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RICHMOND VA.,TUESt>AY,JANirAEY: 2, 1900.
KRIGE TWO CEKTS."
IllBDIR CAUSED /
; - -BYJEALOp
Story of the First Q/nvict
in tlie Peuitentiary.
?-/
HE KILLED HJS RIVAL
*.; . '' ..7 -. - ,
Plunged a Knife Int/His Breast at
the Weddin/ Dance.
"THEN HE CUT/HIS WAY OUT.
The Governor Offered Two Hundred
Ponnds Ilrnard nnd After a
Fair Tr"ial .thc* Murderer
? i . ? -' ?.
?\Vai-; Scnlcijccd to
.J'-ivcYcnrs*. lm
/ prisonrncut.
Januar/ "nd, 1390, is the centennlal of
ihe opnir.g of the State penitentiary,
and tbe centennlal of Its occupancv by
5be first convlct ever entcrCd within its
?white -walls.
Thc oienitenliary -was built in accord?
ance with an act of the General Assem?
bly. passed' on the 15th day of January,
11%. The act contained 45 sections. The
17th section required the Executix'e to
purehase as much land as is necessary to
build a jail and penitentiary house, with
suitable cel's, ete., sufficlently large to
contain two hundred convlcts.
In the 19th section thc Governor by and'
with the consent of the Council, was
allowed thc sum of thirty thousand dol?
lars, to be.drawn from the public treas
nry from time to time as the work pro
gressed.
ln the 2Sth section the convicts were
required to be clad in eoarse material,
?uniform in color and make. distinguish
ing them "from good citizens of the Com?
monwealth." and were allowed only two
jneals per week of-meat and two meals
per day of "bread, Indian meal, or other
Inferior food."
lt required nearly four years to erect
?the building, or. to complete so much of
it as was necessary to safely keep the
.prisoners to he conflned therein.
In December, 1799. the first convlct was
sentenced In the District Court of Prince
Edward county.
This court wascomposed of the coun
?ties of Amelia, "l*uckingham, Charlotte.
Cumberlnnd and Prince Edward, and has
long sinee been abollshed.
The jury was composed entirely of citi
.zens of Prince Edward. aivl were em
panelled at the old courthouse, and tho
' prisoner tried there, which is seven miles'
""Irom its present -county-seat,'? Farmville.
- Aithotigh the prisoner was tried and
convicted in December, 170S. thr building
was not ready for his reception .until
January 2nd. 1S0O. at which time Tfibmas
"Mcnyrnan. of Cumbcrland county. en?
tered to serve five years fnr the murder
of Albert Jones, his successful rival.
A GENERAL "MUSTER.
In those days general musters were
frequent. and were held in diffei-ent parts
of the county. At. this time a jreneral
snuster was held in a beautiful fif-M at a
?place called Talleys, five rnils from the
county-seat, at that time called Kfflng
liam. At that muster was a long line of
- militia soliilers,-without guns, march d and
' counter' marched, being commanded by
a colonel who wore a three-ccmereil hat,
and who was, in his own cstlmatinn, a,
greater mili'ary man than the Father of
his Country.
*\Vhat man ln that old county who <l->es
not remember the time. sixty and sevr-n
ty years ago, when the old. drum was
lieat hy John Minor, the flfe blown by
Fleming Palmore?
Tn those happy days there were a?
many boys who attended the general
muFters as men in the ranks. Those boy?
?were as anxious to join thr* soldiers an.l
light the toattles of their country as th.1
old soldiers in line. nnd never got ?aough
of it until the first battle of Manassas.
Ladies in those days attended the gen?
eral musters too.
The-day referred 1o was bright and
heautiful. There were very few flnes for
non-attendance on this oecasion.
?The sun began to sink behlnd the hills.
The lines were broken. Some who had
drllled were tired, and made their way
?homeward. Others lingered to take one
more, a custom very common ln those
?days, and not altogether given up In
this Inte day. Many who had be-en hon
. <ired with an invitation to a country wed
i. ding at the happy home of Farmer Min
'; ter, went there to'pay the tribute to tlie
Court of Hyinen.
A STORY OF LOVE.
'??' The young lady, Miss Mlnter, who was
to be the bride of the evening, was lovely
heynnd descriptlon", and had many ad?
mirers; among whom was young Merry
man. His proposition to make* her his,
?wifa was made time and again, and was
?ach tlxne rejected.
With a broken heart he swore she
; shouJfl never be the wife of any other.
'. .and left for parts unknown. but 6u the
? night of the marriage it was known that
he JufB- returned, though it was not
/Jdreahied of that lie would be at the mar
. riase on this oecasion.
'.The officiating clergyman was the old
v*nd popuiar carpentcr of the neighbor
V'toood (Joseph Jenklns), for whom a hand?
some church was built. in memory of
3iis good name, which stands within a
few hundred yards from xhe old Miuter
house. ??'"--?'?
After -the old parson had performed
the marriag? ceremony which made Miss
Minter' and Mr. Jones man and wife. the
sweet Strains of music from the violin
<old Joe Swinncy having as yet not in
. vented the bahjo} was begun,' and tho
?leader cried out partners to their places.
; One set had heen dancod and as the fid
? dler struck the back of the fiddle v.'ith
the bow. an old time slgnal, the danccrs
took their seats.
ENiRAGEl^::"SV1TH JEALOTJST.
Just then the; enraged Merryman madcv
?: his appearance upon the. scene. He w-ilk
) ?d up to the :brldc and was introduced
~ -to tlie uroom, who Avas sittiug by. his
ri>ri<ie;*'>
;x Ae-soon as an opportunity was pre
S?ented,he asked the groom to-walk with
l' hlra'i$rid. *?s the moon which was iust
j. ; s-islng.in the castl The two walked out.
