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SPECIAL TERMS OF COURT.
? Suestlon That Arose OD tbs
ration of Florence.
'Colombia, March 8.-Quite a neat
legal compKcatioHl arose this morning
: - -when the Governor began ta look into
the matter of ordering an extra term
of Court in Florence County to carry
oat the promise made bythe; sheriff in
?order to save the life of the negro,
Joli ns Gibbes* a few days ago. But
these complications have been smooth?
ed out and the extra term will be call?
ed, to be held at an early, date... Soli
: ci tor Wilson and the assistant '?ttor
. aej General were in consultation wit?
|i^?ie Governor for sometime this m?rn
r^ing. Many lawyers regaled it ex
V Maremely doubtful if the Act permitted
v ^the calling and holding of a special
term of Corut while another Court
was being held in the same circuit,
finally the question was referred to
the Attorney General's office and the
' . :law. was carefully examined, an opin- j
being given that such a term
could beheld. |
The issue was brought up squarely l
lilian the following letter td the Governor |
^from Solicitor .Wilson, which "was
referred to the Attorney General's
Dear Sir : On the* 5th instant Mrs.
v. .?-Daisy I?. Haines, . of Florence; County,?
was assaulted .and ravished by a negro
named Julius Gibbes. Gibbes was
;. captured and is now in. jail. In- my
.?^^3B.agmerit, under existing circum
.^^stances, an. extra or special term of
Court should be held as early as prac?
ticable, under the Act of 1900, pp.
: 529-330, for tho trial of this easel I
: iihink the pubile interest demands it
owing to the circumstances of the case.
The regular, terms of the Courts for
7 the M circuit haveoonamenced. Court
3aas already been held at Florence and
c": ?will: be held at -the other places as
fellows:. Next Monday at George
y~ iown, the next at Kingstree, the next
- at Manning and the next at Sumter.
.3-- -Nbw the. question is this: Cana
-, ^special or extra term of Court, as
"ipSovided for by the Act of 1900, pages
; ;5r2S-330, be legally held at one place in
" . a circuit while the regular term
:; .Court is being held at some other
?;: jp?ace in the same circuit? If this can
;be done, then I now make formal ap
^plication to your Excellency to order
-'. '} .?ich extra or special term ot the Court
of (g?n?ral Sessions for the trial of
above stated case at the earliest
v ^practicable time. If necessary I .will
. gstsome one to represent me at other
-^Courts and will conduct this prosecu
-.liion in person should the two Courts
" - .. Assistant Attorney General Gunter,
as -,soon as possible, handed the Gov
-?nor the following opinion in the mat
'.; ter: " \ .-. ;
Hon. M. B. MScweeney, Columbia,
73. C.-Dear Sir: You request to be
?advised " whether a special or extra
, ^term of Court can be legally held at
one place in ? circuit while the regu
. lar term of Court is being held at some
- other place in the same circuit?"
The Constitution, in the "article
creating the judicial department of
"the State, in Article 5, Section 6, has
i^fire;following provision: "The Gene
'-..jal Assembly shall provide^ by law for J
t v ihe temporary appointment of men
-learned in the law to hold either
"special or regular terms of the Circuit
Courts whenever there may be neces?
sity for such appointment. " In pur
jsuance of that mandate the General
Assembly by an Act, to be found at
page 3?&, Acts -19C0, (incorporated in
* Code^of 1902, in Sections 2, 744-2,749,)
makes the following provision : *? Upon
the application to the Governor by the
Solicitor of any circuit stating that
if?ie public interest demanded an extra
?erm of the Court of General Sessions
in any county of the State . . . it
shall be the duty cf the Governor^to
appoint some man, learned in the law,
and to be suggested by the Chief Jus?
tices of the Supreme Court of vthe
JSfcate, to hold aa extra term of said
lt is thus manifest that there is a
constitutional privilege and duty to
"orSer a special term of Court wherever
^t-appears 4' that the public interest
^demands an extra term."
