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? Fables aside, the cougar Is a very interesting creature, writes Theodore Roosevelt in October Scribner's. It is found in the cold, desolate plains of Patagonia to north of the Canadian line, and lives alike among the snowclad peaks of the Andes and in the steaming forests of the Amazon. Doubtless careful investigation will disclose several varying forms in an animal found over such immense tracts of country and living under such utterly diverse conditions. But in its essential habits and traits the big, slinking, nearly uni-colored cat seems to be much the same everywhere, whether living in the mountain, open plain or forest, under Arctic i cold or tropic heat. ? President Roosevelt has steadily refused to permit any police or detective protection, and is not aware that a secret service officer is in and about the White House at hours when many callers are coming in to see the president. This officer quietly keeps an eye on all callers. There is always the danger that some crank or evil disposed person may enter the White House with no good purpose in view. President Roosevelt has been accessible to an unusual degree, and the proper authorities do not propose that this accessibility shall be imposed upon. The presence of an officer at the White House has revived stories of warnings received by the secret service bureau, but the presence of the officer is merely a precaution which really ought to be taken until the number of callers upon the president decreases. ? Charlotte Observer: The trial of President McKinley's assassin exploded some fancies which were being fondly cherished. The black man, Parker, has vanished as a hero and will be remembered, when remembered at all, as a very common prevaricator. And it has developed, by the testimony of a witness in the trial, that the president, when he saw several men fall upon the assassin, did not say, "Let no man hurt him," but "Be easy with him, boys." This is far more probable. As a contemporary says, "Let no man hurt him" is "the language of books of orations, inscriptions on monuments; it is not the language which serves either the ordinary or the extraordinary needs of direct, personal intercourse in real life." Men shot to their vitals are not, with their first breath, likely to utter stately sentences, but to deal in common speech, "Be easy with him, boys," is the natural expression of a kindly man, wishing to give an injunction in language most direct. ? The weather bureau issued its last weeKiy crop report ot me omouh vu last Tuesday. The report was as follows: Following is the last weekly summary of crop reports to be issued by the weather bureau this season: The temperature conditions of the week ending September 30, were highly favorable throughout ine central valleys, lake region, Middle Atlantic states and New England and no damaging frosts occurred in these districts. Excessive rains interfered with farm work in portions of the South Atlantic and East gulf states. The week has been favorable for maturing and gathering corn and reports from the principal states indicate that a much larger acreage than usual at this date has been cut. The crop is now practically safe from frost in all districts. The weather conditions in the cotton belt have been very favorable for picking except over portions of Georgia, Florida and North Carolina, where this work has been retarded to some extent by rains of the latter part of the week. Picking has progressed rapidly in the central and western districts, where cotton has opened rapidly, the bulk of the crop being gathered in some sections. Over the eastern portion of the cotton belt the low temperature of the week has damaged the staple in nortions of North Carolina and Florida, while the sea island crop in South Carolina is suffering from drought. In Texas late cotton is being damaged by boll weevils and otner insects and the outlook for a top crop is very poor. ? Washington correspondent of the Greenville News: The death of McKinley by an assassin's hand has no terrors for President Roosevelt. He comes and goes as he pleases and where he pleases In the most democratic way. In this, as in everything else, he will likely do as he pleases, and he usually pleases to do everything in a strenuous way. His term will likely see some remarkable features. Ever since he entered public life the politicians have been against him. He is not their president. He owes them nothing. He will not be content to shine in the reflected glory of a dead man. Cabinet breaks will certainly come in no distant future. There is no doubt that he will be as non-partisan as was McKinley. He may have to fight his way through, but if precedent is worth anything he will win out. ? The Columbia won a second race from the Shamrock II on last Thursday. It was a close pitch. The race was over a triangular course of ten miles to each leg. The Shamrock II got a slight advantage at the start and kept the advantage until the second mark was reached. The wind was strong: blowing at the rate of about 2f? miles an hour. After the second mark had been turned the Columbia began pinching her way up against the separating distance and finally succeeded in passing her rival, maintaining the lead until she crossed the line a short distance ahead, with barely one minute to spare. It was the closest yacht rate on record. The next race is appointed for today. In the event of the Columbia winning, this will end the series. Otherwise the contest must continue until one or the other of the yachts make the best three out of five. ? The following monthly report on the condition of the cotton crop was issued last Thursday by the statistician of the department of agriculture: The report shows that the average condition of cotton on September 25 to have been 61.4 as compared with 71.4 on the 24th of August. 