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.NEWBERRY, S. C., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1890. PIE$.0AYA
G EOR G E JO0HNS T ONE.
O2r New Congressman. What the Press
has to Say of Him and his Elei -
SKETCH OF HIS LIFE.
Col. George Johnstone, who has just
r,ceived the nomination for Congress
.om the third Congressional district,
is a native of Newberry, is a son of the
late Chancellor Job Johnstone, and is
about 43 years of age. He received his
primary education in Newberry; he
spent one year in the State Citadel
Academy, from which institution he
entered the army with the battalion of
State cadets. In 1867 he went to Scot
land and took a thorough course in the
University of Edinburg. He was ad
mitted to the bar in 1871. Col Johnstone
is one of the most successful criminal
lawyers in the State, but owing to the
sa-all remuneration from that line of
practice, has been gradually withdraw
in himself from it and devoting his
attention more closely to the civil prac
tice, in which he has taken a high
stand for his age. Mr. Johnstone was
first elected to the Legislature in De
cember, 1877 to fill the unexpired term
of Tom Keitt. During that term he
served as a member on the committee
on ways and means, incorporations
and other important committees. In
1878 he was re-elected; and during this
his second term he was chairman of the
committee on incorporations and a
member again of the ways and means.
In 1880 he was re-elected; and during
this third term he was chairman of the
ways and means, in which position he
showed a thorough knowledge of the
condition of the State's finances, and
exhibited considerable ability i.n their
management. In 1882, he .was again
returued to the Legislature. Mr. John
stone hastaken an active part in the
legis"ation of the State since his entry
int:) the Legislature. He was promi
nent in the discussion of the bond
debt question, and was a strong advo
cate of the reopening of the South
Carolina University and the Citadel
Academy. His course has been bold,
firm and conscientious. Mr. Johnstone
has taken an active part in every cam
paign since and including 1876. He
is a very effective speaker, on the stump,
in the court room, and in the legisla
tive halls. With his experience as a
legislatori added to his ability, he will,
no doubt, be one of the leading mem
bers in the next Congress.
A SURPISE TO SUPPORTERS OF COL. NOZ
The second primary election in the
3d Congressional district was held on
Friday last and resulted in the nomina
tion of Mr. George Johnstone, of New
berry, for Congress, over his _competi
t:r, Col. D. K. Norris, of Anderson
County, by a majority of twenty-two
votes. The to:al number of votes cast
at the election was 11,080 as compared
with 11,954 votes cast at the first prima
ry. The result was a surprise to the
supporters of Col. Norris. Mr. John
stone's friends have been quite confi
dent all along that he would win. Col.
Norris's vote was the highest compli
m.ent that could have been paid to
him, and he is to be congratulated that
his friends stuck to him so manfully to
Mr. Johnstone will make a good
Rep.'esentative. He is a thorough
going Democrat, a lawyer of large ex
perience and fine talents, and has prov
ed his capacity for legislative work by
his services in the General Assembly
of the State.
m--* Gifted with eloquent speech, possess
ed of charming manners, ready, active
and sympathetic, he will be able to ren
der good service to his conststuents, and
will doubtless make for himself an
enviable reputation in the halls of
Congress. We congratulate the county
of Newberry and the Democrats of the
3d district on the choice that they have
made of a Representative, and shall
expect Mr. Johnstone to ma~ke good~
use of his time at Washington.
MORE IMPORTANT THAN TH E TR IUSPH
OF ONE MAN.
The result of the Third District pri
mary is far more important than the
triumph of one man and the defeat of
another. It means a great deal more
than that of eleven thousand white
Democrats in the district a mtajority of
twenty-two voted for George John
stone over D. K. Norris.
The two men represented opposing
principles, with the line sharply drawn.
Colonel Norris represented the dic
tate of a small number of representa
tives of a secret organization formed
for good and noble purposes and thrust
into politics to gratify the greed and
ambition of a few men. He represented
the principle that the allegiance of a
Democrat to that organization is higher
and more important than his allegiance
to his party. Johnstone represented
the freedom of the voter to obey his
own conscience and act according to
his own preferences regardless of the
commands of anybody else, and the
* principle that in political action the
first, highest anid most important duty
of a Democrat is to his party.
Mr. Johnstone could not have been
elected without the votes of hundreds
of Alliance men. His election is evi
dence that those men intend to main
tain their freedom, that they recognize
the Alliance as a machine intended for
the use and good of the people, not as
,.the master and ruler of the people. No
doubt, too, many of Colonel Norris's
supporters voted for him not in obedi
ence to the dictates of the Alliance con
ference but because they preferred him
and thought him the better and abler
man. He has certainly nothing to be
ashamed of in the showing he made
at the polls. He can feel that the defeat
was not a defeat for him personally, but
for the dangerous methods and princi
ples he represented.
