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RALEIGH, N. O, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1904.
No Objection if Gen. ililes Cares to
Take Charge of Massachusetts Mil-
Itar'y President will not Appoint
. Kansas Man Japanese Minister Re
covering British Officer will Oet a
'' Present Other Notes.
Correspondence of the Enterprise.
- Washington, Dec. 27.
', Governor-elect Douglas, of Mas
sachusetts, wants General Miles to
serve him as Adjutant-General of
the Bay State militia. It is said
at the War Department that there
is : no legal objection to General
Miles serving as an Adjutant-General
of the Massachusetts militia by
the Governor's appointment if he
chooses, to do so, regardless of his
detail . by the President under the
Dick law. In that case, however, he
would receive no additional compen
sation from the government beyond
his regular retired pay of $8,250.
It will look a little funny for a
former Lieutenant-General of the
United States Army to act iii the ca
pacity of Adjutant-General of. a
State, but, of course, General Miles
is his own boss, so long as he per
forms his semi-military service in
the United States. ' .' '.-v
Kansas is out:oneI2lef$Qpni-:
missioner-ror will be aitet'fiialSLrf
1st; Y; Kansas members, of . Cpngtlssi
dent with a view of having some oth
er Kansas man appointed in the
place of Colonel Eugene Ware, who
will gladly lay down the cares of u
thankless official position very soon.
The President said decidedly that he
would not appoint a Kansas man.
The President probably did not care
to go through again his 'experience
of a few years ago, when he offered
the Pension Commissionorship to
Kansas, and then went through about
six weeks of in fact, he is said to
have remarked that what he went
through with Kansas politicians was
something that rhymes with "well."
All of a sudden Kansas went right
up into the air, and about 40 men
were presented to the President by
as many different factions. The
President knew a trick worth half
a dozen of that, and so he appointed
Colonel Ware. Colonel Ware was a
personal friend, and he was not look
ing for office. In fact, he objected
to being appointed to office. But
the President wouldn't have it that
way, as he wanted to get out . of the
Kansas troubles gracefully. Colonel
Ware accepted and the President
says in his annual message to Con
gress that there has never been
a better Commissioner of Pensions.
But, just the same, the President
isn't going to go through with that
factional fight again. lie went
over into Missouri, and offered the
office to Ma j. William Warner, Post
Commander-in-Chief of the Grand
Army of the Republic' Major War
ner declined with thanks. The Pres
ident is in a dilema. Those that he
wants won't have it, and those who
. are crying for it he won't have
and there you is, honey.
The Japanese Minister, Kogoro
Takahira, who was recently operated
on for appendicitis, is still in New
York, and very weak, but is reported
to be slowly recovering.
. The public schools of the District
of Columbia celebrated their cen
tennial anniversary, Monday, De
cember 5. The School Board did not
hold a meeting till six months after
the establishment of the schools,
which meeting occurred August 5,
1805. Thomas Jefferson, then Pres
ident of the United States, was elect
ed one of the trustees, and contrib
uted $200 to the support of the
Commander Nugent, commanding
the British gunboat Algerine, will
receive from the American govern
ment a handsome gold watch as an
evidence of this government's ap
preciation for his services in rescu
ing 33 seamen of the crew of the
American steamer Mineola wrecked
off Kamchatku. - j K
By the death of Senator Hoar,
Senator Piatt, of Connecticut, falls
heir to the handsomest committee
room in the United States, Senate.
Senator Hoar was Chairman of the
Committee on J udiciary, and Sena
tor Piatt suceeds him as Chairman,
thus getting the committee room.
That the 'President has always
strongly favored the Navy is very
well known, but he has shaken up
Army circles by referring to the
Navy first in his annual message,
letting the stronger, older, and more
popular branch of the service, the
Army, follows. His references to.
the Navy are much longer than those
on the Army, too.
For Inland Waterway.
The Baltimore American says :
Secretary Clarence II. Forrest, of
the Merchants and Manufacturers'
Association, will represent (hat body
at an interstate conference to be
held at Columbia, S. C, December
28, to discuss a project for a 16-foot
inland waterway between Norfolk,
Va., and Beaufort, N. C, by way of
Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. The
idea is to advance the interests of
commerce from the South and save
vessels laden with lumber and other
bulky cargoes from the dangers of
Cape Ilatteras. The plan as out
lined has already been reported to
Congress, and the object of the con
ference is to push the matter. The
government is also interested in the
plan, because of the value this water
way would be in time of war against
this nation. The government prac
tically has an inside route for its
torpedo boats from Maine to the
Chesapeake capes, and there it
strong belief that it will take up the
matter of a system of waterways
continuing -from Norfolk to the east
coast of Florida. The plan is to
barge all the bulky cargoes, which
could be done at a much cheaper
rate than is charged by the sailing
vessels and steamers. . It is figured
that such a 'plan would mean much
to the lumber trade of Baltimore,
should it go into effect.
The Wake County. Sayings Bank
will open for business at its banking
room No. 16 East Martin Street, on
Tuesday, January 3, 1905, at nine
o'clock a. m.
All deposits received on or before
the 10th dav of January will begin
to bear interest from the first day of
the new year.
I :;::. W. W. VASS,
LETTER FROM BILK1NS.
