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THE STARTING POINT.
HOW REV. DR. TALMAGE WOULD
EVANGELIZE AMERICA.
Wants an Outpoutring of the 1oly spirit at
the NatIonal Capital--Would He of i neal
culable Value to Christianity--. New
Awakening.
WASHIN GToN, Feb. 9.--The audience
of Dr. Talmage is thronged with the
chief men of the natiou and people
from all parts. making this sermon
most timely. An hour and a half be
fore the.doors open the people gather
in the stieet and policemen keep the
way open for the pewholders. The
text chosen for today's discourse was
Luke xxiv, -4, "Beginning at Jerusa
lem."
"There it is," said the driver, and
we all instantly and excitedly rose in
the carriage to cafch the first glimpse
of Jerusalem, so long the joy of the
whole earth. Tnat city, coroneted
with temple-and palace and radiant.
whether l6oked up at from the valley
of Jehoshaphat or gazed at from ad
joining hills, was the capital of a
great nation. Clouds of incense had
hovered over it. Chariots of kings
had rolled through it. Battering rams
of enemies had thundered -gainst it.
There Isaiah prophesied, and Jeremiah
lamented, and David reigned, and
Paul preached, and Christ was mar
tyred. Most interesting city ever
built since masonry rung its first trow
el, or plumb line measured its first
wall, or royalty swung its first scepter.
What Jerusalem was to the Jewish
kingdom Washington is to our own
country-the capital, the place to
which all the tribes come up,. thegreat
nationiil ieart whose throb sends life
or death through the body politic clear
out to the geographical extremities.
What the resurrected Christ sail in
my text to his disciples when he or
dered them to start on the work of
tion, "beginning at Jerusa
"em"it seems to me God says now in
his1rd'v1ideice to tens of thousands of
Christians in this city. btart for the
evangelization of America, "begin
ning at Washington." America is go
ing to be taken for God. If you do
not believe it, take your -hat now and
leave and give room to some man or
woman who does believe it. As sure
ly! is God lives. aid he is able to do as
he savs he will, this country will be
evangelized from the mouth of the Po
tomac 'to the mouth of the Oregon.
from the Highlands of the Navesink
to the Golden Horn, fron Baffin's bay
o the gulf of Mexico, and Christ will
walk -every lake, whether bestormed
or placid, and be transfigured on ev
ery mountain, and the night skies,
whether they hover over groves of
mahnolia or over Alaskan glacier,
abaT be filled with angelic overture of
"glory to God and good will to men."
Again and as ain does the old book
announce that all the earth shall see
the salvation of God, and-as the-great
er includes the lesser that takes Amer
ica gloriously in. Can you not see
that if America is not taken for God
by his consecrated people it will be
taken for Apollyon? The forces en
gaced on both sides are so tremendous
Mt it cannot be a drawn battle. It
is coming, the Armageddon! Either
the American Sabbath will perish and
this nation be handed over to Herods
andHildebrands and Diocletians and
Neros baleful power, and Alcoholism
will reign, seated upon piled up throne
of beer barrels, his mouth foaming
with domestic and national curse, and
crimne will lift its unhindered knife of
assasination, and rattle keys of worst
burglary, and wave torch of widest
conflagration, and our cities be turned
into Sodoms, 'waiting for Almighty
tempetsof fire and brimstone, and one
tida wave of abomination will surge
across the continent, or our Sabbaths
will take on. more sanctity, and the
newspapers will become apocalyptic
wings of benediction, and penitentia
riesil Ub~ abandoned for lack of oc
cupants, and holiness and happiness,
twmn son and daughter .of heaven,
shall walk through the-land, -and
Christ reign ove~r this nation either in
person or by agiency .so glorious that
the whole country will be one clear,
resounding echo of heaven. - It will be
one or other. By the throne of him
who liveth forever and ever I declare
it will be the latter. If the Lord will
help me, as he always does-blessed
be his glorious name-I will show you
how a mighty work of grace begun at
Washington would have a tendency
to bring the whole continent to Goli
and before-this century closes.
Wmliam the Conquerer ordered the
-eurfew, the custom of ringing the bell
at midnight, at which all the fires on
the hearths were to be banked, and all
the lights exting~uished, and all the
people retire to thieir pillows. I pray
God that the curfew of this century
may not be sounded, and the fires be
banked, and the lights extinguished
asthie clock strikes the midnight hour
that :divides the nineteenth century
from the twentieth ,century, until this
beloved land, which was to most of us
a 6iadle, and which will be to most of
us a grave, shall come into the full
possession of him who is so glorious
that William the Conqueior could not
be compared to him, even the One who
rideth forth "conquering and to con
quer." - -
Why would it be especially advan
tageous ,if a mighty work of grce
started here, "beginning at Washing
ton?" First, because this city is on
-the border between the north and
south. It is , neither northern nor
southern. It commingles tue two cli
mates. It brings together the two
styles of population. It is not only
right, but beautiful, that people should
have especial love for the latitdide
where they were born and brought up.
With what loving accentuation the
Alabamian speaks of his orange
groves! And the man from Masachu
setts is sure to let you know that he
comes from the land of the Adamses
Samuel and John and John Quincy.
Did you ever know a Virginian or
Ohioan whose face did not brighten
when he announced himself from the
southern or northern state of presi
dents? If a man does not lhke his na
tive clime, it is because while he lived
there he did not behave well. This
capital stands where, by its locality,
and its political influence, it stretches
forth-one hand- toward the north and
the other toward the south, and a
mighty work of grace starting here
would probably be a national awaken.
Georgia would clasp-the hand of New
Hampshire, and Maine the hand
of .Luisiana, and Ca-lifornia the
hand of New York, and say, "Come,
let us go up and worship the God
of. nations, ~the Christ of Golgotha,
the Holy Ghost of the pente
costal three thousands." It has often
been said that the only way the north
and the south wili be bought into
complete accord is to have a war with
some foreign nation, in which both
sections, marching side by side, would
forget everything but the foe to be
overcome.' Well, if you wait for such
a foreign ccnliict, you will wait until
all this generation is dead, and
perhaps wait forever. The war
that will make the sections for
get past controversies is a war
against unrigh teousness, such as a uni
versal religious awakening would de
cdare. What we want is a battle for
souls, in which about 4,00,000 north
erners and southerners shall be on the
ame side and shoulder -to shoulder.
