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? A movement of prominent colored men "to form a protective association, with the object of using every moral and legal means to check the various crimes against colored citizens," is attracting some attention at Washington. As a Federal election law is one of the "remedies" to be ' urged, the nature ot the movement becomes apparent. ? Leading Democrats in Virginia favoi the adoption of the Australian system oi voting. This provides for absolute secrecy in voting?none but the voter knows for whom he votes. Massachusetts tried this system at its last election with much satisfaction. The Virginia Democrats believe a much larger proportion of the negroes would vote the Democratic ticket if they could do so secretly. ? At Salt Lake, Utah, last Saturday, Tnrlnro A nHoronn rfonifkri thf> ftnnlieation for citizenship made by Mormons who had taken the endowment house oath. He holds that the church is a treasonable organization in its teaching, and hostile to tho government in its practices, disobeying the laws and seeking to overthrow the government. ?The consumption of horse flesh in Berlin is increasing. Last month the Berliners ate 816 horses, against 610 for October, 1888. For various reasons, however, the working people in the Prussian capital do not eat so much horse as the poorer classes of other German cities. Konigsberg, for instance, with about the same population as Rochester, consumed 340 norses last month. ?Three hundred and fifty thousand six hundred and sixty-six persons are now under sentence in the German Empire for offences against the law. Sixty-one thousand eight hundred and six of these offended against the State, religion and the public peace; 134,670 against the person, 152,652against property, 552 were sentenced for "insulting majesty," 482 for arson, 475 for bribery, 2^8 for offences against the Anti-SocialistiC law, 960 for adulterating food. ? There are ten Gentile churches in Salt Lake of the leading denominations. The Methodists, the Presbyterians, the Baptists and the Congregationalists?through the New West Educational Associationall have mission schools, the Methodist being a boarding school. Hammond TXaII A riknulno TTommnnH nf -U.au, IUO Kim VI vuquco VJ. uaiuuiuuv., v. Chicago, is the oldest school of the New West, which has beside it two or three ward schools. These various mission schools seem to be full. ? Investors have had much reason of late to lose their trust in trusts. The New York decision adverse to the Sugar Trust, the bad state of the Cotton Seed Oil Trust, the recent decisions against the Gas Trust of Chicago and the Diamond match ring of Michigan, seem to point to a time of trouble for holders of trust certificates. The courts are everywhere holding that combinations designed to restrict production and put up prices are against public policy and nail and void, even if they are acting under charters properly obtained. ? The mass meeting of organ-grinders in New York, last week, was a revelation in many ways. First, the number of street musicians who assembled was surprisingly large, there being upward of four hundred present. Then, too, an unusually large amount of eloquence was developed, considering the subject and character of the speakers. But the most wonderful of all is the fact that nearly five hundred people in New York depend upon this industry for a livelihood, and make from three dollars to six dollars a week playing music on the curbstones. ?A few months ago Chief of Police Watkins, of Parsons, Pa., while under the influence of liquor, was killed by being ntroflr hv an AncinA whilA sittiner on the platform of the Delaware and Hudson railroad. About a month ago his widow filed a claim in court for $10,000 damages against John Schumacher, a very wealthy saloon keeper, who had sold her husband liquor white visibly affected by it. ? TflO KtSB~wa^PJHi>efore three arbitrators who, after hearing all the arguments, at Wilkesbarre, last Thursday, awarded the widow $2,500. It is said the defendant will not make any appeal from the decision. ? A Pottstown, Pa., dispatch says that last Friday morning John Chana, a hopeless paralytic, aged 35, was found dead on the floor of his hotel with a leather strap loosely fastened around bis neck. Some maintain that it was suicide, while others that it was a case of foul play, though suicide is the generally accepted theory. Until reoantiy Chana was a fine specimen of phyfikKtl manhood. It is related that one day'tie cursed his Creator in a most horrible manner, when he fellover, stricken dumb and paralyzed from head to foot. He remained in this condition until his death. ? The Democratic majority in the Virginia legislature, chosen at the November election, will be larger than in any legisture since the days of reconstruction. The State senate is composed of 40 members, of which the Democrats have 31, and the Republicans 9. Of the 100 members of the house of delegates the Democrats have 85, and the Republicans 15, thus giving the Democrats more than two-thirds in each house and 92 mjyority on joint ballot. One half the senators are chosen every two years, and of the 20 elected in November, at least 17 are Democrats. These will participate in the election of a successor to United States Senator Daniel, whose term expires on the 3d of March, 1893. ? Particulars in regard to the recent concessions for the establisment of negro colonies in Mexico have just been published in the city of Mexico. The concessionaries are Henry C. Ferguson and Wm. H. Ellis, American citizens, who are authorized to establish agricultural, mining or manufacturing colonies in the States of Vera Cruz, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Miehoacan and San Luis Potosi, subject to the conditions of the general colonization laws. At least a thousand colonists must be settled within three years and each year thereafter for ten years, at least two hundred must be settled. The maximum number of colonists allowed to be brought there in ten years is twenty thousand, and adequate proof must be given of their good moral character and industrious habits. ? Isaac A. Vincent, who, while treasurer of Alabama, stole $225,000, fled, was captured, tried, convicted and sent to the penitentiary for fifteen years, is to submit a novel proposition to the Alabama legislature next spring. He will ask that body to allow the people of Alabama to vote on whether or not he should be pardoned. If the majority votes "No" he will serve out the remainder of his fifteen years without a murmur ; but if the people say "Yes," * A- x- i? ?i i ? ne wants to ue reieaseu. Viuueut was ? very popular man while in office, and it was his supposed friends that got him into trouble. Gambling was at the bottom of the defalcation, and some prominent politicians in Alabama are parties to his crime in fact, if not in the eyes of the law. It is probable that the people would release him if the matter was left to a vote. Vincent is now about 50 years of age. He has a family in Montgomery. ? Complaints are coming from the West and South of the increasing scarcity of pennies, the supply not keeping pace with the growing demand for one-cent pieces in carrying on the various kinds of business involving small sums and frequent making of "change." In all parts of the country, the penny, though a coin of small value, is an important factor of business life, but in the Southern and Western States there issaid to be "a penny famine." The mint at Philadelphia is making full time from 12 A.5M. Monday, to midnight on Saturday, and yet it is stated, is nearly two months behind in filling orders for pennies. It is though the delay now experienced will be increased, and that before long pennies will be scarce all over the country. The large cities, it is said, are now being drawn upon to supply the deficiency in the Southwest, and if the drain continues much inconvenience will be caused in all retail lines of trade. ? On November 15th, J. I). Hortou, a young farmer, living near Durham, X. C., my8teriousiy, disappeared, and foul play was suspected. J. P. Davis, an employee on the farm, told Horton's old mother thai her son had deserted her. The neighborhood did not believe the story, and search was made about the premises, resulting in the discovery of Horton's body buried in an old barn. Davis