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Admission Made By Commandant
of West Point Academy.
THE SENTIMENT IS FOR IT.
Tho l'rnctlco t? Honored by r ong Uange?
The Tostliiinuy Hofor? Iii? Military
Court of inquiry Yesterday?I.rutai Uuk
Ingof Tiro Cudets lu 18U!?? No liiCorruu
tiou Obtainable ut Iba Time In Relation
to It?Colonel Otto Holn Tolls What II?
(By Telegraph to Virpinian-Pilot.)
West Point. N. Y., Dec. 29.?LlcutQn
ant Colonel Otto L. Hein, commandant
at the United States Military Academy,
was the flrst witness called to the
Bland today, to testify before the court
of inquiry, appointed to investigate
the allegations of brutal hazing of
cadets, Colonel Hein produced the su?
perintendent's sick reports, which
ehowed that Cadet Boos had only re?
ported sick, once while he was at the
academy. He was excused on that
occasion front one drill, as he was siu
ferlng from an acut? attack. The rec?
ords made it clear that Uooz had ne?cr
been absent from breakfast, dinner or
supper while he wad u cadet ui West
An exitract from the records was
read by the witness, who said Cadet
Booz had availed himself of ihe Satur?
day evening privileges of going any?
where within the reservation on Satur?
day, August 6th, the day of the Booz
Keller light. Boos reported Iiis going
away at 1:5S p.'m. and his returning
ail 3:1S p. m. In reply to Oeib Clous,
the witness said that In the summer
of 1899, through anonymous letters, the
brutal hazing of Cadets Mac Arthur
and Haskel! came to the knowledge of
the academy officials.
An investigation was Immediately or?
dered, but no Information as to the
facts could be elicited from any of
those examined, among which were
MacArthur and Haakell. The regula?
tions prohibiting hazing provided pun?
ishment for hazers and hazed alike.
In telling of the agreement made by
the fourth-class men In 1SU9, among
whom were Cadets MacArthur and
Grant, not to submit to baling, Col.
ASK KD TO VAi'f ".
"I called the class together (It was a
very large one) and explained to them
the rules and regulations prohibiting
hazing. I t?ld them if they would
agree not to submit to hazing and
promise not to hasse any one them?
selves, they would rid the academy of
a foul blot on Iis reputation.
??Soon afterwards lliey appealed to
me to be released from this agreement,
but l refused.
?'I also heard," continued the wit?
ness, "that candidates preparing at
Highland Palls were being hazed, and
I made an investigation, the outcome
of which was the severe punishing of
the guilty cadets."
Speaking generally of hazing, Colo?
nel Hein Bald:
"Hazing Is traditional and I am sorry
to say is thought by persons Inside, as
well as outside of the academy, t<> be
commendable, and .so long as students
hear it spoken of in this way It wiil.be
Impossible for the authorities to stamp
"What methods do you think could
be used to stamp out the calling out of
fourth-class men and subsequent fistic
encounters?" asked General Clous. ?
"Why, I consider that a form of haz?
ing, and so long ns the cadets don't
live up to the agreement not to submit
to hazing arid I lie upper class do not
cense interfering with them, it will be
Impossible to suppress It."
CADET KNOCK KD OUT.
Cadet Truman W. Carrlthers, of
Illinois, the next witness, said he was
called out "for disobeying upper class
men and general freshness." His op?
ponent was Mr. Shannon, of the pres?
ent second class.
"What was the result?"
"I got knocked out, sir."
"Did you receive tiny injuries?" in?
quired General Clous.
"Yes, sir; 1 have an abrasion on the
forehead and my jaw was broken."
"Dili you go to hospital?"
"Yes, sir; I was there just two
"Was Shannon a Rood man?"
"Yes, sir; I thought so," replied) the
witness, who laughed as he answered.
He was allowed to go then.
Col. A. I/. Mills, superintendent of the
neademy, was then sent for, nnd after
a few minutes delay,he came into
court and was sworn.
He submitted many reports and ex?
tracts regarding the regulations pro?
hibiting hazing and the measures
adopted by the authorities to abolish
the several varieties of whiehexisted at
the post. He also submitted long lists
of cadets who were summarily punish?
ed for violations of these regulations,
but they were merely repetitions of
the extracts of records handed to the
court previously by Commandant Hein.
