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BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, AUGUST 1G, 1901,
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On the 10th R. O. lan & Co. re
ported: "Failures for the week were
173 in the United States, against 177
last year, and 31 in Canada, against 23
Under the will of the late Jame
Toleman, of London, the sum of 250,
000 is bequeathed to charity, and the
executors are given an absolutely free
hand in its distribution.
Several Mexican states propose pe
titioning' congress to enact a nation
al divorce law, that country having no
such law. The church party will bit
terly antagonize the movement.
A representative of American capi
talists, named Chambers, is negoti
ating to acquire the Charleroi glass
works, the largest in Belgium. The
company owns 40 furnaces, and values
them at 500,000 francs each.
Secretary Gage, on the 8th, received
from a soldier in the Philippines a
conscience contribution of $270. The
money was sent to Father Conaty,
rector of the Catholic university, for
transmission to the secretary.
Town lots in Lawton, Okla., are sell
ing for a figure which exceeds the
most ardent expectations. The aver
age for 55 lots sold on the 8th was
$300. On the 6lh the first corner in
the block north of the land office sold
for $900, and the average for the first
live lots sold was $360.
Dr. Hans Blum, one of the biogra
phers of Bismarck, has become men
tally deranged, owing to his losses
through the recent failure of the
Liepsiger bank, and has been placed
in an asylum. He is a son of llobert
Blum, who was executed in Vienna
during the revolution of 1848.
District Judge Dixon, at Pueblo, on
the 5th, decided at that the new Colo
rado state revenue law was invalid,
having never been legally enacted by .
the senate. The state will appeal the
case to the supreme court. The deci
sion, if sustained, may necessitate
calling the legislature in special ses
sion. On the 6th President Shaffer of the
Amalgamated Association of Iron,
Steel and Tin Workers issued "a call
upon all Amalgamated and other
union men in name and heart" to join
the movement against the United
States Steel and Iron corporation, and
quit at the close of work on the even
ing of the 10th.
At Medicine Bodge, Kas., on the 9th,
David Nation, through his attorney,
brought suit for divorce from his
wife, Mrs. Carrie Nation, the temjer
ance crusader. In his petition Mr.
Nation, who is now visiting in Iberia,
O., alleges that his wife held him up
to public ridicule, neglected her faru
ilv duties and abandoned his home.
Secretary Boot's order cutting off
the use of commissary supplies by
civilian employes is causing conster
nation among the minor clerks in the
Philippines, whose expenses are thus
doubled. Many of theme claim they
had an absolute understanding before
leaving the United States that they
would be entitled to use commissary
The annual report of the auditor
for the navy department shows that
during the fiscal year ending June 30,
1901, there were settled 0,695 accounts
ami claims. During the same period
there were examined 159, 65S vouchers,
as against 147,436 the previous year,
while the amounts allowed were $74,
649,110, as against $61,971,000 for the
fiscal year ending June 30, 1900.
The military government of Manila
ceased, on the 7th, and municipal af
fairs were taken up by three commis
sioners, similar to the government of
the District of Columbia. The pres
ident is a Filipino, Col. Herrera; the
others are Messrs. Baldwin and Tuth
erly. The chief of police is George
Curry, a former officer of the Elev
enth cavalry. Mr. Housermann is the
President Samuel Gompers, on the
9th. pledged the American Federation
of Labor to the support of the Amal
gamated association. After a confer
ence with President. Shaffer lasting
lor the greater part of two days, he
issued a statement specifically uphold
ing 1he position of the Amalgamated
association and pledging the moral
and financial support of the federa
tion in the strike in progress against
the United States Steel corporation.
Congressman Richard Bartholdt and
J. Brucker have begun work in Ber
lin in the interest of the St. Louis
exposition of 190:J. They will see the
officials and leading editors and ex
plain the plans and scope of the un
dertaking. It is believed that the Ger
mans will take a greater interest ill
this exposition than they took in the
one held in Chicago, owing to the
immense development of trade be
tween Germany and the United States
The International Association of
Botanists at Geneva, Switzerland,
completed its work on the 8th. The
articles of association were agreed
upon in principle and were handed
over to a committee to be drafted.
