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VOL. 30 ~ BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1003. NO. 213. Trustees of TRINITY WILL NOTACCEPT Resignation of Prof. Bassett on Accoont of Booker Washing ton Views Turned Down HIS CONDUCT AS TEACHER RAC BEEN HONORABLE While Not Agreeing With Professor Bassett That Washington is Great est Living Southerner, the Board Respects Him. Raleigh, N. C., December 2.—The trus tees of Trinity college having voted IS to 7 to refuse to accept the resignation of Professor Bassett, gave to the public tr day a statement of their position in the matter, which in substance is ns follows: "We had before us the offer of Dr. John S. Bassett to resign his professor ship of history, and it Is made cicar to 11s that It was not presented out of a voluntary decision to sever his connec tion with the college, but that II vas ten dered under coercive influences from rhe outside, and because of a feeling that h!s further connection with the college might bring Injury to it. Candor impels us to admit our regret that Professor Bassett has expressed certain opinions which gave offense to many, and we are glad to find that these opinions were expressed solely on his own authority through a medium which is in no sense an organ of the college, and not at all In his capacity as a college official, so that neither this board nor the college can be held respon sible for them. Disagree With His Opinions. "On the contrary, it clearly appears that the faculty and the students disa gree with certain of Professor Bassett's opinions, so far as we can ascertain, unanimously. Neither do we agree with him. Nevertheless, both faculty and stu dents. with equal unanimity, have man ifested their desire that this board de’line to accept Professor Bassett's offer of his resignation, and for the following rea sons, which seem to us vital, we do de cline to accept it: "]. Any form of coercion of thought and private judgment is contrary to our constitutional alms of Trinity college, which Is to cherish a sincere spirit of tolerance. “2. We are particularly unwilling to lend ourselves to any tendency to de stroy or limit academic liberty. "3. We believe that society in the end will find a surer benefit by exercising pa tience, than It can secure by yielding to its resentments. The search for truth should be unhampered and in an atmos phere that is free liberty may some time lead to folly: yet it is better that some should be tolerated than that all should think and speak under the denying in fluence of repression. "4. The matter that has engaged our attention is of more than local Interest and will be far reaching In Its results. Must Exercise Tolerance. "5. Trinity college is affiliated with a great church whoso spirit and doc trines are tolerant and generous, and a due regard for the teachings and tradi tions of this Christian society requires us to exercise our judgment in harmony with Its spirits and decisions, "Viewing the matter in the light of those wider interests, and finding that there is no complaint against Professor Bassett's moral character, his scholarly fitness, his energy. hi3 competency as a teacher, or his command of the confil dence of his classes, we are sure that duty requires us to decline the offer of his l resignation. L We state as a fact that Professor Bas J sett does not believe nor does he teach social equality and that we have confi dence in him both as a man and teacher. (Signed.) "T. F. MARR. "J. H. SOl’THOATE. "Committee.” After the announcement of the decision nf the trustees, a large number of stu dents gathered on the college campus and hanged in effigy the editor of a paper which had led the fight against the declarations promulgated by Professor Bassett. REVOLUTION RUMORED. The Present Situation in Santo Do mingo Very Unsettled. San Domingo, December 2.—It Is report ed here that a disturbance headed by General Gandelario Roso, has broken out ■t Baralena. on the south coast of the island. The general situation remains unsettled and there have been many demonstrations of dissatisfaction. It is rumored that several places in the north are by no means tranquil and it is considered wise that the United States gunboat Newport should remain here. The financial condition of the provisional (government is a desperate one. Major McGuire Dead. Ifemphis. December 2.