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M'GRUE FATALLY S.ABBED
The Wounds Received In a Quar rel With Mason. SELF-DEFENSE IS CLAIMED Mason Arrested by Officer Johnson at an Early Hour This Morning—His Version of the Affair. Frank McGrue was badly cut last night about 12 o'clock at First avenue and Thirteenth street. He has four deep stabs in his light breast that reach the lungs, which Dr. Gibson, the city physician, who attended him. thinks are fatal McGrue was cut by E. L. Mason, a fireman on one of the locomotives at the Alice furnace. The weapon used was a two-bladed knife, the long, keen blade making the ugly wounds. Mason was arrested and brought to the city prison at 2 o'clock this morning by Officer Johnston, one of the mounted police. When asked for his version of the affair Mason told a State Herald re porter that he preferred not to give the full particulars, which would be made public, he said. Monday morning before Judge Fcagin. "However," said he, "I will say this much, as the public might get a wrong Impression. I am the man who cut Frank McGrue, but I had a just provo cation. I was in front of Tuily's saloon and had some words with Tully, after which I started home down First avenue. Mr. McGrue was Inside and followed my companions and myself down the ave nue. He took ui> Tuily’s quarrel and cursed me outrageously. When we reached the Coketon railroad 1 slackened my pace and let McGrue get in front in order to avoid trouble. Instead of going on he turned around and cursed me again. I saw that a fight would be pushed on me. He advanced towards me and stooped to pick up a rock." “Did he strike at you with the rock?” asked the reporter. "No. I didn't give him time. I cut him with my knife. He fell there and we went on. I had not gone far and wanted to go back for a doctor, and I would have done so if f had known how badly he was hurt.” Mason asked the reporter if McGrue was seriously hurt, and when Informed what Dr. Gibson's opinion was he said he was sorry it was so bail, but believed that he was justified in the act that he committed. Doth parties are married and both are young men. McGrue lives on Seventh street, near the rolling mills. One of his friends went for Mrs. McGrue. and she came to the city hospital. Her husband was under the influence of opiates and could not an swer her grief-.stricken calls when she arrived, but she sat there and watched by his bedside. WITH THE CHURCH LAUIES. Their Bazaars Well Patronized—The Metho dists Closed Last Night—Two Yet Open. The Methodist bazaar closed last night after a most successful week. The Indies were handsomely rewarded for their efforts in getting up the bazaor. Nearly all the articles remaining unsold were disposed of at auction yesterday after noon. Cumberland Presbyterians. The ladies of the Cumberland Presby terian church are very much elated over the success they have so far attained with their carnival of days.' The attend ance has been much greater than they expected and the receipts corresponding ly large. A.new supply of articles was received yesterday and the sales were considera bly more than for any previous day. The carnival will be open tomorrow and Tues day. Before closing Tuesday night the Sunday school banks of the children will be opened. The Catholics. Last night was the banner night at the Catholic bazaar, which has been well patronized all the week. Numbers of handsome articles were disposed of, and the ladles in charge of the various tables express themselves as duly satisfied with the result of the week's work. The choc olate table, presided over by Miss Mary McCrossin, lias been the center of at traction, and successful to a degree, both artistically and financially. Among the articles disposed of last night a handsome umbrella from Mrs. ■ Charles Roy s table went to Mr. Harry Jones. It brought $22.30. A large vase from the same booth netted $20.50, and was borne off by Mr. P. A. Boggan. On the Children of Mary's table a cake bas ket was disposed of for $25 to Mrs. P. Byrne. Taken altogether. It was a most suc cessful evening, the receipts being mate rially swelled by the large attendance from Pratt City. Interest in the cabinet contest grows with each evening, and he Is now con sidered a bright prophet who can "pick the winner." As the contest stands now Mr. J. 1). Hillhouse leads, counting 310 votes on his score. Mr. J. B. Gifford comes next with 325. and Mr. James Ly nagh with 265. The contest will come off Monday night, when the bazaar will close. THE CHURCHES. Church of the Advent, fourth Sunday In advent—Holy communion, 7:30 a. rn.; Sunday school, 9:30 a. m.; morning prayer and litany, 11 a. m.; evening prayer, 7:30 p. m.; Christmas day, early celebration, 7 a. m.; full service and holy communion, 10:30 a. m Thomas J. Beard, rector. At the Southside Baptist church Dr. Hale preaches this morning on “The In carnation," and at 7:30 continues the series of Sunday evening lectures, the theme being "Voices From Paris." At the Christian church this morning and interesting subject will he treated of in a discourse by J. M. Watson, pastor. At 7:30 p. m. there will be an address by Rev. Pendleton Cheek. Rev. Mr. Cheek is from Kentucky, and is visiting his parents. Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Cheek, on the North Highlands. Everybody cor dially invited to attend these services. Rev. S. H. Chester, I). D., secretary of foreign missions for the Southern Pres byterian church, is In the city. He will preach this morning for Rev. John Bar hour, at the South Highlands church, and at night at the First Presbyterian church. This afternoon at 3 o'clock, at the First Presbyterian church. Dr. Chester will ad dress a meeting of ladles. All ladles are cordially Invited to attend. MERCY HOME. The regular meeting of the board of managers of the Mercy Home will be held at the home Tuesday, December 31, at 10 a. m. sharp. By order of the president. 1000 rockers at 50c and up at H. HERZFELD’S. A TERRIBLE POSSIBILITY. A Crisis Imminent in London Worse Than That Caused by the Failure of the Barings. London, Dec. 21.—After a flat opening of the market on the stock exchange American securities recovered, but they did not sustain their recovery fully at the close. The other markets closed bet ter under the influence of an improve ment in consols, which movement is take*n to indicate th*t influential circles consider the political tension better. Those looking beneath the surface ap prehend that unless the political situa tion improves there will be a crisis in London worse than that caused by the failing of the Barings, not on account of the American railroad shares, but on ac count of American railroad bonds,-which are held not only by private parties in England, but many insurance companies and similar institutions These bonds ore already unsaleable. Vienna Bourse. Vienna. Dec. 21.—Owing to the panic in American securities the bourse today was In a state of collapse. Five Failures. B .-ton, Mass., Doe. 21.—Price & Co., Congress street stock brokers, have fail ed. The announcement was made on the Stock exchange this morning. Philadelphia Failure. Philadelphia, Pa.. Dec. 21.—The firm of L. H. Taylor & Co., bankers and brokers, failed this morning. This is one of the oldest firms on the street. Batch Brothers. New York, DeccHSl.—The failure of Hatch Brothers was announced nt the New York stock exchange at 11:15 a. m. The firm consisted of W. B. Hatch and Horace Hatch, with the former as the hoard member. The firm conducted its business at No. 66 Broadway. Clothiers Assign. Boston. Mass., Dec. 21.—Fisk & Goff, clothiers, at Boston and Portland, Me., have assigned. Another. New York, Dec. 21.—Thu failure of H. K. Burras & Co. was announced at the stock exchange. Burras has been a member since December, 1876. POOR ARMENIANS The Turks Will Soon Bombard Zeitoun. Horrible Stories Being Told. Constantinople, Dec. 21.—The porte has Informed all of the foreign diplomats at the Turkish capitol that the Armenians, who are in possession of Zeitoun, having shown themselves to be obstinate re garding their surrender, the bombard ment of Zeitoun will be begun at once. A correspondent writing from Marash ex presses the opinion, however, that the immediate capture of Zeitoun _ by the Turkish forces is not possible, and that the Armenians will be able to hold the place throughout the winter. The correspondent also says there was a tremendous panic in Adana on the 7th instant, similar to that which recently occurred in Constantinople. During the panic all of the shops were closed. A telegram received in Constantinople from Tarsus, on December 18, says many families have fled from there to Mersina, where the United States warship Marble head is lying. A letter from Vostagat, Asia Minor, dated December 10, says that place is surrounded by Kurds, and the houses of the inhabitants have been barricaded. It is reported that thirty Armenians have been massacred there. A communication received at the Turk ish foreign office says that the Armenians who are holding Zeitoun have pillaged and flooded dozens of mussulmen villages near Zeitoun, and have killed 266 Mussul men, Including sixteen women. The for eign office Is also issuing other stories of a similar character. It is stated that these statements are intended to prepare the public for the annihilation of the Armenians, who are in possession of Zeitoun. An American, who was for a long time a resident of Constantinople, writes from Harpoot that the furniture and