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NOL, 2,
THE SOUTHERN OUTRAGES.
HOW BOURBON RULE IS SUS
TAINED IN MISSISSIPPI
The Heartrendering Tales Told by
Independent Voters Before the
Houss Committee in New
Orleans.
New Orwreaxs, La, Feb 18—
Those who =at and listened to the
testimony taken before the Hoar in
vestigating c(ommittee to-day ob
tained a strange insight into the po
litical methods whichkeep Mississippi
in the Bourbon fold. Stories of whip
pings and of the shooting of colored
people, of white men murdered and
their buildings burped, of sudden re
sort to the pistol, ot ballots uncounted
aud of negroes hiding in the woods
were told so circumstantialiy that
they apparently left no room for |
doubt. Next to Sevater Saulsbury ‘
as bis advisor, sat ore of the insti
gators of these outrages watching
each witness with a lock that made
some of the negree-: tremble. Dave
Bell, chairman of the Republican
county committee, told how he was
whipped and made to give up kLis
ballots. He is a strewd man who
has been given a minoer plic: abont
the Mississippi legisiature. ore
membered who the men were who
lashed him. but refused to te!'. The
widow of Tom Walli+, tottering with
ope arm in a sling, deseribed with |
rude pathos how two weeks before
election the mob came to her house.
Two of them, musked, entered, lHer
husband, who wos an active Repub
lican, meet them. “lam the sheriff
from Drookhaven, avd I want you,”
said the leader. Wallis protested.
They tried to put a rope around his
neck, and he threw it off. They then
began to shoot, and in a minute
Wallis was dead, his wife weunded,
and the 20 men who had stood about
the cabin were galloping down the
road.
What did you do then?” said Mr.
Frye.
“I took to de woods, sah,” was the
reply. “Most of de culiud folks was
sleepin’ ont den. 1 stayed out of my
house abow four weeks.”
One son, Sam Wellis, a stout-look
ing fellow, saw and recognized some
of the mob. He stayed at home. “I
knowed they could kill me if they
wanted to, and I thought 1 would
keep my greurd,” he ssid. e voted
and was not molested.
Then came HHandy Fatner, a good
looking negro, who was whipped
nearly to death by the mob. ¢lf you
vote the Radic 1 ticket we will blow
your brains out,” he was admonished.
He did crecp to the polis early, then
fled to the woods and never retarned.
Two boys were made to hold him
while be was whipped, acd were then
whipped themselves. Old Isham
Gelmore, bowed with years and doub
led up with rhenmatismn, testified that
he had been visited and warned if he
voted the Republican ticket he would
be killed. He did it and took to the
woods. “Daris a mighty big settle
went of cullud people up our way,”
he went on, “and de biggest part of
dem laid out at night, for dey dasn’t
stay at home. Some white men was
in de woods, too, but dey was all
Republicans. We all had to lay out
like possums when de dogs are after
dem.”
C. L. Oliver, another colored man,
showed how Republican meetings
were broken up. He was an active
canvasser, and went into various parts
of the country. Ile was frightened
at last with the rest, and only went
home to feed his cattle. The rest of
the time bhe was hiding. As these
poor people narrated their experiences
it was notab'e how anxious they were
to tell nothing but the truth. At in
tervals they wou!d turn to Senator
Saulsbury’s supporter to support their
statements J. W. Bonderand, a
young white man, give the most
striking testimony of the day. His
father wss an officer in the rebel
army, but the son is a Republican.
described the rule of the mob, its
night ridings and threats. Its mem
bers told bim repeatedly, *““We are
preparing to carry this country, no
matter who is hurt.” The night be
fore election he went to hear Con
gressman Barksdale speak in the
court house. More than 100 armed
men were together in the centre.
Barksdale addressed them, saying
that he was gl-d to see in their faces
a fixed determination to carry the
election, no matter what was the
issue. He advised them to hang F.
M. Bucks, the Republican Supervisor,
%0 high that the birds of prey could
not bury their beaks in his body.
“Did he say that?’’ sternly asked
Senator Saulsbury, ¢ Just that,” an
swered the young man, and then he
W‘:‘;‘ on to ‘(“;l]h.ow Meade, the Chaire
m excuged him i
beca;ue he had b::;lf :f,°}§,,;p‘§:k{‘,‘,§
| saddle, while Bailey, the leader of the
! mob, made the same excuse, but ad
ded that the negroes would not vote
as they bad all been forced to the
, woods. “I move to appoint a com
mittee to bury the independent dead
to-morrow,” was his remark.
