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COLUMBIA, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 1898.
NEWS AND COMMENT.
WAU SBW'S SUMMARY.
Vrld ay, June Id
News of the situation in Havana
up to Tuesday was brought to King
ston, Jamaica, by the British cruiser
Talbot, which brought off thirty
eight British subjects. Food ts
scarce, especially flour. More than
half the bakeries are closed, and
one has been attacked by mobs.
The Spanish soldiers are grumbling
that they are starved, and are nine
to twelve months behind in their
The negroes of the Twenty-fourth
and Twenty-fifth infantry again be
came riotous at Ybor City and
Tampa, Fla. They did great dam
age, and wounded several people be
fore they were finally overwhelmed
by two white companies. Several
negroes were killed or Injured, and
one white soldier of the Second
Massachusetts was wounded and an
officer was reported seriously
wounded. The entire Second Geor
gia regiment was Anally called out
to preserve order among the ne
Sal u relay.
The Monitor Monterey left San
Diego, Cal., for Manila.
Provisions are said to be very
scarce in Porto Rico. The people
anticipate another attack on San
Juan soon. Mr. Bett, of the British
consulate, who was detailed to pro
tect the United States consulate,
and who was arrested on the techni
cal charge of supplying plans of for
tincatlons to the united states, was
expelled from Porto Rico after his
release from prison. He wts t
corted by soldier?, who prodded him
with bayonets. He has reaohed Ft.
Thomas, in the Danish West Indies.
The St. Louis captured the British
collier Twickenham, which was
trying to deliver a cargo of coal to
the Spaniards at Santiago.
The Courier-Journal says: "The
press censor at Tampa at last per
mits the strength f the Santiago
expedition to be telegraphed. There
are 17,CC0 men in all, comprising
nearly twenty regiments of regular
Infantry, two of volunteers, 8,000
cavalry, 300 light artillerymen and
200 heavy artillerymen, 200engineers
and a hospital corps of 300. Not a
recruit was taken in the regular
army. There are thirty-six vessels
in the fleet, not counting the con
voys. Since most of this force
consists of regulars, who did not
need to be held for equipment or for
recruits, it is more difficult than
ever to account for the long delay in
stnrting the troops to (Juba, on any
other ground than executive in
TuEwar revenue bill is a law,
President having affixed hi signa
ture to the measure last Monday,
after both Houses of Congress had
reached an agreement. Secretary
Gage immediately issued a circular
of instructions regarding the bond
feature of the bill. He invites sub
scriptions for a period of thirty-two
days. The bonds will be dated
August 1, 1898, bearing 3 per cent,
interest, and will be delivered as
soon thereafter as possible.
Yellow fever has broken out In
the to-wn of McHenry, Miss. So far
nine cases have been reported, but
no deaths have resulted. Little fear
is expressed in other localities, as
the town is under a strict quaran
tine, and the authorities hope to
stamp out the germ before it epreads.
Pa kry Lee Downs, alias Davis,
of Baltimore, has been arrested in
Chicago on the charge of forging
railroad bonds to the amount of
$280,000. Davis is said to be a rela
tive of Gen. Fitzhugh Lee and
The question of an American al
liance was brought up in the Eng
lish Parliment last Saturday. Sir
William Vernon Harcourt, Mr. Cur
zon and Mr. Chamberlain spoke
in favor of it and were loudly ap
A youn white man by the name
of John Becker was hanged on the
public square at Great Bend, Kan.,
last Monday, for the murder of i
The Democrats of the Tenth Con
trressional district will meet in
Memphis next Monday to nominate
a candidate for Congress. The only
candidate announced is Hon. E. W.
William T. Smith, Chairman of
the Board of Public Works and
Affairs of Nashville, died last Tues
Young Joseph Leiter,
AM) ERSTWHILE "WHEAT KIXU."
Hl Big Deal Hat Proved An Unlucky One,
and Ilia Loaae are Severe Sennattonal
Declines In Chicago and the Northwest.
