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THE SUMTES WATCHMAN, Established April, iS50t "Be Just and Fear not-Let all the Ends thou Aims't at, be thy Country's, thy God's and Truth's/' THE TS?E SOUTHRON. Established -jene l ?66
Consolidated Aug- 2,1881.
SUMTER. S. C.. WEDNESDAY. JULY 17, 1901.
Ck S?faitfjmr?t at? SMjrmt
Published Srsry Wednesday,
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SUMTER, S. C.
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Ono Square first insertion.$1 00
Svery subsequent insertion-. 50
Contracts for three months, or longer wil
be made at reduced rates.
All communications which subserve private
interests will be charged for as ad versements.
Obituaries and tributes of respects will be
charged for.
Monopolies in Our Dependencies.
Nice Point of Law for Attorney
General to Decide Relative to
Exclusive Franchises.
Washington, July 9.--Since Attor?
ney General Griggs has left the Cabi?
net, the Republicans may well feel that
it is fortunate that the clause of the
Constitution which says that no State
shall pass any. Jaw invalidating con?
tracts did not extend a similar prohi?
bition to the Federal government. As
long as Griggs was in office, he could
be depended upon to render an opinion
in which he would get around any fine
point of the law that the Administra?
tion might wish. Now, however, the
United States is up against a proposi?
tion of great importance where it must
either invalidate contracts, injure its
own interests materially, 'or else
dodge. Whether Attorney General
Knox is as good a dodger as Mr,
Griggs remains to be seen.
The question at issue is the petition
of the Western Union Telegraph Com?
pany to Secretary Root to prohibit the
Government telegraph lines in Cuba
from transmitting the messages sent
to that island by the Postal Telegrph
Company over the wires of the French
cable from Cape Haytien.
The controversy is due to the Pos?
tal's efforts to lay a direct cable to
Cuba, so as to enter into competition
on even terms with the Western Union
for Cuban business. For this purpose
it organized a subsidiary corporation
-the Commercial Cable Company of
Cuba, February 15, 1899, ordered a
cable made, and made preparations^
land the Cuban end of the cable on pri?
vate property it had purchased near
Havana.
Soon afterwards further work on the
new cable was stopped by an order
issued by Secretary Alger to the Uni?
ted States troops occupying Cuba, di?
recting them to prevent any new cable
from being landed on the island. This
order was isseud at the request of the
Western Union Company, which con?
tended that to grant the risrht to lay a
new cable would be in violation of "the
Foraker act forbidding United States
officials to grant any franchises in
Cuba ; and that the International
Ocean Telegraph Company, managed by
the Western Union, held the exclu?
sive right and privilege to land in
Cuba and operate a cable between
Cuba and the United States for 40
years under a royal decree of Spain in
?S66. Secretary Alger issued the order
as a matter of general policy and not
a final decree. Now the Western Union
has forced the fighting by seeking to
shut out the Postal Company from its
indirect access also. The main point
at issue is, of course, the validity of
the franchise from Spain: indirectly,
this calls into question other franchises
held in the Philippines. If, in the
case of the Western Union, the War De?
partment holds that the monopoly
granted by Spain survives the Spanish
sovereignty in Cuba, the acceptance
of this as a principle may block the'
way of American enterprise in the
development of the Philippines in
fields where exclusive franchises have
been granted for long terms by Spain.
Under g this practice a vanquished
nation might deprive the victor of the
valuable spoils of conquest by granting
perpetual franchises to its own sub?
jects or those of a friendly nation for
all commercial. transDortation, tele?
graph, timber, mining and other priv?
ileges in the ceded territory.
The question raised by the Western
Union, therefore, presents a conflict of
interest and lack of harmony between
what may be policy and what is es?
tablished practice. Mr. Griggs had
no difficulty in settling the canteen
question, the slaughter house monop?
oly in Havana and two important
cases that had come up in the Phil?
ippines. In those islands" a British
company holds a franchise from Spain
for the exclusive privilege of telegraph
service. This company questioned the
right of the United States to estab
lish lines of military telegraph in the
Philippines, and, lines having been
established as a military necessity su?
perior to all civil franchises, the
company still contends that the Gov?
ernment wires must be restricted to
military use and that their use for
commercial purposes is an infringe?
ment of the rights of the company.