Jones tried to break this witness
down, with no success. He heard
distinetly what was said. When the
news of Matthew's death had spread
abroad one of the armed men said,
“Well we will never have to hold
another election. We will just meet
and choose our men.”
Then George Hamilton, the Demo
cratic Clerk of the Klection, to!d how
Matthews was murdered while voting.
“There were only six of us in the
room, five Demgcrats and Matthews.
Matthews said he wanted to vote and
get away. When the polls were open
Maithews was the first voter., Wheeler
was the ouly man in the room who
had a gun. When Matthews voted
Wheeler stood about 18 feet off, lev
eled his gun, and fired two charges
into Matthews' breast. He fell dead.
When the smoke lifted Wheeler was
loading his gun. His son-in-law, who
had been outside the door with a guo,
‘then came in. They picked up a
pistol on the floor near Matthews and
saw it was his. [ am sure that he
bad 10 sign of baving one when shot.
Wheeler stood around and talked a
few minutes aud ssid he would go
and give himself up to the Sheriff
He was not arrested. There was no
other Republican ‘challenges that day
and hardly any Republican votes cast.”
Hamilton was a little uneasy while
on the stand, but evidently told the
truth. He did not bear Wheeler say
that he was ac'ing under orders in
ghooting Matthews, but the warning
of the previous day telling him that
he would be killed if he voted, and
then his murder by Wheeler, a per
sonal friend, just as soyon as he voted,
with the indorsement of the act by
the Democrat’s’ miss-meeting, leave
no doubt of that fact.
The cousin and brother of Matthews
testified to the frauds which have
been employed in Mississippi since
the Democrats came into power.
Last fall the Independents were
showing great strength, and would
have won with a fair count. Terri
fied by tbis the Dewmocrats resorted
to violence and fraud. Matthews’
brother counted tiie votes at his poll
ing place until noon when he beard
of the murder. At that time an in
dependent ticket had been voted.
The returns were made up to show
24. It was so all over the county.
Messrs. Saulsbury and Jonas tried to
gshow that the time had been taken
up in fighte. The cousin testified
that he had once drawan a knife o 1 a
man who had cursed him in public
without cause.
“That was a violation of the law,”
Mr. Saulsbary interrupted.
“That's the way we have to do
down Lere,” said Matthews. ¢ But
wouldn't you do the same? ”
“] am a man of peace,” meekly
replied the Delaware Senator.
Matthews went to Sexton, who sat
opposite advising Mr. Saulsbury,
after his brother’s murder, asking him
if it was possible for a Repablican to
live in Mississippi without being sheot.
Sexton said he would like to help
him but feared that he could not do
much. He told Matthews that be had
received letters from Senator Lamar
and Representative Barksdale urgiog
him to call a mass meeting in Hazel
hurst to disavow the Matthews mur
der and withdraw the resolutions of
indorsement passed by the Democratic
meeting the day after, but he found
the mob would not allow it. They
had no intention of allowing the
leaders who had investigated the out
rages to rid this party of the respon
sibility. They bad done them for the
party and would not sarrender its
support. Since Matthews' death all
his brother tenants but one have been
driven from his cotton plantation of
700 acres. For some of them he bas
bought tickets to Kansas, and some
will stay about hoping the Democrats
will let them return to him. His
father’s gin mill has been burned. The
facts have been given to the Grand
Jury and totally ignored.
“1 would leave the country in a
week,”’ said Matthews to your corres
pondent, - but all I own is in land,
and that has depreciated 50 per cent.
The negroes do not dare to bay i,
and most of the white people in Co
piah county wants toleave. We have
been fighting for our rights since the
reconstruction, but things are worse
now than ever.”
The last witness was J. D. Jones,
Chairman of the County Commission
of Copiah county. He was a Demo
crat until 1873, when the shot-gun
campaign disgusted him with the
party. He is now an lndependent,
HARRISBURG, PENNA, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1884.
not a Republican. He told the same
stories about the work of the armed
'mob last fall—how he was driven
from the polls and advised to leave
the country. He declared that no fair
count had been held in Mississippi
for several years nor is likely to be.
