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? The Republican conferees on the tariff bill have secured the restoration of cotton ties, jute bagging and gunny cloth, etc., to the dutiable list. The Democratic conferees did not agree to this arrangement, and an effort will be made to get the seuate to refuse to sanction it. The result is uncertaiu. It is practically settled, however, that the rate of duty will be less than has ever been imposed before. ? The New York Journal has written up Pierrepout Morgan and his monster railroad trust. According to The Journal, Mr. Morgan controls the following properties : New York Central $160,355,208; New York, New Haven and Hartford $103,319,313; Reading $76,709,291; Lehigh Valley $66,306,358 ; Erie $179,493,181; South OP flOO 1 TO . x- * 1 D.-AiRn em j i>unueru i nuub $106,400,000; Big Four $64,517,635 ; Cheasapeake and Ohio $73,708,100, a grand total of $1,016,982,259. ? The British newspapers are seriously considering the possibility of war with the United States. The trouble is over the ancient and apparently interminable Behring sea seal fishery controversy. Secretary Sherman made an assertion recently which, in effect, accuses the British of having been guilty of bad faith, and this is what has stirred up the papers. All the British dailies and most of the weeklies, are discussing the matter, counting their ships, guns and men, and speculating as to the ease with which the United States can be licked out of their boots. The American papers are not taking the situation seriously. ? Atlanta Constitution : Mr. Fred Jones, traveling passenger agent of the Cottou Belt, returned to Atlanta recently after a stay of three months in Texas, where he has been working business. He says that he never saw crops looking better in that state. The small grain crops are made and the planters are picking cotton in southern Texas now. All over the state the cotton crop will be large, and if the price does not get away down, the Lone Star farmers ought to have money next fall. In the flooded districts of Arkansas and Mississippi the farmers have promising crops. While the water was high their labor got scattered and it has been difficult to get enough hands in some sections; but everything considered the valley planters have done remarkably well. As the waters receded they put in their crops, which, though late, are growing nicely. ? Charlotte Observer, Saturday : Tillmau Heath and Manlius Sloan, colored, live in the Ramah neighborhood. Both have strong, healthy wives and a large number of children. Tuesday, Health aud Sloan got into a quarrel over some trivial matter. Harsh words led to blows. While they were at it with fists, teeth and claws, their wives heard the disturbance, and each went to the help of her respective liege lord. The children which belonged to each household were attracted by the noise of battle, and they went out and took a hand in it. The battle raged between man and man ; woman and woman; children and children. They fought thus for fully an hour. Heath finally ran Sloan's head into a fresh pile of earth, and nearly choked him to death. Other parties interferred, and the war was put an end to. No weapons were used, but nevertheless the ground was covered with blood aud loose hair. It was a terrible battle. Mr. T. G. Stenhouse, of this city, kuows both Heath and Sloan, he having come from that neighborhood. ? Mr. M. V. Richards, the widel * J J J 1 4. awaae lauu auu inuusiriui agent ui the Southern Railway, has taken advantage of the revival of interest in gold mining by the discoveries of the Alaskan field, to get up a most valuable little work devoted to gold miuing in the Southern States?North and South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama and Maryland. The article contained thereiu on the industry n the Carolinas is by Messrs. Holmes an 1 Nitze, of the North Carolina geological survey. The records show that South Carolina has mined more gold since 1890 than any other southern states. In 1895 the output of her miues was $128,403, while Georgia's output was only $100 more. The total amount of gold mined in the southern states since 1779 is placed at $45,565,483. Of this South Carolina mined $3,709,566, and takes third place among the states, North Carolina comiDg first and Georgia second. The bulk of both Georgia and North Carolina's output was mined, however, prior to 1879, while nearly all of South Carolina's mining has been done since. ? The public clamor against women working on the city rock pile in Kansas City, Kan., has become so loud that the police dare not carry out the order, and the scheme will be abandoned without a trial, says a dispatch of Friday. Several women prisoners were sent to jail by the police judge this morning; but none of them were 6et to work. The backing down of the police department was due principally to the action of the Current Event Club, a woman's political organization, which held an indignation meeting and denounced the plan of putting women on the rock pile as a "degradation of womanhood and a blot on the state of Kansas." The club virtually served notice on the police officials that carrying out their order would result in retirement at the next election, and as women vote iu Kansas municipal elections, the notice carried great weight. Woman prisoners at Leavenworth have been worked on the rock pile for six weeks. They are compelled to wear coarse overalls of the patterns that were provided for the women in