67 on October 1, 1900 ; 62.4 at the corresponding date in 1899, ^nd 70.3. the mean of the October averages of the last ten years. Rarely has so general an impairment of condition been reported as the department's various crop reporting agencies unite in bearing witness to this month. There was a decline of 9 points in Virginia J and North Carolina, 13 in South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee, 8 in Georgia and Louisiana, 10 in Alabama and Arkansas, 22 in Mississippi, 5 in Texas, * 11 in Oklahoma, 15 in Indian Territory and 14 in Missouri. While the condition in Georgia and Louisiana is still ( 1 point above the 10 year averages of those states, the reports from every other cotton growing state and terri- 1 tory compare unfavorably with the average October conditions for any con- ] siderable series of years. The extent to which the various states fall below their respective ten year averages is as , follows: Virginia 3 points, South Carolina 2 points, North Carolina and Florida R Alabama 7 Mississippi 4. Tennes see 11 and Texas and Arkansas each 18. The condition in Indian Territory is 9 ! points and in Oklahoma 16 points below the means of the October averages of the last five years and that in Missouri 19 points below the mean of the last ] eight years. The average of condition in the different states are reported as follows: Virginia 73, North Carolina 63, Georgia 73, Florida 65, Alabama 65, South Carolina 67, Mississippi 66, . Louisiana 72, Texas 51, Arkansas 51, Tennessee 60, Missouri 61, Oklahoma 57, Indian Territory 61. She ^(otluillc <?nqui?*. ' YORKVILLE, S. O.t c i SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 J 901. < From the stuff that is being printed 1 in The Columbia State and other papers of the purely partizan class, it would appear that from their point of view, the all important question just 1 now is not what is best for the people; but what is best for the politicians. And the Honorable Clark Howell, of ' x * 4 ? * ? rinMn^UiiiUn r? * %/ } Ann nf 1 me AllHUia V^UHOIHUIIUJI, anu witv V*. the most prominent Democratic leaders of the South, has been dining with the president in the White House. They "did not discuss politics," said Mr. Howell, and maybe there is no political significance to be attached to the visit from Mr. Howell's standpoint; but there is from ours. For Instance: "He [the president] expressed the hope that they would consider all matters coming before congress solely on their merits or demerits as questions involving the public welfare, and that where 1 opposition was offered it would be ' based upon broader grounds than that s of antagonism, merely because a Re- 1 publican president and a Republican 1 administration favored the matter un- ( der consideration." It is not so true of The Constitution as it is of many ? other Southern papers, notably some t of the leading dailies in South Caro- 1 lina, that measures have been opposed t purely because of partizan politics; j but really does it not seem strange c that the president of the United States * should have to give utterance to such t an idea? In plain English, what the i president said to Mr. Howell was this: 1 "If my administration attempts any- ( thing that does not meet your judg- i ment, fight it as hard as you can with 1 sense and reason: but if you have no <; other objection than the fact that my administration advocates the meas- e ure. please keep quiet." Whew! but ? was it not a hard Jolt, and is it not j humiliating that our southern politi- , clans should forever try to keep us in ^ sucha position? But it mustbe honest- t ly confessed that Mr. Roosevelt is considerably more than half right. The politics of the South, more than any other section of the country, is being g run in the interest of the politicians, rather than the people, and until Mr. Roosevelt's wishes, as expressed above, are regarded, the people will never t have much of a show politically. ri . t At the Political Pie Coanter. X vvasningion special 01 monuay 10 The News and Courier: A Republican ' delegation from South Carolina, which called later, did not have such an agreeble seance with the president. The delegation consisted of E. H. Deas, the colored "Duke of Darlington," deputy collector of internal revenue, who aspires to the leadership of the Republican organization in the Palmetto state, vice E. A. Webster, deceased. He was accompanied by E. Scriven, of Columbia, and W. H. Wheeler, of Charleston, who were formerly in the internal revenue service, but recently retired to private life. Their mission was to impress upon Mr. Roosevelt that they represent the regular Republican machine in the state, and they propose to hold control of the organization