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Last Night's Meeting at the Court
House—The Delegates Present—Map
ping Out the Programme for the Cel
ebration—A Chance for Savannah to
Display Herself.
A meeting of delegates from the city gov
ernment, the military and trade organiza
tions and the various civic societies and as
sociations was held at the court house last
night for the purpose of acting upon the in
vitation of the Jasper Monument Associa
tion to participate in the celebration of the
unveiling of the Jasper monument in Feb
Col. J. H. Estill, chairman of the com
mittee from the Monument Association,
called the meeting to order and requested
Capt. J. R. Dillon, secretary of the com
mittee, to call the roll of delegates, and the
following were present:
Aldermen —IV. F. Reid.
Georgia Historical Society—W. Harden.
Fire Departmeiit—A. Fernandez.
Travelers’ Protective Association —M.
Deitsh, H. M. Bolev.
Savannah, Florida and Western Railway
—R. G. Fleming.
Ford Dramatic Company—J. C. Shaw.
Youths’ Historical Society—W. S. Byck.
Board of Trade—J. R. Young, S. S. Gtick
enbeimer, M. W. Dixon.
Cotton Exchange— E. M. Green, B. Gor
don, G. Hart ridge, C. R. Herron.
Catholic Library Association —W. P.
First Volunteer Regiment—Col. Mercer,
Lieut. Gaillard.
Republican Blues—Lieut. Maccaw.
Jasper Greens —Capt. Flannery.
Oglethorpe Light Infantry—Capt. Falli
gant, S. L. George.
German Volunteers —Capt. John Derst,
C. Steinbach, George Meyers.
Savannah Volunteer Guards—Lieut. Wil-
liamson, Lieut. Wood, Lieut. Screven,Lieut.
Chatham Artillery—Lieut. J. R. Saussy,
J. A. G. Carson.
Georgia Hussars—Lieut. Pritchard, F. D.
Bloodwbrth, Thomas Ballantvne.
Hibernian Society—C. F. Prendergast.
St. Andrew’s Society—P. M. Dotigan.
Workingmen’s Benevolent Society—J. J.
McMahon, Robert Charlton.
Savannah Yacht Club —J. N. Johnson,
A. M. Martin.
Harmonic Club—A. A. Solomons, Jr.
Georgia Medical Society—R. P. Myers,
J. C. LoHardy, G. H. Stone.
Ancient Order Hibernians—P. J. O’Con
German Friendly Society—H.G. Ruekuck.
St. John Baptist Total Abstinence and
Beneficial Society—J. L. Gallagher.
St. Patrick Total Abstinence and Bene
ficial Society—W. F. Curry.
Screven House—B. Dub.
Jasper Monument Association—J. H. Es
till, John Screven, G. A. Mercer, J. R. Dil
The chairman stated the purpose of the
meeting, and announced that the first busi
ness in order was the election oi a chairman
and a vice chairman.
Col. William Garrard and E. M. Green,
Eq., were unanimously elected chairman
and vice chairman, respectively.
In the absence of Col. Garrard, Mr. Green
took the chair, and on motion, Capt. J. R.
Dillon was elected secretary pro tetn.
Col. Mercer stated that as the purpose of
the meeting was to consider whether there
should be an elaborate celebration, he de
sired t state that if the general committee
wished to havo a military display it woul 1
have to provide for the expenses. The local
companies, heasaid, are willing to do all they
can to entertain visiting companies,
but the First Regiment has just purchased
an armory which it is fitting up, and the
Guards have just built a handsome armory,
rendering the financial condition of the mili
tary such that it can do little if anything in
the way of contributions. He was decidedly
in favor of a celebration. Savannah is an
old city and runs in an old rut, and he
thought it would be a good thing to have a
celebration, and bring jieople here to see the
city and to awak-n the citizens.
J. R. Saussy, Esq., representing the
Chatham Artillery, sustained Col. Mercer’s
views. He said that the citizens must do
more for the military than they did during
the Chatham Centennial. Then the Artil
lery raised $27,000 of which the citizens
subscribed $2,500. They must do more this
time. The military is ready as it always is
to participate in the glorification of Savan
nah. but it looks to the citizens for the
Capt. Flannery said that he did not under
stand that the celebration was to be purely
military. He thought there was to be a
trades display and other attractions. His
idea was that the unveiling of the monument
should Ite the occasion of a celebration
which will draw visitors here.
Col. Estill said that he thought the busi
ness of the meeting was to appoint commit
tees. He thought that if a finance commit
tee would canvass the town and see what
funds could be received the general commit
tee could then decide upon a programme,
If there is to be nothing but a one
day celebration It would not cost an y money,
for the Monument Association had provided'
for the expenses of the unveiling and hail
nearly SI,OOO over, but if the citizens pro
posed to ha vs a trades display, a military
parade, fireworks and other attractions, it
is necessary to know what they will sub
scribe, for Savannah could not do as Atlanta
had done—fence in the grounds and charge
50c. a head to get into the grounds.
Mr. G. B. Pritchard moved that a com
mittee consisting of one member from each
of the organizations represented be ap
pointed a finance committee, to see what
funds can be raised.
