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MONTEREY, HIGHLAND COUNTY, VA., OCTOBER 13, 1893.
? ~. -- -. --? -at ar TTT rt TTI T Tl af fi
In the Shadow of the
BY DAVID LOWRY.
"Whereupon nil listened attentively ns
he rea 1 fi om a took quoted every hour in
the tiny by a people sorely perplexed,
victims to doubt and gross superstitions.
lu a time of tbe greatest perplexity ever
experienced bye sober-living, law-abiding
community, horrible stories of witchcraft
circulated. Nowhere was there so much
fear aad trembling as in Salem?nowhere
in Massachusetts was there such dread
ia ii il apprehension as in Salem, where
John Lee's voice pleaded for light arid
wiser cooneel, and the peace and good?
will that comos of understanding. His
voice was tremulous at times as he read
and commented upon the words of conso?
lation forming the very fountain of
Christianity. The sweet charity illus?
trated moved his wife ml daughter
deeply. The ferro.' cf his spirit commu?
nicate! itself totbem, and when he closed
the book, savin", "Let us pray," even Ann
L ggei was subdued as she kuelt.
At the time I wiite cf? ]ri'J2? when
New England was convulsed with the
delusion cf witchcraft, there was a pond,
known aa W lkius' Pond, ucar ono of the
bills familiar to the people of Bah m.
Wills', Solomon, Smith's, Afferd (or
Cherry), and B-dd Hills were localities
known to young and old. One of them
was afterward known as Witch Hill.
Severn! perrons convicted of witchcraft
were condemned mid mouuted tho scaffold
on Witch 11:11 in the presence of a
Wills' Hill was a locality avoided after
?onset. Stoiiei related with bated bieath
by certrio gossips who fanned the blnzo
Oi excitement manaling their own and
neighbors' exper euces, rendered Wills'
Hill a very uudesirab'e locality after
uighlful'. Wilkins' Pond speedily ac?
quired an evil reputation from the same
In the days when the earlv inhabitants
cf Salem were compelled to defend them?
selves from the Indians, a stout frame
Kt met ure termed a lookout was erected on
the side of Wills' Hill opposite tbe
town. This structure, fallen into d'suse
nnd decay, wai now dreaded ns much as
though it were the "I o.ie of the evil one.
Stories were told of strange sights wit*
nested between the old hut and Wilkins"
Some theie were wto proposed burning
tho but, but no one had the couiage to
carry out this terrible resolve. It stood
unharmed uutil the events I am relating
enased tho people to t'estroy it. They re?
alized then that the hut was an evidence
of their teirible superstition.
The old lookout had two openings, one
Lear each end. lt was built on a littie
ridge, or bench, forming an easy and nat
ural path, but for all that, nei her man
nor woman cor animal appioacbed it.
Only the night b ids and bats found shel?
ter in it.
The events that succeeded the inci?
dents related are so closely connectel
with the cid hut on Wills' H ll that I have
been thus particular in dosciibina; a lo?
cality which bte tine the subject of much
speculation and proved all potent in
shaping the views of the superstitions.
ON V.ILJ.S KILL.
The same evening tbat Arthur Proctor
made his hurried visit to the house of
John Lee, and n little while after her
father concluded family worship, Janot
Lee emerged stealthily from her father's
house ind walked away swiftly in the
darkness. She walked directly to Will's
Hill. At times she paused and listened
intently to assure herself that she was
not followed. At last she reached the
old hut; but, spite of her precautions,
one followed her whose keen vision and
cunning excelled his courage so far that,
when b.9 realized that he stood on the
summit of Will's Hill, a cold sweat broke
out on bis free and hands.
"If it were not for Ann Bigger," said
Ezra Easty to himself
A micket chirping caused him to bound.
Ile trembled i nd shook and peered about
"I might have known better than to
have followed Janet to this witches'
revel. None but those who deal with
witches come here, and if I return sare
never will I invite the anger of the
His teeth were chattering as he peered
"She came this way, but where has Bhe
The cricket chirped again and the spy
trembled in mortal fear.
"If I go back to Ann Bigger as I came
I'll never hear thc end of it. She will
never have done laughing nt me foi
Abut, whirling, struck his cheek, and
Ezra Easty fell prone on the earth, where
ho lay with bis fa o on the ground. As
be"l ty thus a figure stole cautiously from
one end of the hut. As .I anet Lee stood
motionless, listening lo the beating of
her heart, she hoard a sound like a foot?
She disappeared in the hut again as
another figaro approached the other end
of the hut. Jane' stood irresolutely at
the entrance, pressing a hand over her
heart io still its throbbing. (;a*bering
courage, she move 1 slowly along the out?
side of tho hut, until her hand came in
contact with another hand. Recoiling,
i-he darted into tho hut again. At the
Same lime Ihe nowt omer retreated to the
o'her end of the hut. Then Ezra Easty
foin d bis voice as he grasped the new?
"J have yoo* now, Miss Janet! What
brings voa to Wilt's Hill at this hour with
Cathe ami milk, wheo you should be at
home.'' Como with m.-."
Tbe f'guie resisted, the e was a biie!
