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VOL. III, 1NO. 303.
^'Tis a Nation's Prerogative,"
Says Senator Teller.
FAVORS SELF GOVERNMENT
People of Sew Possessions Should be
Given lite Chanc3 to Prove their]
Capacity for Killing; Themselves,
is the Senator's Opinion.
(By Telegraph.)' '?'
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2.?Senator
Teller occupied the first half of today's
session of the Senate with a speech in
advocacy of the theory that there are
no restrictions upon the right of the
Uni'ted States to expand its borders so
as to include far distant territory. Mr.
Teller's address, like that of Mr. Platt,
was a constitutional argument, in the
course of which he maintained the right
of the United States to acquire foreign
territory, without entering upon a dis?
cussion of the policy of expansion, ex?
cept, of course, in an incidental and de?
In view of Mr. Platt's very able ex?
position of the question. Mr. Teller
though he might omit properly much
that he had in'tended to discuss. He
did not think there was the slightest
question of the power of this govern?
ment to acquire foreign territory.
A -NATION'S PREROGATIVE.
"If we are a nation," he declared,
"we have the power to exercise the
rights of a nation?all the rights of any
He believed that the founders of this
government had intended to found a na?
tion, and the idea 'that they carried
their intent into execution -had "been
sustained by the Senate, House of
Representatives and courts ever since.
He declared that it was a prerogative
of a nation to defend Itself. When the
country was called upon in 1SG1 to meet
this question, it faced it fairly and set?
tled it for all time. So far as the United
States was concerned, at least, the ques?
tion was settled finally at Appoma'ttox.
"Then," declared Mr. Teller, "we took
our place as- a. nation, endowed with
ail the-powers - of -a sovereign, jatsd: we
possess those powers today." .
RIGHT OP CONQUEST.
Referring to the territory acquired by
the United States during the recent
war, Mr. Teller said:
"We have already acquired this terri?
tory. We need, as a matter of fact, no
treaty with Spain to confirm our right
to it. By right of conquest?a right un?
disputed?we came into possession of
Cuba, Rorto Rico and the Asiatic, ar?
chipelago. They are ours just as cer?
tainly as 'they could toe made so by
Mr. Teller discussed briefly the state?
ment of Mr. Vest that many of the
deeds of cession of foreign territory ac?
quired by the United 'States contained
clauses providing that the territory ul?
timately should be erected into States
of the.Union. He said: "We can con?
fer statehood upon these territories
when, in or judgement, it is proper
to do so. Nobody can call into question
in this matter.
SITUATION SETTLES IT.
: 'Tf we acquire territory, the very act
carries with it the right to govern
Who," he demanded with dramatic
force, "can govern now in Cuba and
Porto Ried, but the United States':
That question is settled?settled by the
very circumstances of the case. The
question Is now 'what disposition shall
we; make of the territory t'ha't has
coine into our possession?' "
Mr. Teller thought it a duty of our
pe?ple- and our legislators to keep in
rhintfc, constantly the great principle
upon- which this country is founded
that the just powers of a government
are derived from the consent of the
governed. He believed the United
States could not govern the possessions
acquired absolutely in violation of this
principle. "We ought," said he, "to
expend to the people of these possessions
the power to - govern themselves 1 as
soon as they are prepared to exercise
A DELICATE QUESTION.
"We are," declared Mr. Teller, "com?
ing to deal with the greatest question
the American people have met sin?o
1861. I anticipate much difficulty and
?embarrassment, but have at no time
? felt the distrust that has been manifest?
ed by many of our people."
Mr. Teller said that the United States
did not go to war with Spain for con?
quest, but for freedom and humanity.
As soon as the relief which was propos
ed had been extended .to the people
of Cuba, they ought, he thought, he
permitted to govern themselves. Thfs
was the declaration of 'the resolutions
adopted by Congress. The declaration
applied only to Cuba, but he believed it
might have been made applicable to
the peoples of the acquired posses?