He showed how precincts where the
bull-dozihg had been done had
changed since 1382 from a Republi
can to a Democratic majority. Heis
a man owning some 1,600 acres of
land, and is a leading citizen. lis
testimony was closely followed by the
committee
“ But has not Mississippi been
Democratic since 1877?" asked Mr.
Jonas.
* No,” was the answer, * although
it has been counted so.”
The Danville Murder.
Wasmixerox, Feb. 18.—The ia
vestigation of the Danviile election
riots was resumed this morning by
Senator Sherman’s sab committee of
the Senate Committee on Privileges
and Elections. Hence Lamson, the
colored man whose quarrel with
Charles D. Noel preceded the riot,
was the first witness. He is a small
man, weighingg probably fifty pounds
less and about six inches shorter than
Noel. He said he met Noel for the
first time on Nov. 3. Witness was
getting out of the way of some ladies
and ran against Noel. Witness slid,
“Excuse me, Sir.” Noel replied:
“You d——d nigger, what' do you
mean by running against me 2’ Davis
Lewellen, one of the witness's com
panions, said “Go on.” Noel and
Lewellen came to blows, and Lew.
ellen knocked Noel into the gutter
twicee. Next saw Noel in a buggy
the same day. Noel kept looking
back, and witne-s said to Lswellen,
“Better look out for him; he may
attack you.” A few minutes later
Noel, having left his buggy, ap
proached witness and struck him with
a “pair of knucks,” witness's head be
ing turped at the moment. Witness
had two companions; Noel had sev- ‘
eral companions. Lea, one of Noel's
companions, had a cocked pistol in
his hand as ke came up, and thrust it
in witness's face an threatened to
blow witness's head off. After the
preliminary quarrel witness escaped
through a store. Ile had been in
Boston ever since the riot, being
afraid to live in Danville.
Mr. John F. Carl, (white,) Super
intendent of the National Cemetery
at Danville and an ex-Union soldier,
was called. e had lived in Danville
since Aug. 3 last. On the afternoon
of Nov. 3 he was in a store making a
purchase when the disturbance be
gan. lle went out to ascertain its
nature. le gathered from first ap
pearances that two or three persons
were fighting. The encounter seemed
to last a minute or two, when a pis
tol was discharged. Going nearer,
he saw a crowd of probably fifteen or
twenty white men and a motley as
semblage of colored people of all
ages and both sexes, numbering about
150. Some of the dolored people ap
peared to be demanding the arrest
of one of the white men. One of the
white men stepped to the front and
said, “Here I am. What do you
want?” A colored man said in reply,
“You are not theman.” The man
seemed to be pointing out another
man. Witness bad his little son with
him and hastened to place him in a
neighboring store for safety. While
on his way the boy said, Father, they
are going to shoot.”” Witness then
noticed a number of white men in the
crowd holding pistols at what he
called a “rest.” T'he whites seemed
to be formed in a double line, ar
ranged abreast, or nearly so, their
right at the building, their line ex
tending diagonally across the pave
ment. The affair lasted about two
minutes. Witness estimated that
there were 150 shots fired. The
smoke obscured objects across the
street. He saw no arms in the hands
of colored men, and saw no returning
shots. Could tell by the direction of
the discharge of smoke thatthe whites
fired.
Mrs. Violet Keeling, (colored,) de
scribed her experiences. She saw
Mr. Blunt fire.
Senator Sherman-—How did he act?
A.—He acted like a man dat—l
neber seed anybody in wah—he acted
like a man dat was willin’ to take
life. It looked like he seed anybody
runnin’ he would shoot.
Senator Vance—Are any of the
colored people in your county Demo
crats? A—Well, I don’t hunt that
sort. If I hear of a colored man vot
in’ the Democratic ticket I don’t hab
nothin’ to do with him, and I den’t
let him come in my house. I don’t
like to see a colored man sell hisself
nohow. I think if a colored man
votes the Democrat ticket he already
sold hisself.
Senator Vaocce—Well, when a
white man votes the Republican
ticket, do you think he sells himself?
A.—Tll just tell yer what, I think
he’s 8 man wot's got sense, and knows
wot hd's doin’, :
Sepator Vance—Well, supf)osmg
your husband should vote the Demo
oratic ticket? A —l'll just tell cjve'r
wot—l would just pack up my clos
and go to my fadder; if I didn’t hab
no fadder, IYd just go work for 23
‘cents a week to support my own se'f.
