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VOL. X. MANNING, S. C WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 1895. NO. 23.
WORK OF THE LAST DAY.
THE WIND-IJPSESSION OF THE GEN
The House Backs Down from ItS Position
Favoring Five Dollars Per Day-The Sen
ate Has Its Way Also Abont the Appro
CoLumBI. S. C., Dec. 25.-At 1:40
o'clock yesterday afternoon the G en
eral Assembly of South Carolina end
ed its sessionof 1894, both Houses ad
jorning simultaneously a few min
utes after Governor Evans had signed
the general appropriation bill, and had
notified the bodies of his action.
Abouttwenty members of the House
and about half a dozen Senators were
in their respective halls when the mo
Sons to adjourn were made and car
ried. One by one the members had
left the halls to take trains for their
homes. In the House, for instance,
only thirteen counties were represent
ed at the wind up. Five of these bad
one member holding out to the
With the adjournment* went into
history a session noted more for its
heavy, hard and fast work than for
anytiing else. As far as leg ilation
is concerned. ex6er$ for five or six
bills, the Assembly has nothing to its
record to attract particular attention.
The three most prominent of these
measures are: The Constitutional
Convention, the Metropolitan Police
and the Dispensary Law.
The last three measures enrolled and
ratified were the supply bill, general
apropriation bill and ]5ispensary bill.
The enrolling of these bills prevented
adjourment at noon. the hour fixed.
The Dispensary did not get all the
finishing touches on it untii nearly 12
oZeloek,and the same was the case
with-the other two bills. It was after
noon when the enrolling department
got possession of them.
It was a sleepy and weary lot of-leg
islators which miandeied down to
Senate and House halls before three
o'clckyesterday morning to be pres
ent at :aie last day's session of the
General Assembly. ' There was a hag
gard look on the faces of some of the
members, while others looked fresh
and bright. The present session has
been a hard one and it is not 'to be
wondered that the physical capabili
ties of the more hard-worked law
makers have given way under the
strain.. The faithful Representative or
Senator who is at his post at all night
and day sessions deserves credit. It
is not that the work itself is so severe,
but it is the monotony that is wearing
- and tiresome. The legislator who
think more of himself than of his
constituents can-always keep fresh by
going to his boarding house or hotel
early at ' ht and leave others to re
main untilr'i body adjourns.
I do not know that a longer session
of the Legislature would prevent the
*tsh of basiness which now character
_%vsthe last days of the sessions in
titate, but I do not think twenty
sir or twenty-eight days sufficient
time in which to make wise and safe
lis. Nearly every new law on the
Btaute books of South Carolina has
been ut there after consideration of
but a few days. All the most import
ant laws of recent years have been put
through the two bodies in the rush
and confusion of the last days of the
desons, when errors and mistakes
were liable to creep in despite the care
and watchfulness of the shrewdest
members and officers. The Legisla
tare ought not to be limited as it is.
It ought to be allowed at least thirty
five day so that it can finish its work
deetyand in order.
THEY GOT FROLICSOME.
From 3 o'clock in the morning until
1:40 o'clock, when adjournment was
taken, the House was serious and
frolicsome by turns. No business is
done in the last hours, except to settle
-differences between the two bodies
over bills; to send these to the enroll
ing department, and later to ratify
them. Recesses were frequently taken
and the intervals are spent in holding
Several mock sessions were held be
fore dal~tyesterday, Mr. Connor,
of Orn~brpresiding. He is pos
sessed ofa barrel of humor, and the
meek dignity with which he presides
deceives members and officers who
happen to walk in after an absence
and find him in the chair.
With a great deal of grivity the
House geterday pased various reso
lutions-df a witty nature, among them
"Resolved, That members be re
quested to keep off the grass unless
their feet are clean."
Mr. Connor referred this fo the Ju
About 5 o'clock, when the members
were sleepy and thirsty, and Mr. Con
nor was presiding, a resolution was
passed requiring dispensaries to open
immediately for the convenience of
A resolution was also passed abol
ishing the Senate for its tardiness.
Speaker Jonies never takes part in
these divarications from the dipnified
customs of therlower body~and is gen
erally absent from the hall when the
frolics are in 'rogress.
Wyche, of \ewberry,, is one of the
leaders in the mock session frolics.
.THE PRESS CoMIPLIMENTED.
Mr. Garris, of Colleton, yesterday
offered, and the House adopted, the
"Resolved, That the House wishes
to express its appreciation of the cour
tesy and gentleman]ly demeanor of the
representatives of the press-Messrs.
Kohn, Price and Watson-who have
been untiring in their efforts to serve
members and ofticers.
* Resolved, That we also appreciate
the fairness and impartiality of the
rprts of -thiese gentlemen."
,r. Garris is one of the youngest
members of the House. and at .the
same time one of the 'most efliciem:
Segeton County lacks only a few
acres of beino- as large im area as the
State of Rho e Island.
.THE HOUsE BACKS DOwN.
The House took back water on all
the.appropriation bills, but not until
the members were satisfied that the
Senate wa.s right from a legal point of
It was about 3:30 o'clock in the
morning when the Committee on Free
Conference on the question of the per
diem of the members reported to the
House recommending that it agree to
the Senate amendments to the bill.
These amendments, it will be rememn
bered, put the per diem of the mem
h...+ at$ peay, while the House
was in favor of 55. The House con
ferees obtained an opinion from At
torney General Barber on the question
of the salary reduction Act of 1803.
Mr. Barberconstrued the Act as goincr
into effect, as to members, oflicers ana
'employees, at this session.or as having
gone into effect the first of this year.
He stated, however, that the Act as to
State officers does not go into effect
until the 1st of January, 1S95.
The House conferees came to the
conclusion that the law was against
them, although equity was on their
side. They, therefore. agreed to the
report thatthe House recede from its
The House adopted the report with
out a speech or a voice against it, and
so members were paid 4 a day.
