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A Sharp Reaction Has Now
Set In
January Options Were Snapped Up With Great
One of the Biggest; Bulla on the Exchange
Was Inman, Who Cleaned Up a For
tune by Being on the
Bear Side.
New York, Oct. 22.—The cotton mar
ket, in which for the last two months
considerable money has been made and
lost in the space of a few hours, was in
another uproar at the opening of trading
today. The enormous slump in prices of
yesterday, unprecedented on the New
York rot ton exchange, was followed by a
sharp reaction and prices began to go up
at the moment business began. Novem
ber, December and January were again
favorite months today and options of
fered were snapped up with great rapid
ity. Lots of from 1000 to GOOO bales were
thrown on the market and prices were
shouted so rapidly and at such varying
figures it was almost impossible to get a
satisfactory quotation. The largest lot
sold up to 10:30 o’clock was 6000 bales at
8.46. Prices ranged from that figure to
8.61, and for over an hour dealings
showed an advance over the closing
prices of yesterday of from 13 to 20 points,
with every indication that the bulls, who
are again in control, will continue to
boost them. Among the biggest bulls on
the exchange early today were Inman,
DWU.IUL iv cu. i I,| \ ititu wl'ii on me ueai
side when the hears were In control ami
John H. Inman Is given credit for having
turned over a large amount of money,
with excellent prospects now of adding
more to It on the bull side. After the
market had fairly opened January op
tions seemed to monopolize trading. In
side of half an hour they sold from 8.35 to
8.51, and from that down to 8.30 and back
to 8.50, under substantial support. The
Influence of the Liverpool market, which
was up about 10 points as figured In the
market, was felt only for a few minutes.
February cotton, which closed yesterday
at 8.58, opened at the same figures, but
under fierce bear attacks fell 22 points to
8.36 in a few minutes. March options
dropped from the opening price of 8.02 to
8.40, and May futures broke from
the opening price to 8.66. After a gen
eral break, which sent January down to
8.30, below the lowest record made dur
ing the big decline, prices stiffened a trifle
and fluctuated 'around an average of 10
points over the closing figures of yester
day. Later fn the day the market quieted
Mr. JohnH. Inman Interviewed.
New York, Oct. 22.—Mr. John H. In
man, who Is credited with having made
more than $250,000 out of yesterday’s sen
sational break In cotton, said In an inter
view today: "The congestion of cotton,
which has taken place for the last several
weeks and which culminated last
Wednesday, was the result of wild specu
lation of Americans to carry the price to
1C cents. Prices were carried so high
last week that it was perfectly apparent
tc any sensible man who is accustomed
to deal in cotton that if he wanted to
operate at all there was nothing to do
but shut his eyes and sell. Regardless
of what the crop is likely to be. cotton
was carried entirely too high, at least for
the time being. Reactions came more
quickly and sharper than any of us ex
pected. but with this enormous liquida
tion the atmosphere will gradually clear
and the movement of prices will now be
regulated by the volume of receipts and
the probable outcome of the crop. If the
crop is only 6,500.000 bales, as many hon
est and well-informed men appear to be
lieve, cotton. In my opinion, will work
back to the neighborhood of 10 cents be
fore the season Is over.
i mougn.1 kit -some weess niai me
best estimate of the crop which we
can make Is the means of the figures, 1. e.,
6,750,000 bales. Holding this view, I be
lieve that after this shake up is over we
will have gradually hardening markets
and land near 9 cents. If I was a con
sumer of ootton or spinner I would com
mence at this price and gradually accu
mulate my stock of ootton for the season.
"It is difficult to guage the amount of
weak long cotton yet to come on the mar
ket, but my Judgment is that whatever
there is will come out at some time this
week. While I expect no sharp rally, I
do think the lowest prices we will have
for the next two months either took place
yesterday or will take place now with
the coming Saturday. The consumption
of American ootton throughout the world
Is enormous, and at today's price I do
not think a single spinner will stop,
whereas, at the figures of last week,
to 1 Vi above today's market, large num
bers of spinners in Europe would have
become interested. This will accelerate
the movement of cotton to Europe, and
if the crop becomes distributed and once
in the hands of consumers, then spec
ulation will take hold of it and put it
to a figure which perhaps It has not
reached yet. It is one thing to under
take to corner cotton in October, when
the volume of receipts are enormous, and
another to take up a bull campaign in the
spring of the year, when the crop has
been taken up and is out of the way.
stocks then being very small."
