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ASHEVILLE, N. C, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1889.
JEFFERSON DAVIS DEAD.
THE (HH.DIKR, STATESMAN
AMD HAUK ISO MOKE.
Surrounded by HIM Loved Oueo He
Peacefully Falls Asleep Leaving
the Houtll to Mourn In Poignant
and PerHonll Grief.
New Orleans, La., Decemlier 6.
From the beginning ot his latal illness,
Mr. Davis had insisted that his ense was
quite heirless, though the dread ol pain
or tear of death never appeared to take
the slightest hold upon his spirits, which
were brave, and even bouyant from the
beginning of the attack. In vain did the
doctor strive to impress upon mm mat
his health was improving. He steadily
insisted that there was no improvement,
but with christian resignation, he was
content to accept whatever Providence
had in store for him. Only once did he
waver in his belief that his case showed
no improvement, and that was at an
early hour yesterday morning, when he
playfully remarked to Mr. inyne: "i
am afraid that 1 shall be compelled to
agree with the doctors, for once, and
admit that 1 am a little better.
All day long, the favorable symptoms
continued, and late in the nllernoun, as
late as 4 o'clock, Mrs. Davis sent such a
cheering message to Mrs. Stamp's and
Mr. and Mrs. Farrar, that thev decided
for the first time, since Mr. Davis has
been taken ill, to attend the French
onera. At 6 o'clock last evcnmir. with
out any assignable cause, Mr. Davis was
seized with a congestive chill which
seemed to absolutely crush vitality out
of his already enfeebled body. So weak
was Mr. Davis, that the violence of the
assault soon subsided lor lack of vitality
upon which to prey. From that moment
to the moment of his death, the history
of his case was a gradual sinking.
At 7 o'clock, Mrs. Davis administered
some medicine, but the ex-President de
clined to receive the whole dose. She
urged upon him the necessity of taking
the remainder, but putting it aside with
the gentlest of gestures, he whisjiered:
"Pray excuse me." These were his last
Gradually he grew weakerand weaker,
but never for an instant seemed to lost
consciousness. Lying peacefully upon
his bed, and without a trace of pain in
his look, he remained for hours silently
clasping and tenderly caressing his wife's
hand. With undaunted Christian spirit
he awaited the end.
From the moment of the dread assault
of congestive chill, those gathered around
his bedside, who had been watching ami
noting with painful interest every
change of symptom for the past month,
knew well that the dread messenger was
even at the door.
About half past 10 o'clock Associate
Justice Fcnuer went to the French opera
house to call to Mr. Davis' liedside Mr.
and Mrs. Farrar and Mrs. Stamps.
As soon as the message reached them,
thev hurried to the bedside ol the dying
By half past 11 o'clock, there were as
sembled in the death chamber, Mrs.
Davis, Messrs. Chaille and Hickham,
Associate Justice and Mrs. Fenner, Mrs.
Nannie Smith, grand niece of tin- dying
ex-President, and Mr. and Mrs. E. H.
Finding that Mr. Davis was breathing
somewhat heavily as he lay upon his
back, the doctors assisted him to turn
upon his right side with his clieek resting
upon bis right hand. Like a sleeping in
fant and with his left hand drooping
across his chest he lay for some fi lieen
minutes breathing softly, but faintly.
More and more feeble became his respira
tion till they passed into silence ami
then the watchers knew that the silver
cord bad been loosed and the golden
bowl broken. The father of the confed
eracy had passed n way as calmly as to
night's repose, or flowers at set of sun.
Despite the tact that the end had come
slowly and peacefully, and after she had
been face to face for hours with the dread
reality, the blow fell with crushing force
upon tlie afflicted widow. As long as
there had been work for either head or
hands, she had borne up bravely; and
not until the sweet uses for her tender
ministrations were lost did she seem to
realize the terrible force of the blow that
had fallen upon her. Knowing of her
predisposition to heart affection the doc
tors were at once gravely alarmed for
her. They promptly administered a com
posing draughts, and at a late hour this
morning she was resting quietly.
It is believed that the foundation of the
ex-President's last illness was malaria,
complicated with acute bronchitis. Care
ful nursing and skilled medical attention
bad mastered the latter, but it is sup
posed that the congestive chill which
was the immediate cause of his death
was attributable to the return of mala
ria. After death, the face of the deceased,
though looking slightly emaciated,
showed no trace of suffering, more nearly
resembling that of a peaceful sleeper than
of the dead.
When the family had partially recov
ered from the terrible shock, Mr. Farrar
went to the Western Union telegraph of
fice and sent dispatches to Miss Winnie
Davis, who is in Paris with Mrs. Pu
litzer; Mr. Davis' gon-in-law in Colorado
City, and also notified Governor Lowry,
of Mississippi, as he deemed it but right
that the executive of that State should
know of the death of one of its most dis
Senator Jones who started from Iowa
some days ago to pay a visit to his old
friend and comrade, did notarrive yester
day as was expected; and when he
reaches this city to-day, will only behold
the remains of him whom in life he es
teemed and to see whom he traveled
from far off Iowa to the sunny South.
