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ASHEVILLE, N. C, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1889.
EXPLOfUON UK THE TANK AT
THE CAS WORKS,
i Two Men Killed i Others tMlghtly
j Woniidtd-MtatementH of Fore
man Davis and Walter T. Spears
Inquest Nol Concluded.
Persons living a mile away from the
luwn were aiarucu ycaiciuujr iiiui mii
about seven o'clock by a loud report
coming from the direction of the gas
bouse, and knowing that there had been
trouble with the gas the night pre
vious, it was feared that the trouble
was there. These surmises were found to
be correct, and many reached the scene of
tbe explosion in a few minutes.
A fearful spectacle met their sight. The
gasometer was a total wreck, and among
tbe debris were the bodies of two men
Lewis Guthrie dving, and Will. Gates
dead. Of the two other men engaged in
work on the gasometer at the timeof the
accident, WaltSjiears was badly burned
and Geo. W. Davis escaped miraculously
with his life.
George W. Davis, the foreman at the
works, stated to a Citizen reporter that
a leak was discovered in the stand-pipe
inside the gasometer the evening before,
and that water broke in. The gns was
drawn off he believed all of it, as the
gasometer was on the bottom, and wa
lie came up town tor assistance am
met Walter ai'KAKS, who got a man
named VVnx Gatks, and they all went to
the works, where they were joined by
Lewis Gl'THhic, who had been employed
there about a month.
They drew the water from the gasome
ter Itj order that a man might get inside
to slop the leak. Mike Kelly had been
engaged to make the repairs. The plates
were then removed bv Speaks, and as hi
laid the same aside all of the party lean
ed over and looked in the hole
as I stiaightened up I felt the gasometer
rising, and saw a small blaze from the
lantern, and jumped backward and out
ward. All of us were standing on the
y&sumeter. As I fell I heard an explosion
and iiiiv the gasometer go up about thir
teen feet, I arose and came around the
tank, were I saw the bodies ofGATEsand
Guthrie lying on the ground. Gatks
os dead, and Guthrie was slightly
breathing. Both werecarriedtotheoffice.
Gi'TMkik's body was carried home; but
be ceased to breathe a few moments after
leaving the yard. Davis' eyebrows were
singed and his hat was covered with
charred tar, showing how close he was
to a frightful death.
Walter L. Speaks went to work last
night at 9 o'clock in company with Wm
Gates and Guthrie. Was employed by
Davis. Worked all night at pumping
water from around tank. Had two
lanterns to tee how to work,
About 6:4-0 o'clock this morning Davis
ordered man-hole removed; one lantern
was then on top of tank; tank was down
to bottom; all three of us took off bolts
of man-hole; Davis was near by. We
then lifted tbe cover from man-hole
As we slipped cover off man-hole, the ex
plosion occurred ; I did not smell any gas.
Explosion was very loud. Davis and I
jumped off of tank, on s6uth side, side
nearest to man-hole. Gates and Guthrie
ran across the tank and seemed to be try
ing to reach the house. I think they lost
their presence of mind. Had they
jumped as I did thev would have
escaped, 1 cannot tell what in
duced them to run across the tank
their doing so, certainly cost them their
lives. I did not fall hut retained my feet
as I sprang off of tank I felt it rising. 1
ran immediately across branch, then
looked back and saw flame for first time.
I got burned by a small flame which
emerged from man hole before explosion.
My injury is now very painful, my face on
right side and rieht arm being severely
burned. The hair on right side of my
bead is burned, also.
The tools used by the unfortunate
workmen, and large fragments of the
frame of the gasometer, were found scat
tered all over the yard.
Guthrie leaves a widow and four little
ones; they live but a short distance from
the scene of the accident. Gates was
unmarried, and lived with his parents in
the southern part of the city.
With their usual promptness the fire
companies were ready, and before the fire
bell had given many strokes the Hook
and Ladder Company were on the scene
of action, the Hose Company following
almost immediately after.
Though ready for any emergency there
was little that they could do, as the
flames were confined to the tank. They
rolled several barrels of oil and other
combustibles away from the fire, thus
preventing other explosions, attended to
the removal of the bodies, and with their
hose played on the flames until they were
Mr. J. G. Martin, president and Messrs.
Penuiman and Patton, directors of the
Company were promptly on hand, and
all possible efforts made to alleviate the
grief of the afflicted families.
