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L WAR PREPARATIONS. Dixie t all for Colon With 600 Marines. The sply to be Made to Gen. Reyes. The Eastern Question. Phil delphia, December 27. --Sun day qt et at the League Island navy yard vts broken today by the hur ried fit ing out of the 'cruiser Dixie for lie trip to Colon, and tonight the tri i vessel is ready to sail to nmorro morning. The activity at the y4d resembled much the busy scenesthere prior to the Spanish Ameri'an war. Brig. Gen. Elliott, comminding the marine corps, who is goipg to the Isthmus on the Dixie, arrive in the afternoon. ree companies of marines, one m Boston and the others from ashington, also arrived. Altogether the Dixie will take eouth'6oo marines, who will be r the command of Lieut. Col. Jer. The work of loading the er continued until midnight of rday, and was completed this foon. The quantity, and char bter of her cargo indicates that the overnment expects a long cam 1gn at Panamna. Her holds and cks are crowded to the limit with res. Besides the regular stores d other outfit for the marines on oard of her and those now at the 1sthm1us, the Dixie will take with her five wagon loads of small am munition, a quantity of lumber, camp supplies and a number of Wagons. WHAT WILL. IT 13E ? Washington, December 27. State department officials have un der consideration the nature of the reply which is to be made to the note of Gei. Reyes, the Colombian minister, regarding the action of the U nited States in connection with affairs growing out of the secession of the department of Panama. Just when the answer is to be ready is not definitely known. Gen. Reyes is anxious for an early reply, and the State department officials are equally as anxious that the matter shall be disposed of as quickly as is consistent with a careful prepara tion of the administration's answer. The Colombian note contains a statement of the grievances which that country claims to have suffered under the interpretations put on the treaty of 1846. It discusses these grievances in a calm and dignified tone and sets out the reasons which Gen. Reyes gives in support of the -contention he has made. The pro bability is there will be several dip lomatic exchanges between Colom bla and the United States before Sanything like a conclusioni of t'e discussion of the matters at issue is reached. AN OMINOUs SIGN IN THIE E~AsTr. London, D)ecemiber 28. -The Daily Mail's Kobe correspondent asserts ~hat the Japanese army authorities ave requested the newspapers to afrain from publishing news con rning thme mnovemenuts of troops or her wvariike preparations. In anm itorial, thme Daily Mail says it re rds this as a practical censorship San onminous sign. ~ditorial articles in) other morn lewsp)apers exlpress concern] over novements of foreign war ships rds tihe far least and p)artienl over the statement that United s marines have b)eenm ordleredl >rea, fearing some unforeseen nt may peciiate evt.. THE PHOSPHATE INDUSTRY. The Great Decrease in Royalty to the State In the Past Few Years-Now Five Companies. Columbia Cor, News and Courier. A meeting of the board of phos phate commissioners has been called for January 6. for the purpose of formulating the annual report to the Legislature. The figures of the operations for the year and the amount of royalty received show a steady decrease, and where ten years ago the State treasury re ceived nearly $300,000 in royalty, this year the amount is little over $15,000. This amount is $12, 157.68 less than that received the previous year, the total being but little more than half what it was in 1902. There are five companies in the field and the decrease in the number of t'is niined is in the neighborhood of one-half, and if the same pro portionate decrease continues as it has done in previous years there will soon be no revenue whatever from the industry. THE OLD SCHEDULE AGAIN. It Will Be Restored On January 10 Trains Nos. 17 and 18 Wil Be Retained. The announcemenw has been made that On January 10 the old schcd ile on the Columbia and Greenville division of the Southern will be re stored and through trains Nos. 15 and 16 are to be placed on again, the one leaving Columbia early in the inorling and the other return ing to Columbia something after i o'clock at night. The new trains, Nos. 17 and iS, will be retained on practically the same schedule as at present. No. 17 will leave Columbia at 5 p. in., arriving Hodges io p. in., making connection with the branch train for Abbeville. No. 18 will leave Hodges at 5:30 a. m., arriving Co lumbia 11:30 a. i. These will be mixed trains. Cut With An Axe by a Negro. Mr. Ben Sloan, who lives in No. 2 Township, about three miles from the city, was struck in the head with an axe by a negro at his farm at an early hour on Thursday morn ing and received a severe but not a serious cut just behind the ear. The negro, Pierce Suber, was hunt ing 'possums on Mr. Sloan's place. Mr. Sloan ordered the negro to leave when the negro struck him with the axe, which he carried for cutting down trees, inflicting a gash about three inches long. Mr. Sloan was unarmed and went to Mr. 8. 