Speaking of "bracing," the superin?
tendent said: "I do not consider
'bracing' as hazing, hut !t amounts to
lit when carried to excess and causes
For the protection of the fourth-class
men the witness said ho had increased
the responsibilities of the first-class
cadets in regard to this end. He fvlt
that these men. on the verge of grad?
uation, would use their utmost endeav?
ors to abolish hazing methods.
Col. Mills said that a great deal of
difficulty had been experienced by him
nnd the other .idlcers In getting in?
formation from civets about enses of
hazing, on the ground that they might
THE "HOD CARRIERS."
He told of his lmving secured the
path of a society known as the "Hod
Carriers." which existed among candi?
dates for udmissldn to this academy,
who attended a preparatory school at
Highland Falls, about two miles from
West Point. It was a soeiety compos?
ed of and formed for hazing candi?
dates. Witness said it wus of such a
vile natura that he knew he had a good
weapon In his hands. He submitted it
to. the cadet body, with the result that
when they saw hazing entailed, tin:
graduating class of 1000 declared that
they would ubolish hazing.
HAZING A FIXTURE.
In reply to Gen. Bates, Col. Mills
"I don't think that hazing can be
effectually stamped out as long as
human nature remains as it is. Even
in colleges and schools and business
centres it is carried ?>n. For Instance
the initiation of a member of the stock
exchange. Is marked by rough usage
of the new comer. But 1 think that
l>y vigilance ol Ih? authorities at this
academy nr.d the co-operation of the
cadets themselves It can be Kept with?
in such bound-: tint no injury-would
"1 have boon unremitting in my en
rteavors,*' continued Col. Mills, "in try?
ing to secure the assistance of the
cadets to this end. and I feel that my
offorts have boon suceiisful to a large
CASK OF CADET BOOZ.
Referring to 'the case of Oscar L.
Bopz, he said:
'The flrsl intimation that I had of
the case was In a letter I received front
the editor of the Intelligencer, of
Doylestbwni Pa.. In which !>>? said thru
Booz was dying from the effects-of se?
vere Injuries he had received in a light
at West Point Und also from the ef?
fects of having swallowed some liquid
"This let'ter was dated November '?!".
100.1. T Immediately Investigated the
case and replied to the letter November
L'S. saying that Oscar D. Booz had re?
signed on account of weak eyes and
thai he had received no serious Injury
in the fight mentioned."
"Did you ever in any way call Cadet
Boox a liar?" inquired General Clous.
"No. sir. 1 simply wro'te to the
authorities at Washington the facts
which I learned through my investiga?
tion here at the academy."
This ended the testimony of the last
witness and the court adjourned at 4
o'clock to reconvene at Governor's
island at 10 o'clock Monday morning.
PRESIDENTIAL TER ?HS.
OROVER CLEVELAND OTVES HIS
VIEWS TO. Till-: WORLD.
(By Telegraph to VIrglnlan-Pllot.)
. New York. Dec. 20.?Writing on "The
President of the Twentieth Century."
for a copyrighted special issue of the
New York World tomorrow, ex-Presi?
dent Cleveland refers to the Presiden?
tial tenure In these terms:
"Thoughtful citizens will more and
more appreciate the objections urged
against the present Indirect and cum?
bersome mode of electing their Presi?
dents. The circumstances In which
this plan originated, if ever of con?
trolling Importance, ought no longer to
excuse such a baffling confusion of
ideas as .".rows out of the Philippine
thai in a popular government the peo?
ple's chief office and their most direct
representative njay bo made the reci?
pient of their trust and the depository
of their power in flagrant opposition to
the declared popular will.
"Strong arguments are from time to
time urged in favor of a change in the
tenure of the Presidential office, These
should challenge serious attention to
the end that the present constitutional
lim),! may be removed and a more rea?
sonable and useful one substituted.
