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Scraps and ?acts.
? United States Senator Mark Han na has been stricken with typhoid fev er. He had been in bad health fo some months, and the disease mani fested its character one day last week The crisis is expected in about tei days. The senator's friends are ver; uneasy about him, as they have reasoi to fear that he may not recover. ? Says a Washington dispatch of yes terday: Tentative orders have beei prepared sending the cruiser squadroi of the Asiatic fleet northward fron Subig bay in the vicinity of Port Ar thur to observe the Japanese-Russiai naval operations, and to be at hand t< protect American interests whereve 'they may be menaced in the war stricken district. The orders will bi submitted to the president for final re vision but will not be sent unless the; are agreeable to Russia and Japan who will be sounded in advance 01 this subject. ? The most destructive fire in th< history of the United States was tha which swept Chicago in October 1871 As the result of that fire 17,540 build ings were destroyed, 2,100 acres wen devastated, 200 people lost their live; and 70,000 were rendered homeless The property lost was in the neighbor hood of 8190,000,000. The second mos destructive fire was one that visitei Boston in 1872. It swept 50 acres, am destroyed 875,000,000 worth of proper ty. It is quite possible that when thi returns are all in it may be found tha property loss In Baltimore is evei greater than that of the great Bostoi fire. ? Memphis, Tenn., dispatch of yester day: Cotton factors of this city toda; effected an agreement whereby the; will withhold from the market all spo cotton owned or controlled by then until stable prices are assured. Th< factors at a meeting at the cotton ex change today said: "The stock of cot ton in this market is small and th cotton yet to come, we believe, is th smallest at this time in the history o the cotton trade. We confidently be lieve that within a very short time w Will be enabled to sell our cotton at it value, which we believe is considera bly above the present range of specu lative values. We will aid spot hold ers of New Orleans in sustaining val ues and order telegrams sent at one apprising them of our action." ? Two negroes, Luther Holbert am wife, were burned at the stake a Doddsville, Miss., last Sunday by a mol Of a thousand persons. On the Wed nesday previous this couple killed Jas Eastland, a prominent white plante and John Carr a negro. It seems tha Holbert and another negro namei Winters had entered Carr's cabin witl the intention of raising a quarrel Eastland came in and ordered the mei to leave. Holbert opened fire on East land and wounded him fatally. East land returned the fire and killed Win ters. Holbert ran away, and a mol that followed killed three other negroe during the chase. Finally Holbert am his wife were captured in the swamp where they had fallen asleep from ex haustion and they were taken t Doddsville and burned. ? Washington special of Feb. 6, b Greenville News: It is entirely unlike ly that the good roads bill of Senato Latimer, of South Carolina, or an: other bill that provides for an exten sive appropriation from the Unite* States treasury will go through thi session of congress. The Republican do not intend to permit any bill to g through that will swell the expend! tures of the government, which ar now running neck and neck with th receipts. Such a thing as deficit at th close of this fiscal year would b-? * huge platform against Republican man agement of the government, as it woul* show enormous expenditures an* waste of money. The appropriations t be made at this congress would no come out of the treasury this flsca year, but the Democrats will watch th total amount that is appropriated am by estimating the expenditures will b able to tell whether the Republican will have a deficit in the next fisca year. ? There is serious trouble brewini for San Domingo. It has been so Ion: since peace has reigned in the islan that the inhabitants have long sine been wont to look upon war and insur rection as their natural state. There i now in progress an insurrection tha has been on for several years, an' Monday of last week, the insurgent killed J. C. Johnson, the engineer o the United States cruiser YanKee. i n act was deliberate, a party of insur gents having fired point blank at th ship without provocation. Tha eu gineer was burled on the island, th body being escorted beyond the limits o the capital into the country by marine for the purpose of interment. The in surgents did not attempt to interfer with the marines, of course. The offi cers would have rather liked such in terference. But that does not end th incident. The government at Wash ington proposes to see that somebod; is punished and that may mean tha San Domingo will soon be Americai territory. ? People at Washington. Mass., ar especially interested in what will be come of the vast estate of Wm. C Whitney on October Mountain. Ii 1896, Mr. Whitney bought over 12.00 acres of land adjoining Lenox am spent $60,000 a year in making it int< a shooting park. At great expense h placed there herds of