
and it had to be plied if body and soul
were to be kept together, and In a
very few weeks he had, to some extent,
regained his mental balance, and his
The eve of Christmas and the day
itself appeals to most hearts, and on
this particular eve Noel kept thinking
back and thinking back whue he
How well he remembered the extra-
sized stocking he induced the nurse
to knit, and how bulky it looked and
felt on Christmas morning. And then
came school, college, and then married
When the scribbling fit was on him
Pearl used to draw ner low wicuer
chair close to his writing-table, knit-
tine, or daintly fingering white mate-
rial, soft and downy and fluffy for the
prospective wearer, ana tne iew re-
marks she made seemea to emme w
and identify themselves witn wnat ne
was writing; but, of course, all this
happened five years ago.
One odd little trick v ean naa, ana
Noel remembered it this evening and
When his pen was working extra
busily she used to lay the tips of her
fin crers UDon his right hand just where
hand meets wrist, sne am not iu
commode him in the least. He declared
her touch inspired him; they were sucn
pink-tipped fingers, and so small, and
he had often written witn me tuij
touch on his wrist almost unconscious
lyonly peeping up from time to time
at a sweet oval face, into deep violet
eyes love lit.
But, of course, this was five years
So be wrote on, feeling a little bit
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER
orry that Chum had not stayed, for!
after all he only bad another half
hour's work before him. and then they
could sit and chat, and perhaps drown
the sound of the bells that he knew
would ring out In a few hours.
He was Just in the frame of mind to
summon his landlady' children, but
except for himself, the house was
empty. There was a Christmas Eve
party going on. and Mrs. Marsh and
her progeny were attending It.
He had been writing for half an
hour since! Chum had left him, and
felt the oldrfarnillar touch on his wrist.
It was imagination of course, he did
not even turn his head, and then he
was looking into blue eyes. In the
round golden-curled framed face of a
boy of four, who laughed up at him
and presented a rosebud to be kissed.
"Goodness, child where on earth do
you come from? and who who brought
you. What is your name?"
"Erie," and the child began : . make
preparations for climbing a lofty knee.
"Who brought you here. Baby Eric?
How did you come?"
Noel felt like an Irish member of
Parliament, for "no answer was given,"
but a wee form, full of hugs and kisses,
got fast hold upon him, and said grave
ly, and yet with a sweet air of com
mand: "Just come'd and now if you're not
too busy, mister Father "
"Yes, my son."
"P'raps I'd better go to bed."
"But, my child my little son who
brought you here? Where is your
mother?" and the tall man paced up
and down. Of course, Chum had left
the door open, and someone had told
the child to walk straight in and the
child had straight in.
The author his tiny son was on the
floor now, saying things to the cat,
and it deserved every word, being a
cat that licks stamps off letters, and
loves bacon and boiled eggs thrust
his hands deep into his pockets and
looked down, sad eyed, at little Sunny
face." "Yes, perhaps you had better come to
If Chum would only come, if some
thing would only happen to break the
silence, a silence only cleft by the sigh
of a child.
The church was only at the end of
He could hear the bell-ringers
shuffling along the frosty pavement, in
a few minutes and he bent to his
Half asleep, half awake, he was con
scious of the old, almost forgotten
touch upon his wrist a dream doubt
lessbut he could not shake it off, and
then he looked down.
Kneeling as of yore beside him, blue
eyes tear-dimmed, was Pearl.
"I have returned, Noel." It was a
quavering little voice, but it thrilled
How like she was to their child.
By Arthur Stringer
From town a.nd tower, with lilt and tune.
A gust of chime teilces flight
Where thea dim golden boa.t the moon.
Drift elowly down the night.
Like startled bird, it swings end climbs.
Alone. eJoud, &.fart
A thousand-pinioned flock of chimes
That float from star to star.
They tire.' and fail, and turn, and cease.
Joy's homing birds. and then
For one glad Christmas Day of pace
. jeeUnihehcarte of nacni.