That this is the only condition pre
-^.cedent. The mere fact that there ie or
anay be another Court in session at
Ifche same time the special term is ex
: -peered has no bearing on the special
terms. The special term is a consti?
tutional Court, with equal origin, au
thority and dignity as that of the
'The jurisdiction of the regular
Court can no more interfere with the
jurisdiction of the special than the
latter can interfere with the former,
each being of the same potency-ofr
the work assigned. That it is con?
ceivable that conflicts may arise from
.holding two or more Courts in the
same circuit at the same time may be
-lame, but that is not a question for
"the executive department in the fe.ee
of a plain mandate.
The General Assembly clearly recog?
nized the view that there may be more
than one Court in the same circuit
at the same time in the following
language, to' be found' in Act approv?
ed four days later than the Act pro
riding for special Court, (Acts, 1900,
Page 330,) "It shall be lawful for the
presiding Judge, at any spceial term
of the. Circuit Court, when the official
.stenographer is performing the
duties of his office at a Court then
being held in some other county of
tte circuit, to appoint a stenogapher
for said term of the Court, etc"
This seems to me to be conclusive
of the right o? your Excellency to
order a special term of Court in a cir?
cuit regardless of the fact that there
ma- be other Courts in session.
U. X. Gunter, Jr.
Assistant Attorney General.
Upon reciept of this opinion the
'Governor received a suggestion from
Solicitor Wilson as to the date of the
special term, March 31 is the date
named, it being impossible to sooner
legally draw the jurors, and comply
with the other requirements of the law
.necessary to the holding of a special
term. All. the papers in the matter
were immediately malied to the Chief
Justice wi\h the request that he
.name some one learned in the law to
.preside at the extra term.
Today' the Governor wired the
sheriff of Florence County telling
Jiini that an . extra term of Cour t had
fceen""ordered,-andst?ting also that if
that officer had any doubt as to his
ability to protect the prisoner in the.
meantime to place him under a strong
jjuard of carefully selected deputies on
the train and bring him to Columbia,
to the Penitentary. Tonight the Gov?
ernor received a reply from the sheriff
stating that everything was quiet in
Florence, that he apprehended no
danger, .had the -prisoner well guarded
and did not deem it necessary to
remove him to Columbia.
MORE PAY FOR ENGLISH ARMY.
London, March 8.-The new army
regulations proposed by the war secre?
tary, Mr. Brodrick, providing for
increased pay and other reform, which
have created so much comment, ap
j pear to have been directly copied from
the United States. Major Arthur
Lee, M. P., formerly British military
attache at Washington, said to a
representative of the Associated Press :
'"At last we have taken ?ut a leaf
from your excellent book, though I do
not believe we have gone quite so - far
in that direction as we might, or hope
we may. Under Mr. Brodriek's pro?
posed changes a private in the British
infantry now receives, almost as much
as a private in the United States army.
With this change, which I frequent?
ly advocated while military attache at
Washington, we hope to get a class
of recruits similar to those secured in
America. Under the. old pay we
were gradually lowering the physical
standard, yet still finding it hard to
get men, while our desertion percent?
age was increasing at a rate which
showed there was. something wrong
with the system. The American army
was the only other voluntarily-enlisted
body in the world with which we
could make serviceable comparisons,
"the Continental armies, owing to "con?
scription and other causes, being per?
fectly worthless as examples. A jear
ago Mr. Brodrick pooh-poohed the
idea of copying the United States.
Now he has changed his mind and
has done what the majority of the
members of the House, regardless^ of
party, believe to be the very best thing
that could have happened to the army.
Last year the Government indicated
its fears that it might have tb resort
to conscription. The present mbve
banishes aU possibility of this, for I
understand Mr. Brodrick is witting to
go even further in copying the United
States excellent treatment of enlisted
iaen and by liberal finance build up
the standard of the army. The in?
crease in pay means an additional an?
nual cost of aboot ' ?2,000,000.
Gloss of. Competition Among tho
Counties at Exposition.
The result bf the competition be?
tween the various counties for the
prizes offered by the' State was an?
nounced last night. The foloiwing is
the report pf the jury, awarding Spar
tanburg first prize :
South Carolina State Building,
Charleston, S. C., March 8, 1902.
