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THE DAILY CITIZEN
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ASHEVILLE, N. C, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, i88g.
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HKAKI) MII.ING IK THIi
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I'OllltM to KUIIIC nMllie Man Who
llrove J he Walton CougUliii Kc
Nciiillcs (lie One Who Went mio
CniCAi'.o, November 7. The first wit
ness called tu the stand tliis morning in
the e renin trial was Coroner Hertz, who
held the inquest over the hodv of lr.
Cronin in June lust. He testified to hav
ing held such nil iii(iiest, nnd identified
the trunk whieh is in the evidence.
William Merles, the milkman, was
culled to the stand. He is a short man,
with a while nitiHler knotted around his
neck, and he wears a sallow coiored
heard to match his coniilexlion.
"Do yon remember May 4, last ?"
"Yes. I do. I was on the east side of
Ashland avenue, near the Carlson col
lage, about 8.3(1 o'clock. I saw two
men drive up lo the Carlson cottage in
a buggy. When I came about, lifty or
seventy-five lect from the cottage, the
buggy was just in front of the collate,
and it slopped. One of the fellows not
out of the buggy and went up to the
front gate, and went through it and up
the front steps. It looked to me as
though he had some key, or something
like that, in his hand, and that he opened
the door himself. As soon as that lellow
stepped in. the other fellow that was sil
ling in the buggy turned the horse
around at once, and got away just as
quick as he could do it. I diil not take
any notice of the fellow that went into
the house, tu see whether he had a hat
'in or a cap, but 1 noticed he had on a dark
brown overcoat, but he had cuffs, and it
looked as though he had a dark brown
coat. As soon as that lellow that was
in the buggy turned his horse to go
away, I could see his face better. There is
a gas light there on the corner, and it
was light and I could see his lace."
"How near were von to him at that
"Oh, just from the street to the side
walk, as I was very near theCarlsnncot
tage. When they stopped, 1 was about
seventy-live feet away. I went on, walk
ing towards liiem. 1 went smith to the
grocery store on the corner of Ashland
avenue. I was there about hall an hour,
.Jien 1 came back again, and when 1
.enuic aboul a half a block nearer, then
I hcar.l somebody nailing in the cottage,
.as if thev tvere nailing boards together.
J heard them when 1 was hall a block
"Hid you ever sec these parties since
you saw them driving up there?"
"1 lo you nee them now ?"
"Yes sir. Thai one I indicating Kuuzc)
was the one that was driving the wag.ui,
and that big one there I indicating
Coughlin I looks like the lellow thai was
going into the house "
On cross examination the witness was
soon confused by questions which were
rapidly fired at him. To suggestions of
counsel for the defence, he asserted w ilh
eiiual readiness that the weather was
clear and that it was cloudy, ami looked
like rain, but he was positive that il did
not rain, and he stuck to his story of
two men in a buggy, and explained how
he determined the date upon which Ik
saw them, nnd heard sounds of driving
nails in the Carlson cottage. Fur
ther cross examination elicited the
act that the witness did not see the
face of the man who got out ol the
buggy and entered the Carlson cottage,
and that his subseoiient identification of
Coughlin in the coiintv tail w;
, t i.:. i I.
view of his back, which resembled that
of the man who went into the cottage.
Assistant superintendent Frank Mur
ray, of the I'inkerton agency, was called,
iti" said that oiulie ajtcruoon of llieday
.niter Cronin disappeared, Coiikliti, with
whom Dr. Cronin was associated, em
ployed the agency in the case. The wit
ness went to o'Snllivan's house and had
Mlalk with him. O'Snllivaii denied that
he had sent any one with his card lo
Cronin the night before, and related the
storv of his engaging Cronin to attend
his men, substantially as it has been told
heretofore. After tins witness had been
cross-examined a recess was taken.
The 1Htliiil J.eiiBne Contract
Hlltnctl tor Three Venn.
Ni'.W YoliK, November 7. The National
Smse ball plaver's eoulerciice was con
tinued at the Fifth Avenue hotel to-day.
AH the delegates were present. At LM.'i
o'clock the convention took a recess, and
olm Morrill announced that the eon
tract form had been agreed upon, and the
pin vers signed for three years, which is
satisfactory to both capitalists and
The contract is virtually the same as
the old league contract, with the ex
ception that the reserve clause was
stricken out, as the one on term service
provided for from one to llnec years.