The House did not so readily agree
to the report of the free conference
committee on the general appropria
tion bill, but finally came to time.
The chief differences between House
and Senate on this bill were as to the
appropriations for the educational in
stitutions. The House was in favor of
,iving the South Carolina College
21.000: Clemson, 15,000, and the
Citadel, $15,000. The Senate raised
these to S25,0.00, $35.000 and A18,000
respectively. The House refused to
agree to the increases, and a free con
ference com-mittee had to be appoint
ed. On the part of the House the con
ferees were Messrs. Gary, Garris and
The committee worked bard Satur
day night and early yesterday morn
ing, but was unable to reach a unani
mous conclusion. The Senators in
formed the House men that theyv
would not budge,. and that if the
House did not give in it would necessi
tate an extra session. At last Mr.
Garris, of the House side. went over
to the Serators, making-a majority of I
the committee. This majority recon
mended that the House recede from
its position. the Senate refusing to cut
anything except the appropriation for
Clemson Cc. ge, which was put at
When the commiitee reported to the
House Mr. Garris said that he had
signed the report after finding that
unless the House agreed to the Senate
amendments an extra session of the
Legislature would be necessary. The
extra session. he said, would cost
more moner than the increases made
by the Senate in the appropriations.
It was a business like-talk which Mr.
Mr. Crum said that while he had
refused~ to sigzn the report he also
thought that tle trouble would not
warrant an extra session.
After considerable talk the House
adopted the report of the committee
by a vote of 50 to 29. as follows:
Yeas-Speaker Jones, Adams, Bacot.
Breazeale, Carroll, Cooper, Crum, W.
C. Davis, Devereux, Dothage, Duncan,
Elder, Floyd, Gadsden, Garris, Gary,
Gaston. Gregory, Harper, Haselden,
Hiott, Hollms, Kennedy, Kinard,
Kirk, Demmon, Love, -Magill. Mehr
tens, Mellett, J. W. Mitchell. Mc
Keown. Patton, Price, Pyatt, Robert
son. A. K. Sanders, ThomAs. Todd,
Tyler, Waiace, W:iIsor. Weston.
Whitemire, T. S. Willlams, John G.
Williams, Fred. Williams, Wilson,
Wyche and Pickens-50.
Navs-Blackwell, Bowman, Bram
lett, Brown, Burns. Caughman, L. S.
Connor, Edwards, Finklea, Fowler,
Hammett, Hardy, Holloway, Hump
hreys. Ilderton Lancaster, Leverett,
Moore, McIntosh, Prince, Rowland,
Tatum, Thompson, Townsend, Thur
mond, Warr, Welch, Wolf-29.
The committee split the differences
o'er the salaries of the health inspect
ors at the ports, reducing the pay
about half the amounts proposed by
the House. The House desired to give
only $500 forreprairs to the Executive
Mansion. but had to come to time and
agree to the Senate appropriation of
1000. The Senate also had its way
as to a number of minor diferences.
For instances the Senate reduced the
pay of State officers from $1,933.33
each a year to $1,900, mnakin"' even
amounts. It also cut otf smaTl sums
from the salaries of other State em
ploees. The House at first refused to
accept this, but did so on the recom
mendation of the committee.
The differences as to the Dispensary
bill were settled as ' indicated in The
Register on Sunday, the salary of the
State Commissioner being fixed at $2,
50) a -year.
A rather funny incident occured in
the House shortly after noon. when
about twenty-five members were
lounine around and talking to each
other. SIr. Thomas of Richlaud of
fered a joint resolution permittiug the
use of the hail of the House for the
annual bail of the South Carolina
Club. The resolution stipulated that
the club would guarantee to secure the
State from all damages.
Mr. 31itchell of Lexington objected
to the resolution, and sprung the point
of no quorum.
MIr. Caughman of Edgefield hoped
the resolu'tion would not pass. He
objected to it on general principles.
State property, he said, was not for
the use of balls.
Mr. Cooper of Colleton could see no
obetions to the passaxe of the resolu
tion. Neither could 3fr. Blackwell of
Williamsburg. The latter thought it
simply and act of ,justice.
31r." Mitchell still objected, saying
the House should not be turned into
a dancing room. His objection pre
vented the passa~e of the bill thhn,
r. M1itchell walsed out of the hall a
few minutes later and while he was
absent the resolution was passed. It
was sent to the Senate and passed byV
that body. So the next ball of the
club will~ be held in the hall of the
The only mem-nber of the House who
has received any aplause fromi the
floor this session is M1r. Floyd of Ker
shaw. H~e madhe a strong speech on
the mietropolitain police bill and was
applauded by his fell ow nienmbers.
Wheni inteireste'd on a subject MIr.
Fod mnakes a riniginig speeih. lie
uss good language. is graceful in his
gestul'e. althoughi onie armed. and has
a splendid voice. He is a p)romising
member of th'e lowevr body.
Short ly befor e adjournmient the
House resolved itself into committee
of the wholeM 31.Gris being request
d to take thec chair MIr. Bacot made
the followingr speech and offered the
accopning i resolu'tionis.
"31r. Chirnman and Gentlemen:
Before otieinig iresolut1ins appreciat
ive of our various otlieer's, pernut me
to say a word to theC members of the
House of Representative's collectively
"The carol of the Christmas-tide is
now ringing in our ears, 'Teace on
earth good will towards men,' as we
-armot to hi us to our several
"In parting with each other, my
brethren of ?outh Carolina, let us
us cherish and keep fresh in memory
all that has been and is a living joy
and pride. As to the dead past may
it bury its dead. I heartily wish you.
one and all, God-speed and a happy
Christmas, and invoke benedictio.
the benediction which cannot be too
often repeated: 'Peace, God of Peace
peace in all our hearts and peace in
all our homes.'
