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ASHEVILLE, N. C, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1889.
FOR WILLIE'S SAKE.
By the author of "Little Alice's Chrintmns
SnlMy, over the city smoke,
The light of the winter morning broke.
Tinting the roofs, where the snow lay
With gleams of gold and crimson light;
Then down to the windows the sunshine
And into the rooms where the children
It danced on the tossed and tumbled
Brightly gilding the rumpled heads,
And kissed their eyelids, as if to say,
"Wake, little children I wake! 'tis day.
Wake I for a glorious time is near,
Wake! for Christmas is almost here;
Think of the stockings, the tree, the toys,
Think and awake, ye girls and boys!"
Hack, from the dreamland of the night,
Came the children to greet the light;
John and Katie, and little May,
Fresh and bright as the rising day,
Full of a da wning joy within:
"To-day our holidays begin."
Eager they rose, to count their store
Of hoarded pennies o'er and o'er.
To wish for those misspent or lost,
Discussing presents and their cost
With smiling guess and whispered plan,
While tongues like little mill-wheels ran ;
Said Jack, "1 think we'd better buy
Our gifts to-diiy." "And so do I,
Cried little Kate, maturely wise,
" By Christmas eve the prices rise."
'And it's so hard to choose," said May.
"We better had begin to-day."
But, as they chattered, a shadow came
Over their mirth, at a household name
Softly spoken, "Dear little Will,"
With a pause for memory to fill.
Ah, ves! there stands in the morning
In mother's room, all fair and white,
Smooth, unrumpted, another bed ;
But the child that rested there is dead ;
Over his body the snow-drifts lie,
And his little soul has sought the sky.
"Dear little brother," what a hush
Veil o'er the talk ! and a sudden rush
Of tender tears made the bright eyes
VWe cun't buy anything for him,"
Said little Mav; and Katie cried,
"If Willie only hadn't died."
Said Jack, "I know 1 loved him best,
'Cause we were boys, and all the rest ;
You girls have got a brother still,
But f had only little Will.
I'm kind o' lonely now," cried Jack,
"And if 'tis bad, I want him back."
"And so do I." "And I do, too."
"On Christmas day what will we do ?"
"It's awful sad," Jack brushed away
A few bright tears, "last Christmas
Will was as jolly as could be :
How he enjoyed the Christmas tree!
And that long horn ! ho w he did blow !
That was my present, girls, you know."
" WhaKlid I give him ? I forget
Oh yes, a horse, he's got it yet
I mean he kept it till he died.
And mamma put his toys aside;
She said, ' He will not want it, uc-',
He's better off," 1 wonder how."
Then pondered Jack, " I wonder, too,
Vp there in heaven, what they do.
They can't just sing the live-long day
And not have any time for play.
Don't you suppose they have their toys,
And romp and race like other boys?"
" I guess," said Katie, " Will has wings,
Rut still he'd like some Christmas things;
When he's too tired to fly about,
Then be can take his playthings out,
And play till he feels fresh once more,
Sitting upon the golden floor."
" I'd like to know," said little May,
"In heaven, do they keep Christmas day ?
book in the Bible, Kate, and see."
Over the pages bent the three.
Katie and John could read and spell,
Bnt where to look they could not tell,
And as they turned the pages o'er,
Their question puzzled them the more.
"Oh! I can't find the place, just wait."
' It's no use trying, 1 tell you, Kate."
"Let's usk sister, she's sure to know,"
And off the three little children go
To the elder sister, fair and tall,
Who, turning, smiled upon them all.
Sister was wise. alnmst fifteen
A nursery oracle and queen.
Who settled all the points of doubt,
And smoothed their little quarrels out.
"Sister, what dues the Bible say ?
In heaven, do they keep Christmas day ?
For we don't wan't our Will to lie
Without his presents and Christmas tree.
We wanted to go shopping, till
We just remembered little Will
Will he have presents in the sky,
In place of those we used to buy ?"
Sister listened in half surprise,
A tender look in her hazel eyes :
For dear to the children, dearer still
To Helen's heart was little Will,
And she longed for Willie many a day,
When they forgot in their happy play.
Softly the sister's answer fell
"Darling, the Bible doesn't tell.
It guides us in the heavenly way,
But what hea veu's like it doesn't say ;
Only 'tis happy as can be,
And when we go there we shall see,"
"But don't it tell what people do?
I think it ought to tell, don't you ?
For don't God know we all must care,
When our own little brother's there ?"
"Yes," sister said, "but, dear, you know
God, in His wisdom, made it so.