escaped and the Durham, N. CM authorities sent a police officei to Danville, Va., to search for Davis. On Sunday, while this officer and the Danville chief of police were in conference at the hotel, a waiter asked the proprietor if he should wake Mr. Davis for dinner. The name was suggestive, and the officers wen! to the room indicated, where they found J. P. Davis. He was charged with the murder and confessed the crime. He had killed Horton, he said, in order to get possession of his farm. He killed hirr with a bootjack and buried the body in the bam. Davis was taken to North Carolina for trial. ? John W. Brown and Win. S. Henderson, colored clerks in the postoffice at Charlotte, N. C., were arrested last Thurs1 day by postoffice inspectors. Brown was I arrested for rifling registered letters, and ' Henderson for rifling ordinary letters. ' There have been numerous complaints of [ registered letters being rifled while in ! transit in North Carolina since October 1, ' and upon investigation the trouble was located at the Charlotte office. Inspectors ' have been watching Brown and Henderson for the last three nights and saw them ' both in the act of robbing the mails. A ' preliminary hearing was held before the 1 j United States commissioner and the par| ties held to await the action of the grand 1 jury of the United States court. The ac1 cused are well-known negroes, Brown being secretary of the county Republican committee. They were appointed clerks in the postoffice June 1. One of the letters i was addressed to John Wanamaker, Phil> adelphia. ; lite ?0thtiUf tfvpim. , _____ y YOltKVILLE, S. C. :>V WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4,1889. THE LEGISLATURE. 1 The legislature convened in the capitol at 12 m. on Tuesday of last week with a ; full attendance of both houses. As yet i no measures have been perfected in either, though quite a number of bills have already been introduced. In the House of Representatives a marriage license bill 1 has passed its third reading. A bill fixing the price of license for retailing liquor at not less than $500 has passed its third ; reading in the House. A bill making reductions in the salaries of State officers, from governor down, has also passed its third reading. The saving proposed to be effected will be about $6,000. On Friday, Mr. McCaw introduced, with favorable report, a bill to authorize the application of all county taxes received from the Three C's railroad in York county to the payment of the interest on the bonds issued in aid of tho railroad by the several townships of York county and for the apportionment of the taxes among them. The governor returned to the legislature his approval of the bill passed at the last session, accepting by the State the Clemson bequest of land for an agricultural college. In joint session on Saturday, the Hon. Henry E. Mclver was re-elected associate justice by a unanimous vote, and Hon. W. H. Wallace was elected judge of the Seventh circuit by a unanimous vote. The election for successors of Judges Aldrich and Pressley have not yet been held. For these positions James F. Izlar, of Orangeburg, is a candidate for the succession of Judge Pressley, and the candidates for succession to Judge Aldrich are Senator James W. Moore, of Hampton, Mr. James Aldrich, of Aiken, and Ex-Judge J. J. Maher, of Barnwell. The board of railroad commissioners will be to elect at this session, and there are quite a number of candidates for the positions.. Only the house was in session on Monday. A large number of bills were cleared from the calendar, but none of general lmpuriuuuu. THE MEETING OF CONGRESS. The Fifty-first congress assembled at dood last Monday. In view of the necessary consumption of practically the entire day in the organization of the new house of representatives, the president's message was not read until yesterday. The officers of the house were agreed upon by the Republican majority in caucus on Friday night. They are as follows: For speaker, Thomas B. Reed, of Maine; for clerk, Edward McPhersori, of Pennsylvania ; for sergeant-at-arms, A. J. Holmes, of Iowa; for post-master, J. H. Wheat, of Wisconsin ; for door-keeper, C. W. Adams, of Maryland. Ex-Speaker Carlisle will manage the Democratic minority in the house. It is said that Mr. Carlisle takes the ground that the Democratic party in congress stands pledged to tariff reform, and therefore, if the majority should present a reasonable tariff measure, it will be the duty of the Democracy to try and perfect it as far as possible, and then vote for its passage. It will not be the policy of the Democrats to block general legislation. On the contrary, they will doall in their power to facilitate that which is for the general interest of the people. In the contested election cases they will endeavor to secure a fair and impartial investigation of the cases, and will resist anything that savors of an injustice. The present session will have brought to its attention for action a number of matters upon which the public has become well informed, by reason of previous discussion. Among them are the Blair educational bill; the bill to forfeit land grants, general and special; bill to declare trusts unlawful ; the dependent pension bill; bill to repeal the civil service and oleomargarine tax laws, and various measures relating to tho tariff, internal revenue and general financial system. There will also be presented to the senate the results of the investigations made during the recess of the several committees upon the dressed beef business, the subject of irrigating arid lands, the relations of Canadian railroads to the InterState commerce law and the commercial relations existing between the United States and Canada, including the Alaskan seal fisheries. The silver question will speedily come up in some shape. Senator Stewart's resolution, introduced last session, declaring it to be the sense of that body that the secretary of the treasury should purchase the full limit of silver bullion for coinage, fixed by law at $4,000,000 monthly, will be pressed for adoption. The general expectation is and the precedents go to confirm it, that very little business will be completed before the holidays. A good part of the time of the senate the present week, and up to the Christmas recess, will be consumed in executive ' session, discussing and disposing of the long list of recess nominations that the president has to send in for confirmation or rejection. The committees on rules, mileage, enrolled bills and accounts, will necessarily be appointed this week, but of late years I 4U/v Ufto Knnn fa flin onnoinf. nit; JJItlUlU'C lias UCCII iu uaiti Lilt Hi>puiuiment of the remaining committees till af ter the holiday recess, so that no legislative business is likely to be transacted before the new year. Meanwhile, following numerous precedents, the House will probably permit the introduction of bills for printing and reference to appropriate ' committees when appointed, and of these billsand resolutions, new and old, there are vast numbers now ready for introduction. THE BAPTIST STATE CONVENTION. The sixty-ninth convention of the Baptists of South Carolina met in Florence on Thursday last and was called to order by President J. A. Hoyt, with secretary A. J. S. Thomas in his place. After opening with the old familiar hymn "Come, thou fount of every blessing," the Itev. 1 John A. Williams led in prayer. The 1 secretary then proceeded to call the roll by the different associations, to which about one hundred and ninety delegates , answered. , Organization was then effected by the re-election of all the officers of last year, i viz.: J. A. Hoyt, president; E. C. Dar; gan and It. W. Sanders, vice-presidents; A. J. S. Thomas and A. B. Woodruff, i secretaries; (J. H. J udson, treasurer, itei ports were submitted showing that the work of the Executive Board had doubled in four years. The work of colportage is taking on interesting proportions. There t is now a permanent colportage fund of I about $2,500. Double that amount will i suffice to do the work, for a generation, at i least. The increase of the board for the ! year has so far been nearly $11,000. About i $1,000 must be raised during the month of i December, if the Board is to close up the > year 1889 without debt. The report of I the board of Ministerial Education