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ASHEVILLE, N. C, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1889.
PROF. ELISIIA MITCHELL
A CHAPTER Or- HITHEBTO I N
Major WeHtall'H Inleredtlnir Story
of the I.atonrlouH Search and. Hue
cesHful lllHcovery of the Body of
the I'nfortunale Scientist.
It was the Inst week in June, lH.rw, and
about the middle of the five months' ses
sion of the school in central Swannanoa,
where I was teaching, when the news
came that Professor Llisha Mitchell had
disappeared, and had possibly and very
probably, lost his life somewhere on the
Mack Mountain. Tic had started on
Saturday to cross the mountain to Big
Tom Wilson's on Caney river, in Yancey
county, and failing to return on the next
Monday, as he was expected to do, Ins son
an ddaughter, who were with him at Mr.
Stcpp's, and were his nssi&taiitsintnking
his survey of the mountain's height, sent
immediately to Wilsou's to see it any
thing was wrong. Finding that he had
failed to reach that place, they ut once
had the alarm sounded that their father
was lost, liy this time, three or loin
(lavs had elapsed, and Professor Mitchell
not having returned, two or three hun
dred men, from both sides of the great
mountain, hurried to the search.
The search went on several days, and
every day the news would come down
the river, that the lost had not been
found. I hail not yet gone, thinking
there were men enough out already, and
because 1 had liccn on a trip to Ml.
Mitchell onlv six dnvs before Pr. Mitchell
disapiK-arcd". Hut 1 went nt last. I think
it was on the morning of the eighth day
after the disappearance, that two of the
citizens of Swaiinanoa came to the school
house where I was teaching, and asked
me if 1 would adjourn my school and Ix
come one of a fresh company to goto the
mountains in search of the lost man.
Thcv had been told that I had been ou
all sides of the R'ack Mountain and was
quite familiar wilhcvcry face ofils rugged
scencrv. and that they wished me to lead
their company on the search. I con
sented to go as they desired, and we
agreed to meet at Alexander's at 2 p. m.,
ou that day, with rations for three days.
We met on' time at the place appointed,
and at sundown we entered the mountain
house, as it was culled, where we found
a number of tired, disheartened men, who
had been again unsuccessful in thcirsenrch
for the lost. Mr. Jesse Stepp was there,
and I soon found that, as he was so well
.'icipiniiiled with every ridge, rinilet and
knob of the mountain, he had at the first
assumed the command of all the forces,
and had, with gootl judgment, divided
the men into scpiads, with a leader to
each squad, and that the search had had
much system and order. Mr. Stepp thru
owned and lived at what is now called
the Pulton house at tliefoolof the moun
tain. Prof. Mitehcil made Mr. Stepp's
house his headquarters.
We slept and rested at the mountain
house that night as well as we could on
the floor, without lied or blanket. The
nights were the shortest of the year, and
we were ready for business at 4 o'clock
next morning. At the order of Mr. Stepp
to get ready to march, the men began
to hang up their knapsacks and pro
vision bags to nails and pegs in the walls
of the house, but I swung mine to my
back. Mr. Stepp came to ric and said:
"You must not try to carry thai load
with vou; just take a snack in your
pocket. That is the way we have been
doing, for we always come back here at
night." "Mr. Stepp," I answered, "I
came out to hunt Pr. Mitchell, and I
don't know where 1 shall Ik1 when night
comes, but I am going to take all my
The whole company was conducted by
Mr. Stepp to a bench of the mountain
where a ridge diverges toward the Ivy
siile. and a halt was culled for a division
of forces. We were then not more than
eight hundred yards from the first knob
of the Black, where the county lines ol
iltmcombe and Yancey corner. There
Mr. Stepp divided his force into squads,
over which he appointed leaders. There
were a few men that he thought notable
to stand hardships, that he formed into
a company, and as I was a school teacher,
he supposed I would be a proper leader
for them ; so he told me to take ehafgeol
Mr. Calvin Patton who was afflicted
with asthma and R. C. Patton whose
weight was about 250 pounds. Some
ol the men who had gone up with me.
refused at first to go with any one clsi
till Mr. Stepp told them that he had u
poiuted me to take charge of the "in
. valid" corps, when they all gave in but
a young man, William Ilurgiu. who de
clared thai he hud solicited me to come,
and that he would go with no one eise.
1 then had three men with me. and 1
was directed to go lo the lop of the first
knob and then hunt around it at a radius
of about four hundred yards from its
Mr. Stepp then left us, and with all but
mv squad of lour, went to the left, where
they wi re to search in regions not ye:
gone over. After they hail gone I started
oil' in the path that leads by the first
knob on the left, toward what is now
called Mitchell's peak. We had gone in
the path four or five hundred yards.
...uu. vi,. ('nK'i,i P.-iiiitn Hniil iii ii tom-
of dissatisfaction: "Tom, where areyoti
going? Here we are still in the path,
that men have gone and come every day
for a week, and we are not doing any
mmd. 1 see we are passing the ground
over which we were directed to look,
and we have not even looked Iroin the
until." I told him that about one hun
dred vnrds further on we would find n
spring of very cold water where we
would slop aun nave a consniuiiioii.