and do not approve the efforts of Senator McLaurin, with the aid of District Attorney John G. Capers, to control all of the Federal patronage in South Carolina. During their brief interview Deas endeavored to tell the president how Mr. Capers, who is at present a registered voter in Maryland, is trying to be appointed a member of the Republican national committee from South Carolina by virtue of his recent appointment as district attorney. He also protested against the appointment of Loomis Blalock as collector of internal revenue to succeed Webster, on the ground that Blalock's appointment would mean that Senator , McLaurin will practically have control of about twenty internal revenue appointments in South Carolina. He urged the promotion of G. H. Huggins, the present deputy collector. The president was evidently not favorably impressed by the personnel of the delegation. for he disposed of them as quickly as he could. He was not ready to take up the subject of the distribution of Federal patronage in South Carolina. The members of the delegation seemed quite crestfallen as they left the White House, and Deas has concluded, after hearing from Senator Hanna that Webster's place on the national committee cannot be filled until three years hence, to give up seeking that place and retain his position as chairman of the state committee. Lootnis <] Hlalock, who is to be appointed to the vacant collectorship, is here looking after his interests. ' LtOCAXa NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. T. M. Brice, Agent?Offers for sale two tracts of land belonging to the estate of A. S. Wallace, deceased, located In Bullock's Creek township, on easy terms. 'M. K.," Sumter, S. C.?Wants position as housekeeper for widower or old couple. 5V. D. Grist?Offers a five room cottage, located on King's Mountain street, for rent. R. D. Dorsett, Clover?Announces that he will offer a lot of horses, vehicles, harness, etc., for sale at auction on October 12. W. B. Moore & Co.?Inform the public that Dr. Hart, the "Laugh King," ?'- ? A?o of- fKo Will give IWW CUtCl Vttllliiiwmo Ub b??v opera house on next Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Seats now on 5am M. Grist?Tells you that ne represents strong and reliable insurance companies that are fully capable of taking proper care of all your Are Riddle & Carroll?Ask that you use Ralston's healtii oats, made at the Purina mills, where "purity is paramount." They also want their sportsmen friends to know that they have lots of gun shells loaded and ready for use. r. M. Heath & Co.?On the fourth page of this issue tell of the big success of their grand millinery opening held last Wednesday. They also publish a description of the affair, written by a Yorkville lady, ft. C. Strauss & Co.?Inform the public that for high qualities, varieties and low prices on all kind of goods, that they will not be undersold by anybody. They make some remarks about millinery, rhe Enquirer?Tells you that your business demands good commercial printing and offers to do that class of work for you. ^^RliSHED TO DEATH. Frank Dunlap, a young Negro man vho was working for the Catawba Power company, met with a horrible leath last Monday morning while enraged in hauling a heavy casting from Did Point depot to the river. The casting weighed 3,564 pounds, and vas in such shape that it could not be lauled on a common wagon in the oriinary way; but had to be laid on ieavy timbers in such manner as to illow it to ride free between the front md hind wheels. just aner me wagon siartea, one or :he timbers snapped, and Dunlap fell n such a manner as to be caught un3er the casting, a narrow edge of ;vhich came down on his head and crashed through. He was killed instantly. An investigation of the accident, nade immediately afterward, showed ;hat the casting had been properly oaded on the wagon, and that no reasonable blame could attach to the people having the work in charge. THE GASTONIA MARKET. The Gastonia Gazette, of Thursday, eproduced the article that appeared in he last issue of The Enquirer on the subject of the cotton market, and made his explanation with regard to the aleged combination on the part of the 3astonia mills: Touching The Enquirer's informa:ion that there has been a combine imong the Gastonia mills, it is proper ;o say that there can be no truth in he report. Our mills for a year or two lave not been using the home grown staple and have not been actively buyng. The McAden mills, six miles away, lo spin the native staple, however, and lave in the past bought freely and in juantities and at prices which entitle hat place to be called the cotton marcet of Gaston county. Gastonia now las active buyers, and shortly the big L,oray mills will begin to use native :otton, so that when the staple is correctly graded this market will be well irepared to hold its own with any other. On Tuesday at noon the price was '.75. We are satisfied that The Gazette's explanation is exactly correct, and we ire not surprised either, to learn that he. Gastonia market, on Tuesday, at loon, was exactly the same as at Yorkdlle, Rock Hill and Chester markets at hat time. COTTON TALK. The following from the Charlotte Oblerver, of Thursday, is equally applicable to this and other surrounding cotton markets: The new crop cotton