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Straps and Jacts.
? Bob Fitzsiramons whipped Gus
Ruhlin in New Yqrk last Friday night.
Ruhlin was knocked out in the fifth
round.
? Bids for 35,950 tons of armor for
battleships and cruisers were opened
at the navy department last Friday.
There were three bids. Bethlehem
and Carnegie companies each bid for
one-half the armor at the same price.
They wanted $490 a ton, including
royalty of $45 a ton for class A armor,
and $411.20 a ton for other kinds.
The Midrole Steel company made a
Haf. hid nf $438 a t.nn nr nn accrrptrntp
"wv v* T* WWM -OO* vO"%'
of $13,578,000 to furnish all the armor
required. It remains with Secretary
Long to decide whether he will
accept one or the other of the bids or
erect a government armor plant.
? A semi-official newspaper of Berlin
prints in its issue of last Friday the
following : "According to present orders
from the powers, the middle of
August will see altogether 40,500
available troops, with 162 guns, in the
province of Pe Chi Li. By the end of
September there will be 78,000, with
280 guns, not including the troops at
Shanghai, Canton and Naukin. Russia
now has 37,000, with 104 guns,
concentrating in Manchuria, and 105,000
more, with 138 guns, now forming
for invasion. Altogether 239,000 men,
with 500 guns, will be in China within
six weeks, and altogether 117 war vessels,
exclusive of 21 torpedo boats, are
now watching the coast, of which 70
are in the Gulf of Pe Chi Li.
? Says a New York dispatch of
Saturday: Death reaped a harvest
today from New York's humanity.
At least 33 persons died in this city
and vicinity, 30 of them from prostrations,
aud three children from falls
from fire escapes on which they had
crowded to get some relief from the
torturing heat. All in all it is the
hottest continuous weather New York
has ever had. Forecaster Emery said
today that it surpassed in the aggregate
the record of the 1896 hot spell.
Thft weather bureau thermometer
reached 99 at 2 p. m., and registered
the same figures an hour later. This
is maDy degrees cooler than the temperature
the people were subjected to
on the street.
? The Chinese government is showA
iug evidence of nervousness, as is
shown by the following edict recently
transmitted to Minister Wu at Washington
: " 'In the present conflict between
Chinese and foreigners there has
been some misunderstanding on the
part of the foreign nations and also
a want of proper management on the
part of some of the local authorities.
A clash of arms is followed by calamitous
results and causes a rupture 'of
friendly relations, which will untimately
do no good to the world. We hereby
appoint Li Hung Chang as our envoy
plenipotentiary, with instructions
to propose at once by telegraph to the
governments of the several powers
concerned for the immediate cessation
of hostile demonstrations pending negotiations,
which he is hereby authorized
to conduct for our part, for the
settlement of whatever questions may
have to be dealt with. The questions
are to be severally considered in a satisfactory
manner and the result of the
negotiations reported to us for our
sanction. Respect this."
? W. J. Bryan's visit to Chicago has
npaMinalltt piioiiltpH in an iinrtpr.qf.fl.nd
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ing that he will travel almost as much
duriDgthe present campaign as he did
in 1896. The first inclination on his
part was to avoid the making of
many speeches this year; but there has
been such general pressure that it is
understood that he is now inclined to
yield and to visit many parts of the
country. No positive promises for
participation in the campaign have
been made for other states than New
York ; but the probabilities are that he
will go from that state to Maryland,
where there appears to be great anxiety
for his appearance. After that
time he is likely to make quite a general
tour of the north Mississippi valley
states, including Ohio, Indiana,
Illinois, Minnesota, etc. No authorized
statement has been given out to
this effect; but there is no doubt that
this is the present tendency?that, indeed,
the plan is practically decided
upon. In New York it is expected
that Mr. Bryan will speak only in the
larger cities.
? The following message from Minister
Conger, undated, but supposed "to
have been sent from Pekin on August
5, was made public on last Friday:
"Secretary of State, Washington : The
Tsung Li Yamen states to the diplomatic
body that the various foreign
governments have repeatedly asked,
through the respective Chinese ministers,
that we immediately depart from
Pekin under suitable escort. The Yamen
asked us to fix a date for our departure
aud to make the necessary
arrangements to so. Our reply is that
we will seek instructions from our
governments, and that in the absence
of such instructions we cannot quit
Our post, l must luiorm you luut iu
order to insure our safe departure,
foreign troops only can safely escort
us, and they must be sufficient force to
safely guard 800 foreigners, including
200 women and children, as well as 3,000
native Christians, who cannot be
abandoned to certain massacre. We
cannot accept a Chinese escort under
any circumstances. All my colleagues
are dispatching the foregoing to their
respective governments. Of the American
marines seveu have been killed
and sixteen wounded, among the latter
Captain Myers and Dr. Lippett, who
ar egetting along nicely."
