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NO. 3.
Bills General, Local, But All of Some
Of the North Carolina Railroad Falls
by a Vote of 20 to 24-Tax Rate
Monday. Senate met at 12 o'clock.
Here -were a large batch of new bills
and resolutions introduced, but all
er of a local nature, principally.
Anjong the bills passed were:
. To incorporate the town of Clyde, in
llaywoCd county; to provide for Work
ing the publio roads of Halifax county;
to establish a system for working the
public roads of Vance county ; to author
ize Madison to levy a Bpecial tax; to
levy a special tax in school district No.
t in Yr1 T71 ij i .
,t x oresi townsnip; to allow
viiveusDoro to
issue bonds: to allow
jax; to provide for nrintins? the
Jaws of 1897; to allow Duplin countv
to levy a special tax; to allow
xash county to levy a special tax;
to allow Anson county to levy a special
tax, passed second reading; for working
public roads of Chatham, passed; to
empower the city of Charlotte to ac
quire real estate, etc. , to better regu
i A ,water supply, passed seoond
and third seadings; to incorporate the
iiauk of Brevard, in Transylvania coun
ty, passed second and thud readings;
to provide for the exchange of circuit
criminal courts and to employ stenog
raphers, passed second and tnird read
ings. v 7 leay3 Mayo introduced a bill for
the relief of women and children in cot
ton mills.
Tuesday. Senate met at 10 o'clock.
Among the new measures were:
Ton, a bill for the protection of
ei . 4yes. Lyon, a bill to amend chap
ter 186, private laws of 1891, relating to
publio roads. TJtley, a bill to provide
for the additional equipment, repairs,
and support of the University of North
Carolina and the Normal and Industrial
School. This carries an appropriation
of $5,000 for the University and $12,500
to the Normal and Industrial School.
Bills and resolutions were disposed of
as follows: To amend and consolidate
the acts incorporating the town of Mor
vin, in Anson county. To amend the
charter of the town of Forest City, in
llutherford county. Passed second
reading. To amend the charter
of the town of Southren Pines.
Tasscd second reading. To encour
age horticulture and to aid in
the Horticultural department. Passed
-fcccond an third readings. For pro
curing and distributing the bodies of
dead human beings for the promotion
of medical science. Mr. Abel offered
amendment: "That this bill shall not
apply to those who die in the Home for
the Aged and Infirm." Amendment
adopted. On third reading Mr. Pay
demanded the roll call, which was sus
tained. The bill passed, ayes 30, noes
12. To provide for the additional equip
ment, repairs and support of the Uni
versity of North Carolina. Carries an
appropriation of $5,000 annually be
sides what is now appropriated.
Atwater was opposed to appropriating
the additional $5,000, and on second
reading demanded the roll call, which
was sustained. The bill passed second
and third readings. The tote on sec
ond reading was ayes 30, noes 10.
To provide for the additional equip
ment, repairs and support of the Nor
mal and Industrial Hchool . This bill
carries an appropriation annually of
$12,500 additional to that already ap
propriated. This will be a total of
025,000, the same that the University of
North Carolina gets. The bill passed
second and third readings without a
, dissenting vote.
To incorporate the colored grand
lodge of the Knights of Pythias of
North Carolina. Passed second and
third readings. To incorporate the
town of Redmond, in Madision county.
Passed second reading.
The President of the Senate appoint
ed the following as a committee on
election of trustees of the University of
North Carolina: Messrs. Eollins, Ram
sey, Shaw, Butler, Scales and An
thony. , To change the name of the Criminal
Circuit Court of Buncombe, Madison,
Haywood and Henderson counties to
Circuit Court." The bill allows the
judge to practice law also. Passed seo
ond reading. To amend section 2490,
of The Code, relating to the restoration
of citizenship. Passed second and third
' At the afternoon session bills passed
to protect the birds in Randolph and
Davidson; to amend the act to incor
porate the Atlantic & North Carolina
Railroad and the North Carolina &
Western Railroad.
Wednesday. Senate met at 12
o'clock. Among the large batch of lo
cal bills introduced were: To promote
the interest of publio schools in North
Carolina; Moye, (by request) to require
license to carry concealed weapons.
Among the new bills: To amend
chapter 184, Laws of 1895, relating to
the improvement of public rords; to ex
tend the time to compromise, commute
and settle the State debt, strikes out
1882 and inserts 1899; to embrace Mc
Dowell county in the Criminal Circuit
Court; to prohibit the working of fe
males on the streets and roads ol Vance
county and town of Henderson; for the
relief of the Croetan Normal School in
Robeson county; to amend the charter
of Selma, Johnson county, allowing the
town to tax druggists for selling li-
qt8the afternoon session the follow
ing were among the new bills that
passed: To abolish the Circuit Criminal
Court of Robeson; to embrace McDow
ell county in the Western Criminal Cir
cuit. The "bill to regulate the sale of
animal food, making it a misdemeanor
for any one to sell any fowl, cattle or
swine that has died from sickness or
were sick when killed, was tabled. The
present law makes it indiotable . in the
Superior Court to sell any animal food
that is unfit for food.
