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Entered at the postoffice at Birmingham,
Ala., a8 second-class matter.
Eastern Business Office, 48 Tribune Build
ing New York; Western Business Office, 509
"The Rookery,” Chicago. S. C. Beckwith,
8ole Agent Foreign Advertising.
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desire to have their papers changed, they
must specify where the paper is now going
and where they wish it changed to. Watch
the label on your paper and see when your
time expires.
The State Herald will appreciate news
from any community. If at a small place
where It has no regular correspondent,
news reports of neighborhood happenings
from any friend will be gratefully received.
All communications, of whatever charac
ter or length, should be written on only one
side of the sheet.
Business Office...
Editorial Rooms.^
All calls after 9 o’clock p. m. should be
sent to the Editorial Rooms.
The demand for residences continues
Trade continues good and our cotton
receipts are steadily growing.
You can meet people from eve»-y part
of the State on our streets every day.
Elsewhere we publish an excellent edi
torial from the Selma Times on the
money question. _
There is a great demand and small sup
ply (if fractional silver. Frobnbly the
circus took off some.
A man's friends are glad to rejoice In
his property, but are not anxious to
hear of his annoyances.
The American Bankers' Association
meet in Atlanta tomorrow, and we pre
sume arrangements will then be made to
have the government ' go out of the bank
ing business." _
The Duke of Marlborough is having the
lakes around Blenheim dredged at a cost
of $30,000. This is the first time in ninety
years that the Marlborough purse has
been used for this purpose._
Hon. J. F. Stallings stopped over in
Birmingham yesterday, and was quite
pleased with the political situation In the
Eighth District. He says the Democracy
there is practically solid for free coinage.
One is not surprised to learn that as a
result of Spain's oppressive and short
sighted policy the autonomists are join
ing the revolution, which at first they did
not approve. They have no other choice.
Lieutenant Peary says he has made his
last Arctic voyage, as a man over 40 is
too old for the work. But he believes that
the pole will be readied before many
years have passed. He has no faith in
tile existence of an open polar sea.
Just now there seems to be somewhat
of a lull, in the political waters. The
declination, of General Shelley to run for
Governor and the reported refusal of
Jeneral Harrison to enter the Guberna
torial field seems to indicate that there
will be no treat clash in the ranks of
the Democracy next year.
Speaking of the State newspaper the
Bessemer Weekly says: “The six months
of struggle has been virtually barren of
any substantial results. With its own
home and plant it would have made more
headway in thirty days than it has in
six months.” The six months' struggle
was productive of a circulation of over
3000. That is a result that any daily in
the State should be proud of.
Occupation of the capital of Madagas
car by General Duchesne and the French
expeditionary army has aroused fresh
contention between England and France.
The sum of the quarrel is that England
realizes that Fiance has driven her out
of a rich and promising island, and that
the French policy of colonization has not.
received the staggering blow disaster In
its latest, adventure would have inflicted.
Mr. William E. Curtis, who has spent
six months investigating trade conditions
in the Orient, calls attention to the curi
ous fact that, while Japan gets most of
her cotton from this country, it reaches
her in a roundabout way from Liverpool.
This, says the Philadelphia Record, is
bad merchandising, and the transporta
tion lines ought to better it. A straight
line should be the shortest distance be
tween the southern cotton fields and Ike
Japanese mills.
Sackvllle-West, who says that a New
York museum manager offered him $‘!000
a week to exhibit himself after he wrote
the Murchison letter is quite unconscious
of the humor of his publishing the pro
posal with the utmost gravity, hut he Is
entitled to the distinction of being the
first Englishman who declined to take
American money when he could get it.
However a poor diplomat, his rank as a’
freak is above dispute He should have
gone into the museum.
The divorce announcement of Amelie
Rives recalls an incident in Paris in 1890,
when Mr. and Mrs. Chanler were living
there. A Parisian art student, Jules Re
naud, was in love with Mrs. Chanler,hav
ing met her in an art studio. She repulsed
him and he ngain and again made pro
testations of love, finally following her
to Algiers, where, upon receiving his
final conge, he shot himself, leaving a
sensational letter asking for sympathy.
Benaud had wonderful talent.
Lord Sackvllle appears to have caught
it on all sides. His British friends
charge him with being a crank, and mow
Hon. Don M. Dickinson, once of Mr.