Mrs. Hayes, Mr. Davis' daughter, who
was due here yesterday was detained
last night at Fort Worth and is not ex
pected to be in the city until Saturday
Judge Fenner and Mr. Farrar have the
ram ot the dead statesman in hand ; but
the latter gentleman last night stated
that he and Judge Fenner would not
take any steps looking to the funeral
until they had held a consultation with
Mrs. Davis, who is it present too much
grieved by her severe loss to benpproached
on the subject. Mr. Farrar is fully
acquainted with all the detuili of Mr.
Davis' will, but he stated that he did not
know bu!T.bat Mrs. Davis received some
final wish from her husband regarding
the -place of burial. Mr. Farror did not
know if the burial would take place in
this city or elsewhere; and although he
and Judge Fenner had been requested to
act as they taw fit in the premises, Mrs.
Davis had not intimated where she
desired the interment to be made. Mayor
Shake-peare hat issued a proclamation
announcing Mr. Davit' death, and invit
ing the presidents of exchanges and com
mercial bodies and a number of promi
nent citizens to meet at the city hall in
order that proper arrangements may be
made for the funeral. The mayor says:
"It is with the deepest regret that I
announce to the people of the city of
New Orleans the departure trom this lile
of Jefferson Davis. He needs no eulogy
from me. His life is history, and his
memory is enshrined in the heart nt everv
man woman and child in this broad
South. We all loved him and we all owe
him honor and reverence."
Jefferson Davis closed his eyes in death
at fifteen minutes before one o'clock this
morning, surrounded by all his friends
and relatives who were within call. 1 he
handsome residence of J. H. Payne at
the corner of First and Camp streets is
at present the obcct ot interest to every
friend of Mr. leflerson Davis, because it
is in the pleasant guest chamber of this
elegant home that the beloved old con
federate chieftain passed away. This
residence, built by Mr. I'ayne.isone ol the
most comfortable and artistic in all the
city. It is of brown stone stucco, two
stories high with broad verandas and
set into lovely grounds where camellia
bushes are spiked with bloom, and
oranges hang in clusters on the trees.
The house has a wide hall running
through the centre with drawing rooms
on one side, a library on the other, and
on the rear corner ot the house is a lovely
and cheery apartment into which the
southern sun streams nearly all day
lav the patient and distinguished invalid.
It is a wonderfully pretty room with
rich toned Persian huerl cariet on the
floor, shades and delicate lace curtains
at the four windows two fronting to the
east and two to the south. Pictures are
on the walls and there are lounges, easy
Turkish chairs and preltv carved tables
and a huge carved oak victoria bedstead,
on which theex-president of the Confeder
acy lies in the embrace of death. Hiscon-
stant attendant has been Mrs. Davis.
who has never left his bedside since his
illness began. In a comfortable house
wrapper of gray and black this gentle,
minister was always at the invalids
side, and if she left him for a moment lie
asked for her and was fretted or uneasy
until she returned. Friends constantly
sent beautiful flowers of which Mr. Davis
was very fond, but these were not ul-
lowed to remain in the sick room for any
length of time. At the outset, jellies,
fruits and all manner of invalid's delica
cies were proffered, until Mrs. Davis was
compelled to decline them. The sick
man s rood was oniy iiuik, ice, mcci tea,
and rarely a broiled chop. Mr. Davis
remained in bed all the time, and was
never left alone, being guarded lovingly
by his wife and a capable quadroon hired
niirsc, Lydia, and Mrs. Davis' own little
luown eyed band maiden Hetty, who, at
all tunes had the entre to the sick room
But little talking was allowed, and
newspnpers, letters and telegrams were
On Wednesday afternoon a reporter
had a tew moments conversation with
Mrs. Davis. She was worn and wearied
with service at the sick bed, but which
she would not allow to any other, and
her step was lagging as she came into
the dining room. She was very hopeful,
however, ot her husband s ultimate re
covery "Air. tiavis lias always neen an
exceedingly temperate man," said Mrs
Davis. He has never abused his physi
cal powers, and no one could have lived
more moderately man ne. ui course un
if this is in bis favor. I do not mean to
say that there would lie no danger if a
loor were left open or the tire in his
room allowed to go out. He is as frail
as a lily, and requires the most attentive
fare. That he has. I believe he would
not lie nlive to-day had this illness came
upon him nt Heauvoir where he could
not possibly have had the constant care
of such phy sicians as Dr. Hickham and
Dr. Chaille, and the intelligent love, ten
derness and luxury that surrounds him
in this home."