Prompt and decisive action was also
taken to enable the company to meet the
demands of its patrons in as short a time
as possible. Telegrams have already
been sent to procure the needed machin
ery and such skilled workmen as may be
required. The supply of gat will be
stopped only for a very short time.
Coroner W. D. Hilliard impaneled a
jury of inquest consisting of Messrs. J. A.
Conant, F. A. Hull, W. G. McDowell, R.
A. Long, W. R. Bearden and J. K. Miller.
G. W. Davis and A. G. West sworn.
G. W. Davit took the stand and said :
"My work is repairing, and teeing that
gut it properly grrnd., I enrptoyea GsM
and Spears last night ; I was looking for
Mr. M'Donnell to get hose to draw water
from tank; Guthrie was already at
work ; we first got the gas out of the
gasometer; we then began drawing out
water which was finished at 6 o'clock
this morning; we were all near the man
hole; n lantern was burning five feet
away; the cover was removed; we
looked into hole, and suddenly a small
flame seemed to Hart out of the man
hole; the explosion occurred instantly; I
had barely time to call to others to
run ; Sjx-ars ran on same side with me ;
I did not know that any one was killed
for some time ; I found Guthrie first; he
was dead ; Gates was breathing still."
Question by Mr. Hill. What was the
condition of the works on yesterday?
Answer. "We had trouble in getting
the gas to enter the holder;! reported
this to Mr. Arthur, and he told me t
have the water drawn off, ami prepare
for repairs to be made this morning; 1
did not think there was any gas in hoi
der; I had taken every precaution to get
it all out; cannot account for the explo
sion ; had drawn gas out of holder here
tofore, and used same means as now;
have never opened man-hole with a light
burning near it ; did not. know of any
whiskey being near us last night ; no one
seemed to have been drinking.
I am not superintendent or manager.
but merely employed to do outside work
I never do anything without applying
lor instruction to Mr. Arthur or Mr.
I can only attribute the explosion to
gas that exuded from the tar which had
condensed on the bottom and sides of the
tank, which might have risen in the gas
ometer as the water was drawn out.
A. G. West's testimony was not mate
rial, referring only to the position of the
bodies of Gates and Guthrie; West did
not perceive nnv sign, of whiskey; he
reached scene soon after explosion.
Capt. McLoud explained the construc
tion of the tank, and the jury adjourned
until Monday to procure the testimony
Both Houses Adlourn Until Jan-
nary 6, 1890.
Washinguon, December 21. SENATE.
After some routine business, Mr. Sher
man moved to go into executive session.
Mr. Morgan ottered a resolution call
ing on the President of the United States
ir copies ol all correspondence between
he United States and Brazil, and of all
other papers on file in the State depart
ment relating to the recent change ol
overnment of Brazil, and said that he
lesired to submit some remarks
Mr. Sherman declined to yield for that
Mr. Morgan 1 regard thismovement
to go into executive session I as a delib
erate attempt to cut us off from any con
sideration of the resolution, the one de
bated yesterday), and, as the senator
from Ohio is chairman of the committee
on foreign relations, to which committee
a motion has been made to refer it, I do
not think that he is justified in this
course of action. I propose ( on his motion
to go into executive session ) to test the
question whether or not there is a voting
quorum here, because, if we are not to
have any consideration on this side ot
the chamber, I shall insist that the other
side suffer just as much by that form, ol
tactics as we do.
Mr. Sherman disclaimed the imputa
tion, and said that if the Brazilian reso-
ution could be debated and voted on he
had not the least objection, but there
was no quorum present to decide anv
Mr. Morgan admitted that 111 the ab
sence of a quorum his resolution to recog
nize the republic of Brazil would neces-
ianlv 110 over till after the holidays, but
he desired that the information called for
n the resolution which he now offered
might be obtained for the purpose of in-
lornnnL' the country ot the situation ol
the Brazilian question in the State de
partment, out he wished to submit in
connection with it a statement from H.
W Hilliard, of Augusta, Ga., former min
ster to Brazil, which he had received
from that gentleman this morning in the
hane ot an interview in the Augusta
Chronicle. He also wished to submit the
speech of Mendonca, of Brazil, (as re-
iiorted in the mornme papers), in re-
ponse to the toast, America all rcpuli-
lican, delivered at a D.inquet in .New
Mr. Sherman said that he had no ob
jection to the adoption ot the resolution
ust offered it tt were acted upon without
Mr. Morgan "If tbe senator will allow
me to put into the Record thiscommunica-
, 1 , 1 . n:n 1 1 1 , ,
lion mm mr. nuiiaru, ana ttlbo inc
statement which I will add"
Mr. Sherman "I do not think it fair
for the senator to do that. Let him put
Mr. Hilliard s statement in the Record.
