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Bole Jutcnt Foreign Advertising.
WcTIce to Subscribers—When subscribers
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
Bide of the sheet.
TELEPHONE CALLS.
Business Office.P°
Editorial Rooms.281
All calls after 9 o’clock p. m. should be
sent to the Editorial Rooms.
Sylvanus Sawyer, the Inventor of rifled
cannon, has just died in Templeton,
Mass., at the age of 73.
Barney Barnato has just given $225,000
to the poor of London, which is larger
than any single gift ever mude by the
Rothschilds.
It is an undisputed fact that every
nation that demonetized silver did so
when the silver dollar was worth 100
cents in gold.
There will be no prize fight take place
In Arkansas between Corbett and Fitz
simmons until after the expiration of
twenty days at least.
In 1894 It was out of order for the pres
ident to take any stand on the contest in
New York state. At that time Senator
Hill headed the ticket.
AVhen everybody reaches the same con
clusion about a matter, the conclusion is
generally correct Everbody agrees that
Birniinghajn is destined to be the city of
the south.
As a remedy for infanticide in Paris M.
Louis de Grammont proposes that a baby
market be established where parents too
poor or Indifferent to take care of their
Children may sell them to those who will
[look after them.
Joseph Jefferson never talks politics.
[What his party bias may be is not gener
ally known. He is very diplomatic in
dodging all questions that tend to en
trap him Into an expression of opinion
Regarding national issues.
It has been suggested that Congress
man Stallings’ alleged Indorsement of
(Congressman Clarke only extends as far
Bs Mr. Clarke's candidacy, and that
•'Jess” would be looking the other way
Svhen the voting takes place.
Mr. Cleveland has written a letter en
dorsing the regular democratic state
ticket in New York. Is it not time for
pome Alabama papers to say whether or
tnot they consider Ex-Mayor Grace and
Jjis following in New York bolters?
' The Selma Times thinks that the main
ipppositlon to reuniting the white demo
crats of Alabama comes from a few men
Who fear that their occupation as king
makers and office-holders would cease.
IThe Selma Times believes in the doctrine
©f total depravity.
1 Many of the state papers are having a
(good deal to say about the alleged dis
courtesy shown to Governor Oates and
[his staff at Atlanta. We don't think it
Ivery good taste to complain even if It
Iwere true. The best way to resent a
slight is never to see it.
The New York World says that the
shipments of American wheat to England
during September were surpassed by the
combined totals of India and Argentina
as well as by the combined totals of Rus
sia and Roumnnla. The Argentina com
crop is also becoming a factor in the com
petition with ours in European markets.
So much has been said about the failure
Of the Baltic canal that the four largest
Ironclads In the German navy were re
cently sent through It as a test. They
made the trip In eleven hours without any
accident,. demonstrating the ease with
Which Germany can transfer her whole
fleet from the Baltic into the North sea
In case of war.
The bullion now in the treasury pur
chased under the Sherman law would. If
(Coined, make 177,964,000 silver dollars.
The seignorage, being the difference be
tween this sum and the cost of the bul
lion. would be 53,883.677 silver dollars.
Probably we shall hear about coining
this seignorage again during the ap
proaching session of congress.
' The culture of olives is becoming an
Important part of the great fruit indus
try of California. Over 800,000 trees have
been planted during Hie present year,
nnd it Is expected that at least 1,000,000
will be put out In the next year. The
tc.al area of olive orchards in the stale
Is 21.000 acres, valued at about 55,000,000;
nnd the value of the crop last year, gath
ered from 5000 trees, was $160,050.
The divisions now existing in the ranks
of the men who followed Kolb in 1892
and 1894 are growing wider every day.
Many of, those who were formerly the
apostles for the Kolb movement are now
denouncing him with great bitterness.
Tiie convention here oil the I3th instant
promises to be a lively affair, and will de
velop whether Cuptain Kolb is to remain
the central sun or go into a total eclipse.
I The St. Louis Globe-Democrat, Rep.,
Bays:
"The democratic campaign manugprs
|n the Eighteenth Illinois Congressional
district have made a serious mistake
In committing their candidate to the 1G
to 1 folly. They put Bland, Bryan and
other 60 cent dollar agitators on the
Htump, and thus have brought hundred^
of sound money democrats to Hadley,
the republican nominee. Hadley had an
excellent chance of winning anyhow, and
tills drift of democrats to him appears to
pioke his victory certain. Twenty of the
Illinois distreits. including the Eigh
Jeenth, went republican last November,
eavlng only two for the democrats. The
Eighteenth is going to slick to the ma
Bority.”