other property stolen from the American mis sionaries at that place are in the houses of the highest government officials there. He also says that it Is a regular practice of the nabobs of the Turkish villages to keep a herd of Armenian women at tached to their domestic establishments and when Moslem travelers or soldiers come assign a woman to each guest for the night as a part of their duty in the matter of hospitality. The Turks admit that the Armenians In the district of Civas are oiothed only with a potato sack each, and that many ^)f them have died from starvation. The sultan is reported to have said that he will feed these unfortunates if they will become Mohammedans. Euglish Press Opinions. London, Dec. 21.—The Westminster Gazette says that President Cleveland's second special message to the congress of the United States greatly improves the situation. "The president's enemies,” the Gazette says, "though stalwart for the application of the Monroe doctrine, will not scruple to attack his policy. We hope that our government will seize the occa sion to make it clear that we do not in tend to challenge the Monroe doctrine or to raise that issue.” The Pall Mall Gazette says:- "Even if Venezuelan were 10,000 times right it would be impossible for Great Britain to recognize her rights or even to make the slightest concession to her until President Cleveland withdraws from his menacing attitude. The sole service which his mes sage has done to the Monroe doctrine is to call forth a chorus of disavowal and ridicule from the whole of Europe.” The Globe says: "The financial kings of the old world are firmly resolved that such a horror as war between England and the United Stutes shall not occur, and they will not hesitate to employ any means to prevent it. Our great banks are insisting upon the immediate repay ment of advances made to American houses, at the same time intimating that they will suspend financial action so long ns the menace of an American commis sion to locate the boundary of British Guiana hangs In the air." The head of the banking house of Al bert Seligman & Co., of No. !1 Drapers' Gardens, says: "Business relations be tween the United States and Great Britain are virtually broken off. The people are anxious, though scarcely any of the prominent firms entertain an idea that war is likely to occur. The financial situation now depends entirely upon the political atmosphere. No financial meas ures would be effective until a political settlement is reached. President Cleve land's financial plans might then be In troduced with effect. An amendment of the currency would satisfy Hie demand of Europe, though this would be only a partial remedy, but it would be very effective if the consequences would be on appreciation of the price of grain and cotton, and the balance of trade were turned in favor of the United States." It Is given out that Lord Salisbury caused the publication of the Venezuelan correspondence between the foreign offi ces and the department of state In Washington on Tuesday only upon learn ing that the same would be published in America on that day. “Yankee Doodle” Cheered in London. New York. Dec. 21.—A cablegram has been received by President McCord of the produce exchange from Chairman Watts of the London Baltie. the principal grain exchange of London, which was read by President McCord from the rostrum of the exchange. It was as follows: "At the annual dinner of the Baltic last night | 'Yankee Doodle' was received with loud i cheers and the health of the United i States with three times three.” The mem I bers of the produce exchange greeted the [ reading of the message with loud ap plause. War Money Appropriated. Rome, Dec. 21.—The senate this even ing discussed and approved by a large majority the credit asked for by the gov ernment to carry on the campaign in Abyssinia. Statements were made by Prime Minister Crispi and Senor Son nino. minister of the treasury, that the government had no Intention of occupy ing Abyssinian province of Shoa. Ita ly's aim, they said, was to recover and re tain the territory that she had already occupied for the defense and security of her colony in Erythrea. England Is Wrong. Paris, Dec. 21.—Gen. Guzman Blanco of Venezuela said today that it would bo easy to prove that England was wrong in her dispute with Venezuela. When Sir Robert Schomburg marked out his boundary Hne, he said. Vene zuela. protested against it and England replied that the line was only a geo graphical one, and afterward removed the boundary posts which had been set upon Schomburg's line. Italy Offers to Arbitrate. Paris. Dec. 21.