buffalo, moose elk, and deer, flocks of Angora goat and sheep, pheasants and partridges He stocked the lake with bass and th brooks with trout. On the top of October Mountain was the lodge, whicl was an ordinary farmhouse where i reunue 01 servams was i^epi mc round. Mr. Whitney stayed there onl; a few weeks in the year. The hous is on one of the highest points of th Berkshire Hills. From its piazza on can command an extensive view of val ley and woodland, besides seeing th unusual sight of buffalo and moos roaming at will over the pastures. Th estate, which comprised twenty-fou farms, was in charge of a superintend ent. Many former owners of the :arm were allowed to occupy their house and to work on the estate. Mr. Whit ney in late years had lost interest ii his immense preserve, and many of th* wild animals had been taken elsewhere He owned, however, a third-part of the town, and paid such a sum in taxes ; that the grateful inhabitants wanted to put his profile on the town seal. Owing to public discussion Mr. Whitney withdrew his permission. (the \lorkrilir (Enquirer. r . : I YORKVILLE, S. C.: J TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9,1904. 1 Thkre is no doubt of the fact that it is much easier for a murderer to e escape justice today than it psed to be 1 before the war. In the old days the * killing- of a fellow being was an extremely serious matter, and the courts e were careful even how they undertook ' 8 to differentiate murder from man'* slaughter. And there were fewer mur* ders then than there are now. * A bill has been introduced in the house to make the stealing of electricity a crime. The wires of power com? panies furnish more or less temptation to thieves who would use electric pow1 er without paying for it, and the ob1 ject of the bill referred to is to make such use punishable by law. The bill was introduced at the instance of the ^ power companies and is a very proper t one. - ^ - 1 The legislative commission that was appointed last year tp investigate the completion of the state capital submitted a somewhat sensational report to the general assembly on yesterf day. On the authority of an expert government contractor, the commission e pronounces the work a parody on the g science of architecture, and says the state is the victim of a monstrous swindle. The commission recommends that the general assembly sue the contractors, Mcllvain, Unkefer & Co., for e the recovery of such damages as the state has sustained by reason of the j breach of contract. Frank P. Melt burn is the architect in charge. That proposition to put a half mill extra levy on such counties as may see r fit to vote out dispensaries under the t bill that has been recommended by the j house committee is really Intended as h an obstacle to the removal of dispenI. saries after they have been once estabd Hshed. The reason given for the prop. osition is to make non-liquor selling . counties help pay the expense of keep_ ing down competition; but this is not t> likely to be swallowed Dy a great many j people. However, if that is the best a that can be done, let it go at that. s Since we are in the clutches of the _ whisky ring anyway, it would be better 0 to pay the half-mill tribute than sub. mit ,to the otherwise inevitable de0 bauchery. r The Spartanburg Journal gravely y announces that the alleged blackmailer . who was made the basis of the Colurp3 bia State's shoplifting story has been s exposed by the process of elimination. s As we understand the situation the 0 State has exonerated all who have . asked to be exonerated, and this ine eludes about all save one. Maybe this e man is guilty; but we do not think e that it is fair to assume such a thing a because he has not asked for exon. eration. There is still some mystery 3 about the matter, and we would be glad 3 to have the Journal let us into the se0 cret. The Columbia correspondent of t the Greenville News suggests that j opinion is about equally divided as to e the truth or falsity of the alleged reve3 lations, and that is a matter-that ought e to be settle' before there is any ats tempt to esta lish guilt. Governor Terrell of Georgia, has g joined in a petition for the pardon of g Robert Jones, the murderer of the three a Pressleys in Edgefield county, some e years ago. Jones claimed the owner. ship of a piece of land that his uncles, s the Pressleys were working. The ,t Pressleys did not yield. As a matter d of fact it cloes not appear that Jones s ever tried to get the land by peaceful f means. One day be appeared in the e field and began shooting. The Press. leys were unarmed and he killed them e all three. It was a case of murder . most foul, without a shadow of justie fication, but it took a long time to f get a verdict of "manslaughter" against s the murderer. Since then, Influential _ relations and friends have sought a e pardon at the hands of every governor . who has successively occupied the ex_ ecutive chair. This murderer will be e pardoned some day probably, and the _ governor who signs the paper will iny stigate a dozen or a score additional t murders by the act. The terrible destruction that has e been wrought by the Baltimore fire is 4. 