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The Meeting of the State Execu
STATE CONVENTION CALLED
Not a Single Politieal *uestion
Disussed by the Democrat
ic Engineers. Co. Jones
The most remarkable meeting of a
State Democratie exeoutive oommittee
held in Seuth Carolina in ten years
took place at the eapital Wed. night. It
was remarkable for its uneventfulness.
The committee had hardly met before
it adjourned. Not a pilitioal issue was
raised. There was not the somblanee
of a political diseussion, and sublime
harmony prevailed. There was no wire
pulling going on inside or outside the
room, and no one talkod of the possi
bilities of the Coming eampaiP. It
was really diffalt to believe Jat it
was a gathering of politioal party mana
gers. Iverything was lovely and calm
as a summor sea, and the geese hung
heaquestiOe of doing away with the
sampsiga by eunties did not come up;
praotieally all the committeemen eon
sidered that this is a matter for the
ooNing State conventie and no one
The few formal resolutions looking
to the reorganiention of the Demoeratie
party wore adopted, the members drew
their pay, and the preliminary by-play
to the opening of the political aircas
of 19NO ended abraptly.
The counties of Chesterield, Dor
ehester and iater were not represent
Besides Col. Jones, the ehairman,
and Col. Gunter, the secretary, the fel
lo ' were present:
Ab ville-A. W. Jones.
Aiken-W. W. Williams.
Barnwell-G. D. Bellinger.
Charleston-P. H. #adsden.
Cherokee-T. 3. Butler.
Chester-T. J. Cunningham.
Colleton-A. 3. Wilha ms.
Darlington-A. J. A. Perritt.
idgeteld-L J. Williams.
Jairield-T. H. Kitchens.
Jlorence-D. H. Traxler.
Greenville-M. L. Donaldson.
Greenwood-D. H. Magill.
Hampton-M. B. McSweeney.
Horry-J. A. McDermott.
Kershaw-C. L. Winkler.
Lancaster-W. P. Caakey.
Laureans-T. H. Wharton.
Lexington-D. J. Griffith.
Marion-J. D. Montgomery.
Marlboro-W. D. Evan.
Newbry-Cole L. Dlease.
Ooone-J. J. Keith.
qrngeburg-W. 0. Tatum.
Piekens-T C. Robinson.
Slala-3. L. Caughmau.
Spartanb Urjt. I.Guater, Jr.
WimmmamburgJ. H. Elaekwell.
York-J. C. Wilborn.
As soon as the committee was called
to order Col. Wilie Jones addressed
the body as follows:
Gentlemen of the committee: You
are assembled here tornight for the pur
pose of calling a State convention of
the Democrats of this State to meet
May 16th, in sceordance with the. eon
stitution of the party, for the purpose
of selecting 18 delegates .t represent
South Carolina in the national Demo
eratie oonvention to meet July. 4th, to
nominaste eandidates for president and
ie president of the United States. I
knew of no other business to bring be
fore the esomittee ebeeps a oemmumi
eation from the national eommittee.
The finaneial eondition of tho eommit
tee is Irst elass; we owe nothing and
have something in the treasury. It
gives me great pleasure toereport to you
that sefar as I know and am able to
judge, the Domeraie party of this
State is now mere unibed and harmen
iu than it has been for many years,
and that the party will vote solidly for
the nominees of the national Dome
eratle party and present a solid front of
opposition against our old political
enemy, the Bepubliean party. In May,
1558, you paid me the high oomphiment
of eleeting me your chairman. About
three weeks afterward Gov. Ellerbe
appointed me oolonel et the Seoond
South Carolina regiment, and very soon
afterwards I was ordered to go to
florida with my regiment. On the eve
of my departure for the army, Ihanded
to the seeretary my letter of resigna
tion as your chairman, because I knew
I would not be able to discharge the
duties of the offee while in the army.
Y ou paid me the Vgms comp:1iment not
to accept my resignation, a.L appointed
Liut. Gov. MeSweeney as viee-chair
man to conduct the campaign. I desire
now to take this opportunity to thank
you for this evidence of your conidene
in me and to assure you that I have net
language to express my appreciation of
your action in this nmatter. His excel
lency, the governor, managed the earn
paign in a splendid manner, with the
aid of our capable and efficient secre
tary, Col. U. I. Gunter, Jr. Upon my
return home from the army I at onoe
heeked up the business of the eommit
e and found everything all right and
every eent accounted for.
Cel. Jones' remarks were endorsed
by a rising vote on motion of Mr. Ma
Col. Jones then read a communica
tin from Mr. Henrieksen of Chieago
of the national committee, Calling at
tention to the fact that tha national
ooemmotee would need campaign funds.
