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Wliv Some Officers ai
If there be any truth in that recent
cable dispatch which told of the de
liberate disabling of the machinery of
the Spanish torpedo boats by the
engineers, who are said to have done
this bad bit of work in order to post
pone or evade the necessity of moving
on to Cuban waters-and taking the
consequences of what their appear
ances in Cuban waters might involve
-it is an evil showing for the men of
the quarter deck of the Spanish navy.
Such a thing as this could never hap
pen in the American navy. There are
dissatisfied officers in our service in
time of peace, but never disaffected
officers iii time of war.
Among the enlisted men in the
United States' two military establish
ments, when there is nothing doing in
the way of war, there is always a cer
tain amount of distemper under
fancied imposition, and this distemper
is manifested in many ways. But the
men who carry the swords in the
American service do their growling in
their mustaches. Even the very
worst of the men forward on an Amer
ican man-of-war would scorn to engage
in a i ob such as the "cranking" of
machinery, if there existed any like
lihood of their ship being called upon
to fight at short notice. Such a thing
has occasionally been done in the
United States navy in time of peace,
although the crime has never been
fastened upon any individual man or
collection of dissatisfied men forward.
When a chief engineer on a United
States man-of-war acquires, in time of
peace, the dislike of the "black gang"
under him, the men of the gang are
capable of making heavy trouble for
him, and they have done this on
numerous occasions-never, however,
when a cloud of war loomed on the
Aside from the commanding officer,
it might almost be said that of all the
officers attached to a modern war ves
sel it is most necessary for the chief
engineer to possess the devotion of
men immediately under him. The
chief engineer is held strictly account
able for the preservation in good con
dition of the ship's machinery. A
loose screw may very easily disable an
engine, and it ia the simplest thing in
life for a dissatisfied enlisted man to
loosen a screw without any one being
tho wiser. One cut rivet may make a
boiler useless, and crown plates are
very easily let down.
It is a matter of common knowledge
-rather, it has been in the past, but
probably will not be in the future, or
' at any rate while the war is under
way-that those chief engineers who
are unpopular with the enlisted men
ander them have by far the most
trouble with the machinery and boil
ers in their chnrge, and some of these
disliked chiefs have had to expend a
great deal of ink and paper in exp]ain
ing to the department the many break
downs in the gear over which they
have control. It is quite possible for
an aggrieved coal-passer to get his
chief engineer tangled up with a Court
of Inquiry. Moreover, it often has
happened that an unpopular chief
engineer has been unable to get his
men to make steam. The firemen
apparently work hard enough, but
they don't get the revolutions out of
the propellers. News travels just as
fast from the cabin to the forecastle
as it does from the foreoastle to the
cabin, and when the firemen hear that
their unpopular chief engineer has
been ordered by the commanding offi
cer to get the ship to such and suth a
port at such and sneh a time, they
catch each other's eyes, and the ship
doesn't get there or anything like it.
It would make no difference if the
chief engineer himself were to stand
watch in the fire rooms twenty-four
hours at a stretch. The steam regis
ters wouldn't take any upward leaps
on account of his presence. The as
sistant engineers also stand in need of
the good will of the engine room force.
On ships attached to which there have
been two assistant engineers, one of
them liked and the other out of favor
with the men below, it has frequently
been observed that the speed of the
ships during the watohes of the dis
liked engineer has fallen short by
knots of the speed got out of the
engines by hist brother officer.
A man-of-war ship's company with
a grievance means trouble for the
officers aft, while an army post in
which the enlisted men are dissatis
fied requires very careful handling.
Officers of experience in both services
know these things, and take care not
to pat the enlisted men out of humor.
Officers of the navy thoroughly under
stand, if they are experienced, how
well it pays them to make, themselves
popular with the men forward. The
unpopular naval officer has no easy
thing of it in his dealings with the
blue jackets. In the old navy it often
happened that officers who had earned
the ill-will of the blue jackets feared
to go forward at night after lights
out, and there was reason for their
IN THE NAVY.