so far rushed o market is peculiar in two respects, rhe staple is extra long, almost equal o sea island cotton, while the grade is he worst known on this market for lew cotton in many years. The first leculiarity is due to the wet weather, rhe second is due to the haste of the growers to pick, gin and market the crop. The poor grade is caused by wet cotton and consequent cutting by the rin saws. Cotton graders say that icarcely a perfect bale has yet been irought to the market, nearly every iale being what is known as mixed jacked. "In spite of this fact," says a cotton buyer, "the staple of the present crop is the finest grown in this section or many seasons past and is well suited to the requirements of the cotton nills. "The mills about Charlotte," he said, "will not have to send to Mississippi for so much cotton as was the case last year. The crop last season vas of a very short and unsatisfactory staple, due to the dry weather. It was oo short for use in some of the mills, ind in consequence at least 8.000 bales vere brought here from Mississippi, rhe staple this year was about as long is Mississippi cotton and the mills find t just right." The probable outcome of the present crop is yet a matter of speculation, delending altogether on the weather. Under the best conditions hardly an iverage crop will be gathered: but if rood weather prevails. Mecklenburg nay very nearly come up to last year's crop. It is pretty safe to say, however, hat this year's crop will not be what a cunsiuereii a ui? one. ? DEATH OP S. M. SCOTT. Mr. Samuel M. Scott died at his tome near Sharon, last Thursday norning, at 8.15 o'clock, after n lingerng illness of several weeks. His death vas due to a complication of disorders hat manifested themselves in the form >f jaundice. Mr. Scott was a native of Chester :ounty. He was born near the present site of Harmony station on the G. C. & ^.railroad, onMay8,1830. When he was i years of age his parents took him to ^oates's Tavern, where he resided from 838 to 1851, in which latter year he noved to the Blairsville neighborhood, vhere he continued up to the time of lis death. He was twice married, the irst time to Miss Mary Frances Sher er, and the second time to Miss Isabella Oilfiilen, who, with two daughers, Mrs. J. M. White and Miss Nanlie Scott, survives him. One child was jorn as the fruit of the first marriage. :t died at the age of about one year. I'lie second marriage took place in 1865. Although possessed of only limited neans when he went to the Blairsville neighborhood, Mr. Scott was not long in accumulating a competence. He did It by hard work and careful economy, and while doing this he built up along with it, a character of sterling worth and integrity that was recognized and admired by all who knew him. He connected himself with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian church in early life and was for many years, up to the time of his death, a ruling elder at Sharon in that nonored organization. The funeral took place at Sharon A. R. P. church yesterday at 12 o'clock, the services being conducted by Rev. J. S. Grier, the pastor. ^<C7tHE HO ads. A trfp from Yorkville to Catawba riv er in a surrey, furnishes inspiration 1 for a short chapter on roads. It is not ' an inspiring chapter; but maybe It ? might prove a useful one. The surrey partg was composed of Major James F. Hart, Mr. W. Brown Wylie, F. P. McCain, Esq., and the re- ] porter. The surrey was good, the 1 team was good; but the road, or a i great portion ojyt, is a trial. 1 As the dreaded Fishing creek hill, s three miles east of Yorkville, was < reached, Major Hart turned to the 1 reporter and said: "If The Enquirer i desires to perform a great service to the people of Yorkville and to the peo- I pie who have to travel this road, let it 1 urge upon the county commissioners i and upon all concerned that something t be done to get rid of this miserable hill, i I am sure that a road can be located < so as to permit the crossing of this I creek by an easier grade, and if this is < done there will be an incalculable saving of the time, power and wear and 1 tear that is noW expended on the 1 traffic. It is clear .to anyone that no- 1 body who is not obliged to do so will ! travel this road, and if it were made more easily passible the traffic between 1 all this country around here and Yorkville would be increased. 1 The entire party agreed that Major ' Hart's suggestion was not only timely, i but practicable; that the case is well i worth the attention of the people of I Yorkville, the county commissioners, : and that portion of the public that is ' more especially interested. But the Fishing creek hill is not the 1 only place between'Yorkvllle and Tirzah that calls for especial attention. There are several other hills almost as bad, and the problem appeals strongly to all the property owners of that section. , From Tlrzah to India Hook, the roads are fairly good, and the chaingang is now at work on that portion lying between Mr. Sam Barron's residence and the river. Upon the suggestion of Major Hart, the surrey party, on Its return trip from the river, left the Thorn's Ferry road at Dr. E. L. Glenn's and cut across to the Charlotte road, coming out Into the same at Mr. W. E. Getty's, about seven miles from Yorkvllle. It was a loss of nearly two miles In distance; but all agreed that there was little. If any loss of time or any greater wear on horse flesh than would have been occasioned on q^count of the miserable hills between Yorkvllle and Tlrzah. This road question is of growing Importance throughout York county; but our people are not alive to it. They are afraid to take hold. WITHIN THE TOWN. ] ? Next Monday is salesday for Oc- j tober. 