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Entered at the postoffice at Birmingham,
Ala., as second-class matter.
Eastern Business Office, 48 Tribune Build- |
lng. New York; Western Business Office, 509
“The Rookery,” Chicago. S. C. Beckwith.
Sole Agent Foreign Advertising.
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desire to have their papers changed, they
must specify where the paper is now going
and where they wish it changed to. Watch
the label on your paper and see when your
time expires.
The State Herald will appreciate news
from any community. If at a small place
where it has no regular correspondent,
news reports of neighborhood happenings
from any friend will be gratefully received.
All communications, of whatever charac
ter or length, should be written on only one
side of the sheet.
Business Office.230
Editorial Rooms.231
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sent to the Editorial Rooms. i
1896. THE STATE HERALD. 1896.
Subscription Price of the Daily Reduced to
Six ($6) Dollars Per Annum.
The State Herald management, appre
ciating the. very liberal encouragement
extended to the paper by the people of
Alabama and other states, and especially
grateful to the business men of Hlrming
ham for their very liberal support during
this season, hereby announces a reduc
tion of the subscription price of the Dally
State Herald for 1996 to six ($6) dollars
per annum, delivered free by mall or by
Thus the State Herald becomes the
only dally morning newspaper in Ala
bama which meets the demand of mod
ern journalism, placing Itself In easy
reach of every reading man, woman and
child In the state.
This reduction In subscription price
does not mean a decline in the general
excellence of the State Herald. It is the
purpose of the management to steadily
Improve the paper in every department
and make It Invaluable as a daily visitor
to Alabama homes and business offices.
In announcing this reduction the State
Herald, which already enjoys the largest
circulation of any newspaper In Alaba
ma, confidently expects a large increase
In Its number of readers, at home and
abroad, because we realize that Ala
bamians are an appreciative people, who
always respond liberally to the Invitation
of enterprise and progress.
This reduction in price carried with it
the necessity for a strictly cash system
in the subscription department. There
fore our patrons will be expected to pay
monthly, quarterly, semi-annuaily or an
nually in advance, and will not become
offended when cut from the list for delin
Our rates for 1S96 are as follows:
Daily State Herald, per month.$ 60
Daily State Herald, per quarter. 1 60
Dally State Herald, per annum. C 00
Sunday State Herald alone, per an
num. 2 00
Weekly State Herald, per annum.... 1 00
Remittances can be made by express,
postofTice money order or drafts at cur
reirt rate of exchange. Address,
Birmingham, Ala.
A couple of weeks ago Mr. Cleveland
was more popular in England than any
- other American, but the message has
changed all that.
Senator Hansbrough has introduced a
hill forbidding the use of the United
States flag for advertising purposes. It
Is not a bad move.
There are 1022 American citizens in
China, about one-half of whom are wo
men. Five hundred and six of the num
ber are missionaries.
Mr. Justin McCarthy says that he is
tired of leading the Irish party in the
house of commons, and will give up the
job with the present session of parlia
Airs. Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward has
written a letter to the president, telling
him that war is nothing but legalized
murder, and that the whole of South
America is not worth fighting about.
The Duke of Argyll writes to the Times
advocating as a solution of the Armenian
problem that the powers drop their jeal
ousies and invite Russia to occupy Ar
menia. The Times expresses the fear
that this solution is impossible.
Dr. W. P. Palmer, one of the most
prominent citizens of Richmond and
commander of the Richmond Howitzers
during the late war, while condemning
President Cleveland’s Venezuelan mes
sage lately, was paralyzed, and has not
been able to speak since.
The newspapers have been stating that
the present pope once wrote a book which
was placed on the Index. It now appears
that the book in question was written by
a half-demented priest named Paolettl,
and that the present pope, then Cardinal
Pecci, had it suppressed himself.
The Morgan County Herald displayed
considerable enterprise in the get-up of
Its Christmas edition. It came out with
twelve pages chuck full of good, appro
priate reading matter and fresh, live ad
vertisements. The Herald is fast forg
ing to the front ns one of the leading
weeklies In north Alabama.