—Major T. R. Mc flulre of Rosedale, Bolivar county, Mis* , died at St. Joseph's hospital in ibis city at 12:30 o’clock today from the effects of the amputation of his leg. He was <12 years of age. Major McGuire was sheriff of Bolivar county, Miss. He was shot In the knee by the accidental discharge of a revolver in September last. He served with distinction In the Confederate army. ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ PRICE OF i-OUNDRY IRON ♦ ♦ GOES UP IN PITTSBURG ♦ ♦ - ♦ ♦ Pittsburg, Pa., December 2—Foun- ♦ ♦ dry Iron has advanced here and ♦ . No. 2 northern is now selling in ♦ ' ♦ considerable lots at $14.25 a ton at ♦ ♦ Pittsburg. Sales of foundry coke ♦ ♦ for next year are also being made ♦ ♦ and contracts formed at *2.05 a ton. ♦ ♦ This was the price fixed In the ♦ ♦ circular of the H. C. Frick Coke *. ♦ company of the United States Steel ♦ ♦ corporation when it re-entered the ♦ ♦ general market recently. ♦ ♦ ♦ FALLEN PROPHET APPEALS IN VAIN TO THE HOSTS OF ZION ____M M Ml | IS GREETED BY Hew British Ambassador Pays Respects to President RE IS CORDIALLY RECEIVED Brings Assurances of Pleasant Rela tions of the Two Countries and King Edward's Good Will for the United States. Washington, December 2.—Sir Henry Mortimer Durand, successor to Sir Mieh ale Herbert as ambassador of Great Bri tain to the United States, was formally received by the President this afternoon, the speeches being notably felicitous and gracious. Sir Mortimer addressed the President as follows: "Mr. President: I have the honor to in form you that King Edward VII, my august sovereign, has directed me to pre sent to you In person this letter accredit ing me as his ambassador to the United States of America. “His majesty has further directed me to assure you of his earnest desire that the friendly relations which ^xlst be tween the United States and Great Bri tain may be maintained and strength ened, and I have received his majesty's command to keep this object constantly in view. I am deeply conscious, Mr. President, of the responsibility laid upon me, and I am well aware how hard It will be for me to prove worthy of the high mission with which I have been honored. Admires America. “I come to America for the first time with a warm admiration for, but with out any personal knowledge of, the great nation over which you have been called to preside; and I feel my Inexperience the more keenly because 1 succeed as Brit- i Ish ambassador here one who had passed a considerable part of his life in this country, whose sympathies with your peo ple were therefore based upon a thorough undeistanding, and I may add, whose sin gular charm of character endeared him to nil who knew him. “I can only say, Mr. President, that with God's help. I will do my best to carry out the duty entrusted to me. No duty could be more in accord with ny wishes, and it will be a very real happi ness when my work here comes to an end. if I can feel that I have been able to help, however little. In bringing about an increase of the good will between our two nations. I believe that upon that good will depends in no small degree the wellfare of the world.” In reply, the President said: “Mr. Ambassador—It affords me sin cere gratification to receive from your hands the letter whereby his majesty. King Edward VII, accredits you as his ambassador to the United States of America. Through you, the personal representative of your sovereign, I cor dially reciprocate his majesty's desire that friendship and good will between our I wo countries shall be strengthened and perpetuated, and with the concurrent ef forts of the American government, I doubt not that success will attend your endeavors to fulfill his majesty's desire to this beneficial end. Predicts His Popularity. "Following, as you do, Mr. Ambassa dor, in the steps of one whose genial sympathy with our people and whose in timate knowledge of this country stood him in good stead by enabling him to gain the confidence anil esteem of this government, and to win the affection of all with whom he was brought into as sociation, I cannot doubt that you. being inspired by the same good purpose and animated by the same kindly feelings, will achlve no less than did your lament ed predecessor, and merit equally with him the high regard of this government and of my countrymen. "It is fitting that this should be, and that mindful of the ties of friendship and speech, moved by like aspirations of pro gress in the paths of peace and sharing a reverential trust In the Almighty will that guides our destinies, our two na tions and peoples, through their minister ing agencies, should strive to reach a harmonious accord in all that affects their common interests." TO FILE TARIFFS. Interstate Commerce Commission Will Give a Hearing. Washington, December 2.