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VOL. XXXVIII-NO. 29.
BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 1903.
SUBSCRIPTION: $1.00 Per Year
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Bitten by a Mad Dog.
Col. T. II. Baker, formerly United
States marshal for West Tennessee,
3iad an exciting experience with a
mad dog at his farm, three miles
south of McKenzie, last week, and
as a result is nursing a sore leg,
which, although painful, will not
likely have any serious results. The
animal belonged to Mr. Null, a
neighbor, and it was not known that
it had the rabies until some time af
ter it had bitten Col. Baker. The
animal approached to where the col
onel and some friends were standing
talking, and before any one was
aware of its presence the dog had
hung its teeth into the calf of Col.
Baker's leg. The colonel had on
thick, heavy leggins, and the dog's
molars did not penetrate to the
skin. They made a wound suffi
cient to bring the blood, however,
and the colonel's friends were rather
uneasy about the matter for awhile.
The mad dog had, prveious to its ap
pearance there, attacked and bitten
a large number of other dogs, hogs,
chickens and other animals along
the road. The animal was promptly
killed after it had gotten in its work
on the ex-marshal.
Outcome of Old Grudge.
' Johnson Kee, a young man who
lives a short distance west of Hunt
ingdon, was bound over to the Cir
cuit Court last week in the sum of
$300 on the charge of malicious as
sault, which he committed on an
old man named John Tucker, a few
days ago. Both men were in town
and were drinking. They quarreled
over an old grudge, and late in the
evening when the old man started
for his home in the country, walk
ing, Kee waylaid him on the John
son levee and attacked him with a
club, giving Tucker a most unmer
ciful beating. Tucker lay on the
levee all night in an unconsekms
condition, and was found there the
next morning by friends. His in
juries were reported to be quite se
rious. Five years ago Tucker and
Kee had a fight, and the younger
man gave Tucker a beating, knock
ing him down with a stick. This
last afTair was the outcome of the
Killed by a Stranger.
Joseph Strader, a prominent cit
izen of Clinton, was killed last week,
while riding with a stranger from
Clinton to one of the railroad camps
on the Louisville & Nashville ex
tension. The man was captured this
morning at Eubank's camp, near the
scene of the killing. He gave the
name of A. C. Hammond, of Atlan
ta, Ga. He claimed to have killed
Strader in self defense, but beyond
this would make no statement. Mrs.
James Worthington states she passed
the men just before the killing, and
they were apparently engaged in a
friendly struggle, when, she as
serts, the stranger made a declara
tion challenging her. This, she
says, caused Strader to defend her
honor, and it is believed this may
have caused the killing. Hammond
is in jail at Clinton.
All the work on the hospital group
and the power house at the National
Soldiers' Home, now under construc
tion at Johnson City, has been sus
pended. It is said the government
inspectors have condemned about
$60,000 worth of the work on these
buildings, and it will have to be torn
out and rebuilt. The loss will be
heavy upon the contractors unless
some concessions are allowed for
want of correct specifications, which,
it is said, is the claim of the con
tractors. All the men who were
on this work are now idle.
eDath Knell Sounded.
Covington's new charter, under
which saloons in the town are abol
ished, went into effect last week.
At a meeting of the Law and Order
League a committee was appointed
with instructions to see that laws
regarding the sale of whisky are en
forced. "Attorney-General Caldwell
notified the league that the saloons
Injured in Runaway.
Dan Gardner, a well-known citi
zen of McLemoresville, was badly
injured in a runaway last week while
returning to his home from Hunt
ingdon. His shoulder was fractured
and several ribs also broken. He
was thrown out of his buggy against
" Molten Metal Victims.
In an accident in the Bristol iron
furnace at Knoxville last week Wil
liam and Enoch White were horribly
burned by molten metal. The lat
ter's face and neck were literally
roasted, and his recovery is in doubt.
City Marsha! Dark Dead.
City Marshal Steve Dark, of Lew
isburg, shot by masked highwaymen
in Marshall county a few days ago,
died at Lewisburg last week. There
is still no clew to his assassins.
Two New Routes.
