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THE VERY BEST. A Grand Tribute to the Soilders of the Confederacy. FOUGHT GREAT ODDS But Always Acquitted Themselves in a Way that Made Their Enemies Re spect Them. Some Interesting Facts and Figures from Friend and Foe. The subjoined extracts ahre taken from the writings of Rev. J. William Jones, who was first a private and served In the ranks, then a chaplain to the close of the war. These extracts are ta'ren fIom Vol. XII, "Confeder ate Military History." The author is now Chaptain.General of the Uaited Confbderate Veterans. Dunng the war he was fittingly designated as the "Fighting Parson." Chaplain Jones Is a man of marked ability, with both pen ard tongue. He is a Baptist minist'er. In his testimony before "the committee on the conduct of the war," Major Geneneral Hooker "Fighting Joe" he was affectionately and appropriately called by his men uses this remarkable and emphatic language: "Our artillery had always been su perior to that of the rebels, as was also our infantry, except in discipline, and that, for reaEons not necessary to mention, never did equal Lee's army. With a rank and file vastly inferior to our own intellectually and physically, that army had, by dicipline alone, ac quired a character for steadiness and effliency unsurpassed, in my judge ment, in ancient or modegn times. We have not been able to rival it." Now, we may fully accept the lat ter part of this statement of General Hooker's as to the chatacter c the Confederate army, without conceding that it was due alone te discipline. It was my privilege to be a member of the army of Northern Virginia. As a private soldier or as Chaplian I follow ed its flag from Harper's Ferry in '61 to Appomattox in '65, mingling freely with the men in camp, on the march, in the bivouac, on the battlefield, and in the hospital. I knew its most cjn spicuous leaders and made it my es pecial business to know the heroes of the rank and file. I marched with them along the weary road, bivauack ed with them in the pelting storm, went with them into the leaden and iron hail cf battle, ministered to them in the loathsome hospitals, labored with among them in those glorious re vivals which made well nigh every camp vocal with God's praises, resul ting in the professed conversion of over 15,003 men; rejoiced with them In that long series of brilliant victories which have illustrated brightest pages of Amerlean history, and wept with them when Lee was "compelled to yield to overwelmning numlbers and re sources." Since the war I have carefully studied the cfficial reports on both sides and everything that has bren published which throws any light on the history of that army. I am pre pared, therefore, not only to fully in dorse General Hookers's opinion of the infantry of the army of Northern Virginia, but to go further and say that our artillery, though inferior in guns, ammunition and equipment, was always a match for that to which it was exposed; that the men who rode with Turner Ashby, Wade Hampton and Fitz Lee, or "followed the feather" of "Jeb" Stuart, though greatly Inferior In mount and equip ment to the Federal cavalry, were masters of the situation on any fair fields; and that the army of Northern Virginia as a whole, was, in gallant dash, steady resistance, patient en durance, heroic courage, and all other qualities which go to make up the best soldiers, not only unrivaled, as the gallant general says, by the army of the Potomac, but the equals of any other army that ever marched under any flag, or fought for any cause. And I give equal honor to the other armies of the Confederacy. The mnen who defended Fort Sumter and Char leston and Savannah and Mobile and Fort Fisher; who fought under Albert Sidney Johnson, Beauregard, Bragg, Joseph E. Johnson, Hood, Stepen D. Lee, Pemberton, Van Dorn, Price, Diack Taylor, Kirby Smith, Forrest, Joe Wheeler, John Morgau, and others, were the peers of those who followed Lee and Stonewall Jackson and deserve cqual praise. The world never saw better soldiers than those who composed the Confederate armies. But 'we must utteriy repudiate the reason General Hooker assigns for the efficiency of the Confederate soldiers. So far from its being due to '"discip line alone"-so far from its being true that the Confederates were "'vastly inferior, intellectually and physically," to the soldiers on the other side it can be abundantly dem onstrated that just the reverse is nearer the truth, and that the world never saw an army composed of more superb material, intellectually, physi cally and morally, in all that consti tutes what we call morale in an army, than the armies of the Confederate States of America. But perhaps the best evidence of the morale of the Confederate armies Is their achievements, notwithstand ing the Immense odds in numbers, re sources and equipment against which they fought. The population of the Northern States was about 20,000,000, while the population of the Confeder ate States was only 5,000,000 whites. There were enlisted in the Federa) armies, as shown by the ofnaial re ports, 5,864,271 men, while there were mustered in the Confederate armiesa total of only 800,000 men. The block ade cut di the Confederacy from the factories and general supplies of the world and shut the South up to its own scant rescurces; while the Feder als had not only only the arsenals, the navy yards and athe shops of I the government, and the numerous facto ries of the North, but those of the whole world from which to draw thel: war material. The Federal ai~nies were equipped in complete style, thel arms and ammuniition were of the most improved patterns, their supplied of every kind were abundant and ever luxurious, their transportation very superior and their telegraph, pioneer, "secret service," and every other de. partment of the highest etliciency while the Confedrates were sadly defi cient in all of these and, indeed, lacked everthing save devoted patriot lm, able leadership and heroic hearts. And yet, with these