Chicago, June 13. This was a
day of excitement and wild rumors
I" the Chicago wheat pit. A reverse
that looks like Waterloo has come
to the "young Napoleon of finance."
At nrst there was a wild tumb e of
prices on the board, July wheatsell
ing 11c from Saturday's close, while
September lost 4?uC and December
38c, but all made a little recovery
before the close.
It was given out that Leiter had
ordered his deals all closed, and that
the selling rush was the result of the
execution of this ord-r, accompanied
as it was by a flood of rumors con
cerning the stability of the big bull
movement, which for months has
been the important factor in Board
of Trade dealings. One of these
rumors was that Leiter had been de
serted by some of his associates in
the campaign. In the meantime
Leiter s wheat was being tumbled
overboard and prices had become
Xjater in tne aay .belter made n
attempt to conceal the fact that lie
had sold out all his holdings iu fu
tures probably six million or eight
million bushels here. It came out
that he had transferred most of his
trades in futures to other well-known
houses, and that they were pretty
well protected by margins, so tlnat,
whatever losses there would be
would fall upon Lei'.er. His cash
wheat, one report said, was trans
'erred to Armour, but a later story
was that it would be "trusteed" and
handled in such a way as to prevent
the slump which would be inevita
ble tr it were all thrown on the mar
ket at once.
It is estimated that during the day
8,000,000 to 10,000,000 bushels of Lei
ter wheat, optional and visible, were
sold to the account of the "young
Napoleon.1' This is supposed to
have consisted chiefly of options in
September, July and June wheat,
stored in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Du
lutn and cmcago. it was said on
the floor that the bankers of the
Northwest who have been carrying
the Northwestern bull clique refus
ed to carry their burden for a longer
time, and the calls had been made
by Northwestern dealers, particu
larly the Minneapolis interests, for
margins down to 90c. These, it is
said, were followed by calls upon
Leiter here to margin his wheat
holdings down to 80c.
Mr. Leiter had about 4,000,000
bushels of cash wheat on hand,
much of which he is said to have
disposed of at a loss. Later it was re
ported that L. Z. Leiter, when asked
by his son for more money, had
refused to be drawu further into the
wheat deal, and thus compelled the
latter to let go a large line of his
holdings in order to satisfy his ware
house creditors and marginal de
Representatives of the Northwes
tern interests appear to have pre
cipitated the crisis by coming to
Chicago Saturday and learning that
L. Yj. Leiter would not advance any
more money on his sou's account.
Mr. Letter's friends Insist that he
has not made an assignment, but it
was admitted to-night that the Lei
ter interests had been "trusteed
Joseph Leiter entered the market
April 2, 1897, and immediately after
ward the pressure of a tremendous
power was leit, out no man Knew
whose was the hand. Letter's first
order was negotiated by Broker
George B. French. It was for 100,
000 bushels of May wheat, at 70,7c
per bushel. Then his orders came
thick and fast. The cheapest wheat
bought by Leiter was 800,000 busli
els, bought Juue 18, 18'J7, for Sep
tember delivery, at Cl'.c.
The deal ran fourteen months,
during which time the price of
wheat wts down to G43c In June,
1897, and up to $1.85 iu May, 181)8.
It involved at one time an interest
of more than 85,000,000 bushels of
Garwood's Sarsaparllla for the blood
iru aranteed to cure. A. B. Rains
JUDGE GERALD ACQUITTED.
He I Now Editor of Brann'a Notorious
Dallas, Tex., June 11. Judge J. B.
Gerald was acquitted by a Jury at
Waco this evening of the charge of
murder for having killed W. A. and
J. A. Harris, brothers, who were
publishers of the Waco Times-Hei-a'.d,
in November last. The tragedy
was one of several growing out of I
W. C. Brann's warfare on Baylor
Baptist university in Brann g icono
clast. On the announcement of the
verdict of acquittal to-day Judge
Gerald, who is now the euitor of
Brann's Iconoclast, Brann having
been recently killed in a street duel,
was given an ovation by - a large
number of his friends and former
partisans of Brann's.
