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? The annual report of the New York Cotton Exchange shows that the sales for future delivery in the year ending April 30, amounted to 54,690,000 bales, against 82,110,000 in the previous year, and sales of spot cotton to 343,000 bales, against 254,000 bales a year ago. ? Doubtful Kentucky is doubtful no longer. The election of delegates to the State Democratic convention took place last Saturday. It resulted in the choice of only 240 Gold delegates against 670 Silver delegates. The Goldbugs are cow on the run. Blackburn feels that his course has been vindicated, and Carlisle and other Federal officeholders feel that the State has gone to the demnition bow wows, ? Richard Carter and bis wife, Nellie, of Alton, 111., went through a marriage ceremony for the third time with no divorce intervening on Mondav last. Carter is a colored man and was married in slavery times. Aftei the war he was legally married iu Virginia, but soon after the courthouse was destroyed, together with the record of his marriage, in the meantime he had lost his marriage certificate, and has since depended on the slave marriage, of which he bad proof, When the supreme court decided adversely to slave marriages, Caitei decided he would again go through a ceremony, so his children would be sure to inherit the competency he has saved. Carter is a mulatto of more than the average intelligence. ? Chairman Harrity, of the National Democratic executive committee, denies that he said that an attempt would be made to exclude from the coming convention delegates who have announced that they would bolt unless a 16 to 1 platform is adopted. His denial is in a letter to Senator-elect Money, of Mississippi, who wrote to him in regard to it. He says that he only said, in his opinion, all delegates, whether for or against silver, who refuse to abide the result, should be J J ?: UT denied seam ia iue euuveunuu. *, says Harrity, "am a Gold man ; but if the convention declares for silver, I feel that I will be bound to contribute all I can to Democratic success. If I had any other feeling in regard to the matter, I do not think that 1 would be justified in taking a seat iu the con* vention." ? The Washington correspondent ol the New York World, who is for the Gold standard, has written a letter to bis paper under date of last Thursday, that has stirred up somewhat of a sensation. Among other things, he says there is no doubt of the fact that the Eastern newspapers and business men are laboring under a woeful misapprehension of the strength of the silver sentiment. He figures out that the silver people will have not less than 100 majority in the Chicago convention, and goes on to say that all throughout the Northeast there are hundreds of manufacturers and other _ business men_wh$ are- -prtVaieiy in favor of Free Coinage; but who dare nnt. sav fin for fear of conseauences. They say that if they should give their views honest expression, their banks would pounce down upon them at once, and refuse to handle their paper. But, all the same, says the correspondent, the free coinage sentiment has grown to alarming proportions, and may win even in the genereral election. ? Later news from St. Louis, indicates that the first news from the terrible cyclone of last Wednesday evening was somewhat exaggerated as to the number of deaths and the amount of property destroyed. The exaggeration was perfectly natural. It was impossible to get full information in such a short lime and amid such confusion. But, ail the same the havoc was terrible. Carefully collected details place the number of killed in St. Louis and East St. Louis at not less than 400. The number may be a great deal larger. The number of injured is very close to 1,500. The property loss is in the neighborhood of $25,000,000. St. Louis proper, through her mayor, has sent a message to the country in which he asserts her ability and willingness to take care of her? I--- n.UUA.?* sen 1U uci gicai/ uaiauiiij, wituuui having to accept out side help. East St. Louis, which is od the Illinois side of the river and a separate city, is not so fortunate. She is asking for help. The city couucil of St. Louis has appropriated $100,000 for the relief of sufferers, and the citizens have raised an equal amount. The big building in which the Republican National convention is to be held was damaged, and on account of this and widespread mourning in the city, the idea of postponing the convention was entertained. The St. Louis people, however, say that the convention building can be repaired in ample time, and that there is no reason for postponing the convention. ? The festivities in connection with the coronation of the czar and czarina of Russia, at Moscow, were clouded by a terrible disaster which occurred on last Saturday. One feature of the occasion was to have been a magnificent feast given by the czar, at his own expense, to all of his subjects who cared to participate. It was estimated that there would be present about 400,000 people, and provision was at first made for this number. Long A.li? 4 ?i tauies were trrecieu uu uu caicusivc plaiu, and as far as eye could reach, the preparations looked somewhat like the fortifications of a vast army. Hundreds of carloads of cattle had been provided, the bakers of the army had been at work for days preparing bread and wine, and