Kansas City, Kan., and as a rule they do not object either to the apparel or the work. ? Joint proposals on bimetallism were presented today, says a London cablegram of Friday, on behalf of the United States and France, at a conference held at the foreign office between Baron I)e Courcel, the French ambassador, renresentintr Frauce : Am bassador Hay, Senator Wolcott, former Vice President Stevenson and Mr. Payne, representing the United States; Lord Salisbury, Sir Michael HicksBeach, chancellor of the exchequer, and Mr. A. J. Balfour, first lord of the treasury, representing England, and Lord George Hamilton, secretary of state for India, representing India. The proposals, after some discussion, were taken under udvisement, and the British cabinet will give its answer at a subsequent conference. It is reported this evening that an international conference will be summoned, probably to meet in the Uniten States, with (Jreat JBritain participating, ^.n the delegates will be uninstructed with regard to the ratio, although it is well-known, of course, that the United States favors 16 and France 15i to 1. According to today's report, England's participation would mean India's. There is a prospect of some concessions as to the Bank of England's reserve and silver certificates. ? The big strike of miners throughout the coal mining regions of the country is still on with all its force. In Pennsylvania and Ohio, the miners have collected in little armies, and are threatening to put a stop to all work by force, if necessary. Many of the miners are guarded by deputies and conflicts appear to be inevitable. The greatest obstacle in the way of the miners, from their point of view, appears to be the situation of affairs in West Virginia. There the mine owners have agreed to pay the prices demanded for work, and the miuers are not only sticking to their places pretty generally; but others are flocking to the West Virginia mines for employment. Those in charge of the strike are worried over the West Virginia situation for various reasons. Among other things, they fear the development of West Virginia miues to such an extent, as will supply a large portion of the demand for coal and neutralize such advautage as might otherwise be gained in the surrounding territory. That the strike will be terminated without serious results, is hardly probable. He iljorhvitlc (Enquirer. YORKVILLE, S. C.: WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 1897. ? Senator Tillman is reported to have said that he will vote for the tariff bill as a whole, if necessary to secure its passage. ? Most of the published reports frotn Europe seem to indicate that Bimetallist Commissioners Wolcott, Stevenson and Payne, are meeting with great encouragement. Some of the papers, however, say that the commissioners are really beiug olayed with, and that neither England, .""ranee or Germany have the slightest idea of even considering a return to bimetallism. The truth in the matter is impossible to arrive at. The Yorkville Enquirer has raised the question as to the lawfulness of the action of the county commissioners in ordering an election on the subject of the Catawba river bridge at the time of the primary election to be held on the 31st of August.?Rock Hill Herald. The Herald is unhappy in its interpretation of what The Enquirer has had to say on the subject. We have not raised any question as to the lawfulness. There is no such question involved. It is a settled fact. ? It was intimated sometime back that Mr. Kohn was coloring his reports of the campaign meetings in the interest of McLaurin. Editor Ball, of the Greenville News, is understood to be against everybody and especially against McLaurin. His reports are presumed to be fair and impartial, as far as they go ; and in this issue we publish several of them in full in order that the reader might get a fair "loo af ci^nu'> nf tlin ntiaufinn lUCft \'l UUHJ OIV4VO V? bliV Vj Itv/. iviI/ill ? Several of the patenti outside concerns which do business in this state, are reaping a rich harvest from the present senatorial campaign. At least it looks that way. We note in the ready-print matter they send out a good deal of stuff in the interest of certain candidates that looks like it might be paid for at so much a line, and as patent outside concerns, as a rule, neither have any character to mako or lose, the presumption is that they are working their customers on both sides for all they are worth. ? Editor Ball, of the Greenville News, is making reports of the senatorial campaign. His reports, though rather shorter than the reports of August Kolm, are good; but they certainly do not show that Mr. Kohn has been unfair. The fact is, however, that Mr. Kohn is generally recognized by the profession and by the newspaper reading public, as being one of the fairest and most competent reporters in the state. It is no wonder, therefore, that Editor Ball has been quick to discover that the best effect of his commendable enterprise is to place the reports of the newspaper "combination" above suspicion. ? The newspapers are publishing the most wonderful stories of gold discoveries in the Yukon district, just across the Alaska line, in the British possessions. In comparison with the richness of that section, it is said, California in the days of '40, Australia in her greatest prosperity, and South Africa of today, are hardly to be thought of. On the Klondike river, not long ago, the story goes, one man panned ont?IO,000 in two