Newspaper Page Text
Straps and Jacts.
? Lord Alverstone of the Alaska boundary commission once charged a wealthy client $5,000 for a few pages of typewritten advice. The client ventured to suggest that this was rather a high price for half a day's work. "It's not half a day's work," said his lordship. "It Is part of my whole education. All of my years at the temple, all the years I have practiced, all the years of my experience. It is half a day out of the heart of my life." ? The proceeds of the first verdict under the new Ohio law making a county liable for damages to the estate of a person who is killed by a mob within the county have been distributed to heirs in Cook county, says a Chicago dispatch. The beneficiaries ** * nu r~> nolav are .airs. i^iinaii oruivu unu um>. Paine of this city, sister of Charles W. Mitchell, who was lynched at Urbana, Champaign county, Ohio, on June 4, 1897. Each secures one-fourth of the damages of $5,000. The remainder is given to two Ohio heirs by the courts of that state. Attorney Bosler, who was instrumental in securing the passage of the law, began suit in the lower courts in Ohio and was defeated. An appeal was taken to the supreme court, and a retrial resulted in a verdict for the plaintiffs. ? The trial of Sam Parks, a "walking delegate," for extortion, is exciting much interest in New York city. Fv-mu the evidence so far developed. Parks is an unscrupulous fellow who secured great power in labor union circles in New York, and he has been using his power for purposes of blackmail. He would go to an employer or men and demand any sum he chose to name from $500 up, on threat of ordering a strike in case of a refusal. Sometimes the money would be paid and sometimes it would be refused. Where men were already out on strike. Parks would patch the matter up for a consideration. He did not seem to be disturbed about the interests of the workers whose welfare he was supposed to have in charge: but merely used them as a club with which to extort blackmail for his own personal benefit. ? Mr. L. C. Crouch, a menagerie manager of Winston. N. C., had quite a blood curdling experience with a rattle-snake in Charlotte last Tuesday. He was trying to exhibit the reptile to ** or*/? AQiityhf If* a V1SUU1 IV IliO onv ? , cwivt VM.ut,?v * V just behind the head. He had handled the snake in the same manner many times before, without danger; but this time it appeared to be in an unusually ugly mood, and suddenly coiling around his arm it drew its head through his clenched hand and struck its fang in his finger. Crouch dropped the snake, but afterward recaptured it, and tied a string tightly around his finger. He tried to hold in more firmly than before, but the snake repeated the same trick, striking the finger of the other hand. By this time Crouch was sick and frightened. Leaving the snake to take care of itself he rushed into town and took a large amount of whisky. Then he went to the Presbyterian hospital. At last accounts his condition was very serious. ? There was another serious wreck on the Southern railroad last Wednesday morning. It occurred at Bessemer City, in Gaston county. N. C. Engineer Thomas J. Pettus and Fireman J. R. Higgins and John Thompson, the two latter being colored, and a white tramp were killed. The northbound fast freight was the victim of the wreck. It was a double-header?that is there was an engine at either end. It seems that the section master was working on a switch above Bessemer station and had taken out a rail that had to be replaced by a new one. He sent out a Negro flagman with instructions to stop all trains except No. 36, the passenger. After reaching his station, the Negro began talking to some other Negroes who gathered about him and grew neglectful of his duty. He afterward claimed that he thought the approaching freight train was No. 36, and that was the reason he made no attempt to stop it. The train struck the point at which the rail had been removed with full speed. Both engines and about ten cars left the track. Engineer Pettus was on the front engine. He and his fireman were killed instantly. The engineer on the rear engine was injured but not fatally. His fireman was also killed. Several other members of the crew were more or less seriously injured. ? New York Times: In the opinion of some of the closest of the observers of the cotton market the course which the price of the staple is to take in the near future will depend more than anything else upon the extent to which the southern planters will be able to stand the waiting policy of the spinners of this county. It is stated that the spinners are putting off the buying of their yearly supplies of the raw material until the planters of the south are no longer able to hold their cotton, and will be forced to let it go at a low price, while, on the other hand, the planters are planning to hold their cotton until the mills can no longer wait and will be obliged to buy at relatively high prices. This, of course, is the usual status of affairs in the cotton market at this season when the new crop is coming to