Two new rural free delivery routes
will be installed in Carroll county,
running out from Buena Vista, ten
miles west of Huntingdon, on the
Paducah & Memphis division of the
Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis
railroad. The inspector of the ru
ral delivery service is now at work
laying out the routes, and the service
will begin about July 1. An exam
ination for carriers will be held this
week. When these two new routes
are installed there will be thirteen
routes in operation in Carroll coun
ty, six from McKenzie, five from
Huntingdon and two from Buena
Vista." The patrons on the five
routes installed April 1 from Hunt
ingdon are delighted Avith the ser
vice given them, and the business
of the office shows a decided in
crease. Invitation to Teachers.
Huntingdon is out after the an
nual meeting of the State Teachers'
Institute, which convenes some time
during the summer months for a
six weeks' session. President A. E.
Booth of the Southern Normal Uni
versity', has been in Nashville in the
interest of the city's claims, and
thinks that the chances for securing
the big meeting of pedagogues are
very bright. Huntingdon can and
will entertain most royally the 300
or more people who are expected to
attend the meeting, should that city
be so fortunate as to secure it. An
invitation will be extended and a
movement pushed forward to that
Fertilizer Tags Sold.
The report of the joint committee
which examined the office of Com
missioner of Agriculture Thomas II.
Paine was submitted to the assem
bly last week. It shows that the
amount appropriated for the office
was $20,843.8;?, and the receipts
from ilie sale of fertilizer tags from
March 1, 1901, to March 1, 1903,
had been $32,843, making the total
receipts of the department $13,
999.17 more than the expenditures,
and enabling it to turn into the
State treasury $34,843. The appro
priation for the live stock depart
ment was $3,000 and the expenses
W. C. T. U. Institute Closed.
The W. C. T. Uv Institute, which
Miss Carrie Lee Carter, the famous
temperance lecturer, has been con
ducting at IKcr for some days,
closed last week. Miss Carter will
continue to conduct her good work
in other Tennessee towns for a pe
riod of about six weeks. She con
ducted the institute in a splendid
manner and helped greatly to ad
vance the cause.
Chattanooga Tinners Etrike.
The union tinners of Chattanooga
all went out on a strike last week,
demanding an eight-hour da', which
the contractors were ready to con
cede, but in their demands was an
other that the contractors should
sign an. agreement to buy no more
goods from the Chattanooga Steel
Koofing Company. The contractors
would not sign the boycott agree
ment, and the strike is on.
Mad Dog Epidemic.
A mad dog epidemic exists in the
Yiar neighborhood, a few miles east
of Dyersburg. During the past few
days many dogs which were bitten
by a cur suffering from hydrophobia
have been phot. A mule belonging
to a man named Wagoner, who lives
on S. A. Wood's farm, was bitten
by the mad dog and became affected
with the disease and died soon after
ward. Farmers are much alarmed.
An Unfortunate Boy.
Earl, the 13-year-old son of W. T.
Bailey, of Rainer, met with a pain
ful accident last week. A log on
which he was sitting suddenly rolled
over, crushing and breaking the lad's
right leg. This is the seventh time
the lad has suffered a broken leg.
Interne Prison Hospital Appointed.
Dr. Gus Grainger, of Paris, a
third year man of Vanderbilt Med
ical School, has been appointed in
terne at the hospital of the State
prison at Nashville.
John A. Gorman and wife have
sued the city of Knoxville for $10,
000 because its health officers forced
them to be vaccinated.
Walter Dolon is the first man to
exhibit ripe strawberries in Green
field, and he had them on the streets
on Good Friday.
Mil! Forced to Close.
Stockholders of the cotton mill at
Trenton have decided to shut the
mill down. During the fall they
were unable to secure a sufficient
amount of cotton to operate with
out loss. The mill will be closed
until the new cotton comes in.
NORTHERN SECURITIES CO.
Decree Afcatnut the Company- Sn
pended So Far am to Permit the
Payment of Slay Dividends.
St. raul, Minn., April 20 Before
United States Circuit Judge W. II.
Sanborn, Monday, appeared attorneys
for the Northern Securities Co., anrl
the Northern Pacific and the Great
Northern Railway companies, to pre
sent their request that the recent de
cree against the Northern Securities
Co. be so far suspended as to permit
the payment by the railroads of the
regular May dividends to the Securi
ties company. They maintain that
the money would ultimately reach the
same individuals, whether paid to
them directly or throug-h the me
dium of the Northern Securities Co.
