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VOIi XXXVII No 83.
WILMINGTON" T. C, OCTOBER 18, 1804.
01.00 PER YEAR
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Death Sentence JPassed
on the Negroes, Se.l
lers and Brown.
JURY'S VERDI i C
Was Rendered After Nearly Four
Hours Consideration Sentence Was
at Once Passed That the Murderers
Be Hanged on Wednesday, the 16th
I3y of November, In Bladen County.
The Jury Came Into the Court Room
Only Two Hours After They Had
Received the Case, But on Being
Polled, One of the Jurors Admitted
Tliat He Did Not Think the Men
Guilty, Whereupon Judge Ward Or
dered the Jury to Retire Again.
After Being Out for Two' More
Hours, the Verdict Was Agreed To.
No Appeal Will Be Taken Judge
Ward Praised the People of Bladen
for Allowing the Law to Take Its
Couie Proceedings of the Lost
The two negroes, Neiil Sellars and
Iave Brown, the same ones who wer
almost face to face with death in Wil
mington a little over a month ago an 3
who have lived in fear of that near
end since the third of last month, are
soon to pass into eternity. They have
been declared by twelve honest men of
Bladen to be guilty of murder in the
first degree and the law of North Car
olina has said that they be hanered
upor Wednesday, the 16th day of No
vember, 1904, in Bladen: county, be
tween the hours of 1 o'clock in the
morning and 2 o'clock in the afternoon.
Thus will the law avenge the horrible
crime of September 3rd. when Mrs.
Geo. Packer was dragged by brutal
hands from her home near Clarkton,
and, amid the loneliness of a wilder-
ness, outraged and murdered. It wa
the most shocking crime ever commit
ted in Bladen county and one of the
most horrible the state has ever fallei
heir to. - ButUo her murderers the law
will be more merciful and will in a
Christian manner give them ample timo
to prepare to meet the Judge of the
TUB JURY'S VERDICT.
After three days of arduous nature,
the trial, which has become notable,
ended shortly past 5 o'clock yesterday
afternoon. Sharply at five the jury
announced that a verdict had bee i
reached and a few minutes afterwards
declared that the negroes had been
deemed guilty of murder in the first
degree. As the verdict feli upon thft
ears of the prisoners they seemed t.
heed it not, appearing as if in a dazed
condition. Brown was more composed
than ever. .
A poll cf the jury was made and
showed the verdict to be true. Then
counsel for the defense were asked if
they had anything to say.
Col. Kerr replied in the negative, ex
cept that he and his associates, had
tried to do their duty and had foush
for their Clients to the best of their
The judgment of the court was next
imposed, but before pronouncing it Hii
Honor had an officer stationed among
the spectators to suppress any demon
stration that should arise and arrest
JUST A LITTLE PATHOS.
While Judge Ward passed the sen
tence of the court uoon the convicted
men they stood as calmly as before
and when the pathetic and touching
climax came "and may tied, navt
mercv ucon voar souls" from the lips
of hilars there came a touchine wail.
It was merely a faltering "Y-e-s, s-i-r,"
but it was full of pathos; probably or
the same nature that the punishment of
anv brute would occasion in, some in-
stances, but it was heart touching.
AN IMPARTIAL TRIAL.
In rassine sentence Ju&ffe Ward
spoke of the horrible nature of
, the - crime and said that so
far as he could see the priso
ners had an impartial trial, and that
the jury had done its duty fairly and
effort put forth by the defendant's
counsel in their behalf and without re
ward or the hope of reward.
JUDGE'S TRIBUTE TO BLADEN.
After the necrroes bad been led awav
to laiL w"her thfv will -be kent in
. close confinement until the day of exe
cution. Judge ward took occasion to
mgnly commend the people of Bladen
upon me manner in wmcn tney acteu
In bringing the perpetrators of the
nenaisn act to justice and in ushodin
BLADEN'S TRIBUTE TO THE
This was a well deserved crnno i
ment to the neonle of -tha eonntv jri
i no doubt, these same People can re
turn it oy saying mat judge Ward
has proven himself to be one of th
fairest, painstaking and couragcou3
men that has ever graced the bench
FINE PROSECUTION. -
To Solicitor C. C. Lyon and his as
sociate in the trral. Mayor R. S.