market, but it is claimed that the southern planters are now in much better position to play this waiting game than they have been in most years in the past, and that it may yet be that the spinners will v%s-v+ no ci their policy of procrastination as they have in the case of most past crops. It is pointed out that the general prosperity of the country in the past few years, of which the south has shared the good results with the rest of the country, has very much strengthened the hands of the cotton farmers, both large and smtril. and that on this account they will wait longer before selling their cotton than they usually have done unless, indeed, the spinners will pay what the planters consider a fair price. It is claimed that this is already coming about and that mill owners. American spinners to some extent, but more particularly European spinners, are buying in large quantities at prices which satisfy the growers. These considerations, of course, are quite apart from the bear- a ingr. which the ultimate yield of this year's %erop will have upon the price of t cotton.- This is a question the only au- f thoritative answer to which seems ne- c cessarily postponed until the crop has a all been ginned and its movements suf- t ficiently progressed to eliminate most a of the elements of doubt. The estl- c mates of the cotton crop long in ad- t vance of its movement to market, and c even before it has matured on the a plant, are apt to vary as much and * to be as inaccurate as most other estimates upon which the personal interests of those making the calculations have an important influence. / $hc \|orl[i'ttlr gnquim. TORK VILLE, S. C.s FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30,1903. ' Thr highest duty of a juror is to convict any man who may be shown to be guilty under the law and the evidence, and the highest test of manhood is ability to leave out all other considerations. The juror who would render an unjust verdict because of sympathy, friendship or personal interest ought not to be tolerated by decent men. Thr American cotton mills have evidently been figuring on lower prices for cotton. That is the only way to account for the fact that so many of them are living from hand to mouth, so to speak. The indications, however, are that they will be disappointed. They may see lower prices than those now prevailing; but that is not likely. That prices will have to go up when they commence buying seems inevitable, and farmers who are able to hold cotton are doing so with less anxiety than they have ever felt before under similar circumstances. They have a right to believe that they hold the key to the situation. We note by the papers that Governor Heyward has ordered the constables to close the "1 otel privilege" conducted by Col. F. M. Mixon of Columbia. The reason vas that the "so-called privilege" was being conducted as an open bar-room and whisky was being sold by the drink to people who were not guests at the hotel. We are glad to note the action of the governor in this matter, and we think he will do well to close every "hotel privilege" in the state. Although it is true that these "privileges" are authorized by statute, their legality is doubtful. Every one of them no doubt sells liquor to their guests at any hour such guest may call for it and in any quantity desired. The constitution distinctly prohibitits the sale of liquor between sun-up and sun-down and in quantities of less than one-half pint. Every public official of South Carolina is especially sworn to uphold the constitution. The violation of the constitution in this hotel privilege is so clear that no argument can cloud the issue. How this the thing can be allowed to continue is a proposition we cannot understand. We would just as lief attempt to justify the crime at Lexington. Tx- the death of Mr. David T. Lesslie yesterday. York county loses a citizen f who has contributed much to her relig- t ious, political and material welfare, t Although his parents were poor and j unable to give him the benefit of even j a good common school education, they s imparted to him that which they had t received from their own parents and which was worth more?careful training in the fear of God and regard for j the well-being of his fellow man. As c he grew up he widely extended the f range of his information, and was t properly classed as a man of unusual ^ learning. His integrity and his con- x sistency were proverbial far and wide. r Although never in any sense a politi- i cian, during many years of his life, es- j pecially from 1876 until about 1890, he j took a deep and active interest in pub- r lie affairs, and almost any reasonally ? well Informed men of those days who ^ might have been asked to name ten ^ leading citizens of the county, would j have most centainly included him <] among the number. But that is not t all. He always stood for upright man- ^ hood, morality, integrity and high e principles. He despised all that was ^ mean and low, and the Influence for j good that he exercised in this county, g and especially in his own neighbor- s hood, is