An experiment in coffee growing Is to
be made in the San Joaquin valley, Cali
fornia, which, if successful, may mean
that coffee planting will become an Im
portant industry In the state. Col.
Charles F. Crocker, a wealthy rancher of
that region, has just secured from vari
ous parts of Central America 1000 year
ling coffee plants and will soon have them
set out on his estates in the valley. It
will be at least six years before the result
of the experiment can be known. Ex
perts are somewhat doubtful of Its suc
cess. They say the soil and sunlight are
all right in the San Joaquin valley, but
the moisture necessary to the successful
raising of coffee Is lacking.
Mr. Thomas H. Clark, secretary of the
democratic state executive committee, is
authority for the statement that Hon. H.
C. Tompkins will shortly resign as chair
man of the committee and will announce
himself as a candidate for the United
States senate to succeed Mr. Pugh. The
candidates at present are Senator Pugh,
Gov. W. C. Oates, Hon. Richard H.
Clarke and Hon. Henry C. Tompkins.
Henry Clay Tompkins was born In Es
sex county, Virginia, September 14, 1842.
He was educated at the schools and acad
emies of Virginia. Early In 1862 he en
tered the Confederate service, enlisting
in the Forty-fourth Virginia cavalry as
a private.
He remained a private until March,
1864, when he Joined the Twenty-second
Virginia Infantry, with the rank of lieu
tenant, commanding Company F. He
was captured at Sailor's Creek Just be
fore the surrender at Appomattox. Re
turning home he engaged In saw milling
and farming and continued so employed
until the fail of 1866, when he removed to
Montgomery county, Alabama. He
taught a neighborhood school in the
southeastern portion of the county for
two years, devoting his spare time to the
study of law. He was admitted to the
bar In February, 1869, at Union Springs,
in Bullock county, where he began the
practice. He displayed from the start
marked aptitude for the bar. He ad
vanced steadily, aiding materially by ex
tra professional labor as chairman of
the democratic county executive com
mittee in redeeming his county-from the
scalawags and carpet-baggers. While
living at Union Springs he was elected
lieutenant-colonel of the Second regiment
of Alabama state troops, which position
he held for several years. In 1878 he re
ceived the distinguished compliment of a
nomination to the office of attorney-gen
eral of the state and was elected. He
was re-elected for two additional terms.
The acceptance of this office compelled
him to remove to Montgomery, and he
formed there a partnership with the late
Col. Daniel S. Troy, one of the ablest and
best known practitioners In the state.
The firm, during its continuance, did a
very large and paying business. On the
retirement of Colonel Troy from business
the firm became Tompkins & Troy, the
junior member being Mr. Alexander
Troy. He was for many years a member
of the state executive committee of the
democratic party, and in 1886 he was
elected chairman of that committee, in
which position he continued until the
spring of 1892, when he resigned. He was
re-elected to that position in 1894. He
was a delegate-at-large to the national
conventions of the democracy in 1884 and
in 1888, and in each convention serven on
important committees.
The plan of the two bills introduced
by the ways and means committee of the
house, of which Mr. Dingley is chairman,
is ill'st a tariff bill. The tariff bill will
be entitled, “a bill to increase the reve
nues and to prevent deficits in the treas
ury.” If it becomes a law it will remain
In effect until August 1. 1898, when, by its
provisions, its operation will cease. Its
items follow:
“A duty on wool of 60 persccnt of the
McKinley law rates. A compensatory
duty on woolen goods of 60 per cent of
the McKinley law rates. A duty of 60
per cent of the rate of 1890 on lumber,
which will be from 10 to 15 per cent ad
valorem. An increase of 25 per cent from
the Wilson-German act rates on cereal
hreadstuffs, dairy products and live
stock, including poultry. A horizontal
increase of 15 per cent from the Wilson
Gorman rates on all other schedules, with
the provision that In no case shall the
duty exceed the McKinley rates except
where the Wllson-Gorman rates exceed
those of the McKinley law."