If He described that happy land,
May be we wouldn't understand,
For we have never seen a sight
One half as wonderful or .bright."
Yes, God knew better far than they,
The children felt, and back to play
They went, all free from clouds of doubt;
Their sighs were but for the gifts left out
In Christmas shopping,' to which they
Gifts for the little boy that died.
But, ere the children, bright once more
With secret plans, and a jingling store
Of cents and silver each, could go
( n their happv mission through the snow,
Sister called them, "I have a plan."
Swift to hear it the children ran.
"Since we were talking of little Will,
Longing to give him our presents still,
1 have been thinking We'll not be sad-
Dear little Willie ! let ns be glad ;
For God will give him better things
Than any old Kris Kringle brings.
Bnt, from onr purses, let us take
Something to spend, for Willie's sake.
You know there are many girls and boys
Who don't get any pretty toys.
Candies or cakes poor little things,
Or any presents Christmas brings.
To make us glad ; and I propose
We all buy gifts for some of those.
1 like the thought ot it, don't you ?
And 1 know Willie 'd like it too. J
If he could speak, I think be'd say,
Give them my presents C hristmas day "
" Yes, sister, yes, that's what we'll do.
We're sorry for those children too ;
We'll buy some toys," the children said,
"To give them in Willie's stead."
Now, it is Christmas Eve, at last ;
Look at the snowflnkes falling fast,
Gently robing the busy town
For Christmas day in a Christmasgown.
Around the comers the wild wind blows,
And cold and colder the evening grows
As night comes on ; but far and near
Is a kindly thought to warm and cheer.
"What care we for the cold or storm ?
It's Christmas Eve, and our hearts are
So back and forward, and to and fro,
The throngs of busy people go
Hurrying by, and all intent.
On happy Christmas errands bent ;
Some for turkeys, or cakes or fruit,
Some for presents a bran new suit,
Or a Sunday dress, or books or toys,
Dolls for the girls, and sleds for boys
Secrets and bargains without end,
Whether they've little or much to spend.
Yes, it is Christmas Eve, 'tis plain
Three childreen look through the frosty
Of a dingy attic at the snow
And the merry bustling scene below.
Full of interest the children gaze,
But sad, recalling those better days
When they kept Christmas as others do,
When they had turkey and pudding too ;
Hung up their stockings and got their
Like other little girls and boys.
But all is changed "Now father's dead,
She can't afford it, mother said ;
We can't keep Christmas now," they cry,
Watching the shoppers with a sigh.
But, after a little, the eyes grow bright,
For Christmas Eve is a charming sight
AnH Unlthv trnilv turns nVinnf
' Come on. children, let's go out!
1 m most sure mot tier i let us go,
Irirl it'o incf aiilntirl if 1 n f 1m snnui "
Said Sue, " Let's look in the shops, and
We're choosing presents lor Christmas
Play we are rich oh! let's pretend
We've got a million cents to spend !"
Then forth they scamper, one and all ;
Sue catches up her old plaid shawl,
Pins it about her head, and so
Run laughing forth into the snow.
The brothers take their old worn caps,
And, not possessing other wraps,
Draw down the sides across their ears.
And each in walking trim appears.
Ah! blest are childhood's hours to such!
Beneath imagination's touch
The world grows bright, they cease to
And keep with smiles their Christmas Eve !
"We've got a million cents," they cry ;
"Come, let us see what we will buy."
"I think I'll huy a doll," says Sue,
"With curling hair, and eyes of blue,
With earrings on, and shoes, and, yes,
I think she'll have a spangled dress,
Like that doll there." The children stop
At the bright windows of a shop,
That, to the eager, dazzled eyes.
Shine bright and fair as paradise.
"Look, Bobby, look!" "See there, oh,
"Look, Sue! that's just the thing for me."
"Look at old Santa Claus! see, Ned!
See that big horse, that splendid sled."
Of wondrous toys there seems no end,
'Tis lucky they've so much to spend.
They gaze, and choose, unmindful they
01 other steps that come that way,
Of other three, that, in their walk,
Pause, listening to their guileless talk
Three sweet, mysterious little elves,
Laughing and whispering 'mong them
selves. With a tall sprite that's smiling down
Upon all six, with eyes of brown.
One speaking low says, "Sister, please,
Do let us give our gins to these.
They're awtul poor it's all in play
They're choosing things for Christinas
They can't buy, reallv, what they choose.
Look at their clothes, and old torn shoes.
May I begin ?" Then from behind
A hand steals forth Bob's hand to find,
A voice says, "Here, this is lor you,
This box of soldiers." And little Sue
Feels something thrust into her hand,
With words she cannot understand :
"This little doll 1 hope you'll take;
I bought it for dear Willie's sake."
