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Jtoajus and Jattis.
A distressing accident occurred on the Western North Carolina railroad near Asheville, last Saturday. Three small children were playing on the railroad track in front of an approaching train. None of the children were large enough to realize their danger, and their mother rushed to the rescue. The mother and one child were ground to pieces, and the other two children were seriously maimed. The Russian Famine Relief association, of Philadelphia, last Saturday, placed orders with Minneapolis, Minn., mills for 5,000 barrels of flour, to be sent to the famine stricken districts of Russia. The flour was shipped from Minneapolis at once, and filled a train of thirty cars. It is expected to arrive in Philadelphia today, and will be loaded on the steamer India on February 20. The vessel will go direct for Russia, and will sail under the American flag. A "well known colored politician" informs the New York Times that the mem bers of the colored churches in the States of New York, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, were polled by their several pastors on the question, "\faio is their choice for next president?" The returns show that of a total of 400,000 who made known their choice, 227,000 favor Blaine, 112,300 Harrison, 23,736 Cleveland, 500 Frederick Douglass, 33 Hill, 16,261 Alger, and 20,170 the Republican candidate. Four anarchists were put to death at Madrid, Spain, last Wednesday, by means of the garotte, which is the instrument of death always used in that country unless shooting is specified. The garotte is * brass collar contracted by means of a screw in the back. As the screw is turned, the collar shuts upon the neck of the condemned, and at the same time the sharpened steel point of the screw enters the spinal marrow where it joins with the brain, causing instantaneous death. When the the prisoners mounted the scaffold they were accompanied by four executioners and by the priests and monks who admintered spiritual consolation to them in the jail and chapel. The metal collars were adjusted about the necks of the doomed men, and at a given signal each of the executioners, grasping a powerful lever, gave it a twist, and all of the condemned men died instantly. An Ohio paper tells a story of two young girls who were recently traveling on a train in that State. As the train stopped at a station, two ladies entered and took seats in front of them; and then a stout lady came forward and greeted them and kept up a lively conversation until the train started. Then one of the two said: "Sit down near us, aud tell those girls to sit somewhere else." So the stout lady turned and said in freezing tones: "I wish to converse with my friends and would like that seat. I am Mrs. President R., of this road." The girls stared at her an instant and then one of them drawled: "Pleased to meet you I'm sure. I suppose you know I am Mrs. President Harrison, of Washington." The other girl, settling herself comfortably in her seat, said : " And I am Mrs. Queen Victoria." Neither of them moved, and Mrs. President R., had to go back to her own seat. Major Barter, of the English Royal engineers, says a Washington dispatch, has | been in Washington for the past week, and has called on the heads of the war and navy departments and the principal officers on duty here. He is making a tour of inspection of the United States for the purpose of learning as much as possible about the mili- . tary and naval resources of the country and what is being done in the direction of preparing war material. He has been given considerable information of the kind usually ' published in the departmental annual re- 1 ports, but not much in addition. Some of ' the things that he would propably prefer to ] have, such as plans for the new coast fortifi- i cations and of the submarine mines in the < principal harbors, have been withheld from , him. Major Barter is the third English offi- j cer who has been in the United States in 1 search of such information, recently. ' The Richmond (Va.,) Dispatch says: "F. ' H. Greene, a farmer residing in the Skinquar- < ter neighborhood of Chesterfield county, while on a protracted spree a few days ago, ] conceived the idea of organizing a troop of ( volunteers and settling that little difficulty , between this country and Chili. He visited his neighbors, and they all agreed to serve 1 under him. Finally, when he had secured < what he thought a sufficient number to clean ! out the South American republic, Mr. Green concluded to get his forces together and pre- J pare for the jorurney. The first one of his volunteers he went to see to announce that all things were in readiness, had decided to . 'let the Chilians alone. Mr. Green was so ( aggravated that he shot the man, wounding him painfully. He was arrested for the of- 1 fense, and was examined by a magistrate, ! who sent him up for trial." Says the Richmond Times of Saturday: Rumors are current in the Cotton Exchange that a syndicate has been formed for the , purpose of advancing the price of cotton. For a long time the market has been depressed and prices remarkably low have ruled. It is generally admitted that the price of cotton leaves a small margin of profit neither to producers nor dealers. Some assert that the price is really below the cost of production. Several brokers today had heard rumors of a syndicate, but none professed to have positive knowledge of it. They said that everything was favorable for concentrated action on the part of the bulls, as cotton could not go much lower. The fact that today and yesterday prices advanced slightly for no apparent reason, gave color to the idea that a syndicate or some concerted movement was under way. John H. Jnman, whose name has been coupled with the movement, declined to discuss the subject. "William Long, a negro, was arrested last night, says a Chicago dispatch of Saturday, while trying to dispose of stolen silverware. He was locked up, and two hours afterward the turnkey found him hanging by his suspenders apparently dead. Long was cut down by the police and pronounced dead. It was decided to take the body to the Michael Reese hospital on the way to the morgue, and get a doctor's certificate. By order of the hospital physician, Long's body was carried into the dissecting room. The surgeon and two assistants entered. "This would be a good subject to work on, boys," said the surgeon. "I have been looking for a nigger for some time." "He seems too big for the table," said another; "I think I'll cut him in two and place half of him iu the other room." At these words the supposed corpse jumped from the table, and before the police or physicians could recover from their astonishment, leaped out of the window, which was on the second floor. The police ran down, and after a chase, captured William and carried him back to a cell. Mr. Watson, of Georgia, has introduced a bill in congress that is an indirect blow at the Pinkerton detective agency, which he has been fighting so strenuously during the past few months. The bill provides that persons employed to guard or defend property of any kind shall be residents of the State where the property is located, and their employer and the owner of the property 'shall be responsible for their conduct, both civilly and criminally, while the employment exists. No person, the bill provides, shall employ any private citizen, directly or indirectly, or arm or equip any one already employed, to make arrests without warrants, to disperse mobs or quell disturbances, to establish martial law, to aid in the operating of engines, cars and boats by force of arms, or to do any other acts within the scope of the legal duties of the militia or authorities and officers of towns, cities, counties and States. No person shall organize, keep or maintain any j force of employees, agents or associates, for | the purpose of hiring it or any part of it to : private citizens or corporations to perform i any of the acts mentioned above. The excitement in Louisiana over the j lottery question seems to be rather on the ! increase, and the probability of bloodshed is' growing greater. The