overwhelming odds against them, the Confederate ame for four years maintained th unequal contest, fought over nearly all the territory of the Confederacy, 1 and in over 2.000 engagements, great I and small, won many victories whi::h 1 astonished the world In evidence of the high morale of the Confederate army, a letter from a gaillant Union colonel, who served to the end of the war, is here quoted as it was rublished in the Southern His torical Society Papers (l. lX, pp, 142, 143), in which he says: "I take pleasure in reading the Southern His torical Society Papers, and consider them invaluable. They show conclu sively the great disparity of numbers and the bravery and great sacrifices of the Southerners in battling for their principles and for what they honestly consider were their rights. And I take a just pride, as an Amer ican citiz n, a descendant, on both sides of my parentage, of English stock who came to this country about 1640, that the Southern army. com posed almost entirely of Americans. were able, under the ablest American chief tains, to defeat so often the over wheiming hosts of the North, which were composed largely of foreigners to our soil." General Hockar, in his testimony, surely overlocked this ele ment, or he would not have testified that the Confederates were inferior to his people, "intellectually and physi cally," and acquired their superiority in steadiness and efficiency "by dis cipline al:one." But the point will be obvious by citing the results of a few of the many battles as illustrations. When on account of the wounding of Gen J. E. Johnson at Seven Pines, Gan. R. E. Lee was put in command in Vir. ginia, June 1, 1862, the situation looked dark indeed for the Confed erates. The capture of Forts Henry and Donelson, the fall of New Or leans, the capture of Nashville, Rnsn oke island and Norfolk, gave the Fed erals confidence of success and tended to greatly dispirit the Confederates The gloom had been somewhat bright ened by the Confederate victory at Shiloh and Stonewll Jackson's brilliaat Valley campaign, which terminated at Cross Keys and Fort Republic a few days after General Lee assumed command, But the situ-&tion was ex ceedingly threatening, for McClellan was strorgly intrenched with 11 5,000 men within sight of the spires of Richmond and almost within cannon range of the city. He had 10,000 more men at Fortress Monroe and nas confidently expecting McDowell, whose troops had been diverted by the movements of Stonewall Jackson, to join him with 40,000 troops. Gen. Lee to oppose this strong force, after receiving all of the reinfozcements that he could draw from every source could only muster 78,000 men, the largest army he ever commanded. And yet, with this force Lee attacted McClellan In his stronghold, and in "Seven Days' battles" drove him from every position and forced him to take refuge under the cover of his gunboats at Harrison's landing, forty miles below Richmond, after a sereis of brilliant Confederate victories which infilctcd immense loss on the enemy in both men and material. Gen. J. B. Kershaw, of South Caro lina, publishe d some years ago a deep ly interesting narrative concerning "Richard Kirkland, the humarne hero of Fredericksburg," a sergeant in the Second South Carolina regiment. Af ter the bloody repulse uf the Federals at Fredericksturg, near the foot of Marye's hill, they left their many kill ed and wounded lying between the lines, and the piteous cries of the brave men on account of pain and thirst appealed to the sympathies of the soldiers of both armies.-Kirk land went to General Kershaw, who was then in command of the Confed srates at that point, and said with deep emotion :"General, I can't stand this." "What Is the matter, Sergeant?" asked the general. He replied : "All day I have heard those poor people crying for water and I can stand it no longer, I come to ask permission to give them water." The general regarded him for a moment with feelings of profouad admiration, and said : ''Kirkland, don't you know that you would get a bullet through your head the moment you stepped over the wall?" "Yes," he said, "I know that I may, but if ycu will let me, I am willing to try it." After a pause the general said : "Krkland, I ought not to allow you to run such a risk, but the sentiment which actuates you is so noble that I will not refuse your request, trusting that God may protect you. You may go." With light heart and bur'yant step the humane hero, armed with all of the canteens he could carry filled with weer, crossed the wall, went unharmed lirough the shower of bul lets, which at first greeted him, and reached and relieved the nearest suff erer, pouring down his parched throat he life-giving fiaid, putting him in a more comfortable position, and leav ing him a canteen filled with water. His purpose now being apparent, the Federals ceased to fire on him, and for an hour and a half, amid the plauits of both armies, this angel of mercy went on his mission from man to man of the wounded enemy-his comrades gladly filling his canteens fr him and being prevented from joining him in his labor of love only by the orders against their crossing the line-until all on that part of the field had beer' relieved, It needs only to be added--since "the bravest are the tenderest and the loving are the daring"-that Sergeant Kirkland so greatly distinguished himself at Get tysburg that he was promo' d for "conspicious gallantry," and that he fell on the victorious field of Chicka maua, bravely doing his duty. But e will be known in the annals of the war as "The humane hero of Freder ickburg," and as he had but a short time before found "Christ in the Camp," I doubt not that he wears now a bright crown bestowed by Him who promises that a cup of cold water given in the right spirit shall not lose its reward. As for the treatment of prisoners, despite all of the slanders that were published against the Confederacy and are still unjustly repeated the fact re mains that Confederate records have -te n searched