:e Disliked by Enlisted
fear. Such officers would no sooner
set foot in or under the forecastle,
where, after lights out, there was only
the dim illumination of a single stand
ing light, than they would have to
dodge all manner of missiles, "soup
and bully" cans, chocking blocks,
mess gear, boots, anything and every
thing throwable that the sailors and
marines, in or out of their hammocks,
first laid their hands upon. On such
occasions the disliked officers'had but
one thing to do, and that wa# to
travel aft as fast as their legs could
carry them. They could make com
plaint to the commanding officer the
next day, but they rarely secured the
punishment of the men. When one
of the fighting admirals of to-day was
a commander he was regaled one
morning with the tale of woe of a
snappy young ensign who had been
treated to a dose of flying gear under
forecastle on the previous night.
"Do you know the men?" the com
mander asked the ensign.
The ensign named a few of them.
"It serves you blasted good and
right," said the commander, who was
and still is rough and ready and a
trifle profane. "The men you've
named are the best men I've got on
my ship. I've been shipmates with
some of them ever since my middy
days, sir, and I never had any trouble
with them. If you had treated them
right they'd have treated you right,
and as an officer on my ship should be
treated. I'd advise you to put in an
application for your transfer, sir."
The young ensign, now a senior
lieutenant, tells this story upon him
self, and as he afterwards became one
of the most popular officers in the
navy among the men forward, he evi
dently profited by the lesson.
While such acts as heaving missiles
at disliked officers are not done in the
navy to-day, the blue jackets adopt
other methods of getting back at
severe or imperious officers-in times
of peace, that is. For example, they
"lay down" on the disliked officers.
The amount of work that a disaffected
ship's company can't do within a
given space of time is simply prodigi
ous. In coaling ship, for example,
the men forward seize the opportunity
to make the disliked officer an object
of derision among his brother officers
and to pat him in a very embarrassing
predicament before his commanding
officer. They wait until the officer
who has incurred their displeasure
takes the deck and assumes command
of the work of coaling, and then they
proceed to give an exhibition of how
frantically a gang of sailormen can
work without doing anything. They
shovel away furiously, bat, somehow
or other, very little coal seems to find
its way over the side and into the
bunkers. The blue jackets in the
coal lighters pant and perspire under
the strain of labor that looks quite
terrific, bat there is a lack of headway
in the coaling of the ship. The offi
cer of the decks disliked by the men
may chafe and mutter deep, dark
things under his breath, but this
doesn't get the coal into the bunkers.
When he makes his report to the
commanding officer of the amount of
coal that has been got aboard during
his watch, it is found by comparison
that it is only about one-third the
amount that was hoisted over the side
daring the watch of the preceding
officer of the deck, who happened to
be popular with the men. A matter
of this sort always sets a commanding
officer to thinking; for men who are
old enough to be commanders of men
of-war have learned by experience
that it is as easy as launching a dingy
for a naval officer to acquire and hold
the good-will of enlisted men, and
that the usefulness aboard ship of an
officer who has sacrificed the confidence
and respect of the men is seriously
There can hardly be any such thing
as discipline on board a man-of-war
when the dissatisfaction of the ship's
company is not directed against any
single officer, but. includes the whole
after part of the ship. About twenty
years ago one of the big wooden ships,
with a crew of nearlp 400 men, on a
long cruise in the South Pacific, put
in at tlie Island of Tahiti. The men
forward were sullen and ugly. Some
severities that they considered un
warranted had been inflicted upon
them in the course of the cruise. The
plug tobacco dished out to them hy
the paymaster was musty and unsmok
able. They had not received what
they considered a due allowance of
fresh provisions at the ports at which
the vessel had touched. The com
manding officer, they declared, was
constructed of putty, and they had no
redress at the mast for the injustice
put upon them by the inferior officers.
The chief petty officers were in just
as bad a frame of mind as the blue
jackets, and so were the marines.
