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His Position as to Secret Ser
HIVES HIS ANSWER TO CONGRESS
He is Misunderstood and Misquoted
Has Great Respect for Congress
Good Work of Secret Service-It
is a Necessity-Urges Present Re
Washington. Special.-Unusual at
tention wab paid in the House of
Repr?sentatives Monday to the read
ing of a message from the President
.'replying to a resolution of that body
calling upon him for BD explanation
of the intimation in his annual mes
sage that members of Congress were
afraid to be investigated by the sec
ret service. The galleries were pack
ed to the doors.
The President's specific references
to certain speeches by Messrs. Taw
ney .of Minnesota; Smith, of Iowa;
Sherley, of Kentucky, and Fitzgerald,
of New York, when the provision for
the restriction of the operations of
the secret service was up for IIJCUS
sion, and also to Mr. Busby, the
Speaker's private secretary, created a
storm'of laughter. The Speaker rap
ped several times vigorously for or
The President says:
"I am wholly at a loss to under
stand the concluding portion of the
resolution. I have made no charges
of corruption against Congress nor
against any member of the present
House. If I had proof of such cor
' ruption affecting any member of the
House in any^ matter as to which the
Federal government has jurisdiction,
action would at once be brought, as
was done in the cases oi Senators
Mitchell and Burton, and Represen
tatives Williamson, Hermann, and
Driggs, at different times since I
have been President. This would
simply be doing my duty in the exe
cution and enforcement of the laws
without respect to persons. But I do
not regard it as within the province
or the duties of the President to
report to the House "alleged delin
quencies1' of members, or the sup
posed "corrupt action" of a mem
ber "in his official capacity." The .
membership of the House is by the
constitution placed'within the pow
er of the House alone. In the prose
cution of criminals and the enforce
ment of the laws the President must
resort to the courts of the United
The President quotes from his mes
sage: "Last year an amendment was
incorporated in the measure provid
ing for the secret service, which pro
vided that there should be no detail
from the secret service and no trans
fer therefrom." That act he claims
crippled the efficiency of the service
and therefore was of interest chiefly
to wrong doers.
He says it forbade the practices
that had been followed to a greater
orjess entent by. the executive heada_
of various departments for twenty
years. To these practices we owe the
securing of the evidence which en
abled us to drive great lotteries out
of business and secare a quarter of
a million dollars in fines from their
promoters. These practices have en
abled us to discover some o* the
most outrageous frauds in connec
tion with the theft of government
land and government timber by great
corporations and by individuals.
These practices have en?hled us to
get some of the evidence indispens
able in order to secure the conviction
of the wealthiest and most formidable
cirminals with whom the government
has to deal, both those operating in
violation of the anti-trust law and
He refers to the fact that through
the secret service both a senator and
a congressman were convicted of
land frauds in Oregon. He believes
that the government should be al
lowed to investigate all branches, but
pleads that Congressmen might be,
iaade un exception if so desised, with
out'cutting off so much of the power
of the secret service as to cripple its
.usefulness in other spheres.
He denies'.vigorously , that he said
that a. majority of congress did not
want ito be investigated; and says on
the contrary I have alw^/s not only
depreciated but. vigorously resented
the practice of indiscriminate attack
upon Congress, and indiscriminate
condemnation of all Congressmen,
wise and unwise, fit sod.unfit, good
and bad alike. No one realizes more
than I the importance of co-operation
between the Executive and Congress,
and no one holds the authority and
dignity of the Congress of-the United
States in higher respect than I do. I
have not the slightest.sympathy with,
the practice of judging men, for good
or for ill, not on their several merits,
but in a mass, as members of one par
ticular body or one caste.
In defense of his terras in thermes
saee that argument in favor of the
proyision -was ithat- thc Congressmen
did not tk^nselves wish to be in
vestigated by secret service men, he
chalis attention to tho-fact that when
the-measure wat? being discussed the
chief ^argument TO this, as can be
seen by reference to the Congress
ional Record! He says he would not
name authors of these artic
le?, but for the fact that it is de
The President quotes the following
from the Cicago Inter-Ocean, written
from Washington by L. W. Busby,
private secretary to the Speaker of
"He (thc; chief qf_the divisionn
and his men arc desirous of doing
the secret deteetjve work for the
whole government, and are not par
ticular about drawing the line be
tween thc lawmakers and the law
breakers. They are ready to shad
ow the former as well as the latter."