—To obtain the j views of representatives of railroads and all interested shippers on the promulga tion of railroad tariffs on export and im port traffic, the inter-state commerce com mission has fixed a hearing on the sub ject to be held here December 17. The • mission says: "The commission has held the opinion and has officially so decided that the law relating to the publication and filing of tariffs applies as well to export and im port traffic, as to domestic traffic. "This requirement of the law as re spects export and import shipments con tinues to be disregarded to a greater or less extent, and it is believed to be the duty of the commission to insist upon its observance. "To this end it is proposed to give gen eral notice that from and after January 1, 1904. the commission will require the pub lication and filing of tariffs on export and import traffic, the same as on do mestic traffic, unless convinced that the obligation to do so is not imposed By the statute." Will Hold Action in Abeyance. Washington, December 2.—Secretary Root will hold In abeyance his action rel ative to the Merchants’ Bridge company of St. Louis, pending decision on the quo wmrranto proceedings brought by the at torney general of Missouri before the su preme court of that state, which has origi nal jurisdiction in such cases against the St. Louis Terminal company, of which the Merchants’ Bridge company is a part, seeking its dissolution on the ground that the consolidation of competing lines is prohibited by the state constitution. SKELETONS ARE OUCJP ON Bitter Feeling Over Dreyfus Case Aroused in France IS SOLE TOPIC OF TOE OAK Paris Discusses Probable Action of the Commission and Testimony That Former Witnesses May Be Called Upon to Give. Paris. December 2.—The Dreyfus com mission assembled today at the depart ment of justice. The six members of the commission sat around a table upon J which were piled the papers in the vari ous cases under consideration. While M. Durand, the president, says the commis sion did not take up the Dreyfus ease to day, no doubt exists that individually, attention is being given to it, as to all the documents which have heon trans mitted to M. Durand. It is not expected that oral testimony will be heard. A meeting of prominent nationalists today demonstrated that they are bitterly an tagonistic to the action taken by the government. Former War Minister Cuvlgnac accused the government of disturbing the peace of the country by reviving an affair which had been made an instrument for civil discord, and asserted that it was useless to Interpellate the government on the subject, because the ministry was too strong. General Merclcr, the former war minister, who Is regarded as ' he chief accuser of Dreyfus, has Issued from comparative retirement from public life as senator from the Lolre-Interleure, and has affirmed that everything he hnd read in the government newspapers regarding Dreyfus was untrue. Old Animosities Revived. The bitter tone of the nationalists is an indication of how the actual taking up of the case today has revived all the old animosities and bitterness of the last ten years. Intense feeling Is shown through out governmental, political and army cir cles. The universal theme of the news papers, clubs and society Is that the re vival of the case will bring out again prominently the leading actors In the Dreyfus degradation. Some of ihe most striking figures. In cluding Zola and Colonel Henry, are dead. General Mercler has ceased to exerclso Influence In the war administration and never speaks In the Bennte. General De Roisdefere, formerly chief of the French staff, has practically been retired, as he is on waiting orders and has no nctive command. Colonel Dupaty De Clam has retired, but he continues to be an active figure. Major Count Esterhazy has be come a pitiful personage. He has left the army, was divorced in 1899, and lives in Dondon. General Zuerllnden, former military governor of Paris, has retired. Dreyfus’ Friends Disgraced. Most of the officers favorable to Drey fus have been disgraced in one way or another. Colonel Plcquart has become a Parisian newspaper man. Joseph Rel naeh, leader of the campaign for the revision of Dreyfus' trial, is no longer a member of the chamber of deputies, but continues to conduct a literary cam paign for Dreyfus' full restoration to the army. M. Reinach came out today with a strong interview in behalf of his friend. M. Brlsson, who first demanded a revi sion. is now a member of the chamber of deputies. M. Ia>ow, president of the criminal chamber of the court of cassa tion. has retired from the Judiciary and directs the affairs of the legion of honor. Although there is no present purpose of recalling the witnesses. the testimony which those persons will give In case the court requires their presence is occupying considerable attention. RAID RESULTS! CAPTURE OF BARD AN ITALIAN TAKEN IN A RAID ON PHILADELPHIA TENEMENT CON FESSES THAT HE AND HIS COM PANION ARE MAFIANS. Philadelphia. December 2.