In no other city on the continent can
seh a war ue declhred s. appropr iate
lv, fOr all the other great cities are
either northern or southern. This is
neither. or rather it is both.
Again, it would be especially advan
tageous if a mighty work of grace
started here because more representa
tive men are in Washington than in
any other city between the oceans.
Of course tuere are accidents in poli
tics, and occasierally there are men
who get into the senate and house of
representatives and other important
plazes who are fitted for the positions
in neither head nor he.rt, but this is
exceptional and more exceptional now
than in other days. There is not a
drunkard in the national legistature,
although there were times when
Kentucky. Vi ginia, Delaware, Ili
nois, Nev York and Massachusets had
men in senate or house of representa
tives, who went maudlin and stagger
ing drunk across those high pIers.
Never nobler group of nien sat in s'n
ate or house of representatives than
sat there yesterday and will sit there
tomorrow, while the highest judiciary
without exception, has now upon its
bench men beyond criticism for good
morals and mental endownment. So
in all departments of olicial position,
with here and there an exception, ate
today the brainiest men and most hon
orable men of America. Now, sup
pose the Holy Ghost power should fall
upon this city and these men from all
parts of America should suddenly be
come pronounced for Christ! Do you
say the effect would be electrical?
More than that. It would be omnipot
ent! Do you say that such learned
and potent men are not wrought upon
by religious influence? That shows
you have not observed what has been
going on. Comodore Foote, repre
senting the navy: General Grant and
Robert E. Lee, representing the north
ern and southern armies: Chief Jus
tice Chase, representing the supreme
court; the Frelinghuysens, Theodore
and Frederick, representing the United
States senate; William Pennington
and scores of others, representing the
house of representatives, have surren
dered to that gospel which before this
winter is out, will in this capital of the
American nation, if we are faithful
in our prayers and exertions, turn into
the kingdom of God men of national
and international power, their tongues
of elequence becoming the tongues of
fire in another Pentecost.
Some of us remember 1857, when
at the close of the worst monetary dis
tress this country has ever felt, com
pared with which the hard times of the
ast thre years were a boom of pros
perity, right on the heels of that com
plete prostration came an awakening
in which 500,000 people were convert
ed in different states of the Union.
Do you know where one of its chief
powers was demonstrated? In Wash
ing ton. Do you know on what street?
This street. Do you know in what
church? This chrch. I picked up an
old book a few days ago and was star
tled and thrilled and enchanted to
read some words, written at that time
by the Washington correspondent to
a New York paper. He wrote: "The
Frist Presbyterian church can scar e
contain the people. Requests are dai
ly preferred for an interest in the pray
ers offered, and the reading of these
forms one of the tenderest and most
effective features of the meetings.
Particular pains are taken to disclaim
and exclude everythmng like sectarian
feeling. General astonishment is felt
at the unexpected rapidiiy with which
the work has thus far proceeded, and
we are beginning to anticipate the ne
cessity of opening another church."
Why, my. hearers. not have that again
and more than that? There are many
thousands more of inhabitants now
than then. Besides that, since then
are the telephone, with its semiomni
presence, and the swift cable car, for
assembling the peonle. I believe that
the mightiest revival of religion that
this city has ever seen is yet to come
and the earth will tremble from Cap
itoline hill to the boundaries on all
sides with the footsteps of God as he
comes to awaken and pardon and save
these great populations.
People of Washington, meet us next
Thursdday night at half past 7 o'clocL
to pray for this coming of the Holy
Ghost-not for a pentecostal 3,000,
that I have referred to, but 30,000.
Such a fire as that would kindle a
light that would be seen from the
sledges crunching through the snows
of Labrador to the Caribbean sea,
where the whirlwinds are born. Let
our cry be that of Habakkuk, the
blank verse poet of the Bible: "0
Lord, revive thy work in the midst of
the years; in the midst of the years
make known; in wrath remember
mercy." Let the battlecry, be Wash
ington for God, the United States for
God, America for God, the world for
God: We are all tired of skirmishing.
Let us bring on a general engage
ment. Wo are tired of fishing with
hook and line. With one sweep of the
gospel net let us take in many thous
ands. This vast woik must begin
fomewhere. Why not here? Some
one must give the rallying cry. Why
may not I, one of the Lord's servants?
By providential arrangement I am
every week in sermonic communica
tion with every city, town and neigh
borhood of this country, and I now
give.the watchword to north and south
and east and west. Hear and see it.
all people-this call to a forward
movement, this call to i-epentance and
faith, this call to a continental awak
ening !
This generation will soon be out of
sight. Where are the mighty men of
the past who trod your Pennsylvania
avenue and spake in yonder national
legislature and decided the stupendous
questions of the supreme judiciary?
Ask the sleepers in the Congressional
cemetery. Ask the mausoleums all
over the land. Their tongues 'are
speechless, their eyes closed, their
arms folded, their opportunities gone,
their destiny fixed. How soon time
prorogues parliaments, and adjourns
senates, and disbands cabinets, and
empties pulpits, and dismisses genera
tions: What we must do we must do
quickly or not do at all. I call upon
people who cannot come forth from
their sickbeds to implore the heavens
in our behalf from their midnight pil
lows, and I call upon the aged who
cannot, even by the help of their staff,
enter the churches to spend their last
days on earth in supplicating the sal
vation of this nation, and I call upon
all men and women who have been in
furnaces of trouble, as was Shadrach,
and among lions, as was Daniel, and
in dungeons of trouble, as was Jere
miah, to join in the prayer, and let the
church of God everywhere lay hold
of the Almighty arm that moves na
tions.
Then senators of the United States
will announce to the state legislatures
that sent them here, and members of
the house of representatives will re
port to the congressional districts that
elected them, and the many thousands
of men and women now and here en
gaged in the many departments of
national service will write home, tell
ing all sections of the country that the
Lord is here, and that he is on the
march for the redemption of America.