The next congress will meet in Vien
na during the year 1905. Americans
present were Prof. Ym. Gilson Far
low, of Harvard university; Prof.
Thomas Duncan, of Baltimore; Mr.
Schrenk. of St. Louis, and Mr. Mur
trill, of New York.
The United States training ship
Hartford, Commander J. M. llawley,
joined with the German war ships at
Kiel in saluting and half-masting
flags when the announcement of the
death of the dowager empress was re
I WAIFS FROM THE WAYSIDE f
t? BY AARON O. DAVIS 6
Special Tennessee Correspondent.
Gen. Otho F. Strahl.
Amid the war-clouds of the doomful year
That tried the bravest of the brave ;
The grandest play of hopes and fears
That ever Time to Glory gave ;
The great deluge of blood and tears
Where death shots dug the hero's grave
As holocausts of battle rolled
Across the land, the proudest band
Of heroes Fame shall ever hold ;
Her own died for this glorious land
Our South. But that Immortal roll
Of deathless dead who fell, but all
In vain, to reach the Victor's goal
Doth hold no grander name than Strahl.
Joe Knew Him.
I have been spending a few weeks
In a sleeply old village in Tennessee,
The place is an Isolated ' one,
among the hills, and has only one
store, which is in a dilapidated frame
building in front of the blacksmith
shop. The store is kept by Joe Sprag
glns, who has a miscellaneous stock
of household necessaries for occasion
al customers who usually bring eggs,
gingseng, coon hides, etc., to exchange
for calico, jeans, etc. Joe is a little
tow-headed, plainly clad fellow, who
spend3 most of his time sitting on a
good 3 box gossiping with street loaf
ers, or playing marbles in front of
hi3 place of business.
As the little hotel is not a desirable
loafing place, I spent much of my
time at the little store, and one day
Joe asked me to keep store for him
while he went to see if he could learn
who had won the cross-roads foot
Soon after Joe departed a gawky
young feilow came sauntering along,
and peeping in at the door, asked:
"Whar's Joe Spraggins?"
I told him, and then he said, "Won't
yo'uns tell him, when he comes, to go
over at dinner time an' feed my hoss?
I'm gwine squ'r'l huntin' an' won't be
back till nite."
"Yes," I answered. "Will you give
me your name?"
"Tain't necessary," he answered,
"Joe knows me."
Won't Care a Blame.
I'll jist be bound
That thar's a ba'ni for every wound
If we'uns jist could find
The healln' kind ;
But then I 'spose It's jist the same,
Fer when a hundred years
Have crossed this vale of teara
Then we'uns jist won't care a blame.
The loungers in front of a store In
a certain Tennessee village were spin
ning yarns. Smith told a story of
catfish which would come to a certain
hole of water every day to be fed by
him, and which finally got so tame
that it would crawl out of the water
and flop up the path to meet him
Brown told a story of a cat which
adopted a young rabbit and raised It,
and how the rabbit, the cat and the
dog would eat in peace together from
the same vessel. Jones then told the
familiar chestnut about the old farm
er who was very mean and miserly,
and who, when dying, begged his son
never to spend a single cent of money
for anything except fertilizers. This
story a number of the bystanders
were thoughtless enough to say that
they had heard before. Then 'Squire
Jenkins told a story of the pilot of a
Mississippi steamboat who "got on a
big spree, lost his all in a poker game,
was fired and put off in the wilderness,
and who went West, struck luck and
is now a millionaire."
-wan, squire," said Jim Akers, a
meek-looking, red headed fellow in
brown jeans," I ken beat that, . I
knowed a feller that went ter Western
Texas awenty-five years ago. He tried
ter git work an' failed. He was about
ter starve fer he had no money or
friends. So ho bought a basket on a
credit an went out ter a sheep ranch
an' commenced pickin' wool from the
thorns an' cactus where the sheep had
passed, an' what yer s'pose that man
is wuth ter day?"
