HTDIfK ON TRIAL.
iepnted Murderer of Rice Before the
THE $25,000 CHECK IN EVIDENCE.
The Check Was Accepted Though the
Genuineness of the Signature Vas
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New York. Special. The taking ol
Widence was besmn in the trial of Al
bert T. Patrick, a lawyer, on an indict
ment charging him with the murder of
William M. Rice, in this city, in Sep
tember, 1900. John H. Wallace, paying
teller at Swenson's Bank, where Rice
had an account, identified a cheek for
$25,000 payable to Albert T. Patrick,
is one that had been presented to him.
t was the misspelling of the name
Ubert that caused a telephone call to
Rice's apartment .which resulted in the
discovery that Mr. Rice had died the
.previous day. Counsel for Patrick ob
jected tx every question asked on "this
line on the ground that the witness
could not I testify to; hearsey evidence,
fbut the recorder overruled the objec- j
Itions until Assistant District Attorney
Garvin asked who answered the tele
phone. He sustained the objection that
Mr. Wallace could not tell who it was.
Wallace testified that he had never
sen Patrick. until the day the check
bras presented. So far as he knew,
Rice's business was attended to by
Jones, the valet-secretary.
"In your opinion is the signature on
the check I the signature of Wm. M.
Rice ?" asked the. attorney for the pros
Counsel for Patrick objected, but the
witness was allowed to reply.
"In mytopinion,";he said, "it was not
written by Mr. Rice."
On, cross-examination Wallace-said
that when the check was returned to
the bank endorsed "Albert T. Patrick,"
and "Albert T. Patrick" he. stamped it
V'accepted," although he had doubts as
to the genuineness of the signature.
Finally he said: "I do not know what
"Is wrong with the signature, but I
don't like it. It does not look natural
Ito me. The final curve of the "M" for
instance, looks as if it was an after
f O. Weatherbee, a clerk in the
'bank of Swenson & Son, said he knew
iRice for 12 years. He was asked to tell
:Of a visit alleged to have been made by
! Jones, the valet-secretary, to the wit
mess' home, in Brooklyn, but this was
ruled out. Weatherbee said he had
never seen Patrick until the day the
check was handed in at the bank. He
had not known Patrick to be connected
In, any way with Rice's business. When
Patrick called at the bank, he saw Mr.
Swensen. In the conversation that day
Patrick said Rice's body was to be cre
mated, as ."the old gentleman was a
crank on cremation." Patrick also said
rthere had been an understanding be
rtween him and Rice as to what was
to be done ith' the proceeds of the
.checks. Weatherbee said it was his
opinion that the $25,000 check was sot
signed by Wm. M. Rice,
f Counsel for Patrick objected, to the
.admission of the $25,000 check as evi
dence, on the ground that the defend
'ant was under indictment for forging
;that check andlhat it would not be fklr
to bias the minds of the jury by ad
mitting it. I f r
j "This check is one of the steps jby
"(which I intend to prove the conspiracy
rbetween this defendant and Jones,"
said Mr. Osborne
' "The prosecution . should not be al
lowed to say thatJ a murder was com
mitted because they think a check was
.forged," said Mr. Moore, for Patrick.
I The recorder admitted the' check.
j Under cross-examination Weatherbee
said he was not an expert in handwrit
ing and he could not analyze the sig
rnature on the check. The doubt in. his
mind was more general than specified.
The witness said he did not decide the
Check was not genuine when he first
examined it. ; This was before it wai
stamped "accepted.' - - .
Mr. Weatherbee then " testified that
the check was accepted and certified,
and that the certification, was sancelled
fhy Mr. Swenson after he had talked
f wlth somebody over .the , telephone.
To Observe McKInley Day.
Memphis, Tenn., Special. Acting
Mayor Henderson has issued a procla
mation calling upon the ty officials
and public institutions to observe Janu
ary 29th as McKinley's Memorial Day
and requesting that contributions be
made to the memorial fund. The
uons for the same purpose on Sunday,
Majoilty of Cuban People Are Ready
Washington, Special. Col. - Tasker
Bliss, the United States army officer,
detailed as 'collector of 'customs at
Havana, was b ef ore the ways and
means committee concerning the Cu
ban reciprocity. In opening his state
ment ho disclaimed : authority' as a
sugar expert and said his knowledge
was confined to that of
for three years in an
an , observer
tion, dealing with the trade of Cuba.