—The Temps publishes a dlapatch from Rome saying that Italy has offered to act as arbitrator of the difficulty between Great Britain and the United States. Great Britain, the dis patch adds, has not replied to the offer. GOBDOJV AKOUSED CHICAGO. He Made a Patriotic Speech and Created Great Enthusiasm. Chicago, Dec. 21.—Gen. John B. Gor don of Georgia delivered a stirring ad dress tonight at Central music hall on the "First Days of the Confederacy," and incidentally struck a popular chord by a patriotic reference to the contin gency of war with Great Britain. In dwelling with mingled sentiments of pathos and humor on the unbreakable spirit which dominated the soldiers of the north and south General Gor don exclaimed that this was the spirit which lived among millions of boys in the union today, the sons of those who saved the union and with it the republic could enforce the Monroe doctrine or any other doctrine. If this spirit was trans mitted to posterity the united republic could bid defiance to the world in arms. He said: "In the face of the contingency which is just In front of us; in view of our melancholy complications with the British nation, the question is in order, will this republic produce such leaders for coming events as the north and south gloried in and such heroes as were be hind them? I answer, yes. Whatever may be the measureless calamity of war with England, if the honor and safety of the republic required it I speak for the southland when I say that with all their sufferings under conditions of war, they will be found with absolute unan imity and with unbounded enthusiasm, saying that argument is exhausted and that they will stand by our arms. I un dertake to say for the ex-Confederates, gray-headed as they are, that they will rally to the old flag of this republic with the first tocsin of war and their old rebel yell will be heard beyond the Canadian borders." Great cheering folloed this sentiment. AN IMPORTANT ELECTION. Democrats Oain Control of Maryland Sen ate by a Close Vote. Westminster, Md., Dec. 21 —Dr. Joshua W. Herring, democrat, was elect ed to the state senate from this (Carroll) county today by a majority of seven teen over Dr. Jacob J. Weaver, republi can. Much interest was centered in this special election, made necessary because of the death of Senator P. J. Bennett, because the complexion of the state sen ate depended on the result. Both parties made a vigorous canvass, and the lead ers of each side claimed victory until the last ballot was counted. The upper house of the legislature will be composed of fourteen democrats and twelve republicans. The democrats will elect the president, who will succeed to the governorship in the death or resig nation ' of Governor-Elect Lowndes. They will also decide the contested elec tion cases from Queen Anne, Kent and Calvert counties and largely control leg islation, and, if they are so disposed, can harass Governor Lowndes by refusing to confirm his appointments. SILVER MEN DISSATISFIED. One ofThem Said That It Is Their Turn to do “Duck Hunting. * Washington, Dec. 21.—The strong sil ver men in the senate do not disguise their dissatisfaction with the president’s last message. One of them said today that now it was congress’ turn to go duck hunting, and congress would do it. They say that if there Is danger in the financial situation, the president should have sounded his note of alarm earlier. Silver men also do not hesitate to say that the president cannot get through the senate such legislation as will be sat isfactory to him, and that absolutely nothing would be accomplished by con gress staying here. Despite this there appears to be a sen timent among the democrats of the sen ate that they should show a proper re spect for the message, and remain, re gardless of the expected uselessness of the session. The indications are that the congress will abandon its recess, but that financial legislation will not result there from. _ WILL MEET IN BIRMINGHAM. Lumbermen From Texas, Arkansas, Mis souri and Mississippi. Montgomery, Dec. 21.—A meeting of the Alabama Lumber company (limited) was held in this city today. But little busi ness was transacted. On January 6 the price committee from the states of Ala bama, Texas. Arkansas, Mississippi and Missouri will meet In Birmingham, when a price list will be adopted for the states represented. Killed by Electricity. Augusta, Ga., Dec. 21.—William Car son. an employe of the Augusta Tele phone company, was Instantly killed this morning by a shock from the telephone wire. He was at work on the Bon Air hotel, and while handling the telephone wire it became crossed with the electric light wire, and he was killed before as sistance could be rendered. Blank Books “ready-made” and “made to order.” Rob erts & Son, 1809 2d avenue. 12-22-8t __ Texas’ New Bishop. Dallas. Tex., Dec. 21.