, Mr. A. W. Love, Superintendent
South Carolina Building, South Caro?
lina Inter-State and West Indian Ex?
position-Dear Sir:""Pursuant to ap?
pointment by his Excellency. Governor
M. B. McSweeney, and realizing the
responsibility placed upon it, your
jury has examined, with great care
and painstaking, the exhibits
made by the counties of Berkeley,
Chester, Darlington, Dorchester,
Florence, Georgetown, Greenwood,
Horry, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Pick
ens, Spartanburg and Sumter. There
are items of great merit in each and
your jury was greatly impressed with
the high car?cter of the average ex?
hibits presented by each' of these
counties and by the variety and
quality of the products shown. '
, The competition was very close
and your jury has been greatly per?
plexed in trying to fix upon an equit?
able distribution of honors where so
much of excellence has been present?
ed. Adhering, however, strictly to
the schedule of points handed to the
jury for its guidianee, to wit-Varietv
40 points. Quality 30points; Installa
tn and decoration 20 points : Quantity
10 points-the counties have been ad?
judged as follows :
Variety. Quality deco. tity.
Berkeley 20 26 12 4
Chester 40 . 30 14 8
Darlington 38 28 15 9
Dorchester 18 25 8 4''
Florence 26 25 13 4
Georgetown 38 26 .17 S
Greenwood 20 25 S 3
Horry 17 25 10 3
Marlboro 20 25 10 ' 3
Orangeburg 30 27 10 5
Pickens 20 25 S 4
Spartanburg 38 29 - 20 10
Sumter 28 25 15 6
You will observe that _tbe scores
give Spartanburg first, Chester second
and a tie for Darlington and George?
town. In view of the very close com?
petition and the tie made between
Darlington and Georgetown counties
your jury begs to suggest that the
third prize be divided between the
counties named. This, however is to
qe considered as a suggestion
Tue Berkeley County exhibit of
woods and wood manufacturing w.;
notable, especially the Woodstoo*
Hardwood and Spool Manufacturing j
Florence County's exhibit is espe?
cially commended for its exhibit of
railroad facilities and the presenta?
tion of its tobacco interests.
The Orangeburg exhibit is worthy of
speciil commendation as illustrating
the value of one wide-awake man in a
county who tries to promote its mate?
rial interests. Credit is due to Mr.
T. M. McMichael.
The Sumter County exhibit illas
trates in the most effective way the
value of small industriies' jgr<*?wn into
great money making plants, as demon
stated by the Sumter Telephone Manu?
facturing Company. Your jury recom?
mends that these four counties be
given honorable mention, very .respect
fully submitted : Henry E. Dosch,
Commissioner of Oregon; T. K.
Bruner, commissioner of North Caro
linia; E. S. (Carver, commissioner cf
The jury will beign work Monday
morning again and will consider all
the individual exhibits and will note
those entitled to honorable mention.
A supplemental report will be render?
ed when the examination is finished.
-News and Courier, March 9.
j J. Pierpont Morgan has given $2,
'. 000,000 to the University of the South.
A NEW FINANCIAL POLICY.
National Banks to Protect the Nec?
essary Gold Reserve-Government
I Washington, March 9.-Chairman
Fowler of the house committee on
banking and currency, tomorrow will in?
troduce an important financial measure
framed by the Republican members of
the commttee after conferences extend?
ed through the last two months. It
brings together into one? financial
measure a number of propositions
which have Seen urged separately
Mr. Fowler explains the purposes
of the bill as follows:
"To transfer from the government
to the banks the responsibility of
protecting the necessary gold reserve
and the burden'of furnishing gold for
export, thereby saving our commerce
from the destructive apprehensions
growing out of raids upon the gold in
the treasury, which can now only be
replenished by a tax imposed upon the
people through the sale of bonds ; to
provide a currency always responsible
and adequate to t?e demands of trade
everywhere, and to equalize and lower
the average rate of interest in all parts,
of the. United States ; to secure for
American enterprise and American
capital the privileges and opportuni?
ties of engaging in international bank?
ing under national law and so lay a
foundation upon which to build an
American merchant marine ; to remove
the last vestige of doubt with regard
to our standard of value. .