Cleveland's cabinet, says he is an ass.
The ex-secretary's exact words are ns fol
lows: "As the incident occurred when 1
was a member of the cabinet. I do not
feel at liberty to discuss it. But as to
Sir Lionel Sackvllle-West, I have no hes
itation in saying that he is now and al
ways has been an infernal ass."
There appears to be considerable fric
tion In the ranks of our friends, the ene
my. Messrs. Kolb and Adams are said
to be opposed to any fusion with the Re
publicans. The faction favoring fusion
is carrying on an active and fierce cam
paign, and claim that Captain Kolb is a
back number. It seems too that they
are attempting to make a good deal of
political capital out of the alleged fact
that Captain Kolb has recently formed
business relations with a number of
prominent Cleveland Democrats, who
favor the gold standard.
The wide-spread and popular sugges
tion In these ITnlted States that unless
Spain makes speedy headway to sup
press the Cuban rebellion It will be our
duty to recognize the Cuban patriots as
belligerents and extend them all bellig
erent rights appears to have aroused the
British lion. That formidable animal
has been lashing his tall for so long a
time in all quartets of the world that
he imagines himself to be the
arbiter of all questions and all
countries. The Briton has reason to
believe that the United States will
now cow before him like the Zulu APi
ean, the Coolie and the Egyptian. All
he has1 to do-, in his opinion, is to send his
fleet of iron-clads to show themselves
before a foreign port, and the enemy is
at his feet. It-happens, however, that
Great Britain for eighty years has not
had to deal with a first-class power.
She always allies herself with other powv
era if possible, when she consents to
war. Alone she fights only half armed
end half starved savage races. When
Napoleon 111 set up a government in
M- xico the Briton quietly withdrew and
left the Austrian prince to his fate.
Great Britain dares not make a breach
with the United States. That very mo
ment her commerce would lie destroyed
by a hundred Aiabamas and another
hundred kindred Kearsagcs. Not only
so, but the Canadian empire would be
overrun and annexed to this republic.
Our loss in such a contest would be small
compared to that of Great Britain. She
cannot afford to interfere and stop the
manifest destiny of Cuba. That island
must and will be free, and her freedom
will come about by the recognition of her
belligerency when Congress meets in De
A recognition of their rights as bellig
erents would be followed by Important
results. Tha patriots would at once put
privateers In commissions to prey upon
and destroy Spanish commerce. These
swift cruisers could easily evade the
heavy iron clads, could land men and am
munitions upon the island at will and
could keep open many ports which the
heavy Spanish vessels cannot blockade.
In short belligerent rights mean untold
opportunities to harass and wear out
the forces of Spain. What Admiral
Mcmnies did in our civil war to the com
merce of the North would be done in
tenfold degree to the commerce of Spain.
As an indication of public sentiment
ps to the stand the United States should
take it is interesting to refer to a recent
interview at Washington with Hon. Don
M. Dickinson, a late cabinet officer of Mr.
Cleveland. Mr. Dickinson was asked for
his views of Venezuela and Cuba, as it
has been stated of late that he represent
ed an advanced position on these ques
tions among the leaders of his party.
He said lie did not care to go into them at
length. Tlie developments of no distant
day would speak more eloquently than
words. He referred to the fact that Dan
iel Webster had recognized the independ
ence of Greece many years before that
country had actually secured complete
independence, and in those days even
Webster had been accused of "jingoism.”
Iix-Gongressman Weadock, who was in
the Michigan party, added to Mr. Dickin
son's statement that it was a recognized
principle of international law that a
struggling people should be recognized as
belligerents as soon ns they showed their
ability to resist the established govern
ment. This was not a recognition of
them as a nation, but as a people entitled
to the rights of civilized warfare. The
Cubans were entitled to it now, and the
question of their freedom as a nation
would come afterward.
A correspondent from Birmingham to
the Chicago Inter Ocean has the follow
ing to say in regard to the people of the
South and the feelings engendered by
the recent reunion at Chiokamauga:
"The people of the South today deny
that there is any new South In the sense
so commonly and flippantly used. The
day has come when they are better
■known and their energies directed to
channels more In accord with the com
mercial and industrial usages of the age.
