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? There are warm times in North Carolina this week. The tension is greatest over in the eastern part of the state. Mr. August Kohn, the correspondent of The News and Courier, i> now at Wilmington. lie says that the city is a regular arsenal. Both whites and blacks are heavily armed. The whites are determined to win in the election at any cost, and there is great danger of bloodshed. The only way it can be avoided is for the Negroes to back dowu. This seems likely. ? From the reports in the papers, it appears that the relations between Great Britain and Russia have almost reached the point of rupture. The foundation story is to the effect that a few days ago Russia seized the Chinese port of New Chwang, which is the key | to the province of Mauchuria. A Dumber of British vessels in the harbor immediately cleared for action, pending instructions from London. British officers would give out no information on the subject, and as to whether the situation is as serious as is represented, is a matter of doubt. There is a feeling throughout Europe, and also in America, that (he trouble between Great Britain and France has not yet been adjusted, and that Russia is trying to get in the squabble on the French side. ? The pay of the men and officers of the regular United States army is as follows: Privates for the first year, $13 per month ; wagoner, $14 ; corporals, artificers, farriers and saddlers, $15; sergeants, $18 ; firstclassengiueers and ordnance privates, $17; corporal ol engineers and orduance, $20; first sergeant, artillery, cavalry and iufantry, $25 ; sergeant, engiueers, ordnance and signal corps, $34 ; firstclass sergeants of signal corps, $45. Of the regimental officers the first year, the chief trumpeter, cavalry and principal musician, artillery and infantry, and the saddler sergeant of cavalry, $22; chief musician?artillery, cavalry and infantry, $60; sergeant major, artillery, cavalry and infautry, and quartermaster segeant, $23 ; sergeaut major and quarmaster sergeaut of engineers, $36 ; post sergeants, $34; hospital steward, $45; acting hospital steward, $25; and private, $18 per mouth. ? A Washington dispatch to the New York Tribuue of Wednesday says : "The navy department practically decided to abandon wrecking operations under existing contracts on the Spanish cruisers Cristobal Colon, Vizcaya and Almirante Oquendo, near Sautiago, which have become onerously expensive to the government. The department has reached the conclusion that the Vizcava and the Almirante Oquendo will probably never be rescued, and that the Cristobal Colon, if saved at all, will not be brought to the United States by the Merritt & Chapman Wrecking company, of New York, which has been working on this vessel under a special contract involving the payment of $829.25 a day since July 29, without visibly improving the chances of that vessel's salvage. The same company since July 6, when it ATonntod the first contract for the Dro secutiou of wrecking operation on the ships of Cervera's squadron, has been receiving a separate payment of $800 a day, with the single result that the Infanta Maria Teresa is now on her way to Norfolk, where a commission will decide what additional compensation, uot exceeding $500,000, shall be paid to the wrecking company on her account." ? A Jerusalem dispatch of November 1 says that Emperor William proceeded to Mount Zion on October 31 and witnessed the ceremony of hoisting the German and Turkish flags on a piece of ground which, according to tradi tion, was formerly occupied by the abode of the Virgin Mary, aud which the sultan presented to the German emperor. The latter subsequently formally presented the ground to the German Cut holies. Emperor William has telegraphed to the pope, saying: <lI am happy to be able to inform your holiness that, thanks to the benevolent intervention of his majesty, the sultan, who has not hesitated to give me this proof of his personal friendship, I have been able to acquire at Jerusalem the abode of ihe Holy Virgin. I decided to place this ground, consecrated by so many pious memories, at the disposal of my Catholic subjects. It rejoices my heart to be able thus to prove how dear to me are the religious interests of the Catholics whom Divine Providence has placed iu my care. I beg your holiness to accept assurance of my sincere attachment." The pope replied, thanking his majesty and expressing satisfaction at the gift, for which he was sure the Germau Catholics would be deeply grateful. The emperor, at the close of the ceremony of consecrating the Church of the Redeemer here, read au address, during which, he said : "From Jerusalem came the light in splendor from which