There has been a continual increase in
the Federal constitutional of a peremp?
tory character and related to the im?
mediate routine necessities of the
country; and so it has come to pass
that o fthe four sessions of Congress
held during a Presidential term two
are po brief as to scarcely permit the
passage of necessary appropriation
bills, while of the others one occurs
when the President is usually strange
In his new oitico and burdened with
importlll?lli rrrrn taiiors inseparable
from a change Of administration, and
the remaining one encounters during
its continuance the Interruptions, tim?
idity and demoralization of a Presi?
dential and Congressional canvass.
These conditions suggest the scant op?
portunity allowed for the initiation and
adoption of new and Important reme?
dial legislation during a single Presi?
dential term. Another argument of
considerable weight In favor of the
change is based upon the complaint
that the business and other important
interests of our people are now too fre?
quently disturbed and disquieted by
the turmoil and heat of a Presidential
election. It Is not amiss to add that a
substantial extension of the executive
tenure would pave the way for estab?
lishing the Incliglblllty of an incum?
bent to succeed himself?which has
long found favor w..., a large class of
our people as a consummation much
to be desired.
"Thus American citizens In the twen?
tieth century will be charged with the
duty of securing for themselves the ac?
tual substance of popular rule by es?
tablishing a mpre direct mode of select?
ing the people's Chief Executive In
strict accordance with the people's will,
and by so extending the tenure of his
otlleo as to enable him to better serve
his countrymen and more thoroughly
protect and defend all their Interests."
JUDGE FAIRCLOTH DEAD
NORTH CAROLINA LOSES HEU
(By Telegraph to VIrglnlan-Pllot.)
Goldsboro, N. C, Dec. 20.?Chief Jus?
tice Wm. T. Faitvloth died suddenly
at l?is home in this ctty tonight about
10 o'clock. He had taken a ba'th, nnd
the attack came oh him just as he had
put on his night robe preparatory to
going to bed. He hastened to lie down
upon the lounge and his wife saw that
his condition was critical. The neigh?
bors and his physician were hastily
summoned, bu't he was dead before
they arrived. In fact he expired a mo?
ment or two after reaching the lounge.
He was one of the wealthiest men In
this city, a director in the Bank of
Wayne, and Interested in other enter?
prises. He served twice on the Su?
premo Court bench, being first appoint?
ed in 1S75, elected chief justice In 1S94.
Judge Faircloth was one of the most
prominent Republicans in eastern
The London and Globe Corpora?
tion Suspends Payment.
FOLLOWED BY OTHER FIRMS.
All llio Failures Not Yet Known?Amerl
caiislucldeutnlly A fleeted?The Marquis
of DuflVrlu und Ava, Former Governor
General of Canada, and British Ambas?
sador at Carls, Chairman ot t)>o Sus?
pending Corporation, Has Another Sor?
row Added to Closing Chapter of Iii?
(By Telegraph to Virglnlan-Pliot.)
London. Dec. 29.?The London and
Globe Finance Corporation, limited,
has suspended payment. When the
brqkers yesterday delivered stock pur?
chased on account of the London and
Globe and asked for payment on ac?
count they received checks which were
dishonored. This was followed today
by the failure on the stock exchange
of 11! firms as follows:
Haggard. Hnle & Plxley, Gatie &
Driver. Douglas Jr., A. C; Cornfoot
Bros., F. A. Cohen, Hockey & Ducking
ham. Gunn & Aubrey. Richards &
Sloper, Baker & Smith, F. C. Watts. A.
C; Flower, A; C, and F. Boully,
A. C. The first named is a big
Hrm ?with Important connections. It is
feared a number of smaller jobbers will
be affected. ,
A GREAT SENSATION.
While the dimculties of the firms
elosely connected with the London and
Globe division were largely discounted,
the repealed fall of the hammer this
morning caused a great sensation. It
Is feared the full list of failures is not
In doubt With both sides professing to
be absolutely confident of the outcome.
Col. M. S. Quay and his lieutenants
claim they have enough votes pledged
to organize both branches of the Leg?
islature and Insure his election. Sen?
ator \Vm. Fllnn, of Alleghany. leader
of the anti-Quay Republicans and Wm.
T. Creesy, of Columbia, the Democratic
leader of the House, insist that the fu
slonists will organize the House and
probably the Senate.