On all other points of the decree no
modification was asked. The attorneys
presented their petition to Judge.
Sanborn on Friday, but United States
District -Attorney Ilaupt, under , in
structions rom Att'y.-Gen. Knox, ob
jected, and the case was set for ar
gument. Monday. A little over $4,000,
000 will be released for the May divi
dends if the petition is granted, and
nearly $14,000,000 would be paid out
before a decision can be secured from
the suprem ecourt of the United
After argument by counsel pro and
con, Judge Sanborn, at noon, nn
nounced that the petition would be
The appeal has been perfected and
the bond will be filed at once.
INJECTION OF NEW BLOOD.
An Operation by Which the William
Cramp & Sons Ship-Bnildlns Co.
Hum Been Saved From Wreck.
New York, April 20. Through the
successful negotiation of a $5,000,000
loan on terms which involve practical
reorganization under a new manage
ment, the William Cramp & Son's
Ship and Engine Building Co., of this
city, has been saved from the immi
nent danger of having to pass into the
hands of a receiver, saj-s the Herald's
representative in Philadelphia. With
a plant which, according to a recent
estimate, is conservatively valued at
$12,000,000, the Cramp concern has, it
is said, been in sore need for several
years of an increase in its available
working capital. It has outstanding
notes to meet amounting to $2,000,
000 to $3,000,000.
HARD ON WESTERN FLOCKS.
A Hard Winter and the Ravnxen of
"BiK Head" Working Havoc
Anionic the Sheep of I'tah.
Salt Lake, Utah, April 20. Between
the ravages of an unusually severe
winter and the breaking out of a ma
lignant disease, known as "big head"
among their flocks within the past
few weeks, the Herald says the sheep
men of Utah, southern Idaho and
eastern Nevada are afraid that by the
time they get their sheep to the sum
mer grazing grounds their loss- will
amount to about fifty per cent, of the
number they had last fall. Should
this estimate be correct, the loss in
Utah alone will amount to about 1,
000,000 head and would be an unpre
cedented loss to sheep owners of this
MANY MINERS LOCKED OUT.
The Philadelphia & ReadnB Com
pany Lock Their Miner Ont In
the Shenandoah Diatrlet.
Shenandoah, Ta., April 20. The
Philadelphia & Beading Coal & Iron
Co. forced a lockout at every one of
their collieries in this district Mon
day. The men were notified on Sat
urday that if they did not work the
full nine-hour day they could consid
er themselves discharged. When they
reported for work Monday they were
told there was no work for them. The
idle collieries in this vicinity are Ma
ple Hill, Kohinoor, liillangowan.
Knickerbocker, Indian Bidge, Suffolk.
Turkey Bun and Plank Bidge, of the
Philadelphia & Beading Coal & Iron
Co., and the Cambridge, an individual
TURBINE YACHT EMERALD.
The First Vessel of Her CIa.es to
Attempt a Voyage Across the
New York.April 20. George Gould's
new turbine yacht Emerald, eharterd
in December last from Sir Christophei
Furness, has sailed from England. The
Emerald is the first vessel fitted with
turbine machinery that has ever at
tempted to cross the-Atlantic. Her di
mensions are: Length over all, 236
feet; beam, 2G feet 8 inches; molded
depth, 18 feet 6 inches. She has three
sets of steam turbines, eich driving
one length of shafting and five man
ganese bronze propellers one propel
ler on the center shaft and two on
each of the side shafts.
PROCLAIMED A HOLIDAY.
April 3, the Centennial of the Slf?n
inK of the Louisiana. Purchase
Treaty, a Holiday in Missouri.
Jefferson City, Mo., April 20. Gov.
Dockery has issued a proclamation
declaring Thursday, April 30, the cen
tennial of the signing of the treaty
transferring the Louisiana territory
to the United "States, and the date oi
the dedication of the World's fair
gounds in St. Louis, a public holiday
in the state of Missouri.
Ills Wonnd Proved Fatal.