Mr. S. S. Guckenheimer moved as a sub
stitute that a committee of ten be appointed
to map out a programme to be submitted
to the citizens when they ore nskod to sub
scribe, and report back to tho meeting.
The chairman appointed Messrs. S. S.
Guckenheimer, J. H. Estill, W. F. Reid, J.
J. McMahon, J. Maccaw, J. R. Young, G.
Hartridge, IV. P. Dowling, J. Flannery,
and R. Fallipant.
The committee withdrew, and in a short
while made the following report:
To the General Committee:
Yonrcommittee appointed to suggest business
for this meeting respectfully offer for consid
eration the following resolutions as expressive
of the intention and purpose* at your commit
tee ia the matter of celebrating the unveiling of
the Jasper monument.
1. Rcsolx'ed. That the citizens of Savannah
celebrate the occasion by a celebration extend
ing over three days, namely: on the 11*1, 23d
and 24th of February, IHKK.
2. Remind, Thai the celebration consist of a
general trades display, a military and civic pa
rade and review, a firemen's parade and contest,
a display of fireworks, a torchlight procession,
a rifle and gun club contest, a regatta, a fantas
tical demonstration, and such other attractions
as the Executive Committee may hereafter de
termine upon.
3. Resolved, That the Chairman of the
General Committee appoint at his earliest con
venience an Executive committee and a Finance
committee, and such other committees as the
Executive committee may see proper to appoint
in order to make the attractions such as will re
flect upon the well established reputation of our
The meeting then adjourned subject to
the call of the chair. Vice Chairman Green
announced that ho would leave the duty of
appointing the committees to the Chairman,
Col. Garrard.
Died at the Hospital.
The chief engineer of the British steam
ship Fern Holme died at the city hospital
Monday night, and was buried yesterday
morning. He had been ailing for some
time, and was sent to tho hospital about
five days ago.
A Cartridge Loader Explodes In a
Clerk’s Hands.
The neighborhood of Broughton and Bar
nard streets was startled about 2 o’clock
yesterday afternoon, by a loud explosion ac
companied by the rattling of broken glass
on the sidewalk in front of P. O. Kessler's
gun shop at No. 1(58 Broughton street. The
report brought a large crowd of people in
front of the establishment, the doors of
which had been closed to keep back the
The proprietor of the shop had a largo
nmnlier of orders for cartridges for Thanks
giving day and his clerk, Mr. L. D. Alexan
der, was in the back part of the store charg
ing the shells by means of a patent machine
called the lightning cartridge loader. At
the timo of the explosion there was about a
half pound of powder in the glass globe of
the machine, and Mr. Kessler, who had been
sitting on the opposite side of the table to
the machine, was called to the front of the
store by a customer. He was gone but a
few seconds when the explosion occurred.
Tho machine was blown to fragments, a
heavy iron casing, fully an inch thick, hieing
burst into three pieces and the fragments
going the full length of the store, through
the front window into the street, smashing
the window panes into a thousand pieces.
The force of tho explosion broke open tho
back door of the store. Mr. Kessler rail
into the rear and found young Alexander in
tho yard bleeding profusely from wounds in
his lace, nook and wrists. He placed him in
A chair and a physician was sent for.
Dr. Keller arrived first and after him Dr.
R. G. Norton came, and they together
dressed Alexander’s wounds. His faeo was
filled with part icles of glass, and a number
of severe wounds were ou the right side of
his faeo and neck. A pair of spectacles
which he wore saved his eyes. His worst
wound was on the right wrist, where a
couple of arteries were severed.
The wounded man would have bled to
death had it not been for the timely arrival
of the physicians. After the wounds were
dressed Alexander was removed to the City
Hospital, The cause of the explosion is un
explained. Alexander said that there was
no fire or matches near, and he was not
A Charming Entertainment by the
Baptist Sunday School.
A literary and musical entertainment by
the children of the Baptist Sunday school
was given at Masonic Temple lost night and
was attended by a large number of friends
of the school.
The first scene was the children’s crusade
against the “Sultan of Hulkydom,” with
tableaux arranged by Mrs. Wray and Mrs.
Raines a.id given by little Daisy Wray and
Ida Wade, assisted by Master Dick Raines.
“Tile Days of the Week,” represented
by five little girls and two boys, was
very fine. “Tho Starless Crown,” by
Miss Maude Keller, was very prettily given.
The sunflower chorus was admirably ren
dered by twenty-six children. A recitation,
“Rock of Ages,” by Miss Bessie Purse fol
lowed, and after that a solo, “The Ix>b
sters,-'and a quadrille by Miss Ida Wade
and three other little gii'ls. The recitation,
“Tho Devil is Not,” by Master Mongin B.
Nichols was well received.
The tableau, “The Lost Child,” followed.
The recitation of “Little Bennie” by Miss
Ida Wade was applauded, and it was fol
lowed by the tableau “Little Miss Muftit,”
the entertainment closing with a humorous
hit, tiie liest of the evening, a recitation,
“There Ought to be a Law Against It,” by
Miss Daisy Wray.
After the stage entertainment refresh
ments were served.
