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ASHEVILLE, N. C, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1889.
HtKKiKH ATTKNIIIKU THE A!
All the Republican Caucus Nom
inee F.lected In the House ICx
cept Chaplain, Which is Uiveu
to the Hlliicl Orator Milliurn.
Washington, December 2. SKN TK.
There wits no excitement attending the
Fifty-first Congress oil the senate silk of
thecnpitol. Public curiosity seemed to
lit transferred largely to the house side.
It was noticeable that while the senate
galleries were prettv closely packed with
spectators, ladies were not in the major
ity at they usually arc. They had pre
fcrred to witness the scenes in the house
on such occasions.
Several of the foreign delegates to the
maritime and I'au-Ainerican conferences,
and a number of ladies occupied seats in
the diplomatic gallery. Sir Julian Paunce
tote, the British minister, and Admiral
KorzmekotF, of the Russian navy, were
among those present. The usual friendly
greetings were interchanged on the Hour
between the members and the officers
of the senate, and outside the sun was
shining warm and bnghiinuclear, cloud
Interest on the Moor was devoted large
ly to the senators troni the new Slates.
They had had seats assigned to them on
the republican side of the chamber. Sen
ator Casey, of North Dakota, look hi
seat at the end of the second row against
the north wall. Directly behind him sat
the Washington senators, Allen and
Squire, while I'ettigrcw and Moody, ol
South Dakota, were in the fourth row
nearer the center ol the room. Senator
Pierce, of North Dakota, has an end seal
in the fourth row, but he was not present
to-day. On the democratic side are two
seals so tar unussigucd. They will be oc
cupied by the senators from .Montana
when they shall have been chosen.
Flowers adorned the desks "ol several
nie'nbeis. Senator Mitchell's desk was
covered by a large mound, on the face ol
which was his name set in immortelles
and surrounded by rowsuf roses. Other
offerings were more modest, being merely
bunches of roses, except in the case ol
Senator Blackburn, who received a floral
horseshoe. Senators Squire, Dawes,
Hoar, Keuna, Furwcll, Stewart, 1'aync.
iliscock and Chandler were also thus re
membered by admiring friends; and Ilk
desk of Vice-President Morton was like
wise handsomely decorated.
At noon Vice-President Mortonentcred
the chamber, and Chaplain Kev. J. (',.
Butler opened the proceedings with an in
vocation for divine blessing, closing with
the Lord's Prayer, in which Senator Kd
niiinds joined audibly.
The oath ol office was then adminis
tered by the Vice-President to Scualoi
Chandler, of New Hampshire, for his new
term. The credentials of Nathan F.
Dixon, senator-elect from the State of
Rhode Island, were presented and read
and the oath of office administered to
him. The credentials of Messrs. Woody
and I'ettigrcw, senators-elect from i he
new State of South Dakota, were pre
sented by Senators l'lalt and Spooner,
and those of Messrs. Allen and Squire, 01
Washington, were presented by the Yicc
1'resident. The several credentials Inn
ing been read, Mr. l'latt moved 1 hat the
oath of office be administered to tne four
new senators. The motion was agreed
to, and the four new senators, c u h ol
them escorted by a senator, proceeded to
the clerk's desk, amid some applause li 0111
the galleries, and took the oath of office.
Mr. Hoar offered a resolution provid
ing 11 mode for assigning the senators
from the States of Norl'i Dakota, Souih
Dakota and Washington to their respect
ive classes, in relation to the period at
which their terms will expire, and moved
its relercnce to the committee on privi
leges and elections. He said that it had
been the custom of the senate ever since
the organization of the government to
assign new senators to their respective
classes as soon as they had taken the
oath; but that now lor the firft time
senators from three Slates catered sub
stantially at the same lime. His icsolu
tion, he said, proceeded on the theory
that the senators from t.ic three Stales
mentioned stood 011 an entire equality
wilh relerence to their opportunity 10 be
assigned to shorter or longer terms. The
three States were all admitted under the
same act ol coujrress. They were all ad
milled by virtue of the proceedings that
took place in them on the snmcdny. The
fact that the proclamations evidencing
Ihe admission of the two Dakotas pre
ceded that of Washington by two days
was due to the accident 01 the greater
distance of the latter so that ihccvideucc
ol proceedings had not reached the de
partment of Stale at the same lime gave
to tile two Manillas no just ill le to pri
Mr. Vest inquired whether iheie was
anything in the resolution in lelercnce to
Mr. Hoar Nothing. I do not under
stand that the senators Irom Molilalia
.are here or arc likely to be here very soon.
Mr. Vest That is very Hue. Vet I
would suggest that provision be made
tor an event which is very sure to happen
and which we know must happen in ret
erence to u State that is already a mem
ber of the union by the President's pro
clamation. But, of course, that matter
can be considered by the committee on
privileges and elections.
Mr. Hoar The senators from the State
of Montana will lose nothing by not
being included in the resolution.
The resolution was then relerred to the
committee 011 privileges and elections.