1 - iuu VUSl 1VI VUIII|/l CIICIIS*?? ^ appicviution even by the stricken inhabitants n of that devasted city. Baltimore was 0 one of the wealthiest cities in the 3 country, a great centre of commerce, o .and ranking as the sixth city of the e United States in point of population. >, The disaster seems complete in so far s as the city's great commercial interests i. are concerned, at least for the present, e and the effect of this on all the balance - of the country, especially immediately h around and toward he south and east a to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlanr tic ocean, cannot be estimated except y in the light of future developments, e The fire is evidently the greatest in the e history of the country and there is e reason to anticipate that insurance - companies will hardly be able to make e good their losses in full. The Baltie more people must have help and liberal e help from the balance of the country, r and it is quite probable that this help - will be immediately forthcoming. s The Yorkville Enquirer quotes a . local physician as saying that grip, which is now prevalent throughout the country, is caused by "too free ine dulgence in fresh pork." Hog meat. !. fresh or otherwise, is no more respon sible for grip than old man Hardy dl Montgomery is for the sinuosity of his w under pinnin'. Grip has hoggish ways, it is true, but, like the wind, from Dl whence it eometh and whither it goeth, fli no man knows. It is certainly no res- hi pecter of persons. It will jump on a man just as quickly, who never saw a hog or tasted its meat as it will on P' one who s2eeps with hogs and eats r< pork three times a day. The Jews, a who eschew hog meat, have to take their turns wrestling with grip just " like the rest of us poor mortals. 01 Speaking of grip, while its origin is a unknown, it is a fact worthy of note that doctors have at last found a sovereign remedy for the blankety blank disease, which is nothing more nor less si than assafoetida, taken internally in the shape of pills. It seems that the germs can't bear the smell of assafoetida, and n we don't blame them. It makes no sj difference how busily engaged a grip ? germ may be handing out pains, the moment he gets a whiff of assafoetida he promptly throws up his Job and takes to the woods.?Lancaster Review. .j. All Vi IUU1 to ?c? J wnvvK. that The Enquirer did not quote a B local physician as saying- that grip was caused by eating hog meat. The point made by the local physician was that too much fresh pork, was the cause a of many stofpach disorders that were p incorrectly diagnosed as grip. There is r such a disease as grip, and it Is quite ^ a serious matter, unless assafoetida is c> a specific; but at the same time grip get?, credit..for a Jot of trouble with which it has nothing to do, and if peopie would be more careful, about their stomachs, we would hear less of this disease. ' ; The Washington correspondent of the Greenville News quotes Senator Tillman as follows: "I have been very IS much mortified by the unseemly and outrageous slanders that have been put forth almost without exception by the newspapers of South Carolina and tl outside against our own state. Every- h where I go I meet such remarks a? g theses 'Tillman, I see you have had 220 murders in South Carolina this e last yeas, n?ore than.any,other state in t the union.' Of course, I'have seen the q report of the attorney general, the basis for. this statynent, and; the comments of our own editor? 6n it. Every a person killed in the state was "mur- g dered," according to these writers. a What is the result? We are being advertised as semi-barbarians without v any regard for law, and that 'red- ii handed murder" stalks abroad without g Cnmo nf mir npwstm- . puiliomn^l.v. . pers are clamoring for means to bring immigrants to South Carolina. What b is the use of organizing a bureau of t commerce and immigration at Colum- r bia and sending literature praising our climate and soil and urging people to * come among us. when those who should o know better and should do better are r exercising ingenuity to ca.use strangers to shun the state as they would leprosy? We need immigrants if we can v get those of a certain sort, and we need <3 a better enforcement of the law but we are no better and no worse than our neighbors of the southern states, and a we are just as good as any of our fel- d low; citizens of the north, and I am dis- s gusted1- to see the state's reputation thus dragged in the mire. One thing is very certain, that lawlessness has g not been driven from the land, but the state's good name has been befouled f by its own citizens." We are at a loss to understand just what Senator Tillman means by all a this. If the attorney general were to p blame, we might abolish that office; a but evidently he only, did his. duty in a making the report and the responslbility 'ies with the people who furnished him with the material; As to what a might be the cause of the increasing d lawlessness in South Carolina there is e a difference of opinion. At least different views are expressed. But there f are those who think that the dema- 0 gogic