lottery people have ! proposed a compromise by which all the j candidates of both factions will be withdrawn and new candidates found on which both parties may unite, nominated. The anti-lottery people, however, do not appear to be in any humor to carry out the latter j course. More than thirty clubs have been j organized among the antis, and all the mem-, bers provided with shot guns or Winchester| rifles. It is said that the heavy demand for I these weapons has made the prices j of Winchester's advance, and shotguns have become nearly as valuable as and scarcer than jewelry. The lottery men have also | procured a large number of guns, but are, not so well drilled as their opponents. The , election comes off in April, and unless one | side or the other backs down, it really looks as if there will be bloodshed. It is stated that the lottery people recently brought a shipload of rifles from the North and stored them in warehouses for future use. There is an old law in Louisiana which forbids the storing of arms, except such as are kept on ! sale in stores or belonging to military organizations. The government, which is in the hands of the anti-lottery people, will present-; ly confiscate these warehouses and guns, J and, in the event of an armed conflict, the bodies of the lottery men are likely to be perforated by bullets that their own money paid for. forhville (inquirer. YORKVILLE, S. C.: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17,1892. It is a remarkable story that our Fort Mill correspondent tells of Mr. A. B. Ferguson this week. Fifty-nine bales of cotton on sixty acres of land, and plenty of corn hay, sorghum, etc.! We do not doubt that Mr. Ferguson would have been glad to have sold his cotton at 10 cents a pound, but even at 6 or 7 cents, we can't figure it out any other way than that he made money. The Atlanta Journal, which is for Cleve land, and the Atlanta Constitution, which is for Hill, are seeking to discover the relative strength of their respective candidates by the "priiqary plan." Both papers, through their correspondents, have interviewed a large number of prominent citizens throughout Georgia as to their preferences. The Constitution invariably finds Hill overwhelmingly in the lead, and The Journal invariably finds that Cleveland will carry the State by about two-thirds majority. When the citizens who are not so " prominent" declare their preference by the ballot box method, it is likely that both papers will come to the conclusion that the postal card plan is not altogether reliable. Along about the first of .January the people of York county were "blue" bluer than we have ever known them before. Nearly everybody seemed more or less demoralized, and only a few exhibited much hope for the future The change during the past monthaud-a-half is something remarkable. The farmers have buckled down to business with a dogged determination ready amounting to enthusiasm, and at the present time many have gotten their work as far aloug as it usually is by the first of March. As the result, confidence is rapidly becoming so completely restored that we are beginning to hear conservative business men remark that they will not be at all surprised if the old county fully recovers from last year's failure before 1893. Hard work and lots of it will "get there," when nothing else will. The ways and means committee of the house is to be petitioned to prepare a bill invoking the paternal cordemnation of the government against the cig .rette habit. The petitions, which have be a largely signed, are in the hands of Repres .itatives Cochran, Cummings and Stahlnecl: -r, of New York, all three of whom have p.-epared bills seeking to impose a tax of ten dollars a thousand an cigarettes. It is believed by those interested in the movement, that if such a tax can be imposed, the obnoxious little paperwrapped bits of destruction can be placed beyond the reach of the small boys, especially those under sixteen, to whom they have proved most deadly. Accompanying the petition are the names of over two hun3red people of various sections of the United States, who" have either died during the past year or become hopelessly insane from the cigarette habit. The Greenville News thinks that through the answers to its recent circulars, it has shown that Governor Tillman has lost considerable strength during the past two years. From a somewhat extended summary it concludes: "The general results we gather are that the governor is holding his strength in Kershaw, Chesterfield, Oconee, Lexington, Marion, Richland and TTninn thnt. hp has lost hcavilv in New V"4W" ) **"" berry, Edgefield, Colleton, Darlington, Barnwell, Fairfield, Chester, Greenville, Laurens and Williamsburg, and that in most of the other counties he has lost enough to show that the minds of the people are undergoing a change which makes the opportunity for an active, vigorous, determined, but conservative fight, against the methods and policies he has grafted on the Farmers' movement, without the knowledge or concurrence of the people who made that movement strong and in whose behalf it was organized." We call special attention to the article in this issue, by Dr. J. Wm. Stokes, on the probable profit of rice culture. We could not advise anybody to go into this business on a large scale. At present it is not desirable. But there are few fanners in this section who have not at least a small patch of bottom land that will serve the purposes of an experiment admirably. It is lands of this kind, say patches of one or two acres, that we would like^ to see planted in rice. Though but little immediate profit can be expected, there is no danger of any serious loss, and the experience will be worth as much as if gained on a hundred acres. Suppose as much as twenty bushels should be raised on an acre, although there is not a family in York county that would use that much in a year, if it is properly cleaned, it can, no doubt, be easily disposed of in any of the provision stores at a remunerative price. A SILVER BILTKEPORTEI). The house committee on coinage, weights and measures, last Wednesday, favorably reported the Bland free coinage bill, and the silver fight in congress is now under full headway. By a resolution introduced by Mr. Bland, it was sought to take up the bill for consideration on the 17th, (to-day) but this arrangement is vigorously opposed, and the bill is not likely to come up so long lis the anti-silver men can help it. The free coinage men are urging speedy action, and say that on political grounds alone, aside from the monetary principle in-! volved, the sooner the issue is met the better. | There are 395 Democrats in the house, and j of these it is said that 190 of them will vote j for free coinage. These are generally from the South and West, and while some of them are really opposed to the measure, they j have virtually been given to understand that unless they vote for it, the need not expect to go back. The fight promises to be ex- j tremely bitter, and 110 matter on whose ban-j ner victory shall perch, it is very clear that when the smoke of battle passes away, the ground will be strewn with political corpses. The full text of the Bland bill, as adopted by the house committee on coinage, weights and measures, is as follows: That the unit of value in the United States shall be the standard silver dollar as now coined, consisting of 412.1 grains standard silver, or the gold dollar of 25.8 grains standard gold; that the standard gold and silver coins of the United States shall be a legal tender in payment of all debts, public and private. Any holder of gold or silver bullion of the value of $100 or more, of standard fiuenesss, shall be entitled to have the same j struck into any authorized standard coins of I the United States, or the owner of the bul-1 lion may deposit the same at such mints and receive therefor coin notes equal in j amount to the coinage value of the bullion | deposited, and the bullion thereupon shall become the property of the government. That the coin notes so issued shall be in denominations of not less than $1 nor more than $1,000, and shall be a legal tender in I like manner and invested