He thought the best way to, ageure
them was by voluntary subscriptioni,
and suggested that State committees
appoint 'an agent in each ecanty and
district under a central agent to solicit
and secure sush subscriptions. The
national eemmittee would allow these
a~gente a pereentage for their trouble
Col. Jones and Secretary Gunter
were authorised to make the appoint
ment of one agent from the State at
large and one from esh eengressional
. Jone then eallod attention te
the necessity of issuing the call for the
State convention to be held in May on
Mr. Magill made a motion to this ef
feot, the hour of noon being Ixod. This
was agreed to.
Mr. Monotgomery moved that the
county elubs be called to meet in ac
sord with the tonstitution. This was
Mr. Blease moved that the thanks of
the committee be extended to the oi
eers for the effcienct manner in which
they had served the committee. This
Dr. A. . Williams said he had been
a member of the committee for 10 years,
and he wished to express his appreois
tion of the uniform courtesy always
shown him. He and Col. Jones were
perhaps the only members who had
never been a candidate and never ex
pected to be. Dr. Williams said he ex
pected to retire from publie service
with this meeting.
Mr. Winkler ofered a resolution ex
pressing the sense of the committee
that Mr. Williams' announcement be
reeived with regret, and expressing
the hope that the dectr would alter
his determination. This was unani
Mr. Magill wanted a resolution ad
opted declaring Mrs. Dewey "the mark
Hanneress" of the Demoeratic party.
There were some other amusing proposi
tions and then the committee adjourned.
A SINOTLAR ACCIDENT.
An Engineers Eye Piereed by a Dove's
A dove, winging its ight over the
tracks of the Southern railway near
Juliet in Monroe county, Ga., collided
with a assenger train going in the op
posite drection at a high rate of speed
recently. The bird's body plunged
through the glass window of the cab.
Its beak, sharp as a needle's point,
piereed the right eye of Engineer
Charles Wallace and the surgeons say
it destroyed the engineer's sight tem
porarily and possibly permanently.
Engineer Wallace was at the lever of
the afternoon passenger train for Ma
con when it pulled out of the union
depot. The run to Juliet was made
without incident. After the train left
the station the engineer opened the
throttle to ran the train faster than
usual in order to make up a few min
utes' lost time. . The train was bowl
ing along at a 60-mile-an-hour gait.
The engineer's seat in the cab faces
the track ahead. A window of glass
an eighth of an inch thick protects him
from the draughts, smoke and cinders.
He was looking through this window
when suddenly the body of the dove
burst through the pane of glass and
struck him in the face. He was blind
ed for an instant, and the pain in his
right eye made him realize at once that
he was seriously hurt.
The fireman on the cab with Engin
eer Wallace saw the asaident and re
lieved him of his post. The pain in
creased in Wallace's eye until it was
almost enbearable and he finally went
back into the baggage coach to get such
assistance as was possible on the train.
The dove was killed by the sudden
contact with the cb window. Its
quivering body fell on the iron floor of
the engine cab after striking the en
gineer, and was picked up by the ire
So great was the momontum of the
train and the dove's body that the glass
window was not smashed by the blow
of the collision. The hole through
which the bird was hurled was clean~
cut like that made by a bullet fired
The wounded engineer was carried
to Atlanta to have his eye treated.
After the surgeon had dressed the
wound he was removed to his home at
Th McDaniel street. The eye is great
ly inflamed and swollen.
The Regimental Staf.
Cel. Wili. Jones, gommanding the
Seeond regiment of South Carolina vol
unteer State troops, has ananouneed his
staf as follows:
Adjutant-Capt. Chas. Newnham,
Judge Adveeste-Capt. F. N. We;
Quartermaster-Capt. 3. M. Trailer,
Surgeon-Capt. M. *. Bailey, Grange
Paymaster-Capt. J. Wilson Riley,
Chaplain-Bev. W. I. Evans, Co
Commissary-Capt. P. J. Drew,
Ordnance Offier-Capt. W. J. John
Ungineer-Capt. Joe A. Jerry,
Sergeant Major-Calhoun Doyle,
Quartermaster Sergeant-R. K.
Clafy, Jr., Fort Motto.
Chief Bugler-B. L. Crosswel!,
Courier-L. D. Childs, Columbia.
Their Eard Lot.
Kwang Hsu, the Chinese emperor,
who, as newspaper readers will remem
ber, was successively dethroned and as
sassinated and thereafter committed
suicide, is now reported to be dying of
slow poison. The many troubles of
Li Hung Chang are evidently as noth
ing to these of the emperor. It seems
that the higher a man's station in life
is in China, the more diffcult it is for
him to keep body and soul together.
Sent Up for Life.
The jury in the ease of the two Jack
sons, Harvey and John, charged with
the murder of CJassie Boon, tried at
Chesterfield on Thursday, brought in a
verdict of guilty with a recommenda
tion to mercy.- They were at once sen
tenced to imprisonment for life. It
will be rembered that the two Jacksons
burned the woman to death.
Ten Inches Snow.
A dispatch from Kansas City Thurs
day~ says reports were received there of
a heavy fall of snow in central and
western Kansas. Is is ten inches deep
and asill snowing in the central and
western sections. Atchison reports
that the Missouri Pacific has ordered
snow plows to be in readiness in north
Boys, associate yourself wish boys of
good quality, if you esteem your own
reputation, for it is bettor to be alone
a in ba camp any.
