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Members of the Convention Discuss
the Matter.
AreSbwked That a Presideit of the United
S!*te? Sbould Lower lhe. Digniiy ef
the Office by Dlnin* Wlth
a Nejro.
The Democratic members of tho Con
etituiional Convention. as might be ex?
pected, aro horrificd at the spectacle or
a PrcFidOiit of the United States enter^
tainir.g a negro as his guest in the White
House at Washington.
Below will be found some of their views
cn tho subject expressed on yesterday:
Senator Eugene Withers declined. to be
interviewed, but he was ovcrheard to
nay to a col league: "Roosevelt as show?
lng his true character and his real in
Btincta. His act in having Booker Wash?
ington to dir.e with him is thoroughly
consistent with his boast last year that
his child sat by negro children in the
pubiic echoois at Oyster Bay, Bong Is?
"Tho am-ising part of thls eplsode to a.
a<-lf-respoctang Southcrner is the bole
into which it puts many newspapers of
tho South. Just a week ago tliey were
running over with slobbcring pmisa or
and moutby fawning upon this same
Roosevelt. Their position to-day is as'
pitiable now aa it was contemptlble
Hra R: Walton Moore: The Times edt
torial on tho Booker Washingtor.i Jncident
has my unqualified approvaj. Tht- IJres
ident is a. stror.g and well Informed man.
Ht> thoroughly understands the situation
iu the South and the sentiment prcvail
ing here. He knows tliat tlie idea or
the social equaHty of the races ls sb
horred by the ?cut3n?rn people- What h-e
has. done hus been done not Ignorantly,
but with his eyes wide open. lt seems
to inuicate, therefore. that h? approves
of social equal:'.;- and is ready to join
Agents for ftlonarch fais?
Best $3.50 Shoes in the World.
The very instant a new style is presented by the leading tailors of the country, you'11 find it here
rc3(iv-to~\YC3r ***
*We keep close step with fashion?and prepare to meet every demand. So we are already showing
the new Two-Button Double-Breasted Sack Suits in black and mixtures.
Entire Buiiding.
1005 EB MiLJM ST.
Opposite Post-Office
issue with thc Southern people on that
subject. If this is his attitude, he has
nothing to cxpect from that people but
emphatic condamnatton and unwavering
hostility. His predeussor was ihQ frlend
of this seetion and it earnestly desires
Air. Roosevelt's frieiAship. But he will
assoiredly be uunted amongst its worst
enemles if he is going to play the part
of an apostlo an.l advocato of race
Mr. Walter A. Ws t: on: "Tlie strongest,
as it is perha-ps the r.-cst universal, ln
stlnct of the Ap.glo-Stxph is race ln
tcgrity. And the dc'oberate attempt of
the President to enforce thc social equal
itv of the negro is an open affront to the
hi"ghest sensibilities of liis nation and- of
his race.
"A great political party. which prides
itself upon its conservatism. must be
constrained to question tho wisdom andi
uiscretion of a Chlof Atagistrate who will
exploit himself ini wild-cat schemes to
obliterate the laws of.nature."
Judge Harrison: President Roose?
velt has made every Southern
State Democratlo for two de
cades to come by the recognition he has
given to the social equality of tho black
nnd white men. It may be that some
fiunkles of the Capitol, ir. order to curry
favor with the President, will follow his
cxample, and that Washington society,
during his term, may be more or less af
fected by negro philism. If so, an unfor
tunate state of affairs will prevail there.
'i'he Presldent's course is a most unfor?
tunate blunder at a time, when Mr. Mc
icinley's course had almost obliterated
poiitical and sectional lines. In a partisan
view, however, the action of the Presi?
dent at this particular junctuxe is a most
fGrtunate thing for the Demoeracy, as it
gives an opportunity to the white men of
the State to condemn any attempt to put
the races on a social equality.
Dr. Dunaway: It looks as if
tho President went out of his
way to slretch tlie hospitality of
the* White House. lx he is ambiious oC
creating sensations, he has made a good
start. Just as the South was beginning
to expect conservative action, and to ap
plaud the new President for his desire
to make good appointments, he shock;
the sentiments of her people by an un
exampled show of negrophilism. It is
a blunder, whether considered from a po?
iitical of a social standpoint
Mr. Thomas B. Moore, the leader ot
the Republicans on the floor of the con?
vention, declined to be quoted. He saia,
in answer to a question: "I have noth?
ing to say on> the subject."
Judge G. K. Anderson: If Mr.
Roosevelt wants to entertain ne?
groes at hls private table, he has the
right to do so. There is no law against it.