A Marriage-Cotton Short—Still for free Coin
age—New Buildings,
Dadevllle, Oct. 22.—(Special.)—Mr. Eu
gene Smith of New Mexico and Miss Cor
delia Wagner were married today. Mr.
Smith was formerly of this place, where
he read law and was admitted to prac
tice. Some five years ago he cast Ills
fortune In the far we6t and has been quite
successful In his chosen profession, and
comes hack now to claim as his own to
ttfjare will! l>lrj> U>S of k!S lalaors In
his adopted country The sweetheart of
his earlier days. The bride Is a beauti
ful young lady, well connected and very
popular. The newly married couple have
-gone to their far western home, carrying
with them the good wishes of many
ITp to date Dadevllle has received only
about 2000 bales of cotton this season, a
fall off of more than cne-thlrd from
last season. The crop will soon all be
marketed in this territory.
The new bank bulldlmr of Sturdevant
Bros, is rapidly nearing completion and
will be a handsome structure.
The new brick store being erected on
the west side of the public square by M.
R. Smith will soon be completed.
In a few weeks the entire crop will be
gathered* and our people will begin talk
ing politics anew. The average Talla
poosa county farmer does not attribute
the recent rise in cotton to the gold stand
ard, but to the shortness of the crop.
They are still of the opinion that free
coinage is what they need.
Capt. Joseph F. Johns >n has not lost
a supporter in Tallapoosa county, but on
the other hand^Jhas gained lots of them.
The >lump fn cotton last Sikturday
caught some of our folks and away went
their money.
Echoes From ft Boom.
Belfast. Me.. Oct. 22.—Suits for $12,000
against prominent citizens of Belfast
have been brought and attachments
placed by the Cardiff Coal and Iron com
pany, the Belfast men Interested have
formed a pool and will fight the suits.
The Cardiff Coal and Iron company was
formed by W. P. Rtce, a native of Maine,
to develop the coal and iron mines at
Cardiff and build a new town. In the
summer of 1890 a boom was on. Free
excursions were given and hundreds of
Maine business men visited the town site
and purchased property. A portion was
paid down and their notes were given for
the balance due. These are the notes on
which the suits are based. Early in
1891 the bubble burst, the enterprise fell
through and a receiver was appointed.
The men refused to pay the notes on the
ground that the company did not carry
out its contract, having promised to
make numerous improvements. It is es
timated that, the company holds over
$50,000 of these notes of men who refuse
to pay. They are invested in nearly ev
ery section of the state.
C. A. O. Directors Elected.
Richmond, Va., Oct. 22.—The stockhold
ers of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
company held their meeting today at the
general offices in this city. C. F. Wor
tham was made chairman of the meeting
and C. E. Walford secretary. The follow
ing gentlemen were elected directors of
the company for the ensuing year: W.
M. P. Anderson. Westerly. R. I.; Deca
tur Axtoll. Richmond. Va.; George T.
Bliss. New York; C. H. Coster. New York;
Chauncey M. Depew, New York; Charles
Dickey. Jr., New York; M. E. Ingalls,
Cincinnati; Samuel Spencer, New York;
Henry T. Wickham, Richmond, Va. The
Southern railway directors met here to
day, but transacted only routine busi
Was Not Delivered to the Venezuelan Consul.
But Was Sent Through the German
f oreign Office.
I.ondon, Or.l. 22.--The St. James Ga
zotle says the statement Is absolutely un
true that a preemptory dispatch
or ultimatum to Venezuela was
delivered to Renor Rodriguez. the
Venezuelan consul here. As the
German government has consented to
temporarily take charge of the Interest
of British subjects in Venezuela, the Ga
zette says the dispatch to President Cres
po will naturally be transmitted through
the foreign office in Berlin. The ulti
matum. it Is asserted, makes no refer
ence to the boundary question, which
England declines to regard as unsettled,
but simply deals with the matter of ar
rest of British Inspectors Barnes and
Baker, In regard to which Cord Salis
bury informed the Venezuelan govern
ment that if proper reparation should not
be given within a specified time Great
Britain would hold herself at liberty to
seek It by other means. The measures
to be taken will probably resemble those
In the Nicaraguan affair, and the Brit
ish admiral In those waters will doubtless
receive instructions to setze Venezuelan
ports and collect customs duties.