the Germau nation became great and glorious, aud what the Germanic peoples have become they became under the bauner of the cross, the emblem of self-sacrificing charity. As nearly 2,000 years ago, so today shall I ring out the cry, voicing my ardent hope to all, 'Peace on earth !' " ? The Wilmington Messenger publishes a full synopsis of a rousing speech delivered by Senator McLauriri, at Old Hundred, last Friday. He devoted himself principally to the race issue and the following is an extract: "I care not what you are?Republican, Populist, Silverite or Goldbug?your skin may be as fair as the lily ; but your heart is smeared with the blackness of hell if in this crisis, forgetful nf ilip irinrious traditions of your own race, you cast your lot with those who would put black heels on white necks. The negroes themselves have made the race issue. Can you do less ? Whether from patriotism or self-interest, it is the paramount duty of every man to stand by his race before parly and before creed. When do you hear of white men insulting Negroes and wantonly pushing their women from the sidewalk ? It is only when the Negro in my state gets out of his place that he is molested. Your people might as well let it be understood that the white men are to govern this state ; it will save trouble. In South Carolina, where the white people control, the Negro is treated with respect and consideration, and there is a sincere desire ou the part of us all to make his condition as tolerable as we can. We don't wish to make our rule hateful and odious; but we want to pet along a9 pleasantly as possible. What, a spectacle it is to us to see our brethren over here treated as they are, with the evident desire of the Negroes to make their sway as harsh and oppressive as possible. We are watching events here where it is proposed, if possible, to pin Negro rule to your backs with Federal bayonets. After making conditions so intolerable that nature rebels, they would crush you with brute force. She \todu*illc (Buqitircr. YOItKVILLE, S. C.: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1808. IS IT BLACKMAIL? In the last sentence of his letter to the Greenville News, N. A. Dunning, the man who claims to have written speeches for Senator McLaurin, said : "Long before this suit is over, the people of South Carolina will understand the sort of man they sent to the senate-" The News and Courier points out that this is strougly suggestive of malice, rather than a desire to secure alleged rights, aDd the Columbia Record and the Spartanburg Herald are of opinion that the whole business is a piece of blackmail. That Dunning and others have assisted in the collection of facts and figures for Mr. McLaurin's speeches, is very likely. No congressman ever undertakes to hunt out for himself, all the statistics he may have occasion to use. There are hundreds of men in Washington who make the furnishing of statistical and other information a regular business, and congressmen find it more convenient and economical of time to avail themselves of the labor of these men, than to wade through such drudgery themselves. But men like Mr. McLaurin always pay their bills, and it is very likely that if Mr. McLaurin used the services of Dunuiug, he paid cash at the time. Mr. McLaurin first won distinction in Washington as the result of his appearance before the committee on banking and currency, in behalf of a bill to issue $100,000,000 worth of legal tender notes, to take the place of notes supposed to have passed out of I .1 U : existence luruugn vanuua ati/iucuic, destruction by fire and the like. The committee, which was composed for the most part of contractiouists, was naturally hostile to the proposition, and put Mr. McLaurin, then a representative, through a most searching examination. The questions aud answers filled a pretty big pamphlet, and the answers showed learning, readiness, and statesmanship that made for Mr. McLaurin a national reputation. It is hardly probable that Mr Dunning was on hand to prompt Mr. McLaurin in the able answers he made on that occasion. Then there is another occasion which we call to mind. It was during the campaign for the primary nomination of United States seuator. Evans, Irby and May field made a dead set against McLaurin from the beginning. They aud their friends hounded him as no man in this state had ever beeu hounded before. Single-handed and alone, he put the entire combination to rout on every stump, and there are hundreds of people in York county who were preseut at that famous debate in the courthouse here, when McLauriu pitched Evans, Irby, Mayfield and Strait into the same grave and covered them with oblivion. If Orator Dunning was on band, he was certainly very much