lefty 1T WE GUARANTEE The Reliability of Every Advertiser Who Uses the Col. umns of This Paper. V, (1. Sta.'V, President. J. (1. WAIIDIiAW. Vice I'lenldent T'-r -r T? ' Ii M- 1.4 THE NATIONAL BANK OF GAFFMEI. Capital $.',0,000.00. Wii.i.lniy cminly clainiH, receive, deposit in,! iiiaLu lllii Till (onus mi unproved upnr 1). U. lions, Cashier, 1 JL HlLil d 1L.J SEMI-WEEKLY PUBLISHED TUESDAY AUD FRIDAY. I. 4 i d j n V 1 i J ; u it " A) j m , .mwmmwmmmmwmwmwmww""" maw ii i mmmKmmmmwmmtmmmmmmmammammmmmmmmmmm m wtmmmmmmmmmammmmmmmmmmmrm A Newspaper in all that the Word Implies and Devoted to the Best Interests of the People of Cherokee County. ESTAliLI OAFFNEY CITY. S. C Fill DAI', MAY 25, 1000. $1.00 A YEAR. : j r i 1 BOERS FALLING BACK IS FRENCH ADVANCES They Are Rotreating Straight on tho Vaal. WILL FIGHT TO THE DEATH Jlocrs Will KohIn (o tho Lust Roberts Is Marchlns on to Pretoria us Hup-Idly us Possible Duller llelil at Uuy. Dattlo Imminent. London, May 24. General French has reached Prospect station, about 5 milos north of Rhieuoster river. Tho Boors are retreating straight ou tho Vaal. A dispatch from Rhienoster says: "Tho geuerul opinion is that we will arrive at Pretoria as fast as wo tcan march, though the Doers announced to till the countryside that thoy Intended to light to tho death." General Ian Hamilton is co-operating in tho advance on tho right. Thus Lord Roberts, who presumably is a few miles behind General French, will reach the Vital before the end of the week. Natives report that tho Boers have mnk two guns in Rhienoster river. Iu Natal General Bailer's forces have crossed into tho Transvaal, near Ingogo, but tiro still held at bay at Lsiing's Nek. With tho exception of this pass, Natal is clear of Boers. They will hardly bo able to hold the position when threatened by a dunking movement from the force that crossed tho Ingogo river. A dispatch from Pretoria announces that the lirst train north entered Mafo-king May 23 and that the first 'train south is expected next week. It is said that the relief of Mafeking - was due to a blunder of ouo of tho federal officers by which General Uelarey was foiled in "his plan to cut off tho relief force, after crossing Molopolis river. It is thought the federals have resolved to make a determined defense of the city of Johannesburg. Klimko, tho state mining engineer, has been given six months' leavo of absence, presumably for protesting against tho proposition to blow up tho mines. A dispatch from Newcastle, Natal, says that tho Russian ambulance corps with tho Boers is disgusted with their conduct and has requested tho czar to recall thorn. BRITISH WERE DEFEATED. Sustained Heavy Loss In Buttle at Seliocper's Nek. Pretoria, May 21. An official bul letin issued horo says: ' "Sixty British cavalry came into col lision on May 20 with 80 of the Swazi land commando at SchoeDer's Nek. The lighting lasted tin hour. Tho British lost 27 lulled. 25 wounded and 11 wero taken prisoners. Twenty-live horses. two guns and a quantity of ammunition wore cantured. Tho federals lost two killed and one wounded. "The advance guard at Hoilbron ro tired on the main body at the northern border. "According to Frco State advices tho British a:e at Greyliug s unit on tho Vaal river, 25 miles from Wolmeransta Wolli in largo force. "On Monday Kulbo engaged tho Brit ish bet ween Heilbron and Linsley. The federals ltad to retire before ou over whelming force, losing ono killed and Seven wounded." lSrltlsh Knee the Doers, VoLKSiii'KT, May 21. Tho British bavo crossed the Buffalo river and aro within sight of the Boer' position. They nro busy emplacing heavy cannon at Schuiushovgte, near the scene of tho battle ou tho Ingogo river in 1881. It is reported that a. light has occurrod at Botha's Nek. Chris Botha, brother of the commander-in-chief, has been ap Doiiited assistant to the coinmtindcr-iU' chief. He has revived tho fighting spirit in many of tho federals. In an ambush between N'Quetu and Mount Prospect eight British wore killed and 13 wounded. Boer Envoys to Tour the West Washington, May 24. The plaus of campaign of tho Boor peace commis sioners has not yet been fully outlined They probably will remain -here nutil Tuesday, when tlxcy begin a tour or the west, as lias been previously intimated, Mr. Fischer ot tho delegation w now busy outlining this itinerary. CLARK'S FRIENDS ALARMED JIo Went to Louisville and Has Mys teriously Disappeared Jackson, Term., May 24. Tho friends of Major E. A. Clark of Jackson, cx-1 'ityor and ex-county clerk, are alarmed 118 to his whereabouts. Ho went to isvillo early in May, disappeared r'u his boardinghouse