Newspaper Page Text
THE WEEKLY GAZETTE.
TSE WEEKLY ClZETTE. BATES OP AD YEETISIKO. One ioqu one insertion.. A WEEKLY JfZJSTATEU 4J? . TOatlJ Editor and Frp. W. 3. VHTCHElfani A. J. ROGERS, W 00 00 60 00 00 One laain. one month. 1 On square, two months 3 One square, three months 2 One square, six months. 6 One aaaare. one Tr. .......... 9 A CJ Liberal contracts made for larger adTerthwBenU. Centra Tmrtfing Mgtntt. ifc225ZSSZS5HSZ5Z5 NO- 14. VOL. VIII. RALEIGH, N. C SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1896. CHRISTMAS. .J II ' Mil , tMMM III'- ' i feathery Cakes are dancing, danclnf, in the gray morn's frostly gleam ; Heralds they of reindeer prancing . 'j From the gardens of our dream j , From the bright land of the Elf-KO g, ! Whero the bon bons gaily grow Just lika sweets of summer gardens, Where the tullp3 smile in rov,'. '"i Feathery flakes are falling filling, ' From the skies in softest vmy? . . And between our voices casing: v "3oon it will be Christnvas Day!" -Don't you know how in the springtime,i Wintry snows are scattered wide , Ere the lovely purple blossoms Dare to poop from w'acre they hide? Feathery flakes ; its' Mag, sifting, . Through the chill December air Here; and there, und vender drifting Making everything; more fair, . Laj ing . whiter folds than linen , -; ""N :-On thi i:-ius-aniUhe trees. ':m -v , S6Iterthan the richest damask . ' Spread our dainty guests to p'.easo. I doon the bonbons will befalling , j At the flakes have fall'n to-day, f And the children will bo calling To their patron saint so gay: "Ah! we knew when came the snowflakes You would come, dear Santa Claus- For we al ays (you remember) Know tho wind's way by the straws." ' Boon the trees ns fair as any Thnt elves have wreathed with snow, Will beplnnted 0! so many! ' In our better horn; ?. And lof Something better fur than snowflakcj ' Shall be hnngabour their green- , Candies, toys and fairy tapers Lighting up the merry scene. And the children dancing, dancing, ' Tlil all tired their little feet. Shall, with half-fchut eyes up-glancing. j Wonder: "Why is lifo so sweet?" ,' And somj tenler voice shall whisper- A Flakc-like falling from above: i "Christmas is so sweet, my darling Just because its king is Love!" THE JOY OK MARGEPiETTA CHEISXMAS STOBY. LEAELY defined shadows were fall ing across the aisle of the old church on the hill, the gray, lonely build ing that, had stood there to long, amid tiunshine and sha dow, watching, as it were, the peace ful Tillage in the valley below. Above it the pice trees, green even in v inter, waved their long tranches restlessly in the wind and flung their weird reflections over the snow, the white, soft snow, that covered all the hillside as with a mantle of palest vel vet. And the day was beginning to close in, to spread its gray wings over the dim eky and tho snow-bound world, lightened only by the warm gleam that came from many a window in the village. The afternoons -were short now, said the bustling frauen to each other, as they went about their work; but, after all, was it not the eve of the Christmas feast, and what could one expect? So the cottages wera warm and cozy, and tho pine logs in tho THE rAMIL-g CATfflSBIKg. tiled stoves crackled and burned away merrily, and few were the footsteps that passed over tho snow outside. As the clock in the tower chimed four, old Johann Maria entered tho dimness - of toe church upon the hill, where soft red lights shone like far away stars before the altar. There were a few other dark figures already there, kneeling to whisper a prayer at an old oaken prie-dieu. But they looked up es the old man came forward, and gathered together more closely. He would say the evening litany,perhaps, and they would join in the solemnly sweet responses, breathing in each heart the names of their dearly loved onee,and committing them to heaven's eafe keeping for the night. f And old Johann Maria, as they had nected. kneeling in the soft halo that the lights made, began tho old, old words that they knew so well, and that they followed so earnestly, 'while the wind wailed outside over the snow on the steep white road. And Amalie and .Porchen and Aida, girls with fair rostra and eves blue as the skies of the Fatherland in the sweet summer time, listened and prayed in all the fervor of youth and hopefulness and joy. Was not to-morrow the feast of the Christ-child. And had not the sacristan l i.y,.;:.? i.t.'l already brought beautiful wreaths of berried holly and white-veined ivy leaves to twine round the carved pul pit and the choir-stalls? Yes, it was a time of joy and gladness, this Christ mas season, and they were very, very happy. Why not so? Every one was gay and glad at Christmas time, when