AN AWFUL TALE.
The Horrors of the Philippine
War Shown by Suicides.
OFFICERS AND MEN VICTIMS.
A Srory of No Fcod, Ns Shelter,
No Shoes, No Clothing
for Men From Tem
From May 1, 1899. to April 1 1900,
according to emoiial records, there have
been 83 suicides in the armies of the
United States, nearly every one due to
During the same period nearly one
thousand soldiers have been shipped
from their varions posts in Hawaii,
Porto Rico Cuba and the Philippines
the the military insane asylnu in
Of these about 90 per cent have come
from the Philippines.
Since December 1 last there have been
29 suicides there, all due to insanity.
During the war with Spain the aver
ae of suicides in the the army was no
higher than that in civil life. Bat
once the theatre of operations was
transferred to the Philippines the rate
mounted rapidly till at length General
Otis reports more suicides a week than
deaths in action.
The figures show an average of three
suicides a week nowadays. And these
are not confined to the enlisted men.
Officers, whose fever-racked brains and
disease-tortured bodies are giving out
daily, are finding the same recourse
from suffering as the privates.
To date six oficers have blown out
their brains in an effort to rid them
selves-of the delusions of mind brought
about by the fevers incidental to
Philippine life and the hardships
necessary of the campaign in Luzon.
Only the other day The World re
corded the suicide of Lieutenant Louis
P. Weber, Forty-second infantry, U.
S. T., a New York boy and a former
member of the Seventh regiment, whose
patriotism led him to volunteer for war
in the Two Hundred and First New
York against Spain and later in one of
the Phillippine regiments equipped last
summer. He landed in Manila on
January 1 last, and on March 9, a lit
tle more than two months later, he
blew out his brains with a revolver.
The torture of fever and malaria had
unbalanced his mind.
But younger officers are not the only
ones. The list is led by Lieutenant
Colonel John J. Brereton, Thirty-third
infantry. Every branch of the service
"Mentally deranged" is General Otis'
comment on each of these deaths, but
behind each is a story of suffering which
even the horrors of the civil war, which
lasted four years, cannot daplicate.
it is a story of campaigning through
incessant rains; of marching through
jungles and swamps in pursuit of the
elusive enemy that ights half-naked
for its homes and firesides. It is a story
of no food, no shelter, no clothing, no
shoes, no rest for men from a temper
perate clime who must go without all
these nder a fierce tropic sun.
But the suicides are but a drop in
the bucket. For every man of the
eighty-two who has blown out his
brains with his revolver or Krag-Jorg
ensen there are a dorzen who have just
gone mad and have been saved by their
omrades before they could do them
selves bodily harm.
For these General Otis has mercifully
ordered 1,000 pairs of handcuffs from
Washington. He can thus restrain his
insane and send them back unharmed
to the United States where many recover
their reason under the influence of Nor
mal life and a temperate climate. Bach
transport is now equipped with a pad
ded cell, so that the soldier boys eannot
harm themeelves before they get back
to their native land.
Eaoh transport is now bringing its
quota of insane. The last to sail from
Manila was the Sherman, with twenty
Ire uaniae soldiers. It is nob lack of
food or clothing. It is simply a enes
tion of Lropio heat and incessant rains
and an utter impossibility for the
quartermasters to get their stores
through jungles and swamps. The
troops near the towns fare as well as ever
did soldiers in the fia~d. Melancholia
is the symptom.
Statisticians in, the war department
haue been figuring privately have found
that the rate of suicide in our Philip
pine army is the largest in the history
of modern warfare. There were 3,00)
suiides in the Union troop during the
eivil war, but it lasted four years, there
2,000, 000 men engaged and the hor
rers of war were infinitely greater.
The doors of St. Blizabeth insane
asylum at Washington are hardly closed
upon one batch of insane soldiers from
the Philippines before they are opened
to recive more of the unfortunates.
Is was only a week ago that eight were
committed to the asylum.
Today there are 110 insane soldiers
at 8t. Elizabeth, some of whom will
never recover their minds. They come
to the asylum wrecked physically as
well as mentally.
Becently .many doctors and nurses
left San Francisco for the Philippines.
The war department is preparing for
the epidemics of fever which come with
the rainy season.
A dispatch came from General Otis
today announcing 26 deaths, including
one suicide. The dispatches of two
days make this showing:
Soldiers who have become insane, 25.
Died from wounds in action, 3.
Died of disease, 18.
Accidentally shot, 2.
In spite of these figures, the offois
insist that the death rate is low in the
These twenty-nine offiers and men
of the United States army has commit
ted suicide in the Philippines since
December 1, 1899:
Bernard, A. E., private, hospital
Bowman, D). T., lieut., 37th Volun
Brereton, J. J., lieut., sol., 33d
Briggs, Geo., private, 1st Wyoming
Craddoek, P. B., private 4th cavalry.