? The monthly report of the statislicau
of the department of agriculture,
issued last Friday, shows the average
condition of cotton on August 1 to
have been 76, as compared with 75.8
on July 1, 1900 ; 84 on August 1, 1899 ;
91.2 on August 1, 1896, and 85.3 the
mean of the August averages of the
last ten years. There was an improve,
ment of condition during July amounting
to five points in Texas and Arkansas,
3 points in Georgia, 10 in Missouri
and 1 in Tennessee. On the other
hand there was a decline of 9 points in
North Carolina, 5 in South Carolina
and Indian territory, 4 iu Mississippi,
Louisiana and Florida, 3 in Alabama,
2 in Oklahoma and 15 in Virgiuia.
The impairment of condition is due iu
the main to drought and continued ri
lack of proper cultivation ; but there gi
are extensive sections where heavy and 0,
continuous rains have wrought serious ^
injury to the growing crop. While
the condition in Texas is 2 points n
above the state's ten year average, c'
every other state still reports a condi- ai
tion below such average, Arkansas being
2; North Carolina, 7 ; Louisiana, 8; ^
Tennessee, 10; Georgia, 11; South Car- .
olina and Virginia, 12; Florida, 15;
Alabama, 21, and Mississippi 26 points w
below their respective ten year aver- al
ages. The average of the different ti
states on August 1 were as follows: ei
Virginia 77; North Carolina, 80; C(
South Carolina, 74; Alabama, 67;
Mississippi, 60; Louisiana, 77; Texas,
88: Arkansas, 83; Tennessee, 77;
Missouri, 84; Oklahoma, 80; Indian Ul
Territory, 91. There has been some
abandonment of land planted to cot- di
ton, but the area abandoned is somewhat
less than was generally expected
one month ago, and the department
will not at present change its acreage 81
figures. T
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?he ^orkviUe (Inquirer. "
YORKVILIiBrS. C.:
WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 15.1900. s"
According to the press dispatches,
all of the powers have agreed upon g
the appointment of the German Field ^
Marshal Count von Waldersee as com- ^
mander-in-chief of the allied forces.
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The news from China comes first ^
one way then another ; but as we see ^
the whole situation we have no idea ^
that the trouble is going to be settled P(
without a fight.
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/\The wearing of woman's shirt- m
waists by men, is rapidly coming in- Ci
to vogue throughout the country on M
account of the hot weather. In pur- se
suance of instructions from the mayor 80
of the city last Sunday, one hundred cc
Camden, N. J., policemen appeared in ^
sbirt waists.
Russia has accepted the offer of the ^
Chinese government to give her minister
safe conduct from Pekin to Tien re
Tsin ; but at the same time she warns y<
the emperor that it will be better for ac
China if nothing happens. In the ti<
event the Russian minister does not ta
arrive sound and well, Russia's re- m
venge will be something terrible. jn
y(
In his special from Walhalla, August cj
Kohn quoted Senator Tillman as esti- k<
mating that he had "made" from 10,- th
000 to 20,000 votes for himself by his
canvass in the behalf of the dispensa- nc
ac
ry. Next day Mr. Kohn corrected
the record, saying that Tillman claims
to have lost that many votes. We can to
only see one object in the senator's re- th
ferring to the matter at all, and that is
to "stir up the boys but so far as we
can, we'are willing to help spread the
word. We are like Colonel Hoyt in gt
that we believe our way; but what- ai
ever the majority want is got to go. w
? . er
*r
As newspaper men who sometimes ^
feel called upon to show up the weak- (
nesses, mistakes or duplicities, as the tr
case may be, of other people, it is bi
natural that we should expect to be to
attacked from time to time. A yellow
pup even will snap and snarl when ^
forced into a corner; but really we m
think our friend, the enemy, should get te
up something new in addition to those a
old stale, vague charges and insirua- y<
tions about Merrill and the Ku KIux. ^
^ A n nrstulsl Kq mnoVl
Hj VCU tUCSC lusiuuauuuo ttuuiu wo imuvu
more interesting if the gentlemen jq
making them would enter into specific cj
details. re
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Senator Tillman continues to re- Ci
fer viciously to the number of (frunken
people he saw at Yorkville on the day
of the campaign meeting here. He er
says there was more drunkenness here e
than at any oJ.her meeting he has at- hi
tended. This is according to the re- ra
ports of Mr. August Kohn. The
Yorkville meeting was one of the most *
sober and orderly we have ever seen
in this county. We are advised that V(
although the Gaffney dispensary was ta
closed on the day of the meeting there,
at the time Senator Tillman was s?
speaking, there were several drunkards in
the guard house, and when the w
senator states that there was more |j(
drunkenness here than anywhere else, If
we are free to say that we do not be- ^
lieve one word of it. .
in
MURE OF THE SAME KIND. {j!