showt ed that while there was in 1881 only fift teen ministerial students in the Seminary, ) there aro now forty-five. It was also shown that the receipts of the Seminary treasurer for the year aggregated over $3,000. On the second day, after devotional exercises, the Rev. T. M. Galpin, chairman of the committee on Home Missions, read the report of the committee. In this report the negro question was touched on lightly. The report said that the negro was here to stay, and the present generation must solve the problem. It was also stated that the Gospel must educate the negro, and said that if it could be done in Africa it could also be accomplished in South Carolina. The report was adopted. The next order taken up was on Furman University. The Rev. John Stout, on behalf of the board of trustees of (Furman University and Greenville Female College, read their report, which showed that both institutions were in a most satisfactory condition. They report 134 students now in attendance at the University, of whom 89 are in the collegiate course and 45 studying for the ministry. Dr. It. H. Griffith, financial agent of the University, reported that $17,000 of the $20,000 to be *aised by December, 1890, to secure the $7,500 from the Education Society of New York, had been secured in cash and pledges, and that the University now has has$47,000 of invested funds. Dr. T. N. Pritchard, of Wilmington, N. C., delivered a very sound and logical address, in which a plea was made for general education. He regarded ignorance as waste and weakness, pauperism and crime, causing also political corruption. He said that when a community increased in intelligence it also increased in material prosperity. During his talk he referred to our necessary habit of procuring nearly everything from the North, and to prove this, he emptied his pockets of their contents, which, by the way, would compare favorably with the contents of the pocket of a ten-year-old boy, and showed that all were made in the North, the reason for which he claimed was that the mechanics and artists in the North were, as a rule, better educated than those in the South. Closing, he paid a deserved tribute to ^*L r* 12? ouuiii ^aruiiutt iui wit; lugu inutv sue nuius in regard to the work she is doing in the line of the education of the ministry. At the afternoon session, Rev. Dr. Bailey made an interesting and earnest talk, and the Rev. C. C. Brown, of Sumter, delivered an able and interesting address on the "Negro." On Saturday, the third day's session, the Rev. C. P. Scott read the report of the board of foreign missions, which gave a summary of what had been done and stated the outlook for the future, both of which were very gratifying. Dr. T. N. Prichard, of North Carolina, then addressed the body in the interest of foreign missions, after which the Chair introduced the Rev. E. Z. Simmons, a missionary from China. He delivered a most entertaining and instructive address on the mode of the work as done in China, and earnestly requested that more missionaries be sent there, that being a great need there now. The report was then adopted. The next report was that of the central committee of the Woman's Mission societies, which was read by the Rev. John Stout. The report was adopted and ordered printed in the minutes. Prof. A. S. Townes, president of the Greenville Femal College, then read the report of the committee on the higher education of women." Dr. James Furman and the Rev. A. A. Marshall discussed this question very ably and in a forcible manner, after which the report was adopted and ordered to be published in the minutes. The standing committees, which are to report next year, were then announced. After services in the Baptist church on Saturday nicht. the convention was form ally adjourned, to meet next year at Union. The Wisconsin Style.?The following dispatch of Thursday from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, narrates the most brutal and dastardly crime ever perpetrated in the name of Judge Lynch. On Sunday, at Preston, Trempleace county, Hans Jacob Olsen was torn from his house and lynched by a party of masked men. Olsen was partially insane and somewhat quarrelsome, and had been ordered by neighbors to leave the county. He neglected to do so, and was strung up. Olsen was seized in bed, pulled out, and his hands tied behind, despite his desperate struggles and those of his family. Without even allowing him time to put on his clothing, they led him out of his house. Once outside Olsen learned what was to be done with him. He caught sight of a new rope hanging over the limb of a tree, which stands not more than 20 feet from the little cabin which was his home. He struggled to free his hands, tearing the flesh from his wrists, until they bled freely; but finding himself unable to get loose, he submitted in sullen silence while the rope was put around his neck, and willinghandsdrew him up tostrangle. His legs were not tied, and his kicking and struggling was fearful. The mob remained sometime lest his remains might be cut down. Then making threats of lynching anyone who should dare cut the body down, they dispersed. The body was discovered in the morning and was not cut down until the coroner arrived. The coroner's inquest was held yesterday at Preston, and the following verdict was returned: "Deceased came to his death by strangulation caused by being hanged by the neck, by masked persons unknown." No evidence as to the identity of the lynchers was offered. It is Preston's gossip that the lynchers were led by one of the most prominent farmers in Preston. Further facts will be brought out by evidence following arrests about to be made by the State. The district attorney has the case in charge, ana wholesale arrests are expected. # # ? The Postal Service.?PostmasterGeneral Wanamaker, in his annual report, says he will make use of all proper means tending toward the economizing of postofflce work on Sunday, because he believes the government should, so far as possible, make no requirements which will prohibit its employees of the enjoyment of that day of rest; and that he will suggest a law giving jurisdiction over offenses against the postal laws by the courts at the offices of delivery the same as at the office of mailing; and enlarging the opportunities to convict. In the special topics discussed, he recommends a double postal card for return answers, and prompt delivery of all letters on which the postage is not paid, and to collect double postage thereon. Gen. Hazen, third assistant postmaster general, has submitted his report, for the the fiscal year ending June 30th, 1889, to the postmater general. It shows the total cost of the postal service for the year to be $63,751,871, or $7,603,856 in excess of the revenues. The statistics of the special delivery system for 1889 show that 160,520,000 letters were delivered by special delivery messengers, this was an increase of 12 per cent, over the number delivered during the previous year. The number of postage stamps, stamped envelopes, letters and postal cards sold during the year was 5,818,565,321, representing in value $52,921,784. The amount of postage collected on second class matter was $1,616,351 representing nearly 810,000, tons of such matter. Defrauded Foreigners.?A Charleston dispatch of Saturday to the Greenville News says: There is likely to be trouble between the United States and the French Kepublicand the German Empire. On the 20th instant, a squad of 50 German and French laborers arrived here from New York under contract to work at the phosphate mines near Jacksonboro. The laborers claim thatthey were induced to come under false pretences. When they reached their destination there was a rebellion. The rebels were arrested by a trial justice, and under an armed guard of negroes were sent to Walterboro, and put in jail. The French consul was telegraphed for and went to the scene of the trouble on Thursday. He is still there. To-day the German consul was called on to interfere. An affidavit was sent him showing that the contractors had deceived the laborers. Inthe affidavit the statement is made that the contractors attempted to lock up over fifty men in a room 10 by 20, and actually confined many of the number in the room for an entire night. The story of the affiants, if true, shows that their experience was