Then.' ofter saying that Congress
will insist that the men shall only be
used to stop counterfeiting, the ar
ricio goes on:
"Congress ?oes uot intend to have
a douche or any other kind of n
ister of- police to be used by, the
ecu ti ve departments against the le]
lative branch of the government,
bas been so used, and it is suspec
that it has been so used recently.
The legislative branch of
government will not tolerate the m
diing of detectives, whether tl
j?epresent the President,- Cabinet
ficers, or only themselves * .
Congressmen resented the secret
terference of the secret srvice ra
who for weeks shadowed some of
most respected members of the Hoi
and Senate. . . . When it \
discovered that seeret service n
mere shadowing Congressmen th
was a storm of. indignation at i
c?pitol ?nd the bureau came n<
being abolished and the appropri?t]
cut off. * * * At another ti
the chief of the 'secret service had i
men shadow Congressmen with a vi
to involving them in scandals tl
would enable the bureau to dictate
them as to the price of silence' *
v me secret, service mon ni
shown an inclination again to sh;
ow members of Congress, kn o wi
them to be law-makers, and this
no joke. Several of the departmei
have asked Congress for secret fur
for investigation, and the Treasi
Department wants the limitation
moved from the appropriation for si
pressing counterfeiting. This sho
a tendency toward Foucheism a
a secret watch on other officials th
This the President considers
index to what seems an enimus
Congress to the secret service.
He then says: "In connection wi
the Nebraska prosecution the go
ernment has by decree secured t
return to the government of over
million acres cf grazing land; in C<
orado of more than 2,000 acres
mineral land, and suits are now pe
ding involving 150,000 acres more.
The President follows with a loi
list of crimes against the govammej
brought out in his administrate
through the secret service detectivi
in which even wealthy men have bee
punished with fine and imprisonmen
He then specifies a number of coi
victions by the secret service such J
the selling of fraudulent naturaliz:
tion papers, (which congress hi
since remidied except that the appn
priations are fi ti ll too low for fu
effectiveness. Green and Gayn(
i have been brought to justice and ai
in prison. In the State of NebrasL
alone sixty defendants were indictee
and of the thirty-two cases thus fe
brought to trial twenty-eight ha\
resulted in conviction.
The secret service was used to ai
sist in the investigation of crime
under the peonage laws, and .owin
partly thereto numerous conviction
were secured and the objectionabl
practice was practically stamped oui
at least in many districts. The mos
extensive smuggling of silk an
opium in the history of the Trcasur
Department was investigated b
agents of the secret service in Nev
York and Seattle and a succensfn
prosecution of the offenders ufder
taken. Assistance of the utmost val
ue was rendered to the Department o:
Justice in the beef trust investiga
tion at Chicago, prosecutions wer
followed up and fines inflicted. Th
cotton-leak scandal in the Agricul
tural Department was investigate)
and the responsible parties located.
The destruction of the Houdura
Lottery Company, the successor t<
the Louisiana Lottery . was afftctei
and-$300,000 fines collected. The in)
fraud contract in the Bureau of Print
ing was discovered and $100.000 i
year was saved, while the total ex
penses for the official and field fore?
of the secret service last year was
The President says: "Such a bodj
as the secret-service, such a body oj
trained investigating agents, occupy
rag a permanent position in the gov?
ernment service, and separate fron
local investigating forces in different
Department, is an absolute necessity
4f "the''test work is to be done againsl
.criminals. It is by far the most effi
cient instrument . possible to use
against crime." He avers that Con
gress should hold itself,-in?readiness tc
investigate the executive "department
at any time, and adds that any abuse
of the service employes themselves
"snould be vigorously "prosecuted,
He says: "To use the secret service
in the investigation of purely private
or political matters would be a gross
abuse. But there has been no single
instance of such abuse during my term
In conclusion, he says, "I most ear
nestly ask, in the name of good gov
ernment and decent administration, in
the name of honesty and for the pur
pose of bringing to justice violators
of the Federal laws wherever they
may be found, whether in public or
private life, that the action taken by
the House last year be reversed. When
this action was taken, the Senate com
mittee, under the lead of the late Sen
ator Allister, having before it a strong
ly worded protest (Appendix D) from
Secretary Cortelyou like that he had
sent to Mr. Tawney, accepted the Sec
retary's views; and the .Senate passed
ihe bill in the shape pn-sented by'Sen
ator Allison. In the conference, how
ever, the House conferees insisted on
the retention of the provision they
had inserted, and the Senate yielded.