there where huchen in the cottages, and little fir trees Jaden with presents, and sugar angels to be bought at the ehops or the jnarket in the town yon der, to remind them of the great Christmas long ago, when the 'angels sang over the star-lit fields at Bethle hem. And by and by, that same evening, there would be a great service, when the priest would pray and preach, and they would all listen, oh 1 so intently. But now there was only the quiet ness of the little church, with its scent of the freshly-cut boughs, and the quavering, monotonous voice of Johann Maria repeating the old litany, as he had repeated it so many times before in the same placecncT in the same accents. There was another girl in the corner, kneeling at her prie-dieu, and whispering the words of the sweet old petitions with white lips and an aching heart. Christmas brought only sor row for her, she said to herself. There was no gladness for. her to expect, no loving voice to give her the Christmas greeting, no tender lips to press her own in that love sweeUr than others, even at the season of universal love. No, all was dark and dreary dreary as the shadows that fell upon the white snow ; and while the others re joiced and looked forward to keeping the festival her heart was heavy and her thoughts roamed back, pitilessly, painfully, to a bygone day a day that was marked with the shadow of :leath. It was Chrtstmas time again, and the priest bad preached and prayed, and given the old beautiful benedic tion, that floated out like a message from Heaven over the kneeling people over her lever and herself. Ah ! her lover ! He had been kneeling by her side then, with the lights flashing on his soldier's coat and his brave, handsome face, and shs had heard his voice throughout all tho service, in ringing, clear tone's that she knew and loved so well, 0 truly and passionately. And she had been so happy, so very very hoppy, although the thought of the morrow's parting had come even now and then to her heart, witt the throb bing pain of some sorrowful dream. But he had begged her to forget to forget all the pain of parting for that one day. ''Let us be happy together, sweetheart," he had said, looking into her eyes with his own, ah I filled with so much lovo and tenderness. And she had obeyed him, as she always would obey the voice that was moze to her than life itself, and they had been happy perfectly, passion ately happy in their great, unfath omable love. "What is love?" he said to her, as they walked home in the evening, watching the star gleams, like points of diamonds, flash on the dark waters of the Neckar: "What is love?" he had asked, and she had looked up to the beautiful, grave fase before she answered: "Love is the most perfect and the holiest of friendships, my beloved. It means the merging of one's self into another's being, and the living for an other. It is based on sympathy, deepest and truest, and its keynote is unselfishness. It is something that cannot die. for it belones to God. and i is given by Him to us as the best gilt from His Heaven. It is holy, eternal, ever-abiding, and it is ours, yours and mine the most perfect union of hearts, my dearest one, in tho ften derest, truest sympathy." So tho had spoken, as they went down the river-bordered road together, hand in hand, with tho evening wind moaning among tne pines, ana tne Christmas chimes ringing out from the tower in the distance. And he had stooped and kissed her, kissed her over and over again with burning kisse3 that lingered on her lips all throogh the long long aferwards, when they were parted by a darker, tide than even the swiftly flowing Neckar. That was her dream of Christmas the tryst under the wings of the un seeing night ; the wo?ds that he had said to her over and over again, "I love you I I love you 1 I love you 1" words that she aevcr, never tired of hearing, and that he never tired of saving; and afterwards the mirth and music of the family gathering in the warm homestead, where Johann Maria told wonderful stories, and Amalie and Dorchen sang tender love-lieder or wild ballads of the mountains. And in the faint grayness of the morning, one scene more, ine sol dier in his travel-stained great coat, with tears in his blue eyes, and pas sionate pain drawiDg deep lines on his pale face, and his love biding a last good-by, while the stars paled and the tardy daylight struggled into the cottage. And, with quivering lips, she had whispered of hope, of their next meeting, of the brave deeds that he was to do, of the patient waiting that would bring them such joy at last. And he knew that she was right, that his own heart told him the same story, while he kissed his dear, dear love over and over again, murmuring