Halleluiah, the Lord is coming: I
hear the rumbling of his chariot
wheels. I feel on my cheeks the Vie
tor: I see the flnsh ~of his lanterns
through the long night of the world's
sin and sorrow:
We want in this country. only on a
ries have seen of God's workings,as in
the reformation of the sixteenth cen
tury, when Martin Luther and Philip
Melanchthon led on; as in the awak
ening of the seventeenth century,
when Bunvan and Flavel and Baxter
led on: as in the awakening of the
eighteenth century, when Tennant
and Edwards and the Wesleys led on:
as in the awakening of 1857, led on by
Matthew Simpson, the seraphic Meth
odist, and Bishop MacIlvaine, the
Apostolic Episcopalian. and Albert
Barnes, the consecrated Presbyterian,
and others, just as good, in all de
nominations. Oh, will not some of
those glorious souls of the past come
down and help us? Come down off
your thrones, Nettleton and Finney
and Daniel Baker and Edward Payson
and Truman Osborne and Earle and
Knapp and Inskip and Archibald Al
exander-that Alexander the '-reat of
the Christian churcbes. Come down!
How can you rest up there when the
world is dying for lack of the gospel?
Come down and agonize with us in
prayer. Come down and help us
preach in our pulpits. Come down
and inspire our courage and faith.
Heaven can get along without you
better than we can. But more than
all-and overwhelmed with reverent
em:>tion we ask it-come. thou of the
deeply dyed garments of Bozrah, trav
eling in the greatness of the strength,
mighty tn save! Lord God of Joshua:
Let the sun of this century stand still
above Gibeon and the moon above the
valley of Ajalon until we can whip
out the five kings of hell, tumbling
down the precipices as the other five
kings went over the rocks of Betliho
ron. Ha. ha! It will so surely be
done that I cannot restrain the laugh
of triumph.
From where the seaweed is tossed on
the beach by the stormy Atlantic to
the sands laved by the quiet Pacific,
this country will be Emanuel's land,
the work beginning at Washington,
if we have the faith and holy push and
the consecration requisite. First of
all, we ministers must get right. That
was a startlir g utterance of Mr. Swin
nock when he said, "It is a doleful
thing to fall into hell from under the
pulpit; but oh, how dreadful a thing
to drop thither out of the pulpit."
That was an all suggestive thing that
Paul wrote to the Corinthians, "Lest
that by any means, when [ have
preached to others, I myself should be
a castaway." That was an inspiring
motto with which Whitefield sealed
all his letters, "We seek the stars."
Lord God: Wake up all our pulpits,
and then it will be when Venn preach
ed, and it was said that men fell be
fore the word like slacked lime.
Let us all, laymen and clergymen,
to the work. What Washington
wants most of all is an old fashion
ed revival of religion,but on a vaster
scale, so that the world will be com
pelled to say, as of old, "We never
saw it on this fashion." But remem
ber there is a human side as well as a
divine side to a revival. Those of :is
brought up in the country know what
is called "a raising"-the neighbors
gathered together to lift the
heavy frame for a new house after the
timbers are ready to be put into their
places. It is dangerous work, and
there are many accidents. The neigh
bors had gathered for such a raising,
and the beams had all been fitted to
their places except one, and that very
heavy. That one, on the long pikes
of the men, had almost reached its
place when something went wrong,
and the men could hoist it no higher.
But if it did not go in its place it would
fall back upon the men who were lift
ing it. It had already begun to settle
back. The boss carpenter shouted:
"Lift, men, or die! All together! Yo
-heave!" With mightier push they
tried to send the beam to its place, but
failed. Still they held on, all the
time their strength lessening. The
wives and mothers and daughters
stood in horror looking on. Then the
boss carpenter shouted to the women,
"Come and help !"
They came, and womanly arms be
came the arms of giants, for they were
lifting to save the lives of husbands
and fathers and sons as well as their
own. Then the boss carpenter mount
ed one of the beams and shouted:
"Now! Aitogether! Lift or die! Yo,
heave !" And with a united effort
that almost burst the blood vessels the
great beam went to its place, and a
wild huzza was heard. That is the
way it sometimes seems in the church
es. Temples of righteousness are to
be reared, but there is a halt, a stop,
a catch somewhere, A few are lifting
all they can, but we want more hands
at this raising and more hearts, more
Christian men to help-aye, more
Christian women to re-enforce. If the
work fail, it means the death of many
souls. All together! Mea and wo
men of God! Lift or die! The top
stone must come to its place "with
shoutings of grace, grace unto it."
God is ready to do his part. Are we
ready to do our part? There is work
not only for the knee of prayer, but
for the shoulder of upheaval.
And now I would like to see this
hour that which I haye never seen,
but hope to see-a whole audience
saved under one flash of the Eternal
Spirit. Before you go out of any of
these doors enter the door of mercy.
Father and mother, come in and bring
your children wit b you. Newly mar
ried folks, consecrate your lifetime to
God and be married for eternity as
well as time. Young man you will
want God before you get through this
world, and you want him now.
Young woman, without God this is a
hard world for women. One and all,
wherever you sit or stand I lift my
voice so that you can hear it, out in
the corridors and on the street, and
say, in the words of the Mediterran
ean ship captain, "Call upon thy God,
if so be that God will think upon us,
that we perish not." Oh, what news
to tell; what news to relate to your
old father and mother; what news to
telegraph your friends on the other
side of the mountains; what news
with which to thrill your loved ones
in heaven! It was of such news that
a man read in a noonday meeting in
Philadelphia. He arose, and unrolling
a manuscript read:
Where'er we meet, you always say:
"What's ths news? What's the news?
Pray what's the order of the day?
What's the newt? What's the news?"
Oh. I have got good news to tell
My haviour hath done all things well
And triumphed over death and hell
That's the ne ws! That's the ne ws!
The Lamb was slain on Calvary-.
That's the news! 'That's the news!
To set a world of sinners free
That's the news! 'That's the news!
The Lord has pardoned all my sin
That's the news! Thats the news!
I f.eel the witness now within
That's the news! That's the news!