The Jlajor Had a Pleasant Christmas
Relatives and Friends Visited Him
Irs. Bilkins Objects to Games
Troubles of Those Who Would not
Correspondence of the En terprise.
Well, Christmas hez cum an' gone;
that iz the 25th hez, fer most peeple
count hit Christmas up ter the first
ov January. Sum peeple take
Christmas awl the year. I don't.
Enuff iz .enuff ov enything.
I reckin' Betsy hed a purty nice
time Christmas, but she don't seem
ter be in much ov a gude humer yit.
The prisent that she didn't git seems
ter be a wuryin' her sum. But I am
goin' ter make up fer that after
while, next summer, maybe. I'm go
in' ter take Betsy ter the seashore
or ter Fuquay Springs or Chalybeate
Springs; she kin take her choice.
It iz a long time off, but hit iz a
gude idea ter be layin' plans. She
wont need eny furs then an' kin hev
a big time prancin' eround the sum
mer reports. I fooled her last sum
mer an she wont let me git outin'
ov her site next summer. So I'll
take her ter the same place I go
an' try ter lose her so I kin hev a
big time. Hit iz a gude plan ter
ti&e your wifejrite erlong when she
gits sorter cross ways an' looses con
fercdence in you. Then awl you hev
ter do iz ter stick rite by her side
till she gits erquainted with sum ov
the other ladies an' they git her talk
in' erbout their clothes. Then she
will want you ter make your self
scarce. That iz the sikologickal mo
ment when I will take on new life
an' hev awl the fun that kin be
squeezed out ov a summer resort.
They iz more than one way ter kill a
dog. . ;-.y-'.;:''--.'vvv--
Well, sum ov our kin folks cum
Christmas an' sum ov the nabors
happened in. We had sumthin' gude
ter eat an' tole yarns and played
games. Betsy iz down on games,
so we hed ter play 'em under protest.
She thinks hit iz a criminal offense
ter play flinch, panick an' awl them
thiugs. If she hed got inter society
she would hev bin playin' pergres
sive uker before now.
I see that there hez bin the usual
ennount ov drinkin' an' rowdyizum
durin' thet holidays, notwithstandin'
my request that peeple quit playin'
the fool. Murders, fites, fires, axi-
dents, peeple shot, peeple cut, skulls
cracked. Sum ov them will hev ter
go ter court. They hev paid too
much fer their whistles, az my ole
f rend Ben Franklin uster say. Bet
ter take my advise hereafter an' you
will feel better.
Oneasy lies the head that wears a
crown. I wouldn't swap my job az
consterable with the czar ov Russia.
I'll bet he haint slept sound in ten
years. Iliz peeple air raisin' cane
awl the time an' the Japs are on top
ov him an' awl over him. One day he
iz reported dead, the next he iz alive,
but unpopular. But he mite hev it
easier if he would let the peeple run
things. lie orter do like the wiiriin'
pertend that hiz subjects air run
in' ov the country, but be a runnin
ov it himself awl the time. At any
rate he will never hev eny fun in
bein' a great ruler az long az he hez
the people a thinkin' that they air
bein' imposed on. The Czar wants
Life in the Old Land Yet.
"There is life in the old land yet."
That is especially "true of North Car- V
olina, the "good old North State."
Uhariotte.Ajreensboro, JUurham, Ita
leigh and Goldsboro are growing
rapidly, and Greenville, the county
seat of Pitt County, on Tar River,
in the center of the best cotton and
tobacco lands in the South, has
caught the spirit of enterprise, and
is putting in a complete public wa
ter plant, and electric lighting
plant. What Greenville needs, and
will soon have, are tobacco manu
facturing plants in competition with
Durham and Lynchburg, and cotton
spinning mills, to spin the cotton
and manufacture the tobacco so
abundantly grown in Eastern North
Carolina. Freeport, Ills.; Journal,
The Winter Fashions.
The definite changes in fashion
to be noted affect the bodice and
sleeves, the bust being raised, the
lines of the waist fitted and the
shoulders wide and high. The grace
ful full skirt has had a long reign,
and now we have as a possibility
panelled skirts with,, short overskirts
in panier style. ' These are, in fact,
promised for spring.
The dart is back again the old
fashioned seam that runs in pairs at
each side of the bodice front and
fits it to the figure like a glove as
is also the designs showing straight
er sleeves, which bring the curves at
the waist-line into greater promi
This season the separate wrap
forms more than ever an import
ant part of a complete outfit, and
it is essential that the wran should
harmonize perfectly with the gen
eral color scheme if it does not
match exactly the shade of the dress.
The dolman, which found its way
into favor last spring, has been given
a definite place. Indeed, the big
sleeve vogue, the end of which is not
yet, finds use for cane and flowing
sleeve effects. Even in dressy bodices
is the leg-o'-muttom sleeve intro
duced, and the softly drawn-down ef
fects have displaced the exaggerated
blouse modes formerly in vogue.
From The Delineator for January.
One of the chief means of protec
tion to our great battleships are huge
armor plates. It is important in
these days that there hould be armor-plated
boys. A boy needs to
be iron-clad on:
His lips against the first taste
His ears against impure words.
His hands against wrong-doing.
His feet against going with bad
His eyes against dangerous books,
His pocket against dishonest
His tongue against evil speak
ing. The Christian armor on her citi
zen gives more security to the nation
than all the armor plates that are
on her ships. Exchange.