What the Association is Planning for
the Winter.
Tlie Young Men’s Christian Association
is arranging a series of entertainments—so
cial, musical and literary—to be given dur
ing the winter. A series of receptions will
be held, and a number of concerts will be
given by local talent. The literary enter
tainments will consist of a course
of talks on medical subjects, on law,
on travel and war by prominent representa
tives of the various professions in Savannah.
All of these entertainments are intended to
be free to memliers of the association. The
Lecture Committee is arranging a series of
lectures by distinguished lecturers to form
a part of the cQurse. The first of these will
probably lie by Mr. Henry Firth Wood, of
New York, on “The Growth of the Bald
Spot” The lecture is illustrated with
twonty oil paintings, showing the gradual
but steady growth of the bald spot. It is
said to be a very fascinating and entertain
ing lecture, and has I icon very favorably re
ceived. The committee is also negotiating
with other prominent lecturers. It is the
intention to make the course of enter
tainments throughout attractive and in
Miss Blythe’s Last Night—“ The Devil’s
Auction” on the Boards.
Miss Helen Blythe closed her Savannah
engagement last night. She is a popular
actress and was very cordially received here.
“Only a Woman’s Heart” is from the pen of
Miss Blythe’s husband, who is her leading
support, and it is a work worthy to succeed.
The Ford Dramatic Association has very
kind memories of Miss Blythe and her
Tho Devil’s Auction. t
The spectacular will hold the boards to
night and to-morrow. “The Devil's Auc
tion” is next to the “Black Crook” probably
the best known spectacular play on the
stage. Considered simply as a drama, from
a position charitable in its liberality, “The
Devil’s Auction” is beneath criticism; its
story is puerile and, as unnatural. In
deed, it is impossible to explain it upon any
logical basis. But no one seeks the natural
in the spectacular. The performance is
simply a combination of scenery and effects.
Its plot is altogether Arabian. The ballet
divertisement is one of its leading attrac
tions. This is always a drawing card.
The play is so well known that there is not
much that is new to bo said about it. The
c.tnpany is the same that was here last
year, and then it played before packed
houses. To morrow a Thanksgiving
matinee will be given, and also a night per
Cotton for Liverpool.
Messrs. James B. West & Cos., cleared
yesterday the British steamship Chiswick,
for Liverpool, with 3,300 bales of upland
cotton, weighing 1,595,069 pounds, valued
at $154,980 13, and 33 bales of sea island
cotton, weighing 11,908 pounds, valued at
$2,640, and 2213 halos ot damaged cotton,
weighing 108,550 pounds, valued at $8,025.
Total valuation of the cargo $165,645 13.
To the Voters of the County.
The undersigned having been an employe
in the Clerk’s Office of the Superior Court
continuously since October, 1869 (eighteen
years), first as Transcribing Clerk, and sub
sequently as Deputy, during the adminis
tration of five (5) different incumbents, and
Laving heretofore given way for other us
pirauts for the office, and having recently
been appointed Clerk by the Honorable, tho
County Commissioners, until another elec
tion is held, according to iaw, to fill the va
cancy caused by the death of Col Barnard
E. Bee, now comes before tho people and
earnestly asks that he tie allowed to continue
as an incumbent of the office for the unex
pirod term. As to past conduct and com
petency the public can judge for themselves.
I therefore ask that my friends and others
who may feel an interest in my behalf, to
consider my claims before promising tueir
vote or influence to any other aspirant for
tho office. 1 am, very respectfully, etc.,
James K. P. Carr.
How the Morning News Eetabllshment
la to Get Ita Extra Water Supply.
It is a fact, though not generally known,
that the first attempt to sink an artesian
well in Savannah was made in the Morning
News building in the fall of 1884.
The establishment has had for years a re
serve water supply in an ordinary well sunk
below the basement of the building, but the
growth of its business required more steam,
and additional steam more water, and the
failure of the city’s water supply on several
occasions demons.rated the fact that the
reserve water supply was totally inadequate
to any extraordinary emergency. This is
still the state of affairs, even to greater ex
tent than it was at the time referred to.
During the accidents to the water works
some mouths since the fire department had
to supply the Morning News office with
water by a line of hose from the river, to
enable it to get out the regular editions of
the newspaper, while its job and manufac
turing departments had on one occasion to
stop operations for a whole day from a
break in a water main.
In the summer of the year referred to
there was considerable said in the
newspapers about artesian wells
being bored in different towns in Middle
Georgia, and the Morning News sent Mr.
L. A. McCarthy, the engineer and machin
ist of the establishment, to Fort Valley,
where a well was being sunk, to investigate
the modus operandi. Upon his return lie
reiiorted that he thought it entirely practi
cable to liore an artesian well in the base
ment of tho Morning News building and
that a flow of water could be obtained at a
moderate cost.