worse than that of the prisoners in the famous "Black hole" in Calcutta. The French and German consuls have telegraphed the facts to Washington. ? The collector of internal revenue has been informed that on the 27th of November Deputy Ensor raided an illicit distillery in Pickens county and found 2,000 gallons of mash and beer, all of which he destroyed, and arrested and lodged in Pickens county jail one of the moonshiners. This is the third raid made by Deputy Ensor in the last ten days, one in Greenville and two in Pickens. LOCAL AFFAIRS. NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. W. C. Latinior?Tho Great Bankruptcy Sale of Goods Under the Hammer is becoming One of the most Popular Advertising Dodges of the Hour. A. Y. Cartwrigbt it Co.?The Biggest Clothing Sale ever in Yorkville is now going on at the New York Racket Store. Mrs. T. M. Dobson, Proprietress?Still on Top. And I am going to Stay There. I still Lead in Large Sales and Low Prices. May <fe May, Druggists?Plush Goods! Plush Goods! Look out for Christmas. M. &H. C. Strauss?The Corner Store. W. B. Moore <fc Co.?Coffins and Caskets. Withers Adiekes?Xmas. W. Brown Wylie, C. C. C. Pis.?Application for Homestead, ex-parte Mrs. Julia F. Campbell. W. B. Williams, Auditor?Tax Returns for /1889-90. S. L. Purseley, Coroner?J. N. O'Farrell, Deputy?Office in the Court House. HICKORY GROVE P. O. On Friday last Mr. John Ramsay was appointed postmaster at Hickory Grove, in this county, vice J. N. McDill, removed. TAXCOLLECTIONS. Since commencing the collection of taxes, the county treasurer has collected $26,886.30 and issued 3,456 receipts. The entire amount assessed is $76,002.18. TEMPERANCE UNION. I Thprfi will he a meetinc of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union in the Knights of Honor hall at 4 o'clock this afternoon. A general invitation is extended to the ladies to attend, whether or not they are members of the union. vy NEGRO EXODUS. / Several colored persons living in the neighborhood of Mr. C. M. Parrott, about* five miles north of town, are making their arrangements to move to Arkansas. They are all said to be thrifty, industrious people, and the number now actually making preparations for an early departure, is said to be about seventeen. They do not go under charge of an emigrant agent, but on their own responsibility. Among the number is Sam Jackson, a well-to-do man, who owned a nice farm adjoining lands of Mr. Parrott, but the other day he sold his lands to Mr. Parrott preparatory to trying his fortune in the west. V" EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. A meeting of the County Democratic executive committee was held in the court house last Monday to consider the advisability of ordering a primary election by which to express a preference for trial justices for the respective townships. A auorum of the committee was pres ent, as follows: Buffalo, W. D. Camp; Blairsville, R. T. Biggins; Bullock's Creek, Elias Inuian; Clay Hill, Perry Ferguson; Hickory Grove, J. C. Chambers; McElwee's Mill, A. J. Hoffman; Tirzah, Henry Massey; Clark's Fork, R. J. Love; Yorkville, D. E. Finley. After a free discussion of the subject, the committee decided not to order a primary election for the nomination of trial justices in the several townships, and that the trial justices should be appointed by the governor on petition. church" notices . Episcopal?Sunday-school at 4 p. m. Young Men's Union Prayer meeting will be held in the Presbyterian church next Tuesday evening at 7 o'clock. . Baptist?Rev. R. G. Patrick, pastor. Prayer-meeting to-morrow evening at 7 o'clock. Services next Sunday at 11 a. m. and 7 p. m. Sunday-school at 9.30 a. m. Associate Reformed Presbyterian?Rev. J, C. Galloway, pastor. Services at Tirzah next Sunday at 11 a. m. and in Yorkville at 7 p. m. Sunday-school at 3 p. m. Presbyterian?Rev. T. R. English, pastor. The monthly concert in prayer for missions will be held to-morrow evening at 7 o'clock. Services next Sunday at 11 a. m. and 7 p. m. Sunday-school at 3 p. m. Methodist Episcopal?Rev. G. H. Waddell, pastor. Services next Sunday at 11 a. m. and 7 p. m. Sunday-school at 3 p. m. Prayepm^eting this evening at 7 o'clock. personal mention. Capt. W. G. Gibbons is in town. ^Ir. Walter T. Barron is on a visit to Alabama. -?Miss Bettie Williams, of Charlotte, is visiting Mrs. B. N. Moore. We received a pleasant call yesterday afternoon from R. E. Allison, Esq., of T.anpnetpr Judge Witherspoon returned home last Saturday evening, having completed his circuit at Georgetown last week. -fcMiss Annie Wallace has goue to the Charleston Female Seminary, to take a special course in music and French. oMr. Samuel L. Latimer has accepted a position as traveling salesman with Messrs. Alsop, Mosby & Co., of Richmond, Va. Capt. I. W. Moore, road master of the Three C's railroad, was in Yorkville last Monday inquiring for a dwelling house with the view to making this place his headquarters after the first of January. Representative McCaw, having obtained leave of absence from the House, returned home last Saturday evening, that ho might be hereon matters demanding his attention on Monday. He returned to Columbia yesterday. Mr. John T. Grist, the veteran postal clerk on the Chester and Lenoir railroad, who was the first appointee on that road when the postal service was put on it, and has been continuously on that route ever since, has been for several days enjoying the customary annual furlough granted to railroad postal clerks. During his vacation he visited Jacksonville and other points in Florida, and on the return to his home in Lenoir, stopped over in Yorkville for a few days, leaving for Lenoir yesterday. SALES DAY. Last Monday was sales-day for December, and besides the attractions of land sales, the bright, sunny day with a moderately pleasant temperature, contributed, no doubt, to increasing the attendance of people from all parts of the county. The number was larger than usual, and it is undeniable that a portion of them were in a "mellow mood" before the evening shades began to lengthen. A few arrests were made by the police, though there was no serious disturbance of the peace. The horse traders were on hand, and many rare bargains in equine flesh were doubtless realized by wide awake speculators. The sheriff sold the following tract of land : By virtue of writs of fieri facias, at the suit of B. T. Wheeler, deceased, vs. Joel McCarter, deceased, tract of 125 acres in King's Mountain township. Bought by Mrs. Margaret A. McElwee for $570. The clerk of court sold the following property, at the suit or Samuel S. Plexico and others vs. John H. Hood and others, the lands being known as belonging to the estate of John P. Hood, deceased, and situatein Bullock's Creek township: Tract No. 1, known as the home lot of John P. Hood, deceased, containing 6 acres. Bought by J. E. Plexico for $975. Tract No. 2, containing 581 acres. Bought by J. P. Blair for $500. Tract No. 3, containing 1291 acres, known as the "river land." Bought by J. T. Wilkerson, for $1,040. Tract No. 4, containing 115 acres, known as the Smarr land. Bought by Mrs. Marin n r? im mil ili. ouiun jui .jwi. Tract No. 5, containing 1)0 acres, known as the Leech land. Bought by J. W. Smith for $1,325. Tract No. G, containing 180 acres, known as the Meek land, and lying on both sides of Bullock's creek. That part lying on the east side of the creek bought by W. R. Hayes at $5 per acre; that on the west side bought by W. Y. White at $7 per acre. Tract No. 7, containing 103 acres, known as the McSwain land. Bought by S. S. Plexico for $533.50. The following lands were also sold by the clerk : Under decretal order of foreclosure and sale at the suit of W. L. Roddey it Co. vs. Charles J. Miller. Tract No. 1, containing 280 acres; tract No. 2, containing 165 acres; tract No. 3, containing 187 acres; tract No. 4, containing 38 acres. Each tract bid ofT by Walter B. Moore, as follows: No. 1,' $G.75 per acre; No. 2, $7.05 per acre ; No. 3, $0.15 per acre ; No. 4, $8 per acre. Under decretal order of foreclosure aud sale, at the suit of W. L. Itoddey vs. W. W. Gaffuey, Jr., tractofOl acres, being originally a part of the King's Mouutain Iron Manufacturing company's land. Bought by W. L. Itoddey for $135. Under decretal order of foreclosure and sale, at the suit of J. A. Coltharp vs. S. L. McElhaney