After we had assuaged our thirst, I said :
"Now gentlemen, 1 came here with you
to find the lost man if possible, but I am
not eoimr bv the direction ol any man
Mr. Stepp is not now with us; he is di
reetinir somewhere else. I am not going
to olicy orders. My opinion is thnt this
path in which we have lieen walking, is
the wav Pr. Mitel-ell traveled when he
started to Wilson's. I knowthesemoun-
tains, for I have been all over them and
all around them. Pr. Mitchell knew
il-. m too, and, as be started to go to
Wilson's on Caney river, he would not
go any other way. One who knows the
mountains would not go any other way.
And, gentlemen, so far we have been
walking in the lost man's tracks. Thnt
is mv opinion."
We started aenin and kept the path.
We had gone about two miles, and were
on the top ol the long strcicn oi unnuia
timr ridire lietwccn the first top and the
glade just under the high knob, when wc
heard the rert of a ritle some little dis
tance in the direction we were going.
That was a signal gun, und we were, in
less than five minutes, with the party
who fired it. We there met Big Tom
Wilson, Adoniram Allen and his nephew,
James Allen, all frm the Caney river
side. They told us that their company
of thirteen men, all from Caney river,
had sheltered at the cabin near the high
peak the night before; that they had
worn themselves out during the several
days they had been hunting for the lost
mun ; that thev were out ol provisions.
and did not think the lost man could lie
found, so their whole company had given
up the hunt in despair, and had started
home. At the edge of the glade, as they
started down the mountain, they found
a plain print of a man's shoe in the damp
earth that some of them supposed had
been made hv Pr. Mitchell, others said
that it could not be so; thnt two hun
dred men had lieen all around that place,
uid it was more probable that one ol
them had made the track. Ten of the
men then went on home, but Wilson and
the Aliens, said thev would first go out
on the ridge a few hundred yards, and
lire a gun to see if any of the Buncombe
men were in hearing. 1 suppose we were
not more than one hundred yards apart
when the gun wasfired. AsI said before,
Wilson's company, all except the two
Aliens, had gone home, and Wilson said.
if he had not found us when he did, that
thev also would have gone. I asked Wil
son if he thought he had probably found
Pr. Mitchell s track, anil he saul it was
very improbable. I told him if there
was any very reasonaoie proiiaiuiny oi
the fact wc would send for Stepp and the
whole company. He said .No. do not do
that, but bring your company along
with us and examine the track and the
lilacc and see for yourselves." We soon
got to the place, and the track answered
to the description ol the snoes wc were
told Pr. Mitchell wore. But then many
men who had lieen hunting for him wore
the same make of shoes, and had been
backwards and forwards near that place
every day for nearly a week. I told Wil
son that as lie had started Home we
would go with him down the valley to
wards his place, that it was my opinion
the lost man had gone that way, and if
he had, wc would surely liudothcrtracks.
Weall agreed lo that, and I think we
had gone about a mile when some one of
the party called out, "here is a man's
track." Wc all ran to the place, and
saw a very plain track that corresponded
to the other one and lo me shoes the
lost man wore. We were then con
fident that we were right and
that wc would find him. It was
then about eleven o clock, ami
we halted for dinner. There my provis
ions came in at the righl time and place,
for Wilson and his two companions had
iiiid nothing to eat since the day belore
xcent some trcsh wet without salt, 1
then proposed to Wilson that we all go
back to the top of the mountain, and
send for Stepp and all the men on the
other parts ot the mountain and put
them all ou the right track. He objected
to that, hut as a substitute proposed
that I send mv three men lo inform the
others, and that I go with him home,
uid that we all meet at the place next
morning where wc were then, lie said
he was obliged to go home that night,
and that he might on his way come
icross the lost man, mangled bv a tail
from a precipice or torn by wild beasts,
and that I must go with him. 1 told
him I would go, and then Mr. K. C. Pat
ton said he would go too, if his brother
Calvin Patton and William Ilurgiu would
go back and inform the men on the other
part ol the mountain tnnt we were on
the right track, and to meet next morn
ing near that place. That was agreed
in, and we separated, the two named,
, , . . . , . ii..- ,r:i
.;oing nacK, ano unc inner live, ivnson,
i hi two Aliens. K. C Patton and inysell
going down the hollow towards Caney
nvcr. The mam company witu Mcpp
was at least live miles from where we
ivcre. That was the seventh or eighth
dav since Pr. Mitchell disapiK-arcd ; there
had been frequent showers, moss covered
rocks, logs and every place, so that
tracking seemed out of the question.
