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? R. G. Dun's trade review for the week ending last Saturday says: The failures for the first quarter of this year are 21.6 per cent greater than last year. New business in finished iron products is exceedingly small, the tendency being to wait for lower prices. | The plate mills, in Pittsburg, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are stopping. The boot and 9hoe industry is falling behind. Large quantities of leather have been sold; but the prices are unchanged. There is heavy wholesale business in dry goods. Woolens aud worsteds are dull with prices lower. rr>u" r\f mhoat frnm hnt.h coast? 1UC CApul VO VI *? are larger than last year. The railroad earnings for March are increased. The failures for the week are 193 in the United States and 41 in Canada. ? A Washington dispatch says the government has purchased the Holland submarine torpedo boat for $150,000 and has agreed to take several more ol the same type only somewhat larger at $175,000 each. The Holland company agrees to protect the government in all suits for infringements of patents, and to sell patents at a fixed price. It is also stipulated that the company must furnish expert crews to train the regular navy officers in the use of the boats. The present understanding is iU_? kmiia twill ho mnnrpH pntirelv mat iuc uuaio ntii mv ? ^ by volunteer officers and men from the navy. Quite a number of naval officers have sent their names to the navy department fur consideration. Despite the novelty and element of danger, the officers appear to be particularly anxious to risk their fortunes with the Holland. ? Immediately after the fight at Sarnia's Post, in which the British lost heavily, a sensational report was sent out to the effect that the Boers were led by Captain Reichman, the United States military attache with the Boer army. Consul Hay has telegraphed that the story of Captain Reicbman's connection with the affair is absolutely false. This is quite likely, because such action on the part of Captain Reichman would have been an unpardoua ble violation of the rules of war. It is now stated that, in all probability, the Boers were led by a young West Point lieutenant named Loorberg. He has been connected with the Free State artillery since the breaking out of the war, and has distinguished himself on more than one occasion previously. ? Judge William A. King, who has been elected to congress from the Salt Lake district of Utah over a Republican opponent, and in the place of Roberts, whose seat in the national house was denied him, is 37 years of age. He began his public career at 22, when he was elected a member of the territorial Legislature. He was reelected two years later. He was county clerk of Millard county four years, county attorney two years, and at Fill-1 more was city assessor and collector and city attorney. In June, 1894, he was appointed associate justice of the supreme court of Utah, in i?yo ue was elected to congress by a majority of nearly 20,000 and served two years. He is a Mormon; but not a polygamist, and stands high in the estimation of all classes in Utah. ? Says a Wichita, Kansas, dispatch of the 11th : Mrs. Dewey may have to come to Wichita soon, or send au attorney, to straighten out title to some lots owned by her former husband, General W. B. Hazen. The lots were woo in a poker game here in the early days by General Hazen. Little attention was paid to securing a good title, and now, when Mrs. Dewey wants to sell them, she has found that the title is impaired. In 1871 General Hazen was stationed here. Wichita was an end of the trail town and gambling was the ruling passion. One night be and Dave Bancroft, a real estate dealer, engaged in a poker game, and, sitting behind four kings, Hazen bluffed the real estate man into betting 50 town lots. Next day the deeds were made out and after that General Hazen dealt extensively in Wichita property. ? Fayetteville, N. C., Observer : News reaches us this moroiDg from several very reliable sources that a young lady just 21 years old, died in Flea Hill township, Monday, literally of a broken heart. Several years ago this young lady was engaged to a young man of the neighborhood. He went to Georgia to seek bis fortune. On Sunday last he returned home and visited all his neighbors except his former sweetheart. He took no notice of her whatever. When the young lady appeared at the breakfast table on Monday morning her distress is said to have been aw ful to behold ; and she finally fled screaming from the room. Her mother went to comfort her, but it was of no avail, and with the words : "Tell I love him, and died of a broken heart!" she suddenly expired. The above i3 vouched for by several of the leading citizens of Flea