Resolutions were uttered uud agreed to
lixiug the daily hour of meeting at noon,
for tue appoinimcut ot a committee ol
tw o to join a like committee on the purl
of the house to wait on the President
and to inform him that congress is ready
to receive any communication he may
choose to make, ( Messrs. Edmunds uud
Harris being appointed ), and lor a con
tinuance ol the select committee on the
transportation anil sale of meat prod
ucts. Mr. Aldrich offered a resolution, which
was laid over, declaring tile committees
011 rules in the senate and house a joint
select column lee to prepare and report a
code ot joint rules lor conducting busi
ness on the part ol the two houses.
Mi. Aldrich also ottered u resolution,
which was also laid over,forthenpoiut
mcnl ol a select committee 01 nine sena
tors, to be called the quadro-cenlcnnial
-committee, to winch shall be relerred all
'mutters connected with the proposed eel
cbrniion ol the lour hundredth anniver
saiy of the discovery ot America.
I he senate then, at 12.35, adjourned
HOUSE. As the hour of noon up
proached the noise and contusion in
creased upon the floor. The visitors who
were aim ule to secure entrance into the
galleries came upon the Hour beseeching
the uiemtiers to give them orders to the
various door keepers to accomplish the
impossible task of obtaining them ac- i
Magnificent floral designs were cairied '
here and there by pages, and the odor of;
roses filled the air. A handsome, but !
unobtrusive basket graced the speaker's!
desk. Two desks were necessary to sup- j
port the iiiiinciise floral horse shoe and!
floral chair, each bearing tile inscription 1
"Our Little Ciiant," sent to McCarty, of
New York, by his admirers.
Houk, of Tennessee, was the recipient
ol a superb floral ship ot State. Before
the hour of noon, the executive and dip
lomatic galleries were filled. As llie
hands of the clock pointed to the hour of
12 o'clock, the clerk called the house to
order and proceeded to read the" roll of
the members elect. The roll call showed
the presence of 327 members, 3 absentees
lieing, O'Neall, of Indiana Randall, of
Pennsylvania and Whitthornc. of Ten
nessee The clerk staled that he had not
received the certificates of the election
from the Sixth, Ninth and Twenty
seventh districts of New York. More
than a quorum having been disclosed
nominations were in order, and Mr. Reed
was placed in nomination bv Henderson,
of Indiana. The mention of Heed's name
was the signal for applause oil the re
publican side which was relumed with
interest by the democrats when Mc
Creary, of Kc lucky, noniinoted Carlisle
for the honorable position. Cannon, of
Illinois; Mills, of Texas; Henderson,
of Iowa, and Felix Campbell, were ap
pointed tellers and the clerk proceeded lo
call the roll.
The vote resulted, Mr. Reed 100, Mr.
Carlisle 15, Mr. Cummings, of New
York, 11 Mr. Cowles, of North Caro
lina, ) and Mr. Reed, having been de
clared elected the speaker, was escorted
to the chair by Mr. Mckinley and Mr.
Carlisle amid applause, and the oath ol
olfice was administered by Mr. Kelley, ol
Pennsylvania. The names of Mr. Turner,
Mr. Cummings and Mr. Payne from the
Sixth. Ninth and Twenty-seventh districts
of New York were not called, their cre
dculails not having been received.
During the roll call Mr. O'Neill, ol
Pennsylvania, slated that his colleague.
Mr. Randall was paired with Wilber, ol
New York, and Mr. Mc.Miliin, of Tcn
nesece, slated that his colleague, Mr.
Whiithorne was detained at home by
Mr. Cummings received a round of np
plause for his one vote ami had to endure
good iiatuicd bantering of his friends.
On assuming llie chair, Speaker Reed
"Gentlemen of the House of Represen
tatives, I thank you lor the high office
which your voices have bestowed upon
me. It would be impossible not to be
moved by its dignities find honors. Yet
you may" well imagine that I am at this
moment more iinpre ssctl by its responsi
bilities mid duties. Under our system ol
government as it has been developed
these responsibilities and duties are both
political and parliamentary. So far as
duties arc practical, 1 sincerely hope thai
they may be performed with a proper
sense ol what is due to all the people ol
the whole country. So far as they are
parliamentary, I hope with equal sincer
ity that they may be performed witli
proper sense of what is due to beith sides
of the chamber. Applause. J
To the end that 1 may be successful in
carrying out youi wishes, I invoke the
considerate judgment and cordial aid 01
all the members of Ibis house." Long
and ceintiuued applause.
ihc next step in the organization of
the house was the swearing in of the
members elect, and as they Kinged them
selves in squads ot twenty at a time in
the space 111 front of the clerk's desk, the
oath was administered by the speaker.
This duty having been performed, Mr.
Carlisle presented a paper which lie said
was the certificate ot the county court ol
New York, stating the iiumlier of votes
cast in the Ninth New York district, and
lor whom they were cast. Although
official credentia's had not been received,
Mr. Carlisle asked that Mr. Cunimiiigs,
the member elect Irom that district be
allowed to quality.
Mr. Sherman, of New York, made a
similar request in behalf ol Mr. Payne,
member elect Irom the Twenty-seventh
district. Both requests were acceded to.
and the gentlemen look the oath of olfice.