But alter the separation, we had gone, I
suimosc. two miles without finding a
single track, when R. C. Patton, who
was about ten steps to my right, caned
to me to come there, that he had found
in imoression in the moss that had the
appearance of a human track. He care
fully removed the moss, and under it was
a tolerable plain track where a track in
the heel had cut its way through a laurel
root. We all got together then, and
hurried down the hollow to a small creek
that ran down to our right. Just before
reaching the creek we came to a large
sloping rock covered with moss with
sera)cs in the moss as though a man had
gone over it on Ins hands and icet. it
was too steep for a man to walk down
it in safety. "It was getting dark when
he passed this place," 1 remarked to the
others. "How do you snow: one oi
them asked. "Because here is an easier
way down, to the right that he did not
see. We thejj nurriea ciown tnc erccK.
und soon came to a waterfall. Mr. Pat
ton and I crossed the creek and went to
the head of the fall, where wc saw the
moss had lieen disturbed and seraies in
the soil where something undoubtedly
had gone over. Wilson and the other
two men had gone round to the left, and
bv this lime had got in sight lielow. Mr.
Pa iti m called out to Wilson: "He is in
.hat pool, tor here arc plain niarkswhere
he went over." "Yes," said Wilson, al
most immediately, "yonder lies his hat
lodged on some brush,"
1 then measured the depth ot the pool,
and found it to be thirteen feet, but we
did nol disturb the body. Wc then went
down the stream four or five mile, where
Wilson lived, got something to eat and
were thinking of soon retiring to rest for
the night, when Mr. Jesse Stepp came ac
companied by Mr. A. F. Harris. Mr.
Stepp said on receipt of the news that
we had found the trails, he had directed
all the men to assemble that night at the
cabin near the high peak. He then an
nounced his determination toreturii that
night and inform the anxious, tireil
crowd of men of our success. Mr. Pat
ton and I, though tired, determined at
once to accompany Stepp and Harris
that night to the top of the mountain.
Mr. Stepp acted as guide, and at two
o'clock next morning we reached Mitch
ell's peak, worn out by our almost con
stant tramp over the mountains for
twentv-two hours. Perhaps thnt was
the first and also the Inst time that four
men ever made the trip from the foot to
the top of the highest mountain east of
the Rockies, with the sable mantle of
night resting on its dark, balsam cover
ing. When we renehed the cabin where all
the weary, anxious men were waiting,
and announced the fnct that the lost was
found, and that he was then lying nt the
bottom of a pool of clear mountain wa
ter, there were many tears brushed Irom
manly cheeks, but all felt relief. Than I
heard some one say : "Who found him?"
and Mr. Stepp answered: "Oh. Wilson
found him." And it was thirty-two
years ago, but I still rcniemlx-r t'e fact
that the "invalids" had something to do
with it. T. C. Wkstai.1..
The Reported Navaasa Riot.
Baltimore, September 20. Captai-i
Benson, of the bark Pom Pedro II from
Navassa, which arrived this morning,
says that when he left Nnvassn, Septem
ber 1 , there was no indication of an outbreak.
(JUEHECS NIGHT OF WOK
VHOI SANOH OP TONS OF ROCK
CADIK CHASHINIi IIOWN
I pan the Houhck In the Streets lie
low. Entombing Several People
Beneath the Kuiiift The Work of
Rescue ;oIiik Forward.
(Jriiiu-x, September 1'.!. To-night sev
eral thousand tons of rock slid from
Cape Diamond, at the end ol Dufferin
Terrace, to Cliamplin street, three
hundred feet In-low, demolishing; in its
course seven dwellings.
(Jt'liii'.iC, September 20 1.30 a. ill.
The mass of rock detached from the
cliffs side left it vacant space of extraor
dinary dimensions under I niffcrin Terrace,
and that great proim-nadc is now unsafe.
Ten corpses and sixteen wounded have
now Ik-ch taken out. It will take several
days to recover all the bodies. The dam
age will exceed ,1011,0011.
The houses in lh.it locality were of
stone and brick, and inhabited by ship
laborers, etc. Ofhccrs and men ol the
No al School of Cavalry are coining to
t he rescue with nqies. picks and shovels.
About six hundred men are now at
work. Three more bodies have just been
taken Iroin the rums. 1 he bodies are
covered with coagulated blood and oust,
and are "sickening spectacles. The Re
deinptorist Fathers arc among the
IJi'KliiiC, September 20. The work ol
reselling the victims is going on vigor
ously. Members of tile Black family
were buried almost twelve feet below the
surface of the debris. On being asked if
wiey were sate, Mrs. Black answered:
'My husband is killed al the doors. The
rest are safe, bill we arc stillcriiig from
wounds and bruises on our limbs."
Shortly after Miss Maty Caldwell, a
niece of Black, was extricated from Mrs.
'Hack's house. Her limits were so stifi
iroin inaction that the least touch on
them caused intense pain. The next per
son taken out was Tims. Berrigan, whose
wife was taken out of the ruins dead.
He was so disfigured his friends could
hardly recognize him. He was removed
to the Hotel Oieu hospital muttering a
prayer of thanks for his miraculous es
cape. Next to follow was an eight year
old boy also named Kerrigan. His left
leg was crushed to a jelly. Then came
Mrs. Black. Her bosom, neck and face
were badly swollen, 'file scene of the
terrible disaster was visited by thousands
who blocked up the street and made il a
difficult task for any one to move in any
direction. There being hut one narrow
street between the rock and the river,
there is a complete stoppage of traffic ex
ccpt by climbing over thedebris. A large
force of men are engaged in the work of
searching the ruins. The shipping office
in the Dominion Government building
has been turned into a temporary
morgue, and over twenty bodies are
lying in it. It is difficult lo indcutity
some of the bodies, so much have they
liecn disfigured and crushed. Several of
theK-rsons reported missing have turned
lip, but it is thought that there will be
tell or more victims lolieaddul to the list.