The result is a square overthrow of
the sub-treasury bill in the first issue
made on it in this State, and is in that
respect a vindication of theintelligene'e
and common sense of the people.
We congratulate Mr. Johnstone cor
dially. He deserves his success and will
make an active, able and useful repre
sentative of whom the State will have
good reason to be proud.
RUN ON "GENERAL PRINCIPLES."
[Abbeville Press and Banner.1
Mr. Norris was run as the Alliance
candidite, and we believe he depended
entirely on that vote for his election.
On his visits to Abbeville we did not
hear of his having sought the acquaint
ance of any man in the mercantile or
other business pursuits at this place. If
he called on any of the public officers
or any of the professional men in this
county, we are not aware of the fact.
Mr. Johnstone ran on "general prin
ciples," and sought the votes of the
people irrespective of their affiliation
or non-affiliation with any of the secret
political organizations which now exist
throughout the country.
If the Alliance had set up a different
man than Norris to represent them,
there is no- doubt in our mind that they
would have elected him.
In Abbeville county the Alliancemen
voted almost solidly for him. Assuming
that few outside of the Alliancemen
voted for him, we believe that not
more than one hundred of the order
failed to vote for him.
Mr. Norris, like many local candi
dates, no doubt suffered somewhat in
the public estimation from the evil
reports which were circulated against
JOSH ASHLEY BEAT TRE ALLIANCE.
[Abbeville Press and Banner.]
To Josh Ashley may be attributed
the credit of Norris's defeat last Friday.
Sometime ago "Citizen" Ashley was
oftended because the Alliance caucus
at Anderson ruled him off the track in
the Legislative race.
For reasons unknown to us, Mr
Norris b4came the object of Mr. Ash
On the day of election he came to
Abbeville, and it is conceded that he
turned from Mr. Norris that day enough
vot--s to cause his defeat.
So, if the Anderson Alliance caucus
encompassed his defeat and denied Mr.
Ashley a free race for the Legislature,
he now in turn enjoys the satisfaction
of knowing that he has gotten even
with those who wronged him.
We shall not attempt to say that the
general public of Anderson County,
and of the Third Congressional Dis
trict, is not under a double debt of
gratitude to the Anderson caucus.
Without the exercise of their kinl'~y
power in pulling down one man and in
setting up another, the people of the
Third Conf.essional District would
have nominated the Bon. D. K. Norris
for Congress lest Friday, and but for
their action it is possible that Joshua
Ashley would have been chosen by
Anderson County to a seat in the next
General Assembly of South Carolina.
With facts like these before us, are
we to learn no lesson?
The Anderson caucus, by assuming
to deny to one of the humblest citizens
of that county the poor privilege 'of
running for the Legislature, ensured
the defeaf of their own choice for Con
grm--the ver y man upon whom the
Alliancemen everywhere had set their
[Sumter Watchman and Southroni.]
It gives us great gratification to an
noance, after an unusually close con
test, the nomination of Mr. Johnstone,
from the 3d District for Congress.
The result of the vote-without
mneaning to reflect upon the other can
didates--is a credit to the State. Mr.
Johnstone is a man of high culture and
extensive attainments, possessed of a
pleasing address and cor.rtly man
We predict for him a brilliant and
successful Congressional career.
GOT THERE ALL THE SAME.
The Barnwell Sentinel is premature
to at least the extent of a few car
lengths. The Sentinel of A ugust -28th
"Yes nowadays stan'ds for office,
while no represents the country. Nor
ris, of Anderson, swallowed the whole
'catechism,' and will represent t.he 3d
District in Congress."
The Monitor does not know how
much "swallowing Mr, Johnstone
did, but it does know that he got there
all the same.
BETTER THAN HIS OPPONENT.
Mr. Johnstone will doubtless make a
better representative than his oppon
ent would have made, because the Iat
ter was the representative put up by
the organized Alliance and his move
Iments must necessarily have been in
accordance with the workings of that
THE ALLIANCE LOST INTEREST.
The A lliance evidently lost interest
and did not work for their candidate.
Mr. Johnstone is one of the ablest ora
tors and criminal lawyers of the State,
and will represent his constituents in
PELTLD wITH ROSES.
When the result was declared New
with roses and there was a general up
roarious, enthusiastic, joyous hullaba
It will be remembered that the Al
liance or Tillman caucus endorsed
THE BEST LAWYER IN THE STATE.
The successful aspirant is a n:aa in
the prime of life and enjoys the reputa
tion of being one-of the best lawyers in
the State. For a number of years he
ably represented his native couhty,
Newber y, in the Legislature and dur
ing his last term was the chairman of
the ways and means committee.