By this time the 'Squire had be
come very much interested, but in
answer to the question he said that he
had no idea what the man was worth
"Jist make a ruff guess," said
"Well," said the 'Squire, "about
half a million."
"Ye are badly off," said Akers, "he
ain't worth a darn an' still owes fer
The laugh was "on the 'Squire"
who had to set up the cider to the
From the Croat-Roadi Bugle.
Miss Jerusha Sales has sent us a
new song, which she recently wrote.
It is sung to the tune of "Hail Colum
bia," and the first verse is as fol
lows: "Don't talk to me or Ilades
If such a place there be.
The old hot of this world
Is hot enough for me."
A sociable will be given by Miss
Susie Box at her home this evening.
Sam Biles died of rheumatism yes
terday in the infidel faith.
It is hot enough to make us forgive
our delinquents who failed to bring
the wood they promised on subscrip
tion last winter.
"Sugar Pie," our Post Oak corre
spondent, writes, "Jim Jigson, our most
prominent citizen, died last Saturday
and his remains were interred with
When your vegetables and fruit be
come stale cion't throw them to the
hogs, but remember ye editor will take
them on your subscription.
The yarns of Sut Lovingood are
very comic, but coarse. They were
written in ante-bellum days by George
Harris, of East Tennessee, published,
in the Nashvile Union and American
and afterwards collected in book
form. The work possesses strong orig
inality In its portrayal of the crude
life of the mountaineers, and at least
one of the yarns has crossed the At
lantic to enliven a scene in a great
drama. Sut describes himself as a
"nateral born dern'd fool." He 13 a
"queer, long-legged, web-foot.ed, short
bodied, hog-eyed and white haired"
creature, mounted on a "nick tailed,
bow-necked, long, poor, pale sorrel
horse" named "Tarpoke." He is a
wild, rollicking compound of ignor
ance and cunning, and tells his own
story in the backwoods dialect of the
beautiful region in which he lived and
is the hero of his own yarns, which
are quite as often at his expense as
in glorification of his exploits. The
extravagant oddity of his experiences
always arrests attention. On one oc
casion the Lovingood - family being
about t6 starve and there being no
horse to plow, Sut's father agreed to
be "hoss" and pull the plow, and acted
his part perfectly until he got into a
hornet's nest. He ran away, much
to the consternation of Sut, who was
acting as plowman.
On another occasion, being greatly
enraged by a local preacher, Sut re
solved upon revenge, and went to
camp meeting to accomplish his pur
pose. He had a bag of lizards and
took a seat as "mourner" upon a step
of the pulpit. The preacher. Parson
Bullen, was preaching a sermon on
"hell-sarpents" and "when he war a
rearing an' tearin' an' a ravin' onto his
tip-toes an' a poundin' of the pulpit,"
Sut put the lizards up his "breeches
leg," and when they began to crawl
on him he exclaimed: "Pray for me,
brethren! Pray for me, sistern! I'se
rastlin' with the arch enemy rite now.
Pray fer me an' save yerselves, fer the
hell-sarpents have got me."
For the above offense a reward of
"ait dollars to be paid in cash or
other produce" was offered for the de
livery of one Sut Lovingood, "well
tied," to the local authorities.
When Sut died Parson Bullen deliv
ered the funeral sermon over his re
mains, and among other things said:
"We air met, my brethering, to bury
this ornery cuss. He had hosses an'
he run 'em. He had chickens an' he
fit 'em. He had kyards an' he played
'em. Let us try an' reccolect his vir
tures, if he had any, an' forget his
vices if we can. for of sich is the king
dom of Heaven."
Mast Be Discharged.
Senior Partner Jim Smith, our
head bookkeeper, will have to be dis
charged, mucn as I regret it.
Junior Partner Why? Is he neglect
ing his duties.