and others, tract of 56 acres in Fort Mill township. Bought by J. H. ! Sutton for $322. Under a decree for partition, at the suit of Hannah Webber and others vs. Guy ton G. Webber and'others, a tract containing 48 acres. Bought by J. M. Hopper for $100.25. Under decretal order, at the suit of Nancy J. McGinnas and others vs. Mary C. Beamguard and others, to make partition among the heirs of John J. McGinnas, deceased, tract of 140 acres. Bought by Mary C. Beamguard for $1,000.00. At the suit of Patience A. Mills, administratrix, vs. Minnie Mills and others, lot at Smith's Turnout, containing one-half acre. Bought by John Nelson for $40. Also, one other lot of one-half acre at Smith's Turnout. Bought by John Nelson for $30. Under decretal order for foreclosure of mortgage, at the suit of S. M. McNeel vs. R. B. Kennedy and A. L. Wallace, tract of 270 acres on the waters of Fishingcreek. Bought by C. E. Spencer, attorney, for $500- px^r. X LOCAL LACONICS. ''.The work of erecting the buildings for the shops of the spoke and handle factory "was commenced yesterday morning. Mr. A. Frank Woods has the contract. We learn that the contributions for defending the bond suits have been liberally made, and promptly paid over to the treasurer of the fund. Y- A note from Gould informs us that Mr. John Moore Nelson receutly killed ashote eight months old that weighed 220 pounds gross,and 185 pounds net. The same correspondent says that a final reckoning of the cotton crop shows that it will be short about two bales to the plow. What is said to be the most superior freight car on any Southern railroad, was , standing on the track of the Three C's at this place last Thursday. Besides being I constructed of the best timber throughout, it is strengthened with extra iron bracing, ( is provided with air break and an itii-1 proved patent safety coupler. The car be- I; longs to the Georgia, Carolina and North- jj ern road, and we are told its entire freight"" equipment is of that style. Allen Robbins, colored, who lives in the j south-western part of the county, was j brought to Yorkvi.lle last Monday and lodged in jail by Deputy Marshal Thomas- . son, where he awaits transportation to Columbia, to hear read to him in the United States court now sitting there, a j sealed sentence, the result of a verdict of guilty returned against him in his absence . on Tuesday of last week, on the charge of retailing liquor without license. tfFA Miller, colored, had on exhibition here last Monday an eagle which he capt- , ured last Saturday on the plantation of Mrs. John S. Brattou, near Guthriesville. i He shot and wounded the bird a few days ' before its capture; but it has about recov- 1 ered from the wound, and is a fine speci-?1 men of the typical bird of liberty, meas- | uring six feet two inches from tip to tip. j A CHAPTER OF ACCIDExNTS. 1 One day last week, on the plantation of 1 Mr. Alexander Barron, in the Clay Hill oanfinn n liHln nnnrrn lircir whilp hlinHlincr Dcuiwi^ai.iuv uvfe.v , a gun, was accidentally shot and killed. On last Friday morning, on the planta- < tion of Mr. N. A. Simril, two miles east of town, a three-year-old child of Mr. C. C. ; Stewart, a tenant on Sir. Simril's place, ; was accidentally killed under distressing circumstances. The child was playing aear a bale of cotton wh ich had beeu placed I on its edge, and by some means it was J turned over, falling on the child. The child's father and Mr. James Moss were near by handling cotton, but were ignor- j ant of the catastrophe, which was first discovered by another member of the i family, who gave the alarm. The child lived only about twenty minutes after the ( bale was lifted from its crushed form. On Thanksgiving day, Master John I Williams, aged about thirteen years, son I of Mrs. Janie Williams, of this place, i while with a number of boys hunting, 1 was accidentally shot and slightly wound- 1 ed by a gun in the hands of Mr. John Craig, with whom the boys met while in their quest of game. Fortunately, the i charge was of small shot, and only a few struck him, one in the side of the head, and ! a few about the breast, all of which were , picked out by Dr. It. Andral Bratton after the wounded lad returned home. On Monday last, about 1 p. m., Jessie Ratchford, a three year old child of Rev. j W. W. Ratchford, of Gould, in the southwestern part of the county, was run over ! and trampled by a mule. The child was in tha vnrrl nlnvincr. and the mule broke i 4M v"w n> loose from a negro, who had charge of it, ' and running over the child, knocked her down and stepping on the back of her head, cut a gash about two and a half inches long, and depressing the bone, but i not enough to rest on the brain. Drs. Good and Saye were summoned, and at latest accounts the child was thought to be in a fair way for recovery. I LETTER FROM BLACKSBl'RG. Correspondence of the Yorkvillc Enquirer. I Blacksburg, Decetnber3.?Winter has ' made his debut, and was ushered in by two or three very cold days?Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There were heavy 1 frosts, plenty of ice, and the temperature 1 several degrees below freezing. However, 1 the weather has moderated somewhat, though a little chilly this morning. Nearly all the material for Qur graded school building is on the lot, the work of building begun and pushed rapidly forward. Mr. Ira ITardin is having the foundation 1 dug for his two story brick dwelling on Carolina street, and from the plan he 1 has decided upon, will have a structure of 1 handsome appearance, and convenience and commodious proportions. 1 Dr. J. G. Black has had a handsome 1 tower built to his brick dwelling on Pine 1 street, which adds very much to the ap- ! pearance of the building. The plan was ( furnished and the work superintended by 1 Maj. J. F. Jones. In one or two of my former letters to J The Enquirer, I stated that the Three C's Railroad company had received and ( placed in their shops at this place some ( new and very handsome machinery. A brief description of it may be of interest to your readers. The first in detail, is a large wheel boring machine, used for boring holes through the solid iron car and 1 engine wheels, and preparing them for the next machine in order, the wheel press, 1 * ' - ? ?- ~ ? J <-L/\ ??iU#%Aln nrvAtl Wtlicn IS useu jur piu&aiug me wnecio u^uu the axles. The next is an axle lathe, with 1 which the engine and car axles are turned 1 and made ready for tho wheels. Then 1 comes the wheel lathe, for turning the large driving wheels of the engines, the surface of which, by constant use over the rails, becomes hollowed out, and this machine is used for the purpose of squaring it, 1 or turning it back to its original shape. It 1 alsohasaquarteringattachment, for boring 1 holes for pins in the driving wheels. The next is a bolt cutter which cuts a thread on a bolt and in the nut of sizes from a quar- 1 ter to one and a half inches. The drill press comes next, and is used for drilling in iron of any thickness. The next in order are two engine lathes, one eighteen, , the other twenty-two inch, used for turning iron and cutting threads, from two to thiity-two threads to the inch. The last machine is a large and handsome planer, which dresses and squares iron and is used for all kinds of straight work of that kind, j in iron, so that a very rough piece of iron can be made straight and square, and as smooth as glass. The machinery is all first-class, and was brought here directly from the Niles Machine works, Hamilton, Ohio, and from machine works in Massa- ; chusetts and New Hampshire. It will be run by a twenty-five horse power engine, and all that is needed to put it in motion < is the shafting, which is expected every day. The company will now be able to do all their own work in their owu shops, thereby saving time and expense. Their shops will be in direct charge of Mr. \V. M. MeDougal, an efficient and reliable foreman, under whose supervision three of the engines have already been completely overhauled and thoroughly repaired. For the above information I am indebted to that pleasant gentleman and experienced railroad man, Capt. Geo. C. Nutting. Maj. Jones and Col. Johnson returned from Johnson City Sunday morning, and the latter, accompanied by Dr. Black, and Mr. Harris, cousin of the president of the Massachusetts and Southern C nstruction company, proceeded at once to Columbia. An application has been made for a charter for a street railway and electric light company, with J. F. Jones, N. W. Hardin, J. G. Black, J. J. Whisonant and F. P. Beard as incorporators. Mr. Wm. M. Jones has taken possession of the M. L. Itoss residence on Carolina street, and his family will be here from Carey, N. C., to-morrow. Mr. Jones has his large wood shop nearly completed and placed in it the latest improved machinery, and will soon be ready to furnish any kind of material in wood, used in the build ingot nouses. Mr. W. M. Bird, a prominent business man of Charleston, paid our city a visit last week, spending several days. He is an active business man, and thoroughly interested in the future welfare of Charleston, and appreciative of the value of the Three C's railroad. Thanksgiving day was observed by our people, and there were union services at the Presbyterian church, ltev. J. A. White delivering an instructive sermon. 