When the ship's anchor was drop
ped in the harbor of Tahiti the men
began to let themselves quietly over
the side in parties of twenty or more
and to swim ashore. They did this
under cover ot' darkness. By the
time the officers began to notice the
thinning out of the crew there were
not men enough left aboard to spread
mess-gear. The crew had simply
taken French leave, practically in
body. Every man had a months pay
along with him in American gold, for
monthly money had been served out
the day before. The deserters i
eluded nearly all of the chief petty
officers, as well as a majority of th
The officers were puzzled. Th
commanding officer had a conference
with them, but they could not decide
upon what to do. The skipper, with
some of the ward room officers, wen
ashore on the following morning an
found the men walking around in an
orderly fashion, on good terms with
the natives, and all still speechless
and sullen. Those of them whom th
skipper met he ordered back to the
ship. None of the men made an
reply, and none went back to th
ship. The blue jackets remained on
?he beach at Tahiti for more than
week, conducting themselves with
perfect orderliness, but very bitter in
their talk about the ship out in th
harbor. It looked as if most of the
sailors intended to settle down at
Tahiti and grow up with the country
and meanwhile the ship grew dirtier
and dirtier, and had a general un
worked look. Then an American
merchant living on the island got the
blue jackets together and talked to
them. The blue jackets told him that
the officers had made the ship so un
comfortable for them that they ha
declined to stand for it, and that they
had no intention of returning aboard
The American, who was a man of tact
went aboard the ship and had a talk
with the officers, and then returned
and talked again with the men. He
was a pretty good arbitrator, for t!i
men returned to the man-of-war in
body in a lighter and went to work
Some of the old-time blue jackets who
were ashore at Tahiti on that occasion
say that the remainder of their South
Pacific cruise was like yachting.
Mosby and Fitzhugh Lee.
The conversation had naturally
drifted into war channels, and the
Major had the floor.
"Well, Colonel Mosby, you know
was a good fighter, but when General
Grant sent him to China the Virgin
ians turned the cold shoulder to him
One day he was making a speech in
Alexandria. He told the Virginians
that they ought to vote for him.
"'Why,' said the Colonel, 'I fought
all over northern Virginia for four
years. Talk about my war record
Why, my war record is a part of the
State's history. Why, gentlemen, I
carried the very last Confederate flag
through this town.'
" 'Yes,' replied Fitzhugh Lee, 'for
I was here at the time.'
" 'Thank you for your fortunate re
collection/ gratefully exclaimed Mos
by. 'It is pleasant to know that there
still live some men who move aside
envy and testify to the courage of
their fellow beings. As I say, gentle
men, my war record is a part of the
State's history, for thc gentleman here
will tell you that I carried the last
Confederate flag through this town.'
" 'That's afact,' said Fitzhugh Lee.
'I saw him do it. He carried the Con
federate flag through this town, but
Kilpatrick was after him, and he car
ried it so blamed fast you couldn't
have toL whether it was the Confed
erate flag or a smallpox warning.' "
- "Jane, it is ll o'clock ; tell that
young man to shut the front door from
- The man who does not work with
his heart will accomplish very little
with his hands.
8. C. P. Jones, Mileehurg, Pa., writes :
"I have used Dewitt's Little Early Risers
ever since they were introduced here,
and must say I have never used any pills
in my family during forty years of house
keeping that gave suoh satisfactory re
sults as a laxative or cathartic." Evans
- Money often leads men astray.
Some of them will run after a dollar;
but a hound dog is more avaricious.
He will follow a scent.
One Minute is not long, yet relief is ob
tained in half that time hy the URO <?f One
Minute Cough Cure. It prevents con
sumption and quickly curen colds, croup,
bronchitis pneumonia, la grippe and all
throat and lung troubl?e. Evans Phar
- Swallows fly low before a rain
because the insects they pursue are
then nearer the ground to escape the
moisture of the upper air.
8. E. Parker. Sharon, Wis., writes :
"I have tried Dewitt's Witch Hazel 8alve
for itching piles, and it al wave Btopsthem
in two minutes. I consider Dewitt's
Witch Hazel Ral ve the greatest pile cure
on the market " Evans Pharmacy.
- The best lecture on economy we
have ever seen is contained in this
one linc: "Pay aa you go. If you
can't pay, don't go."
The human machine starts but once and
stops but once. You can keep it going
longest and moBt regnlarly by using De
Witt'e Little Early Risers, the famous
little pills for constipation and all stom
ach and liver troubles Evans Pharmacy.
- "What is a prophet,Uncle Jim?"
"A prophet ? He is a person who is
always surprised at the way things
I.ate to bed and early to rise prepares
a man for his home in the skies. Early
to bed and a Little Early Riser, the pill
that makes life longer and better and
wiser. Evans Pharmacy.
An Extraordinary Wheat Crop.