? straggle, and I i I sst] grasped the air
with cue lian J. and robbs I an ear with
the c'bei. Tho blow be roceived on the
side of the head stunned bim. Then bo
io'.t something on his arm; he felt- it with
his fingers carefully, held it up, and it
-Ottered in Ibo air.
This will tell who brines cake and
milk to Will's Hill," he said, as he cast a
terrified look about him. Then he shiv?
ered; nn agonj of terror overpowered
him; lie fell as though ho were sinking
to the earth Bu! bo rollie Land with
e hoarse cry for "Help!' ? ped homeward
bs f si as h s le s cou ld cai ry him.
He wi s running for his life when he
stumbled ag inst.? mau wbo was walking
quietly alone 'be- road.
"What! Thief! Bobber! Stand back!"
"I uni no lobber, sir. I am but a poor
apprenti< e, sir. I would not harm-"
' 1 is tbe voice of Ezra Easty."
"And this is Master Elis."
"Where are your leet carrying voa so
*'Tis a lon:; story. I must not stop.
I must go home at once."
"At least you can tell me where you
"I come fiom the devil's own field ?
from Will's Hill?but nothing! not all
tbe money in Salem could tempt me to
go there agan."
"Ave?and pray what were you eloing
on will's H.trr"
" Well, if you must know, 'twas Ann
Bigger made me go to watch our Janet."
"Do Lot tr fie with me. If yon lie to
me, E<:ra Eas'y, you know it will not
"I ?m not lying. I came straight from
"And what 6aw you there?"
"1 saw nothing, only I know I followed
our Janet thero. Ye6, I'll swear it."
"This is a grave charge, Ezra."
"Aye. is it?but here's what will prove
He held up a kerchief. Giles Ellis felt
it carefully, then returned it.
"I took that from her before she got
"A fine story. How could a girl run
aw.ay from a lad as strong as you?"
"There were more than Janet there. A
dozen witches, I'll swear, tossed me to
aad fro, then struck me a blow that felled
me to the ground. But I must hasten
"Stay! I command you to stand where
you are. I will have a word with the Mar?
shal on this before you go to John Lee's
again. If it is true--"
"I am ready to make o th to it," said
"Very well," said Giles Ellis, "then
come with ma first."
As they walked on side by s de, Giles
Ellis smiled wickedly. His innermost
thought was: "All things work to my
John Lee laid t side his book and
looked at his wife, who was knitt ng be?
side the fire. Aun Bigger was folding a
large patch for a ajuilt, apparently ob?
livious to all the world but the piece of
cloth she held in her hamls.
The family were up In'er than usual.
It seetre.l as if tbe members of this fam?
ily of late defeired their lying down till
the last minute.
"Wo may as well to bed," said John
Lee, at last, sighing wearily. "Where is
Ezra? Is he abed? It is time we were
r.11 abed," he aided, glancing at the clock,
"Where is Janet?"
"Here, father, "J anet answered, entering
at that moment. She was trembling,
but ber father did not observe her.
Neither did I19 notice her voice, which
was tremulous. Hid he looked closely
at hiB daughter be could not have failed
to observe evidences of extraordiuary ex?
citement. That he did not remark this
was evidence to her of the load of care
which oppressed him, as hs retired with
a heavier step than u6unl. Mi-tre^s Lee
followed him, first charging Janet to
obey her father promptly, as tbe night
was wearing on.
"Ina little while, mother-I will not
be long," answered Janet.
Ann Bigger looked askance at her, and
Janet looked squarely in the servant's
face. Then Ann Bigger made a pretense
of bustling about. Janet sat down and
folded her hands in her lap. At last Ann
Bigger, seeing Janet sitting motionless,
with a great flourishing of her skirts left
Still Janet sat thinking. Five, ten
minutes elapsed. Then Janet rose, walked
softly past the window two or three times,
then lifting the light placed it where it
could be seen pl inly from the outside.
Presently a light tap came at the door.
Janet opened it nnd her lover entered.
"I have been waiting this half hour or
"Nay, you but think so."
"Are they all abed?"
"Ezra is not in."
"I thought I stumbled against him a
while ago. I wa3 not nrstaken. Janet,
1 like him not."
"Nor does any like him?unless it be
Ann Bigger, who mikes him fetch and
carry for her. What news, Arthur? I
6-6 it in your face, It is bal news."
Her lover smiled faintly.
"I hear so much that is like the raving
of madmen that I will not burden you
with it, even if 1 had taxed my memory
with it, which I did not. 'Tis even said
some one of this family has been seen
near Wilkins' Pond, and 6ome one going
near Will's Hill, where strange sights and
sounds have terrified many."
"Aye, such as lowing of cows, barking
of do^s and bleating of sheep," saiel
Janet, scornfully. "Is it Abigail Will?
iams and Aun Putnam who tell these sto?
nor? It is as likely as anytb'ng such
children can say or invent."
"I would think less if the children said
"Well, well. Thoir t .Ik is at least bet?
ter than the prattle of tho poor babe, lit?
tle Mary Lewis, who L but three years
old and held in jail as a witness against
her own mother. Have our people lost
their senses, Arthur Proctor, that such
things can be?"
"They have lost their hearts as well,"
said her lover gloomily. "They seem to
have turned to Btone."