Mr. Davis seemed much better during
the early part of yesterday and his im
proved condition was remarked by the
doctors and his family. He had a pain
in the bowels during the day, but the
serious feature appeured just a few min
utes before six o clock. Then the illus
trious patient was stricken with a severe
congestive chill. The doctors were not
present at the time, but Itidge I cnner s
family and Mrs. Davis did everything to
sooth the sufferer. It was 7 o'clock be
fore Dr. Bickham and Dr. Chaille, two of
the most famous practitioners in the
South, arrived and consulted over the
condition of the patient. His change
was a surprise totally unexpected to
those in constant attendance, and Un
skilled eyes of the medical men suw in it
the beginningof theend. They continued
with the patient until his death, how
ever, and made every possible effort to
avoid the inevitable. Mr. Davis remain
ed in a comatose condition, and the at
tendants could see ne signs of conscious
ness. Mrs. Davis said she occasionally
felt a return of the pressure of the hand
she held, although he could neither sieak
nor make a sign. 1 his was the scene in
the sick chamber as the hours passed.
The only variation was the arrival of
Mr. Edwin If. Farrar, husband ol
Mr. Davis' niece, and of Judge and
Mrs. Charles E. Fenner, who had
been sent for at the opera.
At the bedside when the end came wen
Mrs. Davis, Mr. J. V. Pavne, Mr. and
Mrs. Judge Charles E. Fenner, Mr. E. H.
Farrar, Mrs. Smith, a grand niece of Mr.
Davis, Mr. E. D. Fenner, a son of the
justice, Dr. C. J. Bickham and Dr. S. E.
The lamp of life waned low as the hour
of midnight arrived, nor did it flicker
into the brightness ot consciousness nt
any time. Eagerly, jet tenderly, the
watchers gazed at the face of the dying
chieftain; his face always calm and pale,
gained additional pallor, and at a quar
ter ot one o clock ot the morning ot this
the sixth day of December, death came
to the venerable leader. The departure
of the spirit was gentle, and utterly pain
less. There were no dry eyes in the lit
tle assembly about the bed, and every
heart bled with anguish which found
vtnt in Mrs. Davis' gobs and cries. Im
mediately after the death, Mrs. Davis
was led up stairs to the bedroom of Mrs.
Fenner, where the ladies tried to assuage
her grief. She bore the awful blow
bravely, but her breathing was labored,
and her condition so weak that two doc
tost consulted and, they pronounced her
weakness to be that only consequent on
the strain and grief, and said that noth
ing was to be feared.
Messages have been received from At
lanta, Biioxi, Memphis, Louisville, and
many other points, all expressive ot res
pect for the dead and of sympathy for
Mrs. Davit in her affliction.
The illness of Mr. Davis had been
watched with deep anxietv here, and ar
rangements had been made to announce
bit death by the ringing of hre bells,
word was therefore telephoned to the
Central station at 12.50 this morning
and in a tew minutes mournful notes ol
bells conveyed intelligence of the death
to the citizens. Mnny people gathered
at the hotels and at 3 o'clock were dis
cussing the event.
Raleigh, December 6. The announce
ment of the death of Jefferson Davit wat
received here with profound sorrow,
Hells are tolling, and Mayor Thompson
lias called a meeting ot the citizens lor to
night to pass resolutions.
Washington, Dcccmlier 0. The war
department, up to noon to-day, has not
officially been informed of the death of
etterson Davis, and has taken no action
with respect to it. A large oil paiutingof
the deceased hangs on the wall of the
cluet clerk s room which immediately ad
joins the office of the secretary. It is sur
rounded by portraits of the other ex-
secretaries, including Simon Cameron,
General Schofield, and Messrs. Floyd and
Conrad. It bears the following inscription:
'Jefferson Davis, secretary of war, 1853
'57 Pierce's administration." There
was no crape about the portrait, and the
flag over the buil ling, which has always
been hall-masted on the death ot an
ex-secretary, to-day floats in a good
breeze from its usual place at the top of
the staff'. Secretary Proctor was seen
this morning, and asked what course the
department would pursue in regard to
Mr. Davis' death. He said: "I see no
occasion for any action whatever. It
would subserve no good purpose that 1
can see. It is lietter to let the matter rest
in oblivion sleep if it will, and to rele
gate it to the past than to do anything
that would revive memories best tor-
Several army officers in talking about
the case approved the secretary's deter
mination to ignore the matter, and said
there was really no other course to take
in view of the fact that the citizenship of
Jefferson Davis has never been restored.
Montgomery, Ala., December 6. News
of Mr. Davis' death occasions profound
sorrow here. Flags on the State house
and city hall are at half-mast, and stores
ire being draped in mourning.
The following telegram has been sent
to Mrs. Davis:
"Mrs. JefftMSon Davis, New Orleans, La.:
With the protoundest sympathy and
condolence in your great bereavement,
and in response to the united wishes ol
our people, we earnestly request that
you allow us to have the remains ot Mr.