It was saiil iiilhc corridors of the Filth
Avenue hotel this morning that the
players were not meeting with the hearty
Telegrams were sent to Clarkson and
Kildbounie, at Boston yesterday, asking
them to take some stock in the players
National League; iieithermadenny reply.
A. U. Johnson, who had been acting
temporary president, would undoubtedly
Jiave been elected permanently to that
position, had he not stated that his busi
ness interests would not permit him to
accept. John Morrch is now spoken ol
as the most likely person to be elected
Cannot ico to Fayeltevllle.
Vavkttkvm.i.k, N. C, Novenilicr 4.
The following announcement will appear
in t lie Observer, of this city, tomorrow:
"The committee on invitations to the
centennial of the ratification by North
Carolina of the constitution have re
ceived a letter from Jefferson Davis
written in a pencil and from n sick bed
regretting his innbility on account of
impaired health, to be present at the
The KeHull In Iowa.
Chicaho, Novemlier 7. A special dis-
t. .... f..u t.M,.u lovvn to the
caicn noui '
journal trep.l snvs: While the democrats ,
Vlaim their entire State ticket is elected, ,
the indications to-day are that the result ,
on the State ticket, except governor, is
doubtful, and that the republicans will ,
have seven majority in the house undone
in the senate.
Cut Hit Wife's Throat.
Savannah, On., Novcnilx-r ".Albert
Mareacuthis wife's throat Irom ear to
ear early this morning, killing her in
stantly. ' The woman had been to a fes
tival with her sister and a young man
escorted them home. It is supiMiscd that
the deed was caused by jealousy. 1 he
murder was not discovered until several
hours later and the murderer cscni-ed.
lUUUAll I IIH HI NCOMIli;!
What a Plucky Hon of Our (irand
Old Comity tins none.
The following romantic story we clip
from the New York World of the -frill
instant. As to its truth we have no in
fouuation but there are men ofthe same
name now numbered amongst our most
enterprising busimss men:
Win. Cooper, who is stopping at the
Coleman House, has had a remarkable
career. Horn in Huiicombe County,
North Carolina, and reared in Texas, the
opening ofthe civil war found hitn carry
ing a musket in the Confederate ranks.
He was severely wounded during the
war, and he hiis since gone tliroujh
enough to kill a dozen ordinary men.
ust alter the war a Mexican "greaser."
on the frontier ill Texas, sent a bullet
clean through Cooper's head. He was
picked up for dead alter Cooper's com
panions had strung up the Mexican.
Hut Cooper didn't die, and a lew years
later found him penetrating the jungles
of Africa. He carried with him a stock
of merchandise and made a small fortune
bartering for skins. He has been around
the world several times and speaks half
a dozen languages. Twice Cooper has
landed in New York with something like
jjiKMl, Dill) to his credit, bin each time he
was buncoed out of it by so-called
Hut he is once more oil the road to
fortune, and this time he means to stay
there. Three years ago he went to
Mexico almost strapped. He journeyed
into Southern old Mexico almost to the
boundary line in Central America, very
little is known about this part ol Mexico
-day. Il is inhabited by the Aztec
Indians and the majority ol them are
wild and warlike. Cooper had an idea
that ptccious stones could belouud there,
and while he was searching lor lliein he
stumbled on to what has proved to be a
verv rich find. He learned the Aztec
language and gained the friendship ol the
Indians. In the extinct crater of a vol
cano he found a large deposit of onyx
and mosaic agate. The onyx is worth
a square loot and the mosaic agate
is still more valuable, flic supply is
apparently inexhaustible and Cooper
has made arrangements with the Mexi
can Government which givcshini a mono
poly ol the business. The mosaic ngnli
is a very rare stone. A stone sonicwhal
resembling it was louiul in Adrian's villa
in koine, which was built many hundred
years befou Chrisi, None is known to
exist anywhere now except in Mexico.
An illustration of the beauties of our
tariff system is found in the fact that
although not a single piece of onyx or
mosaic agate can be found in this
country, Mr. Cooper has to pay a duly
of 4," percent, ad valorem on every pie-c
he ships into the lintc'l States. The
question is asked. Whom docs this pro
tect, when tiie duty is simply added to
the price of the stone ?
ohio i:i.i-;c no.
The I. utest Calculations on Tues
Coi.r.Miu s, ()., November 7. The indi
cations are now, on figures received at
republican and democratic headquarters,
that the republicans will elect all the can
didates on the State ticket with the ex
ception of I'oraker and possibly the lieu
The republican committee sent out
telegrams to the county chairmen for the
vote on the respective caniiidates in the
comities, and they have heard from
thirty-six out of eighty-eight counties.