other liquid refreshments had been provided by the thousand barrels. From two to three days before the appoiuted hour, the poorer class of people began to arrive in the neighborhood from different parts of the empire, and soon it became apparent that the multitude was going to be nearer 500,000 than 400,000 people, and an attempt was made to make arrangements accordingly. It developed, however, that there must be some limit, and this was fixed at 500,000. When the people heard of this they began to fear that they would be left out, and there began a terrible jam to get a place at the tables. The police were powerless. As the result, a panic ensued and over 1,100 persons were crushed to death. It was thought for a time that this would put an end to the festivities ; but not so. A great i ball that was announced to be given shortly afterward by the French ambassador came off according to pro! gramme. The czar, however, was not i without feeling. He ordered that the i victims be burried at his expense, and that each of the families that had , sustained a fatality be given the earn , of 10,000 rubles ($3,890). ; <5Uc fjorlmHr (Enquirer. 1 YORKVILiLE, S. C.: i ! WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 1896. : ? Free coinage sentiment is growing ' more respectable now since it has become so apparent that it is going to prodomin. ate at the great Democratic convention in Chicago. Most of the Gold standard i newspapers that profess to be Democratic i have commenced to masticate their crow > with as few ugly grimaces as possible. ? Dr. J. Wm. Stokes, of the 8eventh South Carolina district, is not to have his seat in congress after all. By a vote of ' 130 to 120 last Monday, the house declared that there had been no election and that ' the seat is vacant. This is, in effect a . blow at South Carolina's registration system, and we may look upon it as a i precedent for similar cases in the event the next house is Republican. i ?The Washington correspondent of The News and Courier says that Administration Democrats fear that the Democratic party invites defeat on account of its position on silver, and on account of its position for gold, leading Republicans fear that the Republican party is going to fail to elect its man. Verily the political developments of the next few months will be interesting. ? Messrs. Latham, Alexander <fe Co.', have issued a circular on the cotton acreage, based on the information contained in something over 5,OOOletters from different portions of the cotton belt. Prom this circular, it appears that in 1895 the cotton acreage was 18,882,000 acres. In 1896, 21,619,000, an excess this year of 2,737,000 acres, or about 14J per cent. Last year So&th Carolina planted 1,781,000; this year the estimate is 2,013,000 acres. In this State the planting averages one week earlier than last year. _ -? ? President Cleveland's principal ground for vetoing the river and harbor bill was the alleged fact that the appropriations were mainly the result of log rolling and jobbery, and that many items were included for the especial purpose of enlisting the sympathy of individual senators and representatives. There is little reason to doubt that the river and harbor appropriation bills are generally gotten through in this way, and if it is a fact that such is the status of the present bill, it is reasonable to assume that it will be passed over the president's veto. ? Cultivated blackberries from North Carolina are selling in New York at 19 cents a quart, while, strawberries just now are going a begging. This should be a hint to the wise. Though the somewhat despised wild blackberry in this section seems to be answering its purpose very well just now, the probability is that within a few years more it will be so scarce as to become a luxury. Cultivation of the blackberry is easy, and it also improves the quality and quantity of the fruit. We have an idea that those who will take the trouble to put out a few hedges, with a view to giving them careful attention, will in a few years from now have occasion to congratulate themselves on their forethought. / ? ? ? The "Eastern question" seems to be centering in the island of Crete, southeast of Greece, in the Mediterranean sea. The island is inhabited principally by Christians under the dominion of the Turks, and these Christians have recently arisen in rebellion. At present there are over 20,000 in arms against some 8,000 Turks, and the situation looks serious. The Greeks are going over in large numbers to assist the Cretans, and the various European nations are growing wonderfully interested. The German papers charge that the uprising was instigated by Groat Britain with a view to getting an opportunity to occupy the island, and British newspapers are charging that Russia and France are the conspiring parties. It seems to be the idea in Germany that the best thing to do is to insure the independence of the island, appoint a Cretan governor, and place the external affairs in the hands of a commission to be appointed from Europe. Unless there shall be a compromise of this kind, it now looks probable that there is going to he trouble that, mav involve all of the bip powers. POWERS OF MAGISTRATES. What powers, if any, are possessed by magistrates under existiug conditions, is a very important question that is greatly exercising the legal fraternity throughout the