political methods that have been 11 in vogue during the past ten or twelve n years and the fact that the state is a now regularly in the whisky business 11 may have something to do with the c matter: Of course, there are those e who think that the whisky business is 1 as good and as legitimate as any oth- ? er; but there are those of us who think it responsible for more destitution, mis- n ery and crime than any other business * on earth. Many of those who think this way, also think that it is impos- 0 sible that a private liquor dealer ^ should come to any good end or serve a any good purpose, and they are unable to see how the state could hope 1 for any better. Among the newspaper v men of the state as among other citi- P ? ...,? ,1.1.1, e zens mere are sume wuu uniia ao muvu of the honor and welfare of South Car- 1 olina as it Is possible for Senator Till- a man to think. These include thou- (~ sands who have never held or sought 0 to hold office, and in fact have asked or expected nothing at the hands of a their fellow citizens either in the way of emoluments, preferment or ap- a plause. But very few of these are able 0 to understand how anything is to be e accomplished by misrepresentation of s actual conditions either by words or a silence. There are some who would I' fi rather have a clear conscience than immigrants or anything else. So far 1 as T.he Enquirer is concerned, we 1 have to say that while we are sorry it is a fact, nevertheless, a fact it is that the law is not observed as well in s South Carolina as it is in North Caro- a Una or Georgia. We punish poor and s friendless murderers over in this state sometimes; but more influential criminals are generally permitted to do t; pretty much as they please. Until the j, state gets on a higher plane of moral- e Ity by going out of the whisky busi- a ness. and until the courts commence c meting out justice without fear or ^ favor, we may expect the attorney gen- j( eral to continue making just such re- b ports as he made for last year, unless, F perchance, the general assembly sees proper to pass an act to close his p mouth. s f. RUSSIA AND JAPAN. Their Differences Can Be Settled Only d By War. \> As had become evident as early as si last Friday, there is no way to settle i' the dispute between Russia and Japan b except at the point of the bayonet and o the muzzle of the cannon. Russia t< would not agree to Japan's final de- b mands and Japan would take no less, fi On receipt of the Russian reply by w Japan, the Japanese m'inister at St. t< Petersburg was recalled, and Russia ci arranged for the safe return of her w minister from Tokio. ir The dispatches published this morn- h ing represent Japan as occupying Korea. Sixty transports, carrying over o] no,000 men set sail on Saturday, and t< it was understood yesterday that they T were landing at different points on the tl Korean coast. tl A Berlin dispatch published this n< morning says that a Russian cruiser w [vision has sailed for Port Arthur. It as expected that this "division would a met by Japanese warships and that ghting would comrfience within a few ours. There are various unconfirmed reorts to the effect that there has al>ady been some fighting on the sea nd some of these reports have it that ussian ships have been sunk, while thers put the losses on the Japanese, nd still others divide the losses about renly. But these are only rumors. A cable to the London Daily Mail ays that heavy firing was heard about venty-flve miles - east of Fusan, Ko ;a, yesierauy; out mere uao umi ..w itlsfactory explanation as to its leaning. ' J FIGHTING AT PORT ARTHUR. here Has Been a Battle, But Result Stilj In Doubt, ty Telegraph to-The Enquirer: Charlotte, Feb. 9;?The Chronicle's ispatches indicate that There has been battle between the.Russian and Jaanese fleets off. Port . Arthur. One eport is that eleven Japanese war hips and one Russian ship were sunk, 'his may be exaggerated; but it is M-tflin that there has been a battle etween the fleets. It seems no less ertain that three Russian ships were adly damaged. Port Arthur is in ames and martial law has been delared. The Chronicle. BALTIMORE FIRE SWEPT. lore Than $100,000,000 Destroyed in the Centre of the .City. One of the most disastrous flres in he history of the country swept the ,eart of the city-of Baltimore during iunday and yesterday, destroying proprty to a value beyond reasonable esImatlon,. but hardly lesp than $100,00,000. * ' ' *' The fire broke out at a few minutes fter 11 o'clock In the wholesale dry oods house of John E. Hurst & Co., nd fanned by a strong wind spread t'ith resistless fury to adjoining buildrigs, consuming block after block and treet after street, . until it began to Dok as if the' entire; city was to be lotted from tlie earth. It is thought hat the fire originated from spontaleous combustion in the cellar of the lurst building, and that an'explosion f gasolene contributed to Its more apid spread. j The fire department was on hand k'ithin a very few minutes after the iscovery of the flames in the Hurst uilding; but the firemen seemed to be s children. Burning brands and ciners went high- in $he air and fell in howers on the neighboring roofs, thlch, almost instantly it seemed bean to smoke and blaze. It was not more than a half hour be?"