A complete list of the injured cannot be
made tip as yet. as they were removed lo
different hospitals and to friends' houses
as soon as they were taken from the
ruins. The city council are now holding
ii special meeting to consider what the
best course of action will be to complete
the work of recovering the remaining
dead. It is feared a large part of the
rock adjoining the site of the slide will
come down, as large crevices have ap
iearcd, and the rain is still falling, and
may repeat the operations which caused
last night's disaster. People are moving
out of threatened houses. There litis
been no lack of volunteers for the work
at the ruins, but there is a lack of intelli
gent directions, as there is no person in
authority. Citizcnsare sendingin money
to relieve any immediate distress among
homeless women and children.
The mass of earth and rock moved is,
roughly speaking, about (iOO feet front
age, by eighty feet in depth. Some of
the masses oi' fallen rock must weigh
nearly twenty tons, and there are so many
huge blocks that it makes the work of
clearing it very difficult. The working
parties this afternoon are better organ
ized and equipped, and arc making more
headwav. The site of the present land
slide is almost identical with that of one
which occurred in IS1, when eight
buildings were crushed and thirty-two
persons were killed. The houses destroy
ed last night all stood on the other side
of the roadway, and were not thought
to lie in danger; but the immense mass of
rock swept clear across the roadway and
overlaid; buildings, demolishing them
as if they were made of card board.
Preparations are licing made for the
funerals of the killed, w ho will be buried
at the joint exieuse ol the citizens and
the local government. Among those bur
ied by the rocks are a young coupk-11,-tmcd
Nolan who were mnnicd a few-
weeks atio. Nolan could have escaped,
but he lost his lilt-in trying to get his
wife out of the house.
It is thought that the King's bastion
on the lit add will have to lie removed
as it is now near the edge ol the rock
with unsafe crevices in the front ol it.
As a precautionary measure, all com
munication with the bastion has been
cut off, and the morning and evening
guns will no longer lie fired from it.
About 2IMHNI persons have visiieii tnc
scene of the disaster during the day.
Thousands crowded into the morgue
and seized everv point inside and outside
of the building where a glimpse could In-
had oi tnc nod ics oi me victims, ivinny
women who had obtained an entrance,
had to be removed in afainting condition,
the mangled bodies being a sight to try
the nerves of the strongest men. It has
lieen decided to use small ehargesof pow
der to break up the huge boulders cover
ing the roadway, as it is certain that
there can lie nothing living beneath them.
Mot Vet Decided.
Di:i:k Park, Md September 20. The
pension eomiiiissionership is still unset
settled, and President Harrison thinks
Major Warner the best man for the place.
He is expected hereto-night for another
conference, which the people about the
President say will lead to an acceptance,
as President Harrison has from the first
thought Warner could lie induced to nc
ccpt. Gen. Lucius Fnirchild is mentioned
as a probability should Warner and Mer
Secretary Noble and Major Warner
came from Washington to-night and
went nt once to the President's cottage.
Secretary Noble came nt the President's
reuuest. Thev went over the whole
ground of the pension eomiiiissionership
with the President, but no decision was
reached. Major Warner will leave Peer
Park for Kansas City to-morrow morn
Great improvements are being made to
the Oak Street Inn. We learn that the
structure will be entirely remodeled by its
present owners. .
:iunIiichm Iii the Cirniu Center Dor.
liiK VeHterday'H SeMNioii.
Ciiicaiso, Septemlier 20. To-day's re
ceipts of wheat overran the estimate a
little, but out of seventeen cars reported
not a bushel graded No. 2. Thisreniark
iblc showing for the season together
with the posting of unusually large flour
exports at Baltimore set the pace for an
other bull turn ill the pit. 0eiiing fig
ures for the leading futures were ' ta;,sc.
above yesterday's closings, with Septem
lier I' tc. higher. The market was de
pressed just belore the close by the selling
-if half a million of December in large
Mocks at 7!)'k by a heavy old bear iqier
.ilor who has been out of the market for
ionic time The close was weak with
the early advance all lost. Latest quo
tations were Ua'-ae. below those of yes
terday. A very good business was transacted
in corn, the market ruling active nt
.hues. Selling early was free, but as the
-cssion advanced a weaker tone was de
veloied and trading was at lower prices.
The market opened firm at ye-icrilay's
closing prices, influenced mainly by the
advance in wheat and prices advanced
's.'i'.ic., but when the estimates for to
morrow became known olVerings became
heavy and prices declined sii-"''-., ruled
easy and closed 'sa' ac. lower than yes
terday. Trailing was a litlie more animated in
oats to-day, a firmer feeling prevailing
early. Later, however, the demand fell
ol)', the market became weak and prices
receded. May received most intention
and fluctuated 1 ic.