They have always been true to their con
victions, and in no selfish way have they
contended for principles, which, from
their view, underlay the foundations of
our government. They never desired any
change in the government for which
their fathers fought. They had a right
to differ as to the construction of the
Federal court, and now that a construc
tion has been made they propose to abide
by it in a loyalty which it deserves.
"The reunion at Chickamauga was a
revelation and will cause a great change
in the Northern heart. I heard one old
Union veteran say: ‘I believe the coun
try is at peace by God’s blessing, and I
think the time has come when the coun
try should pay the Southern people for
the slaves we freed. When that is done
every sore will be healed, even the scabs
rubbed off, and I mean to say so when I
go home.’ ”
Never before, says a New York corre
spondent, has there been such a galaxy
of rich weddings on the society tapis,
and the fall and early winter promises to
unite a larger number of millionaire fam
ilies than any similar period in the social
history of the country. To enumerate the
dollars concerned by these alliances is a
huge and somewhat delicate task. Tiiis
table gives an approximate idea ol the
subject, however:
Miss Gertrude Vanderbilt—Moses
Taylor.$ 30,000,000
Miss Pauline Whitney—A. H.
Paget .18,000,000
Miss Edith Rockefeller—Harold
McCormick . 38,000,000
Miss Consuelo Vanderbilt—Duke
of Marlborough . 25,000,000
Miss Felicite Oglesby—G. M. Pull
man. Jr. 15,000,000
Miss Ethel V. Pheips-Stokes—.1.
S. Hoyt. 9,000,000
Grand total .3135,000,000
W'hiie all this is going on our poor
girls and boys are getting married all
the same and are just as happy as the
millionaires. They live just as long and
have fewer cases of dyspepsia.
Says the Philadelphia Times. "There
are indications that the’American wo
man is gradually growing taller and
larger, says an authority. Certainly there
are more tall girls in Philadelphia than
ever before. A few years ago the aver
age skirt length taken In the fashionable
dressmaking establishments was 42
inches, and 42 inches was the length used
for all the model gowns sent over from
Paris. The model length has now In
creased to 45 inches, and the increase in
other measurements is in proportion.
The middle-aged American woman shows
an Inclination to grow broader across the
hips and shoulders and stouter . and
thicker through the arms; but the col
lege graduate, the university woman an (I
the debutante grow more gracefully vig
orous every year. The typical college
graduate is from 2 to 4 Inches linger
from the waist down than formerly! Her
waist is getting longer, her chest fuller
and her limbs narrower. The middle
aged women grow corpulent and clumsy
through indolence and indulgent habits
of life, while the ever-increasing tendency
toward athletic sports and outdoor ex
orcise" is improving the younger of the
sex. The statuesque Juno type may yet
express the American woman.”
The letter of the future will be dictated
to a stenographer, who, instead of typo
wri tiny It, will perforate It on a paper
tape. This tape will be taken to the tel
egraph office, where it will be put
through the automatic transmitting ma
chine, and in a. second or two it. will be
at its destination. The receiving tape
will be delivered direct, and the plain
Morse characters will be transmitted on
the type-writing machine by the corre
spondent's \ stenographer. Commercial
houses having a large business will do
their own perforating and translating,
thus securing important reductions from
the regular tolls. For them the telegraph
company will be simply a carrier, having
nothing to do with their correspondence
aside from putting it through the ma
chine. _
Our friends of New Orleans have added
another important steam line to their
commercial marine. The new line is to
run between New Orleans and Copenha
gen. the Initial steamer of which will
leave New Orleans about the middle of
November. Copenhagen will he, like
Trieste, practically a new port as far as
New -Orleans is concerned. Connection
with it means more than the local busi
ness, for Copenhagen is the key as it
w-ore of the Baltic, and a line from New
Orleans to* the Danish capital will put the
South in connection with other lines run
ning to all the Baltic ports.and the norths
of Europe generally. With these new
and important connections the present
commercial season ought to be a very ac
tive one for New Orleans.
President Harrison, when he was In
augurated, found an ample gold reserve.
It ran up to nearly $200,000,000 during Mr.