By leave Person introduced a bill to
assist in the maintenance of Pigford
Sanitarium, for the treatment of negro
WSS5 -Senate met at 11 o'clock.
Amoncr the bills that passed were: To
amend the act incorporating the town
Jr Morrixu in Anson county; to amend
the charter of the town of Forest City
in Rutherford county; to incorporate
the town of Redmond in Madison
county; to allow Madison county to
issue bonds and levy a special tax; to
amend the charter of Southern Pines; to
allow Transylvania county to levy a
special tax, passed second reading; to
aid in the construction of the Winston
Salem Southbound railroad; to protect
creditors and innocent purchasers of
personal property, mortgaged in other
States, to regulate the appointment of
cotton weighers for the city of Raleigh;
to authorize the auditor to draw war
rants on the State Treasurer for $5
extra for each page of the General As
sembly; to incorporate Palaaersville
Academy ia Stanly county; to prevent
hunting on the lands in Yadkin county
without permission.
By leave Butler introduced billu to
protect employees, passengers, ship
pers of railroads, and to elect the rail
road commissioners by a vote of the
At the afternoon session bills passed
to repeal chapter 81, laws of 18,87, in so
far as it applies to Anson county; to
amend chapter 64, private laws of 1883,
by striking out Thomasville and insert
Greensboro; to amend chapter 310,
private laws of 1891, by striking out
Thomasville and inserting Salisbury;
to revise and improve the public school
Fbiday. Senate met at 10 o'clock.
Bills were introduced to allow women
to vote in local option elections; to in
corporate tho Lumber River company
and the town of Haly in Columbus
county. Among the bills disposed of
were :
To allow Chatham county to issue
bonds and levy a special tax. To allow
Transylvania county to levy a special
tax. Passed. To establish a graded
school for Greenville, Pitt county.
Passed. To authorize the commission
ers of Madison county to build a bridge
over Prey creek. To allow the town of
Monroe to issue bonds to build water
work"'. Passed second reading. To au
thorize the town of Monroe to hold an
election to vote on issuing bonds.
Passed second reading.
The North Carolina Railroad bill be
ing a special order, relative to the lease,
it was taken up and Grant's substitute
bill passed whereby the lease stands
The speeches were long,
vote was taken resulted:
and when the
Yeas 26, noes
At the night session the following
bills were passed: To fix the time of
holding courts in the fifth district; to
establish the dispensary of Waxhaw; to
amend the charter of the Commercial
Bank of Rutherford ton; to repeal the
act requiring all persons who sell seed
cotton in Anson county to gO before a
magistrate and have it registered, so as
to detect theft; to establish a dispensary
for Rutherford ton; to permit the estab
lishment of public libraries; to estab
lish a dispensary for Bladen county.
Passed. To provide a dispensary for
Littleton. To regulate fees of sheriffs
and tax collectors in Rowan; to create
public roads in Caswell; to permit the
practice of ostheopathy.
Saturday. Senate met at 12 o'clock.
Among the many new measures intro
duced were:
Clark To provide for a code commis
sion to codify the laws of North Caro
lina. Anthony Bill to place Mrs. R.
Lucinda Hoyle, of Gaston county, on
the pension roll. Ramsey To amend
the charter of the town of Salisbury;
also to amend chapter 274 of the code;
also to cheapen and hasten proceedings
in court. Mitchell To regulate the
pay of mechanics, laborers and other
hired help. Scales To change the
name of the Normal and Industrial
School to the Normal and Industrial
College. Alexander To establish the
normal school for the colored race, near
The bill to allow free passes to State
officials and to regulate passenger rates
failed to pass. Ayes 22,Noes 22, The
President voted no, breaking the tie.
At the afternoon session the follow
ing were among the bills to pass:
To authorize the town of Concord to
issue bonds. To authorize Monroe to
construct waterworks. . The amend the
charters of Mount Airy, of Winston, of
Concord, and of Salisbury. For the re
lief of sheriffs and tax collectors. (This
is not a general law, but applies only to
a few counties.) To amend and re
enact the law relating to the Marion &
Asheville turnpike. To change the
name of the Normal and Industrial
School at Greensboro to 'College." To
incorporate the Lumber River Rail
road company. To regulate the sale of
liquor in Cumberland and to establish
a dispensary. ; -
Monday. The House met at 10
o'clock. Only a few bills were intro
duced, and the following were among
them: .
Wilson To allow the people of Gas
ton county to vote on the removal of the
court house frm Dallas to Gastonia.
