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Transportation of the mails by
iraiiway, steamship lines and various
..sfar routes cost the government,
.during the fiscal year, ended June
30, 1909, $83,493,762.
These are the figures given in the
annual report of Joseph Stewart,
Second Assistant Postmaster Gener
al, which was made public last Mon
day. The number of railroad routes
. -employed by the department was
I -3,316, aggregating 217,115 miles.
The total expense of the railway
.-service for the year was $45,054.48.
For the fiscal year of 1911 it is esti
mated that the expenditures for
;raiiroad, transportation will be $46,
r he result of the readjustment of
pay for railroad 'transportation, ef
fective Jnly l, 1909, for the ensuing
four years, based upon the weighing
.of the mails, shows a decrease of
$494,360.31, or 5.08 per cent; and
.for railway postof?ice edr pay a de
.crease. of $3,195.97, or 0.29 per cent.
It has developed that electric
.street railway companies in some
.cities demand extortionate rates for
.carrying the mails. Concerning this
situation, Mr. Stewart says:
"In view of the demands made by
.electric car companies for higher
rates for service in the large cities
it is founcf desirable, in some cases,
to substitute motor-wagon service for.
the electric car service.
It"is shown by the report that "on
f-June 30, 1909, there were 168 full
railway postof?ice lines, manned by
1,651 crews of 8,063 clerks ' (includ
ing 75 acting clerks; of these thr.re
"Boll Weevil Causes Short Crop.
The cotton crop of the year 1909
will be the smallest since 1899' ac
cording 4o the statement of W. D.
Hunter, of - Dallas, Texas, expert of
the department x>f agriculture.
"It is due," he said, addressing
the House'committee on agriculture,
?"to the weevil in Louisiana, portions
.of Arkansas and Mississippi 'and
the extreme dry weather in Texas,
.where sensational conditions inter
fered with propagation of the para
The boll weevil, he decarled, un
doubtedly would cause remarkable
redistribution of production of cot
ton, first in large areas. What were
large centers of production former
ly were going to fell down and there
the redistribution of small
?ms. He declared the soil
conditions in certain parts
every plan'ntion in the
ll permit the planter ' to
Ito raise cotton profitably
Hie boll weevil.
Cements For Augusta, (fa.
quarter million dollar improve
xnent for the Savannah River, at
Augusta, the cost 'to be evenly di
vided between the Federal Govern
ment and the Georgia city, has been
: recommended to Congress 07/ the war
department. Where Augusta rests
on the Savannah's banks, the river's
slope changes from a steep to a
gradual incline, which subjects that
section to sudden, severe and de
structive freshets, with constant ert?
sion estimated to have carried away
half a million cubic feet of material
from the river bank along the city
front since last August.
New Bank For Jacksonville.
The Fourth National Bank of
Jacksonville, Fla., capital $400,000,
has been authorized to begin busi
ness by the comptroller of the cur
Largest Financial Transaction.
What is said to be the largest
financi?l transaction in the world's
histofy occurred here. It consisted
in giving of receipts for $1,260,124.
946 by Lee McClung. treasurer of
the United States to Charles II.
Treat, who retired from that office
October 31st. The receipt is ac
knowledgement of money and securi
ties in the office November 1st.
Moore Gives Up Office.
Professor Willis L. Moore, for five
years president of the National
Geographic Society, which organiza
tion imported favorably on Com
mander Peary's North Polar records,
has addressed a letter to each of the j
board of managers that he does not
wish the hoard again to consider his
Representative Page is trying to
get the Postoffice Department to in
augurate the county system of rural
mail served in TJnioc County, N. C.
Taft Invited to Open Show.
A delegation of prominent Tennes
seeans have invited President Taft
to open and attend the Appalach
ian Exposition to be held in Knox
ville next September. The Presi
dent promised to open the exposition
by telegraph and to attend if pos
sible. The fair is designed to exploit
the natural resources of the Appala
Before insuring elsew her
OU Line Companies.
At The Farmer? \
al Capitol Briefly Noted
r the Reader.