Snow in England.
London. Oct. 22.—The ground in Scot
land and the west of England was cov
ered with snow this morning, though
trees are still full of foliage.
Another Spanish Fake.
Madrid. Oct. 22.—A dispatch from Ha
vana to the Tmparclal says the Insur
gent leader Habl has summoned togeth
er a number of his friends to a confer
ence for the purpose of pointing out to
them the utter hopelessness of further
resistance to the Spanish government.
The result of the conference, the dis
patch says. Is not known.
Considerable Activity—Good Crepe- A Bril
liant Concert.
Athena. Oct. 22.—(Special.)—Our town
commercially is a scene of considerable
activity, lots of cotton coming in and
a fair price being paid.
The corn, potato and turnip crops are
The concert at the female college last
evening was a brilliant affair. A large
crowd attended. Dr. Parker has thor
oughly reorganized the college.
Judge Arrington Thinking of Resigning—Buf
falo Bill Has the City Al'jto H mself
Montgomery.Oct. 22.—(Special.)—Judge
T. M. Arrington of the city court has
called a meeting of the local bar for
Thursday morning. It is whispered that
It is the fudge's purpose to resign. His
continued ill health prompts his antici
pated action tn the matter. Judge Ar
rington is one of the oldest, best and
most honorable of the state's Judiciary.
Messrs. John G. Winter. A. D. Sayre, E.
P. Morrisette and Scott Sayre are among
the local attorneys of note most promi
nently mentioned for Judge Arrington's
Buffalo Bill's show has had the town
all day today. Our country cousins for
miles around have been in town and
many hundred dollars have been dis
pensed at the soda fountains, the bars
and the restaurants.
The lawyers this morning. In session,
determined that the law authorizing the
governor to appolint supernumerary
Judges In the event of the Illness of the
circuit Judge did not apply to the city
court Judges. Judge Arrington continues
ill and the action of the attorneys this
morning will serve to delay the business
of his court until Ms recovery, Inasmuch
os the lawyers agreed that the decisions
of a temporary Judge, even though both
parties to a case agreed to accept him
•would not be legal In a Jury case.
Young SlaoWsy’i Funeral.
Paris, Oct. 22.—The funeral of John W.
MacKay. Jr., which took place today In
the Roman Catholic church of St. Ferdi
nand des Ternes, In many respects re
semf>ie<J the obsequies of a great public
personage. The entire front of the Mac
Kay mansion, No. 9 Rue TUsite, was cov
ered with mourning drapery, the lamps
In front of the house were lighted and
covered with crepe and street traffic was
entirely suspended In the avenues of the
•vicinity of Arc de Triomphe.
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The Episcopal Convention Has
Ended Its Labors.
And Much Routine and Other Matter Was At
tended to.
Dr. Morgan Dix Was Thanked for Making
Such an Able Chairman—The Next
Convention Will Be Held in
Washington in 1808.
Minneapolis, Oct. 22.—The pastoral ad
dress of the bishops of the Protestant
Episcopal Church was given out today.
It is largely routine In character, the
most interesting points being In reference
to the massacre of Christian missiona
ries in China and the Sunday observance
law. In reference to the latter matter
the address says; "Recent events in some
parts of our country compel us to call
your earnest detention to a widPly spread
and determined attack upon the use and
purpose of the weekly day of rest, known
at the beginning of the Christian era as
the Lord’s day. It Is declared in the law
of God to be His own day and by the
Savior of man to be made for man. It is
protected by a divine command and by
the perpetual sanctity of a human right.