Mr. Morgan persisted no further, but
furnished to the official let otters copies
of papers containing Mr.Hilliard's state
ment and Mr. Mendonca s speech, and
then his resolution calling for correspond
ence was agreed to.
Mr. Spooner ottered a substitute for
Mr. Morgun's resolution as to the recog
nition of the Brazilian republic to be re
ferred to the committee on foreign rela
tions. It declares that the action of the
President in according diplomatic recog
nition to the present provisional govern
ment of Brazil, and in instructing the
United States ministers to extend, on the
art of this eovernment. a cordial and
formal recognition of the new republic as
soon as a majority of the people of Bra
zil should have signified their assent to
its establishment and maintenance, mer
ited and received the unqualified approba
tion of congress.
Mr. Morgan suggested that there was
something in Mr. Spooucr's proposition
to point a moral and adorn a tale."
Mr. Call save notice t nat immediately
after the holiday recess he would ask the
senate to take from the tuble the resolu
tion offered bv him for the appointment
of a committee to report legislation nec
essary for the protection of the people in
their right to homes oil the public lands
of the United States, in Florida and else-
Mr. Teller gave like notice in reference
to his resolution for an open session of
The senate then proceeded to the con
sideration of the executive business, and
at 2.45 adjourned till Monday, Jauuary
HTXWE. Tbe berate was treated to a
spicy little discussion this morning be
tween Mr. Holman, of Indiana, and Mr,
Mills, of Texas. The discussion was pre
cipitated by the statement from Mr. Car
lisle, of Kentucky, to the effect that in
offering the resolution yesterday for the
appointment ot J. K. Hill as assistant
door keeper, he had fixed the salary at
q-z,uuu, Dencving that that was the sal
ary which had always been received by
the other special employe, Mr. Clancy.
(Clancy has been a republican minora v
employe). He had learned that this
was a mistake and that Clancy's salary
had been $1,500. He therefore moved
to reconsider the vote by which the reso
lution was adopted in order that the
house might determine whether it would
reuuee mil s salary to 3i,o00 or in
crease Clancey's salary to $2,000. Tin
vote having been reconsidered, Mr. Hol
man, of Indiana, moved to reduce Hill's
salary to $1,500, and he urged the neces
sity of preserving economy in the expen
ditures of the public money.
Mr. Mills said that that was the same
old speech he had been listening to for
the last sixteen years. Every session
the house was treated to a speech on
economy which was to beapplied to the
officers of the house and the smaller offi
cers of the government ; but whenever it
came to applying economy to the expen
diture of hundreds of thousands or mil
lions of dollars, the eloquence of the gen
tleman was lost to the country. Could
the American people be protected from
excessive exiienditures only by cutting
down the salary of some poor fellow
about the house of representatives. He
had fought against reduction of the pay
of the officers of the house and increase
ofthe pay of the officers of the senate
which the gentleman from Indiana, as a
member of the committee on appropria
tions had permitted to be done year
after year. He believed in common with
all English speakinir neonle that the
American house of representatives was
the breath of the people, and he believed
in maintaining its equal dignity, power
and equal rights. (Applause.) If hei
should ever succeed in getting to the sen
ate there would lie somebody in the sen
lie would still teel that he was kin to
American democracy, and that this house
should be preserved in equal dignity and
equal rights to the senate.
Mr. Holman said that il the gentleman
intended to practice economy thev must
begin with the details which came before
congress tor consideration. The dignity
of the house, had it been assailed during
me iust six years wnen nancy had bcei
receiving $1,500. had the gentleman
from Texas felt it necessary in order to
preserve the dnrnitv of the house durim.
those six years to increase the salarv.
If the house had been more considerate
in tbe expenditure of public money than
the senate had been, it was to the great
nonor ana aignity 01 this body.
Mr. Hobnail's motion was acreed toby
a vote of 96 to 70, and the resolution as
amended, was adopted.
Mr. Cumminirs. otNcw York, oresented
the Oetition of the irnvernor nnH ririronc
ot New Jersey tor the relief of Mrs. De
lia Parnell. Referred.