Senior Partner No. Worse than
that. He has commenced spelling hi3
name, Jyme Smythe.
Young Men and Public Debate.
Judge Brewer specially commended
the organization of debating societies
among young men, modeled on the
lines of a house of representatives or a
senate, where bills could be introduced
in regular form, and all the proceed
ings conducted as nearly as possible
after the manner and method of an
actual legislature.' These suggestions
deserve the thoughtful consideration
of all who are interested in the promo
tion of good citizenship and the gen
eral welfare of young men. All our
higher institutions of learning have
student debating societies connected
with them, where valuable practice is
obtained by many, but no institution,
so far as we know, makes exercises
In debate and parliamentary law a
part of its regular curriculum.
Some of the Bljf Gold Nuggets.
Among the historical big gold
nuggets found In various parts of the
world there have been some wonderful
yellow lumps. In Cabarrus county,
North Carolina, one wa found in
1810 which weighed 37 pounds troy.
In 1842 the gold fields of Zlatoust, in
the Ural, gave a nugget of 96 pounds
troy. The Victoria (Australia) nug
get weighed 146 pounds and 3 penny
weights of which only 6 ounces were
foreign rock; and the Ballarat (Aus
tralia)' nugget was 39 pounds heavier
yet. The largest nugget ever found
was also dug in Australia the "Sarah
Sands," named for a far-off loved one.
It reached the astonishing weight of
233 pounds and 4 ounces, troy. St.
Potato Spirit as an Illnminant.
The German railway officials have
for some time past been carrying out
a series or experiments to determine
the value of potato-spirit as an illnmin
ant, says a Berlin correspondent. Their
official report, which has just been
made public, states that provided the
lamps are kept clean and that denatur
ed spirit of sufficient strength is
used, the light is valuable for outdoor
lighting. The drawback in regard to
interior lighting is the unpleasant odor
given off. The experiments have be!i
sufficiently promising, however, to war
rant their continuance for anothei
. NEWS FROM THE PHILIPPINES
Needed Leelalntion Loans to tb.
Province Military AtTnirs
The Commissary Frauds.
Manila, Aug. 2. Gov. Taft, speaking
! at the banquet given yesterday by
I the Californians in Manila to Repre
sentative Julius Kahn, of San Fran
cisco, said that in order properly to
develop the Philippines satisfactorily,
legislation dealing with the tariff re
form must be passed at the next ses-
j sion of congress. He asserted, also
that laws prohibiting the sale of pub
lic lands and timber; laws providing
for the incorporation of American
banks, and laws granting franchises
and mining rights were imperatively
Other members of the Philippine
commission spoke in the same vein
Gen. Chaffee described the achieve
ments of California's regiment, and
there were several other speakers.
The commission have granted $25,
000 to each province where cattle
have been killed by rinderpest, and
this sum will be expended in giving
work to those who need it, with a
preference for outlay upon public
The new heads of the city depart
ments have been very busy during the
las few days making minor appoint
in en Is.
Sen. Davis expects to complete the
work of turning over the duties of
provost marshal this week, and lie
will then assume his command of the
United States troops on the Island
of Mindanao and in the Jolo archi-
Gen. Greely, chief signal officer, lias
had an interview with the members
of tin commission with reference to
turnii.g over the telegraph system,
and he has advised the establishment
f a school of telegraphy.
Gen. Chaffee has received from
Lieut. Herbert L. Evans, of the Forty
fouith volunteer infantrv a full re
port of the taking of Mindora. Lieut
Evans says the insurgents fled to the
mountains, but that they must soon
Commissary-General Weston as
sorts that the original reports of the
frauds in the commissary department
were much exaggerated, and that the
total money loss to the government
turns cut to be only $750.
Gov. Taft and Commissioners Ide
and Moses will leave Manila Tuesday
lo establish 'government in ihe
northern provinces. .Commissioners'
Wright and Worcester will remain in
Manila to conduct the government.
ENGLAND WAS OUR FRIEND.