fullv recoernized bv all who ? knew him and who are able to appre- c ciate his exceptianally fine character. a Self-Defense. Self-defense is rightly regarded as the "first-law of nature:" but the I manner in which this plea is so often t urged in murder trials has long since c grown to be disgusting. c Almost every desperado of reason- a able intelligence # in this country is i reasonably well informed as to the o law of murder, and he fully under- r stands just what is necessary to estab- f lish a plea of self-defense. This c knowledge has enabled more than one a cold blooded murderer to go free from t the consequences of a deliberately J premeditated assassination. d Two men quarrel and afterward con- t tinue to cultivate bitter feeling toward e each other. Sometimes both are un- r reasonable and vicious and nurse thgir 0 hatred to the point of murder: but usually only one gets to that extreme. How easy is it far him to arm himself with a deadly weapon. like a knife or a pistol and then in the presence of j, witnesses by means of a malicious wink '1 or otherwise secretly provoke his ene- |J my to aggression, for which he is prepared beforehand? Such things, in- b stead of being the exception, have ac- b tually grown to be common, yet in nine ^ cases out of ten, aft?r the real aggres- v sor has assassinated his victim, he is T ible to put up a show of self-defense. There is such a thing as Justifiable lomicide; but it is so rare that but ew cases of it are ever known. In the ase of most homicides, both parties ire to blame to a greater or less exent, and jurors would promote peace ind secuity if they would return to the Id ideas that used to prevail before he war, and make such a thing as the :omplete exhonoration of a manslayei in event so rare as to be almost unknown. ROCK HILL HAPPENINGS. Vbout the Boll Weevil?The Present Schedule?Other Matters. Jorreaponaence 01 m? i omvint uigunu. Rock Hill, October 29.?In Lesslie's iVeekly for October 22nd there Is a ihort article on the "boll weevil," ac!ompanied by splendid pictures, whici rive an excellent idea of this destructve pest, and which is also singularly ipropos just now. The pest is about he size of a common house fly, is ova. n shape, with gray colored wings anc iix legs, but has in addition two deli:ate antenna. The article goes on tc itate that the weevil is exceedingly ictive in its habits, is not easily captired, flies long distances and that its >owers of endurance are something narvelous. Specimens that are being xhiblted in York county had better b< landled very carefully, as these creaures are prolific breeders, and if onc< ntroduced they will be difficult of exermination. The Southern's wreck near Bessener City, N. C., turned the tide 01 ravel through our city yesterday 3assenger followed passenger trair vith unwonted frequency and opporunity was given us to see some fln< squipments. Wrecks on the Southerr ire occurring with unprecedented regUarity. Whoever has the arrangement ol he schedule for the "Old Three C's' iow under Southern control and manigement, certainly does not consult the public convenience. Evidenty the trains are run not for the profit n them, but for the fun of the thing iVhat end is attained by holding a Camden from 12.30 to 4.30 p. m., th< rain due here at 7 p. m., and at Yorkdlle at 8.16? If this train were rur ight through, reaching here at 3.30 p n., and Yorkvllle at 4 o'clock, som< rood might be accomplished. As it l! he Charleston papers get here late ir he evening and probably next mornng at Yorkville. Truly the reasoninj rowers of this schedule performer ii rast understanding. The Edsall-Winthrope Stock company was billed for Monday, Tuesday md Wednesday, but left Wednesday rresumabiy on account of indifferen luccess, though the public presem ipeak in favorable terms of the presentations. The "Carnival," whlcl eft here last Sunday for Lancaster nay have taken all the theatrica hange along. The firemen, undei vhose auspices the shows were given eceived $165 as their share. The Catawba Rifles, Captain W. W Boyee. are to be presented by the U [). C. with a medal, which will be giver ;o the best drilled man in the company. Arrangements are being mad< ,vith this object in view to have th< 'boys" out in numbers and create i realthful rivalry. Captain J. T. Cozbj >f the Catawba Male academy, is t< iddress the Rifles before long. 3ickings of the Thieves. Columbia State, October 30: Mr. H I. Evans, a well known member of th< roard of directors of the state dispenlary, was robbed of a diamond shin itud yesterday. He was caught In th< am in the main building, a lady beinf it one side and a gentleman at th< )ther shaking hands with him. A wonan got his pin, which is quite a bi >f jewelry. Mr. Evans was unable tc stop the thief for there were so manj adies around. The woman passed he pin to a male confederate and botl cere swallowed up in the crowd. Mr 3. W. Wilson, a well known Colum>lan, had his purse containing $2i llched from his pocket, while in ? :rowd near the race track; Mr. T. L Tohnson of Newberry, lost $15 at th< 'air grounds; Mr. T. M. Davis, a