Analogous claims of exclusive franchise
privileges are made by the Manila and
Dagupan railroad in the Philippines,
which had from Spain a guarantee
equivalent to a subsidy.
In both cases, the Attorney General
rendered an opinion that the road had
no legal claim against the United
States, though it might possibly have
a claim in equity against the revenues
of the islands. Mr. Grigg reached
this decision by some hair splitting
arguments too long to rehearse.
Whether ?vlr. Knox will do as well- or
as badly-remains to be seen.
Columbus, Ga., July 9.-It is re?
ported on good authority that the Mu?
tual Cotton Oil company of Columbus,
today sold its 8150.000 plant to the
Virginia-Carolina Chemical company.
While the rumor could not be officially
confirmed, it is understood that the
deal has been closed and that all that
remains is the passing of the money.
AT LAST THE ISSUE
HAS BEEN RAISED.
Validity of Revenue Bond Scrip
Must be Passed Upon.
At last a test of the validity of the
revenue bond scrip, seems unavoidable
Heretofore the attorney of Mr. Wesley,
the holder of a great deal of the stuff,
has been unable to get officials to take
the desired steps after a tender of the
stuff in payment for taxes in order to
make the- issue one that leaves the
court no side track, but a county
treasurer has at last done just what
was wanted and now the matter will
go to the United States court fairly
upon its merits, and it is said in such
form that the issue can no longer be
avoided. The result of the test of val?
idity will be waited wi th great public
interest.
The case has developed in the fol?
lowing manner:
In December, 1900. Mr. W. H.
Lyles, who has been Mr. Wesley's at?
torney for some years, was the owner
of a tract of land in the county of Fair?
field. Against this property taxes were
levied, to the amount of $15.16, of
which $6.32 ws levied and assesed for
State purposes. In December Mr.
Lyles tendered to the treasurer of
Fairfield county $13.10 in silver, 5
cents in nickel and 3 cents in copper,
a well as B2 in revenue bond scrip.
This tender the treasurer refused to
receive on account of the revenue bond
scrip, and no further payment having
been made, he issued an execution
against the tract', levied upon it and
sold it. It was bought in by some one
from North Carolina. An action has
nov-- been brought in the United States
circuit court asgainst T. B. Lee. Jr.,
to whom Mr. Lyles subsequently con?
veyed it. This action is to recover
possession of the land.
Thus the precise point that Mr.
Wesley has been trying to make for
the last 29 years is up before the prop?
er court: that -is to say the receivabil
ity of this revenue bond scrip for
taxes. This raises the direct question
because ii: the scrip is a valid obliga?
tion the sale is invalid, while vice
versa if it is invalid the sale is valid
and was & proper one. It is an issue
that Gov. Tillman was too smart to
allow the State to have raised in the
Agricultural hall case. The amount of
the revenue bond scrip now outstand?
ing is 81,800,000.-The State. July IL
Tuirkey Pays Indemnity.
Washintgon, July 10.-The State de?
partment has received the amount of
the American indemnity claim against
Turkey, $95,000. through the Ameri?
can legation at Constantinople.
As is always the case the claims in
the aggregate considerably exceed the
amount of the indemnity actually
paid, but our government has express?
ed itself satisfied with the rayment.
It assumes full responsibility for the
distribution, the Turkish government
leaving it to the state department to
distribute the money among the claim?
ants at its discretion and after its own
fashion.
These claims are principally, based
upon losses sustained by American
missionary and educational institu?
tions in Turkey, notably those at Har
poot and Marsh, but there are a num?
ber of individual claims, such for in?
stance as that of the family of the
unfortunate bicyclist, Lenz, the Pitts?
burg man who was killed by Turkish
soldiers while attempting to go around
the globe on his wheel.
The state department officials feel
the greatest satisfaction at the settle?
ment of these claims. Secretary Hay
had been told by diplomats skilled in
oriental diplomacy and in the political
conditions of southern Europe, that he
never would be able to collect them.