And then the bells clashed forth
their message, "Peace on Earth, Good
will Towards Men," and to two hearts
they carried a sweeter, deeper message
No word was spoken. A small figure,
in a smoking jacket that reached to
his heels, stood at the dividing door,
an eager face turned to either.
And husband and wife kissed silent
ly. New York News.
As to Santa Clans.
With our modern fangled notions
Fairy tales no longer do;
'Stead of coming down the chimney,
He has now gone up the flue.
IV tiling Willie, or Just Before Christmas.
From the Cleveland Leader.
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jaBABYTOVKFj It - 1 ft J 1 L I
An Importer t, Mtmbtr of Um Italic
One of the important members of the
Mexican Christmas party U the plnata,
which tusy be the figure of a clown,
a ballet dancer or a bull fighter, but
!s always dressed In a pair of bloom
ers stuffed with good things. One of
the children, blindfolded and armed
with a long pole, attempts to break
It attempts, but falls ingloriously,
says the Ledger Monthly, for there
seems to be a sort f centrifugal force
about the pinata. And the pole strikes
far wide of its mark, not even coming
within a few feet of its enemy. Then
the combatant is unblindfolded and
some other child is given a chance to
strike the pinata, who seems to wax
wroth at these futile attempts of on
slaught and say, "Hit me If you dare."
Again an attempt is made, centripetal
force begins to assert itself, and a gay
sandal comes plunging madly down
upon the head of some unfortunate vic
tim. This provokes a laugh from the
crowd, even the person ctruck joining
in, though, on account of his sud
denly aching head, his laugh may be
a faint, assumed one. So, one by one,
the children are given a chance to rend
asunder, if net to dislodge, the pinata,
and should they all fail, one by one
the adults arm themselves with the
hitherto futile weapon. Wildly they
strike purposely in mid-air, to evoke
laughter from the gleeful children un
til finally the bloomers and blouse are
ripped asunder. Then a deluge of
sweets, the contents of the olla which
tne blouse hid and the pole struck,
come raining down and imnartiallv
uv7u.uo ui lilt; juol auu
the unjust, and for which there is a
aoia f 4hA litn4
The Famllv Dav.
rhtistmns stnc ir, Ho tho hn.
day that remains exclusively a family
day. Football has wrested Thanksiriv-
inc riflV f mm its soplncinn fa ell i-n Vise
turned New Year's into a day of so-
cial functions, but neither fun nor
fashion has been able to tear down the
traditional ennstmas stocking, or to
lure individuals y from the enjoy-
mpnt rf nrlvn to nlon snro TV ho cni-o
Santa Claus himself hasbeen brought
before stern ethical judges and the
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t-urisima8 uuiuer nas ueen cnucisea
by hygienic ones. The Christmas tree
has been called a firebrand and "ye
olden time yule log" has been sup
planted by the gas grate. But in spite
of these changes and criticisms the day
remains what it has always been, a
day when family feeling runs high and
when the flower of fraternity is at Its
fairest. Business and politics are for
gotten for once; it is not how the mar
ket goes, but how his new muffler be
comes him that interests man on that
day, and it is the fate of puddings
rather than of politicians that he
watches with eagerness. It is a mat
ter for congratulation that, aside from
its religious significance, Christmas
still retains its rights as a day set
aside for domestic observances. Chi
"Well, unnstmas comes but once a
"Shucks! So does me birthday f
New York Journal.
TOE ATLANTA IETUINED
American War Veasel Leave Colom
Colon. By Cable. The United State
cxntser Atlanta. Commander William
!L Turner returned Friday nlht
from the Gulf of Darirn. She dicov
ered December IS a detachment of Co
lombian troops, numbering apparently
about 500 men. but, according to their
statements, totalling 1.S00 or 2.000 men
at Titumatl. on the western side of the
gulf, just north of the mouth of the
Atrato river. The commander of the
Atlanta sent ashore an omccr, ho
conversed with the Colombian com
mander. The latter protested energet
ically againt the presence of Ame ricaa
warships In Colombian waters, in-so-much
as war between Colombia and the
United States had not been declared,
and politely requested the Atlanta to
leave the gulf because It belonged to
Colombia. Commander Turner ignored
the request, and the Atlanta returned
to Colon to report to Rear Admiral
The Colombians are clearly bufr with
protective and strengthening measures.