incog. It will also be remembered that before he ever went to Washington, and no doubt before he ever heard of Mr. Dunning, Mr. McLauriu had made, during the Tillman campaigns, the reputatiou of being one of the ablest stump speakers in the state. Just what this Dunniug business means, we are not in a position to say. We have noticed all along, however, that the heaviest batteries of the gold staudard crowd have been directed at Mr. MeLaurin. We figure that the heaviest batteries are used only agaiust most powerful opponents. As to whether Mr. Dunning is a man of ability, we do not know. By his own admission, however, his stock in trade is eloquence. If he sold "eloquence" to Mr. MeLaurin, he would sell it xt.t t. |,0 iur. 1UCJ JtiUULJ. it luaj kJK, that he is now in the employ of the gold standard crowd, charged with a commission to undermine Mr. McJ-.aurin at home. This is not unreasonable. At any rate, we believe that Mr. Dunning is right smart of a liar. LOCAL AFFAXRS. INDEX TO NKW ADVEKTISE.HENTS. Mrs. T. M. Dobson?Will next week have on hand a large line of Christmas goods. She has received this week a large line of notions and small wares. She has 150 pairs of ladies' and misses shoes which she otters to sell at 50 and 75 cents on the dollar. T. (i. Culp, County Supervisor?Warns township commissioners and road overseers that they must have their respective hands to do all the road work required of them, previous to December 31, or sutler the consequences. Grist Cousins?Talk to you about the Oliver chilled plows and request you to call on them and get a nice pocket memorandum book free of charge. The Clinton Oil Company, of Cleveland, Ohio?Want reliable salesmen to sell lubricating oils for them on commission. The Ganson Dry Goods Company?Conuiinnnniin uouunmtlilft hm-crains iu dry goods, ready-made clothing, shoes, hosiery, underwear, millinery, blankets, notions, etc. FIRST PRESBYTERY. The business of the First A. R. Presbytery, which held its sessious with Neely's Creek church this week was concluded on Tuesday afternoon. The meeting was harmonious and busiuesslike ; hut the proceedings were of but lit lie public interest. All of the raiuisters of the presbytery were present except Revs. C. B. Betts and J. A. Smith. Both were kept away by illness. Rev. J. S. Grier, of Sharon, presided as moderator. The tinancial reports of the churches were unusually creditable. The next meeting of presbytery will be held at Winusboro on Monday after the first Sabbath in April. TURN OUT AND VOTE. Next Tuesday is the date of the general election, and although there is practically no opposition to the Democratic nominees, at the same time it is the duty of every citizen who is en titled to do so to come out and vote. The national house of representatives is now controlled by the Republicans. The conditions iu this state are such as to offer considerable temptation to defeated Republican candidates to contest elections, and the lar ger the vote for the Democratic nominees, the smaller, the dauger of these contests being taken seriously. But there is another more important consideration than this. Every voter who cast a ballot in the recent priinury, took an oath to the effect that he would support the uominee of the party iu the primary. These voters, therefore, now owe it not only to the nominees, but to themselves, to turn out next Tuesday and cast their ballots. Everybody who is entitled to do so, should vote. ABOUT PEOPLE. Miss Ida de Loach is visiting relatives in Columbia. The condition of Master Dave Logan is more hopeful. Mrs. W. M. Walker has returned from a pleasant visit to her sister, Mrs. Curry, in Wildwood, Fla. Mr. Will Moore leaves today for Gastonia where he will be employed for a few months as a druggist's clerk. Mrs. Mary J. Ingold returned to Yorkville last week after a protracted visit to kindred and friends in North Curolina. It is Lieutenant James B. Allison of the United States army now. Lieutenant Allison received his commission yesterday. Mr. R. T. Allison, who has been down with fever for the past two mouths, is now able to sit up, and hopes to be out within a few days. Dr. C. M. Kuykendal and family have returned from Rock Hill where they have been for several weeks. The doctor is now able to attend to business. The Enquirer is in receipt of a copy of The Muemosyueau, a handsome college journal published at the Agnes-Scott Institute, Decatur, Ga. Miss Loula McClain, of Yorkville, is one of the managers. Koek Hill Herald : airs, jseisy oiur^iis, perhaps the oldest inhabitant of York county, being now 98 years of age, after a short visit lo friends in the city, returned to her home in York* ville Monday. She uttended services at the Baptist church