The returns show thai in lliesc counties
the balance of the ticket, without much
vaiiance in the figures, lias received 11,
(i.V.i votes more than I'oraker, or rather,
the head of the ticket has run behind
that much. On the figures it is estima
ted that Campbell must have a plurality
of at least 12.0(10. The returns show
that all the candidates below lieutenant
governor ran aliout 1 ,11(111 ahead of the
ticket in four counties alone, thus mak
ing the contest very close and uncertain,
with a strong probability that some of
the republicans may pull through.
I.ntnpson, republican candidate for lieu
tenant governor, was badly cut by the
liquor inures- of Cincinnati. He was
charged with being a prohibitionist,
while on the Reserve, in the vicinity of
his home, where the prohibition senti
ment is strong, his sentiments were
known to be in lavor of taxation anil
regulation as against prohibition. lie
was placed between two lires. and to this
is atrilmted the small vote received by
him compared with the other repulicnu
candidates. Chairman Neal, ofthe demo
cratic committee left for his home in
Hamilton this afternoon lo attend n jolli
fication meeting to-night. The com
mittee received but little information
during the day as to the Statetieket, but
concede that il is very close, and thill
unless Campbell's plurality runs above
10,0110 the chances are in favor ofthe re
publican. They have hopes, however,
that the ticket is safe, but can give no
figures on tin re-tilt further than to say
thai the average gain lor the ticket in
fifty counties is about MO, which, it it
keeps up, will elect the entire ticket.
While figures arc yet meager, the election
of republican candidates fur treasurer,
attorney general, and school commis
sioner is regarded as certain by the re
publicans. The official vote is coming
in, and the result will lie ascertained by
CVTM HI! THKOAT,
A Condemned criminal Trie to
F.scape the uallowH.
Komk. Oil., November ".This morn
ing shortly after the sheriff told I'ig
Yain that the Coventor would not inter
fere furt her with his sentence to be hanged,
the jailer's attention was attracted to
the peculiar manner in which "Fig" was
bidiling his brother good bye. When the
brother left the jailer went to the con
denied man's cell and found him silting
on n cot cutting his throat. Hefore the
knife could lie taken from him he had cut
an uglv gash on his neck and one on his
arm. " He bled profusely for a time,
but upon invc.-tigation his wounds
proved comparatively slight. He was
agilin taken to Sunnnerville, Chatta
nooga county, where he will lie hanged
Mayor Hlanton'i Court.
On they came. It was a crowd. Their
name was legion, but they were of that
kind that pay as they go, and they both
paid and went. The Mayor was there
to receive both them and their money.
Some objected to the accomodations,
but there always will lie n few who never
can appreciate a good thing. After nil
their wants had been attended to with
that courtesy and politeness for which
Asheville is noted, it was found that
$:1H.(MI had been added to the fund.
THE FICOF.KAL COI'RT,
"Three Mouths and One Hundred
Three months and one hundred dollars!
This was the sentence which was echoed
and re-echoed from the walls of the old
court room. Its frequent reietition car
ried dismay to the heart of many a rug
ged, unshorn and unshaven mountaineer.
The law was being maintained, mid the
poor fellow who made noises around
houses at night to call the attention of
the inmates to the bottle of whiskey sur
reptitiously stowed away in some fence
corner, or who caused the mountain dew
to mysteriously reveal itself at the foot
of some old blackened stump, now heard
the knell of all his hopes pealing forth in
those six sad words: "Three mouths and
one hundred dollars."
When the words "not guilty" now and
then lifted the gloom caused by this paiu
giving monotonous refrain, there wasjoy
that one poor devil had escaped from the
incshes which the law had prepared for
Three mouths and one hundred dol
lars! The last sentence had been imposed
and the crowd streamed from that dis
mal room into the free, open air. Hut as
they strolled down Fatton avenue, a
gang of darkies was met breaking stones
on the street. "It is a hard day's labor,"
sang one, nnd back from the others
came the deep response, chanted in uni
son, "yes;" and many a man, thinking ol
the scenes he had witnessed, felt his very
soul vibrate in sympathy with that pa
Hon. Kopi Klias, of Macon enmity, is
in the city.
The postmaster , at Marion, N. C, Mr.
Oeorge V.. Yancey, is stopping at the
Dr. J. M. Stevens, of Leicester, a man
well known and very popular among all
Ashcvillians, is in the city.