THE UNITED STATES WILL MAKE
WAR ON THEM.
(By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.)
Washington, Dec. 29.?The United
States government has formally recog?
nized the responsibility of the mosqui?
to for the transmission of yellow fever
and mal.t'riul diseases. This fact is in?
dicated by the Issuance Of a general
order by Major Genera! Wood, at Ha?
vana, directed to his post commanders
reciting that the chief surgeon of the
Department of Cuba has reported that j
it is now w,oll established that malaria. !
yellow fever and tllarinl Infection are
transmitted by the bites of mosqultos.
Therefore, the troops are enjoined to
observe carefully two precautions,
first, they are to use mosquito bars in
all barracks, hospitals and Held service
whenever practical; sec,ond, they are
to destroy the "wigglers" or young
mosqultos by the use of petroleum on
the waters where they breed.
Permanent pools or puddles nre to be
filled up. To the others are to he np
plled one ounce of kerosene to each IE
feet of square water twice a month,
which will destroy not only the young,
but the old mosqu.tos. This does not
injure drinking water If drawn from
below and not dipped out. Protection
Is thus secured, according to the order,
because the mosquito does not fly far,
seeks shelter when the wind blows, and
thus each community breeds its own
Favors Congrossional Roappor
(By Telegraph to VIrglnlan-Pllot.)
Boston, Dec. 29.?The Middlesex Club
held its monthly dinner. at Young's
this afternoon, at which time ex-Gov- ,
ernor Brackett, Its president, made a i
remarkable speech in discussion of the j
subject "of election laws," the selected >
PAT CROWE, SUSPECTED OF THE CUDAHY KIDNAPING.
The search for Pnl Crowe, the mnn snspeeted of kidnaping Eddie Cudahy, hao
roused the police of almost every city in tlie country.
A VERY BLACK DAY.
Tho failures today involves twenty
eight members of the stock exchange,
who are equally divided among Job?
bers and brokers. It is generally re?
garded in the mining market e.s being
the blackest day since the Baring
smash, which was disastrous to all de?
partments. Today's crisis, however,
did not extend to the other markets,
though most of them closed depressed.
A M ERIC ANS AFFECTED.
Americans were Incidentally affected
owing to some of the firms which fail?
ed being interested in American securi?
Tho London and Globe Is Bald to be
largely Interested in the Baker Street
Waterloo Electric Railroad, and the
trouble is partially attributed to the
money it has tied tip in that road. The
chairman of the London and Globe Fi?
nance Corporation, .milled, is tue Mar?
quis of Duff er In and Ava. the former
Governor General of Panada and Brit?
ish Ambassador dl Paris.
ANOTHER SORROW ADDED.
Tho failure of the concern of which
he is the head adds one more sorrow
to the Closing chapter of his life, for he
is today preparing to start for South
Africa, in company with Lady Duffcr
in, in consequence of the serious con?
dition of his son, Lord Frederick Tem?
ple Blackwood, a lieutenant in the
Ninth Lancers, who was w?un !? I Mon?
day at Glenfohleirii It is scarcely a
year since Lord Duff er in lostjhis eldest
eon. the Earl of Ava, W??0 died at
Ladysmith. He is now encompassed
by family grief and his honored name
is dragged In tho financial mire.
Lord Dufferln's fellow directors are
Whltdkcr Wright, who Is well known
in connection With many companies;
Lieutenant General the Hun. Somerset
Gougli Calthorpe, who has been COlO
nel-ln-chlef of the Fifth Dragoon
Guards since ISOi. and i^ord Potham
Clinton, master of the Queen's house?
hold, and a son of the former Duke of
Newcastle. Lord Dufferln holds five
thousand shares of the London and
Globe and twenty thousand British
Tho Ponnsylvnnla Senatorshlp
(By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.)
Harrlsburg, Pa.. Dec. -;).?The strug
i gle for United States Senator is "still
j topic for the occasion. Hv rcfcrrcil to \
I the now apportionment of the States'
I for national representatives, and In
quoting the constitutional requirements
for such apportionment, said that Con
gress cannot ignore the action of four
Southern States in disfranchising col?
ored citizens. He said that the repre?
sentation from these States must he
reduced and the States themselves. In
throwing out the colored vote, he main?
tained, were in rebellion against the
LI HUNG CHANG SUFFERS FROM
(By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.)