S.'^iiai'yinan leading- the s.ay. which 1od
:?:.;jto'lthai-idkT corh crlb whero tbe grlnd
"'stone-stbod. ..'upon. which both had eeen
;|^flic jlarni. handB gxind the axes with
^^?hicfc-to-feirthe crcat forest about the
!Sfaibrne"S>f;ailnter.?
^ vMerryhun had lonjr been absent from
Ivthe^^unty hnV;he "welj- knew where to
*3!riab.ihe Ajrriadsiooe: . -, ,
ss?-'^^"v3n^eJA''iv?y unreasonablc request
liptgiexy.Soatx^fWhen he asked"hjm.to
turn the crank -while he sbarpened. his -.-;
knife. .?'?':: -:-Wp:i:i~:/;','^.;
The request was complled with ana tne
blade was*\madc very sharp, after-which
they returned to the house, the fiddlcr
was ready for the next set. ?
Mr. Jones Tought his bride (ln her
home spun dress). and Mr: Mcrryman,.
having obtained the pcrmlsslon to dance
with the beautiful Miss T.illey T.i cbtisin
of the bride), took position on opposite
sldcs, when the dance began.
MUItDERED'IHS ItrVAL.
As thev "m'ot in the centre ai the floor
Merryman drew the knife (Which had
been "made so sharp by the aid of Jones)
and plunged. It Into his lato rival in the
presence of that happy throhg. and spilt
the life's blood of him who just a few
moments before was so happy, and
whose pathway seemed to "be strewn with
fragrant flowers. and whose life was- to
move on like the placld waters of Cash- j
mcr's sunny vale.
As Jones fell to the floor Merrymnn.
with knife ln hand red with the blood
of the murdered man, cut his way to
tho door and leaping upon his horse,
made good his escapc.
Strong men fell back panlc str'eken,
while ladies faintcd and fell to tha floor.
The dying groans of the murdered man
werc.ncvor forgottcn by those who were
at the marriage.
I^rom that hour the daughter of the
clergyman was so alTeoted she never
spoke ngaln on subjeets'with which she,
was so familiar. The writer has seen
this unfortunate woman who lived close
by the old house for more .than tJirec
score and ten years, but death has long
since relieved her of her mental suffcr
insr.
The writer h.is seen the dark spot said
to be the blood which was spiit more
than a century ago.
I have often visited the hospitable home
of the late Robert T. Tase. whisc hrirs
still own the estate in which the murder
was commlttod.
The Governor offered a reward of one
hundred pounds for his arrest, and he
was captured ik the mountains of Vir?
ginia (now West Virginia).
He was bropght back to Cumberland
county and tried hy Marshall Booker
(Gentleman Justice). and by 3iim Fent
on to the County court. and from there
to the District court of Prince Edward. .
Some years since, with the aid of the
late Major H. R. Hooper. who was at
the time clerk of Prince Edward county.
3 found the names of the jury, but they
havo been lost and, therefore, I cannot
give the names.
The jury found him guilty of murder
and ascertnined liis punishment at five
years in the ? Stato penitentiary. The
records showed that he w.is ordered to
be held in jail of the county for a few
oays, when the penitentiary house would
be completed and ready for reception.
So on the second day of Janunry, 3S00,
Thomas Merryman, of Cumberland coun?
ty. wns re.srlstered at the' 'State peniten?
tiary, and thus ended the trial of one of
the most brutal murders ever committed
in Virginia.
JOHX A. BOOKER.
?M1SSISSIPP! ASSEMBLY. *?
Convciies at Xonn *To-Day?Hon, J. J.
HusscI Will be Made Speaker.
JACKSOX, 'MISS., Jan. 3.?Xearly all
the members of the General Assembly
have arrived in the city preparalory to
ihe session -which convenes at noon to
morrow. The election of Hon. J. J. Rus?
sell, of Lauderdale, as speaker cf the
House, is assured, the other candidates
having withdrawn from the raoe.
: -Thvnew spealier is the genera3 attorney
ol" the Mobile and Ohio railroad and a
lawyer of considerable prcminence.
Governor MeLaurin's' messago, which
will be subrnitted immediately after the
session of the two houses convenes. is a
very lengthy document, containing nearly
thirty thousand words.
OCCUPIED
CABUYAO
As the First Step in a Genera! South?
ern Advance?Many Filipinos
Involved in Conspiracy,
MAIXILA, Jan. 3.?30:C0 P. M.?The first
movement of a general southern advance
occurred this morning when two batta
lions of the Thirty-ninth 3nfantry landcd
and occupied Cabuyao, on the south side
of Laguna De Bay. Two Americans
were killed and four were wounded. Twen
ty-four of the enemy's dead were found
in one hou.??. One hunpTed and fifty pris?
oners and four slx-pounder rapid fire guns
were captured.
The gunboat Laguna De Bay bombard?
ed the town before the disembarkation
of the troops before the cascoes, which
wns made und-2r the enemy's shrapnel fire.
3 ho enemy evacuated t3ie place before the
(liarging Americans, retreating- to Santa
llvsa, to which town they were pursu-ed.
BURNED THH COUNTRY. c
Heavy firing along the road to Santa
P.i-sa. which was occupied, the insurgents
r< treated south .toward Silandg. Tlie
Americans burned the country between
an'i around Cabuyao.
Ths gunboat returned to Calamba for
reinforcements and thence came to Maniia
to fotch ammunition. She recently cap?
tured two of the enemy's steam launches,
one under the fire of artiliery at Calamba
and a'so four cr.scoes.
Two regiments are mobllizing to-night
at San Pedro. Macati and Pasig. (pre
paratory to continulng the southern ad?
vance.
Yesterday's capture of bombs involved
the seizure of documents inculpatlng a
thousanri Filipinos who intended to rise
against the Americans. 'Papers were also
found distributing the city into "districts,
and a careful assignmerrt of leaders and
followers. The precautions taken by the
Amerlcnr.s alone pi-evented an uprising.
The provost mnrshal has requested that
two more regiments be detalled for the
?protectlon of Maniia. Thrco thousand
troops are now actually in the city.
