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ASHEVILLE, N. C, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1889.
MYSTERV STILL, HANGS ALL,
HlatemeiitH Made by Prominent
Men Which Look Hudlv fnr ex
Treanurer llnrke, Tliouich IiIh
Cables Read all Right.
Nkw Orleans, Septemlier 26 The
statement of Marsh Stoddnrt, cashier of
the State treasury during Major Hnrke's
term, that he had called Burke s attcn
tion in 1886 to the fact that coupons
had heen presented ol bonds supposed to
have been destroyed, was cabled to Maj.
Hurke in London. In reply, Burke says
it is impossible to attempt anv explana
tion rcsccting publications of this char
acter 01 whudi he is ignorant touching
matters of years ago. He then shows
how apparent discrepancies might exist
in the payment of coupons which are not
always presented when due. In conclu
sion he says: "If I abandon inv business
here, 1 will lose the results of six months
struggle. Thcday paiicrsaresighed releas
ing me from the trusts of others, I will
sad fur Louisiana. 1 hold myself solely
and individually responsible for every act
of the office, and no person should for an
instant be crinittcd to bear a shallow ol
criticism on its account.
Attorney General Rogers, being inter
viewed said he did not think that Maj.
Hurke was surprised by disclosures when
the affairs of his office were examined by
the legislative committee, mid his books
reported to be correct. Hui kc naturally
felt relieved. He must have known, how
ever, that the matter would not end
there, but that the defalcation in his of
fice must eventually become known. He
further stated that a State warrant
which hnl lieen paid long ago was re
cently presented for payment again, and
it was found that Hurke had himself
given the warrant to the bank as a col
lateral for loan.
The Attorney General further stated
that he had information that (luring
Hurkc's occupancy of the treasurer's
office nn insurance company which had
deposited a nuinlier of state bonds foi
the security of local policy holders as re
quired by law, after Pipes became
treasurer desired to go out of the busi
ness and demanded a return of the
bonds. Pipes turned over the package
placed in the vaults to the credit of the
corporation by his predecessor, but tin
company refused to receive it on the
ground that it did not contain the bonds
deposited by it. Their bonds were of the
denomination of 1(100 and those in the
packages returned were 100 bonds.
There was a difference in the value of the
securities and the company naturally
wanted its own bonds. The matter was
cnlletflo the attention of -Maj. Hurke and
he made good the difference by giving his
cheek for $170.
Judge Rogers said that Rurke and other
holders of fraudulent bonds were averse
to giving any information as to where
they got them. This was all wrong, he
said, as it was the duty of every one to
assist in clearing up the matter to pro
tect the innocent and to bring the guilty
to punishment. He thought all those
who refused to talk now would le in
duced to scak when judicial investiga
tion was instituted.
It is stated that Judge Marrwillcharge
the grand jury when his court opens next
Tuesday to investigate the fraudulent is
sue of bonds, and to bring in indictments
against those whom it finds were en
gaged in placing invalid securities on the
Judge W. H. Stansberry, who was
for some time engaged with cx
Treasurer Hurke in a business capacity,
made a statement showing that some
years ago he negotiated loans for Maj.
Hurke at different times amounting to
thousands of dollars, always depositing
as collateral State bonds handed to him
by Maj. Hurke for that purpose. In the
first transactions, made in 1884 and
1085, the numbers of the bonds were
kept. Comparing them with the num
licrs now published by treasurer Pipes
us fraudulent, he finds that among the
bonds handled by him there were nearly
20,000 fraudulent. After the first few
transactions he did not keep the
numbers because Burke told liini
it was not necessary as he (Hurkelhad
them. To many of these bonds overdue
coupons were attached. A few loans of
small amounts were made by some of
the brokers, and intwo orthree instances
by cotton firms in the city. Transactions
with the banks were with the heads ol the
institutions. The bonds were in every
instance accepted without question, no
word being uttered to excite suspicion
that they were not regularly issued and
valid obligations of the State. As such
1 negotiated them, and I had no doubt
of their validity until the recent disclos
ures. Stansberry "s statement was made o i
the advice of his attorney. It shows that
treasurer Hurke, as far back as 1NH4,
was using bonds then in Lis keeping as
State treasurer as collateral in borrow
ing money for his own use.
SIGNS OK A COLD WINTER.
A New JerHey Farmer whotterniH
to Know All About II.
New York Star.
"We are going to have an early fall
and a long, cold, hard winter," remarked
Samuel Lovelace, an old Jersey farmer,
to several friends at the new Washington
market yesterday. "How do you figure
that out ?" asked one of the market-men.