Although they treated the Americans
"ourteously, they decidedly resented
the presence of the Atlanta's landing
party. The Colombian force was com
posed partly of the men landed recent
ly at the Atrato river by the Colom
bian cruisers Cartagena and General
Early in tho morning of December
15, the Atlanta sighted a Email schoon
er in the centre of the Gulf of Darien,
and followed her to the western shore.
where the schooner attempted to hide
behind an islet Lieut. Harlan P. Per
rill was ordered to hoard her, and
thereupon a whale-boat was lowered
and pulled towards the schooner.
Through the courtesy of the naval of
ficers the correspondent of the Asso
ciated Press accompanied the party. It
was found that the schooner had on
board 100 armed Colombian soldiers.
commanded by General Rafael Novo,
who said General Daniel Ortiz, commander-in-chief
of the Colombian
forces of the Atlantic and Pacific, had
a large camp a mile away, on the main
land. General Novo requested Laeuu
Perrill to land and confer with Gen
Great execitement prevailed among
the Colombians on the whale-boat's ap
proach. There were repeated cries or
Viva Colombia." and there was a sua-
den concentration of about 150 Colom
bian soldiers on the beach. For some
momentR the situation appeared dan
gerous, and had the appearance of an
ambuscade. General Ortiz appeared on
w!rh ti-hpn T.'put. Perrill went
naiinrp th' whale-boat, in the mean
time, lvinsr close by. General Ortiz in
ccf that t.w Perrill should fly the
Colombian flag at the bow of tne
whale-boat or lower the American nag
at her stern because she was in Colom-
bian waters. Lieut. Perrill replied that
he did not have a Colombian flag and
i-afnooH trt lower the stars and stripes.
General Ortiz did not insist upon ms
so doing but he pretested in writing
against the presence of the Americans
i pninmhtn waters. Lieut. Perrill ac-
cepted the protest and conveyed It to
Commander Turner, wno uwiucu v .
Coghlan on his arlval
$2.soo,ooo for Seeboird.
Richmond, Special.-The Seaboard
Air Line Railway Company nieu a
staement with the Virginia Corporation
Commission of an issue of no.es, not
aeeured by a deposit of stocks ana
E4tn TrrttVl tVlO
bonds and Otner ebcu"""
I M ni.A MAtAfl i fo
Morton Trust Uompanj. iue
redeemable in full on 10 days notice,
the Seaboard having the privilege of
I l -1-: V.Am oil lin nn that notice. The
monev is loaned at 6 per cent, inter-
Mf wu, iu er cent for commission.
Af th banking house of Messrs. John
T - was said this af-
- transaction is only
I Kfuwu 1101.
Part of the regular proceeding In the
matter of the recent financing or tne
co.hnard for Ur floating debt and mr-
Seaboard for its floating
niHiLd ui i -- - .
Liner Struck By Lightning.
New York, Special. The White Star
liner Teutonic, which arrivea rnaay
from Liverpool, after a rought pas
sage, was struck by lightning Sunday
when 200 miles east of the New
Foundland banks. The electrical
r t rT"TTi which occurred during a gale
r, hoft-tr-o- snow storm, was declared
fuu -we- j
bv Captain McKinsley to be an un
usual one. One of the bolts struck
the foretop mast, splitting it and
vnrin th Tireine rattling to the
Several other halts struck the
ship and .caused some
alarm to the
Shot From Ambuah.
Shreveport, La,, Special. The body
of George Manuel, the negro wha was
thought to have killed his employer,
t t vrotiMns c.t Bavou Pierre. In
n a -RIvpt narlsh was found about 300
. cDQ f vtninc.