Trading in pork was a little more act
ive and the feeling was somewhat unset
tled. Near deliveries were easy early and
declined 2,"ia.'lo, but rallied again and
All unusually ipiiel feeling prevailed in
lard. Otlcriugs were small on the specu
lative account and the demand was limited.
Trading was only moderate ill short
ribs. Near deliveries were easy early and
declined 2fn;i5, but rallied again and
THE RECENT STORM.
Hough Experience of a Steamer
on Lake Erie.
IliiTKoiT, Mich., September 20 The
steamer City of Detroit arrived from
Cleveland this morning titer a very
rough experience. No sooner had the
jnal left Cleveland last night than she
was struck on the port side by a mon
strous wave which fairly lifted her out of
the witter. As the vessel proceeded, the
l.-ike became rougher, and by midnight
she was laboring heavily and badly
strained. The paddle box bulkheads
were sprung it good deal, and a leak w.-is
discovered in their vicinity. When this
information eamc to the passengers, ol
whom there were about 700, they be
came very b.-idlv frightened and most oi
them donned life preservers. When the
bulkheads gave way shortly after, a ter
rible panic ensued. Water was forced
into the boat at every revolution of the
wheel and rose rapidly. In the after sa
loon ou the main deck, the officers' apart
ments were also soon flooded, as well as
the ladies' saloon. The water rose inch
by inch until it was fully six and a hull
Icet high in the cabins. lTiiruig uiis terri
ble situation, the passengers were clus
tered in the saloon, nil pre) mred for the
worst. One man, whose name could not
be ascertained, rushed up and down the
cabin shouting : "Wc are lost; the boat
is sinking. 1 Ins, ol course, addedgreatlv
to the confusion, and made the already
terrified passengers very difficult to man
age. The male passengers seemed lo be
more frightened than the women. The
ollicers of the boat admit it was asrough
a night as they want to see. 'I he ap
pearance of the boat this morning shows
what she has passed through. The call
ins arc still Hooded. A gang of men arc
tit work putting in new bulkheads and
repairing other damage.
An IiiHane ftlan'M EreaksT.
WisciiKSTi'.K, Va., Septemlier 20. John
Nolan, formerly of Lonaeoning, Md.,
residing near here, presented to-day at
the I'nion Bank an improperly drawn
check, on which the cash was refused. He
then went to (Jco. W. Keller's hardware
store, purhascd a pistol, had it loaded,
and tired at the proprietor and his son
without effect. Walking out ofthcslore,
he met Kev. S. IL Jones, of Shnrpsburg,
Md., pastor of the Lutheran church, put
the pistol to his face and demanded his
pockclbook. The pastor refused the de
mand. Nolan replied, "I don't waul lo
send your soul to hell;" but quailing un
der tile fixed gaze of Mr, Jones, dropK-d
his hand, and was arrested, lie had
been in eollcge studying for the priest
hood, and is supposed to lie insane.
A lro"inent lawyer Dead.
KlCMMOMi, Yu., September 20. --Col.
Thos. J. livans, one of the best known
lawyers in the State, died to-nighi of
dronsv, aged sixty-seven years. He had
represented this city twice as a member
of the legislature before and since the
war lie was a colonel in theConlcdernte
,-irmv, a prominent Mason, and noted for
his social qualities, wit and humor.
Roped In y RumblliiK Reporters
KOHiiiinit Round the CHs.
A quarterly meeting of the church at
Skyland will lie held to-morrow.
The Mountain Park hotel al Hot
Springs has at present over lOOguests.
A meeting of the Tinted Workmen was
held nt their lodge room on College
street last night.
The monthly inspection and drill of the
Asheville Light Infantry took place at
the armory last night.
A heavy frost is reported to have
fallen throughout the southern section of
the county Thursday night.
Several Ashcvillians will attend Un
church picnic at Antioch, thirteen miles
southwest ot Asheville, to-day.
Services at the new Christiatichurchon
Church street to-morrow will lie con
ducted bv lilder M. F. Harmon, at 11
A Correction, Vet not a Correction
The Wilmington Messenger says the
Noble of Wilmington vinevnrd fame is
not Caiit. Noble, the educator but
another Noble. To us both are noble
in their works and ways, and the
vineyard Noble will deserve his name
as one ol the pioneers in the industry
that some day will give North Caro
lina its widest fame.
TI1K CURRENT GAVE OUT
AND THK CAR RAN DOWN THE
VERY STEEP INCLINE
At a Terrific Rate of Speed The
I'aMMeiiKera Jumped Out to Save
Their Liven One wan Killed and
Many Other Wounded.