farm;r of Lee county, was robbed of $30 ?very cent he had, as he was gettinj >ff a street car up town. The Aimlammers found some ready victim! luring the day. The pen-knife thim)le-riggers caught several victims dir. Millege Blackwell, a Columbia carlenter, living on Woodrow avenue, had i memorable experience with a pair oi hese blacklegs. Time; to Sow Small Grain.?E. L Archer has been sowing wheat anc >ats, especially the latter. He has ? ine stand on his first sowing. He says hat where he has used the disc plow le finds no trouble in plowing ever vhen the ground is dry. If you have 10 disc plow get a good turn plow, folowed with a diamond point tongue >low will do excellent work. Prepare 'our land well for small grain. Spare 10 pains. Sow oats before the 10th ol November if possible and put in youi cheat before the 20th. Now and ther cheat does well sown December 20 tc anuary 10, but it will generally fail rhere has been frost enough to kill he fall crop of the Hessian fly. As tc arieties of wheat the Red May is the arliest. The Blue Straw is a popular ariety in this state and Georgia. II s generally better to wait until the :round is moist enough to bring up mall grain at once. This year one annot afford to wait. It may rain ontinually when it does set in. Sow it once and be ready for the rain.? Carolina Spartan. Killed In a Wreck.?Mrs. Emma 3ooth-Tueker, consul in America ol he Salvation Army, second daughter ?f General William Booth, died at Mar elline, Mo., last Thursday, just after i relief train bringing her and other njured persons arrived from the scene if the Atchison, Topeka and Sante Fe ailroad wreck at Dean Lake, eightyIve miles east of Kansas City. The ars were hurled to destruction against l steel water tank. Thos. Holland of he Salvation Army, accompanying drs. Booth-Tucker to Chicago, also tied on the relief train. The lives of he victims might have been prolongd had not the relief train itself been artially wrecked, leaving the injured n the prairies for several hours wlthut medical attendance. MERE-MENTION. There was an attempt on the life f President Diaz at Guanajuato. Mexl-o, last Tuesday, by a drunk man. 'he would-be assassin fired five shots t the president without effect 'here is much excitement in St. Louis n account of lack of confidence in the anks of the city. Nearly all of the anks are contending with mobs of epositors who want their money orthwlth It is believed that the ellow fever epidemic at San Antonia, 'exas, has about run its course. UOCAL AJFF" iilHS NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. T. W. Speck, The Jeweler?Calls your i attention to a large line of Roger's tableware that he has in stock and quotes you a number of prices that ! are low enough to be of interest to f prospective buyers. . J. Q. Wray?Makes some remarks to , the ladies about the good qualities to be found in the Julia Marlowe shoe. He also calls attention to the Queen Bess shoes at $2.50 a pair. The "Skreemer" is his leading shoe for men, $3.50 to $4.50. S. J. Clinton, R. F. D. No. 2, CloverWants information in regard to Jack ?a setter dog that left home Sunday night. : First National Bank?Talks about its facilities to protect its depositors against loss of moneys from the at, tacks of burglars. Your business is L solicited. . Foushee Cash Store?Announces a , special sale of millinery for Tuesday, November 3, at which time all its r hats will be sold at 25 per cent disl count. Come. I Riddle & Carroll?Invite you to come [ to them for new crop open kettle New Orleans molasses, which they > have just received, r C. P. Lowrance & Co.?Offer their customers Swift's Winchester hams 5 at 16 cents a pound, and picnic hams r at 11 cents. They also have a fresh r shipment of fancy cakes and crack? ers. ! Jas. M. Starr & Co.?Point out to bug? gy and wagon owners the advanta' ges secured by keeping their vehicles painted. They have the paint. They also have crude castor oil for f axles, and the best harness oil. Strauss-Smith Co.?Make some perti[ nent remarks and comparisons in regard to the sewing machines which ; they are offering at $15 each. They [ ask you to read their advertisement twice and then decide for yourself. Wallace Smith?Wants to buy chicks' ens. geese and calves and offers the 5 highest market price in cash. . W. J. Miller?Gives notice to the debtors and creditors of Ulysses Adkins, deceased, to make immediate settlet ment. Opera House?Publishes a testimonial [ from Rock Hill regarding the Edsall> Winthrope Stock company, which * plays at theopera house tonight. 