He has always taken a lively interest
in the politics of the St.te, and is well
fitted for the position to which lie will
.be elevated. In his hands the interests
of the Third District will not suffer.
A SURPRISE TO COL. NORRIS.
The result was doubtless a surprise
to Col. Norris and his supporters, but
the friends of Col. Johnstone have been
quite confident of his election ever
since the first primary. The large vota
cast for Col. Norris was the highest
cemplimient that could have been paid
to him,.and it is a matter of congratu
lation that he was so manfully sup
ported to the last.
A protest of the election was talked
of, but on Tuesday, at the meeting of
the Congressional Executive Commit
tee, after a careful examination of the
alleged irregularities by Col. Norris, he,
of his~own motion, withdrew all alle
gations of irregularity and left the
Board of canvassers free to declare Col.
Johnstone the duly elected nominee of
the Democratic party for Congress.
This conduct on the part of Col. Norris
was both patriotic and commendable,
and was received with hearty approba
tion by his friends as well as those of
Col. Johnstone. t
Col. Johnstone has made a manly
and honorable fight in the struggle
just ended and has well earned the I
honor conferred upon him by the 1
voters of the Third District. He is an
able lawyer, ready gpeaker, and loyal t
Democrat. He has had experience as a
legislator, having made at one time a i
capable and influential member of the ]
State Legislature; so that it is reason
able to suppose he will make both for
himself and South Carolina an enviable
reputation in the halls of Congress.
But the last ditch is still to be crossed, t
and a Republican, probaly Walker
Russell, will yet contest the seat in
C,ngress with Col.. Johnstone in the i
approaching general election. In th's <
event, it will be the duty of every true t
and loyal Democrat to do all in his<
power to secure the victory of the
Democracy and the election of Col.
PLEASED A'2 THE RESULT.
The congressional primary in the I
Third district is over, and Col. John-'
stone has licked out Col. NorAs by a
close msj6rity of twenty-two votes-.
Col. Norris it will be remembered swal
lowed the whole alliance, the farmers'
movement,'the platform and the March
convention, and took in the sub-treas
ury bill as a kind of a dessert. It t
seems though that he took on a morsel
too heavy to digest well, and failed to I
receive f rom the articles sufficent sus
tenance to enable him to win the race.
Col. Johnstone partook less ravenous
ly, and only accepted such articles of
the great reform layout as were calcu
lated to give vigor and strength to the
government, progress and prosperity to y
the people and endurance to the demo
cratic party, and thus he camne in on a
home strike. He ":-egarded" the party
We are very much pleased at the re
suIt of this primary, not that we re
joice in the defeat of Col. Norris so y
much, but because we are proud to see
elected a man like Col. Johnstone, who e
has the courage of his convictions andi
dares to express his opinidns in the face ~
of threatening defeat.
rEPRESENTS TIlE ENTIRE DEMOCRACY. t
(Anderson Journal.] r
The princilpal interest in the election,
however, centered on the race for Con
gress between Capt. D. K. Norris and
Hon George Johnstone. Capt. Norr's
had a long lead to begin with, and be
sides was the known representatative a
of the new organized methods intro- ~
duced into this campaign, while Mr. I
Johnstone had no organized backing to r
assist himi over the long st retch he had ~
to cover. It was a case of nerve, mettle t
and conscious strength against a long ~
lead, the iinside track and unlimiited a
jockeying. From the first jump Joh.n- t
stone bounded forward, and it soon de
veloped into a neck-and-neck race. It r
was not until late Saturday afternoon
that assurance was received that John
stone was from 16 to :1 ahead, there ~
being some difference in calculat'on,
but this wvas not accepted as authentic
by the Norris supporters. There were
charges ard counter-charges of irregu
larities in this county, and notice off
cont-st was entered against Pelzer and
Fork No. 2, on the ground that a num-i
her of negroes had been improperly
voted. The first-named box went forC
Johnstone and the other for Norr's>
and the irregularities alleged amounted
to about a set-off. Var:ous and vague
other irregularities were spoken of or
hinted at, and as a consequence much
of the interest that hovered over thet
election was transferred to I he meeting
of the district executive committee at
Belton yesterday to canvass and declare.
the vote, and it was with no sniall de- 1
gree of relief that it was learned by
telegraph that Capt. Norris had with-I
aad been formerly declared the choser
Democratic candidate for Congress.
How this conclusion was reached i
aot publicly understood,. for. Capt
Norris stated that be went to Beltoi
:hrough the countiy Monday night it
>ehaf of his cause, and it is known thal
ie purposed to prosecute a contest ur
;o the time the executive conmitteE
'uesday morning. After the com
iittee sat with closed doors for a con
iderable time, the doors were opened
when Capt. Norris announced publicl3
hat he withdrew his contest. Ther
he committee announced the oficia:
otal vote as follows: For Johnstone,
;,551 ; for Norris, -5,529-giving John
tone a majority of 22. Johnston was
herefore declared the Democrati<
iominee for Congress.