"Mr. Chairman and gentlemen. I
ask your unanimous and hearty as
sent to the following resolutions:
"Resolved. That the unfeigned
thanks of this House are due and are
hereby tendered to the Speaker of the
House, Hon. Ira B. Jones, for the con
spicuous ability, efficiency and court
esy with which he has d'ischarged the
important and onerous duties of his
"Resolved, further. That this House
-ratefully appreciates the services so
$blv renaered by the honored Clerk of
the'House, Gen, J. Walter Gray. and
by Mr. S. W. Vance. Assistant Clerk,
and also by Mr. J. S. Withers. Read
in Clerk.'T. C. Hamer, Bill Clerk.
an'd the other officials as well as the
pages of the House.
-Resolved. further, That these reso
lutions be spread upon the journal of
The resolutions were unanimously,
passed. On again taking the chair.
Speaker Jones thanked the House for
its kindness and esteem. le said that
he could truthfully say that he had
never presided over a b;etter House. i t
had worked hard and intelligently. le
then wished the members a happy
Christmas and a prosperous. and con
It was 1:10 'clo-k when (rt- -
Hemphill of the Senaiteappeare-d in ih
hall of the House and solemily an
nounced that the Senate had finished
its work and was ready t. adjourn.
Clerk Gray of the House went over to
the Senate and performed the same
duty on the part of the lower body.
The two bodiesnext sent commutees
to the Governor to ascertain if he had
any further conim-nications to make.
The Governor answered that he was
reading the appropriation bill and
would know in a short time whether
he would have any communication.
Thirty minutes later the Governor
siginel the appropriation bill and noti
fid the Assembly that lie had no fur
ther communications. Adjournment
was then taken.
LIVELY IN THE SENATE.
The closing hours of the session in
the Senate developed some lively and
interesting incidents, some of which
were whoTll unexpected. When the
two houses adjourned Saturday ight
they were in a sort of deadlock over
the legislative appropriation, general
appropriation and Dispensary bills.
During the interregnum. so to speak,
these matters wvere adjusted by com
mittees of free conference, whose ac
tion is fully set forth in the account of
the proceedings in the House. The
Senate adopted without discussion the
reports from the conferences upon the
two appropriation bills, which was to
be expected, as those reports practical
[v endorsed the entire stand taken by
The Senate spent considerable time
n executive session, and there were
some lively discussions over a number
of the appointments made by Gover
nor Evans, several of which were re
jected. The Senate only makes public
its action upon such nominations as it
confirms, but the enter prising newspa
per man does not let that bother him
much; it simply entails a little extra
work upon him, and, in the language
of a certain little classic p~oemi, he
"gets there all the same." The execu
tie sessions might as well be doiie
away with for all the secrecy that is
obtained by their holding. Somehow
or other thines will leak, and it is fun
ny how quic~dy the aforesaid enter
p-ismng newvspaper man finds out where
suchi leaks are. The unsophisticated
wonder how the reporters get on to
the secrets of the executive sessions..
Well, they will have to continue to
wonder, for no newspaper man was
ever known to give away the sources
of his information as to matters sup
posed to have been conducted on the
dead quiet."~ When bothered with
questions on that score, he simply
looks wise and refers with a knowing
smile to the familiar old grape vine.
or to the newer kinetoscope, and
leaves his interrogator to fig-ure out
how from them he obtained thie in for
mation about matters too sacred for
the public or the press to see conduct
But that is too long an introduction
upon a matter that required no very
great skill to obtain.
The Charleston appointments caused
a reat dealof talk~some rather warm
at "that, but they stood. Senators
uist and Barnwell, particular-ly the
latter, were much opposed to the noxo
inees sent in by the Governor. partic
larlv to his refusal to nominate Jus
tice Burnet, who has held his position
ever since '76, and who has the esteem
o the entire Charleston Bar. The talk
s simply wasted breath for the ap
pointments went through wtth a rush.
When Richiland was struck the re
sut was somewhat diff'erent. The firist
app ointment for this county ope~ned a
figt. Senator Sloan did n~ot unt the
appointment of Dr. Hopkins as Coun
tv Auditor confirmed, and talked out
in meeting. He had not a word to say
about Dr. Hopkins personally,. nior
could he have madec any objection on1
that score for Dr. Hlopkin's is as clever
a gentlemran as therie is in Richland
Count';. Senator Sloan fought the ap
poinunent on another line entirely.
He held that the appointment ought
not to be confirmed because the place
in his opinion belonged to Mr. So uier,
who was nominated for it in the Dem
ocratic primary which was held prior
to the bolt which carried Columia for
a Republica~i Congressnl:an and iche
land for an independent gubernatorinu
candidate. A number of the R-eform~
Senators coincided with this v-iew (of
the case, and, owing to the abs~ence of
several of the "stalvwarts." the appoint
mn-t of Dr. Hopkins went by the
boad, the confirmationi being irefuse-d.
The -ffect upon thec situation will be
small, for Dr. Hopkins will get the po
sition without regard to the Seniate s
Senator Moses of Sumiteir took a lit
tle hand in enlivening the proceedhing.
and secured the dlefeat of four out of
eight of the Trial Justices nommiiate~d
fo'r Sumter County. la each case be
gave more or less plausible reasons
h the appointments ought not to be
con timned. The nominees were tur
ed own and the reasons given by Mr.
Moses are as follows:.
J. W. Broadway, nominated to be
Trial Justice in Privateer andl Manches
ter Townships; turned down because
he di no wan thnosition. Mr. Moses
subunitting a letter from him to that
effect and also endorsing the incum
bent. L. ). .leimings.noinated to be
Trial .Justice of Providiebhee and Raft
ing Creek Township.:md t urned down
because lie lives at the extreme end of
his district, some thirt y miles from the
Daniel Keels. appointed to be Trial
Justice of Shiloli and _Mayesville Town
ships: turned down because he lives
thirteen miles from Mavesville. There
is a Dispensary in Mayesville and Mr.