"If this government will say to the
people of the acquired territory," said
Mr. Teller, " 'we will give you self-gov?
ernment.' we will not need an army of
50,000 in Cuba, 20,000 in Porto Rico and
20,000 in the Philippines. This is the
5nly way to escape a great standing
. "I am not one," he said further
. alorig, "to~turn these possessions back
to' Spain, but 1 do 'believe that we
, Ought to give them the oportunity to
govern themselves. I may say 'that no?
body wants these possessions made into
States now. No public man is in favor
of such a plan, so far as I am aware.
So, in the course of time, we may take
them in. No colonial system, such as
England established years ago in India,
will be established under the Stars and
LIBERTY AND HAPPINESS.
"Our flag will always float over lib?
erty and happiness, insured to all the
people 'beneath its folds. Although all
of them may not be accorded the f?ll?
est rights of American citizens, the flag
will float as an emblem of good gov?
ernment and protection to them as it
does to us."
In reply to a question from Mr. Till
man, Mr. Teller said that he would not
go to war with the people of the Phil?
ippines in order to force our institu?
tions upon them. He would consult
them as to the form of government and
he believed that by pursuing this course
we should avoid the necessity of war
with the natives. Their government
might not be as perfect as ours, but
all accounts agree that the natives are
tractable and intelligent and capahle of
Mr. Proctor here interrupted Mr. Tel?
ler 'to read an extract from a letter
from Admiral Dewey, concerning the
character of the Filipinos, as follows:
"These people can be governed with?
out the slightest difficulty. They are
ready to give into reason, and I have
not had the slightest difficulty in deal?
ing, with them."
Mr. Proctor also read an extract from
a letter from an army officer in terms
of praise of the Filipinos, and indicat?
ing tha't there need be no difficulty in
dealing with them.
Mr. Allison, of Iowa, reported favora?
bly from the appropriations committee
the House resolution providing for an
adjournment of Congress from Decem?
ber 21 to January 4. The resolution was
adopted without division. The remaind?
er of 'the session was given up to the
Nicaragua canal bill. Senator Caffery
waa the only speaker on this subject
and he opposed the Morgan bill.
Without having concluded hi3romarl;s
Mr. Caffery, at 4:10 P. M., yielded to Mr.
Gallinger, upon whose motion the Sen?
ate went into executive session.
At 5:10 P. M. the Senate adjourned.
Senator Butler's Amendment to tlie., Ap?
WASHINGTON, Dec. "?O.-^^hdi?'r
Butler, .of North Carolina, today gave
notice of ah amendment he will Intro?
duce to the pension aprpopriatkm bill,
pensioning ex-Confederate soldiers.
The amendment follows:
"That from and after the passage of
this bill every pension law now on the
statute books shall apply 'to every in?
valid soldier, widow, minor child, de?
pendent relative, the army nurses and
all other pensioners who may be able
to prove their claim under ithe present
pension laws without regard to whether
said soldier was enlisted in the Federal
or Confederate service of the Civil War
of 18Cl-'65, provided that those enlisted
in the Confederate service shall not
draw any back pensions prior 'to the
passage of this bill, hut their claim
under existing laws shall begin and be?
come operative with the passage of this
CITV NEWS IN BIUEF.
Newsy Local* and Pointed Paragraph?
Prepared for Hurried Iteadera.
Ex-Deputy United States Marshal
C.reekmore, of Norfolk, was in the city
yesterday on business.
Mr. Harry Butt, one of the leading
vocalists of Norfolk, and popular sales?
man of E. V,. White & Co., of that city,
was in the city yesterday.
The Children's entertainment of the
Second Baptist church will be held in
the church parlors Thursday evening
beginning at 7:30 o'clock.
Mr. Williams is critically ill at his
home on Twenty-seventh street.
The County Court should meet Mon?
day, but will not meet until the 28th on
account of Christmas.
The Corporation Court was in session
but a short time yesterday and trans?
acted no business of public importance.
"The Second Coming of Christ" was
the subject of the discourse of Rev.
Thomas Needham, at the Second Bap?
tist church last night.
Mr. Aaron Baum, of Boston, is visit?
ing relatives here.
Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Reynolds have re
U'rned from their bridal trip.
Adams' Racket 'Store was entered by
an unknown person Monday night and a
number of articles stolen including a
valuable overcoat and accounts
Amounting to $75.