Hie SimniMh War Wan Client if Only
to UriiiODnlrate 'I'll In Im
Xew York, Aug. 12. Chaplain II. W.
Jones, IT. S. X., spoke last night in the
Church of the 'Strangers. Uiis city, on
"The Life and Work of a Cn.iplain
of the N'aw."
incidentally, he told a story bear
ing on the relations of England to
ward the United States during the
Spanish-American war. He said in
"l Lough not being a lover of war,
TMiink that many of us have learned
to ll-ank God that the conflict with
Spain was ever forced upon us. It has
shown the world what we are. We
can also thank Him for the love of
England in that matter, for although
.ve knew of England's friendship,
perhaps you have no idea of the ex
tent of her friendship or her love.
This last winter, when at Barbadoes,
we foil ml the British West Indies
fleet there, and invited one of the
British nav.il officers of high rank on
board our ship to dine with us. The
conversation turned on the powers
opposed to tis during the wir with
Spain, and the British officer ex
claimed: "'Gentlemen, perhaps you knew
that England was with you, but you
have no idea what England really did
for you. I was on leave when he
Spanish-American war broke out. and
together with several other officers
as immediately ordered back to
culy. We had at two points C? of
our ships, waiting to be ordered out
in case of any naval demonstration
being made against the United States
by the other powers. If any euch
demonstration had been made Ave
wovld have headed them off.' "
FIELD MARSHAL WALDERSEE.
AY lie ii Emperor William Met IIliu He
Klsied the Warrior ' on
Hamburg, Aug. 11. Field Marshal
Count von Waldersee arrived here at
9 o'clock. He was met at the rail
road station by Emperor William, the
crown prince, Frederick William,
Prince Eitel Frederick and Count von
Buelow. His majesty's greeting of
the field marshal and the officers ac
companying him was most cordial.
He kissed von Waldersee on both
cheeks. The emperor and the field
marshal drove together to the castle,
amid the plaudits of the crowd. There
the empress welcomed the field mar
shal. An Appeal to the President.
sew York, Aug. 11. Cigarmakers
of this city have sent a letter to Pres
ident McKinley asking that the ex
ecutive power be used for the protec
tion of the cigar workers of Tampa
against whom, the letter says, "un
heard of brutalities have been prac
ticed." The letter concludes:
"If the position were reversed, and
the capitalists and the merchants
were arrested and taken away from
their families, the United States
army would have been called out to
Sales of Fertilizer.
The trade on fertilizers to farmer
In this State is not very healthy just
now, as is evidenced by sales of tags
In the office of the commissioner of
agriculture. Under the law every pack
age of fertilizer weighing 200 pounds
has to have a tag on it, and the sale
of these tags is the only source of
revenue in the bureau of agriculture.
From July 1 to date just one-half as
many tags have been sold as were dis
posed of during the same period last
year. Next month is usually the big
gest one in this regard of the entire
year, and on the sale of tags an esti
mate of the next year's wheat crop is
ascertained. Unless present demands
increase the receipts will likely fall
far short of the expenses of the office.
and the outlook will not be promising
for a large acreage of wheat.
Bnrned to Death.
By the explosion of a gasoline stove
Mrs. Bridget Buck of Memphis, was
literally burned to a crisp, dying after
hours of the most intense suffering.
Mrs. Buck was preparing to cook sup
per when the explosion occurred. She
had turned on the oil and was light
ing one of the oil pans when the flames
were communicated to the oil tank,
causing the explosion. Her clothing
was literally soaked in the oil and she
was in an instant wrapped in a sheet
of flames. Although her screams at
tracted the attention of neighbors they
could do nothing to save her by the
time they reached the house. Her
hands were burned to a crisp and her
entire body, excepting the head and
face, was horribly injured.
Work of Railroad Commission.
The Tennessee railroad commission
has given out for publication the re
sult of over three months' of tedious
and arduous labor in assessing the
railroad, telegrapn and telephone prop
erties of the State. The work of mak
ing the biennial assessment was com
menced May 1.