WAR OF THE RACES.
The Affair at Danville.
Wasnixaron, Feb. 19.—Mr. W.
I’. Graves, (white,) a commission
merchant of Danville, and an intelli
gent benevolent looking gentleman,
63 years of age, was the first witness
called in the Danville investigation
to-day. He said he tock little inter
est in politics except to vote. Ile
did, however, attend the opera house
meeting of November 3, and he had
sigoed the Danville eircalar and ap
proved its contents; saw no women
and children—only men—in the
crowd of negroes during the riots.
le was not at the scene of the riot
when the firing began, but was going
toward his place of busizess, which
was in that directie:. He was armed
and fired four shots into the crowd
of colored peopie. lie fired because
he ‘‘was ncver yet able to stand and
allow a man to shoot at him,” or
“strike at him,” without retaliation.
He described each of his shots in de
tail. The colored men were firing in
his direction. The firing for a short
time was as hot as he ever saw. Wit
ness was a soldier during the Mex
ican war, and a Confederate cfficer
daring the rebellion. He bought his
revolver a month before the riot.
Witness did not know of any secret
poiitieal organization in Danville, ex
cept the Democratic Club. Witness
devied that he shot Charles Adams.
Deseribing the scene, he arose and
said that be saw Charles Adams ap
proaching him, trying to escape from
‘the crowd. Adams threw up his
‘arms and asked witness not to fire,
Witness told Adams to go into a
store. Soon afterward, Adams came
out of the store and ran away. Wit
ness “hollered’’ at him, telling him to
go back into the store. Adams turned
and threw up his srms, begging wit
vess and others not to shoot. At
this time Adams was shot ia the arm.
Witness did not fire the shot. Ile
had fired four shots before that. Wit
vess did not know whether he hit
any one or not. lie would not say
that he fired without intending to hit
any one, but ke saw no one fall as a
result of his shooting. Witness said
a rumor had become carrent the day
before the election that the negroes
were to have a torch-light procession
before daylight on election day, and
were to march_in three columns to
the polls and take possession cf
them.
Senator Lapham—Was there any
predetermination ou the part of the
Democrats to bresk up the procession
if it did take place? A.—No, Sir. 1
will tell you frankly, Sir. There was
no understanding to that effect, but
if it had been attempted, it would
have brought about a collision.
George Adams (colored) described
the riot in the quaintest of negro dia
lects, arising to his feet and swinging
his arms and body, in illustrating the
movements of different individuals
and of the crowds. Witness was the
man who attempted to take the re
volver from Lea, Noel's companion,
at the preliminary riot. Ife ‘libs in
de country, but bis chaps (boy¢) works
in town’’ He “war in Mr. Basil
Blair's sto’ payin’ de clertk some
moncy—owed him fo' dollars—when
de firin’ began,” &e. While scafling
with Lea, the latter fell, and witness
fell on top. Taylor, one of the pre
liminary white rioters, seized witness
by the heels and “sort o' turned him
a somerset like”’ As witness was
engaged in his involuntary gymoas
tics, Lea fired twice, the bullets pass.
iug under witness’ body. ‘‘Ne, Sah;
de pistol did not fire hissef.” In
reply to Senator Shermsan, witness
described a scene which took place
last Wednesday night, after he was
subpeenaed to come to Washington
He was sleeping in the railway sta
tion with sn old man, and Mr. Free
man came and shook the door. Wit
ness let him in after some delay.
Freeman asked what he knew about
the riot. Witness said be saw it
all. Freeman asked if he had any
whisky, and came up and felt of his
pockets. Freeman then called in
Hatcher, Barksdale, Lea and others,
all of whom were on their way to
Washington. They told him he had
“better know but d—d little” about
the riot when he went to Washington.
Lea did not speak, but looked as if he
“would jump through' witness. Mr.
Barksdale came into the room and
witness described the affair to him.
Mr. Barksdale said: ¢ Well, Goge,
if youse anyways jubus, I wouldn’t
advise yer to venture.” Witness did
not venture, but remanied in Danville
until last night, when he came on
with a crowd of colored companions.