. Whits of Elizabeth town, should aJso be
. paid a, tribute. They conducted the
prosecution squarely and fearlessly
1 and with ability.
A -SOLEMN MOMENT.
j The case went to the Jury about 1
o'clock in the afternoon and Precisely
at 3 o'clock two hours after the close
of Judge Ward's charge there came
the Impatiently expected knock from
the door of the Jury room. The meaning
of this went to every mind immediate
ly and a queer ' feeling went to the
heart, as the eye encountered the for
lorn sight of two sJght built negroes
almost crouching in their chairs and
with blinking vision fastened on the
door of the Jury room; but the next
instant this feeling was forced away
as the picture of the bleeding, outrag
ed form of a young wife almost a
mother arose before memory's ey.
There was a slight rattling of -chairs"
and a buzz of excitement among the
spectators as the Jury slowly filed into
the court room, some as cool as if en
Joying a sweet summer breeze under
a big oak tree after a hard day's work
on their farm, and others restless and
nervously Pulling at their moustachea.
Then came a "stillness of death," only
broken for several seconds by the tick
of a large clock on the east wall of
the court room and some how" or other
it seemed a louder, harsher tick. . prob
ably it was our nerves'
The usual solemn preliminaries to
receiving a verdict of such a, grave na
ture was soon concluded and the. jury,
as It stood looking upon the prisoners
asked for its verdict. 'From the fore
man. Juror R. I. Smith, a mans in fif
ties and one of stalwart appearance,
came the response of "Both guilty of
murder in the first degree."
APPLAUSE FROM THE AUDIENCE.
There followed a moment cf silence
and ""then from the court roam hrnic
forth applause. A flush of displeasure
came prominently to Judge Ward's
face and in an instant he stemW
commanded silence and ordered the
sheriff to go amonff the snectatnrsi and
arrest those who had instigated thr.
demonstration or had taken part in it.
ieputy sneriir Bullard was quickly in
the midst of the spectators, but of
course, he was too late to make an
arrest, but no repetition of the applauoe
This was the first surmise and the
first sensation cf the trial, but another
one quicklv followed when CtoL Kr-,-
asked that the Jury be polled: The
first juror called was W. J. Kelly.
When asked for his individual w-
dict Juror Kelly hesitated. nd then
murmured cut that "he submitted."
This was too indefinite for the
and very mystifying. He was again
asked for his verdict and' this time he
"I do not think them Eiifltv from th
contention of the state, but I submitted
to tne majority."
JURY SENT. OUT AGAIN
Judge Ward at once ordered the 1urv
to retire and make up a nroner ver
dict. The lurv left the room nd ih
prisoners, who had stood transfixed
almost from the momeht the jury en
tered, resumed their "seats. Three
quarters of an hour of waiting impa -tient
waiting occurred to give away to
the verdict of death set forth above.
WITH THE JURY.
After the jury first left the rcom it
was only a few minutes before a bal
lot was taken and it revealed th fact
that nine of the twelve desired a ver
dict of guilty of murder in the first
degree. Argument then ensued and
lasted until the other three ' "came
There was no appeal taken in "the
case, as" counsel for the defense
frankly admitted that they had noth
ing to appeal on.
THE MORINUNG SESSION.
For the morning and final session,
court was called to order at 9:15 o'clock.
Solicitor Lyon resumed his argument
commenced the previous night and
made a brief sharp conclus'on. It oc
cupied precisely twenty minutes, but
into that space of time he crowded
much argument. .
' DEATH OR LIBERTY.
As a preface to his remarks he de
clared that the Jury's verdict would
have to be murder in the first degree
or nothing, as the undisputed premedi
tation that attended the crime permit
ted no compromise. He again reiterat
ed his position of the night before,
that Brown and iSellars had the oppor
tunity, as the state had shown them in
the vicinity of-the scene of the crime
and that the place was then insolated
as to travel. To this he added the as
sertion that all the evidence Introduced
afforded not the slightest suggestion
than anyone else but the defendants
had the opportunity to. commit the
cr'me, and asked the pointed question
why the negroes did not gu to the rescue
of ;he murdered woman, for, if the wit
ness santee , heard her desparing
screams a quarter of a mile away, why
surely they must have heard them.