T. F. Anthony, ex - postmaster, of
Promise City, Iowa, says: "I boughtone
bottle of 'Mystic Cure for rheumatism
and two doses uf it did me more good
than any medicine I ever took." Sold
bv A K'. Kains, druggist, Columbia Mn
Raised on the East Side of Guantanamo Harbor by
850 United States Marines.
SPANIARDS ATTACK THEM, BUT ARE FINALLY REPULSED
Aftei Thirteen Hour Fighting Four Americana Killed and One Wounded The
Troopuhlps Conveying tht Army of Invasion Lift Anchor at Key West and
Head for Cuban Soil Sampson's Praise for lloosoii.
On Board The Ne v York Herald I
Dispatch Boat, off Guantanamo,
June II After a brief engagement,
In which a regiment of Spanish in
fantry was driven headlong from its
position, 850 American marines were
landed on the eastern side of the
harbor of Guantanamo yesterday
afternoon. The landing was made
under the protection of the guns of
the Oregon, the Marblehead and the
By this stroke the American forces
gained a most desirable base. They
now will be able to seize the railroad
which runs from Guantanamo to
Caimanera, and they can take, with
out trouble, several ships loaded with
coal, now lying in the harbor, when
ever the coal is needed for the Amer
This first landing In the vicinty of
Guantanamo was accomplished in
broad daylight. The Spaniards
made a feeble attempt at resistance,
but they were forced to flee under
the heavy fire of the American ves
sels. So hasty was their departure
that when the Americans landed, a
first dutv was to haul down the
Spanish flag left by the enemy. In
its place was raised tne (starf and
Stripes, at the sight of which the
n.arines became wldiy enthusiastic.
Hear Admiral Sampson early yes
terday morning sent word to Captain
Goodrell of the marines, who was
aboard the Oregon, that the Panther,
with 850 marlens on board, would
proceed at once to Guantanamo. ac
companied by the Yosemite. Ac
cordingly, the Oregon and the Mar
blehead opened tire on the biocK-
house and cable station at the mouth
of Guantanamo harbor, where a reg
iment of Sptuish infantry was lo
cated. A shower of 6-inch shells
fell among the Spaniards, and soon
the cable station was In ruins. So
accurate was the work of the Amer
ican gunners that the Spaniards
quickly were thrown Into consterna
They offered some opposition at
first, but it was feeble. When they
saw the destruction being worked
about them, and realized the futility
of their own efforts, the Spaniards
Uuantanamo l about w miles east
of Santiago de Cuba, and is a splen
did location for a base of supplies
for the blockading fleet.
Fighting Lanled Thirteen Hours Four
On Board the Associated Press
Dispatch Boat Duntless, off Guan
tahamo, Sunday, June 12. Lieut.
Col. R. W. Huntington V battalion of
marines, which landed from the
transport Panther on r riday and en
camped on the hill guarding the
abandoned cable station at the en
trance to the outer harbor of Guau-
The following beautiful poem, (the
kindly been sent to the Herald) was written last week while the author
was on a visit to his father and mother, at the old homestead, the place
where he was boru, near Marion, Ala. Ed.
There'9 a little town that lies within a valley far away,
An' the wing of peace is over it throughoiitthe livelong day;
An' when the night comes drlvin' up her biHtliu' brood of stars,
This little town jes' goes to roost right at the twilight bars.
No 'lectrlc lights but Jes the moon with her ole shiny face,
An' when the toothache twists her, why, the stars they take herplace!
No city hall nor theaters no dram-shops in a blaze
Hut Jes' the cup of calm content, the wine of peaceful ways
An' she sleeps there, sweet an' peaceful, till the sun comes laughin'down
A makin' it nis bizness jea to wake this little town.
O its funny how through all these years it's never changed at all,
The same ole home an' hous j, same old pictures on the wall ;
The front-yards an' the back-yards there, jes' like they've allers been,
With ole folks passin' slowly out an' young ones cotnin' iu.