—A tenement house on Carpenter street In the Italian quarters of the city was raided by the police, who captured fifteen supposed members of the mafia. The raid was the result of complaints to the police by Ital ian merchants and bankers who said they had received blackmailing letters and had been threatened with death should they refuse to comply with the demands for money. Each of the fifteen men arrested was armed with two revolvers and a sti letto. In the room were a number of pis tols and ammunition. At the hearing today one of the men admitted that he and his companions were members of the mafia and they were in communication with similar branches in New York. Baltimore and Pittsburg. They were held in $1500 ball each on charges of carrying concealed weapons, conspiracy, and threatening to kill. WANT TO KEEP WARM. Motormen and Conductors Strike Be cause Cara Are Not Heated. Charlotte. N. C., December 2.—All the motormen and conductors on the Char lotte street curs went on strike today be cause of the refusal of the company to heat the cars. No cars were run out of the barn until about 1ft o clock, but by 3 o’clock In the afternoon one car on ca< h of the four lines was In operation, b-ing operated by men employed about ‘.he power house. The strikers declare they will abstain from violence. The company declares that It is unable to put on the heat cause of recent extensive enlargement of the system. Dowie Holds Meeting in Tab ernacle and Calls on His People for Aid ASKS FOH $1,000,000 AND RECEIVES ABOUT $1000 "Elijah II” Delivers One of His Char acteristic Harangues, But This Time His Followers Show Little Enthusiasm. Chicago, December 2.—A meeting of the Dowieites was held in the tabernacle at Zion City tonight. It was called by Dowie for the purpose of starting a fund of $1,000,000, with which to pay off ali the indebtedness that hangs over Zion City and himself. The outpouring of his fol lowers was not one to bring cheer to the heart of the general overseer of Zion. The tabernacle seats 0000 people, and usually all the seals are taken at the special meetings called by Dowie. To night, however, the ball was not over half filled, and the gathering was not as enthu siastic as might be desired by a man who was in immediate need of funs. Dowie gave to his followers a state ment of the financial situation of Zion City, and told them that the assets were ample, the only trouble being that he was not able to realize upon them at once. All he needed was a contribution of ready money with which to tide over the pres ent crisis In the affairs of the city, and this once done, Zion would grow' to great er power than ever before. Loves His People. "I love this tabernacle/ ’he said. "I love all my tabernacles as I love my peo ple. As my people have grown, so have my temples of worship. And when we prepare to leave this tabernacle for the last time, the next house of worship will be Jerusalem. "Yes, we will help rebuild Jerusalem. It has always been my prayer. Gold has told me to do It. God tells all of you to do It. But not now. That will come later. "The flesh pots pr, >*he cause of our coming hi,* » tunig-oi facy a joke to me. For an hour the dogs have thought they led me, but, beloved, we are going to kick them out now. We will kick them out for all eternity. "Beloved, 1 would like to take you Into my confidence. A few minutes ago I re ceived a communication that caused the clouds to lift. They are beginning to part. I call upon you to help me to crush them all. My people, I come to you for help. I know that you will not be found wanting. Are you of Zion or not?" There was a feeble "yes.” Compliments Reporters. "Those devils of parasites, the reporters, came to me today. They wanted to know what I would say to you tonight. Did they learn from me?" Cries of "no." "I tell you, we will run them out of Zion. I knew they were coming before they attempted to pollute Zion. 1 knew It by the stench that came ahead