His closing remarks contained an ap
peal to ive cerdence to clrcustantial
ev'dence. He said that If the circum
stantial evidence In this case was not
strong enough to convict the defen
dants it would "establish a precedent
that no man could be convicted on cir
cumstantial evidence in Bladen county.
'Eye witnesses alone would be required
and that such would wreck and under
mine the government, and destroy peace
and happiness in this community.
fR S. White, Esq., Solicitor Lyon's as
sociate, followed and addressed the lurv
for more than' an hour. He reviewed.
tne testimony clearly, making com
ments as he progressed, and with strong
reasoning upheld the solicitor's position
that Sellars attacked Mrs. Packer and
dragged her to the dismal spot in th?
wilderness, where Brown Joined him
and the two negroes had their brutal,
diabolical will with the victim. He de
clared the deed a conspiracy between
the two and paid his respects to Sellars
coolness, saying that his composure was
that of the brute who could nerv him.
. self to commit the. most hrrtowing of
Continued on Klvhtu l ogo
Russian Forces May Be
Pressed Across The
BIG LIST OF DEAD
Tbe Russian Seem Unable to Rally
and Kuropatkin Is lighting Dog
gedly so as to Spare the Russian
A-my From An Utter Rout Losses
Sustained at Llao Yang Have Been
Eclipsed ami it is Estimated That
Oicr 30,000 Russians Have Been
Killed or Woundetl The Fighting
Has Raged With Great Fnry and
There Have Been Unparalleled Ex
amples of Heroism and Bravery.
Gloom Continues in St. Petersburg
There Is still an utter lack of offi
cial news in the Russian capital from
the scene of operations In Manchuria
and the feeling of depression and gloom
which has prevailed there is still mani
fest. It, however, has been somewhat
lessened by a hint that favorable news
had been received from the eastern di
vision of the Russian army. In view
of the sensational nature of this news,
however, the people were .advised, to
await official confirmation before ac
cepting it fully. All later reports of the
fighting bear out the earlier state
ments regarding the terribly heavy
losses incurred dn the six days during
which the battle has raged.
ISSUE STILL IN THE BALANCE
St. Petersburg, Oct. IS, 2 a. m. The
latest reports from the front brings the
story of the great battle up to Satur
day mornlnfir. when the fiirhtbifi' at
iShakhe was renewed with unabated
vigor. Tne .Russians are holding- thelc
positions at Shakhe and amarentlv
neither they nor the Japanese are able
vo aavance. aii accounts agree mat tne
battle of Liao Yang is already over
shadowed in fierceness and the number
of casualties. It is now the sixth day of
desperate fighting and the issue is btill
in the balance. .
The feeling in St. Petersburg Is one
of extreme gloom and depression. The
lack of Official news, the undoubtful
checking of General Kuropatkin's ag
gressive move and tne enormous Rus
sian losses rn men and guns compared
with the optimistic reports from To
kio, all combine to prepare the public
for anything short of a total rout of
the Russians. Nevertheless, the reports
of the newspaper correspondents at
the front while admitting the heavy
losses of the Russian troops and their
retreat beyond Shakhe river describe
the soldiers as fighting with undimin
ished ardor. One despatch even hints at
extremely encouraging news from the
eastern flank but counsel patience
and official confirmation before accept-
It as true.
There is a noteworthy absence of
bitterness against General Kuropatkin
and the belief is prevalent that he will
assume the offensive. " A majority of
the people are inclined' to regard him
as a victim of circumstances and all
admire the skillful manner in which he
again removed his forces s "soon as he
realized the danger of pressing the ad
vance. The report In order to cover
the retreat finds widespread credence.
RUSSIAN LOSSES 30,000.
Tokio, October 15. 8 p. m. As a re
sult of the roloody battle of October
14th, the Russians left two thousand
dead on the field which they lost. Field
Marshal Oyama estimates the Russian
losses at over thirty thousand.