At Abbeville, last Saturday, Senator jn"
Tillman launched another trick that D(
is evidently intended to stir his parti- I
zans to more active efforts in behalf of be
his beloved dispensary. ^
The senator spoke in defense of his
right of free speech, and challenged gj,
those who wished to deny him that
right to vote against him. He said ar
that although the legislature would be 'e
pledged for him anyway, unless he got
| a majority of the votes cast in the
primary, he would not serve. ^
So far as The Enquirer is concern- at
ed, we have never been disposed to pi
advise any one to scratch the name of re
Senator Tillman. Notwithstanding jL^
the fact that he has no opposition for
the senate, we think he has a perfect as
right to advocate the dispensary if he ot
wants to, and not only this, he has a
ght to uphold the claims of oue
ubernatorial candidate against anther.
The voters have a right to take
is advice or not, as they see fit, or to
;sent in such manner as they may
boose, any real or imaginary grievnce
that he may occasion.
Katber than condemn Senator Tilltan
for upholding the dispensary law
i a fair and statesmanlike manner,
e admire him for it; but we do not
pprove of the demagogy he is prac
cing. We do not approve of his
forts to bring Prohibitionists into
intomnt. np t.n slur nrennhers. These
""v'"l'v " I
lings have no bearing upon the merits
[ the issue, and Senator Tillman fully
derstands the fact.
This challenge, coupled with a conition
that leaves no sensible man free
i accept it, appears to us only as aniher
piece of demagogy. What senble
man would seek to deny Senator
illman the right of free speech ?
Bnator Tillman knows there is not
3e, and consequently there is but
ttle danger of his failure to get a
majority of the votes cast. Of course
lere are those who will scratch the
ame of Senator Tillman ; but it will
3 more because of their lack of confi3nce
in the man than because of any
asire to deny the right of free speech.
As we see it, the senator's challenge
merely an effort to whoop up his
ipporters. We feel pretty sure that
he should fail to get a majority of
te votes cast, he would find some
ay to accept the senatorship all the
tme.
It is a wonder and a mystery why
enjamin R. Tillman is so faithful to
le Gary blood. We've never seen a
ary or an Evans either that showed
ctraordinary ability in statecraft;
it have seen quite a number of both
lat were hardly up to the average of
le common herd. We are not disused
to detract from the legitimate
aims of the late Mart Gary ; but ho
msible man, not even Senator Tillan,
can claim that the state of South
arolina owes any special fealty to
'art Gary's relatives. Not while the
nator is preachiDg anti-imperalism
strongly should he ever admit the
>rrectness of any such doctrine as
lis.
AN OPEN LETTER.
o Dr. Thomas Jefferson Strait:
Sir?In The Enquirer of today is
nrn/ln/ui/4 Thn T.antom'a rornph nf
piUUUVVU X UV A^WUVVi U u ? V V a
>ur speech at Chester, and by way of
Iding still further interest to tbesitu30,
I beg your indulgence while I
kef this method of making a few rearks
in reply :
I am a newspaper man, doctor, takg
no especial interest in politics be>nd
the right and duty of any other
tizen. It is my business to try and
jep up with the events and help tell
e public what is going on. Somenes
it is disagreeable. In this J have
) choice. Whether the work be
;reeable or not, those whom I serve
[pect me to be fair and honest.
You came into this campaign, docr,
with the statement that you told
e people three years ago that Mcaurin
was a Republican ; that the peoe
did not believe you, but elected
cLaurin anyway and turned you
>wn ; that subsequent events have
lown McLaurin to be a Republican,
id that, therefore, on account of the
rougs you have suffered, you are
ititled to again be allowed to draw
>,000 a year. If your story were
ue, doctor, you would have a very
>od case, and I would not think of
ying to interfere with your scheme ;
it I happen to have the record, docir,
and as that record shows that you
d not prophesy as you claim, there
is been no other course open to me
lan to publish the facts. If the facts
ake against you a case of false prences,
I cannot see wherein you have
right to hold me responsible ; but if
>u want to hold me responsible anyay,
you will have to make the most
' it.
But in your rage, doctor, you are
clined to be too sweeping in denunations.