"In the first place," the Jersey-man re
plied, "just try the skin of any of your
fruit. You will find your apples and
peaches and grapes, and all your fruit,
tor that matter, which is home-grown,
with a thicker and tougher skin than you
have seen for several years. That is one
of the indications. "That is the way
nature takes care of her products. Last
winter apples and other fruits were so
thin-skinned and tender that it was hard
to gather them without bruising them,
if you will remember, and we had an ex
traordinarily mild winter. Corn is an
other of nature's sign-boards. The ears
this year are protected by thicker and
tlrnnger husks than I have seen before for
years, and talking with furmers up in
Pennsylvania 1 find it is the same way.
Wheat and rye straw are tougher, hay is
wirier, and the seed-pods are better pro
tected than usual. These are old farmers'
signs, and they are good ones, liecause
they don't come from any moon-planting
superstition, but from actual observa
tion year after year by a eluss ol men
whose interests lie in keepingclose watch
of all of nature's moods."
A BoulaiiKlKt Elected.
Paris, September 26. The commission
confirmed the election of Count Dillon,
llloulangist,) for the department of
Extra Htrtke of Dock Laborers.
London. Septcmlier 26. An extra
strike of dock laborers has liegun at Rotterdam.
WHY TIIK LEA VICS Tl'HN.
The Reason f.lven liy an Emi
Field and Forest.
"Probably not one person in :i thou
sand knows why Icavescliangetlicircolor
in the Fall, remarked an eminent
botanist the other day. "The common
and old fashioned idea is that all this red
and golden glory we sec now is caused
by frosts. A true and scientific explana
tion of the causes of the coloring ol
leaves would necessitate a long and in
tricate discussion. Stated briefly, and
in proper language, those causes are
these: The green matter in the tissue of
a leal is composed of two colors, red and
blue. When the sap ceases to flow in the
Kali, and the natural growth of the tree
ceases, oxidation of the tissue takes
place. Under certain conditions the
green of the leaf changes to red ; under
different conditions it takes oil a yellow
or brown tint. This difference in color is
dne to the difference in combination of
the orginial constituents of the gieen
tissue and to the varying conditions of
climate, exposure and soil. A dry, cold
climate produces more brilliant foliage
than one that is damp and warm. This
is the reason that our American autumns
arc so much more gorgeous than those
of England. There arc several things
about leaves that even science cannot ex
plain. For instance, why one of two
trees growing side by side, of the sanu
age and having the same exposure.
should take oil a brilliant red in the fali
and the other should turn yellow, or
why one branch of a tree should be
highly colored and the rest of the tree
have only a yellow tint, arc questions
mat are as impossible to answer as why
one member of a family should lie per
fectly healthy and another sickly.
Maples and oaks have the brightest
Abandoned Farms Which May be
nought for a Sonic.
The Vermont commissioner ol agricul
ture. A. H. Valentine of Henninglun, has
issued a statement noting more in detail
the location, characteristics and prices
of the abandoned farming lands for which
settlement is now sought. It is hope:!
that in this way the attention of individ
uals of small means, searching for com
fortable and independent homes, may be
attracted tow.ird the Stale in a more
definite way. The results presented arc
of the greatest interest, and would be
startling, indeed, had they not been in a
degree discounted by the previous state
ments of the commissioner.
In the town of Heading, for example,
there are 4-.000 acres ol contiguous farm
ing lauds which have been abandoned
and can be bought for from $4 to $1 an
acre. Of this tract, one-half is in farms
of from 70 to 200 acres, many with
buildings; and the other half is divided
only by tumbling stone wnllsand marked
by old cellar holes the ruins of a former
civilization. In Chelsea, the county seat
ot Orange county, there i!, a iurm of 200
acres that can be bought for $100, build
ings and all. The soil is said to be good
and the grass such that it has "lodged"
for this season. Another farm of 300
acres with good buildings was recently
sidd for $1,100. From Vcrshire, Straf
ford and Chelsea comes the information
that there are from thirty-five to forty
farms, contiguous or nearly so, which
are abandoned and unoccupied. Many
of them have good buildings and could
be purchased for $5, and less, an acre.
The State of Vermont, in short, is
covered with abandoned spots where
once an adequate and independent sub
sistence was dug from the soil, and where
now the victim of the competitive crush
in urban industry, whose woes are ex
citing such general attention, could do
RuMiiieHM in the Oraln Center Dur
ing Yesterday's Session.
Chicago, September 26. Asinvariably
happens on a genuine bull market for
wheat, th' news from everywhere was of
a stimulating character. Heavy trading
was witnessed in allof theleaditiglutures
to-day. Large outside buying orders
were received, and in the minds of con
servative operators there lingered a sus
picion that there might', after all.besomc
manipulation in the deal. A local house
with a large eastern and foreign client
age, sold "nearly 2,000,000 bushels of
long wheat early, and later in the day
bought almost as mien on orders mainly
from the outside. Karly cables to the
board were firm for both spot and fu
tures, and late or closing oncscalled Cali
fornia spot wheal and all futures tad.
higher. Slimmed up, to-day's transac
tions were the largest so far on the crop.