Not only was there extreme difficulty
in bringing any pressure to bear be?
cause of the remoteness of Turkjey,
but we had to contend with the jeal?
ousy of the great European powers,
most of whom had claims against Tur?
key vastly larger in amount than ours,
and whose total was beyond the ability
of the Turkish government to meet.
For more than a decade these Ameri?
can claims have been pending.
The West Hot as a Furnace.
Chicago, July 10.-Not since the
estblishment of the weather bureau
has this city experienced such terrific
heat as affected it today-102 in the
shade in the offices of the weather bu?
reau was the high record, the highest
previous mark being July IG. 1SS7,
when it reached 99.S : in the shade
was, however, the easiest part of the
day. The wind blew with force from
the west and southwest and a hotter,
more stifling air was never felt in
this city before. So hot did it be?
come during the afternoon as tho wind
drove the hot air into windows and
doorways that all through the business
section of the city tenants of offices '
slammed down their windows io keep
out the air. At the theatres where
matinees were in progress men were j
stationed at the front doors to keep
them closed as much as possible.
Kansas City. Mo.. July 10. -The
highest temperture today was 101, at
4:30 p. m. The highest temperature
in Missouri yesterday was 109, at
Harrison vi lie, Kas: los at Fort Scott.
There is no prospect of r<*ii?-f soon.
Kansas City, Mo., July 10. Four?
teen persons are dead, three others
probably fatally injured an?! more
than a score of ot hors less seri only
hurt, as the result of a head-end
collision between a pasenger and a
fast live stock train on the Chicago
and Alton rialroad, near Norton,
Missouri, at 7 o'clock this morning.
Six were killed outright, four died
on a train conveying them to Kansas
City and four died at a hospital in
this city.
PYTHIAN INSURANCE FAILURE.
A Deficit of $225,000 That Must
be Made Good if Insurance
Feature is to Continue.
Chiacgno', July 10.-John A. Hin?
sey, former president of the board of
control of the endowment rank.
Knights of Pythias, appeared before
the supreme lodge today and admitted
the report submitted yesterday to be
true showing a deficit of $225,000
which must be made good if the insur?
ance feature of the order is to contin?
ue..
This reports show that the affairs of
the endowment rank under Hinsey's
management drifted into practical in?
solvency.
The former president of the board of
control declared he had done his best
to keep the treasury in a sound condi?
tion but that death claims had mount?
ed up, investments had turned out
failures, and it had been frequently
necessary to overdraw the rank's ac?
count at the bank.
The report, which was compiled by
the present board of control, excepting
Hinsey, does not charge the latter
and others with misusing the funds,
but states that they were misused.
. Hinsey occupied the floor during the
entire forenoon session of the investi?
gating committee.
To reporters Hinsey said :
"I am prepared to defend my ad?
ministration against any and all
comers. My conduct of the office was
perfectly open and above board. The
investments were good and legitimate
and all will turn out all right."
John A. Hinsey was ordered tonight
by the supreme lodge of the Knights
of "Pythias to appear before that body
and show cause why he should not be
expelled.
This follows as a direct result of the
alleged irregularities which the new
management of the endowment rank
has found in the books under his
twelve years' administration as presi?
dent of the beard of control.
The supreme lodge of the Knights
of Pythias adopted by a vote of 130 to
1 the report of the supreme chancel?
lor, with all its criticisms of Mr.
Hinsey's management, and ordered it
published as an official record of the
condition of the endowment rank.
Though 8500,000 assets are in bad
condition, and though almost 8500,000
behind-hand in the payment of death
claims, the supreme lodge does not
propose that it shall lose standing be?
cause of the troubles that have been
disclosed.
By a unanimous vote of the lodge an
order has been made that in the fu?
ture no investments shall be made save
by the written order of five out of the
seven members of the board of control
of the rank. This will be formally
adopted tomorow and no one man
management will be possible in the
future.
In addition to this a resolution is
being considered to raise the rates of
payments on insurance abouj 50 per
cent., so that more funds will be pro?
vided to meet death claims and enough
in addition to make good the losses
and create a surplus in the future.