Acting on Ills report the necessary ap
pliances were procured, and wont was be
gun inOctolier 1834. Owing to the cramped
position in which it had to be conducted the
work progressed slowly, and when a depth
of seventy-five feet was reached operations
had to be discontinued, because of additions
and changes in the basement of the build
ing, making it almost impossible to work
the boring machinery. Soon after that the
Morning News building was rebuilt and
enlarged, and the old well was practically
The idea of securing a supply of artesian
water was not given up, however, and it
was the intention to have a well as soon as
circumstances would permit. Everything
being in such a condition that the work
could be done without interfering with the
daily routine business of the establishment,
work w s commenced on anew well last
week, and up to last night the piping had
been sunk to a depth of 130 feet. The well
is located almost in the centre of the build
ing used by t he job department, immediate
ly under the hatchways, which extend from
thciiottom to the top of the building. A
driving and boring derrick is built up the
hatchways, and the machinery's driven by
one of the engines in the basement.
The well is four inches in diameter and it
is expected that it will be about 400 feet in
depth, which is the usual depth at which a
supply of water is obtained from wells in
this locality. Unless some unforseen acci
dent occurs it is probable that the well
will be finished within the next two wee .is.
Last Night’s Raffles and the Winners—
The Most Popular Lady.
There was a larger crowd at the Catholic
Fair last night than there lias been at any
time since it opened. The hall was
crowded and at all the booths
there was a rush of people.
At the Mikado booth, presided over by Mrs.
M. E. Grady, the following articles were
won: A cake by John D. olan, a box of
cigars by Mr. C. Saussy, dish of grapes by
Miss Jenuie McGrath, a cake by Mr. Crane.
At booth No. 2, presided over by Mrs. Oir
copely, two marble top tables, donated by
Ohlander Bros., and one pair of slippers,
were won by P. Fitzpatrick, and a jar of
preserves by Mrs. Beranc.
At Table No. 3, presided over by Mrs.
John Sullivan, the following were the raf
fles: A hand-painted waste basket, donate!
by Mrs. James E. Grady, won by R. E.
Pepper; a handsome tidy, donated by Mrs.
McMahon, won bv Mr. William Kehoe;
tidy, won by Mrs. Clancy; fine glass pitcher,
won by Eddie Powers; fine pair of blankets,
donated by Mr. P. J. McSorley, won by
Miss Katie Menke; plush robe, donated by
Mrs. McEvoy, won by E. Knapp; beautiful
picture, won by William Cooney; pair of
cushions, won by John Y. Ryan; handsome
lamp, donated by Mrs. Demers, won by
Miss Regis Smith. The votes for the cork
cottage, to be awarded the most popular
miss, will be counted at 4 o’clock this after
A Runaway from the Augusta Camp
Caught at Fort Bartow.
Detective Wetherhorn captured an
escaped convict named Bride Wolber
(colored) on the Tybee railroad yesterday
morning. Wolber was tried in the Warren
County Court five years ago for receiving
stolen goods. He was convicted and sen
tenced to thirteen years in tho penitentiary.
He served three years in the brick yard at
Augusta, but one night he and
a fellow convict named Bob
Gardner were hauling brick in f arrows and
passing one of the guards they noticed that
he was asleep. They thought that would
be as good a chance to escape as any they
would be likelv to get, and they took ad
vantage of it. They left the camp and made
their way to the house of a colored man,
who furnished them with two suits of
clothes. They then separated, Walker
coming here. Gardner has not been
heard from since. On Monday Detective
Wetherhorn found out that Walker was on
tho Tyhcc railroad and yesterday morning
he went down to Fort Bartow. He looked
around and saw his man lying under a tree.
He had just finished a job of work and laid
down to rest. He was rudely awakened,
and when he opened his eyes he found that
he had been handcuffed. He was brought
to the city and put in jail to await
portation. •
But it Served His Purpose all tlie Same
A Policeman Bluffed.
William Fisher was out on a drunk last
night, and bo was unfortunate enough to
run up against Officer Stegins, who proposed
to give him a lodg.ng for tho night. Fisher
did not want to be arrested, so he pulled out
a pistol and pointed it at the officer’s head.
Under cover of the gun, he retreated and
took refuge in a neighboring shanty. Ste
gins called up Officer Neve and they went
into tho house and captured Fisher. He was
relieved of his pistol 'at the barracks and
when Officer Stegins examined it he found
that it was not loaded.
Deleg i tea to Begin Arriving To-Day—
The Board of Missions’ Meeting.
The delegates to the Lutheran Synod,
which will convene In the Church of the
Ascension to-morrow, will begin to arrive
to-day. The majority, though, will reach
here by to-morrow morning's trains.
The Board of Missions will meet at noon
to-day and will inaugurate tho work of one
of the most important meetings that tho
Lutheran Church South has ever held.
Another Cold Wave.
The most decided cold wave of the season
is now ceiftral over the Northwest. The
midnight reports to the signal service give
the temperature at St. Vincent, Minn., as
10’ below zero. Cheyenne, W. TANARUS., reports
12" Inflow. The barometric pressure over
that country is high, being above 30.50
inches. The advance of this second cold
map u I! probably lie felt hereon Thurs
day. ’l;ie in ii aiions for to-day are for
warmer fair weather.
The United States Construction and
Improvement Company $40,000 in
Debt to Its Contractors and Unable
to Pay—The Great Consolidation
Scheme Falls Through Other
Schemes Working.