While Ned can only stand and stare,
As a small elf, with floating hair,
Lav in his hand his heart's desire
Pistol and puper caps to fire
And the tail fairy with brown eyes
Bestows on eacli a fresh surprise.
Candies and cakes, and horns to blow
As they rnsh homeward through the
Home to toe attic mean and bare,
Home to the mother, worn with care,
Who stirs the fire to make it burn,
And waits her little ones' return.
She has been shopping, too, but small,
I her little purse to keep them all.
Rent and fuel and bread and meat
Leave nothing there for a Christinas
And sad she sits in that little room,
But the children's mirth dispels its
As they come screaming with delight,
"Mother, there are fairies out to-night.
Look what they gave us." Mother, see !
One fairy gave this doll to me."
"Look at my soldier these are mine,"
How little Bobby's eyes do shine,
"I like my pistol best," cries Ned,
"Look out, I'll shoot yoursoldiers dead."
And here are candies, nuts and cake,
Just hear the noise our horns can make,
Christmas is jolly now," they shout,
"Now that the fairies are about."
And mother, putting by her grief,
Smiles at the innocent belief,
Rejoicing in their pure delight,
At "what the fairies brought to-night.'
But well she knows that from above,
At Christmas, the good spirit, Love,
Flies round our world on magic wings,
Prompting ns nil to nobler things,
Till human hearts with kindness thrill
With "Peace on earth, to men good will,"
Till we supply our brothers' needs,
And human hands do fairy deeds.
And up in heaven ! Ah who shall say
How little Will kept Christmas day ?
We are too blind to judge aright
That higher life, beyond our sight.
Its blest employ we cannot tell ;
We onlv know that "all is well."
' Aye well with those who pass beyond
' s r . . f ir I
uur innsimns greetings, cioac auu ioua
And while we mourn the vacant place.
Yearn for the dear, familiar face,
The clinging hands, the music sweet
Of prattling voice and pattering feet.
Though God forbid we should forget
Their joy illumines our regret.
They are not dead, but gone before.
Death, unto such, is bnt a door
Opened to let the children in
To life unmarred bv pain or sin.
And when, at Christmas, to the skies
Our earthly hallelujahs rise,
We seem to catch their voices soft
'Mid the hosannahs up aloft.
And hands beloved, there, out of sight,
Draw up heaven's blinds to give ns light.
Thus, tender thought of those who've died
Makes purer least ol Chnstinas-tide,
With deeds of love around us shed,
In memory of our blessed dead.
THE F. B. V. AND A. & B. R. R'S.
A Letter from Vice-President W.
Editor Citizen: As vice-president of
the French Broad Valley Railroad Com
pany, and the Asheville and Bristol Rail
road Company, I desire to submit some
facts to the citizens of Asheville.
The above companies are regularly
chartered under the laws of North Caro
lina. The French Broad Valley Company
design the construction of a railway line
from the city of Asheville to the South
Carolina or Georgia State line ; the Ashe
ville and Bristol Company design the
construction of a line of road from this
city to Bristol, Tcnn.
The officers of the two companies are:
President, C. G. Dyatt, railroad contrac
tor and negotiator of railroad securities,
(commonly called broker), New York
City; vice president, W. M. Cocke, jr.,
Asheville, N. C; secretary and treasurer,
E. B. Williams, of New York and Phila
delphia; assistant secretary and treas
urer, (through whom the money at home
will lie paid,) J. E. Rankin, cashier West
ern Carolina Hank, Asheville, N. C. ; di
rectors, C. G. Dyatt, E. B. Williams, W.
C. Bucklin, D. B. French, of New York ;
W. M. Cocke, jr., J. E. Rankin and H. M.
Ramseur, of Asheville, N. C.
The object of these roads, which will
ultimately constitute one line from Bris
tol to the South Carolina orGeorgia line,
via Asheville, N. C, is to afford theshort-
est line for the inexhaustible coal and iron
fields of Southwest Virginia and East
Tennessee; the magnificent timber and
mineral fields of Yancey to the South, and
other resorts of trade. A glance at the
map will indicate the superior advan
tages of such a line. At Bristol connec
tions will be made with the Louisville
and Nashville system, giving the short
est route from Asheville to the North
west; the Norfolk and Western system.
giving the shortest route from Asheville
to the Northeast. To the South it will
afford the shortest route to South Caro
lina and central Georgia marts of trade.