Mrs. W. H. Marx and her two young
children left yesterday to visit her father,
F. J. Fox, Ksq., of Kaston, I'a.
Mrs. Young and her daughter Ivstclle.
who were stopping nt Mrs. Natt Atkin
son's left for Chicago yesterday.
Mr. WalterJ. Oilpatrick.ofthelledford
Journal, nnd Mr. Oeo, K. Mears, both of
Bedford, Me., are at the Winyah Sanita
rium. Mr. C. II. Comstock, a prominent mer
chant of Knoxville, is now at the Orand
Central hotel. He has come here to spy
out the land, and if satisfied with the
outlook will locate here.
Mrs. Tiernan, who has been at the
Swananoa for the past few days, has left
for Mexico. She will there join her hus
band, I'rof. Tiernan, the noted mineralo
gist, who is prominently connected with
:i silver mine in that country.
The Asheville Free Kindergarten and
Childrens' Aid Society met in the hall of
the Young Woman's Christian Temper
ance I'niou, in order to formulate plans
to increase its effectiveness, and to regu
larly organize the society by the election
of officers. The following officers were
unanimously elected: For president,
Mrs. S. Westray llattle; for vice-president.
Miss Rose Chapman, and for secre
tary a'nd treasurer, Miss Newton.
The society deserves the thanks of all
good citizens and merits their earnest co
operation. This is a work which nffects
us as citizens, ami attacks an evil which
is felt by all and which can be only met
in this way. We hope that the meetings
of the society will be largely attended.
The next meeting will be held in the same
place on November 10, at :!." p. m.
The society has now a strong and en
ergetic body of officers and nothing but
good, solid, substantial work can be ex
pected from it under its present manage
ment. A Venerable Apple Tree.
We clip the followingfroin the Farmers'
Seven bushels of apples have been
picked this season from an apple tree on
the Denver proerty at Leicester. The
tree was planted 127 years ago.
Western North Carolina has long sus
tained a most favorable character lor its
fruit, especially its apples. It may not
enter the contest in the matter of age of
its trees, but can easily beat the record
of bushels. Note the following which
was handed us by the first friend to
whom we showed the above statement:
"There is an apple tree on the place of
John A. Orsborne, in Henderson county,
Irom which one hundred bushels of ap
ples have been gathered lor two suc
cessive years. Mr. W. I). Miller picked
We hope friend Miller will authorize us
to fully vouch for this remarkable state
ment, which now reaches us at second
hand, and that our other apple men
will sjieak out if any of them can beat it.
Mr. 0. M. Matins and Miss Maggie
D. Harding of this city were married in
the Central Methodist church at eight
o'clock yesterday morning. The church
was thronged with the friends of the
bride and groom. Tiik Citizen hastens
to extent its congratulations. The newly
married couple left on the Spartanburg
train for Charleston where they will
sK-nd a few days.
These Are Applet.
I Mr. OeorucS. McCandless. front Yancev
county, near Hurnsville, had for sale in
town yesterday a load of the famous
"Gloria Mundi" apples; two of which
measured 15 and 154 inches in circum
ference and weighed two pounds each.
They are not only very large, but of de
licious flavor. Mr. McCnudless is noted
I for his fruit.
HOW HAMI.KTS A HIC CONVIvR.
TKII INTO CITII-.M.
An Interview With an IntelllKeut
f eiitleman. Who Talki Freely ol
AITalrH In Which all ourCltizeiiH
Should Feel a Lively IntcreM.
For several days past a gentleman of
most agreeable appearance may have been
seen leisurely strolling around this town
and evidently taking pains to form a just
opinion of the things about him.
A reporter of this paper was so happy
as to make the visitor's acquaintance on
yesterday, and the conversation which
ensued was so thoroughly enjoyed by the
poor scribe that he is confident that hi.
readers will he gratified by it repetition
of those portions whichstick in his mem
ory. If it were possible to repeat the
whole verbatim the space dc ted lo it
would be well used, but the stranger's
modesty was too great to allow a note
book to appear, and his permission to
give a brief synopsis could only be ob
tained on the pledge of concealment ol
his name nnd residence.
After the salutations customary be
tween gentlemen followed the customary
Reporter Charming weather we havt
to-day, Mr. A.
Mr. A. Indeed you may sayeharming.
and safely use any stronger adjective
without risk of being charged with ex
travagance of expression. In fact, I was
induced to visit this section by seeing the
meteorological reports of Dr. von Ruck,
which I regret are no longer published.