Crawford, E. C., private, 23d in
Curtis, George W., private, 18th in
Dickelman, ., private, hospital
Durham, Fred A., hospital steward.
Gregory, W., private 11th Tolunteer
Hiatt, Charles, sergt, 4th cavalry.
Hills, M. A., Corpl., 36th Tolunteer
Hudson, John C., private, 23d in
Kellerman, A., .rivate, 4th infantry.
Knox, Geo. N., private, 6th artillery.
Love, Christopher, private, 20th in
McDowell, H. A., private, 1st Col.,
McHenry, M. R., private, 14th in
Montag, G., private, 35th Vol., in
Moore, J. L., lieut., 51st Iowa Vol.,
Morgan, P. B. sergt., 6th infantry.
Pearee, F. A., lieut., 6th artillery.
Rock, Thomas, private, 20th infan
sell, J. H.; private, 13th Minn., Tel,
Saorknocht, August, musieian, 17th
Waugh, John ., lieut., 30th Tel.,
Weber, Louis, lieut., 42d Tol., int.
Zaisser, C. A., private, 6th inf.
-New York Wirld.
THU TEXAS FLOOD.
Story of an Eye Witnss of the Re
Jef MoLemore, who was an eye wit
ness to the collapse of the dam at Aus
tin, Texas, by which over fifty people
lost their lives, thus described the
"I was gazing intentently at the
great body of water as it swept grace
fully over the crest of the dam, earry
ing with it acres of drift that parted as
it went down the falls. The water over
the crest more than ten fest in depth
and was rising at the rate of eighteen
inches an hour. The fall of the water
was about forty feet, and the roaring
and surging that it produced can be
better imagined than described. It
was grand and awe inspiring, and
nothing, in my opinion, could in any
measure compare with it except the
falls of Niagara.
"While thus looking with awe on a
sight such as I- had never -before wit
nessed, I noticed a sudden commotion
of the waters near the centre of the
dam. For a moment the water where
the commotion occured seemed to re
cede, but it was only for a moment. It
then shot upward in a tremendous spurt
to a height of perhaps fifty feet, as if
in gleeful fury, and I saw that the dam
was giving way. The commotion
spread toward the east end of the dam
and there was a trembling of the earth.
"When the break occurred the dis
tance from the erest of the wave as it
rolled over the dam to the water below
was about forty feet. Imagine, if you
can, a body of water forty feet in height
and of great width and length suddenly
released from confinement, and you
will have a faint idea of the scene that
I witnessed at the dam, aeross the CJol
"Once released from its confinement
the water subsided rapidly, seeking a
level with that below the dam, and
then it was seen how the break bad oc
eurred. The dam was not toppled ever
as many suppose it would be, but in
stead a large section, beginning near
the center and extending toward the
east bank, was moved bodily down the
stream, a distance of at least forty
feet. Another section, extending to
within thirty feet of the head gate
masonry on the east, was also moved
down stream a distane of forty or fifty
feet. Between these two displaced
sections there was a gap of about 10
feet, where the dam had completely
disappeared, and it was not long before
the section nearest the center also
eramnbled and disappeared. Had the
remaining displaced seetion also tum
bled down the power house, which went
down a few hours later, probably would
have been saved. This section threw
a heavy eurrent against the power
house, whick eventually undermined
the west wall of the building and caused
it to collapse."
Hour Hopes Were Created and What
Became of Them.
A thick-set, ugly-looking fellow was
seated en a bench in the public park,
and seemed to be reading some writing
on a sheet of paper which he held in
"You seem te be mueh interested in
"Yes; I've been figuring my account
with Old Alcohol to see how we stand."
"And he comes out ahead, I sup
"iEvery time; and he has lied like
"How did you come to hate dealings
with him in the first place?"
"That's what I've been writing.
You see, he promised to make a man of
me; but he made a beast. Then he
said he would brace me up; but he
made me go staggering around and then
threw me in the ditch. He said I must
drink to be social. Then he made me
quarrel with my best friends, and be
the laughing stock of my enemies. He
gave me a black eye and a broken nose.
Then I drank for the good of my health.
He ruined the little I had, and left me
'sick as a dog.'
"He said he would warm me up;
and I was soon nearly frosen to death.
He said he would steady my nerves;
but instead he gave me the delirum
tremens. He said he would give me
great strength; and he made me help
"To be sure."
"He promised me courage."
"Then what followed?"
"Then he made me a coward; for I
beat my sick wife, and kicked my little
child: He said he would brighten my
wits; but instead he made me act like a
fool, and talk like an idiot. He prom
ised to make a gentleman of me; but
Reported, But the War Office Is
sues No News.
BOER DISPATCHES OLAIM
That Gen. Dewet Has Inflicted a
Third Defeat on the Brit
Ish, Who Loss Fifteen
A London dispatch says that the war
office has issued no news from kioberts
daring the last three days, there would
be little disposition to place credence
in the Boor reports of another British
disaster. The unexpected rallying of
the Free State commandoes, however,
leaves the public in a nervous condi
tion, fearing everything.