there May 15 ft his family have just learned of It. telegram to the Louisville chief of brought the iuformation that a fly has been In tho morgue w:iitiug rbeilfiiJcation since May 8, nearly answering tho description of the missing man. He was, known to have had several hundred 'dollars on his person. Major Clark was 72 years old, a Mexican and confederate veteran and a prominent Democrat. ; Berried For Governor. Sioux Falls, May 24. The Ropubli'-can state convention has adjourned sino die. I'ho ticket is headed by Charles N. Herried for governor. Tho delegates to the national convention wero Instructed for President McKinley. Night Watchman Assassinated. Milan, Tenn., May 24. Jack Bryant, night watohrnan here, was shot through tho heart by some unknown person at 11 o'clock last night. Only one shot struck Jilm, though three were fired. There is no clue to the assassin. Rioting In Prussia. Berlin, May 24. Riots have occurred repeatedly within the last few days at Btolk, in the jiroviuce of Pomerauia, Prussia. The cavalry was summoned aud attacked the crowd, and a score of persons were injured. THE CAPTURED FLAG. A Niilillur'H KemliilNeeneeH of the Hiittle nr (liilneiT Mill. Tho article by "J. L. S." in regard to tlie buttle ling of the 10th Michi gan Regiment, called to the writers mind Borne incidents connected with tho battle of Gaines' Mill thut It may be pleusunt lor old Palmetto Sharpshooters to remember. Lalo In the afternoon as we ad vanced In line of battle we passed Gen. Longstreet with ono leg thrown over the pommel of his saddle and chewing the end of a cignr, ana by his side Moxley Sorrel, bis Acijutuni. I was neur enough the General to hear him say, "mighty hot In there, boys." Continuing the advance just utJdusic, a regiment was seen druwn up on our right in a ravine skirting the woods, By General Jenkin's order we were wheeled about so as to face them, and one or more men sent forward to find out If they were friends or foes. As I recollect the Federals also sent forward men for a similar purpose. On their refusal to unfurl their colors, a moment or two" was allowed for these men to return to their commands and the order given by both purtiea to fire. By some good fortune we were the first to obey, and a terrible volley was poured into the ranks of the federuls, so weakening the command that lur- ther resistance was pructicaiiy useless and most of tho command not killed or wounded was cuptured, but there was no surrender as I viewed it. Their flag was cupture'd by Horace MeSwain of our Company (IC.) Sharpshooters. Just after tho buttle my attention was called to a big Irishman of this regiment killed, who was wearing a eteel vest, some thing none of us had seen before, but he was shot in the back. While at biv.miek that night a squad of recruits came to us, several of whom were Wollord College boy?, and some of them were killpd the next afternoon at Frazicr's Farm- where we carried into the fight thirty- four men and brought out only six teon. It was not eo very long after this, having a furlough. Col. Walker directed me to tako home our battle flag, badly tattered and supported by tho staff taken from the Michigan Regiment. Bofore going with it to Spartanburg I stopped at Limestone Springs where Dr. Curtis school was in the height of its popularity. At his request, tho young ladies being assembled in the school room showed them the flag and related some incidents connected with it among others that nine men hud been shot under it in the single bat tie of Frazier's Farm. That night a kind of patriotic entertainment wa3 given In the chupel and the flag was decorated with nine white lillies, rep resenting the fallen color guard, and that called forth the accompanying poem written by my motherland af terwurds published in the"Spurtan :' Hav. whoso Is tlie bunncr thou boa rest Crowned with Mowers, yet discolored und shattered? Hath it, trailed on tho Held with tlie van tubh'd in llelil, Or waved till the foeman were scattered? On my banner is "Williainsbury" graven: It has Hi luted o'er wounded and dyiitir. nut. it never has sheltered a spirit so craven tie, earned a menu safety by llyin: 'Tis the fbiR of a reulnii-nt valiant 'Carolina Shari) Shooters: like Snarl a, Each mother and maiden has sent lorlh her brave, To vanquish or fall us a martyr. Nino wlilte lilies are wreathed in a earluud Which was hung on this standard hy ISeau-ty: And the tears of pure maidens h:wve watcr'd ine nowers, I-'ur the nine who fell, true to their duty, Limn ir.u -died we, to meet I he invadin Drenched with rain scant of food fc uldoru resting uut we crushed