Sunday. C. E. Spencer, Jr., Esq., of Yorkville, made his maideu effort on Thursday before a jury in the case of the State against Ike Sims, charged with murder. He acquitted himself quite creditably and made a good impression upon the jurors. SHOWER OF METEORS. Another shower of meteors is predicted. There have been several such predictions within the past few years; but the meteors have failed to show up oh schedule. Professor E. E. Barnard, a Chicago astronomer, now tells us that a shower is due on November 14. The Atlanta Journal, of Wednesday, has a long story about meteoric showera furnished bv Professor Barnard. According to the professor the shower occurs every 33 years. The most notable shower on record was that of the 13th of November, 1833. There came another in 18GG, and according to this, the next is not due until 1S99. But The Journal says there is no mistake about the date. The astronomer claimed to have worked it out for the 14th of this month, and though Professor Barnard is now in Atlanta, he will hurry back to Chicago, where he has made elaborate arrangements to photograph the shower. In our judgment, the story appears to be a little confused, and after all the professor may have made some mistake in the date. But then if the young folks want to take chances on sitting up to see such a sight, it won't hurt them much even if they are disappointed. CIRCUIT COURT. The case of Mattie Havues, charged with violuting the dispensary law, the the jury returned a verdict of not guilty. Charley Fmley was sentenced to $100 fine or three months on the chain gang for violation of the dispensary 1 law. Johu Lowry was convicted of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and sentenced to one year on the cbaingang. Samuel McKnight, William Caldwell, Eli Davis and Elijah Choat were senteuced to fines of $30 and 60 days on the chaingangeach for gambling. James Houtze, the Negro who was convicted of entering the dwelling of Mrs. Black, at Sharon, was sentenced to the penitentiary for five years. Daniel Gladden was sentenced to the chaingang for six months for burglary and larceny. William Simpson was sentenced to the chaiugang for one year for housebreaking and larceny. William Thompson and Alexnnder Johnson were sentenced each to pay fines of $30 and go to the chaingang for 60 days for gambling. Emma Garrison and Sudie Moore were each I JK! DEFENDANTS IN I The photograph reproduced above was I the defendants in the lien Goore case. Tb< sits Frank Castles, and behind Frank is hind the old woman?his mother?is Anf away, and who is the principal witness for sentenced to 60 days in the county jail and to pay fines of $30 for the same offense. Caesar Williams was sentenced to the chaiugang for 60 days for assault and battery with intent to kill. Allen Barnett was tried on the charge of murder and acquitted. Ike Sims was tried on the charge of murder, and convicted with a recommendation to the mercy of the court. He will go to the penitentiary for life. FOUND THE MONEY. Mr. P. Brooks Neil has recovered the $125, the loss of which was advertised - r r%.A*?TT.nn 10 Hie JHSl issue OI ant. n.n^u.inr.ii. The thief was an old Negro by the name of William Gill, and the story is quite interesting. On Wednesday morning, Gill went into Hope's store at Sharon, made a purchase and handed the clerk, Mr. Sam Carroll, a $10 bill. Mr. Carroll knew Gill's circumstances well, was surprised to see him with a $10 bill, and having previously noted Mr. Neil's advertisement, was suspicious. He asked : "Hello! old man ; you appear to be pretty flush this morning. Where did you get so much money ?" Gill, who lives on Mr. W. J. Steph- , enson's place, said Mr. Stephenson had given it to him for cotton picking. The fellow owes an account at the store, and Mr. Carroll asked if he wanted to pay it. He said he could ; not pay at that time, as the balance of , the money belonged to Mr. Stephenson, aud he would have to carry back the change. This tended to confirm Mr. Carroll's suspicions, and mounting a horse he went over to see Mr. Stephenson, who said that he had not paid the Negro < any money. Mr. Neil was communicated with as soon as possible, and i during the day he came to Yorkville, i swore out a warrant against Gill, and took Deputy Sheriff Harshaw back with him to serve the paper. i When approached by Deputy Har- < shaw, Gill pretended complete inno- i sence of any knowledge of the money. < Mr. Neil assured the Negro that there ] was evidence enough to make a strong < case. If the money was surrendered < the case would be dropped ; otherwise ] it would be pushed vigorously. Gill < still hesitated ; but finally his wife ad- \ vised him that if he had Mr. Neil's i money be had better give it up. He 1 went into an ante-room, climbed up " to the joist plates aud came back with * a little cloth-wrapped bundle which ^ proved to be the missing money. It , was all there?the whole$125?except | $2.95 which had been spent. j It seems that Gill was at Morrow's ( mill at the time the money was lost on 1 Thursday of last week. A boy hud seen him stoop down at a place where , Mr. Neil had been standing a short , time before, and during the hunt, after < the discovery of the loss, the old fellow 1 ....... V.itt withmif r?