The projectors of the Birmingham and
Atlantic Air Line have failed in their ef
forts to effect a consolidation with the Ma
con, La Grange and Birmingham and the
Birmingham, Georgia and Florida, and they
are now looking around for another combi
nation whereby they may maintain them
selves. Should the existing company fail,
there are others now waiting to take hold of
the enterprise and push it through with
The Birmingham and Atlantic started off
some months ago with a flourish of trum
pets. It represented that it had money
enough to put the scheme through, and that
a syndicate of English capitalists was pining
for a chance to put up money on it. The
backersof this scheme said that they did not
want money. They were so strong that
they stood behind the corpse of the Savan
nah, Dublin and Western and pushed it
forward at such a lively rate that
every one thought the dead had come to
life. A contract to build the road w’as given
to Carpenter, Grant, Mundy & Cos., who
began grading the Savannah end of tho
line. The contract which Carpenter, Grant,
Mundy & Cos. had with the United States
Construction and Improvement Company,
which was the company buil ling the line,
was that the contractors should be paid at
stated times, in cash, and that when twenty
five miles of roadbed should be ready for
the rails, the Construction Company should
furnish the rails for the completion of that
section of the line.
The construction company, too, was to
have given the contractors the right of way
into Savannah by June 24 last. All of these
things are embodied in the contract, but
they havo not been lived up to. The con
tractors notified the construction company
three months ago that twenty-five miles of
road were ready for the rails, but they have
not yet received a rail. The stipulated pay
ments have not been mdt, and the construc
tion company is now over $40,000 in arrears
to th| contractors. Instead of having the
right of way into Savannah five months
ago the contractors have not got it yet.
They say that they could have hud titty
miles of road in operation by this time, but
the construction company has been an ob
struction company.
The contractors spent $50,000 in their
plant, and this together with the amount of
work dono and not paid for made their in
terest in the road not a slight one. True
they were secured by the bonds of tho road
and they hud the railroad indorse their con
tract with the construction company, so as
to bind them both. The contractors at
tempted to get their money from the con
struction company, but failed to do
so. They saw the application of
the Macon, laU range and Birming
ham for a charter, and Messrs. Grant <V
Carpenter went to Atlanta and defeated
that bill, That saved the chance of building
the read, and in order to get be
hind the scheme sufficient capital to carry it
through, the contractors engineered the pro
posed consolidation between the Macon, La-
Grange and Birmingham, the Birmingham.
Georgia and Florida, the Birmingham and
Atlantic Air-Line, and the Savannah, Dub
lin and Western. The representatives of
the various lines met in Atlanta and arrived
at an agreement uncording to the articles
of which the consolidation should be ef
fected, the basis being the representation
made by the Savannah, Dublin ami Wes
tern of what work it had done. A commit
tee was appointed to go over the line of the
Savannah, Dublin and Western and see if
its representations were true.
The committee made its trip and while it
was well pleased with the Savannah end,
it was very much dissatisfied with the Aia
eon-Dublin section. The failure of this part
of the line to come up to the representation
resulted in the permanent dissolution of the
conference. It was to have met first in At
lanta to receive the oommitte’s report, but
no meeting was held there. Griffin was
then appointed as the meeting place but the
representatives of the lines did not go to
Griffin and the Macon, LaGrange and Bir
mingham and the Birmingham, Georgia
and Florida pulled out and the eousolida
tion fell through.
Then tho projectors of the Birmingham and
Atlantic came to Savannah and held a long
conference with the officers of the United
States Construction and Improvement Com
pany and the directors of tho Savannah,
Dublin and Western. Tho object of this
conference was to induce Mr. Branch, of
Augusta, the President of the construction
company, to consent to dissolve his com
pany and let anew one, with money bebiud
it, be formed. After a meeting, which came
near breaking up in a row several times. Mr.
Branch did consent to the dissolution of the
United States Construction and Improve
ment Company upon certain conditions.
Having Mr. Branch’s consent to the pro
posed pi m, it was thought that tho success
of the enterprise was assured, and the meet
ing broke up.
Mr. Robert Langdon, President of the
Savannah. Dublin and Western railway,
went to Philadelphia to arrange certain
matters there, Mr. Thomas Branch went to
Augusta to prepare for the dissolution of his
company, and Mr. W. E. H. Searcy, of the
Birmingham and Atlantic, wont to Chatta
nooga and Birmingham to try and bring
back into the fold the two lines which had
withdrawn after the Atlanta conference.
These three gentlemen were to meet in
New York a lew days later, and there they
were to dissolve the United States Construc
tion and Improvement Company and organ
ize the new company. They were then to
adjourn to Savannah and call a meeting for
the purpose of electing directors. The Now
York meeting did not materialize. The
committee could not accomplish the work
expected, and did not go to New York. The
result of this was to throw the affairs of the
concern back into their old state, and then
the projectors began looking for another
opportunity to make a profitable com
Maj. .T. A. A. West, the General Manager
of the Birmingham and Atlantic, was seen
yesterday and asked some pointed questions
about the condition, financial and other
wise, of the enterprise. He would not ma':e
any positive replies, but answered only in a
general way. asked if the United
.States Construction and Improvement Com
pany could pay the claims of the con
tractor's. In answer to this he said that the
company was endeavoring to live up to its
“The contractors claim that the company
is indebted to them to the extent of $40,000
and more, do they not!”
