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Ezerntlon of Webb and Berry nnil
We have now ready a large edition,
in convenient form, of the Chronicle
Extra, containing a full report of the
execution of Webb and Berry and
Honeycutt, un Friday last, and also
containing the statements made by
each, as furnished by our own report
ers. Copies may be had at our counter,
or they will be sent by mail. Price 5
Greene county turns out pretty well
only 2,783 dogs.
Mr. Geo. L. Tucker, of Rhea county,
hays rain or no rain he's bound to raise
10000 bushels of com this season.
Gen. A. E. Jackson, in upper East
Tennessee, had a corn crib burned last
week with a large quantity of oats.
Wesley Lane, a young lawyer at
Loudon, accidentally thot himself in
the leg, Sunday night and it is said to
lie a very serious wound.
A negro was terribly mutilated in
Uuiou county last week by a threshing
machine. This makes only four such
accidents recorded in this issue.
J. E. Baily, of Clarksville, Tenn.,
addresses the citizens of Maryville and
vicinity on the 23rd iust., on the sub
ject : " The Agricultural and Mineral
.Resources of Tennessee."
At Kogersvillo Junction, on Friday
morning, a white man named Joe Gur
thrie struck a negro named Cal Arnold
over the head with a piece of scantling,
and it is thought Arnold will not sur
vive from the ell'ects of the blow.
Alexander McFarland, of Grainger
county, had his arm broken and re
ceived other injuries by a thresher the
other day. Another man, a few days
before, had his clothes ail torn olHiy a
The cotton factory at Union wil
open about the 1st September. There
is a large tobacco factory In connec
tion with the factory. A fine lot of the
weed was shipped South went I v.
The Herald and Tribune gives nn
item from which we gather that John
Ctiil', of Munk's district, in that coun
ty, had the flesh torn from his arm last
week by a thresher. The arm was am
putated and the man died last Tues
day. A citizen of Loudon has discovered
about two feet under ground a lead
pipe. He is still digging and develop
ing a continuous line of lead pipe, aud
the "oldest inhabitant " has been in
terviewed on the subject and oau't
give any information about it. It is
laid to the Mound builders.
A man sent another man after tobac
co yesterday with the following in
structions: "Now, you getanickle's
worth at one store and another nickle's
worth at auother store, aud by that
means you will get more than if you
buy the whole ten cents wortli at one
High Ncbool at Pleannut Hill t raps,
Ac, A c.
To the Editors of the Chronicle:
The great prospects of a good corn
crop throughout the Flatwoods, and
not only in this vicinity, but all over
the county of Knox, and others, are
liking the people up greatly In the
scales of prosperity. The season this
year, however, is not so favorable in
regard to wheat crops, but it is filling
the deficiency in the corn crops. More
com will be raised in Knox county
this year than has been produced in
The High School at Pleasant Hill,
located in the ltith Civil District of
Knox connty, three miles west of
Strawberry Plains, will be opened
about the 1st of September, 1875, and
continue ten mouths. As to the
teachers, it is not known whom the
Directors will employ, but thero is no
doubt but they will employ competent
and reliable teachers. This school is
to be a ten months Peabody Graded
Free School, open for students from
abroad who may wish to attend as well
as those at home. The house Is a
grand and magnificent structure, situ
ated in a nice and beautiful grove
about one hundred yards east of the
church. I will say for the convenience
of those who may wish to attend our
school from a distance that houses will
be prepared for students who may wish
to board themselves. Tuition cheap.
Board can be had at private houses, in
cluding washing, for 1.75 per week.
These are cheap inducements for those
desiring an education, and we hope
when the school opens to see students
flocking In from all parts of this and
adjoining counties. Students need not
fear but they will be met with thank,
fulness and very explicit hespitality.
Come along young men and young
ladies and seek an education.
J. F. Wilson.
August 11, 1875.
Tbos. . Boyd. .