—The Episcopal convention of the old diocese of Texas adjourned tonight, after adopting a con stitution and electing Rt. Rev. A. C. Gar rett bishop of the new Dallas diocese. The constitution provides that Dallas shall be the see city of the new diocese and St. Matthew’s cathedral the see ca thedral. Judge Moise Sustained. New Orleans, Dec. 21.—The supreme court today decided against thepower of the district attorney to enter nolle prose qui in the Henry Bier case without the consent of the lower court. This has been positively refused by Judge Moise. Bier is a capitalist convicted of perjury in connection with the extension of street car franchises. BASEBALL FORJEXT YEAR Southern Association Magnates in Session Here. MEMBERSHIP APPLIED FOR By Birmingham and Other Cities, But the Magic City Is the Favorite—Nashville Awarded the Penant The directors of the Southern Associa tion of Baseball Clubs held a meeting In parlor No. 1 at the Morris hotel last night, at which the following representa tives were present: J. B. Nickiin, Chattanooga, president. Atlanta, J. B. Allen. Montgomery, B. L. Holt and R. H. Jones. New Orleans, Henry Powers. Nashville, George T. Stallings and Dr. R, L. C. White. Dr. White also held the proxy for Evansville. The meeting was called to order at 7:30 anil remained in session until 11:30, the greater portion of the time being devot ed to consideration of money matters. The financial condition of the association was found to be good and the trustees oS the guarantee fund were instructed to draw the same from the bank and return to the different clubs. The penant for the season of 1895 was awarded to Nashville. The dispute over the pennant arose over a game played In Montgomery between the Montgomery and Atlanta teams. Atlanta claimed that the game was merely an exhibition game and had no place in the champion ship series. The pennant was awarded to Nashville at the Chattanooga meeting of the directors held some time ago, but Atlanta protested and the action of the Chattanooga meeting was nullified by President Nickiin to await further con sideration of the matter. The former ac tion of the directors was ratified last night. Applications for membership were read fr<rm Birmingham. Memphis, Little Rock and Terre Haute, but action on them was deferred until today, when another meeting will be held. The election of officers for the year 1896 was also deferred until today. The cities that are at present members are Nashville, Evansville, Atlanta, Mont gomery, Mobile and New Orleans. Two more cities are needed to complete the circuit. The outlook for the season of 1896 is very encouraging and the magnates have higp hopes of a very successful baseball year. The directors are anxious to have Bir mingham represented in the association next year and ft is highly probable that one! of the two vacancies will be filled by a Magic City team. The lovers of the national game are very anxious to see Birmingham go in the association and there is hardly a doubt of their wishes being gratified. 0 At 11:30 the meeting adjourned until 10 o'clock this morning. PERSONAL Mr. F. N. Graves of Atlanta Is in the city. Mr. J. A. Gillespie of Coaldale is in the city. Mir. B. L. Holt of Montgomery Is in the city. Mr. John E. Reed of Tuskaloosa is in the city. Mr. J. M. Faust of Warren, Ala., is in the city. Mr. R. H. Jones of Montgomery is in the city. Mr. John L. Kauls of Hollins, Ala., is in the city. Mr. Charles Sparks of Shelby, Ala., is In the city. Mr. B. H. Wilkins of Nashville is here on business. Mr. George F. Stallings of Nashville is in the city today. Mr. Solon Jacobs returned last night from New York. Miss Mattie Cook of Carrollton, Ala., Is in the city, corner Avenue J and Fourteenth street. Messrs. I. F. Young and C. H. Colvin returned last night from a business trip throughout Georgia. Mrs. O. G. Pones and Mrs. Holmes Martin of Pickensville, Ala., are visiting relatives in the city. Miss Jessie Dean is back from the At lanta exposition and an extended visit to Marietta and north Georgia. Miss Rose J. Peebles of Galloway col lege, Searcy, Ark., is spending the holi days with her parents, on Park avenue. Miss Margaret Waite from Union Fe male college, Eufaula, Ala., is with her parents during the holidays, at 1756 Rush avenue. Col. C. Cadle has returned to the city, after an absence of several months at the Shiloh battlefields, of which he Is com missioner. Mr. R. M. Bennett, editor of the Pratt City News, accompanied by his wife, has gone to Wedowee, Ala., to spend Christmas. Mr. W. T. Northlngton of Prattville, president of the Northington-Munger Pratt Gin company and trustee of the State university was in the city yester day. Miss Lizzie Stanley of Greenville re turned home yesterday, after a pleasant visit of several days to Miss Joe Latham. Judge