13. Leitzsey's house niear by. Mr. Leitzsey searched for the ne gro, but failed to find han~f. Later, however, thie negro coine to Mr. Leitzsey 's house anid was t aught a lesson. Crouch-Sub er. Mrli. M. WV. Crouch, of Johinston, and Miss Su Sub)ei, of Big C ree-, Saluda county, were mnarriedl on Sunday mnorniuig at the residlence of the gridle's father, Mr. WV. F. Suber, b)y the Rev. Hf. L. Baggart. Th le young couple spent Sunday night in Newberry with Mr. and Mrs. WV. ope Davis GENERAL NBWS NOTES. tens of More or Less Interest Condensed Outside the State. Three boys, two negroes and oic vhite, were killed by toy guns al Xilimington on Christmas day. Irs. Roose,velt entertained five indred children of more or les! )rominent people at the Whitc louse on Saturday afternoon. The tallest building in the work s to be erected i) New York. I1 s to be five stories below the streel evel and forty stories above aind i o cost $1,000,0o. A mob at Pineapple, Ala., or 4'riday night fired the jail to con :eal the lynching of a negro chiarger vith killing a while man. Tlc ire extended to eight stores, two varehouses and the )OSt olice. In a head-on collission between i >assenger and a freight near N\lor is, Ala., on Wediesday, oe per on was killed and eighteen ver< njured. I,. a pistol fight in a gainblin -oom in Savannah )In \Vednlesda3 n1orning, one professionai ganble Nvas killed, another morta, wounded and another seriou., vOUnided. Capt. Drey fus, accused of treasol o his country, and who inl one o the most celebrated trials held il recent years, was degraded an :lismissed from the French arm ind bitterly punished, will hav< mother trial, this time by a civiliai .ribunal. Lee R. Brennan, a young comn nercial artist of Chicago, was ar rested at the postoffice in Chicag( >n Thursday, where he Lad gon< n answer to a decoy letter, by fou letectives, the source of a numbe )f mysterious letters to financier >f New York demanding mone: md threatening death should it no >e sent, having been traced t< Brennan through the decoy letter Win. H. Clark, a young Nev Vorker, age eighteen, is making i our of the cities of the Unitec States of over 30,000 population wvinning his way by shining shoes .ie made a wager of $x,ooo that hi .ould accomplish the task b3 lhristmas, 1904. He passe bhrough Columbia and Augusti ast week. The court at Dresden has dis olved the marriage of Princi ETrederick and Princess Alice o Schoen burg- Walden burg. Th rincess, who is a daughter of D)oa 2marlos, the Spanish pretender, wa eported some time ago to havy ~loped with her coachman, but th, tory was strenuously denied. TJh. :ourt gave no explanation of tn. eparation, l'he cotiple were mar -ied by thle present pope whliile h ,yas p)at riarch of Venice. Th e D u<luesneI liimit ed, the: fas .broughi passenger train from P itt s urg to New York oni the Halti nIore a ld ( )hi o railro.td, 1)1Ot8Ih, nto0 a p)ile of lumber droppedl froii ilbadly loadled freight car, a [aurel Runm, Pa. , early WVednesda' :vening, and 64 lives were lost an ibout 9 persons werc injured. TPh rain 1loughed along fr a co siderable distance and the cars were torn to pieces, passengers jumping, screaming, falling from the wreck as it tore along. Sudden ly the engine swerved to the left and the coaches plunged down over the embankment to the edge of the Y oughiogheny river. Great lBritain has recogn11ized the iadependance of Panama. The Salvation Army distributed dinners to 25,000 of New York's poor on Christmas day and to 5,000 Christmas niglt. Prouding over hii inability to purchast suitable Christmas gifts for his three motlierless children, )OSepli Phillips, a farmer of 11 oIly -ille, N. Y., on Friday inght mur dered his 3 cl idren, crushing iheir skulls with an axe, and then went and hanlged himself ill a icighblor's barn. Granville W1. Garth, president of' the l-Chanics National bank of ew Yor., comllittcd sticile by Jumpinlg overboard a stealier boiid fromi New York to Dallas. It is Said lie was oil tle Verge of, mental prostration. 