Cleveland’s first administration. When
Messrs. Harrison and Foster retired the
gold reserve was so near the “hundred
millions" mark that Secretary Foster
had bonds prepared to Issue, and had
been In consultation with the gold spec
ulators. The difficulty was bridged Over
and the embarrassments handed over to
the new administration. The McKinley
law had placed duties so high that tjhey
were prohibitory, and it was a failure as
a revenue raiser. The Democratic lad
ministration found difficulty immediately
to make both ends meet. Mr. Harrison
had left them a depleted treasury.
The London Times of Wednesday,
says a cable dispatch, prints prominent
ly a letter headed “The Race Problem in
America,” signed by Thomas Edmond
ston, recounting the story of a decade of
negro supremacy in South Carolina up to
1876, which he describes as having been
latterly unendurable. He says: “We may
as soon expect to see the sun rise in the
west as to witness a community of Anglo
Saxon blood submitting tamely to the
oppression of a horde of savage negroes.
We ought to wish our kinsmen in South
Carolina all Godspeed since their efforts
are directed toward true constitutional
ism, and not its reversal.”
On September 22, says the Westminster
Gazette, the wife of a dwarf named Mor
ris gave birth to twins at Blaenavon,
North Wales. Morris is only 35 inches
in height, while his wife is even smaller
in stature. They were married at Bar
tliomley church last Christmas, and have
been since traveling through the country
as General and Mrs. Small, being the
smallest married couple in the world.
The mother and Infants are doing well.
The weather was never lovelier than it
is now, and Birmingham is growing
steadily more attractive.
Great Men Not Always Wise.
Selma Times.
The Times has steadily and conserva
tively held to the limetalllc declaration
in the platform of 1802; but, unfortunate
ly for the peace .and harmony of the
party, two factions have held different
views as to the meaning of that plank
one that a gold standard alone was the
thing; the other, free silver. The first
began the discussion by assuming and
declaring that the second class were a
gang of "loons,” "cranks.” "fools,” etc.,
a doubtful beginning to convince honest
men of the "error of their way.” Such
course has perhaps had the contrary ef
fect. That style of argument is Hike
"pouring water on a duck's back.” Thus
far we see that no real good has been
accomplished by the intemperate discus
sion—but on the contrary, great injury
has been done, we fear. It Is difficult to
win back a brother once offended. If
there Is a real or supposed breach In the
party, wisdom and patriotism dictate an
honest effort to heal it and restore har
mony and unity of action. This was the
spirit that dictated the following declar
ation by our last state convention:
"While there are differences of opinion
among us in matters of detail, we all
believe in the free coinage of silver when
ever it can be done consistently with
the maintenance of a sound and safe
currency." This very nearly settled the
controversy in our last campaign, as it
was in line with the national declaration;
“We believe in the use of both gold and
silver,” etc. Both platforms repudiate
monometallism, and the party has gained
nothing where the discussion has tended
to commit it to a single gold standard.
It is high time that party sagacity should
settle upon some practical method of
bimetallic coinage that will satisfy the
consciences of both factions—without
ambiguity or party stultification. Per
haps the better plan of reconciliation
would be to restore the coinage laws that
gave general satisfaction for so many
years prior to modern currency tinker
ing. _
Two Good Writers "Count” on Letting Cuba
Gray Severely Alone.
Talladega, Oct. 15.—(Special Corre
spondence.)—Allow me to say to "Rar
temus” that I am profoundly thankful
for his obliging references to myself In
the columns of a recent issue of your
paper; also that his personal assurances
are gratefully appreciated. In this con
nection I would suggest to "Bartemus”
a certain form of partnership, he to fur
nish the head. I the shillaleli, each retir
ing. with proportionate share of profits.
In “capital and experience.”
Thomasvllle News: About 500 bales of
cotton have been soid in Thomasvillf
this season.
The New Decatur Advertiser says:
“We are publishing a newspaper.”
That’s exactly what you are doing.
Tuskegee News: Our old time friend,
J. H. Nunnalle'e, of Selma, Is with the
Birmingham State Herald. He is one of
the brightest and best newspaper men in
Alabama and a man of lofty character.
Mr. Ronco Gorman takes charges of the
local department of the Opelika Evening
News. Mr. Gorman Is a good writer and
a good news gatherer, and the News is to
be congratulated on securing his services.