When the election Is over next Tuesday
>tve will see whether the Illinois Eigh
teciuh district democrats made a mistake
or not. The proof of the pudding Is in
the chewing of the bag.
COTTON CONSPIRACY.
The Idea that the New York speculators
will endeavor to bull the cotton market
in order to induce fuller exports is thus
set out by the New York Home Journal:
“Cotton is king! Never was the poten
cy of the greatest export crop of the
United States more thoroughly demon- j
strated than in the course of the com- |
mercial and financial operations of the
week ending with the disastrous panic of
last Saturday.
“One of the greatest combinations of
the century has been recently effected in
order to depress the market price of the
fleecy staple which clothes the people of
the earth. The resources of the old
world, conjoined with the capital, en
ergy and intelligence of this commercial
center, all backed by prominent metro
politan newspapers, entered the lists to
malm or destroy the value of the main
crop of the southern states. Incidentally
the assault is upon the chief resource of
our country for the liquidation of the bal
ance of trade and for the prevention of
the exportation of gold to pay our foreign
indebtedness. The planters of the south
made a good fight to maintain the price
of their cotton at the point that would
compensate for the decrease in acreage
and the phenomenally short yield of the
staple; but their efforts were as ineffec
tual as the heroic charge of Lee’s army at
Gettysburg. It was the world against
the south. The interests of the wealthy
spinners at Manchester being Identical ;
with those of the mill owners of the. east, .
it was an easy task to combine Knglish
and American capital to make an on
slaught the effect of which dominated the
situation on Wall street and stagnated
the movement of stocks and bpnds..,There
cannot be too much stress placed upon
the conspiracy for the depression of cot
ton prices, because in exact ratio to the
fall is the loss to the general govern
ment of that debt-paying ability which
exportation of the one crop indispensable
to England gives it.
“The crop of American cotton for the
year ending September, 1894, was nearly
10,000,000 bales, and the English manufac
turers of cloths and yarns were able to
depress prices to the point of 4% cents in
this market on account of the necessities
of the planters ns well as the general de
pression of business then prevailing
throughout the world. Today the most
ardent bull does not estimate the growing
crop at over 6,800,000 bales, and that at a
season when, on account of the revival
of trade, consumption must necessarily
be vastly in excess of that of the past
three years. The effect of the artificial
depression of cotton prices is a most se
rious menace to the balance of trade.
“Estimating the foreign consumption
at but 4,000,000 bales, the loss to this
country by last week’s shrinkage of 1
cent per pound Is $20,000,000. The enor
mous operations in cotton have over
shadowed Wall street transactions.
Room traders manipulated the market
to their advantage. The fears of a re
sumption of gold shipments kept invest
ors out of the market, while prudent po
litical economists demoralized the gener
al public by demonstrating that the abil
ity of this country to pay Its foreign
debts has been materially diminished by
lower prices for the small crop of its
most valuable staple. The unparalleled
activity in the cotton market for some
weeks past, accompanied by sharp fluc
tuations, does not appear to have de
stroyed confidence in still higher prices,
In strict accordance with the law of sup
ply and demand; and there appears to
be a disposition on the part of the plant
ers to hold their crops, ns America has
not the opportunity to dictate terms to
England. Th*re has been much twaddle
written about the necessity of forcing
cotton prices down, so as to tempt the
foreign buyer and thus supply this mar
ket with exchange at a lower price. Why
not pass a law to keep the nose of the
western farmer to the grindstone by
holding wheat and corn at the seaports
at prices to conform with the ideas of
buyers in Europe?”
THE BALANCE OE TRADE.
That there is a fallacy In the argu
ments based upon the balance of trade
has been long admitted by all political
economists. It is distinctly shown by
the following comments of the Chicago
Chronicle:
“One of the most persistent supersti
tions among amateur economists is that
of the 'balance of trade.' It is the easiest
thing imaginable. We import so much,
strike a balance and settle the difference
Ip gold, and there you have it. If there
were no such thing as credit, if money
were never borrowed or invested at in
terest, this simple formula would crudely
indicate the course of commerce. But
merchandise and coin represent only
a part of the world's exchanges and the
other part is not so easily followed.