Col. Johnstone arrived in Anderson
on the 4.45 train Tuesday afternoon,
,nd was met at the train by a large
iumber of citizens and the Young
.merica band. Being escorted up
own to the Hotel Chiquola he was
alled on for a speech, when he re
ponded with expressions of thanks
or the kindness shown him personally,
ppreciation of the new responsibilities
tow resting upon him, and assurances
hat he regarded himself the chosen
epresentative of the entire Democracy,
.nd not of a faction. He pledged him
elf to discharge his who!e duty to all
he people to the best of his ability,
.nd urged the Democracy to stand as a
an in readiness for the contest yet te
e waged in the general election.
Abbeville Press and Banner, 28th ult.]
At two o'clock on Saturday morning,
he Newberry Herald and News print
d a full tabulated statement of the
lection, which took place in that
ounty o'n Friday Irst. That was en
Contrast that with Abbeville. At
kbbeville we received by telegraph
artial returns Friday night from a few
The telegraph office was closed a lit
le before twelve o'clock.
A number of interested persons
vaited at Mr. Benet's office for Mr.
. B. Gary and Mr. Hayne McDill tc
ome from Donalds and Due West.
[hey came about one o'clock with re
>orts from these boxes..
That was the extent of our informa
ion Friday night.
Returns began to come in early Satur
lay morning, and by midday, all were
ii. It took from then till about three
'clock to make the official reports and
he tabulated statements, and to de
lare the election.
To compare Abbeville and Newberry
rinters on this occasion, it would seem
hat the Newberry printers are a long
We do not know how it was in New.
>erry, but in Abbeville no candidate
ad made arrangements for a complete
eturn from any box. There are twenty.
ght boxes, and some of them are
wenty or more miles distant. As a
~usiness enterprise it would not pay
his printer to go to the expense of get
ing all these reports to print an extra,
vhen we could otherwise get them in
ime for the regular issue of the paper.
But as a matter of newspaper enter
rise, The Herald and News is ahead of
nything yet reported to thisoffice.
An Honored Name Dishonored.
[Special to Greenville News.]
CHARLESTON, S. C., Sept. 1.-E. Du
ose, freight agent of the Charleston &
avannah Railway here has been miss
ag since last Wednesday. An expert
now at work on his books. His defal
ation, it is said, will scarcely exceed
2,000 which is covered - to the road
y his bondsmen. The matter has
en kept very close by the authorities
f the road and only leaked out this
vening. Dubose is about 30 years old,
smarried and is connected with some
f the best families of the city. He was
quiet man and had a slightly nervous
mperament. He was well known
nd liked. No information has been
eceived as to his whereabouts.
The Only Feminine Militia Company.
[From the Kansas City Times.]
Miss Helen Furniss of Cheyenne,
Vyo., is visiting her friend, Miss Bell
f Kansas City, Kan. Miss Furniss be
angs to the only female company ol
egular State Milita in the United
itates. The company was organized
0 celebrate the date of Wyoming's
itatehood, and met with such great
pproval that it was decided to make
be organization permanent, and the
oung ladies were mustered into the
egular service of the State. Miss Fur
is is the first Lieutenant of her comn
any, arnd wears the regulation insignia
*f her rank.
A Beautiful 'Vienna Girl.
From Philadelphia North American.]
Standing, sit ting, leaning; sad, smil
ng or simplc meditative; arrayed in a
ariety of chic costumes; smoking a
igarette, peeping over a mask, &c.,
he has challenged comparison with
very fresh rival. A few years ago she
on a $5,000 prize at a beauty contest.
hen she was simaply Miss Mertens,
to fortune and to famre unknown."
fter that she b'ecame a fIxed star in
e theatrical firmament, and is now
n actress at the Eden Theatre in Paris,
he is a distracting beauty, perhaps the
nost beautiful woman in Europe. Her
kin shows the smooth, dead white o1
he magnolia blossom, a tint seer tc
erfection among the Austro-Hunga.
ians. An oriental longer softens her
arge, white-lidded eyes. She is tall, 01
Paene/\oua bild, and/ very9 grsaceful.
CLEMSON'S FIRST PRESIDENT.
The Man Chosen to Preside Over the
Fainers' College-A Sketch of the Life
of President Strode and His Work
for Education-Opinions of Lead
ing Scholars as to His Quali
fications for the Place.