Politics promises to be lively In Bar
bour. The Eufanla Times says: "County
polities are still quiet, but th#^ prospectB
are that when they do begin to move
things are going to be exceedingly
Montgomery Journal: Congressman
Stallings has got on Secretary Herbert's
trail, and everybody knows what that
means. Herbert spoke at Huntaville Fri
day morning and Stallings Friday night.
That is as near as the gold advocates will
allow anybody to get to Secretary Her
The Clayton Courier thus philosophizes
on the cotton crop: “It is true cotton Is
bringing a better price than it did last
year, but the spurt in price of one sea
son does not make permanent prosperity.
Take land and other property, and what
is its value? Not half of what it would
sell for a few years ago.”
The Clayton Courier gently rebukes a
postmaster editor:
The dear old Courier is always read
able, but of late we are more than anx
ious to get it to see what Brother Qulllin
is going to say next. H" keeps us guess
ing all the time.—Ozark Star.
Dear Joe. we expect to have many good
things in the Cot* ier in advocacy of the
free coinage of silver. We can’t go back
on our life time convictions, when we
believe they are correct. It’s old and true
democratic doctrine.
The gold bug papers, big fif there are
any), medium and little, refer to Capt.
Joseph F. Johnston as a twice defeated
candidate. The friends, of Johnston, like
those of Richardson, admire him more in
his defeats than they would have done
in his success if it had been secured by
the methods by which he was defeated.
Hisfriends have not forgotten Dee county
yet. Those who refer to his defeats (?)
with such evident glee ought to mako
use of a season of purification. Beware,
ye Pharisees and hypocrites!—Sheffield
Saye the Sheffield Reaper:
The Birmingham State has gobbled thd
Age-Herald. We will be much disap
pointed if Its purchasers do not make it
the morning paper of the state. The
State was assuming metropolitan propor
tions at a rapid rate before its coup. No
paper ever published in the state has won
such great favor with the people in so
short a time before. It could not help
it when it had such men to direct its col
umns as Hodgson, Greer and Wilson—
all Alabamians. Here’s a godspeed to
the new State Herald.
The Talladega Reporter questions some
people’s understanding as to the value
of a silver dollar:
The man who objects to the silver dol
lar on the ground that there isn't 100
cents in It confesses that he does not un
derstand the first principle of the money
question. Dollars, like cotton or corn,
are regulated by the laws of supply and
demand. Where plentiful, they are easy
to get; where scarce and readily monop
olized the scramble for them brings ail
products which are more plentiful down,
while raising the price of dollars.
Says the Talladega News-Reporter:
Cotton is rising because the demand is
greater than the supply, and the law of
supply and demand is not directly re
stricted in its operation in the use of cot-*
ton. Silver remains low because the law
has made it the object of a prohibitory
act; and having been forbidden the right
to enter into its most natural channels
the surplus thus enforced overflows into
all the other channels and a falling mar
ket is the result. Pass and enforce a
world-wide law that cotton shall not be
used for weaving purposes and see
whether it will rise?
Montgomery Journal: The Birming
ham State Herald Friday morning tore
Secretary Herbert's Birmingham spcpeh,
which was Identical with the one dellv-'
ored here, all to shreds. When the State
Herald got through with it there was
nothing left of Mr. Herbert’s argument.
The Journal had previously shown the
fallacy of his arguments in this city in
behalf of the gold standard. He spoke
Friday at Huntsville and the Journal has
a fear that Editor Dane Will not allow
him to fare any better, even If so well,
in that city. But the state press should
not be severe on Secretary Herbert's
speech. He is the ablest of the gold
standard advocates in the state and
comes direct from the fountain head,
getting inspiration from no other than
Mr. Cleveland himself, and he makes tho
ablest and “best possible argument on
that side of the question, and It is not his
fault, but the fault of the cause he es
pouses. Just imagine how much good
Secretary Herbert could do the cause of
silver and bimetallism if he had not
turned bis back on his friends and aban
doned the principles and policies he had
so long advocated in this district and
AN LArtNalVt rASI lint.
To the State Herald:
I went home today to lunch and found
a miserable, cold-blooded cow feeding
over my fence on my chrysanthemums.