The lastest addition to the office staff
of the Chamherlin Hotel, Old Ponit
Comfort, is Mr. Duncan Campbell, who
eomes from the Grand Union Hotel,
Mrs. A. G. Anthony and daughters,
who have spent the last three months
In the North, have returned to Newport
There was a thick fog on the river
yesterday, necessitating the ringing of
bells ami blowing of fog horns by the
steamers and ships in the harbor. The
fog has cleared"up somewhat, but there
is still a thick mist over the water.
Colonel Robert Catlett, of Lexington,
Va., Grand Vice Chancellor of the order
of Knights of Pythias will 'tomorrow
night make an official visit to the local
bership escorted their guest to Barnes'
will exemplify the unwritten work of
the order and make .an address.
On December 21 to 24 inclusive, and
29 to 31 inclusive, the M. and M. T. Co.
will sell over their line tickets at great?
ly reduced rates on account of the
Xmas holidays. Tickets limited to Jan.
For further information and full par?
ticulars, apply to L. C. Saunders, Agent.
:WS, VA., WEDNE
Political Scalp of Congressman*
Elect is Wanted.
IS AN AVOWED POLYGAMIST
Warm Time in Hie Prospective for the
Honorable Mr. Huberts, of Utah,
lirainlson of lirigham Voniig
Declaims Afjainst Ii im.
NEW YORK, Dec. 20.?There were
about 200 persons present at the meet?
ing of the Woman's Board of Home
Missions of the Presbyterian church, in
this city today. The object of the meet?
ing was to inaugurate an aggressive
campaign to prevent the seating of
Brigham H. Roberts, an avowed polyg
amist, as representative from Utah, in
the Fifty-sixth Congress.
Eugene Young, a grandson of Brig
ham Young, spoke. He said among
"There seems to be a disposition in
the East, particularly among the pol?
iticians, even among the churches, to
treat the revival of the Mormon issue
a? a minor matter.
"There is an inclination to view the
election to Congress of B. H. Roberts,
a three or four ply polygamist, still liv?
ing in polygamy, as an unavoidable
outcome of that condition in Utah and
a mere question of personal morality.
TOOL OF MORMON CHURCH.
Some day they will see, as those who
know Mormon ambitions see now, that
Mr. Roberts is a mere instrument, the
rapresentative of mighty forces.
"They will learn that through his
'-election, a people 300,000 strong, have
turned from American liberty and
American morality and have taken the
initial step toward the establishment
of a hierarchy, foreign to our institu?
tions and our social laws, in the midst
of our republic.
"It" in dragging polygamy into the
House of Representatives, Mr. Roberts
is representing the defiant sentiment of
the whole Mormon people, then the peo?
ple must not rest until Congress has
cast him out as a warning to all cove?
nant 'breakers and polygamists."
Attitude of City Railway and Sewer Con?
It seems-that- the-'Status of the street
railway, the city, and the sewer con?
tractors remain about what it was two
weeks ago when it was thought that
the muddle would be cleared up by the
dismissal of the suits of the road
against the city and the contractors,
and the dissolving of the injunction ob?
tained by the city, througr the Mayor,
against the railway.
After the council mooting two weeks
ago, the committee meetings, and the
various conferences, the general public
believed that the "fun" was all over.
The city's determination to press the
injunction proceedings have not had the
effect of making the railway officials
very well disposed in the matter of dis?
missing the other suits.
It is not known what the decision of
Judge Barham will toe of course, but
if he should decide to make the injunc?
tion permanent, the railway company
will be compelled to begin all over
again, if they still desire the privileges
being contended for. This will neces?
sitate the adoption of another ordin?
ance, and this ordinance will differ from
the one which the city first gave the
read to the extent that it will toe framed
more than the former ordinance and,
perhaps, the railway people a little less.
It has toeen suggested that if such an
ordinance is adopted, it would be well
to provide a clause compelling the road
to do a large share of the prospective
paving of the city's streets.
However, no plans have been formu?
lated, as the matter is still undecided.
Both sides are confident of a decision.