They contain statistics which every man
in this State should endeavor to spread
Reporter Why, sir, you surprise inc.
Some of our readers complained that
they were dry and lacking in interest.
Mr. A. On the contrary they were ol
deep interest to me, and to many in my
neighborhood. 1 took particular pains
to compare them with the reports from
other stations, and as a result I decided
to collie iiere, partly on account of my
health, which was beginning to be deli
cite, and a stay at one of your comfort
able hotels for three weeks has enabled
this delightful climate to be thoroughly
enjoyed, and my improvement has been
Reporter 1 .11111 gratified to lc.irulh.it
Tiik ClTIZI-N is read in your distant
Mr. A. It is indeed, and no belter pa
per is read there, nor elsewhere. Indeed.
1 cannot express my surprise to find a
daily of its character in an inland town
of the size of Asheville. I can scarcely
see how it can be supported.
Reporter Oh, sir, you discourage me.
We have all, from editor to devil, an in
tense interest in our paper, and hoped
that it would meet with the degree of
support it deserved. None of us ask any
thing more in its behalf.
Mr. A. Well, I did not intend any dis
couragement, but I know how difficult it
is to i duce many men to sec their true
interest, or to realize that $(i paid for an
annual subscription to a real live, sincere,
respectable paper is destined to bring
them a larger return, by many fold, than
any other investment they can make.
Now I would like to ask you, if it is not
taking a liberty, how many of your mer
chants have Tin: Citizkn each morning
left at their place of business and also at
Reporter I regret to say, sir, the num
ber is very small. All of them seem to
cherish friendly relations to us, but they
think it enough to have one copy for the
use of all their clerks, and then take what
is left of it home at night to their wives
Mr. A. Exactly. I am not surprised
at your statement. This feeling prevails
in almost till small towns. I have in my
life known only very few cases where it
was otherwise, aild in these the develop
ment of every material interest was most
rapid and continuous. Of course these
towns possessed great natural advant
ages, but none any greater than those of
Asheville. They, however, appreciated
the importance of making known these
advantages, and that there was no wis
dom in a spasmodic attempt nt "writing
up," as it is usually called; spending hun
dreds of dollars for a column in some
metropolitan journal. This docs no good.
Hut a regular plain statement of facts,
day after day, accomplishes wonders.
Indeed, were I a resident of Asheville I
should at once set about providing
means to have Tin-: Daily Citizkn sent
in all directions, regularly, to prominent
men in every town in the I'nited States.
After a complimentary of six months
you would be astonished at the nutnlier
of those who would become regular suh
scriliers. Provided, always, that your
paper continues to deserve it as it now
docs. Anil you would also lie surprised
to see the iiiiiiiIkt of good, valuable im
migrants who would thus be induced to
visit von, and in many cases to liecomc
Reporter What is theimpressioii made
upon you by the business outlook of
Mr. A. Well, I cannot sav that I was
extravagantly encouraged at first sight,
but 1 am beginning to look upon the sit
uation more hoicftilly. You have many
obstacles to overcome, perhaps greater
ones in proportion to your means than
are seen in most towns.
Reporter To what do you esieciallv
Mr. A. The chief of all is the bad con
dition of your streets nnd sidewalks. 1
have walked almost through the entire
town, and have watched the work whieh
is lieing done in various places. It seems
well designed nnd honestly executed, but
I fear your material is very inferior, and
for this reason it is poor economy to in
vest more money than is absolutely re
quired to Keep up repairs, with t his stone
which is now being used. I think it may
do well for sidewalks, and, in fact, it is
evident that those made out of crushed
stone, as those on North Main street and
bridge street, arc far more durable than
the brick, which are wearing out rapidly,
and certainly more comfortable than the
so-called Hugging that "tries men'ssoles"
in other places. While your stone may
answer for sidewalks, it is most unfit for
your streets, resulting in alternations of
i mul and dust.
Reporter What would you suggest
then, as a remedy for the bad streets,
which we all acknowledge and deplore?
Mr. A. It would depend upon a great
many considerations, and I am not suffi
ciently acquainted with your surround
ings to feel couiieteiit to advise. It seems
to me that Belgian blocks should be
used, if thev can be obtained .-it a cost
within your reach ; or perhaps limestone
might be obtained on better terms The
chief cost in cither case would lie the rail
road freights, and I should think the
Richmond and Danville would be dis
posed to make as favorable termsasthey
could do, to encourage an improvement
which would inevitably tend to increase
travel over their lines.
Reporter How do the railroads here
compare with those of your Northern :
home ? r !