Thomas R. Roulhac of Sheffield was in the city yesterday. Mr. and Mrs. William P. Gideon are now domiciled with Mrs. Belle Smith, South Highlands. Mrs. Gideon is a mem ber of a prominent Mississippi family and a valuable addition to the influential Mississippi colony of Birmingham. Gen. J. S. Coxey, who gained such no toriety last year by commanding an army of tramps on an invasion of Wash ington city, was in Birmingham yester day for a few hours. He will return early next month and deliver an ad dress. Miss Adele Richardson, who paid a shoft visit to the family of Mr. R. L. West, has returned to Virginia. Miss Richardson's many friends regret that the'attractions in Richmond are so great as to prevent her spending Christmas in the!Magic City. Mk\ Ed R. Blair of the Birmingham Rolling Mill company Is off to spend the holidays with his people in Richmond, Va. Ed Is one of the most popular "knights of the grip" and his Birming ham friends hardly know how to spend ‘Christmas without him. Nothing is more acceptable to a gentle man in the way of presents than some thing he can wear and enjoy, and to that end Chalifoux & Co. have purchased a holiday stock which is simply grand. Initial silk handkerchiefs, neckwear, suspenders, slippers, hats and umbrellas all can be found at reasonable prices. Come early and avoid the rush. T. C. King, 2026 First avenue, has re ceived 1000 pairs Bannister shoes—Cor dovan, French calf, patent leathers and enam«d leathers. Twenty different styles toes. B, C, D, E lasts', price $4.50 and $5. Same elsewhere $6 and $7. Nine thousand pairs other kinds of ladies', men's and children's, from 10 to 40 per cent reduc tion. See our Twentieth Century line. MONTGOMERY MATTERS. Timbermen Are Anxious for a Heavy Rain. Governor Oates Has Made 1200 Appointments. Montgomery, Dec. 21.—(Special.)— Timbermen in south Alabama would rather have a big rain for a Christmas gift than anything else, in spite of the fact that the balance of the world is against them on the proposition. The streams In South Alabama are almost filled with logs. There has been no rain of sufficient importance since September 1 to raise the streams sufficiently to float the logs on to the mills, and the conse quence is the supply has given out. A 5-foot rise would be a godsend to the lumbermen. Appointments in a Year. Governor Oates has during his year of service made more than 1200 appoint ments. They are apportioned as follows: Judges, special judges, clerks chancel lors, sheriffs, tax collectors and county commissioners, 47; justices of the peace, notaries public, constables, etc., 827; Con federate pension examiners, 198; chair men board of equalization, 66; mine in spectors,’ 4; board of pharmacy, 3; em balmers, 5; ladies to woman's depart ment, Atlanta Cotton States exposition, 14; drummers to Atlanta Cotton States exposition, 8; commissioner of deeds, 15; Mexican exposition, 6. School trustees as follows: Girls’ In dustrial school, 11; Florence Normal school, 4; Troy Normal school, 3; Hamil ton school, 6; Hailey Springs university, 6; Blountsville school, 6; Springfield school, 3. Total, 1232. The governor has pardoned and re mitted fines in 164 cases, has granted a respite in one, and has commuted two death sentences to life imprisonment. Taylor Townsend Dead. Taylor Townsend, a negro murderer, was hanged by the sheriff of Elmore county at Wetumpka yesterday. He murdered Phil Crenshaw, another negro, near there last fall. On the scaffold he confessed to his crime and said his wick edness was chargeable to bad whisky, bad women and pistols. Like the reg ulation gallows, victim he told of his re pentance, told of seeing the pearly gates standing ajar and the angels beckoning to him, and when the trap was sprung he met his doom with a smile on his face. His neck was broken. TERSELY TOLD. Song for the Jingoes. We long to fight; we want to fight—by Jingo, we do! We've got the ships, we've got the men, and we've got the money, too. John the Baptist was the first plunger —he plunged the people under the water. The teachers in the public schools who live out of the city left yesterday for their homes to spend the holidays. . The tramps who held up a Birmingham society man and then kicked him be cause he had no money must have been women in disguise. Ladies' silk fancy handkerchiefs in a large variety can be found at Challfoux & Co.'s. They make real nice presents for your lady friends. Mr. W. T. Northington thinks it very fortunate that the holidays are close at hand. The stock exchanges close on Tues day, and the delay will allay the ex citement. The Kansas City, Memphis and Bir mingham railroad will begin building a new depot at Pratt City in a few days. The lumber for it has been placed where the depot is to