Offil ill I III
were 139 full railway postoffice lines
having apartment car service manned
by 905 crews of .1,307 clerks. There
weer also 1,374 apartment railway
postoffice lines manned by 3,994
crews of 5,163 clerks (including 69
acting clerks); 21 electric car lines
with 19 crews of 21 clerks; 55 steam
boat lines with 92 crews of 92 clerks
(including 24 acting clerks).; making
a total of 1,757 lines ^of all kinds,
manned by 14,646 clerks. In addition
there were 48 officials, 129 chief
clerks, 755 transfer ^clerks employed
in handling thc mails at important
junction points, and 466 clerks de
11 iled to clerical duty in the various
offices of the service." The total num
ber of officers and employes was
therefore 16,044, an increase during
the year of 749.
! "There were 35 railroad accidents
during the year in which postal
clerks were either killed or injured
or in which mail matter was lost or
[ damaged. Thirteen clerks, 1 substi
! tute,, and 1 mail weigher, were killed,.
93 seriously injured and 403 slightly
! injured. The number of fatal acci
dents is larger and the number cf
others. is smaller this year than
I Recommendations are made that
railway postal employes be given
; thirty days' annual leave and sixty
\days sick leave; that railway postal
clerks be retired by the government
when physically incapacitated; and
that a railway postal clerk injured
in the line of duty be granted leave,
not exceeding twelve additional
?months with, pay at 50 per cent of
: his regular, salary.
I To War Against Trusts.
A million members by March 1 to
wage battle against the unrelentles9
trusts controlling the necessaries of
i life, is the hope of leaders of the
? movement fer the organization of a
national anti-trust league. For final
action regarding the organization of
the league invitations have been
sent to everv Senator and Represen
tative in Washington besides all
prominent citizens to attend a meet
ing here. President Taft will be in
vited to be present and lend his
moral support to the undertaking.
It is the plan of the leaders to. ob
tain the cooperation of Congress
men in building up a national organ
ization. -Thc Senators from each
State will bc asked to suggest a man
; and woman as the directors of the
?league from his State and every vrep
jresentntive will be invited to name
j trustworthy men and women ; from
his district to act as district repre
sentatives of the movement. For
financial support the league will rely
upon a mem1-" ' r-a-CkS-1~
10 of which;
branch of t
capital of $2
of the fight
To War on I
as the red spi
siderable flam ???,.<. ? ^ ... ~
Carolina; especially in the sections
around Batesburg and Leesville. The
insect is very destructive and where
it has taken firm hold the crop ii
usually almost a total failure. Farm
ers around Batesburs: have had this
matter under consideration with
Representative Lever during the past
year, with the result that through
his efforts the department of agri
culture has become interested in tht
situation and has formulated defi
nite plans for beginning work at
Batesburg on Fberuary 1.
The three cabinet officers to whom
President Taft, by his decision in
the case of the way in which whiskey
shall be labelled, have appointed as
the special board Solicitor McGabe,
of the Agricultural Department; So
liciter Earie, cf' the Department of
Commerce and Labor, and Internal
Commissioner Cabell, representing
the Treasury Department.
To Be Given $13,000,000. . j
Committee cn agriculture will) give
committee on agriculture will give
the agricultural department cf the
government approximately $13,000,
000 to run it during the coming
year, according to the estimate of the
subcommittee of that body.
Three men were killed and nine
were frightfully burned iu an ex
plosion and fire which destroyed the
plant of the Buffalo, N. Y., Cereal
company, causing $75,000 damages.
Postoffice Sub-Agency at Charleston.
Charleston has been made a sub
agency for the distribution of stamp
ed evelopes, newspaper wrappers and
postal cards, according to announce
ment made here. Augusta, Ga., baj
also been made a sub-agency for en
velopes and wrappers. These sub
agencies will be conducted under th?
direction of the Third Assistant
Postmaster General and the im
mediate supervision of the respec
> & BYRD
e. Werrap resent the Best
Bank of Edgefield I
Below is givtn a brief summary of
the doings of the law-makers of the
South C jrolina General Assembly
day by day:
The Senate-The Senate is very
much divided on the question of pro
hibition for the State. Four classes
on the liquor question. L State-wide
prohibitionists. 2. Local optionists.
3. Standpatters. 4. Those with open
views. It is thought that the action
tak?n last year on the compromise
bill may have effect on the coming
The season did not last long, the
principal matter considered was the
Governor's message, which was re
ferred to the "various, committees, as
is the custom.
It was agreed .to visit Winthrop
College on the 19th, this being Gen.
Among the bills were: The State
wide porhibition measure on the cal
endar was indefinitely postponed;
Clifton's widow's pension measure
went to third reading.