Mr. A. Here again I am indebted to;
Tiik Citizkn. Arriving sonic time ago in i
Charleston. S. C, I remembered having
seen the schedule of the Northeastern j
railroad, and decided to take passage by
it to Columbia. And indeed, I have never
traveled over il swifter, smoother or bet
ter managed road. 1 stopped ill Colum
bia a few days, ami thence went to Char
lotte, N. C, and so reached Asheville by
way of the Western North Carolina rail
road. 1 heartily endorse all that Tiik
Citizkn has ever said about this line.
Indeed the schedule is most remarkable,
considering the mountainous section it
traverses ; and a sight of its tortuous
course, doubling upon its tracks limcnnd
igain, and disclosing views of beautv
and variety, was enough lo repay all the
expense and fatigue of my journey.
Reporter Will you permit me to ask
in what line of business you have been
Mr. A. Oh, yes! I have no objection
to tell vou. Not many years ago I set
tled ill , which was then a mere
hamlet. In selecting it for a home, I was
influenced by its natural attractions,
which, I thought, gave promise of great
development, but 1 did not anticipate its
marvellous growth in population, wealth
and prosperity. Soon after I bought :
property there, which 1 did to the extent 1
ol inv limited means. Several other men
took the same view as I had done, and ,
made it their home also. We determined
to inaugurate a liberal business spirit
throughout our young community, and
our first move was lo establish a good !
newspaper. I was selcelcd as president
ofthe company. We chose as good an
editor as was attainable. We gave the I
latest and freshest news, in a truthful J
straightforward manner. We instructed ,
the editor to comment on current topics!
ill a fair spirit, to Ik-afraid of no rascal, j
but never to say il wind that might of-'
fend an honest man. We each subscribed I
to as large a number of copies as we I
could ; vc all advertised liberally; nnd j
thus, and as I believe, chiefly bv this .
means, the eitv of-
pies the same ground that was filled by i
the hamlet of when 1 went there. I
Reporter Perhaps you will kindly;
make a few suggestions as to the get up i
of your paper. I am sure Tiik Citizkn!
will gladly consider any such, nnd per- i
haps may be able to adopt them. j
Mr. A. Well, then, while you have a
very fair paper, I think you can improve
on it, and when you add lo its atlrnc-j
lions, you may be assured that you add
to the prosperity of Asheville My first
complaint then is that you do not givc
t'air plitv to idiot your patrons. 1'nin
teutionally, no doubt, but surely you
discriminate against your advertisers,
and in favor of your readers. You should
allow those merchants who would write
the most attractive ads to place them on
your front page, and your news matter
should be divided between all four pages.
I'nless you are well posted in journalism,
you can hardly know to what a high de
gree of art the science of advertising is
brought. All merchants who deserve
the inline realize its absolute importance
in the successful management of their
business. Y'ott have real merchants here,
such, for instance, as the Racket Store. I
have watched his business, and he evi
dently knows what he is about. Nor is
he alone; I have straggled into Whit
lock's and Hlnntnn's, and at each louiul
a well selected stock of clothing, ill
which I expressed no surprise, because
they had each invited me to call, showing
that they were not afraid to have their
goods inspected. And thus I have looked
around your town quite generally, and
1 find that each nnd all of your advertis
ers have on their shelves more than they
profess to have in your paper; but I
must say that the fault is yours that
they do not make their professions come
up to their attractions. Modesty is an
excellent trait of character, but in this
world of business a merchant must not
"hide his light under a bushel" if he
wishes customers. So 1 think you can
improve your piqier by merely doing jus
tice to your advertising patrons. Let it
be understood distinctly that you ask no
advertisements of clap trap or shoddy
humbugs, and as far as possible that you
will reject them. That you will make it
your special duty to visit your advertis
ers occasionally, so thill you can slate
positively on your own personal respon
sibility whether or not they have mis
stated their wares. The merchants must
appreciate this treatment, and you will
soon find your columns filled with ads
that will vie with each other in bright
ness and liberal display of real wit.
Reporter Have you been able to form
an opinion of the manufacturing inter
ests of Asheville ?
Mr. A. Yes. I have been much pleased
with the developments in this line ; they
nil seem young in veins, but arc man
aged on sound business principles. I am
particularly pleased with a call at the
ice factory, the milling company, the cot
ton factory .and furniture and lumber
works, and only regret that my stay is
too short to visit all the others.