of them.” Dowie continued in this strain for over an hour. "We want $1,000,000," he said, "and I want the faithful here in Zion City to contribute half that sum. I want It now, tonight." The collection taken up is said to have amounted to less than $1000. Tt is declared by the receivers appoint ed yesterday for Zion City that the af fairs of Dowie are In a worse condition than was at first supposed. Receiver j Currier said tonight: "T believe that Dr. Dowie will be able I to pay off all his obligations in time. Just *how' long this will bo, Is something that we will not be able to tell until we have made a thorough investigation of all his affairs. I understand that Dr. Dowie thinks he will be able to settle all claims against him in the course of five weeks." Liabilities About $350,000. Yesterday it was the opinion that the liabilities of Dowfie would not amount to over $o5H.OOO. Tonight it is admitted by the receivers and their attorneys that the claims against him for merchandise alone will aggregate $500,000, and in addition to this amount, that there are mortgages on his property at Zion City amounting to Sl&I.OOO, whirh ar« due th<* first of next year. He ow'es $100,000 to Ills brother-in law, Samuel Stevenson, making a total of $725,000. At the Zion City general store, where Receiver Currier was introduced to Dea con Clendennon, the general manager of the stores, the question arose as to wheth er the ' trade checks” In use at Zion City were to he accepted at the store under Receiver Currier's administration, inpay ment of purchases. Clendennon said that many residents of Zion had little or no ready money, and were depending on trade checks, which were given as money. If these checks were refused at the store, he said, it would work a great hardship. After consulting with his attorneys, R» - celver Currier said that the checks will not be accepted. This decision was alto made known to the manager of the fre«h food supply of Zion, wBich include* the butcher shops. In a short time it had become known throughout the city, occasioning a panic among those of Dowie's followers -vhnse only assets are the trade ch?r.',cs. How these are to live during the coming week, unless they are assisted by the more well to-do neighbors, was acknowledged to be problematical. Will Convene Tuesday. Pittsburg. December 2.—The sheet steel workers' convention, at which the re moval of the limit of production will be ' considered, will be held here next Tues day. Notices were sent out from t he Amalgamated association ofii'-es today ordering the lodges to select their dele gates. The independent sheet steel manu facturers' association will be represented at the convention. ♦ THE WEATHER. ♦ ♦ - ♦ ♦ Washington. December 2.—Fore- ♦ + cast for Alabama: Generally fair ♦ ♦ Thursday and Friday: light to ♦ ♦ fresh north to cast v PANAMA CANAL TREATY IS SIGNED BY THE JUNTA WASHINGTON, December 2.—Two telegrams, one from the junta and the other from the minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Panama, announcing the approval of the Hay-Bunau-Varllla treaty were received by Minister Bunau-Varilla today. They are ab follows: "Panama, December 2. "At 10:30 a. m. the junta has finished the examination and approved and signed the canal treaty. (Signed) ESPIELLA, "Minister of Foreign Relations.” "Panama, December 2. “We are happy to communicate to your excellency that we have just ratified the Hay-Bunau-Varilla treaty without modification and unanimous ly. The official act has been received with unanimous approbation. (Signed) "J. A. ARANGO, "THOMAS ARIAS, "ESPINAZA, "Members of Junta.” Minister Varilla communlted the news received by him to Secretary Hay. The treaty as approved and signed by the Panama junta will be promptly returned to Minister Bunau-Varilla at Washington. To insure its safe and prompt trans mission without interference by officials anywhere, the treaty will be entrusted to Consul General Gudger at Panama, who will toward it to Washington in the American diplomatic mail pouch. Instructions to this effect already have been sent to Mr. Gudger by Secretary Hay. This courtesy wras extended at the request of Minister Bunau-Varilla. HOW IT WAS DONE. Panama. December 2.