Moses urged that for the enforeement
of the Dispensary law the Trial Justice
for that district ouglht to live nearer to
B. P. Kelly. nominated .to be Trial
Justice for Wedgelield Township; re
;ected because of submission to the
Senate of a paper of soie sort a-sscrt
ing that every white man in that town
ship except Ker. elly and one other
wanted the inconbent, J. M. 310seley.
And Senator Verdier was also ini it.
but to a less extent. He secured the
defeat of the confirmation of C. E.
Foy, appointed to be Trial .ustice at
Grahamviille, because of some charge
or other that lie changed his residenee
more or less promiseuouly in erder to
get the aforeseid appointment. Some
obieetion was made tothe appoitient
of'H. C. Pollit-er as Auditor. but he
got there with hoth feet.
Senator liowr-r was also modxest. He
secured the defeat of J. H. Williams.
appointed to be Trial Justice of No. 0
After % little reces; for the purpose
f seein how brea1Kfast tasted after
1i ur h t o (%rk bfore 1su-11u. the
.s natot (owni to business ind st irred
up a arr eze over th:e Dipsary Act.
Whe th bi emn over f1rom1 the
wii:-h wre adopted. WVhile there
was no dtnial of tei fat that those
nIaenits were adopted. unfortu
natelv by sone accidenat they were not
incorpolated in the bill, nor was there
any record of thii in the journal of
the Senate. The lIouse objected to
soic of the Senate anendments which
were incorporated in the bill and a
committee of free conference was fin
ally needed to settle these differences.
This committee discovered that the
Senate Judiciary Committee amend
nients were not ncorporated inr the
bill. but the House members of the
conference committee refused to con
sider the aiendnents that had been
omitted, saying that they had no autho
rity to do so as their body had not
acted upon them.
Senator Bar: well held that because
of the fact that the Senate auendments
had ;ot been incorporated in the bill,
the report ought to be rejected, which
would have the elfect of killing the
bill. He made a long argument in
favor of this course, holding that the
omitted amendmineits were of sufficient
importance to justify it. One of these
amendments killed the section allow
ing the Solicitors and .1 udges to secure
and grant a change of venue before a
grand jury reported a true bill in a
ase of alleged violation of the Dis
pensary law. The loss of record of
that amendment left tihat section liv
ing. The -other amendment was of
minor umportance. Mr. Barnwell held
that retention in the bill of the above
section, which the Senate had stricken
out on an unanimous report of its
Judiciary Conunittee. was wrong. and
that the section itself was in violation
f the Constitution. for that instru
ment requires the submission of alli
:avits to secure a chiange of venue,
while the section allowedT Solicitors to
ask for changes of venue at their own
:iscretion, and the Judges the same
freedom as to granting it. He further
held that changes of v-enue could only
be granted by Circuit courts, in cases of
which they had original jurisdiction
and that a' court had no jurisdiction
of a case until the prisioner was at the
bar and lie was not there until a grand
iry had reported a true bill.
'Messrs. Wilson and MIay tield stated
that the time was too short to allow
them to make speeche~s; they simply
warned the Se nate that if the report
was not adlopted the bill would be
Mr. Kirkland said he thought the
bill ought to be killed for it wa~s wrong
to enact into law anything that the
Senate had by its vote condemnedl.
The report was adopted by a vote of
13 to 7. as follows:
Yea s-Barton. Brice, Douglass. Du
Bose. Efird. Fuller. Harrison, .1 ordan,
Mafield. 3MeDaniel, Ragin. Williamis
Na vs-Barnwell, Buist. Kirkland.
Miller. M10ses, MIower and Verdier.
So the Dispensary bill stands and
will become a law as soon as it receives
the Governor's signature.
The bill reducing the Shieritfs fees
n certain counties for dieting prison
ers from :3u cents per diem to 23 cents
was put1 in tihe cokt, cold soulp. Some
dite renmces between two houses as to
:at bill -. re submitted toa committee
i free con ferece.C which reported that
erain otheri counies be included.
Rersen tatives. 0f thiose conuties. par
icularlyh ChlesIton, kicked vigoro0us
lv and'thle Liriends of tihe bill sa'id they
did not careL to include tunder its opera
tios counties x whi( ch d niot want it.
Te ret~ji ot' the conm~iiittee upon the
) i was almost unaimo~us.ily~ rejected.
which kils the bill. -
31uch of the time of tie Se'nate was
Spent in ratification of Acs
Senators 3Maylield. Sloan and Bumst
were appoinited a couiiini'tee to wait
pni the G overno:'r and mfom~ 1 hun
that the Seinate had ti ni-shed it b usi
n OSS anid was ready to adjourni i e
had no farthxer c.ommumeifationsl~ to
mae to it. After Gjoi veror xi Evas
had signed- the appropeiationi bile
iniormed the Generai~i Assembily that1
he had no furthe.r mesc.-ies for it n
then the Senate. adjaurn sit no die.
A:i-:sosS C.. Dc.' 2 . homi
cdte wais cannite (at iiinldletoni last
Saturday nighmt. the party dloing the
killing Lein<.r 10Thn Dickson. whio shaot
rougitt xlie men. It semi that the
two were rivais for the hanid of a
voung woman a oy then .me of Carroll.
' hev ment at heri fati( he' house. Dick
s nasked the young lady\ to go out on
th piazza with1 him. Sae declined to
do so and i ckson starited out of the
house. At the door he turned and
cursed'( :icAll ister and d rewy i s pistol
and .shlt him dead. Dicksoni escap~d
aid has not yIt beenI apprWehenlded.