Chattanooiia, Teiiii., September 20
An accident occurred this morning on the
electric railroad running from the loot
to the top of Mission Ridge. The earhad
nearly reached the top of the very steep
track, when the electric current tailed
and the car started down the mountain
at great speed. The motor man tried t
stop the ear with the brakes, but tailing
in this, the conductor shouted to the
passengers to jump from the ear. The
car contained fifty people, all of whom
were visitors to the reunion ol the Army
of the Cumberland, one-hall ol the party
licing ladies. Then there was a scene ol
wild excitement, and a panic seizing all
on board, thev licgan leaning rapidly
from the moving car down the mountain
side. Five or six persons remained on
the ear with the conductor and motoi
man, and all were uninjured, as when the
load was partially removed from the car
it was stopx'd before reaching the foot
of the Kidgc. Mrs. Mary Adams, ol'Cascy,
III., wife ot' the express agent in that city,
in jumping from the car, struck one o:
the poles carrying the elect lie wires, and
was thrown in front of the ear.and struck
on the head and thrown to the side ol
the track; siitl'cring injuries from which
die died this allcrnoon.
Win Manford, of Casey, 111., in jump
ing Irom the car, struck in a mass ol
barlK-d wire and was badly cut, one eye
being literally torn out. Cnpl. Owen
Willey, of Casey, 111., was badly hurt on
the held, ami il is feared he is injured in
ternally. Mrs. A bra in llolliugsworth,
of Thorntown, Intl., was badly hurl on
the head and about the body, not fatally.
. S. Clark, of Owensville, bid., was in
jured, but not seriously. A. P. PcHruler.
if Yiiieennes, hid., and wile were on lin
ear; Mrs. DeHruler escaped with only a
scratch, and Mr. PcBruler being con
siderably bruised the arms nut! legs, and
ins head batllv cut. Mrs. A.L.Addison.
if Casey, 111., was painluliy bruised
ibout the head and shoulders, but not
seriously hurt. M. J. C.irthill, of Prince
ton, Intl., had his right shoulder dis
located, and il is Icared received interna!
injuries. Mrs. D. B. Masscy, shoulder
dislocated and ankle sprained. Mrs.
Sturtevnnt, of Casey, HI , sustained in
juries about the head, but isnotserioush
None of the other passengers were
seriously hurt, though all had more or
less bruises and scratches. The affair
east a gloom over the visitors in ihe city.
who dul not attend the barbecue at
'hickamaugn, mid nearly all Ihe injured
left the city ou trains. The officers of
the company rendered every possible as
sistance to the injured, ami had a full
corps of surgeons on the ground fifteen
minutes alter the accident occurred.
The Shelby Aurora says tin effort is be
ing actively made to huiid a good hotel
in the beautiful town that paper so well
represents. By all means let the project
be pushed to perfection. Il is the best
investment Shelby, or any other town
with natural or business attractions, can
make. A really good hotel, adapted to
the tastes of those who are on the wing,
and who have perhaps liecoine critical
and fastididus by comparison of houses
catering to their wants or tastes, will
hold a visitor long enough lo attach him
to the pliiee he visits, and induce him into
investments advantageous to both sides;
and if kept well enough to acquire repu
tation, will draw guests from all sides,
who go home to spread the fame of the
place of their sojourn. Good hotels have
been the great want of our small towns;
and good hotels are the best workers to
make our small towns big towns.
A Cool MornliiK.
The exn-cteil frost did not come yester
day morning, not because it was not cold
iiough, but because a friendly fog inter
posed. The mercury at half past 7 a.m.
was Iter, and perhaps had been a little
lower. The weather moderated yester-
lay, and the danger is past for the pres
ent. These logs, which arc light, and
vanish by 0 o'clock, are the great protcc
lion to the tobacco crop and enable plan
ters to postpone cutting even Inter than
it lower elevation. Scarcely half the
tobacco in this section is yet cut.
The Awlievllle Tohacco Journal,
A neatly printed and ably edited, eight-
page newspaper, devoted entirely to the
tobacco intercstsof Asheville and Western
North Carolina, made its initial np-
liearance in this city yesterday afternoon.
It is issued weekly by the Ashcvillejourn.-il
Publishing Company, and is printed
by Tiik Citizkn Publishing Company.
Mr. John A. Williams, jr., is editor of the
lourtial, and the subscription price is
$1 per year. We wish the enterprise
The City Council.
The regular meeting of this body was
held at the City Hall last evening, Mayor
Blanton presiding. All of the Aldermen
were present, and outside of the
committee's report on the needs
of the fire department but little business
of real importance was transacted. The
usual liumlicr of bills against the city,
however, boblicd up serenely, were aud
ited, ordered paid, and the Council ad
tione to Charlotte.
Rev. R. G. Peason and wife of this city
left for Charlotte on the noon train yes
terday. To-day the distinguished evan
gelist will liegin there a series of sermons
lasting one week, which will no doubt lie
attended with very successful results.
From Charlotte Mr. Pearson will go to
Henderson, Yance county, where lie will
also conduct a week's series of evange
Mrs. Geo. W. Bell and Mrs. Amos
Lunsford have taken out letters of ad
ministration upon the estates of their
respective husbands both ol whom
were recently killed by other men in this
New Equipments to be Purchased
for Their l e.