> thA firA dcnartment began to real ze the desperateness of the situation, nd telegrams were sent to Philadelihla, Washington, Wilmington, Del., nd other nearby towns and cities for id. All of the titles' responded and efore dark Sunday night more than 00 streams were playing on the flames t different points' along the line of lestruction; but without appreciable flfect. Seeing the frultlessness of the eforts of the firemen. Chief Horton delded at about 7 o'clock Sunday evenng that he must resort to measures nore heroic than water, and he began n attack with dynamite. Large buildngs that stood in the path of the onflagration and which seemed doomd anyway were blown up; but even his remedy seemed to be of but small ffect, as the blazing brands and ciners easily leaped such gaps and communicated their flames to the still inact buildings beyond. Among the uildings dynamited were the offices f the Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore imeriean and numerous others as fine s the finest in the city. Among the difficulties with which he firemen met was, the network of ilres overhanging nearly all of the rineipal streets. These Included telprmnh telenhone. electric light and rolley wires, and their cutting was ttended with more or less danger. )ften before the wires could be cleared ut the flames had already spread o the buildings adjoining and desperte and tedious work went for nothing. The city hospital, corner of Calvert nd Pleasant streets, was In the path f the flames. Some seventeen or ighteen Injured men, mostly firemen, uffering from broken bones, burns nd lacerations were taken Into it durng the day; but at about 10 o'clock iunday night they with the regular paients had to be moved to what was hought to be a safer locality. Detachments from the fourth and fth regiments of United States troops tationed in the city were called out to ssist the police in patrolling the treets and guarding property. It was not until dark last night that he people began to hope that the fire .as under control. It was not' subdued hrough the efforts of the firemen; but ast burned out. There was nothing lse for It to feed upon. It left 140 cres of smoking ruins, marked by rumbling walls and tall chimneys. r\f thp nitv nr at ?ast a large portion of it was saved y a muddy stream known as Jones "alls. The fire crossed the stream in laces; but was held back at other laces, the dividing waters thus asistlng the firemen in their heroic efirts at defense. A Terrible View. With the fire under control, says a ispatch of last night, the blackened aste which lies in the wake of the ?a of liames presents a view, terrible 1 its pyrotechnic grandeur. It can e likened best to oceans of great coke vens, each shooting out its thousand mgues of flames from pyramids of rick, stone and cement. Where the re has died out nothing remains but aste, from which rise hundreds of nvering, insecure shafts of the same alor. These are all that is left of hat were once handsome office buildigs, storage, wholesale and business ouses of all kinds. The insurance men have already pened temporary offices with a view > adjusting losses as far as possible, hey are unable to determine on anyling like satisfactory estimates. Allough there were scores of large busiess concerns without any Insurance hatever, there were others who car ried Immense amounts, and In the aggregate the Insurance companies are hard hit. Some will be able to pay their losses in full without delay; but others will have to ask for time and even then will only be able to pay a part of their obligations. Many merchants, manufacturers and others who yesterday were rich are now ruined, and It is estimated that not less than twenty thousand people are out of employment. A bill was introduced in congress yesterday by Representative Emrick of Illinois, appropriating $1,000,0000 for the relief of the Are sufferers. At the request of Senator Gorman, and Governor Warfleld, the general assembly has passed a resolution authorizing the declaration of martial law and asking General Corbin to take command of troops at Baltimore. THE APPROPRIATION BILL. The Expenses of the Government For the Next Year Will Amount to $1,145,216.46. The general appropriation bill, as reported by the ways and means committee, Includes practically the entire expenses of the state government, says August Kohn In his letter of Sunday to the News and Courier. The house committee, a very conservative body, has pruned expenses closely. With all possible trimming the normal expenses of the state government are over a million dollars. The report of the committee figures up $1,145,216.46. This does not mean that the actual expense; will be that much, because about $20,000 has be annually appropriated, ir excess of the current expenses, for Interest on the state debt. The appropriation for the railroad commissioners is returned by the railroads. The Wade Hampton monument fund was appropriated last year, and if repeated in this year's bill. It will be observed that more than naif of the total .expenses of the state government are covered by three items. That is, the state hospital for the insane, the Confederate pensions and the ever-recurring interest on the public debt, make up $627,000 of the grand total of $1,145,216.