The House-Gov. Ansel's' message
was read and referred to the various
committees; organization completed;
agreed to visit Winthrop College on
Gen. Lee's birthday, the 19th. The
first bill cf the session passed was
for the creation of Dillon county.
The Senate-A poll of the mem
bers showed a complete block on
further legislation t?n prohibition.
Members consider the compromise
! as binding and satisfactory to pro
hibitionists, though there is no tell
ing as yet as to what will turn up
along the line of further legislation.
It is not thought prohibitionists will
fight for a State-wide proposition.
The House-Members voted to use
Glenn Springs water for .drinking
purposes, instead of Columbia's sup
ply. Vote 71 to 26. An imitation
was accepted to visit Clemson Col
lege on the 22nd. Cosgrove, intro
duced a resolution on drainage of
considerable importance to South
Carolina, especially in the lower part
of the State. The resolution en
dorses the efforts Of Senator Smith
in securing statistics as regards the
lands needing drainage work. Every
member has gone to work in earnest
to get in bills early, the engross
ing department received 71.
The Senate-Laney's bill to regu
late the running of automobiles was
killed; Sinkler, of Charleston intro^
duced a bill to do away with trad
ing stamps; Sullivan introduced a
bill to keep young men out of pool
rooms, making it a fine of not less
than $25 or more than $100. or im?
prisonment for not more Man 30
days. This refers to the keepers of
pool rooms; the tax proposition was
brought up by Senator Clifton, but
is to be considered later.
The House-Disposed of a number
certificates. Wade's bill amending
the law relating to the railroad com
mission also passed. This bill places
in the hands of the commission the
control of all interurban railways
operated by electricity over 10 miles
in length as well as those operated
by steam. Riley's bill requiring the
owner of live stock under a lien to
and providing a penalty should thc
report not be made. Cosgrove's bill
to provide for the organization o?
mutual protective associations alse
passed. The house also passed and
sent to the senate a resolution from
D. L. Smith providing that at a joint
sessions on Jan. 25 all officers to eb
filled by the general assembly be
decided on. There are a number of
vacancies on the circuit bench and
with the penitentiary directors and
college trustees it is probable that
the elections will take two days. In
addition to the names already pub
lished the terra of Judire Wilson ex>
pires in December, 1910, and this
vacancy will have to be filled.
FRED AY-Jan. 14th.
The Senate-Sinkler's bill, provid
ing for a Commission of Law Exam
iners passed to third reading. The
bill requires that all applicants for
practice of law shall be made by pe
tition to the supreme court, also to
create a Stated board of law examin
ers to consist of three members of the
bar of at least ten years' standing,
who shall hold office for three years.
Supreme court to appoint the mem
bers; Andubou Society's bill for the
protection of game, received favor
The House-Agreed to take up the
calender in systematic order; Rich
ard's'bill to authorize the commission
on the monument to the women of
the Confederacy and erect the statue
on the approaches to the capitol on
Sou?h Main street should the com
mission? decide the way was favor
ably reported; Whaley announced
committee to confer with a similar
committee of the Senate regarding
the erection of a Supreme Court
building. This committee will report
back at the present ssesion; resolu
tion to appoint two more pages was
killed; resolution by Cothran that
tho bunders of the battleship "South
Carolina" to send th? vessel to
South Carolina waters before the
ganeral assembly adjourn, in order
that the body might be present to
present the silver service, by the
State, was passed; Cothran's kinder
garten bill was killed; McKeithan's
resolution as to municipal indebted
ness, including Darlington, was pass
ed to third reading; Dick's bill for
bidding neptoism in the employment
of professors, in State colleges, went.
to third reading; Smith's bill to
raise salaries of 'circuit judges from
$3,000 to $4,000, failed to pass. Vote,
55 to 49. House adjourned until
SATURDAY-Jan. 15th. v
The Senate-Business was trans
acted with no quorum, but point was
not raised. -Sinkler's bill regulating
the admission to practice of attor
neys, solicitors and counsellors, to
provide for . a board of examiners,
passed third reading and was order
ed sent to the house; Croft's bill "to
amend section 380 of the civil code
of procedure of the State of South
Carolina, volume 2," passed third
reading and was ordered sent to the
house ; Christensen 's bill to amend
the act establishing an industrial
school for boys passed the senate.