*cnlt I tl 9 DC Q I \Jl l\?\4 j i.'ii v if 11< ii v u v i \ uui vi This, in a measure, relieved the old \ man from suspicion. ' ' Where was that money when we ] searched you, Gill?" asked Mr. Neil, 1 after the money had been recovered. ' "I pieked it up where you dropped ' it," replied the old Negro, "aud then I J stuck it iu a cotton bale where I let it j stay until I got a chance to get it again i without anybody seeing me." I THE BEN GOO BE TRAGEDY. j Having completed all other business < before it, the court of general sessions ' on Thursday morning took up the case ' of the Slate against Amzi Duuovant, j Frank Castles and Eliza Goore, charged , with the murder of Ben Goore, on the ] night of the 13th of June, last. i The story of this murder was told 1 in The Enquirer at the time of the ! finding of the body of Ben Goore in 1 an old utilised well, some weeks after j the killing. The circumstances of the ( J JEN GOORE CASE. ( :aken in the York county jail, and shows < sold woman is Eliza Goore. By her side ( Amzi Dunnovant. The boy standing be- ) fless Castles, who gave the whole thing i the state. t case were unusually blood curdling, i and the whole affair has attracted deep ( interest especially in Bullock's Creek 1 township. The defendants have been in jail . since their arrest and were without t counsel until a few weeks ago, when j they secured the services of Messrs. ' James F. and John R. Hart. In the 1 meantime, Solicitor Henry had taken ( occasion to visit the scene of the j tragedy, talk with the witnesses? swhite and colored?and, as is his cus- i torn, especially in such extraordinary ' cases, get as close to the bottom of the . whole shocking business as possible. ^ Upon the opening of the doors of the ( courtroom for the afternoon session on j Thursday, there was a big rush for s seats, and within a few moments the auditorium was crowded. A large j majority of the audience was composed of Negroes, principally from ( the neighborhood of the murder, j They bad been waiting around the i courthouse nearly all the week, and 1 showed much eagerness in their efforts to secure places where they could see and hear to the best advantage. Be- t fore the trial proceeded very far also, f there were indications which showed i that the feelings of the colored contin- ' gent were unusually strong against * the prisoners. The first witness put up by the state was Angless Castles, a hoy who said he was 14 years of age ; but who looks and talks like he might be considerably older. He is the boy who first told about the killing of old Ben Goore, and pointed out the well in which the body was afterward found. As a witness, he proved to be something of a prodigy. Iu answer to questions of the solicitor, be told his story in a clear, straightforward manner, and was not the least confused by the searching questious of such a shrewd crossexaminer as Major Hart. Briefly, the story of Angless Castles it-no tn tho that haviui? talked about the matter ou one or two previ- 1 aus occasions, ou the night of the 13th t ;>f June, Amzi Dunovant and Frank t Castles proceeded to carry out their \ plans for doing away with old Ben s Gfoore. The witness was a son of Ben Moore's wife ; but worked for Amzi c t Dunovant. He lived with Goore ex- ^ jept when his mother?Eliza Goore? f .vas away from home, and then he 1< >vent to Amzi Dunovant's. The two t louses were only a stone's throw ipart. On the night in question, Eliza }oore was away froin home and Angless vas stopping at Dunovant's. Frank Jastles eame along about 11 o'clock, ind the three?Amzi, Frank and Angess?proceeded to the old man Ben's. \mzi took along with him some pieces if rope that had been used to suspend i quilting frame. It was arranged hat Angless should go iu front, and vhen old Beu opened the door, the it her two rushSd in aud seized him. \fter a brief struggle they put a rope iround his neck and choked him to leath. Then they tied his hands and eet, while his hody was still jerking IIM twisting in lis ileum uguuiea. Next they inserted a rail under the opes. Amzi shouldered one end and Prank the other, and thus, with Angess, accompanying them they carried heir burdens a distance of a quarter if a