As an evidence of our good faith we
have already placed on deposit several
thousand dollars in the Western Carolina
Bank; our associates in New York and
elsewhere are men of known financial and
business character and standing, and
pledge themselves to act in the fullest
good faith in this undertaking.
The feasibility of these lines has been
demonstrated by competent engineers.
In comes much nearer our means of ac
complishment than any other line we
know of. It is this fact we would im
press on our fellow citizens of Asheville
and of the counties of Transylvania, Hen
derson, Buncombe, Madison and Yancey.
With reasonable assurance of assistance
from the business community of Ashe
ville, so vitally interested in securing
others and as many more railroads as is
possible, we will begin work nt nn early
day and prosecute it till both lines are
completed. Not a cent will be asked for
or expected until the rond or roads are
completed, equipped, and regularly mov
ing. Will our peoplegive us this assistance?
We do not ask anything beyond what
the ability and the interest of the people
will enable them to pay ! An enterprise
which promises so much to our com
munity and section surely should, in our
judgment, meet with prompt and liberal
response, the more readily as not one
cent will be asked for until the work is
done and service being rendered. If you
get nothing you pay nothing; if the
roads are completed as proposed, you
can nfford to aid in securing them.
We submit this matter to the business
judgment and intelligence of our people.
Transylvania and Henderson counties
have moved promptly; Yancey will do
likewise. What will Asheville do ? Let
our people move too, and move promptly,
so that before we shall scarcely have en
tered upon the new year the work ol
construction will have been begun. Now
is Asheville's golden opportunity. Shall
it be allowed to pass from us, possibly
for many years ?
Truly your fellow citizen,
W. M. Cocke, Jr.,
Vice President F. B. V. and A. & B. Rail
roads. The Influenza Quite Merlons.
Vienna, December 24. A frequent se
quel to cases of the influenza Here is an
attack of inflammation of the lungs. A
number of persons in the hospital who
had been suffering from influenza were
stricken with inflammation of the lungs
and several of them have died.
The influenza has made its appearance
in the Jesuit School at Kalksburk, the
pupils of which are children of conserva
tive aristocrats. Sixty-eight of the
scholnrs have been attacked by the dis-
London, December 24. A dispatch from
Mentone says that the throat ailment
of Mr. Snureeon, the well-known London
divine, has assumed a grave aspect The
doctors in attendance diagnose the case
as one of gout. Spurgeon also suffers
severely with a pain in bis knees.
A Book Pirns Assigns.
New York, December 24. The long
expected assignment of J. Q. Preble &
Co., blank book manufacturers, of lOand
12 Thomas street, was made to-day to
S. Basford, one ot the firm s lawyers.
Terms are about as anticipated.
Washington, December 24. The bond
offerings to-day agereeated $21,300;
all accepted at 104 for four and a
half oer cents, and 127 for fours. Ten
thousand had been held as security tor
deposits now relinquished.
THE DEAD JOURNALIST.
THE MERCHANTS ASSOCIA
Manly Words From Mr. Grady's
Late Host In Boston They De
clare That Massachusetts Will
Mourn With Georgia.
Boston, Mass., December 24. The
following letter sent yesterday ex
presses the sentiment of the Boston
Merchants Association concerning Hon.
Henry W. Grady's death.
"Boston, December 23, 1889.
"Constitution Publishing Company At
"At a meeting of the directors of the
Merchants Association held at their
rooms to take action upon the death ol
Henry W. Grady, at Atlanta, Ga., occur
ring so soon after bis visit to Boston, it
was voted that we are grieved beyond
expression at the sudden death of our
distinguished guest and. friend; that we
are not able to recall any social relution
with eminent strangers wbo have come
to our annual banquet which has been
more enjoyable or more profitable than
one which has been so suddenly and so
sadly ended. Mr. Grady's bright, sincere
and hearty manner, his sympathy,
interest and appreciation of every thing
that was done for him and his friends,
his manifest sincerity in his views, joined
with earnest desire to know just what
we felt and believed, and to find if possi
ble common ground of devotion and
loyalty to our country and rights, had
so endeared him to those who come in
contact with him and all who heard his
eloquent words, that his death in the
midst of a career of so great promise and
influence, we must regard as a public cal
amity in which Atlanta and Boston,
Georgia and Massachusetts, equally suf
fer. That in this event we recognize an
all wise Providence who can save to our
country all that is most valuable in the
lives of its influential men. That, re
membering the last words of our friend
as he left us, we shall abide in the beliel
that his deep felt prediction of great good
in the attainment of the ends that all
good men are aiming for our re-urited
country will be sooner realized from the
visit to Boston and Plymouth ot this
distinguished citizen and bis friends. In
conclusion we tender to the Inmilv of Mr.