with the same I monetary uses as the standard gold and silver coins of the United States. J Sec. 2. That after the passage of this act, it shall not be lawful to issue or reissue gold or silver certificates or treasury notes provided for in the act of July 14, 1890, entitled "An act directing the purchase of silver bullion and the issue of treasury notes thereon, and for other purposes." That all such certificates and treasury notes, when received in the treasury, shall be cancelled and destroyed, and coin notes provided for in the first section shall be issued in lieu of the certificates and treasury notes so cancelled and destroyed: Provided, that nothing herein shall be construed to change, modify or alter the legal tender character of such certificate or notes now issued. Sec. 3. The coin notes herein authorized may be reissued, but the amount at any time outstanding shall not be greater or less than the value of the coin and the bullion at coiuage value held in the treasury. That the said coin notes shall be redeemed in coin on demand at the treasury or any sub-treasury of the United States, and the bullion deposited shall be coined as fast as may be necessary fi\i cimh wftprrmfinn Sec. 4. That any holder of full legal tender gold or silver coins of the United States to the amount of $10 or more, may deposit the same at the treasury or any sub-treasury of the United States, and receive therefor coin notes herein authorized. Sec. 5. That the act of July 5, 1890, hereinbefore cited, be, and the same is hereby, repealed. Sec. 6. That so soon as France shall open her mints to the free and unrestricted coinage of silver at her present ratio, namely, fifteen and one-half pounds of silver to be worth one pound of gold, troy, it shall be the duty of the President of the United States to immediately make public proclamation of that fact, whereupon the said ratio shall be the legal ratio in the United States, and thereafter the standard silver dollar shall consist of 400 grains of standard silver, and the laws relating to the standard silver dollars of 412$ grains standard silver shall be applicable to the dollar of 400 grains standard silver. That the silver dollars of 412$ grains then in the treasury, or thereafter coming into the treasury, shall immediately, and as fast as practicable, be coined into dollars of 400 grains standard silver. Any gain or seigniorage arising therefrom shall be accounted for and paid into the treasury. Sec. 7. That the secretary of the treasury is hereby authorized and required to make such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this act. TO CULTIVATE RICE. After preparing the article on rice culture that recently appeared in The Enquirer, the editor wrote to Dr. J. Win. Stokes, editor of The Cotton Plant, in hopes of securing some fuller and more satisfactory information. Under date of February 9, Dr. Stokes sent us the following : "In reply to your request for my opinion of the proposition to plant rice iu York county as a profitable crop, I have to refer you to an editorial I had prepared for The Cotton Plant, advance proofs of which I send you herewith, and which you may use if you like. I do not think that I could better express my views than in this article. "Permit me to express my gratification at the earnest aud intelligent effort you are making to assist the farmers in this period of painful distress and prospective gloom. You are doing good and making a good paper." Following is the editorial in The Cotton Plant to which Dr. Stokes refers. It is sensible and conservative, and will be read with interest and profit: plant rice. In giving this advice, we do not promise a fortune the first year, nor in several years, to every one who adopts the advice. Neith J- " onvnno f/i rlrnn sill nf.hftr CI UU WO UUVIOV UUJ vuv W .V|' ... crops and turn his attention exclusively to rice culture. We do offer it, however, after mature consideration and study, as a partial substitute for cotton, which all admit is a profitless crop at current and prospective prices. For some months we have been casting about for something we could recommend the farmers of South Carolina to try in place of cotton. We say to try, because it would be unwise for any farmer to begin the planting of an unaccustomed fcrop upon a large, or upon a small scale for that matter, in the expectation of large and immediate returns. The only safe course is the wise course, and wisdom dictates that the change from cotton be made gradually, carefully feeling the way at each step. Iu this way alone can the risk of further loss be reduced to a minimum. The principal requirements to be fulfilled in a crop that proposes to supplant cotton are two: 1. A marketable crop at good figures ; and 2, a crop that can be raised upon a large proportion of South Carolina soil. Both these conditions are fulfilled in rice, we think, in measures sufficient to warrant the trial at least. 1. As to the first condition, it is only necessary to state that the production of rice in the TTnitprl Sfntps is fiir holow the reouiremcnts of the people for consumption This fact should insure a ready market and a good price. That clean rice does' bear a good price, needs no proof with farmers who buy the article for table use. They know that every peck they buy at the stores costs them from 80 to 100 cents. As good rice turns out half in the beating, this means they are paying at the rate of two dollars per bushel for rough rice; and when it is understood that the yield varies from fifteen to seventyfive bushels per acre, it is not hard to see that there is a considerable margin for profit, after paying for the beating and the marketing. It should be stated, however, in this connection, that the higher yield referred to above, is rarely if ever realized upon uplands, and then only when soil, cultivation and season are in conjunction. In this section of the State, where no attention is given to fertilization and the crop is limited to wet soils that have been planted in rice for a long time, the yield is about twenty bushels. 2. Can rice be grown upon a considerable portion of the area now devoted to cotton culture ? This is a more difficult question to answer, so as not to mislead any one. Our conviction is that it can be so grown. We have observed volunteer hills of rice very frequently in our cotton and corn fields, and they have invariably made good heavy heads. A neighbor's field that has been, run in cot ovnlnoirnliT fnv <1 Inner timo mid tllilt IS IVi. VAVIUO., V1J .v. .v moreover distinctly high-land, well adapted to cotton, was successfully cultivated in rice long ago indeed, we have frequently heard of the wonderful rice made on that lield. These observations lead us to conclude that rice may he successfully grown upon a very large portion of the lands of the State here- i tofore run in cotton. At any rate we were I sufficiently impressed with the probability of success to set apart for that purpose, some time ago, a portion of the area originally intended for cotton this year. While a moist soil is the natural habitat of the rice plant, there can he no doubt that it i grows, though with less luxuriance, upon up-1 lands. Our own observation points to the conclusion that the most critical period of growth for up-laml rice is at the stage of | heading out. A drought at that stage is ful-! ly as fatal to a large yield of rice as a wet j July is to a full yield of cotton. In our judgment, it is at this point that: the chief superiority of low lands or bottoms j shows itself, more than in any peculiar qttal- j ity of soil, or in any extraordinary degree of1 moisture constantly in the soil. I Candor compels us to state that our past | J experience in raising upland rice has not 1 j been successful. It was limited to a very I few acres of low land that had been run in! rice for many years, and with the exception , ; of a few rows, no effort was made at fertiliza-: tion. The difference between the fertilized i and the unfertilized rows was sufficiently ! marked, however, to warrant the conclusion ' that it will respond to intelligent ferlili-j zation afld cultivation. Our conclusion is,; therefore, with the light