There are many changes in the as
sessment, some lines being increased
aud others decreased, and the same
way with the branches of some lines.
The total valuation of railroad
property is $56,056,114.30, as compared
with $55,183,272.94, a net increase in
the assessment of $872,S41.36. The as
sessment as returned two years ago
was $112,700 more than the figures
given above, but the Supreme Court
decided that the Chattanooga &
Lookout Mountain, the Lookout Moun
tain & Lula Lake and the Lookout
Point incline ver not such railroads
as were osiwsa'r-le ty the commission,
r.ot being common carriers, so they are
assessed by the local authorities .and
the amount is deducted from the total
assessment of two years ago, leaving
it at $55,1S3.272.94.
The telephone and telegraph proper
ty is assessed at $1,445,381.70, which,
added to the railroad property, $56,
056,114.30, makes , the total valuation
of $57,501,496 for railroad, telegraph.
and telephone property, as compared
with $56,436,429.14 two years ago, or
an increase of $1,0G5,066.S6.
Fatal Rock Fight.
Three young men, Walter Poe, Pyott
Springfield and cousin, Ralph Spring
field, engaged in a duel with rocks
near Chattanooga last week as a result
of a quarrel. After mutual friends
had stopped the fight it was found
Pyott Springfield's skull had been
crushed and the others had several
bad contusions each. Pyott Spring
field died a short time afterward and
young Poe is now in the county jail,
charged with the murder. All three
belong to prominent families.
Dead Body Found.
The body of an unknown man was
found In the Palestine neighborhood
recently. It was discovered by a flock
of buzzards hovering over the remains.
It is believed the body is that of a
victim of John Loveless' gun. Love
less heard a noise in his lot on July
4, and upon' Investigation he found a
man running away. He fired upon
him and later tracked the blood spots
some distance. It is believed the man
was trying to steal one of Lovele33'
A Little Romantic
A marriage on the romantic order
took place at Huntingdon a few days
ago, when Sebe Scott and Miss Ida
LIfsy were united In the bonds by
Justice E. Falkner. The marriage was
uie postponement of an event wnic
was to have taken place just
prior to the outbreak of the
Spanish-American war. The groom en
listed In the volunteer army, and has
Just returned from the Philippines.
Charged With Murder.
Armstrong Hensley is in the Erwin
Jail on the charge of murdering his 5
y ear-old stepdaughter.
Rural Free Delivery.
Rural free delivery service will be
established October 1 next, at Frank
lin, Williamson county, Teen., with
five carriers: T. JL Job n son A T
Page, W. W. Bass, J. P. Cotton and
R. H. Jennings. Length of route,
120 miles, covering an area of 89 Vfc
square miles, containing a DODuIation
Subscriptions to Baxter's Railroad. '
Nashville has voted to subscribe
$1,000,000 stock in the Nashville &
Clarksville railroad. Clarksville voted
to take $100,000. while Cheatham
county subscribed $50,000.
At Walnut Log, on Reelfoot Lake, a
man by the name of McReady and
his brother-in-law, named Childersen,
got into a fight. Mrs. McReady, see
ing her husband getting the worst
of It, secured a knife and stabbed her
brother under the right shoulder. She
and her husband then started off.
Childersen, though seriously wounded,
sprang upon his wheel, went to his
house and secured a gun, intercepting
his sister and her husband. Mrs. Mc
Ready, seeing him coming, sprang into
some thick bushes, exclaiming, "Don't
do that, Al!" He fired both barrels of
his gun, the bushes protecting hia
sister, but several shots struck her,
producing only slight wounds.