MAXILA. Jan. l.-2-Aguinaldo's wife. sls
ters and ek-Meen Fllipir.os have surren?
dered to Majnr "Harch's battalion of the
Thlrty-thlrd infantry at Bontoc, provlnce
of that nr.mo.
Three Flllpino officers also surrendered
to Major March and the Filipinos gave up
two Spanish ana two American prisoners.
LABORTROUBLES IN FLORIDA.
Xon-Unioii AVorlcman Shot From Am
bush and Lojrs Cut Adrll't.
BAGDAD. FLA.. Jan. l.-?lmpson &
Company's mill lefused "-to accept tho
rtillngs of the recent arbltratlon of tho
"latir troubles, and gavCPotlcG that they
wou'-tl no lohger employ Knights of
Labor, . ^
Last Thursday tliey posted notices that
they would pay ten per cent. advance to
all old hands who wculdsever. their con?
nection , tv-lth tho Kn'rghts. or to non
unlon men^vno applied at once for work,
This morning the mills opened with a
full force of non-unlon men. _ .
Late-'this evening one of tbe emyloyes
vras shot from ambush-anfl wounded ln
the "thlgh. A lot of logs -were' also cut.
lopse and set adrlft. Serious trouble is
feared.-. . > ; ... ;*r^r0*.1., -" . i
THE BRITONS ? .
. ARE V1CTGRI0US
General French Complete
*ly- Defeated Boers.
UTTERLY SURPRISED
By a.Feint ln Front While Cavalry
Got Around Right Flank.
BOERS x FLED IN DISORDER
Lcavlng Colosucrg in General Frcnch's
Hands?British Losses Were Quito
Light But tho Burghers Are
Thought to Have SufTercd
Heavily?Turner's Party
11 e s c u e d ,
REXSBORG, CAPE COLOXY, Jan. 1.?
General French has complctely defeated
the Boers and occupied Colesberg.
The General continued to keep the Boers
on the move and pressed them closely
Saturday and Sunday, giving them no
time to make a prolongcd stand, and
when day broke he was in striking dis?
tance of the enemy. I^ast night all the
cavalry, artiliery and Infantry, the latter
riding in wagons, to inerease the general
moblllty, started upon a night "march
witli the object of turning the Boers'
right. The rhuik opErations were suc?
cessful. The infantry and lield batteries
immediately made a feint attack unon
ihe Bumy front, and while this was pro
ceeding the cavalry and light artillery
got eompletely around the enemy's right
llank, as arranged. The ?programme
worked without a hltch.' The Boers were
utterly surprised and, finding their re?
treat threatened fled in disorder to the
eastward, leaving Colesberg in General
French's hands.
ARTILLERY OPBXED.
LOXDOX, Jan. 3.-"The Daily Mail has
the following dispatch dated January lst,
from Rensburg:
'?Yesterday afternoon a big force of
cavalry and infantry with ten guns, un?
der the personal command of General
French, moving by detour, occupied some
hills three miles from Co'.ersberg, where
the Boers were in strength, coniident in
the natural aid afforded them by the hills
around.
'?The enemy's position extended six
miles around the entire vlllage. At day
break our aTtillcry opened the battle.
Tlie Boers were taken by surprise. but re?
plied vigorously. Art artiliery -duel was
maintained. for two hours. Then a Boer
33otehkiss collapsed and was- abandoned.
"We captuiisd it. A Boer big gun was si
lcnceU, but this -and- the othc-r lioer guns
were withdrawr to the northward whither
we are harassing the Boer retreat by a
damaging shcli fire.
'.'Colesberg''is in our hands and the few
remaining . Loyallsts are jubilant. "We
have captured many wagons and a con?
siderable quantity of stores.
"Our losses were quite slight. but the
Boers must have suffered heavily. They
mav stop at Achtertang . or cross the
river altogether at Xorvalspont, where
the bridse is* still intact."
TURXER'S PARTY RESCUED.
LOXDOX, Jan. 1.?Captain Montmoren
cy's sortie, near Dordrecht, with a patroi
or 320 men of the Twenty-first Lancers.
and his retreat. December 30th, were fol?
lowed ui> the next day by a successful
British engagement and the rescue of a
small party, supposed to bs men Captain
Montmorency left behlnd him.
Under Captain Goklsworthy, a force of
330 'men, with four guns, accompanied by
Captain Montmorcncy's scouts, sallied out
of Dordrecht during tlie morning of De?
cember 31st to relleve Lieutenant Turner.
and 27 men '.oft overnight at Labnschagn's
Xek. The Boers were driven back, and
Lieutenant Turner's party was rescued.
Eight Boers and thirteen horses are
known to have been killed.
The Times, ln its second edition, pub
lishes a dispatch from Sterkstroom, datea
December 31si. which says:
"Captain Montmorcncy's scouts were
cut off. owim: to their refusal to leave
a wounded' officer, Lieutenant Warren, of
Brabant's Horse. These men, under
Lieutenants Milford and Turner. of the
Frontier Mounted Rifles. defended them
selves most gallautly against the repeated
attacks of some eight hundred Boers. The
enemy .resorted to 'sniping' during the.
night, but were repulsed with loss.
"At 5:15 this morning, Captain Gold*s
worthy, with the Cape Mounted Riffes.
arrived. and the enemy immediately fled
to the hills, Turner's party, whose horses
had nearly all been killed. were rescued.
They displayed splendid pluck. and the
brilfiarit manner in which Captain Gold
worthy effected their relief on his own
responslbility. is deserving of the highest
praise. Our'loss w-as tv,-o men wounded.
The Boers lost about thirty men, includ?
ing "eight men killed."
Another account says:
"The success of this little party will
arrest the progress of the enemy's recruit
ing in that vicinity." . .
A-dlspatch from the Modder River says:
"December 33.?The naval guns planted
a few excellent shells without reply. The
enemy's opposition on the left is, appar?
ently, considerably weakened."