“We have acted in good faith, and our
earn st endeavor has been to treat overyone
honestly and fairly.”
“Can tho company pay its debts?”
“We ore in debt to our engineers, and we
hope to pay them off in a few days. That
was the object of my visit out of tho city.
I hope we will have everything settled with
them shortly.”
“Major, what will tho company do with
the claim of the contractors!”
“Why, you might make a claim against
tho company. Anybody might do that.
Weare working under a contract, though.”
“So you are, but have you not violated
that contract in not paying ttie contrac
“No one has interpreted that contract hut
me. If the time for payment had not
arrived the payment ought not to be made,
ought it?”
"But do not the contractors claim that
the time has arrived and passed, and that
the company has failed to pay?”
“I’ll tell you candidly. We have en
deavored to live up to our contract with
fairness to all parties concerned, and my in
structions have been from the first to treat
everybody honestly and fairly.”
“Major, what objections have you to con
firming or denying the positive statement
that hits been made that the contractors
claim that the company is £4O,<K)O behind in
its payments to them '"
“Such questions might be raised and I
might answer them, but if they were
brought out publicly there are a hundred
sticks they would bring down on our
This is the pith of a long conversation,
during which the General Manager of the
Birmingham and Atlantic Air-Line made
only one positive assertion, viz: that the
company was in debt to its engineers. This
has been known here for some time, for the
engineers have been coming til from the line
and seeking work with other roads.
There are only 250 men now employed on
the entire line, and it does not take many
engineers to keep them supplied with work.
The contractors say, moreover, that they
intend to cut their force down to a stili
smaller number unless they sea something
definite in the way of arranging the finan
cial affairs of the road. While the confer
ence was going on here Mr. Branch asked
one of the contractors why they did not go
ahead with the work, and the reply was:
“Why don’t you put up some money?”
“Do you want to bo paid before the road is
built?” asked Mr. Branch. “No,” was the
reply, “only show us that we will be paid
when it is built and we will have cars run
ning over it in a very short time.”
The projectors have not given up the
scheme, however. They will make efforts
in other directions, and they will not give
up the fight unless they are" forced to.
The Parade This Morning:—Programme
at the Grounds.
Barrett's circus with its wild boy, sacred
elephants. Royal Bengal tiger, roaring
hippopotamus, showy horses and gay ridel's
in tights and all things usually seen under a
circus tent will be in Savannah to-day. The
show will arrive on the Central railroad this
morning from Augusta. The street jiarade
will take place at 10 o'clock, and will end at
the Anderson street circus grounds. There
will be two performances, one at 2 p.m.,
and the other at 8 p. m. The tent door
will be open an hur before
the performances begin. The show is one
of the oldest in the country, and is under
tbo management of one of the most ex
perienced circus men.
Barrett is, next to P. T. Bamum, proba
bly the most widely known showman m this
country, and his name is a guarantee of his
show. He has got together for his present
tour one of the largest collections of animals
and zoological curiosities that ha
ever been brought South, among
which is the dog-faced boy
Jo-Jo, whose face bears a strange resem
blance to that of a skye terrier. He looks
as though nature had taken extra pains in
designing him, and then executed the job in
a most artistic manner.
One of Barrett’s latest productions is a
tremendous Bengal tiger which wa cap
tured only a short time ago and was brought
direct from Calcutta. The natives in Ben
gal stated that he had Wstroyed and de
voured fifty or more people, including two
entire families who resided near his native
jungle. He seemed to bear a charmed life,
and could not be exterminated with
either spear or bullets. He was finally
caught in a huge trap, bound with ropes
and thongs and forced into a strong cage in
which he was conveyed on the ship to
America. One of Barrett’s agents happened
m Boston at the time of the arrival of the
ship, and, after more or less parleying,
closed a bargain for the animal. He is one
of the curiosities of the menagerie. Not
only in the menagerie, but all departments
of the show are said to be kept full of the
wonderful and striking. The circus is said
to be one of the best that has ever been
A Colored Deck Hand Falls Through
an Open Hatchway.
A colored man named Fred Turner was
killed on board the steamship City of Macon
yesterday afternoon about 6:15 o’clock. He
was a green hand, unused to working
aboard vessels, and yesterday was his first
day at the wharves. He had been working
all day, however, but in the evening he was
walking about the deek of the vessel near
the after hatch. He suddenly disapeared
from sight, and several parties
who happened to be near him at
the time, saw that he had fallen
down the hatchway. They ran to his
assistance, but when they reached him he
was dead. His back was broken at the
waist, and his skull was badly crushed. His
body was taken charge of by the Coroner.
Turner was a man about 30 years of age
aud from Augusta. He has no family here,
and was not known here.
Quarterly Conference.
The Fourth Quarterly Conference for
Trinity Methodist church, will be held at the
lecture room to-night at 7:30 o’clock. The
official members are expected to tie present.