The ehief of the secret service is
paid a salary utterly inadequate to
thc importance of his functions and to
the admirable way in which he has
performed them. I earnestly urge
that it be increased to $6.000 per an
num. I also urge that the secret ser
vice be placed where it properly be
longs, and made a bureau in the De
partment of Justice, as the chief of
the secret service has repeatedly re
quested; but whether this is done OT
not, it should be explicitly provided
that the secret service can be used tc
detect and punish crime wherever it
.Thc Whi:e House, January 4th.
Court VYHJ Sentence Six to
OTHER TWO GOOD FOR 20 YEARS
Motion For New Trial Overruled
Two of the Eight to Have 20 Years
in Prison-Brief Summary of Crim
inals and Their Capture.
Union City, Tenn., Special.-With a
verdict of guilty in varying degree
the jury in the night-rider trials re
ported at 8:45 p. m. Thursday.
The twelve men found Garret John
son, Tid Burton, Roy Ransom, Fred
Pin con, Arthur Cloor and Sam Apple
white guilty of murder in the first de
gree with mitigating circumstances,
and Bud Morris and Bob Huffman,
the other defendants, guilty of mur
der in the second degree and fixed
their punishment at twenty years in
the penitentiary. The punishment of
thc six first named defendants was
left to the court and may be death or
life imprisonment. The defense filed
a motion for a new trial which was
set for hearing Saturday and which
will be overruled, as indicated by the
court when sentence will be pronounc
ed. The court will sentnece the six
first caned defendants to death.
Thus ?B ended, in the lower court,
one of th? most vigorously contested'
and notable criminal trials ever heard
in this State, the outcome of a reign
of lawlessness, the culminating act of
which being that of which men were
found guilty, calling forth the muster
ing of the militia of the State, under
the personal direction of Governor
Patterson, to the aid of the civil
authorities in the ferreting out and
the taking into custody of those who
were charged with the commission of
the crime, the so-called ''night-rider
.clan" of Reel Foot lake.
The operations of the night-rider
band began with the burning of fish
docks extending to the inflicting of
corporal unishment on those whom the
leaders in their courtois demed guilty
of actions in opposition to the wishes
of the elan, finding a climax in tho
lynching of Captain Kanken.
MRS. EES A IEEE WOMAN.
With Her Sister She is Acquitted of
the Murder of Capt J. Clayton Erb
by a Jnry in Meicla Court.
Media, Pa., Special-Mrs. Florence
M. Erb, wife of Capt. J. Clayton Erb,
and her sister, Mrs. Catherine Beizell,
who were charged with the sensation
al murder of Captain I rb on the night
of October 4th, 1903. Thursday walk
ed from the Delewere county court
house free women. After the jury
had been out nearly eighteen hours it
brought in a verdict of not guilty in
the case of each woman, both of
whom had been charged separately
and jointly with the shooting of the
During the morning the jury filed
into court and asked for further in
structions on the question oi self
defense, soon word carno from the
juhy room that the men had agreed.
The defendants were sent for at
once, but there wa? a few minutes'
delay before they arrived.
When the foreman announced the
verdict of acquittal there was a sec
ond's pause, a dead silence and then
with half a scream, the sisters fell
in eaoh other's arms. Women wept
as they looked at the pathetic scene.
In an instant the women were sur
rounded by their friends and attor
neys and overwhelmed with congratu
Durham, N. C., Special.-The larg
est per capita distribution of school
funds in the history of the Stute was
made We?nesday by the county
Board of Education. It was $4 for
every child attending school. Forty
thousand dollars was apportioned to
the public schools of the county. Dur
ham leads the State in this respect
Saved By a Parrot.
Naples, By Cable.-Queen Helena is
taking particular interest in a six
year-old girl who was rescued from
the ruins under remarkable circum
stances. While some Italian sailors
at Messina were climbing over wreck
age they heard weak cries of "Maria!
Maria!" After much work they
reached a room where they found a
parrot continuing to utter cries of
"Maria." The seamen turned to
leave, but as the parrot persisted in
its cries, they broke into an adjoin
ing room and found a girl lying sense
less. She and the parrot were taken
on board the battleship Regina Elena.