in vain for proof that the Confederate authorities ever or dered or connived at any ill-treatment of prisoners. The Confederates did everything in their power to mitigate the suffering of prisoners and made varicus humane propositions to that -end, which were rejected by the Fe d erals; and while the sufferings of pris oners were very great and the mortal ity among them fearful on both sides, yet the oti~-al reports of E. M. Stan ton, United States secretary cf war, -.and J. K. Barnes, surgeon-general, show that nearly four per cent more Confederates perished in Northern prisons than Federals in Southern -prisons, and this notwithstanding the ,1fact that the Confederacy was defi cient in food, raiment and medicines for even its own soldiers, while the fiies. The truth is that our Chris ian Presidcnt, Jt t2rson Davis, and its generals conducted the war on he highest plane of civilizition: that ,ur rank and file caught their spirit md stowed in this, as in other direc ions, their peculiar and lofty morale. rhe great English scholar and p-et, Prof. P. S. Woseley, wrote the truth n lines of blended strength and beau n his poem dedicated to Gen. R. E. [ee, in which he tbus refe-s to the outhern Confederacy: 'Ali realm of tombs: but let her bear This blazon to the Aast of times: No nation rose so white and fair, Or fell so pure of crime." MB)5 TWO LIVIS. & Barb r Kills His Wife and Then Commits Saicide. After cutting his wife's throat with a razor and while her dead body was lying on the floor, William Washing ton, a negro barber, who lived at 1 Greena street, cut hisown throat with the same razor Wednesday night about 11 o'clock and fell dying by the wo man's side. The double tragedy ceourred In a three-room house on the portion of Greene street which passes through Darktown. Neighbors heard the couple quar relling and later heard a fall. A sis ter of Washington, who lived across the street, went to the house and when she opened the front door she saw Susie Washington lying dead on the floor with a gash across her throat, and the man lying by her side, with his throat cut and gasping for breath. He died before the hospital ambalance reached the scene. Call Oflers Dorsett and Pharr in vest'gated the affair. They ascer tained that Washington, who had been working in a barber shop on De catur street, separated from his wife several montbs ago. Wednesday night he went to his wife's house and found her alone. Exactly what occurred could not be known, but from the condition of the rooms, the ciffisers believe that Wash ington cut his wife's throat as he held her on a bed in the middle of the room. She tried to run and fell in the doorway leading into the front room. Washington must have step ped over his wife's dead body and when in tha iont room drew the razor across his own throat. He fMl with his head near that of his wife. The police at first believed there had been a double murder, but a search revealed the razor with which the crime and suicide had been com nited. It had fallen from the man's band and lay a few feet from his body, dyed red with the blood of him self arid wife. Tae razor was one which Washington used at the barber shop. The coroner was notified and he di rected the police to remove the bodies to the rooms of a negro undertaker. An inquest was held Thursday morn ing. Washington was well known in the city, having been a barber here for several years.--Atlanta Constitu tion. SEPIXN.BBE WXATHEE. R: cords of the Local Weather Bu reau for Eighteen Years. The following data, covering a pe rnod of 18 years, have been compiled from the weather bureau records at Columbia. They are issued to show the conditions that have previled, during September, for the abive pe riod of years, but must not bs con strued as a forecast of the weather conditions for the comning month. Temperature: Mean or normal tem perature, 715 degrees; the warmest month was that of 1900, with an av erage of 79 degrees; the coldest month was that 1888, with an average of 72 degrees; the highest tempera'Wue was 104 degrees, on Sroptember 18, 1896; the lowest temperature was 42 de grees, on September 30, 1888; the earliest date on which the first kiling frost occurred autumn, Oct. 19, 1896; average date on which first killing frost ceurred in autumnn, November 8th; average date on which last kill ing frost occurred in spring, Marca 23d the latest d'ate on which last kill ing frost occurred in spring, April 17, Precipitation (rain or melted snow): Avrage for the month, 4 12 inches; average number of days with .01 of an inch or more, 8; the greatest montly precipitation was 7.09 inches In 1890; the least monthly precipita tion was 0.56 inches in 1887; the great est amount of precipitation recorded in any 21 consecutive hours was 4 90 inches on September 17th, 18th, 1901; the greatest amount of snowfall re corded in any 24 consecutive hours (record extending to winter issk 85 only) was none Inches. Clouds and weather: Average num ber of clear days, 13; partly cloudy days, 10; cloudy days, 7, Wind: The prevailing winds have been from the northeast; the av erage hourly velocity of the wind is eight miles per hour; the highest ve locity of the wind was 53 mIles from the southwest on Septe-nber 30, 1902. Foolish Boys. At Santa Fe, N. M., two youths named Jose Martinez and Hudore Rto mero have been killed by the explo sion of a box of dynamite they used for a target. The boys were rabbit hunting- Not finding any game, when they reached the powder house of the Denver and Rio Grande rail way near Chama, they set up a box of dynamite as a target. The box contained 400 pounds of the explosive and it's explosion set cff four tons of powder. In Chama many window panes were broken. Badly Stung. In an effrt to rescue her cow which had been attacked by bees Mrs. Bert Goodrich, of Davenport Centre, had a narrow escape from being stung to death. The cow, which was tied to a stake by a long rope, upset a hive of bees and the insects attacked the ani mal. Mrs. Goodrich rushed from the house with a