Thanksgiving Day at Tybee.
Both Hotels null be open for the day.
John Wright, at Seaside Pavilion, will have
Oyster Roast and shooting for a turkey.
Oyster Boast and CJatn Bake at George
Wort hem’s. Trains will run as follows
(standard time):
Leave Savannah fl:3oa. m 2:30 p.m.
Arrive Tybee 10:20 a.m. 3:20 p.m.
Leave Tybee 11:20 a. m. 5:00 p. m.
Arrive Savannah 12:20 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Tickets for sale at Fernandez’s cigar store
and at depot ticket office.
Thanksgiving Day.
At the Ocean House, Tybee, Clam and
Oyster Boast and Clam Chowder. Music
by string band.
■Raspberry, Strawberry, Gooseberry,
Green Gage, Damson and Bed Currant Jam
at D. B. Lester s.
Okra and Tomatoes 10c. a can at Strauss
Another lot of those flue Olivos at $1 a
gallon at Strauss Bros’.
Pure Grape Wine sl, at D. B. Lester’s.
A special sale of Dress Goods at Weis
Strauss Bros, are selling Okra und Toma
toes at 10c. a can.
You can get two cans Boston Baked Beans
for 35c. at Strauss Bros’.
Oak, Pine and Lightwood,
For sale by R. B. Cassols, cortier Taylor and
East Broad streets. Telephone No. 77.
Buy your Currants, Citron, Raisins,
Spices and Nuts at Strauss Bros’.
Gallon Apples and Peaches at Strauss
The Circus is Coming.
The price of admission will buy your boy
a pair of Knee Pants, also a Blue Felt Hat
or Polo Cap at the Famous Now York
Clothing House, lately moved to 144 Con
gress street, corner Whitaker.
At the Harnett House, Savannah, Ga.,
you get all the comforts of the high-priced
ho els, and save from $1 to $3 nor day. Try
it and be convinced.—Boston'Home Jour
35c. Towels at 10c. at Welsbein’s Bazar.
Items Gathered Here and There by the
Mews Reporters.
There were two arrests for disorderly con
duct yesterday.
The Savannah Turn Vereln will give their
next ball on Dec. 8, instead of Thanksgiving
The Arkwright Cotton Factory shut down
last night to put in new machinery and for
repairs to the factory building.
A street car collision occurred at the
Abercorn and Liberty street crossing yes
terday morning. The Ab room street ear
had tin axle broken and the woodwork was
crushed in, but no one was injured. The
accident was due to careless driving.
Local Personal.
Col. H. S. Haines went over to Charles
ton yesterday.
Dr. and Mrs. Gwynn, of Tallahassee, are
at the Screven.
Mrs. G. A. Whitehead returned yesterday
from the North.
Mr. A. 8. Guckenheimer returned from
New York yesterday.
Mr. E. C. Cleveland, of Haverly’s Min
strels, was in the city yesterday.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Noel Perrin, of New
York, are stopping at the Pulaski.
Mrs. L. K. Everett and daughter, of New
York, are stopping at the Screven.
Lieut, and Mrs. C. P. Elliott, of Fort
Pluaculuca, Ari., are at the Pulaski.
Dr. and Mrs. Stanhope Brown, of New
Orleans, arc quartered at the Pulaski.
Mr. J. M. Case was a passenger on the
Nacoochee from New York yesterday.
Mr. K. G. Cooper, general manager of the
Denver Republican, is making a trip
through the South.
Mr. M. T. Mannion and Mrs. Oscar T.
Bacon and Miss Bacon, of New York, are
registered at the Screven.
Lieut. O. M. Carter returned yesterday
from the North on the Nacoochee and left
in the afternoon for Florida.
Mr. H. S. Ilaupt is Secretary and Mr.
Willie Wade is organist of the new Duffy
Street Baptist Sunday School.
Lieut. Edward Lawton, of the United
States army, has arrived safely in Europe.
He is on his way to Vienna to visit his
Mr. C. D. Russell, Grand Patriarch
arch of the Grand Encampment of Odd
Fellows, left last night to make official
visits to Alanta and Macon.
Mr. William Clark, of Newark, N. J., a
celebrated thread manufacturer, was in the
city yesterday. He is a very heavy buyer
of sea island cotton for his mills. He will
go from here to Charleston, where his steam
yacht, the Mohican, is anchored, and will
proceed southward, after being joined by a
party of friends from New York, for a
hunting and fishing cruise.
An Able Protector.
If there is a more able protector against the
incursions of disease than Hostettor's Stomach
Hitters we have yet to Irani of it. Against the
periodic attacks of fever and ague it affords a
sure defense, it renews waning vitality anil
counteracts the infirmities of age; it prevents
dyspepsia from becoming chronic, and eventu
ally annihilates it It rouses the liver and kid
neys when dormant, and Insures a regular ha hit
of body. To the nervous it is of inestimable
benefit, imparting steadiness and vigor into an
enfeebled physique. The term “delicate health”
is usually another name for debility. While the
Bitters is procurable, the weak need never de
spairof physical re-enforcement. Persons whose
avocations are sedentary and laborious, or in
volve exposure to unfavorable climatic influ
ences, will also lind the Bitters an able pro
Sale of Fine Paintings and Engravings
Still continues. Entire lot to bo closed out
regardless of cost. Now is the time to buy
Fine Pictures at your own price. Ladies
are invited to attend our sales, and every
picture offered will be one of merit. Our
afternoon sale commences at 3 p. m , and to
those who wish to make their homes at
tractive, no better chance can be offered.