[News and Courier.1
Somietime ago Ahe simple announce
ment was made that the trustees of
Clemson College had unanimously
chosen Prof. H. A. Strode as president
of that institution. Few, except those
actively engaged in the work of the
school room, knew anything about the
man called to this trying and inpor
tant work. The people of the State are
interested in Clemson College, and all
classes are anxious that it should be a
success, in the fullest and broadest
sense of the word. There is naturally
some curiosity among the peof.le in
reference to the man upon whose
shoulders more than any other rests
the responsibility of making Clemson
College a powerful factor in solving the
agricultural questions before the peo
President Strode was born in the
city of Fredericksburg, Va., on Febru
ary 6th, 1844. At a very early age he
developed a strong tendency towards
mathematical and scientifical studies.
He quickly completed such courses in
these lines as the ordinary academies
of his native city offered and was sent
to Edgehill, the school of the celebrated
Samuel Schooler, of Caroline County,
Va., for such further mathematical
and scientific preparation as a course
in engineering at the University of
Virginia might call for. Mr. Schooler
was a remarkable man in many ways,
and without doubt the finest mathe
matician in the State. He was full of
the enthusiasm of the true teacher and
kindled the same enthusiasm in the
minds of his pupils. After leaving
Edgehill, on account of his youth, Mr.
Strode determined to wait one year be
fore entering upon his course at the
University. Within this year the civil
war broke out and the day of Virginia's
sceession found him, at 17 years of age,
in the ranks as a volunteer, where the
last day at Appomattox also found him.
After the war two years were spent
in teaching to provide the means for a
university course. In 1867 he entered
the University of Virginia, and in the
same year won the mathematical
medal, besides passing with distinction
in other departments. The following
year he was called to take charge of
the preparatory department of the
Richmond College on recommendation
of the University of Virginia. The
year following he accepted an offer to
take charge of the mathematical dc
partment of the famous McCabe School
of Petersburg, Va. During this year
the highest honorary degree of acade
mic character was conferred on him by
one of the oldest colleges in the country.
This degree he has never used. Tihe
following year he returned to the Uni
versity of Virginia to complete his
scientific training under the celebrated
chemist, Dr. J. W. Mallett, who had
recently been called to fill the new
chair of analytical and applied chemis
try. During this year Mr. Strode w as
nominated by the Uriversity as as
tronomer for Dr.'Hall's Arctic explor
ing expedition to fill the place of the
gentleman first appointed, who had
fallen sick, The recovery of this gen
tleman at the last hour deprived Mr.
Strode of the perilous delights of that
experience. He completed all the
scientific courses of the University,
embracing all lines of chemistry,
theoretical, applied, analytical, agricul
On leaving the University lhe was
tempted by a large offer of salary to
take charge of the mathematical de
partmient of the Norwood School, one
of the most successful then in the
State. Within a year he wa invited
to establish a preparatory school for the
University of Virginia in the county of
Amherst, the citizens subscribing
$6,000 in aid of the enterprise as an in
ducement. This was the beginning of
the Kenmore School, where Mr.
Strode spent seventeen years of his life
as principal. The Kenmore School
was soon acknowledged to be amiong
the foremost in the State and num
bered among its patrons many whose
names are familiar to the ears cf South
Carolinians, viz.: Memmiinger, Main
ning, Hampton, Reed, Rion, Adger
and others. Its students maintained
a remarkable record at the University,
not one having failed to graduate in his
first year on mathematics, chemistry
or natural pbhosophy who took one of
those schools, and twvo of its students
having become later members of the
faculty of the University. Along with
his labors as principal of Kenmore, Mr.
Strode conducted for ei';ht years, as;
editor, a journal devoted to the devel
opment of the industrial resources of
that section. A t the end of seventeen
years Mr. Strode was offered the chair
of mathematics in the Univeisity of
Mississippi, and1 on declining it was in
duced to accept the place by an increase
Whilst principal of Kenmore Mr.
Strode was married to Miss Millie E!lis,
the daughter of Col. J1. T. El!is, who
fell in-Pickett's charge at Gettysburg.
His fam'ly now consists of eight chi!l
dren, ranging in age from 2 to 16 years,
tbe oldest and youngest being boys,
and the others girls.
Prof. Strode had already decided, on
occount of insufliciency of salary for
his supporL, to resign his chair in the
Un.versity of Mississippi to resume l's
old labor of love at Kenmore, when he
beanme aware that his~name had been
endorsed by the University of Virginia,
without his knowledge, some weeks
before, fr the presiency of the (iem
son Agricultural College at Fort Hill.
His election on the first ballot wps
unanimous. Before the knowledge 6T
his acceptance of this position had
been made public Prof. Strode was in
vited by the president of the board of
trustees of the Virginia Military Insti
tute to meet that board with respect to
the vacany in the chair of niathiemat
ics in that institution.