1 ? The county board of commissioners ] will hold Its regular monthly meeting j next Wednesday. 1 ? Not only Messrs. H. C. Strauss & ( Co., and J. M. Heath & Co.: but the J people of Yorkvllle and the county surrounding, have cause for congratulation over the splendid displays that have been made by these two estab- 1 lishments within the past week. There 1 has been more or less complaint to the 1 effect that the dry goods people of ? Yorkvllle do not carry as good stocks c as are to be found In some of the surrounding towns. However this may 1 have been in the past, there is no foun- ( datlon for It this fall. Let those who 5 have honest doubts Investigate. If * they can be suited anywhere, they can 1 be suited here, and they will find that 1 their money will go as far here as any- 1 U'VifirO ? The millinery opening at J. M. Heath & Co.'s Wednesday, was a notable event in fashionable circles in Yorkville and throughout York county. Messrs. Heath & Co. made special preparation for the occason, and Mrs. T. M. Dobson and her assistants, devoted to it much time, labor and talent. Their display of hats, ribbons, laces, etc., was rich and elaborate. It would have been a credit to any of the larger cities. In addition to the attractive display in the store, the management provided carriages that were subject to the call of all lady visitors who desired to make use of them. During the day the ladies of Yorkvllle went to the store in flocks. There were numerous visitors from the country, many of them coming long distances. The big establishment was crowded for hours at a time and every employe was compelled to keep on the run from morning until night. All the visitors were well pleased with what they saw, and the management of the store generally is congratulating itself on the result. - The annual inspection of the Jasper Xight Infantry took place in the court house last Thursday night. There were 5S men in uniform. General J. W. Floyd made the inspection in person, c assisted by Captain W. W. Lewis. Af- ' ter the inspection, which was very thorough, General Floyd made, by re- c quest, an entertaining address to a ' large audience of ladies and gentlemen. * He spoke interestingly of the history e and traditions of York county, the part this section played in the different c wars in which the country has been ^ engaged, and also of the progress that had been made in peace. He commend- ^ ed most heartily the effort that is being ^ made to erect a monument to the Con- a federate soldiers of the county. Also, e during the evening, General Floyd took 1 occasion to pay a high compliment to 1 Jasper Light Infantry on account of the soldierly appearance of the men a and the creditable condition of their ^ arms and equipments. a Stanley Wade Hart, hypnotist 1 and thought reader, is billed to play in the opera house next Tuesday and 1 Wednesday night. His entertainment s spoken of in the papers as being one )f the best of its class. During Tueslay, the professor promises a public exhibition of his power. He will allow a :ommittee of citizens who will be above juspicon of collusion, to address a let;er and put it in the post office box of he party to whom it is addresed. Then :he committee will get the key of the jox and hide it. After having been >lindfolded, the professor promises to ind the hidden key, make his way to :he post office unaided, fit the key in ;he proper box, take out the letter and leiiver it to the party to whom it may 3e addressed. He also promises to put i man to sleep in one of W. B. Moore & Uo's. windows and keep him there .vithout food or drink for 24 hours. The principal feature of the entertainments n the opera house will be their laughibleness. WAS IT GLANDERS? According to some statements that VIr. Henry Massey, of Tirzah, made to ;he reporter, last Wednesday, there is -eason to doubt whether the disease :hat appeared among the horses of this section during the summer, and which created so much general excitement, was really glanders, as was claimed by 3tate Veterinary Surgeon Nesom. The reporter had heard a rumor to the effect that one of the horses that lad developed symptoms of the disease it Tirzah, and which had been quarantined, had gotten well and was at work igaln. The rumor was Interesting, and >n meeting Mr. Massey at the Con'ederate reunion, the reporter took occasion to Inquire into the facts. "Yes, what you heard Is exactly true," said Mr. Massey. "The horse was condemned by Dr. Nesom, and 11 has since been officially pronounced sound and well." "I would like you to tell me the whole story." "Certainly. Ihe horse belonged to tny son, B. F. Massey. If you remember, disease broke out among his stock md one mule died. Dr. Nesom came, Tiade an examination and pronounced the disease glanders. He condemned several animals, including this horse, rhe horse had developed no sores, and 1 