.But ho Is, or ought to be. the Chief
He is Alleged to Have Committed Poiitical
and Social Suicide When He Enter?
tained a Negro at His
Dinner Table.
"Damnable outrage."?Memphis Scimitar.
"A white man's country."?Commercial-Appeal.
"Is a distinct shock."?Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle.
"His mother would have rebelled."?Nashville Ameri?
"Will chill southern favor."?Nashville Banner.
"Question of taste."?Danville Register.
"Was Mrs. Roosevelt there?"?Fredericksburg Free
That tiie South 5s arouscd at the action
of President Roosevelt in entertalning a
neigro at liis dinner table is attested by
the denunciatory ring of tho Southern
press yesterday morning.
The generai opinion aippears to be that
in going wot of his way to .ntertain a
negro in strictl? social way, the President
has flaunted the red iflag in the face o'f
the South for no other apparent purpose
than for tlie pleasure of excrcising his
power to flaunt. His action is looked up?
on as not only unwarrar.ted by conditions
at Qxresent, but as showing a decided lack
of diplomacy or even onlinavy cemmon
F\rom thc attitude of the press it will,
easlly be seen that the people have long
recognized that -Air. Roosevelt was a lov
er of the spectacular, was a player 'for no
toriety and dolighled in occupying the
center of the stage, and that therefore
such an oct against social decency on his
part, while not expected, would not cause
a shock to the public as if it had been
oommttt<-d by coran other chlof executive
or a white nation.
That this attitude of President Roosevelt
toward the white peop'.c of his country will
be equivaient to political suicide is widely
canoaded. That President Roosevelt has
iikewise destroyed ail chance of Republi?
can party advaneement in the South. at
least during hSs administration, is iike?
wise aeknowleflgc-d.
Foilowing are extracts from the cc>m
ments made by Southern papers:
The Sclmitar of Afemplvis, Tenn.. says:
''The most damnable outrage which has
ever boon perpetrated by any citizen of
the United .States was commltted yes*
tfrday l.y tlie Presifienl when ho invited
a nigger to dine with him at the White
House. lt would not be worth more
than a passing notice if Theodore Roose?
velt had sat down to dinner ln his own
home with a Pullman palace-car porter,
but Roosevelt the individual, and Roose?
velt the president, are not to be viowed
ls tho same light.
"Had tho guest ot the Presldont on the
occaBlon mentioned beon a black Repub?
llcan of Hayti, no doubt tlwre mlght
have been some exeuse because of dip
lomatic reasons. but the fact that ho
went out of his way and extended a spe?
cial Invitation to a nigger to sit down
at table with Ivim?a nigger whose only
?laini lo distinctlon ia that, by comparl
*on wlth the balance of his race, he has
been considered somewhat superior.
Of the polltlcal effect of the incident lt
"The President has rudely shattered
any expectations lhat may have arisen
from bis announced intentlon to make tho
Republlcan party in tho South respect
ab!e? He has closed the door to any ac
cession6 of southern white men to tho
Republican ranks. Tbey can no more ig
nore the Jnstinct of race than can tho bit
terest Democratic bourbon." ?
The Conlmercial Appeal, of Memphls,
Team., nays:
*TJb\a tam. irhXte roan's country. It wlll
?nftnn . to be such us icrm as clean blood
flows through the veins of white people.
The negro will remaln in the South. He
is entitled to his rights under the law,
and the men who stand i'or white su
premacy nre the strongc-st advocates of
granting him theso rights. But beyond
that they will not go. The example of
President or potentate cannot change
their views. Their reasons are good and
sufficient. If some coarse-fibred men can?
not understand them, it is not the concern
of the southern people. Sufficient answer
to them is that race supremacy precludes
social equality."
Another c-ditorial, headed "Roosevelt's
Bad Break," concludes:
"President Roosevelt has committed a
blunder that is worse than a crime, and
no atonement or future act of his can re?
move the self-imprintcd stigma."
The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle says:
"The news from Washington that Presi?
dent Booker T. Washington, of Tuskegee
Institute, was a guest in the White House
at dinner with President and Mrs. Roose?
velt and family, and that after dinner
there was the usual social hour over
cigars, is a distinct shock to the favor
| able sentiment that was crystalizing in
the South for the new President.
"While encouraging the people In the
hope that the negro is to be largely elim
inated from office in the South, President
Roosevelt throws the fat in the fire by
giving countenance to the negro's claims
for social equality by having ono to dine
in the White House.