them at last, with a lire en IlladiiiL'. And won that for which we were breasting, Then our's was the field: though wo sorrowed That 'twas rod with the blood of the dear est. Fresh strength from "the dead in the! itlorv we hoi-rowed. Which shall braco us, when peril is nearest, Dear Flag of tho Itcirlmentl our's. At morn noon or evening, when stillest Shall he thanks to tho maids, for tho laurel and llowers. And a urayer for tho nino fragrant lilies. Hoping these reminiscences may prove interesting to your reader: and that it may meet the eyes of some of the old Limestone girls and sharpshooters, I am 'Respectfully, W. L. Johnson, Co. K. P. S. S, Hewai-e nf i Cough. A cough is nob a disease but symptom. Consumption and bron chilis, which are the most dangerous und fatal diseases, have for their firs indication a persistent cough, and i propeny treated us soon us tbi cough appears are c-nsily cured Chamberlain's Cough Remedy ha proven wonderfully successful, an gained its widj reputation and exten sive sale by its t-uccess in curing th diseases which cause coughing. it Is not bent licit) 1 it will not cost you a cent. For sale by Cherokeo Drug Company. You will discover what a number of things you can do without whe you huve no money to get them. Sour stomach, fullness after eating flatulence are all cuused by iinper feet digestion. Thickly Ash Bitteks corrects the disorder at once, drive out badly digested food' and tones the stomach, liver and bowels. For sale by Cherokee Drug Company. You cannot dream yourself inti character; you must hammer and forge one yourself. , If you can't work weir in hot weather, take Prickly' Ash Bitters, it regulates the important organs of the body and fortifies the. system to reMst the enervating influence of summer heat. For sale by Cherokee Drug Company. ORGANIZE. l!l Endeavor to Obtain KqultubU K.tlhvud Itutes. Cincinnati, May 24. The Central Chair Manufacturers' association bus been organized hero by 25 men who represented 1)0 per coot, of the chair manufacturers iu tho territory Including Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, wosteru Penn sylvania, West Virginia and all tho southern states. Tho purposo of tho organization is to obtain equitable railroad rates and have some understanding in regard to breakage. The new association elected ollleersas follows: Poesident, J. H. Grafton, Marietta, ; vice president, W. F. Eikol, Louis ville, Ky.; secretary, F. Starko, Aurora, ml.; treasurer. U. IS. Cornelius, Indian- puhs. L:-;cutive committee, P. H. iurkbnrt, Dayton, O.; A. D. Martin, Frankfort, Ky.; M. J. Murphy, Detroit; J. 11. Conradus, St. Louis; P. R. Oorno-lius, Indiauunolis; J. R. Brumby, Marietta, Ga. C. Cosgrovo of Calbrulgo, O., was ap pointed traveling secretary. He will visit tho other factories in tho territory of the association and endeavor to get satisfactory rates with tho railroads. BROOKE R EXPLODES A BOMB. Alleged Irregularities In Mulling Fund Aro Exposed. Columbia, S. 0., .May n. The po Jtical sensation of tho day is tho letter of N." W. Brooker, agent of tho sinking fund commission, to Governor Mo-Sweeney. Brooker is a candidate for comptroller general and his communication has set tho politicians to guessing, as it is a direct blow at tho administra tion. fter a careful investigation. Brooker states that ho has discovered irregularities in the tax books amounting toabmit $ 10,0'JO, Ho states that he has appealed to the governor for relief, having spent $1,000 of his own money iu tho investigation. Tho governor has taken no ao- tion to rectify the alleged irregularities while the sinking fund commission has refused to hear him and ordered him to ceaso his investigations. Iu conclusion. Brooker charges collu sion between tho comptroller general and state officials with tho authorities of scvoral couuiies. ELEVEN MENARE SENTENCED Sailors Convicted of Disorderly Con duct ou Battleship Texas, Washington, May 24. Judge Advo cate General Lonilcy has received tho records of the courtmartial which tried the sailors of tho battleship Texas on tho chr.rgo of "striking a person iu the navy" and "conduct to tlie prejudice ot good order and discipliuo." bleven men wero convicted and sen tenced to imprisonment for terms ranging from six to 18 months and -will be confined in the naval prison at Boston. secretary Iing and Judgo Advocate General Leniley join in' tho statement that there was nothing approaching mutiny aboard tho Texas, Nor was any one fatally injured on tho ship. The affuir grow out of an effort of the mas ter ot arms to arrest a drunken sailor at Grassy Bay, Bermuda, several wooks ago. Tho