STY famiulies of Illmder. whol
have lived ini 31achigii fori ai nonbei)r
If veurs. ire said toI be. en route rom
laluazoo) to) haieigh adl mungage la
ie raising of (eler. Thuey say that
in North Car olina they will be able to
raise celery the v-ear round m. Three
hundred ao'es will he planited in elr
at oce. and the aereai.e will be grad
FROM LAKES TO GULF.
THE GREAT STORM EMBRACES A
The 3lississippi Valley and East to the
Atlantie Encased in Snow and Ice
Many Shipwrecks on New England's
WASmNGToN, Dec. 27.-Last night's
stortm prevailed with varying intensity
ovethe entire country east of the
Rocky Mountains.. It was most severe
ac,:;- the North Atlantic coast and in
the region of the Great Lakes. From
eighIteen inches to two feet of snow is
reported from Northern Pennsylvania
and.Central and Northern New York.
At York, Pa., the storm is described
as a blizzard. and one man was found
frozen to death this morning.
At -Lock Haven. Pa.. with twenty
inch!esof snow on a level. driftsof four
to sev'en feet were found, and travel of
all t-inds is practically suspended.
At., Hazleton, Pa.. freight traffic on
the railroads has been aliandoned and
passeiger trains are much delayed. All
e-eries have suspended, throwmg
20.000 men out. A passenger train on
ihe Lehigh Valley road this morning
ran into a snow bank at Pennsylvania
Haten Junction. derailing the train
and wreckingIthe engine.
'uJburn, N. Y.. reports severai pas
singr trains stalled in snow drifts and
the uassengers fed by farmers until re
iea"s':d. County highways are inipas
03-e'ego and WAtertown., N. Y., re
)o the storm a blizzard; wind tifty
wo niles aln hour. twenty inches of
sno n ,a level and drifts of enormous
prapOrtions. Travel is practically sus
~-.ortland, :Me., reports a gale with
sui-wand hail. No vessels arriving or
At Bo'ton, six inches of snow, wind
fihyty-two miles anhour with the tem
perature scarcely above freezing and
snow turning to rain.
In Montreal, the street car tracks are
blocked and traffic suspended.
Along the eastern part of New Jer
sey, about six inches of snow fell.
mixed with rain and greatly impeded
travel. Nearly every town along the
Jerser coast reports vessels in distress
along the shore. At Cape May, the
schooner Rodman R. Nickerson is
ashore. Seven of the crew were rescued
by the life savers and the cook was
At Atlantic City, nearly all the bath
ing houses were 'destroyed and much
other damage done. At Par Rockaway.
N. Y., an unknown bark is ashore with
life savers unable to reach her.
SKATING IN THE STREETS.
WASHINGToN. Dec. 27.-The streets
of Washington were almost impassible
to day. No such severer infliction of
tempestous wihther has been known
here for many years. A heavy snow
fall of yesterday afternoon was fol
towed by a cold rain and then by bit
iug winds and keen frost, and conse
cnyjv the streets and sidewalks are
[ai. oir in ridges of corrugated ice,
whieh render locomotion extremely
dilicult. Slight flurries of snow pre
vailed during the morning but not
enough to smooth over rock-ribbed
surface of streets. Of ninety-seven
Western Union wires extending from
Washington to New York City. only
tw~o were in fair working order at
10 a. nm.
ICE BOUND. PENNSYLVANIA.
SCRANTON, Pa.. Dec. 27.-Since 7
'elock last night a snow storm of
blizard proportions has raged con
inuously throughout Northeastern
Pennsylvania. equal almost to the
great storm of seven years ago, when
tis region was isolated for a nearly
week. Only* local passenger trains
are running. Throngh trains on the
Dela ware. Lackawanna and Western
ad the Jersey Central railroads are
ompletely tie'd up by immense drifts
r hich fill the mountain cuts. There is
aentire blockade of-every electric
treet ear line, and traffic is at a stand
still on all city throughfares. All
chools are closed, pupils and teachers
eing unable to get to the buildings
in the city and country districts.
UNPLEASANT IN BALTIORE.
BALTIORE. Dec'. 27.-Snow, sleet
ad rain. alternatcly throughout the
ight. filled the streets with slush and
mpeded traffic. Three and a half in
ces of snow fell before it turned into
ain. This morning a light snow is
alling and there is a high wind. All
n-conming vessels are behnd time and
hose scheduled to depart are delaying
hei.' trips. Telegraph wires are in
ad shape, but meagre reports from
estern Maryland cities indicate small
blizzards prevailing there.
SEVERE IN ST. LOUIS.
sT. LotrIs. Dec. 27.-The mercury is
slowly traveling dowvn the tube and at
o'eiioek this morning registered 8 de
remes above zero. The Iirst snow of
thei season is falling with indications
f continuing several hours. Reports
from points south of here. including
orthern Texas. state that the weather
s cold and snow falling in many
HEAVIEST SNOw IN YEAF~s.
WHEELING. W. Va..- Dec. 27.-Tfne
eaviest snow in years fell here last
iht and this m'orning. Snow fell
otinually from 4 o'clock yesterday
ifieroon until 3 o'clock this mcring.
rains are all Ilt and street car tr-allic
s ompilletely block-aded..
A BLow ON THE LAKES.
1kLUTH, Minn.. Dec. 27.-Tlhe cold
est wavec of the season struck Duluth
restrdar. andi~ the mecuryii has steadi
v lowered, with the wind blowing~
hirt e-five milesan hour. This morn
inr it is 16; degrees below zero. This
is the first time in several years that
there has been no sleighiing in Decem
SLEEIN IiN 7. ANESVILLE.
ZAxF:svu.LE. O.. Dec. 27.-Snow be
ai failling yesterday afternoon, and
i~s coint inuted att initervals since.Th
gir tund is c:overedl to a depth of six
jiches. The miercury stands about 10
(LEAR iN DETRoIT.