"President Roosevelt has made a mis?
take?one that will not only efface the
good impression he had begun to create
in the Soutli. but one that will actively
antagonize southern people and meet thn
disapproval of good Anglo-Saxon senti?
ment in all latitudee.
"The Soulh does not relish tho negro
in office, but that is a small matter com
pared with its unalterable opposition to
social equality between tho races. Pres?
ident Roosevelt has flnwn in the fac*
of pubiic sentiment and precipitated an
issue that has long since been fought
out and which should h<ave been left in
the list of settled questions."
Tha American of "asli^ille. Tenn:
"President Roosevelt has made a mis->
take In having Broker Washinstonj to '
dine with him at tho "\Thite House. It
is an error of judgment and1 a breach of
gOGd taste which can have no good ef?
fect in any way. ju can bo of no pos?
sible advantage to tlio race to which
Washington belongB and it is not calcu
lated to win either friends or sympathy
for Roosevelt in the South. The South
has a kindly feeling for Roosevelt and
it is not inclined to indulge ln captious
criticlsm of Wm, but he canliot expect
the South to refrain from erjticislng his
conduct in having negroes to dJne at the
White House table. He knows the feel?
ing and sentiment in tbo South. and. there
ls no goofl reason why he should delib
erately offend it."
' The editorial concludes: ."Those who
bnUeva tha* they caa benefit th? Wbit?
race or elevato the black race by ea~.ng
or sleeping with negroes have studied
ethnology to little 'purpose. President
Roosevelt is half Southern ih blood. Had
his mother been present when he seatecl
Booker AVashington at his table slie
would doubtless have declined to sit at.
the same table. President Roosevelt has
made a blunder, the bad effect of which
will reach beyond him."
The Evening Banner of Nashville,
Tenn., denounces the President's action
as a mistake and goes on to say: "What?
ever justiflcation may be attempted of
the Presidier.t's action in this instance,
it goes without saying that it will tend
to chill the favor with which he is re
garded in the South and will embarrass
him in his roputed purpose to build up
his party in this section."
The Register, of Danvillee, Va., says:
We never feel quito secure in critieis
ing conduct involving a question of taste.
In reeraxd? to President Roosevelt's pre
vailing upon Booker Washington to dine
wlth him, it suffices to reneat that an?
clent obsc.'Vation, "De gustibus non est
The Fredericksburg Free Bance says
Surely there must be some mis'ake'
about ii. Booker T. Washington is a
most respectable colored man, the head
of the Tuskegee (Alatrama) Tnstitute, but
he is colored, and the South, at leasi, is
not prepared for social eqiiality, the
blending of the races in social functions?
the sure forerunner of miscegenation.
Whon Cleveland invited Fred. Douglas to
a White House reception, which was
probably aceidental because Doughlas was
an officehold'er, and the clerk sending out
the Invitations probably merely furnish?
ed the list on the Congresslonal Directcry,
there was a mighty howl and the invita?
tion wap never duplicated. The Southern
people, at least, will be curious to know
if at this, the first entertainment of a
colored man in the AVhlte House, Mrs.
Roosevelt pnrticipated. and if so. how far
this great social deparlure will be ac
ceptable to the swell set in Washington:
and whether President Roosevelt. having
set the pace of entertaining black men,
his example will be generally followed.
If so Preaoher Jasper may have been
mistnken in his contention that "the sun
cTo move." but surely it will not be de
nied' in the light of the foregoing state?
ment that the world "do move." Presi?
dent Roosevelt has started out well, but
if he has entertained Washington as a
social equal. the South will be disap?
pointed and saddehed simply because its
p.eople are not prepared to nccept the idea
of tho social equaljtv of th- races
The Picayuno, o'f New Orleans. says:
"A great deal of criblcffim of various
sorts is going to be poured oiit rpon Pres?
ident 'Roosevelt for having entertained at
dinner the negro leader?'Booker Washlng?
ton. The PJcoyune Tegards this act on
tlie part of the President as an official
and na^t a social matter. Necesairily, if
the Prwsident should tako negroes of both
sexes into social relations with his fami?
ly, it would excite a great deal of pre
judiee; but o'flflcially, as the chief magis
trate of the vepublfc, which embraees in
its citizenship people of all colors and
many races, he may confer with and en?
tertain people who are black, red, brown
and yellow, as well as white, and eat and
drink with them.