ineu convicted endeavored to free the prisoner from tho master at arms who was cut about tho head. ASCENSION DAY SERVICE. Closing of Luther League Convention. Interesting topics Discussed. Cincinnati, May 24. On the closing day of the fourth national convention of the Luther league the exercises ou the program to have tho session conducted by 0. Olsen of Chicago were abandoned ond tho league met early for the regular ascension day service of tho Lutheran church. Afterward Dr. S. S. Waltz of Louisville., fraternal delegate from the general Lutheran synod, presented the greetings of the oldest Lutheran body in America, to which President E. F. Eilert of Now York responded for the Luther Lengiie of America. A symposium on league topics and courses of reading was given, followed by addresses on church expansion abroad by Rov. L. B. Wolfe of Indiana, and on church expansion at home by Rov. J. 0. Kunzinan of Pittsburg. Charleston Will Bet Station. Washington, May 24. Thero has as yet been no hearing before the naval conference committee on tho naval sta- teon item, but Senator Tillman, Congressman Elliott and other members of tho South Carolina delegation who have kept in touch with tho matter feel cer taiti that Charleston will remain in the bill and that tho efforts of Georgians and North Carolinians to broaden the scope of the investigation so as to includo other cities will tall, Spanish-American War Veterans. Birmingham, Ala., May 24. Tho sec ond annual reunion of the Alabama vet erans of tho Spanish- American war was held horo and officers elected for tho en suing yoar. Major W. J. Parkas of Woodlawn was elected coramander and General Wheeler vice commander. A constitution und bylaws wore adopted, Tho confederate veterans and tho Grand Army of the Republic were invited to attend all the rouulons of the associa tion. Captured In JMexlco. El Paso, Tex., May 24. The Mexi can authorities have oaptnrod a man, 24 miles south of Juarez, near the bordor, who is believed to be the murderer, Frank Fossett, who walked out of the Fort Worth courtroom on May 17 as his second trial was about to begin. Fossett was soen and recognized Saturday last by Knights Templar of this city who were returning homo. " Meat Dealers on Trial. Berlin, May 24. The trial of three dealers who had purchased 20,000 pounds of infected or diseased meats from the Central Abbattoir hero and sold it to 24 I'utdil uealuis fur general ouusumption, has begun. Organ Factory Burned. Chicago, May 24. The c t factory of M, Schulz Co., on Morgan otreefc, has beeu destroyed by firo. Loss, 125,000. CHAIR MAKERS FREE FERRY NEEDED AT HOWELL'S FERRY Would Be Great Convenience to the People. A SUGGESTION OFFERED. Kuggi-Hted That tho I'ciihiih Ihiuinurutorit Ascertain tho Number of Acren Owned by Kneh I-'iiriiiiirOr, Doughm Moved to JoiiiHvHIe. Correspondence of Tne l.edger.l Etta Jank, May 23 As the census enumerators will soon be at their work, it may cot bo amiss to throw out a few hints by which the people of our county can save time, both to themselves and tlie enumerators, and at the same tune enable them to make a more satisfactory and intelligent return of their business lust year than they could possibly do without some previous study und forethought. Every citizen shoulJ desire a fair return of the various institutions, Industries and resources of hi3 county and State, and this can only bo obtained by an Intelligent review of the last year's transaction that ia during the consus year, which begins June 1, lSU'J and ends May 31, 1!R)0. Having studied the duties of the enumerator, the citizen will not become Impatient under tho complex catechetical examination to which he will bo subjected to by tho enumera tor. In the faithful discharge of his duty. The farmer may preparo his answers for every conceivable question which pertains ta his business, from the ownership of the farm, on which ho lives or operates, to the number of dozen of eggs, gallons of milk, pounds of butter and number of water aud musk melons produced on the farm between Jure 1, 18!)'.) and May 81. 