Tho lovers were so deeply absorbed
that they took no notice of the face that
looked at them through the window.
"Who of ns is accused, Arthur, or who
is at the bottom of these stories concern?
"If my tongue is tied," Arthur Proctor
answered, "it is because I would not
knowingly do any man injustice."
"That is enough. It is Giles Ellis you
Arthur Proctor bowed.
Janet mswered, "If it is really Giles,
be has great influence with the magis
"And may do you mischief."
Tbe door latch was lifted at that in?
stant, and Ezra Easty entered, followed
by the Marshal of Salem.
"Did I not tell you we would find ion e
jDe with her?"
The apprectice pointed to Arthur Proc?
tor. Proctor advanced thre denngly.
"How dare you!" But Ezra, shielded
by the Marshal, saucily replied:
"I dare mo e than that, ns I can prove
But Arthur pushed the Marshal aside,
ind boxed the apprentice's ears soundly.
"The noise brought John Lee into the
room, followeel by Dorothea and Ann
Bisger. who stoad in the doorway.
"What is tbe meaning of this violence
nt this hour, Samuel Hobbs?"
"Ask Arthur Proctor. I but came be?
tween him aud your apprentice."
"I'll have him c ted,' Ezra whined.
"Janet," said her father, "what does
Arthur Proclor wnut here at this hour?"
Janet faced her father courageously.
"He came because 1 asked him to bring
tsuch rumors as he can gather concerning
"What did I fell you.'"
Tbe apprentice turned to the Marshal.
"Is she not bold?"
"Peace," said John Lee sternly.
"I'll not be silt nt nnd let the mistress
say me and Ann Bigger steal your cake
Dorothea Lee, advancing from the door,
suddenly interposed now,
"Whit a trifle to make a talk about,
John, ns if a few cakes were worth all
"There is somelhing in this I will
fathom ere I go to bed." John Lee spoke
resolutely. Then fixing his eyes upon his
apprentice he asked him: "Who stole the
bread and milk, Ezra Easty? Answer
" 'Twas your own daughter Janet there,
as Ann Bigger will prove. She saw her
tike them, and I followed her."
"And where did you follow her, and
"To Will's Hill, within this hour; since
we had seivi e."
"What proof have you of this?"
"When I told her to come home with
me, and caught hold of her, she ran away,
leaving (his in my hand,"
The apprent ce held up a kerchief in
his hand. Doro'.hei Leo suppressed an
exe amation as she looked at her daughter.
Janet in her turn cast a terrified look upon
her mothor, who wis the first to break
the overpowering silence wh ch followed
the apprentice's bold speech.
"Stay, John," she began, but suddenly
Janet darted between the Marshal and
Esra, and snatching the kerchief from
"Babbler! what if it is mine?"
Dorothea Lee placed a hand over her
heart as the voice of the Marshal rang
in her eaiR:
"Janet Lee. I must take you into cus?
tody until you d sprove the charge of
Arthur Proctor raised a hand as though
he would strike th i Marshal, then let it
fall at his Bide, while Johu Lee involun?
tarily raised his eyes to heaven, aud his
wife fainted dead away.
There was a goodly n mber in the
Globe Inn. The inn was freshened up?
it looked smarter. It. was remarked that
Daniel Meade was never as cheerful or
even tempered as he was in the past.
But people said it was not much wonder.
The fate that hid ove 'akon his son, and
under his father's roof, wns sufficient to
cast a shadow over Daniel Meade's life.
There were times when he gave rein to
merriment, but, somehow, the frequent?
ers of the inn liked him less in these
moods than when he was sober.
Grizzle Meade was the genius of the
inn. It was Grizzle who smattened it
ap, and was assiduous in her attentions
to the customers. Tbe Globe Inn, f>om
a dull nnd despondent place, suddenly
became the most popular resort near or
There was a cheerful fire, and h .If a
dozen customer:! sitting around it, when
Arthur Proctor, who rarely vis ted the
inn, entered it one evening. Grizzle
Meade was waiting upon the customers.
The landlord was looking ont of the win?
dow. Giles Elis was talking in low
tones to a man whose face was strange to
Proctor. Giles wag in the shadow of the
great chimney, where he eommanded a
view of all in the room. He affected not
to perceive Proctor, who sat down in the
full light of the fire, and called for some
wine. It was Grizzle Meade's hand that
served him. A sailor sitting near him,
after turning to look at the newcomer,
faced his companion again, slapped a
h nd upon his thigh, and, as if pursuing
the theme discussed, said:
"Mayhap you can tell me something.