This had led him to hope
that if there
was any change in the tariff it would
be such an adjustment as would
throw into the hands of the United
States the largo amoun
t of : Cuban
trade now taken by fore:
said it j was
Speaking first -of the
the Cuban industry, he
greatly depressed. The
vana banks were refusing further
credits to the sugar planters, and
when this occurred it was a sure evi
dence of the distress of the planta
tions. He roughly estimated the su
gar ; industry; of the island at $200,
000,000 - and said about three-fourths
of the people pere dependent In one
way or another on the sugar indus
try. :-:y-: -Tri:i:
Chairman Payne asked Col. Bliss,
to specify what advantages the Uni
ted States could gain from Cuba and
Mr. Payne also called attention to the
low" tariff rate Cuba imposed against
the United States. !
Col. Bliss said the
21 per cent,
valorem rate was about
and he presented tables
show how a tariff readjustment could
throw practically all of the Cuban
trade into the hands of American pro-
ducers. At present, he
boueht S66.000.000 of w
tiich jthe UnK
ted States furnished $28,475,000, and
the balance of about $37,000,000 came
from foreign countries. .On many ar
ticles such as fresh beef, railroad iron
and other specified articles, the Uni
ted States had a practical monopoly
Of the, trade. But on many other ar
ticles, totaling about $45,000,000 the
United States had but $10,000,000 of
"By a reasonable modification of
the Cuban tariff," said Col. Bliss,! "at
least 86 per cent, of this trade can
be thrown to the United States."
He submitted a list of articles on
which a differential of about 33 per
cent favorable to the United States
as against other foreign : countries
would give us the trade. In reporting
on this to the war department the
condition had been imposed upon him
not to reduce the revenue of Cuba,
Under such circumstances, he thought
It would ; be necessary Ito first I raise
Cuba's tariff rates, for purposes of
revenue, and then with a sufficient
differential to give the United States
the control of the trade. This he put
forward only tentatively as one of
several plans proposed to the war de
The members, of the committee
questioned Col. 'Bliss ,onthe details
of the proposed readjustment In the
course of the examination Represen
tative Newlands of Nevada suggested,
that without our political control of
Cuba there might be servile labor to
compete with American labor. He
"Are the Cuban people prepared to
come into political relations with the
United States?" j
"I think a great majority of the Cu
bans are ready to come
in," Col. Bliss
"As a Territory or as
asked Mr Newlands
"They, would be glad to come, in as
a1 State or a Territory,' or under I the
millitry authority, almost in any, way
In order to come under the authority
of the United States"
"If invited to come ;
In first as a
Territory, then as a State, would this
be accepted?" , f .
"I think it would"-
Continuing on .this topic Col: Bliss
said be thought commercial union
with Cuba would postpone political
union Personally he was not U con
vinced of the wisdom of annexation.
The feeling1 In 'Cuba' was one of readi
ness to accept any conditions the
United States might impose.
Louis Place; and Mr. Mendoza ' of
the Cuban delegation
' Two Selected. "
v Atlanta, Ga., , Special. The commis
sion to Select two Georgians that Will
be placed in the Statuary hall- at
Washington, met for the first time at
the cap! to!. Although the decision of
the, commission will not be announced
until July, an informal vote showed a
preference for Alexander H. Stephens
and Dr. Crawford Long.
New Enterprises that Are Enriching
Pur Favored. Section.
A Large Increase. "
- An Increase of; almost, 191 -per cent
in the capital invested In the tiirpen- '
tine and rosin industry v and; of 152
per cent, on the Value of the, products
therefrom is shown in the census re
port issued last week from Washing
ton, D. C; oh the. manufacture of
these K products in the United States.
The total value v .; of : turpentine and
rosin products I consists .of $14,960,
235 the value of 754,670 barrels "of
spirits of turpentine, $5,129,208,- the
value ot 2,563,087 barrels4 of 1 rosin,
and $255,354, the value of miscellan
eous products, such as tar, I pitch,
rosin, oil, charcoal, refined tar, etc.