Davis buried here under the Confederate
monument on Capitol Hill, the corner
stone of which, when completed will be
ornamented with a life size bronze statue
"Signed : E. Peters, president Confed
erate Veterans' Association of Alabama :
I. T. Holtzclaw, president Montgomery
Veteran Association ; W. D. Kccsc, presi-
lent Alabama Confederate Monument
Association: Mrs. M. D. Bibli, president
Ladies' Memorial Association; E. A.
Graham, mayor of Montgomery; Thos.
H. Watts, cx-attornev general Confeder
The governor of the State is absent or
his signature would have been attached.
Charleston, S. C, December 6. The
news of leflerson Davis' death was re
ceived here with marked manifestations
of public sorrow and private grief. The
city flags are at half mast, and the stars
and stripes are displayed all over the city.
I he principal stores are draped m black.
A movement is on foot to hold a me
morial meeting on the day of his funeral
under the auspices of the Confederate
Survivors Association. The association
met to-day to K-rfect a program. The
mayor of the city will order all public
business to be susix-nded on the day ol
the funeral, and issue a proclamation,
requesting the citizens generally to pay
honor to the distinguished dead.
AfGt sTA, Ga December 6. The news
of the death of ex-President Jefferson
Davis was received in Augusta with pro
found regret bv the entire people. Private
and public buildings are being draped ;
nags arc flying nt halt mast.
1 he following telegram ot condolence
was sent to Mrs. Davis this morning:
Si rvivors Association,
Atc.rsTA. Ga., December 6, '89
To Mrs. Jefferson Davis, core of Hon.
Charles reuner. New Orleans:
The members of theConfcderatc Surviv
ors Association of Augusta, Ga., era vethe
privilege ot assuring you, nt the earliest
moment, of their profound sympathy and
heartfelt sorrow upon the death of your
illustrious husband and Moved chief
and venerated president of the Southern
(Signed,) Chas'. C. Iones, lr.. Pres.
F M. Stovall, Secretarv.
Notice has been given of a meeting of
the Survivors Association to take formal
ind appropriate action.
Wilmington, N. C, I)ecemler 6. The
death of ex-President Davis, though not
unexpected, created profound sorrow in
this community. The city hall rooms of
the Cape Fear Club and other buildings
are draped in mourning. Flags are at
halt mast, and other evidences ot the peo
ple's grief are to be seen everywhere. A
meeting of Confederate veterans will In
held to-morrow, and will issue a call for
a general meeting of citizens to lie held
Coli'mria, S. C.,Deccmler6. The Reg
ister's bulletin first informed the citizens
of Columbia this morning of the death
of Jefferson Davis. The news created
general and profound sorrow among all
classes. The flags on all Stnte buildings
ire at halt mast, and the city bells are
tolling. The general assembly now in
session here adopted the following reso
lution and immediately adjourned out of
respect to the memory of the dead chief
of the South:
'Resolved, bv the house ot representa
tives of the State of South Carolina, the
senate concurring, That the general
assembly has heard with profound sor
row of the deuth of the flonorable Jefl'er-
That in the death of Mr. Davis the
South has lost its most distinguished cit
izen, and the countrv one of the ablest
and purest statesmen it has ever had.
whose lite, charactci and services should
ever be held in honorable and loving re
membrance bv the people ot the whole
country, but esiecially by those of the
"That the president of the senate and
the speaker of the house lie requested to
communicate immediately to the family
of Mr. Davis their expression of the pro
found sorrow aim sympathy ot the peo
ple of South Carolina;
1 hat in token ot our respect, the nags
on the capitol and all other State build
ings be placed at halt mast during the
present session of thegcnesal assembly ;
"That a copy of these resolutions, suit
ably engrossed, and signed by the presi
dent of the senate and speaker of the
house, be sent to the family ot Mr. Da
vis; and, nt a further mark of respect,
this general assembly do now adjourn."
Norfolk. Va.. December 6. The Pick
ett Buchanan camp of Confederate vete
rans met thit afternoon and adopted
resolutions in memory of ex-President
Jefferson Davis. Telegrams of sympathy
were sent Mrs. Davis.
Lvnchbi-rg, Va., December 6. The
news of the death of Jefferson Davis was
received here with universal regret.
Greenville, S. C, Decemlier 6 Hells
are tolling here as a mark of respect to
the late leflerson Davis. The Greenville
Daily News will appearto-morrow morn
ing in mourning in honor ot Mrs. Davis.
Richmond. Va., December 0. The Leg
islature in joint session has appointed a
committee to prepare resolutions appro
priate to the memory of the Hon. Jeffer
son Davis, ex-President of the Southern
Confederacy. Flags on the State capitol
building have been placed at half mast.
The legislature is now considering a
joint resolution for a committee to at
tend the luneral.
Atlanta, Ga., December 6. The news
of Jcfl'erson Davis' death was received
with great sorrow in Atlanta. The
State house flag is at half mast, and a
meeting of citizens will probably be held
to-night to talk of closing the business
houses on the day of the bui ial. A move
ment has already been started to raise a
fund to erect a monument in Atlanta.
Numerous subscriptions have been sent
to the Constitution for that purpose.