1 Rev. A. J. Stafford was returned to this circuit for the ensuing year, and left this morning for a month's visit to his mother and relatives in the northern part of Texas, whom he has not seen in twenty years. Mrs. Stafford went yesterday to visit friends in Wadesboro. Fifteen or twenty dwelling houses are in course of erection in our town and there is not a vacant house in the place. The literary club of Blacksburg is a permanently organized instititution of the town, meets every two weeks, on Friday evening, and is a source of much profit and entertainment to all its members. The Blacksburg Board of Trade held its monthly meeting last night, at the Commercial hotel. Several important measures, looking to the welfare of our town, were discussed and adopted. Arrangements were made for the meetings to be held hereafter in the new council chamber, although Mr. Thomson renewed his kind invitation for the board to meet at his hotel. w. a. LETTER PROM ROCK HILL. Correspondence of the Yorkvllle Enquirer. Rock Hill, December 4.?The past few days have certainly been reminders diat-winter is at hand, The examination of the applicants for the West Point cadetship, as appointed by Congressman John J. Hemphill, was held at this place on Friday last, the same being conducted by Prof. A. R. Banks, and Dr. W.J. White, of Rock Hill; and Prof. J. G. Baird, of Lancaster. There were ten applicants, viz.: W. P. Pollock, Cheraw; J. N.Lewis, Chester; J. S. Lewis, Chester county ; R. E. Evans, Chesterfield county; D. E. McConnell, York county; Edward Holler, Rock Hill; J. B. Ervvin, Lancaster; M. R. McMarros, Union county; E. B. Stover, Kershaw; A. E. Cornwell, Chester. Upon the physical examination, which was first conducted, Messrs. McConnell and Evans failed to pass. After a thorough examination of the remaining eight, the committee decided to recommend Mr. W. P. Pollock, as principal, and Mr. J. N. Lewis as alternatefor the appointment. The large iron boilers for the Globe cotton mill have arrived, and will be placed in position at once. The main building is about completed, as are also the five twostory dwellings for the operatives to occupy. The officers of Rock Hill Lodge Knights of Honor, recorded yesterday a check from the Supreme lodge for ?2,000 with which to pay the death claim of Mr. Robert Frew. The claim was paid exactly thirty days from date of notice of death 3ent to the Supreme lodge. This makes S19,000 paid out by Rock Hill lodge in the past eight years to its members' families. Since the recent burning of the dry kilns at the Construction company's yards, the company has decided to put up a large kiln aud dry the lumber by steam. Two netitions signed by citizens of Rock Hill were presented to the town council at their regular meeting held last night. One was to request the council to ask the legisture to extend the incorporate limits of Rock Hill one mile each way from the centre, which shall be Gordon's hotel. The council decided by a vote of 4 to 1 to ask for the extension. There is considerable opposition by the citizens who reside in the proposed addition to coming into town, and they have already gotten up a counter petition to the legislature, as have those of the town who oppose it. The second petition was a request asking that the town be allowed to issue $5,000 in bonds for street improvements. The council decided unanimously to request the legislature to do so. There is also 3ome opposition to this measure, but not near as much as that to the proposed extension of the town limits. Rev. T. C. O'Dell, late pastor of the Rock Hill circuit, left with his family to-day for his new charge at Pendleton. His many friends in his circuit wish him and his good wife all the blessings of life that a good providence can bestow on them, and regret to see them leave us. Rev. R. A. Child, who has been appointed pastor of Rock Hill circuit, will not arrive until Thursday, the 12th, and will preach on the third Sunday at this place. HAL. NOTES FROM BLAIKSVILLE. Correspondence of the Yorkville Enquirer. Blairsville, December 1.?The farming element of our community are sowing wheat at present. But I must report that they are not seeding down more than one half the amount that good judgment would dictate. They have reaped a very bountiful crop of corn and cotton the present year, and, as usual, they feel too easy about their condition. This sluggish and improvident foresight is, sad to say, characteristic of the Southern farmer. The Northern farmer excels us?not from climatic or soil advantages?but solely by attentive labors and provident application of principles. We cannot reap where we have not sown, is an edict against all mankind. We are blessed with the soil, climate and physical means of making a substantial support, yet we fail to do it, because we fail to use the seasons for the different crops when they arrive. Now is the time to seed down wheat, and I hope no one will neglect the opportunity, as it win pass ana remain absent till the fall of 1890. Services were generally had in all the churches in this section on thanksgiving day, by the different denominations. In addition to the usual services, there was a 3oeial gathering by the congregation at Old Bullock's Creek church, which was a source of pleasure to all present. According to previous notice," the Sharon Olee club performed at Hoodtown on Thursday night, the 28th ultimo. This club consists of seven talented actors and musicians. They did truly acquit themselves in handsome style, and to the entire satisfaction of the large audience attending. The entertainment consisted of songs, instrumental solos, duets, quartets and dramas, all of which were rendered in the happy, natural style peculiar to this talented club. In every piece enacted there wereseutiments embodied from the study of which all present could, and doubtless did, obtain true hints and practical lessons Df real life. In the fullest meaning of the word, "it was a success." The appreciative audience applauded heartily at the close of each piece. All who were there felt that they were more than amply paid for their visit. This is our glee club's first public entertainment, .ind we could not afford to exchange them for many city clubs whose acting I have witnessed. The following is the programme of the evening's entertainment: Guitar. Refuge?Alto anil tenor ilnot, M. M. Ross and Miss Senora Nix, with full chorus. Gathering Shells?Miss Jennie White, with chorus. Solo?Bonny Sweet Bessie, Miss Jennie White. Comic?Massa's in do Cold, Cold Ground. Duet?Home to Our Mouutain, Mr. J. N. Ross and Miss Jennie White. Drama?Courtship undor Difficulties: Snobbloton, Mr. R. S. Plexico; Jones, Mr. M. M. Ross; Prudence, Miss Jennie White. Solo?Sweet Heather Bells, MissSenora Nix, with guitar accompaniment. Drama?From Down Fast: Mr. Jeremiah Pike, Mr. J. N. Ross; Mrs. Susannah Pike, Miss Jennie White; Arabella Wilson, Miss Senora Nix ; Mary Wilson, Miss Emma Plexico; Algernon Westliold, Mr. M. M. Ross. Song?We'll Have to Mortgage the Farm: Did man, Mr. M. M. Ross; old woman, Miss Senora Nix; the Dude, Mr. W. S. l'lexico ; the i Girl, Miss Jennie White; J. X. Ross, R. S. Plexico and Miss Emma Plexico, the rest of ! the children. Song?Quartet, Good Night. I am prepared to say that if there is one oasis or green spot anywhere in life's pilgrimage, it is when the soul or mind is under