If this additional burden on beneficia?
ries of insurance policies shall not be
enough, the supreme lodge will also
consider a plan to assess all Knights
of Pythias 50 cents or 81 each for the
benefit of the rank. The lower assess?
ment on 8500,000 members would bring
in >250,000.
State Board of Health Meeting.
Epidemic Fund to be Applied to
Rural Districts.
Columbia, S. C., July IL-The
State Board of Health held a meeting
in this city yesterday morning and
took action on several matters of im?
portance. There were five applicants
for licenses to embalm. The board
turned down three of the five, after
examining them and issued licenses to
the other two.
The question of the appropriation
made- by the legislature to be used in
times of epidemics was then taken np,
It was the sense of the board that
this appropriation was intended to be
used in the rural districts, and not in
the towns and cities where other pro?
vision can be made. They therefore
decided hereafter to spend this money
entirely in the country and give the
towns the privilege of making their
own appropriations when emergency
makes such a step necessary. Hitherto
the board has used this emergency
fund without discriminting as to the
locality, and the result has been de?
cidedly detrimental to the rural dis?
tricts, which were unable to supple?
ment! it by additional appropriations.
The consideration of the board was
then given to the conduct of certain
boards of health which have paid ab?
solutely no regard to the law requiring
them to make monthly reports to the
State board in the matter of births
anet deaths and diseases.
Remarkable Ball Team.
Raleigh. X. C., July 8. Mr. Billy
Boykin calls attention to the most re?
markable baseball team in the Statt-.
They are the Cary Red Shirts and
every member of the team is a son of
Mr. -Jim Jones, except one, the cap?
tain, and Mr. .Iones lilis that place
himself. Mr. .Tones is the father of
L'.'i children. IS of them boys, so he
has enough material to selecl a crack
nine and does not us? the satin- pitcher
? .very .day. Mr. Jones captains the
team and plays second bas?-, while the
youngest player is short stop.
In celebrating Arbor Day at Gay?
lord, Kan., tlie exercises consisted of
thirty-one pieces, spoken by children
and a lot of songs and when the pro?
gramme was finished it was too late
to plant any trece.
JUE PYTHIAN SCANDAL.
Supreme Lodge Probing to the Bot?
tom of Trouble.
Hinsey is Made to Resign-His
Prosecution in Civil Couri
Seems Certain.
Chicago, July li.-The supreme
lodge of the Knights of Pythias, now
in session in Chicago investigating
the affairs of the endowment rank of
the order, late last night accepted the
resignation of John H. Hinsey, ex
president of the endowment rank, as a
member of the board of control. Fol?
lowing this the sapreme lodge adopted
a resolution which instructed the su?
preme chancellor and board of control
to prosecute civilly all persons liable
for offenses committed aginst the en?
dowment rank.
This resolution passed by unanimous
vote, as also did another which in?
structed the chancellor commander
and board of control to proceed with :
a view toward expulsion against mem?
bers of the order in their respective
lodges who might be found guilty of
violating their obligtions in the hand?
ling of funds.
After adjournment of last night's
session it was said that if criminal
prosecutions are instituted, which now
seems to be almost certain, a number
of men who were formerly connected
with the endowment rank and whom
the supreme lodge members consider
responsible for the present financial
condition, will be involved.
The action of the supreme lodge"on
accepting the resignation of Mr. Hin?
sey was taken after two days' session at
which the'report of the board of con?
trol of the insurance commissioners of
Illinois, Connecticut and Kansas had
been gone over and fully discussed.
Mr. Hinsey made good his promise
to appear before the supreme council
in his own defense. It was said that
his explanations regarding the invest?
ments of funds made while he was at
the aead of the rank were far from
satisfactory to the supreme lodge rep?
resentatives, but there being some
question of the right to expel him his
resignation was accepted.