Dispatches from Pretoria, as late as
Monday, did not mention any further
Boer victory. On the contrary, they
said all the eommandoes were quiet,
and as Lord Roberts has hitherto never
failed promptly to report misehances,
as well as suceesees, or to allow the
newspaper correspondents to report
them, until some confirmation is receiv
ed there is justification for regarding
the Merkalsfontein rumor as only an
exaggerated account of the Rodders
burg affair. At the same time Ber
reports have se often proved correct
that the greatest anxiety will be felt.
No further news has been received of
fighting either at Wepener orin Natal.
Boer reports seem to indicate that Lord
Methuen is advancing from Boshof to
wards Hoopstad. It is a bold and ap
parently a dangerous move, since al
though it turns the right flank of the
Boer position at Brandfort it puts Lord
Methuen's force between whatever gar
rison there may be at Bloemhof in the
Transvaal, and the Brandfort force.
NEWS OF 3OEE VICTORY.
A dispatch to the London Daily Mail
from Brandfort, dated Sunday says:
"Yesterday General Dewet inflicted
the third defeat of the British within
a week at Merkalsfontein, killing and
wounded six hundred. He captured 900
with 12 wagons, losing fve Boers killed
and nine wounded. The Daily Mail
publishes the following, dated April 10,
from Lorenzo Marques: "The Nether
lands Railway company professes to
have received a telegram reporting a
Boer victory near Kroonstadt, the Bo
ers capturing 900 British." Comment
ing upon this the Daily Mail remarks:
"There is a Merkatfontein about 8
and a half miles southeast of Kroon
stadt, but, if the report be true this can
hardly be the place."
THE BRITISH RETEEAT.
Sunday Colonel Plamer, with 270
mounted men and a few infantry and
one Maxim gun, arrived at Ramathla
bama, where he left the dismounted
men and proceeding along the railroad
to within sight of Nafeking. The ad
vanee guard, under Colonel White, en
countered a large body of Boers and al
most simultaneously the left and right
fanks were attacked and sharp fighting
followed. The Beer, wore in orescent
shaped formation and outnumbered the
British two one. They advanced with
skill and stubbornness and persistently
edeavored to encircle the British.
After holding his ground for an hour
Colonel Plumer retired, with the Boers
slowly following him up. The fighting
continued throughtout the ten miles
retreat to Ramathlabamna, where the
British Maxim gun was brought into
play. Aftcr a stiff fight Colonel Plumer
reached his camp. The British casual
ties were: Killed: Three officers and
seven men; wounded, three officers and
24 men; missing, 11. The Beer loss
was serious. At the conclusion of the
fght General Snyman informed Colonel
Baden-Powell that he had some British
wounded and both Baden-Powell and
Plumer sent ambulances. The Beers
were also busy Sunday colleeting their
ead and wounded. Most of the Brit
ish wounded were only slightly hurt.
olonel Plumer was wounded, but was
able to carry eut his duties.
baused Her Death.
A skipping rope eontest botleen
hildren caused the death of eleven
year-old Freda Poignee and the serious
illness of two other children at Bell
ille, Ill., Thursday. There was great
rivalry among the three children and
others of the school which they attend
d as to who could jump the rope most.
One little girl established a record of
150 skips without a rest, and her com
panions attempted to beat this record
at recess and before and after school.
This feat excited Freda particularly,
who had been the champion up to that
time, and when she entered the ring to
beat the record of the new cemer a
rowd of girls gathered and applauded
her efforts. With flnshed face and
fashing eye she passed the 150 mark,
and kept right on till 230 skips had
been made, when she staggered from
the ring and was led home diszy by her
companions. She became ill and the
doctor could not cure the violent pal
p itations of her heart. When she died
he said it was heart iisease eaused by
toe violent exercise.
Shot By His Own Men.
Henry Reich, a private in the Amer
ican army in the Philippines writes as
follows to a friend at Sherman! Texas:
"A captainin the Nineteenth infantry,
ont a hill over the mountains looking
for the rebels, left eight of his men in
the hill, where -they had fallen from
exhaustion, being overcome by heat.
The men were found dead the next day.
Their bodies had been literally hacked
to pieces by the Filipino Bolomon and
their, guns and belts stolen. A few
day after that this same captain was
found dead after a skirmish, and there
41 bullet holes in his body, made, to all
appearanoes, by American bullets."
To Mark Heree's Graves.
Senator Hawley introduced an amend
meat Thursday to army appropriation
bill appropriating $2,500 for the re
burial and the proper marking of the
ravyes of the remains of the 264 Oon
federates who are buried at Arlington
and in the National Soldiers' Hemne
grounds. The amendment providesI
that all of the bodies shall be placed in
GAGE SUBMITS TAX FIGURES.