Bakersfield, CaL, Apri 20. City
Marshal T. J. Packard, who was shot
in Suuday's battle with Outlaw Mc
Ivinney', died Monday morning.
fill II B.
Indictments Say Senators Made
Their Bargains in Jefferson City
and Were Paid in St. Louis.
MATTHEWS AND SMITH HAVE SHOWN UP.
Daniel J. Kelley, Senator Karris and
Lieat.-Gov. I.ee Remain Ont of
SiKht It in ThobKht that at Least
Ten Senators AVill be Canght In
St. Louis, April 20. Senators Frank
Farris, of Crawford county; Buel
Matthews, of St. Louis county, and
Charles A. Smith, of St. Louis, each
received $1,000 for voting against the
bill to -repeal the anti-alum baking
powder statute, according to the in
dictments returned by the Cole coun
ty grand jury and made public since
the arrest, of Matthews and Smith.
Further, the indictments set forth
that Daniel J. Kelley, of New York,
was the dfsbursing agent of the Bak
ing Powder trust.
SENATOR FRANK H. FARRIS.
It is alleged tnat Kelley made the
bargain with Smith, Farris and Mat
thews at Jefferson City, while the
money changed hands here at the La
Both Matthews and Smith are at
Jefferson City to give bond, which
will be fixed "at $:U00.
Senator Smith, who has been dili
gently sought by the St. Louis grand
jury to testify in regard to the legis
lative boodling, stated his reasonfor
not resjMinding to the summons was
the serious illness of his daughter.
Senator Sullivan, of Christian coun
ty, has not been located, neither has
Sheriff Smith of Cole county found
trace of Senator Farris, the man who
taunted Lieut.-Gov. Lee with the"alum
It is' believed that the authorities
desire Senator Sullivan to turn state's
evidence, as the indictment against
him was not returned into court, al
though voted upon Friday night.
."Vo Trace of Aernt Kelley.
Att'y.-Gen. Crow stated that he had
found no trace of Lieut.-Gov. Lee, nor
has he any idea of the whereabouts of
Daniel J. Kelley, of Baking Powder
LIEUT.-GOV. JOHN A. LEE.
Bequisition papers for Kelley have
been sent to Detective Tracey, who is
in New York city.
Three true bills were found against
Lobbj-ist Kelley, the money which he
is alleged to have given to Senator:
Smith, Matthews and Farris forming
the basis for tVem.
The investigation into legislative
boodling will be resumed by the St.
Louis grand jury this morning.
Att'y.-Gen. Crow, who gathered the
evidence upon which the Jefferson
Citv indictments are. based, will co
operate with Circuit Attorney Folk.
It is practically certain.that at least
ten senators will be caught in th-j
grand jury dragnets before the in
quiry is concluded.
APPEARED AXD GAVE BOND.
Senators ' Matthews and Smith Give
Bond to Answer for Bribery.
Jefferson City, Mo., April 20 Sena
tors B. L. Matthews and Charles A
Smith, who were indicted . by the
grand jury, Saturday, for accepting
bribes in connection with baking
powder legislation, appeared Monday
and gave bonds in the sum of $3,000
each for appearance before the cir
cuit court in the July term. The- .
came voluntarily and each says he is
The indictments charge them with
receiving bribes from D. J. Kelley, of
New York, of $1,000 each to vote
ac-ainst the alum bakinsr powder bill.
! as members of the committee on crim
' inal jurisprudence of the senate in
I the Forty-first general assembly, two
jrear3 ago. The witnesses on whose
testimony the indictments were found
were Lieut.-Gov. Lee, J. II. Edwards,
chief clerk in the office of the secre
tary of state; Patterson Bain, baking
powder manufacturer of St. Louis;
Frank YVuerz, clerk of the Laclede
hotel, St. Louis, and Hugh Koening
paying teller of the St. Louis bank
where the supposed checks were
The gold now in the'United States
treasury amounts to $641,000,000, the
largest deposit in the world.
Mrs. Bose E. Fanning died, Sunday,
after having taught in the St. Louis
public schools for 44 years.
Speaker Whitecotton of the Mis
souri legislature claims credit for in
stigating the boodle investigations.