did not like the idea of having 11 allied. Dr. Nesom agreed to allow me :o quarantine the animal until he could lpply the maline test. Sixty days later, he came back and applied this :est. The animal's temperature arose prv???? A*. ^Ao-roQo onrl I NpSAfTl said there could no longer be any loubt; but he agreed to let me keep the horse until we could see what would come of the disease, with the inderstanding that he would be back n thirty days. The situation stood this way for six weeks, until a few lays ago, when Dr. Nesom's assistant, Dr. Shealey, came over to our place from Chester, where he had been to nvestigate a glanders report, and applied the maline test again. The temperature remained normal, and Dr. Shealey pronounced the horse sound ind well. We have since been working ;he horse, and it appears to be in as rood health as ever." "And you think it did not have glanlers?" "If it was glanders, it certainly got veil, and they say that such a thing s unknown." "Do you know any other case of the lame kind?" "Nothing further than what Mr. M. B. Massey, of Newport, told me. He laid that a mule belonging to* him proke out in sores, and that Dr. Louis Freldhelm pronounced the disease rlanders. advising at the same time hat the mule be killed. Mr. Massey lid not kill the mule and it is now lound and well." THE CATAWBA DAM. "An almost inconceivable amount of ough work, already done, with an alnost inconceivable amount still to do," fery properly describes the situation it the works of the Catawba Power :ompany at Neely's ferry. The dam and the extensive operaions in connection with it were, of :ourse. among the most interesting lights to the big crowd of visitors at :nat point last weanesciay, ana tne niblic generally will very likely be cu lous to know what the whole prospect ooks like. While there may be considerable satsfactlon in a personal Inspection, It nust be confessed that to give a comirehenslve description In condensed orm that would be at all satisfactory vould be difficult, and to most people, i detailed description would be more >r less tiresome. At the point selected for the dam lite, not only both banks of the river, >ut the channel, Is rock lined. The vest bank rises up precipitously a disance of 50 or 60 feet, while the east )ank slopes off gradually, reaching a :orrespondlng height at a distance of ibout a quarter of a mile. The space iccupied by the stream between banks s about 400 feet. Looking down from the rocky bluff >n the west side of the river, it Is easy o take in the entire progress of the vork at a glance. The dam is being onstructed in two sections; one on the vest side and the other on the east ilde. The works on the east side are ill on dry land as yet, starting some ilstance up the hill and progressing oward the water. There is nothing nore striking about the operations here han is to be seen In the building of an irdinary stone wall. The works on the vest side present the principal source if present interest. They are enclosed n a coffer dam that includes the work in the power house, and the little spot if about a quarter of an acre that has >een the scene of all the trouble that las been caused by numerous freshits. The coffer dam referred to so often in onnection with the work, is merely a levice that permits operations in the ied of the river. The space of about a [uarter of an acre was enclosed by Irlving down pine boards into the mud ind ranging them side by side. The nclosure completed, the water is tumped out, leaving the inside pracically dry. Within this coffer dam, the workmen re now busy erecting the power house. ?he base of the building is of stone nd will form a part of the main dam, 'he work is now about 10 or 15 feet ligh, about 10 feet thick, and, maybe, 50 feet in length. This, of course, only ncludes the back part of the building. The foundation for the whole build- ' lng is complete; but as yet no wall, ex- c cept that which is to form a portion of c the dam, is going up. All along the 1 bottom of the power house walls, are i great arched openings through which s the water will waste after it has pass- < ed over numerous turbine wheels In the power house. 1 The power house completed, the next . step will be to tear away the coffer < dam in which work is now progressing, 1 and erect a new coffer dam to extend the balance of the way across the rlv- 1 er. While the dam is being completed i on the other side of the river, the free < water that is now running there, will be disposed of through the power house 1 on this side. I ine sione xor ine construction 01 me power house and other masonry, is be- 1 ing taken out of the bluff only a hun- ( dred feet away. Steam derricks lift I great blocks out of the adjoining quarry, and lay them on top of the wall and i almost in position to be cemented in i place. There are three hoisting engines operating within the present limi its of the cofTer dam. About the works there are from 75 to 100 laborers, and all are kept pretty busy. While the work at the dam is going on with all practicable speed, heavy > castings, air draft tubes and machinery . is arriving on the ground. It is being i delivered by the railroad at Old Point, 1 and much of it has already been haul: ed to the river. Some of the heavier 1 pieces of machinery weigh as much as 