Reporter I am glad to hear your fav
orable opinion Manufactures here are
new, and to some extent an experiment,
and is gratifying to hear a stranger pre
dict their success. All of their proprie
tors are friends ami patrons of Tiik Cit
izkn. Mr. II. T. Collins, of the ice and
milling company, is one of our most lib
eral advertisers, and Messrs. Oraham
and Avery nrc stockholders in our com
pany. Mr. A. Oh! You need not tell me that.
I knowcnoiigh of business to understand
that such men as they realize the value
ofa paper such as yours, and their suc
cess will only give farther proof that
their judgment is as correct in this as in
What is your opinion of the agricultu
ral outlook of this country ?
Mr. . It is surely good. The farmers
are alive to their interests. Their Alli
ance, if kept within its legitimate sphere,
and out of politics, must do them im
mense good. The tobacco interests
promise splendid results, hut here there
is danger of overdoing it good busi
ness. My observation is that a crop
may be produced which exceeds the de
mand, glutt the market, and thus causes
a tumble in prices. Nor is this the only
danger; but often the planter runs his
land too long in this crop, and the
result in a few years is seen in the large
tracts of worn out lands, such as fringe
the railroads in Virginia, especially be
tween Lynchburg iiuil Danville. II your
people will only cultivate small pieces of
their mountain lands each year, not
keeping it in tobacco for more than two
crops, then devoting it to grass and cat
tle, they will surely make money by get
tin;; higher prices for their crops, and
still having an attractive and beautiful
country left them. I know that this
course has been followed to advantage;
I have visited Alexanders, ami noted the
condition ol some of the surrounding
farms. It is very evident that the owner,
who, I hear, died quite recently, was a
practical business man and a good
Hut I have imposed upon you too long.
So now good-bye. Send me Tin; Citizkn
regularly until 1 return here, which I hope
to do within two months, for the balance
of the winter and perhaps to make it my
LOYAL TO AHHF.VII.LF..
How a lroniiiient Citizen Speaks
ff His Travels.
"Oivc me Asheville for scenery." It
w.-is Mr. R. R. Raw-Is, the genial rind
witty proprietor of the Swanuatioa,
who made this remark. He has just re
turned from a mouth's vacation and is
brim full of life and enthusiasm for every
thing that relates to Asheville. Well, he
ought to be it good judge of scenery. A
coaching trip through the most pictur
esque spots in New Jersey and Pennsyl
vania would make any one a good critic
of nature. Think of visiting the Switch
back, Delaware water gap, Lake Hopal
eong. where Lotta's cottage is reflected
in the calm, liiirror-like.expanseof water,
ami of closely skirling along the shores
of the Delaware until Philadelphia is
reached. He has done it and hiis come
back as much in love with Asheville as
"Well, why shouldn't 1 ?" he replied,
when his friends expressed their surprise
ill his undiminished belief in Ashcvillc's
superiority, nticr having been put to
such a lesi. " Why S. 13. Hakes, the pro
prietor of the Hristol house, corner of
Forty-second and Fifth avenue, New
York City, says there arc only three
places fit to live in Asheville, Iluntsville,
Ala., and New York City. Ha! ha!
Yes, 1 admit that it may In- a little far
fetched, but not so very much after all."
"By the way, Hroadhead, the proprie
tor ofthe Delaware Water Oap house, is
thinking of coming down here. At least
lie intimated tliat to me when I was
"Speaking of l is coming here reminds
me of what Mr. Clarke, the assistant
general passenger agent of the Pied
mont Air Line, said about the prospects
fortius winter's travel. He said that
they were making preparations for, and
expected more travel on their roud than
they had had for several years. Then he
went on to say that the Asheville hotels
advertised less than anv others and
asked the reason why. I told Clarke
that it was simple enough, as we were
full at any rate."
And Mr. Rawls was right. Asheville
could c.'isilv support auot.ier hotel. One
of our largest hotels alone turned away
from eight hundred to one thousand
guests during the months of April and
May of this vear.
Col. J. M. Ray, of this city, who was
visiting in the blue grass region of Ken-
tuekv nnd Tennessee, has returned. He
expresses himself enthusiastically on the
, ,. r , ' . .
blue grass, the quality of the stock, and
I the large prices they bring.
HALF MILLION HLAZli
The Jlosl ncHtructlve F.ire Since
the War The Total Lohh Ih Kf -timated
I'KTKHsm Hr,, Ya., November 7. This
city sustained the heaviest loss by fire to
day it has experienced since the war.