The Hanncr of Friday morning
sayB: Major Prosser arrived here ves-
terday from Knoxville. The purpose
of his visit here Is to Investigate into
the health of Thog. (1. Boyd, whose
menus are making etlor s to have h m
pardoned out (of the penitentiary, the
authorities at Washington, having re
ferred the petitions in his favor to the
United States District Attorney at
The Steamer Hugh Martin a Total
Four Killed and Twelve Seriously
From Daily Chronicle Augurt 17
Washington, Biiea County, Tenn.,
August 10th, 1875.
8jp-iI DlNpnlph to Ihe 1'hronlrle :
The steamer Hugh Martin exploded
Saturday about 4:45 p. m , when start
ing from the upper Washington Land
ing ou the Tennessee river, one mile
from here. The front part of the boat
is a total ruin. The rear part is not
hurt. Capt. Jacob FritU hi thought to
have been blown in the air, and fell in
the river. He has not.beeu found. Eli
L. Abbot, oged about seventeen, a pas
senger from Knox couuty, is missing.
No others certainly missing. One
deck hand not found, who perhaps
got;ofl'at a previous station. Wm.Hood,
of Kingstou, tbe.lmate, was somewhat
burned, had his head cut, and his leg
broken. John Heusou, the pilot, was
severely bruised and lias gone home.
Edward Mead, of the Cincin
nati Southern raillway survey, was
blown from the cabin deck aud fell on
the bank severely bruised and his
head cut, but was walking when
found, aud will be well soon. L. D.
Pulsion, of Itutherford county, was
slightly bruised. Mr. Graves, wife
and sister, of Iowa, were sliirht-
ly burned. Henry FritU and several
others were slightly injured. Six col
ored deck hands were severely injured,
viz : Isaac Brown, Montgomery, Ala.,
broken leg; Ben. Hightower, Dalton,
dangerously injured internally, proba
bly fatally ; John Black, Kingston,
bruised and leg burned ; Ben. Sud
daeth, Boaue county, has a thigh
broken; Thomas Weaver, Knoxville,
has a leg broken; Daniel
li i ins, of Chattanooga, is severely
bruised. Two colored women were
slightly burned and bruised. Oliver
Henry, son of Win. II. Heury, Esq.,
owner of the landing, who was stand
ing on the bank, was killed by flying
fragments. The wounded are doing I let
ter than at lirst expected. All the se
riouscases have been removed to Wash
ington, and the citizens and physicians
are giving' 'liem kind attention. C'lun.
Seymour, of Knoxville, and myself
w. re nn bank. We were surroun
ded by l In- falling fragments. He was
touched, but. neither of us were Injur
ed. C. D. McG.
l'rttiu our Own ICcfiorlfr.
Yehteiil iy morning our city was
.hrowu ii.tocousternatitm by receiv
ing the news of tlie explosion of the
boiler of thesteamer Hugh Martin, on
the Teuuessee ltiver. The first news
was that it occurred between Lomlou
and Kingston, aud that all on board,
with tile exception of Henry Fritts,
the clerk, had beed killed. The next
report was that it occurred between
Kingstou aud Kockwood Landing,
aud that ouly one person was killed,
and other conflicting reports were re
ceived, but nothing of a definite na
ture, all however, agreeing that the ex
plosion certainly took place aud that the
boat was a total wreck. A dispatch
was received by Mr. S. B. Luttrell con
firming the news, but not giving any
particulars. Auother dispatch was
received that the City of Knoxville
would not be in Knoxville on time, as
it had to go to the scene of the disas
ter. To get the full aud correct particu
lars a reporter of the Chronicle took
the morning train witli directions to
go to Loudon, aud if the particulars
could not be obtained there to go to
such point where they could be ob
tained. Arriving at Loudon we found
ONE OF THE SURVIVOItS
As well as several parties who had in
terviewed others of the survivors of
the ill-fated boat, and from them he
gathered the following particulars :
THE STEAMER HUGH MARTIN
Whs built at Kingston, by a gentle
man whose name she bears, in the
year 1809 or 1870, aud was supplied
with the machinery and boilers of the
old "Cherokee," which was built
either In the year 1SG3 or 1SG0. Thare
is a difference of opinion ou the sub
ject. Mr. Iiufus Allison, uu old river
man, Informed us that the Cherokee
was built in the year 1800, and that the
machinery aud boiler was right new,
while others again claim that the
Cherokee was a " war boat," aud was
probably built at Chattanooga in the
year 1863, by the Federal authorities,
and that the machinery was old at the
time. Be that as it may. it is consid
ered that it is the oldest boiler on the
river. Notwithstanding this it
Either In January or February last.