"if, howrever, he should endeavor to
brinsr the peoples of all races, colors and
conditions Into the samo social plarie and
into-intimsle intercommunication, it is
much to be doubted if he could make it a
success, cither politically or socially. But
it should bd remembered that the Presi?
dent is a very peculiar man and has in
many Instanoes shown little regard, either
for official routiwe or social and poiitical
conventions. Probably he is more indif
ferent to all restraints of routine and
ceremony than.was ever any of his pre
decessors, and he may carry this pecu
liarity to the extent of eccentricity, so
that scarcely any act of his, no matter
how much out of tlio common oourse,
ne<Hl be surprislng.
"Nevertheless, without anticipating
anything in the way of peculiarities, the
Pieayune takes it for granted that the
President would do oflicially that which
he would not dream of in the way of vlo
lating. accepted social usages and conven?
tlons, and, therefore,. the* Pieayune has.
no erltielEm to make; in the present in
mMXioa." . -> A
Aiagistrate of the whoie people, and he
occupies a house provided for his nse by
the whole nation. A decent regard for the
opinions cf a large part of the people ho
is supposed lb represent ought to have
pre\ented his ili-advised action. Thn
South is willing to accord the colored
man all necessary rights and privileges,
but social equality is ono that is not only
not necessary, but Is hurtful to the negro,
and never will be tolerated by the white
people, north or south.
"Vlewed from any. standpoint, Air.
Roosevelt has made a great blunder."
Delegate J. S. Barbour: If Air.
Roosevelt desires to have negroes
to dine with him, he doubtless has the
right to grattfy his tastes in that dlrec?
tion, but the fact that his tastes run in
that directio:i shows either that he has no
conception of tho sentiment of thc South
toucl.ing such matters, or, fully under?
standing it, cares not a snap for it. In
either even*- his conduct can have hut
one effect, and that will be to chill to
death the feeling of admiration for and
contidence in him, which had taken such
a strong hold on the southern people. I
very much regret his action.
John Garland Pollard, IZsq..: If the
President ehooses to dine with a
negro, let him do lt. "EVery- man to his
own likiiig," as the old la.dy said when
she kissed the cow.
Air. A. lt. Pedigo (leading Republican
member from Henry countyi: "I think
the President of the United States has
a perfect right to entertain any citizen
he ehooses in his house or at his table.
As to the propriety of the recent act of
hospitality of our President to a col?
ored man, I will say that it is nobody's
business to critlcisc him. I have al?
ways understood that the old lady who
kissed the cow was doing right, accoru
ing to her taste."
Judge Timothy Rives: Why should not
the President "hob-nob" with Booker
Washington if he so desires? A Rough
Rider seems to do as he pleattes anyhow.
Ex-Attorn.y-General R. A. Ayers, ct
Wise county: President Rcosevelt, as the
Chief Alagistrate of the nation, enter?
tained at dinner a man who is conced.d
to be the foremost representative of his
race, constitu tn.g many millions of the
citizeus of the .country. I see no reason
for all the excitement lhe affair has
stirred un. Tlie white people of the
South thoroughly respect and' admire
Booker Washington, and are laiyisln. in
their commendation of ,his work. This
being true, why should they bc so stirred
ud at the-action of the President in an
offlcial way entertaining Washington?
He is compelledi to receive and entertain
the representatives of Hayti, Siberia, and
other black people not as deserving as
Washington. In my opinion, the crlti
cism is unmcrited and unjust, and can
in no way be attributed to a desire on
the President's part to promote social
equality with the negroes.
Delegate J. B. Thornton: Of course, no
one ca.n question the right of President
Roosevelt to entertain a negro as his
guest if he desires to do so. but from
my standpoint it is incomprehensible how
a man of his superior opportv.nities could
enjoy it. I think it can be expiained' by
his ahnormal passion for notoriety rather
than from a deliberate purpose to insult
and offend the whole, Southern people
and his noble mother's memory. lt is
discouraging to flnd that tho high posi?
tion has not balanced him at all.
Air. Turnbull: I think the ac?
tion of President Roosev-.t sim?
ply shows that we can expect
nothing from him or from the Republi?
can party in the time of helping to re
lieve us from the present condition of
things in Virginia.
Judge J. W. Orr: The action
of the President in dining with)
the distinguished gentleman of Af
rican descent creates quite a sensation
among the people, both North and South.
That he has made a mistake, no matter
what lils personal taste. may be, is quite
evident. But it is only a step carrylng
out his inclination in favor of social
equality. as manifestedi in his expressed
willingness to educate his own children
in a mlxed school, and one follows the
other naturally. .
Commonwealth Closed ils Case Yesterday,
Powers Took Stand.
(F>y Assoclated Pross.)
GEORGETOWN, KY., Oct. 19.?John W.