Men may and ought to worship God every
day, but for the greater assurance of
formal sanction of all Christian civiliza
tion, been set apart for Its due observ
ance. This order cannot be disturbed
without grave evils to the individual and
the family, to society and the state. It
seems almost Incredible that our mod
ern life should be capable of bringing
into play any powers of evil that could
seriously threaten the existence of so di
vine and beneficent an Instlutlon. And
yet the peril and disaster of such a
menace confront Christian people in wide
areas of the country. We exhort you,
dear brethren, to meet this menace with
unfaltering courage and resolute determi
nation, and in no opportunity that may
be presented to decline battle with the
insatlate greed of the liquor traffic and
the growing desire for popular pleasures
and amusements which, with increasing
boldness, claim all days alike for their
The convention on this, its last day,
showed an apparent minority of dele
gates present, evldefitly only enough re
maining to constitute a quorum for the,
winding up of necessary business details..
A message was received from the house'
of bishops containing Joint resolutions
constituting the missionary district of
northern Texas. Action concurred in
without debate.
Dr. Elliott of Maryland, by invitation
of President Dix. addresses! the conven
tion in relation to the meeting of the
convention in Washington In 1X93. He
assured the convention that the new dio
cese of Washington was well equipped,
both In communicants and material
wealth. There are 9000 communicants in
the Washington diocese. They are well
equipped in churches and church prop
erty. Everything that a generous, a
hospitable and a noble Christian people
can do would be done by the new Wash
ington diocese for the comfort and con
venience of the convention In 1898.
A message was received from the house
of bishops to the effect that the new
missionary district of North Carolina
shall be konwn as the District of Ashe
The Pennsylvania delegates offered a
resolution recognizing the uniform digni
ty, courtesy and kindness of the presiding
officer of the house, Dr. Morgan Dix of
New York.
The resolution was adopted by a rising
vote and the doctor responded in a touch
ing and graceful manner.
Dr. Hoffman of New York moved that
a committee be appointed to inform the
house of bishops' that the house of dep
uties has concluded Its business and is
now ready to adjourn.
It was announced that the conference
committee on hymnal was still in session
and Dr. Hoffman temporarily withdrew
his motion.
A message from the house of btshops
announced Its recession from fts action
concerning the binding of the hymnal
with the Hook of Common Prayer.
Oethsemane church was crowded at
the Joint meeting of the two houses this
afternoon at 3 o’clock. The pastoral let
ter was read and the Episcopal general
conference of 1895 closed sine die, with
the usual services.
A Chance for Their Lives.
Richmond, Va., Oct. 22.—A recent order
of the county court of Lunenburg re
quires Solomon Marable and the two
women convicted with him of murder In
the first degree to be brought back to
that county by November 11, when a mo
tion will be made by the commonwealth’s
attorney to amend the record. Counsel
for these prisoners have been greatly
alarmed lest they should be lynched in
Lunenburg Inasmuch as It was the de
termination of those authorities not to
call for a military guard, as they did
when these accused were convicted, but
tonight the Dispatch received a telegram
from Governor O’Ferrall, who Is now In
Atlanta, saying in answer to an inquiry
that when these prisoners went back to
Lunenburg from Richmond, where they
have been confined for safe keeping, he
would see to it that a military escort
should go with them. Governor O'Ferrall
has frequently said that there has been
no lynching In Virginia since he became
fovernor and that there shall be none
uring his term if he can prevent it.
Though there has been an abatement Of
the expitemer^t which prevailed In Lu
nenburg consequent upon the murder of
Mrs. Pollard, the prisoners are still in
dread that they will be sent hack there
without a military escort, and notwith
standing the fact that the leading cit
izens of Lunenburg have pledged thetr
faith that there will be no attempt to
lynch the prisoners.
The Drought Btops Traffic.
Klngwood. Va., Oot. ,22.—The West Vir
ginia Northern raijroad has abandoned
all tralna but one a day because water
cannot be procured for locomotives. The
waiter famine in this section of the state
has become alarming. In order to make
one train a day the .railroad takes one
of the locomotives twenty miles east on
the Baltimore and Ohio to procure wa
ter. Wells are nearly all dry here and
creeks and springs have been dry for
weeka Cheat and Monongahela rivers
can be waded by children at any point.
Boats oannot reach Morgantown and all
the dtjt it slack of water.
Met President Cleveland and His
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He Smiled and Bowed to the Assembled Mul
By Special Request No Speeches Were
Made-Mrs. Secretary Smith Enter
tained the Ladies of the Party
at the Theater.