The railway cannot dismiss its suit
until January rules of the Circuit Court,
to which the papers in the case are
At the meeting of the council last
n-ght, for the first time in several ses?
sions the matter was not brought up,
s.eem to have gotten enough of the
muddle for a while.
The Sunday school of the Newport
News Baptist church has elected the
following officers for the ensuing year:
Superintendent, Mr. George H. Evans.
Assistant Superintendent, Dr. W. F.
Secretary, Mr. W. B. Crump.
Assistant Secretary, Mr. Epes.
Treasurer, Mr. W. M. Parker.
Librarian, Dr. Charles Eagle.
Assistant Librarian, Mr. George Ab?
Organist, Miss Rutoy Buxton.
Pianist. Mrs. C. C. Cox.
This is'the sixteenth years Mr. Evans
has been elected superintendent of the
Sunday school, which speaks well for
the esteem in which the Sunday school
holds its executive officer.
Too Much Pireworhs,
Albert Chapman, a young negro who
took a notion in his head to anticipate
the usual Christmas celebration with
fire-crackers, had an experience this
morning that he will not repeat for two
reasons?first, because he has no incli?
nation to do .<=o, and, secondly, because
he is not able to do so.
While fooling with some crackers 'this
morning. Chapman permitted a' large
cannon-cracker to remain in his hand
too long and before he could realize it
he was minus his right hand.
The fuse* had burned quite near the
hard mass of paper and exploded with
a loud report. Chapman yell?he had a
right to, for almost all of his hand was
The wound was dressed as best could
be done and the unfortunate negro is
now carrying what remains of his right
hand in 'bandages.
NEW YORK, Dec. 20.?The directors
of the Southern railway today declared
a dividend of one per cent, on the pre?
ferred stock. ....
House Hears First Speech on
MR. WILLIAMS' OBJECTIONS
Would Cost ?140,000,000 Annually to.llold
Filipinos; in Subjection. Uuder the
Constitution, Citizenship Could
Not be Denied Tlieiu.
WASHINGTON, Dee. 20.?The House
today listened to the first speech on the
subject of annexation of the Philip?
pines. Mr. Williams, of Mississippi, a
Democratic member of the Foreign Af?
fairs Committee, in an hour's speech,
stated his opposition to a policy which
would bring the islands under the
sphere of United States* influence.
Physically, he said, the islands would
prove a great disappointment. They
were thickly populated with peoples of
heterogeneous races. They could never
afford home or opportunity for Ameri?
can citizens. In the annexation of ter?
ritory of the past the area annexed had
been always coterminous, except in the
case of Alaska, and we had in each case
increased our population and our power
of national defense. These had been the
tests in the past. The Philippines ful?
filled none of these tests.
THE CASE OF CUBA.
In the case of Cuba, if Cuba should
be willing in the future to throw in her
lot with us the case would be different.
Sixty-six per cent, of Cuba's population
was Caucasian, a fact not generally
known. Her people could easily be as?
similated. Cuba was practically con?
tiguous. She lay directly within the
sphere of American influence.
"We want no unwilling subjects,"
said Mr. Williams. "We want no op?
portunity for the exercise of tyranny.
The South is practically hostile to the
absorption of a great population, alien
in race, blood, color and customs."
He summed up the objections to the
annexation of the Philippines. They lay
7.000 miles from our coast. Not a sin?
gle geographical defensive or racial
test could be applied. Annexation
would project us 7,000 miles into the
melee oCthe Orient. We would have to
hold in subjection 9,000,000 Filipinos at
a cost of $140,000,000 annually.
And as the house was considering an
agricultural bill, he said, it might be
well to bear in mind who would in the
end have to pay the increased taxes.
Taxes could be shifted and shifted until
they reached the farmer. Then they
were shiftable no longer. He argued
that citizenship could not be denied the
natives of the islands, if they were an?
nexed. They came within the purview
of the Fifteenth Constutitional Amend?
BY VIRTUE OR RESIDENCE.