22,000 pounds. There are several other pieces that welgii 11,000 pounds each, and quite a number ranging down to ' three and four thousands pounds. ! As yet only a few pieces of iron work, : such as belong to the foundation of the I power house, like "I" beams, have been put into position. When the > whole work is to be completed depends, among other things on the future be) havior of the river. But even if the river does behave perfectly, it will be : several months yet before electric pow, er is delivered from this plant. How. ever, it will be a big thing when it is i done. There is no discount on that. The entire cost is going to be in the neighborhood of J500.000, and the de: livery of from two to three thousand ; horse power in Rock Hill, Fort Mill I and Charlotte will mean much for these towns. Y . . ABOUT PEOPLE. Peyton Moore, of Chester, spent Wednesday in Yorkville. 1 Miss Lee Williams spent a few days : last week in Gastonia. W. H. Newbold. Esq., of Chester, was : In Yorkville Wednesday. ^-Mrs. Clarkson, of Charlotte, Is visiting Mrs. Thos. F. McDow. ^Miss Vessie Blair, of Blalrsvllle, visited Mrs. M. W. White, this week. '.^fMr. William R. Thomasson has been appointed postmaster at Enquirer. Congressman Flnley attended the Confederate re-unlon on Wednesday. Y~Mlss Dolly Ford, of Gastonia, is visiting Misses Willie and Lee Williams. ^-Miss Marie Carroll left last evening for Columbia, where she will remain for sometime. . , Vlllrs. J. W. Betts and children, of . Leslie, are visiting Mr. R. G. and Miss Kate Ratchford, near Yorkville. Mr. R. Latta Parish left Thursday evening for Washington, D. C., where he will enter Columbia university. ( Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Smarr and daugh- , . ters, of Cotton, were visitors In York- i vllle on Friday. They were on a shopping tour. (^Hon. John J. Hemphill was at the Catawba dam re-union Wednesday, meeting the people. He did not make a speech. ^Mr. C. E. Spencer and family returned to Yorkville Wednesday evening, after an extended stay at Blowing < Rock, N. C. i Mr. T. G. Culp, of Fort Mill, was at < the re-union Wednesday. He is in i rrnn* VioaHv> and had tha nleasure of bvwu ? ? meeting many of his friends from all sections. Misses Bessie Th'omasson, of Zadok, < and Willie Thomas, from near Clover, i have been spending a few days with ( relatives and friends In Yorkvllle this week. ] Mr. Lindsay Hunter, of Forest City, , N. C., Is visiting relatives In Yorkvllle. 1 -Mrs. W. W. Dixon and children, of Union, are In Yorkvllle visiting Mr. J. ( F. Wallace. Mr. Ben K. Hardin, who had charge i of the S. C. & Ga. Ex. office at this place during Mr. Cauthen's absence, left last Tuesday, with his wife, for their home at Hickory Grove. Mr. Paul V. Schenck, special agent of the Southern Stock Mutual Fire Insurance company, of Greensboro, N. C., < was in town on Wednesday and Thursday lopklng after the interests of his company, which is doing auite a good business here. ( <jAmong the veterans from Yorkvllle who attended the re-union at the Catawba Power company's works, last ( Wednesday, were Major James F. ( Hart, Captain E. A. Crawford, Messrs. | A. F. McConnell, W. B. Williams, L. R. i Williams and C. B. Smith. i Mr. David T. Leslie was at the reunion Wednesday, and notwlthstand- i Ing the fact that he has commenced j complaining a little at times these la- i ter years, he was able to make his way i over the rough jagged rocks that sur- | round the coffer dam in the river, with as much confidence as many of the i younger people. i "Yes," admitted Mr. Harry Wylie, ( the other day, when asked about his j task in connection with the Catawba i Power company's operations, "it is the | biggest thing I have ever undertak- < en; but when I get get through with i this job I am going to tackle another i bigger job. I am going to devote the s balance of my days, if necessary, to .< the improvement of the public roads." i Mr. A. B. Cauthen, who, for the past ? two years, has been the efficient agent | of the S. C. & Ga. Ex. Railway com- t pany, at Yorkvllle, has been trans- i ferred to their office at Camden. Mr. I Cauthen and family leave a large num- t ber of friends who regret to see them depart. Mr. A. S. Clarke, of Camden, i who arrived in Yorkviile last Tuesday, 1 with his wife, succeeds Mr. Cauthen. g They are boarding at Mrs. Mason's for ( the present. i Representative J. \V. Beamguard c was down from Clover Thursday on t business. Pie said he did not know j anything worth telling, and that so far I as politics is concerned, he is a blank g 'When the people elect a man to an ifflce," he remarked, "I think he will !o very well to give his entire atten:ion to the duties of that office, and not jndertake any advice as to what rtiould be done In the case of other candidates." General J. W. Floyd came up to YorkLille Thursday morning to Inspect the jasper i^ignt inrantry, ana remaineu aver until yesterday morning. During his stay here he was the guest of Capt. W. W. Lewis. Thursday afternoon he tvas driven over the town in a carriage, accompanied by Captain Lewis, Captain W. B. Moore and Lieutenant John R. Hart. He met quite a number of people and his whole stay was quite pleasant. Mr. Jasper Anderson says that when all the farmers know exactly what to do, advice is