Mr. McComas, of Maryland, from the
committee on appropriations, reported
tne uistrict ot Columbia appropriation
bill. Printed and recommitted. This is
the first time in the history of the house
wnen at tne nrst regular session, the gen
eral appropriation bill has been reported
uciorc ine nouuays.
1 ne nouse adopted a resolution re
questing the United States treasurer to
receive the cash and assets in the ser
geant at arms office as a special deposit
unm me lurtncr order ol the house. A
proviso is inserted that nothing therein
contained shall affect Lcedora's liability.
The District of Columbia appropria
tion out was reported back and laid on
the table tor the present.
At his ownreauest Mr. Wike. of Illin.
01s, was relieved from duty on the com
mittee on elections, and Mr. Wilson, ol
Missouri, was appointed to fill the va
The seaker then announced the stand
ing and select committees of the house.
The Seaker also announced the ap
pointment ot Messrs. Mason, Cogswell,
Strubie, Turner, of Georgia, nnd Wilson,
of West Virginia, as a committee to in
vestigate the ballot box forgeries under
tne isuttcrwortli resolution.
Mr. Cheadle, of Indiana, resigned from
the membership of the committee on
Claims, and his resignation was accep
ted. The house at 2.45 adjourned till Janu
Verdict In the Navassa Case.
Baltimore, December 21 The jury in
the Navassa case as to the murder ol
Thomas N, Foster, have rendered the
following verdict: Henry Jones guilty
of murder in the first degree; C. Ozar
Fisher, Ed. Smith, Chas. H. Smith, alias
John Ward ; Alfred Jones, alias "Texas
Shorty; Edmund Francis, alias "Blue-
ball;" James Johnson, alias Tom Welsh,
Alfred Brown and Amns Lee, guilty of
manslaughter. James Phillips and Moses
Williams, alias "Dakota," not guilty;
and not agreed as to lames Toscer
George S. Key, Charles H. Davis, alias
Poinpey, Steve Peters, James II. Robin
son, alius "Now." Edward Woodford
nd Norman Wooster, alias "Juggler."
George S. Key was onvicted of murder
on the nrst trial, nnd was only tried a
second time as matter of form as ac
cessory to the murder of Foster.
The Brazilian President Dvliig-.
London, December 21. A privatecable
despatch received here from Rio Janeiro
states that marshal Deodora deFonseca.
chief of the provisional government of
nrazil, is dying, the question as to
who will succeed is engaging serious at
tention. It is believed that the change
in ministry which would follow marshal
De Fonseca's death would lead to serious
The World's Cotton supply.
New Yokk, December 21. The total
vis ble supplv of cotton for the world is
3,044,531 bales, of which 2,647,181 are
American, ngamst 2,772,535 and 2,523.-
035 bales, respectively ,last year. Receipts
at all interior towns are 204,463 bales;
receipts from plantations, 206.539 bales:
crop in sight 4,704,177 bales.
Sapper at Weavervllle College.
An elegant supper was given by the
faculty of Weaverville college to the stu
dents and a number of thealumiui, in the
college building. About two hundred
and fifty were present. Each member of
the faculty was presented with a present
by the students as a testimonial of their
appreciation of their work during the
past term. 1 be occasion was a most
enioyaoic one ror an wno participated.
I be college will be closed tor a week dur
ing tbe holidays.
W. C. T. V.
Let no W. C. T. U. member fail to at
tend the Anniversary meeting at tbe Y.
M. C A. ball to-morrow, at 4 p. m.
OUR PAST AND FUTURE.
AHHEVILI.K'f BUSINESS MEN
The Results ofthe Year Now End
ing aud the Prospects for 1890
JUMt Enough Despondent Ones
to Show Our Future Assured.
There is a bum and a bustle, a rattle
and roar, a vim and a go about Ashe-
ville merchants which makes the visitor
think but once nbout tbe scenery and cli
mate nnd then turn his attention to the
shop windows. Good gracious 1 Look at
JACOB'S DRl'G STORE.
i nat is tbe toug.iest sort of a pill to
swallow. If there are not aprons, mou
.'hoir cases, tidies, aud lots of fancy art
icles, hanging just out ofthe reach of
some mustard plaUrs, "which wouid lain
draw them down. But there comes the
proprietor himself, with jaunty step.