The effect of the amendment is to
keep the boys convicted of any crime
in the school until they are '??, An
other feature of the amended bill is
to plaae the j expense of sending the
boys to the r?formatory on the coun
ties from which they come; Carlisle's
bill providing against the working in
the cotton mills of any child under
18 years ?of age between the hours
of 7 p. m. and 6 a. m. passed second
leading; Otts' bill to declare the un
lawful sale, barter, storage and keep
ing in possession of alcoholic liquors
a common nuisance, was brought up
but was passed over; Carlisle moved
reoonsideartion of the ' ' South Caro
lina" battleship resolution. It was
hoped that the new warship could be
finished and the silver service pre
sented in South Carolina waters Feb.
10th, during the session of the gen
eral assembly but it will not be
ready; Senator Earle's bill "relat
ing to State printing there was con
siderable discussion but . no action
was taken; the bill to renew the char
ter of Porter Military academy in
Charleston, passed to third reading;
Carlisle has introduced a bill that
changes the law very much on
the question ,o? distress of rent.
The measure of Carlisle provides :
"That from and after the approval
of this act the right of distress for
rent shall be abolished except for
premises leased for'agricultural pur
poses." There is also a repealing
section of the act.
The House-There was no session
of the House.
FARMERS GET VAST SUM.
Corn, Wheat AndT Cotton Exported
at High Prices.
Washington, Special.-A picture
which reflects the prosperity of the
country, especially that of the farm
er, is drawn in the statement of
domestic exports for 1909 prepared
by the .Bureau of Statistics of the
Department of Commerce and Labor.
Cern at 70 cents a bushel, wheat
at $1.04 a bushel and about 12 cents
for every pound of cotton exported
is the record for 1909. More than
$24,000,000 worth of corn and $48,
000,000 of wheat went from Ameri
can ports to feed the world last
year. More than $460,000,000 worth
of cotton went to foreign looms, and
as these, figures show only the ex
portations from the principal ports
of trade, the detail statements will
Labcr toj Go Into Politics.
Washington} Special.-Labor is
preparing to take an active part in
Found Strangled to Death.
Poughkeepsie; N. Y., Special.
Sarah O. Breymer, aged 26 years, a
pretty and cultured governess at the
summer home of Mr. and Mrs.
Barnes Compton, at Millbrook,
Dutchess county, was found in her
bed strangled to death. Frank
Schermerhorn, aged 26, employed as
coachman on the Compton place,
was brought here charged with the
murder. He made an unsuccessful
attempt at suicide, cutting his throat
with a razor.
Pass White Slave Bill.
Washington, Special.-By a viva
voice vote the house passed the Ben
net-Sabath "White Slave Bill."
The "White Slave" bill is the re
sult of an investigation of traffic in
alien women, made by the national
immigration commission. Provision
is mado for deportation and exclu
sion of immoral alienta and for ex
clusion and punishment of their pro
curers who traffic in immoral women
becomes subject to restrictions of
interstate commerce laws.
Sugar Men Sentencsd.
New York, Special.-Edward A.
Boyle, John R. Coyle, Thomas Kehoe,
and Patrick J. Hennessey, checkers
on the Williamsport docks of the
Havemeyers and Elder Refinery, who
were convicted with Oliver Spitzer,
of conspiracy to defraud the govern
ment, have been sentenced in the
United States Circuit "Court, to serve
a year each in the penitentiary.
Want $95,200,00? For Arny.
an appropriation of $95,200,000 for
the main ten an ec of the army for the
fiscal year of 1911, the army ap
propriation bill passed the house by
a vote of 166 to 106; prosent and
not roting, 9.
Weylic'g B?ck Nearly R?ady.
Madrid, By Cable.-Gentrai Wey
ler 's long awaited book, ea titled
"My Rul? in Cuba," in which th?
captain-general of Catalonia, it is
expected, has made important reve
lations, is almost ready for the press.
Tho work consists of four vol?mes.
Graves to Be Ferreter.
Taft has appointed Henry S. Graves,
director of the Yale Forest School,
as Forester of the United Stutes tc
succeed Gifford Pinchot. He ap
pointed Albert F. Potter, at present
acting Forester, as associate forester.
Tnlan? university reamed an en
?oxaiMRt fund ff ?l.O?O.WO lest renr
News Notes of General Interest
From All Parts of the State.
LARGE VEGETABLE CBOP.