Pekin, Dec. 29.?Sir Robert Hart,
director of Chinese Imperial Maritime
Customs, frequently sees Prince Chlng.
He says Prince Citing expeots a defi?
nite reply from the court to the joint
note of Hie- powers not before January
sth. He believes thai the note will be
accepted in its entirety within a short
It is doubtful now whether LI Hung
Chang will be able to attend the meet?
ings of the diplomats. The signs of
Old age are becoming more pronounced
and the lower portion of his body Is
completely paralyzed. Though it Is
t)ffl( lally announced each day that Earl
Li's condition Is improved, it is n fact
t!::it lie has not appeared out of doors
since he was first taken ill. His
friends say they believe he will not
completely recover and think another
commissioner must be appointed.
Pinprreo Doflos tho Court
(By Telegraph to Vlrglnlan-PIlot.)
Detroit. Mich., Dec. 29.?Governor
Plhgree, who was summoned to appear
before the Ingham County Court to?
day to answer the charge of contempt,
as the result of an interview in which
he attacked the Court and prosecuting
attorney, hns refused to answer the
summons. He was cited to appear at 1
o'elo< k today, but sent a telegram to
the Court, declining to attend, because
his authority being co-ordinate with
that of the Court, he denies its au?
thority to Command his presence. The
Court postponed the case until Jan?
uary 9, when Plngrce'a term of ofilce
will have expired.
AFFAIRS IN THE
Attitude of the imperial Chancel?
lor Toward the Agrarians.
THE HAY-PAUNCFOTE TREATY.
Count Von Iluelow Said to Ito no Agrarian
Who Diplomatically Declines to Cou
ceilc the Agrarian Dcmuutl Wholly?
Newspaper t'nmninili on His Attitude?
Relations of Wartemlmrc With the Im?
perial Government Somewhat Strained
?Attacks of itussian Press?Goruiau
Shipyards?Prince lleury, of I'rnssla.
(By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.)
Berlin, Doc. 2'.).?The recent speeches
of Count Von Klinckowstroem. the
agrarian leader, sind the attitude of
the Imperial Chancellor fount Von
Buelow, toward the agrarians have
furnished the press this week With
main subject for discussion without
any new facts. Count Vo'u Buelow has
not uttered a word publicly to indi?
cate his position and his Silence wins
him the designation ot the spec Sphy'nx
of German politics.
THE CHANCELLOR'S POSITION.
The Vosslscho Zeitung assumes that
the chancellor, from his political asso?
ciations, is art agrarian, but that bis
diplomatc education and experience In
foreign policies render him unwilling to
concede the agrarian demand wholly,
since he must sn? that a grain duty of
sixty marks would render a commer?
cial treaty polity impossible. The y*OS
slsche Zeitung assumes that such a
duty would cause a tariff war with the
United siates and Russia, the former
answering . with measures directed
against German sugar and the latter
replying by Increasing the duty on
N E W SPAPER COM M V. N TS.
The press this week has much com?
mented on a semi-official article in the
Muenchener Zeitung, National Liberal
quoting fount Von Buelow as saying:
"Above all things, no International
Many of the papers fear the chancel?
lor's conciliatory spirit will prevent
any vigorous policies and Others Inter?
pret his utterance as meaning that he
Is ready to sacrifice fount Von
Posadowsky-Wehner, Secretary of
State for the Interior, in the Interests
of an harmonious cabinet.
TRIP to SOUTH GERMANY,
The fount's trip to South Germany,
concluding with the highest decoration
being bestowed upon him by the Em?
peror, gives occasion for the frequent
remark that the Chancellor is on very
good terms with his Majesty. Never?
theless, the Cologne Volks Zeitung, lite
leading Centrist organ, sarcastically
asks what there will be "left to confer
oti Von Buelow when he actually dees
something." The trip has undoubtedly
had an excellent political effect.