1 _ NOTE AND COMMENT. * Mr. R. J. Morrow of Ogden, brought i some fine specimens of the vineless potato to The Enquirer office this ? morning. He said he made fifty bushels on a quarter of an acre. They are nice and smooth in appearance, f and weigh from one to two pounds f each. Mr. Morrow says he had been t told that the potatoes would not grow in the "black jacks" and he is now of 1 opinion that this idea is decidedly inj correct. r DEATH OF D. T. LESSLIE. News was received here yesterday of , the death of Mr. D. T. Lesslie, which i occurred at his home about five miles I east of Rock Hill at 9 o'clock in the j morning. He had been confined to his i bed for about two weeks with an intes' tinal disorder that manifested inself in * the form of dysentery, and which was the cause of his death. David Taylor Lesslie was born In Lancaster county, on February 5, 1828, I and was brought by his parents to the Santuc section of York county when ^ he was about three weeks old. When s he grew up he became the owner of the * land on which he originally settled [ and continued to reside there until his death. He reared as a farmer, t and met with much success in that vocation, acquiring a competence and r never engaging in any other business, j He was married on December 20, 1849, ^ to Miss Susan J. Wylie, daughter of Thomas Wylie, and connected himself with Neely's Creek Associate Reform. ed church on July 28, 1849. He was ordained as an elder in his church in May, 1868, and held the position of * treasurer from 1858 until 1884. From 1888 up to the time of his death he served as clerk of the session. He 'r served through the war as a member ' of Black's cavalry, and after the war again settled on his farm to do what he could to restore his own shattered fortunes and to contribute his full share to the welfare of his fellow citiI zens. Mr. Lesslle leaves a widow and five living children as follows: Mr. W. S. Lesslie, Mrs. N. E. Simpson. Mr. D. P. Lesslie, Mrs. Nancy J. Williams and * Mr. T. F. Lesslie. All the children have families and live within a radius 1 of two miles of the old home place ' where their father died, and all belong to the same church in which they were 1 reared. The interment took place at Neely's Creek cemetery this morning at 11 ' o'clock, after services conducted by J Rev. Oliver Johnson. ABOUT PEOPLE. Mr. J. C. Elliott visited the state 1 fair this week. ' Mr. Charles Williamson visited the state fair this week. ' Mr. R. G. McCaw went down to the ' fair on Wednesday. ! Mr. F. Happerfield of Gastonia, is in Yorkville on business. Dr. L. B. Dobson of Lynchburg, Va., ! is in Yorkville for a few days. ' Hon. L). H. 1" lniey atienueu me aiaic ( fair during a part of this week. 1 Mr. Walter Rose is spending this ' week with relatives in Columbia. Mrs. J. M. Riddle of Lancaster is the guest of Mr. R. J. Mackorell's family. i Mrs. Fannie B. McCaw and son, ' Brice, went down to Columbia, on Wednesday. Mr. W. Brown Wylle went over to Charlotte this morning on personal business. ( Mr. Sam R. Moore left on Tuesday > night for a few days' visit to Columbia and Charleston. ! Mr. and Mrs. Ira Grimes were among : the Yorkville visitors to the fair at ! Columbia this week. " Mrs. T. W. Speck, has been visiting 1 in Charlotte this week, the guest of Mrs. W. A. Jacklns. Mr. Calvin Brice of Woodwards, is i up on a visit of a few days to the family of Mr. J. Mack Brice. Rev. and Mrs. R. R. Caldwell and child, of Tononto. O., are guests this week of Mr. and Mrs. W. Brown WyIie. Mr. John B. Williams and family have moved to Hickory Grove, where Mr. Williams expects to open up business. Miss Virginia Watson left on Wednesday morning for Richmond, Va., where she goes to accept a clercial position. Mr. Louis Roth was among the visitors to the state fair at Columbia on Wednesday. He said the crowd on that clay was surprisingly small. Messrs. O. P. Heath of Charlotte, and S. W. Heath of Kershaw, were In Yorkville on business this morning. Misses Willie and Lee Williams have purchased and moved into the residence lately occupied by Mr. John B. Williams on East Jefferson street. Miss Eunice McConnell, who has been spending the summer with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. McConnell. returned to Montgomery, Ala., last Thursday. Mrs. O. Frank Hart and son, left for their home in Columbia, Wednesday morning after spending sometime with the family of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. S. Hart. Mr. Wm. Dobson and Sheriff J. R. Logan went to Columbia last night to attend the fair, accompanied by Masters David Logan and Kenneth Lowry. Mrs. R. M. Bratton of Guthrles vllle, represented the King's Mountain chapter of D. A. R.'s at the State convention in Columbia, and was a member of the reception committee. Mr. R. L. Wallace went to Columbia last Wednesday to consult Dr. J. W. Babcock with regard to a stomach disorder with which he is troubled and incidentally to take in the fair. Rev. W. R. Lambert who recently accepted the pastorate of Catawba, Shiloh, Enon and Hickory Grove Baptist churches, arrived in Hickory Grove this week with his wife, and will conduct service at Enon Sunday morning at 11 o'clock. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Jones of Cripple Creek, Col., and Miss Mattie Jones of Winston-Salem, N. C., have been spending some days with the family of Mr. J.'L. Stacy near Clover Mr. Jones was formerly a citizen ol this county. He left for Coloradc about twenty-six years ago, and is now engaged in the mining business. THE CHRYSANTHEMUM SHOW. The annual chrysanthemum show under the auspices of the Floral Society of the Presbyterian church, was held in the court house during Thursday, according to announcement, and Wets quite an uncicisung ???!