They became citizens ipso facto, as
soon as the islands were an?
nexed. Ho had been asked why, if
Mississippi had bePn able to deal with
the race question, the people of the
United States would not be able to do
so .in the Philippines. The difference
was that the people of Mississippi un?
derstood the problem with which they
had to deal. It came home to them by
actual contact. The people of the Uni?
ted States who would have to solve it
would do so theoretically and they
would fail. There must be little su
premack. If white supremacy were not
guaranteed in Hawaii he declared that
90 per cent, of the Caucasians would not
remain there. While he opposed the
annexation, he said, he should not re?
turn the Philippine Islands to Spain.
HAUL DOWN THE FLAG.
"I should leave the islands where they
were the day after Dewey's glorious
victory at Manila. I should haul down
the American flag. I am for the flag,
for what it means, not for itself. It is
nothing but a piece of bunting and
when some one announces that it must
not come down, I care not how high his
station, he says something unworthy of
himself and his country. The flag
should come down if it is right that it
should do so and the American people
must pull it down. We would not let
any other country do it." (Prolonged
applause on Democratic side.)
Proceedtng, Mr. Williams argued that
if the Philippines could not take care
of themselves they would fall under the
influence of England or France, or Ger?
many. Our interest in them was the
commercial interest. We had in the
East generally interest in an "open
door" policy. If any other country got
possesion of the Philippines it would
not do worse than Spain did.
In any event our trade with the Phil?
ippines was a mere drop in the bucket
and if we retain possession of them we
would have to sacrifice the "open door"
policy in the Orient or go back on the
constitution. He argued that our tar?
iff laws must extend over the islands,
and, if they did, it would be absurd for
us to exercise one policy in the Philip?
pines and contend for another in China.
There was still another solution of the
problem, Mr. Williams said, If we did
not want to give the islands their in?
dependence or let them fall under the
sway of another country, we could sell
them as a war indemnity to England.
She would bring to them civilization.
Hie islands would get freedom of religion
social and naval problem, and an ever?
lasting, perpetual foreign policy. Mr.
Williams' remarks were listened to
v.ith careful attention and his col?
leagues ga\'e him a hearty round of
anplause when he concluded.
The agricultural bill was then passed.
The provision inserted in the bill to be
used as a means af retaliating against
Germany and other countries was pass?
ed with a slight amendment which
gives the Secretary of the Treasury dis?
cretion in refusing the delivery of goods,
adulterated or deleterious to health, in?
stead of making refusal to deliver such
eoods mandatory. The bill carries
rf3,C9C;322, or $187,120 more than the cur?
Several resolutions from the River
I 21, 1898. PRICE
and Harbor committee calling' attention
upon the Secretary of War for esti?
mates as to the cost of certain pro
posed river and harbor work were
adopted. In the list is Deep Creek. Va.
The conference report on the army
and navy delicienty bill was adopted
and at 5 o'clock the House adjourned.
GUM PER'S RE-ELECTED.
Will Continue to Prea'tle Over the Labor
Federat ion, Other Olllcers Chosen*
KANSAS CITY. MO.. Dee. 20.?Sam?
uel Gompers was today re-elected pres?
ident of the American Federation of
Labor by a practically unanimous vote
at the closing session of the eighteenth
annual convention of that organization.
The convention which has beim in ses?
sion for eight days adjourned sine die
at 6 o'clock.
Detroit, Mich., was decided upon as
(lie next place of meeting. With the
exception of the fourth, fifth and sixth
vice-presidents, and three fraternal
delegates were re-elected without op
posit ioin. The remainder of the ticket
First vice-president, P. J. MeGuire,
Philadelphia: second vice-president,
.lames Duncan, Baltimore; third vice
president, James O'Connell, Chicago;
fourth vice-president, John F. Mitchell:
Indianapolis; fifth vice-president. Max
Morriss, Denver; sixth vice-president,
Thomas I. Kidd, Chicago; treasurer, J.
R. Lennon, Bloomington, 111.; fraternal
delegates to the Union Congress of
Great Britain: Thomas F. Tracey, New
York, of the Cigar Makers' Union and
James O'Connel, of Chicago, of the
Machinists Union. To the Trade and
Labor Congress of Canada, John F.
O'Sulllvan, Boston, of the .Massachu?
setts State branch.