The following extracts from V,unta
ry testimonials will show what deter
mined the board of Clemson College
upon the selection of Prof. Strode for
the position to which it has selected
The Rev. Dr. R. J. McBryde. rector
of the R. E. Lee memorial Church at
Lexington, Va., in a letter to Mr. J. E.
Wanamaker, of the board of trustees,
says: "Prof. Strode is known to us here
as the principal of the Kenmore Uni
versity, School. A distinguished
graduate University of Virginia, a tho
rough teacher, a farmer, a man of busi
ness, full of energy, and of large obser
vation, her old State would do well to
secure his services. Mr. Strode is a
man of the highest moral character,
and was a young private soldier in an
artillery company throughout the war,
without a blot on his iecord."
Capt. Gordon McCabe, head master
of the famous Univ(rsity School at
Petersburg, Va., writes of President
Strode: "I have just heard that Prof.
H. A. Strode, of the University of Mis
sissippi, has been recommended to the
board of trustees of Clemson Agricul
tural College for President of that insti
tution. I trust that, as one deeply
interested in the furtherance of sound
and solid education at the South, I
may be allowed to recommend Prof.
Strode to your honorable board in the
most emphatic manner. I have
known him well for over twenty years.
He is a man of fine executive ability, a
scientist of extraordinary attainments
and a most admirable teacher. I can
speak with full knowledge on these
points, for over twenty years ago he
was the senior assistant master in this
school. I take the liberty of writing
direct to you, because I have been for
several years a member of the visitors of
the University of Virginia, and I know
how glad we a'e to get testimonials
that we can thorougL;y rely on-not
those asked for by the applicant, but
those written without solicitation. You
w'11 be fortunate to secure a fine fellow
in every way as Mr. Strode."
Prof. R. B. Fulton, professor of
physics and astronomy in -the Univer
sity of Mississippi, writes: "I trust
you will not think I am going beyond
the bounds of propriety in writing to
you regarding the merits of a gentle
man who-e name may come before the
board of trustees of the Clemson Agri
cultural College in connection with the
presidency. I mean Prof. H. A. Strode,
late principal of Kenmore High School,
Amherst, Va., and now professor of
mathematics in this University. Prof.
Strode finished his course at the -Uni
versity of Virginia about* fifteen years
ago with great distinction, winning the
Courtney mathematical medal, one of
the highest awards of honor. He was
a classmate and intimate friend of Prof.
Jobhi B. Adger, Jr., late of Pendleton,
S. C., and once professor of chemistry
here. Both worked at the same time
in chemistry under Prof. Mallet.
"Prof. Strode taught for about fifteen
years in his own private school (Ken
more) at Amherst, and won there en
viable distinction as a teacher and a
manager of the affairs of a school. He
has been here one year, and has won
the friendship and regard of his col
leagues and respect and admiration of
his students. He is well up in mathe
nmatics and chemistry, having made
specialties of these topics. He has been
a very successful teacher, his pupils
being a proof of his excellent work
manship. He.is h'ghly esteemed at the
University of Virginia, where he is
well-known to many of the professors.
He is about 45 years old, a nd he and
his family are rem-irkably pleasant as
sociatcs for a college community. All
of us here regret that Prof. Strode finds
it to his interest to return to Virginia,
if he does not make such arrangements
r.a will give him a salary beyond what
he now receives. His rea,ons for leav
ing here are purely financial ones, and
he has frankly told the authority that
he must icave.
"From an intimate acquaintance
with Prof. Strode here, as well as from
a general knowledge of his work in
Virginia, and also from a knowledge
of the testimionials that brought about
his election to the chair of mathematics
here last summer, I am confident that
your trustees could not do a wiser
thing than to put him in the office of
president. The following are briefly,
somie of my reasonis for this statement:
"First. He hes the scholarship and
the mental and physical vigor for the
"'Second. He is thoroughly acquamnt
ed with the best methods of getting on
with associate instructors and with
boys, having been the successful head
of a noted high school for many years.
"Third. His experience in the busi
ness affairs of such a school served to
bring out the very qualities that will be
most valuable in the p)resident of a new
"3Iy connection of eighteen years'
duration with college work has tught
me one lesson-that experience isabout
the only school in whicn the head of a
college learns much. Thlere are thou
sands of details in college management
that can be decided with certainty only
by one whose knowledge of affairs is
fitted to make a judge.
"Fourth. Socially, and in his family.
Prof. Strode would be an acquisition
to any community. He is not a mem
ber of any church, but his family are
Episcopalians, and he is eminently a
moral man. His influence and exam
p)le are such t hat one would take him
to be a chjurebt member.
"rrusting that you will not consider
me impertinent in writing thus, Ihave
ventured to say what I have out of my
regard for Prof. Strode and entirely
without his knowledge."
THE AGE OF IULES.