Ray, clerk to Appellate Judge 'White,
was the first. witness to-day in the trial
of Caleb Powers for alleged complicity
in the Goebel assassination. He testi?
fied that an hour before Goebel was shot
on January 30, Leander Guffy, the tip
staff of the Court of Appeals and1 son of
Judge Guffy. said: "Goebel wlll never be
Governor. He will be shot before tne
General Assembly meets this morning."
At 9:25 o'clock the Commonwealth
closed its case, and Judge Alorton began
to speak, setting forth briefly the de
fend-ftnt's side of the case. Caleb Pow?
ers was called as the first witness. Pow?
ers denled that anything was ever said
by him about intimidating the Legisla?
ture. His testimony was a complete anct
emphatic denial of every statement cred
ited to him by W. II. Culto . and i_
Wharton Golden. _
Bargains in silghtly used Uprlght
Pianos of the best makes.
815 E. Broad St.
We sell Pianos andi Organs on time,
but sell more for cash, owlng to the spec?
ial inducements we offer.
(on Alorrls Street between Alain and Flovd
1-CIN-S, pastor.?Preaching at 11 A, Al. and
S P. AL by the ...pastor' Morning subject,
"The Christian Endeavor Pled!gi?;" eve
hing. "Son_ Service?The Life of. Paul,"*
.unday. school at;9:80A- M. Seats free.
A cordial weloome, awaits all.. --;- '.',??
But Whereabouts of Missing Funds
are Unknown
Says He Talked With Two About Hls
Case, but Tbey Never Suspected
Hlm?Clalms Tbat He Was
Robbed of Money.
(Br Associated Tress.)
NEW YORK Oct. 19.?George Armit
age, the missing messenger of the
Bank of New Amsterdam, walked into
the Tenderloin Police Station to-day and
gave himself up. Hc declined to make
any statement as to the missing funds
of the bank, amounting to ?5,900.
Armitage was fashionably dressed. and
did not seem disturbed by his position.
Detectives tried to get him to make a
statement, but he declined.
"Its no use saying anything," he said,
"you can't pump me. I have decided to
say nothing until I see my lawyer,'and
maybe I won't say anything then."
Armitage only had J31.40 on him when
arrested. He was the messenger for the
Bank of New Amsterdam, and after his
disappearance, drafts and collections, rep
resentlng many thousands of dollars, were
returned to the bank by a mysterious col?
ored woman, who has not yet been found
by the police. This incident gave rise
to a theory of foul play, which the police
later discrediled. Armitage's account
shows a shortage of $5,950, of which $5,
000 is covered by a fidelity bond.
Before Arm, tage was locked up he
turned to the police reporters and boast
fully said: "I don't mind telling you fel
lows that I was at the Gotham theatre
in East New York last nlght and saw
East Bynne. Between acts I went out
with a friend and was introduced to two
detectives of the iberty Avenue Station.
1 had a long talk with them on various
subjects. After a while the conversat'on
drifted to the Armitage case, and we
spo-e about it for several minutes. Nei'h
er of the nolicemen seemed to have the
slightest suspicion of me. though they
must have been furnished with a descrip
tion of me. No one else that I met
seemed to know me. Why, T talked with
the sergeant at the Thirtieth-Street Sta?
tion before ho suspected my identity. I
ha to tell him flatly who I was before he
would- take me into custody."
Armitage subseriuently made a remark?
able confession which sent the police
scurrying after four supposedi accom
plices, who, as alleged, had/ in turn
robbed the dishonest b<,nk messenger of
practically all the moner he had stolen.
Armitage said that hs had met a wo?
man whom he kn-w only as Marle at a
road house which they both freo.uented.
She was a friend- of the piano player ln
the resort. The wife of the pian-o player
and a violinist, who also furnished music
in the place, and Armitage, Introduced to
the party by Marle, becamo friendly with
all during a month's intimacy.
Armitage said: that after he stole the
money he got drunk and' was unable to
reuirn the checks. Marie and w.e wife
of the piano player agreed to do it for
him, and taking the bank wallet to Brook?
lyn hired a negro woman to return it to
the bank. Armitage said that as the
woman left him Marie suggested that
she had better tako charge of the stolen
money for safety. Armitage said that
he gave up the money and the women
never came back.
It is- believed that the police uave the
naines of the entire party and will arrest
all four.
Tlie Inventor at Last Succecds ia Wiacing
Coveted Prize.
(By Issoclated Pre3a.)