The Stuttgart Sehwaeblsche Mercur,
the semi-official paper of W?rttem?
berg, remarks that the relations with
the imperial government have later
grown somewhat strained and adds
that fount Von Buelow's object was
;o restore the former cordiality, which
he has fully suceedod In doing. "Here?
after," continues the paper mentioned,
''the South German governments will
have a proper participation in impe?
The newspapers this week refer in
an aggrieved tone to the continued" at?
tacks of the Russian press on Ger?
many, instancing the dissemination of
the Improbable story that the Cotogho
ami i .?; iin?He1.'. .-^upci s im c-b. il.cd
by the De Beers Company to oppose
the Boer cause.
H AY-PAUNCEFOTE tre a t y .
The United States Senate's action on
the Hay-Pauncef?te treaty Is much
discussed. The National Zeitung. Na?
tional Liberal, and generally friendly
to the United States, devotes a lengthy
leader to this subject this rnornlng.
The general of the press Is strongly
condemnatory of the Senate, without
sympathizing with Great Britain.
The German private shipyards in 1P00
completed 250,000 t'>ns of vessels, w hich
Is three times above the tonnage turn?
ed out In lS'.i?. and a fifth per cent,
above the tonnage of 169$; British
yards built in 1900 bin.000 tons for Ger?
man account and the German yards
built in 1'." >> lnti.non tons for German ac?
count, and German yards built 113.
noo tons for foreign account. Seven
hundred ships. In all over IliO.OCO tons,
are bull ling for German account In
! German private and foreign yards.
Koi ty-. Ight warships are being built in
German private yards.
PRINCE HENRY SUMMONED.
Berlin. Dec. 20?An Imperial order,
dated December is, commands Prince
Henry, of Prussia (brother or Em?
peror William), to repair to Berlin by
January t and remain at the capital
for some time, with the view of attain?
ing a more Intimate knowledge of
stnte affairs. His majesty desires thai,
while at the capital. Prince Henry shall
maintain close touch with the foreign
PROGRESS OF THE CONSTITU?
(By Telegraph to Virglnlan-Pllot)
Havana, Cuba, Dec. ~0.?The consti?
tutional convention has not been In
session for several weeks, but the dif?
ferent sections thereof are busily at
work conslderlngwarlous clauses of the
plans which have been offered by So?
nores Rivera, Quesnda and Mauda,
from which it is hoped and expected a
constitution will be wrought. In indi?
vidual sections have been animated
discussion and a great deal of crlmlnds
tieii and 11 crimination. The chief
bones of contentious are those of suf?
frage. For the former there ore varl
ous propositions, and it' is not possible
fron? the outside to gather all phases
of the topic.
I A strong contention Is being made by
the mote conservative element to bnse
It upon an educational find property
The blacks or the island are so nearly
one-half ot the entire'population that
when the Spaniards, who reserved citi?
zenship with the mother country, the
Americans, the English, the Germans
and the French, none of whom are
uccounted "Cuban" in the political or
governmental sense, are counted out,
the negroes will have a majority of the
votes should universal Suffrage carry.
The proposition to form a federal
government, with six states?Havana.
Ptnar Del Hie, Matanzas, Santa Clara,
Puerto Principe and, Santiago?Is really
a fight for universal citizenship.
What the outcome will be seems not
difficult to determine. The United
States, it Is claimed in certain quarters
here, can hardly accept a universal
suffrage clause. Consequently, as it
would be particularly hazardous to
grant this island a government which
might at some time bo dominated by
the blacks, and thus make a Haiti or a
San Domingo of it. Is it hardly thought
In the matter of the presidency the
two Gomezes have reconciled their
differences and are pulling together in
the effort to prevent the constitution
prohibiting the election to that office of
a foreign-born citizen. This' Is in the'
Interest of the aspirations of Maximo
SOUTH AFRICAN WAR
BOERS (continue TO GIVE THE
ENGLISH Tit" >uble.
(By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.)
Cradock, Cape Colony, Friday. De?
cember 2S.?Klmborly is almost isolate
ed by Boer raiders. No malls have
readied there from December 19 to De?
cember 25. Provisions are at famine
prices. ?-The military took charge of all
the foodstuffs December 22. The Lcin
ster Regiment, commanded by Major
Barry, had a skirmish, lasting four
hours, with the Boers at Dreifonteln
December J7, suffering slight losses.