the I'Auf wiedersehen" that he knew would bring her comfort. "My heart's beloved, God keep you," she said, brokenly, with her sweet arms, for the last time, clinging 'about his 'THE IAST GOOD BY. neck, and her head pillowed on his strong shoulder. And then she had raised her lips to his for the last, long kiss, and it was over with her heart's 6tory, told in that one "Auf wiedersehen." ' &Y, Ah ! the peasant's litany was over, and the women had gone out softly, while the ripple of the girls' voices sounded already some distance down the hill. 4 Johann. Marie had followed them, and the sacristan had brought in a great bunch of red holly-berries to decorate the altar. And she must go, too, passing out into the night once more. They had left her to her own ' thoughts, these happy girls, and she was glad of it. She knew their sympathy and loved them for it. and the would be very tender with her all through; tho feast, she felt. ' Even now, perhaps, Amalie was say ing, "Ach! the poor Margaretta! Is it not two Christmas festivals sinee fj her lover died ia the war?" And the others would look grave for a moment and sigh a soft "Yes." Ah, it was true. Two long, dim years had passed away since the skirmishes on the frontier land, where, amid the dry heather and the dead bracken, they had told her that her lover had died. But that was all. They knew not where his body had been rested ; they knew not whether he had suffered agony or had parted with his brave soul in the heat of the battle. All was vague, uncertain ; only her lover was gone from her gone, gone, she knew 2 not where. . . , " v ." As she went down the hill toad on that Christmas Eve alone some one was waiting under the shadow of the bending pine trees. Some one came forward to meet her with a quick, glad cry of joy and heart's delight. Was it a dream as the thoughts in the church yonder had been a dream of Christmas, and of her love, her own, her life's love, but lost to her lost? Nay, for a voice spoke to her, and dreams have no voices, they are silent v and sad ; and this was a living, throb bing voice, full of passion and ten derness. . "Heart's beloved I Sweet one 1" he was calling her all the old dear names that she remembered so well ; and his kisses were burning once again on her lips and brow, and hi3 eyes were tell ing her all the love his loyal heart bore for her. He had come back to her, to his Margaretta, back to his life's love, from the very gates of death 1 And, clasped to his breast, in the hush of the evening, with her tired head vesting on his heart, they heard the bells ring out for the eve of the festival the festival of Perfect Love. By-and-by he told her the story of his wanderings, of his supposed death, of his captivity and escape, and she listened, with her hands still locked in his and with her glad eyes fastened on his face. And at the service time they returned thanks in the brightly lighted church on the hill, gay with holly and ever green and the morrow's high holy day. And when the music ceased and the others wsni softly away, together they still knelt on, while each loving heart breathed its tender petition and whis pered its thanks for the others' happi ness. For the "Auf wiedersehen" had been spoken in truth, and they shall keep Christmas together. The Lady. Christmas of Childhood Days, "My first thought of Christmas," says Lillie Devereux Blake, "is of the great playroom at my grandmother's, where we children gathered for our evening frolic3 ; of the fun we had in the warmth and light, while sleet struck its icy fingers across the win dows or the hoar frost covered the glass with fantastic lines of beauty ; of the faces of those gathered there, so young then, that are growing old now or have faded from this world forever. Then there comet a wider vision of the Christmas of the world, of the joy bells ringing in many lands , for the feast of love and good will, of the hearts made happy by the gifts, the kindliness, the good cheer that brings light to the humblest home, so that there is hardly any being so forlorn that some ray of brightness does not reach him. Then yet again, and deeper, is the reflection 'of what the festival meane. It is the celebration of the eternal miracle of maternity, the wonder of birth into the activities of this world, that has been in all ages and by all peoples observed at tome period as an occasion for gladness ; the welcome those already here give the new born soul to the brief, passionate years of human happiness and human flflarmi-p thftfc o.nll lif ' . ' I .