DErToiT. Mien.. Dec. 27.-The
weter~ todav is clear and coldl. Ther
ws a light Ilur-ry of snow early in the
C'LEVELANiD STREETS BLOCKED.
CLEVELAND. 0. Dec. 27.--The city
was visited by a heavy snow storm
copniied i~v high winds last night.
Street railwar'tratlic was interfered
with and sidewalks were blocked by
AN oLD FASHIONED SNOW.
CiiAGo. .1ll., Dec. 27.-After a
short inrii ion towards morning,
tie snow which hiad been falling dur
ig the greater part of last night. be
ga to conme down again with renewed
vigor arid old fashioned snow storml
now in progr'ess. Street railway lines
-,.r.k.ng,. ha- with snplows to
keep their tracks clear, hut indications
are there will be a blockade before ev
ening if flakes continue -to fly. The
cold early this morning was much
greater than later in the day, the ther
mometer registering twelve above at
10 o'clock. All trains from the North
west are reported late this morning.
At the weather office it is stated snow
storm general throughout the coun
try. and all points in Illinois report
worst storm of the season.
SEVERE STORM AT CAMDEN. N. J.
CumDE-N. N. J.. Dec. 27.-The storm
in this vicinity was the most severe
since the evelone of 1SSC. Electrical
wires of all kinds wre torn from their
fastenings and poles were blown down
by the high wind. Market street. one
of the principal thoroughfares was lit
erally blocked with the debris until
late in the day.
The danger of fire and loss of life
from the wires was so great that the
electric lightin-plant was closed down
and the city is <Yepending upon gas, oil
and candles for light toight. Sever
al houses were unroofed and partly de
stroyed. trees hy the scores uprooted
and many people injured by flying
FROM SNOW To RAIN.
QUAANTINE, L. I., Dec. 27.-The
hail and snow storm which set in short
iv after sundown last evening, setting
into a heavy rain storm during the
early morning hours, and accompan
ied by fresh northeast winds. caused
an unusually high sea in the upper
and lower bay this morning. At 9
o'clock the wind was still blowing
fresh from the northeast. An unusu
ally high tide washed upon Staten Is
Land shores this morning. but no dam
age of a serious nature is reported.
PITTSURG. Pa.. Dec. 27.-The snow
storm which began at 3 o'clock yester
day afternoon continued until 11:30
O'clock this morning. Throughout the
night heavy winds caused much drift
inr. Street car traflic was greatly im
pe'ded and trains on all railroads are
from one and a half toffour hours late.
Indications are that the snow fall is
over for the present. The depth of
snow given by the United States sig
nal otlicer is 12L inches: maximum
temperature 32 degrees; minimum tem
perature IS degrees.
A FALL OF 72 DEGREES.
SioUx CITY, Ia.. Dec. 27.-Intense
cold has prevailed here since yester
day morning, the mercury dropping
fr;m 60 above to 12 below.
25 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.
ST. PAUL. Minn., Dec. 27.-This was
the coldes day of the winter in Min
nesota. the temperature ranging from
14 below zero at 7 a. m. to 4 blow at 9
p. m. Out in the State the range was
from 25 below at Grand Rapids to 20
below at Still Water, but it is moder
THE LATEST BANKING PLANS.
Wherein the Committee's Snbstitute Dif
fers From the Carlisle Bill.
The substitute for the pending cur
rency bill, which Mr. Springer has
laid'before the House consists of the
amendments whteh -nave Udenagreed
upon by the Democratic members of
the conmittee; some were suggested by
Mr. Carlisle. and certain features of
the Carlisle bill it has been deemed
advisable to retain. Mr. Springer ex
plained the important changes made
in the Carlisle bill and their effect, as
First-Permitting the deposit of cur
rency certificates issued under section
5.193 of the Revised Statutes to secure
circulation, as well as the deposit of
legal tender notes and Treasury notes.
These certificates represent legal tender
notes actually held m the Treasury~and
the effect of depositing certificates is,
therefore, the same precisely as to re
uire the deposit of notes.
Second-So amending the present
law as to permit State banks to deposit
legal tender notes and procure these
currency certificates in tile same man
ner that National banks are now per
mitted to do.
Third--Dispensing with the provision
which authorizes an assessment upon
the National banks to replenish the
safety fund for the redemption of the
ntes of failed banks, and. in place of
this provision, inserting one providing
that the collection of one-fourth of a
ent tax for each half year shall be re
smed wh-ien the safety fund is imparied
ad continued until the safety fund
Fourth-Authorizing the Comptrol
ler of the Currency, instead of the
anks themselves, to designate the
gencies at which National bank notes
hall be redeemed. The effect of this
ill be to secu-re the redemptoin not
oly at the office of the bank, but also
t the other places accessible to note
Fifth-Dispensing with the provis
ion comp)elhing existing National banks
o withdraw their bonds now On de
)osit. and take out circulation under
the new svstemi. and in lieu of that:
>rovsion inserting one permitting the
banks to withdraw their bonds if1
hey see proper to do so, by deposit
ing'lawf'ul money as now pond ced by
aw, and then to take oist circulation
uder the new system if they choose
Sixth-Providing that the notes of
failed National ban~ks which are not
edeemed on demand at the otlice of
the Treasurer of the United States.
>r an assistant Treasurer of the United
Staes. shall bear- interest at the rate
of 13 per' cent. per annum from the
date of the suspension of the bank
ntil thirty days after public notice
has been give1n that public funds are
on hand for their redemption.