nzor and severed the rope, but the bees fell upon her so iercely that neighbors had to rescue her. Scores of bees were taken from he woman's hair and one was found in her ear. Many Lost. The correspondent of the London Dtily Telegragh at Leghorn sends a report received from Nsgaski of the overtaking of a hundred fishing boats by a hurricane off G-oto Island (belong ing to the Japanese archipelago in the channel of Korea:) The report says 400 men are missing and it is feared they have been drowned. Sailor Kills liimself Guy Earle Howett, a yoeman on the rceiving ship Franklin, at the Nor flk navy yard, committed suicide Tuursday by shooting. No explana innon sgiven. TPJPE ALLIANCE Suggezted Between Frarce, Fngland and the United States. Such A Combination Would Be Most Pcwerful and Dictate the Pol icy of the World. The most interestlng idea which has occupied the attention of the di plomatic word for a long time past is the suggestion, mooted a few days ago by an influential New York newspaper of high standing to the effect that the time was ripe for the formation of a new triple alliance, the high contract ing parties to which sh u'd ba Great Brtian, Frenceand the;United States, says H. C. Wilson in The London Ex press. The idea is not quite a new one, but its novelty consists in the fact that it was put foward at a time when the relations beteewn the three coun tries are of an unusually cordial char acter, and by a sober and frequently inspired journal. It is probably very much "in the air" at present, but its possibility is not so remote, and its importance is so great that it is at least worthy of serious consideration. With the adhesion of Japan practi cally assured the combination would be one of such enormous power that it almost amounts to a truism to say that it would insure the peace of the world. It effects may perhaps best be shown by a few c..mparative tables which will reveal some startling facts. Sq Miles. The British Empire.... .. 12,750,000 France and her possessions 5.000.000 The United States........ 3,145,000 Total............ ..20 895,000 When it is stated that the total I land area cf the world is computed to be 197.000,000 square miles, the Im portance of the above figures will be appreciated. The enormous area of the British dominion-easily the greatest empire in the world-was stated in the house cf lords only a few days ago to be 12* millions of square miles, although in books of reference it is placmd some what lower than this. T.ie joint ter ritory would constitute more than one-tenth of the total land surface of the globe. POPULATION. The British Ettp're...... 400,000,000 France and her possessions 90,000,000 The United S:ates...... 83,000,000 Total..............573,000,000 In round figure6 the total popula tion of the earth is 1,500,000,000. so that the subjects of the new alliance would number more than one-third f the world's inhabitants. The armed strength of the alliance would be s.upendous, and It would be practically impossible for any combi nation of the world powers to bring to bear a force capable of even threaten ing it seriously. FIGHTING PoWER. Men. Guns. The British Empire 1,000,000 12,000 France arnd her pos sessions........ 3 500,000 5.000 The United States.. 200,000 500 Total.... .....-4,700,000 17.500 In compiling the above, the whole strength of the armiss has been taken into Account. Thus that of Great Britlan includ.-s the regulars, reserves, militis, vjiunteers, the troops in In dia, an~d all the native coknial forces. The Uaited States army is almost in. significant In comparIson to that of France, but 200,000 pertectly trained men constitute a force that Is not to be ignored. GIGANTIC NAVIEs. When we come to the navies of the three powers, the sverwhelming force of the combination is more strikingly apparent. G. B. France. U. S. Battle ships. .. 67 36 26 Cruisers........130 26 44 Torpedo craft.240 284 51 Submarines... 40 69 4 Total....... 477 454 125 Total ships 1,056 These figures include battle ships crusery, and submarines now building of the tree powers, and this vast com bined navy would be manned by, r'ughly, 630,000 men. The similarity Iin the total number of ships possessed by Great Britain and Franze will be seen to be due to the fact that France has a large excess of torpedo craft and submarines, but the total fighting weight Is much in favor of this coun An examination of these figures shows that Great Britlan, when her b-iiding programme Is completed, will possess 197 battle ships and cruisers, France 101 and the United states 70. This is a much greater force of heavy fighting ships than the rest of the world could muster alto gether. Germany, when her naval plans are comple, will only have 87 battle ships and crusiers of all types. COLOSSAL WEALTE. The combined income which the three allied power~s would enjoy amounts to the tremrendrous sum of 392,545,000 a year. The individual revenues for the year 1904 (excluding colonies) were as follows: Great Britain ........141,545.000 France............... 143,000,000 United States...... ..108,000,000 Total.. ..........?392,545,000 As against this they have national debts amounting to tube almcst in credible sum of 2,170 millions of pounds, which France's share is by far the largest: Great Britian .... ..? 750,000,000 France.. . .... .. .... 1,220,000,000 United States.........200,000,000 Total........... ?2,170,000,000 The shipping controlled by the three powers constitutes two-thirds of the total shipping of the world. Worked out in tons, it is as follows: Great Britlan.......... 12.000,000 France...............--1,200,000 Ui:ted States............5,198,000 Total....... .. ...... 