Sends a Statement to the House in Re
sponse to Resolution.
The secretary of the treasury sent to
congress his reply to the house resolu
tion of April 2 as follows:
"Resolved, That the secretary of the
treasury be and he is hereby requested
to inform the house of representatives
where, in his opinion, based upon such
knowledge as he has, the present laws
for the raising of revenue are creating
and will continue to ereate a surplus in
the treasury over and above the wants.
of the government, and if so, to what
extent at the end of the current ascal
year, and a like report as to the !scal
year ending June 30th, 1901. That he
also report to the house of representa
tives his estimates of the prob Ale re
ceipts of the treasury from all sources
of revenue for those years, towit: Cas
toms, internal revenue and miscellane
"Resolved, That he also report to the
house of representatives the ament of
internal revenue taxes received under
an aet entitled An aet to provide ways
and means to meet war expeditures,
and for other purposes,' approved Jane
13th, 1898, upon articlas not thereto
fore taxed, that said statement be ite
mized as far as possible for the year
ending June 30th, 1899, and for the
nine months ending Marsh 31, 1900."
In reply thereto I have the honor to
submit the following:
F'iscal year ending June 30th, 1900:
Interna! revenue......... 292,000,000
Navy.. ........... 55,000,000
Estimated surplus....... 70,000,000
Fiscal year ending June 30, 1901
Custom... ... .....$240,000,000
Internal revenue.. .. ... 300,000,000
Pensions. .. .... ..... 145,000,000
Estimated surplus....... 82,000,000
Internal revenue taxes received un
der war revenue aet of June 13, 1898
upon articles not heretofore taxed, fiscai
year 1898, total, $45,724,540.94; and
first nine months of fiscal year 1900,
total $33,339,70& 68; grand total, $79,
The Seaboard's New Line.
The Seaboard Air Line's new line,
Columbia to Cheraw, completing the
new Florida route, was inspected and
accepted by the railroad commission
Thursday. The commissioners state
in their report that they take pleasure
in saying that "we consider this road
well built and first-class in every par
tieular, in fact, you have built one of
the best roads over constructed in the
south." The work was begun in July
last under the supervision of Captain
T. I. McBee, general superintendent,
and for its length' and for the obstacles
overcome is the fastest piece of railroad
construction in the south. In this city
alone 250,000 cubic yards of dirt were
removed, preparing for terminals and
in obtaining a route. The rails are the
heaviest and broadest-89 pounds;
there is no grade of over 1 per cent.,
no curve of more than 4 degrees. The
entire roadbed is stone ballast and
trains run as smoothly as over a track
long built. By its construction nearly
all grade~ crossings have been obviated
and the entire line has been eonstructed
with a view to directness and to fast
and comfortable travel. A passenger
service will be inaugurated at one
and a through vestibule sorrice from
New York to Tampa will be running at
an early date.
Aguinaldo in alin.
.Aguinalde is now in the city of Manila
and has been in hiding there for several
weeks, according to information sent to
this country by a number of army of
ficers stationed there. These officers
have written to brother officers declar
ing there is no doubt of the Filipino
chief being now in Manila. He regards
it, it is said, as the safest place of re
fuge. For several months the govein
ment is said to have had two secret ser
vice men at work in the Philippines
endeavoring to locate the native leader,
and, according to their reports, it is
said he has been traced to Manila. Gen.
Otis, it is deelared, know. of the pres
ence of the wife and children of Aguin
aldo, but refuses to spy on the family.
Had Aguinaldo remained in the ield it
is said he would have been surrendered
by the natives to the American authori
ties. It has been suggested to Gen.
Otis that he offer a reward for Aguin
aldo's arrest, and it is said if this were
done the natives would no doubt be
tempted to hunt him out and surrender
him to the Americans.
Calling On the Trust.
The New York Journal prints a
sensational story that a secret letter is
being sent from the Republican head
quarters to all the trusts in the coun
try, demanding immediate eampaign
funds as a price of potection. Accord
ing to the story the letter was prepared
at a conference between Senator Hauna
First Assistant Postmaster General
Perry Heath and the moneyed members
of the Republican national committee
and has been sent out by that organiza
tion. This letter calls attention to the
profits the trust manufacturers have
been able to secure under Republican
rule in the past and points out that to
enjoy them in the future the re-election
of President McKinley is absolutely
necessary. It is clairmed that it is pro
posed to raise $6,000,000 in this way.
According to the Tennessee experi
ment station one acre of peavine hay
is worth, or equal to, 300 bushels of
oats and 175 bushels of corn with fod
der and straw included. If this be
true, farmers would better raise pea
vines to the exclusion of all other food
SKLEZY AS BRYAWS XAT.