Atlanta, Oct. 22.—President Cleveland
and his party of cabinet officials arrived
hero at 4 o’clock, promptly on schedule
time. Twenty thousand people were
massed In the streets which converge at
the union station. The carriages for the
visitors were In front of the Markham
house. It was an orderly crowd and the
police had very little trouble In keeping
open the way from the palace cars to
the carriages. Mr. Cleveland was greet
ed with cheers when he stepped upon
Georgia soil. He was ushered into a car
riage drawn by four white horses. Pres
ident Charles Collier of the exposition.
Vice-President W. A. Hemphill and May
or Porter King of Atlanta took seats be
side him.
Secretaries Carlisle, Lamont, Herbert,
Smith, Wilson and Morton, with the lady
members of their families and General
Passenger Agent Turk of the Southern,
followed quickly in other carriages,escort
ed by members of the exposition board of
directors. The party was driven through
tw'o lanes of humanity along the wall to
Pryor and thence north to Peachtree and
on to the Aragon, where they are quar
tered. It was probably as large a crowd
as was ever seen at the union station
here, not excepting the occasion of Mr.
Cleveland’s first visit here in 1887.
The president smiled and bowed as he
passed up the familiar streets. This is
his third visit and he is probably famil
iar with the faces of Allantians by this
time. At all events he seemed to recog
nize a number of people in the throng.
They were ladies, or possibly old office
seekers from Atlanta, all of whom were
not successful.
The party did not linger in the Aragon
lobby but a minute or twoiand soon were
hid from the public’s curious eye. The
trip down was without special incident.
Danville, Greensboro and Salisbury did
not get a glimpse of the president, as he
was not up when his palatial flyer shot
through these towns. Although the hour
was early, there was a crowd at each
point, bul they were doomed to disap
; Charlotte was the first town at which
Mr. Cleveland showed himself. The train
.stopped there for twenty minutes and the
president shook hands with a large pro
portion of the 4000 people who had assem
bled. Twelve hundred school children
marched past and two or three military
companies were drawn up in line.
Spartanburg turned out over 6000
strong to see the visitors and Greenville,
S. C.. was reached at 12.28. The president
shook hands with all who could get to
him and ho had a pleasant word for the
children. The cabinet members also took
,part in the hand-shaking, for nowhere In
the land Is the great American passion
Ifor shaking the hanfis of dignitaries
stronger than in the Palmetto State. This
programme was kept up all down the line
—at Seneca, Central and Toccoa, Ga.,
where the train crossed the line into
Georgia, and finally at Gainesville.
, Tonight at 8:30 o’clock the president,
the cabinet members and 100 prominent
citizens were entertained at dinner by
Mayor Porter King at the Aragon hotel.
The table was in the design of the letter
C. Mayor King sat in the center of the
outer line, with President Cleveland on
his right and Vice-President Adlai Ste
venson on his left. Governor Atkinson of
Georgia sat directly in front of the mayor,
with Secretary Carlisle on his right and
Secretary Lamont on his left. The other
spfrptaries werp In the Immediate vicini
ty of the president and vice-president.
The dining room was elaborately deco
rated with blooming and tropical plants
and' the national colors. The dinner was
Intended to be representative, and the
guests Included the state, county and city
and the jury of awards at the exposition,
which Is the strongest body of men that
ever served an exposition In this capacity.
While the gentlemen were at dinner the
ladies of the cabinet party were the
guests of Mrs. Secretary Smith at the
Orand opera house, witnessing the pro
duction of "1492.” The boxes were taste
fully draped with national colors and
flags of the nations. DeGIve, owner of
this beautiful house, secured beautiful
effects In decorations.
There were no speeches at the dinner.
It was expressly stipulated that there
should be nothing in the nature of toasts.
The only public utterance which Mr.
Cleveland expects to make will be the ad
dress which he Is expected to deliver to
morrow In front of the government bulld
Tomorrow will be the greatest day at
the exposition. Atlanta is jammed with
visitors from all parts of the country,
but chiefly, of course, from the adjoining
cities. Business of all kinds will suspend.