18.398,000 These are but rough calculations, and touch only the fringe of the prob lem. The power of nations consists not only in ships, men and money, but in the volume of their trade and commerce, and to eume: into details of these would require much more space than is now at my disposal. In Eruption. Mount Vesuvius is In full eruption and Is throwing out an enormous mass of lava. Deep rumblings aer heard In the Interior of the crater and lava Is flowing down the right side of the cone. The ancient crater is the island of Stromboli, is also in full eruption. Panic prevails in the vin aem arond the volcano. WrNI' TO AISON Rather than Expose a Weak Woman to her Busband. A New York dispatch to the Balti more American says: Carl Fisher Hanson. a millionaire philanthropist and lawyer, in his office at 346 Broadway, today reveal ed a strange story of love, devotion and self-sacrifice to save a woman's name. Mr. Hanse; absolutely refused to divulge the names of the parties in the tragedy. It was learned, however that a young and pretty woman, dressed in black, called at his office at an eariy hour to day and requested an interview with Mr. Hansen on import ant business. She was ushered into Mr. Hansen's private office and, amid sobs, told Mr. Hansen a romantic story. "I hiva come toyou," she said, "to secure the pardon of a man who I know is innocent and who is now serv ing a sentetce of three years in Sing Sing on the charge of attempted burglary. "He went to prison to save my honor. He is innocent, and now that my husband is dead I want to try and have him righted in the eyes of his friends and the public, because what he did was done for my sake." - According to the wcmsn'3 story the man was arrested a year ago. He had called upon her at her home dur ing her husband's abseEc3. Her hus band unexpectedly retu:ned, and, did ing the man in his room, made a rush for him. The young man bolted for the door, but the husband, who was a much bigger man, grabbed him. The husband shaking the intruder by the collar, said: "What are you doing here?" The y oung man thought a minute and then said impressively: "I am a thief. Lock me up." The husband called a policeman and the man was taken to the station house L)ter he was indicted and taken to court. When arraigned the young man said: "Your Honor, I am guilty. I entered that house for the purpose of robbery and I was caught. That's all." He was subsequently sentenced to three years in Si ig Sing at hard labor. Tae young woman was greatly ex citel, and fainted when she reached the end of her strange tale. On re viving she begged Mr. Hansen to make an Effart to have this man pardoned. "I will do anything,"- she said, "suffer any disgrace, if you will only petition the governor to pardon this man, who has suffered all this humil iation to save my honor. I couldn't confess then; but now, that my hus band is dead, -I am willing to do any thing to have him pardoned." Mr. Hansen, while declining to give the name of the woman or the con vict, said: "I will certainly do every thing in ny power af ter I investigate the story of this young woman to have this man pardoued, I don't dotubt the young woman's story in the least, and I will certainly ijetition Gvrnor Higgins in the hope that I may have tbis young manl, who so willingly sacrificed himself to save a woman's honor, pardoned at once." The prisioner, said Mr. Fisher- Han seo, was a young college student, who disappeared from one of the colleges when he was arrested. "I will not say whether it was Har ard, Yale or Princeton,'' said the lawyer, "No one has ever known what became of him, as he was tried and sentenced under an assumed name. "The woman intb.e case has also peid a penalty for her iud.scretion, as a servant who knew of the aff~ir has collected $86,000 in blackmail from er within a few years. She Is a member of one of the best of the old families of New York, and her late husband owned several factories in New Jersey." Charged to Carelessness. The findings and opioan of the court of ir-quiry which investigated the fatal explosion on the gunboat Bennington has been made public by Secretary Bonaparte. The court ex presses the opinion that the explosion was caused by excessive steam pres sure in her boilers, resultiog from closing the steam valve connecting with the guage. The court says that D. N. Holland, the fireman on duty closed the valve. Tne court finds En sign Charles D. Wade of the engine department of the ship at fault in ftail ing to see that the steam and safety guage valves were closed at the proper time, having accepted the report of subordinates that this had been done in March. He was declared negligent In the performance of duty and that he should be brought before a court matial. Blown to Pie c.'s. Three Slays and an Italian were blown to pieces by the premature ex plosion of a blast near Safe Harbor, Pa., Thursday night. Another Slav is missing and is believed to have been blown into the Susquehanna river, and two Slays and a negro were badly injured. The men were engaged in loading a blast hole 50 feet deep and bad just placed in the dynamite and detonating cap. It is supposed the tamping rod struck this cap. The concussion explcded a similar charge only four feet away. Georgia Is Prospc riog. The state tax returns for Georgia have increased $33,903,871 to date. One hundred and twenty-two counties have sent in their digests and only tif teen more remain to be heard from. The counties which have not yet sent in their digests are Bald win, Burke, Cobb, Early, Floyd, Franklin, Glynn, Greene, Gwinnett, Lee, Marion, Tat nal, Walton, Ware and Wayne. Capt. Harrison of the comptroller's office states that in his opinion the increase will reach $40,000,000. Trial Set F~or Beerlackers October 2 Is announced as the trial day in Chilcago for twenty- four pack ers and lawyers and five corporations indicted on charges of combining in restraint of commerce, accepting re bates and interfering with government witnesses. Between fifteen and twenty fresh subpoenas returnable on the date named were secretly issued Saturday. The issuance of the papers came as a surprise to most of the packers. Three Barned. Mr. and Mrs. E. I. Martin and child, of Boston, Saturday lost their lives in a f re which destroyed the Marana cook Hotel at Lake Maranacook, Maine. Five other persons were burned or otherwise mnjured, none fatally. Over