days. Another man offered to bet ?1,000 that he could pick his dirt and in 20 minutes pan out loo ounces of gold. Nobody took the bet. People are Hocking into the new gold district by thousands; but to hire labor is nexi to impossible. Wages are said to run from ?1.5 to ?'50 a day with board; but even these prices do not prevent new comers from trying to go into business for themselves. The new fields are a long way from civilization and provisions are high. Flour is worth $2 a pound by the sack, and even live dogs sell at $5 a pound. Boats are just now getting up the river after the winter freeze, and no information has been received as to whether the way is yet thoroughly open. The gold lies in beds of gravel some 15 feet below the surface of the earth, and to get at it, the miners have to literally burn their way down with fire. It is estimated that the output of gold from this district, so far this year, has been $2,.150,000, and it is believed that before the close of the year the amount will 1 ' 1 * 4 Af tlio ufnriou UOllUlU ILltlL sum. moiljr UI buv oww.iv?3 are too wonderful for belief; but at the same time there is nothing in them that is impossible. Such finds have been made before. The only difference is that they have not been so great in extent. ? They have Editor Crews, of The Cotton Plant, in a hole. Somebody has just republished an editorial written by him in April last, in endosement of McLaurin's position on the tariff qustion. The editorial denounced all who disagreed with McLaurin as silly, and went on to prove to the satisfaction of the editor, that such was really the case. The fact of the business is, in everything except unnecessary abuse, it was a pretty sensible editorial. It contains a complete refutation of every argument that Editor Crews has since tried to make on the other side. This being true, there comes up with all the more force the question, Why this change of front of The Cotton Plant ? ? The Piedmont Headlight says: "Of the hundreds of papers that reach our office, not a single one has taken up the cause of our white mill operatives and is fighting this outrage and debasement of labor. The Piedmont Headlight has to fight the battle single-handed and alone." We get this funny statement from an exchange, as Thk Enquirer, so far as we know, does not go to The Piedmont Headlight office, and The Piedmont Headlight does not come here. The statement sounds like The Headlight, however, and we have no reason to suppose that the quotation is not correct. And it is funny. We have seen a great many newspaper comments on the subject of Negro labor in the cotton mills, and we have yet the first one to see that is favorable to the innovation. However, looking at the matter squarely, it is altogether a question of dollars and cents. If Negro labor can be made to pay better than white labor, then Negro labor it will be. But, somehow, we are not very much alarmed, for we do not think that Negro labor is going to pay. When the subject was up for discussion a year or two ago, it will be remembered that The Knquirf.r published the experience of Fishiug Creek mill. The management tried the experiment of Negro lubor at the time when the mill business was at the zenith of its prosperity, and it was not a great while before what had once been a very valuable mill property, was being offered for sale at less than half cost. We are looking for just such another development in the case of the Negro labor experiment that is now being made in Charleston, and if so, the ."argument" will be rather more effective than any that can be put up by the newspapers. If, however, the Charleston experiment shall prove a success, we are unable to see how The Headlight, or any other paper, will be able to in the least check the inevitable. NEW PARTY. Gove rnor Ellerbe Han Something to Say of Chargea by Mr. Mayflehl. Mr. Mayfield, in his speech at Edgefield, said : "Ellerbe urged him not to run, saying they intended to l'avor a new party composed of conservative Conservatives and conservative Reformers." In speaking of the matter next day, Governor Ellerbe is reported to have said : Mr. Mayfield came into my office and gave inform Aion of his intention to be a senatorial candidute. He asked me what course I would pursue, desiring to know if the governor, because of his appointment of McLaurin, was going to make any special effort to secure his election. Governor Ellerbe replied that while McLaurin was in the senate by virtue of an executive appointment, that would not bias him and he would let the senatorial race run its own course, provided, however, none of the candidates assailed him and his administration, in which case he would be obliged for self preservation to oppose the man who had dragged him into a campaign in which he had no part or parcel. To this, of course, Mr. Mayfield could make no objection. In a friendly and confidential way, the governor informed Mayfield he had heard it was his intention to make the race as an old, or original Reformer, and attempt to draw the factional lines in order to profit by a bitter division of the people. As a friend he advised him not to pursue such a policy, stating his belief that the best people of the state were getting together irrespective of past factional differences, and that public sentiment would not approve an effort to divide the whi e voters of South Carolina into two hostile camps. MERE-MENTION. The first bale of new Georgia cotton was shipped from Williamsburg last