-46. South Carolina is a growing state and it is about as reasonable to expect the state to remain stationary ir its expenditures as to expect the tide tc stand still. The following list is taker from the appropriation bill, as reported, and it ought to be read with interest by every one: Governor's office $ 5,600 0( Contingent funds 7,500 0( Secretary of state's office 5,900 0( Comptroller Gen's, office.. 7,900 0( Supt. of Ed. office 5,600 0( Treasurer's office 7,250 0( Adjt. and Ins. Gen. and support militia 12,450 Of Atty. Gen. office and litigation fund 5,475 Of R. R. commission 8,900 Of Library 1,400 Of State house grounds 1,200 Of Janitors 280 Of Engineers 1,350 Of Keeper of state house and grounds 200 0( State geologist's office ... 3,000 Of Judicial Dept., judges, solicitors, etc 63,300 Of Quarantine stations .5,923 2f Board of health 10,700 Of Tax department, auditors, treasurers, etc 65,500 0( South Carolina college? Maintenance 31,000 Of Scholarships 1.640 Of Safe 200 Of Winthrop college? Maintenance 52,182 7E Scholarships 5,456 Of Yiair, a ?nn of Citadel support 26,500 0( Heating plant, (S. H.).... 10,000 0( Colored college, (Orangeburg) 5,000 0( Penitentiary 5,950 0( State hospital for Insane.. 142,200 0( Deaf, Dumb and Blind Institute i 27,000 0( Catawba Indians 1,700 0( Miscellaneous, insurance, water 37,109 51 Claims 14.600 0( Public printing 14,600 0( Improvements and repairs, governor's mansion 1,650 0( Water and lights 8,000 0( Pensions : 200,000 0( Superintendent of registration, general election .,. 12,300 0( Elections ... - 25,500 01 Wade Hampton statue .. 20,000 0( Interest on debt, annual.. 285,000 0C . . 31,145,216 4< SOUTH CAROLINA NEWS. Telephone Control. The senate on Saturday passed a bill to put telephone companies undei the jurisdiction of the railroad commission, with the provision that the commission shall have the power to fi> rates. There was an amendment stipulating that in cases where citizens and towns had fixed a maximum limit of rates the commission should not be allowed to raise the same. There were several representatives of the Bell telephone company in the senate chamber during the discussion, and they appeared to be very much pleased with the way matters were going. It is understood that the Bell people were anxious to have the railroad commission take charge. Constables Are Responsible. Charleston special of February 6: Circuit Judge James Aldrlch, in an order filed today with the clerk of court at Charleston in the case of R. D. Wieters against dispensary constables, on an action for damages, rules, that suit may be brought against the bonds of the constables and that their sureties are liable for them. The order is very long and Incorporates the complaint, motion to strike out and copy of the bonds of the constables. It is made applicable to the several cases against the constables brought by Wieters. J. P. K. Bryan represents Wieters and Haskell, Bellinger & Townsend the constables. The decision establishes a new principle in dispensary litigation which is likely to have a far reaching effect in future actions taken against state constables. MERE-MENTION. The cable offices have announced that cipher messages will not be received for Japan except from Japanese officials Harrison Watts, the bucket shop operator of Charlotte, claims to have lost about $50,000 by the failure of Baxter & Co. O. P. He.ith has sued Watts for $14,000 of margins Secretary Hay, who has been spending sometime at Thomasville, Ga., has returned to Washington General Reyes, the newly elected resident of Colombia, is still in New It is reported that he is afraid to return to his own country. LOCAL AFFAIRS. i NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. < L. D? Hickory?Wants a housekeeper. ' P. W. Love. City Treasurer?Gives no- < tice that the dog license Is now due ] and payable. , Foushee Cash Store?Will give away pieces of decorated opal ware to every customer buying $1 worth of : goods before Friday next, if the dec- , orated ware lasts that long. W. A. Youngblood?Asks farmers a pointed question in regard to..buying i fertilizers, and tells you how to save i money on fertilizers. ( J. Edgar Poag, Broker?Tells of his methods of business, and prints tes- 1 timonials from pleased clients. He solicits business from you. Loan and Savings Hank?Tells you It is no use to lock the door "after the papers are lost," and suggests that you rent a safety deposit box In Its new fire and burglar proof safe. W. M. Kennedy, Agent?Has seed oats, Irish potatoes, onion sets and garden seeds. Also has full lot of tablets* composition books, pencils, etc. He invites you to see his new sample book of tailor-made clothes. T. M. Whisonant & Co.?Have one horse and several mules which they want to dispose of at once. They will make it to your interest to see them. First National Bank?Says that there are a hundred and one ways for the money