mile to within a few yards of the >ld well. Here they removed the rail, ifter which they picked the body up ly hands and feet and threw it over uto the depths below. Then Amzi hrew in a number of stones, after which, the job completed, all left the place. Angless did not go near the ild well again except for some apples >ne day, and lie saw Amzi there, browing in more stones. In answer to questions by Major Hart on the cross examination, Angless <aid that after the murder, Amzi and Frauk searched the pockets of the nurdered man and also a closet and a runk looking for roots. He stated ilso that be bad heard Amzi say, on i previous occasion, that old Ben bad loisoued his, Amzi's child, and that le, Amzi, would fix him. On another iccasion he had heard Amzi say, 'That if Uncle Ben don't quit medlling about my house, I'm going to jut him out of the way." . Major Hart asked the boy sharply why it was that he bad not told about hese things for so long a time, and the >oy said his Uncle Amzi had threat ned to kill him if he told it. Then he major tried to get him to say how le bad at lust been induced to give it iway; but he failed to give an answer o that question. "Didn't you tell Mr. Plaxico," asked Major Hart, "that you did not know mylhing about what had become of 3en Goore?" "Yes, sir," answered the witness. "Then," continued the major, "if rou told this story, why did you afterward tell about the killing?" "B< cause it was right," the witness naiuurud nnd hpre came the first nanifestation of the sympathies of the lolored auditors. They commenced to ipplaud by stamping their feet; but he demonstration was promptly checked from the bench. The next witness was Sarah Duno/an, wife of Amzi. Her testimony on he direct examination, so far as it veut, corroborated that of Angless. she said that Amzi and Angless bad eft the house at about 11 o'clock with mother man whom she did not see ; but A-hose voice she made out to be that of Frank Castles. Shortly after they left .he house, she heard the noise of a struggle over at Ben Goore's. Some me exclaimed "Good God Almighty," md shouted murder three times, after ivhich everything was quiet. She ,old how Eliza Goore?old Ben's svife?came to her home that morning, nade a trip across the creek and same back in the afternoon; but did lot, upon the direct examination, tesify to anything which seemed to di ectly connect the old woman with ;he conspiracy. At the conclusion of ,he direct examination, the court adourned for the day, the cross examilation to be resumed on Friday morn* ngMr. John Montgomery testified to he fiuding of the body or neo uoore n the old well, covered with large (tones. The hands and feet were tied is described by Angless Castles, and here was a rope around the neck. The next witness examined was Mr. Tobn Aycock. It developed that ihortly after the imprisonment of the lefeudants, Mr. Aycock went to the ail and, through interviews with them, lecured confessions. Major Hart asked the usual question is to whether promises or iutimidation iad been used to secure the confes(ions, and upon the statement that be witnesses had talked of their own ree will, the major inquired very severely as to the motive of the witness o making the visit. Mr. Aycock said hat he went to the jail purely from notives of curiosity. Then addressng the court, Mujor Hart said he waned to condemn aud deuouuce as unair this common practice of allowing visitors to visit the jail and induce gnorant prisoners to make testimony igainst themselves. He said that the practice was too common ; that it was he custom of the sheriff to pick inormation out of prisoners for the pur)ose of using this information against hem, and be would like the court to ake such action as would put a stop o it. Solicitor Henry replied that be had lothing to say about this special case? >f the witness on the stand?but in ustice to the sheriff he would say that le had never gotten any information rom that official. He had found that he sheriff thoroughly understood his luty, and discharged that duty perfectly. It had been his observation hat the prisoners in York county jail ;ot all the protection to which they vere entitled, and that he felt safe in aying that the prisoners in York :ounty jail got better protection than bose in any other jail in the state. Major Hart then said that he waned to repeat that he did not believe hat the sheriff catechised prisoners vith any improper motive?he was ure that sucb was not the case. After this little digression, Mr. Ayock was permitted to go on with his estimony. Castles and Dunovant tad told him separately about the same acts that had been testified to by Angess Castles. He was not permitted to estify as to the result of his interview