Murdered Ilia Brother
Horace Clark, a farmer residing
near Castalian Springs, is alleged to
have been murdered by his brother,
John Bell Clark, the motive being
robbery. Clark, it is said, knew that
his brother had just come into
possession of about $100 which he car
ried on his person, and that he enticed
him on a hunting trip. They were
accompanied by a nephew. John is
reported to have told his plans to the
boy, who said that he must not kill
his brother, whereupon John threaten
ed, to kill tne boy also, secure the
money and escape. He then, accord
ing to report, secured a club and
struck his brother a terrible blow on
the head, fracturing his skull, then
pulled a wire from his pocket and
bound it tightly around his brother's
neck to prevent his "from coming to
life." He then, it is said, rifled the
murdered man's pockets, secured $75,
tied weights to the body and sunk it in
the Cumberland. The people are ex
cited and scouring the country for the
Tennessee-Virginia Boundary Line.
Govs. McMillin of Tennessee and
Tyler of Virginia, at a recent confer
ence in Washington, determined upon
the share of expense to be borne by
their respective States in meeting the
cost of the delimitation of the bound
ary line between Tennessee and Vir
ginia, now being made by a commis
sion appointed for the purpose. Two
of the three members are employes
of the coast and geodetic survey, and
the third is a civilian. The pay of
the commissioners is not to exceed
$10 a day. The States pay the officials
the differences between their salaries,
the amount allowed by law, and ' the
$10 per day. The agreement reached
by the governors proposes that each
State shall share equally the ex
pense incurred, which altogether will
not amount probably to more than
$4,000 or $3,000. A peculiar feature
of the case is that at Bristol the
States pass through the city, but both
States have agreed upon the middle
him, and McGee resented it with his
tween the two commonwealths.
Road Law Attacked.
A bill has been filed in chancery at
Nashville attacking the constitutional
ity of the road law passed at the last
session of the legislature. It is claim
ed that this act embraces both in its
title and body, three separate and in
dependent subjects, having no relation
to each other, namely: providing for
the manner of electing road commis
sioners, creating district road boards
and defining powers thereof, and de
fining the limitations of the road dis
tricts. It Is further alleged that it is
void because it is class legislation and
a partial law, applying to only coun
ties of 120.000 to 150,000 population;
and, further, because it was not read
on three separate days, as provided by
the constitution. '
Tragedy Follows Jest.
Alex Welch was killed a few days
ago by Guy Bohanon. about fifteen
miles east of Cookeville. A crowd of
young men were coming from church
when Welch proposea to wrestle with
Bohanon. Bohanon told him he was
too small for him to wrestle with. At
this Welch took offense, and, drawing
a knife, cut Bohanon's lip, whereupon
Bohanon drew a revolver and shot
Welch four times. Welch died in a
few . minutes.
Near Gentry, Putnam county, Dan
Moss and a neighbor named Elrod
fell out over a settlement and were in
the act of clinching when Elrod's
brother and Alonzo Brown, his brother-in-law,
appeared upon the scene.
Brown made a desperate assault upon
Moss, during which Moss was stabbed
or cut four times by Brown. Just be
fore he received his last stab he turn
ed to run, when Brown struck his knife
up to the handle in his back, and while
retreating with the knife in his back,
BroiEn struck him a terrific blow with
a large stone. It is thought that Moss
will certainly die.
Cattle Owners Wrought Up.
Citizens of districts 7 and 24 of Car
roll county are considerably wrought
up on account of some one killing
cattle there lately. Two fine young
steers have been slaughtered and skin
ned and hind quarters taken, and the
balance left in the woods.
Pardon for Plemmlng.
Gov. McMillin has pardoned Mack
Plemming of Roane county, sentenced
to two years for larceny. Plemming
escaped in 1896, and while at liberty
married and settled down to hard
work. He has two chilren and was
recaptured in December, 1900.
CONFESSED HE STOLE THE GOLD
Jack Winter Proved to be the BI
Wanted Showed Where II
Had Concealed It.