The representatives of the supreme
lodge, however, were not in disposi?
tion to let the matter of Hinsey's con?
nection with the supreme lodge settle
his standing in the order of the
Knights of Pythias. The following
resolutions were adopted :
"Resolved, That the supreme chan?
cellor and the board of control be and
they are hereby authorized and em?
powered and directed to prefer charges
and prosecute or cause to be prosecut?
ed before the proper tribunal or tribu?
nals of the order all persons, heretofore
or now connected with the endowment
rank for any violation of their obliga?
tion, and for any and all oifenses un?
der the laws of the order.
"Reolved, That the supreme chan?
cellor and board of control be and they
are hereby empowered and directed to
prosecute or cause to be prosecuted
criminally in any court all persons
who hve misused the funds of the or?
der, defraauded the order, committed
perjury or any other offense in con?
nection with the endowemnt rank, and
bring or cause to be brought civil ac?
tions against all persons who are lible
to the order from any cause in connec?
tion with the endowment rank."
The wording of this resolution is
generally regarded as containing the
charges under which prosecution is to
be instituted. Mr. Hinsey is a mem?
ber.of the Inter-Domain lodge of this
city, and it is Jprobable that the su?
preme officers will prefer their chrges
against him in that lodge.
S The supreme lodge today decided
that the most expedient way of meet?
ing the deficiency of 8500.OOO in the
treasury of the endowment rank is to
raise the insurance rate to the maxi?
mum prescribed by the National Fra?
ternal Congress. If, in this way,
money shall not be forthcoming, it is
likely a special assessment of 50 cents
will be put on every member of the j
order for the benetfi of the endowment
ran k. Th i s wi ll ra i se S250, OOO.
The board of control will continue;
to investigate the affairs of the endow- !
mont rank. Thc only immediate ac- j
tion which will be taken will be, it is
said, the instituting of some foreclos?
ure suits in an endeavor to rescue as
much as possible of the money said to !
have been carelessly invested.
Labor and Capital Conference.
Pittsburg, July H.-The groat labor
conference at the Hotel Lincoln today
failed to come to any argeement. An?
other meeting will be held tomorrow.
Thc object of the conferene was the
settlement of the strike ordered by the
Amalgamted Association of Iron. Steel
and Tin Workers in the mills of the
American Sheet Steel Company and in
those of the American Steel company.
The conference also had anothre pur- ?
pose in view, the prevention of a ?
general strike in all the mills control- j
led by the United States Steel Corpo- !
ration, the two companies in whose
mills the strike had been ordered Inn?
ing constituent companies of the great
steel combine.
Two sessions of the conference were
held today. The first convened shortly j
after 10 o'clock in the morning. At j
noon the meeting adjourned for din-!
n?-r. At '2 orelock in th?- afternoon the
second session was convened and was
continued until 5 o'clock. As a set?
tlement within a reasonable time was
seen to be oui of the question the con j
ference adjourned to meet at 10o?clock
tomorrow.
London, July ll. Severe fighting
according to a dispatch to The Daily
Express from Lourenzo Marques, has
taken place between Machaododrp and
Lydenburg, the Hoers being defeated,
with at least fifty killed.
SOUTHERN REPRESENTATION.
Census Figures to be Used as
Basis for Another Attempt at
Reduction.
! Washington, July ll..-The Census
j Office is soon expected to complete its
j work of ascertaining the number of
negro illiterates in the South who are
over twenty-one, this being taken to
j represent with tolerable accuracy the
j number of negro voters who have been
disfranchised by recent constitntinoal
amendments adopted in the Southern
States. When this is known, there
may be an attaempt to cut down the
representation of these States-will
certainly be, if certain Republicans
have their way. There is some doubt,
however, as to their success, . as the
language of the fourteenth Amendment
applies to all male inhabitants. It
would affect Illinois, for instance, for
that State has a law requiring resi?
dence for a certain period before one
can vote. Probably there are 30,000
males over twenty-one years of age in
Chicgo who are unable to vote because
of this law. Massachusetts has an
educational qualification, and Rhode
Island has a poll tax. Other States of
the North also have suffrage qualifica?
tions which would bring them within
the scope of the constitutional amend?
ments. Even the inmtes of the insane
asylums and similar institutions would
have to be counted in reckoning the
restriction of suffrage. So there is
likely to be strong opposition to any?
thing definite being accomplished.