plentiful; but in a year like this, when good advice is sorely needed, it is not forthcoming. He wants somebody to tell him the best way to manage this year in view of the failure of both cotton and corn. "We have plenty of time to take this advice up our way this year," he remarked. "Although we were very busy during the spring and summer seeding and cultivating, we are able 'to gather without over-exertion." Mr. J. M. Heath, senior member of the Arm of J. M. Heath & Co., came over from Lancaster last Wednesday afternoon and returned on Thursday morning. Mr. Heath has large interests to look after In Lancaster, Kershaw, Yorkville and elsewhere, and Is consequently a very busy man. For that reason he does not remain long In one place, or have a great deal of time for anything else than business. The reporter had a short talk with him during his recent trip. From what he said, he is becoming very much interested In his Yorkville enterprises, and is looking forward to still iurther development. "From my observation and experience so far," he said, "I believe Yorkville is one of the best business points in the Piedmont. I do not know of a better business point anywhere. There is not as much trade coming here now as probably belongs to the town; but none of us should attempt to blame anybody else but ourselves. We must have what the people want, and we must sell it to them right. That is the policy our Arm is pursuing, and that is the policy by which we hope to win." Speaking of the cotton market, Mr. Heath said very emphatically, "We can't afford to allow'surrounding markets to pay more for cotton than Yorkville pays, and so far as I am concerned, I do not propose to allow anything of the kind." THE CONFEDERATE RE-IJNION. The re-union of the York regiment of Confederate veterans, at the dam of the Catawba Power company, last Wednesday, was a success even beyond the expectations of its sponsors. The veterans were on hand from all parts of the county. The young people?their sons, daughters and other relatives? were out in much larger force, and all day long the picturesque site of the gathering was a scene of animated pleasure. It seemed as if the people had literally come from everywhere. There were several covered wagons on the ground, indicating that some had arrived -the night before. The main portion of the crowd began to arrive at about 9 o'clock. From that hour until 12 it was an ever increasing stream of humanity. Rock Hill was particularly well represented, and probably on account of the convenience afforded by the bridge, it looked as if Fort Mill town and township'had come out almost en masse. To form a correct estimate of a miscellaneous crowd is always difficult, and it was especially so in this case. Owing to the rough and broken character of the grounds, it was impossible to see all the people at one tinge. Some of the old soldiers gave their estimates at 1,000 or l,200i Others, less experienced, put their figures as high as 1,500 or 2,000. The total number was certainly not less than 1,000 and it may have been a great many more, including fully 200 veterans. There was no formal programme. This had been the understanding from the start, and it was adhered to. Nev ertheless, there developed a certain noticeable system in the conduct of the exercises. Captain Iredell Jones maybe had something to do with this, as did also the ladies of the S. D. Barron Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy. Between them they shaped the proceedings in a way to engage and hold interest without imposing any restraints, and they are deserving of much credit for the success of the occasion. The main centre of the day's exercises was on top of a high bluff overlooking the river, and in the piazza of the house occupied by the gentlemen in charge of the operations of the Power company. It was the only spot in the Immediate vicinity that furnished room for any considerable gathering, and it served its purpose admirably. The re-union was called to order at about 11 o'clock by Captain Jones, who announced the order of the day in sentiments about like this: "Ladies, Comrades and Friends: We have assembled here for a day of pleasure and enjoyment. There is no politics or business?nothing but social intercourse? and there will be no attempt to govern this crowd in any other way than as some of you gentlemen govern their ? wives?by letting them do as they please." This elicited good natured :heers, and Major Hart, who is the colanel commanding, having been referred :o in such a way as to make it necessary that he say something, took occasion to accuse Captain Jones of being :he first to violate the inhibition against politics by announcing himself - ?- - Jl J_ 4.^ o ue a. canuiuuie. i hc majui uivuguk hat anybody could see what the cap:ain was up to when he spoke of husbands allowing their "wives to do as hey please." [Laughter and applause]. The good natured cheering at the salles was the signal for a large gatherng about the piazza from which the fentlemen were speaking, whereupon Captain Jones introduced the choir that lad been organized under the auspices >f the S. D. Barron Chapter, Daughers of the Confederacy. It was com?osed of Alexander Smyth, tenor; A. R. tanks, bass; Miss Mattie Smith, or;anist; Mr. and Mrs. John A. Steele,