1!)00. In the farming schedule most people are interested and it will require the greatest amount of work to complete the re turns satisfactorily. A previous study will aid. materially, in this de partment of the census work. The owner- will report all lands owr.ed and controlled by him, together with the valuo and that of tne buildings after deducting the iimourt of acres occupied by renters, each of whom I will return tho amount of acres and buildings occupied by him. Euch person who operates a farm for share of the crop or for standing rent, either in money or other consideration, is for census purposes denominated a farmer, and will be reported us such. If a suggestion to the enumerators is in order. Mr. Editor, wo will say that when a farm is visited by the enumerator his first duty should be to see the proprietor and find out the whole number of acres owned or con trolled by him, together with the value. Also the number of tenants or renters, together with an estimate of the number of acres each of them have under control, together with their values. In this way an absolutely correct estimate of the number of acres of land will bo obtained, which cannot bo done unless some such rule is adopted. Unless the owner and renter have an understand ing about the number of acres in the latter's farm or farms, there will bo a discrepancy when each man makes a mere guess for himself and thus increasing or diminishing tho acres in Cherokee county as reported by the census department. We hope, however, that noenumer-ator will consider this grutuitoqs advice S3 arrogance on our part. But if they do, cr do not, they will find that its adoption will save them an endless amount - of correcting hereufter, as well as facilitate the settlement of their accounts for work done. On account of there being no con venient way to cross the river at Howell's ferry, there was but a small attendance from the York Bide of the river at the memorial meeting at Sa lem last Saturday. Mr. McDow was present and made a fine address. The association reelected the same olflcers for another year. The good season in the ground and the farmers being bo far behind with their work pre vented many of them from attending. The ladies had an abundance of nowers ana the decoration was performed in artistic style. In again rt ferring to the Howell's ferry matter wo beg to reproduce what the Hickory Grove Sun sajs about it without adding any comment whatever : "There should De a tree terry on Broad river between York and Chero kee counties, at some point between Howell's ferry and Smith's ford Two years ago York county proposed to pay half tho expenses of maintain ing a free ferry between the two counties, but the board-of commis sioners of Cherokee county flatly re fused, as much as to say, "we are under no obligations at all to the people of lower cneronae. ihis is election year and -before voting for any man for supervisor the people of lower Cherokee should know whether or not he is inclined to at least rec ogniza them as citizens and taxpayers of Cherokee county. Stand up for your rights, gentlemen, and vote for no man who is not willing to give them to you. We regret very much to state that Dr. W. J. Douglas has removed from the Asbury section of our county td Jonesville, where he will practice his profession. We have heretofore spoken of the need of more physicians iu the county. It seems that for Borne reason they or nearly all of them are trying to get to town and leave the country ontiroly, and thus lessen the convenience of the country people. It is true that country practice Is much harder than that of the town, and In many cases less remunerative, but we hate to lose a good citizen, even If he Is a doctor. Wherever he goes we bespeak for Dr. Douglas and his excellent family the highest regards of the people, among whom they cast their lot. Mrs. Douglas is the daughter of our old friend and army comrade, Thus, Wood, of Asbury, than whom Cherokee county has no truer noi better man within her bounds. For several days your correspondent lias been o Ibeslck list and not uble to bo out much. The complaint is general of bad stands of cotton, Much of it died before It got through the crust of earth lutt week und much that did i still dying out. In some places we notice mould or rust on the wheat especially where the land has been heavily manured. Tho oat crop can't do much the fall sowing is too thin and the spring sowing never does amount to much. Tho strawberry crop has been abundant. The bee crop i9 plentiful muh more so than in former years. A great many bee trees have been found in different sections. A swurm is at work between the plastering and weather boarding of Salem church, and wo ore told that a swarm took possession of Arratl church in about tlie Bame way, but Jim Pugh took it out. Generally farmers have good stands of corn where it has been planted long enough to be up. We have heard but little complaint of cul worms and crows this spring. In 6ome places we have heard of fish being caught, but along our streams we have no such reports. D a' fish has been caught in Broad river, Pacolet or Thickety creeks, except what few little