PARI3, Oct. 19.?The Santos Dumont
airship ascended at St. Cloud at 2:28
o'clock this afternoon, and tlve minutes
aftercyards begnn to round the Eiffel
Santos Dumont completed his trip suc
cessfuily, but a question has arisen as to
whether it was done within the time lim?
it?thirty minutes. M. Deutsch ;:ays the
Aeronaut won the prize. The committee,
however, declares M. Santos Dumont
took 30 minutes, 40 4-7 seconds to mako
the trip.
Report That Such Sleps Wlll Be Taken by
Mrs. Foster'a Parents.
It was stated' yesterday by persons who
are in a position to speak with author?
lty that steps will be taken to have de?
clared null and void the marriage of
Miss Marie Thompkins Henry, of this
city to Dr. Alexander S. Foster, of
Union, S. C.
The wedding took place last Monday
evening in Baltimore county as the con
summation of a runaway romance.
Mrs. Foster is now in the city at the
home of Captain and Mrs. R. P. Honry,
No. B01 East Clay Street. Her husband
is not with her.
Body Redressed After Being Buried for Ten
(Special Dlspatch to The Tiiuds.)
WINCMESTER, VA., Oct. 19.?The re
aruaans of Charles H. B. Rouss, which
were placed in the Rouss mausoleum
yesterday, aJiter bedng in the ground ten
years, during which time -they became
petrifled, were removed to an undertaking
establishment thls morning and placed
in anotner casket. The remains were
washed and put ln other clothes.
When taken aip chie coffin was full of
water. The features of the young .man
are natural, except for a, sllght discolor
ation. '
Guests, of Whom Tbere Were Three Hundred
Escsped Safely.
(8y A*4o<lated Press.)
HOUSTON, TEX., Oetl 19.?The Hutch
ins House, a large four-story hotel, was
burned at an early hour thls morning.
and it Is belieypd the fire is a result of
incendiarisra. There were about 3W?
guests in the house, all of whom got out
in safety and wlthout injury.
The loss;is jjlaced at $110,000'on the
hotel aiid furnishings, wlth insurance of
$55,000. Tenants occupyinff . the ground
floor suffered loss by water amounting to
$15,000, partlally inaured!. The house was
built forty.,yeara ago
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"Berrys for Clothes"
They Balance.
A good tale is none the worse for
being told.?Prov.
The tale of our Fall and Winter
Clothing Stock will bear a second
telling. And some people would
profit by it if it were told a third
and a fourth time.
Men's Fall Suits?
Regular, stout, slim and extra
sizes?made of strictly all-wool
Cheviots and Cassimere?this sea?
son' s best ideas cleverly embodied
in every garrnent?lined durably?
new military cut shown?whoppers
in value for
Suit-price-range runs from $5.00
to $30.
Boys' Suits, $1.45 to $9.00.
0. H. BERR\ & CO.
Outfitters for Men and Boys.
______^^^m^m^A_-nmtm?.__._^I .* ftV?M'mgHj
ls Said to Have Suffered Most
Awful Agony From Garura
nous Wound
(By AesoL-latod Presi.)
DL'RBAX, NATAL, Oct. 19.?General
Dewet's recent inaction has produced the
irrpression among military men that he
is either dead or incapacitated throughiU
ness or wounds. According to a letter
from Pretoria, a prominent Boer recent?
ly wrote to a friend tha- "Dewet suffereii
the most terrfble agony before he died.
He was wounded in the shoulder by a
spllnter from a shell, and the wound
gangrened, owing to its being dressed
with dirty rags."
Five Boers captured at different places.
recently said Dewet was dead. but each
gave a different version of his death.
Against these reports is a statement of
Piet DeYilliers, the fleld cornet, recently
taken prisoner in the northeastern part
of the Orange River Colony, who said
that on the morning of I1I3 captura he
took breakfast with General Dewet.
Teiegraphic Brevities.
(by Assoclated Pro33 i
ASHBURN, GA.?By the overturnlng of
a lamp the residep.ce of Julius Hatclte:',
ten miles we'st of thw place. took nre
and burned early to-day and two sons
and! a daughter perished.
"WASHINGTON.?The- State Depart?
ment has been informed that A. AI;
Mealy, the American citizen ' who nas
been in jail at Porfiro, Mexico. under
commitmcnt for contempt of court. nas
bc^u released on bail.
WASHINGTON.?The President to-day
appointed M. E. Elliott register of the
General Land Offlco at Camden, Ark.
WASHINGTON.?The marlne guard,
which has rendered such eonspleuous ser?
vlce during the Pan-Amerieain Exposi?
tion at Buffalo will be sent by ihe Navy
Department to the forthcoming exposi?
tion at Charleston.