The gentleman to whom you
ifer as the editor of The Enquirer,
ho was a captain in the army, is
iptain L. M. Grist. He tells me that
j has never seen you to know you,
id that he has never spoken to you
his life. I am sure that he has nevwritten
a word about you in The
nquirer. Whatever may have been
s views as to the war, most of his com des
will probably testify that he did
s duty as best he could. He was not
Ku Klux, and he never reported one
i Merrill or any one else. But as he
is had nothing whatever to do with
>u, I cannot see why you have atplrpd
him and will not att.pmnt, to
;fend him further than to say that in
i far as he is guilty as you charge,
s sins be upon me and my children.
Coming back to myself, doctor,
hen was it that you caught me in a
5? I would be glad to have details,
you furnish them I promise to have
iem published in The Enquirer in
11. I feel sure that they will make
teresting reading. Anyhow, you
ive succeeded in exciting my curiosy
somewhat. And as toyour unwillgness
to believe me on my oath I am
)t in the least surprised. No, doctor,
don't think you would admit your
dief in any unpleasant truth against
)U on anybody's oath, not even on
e oath of the Yorkville gentleman
ho put it into your head to try to
ander Captain L. M. Grist.
And again, doctor, when you say I
n fighting you in the interest of Finy,
you do me another injustice. I
ive not fought you at all. I have
erely nailed some palpable false>ods,
that would have been detected
j the public eveu it l had not caneu
tention to them. As to what the
lblic will do about the matter is uo
spousibility of miue. WheD I set
ie record straight my duty ended,
he issue as it now stands between
)u and Finley is no business of mine
11 can see, as a newspaper man or
herwise.
Lastly, doctor, lam not surprised at
your eruption at Chester. From what
some of your friends have said of your
! manhood and your own boasts on the
subject, I rather expected it at York- ]
ville. But after all it turns out just
as previous experiences I have had
with the same kind of people. Like
the little animal of whose nature they
partake, when hopelessly cornered,
they invariably seek defense in raising
a terrible smell.
With all the respect to which you
are entitled doctor, I am,
W. D. Grist.
PROBABILITIES OP PEACE.
Washington Authorities Interested In the
Commission to Karl Li.
Says the Washington correspondent
nf The News and Courier, writing tin
der date of Sunday : 1
In many respects the news of Li t
Hung Chang's appointment as peace
envoy is the most important information
which has been received from '
China since the first cipher message i
from Minister Conger told of the safe- i
ty of the ministers and the legation ,
forces. This indicates more clearly j
than anything else has that the central
government at Pekin at last real- '
izes the gravity of the situation and ,
the need for speedy action on its part, t
It is regarded by officials here a slim
ray of light piercing the gloom which (
has clouded the situation. State de- i
partment officials believe that Li Hung
Chang is the one man in the Chinese
empire capable of judging the situa- *
tion in its broadest bearing, and they i
believe that he will do everything in i
bis power to bring about an early un- (
derstanding. For the past three days .
they have watched anxiously for confirmation
of the Shanghai report that *
Earl Li had been designated for this *
important office, and at the hour of t
closing yesterday they had about f
reached the conclusion that there was (
no truth in the report, for nothing t
then had been heard either by this
government or any other in confirmation
of it. When the fact of the ap- 1
pointment was made officially to them c
today, they were, therefore, as much 1
surprised as they were relieved. They t
regard this appointment as a good indication,
looking, as it undoubtedly
does, to ultimate peace. As yet nothing
has been received from Li Hung r
Chang on the line indicated ; but the f
transmission of the edict to the Chi- t
nese minister here with instructions ^
that it be laid before the authorities :
will doubtless be immediately .follow- .
ed by actions on the line indicated.
This appointment undoubtedly
strengthens the feeling of confidence '
in the good faith of the Chinese cen- i
tral government and seems to give re- c
newed assurance of the continued safety
of the ministers. There can be no
doubt that the Imperial government
will now protect the foreigners, if it is ,
within the power of the government
to do so, and recent events at Pekin 1
have strengthened the belief in the c
ability of the government to give that t
protection if it so desired. Yester- <]
day's cable from London, which re- |
ported the Chinese minister there as .
reporting the receipt of telegrams (
showing a renewal of troubles in Pe- 1
kin, had a tendency to create anxiety f
in official circles here ; but today's developments
have changed that feeling (]
to one of confidence in a favorable
outcome.