"In the five years from 1890 to 1894 the
United States exported merchandise,
principally food products, to a value of
$524,000,000 in excess of the value of the
imports in the same period. We also ex
ported an excess of $86,000,000 of silver,
which may fairly be counted as a com
mercial product, making our excess of
exports in the five years $610,000,000. Ac
oording to the balance of trade ^theory
the country should have been accumulat
ing wealth enormously all this time and
gold should have been pouring in. Yet
we exported ip these five years, in excess
of imports, $165,000,000 in gold. In the
previous five years, when our excess of
other exports was but $270,000,000, that of
gold exports was only $7,000,000.
"Now here was $775,000,000 in visible ex
ports for which we got no visible return—
that is, no return that figures In the cus
toim house statistics. We must have got
some equivalent for all this wealth that
we sent abroad, but it does not appear in
the “balance of trade." A part of the
proceeds, no doubt, was spent or invested
abroad, but the largest part was em
ployed in the payment of debts. There
was interest to be paid on American se
curities held abroad, and then as our
financial policy had cast doubt on Amer
ican investments, the securities them
selves came back to us, to an amount that
must have absorbed more than all the
balance of trade in our favor. These
transactions can only be estimated, but it
is plain that a mere comparison of im
ports and exports can give a very inad
equate notion of our international ex
changes.
"How inadequate may be judged from
the corresponding statistics of Great
Britain for the same period. The total
imports of merchandise into the United
Kingdom from 1890 to 1894 were f2,092.
721.039, and the total exports but £1,480,
504,995. Here was an ‘adverse balance
of trade' of about $3,009,000,000. which
by the theory we have been considering,
must have impoverished John Bull, not
withstanding ttie net imports of $187,
000,000 of gold In the same period. And
yet England still holds her own in the
commercial world, and finds a profit in
buying in the cheapest markets. In fact,
some considerable part of these $3,000,
000,000 we ourselves contributed to Eng
land's advantage as well as our own
by supplying her with food In exchange
for various advantages she had to offer
us.”
at hioh water mark*
The silver stream Is at high water
mark still in Louisiana, as elsewhere.
The New Orleans Times-Democrat says:
"That the farmers of Louisiana have
not changed their views because worms
and bad weather have cut down the crop,
and consequently advanced prices, the
recent democratic primary in Madison
parish, the tirst held In the state, proves.
The primary was for the purpose of nom
inating candidates for local offices, but
at the same time a vote was taken on
the question of Instructing our senators
and representatives in congress to vote
lr. favor of the free coinage of silver at
/ >
the ratio of 18 to 1. This stood mbre than
4 to 1—exactly 4 1-S to 1—In favor of free
silver. It leaves no doubt how Madison
stands on the sliver question and Mad
ison Is a fair test. It is not as strongly
silver as the hill parishes of north Louis
iana. Moreover, It Is to be remembered
that this was a democratic primary and
the populltes were left out; they are
unanimously for free coinage. It would
Indicate that the white voters of Madison
stand 8 or 10 to 1 in favor of free silver,
with the interior parishes probably more
enthusiastically for the white metal.
“Madison Is distinctively a cotton par
ish, and deeply interested in its price. If
the recent advance had the effect any
where of weakening the silver cause, and
persuading the farmers that the demon
etization of silver was'not responsible for
the low prices of all farm products, we
might expect it to operate in Madison;
and the returns of the democratic pri
mary show that it has not had the slight
est influence there. In spite of 814 cent
cotton the democratic voters of Madison
are as satisfied as ever that the perma
nent prosperity of the country demands
the free oolnage of silver at 16 to 1.”
The State Herald had hoped that Gov
ernor Oate9 would see his way clear to
appoint Capt. N. A. Graham of the Shelby
Sentinel probate Judge of Shelby county,
to fill the place made vacant by the death
of Judge Leeper. He did not do so, how
ever. Captain Graham deserved the ap
pointment. He had been loyal to the
democratic party, to the national and
state administrations, and It does seem
that if there is anything In these things
he ought to have been rewarded. Captain
Graham was a devoted follower of the
flag that was furled forever at Appo
matox and bears upon hfs person his loy
alty to that cause. Alt things being equal
he ought to have had the appointment.