Based on yesterday's closings, the net
gain for the day was 2c. in September,
ln.tc. in October. December and May and
1 e. in year.
Corn was fairly active and weaker,
transactions being at a lower range of
prices. The market opened at about
yesterday's closing prices and was easy,
offerings being large, a prominent local
trader selling large quantities of October
and May, which filled up the local crowd.
Whisi estimates tor to-morrow came in,
placing receipts at 5!5 cars, the local i
crowd sold Ireely and the market ruled
weak and declined Vgc. Pinal quotations
were 1 ic. lower than yesterday.
A quiet and easy feeling prevailed ill
oats. Near fiuurcs were sold by longs
who have become tired out and wanted
to unload, and prices receded VkC.
Only a fair trade was reported in pork.
Prices ruled 5al0c. higher early but set
tled back again to medium figures and
Trading was only fair and the feeling
steadier in lard. Prices exhibited little
change excepting forneardclivcries which
ruled 2Van5e. higher.
Only n fair business was reported in
short ribs. Prices exhibited very little
Pursuit of the Train Robbers.
Moiin.K. Ala., Septemlier 26. The pur
suit of the robliers'who held up the train
at Buckntunnn, Miss., yesterday morn
ing, has been delayed by a heavy rain;
but the pursuers think they will overhaul
them to-night. Parties supposed to be
the robbers cameri all day ten mileseast
of Buckatunna and moved off about
three hours ahead of the Mobile and
Ohio railrond pursuing party. The rain
spoiled the trail so the dogs could not
follow it, and the pursuers had to lay up
I for several hours. Other parties are clias
I ing and trying to head off the robliers.
Raleigh Call: Brick laying at the cot
ton factory began thi- morning and will
be pushed as fast as possible. Little
William Wynne, tour years old, put down
the first brick. Messrs. Hnmmill & Hun
nicutt have the contract lor the masonry
work to the top of the foundation.
PROCTOR KNOTT'S STORY.
How (ioveruor Stewart Revenged
Himself on a Ilrutal Captain.
New York Sun.
Sitting ill the rotunda of the Alexander
hotel of Louisville, Proctor Knott last
night told this story :
"It was the most remarkable scene I
ever witnessed. It occurred during my
early manhood, when I was attorney
general of Missouri. Robert Stewart
was then governor of that State. One
day I was in his private office when he
pardoned a steamship man for some
crime. What il was 1 have forgotten,
but that does not matter. The man had
been brought from the penitentiary to
the governor's office. He was a large,
powerful fellow, with the rough manners
of his class.
" 'The Governor looked at the steam
boat man and seemed strangely affected.
He scrutinized him closely. Finally he
signed the document that restored him to
liberty, but before he handed it to him,
he said: 'You will commit some other
crime and Ik- in the penitentiary again, I
fear.' The man solemnly promised that
he would not. The Governor looked
doubtful, mused a tew moments, and
" ' You will go back on the river and be
a mate again, 1 suppose ?'
The man replied that he would.
" ' Well, I want you to promise me one
thing,' resumed the Governor. 'I want
you to pledge your word that you will
never take a billet of wood in your hand
and drive a sick boy out of a bunk to
help you load your boat on a stormy
"The steamboat man said that he
would not and he inquired what thcGov
crnor meant by asking him such a ques
tion. "The Governor replied : 'Heeausesome
day that boy may become a Governor
and you may want him to pardon yon
for a crime. One dark, stormy night
many years ago you stopped your boal
on the Mississippi to take on a load ol
wood. There was a boy on board who
was working his passage from New Or
leans to St. Louis, but he was very sick
of a fever and was lying in a bunk. You
had plenty of men to do the work, but
you went to that boy with a stick of
wood in your hand and drove him, with
blows and curses, out into the wretched
night and kept him toiling like a slave
until the load was completed. 1 was
that boy. Here is your pardon. Never
again be guilty of such brutality.' And
the man, cowering and hiding his face,
went out. As 1 never heard of him again
T suppose he took care not to break the
North State: Messrs. Phillips and
Wolf, of Pennsylvania, lames A. Hrvan
and S. H. Gray, ot New Heme, andThos.
H. Keogh.of Greensboro, spent some days
last week examining the coal mines at
Walnut Cove. Work will be begun soon,
which will show a full development of
Salisbury Herald : At seven o'clock on
Thursday evening last, one of the oldest
and most proniinentcitizensof Salisbury,
.Major Stephen W. Cole, President ot the
First National Hank, quietly breathed
his last, lie had lieen in feeble health for
three months. He was not confined to
his bed nor to his room during the whole
of that time, but was able to sit up dur
ing a portion of each day.
The Carthage Blade savs: The burn
ing of Moore county court house has put
the people of other counties to seriously
thinking about taking the proper prc-
utions to stive their ptihue records in
case of a fire. The authorities of Cum
berland county have culled a meeting of
the magistrates to take into considera
tion the providing of fire proof vaults for
the court house.