The second bill provides for two issues
of bonds. The first will be an unlimited
amount of 3 per cent five-year coin
bonds to protect the gold reserve, with
the provision that the currency redeemed
by the proceeds shall not Jje paid out for
current deficits In the revenues unless
the expenses are in excess of the reve
nues, which, it is expected, they will not
be If the first bill is In operation.
The second bill will also provide for
one-year 2 per cent treasury certificates
of indebtedness not to exceed $50,000,000
in amount and to be disposed of at the
discretion of the secretary of the treas
ury to meet current deficits in the reve
nue. These are to be offered for sale at
The sub treasuries and depositories of the
It is possible also that there may be
added to this bill a plan to increase the
currency by authorizing national banks
to issue- circulation to the par value of
all the government bonds deposited by
them with the government as security
for their notes.
much reconciliation of differences and
compromises, but the leaders are assured
that both bills will pass the house with
out material opposition, having made a
thorough canvass by state delegations,
and there are strong hopes that the sen
ate will act upon them favorably.
It will be observed that the first part
of this plan, the tariff bill, is upon the
protective lines of the McKinley tariff,
which met the rebuke of the people in
1892. No revival of protectionism for the
benefit of trusts will be permitted by the
American people. They may submit to
incidental protection where great indus
tries are concerned, but not to a bounty
system as a rule of our government or
principle of the constitution.
The second bill differs from the presi
dent's plan in that the administration
proposes to extinguish the legal tenders
outright and thus contract the currency
by $500,000,000, whereas, the Dingley
plan is to lock up the greenbacks when
turned into the treasury and keep them
locked up until gold is offered in ex
change for them. It seems to us that
the Dingley plan would bring about the
retirement of the greenbacks and a con
traction of the currency just about as
effectually as the president’s plan.
What currency will be offered us in
place of the retired treasury notes does
not satisfactorily appear. Over that
question will be the battle royal. If it
should not wage furiously over the ques
tion of retiring thg non-interest bearing
The state of Utah will enter the union
In a few days. A dispatch from Wash
ington is to the effect that the attorney
general has examined the constitution
formulated by the people of Utah and
found It O. K., and that President Cleve
land will issue his proclamation at an
early date conferring full statehood on
the territory, which will then enter the
union as the forty-fifth state. ,
If the president’s proclamation be Is
sued, as from other sources we learn that
It will, on January 4, the new state offi
cers will be Inducted Into office on Jan
uary 11, and, although the constitution
makes no provision for the date at which
the first legislature will meet, it will
probably meet not later than January
11, and United States senators will then
be elected, and will take their scats on
February 1, the “short term’’ senator
holding office for only one year.
That the first two United States sena
tors from the state of Utah will he re
publican senators is beyond question,
but whether It will remain a republican
state Is open to very serious doubt. The
republican party usually gets the wrong
end of the poker when It rides new states
into the union. The pocket borough
states of the far west are a thorn In Its
The Washington correspondent of a
Chicago republican organ says that most
of Dingley's committeemen frown down
the suggestion that $30,000,000 more rev
enue be raised by doubling the beer tax.
"They say that while revenues could un
doubtedly be raised quickly and abun
dantly by,Internal taxation, to do so
would render the Gorman tariff impreg
nable.” —
Instead of providing a revenue of the
sum needed these republican tricksters
prefer to tax people not only the sum
needed, but also twice that sum for the
benefit of home trusts. The Chicago
Chronicle well says:
"The people know that taxation for
reveuue only Is entirely practicable, even
if the protectees do hot admit it. And
they also know that no more taxes of any
kind are. necessary or are likely to be un
less in the unlikely event of war. And
they know still further that if more rev
enue is needed at all It Is needed Imme
diately, that It can be obtained Immedi
ately, and without additional expense
for collecting, by increasing the tax on
beer, and that It cannot be had imme
diately by imposing duties to Increase
the prices of their clothing.
“What is wanted is not more revenue,
hut more gold for the reserve, and If Mr.
Dingley's committee has nothing better
to offer than the McKinley wool schedule
and double prices for clothing the people
will understand the matter perfectly and
improve the opportunity to express their
opinion of the republican policy of forc
ing MeKInleyism hack upon the country
when they go to the polls next November.