Baltimore, Md.. Decemlicr 6. The
executive committee of the society of the
army and navy ot the Conlederate states
in Maryland met to-day and arranged
for a memorial meeting to be held next
Sunday in honor of Jefferson Davis.
Savannah, Ga., December 6. Tin
news of the death of ex-President Davis
was received with genuine sorrow in Sa
vannah. Flags on the city hall, cotton
exchange, armories and newspaper
offices were lowered to half mast, and
the citv offices were closed bv order ol
The Confederate Veteran's association
will hold a meeting to-morrow to take
action upon the ex-President's death.
Mr. Davis last visit to savannah was
at the time ot the Chatham artillery cen
tennial in 188G. A few days later he
laid the corner stone of a Confederate
monument in Montgomery. His recep
tion by the military of the South, he
said, was the great event of his life,
in coi.t Miirs.
Cou Mnts, Ga., December (. Immedi
ately on the receipt of the news of the
death of Mr. Davis, a call for a mass
meeting of the citizens was issued by the
mayor pro tern Rrannon, which was held
at the public library in the afternoon.
and was largely attended. A preamble
and resolution expressive of regret at the
death of the distinguished Southern
leader were presented and unanimously
adopted, kloqiient speeches were made
bv a number ol prominent citizens, and a
resolution was adopted providing for
the suspension ot business on the day ol
the funeral for memorial services in the
different churches, and that the city be
draped in mourning. A telegram ex
pressing the svmpathv of the people ol
Columbus for the bereaved family was
sent by the mayor pro tern. During the
meeting all the bells in the city were
tolled. The Confederate veterans met
to-night to take suitable action. Every
tribute of respect and love for the ex
President of tlie late Confederacy will be
rendered by the iieople of Columbus. The
entire community mourns his loss.
Gov. Fowle'M Graceful Act.
Raleigh, N. C, DecemberG. Governor
Fowle to-day sent the following tele
'Mrs. Jefferson Davis: North Caro
lina mourns with you the death of the
greatest and best beloved son of our
He also issued this memorial procla
Whereas, Almightly God, bv his provi
dence, hath removed from this world the
trusted leader of the people of the State
of North Carolina in the four darkest
years ol her history ; and
hereas, Our entire people reuard his
memory with . feelings of the highest
respect, esteem and affection ; now, tor
the purpose of manifesting their apprcci-
ition ol his exalted character mid dis
tinguished service, I enjoin upon the
people of this stnte, laying aside all
business, to assemble themselves at their
respective places of worship at a time to
be appointed for the funeral by Mrs.
Davis, and to join in services suitable to
the sad occasion.
An old Soldier's Tribute.
One of Jefferson Davis' old soldiers
sends us the following written immedi
ately after hearing of the death of his old
commander. It comes straight from the
Editor Citizen : Many a heart was
made sad last evening by the news of the
deuth of our old friend Jefferson Davis. I
don't know others feelings, but for my
self my heart ached and tears came in niv
eyes at every toll of the bell. I suggest
tnat all his old soldiers meet as soon as
practicable in the court house and pass
resolutions of respect to his memory.
An Old soldier.
The General Grief.
Our telegraphic reports will show how-
wide spread was the sorrow of the South
at the death of their beloved ex-President,
and how prompt and spontaneous
was the expression of grief. Action was
taken at once in every city and town
when the tidings were made known.
We are glad to see the action taken by
our Gov. Fowle, both in his letter of
sympathy to Mrs. Davis, and in his
proclamation calling upon the people to
have simultaneous observance of the
hour of the funeral obsequies of the
illustrious dead. We direct theattention
of our readers to the telegraph column
containing the proclamation.
The Railroad Buiutestlons.
Ashevili.k, N. C. December 6.
To the citizens of Huncombe county.
I have carefully read the letter in to
day's Citizen, by Capt. Palton. So for
as the discussions in railroad matters
are concerned, the people whom I
represent have each and all been men
tioned. At to the consolidation of the
French Broad Valley, and the Asheville
and Bristol railroads with any interests,
thnf it a matter over whien I do not
exercise control, the majority stock not
being in me. For any antagonistic feel
ings in regard to the premises, 1 have
had none, nor will I allow any to in
fluence me. v h. M. Locke, jr
Talk of the -Virtues of the Dead
Statesman and Patriot.
Washington, D. C, December 6. Few
ot the Southern representatives about
the capital to-day could be induced to
talk about Mr. Davis career, tearing in
many instances, that their remarks would
be misconstrued. Representative Mills,
of Texas, however, spoke his mind freely
to tne lonowing enect :
"Mr. Davis was regarded by the South
ern people as one of the greatest, best
and purest men in the world. We all
loved him. He was our representative
man, and all of the Southern people un
derstood that the opposition he encoun
tered and the adverse criticisms piled
upon him were intended for them. His
position was misunderstood in the North.