State. The whole public, of course, is also vitally interested. It will be remembered that the recent < constitutional convention abolished the office of trial justice, and substituted, in- i stead, that of magistrate, leaving, of course : details as to powers, duties, compensa- i tion, etc., to be prescribed by the legis- I lature. I The legislature passed the necessary i hill; but after careful deliberation, and i the fullest kind of discussion, refused to ] incorporate in it a recommendation of the i governor to the effect that the executive be given power to cut off the beads of offending magistrates whenever he sees fit, even without impeachment or other formality. Evidently desiring to wield an absolute power over the magistrates, the governoi neglected to sign the bill passed by the legislature. In fact it was given out thai he actually vetoed all of it except thai portion designating the name and salary of the officers, and until more recent de velopments, this was accepted as the Btatui of the bill. Not long ago an Orangeburg Negro was convicted before a magistrate and finec on the charge of misdemeanor. Major L. T. Izlar, the Negro's attorney, was of the opinion that under the law, magistrates had no power to punish by fine or otherwise, and started up with the case to th< supreme court on a writ of habeas corpus The case was to have been heard on lasl Thursday; but fell through. Just how was at first not known ; but later the sit uation seems to have been growing somewhat clearer. It develops that somebody paid the Negro's fine. Major Izlar sayi that he did not do it. The Columbia cor respondent of The News and Courier sayi that the Negro did not do it, for he was not able, and there is no other explana tion than that the fine was paid by or un der the directions of State officials wh( wished to avoid the issue. But this will not settle the matter Another case has been gotten up in Or angeburg, another in Union, and if these do not suffice, Mill others will be gottei up in various other parts of the State un til the supreme court will be finally com polled to a decision. The Columbia Register is authority foi the statement that the status of the bill i not exactly as was supposed. The gov ernor has not done a thing to it. On the contrary, he has it just as it came frore the general assembly, and if the supreme court decides that magistrates have n( power, rather than call an extra session of the legislature, he will just approve th? measure, along with its objectionable feature denying him the right to remove magistrates and all. In the meantime the whole State is very much interested U know "where it is at." PUBLIC ADVERTISING. The letter of the attorney general to Supervisor Stevenson, published in another column, seems to effectually settle the meaning of the law as to public advertising in York county. Applying tb( opinions of the attorney general to the facts as they exist in this county, not onlj will the publication of the itemized report of the county treasurer at public expense be illegal; but the action of the count; commissioners in letting the advertising of this county to the lowest, bidder is a nullity and tttficar/..ract is void. Under the law, as it stands now, the county must puy for advertising at the rate of $1.00 per hundred words of bod; for the first insertion, 50 cents for subsequent insertions and 5 cents per word foi caption, and shall not be allowed to pa; any less. The old law, which also placed the advertising space of all newspapers, regardloss of commercial value, on the same basis, was manifestly unjust; and this new law is no less so. For a publisher, or any individual to charge the count; more for a given service than he charges an vbodv else is dishonest; but when the lawmakers say that the county shall pay a given amount for a given service and shall not be allowed to get that service for less, even though the party who is to render the service may be willing, the situation, to say the least, is more than passing strange. ' In the meeting of the county board the other day it was suggested that inasmuch as the law prescribes that a certain amount shall be paid for advertising, it might be a very good idea for the board to elect a printer, and allow him to do all the advertising for the county. The suggestion did not take, and we hope that no such a precedent shall be established, for in our opinion it will be the beginning of a system of newspaper subsidization, the like of which has never existed in this county. The object of public advertising is not to provide pap for any newspaper, but to disseminate official information among the people, and such a system as that suggested would speedily make of some of the newspapers servile tools of politicians, at the same time wrongfully discriminating against other newspapers, more meritorious, perhaps; but which would not stoop to such a degrading depth. Previous to the passage of the special act just repealed, public officials placed their advertisements in such newspapers as they deemed were best calculated to accomplish the results desired. The system worked admirably. During the existence of the recent special act, county advertising has been let out to a single newspaper on the best terms that could be procured. While this system was far from satisfactory either to the public or to the newspapers, there has never