They will ca.use It to bo understood that
the new tariff is Impregnable in so far as
it is a departure from the McKinley sys
tem of licensed rohbery.’’
On Saturday last Miss Tommie Duke,
the oldest daughter of Gen. Basil Duke,
was married to Mr. Sidney Ballau of
Honolulu. The ceremony was performed
by Rev. Lewis W. Burton, bishop-elect
of the Episcopalian diocese of Lexington.
Directly after the ceremony Mr. and Mrs.
Balau were driven to a railway station,
whence they began their journey to San
Francisco. They will leave on the steam
ship Australia for Honolulu today
Mr. Ballau is one of the brightest young
attorneys on th'e Hawaiian islands. He
is a native of Boston and a graduate'of
Harvard. His bride is a bright young
woman with that same vim and energy
shown by her father when he was a
leader of Morgan’s men. Her sister, Miss
Currie Duke, is the violin soloist of
Sousa’s band.
A deed of trust for MOO on all the house
hold goods of Alexander A. Arthur has
been filed In Tennessee In favor of a
local bank. Arthur is the Englishman
who spent vast sums of money in estab
lishing the Scottish lumber mills at Knox
ville and founding the town of Middles
borough, Ivy. He was also instrumental
in getting the Knoxville, Cumberland
Gap and Louisville railroad built. A half
dozen years ago he was considered a
Croesus In Knoxville; today he Is said to
be penniless.
President Diaz Is to have a monument
erected to him in the City of Mexico, de
signed after the Arc de Triomphe in
Paris. The site selected is the upper part
of the Pasco de la Reforma. Don Jose
Valarta and Don Rafael Pacheco, mili
tary engineers, have been commissioned
to submit -plans. The arch ■■'will be of
great height, and adorned with various
allegorical bas-reliefs and huge statu
ary groups.
Accordirg to Mr. Dtngley any sort of a
tariff measure will go through the house
with a whoop. Speaker Reed, however,
will take mighty good care that the en
thusiastic Dingley does not try to boost
the McKinley bill by name, for at this
stage of the proceedings Mr. Reed is
not engaged in booming McKinley as a
presidential possibility.
Old Bill Vossburg, a green goods man,
up for sentence in. New York, pleaded for
clemency through his attorney on the
ground that he had never murdered any
body, and only made deals with men who
wished to cheat other people.
Congressmen from the west have an
unhappy time of it. Eastern men make
fun of their wild and woolly western
manners, and their constituents at home
revile them for having adopted the ways
of an effete east.
The fourth Hebrew peer has just been
created. He is Baron Henry De Worms.
The other three British Hebrew peers
now living are Lord Rothschild, Lord
Battersea and Lord Wandsworth.
The persons of African descent in the
United Sta,tes are classified according to
degrees of colored blood into 6,337,980
blacks, 956,989 mulattoes, 105,135 quad
roons and 69,936 octoroons.
Mobile must quit its hoodlum ways If
it ever hopes to be a great city.—Mobile
That is right. Let it come out for Cap
tain Johnston for governor!
Beventseu-Year-Old Boy Killed by His
Tuskegee, Dec. 27.—(Special.)—A sad
accident occurred here yesterday kfter
noon, resulting in the death of Mr. Be^l
ville Cullin Temple, a young man about
17 years of age. It seems from what
could be learned that he and Magruder
Abercrombie, aged 13 years, had been out
hunting and on their return Magruder
requested him to go out again next morn
ing. He refused and Magruder remark
ed that he would make him go, ,and,
drawing his gun, fired. The load entered
below his stomach. He was carried home
and died at 12 o'clock last night. It is
said he stated that he knew he would
die and that Magruder did it for noth
ing. Magruder claims it was accidental.
A little negro was the only eye-witness
The preliminary trial will be held Mon
The deceased was highly esteemed by
his young friends and much sympathy
is expressed for both families. ^
"In your heart may hells of gladness
Ring their happy chime; «
Fain we would that nought of sadness
Cloud your happy time." i
Go On With the Good Work.