Wednesday. The governor of Tennessee is reported to have said that he intends to appoint Ronton McMillan United States senator to succeed Senator Harris, recently deceased. The senate has agreed not to hereafter allow more than $.100 per ton for armor plates. Emanuel lteich, a prominent Hebrew merchant of Atlanta, committed suicide last Friday by stabbing himself with a fruit knife. He inflicted 3.1 wounds in different parts of his body before he was satisfied with his work. The vicinity of Jamestown, Cal., is greatly excited over the alleged discovery of a "pocket" from which gold was taken to the amount of $41,000. "An American Hag flying at the city hall in Toronto, Canada, in honor of the Epworth League delegates, was torn down by an ultra-ltritisli partisan last 1 hursduy. The otfender was promptly arrested and locked up. LOCAL AFFAIRS, INDEX TO NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. Grist Cousins?Tell you about mowing scythes and snaths, cobbler's set, coffee mills, Buckeye mowers, the Thomas rake, Evans steel frame harrows, cedar buckets, goblets, and patent medicines. D. B. Johnson, President of Winthrop College?Gives notice that a competitive examination for scholarships will be held in the courthouse in Yorkville, on the 13th of August. Bonis Roth?Offers you something new in the eating line?California broiled mackerel in tomato sauce. He also has Salmon at 10 to 15 cents a can, cocoa at 25 cents a box, and honey cake iced at 15 cents a pound. ABOUT PEOPLE. Mr. John M. Hope, whose illness has been noiea, is up again. Judge McCorkle returned from Cleveland Springs on Monday. J. S. Brice, Esq., returned to Yorkville 011 last Monday morning. Mr. Rufus Meek, Jr., of Warren, Arkansas, is visiting Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Wylie. He expects to remain in this section for a month or so. Dr. M. W. White, who has been confined to his room for several weeks by fever,'is so far convalescent as to enable him to be at bis office again. Mrs. John M. Caldwell, whose home is about six miles west of Yorkville, has been attacked with paralysis, and at latest accounts her condition was regarded as critical. Mr. and Mrs. Miles Johnson, of Rock Hill, have been visiting friends in Yorkville. Uncle Miles claims that Mrs. Johnson is still the best looking woman in the county, and 110 one has disputed the statement. All are agreed that for a man 71 years of age, Uncle Miles himself is certainly a tine physical specimen. HICKORY GROVE SCHOOL. The people of Hickory Grove have decided to have a high school. They have been without such an institution for about two years now, and they are not inclined to put up with this state of affairs any longer. That fact is settled. A public meeting was held not long ago to consider the mutter, and after a variety of views had been expressed, upon motion of Rev. J. P. Knox, the whole question was referred to a committee consisting of W. S. Wilkerson, W. M. McGill and W. J. Moorbead. The committee went to work immediately, and shortly afterward reported as available for the purpose at hand $1,000, guaranteed by 10 responsible citizens, each standing for $100. Under this guarantee the school will be put in operation as soon as practicable, with firstclass teachers in charge, and run a year. If it pays expenses, all well and good; and if not, the 10 guarantors will make up the deficiency. The committee named aboye was not discharged; but was requested to go on and take such other steps as might be necessary to complete the work of getting the school in operation. It may be that the required funds will be raised by a special tax or by subscription; but in the meantime the school is assured. NEW SCHOOL DISTRICTS. Superintendent of Education Shurley has recently laid out and established sev eral new scliool districts as rouows: Newport, No. 36, to consist of all that portion of the county in Ebenezer township, lying west of Ebenezer special school district, and running with theTirzab line north to a corner on Gillespie place; thence east to a corner near Tom Seizor's; thence in a southeasterly direction to Ebenezer special district line near J. H. Barry's. The trustees are A. T. Neely, Dr. E. L. Glenn and R. M. Anderson. , All that portion of Ebenezer township lying north of Tirzah and Newport,along the line from Mr. Setzer's to Mr. Andy Stewart's, and thence with Allison creek to Catawba river, has been annexed to Eorest Hill school district. Oak Ridge No. 1, is to consist of the area lying east of Fishing creek and bordering on Ebenezer, Catawba and York township lines. B. F. Merritt, John H. Steele and H. J. Zinker, trustees. Warren, No. 14, consists of the area lying south of Bethesda special district and bordering on Catawba township and Chester county linos. Scott Wilson, G. D. and M. C. Matthews, trustees. Bethesda Church district, No. 6, consists of the area lying west of Bethesda special district, bordering on McConnellsville and Philadelphia school districts. J. W. Moore, W. H. Hicklin and M. W. Mendenhall are trustees. THE BOARD OF HEALTH. I)r. Walker, president of the local board of health, was seen yesterday with regard to the reported dissatisfaction on the board as to the health officer salary matter. "The report has some foundation," said tho doctor ; "but so far as I am concern ed, nothing has been said in the nature of a threat. At a recent meeting of our board, in discussing proposed health regulations, I remarked that wo would ask the town council for