ST. LOUIS.?The Order of Railroad
Te'.egraphers to-day declined to re-elect
. I. M. Dolphin for president. II. B. fsr
ham, of St. Louis, grand secretary and
treasurer for the past five years, waa
NEW YORK?The four days registration
in the Boroughs comprirfing Greater New
York closed to-night with 6I-.SQ2 n t. stra
tions. The registration one year ago wa.s
PROVIDENCE. R. I?Alix, thf? famous
trottir.g mare, who has a record of . :0'!"i.
made at Galesbury. II!.. in 180-1. and w.13
not eiuialled until last year. wa_ choloro
formed to-day to save her from lingering
WASHINGTON.?Major John B. Har?
low. member of tho United States Civil
Service Commi.^sion, has tendered his res
i_nation to the President. and will be
transferred Ixick to the St. Loui? post
office under the present. postrnaster.
OMAHA; NEB.?Fire which orfginated
in W. L. May & Company's wholesale
grocery here to-night did $100,000 damage
to that concern and adjoining houses.
One ftreman was slightly injured and
nno*h*-<- had his coat burned off.
BUFFALO. N. Y.?New England's buiid?
ing at the Pan-American Exposition. was
destroyed by fire to-night.
PHILADELPHIA. PA.?The first monu?
ment erected at Vailey Forge. iu memory
of the Revolutlonary soldiors who died
thore during the winter of 1777-'7S. wa%
unveiled and dedicated to-day by the
Daughters of the Revolution.
Ceniennial Celebration for Southern Ju'is*
dictlon ln United States.
(By . saoclated I'ress.)
WASHINGTON. Oet. IX).?A miisicale at
tho Masonic Temple to-night inaugurated
tJie centennial celebration of the founding
of the Supreme Council of the A. A. S. R.
for the southern jurlsdletion of the Unitec?
States. The Supreme Council meets on
On Tuesday officers will be elected. Rey
resentative J. D. Rlchardson, of Tennes?
see, will be chosen Soverelg-n Grand Com?
mander. The unveiling of the monum i
to General Albert Pike will occur Wed?
nesday afternoon, and the same evening
the Centenary Observances will close with
an address by Sovereign Grand-Comm. ..
d'er Richardson on "The Anclent and Ac?
cepted Scottish Rite and the SuDronta
Council," and a banquet at the new Wil?
Stribling Springs, which used to be
one of the most prt>rnl nent resorts ln
Virginia. ia to be in? larg. ? part rebutit
and to be thoroughly reniodelled- by the
Chesapeake and Western Railroad. The
springa were flfteen mlles from the old
Vailey road, but the new Itns ia ln eloso
proximity to the resort.
Prosperous Town cf Sydney Prac
tfcally Wiped Out.
Fortyfive M'.'.c Wind Carrled Biaze Fiercely
Before it sad All E fort 3 to
Ch:ck the Fire Seemed
(By Associated Frera.)
HALIFAX, N. S., (>ct. Vj.? The pros?
perous and thrivlng town of Sydney wo?
almost swept out of existenco to-day oy
a flerce cbnilagratlon. which started about
2 o'clock. The llames. which were fannedl
by a forty-tive mile gale, swept througtt
the principal business porttons ot tne
town, causing ruln nnd devastatiort. Four
blocks of the flnest business buildinga
are in ashes.
The only thing that saved the city from,
total destruction. was a heavy rainstorm.
v;hich set in after dark, and, as the wind
decreased i:i fury, the tlreraen and nun
dreds of miners succeeded in getting tho
fire under control. Ov- r slxty buildinga
;ire in ashes :>r:,! many m>Tt: are Dactly
scorched. Ihe buildinga were nearly ali
large woeden stm I 11 i. and thej burned!
so fiercrly r'ri.-.c '.; v.;i- ?.:?;?> ..-.-:"!.l--- to save
any oi thelr .?? i tt nt t.
The firemen v .- :;, ?..)..- hanillcappo>i->,
at the outset by the poor supply of wator.
The tire started in a tlirve-story fraraa
building on Charlotte Sireet. occupied hy
A. D. Giilis ii mI Gordon & Kelth. When
the liremen arrived on the scene the
building was burning fiercely, and tha
wind was blowing th< flames over th*
tops of the adjoining buitdlngs. ln a very
short time the tir? spread to the build?
ings occupied by Carr, jeweler; Blaneli
ard. Bentley & Company, and the Mari
timo 1'remium Company. Then it spre;ul
to some small buildings on the opposlte
side ot the street and jumped to the largo
department store ol' Prowse Brothers <fc
Cromwell, which was soon doomed. Th<i
whole town was then threatened.