been any just ground for any charge of unfairness against any of the officials who have had to do with the matter. In each and every case where there was one, the lowest bid was the one accepted as was required by the act, and except for the kicking of the disgruntled, that was all there was of it. The new law, though manifestly unjust, as suggested abovo, must be accepted as it is. The county must pay for advertisements at a specified rate, no matter where published, and the question of cheapness no lonerer fieures. Therefore, from now on, it ia a question only of securing the heat results, and in our opinion, this question should be left entirely to the judgment of the official having the advertising done. In fact, the law having ffxed the price to be paid, and as it also specifies the kind and amount of advertising to be done, it occurs to us that for the county board to attempt to select a medium and prescribe that advertisements in no other shall be paid for out of public funds would be an unwarranted ind arbitrary assumption of power, and i detrimental to the interests of a large Dumber of readers who have just as much , right to see these advertisements as have the readers of whatever paper may be selected. Unless the board shall act with) out mature deliberation, and this we do ' not think it will do, it is hardly possible i to make this mistake, t t RUCK HILL HAPPENINGS. r ?' The Refreshing Rain?The Closing of the Schools?At the First Presbyterian ' Church. Correspondence of the Yorkville Enquirer. 1 Rock Hill, June 1.?Citizens of Rock I Hill generally have something real to . consider ; but this morning all are think, ing of our fine rain and wondering how LOCAL AFFAIRS. INDEX TO NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. Candidate for .Clerk of the Court?1T. C, Beckham, of Rock Hill. Candidate for County Supervisor?J. Ed. Leech, of Broad River township. The Carolina Buggy Company?Makes an offer to persons who are engaged ic selling the Planters' Register. J. J. Hunter?Don't want you to buy until you examine his goods and prices at he has made redactions in the prices of clothing, shoes, hats and dress goods. T. M. Dobson A Co.?Announce that bargains may be found at their store evety aay, as former prices have beeu cut ic half. They ofler you cotton dress goods at 5 cents, muslins at 5 cents, prints at 5 cents, slippers, button shoes, dress goods, umbrellas and parasolsat corresponding prices. Grist Cousins?Claim to give their customers full weight ana measure and sell as cheap as anybody. They are offering lemons at 20 cents a dozen, and 8nowliake crackers at 15 cents a pound or two pounds for 25 cents. They car supply you with fruit jars and want yoc to see them about a buggy, surrey oi phaeton. Sam M. A L. Geo. Grist?Call your attention to the fact that they can furnist you with cyclone insurance at a low price. The Wilcox A White Organ CompanyFurnish some interesting information with regard to the Wilcox A WhiU Organ. Sam W. Watson, the Cleveland Avenue Photographer?Tells you what he car do in the way of furnishing you witb portraits and pictures of residences and outdoor scenes, i John A. Shurle>, School CommissionerGives some necessary information with regard to the holding of the York County Teachers' institute at Yorkville, from the 23d the 28th of June inclusive. J. M. Ferguson?Tells you where yoi i can find first cities groceries. P. A. Abernathv?Says that he sells ic< at one cent a pound, but that he cannol afford to sell it on credit to anybody. D. B. Johnson, President?Winthrop College scholarships. TEACHERS' INSTITUTE. In another column, School Commisslnnfir Shnrlav cfvps nntf<*fi that the York j many shared the same good fortunes we enjoyed. For the first time in months the ground is soaked, and already vegeta5 tion looks better. Just now the matter of most moment to I most persons is the coming commencement The Graded schools close on June ' 5th; Winthrop college two weeks later. A large crowd is expected. The city treasurer occupied the attenr tion of the taxpayers last week. His "day 3 of grace" closes tonight. After this time . a penalty will attach to the unpaid one3 half of our contributions for municipal expenses. 1 Last week a number of young couples, " with Mr. and Mrs. Samuel L. Reid as - chaperones, drove out in the afternoon to > Mount Gallant, the old home of Colonel Cadwallader Jones, and there enjoyed themselves as only such couples can. There were also substantial refreshments which were enjoyed. Mr. Joe Gaston 3 was the host on this pleasant occasion, l and many thanks were tendered him for . his entertainment'. Yesterday, at the First Presbyterian church, Dr. W. M. McPheeters preached in the morning. His sermon was a splenr did one and was appreciated. At night the i Union services?planned by the Ministe rial association?was held. These ser} vices are always enjoyed. Rev. H. B. Brown, Rev. O. G. Jones and Dr. W. M. McPheeters spoke, all taking, byarrange3 ment, the general subject of missions. A > collection was taken up for the benefit of > the Armenian sufferers. During the ) months of June and July, this church . will be under the care of Rev. W. R. ^ Minter, of Laurens. Mr. Sprunt, the pastor, is to return early in August. ' Rupert, the son of our townsman Mr. > R. P. Boyd, narrowly escaped serious injury last Thursday. The dray of the Standard mill run