Charles Featherstone, a Texas mil
lionaire, and Miss Myrtle Dedrick, a
telephone girl, were married at Dal
F. Seymour Barrington, the English
adventurer in St. Louis, declares he
will contest his wife's divorce suit to
the bitter end.
Minister Conger reports that Box
ers in some of the Chinese provinces
are again becoming aggressively ac
Frank Bell was shot and probably
fatally wounded by Walter Musick, at
St. Loufs, as the result of a quarrel
over a craps game.
A strike of the St. Louis Transit
Co.'s employes is threatened after
May 1, the men having formulated de
mands for higher wages and shorter
Father J. J. Head of Annunciation
church, St. Louis, captured a man who
had stolen vestments of the acolytes
from the building and turned him
over to the police.
James McKinney, a western outlaw,
was shot to death at Bakersfield, Cal.,
after he had killed one office and fa
tally wounded another while resisting
Chicago democrats launched Carter
Harrison's presidential boom, Sunday,
at the first meeting of their newly
formed club. Mayor Harrison was
Gov. Dockery of Missouri vetoed the
southwestern normal school bill, os
tensibly on the ground that the state
should not be restricted in locating
Carrie Nation has opened her Kan
sas home. for the wives of drunkards.
No men are allowed on the premises.
Many joint smashers took part in the
rians have been perfected fortrans
portation and entertaining the distin
guished guests from Washington who
will attend the World's fair dedica
tory exercises at St. Louis.
A posse of farmers, summoned by
rural telephone, pursued two suspect
ed robbers near Edwardsville, III.,
and engaged them in a pitched battle,
in which Frank Charles, one of the
fugitives, was seriously wounded.
An impetus has been given to the
plans for the removal of the Philadel
phia commercial museum to Wash
ington and the making of a national
institution out of it. .
The monitor Arkansas anchored
Sunday at Mound City, 111., and sailed
thence to Cairo. She will have to cut
down her smoke stack to get to St.
Louis, having been caught beyond tne
bridge by high water.
Mrs. Elizabeth Milbank Anderson
has presented real estate valued at
$1,000,000 to Barnard college, New
York. This is said to be the largest
donation ever made to a woman's col
lege in the United States.
HEAVY STORMS IN GERMANY.
A Thirty-Six Hour Snow Storm, with
a' Heavy Gale, Does Much
Damasre In Germany.
Berlin, April 20. The gale of Sun
day wrought such havoc on the
grounds at Potsdam that a full report
on the subject has been telegraphed
to Emperor William. Many splendid
trees, dating from the time of Fred
erick the Great, were uprooted. The
imperial wild park was also seriously
The 3G-hour snow storm over middle
Europe ceased Monday at daylight
The snow is two inches deep in Ber
lin, increasing to a yard deep in the
Hartz highlands. Snow lie! d"ep in
east Prussia and Poland, where wires
are down and trains delayed. The
temperature in most parts of Ger
many is barely at freezing point, so
that the damage to the fruit s crops
may not be so serious as at first sup
posed. Thesnow is melting rapidly
and the streams are already flooding,
The government has issued notices
that telegraphic communication with
llussia is interrupted and that the
lines communicating with Pomerania,
Silesia and eastward of Berlin are al
FOR MAKING A FALSE ENTRY,
William Brown, a Footman, Who
Married Coantess Russell. I'nder
Assumed Name, In Trouble.
London, April 20. Ym. Brown, a
footman, was remanded at Ports
mouth on the charge of making a
false entrv at the resistor's cilice
there last December, when under the
name of "Prince Athrobald Stuart
DeModena," he married Ceuntes
Ilussell, who obtained a divorc- fr.m
her husband, Earl Russell, on the
ground of the earl's bigamy in r-.nrry-incr
Mrs. Somerville in the Ui-ited
To Look Into the Coal Roads.
Xew York, April 20. Acting upon
the advice of Att'y.-Gen. Knux, th
interstate commerce commission will
meet in this city Tuesday, and begin
an inquiry into the merger of the coal
A GENERAL RESUME.