Bills passed.: To allow . Coneord to
issue bonds upon a vote of he majority
of the people. (Resolution by Cruch)
that the House adjourn at 2 p. m. in
memory of George Washington; to in
corporate the town of Redmond,
Madison county; to allow the
city of Charlotte to issue $30,
000 in bonds to pay for water-works;
to allow Robeson county to levy an in
creased tax; to forbid ex-Confederate
soldiers' who are inmates of the Sol
diers' Home from receiving pensions
while therein, and giving them the op
tion as between remaining in the Home
or receiving pension; to amend the
road laws in Ashe and to provide that
Watauga's roads be kept up as they
were prior to the adoption of the
Mecklenburg road law in 1895; to allow
Rutherford to employ convicts on the
public, roads or on the streets; to allow
Caldwell county to levy special tax to
pay debt; to allow Monroe toissue$30,
000 in bonds for water-works. Among
the above bills there were a large batch
to allow different counties to levy spec
ial tax, etc.
Tuesday. House met at 10 o'clock.
Among the new bills were:
Green To establish a criminal circuit
composed of Mitchell, Yancey. Mc
Dowell, Ashe and Watauga counties, to
have all the jurisdiction vested in the
Superior Courts so far as crimes are
concerned, the judge to i)e elected by
the people; salary $1,600 and $200 for
expenses; tho solicitor to be similarly
elected and receive the usual fees. Mr.
Lusk (resolution) That after March 1
no bills or resolutions be introduced.
Green To submit to the popular vote
at the next general election the ques
tion of State aid to higher education.
Mr. Nelson To preserve and protect
deer in Caldwell, Yancey, Burke, Mc
Dowell and Mitchell counties. Mr.
Hancock To reduce bonds of sheriffs
60 per cent, of the assessed taxes.
Candler To prevent destruction of fish
in Buncombe, Henderson, Rutherford
and Transylvania, allowing them to be
caught with hook only. Cathey To
promote public education, by provid
ing that if-the courts annul the 99-year
lease of the North Carolina Railroad
and it be leased for a. greater sum than
the present one, the excess shall be ap
propriated to the State Board of Educa
tion among the various counties among
the school children, on a per capita
Bills passed: To amend the charter
of Lexington; to amend the act creating
the Western Criminal Circuit Court by
providing that whenever the commis
sioners of any county in the district
shall request the judge to call an extra
term he shall call it and receive the
compensation of a Superior court judge
from the county, also to provide that
the Governor, may order the judge . to
hold 8 special term whenever it is, in
his judgment, necessary; to embrace
McDowell county in the Western Crimi
nal circuit; to charter the Snow Hill
Railroad, with $100,000 capital.
The bill to change the charter of Wil
mington was defeated amid the most in
tense excitcment. The bill was Russell's
own measure, and its defeat is taken as
a direct slap at the Governor. A num
ber of Western Republicans voted
against the bill.
The anti-gold contract bill was de
feated. Governor .Russell sent a mes
sage to the Legislature announcing
thirty vacancies in the Board of Trus
tees of the State University.
The House by a vote of 63 to 38 puts
New Berne in the hands of the negroes.
Wednesday. - House met at 10
o'clock. Among the new bills were:
Ward To reduce the pay of legislators
to $3 a day. Brower To allow Mt.
Airy to levy special license taxes.
Young To make $4,000 appropriation
(additional) out of the general fund for
the seven colored State normal schools.
Dockery To allow Clerk Long, of
Richmond Superior Court, to be absent
from his office on certain days. Currie
To protect Lumberton b artesian
wells. Blackburn To change the time
of holding courts in the tenth district.
Bills passed: For the relief of Z. F.
Long, clerk of -Richmond county; to
provide that Beaufort, Columbus and
Lenoir counties "may" instead of
(shall" publish the county financial
statements; to change the court house
from Dallas to Gastonia; to allow the
sheriff of Surry to collect taxes before
March 15th; to authorize the Governor
or the penitentiary directors to have
the streets around tho Capitol Square
paved by convict labor: to incorporate
Central Institute at Columbus, Polk
county; to amend the charter of Laurin
burg; to allow Laurinburg to issue $20,
000 in bonds for water works, street
improvements, etc. ; to prohibit taking
of clams from the waters of Brunswick
county between April 15th and Novem
ber 15th; (resolution) that no bills
b introdueed on or after March 1;
To amend the law regarding issues of
fact in trials; to protect fish in Newbe
gun creek, Pasquotank county; to
amend the road law in Ashe and Wa
tauga; to incorporate the Bank of Ran
dolph; to amend the charter of Mt
Airy; to provide for the inspection of
coal mines and the safety of miners
therein; to change the time of holding
courts in the tenth district; to repeal
the charter of Mars Hill, Madison
By leave Cook introduced a bill tore
quire the constitutions of North Carolina
and the United States to be read in all
the publio schools.