PRESDRVE XEUTRALITY.
LOXDOX, Jan. 1.?The Lisbon corres
pondent of the Standard says:
"It is currently reported that the speech
.of King Carlos, in the Cortes to-morrow
(Tuesday), -wlll refer at some Itfngth to
the situation in South Africa, but it is
doubtful whether..anythlng wlll be said
more, friendly to England than to the
Transvaal. - ' . - "
"The public is with the Boers, and the
papers generaily fear British.designs upon
Delagoa Bay. The Portuguese govern?
ment asserts that it has done everything
to preserve neufraJlty." ? " ? '
DI.TRBAX, Jan. 3.?The- Imperial mail
steamer Bundesrath. of the German East
Afric-an Line, which was seized by the
British cruiser Magicienue. on the grpund
that she was carrying contraband ot war,
in Delagoa Bay,"has been brought to the
wharfhereK and is now guarded by ma
rines and blue jacke-ts.
The "United States, German. Russian and
Austria. military attaches, who spent the
holldays in Durban, returned to the front
this evening.
ane White Star LJneSteamship Majes
tlc. which left Liverpool December. 13th
with 2,000 troops, arrived here to-day. -*
UGLY RUMORS. "
CAPE TOWX, Jan. 1.?Ugly rumors^
are in clrculatlon ot a Dutch rising with
the object of selzlng Cape Town and the
docks and capturing _the Governor of,
Cape CoJoney, Sir Alfred MUnerr The
ccnter of themovementv 1$ said to ba Paarl,
a vlllage about\thirty. nalles^from pape^
To wa^where ? a; me? "jog7o?;. therAfri karideri
bund .was held yesterday.-" ....-;-'."' ;' i. ; yr ? ''
i;A" sindlar'meetlng'^yas held "at-Richmond.
ori December -Sth, Irid it is reported- that
the, members ,"bf tbe^hiind in' thesevtwo
towns aro actlng.InTconcert. ; ?'.-,':? ?.-'' -.".
The members^^vof thehund ih WlUlngton
and the putchiH;C!anwilliam district, are
said to be.arrced witn ilausers and tq be
anxious; t6- use;.ther| ; in behalf. of the,
Boors."-' '.-???/"?.''.?'?''?''?'?" :-^% -""-.' . ?'?:.- -:y':
Although the stories. 61. a rlslng are dls
creditcd, the police:;|nd''military are tak?
ing arnnle prechutiotJs.?'.??:'.-:? ???'?'.:.''' .-,.
.'.:? DIFFICULTiE|'IXCREASED..
LOXDOX, Jan. ;2.f-Tlje Standard cor?
respondent at Frere|>Canip, tclegraphing
on January 1. says: |?.;l\
"SIr, Charles Warren's'; division; Is now
nearly complete. Its^headquarters will be
at Estcourt. It ls furh'ored' here that the
guns which were: captured from General
Buller, at Colehsoj, jjhave been mounted
in the lUlls comma^.ding; the drift over
fthe ? Tugela/ river, liat Springfleld. Tiie
Boers, lt - appear's, .captured six hundred
and twenty rounds pf shrapnel when they
took the guns.-. :'"-.:? i.-'
"General Bulier's/difficulties have been
immeasurably increased by the enforced
delay slncethe lastt engagment. He now
has before -him :a'.'sseries of walled and
fortified hills. running sixteen miles' along
tho lineof the Tugela. ? These. are swarm
Ing with the enerri^; posted ln positions
of great strength and brlstling with guns;
while tho river'iri^r-ont is in full flood.
The coming hattlerjyvill certainly be the
stiffest and probabl^ the most momentous
of thc entire campaign." ,
LOXDOX, Jan.- l.^-Alicged Boer spies.
it has been. discovered. have cnlisted in
the Yeomanry. A rjeport of Lord Ches- j
liam, who is in command of the Y>eonianry
forces, says that the officials of this arm
Cf the service are, being pesteredby agents
of Dr. Ledys, tiie European plenipoten
tiary of South African republics. He adds
that two of them were actually accepted,
but thafthey were afterwards discovered.
He declares that the same thing occurred
in Thornycroft's Horse. seven spies being
discovered in that body. He says, con
tinuing:
"We have given word to all our com?
manding officers to fceep a sharp lookout
for. traitors."
Xo stops have been taken thus far to
punish the alleged spies.
"A RAY OF LIGHT.
LOXDOX, Ja.n. 2.-4:30 A. M.?The suc?
cess of General French in drlvins' the
Boers from Colesberg has shot a welcome
ray of light through the gloecn of the
campaign in 'South ?? Africa. Everywhere
it is commented upon as an example of
sound tactics and as an iltustration of
what may be done when the right meth
od's aro employed with the Boers. The
govemment is urged to take the lesson
to heart and to seo that no stone ls left
unturncd in the endeavor o get the largest
possible ferces of cavalry and mounted
infantry to the front.
Now that General French has the Boers
on the run. the hope is exprcssed that ho
will s'ive them ho rest, but will harrass
them until they have found their war
across the Orange river, which is twelve
miles distant. The old wagon route to the
Free State traverses Colesburg and
crosses the river by a fine bridge, 1.450
feet long. It is believed that the Boers
retreated totvard's Xorval's PoinS. further
east .and the- question is whether Gen?
eral French will be able to secure these
two bridges before the Boers destroy
them.
One important effect of the success of
General French is that it wiil probably
havo a deterrent inr.ence upon Dutch dis
affection. .There isi'srrne-disposition. here.
to exaggerate the irnportane? ??"of small
skirmishes and -engastemonts.
VIRTUALLY UXOHAXC-BD.
It should be borne in mind that General
French has only 2,000 men and so far as
tho important points of campaign are
enncerned, tho situation is virtually un?
changed.
At llodder river the Boers appear to he
modifying somowheat their line of- de
dence. General Buller's scouts have dis?
covered a Boer camp established in the
vicinity of Springfield, southwest of
Colenso, by a Free State commando. A
similar movement has been made at "tfod
dc-r river.