After Capt. Jake Fritts had bought the
boat and repaired and refitted it, after
the last spring freshet, we understand
it was again Inspected. It will be re
membered the Hugh Martin was built
by Mr. Hugh Martin for a packet boat,
he having bound himself ut the time
to run her or see that she was run as
regular packet between Loudon aud
Kingstou for five years. In that time
she changed hands several times, and
the last owners of the boat before Capt.
Fritts purchased her were Uriah aud
Kobert Allison, who had the mail con
tracts from Loudon to Kockwood.
During the last freshet they were
compelled to run close to the bank in
order to avoid the heavy drift, and one
day they ran aground while the river
was falling, aud all efforts to loosen
her proved of no avail and she
WAS LEFT ON DRY GROUND.
The Allison boys being compelled to
make their mails effected a trade with
Capt. Fritts, who then owned the Em
ory City, which boat is now used as
t'te regular packet from Loudon to
Kockwood. Capt. Fritts took the
Hugh Martin and made apparently
new boat outof her, after which as
above stated he had her Inspected be
fore entering the trade airain. It is
saiu mat me
IIOILERS WERE FAULTY,
And too old for use, but according to
Mr. Hufns Allison's account they had
not been used more than nine or teu
years, while the boilers Bre generally
considered safe for twelve years. And
then Capt. Jake Fritts was a thorough
river man, and it Is not iiktly that he
would have risked ids own or the lives
of his crew on any bout unless he had
been thoroughly sati-tied that the boil
ers and everytliingaboiitthe boat weie
safe. Again, some will charge that it
is attrihtahle to the
NEOLIOENCE OF THE ENOINEKR,
But he reports that a few minutes he
fore the explosion he had only 110
pounds of steam, aud plenty of water,
and hence can not account for the ac
cident. He has been on the river a
number of years, and for several years
has hnd engineers' license. Captain
Fritts, himself, understood how to run
an engine, and was a good pilot, hav
ing license for either position, hence
did not employ but one pilot and one
engineer, relieving them occasionally.
The engineer was a sober man, and we
have never heard of him being drunk.
Indeed, Captain Fritts would not em
ploy a man whom he did not know to
be perfectly sober. We understand
that Capt. Sam. Harris, the
STATE INSPECTOR OF HOILEK8,
Has been sent for, and will examine
into the wholo matter. In the mean
time the cause of the explosion will
remain a mystery, if indeed it is then
WHEN AND WHERE IT TOOK PLACE.
The explosion took place at the
Washington Landing, on the Tennes
see ltiver. about half way between.
Chattanooga and Kiugston. The City
of Kuoxville hail transferred herdown
river cargo to the Hugh Martin at
Kingston, and that boat was ou its way
They had landed at Washington
Lauding, and were about ready to
leave, when the Captain noticed a col
ored man approaching with a bucket
of water. He told him to hurry up
aud get aboard, as they were ready to
Htart, aud with that he started to
wards the pilot house
IN HIS SHIRT SLEEVES,
And it whs thought that he was about
between the two smoke-stacks when
the explosion took place. He whs
never found again, although a thor
ough search has been made. Up to
t he latest news no discovery was made.
His watch was found on the bank, but
it was, In all probability, in his cabin
with his coat and vest. The ferryman
says lhtt he saw u mau
(lOINO UP IN THE AIR
With his anus outstretched until he
appeared as sniuli as a bird, but could
not tell where he landed when he
came down, as lie was so
much excited and fragments of the
boat were falling all around tliata man
won). I naturally look more after him
self than any one else.