Railroad Officials Preparing for
Charleston, Special.-Tha officials
of the Southern Railroad are already
planning to move the spring vege
table crop, which is expected to be
large this season, as thc weather so
far has been favorable to thu young
plants. The movement of vegetables
is quite a factor in the spring busi
ness of the railroads and ar?ngc
ments have to be made far in ad
vance to the end that there may be
no delay when the cars are needed
by the truckers. Shipments by the
Southern Railway are brought to the
city from the adjoining islands in
boats and reloaded on cars at the
company's wharves here, bat'on the
"Neck" the vegetables are loaded di
rectly on cars at the various Mations
and rushed North with all possible
With the fertilizer and vegetable
business this spring the railroads will
have. plenty to do arid arangements
for handling all shipments promptly
are now being made.
Carolina Traction Co.
. Rock Hill, Special.-The Carolina
Traction company has been char
tered by the secretan' of state. The
company has a capital of $150,000.
It is proposed to build an electric
railway from Rock Hill to Charlotte,
N. C. Thc road will pass thrcragh
York and Chester counties in South
Carolina and Mecklenburg county in
Liquor Claims All Settled.
Columbia, Special-The claims of (
the New York and Kentucky whiskey
firm for approximately $22,000
against the dispensary commission
has been settled by the payment of
$18.000. The sum of $4.000 was de
ducted by thc commission for "over
charges" or "graft."
To Hang For His Crime.
Lexington, Special.-"Coot' Level
the negro who attempted a criminal
assault upon the young wife of a
prominent Dutch Fork farmer on
November 1, last, and who escaped
being lynched through the efforts of
Deputy Sheriff Miller, will pay the
death penalty on February 25.
Bonds May be Issued.
Columbia, Special.-By a unani
mous vote the ways and means eom
mitte decided to recommend thc pas
sage of the bill by Repressntativ Cos
grove calling for the issue of $2.
500,000 in bonds for good roads
work in this State.
Campaign on Tnbeculosis.
Columbia. Special.-A shipment of
exhibits for the campaign against
tuberculosis arrived in this city last
Friday and Saturday, the work of in
teresting the people began by a series
Hurtsville, Special.-Jack Jones, a
negro, was shot and instantly killed
from ambush on the plantation of
G. Walker Power, nine miles from
Hartsville in the negro section of
Rapist Sentenced to Be Hanged.
Kingtree, Special.-Johnny Rose
was tried and convicted of assault
with intent to ravish at a special
term of Court held hire. He was
sentenced to be hanged February 4.
Columbia, Special.-The fifteen
Charleston "blind tigers" against
whom temporary injunctions were
issued recently, had these injunc
tions made permanent against them
in the Supreme Court last week.
Safe Blown by Burglars.
Seneca. Special.-The safe at "Wal
halla post office was blown and $1:50
in stamps secured.
A three-story brick hoi el is being
erected at Cheraw.
The residence of D. J. Garrison at
Camden was destroyed by fire.
An unknown negro man was killed
by an Atlantic Coast Lnie train near
Dr., B. H. Padgett, a Avell knwon
citizen of Walterboro, is dead at his
John A. Marshall, a prosperous
farmer of Lancaster, entertained 200
guests at his home last week.
For biting his wife through her
lip Paul White, a Columbia negro,
was fined $20 in the police court.
Dr. C. WI Stiles, of the United
States public health department, will
deliver an address in Columbia Feb
ruary 5 on hookworm diseases.
William Boozer Reeves, aged 15
years, of Orangeburg, is dead at his
home as the result of gunshot wounds
received a few months ago.
Richard Carroll, colored, has been
re-elcied president of the State Col
ored Fair Association.
A. H. Fuller, a Florence county
farmer, was caught under a falling
tree and instantly killed. J
Governor Ansel will be asked lo
order a special term of court for
Anderson in order that the criminal
docket might be cleared.
The office of the Southern Rail
way at Edgeficld was broken into
and robbed of $50 in cash.
The postoffice and express office at
Effingham, Florence county, were
robbed by yeggmen. Fifteen dollars
were stolen from the cash drawer.
Citizens of Orangeburg and Char
leston held a conference in Char
leston on the question of making the
Edisto rivei a navigable stream.
GOVERNMENT TOO COSTLY
So Says Adair, of Indiana, Before
Washington, D. C., Special
Representative Adair, of Indiana,
n an address before the House a few
lays since, had the following to say
ioncerning the extravagance of the
?". S. government.