The State Herald, however, was not In a
position to ask any favors at the gov
ernor’s hands. When we look at the
empty sleeve of Alabama's chief execu
tive and watch the gallant Graham as he
goes limping through life we can hut ex
press the regret that we feel when we say
we are sorry Captain Graham was not
appointed.
A fashionable audience in Paris recent
ly listened to a lecture on chemistry by a
celebrated chemist. At the conclusion of
the lecture a lady and gentleman who'
were among the first to leave the hall
had reached the open air. when the lady
caught her escort staring at her. "What
is the matter?" asked the madame, in
surprise. “Pardon me, but you are quite
blue!” The lady returned to the hall and
approached a mirror. She started back
in horror. The rouge upon her cheek had
been converted into a beautiful blue by
the chemical decomposition which had
taken place under the influence of the
gases which had been generated during
the lecture. The majority of the women
in the audience had suffered in a sim
ilar manner. There were all sorts of col
ors-blue, yellow, violet and black. Some
whose vanity had Induced them to put
ivory on the skin, coral on the lips, rouge
on the cheeks and black on the eyebrows
had undergone a ludicrous transforma
tion.
Senator Sherman Is not the only man
who did not. believe in Garfield. It is an
nounced that Senator Palmer is writing
a book of reminiscences, in which there
is a good deal of plain si>eaking in regard
to prominent characters. He kept a
diary during the war, and had a habit
Of recording from day to day his opinion
of those with whom 'he came in contact.
Under date of June 18, 1863, he made an
entry to the effect that Garfield, then
chief-of-staff to Rosecrans, did not im
press him “as a man Who either possessed
depth of feeling or pre-eminent sincer
ity," but rather as one who was ambi
tious and likely to look out for himself.
“1 was not surprised afterward," Palmer
says, " when Rosecrans was unfortunate
at Chlekamauga, that Garfield so man
aged as to not only escape the censure
to which Rosecrans was subjected, but
obtained credit by his easy and useless
return to Thomas on the battlefield.”
The big United States -battleships
Maine and Texas are now in commis
sion, and the Indiana will Join them for
active service in about two weeks. Even
now her main battery Is aboard and 100,
000 pounds of powder in lier magazines.
Before the year ends the Massachusetts
and Oregon will be ready. Tlia two dou
ble turren monitors could be completed
within three months, and the Puritan,
with her 14-lneh armor and 12-inch rifles,
Is well advanced. The ram Katahdln and
torpedo boat Ericsson can be relied on at
short notice. These seven armor clads
will soon be added to the modern war
ships New York, Monterey, Miantono
moh and Amphltrlte. Other warships
in course of construction are three gun
boats, the cruiser Brooklyn, the battle
ships Iowa, Keersarge and her unnamed
mate, and several torpedo boats. Our
navy is in good shape and Improving ev
ery month.
The Greensboro Watchman does not
agree with some “organa” that Governor
Oates is the only man in the state who
“can save the party.” When the party
gets into a condition that it must be
saved over again every two years by
sacrificing one and the same man, it
tends to suggest the reflection whether it
Is worth saving or not. We imagine
Governor Oates has too much sense to
suppose such suggestions as that are in
tended to promote his ambition. A plan
of salvation that lasts only twenty-four
months is not one that will commend it
self to reflecting men.
An Object- Lesson.
New York World.
The gain of 54,000,000 pounda In the
American production of tin plate in the
first year of the new tariff is a fact of the
greatest possible interest to Mr. William
McKinley. It shows him that he has not
labored in vain. The prayers he made
for the preservation of the infant tin
plate industry have been answered The
democratic tariff law abolished the ab
surd McKinley duty of 4 cents a pound
on tin ore and reduced the duty on tin
plate one-half. Twenty-six new mills,
which have begun operation in a single
year, will come very near increasing the
total annual output to* an equality with
the total annual consumption. In a few
years from now we may be exporting
Un-plate instead of buying It.
Mr. McKinley’s organs are obliged to
admit the facts, but they explain that the
increase is the result of "duties high
enough to protect"—which is something
quite different from their franUc asser
tions of 1894 that democratic success
would bankrupt the tin-plate mills al
ready In operation and make the opening
of others impossible.
It is evident that Mr. McKlnley‘s or
gans are learning in spite of themselves.