Story of One Which Lived "Some Length
"H ow long do mules live ?" repeated
thi Major, as he placed his feet on the
railing of the hotel veranda and blew
into the air, slowly and reflectively, a
vast cloud of fragrant tobacco smoke ;
":well, I don't know. I never saw a
mule die, and I never saw a dead
mule. But for all that I'm hardly pre
pared to say that they live forever."
"Tell us about Colonel Waterman's
mule," broke in the Doctor, extract
ing a beautiful meerschaum from its
case. "I think none of the others
have ever heard that sto:y, and I as
sure you, gentlemen, it is as good as a
"It's not much of a story and it's
true. At the beginning of the war
'olonel Waterman had an old mule by
the name of Jenny. As t.e Colonel
had an opportunity to sell the animal
at a good figure, he did so. To be sure,
Jenny had been in his family so many
years that she seemed like a member of
it, but $30 is not to be sneezed at for
an old mule, so the Colonel put all sen
timental feeling aside and let her go
"That was just before the war?"
queried the landlord, standing in the
"Yes, just before the war," contAn
ued the Major.
"In the exciting times which foL
lowed of course old Jenny was entirely
forgotten. About ten years after the
war was all over the Colonel- con
eluded he would like a young, lively
mule. After .a great deal of experi
menting he bought one that just suited
him. Among other good qualities it
looked just as Jenny did when she
was young. The Colonel's son Frank
happened to come home on a visit a
day or two after the purchase. The
morning after his arrival he wandered
out to the stable to see the new mule.
In about ten minutes he returned and
asked: "Father, what did you pay
for that mule ?"
"Seventy-five dollars," replied the
"Frank burst out laughing and ex
claimed: 'That's just $45 more than
you sold her for !'
"And sure enough the Colonel's
young mule was none other than the
"I never thought to ask you," said
the Doctor relightinghispipe, "whether
Jenny is still alive or not."
"She was L year ago,'" replied the
Major promptly, "but was beginning
to look a little weary. There's no
way," he added, moralizingly, "of
telling the age either of a mule or a
Fell 1,000 Feet From a Balloon.
[From the Philadelphia Record.]
MANSFIELD, 0., August 29.-To-day
was the elosing day of the fair, and
10,000 people had gathered to see the
balloon ascension by Prof. Charles.
The balloon used was a hot-air concern
and was held over the furnace by ropes
in the hands of bystanders. When all
was ready Charles gave the word and
the balloon was released.
As it shot upward the spectators were
horrified to see Miltoti Redin, one of
the leading'young men of the courity,
clinging to a rope dangling from the
balloon. Redin must have lost his
head, for he clutched desparately at the
rope, and in a moment was over 100
feet in the air. The balloon rose rapid
ly, and Charles could be 'seen atterapt
ing to draw Redin up. For ten
minutes Redin clung to the small
line as the balloon was whirled
southward. While at the height of a
thousand feet Redin's hold was loosen
ed and he was seen to fall. His body
shot downward as from a cannon and
struck the earth half a mile away.
When found the clothes were torn off,
every bone was broken, and 'the body
wrs crushed out of human semblance.
The Influence of the Telegraph on Diction.
[From the Jewish Tidings.]
Somewhere I read long ago that the
evergrowing practice of telegraphing
was undermining the grammar and the
literature of America. Though I be
lieve that the literature of America,
especially of the United States, is but
just begun-barring, of course some
notable instances in the earlier history
of our country, I candidly confess that
in the very nature of the brevity of
telegrams there is nothing which tells
against pure diction and sound gram
I was in receipt only last week of a
letter from a well-known editorial
writer on a Ne,v' York newspa
per. The lar.guage of telegraphy'
was as easy disceiaed as though the
epistle had been written on a Western
Union blank. "Yours received," "will
write again," 'am not sure of phrase
ology," "Huxley mentions same," are
some of the expressions this well
traiaed writer allowed to slip from his
Hfemphill Held1 on Tight.
(From the Anderson Journal.]
Editor Hemphill, of the Abbeville
Medium, secured a renomination for
the State Senate in the recent primary
election over the Hon. C. A. C. Waller,
of Greenwood. Gen. Hemphill had tail
hold on Captain Tillman and got there,
while Mr. W~aller ran on his own
mer'ts and was defeated. If Hemphill
had relied on his merits in the race it
is thought that Tillman's coat tail
would have been elected just so.
The College-;red Indian.
LNew York Star.]
"Curious notions some of these phil
anthropical people have who want
young Indians sent to college, educated
and then returned to their tribes to
help civilize them !"
It was John Selend, of Helena,
Mon., who said this, as he sat last
nibt in the Fifth Avenue Hotel.