THE KILLED AND WOUNDED.
Only three are known to be killed,
Capt. Jake Fritts, a colored man and a
hoy standing on the wharf. A survey
or of the Cincinuatti Southern was
supposed to be killed, but he was after
wards found, having been blown out
of his berth on the bank. Heury Fritts,
the clerk, was blown into the river and
had his shoulder seriously Injured.
John Henson, pilot, was lying in his
berth asleep, and was blown 30 feet In
to the river, and was badly hurt. His
matron was Wm. Hood. The mate
was blown out into the river and had
his leg broke, and a serious gash about
the head. One of his eyes is thought
to be out. Capt. Joseph Smith, from
Kingston, was blown out of his berth
and lodged against the hog-chain over
the engine room. Seven or eight deck
passengers and hands were severely in
juredprincipally broken legs and
arms. Mr. Graves, his wife aud sister,
on their way to Iowa, were back in the
ladies' department aud consequently
sustained no injuries of consequence
little shocked. The engineer was in
the engine room and received no se
rious injuries, being protected by the
Were at ouce provided for. Those liv
ing in the neighborhood of Kingston,
and who could be removed, were taken
to their Homes by the It. ii. Dishop,
which arrived at the scene shortly af
ter, aud the others were removed to
Washington Court House, a mile from
the lauding, aud the Court Houe was
turned into a hospital. Physicians
were at ouce called in, aud all gut atten
tion as soon as possible.
The entire forepart of the boat is a
total wreck, and the boat broke in the
middle and sunk in about four feet of
water. The back part of the boat is
not torn up so, the freight being piled
up between the uoner and tne ontriue
room saved the engineer and that end
of the boat, as well as the ladies in the
cabin, who who were right over the
Consisted of 400 sacks of corn, 130 sacks
of flour, 500 or GOO bushels of wheat,
aud a large quantity or miscellaneous
freight, much of which had heeu trans
ferred from the city of Knoxville,
which boat we understand is respon
sible for the same.
HOW THE NEWS WAS RECEIVED.
A courier at once started for Kings
ton ou horseback and arrived there
Sunday evening at 3 o'clock, where
the sad news was told to Capt. Fritts'
wife and his other relatives. His wife
we understand is nearly bereft of reas
on from the effects of the shock.
The City of Kuoxville having left,
Captain Wiley Fritts took a horse aud
overtook the steamer at Bogard's
Shoals, seven miles from Loudon,
which at once returned to the scene of
THE I.IKE NEVER KNOWN.
This, we understand, is the first ac
cident cf the klud that hag ever occur
red on the Tennessee Klver, at least
this side of the Muscle Shoals, and the
details, winch can not be fully describ
ed, are the most horrible ever known
in this community. We have talked
with a number of river men, aud not
one can remember of an accident of the
kind, and doubtless all will agree In
hoping that the like will never occur
Calamine Meeting Ml Jneooro', Ten
Pursuant to a call of the chairman,
the Executive Committee of the East
Tennessee Federal Soldier Social Be-
union Society, consisting of Col. T.
H. Beeves, chairman, Col. John K.
Miller, Col. John B. Minnls, Captain
Wm. Utile, Chaplain John P. Holt
singer and Lieutenant A. B. Wilson,
Secretaiy, met at Joncsboio', on Tues
day, Aiigu-t 10th, 1875, when a quor
um being present the following busi
ness Was transacted :
Col. J. ,. Thornhuiuh whs appoint
ed Chief Marshal lor the Be-uniou at
Greeneville, I enn., on Tuesday, Octo
ber 12fh, with authority to appoint one
or dnore assistants from each county
In East Tennessee.
General John A. Logan, of Illinois,
was seemed as Orator of the Day.