Frbm the distillation of 4,033,153 bar
rel of crude turpentine by the 1503
establishments exporting, there re
sulted 24 per cent of spirits of tur
pentine. 55 Of rosin ATI 51 nsr oont
r . mm jwtm, WUWt
of Other products. The. consumntinn
of fepirits of turpentine in the United
oiaitjs is j,io t,uoo ganons, or 53 per
cent, of the quantity manufactured,
ana of 10193,969 barrels, or 7.6
per cent. The amount of crude tur
pentine (barrels) gathered and total
value by States follows: Alabama
373,005, value $2,033,705; Florida 1,
212,935, value $6,469,605 ; Georgia 1,
515,569, value $8,110,468 ; Louisiana
20,299, .value $115,324; Mississippi
35,529, value 51,772,435; North Caro
lina 361,729, value $1,055,695; South
Carolina 190,095, value $787,656.
Textile Notes. s
Dennis C. Howarth. nresident of
Chester (Pa.) Manufacturing Co.. has
made a proposition, Jor the purchase of
A m mm -' mmm ' . ......
me Mempnis renn.) uotton Mills, a
plant of 14,600 spindles and 250 looms.
If the transaction is closed, it is claim
ed that the Chester Manufacturing Co.,
will remove Its plant to Memphis anjl
there consolidate with the purchased
mill. : ,
Eagle Cotton Mills of Lawrenceburg,
Tenn., will be rebuilt The plaint was
destroyed by fire last week, and its pro
prietor, W. H. Dustin, who now states
that he is in the market for entire new
outfit, to include 3000 to 400 spindles
and full' complement of power, etc., for
manufacturing 4 to 16 yarns. About
$50,000 will probably be expended.
Andrews Loom Harness Co., has pur
chased the. plant and business of the
Spartanburg Loom Harness Co., of
Spartanburg, S. C, and will continue
same. A capital of $30,000 is represent
ed in equipment and facilties for man
ufacturing looni harness used in textile
mills'; Messrs. Isaac Andrews and S.
Vernor Muckenfuss are the managers. -
The building for the textile school of
the North Carolina College of Agricul
ture and Mechanic Arts at
n earing completion. Large
of textile machinery have been receiv
ed, and the installation of it will begin
in a few days. The textile School will
give thorough courses in carding, spin
ning, weaving, dying and designing.
It' is reported that Lockhart (S. C.)
Mills will build an additional . mill in
order tQ provide increased freight traf
fic for the Lockhart Railroad. This rail
road Is said to have been guaranteed,
when built a certain quantity of freight
annually from the mill, which it has
failed to receive. The company now has
25,000 spindles and 800 looms. v
Enfield (N. C.V Knitting Mills has or
dered i eleven additional knitting, ma
chines, wi th ribbers and Ioopers to
match, and will also install dyingvplant
within sixty days. The company naa
been operating until now ten machines
on the nroduction of children's hosiety.
Increased production ' will ze 225 dozen
Ouachita'' Cotton Mills of. Monroe,
La., is nearfng completion, and expects
to.be manufacturing- inside of two
months." There will ,be 500 spindles ana
150 looms In- position 1 for operation.
The company met ' during the week
and re-elected its past year's off leers.
They Include Uriah Jllllsap, president
Harriman (Tenn.) . Cotton Mill Co.
hna mit Its nlant - in naitial operation.
after a shut-down of jsome-- months.
p.niHra eaulnment will be operated as
rapidly as possible expeienced - hands
being scarce. Tnere are e&w spinaiea
In the mill. - V , . - -;
B. L. Battle Manufacturing - Co:, o.
Warrenton; Go., will probably rebuild
its knitting mill, which was burned last
week at a loss-of $30,000; however, a
definite decision has not been reached.
The Chamber of Commerce of Hums
ville, Ala., Is corresponding with Phil
adelphia (Pa.) parties relative to the
establishment of a rug- factory, in
Huhtsvillle. - i ,
Anchor . Mills of Huntersville, ti. C,
is reported as to double Its preseot
plant of 4100 spindles, .. .
. Burnett & McKee Company of vVicks-
burg, Miss., has been charter, with ca
pital- stock of $60,000,f for dealing' in
and manuftcturmg cotton ? and other
wise handling the stapled ; -
. Uenoir ' (Niy C.) Cotton Mill has- pur
chased the machinery for its plant and
said, equipment is now being placed in
position. There will; be 6000 spindles for
oiiiAiiiiag, jsj jwau wiiuu, imu. opera
tions are expected to commence in vie
near future. Capitalization $75,000.