Perhaps in time Mr. McKinley himself
may know more about the political econ
omy of tin-plate production than he has
ever allowed- himself to susnect.
PENCILINGS.
Ballad of the Bad Little Boy.
The busy little neighbor boy
Improves each shining hour
By doing all the naughtiness
That lies within his power.
Jfa "plays for keeps," and daily wins
Our darling's toys away.
And O! the sinful words that he
Has taught our child to say!
All this, perhaps, I could endure.
But I must draw the line
When that his mother says her son
Learns wickedness from mine.
—FRANK PUTNAM.
It is said the fellow who wrote “Four
More Years of Grover” died In Philadel
phia and without repentance.
When any lawlessness occurs In any of
the big cities now the people Jump up and
say telegraph for Governor Culberson.
What’s the matter with the governor of
Arkansas?
The perversity of human destiny is
shown by the fact that politicians are
clamoring for harmony and do not get
It, while the professional fighters achieve
nothing else.
A sick man is always glad to see the
doctor, but after he gets well and before
the bill is paid he v/ill sometimes go a
long distance out of his way so as not to’
meet him on the street.
flays the Chicago Tlmes-Herald: "Two
Kentucky gentlemen who had been drink
ing freely got Into a dispute over a dog
and proceeded to shoot at each other.
All of the Kentucky newspaper accounts
of the affair blamed the whole trouble
on the dog.”
James Whitcomb Riley denies that he
either is writing or has any thought of
writing a novel. He modestly adds that
he does not believe himself capable of a
work of that character. The Hoosler
poet Is living in congenial retirement,
doing only such occasional work with his
pen as seems to him to be of the nature
of recreation. Mr. Riley will not fill plat
form engagements this season.
ALABAMA EDITORS.
The Huntsville Mercury pays the fol
lowing tribute to Peter Zinszer:
"We cannot refrain from noticing edi
torially the death of Peter Zinszer, the
furniture dealer of Birmingham. It was
not necessary that one should meet him
to know him, for every reader of a Bir
mingham paper was familiar with his
name and business. By his plan of liber
al advertising he attracted trade to the
city, and in his death Birmingham loses a
factor in her business circles.”
The country editor seldom gets left.
Even the seasons seem to play to his
hand. And now as the sturdy farmer
places the yellow yam potato on his deskf
he chants like a mocking bird in spring
time:
"The berry crop is over—
Human nater, human nater,
Still we nre in clover—
Sop and tater, sop and tater.”
The announced appointments of Sena
tors Morgan and Pugh carry them
through to November 23. After that time
they will probably devote some time to
calling the hogs in off the range in the
north Alabama hills.—Huntsville Mer
cury.
Is the public to infer from the above
that those people who inhabit the hills
of north Alabama are "hogs?” Has it
reached the point when a newspaper
must refer to the people who may not
agree with its policy, but among whom it
lives and has its being as “hogs?” Verily
the Mercury must have gone mad.
The LaFayette Sun this week gives a
group picture of two old colored men,
one a democrat and the other a republi
can. Beneath the picture is the follow
ing poem. The poem itself is meritorious
and shows that the writer possesses a ge
nius above the ordinary:
Two old, decrepit sons of Ham, of whom I
wish to speak.
Have lost the vigor of their youth with
furrows on their cheek.
They've passed through hardships in this
life—the end is yet to come—
And then these good old colored men will
roach their peaceful home.
They’ve tasted of the sweets of life, the
ash cake made of (lough;
Their faces black "ns aee of spades,” their
heads as white as snow.
"Uncle May” comes first, bowed down in
years, the age of 93,
Supported by a walking stick, a republican
is he.
Next conies old "Uncle Jerry,” whose age
is 91;
He's always been a democrat—a good race
he has run.
They've been in bondage, and have felt the
lash of long ago,
Their faces now are wrinkled, and their
heads as white as snow.
They’ve seen the wild and savage beasts
around theJr cottage door.
And heard the varmint's midnight shriek,
which made them walk the floor.
They’ve hoard the Indian's warwhoop, that
made them shake with feat;
They've seen their piercing arrows kill the
nimble-footed deer:
They’ve heard the wildcat's hideous scream
in accents loud and low,
But now 'tis like a mystic dream, their
heads as white as snow.
Tlietr mas'sas whom they loved so well
have Sled and gone to rest,
Wlille these old negroes linger on, their
mem'ries in their breast.
