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RALEIGH, N. C SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1896.
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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,'.
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
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
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
"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
"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
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
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
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." '
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,
' 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
"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
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
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?.
DECOBAma THE TBEE.V
How to Make a Pretty RCect In the) j
- 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
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.
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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
"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
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."
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
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,
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.
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,
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
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, .
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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