the effect of sweet strains of music. The people of this section are pleased with the present course of the county commissioners in regard to the vexed bond question. At one time we felt that we were about to be crushed between the upper and nether millstone in the struggle between the county commissioners and the railroad company, in said bond question, but since we have so happily escaped the dire consequences that once threatened us, we are pleased to see the commissioners confining the question to the townships immediately concerned. I hope this much vexed question will soon be adjusted in a manner satisfactory to all parties interested. The Blairsville alliance has appointed every Friday to sell cotton at Sharon, and are very much pleased so far. This day is either a lucky day to sell, or the setting of a day to sell has done much good, as cotton brings from twenty to thirty points more on these days. croaker. NOTES ffiSfsiiARON. Correfpoiiduncc of the Ynrkvillc Enquirer. Sharon, December 2.?This is fine weather for killing hogs, and the people are taking advantage of it. A drove passed through here last Friday and a crrpnf rnnnv vvpro sold. Pennlfi seem to j " v - v ,i?: prefer drove hogs to home raised meat. The citizens of Sharon met en masse 0ox\ last Friday and deliberated on the subject of having our town incorporated, and on choosing a code of laws for its government. I believe the charter is to admit of the sale of spirituous liquors, but the license was made so high that it is hoped that no man will be pleased to pay it. -p<The hot supper, given by the ladies of me Presbyterian church, was quite a success. They had an abundance of good things to feast on, and, besides, it was quite a treat, socially, to the young folks of and around Sharon. The liberality of the young men was very noticeable in every instance. It is said that one young lady made seven or eight dollars off of one vase of flowers. They were divided into small boquets and sold for twenty-five cents each. Some of the young men were so liberal as to return theirs and buy them a second time, just to get the young lady to pin them on their coats again. -xThe school at this place, which has Been managed so admirably by Miss Jennie White, closed last Wednesday. Miss White intends to visit her friends and relatives for a week or two before she ^returns to her home in Chester. 3 Master Springs Steele, of Charlotte, is visiting his two aunts, Mrs. John. Byers Mrs. John. Ross. v^Miss Minnie Plexico, of King's Creek, came down last week to visit her brother, Mr. R. S. Plexico, and to take in the entertainment given by the Sharon Glee club, at Hood town. According to appointment, the Young Men's Missionary society held its meeting yesterday, and was addressed by Rev. J. C.Galloway, of Yorkville. There was a largo audience, and all went away feeling that they were well paid for having come. A good many of our people are at Yorkville to-day. it. NOTES FROM HOODTOWN. Correspondence of the Yorkville Enquirer. Hoodtown, December 2.?We are having some real winter weather. The ground has been frozen for the first time this fall. The cotton crop is about all picked and is short, not averaging more than one hundred and seventy-five pounds per acre. The corn crop was good. I don't think much Western corn will be needed in this community next year. There will be more home raised hogs killed this fall than has been for several years before. So with full corn cribs and some tyacoo, the farmer will be in a much better condition to start a crop than he was last spring. I don't think there will be much wheat sowed this year, as so many failures have been discouraging. Rev. J. L. Harley left last Thursday morning for Fair Forest, where his wife is visiting relatives. He is expected to return to-morrow, when they will make arrangements to move to his new charge. He has made many friends here, who regret that he must leave; but their best wishes go with him in his new field of dutv. The "The Sharon Glee Club" gave an entertainment here last Thursday night. A goodly number of young people and some older ones were present, notwithstanding the night was very cold. Mr. John J. Wallace will move before long to the residence of the late Dr. Wm. Smith. The chilis of Bullock's creek are too much for him. A nice lot of Tennessee hogs passed here last week, though few were stopped here. Sammy, son of Mr. J. E. Plexico, who was injured by a falling limb, sometime ago, is able to be out again, ramjjleu. MERE-MENTION. On Wednesday night last a Santa Fe train was boarded by sixteen masked men, heavily armed, at Berwin, a small station in the Chickasaw nation, Indian Territory, and the express car robbed of between $20,000 and $30,000. In Chicago last Friday the price of corn was suddenly forced up by speculators from 34* to Gl cents. On Friday, Patent Commissioner Mitchell rendered a decision in the ex-parte case of Sigmund Odenheimer, in which was involved the applicant's right to a patent for the use of cotton as a baling fabric. The commissioner decides that a patent for the use of cotton for that purpose cannot be claimed. Evangelist Leitch commenced a series of meetings at Rutherfordton, N. C., last Sunday. According to the propaganda in Rome there are 218,000,000 Roman Catholics in the world. It is rumored in Washington? that Senator Colquitt, of Georgia, will soon resign his seat in the United States senate to accept a position iu a New York Insurance company at an annual salary of $15,000.* The largest land owner in the world is a woman, Mrs. Emma Forsyth, the daughter of a former American consul to Samoa, who is the proprietor of about 150,000 acres on an island near New Guinea, and employs over five hundred people on her plantation. In a dime museum at Lynn, Mass., last Friday, II. F. Sartelle, one of the actors, loaded a trick gun and Dersuaded Wm. H. Flannagan, one of the ] spectators, to discharge it at him, standing on the stage. Sartelle told the spectator < to aim at his head, and counted one, two, three, when Flannagan fired and Sartelle fell dead, the bullet having entered his , neck. It is thought the showman adopted that method to get himself killed. A terrific cyclone occurred in Beaufort county, N. C., last Friday, by which nine persons were killed and twenty or thirty injured. Trees, houses and everything in the path of th.e storm, were utterly demol- ' ished. At Elliottsville, West Vir- < ginia, on Thursday, four little girls, children of Hugh Dunn, a wealthy mine owner, found a keg of powder in an abandoned working shaft. In some way they ex- < nloded it and were blown to atoms. Their mother lost her reason when told of the fate of her children. The business < failures occuring during last week number for the United States 210 and Canada 39, making a total of 249 against 277 last week. Judge B. B. Trippe, of At- i lanta, Ga., committed suicide last Friday by blowing out his brains with a pistol. < He was a chronic sufferer from asthma, and it is thought the cause of the act was despondency, due to ill health. A new York milliner has been convicted in the United States court in that city of violation of the contract labor law, by engaging a French modiste to come over and i /vn*rtk11nk?v>Awl" rtM/1 A AA11 ^ wurKJLi nei cairtuiisiimcui,, uuu mc .. imposed the full penalty of the law?a fine of $10,000. Two disastrous conflagrations occurred last week?one at Lynn, Mass., on Wednesday, and the other at Boston on Thursday. The loss of proper.