Their tottering footsteps, one by one, are
marchbig to the grave—
Bike heroes on the battlefield they've been
both bold and brave;
They've plowed the horse, also the mule,
and drove the steer that's slow,
But now they neither drive nor plow, their
heads as white as snow.
Old Jervy takes hts sweeten dram, old May
takes iils'n straight;
He says the liquor's all he wants, and al
ways wants a belt.
Old Jerry says, "I tell yer, boss, dis nigger's
gettin’ old.
But I'se gwine ter be er democrat an’ die
within de fold."
God bless old Jerry and old May while here
on earth beiow.
And lead them to that happy land, with
heads as white as snow.
—WILLIAM C. DOBBINS.
LaFayette. Ala-, Oct. 39, 1895.
KENNEDY.
The Earthquake Plainly Felt—The Cotton
Crop About Marketed.
Kennedy, Oct. 31.—(Special Corre
spondence.)—Quite a heavy rain fell last
night, and about 5 o'clock this morning
a perceptible shock was felt, supposed to
be earthquake. Some houses Bhook con
siderably and parties coming In from
the country report it equally severe*
Last week was unusually dull for the
time of year, the decline In cotton hav
ing caused a lull in! all kinds of business.
Since It has reacted, however, trade has
revived, and from present Indications the
balance of the cotton crop in this section
will be placed on the market in the next
few days.
plains, that the canceling of the green
backs shall reduce the volume of the
currency. The process of cancellation
is only to go on as fast as other sound
and safe currency oan be substituted for
the notes retired. As already intimated,
this may require some time, but the Im
portant point Is to make a beginning.—
Louisville Courier-Journal. Dem
STATE NEWS.
Columbiana Chronicle: Calera will
have a bank tomorrow. Gordon DuBose
will open doors there Friday morning
with Mr. R. E. Bowdon a« cashier. The
bank here will continue under his own
management.
Selma Times: M. B. P. "Watson cap
tured a centipede from a bunch of ba
nanas yesterday. It is on exhibition In
the window of E. P. Gault's drug store.
It is one of the largest ever seen in Selma,
and its looks send a chill through one’s
body.
BlountsvIIle Democrat: Mr. Daniel Ma
lone of Garden City called to see us Mon
day and informed us that his barn con
taining his fodder, corn and hay, together
with his horse, was burned last Saturday
morning about 2 o'clock. The fire was
the work of incendiaries.
Wilcox Progress: The contractors have
begun work on the bridge across Purse
ley creek, about one mile south of Cam
den. This is one of the largest and most
Important bridges In Wilcox county and
its reconstruction will be a great conve
nience to a large number of our people.
Randolph Leader: Near Milltown, In
Chambers county, three small negro chil
dren were left aione in a house, which
somehow caught Are, and was consumed
with the three children therein. A res
cuing party arrived in time to hear the
screams of the victims, but too late to
save them.
Columbiana 'Advocate: The school
house in the Kingdom community was
destroyed by fire last Saturday night.
Our fellow townsman. A. W. Strickland,
was to have opened school there on the
following Monday. The origin of the
fire is unknown, but it Is supposed to
have been Incendiary.
Randolph Leader: In Wedowee yester
day Rol Hand, a white man, became en
raged at a negro named Henry McGuire,
when Hand, after throwing rocks at the
negro, shot him In the stomach with a
shotgun. It is thought McGuire will die.
Hand was arrested and jailed. It is said
that he was Intoxicated.
Huntsville Tribune: Revenue Officers
O'Rear and McMahon raided an illicit
still In the eastern part of Ijauderdale
county, near the Limestone line, Satur
day, and captured two alleged wild cat
ters. A large still was captured and
about 800 gallons of beer and whisky de
stroyed. The same officers went out
again to make another raid in the same
neighborhood, but have not returned.
Hutsville Argus: Mr. George I. Motz
called our attention to a couple of big
pears grown in the orchard of Dr. D. H.
McLain at Maysville, which he is taking
to the Atlanta exposition to be placed in
the Alabama exhibit as a specimen of
what we can raise In the fruit line in
Alabama. The pears in question were
the largest we had ever seen in the pear
line, and Mr. Mote said that not even Cal
ifornia would approach them in size or
beauty. ■.