This imposesC no obliigation on the
~art of the United States to use its.
wn funds for the redemptions. as
the safety fund is in the hands of the
Treasurer. and lhe will redeem notes
out of that fund. It is not necessa'y
to repeal the repealing clause in sec
tion 7 s rec'onstructed, because sec
tion 1 as proposed to be amended
repeals all bohnd reureet as to
~an ks taking out circuilatio:n under
the propo.sedl biil: nor is it neces
sarv in setionl 7 to set Out how the
noes of e'xisting banks shall be re
leeed. when lawful money has been
deosited, because the present law
prvdsfor all that.
In regard to the p~rovision making
the notes of failed banks bear inter
'st. it is absolutely necessary to re
quire their presentation at some place
before they begin to bear interest:
otherwise it is im possible to frame a
clause which wouldc not make all of
these notes bear interest from the
date of suspension, even though there
might be funds on hand to pay themi.
There are ten sub-treasuries in the
United States. and ther-e will be nlo
fliculty in presenting the notes if
the hol'der of themi 1as auny doubt
about their immediate redemption and
thu akin. them boer interest.
ON HIS DIGNITY.
SPEAKER JONES RESIGNS AND
THEN RECONSIDERS IT.
He Construes a Vote of the House as a
Tote of Want of Confidence and Resigns.
The House Cans Him Back-A Dramatic
I COLMMIA, S. C., Dec. 22.-The
night session in the House started off
without incident, and there did not
seem to be the least nroqpect of any
thing occurring beyond such as is us.
ual to the end of a legislative session,
such as conference reports. etc.. but
it is "always the unexpected that hap
pens," and it did happen and in
The majority of the House wants a
$5 per diem for this season, claiming
that the salary reduction bill should
not affect them if it did not affect the
State officers. The Senate and a mi
noritv of the House favor a $4 pr
dien, and to adjust the differences
tween the two Houses a conference
committee was appointed. On the part
of the House Speaker Jones appointed
at the morning session Messrs. Brea
zeale, Thomas and Whitmire. and at
the night session this committee rec
onmended an agreement with the Sen
ate. This report did not suit the $5
men and they claimed that it did not
reflect the sentiment of the majority
of the House, and Mr. Cooper of gle
ton offered a motion that the House
proceed under rule 16 to elect a com
mittee. Messrs. BreAzeale, Thomas,
Winkler and one or two others opposed
the motion as a slap at the Speaker, or
as one that might be so construed,
even if not so intended by the mover.
The motion of Mr. Cooper was put
and carried by a vote of 45 to 44, and
then followed one of the most sensa
tional incidents of the session. Pend
ing the announcement of the vote
Speaker Jones had called Mr. Breazeale
to the chair and when the vote was
announced, he at once stepped out. on
the floor, and in a clear ringing voice,
said: "Mr. Speaker, I have the honor
to tender my resignatidn as Speaker
of this House."
The scene that for a few moments
followed this announcement bafflesde
scription. For a mcment there was a
dead silence and then Mr. Bacot, ad
dressing the tempora presiding offi
cer, said: "Mr. Speaker, I imove that
this House do refuse to accept the
Speaker's resignation." The motion
was put and carried unanimously,
and the voice of Speaker Jones was
heard again, declaring that he would
no longer serve as Speaker, and a mo
ment or two later he retired from the
hall. Then for a few moments there
was scene of confusion and the House
did not seem to know what to do in
the dilemma that confronted it. Some
half a dozen or so moved that the
House take a recess for fifteen minutes,
but this was Vted down. Mr. Thomas
moved to reconsider the Cooper resolu
tion and this motion would have gone,
through like a flash, had not Mr.
Cooper taken the floor and withdrawn
eGary thio&ff aed a resolution,
that the House appreciatet isti
guis hed services of the Hon. Ira B.
Jones as its Speaker and had every
confidence in his ability and integrity,
and requested him to reconsiderhis re
signation. This was adopted unani
mously and conveyed to Mr. Jones
through Messrs. Otts, Goodwyn and
Cooper, as a committee from the House
In a few minutes they returned with
him, and as he reentered the hall he
was received with loud applause, in
which the galleries joined.
Upon resuming the chair, Speaker
Jones said that he appreciated the
great honor they had done him in re
calling him to the chiar, and he felt
veryv deeply this expression of their
kind feeing. He had felt that the
vote on the passage of Mr. Cooper's
resolution offered under the peculiar
circumstances was a vote of want of
confidence, for which the rules of the
House permitted such a resolution.
He had never known one such passed
in the history of legislation in this
State, and he had too much pride to
occupr-Ahe'-seat of p residing officer
over- a'Hou~se'tt lacked confidence in~
him. All men were liable to mistakes
and he was glad to know that he had
mistaken the sentiment of the House.
This ended this dramatic incident ~
and from that time forward everything --
went on smoothly. A new conference
committee on the per diem bill con
sisting of Messrs. Cooper, Townsend
and Floyd was appointed.
At a few minutes to twelve, the ap
propriation and per diem bills and
several other measures being still in
the hands of the conference committee
the House adjourned until 3 o'clock
to morrow morning, by which time
the engrossing department will be up
with its work. and an agreement be
tween the two houses reached in time
for an adjounment before noon omor
A Horrible Fate.
MoPnmS, Tenn., Dec. 22.--Mable
Shelton, aged 3 years, was burned to
death, her 5-year-old sister was killed
by being thrown from a second story
window, and the mother lies injured
at the city hospital beyond hope of
reovery as the result of a fire
ait 42~ Echols street tonight.
The family lived~i on theA second story
of a frame house. The mother niad
just put the children in bed when the
tire burst through the door, prevent-.
ing excess except by way of the win
dow. The mother threw one child out
of the window, crushing. its head on
the pavement below. Shie started to
get the other child, but her own cloth
ing took fire, and she was forced back.