Charlotte News: Mr. Pearson's re
vival not only continues to hold its own,
lint grows in interest. The crowd at the
meeting last night was so great, that a
good many people who did not arrive
until late, could not get into the hall and
had to return to their homes. The ser
mon was something in the nature of a
revival sermon, and was based oil John
xiv-2l). At its close an inquiry meeting
was held. Several conversions were an
nounced. Charlotte Chronicle: The Charlotte
Light Infantry, colored, commanded by
Capt. C. S. L. A. Taylor, were insiiccted
yesterday afternoon at the lair grounds
by Inspector General Cameron, accom
panied by Col. Anthony and Lieutenant
Smith. The drilling was lairlv good, the
company having a good many recruits.
who detract some from cue unity ol
movement on the part of the company.
Col. Cameron savs the company is in
good order for all practical purposes.
f hirty-hve in t he ranks. the remains
of General I). H. Hill were carried to Da
vidson College yesterday, and buried at
the cemetery in that place. The Hornet's
Xcst Riflemen who were to have accom
panied the body, did not attend, as the
majority of the members of the company ;
hail not been notified in time. Boll
Wallace, of Fastfield, brought in some
cotton stalks yesterday, one being nine
md another ten teet high. One limb was
six feet long.
Raleigh Dispatch correspondence:
Associate J ustice Davis, of the supreme
court, who has lieen very sick at his
home at Louisburg, has improved so
much that he was able to sit up to-day,
but it is not exiected that he can be
here at the opening of the court next
Monday. The porpoise fisheries along
the coast will be m good shape for the
coming season's work. The factory
which works up the nines tailed last
spring, but is still in operation. It
itppenra that there is consnlcrnlile profit
in the business, properly conducted.
The Cross and White cases at this term
ot Wake suiierior court will lie taken up.
They are overshadowed by the Boyle
case, and hence will attract very little
attention. Both Cross and While are
now depressed in spirits and no longer
lounge on the streets, ns was once their
custom. There arc only two cases
against them set for this term. Some
eight or nine other cases are yet in
reserve. The case against Cross and
White, on their appeal, will certainly lie
heard by the supreme court of the Pnited
States in Novemlier. There has lieen an
expression of doubt ns to whether their
case would certainly be advanced by
that court, but your correspondent is
assured that it certainly will lie.
Explosion of Powder Mills.
Pottsvii.i.k, Pa., September 26.
About 11 o'clock this morning the
Loflin & Rand Powder mills at Cresson,
1 three miles Mow this city, blew up.
I The explosion was terrific in force.
Three workmen were killed, and a num-
her of other workmen injured. Nearly
I all the window glass in Cresson was
shattered, and the concussion was sensi-
1 bly telt in this city.
OUR COMING NAVY.
TWO NEW STEEL CRUISERS
TO HE Hl'ILT.
The Plans and Specifications
Have Heen Sent to Workmen
and the Construction lo be Push,
ed Rapidly to Completion.
Wasiuncton, D. C, September 26.
Mrs. Hnima A. Wood, wife of (ieo. M.
Wood, clerk in the geological survey
office, was burned to death this morn
ing at her residence No. 121 Titli street
northwest. She dropped a match upon
a pile of kindling wood which had acci
dentally become saturated with coal oil,
and the flames flashed upon her face anil
rendered her unconcious, and preventing
an outcry. Mr. Wood noticing the smell
of smoke, went down stairs to make an
examination, and found bis wile lying
dead upon the floor with Idle upper por
tion of her body burned to a crisp.
Chief Constructor Wilson to-day, In
direction of Secretary Tracy, scut a let
ter to Commodore Ramsey, commanding
i ne iew orK ijnvy yarn, in which he
"The department having directed that
one of the 3,000 ton steel cruisers In
built nt the yard under your command,
the bureau forwards by mail, plans and
twelve copies of specification, ten copies
of which please turn over lo thcnaval
constructor. The work of laying down
this vessel will be commenced as
soon as mould, floor and appliances
can be gotten ready, mid will be
pushed to completion with as much
dispatch as possible. The vessel will
be built on the site where the Ten
nessee and Java were built, and tin
work of putting down the foundation or
bed blocking, erecting keel blocking and
cribbing can be immediately proceeded
with. I'ntil the vessel is named, she will
be known and designated as Cruiser No
7. and funds for carrying on the work re
quired will be charged to the appropria
tion forincreascofnavy construction and
machinery. The bureau expects that even
effort will be made by master mechanics
and those employed under them on this
vessel to expedite the work for their own
credit and that of the yard, and that the
secretary of the navy may not be disap
pointed ill lieing able" to build the vessel
as cheaply as she could have been con
tracted lor, and this they should be in
formed. "(Signed I Tni-onom- I). Wilson,
"Chief Constructor U. S. Navy."