Since I've come ashore, I'm all at sea. I
hear bo much chaff, I've lost my reckon?
ing; and I don't see any compass to go
by. What with those ta'es of witches,
why, it's ten times worse than any yarnB
I ever heard in the fo' sle. "
The sailor drank, looked into his meas?
ure, then observing the uncertainty in
his companion's face continued:
"Don't be alarmed! I'll hiing tio ible to
no man. But l'vo heard my fathe-, who
fought the Indians, say this John Lee is
a goodish soit of man. Now. I've been
abroad these four years, wbere the bone
and gristle of a man tells. How? Why,
how then but when a man stands by his
mates in a pinch, and my fa'her told me
John Lee was a man to stand by his mates
through thick and thin. I've no liking
for the other sort, but since I've been here
these thiee days I've found a ship's crew
ot milk-and-water fellows that scarcely
speak above their breath. More?there's
enough to man a boat?all speaking in
wh'spers and nodding--making faces, as
if they had fed on something that soured
on their stomachs. Tell me, mate, why
is it that never a man opens his mouth to
answer me when I ask, 'What's this proof
against John Lee?' or, 'Has no one a
word for John Lee?' 1 say, mate, must a
man's wife?child of his bone-all haug
and nobody dare s ty a wort*. I'd best get
back to my ship lest somebody takes hold
"JohnLee is not without friendp," said
Arthur Proctor, quietly, without looking
at the sailor. The sailor whirled around
quickly. "Because they choose to go
about quietly, they are none the lesB true.
They feel for him in his trouble, and will
not see his wife nnd daughter han? until
it is proved beyond a peradventure that
they are guilty."
"Why, now, you are the plainest spoken
man I have beard since I came ashore.
Landlord, a jorum for tho man that dares
answer a civil question without mincing
[TO BE CONTINUED.]
A remarkaulk spectroscopic, obser
vation by Mr. 0. Piazzi 8myth seems
to support the idea that hydrogen is
the original form of matter, and, a:s
Mr. Smyth remarks, suggests tlio pos?
sibility that everything may return to
the hydiogen state and that the solar
system may explode some day into a
bo called hydrogen star. In 1878 a quan?
tity of iodine was placed in some tubes,
when the air was nearly exhausted and
th j tubes were hermetically sealed. In
1880 the light emitted by ono of these
tubej on the passage of an electric
c-irrent through it showed no loss than
1 !8 lines of tho iodine spectrum, and
only thvee faint hydrogen linos; but
when recently again examined the
same tube gave a groat abandonee of
hydrogen _u.es, and not ? kingle iodine
line, while somo iodine grannie - sealed
into tho tube lind al*) di*appeared.
Thero waa rio possibility of an aooi
dental leak to account for the pheno
Dr. BucHHEifli sn lias calculated tim
amount of energy expended bv a peri on
weighing 168 pounds in cl iud log i peak
7,000 feet high, the time occupied being
five hours. Ile finds t hat the total worl
done is equal to that of raising 1,380,
000 pounds one foot, or one pound
1,880,000 feet. Ol'this work. 170,00!)
foot-pounds is expended by tho muscles
of the legs in lifting the body; 120,000
by the heart in circulating tho blood:
80,000 by the chest in breathing; and
51,000 in the various exertions of bal?
ancing the body, overcoming friction of
the ground, etc.
An incandescent lamp at Taunton,
England, was used 10,000 hours before
the slender carbon filament failed,
Susan B. Anthony and Madame Devoe ad?
dressed a very large mass-meeting at the
courthouse in Lawrence, Kum, and organ?
ized a society to promote the cause of equal
suffrage. They have been making a tour of
the state and speaking in Holton and Topeka
and are on theil- way to the World's Fair.
-A boy named Andrew Lippe was Instantly
killed, and a miner named Billy Brown, fa?
tally injured by a blast at Clinton, Ind.
Their shot hnd failed to go and they went
back to investigate. But few men were in
the mine nt the time, nud it ia not known just
how they were killed??-?Forty-five horses
were burned to death in a fire that destroyed
the livery stable of the E. L. Everson Com?
pany, in Louisville, Ky.-James M. V.
Johnson was arrested in Buffalo, where h*i
was known as Harry De Vere, on the charge
of having murdered Jacob Branch in Akron,
Ohio.-N. R. Hooper was arrested in Port
Hope, Ontario, ou the suspicion of having
caused the death of his wife, who died on tho
day he had bought prussic acid for the al?
leged purpose of killing a dog.-In a bat?
tle between moonshiners and citizens in
Knott county, Kentucky, two men were
killed and the still demolished.-Miss Cora
Phillips was killed nnd Mrs. John Crltts
seriously injured by being thrown from their
carriage in Iront of a railroad train at BcoU*
A movement ha9 been formally inaugu?
rated In Scranton, Pa., to send a choir of
Welch-American voices to Wales next year
to represent the United States at the National
Eisteddfod there. One hundred and s'.xty
picked voices aro to becho6on.-?The mem?
bers of various commercial exchanges in
Memphis, Tenn., in convontion assembled,
declared for repenl of tho silver purchase
law mid condemned tbe course of the Ten?
nessee senators.-A tornado did great in?
jury to person and property in Hogan, Ga.
-The steamship Waleslaud,from Antwerp
brought to Now York the body of Herman
Gerstbuch, of Hamilton,0., who died of apo?
plexy on the tteamer.-Missionary Harri?
son R. Thornton,was killed by natives in the
town of Auburn, Alaska. ? Ex-Judge Eben
Hutchinson, indicted for embezzlement in
Chelseu, Mass., has been located in the Ar?
gentine Republic, which has no extradition
treaty with thc United States.-Rev. John
S. Hoffman coir.m'.ttod suicide at his home
in Bainbridge, Po.-David Bell, the oldest
iron and stell sbip-builder on the lakes, has
made a general assignment in Buffalo, N. Y.,
for tho benellt of his creditors. N > schedule
of assets or liabilities has been prepared.