? r
It looks as if the Chinese emperor
and his advisers had fully determined
to meet the conditions laid down by c
President McKinley in his reply to the t
emperor's request for mediation. g
THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. 1
t
The United Stater* Ih Willing to Accept the i
German Field MarNhal. V
It is authoritatively stated in Wash- 1
ipgton that the United States govern- x
ment will accept Count Von Walder- j
see as the commander of the international
forces in China if the necessity
exists at the time of bis arrival in that s
country for an International army to ?
begin a campaign. o
On Friday evening the Berlin cor- c
respondent of the Associated Press had g
another interview wjth Count Von _
waiaersee wno, aitnougn near uu,
looks much younger. His step is
vigorous aud springy. His hair is h
closely cropped and an iron moustache
contrasts with a ruddy complexion. a
Evidently he is undertaking his im- a
portant missiou in China with spirit r,
and energy. He expressed regret at ^
being unable to talk freely about his
campaign plans, but said : a
"I am busy makiug preparations for a
my departure and have been confer- t
ing at length with the minister of war n
and with Count von Schlieffen, chief t]
of the general staff. A list of officers .
composing my Chinese staff was submitted
to Emperor William, who ap- c
proved it. Some 30 German officers ti
will accompany me. General von t
Schwartzkopf will be my chief of staff a
and Colonel Barongay will be chief j
quartermaster. ^
Yielding to patent reasons, I gave
up the idea of going to China by way
of San Francisco. 1 shall start from v
Genoa on August 21, sailing by the o
Sasehon, and expect to arrive at c
Shanghai on September 22. There I c
shall establish preliminary headquarters
and complete ray staff from the ?
contingents of the other powers. One 1
reason for this change is that I can be
better reached by telegraph while on ,
the way." '
MERE-MENTION. n
The unprecedented heat in New s
York was broken last Sunday by a c
cooler wave. Two white men jj
were murdered by Negroes near Sa- ^
vannah, Georgia, last Sunday.
Emperor William and President McKinley
have had a friendly exchange *of
notes over the action of the United ti
States iu accepting Count Von Walder- t
see as commander-in-chief of the allied j
forces in China. At Slatington,
Pa., last Wednesday, eleven omnibus
passengers were killed by a collision 1,1
with a passenger train at a grade a
crossing. Nine persons who sought v
refuge from a storm under a tree near t
New York city last Sunday, were i
struck by lightning and several of ^
them will probably die. It is reported
in London that President Steen, 0
of the Orange Free States, has com- e
mitted suicide.
LOCAL AFFAIRS.
IXDKX TO NKW ADVERTISEMENTS.
[I. C. Strauss?Says that his stock of ladies'
shoes must be closed out, and to
accomplish that end he is ottering ?1
shoes at 75 cents; $1.25, $1.35 and $1.50
shoes at $1.00; $2.50 and $2.75 at $1.50.
Also offers silk bosom shirts at 39 cents.
He wants to close out his straw hats ,
and all summer goods regardless of
price. Says to see his line of men's !
shoes, and reminds you that he sells
Hamilton-Brown shoos.
W. D. May field, Columbia, S. C., Candidate
for Railroad Commissioner?Sets
forth his position, and makes some
very sensible suggestions as to what the
commission should do.
W. II. McCorkle, Probate Judge?Gives
notice that William Sadler has applied
to him for letters of administration on
the estate of Maggie Wilson, deceased.
* CANDIDATE MAYFIELD.
In another column Candidate VV.
0. May field advertises his claims for
,he office of railroad commissioner.
This is a new departure in South
Carolina campaigning, and although it
s natural that we should endorse the
dea, we rather think Mr. Mayfield has
vaited too long for the best results.
Sad his card been inserted in the palters
several weeks ago, the people
vould have had more time to consider
,he various propositions be lays down.
There are no doubt those who will
,ry to make prejudice against Mr.
Mayfield on account of this departure,
ind for this there is at least one pretty
;ood reason. This advertising business,
in connection with a state can/ass,
is pretty expensive, and tests a
:andidate's confidence in even his
>wn platform.
During the present campaign we
lave received more than a dozen leters
from different candidates asking
or free notices and . pleasant* mention
>f alleged great things they claimed
o have performed. The object of
hese notices, of course, is apparent. It
s legitimate; but because of the effort
>f the candidate to make capital for
limself at the expense of the publisher,
he notices invariably go into the
vaste basket.
But Mr. Mayfield has struck the
ight idea. He can get his views beore
more people by advertising in the
lewspapers than by any other possible
vay. After all, there is nothing obectionable
or immodest in the plan,
t is in order to advertise their views
hat candidates go on the stand, and
f they can advertise more effectively
d the newspapers, then it is to the
lewspapers they should go.