The general assembly of the State of
Tennessee concluded Ita session last week
and adjourned sine die. The action of that
body Is now history, and It holds the rec
ord of being the greatest bill-producing
body that ever sat in the State capltol. The
house clerks have had to wrestle with many
more than a thousand bills, while in the
senate about 900 were Introduced. Scores
of these bll:s were local In their nature,
having for their object the changing of
county lines, the creation or abolition of
school districts and a thousand and one
other things concerning cities, towns and
villages which might have been left undone
to the great hurt of nobody. A large num
ber of these measures, of course, died the
death, many of them never escaping the
But the statesmen did not devote all of
their time to trifles. Long before the session
began it was conceded that matters con
cerning the schools, the extcnblou of the
four-rul!e law to towns of 5,000 and under,
the regulation of railroads in the interest
of the Tennessee Central, insurance and
roads legislation and aid for the St. Louis
Exposition and a State fair, would be Is
sues for the lawmakers to handle. Chief
of these, audV In fact, above all else, was
the proposed extension of the four-mile law.
In many counties the campaign for legis
lative places was fought on this issue
alone. The Anti Saloon League had made
a hard fight and when the general assembly
convened they pushed their bill to au early
Iss,ue. The result Is history. The liquor
interests were overwhelmed and today more
than forty towns which have had the sa
loons for years will soon know them no
more at least not until there Is a change
of public sentiment. The passage of tue
four-mile bhl was a sweeping blow to the
liquor Intel ests, which have been steaui:y
losing ground iu the State, and the chances
are more than even that a straight local
option law, covering the entire Slate, wl 1
be passed before many years. The assem
bly has also paused some minor 11. Is
aimed to restrict ibjuor dealing and gam
bling, but since the enactment of the Ad
ams bill theie has been a growing dispo
sition not to go any farther . along tnis line,
atjeast for the present.
The defeat of the bills seeking the reg
ulation of the railroads, fathered by Sen
ator Haxter, of Davidson, who is also pres
ident of the Tennessee Central, and which
measures were manifestly in the interest
of his road, was foreshadowed before the
November election. At no time did these
bi.ls have a chance to become laws, be
cause they were so drastic tuat thiy ar
rayed every railroad in the Stale, even the
Tennessee Ceutral's connecting roads,
against them. Senator liaxtcr has said he
wi.l stump the State on this question, and
that he will next year elect a legislature
which will give him such re.lef as he covets.
The best posted men here, however, say he
will never succeed unless he modifies his
Cause of Education.
Trobably the most important legislation
enacted, with the possible exception of the
Adams law, was that diverting the treas
ury surplus at the end of each year to the
common school fund. This act will give
the schools JL'OO.OOO or I3W.OOO Jan. 1 ixt,
and the succeeding January the amount
may run ui to J5OJ.000. An effort was made
to pass a bill limiting the annual amount
to be so diverted to fbO,wo, Dut it raiicu.
The defeat of this bi.l may yet bring on
seiious complications, because after awhile,
if too large-a surplus goes to tne schools,
there will be a cry for reduction of taxa
tion. There are some other measures of
great Importance to the schools, and the
chances are that the present assembly has
immensely helped the cause of public edu
cation In Tennessee.
After the most strenuous efforts on the
part of the press and progressive lueu iu
Nashville and other cities, au appropriation
of J40.00O for an exhibit at the World s Fair
was made after a similar bill carrying
$10,000 more had been voted down. The
State fair 'bl I, carrying an annual appro
priation of J20.000. met defeat, the jealousy
of Nahvhle by other towns helping to put
it to sleep. Efforts to pass a bill providing
for a better system In the conduct of the
agricultural department also proved futile.
insurance legislation has had a hard road
to travel, the assembly being careful not
to give the alleged Insurance combine any
more rope If It toa d help It. An anti
compact bill was killed, but some other
measures received favorable action.
The State liar Association, after ten
years' effort, managed to get rt bill through
establishing a State boa. a of law examin
ers. The purpose of this act is to make
admission to the bar more difficult and to
shut out shysters.
Efforts to regulate telephone rates, to !
destroy trusts and to harass the railroads
have not made much headway. The dom
inant sentiment seemed to be to let these
The assembly Indorsed a number of con
stitutional amendments passed by the last
legislature, and the people will vote on
them in November, 1904. The principal
amendments extend the term of the gov
ernor to four years, make the comptroller
and treasurer elective by the people in
stead of the legislature, give four-year
tenure to county officers, permits counties,
towns and municipalities to exempt new
industries from taxation for a peiiod of
years and limit the bonded debts of cities
to 10 per cent, of their taxable values.