A similar letter was sent to Commo
dore Brown, commanding the Norfolk
navy yard, the only change lieing
that the cruiser should be known as
No. 8, and that she be built on the slip
north of the Texas site.
Bond offerings yesterday aggregated
$197,650, accepted $l!t3,!50 at 1.20 for
four er cents und l.Ofr'H for four and a
Nkw York, September 26. Rain and
drizzle fell uiicomfortalilv during thcday.
The track of the Brooklyn Jockey Club
was heavy and sloppy and the scrntch
ings in consequence wercnunierous. The
second sjicciai resulted in a complete sur
prise, Reporter winning in a canter, and
even Los Angeles heating the crack Tcmiy
for place. The favorites fared but poorly,
Now or Never being the only one to score.
First race Sweepstakes for three year
oins, one nine: Aurania won, Cracksman
second, Eutroriu third. Time 1.41 '4.
Second race Handicap, all ages, mile
and furlong: Now or Never won, Colientc
second, Bella B. third. Time 1.58'U.
Third race Sea Breeze stakes lor three
year olds, selling; mile and one sixteenth:
Galop won, Zcphvrus second, Sam Wood
third. Time 1.52.
Fourth race Second special for three
year olds and upwards, mile and one fur
long: Reporter won, Los Angeles second,
Tenny third. Timel.56-.
Fifth race Selling, six furlongs: Cort
land won, Civil Service second, Ralph
Bavard third. Time 1.1 7:1,.
Sixth race Heavyweight handicap, all
ages, six furlongs: Fordhain won, Bridge
light second, Oarsman third. Timel.l.H.
l.ortsVII.I.K. ICv Si'liri-mln-r '(! Tin.
sport to-day was only fairly interesting,
and was witnessed bv a small crowd.
Jockey Kay was ruled off for striking
jockey Moan atlerthelourih race, Sloan s
mount having interfered with Ray on
ltonair and prevented bis gctiug
First race seven-eighths of a mile:
Clamor won, Electricity second, Luev P.
third. Time 1.32.
Second race five-eighths ol a mile:
English Ladv won, Milton second, Doli
kins third. Time 1.02!U.
Third race one mile: Trumps won,
Plunder second, Bill Letcher third. Time
Fourth race three-fourths of a mile:
Betina won, Amos A. second, Bonair
third. Time 1.1 7' s.
I'ifl h race one nnil iim.-ritrlil h itiil
Handicap: Cains won, Antonio second,
Tcnlike third. Time 1.5S:H.
At Pittsburg Pittsburg !, Philadel
At Chicago Chicago 4. New York 3.
At New York Columbus 7, Brook
At Baltimore Baltimore , Athletic 1.
At Cleveland Umpire Lynch awards
Cleveland-Washington game to Cleve
land by a score of!) to 0, 011 account of
non-appearance of the Washington club.
At Kansas City Kansas City 8, Cin
At St. Louis St. Louis 5, Louisville 4.
At Indianapolis Indianapolis 5, Bos
Sun Cotton Review.
New Yohk, September 26. The Sun's
cotton review savs: "Futures opened
quite buoyantly on a better report from
Liverpool, which brought in buyers to
cover contracts. But this demand soon
subsided, when liettcr weather formntur
i g the crop, and a decline of Vse. in sev
eral Southern markets which begin to
show some accumulating stocks caused
a general decline. The bulls showing per
ceptible discouragement, Scptcmberdroi
ped to 11.30. Cotton on spot was quiet.
An Editor lleuten,
Atlanta, Gn., Septemlier 26. At West
Point to-day Col. Reuben Arnold, his
brother, Frank Arnold, and his son, Reu
lien Arnold, Jr., went into the office of
lolin Conlev, editor of the Plowbov, and
ljeat him badly. Frank Arnold and Reu
ben Arnold, Jr., carried shotguns which
were discharged in the melee, and, Conlev
says, at hiirt. The trouble grew out of
nn old tend of ex-Governor Conley and
the Arnolds, who are among the most
prominent lawyers ot the city.
Dr. G. C. Rankin, who has been confined
to his home since Sunday last from a
vere cold, is improving.
THE WOES OE JAPAN.
10,000 Persons and $6,000,000 or
Property Swept Away.
The civilized world was horrified at the
terrible disaster at Johnstown in (unc
last, and never was world-wide sympathy
more actively aroused. Japan of late
has had a similar fearful experience, but
the world takes it as indifferently as if
it were the proper fate for barbarians.
Read the following account of what
"The Ilikawaga rose twenty-eight feet
above the ordinary level, and villages
close to the river were flooded, in conse
quence of which 150 houses were washed
away, many persons being drowned.
Seventy-eight houses mid the Hiwako
police station at Shtisan were also car
ried away. Owing to several landslips
which occurred close to the source of the
Hidakagawa a vast nuinlier of trees,
some of which were very large, were up
rooted and swept into the fields, where
several thousands are now lying.