The fence was low, and having suffered
from like depredation before, I had put
two wires up above the fence, but this
ingenious animal had simply raised one
of the wires, and when I found her she
had her head through the wires browsing
on my plants. I was naturally provoked,
and if I had had the means of killing her
I should have done it. As It is, I shall be
compelled to poison my plants, and cow
owners tvill have to let them roam and
depredate at their own risk.
It is simply a shame that the South
Highlands is made a cow pasture, ruin
ing gardens and lawns, soiling and de
facing the sidewalks. Hundreds of cows
and hogs are permitted to run at large in
the streets of the largest town in Ala
bama, because, as 1 understand, the
board of aldermen say it would be op
pression on poor people who own cows.
If this is the real ground, and these poor
people must have aid to keep cows, why
not let those of us who want to have
some flowers know how much we must
contribute to secure protection, and I am
quite sure the necessary contributions
would be made.
In many counties of the state cattle are
not allowed to run at large even in the
oountry, and sucR fs the law in many
states. I would like to ask why It is
that the city of Birmingham should be
turhed Into an open cow pasture?
It may be supposed, and Is really the
fact, that I am now provoked, but the
fact is I have been many times smitten
in the same manner, Bnd my neighbors
have suffered even more severely.
I know Mayor VanHoose is heartily in
favor of passing and enforcing a cow
ordinance. Can't you help the sufferers
to secure it. AEEX. T. LONDON.
Birmingham. Ala., Oct. 15, 1895.
Young gentlemen having ambition to
play orchestral or band instruments of
any kind should consult Professor Weber
at the Birmingham College of Music.
Splendid opportunity.
6-23-tf . , •
Highest of all in Leavening Power.—Latest U. S. Gov’t Report ]
Eufaula Time?: The farmers of this
section are smiling over their big corn
cribs, fat hogs and the good prices paid
for cotton.
Talladega Reporter: The fact that a
furnace and ore expert Is opening the ore
beds and placing the furnace in shape
to begin on short notice is very satisfac
tory to our people.
Coosa. River News: Dr. W. II. Darnall
has severed his connection with the
church and secret societies of this place
and also with the north Alabama Pres
bytery, and has removed to Georgia.
Mobile Unist: A negro constable of
Marengo county came to Mobile wth a
warrant charging his wife with receiv
ing stolen property. The woman was
arrested, and her husband returned with
her, a prisoner.
Sheffield Reaper: Mr. W. J. Davis
brought to the Reaper office yesterday
two corn stalks containing four Immense
ears of corn amidst a perfect network of
peas and peavines. Mr. Davis is an a
maizeing corn raiser.
Mobile News: Rapier street i3 the name
of a new avenue commencing at Elmira
street and running north to Government.
It also opens up Palmetto and Church
streets. The street is named in honor
of Col. John L. Rapier.
Coosa River News: Mr. J. P. Anderson,
a progressive farmer of Cedar Bluff, was
in Centre last Tuesday. Mr. Anderson
brings cheering reports with regard to
the corn crops in his section, but says
cotton is cut considerably short.
Geneva Citizen: Mr. W. A. Hill, the
proprietor of the new telegraph line be
tween here and Ozark, says that the line
will he in operation within thirty days.
This is a much needed service in Geneva,
and will probably have a tendency to re
duce Ithe rates.
Anniston Hot Blast: Alderman N. II.
Reid has in his possession an old time
Implement of war in the shape of a flint
ami steel musket. It bears the inscrip
tion on one side of the lock of “U. S.“
and an eagle, and on the other of “Har
per's Ferry, 1822.” Mr. Reid prizes it
very highly and would hardly sell it at
any prig?.
Huntsville Mercury: The Kin at Swan
eott belonging to Messrs. Harris and C.
I,. Toney was burned to the ground yes
terday evening. About thirty bales of
cotton woi-e destroyed. No insurance,
consequently it was a total loss. This
was a misfortune, for Messrs. Newman,
Boyde & Cruse insure gins in one of
their best companies at the lowest rates.
Covington Times: Report has reached
here to the effect that Mr. Preston Wor
ley, a young mun who was raised in this
county, and who left last winter, for
Mississippi, was shot and killed In Texas
some time since. We are sorry to hear
the rumor, and hope it may prove false.