And since He took my sins away.
And taught me how to watch and pray,
I'm happy now fiom day to day
'That's the n sws! That'? the news!
And Chri st the Lord can save you, too
'Iha t Ethe I eww! Trhat'stbe news!
our sinful heart be can renew
That's the ne~ws! That's the news!
This momen t, if for sins you grieve,
'This moment if you do behieve,
A full acquittal you'll receive
That's tne news! That'sthenews!
And now. if any one should say,
"What's the news? What' the news'."'
Oh. tell him you've berun to pray
That's the news! That's the news!
That you have joined the con quering band,
And now with .joy at God's command,
Your're marching to the better land
That' the news! That's he news!
THE DISPENSARY LAW.
GOVERNOR EVAN'S SPECIAL MESSAGE
ON THAT SUBJECT.
Review of the Operatiorm of the System.
Suggestions Lookin: to its Better En
forcement.
COLUMBIA. Feb. 11.-Special: Gov
ernor Evans' message on the Dispen
sary law was read in the General As
sembly yesterday. It embodies an
exhaustive review of the operation and
the effects of the system: He says:
Gentlemen of the General Assembly:
In 1892 the dispensary law was enact
ea as a solution of the vexed and
much discussed whiskey problem. All
reasonable men acting in the light of
the experience of other States, ac
knowledge that prohibition is imprac
ticable so long as whiskey is r-garded
as a legitimate article of commerce
by the national government. It can
only be cherished as an ideal theory
and must be classed with other utopi
an ideas. The drinking habit is re
cognized by all civilized governments
as an evil, nd one that is peculiarly
within the province of legislative ac
tion. This action must be from the
nature of the evil directed to the
removal of the cause, as we can not
prohibit men from gratifying their
tastes and thirsts. We can punish
men for destroying the life, limb or
property of others and to some extent
restrain their actions, but we can no
more legislate the taste for whiskey
out of an old tover than we can jeal
ousy out of the human heart. As
long as a stimulant is craved b; the
human appetite and as long as whis
key is distilled in North Carolina the
drinkers of South Carolina will have
it, law or no law. 1 have never
dreamed of reforming a druukard by
law or moral suasion. For the habit
once formed is a disease, a physical
condition which cannot cure. We
must address ourselves then to the con
dition that confronts us and not theo
rize on ideal government. The first
object should be to prevent this habit
from being formed by the young citi
zens; second, tc eliminate drunken
ness; third, to so gratify the thirst of
the old toper as to make the unobjec
tionable to sober citizens.
We claim that the dispensary law
has practically accomplished the first
and second objects; the third can only
be fully accomplished by the death of
the subject.
When death occurs and the nation
al government outlaws whiskey and
alcoholic beverage, then, and not un
til then, will prohibition be practica
ble. The law in this State has had a
hard road. It has been opposed by
the United States courts with partisan
judges and by a few of our own citi
zens with rifles and shotguns, but so
far it has prevailed, and is now writ
ten in the organic law of this State,
and better, on the hearts ef the peoplA.
It may be said now to be the settled
policy of the State. Its experimental
stage is over and I am happy to inform
you that in only one city of the State
have the people refused to accept it as
such.
I have been requested by a represen
tative of the Gospel Temperance league
to ask you to amend the law so as to
allow whiskey to be sold only for med
icinal, pharmaceutical and mechanical
purposes, or in other words, to repeal
the dispensary law and adopt what
was rejected by your honorable body
and knaown as the Nettles bill. I ca
not do this for reasons which must be
apparent to you and which I stated
while a member of the senate and for
the further reason that the dispensary
is succeeding beyond the expectations
of its friends, and to pass such a law
as requested would not accomplish
what the dispensary is n'ow doing, but
would simply increase the crime of
perjury and false representation in the
State. I would not be understood as
objecting to the agitation of prohibi
tion nor to restricting the sale of whis
key by any means. It is beneficial to
all governments to have idealists, for
if not, we might lose sight of the prin
ciple and cease striving for the covet
ed goal.
As a moral reform measure the dis
pensary must commend itself to any
unprejudiced mind. The temptations
to the youths of the State offered by
the saloon have been swept away and
with it have gone the games of bil
liards, pool, the faro banks
and the corrupt influence
of the barkeeper in municipal and
State elections. During the late holi
days there occurred only one homi
cide in the State and this was not from
whiskey, but an old feud. This re
cord has never been known before.
Not a case of the crime for which
lynching is resorted to or an attempt
at such has occurred within the past
year. Two circuses travresed the
State during the past year, visiting all
arge towns of importance, and with
the exception of Spartanburg not an
arrest was made for drunkenness or
disorderly conduct. In Greenville one
arrest was made for drunkenness and
he was exhibited as a curiosity. It
was the invariable practice of the co'l
ored population to drink on circus
days, but it passed away with bar
room customs. I despatched four con
stables to follow the circuses in their
tour through the State, but they were
not needed to preserve the peace, and
not an accident of any kind was re
ported.
The Governor then sums up the re
ports of mayors, intendants and otner
municipal officers to whom he applied
for information, as follows: It ap
pears from these reports that drunk
enness has decreased for the entire
State 50 per cent.; the number of
cases tried in mayors' courts for
drunkenness and disorderly conduct
has decreased 6G and 9-16ths per cent.
The consumption of whiskey has de
creased 47 6-7 per cent.
It must be observed that this decrease
is not for the entire period since the
ena.tment of the law, but for the past
year. Compared with the preceding
year 25 per cent. may be added as a
reasonable estimate for that year. It
is quite encouraging to the friends of
the law to note the general change of
sentiment in most of the towns in its
favor. The country has always been
a unit in favor of it and has demanded
its strict enforcement. The bitterest
enemies of the system now admit that
morally speaking it is a g:and suc
cess.
THE DISPENSARY As A BU'SINESS.
In 1892-93 there were in the State
69 dispensaries. The total amount
purchased by them, $671,555.99; sales
at invoice price, $573,578.28- total
sales to consumers, $679,222.88S: gross
profits, $165,335.40; expenses, $88,5S0,
15: net profits, $70,775.25.