Hill, but for obvious reasons we withhold the names of the parties concerned. ? The bouse, on last Saturday, by a vote of 240 to 15, adopted a resolution for a constitutional amendment providing for the election of United States senators by a vote of the people. Fourteen Republicans and one Democrat voted against it. By the terms of the resolution the amendment to be submitted to the legislatures is as follows: "The senate of the United States shall be composed of two senators from each state, who shall be elected by a direct vote of the people thereof for a term of six years, and each senator shall have one vote. A plurality of the votes cast for candidates for senator shall be sufficient to elect. The electors iu each state shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislatures, respectively. When a vacancy happens, by death, resignation. or otherwise, in the representa tiou of any state in the senate, the same shall be tilled for the unexpired term thereof in the same manner as is provided for the election of senators in paragraph 1: Provided, that the executive thereof may make temporary appointment uutil the next general or special election, in accordance with the statutes or constituliou of such state." ? The little island of St. Helena, where the Boer general, CTonje, and his captured army will be confined, i situated in the South Atlantic Ocear 1,200 miles off the cost of Africa, am 1,160 miles from Cape Town, fror which port the first detachment c Boers were started on Tuesday. Lyin all alone in the Atlantic, it is a mer spot in the midst of the waste of watei At its greatest it is but little moie tha ten miles in length and six and a quat ter miles in width. Its total area i 45 square miles. The southeast trad ? "'l" onnclonI]v nvsr thfi islam | v> l uuo uivn vvnwin*u v"?7 ami make the climate mild and equable | while on the high slopes of the moun taios, which cover a large part of th island, aoy desired degree of coolnes can be found. The island is surround ed by high and steep cliffs and ther are few possible landing places fo ships. In every way St. Helena is natural prison. The capital is James | town, a village with a population c 2,500, which i9 half of the entire pop ulation of the island. Previous to th opening of the Suez Canal, the islan< was a place of refreshment for bom* ward bound vessels; hut now it is onl visited by an occasional steamer. 1 is possible that Longwood, the hous built for the occupancy of the gres Napoleon, will be given to Cronje as residence. ?ltc ^|oriu'iUc (Enquirer. YORKVILLE, S. C.: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18,1900. ? The Yorkvii.le Enquirer made great mistake in supposing that a Deinc crat or Republican newspaper must swal low everything that is set out by tb party. Very few Democrats endore everything in the platform of that party.Spartanburg Herald. We would like to ask The Heral what it takes to make a Democrati paper ? 9 + 9 ? Willis J. Abbott, head of the Den ocratic literary bureau in Chicago, hr issued a bulletin in which he welcomt Admiral Dewey into the Democrati party. The bulletin expresses gr^tif cation that the admiral is with th party on most of its planks, and ej presses satisfaction over the fact ths should the admiral fail to get the non ination be is seeking, he may be fl( pended upon to give his hearty cc operation in the election of the uom nee. According to Mr. Abbott's view then, Admiral Dewey will be a pres dential candidate only up to th Fourth day of July. ? The constitution permits the issu of township bonds for road builc ing; but an act of the legislature! necesary to make operative this pr< vision of the constitution. It is real] the duty of the legislators to provid acts to make operative every provis ion of the constitution, and why not! ing has been done in this matter ca hardly be explained. Of course, th general assembly has no power to sar die a road debt upon a township, an " 4 ? ?* so oa knt o t t vi 11 lb proper tuab it is au, uui; c*v same time, under the circumstance! the general assembly is recreant to il duty so long as it refuses the peopl of a township the right to issue roa bonds- if they so desire. Somethin ought to be done about this matter. ? Congressman Finley has delivere in the house, a carefully prepare speech on the bill for the governmer of Hawaii. The duty devolved upo him by reason of his membership of th committee on territories. The speec was delivered on the 4th instant, an appeared in the Congressional Reeor of last Friday. It is rather too length for publication in full in The E> quirer; but it shows evidence of great deal of hard work aud is calct lated to give the reader a correct an comprehensive understanding of th conditions prevailing in our recentl acquired