A large force of Boers, it is reported,
has formed a new Laager about fifteen
miles down tlfe stream at Kameelftoek.
H-eliogrnph messages from Ladysmith
show that all was well on December 31st.
The bombardment was being continued,
but its ir.tensity had. relaxed.
ORGANIZED BOTH HOUSES.
Goebel was Xominaled President Pro
Tem. ol'Stnate.
FRAXKFORT, KY., Jan. 1.?All doubt
as to ability of Goebel Democrats to 6r
ganize. both houses of the Legislature ,was
dispelied by the attendance in the Demo
ratic caucus to-night. Senator Goebel
was nominated for president pro tem
of the. Senate. and the entire Goebel slate
went through. In the House caucus all of
the 5S Democrats answered to the roll
call and participated.
In the Senate four Democrats remained
out. They were Senators Alexander,
Hays, Gillespie and Roberts. Senator
Hili was sick and absent, but he is not
classed with the dissenters.
In the Senate caucus Senator Harold
created a sensation by making an al?
leged exposure of the antl-Goebel leaders.
dc-clarlng that he had been approached
by J. li. Wallen, of Louisville, and paid
$4,500 to remain out of' the caucus. The
money, he said. had been placed. in a
box with the Louisville Trust Company,
the key to which he had sent up to Sen?
ator Goebel. who was ..preslding over-the
caucus, ending his speeeh by declaring
that he had entered into the deal for the
purpose of exposing Wallen and further
that there was not money enough in the
world to make hirn disloyal to his party
and his State. /
Attorneys for' Goebel and other con
testing " Democratic candidates to
day served notice upon the Republi?
can contestees to take depcsltiocs to be
used as evidence in the pending contest
cases and namlng their witnesses.
The Republicans decir'ed to-night to
hold a conference to-morrow and noml
-mso 30 ojBis uuDuqndaH ".qSpsajs -c areu
didates. The antl-Goebcl leaders say
the largo attendance at the Democratic
caucus to-night does not indicate any-.
thing as to the gubernatorial contest or
the Senatorship, as ln the Senate the;
'Goebel men and the antl-Goebel men,
entered into a deal regarding division o?
the offices in that. branch.
I South Trimble. of Franklin county, was
I nominated for Speaker of? the House, on
tho thirteenth bailot.
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i D!ed Prbin XatupnljCanses,
SAV.AXXAH, GA.. Jan. 1.?Mike Bourke
1 fwhite"i: who 'was arrested last night on
! the order of the coroner, oh the charge of
having choked his aged mother to death,
1 was released from custody this morning
upon the verdiet of the coroner's jury, ex
oneratlng him.
lt was found: that the old woman had
1 died suddenly from natural causes, and
! that her. body falllng litid lacerated- the
face and throat, which aroused suspiclon
: of foul piay.
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I
Givcau$30O.O0O to Cooper Union.
N33W YORK,-Jan. 1.?Andrew Carnegle
i has given ,$3UO,000 to Cooper Unten for the
establishment of a day school, similar in
scope to the present night school. and the
looject of which'will be to'glve such prac?
tical instruction as shall enable "young
men' to become -~ flrst-class and - sklllcd
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PRESIDENT'S
RECEPTION
Briliiant New Year Func
tion at White House.
SEVERAL THOUSAND
Were Present and Paid Their Re
spects to Chief Executive.
THE FULL DIPLOWiATIC CORPS.
DnUc D'Arcos, the Xew Spaiiish Min?
ister, Attracted a Great Deal ol* At?
tention?Secretary of State and
Mrs. Hay Entcrtainetl the
Diplomatie Corps at
Breakfast.
WASHIXGTOX, Jan. 3.?The social sea?
son ln Washington was ushered in to-day
with a briliiant Xew-Year's reception at
the White House, at which the President
and Mrs. McKinley received the congratu
lations and well-wishes of several thou?
sands of peoDle, including the representa?
tives of foreign governments, jurists,
statesmen, officers of the army and navy,
and others emlnent in the social and po?
litical life of the capital.
A review of the whole winter calendar
up to date could hardly have found a day
better fitted for the Xew-Year function.
The snow that had grown a tritle grimy
during the past week had-been covered
overmght with a fresh fall. scarcely an
inch in depth. The sun was bright, but
the air was crisp .an;": frosty, too cold for
the snow to melt ana spoll the holiday
settlng of the parks and lawns. At an
early hour the streets beyond the White
House grounds began to fill with the
crowd that surged back and forth eager
for a place in the public bne that was to
follow the reception of the various sec
tions pf the Uay's pagcant.
THE DECORATIOXS.
The decorations of the Executive Man
sion were not as elaborate this year as
they have been on some former occasions.
still there was a profusion of palms. fern,
smilax. hoily and other greens every?
where through the State dining-room, the
Blue. Red and "Green parlors and the East
room. The light of the briliiant winter
day was exclutled, and the rooms flooded
with electric lights from thousands of
tiny bulbs In ceiling and sparkling chan
deliers, adding to the brilliancy of the
decorations. The glittering gold and sil?
ver trar-r-inss of the members of the
diplomatie corps and the fuli-dress uni?
forms of the army. and navy contrasted
stronglv with the modest black of the.
jurists. statesmen and clvllian ofTJcials
of the Government as they moved through
the mazy throng.
The President and Mrs. McKinley tct
ceived ln: the Blue parlor.- assisted -by the
members of the Cabinet and their wives,
and "behind the line" were about fifty
of the wives and daughters of senators.
representatives, prominent army and
navy officers and others high in social and
official clrcles. The full Marine Band. in
their red uniforms. were stationed at the
head of the corridor opposite the State
dining-room, and throughout the recep?
tion piayed patriotic airs.
HAIL TO THE CHIEF.