The same sweet sounds you useter hear, the same scents in the air,
That twilight hush that follers when the Kvenin' kneels in prayer;
A quaint ole rural picture haugin' in a rustic frame
Where the folks grow up an' marry but the picture stays the same;
An' over it the skies that smile with never any frown
Of darklin' cloud to cast its shroud upon this little town.
It useter be a grown' place when you was jes' a boy,
An' the eoiiteinpashuu of it useter till yo' soul with joy;
The mayor was a mighty man-big a9 "the president,
An' the little ole gas engine ranked with aur wonderment.
The streets was wider'n Broadway all they lacked was jes' the sto'so
An' if they twist erbout 'twas 'cause the houses want in rows.
. But now you go there ev'ry year to see the ole folks still.
An' the only thing that's growin' is the giave-vard on the hill;
An' its better than all sermons jes' to no an' set arouit'
An' hunger for the faces that was in this little town.
O little town, dear little town, there'll come to nie a day
When my heart'U break within me, if I happen long v'o' way,
An' two ole folks that s liviu' now, an' all my heart-hopes fill,
Have gone to sleep in Hod's town 'mong the cedars on the hill.
Then I'll linger in yo' doorway, an' in rev'rence bow mv head,
An' I'll love you for the mem'ry of your dear an' blessed dead ;
Ay. I'll linger in yo' doorway in trie doorway of mv birth,
An' you'll l e to nie, dear little town, the holies' spot on earth ;
An' when my eyes grow w eary an' the shudders vatber roun'.
May their lat look, kke their fust one, reft upon this little town.
John TiiQiY,";".'i Mooke.
8pani8h ing off a bush attack by
guerrillas and Spanish
since 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon.
The fighting was almost continuous
for thirteen hours until 6 o'clock
this morning, when re-enforcements
were landed from the Marblehead.
Four of our men were killed and
one wounded. The advance pickets
under Lleuts. JNeville and Shaw are
Among the killed is Assistant
Surgeon John Blair Gibbs, son of
Maj. Gibbs. of the regular army
who fell in the Custer massacre.
The Spanish loss is unknown, but
it was probably considerable. The
splashes of blood found at daylight
at the positions the Spaniards occu
pied indicate fatalties, but their
comrades carried off the killed and
OFF FOR THE PHILIPPINES.
The Firt Iteglment Left Nashville Last
The First Regiment Volunteers
left Nashville last Friday night for
San Francisco, whence they will
embark later on for the Philippines.
The boys were given a hearty good
bye, and at every station along the
road they were met by enthusiastic
Capt. Whitthorne, 'of Company
B., with two other officers, were
detailed to remain in Nashville for
a few days, to recruit volunteers to
fill out the regiment. These will
leave for San Francisco as soon as
the required number is recruited.
Arrive at St. Louis.
St. Locis, June 11. The First
Regiment, Tennessee Volunteers,
1,200 strong, under Col. Wm. C.
Smith, arrived here to-day iu four
sections, en route to the Philippines.
After a short stay at the union
station where they were served with
breakfast, the Tennesseans departed
for San Francisc over the Burling
ton Route. The troops are in the
best of health.
SAMI'SON'S PKAISK KOI! HOBSON.
The Admiral's OIHclal Keort on the
Brave Deed at Santiago.
Admiral Sampson last Saturday
sent his official report of the daring
exploit of Hobson and his men to
the government authorities at
Washington. Among other things
he said :
"A careful inspection of the har
bor from ship showed Staff of Ad
miral Cervera came out under a flag
of truce with a letter from the Ad
miral extoling the bravery of the
crew in an unusual manner.
"I cannot, myself, too earnestly
express my appreciation of the con
duct of Mr. Hobson and his gallant
(Continued to Fourth Page.)
original manuscript of which has
tanamo, has been engaged
Into the Matter of the Dis
position OF THAT METHODIST WAR CLAIM.
The Senator Who Vrced the Culm
Through are Much Chiigriiifil Over the
Action oMtarhee At Smith and Stiihliiian.