the assistance of their policeman. If, after a trial it should be found that the policeman cannot, or will not, do the work, then we would have to elect a regular'health officer as required by law, and agree to pay him a salary. Should the town council fail to ratify this arrangement, there would be nothing left for us but to resign. as rules and regula tions are of no value without some means for their enforcement. "There is a pretty general misapprehension as to the powers, duties and responsibilities resting on the board of health," continued I)r. Walker. "Although the fact is not generally known, last year our board did a great deal of valuable work. We adopted such rules and regulations as existing conditions seemed to require, and while we failed to take the steps necessary to give them the force and effect of law, Health Officer Clawson did a great deal to put them in operation. Speaking as a physician, I say, without any hesitation, that the result was quite noticeable. There was not as much fever in town by half, last year, as there is this year. And I'll say here, that I think much of the fever now prevalent is duo to neglect of the rules that were prescribed by us in the spring. You will remember, among other things, immediately alter the long wet. spell in the spring, we ordered the cleaning out of all the wells in town. Some were cleaned out while others werp not, and I have no doubt that moro or less fever is traceable to thcso. We had other regulations which were not complied with, and the health of the community has paid the penalty. "Now," continued Dr. Walker, "T confess that, last year, I, for one, did not take the trouble to carefully read the law under which we are supposed to bo operating. I have since examined into it more carefully, and I find that our powers are greater and our duties much more responsible, than any of us, probably, have heretofore supposed. We are required to make rules and regulations, and enforce them as other ordinances of the town. We also have the power and are required to abate nuisances of whatever character. "For the enforcement of our regulations, the act provides for the election of a health officer, who is to receive for his services such salary as may be fixed by us and ratified by the town council. This health officer, when elected, is vested with the power and authority of a policeman, and is required to giv bond for the faithful discharge of his duties. "Now, then, you have a pretty good idea of the situation. As things now stand, the board of health is only an organized body with a name. It has no rules and regulations that have the force of law. We are just now practically without power, except to abate nuisances. It is our purpose to, as soon as possible, prescribe rules and regulations intended to improve the sanitary conditions of the town. Then it will be necessary for us to secure a health officer to enforce these rules and regulations. Under the law, the town council has some say-so as to the amount that is to be paid to the health officer. If the town council and the board of health can reach an agreement, well and good. If no such agreement can be reached, then our hands are tied, and, so far as I am concerned, I do not think that we can be held responsible for consequences." THIS IS BUSINESS. The following paper was handed to The Enquirer yesterday for publication : Yorkvii,le, July, 1897.?'The undersigned citizens of Yorkvillo subscribe the amounts set opposite their names, respectively, for the purpose of grading ana inacaaaimzuiK ?nj ?iio m bn? (iuuuu roads leading into Yorkville. The matter is to be in charge of a committee of three, to be appointed by votes of subscribers. We promise to pay the sums subscribed to Geo. H. O'Leary, or such other person as the committee hereafter appointed shall designate to receive the money. The time of payment is also fixed as designated, respectively, opposite signatures below. The foregoing paper is signed by twenty-three responsible citizens of Yorkville, and the amounts opposite their names aggregate over six hundred dollars in cash and work. The paper is of binding force, and the subscriptions are all worth their full face value. "Now, then," said the gentleman who handed in the paper?and he is entirely responsible?"please say that it has been definitely arranged that on Saturday, July 31, we will donate this entire subscription lo the one or two roads leading into Yorkville, which offers the largest auxilliary subscription, or subscriptions. It must be understood, however, that it will bo within the province of the committee, already mentioned, to decide which subscription is of the most value, and also it must he understood that all money subscribed must be spent within five miles of the county seat. "I would like you to also say," continued the gentleman, "that it has been impossible to see everybody in town who may be interested in the matter, and for that reason it is hardly desirable to pub lish the names of the subscribers just at this time. There are no doubt other citizens who will be glad to subscribe to the fund. Tell them that they will find the paper in the bands of Mr. G. H. O'Leary, and that they may put down their names for such amounts as they may deem proper. All subscriptions which may bo made between now and July 31 will be added to the $600 already subscribed, and included in the bonus to the one road or two roads as the case may bo, offering the largest auxilliary subscription on the terms