before us, that a large proportion of land now planted to cot-1 ton may he turned to rice with profit ; and j that a market may he readily had at good i prices ; hut we do not advise any farmer to plant enough to cripple him in case of failure and in case of success the first year, it I would he unsafe to stake all on one crop, for i the possibilties and probabilities in the case ! cannot be developed in one year nor in two years. And as to the time and method of planting. Select the land, giving preference to low lying lands and bottoms. Prepare it as if for cotton. The planting should begin about the same time as corn or a little latter. Having selected the seed carefully, open the bed with an old bud-tongue or the plow foot. Then drop three to six grains of rice at intervals of fifteen to eighteen inches. Brush over lightly with a board fastened to plow. Be careful not to cover too deep; and if packing rains come, it may be necessary to run a light harrow or hand rake over the beds when the plants begin to come up. There is more danger in having too many stalks than too few in the hill. Subsequent culture is very similar to that of cotton. For full instructions about selecting seed, planting, cultivation, harvesting or marketing, we refer our readers to a small pamphlet prepared by Dan Talmage's Sons& Co., Charleston, S. C., New Orleans or New York. On application to them at either place, a copy will be sent free of charge. MERE-MENTION. A New York dispatch gives the details of a proposed re-organization of the Iliehmond and West Point Railway and Terminal Warehouse company. If the plan is carried out according to programme, it will be necessary to issue $500,000,000 worth of new securities. A fund that is being collected in New York for the relief of the Russian famine sufferers, now amounts to $25, 000. Up to last saturoay, returns irom the local elections in the State of New York, showed that 100 Hill delegates had been elected to the State convention, and only six Cleveland delegates. A party of seven Indians, at White Oaks, N. M., having imbibed too much whisky, last Saturday got to fighting among themselves. Knives and revolvers were used freely, and when the Rattle was over, all but three were dead. ' "The presence of Jay Gould in Washington, during the past few days, and the fact that he has several times been closeted with the president, is causing not a little speculation among the politicians. Ex-Governor Alfred M. Scales, of North Carolina, died at his home, in Kaleigh, on Tuesday of last week. The eyes of the political world are turned on the great Labor convention, which meets at St. Louis, on February 22. It is believed that the convention will definitely determine the question as to whether or not. there is to be a Third party. A Washington dispatch says that the dispute between the United States and England over the Beliring sea seal fishieries, is to be settled by arbitration. France, Sweden and Italy will each designate a person to servo on the committee of arbitration, to act with three members on the part of the United States and Great Britain respectively. John A. McCall, comptroller of the Equitable insurance company, has been elected president of the New York Life, at a salary of $50,000 a year. Mr. Beers, the former president, was paid $75,000 a year, and in the future will get $25,000 a year for keeping quiet. The total visible supply of cotton for the world is 4,701,563 bales, of which 4,261,063 are Amoricnn ncninst, 3.553.869 and 2,948,669, 0 -j 1 , respectively, last year. Postmaster General Wanamaker is said to have profited one million dollars during the past week by a rise in the value of his holdings of railroad stock. Charlie McCune, who is a son of C. W. McCune and a page in congress, had a fight with Will Parish, another page, from Kentucky, in the house of representatives last Saturday. The Kentucky boy got the best of it. Business failures throughout the country, during the past week, reported by R. G. I)un & Co., number for the United, 335; Canada, 41; total 276, against 369 last week. According to the report for the week ending last Saturday, the New York banks had $33,653,825 in excess of the requirements of the 25 per cent. rule. A sad story comes from Portland, Tenn. A well-known young farmer and his wife, named Pardue, recently came to the conclusion that they had no friends, and last Saturday, in a fit of melancholy, cut their own throats. The Macon Telegraph has statistics from all portions of the State of Georgia, which lead it to conclude that the cotton acreage will be reduced 20 per cent. Late news from Coal Creek, Tenn., is to the effect that there is a probability of an early settlement of the labor troubles at that place. The mine owners havejproposed a compromise by the adoption of the co-operative plan, and miners will most probably accept. Mrs. Emmons Blaine, whose husband is a son of the secretary of state, has been granted a divorce. "The presidency of the New York Life Insurance company was offered to ex-President Cleveland recently with a salary of $50,000 a year, but he refused. The stables of the Norfolk city railway at Norfolk, Va., were des" * ' ' J 1 troyea by lire last aiuruay, iuiu eiguiy nuio were consumed. The house committee on election of a president and vice president last Monday agreed to report a bill leaving the question of electing United States senators by a popular vote, to the respective States. Speaker Crisp is again unable to discharge the duties of his position by reason of illness. The New York State Democratic convention, to elect delegates to the National Democratic convention, meets on the 22nd of February, about two months earlier than usual. This arrangement is believed to be the work of Senator Hill, who is generally conceded to have New York State, politically, at his full disposal. Hill's opponents are kicking hard against the proposed convention, and many reasons are being assigned for its being called so early. Among these reasons, it is given out that Hill is afraid of the silver question now before congress, knowing that he will have to vote on it at an early day. He wants to vote for free coinage, but knows that if he does so now, he will alienate a large part of his New York support. Therefore, he wants the State convention held at once, and hoping to get the unqualified endorsement of the Democrats of his State, he can afterward vote for free coinage and let consequences take care of themselves. l 0 The Army and Navy. Competitive examinations for West Point Military academy and the Naval Academy at Annapolis for the Fifth congressional district, were held at Lancaster last Wednesday. The following young men applied for West Point: R. C. Guy, of Chester; T. C. Hough, Chesterfield; M. R. Macoinson,' Union; M. J. Hough, Jr., Lancaster; Geo. H. Neely, Kock Hill ; J. 13. Allison, Jr., Yorkville. i The applicants for Annapolis were: U. A. Brawlev, Chester; G. W. Williams and W. A. Moore, Lancaster; 31. J. Wittkowsky, j Kershaw, and J. W. White, Rock Hill. ST t ii 1. t.. t iU. J. ilUll^U, Ui., U1 J nun n v first position for West l'oint, making an average of 78.25 and J. Ik Allison, Jr., a Citadel cadet from Yorkville, the second place, or alternate, his average hcing 77.07. (i. W. Williams, of Lancaster, secured the first position for Annapolis, scoring 89.65, and W. A. Moore, of Lancaster, won the second place, making 70.89. President A. Ik Harris Head. Receiver Chamberlain, of the Three C's railroad, yesterday received a dispatch from NewYork informing him of the death of Mr. A. Ik Harris, late president of the Massachusetts and Southern Construction company, from apoplexy, on Tuesday morning last. Mr. Harris was about 40 years of age, a native of Springfield, Mass., and had been identified with the Three C's road almost since its inception. He was also at the time of his death the secretary of the reorganization committee of the Three C's railroad. He was largely interested individually in the securities of the railroad, and his death may have important results to that property. The Massachusetts and Southern Construction company built the Three C's and the fortunes of the two companies