possessions of the Central Pi cific. Mr. Finley is evidently a ver busy man. Two speeches is rather a unusual record now-a-days for a ue^ congressman during the first session ( of his first term. RURAL CONDITIONS. People who have devoted more c less attention to the rural condition existing throughout this part of th country, have pretty generally arrive at the conclusion that while here an there are to be seen signs of prosper ty, as a general thing the tendency i backward rather than forward, an nine cases out of ten the most pract cable remedy that suggests itself i immigration. That the existing conditions are a suggested, we feel pretty fully cor vinced. At any rate such is the cor elusion that has resulted from our ow observation, and also, like others, w have frequently given serious consid eration to the immigration suggestio as the most practicable remedy. Bu now we are growiug somewhat doubl j ful on the subject. An observatio j that was made to us some time ago b a very thoughtful citizen of this cour ty had much to do with the raising c these doubts. The observation refei red to was about to this purport: "No, I am not an advocate of immi gration. The 'new blood' theor sounds very well maybe ; but I am nc disposed to take much stock iu it. I is true that the rural conditions exist ing in this country are peculiar. Ther is no doubt of the fact that muc money, energy and intelligence ca s | improve them. We are not likely to ] '? get money by immigration. So far as ^ energy and intelligence are concerned, p " I believe our own people have as much g as any other people in the world, es e pecially people who would have to \ leave their own country to better their G 0 conditiom. I am unable to see how immigrants from elsewhere would be p expected to come here and do better 3 than our own people are doing, unless ^ they get very material assistance, and i- right here, in ray opinion, is the secret e of the whole situation. Give our own j8 people such opportunities and induce- v e ments as have to be given to immir grants, and they will accomplish more a than immigrants could reasonably be V J- expected to accomplish." This sounds quite sensible. While there are on the farms in all sections 6 > men who are getting along cicely, 0 ___ U-ji.. .T j. mere are oiuers wuo are tuu uauiv y handicapped to accomplish a great l deal. As a rule those farmers who e are making their way successfuly on lt the farms are men who would be successful in any vocation in life, and the _ others are those who stand in need of J assistance, who ought to be helped along?shown how, etc. To point out - the best way of helping these who \ need help is, of course, quite difficult. Gut still there is much in the suggestion quoted. The inducements that I have to be offered to immigrants call ^ jf for liberality on the part of the sect tion or neighborhood making the offer, and there is good reason to believe _ that the same lib^ralty toward our e own people would bring much better q results. It is true that our present in- ti dustrial and agriculture system is the v - result of a great deal of earnest work c ? on the part of those who make the 1- welfare of their fellowraen the princi- q pal work of their lives ; but still there tl - is much room for improvement. Hon- n - - ? - i_i F est, oroao, patriotic muur uu uui pico- ^ ent system will accomplish much. The . lc subject is really entitled to a great deal more consideration than it has Q ever gotten. a ~ tl ,s MERE-MENTION. c ;s Rev. Dr. Parkhurst, of New York, T c made a sensational attack last Sunday a \. on the Presbyterian confession of faith, n e A freight train on the Southern si railway was wrecked near Chattanooga tl k last Saturday as the result of striking b Ll a mule. The engineer and firemen oi i* were killed. General Gomez stop- 1 5- ped at Santiago last Sunday on his d >. way to San Domingo. The white and fi I. black parties had a contest for first a recognition. General Gomez landed si in a tug belonging to the black party b l" and the white party became indignant. e The friction between the whites and and blacks is increasing. The senate passed 83 private pension bills last ^ Saturday. John Addison Porter, private secretary to the president, has resigned on account of ill health. As- h '3 sistant Secretary Cortelyou has been d ) promoted to the vacancy. The \\ y president, on Monday, nominated Mr. e Charles H. Allen, of Massachusetts, to t( , be governor of Puerto Rico. The 5 strike of the telegraphers against the Southern railroad continues. Both 8 D sides claim the best of the situation, a c and how the matter actually stands u 1- cannot be determined at this time; (,] d but there is no doubt of the fact that ^ the railroad company is being put to lots of