Hil! Pays Carnegie's Gift.
Berlin, By Cable.-David Jayne
Hill, the American Ambassador, paid
into the Seehandlung Bank, Wednes
day Andrew Carnegie's gift of $125,
000 to the Koch Institute for Tuber
culosis Research. Mr. Hill also com
municated to the president of the in
stitute Mr. Carnegie's cordial ac
knowledgement of the gratification he
felt upon having been elected an hon
orary member and his good wishes for
the ?uceess of so b?n?ficient a work.
Shaft at Fort Mahone.
vania is having erected on tho site of
Fort Mahone, in Prince George coun
ty, a granite shaft in honor of the
members of the Third Division, Ninth
Army Corps, who were killed in bat
tle in front of Petersburg during Hie
Civil Wor. The shaft is 60 feet
high and is of Barre granite It will:
he unveiled in May next, at whicht
time an-address will be made by the
President of the United States.
Pittsburg's Councilmen Accused ol
, Pittsburg, Pa., Special.-The sever
councilment accused of accepting
bribes and conspiring to secure bribes
and the two former bankers accused
of giving bribes, all of whom were ar
arrested two weeks ago upon com
plaint of the Voters' League were in
dicted late Monday by a grand jury
impaneled Monday morning. Tru?
bills were found as follows : T. 0.
Atkinson, select councilman, bribery
and accepting ^bribes. "William Brand,
president of common council, bribery
and accepting bribes and conspiracy.
John P. Klein, common councilman.,
bribery end accepting bribes and con
?piracy. Jospeh C. Wasson, common
councilman, bribery and accepting
bribes and conspiracy: Jacob Soffel,
iommon councilman, bribery and ac
cepting bribes. Hugh Ferguson, com
mon councilman, bribery and accept
ing bribes. W. W. Ramsey, former
president of German National Bank,
offering and giving bribes. A. A. Vii
sack, former cashier of same bank, of
fering and giving bribes. All of ac
cased gave bond after their arrest,
and these bonds will stand until the
court hearing. There is every indica
tion that these hearings will be held
Mr. Taft Will Eat 'Possum and
'Taters in Atlanta.
Atlanta, Ga., Special-One hundred
o'possums with the usual accompany
tnent of sweet potatoes, will grace
the banquet table of the Atlanta
chamber of commerce on January
15th. when President-eleot Taft will
be the guest of honor. When a dele
gation of prominent Atlantians called
upon Mr. Taft a few days ago in Au
gusta to arrange the details of hil
visit to,this city the spokesman court
eously asked the next occupant of the
White House if he had any sugges
tions to offer relative to the prepara
tion of the banquet. "Just one," he
smilingly replied, "I have had a life
time longing to taste 'possum and' ta
ters. My visit to the South would be
incomplete unless this wish is realiz
Relief For Earthquake Sufferers.
New York, Special.-Laden with
twenty-five tons of clothing and more
than thirteen tons of provisions with
which to clothe and feed the starving
and half-naked survivors of the Cala
bria and Sicily earthquake^and carry
ing homeward over 300 Italians of all
clases, most of whom are hurrying to
the(scene where their loved ones have
been killed, maimed or rendered des
titute, the steamship Hamburg, of the
Hamburg-American. line sailed Tues
day for Genoa and Naples. Most of
the provisions destined for the Italian
sufferers were donated by Nathan
Straus from the stock of a local firm
of which be is a member.
No Trouble With Honduras is Antic
Mobile, Ala., Special. - -Ernesto
Fotes, Honduras consul ?PSMI?obiie,
referring to the publication o?a prob
able Central American conflict said
Mcnday that all these reports are not
able for their want of varacity. He
suid that peace in these countries is
an assured fact, and that the neutral
ity of Honduras is maintained by the
treaties of Washington, and in conse
quence, Honduras today has only a
normal number of regular soldiers.
Alligators Raised Like Pigs.
Sinee the alligators are getting
scarce on our Southern coasts and
their value is being better known
there are at least three alligatoi
farms in this country and there may
be moro, S?DCB each one of the three
has made a success pf the industry.
They are situated in Arkansas, Flori
da and California. They are raised
and butchered like pigs.
Meteor Falls in Alabama.