Charles Adams, the colored man
whom Capt. Graves denied shooting,
described his experience on the day
of the riot. He said he ran out of
a store to catch his horses. He saw
‘Capt. Graves with a revolver in his
hand, and eaid : “ Captain, for God’s
eake don't shoot me. I am going to
catch my horses.” Capt. Graves
said: ““Well, get out of the way ; go
into the house.” Witness turned to
go into the house when Capt, Graves
shot him. Witness rolled up his
sleeve and displayed the wound.
Witness had heard Capt. Graves’ tes
timony ; heard bim say that he had
saved witness’ life on that day twice.
“At the same time I know be shot
me,” said the witness.
Peter Smith, a very black, iooffen
sive-looking colored man, was sworn.
He saw the prehminary fight; beard
Mr. Hatcher say to the whites, *lf
you all are not cowards you will come
out.” Heard Hatcber say, “Ready,”
as they fell in line, “and then they
fired” Witness was not “skeered,”
bat be walked away. He saw Capt.
Graves shoot Charles Adams. Didn't
koow who Graves shot at, but he hit
Adams.
THE DANVILLE MASSACRE.
Half a Dozen Witnesses Heard Yesterday.
WasnHixaToN, Feb. 21.—The Danviile
massacre investigation was resumed yes
terday. g
W. H. Barksdale, colored, a clergy
manb, after repeating the story of the riot,
which he witnessed from a short distance,
was quesiioned by Senator Vance es to
whether, in the opinion of witness, the
colored people showed a proper apprecia
tion of the right of suffrage and fulfilled
their duties as citizens in abstaining from
voting because of the riot. He alluded to
the assurances from those in autbority of
protection to the colored people on clec
tion day. The witness discussed the
matter awhile, and finally summarized his
opinions as follows : “It is too late for
you to offer me compromise after you
have wounded and killed me.”
Senator Vance elicited from witness
the opinion that the older generation of
colored people who were slaves were
more industrious and more peacefully in
clined than their descendants.
Senator Sherman in turn brought out
the avowal that the younger generation
of whites were more aggressive and less
considerate towards the colored people
than were their slave-owning ancestors.
Albert Collaway (colored) was called.
He thought the preliminary fight was a
personal affair—merely a fair fight. The
colored man was whipped, and the matter
should haye ended there. He thought
that whites and Dblacks were equally
blamable for gathering. He said he hated
to own it, but he didn’t vote because he
was skeered.
William Minnis, a colored barber, testi
fied to two white men loading their re
volvers in his shop and to several revol
ver boxes being left there. He never
voted, and made no inquiries in regard to
voting. His patrons advised him not to
be on the strect that day, and he remained
at his shop all day.
Radiscn Coles, colored, saw a white
man whom he did not know, but who he
was told was Johnson, of Mechanicsville,
shoot two negroes.
W P. Averett, while, testified to see
ing four or five whites confronted by a
threatening crowd of negroes, and to go
ing to the opera house and summoning
assistance.
Nelson Scott, colored, heard Col. Sims
tell Dr. Barksdale that if any one was of
fended by his speech he would ‘‘go with
them to North Carolina,”” meaning ac
cept a challenge to fight south of the State
line.
At 5 o’clock the proceedings were ad
journed to to-day.
Mixed Marriages in Ohio.
Creveraxn, 0., Feb. 17.—There
is alaw in Ohio, which lays a penalty
of $lOO and three months’ imprison
ment on any white person marrying
one possessed of negro blood, and
vice versa. Some years ago a case
involvicg such a marriage was
brought before the court in Cuya.
hoga county and was dismissed, the
judge ruling that the law was not
constitutionsl. It was not carried up
A more elaborate and final test
caso is to be made in Toledo. The
prosecuting attorney of Lucas county
has had Robert Bailey, a colored man
arrested under this law for having
married a white woman, who had
just emerged from the Toledo work
bouse. It will probably be taken to
the supreme court.
bt e
Seriously Bitten.
Special to STATE J OU;N—A-;..
Saratoca Sprincs, N. Y., Feb.
21.—T0-day, while returning from
gchool, Robert Marshall, a son of Mr.
J. G. B. Marshall, was attacked and
seriously bitten bya ferocions dog
belonging to a Mr. Gaffoey. The
child's left leg was terribly lacerated,
there being four deep gashes made
by the brute’s teetb. The dog was
at opce killed.
Washington’s Birthday.
No public demonstration was made
here yesterday in honor of the anna
versary of the Father of the country.