Grady, and to bis friends so recently
here our symoathy lor which we have no
"(Signed) Jonathan A. Lane.
"Beverly K. Moore, Secretary."
A committee consisting of president
Lane I. D. Lecson, chairman ot the ex
ecutive committee, and Stephen B. Si-
monds, was appointed to attend the
funeral provided it could reach Atlanta
The following dispatch, however,
shows that this is impossible.
Jonathan Lane, rrcsident, Boston :
The funeral will occur at 2 o'clock Wednes
day. He spoke frequently of the exceed
ing kindness ot your association and city.
(signed) S. M. Inman.
In Honor or Urady.
New York, December 24. The flag of
Mail and Express will be placed at halt
mast to-morrow in honor of Henry W.
Sixteen Men Caught In Jilm- In
San Andreas, Cal., Deccmliri i.-A
disastrous cave-in occurred Sunday even
ing in the Lane mine, owned by Howard
& Hobart, located on the west edge of
the Angeles, by which sixteen men were
buried. They were supposed to be dead.
Nineteen men were sent into the drift on
a 400 foot level to repair the timbering
which had become loosened, they bad
not worked over an hour when the sup
ports of the upper timbers suddenly sev
ered to the right and the roofing earth
and rocks tell burying sixteen men under
neath the debris. Thos. Lorvnn and
two Itulians were working near the
mouth of the drift and managed to escape,
although Corwin was badlv injured.
Corwin said the partitions were leaning
badly when he went into the drift, but
no one suspected there was danger of a
cave-in. Hen it came thev were nil un
prepared. He and the Italians escaped
as soon us tncy neara the tininers cracK ;
the others also started to run but were
too far in the drift to be able to reach a
place of safety. Immediately alter the
accident the men were let down the shaft
and entering the mouth of the drift com
menced digging the debris. They found
the attempt almost useless, as the tim
liers seemed to have been woven together
as though the sides of the drift had fallen
toward each other and had been covered
hy the roofing. By last evening the res
cuing party had succeeded in getting
eight feet into the pile of earth and tim
ber, and none ot tnc victims Had oecn
reached. There is no prospect of getting
the men out alive.
There is no hope of rescuring the six
teen miners who were buried by the cave
in in the I'tica mine at Angeles on Sunday.
Working parties have found two dead
bodies but will not be able to reach them
until to-morrow, and it is feared they
will not beable to reach some of the other
tims for several weeks. It is believed
that all of the sixteen men were crushed
to death bv the falling rock.
V. M. C. A. Services.
The first annual public services of the
Young Men's Christian Association will
be held at the Central Methrdist church
next Sunday at 4 o'clock.
Reports will be given by Mr. H. T.
Collins the president of the association
and H. P. Andersen, the general secre
tary. Addresses will also be given by
Mr. L. A. Coulter, state secretary of the
Y. M. C. A., of North and South Can
lina, and Rev. R. G. Pearson. The public
is cordially invited.
On Monday night December 30 at 8
o'clock there will be given a reception to
young men. There will be a programme
of instrumental and vocal music, and
recitations and a brief gymnastic enter
tainment. All the young men of the city
are invited to lie present.
The Youne Men's Meeting on Thurs-
dav. December 26 at 8 o'clock will be a
christian service and will be led by Rev.
Dr. Agnew. All men are invited.
An important sale takes place at Alex
ander, N. C, on Friday, December 27, of
the personal proiierty of the late A. M.
Alexander. A number of fine young
mules are offered for sale, besides agri
cultural machinery, household furniture,
etc. For fuller information address T. S.
Morrison, administrator, Asheville, N. C.
A RESPONSE TO DR. NELSON.
"A Little Child Shall Lead
Sayeth the prophet Isaiah, whom
christians call the evangelical prophet,
and skeptics say of his writings, that
they were no prophesies, but written
after the event, so Christ-like are they
in their character.
It is not my purpose to argue their
date. As a christian I believe them to
be authentic; that they are inspired, I do
not doubt, but pray that they may in
spire me with love of Him, whose coming
they foretold, whose birthday we cele
brate this day.