YORK vi fi LE, S. C., June 3.-Thc
following will sound like a fish story
to a great many in South Carolina and
elsewhere, but notwithstanding this
fact the story is absolutely correct :
Your correspondent was informed a
few days ago by a reliable gentleman,
and a resident of Charlotte, N. C.,
that Mr. Fred. Oliver, of that city,
and the general manager of the Char
lotte Cotton Seed Oil and Fertilizer
Company, sowed 250 acres of his farm
in the outskirts of Charlotte, in
wheat last fall, very late in the sea
son, and expected to harvest 10.000
bushels, which will be an average of
forty bushels to the acre.
My informant, who has had a great
deal of experience in harvesting and
handling wheat, said that while he
hardly thought the yield would reach
the amount expected by Mr. Oliver,
still he was satisfied that not less than
from seven to eight thousand bushels
would be harvested.
Probably so large a crop has never
before been raised on a single farm on
the same number of acres, in either
North or South Carolina or Georgia.
The land on which the wheat was
raised has been owned by Mr. Oliver
several years, and he has spent large
amounts of money in fertilizing and
improving it. Last year it was plant
ed in cotton, and had a remarkably
fine crop on it, but as it is not first
class "cotton land'' the crop failed to
Following are about all the facts
your correspondent has been able to
gather in regard to the preparation of
the land and the seeding. About the
latter part of November, after becom
ing convinced that the heavy crop of
bolls on the cotton stalks would not
mature .anet open, Mr. Oliver put a
large number of turning plows to work
breaking up the land and turning un
der the cotton and stalks. Next he
thoroughly harrowed the land, and it
was ready for the seed, which was put
in with drills, together with 450 lbs.
of ammoniated fertilizer to the acre.
The crop has not yet been harvest
ed, but will be during the next two
weeks, and in order to harvest it at"
the minimum of expense, Mr. Oliver
has bought twe binders, and has also
bought the largest and best threshing
machine he could find to be used in
cleaning it, or separating the wheat
from the chaff.
And this is not all. This shrewd
business man, who has furnished such
a valuable object lesson to the farmers
of the South, has also bought a hay
press and will put up all the straw in
bales. It is estimated that he will
have at least 325 tons, or an average
of one and a half tons to the acre.
The market value of the straw will
more than pay all the expense in con
nection with the crop, including the
purchase price of the machinery for
harvesting and cleaning it.
Of course, the foregoing story has
not been related with the idea of cre
ating the impression that anybody can
do the same thing, especially where
the ordinary slip-shod methods are
employed, but with the hope of con
vincing some of the cottontots who
may read it that the threadbare asser
tion that wheat cannot be profitably
raised in South Carolina (Mr. Oliver's
wheat field is only about 10 miles from
the dividing line between North and
South Carolina) is not based on fact.
Several weeks ago your correspondent
visited Hyatt's Park, Columbia,S. C.,
where the volunteers were encamped.
Ile went out on the electric car, and
on the right of the car track going
out, possibly two miles from the city,
was very much surprised to see an un
usually fine field of wheat, almost
ready to be harvested. He had an
idea that no effort was ever made to
raise wheat in this State that far south.
If wheat can be successfully grown in
sight of Columbia it is safe to say
that at least three-fourths of the State
could raise all that is needed forborne
consumption, and some to spare, and
do it at not exceeding one-half the
cost of Western flour, especially where
it is bought on time.-News anti Cou
- Nearly all the officers of the Uni
ted States navy above the rank of
lieutenant are from the Northern
States. The reason of this is apparent.
No officer who entered thc navy since
the close of the war has yet reached
the rank of commander. The navy
was a favorite avocation for Southern
ers, and at the breaking out of the war
that section had its full quota and,
perhaps, more on the official list. But
with few exceptions they resigned as
their States seceded, and during thc
war none came to the Academy from
the South. The Southerners in the
service now, are those who entered
after the reconstruction. These are
all in the ranks below commander at
this time, and there arc a great many
Chamberlain's Pain Balm has no
equal as a household liniment. It is
the best remedy known for rheuma
tism, lame back, neuralgia; while for
sprains, cuts, bruises, burns, scalds
and sore throat, it is invaluable.
Wertz & Pike, merchants, Fernandina,
Fla. write: "Everyone who buys a
bottle of Chamberlain s Remedies,
comes back and says it is the best
medicine he has ever used." 25 and
50 cents per bottle at Hill-Orr Drug
- Live bees are sometimes shipped
on ice, so as to keep them dormant
during the journey. This is particu
larly the case with bumble bees, which
have been taken to New Zealand,
where they are useful in fertilizing
the red clover which has been intro
duced into the colony.