Mr. Henderson, of Illinois, ottered a
resolution lor the ejection of Kdward
MePherson as clerk, A. 1. Holmes, ser
geant at arms; C. A. Adams, door
keeper; James L. Wheat, postmaster:
and Rev. Ch.is. B. Ramsdcll, chaplain ol
Mr. Cheadle, of Indiana, olfeied an
amendment striking out the name ol
Chus. B. Ramsdcll, and inserting that ol
Wm. II. Mill. inn.
Mr. Carlisle ollcred an amendment,
substituting llie names of present elective
officers ol the house I with the exception
01 chaplain I lor the names conluiiicd in
Mr. Henderson's resolution.
The veas anil navs were demanded on
.Mr. Cheadle 's amendment, but were re
fused. On a standing vote the amend
ment was rejected, 120 to 13, but on a
vote by tellers, this result was adopted,
101 to 15.
The republicans then attempted to
secure a reconsideration of the vote
by which yeas and navs were
refused, but met with a dele.it, 151 to
158, so the amendment was adopted.
Mr. Carlisle's amendment having been
de-lea led on a viva voce vote. Mr. Lodge,
ot Massachusetts, demanded a division
on Hendersou's resolution as amended.
That portion of the resolution for the
election ol clerk, sergeant at arms, door
kcccr, and postmaster, was adopted bv
a viva voce vote, the vote then recurring
on that portion ol the resolution which,
amended, provides lor the election ol
Rev. W. II. Milburn as chaplain, the
yeas and nys were ordered. This por
tion of the resolution was likewise
adopted, yeas 100; nays loo. Messrs.
Cheaelle, Lehlhach, and Moore, of New
Hampshire, voting in the affirmative
with the democrats.
The newly elected clerk, doorkeeier,
postmaster ami chaplain then appeared
at the bar of the House and were quali
fied. A resolution was adopted directing the
clerk to inform the Senate that the House
had organized and was ready to proceed
Messrs. McKinley, Cannon and Car
lisle, were appointed a committee to in
form the President to the same ellect.
The drawing for seats by lot was the
next business in ortler, and a resolution
was adopted, the clfeet of which was to
permit ex-Sneakers Banks. Randall and
! Carlisle, nnd Kelley, of I'ennsvlvaiiia, to
I select their seats. The drawing having
1 been concluded, the sergeant nl arms np-
peared at the bar ol ,the House and was
Mr. Boyne, of Pennsylvania, offered a
, resolution directing the 8eaker to ap
! point committees on rules, accounts, tn
I rolled bills and mileage, each to consist
j of the same number ol members as is pro
vided Ivr by the rules oftlie Fiftieth Coil
I gress to committee on rules, adopted.
1 The House then at .30 adjourned.
A Kltitriiiic Resolution oftlie li'm
ocratlc Members or Congress.
Washington. December 2. The house
democratic caucus nut at ten o'clock this
morning mid remained in session half an
hour. All the- old officers were ic-iiomi-nated
except Chaplain. No nomination
was made for that office.
The llolilng of the democratic caucus
this morning necessitated the clearing of
the tloor of the house and galleries
against the general public who surged
through the lower corridors until the
pressure became so great that, in order
to relieve it, ingress was permitted to
the halls on the upper floor; and in a
short time each closed gallery door was
besieged by a crowd ot expectant specta
tors. In the meantime the caucus was
proceeding in a peifuiietiory manner
to make nominations lor the various elec
tive offices. All the old officers were
elected with the exception of chaplain, no
nomination being made for that olfice,
although all democrats will vole for Mr
Milburn, the blind chaplain of the last
house. On niolion of Mr. Wikc, of Illinois,
the following resolution was adopted
without division :
Resolved, That we, the democratic
members of the house of representatives
ol the Fifty-First Congress, at the begin
ning of the lirsl session hereby sent!
greetings to the people of the country
with the assurance of our continued con
fidence in, and devotion to, the princi
ples of tariff reform as embraced in Presi
dent Cleveland's mess ges to the last
congress upon that subject, and in the
plal loi 111 of principles adopted bv the
last dcmoeralic national convention at
St. Louis; and that we hail with delight
the emphatic approval of these princi
ple's by the ciq)lc as expressed at the
polls in the recent elections. And we
pledge them lo renew and continue in
congress ihc contest for the reduction eii
the war taxes so ably begun and prose
cuted in former congresses by our reprc
si ntalives and senators.
The subjects next broached, were the
election of permanent caucus officers,
and the at tit tide of the party towards any
pioposcd modification of the house rules;
but it was deemed advisable in order to
ae-e'oinniodate the public, by opening the
galleries to postpone the determination
of those questions; and accordingly,
alter having been in session for hall an
hour, the caucus adjourned until to
As the heavy gallery doors swung out
ward on their lunges, there was a wild
rush lor seats, and in a tew moments
lliere was standing room only in the
wide- portals. The executive gallerv was
alone entirely empty ; and the gallery re
served for the diploma lie corps had but a
lew occupants. The picture, lor which
the galleries formed a gigantic anil ap
propriate frame, was extremely inter
esting. On llie flrmr, membi-is mingled
together chatting and laughing. Per
sonal animosities seemed forgotten, unci
political diflcrences buried, while jollity
and good humor were the order of the
day. But the spectator looked in vain
for the genial face of Cox, the good
ii.-itured presence of Townshend, the
manly figure of Laird, and the studious
eoiiiiieuaiicc of Nutting. The places
which had known them so long, would
know tlicin no more, forever.