*? The exhibits generally were hardlj up to the standard of last year; bul that was evidently through no fault ol the ladies. The season seems to have been peculiarly unfavorable for ilowers this year, and some of the flnesl collections this year were hardly superior to the second and third grade collections of last year. Still the show was no less interesting this year thar it was last year. Following is a list of the exhibitors together with a description of the various entries: * Mrs. I. D. Witherspoon?Collection of ferns and begonias. Miss" Rose Hunter?Collection ol ferns and begonias. Mrs. T. C. Dunlap?Orange and lem ?n plants. Miss Margaret Wilkinson?Apple geranium. Mrs. B. N. Moore?Maiden hair ferns and palm kentla. Miss Pearl Wallace?Leopard spot olant. Miss Margaret Miller?Ferns and begonias. Mrs. S. L. Latimer?Asparagus plumosus fern. Mrs. J. C. Elliott?Asparagus plumnsus fern. Miss Lizzie Lowry?Boston sword fern. Mrs. John R. Ashe?Leopard spot plant and chrysanthemums. Miss Rosa Lindsay?Begonias. Miss f?udie Allison?Begonias and ferns. Mrs. Geo. W. Williams?Ferns and chrysanthemums. Mrs. G. H. O'Leary?Chrysanthemums and potted plants. T~> rp CtnnViQrionn T^nt tpH rx. x. uiti/nvi.?v.. plants. Mrs. W. G. White?Roses, chrysanthemums and potted plants. Mrs. W. G. Neville?Asparagus plumosus. Miss Elise Moore?Chrysanthemums and roses. Miss Daisy Gist?Roses, chrysanthemums and cat flowers. The prizes winners were as follows: Mrs. W. G. White?Best collection of chrysanthemums and also six best white chrysanthemums. Mrs. S. M. McNeel?Second best collection of chrysanthemums; six best pink chrysanthemums; best single chrysanthemum: best single rose. Miss Margaret Miller?Best single potted plant. Miss Daisy Gist?Best collection ol cut flowers, other than chrysanthemums; best collection of roses. Miss Margaret Wilkinson?Best apple geranium. Mrs. R. T. Stephenson?Best six yellow chrysanthemums. In connection with the show there was some very fine vocal and instrumental music, and also some entertaining recitations, both in the afternoon and evening. The leading feature of the afternoon's entertainment was what was called the "Gossip's Pantomime," a very unique conception presented by fourteen little girls, aged from six to eleven years and all dressed as old fashioned women. During the day a number of flowers were sold at 50 cents each and some at less prices. Refreshments were served all the afternoon and evening and this feature was liberally patronized. The total proceeds of the show footed up something like $100. WITHIN THE TOWN. ? no "Whn What When minstrels are billed for the opera house next Thursday evening. ? The cotton receipts by local buyers last Tuesday aggregated 485 bales, and they have been unusually heavy all the week. ? Next Monday is salesday for November and there is reason to expect quite a large gathering of visitors in Yorkville. Our advertising columns give information of some important land sales that are to tuke place on that day. ? A local business man remarked to the reporter a day or two ago that he has lately been so fortunate as to be able to collect some accounts that were two and three years old. He thinks that the general financial condition of the country is better than he has ever known. ? A business meeting of the board of governors of the Commercial club was held in the club rooms Wednesday afternoon to complete arangements for the formal opening. All details were put in hands of competent committees, and while 110 date was fixed it is practically certain that the club will be in good working order before the middle of next month. ? Agent Suinmercamp of the South ern Bell Telephone company, appeared before the town council last Wednesday night in the Interest of the ordinance he .submitted to that body sometime ago. The proposed ordinance provided for the establishment of "one or more phones," and contemplated authority for establishing a local exchange. The council was unwilling to pass the ordinance; but agreed to allow the company to put in one long distance phone. ? The Edsall-Winthrope Stock company began a three nights' engagement in the opera house last night and gave an unusually good show under rather unfavorable circumstances. The show had been sufficiently advertised probably; but It had a strong competitor in the chrysanthemum show in the court house, and most of the ladles were at the latter place. In LclCl Uitrc were umy iuui ai cue u^ciu house. The audience numbered something over a hundred men, however, and, although the resulting test was quite severe?the severest in fact to which any visiting show has ever been subjected, it proved fully equal to the occasion. The play, "The Power of Man," was good and was strongly presented throughout. There was a laughable specialty between each act and the audience applauded liberally. The common verdict was that the combination is a deserving one and people who go out tonight and tomorI row may be assured of the value of their money. ? Yorkville people who have considered the matter are generally appre ciative of the efforts of the Southern > railroad to give better passenger and ' mail accommodations. It is admitted ? that the new schedule is a very considerable improvement over the old one; > but still people who have studied the i situation think that with the number of trains now running the town ought to have still better connections without additional expense or Inconven1 ience to the railroad people. For in ? ? *- ?MA??t n^nn/1 f Knm i Q stance as matters nutv stanu, ui?ts ? 