minnows and cai fuh that aro caught in baskets, ii hasn't been reported to us. j. l, s. PRAISE FROM ENGLAND. Mr. Krtward L.mjf is Well IMeaieil With the Limestone Studies. Tsot orly have the scholarly series of monographs printed by Limestone College during the present session under the title of Limestone College Studies been received with words of highost praise in our own country; but they have also won distinguished approbation from some very famous sources, in the old world. It would prob ibly be very generally admitted that Mr. Andrew Lang is tho mo3l celebrated of living English men of otters. His famous books known to scholars all over the civilized world his brilliant magazine essays, and his critical reviews, have caused him to be regarded as facilo princeps. Re cently when Doctor Edward Far quhar s profound essay upon the "Elements of Unity of the Homeric Poems was published, a copy was sent to tho famous Enz'isii critic Evidently Mr. Lang nppreciules Doc tor rarquhar's wonderful scholar sum. l ne iciiiowing uaragrupbs are puflicicnt proof of this fact. Mr. Lieg writes : "Many thanks for your interesting papers. JHy poor book never reached German, and, in England, no body noticed the Odyssey part. They did not yet - know that ths Odyssey part w-as attacked, I be leve. ion neiignt me by seeing that poetry is poetry, a thing hidden from Professors. As a mere newspa per man, I did what I could, to no purpose. Education must be more vivid, in South Carolina, than here or in Germany. in tne mean time you and 1 pro test against the confounded non sense of people who literally know nothing of early poetry, or of poetry itself. I believe that Old Testament criticism is almost as absurd as that of Homer. I expert Comparetti to hit the separatists rather hard, as he has sense, and knowledge of early poeiry, especially the Finnish. In the Isles of the blessed I hope Homer will smile on you and me while Leaf and Sayco gnash thei teeth with Teppmueller & Company Henry Butcher quite agrees with our side, and Munro, too, I think, but they shun the wir. Again thanking you for your viva cious and valuable criticism, believe me. Sincerely yours, A. Lang "Tho school girl was a tramp.' (Umpatone College Studies No. page 1G.) t The great treatiso of which Mr, bang modestly speaiss as "My poor book", was his well known "Homer and the Epic." Decidedly Limestone is making her mlluence felt. "It is with a good deal of pleasure and satisfaction that L recommend Chamberlain's Colic, Cholera and Diarrhoea Remedy," says Druggist A. w. hawtelle, of Hartford, Conn "A lady customer, seeing the remedy exposed lor sale on my show case said to me: 'I really believe that medicine saved my life the past sum mer while at the shore,' and she be came so enthusiastic over its merits that I at once made up my mind to recommend It in the future. Re cently a gentlemau came into my store so overcome with colic pa: that he sank at once to the floor. gave him a dose of this remedy which helped him. I repeated the dose und in fifteen minutes he left my store smilingly informing me that he felt ns well as ever." Sold by Cherokee Dru; Co, NEGRO QUESTION COMES UP lleatod Discussion In Methodist Con ference on tho Subject, Chicago, May 24. Previous to the lootlou of eastern and western publishing affonts to superintend the offloos of tlie Methodist book concern tho confer ence got into a' parliamentary tangle over the report of Govornor Pafctison, chairman of the special committee appointed to ohango tho constitutions of the various church societies to conform to tne action of the gonoral conference last week in vntincr but, nun snerptnrv and one assistant secretary for the church extension, missionary society uiiu us ireoainen-g aid una tho southern educational socioty. After a sharp debate, a motion to re-oonsidor the action of tho conference as regards the cutting off of the additional secretary of the societies was adopted. Tho rocords were demanded and after being produced presiding Bishop Wal uon ruled that the whole matter was bofore the conference for action. A deluge of substitutes, amendments and motions to postpone followed and despite tho appeal of delegates against allowing tho color lino to bo touchod by the Methodist body thero was not a little heatod discussion over the possible eloo- uon oi a negro secretary lor the Freed-mon's Aid society. "It is unfair for ns to draw the color line. There are men who aro afraid we aro going to elect a negro secretary to this society," said President W. H. Craw ford of Allegheny college. Liay Dologate Welch of Wyoming, flushed with auger, at once aroso. "Mr. President, I submit it is unfair for any man on that nlatform to make wioh a statement. I say it is false," he shouted. 