Ex-President Harrison attended a meeting
of the Loyal Legion in Cincinnati.
A track-walker folleu tne piaus ro wrecu a
passenger train on the Pittsburg and Lake
Erie, at Homewood, Ta.-Stonewall J. De
France was arreited in Detroit for the Min?
neapolis authorities. A charge of forgery
for a large sum ie said to be pending against
him.-The freshman class of the state col?
lege in Bel]efynte, Pa., went on a. strike be?
cause several members were suspended.
Washington Welsh wa9 shot and killed nt
Oak Hill, Tenn., by some person unknown.
-News raceived from Bier, a Mojnda min?
ing camp, in New Mexico, state tbat a con?
flict occurred there between riotous miners
p.nd the police authorities, resulting In three
miners and one policeman being killed and
several on both sides wounded.-Tbe
well-known newspaper, Don Quixote, of tbe
City of Mexico, has been suppressed by the
government, a large force of police having
tnken charge of the plant. The editor, Fed?
erico Garcia, and five compos'tors, have been
arrested and are confined in Belem prison.
-Eli Leader, driver of the mail wagon be?
tween the Lackawanna station acd the post
office at Scranton, wa9 arrested, charge 1
with stealing the Montrose mail pouch.?A
wreck occurred on the Newark and Eliza?
beth branch of the Central Railroad, near
Eliaabetbport station. Through some defect
in the signals,the passenger train that leaves
Newark at 8.3 A. M. crashed into the rear
end of a freight train. The shock hurled all
the passengers out of their seat?, and a boy
was slightly cut about the head and face.
Fire damaged the building occupied by tnc
Star Collar nnd Box Company, and D. Eng?
lish & Co., printers, at Montreal. Tat
former's loss is considerable.-In hor re?
port to the executive officers of tho Re!
Cross, Mi?s Clari Bartoa says that there nr?
3 ,0D0 destitute people in sections of South
Carolitfttin need of assistance.?W. H. Clapp
& Co., boot and sho3 mauufacturers of Wey?
mouth; Ma93., havo assigned. Liabilities
?f 50,OOO ; nsset9 nbout $<,000.-Oliver Ser?
ver, of Camden, N. J., beat his housekeep"!
and then tried to cremate her.-The jury
in the case of Edw. D. King and Thomas W.
Dickson, Pittsburg printers, charged witt
the murder of Wm. Cunningham, anothei
printer, last monih, brought in ,a verdici
finding the defendants guilty of voluntary
manslaughter.-Thomas and Joseph Mc
Glynn, two brothers, from Canada, tried tc
rob Dr. J. Knoll, in Buffalo. They failed
aud were arrested.-Frank McCloskey wai
killed in Flntbusb, a suburb of Brooklyn, 1}
Brynn Manning. The men had been drink
ing all day, and went from a saloon to ?
woodshed. McCloskey was found dead witl
the top of his head blown off. Manning wai
arresteJ, and claims that the killing was ai
accident.-The Pennsylvania Commander
of Loyal Legion raised a flag pole one hun
dred and flf.y feet high at tho little house oi
tho Taueytown road, where General Mead
made his headquarters during the battle c
A MODERN MIRACLE.
Two 0 :ilclren Knocked Down bv a Lo?
comotive on a Tres le Escapi Unhurt
While a train on the Missouri Pacific wa1
approaching Rich Hill, Mo., tho engineei
discovered a woman and two children cross
inga thirty-foot trestle. He sounded tht
whistle and applied the brakes, but was uu
able to stop the train. The women jumpec
and escaped with slight bruises.
Brakeman Hartshorn rjn out on the pilo
of thc ougine in the vain endeavor to seiz
thocbildr.n, two girls, aged five and si:
years respectively, but unavailingly. The;
wero knocked down by the pilot and fell be
tween the sleepers, lodging just under th
rails. Ihe entire train of thirty-eight car
passed over them, but when the trainme;
went back to gather u^their remains, bot]
children were found unhurt.
A Day's Happenings as Told
by the Wires,
A COLD-BLOODED MURDER.
Weather and Crops.
During the pHSt6evenday6tbetemperaturo
has averaged about IO degrees, daily, below
tho normal for the season, and light to heavy
frosts were reported in Augusta, Page, Prince
William, nnd Sussex counties, nnd some
slight damages resulted to late corn, toma?
toes, etc. The rainfall was generally below
the normal in the northern sections, and
slightly above the normal in tho central and
eastern sections, where heavy rains oc?
Hail and wind storm caused damaged to
?the tobacco crop in Goochlanu aid Hanover
counties and to tbe fodder and apple crops
in Richmond county. Tho latter portion of
the week was generally fair, and the condi?
tions were more favorable for seeding fall
crors. All reports show that thj fodder crop
has been seriously damaged by the reoent
excessive and continued rains, while great
damage was caused by the high winds of
August 28th in the southern and central and
eastern sections of the State. The greater
portion oa' the tobacco crop has already been
cut, and generally in a damaged condition
on account of said storms nud rains.