"I have lived," said he, "more than
thirty years on the far Western fron
tier, and my opinon *on the Indian
question is worth something. I tell
you that once an Indian, always an
Indian; for there is something is this
easy, careless, irresponsible life they
lead that hold them proof against any
line of civilization. Their chief occu
pation is their own adornment, and
their days are a succession of talks,
smokes, sleeps, feasts, .dances, funerals,
weddings, and all woven into a never
ending warp of poker, with an oc
casional dash of horserace. Educate
them? You can't do it. I wastold
something the other day which will
do as a proof of the truth of what I
say. On the Osage Indian Reservation
there are about fifteen hnndred In
dians, and among them some fifty
graduates-boys and girls-of the Car
lisle University. It woulagrieve those
excellent educators who have charge
of that seminary if they should per
chance visit the Osage agency at Pan
husks and review their former scholars.
The last one of them is in'his breech
clout and blanket, and avoids English
as a language as if every word was a
rattlesnake. There is not one left to
tell you the tale of their sojourn at
Carlisle, for not one of them will speak
English. ..The fact is, as showny
even a causal look, the education of.
the full blood Indian isan exaspatng
failure. It will ever fail, as willall at-.
tempts by one race to make its civilW
zation fit another and a different-one."
A North Carolina Hustler.
William T. Crawford, the Democra;
tic nominee for Congress in the ninth
district of North Carolina, is a hustler.
He was born on a farm in Haywood
Cdunty in 1856, and is therefore4only
34:years of age. As soon as he was able
to do so he worked hard in.the field
until he was about 18 years old, when
he was taken with a desire togo to
school and learn something.. Young
Crawford went to the public school '.
until 20 years of age, at the same time
keeping up his share of the work.on the
farm.. At the age of 24 he.dvansed.to
the position of teacher of.- a coury
schooL Soon after this he entered:the
academy at Waynesville, studying
whenever the duties of his own school
would allow him. The course 'at the 3
academy was completed in '82, and
then Mr. Crawford emigrated to Colora
do, where he engaged in farming.~ Be
fore he had been in that country very
loiig, however, he came to the eonelu
sien that Western North Carolina, writh
its mountains and hills, was the better
place of the two to make money and
enjoy life in. So he pulled u-p his stakes4
in Colorado and returned to Waynes
ville. There he engaged in mercantile -
business for some time and in 1886, was
elected to the Legislature, carrying the
county by 500 majority. -He served two
years in that capacity and was re
elected in 1896. After two more years
service in the Legislature be was, in
1888, chosen elector of his district. In
1888 Mr. Crawford was made engroe
ing clerk of the House of Representa-A
tives. Since that time he has studied
law at the University law school at
Chapel Hill, standing .highest in his
class. He is said to be an excellent
Great LongevIty In a Japanese Family.
"A thousand years in one hueod
(ikka sen-nen) is an old Japanese say
ing, employd with reference to an
event which, in respect of extreme;
rarity, may be classed with the sight of
a dead donkey or a tinker's fun
The Hochi Shinbun says that an in
stance may be.found in the household
-of a merchant called Mizuma Gensuke,
'who resides at Kanazawa, in the Saita
ma district of Sado. The family -con
sists of the following 'members: Great
great-great-grandpapa Gengo, aged 130;
aged 132; Great-great-grandpapa. Gem
bei, aged 101; Great-great-grandmaammna
Miyo, aged 99; Great-great-grandaunt -
Yoshi, aged 10.5; Great Grandpapa
Gensuke, aged 81; Great-grandmiamma
Kimi, aged 79; Grandpapa Gempachi,
aged 61 ; Grandmamma Toyo, aged
60; Papa (Genkichi, aged 40; Mamma
Tomo, aged 38; Uncle Genroku, aged
3.5; Son Genshichi, aged 14; Daughter
Toki, aged .5. The united ages of the
fourteen amounted at the close of last
year to 980, and consequently became
994 on the first day of thisyear, accord
ing to the Japanese method of calcula
tion. Next New Year's Day, supposing
that death had not intervened mean
while, the aggregate ages would be
1,008, and as 994 is nearer 1,000 than
1,C038, the family have resolved to cele
crate their ikka sen-nen this spring by
a visit to the shrine of Ise, and after
ward to Koyto, where the whole four
teen, from the little tatof 5 to the gray
head-if he still has any hair of-130,
will go sightseeing in company.
It wiln Work Around all Bight in Tilme.
[Fromn the Marion Star.]
It begins to look slightly as if South
Carolina politics are to be manufactured
in St. Louis, and a Congressman for~
the 6th district is to ha selected and-his
policy fashioned in a hotel bed room
in Columbia. Perhaps that notion in
regard to this being "a Government of
the people" is an obsolete and busted
theory. If it is not, where does thet
nonnamoine come in? ?