ST i u;v,7w in,nit7hot ftv
gis heZi?J9 e?w both the nar
It now develops that both the planter
tive was robbery.
The Czar of Russia has appointed a
commission to investigate the cause
of the death of little Princes Elizabeth,
who was reported to have been pois
J. W. Davidson, United States Consul
at Tamsul, Formosa, reported that
Russia had 200,000 troops in Manchu
ria.' '." -
Japanese marines landed at Mokto,
Korea, and suppressed a riot.
WOII OF CONGttSS
A Lot of Diacuaaloa a4 Little Prac
tical Baal a es a.
The Senate spent ore than firf
hours Saturday dlcuicg tie Cuba a
reciprocity bill and daring- that time
er. cf Los i ilana. led the Uccuks
and occupied the greater part of tfce
day with an argument la oppoiltloa
to the measure, lie declared that Its
po&sare would greatly Injure the s ag
ar Industry of the Unttol States. Sen
ator Depew, on the fputllcaa aide.
and Senator Clay. or. the Democratic
side. upt.ortcd the bill aa a meas
ure In uit interest of bota countrlea.
Snator Clay said that he accepted
It as a provision for the reduction
oi oihi on mo part or bota coun
tries. Mr. Foster declared that ther
Is no moral obligation on the part of
this government to enter Into the
proposed arrangement with Cuba. II
said we are standing at the opa
aoor oi me ur Kast saying me can
compete with Kngland and other for
eign countries If given equality of
rights, while we are entering Into a
contrary arrangement In our own
hemisphere. Speaking of tho claim
contrary arrangement in our
own hemisphere. Speaking cf
the claim from the standpoint
of buslnean, he contended that
even without the proposed recip
rocal arrangement the manufacturers
of the LnitHl States could get the
Cuban trade if they would ask for It.
He also declared that the reduction
Df our revenues which would rctult
from tho enactment of the proposed
law In the five years that the law wan
lo continue In force would be fSS.OO'.-
000 of $40,000,000. This money munt
?o either to the Cuban sugar planters
?r to the sugar trust. In either event
ine policy was one contrary to our
own best Interest. Tno sneaker nro-
Dounced the treaty not only a political
ind economic blunder, but declared ft
falls llttlo short cf a legislative
crime. The fundamental error of the
measure, he said, Is the taking of the
fruits and vegetables of Florida and
the far West, the tobacco and sugar
products of tho country and placing
them in competition with the Cuban
products in which the tariff Is reduc-
?d of 20 per cent. He predicted that
the preferential provision of the trea
ty will bring on a tariff war with
.orelgn countries, because anything
omlng from forefgn rountrieg will
be discriminated against. Reciprocity.
lo said, was called by somo Republl-
ans the hand-maid of protection and
by sdme Democrats the haid maid of
free tr?de, but In this age cf com
mercialism. If he miht so t'-rm It, he
leclared reciprocity to be the hand-
mam or special Interests. Senator
Foetwr doolurod that t.-Mr.l ihe
treaty are every power and influence
Df the sugar trust, giving as his rea
sons that the building up of the beet
sugar Industry of the West means
Uio down-pulling of the sugar trust
uurai free delivery, reciprocity with
t-anaaa ana me new republic of Pana
ma were toplc3 of discussion In the
House Tuesday. The subject of rural
free delivery was introduced by Mr.
Maddox. Democrat, who claimed that
ceriain disks naa Deen iavorea in me
establishment of routes, which reiulted
In a lively discussion. Mr. Hepburn. Re-
publican, of Iowa, and Mr. Hemenway,
Republican, of Indiana, were among the
i uu urkuum.a cur.
Mr. Crumpacker, Democrat, of Indi
ana, defended the course pursued by
the administration In dealing with the
Central American situation and repllej
to crlticlpms which have ben made on
the opposite side of the chamber.
Washington. Special. Uy the de
cisive vote cf 37 to 18 the Senate
passed the bill carrying Into efTect
toh reciprocity treaty with Cuba. The
Snal vote was taken at the close of a
lay that was marked by a debate
which, while at times animated, wa
never acnmonluo3. The princlpial
Bpeeches of the day were made by
Mr. Spooner for the bill and by Mr.