The lighting continued all along the
entire l'ne today and the end is not
It seeirs to be impossible for the
Russians to rally, and they probably
will be pressed back across the Hun
KUROPATKIN IN RETREAT. '
Tokio, October 15. 8 p. m. General
Kuropatkin's southern advance has
been beaten back and his army is In
retreat. He Is, however, fighting dog
gedly, so as to spare the. Russian army
from an utter rout
. iField Marshal Oyama's triumphant
troops have driven the Russians north
to a line along the Sha (Sakhe) river.
They are vigorously pressing the pur
suit and probably will Inflict further
severe damage on Kuropatkin's forces.
4.500 DEAX LEFT ON THE FIELD.
Tokio, October 16. 9 a. m. The latest
advices are that the Russians left 4,500
dead In front of General Kuroki's army
alone. The. Russian losses there are
estimated at 20.000 men.
HEAVY FIGHTING CONTINUES.
Tokio, October 15. Noon. Heavy fight
ing continued yesterday. The reports
from the field last night indicate that
all three Japanese armies made dis
tinct gains. General Oku captured ten
guns,making his record for the battle
35. The fighting in the vicinity of
Bensihu continues. The report does
not mention the situation affecting the
isolated (Russian column.
FIERCE STRUGGLE STILL GOES
Mukden. October 15 A Russian
correspondent of the Associated Press
In his story of the fighting below Muk
, "The struggle was resumed today at
daybreak with every promise of an
other day of stubborn combat, it la
now the sixth day of a Csht unprece
dented in history for the stubbornness
andxtenacity shown by both sides.
"The fighting Friday morning was
resumed at o'clock. We again ad
vanced from Shakhe, capturing Che
advanced positions held by the Japa
nese by brilliant attacks by the f?pi-fanlevsky-Tukhnovsky
reached their second line positions,
but here & fierce artillery firs com
pelled; our troops to halt, and a des
perate artllery duel was commenced.
Twelve Japanese guns were silenced,
every gunner being killed, and their
infantry support also being driven
back. The guns stood in plain slew,
but it .was Impossible for us to take
them . Two battalions which were or
dered to secure the Japanese guns, ad
vanced In the face ot a terrible can
nonade and rifle fire from the Japa
nese rear positions. It was, however,
an impossible task. The shrapnel of
the enemy decimated the advancing
ranks, whole companies withered un
der the terrific fire, and our men were
compelled to abandon the attempt.
"Later In the day a similar fate be
fell three of our batteries. They had
advanced behind our infantry to pave
the way for an attack on the Japanese
position, but the infantry was forced
back, the artillerymen were almost all
killed and the guns remain alone. The
Japanese made repeated desperate ad
vances in the hope of securing the
guns, but each time were driven off,
and towards nightfall -we removed the
"Our artillery action was beyond
praise. Throughout the day the ser
vice of the guns and. the accuracy of
the fire was splendid. An entire bat
talion of Japanese was mowed down
while attempting to advance, the
troops -fighting brilliantly and blood
literally flowing in "streams. Every
where death seems to be a secondary
'Toward vpn!ner th erhtfn of
Shakhe abated and 'we and the Japa
nese retained our respective positions.
"Excellent news was received from
the eastern division Friday night, but
it is so sensational .that it seems un
advisable to believe until it shall have
been officially confirmed. We can only
counsel patience. Any hour may de
cide the fate of the battle." '
(WTHpUH REGIMENTS SHOT TO
Mukden, October 15. One, of, the,
bloodiest episodes of the desperate
fighting between the shakhe river and
'Tentai during the last three days oc
curred at the village of Endotiula. west
of the railroad and on the neighboring
heights; east of the railroad. The Jap
anese had been driven out of those, po
sitions with terrible losses, but Octo
ber 13th they concentrated such a muN
derous artillery fire on the village that
it became necessary for the Hussian
to withdraw", -the railroad, however, be
ing held. The same" evening the Rus
sian commender gave imperative orders
to re-occupy Endotiula. The Zaraisk
regiment without firing a single shot.