,At the night session the bill to.charter
the Winston-Salem Southbound railroad
qame up, but was laid over until Thurs
day. Bills passed: To allow Forest City,
Rutherford county, to issue $4,000 in
bonds for improvements', and to levy
a tax: to repeal the Cabarrus road
law so far as it applies to townships
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11 and 12; that
provisions of chapter 142, acts of 1893
are not to bo in any way affected; to
allow the people of Forsyth to vote on
the question of a special tax for
a court house, not over 20 cents on $100;
to prohibit the taking of fish in Bun
combe, Rutherford, Transylvania "and
Henderson counties, save with hooks;
to prohibit fast riding or driving across
any bridges in Buncombe; to require
all public school teachers to read aloud
to their pupils twice during each ses
sion the constitution of the United
States and of North Carolina; to ratify
the charter of the Elizabeth College
Company, of Charlotte; to allow the
commissioners of Maxton to increase
tax levy from 50 cents to $1.
By leave, Person, of , Wayne, intro
duced a bill to amend chapter 81, acts
of 1895, fixing the maximum schedule
of charges for selling leaf tobacco by all
warehousemen in the State, as follows:
"In section 1, line 4, strike out 15 and
insert 5; in line 5 strike out 25 and in
seat 10; in line 6 strike out 10 and insert
5, and in line 8 strike out 10 and insert
5." ;
Thursday. House met at 10 o'clock.
Among the bills introduced were: Wil
sonTo allow Gastonia to vote a dona
tion to Gaston county to erect a court
house and jail at Gastonia. Hauser 'Jo
provide for election of railroad commis
sioners by the people, and give the com
mission the right to prevent the reduc
tion of wages of any railroad employe
whose annual wages are less than $2,
000, the penalty being $20 for each case;
and also providing that no railroad shall
charge over 2J cents per mile for first
class and 2 cents for second class fare
between any two points in this State,
under penalty of $100; this to apply . to
roads classed as ' 'standard" by the" com
mission. Ditffy To protect turpentine
workers by fining any person $50. wlfo
adulterates spirits of turpentine '.with
kerosene oil (or 30 days' imprisonment,
or both). Bryan Toi, protect land
owners in Chatham, by forbidding peo
ple in stock law territory to graze stock
Bills passed: To amend the charter
of the North Carolina Dairymen's As
sociation so as to allow it to offer pre
miums, the State to give it $500 annu
ally; to amend the charter of Wilkes
boro so as to allow annual elections on
liquor licenses to be held; to change the
time of holding Superior Courts of Cra
ven ; to amend the law regarding regis
tration of citizenship, so that the peti
tioner can file his petition in the county
in which he was convicted, or the one
in which he resides; to amend the char
ter of Mt Airy; to make it a misde
meanor for any person not duly licensed
to perform the marriage ceremony;
the $5,000 appropriation to the Univer
sity; to appropriate $2,600 additional
for the State Normal and Industrial
The bill to charter the Winston-Sa
lem South-bound Railroad was taken I
up. McCrary's amendment to force it
to go through the town of Lexington
was overwhelmingly voted down and
the bill passed second reading.
At the night session the House pass
ed the following bills: To fix "New
bern" as the proper way of spelling the
name of that city; to" make properly
verified statements of account prima
facie evidence of its correctness; to
work Union county's public roads by
taxation; to' allow Lumberton to issue
bonds; to submit to the voters of Anson
the question of the road tax; to allow
Charlotte to issue bonds; to provide
for the erection of a school building for
the North Carolina School for Deaf and
Dumb, carrying $20,000 appropriation,
passed second reading and was recom
mitted to the finance committee; to al
low Gastonia to vote a donation to Gas
ton county, not to exceed $15,000, to aid
inbuildirga court house and jail; to
inrtTfruvifl.tA tha frnnt-nAH of St. MarT's
School at Raleigh; to. incorporate theTl8?nsRioDrtn?
Carolina, Chimney Rock & Teanessee
Railroad Company to be operared by
steam or electricity from Rutherfordton
via Hendersonville to the Tennessee
Friday. Honse met at 10 o'clock.
There were only a few new bills intro
duced. Among them were: To estab
lish graded school at Washington;
James, to provide for the purchase of
the battle-ground of Moore's Creek for
$200; Murphy, to amend the charter of
Salisbury by allowing a special tax of
25 cents on the $100; McCrary, for the
relief of the town of Lexington and
Cotton Grove, in Davidson county;
Green, to establish an independent
school district' composed of parts of
Burke, Mitchell and McDowell; Allen,
to incorporate Diamond Star Lodge, I.
O. O. F., at Asheboro; Hancock, to
create the office of prosecuting attorney
for the Eastern Criminal Circuit Cout,
to get same pay as solicitors, to be ap
pointed by the Governor and to serve
four years; Lusk, to allow "county com
missioners to elect an auditor,
The House went into committee of
the whole on the revenue and machin
ery act. The rate of taxes was fixed as
follows: Poll, $1.35; general tax,
21 2-3; pension tax, 3 1-3; schools, 20.
There was a lively debate on the
question of taxing the sale of horses
and mules. Finally it was agreed to
tax all persons or firms' who keep
either private or auction stables a tax
of $25 to the State and $10 to the county.