were always closely connected. News and Courier of Saturday. E. Webster, chairman of the State Hepublican executive committee, has issued a call for a convention of the Republican party of South Carolina, to be held iu Columbia on April 19, for the purpose of electing four delegates at large and four alternate delegates, to represent the Republican party of the State in the. Republican national convention to bo held in Minneapolis, Minn., on June 7, 1S92. The convention will be composed of 125 delegates, apportioned among the various counties in accordance with their representation in the house of representatives. The county and congressional conventions are to be called later, at any time after ten days'advertising. The Fifth district convention will be composed of 25 delegates as follows: York, 7; Chester, 5; Lancaster, 8; Spartanburg, 2 ; Chesterfield, ; Kershaw, 4 ; Union, 1. | LOCAL AFFAIRS, j INDEX TO NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. John Dye, Rock Hill, S. C. A Gold Mine. J. S. Brice, Clerk Notice with Regard to County Claims. J. S. Brice, Clerk Retirement of County Bonds. Joseph F. Wallace, Assignee Notice to Creditors of Henry Mnssey. Sam M. & L. Geo. Grist No Man Can Tell. T. Baxter McClain Another Marble Yard. W. C. Latimer Yes, It is You We Mean. Beard & Inman We Are Now Reaclhr. Sam M. Grist Acme Harrows The Evans Harrows. M. it H. C. Strauss The Last Chance. T. M. Dobson, Manager Ah! There he Is, the Old Chap Himself. BETHESDA* PRIMARY. The primary election in Bethesda township to recommend a candidate for appointment to the office of trial justice to succeed W. S. Adams, deceased, came off last Saturday according to announcement. The only candidates voted for were those whose names were printed last week. The election resulted as follows: MeConnellsville Precinct Sanders, 55; Rawls, 8 ; Mcndenhall, 9 ; Roach 1. Antiocli Precinct Sanders, 5; Rawls, 36; Mendenhall, 3; Roach 15. Mr. 0. L. Sanders gets the recommendation. UNITED STATES JURORS. The work of the United States district court in Greenville, was completed last Saturday by the drawing of the jurors for the August term. The jurors drawn in this county were as follows: Grand Jury W. J. Stephenson, Yorkville; J. S. Pressley, Clover; R. H.Glenn, Yorkville; R. A. Parish, Yorkville; A. F. McConnell, Yorkville. Petit Jury R. J. Hagans, Rock Hill; D. C. Williams, Rock Hill; T. C. Beckham, Rock Hill; R. L. A. Smith, Hickory Grove; W. B. Daniel, "Rock Hill; John M. Sadler, Rock Hill; J. R. Lindsay, Yorkville. PROBABLY *A MISTAKE. The Greenville News of yesterday says : " 'Lige' Sutton, colored, was arrested by Sergeant of Police Stevens and Deputy Mar " - * '! _ 1 ; shall Jjj'ons, 01 Auoevnie, uuu is uuw m uc Station house. Sutton is said to be the negro who set fire to the depot and buildings at Yorkville sometime ago and there is a reward of $500 for him." We think there is probably some mistake about the foregoing statement. "Lige" is well-known in Yorkville, and has served several terms for "retailing" without license, but this is the first time we have heard of his being charged with arson, and also the first time we have heard of the $500 reward. However, let the developments proceed. TAX COLLECTIONS. As the time for collecting taxes grows shorter, the tardy taxpayers are coming in with a rush. Treasurer Neely was busy from morning till night last Monday, and still has about as much work on hand as he can well attend to in the limited time in which it is to be done. The collections on Monday amounted to $3,937, and the number of receipts issued was 258. Only three more days remain in which taxes may be collected without penalty, and in that time, according to the total book, there is something like $55,000 to be collected considerably over one half the original amount. After Saturday, until March 9, the 15 per cent, penalty for non payment of taxes attnr.hoa nnd nil who fail to nav bv March 9, AW w will make their property liable to seizure by the sheriff. There is no possibility of any further extension. CHURCH "NOTICES. Episcopal Sunday-school at 10.30 a. m. Associate Reformed Presbyterian Rev. J. C. Galloway, pastor. Yorkville Services next Sunday at 11 a. m. and 7.30 p. m. Sunday-school at 3.30 p. m. Presbyterian Rev. T. R. English, D. D., pastor. Prayer-meeting tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock. Services next Sunday at 11 o'clock a. m. and 7.30 o'clock p. m. Sundayschool at 3 o'clock p. m.1 Trinity Methodist Episcopal Rev. R. E. Stackhouse, pastor. Prayer-meeting this evening at 7.30 o'clock. Services next Sunday at 11 a. m. and 7.30 p. m. Sundayschool at 3 o'clock p. m. Baptist Rev. Robert G. Patrick, pastor. Union Services next Sunday at 11 o'clock a. m. Sunday-school at 10 o'clock a. m. Yorkville Prayer-meeting tomorrow evening at 7.30 o'clock. Services Sunday evening at 7.30 o'clock. 'Sunday-school at 10 o'clock a. m. ABOUT PEOPLE. Miss Willie Williams is visiting relatives in Gaston county, N. C. Mr. C. P. Roberts, of the Blacksburg News, was in town last Monday. Miss Fannie Jones, of Gaffney City, is at Major James F. Hart's. Miss Hattie Black, of Shelby, N^ C., is in Yorkville, visiting her aunt, Mrs. W. H. Quinn. Mr. Charles R. Simmons left Monday afternoon for Henrietta, N. C., to attend the funeral of his father. Captain J. T. Lowry returned home last Saturday from a short visit to his son, Dr. M. J, Lowry, of Meridian, Miss. We received a pleasant call on Monday last from Mr. J. Newton Lewis, of Chester, but who previous to the war was a resident of Yorkville. He is the father of Professor W. W. Lewis, superintendent of the Yorkville Graded schools. MRS. M. W. STRATTON. We are awaiting with interest the forthcoming volume of poems by the late Mrs. Martha Warrington Stratton, who from the first issue of The Enquirer up to the time | of her death, in December, 1800, was a valued contributor to its columns. A kind friend in Columbia has our thanks for some handsome photographs that will keep the sweet old lady fresh in our remembrance. One of the photos is an excellent likeness of herself, another pictures the favorite chair in which she used to sit, when writing, and another is a ten by twelve representation of the home in which she lived in Columbia. Speaking of Mrs. Stratton's forthcoming volume, the Greenville News of yesterday says: In the near future there will be published a volume of poems by Mrs. M. W. Stratton, | of this State, now deceased. We have no | direct knowledge of the work of Mrs. Stratton, but the newspapers of the State speak I of it in the warmest manner and declare that " /1 1! f/M.o s\P \rav<fk among ^ouin vuruimu wincio vi I place is first. The publication of her works complete and in book form will be looked i for with interest, and we do not doubt that jour people, ever willing to recognize and i patronize home talent, will give them wide ! circulation. MATTERS AT IILACKSBUKR. ] A member of Thk Enqiiuku's local staff was up at Hlacksburg last Thursday for the first time in several months, and of course devoted his leisure to taking in the town, lie found everybody in remarkably good I spirits, heard little or nothing of "hard times-," and when lie left, it was with a feel' ing that he was really glad that he had been there. Cherokee Inn, ".lie big hotel which has already become a pride to this section, is still growing in popularity, and continues to ! bring numerous people to the town who would not otherwise have come, and the | 1 other two hotels are also doing as good or a better business than they ever did. The Iron City hotel lias not yet been opened, but arrangements to that end are now being perfected, and it will probably be ready for the accommodation of next summer's travelers and visitors. Cherokee Inn has had a | number of northern visitors all winter, and 1 Major Jones, the proprietor, and Mr. Alvord, the manager, have good reason to anticipate | an unusually lively season this summer. The reputation of the hotel, so far, is that everybody who goes there is so well pleased ' with the accommodations and management that they want to go back again, i Mention was made some time ago of | Dr. John (J. l'lack's Shetland