marched under cover of the darkness
and bayoneted several battalions of the
Japanese, many of whom died as they
slept. A fe.w Japanese "escaped and
sought shelter in stacks of Chines
corn, but the Russians, carried away
by the frenzy of revenge, rushed upon
the survivors and literally tore up their
bodies with bayonets. The Russian
then rolled themselves in the Japanese
blankets. The next morning the Jap
anese aga'n shelled out the regiment,
while their artillery, came on at a run
and secured a position east of the rail
road. Again General Kuropatkin or
dered the Russians to re-take the po
sition, but the effeorts of his troops
were In vain. The -iRussians could not
reach the Japanese trenches, so wither
ing was the JapanC fire and only a few
returned where companies had charged.
The companies in some cases were com
manded by sergeants after all the offi
cers had fallen. One officer, his face
streaming with blood, linlped up to a
general, who was furious.
"Where Is your company?" asked the
This Is all that Is left of it," replied
the-officer. "It was like a slaughter
The artillery fight Wednesday was
the fiercest of the war. The Japanese
handled their guns superbly and chose
splendid positions. Their guns seemed
to "have every range measured. They
would concentrate the fire of two hun
dred guns first on one place and then
on another. Some of the Russian' reg
iments were literally shot to p'ecea.
The bombardment reached a climax at
5 o'clock in the afternoon when the
Japanese tried to - envelop and break
through the Russian left wing.
BATTLES FAVORABLE TO THE JAP
ANESE. At the. Russ'an Front, Thursday, Oc
tober 13, by way of Mukden, October 15.
The Japanese offensive began Tues
day along the whole line. The heaviest
work was on the Russian right, where
the, fighting for the possession of Hau
Pass and Tumin Pass did not cease un
til midnight. The Russians succeeded
! in capturing the latter, though at fear
ful cost. The position at Poliasautzl,
still further toward the Taitse river
held by the Tomsk regiment, was furi
ously assaulted and the regiment, lost
heavily. The Tamboff regiment extri
cated Itself from a seemingly hopeless
position and succeeded in effecting its
.retirement. The Russians stuck to most
j of their positions heroically Tuesday.
, except at the Schili river.
On ihe morning of Wednesday the
Japanese renewed their attack, prepar
ing the way for their infantry with an
artillery bombardment. At noon the
Russian right began falling back to the
attack upon the Russian center and
left weakened perceptibly. The artil
lery fire slackened in the evening.
1 but the rifle fire continued with little
' intermission throughout the night.
The 'Japanese today (Thursday, Octo
ber 13th). renewed their attacks and
the battle proceeded with varying suc
cess, but, on the whole, favorable to the
Japanese, as the Russians continued to
The Russian wounded are being sent
north to Harbin.
Gold 3Ici1al Flour Gets First Award,
(Special to The Messenger.)
St. Louis, Oct. 15. Gold Medal
Flour, made by Washburn-Crosby
Company, has once more proved the
right to its name, as the World's Fair
julges today gave it highest award
and grand prize. - '
Two Delegations Ad
dressed by Demo
Makes Ills Second Speech of tlto Cam
palgn The Visiting Delegations
Were Composed of Members of thd
Parker Independent Club and of the
Avon Beech Democratic Club.
Jndgc Parker Confined Ills Re
marks to tle Philippine Island Ques
tion, Declaring That the Republican
Party Stands For the Subjugation ot
Defenceless Peoples, While Democ
racy Stands for Freedom.
Bsopus. N. T ..October 15. Judge
Parker today addressed two' visiting
delegations n the political Issues mak
ing his second speech of the campaign
since accepting the Democratic nomina
tion for the (Presidency. The delegation
numbered about 120 men, a score repre
senting the (Parker Independent Club
and the others, the Avon Beach Regu
lar Democratic Club of IxTng Island.
The delegations arrived at 3:15 o'clock
on a regular train over the West Shore
railroad from New York and forming
a procession marched to Rosemount.
When Judge Parker stepped from the
house he was greeted with handclappihg
Colonel Charles R. Codman, of Boston,
and 'Professor Henry W. Hardon. of
(New York, made extended seeches.
oth speakers confined their remarks
to the Philippines Island question.