Reports show that more than the average
amount of winter oats is being sown, and
that less than the average acreage of wheat
will be sown.
Pastures have improved very much and are
now in fair to good condition.
Tho peanut crop is now being harvested
and the Virginia nuts are not generally up
to the average ; tho Spanish nuts are reported
ns in better condition.
The apple crop suffered from the recent
high winds, and has been decreased thereby,
but the remaining portions of the crop are in
A Schooner Wrecked.
The schooner William A pplegartb. Captain
Younger, from Hatteras, North Caroline,
bound to Baltimore with a cargo of lumber,
was wrecked by getting in the breakers nnd
running ashore a short distance to the North
of the Princess Anne Hotel. A Jheavy gale
wns coming in with tremendous force.
As soon a9 tbe vessel struck the lifo saving
crew from the Sea Tack station, under Cap?
tain Payne, went to tho rescue. The mortat
line was shot over the vessel, and with the
aid of the breeches buoy the crew were
safely brought through the breakers and
landed on the beach.
The schooner lies well upon the beach,
almost in front of the Ward cottage. She
will probably be a total wreck, as a high
tide prevailed nt the timo. This portion of
the coast has been fatal to many vessels. A
few years ago there were four schooners
wrecked there in one day, but only one mar
lost bis life, so ably was the life-saving ser?
vice operated. The moro recent wreck was
the bark Dictator.
The schooner Applegar.h sprung aleal
in the morning and was about to sink whet
her captain headed her for the bench undei
her foresail and jib. She had nono of bet
sails blown away.
Harrisonburg's Water Supply.
At a special meeting of the Harrisonburg
town counoil n resolution was ?passei
submitting tathe people* a proposed bone
issue, not rb exceed*?.8,009 to b3 used lt
increasing the town'? water supply. .TLc
date flstd fvr the ejection is 0&>ber 19 Tb
Weather and Crops-A Schooner
Wrecked ? Harrisonburg Water
Supply-Wm. Sours Terrible
Death-The Richmond and
As reported by telegraph the murder of old
uncle Joe Carter near Green Bay turned out
to be the most cold-blooded that has ever
been committed in that section. Ju tice-of
the Peace * T. Johnson was tho first to ap?
pear at the scene after the crime had been
reported. Captain .Ii hnson then neted as
coroner, aud summoned S. D. Brown, F. H.
Kauffman, Ro. W. Price. W. T. Perkinson.J.
W. Nunnally, and J. E Hnzlegrove as the
six jurors to bold the inquest over the body.
Upon examination of the dead body it seems
the fiend, L zzie Stokes, went about killing
the old mau just as if it was a tlog's instead
of n human being's life she wns taking. Thc*
first blow dealt was on the back of the neck,
which severed the spinal-column, then three
other blows on the towhead, all made with a
sharp axe, and either of them sufficient to
have killed him. A'ter committing the terri?
ble deed she goes over to George Hardy's, a
negro living about half a mlle distaut, and
wanted to stay the remainder of the night,
claiming that old mnn Carter had run her off.
This was about 2 o'clock. She was permittod
to romain until sun up. Then she requested
one of the negro boys lo go with her home,
as she was afraid to return alone.
On approaching the front door, which she
claimed was fastened, she went to the win?
dow and called to the negro boy, saying,
"Kuu hero, Uncle Joe is dead." The boy
looked through the window nud saw it was
true. The alarm was given to the nearest
neighbors, who soon gathered, nnd it wns
found a knife had been placed in Carter's
hand to advance the idea that he had com?
mitted suicide, but it was soon proven mur?
der by flndioj, blood on an axe at the wood?
pile ; also on a dress worn by the woman. A
warrant w.s then ismed for her arrest, and
the coroner's jury, after exarainiug witnesses
came to this ferdie*: "That Joe Carter
came to his death by violence at the hands of
one Lizzie Stokes."
On her way to jail L'zzie was detained a
few minutes at Price's store, for Justice
Johnson to complete the commitment, etc.
She was handed a tele/ram from her son,
who is at Sparrow's Point, inquiring if it wns
true that she bad killed Joe Carter. She re?
plied as follows : "Yes, it is true. I am on
my wny to jail. Come and see me." She waa
then tobsn to jail.
new source of supply is fi fine lake spring,
less than two miles from the town. The es?
timates of engineers indicate that a vote
favorable to the p'nu would afford a solution
of a long vexed question of aa adequate
system of waterworks.
Harvey Baumer, a laborer at the Houok
tannery, was terribly injured by becoming
entangled iu the machinery. His clothing
caught on a revolving shaft aud h is leg was
wrenched asunder at the knee joint. The
tendons and ligaments wore horribly
lacerated. His recovery is doubtful.
Cut of IO Percent.
The committee sent from the Richmond
and Danville shops, in Richmond, to attend
the conference in Washington of officials
relative to a 10 per cent, reduction in the
wages ol the train-meu who received mure
than *1.25 per day, has returned. It was
composed of a representation of the
conductors, engineers nnd firemen. In
conversation with one of tho gentleman a
reporter was told that nothing definite had
been done, nnd would not be until another
meeting was held. The trnln-men of
objected to the cut. and will fight it to the
end. The proposed reduction would effec1
the entire Richmond aud Danville system.