1riih steamlier IIladed with nitrate of soda took fire froim tihe explosion of her cargo alld Salk near Porto tico. The crew made their Way as.orC through terrible seas, narrow Ly escaping death. John Alexandre Dowie, the self-styled Elijah 11., will sail for Australia on January 21. ie says lie is going to leave everything in Zion City, Chicago, untouched. A boMW bank robbery, attended by a desperate light between a posse of citizens and the robbers, occurred at Kiowa, near Fort Worth, Tex., the robbers taking and destroying about $28,000. One robber was injured. A dense snow fall struck New York on Saturday, accompanied by a small hurricane that lasted for a few moments. Black clouds covered the city with darkness and caused a collision in the harbor. In a blinding snow storm in Boston harbor on Saturday a Clyde steamer was rammed by another boat and sunk. 'he crew were rescued. Twenty-two persons were killed and twenty-nine injured, several of them fatally, in a collision early Saturday evening of two passenger trains on the l'ere Marquette rail road, near Grand Rapids, Mich. The collision, which was head-on, was caused by the high wind low ing out the redl signal light at a station where one of the trains should have stop)ped. Rtichard W\agner's saicredl muisi cal drama, "ParsifCal" ', was pre inl thec \Ietrooinman operai hi,iie in Ne\w Yiork on1 Thulrs(hy eveirt4e - Thec prodution takes rank ais the - morst sen)'ationail operat ic Ceent ini i puliic pecrformn1:ice oif the much tI scuissed (Ira ma ou t of IHaircuth I 11 and it was presenited after a storm iof p)ulpit protest anid after the Met ropolitani st-mge had been comn - n letely ebuilt. KILLED BY A SKY ROCKET. Negro Loses His Life On Main Street in the Midst of the Christmas Merrymaking. While the Christmas celebration on Main street Christmas Evc night was at its height Sam Eigner, a negro about nineteen years of age, was struck in the head just below the right eye by a flying sky rocket and almost instantly killed. Te accident occurred shortly after 8 o'clock. fihe negro was standing on the sidewalk in front of Summer Brothers' clothing es tablislnent. The streets were packed with Christinas shoppers and inerryinakers iid nombers of people were 'hoot ing every con ceivable kind of' lire works. Std deliy a skv rocket started from about the coner it the Mower Conmlptny's store in1d c:ile swi,;hl ing and swirling and hissing with terriblh Nlocity straight down ile outer , dge: rf t he south sidewalk, blazing a liliant pathway through the dense crowd for loo yards and finally findilg its lodgilent in tle negro's brainl. Tihe iegro dropped un11con1scious wit h t lie smoking roicket inl his head. It was pullnd out some moments later by a per lion standing near. Dr. C. 1). \Veks wa.is suniloned fro the drug store anid latet'r Dr. H11se.al calie and wats just getting ready to Inake an injection to at tempt to prolong life when tle ie gro died, about. ten iniitites after he was strtick. 'Tihe body was taken te -om1cil chambers, where Cor dsay immediately held -- )ny a few witnesses % - - ned. Robert Norris saw the roc, . coni ing down the street and saw the negro when lie fell. J. \W. Vine yard testified that the rockct passed between him and a gentleman to whom lie was talking and later he saw the negro lying on the ground. R. M. Taylor said lie saw the rocket strike the negro and that it fired in his head five times. Pink Harring tonl, colored, got to the negro after he was dead. Dr. W. G. Houseal testified that death was produced from the fracture of the right molar or cheek bone, fracture of the front bone and orbital plate, destruction of the eye, contusion and laceration of the brain. T1he coroner's jury, 13. B3. H-air, forman, rendered its verdict, that ''the said Sam Eigner came to his death accidently by a wound in flicted b)y a sky rocket from thie hands of party or parties unknown to the jury'". The negro was a man of family. D)uritng the pa.si few months he had lost a wife and two children and himself had narrowly escaped be ing killed with a hiatchet~. IIe mnariried again recentlhy. A collect ion of somnethintg over $7.0 wa taken for the negro's burial , but in: the mneanit imte some of his relatives had puirchased a colliin andU ihe colort tom was kept lotr a charity funitd. Wolod - - 1anlfson. Mr. Ja mes R . \Vooj anmd NIiss Nancy Daieilsoni were married by Rev. N. N. Hlurton on WVednesday afternoon at thie residce of the bride's fat her, Mr. Theodore~ D)anielson. in West End.