The Rear Admiral's Friends Rush
Him for Vice President
A dispatch from Washington says
Gen. Wheeler's declination to be .con
sidered in connection with the Vice
Presidency on the Demoerati ticket
has diverted attention for the moment
from Admiral Dewey's receptive eandi
The friends of Admiral Schley re
garded the retirement of Wheeler as
their opportunity. The controversy be
tween the partisans of Sampson and
Schley has areated a bitter feeling on
the part of the Sehley men against the
administration. They believe that
with Sehley on the Bryan ticket, the
Democratic candidate would receive
greater support than if a civilian were
nominated for second place at Kansas
The Schley movement is not regarded
with any degree of enthusiasm by the
Democratic leaders. Chairman Jones
believes that the better political course
will be to make the Democratic Vice
Presidential nomination from Indiana.
That State is deemed good fighting
ground for the Democrats, in view of
the agitation there over the Puerto
Rican question. It also is considered
advisable to follow the example of
other Democratic national conventions
in which the Indiana vote has been
courted with varying degree of success.
If Indiana, which gave Hendricks
its electoral vote, fails to furnish an ac
ceptable candidate, then illinois,
where Stevenson came from in the sec
ond Cleveland administration, will be
looked to in the hope that the dintur
bance over Porto Rican legislation will
count as a factor against the Republi
The idea of an Eastern Vieu Presi
dential nomination dee not seem to
have strong hold in the minds of the
Bryan leaders. Sulser and McClellan
from New York, have been canvassed
as possibilities, the one on account of
his prominence in Congressional de
bates and the other because of his
father's popularity in the history of
the Democratic party. The hostility
of other Eastern States to Bryan is un
derstood so well that the campaign of
the Democrats does not contemplate
the capture of any part of the "enemy's
country" through the Vice Presiden
The estimates by which Democratic
politicians figure out a possible victory
for .Bryan are inteiesting. It is as
sumed that with the solid South, he
will carry, as he did in 1896, Idaho,
Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, South Da
kota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
In addition to the 176 votes thus in
cluded, Indiana with 16; Minnesota,
9; Michigan, 14; Maryland, 8, and
Wisconsin with 12 votes are counted.
They would add 58 electoral votes to
the original 176, giving Bryan tai mera
than a majority.
Minnesota Michigan and Wisconsin
are claimed by the Democrats as good
Ighting ground against the administra
tion on the questions of expansion,
Puerto Rico and the trusts, and there
are some Democrats sanguine enough
to think Illinois, with twenty-four lee
toral votes, is debatable ground.
COLUMBIA'S GRIAT F35TIVAL.
Something About the Coming Spring
Festival of Music and Art,
Columbia, April 14. (Special)-The
Music Club and the Art League of this
city, being equally interested in the ar
tistic development of Columbia and
vicinity, have united their efforts in
arranging for a Spring Festival of Music
and Art, to be held in this city April
26 and 27. It is proposed to have, be
sides an exhibit of art work from the
various great centers, two night con
erts and one matinee, at which the
following artists of exceptional merit
are to appear: Mde. Meredith, a so
prano occupying a plaee second to
none in the concert field, and for
several years engaged for the celebrated
Worcester Festivals, also soloist with
Damrosch's, Seidi's and Paur's
rhestras; Miss Cleary, who is the
rare possessor of a pure contralto voice
of great range and absolutely even
sale; Emil Rieger, the prince of Ten
rs; Dr. Carl Dafft, the grat Baritone,
soloist at the Worcester Festivals, and
a great favorite in this country and
anada- John Cheshire, Harpist to
. R. H~. the Duke of Edinburg, and
ne of the finest living harpists; Celia
Schiller, Piano soloist in Damrosch's
and Seidi's Orchestras.
The committee who are managing
this af~pir, after considerable labor and
egotiations, have secured these great
There will be also a chorus of 40
:ied voices, trained by Mr. Mayser,
instructor of music in the College for
Women, in this city. Besides these
s an accessory to the artists already
amed, there will be a chorus of 60
emale voices, who will render a cantata
for which they are now in traiaing un
der Mr. Mayser.
The following is a list of the exhibits
hus far secured for the art exhibit fea
ure of this great Festival of Music and
Art soon to be given in this city, the
art feature being in charge of the Co
umbia Art League:
1. Cincinnati Academy of Art will
urnish work of students and teachers.
2. Mr. Christy's collection of pas
tels from the Scribner colleotion of
3. Collection of water colors from
4. Two photographic exhibits from
Washington, D. C., one reproductions
f mural decorations in congressional
ibrary, the other an exhibit ef artistic
I. An exhibit of minatures.
A rate of one fare for the round trip
has been arranged on all railroad lines,
and everything points to a large atten
dance as one feature of a great musical
and artistic success.
The price of season tickets is $500
each-such ticket admitting two per
5onls to the three entertainments.
Porto Rico Bill Passed.
The resolution in the house Wednes
lay afternoon to take the final vote to
soncur in the senaste ament on the Porto
io bill at 5 o'clock provoked acri
nonious debate, but was finally adopt
ed, 158 to 142. At 5 o'clock the vote
taken to concur in the senate amend
ents passed, 161 to 153. Seven Re-i
ublicans voted for free trade. The
THE STATE HOUSE.