Lauraglenn Mills of Shelby; N. C.,
was sold at public auction during the
week to Jphn E. Hurst of Baltimore,
Md., who was -president of the compa
ny. The price paid was' $4200. It is a
2800-spindle- plant fo rmaking yarn and
jail twine, and was capitalized "at $50,
000. ' v - . -
Messrs. W. W. Gregg, Robert E.
Gregg, C. B. Curtis, W W. Gregg, Jr.,
and J. V. Gregg of Nashville, Tenn.,
have Incorporated Leeds Woolen Mills
Co., with capital , stock of $30,000.' ' -
It is reported that Victor Cromer,
Chas. Cromer and Wingert 3ros. of
Hagerstown, Md., will establish a silk
mill, that theyiiave leaked building for
the purpose, and will instill ten looms
to start with. , ;
. J. O. Kretzschmar of Memphis, Tenn.,
has purchased the plant of Memphis
Lint Co., and will operate same, in
stalling considerable new machinery; ?
Eagle Cotton Mills, at Lawrenceburg,
Tenn., was destroyed Ifr fire last week.
It was a 3500-spindle j plant making
carpet warps, twine and rope, and em
ployed 125 hands. W. 1 H. Dustin," the
owner, had made considerable improve
ments during the year. -
A greater portion of the machinery
for Lenoir (N. C.) Cotton Mill Jias ar
rived and is being placed in position.
At the start 3000 spindles will be oper
ated on fine yarns, and another 3000
spindles are to be purchased later on.
Company is capitalized at $75,000.
S. Kohorn and others bt Starkville.
Miss., have incorporated the Textile
Novelty ; Co., with capitalization of
$10,000. - ;
Celebrating Colony Founding.
Mobile, Ala,, Special.-The first day
of the celebration of the 200th anniver
sary of the founding ofj the. first perma
nent French colony in Louisiana and
the establishing of Fort Louis s la
Mobile in 1702 by John -Baptiste Le
Moyne and Sieur. de Bienville, I was ob
served successfully. Alter a parade of
civic organizations a bjronze tablet was
unveiled at the court-house, bearing
an inscription in honor of the. Le
Moyne brothers. De Iberville and; De
Bienville. The, programme consisted
of an invocation by Robert Moses, ad
dress and presentation by Hon; C; W.
Butt, acceptance Lr Mayor T. S. Fry
and benediction by 3tey. W. H. R Cox
A salute of 21 guns wai fired. ,
Fire In Georgetow n
Georgetown, S. C, Special. At lf30
o'clock Sunday morning fire broke
out in the express office building,
spreading on either side and destroy
ing five other buildings with contents.
The Georgetown Times, - the post-;
office, C. W. Rouse's j stationery and:
Job printing; L. G. Walker, lawyer ;?
M. .W. Pyatt, lawyer; j Col. Sparkman,
insurance; : ingman and Bryant bi
cycles;, the Masons' V lodge; ; Walter
Hazard, lawyer; P. M. Matthews,
civil - engineer, and the telephone ex
change all lost heavily. The aggre
gate amount is placed a $20,000; in
surance $70,00. ! .
Rev. J. G. McCullough,' a Methodist
minister, aged 82 years, died atWal
halla, S. C, Thursday .
The report Is current In" Germany
that' there is A great scarcity of plows
in England, because most of them have
been beaten into , swords. :; ,
. Samuel E. Allen, of j Salt Lake City,
owns a Wycliffe Bible, one of the first
books printed in England. The volume
Is at least 300 years old.
y At a meeting of : the Senate commit
tee on public buildings and ' grounds
the following favorable reports - were
authorized: To make j addition to the
cost of the public building at Atlanta,
$500,000; to increase the cost of public
building Newport. News. ,V ' fnv
200.000 to 425d.0m: ' v .1"-:'-
Day. Set Fprti yf-:
Savannah, Ga., ' Special. In v the.
United S tates district court for the
Southern district of Qeorgia assign
ment of the case of Benj. D. Green,
John :IV Gayner and W. - T. Gaynor
was made. The case . will be called on
February 11 at 10 a.; m. Green and
the Gaynors are indicted for " con
spiracy, with former Capt O. M.