be built. One hundred beautiful pictures, with tasteful white enamel frames, and mats and glass reduced to only 50 cents each until Christmas, at Colby & Roll’s Wall Paper and Art store, 2023 First avenue. The Southern club held a meeting last night to further consider a proposition to purchase a new home. The necessary number of members were not present and the meeting adjourned until January 1. A popular drummer who visits Bir mingham is noted for his gas. He called on a young lady the other night, and, af ter gasing her for several hours, she faintly exclaimed, "I'm almost asphyx iated!” Messrs. Fox & Sons will pave the street In front of their new building at Fourth avenue and Nineteenth street with arti ficial stone, and Mayor VanHoose will urge an extension of the same to Eigh teenth street. Whether you only want to invest $1 or $20 in a holiday girt, you can buy noth ing that will make a better appearance or be more acceptable than a handsome picture from Colby & Roll's Wall Paper and Art store. The minutes of the Methodist confer ence held in Gadsden the latter part of last month have Just been Issued from the press of Roberts & Son. The publi cation was made more quickly and cor rectly than in any previous year. In the store of Drennen & Co. is a cu riosity in the shape of an old-fashioned spinning wheel. It was made for Mrs. Schley of this county in 1840 and has been in use for fifty years. It is in con trast to the new cotton factory. The Birmingham local council of the Irish National alliance will hold a meet ing in Hibernia hall, on Twentieth street, this evening at 8 o’clock to act upon im portant correspondence from national headquarters. All members are request ed to attend. Miss Mamie Cleary, one of the bright teachers in the public schools, has an original and very striking idea in the Educational Exchange. It is entitled “The Box Man.” and Is an analogy be tween the human body and a house. The eyes are the windows, the nose the tran som. etc. At the regular meeting of division No. 2, Ancient Order of Hibernians, a special feature will be the annual election of offi cers. Every member is expected to be present at 2 p. m. today (Sunday) in Hibernia hall, on Twentieth street. Pratt City brothers are also cordially in vited to attend. Major Elliott of this city is an experi enced civil engineer, and is familiar with South American topography. He says the territory lying between Venezuela and British Guiana is a wilderness, through which It is impossible to travel. The Schomburg line is purely arbitrary, as any line in such a wilderness must be. Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad checks are received by T. C. King, 2026 First avenue, at 90 cents on the dollar for shoes. He has just bought about 10,000 pairs of ladies', children’s and men’s shoes at a reduction of 10 to 40 per cent. You will certainly do yourself an injustice If you do not see his shoes be fore you buy. Mr. E. G. Chandler has purchased the cottage of Mr. Webb Crawford, formerly occupied by Mr. Wilmer Beard, and will purchase a lot near Five Points and move the cottage on it. He is having some difficulty in obtaining a lot. as nearly all the lots in the vicinity of Five Points are now owned by individuals who do not care to sell at any price. Mr. Crawford desires the lot now occupied by the cot tage as an extension of his lawn. will"lav”the cornerTsTone. The corner stone of the new Cumber land Presbyterian church, at Fifth ave nue and Eighteenth street, will be laid at 3:30 p. m. next Friday. Rev. Ira Landreth of Nashville will be present and deliver an address. The Cumber land Presbyterian congregation request the choirs of all the churches of the city to attend the services and assist in the singing. REPUBLICANS’ PLANS. They Will Revise the Tariff Slightly and Give President Power to Sell 3 Per Cent Bends. Washington, Dec. 21.—The following is stated on the best authority to be the plan of relief which will be discussed by the ways and means committee during the Christmas recess, which It is confi dently expected will be entered upon on Monday next: The programme which the republican leaders of the house have now tenatively in mind Is to temporarily provide from $30,000,000 to $45,000,000 mere revenue by some brief amendments of the tariff— not involving general tariff revision— these amendments to expire at the end ef thirty months; to give the secretary of the treasury authority to issue a 3 per cent bond as a popular loan to maintain the coin redemption fund and for no other purpose, with a proviso that the re deemed greenbacks shall not be used to meet current expenses, but be retained so long as necessary as part of the re demption fund; to authorize national banks to issue circulating notes