He was supposed to have been shot by
parties who thought he was another per
Talladega Reporter: Frank Pierce,
who lives one mile below Jenifer, had his
barn struck by lightning Monday even
ing, destroying it, with its contents,
which were several thousand bundles of
fodder, hay and corn. Pierce was feeding
his mule when the barn was struck. The
mule was killed, but Pierce was unin
jured. He waa in 3 feet of the mule when
It was killed.
Anniston Hot Blast: The tax assess
ments of this county for this year have
been completed, and show that the esti
mated value of Calhoun’s real estate Is
$5,253,178, and personal property $3,305,368,
making a total of $8,558,546, against last
year's assessment of $9,263,568. of which
$6,089,419 was real estate and $3,174,449
personal property. The difference in the
totals is $705,022.
Talladega Reporter: The merchants of
Talladega have arranged to pay all fer
riage of cotton coming here from across
the Coosa this fall. This is quite an In
ducement. and with the many' others
Talladega offers, is drawing us a big
trade. Our merchants argue that the
more they sell the cheaper they can
afford to sell it. and so the visitors are
coming from all directions to enjoy the
advantages offered.
Coosa River News: Mr. M. J. Green, a
painter and farmer of Mackey, raised
this season six or eight bushels of up
land rice. This is a farm product not
heretofore crown in this section. If it
shnll be shown that rice can be success
fully and profitably grown here It will be
an important addition to our agriculture.
The future prosperity of our farming in
dustry in the south depends largely upon
the production of a dtversliy of food
crops and proportionately less cotton.
Mountain City Gazette: A Gazette re
porter yesterday met In the Charles
Schultes drug store Mr. J. B. Cole of
Crooked Creek, who says he wears his
heart on the right side. He said his phy
sician told him he was the second case
of the kind he ever heard of. He did
not tell the reporter whether disease
caused the shift or not, but It is sup
posed that nature would make no such
mistake when science is watching things
so close. So wo know of one man whose
heart beats in the wrong place, although
it may be generous and true.
Kufaula Times: The Eufnula Water
company intend making another effort
to get artesian water with which to sup
ply their patrons. Superintendent Mc
Kay informed the reporter yesterday that
a portion of the machinery for boring the
well had been received and that opera
tions would begin within a very short
time. The well will be bored just north
of the compress near the point where an
attempt was made to get water several
years ago. The pnrty having the work
in charge is satisfied that he will be suc
cessful in his efforts to got a flowing well.
Eeighton News: The exhibits that will
leave this depot in a few flays for th"
great exposition at Atlanta will com
pare favorably with the farming
products of any county in the
state. Mr. Frank King was deter
mined from the start that Colbert coun
ty should have it lair representation and
success crowned his efforts. In another
column we give a list of the contributors
and what they contributed. Those spec
imens will be noticed by thousands of
our northern, eastern and western breth
ren at the big fair and will be the best
advertisement for the county ever s lit
Huntsville Tribune: John P. Hampton,
Esq., one of Madison county's most in
telligent farmers, was lr. Huntsville yes
terday. Mr. Hampton is a sterling dem
ocrat, and believes in the remonetization
of sliver necessary to advance the wel
fare of the people. Mr. Hampton is a
progressive farmer, who has tried every
thing that a Madison county farm will
produce. Is 'a reader, a close observer and
a cool, clear-headed thinker and talker.
In a conversation with a Tribune repre
sentative he said if there was any pros
perity In the country now, such as Sec
retary Herbert and some of the news
papers contended, It was not in sight for
the farmer. There was no money In
cotton unless a man raised everything
he needed. “I sold corn today,” said
Mr. Hampton, "for the first time in my
life for 25 cents a bushel. There Is no
money to be made in farming at present
market prices for anything except a lit
tle in meat. The improvement In tho
country in Iron and steel manufactured
products has not helped the farmer, as.
for instance, nails are worth 25 cents
more than they were in the spring." Mr.
Hampton expressed the belief that tho
present financial policy of the country
was anything but helpful to the farmer.
Special Correspondence to State Herald.
Mobile, Oct. 14.—The following dispatclf
appeared in the Louisville Courier-Jour
nal of Sunday, October 5, exciting a good
deal of Interest and comment In Mobile!