to go. It invites you to de1 posit your funds, large or small, with it. Every safeguard possible. ABOUT PEOPLE. Col. W. H. McCorkle seems to be i growing weaker steadily and surely. Miss Alma Walker is quite ill with pneumonia at the home of her parents, 1 Dr. and Mrs. M. J. Walker. She has i been teaching school at Gold Hill, and came home with the malady on last i Friday. HELP FOR BALTIMORE. The city of Baltimore needs help, > needs it badly and needs it now. So far we have not been advised that there has been any appeal to the country. It is reasonable to assume that the proper officials are too much occupied with the needs of the Immediate present. , But that there will be an appeal for help Is practically certain, and that appeal should meet with prompt response. We therefore beg to offer the services of The Enquirer in receivirtg acknowledging and forwarding such subscriptions as our readers may see proper to make. Subscriptions should be in the form of cash or checks made payable to L. M. Grist's Sons. We beg leave to take the liberty of opening the subscription list as follows: L. M. Grist's Sons '....'.$io 00 W. D. Grist 1 00 A. M. Grist 1 00 O. E. Grist 1 00 R. S. McConnell 1 00 A. H. Louthian 1 00 WITHIN THE TOWN. ? The Charlotte Chronicle reached here last evening at 6.30 o'clock with news of the Baltimore fire up to 4 o'clock p. m., and a map of the burned district as it stood at that hour. So far as The Enquirer has information no daily paper has ever before been - received In Yorkville so soon after ) publication. * ? The bill to authorize the voters of ' Yorkville school district to vote on the > question of levying a three mill tax ) has been withdrawn from the house ' calendar. We have not seen the bill j and know nothing of its provisions; > but beg to suggest that if offered at ) all it should be so worded as to pro| vide for a levy of either two or three mills, as a majority of the voters may I elect. It is possible that the voters ' may be willing to stand for three mills but not - probable. ) ?The town council has purchased ) from Mr. W. B. Moore, the Jot between . the old H. F. Adickes residence and j the Nichols property on East Liberty ) street, with a view of some day erecting thereon a municipal building. The [ price to be paid for the lot is $750. As ) yet there has been no definite understanding with regard to the erection of | a building. The expenses of the town . on account of rentals that would be ) avoided if it had a building of its own - are from $200 to J300 a year. ? ? Mr. E. A. Stackloflt, the Baltimore drummer who has been mentioned as being critically ill at the Parish hotel, died last Saturday night at 7.30 o'clock, i He had been confined to his bed for ' eighteen days. Mr. Stackloff traveled for the firm of Maas, Kemper & Co., 1 Baltimore, and had been coming to Yorkville twice a year or oftener for more tnan iweniy-nve years, ne ' fifty-one years of age and leaves a i widow and one son. Dr. Moss of Charlotte, was over to see him a day > or two before he died; but said that everything that was possible had al' ready been done. Mr. Stackloff's son, arrived Saturday evening, accompanied i by Dr. J. W. M. Cuddy of the Unlversi1 ty of Maryland, who Is the regular phy> sician of the family. The family of the sick man had been notified in ample time; but it developed that he had had similar illnesses before, and they had not proved serious. According to Dr. Cuddy, the trouble was due to peritonitis. Mrs. Stackloft is now ill with heart trouble and the understanding 1 was that she would not be told of her husband's death, until after the arrival of Dr. Cuddy in Baltimore. The body 1 was embalmed and carried away on Sunday morning. The deceased was of the Roman Catholic faith. He was well-known in Yorkville, and was quite popular with a large circle of acquaint- , ances made on the road. NOTE AND COMMENT. The Kershaw Era announces on authority that Mr. T. Y. Williams Is to be a candidate for congress this summer. I The fertilizer season is opening fairly and it looks as if the dealers are going to have more business this year than usual. The house of representatives on yes- i terdav passed a bill providing that all I ------ marriages must be recorded. The bill does not Include a license feature. A dog bill was passed by the house ' yesterday. It levies a tax of 50 cents per capita on all dogs, and provides that the tax shall be collected as other taxes are collected. The executive committee of the State Teachers association has decided to s hold its next annual meeting at Win- 1 throp college during the session of le ! summer school, which usually beg.ns | about June 25. * ! The county board of commissioners las an engagement to go to the dam >f the Catawba Power company today to see whether or not some agreement :an be arrived at with reference to that bridge the company has been building jver Allison creek. Messrs. Beamguard and McCain tri' J yesterday to get the house to co;.. .it to pay for some animals that were destroyed by Dr. Nesom in this county some two years ago on the theory that the animals were infected with glanders; but the house refused