"The President's salary should
lot have been increased to $75,000
i year," he thought $50,000 was
Attacking the President's allow
ince of $35,000 for vehicles, stables,
rte, Mr. Adair argued that this was
?30,000 too much, and he also assert
?d that one-third of the $9,000 allow
ance for care of the White House
rreenhouse would "furnish ' the
President with all the flowers he can
Without depriving the President
)? any of the comforts or luxuries
ivhich properly belong to the White j
House, Mr. Adair said, the appropri
ations of the Executive Department,
ivhich were $320,420 last year, could
be reduced at least $75,000 a year.
Mr. Adair declared that appropri
ations for all purposes could be re
duced at least $100,000,000 a , year
without impairing any part of the
Grovernnient service. "Extravagance
and waste permeate everywhere
through the Federal service," he
Opposing the proposition to pen
sion government employes, Mr. Adair
?aid the departments in Washington
were crowded with incompetents,
and if they had failed to lay aside
part of their earnings for a rainy
day the failure was due to no fault
of the Government.
"There is more extravagance 1 in
the army and navy than in any
other ?departments of our Govern
ment," said Mr. Adair. "It is
enough to bankrupt any government
in the world to spend $238,132,699
each year for the maintenance of its
army and navy, and that, too, in
iime of peace."
FOLLOWS TAFT'S PLANS.
Bill treating Court of Commerce In
troduced in the House.
tive Townsend of Michigan intro
duced in the House last Tuesday the
bill embodying the recommendations
outlined in the? special message of
President Taft for amendments to
the interstate commerce law. It
provides, among other things, for a
special court composed of five Fed
eral circuit judges to have exclusive
original jurisdiction over matters
growing out of orders of the Inter
state Commerce Commissiou.
This court is to be composed of
five circuit judges who shall serve
by assignment of the chief justice
fer a term of five years, but no two
of the judges' terms will expire at
the same time, and thus under all
circumstances four of tho judges will
have ha i several years' experience
with these technical questions.
MORSE MAY SEEK WRIT.
Confers Wit?i T!T_?nv Smifh nu
naDeas corpus may ne sueu out uc-11
fore the Georgia courts.
To Cut Loose From Liquor Men.
Louisville, Ky., Special.-T. M. :
Gilmore, president of the National .
Model License League, announces '
that the league is in correspondence ;
with leading men throughout the ;
United States with the purpose o?
placing the organization entirely na* ?
der the control of persons in nc ,
way connected with the liquor trade
. Federal Boycott is Placed on ' ?
. Standard Oil.
. Nashville, Tenn., Special.- ' '.
. Maj. J. W. Harts, United Stal^ ' ?
. engineer in charge of the gov- 1
. ernment work on Tennessee 1 ;
. streams, has received a circular 1 ?
. from the chief of engineers prc- ?
" hibiting him from purchasing 1 :
" supplies from the Standard O? 1 '
. company or any other corpora- '
. tion which has been adjudicat- ' 1
. ed parties to an unlawful trust. ' <
Miser Ragman Leaves Fortune.
St. Louis, Special.-A fortune ol
$60,000 in good securities awaits the
heirs of Jeremiar Moy ninan, an
aged miser ragman, who died here.
Berlin Dates Roosevelt.
Berlin, By Cable.-According to 9
statement purporting to emanate
from a diplomatic source, Mr. Roose
velt will arrive here on April 24 and
will remain three days in Germany.
Report of CenEUS Bureau.
Washington, Special.-Up to Jan
.1st there had been 9,646,285 bales ol
cotton ginned from the growth ol
1909 as compared with 12,465,298 or.
Ihe crop of 1908. In North Carolin*
647,505 as compared with 606,196 foj
the previous year.
Gale Devastats* Island.
' Las Palmos, Canary Islands, Bj
Cable.-A gale devastated the en tin
island of Oran Canaria, destroying
many houses and ruining hanan:
?nd other crops.
Carry Fight to President.
Washington, Special.-The Amen
ean Federation of Labor, through i
committee headed by Samuel Gum
pers, James O'Connell and othe:
union leaders have carried its fighi
against the United States Steel Cor
poration to President Taft. Th?
committee presented to the Presi
dent a formal paper in which thc;
set forth fourteen different charge
of illegality against the steel cor
Condensed from Wide Fields,
Domestic and Foreign.