By the time the next Congress
meets Alabama and Virginia will have
amended their State constitutions to
disfranchise a portion of the negro
vote. The attention of the public will
undoubtedly be directded in an in?
creasing measure to this subject, es?
pecially as there is prospect that Geor?
gia will soon follow the example set
bv other of her sister States of the
South.
A review of the subject shows that
Mississippi led the way in the South?
ern disfranchisement movement,
adopting in 1392 a constitution con?
taining the qualification that every
elector, in addition to other require?
ments, should be "abie to read any
section of the constitution of this
State or .... to understand the
same when read to him or give a rea?
sonable interpretation thereof,." This
provision was carried through the
State courts and ultimately to the
Supreme court of the United States.
In the latter it was upheld, and this
language was used: "The provisions
in section 244 of the constitution of
Mississippi making the ability to read
any section of the constiuion or to un
dersand it when read as a qualification
to a legal voter do not amount to a
denial of the equal protection of the
law secured by the fourteenth amend?
ment to the Constitution, and it has
not been sh-'-wn that their administra?
tion was evi:; but only that evil was
possible under them."
South' Carolina next carno into line
providing that each voter must be
able to read and write any section of
the constitu? ion or show tl .it he owns
and has paid taxes on 6300 worth of
property.
Louisiana in 1S9S adopted an educa?
tional test involving the writing out
an application for registration, and a
property option similar to South Car?
olina's." It also added the 4 'grandfa?
ther' ' clause, permitting those to vote
who were descendants of voters before
the civil war.
North Callina then followed with a
similar law.
In Maryland the white and colored
illiterates were put practically upon
the same basis, but as it worked out
in the last election the negroes really
had the advantge, because, acknowl?
edging their ignorance, they were
willing to be taught and learned the
simple fomulas necessary to mark
their ballots, while the white men,
scorning to admit their illiteracy, re?
sented efforts to prepare them to ex?
ercise the franchise.
Unprecedented Temperatures.
Topeka, Kas., July H.-Government
stations in Kansas report as follows
regarding their maximum tempera?
tures today : Kansas City 103: Baker
102: Concordia 102; Dodge City 9S:
Dresden 100: Fort Scott 10S: Hays
City 10*5 : Macksville, 101 : Manhattan
106: McPherson 107: Osage City 106:
Wichita 102 : Topekal 02.
The wind has been blowing at the
rate of 14 miles an hour from the
southwest but was so dry that it had
a blighting effect on the crops and corn
is in much worse condition that yes?
terday. Reports received here tonight
indicate that in no county in the State
are the crops damaged less than 50 per
cent. In many counties much more
than 50 per cent., would be necessary
to cover the estimated damage. It is
generally conceded that this is the
worst drought since 1S60 in Kansas,
bur it will not entail nearly so much
suffering as in past years.
HOT IN THE SOUTH.
Atlant, July H.-The entire south
sweltered tody in temperture which
in some pices exceeded the 100 mark.
At Nashville 102 was recorded. This
broke all records for July since the
establishment of the weather bureau
31 years ago.
Birmingham reports 102.90, break?
ing all records and at Little Rock the
mercury went up to 101. Memphis*
Montgomery and Augusta reports 1W
and Chattanooga 99.3 Mobile. Savan?
nah, Vicksburg, Knoxville and At?
lanta report a temperature of 96 while
92 was the highest reached ar Charles
ton.
London. .July Ll. This was the hot
tot day recorded during the present
year in London. At noon the ther?
mometer registered So degrees in the
shade and it was 123 in the sun.
There were many cases of sun stroke
and prostrations. There were several
inquests to.lay at which verdicts of
"apoplexy, accelerated by the heat"
were rendered.
CONGRESSIONAL BUSINESS.
I
Private Secretary of Late Con?
gressman Stokes Will Attend to
AN Matters Possible.
To the Editor The Item, Sumter, S. C.
At the time of the unfortunate death
of Congressman Stokes, there was
necessarily considerable unfinished
work of interest to the District, pend?
ing in the various Departments at
Washington.