The chairman was authorized and
requested to invite General Sherman,
General W. S. Hancock and General
A. E. Burnside to honor the society
with their presence; aud a cordial
invitation Is hereby extended to all
other ofllcers and soldiers, Federol or
Confederate, to attend the first social
re-union or the Federal soldiers of
The chairmen of the Couuty Execu
tive Committees heretofore anpoiuted
are expected at once to appoint two ef-
ucieui assistants, and proceed to en
roll all Federal soldiers in their respec
tive c unities who may desire to be
come members of thesoclety, taking
their names, rank, company, regiment
aud postofllco address and forward the
same to Lieut. A. B. Wilson, Secretary
of the Society at Greeneville, Tenn.
Tills information will undoubtedly be
of special interest and value to all sol
diers iu view of anticipated legislation
touching t lie i qualtzatlon of houuties
Land Wan ants. Pensions. &c. and
should be pr ptly given.
L-api. John juel'ov, Capt. It. C. Car
ter, Capt. John W. Ellis, Capt. L. W.
Mcluturh" and Lieut. L. W. Tipton,
were appointed a committee ou ai
rangements, to provide grounds and
make all nece-sary local arrangements
for the occasion.
Gen. J. T. Wilder, of Chattanooga,
Gen. Joseph A. Cooper, of Kuoxville,
Col. S. K. X. Pattou, of Washington
and Col. li. It. Butler, of Johnson,
were appointed a committee on recep
tion, to which whs added t lie " John
son Guards" of Greeneville, Teune
The Dickinson Guards, O'Conner
Zouaves, of Knoxville, and all other
Military organizations in Flaat Tennes
see are invited to attend the re-union,
armed and equipped in full uniform,
if they can conveniently do so on that
Come one! come all!! Excursion
rates will lie secured over the different
railroads to all attending the re-union.
The Society will be called to order
by the President promptly at 10 o'clock
A. M., for permanent organization.
Dinner ut 12 . v. The address by the
orator of the day will begin at 1 o'clock
The Committee then adjourned sub
ject to a call of the Chairman.
fiy order oft lie Committee;
T. H. Beeves, Chairman.
Ill the Public.
We have this day sold out our stock
of goods and auction aud commission
business to Mr. E. A. Akers, with
whom we have beeu connected in the
auction business for years, and we take
pleasure In recommending him as iu
every way worthy the patronage of the
public. And lu retiring from said bus
iness, we thank the citizens of Knox
ville for their liberal patronage iu the
past, and hope the same patronage giv
en us will be extended to Mr. Akers,
McCallum & Co.
July 10th, 1875.
To Id J Friend-, Old nil Mew.
As will be seen from the above card.
I have this day purchased the entire
stojk in trade, &c, of Messrs. McCal
lum & Co. It is my purpose to pros
ecute the auction aud commission bus
iness at the old stand, so well known
to the public. To those who best know
me, I trust that I need make no prom
ises as to my course iu the future, now
that I have assumed the sole direction
and management of the business. To
all others, I will simply say that the
business entrusted to me will be at
tended to with all the diligence, ener
gy and fidelity which I can command,
after an experience of more than
twenty years, l hanking a generous
public for past favors, 1 respectfully so
licit a continuance of their patronage.
V11I4W-U A. AKERS.
A Itelic or the Punt.
Capt. Nicholson brought to town
considerable of a curiosity in the shape
of a small image or idol, which seemed
to be formed out of red clay and hard
ened in some manner. It represented
a human face aud form in a kneeliug
posture, with the turbaud head bowed
as if in prayer. Ou the back, which is
somewhat " humped up," an aperture
in the shape and size of a pipe bowl,
with auother small aperture at right
angle to the larger one. The Captain
explains that the image was probably
used as an idol for worship by the
mound builders or some pie-historic
race, as the Indians are not known to
have had idols. The mortice iu the
back of the figure was used, it is sup
posed to buru incense, This pre-Lis-torlo
relio was plowed up theotherday
in oue of Capt. Nicholson's fields,
which had beeu considerably washed
by the flood of last spring. It has been
deposited with Mr. J. M. Denning,
aud will add not a little to his already
interesting collection of Indian relics.