The operations of the State and
county dispensaries for the past year
have been peculiarly successful. The
volume of business has greatly in
creased . The sales by county dispen
sers for the 11 months ending Dec. 31
amounted to nearly $1,10,000. The
net profit that has accrued to the State
from the operation of the State dispen
sary for the 11 months ending Dec. 31
amounts to $132,167.77, and the net
profits to the towns and counties from
the operations of the sub-dispensaries
for the corresponding period amounts
to $106,131.28, making a total of ac
crued profits to the State and towns
and counties for the 11 months of
$239,599.05 adding the $.25,571.85 un
in hands of county dispensaries at the
close o1 the past year it would swell
the total of earned and unearned'prof
its to the State and towns and counties
for the 11 months to the amount of
$265. 170.90.
The net profits accruing to the State
as revised to Dec. 31 from the begin
ning of the operations of the dispensa
ry to the close of ex-Commissioner
Traxler's term on Jan. 31, 1895,
amounted to $1100,348.80. Added to
this the net accrued profits of $133,
467.77 for the period of 11 months
from Feb. 1 to Dec. 31, 1895, makes a
total of net accrued profits to the State
from the operation of the State dispen
sary to the amount of $243,816.57.
The books of the State commissioner
as is shown in his annual report and
also by the special legislative exa min
ing committee show that at the close
of the past year the total assets (at cost
price) of the State dispensary were
$314,070.24 and the total liabilities
$76,253.67. These assets consists of:
Cash.....................$ 54,107 13
Wines and liquors at the
State dispensary........ 55,631 56
Teams and wagons........ 800 65
Machinery and office. tix
tures................... 2,656 47
Bottles corks and cooperage 26,5S1 43
Cash loaned to the State
treasurer............... .50,000 00
Wines and liquors at sub- .
dispensaries......... 116,235 65
Personal accounts ........ 8,057 45
Making total available as
setsof............ .$314,070 24
Outstanding against these assets are
liabilities to the amount of $70,253.67,
which is due by the State for wines
and liquors purchased, making a net
balance of assets above liabiliLies of
$242.816.57, which amount represents
the net earned profit to the State at the
close of the year and this profit has
been placed by the commissioner to
the credit of the general fund of the
State. In conformity to a clause in
the new Constitution providing that
all future earnings of the State dispen
sary shall go to the schoois of the
State the commissioner will place to
the credit of the school fund all net
earnings which shall hereafter accrue.
From a caretul analysis of that provi
sion of Constitution it -will be seen
that the school fund will not be enti
tled to any portion of the net earnings
of the dispensary until Dec.
31 of $243,816.57 shall have
been covered into the State treasury
to the credit of the general fund.
Hence it will be 18 months at the ear
liest before we may expect auy in
crease in the school fund from this
source. I am happy to state that the
State appropriation of $50,000 has been
refunded from the net earnings of the
dispensary to pay the expenses of the
constitutional convention.
The Governor next states that neces
sary improvements have been made in
the methods of book-keeping.
ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW.
The expense of the constabulary has
been more than met by the value of
the contraband whiskey and wines
seized and the suporession of the illicit
traffic in such. The amount for main
taining the force was $43,032.01. The
value placed on contraband dumped
was $17,031.70, leaving a net cost for
maintenance of $20,000.37. The value
placed upon contraband seized does
not represent the true value of the ar
ticles captured, as there is a large
amount still on hand of goods unsuit
able for the business of the dispensary
and consequently are of no actual
value. I am satisfied that no State of
ficers are entitled to more commenda
tion than these men who do not hesi
tate to risk their lives, and in several
instances have lost them in defense
and in executing the laws of this State.
If it were not for the espionage of these
officers the blind tigers would be ram
p ant and the dispensaries would not
be self-sustaining. If the present im
provement in public sentiment in the
towns and cities continues, I am satis
fled the constabulary can be safely cut
down to one half the present force at
the end of another year.
The governor is empowered to em
ploy two chief State constables and as
many State constables as may be ne
cessary to enforce the law. Upon my
induction into office I determined to
recognize the constabulary, and, if
possible, dispense with it altogether.
After trying a small force for a month,
I found that it was impracticable, and
unless the force was increased, the ex
ecution of the law would be a failure.
Wherever the constables were with
drawn from a town or county, imme
diately petitions would be sent me re
questing their return.
For the yeair ending the first of
June, 1895, there were issued by the
United States revenue collector, S05
licenses to retail liquor. This includes
85 dispensaries, which leaves fcr illheit
dealers 720. For the year ending June
1st, 1896, there have been issued so far
3S7 licenses. This includes 8S dispen
saries, leaving a total of 299 for illicit
dealers. Of this number 167 were
taken out in the city of Charleston-ten
of which were for the dispensaries,
which being deducted, leaves a grand
total of 157 illicit dealers in that city.
It will be seen from these figures that
over 52 per cent. of the illicit traf fic is
carried on in the city- of Charleston.
It will be further observed that the
number of United States licenses issued
for the entire State has decreased over
41 per cent. for the past year.
Governor Evans then reviews the
proceedings before Judge Simonton,
and says:
In order to comply with the inter
pretation of the interestate commerce
law by this United States judge, I
would respectfully recommend that
the law be amended by declaring that
all alcoholic liquors except when
analyzed by the State chemist and
found to be chemically pure are detri
mental to the health, morals and wel
fare of the citizens of this State. are
contraband and liable to seizure, wher
ever found, without a warrant and
when seized shall be forwarded to the
State commissioner and by him de
stroyed. This would cover the objec
tion of Judge Simonton and would re
lieve the law of a continual warfare by
the whiskey ring.
A.MENDMENTS.
The governor recommends that two
members of the State Board of Control
be elected by the Legislature, and then
concludes:
The system of operating dispensaries
since the inauguration of the new form
of bookkeeping is as near perfect as
you can make it. D~uring the past
year we have discovered three defalca
tions among county dispensers. They
have been reported to the attorney
general and he has entered suit upon
the bonds and commenced criminal
process against the dispensers. It is
but just to state that these defalcations
occurred during the year previous to
the inauguration of the Scruggs' sys
tem of bookkeeping. I apprehend no
further trouble on this line.