Marion, Ala., Special.-A large
meteor fell in the western part of
Percy county,at 10 o'clock Friday
night. It came from the southwest
and could be seen thoroughout the
county. A short time after it fell a
distinct shock was felt over a large
part of the county that caused wip
dows and doors to rattle.
Stamp Clerk Short in His Accounts.
Anniston, Ala., Special-According
to a statement of postoffice inspectors
here Wednesday, Ed D. Smith, stamp
clerk in the Anniston postofflce, who
suddenly left hero Saturday night,
was short in his accounts between
$1,800 and $2,000. It is said that
friends of the young man will maka
good the shortage. Nothing has been
hoard from Smith since the recepit
of a letter Monday, saying that he
left because he- could not stand
trouble. He was last seen in Bir
mingham Sunday night.
Montana on Endurance Test.
Norfolk, Va., Special.-The cruiser
Montana left here".Monday or. an en
durance nm- of several day., which
will bring her back to Hampton
Roads to join the North Carolina
after repairs to the latter. Both
cruisera will then proceed to Charles
ton from which point President-elect
Taft will start for Panama.
Four States Go Dry.
State-wide prohibition laws went
into effect Friday in three Southern
States, North Carolina, Mississippi
and Alabama. Georgia is the onh
other State wherein statutory prohib
ition exists, thc law having been in
operation one year.
Burton Named For Senator.
Columbus. 0.. Special. - Thcodon
Burton of Cleveland was named as tlx
next senator from Ohio by thc Repub
lican senatorial caucus Saturday.
-Cartoon by Robt
1908 Made Big
?0,852 Persons End
lng New Record in
Chicago.-The crime and casualty
records for 1908, as collected by the
Chicago Tribune lu its annual sum
mary, show some interesting phases.
Probably the most striking feature
is the steady increase in the number
of suicides and the great percentage
of these that are traceable to the
business depression and embarrass
ments of the year. Self-destruction
due to these causes grew fivefold over
the record of the year before, despite
the fact that the financial squeeze be
gan early In the fall of 1907. As a
weapon of self-destruction the revol
ver gained greatly In favor. .
Embezzlements involved a larger
total than in 1907, and a peculiar
phase of this record ls that more than
two-thirds of this crime, figured on a
monetary basis, is chalked up against
bank officials and employes. The re
form wave seems to have had a good
effect on public officials.
The ho ilcide record-deaths of
all kinds uy personal violence-in
creased ?over 1907, but fell short of
that of the previous year. The death
toll for holiday sports aggregated
3G8 deaths and 3820. injuries.
The number of, ?suicides for 1908
was 10,852 as reported in the public
press. The following list shows the
steady increase of self-murder: 1899,
5340; 1900. 6735; 1901, 7245;
1902, 8291; 1903,8597; 1904. 9240;
1905, 9982; 1906, 10.125; 1907, 10,
782, and 1908, 10,852.
The causes of these suicides are
stated as follows, the classification,
as In the case of homicides, being a
general one: Despondency, 6318; un
known, 1541; Insanity, 810; domes
tic infelicity, 778; ill health. 718;
business losses, 632; liquor, 536, and
disappointed In love, 519.
Three thousand one hundred and
two persons shot themselves. In the
remaining cases 2735 died by poison,
1936 by asphyxiation, 1041 by hang
France is the V
Enormous Yearly Sa
m ? nts Abroad-^
Paris.-"i.uiuugii general trade
conditions in France, as in other
European countries, suffered in 1908,
largely because , of the reduction in
American demand, following the
financial crisis, figures submitted by
M. Leroy Beaulieu and other statis
ticians at the end of the year regard
ing the wealth of the French people
demonstrate the imposing strength
of France's financial position and her
right to the title ot "the world's
banker." France's fortune Is grow
ing steadily, as the result of an an
nual saving of $1,000,000,000, much
of which must seek investment
- M. Leroy Beaulieu's figures show
that France now receives $360,000,
000 as an annual income from for
eign holdings, " which are principally
government Blocks, the amount hav
ing been almost doubled in the last
fifteen years. He estimates the pres
ent wealth of the French people at
$45,000,000,000, or more than $1100
for every man, woman and child,
and as the estimate ls based on de
Serpean t Draws Big Som.
Through Army Deposit Plan.