At the nurht session bills passed to. in
corporate the Carolina, Chimney Rock
& Tennessee Railroad Company; to
amend the carter of the Moore County &
Western Railroad; to incorporate the
North Carolina Land and Timber Com
pany; to incorporate the grand lodge,
Knights of PythiAs; to prevent minors
from entering and loafing in barrooms,
bowling alleys and billiard rooms
passed. The owners of such places are
made guilty of a misdemeanor, with $50
penalty, if they allow minors to enter
such places after notice from parents or
guardians. The bill to incorporate the
American Trust and Savings Bank at
Charlotte passed.
Saturday. House met at 10 o'clock.
Among the new bills: Wilson To ex
tend corporate limits of Gastonia. Chil
cutt To repeal the special tax on phy
sicians. To allow the State Medical
Board of Examiners to grant license to
physicians who have practiced ten
years. Lusk To prevent carrying con
cealed weapons by detective agencies.
To adjourn sine die March Gth. Cun
ninghamTo regulate fire insurance
companies. White, of Randolph To
incorporate Asheboro Lodge, K. of P.
Person To allow Wilson county to is
sue bonds. White, of Randolph To
exempt the Golden Chain, order of Da
mon and Heptasophs, from insurance
tax. Lusk To provide for election of
superintendent of health by the people.
Bills passed: To incorporate the
Wake County Live Stock and Poultry
Association," giving it the right to
have cock fights at any place they please ;
this being done by a provision in the
bill, which suspends the provisions of
chapter 12, vol. 2 of the Code, so far as
it prevents cruelty to animals: to make
it discretionary with the State Treasurer
as to making deposits in certain banks;
to require all bankers or officers
and directors of railroads and
Stato banks or other cor
porations, created sr chartered by the
Legislature to take an official oath; to
make the stockholders of any bank
chartered by the State individually re
sponsible, equally and ratably and not
one for another for all contracts, debts
and agreements of such association to
the extent of the amount of their stock
therein at the par value thereof, in ad
dition to the amount invested
in such share and all exemptions
in any bank charter are repealed, and
to forbid any bank from lending any
one person over one tenth of its capital;
to give factory employees in Chatham
and Alamance the right to cash their
checks wherever they wish.
The supplemental Halifax county
fence law bill was taken up and dis
cussed, but finally tabled, thereby al
lowing stock to run at large. By a vote
of 76 to 23 the House allows Buncombe
county to vote on fastening a dispensa
ry on Asheville. .
At the afternoon session the follow
ing bills passed: To provide that the
collection of arrears of taxes shall cease
June 2d next To locate the line be
tween this State and Tennessee. To
declare null and void the bonds voted
by Lexington town and township and
Cotton Grove township, Davidson
county, to the Roanoke Southern Rail
road. To change the line between Hen
derson and McDowell. To forbid, any
fire insurance companies not incorpor
ated under the laws of this State to
write policies in North Carolina save
through regularly appointed and ii-
cened agents.
A heathen burying ground," with giant
skeletons, was recently dug up Jn Mlt
terndorf In the Austrian Balzkammer
gut Many of the bodies were C feet 7
Inches tall. They were all buried with
the feot to the east, each Inclosed in a
circle of stones, with a stone under the
head. Large earrings and finger rings
were found on tbem, and one skeleton
held a knife In Its hand. No signs of
Christian burial were discovered. '
Magistrate Do you mean to say such
a physical wreck as he Is gave you that
black eye? Complaining Wife Sure,
your honor, he wasn't a physical wreck
till after be give me the black oye.
The Proceedings Briefly Told From
. p Day to Day.
Monday. In the Senate Washing
ton h farewell address was read in the
presence of a large audience by Daniel,
(Dern. ) of Virginia. The principal part
of tli a day was occupied in the consid
eration of the Indian appropriation bill.
me ljOUd bill, tn amend the nostal
was reported back from the post
committee with amendments, ki
ng one for one-cent letter postage.
bill and renort wr antjwronized
by two PoDuliat Senntora Butler, of
North Carolina, and'Stowart, o' Nevada.
Tuesday. The entire day of the Sen
ate was practically -consumed in a dis
cubftion of an amendment in the Indian
appropriation bill for the opening to
settlers of the Uncompaghre Indian
reservation in Utah, containing over
twoiXiillion acres. After considerable
amendment was modi
fied, agreed to and passed. The
Alaskan boundary treaty which was
signed by Secretary Olney and Sir
Julian Pauncefote Jan. 30th last, was
laid before the Senate in executive
session. Without being read it was re
ferred to the committee on foreign re
lations. The Vice-President laid be
for the Senate a report from the Sece
tary of State as to the persons claim
ing to be American citizens, who were
captured on board the Competitor.