San Frnnsisco, Aug. 11. Jack Win
ters, who was arrested for the Selby
smelting robbery, has confessed the
crime, and so far $130,000 worth of
bullion has been recovered from the
bay where he had sunk it. For three
days the detectives tried all sorts of
intimidation to make Winters con
fess, but their threats apparently had
no effect upon him. Finally he asked
to see Supt. Eoj;p, of the works, who,
he said, was the only friend he had. Ia
his conversation with Bopp, Winters"
manner indicated that he knew where
the gold had been hidden. Ronp tald
him that they had a strong case
against him, and that he "would be
sent to prison for 30 years. He said:
"l'ou will be an old man when you
get out, and it will do you no good to
hide the gold. We know it is hidden
in the water near the works, and we
will search every inch. You may be
sure that the gold will be found before
you get out of prison."
Winters finally weakened, and told
Ropp thathe had taken the gold, and
would take him to the spot where it
was hidden. The criminal, in
company with Supt. Ropp and
a force or detectives, left
on a tug for Crockett. There they;
waited all night for low tide. Win
ters pointed out the place, at the end
of the railroad wharf, be
hind the coal bunkers, at the
beginning of the Vallejo ferry
slip. At that point at Jpw tide the
mud is about four feet deep, covered
by a foot of water. When the tug
first reached Crockett, Winters point
ed out the spot in the water where
he said he . had thrown the gold.
Winters himself got into the mud
aud water up to his neck, and for an
hour and half groped for the
missing bullion. ' Up to two
o'clock $150,000 worth had been
recoverd. This includes the four
bars of fine gold. Winters had put
some of the bars in bags. He said that
one of the bars had broken, and some
small bars had dropped out. It is
new only a question of careful search
to find the rest of the $2S0,000. Win
ters claims that he did the job all
alone. He says that he made 14 trips
from the vault to the wharf from,
which he dropped the gold. TJ'
smelter officials, however, are pot-
tne that be received assistance irom
THE OUTLOOK FOR COTTON.
Observation Indicates That an Arm(
Crop May be Expected In Half
the Cotton States.
St. Louis, Aug. 11. -Dispatches to
the Republic from centers of infor
mation on crop prospects in Missouri,
Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Tex
as, Oklahoma, Indian territory, Louis
iana and Alabama show the present
outlook for cotton to be generally;
An average crop may be expected
in at least half the cotton-producing;
states, while in several, notably Mis
si.sippi, Louisiana and Alabama, the
yield will be much better than last
year or that of the year before.
In Texas, where interest is cen
tered, owing to the fact that the
state produces one-fourth the cotton
of the world, the conditions vary
widely; in the southeastern part of
tin; state the yield is expected to ex
ceed that of last year by 30 per cent.;
in southern Texas rains are badly
needed, and it is predicted' that the
crop will be 10 to 30 per cent, short
of last year's crop; in the central por
tion of the state the crop will prob
ably be below the average, owing to
damage by drought; in east Texas a
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crop aoove tne average win De picKea,
while in north Texas the yield will be
just about the average.
In Oklahoma and Indian territory
conservative estimates of this year
yield place it at near the average.
Arkansas cotton fields have suf
fered from drought, but with good
weather from now on the crop will
not be far from last year's.
In .Tennessee, the cotton on the
lowlands is in satisfactory condition,
while that on the hills will fall short
30 to 40 per cent, of an average crop.
.The cotton-raising counties off
southern Missouri suffered as much
as any section in the country from
the drought, yet the 'yield of cotton,
provided the weather is favorable
from now on, will not be many thou
sands of bales less than last year's.
While it is difficult to judge the
grade of cotton from what has been
fchown so far, it is believed by conserv
ative men, throughout the cotton belt,
that it will be at least as good as and
probably much better than last year's.
America In Knrope.
New York, Aug. 11. Among the
passengers who arrived from Europe
on the Hamburg American liner Au
guste Victoria was Henry C.Payne,ofT
Wisconsin. Speaking of the commer
cial advance of the United States in
the -world's markets, Mr. Payne said
it was impossible for an American int
Europe not to be impressed with the
strides made by American manufac
turers. Especially in Austria, Hun
gary and Germany, he said, were the
people apprehensive of the inroads
America was making in their trade.