- Mother Gets Her Instructions. , If you're waking, call me earlyr Call me early, mother dear, For long berore 'tis daylight In my stocking I would peer. . If you're waking, call me early, Bouse me up at four o'clock; Tor 1 want to see what Santa Claus I Pas' put into my sock, - I THE BETCRJ?. I J DECOBAma THE TBEE.V How to Make a Pretty RCect In the) j Glowing Ldsht. - The first step in the work of trim ming the Christmas tree is to tack a square of crash to the floor under the tree. This saves the carpet from the drippings of numerous candles and the general debris which the disman tling of the tree invariably occasions. The green tub, in which the tree should fctand, supported by three cross pieces of pine nailed to the edge to hold it securely in place, is almost sure to be in the housewife's posses sion. Conceal this by a covering of white cotton batting, dueted thickly with coarsely powdered mica to re semble snow, saya the Philadelphia Press. Or cover it with imitation gredu moss, which can. be obtained, at the shops at a trifling cost. The latter is really the better plan. It is sim pler,' cleaner and more -effective. The newest conceits lor tree decora tions are artificial fruits and vegeta bles, which are cunningly devised. Tied to the tree with bright ribbons, they form a pleasing, contrast to the green foliage. Fairies, dressed in wonderful gowns of bright colored paper, looped with narrow bebe rib bon are bought at a low figure. Santa Claus, who BhoulJ, without fail, crown the top, is not an expensive addition. In lighting the tree, modern rcienca comes strongly to the fore. . If there are electric lights in the house, an at tachment is easily made, whereby the tree can be lighted with tiny incande scent bulbs of different colors. In case the house is without elcctrio lights, a storage battery may be ob tained at moderate cost. From this the same results are secured. This modern style of illumination removes the old-time danger of the tree catch ng fire from its lights, but it is also open to the objection of dispelling the romantic glow which came from in numerable candles. So the great ma jority of people still prefer the can dles, which seem to be a part of tho Yuletide. For convenience in distributing the gifts, it is a good . plan to place on each gift a number, while the mistress of the ceremonies keeps a written list of each member of the household, with their corresponding check. The distribution is usually made by the child or children for whose enjoyment the tree is arranged. " ' wmm t-. The Joys of Chris linav One of the most blessed things about Christmas ia that it makes so many people feel young, writes Edward W. Bok, ir. Ladies' Home Journal. It is the one season of the year when every body feels that they can dismiss ab struse thoughts, put dignity aside, forget tho worries of the world, and for a time return to their youth. It always seems a pity that men try to conceal this feeling so often at Christ- mas. umy a lew men are capaoie ot being gracefully caught in the act of making a miniature train of cars go over the carpet. Catch them at it a night or two before Christmas, and nine out of every ten will instantly get up from the carpet, brush the dust from the knees of their trousers -for dust will get on the carpets of the best regulated home3 and imme diately begin to apologize. I have often wondered why men rseent being caught in this way. But a woman feels; differently, and it is a blessed thing that she does. Superstitious ot Christmas. The superstitions of Christmas axe more numerous even than the observ ances which owe their origin to heath enish rites. Among certain European peasants the belief still prevails that on Christmas morning oxen always spend a portion of the time on their knees. This they do, acoording to the peasants, in imitation of the ox and the ass whioh, a legend states, were present at the manger and knelt when Christ was born. In certain counties of England the idea prevails that sheep walk in pro cession on Christmas Eve, in com memoration of the glad tidings first announced to shepherds. Bees are al so said to sing in their hives on the night before Christmas, and bread baked at that time never becomes mouldy at least eo once thought many. English housewiv. .' " The Epicure Bird. The eagle has the laugh on tne tur key at Christmas time. Philadelphia Record. v "Sometimes," said Uncle Eben, "de houses dat has de bigges' fam'lies an de littles' tuhkey seems ter hab de mos Christmas in 'em." Washington Star. The Goose "What's the difference between the Easter gift andthe Christ mas turkey?" The Turkey "I dun no." The Goose "Why,one is dressed to kill and the other is killed to dress." ; Truth DECEMBER CROP ESTIMATE. Cotton Figures North Carolina Showing Other Statistics. The December returns to tho statistical di vision of the Department of Agriculture shows a consiierable improvement la tho condition of the cotton crop as cam pared with the Department's last report. JTnw ap plies especially to North Carolina, Florida and Georgia, where tbe conditions have been favorable to the maturity of the top crop. Many reports say the yield has ex ceeded expectation, owinjr to the larpe acre age of this year, and the lito and dry fall favoring the maturation of late crop. Frosts are reported to hare done soma damage to tho top crop in Arknna.a, Louisiana, Miss issippi and Texas. The weather as a general thing has been exceptional for gathering crops. The following Is the reported yield by States, as compared with last year: Ala bama, 116: Arkansas. 