BRIGHTER AND BRIGHTER.
The value of Loan and Savings
tank stock is 100 per cent, greater
han it was at this time last week, and '
any points higher even than when
he sun went down Monday night.
This is a fact because of the businessike
proposition that was made yesterlay
morning, and in part because of
he good judgment of the stocklolders
in accepting that proposition.
Mr. McClain owed the hank $22,100?$10,000
secured and $12,000" un- 1
ecured. Under the threatened bankuptcy
proceedings, it did not appear !
hat this debt was worth more than
me-third its face. Mr. Lyles offered" 1
he bank people $18,000 of first mort;age
bonds of the Sutro Mill company 1
md the personal bond of Mr. T. B.
tlcClain to the amount of $4,000 for
he debt. He explained that the first
nterest payment in January next 1
vould fix the value of the bonds at 1
00 cents on the dollar, and that he 1
vould pledge his personal assistance '
n disposing of the securities at that I
trice. He went on to show how each I
ubsequent payment on the first mort- 1
;age gave additional value to the secnd
mortgage, and he was so frank, '
lear and explicit.in all that he had to '
ay, that every stockholder was fully 1
onvinced of the entire practicability 1
f hi? admirable plans. All the stock- 1
olders agreed to the proposition.
* ' ' ' - - - t- J ^ LI .. .J AM AMntifVAi)
AllDOUgn COUSlUtJI amy ucujuian^u
t first, the stockholders of the bank (
re beginuing to show signs of having '
ecovered their heads. They got a '
andsome proposition from Columbia ?
few days ago that practically guar- (
mtees to the depositors every cent of I
heir money within a very short time (
ow. This proposition contemplates ?
he reorganization of the bank under ?
he present charter, but with new offi- 1
ers. The only hitch is as to the mat- f
er of appraising the present value of
he stock of the present organization 1
s it now stands suspended. The '
iyles proposition, however, helps 1
hings wonderfully, and there seems I
o be but little reason now why the f
/hole complication cannot be worked s
ut to the entire satisfaction of all con- 1
erned. Just one more little lift in the
ase of the bank, such as Mr. Lyles <
ave the Sutro mill, will set every- 1
hing right again. (
Reorganization of sutro. :
It may now be stated almost as a j
ositive fact, that the Sutro Cotton ?
lill, which for the past two weeks has e
tood in imminent danger of insolven- f
y, will be saved to its enterprising and i
ighly deserving owner, Mr. T. B. [
IcClain. ?
Mr. Wm. H. Lyles, the well knownjs
lolumbia lawyer and financier, ha9 c
aken charge of the reorganization of c
he mill's affairs, and the reputation of z
Ir. Lyles, together with the fact that, 1
fter all, the problem does not appear v
o be a really difficult one, both give v
sstirance of success and solidity f
/here there has heretofore been reason j
o fear destruction and loss, not only I
o the creditors of Mr. McClaiu and I
Ir. McClain himself; but to the town r
f Yorkville and the community gen- t
rally. i
The careful and comprehensive plan \
that has been drawn up by Mr. Lyles
is so simple that it does not admit o
the least misunderstanding. Accord
ing to the plan of Mr. Lyles, the Sutr<
mill property, including the mill prop
erty and the houses of operative!
that belong to Mr. McClain, are to b<
subscribed to the capital stock of th<
Sutro Cotton mill company, practically
all of which capital stock is to remaii
in possession of Mr. McClain. '
The Sutro mill is to be capitalized
at 180,000, of which $30,000 is to bi
first mortgage bonds, bearing interes
at the rate of 6 percent., and $50,00<
in capital stock. The $30,000 of bond
are to be substituted for mortgage
now resting upon the mill and mil
property, and all unsecured indebt
as! n ?n t/* Lo nnnnoad k?r o klnnlrn
CUUCD3 IS IU UC OCUUIOU UJ a utituau
second mortgage of the balance of Mr
McClain's outside property, with stocl
certificates as collateral.
From what it has done in the past
and in the light of present conditions
it is estimated that the Sutro mil
ought to be able to clear at least $10,
000 a year ; but under the plan pro
posed by Mr. Lyles, even if the net in
come does not exceed $5,000, it wil
be practicable to pay interest on th<
bonds and also extinguish more thai
ten per cent, of the principal eact
year. It is assumed, with good reason
that the bonds ought to sell at par to
day ; but there is no reasonable ques
tion that they will become easily wortl
100 cents the day of the payment o
the first year's interest. Each paymen
of the annual amount due on the bond;
adds that< much to the value of th<
capital stock, and it is fair to estimate
that within five years, or less, Mr. Mc
Clain will have paid all of his creditors
secured and unsecured, and the stocl
will be worth one hundred cents oi
the dollar.