Flames were discovered by a policeman
about three o'clock this morning in rear
of the store of A. Roscntock Co., or
Oeorge II. Davis & Co. Owing to the
density of the smoke, the officer could
not tell in which it originated. Soon the
dailies burst out of Roscnstoek's
front door and spread themselves
with 'frightful rapidity. An alarm was
sounded, and the whole fire depart
ment responded, but being unable to
make much headway, help was asked
from Richmond. That city sent two en
gines, but tile fire was practically under
control befo'-e their arrival, the train hay
ing been delayed en route.
The buildings in which the fire started
were located in what is known as the
"Iron Front" block, on Sycamore street,
near Tabb. The block consisted of five
stoics, each five stories high, and wps
the handsomest in the city. The block
Wits soon ii mass of flames, which com
municated to the buildings on each side,
anil swept across the street consuming six
teen places of business before they were
stopped. The total loss is estimated at
$."i(l(). 0(10, and insurance is estimated at
The l.iilerrtrlse of th- IreHy-U-riau
The committee of the Presbyterian
church of Asheville who had been author
ized to purchase an organ, have at last
completed their work. The contract was
awarded, through their manager, Mr.
F. Crosby, to the Roosevelt Organ Co.,
of New York City. The organ is to be
finished either on or before the first of
May, and will be all in order by the time
the Ocncral Assembly meets, on May 15,
The organ will have nine speaking
stops, four couplers, three mechanical ac
cessories, six pedal movements, and two
manuals I or key boards. I It will be run
by water power. The width of the
organ will be nine feet and nine inches,
the depth ten feet and ten inches, and the
height sixteen feet and eight inches.
The Roosevelt Organ company has been
established comparatively recently. It
wiis first started in 1N72 and has been
modeled upon the latest foreign studies
ill scientific organ building. The cofn
pauy is now working on a $51), 000
organ, which is being erected by them
lor the Auditorium at Chicago. The re
nowned organist Clarence Eddy will
play upon this organ, when it is comple
ted. This fact alone is a sufficient guar
antee of the value of the work done by
The organ now ordered by the com
mittee, will be the finest in Asheville, al
though not the largest. It is more ex
pensive than those of other makes, but
this is caused by its recognized superior
ity to other organs in the quality of its
tone, its finish, and the Advantageous
patents over whieh no other hitihlcr has
I-IIWAKII WKUIIIM Dl'.AU.
TltiH Popular Younic Man Kxpired
Last iiiiht at 7.30.
Death is ahvays sad, always a shock.
To the old even it is frequently unexpec
ted; to the young or, as another has
expressed it, those "who die before the
dawn," it is as il frost, blighting the
plant in its tenderness; but to a young
man who has but climbed to that point in
tile journey of life where its charms and
nossibic achievements lie in all their al
luring attractiveness betore Ins vision, it
is indeed a terrible visitor.
Such was the case with young Edward
Weddiu. A young man of more than or
dinary popularity ; bright, capable, am
bitious; surrounded by opportunities to
advance himself to places ol trust and
confidence among his lellows, and pos
sessed with the pluck and manhood to
embrace them, the sudden ending of his
career calls forth far more than ordinai v
commiseration and regret.
He had been a patient and luqictul
sufferer from that dread disease cancer,
for a number of months, during which
time he was unable to attend to his du
ties as manager of the Southern Express
office in this city. A trip to Philadelphia
a few weeks ago for the purpose of hav
ing an operation performed, and his re
turn without its having been done, pre
pared his friends for the worst, and they
knew the end was only a matter of time.
His stricken mother and sisters have
the profound sympathy of all in their
His age was 2;i years, 1 1 months and
Properly In ANhevllle Teu Veant
Alto and Now.
The side of real estate to-day contribu
ted its quota towards showing that
property in Asheville is rapidly increas
ing in value. It has made gigantic
strides in the last ten years. Take this
as an illustration. Yesterday Mr. V. P.
Hlanton bought of Mr. W. W. Barnard
for $4,000 the town lot situated on the
corner of Water and Pulliam streets
This lot has a frontage of thirty feet on
Water street nnd a depth of forty feet,
nnd has on it a livery stable. This same
lot was sold on October 6, 1886, by E.
i Jones and Clapp for $1,400, and was
sold by Mr. E. Sluder ob October 4,
j 1881, for $502.50. Thus the last eight
I years has seen this property gain $3,500
'" val,,e' This means an increase of 700
iter cent, on the original investment,
. Uhatdo vou think of that? Is Asheville
' booming It has on seven league boots.