trouble and expense. Hoke D 3' Smith has sold his interest in the At- Q ts I - T 1 XT??, tl JHIHU J UUIUMI tU JL ui r\ JJtupit/ ivi e $159,000. The New York people c d brought The Journal's entire stock for p g $276,000. Our Bill Against Turkey.?It is 11 learned on undoubted authority that a d negotiations for the payment of indem- ci d nity demanded for the destruction of tl it American missionary property in Tur- g n key during the Armenian massacre in e 1895 have reached their logical conclu. sion. Minister Straus secured the promise of the sultan that indemnity, u d amounting to about $90,000, should be 0 d paid, and that promise having been p y twice reuewed,the last time previous to ci r. Minister Straus' departure from Con- w a stantinople, it was understood by the minister as well as by the state depart- " '* ment, that payment would be forthcom- el d ing. Sixteen months have passed since e the promise was made and it has not S y yet been fulfilled, and the question n t. preseuts itself, what action will this ^ government take to euforce its observance. Meanwhile, the president has . n refused to accept the resignation of 11 ,v Minister Straus, and has indefinitely 1? >f extended his leave of absence. ' a Death of Captain Sliarpe. Columbia Record, Saturday: Captain M. It. Sharpe, formerly of the 'r Twelfth regiment, who died Thursday, lS was buried yesterday afternoon. The is e services were conducted at the Barham- 1 d ville church by Jttev. J>lr. Truesaeii. f, J Captain Sbarpe was a distinguished _ . Confederate soldier, and one of his comrades said that if he had been a v ls Freuch soldier he would have won the d decoration of the 'Legion of Honor,' or i- if he had beeu a British soldier he is would have been entitled to the 'Vic- p toria Cross.' But being a Confederate p soldier he died in poverty,- and too I proud to let his needs be known, else '* his comrades inarms would have glad- n ly helped him. Captain Sharpe was u n about 75years old and was atone time it e a man of means. The deceased vetl_ eran's family is in destitute circum- c|u stances, and Mr. C. M. Douglass, of Columbia, a Confederate veteran himII self, is making au appeal for their vv ^ relief. B The Lake City Postoftice. \V Savs a Washington dispatch of Mon- d, f day : The postoffice at Lake City, S. 0| C., has been re-established and Mrs. . Delia D. Carter, (white,) appointed \L postmaster. This was done upon petii tions filed by practically all of the je y white aud colored citizens requesting A it re-establishment of the office and this C( t lady's appointment. The colored peo- Q1 pie submitted a separate petitiou requesting her appointment. There has e been no postoffice at L..' e City since C1 h the colored postmaster there was killed co n by a mob two years ago. ti -O CAL AFFAIRS. INDEX TO NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. [. C. Strauss?Says that Easter was the opening of the spring season and that he has the ready-made clothing that gives satisfaction. He tells some of his prices and speaks of his straw hats from 10 cents up to $1.50. lenn <fc Allison?Say that as the mule season is over, they have settled down expectant of enjoying the biggest trade ever done in buggies, harness and wagons. ork Implement Co., L. R. Williams, Manager?Want you to come and see the new Buckeye frameless binder that they have on exhibition at their place of business, one door north of The Enquirer building. 7. M. Kennedy, Agent?Desires to call your attention to the fact that he still represents Lamm <fc Co., mercbaot tailors, of Chicago, and mentions a few of the many things he sells. i.7hisnnant. Castles it Co.. Hickorv Grove, S. C.?Speak of their millinery department, and say that they are reaay to meet the demands of their customers as to style and quality. Also speak of gentlemen's clothing and mention a few miscellaneous articles, as. M. Starr <ft Co., Leading DruggistsInvite the gentlemen of the iury and all those attending court, to call at their store, where they are welcome. They also call attention to the fact that they sell cigars, tobacco and soda water. Velvet beans are recommended for.making hay. Speak also of millet and cane seed. . S. Brice, Chairman of the Democratic Executive Committee?Gives notice to the Democratic clubs to assemble on the fourth Saturday and take steps for inaugurating the Democratic campaign, vanted?A second-hand buggy, with or without top. THE COTTON SITUATION. A Charlotte cotton buyer reviewed tie cotton situation for last Sunday's ibserver as follows: 4lTbe cotton market for the past ;eek has shown considerable strength, specially for the summer months, 'here are marked signs of manipulaion. Should the nearby months adance materially, a large amount of otton will go to New York