"A little child shall lead them," said
the prophet referring to the wild beasts,
who should be brought to love one an
other, contrary to their natural tastes
and instincts, and these words came
over my heart with wonderful force at a
sight which delighted my eyeson Sunday
The taste may be a strange one, but
to me nothing adds such zest to the en
joyment of the Lord's day, as a morning
call at the jail; not to preach, not to
pray; I must leave these duties to better
men ; but to carry a few Citizens, and
Pucks and Judges and Harpers and
such like, to enable my unfortunate
brethren to make this a day of rest, by
giving occupation to the brain, which
when slothful is most fatigued; hoping
to draw off their thoughts fiom their
sad surroundings, and on this, which
should be the day of happiness, to help
them in some slight degree to that hap
piness, which I believe my "Elder
Brother" wished all mankind to enjoy.
Did I receive any reward for this little
aet? Ves indeed, a thousand fold more
than it deserved. A little two year old
daughter of the kind jailor, joined me at
the door; she could scramble up the
stairs; she was not yet too wise to love
the poor prisoners; she was so foolish as
to stretch her little arm through the
grating; she could touch their pale faces,
she could stand back with womanly dig
nity, and with an infant's grace, throw
a kiss to those whom her lips coul
reach. What a sight! this pure
lovingly gazing upon Wilson! who anx
iously asks me, "have you heard what
day the governor has appointed?" Ap
pointed for what do you suppose breth
ren ? We hesitate to ask, we know too
well, too well. Our eyes droop before
the gaze of the condemned man, my
brother; they rest upon what, the sweet
child by my side, her eyes full of love for
the wicked murderer, herpratling tongue
possibly reminding him of one of his own
little ones: brr tnile inquiry ' how do ?"
Oli! how 1, wicked man that I am,
longed to hear for answer, "worse, tnu-h
worse in health," and that the .ir.awer
mav be true and a merciful death soon
x iii. portion, and thus North Carolina
lie spared the disgrace of his legal taking
"Say no more ngainst capital punish
ment," said a wise friend. "Your heart
is right, your head is wrong," but we
do not believe that the heart can go so
far away from the brain. The same God
created both. The heart savs "let this
little child lead you to love this mur
derer," the brain says, "what will most
diminish crime, the severity, or the cer
tainty of punishment?" Heart and
brain unite in the reply, the certainty. A
murderer will often be found guilty if the
sentence is life imprisonment, and will be
acquitted if the sentence is death. So it
should lie, because in the one case an er
ror may be corrected, in the latter, never.
Dear christian friends, may we not fol
low the lead of this little child, and find
love for this manat thisscasonot "peace,
good will." "Oh! be is too wicked, he is
a murderer." Y'es perhaps he is too
wicked to die. "He is a murderer." Am
not I? "Who so hateth his brother is a
murderer." Must I die?
Many and great are the inconsistencies
of life ; none greater than these two :
First, Skeptics say "there was no Isa
iah, there was no Christ." Yet almost
to a man thev plead ngainst the inhu
inanity of capital punishment, and urge
that it is contrary to the spirit of Christ's
teaching. Christians sav Isaiah was a
prophet, and Christ was a real man, and
at the same time was God. Yet nine
tenths of the christians of Asheville cry
aloud : "An eye for an eye, a tooth for
a tooth, a lile for a life."
Second, While I hope I am a christian,
and to the full power of my weak brain,
believe every word of the apostle's creed,
including "everlasting life," not "death,"
nnd I believe every word of the Nicene
creed, looking for the "life," not the
"death of the world to come." In short
I do not believe in ''eternal damnation,"
yet I would spend this happy, merry
Christmas on my knees before Governor
Fowle to induce him to allow this pris
oner all the time that God sees fit to al
low him, to prepare his wicked soul,
which I have permitted to become black
with crime, through the influence of
whiskey, and make it ready to meet that
merciful Father, "who is of purer eyes
than to behold iniquity." While hun
dreds of excellent christian men will
call out to the Governor: "Heed
not, be firm, fix an early day,
let this man know that at such
an hour his life will be choked out of him.
Then if, under these circumstances, so
conducive to calm reflection, with the
help of a trust which we have never ena
bled him to read, (a hidden mercy sav).
he does not accomplish atsakwhich each
of us acknowledges to be a life work,
with all of our advantages and mercies.
Then let him go." Go where? "Toeter
Dear Dr. Rankin, whom I have only
known to love and esteem; good, kind
Dr. Nelson, whose loving heart beams on
me always from eyes of sympathy, will
you not, on this day, on which we christ
ians esjieciully profess that "a little child
is leading us," begin a petition to our
Governor for poor Wilson's commuta
tion? I would not usk his pardon; 1
would not recommend it; but let him be
imprisoned for life, and let us three
christians pray to God that the balance
of his life may be better than we have
made the beginning.
Kind gentlemen, if you will do so, how
gladly wil! I sign your petition, and, hav
ing done so, will feel that
"A little child has led me."