Tlie President and Mrs. McKinley met
the members of the Cabinet in the west
corridor, on the second floor. shortly be?
fore 13 o'clock. while the members of the
.diplomatie corps, in their briliiant court
dress, were gathering ln the State dining
room. adjoining the Red parlor. Promptly
at 13 o'clock the bugier sounded the as?
sembly, and the red-coated Marine Band
struck up the strains "Hall to the Chief."
To Lhis aecompaniment the procession,
headed by President McKinley and Mrs.
McKinley. moved down the broad stair
way and took their places in the Blue
parlor. adjoining the Red parlor. Mrs.
McKinley wore an elaborate gown of bro
caded white satin. Owing to her feehle
health she received seated. Xext to her
stood Mrs. Hay. wife of the Secretary
of the State; Mrs. Gage, wife of Secrctary
of Treasury; Mrs. Root, wife of Secretary
of War; Mrs. Griggs, wife of Attorney
General: Mrs. Smith.. wife of the Post
master-General: Mrs. Txing. Mrs. Hitch
cock. wife of Secretary of AgricuUure.
and Mrs. Wilson, daughter of Secretary
of AgricuUure. All were brilliantly
gowned. Behind -the Une gathered the
-other young- ladies of the Cabinet. the
wives.and daughters of senators and rep?
resentatives and other distinguished offI
clals who had been Invited to assist.
THE DUKE D'ARCOS.
As soon as all had taken their places
the doors of the Red parlor were thrown
open. and the ambassadors and mlnisters
of foreign governments and their suites,
resnlendant in their full court dress.
headed by Lord Pauncefote. the British
Ambassador, the dean of the diplomatie
corps, moved into the Blue parlor to pay
thejr respects to the President and Mrs.
McKinley n.nd the receivlng party. Espe
clal Interest centered in the appearance
of the Duke D'Arcos. the Spanish Minis?
ter. and his beautiful American wife. It
was. the first White House reception at
which Spain has been re-presented sii>r
the close of hostilitles, ar.d the- greetlngs
accorded them were especially cordial.
Following the diplomatie corps came
Chief Justice Fu'.ler and the associate
justices of the Supreme Court, and other
members of the judlc'ary. former mem?
bers of the Cabinet. At 13:2"> the sena?
tors, representatives and delegates. mem
bers^of the District government and mem?
bers of the district judiciary appeared In
the order named. Following this fllght of
statesmen and civil officers came the offi?
cers of the army and navy in their fult
dress uniforms, massive golden epaulets
and gold-ernbroldered chapeaus. Various
other offlcials. followed. and at 12 o'clock
the general miblie was admitted.
The Secretary of State and Mrs. Hay
enterta'ned the members of the diplomatie
corps at breakfast at noon. at their hanjl-;
some residence jon Lafayette So.uare. Tt
was a repetit'on of the'brilliancy attend
Ing the presence of the diplomatie repre?
sentatives at the White House.
Most "of-the wives and near relatives of.
the" several Cabinet officers received dur?
ing the day. .
The Admiral of the navy and Mrs.:
Dewey received a large number of callers.:
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THE GRIDIRON CLUB.
They Invade Charleston, S. C., aiul the
Keys Are'Tumeti Oyer lo them,
CHARLESTOX. S. C. Jan; 1.?The fa?
mous Gridiron Club, of Washington. D.
C.,-arrlved ln Charleston' this morning on.
a Southern speeial; and was met at the"
depot by'Mayor Smythe, (Mr. J. C. Hemp
h>li, editor of the Xews and Courler, and
larire committee ot citizens and * news?
paper men. - A salute was properly
? fired." and the keya ot the city were
turned over to the, visitors. The keys
were redresented In wood, each about
three feet long. "
After an Informal, but not the less JoIt>v
breakfast at- the ,Oharleston? Hotel. a
short trolley ride was^taken around the
city. At 11 o'clock guests, and hosts em
barked'for theT3labr Palms on a steamer
which bore ihe""aigniflcant' name ? oC
."Brooklynv- and -bore a- large' -rftpld-flre
gun forward. -Admiral ?Schley4vfaa ob-'
served on the. bridge as the "boat moved
awaV from the pier. and marlnes armea
with cutlasses swarmed" around the fore
castle. A short distance out the watctt
stghted the Maria Tfiresa, and, after a
chase the_Spanlar~ hove to, and.the crew
and a ."blind tiger" captured. r "
On theTsle of Palms the party enjoyed
a lunch and some music?chln. brass and
strlhg. To vary the monotony, a lynch?
ing bec^realistlc but not fatal, was puUed
ofT; an up-to-date cake-walk. with genu
ine darkles on the floor, and a presenta
tlon, by which the club obtained a mas?
cot, in the shape ot a fawn. all happer.ea
as fast as the way could be clearea. .
To-night, in the banquet hall of the
Charleston Hotel, made" as btautlfnl as a
falry palace with palms. llowers and dra
pery. -atid-llttto-,- blts of mcandescents.
which formed an" Immense flamlng grid
iron. the club was entertainetl by. about
one hundred of the leading citizens.
Among the noveltfes introdticcd was the
mus*e-(?) cf the Jenkins Pickaninny Banil
and its arrest :by a sqtiad of impromptu
cops. There were speeches without num?
ber. but few without point. Mr. J. C.
Heraphlll, 'of the' Xews and Cpurler:
Mayor J. Alger Smythe. Mr. X. S. Hlli.
Jr., of the Consolidated; Mr. J. "VY. Rcu
dme and Captain F. W. Wagener. of the
Pine Forest Inn. were invested with the
Order of the Gridiron. Several sclections
were given bv: the Grkllrnn Quartette and
other members. The music for the even
ins and during the day was by the Flrst
United States, Artiliery Band.
Hon. Chauncey M. Depew made a most
happy soeech, a regular shaking-hands
acfoss-the-line talk. and was given three
times three.