Referred to the committee on foreign
relations. ,
Wednesday The Senate discussed
Cuba awhile. Allen (Pop.) wanted to
send battleships without delay in a res
olution which was objected to and laid
over until Thursday. Hill and Mor
gan offered another resolution on the
same subject It is as follows in part:
"That the Secretary of State be and is
hereby requested to transmit to the
Senate either in open or secret session,
s he may prefer, all the correspon
dence aud roports of the Consul General
at Havana." Moreran proposed the
release of Julio Sanguilly, an American
imprisoned in Cuba in a strong resolu
tion. The Indian appropriation bill
was taken up and debated without any
further action.
Thursday. There was a heated
bate in the Senate on Sanguilly,
the American citizen who is imprisoned in
a Cuban fortress. Daniel took the lead
and referred to Spain's insult to Consul
Lee and to the United States. Hale
and Hoar took sides in this particular
case with Spain, Hale saying the Sen
ators who are so ardent in sanguilly s
cause really want war. It is also claim
ed that his naturalization papers were
fraudulently obtained, and that he is
not American citizen. It is now thought
that the Cuban crisis is near at hand,
l iit. House bill to amend the act as to
receivers of national banks was passed,
and the Senate adjourned until Friday
with the understanding that the Cuban
resolution will be again called up.
The President sent to the Senate the
following, nomination: W. W. Clark,
of North Carolina, to be United States
district judge for toe eastern district of
North Carolina.
Fbiday. The Senate had the Indian
appropriation bill before it, but that
fact did not prevent Cuba and the
Sanguilly case from being fought over
even in a more angry and excited man
ner than Thursday. The Sanguilly
resolution having been sent to the
calendar twb other resolutions as to
the victims of Spanish cruelty wore of
fered and considerable comment pro
and con was indulged in, some getting
mad and others getting witty. Finally
the Cuban question was permitted to
subside and the actual consideration of
the appropriation bill was resumed.
Saturday. The Senate passed the
postoffice appropriation bill, which ap
propriates $95,835,338. It was also de
cided that a committee of two chair
men of the postoffice committee's, in the
Senate and House, the Postmaster
General and two citizens be appointed
by the President to inquire into the al
leged abuses in the postal service, in
cluding second-class mail matter; the
extension of free delivery in the rural
region, the reduction of the cost of
railroad transportation, the adoption of
one-cent letter postage and other like
questions. A number of private bills
were passed, and then Quay endeavored
to obtain unanimous consent for the
consideration of a bill forbidding the
sale of liquors in the capitol. During
the debate of the postoffice appropria
tion bill Butler, of North Carolina, and
Tillman, of South Carolina, locked
horns for awhile; Butler argued against
the bill and Tillman defended it. The
Sunday civil bill, along with other mat
ters, were taken up, but were not con
sidered. HOUSE.
Monday. In the House the deficien
cy bill was passed. Boutelle, chairman
of the naval committee, succeeded in
setting up the naval appropriation bill.
and the other matters were not of much
interest to the general public.
Tuesday The chief occupation of
the house wasto denounce the civil ser
vice law. - It came about bv the consid
eration of the bill to amend the revised
statutes so as to give the governors of
territories the power to remove,-as well
as appoint, certain territorial offices.
It was participated in by a dozen mem
bers, nearly all of whom condemned
and criticised the civil service law. The
bill that started the debate was passed.
The remainder of the day's session was
spent in the consideration of the naval
appropriation bill, Avhich was passed
just as received from the committee on
naval affairs.
Wednesday. A message was re
ceiued from thfe President transmitting
the report of the joint commission ap
pointed under the agreement of the
United States and Great Britain in
1882, on the fisheries of the waters con
tinguous to the United States and Can
ada. A resolution recommended by the
committee on accounts, authorizing the
preparation of a digest of election cases
decided in the Fifty-third and Fifty
fourth congresses to cost$2 500 to be pre
pared by the clerks of the committee on
elections, was discussed and referred
to the committee on printing. The ap
pearance of Wm. J. ' Bryan upon the
floor of the House was the most notic-
able event of the day's session.
Thursday. By a vote of 144 to 46,
the House passed the bill of Johnson
(Rep.), of Indiana, authorizing nation
al banks to take out circulation to the
par value of the bonds deposited to se
cure it, an increase of 10 per cent over
the limit now allowed. Conference re
ports upon the agricultural appropria
tion bill and upon the bill for the relief
of settlers upon the Sioux reservation
in South Dakota, were presented and
agreeato. "Speaker Heed ordered the
reference to Mr. rvan's visit ami the
Democratic cheering to be eliminated
from the Record. The resolution bv
the committee on foreign affairs, call
ing on the President for the corres
pondency relating to the arrest and
punishment of American citizens bv
Spanish authorities in Cuba was pre
sented and agreed to. Sulzer (Dem.),
of New York, offered a resolution de
claring war between Spain and the Uni
ted States. The measure was referred
to the committee on foreign affairs.