Mr. Davis was a union man at the be
ginning, and he adopted the course he
did with great reluctance, but from a
feeling of duty. He was deeply attached
to the union and wanted to exhaust
every means on earth to prevent a rup
ture. He was not a vindictive or cruel
man. He had perfect confidence in him
self, was well balanced on all occasions,
and was a great military man and states
man. He was highly accomplished and
spoke the best of English. His memory
was marvellously clear. Hcnever forgot
anybody. My predecessor, Mr. Gedding,
told me that one day Mr. Davis was ad
dressing a crowd, when a snowy-haired
old man on the outskirts expressed a de
sire to greet the speaker whom he had
known and served under in the Mexican
war. Mr. Gcddings offered to introduce
him, but the old man declined, and going
up to Mr. Davis offered him his hand,
and asked if he recognized him. Mr.
Davis fixed his eyes upon him for a mo
ment, his mouth twitched, tears sprang
into his eyes, and he exclaimed, 'Ward,
snow has fallen on your head since 1 last
saw you,' and that, said Mills, was
about forty years before the meeting."
Representative Clements, of Georgia,
"A good man is gone. He was permit
ted to live to see largely modified the
harsh criticism engendered by the late
strife, and events in which he took such
a prominent part, and the ultimate ver
dict of the world will be that he was
both a statesman and patriot. In time
to come the North will accord in that
judgment as well as the South, and the
rest ot the world. 1 do not believe that
any man was ever animated by more
pure and patriotic motives than he was.
People of my section have the greatest
reverence for him."
Representative Turner, of Georgia,
said : "Davis' death will leave no person
embittered against him, and his decease
will be a matter of universal regret
throughout the South. He was a man
of great ability, and of unsurpassed pub
Ex-A' Forney General Garland said:
"Yes, I i.new Davis quite well, as 1 was
near him almost daily, from Montgom
ery, Ala., to Richmond, during the whole
time ol the war between the States, and
I regarded him as a man of tine attain
ments, polished and accomplished, brave
and courageous, and true to his princi
ples, and I believe the Confederacy came
as near succeeding under his presidency
as it would have done under that ot
any other man. As to the place history
wiil give him, that is a most difficult
question to answer at any time, and as
to any man, but I believe when his whole
lile and character are considered and an
alyzed in an unclouded atmosphere, bv
cool dispassionate eople, be will hold a
very high place in history.
Justice Lamar said that it was with
great reluctance that he could Sjeak of
Mr. Davis at this time, so soon after bis
death, which he (the Justice) felt deeply.
lie expressed a willingness to answer
briefly any questions which might be
asked, and in reply to these said : "The
whole )eople ol Mississippi are m grief.
They regard him as a much beloved
countryman, who has suffered much for
their sake. My own personal relations
with him were not only kind, but affec
tionate. Asa public man, niv estimate
of him was of the most exalted charac
ter. He was a man of intellect, honor
and statesmanship. He was the friend
and sympathizer of young men whom he
was always ready to aid. lien 1 came
to congress in 1857, a young man, Davis
was then senator. He received me with
kindness, and throughout my life I have
lieen indebted to him for kindness, coun
sel and aid."
THE WAR DEPARTMENT.
The l-'IdifH Not at Half MaHtin Re
spect to Jefferson Davis.
The inaction of Mr. Proctor. Secretary
of War, in relation to the customary
honors to a deceased former secretary, is
one which we are not inclined tocondemn
from his point of view. In expectation
of the approaching end of Mr. Davis the
question had lieen raised, and somewhat
freely discussed, as to the rightfulness or
the propriety of observing the usual cus
tom of hoisting the national flag at half
mast over the war department buildings
and observing other customary marks of
honor. It seems to have been agreed
that this would not be done, inasmuch as
the disabilities of Mr. Davis had never
been removed, and that he stood presum
ably towards the government in the atti
tude of an enemy ; therefore he was not
entitled to the usual honors. We are not
inclined to find fault with the secretary
in carrying out the policy of a republican
administration, which, like its predeces
sors, fails in magnanimity in relation to
the South, and is persistently hostile to
Mr. Davis. Personally we think Mr.
Proctor generous enough to have done
otherwise if he had not been hani(ered
by unfriendly sentiment around him.
We know from previous instances how
offensive such honors, conferred on a
"rebel," esecinlly upon one so rank as
Jefferson Davis, would have been. The
howls from the throats of hyenas would
have fallen with harsh audgratingsound
upon the solemn silence that oppresses
the Southern heart. Better as it is that
the cries of rage are not aroused, and
that the sanctity of grief is not disturbed.
A generation hence Northern and South
ern judgment will be alike on theconduct
and character of the great leading men
on either side.
As toon as the tidings of the death of
Mr. Davit were received yesterday by
The Citizen, the front of the office wat
at once appropriately draped with the
emblemt of sorrow.
Changes Made In and About the
Temple of Justice.