The conference last week wns tho second
meeting that has been held on the subject.
Wm. Sour's Horrible Death.
William Sours, a sou of the late Bernard
Sours, of Page county, met with tx horrible
death at Overall Station, on the Norfolk and
Western railroad, twelve miles north of
Luray. He wns a passenger for that station
on the local south-bound train, and as the
station was called loft the car. The train
was then crossing a high trestle just north
of the station, nud the young man stepped
off tho platform of the car in the darkness
nnd was hurled to the ravine below and in?
stantly killed. He was unaccustomed to
traveling, aud it w s thought that in his
hurry to leave the train ho failed to note
that it had not pulled up nt the stalion, or
from some ether misapprehension on his
part tho accident resulted. The unfortunate
young man was in his I'Jt'u year.
A Sad Double Funeral.
A very sad double funeral took place tn
Chesterfield county nt which the Rev. H.
M. Hope, the Episcopal Church officiated.
On Friday Mr. Daniel Gould, aged 21 years,
died of typhoid fever, at the Dellwood, the
home of Mr. Josiah Gould, his father, about
six miles from the town. On Saturday Miss
Estelle Gould, bis sister, aged 19. and a
charming Rnd popular young lady died of
the same disease. They were both buried in
the same grave in the presence of a larg/a
and sorrowing assemblage.
Virginia's Colors at Trenton.
Gov. McKinney has, at the.request of
Supt. Ford, of the New Jersey capitol, loaned
that official a stand of colors to be used in
the decorations at the unveiling of the
Trenton Battle Monument October 19. The
figure crowning the monum nt is the work
of O'Donovan, ft Virginian nnd nu ex-Con?
federate soldier, lt is a colossal Washing?
ton, modeled from studies of the Houdoun
and well-known oil portraits of the subject.
Failure in Chesterfield,
Messrs Stroud & Green, grocers at No.
1903 Hull street, made nn assignment, with
liabilities amounting to $2,100. Augustine
Toyall has been made trustee of their assets,
and will convert them into cash as speedily
as possible. E. A. Saunders is a preferred
creditor to tho amount of tl,800. Other
creditors are to share ratably.
Death of Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Peck.
The Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Peck, of the
Union Theological Seminary, died at Hamp
den-Sydney, in the 72d year of his age. He
was learned, devout, a wise teacher, beloved
and revered by his pupils, a sound aud in.
structive preacher, aud honored by all who
knew him because of his Christian virtues.
Drowned while Crazed with Liquor.
Hattie Bonner, a colored weman, while
crazed with whiskey, jumped iuto the river
from Pocahontas bridge nnd was drowned.
Her body was recovered. ?
INVENTIONS AND PROGRESS.
Another Ccngress Opened at Chicago
Women's Misnon Work.
Matters religious give way in a measure
before matters secular in the series of
the world's congresses for the present week.
A congress having an unusually strong and
interesting programme was formerly opened
shortly after noon in the Hall of Columbus.
It purpo-e is to discuss matters relating to
patents, trademarks and copyrights, and
delegates from England, Germany, Belguim,
France, Sweden, Austria-Hungary, Holland,
Switzerland, Canada, Japan and Mexico, in
addition to over 100 from this country, re?
sponded to his names.
After the gathering hnd been welcomed by
C. C. Bonney, Hon. Henry W. Blodgett
was selected ns permanent president ot tho
congress nnd addresses at length on the in?
fluences that encourage nnd discourage
progress were mado.
Brief remarks were mnde by several
of tho delegates and ex-Secretary of the In?
terior John W. Noble lead a paper on tho
inter-dependence and of Inventions of tho
effect of one upon the other. During the
week Richard Pope, Canadian Commis?
sioner of patent-, John S. Seymour, United
States commission r of pate_ts,C'ougrcgsman
Wm. F. Droper and Elijah J. Morse, of
Massachusetts, ex-Congressman, of New
Jersey. Carroll D. Wright, United Bt.tes
commissioner of labor, and mnuy foreign
delegates will make addresses on present
Ex-Src. Tracy says that under no circum?
stances would ho accept the Republican
nomination for mayor of Brooklyn.- He
wa"nts no office cf any sort and intends tc
dtvote himself exclusive *to his law prac?
Thirty girls employed in a laundry at
Louisville "took a band in the Louisvillt
and Nashville strike by refusing to wash thi
linen of tbe men who took tbe striker';
place*,'' Their places were ecoo filled,
The Loss of Life Estimated at
MAM UNBURIED BODIES.
Points to Be Heard From Yet-Sur
vlvor3 In a Pitiable Condition
Several Driven Insane-Gulf
Clysters and Fish Industry
A despatcu hr.. - New Orleans, La., eayst
Th" Picayune relief boat rt. . ?->d to the city
at 1.30 A. M., from bajuu Coo., Gran* isla
and Chenlere and reports : Cheniere, living
696 ; dead 779. Graud Isle, 27 dead. Bayou
Andrew. Chinese camp, 63 dead. Bayou, fn
the rear, one dead. At Grand Lake almost
all tho people were drowned.