1 only one close northern connection a day and that Is by way of the early ' morning train to Rock Hill. After that there are no more such connections until the next day. The night train from the south passes through here shortly after 8 o'clock, after hav: ing laid dead at Camden for live or six hours to no generally apparent " practical purpose. If this train could be brought through Yorkville at about 3.30 p. m., it would reach Blacksburg in time to connect with a northbound 1 mall train the same afternoon and such an arrangement would be of material benefit to Yorkville and the people along the line generally. The Commercial club of Yorkville has taken occa1 sion to thank the railroad for the 1m, provement already accomplished; but " is asking for further changes along the line Indicated in the foregoing. YORK'S TAXABLE PROPERTY. , The total amount of taxes to be exacted from the people of York county : this year for state, county, railroad I and school purposes Is $96,595.01. Auditor Williams and Treasurer Neely have compared duplicates and these are the figures upon'which they have agreed. The various amounts for dif1 ferent purposes are as follows: State $31,901 54 County 25,521 21 Interest on bonds of Yorkville Graded school building 630 23 ^ Interest on R. R. bonds 9,175 33 Constitutional school 19,140 91 I Special and local school 5,133 79 Poll 5,092 00 Total $96,595 01 ^ The tax bill this year is not so large , as it was last year. The difference is A "A 5 A 1 4n ka/ioiiaa C\f $4,SHD.<y, arm me rciuun is utLuu>j^ a reduction of one-mill in the levy for ! ordinary county .purposes. The county levy last year was flve-mllls and this year it is only four. The state levy is five-mills, the same as last year, and the amount of state taxes to be exact; ed show an increase of $705.71, this increase being due to the increase in values. The total value of real and personal property as set forth in the duplicates , by townships is as follows: Township. Realty. Pensonalty. ' Bethel $ 231,410 $ 101,560 Bethesda 310,010 94,065 Broad River .... 205,110 98,760 Bullock's Creek.. 249,860 73,110 Catawba 906,495 739,440 : Ebenezer 290,835 234,430 Fort Mill 273,940 220,795 King's Mountain . 281,895 285,540 York 504,840 424,910 $3,254,395 $2,272,610 The assessed value of the property of foreign corporations is itemized as follows: Insurance companies $ 82,936 45 Pullman, Western Union and American Telephone 26,642 00 Railroads 743,720 00 The total valuation of this kind of property is $853,298.45, as compared with $776,246 last year. The aggregate taxes assessed against the different townships, together with the number of polls returned in each, will be found in the following statement: Assessment. Polls. Bethel $ 3,995 64 452 Bethesda 4,981 63 520 Broad River 3,933 46 394 Bullock's Creek 3,875 64 405 Catawba 26,308 48 1,157 Ebenezer 7,505 78 431 Fort Mill 6,338 67 391 King's Mountain 6,809 22 616 Vnrlf 16.063 40 726 Total $79,811 95 5,092 To be added to the foregoing In order to make the grand total, must be included taxes on foreign corporations, amounting to $16,783.06. Following is the total value of personalty and realty in the respective townships this year as compared with last year: 1902 1903. Bethel ..$ 319,580 $ 332,970 Bethesda 114,585 404,075 Broad River 312,100 303,870 Bullock's Creek .. 324,110 332,970 Catawba 1,628,732 1,645,935 IChenezer 488,445 525,265 Fort Mill 472,798 494,735 King's Mountain.. 555,315 567,435 York 947.260 927,750 The horses of the county this year number 1,715 and their value is $80,950. There are 7,093 head of cattle, valued at $78,540; 4.019 mules, values at $191,910: 886 sheep and goats, valued at $886, and 4,343 hogs, valued at $12,417. The aggregate value of the property of the county as returned for taxation this year is $6,380,303.45, as compared with $6,239,171 last year, a net gain of $141,132.45. LOCAL LACONICS. Exhibits of the Catawbas. Columbia State, October 30: A very unique and interesting exhibit in the art room at the fair Is the collection of Indian pottery, made by the Catawba Indians. There are quaint looking pots on three legs, vases, candlesticks and the famous calumet, or peace-pipe, decorated rudely but effectively with gay colors. The work Is done entirely by the Indian women, and ought to be encouraged by the state and the Fair association. The committee will give a prize for the best specimen of work, and next year will have a regular premium offered in the premium list. Unusual