Greenville, Deo. 25.
To the State’Herald :
Knowing your wish to always give to
your readers the truth as regards the po
litical situation, I give you the result of
my observation from a recent trip
through several counties and impres
sions gained from conversing with lead
ing men in this section. I find that while
already strong, Captain Johnston is
growing stronger each day with the mass
of democrats, regardless of their financial
views. I feel sure that Lowndes, Butler,
Crenshaw, Covington, Pike, Henry. Ge
neva and Bullock will each send John
ston delegations to the state convention.
One man, very prominent in politics in
the state, remarked to me that while he
indorsed every public act of Mr. Cleve
land, and was agreed with him oh ques
tions of finance, that the fact that he
could call by name more than 100 white
men in his county who would vot^for Joe
Johston, and who would not vote for any
other possible nominee of the party, and
believing the same to be the condition
in other counties, he earnestly favored
his nomination, confident that he is the
only man who can reunite our party.
Like expressions come from others in
position to know the feeling of the mass
es, many of whom are with the adminis
tration on the financial question. Some
go so far as to say that they believe the
Advertiser, knowing that Johnston will
be nominated, is trying to defeat his elec
tion before he is nominated, as its propri
etors would prefer turning the state over
to the republican party to seeing him
governor. Bearing on this line, one man,
Who is In line with the Advertiser crowd,
remarked that he hoped the republicans
would nominate a good man, as he be
lieveu mey iiurui cjcvi wxcu
year. But we are glad to know there
are but few of these, extremists, and that
those who are really democrats, and
not democrats for revenue alone, are
willing to vote and work for any good
and true man the party may nominate,
and no matter how much they differ with
Captain Johnston on the financial ques
tion, they know him to be a true demo
crat and one who has done more unself
ish work for the white people of the state
than any other man now before the peo
ple, and they are willing that he shall
be honored for his unselfish party service.
The fact is that those of us who have
been fighting in the ranks since the days
of the noble and unselfish Clanton know
who are the leaders that we can trust,
and do not propose to stand idly by and
see them set aside by a set of self-consti
tuted party dictators. The days of 1870
to 1880 told who were the democrats,
and not the little family quarrels of the
last few years. _
Let the white people get back together.
Let every white man who will say that
he will support the ticket be invited to
take a hand in making the choice of
leaders. Then let the dictating crumb
eaters (as that grand old Roman, Col.
James G. Gilchrist calls them) be rele
gated to the rear—then there will be no
cencern with democrats as to whom the
republicans nominate, as the majorities
will be piled up so high there will be no
possibility of his being elected.
Go on with the grand work, the people
are with you. Wishing the whole force
a happy Christmas, I am yours as ever,
Famine Threatens Some Soctions and Des
titution Prevails. «
Sedalia, Mo., Dec. 27.—As the water
recedes in the submerged districts the
extent of damage is becoming known.
The valleys of the Osage and Gasconade
rivers suffered most, and it is not an ex
aggeration to place the aggregate loss
at $5,000,000. Famine threatens in some
localities. At Eldorado Springs the sup
ply of groceries is exhausted and not a
train has arrived for ten days. Great
destitution prevails at Linn Creek, Cam
den county, and a relief fund Is started
there. ...
The chief drawback to the presiden
tial boom of Governor Morton of New
York Is the length of time it requires to
get it unlimbered and in action.—Chicago
Tribune, Rep.
If Senator Thurston be reliable, Mc
Kinley can count on a solid delegation
from Nebraska. But republicanism in
Nebraska is of a very changeable char
acter. and it will be strange if Allison
does not profit by that yearning cry for
a western man.—Detroit .•►Free Press,
During the years that he has been in
public life Mr. Reed has been chiefly
known as a critic of what was being
done. He has been one of the most suc
cessful fault-finders of his generation.
His sneer has passed into history, and
it may be said that it has been partially
directed against members of all parties,
including his own. He has objected and
obstructed in a way w'hich has appar
ently given great satisfaction to him. He
has done these things to the utter lack
of constructive statesmanship. The time
has come when he may no longer object,
when he may no longer obstruct.—Des
Moines Leader, Dem.