To-morrow the Gridironers will be the
guests of Cantain W"agener and Manager
Jamcon. at the Pine Forest Inn. Sura
mervil'e. leaving for Washington to-mor
?row'afternoon.
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AUGUSTA AND SAVANNAH,
Annuai Mcetir.s Held and Directors
Chosen.
SAVAXXAH. GA.. Jan. 1.?The annuai
meeting of the Augusta and Savannah
railroad was held here to-day. The road
extends from -Augusta to Millen. It is
Ieased to the Central of- Georgia railway.
by which a rental of 5 per cent. on securi
ties Is r>ald.
The following Board of Directors was
elected: J. D. Weed, F. H. Miller. W. M.
Thomas. A. R. Lawton. George J. Mills,
F. S. Lathrop. and H. H. Hull.
Mr. J. D. Weed' was re-elected president;
Mr. Frank H. Miller, vice-president, and
Mr. H. H. Hull. secretary.
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- RICHARD CROKER HURT.
Slippctl Whilo IHomitins'aHorse and
BrokeHisLeg.
LOTXDOX Jan. 2.?A speeial dispatch
from V/antago, county of Berks, says
that Richard Croker. who has beenstay
lug at a country house near there. siipped
while mountlng a horse, owing to the
animal's turning. and broke his !eg. Mr.
Croker Is being attended by Dr. Bmerson.
who has reduced the fracture. He ls no/w
resting easily.
The accldent occurred yesterday (Mon.
day) morning.
E.t-Congressman Osborne Dead.
WASHIXGTOfX. Jan. 1.?General Edwin
S Osborne. a* representattve from Penn?
sylvania in the FOrty-ninth, Fiftieth and
Fifty-first Congresses. died here to-night
of heart disease.
At the conclusion of the war General
Osborne was appointed judge-advocate to
investigate charges of cruelty to Federal
prisoners brought agninst Captain Wirtz.
Confederate superintendent of the Ander
sonyiile :prison. the result ofwhich^was
the hanging of Wirtz. .?-'"'*"
For Relief or Mrs. Maybriok.
XEW YORK. Jan. 3.?A letter from
I ady Randolph Churchill has bci-n receiv?
ed by Mrs. Caroline J. Taylor, chairman
of the Woman-s Comrr^ce of Physolcgi
cal Section of the Medico-Legal Society.
in which she says the only rational way
to base a petition for the relief of Mrs.
Mavbrick is not on the rlea that she is
irnocent. but even if she is guilty. she
has been punished enough.
Four Persons Burned ti> Death.
BARBOCRSVILLE. W. VA.. Jan. 1.?
W'illlam Ellis. wife and two children. were
burned to death in their home near here
early to-day. Xo one knows the ortgin
cf the "fire. _ -_
THElMPEROR'S
NEW YEAR SPEECH
Makes a Patriotic Address to the Of?
ficers of the Garrison at the
New Year's Parade.
BERLIX, Jan. L?Emperor William, at
the Xew Year's parade to-day, addressed
the officers o<* the garrison as follows:
"The first day of the new century sees
our army, in other words, our people. in
?arms, gathered around their standards,
kneeling before the Lord of.Hosts, and,
verily lf any one has especlal roason this
dav for bowlng down before .God lt is
our army. A glance at our standards suf
flces as an explanation. for they are the
embodlment of our hlsnory.
"In what condition did the past cen?
tury, at its dawn. dnd our army? The
gIor'bus,army of Frederick the Great had
slept upon its Iaurels, fossilized' amld all
the petty details of plpe clay. jed by su
perannuated and lnsufficlent generals,
with officers unaccustomed to usefiil work
and lost ln debaueh. Iuxury and foolish
arrogance. our army. in a word, was not
equal totts mission. which, indeed. it had
forgot'ten. Form and life were given lt
?by my great-grandfathcr: new Iaurels
crowned the newly-created army and its
youthful banners. but universally mllftary
serviee only attained Its true slgnfii
cahce through our great departed Em?
peror. In his quiet work he evorved the
re-organlzation of our army, ln spite of
opposition and Ignorance. He brought
the German races together. and gave us
back long deslred German uhity. It is to
him t*--at our thanks are due. and by the.
hslp of that army the German Empire.
commanding respect. has again assumed
the position asslgned to It ln the council
of nations.
SIMPLICITY AXD M0DE3TT.
"It ls for you. gentlemen. to sreserve
and eniploy in the new century the old
quallties by -which our foretathers made
the army great?namely. slmpllclty and
modesty in daily life. ancondltlonal devo
tion to the Royal service. the employment
of one's whole strength of body and mind
In tha ceaseless work *>t trainlng and.
developing our troops: andT, even-as my
grandfather labored for his army. so will
1, ln like manner unerrlngly carry on and
carry through the work ot reorganlzlng'
my navy.' In order that It may be Justlfled
In'Standhag bjr the stde ot my land forces.
ana-thatrby lt the German Emnlre aajr
also-be in, a position to wla the otcco
which lt has not yerattained.
? s'Wltlu thec two united. I hopa to be
enabted^-wlth - a flrm trust ln the guld
"aace ol\"fod."to prove the truth of-the
saying btvFredertck, WUJ&on-I.: 'Wh?a
oneJn'.thhi icorte -wants tta, decide soree-^
tbh?c;''iwia?l';.the-,3en_ he doea not da lt
^nTess>*s?pr,|ted by.the atrengtt at rtte
RICHMOND LADY
WAS ASSAULTED
Yotuig Negro Tiirew Her
Down and Beat Her.
SCREAMED FOR HELP.
Another Colored Mart Heard Her and
Ran to the ftescue.
ASSAILANT HAD DISAPPEAREB.
Thc Scene of the Assanlt Was Near
Bon Air, aud StaCion-Agcnc C. O.
Whitchnrsc Soon Hart tbe- Nc- *
jjro Ijocatcti and Arrested.