At the meeting of the City Council Inst
evening, the committee appointed to in
vestignle the needs of the city fire depart
ment submitted the following report :
"The committee appointed to investi-
gate the needs of the Asheville fire depart
ment and to recommend the purchase ol
suppiHS lor the same, beg leave to report
that, they recommend the immediate
purchase ol one thousand leet of Malese
Cross hose, two hand hose reels and two
nozzles for use by the Hose Company,
and a new hand truck with equipments
complete to reach to the top ot the
highest building in the city, for the Hook
and Ladder Company,"
This report was signed by Mavor
Blanton and aldermen Leonard, Fitzpat-
nek and Pulliani of the committee, and
upon being submitted to a ballot was
carried by a vote of ayes 5 ; nays 1
alderman Miller dissenting.
Immediately after the passage of tht
report alderman Pulliani moved that a
committee of three be appointed to pur
chase a suitable lirebell for the use of the
city, after making such inquiries and
examination as may lie necessary to
secure, upon the best terms, il bell that
will fully come up to the requirements
and specifications of the saitl committee.
On this committee the Mayor appointed
aldermen Pulliani, Wolfe and Miller.
These gentlemen will at once begin
upon the iK-rlorniance of theirduties, and
it will not be a long while yet before the
new bell will be purchased and erected.
The lire department of a city is one
of its most valuable institutions, and in
order that it may render effective service
when called upon must be supplied with
proper equipments. To that end the
City Council is doing all in its power to
mike the Asheville fire department as
nearly perfect as it is possible to do, and
judicious investments made in this direc
tion is an ultimate saving of money to
the property owners of the city.
FOLKS YOI' KNOW.
Who They Arei Where Thev Are,
and What They Are Dolus.
National bank examiner S. Mel). Tate,
if Morganton, is in the city.
Mr. and Mrs. James A. Bryan, of New-
bern, are at the Battery Park.
Rev. Thus. II. Law and Miss Law, ol
Spartanburg, S. C, were at the Swanna
uoit last night.
W. A. Smith, of Hendersonvillc, and
Walter Simon, of New Orleans, ateatthc
Mrs. Beverly W. Hill, sou and daugh
ter, of Hot Springs, were at the Battery
Mr. A. W. Brownson, oDicenianagerat
the Mountain Park hotel, Hot Springs,
was here yesterday.
Col. W. L. Cowardin, of Richmond,
Va., is at the Battery Park, as is also L.
N. Cliisholm and
lames Middleton, of
Miss Mary I -ax ton, of Morganton,
who lifts been visiting friends in the city
for several weeks past, leaves lor her
Hon. F. M. Simmons, of Newliern, for
mer Democratic congressman Irom the
second North Carolina district, was in
the citv yesterday.
Mr. Harry Lindsay and bride, uecMiss
Humphrey, of Hudson, Wis., reached the
city yesterday afternoon. Norman Me
Loud also returned home with them.
Miss Nellie LaBarlie has returned from
Baltimore, where she has recently pur
chased a large and attractive stock of
goods lor her millinery establishment in
Mr. Geo. T. Jones, proprietor of the
"Racket store," and Miss Bettie V.
Brown have returned from the Northern
markets, where they went to purchase
fall and winter goods.
dipt. Thos. W. Patton and Ivrwin Slu
dcr relumed home Inst evening from an
extensive Muropcan tour. Both gentle
men arc in line health and spirits, and
Till-: ClTizi-x is indeed glad lo welcome
President W. Ii. Breese of the First Na
tional Bank leaves lor kansasCity, Mo.,
to-morrow afternoon to attend the an
nual . -ssion of the American Bankers'
Association. He will be absent from the
city about tell days.
Col. II. A. Morrison and grand-daugh
ter, Miss Loll Morrison, of Ilstillvillc.
Va., and Miss Kathleen Lewis Avers,
daughter of Attorney General Rufus A.
Avers, of Virginia, arc visiting Mr. W.
A. Blair's family on Penland street.
Pr. J. W. Lydcr, ol Akron, Ohio, and
Mr. W. Scott Jones, of Detroit, Mich.
who have lx-en stopping nt the Oak
Street Inn for the past month, have re
turned to their resieetive homes. Mrs.
W. Scott Jones, her son Ralph, nnd her
sister. Miss Grove, of Columbus, Ohio,
will remain nt the Inn during the winter.
Mr. Ii. B. Withers, a prominent lawyer
of Danville, Va., is on a visit to the city,
and is a guest of Mr. W. W. Barnard. Mr.
Withers is a native of Caswell, and some
years ago, we lielieve nt the session of
I lN76-'7, was a member of the House of
Representatives, one of the boldest, ablest,
I most active and useful members of thnt
' body. Afterwards he removed to Danville,
' just across the line, more than half a North
! Carolina town, filled up with North
Carolina men, half built up by North
i Carolina trade, and there he rose to emi-
i nence in his profession as a Virginia law
, yer, while holding fast to his old home
! The Weather To-Day.
Washington, Septemlier 19. lndica-
tions for North Carolina Fair ; south
I westerly winds; stationary temperature.
LOUISIANA'S STOLEN BONDS
THE IMCAVCNE TELEGRAPHS
THE DAILY CITIZEN
To Secure an Interview with Mr.