In the first place, the mayor has issued a
proclamation appealing to the citizens of
Atlanta to abandon all business and at
tend to theproper reception of the pres
ident of the United States and his cab
inet. The city offices will be closed and
all business houses are requested to shut
up shop and go to the exposition grounds.
There is no doubt that this mandate will
be obeyed. A stranger reaching the city
about noon tomorrow will think that the
place has suddenly been evacuated and
will look around for the coming of some
Invading army. The smoke from the
factories will cease to climb to the skies,
and workmen, working girls and their
families and all their country relatives
will make for the exposition. Only sick
babies and the aged and decrepit will be
left at home tomorrow.
Mr. Cleveland will leave the city for
the exposition at 10:30 in the morning.
He will not have a military escort, but
will review the troops from a stand in
front of the government building. He
will make his address from this stand
and not in the auditorium, a« was at firtt
announced. He will see the government
building first and then all the party will
have a lunch at the Piedmont Driving
club. In the afternoon the guests will
be escorted through all the buildings.
In the negro building there will be a re
ception for tljat race. At night there
will be firework* at the grounds, a re
ception clown town, and at midnight the
party will leave for Washington over the
Southern. The run down .was very
smooth. It was made on perfect time
and the travelers arrived not at all fa
Governor O’Ferrall and His Staff Were the
Central Figures.
Atlanta, Oct. 22.—Virginia day at the
exposition was a memorable one, and the
sons of the Old Dominion have sung the
praises of their native state and con
gratulated Atlanta and Georgia at the
same time.
Governor O’Ferrall and his staff, ac
companied by a brilliant party of ladies
and gentlemen, arrived last night, and
he was of course the central figure in the
parade and in the exercises at the
grounds. The procession was a long and
picturesque one.
The order of march was as follows;
Fifth regiment Georgia state troop€. Gov
ernor's Horse Guards, Governor O’Ferrall
and staff. Virginia Military Cadet corps,
Fourth regiment Virginia state troops.
Grimes’ battery, Virginia society and
guests in carriages. In the audltoriur
the exercises were interesting and larg
ly attended, not a seat being vacant jH
the large building. Speeches were m? tr
by Governor O’Ferrall, Mayor KI..5*
President Collier and other distinguished
At its conclusion the Virginians scat
tered through the grounds and spent the
afternoon inspecting the exhibits.
The women managers of the World’s
fair were to have a reunion today jn the
woman’s building, but only a few of
them appeared. They were Mrs. Dr. Fel
ton, Miss Mary McCandlees of Pennsyl
vania, Miss Florida Cunning of South
Carolina, Ml*s Mary Cecil Gartrell of
Kentucky, Mrs. Mary S. Dock wood,
Washington; Mrs. Ida M. Ball, Wilming
ton; Mrs. Clara McAdoo, Mrs. Wr. N
Dynch, West Virginia.
The ladles were introduced to those who
had gathered to meet them and spent a
pleasant morning In the woman’s bulld
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Cotton Manufacturers Coming.
Washington, Oct. 22.—The excursion of
the New England cotton manufacturers,
numbering 175 persons, was over two
hours late In reaching Washington,
where it was intended to spend the after
noon in seeing the capital. The party,
which includes many wealthy mill own
ers. left for Atlanta tonight by special
Congressman Bankhead So Reports—Does Not
Know When He and Mr, Clarke
Will Meet Again.
Congressman Rankhead was In the
city last night on his return from Jack
sonville, where he spoke Monday. He
says that he had a splendid audience of
representative citizens, and that the free
coinage question is neither dead nor
sleeping In the county of Calhoun.
Relative to the continuation of the dis
cussions between he and Mr. Clarke he
said he did not know when they would
meet again. That he is ready for the
fray himself, but that Mr. Clarke has
some legal business to look after.
The political gossipers hereabouts are
'of the opinion that Mr. -Clarke got
enough of the “eagle bird” In Montgom
ery, ' and that his legal business will
more than likely require the major part
of his time from now until congress con
venes. in fact, that the Rankhead
Clarke discussions have ended rather un
expectedly. _
Death of Mrs. J. W. Brooks-Reorganiza
tion of a Railroad Company.
Florence, Oct. 22.—(Special.)—J. W.