Randolph Leader: At a negro camp
meeting eight miles northwest of Roan
oke a young white man named Walter
Knight was In company with another
white man who was drinking, when the
latter became Involved In a difficulty
with a negro, Gib Tucker. Knight in
terfered In behalf of his friend and was
shot through the neck by Tucker. The
bullet cut the jugular vein, but the
wound will not necessarily prove fatal.
Tucker was arrested and lodged in We
dowee jail.
Anniston Hot Blast: Mr. O. M. Stim
son, formerly wtth’Pullman, has been ap
pointed superintendent of the Anniston
and Decatur plants of the United States
Car company*, and is said to be an ideal
man for the place. He will make his
home and headquarters here. The work
of repairing and modernizing the rolling
mills will be begun next week probably.
It will take some $12,000 to do this work
and require a number of men. About
sixty men are employed at the big plant
now. Mr. Stimson. the new superinten
dent, will be here next week and there are
good grounds for believing that when he
comes or shortly after the Hot Blast will
have something mighty good to tell its
readers.
Huntsville Mercury: News comes to
us of a terrible experience of Mr. W. R.
Johnson of Lacey Springs had with a ma
licious mule a few days since. As the
story goes Mr. Johnson bought a good
looking mule and for several days he
worked all right. But one day the ani
mal became stubborn and would not
budge. Mr. Johnson seized a stick and
commenced to whip the mule, but then
the mule reared up on his hind legs and
came down upon him with both fore feet.
After stomping and biting him awhile
the mule caught hold of Mr. Johnson’s
clothes and shook him as a dog -would a
rat. After Mr. Johnson had been almost
killed he Was rescued by a friend and
taken to his home, where he now lies,
with hardly any hope for his recovery.
Anniston Hot Blast: The valuable
clays that He imbedded in this county are
no insignificant feature of its mineral
wealth. Mr. George W. Blchelberger
owns perhaps the most valuable property
of this kind yet developed. It is located
in Choccolocco valley, only six miles from
the city. The quality of kaolin is very
fine and from It has been manufactured
pottery and crockery ware for years. As
the clay is almost Inexhaustible we hope
to see a company purchase and develop it
on an extensive scale some day. There
is no reason why we should not manu
facture our orockery at home and save
the cost of transporting it to ns from thd
north. The Woodstock Iron works also
own valuable properties of this kind.
Likewise Mr. B. A. fcmtbry. which It lo
cated just outside of the western city lim
its, and from which is manufactured the
best fire brick obtainable In the south.
There are doubtless other properties
equally as valuable not yet discovered
and developed.
RUTLEDGE.
The Rutledge Academy—Crenshaw for Free
Silver and Captain Johnston.
Rutledge, Oct. 31.—(Special Corre
spondence.)—Lumber Jists bten placed
upon the grounds and work has com
menced on the completion of the Rutledge
academy. After it is finished it will be
one of credit to the town, and shows an
Interest in) the people for education.
Several of the young men of this place
went to Greenville today to taKe In the
Wild West show. They report an enjoy
able time and a large crowd.
I’here can be no question os to the
standing of*4he people of Crenshaw coun
ty politically. Far and near comes the
voice of free silver and for Captain John
ston. It will be a complete walkover In
this part of Hon. Jess' district unless
some miraculous ohanpes are made.
One of the State Herald's correspond
ents voices the sentiments of the teachers
of this county when he says "Let's have a
teachers’ day at the exposition.” There
Is no reason earthly why the teacfhers of
the south, or even of Alabama, could not
have a glorious gathering at the expost
tlon,whlch would be very profitable to
them. Every teacher of the state will,
we have no doubt, favor It. What Jo you
say, brethren?
Perhaps no public man has shrunk so
much in the eyes of the people during the
last year as Senator David B. Hill. There
Is little left of him now except an appe
tite for office and power.—New York
Press. Rep,
PUBLIC OPINION.
Attorney-General Harmon says that
while there Is no law prohibiting Amer
ican citizens from expressing sympathy
with the Cuban revolutionists, such ac
tion Is "discourteous 111 tH6 highest degree
to a friendly power.” This Is sad, but the
discourtesy Is Increasing, nevertheless,
and the administration will hardly be
able to stop It.—St. Louis Globe-Demo
crat, Rep.