H. Zubenbler Concerning an Al
iened Loan of 70,000 to Major
Burke Several Veai-H Ago.
The New Orleans Picayune yesterday
telegraphed Tiik Citizkn to secure an in
terview with Mr. Herman Zubcnbier, of
New Orleans, who is now in this city,
concerning what he knew of a loan mode
several years ago by a bank in the Cres
cent City of which he was at the time
president, to Major Burke, former State
treasurer of Louisiana, amounting to
$70,00', upon certain Seminary and
Agricultural College bonds, which it has
recently lieen discovered have lieen stolen,
fraudulently over-issued, and the interest
fund therefrom belonging to the State of
The puicrs have been lull of the dis
covery since Monday, and to the Pica
yune belongs the credit of unearthing this'
gigantic fraud perjietrated upon the peo
ple ol" the Pelican Stale. It is working
tssiduously to make the discovery com
plete and also to bring the guilty parties
to justice, if such a thing can now lie
lone. To this end every jierson who has
ver handled one of the unlucky bonds
has Ik-cii applied to for information con-
eruing tiie same, in the hoiie of making,
when all of the statemcntsnregathcred
together, a complete and unbroken his
tory of the bonds since their issuance by
the Stateof Louisiana.
Mr. Zubenbicr's statement, therefore, is
particularly desired by the Picayune in
its work, several gentlemen in New Or
leans having reported that Mr. '.., told
several years ago of a loan of about $70,-
000 made to Major Burke upon bonds,
the coupons ol which were untouched;
that he grew uneasy and refused to re
new the note when it became due.
Thk Citizkn searched the city for Mr.
Zulienbier, finally locating him at the
v myall Sanitarium, in the northeastern
section of the city. Thither a reporter
epaired, and calling upon the gentleman
read the Picayune's telegram, and re
quested him to make a statement con
cerning the matter. This statement Mr.
Zulicnbier positively refused to make,
beyond saying that he had no recollec
tion at present of the affair to which the
Picayune referred. Neither did he remem
ber the incident of telling certain gentle
men of New Orleans about growing un
easy about the loan ; or in fact, anything
about it. He said he would not talk
about the matter; he was very sick and
wished to be severely let alone concern
ing the subject. His memory was very
bad since he had liceome ill, and it was
difficult for him to remember what had
hapjiened one day to another. He re
fused firmly to speak about the subject
further than that he had received a tele
gram from New Orleans during the morn
ing touching the matter, and the repor
Mr. Zubcnbier is a very sick man, suf
fering severely from lung and bronchial
troubles, and it is with some difficulty
that he carriedontheconversation. He
was vexed, it was evident, that he had
been sought for inlormation on the sub
ject, and his lips were scaled concerning
the alleged loan.
Five Million Pounds will he Sold
Here Thin Season.
This year's crop of tobacco is the best
you ever saw," said a prominent ware
house man to the reporter yesterday.
and I am confident that the Asheville
warehouses will handle over five million
pounds of the leaf this season. The out
look is very gratitying, and if outside
buyers by this I mean drummers from
other markets, can lie prevented from
buying the crops of the farmers as they
stand in the barns, we may handle more
tobacco than I have estimnted above.
The season will open about October 15,
and the new pajicr wc have just started
The Tobncco Journal, will lie a valua
ble factor in increasing the tobacco busi
ness of Asheville. So far, but little of the
new crop has lieen sold, but that which
has lieen offered, in every instance, has
brought good prices at the sale. The
frost came too late to do any damage
this year, and the consequence is
the largest crop of tobacco ever
raised in Western North Carolina has
lieen cured and put in prime condition
for the market,"
North Carolina Delegate.
Governor Fowlc has appointed the fol
lowing delegates from this State to the
Farmers' National Congress, which
meets at Montgomery, Ala., November
Delegates at Large S. B. Alexander, of
Mecklenburg; J. T. LeGrand, of Rich
mond county, and L. L. Polk, of Wake.
District Delegates and Alternates : First
Pistrict W. A. B. Branch, of Beaufort;
W. K. Minnnon house, ol Perquimans.
Second Elins Carr, of Kdgeeombe; W.
H. S. Burgwyn, of Henderson. Third
J. B. Oliver, of Wayne; D. E. Mclver, of
Moore, ronrth W. 1-. Green, of Frank
lin ; A. W. At water, of Chatham. Filth
Pa vid Richards, of Person; B. F. Haynes,
of Forsyth. Sixth-J. H. Clark, of Bla
den; U. N. Bennett, of Stanley. Seventh
P. B. Reinhardt, of Catawba; Julian Al
len, of Iredell. Eighth W. A. Graham,
of Lincoln ; W. W. Lenoir, ol Watauga.
Ninth Frank Coxe, of Buncombe; A. H.
Hayes, of Swain.
Mrs. Bono No Better.
The condition of this most excellent
lady, who is lying critically ill at the
residence of her son-in-law Hon. Thos. D.
Johnston, on Grove street, had not im
proved at latest accounts received at this
office last evening. The extreme old age
of Mrs. Bobo renders her recovery very