The convention spent most of today
in amending its constitution and pro?
viding means for widening the scope
of its work. The Federation increased
the per capita tax upon members of
Trade Union organizations from three
fourths of one per cent, to live cents
per month, the money to be used to
support the federation.
The resolution of J. F. O'Sulllvan. of
Boston, looking to a bill in Congress to
impose an internal revenue tax against
idl factories employing women and
children over time was killed.
The committee on laws reported
against the measure on the ground that
it would legalize the employment of
children as laborers.
Coroner'? Inquest Develops Nothing Now
in the Case of Private EelTctt.
As was anticipated, the coronor's in?
quest in the case of Private Reffett,
Company I, First Kentucky regiment,
killed the Saturday that organization
returned to Louisville, developed noth?
ing new, and the affair is just as much
a mystery now as it ever was. The ver?
dict of the coroner's jury was simply
that the man came to his death from a
blow inflicted by a blunt instrument.
It was impossble to fix the
blame on anyone, or even to
state the kind of blunt Instru?
ment that, was used with such deadly
effect. The 'presumption is that it was
a bayonet, but this is not definitely
There were only two witneses before
the jury. One of them was Private
Brehme, of the same regiment, report?
ed to have been wounded at the same
time Reffett was killed. There seems
to be all sorts of doubts clouding this
report also, and Private Brehme denies
its correctness. As stated In the Daily
Press several days ago, he knew noth?
ing of the killing or Reffett, and said
that he had received his injuries the
day before. That he had been drinking
and was alone, and remembered pass
ingth e passenger depot. That is all
ing the passenger depot. That is all
morning he awoke up in his berth with
a broken head.
The other witness was Mr. G. Edmund
Waddill, wrho was working for Mr. Joo,
of the Ivy, upon the Saturday in ques?
tion. On the afternoon of that day,
iibout 5 o'clock, he went down to pier
5, and as ho was passing through the
sate, he saw two soldiers talking to a
Mr. Waddill overheard one of the
men say that he intended to go
through the line if he died for it. Loook
ing back a few moments later, he saw
the sentry strike one of the men with
the llat part of his bayonet end of his
gun, but he did not think either of the
men were badly hurt. Later in the day
ho saw the hospital wagon near Twen?
ty-eighth street, and asked the sergeant
whether he was carrying drunkards.
The sergeant replied that he had been
railed to take care of two wounded men,
adding that one was dead, and he
thought the other would die. Passing
on between the second and third sec?
tions of the train a sentinel in a car
dcor said that he had killed the man,
and would kill anyone else who tried to
pass him when he had orders not to let
anyone go over the line. Mr. Waddill
?aid he could not identify the soldier,
were he to see him, as he passed by in
The jury returned a verdict that de?
ceased had come to his death by a
blow on the head dealt with a blunt
Instrument in the hands of a party to
the jurors unknown.
Sales of stamps at this postoffiee yes?
terday amounted to something over
$139, which is about the record for nor?
mal times. The sales while the soldiers
were encamped here sometimes went
over this amount, and were as high as
Postmaster Read will have an arc
light put in the front part of the post
ofTie in the next few days. At present
the lobby is lighted by electric inean
! descent lights. The introduction of an
arc light will be much more satisfactory
I fend will make the postoffiee as light as
Iday after dark.
Powder Magu'/.lno Explodes.
LONDON, Dec. 20.?A dispatch from
Shanghai to a newspaper here says a
powder magazine, situated in the cen?
tre of the Chinese camp at Hang Chow,
rxplored, leveling a square mile of
houses. It is stated that 3,000 soldiers
were killed, including the general com?
manding the forces,
The American and French missions
are both supposed to have been dam?
aged; but it is said there were no fatali?
ties among the Americans.
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LIBERAL G. A. R. VETS
Approve Government Care of
M'KINLEY IN WASHINGTON
-?? V- ?
Chief Executive and His Party Return to
the Capital Highly Pleased kWith
Their Southern Trip. Knd of a
(By Telegraph.) '
DUBUQUE. IA., Dec. 20.?Hyde Park
Post, G. A. R., has unanimously en?
dorsed President McKinley's declara?
tion that the time has arrived when
the federal government should assist
in earing for the graves of the Confed?
erate dead. A copy of the resolutions
was telegraphed to the President at
Augusta, Ga. Hyde Park Post is the
first in the country to act on the Presi?