Judge Parker said in part:
,'T have before said that we may not
disregard the responsibility Imposed
by possession of the Philippines and
that responsibility will be best subserv
ed by preparing the Islanders as rapid
ly as possible for self government and
giving to them the assurance that It
will come as soon as they are reason
ably prepared for it. This means inde
pendence for the Filipinos in' the full
sense of the word. When prepared they
may govern themselvej as the Cubans
do, unassisted," unless asking help, un
directed, unless asking advice, untram
meled by our politics, unencumbered by
our politicians and uncontrolled by us.
"The' Republican party stands for the
subjugation of defenseless foreign peo
ples. Democracy stands for freedom.
We relieved Spain of tlus thorn in her
flesh, the 'Philippines, to plunge it into
our own. -We paid, and are paying,
enormously for the privilege of perform
ing the operation. Spam had beefl try
ing to conquer the Islands since th
early decades of the sixteenth century.
She had never quite succeeded. That
Is not surprising. Every true American
would despise a man who would not
fight to the last gasp for the land of
his fireside and the -birth nlacA of hl
Jbabes. When the battleships of our
great republic destroyed the Spanish
war vessels the Filipinos hoped the
freedom for which they had strusrrled
so long was finally approaching. Omv
nistory seemed to guarantee that oup
ambition would be to see them free,
happy and prosperous.
"We perpetually point With pride to
our love of liberty. The Republican
platform asserts that, fifty years agv,
the iRepublican party came into exis
tence indicating other purposes to the
great task f arresting the extension
of human slavery. The arresting the
extension of human slavery that sounds
well. OJut it speaks of the virtue of
another generation. All the leaders of
the Republican party of that day have
passed away. In their place have come
very different men. We need not point
out that which principally differentiates
them. It readily suggests itself. But
we will refer to one of the results of
tAfter our utter defeat of the Span
lards, the -Republican administration
paid to the vanquished oppressor of
the unconquered Filipino 00.000,000 for
this uncertain option on this victim's
land, the tenements and hereditments.
In the attempt to bolster the opinion
we nave wasted over J650.000.000 mortx
or the people's money and sacrificed
over 200,000 lives.
"And the waste of money and the sac-
riflce of lives are not yet ended if thfr
policy of the adminstration 13 to be
continued indefinitely. That policy re
fuses to promise independence for the
islanders now or at any time, or upon
any condition. It does not even leave
open the door of hope.
"Out duty, to the Filipinos demands
a promise of Independence. But If it
did not, our own interests demands that
we be relieved of the Filipinos Just as
soon as they are reasonably prepared
for self government. A colony holdln
nation is ever subject to expensive war
wrth other nations and with its colonies.
This necessitates stronz garrisons and
j powerful navies and draws heavily upon
tne treasury. Ana history records no
Instance of a nation receiving from her
colonies anything like an adequate re
turn for'the blood and treasure spent.
England's national debt was doubled
by the revolt of the thirteen colonies
it had cost her so much to secure.
I ask of the Republican party wheth
er, if the administration of th TTnittA
! Stales should be continued In its hmi!
- it proposes to undertake to apply any
remedy. Will it. enact for the Philip
pines-proper statutes regulating their
affairs 'with soma view to their, inter
est? Will it give their perishing ship,
plag relief? -Will it give them tariff
regulations under which they can exist?
. We hold the Philippine islands.
Wave we taken proper steps to fulfill
the obligations therein assumed? Are
the Philippine islands today a self sup.
porting community? Are their efforts
toward acquiring such position embar
rassed at every turn by the legisla
tion we have forced upon, them? Had
we left them to their own devices they
might have dealt with foreign nations.
Had we brought them within the UhUed
States of America they might have
dealt with us. Today they can do
"Where are the Philippine markets?
Where the development of the natural
resources? Why should not these Is
lands, asserted by all and conceded by
all. to, have great natural resources be
self supporting? I warn the Republi
can party that It is not an unheard
proposition that an oppresssed. to use
the term advised, an oppressed people,
should be restive.