I have just stated." INDEXING DEEDS. Clerk of the Court Wylie has' a big job on his hands just now. It is long, dry and musty, and there are few who would like to take it off his hands except at a big price. He is required to practically read almost every record in his office front 1786 to 1876, a period of 90 years. This duty comes about as the result of an order of the court. When Expert McLarnon examined the records of the clerk's office last year, his attention was called to the fact that up to 1876 deeds, mortgages and other papers had been put on the books indiscriminately and indexed very much in the same manner. This was not as it should have been, and Expert McLarnon recommended to the grand jury that all deeds should be recorded in a separate book. The grand jury endorsed the recommendation, the court ordered that it be carried into effect, and that is how Clerk Wylie came by his big undertaking. The purchase of the necessary index books was authorized by the county board of commissioners at a recent meeting, and a few days ago Clerk Wylie commenced his task. He has read Hooks "A" and "B," and is now reading Book "C." But this is hardly a beginning. Before him are in the neighborhood of a hundred or more large manuscript volumes that will also have to bo gone over beforo the work is finished. The task, however, is not altogether without its compensation, especially to one who may be interested in York county history. Clerk Wylie gets more or less pleasure out of such matters, and ? ? ? !? IKa mucifv rnnnr/lu III1ACU 11 J/ Willi IUU ui;, uauovj iwt#awwt he has already been finding various miscellaneous papers which help to relievo the monotony of the work. A reporter for Thk Enquirer was in the clerk's office yesterday, and his attention was called to quite a number of interesting facts, soino of which will bear repeating to the curious. Book "A" was opened in January, 178G. In it are recorded various kinds of papers, the first one being a deed. It is the first deed ever recorded in York county. It was proven in open court in January, 178(J, and is a conveyance of a tract of 375 acres of land on Catawba river. The makers of the deed are David and Sarah Johnson, Moses Shelby, Elizabeth Shelby, Robert Leiper and James Leiper. The conveyance is to James ?i - ii 1 r?i iz irliiwiuoriiu, UIIU luo uwuaiuoiauv/u ia ait/, His and 8d. A curious paper also in this hook is one put on record by Daniel Sturgis. It seems that Sturgis had come down from Delaware to York county, shortly after the Revolutionary war, and before he had been here very long, reports had been put into circulation to the effect that he was a Tory. He could not very well rest under a charge of this kind, so returning to Delaware he got a certificate from prominent citizens?some of whom had been officers in the Continental army?to the elfect that during the war he had comported himself as became a loyal and patriotic citizen of the United States. In order to settle the question then and forever, he had this paper recorded in the office of the clerk of the court. Hill's Iron works, which were located some seven or eight miles northeast of Yorkville, are several times mentioned in Books A and B. It seems, however, that previous to the Revolution, the property was known as the Era works. There are on record several transfers of the property from one to another and also a number of mortgages. Another interesting paper is a liebill given by Joseph Eastwood to John Wilson, in 1788. Just how it came about is not known; but from what appears on the record, it is not difficult to imagine that a long flint and steel rifle in the hands of Wilson, must have figured pretty conspicuously. Anyhow, from the paper on record, it appears that Eastwood hud been telling it about through the country that Wilson made it a practice to split the ears of hogs and cattle belonging to his neighbors, and afterward slaughtering the animals as his own. But it was not true. Eastwood says so. The paper to which be signed his name acknowledges that be put the reports into circulation ; but they were false and malicious. Furthermore, the paper goes on to say that aiiIimKa uoi'rl WilaAn hut ull Kia fani. UVb UU1J vuo Oaiu TV lioviii vuv u*a u>w ily are good and upright citizens against whom the finger of reproach could never be justly pointed. There are other interesting incidents in the book ; but of these, probably, Clerk Wylie will be prepared to give us further information later on. THE TOWN COUNCIL. There was a meeting of the town council of Yorkville last Friday night. It was the first meeting since the 29th of June, the proceedings of which were published in The Enquirer of the 3rd instant. All of the members were present and a representative of The Enquirer was on hand with his pencil and note book. The meeting was in session for something over two hours. The real business, however, occupied only a few minutes. Most of the time was devoted to what might be described under the general term of "levity," participated in by all the members, except Warden Propst, who expressed himself one way or the other only in regard to properly presented business, when the same was actually pending. The first business taken up after the meeting was called to order, was the swearing in of Mr. W. M. Propst, recently elected as a warden, vice J. B. Pegram I L 1 II ..n? * I.A SVdtk do reS.'gllttU. i*ir. r I upsi wnm tuo uam m ad Ministered by the intendant, and was duly declared a member of the town