The banks and public schools all clos
ed, as usual, on national holidays,
and flags floated from several of the
public buildings;also, anumber of pri
vate residences. Several companies
of boys praded the streets with tin
cans for drums, as an evidence of
their regard for the hero of “cherry
tree fame.”
Bishop Hood will preach at Wes
ley Church to-morrow morning and
evening.
A COLORED MAN'SESTATE.
John F. Van Dyke Deelared Inca
pableof Managing His Property.
New York, Feb. 21..—~Jobn F.
Van Dyke, a colored man of coal
black hue, was before a commission
and a sheriff’s jary yesterday after
noon to defend himself against a
charge made by his wife that he has
becom~ incapacitated to care for his
property by reison of habitaal intoxi
cation. Ilis wife petitioned the
Court to have a committee appointed
to take charge of her husband’s prop
erty, and the result'wes the appoint
ment of the present commission to
investigate the matter and decide as
to whether or not the man was capa
ble of caring for and managing his
property.
Van Dyke is now about forty years
of age, and bis father was for many
years a well known caterer in this
city, who used to take pride in the
fact of having waited on the late
I'residen: Lincoln when he passed
through this city on his way te
Washington on the occasion of his
first electian to the Presidency of the
' United Stat:». At the o'd man’s
‘death the son inhevited cash which
he fixes himself at $85,000, but which
the prosccution alleges was much
nearer $lOO 000. Subsequently, on
the death of Lis mother, he wmherited
several hou-es and lots in Wooster
and Sullivan streets, in this city.
The wife of Van Dyke, *nd one or
two others, were the principal wit
nesses as to his habits of intoxiction
during the past few years while a
number of witnesses were produced
on the otber side who testified that
they bad busicess and social relations
with him almost constantly for years
past, snd that he was a man of
reasonably tempcrate habits and ap
peared to be a good business mao.
The defendant himself was exam
ined in his own behalf and subjected
to a rigid cross-examination. e de
pied that he was giving Lo excessive
drinking, saying that in his whole l
life he had not been drunk more than
twenty five or thirty times, and then
not 80 much so but that he could
make bhis way home. Ie denied
that he was reckless or extravagant
with his money, asserted that he had
cared well for his wife and ohildren,
spending from $1 600 to $l,BOO a
yearon his household expenses, or
dering claret by the dozen, beer by
the case, a bottie of brandy ocecasion
ally, and on rare occasions wculd take
in a small bottle of champague.
With the exception of a few points
on which he was mistaken or con
fused he gave araasonably clear state
ment of his business transactions and
ventures since his father's death, and
asserted the fact to be that his wife
was at the bottom of the present pro
ceedings with a view lo get control
of his entire property. Ile sdmitted
he loaned $40,000 on property be had
not seen, but said he relied on the
judgment of his lawyer.
The jury found that for about two
years past he had been an habitual
druckard within the meaning of the
law and that his property amounts to
$92,600. il
FALLING INTO LINE.
Call Issued to the Colored Voters
of Northwestern Pennsylvania.
Fraxkriy, Pa, Fes. 14.—T0 the
colored voters of Northwestern Penn
sylvania: Includiog Venango, Kris
Crawford, McKean, Mercer, Forest,
Lawrence, Warren, Clarion, Klk,
Batler, Jefferson. and Armstrong
Counties.
You are requested to meel in a
convention to be held in Franklin,
Pa., on Thursday, March 27th, 1884,
at 10 o'clock A. M., to elect Delegates
to the National Conference,to be held
at Pittsburgh, April 29th, 1884.
The object of the Conference is to
unite in an appeal to the loyal and
patriotic sentiment of the country to
speedily aod effectually determine
whether, in time of peace, questions
of public concern are to be settled by
the ballot or by the ballet; in other
words, whether the shot-gun policy
pow in vogue in the South is to be
recognized and sanctioned as a legiti
mate mode of political warefare.
The line of policy to be pursued by
the colored voters in the next Na.
tional canvass will also be considered.
H. SCOTT, President.
J. W. Derey, Cor. Secretary. -
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Wilkes-Barre.
Freruary 21, 1884.—Mrs. J. IR
Kennedy and daughter, Miss Wise,
are spending a few days with their
friends in Philadelphia.
Mrs. Johanna Hopkins, of Wilkes-
Barre, spent last Sabbath with her
sister, Mrs. Bautler, at Pittston, aud
was accompanled by Miss Edith
Soott, of Waverly, New York.