—Minister of Foreign Affairs Espiella arrived here from Colon yesterday with the new canal treaty. The treaty was discussed last night and It is expected will be ratified today by the republic of Panama. Rear Admiral J. O. Walker arrived on the same train that brought Senor Espiella. Sendra Arango and Arias, with some of the ministers of the new republic, met the party at the railway station. Senor Espiella drove immediate ly to the government palace, whore the chest containing the treaty wras placed on a table in the main office. At 4 o'clock in the afternoon members of the junta and of the ministry as sembled in the grand salon of the palace. The chest and two small tin boxes addressed to the members of the junta and bearing the seals of Minister Bunau Varilla, were placed on a table In the center of the room. Surrounded by the spectators, who were seated about the table. Senor Espiella opened the chest and withdrew the cotton wrappers, finally bringing to light the treaty enveloped In the Panaman Hag. The document was addressed to the members of the junta by Minister Bunau Varilla. Senor Arias then broke the seal and formally handed the paper to the members of the junta. There was only one copy In the English language. After discussing its provisions the ministers and members of the junta will all sign the document with a special gold pen, purchased for the occasion. It is then probable they will hand it to Admiral Walker for transmission to Wash ington. FARMER’S UNIONS SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE IN TEXAS Fort Worth. Tex., December 2.—The farmers of Texas are being unionized at a rapid rate. There arc today some 3000 unions in Texas, with a total member ship of 40.000 or more, and the organiza tion Is spreading like wildfire. It be gan at Emory, Rains county, about ten months ago. under the name of the Farm ers Educational and Co-operative union of America, and is now established in nearly every populous county In Texas. About the middle of February next a meeting will be held for completing n state organization, and it is believed the movement will spread to other states, is the Farmers' AUIanV organization did a few years ago. The purpose of the union is to buy and sell in bulk, to educate along agricultu ral lines, and. to eschew politics, hut to, nevertheless, discuss political economy. HEARD TO CONVENE THE LEGISLATURE LOUISIANA LAWMAKERS WILL CONSIDER THE BOLL WEEVIL AND TAKE STEPS TO ERADICATE THE PEST IN THE STATE. Baton Rouge, December 2.—Governor W. W. Heard today issued a proclomation convening the generul assembly of the state In extraordinary session for a period of twelve days beginning at noon on Thursday, December 10. and designating the objects to be considered, towlt: [ First—The boll weevil cotton pest, and the consideration and enactment of such laws as may be necessary to prevent, control and eradicate the; same in the state of Louisiana, and making an ap propriation to carry into effect all laws in relation thereto. Second—Repeal of the statute requiring a new registration of voters In the coun try parishes after December 31, 1903, and providing for a supplementary registra tion instead. Third—Erection of residences for the of ficers of the Insane asylum for colored persons at Alexandria and making appro priation for the cost thereof. Fourth—To reimburse the fiscal agents for moneys advanced by them for the payment of interest on “Hope bonds”, funded under decree of the supremo court, and for overflow sufferers and repairs on the lepers' home. Fifth—To make an appropriation to pay the expenses of the extraordinary session of the general assembly and for paving sidewalks and improving grounds of the state capitol. gtxth—To enable the senate to advise ns to all interim appointments to office, in accordance with the constitution and the statutes relating thereto. HUNT HAS A PLAN. Hopes to Reorganize International Bank and Trust Company. Mexico City, December 2.—President Hunt, of the recently suspended Internat ional Bank and Trust company, has formulated a plan for the reorganization of that Institution which he has sent from New York. The plan Is substantially as follows: A securtles or holding company will be formed to take 51 per cent of the stock to he formed under the Mexican laws with i a capital stock of 117,000,000 silver. The 1 depositors in the defunct bank will be asked to take stock in the new institu tion for fifty per cent of their deposits, and receive the remaining fifty per cent of deposits in cash. The new’ bank would have local directors, as well as American directors. It is figured that the depositors of the International bank eventually will | get the full amount of their deposits in , this way, If desired, as it is claimed that the stock of the new institution would soon be saleable at par. WILL INCREASE RATES. Railroad Men Hope to Counteract In creased Taxation. Washington, December 2.