on conracts, especially the extreme high rades, and all grades below middling, 'he weather is hue for planting and tie prospects for a large acreage were ever better on any previous crop, 'ertilizer sales are very heavy. "Should the crop have a good start . may discourage the bulls and the rospective corner in the summer lonths may soou collapse ; but any disster to the crop would quickly send tie market up, especially if the trade ontiuues good in cloth and yarns, 'he trade in England continues good, nd a large amount of cotton will be eeded to supply the demand. The lies will necessarily increase, and hey will in all probability reach 25,000 "I"" 5n tlia 11 oar fllt.lipft PKTltt aico J/Cl uajr |U iiiiv uvwi ?rially if the famine in India is relieved 'he trade in China and Japan isspleuid, and information recently received -om there states that they anxiously wait the arrival of American ships to jpply the demand. All in all the ull side is now more promising." THE SPRING TRADE. Up to this time, and especially durig last week, the spring trade of rorkville in the dry goods line has een uuusually good. During several ays last week, the dry goods stores 'ere crowded nearly all day, and at mes it was impossible for customers ) get waited upon promptly. In view of the fact that there was a eneral belief that on account of the lleged scarcity of money, etc., trade 'ould be rather lighter than usual, bis condition of affairs is especially ratifying. The most plausible explaation is to be found in the improved uality of goods that are being offered bis season and the wider range of boice that is being furnished to shop era. That money is scarcer this season lan last is probably correct. There re fewer people with amounts suffiient to meet their requirements ; but ae larger and more desirable stocks of oods now being carried extend their ifluence in drawing trade from a 'ider range of territory, thus making p in numbers the shortage that was therwise feared. Among the shopers here last week were many who ime a distance of 15 or 20 miles, and ho have heretofore, for some time ast, been doing their shopping in othr towns. In conversation with the reporter on aturday, one of the local dry goods len told the reporter that the trade of is establishment was fully 33$ per ent. greater for the season, up to that me, than during the same period of ist year, and most of this increase he ttributed to new customers. He had very reason to believe that the same roportion would continue throughout ae season. The millinery business is also flour ihing in a most satisfactory manner, 'hat is a self-evident fact to be judged om the numerous hat boxes, to be ien moving about the streets of Yorkille and going out of town in buggies. EASTER SERVICES. To the great delight of the church eople, last Sunday was just such an laster Day as all would desire. The jn shiued throughout the day ; it was either too cool nor too warm. All ature seemed to contribute its blessigs on the spirit of the occasion. There were no services at the Assoate Reformed or Baptist churches, he services at the Presbyterian church ere of the usual character, this conregation giving no special recognition > the Easter festival. Trinity church as beautifully decorated with Horal esigns, and the service was com memrative of the resurrection. The siugig was, as usual, tine, and Rev. J. M. tead man's sermon on the general suuct of "Death" was most interesting, special feature of the service was a jntributiou for the benefit of Epworth rphanage. 11 amounted to about $11. Attributing, as they do, such espeal significance to the occasion, the lembers of the Episcopal congregaon celebrated on a most elaborate scale. The decorations of the Church of the Good Shepherd were, if possible, more extensive even than usual. The chancel and sanctuary came in for the most attention. Here there was a noble garland, artistically festooned, and surmounted with a Maltese cross, iu golden yellow tiowers. At the foot of a large green and white cross there I was a nest of Easter eees. The altar. inside the sanctuary rails, was set ofl' by a magnificent wreath of violets, and a cross of green and pansies.. The tablets were draped in ivy and crowned with Greek and Latiu crosses, which, on either side, were banked palms and potted plants. At the entrance to the church, a piece of art in its way, was a symbolical fount. The services and singing were beautifully rendered. The rector's theme was "The Living Hope of Easter Day." He told how the message of Easter has turned a world's sorrow into joy and has given beauty for ashes, the oil of gladness for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness ; by taking hold of the element of hope in mau's moral being, transforming it into a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The special oBering for the building fund in the morning realized $253.50. In the afteruoou the children of the Sunday school made an offering of $65.08 for the same purpose. There was no night service in any of the churches except Trinity, and there was a large congregation out to hear Rev. J. M. Stead man's sermon the subject, "Will the ties that bind us on earth, bind us in heaven ?" BETHEL PRESBYTERY. Rev. Alexander Sprunt, stated clerk, ? !