Hello, old man ! I tee you are dealing
in dry goods'. The pill business must be
pretty bad this year. Do you have to
throw these articles in as prizes for the
man who is able to takethe most of your
medicine without experiencing anv ill
effects, or are these rewards for the doc
tor who sends you the most
"No, sir; those are the proiierty of the
ladies of the Christian church, who have
put them on sale here."
"Well, if you arc endorsed by thctluirch
I guess your wares must be all right.
only from tbe clothing there one would
think you spelled it w-e-a-r-s. But how
has your business been during the year?"
I can t complain. Our sales have
never been larger. We have more pre
scription work than he can attend to.
and the hardest part of the business is
to find some place to invest the profits."
Mr. Jacob's statement is perhaps a lit
tle overdrawn, but constant association
with doctors is not conducive to making
one state a case accurately to the public.
Leaving him to the arduous task of in
vesting the profits, let us step into the
II. REDWOOD & CO.
There behind those counters, piled up with
dry goods, clothing, boots, shoes and no
tions, is the man we want to see.
"How has our business been during the
present year compared with thatoflast?
We can truthfully say that oursaleshavc
increased 25 per cent. Not only that, but
we are keeping a finer line of goods than
ever before. Our trade has clamored for
it, and we have been compiled to keep
them in order to supply their wants. The
increase of population has brought with
it a growth in taste and style ot dress."
That speaks well for a place. Where
the luxuries of life are in popular demand
the merchant ought to make a few dol
lars. As an old Greek, when asked why
he was working, said, "I am working to
cam money to buy food to get more
strength to earn money to buy food to
get more strength to earn, etc." And
that is what we are all doing. It takes
lots of courage and nerve to keep walk
ing through this dreary treadmill of ex
isteuce. But this isn't a place for moral
izing, but for more realizing. That is
what we are doing in Asheville. If you
don't believe it, walk into the store of
F. P. MIMNAt'GH.
Listen to what he says: "I deal now only
in dry goods and carpets. My business
has been running five months, and I have
no cause to repent having opened a store
in Asheville. Business is especially good
considering the time I have been here.
The finer lines of goods have the best
sales. There is no Southern town, and I
have visited them nil, that can support
and demands a finer quality of merchan
dise than Asheville. The better grades
of carpets are especially in demand, ow
ing to the great amount of building now
going on. I can hardly fill the orders
which I have received lor furnishing en
tire houses with carpets. Even in this
small space of time my business has
crown so that I intend to use the second
floor of this building for millinery and
Asheville seems to offer pretty good in
ducements for new merchants, according
to Mr. Mimnaugh's statements.
Now we will go to
And see what they will say to this all im
portant question. They are not the men
who, when a customer returned with his
suit and complained of the fit, said,
Why, we have sold ten suits to various
parties who saw you withthoseclothes,"
while the customer went away rejoicing
and kicked himself around three blocks
for not being able to appreciate a good,
snug, New York fit. No, they are not the
men, but they seem to sell suits, all the
same, for one said: "Is business good?
Well, it was an oft" day to-day, and yet I
sold four suits of clothes myself. That
isn't doing very bad, is it? I am not
very sad because the business is picking
up, although it did compel me to add a
large line of dry goods and carpets to my
Hello there, Citizen man! How are
you ?" And out ou thesidewalkappeared
Mr. Chedestcr's beaming countenance.
talking to the customers who were stroll
ing into the store of
CI1RUESTEK a SON.
Glad to see you, Mr. Cbedester. I was
just after you with a shotgun in order to
bag an item."
"Come in and I'll see what I can do for
u. What is it you want ?"
"J ust tell me if that report is true
about your making such large tales du
ring the past year."
Ha! ha!" and Mr. Cbedester rubbed
his handt complacently. "Our business
it to big we can't tell you anything about
It averages 50 per cent, more than
any other year. The sales amount to
43O0 every day except Saturday, when
we take in $600. We are keeping the
largest stock we ever had before. But
don't forget my hotel,
THE GRAND CENTRAL.
The number of arrivals is nearly as large
in winter as in summer. The class of
patronage is better and every day you
will see seven or eight States represented
on the register. Our receipts are 50 per
cent, greater than any other winter and
the number of guests have become so
large that we have added to our force as
caterer Capt. Sprague, who was formerly
at the Round Knob hotel. I should say
we are doing well. The hotel has just
netted me $35 a day during the summer.