Assistance was sent for, and the Sra
departments of Xorth Sydney and Glace
Bay responded, and on arrival got cpiickty
to work. but every effort to stay tho
flumes was of no avail. The flre swept
from Charlotte to Prince Street and us
far south as George Street. carrying
.everything before it. Hall" an hour after
the-flre started one-quarrer of the busi?
ness portion of the town was in ilama.
The town's water supply now gave out
and the engines had to be sent to tho
harbor to pump water.
At 4:30 o'clock two of the business blocks
were destroyed and the' fire spread to
Bemick Street, and half. an hour later.
Bruce, George, Bentick aud Charlotte
Streets were a mass ol" fire. The minera
resorted to the use of dynamite and sev-.
cral buildings were blown up, but with
little effect. the wind having carried the
burnlng cmbers ;.> itber bulldlngs. Tho
fine building belonging to the Union Bank
of Halifa.- ..' the '? ,-ii-. and Presby
terfon churches were s m destroyed.
At 7 o'clock the fire had reached tho
east end of Ch; rlotte Stroet and h'-re it3
progress was .-? tyi 1. The blocks an
Westworth. Prince and I'itt Streats. and
half a block on George Strest. were de?
stroyed. The flre is supposed to have been
started bv tlie bursting of au oil slovs. Tt
is Impcssible to estirr.ate the loss at pres?
ent. but lt. ls roughly placed at between
$400.0.10 and $n0O.(W. of which not mora
than hnlf Is covereO by insurance.
Priniinent Maa Loscs His Life in AutoraobHa
(By Associated Press.)
CENTRAL Y*T.T.RT, N. X., Oct. 13.?
While ascen&ing Bull Hill on- the roadi
from Central Valley to West Point. tha
1,800 pound automoblle in which I'\ H.
Benedict and a party of rrlemts wera
traveling was overturned andi Mr. Bene?
dict was almost instantly killed.
Grenvllle Kane was thrown under tno
nragazlne; which weighed 4C0 pounds. Tho
entire automobilo then toppled over, and
-Mr. Benedict was crushed' beneath its
weight. Kane was seriously injured'. A
slii -,.-.-..- road was tlv> cause of the accl
?".-itt, making it impossibie to control tha
Heavy Storm 9ake.
llij AsaoclnUid Pstss.)
FISHKILD. N. Y. Oct. 1!).?Dr. Sprague,
who attended Mr. Kaa*>, stated to-night
that the patient sustained a t'racture ol
the left arm and was severely cut about
the face ancf hands.
A heavy storm. which broke over tha
mountains just as the automoblle party
were approaching the summic of Bull Hill.
was the direct cause of the accident. A
moment after the machine had passed tha
sUmmit a gv.st Ioosened the rabber blanket
ln front ot Mr. Benedict, who was driv?
ing. obscured his vision for a brlef period,
ar.d he lost control of the automobife. It
dashed about njnd rolled over against a
stone wall. All the ocenpants were
thrown out, but Mr. Benedict waa tha
only one who fell underneatb.
Both Men P. omiuc.it.
NEW YORK, Oct. Xii.?F. ll. Benedict
was the con of E. C. Benedict, the banker
of thls city. He waa tfejrty-tbree yeara
cflfd. His tirst wife was the daughter of
TKnry M. Flagler, the oll magnate, and
?his second (wffle the daughter oi Freder
iek R. Coudert; the well known attorney.
Grenvllle Kane is one <>f the besf
fartown club men in ths city. He la th*
great-grandsen. of the original .I:hn Ja
ccb Astor.
Opened Campaiga for William J. Stone !*
tfaccn, Mo.
(By Assoelated Presa.)
MACON. MO.. Oct. 13.?Former Gover?
nor Wililam J. Stone's senatorial cam?
paign wiis openeu here to-day with Wil?
liam J. Bryan as the prfnei;:.;! ?'peaker?
? and a great deroonstration resulted. Mlr.
fBryan was to "have =p?>ken in the morn?
ing, but speechmakir.g was postpomed ca
tll afternoon on account of an imprompta
receptiCJii to him.
In the afternoon Mr. Bryan. former
Governor Stone an.I Congressman Champ
Clarke made addresse*
_???.-? ?-s
Oiacral FisSd Speaks.
(Special IWspatoh to thv- Tlmos.)
The Democratic campaign was opaned in
Albemarle last nlght by Gen. James* G.
Field. Hla address was made ln th*
courthouse. but owing: to the late an
nouhcement, he ,was heard by a small
ffathertas. "!

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