Ex-President Harrison has now
thrown off all pretense that he is not a
candidate for the next presidential nomi
nation of the republican party. Yet, sin
gularly enough, he has begun writing, so
it is understood, a series of magazine ar
ticles. for which he will receive very lib
eral pay. In the first article he is said
to have assailed the lynching custom in
the south without the slightest qualifi
cation. Mr. Harrison holds a vigorous
pen and speaks most felicitously when
on the stump. His occasional speeches
are masterpieces of that kind of elo
quence. Perhaps the fact that the re
publican bosses are generally against
him may operate in his favor when the
test comes.—Boston Transcript. Rep.
It 18 interesting to mu.t- miu uun
republican statemen coveting big game
in politics see no inconsistency in de
claring that if nominated and defeated
they propose to retire absolutely from
politics. How much short does this fall
of declaring openly that all they care for
politics is what they can get out of it?
What kind of "patriotism” does such a
declaration stand for? Two or three
king pin republican statesmen of high
ambitions who could be mentioned have
been pleading long and loud to their audi
ences that it is the duty of every man
to take an active personal interest in
politics as becomes true patriots. Yet
they tell the interviewer boldly that if
nominated and not elected they propose
to drop politics absolutely and attend
strictly to business pursuits.—Boston
Globe, hem.
Ex-President Harrison has engaged, it
is is said, thirty rooms at the Planters'
hotel. St. Louis, for the week that the
national republican convention will be
In session. Governor McKinley has en
gaged. if the statistics are correct, some
seventy rooms at various hotels, besides
accommodations for the Ohio delegation.
These two candidates for the presiden
tial nomination are evidently taking time
by the forelock. They are ahead of Reec
in the hotel line. But the speaker hold!
the trumps, and if he knows how to plsj
them may yet distance his rivals
Neither McKinley nor Harrison is sounc
on the silver question. Both are oppor
tunists. If Speaker Reed passes a good
financial measure that will restore bus!
ness confidence without Increasing taxe!
he will have the country with him.
Baltimore Sun, Dem.
Explosion of Dynamite Shakes Up th<
Chicago, Dec. 27.—The dynamite explo
sion at Lockport this morning was s>
plainly heard and felt that it gave tin
.Impression that an earthquake wai
around. Dispatches from Hammond
Ind., and other places in Illinois and In
diana describe the sensations producec
by the “earthquake" before news of thi
explosion was generalty disseminated.
Finance Discussed at a Full Meeting of the
Washington, Dec. 27.—Secretary Her
bert announced at the cabinet meet
ing today that the twin sister of the bat
tleship Kearsarge had been named the
All the members were present at to
day’s cabinet meeting, which was a pro
tracted one. Secretary Olney was at the
white house early in the morning, and
Secretary Carlisle was in conference with
the president for an hour before the
meeting. It is understood that, aside
from routine matters, finance was tha
main topic of conversation today. The
cabinet approved Secretary Herbert's
suggestion to name battleship No. 6
SUSPENDERS—Silver Buckles.
The Local Lodge Elects Officers for Next
Lodge No. 2, Knights of the Maccabees,
held its election of officers last night,
which resulted as follows:
Sir knight commander—J. J. Laughran.
Sir knight lieutenant commander—H.
E. Warner.
Sir knight record keeper—C. T. Bed
Sir knight finance Jteeper—Dr. Robert
Sir knight chaplain—George A. Alex
Sir knight physician—Dr. J. D. Gibson.
Sir knight sergeant—R. J. McCarty.
Sir knight master of arms—S. O. Grif
Sir knight first master of arms—S.
Sir knight second master of arms—Dr.
J. M. Lewis. -
Sir knight sentinel—F. J. jlteinmebe.
Sir knight picket—E. Chappell.
Highest Honors—World's Fair*
A pure Grape Cream of Trtar Powder. Fret
hom Ammonia, Alum or any other adulterant.

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