Washington, June 10. In the
Senate yesterday, Senator Lodge, of
Massachusetts, introduced a reso
lution directing the Committee on
Claims to inquire and make a report
concerning the distribution of the
$288,000 appropriated by Congress a
short time ago in payment of a
claim of the Publishing House of
the Methodist Episcopal Church,
Mr. Lodge explained that when
the bill appropriating the claim was
before the Senate he had offered an
amendment providing that not
more than $5,IXH) should be paid to
any agent or lobbyist for working
for the bill. His amendment had
been received with indignation and
as a reflection upo'J the honor of
men who were rendering to the
Methodist Church, South, a service
"We were assured," said Mr.
Lodge, "that no part or the sum ap
propriated was to be paid to agents,
but it now develops that a contract
existed for the payment of 85 per
cent of the proceeds of the claim to
lobbvista, and that one man has re
cei ved the immense sum of $100,800."
Mr. Lodge then presented several
newspaper clippings tending to
prove his claims. In response to
the suggestion he said he made no
charge against the Methodist
Church, South, but in the clippings
which lie presented there were seri
ous charges against tne accredited
agents of the church.
Senator Bate, who had stubbornly
advocated the payment of the claim,
was much exercised over the dis
closures. Iu speaking of the Lodge
resolution he 6aid in part:
"Mr. President, I desire to say
that if what I hear and if what J
have seen in the newspapers is true
some of the very papers referred to
bv the Senator from Massachusetts
it's an outrage upon the confidence
reposed in the agevts of the publish
in House Company, and 1 say to
the Senator from Massachsetts (Mr
Lodge) that I will vote for his leso
"I was one of the Senators who
induced the Senate to cast their
votes in favor of the bill referred to
That wa- not done by me alono by
anv means, but nearly every South
ern Senator favored its passage
Indeed, Mr. President, 1 hdieve al
most the whole church, North, and
South, and every single Jilstiop, at
least so fur as I can remember, with
one or two exceptions, aked that
the bill be passed by Congress.
"The bill came here from the
House, having passed that body. A
short time alter it was called up for
consideration in the Senate some
thing was said about lobbying on
the outside in order to get the bill
through. There were such per
sistent rumors afloat that we
thought it necessary to probe
them to the bottom, so as to know
whether or not there was any truth
in them. The Senator from Florida
(Pasco), who had the bill in charge,
being the Chairman of the sub-committee
of the Committee on Claims
from the Senate, wrote to the men
who really had the control of this
claim, Messrs. Barbee Sc Smith.
"I am glad nothing is said assail
ing the church. I did not mean to
intimate that the Senator from
Massachusetts (Lodge) desired to
assail the church, but he cut me off
before I got through with the re
marks I intended to make, but I
agree with that Senator that if these
agents, Barbee & Smith, have
violated the confidence we reposed
in them, or have djne that which is
in any sense improper touching the
distribution of this fund, they
should be exposed and held strictly
"It so happens that I live in the
same town where this establishment
is located and where these gentle
men also live, and it is presumable
that I ought to know something
about this case. I know nothingex
cept what has occurred before the
Senate. I do not know whether
Barbee & Smith have any legal or
moral right to dispose of any part of
this fund in the way which has been
charged. It may be the waste of the
estate, for they seem to oocupy the
position of trustees, and as such,
therefore, I think they have viola
ted their trust, when they under
take to expend such an amount as
this for such a purpose, and ought to
be held liable under the law. I
think the matter ough to be fully
investigated by the courts of the
country, and it may yet be so Inves
"Nothing, Mr. President, has oc
curred since I have been a member
of this Senate which has given me
so much chagrin, disappointment
and mortification as the fact that
every representation made bv mv
self and other Senators to the effect
that no attorneys' fee and no agents'
compensation was carried by the
bill for the relief of the book agents
of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
South, seems to have turned outdif-
ferently, and that the Senate, mis
led by the assuiances of Senators,
made honestly and in the best of
ft.l;h and upon good authority, has
Royal make the lood pure,
wholesome and delicious.