over him, but fortunately broke no bones, and seems to have done no serious injury. o. s. MERE-MENTION. Senator Vest, of Missouri, opposed a resolution the other, day providing that > the government should supply the St. > Louis storm sufferers with tents. He said P that be did not like the idea of cities and communities rushing to the general government for assistance in cases of this ' kind. Tom and Taylor Delk, son and father, respectively, Georgia desperar does were sentenced at ftST Thursday, to be~"hanged for the murder of the sheriff of the county. They have ( since been granted a new trial. Senator Daniel, of Virginia, has been report! ed as saying that thejree coinage of silver r would be followed by a panic. He denies - the story; but says that he said that any kind of change would be followed by a , disturbance of values. However, he is for free coinage. President Cleveland vetoed the river and harbor bill last Friday, 1 on the score of economy. It carried ap) propriations of something like 170,000,000. i John Lowlow, the great circus clown, is reported to be dying at the home of I his sister in Cincinnati, Ohio. Congress wants to adjourn this week. 1 Smallpox has broken out among the ' Spanish soldiers and Cuban prisoners in ' Moro castle .....General Fitzhugh Lee left for Cuba last Monday. The First , Baptist church, of Atlanta, is about to call Rev. A. C. Dixon, of Brooklyn, to succeed Rev. J. B. Hawthorne, recently resigned. ;?*. #1. ? No Dark Horses Allowed.?In the recently adopted constitution of the Democratic party of this State, there is a provision that is of great importance to candidates, but which seemed to have escaped general attention. The amendment reads: "That the pledge of such candidate shall be filed on or before the day of the the first campaign meeting of the county or State respectively." In other words, this means that a candidate for a State office who wishes to make the race and abide by the result of the primary has to file his intention of running at the opening of the campaign. Two years ago some of the candidates did not appear on the atnmn at nil hilt, thin vpnr the inten tion seems to be to close the gates as soon as possible and avoid as far as possible any "dark horses" coming into the field. Just at this time there seems to be a demoralization in the market of candidates. Why this feeling exists is not known, but it is likely to be because of the impression, whether right or wrong, that certain men have what is known as a "cinch" on the offices to be voted for in the coming primary. This may be a mistake, but anyway it is having its effect on the prospective candidates.?August Kohn. Spartanburg to Henrietta.? President Arch B. Calvert, of the company promoting the line between Spartanburg, S. C., and Henrietta, N. C., on the Seaboard Air Line, writes the i Manufacturers' Record that arrangements bave been made for its construction in the near future. The company is ready to negotiate with construe- 1 tors, and will soon be in the market for rails. The road is to be standard eauire. 24 miles lone, and will pass several of the largest cotton mills in < the South. It will give Spartanburg additional transportation facilities by way of the Seaboard, while it will con- ] nect the latter with the Port Royal ' aud Western Carolina, forming a new route from Augusta, Ga., aud Port < Royal, S. C., to the North. It is one of the most important lines projected ( in the South. ' Tiie company is com i posed of prominent cotton mill men I and bankers.?Rutherfordton, N. C., j Democrat. i Died In Ashevllle. Rev. W. D. Kirkland, for many years connected wilb the South Caro- 1 lina conference as a minister, und as * editor of The Southern Christian Advo- , eate, died in Asheville last Monday. 1 He was a native of this State aud was l born in Orangeburg county, on August ! 17, 1849. County Teachers' institute will be helc in Yorkville from June 23rd to 26th, inclusive, and invites ail of the white teachers of the county to be present. The institnte, last year, it will be remembered, was a great success, both ir point of attendance and in the practical results accomplished. School Commissioner Sburley has profited largely by the experience gained in the undertaking referred to, and this year has made preparations that are calculated to make the institute a greater success. It will be noted that arrangements havt been made whereby teachers may securt board at from 60 to 75 cents a day; bul The Enquirer takes upon itself to saj that this is by no means all the teacberf may expect. The people of Yorkville will consider them especially welcome visitors, and will do all in their power to make their stay and their work both pleasant and profitable. IT IS FREE TRADE. The general assembly passed ?.krw"al its recent session that is cajcphtled to plaj havoc with the jowatTMarket business ic the^'ous-towns throughout the State. Jffprovides tb3t farmers and stock raise n moTT uoll tnnuio of/i rtf tKnlv Atirn vuioSnrr iioj ooii uitxaiOy K?w\s*y \jl luoii vnu auioiu^i in towns, without paying a license 01 other fee. Here is the full text of the act; An Act to Amend the Charters of Cities and Towns in Regard to the sale ol Meats. i Section 1. Be it enacted by the genera] assembly of the State of South Carolina, That from and after the approval of this act, no city or town council shall charge any