ponies. The doctor is still enthusiastic over his plan of raising these animals for sale, and there is no reason to doubt that he will succeed. He now has three brood mares and one fine stallion. The animals range in height from 42 to 48 inches, are beautiful specimens of equine flesh, and after six months' sojourn at Blacksburg, continue as active and hardy as they were on their native heath. They were all imported direct from the Shetland islands, and when they reached Blacksburg none of them had been broken to harness. Now the doctor has two of them working nicely to a dainty little phmton, and in this plimton he gave the representative of The Enquirer a treat to a drive over the town. The little ponies travel with a speed and dignity that would do credit to blooded stock of larger proportions, except when they come to a mud-puddle. Then they show their dainty raising. They are not shod and have a great aversion to getting their feet wet, and if the | mud puddle is not too wide, they invariably jump over. If it is too wide to jump, then no amount of tugging at the reins cau prevent them from going around. The ponies, says the doctor, are very easy to manage and keep. They require nothing to eat save grass in the summer, and during the winter consume scarcely more than a quart of corn each a day. Dr. Black is more satisfied than ever that he made a good move the day he decided to try to raise them. However, he is also making fine progress in the raising of registered Jersey cattle, pUre Jersey pigs, and various strains of fine chickens. To tell about them all would make an interesting column, which we prefer to hold for a more convenient season. U. S. DISTRICT COURT. The remaining York county cases in the United States district court at Greenville were disposed of last week as follows, all of the offenders being colored : John Wright pleaded guilty of retailing and was sentenced to two months in York county jail and a fine of $100. Andrew Little pleaded guilty of retailing and was sentenced to two months in York county jail and a fine of $100. A. HoDkins and Andrew Jackson were convicted of retailing and sentences of three months and a fine of $100 each was imposed. James Fraser, retailing. Before the case was concluded, the defendant pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two months in York county jail and a fine of $100. Rufus Anderson, charged with retailing. The jury found a verdict of guilty with a recommendation to mercy. The prisoner was sentenced to one month in York county jail and $100 fine. Burt Propst was convicted of retailing and sentenced to serve three months in the Greenville jail and pay a fine of $100. Newton Anderson was found guilty of retailing, and according to the sentence of the court, will serve three months in York county jail and pay a fine of $100. LOCAL LACONICS. We are requested to announce the death on the 10th instant, of Berry Eastes, colored, who lived about?three miles northeast of Yorkville. He was aged about 56 years. The county commissioners held their regular meeting on yesterday. The only business of importance transacted was the passage of a large number of orders. A gentleman who was in the auditor's office making his returns yesterday, explained how it is that Auditor Williams gets through his work so much more rapidly than Treasurer Neely. "You, see," he said, "Mr. 1 T,fMV Unninnaa An nro/lif ntlH I WllllUIIlS UUt'S no uuaiu^oo vu bivu> ( > >. i Mr. Neely won't take anything but cash." And that is about the way the matter stands. Mr. George T. Schorb, who advertised the lost ring in The Enquirer last week, recovered his property on Wednesday within an hour after the paper had been distributed over the town. The ring had been found some days before by a little negro boy in the employ of Mrs. Nancy Smith, and the boy showed it to Mrs. Smith at the j time. When Mrs. Smith read the advertisement, she of course immediately sent the boy to Mr. Schorb, and the boy was duly rewarded. j Phoebe Lowry, an aged colored woman, j died at her home five miles east of York I ville last Thursday. There are many conflicting stories about her age, several individuals being positive that she was over a hundred years old, and some thinking that she was not less than one hundred and twenty. On account of these stories we were induced to investigate the matter, and, as a result, we find that most of the authori\ ties are of rather uncertain memory. The woman was formerly a slave of Captain John T. Lowry, of Yorkville, and he informs us that had she lived until that time, she would have been 95 years old next June. orrvick ih ACCEPTED. The following letter, dated Rock Hill, February 11, and addressed to The Enquirer, was received at this office last Friday. It fully explaihs itself*: Mr. Editor: We hereby accept service of your notice to "deliver up" to Dr. Anderson, of Blacksburg, one of our $90 buggies; the premium awarded by you to the maker of the largest club of new subscribers, and shall be pleased to comply with the mandate on demand. First, however, permit us to congratulate you upon the very satisfactory out-turn of your recent contest, and to predict for the new subscribers full value in return for their subscriptions. For our own part we are unfeigncdly gratified to learn of The Enquirer's increased opportunities for usefulness, and shall in the future, as in the past, welcome its clean pages as safe and desirable visitors to the households of this section of our State. Let not your heart be troubled in regard to the quality of I)r. Anderson's buggy. It is perhaps unnecessary to say that we entertain a very high and warm regard for the name of Anderson, and you may rest assured that the fact that the successful eompetI itor bears this esteemed cognomen, will not; i make us less solicitous to provide him with j a superior vehicle. It shall be built from | the ground up, and although all things beautiful must fade, we venture to assert that this particular job will use uncommon deliberation in accomplishing this inevitable | result. It shall be constructed in conscious i regard to the rough roads of northwestern | York, and, if choice material and skilled j workmanship can accomplish so much, shall be capable of withstanding the notoriously inhospitable road to Jordan. < t...11.1 -f ti.:., l. T (nil v ni what 1)1 ii1c im111u "i iiijr* a vii j ... .. - There is no such thing its "ii weakest spot" | In huh, tire, felloe, in spring or thill, In panel or crossbar, or lloor or sill, In screw, holt, thorough-hrace seek as you i will, You'll find it everywhere "logical" still, Above and below, within and without, I Therefore we warrant, beyond a doubt, That it won't break down; though it may | wear out. IIoi.i.Kit A* Anphhson Hruov Co. i J. I*. Anokuson, Manager. THM CHICAGO EXPOSITION. Since the failure of the State legislature to make provision for the representation of , South Carolina at the Chicago exposition by J ' appropriation, a movement has been started by several of the newspapers, backed up by the Columbia board of trade, to secure the de-: sired end by private subscription. The Co-J ! lumbia board of trade has been sending out , large numbers of circulars to prominent busij ness men in all portions of the State suggesting that meetings of citizens and business j men in every locality be called at once for j the purpose of appointing canvassing com- ; . mittees, and electing delegates to a State convention to be held in Columbia on the 110th and 11th of next month. A number of these circulars have been re-1 eeived by prominent business men of York-j j ville, and in accordance with the suggestions j contained therein, Intcndant McDow has re-! quested us to call a meeting of the citizens J of Yorkvillc, to convene in the court house at 7..'10 o'clock next Friday evening. All j citizens who are interested in the future pro-j gress of the State and county, are especially requested to turn out at the meeting. It is well worth the while of progressive citizens all over the county to give time and contribute money to this cause. There is no doubt that South Carolina, and especially York county, has wonderful natural resources, both