I would recommend that the county
supervisor be taken off t he county
board of control, as under the new
Constitution he is ineligible, and be
sides the duties of his oflice are incon
sistent with those of the dispensary
and if he attends to them properly lie
will have but little time to devote to
the business. I desire to impress upon
you the advisability of divorcing the
dispensary from aoy other otlice or
State institution, so that the responsi -
bility for its management and success
upon the shoulders of onlicers appointed
to look after it exclusively.
In conclusion permit me to say that
I feel a peculiar anxiety and interest
in the success of this institution by
reason of my connection with the en
actment of the law while a member of
your honorable body and without any
hesitation or apparent egotism on my
part, I do not believe that any future
governor will feel towards the law and
guard itas s-rupulously as my prede
cessor and myself. For these reasons.
I have endeavored to talk to you
plainly and point out what I sincere
ly believe iecessary to perpetuat: a
law so wise salutary.
Chinese Cannibabi.
VIcroRIA, 13. C.. Feb. 12.-Dreadful
stories come from Yokohama of the
treatment of Japanese by Formosa
rebels, some correspondents going so
far as to say that the Chinese practice
cannibalism. Early in January the
rebels took possession of the village of
K _,ng. A detachment of Japanese
was sent to attack the place and after
considerable opposition succeeded in
driving the rebels off and entering the
village, which was afterward fired.
The correspondent of the Japan Mail
in speaking of the arrival of the Japa
nese troops in the village says: "The
troops were horrified at the ghastly
spectacle of niineteen bodies of their
countrymen beheaded and frighfully
mangled. They were railr way work
men who had met death at the hands
of the fiends. "Many of your readers
may not be aware of the cannibalism
that exists among the Chinese, altough
thsre is probably not a foreigner in
Formosa but knows of the eating of
portions of the bodtes by savages, or
of the mrrkets in Formosan settle
ments contain inx h uman flesh fnr ae.
During the outbreak of 1si, s: gtreat
was the loss of life that savage llesh
was brought in and sold the same as
pork in the markets. The mutilated
bodies of Japanese were found, several
of tnem disemboweled and with their
hearts cut out, also minus their parts.
Some were found who had been
burned at the stake. Charred bodies
with hands and feet still fastened were
some of the spectacles the soldiers
saw."
Another Bray.
LOWELL, MASS.. Feb. 12.-In the
course of his address at the annual en
campment of the Massachusetts Grand
Army of the Republic to-day, Com
mander Thayer alluded to the dedica
tion of a Confederate monument in
Chicago on last Memorial Day. He
said: "The lesson taught by the mon
ument is an erroneous one; this statue
of a Confedei-ate soldier, which they
placed upon it in brass with wasted
body, infended as an implication that
our government maltreated its prison
ers, is a standing falsehood and the
dedication of the memorial upon a
day which we have !et apart for mem
orial services in honor of our fallen
comrades was an insult to every man
who wore the blue. My protest was
sustained by the posts of this depart
ment and by thousands of loyal men
all over the country. Do not let them
use the monument at Chicago as an
entering wedge for other cities of the
loyal North. We may join with them
in extolling the heroism of the people
of the South, but we must not be
asked to countenance or to palpitate
the gigantic crime which they commit
ted in seeking the destruction of the
Union, or to allow attempts to distort
the facts of history to go unrebuked.
If they are as loyal as they say they
are, let them forsake the errors of the
past and not seek to perpetuate them."
Pearson and Talbert Hitch.
The Washington correspondent of
the Charlotte Observersaysthat while
the silver debate was on in the House,
Representative Pearson, Republican
of North Carolina, indulged in a sneer
at the expenses of South~Carolina for
the part which she took in provoking
the war of sesessions. This allusion
angered Mr. Talbert, Democrat, of
South Carolina, who declared in a
great state of excitement, that South
Carolina was right in the position
which she took.
"I am ashamed of any man who en
dorses secession or the motives which
lay behind it," Mr. Pearson said.
"I endore it," Mr. Talbert exclaim
ed, "I endorse every word of seces
sion."
"It has been said," Mr. Pearson
went on, "that if hell ever breaks
lcose in this country it will break
loose in South Carolina and so I be
lieve it."
The spectators in the gallery took
sides in this angry altercation, ap
plauding now the one and row the
other combatant
Mr. Talbert had the last word de
claring that "South Carolina never
has been whipped, and never will be~
whipped."
Goldern Resolutions.
How many good resolutions are
broken during these January days:
As the midnight bells ring out the
old and ring in the new year, how
many thousands of penitent inebriates
promise themselves to lead better lives
and for weeks and days thereafter
struggle manfully against the tyrant
that runs riot through their veins:
But lesh is wveak and alcohol is strong
and as the days go by the craving for
drink becomes so great that few of the
struggling thousands can resist it,
and, one by one, they fall hopelessly
mto the old ways until another mile
stone shall give them pause. To the
weak but willing among us the Keeley
Institute of South Carolina is a goa
send. The gold cure is "not gold that
litters," but it shines like a benedic
tion in the faces of the liberated-the
free!I Make, by all means, your good
resolutions, but back yourself with the
gold to be had only in South Carolina
at the Keeley Institute in this city.
The State.
Got A Ulack Set.
WAsmsai~ToN, Feb. 13.-A motion
of Mr. Morrill in the Senate today to
take up the House tariff bill was de
feated by a vote of 29 to 21. Wheth
er the vote has any special signiflcance
or not, the action today is a marked
temporary backset to the bill, to say
the least. The~ , it was accomplish
ed through the solid Democratic and
Popuistic vote, aided by the votes of
four Republican silver senators -Tell
er of Colorado, Mantle and Carter of
Montana, and Dubois of Idaho. Mr.
Brice, although paired with Mr. Wol
cott, voted against taking up the bill.
Mr. Brice voted under a mnisapprehen
sion, but his vote did not emet the re
sult, save in increasing the mnaj'rity
slightly.
Brutal Act of a l'reach-:r.