T. VV. Patton.
Since writii-g the above I have seen the
current number of "The Arena," in which
Mr. Hugh 0. Pentecost has a powerful
article against capital punishment. It
contains much that I do not endorse,
and very much that I do most heartily.
I agree with the editor Mr. Pentecost
who is nothing if he is not radical, enters
a vigorous protest against what hi
term the crime of capital punishment.
It is one of the many inspiring signs ol
the times that earnest thinking men and
women are coining more nnd more to
realize how revolting is this legacy of a
barbarous past" and with Mr. P. in say
ing that it is matter of rejoicing that
"henceforth in one state judicial killing
must be done in secret. This is a tacit
confession that it must be done in secret
or not much longer at all. When the
State begins to be ashamed of what it
docs the practice is doomed, you my be
sure." Amen. T. W. Patton.
Enjoyable Aftalr In the Rooms of
the Club Monday Night.
On Monday evening the members of
the Cosmopolitan Club assembled in re
sponse to the cordial invitation ol the
officers of the club to inaugurate the
Christinas festivities by having a re-un-
ion of all the members. A meeting ol
the club was first held in the reading
room. 1 here the officers, consisting ot
Col. J. G.' Martin, president; Judge
Moore, vice-president, and the board of
governors, Dr. a. Wcstrny Battle, Mr.
W. B. Williamson, Mr. W. Talbot Pen-
niman, Major W. E. Breeseand Capt.J.
H. Barnard, submitted a report of the
financial condition of the club. This re
port was very encouraging and w s
hailed by the members with jjreat dclipht
and enthusiasm. It sho .ved that the
club ! ics meeting all its running ex
. ii-cs had accumulated a considerable
sum in the treasury. This is a very
creditable showing for so young a club.
After the readi.ig of the report the mem
bers adjourned to the dining room where
tliey found a supper awaiting them,
which had been provided by the steward
Mr. Nies, who did ample justice to t'x
occasion, which the members dulv' ac
knowledged by doing great justice V it.
The opening address was made by tii:
president, Col. J. G. Martin, in which he
reviewed the past of the club and held
out flattering hopes of an equally bril
liant future. Dr. Battle made a very
humorous speech on the Brown-Sequard
elixir, and said in conclusion : "As old
age creeps upon us and the inevitable
conclusion of life is at hand, then it is
that we wish for that elixir to rejuven
ate us and fill us with renewed life and
vigor, but the Cosmopolitan Club needs
no elixir of life. Old age makes it
younger, and the assaults of time instead
of weakening it arc converting the
sturdy stripling into a stalwart vigor
ous man, who needs no Brown-Sequard
to retain his growth and strength, but
will ever continue the same in defiance
of old father Time nnd his famous
Scythe." Sieeches were also made by
Judge Moore, Major Breese and others,
which abounded in happy allusions and
witticisms. Between the speeches glees
and college songs were sung by the Apollo
Glee Club in a way which won them
much applause. While solos by different
members, and a duct by Messrs. S. C.
Courtl'and and J. Wakefield Courtland,
all contributed to make the evening a
very delightful and enjoyable one to the
Rev. E. C. Bomar, of Spartanburg, S.
C, is stopping at the Swannanoa.
Pr. W. C. Millcnder, of Pigeon River,
has registered at the Grand Central.
Cnpt. E. Everett, an influential citizen
of Bryson City, is at the Grand Central
Mr. P. K. Phelps, who represents a
large factory in Columbus, Ohio, has
registered at the Swannanoa.
Mr. Paul Johnson leaves this morning
for his home in Henderson county, where
he will spend the holidays.
Among the guests at the Grand Central
is Mr. F. M. McDonald, a northern capi
talist, who is interested in the lumber in
dustry at Bryson Wty.
Mr. 0. G. Miller, of Lincoln, Nebraska,
came from the West to visit his relatives
111 this city, among whom is Mr. S. H.
Reed, our well known lawyer. He is at
Mr. J. Frank Kicth.of Boonsville, Ark.,
left the Swannanoa yesterday, where he
was stopping, in order to pay a visit to
some relatives of his in Madison county.
Among them is Mr. J. W. Ramsey, who
owns a great deal of real estate in Mar
shall and throughout the county.
Capt. A. B. Fortune is at home for
Christmas. He is engaged in the work
on the line 1.0 connect the Carolina Cen
tral, from Monroe, N. C, to Atlanta, Ga.