Friday. The interpretation to be
placed upon the declaration of the plat
form of the Republican national con
vention regarding the securintr of an
international bimetallic agreement was
the subject of an animated, and at times
exciting, debate in the House. The
result vrtts that only three Republicans
were of the opinion that their party is
committed to the single gold standard.
The bill passed by a yea and nay vote
of 279 to 3. Bills passed providing for
arbitration of labor troubles between
the .management of inter-state com
merce carriers and their employers;
prohibiting the importation of impure
and unwholesome tea.
Saturday. The House, after a five-
hour struggle passed the irtiti-railroad
ticket scalping b II by a vote of 142 to
51. The bill only. applies to interstate
commerce transportation. The Indian
appropriation bill was non-'concurred
in and was sent to conference. Among
the other bills to pass was one directing
patents to issue to settlers on land;
in the eastern peninsula of Florida.
The Cost of Road-Blaming In the State
of North I'irollna.
The State ot North Carolina has
been very progressive in the movement
for good roads. Prof. J. A, ITolmes,
State geologist, has prepared a report
on the subject, which shows the money
raised in North Carolina for road pur
poses to be $109,000. The I ar crest
amount ($36,000) is raised by Mecklen
burg county; the next largest ($12,000)
in Buncombe, and third ($9,300) in
Forsyth. The total number of counties
that have adopted a road tax is about
thirty. They are working their roads
now b this system either wholly or in
Reports from a number of counties
working convicts on their roads show
that it costs less to work them on the
public roads than it does to feed them
in the county jails. In Wake, for in
stance, it costs twenty and one-hall
cents; in Mecklenburg, Forsyth, Dur
ham and Alamance it costs twenty cents
per day per convict to work them on the
public roads. This cost includes board,
clothes, medical attention and salaries
of the guards. Whereas in these same
counties, when these prisoners are kept
in jail, it costs on an average of 28 cents
per day per prisoner to support them.
The report shows, furthermore, that
the convicts enjoy better health when
working on the public roads than when
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addition to the literature on the em
ployment of convicts and the good roads
movement Manufacturers' Record.
A Cemetery Sexton Sells Corpses to
th College.
At Lynchburg, Va., N. J. Farmer,
sexton of the city's burying grounds,
was arrested and bailed for his appear
ance in the police court to answer the
charge of unlawfully disinterring the
the body of Ella' Jameison, the white
woman who committed suicide by
The woman was buried at the city's
expense and tho body was disinterred,
packed in a barrel and sent to the depot
for shipment to the University of ir
ginia. The polio authorities believe that
Farmer has been engaged for soma
time in the practice of disinterring bod
ies for a money consideration and a
careful watch wa3 kept on the cemetery,
with the result as stated. Farmer ad
mitted that he had been shipping bod
ies to the University but claims that he
had a right to do so under the law.
A Georgia Negro Granted a New Trial,
But Never Given.
It has just come to light in Savan
nah, Ga., that a negro named Major
Lee has served 15 years in the Georgia
penitentiary on conviction for murder,
has never had a new trial which was
granted him by the Superior court on
the grounds that he is not guilty under
the evidence that was submitted in the
case. Lee was convicted in 1881 and
the verdict was contrary to the law
and the evidence. ' In the meantime
Lee was sent to the penitentiary and
is there today and has never had his
new trial.
When sent up he was a little 14-year
old boy. He is now a big, burly negro
of 30.
In Cow Island, La, where the alliga
tor abounds, the tame vlllatlc hen of
a lady residing there has Just batched
out several of the reptiles along with
her own brood. The most curious thing
about thA incident Is that the young
saurlans discern nothing Irregular in
their parentage and follow the mother
hen around In company with her chicks
apparently In entire contentment with
their lot The Indifference of the placid
domestic fowl as to what the eggs be
neath It bring forth has long engaged
the attention of naturalists, who final
ly ascribe it to the natural composure
of the creature, which Is more concern
ed for Its own tranquility and peace of
mind than for the official regularity of
its posterity. It brings up a brood of
turkeylets or muscovy ducklings with
the same .care that It bestows on the
fluffy chicks of its own breed, which It
Is natural to suppose that It contracted
for.. How It may be with -the nursing
eaurlana of Cow Island Is Another mat-i
ter, but there Is no reason to suppose
that the hen will fall In any reasonable
point of duty toward them. Cow Island
now ought to produce the tale of an,
alligator hatching out and nursing to.
maturity a brood of buff cochins or;
Plymouth Rocks. It would be equally,
interesting and almost as plausible.