HOY41 MKINd POWOFH CO., NfW YORK.
been Induced to appropriate money
which has gone to agents and attor
neys, when we supposed we were
sending relief and support only to
the superannuated and worn-out
preachers, their wives, widows and
"ror myseu, iwr. rrendent, 1 can
only tay that I relied on the posi
tive and unqualified statement of
Mr. Stahlman, one of the active
friends of the measure, and to whom
it is said to have been paid, that he
was giving his aid and services in
this matter because both his wife
and himself were members of chat
c'uirch, and he assured nie, as he
did several other Senators, notably
Senator Turley, my colleague, Sena
tors Bacon, Clay, Lindsay and oth
ers, that he was getting no compen
sation, fee or reward ior his servi-
c es, and I also rely on the telegram
I sent to Barbee & Smith on March
7 and the answerthereto.
"I have quoted the several assur
ances given in debate at the time of
passage of the bill to emphasize the
extent of the deception that It seems
has been practiced upon the Senate.
To be deceived and misled by the
confidence reposed in the character
of these book agents is extremely
mortifying. That mortification is
also shared by the great church
which has been wrongedt out of so
large a part of this charit'able fund.
' I entertain the hope that some
explanation will be forthcoming
which will relieve Messrs. Barbee &
Smith from the responsibility which
now rests upon them for having
given the assurances that they did
to the Senator from Florida (Pasco)
and to myself that "neither 40 per
cent, or any other fee" was to be
paid out ot this appropriation to Mr.
Stahlman, and that those gentlemen
have not heen the paymasters of the
exorbitant fee reported to have been
paid out of this fund. The whole
amount of the $.88,000, as I am in
formed and believe, was paid to Bar
bee & Smith, the representatives and
agents of the publishing house of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, South,
and not to any attorney, and since
this ugly criticism has arisen they
should, in my opinion, promptly and
without reserve on their own motion,
show what has become of every dol
lar of the fund, showing who gotany
part of it, for what and how much.
They owe it to themselves and to the
great church they represented iu this
"I will not be a party to shield a
wrong if I know it. and neither will
Senators who favored this bill, hut I
believe in all cases fraud and deceit
should be exposed, plucked out by
the root and left to wither under the
searchlight ol truth. "Hew to the
line and let the chips fall where
they may" is a good ol I honest mot
Senator Bate then read his mes
sage to Barbee & Smith, sent the day
before the bill passed the Senate, as
"Washington, I). C, March 7,
1898. Barbee & Smith, Methodist
Publishing House, Nashville, Te.in.:
Telegraph to-day answer to Senator
Pasco b letter to you Saturday as to
Stahlman having fee of 40 per cent,
or any other fee in case of payment
of your claim. I would like to hear
from you; also, in my judgement, ir
true, it will endanger the bill.
Wm. B. Bate. .
"Nash villk, Teun, March 7, 1898.
Hon. Wm. B. Bate, Washington.
D. C. : We wired Senator Pasco early
this morning as follows: The state
ment is untrue, and you are, there
fore, authorized to deny it.
Bakkee & Smith.
"I believe that these agents (Bar
bee & Smith) occupy the position of
trustees in this fund and there may
be a charge of 'wasting the estate.'
It is a trust fund, and I am not sure
but that a court would put in Its gen
erous and equitable baud to relieve
them. I wunt the matter expose!.
Let us go to the bottom. As I said,
'hew to the line and let the chips
fall where they may.' "
Want an Investigation.
The following telegram was sent
to a number of Senators last Friday:
"Nashvillk, Tenn.. June 10, Otf.
We hope the Lodge resolution will
pass and that a thorough investiga
tion will follow. We do not care
to discuss the matter now. All we
ask on our behalf, as well as the
church, is that you and othpr Sen
ators who supported the claim shall
suspend Judgment and reTrain from
comment or criticism until after the
committee shall have done Its work.
We are persuaded rhat we stall be
able to show to the satisfaction of
the committee and the Senile that
all statements made by us designed
to promote the passage of the bill
were justified by the facts and cir
cumstances of the rase.
Barbee & Smith.
L B. Stahlman."