Kingston East l'cimesscean.
We are indebted to our friend Will.
Moore, of Kingston, for a photograph
of the above described deity, which can
be seen at our olllce any time.
Uold II a lit era.
We learu that several companies of
miners are now at work lu the Coker
Creek gold region, at the head of one
Is that old gold hunter. Austin Frv.
The Coker Creek gold fields have been
worked, more or less, for a hair cen
tury, but without any marked success.
There is plenty of the precious metal
there, but it will never be fully Ue
veloped without the use of capital and
the proper machinery. Atficnt J'ost,
Another Vlrtlm of Ihe "UIiim."
From tht Sail Chronicle Aug. IT
Another example of the evils of In
temperance was again brought to light
yesterday. A young man by the name
of Hiram Bowman, was found dead lu
his room at the Central House yester
day evening at supper time. The facts,
as near as we can learn them, are aa
Hiram Bow man, about -4 or 2- years
old, came to the city Friday morning,
from Johnson City, where" he resides,
to attend the hanging of John Webb.
He slopped most of his time at the
Central House. On Sunday at
supper time Mr. Flauders, the
proprietor of the house, sent a ser
vant to his (BowmauV) room to call
him to meal. The servant found him
luastuper, from the ell'ects of whis
ky, and was unable to awake him. Af
ter some fruitless attempts to awake
him Dr. Morgan was called In, who,
with careful attention, soon revived
him somewhat, but ex Dressed but lit
tle hopes of his recovery. The Doctor
remained witn nun until 2 o'clock
Monday morning, at which time he
was much better. Duritnr vesterdav
he refused some soun which he wiis
advised to take by his physician, aud
later in the day he refused the medi
cine prescribed by Dr. Morgan, saying
he thought he did not need any.
About supper time some one called
at his room, and found him seated in a
chair, his head resting on his breast,
mis uaniM ciaspeo lying on Ills Kuees,
It was immediately made known.
and a jury was summoned by Coroner
Bose, which, after hearing some testi
mony, gave a verdict that he came to
his death from alcoholic poison.
i nn corpse was taken In charge by
the Young Men's Christian Associa
tion, he having no relations here, and
It was expected to send it to Johnson
City on this morning's "rat."
The young men is a son of Daniel
Bowman, who is the patentee of the
Patent Mill Burr Dresi, and who died
about three years ago, leaving his son
about $75,000, for which he had sold
his patent. Since that time the young
man has been drinking heavily. He
was married to a lady of Johnson Citv
about two years ago, but who left him
some time since.
He leaves a mother and siHter. at
Johnson City, who were notified of his
sudden death, and to whom we tender
I he T m lim' Inslliiile tit Morrimown
Morkistown, Tenn., Aug. 14, '75.
To the Editor of the Chronicle:
The F'ast Tennessee Teachers' Ins'I
tuteaud County Superintendents' Con
vention closed itslahors here lostuieht.
after a successful session of two days.
state superintendent Trousdale was
not able to lie present. The entire
management of the meeting was there
fore thrown into the hands of Prors.
Presnell aud Sharp, whom he had ap
pointed to assist him. An organiza
tion was effected on Thursday morn
ing, by the electiou of Supt. 11. M.
Sherwood, of Hamblen countv. as
President, and Supt. T. C. Kanis, of
Knox, as Secretary. Miss M. S. Slem
ons, of the Kuoxville schools, was ap
The foreuoon was devoted to class
drill, conducted by Prof. Butler of
Knoxville, Supt. Presnell of Washing
ton, Prof. A. W. Wilson of Kogers
ville, aud W. P. Hastings of Mary ville.