He was Tried and Sent
to thc. Grand Jnry
An assauit was made upon Mry. Mar?
tha J. Colquitt. of Xo. BIG east Cary
street by a young negro supposed to bo
David Perkins,. near Eon. Air. yesterday -.
afternoon about 1:S0 o'clock.
Mrs. Colepiltr, who ls a wtdow, about ;
thirty years old. and haa four little chil?
dren at Bethany Home, teft HichmonnV
yesterday on the noon train over the
Southern road, to visit her children.
carrying with her.a large basket ftlled
with a few presents and eatables for her
little ones.
Upon reaching Bon Air station she left .
the train andl started. walklng back. dowrt
the track a distance of about two miles-;. ?
to Bethany Home. She had gone pos
slbly half the distance when atie .met a> ;
young negro. who stopped her* with somo J
remarks about carrying her basket. . ,
To this remark she made no reply.
The negra then stopped her by laying;'*
his hand on her shouider. She says; he
then made some Insultlng rernat'ks and "
a scufrle ensued in which Mrs. Colquitt
says she does not know whether she felt
or was thrown by the negro. She scream?V
for help, and says the negro struck her
ln the face and told her he would fcnoctc
her bralns out If she gave an alarm.
SCREAMS WERE HEARDi
The streams were heard By an oldi negro;
mare who was cutting wood nenir tbe
place. He being iame, sent his son to. tha
rescuo. "When. he reached the spat le -
seems Perkins had disappeared. Mrs.
Colquitt had gottert her belongings to?
gether and he accompanied her to Beth- -
any Home where she toid her story to ?'
the Steward at the Home.
Her face was swollen where the negro
had struck her and appeared otherwisa
as having been roughly used. ? ' *
Mr. C. G. V/hitwocth. station agent, ^
rostmaster arirl... Spectot. Potlcetnan, ateifj
Bon Air,- was immedlately ihform?Eof the-^
assauit. and took quick action. ITe roundr'*']
Harry Moslcy (colored}? the track walker '*
for the Sonthern road at Bon Air. andl .
from-him leamed that the only person*
seen on the road ln the past hour: or.
more hml been Mrs. Cotquitt and a. yel?
low negro, but he did not know his name.
Mr. Whltworth detailed several cltt
?r-?ns. and all the negroes ln tho com- *?
Liunity were gptten together. and MOs- ?
ley was made to plck tbe negro he sjjw ;
nn the railroad. He at ence pointed $ut 'f
Perkins.'
ASSAILANT TDEXTIFIED.
Several negroes, Perkins in the lot,
were taken to Bethany Home for Mrs-.'
Cotrpiitt to Identity the one. She without
hesltation slngled out Perkins.
He was taken at onre before- Justice*
G. XV. Longest for tria!. Mrs., Colcpiitt
and Harry Mosley, appearing as wit?
nesses. He was sent on to the grand jury,
and for safe keeplng was taken to Man?
chester last night by Mr. "Whltworth and
turned over tt? Offieer Wright.
He will be taken to-day -to- Chesterfield*
county jail. and lt is more than probnble*
a special grand jury will be empanelted
at once for the trial. Judge Clopton
spoke last night ns though such-.a coursa
would be pursued. -" * --^
Mrs. Colquitt ls a young woman^uKt
very good looking. ^V
David Perkins is a rather small. halr^*j
white negro and looks to be about elght
teen years old. When arrested he was at
his home and offered no resistance. He
does not deny seeing the woman and
talklng with her. but says he only asked
to carry her basket to Bethany Home.
There was little excitement at Bon Air.
but it was thought best to get the negro
out of the comrounity.
Poison Suspect'-d
CHARLESTOX. S. C. Jan. I.?During
the past weelf there have been eight sud?
den deaths' of prime young negroes from,
Lady's Island. ln the vlclnlty of the Cen?
tral Pfcosphate "Works.t Beaufort county?
this State. There are suspielon3 that tho
whiskey they used was either tampered.
with or not chernically pure. The" eighth
man. the mail carrier of the company,
died to-day.
SUMMARY OF TG-DAY'S NEWS.
.?-.-...- . Luicnf.
-"Judge Goff sustaina the city in th?
telephone case.
?Meeting of the Board or Fira Com- ?
missioners. k
?Storv of the- first convlct sent to thft
State penitentiary.* .'..*"
?Clfr Council meeting. '
?Richmond .woman assaulted near Bon
Air.
State.
?Junlus Robinson to hang at Petara
burg to-day.
?Fine residence- destroyed by flre- neac
Scottsville. - . , ? . .
?OFtumor that senators' visit to "New-,
aort News connected with proposed pn*?
chase of ship-yard by,United StoU* Gov?
ernment. ?
?Man frozen to death in Xewport.
**" ?"xicfc GlUisan's brother arrested tn "Me*"
of Wfgbt county. colncidant with Ott' :
charge of the murder of C B. Tnrnar; *?
_Powder magaalno burned near- Cut-t,"^
peper. ~/ ^".
General. .* . < - -i,
?Democrats organise both aou3**f;<>_e^
Kentucky lUeglsIature. * '?'*. *
-President and "Jlrs, areKlntey: hoKT'
-Jfe'V-Ye?ir'? receptlon> ^M-'i
?McCoy knocked..Maher out b^-afthfr
round. "? ' _ ~ .."" ;""lJs$*
?Democratic-caccin* lit KtMl^Jk^wWSfi
to-nl-ht nominate BiackI?m~roetp!*e*l
Statea Senate by acclanjatlon.- f ? ->0gg?
"' ' Foro^n. ;"?,'*%$%&
?General French ?pn?tei?ljp,*,>d^^t'i*-,!S
Boers by a fianfc movdment anftrr*"*-*
Colesberg. _" y'si&Jt'*'-*?*
-*?Uautenant Turner_and*jn?rt? ?
?RIcbar? CroKer srtipTMdKwWwfeii
ihff a ho?? andrhcpkehlaf|ii^'ijr'*'
-American tttMm^o&epjfXf.e^,
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