'Woll, I withdraw that statement so far as it affects thoso who don't feel that way," said President Crawford ainid laughter. CONTRACTS FOR NEW ROAD. Southern to Iluild From Eusley City to I'urrlsh. Birmingham, Ala., May 21 Major W. A. Wells, chief engineer of the Southern railway, has begun lotting contracts for the construction of the Eusley Southern railroad, a now mineral line which tho Sonthorn Railway com-pauy will build from Eusley, 0 miles from Birmingham, to Pnrrish, Walker county, a distance of 40 milos. The con tracts for the first 9 milos from Pamsb to tho Warrior river went to a Chattanooga firm who began work immedi ately. Other contracts will be let at once. The road is to bo finished within oven months. It will open a rich new mineral territory, which will result in the development of a number of coal mines. AGAINST PRIZE "fTgHTING. California Judge Holds That Law Per mitting Them Is Unconstitutional. San Francisco, May 24. In deciding the case of the Columbia Athlctio club which sought to restrain Chiof of Polico Sullivan from interfering with a pro posed prize fight on the ground that such exhibitions by an incorporated club aro pormit ted by section 412 of the penal code of California, Judge Murray has pronounced that section unconstitutional. If this decision stands tho test of an appeal, an act of 1803, which makes prize fighting a felony and punishment therefor imposes a fine from $1,000 to $5,000, or imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than three, will again be in effect in this state. FOUR PERISH IN THE STORM. Several Fishermen Wero Drowned Off the Oregon Coast. Astoria, Or., May 24. From report received from points along the coast it is thought that more than four lives were lost iu last afternoon's storm. The galo which suddenly sprang from the southoast was the worst that ever prevailed on this part of the coast ut this time of tho year in tho history of the weatcr bnreau. The wind reached a velocity of over 60 miles an hour. Fishermen wero everywhere on tho river with their nots out. So far as known four pooplo were drowned. This is not believed to complete the list and it i3 believed that there will almost certainly be other bodies recovered. Witnessed by 60,000 People. Rome, May 24. There" was a most magnificent spectacle in St. Peters on the occasion of the canonization of Jean Baptisto de La Sallo, the founder of the Order of Christian Brothers, and Rita di Cascia, a now Augustan ordor. Of the 60,000 spectators about 30,000 were foreign pilgrims. Italian troops kept order In the square in front of St. Peters, while tho pontifical bodyguard was stationed within the cathedral. In the Center of the Shadow. Satillo, Mex., May 24. Tho Mexican government is sending tho national astronomical observatory to Santa Elena, in this state (Gooliuila), to record the eclipse of the sun. This point is unique in that it isscieutiflcally demonstrated to be the exact center of the shadow that will fall on the earth as an effect of the eclipse. Negro Thief Killed. Flomaton, Fla., May 24. A negro named Will Wiggins, who has been stealing hats from exoursionists as the trains passed through here, was shot and killed by a man whose hat he attempted to steal. His body was found near the tracK with several bullets in it. Another Cotton Mill. Birmingham, Ala., May 21. A movement is on foot for the building of another cotton mill in Birmingham, the plant to represent an investment of $100,000. It is stated that the. capital for the new concern will be raised principally in Birmingham. Girls In Masculine Attire. , Atlanta, May 24. While promenading West Hunter street in men's clothes, Jessie Curtis and Pearl Blankenship, two young girls, were arrested by Officer Kerlin and sent to the police barraoksin the patrol wagoa. secretary:s salary WARMLYDISGUSSED Heated Debate Over Proposition to Increase Pay. DR. CHESTER EULOGIZED Commissioners Favoring the Increase Recount Ills Ell'orts on Behalf of Foreign Missions Little Rock the Next Meetlug Place. Atlanta, May 24. The Presbyterian assembly occupied a large portion of the day's session considering raising the salary of the secretary of the foreign mission committee from $2,500 to $3,000. The question, which had been carried over as unfinished business from yesterday, was brought up this morning and provoked such a warm discussion that Dr. Thoron II. Rico, in announcing the devotional services, said that if there ever was a time when the assembly needed to go to