San Francisco, Cal.-Charles Her
vey, a retired soldier, who has been
post quartermaster sergeant at Fort
Rosecrans for some time, drew from
Colonel George R. Smith, chief pay
master, $13,000, the amount he lins
saved from hlB pay through the army
This is the second largest sum the
chief paymaster of this department
has ever paid to a soldier. Besides
this amount Harvey will receive for
the rest of his life $67.50 a month.
National Capital Events.
The British Ambassador and Mrs.
Bryce gave a large dinner at the em
bassy in honor of the Secretary of
State and Mrs. Rcot.
The President transmitted a spe- ?
cial message recommending a single I
head or governor for the District of
Columbia in place of three commis- j
Felipe Pardo, the Minister to this j
country from Peru, who went abroad ?
the last ot November, and who. ru- !
mor said, would not remain as Minis- j
rer to this country, bas been assigned ,
to duly here for another year.
?rt Carter, in the New York American.
ed Their Lives, Mak
Line of Endeavor
ing, 1004 by drowning, 825 by cut
ting throat, 85 leaping from roofs or
windows, 65 by throwing themselves
in front of engines, 31 by stabbing,
27 by fire, 3 by dynamite and 1 by
Embezzlements, forgeries and bank
wreckings, amounting to $13,555,
538, are in excess of those of last
year. Ten bank presidents, twenty
eight cashiers., eleven bank clerks
and four brokers have made way with
$10,085,472, while agents, forgers,
postmasters, public officials, loan as
sociation managers and ordinary
clerks combined have stolen only
about $3,500,C00. Some slight moral
compensation was made on tho part
of thirty of these fifty-two financiers,
who committed suicide.
A noticeable feature of this record
is the steady increase of murder by
highwaymen and thugs, being 101
more than in 1907.
That more care has been exercised
in hunting is shown by the decrease
in casualties. During the hunting
season proper 75 persons were killed
and 91 injured, and out of season
109 killed and 33 ibjured, a total of
166 killed and 126tinjured, as com
pared with 191- killed and 155 in
jured in 1907.
The principal epidemic was the
cholera, which prevailed in Russia
and Eastern Asia and the Philip
pines; 7700 died in Russia, 12,000
in the Philippines and 20,000 in
in the Innumerable baseball fields
65 were killed and 59 seriously in
jured, nearly all of whom belonged
outside of the league clubs. In the
football field 18 were killed and 318
The persons who rock the boat
have drowned 8.,and the criminal!*
reckless who didn't know it * ..s
loaded have killed 41 and wounded
iVealth is $1IOO
dared succession taxes, it is ad
mittedly far below the real figures.
Ii addition, Mr. Leroy Beaulieu
takes no account of the great amount
of gold and securities which the
French, especially the peasants, keep
concealed. These probably rival tho
hidden treasures of India.
Durinv the last ?fteen years $521,
400,000 in gold was loaned abroad,
yet the excess Importation amounted
:o $785,800,000. In 1900 the gold
holdings of the Bank of France in
creased by $200,000,000; they now
stand at $700,000,000, the largest
In the history of the bank. The other
banks hold $S33,800,000.
The balances of trade, which in
1893 amounted to $140,000,000
against France, are now in France's
favor. Increased taxation, however,
keeps pace with the increased wealth,
the budget of 1909, owing to the pur
chas^ of the Western Railroad and
extraordinary expenses in connection
with Morocco, being th?, highest in
?he history of the country not ex
cepting the war period. .
Color Hays a Caro Tor r*i Crime.
Inebriety and Crime.
Philadelphia.-Cases Of drunken
ness and o? juvenile depravity cured
by application of varl-colored Ught3
were presented by~Dr. J. Frank Wal
lis, of the Norristown State Insane
Asylum before the Philadelphia Medi
"Light starvation," tho doctor de
clared, "causes criminals.
"With the development of the use
of light energy as a curative agent
drunkenness and crime will disap
The Field of Snorts.
The pacing stallion Minor Heir was
sold for $45,000.
Ty Cobb says his brother Paul will
make a hit in fast company.
The Critchley Socker Football Club
defeated the Columbia oval team.
Harry Nobis won the monthly
tronhy ruu of the Mohawk Athletic
, Detroit has a new pitcher named
Corns. How will he get along with
Garry Kerman and Jean E. Bruce
were rp-ele^ced membera o' the Na
tional Baseball Commission.
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Washington, N. C., had a $20,00(*
Dlaze Friday morning.
The United States leads th? worl?
in the production of lead.