Visitors. Mr. J. S. Cook, who lives on the northeastern outskirts of Yorkville, brought to this office on Wednesday a large waterfowl that he had killed at his home a few nights before. The fowl had very much the appearance of a wild goose; but Its bill was not so flat and Its legs were rather too far back for that bird. It weighed five and one-half pounds. Just what it was the reporter is unable to say. About the same time a somewhat similar bird except that it was black, was caught on Fishing creek by the dogs of some hunters. It was also a waterfowl. Both birds had wings that were rather shorter than most birds of flight. A theory has been advanced to the effect that the birds were probably brought into this country by the recent high winds, and possibly as the result of storms on the ocean. To Be Settled Once For All. Union special of October 28 to Spartanburg Journal: The latest move in the big damage suit instituted by Mrs. Brlckman, widow off Engineer Brickman, who was killed in the Fishing creek disaster the past summer, was given a hearing before Judge Townsend yesterdiay, on a motion to make the complaint more definite and certain by Inserting the words "only heirs." The railroad was represented by Geo. W. S. Hart, of Yorkville; and Mrs. Brlckman by Holman, of Holman & Legare of Charleston and Win. B. McCaw, of Yorkville. After hearing the arguments, Judge Townsend granted the motion. This suit, which Is for $75,000 damages, is said to be the largest damage suit ever instituted' in this state, and the railroad wishes to have the words-"only heirs" inserted to prevent any other heirs claiming damages at a later date. Something For King's Mountain. Charlotte Observer, Wednesday: Congressman E. Y. Webb of Shelby, who is in the city attending the Mecklenburg fair, in discussing the approaching term of congress with an Observer reporter yesterday, said :that among the smaller matters that would come before congress would be a bill providing for the proper care of the battlegrounds of King's Mountain by the National government. "It - is a burning shame," said Mr. Webb, "that this battleground has been so much neglected. Here was fought one of the most' important, though not one of the .largest, battles of the Revolution. The American patriots had become disheartened, gloom had settled over the country as a pall. The victory here made possible the later Victory at Yorktown, for it broke the British forces in the south by cutting the forces of Ferguson off from Cornwallls, who was waiting in Charlotte for his re-enforcements." The only interest ever taken in regard to this battleground was by the King's Mountain Battleground association, which purchased fifty acres of land on the summit of the mountain and erected a small monument. The greater part of the grounds is grown up into a Jungle. It is proposed to turn over to the National government the ground already acquired and ask for an appropriation for its proper care and decoration.. AT THE CHURCHES. ASSOCIATE REFORMED. Sunday school at 4 o'clock p. m. TRINITY METHODIST EPISCOPAL. rev. j. l. stokes, d. d., pastor. Sunday Services?Morning services at 11 o'clock. Sunday school in the afternoon at 4.30 o'clock. Evening services at 7.30 o'clock. CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, rev. j. c. johne8, rector. Sunday Services?Lay services at 11 o'clock in the morning. ' Sunday school In the afternoon at 4 o'clock. BAPTIST. rev. w. e. hurt, pastor. Sunday Services?Sunday school in the morning at 10 o'clock. Services each second and fourth Sunday at 11 o'clock in the morning and 7.30 o'clock in the evening. PRESBYTERIAN. rev. w. o. nbviiilje, pastor. Services this Friday evening at 7.30 o'clock and Saturday morning at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev. W. A. Hafner. Communion services Sunday morning at 11 o'clock. Sunday school at 4 o'clock p. m. No evening services. ferial Jgtoticcs. Woman's Foreign Missionary Society. The Rock Hill District Conference of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society (South Carolina Conference) will convene in Trinity Methodist church, Yorkville, this (Friday) evening at 7.30 o'clock. Mrs. S. A. Weber, the district secretary, Will preside. Mrs. E. S. Herbert, vice president of the South Carolina Conference Woman's Foreign Misionary society, will be present and will take prominent part in the exercises and services. Delegates are expected from different societies throughout the district, which is composed of York, Chester, Cherokee and Lancaster counties. The exercises will continue through Saturday, and the occasion promises to be full of interest. The community is invited to be present at all these services?especially the members of the ladles missionary societies of the various churches in the community. The missionary sermon of the conference will be preached by Rev. J. L. Stokes, D. D.. on Sunday morning at 11 o'clock. Fewer Gallons; Wears Longer. Fewer Gallons; Wears Longer. Fewer Gallons; Wears Longer. Fewer Gallons; Wears Longer. t:; See your nearest ciubmaker and subscribe for The Enquirer today.