to make the necessary appropriation. The town council has done a good thing In purchasing a lot for the erection of a city hall and it Is to be hoped that It will not stop there; but go ahead and make the necessary arrangements for the erection of a suitable building. Tfce town is badly In need of a city hall, and It would be difficult to conceive of a better way of disposing of its surplus revenues. A severe wind storm, accompanied by considerable rain, passed over Yorkville last Sunday afternoon. The wind came from the northwest and although it must have created a great deal of uneasiness, no serious damage has been reported in this Immediate section. The Observer of yesterday, however, reports that Charlotte suffered considerably from the blowing down of chimneys, smokestacks, etc. Many telegraph and telephone wires were blown down. The Catawba Power company has secured the contract to light the city of Charlotte. It agrees to furnish 150 lights per annum at (50 each and as many additional lights as may be deoiro/l ot tifi oonh tvio llahto flrn f a Hp of 1,200 candle power each, and the company Is to begin furnishing them within six months from the date of the contract. It Is estimated that the Contract means a saving of $5,400 annually to the city. According to the Observer, the Catawba Power company has arranged to take 3,000 horsepower to Charlotte. LOCAL LACONIC8. The Report of the Ginners. The government report from the ginners was issued this morning, and received by Messrs. Latta Bros., by telegraph. It estimates the crop at 9,485,517 bales. Death of Mr. J. M. Rigqins. Mr. J. Meek Rlggins, formerly of Blairsville, but for some time past conduotor on the Lockhart branch of the Southern railroad, was fatally woundfed last Thursday while engaged in coupling cars. He died on Friday, and was burled at Sharon on Sunday. The deceased was a son of the late Robert T. Rigglns of Blairsville, and had many friends who are shocked at his. untimely end. The Chaingang. The county chaingang is still at work on the road between Yorkvllle and Sharon. The work was commenced at the incorporate limits of Yorkvllle, and the "finishing up touches" t.re now being put on opposite the residence of Mr. R. A. Gllflllen, Just across the creek from Dry Fork trestle. Some grading has been done and altogether there has been put down about one mile of macadam in the worst places. It is understood that from here the chaingang will go to the McAfee hill on the Rutherfordt/m road. Monument at King's Mountain. King's Mountain Herald: The constituents of Hon. E. Y. Webb will be pleased to know that he is making a grand efTort to purchase some land and build a suitable monument at King's Mountain battleground. Mr. Webb Is hopeful of obtaining $100,000 for this purpose. From press reports sent out we see that he has the promise of several of our most influential members to aid him in his undertaking. There Is every reason to believe that Mr. Webb will get the matter in proper shape at this session and at the short session next winter he will push his bill through. A hundred thousand dollars spent at this battleground would mean something not only for this section, but for our young congressman as well. The public will keep an anxious watch on?thls monumental matter and will rejoice at. its realization. Rock Hill Postorfice. Herald, Wednesday: Our townsman, Mr. E. E. Poag, who has been assistant postmaster for the past twelve years, has been appointed postmaster, fn shcppoiI thp latp C. J. Pride. Mr. Poag was nominated to the position by the president on the 18th of January and on Monday his appointment was confirmed by the senate. This action on the part of the government will give our people a great deal of pleasure, as it is pleasing to have dealings with an office conducted in such an admirable manner as Is the Rock Hill postofHce. The office is fast growing in importance. The receipts for the last fiscal * year were $10,675. Mr. Poag expects the amount at the end of this fiscal year to be considerably more than $11,000. The receipts for January in this year were $375 in excess of the same month last year. It is not expected that Mr. Poag's appointment will make any changes in the office, except that Mr. Halcott Pride will become assistant postmaster, nad Mr. Marion Nelson, who has been night clerk, will be advanced to day mailing cleric in tnai event, the night clerkship will be vacant and that place vill be supplied at once under the civil service rules. AT THE CHURCHES. TRINITY METHODIST EPISCOPAL. rev. j. l. stokes, d. d., PASTOR. Prayer meeting tomorrow evening at 7.30 o'clock PRESBYTERIAN. rev. w. o. neville, PASTOR. Prayer meeting Wednesday evening at 7.30 o'clock. Sunday Services?Morning services at 11 o'clock. Sunday school at 3.30 o'clock. No evening services. ASSOCIATE REFORMED. Prayer meeting tomorrow afternoon fit 4.30 o'clock. Special Installation at Hebron. Rev. W. C. Ewart will be Installed is pastor of Hebron church next Friday morning at 11 o'clock. Revs. J. S. Srier and J. L. Oates officiating, rhere will also be preaching Friday flight and Saturdny and communion on Sabbath afternoon at 3.30. It