112; Florida, 110; Georgia, 110; Indian Territory 118; Louisi ana, 126; Mississippi, 112; Missouri. 110; North Carolina, 109; Oklahoma, 130; Soma Carolina, 105; Tennessee, 113; Texas. 123; Virginia. 118. Tbe general average Is 116 2. Tbe Department' final estimate ot the crop of 18'J3, tassd on complete and revised reports of the movement from each State, is as follows: Alabama. C63.916; Arkausao, 20,860; Florida, 88,722; Georgia, 1,067,377; Indian Territory, 63,668; Kansas, 152; Louisi ana. 513,843; Mississippi, 1,013,328; Missouri, 11.816; North Carolina, 14,103; Houth Caro lina, 764,700; Tennessee, 172,560; Texas, 1,905,307; Utah. 101, and Virginia 7,364 bales. Total crop, 7,161,091 bales. The returns to tne statistician of the De partment of Agriculi ure, for the month ot, December, relate chiefly to the overage farm price of tho various farm products of agriculture on the first day of the month. The farm price of corn, as indicated, aver ages 21.4 against 25.3 cents last year; average price of wheat is 72.7 against 60.9 last year; of rye, i0.3, against 44 las year: of oats, 18.6, against VJ.O last year; of buckwheat, 39.1, against 45.2 last year; of Irish potatoes, 28.7, against 26.6 last year; leaf tobacco, per pound, 6.0 cents, against 6.9 last year; hay, per ton, $6.54, against $8.35 last year; cotton, 6.6 cents, against 7.6 last year. The condition of winter wheat on Decem ber 1 averaged for the country, 99.5 percent, against 81.4 in 1895; 89 in 1891 and 91.5 in l93. In the principal winter wheat States the percentages ars as follows: Ohio, 101; Michi gan, 90; Indiana. 100; Illinois, 99; Missouri, 101; Kansas, 103; Nebraska, 93; California, 97, The returns mako the acreage of winter wheat just sown 105.2 per cent, of the area harvested in 1896. This estimate, which is preliminary to the completed estimate of June next, makes tho area sown for tho bar vest of Ift97, 23,986,470 acres. Conditions for futi wheat seeding through out Europe, except in France and Southern Russia, reported generally favorable. Increase in acreage probably net great. CLEVELAND'S FUTURE. Pennsylvania Railroad Will Put On a Fast Flyer to Accommodate Him. Grover Cleveland's plans for the future when he retires from office and enters private life egain have been settled definitely. Con trary to the reports, he will not give up bis law profession, but will resume the practice of it soon after he leaves tbe White House. For some timo it has been known among bis more intimate friends that he has accepted the ofler ot a well-known New York firm to act as its consulting member, and that his name will become idcbtilled with it soon after March 4. A queer thing in this connection is that that greut corporation, the PcDaf ylvani.i railroad, is to put on au extra fast trniu just as soon as Cleveland take up bis. residence in Princeton. This train will pass through Princeton Jr.n"tion in (he morning and will leave Kew Yvrk in the afternoon early enough to laud the ox-l rtsldent in Princeton in time for dinner. Just why a new train is neces sary is not clea. There is a fast train now which leaves Princeton Junction at about 9 o'clock in tho morning and reaches Jersey City shortly before 11. In tbe afternoon the Fast Flying Virginian, one of the best trains in the Pennsylvania system, leaves Jersey City between 4 and 5 o'clock and reaches Princeton an hour nud a half later. But there will be a new fast train juttthesnme. One of the chief reasons in Felecting Princetou as their future homo was its near ness to New York and tho railroad facilities for reaching it. This fact, coupled with Mr?. Cleveland's preference for the town, decided the President in Its favor. Cleveland's migratory habit has been far m' re pronounced than is usual among tbe Presidents. For the last twelveyears his of ficial life has run in periods of four years, and for every four ot his natural 60 years he has had a new abiding place. That is the way bis migrations average. If three re moves aro equal to afire, according to the old saw, then he has bad tho equivalent of at least Q ?e fires, mum The Committee Named. In accordance with the instructions of the Republican caucus Senator Sherman has named the following Seuators as tho special committee of five to deve legislation for action by this session of Congress looking to an international monetary conference: VVal cott, chairman ; Hear, Chandler, Carter, Gar. This is regarded a conservative committee with a majority friendly to international bi metallism. A canvas has been made among tho Democrat.