“Montgomery, Ala., Oct. 5.—(Special.)—
Something of a sensation has been cre
ated in the state over the contest of the
will of the late John Lawrence Lavaretta,
a former prominent and w’ealthy citizen
of Mobile. Lavaretta died several months
ago and left the largest part of his estate,
aggregating several hundred thousand
dollars, to his son. Constantine Lawrence
Lavaretta, the present mayor of Mobile.
Now come Philomena and Delena Lav
aretta, daughters of John Lavaretta, and
full sisters of Lawrence Lavaretta, and
file a contest. They charge their brother
with all sorts of ugly things In connection
with influencing their aged father’s feeble
mind against them. Among other things,
they charge their brother with having
cruelly beaten and assaulted them to
make them leave their father's home,
and when they had done so, their brother,
they aver, represented to their father
that they had forsaken and thrown him
off. The case is pending.”
The charges contained in this dispatch!
do not appear anywhere in the oontest
made against Mayor Lavaretta in the
bill in the probate court or in the bill
filed in the chancery court. They are the
ex parte and manufactured charges of
the telegraphic correspondent of tha
Courier-Journal. It is said that the mayor'
will institute a suit for libel against the
Courier-Journal. The charges that tha
mayor ever treated his sisters with cru
elty, either by actual blows or by intimi
dation, are denied by him and his friends
as gross slanders.
Our Mobile people are very much Inter
ested in the matter of the divorce of Mrs.
Amelia Rives Chanler. She was raised
4n this city, while her father was superin
tendent of the Mobile and Ohio railroad,
and has a host of friends here who have
watched her career with interest.
The Mobile society people are also
much Interested in the engagement of
Miss Vanderbilt to the Duke of Mail
borough. The mother of the future
duchess Is a Mobile girl, a daughter of
Mr. Murray Smith, one of our ante
bellum cotton kings. They occupied the
handsome residence at the corner of
Government and Conception streets, now
owned by Mrs. Joel W. Jones.
It is Interesting to know that the foun
der of thp Vanderbilt family, in his old
age, married a Mobile lady, who was a
Miss Crawford.
It Is also interesting to know that none
of the ladies who have stepped into mar
ble halls have looked witli much memory
or consideration upon the quiet city by
the sea.
The trade of Mobile is constantly grow
ing. The Register of today gives an ac
count of large shipments from the west
by way of this port to Liverpool. The
steamship Verax, of the Mobile and
Liverpool Trans-Atlantic line, steamed
into port Wednesday morning and went
up the river to her berth at the upper
Mobile and Ohio wharf. The Verax will
take an assorted cargo, no small part of
which will be a direct shipment of 3000
sacks of flour direct from St. Louis to
These sacks contain 140 pounds each,
and the shipment will be equal to about
210 tons. In addition to the flour there
are about 800 tons of white oak cross
ties and fence posts from Indiana that
will also be shipped. Of course she will
take la good lot of cotton, but this other
stuff will be In addition to the cotton
cargo. This diversity of exports by this
line is a good sign, and Is evidence that
the line will not have to depend upon any
one class of freight for success. In con
versation with Capt. Murray Wheeler,
one of the firm of Ross, Howe & Wheeler,
the agents of this line, he said that this
shipment was, he hoped, hut the fore
runner of other shipments of flour from
western points through Mobile to Liver
pool and perhaps other foreign ports. He
proposed to see that the shipment had
such dispatch that the shippers would
be encouraged to send their flour this
way altogether In the future. This ship
ment is also of practical value to Mobile
in that it will establish the fact that flour
can be shipped through this port from
the west to Liverpool direct.
Something- quite remarKame came into
the redemption division of the treasury
at Washington a short time ago. It was
a thin plate of silver about 2 feet long.
Into the surface of which a $10 silver cer
tificate had been pressed in such a man
ner as to inccrporate its substance ac
tually with that of the metal. It was a
brand new bill, and in the process had
been squeezed out to about twice Its
original size. Nevertheless it was per
fectly recognizable. A statement accom
panied.it to the effect that a workman in
a silverware factory had dropped the bill
accidentally upon the plate of silver as
the latter was passing through a rolling
machine. This explanation being satis
factory, a fresh $10 certificate was re
turned to the loser.
Highest Honors—World’s Pair.
A pure ftrape Cream of T.rt.i; Powder. Free
bom Ammonia, Alum or any other adulterant/

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