citizen or citizens of this State licence fees for the right to sell, or offer for sale, fresh beef, pork, mutton, fish, poultry 01 veal, produced or grown by the vender, excepting regular butchers, who shall keep a regular butcher's stall or market house inside the incorporate limits of any city or town in which license may be required. Section 2. Such license shall not give the holder thereof a monopoly of the sale of the articles enumerated above, but any farmer or stock raiser may sell or offer foi sale, at anytime, beef, mutton, pork 01 veal in cities or .towns granting such license, without being required to pay any fee for the right so to do. Section 3. All acts or parts of acta inconsistent with this act be, and the same are hereby repealed. Approved the 7th day of February, A. D., 1896. The above law places meat dealers in incorporated towns at a considerable disadvantage, and, under the circumstances, it would appear that about the only thing that can be done is to repeal the town ordinance fequiring license and put all on the same footing. ABOUT PEOPLE. Miss Cora Kuykendal is visiting friends at Hendersonville, N. C. Mrs. M. F. Jones and daughter, of Lancaster, are at the Parish hotel. Miss Leila Russell, of Winthrop college, visited Miss Grace McElwee this week. Mr. R A. Long spent several days dnr!nor the nMf. week with friends and rela ! tives in Lancaster. Miss Maggie Glenn returned home last week from a pleasant visit to relatives and friends in Bethel township. Messrs. Jas. A. Page and Philip L. Moore, of The Enquirer, spent Saturday and Sunday in Gastonia. Mr. Thos. Thomasson, the popular clerk at the"Everything Store," spent last Saturday with his father's family at Belmont, N. C. Miss Rosa Euart, who has been spending sometime in Yorkville with Mr. Pelham Morrow's family, left Saturday for her home at Gastonia. Mrs. J. C. Galloway, of Gastonia, N. C., visited friends and acquaintances in this place during the past week, the guest of Mr. J no. F. Oates's family. Miss Mary Y. Clark returned last Saturday from Winston-Salem, N. C., where she has been attending the commencemeet exercises of the Salem Female seminary. Miss Mary Schorb returned last Saturday from the Agues-Scott Institute at Decatur, Ga. Miss Schorb stopped over at Chester on ner way nome, wim me family of Mr. I. N. Cross. WHAT THE A1TY GEN. SAY8. In pursuance of the instructions of the county board of commissioners at its recent meeting, Supervisor Stephenson wrote to the attorney general In regard to public advertising question, as it is affected by the recentacts of the legislature. Under date of May 28, the attorney genBral has replied as follows: W. J. Stephenson, Yorkville, S. C. Dear Sir?Your letter has been receivad. You ask two questions. 1st. "Does die act to fix the price of'public advertising (1896) repeal the special act of 1888, relating to York county ? 2nd. "Can the newspaper to whom the contract was i warded in York county now charge 81.00 per hundred words for public advertisements?" The act of 1896, to dispense with the publication of the treasurers' reports in sertain counties, in which York is includ- 1 3d, became law under the State constitu;ion, two days after the meeting of the ast general assembly. It contains a re- ] leafing clause, and repealed on that day io much of the act of 1888 as related to the lublication of the treasurer's report. The act to fix the price of public adver- < tisements became law on the same day, in " accordance with the provisions of the constitntion, and contains a repealing clause. On the day it became law, it ' repealed the balance of the act of 1888 relating to York county. The general assembly met on the 14th day of January, 1896. The act of 1888, relating to York county, was repealed on 1 the 16th day of January, A. D.. 1896. If the contract referred to in your letter was " made alter the 16th day of January it is a ; nullity, and the publisher is entitled to charge for any printing authorized by ' law for the county, the amount allowed " by the act of 1896. If the contract yon refer to was made ' prior to the 16th day of January, 1896, it : was made in accordance with the existing v Inn, nn/l In ttnli/1 nnrl Kindinr* TTnrlor ihiu law auu in vanu auu umuiu^i viiuoi vuio contract the publisher could ouly charge contract prices. To set aside and annul the contract, if made before the passage of [ the late law, would be impairing the \ obligation of a contract, ana this, the , general assembly, under the constitution of the United States, cannot do. Of course the parties can rescind the contract, or the county board can release the publish; er from the contract, if it sees fit to do so. So that the answers to your questions depend upon the facts, and you can apply ' the law above enunciated to them. J Yours very truly, Wir. A. Barber, Attorney General. | LOCAL LACONICS. > Until January 1897. The Twice-a-week Enquirer, or | The Weekly Enquirer will befurnish, ed from this date to January, 1st, 1897, t for 1.14. Circuit Court. The court of general sessions for the 1 Sixth circuit convenes in Winnsboro on [ next Monday and will convene in Yorkvilleon June 29. i Correct Again. Our Chester weather prophet predicted ' rain on the 31st of May. It came alter a generally dry, hot month. The rain came, and also again on the first of June. That is doing pretty well. College Commencement#. The