The major has a very practical eye
He didn't like the grate in the mayor's
office. Bill Nye's remedy of wrapping
the fire in a blanket to keep it from
catching cold did not work. No matter
how often it was coaled, the mayor,
police and offenders were still colder; si
the major had it fixed, and no one neei
to blanket-it any longer. However, no
one means to insinuate that suclilanguagt
is heard in the mayor's office.
The mayor bus had bis sign swinging
in front of the calaboose a long time, and
perhaps many have thought the mayoi
was behind the bars, when he wasn't.
To guard against all such error on tin
part of visitors, and prevent the evi
minded from casting any reflection oi.
the administration of justice in our city,
it has been decided to have it rcmovei.
to its proper place.
Plumbers have long had a monopoly ot.
diamonds, but some of ourpoliceare run
ning tnem pretty hard. While they are
hunting the thieves, the thieves will soor
be hunting them and steal thcii brilliants
Hut the light which so dazzles the cul
prits when the police are drawn up ii.
line, with coats thrown back and chesU
expanded, is not sufficient to supply tin
absence of gas light in the evening. Bui
Mr, Gus Guischard has supplied this
deficiency and now the gas burns bright
ly and throws light on what is done ii,
the meetings of the aldermen. All that
was dark has now become light negroes
A IHI'SICAL TREAT.
The Second Meeting: of the Con
The second musicale of the Concordia
society was held last bight at Miss
Davidson's, on College street. There
was a very full attendance ot the mem
bers of the society besides a number oi
invited guests, making the nutnlicr pres
ent quite one hundred. The interest in
the society seems to increase with tin
meetings, and last night's entertainment.
as well as the first, proved a great treat
for the music loving portion of our com
munity. The following programme wa
excellently rendered by memliers of tin
1. Piano, four hands.
2. Song. "It Came in the Merry May.
3. Flute and piano, "Funtasie from
Robert lc Diable," Meyerbeer.
. Piano, Mondschcintahrt, Hcndcl.
5. Violin, Minuet, Schubert.
6. Piano Polonaise, in C. Minor, Cho
pin. 7. Song, "Von Dir," Kununer.
8. Male Quartette, "Lovely Night,"
The next meeting of the society will be
held at Mrs. Maitlaud's, No. 4-0 French
Uroad avenue, Friday, January 3, 181)0.
That there may be no misunderstand
ing, we are requested to say that there
ire no invitations issued to the members
of the society, but all active and associ-
te members are invited to all the mu-
sicales given, and by referring to the rules
recently furnished it will be seen that a.l
members are requested to send in theii
acceptances or regrets to the hos
tess of the evening several day's pre-
ious to the musicale.
THE OPENING GERMAN.
Given at the Ahhevllle Club Rooms
The winter's season opened Thursday
night with a delightful german, given at
the Asheville t lull rooms by a number of
the young ladies of the town. The large
rooms of the Asheville Club were well
filled with the youth and beauty of the
town, quite a contrast to the staid busi
ness men who usually occupy the com
fortable easy chairs of the club rooms
It is needless to say that the floor was
excellent and the music second only, shall
we say, to Gilmore's orchestra.
The patronesses were Mrs. Maitland
ind Mrs. Miller. Among other married
ladies present were Mrs. Martin, Mrs.
McNamee, Mrs. Battle and Mrs. Penni-
man. The young ladies deserve great
credit for the remarkably successful way
in which the affair was planned and exe
cuted, a brilliant example to the young
men of what can be done in this way,
which thev will do well to follow.
Bohco Monday Night.
Signor Bosco, the celebrated magician,
with an excellent supporting company,
will open at the opera hall on Monday
night next, in a series of grand gift enter
tainments. Bosco is one of the really
few modern masters of the art mysteries.
His feats are performed with wonderful
skill while a vein of humor pervades the
whole that gives added brilliancy to the
entertainment. Associated with the
Signor is Prof. Alt. Denne a gentleman of
education and ability who has made
ventriloquism and the human voice a
scientific study. Mr. Deane produces
results quite beyond comprehension. The
entertainments given by these gentle
men are of a high order, and marked by
elegance and good taste. One hundred
handsome and costly presents will be
given away nightly. In this resjiect
Bosco evcells all other entertainments
The presents are not trash, but really
costly and elegant articles of use and
ornament. Prices of admission on re
duced to 35, 35 and 50 cents. Reserved
seats on sale at usual place.
Yesterday we received the following
gratifying announcement by telegraph:
Charleston, December 6. As indi
cated bv the News and Courier to-day.
Mr. Me Bee hat also been elected to the
presidency of the Columbia and Green
ville railroad at a meeting of that board,
ASHK.Vll.l.K'S TRIBITE TO
THE SOl'TH'S DEAD CHIEF.
A Large Assembly in the Court
House I.aHt Nliclit Speeches by
a Number of our Most Promi
Never has so much genuine feeling been
exhibited in a lifelong recollection of
Vsheville as was manifested last evening
it the meeting in the court house, which
assembled in ready obedience to the sum
.nous of our mayor.