Bailey against it. Both Senators were
subjected to frequent Interruptions.
In his remarks Mr. Bailey referred to
the recent agreement of the Demo
cratic caucus to stand solidly on par-
ty question, and warned the Reput-
not depend on straggling Democratic
votes in support of Republican meas
ures, regardless of wnetner they were
3r were not in accord with Democrat
ic doctrine. The vote In detail wis as
Yeas Aldrich, Alger. Alice. Alllwn,
Ankeny, Bacon, Ball. Beverldj?e.
Blackburn, Burnham. Burrows, Bur
ton, Clapp, Clark, Wyoming; C!ay,
Cockerell, Cullom. Depew. Dilling
ham. Dollver, Dryden. Elklns. Fair
banks, Foraker, Fostr-,. Washington,
Frye, Fulton. Gallinger.
Hale. Hanna, Hansbrough, I ley burn.
Hoar. Hopkins. Kean. Lodge. Lone.
McComas, McCreary, McCumber,
Mitchell, Nelson, Overman, Penrose,
Perkins, Piatt. Connecticut; Piatt.
New York; Proctor, Quarlez, Scott.
Simmons, Smoot. Spoon or. Stewart,
Stone. Wetmore 57.
macK, ututfrscm, Lfaniei, iudiub, ros
ter, Louisiana; McEnery, McLaurin.
Malory, Martin, Newlands. Pettos.
Taliaferro, Teller, Tillman 18.
The bill passed carried into execu
tion the treaty between the United
States and Cuba, which was ratified
last March. The treaty provides for
a reduction of 20 per cent- of the
rates of duty under the Dingley law
n a Cuban articles imported . Into
the UcIted states and a varying re-
ducUon of from 20 to 40 per ?enL
established Cuban duty on
"ti-les imported Into cfta to? tS
i United States.
.tand Arainst Cuttli.
Tokio. by Cable. In consequence of
Russia's reply, a special conference of
the elder statesmen of Ja'pan. In
cluding the Marquis Ito. and the cabi
net ministers. Is proceeding here. It
is understood that the statesmen arc
considering the .adoption cf a firm
stand' against Russia. General Kod
ama, the War Minister, was present
for the first time at the conference.
There is renewed activity at the ad
miralty. In view of a possible naval
MR. DAVIS RETURNS
The TcrkUh Cuentsect Etpecfed fi
TEE CONSUL Will DAVE WAIS21P
Th9 State Dc pertraeat Tale a llrwi
S!a4 la the Matter of Itu Aaaaatt
on the foiled Mate Coasvl at
Wajhlnxtoa. FpfUl. As a reaU cf
Mlal'trr LeUhBMa'a advirrt inject
ing the Alraandrrtta aSair. tte mate
rvpartmr&t hat reqtrate4 tk Katy
iv-trtment to i1are a arai.!n at hm
d.poal cf Consul lUls. t IWlmt
oi-n at.i.h ralsM rrtatnto Alnan-
drrtta. at r.'. jlracie. Tie Ny W-
partn;-nt ac-jiJ.nRiy rwJ ia:iu.
tions u AJmiral (M'.uti en larj tt.
Cigi.lp Bnkln. at A'.riaclna.
r!pt. t r' a ! at th- lipw!
of Mr. It Is NSire4 ti. Irvok-
j1 to arran&e the t-tni tf tls rrn j-
Acting Secretary f Mstr AJt ta
takm a firm stani in th- n;ittr t
(he afault uia TnitcJ S:at- C'Cul
W. H. lhv:s. by Turk'h vtrc:sl an 1
police, at akiandrrifs. Ho bai tat't-I
Mlnlt.tr r l lhnau to pnnt th farts
to th TurkUL cuvrrr.D'tit aul Inf.n-ra
tbtt gmt-rnni' nt th U our s-rn
lug to invitr an iirfi a ! rr:rt
tni reparation. The S ate iartm ut
dot not inJicatr what larasuir t f.
paratlcn Is expct-d. hut It Is unicr
ftrxi that thwl'urkish gorrniaT.t il
by removal or othrmlM punUh the ut
ftniliig TurkUh o.Ticia'.s at Alrn
dictta an.l mii- r.satr Attrian for lh
h,sr an.I inJurl'R h h s.iitaln 4.