Enquirer has invitations to the commencement exercises of Davidson collegBbn June 7-11; Clifford seminary, June 14-17; and the 64th annual celebration of tho Philomathean Literary society, of Erskine, on June IS. Work of Registration. The supervisors of registration are to be foond in Yorkville during the present, week. Mr. J. R. Witherspooo, Of the board, informs the reporter, that about 800 certificates were issued in Fort Mill and Rock Hill last week, to the people of these towns and the oountry surrounding. Voted Down the Tax. There was an election in Clover last 5 Saturday on the question of levying a spe5 cial tax for school Dumoses. and it is said that considerable feeling was displayed. ' The management of the cotton factory ' was against the tax, white quite a number 1 of the stockholders were for it. The tax ' was voted down, 27 to 21. 1 Public Sales. There were no auction sales bv the sheriff last Monday." That official bad several pieces of property advertised for Bale for t taxes; but the owners settled up and the ' property was withdrawn. There was i only one sale by the clerk, a lot of land in Rock Hill, with the buildings thereon, at i the suit of A. Friedheim <fc Bro., against , Iredell Jones and others. The property r was bid off by W. B. Wilson, attorney, for ; 3100. ) Fire at Blacksbarg. f The residence of Mr. A. P. McLure, on Shelby street, Blacksburg, was destroyed ' by fire on last Saturday. The origin, as | usual, was from a defective flue hi the t roof of the kitchen, where the noonday > meal was being prepared. Nearly all of > the furniture was saved. The loss was 3800, partly covered by an insurance of I 3^50 on the house and $150 on the furnli tu re. Drew the Short Straw. i The first assemblage of the supreme court "in bank" under the provision of the 1 new constitution, took place in Columbia ! last Saturday to try the case of the Bank . of Charleston against the 8tate for the re' covering of 960,000 worth of bonds alleged to have been stolen by Federal soldiers during the war. The court consists of all , the supreme and circuit court judges in , the State, and to prevent the possibility of a tie, it was necessary to eliminate one of the judges by lot. Judge witherspoon drew the shortest straw. Cheater and Cheraw Sold. The Chester and Cheraw railroad was sold at public auction before the court house door in Chester last Monday by Sheriff Hood. The road brought $25,000 and was bid in by W. H. Hardin, the receiver, of Chester, S. C., and LeRoy Springs, William Ganson, W. T. Gregory and R. C. McManus, of Lancaster, 8. 0. The management of the road will be the same, Mr. Hardin acting as president with headquarters at Chester. Proline Jtrwjrt. Here is a story that is hard to believe; but The Enquirer can vouch for the veracity of Its informant. Mr. J. Frank Moore, of Bethesda township, has a herd of five Jerseys, all of the same fhmily, and the oldest is only 4 years of age. The mother dropped a calf when 18 months old and has dropped two more since. The first calf has since dropped a calf, and that increases the family to five. Mr. Dye Is Chairman. The new dispensary board met in the officers of the supervisor on Monday and organized by the election of Mr. W. F. Dye as chairman and Mr. W. H. Moore as clerk. Both Mr. Dye and Mr. Moore seemed inclined to dlect Mr. P. M. Burns to the chairmanship; but Mr. Burris declined on the ground that Mr. Dye was the senior member of the board and should have the place. No other business of interest was transacted. I This Looks Carious. [ Over the non de plume of "Rock Hill," ar>A inHjflmflnt writer has sent a com munication to The Herald, asking why the Hock Hill girls at Wintbrop are being i descriminated against by not being allowed to take part in the closing exercises of the college. We are not familiar 1 with the facts in the case; but at this dis- , tance, the situation looks rather curious. t Are not the Rock Hill girls as pretty and as bright as those from other portions of the State? The question, of course is silly; but if this is not the reason, what is it? The Candidate* Were Here. There was only a small representation of people from the country in town last g Monday. Probably more could have I come had they known it was going to i rain ; but then maybe they did not have any particular business. There were candidates out all the same. With very ; few exceptions, all who have so far been announced were here. Not only these, there were several who have not been il announced; but are going to be pretty 0 soon. Most of them are good fellows, ^ too. Don't make up your mind about ti who you are going to vote for yet. There v A- * iL. a Will ue more w> uijuuou iruui oeiore tue a lists close. ? Pleased With Yorkvllle. a Lancaster Ledger, Saturday: The ex- p cursionists are brimful of praise for York- n ville and her hcmpitaqle citizens. They can never forget the kindness of Messrs. J. A. Tate, W. R. Carroll, W. D. Olenn, W. C. Gist and Dr. A. Y. Cartwrigbt, of the committee on arrangements, and Messrs. Willis, Parish, McDow, McElwee, Moore, Jones, and a large number of other gentlemen for their kind attentions shown them. Lancaster hopes that sometime, in the near future, she will have an opportunity to show her appreciation by reciprocating the courtesies shown her. Yorkville is cordially invited to come and see us. The Social Feature. He