to the par of bonds deposited as security, and to reduce the tax on national bank cir culation, and to authorize the Issue of certificates of indebtedness to meet a temporary deficiency of the revenue until the revenue can be provided. Committees Getting Together. Immediately after the house adjourned calls were issued for the meeting of several of tile more Important commit tees, In order that the transaction of business mlg'ht be begun at the earliest possible moment. Mr. Dingley had the ways and means committee to assemble for organization. This was effected, re appointing the present clerks, wno will U. I J .. .til 1 fT$.n« ♦ Vwa committee adjourned to ljieet Monday. The committees on appropriations and on banking and currency will meet at 11 a. m. Monday. Mr. Walker, chairman of the latter committee, says he intends to push the consideration and prepara tion of a bill to meet the suggestions of the president's financial message as rap idly as possible. Mr. Hitt says he will call a meeting of the committee on foreign affairs early in the week. Nominations Confirmed. The senate, in executive session, today confirmed the following nominations: Brig.-Gen. Welsey Merritt, to be major general. Col. Zenas R. Bliss, to be brigadier-gen eral. Col. William P. Cralghill, to be chief of engineers and brigadier-general. Coh T. H. Stanton, to be paymaster general and brigadier-general. There were also various other army promotions in the quartermaster-gener als', judge-advocate generals', medical, engineer and cavalry arms. Postmasters—Texas: F. M. Adams, Forney: O. D. Baker, Uvalde; A. L. Board, Seymour; W. M. Compton, Me ridian; J. C. Green, Mineral Wells; J. E. Green, Giddings; S. A. Hill, Jr., Belle ville; C. W. McNeil. Laredo; E. R. Man ning, Albany; T. M. Matthews, Athens; O. Y. Rathbun, Whitewrtght; E. E. Solo mon, Baird; F. M. Tate, Outphur Springs; Sallie West, Hillsboro; W. G. Williams, mon, Baird; F. M. Tate, Sulphur Springs; The vice-president has signed his signature to the Venezuelan commission bill. It now goes to the president for his approval. _ Send your mail orders to us for holiday slippers. The Smith Shoe Co. POLLOCK-SPEBHENS CONCERT. Pupils of That Institution Give a Delightful Entertainment. An entertainment was given by the pupils of the Polloek-Stephens institute last night, consisting of an excellent pro gramme of music and recitations. The young ladies attending this insti tution have made marked progress in their studies under the tutelage of their accomplished teachers. Quite a number of friends and patrons of the school were present to witness the exercises, which they enjoyed Immensely. Sideboards and dining room furniture at Jacobs’. ANOTHER VICTIM Of the Bumpcrs-George W. Coiisson’s Arm Crushed. Mr. George W. Cousson, a brakeman on the Georgia Pacific division line from this city to Coalburg, while attempting to couple freight cars Friday got his left arm caught between the bumpers and crushed. Mr. Cousson was the city circulator of the State during its exist ence and has many friends, who will re gret to hear of his accident. Dr. Copeland attended him and lie is doing as well as could be expected. Good fishing at East Lake. 12-1-tf _ The Strike Still On. Philadelphia. Dec. 21.—The strike of the motormen and conductors of the Unton Traction company is still on, and from indications tonight, there is no probability of an early settlement of the trouble. This issue of the State Herald contains twenty-four pages—one hundred and for ty-four (144) columns. See that the car rier or newsboy delivers to you the full paper. Music stands at Jacobs’. DTATHOF AN INFANT. The Infant son of Rev. J. D. Ellis, pas tor of the Methodist church at East Lake, died early yesterday morning iALLEN’S UBOft-S&THGBOOK For Advertisers, Advertising Agen cies, Publishers, Printers and Merchants in Every Line of Busi ness. These are. the most compact and sys tematic record books published and once tried are always used. The printed head ings under all the above recoids, enable an ENTRY OR REFERENCE TO HE MADE IN A MOMENT, errors avoided, and system established worth many times the price, and the names and addresses are invaluable for reference and for circularizing. The above records are uniform In size, 0x12 Inches. Indexed through on directory plan and vowel ariangement for instant reference. Descriptive circular on appllca ,IO,WALTER IV. GEORGE, Publisher, 6 Barclay Street, New York. 12-22- lebl NOTICE. Bids will be received at the office of G. C. Arrington, 2231 21st street, until Monday, the 16th. for sale of the Winnie Davis wigwam. Also for the two-room cottage adjoining. Right reserved to reject any or all bids. G. C. ARRINGTON, W. H. REYNOLDS, C. S. CANNON, W. H. STANLEY, 12-8-su-2t Committee.