The eleven-year-old son of Wm.
Tillman, of Chatham County, commit
ted suicide with a gun last week,
because his father punished him.
Six Tennessee night riders have
been convicted of murder in the
first degree and two in the second
degree, with jury penalty of 20 years
imprisonment, all for the murder of
Sheriff Van Pelt, of Pensacola, has
had to stop street cars from running;
on Sunday to conform to the law.
The Virginia Portland Cement Co.
has started up in full force again,
with 500 hands and hopes to double
its force soon. /
Hampton, Va., voted on Wednes
day to issue $100,000 in bonds for
An address from the people of
Spottsylvania, Va., will he issued
soon, calling on the people of the na
tion to unite in erecting a grand mon
ument at Bloody Angle, in honor of
Gens. R. E. Lee and Uj S. Grant. .
Hon. John S. .Henderson, receiver,
announces that affairs at Whitney*,
N. C., will soon be straightened ouf
and work will begin on the' great
electric power plant.
. The American Battle Fleet, as sooa
as it came out of the Suez canal,
tendered its services to Italian au
.thorities to aid at Scicily but were
declined because not needed.
Hon. Bert M. Fernald was inaugu
rated Thursday as governor of the
State of Georgia.
Hon. Oben S. Draper took his seat
as Governor of Massachusetts on?
Thursday. The inaugural assembly
?vas unprecedented. J
The North Carolina Legislature has
increased the salary of the Governor
from $4,000 to $6,000.
The annual income of the late
"Sugar King" Claus Speckles is
$275,000 per month. Pending the
probate of the will the widow is to
have $4,000 per month.
Dr. Roseburgh of the Jefferson Med
ical College. Philadelphia, has mada
a wonderful discovery about tuber
culosis germs, and hopes soon that an
anti-toxine will be in use to which the
dread disease will yield.
The South Carolina Penitentiary
shows, a net balance of $29,495.19 for
1908 -over 1907, after losing about.
$15,000 by ?ood and making perma
p.ent improVements to the extent
of nearly $11,000.
Half starved dogs in the stricken
cities of Italy are dangerous to the
crippled, and they eat the dead like
The next meeting Of the Cotton.
Manufacturing Association will be
held in Richmond, Va., on the 4tb
Tuesday in May.
A head-on collision occurred on
the Southern at Canegie Tuesday, in
,whic* fl,To persons were hurt; one of
A late pitched battle between vig
ilantes from Mexican ranches near
the California line and a party of
stock thieves resulted in the killing
of the four thieves.
The Virginian Railroad is now ope**
from Norfolk through Roanoke, Va^.
? James Treanor, a printer, wa?
burned to death with the loss by fire
of Central Hotel, Covington, Tenn.,
on Tuesday. A score of others made
Senor CSkro Venezuela's, deposed
ruler, is fast recovering from . an
operation, which he has undergone in
Berlin, and has promise of health.
Congress has appropriated $500,?
000 to the earthquake suerers in
A ^emi-annual dividend of 31-2
per cent on North Carolina Railroad
stock was declared at Greensboro on
A sanatorium for consumptives has
been opened at Red Springs, a Vir
ginia mountain summer resort.
C. F. King, famous in finance, was
convicted of larceny in Boston. He
gave bail of $35,000, and came out
of jail, but soon one nf the^suretiet
surrendered him to custody again.
He is in jail.
A convention of the Virginia and
Carolina Hotel Association convened
at the Jefferson, Richmond, Va., on
Congressmen will be limited this
season to 10,000 packages of vege
table seeds to send to their consti
tuents instead of 12,5000 as before.
500 packages of flower seeds are still
allowed to each.
The Brownsville trouble which has
beex so much agitated, has cost $15,
000. and the end is not yet.
It is reported that Geo. E. Milton,
of the Knoxville Sentinel, has pur
chased thc Chattanooga News con
Fire which raged for five days in
the steamer Texas, while on _ her
maiden voyage, has been extinguished
nnd the Texas is ready for repairs
to try it again.
There are 811 midshipmen at the
United Stares Naval Academy at
Ann polis. Md.
Frank Diver, oort was elecrccutccP.
.it Richmond, Va., on Monday for.
The dismembered body of Rev. J.
M. Carmichael, of Columbus.. Mich.,
was found on Wednesday in heat
ing steves of bis church. ,