The subjects presented were reading,
arithmetic, English grammar, and the
The afternoon was spent in general
discussion. The subjects discussed
were: "Primary Instruction." "Gra
ded Schools,'' and "School Govern-
The nikdit exercises consisted of
popular addresses. Bev.W. B. Bankin,
of Greeneville, gave a history of Public
Schools in Tennessee; Prof. Sharp
treated oi natural methods or instruc
tion, aud Prof. John Collins of the
duties and responsibilities of the teach
The exercises for yesterday were of
a similar character of those of the day
oeiore. Bupt. w. jj. t'ate, oi lirailley
county, was appointed critic. Supt.
rresneii conducted a class in Arithme
tic ; Prof, Butler a class iu HiHtory
anu itoi. j. a. uamnrer. or JUorris-
towu, n class iu English Grammar.
in tne afternoon 1'ror. Sliarn heard
Geography and the Question box was
opened, l'rof. John Collius presented
tne subject or elementary drawing.
The subjects of Public vs. Private
Schools, aud amendments to the School
1iBW were also discussed.
The night exercise's consisted of able
addresses by Dr. J. F. B. Mays, of
Kuoxville, aud Dr. David Sullins, of
Bristol the former having for his sub
ject the Subject-matter of Study, aud
the latter the JJuties of the Teacher,
Miss Laura lieed and Miss Jessie
Brown, of Morristown, and MissM. E.
Jackson, of the Knoxville schools, en
tertained the Institute with some very
excellent music during its sessions.
Ihe number or teachers and super
intendents iu attendance reached
about forty-five. I notice from Knox
county Prof. Butler, Prof. Perkins,
Supt. Karns, Miss Jackson, Miss Slem
ous, Miss Virginia Skinner, Miss Jen
nie ailace and Dr. Mays. The good
people of Morristown opened wide
their doors to all who came, and treated
them like princes. A more hospitable
people does not live. Visitor.
About midnight Monday, a young
man named M. M. Johnson, boarding
at Mrs. Deacl v's. ou Cumberland street.
shot himself iu the side, inflicting a
flesh wound, and it Is thought he will
soon recover. He claims that it was
done accldently, aud that be fired the
second shot merely to call for help, as
uo one seemed to near tne nrst. Oth
ers think different, from the fact that
aboul a half hour before that a young
man called ou the police and stated
that a young friend of his had threaten
ed to take his life. The police went
with him, but was afterwards inform
ed that his friend was all right in his
room. Soon after the shots were tired.
He explained that since he was lined
for accldently shooting olf his pistol
the other day, he has been trying to
sell it, aud hence had It in his pocket,
aud when taking It out it discharged.
Mrs. Deady says he has been at home
the entire evening with the exception
of a few moments. Drs. J. M. and S.
B. Boyd attended the case, aud he is
LETTER FROM SEVIER VILLE.
niDlrlrt linilrrmrrm Middle CrtfU
l.itrgft Attendance, A-e,
Sevierville, Aug. 12, 1S75.
7i) the Editors of the Chronicle:
The steamer Harry Helm Brrived at
the mouth of Pigeon, ou Saturday last, .
on a trip from Knoxville. Among the
passengers were Itev. J. J. Manker,
Presiding Klder i f the Kuoxville Dis
trict, with his family. He was on his
way to the Disttict Conference ut Mid
dle Creek. Mr. Templeton and fami
ly, late of your city, was hIso among
the list. He contemplates making
Sevierville his future home, where he
will engage In the practice of Ihe law.
After I onference, Mr. Manlier and his
family will probably go to Henderson's
The District (. onference was organ
ized yesterday, Kev. J. J. Manker pre
siding. Itev. J. D. Lawson whs chos
en Secretary, with Kev. M. A Utile
aud Mr.JCreswt jl as assistants. There,
is a large delegation In attendance, all
tiie circuits lu the district, wnh two
exceptions, being represented. The
Usual committees were appointed.
1 lie conference was opened mis
morning and business resumed as
usual. The reports from the different
charges In the district show the work
In a flourishing condition, itev. l).
. Hodsdeu, Kev. M. A. Bule and Mr.
Creswell were recommended to the Au-
riual Conference for work in the trav
Kev. . G. Taylor, I). D., and Kev.
E. O. Fuller, D. D., are expected to ar
rive this evening. Seviek.
Our Crop Reports.