The Moers at Oetuk captured a convoy
of twenty-five wagons on 25th.
AN IMPORTANT INCIDENT.
London. Dec. 2!).?General Kitchener,
telegraphing from Pretoria under date
of Friday, December 2Sth, sends n
summary of the number of attacks
made by the Boers at various points.
The only Important Incident was an at?
tack on a baggage column near Grey
lingstad. A company with a pompom
made a sortie from Greylingstad and
drove off the Boers. Captains Rad
clyffe anil Harvest were wounded.
Eight men were killed, twenty-seven
were wounded and twenty-four re?
Blobemfonteln. Dec. 2S.?The British
have reoccupied Flcksburg. which for
some time had been in the hands of
hunting Trip to north Caro?
lina? alger's attack.
(By Telegraph to Vlrginlan-Pllot.)
Charlotte, N. C, Dec. 29.?A special
from Goldsboro to the Observer says:
"Lieutenant General Nelson A. Miles.
u. S. A., is in the city tonight en route
to Washington. He is returning from
a hunting trip on the Trent river,
where he was the guest of his old
friend, Mr. <'. C. Jerome, formerly of
Chicago, He expressed himself as
being delighted with the trip and re?
gretted that the duties of his position
necessitated Iiis reHirn to Washington
by the new year, tie dUcusseu p><ms
antly reconstruction days, and referred
to his residence in the State as com?
mander of the distrle't before its State?
hood was restored and especially re?
ferred to the fact that he Instigated a
movement of help to some 25,000 whites
made poor us n result of war condi?
Speaking of Alger's attack, lie said:
"i have not read It In Its entirety.
Alger waited some two years to make
the attack, and i guess i heed be in no
hurry to make reply. The beef ques?
tion has been pretty well condemned
already by'the press of the country. If
need be 1 may have- yet something to
say of the rottenness of the whole af?
AN ENGLISH EDITOR.
WILL CONDUCT NEW YORK
WORLD ONE DAY.
(Uy Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.)
New York, Dec. 29.?Alfred Harms
worth, editor and proprietor of the
London Dally Mall, has consented to
take entire charge, for one day only,
of the New York World next Monday,
to illustrate his Ideas of what the
twentieth century newspapers should
he. Tuesday's edition of the World
will be under Mr. Harmsworth's solo
dlreotlon?new in form. sl/.e. style and
contents. It is said that Mr. Joseph
Pulitzer personally offered to give,
$J00(0 to any charity Mr. Hartnsworth
designated If Mr. Uarmsworth could
successfully Uustrate his novel Ideas
of twentieth century journalism, which
he has expressed in recent magazine
articles tind newspaper interviews.
This Invitation, it is said, was ac?
cepted by >lr. Harmsworth.
DANISH WEST INDIES
OUR GOVERNMENT MAKES OFFER
(By Telegraph to VIrglnlan-Pllot.)
Washington, Dec. 29.?The negotia?
tions between the government of the
United States and the government of i
Denmark hove been In progress, though :
intermittently, for ihe past two years. :
The sum named in the Copenhagen']
despatch, as offered by Minister Swen
Kon, 12.0C'.i/!00 kroner,* us the price
to be paid* for the laiands. Is roughly
equivalent to about J3.2i0.000 American.
It is impossible to learn whether this is
the maximum price to be offered.
THE OFFER MADE.
Copenhimon, Dec. 29.?The United
States Minister, Mr. T. S. Swenson, has
informed Ute Danish government, that
the United States offers ll'.OOO.OOO |
kroner for the Danish Antilles and will i
not give more, I
AMERICA'S PART IN
Reviews By the Newspapei
the Year and Century.
INSULTING TO AMERICAN
Sir Ililwlu Arnold Signalize* tho Now Cot
tury With <? Sonnet?Sir. Cuunjughsu
lirahuni, a Former -Member of PnrJl
mint, Writes letter Iu Which Ho Bit
terly Arraign'* Anglo-Amarlcnu Fiio?
shl i> und Derides 11?* Speeches oi Cluit
coy Uepew uutl Lord Snllsbnry.