-;, and Republicans say they have enough votes in sight to pass a bill in the interest of international bi-metalllsm. Small Pox and Yellow Fever. The Marine Hospital Service at Washing ton has received reports of small-pox and yellow fevor in the C;ban seaports. Ine United States sanitary inspector at Havana reports 220 new cases and 87 deaths from yel low fevo and 54 deaths from small-pox dur ing the week ended November 26. Eighty three of the 87 deaths from yellow fever dur ing the week ended November 26, were among Spanish soldiers in military hospitals. In the eight government military hospitals in the city and suburbs there are over 10,000 tick and wounded Spanish soldiers. To Reduce the Acreage. The Augusta Chronicle says: "Texas cot ton planters are taking steps to 'bring about a reduction of the cotton acreago throughout the South. Mr. J. M. Patterson, correspond ing eecretary of tho Farmer's Club, Thorn ton, Tex., requests farmers throughout tho South to organize farmers clubs. Ho solicits next cotton crop can be brought abont byco- tt fttkl. ln KA.A UptTavluiJ- xi iuis is uuuw wuci il The nlnnters of tho South should raise their own food surplies. Cotton will then be certain to .command higher prices, rtv mnk inir ontton a Furulug, croD Southern farmers can become prosperous. In that event they would become finally indepen dent." Methodist Prize It Highly. An original copy ot the first printca "rn:es for the society of the people called Metho dists" has been unearthed at St. Louis, Mo, atd as it was published by John and ( barle Wesley over their own signatures, in 1743, and contains the first ncuclus of tbe liter tureofthe Methodist church, which now nubers over 6.000.000 members in tbe United States, worshipping in 3,000 religious edifices of their own. It is a mott Interesting document, not only to followers of that faith, but to students of religious history. The circular is of four pages, and i falling to pieces with ago and handling. This paper is yellow and the print nnreadabla in places rom the stoics of tjme, . GOVERNMENT EXPENSE. Secretary Carlisle Transmits the BUI to the House of Representatives. Secretary Carlisle has transmitted to tb Speaker of the Reuse ot Representatives h estimates ofjappropriations required for tb flical year ending Juno 33, 1893. They are recapitulated by the titles as follows, cent being omitted: Legislative establishment. 14.879,820; xec utivo establishment. tl9,8C5,95'2; Judicial establishment, 1907,120; foreign inten'ourao, $2,082,728; military establishment. $24,292, 636; naval establishment, 32.434,773; ludiau affairs, $7,279,525; tensions, 141,S28,5s0i public works, $31,437,061; pofttal service, $1. 280,834; miscellaneous, $36,814,216; perma nent annual appropriations, $120J)78,220. TotaIs,f421,718.965. For Improvements at the navy yard at Nor folk, Va., $370,000 is asked. Tho total estimates for fortifications and otner works of defense Is $15,815,256. Appropriations under recent acts are asked for as follows: For the Chickamauga and Chatianooga National Park, $145,000; Gettysburg National Par ir, $75,000, and $37,000 f jr tho febAloh Na tional Mill ary Park. , Under th act of June 3, 1896, appropria tions ore requested for river and harbors in eluded i .- . Improving harbor at Savannah, Ga., $400,000; improving Cumberland SoucJ, Ga., and Florida. $400,000; improving harbor at Galveston, Tex.. $800,000; ship channel con nectlrg thegreat lakes betwaeu Chicago and Duluth and Buffalo, $1,090 000. The estimates for the army and navy pen sions aggregate $140, .00.000. There is also an appropriation ot $354,000 asked for to enable the United States govern ment to take part in tbo international ex position to bo held In Paris in 1900. Other appropriations are requested as follows: For the establishment ot auxiliary flsb cultural stations on the St. Johu's, Fla., $20,000; for tbe re-coinage of uocurrent sil ver coins. $250,000: for payments of salaries. fees and expenses of United States marshals and their deputies, $1,200 000 ; for special ex perimental work in baloonlng house for the signal corps, $10,000. HUNDREDS COMING SOUTH. Tiiey Are to Settle In the Southern Colony, Near Sibley. Ga. A special from Superior, Wis., says th