Going? Hold on a minute," and Mr.
Chedester returned with a handful of
cigars, which made the reporter wish he
could call there on a like errand eveiy
blessed day. With a cigar iu his mouth
and a happy, contented look in his eye.
he sauntered into
B. H. COSBV'S JEWELRY STORE.
Mr. Cosby said :
"I was connected with Mr. Cowan for
ten years, and have been in business for
myself since Fehruary two years ago.
Trade has increased since I took hold of
it and shows a considerable increase
over last year. I have sold a great
many fine watches, and in some branches
of the business the fine lines have been
far ahead of any other."
Having been a frequent visitor at the
mayors court, the reporter was not
afraid to go into
ulanton's clothing store.
It was hardly necessary to ask him
whether business was increasing. Every
man that has been fined by him will also
find him. They will take especiul pains
to suit him by getting a suit from him,
ind it will amount to more than $5 too,
for there will be added a goodly amount
of "costs." Yet they will continue to
court him. He said, "I have been in bus-
ness since the 1st of September. I have
done a larger wholesale business than 1
expected, and intend to increase my stock
next fall and do a bigger jobbing business
than I have heretofore."
KELLY 8t STRACHAN,
who are plumbers, nnd steam and gns
fitters, were next visited. They do not
wear the traditional diamond pin, but
they plead guilty to doing a very large
and increasing business, and no one can
tell how long it will be before we see
something sparkling in their shirt
BROWN, Gl'DGER & CO.
was the next place which our reporter
filled with tobacco smoke, and between
the blue wreaths which floated around
the store, he heard a voice saying words
which cai ved their way through the
dense clouds and pierced bis ear. They
were these: "Our trade is better than
we ever have had. The increase has
been made in the city proper. The main
thing which has caused it is the fine line
of ladies' dress goods, which we carry,
and which has been instrumental in call
ing attention to our other lines."
The reporter waited for 110 further
work, as they did not keep cigars, but
backed out under the protesting canopy
of the smoke and took n peep into the
MANN, JOHNSON k CO.
This firm deals in furniture. They
stated that they bad been having a
pretty good business during the past
year, but had remained very nearly sta
tionary without any falling off iu
their trade. It certainly would seem
strange if they did not hold their own in
the severe competition they have to con
tend against with their fine line of goods.
But the question awaited a great many
more answers, and it was
HERRING & WEAVER
who were invited to see how the shoe
would fit. They kindly put it on and
said it was several sizes too small for
them, and that they needed a bigger shoe
to measure their business by. Mr. Her
ring said :
Our business has been steadily in
creasing ever since we started in it three
years ago. The trade we have demands
not the finest quality of shoes but the
best quality. They do not necessarily re
quire a very nne shoe, but they want a
good one, and we have no calls for the
cheaper grades. Of course the warm
weather is hurting us somewhat, but the
winter is bound to come, and we will be
ready for it if it turns up here next
It was very gratifying to learn that
there would always be one place where
shoes could be obtained, suitable for all
kinds of weather. Lost in thought, the
reporter was just about to cross to the
other side of the street, when his eye
caught sight of the
NEW OPERA HOl'SE.
How his eyes feasted upon and de
voured it, as he thought of those pood
times he would have when it was fin
ished ; the free passes he would work and
how he would lounge back in the com
fortable parquet chairs and enjoy the
show, without paying a nickel. Don't
say Asheville is not going ahead with a
boom worse than that made by the ex
plosion yesterday morning. What surer
sign than this, when people demand
something tliey can spend their money
on. Where money it easily spent, it is
easily made, and we hear that Ashsville
is going to have a class of theatrical per
formances which will repay every
one to Invest their money in. Well pay
your money and take a seat alongside of
the reporter, who doesn't intend to pay
anything. Such a pleased expression
flitted over his face at this thought that
he detctermined to have it caught and
fixed at once, to be hied away to
LINDSET a BROWN,
the photographers, who have combined
their fercea and cas uaJct crott grained
citizen, who wears a continual pained
expression, look like an angel with a
twelve foot halo. In answer to our gen
tle query, he replied :
"Our business has been at least a quar
ter greater than the past year, apfl
the holiday season set in we have been
unable to attend to the wants of our cus
tomers. The sale of views is an import
ant branch of our business, but we sel.
ten views of Asheville and its immediati
vicinity, where we sell one taken else
where." Then the reporter left to escape bein
crushed in the rush of patrons and has
tened over to the
ASHEVILLE ICE & OCAL COMPANY,
Here he met with neither an icy or
cold reception but was told that thi
company had secured the sole agency foi
the Jellico coal and were now supplying
all the manufactories in town. Their
total output showed that the manu
facturing industries must be increasing
in size as their coal business has largely
increased. Quantities of this coal art
shipped to outside points by thecar load.