Plan Submitted by Architect M9
WILL SUPERVISE THE WORK.
Description of the Building as It
Will Look When Finished
Under Plans Adopted.
Mr. Frank P. Milburn, arlditet 41
the Southern railway, has ben igloted
to supervise the completion of the
State eapitol. This was done Thursday
by the eommission having the work in
charge. The commission ensists of
Gov. MeSweeney, . B. Cooper, ne
tory of State; Senator J. Q. Marshall,
Bepresentatives H. C. Patton and 'L J.
Gantt and the sinking fand oummis
sioners, Senator G. S. Mower, Mr. J.
Harvey Wilson and J. P. Derham,
There were only two appliestions'fer
the position of architect to suporin
tend the completion, and Mr. Milburn
received six out of nine votes,. Repre
sentative Patton being absent on wo
count of illness. The other competitor
was W. B. Smith Whaley & Co., of
this city. After a long and careful
consideration of the plans, those p
seated by Mr. Milburn were adopt.
Mr. Milburn's plans, it was stated by.
a member of the aommission, provided
for a more expensive building, but its
general effect as an architectural de
sign was more harmonious than any
heretofore made. His plans provide
for a building to oest $165,000, while
the other plans specied a $156,000
Mr. Milburn's design ealls for a
dome, while the other provides for a
tower or spire, the former to ost $14,
000, the latter about $Kd,000. The
meeting Thursday was not open to the
public, but these figares wereletained
from a member of the commission. He
stated further that the plans aesepted
provide for a much handsomer Ih
to the front, rear and roof of the pru.
ent building, and that the dos was
preferable to the tower.
The "completion of the State kes"
means that a front and a roar entranee
are to be idded, and that a tower *of
some kind is to crown the whole. Un
der the plans adopted, the second fIr
asit now is wiil become the main eer
of the buil * There will be a fight
of 42 steps lading up to the doorway.
There will be an8-foot landg, mid
way.of the fight of stairs, the leor be
ing kransparent, providing light for
toilet rooms above ground instead of
underground, as a present.
The front portico will be 24 fe wide
and will ba supported by double rows
of Corinthian columns 25 foot hig.
These columns will be obtained from
among the number new On the Stabs
house grounds. The rear entrane will
be treated in the same way as the front
except that there will be one row of
columns instead of two.
The roof, now of copper and preioeb
ing several feet above the cormne, will
be lowered' about four feet softening
the general efect of the bu'lding. The
pinnacle of the dome will be 200 feet
above the ground, audits efeet will be
strengthened by the lowering of the
roof. The dome will be of stool frame .
with granite facings, and will boW6
feet in diameter From the main floor
of the building the interior of the dome
will appear as a snaft, through whisk
the light is poured into the main corri
dor of the building and thus dissemi
nated into the several apartments.
On the frieze work of the interior of
the dome will be the names of the sev
eral governors of the State from its
colonization down to the present tim.
There will be seven steel trusses sup
porting the roof, which will be muek
superior to the one now in use. There
will be no material changes on the in
terior of the building, but the outside
will be cleaned offand painzted up and
Mr. Milbarn will remove to Columbia
and at once begin work on she working
plans. Bat it will require aboat three.
months te complete them. The smaller
details are subject to modifection.
Hit Mc~inley Hard.
Representative Ehea, of Kentucky,
ade arattling good speech at a mas
eeting of Washington Demoerats, in
which he referred to Chairman Payne,
he Republisan House leader, as the
"statesman with the one-night-stand
tate of mind;" and to Representative '
rosvenor as the "garrulous gabbler,
rom Ohio, who aets as a mouth-pio.s
for the White House Sphnix." After.
picturing various phases of administra
tion wabbling, which he likened to the
tack of a snake, Mr. Ehes said "Oh,
anhood, where is thy sa me? Oh,
MKinley, where is thy blush? Oh
MKinley, you are the saddest speeta
cle that ever rattled helplessly around
in the seat filled by Washington, Jef
erson and Jackson, and ,hich will be
illed by Bryan. You are the pitiful
reature of the trusts the combines
ad the monopolies, whioh have made
you, maintained you and still feeds
The House Collapsed.
Without warning and with a rear
ma a rush a four story brick building
t Pittsburg, Pa., collapud Thursday,
burying in its ruins a number of people
three of whom were taken out dead, six
badly hurt andaseveral others slightly
A ernsty old bachelor editor who kas
either the fear of God nor woman be
are his eyes is responsible for this:
A woman's idea of pleasure is to sit
ith a lot of other women, with a new
Iress on, and drink weak tea of a
rasy little table with three legs."
Cover up the lives of your friends
ith flowers, and net their graves.
)on'twait til' aman is dead tosay all
our good things about him.
By an act of the lately departed
beneral Assembly it is now unlawful
erect a barbed wire fence within 50
cet of a public road. The penalty for
nh vatio of this inwis $50.