"The measure provides for interna?
tional banking, and a division of
banking and currency is established,
under a board of control, instead of a
single individual in the person of the
comptroller of the currency as hereto?
fore. The board will consist of three
members whose terms of office are for
12 years, so arranged that only one
member will retire every four years.
"If' the measure now introduced
should become a law it is confidently
believed that the national banks will"
assume the current redemption in gold
coin of one hundred and thirty millions
of United States notes. In considera?
tion of the obligation assumed by the
national banks they will have the right
during the succeeding five years, to
issue gradually as business may require
an amount of bank notes equal to 60
per cent of their paid up and unim?
paired capital ; provision being made
also for an emergency circulation. As
the notes are taken out for circulation
the banks will deposit with the gov?
ernment a guarantee fund of 5 per
centum of the amount of the notes so
issued. The national banks hereafter
will be required to pay interest upon
the government deposits at the rate
of 1 per centum per annum.
"This 5 per centum guarantee fund
and the tax upon the bank notes will
be issued to protect the bank notes,
and the excess of such taxes with the
interest on the government deposits
will be used to pay off the United ?
States notes which the banks assume .
to currently redeem. \
"The United States will be divided
into, clearing house districts to facili- ;
tate the current, redemption of the ?
bank notes, so that the amount of '
notes on.tstandingg at any time always ?
will be coordinated with the amount .
of trading to be done, precisely as
checks and drafts reflect the amount
of commercial work being carried on. ?
"By and with the Consent of the
board of control, banks may have more
than one place for doing business, be- ,
ing authorized to establish themselves :
in the various cities of the country. ,
"No bank note of a denomination '
less than ten dollars will be issued, i
and the secretary of the treasury shall <
not issue a silver certificate of a de?
nomination greater than five dollars, ,
and thereafter} up?n the presentation :
to him of one hundred silver dollars or ?
any mulitple hereof, and a demand i
for their redemption, shall exchange ;
gold coin for the same." m <
Denver, Col., March 8.- Governor ?
Orman today received the following
"Washington, D. C., March 7.-His ;
Excellency, the Governor, Denver,
Col: The Chinese minister advises me
of reported attempts by Miners'
Union a Ouray, Ouray Conny, Col.,
to drive Chinese cut of town." Miners'
Union alleged to have declared boycott
against Chinese, who are said to be
"If the facts are as understood and
repr?sente'! by the Chinese minister,
the department would be pleased if ,
you would timely take such measures
as you may find appropriate to present
iolence, and to assure the Chinese pro?
tection and unrestricted enjoyment
of treaty rights and privileges.
"Secretary of State."
The Governor replied as follows :
"John Hay, Secretary of State,
Washington : Your message of March
7 received. I shall take up the matter
mentioned in your telegram with the
county and town authorities at Ouray
immediately and ascertain what can
Preacher Rebukes the King.
London, March 7.-There was a
striking . scene in the City Temple
yesterday, when during the course of
his sermon, the Rev. Joseph Parker,
D. D., the minister, administered
a pointed rebuke to King Edward,
which was loudly applauded by the
congregation. Having alluded to pub?
lic houses as "trap-doors of hell," Dr.
Parker referred to the King's recent
brewing of beer while visiting Lord
Burton. "Pray for me," said the
divine, " that 1 may speak delicately,
loyally. If the King brews beer what
can be wrong in the subject drinking
it? What the King does is likely to
be imitated by others. If the King
goes to a Sanday concert, as he did
recently, he deals a deadly blow to the
Englishman^ Sunday. The King
cannot attend a non-conformist place
of worship, but he can go to a Sunday
San Antonio, Texas., Mrach 7.-A
broken rail caused a frightful wreck
on the Southern Pacific railroad near
Maxon station, 25 miles west of San?
derson, at 3 o'clock this mornf~^4>
From the latest accounts received I
15 people were killed- outright and 28 f
persons were more or less injuredd.