eighty guests and em ployees escaped in night attire, many leaping from windows. The fire was probably caused by a defective chim ney. The hotel Is a wooden structure, twenty-sven years old. ONLY TWO 61Urni k Terrible Tale of the Storm King's Awfal Anger. rw.a Sailors Brave the Waters in a Small B3at and Reach Fernandina Safely. Twenty men, constituting all but wo of the cfders and1 crew of the American steamship Paconic, bound from Pailadelphia to New Orleans with coal, were drowned by the sink !ng of that vessel off the coast of Florida Monday. The disaster was the result of a fierce gale which raged along the coast during the night and early morning. Lashed by the storm, an immense wave struck the vessel with terrific fcrce about 12.30 o'clock Monday morning. The impact, coming just as the ves sel was making a turn, caused a shift of the cargo and the vessel careened and sank immediately. The accident occurred so quickly that only two of those aboard her, an Italian and a Spaniard, were able to save them sevT.s. They, succeeding in getting into a life boat, reached Amelia Beach about noon and on landing told the story of the disaster. After midnight of Sunday, doring the heavest part of the storm which bad raged all day, the cfdfier of the deck gave the order to put further cut to sea, fearing they were approaching the c-ast too nearly. In the endeavor to turn the ship was stiuk with a heavy sea, the cargo shifted, giving a broadside., and she began sinking rap idly. In less than ten minutes af ter the alarm was s u ded she had gone to the bottom and no trace of her was left upon the waters. The account of their own miraculous escape out 01 all the ship's cre w who went down was something marvelous to hear. One of these men was at the wheel at the time the order was given; the other was on watch. As soon as the shp began to careen these two men rushed for one of the small boats, which they jumped into as the vessel began to g6 down. With their knives they severed the ropes as the water'. level was reached and the small boat was thrown far out on the waves Tne) futhermore say that they discovered through the blacaness and storm the figures of part of the awakened crew who, some of them, managed to ci owd into another Uf the ship's boats. Talis was, however, caught in a trough of the sea, thrown violently against the ventilators and then wedged felt Their pitiful cry for help could be heard as the ship went down in the sea, which swallowed her up. Alone throught the balance of the night in the awful wash of waters, with the storm raging and threaten ing each moment to swamp their smaL boat, these two men were gradualli borne ashore toward Amelia Island landing j-:st at 11 a. m , Mondey. Their condition was pitiable, with all the marks of a savage battle amid tempestuous seas, clothitng torn off and death or shipwreck staring them in the facrs. The men, whose names are respectively Bagellini Humberti and Antonio Clark, were unable te speak out of their nativetongues and it was some time before the facts of the disaster were thorougrhly ascer tained. Tney have testified to the correctness of the above report bef ore a notary public and the community there kindly cared for their wants. INDIANA MAGJETIO IILD. Territory in Which Lightning Cuts -:Up Many Queer Pranks. A mysterious magnetic fi 11 In the southwetern part of Lake county is attracting no little attention amcng looal scientific minds and arousing much interest b-cause o: q'ieer pranks cut up by lightning in that neighbor hod. The territory covered by the strange and weird electrical manifes tations enrbraczd only a few eq-iare miles in West Creek township, one of the scuth tier of townships, and Is lo cated a few miles north of the great Kankakee marshes. More havoc is created annually in this one spot, with a radius of less than two miles, than in any four entire countries in this part of the state. Every thunderstorm in the vicinity is sure to pass over the spot, no mat ter in what direction the wind may lie, and Its passage is sure to be mark ed by terrific bursts of lightening. At night time the displays are at times grand and magnificent, yet terrifying to the bravest heart and extremely dangerous. Bolt after bolt of molten fire Is shot from heaven to earth, lighting the country up for mileE with a dazzling glare of light. Sa much havoc has been wrought by lightning that some insurance com panies refuse risks in the district and ohers are about to impose additiona] rates to cover the extra cost. Four large hay barns within a halt mile radius were struck Monday and burned, causing a loss of 81,200. Only one of these, that of Henry Brant, was insured, and i'n only for about half its value. The others, belonging to Volner Foster, William Hatton and Jamies Haydzn, were uninsured. It has been found impossible tc keep a telephone service in operation in the terrirory, as every storm that passes leaves wreeked lines and black eed and shattered polee as a remind er of the lightning's wraoh. :Numerous horses and cattle have been kifled, and there is not a build ing or a tall tree that does not bear evidenes of the destructive forces of nature's electrical energy. Three fa talities have occured in the last three years, and every inhabitant cf the spot has left the lightnin~g force to a greater or lees degree. It Is said that a wireless telegraph would be inoper ative and messages Intercepted by the weird forces that seem to lie con cealed in the ground. Even in fair weather a telephone system usingsthe the ordinary grounded wires Is usdless and even a metalic circuit is operate d, tui the most plausible one seems to be that a large body of strong mag netic ore crops out near the surface and attracts the electrical forces 01 the clouds. Another theory is that a large body of motoric ore lies In this neighborhood and is the attract ing medium. Robbed the Priest. At Cleveland, Ohio, u;on the state ment made to the police by Rev. Ben edict Rlasinskl, a Catholic priest of St Stanislaus' church, that