council. Intendant Lowry read a communication from Mr. W. Adickes inquiring as to what action had been taken with regard to bis petition for the erection of a stairway on the Liberty street sidewalk. Warden Parish asked for information as to the parliamentary status of the stairway matter. It was his understanding, he said, that the petition bad been denied, and he was under the impression that it could not be re-considered except upon motion of some one who had voted on the prevailing side. Either this, or there should be a new petition, and be desired to know whether the communication just read should be so considered. There was no answer to either question. Warden McElwee moved that the petition be granted. There was no second to the motion; but at the instance of a member, Mr. Adickes was sent for. He explained that he desired to erect on the sidewalk a stairway 30 inches wide and supported by iron braces, instead of posts. Before commencing work, he bad seen on the streets and secured the approval of three members of the council. This he had deemed sufficient, and had gone on with the work. After hearing the statement of Mr. Adickes, Intendant Lowry asked if there was a second to Warden McElwee's motion. "I second it," said Warden Moore, and without asking for remarks, or allowing. a moment of time, Intendant Lowry put the motion. Wardens McT^I 1 X* T Hiiwee niiu muwiu nuu luiouuaui promptly voted "aye," and Wardens Parish and Propst voted "no," and the precedent was established as quickly as if the whole thing had been cut and dried beforehand. j Warden Moore presented some samples of fire-hose, and there commenced a discussion as to the advisability of making a purchase, etc. Upon motion of Warden Propst, the samples were referred to the chief of the fire department, with a request to that official to carefully examine into the matter and to report at the next meeting of the council as to the best hose to purchase, and the least possible quantity that the town could safely get along with. Upon motion of Warden Moore, it was resol ved to fix the Charlotte road in firstclass condition from the point where it joins Main street, to the milepost, and Warden Parish was appointed a committee of one to have exclusive supervision of the work. Policeman Rose reported that he had issued 100 commutation tax receipts and collected 8250 ; and that there was as much more still to be collected. There was discussion as to the best way to proceed to collect the balance. Some of the members were of opinion that the money was more desirable than labor, and it was suggested that rather than put deliquents to work, it would be best to worry along in such way as would seem best calculated to bring the money. Warden Propst firmly took the position that there was an ordinance regulating the matter, and that the only thing the council could properly do under the circumstances, was to enforce that ordinance to the letter. Warden Parish suggested a motion to postpone the enforcement of the penalty until the 25th instant. Warden McElwee thought that an "understanding to that effect," would be better than a motion. As to whether there would only be an "understanding," or the law be strictly enforced, no action wss taken. Warden Moore reported that as the result of his inquiries upon the subject, he was constrained to recommend that the proposed electric light scheme bo abandoned. Among other things, he thought it would involve the destruction of the shade trees of the town, and he, for one, would much rather have the shade trees than electric lights. Warden Parish presented the case of an individual living out of town who desired to know whether he would be permitted to make a contract to do hauling to and from points in town, without paying license. The question brought up the license matter generally. Among other things, a tine point was presented in the case of one of the railroads. The railroad referred to allows a certain amount per hundred pounds for drayage. In some cases business men do their own draying and get paid for it. They have no license, and the question was are they in competition with other licensed drays? It was asserted that one of the liverymen was complaining that he received no protection from the council, and it was his intention to make a demand for the return of his money. The council took no action. Intendant Lowry brought up the health ollieer question. He said that the board of health was displeased at the action of the council in refusing to comply with their recommendation as to the payment of the health officer. In fact, four members of the board had threatened to resign on account of the matter; but on a suggestion from the intendant that the council would allow pay for an inspector for about two days' work each month, the dissatisfaction had been temporarily allayed. The j council took no action. I The foregoing includes all the sayings and doings which occurred during the meeting that are of special or general interest. LOCAL LACONICS. The Enquirer Until 1st of January, 1808. The Semi-Weekly Enquirer will be sent to any address, from this date until the 1st of January, 1898, for 92 cents. At Calu'M Spring. D. E. Finley, Esq., and J. C. Wilborn, Esq., have accepted invitations to make speeches at Cain's Spring picnic tiext Saturday. The Antioch band will be on hand to enliven the occasion with music. Reduced Rate*. The Ohio River and Charleston railroad is distributing bills advertising reduced rates for the