COST OK TIIKP!tTAI,HKItVKK
A Dcltclciicv of 7,600,000 for the
Year Intimates for ihijo-'qi.
Washington, XovciiiIkt2!. Third As
sistant Postniaster-Cieucrnl Hazel has
submitted his report for the fiscal ycai
ending June 30, 18KSI. The statement
of the financial operations of the postal
service shows that the total amount ol
revenue collected during the year was
.f.)li,14,s,(ii. Hie total ol actual and
estimated ex'tenditurcs out oftlie appro
priations is $62,!lH,lU8. In addition to
the amounts payable out of appropria
tions there was certified to the Secretary
ol the Treasury for transportation of
mails on t lie Pacific railroads the sum of
$1 ,253,673. This amount is cr dited
on the books eii the Treastir in account
with the companies lor Govcrnine-nt aid
m the construction ol tlieir lines. 1 he
addition of this item would make the
total cost of the service for the venr $ti.'t,-
7ol ,S71 , or ,?7.(iOI.Nf.( in excess ol the
revenue. The revenue of the venr exceed
ed that of the previous year ill the sum
ol $:t,fi2.83(i, or (i ll per cent. The
crease of expenelitures and liabilities was
.$o.,SU2,tK", or 10. iR-rccnt. over those
oftlie previous vear.
For the vear ending lime 311. IKSKI, the
revenue is estimated at $(io,GlS.S30
The appropriations tor the year amounted
to .jiif,00,-,3. It is estimated that
there will be a ileticiencv of $170,117 i"
the appropriations lor pay ot postmas
ters, ol $U23.30 for railroad transpor
tation, and ot $211,0110 tor steamboat
service. These items added to the apim
printions make a total of $07, 727, Sill.
Allowing tor tlie expenditure ol this en
tire amount would ninke the deficiency ol
revenue to be supplied from the general
For the vear ending lime .'II I, 1H01, the
estimated amount ol revenue is placed at
rj.o,i,41..l,ti. 1 he expenditures are esti
mated at $72,;!.(!i!l, leaving a defi
ciency to be supplied from the general
treasury ol rj,7,02t),3lil.
The statistics of' the special delivery
system for ISS'.t show that 1.000,200
letters were delivered by SR-eial delivery
messengers. This was an increase id
nearly 12 per cent, over the iiumlier de
livered dining the previous year. The
amount paid for messenger service was
S121,!IS(. 1 he amount ot fees realized
for the service amounted to $lt0,f20
leaving a surplus to the government of
The munlicr of postage stamps, envel
oies, letter-sheet enveloK's, and postal
cards issued during the year was 2,818,
505,321, representing a total value of
$52,921,78. The amount of postage
collected on second-class matter was $1,
616,351, representing nearly 81,000tons
Major J. D. Roitem Dead,
Lexington, Va., December 2. Major
john D. Rogers, solicitor of the Chesa
peake and Ohio railroad, son of General
Asa Rogers, ex-auditor ot Virginia, a rel
ative of General K. E. Lee, chief quarter
master of General I). II. Hill's division ol
the army of Northern Virginia C. S. A.,
died Sunday Irom injuries received in the
railroad collision nt Scottsville, on the
Chcsn)eakc and Ohio railroad in August
last. He was buried in the Lee Memo
rial Episcopal church to-day.
llumlnit of a Ferry Boat.
Bai.timokk, December 2. The new
transfer terry boat Groton, recently
purchased by the Baltimore nnd Ohiti
Railroad Company was burned at sea
Saturday night, while off Chincotngue
light while being towed to this port.
Loss $40,000, fully insured. Tugs res
cued everybody on board.
SCENES OF HORROR.
THi; FIRE IN MINNKAPOI.lt
M ATI' Ml) AY NIGHT.
AppealH oftlie lTnforluiiate Men
Cut oft In the tieveiitli Slorv of
the Ituililluir From Any Means
of lCscape-Tlie Dead.
Minneapolis, Minn., December 1.
'our smoke-blackened nnd crumbling
vails, lowering up above a steaming,
smoking, smouldering mass of niachiu-
, buck and building debris, is all that
miming of the eight-story brick building
11 the corner id First avenue, houlli anil
Fourth streets, in which, until to-day.
had been printed three daily and one
w-e-cklv ncwspaiKrs, and where was
located the Minneapolis Tribune, besides
numerous other offices.
All day to-day a constantly changing
and ever increasing crowd of sightseers
thronged the streets, v.atchmg the
tlorts ot the iiremen to sulKlue entirelv
the flames which they had brought under
control at about two o'clock this morn
ing. The fire was a tierce one while it
lasted, ami it was due to the cll'eetive
work ol the department that the flames
were kept from spreading to wooden
buildings on adjacent lots.