exodus of families from this section of the country to what is termed "The Fruit Belt" Of Georgia, is beginning to attract consider. Able attention. It is estimated that already 150 families have dlspOBed'of their belongings In this city and Duluth and taken tracts ot land in the South, mostly in tbe vicinity of Biblry, Ga., where there is quite a colony of Northern people. Many of these people go down without A dollar in the world after paying the freight on' their household goods, and there are many others who have a comfortable surplus left to begin work on. Immigration com- E antes backed by tbo Southern railroads, ave been doing missionary work in this sec tion for a year, and claim to now have their colonization matter fairly started. Ono of these companies has thirteen thousand acres of land near Sibley and is selling it at tho rate ot $5 per acre. It is guaranteed to raistt whatever any farm in the United states win produce and independent incomes are guar anteed as well after a few years. Since eomo companies have been successful, others bav ben formed. Agencies are being established at points in eastern Minnesota and north western Wisconsin. They are meeting wlto unexpected success. TAL3IAGE TO WED. The IJride "Will bo Suss Susi Man- gum, of Sing Sing, Now York. In Sing Sing. New York, the engagement of Miss Bnsle Mangum, of that village, to th Rev. T. DeWitt Talmage, ot Washington, has been announced. Miss Mangum is a daughter of Daniel D. Mangum, a grain dealer in New York, t ity, living in Sing Sing. Mr. Mangum is re puted to be a millionaire, miss juaugum nas been a popular young society woman in Sing Sing society. Daniel D. Mangum Jr., brother of the future Mrs. xaimage, two years ago mairiedMr. Talmage'a daughter. This will make Mrs. Mangum, after her marriage, the tep-mother of her sister-in-law and step-mother-in-law to her own brother. Dr. Tal mage his daughter a brother-In-lo w. Tbe date of the wedding is noft announced, hut th nrAr.nrfit lona areiinderuav and it is thought it will take place in holiday week ot shortly alter the new year Deins. Scolt Jackson M ist Die. The Court of Appeals hai affirmed the sen tence of death pronounced against Scot Jackson, at Covington, hy.t Tot tho murdei of Pearl Bryan. The Governor will fix th date of execution. The decision was pre sented by Associate Judge Hazleringg. Tb case came before the Court of Appeals on an appeal from the t ompbell County Circuit Court and the decision Is thought to mean the same result later on, la the appwal ol Alonzo Wallliig, sentenced to death as Jack son's accomplice. Washington Happenings. Mr. 8. W. Woodward has declined appoint' ment as chairman ot the committee of ar rangements for Presldeut McKlnley's inaugu ration, and Mr. C. J. Bell, president ot ths American Security and Trust Company, of Y ashlugton, has been tendered and bas ac cepted tbo honor. General Horace Porter, of New York, has been appointed marshal for the inaugural parade. Secretary Olney has recelvod a cablegram from Senor Andrade, the Venezuelan Minis ter to Washington, who is now in Caracas, stating that the Venfzuelan government bas accepted the agreement reached by the United States and Great Britain for tbe arbi tration ot the boundary dispute, and that an extra session of the Venezuelan Congress has been called to cojsider the treaty. Information has been received here that Ambassador Bavard has declined with many thanks tho proposed testimonial which the London Telegraph suggested i-hould bo rais ed by popular tubscrlptlon In England as a mark of appreciation of his efforts to pre serve good will between the two countries. Mr. Bayard takes the ground that hi posi tion as ambas-ador would prevent his accept ing any gi't of the kind proposed. This Is in accord with the views watch the State De partment held of Mr. Bayard's probable ao tloa in tbe matter. Dryan Date Changed. Mr. Wm. J. Bryan has consented to change tbe opening date of bis lecture In Atlanta, Ga., to December 22J, Instead of January 5th. as previously arranged. This will give tho country people a better ad vnntageto bfar th lecture, because they will be in the city at tending to their holiday shopplug. Alter lecturing here Mr. Bryan will return to bis homo and remain until January 10th, when be will resume his tour, taking in tbe princi pal citlesof tho South. Among tbote Included are Charlctte, N. C, and Columbia, a. t". Conaty Succeeds Keane. A dispatch from Baltimvrc, M. D., says Cardinal Gibbons is In receipt of an official letter from the Pope informing bim Hint tbe Pope bas appointed Rev. Thomas J. Conaty, D. D., of Worcester, Maw., rector ot tbe Catholic University at Wash I nj. ton, D. C. la succeed Right Rev. Bifbop lieate