About 1,200 houses of the villages
close to Tomitagawa were swept away
and over 500 persons are reported to
have lost their lives. Another telegram
from Wakayma, dated the 26th, an
nounces that, according to the investiga
tions made nptothatdatctlietotalnuin
iier of houses carried away in Nishi Mura
gori was 1,002, while 503 others were
demolished and 440 houses were more or
less damaged, the number ol deaths being
Other villages suffered much loss by
Hoods, and t he number of dead cannot be
accurately determined, but for the prov
ince of Ki'i it will not fall below 10,000.
Bloated bodies and wreckage of all de
scription covered fields for miles ((round,
and it will be months before survivors
can proceed with the work. The loss in
moncv is roughly estimated at $(i,000,-
In an interview published in a Wil
mington I Del. ) paper ex-hecretarv Bav
in! is quoted as saving that he does not
want any office, and will not be a can
didate for office. Mr. Bayard's tersely
expressed views upon the future policy
of the national democracy are in ac
cord with his past record. Among other
things he said : "the tanfl question is
a grave and profound one, and should be
fully discussed. The Democracy, 1 think.
will again advocate tariff reform. Had
Mr. Cleveland taken my advice he would
have declared in favor of the reform two
years before he did. Of course, it will
take time to settle this issue. I think
taxation for protection is communism.
The manner and time used by the Re
publican national committee in raising
enormous sums of money during the last
campaign to influence the election was
only an additional proof ot the necessity
I the reform. 1 think tree wool will be
the first step toward reform.
Cominic Episcopal Convention.
Preparations for the Triennial General
Convention of the Protectant Kpiscopal
church, ill the United States, which will
begin at St. George's church, in this city,
on October 2nd. are now actively under
way, and the local committees having
them in charge promise every considera
tion ol comfort and convenience ot the
deputies. St. George's is in Rutherford
Place, between Sixteenth and heventeeth
streets, a most central and convenient
situation. Besides the church, there is a
tine memorial building adjoining that
can be used for committee and other con
vention work. The number of delegates
is expected to reach 400. Bishop Potter
will entertain the House of Bisnops, and
the Diocese of New York will provide a
simple daily luncheon for the co-ordinate
branch represented. It has been decided
to make this repast simple for the good
example it would set for future meetings.
A number of distinguished visitors from
the Hnglish church arc exiected.
C. E. and Y
, V. Railroad.
Twenty-three miles of the track of the
C. F. and Y. V. railroad between Wil
mington and Fayctleville have been laid.
The intermediate trestles between the
end otUic track and Black River bridge j
are ueing cotimi ucia-ii
the work of laying the rails. A turn-out
has been put in near Mott's cross roads, I
seventeen miles from Wilmington, in ;
Pender county. It is proposed to call 1
the place "Carrie," in honor of Mr. J. II.
Curric, of the firm of Woody it Clin ic, of
this citv. '
louudary Commission. i ct'"tlv h"'h- lik: tll,,sl' ol' Haywood,
AsxAi'oi.is, Md., September 2(i.-Gov-! Jackson and Macon, consideration was
eruor Jackson has written to Governor ; had to make safe all the books and pa
Lee, of Virginia, suggesting in coiisc- )n-s to bt deposited therein. But coun
(iiicncc of doubts ns to the validity ot .- , , ,, ,
J, , ,, m 1 ties unprovided should lose no tune m
the grant made bv Virginia to Charles 1
Lewis of certain oyster beds near llog , supplying Hie defect.
Island. Potomac river, by reason of the , ;asUIII Literary Club.
uncertainty ot the boundary line net ween i
the States of Maryland and Virginia.!
that a competent surveyor, or, if pre-!
lei red, two, one from each State, be ap
pointed to examine and determine that
portion of the line now in dispute and
thus avoid further trouble.
A Little Fun, but Scary.
Last night a little In-fore nine those
about the square were startled by a
sharp detonation. It might lie a pistol ;
...1.1... ......ll. ...II..., ..I'll... n..,HB ll,!(
rang out lately, one ofthem the herald I
of death, caused a temporary agitation
until the matter was explained. It was
only a little torpedo laid upon the elec
tric railway track, exploding ns the car
passed over it. The noise was as suc
cessful as the fun loving perpetrator of
the joke could have wished. But the
public is a little nervous just now, and
does not enter very appreciatively into
Real Estate Transfers.
W. B. Gwyn to 11. T. Collins. Town
J. M. Campliell to O. D. Revel nndJ.M.
Wngncr. Town lot on Bailey street,
D.J. McLcllan to T. C. Brown for $60.
Erost In Macou.
The Franklin Press says: "We learn
that there was considerable frost on Nan
tnhula on the morning of the 1 9th inst.,
doing great damage to corn crops.