1 he plan ot tile building was such as to
make it well uigh impossible for any one
w ho delayed alter the alarm had been
ivcu to make his escape from the build
ing. As there were no less than one liim-
dii'd men at work 011 the uper storiesat
the time the hrc broke oul.and the warn
ing was late, as well as the means 01
egress limited, some loss ol life was a
certainty. Several times there have been
small tires in the building, but they were
quickly extinguished, so that, although
II realized the combustible nature ot the
building, llie warning was less likely to
be heeded. The building has been con
sidered dangerous tor sometime, ilsloose
construction permitting heavy machinery
to jar the whole building. 1 here was
but one lire escape, and it was at the
end oftlie building where the fire raged
liere'est. The single stairway was spiral,
narrow and dark, and wound around
the elevator shall. Three years ago the
inadequate tire protection of the builel-
g w, is considerably agitated, the mat
r being taken up bv the trades and
labor assembly and carried finally to the
itv officials, an attempt being made to
have the building properly 1 rotcctcd 01
condemned, but nothing came of it.
Since that time no changes have been
made in the building.
Last night, a lew minutes after ten
o'clock, when the alarm was sounded, it
was not regarded seriously by the men
at work, although many of them started
down the stairs. No danger of serious
icsults were thought of when the inch
started out, and many of then jokingly
speaking of il as a inlsc alarm. This
Icehiig ol saletv resulted in the death ol
a mi 111 her, anil narrow escape of the
For some time the Union League club
room, where the tire started, had not
been used, and the fire's origin is a mys
tery. This room is close to the elevator
shaft, and in the attempts to put out the
llamcs a window was broken open, bring
ing in a draft of fresh air. The flames
then shot across the hull and up the ele
vator shall in u moment and cut oil the
escape ol those who had been delayed. A
lew broke through the stifling smoke and
scorching flumes, but others sought es
cape elsewhere. Being at the south end
ot the building, while the only fire escape
was at the nejrlh end, the printers found
their way to the stairs, as well as down
them, cut ofl. A number of them eii 111 bed
out of the windows and clung to ihc
window ledges, waiting for help, which
in several cases came too late. Their pit
eous cries tor help directed the firemen to
them, and a number were saved. Others
led oil' their narrow resting place, 01
dropped from the telegraph and tele
phone wires, over which they had tried
to escape, to their deaths on the frozen
ground below. The sight uf the sufferings
ol the burning, struggling men, brought
liars to the eves of the bravest, and
women prayed and strong men breath
lessly watched Associated Press Opera
tor igoc's brave attempt to escape. He
had col clear ol the budding ami was
gradually working his wny along thc
ires to safety, while the silent, prayer
ful crowd below anxiously and lielplesslv
walehcil his brave attempt lo save to
his wile and four little ones tlieir bread
winner. But the wires cut his hands,
auel his strength tailed, and a groan
went up Irom ihc upturned fairs lar
below linn when lie was seen to slip Irom
his slight support anil fall to the roof ot
the boiler house. .Men lilted him gently
and slai'tcd with him to a drugstore, but
011 the way, alter a last, word of loving
care lor Ins lainilv, he breathed his last
Other liearl-rcnding scenes were wit
nessed, hut 110 tighl tor lite could have
been pluckier than this, and its fatal termi
nation was a niattcrtoriiiiiversalregrel.
sievcn bodies were toumf around the
building last night, all of which have
been identified. They were: Milton
Picket, assistant city editor ol the Pioneer
Press; J.-iincs P Igo, Associated Press
night operator ; alter L. Miles, night
agent and day operator of Assoe'iated
Press; lidw ird Olsen, president of the
university ol South Dakota, at Vermil
lion; W. II. Milltuau, commercial editor
ot the Tribune; Jerry Jenkins and Roliert
DlNtreMNliifCly Fatal Fire,
Piiii.aiiki.I'HIA, December 2. The bnk
erv of Gusiave Grass, 011 the cornel of
Second and Huntingdon streets, was to
tally destroyed bv tire about 3 o'clock
tins morning. Mr. Gross escaped from
the flumes half dressed, but his wife nnd
four children were burned to death. Tlieir
bodies have been found in the ruins. An
olher lamia, consisting of a man (name
not et learned I and Ins wile- and child
occupied the rear portion oftlie house,
and were rescued wilh difficulty by the
firemen on ladders. They were removed
to the Kpiseopal hospital and are said
to he ill a precarious coittliuon.
IlniiTllle Toliin-eo HaleH.
Danvillk, Va.. December 2. Sales of
leaf tobacco at auction at w arehouses in
this market during the month of Novem-
Iter amounted to 3.K2(i.8S pounds
more than double the sales for Novemlx-r
last year. For the first two months of
the present tobacc 1 year the increase of
leal lobaccei sola over the same permit
last year is 3,7S,").S75, pound .
The city council to-day agreed to ex
empt from city taxation for ten years
the capital and machinery of all new
manufacturing enterprises employing ns
much us 2,500 dollar capital.
Howe Company Meetlnir.