- < ty by each fire is estimated at from three to four million dollars. Severe snow storms occurred in the western and some i of the northern States last week. Charles B. Turner, the Tammany candidate for congress in the (Jth district of New York, was elected at a special election on j Saturday. He received a plurality of 5,5G8. George W. Collier, Republican, j received 1,148 votes. The other votes, were scattering. In the organization i o 1 the house of representatives on Monday, j i the Rev. W. H. Millburn, the "blind man I eloquent," and a Democrat, was elected | chaplain over the Republican caucus nom- i inee. ? Perry Abraham, colored, killed Fad i Sheffield, also colored, last Friday night, i: about ten miles below Greenville, at a ne- j ] gro frolic. The killing was done with a i pistol, the ball entering tho centre of. i Sheffield's forehead. ' j SOUTH CAROLINA NEWS. ? There was a slight fall of snow at Anderson last Friday. ? There have been two recent mercantile failures in Orangeburg county?one at St. Matthews and the other at Fort Worth. ? The citizens of Florence have called a public meeting and decided to petition the legislature to incorporate that town as a city. ? Judge Kershaw arrived at Orangeburg last Friday night from Barnwell, for the purpose of opening court on Monday morning. After his arrival he was taken seriously ill with congestion of the lungs. On Saturday night his case was thought to be more hopeful, though he is yet very ill. ? Columbia Register: The Department of Agriculture requests all those persons in this State who have entered the prize corn contest for the premiums offered by the American Agriculturalist and the South Carolina department of Agriculture, to make their returns of the yield of each acre to the department at once. ? Charles Moore, an old carpenter of Spartanburg, was killed last Friday evening by a Richmond and Danville shifting engine, on the track near the gas works. The engineer was the only witness of the accident. He states that his engine was running at a common rate of speed when he saw the man, who, he thought, was crossing the track. Before the engine could be stopped the old man had been knocked off, and died at once from his injuries. ? Mr. W. B. McKinney, bridge watchman for the nast three vearsat the Pacolet trestle on the Air-Line railroad, one mile above Clifton cotton mills, Spartanburg county, was found dead near the railroad bridge about 11 o'clock Tuesday night of last week. McKinney was about 50 years old, and leaves a wife and children. An inquest was held by Trial Justice J. G. Wardlaw, and the verdict rendered that deceased came to his death by being struck by the train. ? The Darlington experimental station was destroyed by fire last Sunday morningaboutll o'clock. The flames had made considerable headway when discovered by J. D. McCalI,superintendentofthe8tation. The fire originated in an unoccupied room on the second floor, and was supposed to have been caused by a defective flue. The station was located one mile from town. It was entirely destroyed, with much of its contents, before assistance could be rendered. The loss is about $2,500; insurance $1,700. ? The South Carolina Bar association will meet in the county court house at Columbia, on Wednesday, the 11th of December, and will be in session on both 11th and 12th. Besides the opening address, to be flplivprpri hv thp nresident. the Hon. C. R. Miles, of Charleston, addresses and essays on appropriate subjects will be delivered by eminent members of the legal profession, and on Thursday evening the annual address will be delivered by Richard M. Venable, a distinguished lawyer of Baltimore. ? The mysterious death, a short time ago, of Mrs. Wiggins, of Pickens county, and the arrest of her husband, charged with causing her death by poison, will he remembered by our readers. Dr. J. W. Quillian, of Easley, who performed the autopsy on the body of Mrs. Wiggins, has just completed a careful analysis of the stomach, and finds sulphate of copper (bluestone) to be present. Dr. Quillian and Dr. Frank Green, of Columbia, who assisted him, were extremely careful in their analysis, trying one method after another, and each one gave unmistakable traces of the, deadly copperas ? B. D. Smith, arrested in Columbia recently at the instigation of an amateur detective from Georgia, who charged Smith with the perpetration of a murder in Indiana, proves to be innocent of the charge and the reputation of an honest and peaceable man has been vindicated. The sheriff of Perry county, Indiana, where the murder was committed, came to Columbia, and on meeting the accused, who was in jail, promptly said he was not the man. Mr. Smith was released. Much indignation is expressed against A. B. McCartha, the "detective" who caused the arrest. McCartha had just been "commissioned" for a fee of $5, by a detective agency in Cincinnati, and this was his first attempt. ? Greetrviile News: It is said that I)oe Curry, who lives near Gray Court, Lau-' rens county, contemplates bringing action ? " * ? in - e against tne farmers' iviuance ui m?t county. Mr. Curry was one of the men who were injured in the row near Gray Court last week, in which Henry Hill wa9 seriously injured by Logan Dandy, colored. Mr. Curry was struck in the jaw with a rock and his jawbone was broken. It is said that he thought that, being a member of the Farmers' Alliance, the Alliance should assist in prosecuting his assailants and give him substantial assistance. Failing in this, it is stated by Laurens men that he will get satisfaction out of the Alliance by beginning an action against it. Of course such a proceeding would seem unlikely and improbable, but it is said by several to be a fact. Representatives of Colored Farmers.?Some over 200 delegates from all parts of the State, representing the sub-alliances of "Colored Farmers National Alliance and Co-operative Union of the United States," met in the court house Friday morning and remained in session until night. The meeting was called by State Superintendent J. H. Carey, ofSociety Hill, and he presided at the afternoon session. The object of the meeting was to make arrangements for the State Alliance Exchange, to be located at Charleston, the stock in which has not yet been all taken up. Some diversity of opinion arose, however, and very little was accomplished besides a very thorough discussion of the question and some wrangling. "Gen." R. M. Humphrey, of Houston, Texas, the general superintendent of the order, made an address, explaining the exchange system. J. H. Carey resigned as State Superintendant. His resignation was accepted, and General Humphrey's appointment of T. E. Praet, of Aiken, as State Superintendent, was endorsed and confirmed, and he will serve until a successor is chosen. An attempt to hold an election failed through the confusion existing. John Murray, of Sumter, acted as chairman in the afternoon session, and S. T. Shiver of Gadsden, as secretary. The board of trustees-elect comprises: W. M. Sims, of Richland; J.(J. ACKerson,ot Cheater; and B. E. Commander, of Cheraw. The meeting adjourned subject to the call of Superintendent Smith.?[Columbia Register. The Charleston Cable.?a Charleston dispatch of Monday to the Greenville News gives the following as the true story about the proposed French cable from Charleston to Hayti. Secretary Blaine telegraphed to Governor Richardson in November, that the French Cable company desired to land their cable at this place on or about November 20th, the cable being laid from Hayti to Charleston to connect with the Postal Telegraph and Mackey-Bennett cable. Mr. Blaine blundered in sending the telegram. What the company asked was that they be notified by November 20th whether the permission to land their cable would be granted. Since the 20th the entire city has been on the qui vive to see the cable lauded and the fact will be made public to-morrow for the first time that Mr. Blaine made a mistake in telegraphing Governor Richardson that the cable will be landed November 20th. The French company is making preparations to start out the cable laying expedition, and do not expect to reach here for several months. The scheme of the company is to lay a cable from Charleston to Hayti. From Charleston to New York it will connect with the MackeyBennett cable to Havre by the postal telnnn?flnh lino ? ? Tiie Gallows.?W. II. Ilarvey was -^j| handed at Guelph, Ontario, last Friday, * for the murder of his wife and two daughters. The execution was one of the worst pieces of hanging ever witnessed. The weight which lifted the body was not heavy enough, and the scaffold was not high enough to give sufficient rebound to break the condemned man's neck, and his struggles and contortions as he slowly strangled to death were frightful. To add to the horror of the hanging, the knot slipped and the gurgling in the man's throat as his life was being choked out, could be heard outside the jail walls. On the same day, Matthew Banks, colored, was hanged at Elizabeth City, X. C., in the presence of about two hundred people, of whom only two were negroes. The crime for which he was hung was an atrocious assault on Florence Swain, aged 15, in July.