_ J?l_ _! ] StL as Kinniy iurnisucu us wim iue iur lowing report of the proceedings of Bethel presbytery in session at Kershaw last week : Bethel presbytery convened at Kershaw, last Tuesday, 10th, and was called to order by Rev. W. T. Hall, D. D., of the Theological seminary in Columbia, S. C., as the last moderator present. Dr. Hall preached the opeuiug sermon from James 2 : 14. "What doth it profit, my brethreu, though a man say he hath faith, aud have not works? can faith save him ?" Since the last meeting of presbytery, the Rev. Chalmers Moore, of Heath Springs, the moderator of presbytery, died aud the brethren were impressed with peculiar sadness at his absence from us at this opening. Rev. D. N. McLaucblin, of Chester, was made moderator and Rev. W. A. Hafner, assistant clerk. There were 20 ministers and 37 elders present as members of presbytery. This is an unusually small number for the spring meeting of the body. Eleven ministers were absent?some because of sickness in themselves, others because of sickness in their families, and two because of serious sickness in their congregations. A cordial letter of fraternal greeting was read from Rev. John G. Hall, our missionary iu Cuba, and mention made of our three other foreign missionariesRev. W. B. Mcllwaiue and Misses Davidson and Ingold. Calls were read for the pastoral services of Rev. C. G. Brown from Catholic and Hebron, and order taken for his installation over these churches. Rev. J. B. Swann and Rev. D. S. McAllister, and Ruling Elders W. E. Adams, of Bethel, and J. Mc. Moore, of Bethesda, were elected commissioners to the general assembly which meets in Atlanta, May 17th. Rev. Dr. Hall and Rev. James Russell, with Ruling Elders J. P. Richards and T. J. Robbins, were made alternates. Licentiate D. M. Douglas was given a letter of dismission, at his request, to Asheville presbytery, having accepted work at Sapphire, N. C. Presbytery received the report of the Woman's Foreign Missionary union and expressed their cordial commendations of their earnest effort. The last day of presbytery it was resolved to elect an evangelist whose special duties shall he to visit the mills established in the bounds of the presbytery and endeavor to reach same with the Gospel, who are now without the ministrations of the Word. A delightful communion season was observed by presbytery and the congregation, and was highly enjoyed by all present. There was more preaching had at this meeting than is usual, and all seemed to enjoy it specially. Mr. F. A. Drennan, of Richburg, was, after the usual rigorous examinations on theology, the sacraments, church government, church history, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, the sciences, philosophy and logic,licensed to preach the Gospel. Mr. Drennan did himself credit in these examinations. He has one more year in the Columbia Theological seminary. The next meeting of the presbytery will be held in Olivet church, McConnellsville, October 3d, at 11 o'clock a. m. WITHIN THE TOWN. vThe basebull boys are doiug very pood work so far. They seem to be in o earnest about having a first class team this summer. A Union Sunday school has been organized out at the York Cotton mills with Mr. P. M. Grimes as superintendent. The membership is quite large. Mr. H. M. Shillinglaw, of Yorkville, has presented The Enquirer with a liberal sample of tomatoes packed by him last season. The quality is excellent. The publication of the list of candidates in the York Drug Store's bicycle contest has added considerably to the interest. Many voters are hold- , ing their tickets pending further developments. i This, uuder the heading, "Loafers i Must Git," from the Greenville News, < of Sunday, has the right ring to it: I "Hilliard Crewell, colored, the ouly defendant in the municipal court yes- i terday, was given three hours in which i to find employment or a short cut of j the city, under penalty of serving a ] term on the chaingang for vagrancy. ! The mayor told him that the city would not allow any loafers in it." < By all meaDS some arrangement i should be made to keep down the summer dust, especially in the business part of Yorkville. To run a sprinkler will cost a little money ; but not a fraction of the amount that will be saved to the