The annual meeting of Hose Com-
j p.mv. No. 1, will ne hem nt tne .Mayor s
limit this evening at 7 o clocK. slinrp.
for the election of officers. Members will
rcmcnilxrr that a tine of $1 will be as
sessed against all absentees.
JI. C. Faoc, Captain,
JOHN ASTON DEAD,
This well Known Vounit Man
Quietly Pusses Awa.
Surprise, mingled with sincere sorrow,
passed through the 1 ity yesterday morn
ing when it was whispered about that
John Aston was dead. Who? John As
ton? John Aston, whom everybody
knew, and whom all who knew him
loved? Everybody knew that John
was somewhat feeble, but one
who, with his high spirits and his
lively cheerfulness, death might
not claim for a long time to come.
Yet it was true. Consumption in one of
its most secret deceptive forms had laid
hands upon him, and made its most un
collected claim to its victim.
TBe community, the every day friends
and associates of John Aston, had their
riefs. But who shall measure the unut
terable agony of the parents who have
thus thiice received ill their hearts the
hafts aimed at tlieir children, and one
Iter the other they have seen all their
sons laid low. To offer human sympa
thy were mockery of grief. To one Com
forter alone mav they look.
John tiillilaiiil Aston was born on Sep
tember 25, 1853, in this city. He was
ducated at Col. Stephen Lee's seheiol in
this vicinity, and when attaining to man
hood devoted himself to civil engineering.
He was city engineer, and the surveyor
f the large Vaiidcrbill property. He
had fine literary tastes, and wrote with
case, force and sprightlincss, a man of
rent brightness of mind and geniality of
temper, qualities that conduced so largely
to his universal popularity, and the
trong attachment of his friends.
He died on Monday morning, Decem
ber 2nd, and will be buried to-day, from
the residence of his parents at 3 o'clock.
Mr. P. S. Booues, who represents the
Fayetteville Maniifuctiu ing Company, is
it the Grand Central.
Mr. Chas. A. Weller, of Knoxville,
fenn., hotel purveyor for the Southern
Mates, is .it the Battery Park.
Judge Whitaker, of Raleigh, N. C,
who is presiding over the superior court
now in session here, is among the guests
at the Battery Park.
Mr. G. D. Ray, a well known merchant,
of Burnesville, and M. C. Byrd are at
the Grand Central. They came here
to attend the railroad meeting,
Among the recent arrivals at the
Grand Central is Mr. J. F. Kimball, of
Mechanicsburg, Ohio. lie has a very
large stock farm at that place, and
'.rr.ps nothing but fine imported stock.
Mr. W. W. Avery, treasurer of the
Asheville Furniture and Lumber Com
pany, and Mr. F. W. Hubbard, president
oftlie French Broad Lumber Company,
arc spending a week ill Alamance, una
bird limiting expedition.
Mr. Chas. Price, of Salisbury, the
district solicitor, has recently registered
at the Battery Park. Other prominent
guests at Battery Park are Mr. L. W.
Bancroft, of Brooklyn, N. Y., Mr. Dwight
I'. Dunn, of Worchestcr, Mass., and Mr.
and Mrs. Henderson Banks, jr., of New
York, Ilenullful and Fraicraiit.
Mr. and Mrs. Diakc have sent us a rose
"The Sunset" from their "Idlcwild"
greenhouse, No. 3 Charlotte street,
that is certainly one of the finest speci
men of a rose tliat we have ever seen.
Its color as its name indicates is that of
a glorious autumnal sunset and its fra
grance is only surpassed by its gorgeous
The December term of Buncombe
superior court, for civil causes, began
yesterday, Judge Spier Whitaker pre
siding. Judge V. courteously postponed
the opening of his court, until the pro
ceedings of the criminal court, Judge
Moore, had liceii brought to .1 close.
These are noted clswhcre.
Scottish Patriotic Society.
There will be a meeting oft his associa
tion at the house of Mr. James Frank on
Friday evening at half past 7 o'clock.
All Scotchmen are cordially invited to
THE NAVIONAI. DEBT,
Thanks From Citizens of Fayette
' ville for Courtesies.
Washington, December 2. No opin
ions of general interest were rendered in
the supreme court of the United States
The debt statement issued to-day
shows a decrease in the debt during No
vember of $.8(i), 072. 52; decrease since
June 30, $211,565,675.73: total interest
liearing debt, $851 .3O.O0O.54 ; total
debt of all kinds, $1,617.372,10.35;
debt less available credits, $10,500,081.
00.72; cash in treasury, $017. 22. 505,
22; legal tender notes outstanding,
$36,681,016; certificates of deposit
outstanding. $10.10,000; gold cer
tificates outstanding, $1 23.K3.1 1 ) ;
silver certificates outstanding, $270.