The special committees which visited the
educational and charitable institutions and
the State penitentiary suggested certain re
forms, but little legislation In accordance
therewith was enacted. There was. how
ever, a cut in the per capita appropriations
to some of these institutions, on the g: ound
that they could be less extravagant and
get along on less. Bills were passed pro
viding for the purcKase of additional coal
lands for mining purposes, and the hands
of the penitentiary commissioners were
strengthened iu the matter of enforcing
Fight Over Pensions.
One of the biggest fights of the session
was over Confederate pensions ond the pen
sion board. It was more or less n fight of
the outs against the ins, and also an ef
fort to procure a fourth-class pension for
disabled soldiers. The assembly Increased
the annual appropriation of J50.000. making
It 1200,000 in all. This additional sum will
cover the fourth-class pension. The make
up of the pension board was also changed
by giving camps and bivouacs a more equal
representation. The assembly also passed
a bill giving women representation on the
board of trustees of the Confederate Sol
Quite a number of bills reducing the
number of civil districts iu counties have
been passed, but it is impossible at this
writing to give a list of the affected coun
ties. The object of these biTs la to reduce
the size of the County Courts, and Is a
forerunuer of a movement to further re
strict the power and size of these courts.
Considerable sentiment favorable to a
constitutional convention existed in the as
sembly, but efforts to pass hill proTlding
for a convention proved futile. The rural
district's do not seem to be favorable to
organic changes and the corporations do
not care one way or the other. The whis
ky Interests are opposed to a convention for
fear of further damage to their business.
The appropriation bills carry about $100,
000 more than those of two years ago, but
the State treasury is plethoric and there
nave, been a good many calls for aid. 1:111s
carrying $75,000 for a reformatory school at
Memphis and $10,000 for a negro industrial
school ct Tul'.nhoma went to the waste
basket, not, however, without a struggle.
Little road legislation of a beneficial
character was enacted. The character of the
country In the grand divisions is against a
uniform road law. Sereral hills authoriz
ing counties to vote road bonds were passed,
but where elections have been held the
bond propositions havr failed.
legislation looking to a better Inspect !ou
and control of the mines and enlarging the
power of the mine bureau was enact' d.
More money for this wors was approjul
ated. The general assembly, on the wliol?, has
been a good working body, nad has been
free from eeandnl. It had a few strong incu
In each bouse, but as usual the vast ma
jority were not of n high grade ho far as
intelligence goes. The speakers were men
of business sens? and sagacity, however,
and they have done ail they could to bring
order ut of chaos.
Th Kepubllcans bar not bad much to
do. Numerically weak, they have had no
chance. Thvy were i.ot even powerful
enough to secure auy changes in the elec
tion law. In the num. however, they have
been on the side of the best element in tht
two houses, and for this, at leubt, the pub
lic can be thankful.
Three members of thv; Shelby delegation
gave the whisky peopU a lit and made pos
sible tiie passnge of the Columltia tour-mii
law. The bill barely got a const ltutioual
majority and lluhu, ChighizoU aud Kilgiui
tou held the balance of power. lheynrew
it to the temperance side aud passed Hit
Iu the house Mr. Komiue Introduced a -Joint
resolution declaring the purpose aud
intent of the legislature that in event of
the adoption of the constitutional amend
ment cxtendiug the term of the governor
to hve years that It be immediately effect
ive and upply to the governor elected at
the next November election, and it was
Mr. Cleage Introduced a joint rcsolutlou
authorizing the governor to name a com
mittee to solicit subscriptions for a silver
service for the cruiser Tennessee, and it
The senate joint resolution approving the
purchase of laud by the penitentiary com
missioners was concurred In.
Mr. Cleagt called up the bill regulating
the election of directors of private corpora
tions. The bill aims to protect mlnoilty
stockholders by providing that a stockhold
er may vote for as many directors as there
are to be elected or cumulate his votes two
that, for Instance, if he owns one-third the
stock he may elect one-third of the direct
ors. The bill passed, ayes 53, nays 26.