But aside from the duties we owe the
Phlllplnos to aid th&n in preparation
for the enjoyment of the blessed priv
ileges we possess, we should guard care
fully against the danger to ourselves,
of an imperialistic policy. History
teaches that from Republicanism to
Imperialism the movement is gradual,
and unperceived of the people. Its om
inous 'progress when discovered, leaves
open but two courses, submission or
resort to violence. a
TThat our people may never be com
pelled to choose between this fearful
alternatives should be our prayer. But
we should work as well as pray. And
our work should be to guard the foun
dation -on which our government rests.
Its basis is that of declared ideas ideas
that are stranger than battleships and
armiesideas which for more than a cen
tury have stimulated our development
and which have given promise that our
'world mission shall be not to sefze the
territory of distant , people's, and rule
them with a sceptre of iron, but to es
tablish truth, and honor. Justice and
peace among the nations.
'We must choose whether within our
borders the basis of government shall
continue to be this idealism, or a ma
terialsm which is the sure prosecutor
of dissolution, for no nation can en
dure upon a basis of materia Us m.
however splendid. Prudence requires
that choice be made In time. The time
Grand Prize to Pilbibury Floor.
(Special to The Messenger.)
SL Louis. Mo.. Oct. 15- Pillsbury's
Best flour takes everything that Is high I
t nthe way of prizes at the et, Louts
fair. Pllsbury'a Beat takes the grand
prze for the finest exhibit and the grand
the finest exhibit and the grand prize
Prze for bread. -
THE ItACE tJuEsmox.
David B. Hill Discusses it a a Politi
cal l9suc Other Speakers in tlto
Huntingtpn. W. Va., October 15.-No
more force bills, no more federal elec
tion laws for the control of state elec
tions. This was the conclusion reached by
David b. Hill after discussing the race
question as a political issue here to
night. Mr. Hill has not discussed this
question previously during the cam
paign he is making with Henry G. Da
vis, vice presidential candidate. Lead- -ing
to this conclusion he declared the
Republican. platform injected the ques
tion into the campaign not directly, but
Indirectry, not openly and manfully,
but covetly and cowardly.
The congressional Investigation in
voked, he safd. looks like a threat in
tended for intimidation purposes. Con
tinuing he said, the proposal espoused
in the platform might be viewed with
more complacency and less seriousness
had not the attitude of the present oc
cupant .of the White House, ever
since his Incumbency thereof been that
of ill-concealed hostility to those whose
notions or social equality differed so
radically from his own. It is a fact
demonstrated by an examination of the
last census, in connection with the elec
tion returns in ordinary years, that the.
Democrats have actually had a major
ity of the white vote of the Eastern.
Middle and Western States to enable
them to control the presidency, the ne
gro vote from those states being ex
cluded from the computation, and the
southern electoral vote, remaining as
at present, and that the Republicans
have only been enabled to win the na
tional ejections through the colored Re
publican vote. This fact speaks for
itself. The figures thus Indicate that
this is still a white man's government
and must necessarily largely remain so.
This was Mr. Hill's last speech In
the Davis Itinerary.
The speakers ton! eh t were beid
Mr. Davis: Messrs. HU1, Daniel. White
and iw, c. Daley.
The meetings today at Millwood. Ma
son city and point Pleasant were large-
ly attended especially at the latter
place where the time was extended to
'Winner of tlie Grand Prize.
(Special to The Messenger.) .
St. Louis, Oct. 15. At the St. Louis
Exposition, Hunter. Baltimore, has
been awarded the grand prix for the
highest order of merit in all the ele
ments of a perfect whiskey. Every
claim for excellence and superiority is
allowed, confirmed and awarded.
Second Day's llegistratlon In Xew
New York. Oct. 15. The second
day's registration in Greater New
York was 178,394, as against a regis
tration of 161.178 on the second day.
of 1900. This is an increase of 171.
The total registration In Greater
New York for the two days Just ended;
was 434, 81, as compared with 412,569
for the first two days of 1900.
The Increase was general in all the
J. O. West Nominated for the Legisla
(Special to The Messenger.?
Eilzabethtown, N t, 0:t- It Tba
Democratic convention of Bladen coun
ty here today nomlnitid J. O. Wot, tiC
White Oak township, for member cf