The ice industry has just been basking in
the hot sun of the past few weeks and
this was the only enterprise, whose
proprietor did not grumble at the heat.
That is a very good idea, when it be
comes very cold, the coal trade jusl
whoops her up, and when it becomes
very warm, the ice industry takes the
lead and makes things howl. But next
door is the store of
N. J. LANCE,
who say s :
"I formerly kept a store at Hot
Springs, and then moved to Asheville be
cause 1 thought there was a better busi
ness opening here."
The store will be opened on the first ol
January for the sale ot general merchan
dise. But he is not the only new man
here, for entering the handsome McAlet
building, there was found the photo
graph gallery of
MR. J. W. CRAWFORD.
Although just starting, he seems to be
well pleased with the prospects, and
vainly quoted rates to the reporter, who
though he admired his work, had left his
pocketbook at home.
The next place was that of
KOPP a LICHTENRERGER.
"1 hear you have just started in busi
ness here," queried the reporter. "Yes,
and we arc agreeably surprised at the
amount of trade which we have secured
We are selling goods as staple articles ot
which at first we only kept samples."
Not having been asked to sample any
thing the reporter moved on to
MITCHELL'S SHOE STORE.
"How is business i was asked. "You
don't mean to have nerve enough to ask
that in this state ot tne weather, was
the answer, and the reporter hastened
onward as rapidly as if he had lieen as
sisted by a forcibly extended boot. At
PFLHAM'S DRUG STORE
every face was smiling and joyous. All
said that they had done the big thing of
their life, when they moved from their
old quarters a short time ago, and that
business was so brisk now, that they
had no time to think of the business in
the old quarters.
MR. MAX UARCl'S
sold his stock of gents furnishing goods
to Mr. C. H. Mark, on the 17th of this
month. Tbe latter gentleman will re
main here until the first of January, and
then will remove his goods to Anniston,
Ala., where he has a store. Mr. Marcus
says that he has been in business for two
years, but that the competition was too
great for him to make any profit and
that he thought the increase in the num
ber of stores exceeded the growth in the
FULENWIDER St DHO.
is another new shoe store. They said
that the business had been as good as
could be expected, considering the state
of the weather. According to them the
people demand a better class of goods
and so they have done away with the
WILLIAMSON & CO.
Were interviewed and replied as follows:
"The sales are better. Perhaps not greater
in the total amount, but better in the
class of goods sold. An artistic line of
furniture is now demauded, which we
could not have put on the market before.
We carry double the stock we did before,
and the class of goods we keep has en
tirely changed. A new and great demand
has sprung up for fitting up houses with
carpets, pictures, furniture, etc., from top
THE ASHEVILLE HARDWARE CO.
Owns the store formerly belonging to
Mr. J. R. Hill, nnd have only been open two
weeks, but they certainly wouldn't risk
the amount they have in their venture il
they didn't think that theiroutlay would
The reporter had now almost finished
his beat and his cigar that remained was
to get the opinion of the
BALTIMORE CLOTHING STORE.
Flinging away his butt, which a gutter
snipe quickly seized on, he entered and
beard tbe following :
"The sales have not been quite as
good, owing to the warm weather. The
people demand more now for their
money, on account of the low prices
which close competition hat developed.
We hnve sold more goodt during the
year, but the profits are a great deal
less. Still we willcome out a little ahead
of last year's profits.
To members of the Library Associa
tion: The Asheville Library rooms will
be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and
The spring session of the public schools
will not begin nutil January 6, 1890.
The Rev. T. A. Morris, of Arden Park,
was in the city yesterday.
Mr. W. G. Corpening, a contractor on
the Three C's railroad, is at the Grand
Mr. George B. Carter, of the Detroit
Lithrograph Company, is stopping at
the Grand Central.
Mr. Geo. A.Jones, a prominent lawyer
if Franklin. N. C, was in town Friday
'in important business.