Brooks died yesterday at his htftne near
Center Star. Mr. Brooks was one of the
substantial citizens of the county and
was highly respected by all. He was the
father of Mrs. Frank Jackson of this
city and of J. P. Brooks of Kemp, Tex.,
who has been here for several days.
The Birmingham, Sheffield and Tennes
see River Railway company Is to be
transformed in the Northern Alabama
railway, and the subscription books to
the capital stock of the new company
will be opened on November 20, in the
ofHce of the Birmingham. Sheffield and
Tennessee River Railway company, at
Sheffield. The recent purchase of the
Birmingham, Sheffield and Tennessee
River railroad by the bondholders made
it necessary to reorganize the company.
The appointment of Capt. R. T. Simp
son and Messrs. George P. Jones and R.
T. Simpson, Jr., of this city, by the sec
retary of state as commissioners to or
ganize the Northern Alabama was the
first step in the reorganization move
ment. The second and final step will
be taken on November 20, when the
stock of the new company will be taken
by the purchasers of the road. It Is be
lieved that the reorganization means
more than the simple change of name.
Although the commissioners will not say
so. it looks very much as If the Northern
Alabama will be a more extensive line
than the Birmingham. Sheffield and Ten
nessee River road, and that it will very
shortly be extended from Sheffield north
ward through Florence to a connecting
line In Tennessee, thus making it a
(through instead of a Ratal line. The new
company is capitalized at $2,000,000.
Adjourned Over Out of Hespeet to a Dead
Columbia, S. C., Oct. 22.—The constitu
tional convention at 1:30 adjourned out
of respect to the memory of R. H. Hodges
of Marlborough, whose death was an
nounced. It adjourned until tomorrow.
The question of controlling the estab
lishment of new counties was again
taken up and discussed. The convention
has refused to strike out the 400 square
mile minimum limitation for new coun
ties. No old counties can be reduced to
less than 500 square miles. The suffrage
question has gone over until the counties
question Is disposed of. The democratic
members will hold a caucus tonight and
endeavor to settle all difficulties. Lively
personal passages took place today be
tween Barker of Charleston and Wilson
of York. __
Miss Willard Re-Elected.
Baltimore, Oct. 22.—Miss Frances E.
Willard was today elected president of
the Woman’s Christian Temperance un
ion for the seventeenth time. The ballot
was announced as 361 votes for Miss Wil
lard and fourteen scattering. As the re
cording secretary cast the ballot of the
convention for Miss Willard the delegates
and visitors arose and sang ' Praise God
from Whom All Blessings Flow.” Miss
WTIlard was visibly affected, and tears
glistened In her eyes as she arose and
with tremulous voice thanked the con
vention for the great honor It had shown
her. _,_
Gone to Be Repaired.
Fort Monroe, Va., Oct. 22.—The battle
ship Texas sailed for New York at J.t:30,
where she will be docked and her ma
chinery repaired.
Detaching Rear Admtral Kirk'
land From Command.
C iploinats Doubt Whether England Has Sent
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a;' Ultimatum.
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j ^ m* Are Gathering in the Florida Keys
^ and Are Being Closely Watohedby
£ the Cruiser Cincinnati—TJieir
Actions Are Suspicious.
Washington, Oct. 22.—The formal or
der of detaching Rear Admiral Kirkland
from the command of the European na
val station was signed by the acting sec
retary of the navy, Mr. McAdoo, today.
It was reported at the navy department
that Admiral Kirkland, since he became
aware that Secretary Herbert disap
proved of several of his actions, has ap
plied for detachment from his command,
but Acting Secretary McAdoo had no In
formation that would confirm this. There
is no doubt whatever thait the recall of
the admiral was intended as a rebuke.
Admiral Kirkland cannot be placed
on the retired list on account of age until
1898. If he should remain In the service
until thait time he would become the
ranking officer of the navy.