business men who would derive the principal benefit. On and after May 1, until further notice, the stores of Messrs. H. C. Strauss And J. M. Heatb & Co., will be closed at G.30 p. m. This is in order to give the clerks and other em pioyes a oreatmng spen ounng me summer. The arrangement does not interfere with the country trade, which seldom continues as late as 6 o'clock, and the.town, of course, can easily accommodate itself to the hours named. The early closing rule will not apply to Saturday nights. The Easter egg hunt, given under the auspices of Mrs. A. S. Withers, last Saturday afternoon, was quite a success. About 75 small chaps were in attendance, and until all the eggs were found, there was a lively time of it. Having set out some dowers a few days before, and fearing that the small boys would take the fresh dirt as indicating the presence of buried eggs, Mrs. Withers laid' down the law about as follows: "Understand now, boys, that there are no eggs buried in the ground, and if any of you pull up my flowers, you will have to eat them, tops, roots, dirt and all." The flowers were not disturbed. Ed Alexander won first prize by finding nine eggs. Rev. J. C. Johnes was one of the liveliest of the small boys, and as a souvenir of the occasion he received an egg containing a prettily painted cross, capped by a crown, wtth the legend "Easter" above and "1900" below. THF RTIVRRS WRRE MAD. The big pile of cotton that was recently damaged by fire at Pacolet mills was disposed of by the insurance companies interested last Friday. In answer to invitations, there were present cotton buyers from all parts of the country, including Mobile and Montgomery, Ala., Meridian, Miss., Charleston, S. C., Macon aud Atlanta, Ga., Boston, Mass., and Philadelphia, Pa. Altogether there were scores of buyers, and they were all there with the understanding that the longest pole would knock down the persimmon. But it was not a great while before it developed that the sale was not to he conducted in the impartial manner that was expected. The insurance man in charge of the business announced that the damaged cottou would be sold in a lump, and that as a preliminary he would asked for sealed bids, with the understanding that he should have the right to reject auy and all bids. "Well, suppose then," asked a young cotton buyer from Philadelphia, "none of the bids should prove satisfactory, what do you propose to do?" "In that event," replied the insurance man, "we'll put up the lot to public auction and sell it to the highest bidder." "Am I to understand from that," asked the Philadelphian, "that if it should develop that the sealed bid of Mr. Montgomery, [the former owner of the cotton] is not the highest, you will put up the lot to public auction?" The question was asked in a tone that left no doubt of the cotton buyer's belief that the transaction promised to be a one-sided one, and tbe insurance man replied in effect: "This cotton has been paid for and it belongs to the insurance companies. They have a right to dispose of it as they see fit. If you desire to bid on tbe lot on the terms proposed by us, I would be glad to have you do so; but if you do not like tbe terms, we will try to get along as best we can without your assistance." "I do not care to bid under any such arrangement," said the Philadelpbian. Quite a number of the cotton buyers submitted bids as a matter of form, and when the bids were opened it developed that the bid of Mr. Montgomery, which was $16,100, was the highest. Immediately tbe dissatisfied Pbiladelphian said to Mr. Montgomery in a tone that was loud enough for all to hear: "I'll give you $500 for your bid, 1 sir !" I "I did not buy the cotton to sell," 1 replied Mr. Montgomery with his pe- 1 culiar drawl; "I bought it to spin." That ended the incident; but all the 1 big crowd of cotton buyers left the ' scene with a positive conviction that < they had been duped into a long trip 1 for nothing, and the Philadelpbian, I though feeling that he had gotten some satisfaction out of the situation, was as wrathy as the rest. It looked as if * the whole crowd had been used to ' trivfi the annearance of fairness to a I D -rt previously cut aud dried agreement. ^ CIRCUIT COURT. The circuit court convened in Yorkville on last Monday, his honor Judge James Aldrich, presiding, Solicitor J. K. Henry representing the state, and Stenographer McCaw taking the testimony. Clerk Wylie, Sheriff Logan, consiables and other officers were in their places as usual. Grand jurors answered to their names as follows: E. B. Bigger, J. H. McFadden, J. A. Shurley, W. T. Huey, J F. P. Love, E. J. Wylie, S. W. Nelson, Iredell Jones, J. E. Parker, J. M. f Russell, F. P. Giles, R. L. Robinson, E. H. Jackson. His honor appointed Captain Iredell