"BUHO" BEGGAR'S CONFESSION.
Man Who Has Made Big Money
Tells of Some of the Tricks of
From a casual necessity begging has
become an art in which ingenuity
excels. Today the tricks of the beggar
are multitudinous and clever; the
same effort and care in another profes?
sion would possibly win distinction in
other pursuits for the best of the beg?
gars. Of late Richmond has had her
share of beggers, several of them hav?
ing come before Justice Crutchfield in
the Police Court. In view of the great
number of beggars now in this city,
the confession of one, supposed to be
blind, is interesting. This concession
was made to the writer a day or so ago
and throws a vast deal of light upon
begging as an art.
According to the statement of this
beggar he has been operating in Rich?
mond for some three weeks, and has
made something like SS a day ever
since he has been here. His plan is
ridiculous in i ts simplicity, and is dis?
tinguished'by the fact that he never
asks for money or even wears a sign
stating that he is blind. And the
ridiculous part of it all is that he is
not blind, never has been, and makes
no outside pretensions in that direc?
tion. He came here from Baltimore,
where he operated until driven away.
MAKES BIG MONEY.
"Money?" he said in reply to a
question. "Sure, there's money in it.
Do you think I'm in it for me health?
I make sometimes as high as ten dol?
lars, a day, and I never run below
five. Because why? Because I keeps
me mouth shut and plays for the big
game. I generally gets it. You notice
that I am always neatly dressed. That
is a part of the game. See this stick?
Another part of the game. With these
clothes on, with this stick and a pair
of blue glasses I'll bet that I can
make more money begging and not
asking for a cent than some of the
best bnsiness- men of the city can
"My game is simple. I put on the
glasses, take my stick in one hand and
feeling before me with the stick, walk
down the street. Of course, I am all
right. I have had forty people on the
verge of nervous prostration through
what appeared to them to be my
danger, that is a favorite trick of
the game T am working. For in?
stance, I go slowly into the middle
of street, feeling my way with a
stick, allow myself to get in the path
of a heavy wagon or something . com?
ing toward ' me, and betcherneck I
know how far away it is. Of course,
always at the proper moment, I move.
Meanwhile some half a dozen men
will rush out from the sidewalk to
save the poor blind man.
"This trick always arouses sym?
pathy. People ask me where I am
going. I always say that I am going
to some place I know to be a mile or
so away, but that I have no money and
can't ride. Sometimes it is necessary
to tell how the boy I had hired to
lead me about deserted me'in the
street and left me to go by myself.
These appeal usually arouses a man's
sympathy and he will give me a quar?
ter or a half a dollar, and once there
was a pretty woman who gave me a
?ve dollar bill and enquired my name
and address. I was ashamed to take
the money-but I did it.
"Usually, however, I merely walk
along the street until I reach a cross
street, where I stand until I see some?
one who looks easy coming along.
Then I ask them to help a blind, man
across the street and in forty-nine out
of fifty eases they will do it. They ask
where I am going, and there is usually
a repetition of the scene I have just
mentioned. I have had them time
after time take me and put me on a
car with a quarter andjny fare paid,
[ts easy money when you do that as
of ten in a day as I do. "
Then the supposed blind man talked
cf other begging games. f
"I think," he said, and he spoke
with the air of experience which was
convincing, " that the. blind game is
the best of all the begging games.
But there are some other good ones.
One is the deaf and dumb game. This
requires a great deal of care and train?
ing, and is much more difficult than
the blind game. One is always liable
to look around at any sudden noise or
to speak sometimes, or to show that
they understand what is said in their
presence. Those things, ] of course,
always give away the game.
': I met a man in Baltimore who is
the best deaf and dumb player I ever
saw. I saw one man try about twenty
times to trick him into some sign of
comprehension, but it never fazed him.