The room was quickly crowded, and
every countenance showed a heart full
.jf real sorrow. Most appropriately the
mayor was requested to preside, and
.fter a brict address by Gen. Clingman,
Capt. Atkinson tendered the following
resolutions, which, being seconded, were
earnestly supprted by heartlclt speeches
uy the following gentlemen, to-wit:
Messrs. Atkinson, Sondley, Adams, Mc
ilrayer, Carter, Davidson, Gilmer, String
lield, Breese, Carroll, Chedester, Craig,
Martin, M alone, Shuford, Buird, Reyn
olds, Whitson, Jones, Sawyer, Millard
and Fui man.
Each and everyone of the speakers,
ivitli real pathos and burning eloquence,
set forth sincere eulogies of the distin
guished dead, and by a rising vote, the
resolutions were unanimously adopted :
Whereas, God, in His infinite wisdom,
lias seen hi to call to Himself Jefferson
iJavis so dear to every Southern heart
Resolved, Thai in his lile be was all ex
ample of the highest type of the soldier,
die statesman, and the christian gentle
man, and in his deuth is taught the ulti
mate and grand success ol such a lile.
Resolved, That we recognize and deeply
deplore this great loss upon our enure
Southland, and wilh grieved and bruised
Hearts we bow in submission.
Resolved, That in tlie death of Jeffer
son Davis every true Southerner must
experience sincere grief, and acknowledge
a.,d deplore ihc loss ol the mail in whom
Uie hearts and utlcciions of the Confeder
acy were centered uud united.
Resolved, That his deuth stirs from
ilicir depths the devoted love of bis old
soldiers, who, in ever decreasing num-
oeis, sull hold dear the patriotism which
ne exhibited during the long years of
sLruggle to establish the glorious, but
Resolved, That his death should enable
every true American to acknowledge the
surpassing grandeur of Ins character as
exemplified ill tile maul v manner ill which
ne bore his mislorlunes; "though reviled
reviling not again," but selling a bril
liant example, which, if followed, will
lend quickly to the restoration of the
u cllarc ol his country.
Resolved, That the mayor and alder
men be requested to devole a page of the
records ol this city, upon which these
resolutions shall be transcribed, and as
sacred to the memory ol the honored
Resolved, That all Confederate sol
diers be requested to wear a small badge
of mourning tor thirty days.
Resolved, Ihat it is especially appro
priate that this meeting ol North Caro
linians should commemorate the virtues
of him whose last public utterance was
a vindication of the old North Stale.
Resolved, That the mayor be requested
to suggest to all business houses the pro
priety of closing during the hour ap
pointed for the burial.
Resolved, That the following be
adopted bv this meeting us a suitable
In his consistency without a peer,
In his honor impregnable,
In his courage invincible,
In his fortitude heroic, and
In his loyalty sublime,
No country e'er had truer son,
No cause a purer champion,
No downfall e'er graced by nobler dig
nity. He lived the personification and es
sence of Southern honor and chivalry,
and in his dcalh his life stands magni
Resolved, That these resolutions lie
published in the Asheville pniiers, and an
engrossed copy sent to Mrs. Davis.
At the opening of the meeting a draped
Confederate battle flag was placed on
the stand, and during the speaking, Maj.
Stringtield brought forward an excellent
life size portrait of the ex-President,
which had been loaned by Professor
Barker of the Female College.
The memory of the Southern leader
was renewed in all of his old soldiers
present, as they gazed upon his loved
and well known features, with sorrow
symbolized by the heavy drapery of crape
which surrounded the frame.
Sale of valuable Real Estate.
Horacseckersnnd investors in real estate
will do well to consult our advertising
columns to-day. As will be seen from
them, Mr. W. B. Gwyn, trustee, will sell
nt auction on Tuesday next, the 10th,
inst., two valuable houses on Depot
street. The houses are new and well
built, and situated on good lots, on a
good street, convenient both to the rail
road depot by a short walk, and to the
center ol the city by the street railway.
Houses are in great demand now, and
somebody will get bargains Tuesday
next, as the sale is absolute, under first
mortgage, without reserve. Plans of the
houses and full descriptions of the prop
erty may be had on application to
Messrs. Gwyn & West at their offices,
southeast court square.
Yancey In Motion.
We are gratified to publish the follow
ing letter. It proves the determination
of the spirited people of Yancey to co
operate in the great scheme of railroad
connection which benefitting her, benefits
us all also. Now let Buncombe respond
to the movement with a will:
Bi'RNsviLLB, N. C, December 2.
Hon. N. Atkinson, Asheville, N. C:
Dear Sir: The board of commissioners
made an order to-day to tubmit to the
voters the question of subscription to a
railroad, and order the justices of the
eace and request the citizens to meet at
this place on the 14th instant to further
consider the matter. 1 want yon to
come over on the 14th, or tend your bent
man, without fail. Very truly, etc.,
W. M. Moori.