a throne of grace it was now. In the discussion Dr. Rice advocated raising the secretary's salary. He referred to tho arduous duties of the sec-retary, taking him from his family a lurge portion of his time, and said he know his wifo was taking boarders to help make ends meet. The fact of the secretary keeping a stenographer and booKkeopor hart boon criticised, but it was absolutely necessary for him to have this help in order to givo his time to the real work of his office, which required executive ability of tho highest ordor. Soma poor sewing women who contributed to the fuud had said to him that they did not want a cheap man to administer such nu important office and requested hiin to say this to the assembly. In closing Dr. Rice invited testimony from missionaries in the field, who wero present, as to their relations with the secretary and the efficiency of his work. Dr. John W. Davis, a missionary from China, responded iu a warm eulogy of Dr. Chester. A great many difficult questions came before tho socretary which he had handled with profound wisdom. Thero are 160 missionaries in the field where human nature is very human, forcing many perplexing questions upon the secretary. Ho also has to watch tho income and expenditures of the committee, and iu addition to this, lilto Paul, there come upon him daily the caro of all the churches. Elder J. L. Dean of Opelika, Ala., a k member of tho auditing committee, K spoke in favor of the increase. Kov. it. V. Andersou or shelbyvllle, Teiin., urged that the subject be considered iu a spirit of love and harmony. It was not simply a question of $500, but how it would affect the contributions of the church. He urged especially that the general assembly should fix the salary instead of placing it in the hands of the executive committee. G. W. Westmoreland of the Nashville presbytery spoke in defense of the action ofthe committee. He also de-feuded tho administration of the secretary's office, showing that all the clerical help employed was necessary. He called attention to the fact that the assembly had heartily commended the work of the committee in expending the $175,000 entrusted to their care, but criticised the small amount that it was proposed to increase the secretary's pay. He contended that it would be a reflection npon the committee for the assembly to take in its own hands tho fixing of the secretary's salary. Tho committee askod not for themselves personally, but for tho conduct of tho work a vote of confidence. He would make, without the secretary's knowledge, a delicato statement upon his own responsibility. Several years ago when the committee was iu an embarrassed ooudition and missionaries on tho field had voluntnrily relinquished a portion of their own salarios the secretary had to draw the same proportion of his salary, aud had said nothing about it. When Dr. Chester was elected to the office the committee -wis in dobt $23,-000, nearly all of which he raised before tho next meeting of the assembly, and the committee had been clear of dobt since. Little Rock has been chosen as the next meeting place. Fort Worth, Tex., Owensboro, Ky., were also considered and trwo ballots were taken bofore a ohoioe could be made. On the second ballot Little Rock received 112 votes and Owensbur'g 62. The choice was made unanimous. The assembly will meet in Little Rock on the third Thursday in May, 1901. TAKES UP THE ALASKAN BILL. Consideration of Measure Resumed la House Amendments Made. Washington, May 24. The -house met at 11 o'clock and proceeded forthwith to resume consideration of the Alaskan civil government bill. Amendments to the mining provisions were adopted to authorize the secietary of war to grant permits to dredge for gold below mean low water and to provide that nothing in tho act shall be construed as nullifying claims heretofore located. German Meat BUI Chicago, May 24. The passage of the German meat bill by the bundes-rath, which now seems assured since it has passed the reichstag, is viewed differently by the Chicago packers. Most of tl e packers have little hope of any-action favoring American meat until Germany has tried the law for some time. Jumped Into tbe River. Atlanta, May 24. After having bis arm shattered by a rifle bullet, and after he was chased by bloodhounds, Sam Barmore, an escaped convict, threw himself into the surging Chattahoochee river and found death in the water, rather than be oaptured. Prloe, MoCormlck & Co. Fail. New Yore, May 24. The failure of Price, MoOormick & Co. has been announced on the Cotton and Produce Exchange.
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