70.3S6; fractional currency, $6'.ll,
13.27. Secretary Tracy has received tlie follow
ing letter from Major F. N. Ray and
other citizens of l-'ayclteville, N. C:
"Wilh profound appreciation of cour
tesies extended by t lie national govern
ment to our State in her centennial ecle-
bration 011 the 20th. 21sl and 22nd of
that occasion as well as the pleasure f. i 01 an ny me promptness wun which ne
forded our guests by the United States put the fire out by means of a fire ex
Marine Band. Glorious as was our an-' tingtiisher. The fire probably orginated
niversary in nil its appointments, there frmn (( m(Udl whi h h d r h
would have been an incompleteness ol in
spiration without the soul-stirring carelessly away by some guest niter
strains of our national band It stimu-: having lighted his cigar,
l.-ited our patriotism, elevuted our, ..
thoughts, and united us as one iicoplc, j Tne Wea,her To-Day.
proud of our great country with its ; Washington. December 2. Indica
'Star Spungled Banner,' and proud of its tionsfor North Cnroliuu. Fair; warmer;
navy with its incomparable band." southerly winds.
Mass Meellnic Called for Tuesday.
It was soincwhat discouraging to see
the small number of our townspeople
who were willing to leave their several
occupations for one hour yesterday to
show their interest in the railroad project
of which so iiinch has be-ensaid and writ
ten, but this wasprobably, because every
man in Asheville is already hilly convinced
of the importance ol the movement, and
of the feasibility of the suggestions ol
Capt. Atkinson and others. However this
may be, liosnilnlily should have iiiiluceil
a better turn out in order to welcome
the large and intelligent delegation from
Leicester and Sandy Mush, who had rid
dci so far to prove that they wished to
keep informed of what was proposed to
The court room was about half tilled
at 1 o'clock and the meeting organized
by calling Mr. B. G. Gudger to the chair,
and the representatives of the press ,'is
Capt. Natt Atkinson being called for
gave one oftlie best railroad speeches
eve ever heard, even from him, and no
higher praise can be awarded it; and at
its close presented the following pre
amble and resolutions;
Whereas, There exists great incon
venience, expense and loss to the fanners
of those sections of Buncombe county,
not supplied with the advantages ol rail
Whereas, Opportunities are now ollcr
ed of having these sections provided foi
in this respcel , and
Whereas, The increased wealthofAslie
ville ami tin -comity is such that we can
well atlord the needed assistance with
out additional burdens ill the way 01
taxation. Therefore, be it
Resolved. That the chairman of this
meeting issue a call for a mass nie'ctingol
the jK'ople of this county to assemble at
Asheville. on Tuscday, the loth day ol
December, for the purpose of taking such
action in regard to this matter, as its im
portance demands, and
Resolved, further. That the commis
sioners of this county be requested to
have a called meeting of their board 01
Wednesday. December 1 1, in order that
the wishes of the people may be carried
out in the way of a submission of tin
proposition passed by said mass meet
ing 10 the people of tiie county for tlicii
endorsement at the ballot-box.
These resolutions were enthusiastic-ill;,
seconded and adopted, and the call o.
the chairman for the mass meeting will
be published hereafter.
Mr. G. D. Ray, of Bunisvillc, then
said a lew words, assuring the meeting
of the intense inteiest lelt in bis county;
and Col. Long, also, declared himself a
life-long railroad man, and the meeting
Verdlct Aicalust William F'ore Net
Aside A New Trial tirauled.
In pursuance of its adjournment 01;
Saturday night, the court was convened
at 9 o'clock yesterday, and the considci
ation of atfidavils published in our Sun
day's issue was taken up.
The defense introduced a farther affi
davit of R. L. Lee to the effect that D. S.
Shook had said to him "I have beaten
out Melvin Carter," referring to certain
men who had been taken on the jury.
Two of the jurymen, Mcssi's. Codec ami
Shook were introduced by the Stale, and
each asserted that he hail not been ques
tioned as to his opinionsof the prisoner's
guill, but had the question been asked
be Would have replied that he had formed
and expressed such an opinion. The
counsel for the defendant insisted thai
the usual question had not been askcil
he-cause ot the assurance given them in
private by D. L. Shook, and the court
held ihat there was reason lo doubt that
the delcndant had rcccivcel a fair and
impartial trial, and therefore the verdict
should be se-t asielc.
Many witnesses were introduced to
establish the character of the two jury
men, and the evidence was thoroughly
satisfactory to them both. We have
also heaid many comments of approval
of young Mr. Lunsford, the son of the
slain man, who naturally assisted the
solicitor inlhe prosecution; hisdemcanor
was entirely tree of all that vindictive
feeling which is so often seen in like cases.
his deportment was quiet and dignified
and his evident wish was only to secure
a fair trial tor the State, and to vindicate
his father's character.
ODIIS AND r.NUH.
The Woman's Guild, of Trinity Parish,
will meet at the residene'e of Mr. Leices
ter Chapman, on Haywood street, on
Wednesday at 3.30 o'clock.
Revenue receipts at the Asheville office
for the month of November amounted to
$7,176.70. We understand this is nearly
double the sum received during the same
month last year.
Officer Hampton, a very active and
energetic member of our police force,
received a telegram from Andeisonville
to-day. stating that a sorrel marc had
been stolen from a party there. The
mare was five years old and had a
white spot on her neck.