Dr. J. Duncan McKim, of Washington,
I). C; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Steffins, of
Charleston, S. C, are at Mrs. VanGil
dcr's. D. A. Maffitt, Baltimore, M. D. ; C. S.
Preston, Richmond, Va. ; Leslie Hewitt,
Buffalo, N. '. ; C. S. Pearson, Jackson
ville, Fla., are at the Swannanoa.
Roped In by Ramblinic Reporters
Roamlmc Round the City.
The days are winding up at both ends
perceptibly diminishing their length.
Miss Mary Pcnland has begun the con
struction of three new houses on Pcnlnnd
A. I). Cooper is making a very hand
some structure of his new building on
South Main street.
The pole light on the square wasequi
ned with its carbons yesterday, and gave
out its light last night
Ground was broken yesterday tor the
laying of sewer pipe on Walnut street
from Water street to Haywood.
Permission was granted to-day, to
join in the bonds of holy matrimony
Jas. M. Burnett to Anna M. Gentry.
We are sorry to learn that Mr. White
Smith, of T. C. Smith Hz Co., has been
rather indisposed for the last few days.
The regular meeting of the Y. W. C.
T. V. has been postponed until Friday
next, at 4 o'clock. Members please take
Mr. Jas. L. Wagner, formerly with
Messrs. W. K. Williamson & Son, has ac
cepted a position with Messrs. Mann,
Johnson & Co.
Mr. Arthur, the energetic manager of
the Street Railway Company, says that
their commodious car sheds and offices
will be completed by October 15.
The weather yesterday was not so
charming as the day before, rain coming
early in the morning, followed by show
ers during the day, und a cool stiff north
western towards night.
Mr. E, W. Burkholder, the enterpris
ing architect of the Reynolds & Spears
opera house, says that if the weather
holds good it will lie completed by the
first of January and perhaps before.
Judge 15. J. Aston lias about completed
his new residence on Church street, and
will occupy it in a short time. It is one
of the handsomest and most substantial
in the city, having been constructed im
mediately under the eye of the Judge.
There has been a discovery of a ven
due fire clay which stands every test, on
the pnqierty ot Mr. W. R. Penniman,
Sr., near Emma. Mr. Penniman has
been shipping in large quantities and the
bricks have been giving universal satis
faction. From the Athens, Ga., livening Chroni
cle of September 23rd, we learn of the
death of Henry P. Christy, sonof thelate
John H. Christy, which occurred in that
place on Sunday night, about nine o'clock.
Mr. Christy was a nephew of Mrs. Dr.
G. W. Whitson and Mrs. Wm. M. Kerr,
of this city. He followed in the foot
steps of his father, and was a printer and
Eire Proof Court House Vaults.
The destruction of the records of
Moore county, and other valuable
papers by the burning of
house at Carthage has put the
commissioners of counties without fire
proof vaults in the court houses on a
serious train of thought. The destruc
tion of records by interested parties has
been sought very often and effected more
than once by the burning ofeourt houses.
The loss is sometimes irreparable, always
productive of loss and confusion. Coun
ty officers should no longei delay to pro-
vide security when such is not already
la,i. They offer it ill taking charge of
bk tc aml nre jn
honor and duty bound to provide it.
Buncombe county court house is well
equipped in this respect. We cannot
Sjicak of other counties, in the
West though we believe among
the several new court houses re-
Mr. A. K. I.iliby, a student of Olxrlin
College, coming here for the liencfit of his
health, is very usefully, and we may hope
profitably employing his time infringing
the above organization to public notice.
Our attention is called to the books and
publications furnished through the agen
cy, both standard and popular works;
and we must express surprise at the ex
cellence of paper and beauty of type, and
. I iilwii flip vi'rv tow iirifi Itoofic mucin
,, , : , , , ,, ,
ilbuins, desks, etc., can lie had through
the agency ; but wc leave it to Mr. Libby
who is visiting the houses of the citizens,
l-arge Crab Apples.
Wc saw at Mr. J. M. Young's family
grocery a consignment from the country
of the crab apple improved by cultiva
tion until it had attained treble the size
of the wild crab, which so abounds in the
mountains. It was the same, except that
it had lieen transplanted and subjected
to some care and culture. These crabs
came from a farm somewhere on Hom
iny, and suggest larger similar atten
tion. There is nothing finer for jellies
and preserves than the wild crab, the
1 only objection to them being the diminu
tive size of the wild stock.
The Evangelist Pearson,
Who may now be regarded as a citizen
of Asheville, since he has a residence here,
seems to lie doing good work in Char
lotte, where he is holding quite a length
ened meeting. Speaking of his residence.
we think it one of the most beautiful cot
tage buildings we ever saw. We do not
know who the architect was, but it does
honor to whoever designed it. Our ad
miration goes so far as to wish we had
one just like it.
COL. BAUUHMAN RENOMINA
TED EOR COMPTROLLER.
A Ringing Platform of Principles
Adopted, in Which Trusts are
ilveu a Hard Lick The Race
Question Touched, Etc.