PEN NSYLV AINI A'NS APPROVE.
LANCASTER, PA., Dec. 20.?Steph?
en's Post, No. 157, G. A. R., of Lititz.
has endorsed 'the President's speech re?
lating to the government caring for the;
graves of Confederate dead, and has
requested Congressman Brosius to use
his influence to ;bring about national
legislation to carry into effect the Presi?
THE PRESIDENT'S RETURN.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20.?The presi?
dential party, after an absence of sev?
eral days in the South, arrived at the
Pennsylvania Station, over the South?
ern railway at 11:30 o'clock this morn?
ing, exactly on schedule time. With the
exception of Mrs. McKinley, who was
slightly indisposed at Atlanta, every
mem'ber of the party has been in the
best of health, and all pronounced the
trip most enjoyable and a success in
Everywhere a stop was made the
President was received with greetings
and demonstrations of an enthusiastic
character and during the entire week
there was not a disturbing incident.
.MAYOR PERRY A DrSSENTER. .
? SOMERV1LLE, MASS., Dec. 20.'?
Mayor A. A. Perry, a member of Wil
lard C. Kinsley Post, 130, G. A. R., has
written a letter to the Post condemning.. ?
that portion of President McKinley's
address at Atlanta, suggesting that it.
would he proper for the government to
assist in the preservation and care of
Confederate _ cemeteries. The letter
"Perhaps it is hetter for me to stay
away from Grand Army gatherings for
a little time, at least, until I recover
from the shock of the statements made
by President McKinley at Atlanta. I
love the Soulli""arrd her people, and no
one rejoices more than I at the specta?
cle of a reunited country', presented
during the recent war with Spain.
"P.ut I cannot yet 'believe that It is
the duty of the nation to give the same
attention to the graves of the men who
sought to destroy it, as to the resting
places of those who died for its pre?
servation. God forbid 'that any words
should come from my lips or pen calcu?
lated to revive the sad memories of the
past. Let us extend the warm "hand
of fellowship to our Southern brothprs.
Let us give to them ungrudgingly of
our love. But let us not do any act or
approve any policy from which future
generations may infer that the great
American republic, In the closing years
of the nineteenth century had become
so blind that she could not distinguish
between the saviours and her would-be
FORGOT TO CI-OSE SPICKET
And Mr. William Garner's Store Wat
Mr. William Garner, who keeps a
clothing and gents' furnishing store at
the corner of Washington avenue and
Twenty-eighth street, is several hun?
dred dollars out of pocket because a
j lady who lives in the upper part of the
building forgot to turn off the spigot
when she went to get some water from
it Monday night, and found the supply
cut off. She neglected to turn it back
as she found it, and when the water
was turned back on by the company at
5 o'clock in the morning, it flooded the
apartments and leaked down into the
store room, running all over the stock
there and ruining a great deal of it.
If it had not been for the prompt and
efficient work of Officer C. J. Padgett.
Who discovered it, the loss would have
l:een much greater than it was. Th?
officer at once notified Mr. Garner, and
assisted him to remove the articles in
his store out of reach of the water, ast
well as to get out those that had been
damaged. Mr. Garner does not knovy
what his loss amounts to, but it will
go over $500.
The marriage of Mr. Charles M.
Thalman, book-keeper in the office of
Manager Tuekerman J. Fuqua, of the
Newport News hranch of the Robert
Portner Brewing Company, ,/hd Miss
Rosa Pascucci, a pretty and accom?
plished Danville belle, takes place at
the residence of the bride's parents in
the latter city at 8:30 o'clock this even?
ing. The couple will take up their fu?
ture residence here after their bridal
NOW WITH HODGE & CO.
Mr. N. B. Garner, formerly with W.
M. Parker, the grocer, is now with the
gents' furnishing firm of W. II. Hodge
&. Co., 3002 Washington Avenue. He
will be pleased to receive his friends
at Mr. Hodge's Store. del8-3t