As the situation now appears, then
are no especially difficult obstacles it
the way. It remains to get all of tb<
creditors to accept the proposition
but no trouble is anticipated here
The mortgage creditors will generally
be made even safer than they wen
before, and the claims of the unsecur
ed creditors, heretofore of doubtfu
value, in view of pending liligatiot
that promised to destroy this splendid
property, ought to be worth their ful
face value.
ITHIN THE TOWN.
? The idea of a union depot foi
Yorkville has been suggested. Th<
practicability of the matter is referret
to the railroads. There is no doub
of the desirability.
^/Mr. S. L. Hobbs, lessee of the ic<
House that was destroyed at the depo
fire, say he in ready to institute a big
fire sale of ice. He claims, however
that the ice was not even scorched.
? The Sutro Cotton mill starts uf
again today after having remained
idle for a few day last week. Tht
sale of some warehoused cotton last
Saturday embarrassed the situalior
somewhat; but the mill now has tb<
money with which to push operations
and the necessary cotton will be ai
hand from now on. But little delay it
anticipated on this account.
? The Lyles plan for the reorganization
of the Sutro mill's affairs appears
to be fair and so simple as to at onc<
commend itself to the favorable-consid
eration of all who are interested. Thai
the proposed new mortgage bonds will
be better secured aod more easily negotiable
than any of the present mortgages
on the mill property, is quite
clear. As to whether anybody in
York ville, except creditors, will invest,
bas not developed. Indeed it is not
expected, for just at this time there is
oo money here for this or any other
purpose. But to find money for securities
such as is offered in this $30,000
ivorth of bonds, is not difficult.
XT n* V* A /I i A 4-W fi A A n
? i.1 Ul Wituoiauuiu^ tuc pcuuiug uuau;ial
troubles, with bankruptcy staring
lira in the face, lawyers attemptng
to prevent bim from shipping yarn*
ind the necessity of undergoing a telious
surgical operation upbn himself,
Mr. McClain did not allow the Sutro
sotton mill to stop until a few days
igo, and only then after the last availible
pound of cotton bad been spun.
\.nd these things are not all. Pressed
or money on every hand, he saw that
svery mill operative got every cent of
lis wages that was due up to the very
ast minute. In order to pay his opeators
Mr. McClain sacrificed the tele)hone
exchange he owned at Camden
it much less than its actual' value. It
teems that in the case of a man like
hat creditors could afford to wait,
rhere is no danger except in Mr. Mcclain's
unexpected death, and his very
ife is insured for the benefit of his
ireditors.
? Under existing circumstances,
rhe Enquirer feels warranted in.
iromising that the South Carolina
ind Georgia Extension people will
srect a creditable passenger and
Voi rrK f efotion of Vofb-tiillo Wo Ka%ro
I VlgllV cvul ivu av A w I n timv* I? v UU* v
lot been so advised by the railroad
leople; but make the statement on tbe
issumption of tbe justice of the proportion.
The present depot site was
lonated to the railroad company by
utizens of Yorkville, and these citi;ens
were at the time promised a
landsome passenger station, together
villi suitable offices and sufficient
varehouse and platform facilities for
reight. The promise was never comilied
with. The buildings which
lave been doing service at Yorkville
lave not been creditable to either the
ailroad or the town. It is presumed
bat the buildings and contents were
nsured for pretty nearly all they were
vorth, and the railroad people have
, do reasonable ground for neglecting
f the depot matter any longer. We
- have no idea that the railroad people
> will make any attempt to evade their '
- plain dutv in.tbe matter. (
3 /AfcOUT PEOPLE.
J Miss Kate McConnell, of Chester, is
J visiting friends and relatives in Yorkf
ville.
j X^Mr. W. O. Hobbs returned to his
^ home at Tampa, Fla., on last Monday
. night.
Misses Willie and Lee Williams
s leave this morning for a visit to Ashet
ville. ,
3 Mr. A. M. Grist is in Yorkville from
0 Newton, Mass. He will be here for a
mnnl h
^Mr.Wm. L. Wallace, of King's
Mountain, N. C., spent a few days in
" Yorkville last week with relatives and
t friends.
Kaster Willie, the four year old son
r. W. T. Moore, had his left arm
broken last Friday as the result of a
fall from a window.
'? .XSlisses Mary Moore and Mayrae
^ Lyles and Messrs. Starr Mason and
1 Wm. P. Harrison returned Saturday
from a visit to Fort Mill.