The road is completed as far south as
Chester, S. C, and the work of construc
tion is going on rapidly south of that
SPLENDID DINNERS TO BE
The Most Fastidious Epicure Can
Surely Find Something Appetiz
ing In the Following Bills of
Fare to be Seryed In this City.
Col. Steele has gotten up a very fine
dinner to tickle the palates of the epi
cures at Battery Park. The menu was
printed by The Citizen Publishing Com
pany, and is not o.,ly a very creditable,
but a very superior piece of work. It is
bound in ivorine, and on the cover is a
beautifully executed winter scene, with
the lines below, "May your Christmas
be joyous and happy." We print the
menu below to give our readers an ap
petite for their turkey:
Chesapeake Bay Oysters.
Potage, a la Brunswick,
Baked Trout, Madeira Wine Sauce.
Celery. Olives. Lettuce. Sweet Pickels.
Boiled Ham, Champagne Sauce.
Roast Turkey, Chestuut Dressing.
koast Young Pig, Apple Sauce.
Broiled Oysters on Toast.
Chicken Croquettes, a la Maitre d'Hotel.
Lamb Chops, French Peas.
Boston Cream Puffs.
Bear. Venison. Wild Ducks.
Asparagus. English Peas. Lima Beans.
Candied Yams. Mashed Potatoes. Kice.
Mayonnaise of Shrimp. Chicken Salad.
with Preserved Strawberries.
Sliced Apple Pie. Miuce Pie.
Black Mountain Cake.
English Walnut Cake.
Golden Peaches, Frozen in Cream.
Raisins. Gn lies. Bananas. Figs.
- lixed Nuts.
Ben;'1 " -vr Crackers.
I'ineaf'e Ciif -
Ei . Iict-.t
The r mbei'.
will als have
Mr. Nil for a i
cacics which &r i
ville. telow v d.
anli tiicr sti v i'.id,
f duinv i and de,:
i . obt
Raw Ovstrrs r
I eicry, i nv
I'll tine o -nn
J v viur Toast.
,0' toso Sherry.
Vol ai. Ven
" iMtimore Style.
' itato Croquettes.
I tieci. . .
. ix C iu. .oignons.
'rn Fritter .
' h.'teau Margeaux.
Sucklii'g rir. tiufledWith Chestnuts.
C nnbeny "auce.
Lettuce Sal. I.
Plum Puddii 3. Charlotte Russe.
Mince Pie. Pumpkin Pie. .
Nuts and Ra. tin- Roquefort Cheese.
J ruus. Coffee.
Trying to Pass - One Dollar BUI
for a Ten.
Plum Levi is a shrewd old colored man
and he doesn't intend to let any counter
feiter get ahead of him. One of them did
try it and was very badly left. His
name was B. S. Downes and he was
from Lincoln county. He went into
Levi's store and purchased some cakes.
A counterfeit silver dollar was offered in
payment, but Plum recognized it at once
as counterfeit and refused to take it.
When he told the man that it was bad,
he seemed much surprised and, taking
the money, said he was going to find the
man wbo had passed it on him. Plum
followed him a short distance to see
where he was going, but lost sight of
him on the square. However, it seems
that Jeff Davis, a colored man who brings
in vegetables and fowls from the country
and sells them here, was next approached
by the swindler. Downes asked him to
change a ten dollar bill, which was
merely a one with the figure ten cut out
of a Confederate ten dollar bill and pas
ted over it. Jeff saw through his game
and reported the case to officers Sams
and Tenland, who were on Patton ave
nue. They came back and found him
still on the square, searching for a victim.
He was arrested and taken to Powell &
Snider's grocery store and searched. On
his person was found a pistol, a counter
feit nickel, a twenty and a ten dollar bill
in Confederate money, two ones which
had been changed into tens by the past
ing process, and several Confederate bills
with the figures cut out of them and a
bottle of muscilage. He was taken before
Bsauire Summcy, and in default of $1,-
000 bail was remanded to prison, where
he will remain until his trial takes place
at the next term of the Federal court.
Kindergarten Christmas Tree.
A Christmas tree is in preparation for
the children of the Free Kindergarten.
Any decorations from home Christmas
trees will be much appreciated, and may
be sent to Mrs. S. W. Battle, ot the Bat
tery Park, before Friday afternoon.
Rest for the Carmen.
Superintendent Arthur has issued an
order stopping all the street cars on
to-morrow, (Thursday) from 2.30 until
3.30 p. m., in order to give the con
ductors and motor men a short rest.
Montana Legislature Adloorns.
Helena, Mont., December 24. Both
houses of the legislature have adjourned
until December 27th without any new
developments arising in the situation.