Yet he can hear and talk as well as I
can. He usually worked with printed
"By the way, there was a man who
tried to trick me here the other day at
Eighth and Broad Streets. He drew
a coin out of his pocket and dropped
it on the ground and J walked away. I
couldn't afford to give myself away,
felt for the coin two or three times
with my stick and went up the street.
A woman picked it up. and gave it
" The cripple game is a good one,,
but it means considerable pain some?
times to the man who works it. A
man nmst train himself to hold his
hand or leg in a certain position, and
this is very trying. Then the man who
has recently been hurt is another good
one. This is done by croton oil blis?
tering, and when one doubts the injury
it can be shown. It makes a horrible
looking spot and one which is always
effective. I have worked that game
several times myself. There is a
place in Division Street, in New York
where they teach all these tricks.
"The child game is always a good
one, but it is hard to get a child who
has enough sense to work it. It is
a story of hunger, and sick mother
and medicine and things. There is a
New Yorker known as 'Red Leary,1
who has some twenty of these chil?
dren working for him and he pays
them big for it."
In this connection the advice given
by the members of the Citizens' Relief
Association to the public not to give
to beggars but to refer them to the
Association seems to be good. No
deserving case is overlooked by the
Association, and at the same time
it saves the public from being im?
posed upon. Good work has been
C!^ae by this Association, and the
officers of the law refer all -needy
BRITISH DEFEAT IN AFRICA.
One of the Worst of the South
African. War-Gen. Methuen is
London, March IO.-It was announc?
ed today that Gen. Lord Methuen and
four guns had been captured by the
Boers commanded by Gen. Delarey.
The news came like a thunderbolt to
London. The extra editions of the even?
ing papers with an account of the disas?
ter were eagerly bought up and their
readers hurried through the streets
with anxious faces and bitter remarks
were passed on the subjcet of the "gov?
ernment's declaration that the war in
South Africa was over. The news
came too late to affect business on the
stock exchange, but excited "curb deal?
ings quickly followed the closing in
which South Africans slumped heavily.
The news caused excitement in, the
mine market. Throgmorton street
was thronged, with South African
operators eagerly inquiring for details
of .the British defeat and watching
the effect of the announcement..
Shares were offered freely at first;
but by. 6 o'clock the excitemnet had
abated and the curb one hardened.
The news was received in the house
of commons amid great excitement
The reading of Lord Kitchener's tele?
gram by the war secretary, Mr. Brod?
rick, was listened to in deep silence
which was broken by loud Irish
cheers. "Instantly there were cries of
"shame! shame!" from the govern?
ment benches. Then the Irish .mem?
bers seemedd to think better of their
outbreak, and suddenly subside. The
subsequent eulogistic references to
Gen. Methuen were received with
In brief, Lord Kitchener announced
that when Gen. Methuen was cap?
tured, wounded, with four guns, three
British officers and 38 men were kill?
ed and five officers and 72 men wound?
ed. In addition one officer and 200
men were reported missing.
The text of Lord Kitchener's dis?
patch anounncing the capture of Geh.
Methuen is as follows:
"Pretoria, Saturday, March 8.-I
greatly regret to have to send you
bad news bf Methuen. . He was mov?
ing with 900 mounted men, under
Major Pasis, and 300 infantry, four
guns and a pompom, from Wynburg
to Lien tenburg, and was to meet Gren?
fell, with 1,300 mounted men at Rovi
rainesfontein today. Yesterday morn?
ing early he was attacked by Dela?
rey's force between Twe-Bosch and
Palmieteknill. The Boers charged
on three sides.
"Five hundred and fifty men haye
come in at Maribogs and Kraaipan.
They were pursued by the Boers four
miles from the scene of the action.
They report that Methuen and Paris,
with the guns, bagagge, etc, were
captured by the Boers. Methuen,
when last seen was a prisoner. I have
no details of the casualties, and sug?
gest delaying publication till ? I can
send definite news. I think this sud?
den revival of activity on the part of
Delarey is to draw off the troops press?
In a second dispatch, dated Sunday,
March 9, Lord Kitchener says :
"Paris has come in at Kraaaipan,
with the remainder of the men. He
reports that the column was moving
in two parties. One, with the ox
wagons, left Twe-Bosch at 3 a. m.