MORRILLToN, AR~K., Fe b. '..-If. 1i.
Honevcutt, living six muile's west of
here, 'killed a 10 months old chiild of
a widow wh whio kept house for
him, last evening. Hloneycuitt came
into the house when the child was
ring. lHe picked the little one up.
gave it a slap on the head, then shook
it, breaking its neck. A warrant was
sworn out late this afternoon and olii
cers are now searching for him.
IT is stated that in the past eleven
months the constables in Charleston
have seized 13.00U0 gallons of liquor,
and that as a result of this contiscation
they have been more than self-sustain
ing, and in place of costing the State
money have, through the liquor seiz
ed, turned ducats into the <ispensaryv
THE SUB IEASURY DEA).
IT PASSES AWAY IN SAD OBSCURI
TY.
Irother Itowden Itringis the New.' of Its
Dea-4,e--.National Alliance Throwing
!)ecayvetl ilanks Overboard---Ready for
Fusion.
Corrum~A. S. C., Feb. 10.-Mr. J.
W. Bowden, who has been in attend
ance on the National Alliance meeting
in Washington ws in the city yester
(jay on his way home to Den ver, in
Anderson county. When he was
seen, he gave the following interest
ing interview:
--What about the National Alliance
meeting-" Mr. Bowden was asked.
"Well, to be candid, the meetiog
was better than I expected, both in
poin-: of attendance and the general
condition of the organization. Seven
teen States were represented and sev
eral others reported, showing the traas
ury in good condition, which is a good
indication of the life if the organiza
tion. Major Mann Page of Virginia,
who was elected the new president. is
a strong man and well known to Aili
ancemen everywhere, as he has been
conr.ected with the order since its in
ceotion. Mr. Southworth of Colerado,
the new secretary, will also make a
very competent official. The majority
of the delegates regretted very much
to give up Col. D. P. Duncan as secre
tary, as his efficieat work was highly
aupreciated, but it has been the un
dritten law to divide the. officers
among the various sections reprerent
ed."
" hat about the political signifl
cance of the meeting"
"I don't know that it had any spec
ial political significance, but from the
anxious inquiries of Washington re
porters, it seemed that it was expected
to create some kind o1 a hiatus or slap
somebody in the face. Of course, no
nolitical action was taken, and the
onily thing that shoved a tendency to
t >uch politics was some small changes
in the 'demands-' It seems very hard
for some of our friends to understand
how an organization can be interest
ed in political affairs and yet take no
part in partisan politics."
"What changes were made in the
demands?"
"Well, the only significant chanae
made in the demands was the elimi
nation of the sub-treasury and also the
demand for $50 per capita. These
parts of t'ie demands had come to be
looked on as details of legislation and
did not have a place in the demands
of the farmers' organization. The
land plank and the railroad plank
were made to read as they did origi
nally. In reality, the financial de
mands of the Alliance perfectly accord
with the views of all currency re
formers."
"Did you attend the silver confer
ence ?
"Yes I attended the sessions throu g
the two days and was much gratified
at the earnest determination of those
present for a straight, square fight for
the white metal and government issue
of currency without regard to party.
The conference was composed of Re
publicans and Democrats, organized
Populists taking no part in it. It was
determined to organize a silver fight
in every State at once. A national
convention was called to meet in St.
Louis on July 22, the same date and
place of meeting as the Populist na
tional convention, as the opinion is
that there will be a joining of forces
there. A national committee, com
posed of one member from each State
was appointed and a chairman, who is
Dr. J. J. Mott of North Carolina, was
put in charge of headquarters as
Washington. This national commit
tee will only act until the meeting of
the national convention, when one
will be elected in its stead."
"Will South Carolina be organized ?"
"Yes, I was placed on the commit
tee as representing this State and will
proceed to get in touch with all those
in sympathy with the objects of the
movement. I will only act, however,
until a State chairman can be selected.
When a chairman is selected, there
will probably be headquarters estab
lished and the work actively pushed.
For the present, I will answer all in
quiries from my home office."
"What effect will this have on the
May 'Democratic' convention?"
'I do not know. We do not intend
to fight against or try to interfere
with that body in any way. We only
intend to build a house of refuge for
the lost sheep when they are turned
out of the Cleveland pasture."
"D~Jid the South Carolina congress
men attend the conference:
" None but Congressman McLaurin
He took a very prominent part in the
deliberations and was on the comnmit
tee that wrote the declaratio~n and res
olution."-State.
Uncle sam Partic, lar.
The government is getting more
particular every day as to the charac
ter of its public servants, par
ticularly those in the postotlice depart
ment. There have been many require
ments in a physical way of applicants
for clerkships and carriers' position.
but after the February examination
the restrictions will be more numner
ous thtan ever. The applicants must
furnish a physician's certificate, under
the old examination, of good heart,
lungs and legs, sight, hearing, etc.:
'ut the latest requirement of the civil
service commission is as follows:
Male applicants who are under 5 feet
4 inches in height or under 125 pounds
in weight will not be accepted for the
position of clerk or of carrier in the
postolice service, an~d such local
boards of examiners are authorized to
cancel applications from applicants
who are under the prescribed height
and weight, or concerning whom the
answer to questions 6, 10, 20. and 21
(or any one of them) are not satisfac
tory. No doubt this will debar many
of the prospective applicants. Ques
tions 6i, i10, 2u, and 21 refer to sight.
raptures, and to the capacity of the
applicant to stand prolonged physical
strain and f reedom from disease in
general.
Trains Crash Together.
ST. Louts, F~eb. 11--A special to
The Chronicle from Cairo, Ills., says
that passenge-r train No. 22 and freightI
train No. 55 on the illiuois Central
railroad crashed together this morn
ig ata principal midway between
Wetang and Dongola. Engineer
William Hfuntington and Baggage
Master Felix Armstrong of the pas
senger train and both firemen were
killed. All four lived in Centralia,
Ills. A number of passengers were
injured slightly. The passenger train
had orders to wait at 'Wetang for the
freight train, but Conductor Andre'.
dms thought the freight train had
passed and started ahead at full speed.
shot by a RteligiouN Fanatic.