As his private secretary for about
five years, having for the last several
months of his life entire charge of all
work of a congressional nature, I may
be able to furnish parties wishing it,
information in reference to matters in
which they are particularly concerned ;
and until his successor is chosen. I
will gladly do the best I can in this
direction for those who will communi?
cate with me.
Of course, I have no official status,
and whatever I am able to do in keep?
ing the District in touch with its in?
terests, will be the result of a private
arrangement made with that object in
view.
Every effort is being made to have
thne Rural Free Delivery service, on
routes already laid out, begin at the
earliest moment possible. We believ?
ed that this service would begin the
1st of July, but for some reason, the de?
partment at Washington has not issued
the orders to beign the work, though
we confidently hope this will soon be
done.
Very Respectfully,
A. F. Lever,
Private Sect'y of the late Hon. J. Wm.
Stokes.
Wallaceville, S. C..
The State Hospital for Insane.
The board of Regents for the State
Hospital for the Insane held its regu?
lar meeting at the institution yester?
day. The board found that the hospi?
tal's wards are badly crowded, there
being at this time 1,064 patients in
the hospital. The wards that are
most uncomfortably crowded are those
occupied by the white women. Yester?
day there were 25 more white women
in the wards than at the same time
last year.
The sporadic cases of smallpox at
the hospital, which have received the
most careful attention, have been
about stamped out,. There are only
two cases now in the institution and
both the sufferers will be discharged
cured this week.
The board found that the work on
the Taylor building had not advanced
as much as expected. This has been
due to the inability of the manage?
ment to secure material, particularly
brick.
Otherwise the affairs of the institu?
tion were found to be moving along in
the usual smooth, way.
Major Gooding of the board, leaves
today with a party of friends on a
pleasure trip to California. He will
go via St. Louis and spend several
weeks in the far West.-The State,
July 12.
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THE STATE MILITIA.
Adjt. Gen. Floyd has sent on to the
j war department at Washington the
annual requisition for militarfy sup?
plies under the appropriation made by
congress for the military forces of the
several states. It takes some little
time for the requisition to be filled,
hence it was sent in promptly. As
soon as the uniforms and equipments
arrive they will be promptly issued
to the several companies of State mili?
tia until each command has uniforms
and equipments for 50 men. When
this has been accomplished the militia
of the State will be better equipped
I in every respect than at any ^ other
time in "the past 25 years, so military
i men say. There will be no delay here
in the issuing of supplies as soon as
i received.-The State, July 12.
Slandering the Boers.
Lodnon, July H.-Official corrobo?
ration of the charges that the Boers
murdered the British wounded t Vlak
fontein promises soon to be forthcom?
ing. In the house of commons today,
replying to questions of Henry Nor?
man", Liberal the war secretary, Mr.
Broderick, read the telegraphic corres?
pondence with Lord Kitchener on the
subject. The latter had at first said
that the reports were unfounded but
he subsequently telegraphed the state?
ment of a wounded yeomanry officer,
corroborating the reports and finally,
July 0, informed Mr. Broderick that
he had the testimony of seven men to
the effect that they saw Boers shoot
the wounded. Lord" Kitchener added
that sworn testimony was being for?
warded.
HE DIED A PAUPER.
Boston, July 5.-Charles H. North,
who. ten years ago, was a millionaire,
pork packer, president of a national
bank, member of the New York and
Boston produce exchanges, a builder
of charitable institutions and a power
in the financial world, died yesterday,
an impoverished and friendless peddler
of fruit, in the L. street Freebath,
where he had gone to escape the heat.
The fallen magnate's ruin was
brought about by the beef trust which
he fought until his means were ex?
hausted.
North was born in Thomasville, Ga.
Newport. July ll. The Columbia
won today's race in fine shape with
the Constitution second and the Inde?
pendence a remarkably good third.
The Boston boat sailed an exciting
race with the two Kerreshoff yachts
and led the Constitution at the * outer
mark, only to be beaten by her a little
over two minutes on the run to the
finish before the wind.

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