caine to town Monday from southwest of Yorkville, and was not here long until he began to crave something to drink. The more be thought of the matter the more he-craved, and at each unsuccessful inquiry as to where something was to be gotten, he seemed to grow more desperate. Presently he spied a man coming in from Tirzab, riding unsteadily and with a bottle protuding from each pocket. "Yonder is my man," he said, nodding toward the stranger, "and if he uoesnc uiviuo, ne 11 get uu |uuu uui> ui what is left, for' I'll break bis bottles." With this he started away, and half an hoar later, the two men, who were previously total strangers to each other, were the beet of friends, and together were wallowing in a back lot. verily, the "chemically pure" in sealed packages has not yet removed the social feature from the drink evil. /_ SOUTH CAROLINA NEWS. Donaldson Is Talked Oil. M. L. Donaldson, of Greenville, is talked of as a possible candidate for Irby's seat in tbe United States senate. Florence Threatened. Governor Evaus says that unless tbe muncipal authorities of Florence give bim some guarantee as to tbeir intention of enforciug tbe dispensary law, be will institute the metropolitan police system in tbe city. Evans Against AfcLaorln. 'Vnivpooainan MoT.nllt-in ia til hflVA opposition in bis (Jistrict this year. ' Mr. W. D. Evans, the chairman of the State railroad commission, has finally decided to enter the race against Mr. McLaurin. The fight will doubtless be a very interesting one, as Mr. Evans is considered a pretty strong man in his district. Mr. McLaurin, however, has a strong following, and the contest will be a lively one. Profreu of the MoOmw. The idea of the Mormon church holding an annual conference in this State is spmetbing new. The Denmark Times makes this announcement: , "Theannual conference ofJita-Mormons.in SouLhCerOiina is To be held jie?c-J(Vrftgeutfftne first Saturday and Sunday in June. Thirty-five elders and missionaries are expected to attend. The^>rtbodox churches continue to send missionaries to the uttermost parts of the earth to convert the heathen, while at home the field is white unto the harvest. The State Campaign. Columbia Register, Tuesday: The State Democratic executive committee ? has been called to meet on June 5, Friday. The committee will.tbeu arrange for the campaign meetings. It is likely that the first meeting ^ill be held in the eastern part of the State, about June 22, commencing at Manning or Kiogstree or Georgetown. The eastern and lower section of the State will then be taken in..regular order, as railroad, schedules will permit and the wiudup will be held in the up country, at Abbeville or Anderson, or some other Doint in that section. closing about August 19. IF this idea is carried out it will include an interim of a week or more by reason of the meeting of the National Democratic conveutiou at Chicago. An Alliance Candidate.?The obief interest in the campaign will be in the senatorial race, and a lively fight is expected between Senator Irby and Governor. Evans. The announcement is made that Colonel Ellison S. Keitt, of Endrefe^ haa decided to enter the senatorial race. There has all along been an andercurrent of feeling that some other candidate would enter this race. The papers and the politicians haye been dwelling on this idea; but the candidate is not forthcoming, and unless he proposes running in the general election, be will have to make up hia mind and so declare before another month rolls arouud.?Columbia Correspondent of The News and Courier. Pooa McKinlky.?The Republican party is almost solid for McKipIey and s. ?:l--1-. ?:iI It Id IIKdjr tllat UC Will UO UUUilUOl^U uu the Brat ballot. But in the event of bis election (he poor oaao's lot will not be one to be envied. All of the politicians will expeet rewards far their services and the loaves and fishes will not be sufficient to go around. As the result, where now all is peace and unity, after the election there will soon be little but opposition and discord. AT THE CHUltCHES. EPISCOPAL. Rev. Robert A. Lee, rector. Services this evening at 8.30. PRESBYTERIAN. Rev. W. G. Neville, pastor. Prayermeeting this afternoon at 6 o'clock. ASSOCIATE REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN. Rev. Boycd H. Grier, pastor. Prayermeeting this afternoon at 6o'clock. TRINITY METHODIST EPISCOPAL. Rev. A. N. Branson, pastor. Prayermeeting at 8.15 o'clock this evening. BAPTIST. Rev. D.C. Freeman, Jr., pastor. Prayermeeting this evening at 8.15 o'clock. [Announcements for Sunday services will be uade in Friday's paper.] JjRantyt JUporis. YORKYILLE, June 3.?Cotton 7 to7J. NEW YORK, June 1.?Cotton 8. Futures closed steady with sales of 94,00 bales as follows : Juue, 7.71; July, 7.09; August, 7.70; lepteiuber, 7.04; October, 6^9; Novein>er, 6.94; December 6.94 ; January, 6.97 ; February 7.01; March 7.04. Special $totices7~ Excursions. The Chester and Lenoir railroad, with ts new equipment, is now prepared to Her good accommodations on their line o excursion and picnic parties. To persons who do not desire a special rain, one to four new and rooihy coaches rill be attached to the. regular passener trains at very reasonable rates. This tfords a tine opportunity for parties rom Yorkville ana other places iu York nd Chester counties, to enjoy a day's ionic at points of interset on the line lorth of York ville.