Admiral Kirkland’s friends are confi
dent thait he will immediately ask to be
rtAlred under the fourteen years’ service
clause, the provisions of which he has
given them to understand he would take
advantage of soon after the Kiel celebra
tion. As he entered the naval service
as a midshipman July 2, 1850, he was eli
gible for retirement after forty-five years’
continuous Bervlee the 2d day of last
July, but In the excitement of the Kiel
celebration about that time he overlook
ed a promise he is said to have made to
men a little below his own rank and get
out of the way at once to permit their
promotion. The Mare Island command
ant position, to which the admiral as
pired, is considered the finest shore bil
let in the navy, as it is the only shore
assignment that carries sea pay. but It is
asserted that the navy department has
definitely decided not to give the po
sition to Admiral Kirkland, and the
friends here who have been Interested
in his behalf having learned thut fact
think that the admiral will at once re
Diplomats Growing Skeptical.
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what skeptical respecting the correctness
of the London dispatches which announce
that an ultimatum has been sent by Lord
Salisbury to Venezuela, and It is believed
that these dispatches are misleading, if
they are not in fact somewhat exagger
ated. It ip pointed out (hat an ultimatum
’is never the InJtlpJ, but a subsequent step
taken In ' International disputes. It Is
shown In the case in point that although
the arrest, of the colonial officers at Uru
an occurred in November last, no official
cognizance of the matter was taken by
Great Britain until recently. The prob
ability of an ultimatum being suddenly
sprung Is seriously doubted. It is not
questioned that Lord Salisbury has sent
a communication to the Caracas govern
ment directing their attention to the ar
rest of Sergeant Behrens and asking for
a suitable explanation. If Venezuela’s
explanation should not be satisfactory
then it is said Great Britain might with
propriety respond with an ultimatum, In
which she might demand not only an
apology and a proper reparation, but lim
it the time In which these conditions
should be complied with. A continued
refusal by Venezuela to furnish the sat
isfaction demanded might be followed by
seriouH consequences, but some months,
It is believed, will necessarily intervene
before an acute stage in the contention
Is reached.
Council of Thirty-Third Degree Masons.
The announcement is made that the
council of inspeetors-general thirty-third
degree Ancient and Accepted Rite of
Free Masonry, southern jurisdiction, has
elected Thomas H. Caswell of San Fran
cisco, grand commander, to the vacancy
caused by the death of Gen. Philip C.
Tucker of Tdxas; O. S. Long of Charles
ton, W. Vn... lieutenant grand command
er; E. T. Carr of Leavenworth. Ks., grand
prior; Samuel E. Adams of Minneapolis,
grand chancellor; Martin Collins of St.
Louis, grand master of slate; Frederick
Webber of Washington, general secre
tary; Gilmore Meredith of Baltimore,
treasurer-general; R. C, Jordan of Oma
ha, grand almoner, and S. W. Todd of
New Orleans, grand auditor.
A special committee on the centennial
celebration of 1901. which will be held in
St. Louis, will be appointed.
The provincial lodge of the Royal Or
der of Scotland of the United States,
though not officially connected with the
supreme council always bolds its annual
session when the latter order meets, as
the majority of Its members belong to
the rite.
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der on nineteen candidates from various
parts of the country.
The supreme council, thirty-third de
gree Masons, northern Jurisdiction, also
commenced its three days' session today.
The acting grand commander, W. A.
Hershlser of Columbus. O.. read his an
nual address, showing the order to be lrr
a flourishing condition and declaring that
not alone in the east was a mark of im
provement noticeable, but that all over
the country an astonishing revival was
going on.
Suspicions Looking Fishermen.
Reports received at the navy depart
ment from Capt. M. L. Johnson, com
mander of the cruiser Cincinnati, which
Is engaged in looking out for Cuban fili
busters abuut the Florida keys, are to the
effect that parties of Cubans are gather
ing in the keys, but not to any formida
ble extent. Whence they came Captain
Johnson hah b^en unable to ascertain,
although he has made every effort to do
so. Groups of them, all strangers, have
been noted from time to time, but there is
nothing to indicate how they reached the
keys, the presumption being that they
came under cover of night. All of them
are apparently engaged In fishing, turtle
hunting or other peaceful occupations,
but Captain Johnson considers their ac
tions so suspicious that he has deemed
It worth while to make reports on the
subject to the navy department. So far
the Cincinnati has not been able to And
any filibusters. _
A Presidential Appointment.
Washington. Oct. 22—Refore leaving
for Atlanta the president appointed Ja
red H. Dixon of Louisiana receiver of
public moneys at Nachitoches, La.

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