Pitts' Carminative is pleasant to
the taste, acts promptly, and never
fails to give satisfaction. It carries
children over the critical time of
teething, and is the friend of anxious
mothers and puny children. A few
doses will demonstrate its value. E.
H. Dorsey, Athens, Ga., writes: _
"I consider it the best medicine I
have ever used in my family.- It does
all you claim for it, and even more."
- Glass bricks are gradually coming
into use and it is said that glass will
soon be used for making statues for
public squares, as it resists the cor
roding effect of the weather much bet
ter than marble or granite.
- A country grave-digger was ask
ed how he liked the business. He said
he liked it pretty well, but said he
"should like it better if he had steady
SUMMER GOODS AND FRUIT JARS.
BUY A STEEL RANGE, ASBESTOS LINED.
YOU save 50 cent, in fuel, and does not heat up your cook-room by ">0 per cent as
much as tho Cast Stove. ^
Iron King and Elmo is the best cheap Stove you can buy.
I have a large Int. of nice DECORATED PLATES of imported Oonda, in va
rious patterns, that I am running off ar. Bargains, as I will not rarry the pattern any
longer. Now is your chance for nie* Good9 at a Bargain.
I am agent for the BRENNAN CANE HULL (self-oiling) and EVAPORA
TORS and FURNACES, To save money buy a Cane Mill and make your own
I ean save you money by you having your SMoKE STACKS for Eogines
made by me.
I am still Buying Hides, Rags and Beeswax.
GLASSWARE lower than you have ever bought.
Give me a call. Respectfully,
JOHN T. BURRISS.
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We have the Hoes and the prices.
Hirtg th? Stomachs andBoweis of
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Tac Simile Signature of
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EXACT COPY" OF WE A EPE B,
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Flour at the .'ame price aa a wild-cat article, why not buy the one that is guaranteed ?
We want to say that we have the
Cheapest line of Shoes in town-all new styles,
Dress Goods of all kinds, and
Light and Hesivy Groceries,
To snit a poor man's pocket book. All we ask is a trial.
DEAN & RATLIFFE.
Partie* owing ua for GUANO will please come forward at once and dose
their accounts r?y Note, RS we requin-' this to be done by May l9t. D. & E.
COTTON IS CHEAP
AIS \y ISO ARE
LIVE AND LET LIVE IS OUR MOTTO !
WE have a choice and select Stock of
FAMILY and FANCY GROCERIES,
Consisting of almost everything you may need to eat. Our Goods are fresh,,
were bought for cash, and will be sold as low as the lowest. Please give me
a call before purchasing your Groceries. \
Thanking all for past favors and soliciting a continuance of the same- y
We are yours to please,
'_ O. F*. BIGBY.
THE OLD, RELIABLE
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6. F. TOLXJT & BOW
Still in the Lead !
They have the Largest Stock,
Best Quality, and
Certainly the Lowest Prices !
OTHERS try to get tht-re, hut they miss it every time.
New, beautiful and select Sto< k of Furniture, &c, arriving every de^,
and at PRICES NEVER HEARD OF BEFORE.
Here you have the Largest Stock ; therefore, you can get ;ust what you
Here you have the Best Grade of Furniture ; therefore, you cae get
Goods that will last.
Here you have the very LOWEST PRICES ; therefore, yon save good
big money. ?
Come along, aud we will do you as we have been doing for the la?
forty years-sell you the very best Furniture for the very lowest prices.
The largest Stock in South Carolina and the Lowest Pri?e in the
New Lot Baby Carriages Just Received.
C. F. TOLLY &> SON,
Depot Street, Anderson, 8. C.
THIS IS WO FAKE !
That Jewelry Palace
- OF -
WILL. R. HUBBARD'S,
NEXT TO F. and M. BANK,
Has the Largest, Prettiest
and Finest lot of . . .
XMAS AND WEDDING PRESENTS
I IN THE CITY.
Competition don't cnt any ice with Eue when it comes to pri?es. I donH
buy goods to keep. I want the people to have them. Gold and Silver
Watches, Sterling and Plated Silverware, Jewelry, Clocks, Lampe, China,.
Spectacles, Novelties of all kinds. Rogers' Tripple Plate Table Knives $1 .fla
per Set. A world beater.
WILL. R. HUBBARD.