Carter to defraud the government of
large sums of money - on river - and
harbor contracts. Mr. Rountree of At-
lanta, cf : counsel for th . defendants,
I was in attendance at j the opening cf
A Trcsled Employe Gets Inyclred fcr
1 . a Large Aipount
SALARIED MAN DAS BIG HOLDINGS
The Alleged Embezzler Denies Th&S
Tbere Is Defalcation, But Has- Sur
rendered His Property, 'f
ports were published here on an alleges
shortage in the books of Theodore
Braemer, who resigned last Sunday hhs .
position as secretary and; treasurer of
the J. & P. Schroth Packine Ctomnanv-
of this city. The story as first published,
alleged a shortage of from $160,000 t .
$400,000, extending over a period 1 ot
twenty years, and claimed 'that r Mr.
Breemer had turned over all : of hl
property and chatties in trust pending:
an examination of the books by ex
perts, firaemer denied that there was
any defalcation, but admitted, that he
had turned $72,000 in personal prop
erty over to Harlan Cley eland, his at
torney, and Jos. W. O'Hara, attorney
for the Schroth Oomnany. Mrl Brae
mer talked freely about the case.
j Braemer is 45 years old and has been
with the Schroths 27 years, most of the?
time receiving $25 per ' week as book-'
keeper and in recent years twice that
amount as secretary and treasurer. Thtr
firm did a business of about a millionv
dollars a year, which was handled by
Braemer. When John Schroth 'died,
more tnan a y ear ago, Lieutenant Got
ernor Nippert ' became the attorney ot
his lieirs, who instituted an investiga
tion of the company. This finally culnii
nated i av meeting of ; all -.Interested
parties at which Braemer- resigned and
from which the sensational reports
emanated. Harlan Cleveland, attorney
for Bramer, and John W.-O'Hara, at
torney for the company, and also trus
tees, are engaged with the experts in
examining . the be oks. The accountants
Insist that they cannot complete their .
work for two or three weeks and coun
sel, say that no reliable statement can
be made until that time.
Braemer owns one. of the finest resi
dences in the city and. it is furnished
with all that art" can supply. ' In the
sensational reports that have been pub
lished no reference is made to , him as
having any bad habits. The attorneys
and other interested persons will glvt
no assurance that the report of the
experts on the examination;, ot the
books will be made public when coni-
i.CbVU, U Viicrjr ouiic kuak j ywojiuiw
difference has already been . adjusted
satisfactorily by the property that
Braemer has turned over in trust
1 Braemer said that he had transferred
to the trustees $72,000 in Standard Oil
and Cincinnati Gas and Electric stjeks.
This, he said, would amply cover any
errors" which might be found on tht
books. T'll tell you the truth of the
matter; said Braemer, "The 'old man'
and I have been fighting' for about six
months and 1 concluded toquit and I
resigned Sunday, Some errors had been
discovered in the books and it was
mutually agreedT to have an expert gefc
over them. In order to indemnity tho
company, Attorneys Cleveland an5
O'Hara' were appointed as trustees or
my estate and I turned over to them4
$72,000Mn stocks. If any shortage Is
found I am to blame. The salary waa
$50 a week' and had been tor the past
ten years. I owned $15,000 worth ot.
stock In the company. I wish to say It
there is any ghortage I know nothing
of It" V . '
' . Tillman In a Debate. '
! Fredonlv N." Yj Speclal.r-Benjamla
R. Tillman, United States Senator froo
South ' . Ganltnaand, Chis. B. f Landis;
ana; engaged In a spirited joint. -4bat
In Dunkirk oh thtr questlsa tiT TJC5
racy vs. Republlamism.w Two 1hdusan3
persons listened , to the addressed which
were along the lines of the pisxrom oi
A New Steamer
h Newport News, -Va., 7- SpetNd-Th
Newport News Ship-Building and Dry
Dock - Company received word from
New York that they had been awarded
the contract to build a new l0 steamer
for the ;01d Dominion Line.' The ne?
Vessel will be haridspmely equipped and
will cost $600,000, will be SSS feet Ions,
ciid tars a btsa ot 45 feet ,