Davis, a colored farmer, was fatally
lubbed and shoL last night at
clock at Lewis' station, this county.
by Lee Crutchlfield, a white "santi fica
tionist." ThE y were discussing scrip
tre and Davis could not agree with
Crtch:ield, who has a reputation of
being a crank. At this the latter be
ame infuriated. and seizing an axe
handle dealt the negro a blow on the
ead, which broke his skull. lie then
rewx a revolver and shot him once
POWDER
Absolutely Pure.
A cream of tartar baking powder
Highest of all in leavening strenzth-La
test United States Government Food Re
port.
Royal Bakina Powder Company,
106 Wall St. N. Y.
Delegates Appointed.
CoLMIlA, S. C., Feb. 13.-Gover
nor Evans has received a letter from
the provisional committee of the Chi
cago and Southern- States exposition
as follows:
"At a meeting of the executive com
mittee held Feb. 8, the following was
unaiimousIy adopted:
S'Resoled That in addition to the
Sdelegates provided for from the south
ern cities as suggested and agreed
upon by the mayor and council of
I Chicago, the governors of the south
ern States be authorized to appoint 10
delegates at large from each State to
represent the agricultural, manufac
turing, mining, commercial and rail
road interest of the South in the con
vention called to meet at Chicago on
I the 19th instant and that the governor
of each State to accompany hisdelega
tion.
"In accordance with this resolution
'you are requested to appoint delegates
~on behalf of your State."
Governor Evaus appointed the fol
lowing as representatives from this
State to attend the convention on the
19th inst.: E. L. Roche. M. B. Mc
Sweeney. D. H. Russell, W. A. Clark,
J. C. Wilborn, W. D. Evans, G. B.
Kittrel): at large, W. A. Courteney
and T. H. Remmie.
Free transportation to Chicago and
return will be supplied to delegates by
the principal railroads. Mr. Howard
H. Statford is the secretary of the pro
visional committee with headquarters
at Augusta, Ga. All desired informa
tion can be obtained by corresponding
with him.
Senator Tillman's Position.
WASHGDTON, Feb. 13.-Since his
speech in the Senate, Senator Tillman
'of South Carolina has read numerous
letters from Democrats appealing to
him to state his position, otherwise
his speech in the Senate would be of
great harm to the party. In reply toa
letter from a friend in South Carolina,
Senator Tillman writes as follows and
pats himself on record withouta doubt:
"I have your letter of February 5.
and appreciate very much your kind
I words of commendation. In order to
preserve the unity of the white Demo
cracy of S-uth Carolina we cannot
act on yorsuggoestion not to send del
egates to the national convention at
Chicago. We have already captured
the State Democracy and we must go
to Chicago as such, prepared to bolt if
need be and ally ourselves with the
free silver men of the West. It would
be a fatal blunder not to send delegates
to the national Democratic convention
ani would only be putting it in the
hands of our goldbug ene mies. If the
1national convention does not adopt a
platform to suit us and put on a ma
above suspicion as to his loyalty, we
canoten laethe party, but not be
fr.The effort of every true. friend
of silver and financial reform should
be directed to having our State Demo
cratic convention composed solidly of
men of their way of thinking, so as to
have it act as a unit."
Forty People Drowrned.
BRisB.aSE, Queensland, Feb. 13.
The steamer 1'earl, having on board
S0 persons, met with a peculiar acci
dent today that resulted in the death
of 40l persons. The Brisbane river
has been greatly swollen by heavy
rains that have fallen lately and the
current is running very strong. The
Pearl was not powerful enough to
stem the current and was swung
broadside on and carried down the
river. Before she could get head way
enough on tocarry her out of danger,
she was carried athwart the chains of
the Lucinda, which waslying at anchor
in the stream. The Pearl struck the
chains with such force that she was
almost completely cut in two. Then
the current turned her over and she
san it. Before she went down, how
ever, a vast column of steam was seen
ascending from her and it was after
wards learnied that her steam pipes
had been broken. Many of t hose on
her lowver deck were fatally scalded
while 40 others were drown~ed. The
work of rescuing the survirors was
extremely dillicult, as they were car
ried sea ward with great rapidity by
tihe 11ocd. Thousands gathered about
the scene- of the disaster and there
were many affecting scenes as the liv
ing and dead were brought ashiore.
Some of the bodies will never be re
covered.
-A Capsized Schooner.
CEDAR KEYs, Fia., Feb. 13.-Infor
mation from the capsized schooner re
ported off Anclote island to the effect
that she lies bottom uip in 1S feet of
water-. A number of sxilii vessels
surrou ad her and haee cut through -
her Uuetom and are taking out her car
go of lumber. Her name has not
been learned, as she lies deep in wa
ter. No trace of her cr-,'v ha~s been
found, and as they could eaily have
made land had they t:sken to) their
boats, it is feared they wvere drowned
when the vessel capsized. The broken
masts, with all sails set, are floating
alongside, held by the rigging. The
sails being set indicate that she cap
sized without warning. The vessel's
bottom shows as that of a compara
tiely new one.
Done with Dyz~nmit&-.
NEW OnrE.~Ns, Fe b. 11.-A dispatch
to the Daily States from San Antonio,
Tex., says: This morning the shoe
shop of Henry Johnson, co)lored, was
wrecked by an explosion of dynamite,
which broke tile windows in the large
Presbyterian church and convention
hall buildings and shook the entire
city. Johnson and a white man were
asleep in the b)uildinlg, but were not
injured. Enemies of Johnson are
sspected, on account of domestic.
troubles. Several previous attempts
have been made to kill him.
L.ynchin;; in Illinos.
Di-cx~m-n, 11!., Feb. 12.-Grant At
terbury was lynched at Sullivan at
2:43 last night. Fif teen masked men
broke open the jail and hiung him in
the court house yard lie died declar
ing that he was innocent of the double
rime of murdering his father and
utraging his sisier-in lawv, Mrs. R-.xy
Attebury. Members or the mob were
fully armed, anud several c-aried sledge
ammers. They made- a~ttempt little at
:oncealment, but went very directly

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