The Farmers' National congress at At
lanta has declared in favor of reciprocity
with the states of Central and South
America. The farmers have had their
fill of maxims. They are after markets
now, and they shouldn’t have to make
the hunt alone, seeing that the manufac
turers have as deep an Interest In the
matter as themselves.—Philadelphia
Record, Dem.
"Should Vice-President Stevenson go
over into Ohio," says the Chicago Inter
Ocestn, "to speak for Campbell, he could
tell the democrats how lonesome he Is at
home, where at the last election the re
publicans elected every congressman
from the state and piled up a republican
majority of 133,000.” Why can't these
people let bygo/ies be bygones? Let us
talk about the election In Indianapolis.
That is absolutely fresh In the public
mind.—Cincinnati Enquirer, Dem.
It is not intended, as Mr. Carlisle ex
England had a populist party about
twenty years ago. A short time before
the Bank of England was started this
party of advanced Ideas favored the Is
sue of notes on landed property. If a
man's estate was worth 310.000 he was
to receive a like amout In bank notes. A
committee of the house of commons re
ported the plan practicable and that it
would benefit the nation, but the lunacy
soon ran it3 course and the land banks
were never established.—St. Louis Globe
Democrat.
When the returns are all In from tho
elections four weeks hence the republi
cans will probably realize that victory In
1890 will not be quite so easy to achieve
as many republican statesmen and news
papers have been predicting. The no
tion that they can elect anybody, on any
sort of a platform, next year, which has
been prevalent In some republican cir
cles, is absurd and mischievous, and the
quicker the party gets rid of it and takes
an intelligent view of the situation thg
better It will feel after the election thir
teen mqntfhs hence.—St. Louis Globe*
Democrat, Rep.
If the quarrel between Great Britain
and Venezuela haa Its origin In Imperfect
descriptlohs and faulty surveys, England
should not hesitate to submit the dispute
to arbitration. And if, on th? other
band, as appears from the able study and
presentation of the dispute by the Hon.
William L. Scruggs, late minister of the
United States to Venezuela, the dispute
to the boundary rests upon a purely
trumped-up claim under which, through
her superior power, Great Britain Is at
tempting to extend her territorial pos
sessions in South. America at the expenso
of n weaker plster republlo of the United
Slates, then Mr. Cleveland should enforce
the spirit 6f the Monroe doctrine, and,
In the words of Mr. Jefferson, dlstlncly
let it be understood at the court of St.
James that we shall oppose with all of
our means the forcible Interposition of
any foreign power in the affairs of any
American republic, and most especially
the transfer of their territory or posses
sions to any foreign power by conquest,
cession or acquisition In any other way.
This Is what Mr. Jefferson understood
the Monroe doctrine to mean.—Philadel
phia American.
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OPELIKA.
The Earthquake—Prisoner Escapes—Large
Porkers—Court News.
Opelika, Oct. 81.—(Special Correspond
ence.)—Grant Barrow, a convict from
Chambers county, escaped from the Che
wacla Lime works yesterday. He was
a trusty and was carrying dinner to the
other convicts when he made his escape.
The company has offered a reward for
his captime.
Mr. L. B. McGuire, master of trains of
the Western Railroad of Alabama, Is In
the city.
The long continued drouth here was
broken by a light shower last night, and
this morning the winter opened up In
regular order with a cold, bleak day and
a steady pouring rain.
A distinct shock of earthquake wras felt
here this morning about 5 o’clock. Many
were awakened from their slumbers by
It and much, uneasiness for the moment
was caused.
We were shown today some of as per
fect specimens of hog flesh as we have
ever seen. They are the property of Mr.
J. T. Puckett and are of the Berkshire
variety. Four of them are 14 months old
and average 350 poundS apiece. One of
them Is 10 months old and will net 260
pounds. They wer? raised mostly on dish
water, Mrs. Puckett Says* beipg no
trouble or expense at all. Hard times
will never oome near such thriftiness, for
'with a well-filled smoke house one cs^t
defy all want.
It is Indeed gratifying to learn that le
gal matters In this county have been re
duced to such a minimum that a second •
civil week Is unnecessary. The alacrity
with which the civil business was trans
acted during the first week renders a sec
ond week unnecessary for that docket,
thus saving the county A good sum of
money and allowing a large number of
'witnesses, jurors, eta, to keep at their
work.
Every case that has been tried in the
criminal court this week has resulted in
the conviction of the defehdant.
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