Baltimokb, Septemlier 26. The Dem
ocratic State Convention met her to-dav
and nominated for re-election as State
Comptroller Col. L. C. Victor Baughman,
the present incumbent. The nomination
was by acclamation, no other candidate
being named. Ex-Mayor Hodges, of
Baltimore, was chairman of both the
temporary and permanent organization.
After adoption of the platform and a
sjieech from Col. Baughman, the conven
The platform declares that the Mary
land democracy reaffirms the St. Louis
platform of 1KHH. They unite with their
Democratic brethren in their sister States
ill pointed condemnation of the vast com
binations 111 many of the important and
necessary branches of industry and busi
ness which, under the misleading name
of trusts, have infficted such serious in
jury upon the people and which, unless
uMian-u 111 Liieir powenui organizations,
will create great and alarming distress
by limiting the supply and ruinously en
hancing the prices of many articles of
prime necessity at the mere pleasure of
the managers of these illegal combina
tions. Vigorous measures should be
taken to check this great and E-rowinc
evil. Thev declare their sincere and ear
nest purpose to recognize and enforce all
the civil and political rights of colored
peopic ot tins State, but while thus ear
nestly resolved to see to it that in their
iiersons and property they shall be fully
and thoroughly protected, and that the
present liberal provisions for the educa
tion ot their children shall bemaintained,
they insist that the schools for whit
and colored children shall lie kept separ
ate and distinct; and they will vigorously
resist any and all attempts to chanee
existing laws so as to introduce mixed
schools for both white and colored chil
dren. The following is the utterance
upon me liquor question:
uy tnejuclicious adiustment of license
to sell liquor, with siqieradded restric
tion features which experience elsewhere
has proved to be salutary and effectual,
such legislation should lie made to sub-
serve the double purpose of reducing the
rate of taxation on propertyto the great
icuei 01 me people, and at the same time
largely removing from our midst the de
grading destructive vice of intemperance.
Meeting Yesterday Looking to an
The citizens of Weaverville and vicinitv
held u meeting at the office of Dr. J. A.
Reagan m that place vesterdav for the
purpose of takinu steps lookincr to th.
extension of the electric street railway
from this city to that town. Dr. J. A.
Reagan was called to the chair, and
Capt. VV. E. Weaver was appointed sec
retary. After considerable discussion a
committee consisting of W. E. Weaver,
f. 1: Kooerts and Dr. W. W. Wing was
appointed to confer with the authorities
of the Asheville electric railway and learn
upon what terms the railway can be ex
tended to Weaverville. The meeting
then adjourned subject to the call of the
chairman. This movement on the part
of our Weaverville friends displays an
enterprise most commendable, and we
have no doubt the committee will receive
very consideration at the hands of our
street railway authorities.
WANTED TO MARRY,
But Justice Malone Thought the
woman loo White.
Yesterday morning a ginger-cake col
ored negro, calling himself Frank Gam
mon, presented himself at the register's
office and asked for a license to wed one
Mary Hill. Register Mackey was not in
the office at the time, but R. J. Stokeley,
the obliging deputy, issued the desired
locument in due form, upon the state
ment of Gammon that Mary was of the
requisite color under the law. Uoon
going before Esquir.; Malone, however,
that gentleman refused to solemnize the
rites, as the appearance of Mary Hill lead
I11111 to conclude that she was a white
woman. Gammon not lieing able to
utilize the document, returned the
license to the register's office. We have
heard of no steps being taken to punish
the parties for their attempted violation
of the law.
A Shady View.
The North State takes pride in the ap-
lienrance of the once beautifully shaded
lilm street of Greensboro since its fine
trees have been cut down. It is the old
fable over again of the fox whose tail had
been nipped off by a steel trap. Hemade
the most of his misfortune, was bound to
believe the curtailment an improvement,
and tried to force his example upon the
vulpine public. The North State draws
this philosophic reflection from the now
shadclcss street, that a great many peo
ple will not work as long as a shade can
be found to sit in. Perhaps that isoneof
the secrets of the vim of Asheville. Its
thoroughfares, its business ones at any
rate, are without trees, and there is noth
ing to do but "push along and keep
a-moving;" though if one looks down
upon it from a neighboring height it ap
pears like a forest-buried town.
Hon. J. J Davis.
We regret to learn that this gentleman,
one of the Associate Justice's of the Su
preme court of this State, is quite ill at
his home in Louisburg. Judge Davis
was here quite recently, taking in Ashe
ville on his return from a visit to a brother
in Georgia. He was then in the finest
health. We sincerely hope for his speedy
In Trinity church, Asheville, on Thurs
day, Septemlier 26, 1889, by Rev. Jarvis
Buxton, D. D., Dr. Wm. H. Montcure, of
Orange county, Va., to Louise, daughter
of John Cheescborough, Esq., of Bun