he had been beld a prisoner for twenty-four hours, without food and forced to sign two notes for $500 each, and two checks for like amounts, which had been since cashed, besides being rob bed of $30 and some jewelry two men and a woman were arrested Saturday. The woman is said to have lured the priest to her room by pretending to be Ill and in need of spirItual consola tion and the men are said to have rushed in upon them, and held Rev. Rosinki a prisoner until he had satis mile their deannds. WHAT NE WANTS. Mr. Ansel Defines His Position on the Dispensary Issue. AVOWED CANDIDATE For Governor Says lie Is Opposed to the System of a State Dispensary. But Favors Local Option and Coun ty Dispensaries, and Op poses High License. To the E litor of The State: I have re .ived many inq'iries as to my views of the liq ir q testion in South Carolina, and the bist way of dealing with that all absorbing qus tion, dispensary or no dispensary, and I take t'Jls msans of stating my p031 ticn. Ia the first p'ace, I am oppised to the system of a State dispensary. I once thought it was the best solution of the Lquor qestion, because I thought it would minimize and de crease the sales of liq aors in this State, but wben we consiaar that more than 83.000 000 worth of wuiskey has been sold by the various dispensaries of the State the past year, my hopes have been disappointed; and it appears to. me that some other method should be adopted. Ia the second-plade, I am in favor of local e uaty option, as between prohibition and cunty dispensaries; that is, I am in favor of any c uaty in the State toting upon the question as to whether they wish prohibition for that county, or whether they wish county dispensaries. If a majority of the qualified voters of the c unty d - sire prohibition for that particular county, then I am one who believes that they should have it, and I fur ther believe that the g~od peopie of such county will see to it thav the prohibition law is enforced. If the vote of any county should be in favor of the sale of liqur in that particular county, then I favor a law providmg for a county dispensary with a board of contral of three mem oers, to be appointe1 by the governor of the State, wbtca county board shall have control of tle purchase of li. qaors fir the caunty dispensaries, the appointment of dispensers. fix:ng their salaries, etc , all sales to be made under the rules and regulations as may be thorgut wise by the legisla ture. I am opposed to beer dispensaries, as I thing that b2er when sold at all should be sold in the regular county dispensaries. I favor a strirgent law against the unlawful sa'e of liquor. My experi ence of 12 years as one of the solicd tors of this State has cor~vinced me that .whatever system may be adopt ad, that unlawful sales will be made by sorte. It is, therefore, nEcessa3 y that stringent laws should be passed to puoish the "blind tigers," those who sell unlawfully. Make it the duty~ of all sheriffs, dep '.ty sherifs, magistrates, c~nstables, polic :men and town marshals to see Ghat the law against tbe unlawful sale of liquor is rigidly enfo;c.d in their counties, cities and towns, and It m'gt t be well to give them balf of the ines that are collected fro~m thes'; ccnv~cted, through the agency of such :ficers, of the offense of unlawful sales, transportation, or making of whiskey. The county boards of control should be required to make report to the presiding judge at each term of the court of general sessions for their re spective counties, showing the pur chases made, the amount of sales by the county dispensaries, and of all their acts as suzh c';unty board of control, and should be liable criminally for any violation of the law, rules and regula tions of the dispensary law. Boy Roasted Aliv-a. At Hannibal, Mo., Lee Christian, eleven years old, was ro tsted alive in the street by another boy named Me Lain who dashed a can of gasoline over the clothes of young Christian and then applied a lighted match. Christian was playing In the street with several other boys, when McLain walked up swinging a gasoline can. After twice threatening to roast the Christian boy alive, McLain finally :d3 his word good. He unscrewed the cap of the can, rushed up on Christian and drenched him from head to foot with gasoline.. Before the un ortune lad could get away he touch ed a lighted maten to his trousers which were sooked with the fluid. In stantly the b'y was enveloped in fames. He fell to the ground, scream ing in agony and fighting the fire. Many persons ran to his rescue and succeeded in extinguishing the flames. Every stitch of clothes were burned from young Christian's back. He will lie. Fight at Mother'. Grave.. A dispatch to The State says there was a serious row n'ear Claussen Fri day a'ternoon between three negro brothers, who had assembled to attend the funeral of their mother. T.se ne groes were Josh, Charles and Lucius, Harrison. Ctiaries was probably fat 11 ly shot by Josh and Lucius was cut seriously by Charles. The negro who did the shooting was arrcsted In the dge of Florence by Sheriff Burch. Chief Koopmnan and Deputy Harrail. Charles Harrison, who was shot through the stomach, was brought to Florence and an operatin performed by Drs. Hicks, Smith, Young and Levy. There is thought to be little cbance of his recovery. The fight was about a watermelon. The Holy Jumpers. The strangest set now conducted wat is called religious services in North Carolina is that which terms isef "Burning Bush" people, but which the general public terms "The Holy Jumpers." Tuese people are of oth sexes and the woman scream and ance for long pericds in the most public places they are allowed to re ain in, while the men denounce all other doctrines except their own. It is claimed that these people have, tc a notable degree, the power of hypno tism and that they exercise It very freely. Their work is done among the :ost ignorant whites in the Piedmont mountain region of North Carolina. "BLzssED are the peacemakers," said the Master. President