agricultural and mineral, and our manufacturing and other interests are capable of development to a degree that is little dreamed of. The Chicago exposition will furnish the best opportunity for a profitable advertisement of these resources that we can reasonably expect to have for at least another generation. To secure the best results, it will take time, money and intelligence, and lots of each. But the returns that are promised fully warrant the expenditure of all of these elements that are necessary. So again, we say let all progressive citizeus take hold of the matter from the start, and make the most of the splendid opportunity that is offered them. TLLLMAN'S STRENGTH. Ih It as Great Now as it nas two lears Ago! The Greenville News has been endeavoring to get at the exact sentiment of the people of the State in regard to Governor Tillman as a candidate for re-election. After securing the names of ten reliable citizens in each county five "Tillrannites" and five "Anti's" Editor Williams mailed to each a circular asking for certain information. The information sought to be developed was as follows: Has there been any change in the feeling toward the governor during the past two years? What is the cause and nature of the change ? What is the voting strength of your precinct, and how do you think it would go as between the governor and another strong man, thoroughly identified with the Farmers' movement? Have there been any changes to and from Tillman, and if so, how many? To this circular The News received 186 replies from 28 counties, and on last Saturday published a careful synopsis of each of them. As a rule, those who are classified as "anti's," claim that there is a change against the governor, and those who are claimed as "Tillmanites," claim that the governor has made some gains. The replies from York county, though rather milder than most of the others, are a pretty good sample of the general sentiment. We print them as a matter of special local interest. N. W. Hardin, anti, Blacksburg. Change decidedly against the governor ; cause, vacillating conduct and broken pledges; precint vote 250; a strong Farmers' movement man would get more of this than the governor; a great many who were lor him are against; none who were against are for; "The farmers are not familiar with Tillman's treachery and demagoguery, as the people of the towns and cities, as the great daily papers of the State which have in detail ventilated his irregularities, are not accessible to them and are not read by them. The country press as a matter of policy are too conservative." Anti, in eastern part. No change that he can see; precinct vote 500 or 600; "a good man ought to beat him, but the wish is father to the thought; has no personal knowledge of changes; "I very much fear that the demagogue will carry York county again, though I have heard of some who will not again support him. 'Tis all guess work, like the finding of a petit jury." S. A. McElwee, anti, at Yorkville. Yes, there is a change, against the governor; cause, failure to pay his taxes while forcing others to pay, abuse of the legislature at Laurens, grasping for power; vote of township 800 to 1,200; believes another Farmers' movement man could beat the governor; knows of at least a hundred men who favored and now oppose him ; no changes to him. "The people seem to deprecate the personal animosity Governor Tillman's campaign engendered, and they are becoming sick of personal politics. The generally expressed wish seems to be to bring forward the best men, but the Alliance people want the best Alliance men who would not prove objectionable to any class." Tillman man, at Yorkville. Sees a change ; the governor has lost strength; cause, too aggressive and likely to disrupt the party; vote of the township 1,000; a strong Farmers' movement man would carry by a good majority ; had heard of a few former supporters of the governor declare against him; don't know any changes the other way. "I think a /InLufotiAna tA ih/t 11/ very liiipunuiit iu scuu uci^uuuuo v v *v nominating convention, that a conservative movement man (from the private walks of life), not in politics, be nominated. We can't afford to sacrifice the unity of the State for Tillman's ambition. A Haskellite can't win." R. T. Riggins, Tillman man, western part. "There is disappointment, but whether with the governor or the legislature I can't say. My impression is the latter." Too early to give a definite answer to question 3; voting strength 120; does not believe any man thoroughly identified with the Farmers' movement would oppose the governor, as division would mean defeat: "I believe that prohibition will enter largely into the next campaign, and will doubtless have the effect of rendering the coutcst between the existing factions of the party more doubtful than the last one. My impression is that a large majority of the Farmers' movement are in favor of prohibition." Tillman man in eastern part. Some change; slightly against the governor; cause, not fulfilling promises of 1890; vote of township 500 to 600; a man thoroughly identified with the Farmers' movement could carry it against the governor three to two ; have heard a few who supported him declare against hitn. "What has hurt the governor in this section is accepting railroad passes and opposing bill for extension of tax. I think it probable that he has lost ground with some, yet I am satisfied the Reform party, as they are called, intends to furnish material foi amends. Politics will be run on a hot box this year in this section." L. K. Armstrong, Tillman man, northern part. No change ; has heard no complaint except from Haskellites; voting strength 135 to 150; another man's run against the governor would depend on how he stood on all questions; none who were for the governor oppose him; a few who opposed him are for him ; "politics is at a very low ebb just at this time in this neighborhood owing to the tightness 01 me nines. J. H. Saye, AI. I)., nnti, southwestern portion There is a marked change; it is against the governor; cause, general administration, refusal to sign tax extension and change on primary ; club vote 125; believes it would go for another Farmers' movement man against Tillman; his supporters are against him almost to a man ; none at all who opposed him are for him. "The people want primary, from governor to coroner, and allow every man to stand on his own footing and not have one man riding into office on another man's coat tail as has been heretofore." CHESTER CHAT. Building the New Factory Chester's .Material Growth Personal. Correspondence of the Yorkville Eiuiulrer. C'hkstkr, February 1(5. At a meeting of the stockholders of the Chester Gingham mills on yesterday, it was decided to rebuild and equip a factory of 400 looms. This was a mere formality, as work had already commenced. A large force of hands is clearing away the debris, and it will not he a great while before the pride of Chester is flourishing again. The material growth is wonderful considering the hard times. Mr. K. C. Stewart has given out the contract for two brick j storerooms on depot street. The ground will be broken at once. Several handsome residences and neat cottages have been completed recently. Major J. K. Marshall has gone to Columbia. and Air. It. 1'. Morgan has been elected to succeed him as chief of police, and Mr. (Irandison Williams has been elected to Air. Alorgan's beat. i Aliss Bessie Hardin and Aliss Alayme Agurs returned from New York last Friday. Aliss Hardin has completed her art course. | I)r. T. L. Alexander, of Scranton, I'enn., has been in town several days visiting relatives and friends. He and Airs. L. I). Childs left last night on a pleasant visit to Kllenton, S. C. There Dr. Alexander will be married tomorrow. BLACKSBURG BUDGET. jm Our Delightful Weather Influx from the North Interested In Oranges Nearly all for Cleveland Death of Mrs. Hannah Goforth A Card of Thanks. Correspondence of the Yorkville Enquirer. Blacksburg, February 16. When I read of the intense cold in the eastern, northwestern and middle portions of our United States, of the snow and ice, the blizzards and cyclones, which they are always