We print this morning special tele
graphic reports of the prospects of the
crops from some hundred and fifty or
more towns in Ohio, Indiana, and Illi
nois. I u connection therewith we
also publish a letter from our special
corre-pondeut, wiio Is looking up the
condition of the crops in Whitewater
alley, lu Indiana. 1 hese reports
cover nearly all the territory that a
week ago was sullen tig from the
They show that tlie situation Is not
so bad as the accounts, which were
furnished while the fields were uuder
water, would have led one to suppose.
Had it not been for the excessive rains
of the last two months, crops of all
kinds would have been immense. As
it is, there is going to be a great deal
more saved than was expected a week
ago. Crops ou Ihe bottom lauds have
sulleieil extremely, but those on the
second bottom lands and ou the up
lands promise still a good yield.
Wheat aud oats have suffered, as
was to have beeu expected, the most.
Estimates of the wheat crop vary from
a lyss of 10 to "5 per cent. The places,
however, that report a yield of ouly
oue-quarter of au average crop are
comparatively few. It is cafe to count
upou two-thirds of an average crop,
taking the flooded country through.
Oats do not promise as well as wheat.
The rains have injured tlie crop every
where. Less thau half the usual crop
will tie saved.
Corn promises very well. Most en
couraging reports are received from
many places, some counties reporting
double the amount ever harvested be
fore. Unfavorable accouutscome from
comparatively few sections. Should
the wea'.her continue favorable there
were will be more thau an average
The yield of potatoes bids fair to be
very large. There are complaints of
tlie rot from several places, but by fur
the larger number of correspondents
agree in saying that the yield will be
greatly above the average.
the hay crop Is better In quantity
than quality. There is little reason to
apprehend that the general yield will
fall much short of the average.
These reports will dispel much of the
apprehension which has been felt du
ring tlie last week. While the crops
in the Ohio Valley are not what the
country hud reason to expect prior to
the great rains, the damage that has
been done is much less than was antic
The country is not yet ou the road to
the "demnition bow-wows" by a great
deal. A man can afford to wear a
cheerful countenance alter going
through with these reports, without
running the risk of being accused of
grinning over a general calamity.
Cincinnati uazcttc, Aug. 11.
For Diarrhics, use Lytle's Elixir.
For Flux, use Lytle's Elixir.
For Dysentery, use Lytle's Elixir.
For Colic, use Lytle's Elixir.
For all Bowel '1 roubles, use Lytle's
It is the Great Iletnedv for summer
The National Pension, List.
The report of the Pension Olllce for
the year ending Juue 30th, 1875, shows
that the number of pensioners ou the
army roll is now constantly decreasing.
h roni tne cluse or tne war up to July,
1873, the pension cases continually in
creased. On June 30, 1873, tlie num
ber of pensioners on the rolls was 235,
211. Ou Juue 30, 1874, there were 232,
005, u decrease of 2,300. On Juue 30,
1875, the number was 228,034, a decrease
of 4,871 from 1874 to 1875, are over
t wice as many as from 1873 to 1874.
These figures show that the maximum
number was reached in 1873, aud it is
now expected that the decrease will
continue from this time forward. The
above ligures are all ou the army rolls,
and the decrease comes mostly from
the widows' division, and from the
deaths of soldiers of the War of 1812.
The navy rolls coutaiu ouly a few
thousuud names, aud the number has
but slightly decreased. The amount
paid for pensions duriug tlie year end
ing June 80, 1874, was $30,520,003 aud
the amount paid for tlie year ending
Juue 80, 1875, was $20,180,000, or about
a million and a quarter less thau for
the previous year.
David S. Terry, who iu 1859 resign
ed the Chief Justiceship of California
for the purpose of lighting a duel with
Senator Bruderick, whom he killed,
and who was afterwards in tlie hands
of the San Francisco Vigilance Com
mittee Lit stabbing one Hopkins, has
justbeew elected a member ut large of
the California Democratic Stale Cen
tral Committee. In tlie late war he
was a Texas colonel.