A small tire had started in the office of
Diiiie-iv nun ,vsi,ni,iv ,inu no;; ne na ve
become serious find it not Income spied
at once by Mr. Loomis, the energetic
i..i 1 .1 1
an,l active clerk there. He displayed
: -lr'.ntra " the
IN MAVOK Hl.tNTON'H FAWN.
A ' liriolis Collect ion of "C'ollHt.
teral' Curios! lies Remarkable
Razors, I'e'iiilliir i-istols and
Who knew that the Mayor kept a regu
lar pa wn-bi okcr's establishment ? But
it is a fact. Stowed away in his office are
many articles which have been left by
llieir owrers as security for the fines im
posed. It is a regular mate's I Mayor's)
nest. The pledges were on exhibition yes
lerday 1110: uing, and, as the tinieof some
of the tickets had expired, n rare chance
was alTorde il to secure goods dirt cheap.
Col. Baird took the stand, and, as each
article was drawn forth from its hiding
place, described the scenes they had fig
ured in, ami drew graphic and blood
curdling pictures of tights and quarrels.
Many may have noticed lhat our police
men arc always clean shaven, with not a
hair to spoil the manly beauty ot their
laces. Cease to ask the reason whv.
Nicy have over titty razors, which
have been left there as mementos
if drunken brawls. One razor has
had a very peculiar history. It has
been pledged and redeemed or bought
fifteen different times at Mayor Wanton's
.-ourt, and is now on its sixteenth round,
having been dcposileel there by a darkey
who lost his head through eating too
much turkey on Thanksgiving, and tried
to carve his fellow mortal's drumstick. A
jcrtain fatality seems to pursnecveryone
who has il in his possession, andeventhe
most sober, industrious and peaceably
disposed individual is seized with an in
tense longing to cut and slash when once
it is his. This curse, which it brings on
us owner, h is made our police dub it
"Old Mortality." It is an ordinary razor
with a while handle, on which is a small
red spot, which 110 amount of cleaning
in remove nnd winch the superstitious
ny is blood. But be that as il may, the
policemen all regard it withawc, andeven
lIic Colonel involuntarily shuddered ns he
Ircw our allcntion to it and related its
Among either things was a pair of
knacks which had been made out of a
.eailen pipe. They belonged formerly to
1 man who hail become n
crank in one particular, although
sane in every other way. From con
stant reding of the reports ot prize
lights he had become imbued with the
idea that he was a great pugilist himself,
etne evening, while under the influence ot
liquor, he saw his reflection in the win
dow of Jacob's drug store and immedi
ately squared off at it. Though drunk,
He scciucd to realize that he was not
really what he pretended to be, and con
sequently he put on these knuckleis, and
when he was lound by a policeman he
was waltzing around the sidewalk, spar
ring at his imaginary enemy Irom a safe
dislnme and cry ing out, "c'iu'011. Don't
be a-hic-coward. This 'crc's a tightiu'
an' 110 runniu' match." There were pis
Lois sans iiumlier. Most recalled only
ordinary, everyday stories of drunken
affrays. One was shown as a remarka
ble case, where a pistol shot had, with
out injuring any one, saved a man cither
irom being hung, or ending his days
bowed down will) remorse for the killing
of a defenceless man, and loathed and de
spised by llie members ofauy community
111 which he might settle. There
was a nitelee some years ago in
which this man, excited by liquor,
had the drop on an innocent party
and had his weapon cocked ready to fire
when a shot lircd from the edge of the
crtiwd, glanectl from some hard sub
stance and loelged so firmly under the
hammer as to prevent the trigger
from being pulled. A policeman who ar
rived on the scene at this juncture, ar
rested the would-be murderer, and his
pistol, religiously preserved with the bul
let in its original position, forms one of
the most interesting teaiurcs of the col
lection. One dirk has a history which points
back lo tile lime some years ago, when
several murderers escaped Irom the city
jail, and were followed by one of our
prominent citizens, armed with a rifle.
They siiceccded, however in gaining their
liberty and all that remained the next
morning was a broken jail and this dirk
which was found near the scene and
which one ot the criminals had dropped
in his hasty tight. Some may remember
the event as chronicled in some piqiers
under llie striking head lines, "Bun
combe's Boasted Bastile Busted."
Two elegantly bound plush albums
and a bible form rather a strange con
trast to lliisjictcrogeiieous medley of pis
tols and dirks. One of these albums
might be classed under the head of an
upright, while the other is of ordinary
shape and contains the pictures of one
white man, tour darkey s and the adver
tising card of one of the most prominent
business firms in the city. Music, as the
Mayor says, has not been neglected by
the police force, and they could very eas
ily give a concert with the banjos and
guitars which they have on hand. A lit
tl" drawer, facetiously called the Colo-
- .. .. .
1 mi s wine cellar, every clay receives a
i contribution of rye liquor from some
charitably disooseil individual who hnd
Ucn out late the preceding night and
! "1..I i" to pay the Mayor .
morning call. An umbrella and a leather
duster completed the category, and all
the collection had been passed in re
view and examined.
Mr. Robt. W. Carroll and his wife,
together with Mr. Louis Carroll, are at
Battery Park. They ha come here on
account of sickness and intend to stay
all the winter.