(By Telegraph to Virgrmlan-Filst.)
London, Dec. 29.?Reviews of the
year and century 1111 the weeklies and
daily papers. lit the latter and broad
er 'leid the writers And great satisfae
:ion that America's part in England's
<tory figures prominently. Sir Ed?
win Arnold signalizes the new century
wiilt a sonnet. Greeting Columbia,,;
? Happen what may happen, my prile
and prayers* watch thy bright
Thou dost uphold the lessons learned
from me and speak my Shakes--:
peare's speech?God go with ,
"If thy foes too much dare I think we .
shall be no more asunder
Than two great clouds hi heaven that
hold the thunder."
INSULTING articles; -
That sir Edwin Arnold's view;, are
not unanimously shared can be juagedc;
from a letter of Mr. Cunningham?
Graham ta former member of Parlia?
ment, who. in July, KS'JS, wrote a series
of articles, most Insulting to Ameri?
can.;, in the Westminster Gazette);
which Is given a place of honor in the
Saturday Review. It Is the most bitter,
arraignment of Anglo - American!
hip that has appeared for many .
a day. The writer derides the after
dinner speeches of Senator Depew,
Lord Salisbury and others, and der
dares this friendship has resulted only
In kicks for Great Britain in the cases
of the Vom z.uelu, San Juan. Alabama
atnl Behring awards. He says:
SYMPTOMS OF LOVE.
"We went on patting ourselves upon
our diaphragms, making certuin that
all these kicks were but symptoms of.
the affection and low the- Amerlc'n
bore us. In return for our moral heir
which we gave ?liem In their brave
punching of their brother Spanfe
they gave us nothing of a kindred sort
when we started in to thrush our
brother Boers. Lastly, on top of
our condescensions, like a cold bat
upon a drunkard,' come the clauses of
the Senate In the HajvPauncefote
I treaty, to which we are commanded to
j assent to kick number twenty, and i
! suppose Lord Salisbury Is going,
i turn his ample shoulders to receive
and assure the kickers of his- dlstin
gui lied consideration and thank ther
for the energy with which It is be
THE PROPOSED CANAL,
in connection with the proposed Nic
araguan canal, It Is said that when im?
United States definitely decides to'
build, one of the greatest ship-building
. oncerns In England will slmnlt:i
? ously open, on one of the gulf ports
an Immense ship-yard. Several stoe'
manufacturers are also said to be . r
si h i lug the advislblllty of establishing
The Manufacturers' Record, speaklr
In behalf of English trade, says:
?The men who have dominated tha
metallurgical Interests of the world fa
so many years, whose' trade ramlfic
Hons extend to every civilized count?
are not the men to yield to America
supremacy without sharing in-it by be
coming a factor in America's prodiiXc
Hons. To these giants of industry i
is not very material whether the sourc
of production Is In England or Pour
syivanla or ' Alabama. The people
American should welcome the on eon:
ing of this capital, not only for it
material benefits, but for that elc
kinship Into which the United State
and Great Britain would be drawn." <;
(By Telegraph to Virginian-PUot.)
St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 29.?A confereij
of Mlddle-Of-the-Road Populist:'
h re today in response to a call fs3tte
by Jo. A. Parker, of Kentucky, el:
man of the National Committee of tl
party. About ninety members of
National Committee were present
person or represented by proxy.-What
ton Parker and Ignatius Donnelly
candidates for President am: Vice
President in the recent election, we
Chairman Parker opened the meet
with a short address, in the course
which he- said that the conference" w.tj
called for tha purpose of consider
the future policy of the Middle-of-tt
Loaders, who stand for no eornpror
He believed In the divorcement ir
both the old parties and declared
the right should he carried furwg
without any compromise. Mr. Pari
said he had Issued the- call to ropn
tatlves of all branches of the Pot
party, but that "the fuslcnlsts'
ignored It entirely.
CLASSIFICATION OF NEWS/
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Local News?Pag''-' '-'. 3. 5, 6, Si -
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