—Railroad freight rates are to tie increased on many lines throughout the southern .states in the course of the next few weeks. This was the decision reached at the meeting of th«* Southeastern Tariff association in session here today, ft is said that freight rates on some clhsslflcatloiis are to be lowered. The railroad officials Justify the in crcaslng of rates by the statement that in Virginia. Georgia and other southern states, railroad taxation has been large ly Increased, and It Is necessary to raise money to meet this n»*w' demand. The August Overdue. London, December 2.—The German ship i August, which sailed from New York j August 1 for Liverpool, has been posted I at Lloyd's as overdue. MR. BRUCE RESIGNS THE CHAIRMANSHIP SENATOR PLATT SAYS THAT AB SOLUTE HARMONY EXISTS IN NEW YORK AND EFFORTS TO STIR UP SEDITION FAILED. New York, December 2.—Governor Odell late this afternoon announced the resig nation of M. Linn Bruce from the chair manship of the republican committee of New York county. Mr. Bruce was urged to remain by Mr. Odell, who assured him of his hearty support, but he said that the pressure of private business rendered his retirement imperative. The announcement of Mr. Bruce's resig nation cam< as a climax of a day of con ferences, participated in by the* governor, Senator Platt, Col. George W. Dunn, chairman of the republican state commit tee, Mr. Bruce and others. After these conferences, Governor Odell issued a statement saying that conclusions satis factory to all were reached, ami there was no reason for any friction. Senator Platt said tonight that all par ticipants in the conference had agreed in pronouncing Mr. Bruces administra tion most admirable, and that Bruce was asked to remain* The senator added: "The efforts of the democratic press to stir up sedition in the republican ranks and to disrupt the friendly relations which have so long subsisted between its leaders, have been unavailing and the unpleasant rumors of enmity between the governor and myself ought to be set at rest.” NAPTHA EXPLODES IN DELAWARE TOWN TWO PERSONS ARE KILLED. MANY INJURED, WHILE BUILDINGS AND FREIGHT CARS ARE WRECKED BY THE ERRIFIC SHOCK. f Dover, Del., December 2. An explosion of a tank ear or naptha In the middle of a freight train at Greenwood on the Dela ware division of the Philadelphia* Balti more and Washington railroad today caused two deaths, the injuring of a num ber of persons, and the wrecking of sev eral buildings and a number of freight earn. The explosion is thought to have resulted from spontaneous combustion. The burning fluid was scattered In all directions. Fifteen ears were wrecked and three were destroyed by fire while several buildings < aught fire. The known dead: PM ward J. Roach, of Georgetown. An infant died of shock . Pour trainmen and a dozen or more residents were Injured. The telephone and telegraph wires were broken and com munication with other towns was Impos sible for some time, so that rescue was slow. STATEMENT NOT ENCOURAGING. When Closed Camden Bank Had But $172 on Deposit. Charleston, S. C.* December 2.—The statement of the Farmers' and Merchants" bank • »f Camden, the president ami cash ier of which killed themselves on the same day, Is not encouraging. The depos itors and creditors will g<*t their money eventually, but $72**370 belonging to the stockholders, will not lie realized. On the day of the double tragedy when the bank was closed, the cash on hand was $172. Girls Declare Off Strike. Chicago. December 2.—Girl cracker packers have officially given up their strike against the National Biscuit com pany. JURY DRAWN AND STATE RESTS Ralph Armstrong on Trial for Murder al Tuskegee EIGHT WITNESSES TESTIFY Sensational Testimony Expected From Witnesses for Rebuttal—Cousin of Miss Armstrong on Stand—De fense to Plead Drunkenness, Tuskegee, December 2.—(Special.)