The senate bill to amend the road law
so as to give county judges power to hear
road-opening cases was amended so as to
make the road duty age IS to 5t) years, and
The senate substituted and passed the
house bill regulating the assignment of un
A joint resolution that the governor ap
point a commission to solicit subscription
for a silver service for the cruiser Tennes
see was passed by the house.
In both branches of the' general assembly
there was a flood of new bills all loal iu
their nature introduced, and final m-tlou
taken on almost as many more, but notl.'lng
of general interest was enacted in cither
house. . ,
Ihe house had great difficulty in main
taining a quorum; iu fact, for half un hour
no quorum could lie secured, although tht
speaker, through his sergeunt-at-arins, made
the most strenuous efforts to bring iu mem
bers. Not a few of the younger meiuber
have become so much interested in Nash
ville that they are hanging out iu the hope
of forcing au extra session. There was op
position iu the house to the general appro
priation bill, but the leaders nually got the
measure up and after amending it in several
particulars passed it.
The senate later declined to concur and
conferees will be appointed. The house de
clined to concur iu the senate amendments
to th"e revenue bill, but an agreement wan
reached on the Confederate pension bill, by
which fourth and hfth-class pensions are
created. The senate disposed of the miscel
laneous appropriation' bill, but not until it
had been so changed the house is not likely
Other matters in both the house and sen
ate pertained to matters more local tlrau
otherwise and will not be repeated here.
The conference committee on the general
appropriation bill reported, and the senate
accepted the report. Each house receded
from certain amendments. The per capita
appropriation for the insane asylums was
placed at $135, a reduction of $5 per capua
from the last two years, and lixed the sol
diers' home per capita at $105, au increase
of $5 each. The comptroller's salary was
fixed at $3,975. The committee could not
agree on wh'at the appellate judges should
be allowed for assistants, but a nw confer
ence comiiiHtee was appointed with Instruc
tions to recede from tlie senate amendment
on this point. This, of course, settles the
rIhe bill making it a felony to entice away
any person under contract to work for an
Mitet of the time of the house and senate
was taken up in the passage or rejection,
of bills purely local in nature, and the
above includes all of general interest done
by cither branch of the legislature.
All of the day was spent in waiting
on the engrossing- clerks, absolutely
nothing else being done.
The general appropriation, miscel
laneous appropriation, revenue and as
sessment bills, the four longest measures
-with which the legislature had to deal,
were passed just at the close of Jthe ses
sion. The work of engrossing these bills
was an enormous undertaking. Some
idea of the task can be grained when it
is stated that it required five hours to
read the assessment bill after it wes
engrossed, this always being done for the
purpose of comparing the engrossed copy
with the original bill. The assessment
bill of two years ago filled seventy print
ed pages of solid matter in the acts of
The new bill is of practically the same
length. The engrossing clerk and her
assistants were busy copying the new bill
for two. full days.
In the senate there were 757 bills in-fifty-third
general assembly of Ten
or nearly ten for each senator. There
were besides thirty-six joint resolutions
and thirty-one senate resolutions.
In the house there were introduced
1,003 bills and more than 400 of these;
including local bills, were enacted into
The reading of the engrossed bills
bein still unfinished when the official
hour of adjournment arrived (11 o'clock)
the hands of the capitol clock wera
stopped in order to complete the work in
hand, which was not concluded until
8:45 in the evening, at which hour the
troduced. and I'Sl were enacted into laws,
nessee adjourned yithout day, and passed
Postal Opens Office at Jackson.
The Postal Telegraph Company
having completed some of its lines
into Jackson, has opened an office
at the Southern Hotel. Mr. Harry
B. Gates, late manager of the West
ern Union, has accepted a similar
position with the Postal.
Twenty Divorces Granted. -
In the Circuit Court of Davidson
count' last week Judge Childress
granted twenty cases in one day.
The decrees were granted on all sorts
of grounds. In one case a witness
for one of the plaintiffs is to marry
Books Correctly Kept.
The report of the joint committee
appointed to investigate the - offices
of the comptroller and treasurer
submitted its report to the general
assembly last week. The report
shows the amounts of revenue re
ceived and the disbursements, and
that all the books and accounts are
in a niarvelously correct condition.