NO. 47.
GENERAL NEWS IN BRIEF
Items Gathered from all Parts of
the Country.
Fourteen millions worth of dia
monds were exported from the Cape
last year.
A Massachusetts man 88 years old
last week married a girl 19. She is
his third wife.
Kighteen members of the Salvation
Army were arrested on Friday last in
Syracuse, N. Y.
The Government envelope factory
at Hartford, Conn., uses a ton of gum
arabic every year.
Mr. Matthew Arnold is the guest
~of the Governor General of Canada
‘during his vizit to Ottawa.
Wil Carleton’s poem: “Betsy and
Tare out,” was first printed as a
gratwituus contribation to a Toledo
paper.
A Boston firm has an order for
shoes for a colored preacher at the
South that will be numbered “twenty
fours ”
Wendell Phiilips’ widow objects, it
is said, to a statue of her late hus
bavd. His portrait has already been
placed in Ifaneuil Hall
Ex Gev. W. B. Washburn has
given $lO,OOO to the literary associa
tion of Greewfield, Mass., the income
to be used solely in buying books.
Peter O'Foke, sn old and highly
respected colored citizen of Newark,
N. J., has just dred in that city, leav
a fortuce estimated at over $200,000.
The Tilden and Hendricks club of
San IFrancisco, Cal., has refused, after
a fall discussion, to change its name
to the Grand Central Democratic
club of Calternpia.
The penaity for bringing a China
man into the British Columbia has
been reduced from $l,OOO to $lOO,
*od the tax on each Chinaman from
$2O to $lO a year.
Jay-1 See was put in harness one
day last week for the first time since
fall, and driven about. Kd. Bither,
whbo has sole charge of the animal,
says she is in perfect health now, and
will certainly beat 2:10 next sum
mer.
There will be three colored cadets
at West Point at the next session.
They will be Alexander, who is now
there; D. C. Suggs, of North Caro
lina and one appointed by the late
Covgressman Mackey, of Sounth
Carolina.
Whenever a rich man bought a
lot in Cincinnati a certain colored
man has invariably bought a strip of
land adjoining, and begun to erect
a cabin. Ile has grown rich selling
these cabins and the land they stood
on.—Waterbury, Conn., American.
tlon. I'. B. S. Pinchback, surveyor
of the port of New Orleans, Mr. Da
mont, naval officer, Surveyor General
Lewis, Mr. Vance, Dumont’'s secre
tary, and James G. Kennedy, inspec
tor of ware houses, will head the
colored delegates from Louisiana to
the National convention.
One of the stories told to show
the wvalue of presence of mind in
times of excitement and danger, is
concerning some recent riots in New
Orleans. The mob was threatening
and incressing. and the local militia
were called out. At a crisis in the
affair one of the citizen-soldiers lev:
eled his musket at a prominent op
penent, when the man next to him
struck up the gun, exclaiming,“Don’t
shoot that man—his life’s insared in
our office.
WESLEY LITERARY.
An apprecistive audience were
agreeably entertained at Wesley
Literary Thur:day evening, the choir
rendering some choice music. Mias
Ella Harley read an ess:y on “Bad
Habits,” containing most exc-llent
advice, as well #s being filled with
logioc and tru h. Messrs. Seott and
Popel’s duett from Faust was sung
in fine style. Miss Aggie Robinson
recited “My Latter:” [lovard Sam
mers delivered Robert Kmmetts vin
dication in admirable style; a duet by
Miss Katie Robinson and J. G. Popel
elicited well deserved applause.
After an interesting haif bour's talk
of sea voyages by Mr. lamilton
Howard, the exercise closed.
Miss Mary ’opel has been made
assistant. orgauist of Wesley Literary.
Mr. Samuel Bennett who was ili
for several days last week, is sble to
be at his post again.
Laurie McDonald was a successtul
applicant for license. Ilis new hotel
is fast approaching completion.
Odd Fellows will eutertain their
thiir friends at Brady's 11all, Mareh,
4th.
The leap year party which severai
ladies are making arrangements for,
will be a grand affsir, over one haun
‘dred and fifty gentlem:n wili be -
t vited and entertained at the expense
of the ladies. Lo
l Mr. Thomas Alsop is winning
laorels as a democratic politician.

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