The other, with the mule, wagons,
started an hour later. Jost before
dawn the Beers attacked. Before re
enforcements could reach them the
rear guardd broke. In the meantime,
a large number of Boers galloped upon
both flanks. These at first were
checked by the flank parties, but the
panic and stampede of the mules had
begun, and all the mule wagons, with
a terrible mixture of mounted men,.
rushed past the ox wagons. All efforts
to check them were unavailing. Ma?
jor Paris collected 40 men and occu?
pied a position a mile in front of the
ox wagons, which were then halted.
, After a gallant but useless defense,
the enemy rushed into the ox wagons
and Methuen was wounded in the
thigh, Paris, being surrounded, sur?
rendered at 10 a. m. Methuen is still
in the Boer camp. * '.
Then follows the number of the
casualties, : as ?"already cabled. The
killing includes Lieuts, G. R. Yen?
ning and T. W. P. Nesham of the
Royal artillery who were killed while
serving their guns with case shots. j
A certain drug clerk had heard the
story of the colored woman who, on
asking for flesh-colored court-plaster,
was given black by the observant
shop-keeper : and he treasured up the
I incident, hoping for an opportunity to
imitate the sharpness of the dealer.
His opportunity came. One evening
j a comely colored girl stepped into the
store where he was employed.
"I wants some co'rt-plaster," she
"What color?" inquired the clerk,
with affected nonchalance.
"Flesh collah, sah."
Trembling in his shoes, and keeping
! within reach of a heavy pestle, the
! clerk handed the young woman a box
I of black court-plaster. He was sur?
prised at the time that the situation
afforded so little humor. The girL
opened the box with deliberation that
was ominous, but the face was unruffled
as she noted the color of the contents.
* ' I guess you mus' a' misunderstood
my ordah. I asked for flesh cullah.
and you done give me skin cullah,"
The drug clerk is said to be still a
little dazed, and he has firmly resolv?
ed to subject every joke to rigid labor?
atory test hereafter before using.
-mm i tum
The State board recently adopted a
resolution directing that 825,000 be
paid into tbe State treasury on ac?
count of the school fund. This pay?
ment is. to be made at once and the
money Viii be available under the
provisions of the Act.
Roanoke, Va., March 10.-Burnett
Linkous and Clous Reynolds, white,
wanted for raising checks in Mont?
gomery county, were surrounded by a
sheriff's posse in Giles county today.
Both men, who have been defying
the law for several months made a
simultaneous resistance and Reynolds
fired on the officers. The latter re?
turned the fire, killing Reynolds and
Detective stories of all kinds at H.
G. Osteen & Go's book store.
VEST ARRAIGNS SHIP SUBSIDY.
A Strong and Unanswerable Ar?
gument Against the Scheme.
Washington, March IO.-For nearlv
two hours today Mr. Vest of Missouri
addressed the senate in opposition to
the pending ship subsidy bill. No
member of the body has been accorded
more flatteringly close attention than -
he received. Despite his evident
feebleness he spoke with force and fire
and at times became brilliantly elo?
quent. He carefully analyzed the
pending measure and marshaled his
aguments against it with cogency and
Mr. Tillman of South Carolina fol?
lowed with a brief speech in opposi?
tion to the bill... He denounced 7 the
policy of givingjsnbsidies to anybody,,
particularly to individuals and .cor- vi
porations engaged in the formation of
The Missouri senator declared that
73 per cent, of the proposed subsidy .'
which would he received by ships on
the Atlantic would go to a single line
-the International Navigation com?
pany-the American line. It was in
this respect open tb the same objec?
tion as the bill presented to the last
congress. The vessels would get the
subsidies whether they carried a sin?
gle postal card or rot.
He declared. that the pending bill
provided for a "pure, naked- and un?
adulterated subsidy" and said it was
defended on the ground that with the.
subsidy, the American merchant
marine could^compete- with the sub?
sidized ships of European powers., " ?