Cotton Exports FaU Off Prices Ad
Below is Messrs. R. G. Dun k Co.'s
review of trade for the past week, along
with Saturday's Chicago grain and pro
duce Liverpool and New York cotton
futures, and Winston tobacco markets:
"Genuine improvement in business
does not come with a rush like tho
breaking of a great dam. The growth
for some weeks past has been more en
couraging, because in nearly all linen it
has been Gradual and moderate. The
rupture of the steel rail and other com
binations in the iron buRinens ban
brought out a vast quantity of trade
which had been held back and has net
many thousands of men at work, whilo
the slow but steady gain in other groat
industries has given employment to
many thousand more, but the full ef
fects will not apiear until tho increased
purchases by all these swell the distri
bution of goods. This comes more slow
ly and later, but is already apparent
lrtainty regarding the future w ill help
it mightily and is by multitudcscuxvt
ed with strong hope. Mcanwhilo it is
substantial ground for conhdenco that
months which were regarded by mauy
in me money maruet . wiin eri-
ous apprehension have passed
without disturbance aud with steady
gain in the (Kisition of tho
country and of the treasury. It was
not to be expected that Iho excess of
exports over imiorts would continue as
large in January as it had been in
previous months, and yet it was sur
prisingly larcre. The I ebrnary returns
have naturally been less favorable as
cotton ei ports fall off at this season,
and yet the decrease compared with
last year is trifling, while the increaso
in imports to bo expected at this season
has amounted to only $0,040, com
pared with last year, or about 2 per
cent . Nothing in the State of foreign
exchanges indicates that tho heavy
credits in favor of this country havo
beenliquidated or senouRly diminished.
Iron" bars are unchanged, but orders
for 900 cars by one railway, with num
erous others, increase the demand, aud
plates are required for two great
elevators in Chicago. Important
contracts for exiKrt continue and
American makers undersell foreign in
tin plates bv 70 renin, and are Krllinc
cotton tics below 75 for which 81. 10 won
charged by importers a year ago. With
less rapidity but yet steadily other in
dustries are gaining. Although brown
four-yard shirtings are an eighth lower
and print cloths a sixteenth lower, it is
found that several cotton mills nro
started, not covered by the restriction
as to print cloth work," which is carried
out. Increasing demand lias slno
started quite a number of woolen mills,
including many making drcs good
and hosiery. The demand for men's
woolens is also somewhat better, espec
ially for heavy weights, and there aro
improving f ales of better qualities.' J n
boots and (.hues also, growing belief
that prices will not give way hai start
mljinnit morn f-lioi ia. althonsh many
jobbers still shrink from tho pi'icua
"Failures for the f ast week havo
been 2M in the United States against
278 last year, and 50 in Canada agaiuht
58 last year."
Chicago drain and Produce.
Chicago, Saturday. Tho leading
futures wcro as follows;
Wheat: Open. Closo.
February 731 7JH
May 7lfJ 74 (
July 71 72j(iS
February. 223 223 J
May 2ZI 231 04 2 1
July 2jj 2ajj08
Februrry 151 15
May 16 1620517
July 17JJliJ18
Mess Fork :
February ....
May. .' 8 07 8 10
July 8 20 8 20
4 074 4 071
4 17J l'J
February ....
May 4 174 4 15
July ". 4 27j 4 21
New York Cotton Future.
New YoRK.Satnrday. Cotton steady.
Middling upland 7 7-10; Futures closed
Opening. Closing,
, 7 0S iiimn
7 15 7 23(23
, 7 17 7 20(27
7 22 7 81(032
, 7 2(1 7 85MUJ
7 29 7 37(rtj3S
fi 93 7 00(7 02
. 6 84 0 8'JCtf !0
, 6 83 6 2(ff!'.:j
June ,
July .
Tobacco Market.
WiifsToir, N. 0., March 1, 1897.
Breaks am very larjjv All strictly goo.1
ripe sorts sod good wrappers, cuttrs and
smokers continue to notl troll, whlltj Ui
medium, common poor aorta are lowr.
Priming $ 1 60 to 2 00
Bright COO to H00
Fine Bright.... 10 00 to 20 00
Lu(?s, New 3 00 to 4 00
Oood Blight 5 CO to 7 09
Fine Bright Lags 8 00 to 10 00
Common Lugs 2 00 to 3 00-
Medium 3 bO to 5 00
Oood 8 to to 10 00
Fine 14 to 20 20 CO
Cutters, Common 12 00 to 13 00
Fine 18 00 to 2i CO
Common, Lest 3 00 to 4 60 .
Oood 6 60 to 8 60
Fine 10 00 to 14 00
Extra It'.i Leafy Fillers. ..... 12 00 to 1 8 00
Common Wrappers 16 00 to 18 00
Medium 20 00 to 25 00
flood 85 00 to 40 00
Fine 40 00 to 60 00
Naval Appropriation Completed.
Washington. The Senate committee
on appropriations has completed con
sideration of the naval appropriation
bill. Among the changes made is one
fixing in specific terms $400 per ton as
the maximum price to be paid for
armor plate and providing that in case
tho plate cannot be produced at this
price, the government shall establish a
plant and make its own armor. The
Senate committee also made provision
for three additional torpedo boats. Tho
amendments entail an increase over the
total of tho House appropriations
amounting to $305,800D, and bringing
the total of the bill up to $728,234.

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