Remember this sale will continue after
noon and evening until entire stock is dis
posed of. Marshall & McLeod,
1165-2 Broughton street.
Atmore’s Mince Meat by the pound or
bucket. Strauss Bros.
Sugar Corn, Extra Sifted Peas, Early
June Peas, two and three pound Peaches, at
lowest prices. Strauss Bios.
Solid Gold-Headed Umbrellas at bargain
prices at Weisbein’s.
Atmore’a Mince Meat and English Plum
Pudding at D. B. Lester’s.
Boys’ Suits from 5 to 14 years, at special
low prices, at Weisbein’s Bazar.
Imported Ports and Sherries at D. B.
Strauss Bros, are at 22 and 22% Barnard
street, and havo everything in the Grocery
line at robk bottom prices.
A special sale at greatly reduced prices, of
Walking Jackets, Circulars, Wraps, New
markets aud Children’s Garments at Weis
To get good Raisins, Currants and Citron
cheap, go to D. B. Lester’s.
Ladies’ Black Jerseys at 25c. at Weisbein’s
Oak, Pine and Lightwood,
For sale by R. B. Caseels, corner Taylor
and East Broad streets. Telephone No. 77.
Ladies’ full regular made Hose at 10c.,
worth 25c., at Weisbeiu’a Bazar.
D. B. Lester sells pure Candy and Dried
Figs at 10c. per pound.
If you wish to economize, buy your Gro
ceries from D. B. Lester.
AVhere can you get the best goods for the
least money ! At D. B. Lester’s.
To the Public. —We have for the past
eight years made it a rule on all special oc
casions to have on hand a full stock of fine
Turkeys, and we make it a point to get our
orders in before the last day, and in this
way always fill the orders on our books to
the satisfaction of those who pluce them in
our hands. As to prices, we can safely
promise to offer lower rates than others,
because our arrangements are more com
plete. IVe make our money in buying goods
right and selling them the same way. Wo
urge our friends and the public generally,
to favor us with their orders for Thanks
giving Turkeys at once, and we can guaran
tee satisfaction to all. Very respectfully,
J. S. Collins & Cos.,
Nos. 14 and 15 Market Square.
Pure Candy only 10c., and new Dried Figs
for 10c. at D. B. I/ester’s.
The groat sale of Black and Colored Silks
will continue this week at Weisbein’s.
Another Cold Wave
Is surely coming, so lay in a supply of
Underwear and Overcoats while there is a
good choice to be hail at the Famous, 144
Congress street, corner Whitaker, where
low prices are the rule.
'1 ry D. B. Lester’s Old Kentucky Bye, S3
Tomatoes cheap at D. B. Lester’s.
Got D. B. Lester’s prices before buying.
Y Croyal PotsDS?
Absolutely P
Tills Powder never varies. A marvel of Purltv
Strength and Wholesomene&s. More eeonoml!
cal than the ordinary kind, and cannot be sold
in competition with the multitude of low lest
short weight alum or phosphate powders. Sold
only in can*. Royal Baking Powder Cos., ids
Wall street. New York.
UTiIiEN BATES s. m. hT ~~
We have a large stock of Oil Paintings,
Engravings, Pastels, Etchings, Etc.,
which we are offering as low as flrst-class
goods can be sold.
Nothing makes as handsome and attrac
tive a present for Wedding or Christmas
as a Fine Painting ob Engraving Nicely
Our stock is worth inspection. It costs
nothing to look, and if our prices do not
compare favorably with Auction and New
York prices, we don’t want to sell you.
L 4 L S, 11.
1 1 -wmmm tit m —wmiip— —m
For quality and price We can do better than
any other concern in the South.
Our goods are all specially selected from the
most renowned manufacturers, and embrace
everything in the Furniture and Carpet trade.
Our terms are moat liberal, and all goods are
just as represented.
A personal iuspeotion will convince you that
we can sell you much CHEAPER than the
A. J. Miller & Co.’s
Carpet Emporium,
118,150 and 152 BROUGHTON ST.
American Breech Loading Guns
English Breech Loading Gnns.
Boys’ Donble and Single Guns.
Chamberlain Loaded Shells.
Winchester Repeating Rifles.
Winchester Repealing Shot Guns.
Bunting Coats and Shoes.
Hunters’ Leggins and Caps.
150,000 Paper Shells.
For Sale at Lowest Possible Prices.
Palmer Bros
Knabe, Pianos,
Kranich Organs,
& Bach,
Bans, Tunm &
Estcy, Repairing,
Behr Bros., Exchanging.
Harrington, Call or
Estey write for
and prices
Kimball and
Organs. .
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