He denied "emphatically and distinct?
ly" that such would be the result
of the bill's operation. England, he;
asserted, had 53 per cent, cf the ocean
carrying trade of the world, but he
denied that England paid subsidies to
hier vessels. Most of England's ocean
commerce was carried by her tramp
steamers. They were to be found irr
every port and came into comp?tition
with each other, but not a penny of -
subsidy was paid to any of them. "
In adverting briefly to the operation
of the Dingley tariff law, Mr. Vest *
spoke of the lumber schedule r
Mr. Hanna interrupted to inquire
how many Democratic senators baft
voted for a tax of $2 a thousand feet ^
upon lumber when the Dingley bill
was before the senate.
Mr. Vest replied that he cosld not
tell. He did not, he knew. The
fact that any Democratic senator did
vote for it indicated only the force of
Mr. Tillman of South Caroilna in?
terjected, the remark that he had ''\
voted - for the $2 tax on lumber, al?
though he knew it was a steal, and
had so stated at the time. He had ,
roted for it, however, because be pro- -
)sed to get out of the tariff biH a
mare for his State and that was the
only way^South Carolina could get ,
my thing. - . \
Mr. Vest criticised the majority of
the commerce committee for elimi
lating from this bill the provision,
rhich required a subsidized ship tc*
irry at least 50 per cent of her cargo
capacity upon any voyage upon which
she was'to receive subsidy.
Mr. Vest urged that if the "ship?
ping trusts" were to be subsidized
there was no reason why the farming
industry and the mining industry,
too, should not be subsidized.
Mr.: Vest maintained that ships
could be built in this country as
cheaply as they would be/ built any?
where. The shipyards of the United'
States never were more fully employed
than they now were and had been- for
several years. . ? .
He made an attack upon the naviga?
tion laws of the United States, declar?
ing that they were responsible for the
decline of the merchant marine. The -?M
remedy was to abrogate the^naviffation
laws and permit citizens of the United
States to buy their ships where they ?
could buy them cheapest.
Mr. Vest said if this subsidy is;
given it will be but the beginning of
the end and will result in a monopoly
equal to that of the Standard OiS ^
EFFORT IO DEFEAT ~~
Some Republicans Wish to Postpone
li! Action for This Session.
Washington, March 9. - Sunday ?
brought something of a lull in the
agitation over Cuban reciprocity, al?
though the elements for and against
concessions continued to prosecute
their plans in anticipation of the
struggle on Tuesday night when the N.
fourth conference of house Republicans
will be held. During the day there .
were no formal meetings and consulta?
tions. The tactical plans of the ways
and means committee are largely com?
mitted to Representative Long* of
Kansas, who was busy prosecuting his^
canvass. Mr. Long was in. consulta?
tion during, the day with Speakers
Henderson, who is taking an active
interest in having the ways and means
.committee supported, on the ground
that the opposition is one which to
some extent affects the regular organi- *
zation of the house. The various con?
sultations, however, did not lead to
any new developments in the situation^
Those who oppose the ways and means
committee continued to assert that
they had a list showing 108 Republican
members with some 25 more doubtful.
If this claim could be made good, it
would be decisive in the coming con?
ference. But Chairman Payne and his
associates, while giving no figures, do
not concede the strength claimed^ by
the opposition. When seen tonight
Mr. Payne declined to say what the
committee plans are or to make any
claims but said he was entirely satis?
fied with the situation. One of the M
leaders of the oppostion element says
that the main effort on Tuesday night
would be to defer all action, at least
for this session of congress.
London, March 8.-Lord Kitchen?
er, in a dispatch from Pretoria, dated
today, reports the discovery of a
Boer magazine in a cave northeast?
ward of Rietz, Orange River Colony, ?
containing 310,000 rounds of rifle am?
munition, hundreds of shells and ?
fuses, 200 pounds of powder, a Maxim fi
gun, helios, field telegraphs and ^
quantities of stores. Thirty five Boers r
have been captured in the same neigh?
borhood since March 4. The magazine
was discover?dlby Canadian scouts. \ |