Mr. R. N. Plaxico returned yesterday
from Clinton where be has been
visiting his brother, Rev. W. A. M.
Plaxico, who is down with fever.
Mr. and Mrs. C. Henry Smith gave
the young people a delightful lawu
party at their residence, five miles
south of Yorkville, last Friday night. *
s^^lrs. A. Frank Woods left on yes,'teWay
morning for Abbeville, Miss.,
in answer to a telegram auuouucing
the serious illness of Mrs. J. E. Crossley,
f sister of Mr. G. H. O'Leary and Mrs.
t Woods, of this place. I
3 Says the Rock Hill correspondent
B of the News and Courier: The vacaucy
occurring in the graded school on
account of the resignation of Mr. J. <
Porter Hollis, who resigned in order
to take a normal post-graduate course,
has been filled by the election of Mr.
Jennings K. Owens. Mr. Owens is
one of the boys of whom Rock Hill is
proud and his selection meets with *
unanimous approval.
Union correspondence of the Col
umbia State: Whilst Mr. W. W. t
Dixon, a prominent lawyer, was taking
bis morning nap, a Negro stepped in
and asked him if he wanted some
wood cut. Mr. Dixon said no, and
wanted to know why he was still
standing there, the Negro leaving in
1 the meantime with his gold watch,
i which Mr. Dixon would like to re|
cover. The Negro has eseaped the
j police so far. <
Rock Hill Herald, Saturday : Captain
W. L. Roddey's condition has so
far improved that be was able to go
to the summer home of Messrs. W. C.
r Whitner and W. J. Roddey, on the
5 Catawba, where he will doubtless con1
tinue to improve. This is a delightful
t home with broad piazzas in the midst
of a primeval forest, and looking
? k .nnnh on OTtonQIUO nnOnin(T Pllt
J lU1UU6U "" V.-.
through the woods, a beautiful view
of the Catawba for perhaps a mile is
I obtained as it pours its torrent toward
, the seu. It is an ideal spot and the
home is delightful for its cool situation
i and quietude. All the inmates are
I charmed and will spend the balance . ?
of the summer there. 9
5 If there were no other facts upon
k which judgment could be based, the
? fact that Sir. Wm. H. Lyles has un;
dertaken the Sutro mill reorganization
ought to give all the assurances that
[ one would desire. Mr. Lyles is one of .
the ablest lawyers in the slate. He is
3 not exactly a man "who has never
lost a case but he has won some fa
mous cases that few other lawyers
3 cared to tackle on account of their dif5
ficulty. This is not a law case exactly
; but Mr. Lyles is as much at home
in finances as in law. While he would
" be justified in taking a law case that
' he had no hopes of wiuning, he could
not with justice to himself take such
. a case in finances. The presumption \
, is that be fully understands what be is
doing, and that means tbut Mr. McClain
is going to win.
, s/depot burned.
i Tim Yhrkville freight and passenger .
depot of the South Carolina and Geor
gia Extension railroad, was destroyed
by fire last Sunday afternoon* between
6.30 and dark. The fire was caused
by lightning over the telegraph wire.
The- fire had been burning for some
10 minutes or more before the fire was
discovered, and it was at least a quarter
of an hour after the discovery of
the flames before the sounding of the
alarm that brought out the fire department.
The fire department resnonded
verv auicklv after the alarm,
reaching the scene of the fire within
five minutes or less ; but owing to the .
distance from the depot to the standpipe,
and the long stretch of hose that ^
was necessary from the nearest fire
plug, the streams that could be brought
to bear did not prove to be very efficient.
The depot building burned up
practically without hindrance. The
department, however, was able to
save a nearby warehouse that would v
have otherwise been consumed.
Messrs. S. L. Hobbs and Starr M.
Mason, and Rey. J. B. Bozeman were
among the first to reach the scene.
They all live at Mrs. Mason's, about
. 200 yards away. Says Mr. Hobbs:
"While we were sitting in the piazza
there came a sudden sharp report
like that made by a rifle, only much
louder. We discussud it and decided
that it was electricity ; but could not
decide certainly where it was. Some
10 or 15 minutes afterward, as we
were walking in the cemetery, we
noticed a flame issuing from the top of
the depot at a point where the telegraph
wires enter, and we hastened
across to do what we could. We managed
to get into the office and save the
books, papers, tickets, telephone and
telegraph instruments, and in fact
everything there was on hand worth
saving. Then we had some Negroes
to break open the wareroom, and with
hplr> nf others who had begun to
arrive upon the scene, we pitched a lot
of meal and various other articles into
a car, which was rolled away. Pretty

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