Roosevelh will be remembered for his good work at Prtsmouth. HOLDING COTTON. L Letter From Greesville Says There Are Plans f foot SSouth Carlona to Eaabte the Farmers to Sell Their Cot ton at FAh Prfc-s. A letter from Greenville to the Au rusta Chronicle says for several weeks\ 3hairman Tindal, of the County Cot Don Asszciation, and President Smith, )f the State Associatlon, have been discussirg plans for protecting farm ers In the sale of tbeir cotton this autumn, and Friday the former said that while the association was not qite ready to take any definite steps, he felt safe in saying that there would be competition and a plenty of it in the South Carollna cotton markets this season. The entire question is to be brought before the conference of the directors of the Southern Cotton Association, which meets in Asheville today, and if the plans meet with favor they will be carried Into effect without any loss of time, in order to arrive with the cotton itself. When chairman Tindal was asked to give some idea of how the associa tion expect to accomplish its aIms in this state, he said that he Ecarcely felt at liberty to go into particulars, tnough he did not mind giving an out line of how the work would be done. "In the first place," said Mr. Tindal, "the association will have a cotton buying offlzein Columbia. Tais will tiave general charge of the market in the entire state. Complaints will be sent to headquarters there where they will receive attention. If a certain Laarket Is without competition, either. among the manufacturers themselvas or because of the absence of an export buyer, we will arrange to stir things up a bit." Mr. Tindal said it must not be con strued that the ma:kat bureau, i so it might be called, was going Into the market as a regular cotton purchasing concern. It was the business of the farm ::- sell their prodrct at good prices :- to buy it, he said. The bu reau, i.aerefore, w-uld only interfere when conditions were working against the interests of the producer, and then only. So far as the Southern mills were concerned, and those at home in par ticular, Chairman Tindal said that he wanted them to get all of the cotton produced in the state, especially that in the upland, for he knew that it was the best to be found in the laud. He felt that the farmers could not shake away from t'is mills without hurting the interests of the country, and he believed it to be eq sally as true thit the aills coaid uat hurt .he farmers without serlously injur ng their own busis prospects. As-President S2ith hai emphasized so often in his spaeches, hi believed in pulling together. These arrange ments will extend all over the State when they are put in operation, and they can be made to be very benefl cal to the farmers of every county in the State. We shall await the a-tion of the board of directors, whc: meet in Ashville, N. C., today, with some interest. If they can succeed in doing what is outlined above they will strengthen the orgaalzation very ma teri.lly.________ Sense and Nonsense,. Many a girl's usefulniess has been spoiled by some fool friend who told her she was pretty. Learn to say "No." It will be of more ute to you than to be able to read Litih.-Spurgeon. Probably more men would drink oda water if it weren't for the name f the stuff. Many an embyro statesman lands in jail before he has a chance to make good. Generally a man can grumble about its being too hot when he Isn't grumb ig about It being too cold.. There is no telling where a sinner will land when he begins to monkey with a fishing outit on Sunday. In the ra::e for wealth the men who are distanced often reap the greatest benefits. S'ome churches that talk about revivals would better talk about re surrections. The pocketbook nerve of some men Is much more s.nsitilve than their domestic nerve. We have never head of a business mangong to apoolhall in searchof anl office boy. This would be a dreary world indeed if there were no rainbows to chase o0 casionally. Salvation is to be had for the asking, but it costs work and money and sac rfice to retain it. A girl is old enough to know better when her mother cant tell her any thing she thinks she doesn's know. Did it Ever Occur to You? Did you ever think to look over a list of young unmarried men of your a qaaintance, and see how many of them are really able to support a wife,. and the consequent family? I am speaking more particularly of the small towns and not of the farmer, who Is a king unto himself. The re slt of such an -investigation would prbably startle you immensely. Not one young man in ten, based on a very conservative estimate, 1s more than able to take care of himself or has acquired any property whatever or laid up a penny for the married emergency. They are depending on something to turn up that will relieve them of any such responsibility, or believe in the old yet continually re futed adage, two. can live as one. They marry some addelpated lovesick girl and trust to luck to bring them out of the pit that they have volun tarily dug for tnemselves. The re sult is either a divorce or a continual struggle with the gaunt wolf of pov erty, while the winged dove of love tht thinks In its vouth~ful wisdoln that .ife is livable on love and kisses files out of the window to torment In to a repetition of the error of some other young cc uple. The cffsprings go to help on our criminal list. If every y oung man could be brought to see that provision for a family is one of the first prerequisities of such a step, the world will soon be brought to that sought for millenium, that happy conception when every man has attained tbe acme of greatness the wisdom of 40 at the age of 20. The Smith Clan. Over five thousand members of the Smith family of America gathered on J. D. Smith's farm near Peapack, N. J., to attend the annual reunion of the Smith clan. The Cresent Mili tary Band of Raritan furnished the music for the occasion. In the evening there was a summer night's festival on the grounds of the Be formemi Church of Papack.