Mr. George E. Lee is at the Grand
Central. He is the depot agent of the
R. and D. R. R. at Old Fort.
Mr. N. H. Broyles, who represents the
Greenville Patent Medicine Company.
has registered at the Grand Central.
Among the guests at the Grand Cen
tral is Mr. W. T. Spaugh, who is one of
the owner" of the Salem Iron Works, at
Salem, N. C.
J. D. Robertson and wife leave the city
to-morrow morning for Augusta, Geor-
ia, to spend the holidays with their
daughter in that city.
Mr. and Mrs. Brown left for Harrison
burg, Va., on Friday night on account of
a telegram which summoned them to
the bedside of Mr. Brown's father, who
is very seriously ill.
Mr. John Gray, of Ellijay, K. C, and
Mr. J. C. Weaver, of Cartoogechaye,
Macon county, N. C, two of the best
farmers of Macon county are in the city
on their way to visit relatives in Weav
Mr. Swan L. Burnett nnd Mr. J. H.
Burnett, of Del Rio, Tenn., are staying
at the Grand Central. They are large
lumber dealers and have come to Ashe
ville on business connected with their
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Chickering, of
Grand Rapids, Mich., are at the Swan
nanoa, and have brought their son with
them. Mr. Chickering is looking after
the purchase of certain lands and mines
in Western North Carolina.
Mr. N. L. Barnard, owner of the cele
orated Iotta farm in Macon county,
N. C, is in the the city. This farm com
prises about two thousand acres; five
hundred, of which are bottom lands, and
under plank fence. Mr. Barnard ap
preciates the value of grasses and has the
greater part of his place in timothy,
orchard and herds. He devotes his at
tention to the raising of mules for the
South Carolina aud Georgia markets,
and has on hand, at present, over one
hundred head, of which twenty-five or
thirty are ready for the iwkct.
Our friend R. R. Porter, to whose name
and good qualities it is always a pleasure
to refer, because in doing so there is the
well merited fullness of sincerity, has
just had one of those recognitions of his
business value, as well as personal worth.
He is one ot the travelers for the large
wholesale hat house of C. W. Tborne &
Co., Richmond, and enjoys the friendly
rivalry of twelve other travelers for the
same firm. A year ago it was pro
posed to contest for the largest business
done by the young men for the house
during the year, and Mr. Thorne offered
as a prize, a handsome cane to him who
should lead in sales during tbe year.
Yesterday a handsome ebony gold
headed cane was received with the dona
tive inscription handsomely engraved,
"C.W. Thome to Robert R. Porter," with
the acknowledgment that Mr. Porter
had led all his active and intelligent
competitors by the sum of $8,000. This
was a handsome recognition of valuable
ODDS AND ENDS.
Many of the young ladies from the
Asheville Female College will spend the
holidays at their homes. About twenty
five left the city yesterday.
The orchestra has arrived at the
Battery Park, and plays for the guests
during the day and evening. It makes
an additional attraction to that de
servedly popular hotel.
Mr. R. F. Mclntire petitioned the
board of aldermen on last Friday night
to have tbe name of the street running in
front of his residence changed. Accord
ingly Short street, will hereafter be
known by the aristocratic title of Dukes'
Rev. C. C. Cofer, of Tennessee, will
hold services in the Christian church at
11 o'clock a. m.
Central Methodist church Sunday
school at 9.30 a. m., service at 11 o'clock
a. tn. and 7.30 p. m,, as usual. Rev. G.
C. Rankin pastor.
French Broad Baptist Rey. Dr. Ag
ne w, of Bethlehem Presbyterian church,
Philadelphia, will preach at 11 o'clock
a. ni., and the pastor at 3.30 o'clock
p. m. instead of 7.30 p. m., the change
being caused by the shutting off of tbe
Riverside M. E. church, South Divine
service at 11 o'clock, conducted by Re.
W. M. Kerr, at night by the pastor.
North Asheville, service at 11 o'clock by
the pastor. Everybody invited. Sab
bath school at each place at 3 o'clock
p. m. C. M. Campbell pastor.
Christmas at the Hospital.
Friends ofthe hospital do not forget
the patients at the boapital are depen
dent on yon for the good things to make
thit Christmas a pleasant one. Turkeys,
cake, fruits or anything good to cat,
will be most acceptable. Remember the
sick, needy, homeless, at this holiday
season, when to much it done to make
your borne bright sod cbeesfeL ...