expecting aud sometimes having, and then behold our own salubrious climate, and feel our own warm genial sunshine, during this the midwinter season, I wonder that more of our Northern neighbors do not take up their abode with us. But they do seem to be coming pretty fast, and nearly every day, parties from New England or the Northwest are registered at our hotels, and it is no uncommon sight to see strangers promenading the broad verandahs of Cherokee Inn, drawing in with every inspiration the soft, balmy and invigorating air that always prevails in this favored section. Although we had some rather cool days last week, with a very light fall of snow on Wednesday night, and the "beautiful" in plain view on the mountains north and west of us, and the weather bureau .at Washington predicting blizzards, we passed through it all, almost without the necessity of putting on extra wraps, or wearing overcoats. Indeed, some ' of our oldest inhabitants, true to the traditions of their fathers, planted Irish potatoes and sowed garden seeds, and one of our successful farmers twitted me, that my ground hog had "slipped up" this year. The article in last week's Enquires, headed "Orange Growing in Yorkville," greatly interested some of the ladies of Blacksburg, and, I think, has inspired them to try and cultivate the luscious fruit. The patience, care, and perseverence of Mrs. Metts are certainly worthy of emulation, and the full account given by The Enquirer of her enterprise is highly commendable. In this connection I wish to say that the interviews with prominent citizens recently published in The Enquirer on the financial situation, farming interests, cultivating Irish potatoes, etc., were of considerable public benefit, and calculated to be of great service to thoughtful and intelligent people. The correspondent of the Atlanta Journal at this place has interviewed a number of our leading citizens as to their choice for president of the United States, with the following result: For Cleveland J. G. Black, M. D., Prof. A. M. Spessard, Rev. L. A. Johnson, C. P. Roberts, editor of Tho News; W. Anderson, M. D.; Intendant J. D. Kennedy, A. H. Pollock, J. F. Whisonant, W. A. Jackins, Lawyer N. W. Hardin, D. 8. Ramseur, M. D.; 0. A. Osborne, T. L. Black, J. C. Hayden, Joseph Black, Dr. J. C. McCubbins, Lawyer W. B. DeLoacb, E. B. Johnson, J. D. Goforth, J. T. Darwin, M. D.; A. F. Sbarpe. For Hill. D. D. Gaston, D. L.Brown. For Boies. M.M.Tate. A letter was received by Mr. A. Urquhart a few days since, announcing the.death of A. B. Harris, president of the Massachusetts and Southern Construction company, %nd one of the directors of the Three C's road. Mr. Harris's prominent connection with the Three C's road to a certain extent identified him with the growth and prosperity of our town, and his death is much regretted by bis frinds here. However, as I have learned from a private source, his death will in no way interfere with or hinder the reorganization of the road, as the plans to that end have already been virtually accomplished, and the details are being pushed forward to completion as fast as possible. Mrs. Hannah Goforth died at Clifton, 8. C., after a few days' illness, on Tuesday, 9th instant, while on a visit to relatives at that place. She was buried on the following Thursday at Mount Paran church. Mrs. Goforth was in the 65th year of her age. She was married in 1842 to Johnson Goforth, at that time, and for many years after, one of the most prominent and successful busi-.. ness men of this section. Always a Methodist from principle and choice, she identified herself with the first organization of that church at' this place, and ever after remained a consistent member. Her patient, ' kind and sympathetic disposition won for her many friends among every class or people, and the large attendance at [her burial manifested the esteem and affection with which she was held. Before concluding my letter, I wish to return my sincere thanks for the valuable prize that was awarded me, last week, for the largest number of new subscribers to The Enquirer. To my numerous friends who generously aided me in obtaining it, I feel profoundly grateful, and although I cannot promise each and every one of them a ride in my handsome new buggy, yet I do wish for them all as much pleasure and happiness in their journey through life as I expect to get out of it. w. a. RUCK H1 LTHA PPEN'INGS. A Large (Quantity of Oats Sown Death of Major Alfred Bolch Personal Not a Burglar Other Matters. Correspondence of the Yorkvllle Enquirer. Rock Hill, February 15. The last few weeks of fair weather have proven advantageous in enabling the farmers to finish sowing oats and in breaking up lands and in preparing farm lands generally. The scarcity of seed, however, is a matter of considerable complaiut. Owing to the continued rains of the fall and early spring, together with the cry of "hard times," our merchants were late in ordering, and after ordering, shipments seem to have been unavoidably delayed. But, with all this, there seems to have been more than an average crop sown. The grip seems to have abated considerably during the past week or ten days, and the health of the town and vicinity is better than at any time during the last several months. So far as I know, no deaths from grip have been reported in or near Rock Hill since my last letter, and only one from any other cause. Major Alfred Bolch died near Leslie, last Saturday, of Bright's disease, and was buried at Catawba on Sunday. He was 78 years of age and had been married three times. His wife and six children survive him. He was a native of Catawba county, N. C., but has been living in Chester and York counties ever since the Mexican war, in which he served, as well as in the late war. We were glad to see Mr. S. J. "Kimball on the streets again last week. He had been confined to his room for nearly two nu>nths with rheumatism. Mrs. M. J. Johnson and Miss Julia Richardson'were delegates from this place to the district lodge of the I. O. G. T., which met at Chester last week. Mr. J. M. Moore, a wood workman from : Yorkville, has moved to Rock Hill with his ' family and secured a position with Messrs. Reed & Stultz. A very pleasant hop was given by Mr. and Mrs. F. O. London last week, and it was enjoyed by a goodly number of the young people of the town. Mrs. Ella Kirkley, of Kershaw, is the guest ' of Mrs. R. E. Thompkins, her sister. Mrs. Jennie Patrick, of this place, was somewhat frightened last Thursday night by what she thought was burglars. It is likely j that the intruder was a goat dancing about I on the piaza. But, anyway, Mrs. Patrick j was not to be frightened away. She seized ! a double-barreled shot gun and at once comj menced firing. The United States deputy marshal of York county, who was reported in theGrccnj villc News of Tuesday as getting into trou| ble with a young lawyer in the court room, i was Mr. J. T. Thomasson, of this place. He j says the Greenville News reports the affair | about correct. 1 T ! > : ' ! .. TJ:I1 1 .saiu ill ill J ii t IUUCI vuat nuva iiiu ; would bo in the dark until the machinery : necessary for the arc lights was received. I : was mistaken. The incandescent system I will he used until it can be replaced by the j arc system. J. I The board of regents of the lunatic asyi lum, recently tackled the question as to how the number should be reduced from nine to live, in accordance with the recent act of the : legislature on the subject. The act provided that the matter be settled by lot, but the majority of the board were opposed to this plan, as they considered the question too important to be decided by lot. This was the opinion of all except Dr. A. X. Talley, who announced it as his intention to comply with the law. The other members finally concluded to send in their resignations to the governor, and with the exception of Colonel Rhett, who is still in bed from a stroke of paralysis, ' did so. At last accounts the governor had not accepted the resignations, but had re: ferred them to Attorney-General McLaurin, for an opinion. If the resignations are accepted, the governor will probably re-appoint four members of the old board.