The Turkit-u gicrnmnt 1 ;il.tg t
romitn&aic Atuian and dtK'rt lm- ,l
Is unicrfetod that trx- main t fr-vw t
the assault up n '.h I nlted .ai r.n.
ul. a matter f graity In in;nijT.oui
law. Ti-e iu.Vnaatmti that hu. rth l
the IX iiartuitnt In lo the c'l. t that Mr.
. , a.- I .
Davis a ntmiy u:i.n i
and pomvrs an J that hll rttl lu
pmtf-nln. as m h uht. a ni'
allzrd American ciUnn. le u t
upon by Ave Turkish po,i-rn u
dragged al'ng the grouna. n '' .
r&i Incidentally lhat upm r-curtrSr.g
his footing the cikisuI promptly
soundly thra-hed all nv- of th" poll -
D.frnda ll-rncral Wood.
Wafhlngton, SjHlal. Tho derate
rommlttte on military affairs con
cluded its investigation of the
charges against Ck-neral lnard
Wood, rttretary Boot waa the only
witness today. He wa cm the stand
for two and a half hours at the fore
noon iestlon. and occup'.eJ the atten
tion o! the committee - Wednesday
night from S o'clock unlll 11:23
o'clock. The committee will meet
again to prepare Its report. It is un
drtood that coaflrmatlon will to
r-eommnied by a vote f 8 to 2. A
minority report will b ma'Ie ty th
opposing memUTs of the omraltt
The testimony c-f H-rr-tary Hoot 1
practically the only d'fnc that ha
been made of General Wood. The
testimony, however. cwven-J the r-n-tlre
rang" of vl!-nce producI
against General Wood and waa sup
ported In many instances with cor
respondence and other data takea
from record at the War Department
covering the ptriod f Genera,! Wcod'a
administration a Governor Gneral
cf Cuba. Secretary Boot undertrolc
to assume the whole responsibility
for the orders laaued by General Wool
affecting the Judicial system In Cuta
and concerning the conceitlon grantei
to the Jal Alal Company at Havana.
He Justified the aceptance by General
Wood cf the present cf a allver act
from the Jal Alal Company.
Newport News. Special The flotil
la of torpedo boats, whkb has ten
In Hampton Boads for the pat fed
eral weeks, railed for Port Boyal. 8.
C the first stop in the long voyare
to the Philippines. Th flotilla in
cluded the cruiser Baltimore and the
1 destroyers Decatur. Balnbrlnge, Barry
and Dale. Calculations made by Lieu
tenant dandier, the flotilla com
mander, contemplate about 70 4aya
o factual running time. Steps will be
made at the vtrious points touched,
and they will aggregate ato-t &0 days
the voyage thus telnaj expected to
consume nearly fire months.
Lawrencevllle. Ga.. 8peciaL Fir
early Wednesday conaunud six build
ings In the principal portion of this
town, entailing a lots cf over J 2. 000,
and causing severe and perhaps seri
ous injuries to J. R. McKelvey and EU
son, Walter McKelvey, prominent citi
zens. The buildings deatroyei were
in the principal block of he town.
The two nljured men were hurt by a
Boston Qocc Omccratlc.
Boston. Special. The Democrats
won an overwhelming victory In the
municipal election. Mayor Patrick Col
lins being re-elected ty 27,000 plarallty,
the largest ever given a mayoralty can
didate in the history of the city. The
board of aldermen next year will be
solidly Democratic and that party will
hare a larre majority in the common
council. The city aa usual favored
licensed liquor selling by a larre majority.