Alliance Campmeeting, to be held at Tirzah on August 5 and 6, and for Young People's convention, to be held at Sharon, on August 4 and 5. The Two Mill Tax. The annual election on the question of contiuuing the special 2 mill tax for the . benefit of the Yorkville Graded schools, was held on last Monday pursuant to the published notice. The vote resulted, in favor of the tax, 15; against it, 0. Death of Mr. Meok Hope. Mr. Meek Hope, third son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. P. Hope, of Yorkville, died at the home of his parents this (Tuesday) afternoon at 1.25 o'clock, after a long and tedious illness. He was about 30 years of age. Another Confederate Gone. John B. McKnight, formerly of the McConnellsville neighborhood in this, county, died near Washington, Ark., on June 30. He was a member of Co. B. Twelth Regiment, S. C. V. He emirgrated to Arkansas in the fall of 1S86. A Pretty Good Spin. Mr. J. P. White reports having ridden from Gaffney City to Yorkville, on a bicycle, last Friday afternoon, in five hours. He was on the road six hours, be says; hufr. *11/1 nn 1 u fivfl hniiro nf antnal rl/iItior_ The distance, the way be came, was 40 miles, and the average rate of speed was eight miles an hour. Lightning-Struck Negro Identified. Coroner Brian informs The Enquirer that the Negro who was recently killed by lightniug near Rock Hill, has been identified as Bill Steele, who lived about two miles from the scene of the tragedy. He was identified by his widow, who recognized certain articles that were found in his pockets. New Schoolhonie. A new schoolhouse is being erected at Pleasant Grove, on Major T. P. Whitesides's place, six miles northeast of York ville. The lumber for the building has been paid for out of the school fund apportioned to the school, and the work is being done by patrons. The Enquirer is informed that those who have the matter in charge propose to make a firetclass job of it. The Inatitute. Professor E. S. Joynes, of the South Carolina college, has agreed to give the York county teachers' institute at least one day of bis time during its sessions, and Superintendent of Education Shurley has invited Governor Ellerbe to come up and deliver an address. The governor has not yet said whether or not he would accept the invitation; but Mr. Shurley has reason to hope for a favorable answer. Flrot Annual Meeting. The first annual meeting of the stockholders of the York Cotton mills was being held as The Enquirer went to press. The result could not be procured in time for publication. The reporter was informed, however, that the affairs of the company were in as good condition as could be reasonably hoped for, and that the operations of the mill, so far, have been at a profit. The outlook for the future, based on present conditions, is far more encouraging than when the company was organized. The A. R. Orphanage. Rev. J. P. Knox, of Hickory Grove, was in Yorkville on Monday and Tues day, and while here he tola the reporter that during the present week the work of putting the A. R. Orphanage property, at Hickory Grove, in shape for use, would be commented. Rev. Mr. Knox will have charge of the orphanage for the present; but will put it into the hands of a superintendent as soon as possible. Already he has applications for places for quite a number of children, and there are also under consideration several applications for the position of superintendent. As to who will be placed in charge of the institution, however, has not yet been decided. Death of Mrs. J. M. Ivy. On Saturday afternoon, Mrs. M. A. Ivy, widow of the late J. M. Ivy, died at her residence in this city, says the Rock Hill correspondent of the Columbia State. Mrs. Ivy had for a long time been an invalid. The funeral, one of the largest seen here in sometime, occurred Monday afternoon, at 5 o'clock, from the Church of Our Saviour. In the absence of the rector, Archdeacon Joyner, of Columbia, assisted by the Rev. Dr. Sprunt, of the First Presbyterian church of this city, officiated. The interment took place in Laurel wood cemetery and was witnessed liva large concourse of sympathetic friends. The active pallbearers were: Messrs. R. T. Fewell, Philip Taylor, J. J. Hull, J. M. Cherry. M. G. Bryant and T. L. Johnson. The honorary were: Captains K. B. Mobley, W. L. Roddev and A. II. Green, Dr. T. A. Crawford and Major John R. London. 7AnilK 717ADS Corn Needing Rain?Crops Laid By?Picnic at Cain's Spring?Down With Fever. Correspondence of the Yorkville Enquirer. Zadok, July 19.?We have had quite a dry spell in this neighborhood and are badly in need of a rain. Cotton does not seem to be suffering a great deal; but upland corn is beginning to look pretty thirsty. People generally have threshed their wheat and laid by their crops. Most of them, therefore, are now sitting in the shade and eating biscuit and blackberry pie, instead of cornbread and molasses. .uiss .u aggie ijiuusay laaes cuarge 01 the school at Pleasant Grove this morning. The pupils and patrons of the school are glad to welcome her back. The young folks in this vicinity are having their Sunday clothes starched up for the big picnic to take place at Cain's spring next Saturday. D. E. Finley, Esq., and Mr. Wilborn are to speak, and the Antioch band will furnish the music. Mr. Daniel F. Hall, near this place, has been quite sick for several days with fever. It is hoped thai his case will not develop into as malignant a form of the disease as has been common in this section. Sut.