—The jury drawn and the state rested, Is the record ot' the Hast day in the trial of Ralph Armstrong, son of the late H. C. Armstrong, charged with killing his first cousin. Miss Allie Armstrong, at Notasul ga on October 23. The case is being tried before Judge N. D. Denson at a special term of the circuit court. The venire of seventy-five jurors was exhausted and the jury had to be completed from the audience. The following men compose the jury: C. F. Smith, A. C. Sherror, W. B. Small, A. A. Bullock. T. 8. Carr. G. Y. Lamar. W. S. Carr, W. 8. Godfrey, R. H. Tucker, T. A. Welch, S. H. May and A. W. Humph reys. The defense moved to quash the venire on the grounds that the Lusk rearrange ment of the judicial circuits bill was un constitutional in that it was a local law, the Tenth circuit being excepted from It* operation. The court overruled the de murrer. Eight witnesses testified for the state before it rested. It is said that the state has thirty more witnesses for re buttal when sensational testimony is ex pected. Dr. Ward Examined. The defense has fourteen witnesses. Dr, W. S. Ward was the first witness. He testified to examing the wounds of Miss Armstrong. There was one in the back and one between the sixth and seventh ribs on the right side, in front. This was the wound that produced death. Miss Nellie Armstrong, a cousin to Ralph and Miss Armstrong testified that she saw Miss Armstrong after the shooting and that she said: "I urn dying: I am dy ing." The witness then testified that Miss Armstrong told her that she told Ralph while they w re In the room to gether. “If you do that I am going to tell Aunt Kllle." She says she fainted and Ralph Armstrong revived her. She said she was going lo tell again, when Ralph shot her; did not tell witness what it was she was going to tell. This wit ness was very nervous and excited and contradicted her testimony generally on cross examination. The pistol was Iden tified and Introduced as evidence. Holmes Wright of Auburn testified that on Wednesday night Ralph Armstrong gave him some letters addressed to his mother and that the letter contained sub stantially the following; "Life Is a fail ure to me and there Is nothing for mo to live for. 1 am glad to know that tho one I love will go with me." Witness stated that Armstrong was drunk when paper was given him. Lawyers Object. The lawyers for tin def.-nse strenuously objected to this testimony going in. but the court overruled them. F. R. McEihenney of Auburn testified that he saw Armstrong after he cams back from a visit to Miss Armstrong at Atlanta, and Armstrong said that he and Miss Allie had been married. The state rested and court adjourned at 6 o’clock to meet tomorrow at 8:30 and hear defend ant’s witnesses. There is no doubt that the fight Is mainly a legal one. It Is thought the defendant’s plea will he that he was drunk at the time of the killing. The court room was crowded all day. There Is no trouble anticipated, as Judge Denson keeps strict order. The defend ant was in court and showed plainly tho result of his confinement. He was nerv ous. His aged mother was sitting next to him, with her head on his shoulder. Ex-Attorney General W. C. Fitts is as sisting in the prosecution. UNIQUE PAPER PROPOSED. London Will Be a Field for Journalistic Experiments. New York. December 2.—William T. Stead announces that he will begin pub lishing an unique newspaper January I. says a Herald dispatch from London. It probably will be known as the "Dally Paper," and b* almost sociological in character. Girls will deliver the sheet at homes after the husband has gone to hi* business. The messengers will collect or ders on tradesmen to be telephoned at the expense of the publisher from de pots established for the purpose, and tho goods desired will be delivered collect by th«' storekeeper a few hours later. Several other Innovations are proposed along this line. The n»*ws columns will I.e devoted almost exclusively to news for home circles, no sporting or market items being published. Four editions are planned; each suited to the various divis ions of the city. Mr. Stead says the edi torial views will be intensely political but not partisan. CIRCULAR ISSUED. Prevailing Duty on Bounty-Aided Sugar Is Increased. Washington. December 2.—Owing to tha annual readjustment and Increase In the bounty paid by the government of the Netherlands on exported sugar, the treas ury department has Issued a circular let* ter to customs officers directing an In* < Tease In the prevailing duty which such bounty aided sugar should pay when ii Vrt*«1 into this country. Tic- Increase oil the raw sugar is .59 M <> In. and this Increase also applies to the refined article, blit as the refiners' bounty I* decreased from !5 to .13 florin, the actual Increase of refined is .17 florin, or $o.23 per 100 kilos on refined and $0,837 on raw. The bounty paid is $0.7250 per loo kilos on raw and So.7558 for refined. Quake In Illinois. Effingham, 111.. December 2.—An earth quake shock. lasting several seconds, was distinctly felt here at 1 o’clock this af ternoon. (Riders’ 25c meals are the talk south [ of Mason and Dixon's line.