The Louisville Courier-Journal correspon?
dent telegraphed to his paper that a correct?
ed list sw.ls the total number of dead to
2,541. This will be iucreasod some 200 or 300
when news from the Louisiana coast is all in.
The additional lesses reported are Kigolets,
17 ; Biloxl nnd Chandelour, 110 ; near Grand
Bource, 10 ; from vessels, 93. The loss of
life at Ch niere Camilida is known tobe 1,250
instead of 1,040 ns first reported. At Bayou
Andre 72 perish-1 instead of 4 \ aad at
Grand Isle 24 instead of 10.
Tbe only station from which returns have
not been received nu yet Ss St. Bernard, on
Lake Borgogne marsh. Thi3 marsh extends
from Lake Borgogui to tho gulf. It U a,
dead level with tho ocean, more water than
land, covering 1,2 U square miles. Its only
inhabitants were somo 200 fishermen, who
lived in cabius built on pllei. Not a word
has Leen heard from there since the storm,
nor has one of the inhabitants cou.<- to town
or to nny neighboring settlement. A ? if ,u
near tho Chanpeleur Islands, where the tor?
nado was so violent that none are said to
have escaped, the chances of the fishermen
surviving the hurricane nre considered very
doubtful and a bott was sent there to see if
any survivors remained.
Loud complaints come from the Bayou
Cook section of the ordor from the dead bod?
ies there. Tho land is too low for burying.
Already some 126 bodies have been conveyed
by boat to the high lands on the Mississippi
at Frlsmal Bend for burial, but many are un?
buried in the swamps and are rapidly de?
composing. Mnuy of tbo bodies were found
to have been looted and robbed. Most of the
fishermen wero well to do and carried their
lortunes in cash in their pockets. No money
was found on their remains aud from ?5,000
to Si',000 has disappeared. Nearly all the
bodies were badly mutilated by the storm.
lt will be months before the gulf fisheries
will revive. Half tbe population and nine
tenths of ihe vessels engaged in them are
lost and oysters end fish are nn unknown
quantity ia New Orleans. The crop damage
is great. The orange crop will lose only 50
per ceut. but the destruction of orchards
will be very great.
A dozen luggers reached the city from
Grand Isle, and other portions of the storm
sections, and there are now some 300
refugees being cared for here. They nre
naked and in a bruised condition. One aaa
named George Ovicbs had actually been
flayed alive. He did not have a piece of skin
on him the s'ze of a dime, the blows from
the debris having flayed him. He was sent
to the hospital and is not expected to live.
With rare exceptions the other refugees will
nil recover. Several cases of insanity result?
ing from the horrors of the storm are re?
Lieutenant. Kirkam. signal officer here,
explains his failure to give a warning of the
approach of the s'.orm by saying that there
was not the faintest evidence of it. Tho
etorm came from the gulf. The telegraph
from Port Eads, which ought to havo an?
nounced it, was working all right enrly in
the night, when it suddenly ceased and tho
storm swept over Southern Louisiana.
Lieutenant Kirkam thinks additional
weather s.ations on the gulf absolutely nec?
essary for protection.
DISASTERS AND CASUALTIES
The village of Hogan, Ga., was demolished
by a tornado. A boy was killed aud seven
other persons were injured.
The large car shops and a cumber of elec?
tric cars of tho C tntou-Masslllon line, at
Canton, O., were burned. Loss, $100, 00 or
Twenty-four new cases of yellow fever
and three deaths were icported in Bruns?
wick, Ga. Six "well-developed" cases of
the fever are reported at Jessup.
Frank Follock's daughter, aged 14mouthe
was burned to death at Scranton, Pa., the
cradle in which she was sleeping being set
on fire by her little brother.
A panic in the parish church at Paraugarl
entero, in the State of Michoacan, Mexico,
resulted in the death of ten persons. Many
others w?re injured.
B. M. Dllownky, his twa < hildren, and
John Wickland were drowned by the cap.
sizmg of a boat in Coos Bay, near Marsh?
field, Oregon. Two ladles nnd a child clung
to the boat until rescued.
Senator STocKBRinoE. of Michigan, was
knocked down by a cable car in Chicago and
dragged a distance of about twenty feet. Ho
was picl.ed up unconscious, with bruises ou
tho body aud cuts on the scalp, but none of
his injur os are considered dangerous.
The steamer Colonia, of Buffalo, with a
cargo of grain, was driven ashore oi Pigeon
Island, at the foot of Lake Outario. It waa
feared she would be lost. She blew her
whistle and flew signals of distress, but the
rough sea prevented assistance from reach?
Watchman Thomas B?ar showed the
wrong signals to a Lehigh Valley coaHrain,
and a shifting engine, belonging to the Crane
Iron,Company, drawing conl and oil cars,
which were approaching a erasing nt right
?uglesat tntasaualUj( i>n> nnd ft ^Msion
resulted, in which Herbert James, flremau of
the Lehigh Valley train, wrs killed, ami
Joseph Ray, engineer of the shift.ng engine, '
terribly injured. Bear, reuliziug his responsi?
bility for The collision, went to his home and
shot hhmejf ja the head, dying soon attor.
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