Jones foreman of the grand jury, and charged that body as to its duties. The following petit jurors answered to their names: J. F. Gordon, J. T. Brandon, H. W. Draffin, J. T. Latham, J. R. Gettys, W. H. Wbisonant, H. G. Brown, J. E. Lowry, L. R. Armstrong, Robert Witherspoon, H. W. Blackwelder, VV. S. Boyd, C. L. Wroton, J. M. Miller, J. C. Kirkpatrick, J. J. Mat thews, Kirk bbannon, W. C. Wbitesides, S. M. Jackson, W. M. Collins, F. M. Wherry, W. P. Locke, B. F. Caldwell, A. D. Doreett, T. J. Patrick, W. S. Creighton, F. H. Johnson, J. M. Tbomasson, Felix Quinn, R. H. Cain, J. M. Adams, J. N. McElwee. - Mr. J. T. Latham was excused by the court from further attendance. The case of the State against Wm. Oates, charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, was nol prossed. John Guy and Joseph Barber plead guilty to the charge of housebreaking and larceny and were each sentenced to 18 mobth8 on the chaingang. Andy Davis plead guilty to the charge of housebreaking and larceny, and was sentenced to 18 months on the cbaingang. This is the Negro who broke into the store of Messrs. Ferguson & Snider during January. Wm. Jones plead guilty to the charge of housebreaking aud larceny, and was sentenced to 18 months 6n the cbaingang. In the case of Samuel Dowdle, charged with riding a horse without the consent of the owner, the grand jury returned "no bill." In the case of Oscar Chambers, charged with disposing of property under lien, the grand jury returned "no bill." "No bill" was also returned in the case of A. H. Robinson charged with the same offense. Landes Johnson, tried on the charge of assault and battery with intent to kill, was convicted of simple assault, and sentenced to pay a fine of $10 or go to the county jail for 15 days. Aaron Jones, charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, was convicted of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. He was sentenced to one year on the cbaiDgaog. Robert Hunter, charged with housebreaking and larceny, was sentenced to the cbaingang for 18 months. The trial of Sylvester Jones, the little Negro boy who killed another little Negro in Rock Hill a short time back, was set for today. Alfred Grier, charged with housebreaking and larceny, was acquitted. The case against Wm. Agnus, charged with assault and battery, was nol prossed. James Boatwright, charged with housebreaking and larceny, was acquitted. The case against Wm. Fewell and Missouri Fewell, charged with attempt to poison, was set for today. It was expected that the grand jury would submit Us final presentment either yesterday afternoon or this morning. Solicitor Henry said yesterday that all the pending criminal business would probably be disposed of during tomorrow. When The Enquirer went to press, the court was engaged in the trial of Amy Buchanan, .on the charge of violating the dispensary law. X DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE. The York County Democratic Executive committee met in the courthouse last Saturday, pursuant to notice, and was called to order by J. S. Brice, chairman. Dr. J. H. Saye, the secretary, kept the record of the proceedings. The rollcall showed the presence of a quorum as follows; Antiocb, J. S. Sandifer. Bethel, J. D. B. Currence. Bethany, J. L. McGill. Bullock's Creek, J. E. Bankhead. Clover, J. E. Beamguard. Clark's Fork, R. M. Wallace. Ebenezer, W. B. Fewell. Fort Mill J. R. Haile. Forest Hill, L. W.-Lonthian. Hickory Grove, T. P. McDill. McConnellsville, P. M. Burris. Newport, J. A. McFadden. Sharon, J. H. Saye. Smyrna, R. W. Whitesides. T5r-,ah J.J.Miller. York,.! J. S. Brice. The constitution of the party provides that ciub representation be based upon membership?one delegate for each 25 members or majority fraction thereof?and there came up a question as to how membership should be determined. The discussion developed that the club rolls would not be safe guides, for the reason that the name of the same individual often appeared upon more that one roll. Then there was debate and division as to whether the poll list of the first or second primary of 1898 should be used as a basis jf appointment. The vote resulted 8 ;o 7 in favor of the poll list of the first primary. The chair appointed Dr. J. H. Saye, Mr. P. M. Burris and Mr. J. R. Haile i committee to determine the appor/ionment of delegates to the various irecincts upon the basis agreed to. rhe committee reported the following, vhich was adopted: intiocb, 4. ?.:11A [>iuire?viiiCf [iethany, 5. [iethel 4. liullock's Creek, 4. Clover, 8. Jlark's Fork, 1. }oates's Tavern, 4. Ebenezer, 3. ?ort Mill, 13. forest llill, 3. Jiokory Grove, 7. ilcConnellsville, 4. Newport, 3. tock Hill, ... 16. ikaron, 3. linyrna *. 2. L'irzab, 3. 'orkville, 22. While the committee was out, Mr.