Then she jumped thrcugh the win
dow. The skeleton of the burned
child was found after the flames were
CommIBa. S. C.. Dec. 22.-A life
size portrait of ex-Governor Tillman
ainted by an Atlanta artist has been
bought by the friends and admirers of
the senator elect and was presented to
the house today. in a special message
from Governor Evans. The house ac
cepted the picture and ordered that it
be hung in a conspicuous place on the
walls. It will go up someyhere near
the portaits of Butler and Joh B.
The gallows has been abolished in
Michigan. The severest punishment
that can be inflicted upon a murderer
in that State is imprisonment for life.
From October 15 to November 30,
there were eight murders and proba
bly half a dozen murderous assaults
committed in the State. These facts
will be brought before the coming
legislature in an argument favoring
the re-enactment of the old law carry
THE CURRENCY BILL.
Judge Crisp, of Georgia, Is of the Opinion
it Will Fa.
WASHINGTON, D. C.. Dec. 24.-The
vote on the currency bill will be tak
en one week from New Year day.
This has been practically decided unon
by the Speaker and the committee on
rules. Judge Crisp is still of the opin
ion that the bill will pass. It is rather
difficult to judge of the fate of a meas
ure by the way congressmen talk as
they talk one way and vote another.
Represensative Patterson,of Memphis.
for instance, who is the most pro
nounced supporter of the administra
tion on the floor endorses the measure
and will vote for it, but in his anxiety
fears that it may not pass. Represen
tative Ellis. of Kentucky, on the other
hand, who voted against the bill in
the committee, spoke against it on the
floor, and pronounced it vicious in
private thinks that it will probably
wedge through the House. This shows
what a narrow margin the bill has
either for or against it.
The change of lights on the meas
ure, however, and the few ornate
coaches which have been added to it
'will help its passage inasmuch as it
will give many of those who have
pronounced against it an opportunity
of voting for it. There is Walker of
Massachusetts, who has leading the
opposition who says that the amend
ments that have added to it bring it
very close to his own financial meas
ure. If he can get an amendment or
two more tacked on it he will claim
the entire scheme as his own and vote
for it. While he will not carry many
Republicans with him yet there will
be suffcient number from that party
voting in its favor to put it through
It is talked here on the quiet that
while Reed is supposed to be against
the entire measure he is hunting for
votes for it with a dark lantern. He
clearly sees that if all financial legis
lation fails at this session it will be a
bugle call for an extra session of Con
gress and the whip lash and the reins
will be placcd in his hands. This is
just what he doesn't want. He wants
to keep off the congressional talloho
just as long- as possible. He is even so
afraid of getting mixed np in this cur
rency scheme that he -will not remain
on the floor while the debate is pro
ceeding. So in fact while the Repub
licans are claiming to make party
warfare on the measure yet those who
have presidential bees buzzling about
their heads are anxious to see it ass.
Now that Mr. Cleveland is back re
cruits to the bill may be expected from
some of the members of the eastern
delegations. Burke Cochran who be
gan with a mighty roar against the
measure subsided to a whimper and
has finally refused to grunt which is
his wont to do when, buttacily op
posed to a bill. Before another fort
night rolls around it will be seen'that
he is for it. De Witt Warner who
started on a straddle has veered
around to side saddle and is ready at
a moment's notice to leap among the
administration forces and fight with
them. The majority of the Democrats
in the House, however, are in a posi
tion that a criminal might be in Wash
ington when the chance is offered
him to get out. He might choose
Baltimore or he might choose Rich
mond, but gosomewhere he must. So
it is with te pack of congressional
members who have got to do some
thing. They may not altogether agree
with the entire scheme, but with Mr.
Carlisle sitting in the Treasury telling
them that it is political and financial
suicide to remain where they are they
have to get somewhere and do that
Let it be remembered that another
bond issue is staring them in the face
and if they have eyes that can see be-.
yond their noses they realize another
one and another one still is not so~
very far distant unless some short cut
is taken. As an abstract proposition
the bill is unpopular and if-a. vote
should be taken at the p resent time
the probabilities are that the bill
would fail, but another week remains
for debate and in the meanttme con
gressmen will have ~been home and
learned a few things that they cannot
learn here. In fact logical reasoning
doesn't always predict correct results
in and about the Capitol and it is
more often that what appears impos
sible really comes to pass. One ha
but to remember the repeal of the pur
chasing clause of the Sherman law
and the passage of the tariff bill to
predict with some safety the fate .of
the present bill in spite of the contin
ued interviews on the part of the op
A Maniae Brid.
ETEHART. Ind., Dec. 21.-Frank
Perry and Frances Conley, the daugh
ter of wealthy parents, after a court
ship of four years, eloped last Sunday
because of parental objections. Yes
terday the young bride became a rav
ing maniao, and was prevented from
kifling herself only by the herculean
efforts of her husband. She attempted
to thr'o'am~~elf from the third story
of the St. Jose ph aney hbs hud
ing. 11er hallucination is that her
parents would reproach her and that
she would not become heir to her fath
er's estate. Her cries brought a thous
and people to the bank building, where
Mrs. Perry hung tow-thirds out of the
window, making frantic efforts to cast
herself to the payment. Perry in an
instant grasped her about the body and
for several minuttes the struggle for
mastery was witnessed by the horror
sticiken throng. When assistanee
came, she was saved from a horribie
death. The unfortunate woman was
taken to the house of her parents, she
partially recovered her senses but
there is little hope that she will be
WITUT attracting a large degree
of public attention, the life-saving
service does its work faithfully anad
well from year to year. The annual
report of its operations for the last
twelve months shows nearly 4,000
shipwrecked persons rescued and
neerly $.u00.00 worth of property
savedf, all at a cost of $1.250,000. More
disasters occurred during the year than
in any previous year in the history of
THE New Orleans Daily States says.
"Governor Tillman prides himself on
being something of a talker, but he will
r-ealize whecn he gets into the Senate
that he is a mere whiffet compared to
the tireless old storm caves, who con
stitute the membership of that once