AS THEY ARE HAPPENING DAILY
Suited to the Wants of Busy Evaders
Seeking a Knowledge of Waat ig
At Ocla, Fla., fire completely de
stroyed the Crystal Cold Storage and
Canning company's plant. Losa
There was no Virginia pilot aboard
the battleship Georgia when it
grounded near Norfolk, and it iii
said an investigation will follow.
The widow of former Presiden!;
Barrios, of Guatemala, once oossess
ed of millions, applied for admission
to a New Orleans almshouse.
At Nashville, Tenn., P. B. Jones,
president and general manager ol!
the Southwestern Co., publishers,
shot and killed his 5-year-old son.
Jerry, and then committed suicide.
The Cotton States baseball league
is to be revived and in the course
of the next few days a meeting will
be held for the purpose of perfect
ing an organization.
J. C. Barnett, a Louisiana farmer,
has been made agricultural expert
to the King of Siam.
Standard Oil interests are said to
have closed a deal for the entire
natural gas output of West Virginia,
the sum involved being $200,000,r
A fire at Bramwell, W. Va., burn
ed 25 buildings and caused a loss of
Jefferson Taylor, of Aakhill, Va,
shot his bride ol three days, mistak
ing her for A burglar.
Karl Hau, the George Washington
University professor, Whe murder
ed his mother-in-law in Germany
and got a life sentence, made a fu
tile attempt to escape from prison.
Three men were killed and two
others injured, one seriously, when
the automobile, in which they were
riding, collided with a street car at
Atlanta, Ga. The automobile was
wrecked and the street ear badly
Rev; Dr. Samuel Smith, pastor
First Presbyterian church, Columbia?
S. C., dropped dead of appoplexy.
Atlanta, Ga., is to be the head
quarters of an ice and coal corpora
tion that* has just been chartered un
der the Virginia laws. The new
corporation has acquired absolute
control of the plants of six local
companies, and will shortly erecfc
two more plants in cities near Atlan
ta. The cities interested are Atlan
ta, Chattanooga, Macon, Borne,
Augusta, Athens and Columbus.
Secretary Ballinger of the Interior
Department, Washington, has sus
pended from office Superintendent
John D. Benedict of the Five Civi
lized Tribe3 of Oklahoma and three
Supervisors, as the result of an in
vestigation which has disclosed "a
dissraeeful condition" afrVwti*?
uva bi.uc uvu .
Diplomats, officials and hundreds
of others attended Cardinal Gibbons'
annual reception in Wr.3hington.
Speaker Cannon is promised a
more decisive defeat by the Insur
gents if he attempts with Senate aid
to overturn the resolution of the
House to elect its members of the
Republican leaders fear the effect
of the Ballinger-Pinchot controversy
on their party.
Secret Service men are at work .
in New York trying to get on the
trail of persons who "strip" gold
and silver coins.
Thc percentage of idleness is re
ported to be decreasing in New York
The H. C. Frick Coke Company
announces that the wage scale of
1907 will be restored.
At San Francisco, the trial of Pat
rick Calhoun, charged,with bribery,
bas been defended until Jan. 31.
Mrs. Flora Darling, founder of
the Daughters of the American Rev
olution, died suddenly in New York.
Governor Harmon, of Ohio, in a
message to the Legislature, advecat
3d an income tax.
Sweeping ref roms in the direction
of economy are proposed by the New
York Board of Estimate.
J. Pierpont Morgan is said to* be
interested in negotiations to form a
$200.000,00 nitrate trust.
The Paper Board Association was
indicted in New York on the charge
of being an illegal combination. ,
John and Daniel Utsler, brothers;
S3 and 80 years, respectively, were
burned to death in a fire which de
stroyed their little one-room log
cabin located in Indiana county,
New Florence, Pa.
Tammany retains control of tke
New York Board of Aldermen, but
Mayor Gaynor is not affording en
Cases of eaneer are said to hara
been oured at Manila with a vaeeine
virus prepared from the cancer of
Maj. Gen. Newton Martin Curt?a,
who commanded the van of the as
saulting column which captured Fort
Fisher on January 15, 1865, and lost
an eye in the battle, dropped dead
in New York.
Five hundred justices of the peace
and constables throughout the state
of New Jersey are about to make a
concerted move for higher wages.
Three young Harvard exploren
have just left New York on a two
year expedition to the interior of
South America, where they -will col
lect ethnological data and specimens
for Ihe Harvard museum.
Two officers of thc Russian Army
li ave purchased two dirgible balloons
to go to the South Pole.